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Tom & Luke Snackaballs – Product Review

February 17, 2019

I spotted this product on a client’s (thanks for the inspiration!) food diary this week so naturally I had to investigate!

I chose to review the cacao, mint and almond version though the Tom & Luke website lists five other flavours:
– salted caramel
– zesty lemon and coconut
– peanut butter and cacao
– cranberry and cashew
– zesty orange and cacao

These are made in New Zealand.

Per bag/serve (70g), these contain: 272 calories, 5.6g protein, 13.3g fat (4.4g saturated fat), 34.0g carbohydrate (28.8g sugars), 6.7g fibre, 6mg sodium.

The ingredient list reads: dates, almonds, desiccated coconut, cacao powder, raisins and peppermint oil.

This is a high carbohydrate and sugar snack, though the product contains no added sugar (all the sugar is from the fruit).

It is also a high fat and saturated fat snack, though this comes from the nuts and coconut (not dodgy fat sources like palm oil). The coconut will have pushed up the saturated fat content. Remember, low saturated fat diets are still recommended (but not low overall total fat). It is possible that some of the other flavours are lower in saturated fat (the ones without coconut).

It is also a high fibre snack at 6.7g per serve (total daily recommended fibre intakes are ~30g).

It is very low in sodium (as you can see from the ingredient list, no salt has been added. Therefore, the sodium listed is the amount naturally occurring in the foods listed).

Overall, this is a pretty nifty snack for someone who is looking for something easy and nourishing. Many people would love to make their own versions of these and sometimes just don’t have the time.

Be careful of the calorie content though. Roughly speaking, if you don’t do much exercise, ~1/2 the packet as a snack would be more ideal. If you are very active, you probably don’t need to be concerned. For a very active person using it as a mid-meal snack, I’d look to try and add a source of protein to it – eg a glass of milk or a half or single serve tub of yoghurt.

For use DURING exercise? I’d be wary of the fibre and fat content. When using food during exercise (for the purpose of performance) you want to be optimising your carbohydrate intake. You also don’t want to take on a whole lot of fibre due to potential gut upset. However, I don’t think this product is aimed at ‘during exercise’ use anyway.

Bottom line: One of the better snacks out there!!!!

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