I’ve been a vegetarian all my life. I was bought up by my parents as a vegetarian and to be honest, I’m pretty happy with that. Before the big boom in the vegan market, I would try to avoid telling as many people as possible. For some reason, they all felt the need to try and quiz me and then convert me. “Why don’t you eat meat?” “Have you ever even tried it?” “How do you get a balanced diet?” “Meat is so good for you!” “You’re such a fussy eater!” “How can you not eat bacon?” Seriously, what’s the big hype around bacon?
These days, our society is far more open and accepting of people’s lifestyle choices and dietary requirements. Not only are we seeing the rise vegan restaurants and vegan treats, but we are also seeing a huge rise in vegan friendly meat alternatives in the freezer section at the local supermarket. It’s not just the food either, it’s great to see so many reusable, cruelty free, vegan beauty products filling up the shelves too.
How Does It Compare To Vegan Food We Buy Ready Frozen In The Supermarket?
Being a vegetarian means, of course, I have eaten my fair share of vegan friendly foods. I’ve had vegetarian and vegan alternatives to meat, such as Quorn burgers, that I’ve picked up from the frozen section in my nearest Tesco. However, I wanted to know how vegan food made from scratch compares to the food we buy prefrozen in the supermarket.
Nutree Life Vegan Foods
When I was sent a collection of vegan protein foods from Nutree Life, I was excited to get stuck in and see how this vegan food compared to the food I was used to. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was eager to get stuck in regardless.
In the interest of honesty, I found the collection to be a bit of a mixed bag!
Nutree Life Burgers
First up, I was really excited to try out the Vegan Burger Mix in Italian Herb. As a vegetarian transitioning to vegan foods, I thought the mixes ingredients list sounded pretty tasty. There weren’t any crazy, far out foods that I’d never heard of in there and overall, it sounded like a lovely alternative to my usual vegetarian burgers.
About The Vegan Burger Mix
For £11.99 you get a 504g bag of mix which is gluten free, soya free, lactose free and 100% vegan and 100% natural. 504G will definitely make you a lot of burgers, making it great value when compared to buying burgers/frozen vegan burgers/minced beef. They’re also simple to make: add a splash of water, shape into a patty and lightly fry.
How Do They Taste?
I’d actually say these were pretty nice. You can definitely taste the herb mix and they smell amazing when being cooked. The texture of the burger is different to any other meat alternative burger that I have tasted, but with the addition of burger bun, sauces and accompaniments, it made a pretty pleasant meal. I wouldn’t recommend eating it just on it’s own, unless you’re a seasoned vegan. My taste buds aren’t used to the taste of many vegan foods still, but as a veggie, I’d say this was tasty as part of a lovely summer’s evening meal!
Nutree Life Protein Sample Box
Next up, I wanted to try my hand at some of the protein bars and other little treats Nutree Life sells. Some of the flapjacks and little snack bites looked really tasty on the website, so I decided to order then Protein Sample Box and try out a collection.
About The Sample Box
In the box, you get 2 x protein bars, 2 x protein snack bites, 2 x protein flapjacks and 2 x protein cubes. Not bad considering it costs under a fiver (£4.99) and, just like the burgers, the snacks are all gluten free, soya free, lactose free and 100% natural, 100% vegan.
How Did They Taste?
The flapjack bars were quite tasty. They weren’t quite what I was expecting as, being gluten free, they obviously don’t use oats. However, with that being said, they were definitely palatable and would be absolutely great for people with gluten problems. The snack bites and protein bars were also quite nice. Again, not the types of textures I’m used to, but they’re certainly enjoyable.
Nutree Life Vegan Protein Cubes
The only food I didn’t get on with from Nutree Life was their selection of Protein Cubes. I ordered some chocolate flavoured cubes from £11.99, which got me a bag of 18 individually wrapped cubes. I also received 2 in my sample box. Again, the products are 100% vegan, 100% natural and gluten, soya and lactose free.
They come in the perfect size for on the go snacking, whether you’re in the office and feeling peckish, or if you’re after a post work out protein treat. Each cube contains an impressive 7g of plant based protein, so you really will find it hard to find a product that has the same excellent quality as the Nutree Life cubes do.
How Did They Taste?
Unfortunately for me, I just couldn’t get past the texture of the cubes. They’re very dry and a bit powdery – it’s just not something I’m used to eating. That being said, the cubes look to me a really popular product and have a huge collection of positive, 5 star reviews. If you’re heavily into the vegan lifestyle or have dietary requirements, then these little cubes could be perfect for you.
Overall thoughts and opinions on the Nutree Life range
As I stated at the beginning of this post – I’m a vegetarian, not a vegan. So please bear that in mind when reading, especially if you are a vegan or a person with dietary requirements. It’s safe to say our taste buds will definitely be used to different flavours and textures!
That aside, I certainly enjoyed the burger mix and the sample box. Both of them are also extremely good value! Especially the burger mix – one bag will make you a lot of tasty burgers. It’s a shame about the cubes, but for me, they just didn’t work.
All the food came well packaged and none of my snack bars were broken – that’s always a plus when ordering food online.
I would say that my little dive into the world of vegan food was successful! If you are interested in viewing the full range of products available, head to the Nutree Life website.
*I was sent these products in return for an honest review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
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