My week off work was massively productive in terms of two of my favourite actions – sleeping and shopping. And very profitable for my local (and not so local) health food stores! I promised I’d let you know about all the products that left a massive dent in my pocket so here they are.
First up, my mum and I took a trip to London last week and that meant just one thing for me – Wholefoods! It was interesting to see how some products like Yogi Tea were cheaper than in Bristol whereas others such as nut butters were more expensive.
Our favourite part of the store was the salad and hot food bar. I couldn’t decide on hot or cold so decided to go for both:
Cold: spinach, olives, salmon, aubergine and miso (incredible), cucumber
Hot: vegetable ratatouille
They were so good although a little pricey for me – our bill came to just over £15 which isn’t bad if you are out at a restaurant but seemed a bit steep for take out food.
I’m very glad I don’t work in London, I think I’d ‘need’ to treat myself to lunch there way too often!
We then started shopping and picked up some goodies.
Pistachio butter – this came from a DIY machine which was good because I only put in a small amount. I have to say it is the only nut butter I’ve found I don’t love. It just doesn’t have a strong flavour, although it was fine scooped up with salted pretzels. I wouldn’t buy it again.
Clif Bar Oatmeal Raisin Walnut – I’ve seen Clif bars on other blogs for ages and desperately wanted to give them a go. Is it sad that I’m saving this one for a special occasion?
Pur peppermint gum – I grabbed this by the till as a real last minute purchase. I don’t chew a huge amount of gum because I find it causes bloating (attractive) for me. Also, I find it quite difficult to stop chewing my way through packets of the stuff. This gum was ok but lost its flavour pretty quickly.
Can you believe that is all I bought from Wholefoods? Ok, I also picked up two packs of pistachio halva but ate it before I got the chance to take a picture.
We admired the handbags and fancy make up but of course they were way out of our price range. Most of the food hall was too!
Bounce Fudgie Walnut Brain Storm - I love Bounce bars but have to be careful which ones I choose as whey protein does not agree with me. This one is delicious! It’s quite a bonus to have walnut as the signature part of an energy bar and I really liked it.
Lola’s cupcakes Tiramisu – We needed cake a few hours after lunch and headed to the cupcake bar in Selfridges. I love the way the cakes came in their own little boxes. Way too cute!
This cupcake was perfect. Not too big, not too much icing, moist, flavoursome. So often you go to cupcake bars and pay a fortune for what seems like a generic sponge with a shedload of too sweet icing plonked on top. I think I could have happily eaten both the sponge and icing on their own, they were that good.
A great day of foods in London. But that’s not all I’ve been buying! Back in Bristol I picked up a few new eats too.
Better Food Company
We have a BFC just up the road but there is a supermarket version in St Pauls. I walked there last week and was pleased to pick up a few new tries. If you haven’t heard of BFC, it is a company that sells local and organic fruit, veg and produce as well as some healthy items from the UK.
Raw Health Truly Juicy Date and Brazil Nut Bar – I love Raw Health products and this bar is no exception. It is made from raw ingredients including dates, tigernuts and coconut oil and tastes beyond good.
I also picked up an Energy Bomb Banana bar for James (I hate the taste of banana). He has yet to try it but I have a feeling it will be a huge hit.
I think I was reasonably restrained with my buying but still managed to pick up some new goodies. There might have been some adding to my herbal tea stash too
* What’s the best foodie purchase you’ve made recently? How do you limit foodie spending sprees?
I tend to find browsing but not making a single purchase helps – if I get my wallet out then I find it so tough to stop myself from buying the entire shop!