We love trying out new food and drink in this household, I’m a bit unadventurous when it comes to doing my weekly shopping and tend to stick to my favourites section online. Quite often I miss new and exciting things which come to market such as Chia Pods and Vita Coco Kids which we are reviewing this week.
Chia Pods From The Chia Co
Breakfast in this household is usually a rushed affair during the week, it’s something we can put together quickly and eat on the run so I really loved the idea of Chia Pods from The Chia Co.
Comprising of just three ingredients, chia seeds mixed with coconut milk and real fruit, each pot provides 100% of your recommended daily requirement of Omega-3 and 25% of your fibre. Chia seeds have the highest combined plant-based source of Omega 3, fibre, protein and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It all sounds like a perfect, healthy breakfast that can be eaten on the go doesn’t it?
Of course the big factors for us are a) taste and b) price. Myself and MrB really enjoyed the Chia Pods. The texture takes a little getting used to, one can only really describe it as “frogspawn texture” but once you get past that then they really are delicious. MrB really enjoyed the chia pods and has asked me to start buying them from now on. The kids weren’t too impressed with the chia pods, I think they found the texture a bit strange which is a shame but maybe I’ll try again in a few months.
The Chia Pods cost £2.59 each which to be honest is a bit on the expensive side for me. If we were all to have one every morning then that would be over £10 a day on breakfast which would already take my shopping bill to over £70 before I’d even thought of other meals.
They are really nice and extremely good for you, maybe just a little bit too expensive for us to use as a regular breakfast on the go solution. I think I will buy them occasionally for MrB going forwards as a special treat when he has a busy week.
We were also sent some Oats+ Chia sachets, These are a more realistic price at £5 for a box of 5. Simply add hot water and each single serve sachet contains wholegrain oats and sun-ripened chia blended with real fruit and virgin coconut oil to create an all-natural vegan porridge.
The banana and mango one of these is nice, though I admit to making mine with soya milk instead of hot water as I like my porridge creamy and with the cold starting to set in, I think I’ll be adding more of these to my shopping list over the next few months.
Vita Coco Kids
Vita Coco Kids also sent us a lovely picnic hamper of goodies along with some of their naturally fruit flavoured coconut water. It’s getting a bit chilly for picnics and playing with a beach ball at the moment but the drinks certainly found a good home
At mealtimes we drink basic iced tap water in this household and the kids both drink water at school and nursery but when we are on the go at the weekends (which we usually are) it’s always good to have some drinks handy for after swimming or walks on the beach.
Both the kids seemed to love these and from a parents point of view it’s nice to give them something less sugar laden than some of the drinks on the market. The ingredients list coconut water as the main ingredient (37.5%), water (36.5%), grape juice (25%), citric acid, natural flavourings. 100ml gives 5g of sugar so a 180ml carton would be 9g (trust me I’m an accountant, I like to work these things out).
9g is actually not too high for sugar content compared to some, for instance Ribena Strawberry Drink (200ml) has 21.8g and Sainsburys Pineapple Juice (200ml) has 25.4g in comparison. Bearing that in mind, I’m pretty happy giving my kids a Vita Coco Kids drink as an occasional drink after we’ve been busy. All fruit contains sugar so a little sugar won’t hurt
Would I buy Vita Coco Kids for my family, well at £2.99 for 4 it’s not too expensive (seeing as we’d probably only use one pack a week) and they do enjoy it so yes I think I would