Macro Natural Nut Mix

Product Review: Macro Natural Nut Mix

Woolies has recently launched a snack pack called Macro Natural Nut Mix. The bag contains 5 single-serve packs 5 and costs $3.99, making a convenient and reasonably-priced snack. Sadly, convenience also means extra packaging.

Each pack contains 30g of nuts (almonds, blanched peanuts, walnuts and cashews), which is the recommended serving size in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Note that the nuts are either raw or blanched and unsalted, making them healthier than the roasted and/or flavoured varieties.

Nuts contain healthy fats (mainly monounsaturated and some polyunsaturated fatty acids), as well as some protein and fibre. They also contain appreciable amounts of micronutrients such as vitamin E, folate, magnesium, calcium, and selenium. When tolerated, nuts should be consumed regularly in sensible amounts as part of a healthy diet. I prefer to freeze nuts for texture and to help protect the fats from going rancid.

Each serve provides:
Energy: 777kJ
Protein: 6.7g
Fat 16.5g
Saturated 1.7g
Carbohydrate 2.0g
– Sugars 1.6g
Fibre 2.5g

For more information about the health benefits of nuts, visit Nuts For Life.

Product review: Woolworths slow cooked stocks

As much as I love making my own broth, when time is tight it’s nice to have backup options. Some of them can be quite expensive but fortunately Woolies has come up with a range of slow cooked stocks that are decent and budget-friendly.

The stocks come in 4 flavours: King Island beef, vegetable, free range chicken and white fish. All have very clean ingredients lists. All good for cooking and okay for drinking straight. Perfect for emergencies and/or lazy people.

Woolworths King Island beef stock, vegetable stock

Woolworths King Island beef stock nutrition information

Woolworths vegetable stock nutrition information

Woolworths free range chicken stock, white fish stock

Woolworths free range chicken stock nutrition information

Woolworths white fish stock nutrition information

Product review: Macro raw food bars

The good old Woolies has jumped into the bandwagon of raw food bars. My coach gave me one the other day and I was pleased to read the short ingredients list: dates (69%), nuts (18%) (almonds, cashews, walnuts), cocoa liquor, cocoa powder (plus peppermint oil in the chocolate & mint flavoured one). Yes, the dates are the first and most abundant ingredient but apart from the whack of (natural) sugar the bar is crap-free. They even use real nuts and not peanuts! Yay!

Macro raw bars

Macro raw food bars ($1.99)

As expected, the bars were chewy (and less crumbly than these) and quite sweet, but because they’re small they’re unlikely to send you on a food coma. I liked both flavours about the same.