We noticed some interesting trends at the recent food-on-the-go show, Lunch! 2017. High protein snacking, low calorie (but big flavour), vegan consumers, and the good old crisp is still popular, just not as we know it. Here’s a round-up of the products that caught our eye and tickled our tastebuds.
Gato & Co
Gato’s scrumptious desserts are made from 100% natural ingredients. Each of the three flavours contains no refined sugar and are gluten and dairy free. What’s more, they promise fewer than 230 calories, offering a ‘guilt free’ treat. Newly launched in Ocado and Sainsburys, we thought these individual treats rivalled the well-known Gü pots. The intriguing blends are chocolate and aubergine fondant with spirulina, orange, cardamon and polenta sponge with a turmeric and chocolate and coconut brownie with chia. Founder Charlotte Dauzat is originally from France and trained at Le Cordon Bleu School in London before developing her own recipes.
Indie Bay Snacks
Continuing the high-in-taste but low-in-guilt vibe, Indie Bay Snacks promise to update classic snacks and have started with the pretzel. Their current pretzel bites are round balls available in three flavours: spelt and rock salt; sunflower and super seeds and quinoa and black pepper. They use all natural ingredients and alternative grains for extra flavour. Crunchy, tasty and with fewer than 100 calories per pack, we can’t wait to see what this fairly new company (they launched in Spring 2016) revamps next.
Struggling to find a healthy breakfast option on the go, Nudest founder Fiona Keane created a squeeze-and-go pouch for grown-ups. The focus is on natural, healthy and simple: 100% natural fruit puree, Greek style yogurt, whole grains and one of your five-a-day. In addition, they contain no refined sugar and come in at less than 160 calories per pouch. They’re currently offering two yummy flavours: apple, pear, wheat and cinnamon or banana, honey and oat (both yogurt based).
They call it “water with soul”. We call it very tasty water in beautiful packaging. This new range of “essential waters” is botanically-infused to provide hydration and, depending on the flavour, extra vitamins and minerals. They contain no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and are “gently activated through copper, gold, amethyst and quartz”. They have three ranges: intelligent aromatics, energetic waters and activated waters.
Newly launched in the UK, BananaJoe is a surprisingly non-banana-like snack. In fact, we’d say it’s closer to a really good crunchy crisp with big bold flavours. They achieve this by using hom thong bananas (otherwise known as the golden fragrant bananas, the original Gros Michel variety). More difficult to source, they are chosen for their texture and picked when green to maintain a low sugar content. We have to say they were pretty more-ish. There are five flavours and we tried Thai sweet chilli flavour and Sriracha with pickled garlic. Both were delicious.