Autumn is here, and as much as I love this cosy jumper and tights wearing season. It does something to my eating habits. Where summer inspires me to eat salads, fresh food and sip ice cold drinks the colder weather creeps in, and I am all lattes, hot pies and biscuits.
Autumn is also the season where your immune system may need a boost to help your body fight off any colds and so it’s a good idea to have a handy supply of healthy snacks, for when you need a boost or pick me up.
The health food market is full of choice right now, with so many options for all, including gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan. PressMum has found 10 healthy snacks that you should try.
Red Dates, also called Jujube fruits, are a berry from the Far East enjoyed for health and well-being for thousands of years. They have a natural caramel flavour and are packed with nutrients. They contain 18 out of 24 essential amino acids which help tissue repair and recovery – perfect after a workout. Also, they are known as an adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress, both mentally and physically. The fresh jujube fruit has 20 x more vitamin C than citrus fruits. With only 60 kcal per serving, they are low in calories, high in fibre, and also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, no added sugar, sulphite free.
Free-from: Gluten-free, dairy-free, sulphite-free, no added sugar, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, non-GMO.
Price from £1.19 per bag
Stockists: Ocado, Grape Tree, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital, independent stores
Captain Kombucha Ginger Lemon
With celebrity fans including Justin Bieber, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Calvin Harris, Kombucha is one of 2018’s hottest drinks trends. Captain Kombucha Ginger Lemon is the latest flavour to land in Holland and Barrett and is the perfect pick me up.
Ginger Lemon joins a host of other tasty flavours from Captain Kombucha including Original, California Raspberry and Coconut Summer Beach.
Organic, vegan and gluten-free, Kombucha has been known to improve digestion, stimulate the digestive system, and boost immunity.
Free-from: No preservatives, Unpasteurised, Raw, Vegan & Vegetarian-friendly, Living Cultures, Gluten Free, Organic Acids
Price: from £2.49
Stockist: Holland and Barratt, Wholefood Earth
Breakfast Balls are the perfect quick-fix healthy start to the day if you’re short on time. Plus, they provide 5.4g protein, an abundance of fibre and all-round nutritional balance.
There are three delicious flavours to choose from: Apple + Blueberry, Hazelnut + Cacao and Strawberry + Vanilla.
The new Breakfast Balls are made using the highest quality sources of natural protein – such as pea, rice and pumpkin
Free-from: vegan-friendly, gluten-free and contain no added sugar.
Price: from £1.99
Stockist: available nationwide. For more information visit www.theproteinballco.com
Freedom Mallows are a delicious range of vanilla and strawberry flavour marshmallows created using all-natural flavours. With 10 years of research into the product, the gelatine-free recipe allows vegetarians, vegans, consumers with intolerances, and those with dairy or fat-free lifestyles to enjoy tasty marshmallows. Freedom Mallows are also great for baking, and enjoying on top of Peanut Hottie Peanut Butter and Chocolate hot chocolate!
Free-from: gelatine, suitable for vegetarians, vegans, consumers with intolerances, and those with dairy or fat-free lifestyles
Price: from £2.00
Stockist: Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Holland & Barrett
SugaVida is a delicious and nutritious sugar found in nature, containing over 15 vitamins and minerals.
Wild harvested from the blossom of the sacred Palmyra tree in Southern India, SugaVida is the original low GI sugar of life. It is ethically and sustainably produced and has been cherished in Ayurvedic Medicine for its benefits for over 5000 years.
Organic, The nutritional sugar of life, Great taste 2014, Rich in vitamins and minerals including B1, B2, B6, B12 + iron. It is suitable for baking, cooking, sprinkling on to food or stirring in to beverages.
SugaVida also makes Turmeric Lattes, these drinks which can be enjoyed hot or cold are naturally sweet, delicately spiced, and bursting with B vitamins, essential minerals, and health-boosting ingredients to promote an overall feeling of wellbeing. 10 servings cost £9.99
Free-from: Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten and GMO-free
Price: from £7.99
Stockist: Wholebeing Health Foods or Ocado.
If you are a pizza fan, a new range of plant-based pizzas are set to launch this November.
The pizzas by Magioni are two of your ﬁve-a-day and have 35% less carbs on average. They come in three delicious ﬂavours: ‘Oh So Funghi’, ‘Pitza Falafel’ and ‘Shredded BBQ Beef’. Made using more veggies and less ﬂour, Magioni has created a perfectly healthy pizza and a recipe which uses up to 225g of veggies in its colourful doughs
Stockist: Waitrose from the 7th November
Free From Fellows Sweets
Free From Fellows are Bravura Foods’ range of sugar-free, gelatine-free and gluten-free sweets. Containing absolutely no artificial colours or flavours, it’s delicious recipe is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. When compared to other non-sugar free brands, Free From Fellows holds an average 35% reduction in calories. Available from just £1.30 in Sainsbury’s (70g), Holland and Barrett (from £1.99), Grape Tree (from £1.49) and all good independent health food stores. Free From Fellows are available in Gummy Bears, Cola Bottles, Midget Gems, Pear Drops, Rhubarb and Custard and Lollipops.
Free-from: sugar-free, gelatine-free and gluten-free, no artificial colours or flavours, suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Price: from just £1.30
Stockist: Sainsbury’s, Holland and Barrett, Grape Tree and all good independent health food stores.
Vegan Bakery Cookies
Vegans can experience the delicious taste of their favourite classic biscuits thanks to Vegan Bakery. With over 200 years of bakery experience, Vegan Bakery is available in three flavours, Choco Cookies, Sweet Crunchies and Coconut Clouds, with an egg and dairy free, animal-friendly recipe.
Free-from: Vegan – egg and dairy free
Stockist: Tk Maxx, Grape Tree and Holland and Barrett (online only)
On toast, in porridge or in baking, peanut butter is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite treats. Following the launch of the world’s first peanut butter flavour hot drink and countless requests from peanut butter fans across the UK, Peanut Hottie is back with a brand-new peanut butter powder, available exclusively in Tesco in an original peanut butter or chocolate and peanut butter flavour.
Popular with athletes for a pre-workout snack, the low-fat, high-protein peanut butter powder turns into a spread once mixed with water and allows peanut butter fanatics to enjoy the taste and texture of peanut butter with an 80% reduction in fat levels compared to normal peanut butter spreads, so you can enjoy all of the taste but none of the guilt!
Use Peanut Hottie peanut butter powder to spread, blend into smoothies or bake up a storm in the kitchen, thanks to the versatility and smooth texture of the powder.
Free-from: approved by The Vegan Society and The Vegetarian Society
Price from: £3.60
Stockist: Tesco and independent health food stores
Little Miracles Fruit Tea
Enjoy the perfect organic pick me up from Little Miracles! A blend of natural tea and super fruits, Little Miracles is organic, fairtrade and contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners.
Free-from: organic, fairtrade and contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners.
Price: from £1.69.
Stockist: Tesco, Grape Tree, Wasabi and independent health food stores.