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Nakd Lemon Raisins
My two other reviews of products made by Natural balance foods, namely Nakd Bars and Trek Bars have excited quite a bit of interest on here so I thought I would add a review of another snack made by Nakd called Lemon Raisins.
In their words they are described as a snack in which "raisins taste like lemons"
Sounded interesting as lemons are one of my favourite things and not only when they are sliced up waiting to go in a gin and tonic. Actually since being diagnosed with CFS/ME a number of years ago I can't actually tolerate alcohol so better the lemon are in snacks like these- for me anyway!
In case you are new to my reviews of their products I will tell you a little about the company who make these snacks. Founded by a guy called Jamie who is originally from The United States, he grew tired of the 9 to 5 office existence and with a longstanding interest in health foods he started a new company in 2006 devoted to the making of raw vegan healthy snacks. He identified a gap in the market for these products and the company has gone from strength to strength.
If you are interested in knowing more about Jamie you can watch an excellent interview with him from a recent Bristol Vegan Fare.
So lemon raisins were born! First I must tell you that the dinky bag they come in has instant appeal. It is a vibrant sunshine yellow and has a photo of juicy lemons on the front. The contents are 100% natural with no added sugar. Inside there are sun dried raisins, natural citric acid, natural flavours and nothing else. Each 25g bag has 75 calories and is perfect for a snack. So what do they taste like? Well they actually look like sultanas and they have a distinct lemony flavour.
I think they are ideal for lunch boxes and when you chew them they are moist and delicious. Perfect for travelling and for popping in your handbag for when you get those hunger pangs.
They also make them in cherry and orange flavours too and if you visit the website you can order them in bulk. Otherwise they are available in health food stores now for 45p a bag.
Raisins are a healthy snack rich in antioxidants. They are however quite high in natural sugars so I think it may not be sensible to eat these too often without cleaning your teeth. The website does say that raisins contain oleanolic acid which may help to prevent tooth decay but I guess this has to be balanced out. For small children who may not have as good dental hygiene as adults I would advise some caution and maybe restrict them to meal times.
Naked have special links to two major charities "Care International" and "Animal Aid" which makes them very appealing to me and I love the way their foods are presented and their ethical attitudes.
One final point just keep them away from dogs as raisins and grapes can be deadly to them causing kidney failure. If your dog does accidentally eat grapes or dried fruit seek advice from your vet straight away.
I think these are a sunny snack and one I have just eaten and thoroughly enjoyed.
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