So you know how I was telling you about all of the amazing Foodie Penpal things I was sent by the lovely Anna? And I mentioned I’d sent a box but then neglected to tell you anything about it?
Well, I thought I’d show you what I sent to Julijana in Lithuania today instead of tacking it on to the bottom of the Foodie Penpal post and hoping that you happened to want to look at it again (which I totally would, just to drool over those amazing homemade Rocky Road squares. I miss them already).
Julijana asked for a combination of healthy and not-so-healthy goodies, a girl after my own heart! I decided to try to fill her parcel with things that she might not have tried or be able to find easily in Lithuania.
Just before I sealed the box:
It actually all fitted in quite snugly when it was packed together, something I was pleased about as I didn’t want her to receive a box of shattered foods!
Here’s a closer look inside:
She sent me an email to say she was enjoying it, which was such a relief! I like to think I balanced health with treats pretty well
You might notice that I included a Nakd bar in her parcel and that is because I’ve turned into quite the fan. I actually bought my first bar more than a year ago but didn’t like it – this was in my 500g minimum of chocolate daily time and it didn’t quite fit the mould.
When I started eating healthier I bought them again and found I really liked them. I even sent them in a previous foodie penpal box. I’d only tried a few flavours though so I was so chuffed when the team at Nakd sent me a selection to try.
It took a lot to stop me ripping everything open and having a bite of each product like a child at Christmas but I abstained. Nakd bars contain only fruit, nuts and natural flavours smooshed together. No preservatives, no ingredients you have to Google.
First up, the bars. These come in 10 flavours, including a new Caffe Mocha, which I have yet to try but sounds amazing.
I was sent Pecan Pie, Berry Delight, Cocoa Delight, Ginger Bread and Rhubarb and Custard (another new flavour). My favourite flavour was the Rhubarb & Custard, it tasted so sweet and I loved the texture. The Pecan Pie was my second favourite, I’m such a pecan fan and it was great to have them in a bar.
The bars and packaging can stand up to quite a lot of abuse. I shoved a few in my bag and they were subjected to the same level of torture as everything else in there (laptop crammed on top, constantly being thrown on the floor and back in when I lose something, covered in ink from an exploding pen.. This was very convenient for me!
Next up, the flavoured raisins, which contain no added sugar, just natural flavouring.
Now I know it might sound a bit bizarre to eat cola flavoured raisins but I loved them! The flavours worked surprisingly well and they made a great healthy alternative to my Haribo on the drive home habit.
Each bag is fat-free and contains just 68 calories.
* What food would you send to someone in a different country? I couldn’t resist the Cadbury Freddo – he featured very heavily in my childhood! He’s doubled in price since I used to buy him from the village newsagent though.