We recently received some samples of a range of Vegetarian Society Approved fruity snacks to review from Yu! If you have read any of our previous reviews, you will be aware that while not averse to the occasional unhealthy treat, as busy working parents we are big fans of any healthy, convenient and of course delicious snacky products that can be added to our childrens’ lunch boxes.
As ever when it comes to trying new snacks, there was no shortage of volunteers in the family to tuck in. As the focus here is on providing nutritional snacks for the children, they got first dibs. That’s not to say that the adults totally lost out however…
These are bite-sized pieces of 100% dried fruit which are fat free and have no added sugar. My kids tried the blueberry chews and gave them two thumbs up and the seal of approval. I have no doubt that if we had any more to hand, they would have polished these off as well.
They come in several other flavours including strawberry and cherry and mango and a packet counts as one of your five a day.
The fruit pieces are cleverly designed to have the texture and look of sweets, which will appeal to kids. Parents are likely to have more success convincing kids to take these to school rather than a “boring” apple or banana and so these are a great option for the lunch box.
Yogurt-Coated Fruit Pieces
There are a choice of fruit varieties here including strawberry , raspberry , blackcurrant and raisins. As probably the biggest fan of yogurt covered snacks in the family, I volunteered to try the raisins.
The first thing to note is that the yogurt coating does make the snack very sweet. This might not be to everyone’s liking but those with a confirmed sweet tooth like me will love it. I ate these one day with a cup of tea when I was in the middle of one of those familiar mid afternoon slumps and it did feel like a bit of a treat. Reading directly off the back of the packet they were 53% raisin and 45% yogurt and came in at 111 calories.
Again with real fruit and yogurt, these have been made into bars with the addition of cereal into the mix. We tried the strawberry and wild berry bars but apricot and cherry are also available. As before, the yogurt coating makes the bar very sweet, which appealed to me as well as to our kids, but may not be to everyone’s taste.
A strawberry bar comes in at 131 calories per bar. Strawberry bar ingredients: fruit 38%, yogurt 33%, cereal 22%.
These were a hit with all of the family and will definitely be added to our shopping list in future. It’s great to find a product that has wholesome ingredients, doesn’t contain artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives and still tastes like a real treat.
You can buy Yu! products in both Tesco and Sainsburys (in the home baking aisle, next to dried fruit).