Sunday, 16 August 2015

*Urban Fruit Review.


Hello everyone. I must firstly apologise for the quality of this image. I'm not really sure what's happened to it but unfortunately I ate all of the packets and so now I can't take anymore photos. The reason this photo isn't in my usual set up is because I got them on the day before prom and I was rushing about and I'd only just had my spray tan done and I had my nails in the afternoon and I had 2937474 things to do and so I had to take my photos at that moment. But now that I've babbled on, I shall talk about the products themselves. It's weird calling them products because they aren't really but I'm just going to call them snacks because they literally are pure fruit snacks.
At the end of June I was lucky enough to be picked to review some snacks from the brand Urban Fruit. I'm sure you've heard about them but if you haven't I'll tell you all about Urban Fruit.
Urban Fruit is a healthy and pure fruit snack with no messing. Urban Fruit is made with 100% fruit that's been hand-picked in season and gently baked. Packs of Urban Fruit contain no sulphites, added sugars or nasty concentrates - therefore they are a delicious and nutritious snack. All varieties are also gluten free and suitable for vegans, as well as being low in fat and high in fibre - making them good for the heart and digestive health and keeping you fuller for longer.
Because Urban Fruit only has naturally occurring fruit sugars, each snack pack only contains 100-103 calories. They're perfect to snack on throughout the day, to give you a fruity energy boost pre/post workout and to tuck into as a natural alternative to satisfy that sweet craving!
Urban Fruit works directly with farmers to grow the world's best fruit, picked when it is perfectly ripe. The farmers add absolutely nothing to it and gently bake it so that the fruit holds on to all its nutrients and fibre.
Urban Fruit is easy to find on the high street and available in a variety of flavours including 'Tremendously Tropical' (Mango, Pineapple, Banana and baked Coconut), 'Magnificent Mango', 'Smashing Strawberry', 'Perfect Pineapple', 'Superberry Blueberry & Blackcurrant', 'Awesome Apple & Pear', 'Brilliant Banana' and 'Cheeky Cherry'. There's something to suit every taste.
Urban Fruit comes in two sizes; 90g/100g/125g packs that are perfect for sharing or 35g snack packs that are great for munching on the move.
Other tips:
- Munch strawberries before your workout to boost fat burn.
- Pop cherries post workout to reduce inflammation and boost recovery.
- Bananas help make serotonin and melatonin, they brain's key calming hormones.
- Mangos are rich in Vitamin A which makes the skin soft and shiny.
- Pineapples contain an important digestive enzyme that keeps your tummy happy.
So now that you know all about Urban Fruit and some other tips, I'm going to tell you which snack bags I tried and what my verdict on each separate one was.
So the first snack bag I tried was the Tremendously Tropical bag which is a delicious mix of tasty mango, tangy pineapple, toffee-like banana and decadent baked coconut. It is vegan and gluten free, with no added nonsense. It comes in a larger 100g bag and so it is perfect for sharing.
Nutritional info, per 100g;
Energy (KJ) - 1416
Energy (Kcal) - 338
Protein - 2.4g
Carbohydrates - 60.1g (of which sugars) 41.8g
Fat - 8.2g (of which saturates) 3.5g.
Fibre 6.8g
So what did I think of it? Personally, I didn't like it. I'm not really a fan of pineapple or mango and so it wasn't really my cup of tea but I shared it with my family and they really liked it.
I then had the Magnificent Mango bag. Mangos are nothing short of delicious, so why mess with them? At Urban Fruit they give you the mango, the whole mango and nothing but the mango. It's available in 100g and hand snack pack sized (35g).
Nutritional info, per 100g;
Energy (KJ) - 1239
Energy (Kcal) - 296
Protein - 2.9g
Carbohydrates - 68.2g (of which sugars) 56.6g
Fat - 0.3g (of which saturates) 0.1g.
Fibre 9.0g.
So what did I think of it? Personally, I didn't like it. Again it was mango and I don't really like mango but my little brother loved it.
So then I had the Perfect Pineapple bag. Urban Fruit keep their pineapples pure and prickle free. It's available in 100g or handy snack pack size (35g).
Nutritional info, per 100g;
Energy (KJ) - 1201
Energy (Kcal) - 287
Protein - 2.0g
Carbohydrates - 69.3g (of which sugars) 57.2g
Fat - 0.2g (of which saturates) 0.0g.
Fibre 8.0g.
So what did I think of it? I think you already know what my answer is going to be considering I dislike pineapples. I didn't like it but the rest of my family did.
Then I tried the Smashing Strawberry snack bag. Urban Fruit keep strawberries simple - just the strawberries and a dash of apple juice. No added sugar, no sulphites, no shortcuts. These are available in 90g or handy snack pack size (35g).
Nutritional info, per 100g;
Energy (KJ) - 1230
Energy (Kcal) - 293
Protein - 2.0g
Carbohydrates - 67.3g (of which sugars) 58.1g
Fat - 0.2g (of which saturates) 0.0g.
Fibre 6.1g
So what did I think of it? I actually really liked it. They were sweet and tasty and really did fill me up. They are small and each to travel around with.
The last one I tried was the Cheeky Cherry bag. Urban Fruit don't trifle with cherries - they're delicious as they are, so that's the only ingredient in the 90g pack.
Nutritional info, per 100g;
Energy (KJ) - 1118
Energy (Kcal) - 267
Protein - 2.0g
Carbohydrates - 67.3g (of which sugars) 56.1g
Fat - 0.3g (of which saturates) 0.0g.
Fibre 8.3g
So what did I think of it? Again, I actually really liked it. It was again quite yummy and was a great snack.
Overall thoughts of Urban Fruit:
My overall thoughts of Urban Fruit is that I don't really like some of their range, mainly just because I don't like the fruit. The only thing I didn't like about all of them in general is the texture of them. I think it's just because they are baked and it makes the texture quite weird and so I don't really think I'm a fan of baked fruit. I really like the concept of the brand and I think the packaging is amazing but I just don't think this snack is the one for me. If you like dried fruit then you'll definitely like these. I won't be purchasing these in the future.
Current Urban Fruit stockists: Asda, Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado, Co-op, Amazon, Wilkos, Whole Foods, Boots (in the meal deal), Amazon, and lots of lovely independents. Urban Fruit is also now available in Sainsbury's too.
Urban Fruit retails for £1.97.
Have you tried Urban Fruit before?
*DISCLAIMER: These products were sent for review purposes only. This does not influence my views and opinions on the products. My views and opinions are 100% honest.

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