Wednesday, 8 February 2017

January Degustabox

The first Degustabox of the year has been inspired by new year's resolutions and healthier eating plans.

We are always looking forward to our Degustabox delivery, which arrives every month and is full of foodie surprises. This monthly food and drink subscription box is an excellent way to discover products which have only just appeared in the shops or those which might have been around for while, but you haven't had a chance to try them yet.
Thanks to Degustabox, I have found new favourites to add to our shopping list, including some products which I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.
Each time the box arrives, it's a total surprise, as you don't know what you might find there. You get a good selection of foods and drinks.
If you haven't tried Degustabox subscription box yet and would like to have a go, I have a whopping £7 off discount from your first box (and you can unsubscribe any time) - just use a code 8EVI8 when you place an order.
What did we receive in January Degustabox? Let's have a peek.

healthy snacks, food box

Chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods among the healthy-eating community. The Chia Co is passionate about positive plant based nutrition. Bursting with fibre, omega 3 and protein, these are high quality chia seeds.
Sprinkle them over porridge or fruit salad to add a bit of crunch, or add to smoothies.

superfoods, source of omega 3 and protein

Fruit-tella's new offering is 30% less sugar. It tastes as fruity as the classic sweets, but has more fruit juice in it. No sweeteners. Made with natural flavours and colourings.
I still found it way too sweet, but my sons loved it, so the pack disappeared pretty fast.

less sugar sweets

Popchips, the fastest growing crisp brand in the UK, have launched a new ridged range. It comes in bold robust flavours. We have tried Smoky Bacon. Thumbs up from my guys (though I still prefer the original range, with BBQ being my top favourite flavour, which I buy most often).
Great as healthier crisps, Popchips come at under 100kcal per serving. Popcips are gluten free and vegetarian.

healthy snacks, healthier crisps

Yushoi Snapea is another healthier snack, which we enjoy. Made using green peas and baked, this snack is highly addictive. New Coconut & Chilli variety is flavourful, crunchy and delicious.

healthier snacks

Mothergrain Express Quinoa is a handy addition to the pantry, for a quick and easy meal. You can eat it cold or hot (re-heated is tastier in my opinion). It comes in a sealed pouch, and is ready to eat.

I have used the express quinoa to make a simple vegetarian salad, with roasted cubed squash, chunks of mango, sliced cucumber and pre-cooked artichokes.

healthy salad

Finn Crisp is one of the most famous European producers of thin crispbreads. These are crunchy, crisp nibbles, with seeds and sea salt. They are high in fibre, have no added fat, and could be used as a perfect dipping "tool".

healthier snacks

There was a voucher enclosed in the latest Degustabox, for a tub of The Collective yogurt. I have tried in the past a couple of varieties of this delicious yogurt. I really must put the voucher in my handbag, as I keep forgetting about it. There is a new limited edition yogurt that looks very enticing.

Moving onto drinks: Aspire Drinks are healthy energy, calorie free, sugar free beverages. Aspire's active properties include a premium grade green tea (EGCG) which provides healthy sustainable energy and helps support weight management.
The drinks taste lovely, but I would take the weight loss claims with a pinch of salt. I drink green tea daily for health reasons, and haven't noticed any weight loss. I don't think green tea as such helps to shift body fat. It is only a balanced diet and exercise that might help.

health drinks, weight loss drinks

Chosan Hibiscus drink is completely organic. It is pleasantly gingery. Made with 100% natural ingredients, it has no artificial additives, preservatives or colouring. Containing 73kcal per bottle, it might be an interesting alternative to alcohol drinks for the occasions when you cannot or don't want to drink alcohol.

non-alcoholic drink

Crabbie's Raspberry Ginger Beer is a delightful refreshing drink. It could serve as a great base for a variety of cocktails including Crabbie's Raspberry Delight.
Crabbie's, the UK's number 1 alcoholic ginger beer is crafted for 6 weeks, using real ginger and spices. This product can also be found in a 500ml bottle format.

If you enjoy vanilla-flavoured foods and drinks, you will love Little's instant coffee with French Vanilla. It is very aromatic and slightly sweet. Lovely with a dash of milk.

Protein Boost (Strawberry flavour) comes in a handy size, to carry when you are out and about. Personally I'm not the biggest fan of protein drinks, so this one was offered to a friend, who found it pleasant enough.

Natvia is 100% natural sweetener, which is sweet as sugar, but without calories and artificial nasties. It is made from stevia plant and natural nectar. It is diabetic friendly, and has only 0.4 kcal per serve. You can use it just like sugar in baking, tea, coffee, smoothies etc. I haven't tested it in baking yet, so cannot share my thought on the matter. I have tried it in coffee and tea with lemon.

sugar alternatives

Pip's Real Hot chocolate is an artisan hot chocolate. Handmade in Wales, it is gluten and dairy free. Melt it in your favourite hot milk for a delicious cup.

Disclosure: I receive Degustabox for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are our own.

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