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Fab Foodie Finds Inside The Desgustabox

What a way to start 2016! Another Degustabox filled with foodie delights and always via a prompt delivery service. I love the fact that the delivery updates are sent via email and text messages to ensure you’re home in time for the delivery.

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service in which you receive 9 to 14 surprise products, many of which are completely new to the food market!At just £12.99 a month it is great value and you can cancel your subscription at any time. The “Degustaboxes” are a great way to add a bit of variety to your kitchen and there really are some fab foodie finds inside every box. Overall I have had a great experience with this foodie subscription service. What I particularly like is the variety, I cannot stress enough how refreshing it is to try so many new things which sometimes push me outside of my food comfort zone. Another great aspect is how healthy most of items are, at least 50% of the products in the boxes usually have some kind of healthy eating ethos. If you’re looking for a way to change your eating habits and discover new products this is definitely for you. If you’re not adventurous when it comes to food or drink then this might not be for you but it’s still worth considering.

Koko Dairy Free

This has to be my favourite product in the Degustabox. Koko Dairy Free Original is a unique alternative to cow’s milk and it’s made with freshly pressed coconut milk. It tastes more like cow’s milk than anything coconut related. I only hope that I can find it in supermarkets.

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Hip Pops are yet another cool healthy snack which contains 50% less fat than standard potato crisps on average! I enjoyed them but would have loved more in each pack.

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Drink Me Chai’s award winning Spiced Chai is a blend of exotic spices, milk and sweetened tea. I was a little apprehensive about the just add water instructions as more often the authenticity of the drink is compromised but in this instance it tasted great.

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The “Nothing But” snacks are unique and a bit of an acquired taste but I enjoyed this flavour.  It is a freeze dried fruit and vegetable snack, all under 80 calories and nothing else added. My only issue with these snacks is that it misses the deep flavours that other dried snacks have, perhaps it’s the freeze dried process.

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Made with all natural, honest ingredients the Fabulous Bakers’ bars contain no added sugar. They are made with real fruit and contain slow release energy oats. Despite all of the goodness that within each bar including 2 of my favourite fruits I just wasn’t a fan of this bar. Something about the oats mixed with the fruits didn’t work for me which is a pity because it’s clearly very healthy.

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Crabbie’s Alcoholic Light Ginger Beer really does pack a punch with a strong ginger flavour which is refreshing yet wholesome. Great alternative to other ginger beers on the market.

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TheBarilla’s Mediterranean Vegetables sauce  pasta sauce is full of flavour and tastes pretty much home made! Packed with Italian tomatoes, ripe courgettes, plump aubergines and sweet peppers it makes a great meal combined with Barilla whole-wheat fusilli. It was so good that I was even willing to share it with friends who came to visit. Really enjoyed eating this product and will definitely look out for it on my next shop.

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Red Square Toffee is made with 7 times distilled and 100% pure Vodka. It is super sweet so makes a great mixer but I drank it straight. I liked it but next time I will definitely mix it with something, probably ginger beer.

Betavivo

I enjoyed trying this new cereal called Betavivo. It is a crunchy oat heart cereal which is proven to lower your cholesterol and blood glucose which tastes good and as you can see looks great. The oats flavour is not very strong, it tastes more like a regular wheat/rice cereal which I was pleased about, it’s a great product so give it a go if you can!

Compete Energy Bites

The COMPETE® Energy Bites are caffeine boosters which provide an instant boost to help improve your alertness, endurance and physical energy. Since I’m naturally energetic I can’t say for sure whether they worked but if you need an energy boost it’s worth a try.

Visit https://www.degustabox.com to order your very own box of foodie fun with degustabox filled with delights!

Use discount code BLDEG15 for a £6.00 discount.

*I receive these boxes to review but receive no financial payments, these are all my honest opinions.

Who’s For A Recipe? Spinach with Pine Kernels and Garlic

Cypressa sent me a pack of pine kernels (also known as pine nuts) to review recently and initially I was going to go straight for the usual pesto recipe but remembered that I had done one recently. I realised that pine kernels can be used to add flavour and depth to very simple dished and found this simple Spinach with Pine Kernels with Garlic recipe that anyone can try.

Pine Kernels from Cypressa

Pine Kernels from Cypressa

  • 1kg fresh spinach, or 500g frozen leaf spinach (I used Frozen)
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts/kernels
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
Pine Kernels Frying

Pine Kernels Frying

Spinach and Pine Nuts ready to eat

Spinach and Pine Nuts ready to eat

  1. Place frozen spinach in a large pan of water and bring to the oil, stirring occasionally to ensure spinach is cooked. Be sure not to overcook.
  2. If using fresh spinach, make sure you wash the spinach thoroughly and place in a large pan. Pour over a little boiling water, cover and cook for 2-3 mins, until the leaves have wilted.
  3. Tip spinach into a colander and drain well.
  4. Meanwhile heat the oil, add the pine nuts and fry until golden – be careful to ensure that the heat is not set too highly as the nuts brown very quickly. Add the garlic and fry briefly, then stir in the spinach and stir until heated through.

Simple, yet delicious and perfect to go as a a healthy side dish with any meal.

Visit http://www.cypressa.co.uk/ for more details.