Friday, 20 May 2016

Urban Eat Better Falafel with Lemon and Coriander Houmous Sandwich

As it becomes easier and easier to get healthy options when out and about even shops with limited ranges like Whsmiths are now offering at least a few token healthy options. Amongst all the fattier options, I managed to get this falafel sandwich as part of a meal deal in Whsmiths. It is vegan and boasts ‘The Best Vegan Sandwich 2015’ which is apparently a prestigious title awarded by PETA.

The sandwich contains sweet potato falafel, lemon and coriander houmous with various veg like grated carrot and spinach leaves aln nestled between slices of seeded wholemeal bread. All sounded pretty good. Opening the packet, it looked a bit limp and lifeless with the bread feeling pretty thin and pappy and the two sandwiches sticking together.

I took my first bite and to be fair there's a fair bit of filling in here but somehow it just lacks some flavour. I could kind of taste the houmous and the salad but the sweet potato falafel was lost. I got the texture, which was crumbly and soft but it really didn't pack much flavour or add a lot to it. It was tasty enough but overall pretty underwhelming with the bread being the biggest taste in the mouth. The bread was okay and had a nice wholesome taste but was far too soft and wet.

Nutritionally, it's pretty good for a shop bought sandwich but salt is high at 25% of your daily limit. It was fine as part of the limited selection of sandwiches and lunches Whsmith had but compared to the likes of veggie sandwiches I've had in places like Pret or Marks and Spencer, it's pretty uninspiring and dull and I really fail to see how it won a best vegan sandwich award.

Bought at: Whsmiths
Nutrition per sandwich: 341 calories, 7.9g fat, 1.1g sat fat, 2.7g sugars, 1,5g salt
Score: 6.5/10

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