Check out this flavourful offering from UK-based snackers, Boundless. These are not the usual raw or roasted nuts and seeds you find at the stores. Instead, these are soaked in water before being baked. Soaking activates the nuts by removing the protective enzymes and phytic acid, removing the bitter taste and creating a fuller flavour, which enables better absorption and digestion.
Available in packs of 30g – that convenient handy size that is a single recommended portion – contains less than 180 calories but is high in protein. Available in yummy flavours like Orange, Ginger & Maple, Cayenne & Rosemary and Tamari & Aleppo.
This local company got its start in 2014, and now offers over 50 flavours of snacks to choose from. Working with an in-house nutritionist, BoxGreen focuses on natural and tasty snacks that are uber-nutritious. BoxGreen makes it easy to watch your portions, since its snacks come in portion-controlled packaging (meaning, single serves).
I was intrigued by the creative flavours inspired by our local desserts, such as Cheng Tng (dried longan, goji berries and lotus seeds) and Almond Longan Jelly (baked almonds and dried longan). I’m also a fan of the Quinoa Cocoa Cookie (about 30% less calories and sugar as compared to a regular chocolate cookie), Shitake Mushroom Crisps (they don’t sound appealing but they are really yummy), and Soya Crips (as addictive as potato chips but healthier).
If you can’t decide on what to order, a good way to start is the box bundle that has 12 small packs of snacks in 4 different varieties based on named categories such as Lim Kopi, Source Of Protein and Source Of Fiber. I have my eyes set on Vegan Box, Low Calorie Box, and Superfood Box.
If you love digging into a granola bowl at anytime of the day, you will be thrilled with Oatberry’s range of granolas. I usually shun commercial brands at the supermarket because they have a long list of ingredients with names I can’t pronounce, alone with loads of sugar and artificial flavourings. Oatberry stands out with its homemade approach using simeple recipes that are vegan. They’re also gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free (except for the Maple Pecan flavour).
I tried the Double Chocolate, Original, Cinnamon Apple and Maple Pecan, and they were all so delicious that I ate the for breakfast and also tried them as snacks during tea breaks. I used them as toppings on my vegan ice-cream for an after-dinner treat too. You bet I’ll be ordering the Dark Chocolate and Mocha Chip next.
A pretty new player in the local gourmet snack scene, Renew offers a variety of healthy but deliciously flavoured hacdcrafted snacks, comprising mainly of nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
Some of my favourites are Briyani (lightly baked cashew nuts with spices and blackcurrant), Sunrise (matcha honey sliced almonds and macadamia nuts with chocolate drops), and Gusto (honeyed cinnamon pecans and dried cranberries).
Choose from 100g and 300g packs in your desired flavours or customise your own snacks based on your preferences. You can also opt for the subscription boxes (4x30g pack) and be surprised with freshly-baked flavours such as watermelon and pear crisps. These boxes make good gifts and party favours.
The company’s gourmet nut butters are suitable for vegans and diabetics I like to spread them on toast, add them to my smoothies and just eat a spoonful straight from the jar.
Starting as a distributor for sports nutrition products, this company has expanded its range to include snacks and drinks to supports a healthy and active lifestyle. Some brands they carry include:
Pure Exercise Recovery Cocoa & Honey is a natural post-exervise drink made with raw organic cacao powder, milk protein and New Zealand honey powder. Each serving contains 15g of protein to help with tissue building and repair.
BKST Vegan Chocolate Bar is great for those who want a dairy-free alternative for regualr chocolate. Delicious and made with high percentage of cocoa solids and organic coconut sugar, these bars are free from soy, gluten, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
Then there’s the Teapigs matcha offering that you just can’t miss. Matcha gives you 137 times more antioxidants than regular brewed green tea, and can help you stay mentally alert. It also aids in detoxification, boosts metabolism and keeps skin healthy.
Not all water is created equal and the new kid on the block is birch water. It may be foreign to us but the Finnish birch forests have been tapped for their sap in the springtime for the past few centuries. This very slightly sweet natural water is loaded with vitamins, proteins, amino acids and minerals, and offers lots of health benefits. It’s a natural detox drink that’s low in calories — it ranges from 8 calories for the unflavoured version to 38 calories for the flavoured ones. Way better than a sugary soda or juice.
Tapped offers these waters in 4 varieties – 100% organic Birch Water, Elderflower, Bilberry & Lingonberry, and Apple & Root Ginger. Be inventive and turn yours into an ice lolly, or use them in shakes and smoothies!
The Fitness Grocer
This online shop targets active individuals with little time to meal-prep or eat, and helps them meet their protein goals while still teasing their palates. Justine’s Complete Protein Cookie from New Zealand is a soft baked low-carb, high-protein cookie. Depending on the flavour, each cookie contains a minimum of 15g of protein but less than 3g of carbs.
If you prefer snacking on chips, then Quest Protein Chips will be up your alley. With 21g of protein in a single serve, and only 2-3g of carbs and 4g of fats, this definitely trumps the regular potato chip.
Give me a whole food, you say. Reach for the Organic Tigernuts. This little-known tuber is actually not a nut, and has been around for many centuries. High in fibre, magnesium, protein, iron and vitamins, it is a truly healthy snack that is vegan, gluten-free and allergen-free. You can snack on it right out of the bag or soak them for a few hours to rehydrate and activate them for a fuller flavour.
(Text by Marie Choo / Additional reporting by Natalya Molok)