Dysfunction is our default setting for the weekend, and this time, we can happily say it was for a story. Our Saturday assignment was simple: to see if we could survive on a diet of newly-launched energy balls by health-food supplier Nutreen, with some waffles thrown in for good measure.
Reader, it was a date (syrup) to remember.
Conservation Starts At Home
Judicious journalists always, we line-up Nutreen’s pretty golden-bowed balls within arms reach of our bed, so as to conserve energy. Each of these arrives with a small card that lists ingredients and nutrition information, virtuous enough to make up for a month of spaghetti and sloth: they are, essentially, a combination of dates, peanut butter or whole almonds, cacao, roasted almond butter, coconut oil and salt, and promise to pack a ton of energy.
A peanut butter ball brings a burst of pleasure, nicely nutty, sticky with dates, offering a gratifyingly fatty mouth-feel.
Still, we approach our first bite with caution. No dairy, no gluten, no sugar – in our experience, that equals food with the taste and consistency of cardboard. Not this time. A peanut butter ball brings a burst of pleasure, nicely nutty, sticky with dates, offering a gratifyingly fatty mouth-feel. Cocoa and almond versions are good too, indulgently chocolate-y, more candy, less Kind bar.
Bed & Breakfast
The promise of waffles (eventually) gets us out of bed. We make these with Nutreen’s oat flour, using a recipe suggested by the company. They are light and fluffy, and while we ruin the health thing by dousing them in maple syrup, we resolve to make a batch every Saturday.
Nutreen’s products can be ordered online, but they don’t deliver and are only available for pick up. The commute to-and-fro, we decide, will be our workout for the week.
Getting there: Order at https://nutreen.wixsite.com/nutreen/online-orders, Rs 190 for 6 energy balls.
This story was contributed by Avantika Mehta, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Hindustan Times and Scroll. She is on Twitter and Instagram as bitingfriends.
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