January Healthy Box 2015 – Degustabox Product Review
We start 2015 with another great month of deliciously edible goodies. January’s Degustabox featured the following brands:
- Alfa One – Rice Bran Oil
- Koko – Dairy Free Coconut Milk
- Kabuto – Kabuto Noodles – Miso Ramen
- Finn Crisp – Original Crispbread
- Magners Light – Orchard Berries
- Simplee Aloe – Aloe Vera Drink
- Sukrin – Sunflower and Pumpkin Bread Mix
- Little Miracles – Organic Energy Drink
- Mornflake – Porridge with two different flavours, Nutella and Golden Syrup.
- Haywards – Piccalilli Sauce
- Clipper – Green Tea with Lemon
Here is the link to the full background of the Degustabox and the service they offer: https://motherhooddiaries.com/degustabox-review-plus-competitiongiveaway-win-aprils-degustabox/
But, for a quick recap, Degustabox is an online retail service that offers a monthly package full of nutritional goods for a monthly fee of £12.99. But lucky customers like yourself will receive a £3.00 discount when signing up for your first Degustabox by inserting discount code WC76G at the checkout.
Products range from condiments to organic food and drink, packed with lots of information on the product and its manufacturer. You can sign up to receive a monthly Degustabox here: http://bit.ly/DBhomepage.
You can stay updated via Degustabox’s social networks too:
Facebook – http://bit.ly/DBUKFacebook
Twitter – http://bit.ly/DBUKTwitter
And, that’s not all! Customers have the opportunity to receive a hefty 40% discount when signing up with their email address.
So, let’s get started!
Aron (4 years old)
Aidan (2.5 years old)
What’s in January’s Degustabox?
This month’s Degustabox Recipes:
Healthy Crunch Bites using Finn Crisp – https://www.motherhooddiaries.com/finn-crisp-lunchtime-snacks/
Lizard Bread using Sukrin Bread Mix – http://fiveforafiver.com/index.php/lizard-bread-sukrin-bread-mix/
ALFA ONE RICE OIL – £2.00
“Alfa One Rice Bran Oil is nutritionally well balanced and high in natural antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Gamma Oryzanol, naturally occurring plant sterol which has been shown to reduce cholesterol absorption. Alfa One Riche Barn Oil is simply one of the healthiest and most versatile cooking oils, making it the perfect choice for any dish.”
The fact that Rice Bran Oil has a high smoke point (doesn’t turn poisonous when heated at a high temperature) and is high in plant sterols and Vitamin E was a big winner for me. I normally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and olive oil has a low smoke point apparently. This means that I have been slowly poisoning my family whilst using olive oil to cook our regular meals. I have used other oils like sunflower, groundnut and vegetable oil, but I never thought to use Rice Bran Oil. It’s very light and not as greasy as olive oil. I definitely feel better cooking my family meals with a much healthier oil.
KOKO DAIRY FREE – £1.39
Koko Dairy Free is a family owned company specialising in growing coconuts and producing a range of coconut based products. They have been farming coconuts in East Sumatra, Indonesia, since 1986. Koko Dairy Free Original & Calcium matches conventional semi-skimmed milk for total fat 2% and calcium (120mg per 100ml).
“Koko Dairy Free Original is a unique alternative to cow’s milk made with freshly pressed coconut milk. It contains fewer calories than skimmed, 0% cholesterol, and is 100% allergen free. It tastes remarkably like cow’s milk on breakfast cereals or in cooking, and doesn’t curdle in tea or coffee.”
Our Opinion – I am normally quite sceptical of substitute milk products and have grown up with full-fat milk my whole life. But, never one to turn away an opportunity to try something new, I offered the whole family the chance to try coconut milk and the result was a very refreshing and sweet taste that actually works in coffee too (and doesn’t curdle like soya milk). It’s not that far off from the taste of milk actually, except for that distinct coconut flavour. I can imagine that KOKO milk is perfect on a hot summer’s day as a refreshingly quenching drink. The boys didn’t even bat an eyelid when I substituted their regular milk in cereal with this new coconut milk – in fact, they asked for more!
KABUTO NOODLES – £2.00
Named after the Samurai’s armoured helmet, Crispin Buck, the founder of Kabuto, wanted to combine the convenience of an instant noodle pot with the flavours of authentic Asian soup. Hence, Kabuto was born, with 7 flavours to choose from.
“Kabuto Noodles are a delicious combination of authentic Asian flavours and quality ingredients, prepared with the skill, dedication and discipline of a Samurai warrior available in seven grown up Asian flavours.”
Our Opinion – I love noodles, but I wasn’t in love with these Kabuto Noodles. I do like the fact that it’s so easy to make – you simply add water. But, I felt that there wasn’t enough of the noodles and too much of some of the other ingredients that I didn’t recognise. It could have done with half the water too as the flavour was too bland for my liking.
FINN CRISP – £1.20
The Finn Crisp brand was established in 1952, when their thin crisps were launched at the Helsinki Summer Olympic games. Finland has long traditions in crispbread consumption and crispbreads have been known in every household since the 1800’s.
“Crunchy Finn Crisp Original crisp bread reflects all that is good about Nordic cuisine, using only natural ingredients. It contains two distinct sources of goodness: made from wholegrain, it is rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and as it is baked with sourdough, it’s low in fat with a distinctive tangy flavour.”
Our Opinion – Absolutely scrumptious! These Finn Crisps are so versatile, they literally go with anything! I made myself and the boys some very tasty veggie treats to help towards their 5-a-day. The recipe is so simple – just cheese and tomato and tuna/cream cheese and cucumber!
MAGNERS LIGHT – £1.25
Magners is grown in sunny Ireland where 17 varieties of sweet, sharp and bitter apples are grown and harvested to give Magners Original Irish Cider its unique taste.
“Magners, the premium Irish Cider brand, has announced the launch of a new range of fruit flavours for its low calorie cider, Magners Light. At 103 calories per bottle, Orchard Berries Light (ABV 4% is the first new flavour to be released and is available in 4 x 330ml pack in selected Tesco stores throughout the UK.”
Please note that for those who do not wish to have alcohol in their Degustaboxes, will receive SIMPLEE ALOE instead.
Our Opinion – I’m not a cider drinker at all, so hubby was on hand to review Magners Light and he enjoyed the refreshing and sweet taste. He mentioned that this particular lighter version did feel softer and less sweet, but you could still taste that classic cider aftertaste that makes Magners one of the leading cider brands. I’ll take your word for it hubby!
SIMPLEE ALOE – £1.79
Aloe Vera in drinks dates back almost 5,000 years to the early Egyptian times and has powerful healing and health benefits.
“Simplee Aloe is an all-natural, never from concentrate Aloe Vera drink. We’re here to bring the goodness of Aloe to the masses so we’ve blended Aloe with fresh grape juice and a squeeze of lemon to create and extremely tasty and healthy drink.”
Our Opinion – A really refreshing drink that went absolutely perfectly with a home-made smoothie. But, I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy this drink for £1.79. I’m not really a fan of juice, even if it is an all-natural Aloe Vera drink.
SUKRIN BREAD MIX – £5.00
Founded in 2007 by a company called Funksjonell Mat AS in Oslo, Sukrin makes a range of health food products, from baking mixes to sweeteners.
“Sukrin Low-Carb Versatile Free-From Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Bread Mix A delicious gluten-free bread with only 1 gram of carbs per slice, free from wheat, egg, sugar, yeast and soya. Use Sukrin Bread mix as a base to make tortilla wraps, pizza base, burger buns and more.”
Our Opinion – I really liked the nifty little packet this bread mix came in and I was even more impressed by how well the bread came out. You just add water, that’s it! And you’ve made bread that can rival any sunflower and pumpkin seed bread at a local bakery. I loved the flavour of this Nordic bread and, even though, it is an expensive 420g loaf for £5, it’s worth it to be able to make a Lizard bread for the kids to enjoy.
Instructions on how I made the Sukrin bread from the bread mix packet here.
LITTLE MIRACLES – £1.49 each / £2.98 total
“A beautiful blend of organic tea, juice and ginseng. Sweetened with agave, each blend is less than 90 calories per bottle, with no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. Little Miracles are non-carbonated and refreshingly light, they are the perfect pick-me-up morning, noon or afternoon.”
Our Opinion – Another “tea juice” as my boys call them. A lovely, light and tasty drink that is perfect for after heavy meals.
MORNFLAKE – £1.50 each / £3.00 total
“Mornflake Top Porridge pots are the perfect way to start your morning, with an additional Lyles Golden Syrup or Nutella portion to choose from you can add as much or as little sweetness as you like. Now available in Waitrose stores up and down the country.”
Our Opinion – I don’t tend to eat cereal for breakfast, as I often feel like it sits on my stomach like cement for a while. And, even though these Mornflake porridges were super tasty with the Nutella and Golden Syrup additions, I am still not keen on porridge/cereals full stop. So, I offered these to the boys, who absolutely loved them (even though I did sneak a taste and they were delicious). You add hot water to the line provided for you in the cup and wait a few minutes for the oats to soak up the water. I can see how these ready-to-eat porridges would be a hit for those who don’t have time to eat during breakfast.
Haywards – £1.89
“Haywards Piccalilli has deliciously chunky vegetables in a tangy mustard sauce great for sandwiches, burgers and BBQs.”
Our Opinion – I did not like this Piccalilli sauce at all. It was too strong and we all felt sick after using this sauce as part of a rice meal (recipe to follow very soon). I will never buy this again.
Special Gift – CLIPPER GREEN TEA
“A generous sample pack of 10 bags of Clipper Fairtrade Green Tea with Lemon. A light, crisp and highly refreshing green tea with a delicious lemony citrus zing. With their cleansing and detoxifying properties. Clipper’s gorgeous Green Teas are a perfect part of your daily health and beauty regime.”
Our Opinion – Clipper Fairtrade Green Tea with Lemon is perfect with honey and I enjoyed how it helped me digest heavy food after meals and as an alternative to heavy coffee. I would buy this again.
What did I like most about January’s Degustabox?
The Sukrin Bread Mix packet was my favourite because the Lizard bread turned out so great and I got the boys to try seeded bread – result!
What to watch out for:
The Piccalilli sauce – I like pickles, but this was just too much.
4 out of 5 – If it wasn’t for the Sukrin Bread Mix and the Finn Crisps, I probably would have given this box 3 stars, but there are still some other nice treats in there, like the Clipper Green Tea and the Rice Bran Oil. Still loving Degustabox J
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