Now that November is truly over and well are well into December I am going to tell you all about the Fab Finds that I came across last month. In my Fab Finds features I will include products that I have either come across when out and about shopping, samples of items that I have tried and loved and also products that I have been sent for consideration that I have liked. My first every Fab Finds feature included some items that I discovered in September that I really liked, October was super busy for me and I didn’t find anything particularly Fab so I skipped that month, there is no point wasting anyone’s time telling you about pointless items now is there.
This month my Fab Finds post seems to have been taken over by items for foodies.
One of the items that I was introduced to in November which I found handy was a healthy Italian alternative to sweets. My girls love sweets and when they get them from anywhere be it birthdays at school where they get a sweet of some kind, birthday parties, their grans, friends or uncles houses they will secretly squirrel it away somewhere in their bedroom out of my sight. I know they do this as I find sweets lying around and sweet wrappers carelessly disposed of on the floor next to the bin (come on kids really, you somehow missed the bin by 2cm). I find that if a sweet craving is hijacked by a healthier sweet item being introduced such as whole pieces of fruit – not always a child’s first choice or something like dried fruit then the craving is satisfied reducing the need for sugar and rummaging through their room to find their hidden sweets when mummy isn’t looking.
Noberasco the Italian masters of dried fruit have a selection of fruit cubes which can be found at the Ciao Gusto Italian Shop on Ocado. They have a range of flavours including Plum, ‘Red Fruits’, Apricot and Pear. The Fruttime packs are great for adding to lunchboxes and also for adults wanting a convenient snack that doesn’t include the hydrogenated fats and cereals that appear in so many snacks these days. The products do not contain pectin, colours, gelatinizing agents, apple juice, added sugar, artificial flavour or preservatives just 100% fruit. The pouches are a handy size making them easy to transport and they are resealable so you don’t need to finish the whole pack in one go. Just a reminder though that although they do not contain added sugar the product will contain natural sugars from the ripe fruits used and also will not have the fibre that comes with the fruit. I have been using these as an addition to whole fruit, it’s great as an after school snack on the way home or on the way to the tutors.
Another item that I thought was rather good especially for children was Puds in a Mug. These are a recent addition to the Dr Oetker range. There are times where the little ones or I get a craving for cake and and nothing else will do. Dr Oetker has 3 products in this range:
Dr. Oetker Pud in a Mug Sponge Puds are available in Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco and Co-op.
Dr. Oetker Pud in a Mug Velvety Desserts are available in Asda.
The MRRP is £0.79.
I made tried the rich chocolate dessert which really did have a rich chocolate flavour. Although not the same as home made it helps when you need cake straight away and is not bad at all when eaten whilst still hot with vanilla ice cream. It’s super easy to make, you simply add milk and microwave.
I use coconut milk quite regularly and recently I came across a new coconut milk pouch in Asda. The pouch contains 200ml of coconut milk where as the tins have 400ml. Normally I use tins and reduce the milk as it isn’t always thick enough and there is a touch too much so the pouches make a fabulous alternative, these simply need pouring over the food you have cooked and heating through which takes a matter of minutes and adds a gorgeous creamy coconut flavour to your dish. The coconut content is high too, this is one of the better quality products on the market as it contains 60% coconut extract where as many other have less and don’t taste as good. I am looking forward to experimenting with some more vegetable pasta dishes so keep your eyes peeled for some yummy recipes coming soon. This is high in fats but should be fine when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In many instances you will be combining it with vegetable which will contain fibre and will actually trap some of the fats within the fibre strands helping to eliminate some of them from the body.
Have you discovered anything Fab recently that you would love to spread the word about?