It’s Sunday morning, and considering it’s World Nutella Day, a chocolate pancake extravaganza is in order. To make ours verging on a healthy alternative, we are excited about new Mindful Bites’ nut butter range. Just put on shelves in Whole Foods this week, the jars come in four flavours: Brazil Nuts and Cacao Nibs (so much more than just a chocolate spread), Cashew Nuts and Baobab, Hazelnut and Berries and Almond and Maca.
Mindful Bites is a brand that aims to boost mindful eating morale (but we find it rather indulgent and difficult to stop gorging on). Drawing on behavioural and nutritional scientific research, their snack range has been designed to slow down the speed of your eating, making snacking intentional – or that’s the makers’ plan anyway.
It sounds more complex than it is. Simply, the packets of ‘bites’ contain small, rectangular pieces of chia seed and quinoa wafers, which are crunchy but airy. A bit like a cheese puff, but instead of cheese they are flavoured with the same flavours as the nut butter jars (without the nut butter, be hared they’re a little bland…). Each packet of bites comes with a mini packet of smooth nut butter, which you squeeze out of small tube that’s a bit like a straw (functions as one too – we tried) onto the crisp, giving a vibrancy of texture in every mouthful. This texture, Mindful Bites says, slows down the rate at which you eat, satisfying your stomach and brain to make you feel fuller for longer. We love the names in the range including pleasure, purification, defence and more.
The packet seems simplistic, but turn to the back and there is a hidden gem that really makes this product extra thoughtful. A small peel-back sticker reveals an inspiring quote, such as the one below. The extra detail put into the Mindful Bites packaging made everyone in the office fuss over the product in admiration. Our favourite message was: ‘You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create’.
The Brazil Nuts and Cacao Nibs butter has been passed round the Healthista desks all week to innocently curb our 4pm sugar cravings. Despite Nutella being a household essential for those with a cheeky sweet tooth, hidden at the back of the cupboard where it can’t be too tempting, the Brazil Nuts and Cacao Nibs butter may just take your new top spot. When opened, the aromas remind you of a dreamy chocolate dessert. It’s a rich dark brown in colour, but the flavour doesn’t deviate too much from the nuttiness, and isn’t too sweet.
All of the range is free from gluten and dairy, palm oil, and refined sugar. They are a natural source of plant-based protein and fibre, with each packet of Crunchy Bites containing 6g of protein per 35g pack. These and the nut butters, which are a versatile nutrient rich ingredient for adding to breakfasts, desserts and snacks, are an innovatively created snack that hits the craving spot.
Mindful Bites are available in WholeFoods
World Nutella Day is February 5th
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