Bliss Balls – How Much Sugar Are You Really Consuming?

Bliss balls have been on the scene for a while now and have been a popular choice for the health conscious when it comes to a sweet treat alternative. Over the last couple of years, social media has been flooded with recipes for these delicious little morsels, but it’s only been more recently that we have started to see the balls line our supermarket shelves.

To be able to pick up a packet of these sweet treats saves a lot of time and effort and definitely satisfies the sweet tooth with healthier and less refined ingredients. But how much sugar are we really consuming – even if it is from a healthier source? Should we be having them every day as a snack? Or should they be classed as a healthier treat? Lets take a look…

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I took a look at three popular brands on the market, Frooze Balls, Smooshed Wholefood Balls (by Tasti) and Snackaballs (by Tom & Luke). Each brand has different flavours available but I decided to look at each of the brands berry flavours to make it more comparable.

First up, Cranberry Frooze Balls:

Serving per packet:                1 serve = 5 balls
Calories per ball/packet:      65cal / 325cal
Protein per ball/packet:       1.1g / 5.5g
Total fat per ball/packet:     2.4g / 12g
Sat fat per ball/packet:         0.4g / 2g
Carbs per ball/packet:          9g / 45g
Sugar per ball/packet:          6.9g / 34.5g

Teaspoons of sugar per packet:  8.6tsp


 

Next, Brazen Berry Wholefood Balls by Tasti:

Serving per packet:               2 serves =  6 balls
Calories per ball/packet:      43cal / 256cal
Protein per ball/packet:       0.8g / 4.8g
Total fat per ball/packet:     1.23g / 7.4g
Sat fat per ball/packet:         0.4g / 2.6g
Carbs per ball/packet:          7g / 42.2g
Sugar per ball/packet:          5.5g / 33g

Teaspoons of sugar per packet:  8.25tsp


 

Lastly, Cranberry & Cashew Snackaballs by Tom & Luke:

Serving per packet:               1 serves =  5 balls
Calories per ball/packet:      52cal / 260cal
Protein per ball/packet:       0.8g / 3.9g
Total fat per ball/packet:     2.2g / 11g
Sat fat per ball/packet:         0.76g / 3.8g
Carbs per ball/packet:          7.6g / 38.3g
Sugar per ball/packet:          6.56g / 32.8g

Teaspoons of sugar per packet:  8.2tsp


The final verdict? Although these products don’t use refined sugars, natural sweeteners like dates and dried berries/fruits still pack a big sugar punch. If you are having a packet of these balls each day as a snack, be wary of other sources of sugar (especially added sugars) you’re consuming throughout the day, as it all adds up quickly! I would keep these balls for “every other day” snacks or for a sweet treat here and there – OR keep the snacking to 2-3 balls instead of the whole packet in one go.

It is also good to know that natural sugars are processed differently in the body and don’t cause a huge spike in sugar levels compared to refined and “empty calorie” sugar snacks. Bliss balls are also a good source of fibre, healthy fats and protein which will also slow the rate of sugar release in the blood stream. Nevertheless, it is still good to know how much sugar – regardless of the type – are in these products, especially for those following low sugar diets, those with diabetes or candida issues.

You can purchase these products in most supermarkets now as well as health food stores.

Links to their websites for more info (and more delicious flavours!):

Frooze Balls: http://www.frooze.co.nz/
Tasti: http://www.tasti.co.nz/products/smooshed-wholefood-balls
Tom & Luke: http://www.tomandluke.co.nz/

 

 

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These days, food is confusing. You only have to step foot into the supermarket to immediately become overwhelmed with the vast amount of products to choose from – just look at the toothpaste section. Over 20 different types of toothpaste I can choose from that all really do the same thing, and I spend 20 minutes choosing one when I only needed to come here to get eggs. FFS.  Continue reading “Common Mistakes To Avoid When Trying to be “Healthy””

Mustard & Maple Chicken

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After wondering how I could use up some left over mustard in my fridge the other day, I came across this amazing recipe via the Yummly.com website. If you don’t have the Yummly App, then now is the time to go and download it! It is super easy to use and has some incredible recipes to suit anyone and everyone – and is especially useful when you’re stuck for dinner or even snack ideas.

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Should You Cut Carbs for Weightloss – plus more answers to your questions!

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Well, yes. And no. There’s a few good reasons as to why I think cutting carbs is a great idea which I have outlined in my latest Q&A video (see below). One of them being that many studies have shown that low carb diets don’t just reduce our waistlines, but also lower our blood glucose levels, blood pressure, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol patterns, as well as lower triglycerides. Looking at just these few, but very important reasons, is enough to consider reducing the amount of carbohydrates (especially refined carbohydrates) in our diet, HOWEVER, we do have to consider the individual when it comes to any type of “diet” or lifestyle choice.

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How to Cure a Cold Fast with Natural Remedies

It seems like everyone is sick with the cold or flu at the moment! Something nasty is definitely doing the rounds, and although it may be good excuse to have a couple of days rest at home (and binge on Orange is the New Black Season 4!) it’s never fun to be stuck with a blocked up nose, sore throat and headache for a few days.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Slice – GF, DF

A few weekends ago I was at a friends housewarming / “Pizza Night”. The star of the show was the brand new pizza oven they had just built, and the majority of the evening was spent rolling out fresh dough and seeing who could create the most epic pizza (or Calazones for those that got super creative!). Needless to say after WAY too many slices, I was feeling rather full and bloated and didn’t want to eat for a week…but then someone happened to say “dessert”.

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Healthy Anzac Biscuits – GF,DF

Anzac biscuits are one of my all time favourites! Nothing beats the smell that fills the house as they are baking in the oven (except maybe bacon…), and when enjoyed with a cup of tea, it makes the perfect delicious combo! Unfortunately, the duo of high sugar and fat that comes with the old fashioned recipes is not so great for our blood sugar levels or our waistlines. Thankfully this recipe is lower in sugar and fat using just a few tablespoons of honey and olive or coconut oil vs 1 cup of caster sugar and 150g of butter found in most other standard Anzac recipes. What else is great about it? Using gluten free/organic oats (making sure they are processed on a line that has not been contaminated), these biscuits are suitable for those gluten intolerant or with coeliacs. Also suitable for those that are dairy free – just make sure if you choose to use dark chocolate, it is free from milk solids.

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