Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: new barenakedfoods protein noodles

January 29, 2014

I’ve reviewed the noodles (and protein noodles) from Ross at barenakedfoods on this blog before, but I wanted to give the company another shout out after trying their new, improved products.

I’m sure most of you remember Ross Mendham’s emotional, edge-of-the-seat-stuff appearance on UK TV show Dragons Den last year?

There have been several positive changes to the business and noodles since then (as you’d expect, with Peter Jones’s input and support). The success of the partnership is clear in the new packaging, clearer labelling, great taste, and extras on the website (recipe ideas, fan stories, reviews).

protein noodles bare naked foods

The protein noodles still get the biggest thumbs-up from me. The new, improved version was released just a few weeks ago. They’re low cal and almost zero carb, and can be used in place of noodles or spaghetti. Because they’re made from konjac flour, they’re gluten-free (this doesn’t matter to me but it might to you!) I tend to either stir fry them with veg and strips of meat, or prawns, or make a sauce and pour it over the noodles, but there are some very yummy-looking recipes on the barenakefoods website.

Oh! And if you did watch the Dragons Den episode, you’ll remember the very real, sad reason behind Ross’s tears. Good news: Ross and his wife were joined by baby Oliver Jude earlier this month. Congratulations, guys 🙂

Here’s my original review of the Bare Naked Noodles and also the Protein noodles.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: new barenakedfoods protein noodles is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: barenakedfood protein noodles

July 24, 2012

Remember when I reviewed Bare Naked Noodles? Well, I met Ross (the man behind the brand) at this year’s Bodypower Expo and he kindly gave me a pack of barenakedfood‘s new noodles – a high protein version – and I’ve finally got round to trying them.

(Watch out, Ross is so hot he has to have a “caution” sign nearby!)

These low-carb, high protein noodles are a great alternative to spaghetti or noodles in stir-fries or will “pasta sauce” type dinners, for those of us who choose not to actually eat pasta or regular noodles. This version of barenakedfood’s noodles are pretty much identical in taste and texture to their original version, but they are significantly higher in protein. They’re high in fibre, have no sugar at all and even help to normalise cholesterol and do their bit to ward off high blood pressure.

Nutritional stats (per 100g – I got about 230g once I’d drained them)
39.75 kcals
9g protein, 1g carbs, 0g fat
5mg sodium

Now, this is not a food blog, and I am not a food blogger! I don’t know how those folk take photos of every last thing they eat every day. So, with that in mind, here is my dinner last night… featuring barenakedfood‘s protein noodles!

(Get more info about the protein noodles – and order – via this page – scroll down 🙂 )

One packet barenakedfood protein noodles
GOOD Hemp hemp oil
Asparagus tips
Some big a$$ prawns
Fresh parsley

barenakedfood low carb high protein noodle review

Heat your oil in a pan, chop your veggies. Cook them up together. Chuck in the prawns (which are already cooked) then tip the noodles in (having drained them first). The noodles only need heating, but if you cook them in a bit of oil they’ll absorb the flavours and take on a bit of texture too.
Plate up, wonder how to take a picture of noodles in an exciting manner. Add parsley and try again.

low carb noodle review recipe

The verdict? Great! I couldn’t taste any difference between these and the regular version but I must say I felt very full indeed after this dinner, and wasn’t expecting to because I thought my portion looked a bit meagre (which shows you how much I normally shovel down by way of veggies!) The noodles are really easy to cook, very versatile and a great solution if you want spaghetti or noodles for any kind of dish, or just want to add some protein to a meal without your usual meat/fish/eggs.

where can i buy low carb spaghetti pasta noodles

Thank you, Mr Ross “barenakedfood”! Find them online here or on Facebook here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: barenakedfood protein noodles is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: NutriPro Bake bars

June 13, 2012

Hands up who likes baked goods? Yeah, me too. Problem being that normal cookies, brownies and cakes don’t really jive with the whole idea of eating clean and being lean. Or feeling mean. Or however the saying goes. (Eat mean? Train clean? Who knows.)

Anyway, so three cheers for NutriPro Bake for being a wonderful source of high protein, low carb, full-of-healthy fats baked stuff! NutriPro Bake is a little bespoke nutrition company based in Wales, a one-(wo)man band supplying gorgeous homemade treats (to order) to bodybuilders (lots of my friends buy from her) and really anybody who wants to eat nice treats without sabotaging their healthy eating efforts.

Leyna (Ms NutriPro Bake) very kindly offered to send me some sample bars to review. She does have standard bars, cakes and slices but will also make bespoke recipes, either to suit your palate or your macros. She’ll tweak any of her existing products to suit you too – if you don’t like (or can’t eat) walnuts, for example, or if your diet demands a certain set of macros. She really gets it. You don’t have to explain, double check or give reasons. She knows that people like us need to eat a certain way, but she also understands that we don’t want to go without. And, as you’ll see, there’s no reason to go without when you can have NutriPro Bake’s goodies!

When Leyna said she’d send samples, little did I imagine that this is what I’d find on my doorstep – thank you Leyna!

Fresh, moist baked goods ready to be eaten now, kept in the fridge (or a sealed container) for a few days, or even frozen (which is what I did – honest, Kat!)

Someone else shared my excitement…!

So, onto the goodies, all of which I have now sampled (thanks for your patience Leyna). All come labelled clearly with kcals, macros and ingredients (refer to NutriPro Bake on Facebook for more info).

Lean moist banana peanut butter & choc bread (aka OMFG have I died and gone to heaven?)
Per slice as standard recipe: 328 kcals, 6.9 pro, 47.5 ch, 12.5 fat

This was moist, soft and light, with the banana, chocolate and peanut butter tastes coming through but none of them too strongly. Absolutely delicious! Wowsers.

Choc orange walnut seed lo-carb protein bar
Per slice as standard recipe: 28.5 pro, 11.8 ch, 24.5 fat

Leyna actually emailed me saying she was disappointed with this batch: “That batch was ‘different’ (texture wise) and I know the orange flavour weren’t intense enough…” She needn’t have fretted! I thought this bar was wonderful. Chocolate and orange are the ingredients I can see skipping hand-in-hand into the sunset together, so she was always onto a winner with this one. Yes, it’s a heavy, dense bar but it is a protein bar, not a cake slice. It’s chewy, substantial and better for you than most other protein bars (plus, it’s freshly made, not sat on a shelf wrapped in plastic!) I didn’t eat it all in one sitting, that’s how filling it is!

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Slice
Per slice as standard recipe: 85 kcals, 8 pro, 7.5 ch, 2.8 fat

This lovely little slice won me over despite not instantly appealing to me. Lemon and poppy seed isn’t a combo which jumps out at me, but I’m so glad I tried this and I’d definitely order it again. It’s really light, beautifully soft with a little crunch from the tiny seeds. Lovely! (By the way, I hope I’m typing the macros out correctly – at the moment, Leyna hand-writes all her labels. Double-check her Facebook page if you want!)

Peanut Butter Seeds Lo-carb Protein Bar
Per slice as standard recipe: 31 pro, 5.9 ch, 18.9 fat

This was another dense, heavy chewy bar like the chocolate one, but pale in colour, containing peanut butter, flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and low fat cream cheese. Really lovely! Not too strong, obviously only containing natural ingredients. Again, very filling – I couldn’t eat a whole slice in one go (and I am greedy have a huge appetite!) Very cost-effective.

Vanilla Almond Lo-carb Protein Bar
Per slice as standard recipe: 30 pro, 9.2 ch, 16 fat

Another chewier bar, this one had a stronger taste I think, with the great combination of almond and vanilla. Leyna will customise any of her recipes to suit your needs and tastes, though, and will even come up with completely bespoke recipes for you.

The verdict? Three cheers, hooray, yum yum and thank you, NutriPro Bake. I can highly recommend NutriPro Bake to all my bodybuilder friends and to anyone interested in eating treats which are simply better for you than shop-bought stuff. Not only will you be getting less carbs and fewer nasties (in fact no nasties at all!) but you’ll be getting a hefty dose of important good fats and fibre.

Follow NutriPro Bake on Twitter and NutriPro Bake on Facebook.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: NutriPro Bake bars is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: Bare Naked Noodles

February 26, 2012

Today, thefitwriter blog is mostly imitating a food blog. ie, I have just taken a photograph of my dinner. LOL.

It’s all for a good reason, though. You see, I was sent these noodles in the week, and have just scoffed them for my dinner, and need to tell you about them.

Bare Naked Food have developed noodles/spaghetti which are low carb, low cal, high fibre and contain absolutely no nasties or yukky fake stuff. No gluten, no sugar, just water, konjac flour, soybean fibre and oatmeal flour. “Sauce” notwithstanding, my bowl contained fewer than 30kcals, 1g or so protein, zero fat, fewer than 5g carbs and significant fibre (not surprising, since it’s made of fibre!) *parp*

This is useful for people like me who laugh in the face of traditional noodles and pasta, but sometimes want something noodlesque as a companion for sauces or stirfries. I sometimes use shirataki noodles but, really, they’re not that great. They are absolutely nothing like noodles, in fact. They all stick together and they’re a weird texture and… well, these are just lots better!

Let’s be completely honest, these still neither taste like, nor have the mouthfeel of, actual noodles or spaghetti. But they’re not actual noodles or spaghetti so… you know, what do you expect?

They do have a good texture, a bit like al dente pasta, and no funny taste of their own. In short, I’d much rather eat these than shirataki noodles and I will be buying more of them. This is what they look like, close up.

They take on the taste of whatever you add to them. I tried them with a tuna-type “pasta sauce” but I’d love to try them with stirfry or somehow make them into egg fried noodles? Looks like I need to get some more!

Read about them here (you can get them with a low carb chili sauce) and read another recipe (and decidedly more appealing photos!) in my friend Anna’s blog review of them here. In the meantime, here’s what I did (I can’t believe food bloggers do this kind of thing every day!)

One packet Bare Naked Food noodles
One tin tuna (Mr J West)
1 tbs nutritional yeast
100g quark
Bit of onion and mushroom cooked in coconut oil
Mrs Dash
Black pepper
Fresh parsley

Mix everything except the noodles in a pan til heated through. Add whatever seasonings you like (I used Mrs Dash extra hot spicy red chili one, and black pepper).
Drain and rinse the noodles. Add the noodles to the sauce, mix and heat through.
Get one of your “special occasion” dishes down from the top cupboard “because this is going on the blog!”, plate up.
Belatedly chop some parsley “because this is going on the blog!” and garnish.
Eat. Feel very full.

Thank you, Bare Naked Food people! Find them online here or on Facebook here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: Bare Naked Noodles is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

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