The company I want to introduce you to in today’s Friday feature make a product that ticks so many boxes for me.
I am becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the way we eat. That is a whole different post that I intend to write over the weekend, but I am making a concerted effort to change my purchasing habits at the moment.
Processed snacks are one of the worst offenders for containing nasties such as palm oil. The environmental impact of this is totally devastating in so many ways, as you are probably aware. But did you know it is also terribly bad for us?
Palm oil is full of saturated fat and encourages obesity by boosting our appetites. What’s even more concerning is that approximately half of all products in supermarkets contain it.
So it was a real refreshing change when I came across a company called Nothing But. They produce snacks in bags that look like crisp packets. They offer both sweet and savoury options.
These snacks contain fruit and vegetables. That’s it.
They use the process of freeze drying to make their products suitable for popping in a bag and eating as a snack. The process removes the need for frying, treating or preserving.
The savoury snacks like parsnip and beetroot are quite crisp-like. My girls quite happily tucked into a bag of freeze dried peas and sweetcorn instead of a bag of crisps at lunchtime yesterday.
I have to admit a bias towards the sweet flavours though. If you’ve never tried a freeze dried strawberry, you haven’t lived.
I’m ashamed to admit that Nothing but Snack sent me FIVE packets to try. By the time I managed to take a photo, I’d got through two bags almost single-handedly.
As if the ethical and health properties of the company weren’t enough, they are the headline sponsor of national vegetarian week.
I’m a little bit biased when it comes to this, I have to admit. I’m vegetarian myself, but trying to force my views on others is the last thing I’d want to do.
And I think that the issue is tackled really well by national vegetarian week. They’re not demanding that we all stop killing animals. They are just encouraging us to share veggie food with family, friends and the community.
Whilst I’ve never really been a fan of sharing my food (hands off, it’s mine), I think it’s a great idea to showcase how versatile vegetarian food is these days. We have come a long way since the days when being vegetarian meant eating nut roast or salad.
I hope that people will consider cooking veggie for a day or selecting a vegetarian option from the menu. And as for those restaurants who only offer one vegetarian choice; please put some effort into it, just for a few days. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and create something amazing.