Happy What I Ate Wednesday! I'm sharing some food highlights from the week as usual, but this week I also enjoyed a few great snacks that I want to tell you about.
I have a fierce sweet tooth and I have always loved jelly beans. What I don't like is artificial colours. Not good for anybody, especially children. Luckily, there is a delicious alternative.
The people at TruSweets sent me some of their yummy natural and organic Surf Sweets candy this week. These goodies are made with organic fruit juice and sweeteners, as well as natural colours and flavours. They are also free of nasty high-fructose corn syrup and GMOs and they're made in a nut-free facility. Surf Sweets are gluten-free, dairy-free and casein-free to boot. Each serving provides 100% of your daily Vitamin C too.
The good news is I didn't eat all this candy by myself. The bad news is I didn't eat all this candy by myself. The family was keen to get in on this taste test. With all the benefits to these candies, you certainly don't lose any of those good candy flavours. We wolfed the candy down in seconds. All of it. Surf Sweet's Sour Berry Bears are delicious and vegan.
Same goes for the Sour Worms. I think those are my new favourite. I bought Gummy Worms myself later in the week, but I liked the Sour Worms better. The jelly beans are vegetarian, but not vegan.
Lest you think I only ate candy this week, here are a few other foods I enjoyed. I am focusing on breakfast because I tend to share my dinners on my Sunday meal planning posts. Rather than having toast with peanut butter every day, I'm trying for more variety. I had instant organic oatmeal one day and topped it with fruit, maple syrup and soy milk.
Yesterday my son stayed home from school so I made us a special pancake breakfast. I used this recipe for Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with Blueberries. I was out of spelt flour, though, so I used gluten-free flour mix and 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum. They turned out very well. I might just do that the next time too.
I have been continuing to share fruit platters with the kids after school. They can't seem to get enough pears lately. I'm all about the blood oranges though.
Call me a pig this week, but I also enjoyed some malt vinegar and sea salt kettle chips. So good.
One snack that I don't feel guilty about are these Health Warrior Chia Bars. I received some samples this week and they came in handy for afternoon snacks.
I admit I'm late to the party when it comes to the wondrous chia seed. I have been hearing about chia seeds for a long time, but I didn't try any products containing them until recently.
I enjoyed Health Warrior's Acai Berry Chia Bar. It has a nice, fruity flavour.
My favourite flavour was the Chocolate Peanut Butter though. All of the bars have a nice chewy texture with a pleasant crunch from the chia seeds.
The coconut was my least favourite flavour, but that's a personal thing. I'm particular about coconut. I only like it in certain forms.
These little bars are packed with good things...antioxidants, 1000 mg of Omega-3, 4g of fibre and 3g of protein. At 100 to 110 calories per bar, they make a filling but low cal afternoon snack. They are 100% natural, vegan and free of gluten, dairy and soy.
You can find Chia Bars at your local Whole Foods or visit Health Warrior's website.
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*I was provided with free products for review purposes. I received no other compensation and the opinions are my own.