Product Review: Macro Quinoa Snack-pot

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IMG_1418Price: $2.50 / 110g  ($2.27 / 100g)

 Brand: Woolworths macro. Not much to say, other than this is their specialty and certified organic range.

Verdict: Yuck! That was my first reaction to this product. After doing some thinking I feel now that the product has been stripped on any fun to appeal to the heath-conscious crowd who are likely to pick this up and go straight to the NIP (nutrition info panel). I could only have a few spoons before adding a little something to sweeten it. Once I did that it was edible. Definitely not something I’m willing to buy again, unfortunately. If you can stomach it, or can come up with a better way to serve I’d love to know. There is value in this product, it provides over 100% of the daily wholegrain goal and is a source of dietary fibre.

 *** This item appears to be no longer available***

Product Review: Sesame Bar

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Product: Sesame Bar $0.90 /  45g ($ 2.00/ 100g)

Brand: Edens

A mystery as the company seems to have no online presence. If anyone knows about this company, please comment!

 

Nutrition

Each bar gives 728kj Energy, 2.5g Protein, 8.3g Fat, 20.8g sugar, 1.5g fibre, and 43mg sodium

Half a bar gives 364kj Energy, 1.25g Protein, 4.15g Fat, 10.4g sugar, 0.75g fibre, and 21mg sodium

 

Verdict: An old favorite which has been a joy to review. I hadn’t had one in about a year, I forgot how much I love them! While the bar is considered a single serve, it gives quite a lot of energy. I suggest eating it in two halves. Oh and another thing, if you’re unfortunate enough to have braces on your teeth as I do maybe cut it up first! I’m also pretty sure this isn’t a dentist-friendly product either, being quite sticky and sugary.

 The low sodium is a plus but the high sugar is a minus

Review: Flats by Fine Fettle

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Product:Flats $2.00 / 18g ($11.11 / 100g)

Brand:Fine Fettle

Launched in 2009, Fine Fettle is Australian-owned and based in Sydney. They run a fully Gluten Free facility and pride themselves on an innovative method of dehydration that keeps more nutrients in the final product. They use nothing artificial and Australian-grown where possible.

Varieties: Sweet  Corn & Paprika, Tomato & Basil, Zucchini & Almond, Carrot & Pepita, Spiced Pear & Hazelnut, and Apple & Cinnamon.

Nutrition: The Apple & Cinnamon flavour has 374 kJ Energy, 4.8g Sugar, 2mg Sodium, and 2.3g of protein per 18g packet.

Not much bang for your nutritional buck is my opinion. This snack is quite energy dense for its volume and interestingly dietary fibre has not been reported on the packet. Dietary fibre contributes to feeling full which is an important quality to look for in a snack.

Verdict: These are a curious product which is hard to place.

One thought I have about these is that they are a bit gimmicky, are not very filling and expensive.

On the other hand they’re not easy to scoff down quickly and when topped with fruit, ricotta, or yogurt as the packet suggests, they would make an okay snack.

The best use for these may be as a tool to fend off over- or non-hunger- eating. I can imagine having them within reach on my desk  and taking a flat when feeling fake-hunger or boredom. One flat would certainly be better than a chocolate bar, marshmallow or anything else I could rustle up away from my desk.