Week Two: Funch With friends

Funch is a Melbourne wholesome superfood business started by two Mums, with the aim to create something that is not only good for you, but tastes good and can be eaten by all. Whether it be in the lunchbox for kids, on-the-go snacks for busy parents or shared with friends around a cup of tea, Funch protein power balls and bars are for all those health nuts, gluten and dairy intolerant, vegans and everyone in between! The pre-prepared mixes are packed with all the essentials that you need for a hearty snack, as well as ensuring less work is spent making food, and more time is spent doing the things that you love.
I am super excited to announce that I will be partnering up with Funch for the next couple of weeks and showing you just how delicious their products are. Each week I will be making a flavour of their products, all of which you can buy online, as well as demonstrating how easily they fit onto all aspects of life!

Week Two: Funch With Friends

IMG_9118The mighty Funch ball!

Ahhh, the beloved picnic – who can deny a lovely, sunny day, sitting around with friends and family, snacking on your favourite foods? Picnics are one of my most cherished past times, and this week I wanted to see how well Funch Protein Power Balls could fit into an environment amongst other tasty foods.
Would my fellow picnic-goers ignore the Funch balls for chips, chocolate and cake, or would they be a hit?
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Last week I was so excited to introduce you all to the Funch brand I didn’t mention what exactly is IN THEM! I bet you’re all wondering ‘how exactly do I make them?’ and I will answer that for you in this blog post.

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This time around I tried out the Green Tea + Chia Protein Power Balls, which have a similar taste to last week’s Cacao + Chia but with the additional benefits of Organic Green Tea Powder. At first even I was hesitant about the additional green tea – I asked myself ‘why would you add something like that with chocolate?’ So I did some research…

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. In simpler terms, these are micronutrients that, according to emerging research, help fight degenerative diseases in our bodies such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Green tea is also linked to lowering risks of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes – truly deserving its title as a superfood! Most importantly, the taste and texture of the protein balls were not sacrificed due to this ingredient, truly making it the perfect addition to add to any mixture!

All Funch Protein Power Ball mixes include a recipe guide. The ingredients required are:
 – 30g of Coconut Oil (2 Tablespoons)
– 1/2 cup of boiling water
– 1 cup of Fresh (pitted) Dates or equivalent dried fruit/nuts of your choice
IMG_9025One of my favourite ingredients in the Funch balls… Delicious dates!

It is mind blowing how easy these little snacks are to make and how easy the ingredients are to find! Most healthy foods that are in popularity are actually quite difficult to make or contain such complicated ingredients to find, I’m too lazy to bother. Funch does all the hard work for you and leaves you to complete only the fun parts about cooking!

IMG_9032Coconut oil is another common ingredient of Funch you might be wondering about. Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which are a “healthy” form of saturated fat compared to trans fat. Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately converting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat! It also tastes delicious and has a smooth and nutty flavour – a great alternative to typical oils you’d use to cook with. Coconut oil can be found in either the health food section of a supermarket or it is sometimes in the international foods aisle (generally around the asian cuisine). It is becoming increasingly popular so it is definitely not difficult to find in comparison to other healthy (and expensive) alternatives.
This week I added in a little more coconut oil, more dates and approximately a tablespoon of honey just to take the edge off the cacao powder. I only did this because I have a sweet tooth but if you love dark chocolate you wont have an issue. My other modification this week was that I rolled some of my Funchies in almond meal to try and achieve that delicious nutty, chocolatey flavour everyone knows and loves (Like a healthy Nutella!) I’d love to ground some hazelnuts and incorporate them in the next few weeks.
IMG_9046The outcome of the picnic? Well check out these photos! They were disappearing before my eyes and I barely got a chance to take a photo of all of them in their entirety! Even amongst the chips, biscuits and other sugary treats, people still fell in love with the unique taste of Funch – and left NONE for me!
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IMG_9121Biscuits, nuts and Funchies… We can see which food reigned supreme!
IMG_9071IMG_9134IMG_9120IMG_9127Jen’s verdict? The face says it all!

Next week I’ll be mixing it up a little – showing you guys how I went with the Funch Coconut, Choc and Chia Superfood Snack Bar!

Thanks for reading!

Julia
AKA
The Sansberry xx

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