Recently I received an exciting package with some very tasty little numbers indeed 🙂 As a Nutritionist and semi-recent mother trying to slim down (again!) I was intrigued when I came across Jo Beach’s products. Branded as ‘Tasty Little Numbers’ they are real food in smaller portions and in whole calorie numbers. Great, I thought! Jo was then kind enough to send me some samples to try.
I was kind enough to try them 🙂 These are better than any ‘diet’ food I’ve tried. The simple reason for this is that diet food almost exclusively has these characteristics:
- Fat content removed – this removes the texture or ‘mouth feel’
- Thickeners are added to improve texture. If you have ever eaten gluggy tomato pasta base or coconut milk for example then you know what this glugginess feels like – it is due to thickeners such as xantham gum or corn starch. It’s revolting and yet contained within a lot of foods.
- Sugar content is removed – this is then replaced with artificial sweeteners that are carcinogenic and taste…well nothing like sugar (there are exceptions to the health-cancer link such as Stevia).
- Flavours are minimal – for some reason the theory is that if you are dieting/slimming/mindful of calories you don’t want flavour.
So you end up with reconstituted flavourless mash that is unsatisfying. While there is a place for meal replacements and diet ready-meals I don’t know many people who can sustain eating them, due to lack of flavour and ‘foodiness’, and hence fall off the diet-wagon. Instead the concept of a portion controlled meal or snack that can be eaten without having to think about the portion size or calculate the calories is appealing.
What exactly are they?
The range is made up of:
- Chocolate = 100 kCal/bar
- Crisps = 100kCal/bar
- Snack pots = 200kCal/bar
- Meal pots = 300kCal/bar
I tried the milk chocolate and white chocolate, cheese and onion crisps and chicken tikka masala.
The chocolate bars are a wafer (wheat and corn flours) coated in chocolate. They are a decent size so you have quite a few bites to realise you are eating something and to savour them. If I were being fussy I would prefer they were rice flour wafers however these aren’t low allergenic foods and the chocolate is Belgian after all. Lip-smackingly good!
Cheese and onion crisps are crunchy and full of flavour – melting and snapping at just the right moments. Exactly as crisps should be.
Chicken tikka masala snack pot was delicious. The chicken and rice are cooked well maintaining form, complemented by a delectable mix of intense spices.
Following my basic dietary rules of:
- Keep it simple – adding your calories together is easy peasy
- Make it tasty – full of flavour
- Savour it – actual food you can enjoy…
…these tasty little numbers hit the spot. Have a snack or meal without stressing about the calorie counting. It’s all there in black and white added up for you.
Products contain no colourings or flavourings. Further nutritional information can be found here.
*Products were supplied as samples but I was not paid for this review. My review is an honest opinion. Emma
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