After our recent visit to Food Matters Live, we promised some product features. Today we’re looking at Go Bites, Froosh, Eat Lean, and Retro Corn – four of our favourites from the day. These brands took the time to talk with us and offer free samples so we could understand their products and their missions better.
Go Bites are our real winners from the event. Go Faster Food was founded by Kate Percy to help active people learn to cook better for their bodies, with recipe books and educational programmes in schools and for sports professionals and amateurs. After some of the recipes proved to be very popular, Kate decided to forge ahead with Go Bites: energy balls which come in packs of three to help give you fuel for an active day.
Energy is a problem for me because of my fibromyalgia, which leaves me feeling tired and drained often. I decided to test the bites out recently when heading out to an event as a press photographer for London Runway Magazine. I felt tired from travelling when I arrived so I had one of the date and coconut bites, and it perked me up right away. I was able to spread out my energy load through the three-hour event by having another ball about halfway through, and another right at the end to help me with my journey home. They worked, and I’ll be putting these in my bag whenever I know I have a long way to go from now on.
I’ve tried various energy balls, from brands like Deliciously Ella and from recipes that we have tried, as well as our own experiments. These are definitely up there with the best. The flavours are great and I love the fact that there are three in each one – instead of one larger ball that you have to eat all at once. Oh, and the best part? All except the apricot and seeds flavour are vegan, and they are planning to eliminate honey from that flavour to make the whole range vegan-friendly.
The only ingredients in Froosh are fruits, and they have a real strong and delicious flavour as a result. The blend of flavours in each one is really fantastic, with each of them coming through on the palate one by one. We picked out our two favourites from the range, although there are also another two flavours (mango and orange, and blueberry and raspberry). They don’t add anything nasty, and they source at least 50% of their fruit from the developing world. It’s a wholesome brand all round, and they have their tastes figured out really well.
We were pretty impressed by EatLean’s Protein Cheese. It has an impressive 37g of protein per 100g, BUT only 3% fat – a mixture it has taken them years to achieve. Not only that, but it also melts properly and acts just like a cheese should, giving you full flavours and textures. It doesn’t oil off, which makes it a much healthier choice for your cheese needs. This is a really amazing development, and sits alongside a full range of different cheeses with reduced salt and fat contents. If it was vegan too, it would be perfect!
Retro Corn is all about transforming popcorn with the flavours of retro sweets. Founder Greg started making the flavours with his Nan, Beryl, and she was a big part of the brand before she passed away in 2015. The brand is now going from strength to strength with lots of fantastic flavours to choose from. They were all amazing, but I picked out a bag of rhubarb and custard flavour to take home. Super sweet but not too overpowering, they really are the best of both worlds – both the retro sweets you remember, and the popcorn you love. Surprisingly, they are also soft in the mouth – not like some brands which can be very hard and crunchy when bagged.