“ Brand: Asda / Type: Snacks „
I'm always looking for ways to pack an extra few portions of fruit and veg into my daily diet and snacks for the lunch box are also very useful, so this seemed like the perfect combination. It would give me something to snack on through the day and keep hunger at bay until home time.
The packaging of this product seems designed for children, and I can see why they target this sort of thing at that age range as it is hard to get kids to eat fruit, but as an adult I didnt let that put me off.
The outer packaging is a cardboard box, which is great as it is 100% recyclable. Inside each fruit stick is individually wrapped so they are always fresh. They come in different flavours, but I bought the strawberry ones as this is always a popular flavour in my house.
The fruit sticks are long and thin and look unappetising as they look quite raw. I think this may put children off but I looked past it and had a bite. They are soft and chewy and taste more like sweets than fruit, yet, inside you have that sense of self righteousness as you know you are eating something healthy.
These immediately sound like a winning combination, taste good, are good for you and are reasonably priced (partly because they are a supermarket own brand) but one of the things to watch out for is that they are very sugary, so not quite so good on the teeth. I knew there had to be a downside! I guess it is a trade off as to what you want from your lunchbox!
A stupid level of excitement came over me when I saw that no one has written review on these little fruity darlings! January always sparks two ideas in my mind, and probably in the minds of everyone else. The first is the sudden desire to eat healthy foods, you dream of ditching the evening glass of wine or chocolate for a large glass of water and a banana but lets be honest its never going to happen. Secondly it's the longest month of the year and also the month when the purse strings are tightest so its time to rein in those work lunches to Marks and Spencer's and settle for the humble pack lunch.
I crave something sweet in the afternoon and often tire of the regular apples and orange routine that we easily get into. During last weeks' healthy January shop I came across these fruit sticks. Now I know these are meant for children's lunchboxes but there is nothing that says us grown ups cant get involved as well and I often find the additives and calorie content on children's foods is better controlled than adults.
The packet has been revamped since the Dooyoo picture but is still a vivid and eye catching green with photos of fresh strawberries that have been made into cartoon characters. I like the use of the strawberry photo, it shows children what the prodcut6 they are eating actually looks like and also makes the product more appealing to us oldies! The product is now called Really Fruity Strawberry Sticks and contains 5 sticks for £1.12. The sticks are made with apple and strawberry puree as well as concentrated apple juice. Surely they are more apple sticks?
The product states one stick is one of your five a day, an automatic thumbs up and was thrown straight in the trolley.
The product also states it has no artificial colours or flavours and has strict limits on fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar. The ingredients seems to support the claims with the only suspicious ingredient being "natural strawberry flavouring...." Hmmm. The product also contains pectin which is a natural gelling agent often used in Jams.
The sticks are individually wrapped abed fairly small but probably a good sized for the children they are aimed at. They are so handy for a lunchbox. When you first take off the wrapper your struck by the colour, its quite a deep unattractive brown. The product gleans and looks sticky so I keep on end in the packets thereby saving my fingers from being covered in fruit goo. The taste is fantastic and is a winner in terms of delivering my sweet hit, so much so that I became worried how much sugar was in it. It tastes like a strawberry sweet and I think children will love them. The only thing that may put them off is the texture. I liked it because it was chewy but it is a little slimy and the intense flavour could be off putting.
**How healthy are they?**
Well one of our five a day is great especially considering how convenient they are to consume. Each bar is 21g.
One bar contains 63 calories. I was so impressed (one digestive biscuit contains upward of 80 and this is much more satisfying). It also contains 1g fibre. In terms of sugar any fruit product will be relatively high and that is true of these with 13.4g of the carbohydrates are sugars. The recommended intake for a women is 90g per day. However the product contains only a trace of fat and saturated fat.
On the whole im impressed and they come highly recommended, even better is you can store them in the cupboard for the inevitable day when your resolve has faltered and the fruit bowl is empty pop one of these in your bag.
(Other flavours are available - Banana is the only other I've seen and its suitable for vegetarians)