Consistently eating healthy can be a challenge, especially when you’re changing over to or juggling alternative ways of eating, or simply trying to eat less sugar. But while it can feel great to make healthier choices, it can also be daunting (and eventually tedious) if you do too much, too fast, especially if you begin to feel perpetually deprived of your favourite snacks and treats. And with Ramadan in full swing, it can get just that much more challenging.
Inspired by great recipes with functional benefits, Freakin’ Healthy believes “healthy” snacks don’t have to be just filling enough to help you make it to your next meal or to help hit your calorie goals. A wide lineup of snack products and alternative foods features everything from granola, protein balls, and cookies to raw chocolate, all contained in high quality packaging and widely available, as well as online.
Freakin’ Healthy snacks and treats are made with natural ingredients that are free from gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, and refined sugar. They’re also 100% plant-based and rated Star K kosher. We reviewed some of their goodies, and it’s safe to say that they have successfully created snacks that cater to the healthy demographic looking for an alternative to sugary snacks at a very competitive price point for the GCC market. Plus, they make a great quick munch if you’re running late for suhoor, need a sweet post-iftar pick-me-up, or just transitioning away from refined sugar.
Read on for what we thought.
Nut Butter Bites
The Coconut Butter Bites are a standout product, with an amazingly sweet taste that doesn’t require any added sugar (and doesn’t have any). The Peanut Butter Bites are perfect for those who prefer a crunchy peanut butter flavour, and the Hazelnut Butter Bites leave a deliciously warm aftertaste of hazelnuts.
Both the Peanut Butter Bites and the Hazelnut Butter Bites are less sweet than the Coconut Bites and are suitable for those who prefer flavours that are less sugary. All bites range between 80-100 calories each.
Superfood Bars and Cookies
Freakin’ Healthy’s Superfood Bars are packed with nutritious ingredients like matcha green tea, lemon, tart cherry, and cashews. The Matcha Green Tea Lemon Bar is objectively great and healthy, especially if you enjoy sharp flavours like meringue. The Superfood Bar with Tart Cherry and Cashew is even more snippy, and perhaps the tart cherry could have been better used as a complement rather than the main flavour.
The Apple Pie on a Hazelnut Biscuit is a unique concept, but there may be too much going on for some tastes with the dates, nuts, and other ingredients. However, if you enjoy Greek yogurt with granola, this snack might be a good option for you.
The Double Chocolate Cookies come in super-cute packaging, but they have a dry and chalky aftertaste, possibly from the flaxseed powder or rice flour, which may detract from the overall taste. The Classic Vanilla Cookie is less chalky, but still not our personal favourite. The Chocolate Chip Cookies have the same powdery aftertaste, which might put off those who are new to healthy snacks, but if that’s not you, these are a great alternative to regular treats.
The Almond Vanilla Bar is a standout product with its delicious nutty flavour and the addition of vanilla. It has a very small ingredients list that is not masked by other things, making it a great snack for anyone who wants a healthy and tasty treat. The Almond Coconut Bar is also great, with subtle nut flavours and a nice balance of coconut. The Almond Coconut Protein Balls are also a great post-workout treat that is well balanced in terms of flavour and texture.
Overall, Freakin’ Healthy’s snacks are great for satisfying a sugar craving without sacrificing flavour or nutrition. The treats are perfect for those who are looking for an alternative to conventional processed “junk food” snacks and refined sugar.
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