Nakd Bars/Sweets €1.09
I’ve mentioned this brand before in my video about snack bars (click here to watch it). There is such an array of snack bars available in every store and supermarket, the “healthy” ones and the regular chocolate bars. This brand is my go-to for snacking, due mainly to the minimal number of ingredients, which are all natural. I usually buy them in Tesco as they are cheaper here than in most stores. They also tend to have them on sale every so often, so I stock up then! They also now do the ‘toffee’ sweets in a 4-pack for €2 so they work out at just 50cent per bag! To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the brand’s fruit flavoured snacks, they’re a bit sickly for me! But I absolutely love the darker cocoa ones. I’d maybe have a couple of bars a week. I just always have one in my handbag in case hunger strikes when I’m out and about!
1KG Frozen Peas €0.89
Like I’ve mentioned before regarding frozen fruit, frozen veg are absolutely fine and very nutritious. Personally though, there are quite a few frozen vegetables that I don’t like from a taste point of view. I don’t know, they just taste – frozen! But I think things like peas and sweetcorn freeze really well and taste great! Frozen vegetables are so handy because they are always there in the freezer ready to be used. I throw these babies into curries, bolognese, tacos, stir frys – anything really!
Camomile Tea 20 Bags €0.99
Since I’m lactose intolerant, tea never agreed with me because of the milk in it, so I never really developed a habit of drinking tea. If I was ever in a coffee shop, my choice of hot drink would always be peppermint tea. However, when I developed anxiety I decided to try camomile tea since it is well known for its calming properties. It tasted a bit bland to me at first, but I continued drinking it and now I love it and can’t go to bed without a cup of it in the evening! Herbal tea counts towards your daily water intake (recommended 2L water a day) so I find it’s a great way of staying hydrated throughout the day as well.
Oat Cakes €0.87
With our love of bread, we can tend to overdo it a bit with wheat, so when it comes to crackers I go for oat cakes instead. In terms of ingredients, these are quite good in that they have a minimal amount of ingredients, just things that I would expect to see. They are also very good value. Since I changed to a healthier diet in the last few years, my taste buds have completely changed and I find some crackers to be extremely salty, but these ones taste perfect. They come in little packs of 6 so they are very handy for throwing in my bag in case I get hungry. I love to have them with almond butter and banana, but you can throw pretty much anything on them! After all, crackers are basically just something to put other foods on top of!
250g Cocoa Powder €2.49
In my previous 5 Foods I Buy post (click here to read it) I explained how I often buy cacao (“ca-cow”) powder in Aldi if I want my chocolate hit to be extra nutritious. Cacao powder has just been processed differently to cocoa (“co-co”) powder like this one, so it retains more of the plant’s goodness. Having said that, there is nothing actually bad about cocoa powder, especially this one which contains just 100% cocoa powder. Sometimes this one is advertised as much dearer, but it always scans at €2.49 so it’s reasonable value. There are slightly cheaper ones available, but I prefer the taste of this one and some of the other brands/types are designed for making hot chocolate and so actually contain sugar. I use this in smoothies and in baking.
So there you have it, another 5 things I always buy in Tesco. Happy shopping! Let me know if you try something new!