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The irony of a very slow runner reviewing food which is marketed to help you go faster is not lost on me, however I came across Kate Percy at a conference a few years ago and she was so passionate about her product, it always stuck with me as a brand, and it has been brilliant watching it grow from afar.

Just before Xmas I was scouting around for prizes for my Countdown to Xmas challenge and I thought of Go Faster Foods again, knowing their little balls of goodness (and that’s not a phrase I’ve used in a while) would be perfect to send out through the post to my ladies.

So I agreed to do a review or the treats and Kates book “Go Faster Food for your Active Family”

IMG_1330Now I have tasted a wide variety of energy balls over the years, I have even made my own and so I know how convenient they can be as a snack, whether with a cup of tea instead of a biscuit or while on the go…like literally while out training.

My only concern with products like this is that they can be so delicious I literally can’t have them in the house.

I was sent a variety of the flavors…enough to last me a couple of weeks, so before I could be tempted I packaged up a bunch ready to be sent off to my competition winners, which is just as well because I would have eaten them all otherwise.

Talk about tasty…but strangely enough not overly morish.

I think the fact there are 3 in a packet, totaling less than 150 calories it kind of doesn’t matter if you have 1, 2 or all 3, one pack was always enough though…even if it did turn into a daily treat, almost a bit of a ritual you might say.

So, the reasons I like these bites

  • They are a UK brand
  • They are a sensible snacking option if you are watching calories or other nutritional markers
  • They are filling and tasty
  • Easy to buy in bulk and have them to hand to grab or store in your car or gym bag
  • Vegan…yep that is me these days
  • 1 of your 5 a day

Oh and…

10% of profits go towards the #eatlikeanathlete education programme which runs workshops in schools.

So what about the book?

16113906_10154984942627863_7245836588450059509_nIt is a brilliant book, “Go Faster Foods for an Active Family” I loved it.

I have a 5 year old and I am always conscious of what she’s putting in her mouth. Luckily she loves healthy foods and isn’t a fussy eater…she will try most things, and is happy with fruit or nuts as snacks rather than the alternatives.

Although like most children if there are sweet treats around she will indulge given half the chance.

She tasted the Go Faster Bites and liked them…not enough to ask me for more though…I think she kind of knew they were my treats, so she knew to leave well enough alone ha ha.

I am lucky that my daughters school is on the ball when it comes to healthy eating…Rose comes home and tells me what we should and shouldn’t be eating, and the kids get rewarded at school for choosing the healthier options at lunch, and there is always fruit available in the classrooms for snacking on.

IMG_2385I think this book will be even more useful as Rose grows older, particularly if she gets more into sport.

She proudly announced “I don’t like running” last year when I took her along to junior parkrun…although she did take part in a race at EuroDisney race weekend in September.

She has just started Gymnastics though and is loving it and we have started talking about food being a way of helping her muscles grow strong so she can jump higher and balance better.

I try not to make too much of a thing of it though. It is a delicate balance with kids, particularly girls.

I would absolutely recommend this book for parents with older children and maybe more than one child, there are some great family recipes…many of them tempting me back (almost) to eating meat.

There is some really sound non-shaming advice around the whole family using food as fuel, and ways to involve your kids in the sourcing or ingredients and the preparation of meals.

A quick flick through again last night reminded me to put some walnuts and some agave syrup on my porridge this morning instead of having it plain, and tomorrow I am going to test out the butternut squash risotto with maple syrup almonds which sounds lovely.

Just by a stroke of luck I bumped into Kate at the National Running Show yesterday…and I even managed to nab another lot of Go Faster Balls for the train journey home.

Happy Days.

So I guess you want to know where you can get yours?

Well, there are a range of stockists now which is great, you can of course order them direct from www.gofasterfood.com pop them into your Amazon basket, or even head to Holland and Barrots on the high street.

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A massive thank you to Kate and her team at Go Faster Foods for making this collaboration happen…any time you fancy sending me another batch of your super tasty balls, I’d happily take them off your hands….mind you saying that seeing the interest you had at your stall at the NEC yesterday looks like I am not the only one who would be willing to be your official taster.

The irony of a very slow runner reviewing food which is marketed to help you go faster is not lost on me, however I came across Kate Percy at a conference a few years ago and she was so passionate about her product, it always stuck with me as a brand, and it has been brilliant watching it grow from afar.

Just before Xmas I was scouting around for prizes for my Countdown to Xmas challenge and I thought of Go Faster Foods again, knowing their little balls of goodness (and that’s not a phrase I’ve used in a while) would be perfect to send out through the post to my ladies.

So I agreed to do a review or the treats and Kates book “Go Faster Food for your Active Family”

IMG_1330Now I have tasted a wide variety of energy balls over the years, I have even made my own and so I know how convenient they can be as a snack, whether with a cup of tea instead of a biscuit or while on the go…like literally while out training.

My only concern with products like this is that they can be so delicious I literally can’t have them in the house.

I was sent a variety of the flavors…enough to last me a couple of weeks, so before I could be tempted I packaged up a bunch ready to be sent off to my competition winners, which is just as well because I would have eaten them all otherwise.

Talk about tasty…but strangely enough not overly morish.

I think the fact there are 3 in a packet, totaling less than 150 calories it kind of doesn’t matter if you have 1, 2 or all 3, one pack was always enough though…even if it did turn into a daily treat, almost a bit of a ritual you might say.

So, the reasons I like these bites

  • They are a UK brand
  • They are a sensible snacking option if you are watching calories or other nutritional markers
  • They are filling and tasty
  • Easy to buy in bulk and have them to hand to grab or store in your car or gym bag
  • Vegan…yep that is me these days
  • 1 of your 5 a day

Oh and…

10% of profits go towards the #eatlikeanathlete education programme which runs workshops in schools.

So what about the book?

16113906_10154984942627863_7245836588450059509_nIt is a brilliant book, “Go Faster Foods for an Active Family” I loved it.

I have a 5 year old and I am always conscious of what she’s putting in her mouth. Luckily she loves healthy foods and isn’t a fussy eater…she will try most things, and is happy with fruit or nuts as snacks rather than the alternatives.

Although like most children if there are sweet treats around she will indulge given half the chance.

She tasted the Go Faster Bites and liked them…not enough to ask me for more though…I think she kind of knew they were my treats, so she knew to leave well enough alone ha ha.

I am lucky that my daughters school is on the ball when it comes to healthy eating…Rose comes home and tells me what we should and shouldn’t be eating, and the kids get rewarded at school for choosing the healthier options at lunch, and there is always fruit available in the classrooms for snacking on.

IMG_2385I think this book will be even more useful as Rose grows older, particularly if she gets more into sport.

She proudly announced “I don’t like running” last year when I took her along to junior parkrun…although she did take part in a race at EuroDisney race weekend in September.

She has just started Gymnastics though and is loving it and we have started talking about food being a way of helping her muscles grow strong so she can jump higher and balance better.

I try not to make too much of a thing of it though. It is a delicate balance with kids, particularly girls.

I would absolutely recommend this book for parents with older children and maybe more than one child, there are some great family recipes…many of them tempting me back (almost) to eating meat.

There is some really sound non-shaming advice around the whole family using food as fuel, and ways to involve your kids in the sourcing or ingredients and the preparation of meals.

A quick flick through again last night reminded me to put some walnuts and some agave syrup on my porridge this morning instead of having it plain, and tomorrow I am going to test out the butternut squash risotto with maple syrup almonds which sounds lovely.

Just by a stroke of luck I bumped into Kate at the National Running Show yesterday…and I even managed to nab another lot of Go Faster Balls for the train journey home.

Happy Days.

So I guess you want to know where you can get yours?

Well there are a range of stockists now which is great, you can of course order them direct from www.gofasterfoods.com, pop them into your Amazon basket, or even head to Holland and Barrots on the high street.

51jWB3ZxpFL._SY450_

A massive thank you to Kate and her team at Go Faster Foods for making this collaboration happen…any time you fancy sending me another batch of your super tasty balls, I’d happily take them off your hands….mind you saying that seeing the interest you had at your stall at the NEC yesterday looks like I am not the only one who would be willing to be your official taster.

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