Goodness Project Subscription Box Review: February 2017

This is a review of the Feb 17 Goodness Project Box I received, see photo below.

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1.Deliciously Ella: Cashew & Ginger Energy Ball 

What is this?

“The Cashew and Ginger combination is our simplest ball, with just four ingredients – dates, cashews, oats and ginger – but it’s bursting with flavour, especially with the kick from the ginger. It makes a wonderful snack, especially for that mid-morning pick me up.”

Review

I had this as a snack an hour before my gym workout and having saved it as the last item to try from the box, I was pleasantly delighted. Deliciouslly Ella is interesting brand and I was initially a little sceptical of the product as I get the feeling that with these brand often it is style over substance and they are usually more expensive than regular versions of the product. This married with the factor that I am not a huge fan of energy balls as they tend to be largely made up of dates, I was not looking forward to having the product. However, I found the taste of the energy ball really quite delicious, it was very gingery and spicy and even the texture was more course than other date based products. I was also surprised that it kept me going throughout my 30 minute boot-camp workout. You don’t feel full up in the way you would if you had say peanut butter or a protein bar as a snack but it most definitely sustains. All in all, a winning product for me and I do think it deserves all the attention it gets, so 5 out 5!

2. Doves Farm: Lemon Zest Cookies 

What is it?

These award-winning cookies are baked in our dedicated gluten free bakery in Wiltshire that does not use gluten, milk, peanut, egg or soya. We combine zesty lemon and fragrant lemon oil with our special blend of naturally gluten free flours and some sugar. Our cookies are dairy-free so we use sustainable palm oil, sourced from certified Colombian farms where wildlife and habitats are protected. Since 1978 our original organic ethos remains at the heart of our business and is shared by our customers, farmers and suppliers worldwide.”

Review

I had these cookies as snacks, sometimes as an accompaniment to coffee and other times by itself as a breakfast cookie. Initially, I was disappointed to receive these because I thought my box would be full of all healthy snack and cookies aren’t exactly staple health foods. However, I understand that the Goodness Project brand is less about nutritional health food and more  about sustainable eating, trying new foods and pick me up. Actually, this in itself is a  great brand (despite my initial misunderstanding) and as a result, I have sent two one of hampers as gifts and they have been thoroughly enjoyed. Going back onto the cookies now, they are extremely fragrant and that what I think really stands out, I have never had such lemon smelling cookies and I quite enjoyed it. I never normally opt for peanut free or gluten free cookies, so trying them was an experience for me. The texture is different to regular cookies, more grainy if that makes sense! I quite enjoyed these cookies and were a lovely treat. I would rate these 4 out 5, because even though they were enjoyable, I don’t think they are stand out the way in which the Deliciously Ella energy ball is.

3. Hasslachers: Hot Chocolate Kraft Tube 

What is it?

“Luxury hot chocolate drops, made from Cirollo and Trinitario beans, which makes the perfect Hot Chocolate drink, these rare beans are unmatched in flavour.”

Review
I am not a big hot chocolate drinker so I initially thought that this product was going to a fail for me. However, upon opening you find little chocolate drops which look like Cadbury’s buttons. These drops are made of 100% pure cacao which as you will know is a super-food bursting in magnesium and anti-oxidants. This is great because it means I did not need to have this product as a hot chocolate. Also, they are quite bitter so I can imagine having to add honey or a sweetener to make the kind of hot chocolate that one is used too. I used these droplets as toppings to the Haagen Daaz Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream and sprinkled on my porridge. Thoroughly enjoyable but I am doubtful I would every purchase again, thus give it a rating of 3 out of 5.

4. Love Corn: Smoked BBQ

What is it?

A premium roasted corn snack that’s SUPER TASTY, ANTIOXIDANT RICH, SUPERBLY SEASONED AND DELICIOUSLY NON-GMO.Ya’ll ready for some BBQ goodness?  Smothered in smokin’ hickory, it’s all done nice and slow… you just don’t rush into something this good. Ya’ll better be kickin’ off those boots and stayin’ awhile.

Review

I love love love roasted corn, so this product did not last long at all. The quality and texture of the corn tasted just like any other roasted corn products e.g. Corn Nuts. The flavour was different as normally you find salted or chilli and lemon. The BBQ was flavoursome yet not spicy and not BBQ sweet either. I thoroughly enjoyed this product, apart from the seasoning I am not quite sure what differentiates this product from other corn snacks. I ate this product as a snack whilst watching Netflix, a real hit for me! I would give this product 5 out of 5.

5. Meridian: Organic Morello Cherry Fruit Spread 

What is it?

Organic Morello Cherry Fruit Spread, sweetened only with Organic Apple Juice Concentrate. Contains only naturally occurring sugars from fruit.”

Review

This is a product I would never purchase of my own accord because it wouldn’t appeal to me. I am a fan of raspberry or loganberry jam. Nevertheless, I was impressed with the product and found it worked better than regular jam in porridge because it was more chunkier (it has actual pieces of cherry in it). The cherries aren’t very sour and the apple juice makes a great accompaniment mixed into porridge. I am very satisfied with the product, not sure I would use it as a spread on crackers though! I would rate this product 5 out 5.

6. Rude Health: Brown Rice Crackers

What is it?

Brown Rice Crackers. Why are our Rice Crackers so much tastier that rice cakes? Maybe it’s because they’re thinner, so they’re crispier and more satisfying. Maybe it’s the whole grains of organic Piedmontese rice we use – they’re the best we’ve ever had. Whatever it is, Rude Health Rice Crackers are the perfect crunchy nibble with a little something on them, or even bare naked straight from the pack (just keep the curtains shut).”

Review

I ate this product in the same way I consumed the love corn snacks, whilst relaxing and watching a movie. I thought as these were plain brown rice crackers I would need to put some kind of spread or butter, but I actually quite enjoyed them on their own, as crisps. The ones that I received in the box were a bag of mini rice crackers so that is probably what also made having them on their own quite fun and tasty. I would rate this product as 4 out of 5 with the caveat they are not anything special or innovative. They are just mini brown rice crackers which I found enjoyable.;

7. Ombar: Coco Mylk Buttons

What is it?

Everyone loves chocolate buttons, but we’ve created these little bursts of deliciousness that love you back! Amazingly, these totally dreamy and creamy buttons are dairy and refined-sugar free. They are made to the same recipe as our super-popular Coco Mylk bar and even contain probiotics to help keep your tummy happy & healthy. At 25g per bag (and only 149 calories!) they’re the perfect chocolate treat for little kids and big kids alike!

Review

I love chocolate so to find a chocolate that will also benefit your body in some way is a dream. I felt that the quality of chocolate in this bag was high and it tasted delicious. You could not taste the probiotics or to put it another way if you had this blindfolded you would not know that this was a “healthy chocolate”. I had these on my commute home from work as a treat and thoroughly enjoyed it, I would give it a 5 out 5 rating and definitely purchase again.

8. Miracle Matcha: Health Mix-In

What is it?

“USING SOME OF THE MOST NUTRITIOUS NATURAL FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, WE’VE CREATED A DELICIOUS AND VERSATILE SPRINKLE ‘TOPPING’ CRAMMED FULL OF FABULOUSLY HEALTHY INGREDIENTS INCLUDING THE ANTI-OXIDANT BOOSTING GOODNESS OF OUR SPECIAL WHITE TEA MIRACLE MATCHA.”

Review

Until this product, I had never heard of white tea matcha so it reassures me that purchasing a foodbox was a good idea as I have the opportunity to learn and try different products. This health mix in is a powder not dissimilar to the various flax seed ones you can buy at Holland and Barrett. I used it as a sprinkle on my breakfasts and mixed into some juices. You can’t really taste it in my experience of using it, but its good to know you are getting extra nutrients and try white tea matcha. I found the product enjoyable and innovative, I would rate it 5 out 5 and purchase again.

 

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