Taste Test

The FoodChain team sample a selection of new and innovative foods and drinks

Perfect protein punch
If high protein bars that pack a scrumptious crunch are your favourite post-exercise treat, then look no further – the NEW USN TRUST Crunch bars take great tasting, healthy snacks to the next level.

Created by pioneering world leading sports nutrition brand USN, new TRUST Crunch bars join TRUST Protein Shakes as ideal choices for fitness and sports enthusiasts with an eye on everyday nutrition. Each high protein bar gives you guilt-free benefits, including low sugar and high fibre content to absolutely no palm oil listed in the ingredients. All you need to do is choose from the four delicious flavours. Will your favourite be Fudge Brownie, Cookies & Cream, White Choc Cookie Dough or Salted Caramel Peanut?

Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson comments: “Having protein in our diet helps balance sugar levels, allowing a slow release of energy rather than suffering slumps during the day. It also keeps you fuller for longer, preventing cravings. The USN TRUST Crunch bars have the added advantage of only containing 2g of sugar, which is a great snack option if you want to manage your weight while eating something tasty and sweet.”
“The Salted Caramel Peanut TRUST Crunch bars were my idea of heaven!” said our tester. “I always want to eat more healthily but with a sweet tooth it’s not always possible- the TRUST Crunch bar gave me a brilliant alternative to just run of the mill confectionary. Added protein, low sugar and a nice texture, not the usual over chewy solidity of a protein bar! Outstanding.”

Yummy gummy
In Scandinavia, centuries of experience using apple cider vinegar to help the digestion return to normal has resulted in the creation of a unique natural supplement. New Nordic now has a vegan gummy variant of its popular Apple Cider tablet.

The Gummies have been introduced worldwide, and are the world’s first vegan digestive supplements made in a delicious natural apple-flavoured gummy format. This makes them perfect for people who have trouble swallowing pills or for taking with you when you’re out and about. They’re also free from gluten, dairy and soy and contain no artificial colours or flavours. These gummies are the only ones on the market that contain a unique combination of natural ingredients with the taste of apple and without artificial colouring.
“I loved trialling the gummies and looked forward to nibbling on my two per day. With a fresh, natural apple taste and the consistency of a Rowntree’s Fruit Pastille, they felt like a little sweet treat, but I knew they were helping my digestion and taking the edge off my appetite – what a bonus! These would be excellent for anyone who doesn’t take tablets easily or doesn’t like the idea of drinking neat ACV.”

Cuppa companion
Deliciously light and crumbly in texture, the Gluten Free Oats, Apple and Cinnamon Chunky Biscuit Breaks from Nairn’s are perfect for those looking for something a little bit heftier from their favourite teatime treat. This new variety pairs that classic combo of fruity apple and spicy cinnamon, which is almost reminiscent of a freshly baked apple crumble – but with all the benefits of wholegrain oats, you needn’t feel quite as guilty when you reach for a treat.

Nairn’s know a thing or two about oats (they’ve been baking with them since 1896) but they are also the UK leaders in lower sugar biscuits too. These tasty Chunky Biscuit Breaks come in handy pouch packs making them easy to pop in your bag for a mid-morning or afternoon snack on the go – a healthier and delicious treat that you can enjoy almost guilt-free.

The high fibre content of these Chunky Biscuit Breaks will help you to feel fuller for longer, as they provide a slower release of energy throughout the day. Perfect for coeliacs, or those who simply choose to follow a gluten free lifestyle, they’re so moreish you wouldn’t even know they were gluten free!
“These had a good natural flavour with the apple and cinnamon not overwhelming the oatiness of the biscuit,” said the tester. “I was pleased to see there were only 63 calories and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and with 50 per cent less sugar than the average gluten free biscuit I didn’t find them over sweet but also definitely still not bland – very flavoursome.”