A few weeks ago we (along with the darling Ashley from Peach Trees and Bumble Bees) went to an event at Saf, a restaurant specialising in vegan, organic and raw food. It was a night of yummy wine and chatting to other foodies whilst nibbling on some rather breathtaking canapés. Pan seared balsamic fig with a tarragon boursin served on a garlic crostini and topped with beetroot merlot coulis, anyone?
L-R: Tempeh Blinis, Ashley with a Fig Crostini, Pumpkin Pie.
The event was sponsored by The Food Doctor (note for fans of Ben Goldacre — there’s nothing medical about the company) and we got little goodie bags to take home with us. The Food Doctor is all about healthy eating — they have 10 fundamental principles for healthy eating, are trying to raise awareness of what is appropriate nutrition, have individual consultations on nutriton, the whole shebang.
But interestingly, they’ve released a range of products to try and help us mere mortals eat more healthily. This is something that managed to hold my attention over the canapés, and even over the wine. I’m a big fan of healthy, tasty eating, so this could have been right up my street.
The Food Doctor has a range of granolas and seeds for snacking on that are pretty standard. But they also have cereal bars, “pot noodles” and little snack bags that looked like they had potential to be seriously yummy. How did they taste?
The Cereal Bars
I am a huge fan of certain cereal bars — Alpen Light bars make up a large proportion of my diet — so my companions eagerly bit into our bars.
And? Well, they’re strange. Very moist and chewy, but a bit of a weird texture. The flavours sounded delicious (Fig and mango, pineapple and banana, apple and walnut, apricot and almond) but again, I thought the taste was strange. So much potential but it wasn’t really realised. But that could just be my taste, so I recommend trying them yourself.
The “Pot Noodles”
I’m a student, so I’m going to like what is essentially a healthy pot noodle. Right?
I found them to be fine. Not delicious, but fine. Mr Hells Bells, however, couldn’t finish his. The ones pictured here are full of bulgar wheat and quinoa, but the best one is the couscous and lentil pot with tomatoes, red peppers and cumin. That one I could have eaten all day. These two were…fine. Again, I recommend that you try it and see.