Curiosity got the better of me, after repeatedly seeing Food Angel pop up on my Facebook newsfeed. I’d noticed that a lot of my buddies who are into fitness kept liking the page, so decided to investigate myself. I logged onto their website, www.food-angel.co.uk, and was instantly impressed! The range of products on offer, and the ethos behind them, was striking. Food Angel make a healthy range of snacks that use only whole, natural ingredients. There are no additives or preservatives in the Food Angel’s products. It’s all good. It’s all clean. It’s all fresh. Just what someone embarking on a healthier lifestyle needs.
Food Angel’s philosophy towards food is clear. Her passion for food that comes from Mother Nature is refreshing. I will agree that, as well as being “unprocessed and clean”, the produce is “amazing”- but more on this later! This company strive to provide consumers with high quality goods so you can provide your own body with the absolute best.
After contacting Food Angel, who is the wonderful Ruth, she agreed to provide me with some samples to try. It transpired shortly after making contact that Food Angel is a company very local to me; not only are the products top quality, they’re also Cumbrian! Amazing! I was excited to try something new, as I know I don’t get enough whole and raw food in my diet as I should. The food was dropped off at Xtreme Fitness, a gym at Lillyhall in Workington. Easy peasy!
The thing that struck me first was the quality and wholesomeness of the presentation. Muffins came in Food Angel boxes, the granola was well packaged, and the sample energy bar looked great. Even with food, I strongly believe that first impressions count. Upon closer inspection, the food looked (and smelt) fabulous; I sometimes find that healthier options, when not made right, often lack in appearance. It was not the case here. I couldn’t wait to dig in! The temptation was there to “scoff the lot” as soon as I got home, but I held back. I was going to use the products as intended- to supplement my lifestyle.
The first product that I tried was a Cranberry and Pecan muffin. I ate it after I’d been to the gym, as it was packed full of toasted nuts to add texture, as well as lots of protein and healthy fats. I try to eat something heavily protein based as soon as I get back from a work out, and this was a delicious go-to choice! The muffin was sweet, but not overtly so, and the nuts added a delicious crunch to it. You could tell that it was a healthier option, but only as it tasted clean, thankfully lacking the overbearing taste of processed sugars that commercially produced counterparts often have. All of Food Angel’s muffins contain more than a third less sugar than “normal” muffins, and they’re made with olive oil rather than saturated fat- good for the heart, as well as body and soul! The second sample of muffin that I tried was Butternut Squash and Walnut. You wouldn’t think that the vegies would work in something that’s typical a dessert, but they do! These muffins are packed full of goodness. They’re tasty and filling, and most definitely moreish. Again, I was mightily impressed! I have quite a penchant for cake, and the next time I have an occasion to treat myself I will genuinely be ordering from Food Angel, rather than buying from Asda etc. The cost of the muffins are £6 for four, £8 for six, £10 for eight or £14 for twelve. I recognise that these are most expensive than simply buying commercially, or off the shelf, but they’re worth the extra expense. After all, shouldn’t we invest in our own bodies? I agree that these have to be tried for you to see how good they are. You can also try Sticky Date and Ginger, Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut and Pistachio Mocha Muffins. I sense a treat coming my way this payday!
Within my samples was an energy bar. These are freezable bars made with dried fruit for a quick energy boost, oats for slow release energy, and nuts and Greek yogurt for protein. They’d be great as a snack, or as a pre or post-workout supplement. I had mine for breakfast and it got me through until lunch no problem. It was a delicious bar which was really moist and filling. It was a very generous size too, unlike those that you can buy from a supermarket. Food Angel’s energy bars cost £20 for 14. I’d probably get four weeks out of this as I wouldn’t eat one every day. I currently pay about for Nakd bars, which (although cheaper) are nowhere near as large or as filling. They are the perfect option for those of you who are constantly on the go!
My favourite sample was the Nutty Granola. This was perfect as a snack to nibble on all day. I had it on my desk and it got me through a very challenging and busy Thursday! I ate it by itself, but it would be perfect with Greek yogurt or milk. Granola is making a comeback- as people count macros rather than calories, its acceptable to eat again now. I have never seen the problem with decent granola as it’s healthy and filling. Food Angel’s version is crunchy and packed with fruit and nuts (mainly raisins, sultanas, cranberry, oats, seeds and nuts). It is sweetened with a little natural maple syrup and apple juice. Simple, easy and clean. What more could you ask for from a breakfast snack? This costs £3.50 for a 350g bag.
I’m most certainly a worshiper of Food Angel. I cannot wait to put another order in for later in the month, and I hope to become a regular customer. It’s delightful to be able to finally indulge on luxurious, homemade, local goods that I know aren’t going to ruin the hard work I’ve been putting in.
Thanks Food Angel- I owe you one!