I’m a sucker for buying health foods, but I’m always reluctant to pay the price, especially when you’re not getting much for your money. Lately I’ve heard a lot about Aldi’s new Wholefoods range, so I went a couple of weekends back and stocked up on everything I could get my hands on.
Flavoured with chilli and lime, they have a bit of an oriental vibe going on. Pea snacks sound really odd, but they’re advertised as a great protein snack – and totally gluten free, so good for those with an intolerance! There are a few marginally questionable ingredients, but as an occasional savoury snack, they seem to be a good option. Better still, they actually taste pretty good.
One packet contains 88 kcals 2.9g fat 10g carbs 0.6g sugar 4.2g protein 2.6g fibre
£1.29 per 6 pack multi-pack
Spirulina & maca powder
I’m a huge fan of cacao powder and use it several times a week at least, but it is pricey. Spirulina and maca powders are two things I’ve seen and wanted to pick up, but haven’t because of the cost. Spirulina is a superfood that gives your body plenty of protein and vitamin B12, which helps your immune system. And maca powder is a source of Riboflavin, otherwise known as vitamin B2, which helps reduce fatigue. Adding a scoop of these to your smoothies will do wonders for your body, supposedly.
10g spirulina contains 33.6 kcals 0.1g fat 1.3g carbs <0.01g sugar 6.6g protein 0.51g fibre
15g maca contains 49 kcals 0.1g fat 9.1g carbs 5.7g sugar 1.5g protein 2.7g fibre
£2.49 per 100g bag
Whole chia seeds
I put chia seeds in anything I possibly can. Yoghurt, smoothies, porridge, you name it, these little black seeds are in there. You can’t taste them so they might seem pointless, but they’re an amazing source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which according to new research is something we all need a bit more of. They’re not particularly low in calories, but it’s worth it for the nutritional value that they offer.
15g contains 64 kcals 4.2g fat 1.3g carbs <0.5g sugar 2.9g protein 4.9g fibre
£1.25 per 200g bag
I bought three of these in the Berry, Banana and Cacao flavours. Advertised as gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and packed with protein, they seem to be a pretty good option for snacking on-the-go. While the ingredients aren’t squeaky clean, they’re miles better than what you’d see in the usual supermarket bars. Taste wise, they have a slightly gritty texture but the flavours are really good.
Banana contains 169 kcals 0.8g fat 25g carbs 16g sugar 11g protein 10g fibre
Berry contains 168 kcals 1g fat 25g carbs 16.6g sugar 10.5g protein 9.4g fibre
Cacao contains 190 kcals 2.9g fat 28.8g carbs 190.4g sugar 10.5g protein 4.1g fibre
49p per bar
These bars come in Macadamia & Coconut and Brazil Nut & Cherry. They are a huge trend in Australia, and slowly but surely they’re making their way over here. These bars are gluten free and cold pressed, with nothing but real, whole foods and almond oil in their ingredient list. Though small, both of these were a nice afternoon snack. They definitely have that ‘raw’ taste but I wouldn’t say it was a bad thing, they still taste good.
Macadamia & Coconut contains 213 kcals 12.2g fat 19.5g carbs 15.9g sugar 3.4g protein 5g fibre
Brazil Nut & Cherry contains 207 kcals 11.3g fat 20.4g carbs 16.8g sugar 3.5g protein 4.2g fibre
49p per bar or £1.99 per box of 5
Raw cashew bars
These bars are ideal for when you want to up the healthy fats in your diet. Not only are they gluten free, they’re also raw and cold pressed, which means they contain no added sugars of preservatives! These bars literally just consist of dates and cashews, so they’re pretty basic as food bars go. These weren’t my favourite bars out of the entire haul, but they weren’t bad. They just lacked a bit of flavour.
158 kcals 8g fat 16g carbs 12g sugar 4.1 protein 2.7g fibre
£1.99 per box of 5
Raw cherry bars
These bars might be small, and full of sugar, but at least they’re natural sugars. As they’re cold pressed and raw, there’s nothing dodgy going on in the ingredients section. These are much yummier that the cashew ones, probably because the cherry makes them quite tangy.
94 kcals <0.5g fat 21g carbs 18g sugar 0.8g protein 2.6g fibre
£1.49 per box of 5
I already have a stash of almonds and cashews, but I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a bag of walnuts for a while. Nuts are so tasty on top of porridge or with yoghurt and berries, and they’re obviously a great option for getting those healthy fats into your diet, providing you limit your portion of course!
208 kcals 20g fat 1.8g carbs 0.8g sugar 5.1g protein 1.8g fibre
£1.29 per 130g bag
There’s a lot more I could have bought, but I didn’t want to go too crazy for the first shop! I’m sure I’ll be back as soon as my supplies begin to run out.
Is there anything else I should try? Let me know!