As a food blogger I occasionally get surprise packages in the post with new food items to try. This month I have been particularly lucky. I received a couple of surprise packages and was also lucky enough to win a few competitions for food products. Some of these are becoming foodie favourites of mine and I thought I would tell you about them.
July’s Foodie Favourites
Special K Nourish
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It gives you the energy to get going and stops you reaching for that mid morning bar of chocolate. Porridge is a great breakfast in the winter as it provides a warming start to the day. In the summer I prefer something cool to eat. If I remember I make overnight oats at night to eat in the morning. Recently I was sent some samples of Special K Nourish to try out.
Special K Nourish is a new range of cereal launched by Kellogg’s. The cereal is a mix of flakes clusters and seeds which provide the nutrients to empower you for the day ahead. There are three flavours available – Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Redcurrants; Hazelnut, Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds; or Dark Chocolate and Coconut. RRP £2.99 for 300g. Recently I have been trying the three different flavours of Special K Nourish.
My favourite was the Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Redcurrants. A burst of fruity flavour in the mouth is perfect with a breakfast. The mix of clusters, flakes and seeds also provided a nice mix of crunch and taste in the mouth. Having said that all the flavours were nice and provided a great start to the morning. Served with some cold milk Special K Nourish is a quick and easy start to the day. The cereal kept me full until lunch time as well. I will definitely be looking out for this in the shops.
Sausages from Alf Turner
There is nothing nicer that a good quality sausage in a sausage sandwich or as part of a full English breakfast. I was lucky enough to win a selection of sausages from Alf Turner. Alf Tuner is a family run butchers that has been going since 1956. After appearing on Dragon’s Den they were able to take their sausages nationwide. The sausages came in three flavours. These were Best of British, a standard pork sausage, Hair of the Hog which contains ale and Dragon’s Fury with chilli.
Having tasted the sausages I can see why they are award winning. The sausages are full of flavour and very tasty. My husband thought the skin was a little tough but this was easily solved by putting more fork holes in the sausages when cooking. Using a quality sausage definitely brings more flavour to a breakfast.
Who doesn’t love Haribo Star Mix? Which is your favourite? Mine is the fried egg. I was recently sent a lovely bundle of Haribo goodies after I took part in the Haribo Starmix Competition. I chose to join Team Egg and by doing so got a chance to win. You can enter the competition every day until the end of August, but can only choose one team. Which team will you choose?
Vita Coco coconut water was one of my choices for five refreshing drinks you can enjoy during the Summer. It really does quench your thirst and take nice. Until I received a sample in the post I hadn’t realised Vita Coco also made coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a very versatile ingredient which can be used for so much more than cooking. It is brilliant for relieving dry skin and can also be used as a make up remover and a conditioner for your hair. In the kitchen it is great for cooking with, just use it as a substitute for butter. I keep finding new uses for coconut oil, it is so versatile.
Tg Green Tea
Green Tea has many health benefits. It is high in antioxidants which can lower the chance of getting cancer, helps to boost your bodies fat burning ability and boosts brain function. I recently won a selection of green teas from Tg Green Tea. Not only were there a selection of tea bags they also make iced green teas.
The iced green teas are ideal for this hot weather. There are three flavours, green tea with mandarin and ginseng, green tea with ginseng and green tea with jujube & Ginseng. The flavour is lovely, sweet with a hint of fruitiness and the subtle taste of green tea. Each bottle only contains 30 calories. The iced teas make a really refreshing drink.
The tea bags come in resealable packs of fifteen bags. The flavours are green tea, green tea with ginger and lemon zest and green tea with jujube and osmanthus. Each bag has a generous serving so can be used more than once. The tea is flavourful with a hint of fruitiness and is ideal after a meal or for a late evening drink. I love the packaging of both products, it is bright and cheerful.
The final product I won this month was a range of snacks from Cranberry. I hadn’t heard of this range before so was not sure what to expect. I was really happy with the four products I was sent, they take snacking to a new level. The flavours are really unusual.
The white chocolate raspberries were delicious, once you have one of these you have to keep eating them. The honey chilli hazelnuts were another favourite. The mix of honey with chilli is lovey, you get the sweetness of honey followed by the fire of the chilli then the earthiness of the hazelnut. I still have to try the smokry almonds and corn and the berry and nut mix but I am sure they will be nice as well.
Those are my foodie favourites for July and I have been enjoying trying these new products. Have you tried any new food products this month? Let me know below.