Cor, haven’t done a review for a while have I? Been far too busy having a carry on, neglecting my duties as bona fide raw food expert extraordinaire. Bad Emma! Do you forgive me? Yeah, that’s the stuff.
I got the chance to work at the Inspiral stall at the ‘Free From’ Food Festival when I was in that London a couple of weeks ago. What a blast. So many people flocked to see what raw food was all about and taste some of the awesomeness on offer. I worked with the gorgeous Bella, who started Inspiral with the love of her life nearly four years ago. Lucky old me I got to taste EVERYTHING these guys got going on from raw cakes and chocolates to granola, crackers, kale chips and energy balls!
Inspiral have launched a full range of raw food following on from the success of the Inspiral Lounge cafe in Camden, London. I went in to the Lounge a few days before I worked the stall. I bought 15 raw chocolates (they have a lot of variety) and promptly ate them all for breakfast. Oh man, crazy days. Yes I am hardcore.
I love the Inpsiral Lounge, it’s an awesome place to just hang out and has raw and cooked food, organic booze, smoothies (did you see how I put booze before smoothies there?), fresh juices, raw chocolates, raw cake, raw ice cream, your mum, great music and a fabby view of the Lock…kidding about your mum obvs.
Where was I? Yes. I figure seeing as I tried a bit of everything in the Inspiral range I should probably review it, particularly because Inspiral products are now available in Grassroots in Glasgow, Real Foods in Edinburgh and Whole Foods in Glasgow. Need to keep remembering to actually be informative about raw food in Scotland, what with the website being called Raw Food Scotland and all...
So I’m going to start with reviewing…
Or as I like to call them, smack covered heroin chips. Why do I call them that? Well, because they’re like the raw version of Pringles, once you eat one you’re addicted. I’m talking full on, slumped in a corner, surrounded by empty kale chip boxes, green crumbs all down your jumper and no idea what your own name is, ADDICT.
They’re that good. Really.
I don’t really call them that of course. For one, it would take ages to say in discussion. For two, people might freak out because they think I actually know what heroin is like. Which I don’t. And for three, I just don’t call them that.
For those of you who don’t know, Kale is a type of cabbage. It’s super high in antioxidants, Vitamin K, A, C, is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, lowers cholesterol and is just an all round superstar. Kale chips are what you get when you massage kale with certain ingredients and dehydrate for hours at a low temperature to preserve nutrients. Something magical takes place and Kale goes from being, you know, a cabbage, to being something so addictive you’d sell your own mother to acquire. I still love you Mum.
So Inspiral have put together three crazy awesome flavours: Baobab and Onion, Cheesie Purple Corn and Wasabi Wheatgrass.
All the kale crisps are prefectly crunchy and you get nice big chunky bites. Size is very important when it comes to kale crisps…and most other things in life, let’s be honest. Bigger is better, that’s why God made the Sun so big. And mountains. And other gigantic things.
Note to self: stop eating so much cacao whilst blogging.
The Baobab and Onion is by far my fave flavour-wise, because I really like the tangy but not too overpowering oniony taste. If cheesy is your thing then you’ll love the Cheesie Purple Corn flavour. Personally, I’m not hell bent on Nutritional Yeast. The fact that they’re purple is however reason in and of itself to eat them. I seriously dig eating anything purple. It’s totally my bag.
The Wasabi Wheatgrass is very nice and I like that it doesn’t have an overpowering wasabi kick and you can’t taste the wheatgrass cause I’m not shit hot on the taste of wheatgrass. I know it’s good for you but let’s face it, it tastes of grass.
All three of the flavours are surreal and sharp. Did I just say that? Yes, cabbage. Yes, surreal.
The truth is these are awesome to snack on. Or if you like you can sprinkle on top of salads for additional flavour. If you’re gonna get hooked on anything let it be these. I love how Inspiral have managed to incorporate some serious superfoods in to the chips rather than just your normal, run of the mill kale chip. Add in these other things takes it to a whole new level baby and gives you not only the benefit of the kale, but the super antioxidant, nutrient-dense superfoods on top.
When I was working at the stall there were kids begging their mum to buy these. Yes BEGGING. I should’ve just written that at the beginning of this review and left that to speak for itself 🙂
So yeah, if you love kale crisps, or even if you’ve never tried them before but are interested in eating a snack that transforms you in to a kick-ass ASSASSIN, get some of these down your neck.
Buy at any of the outlets I’ve mentioned above or online at Inspiral. £2.80 for 35g or £5.25 for 80g.
So there are plenty other things I need to review from their range but to be fair, I think I need a lie down. Watch this space —–>
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/