I must say, this is the first month I’ve been truly disappointed with a Degustabox. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but none of the contents particularly excited me, and there were a few products that I just knew I wouldn’t like or eat due to my own personal preferences. This is purely down to me being a bit of a fuss-pot, so although the box didn’t impress me too much this month, it’ll probably be a great one for others.
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Miso Tasty Miso Soup (£3.65 / 4 servings)
This is a Japanese blended red miso and chilli, with separately packaged garnish spring onions, wakame seaweed, and kelp. The soups are vegan, gluten-free, and only 45 calories, so that ticks quite a few boxes on the health front. However this is not something I’ll be trying, as the flavours are far too sophisticated for my palate!
Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins (£1)
I’ve tried chocolate-coated popcorn food items in the past and haven’t been keen on the combination of tastes. However, these popcorn thins were actually delicious! They’ll be a great snack for when sweet cravings creep up on me but I want to go easy on the calories, as these come in at 82 calories per serving. These also come in a dark chocolate flavour, which I hear are just as delicious.
Say YES to No Bread Chips (£1.49)
I’ve had these bread chips before and they are brill with a bit of cream cheese on, or dunked into hummus (humous? humus? houmous?!). They don’t have any artificial flavourings, and as they’re crispy they feel much more like a savoury crisp treat as opposed to bread. These are BBQ flavoured – yum! These are a great snack for work – I took them to work with a mini pot of hummus and made my way through them very rapidly in one afternoon – oops! As a side note: how difficult is it to take blog photos when you have cats?!
Chia Bia Whole & Milled Chia Seed Packets (£1 / packet)
I’ve heard a lot of things about the benefits of chia seeds – they’re packed with omega 3, full of fibre, and also a great source of protein. I sprinkle a few of these into my protein shakes – they’re so small you can’t even notice them. These sachets are a great idea if you just want to get a taster of chia seeds, but on the whole it’s much cheaper to buy a big bag.
Get Fruity Bar (£1)
Coconut is my arch nemesis of the food world. I CANNOT stand the stuff. So this Get Fruity bar got donated straight to someone else who’ll appreciate it more than me. It seems that these bars would be a great snack for the health-conscious, as they are 100& natural with no refined sugars, and also nut-free. They come in six different flavours, so there’s plenty of choice. I do however think that the price per individual bar is very steep.
Mrs Crimble’s Fusilli (£1.99)
As a bit of a fussy foodie, mushrooms are another food that my palate cannot seem to tolerate. Despite this fusilli pasta sachet having a mushroom and cream sauce, I actually found that the mushrooms weren’t all that noticeable. This would likely be a great option for a lunch or dinner at work (great for us shift workers!) but at £1.99 per sachet it seems a little steep for something you could knock up for a fraction of the price. When it comes to convenience though, less than £2 is cheaper than many shop-brought sandwiches or pastas dishes.
Cirio Borlotti Beans (£1.89 / 3 tins)
These borlotti beans are absolutely delicious! They’re steam-cooked before being packed into the tin so are ready to eat, however I like to heat them through a little and add them to a pasta dish. They also go great with rice / risotto dishes and salads. I’d never heard of these before but I’m sold – this is the beauty of the monthly Degustaboxes: getting to try new brands and food products you wouldn’t otherwise have discovered.
Cape Drinks (£1.59 each)
These fizzy drinks were absolutely delicious, so I was really surprised that when input into my calorie-counting app that they come up as source of one of five-a-day. I was sure this was an error, but Cape drinks apparently have no refined sugar in them, and are made from only natural ingredients, so perhaps they are really that good for you! Both flavours were delicious, and so I’d definitely try them again. Again though, I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to hunt these down as £1.50 for a can of drink is a cost I can be doing without!
Teisseire Sirop (£2.99)
My favourite discovery from this month’s box is this raspberry and cranberry syrup by Teisseire. This reminds me of being in France and Spain as a youngster, as these seemed to more popular than fruit squash in the supermarkets. I was worried about the high sugar content given that it’s in a syrup form, but apparently it contains sugar syrup – definitely something which tastes too good to be true!
Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots (50p each)
Finally, there were four pots of Hartley’s jelly in this month’s Degustabox. Jelly and ice cream was all the rage at birthday parties when I was a kid, but I would always skip the jelly and go straight for the ice cream; I could’t stand the slimy texture of jelly! If you do like jelly and are after low-calorie snacks, these are a great lunchbox snack.
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