Another month, another Degustabox and this moth was fabulous for new discoveries for the WLL household. Especially for Pappa WLL who grabbed theFruitella Strawberry 30% Less Sugar (£1.25) and consumed them before I even had a chance to take a snap of them. I must remember to keep the box hidden until everything has been photographed next month!
If you haven’t tried these then you really should. Fruitella have squeezed even more juice into the sweets making them extra fruity but the sweetness tastes really natural in that they’re not too sweet and really natural too! They’re so yummy, even more so than the normal Fruitellas which my dad bought a bag of after having these ones and in all honesty, I prefer the 30% less sugar ones; plus they have no sweeteners and only natural flavourings and colours which gives them two thumbs up from me!
If you haven’t heard of Degustabox before then seriously, get to know! Its a fantastic subscription box for foodies where they will deliver 10 to 15 food and beverage items to your door every single month. You can sign up for 1 box (and get it at a LOW price if you use my code below) or you can subscribe and also gift the box too.
There’s a variety of household and emerging brands inside which gives you the change to try something that you may not have considered before which is exactly what happened to me this month with Finn Crisp (£1.89). I had the wholegrain rye variety with seeds and sea salt on top and there was a leaflet inside with lots of serving suggestions on it. I’ve been firmly back on the avocado band waggon this month and I just cannot get enough of making guacamole as a dip. These are PERFECT to dip in!
Unfortunately since the choices inside are a surprise every month, you may find yourself not liking some items. For me that was the Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks (£1.79) in the coconut and chilli flavour. I knew I wouldn’t like these as soon as I saw them as I also had them back in my October box in the lightly salted flavour and they weren’t for me.
I tried putting them out while we were watching a film one night to see if my dad and hubby would like this flavour but they didn’t go down well with them either, such a shame that they went to waste!
Instead, it was the Popchips (£1.99) in the smoky bacon flavour that appealed to us the most. I’ve had Popchips before as they’ve been in a few goodie bags at events and if I ever have Starbucks for lunch then I’ll grab a bag but I haven’t tried the ridges variety before.
They’re absolutely delicious; big on flavour and have just the right amount of crunch to them. They’re popped rather than fried and only 99 calories per serving which is great news for me as I’ve really changed my lifestyle over the last year and I’m all about balance these days.
When I saw the Quinola Mothergrain (£2.49) Express Quinoa with split peas, I knew that it would be something that I’d enjoy and I wasn’t wrong! It heats up easily in the microwave (and it can also be enjoyed cold) and is great to serve with chicken and roasted veggies which is how I enjoyed it. Having pouches like this in my food cupboards makes life so much easier for me as I’ll save a little of dinner the night before and heat it up the next day with a pouch of this for lunch. Its quick and easy and keeps me fuller for longer.
After trying the Quinola Mothergrain quinoa, I’ve since repurchased it from Amazon along with the spicy Mexican flavour which is also delicious. I love that the quinoa mix is gluten free and a great source of vegetarian protein. I pay attention to my macros now and sometimes struggle to hit my protein so being able to have something other than meat to boost it is really handy, not to mention tasty! I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that this brand is organic and fair trade too which is great as not all quinoa is, sadly.
Now if any of you know my dad then you’ll know that he’s quite partial to a Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer (£1.39) so when I saw that there was a Raspberry flavour included in the Degustabox this month, I knew he’d have to give me his verdict.
He said that while he would always be loyal to the original, the Scottish Raspberry flavour was a welcome change to mix things up and the taste was crisp and authentic rather than sickly sweet in the way that some drinks such as flavoured cider can be.
Generally speaking, I tend to stick to low calorie drinks day to day so the zero calorie, zero sugar and zero fat Aspire Drinks (2 x £1.45) cans fitted perfectly in with that. I received the Mango Lemonade and Cranberry flavours and I have to say that they’re both really great.
They combine good-for-you active ingredients such as Premium Green Tea, Guarana Seed Extract, Vitamins B and C, Ginger Root and L-Carnitine which they claim to help to deliver sustained, healthy energy and mental focus. For me, I focused on how they tasted as they’re still a drink I would enjoy every now and again as I mostly consume water. They have a sparkle to them but they aren’t gassy and they have a gentle flavour to them; nothing too sweet or overbearing which makes them really enjoyable and easy to consume.
Both flavour varieties have no calories or sugar in them, making them ideal for if you’re watching your weight or blood sugar levels.
Fancy giving them a go? You can get 20% off using promo code ASPIRE20 on their website until 5th March 2017.
The number of times that I go to the gym varies week on week depending on how busy I am or if my neck is particularly sore but generally speaking, I’ll go at least twice. I’ll usually go home afterwards, shower and have a protein shake (I’ll be talking about the protein powder that I use in a fitness blog post soon) but the one thing that I struggle with is having a protein shake straight after the gym if I have errands to run before I go home. I never take the powder and my shaker out with me as its just easier to keep it all in the house so discovering the Protein Boost (£1.29) drink in this months box has been great for me.
The Protein Boost drinks are available in chocolate or strawberry, of which I have the chocolate flavour. The drinks are designed to be grab and go in their own single bottles which is ideal as it is already made up and I’m not having to decant some of my usual protein powder into a bag and mess on in the car. Each drink is fat free, has no added sugar, is less than 150 calories and has 20g of protein in it, which is again, great news for me as it ups my protein macros for the day.
I loved the chocolate flavour as it was rich and chocolatey but not too sweet which my palette can’t seem to handle these days. I used to love having a Pepsi Max on the odd occasion and now I think its far too sweet for me! I’ll definitely be picking up the strawberry flavour to try and repurchasing the chocolate Protein Boost.
One of my favourite products this month has been the We Are Little’s Flavour Infused Coffee (£2.99) in the Natural Island Coconut flavour (also available in French Vanilla). This is a granulated 100% arabica coffee that you add hot water to to make a delicious hot coffee drink, lightly flavoured with coconut. My husband has been enjoying this black but I do like a drop of almond milk in mine as I’ve never been a fan of black coffee.
The taste isn’t too strong and the coconut flavour takes a little of the bitterness away from the coffee. I do enjoy mine with a little sweetener from Natvia as I’m really not a fan of coffee on its own. The coffee itself is only 4 calories per cup without milk so adding the zero calorie sweetener and healthy almond milk makes this a really delicious drink that is healthy enjoy to be able to enjoy daily!
You can pick up a jar from Sainsburys, Waitrose, Holland and Barrett and Wholefoods but if you shop direct from their website, you can get 20% off with the code Degusta20.
Speaking of sweetener, I actually received my tub of Natvia (£4.99 for 200g) in this months Degustabox and it really is life changing. Ok, so its not going to change my life but it’ll certainly make it a whole lot sweeter!
This is a granulated/powder sweetener that you can buy in Tesco. It is just like sugar and the usual powdered sugar sweetener substitutes except it tastes different in that it has the really nice fresh sweetness to it. I bought a pot of Truvia towards the end of last year and ended up throwing it away as it was vile; it had such a chemical, artificial, bitter aftertaste that I couldn’t stomach it at all and hated the way it changed the flavour of the food I was eating or the drink I was consuming. Natvia doesn’t have that awful taste at all; it isn’t quite the same as sugar but its not far off, its really finely ground and it doesn’t leave a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Plus its from all natural sources and has zero calories per serving.
Natvia, you rock my world and I’ll certainly be repurchasing you!
This months Degustabox was really heavy on the drinks so I was bound to find one that I didn’t enjoy and that was the Chosan Hibiscus Drink with Fiery Ginger. The flavour wasn’t to my taste which doesn’t surprise me as ginger gives me heartburn! However I do love that the company donates at least 5p from every bottle of Chosan sold to African food producers to improve their quality of life. In such a money driven world, its great to see businesses giving back.
Another drink item that came in this months box was the Pips Real Hot Chocolate which arrives as a chocolate coin that you place in a pan with 200-250ml milk on the hob and stir until the chocolate is melted and the milk is as warm as desired. I was really happy to see this in there as Pips is actually a really small brand, lovingly made by an artisan maker in Wales. I love to support those kinds of companies over the big brand names when I can.
The drink was so easy to make and while they actually suggest making it using milk and indulgent double cream, I actually made mine with almond milk and found it to still be deliciously chocolatey, just not incredibly creamy which is perfect for me. The chocolate coin is free from nuts, gluten and dairy and made with vegans in mind, plus it can be made with any kind of milk so regardless of whether you’re a dairy drinker or not like I am, you can still enjoy the warming chocolatey goodness! The coin has a minimum of 54% cocoa dark chocolate within it and it works out at 122.2 kcal per coin calorie wise so while it is a treat, it is certainly better than many other hot chocolate drinks out there!
Inside the little bag, there was also a loyalty card that you can fill up with stickers when ordering from participating retailers and when placing online orders from the Pips website. Its a way of them giving back to their customers as the more completed cards collected, the better the rewards. I love it when companies reward their customers loyalty.
This month I tried my hand at making chia seed pudding thanks to Degustabox as this months box contained two sachets of Chia Shots (2 x £0.66) one in the dark colour and one in the white. I really surprised myself at how much I enjoyed it. The texture is a little strange to begin with but actually it is really filling and delicious depending on what you flavour it with. I’ll do an Instagram post sharing how I make it next time I have it so stay following me for that!
The only thing that I haven’t been able to try from this months box yet is the Gourmet Live Yoghurt from The Collective as there was a voucher inside for a free pot of the passionfruit or raspberry flavour and I haven’t had a chance to redeem it yet. I think I’ll be going for the passionfruit one when I do… yummy!
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What item tempts you the most from this months box? Would you prefer more drinks or food items in your box? Do you like snack foods or ones that you cook with?