Munchy Seeds Review

Review: Munchy Seeds Chilli Mix

So, seeing as I seem to be in snack mode this week, I thought I’d stick in a cheeky review of one of my favourite products. I’ve always really loved seeds from a long way back when I discovered their astounding health benefit. Needless to say, I was quite excited when Munchy Seeds kindly sent me some of their Chilli Mix.

So what’s going down…

We’re talking a few apricot kernels along with succulent pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coated in a reddish, crispy-spice kick. Yum. I was a fan with my first mouthful, so they certainly passed the taste test. They’re not too spicy, and this comes from me with an average spice threshold (although I can’t say I know how to measure that accurately!).

Munchy Seeds review chili mix

The good stuff

Seeds are nothing but nutritionally ace:

  • Full of the good fats we should be eating on a daily basis
  • A source of zinc which is good for the immune system and your skin
  • A little hot stuff (the chilli) to keep the metabolism revved
  • Blood sugar snack perfect as a source of protein

Conveniently these seeds either come in a big tub or smaller packable snack sizes. I found these lasted 2-3 small portions, making them handy to carry around and wholly versatile for:

  • Adding tasty protein to any other veg snack e.g. carrot sticks, celery etc.
  • Sprinkling on salads
  • Again adding protein to a predominately vegetable based soup
  • Giving a kick to a bland sandwich

The slight boo

The apricot kernels, which provide an unusual sweet spicy taste, are unfortunately not part of the smaller sachet packs. I seem to like picking these out of the tub and saving them till last. I guess in a mini seed dessert style!

Munchy Seeds Review

Munchy Seeds Chilli Mix aren’t as widely stocked as one would like – I usually pick up the snack sizes either in Nature’s Intent or Waitrose, but you can buy the bigger tubs in Tesco. If you turn out to be a big fan, I’d advise ordering online here.

I would recommend giving these a whirl if you like spicy as they’re a good all-round healthy choice. It’s always nice to find good sugar sensible snack options like this because as we know, choices can be a bit limited on the go.

Anyone tried these before or know any other good snacks to try?

CO YO coconut yoghurt review

Review: CO YO coconut milk yoghurt

It’s always exciting to try a new healthy product, so when I took a leisurely break to Piccadilly Wholefoods Store last week, I decided to treat myself to a product I’d had on my low sugar radar for a while – A CO YO coconut milk yoghurt.

 

Let’s start with the facts…

  • dairy free
  • soya free
  • gluten free
  • lactose free
  • no added sugar

Understandably you might be asking what on earth has this yoghurt got in it at this point? Well, it’s nearly all natural coconut milk with a little bit of Xylitol sweetener (a natural alcohol sugar you can read more about here).

If you haven’t noticed coconut is doing the rounds as the latest health food godsend.

I’ve already written about coconut oil and its various benefits. There’s coconut water springing up all over the place which it seems half the celeb world is endorsing. Skin like Rhianna and Miranda Kerr – err yes please!

Needless to say it’s packed with goodness. Picking just a few of the benefits it:

  • Improves immune system
  • Promotes glossy skin, hair and nails celeb style
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Speeds up metabolism and can support weight loss

Personally however, my favourite thing about all things coconut is that they taste naturally sweet and are truly great if you’re looking to cut back on sugar. They’re savoir when you need to satisfy that urge because they feel rich and indulgent.

The verdict

So what does the CO YO yoghurt taste like? I can confirm it’s super creamy, it feels gorgeously smooth and as long as you don’t hate coconut tasting stuff, you’ll like the flavour. It seemed to disappear out of its pot quite fast and I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.

I think it’s important to point out the CO YO coconut yoghurt is high in fat with over 20g and comes in just over 200 calories per pot. That appears a lofty amount, but it’s a healthier natural fat and makes this a real tasty ‘treat’ yoghurt that is still sugar free. You can read more on why I think fat isn’t completely evil in the bit about sugar.

They’re not super cheap at £1.99 and are only stocked in limited places (Ocado, Selfridges, Wholefoods and other specialist stores), so granted, these aren’t going to be a daily staple.

If you’re passing by then pick one up to try instead of an unhealthy treat i.e. a cupcake which is likely to cost you more than £1.99 anyway.

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Fancy trying a CO YO yoghurt or have you already? Or are you put off by the high fat and calories? As always, open to your opinions, questions or thoughts. If you don’t want all to see, feel free to send me an e-mail to laura@happysugarhabits.com. You will likely make my day!