Week Five: The Final Funchdown

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 5: The Final Funchdown


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Hello to my lovely readers!

This blog post marks the final time I will be spreading the love for Melbourne brand Funch, and wanted to end it with a real bang.
Over the past week I have taken my Funch balls just about everywhere with me. I have eaten them in the morning on the run, as a snack at Uni, as a pick me up on the way home on the train, after exercising and swimming at the gym as well as sitting down on the couch with a cup of tea.
Every week I have had my delicious creations snatched from me for the sake of blogging, so I have ensured this week I have truly enjoyed them for myself, once and for all! For my final batch of Funch I made the Cacao + Chia Protein Power Ball Mixture in the gluten free version!


IMG_0233The essential snack!
IMG_0228Sharing some Funchy love with Jen and Lauren at Uni


It is incredible that Funch caters for all sorts of eating habits, including gluten free. I once believed that gluten free immediately meant a lack of flavour and taste, but this is definitely not the case! In this mixture Sorghum Flour and Organic Puffed Amaranth are used, which as a matter of fact made the protein balls taste better! The consistency of the ball was less dense and more light and fluffy, a treat even easier to enjoy! I also found they were less heavy in the stomach after consuming even though I don’t have any intolerance to gluten.


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Over the past few weeks I have learnt a lot about nutrition and I hope you all have too. Even if Funch isn’t for you I hope I have helped you all to understand the benefits of certain ingredients and inspired you to incorporate these into your everyday diet.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Funch balls over my five week journey has been the questions ‘What’s so special about them?’ and ‘What is the difference between these and normal rum/chocolate balls?’
And while I did my best to answer those questions, I too became curious about the hard facts and figures surrounding the ingredients in Funch products.


IMG_0235I actually don’t know how this photo happened…
‘All natural ingredients’ perhaps?


I wanted to answer everyone’s questions properly, once and for all. So I went to my local shopping centre and purchased a brand of chocolate and coconut protein balls that I felt would sit on a similar level to Funch. By appearance, they seemed almost identical! But I was interested in the important business; what was hidden underneath the layer of desiccated coconut!
As a result, this blog post truly is the final ‘showdown’ to see where Funch sits in the huge market of protein balls and super foods.


IMG_0278SHOPPING CENTRE PROTEIN BALL


Ingredients (per one 32g ball)*
Biscuit Crumbs (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Canola Oil, Salt & Rising Agent), Unsalted Butter (Pasteurised Cream, Water), Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk & Lecithin), Condensed Milk (Milk & Sugar), Almond Meal, Cocoa Powder, Fine Coconut, Coconut Oil, Honey, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Kernels & Rolled Oats.

Average Qty Per Serving
Energy – 717kJ
Protein – 5g
Fat, total – 12.4g
Fats, saturated – 7.81g
Carbohydrate, total – 9.31g
Carbohydrate, sugars – 5.31g
Sodium – 24mg

*Nutritional information sourced off company website


IMG_0279FUNCH PROTEIN POWER BALL MIXTURE


Ingredients (per one 22g ball)*
Natural Almond Meal, Raw Organic Cacao Power, Organic Desiccated Coconut, Sorghum Flour, Chia Seeds, Organic Puffed Amaranth, Pure Raw Pea Protein Powder.

Average Qty Per Serving
Energy – 445kj
Protein – 5g
Fat, total – 5.9g
Fat, saturated – 2.4g
Carbohydrate, total – 6.8g
Carbohydrate, sugars – 0.8g
Sodium – 12mg

*Approximate seving size, I tend to make my Funch balls slightly larger


THE RESULT
While quite a few of these facts and figures may not be breathtakingly different, I think the most important thing to compare here are THE INGREDIENTS!
The shopping centre protein balls contain a whole heap of nasties such as sugar, biscuit crumbs, butter and condensed milk which are completely refined, unnatural and have next to no nutritional content!
A fantastic common quote about eating right is ‘If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.’ It is great to recognise every ingredient in the Funch mixture as well as understanding its purpose in there (and if you’re not familiar, a quick Google search can do the job!)


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Another stand out between the two protein balls is the actual protein used, which is technically meant to be the focus of the snack, right?
While the nutritional content reveals a similar number (both contain 5g of protein), we have to take a look at the quality of protein being used. Whey protein powders have as low as 30-40% protein and contain high amounts of lactose and fat, making it invaluable to even consume because the bad ingredients outweigh the small amount of good ones.
All Funch products use Pure Raw Pea Protein Powder (as discussed in my last Funch blog post) which contains essential amino acids and digests naturally in the stomach, as opposed to your body working hard to break down foreign ingredients such as those found in whey protein!


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While both protein balls are very tasty (I have to admit) the ultimate verdict is that Funch reigns supreme; I can’t go past the delicious, sweet taste of the dates mixed in with the cacao. Directly comparing the two has made me realise how heavy and artificial the other protein balls feel, and after trying both all I could taste in my mouth was the dairy and biscuit that was hidden amongst its ‘healthy’ label.


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So, this marks the end of an incredible journey for me and for Funch. I’ve had fun cooking for friends and family, learning a whole lot about nutrition and feeding my body the right things. I have done this 5 week project as a student writer and everything I have written and taken photos of has been out of my own interest.
I’d like to thank the Funch team for providing me with these AMAZING products to sample! I thought I would be a little sick of Funch products by the end but to my genuine surprise, I just want more!


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If you’d like to check out Funch and their products, here is their info below:
Facebook: Funch
Instagram: @funchfood
Website: www.funch.com.au


Thanks for reading and happy Funch eating!

Julia
AKA
The Sansberry xx
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