Greggs Balanced Range Taste Test

I think it’s safe to say that when people think of Greggs it’s usually delicious doughnuts and pastries. So I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Greggs telling me all about their new balanced range. This includes a beautiful range of salads, cold pressed juices, porridge, fruit pots and much more!

Greggs asked me to take part in a lunch time taste test of their new healthy range. Of course I said yes. The challenge was to choose a Greggs salad or juice, and compare it to a similar salad and juice from it’s competitors. I went with falafel and green juice as they are my absolute favourite!

The range includes:

Salads

  • Honey Roast Ham and Free Range Egg Salad
  • Chargrill Chicken Salad
  • Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Salad
  • Falafel and Humous Salad

Juices

  • Juicy Beets
  • Zest Greens
  • Fruity Roots

Day 1 – Greggs

Greggs falafel salad

Salad:  Falafel, Harissa, Roast Vegetable and Grains Salad

This was a delicious salad, comprised of yummy falafels on a bed of leaves, with peppers, couscous, bulgar wheat and quinoa. The salad came with two dressings yoghurt & mint and harissa style, which both worked really well with the falafel.

It was topped with three falafels and a generous portion of the mixed grains. This combined with the juice filled me up nicely and kept me satisfied all afternoon. I also felt that this worked out best value for money in terms of portion size and taste.

Overall I really enjoyed this, everything went together really well, I really liked that there was a choice of two dressings to mix things up a bit.

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 4.5
  • Nutrition – 3
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL – 4
 Greggs green juice.

Juice: Zesty Greens

This contained apple, celery, banana, kiwi fruit, kale, spinach and lime. This was delicious and tasted the sweetest out of all the ones I tried throughout this taste test. I would have liked a higher proportion of veggies to fruit, but this was really delicious and refreshing. I loved the kick of lime too.

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 4.5
  • Nutrition – 3
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL – 4

Day 2 – Pret a Manger 

Salad: Sweet Potato Falafel & Smashed Beets Veggie Box
£4.50 / 506 calories

This salad consisted of turmeric & sweet potato falafel, beetroot humous, avocado, broccoli florets, pomegranate, edamame, spinach, brown rice & quinoa, peas, mint, lemon wedge and a zingy green dressing.

As you can see from above the salad had a lot of different components and flavours. The mix of textures was lovely and the zingy green dressing was amazing. I would have preferred classic humous to the beetroot one, but the portion was generous. This  came with only two falafels, one more would have made this perfect!

  • Taste – 3
  • Value for money – 3
  • Nutrition – 4
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 5

Overall- 3

Juice: Daily Greens

This juice contained apple, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, ginger and celery. I loved all the veggies packed into this, so much goodness. I also loved that it had ginger in, which I am obsessed with and love in juices.

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 3
  • Nutrition – 5
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL – 4

Day 3- Marks and Spencer

Edamame and Black Rice Nourish Bowl

I tried a few times to find a falafel salad but every time I went this was already sold out. So I settled on this which contained yummy edamame bites.

This included a variety of delicious things like black rice, edamame bites, beetroot, edamame, salad leaves and a soy & chilli cashew dip.  This was beautifully presented and I love that there were a variety of different things included in the salad. Not too many leaves which I personally find a bit boring on their own.

The dip was amazing, they served a great big dollop which was the perfect amount. The dip was definitely my favourite out of the ones I tried and I will be attempting to make my own version as it was so delicious!! A great alternative to hummus and really worked well with the whole bowl. The edamame bites were delicious although I think the portion of them wasn’t all too generous. It has amazing flavour and was slightly on the spicy side.

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 3
  • Nutrition – 4
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 4

OVERALL – 3

M&S Apple, Celery and Spinach

This was really refreshing and tasted so sweet. I loved that they added lime juice and coriander, it really added to the flavour.

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 4
  • Nutrition – 3
  • Aesthetics – 3
  • Freshness – 4

OVERALL- 3

Day 3 – Boots

Salad: Carrot & Coriander Falafel Salad

The falafels in this were so delicious thanks to the carrot and coriander. It came with a lovely mint dressing that really brought all the flavours together. I did feel the salad was a bit boring and consisted mostly of leaves. Also at only 260 calories this wasn’t that filling  and I was nowhere near satisfied after! Overall though it was delicious and I enjoyed it, I just wish there had been a bit more of it!

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 3
  • Nutrition – 3
  • Aesthetics – 3
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL – 3

Savse, Super Greens

Boots do not have an branded Green Juice so I chose this one by Savse. This contained Kale, Spinach, Pear, Apple, Lemon, Kiwi, Broccoli and Banana. I enjoyed the mix of veg and fruit in this one and it was so delicious!

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 4
  • Nutrition – 4
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL – 4

Day 4 – Starbucks

Starbucks falafel and quinoa salad

Falafel, Quinoa & Lentil Salad

I really struggled to find this salad. I had to try five different Starbucks across two days before finding this! And when I did it was the only one! However, this was a lovely salad, consisting of sweet potato falafels, quinoa, lentils, cucumber, salad leaves and pomegranate, with a beetroot humous. I skipped the beetroot humous as I wasn’t crazy about the taste and would have preferred traditional humous.

You got four falafels in this which was the most out of any I tried, making this feel more hearty then the others.

This was the most filling and satisfying of the week for me, but I really enjoyed it.

  • Taste – 3
  • Value for money – 4
  • Nutrition – 4
  • Aesthetics – 3
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL 3

Innocent Invigorate (apologies for the blurred image)

I tried a few times to find a green juice at Starbucks without success, before settling on this. This contained a lot of amazing ingredients, kiwi, lime, matcha, wheatgrass and flax seeds. This had a lovely taste and I really enjoyed the kick of lime. The added matcha meant I get a slight energy boost too!

  • Taste – 4
  • Value for money – 4
  • Nutrition – 3
  • Aesthetics – 4
  • Freshness – 5

OVERALL – 4

So after a week of sampling falafel salad and green juices, I can definitely say they Greggs holds it’s own! I think they are great value for money and are super fresh with lots of nourishing ingredients! I also love how accessible Greggs are, you can find them everywhere. I also noticed throughout this taste test, that compared to the others Greggs had the friendliest staff and the shelves were always fully stocked. At some of the others I had to wait for staff to replenish the stock before I could make my purchase.

I can’t wait to sample more of their range, I have my eye on the Fruity Roots juice which sounds incredible! You can find more about the Greggs new balanced range here. You can stay update with Greggs on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

A massive thank you to Greggs for supporting my blog by sponsoring this post and providing me with gift cards for purchasing the juice and smoothies above.

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2 Comments

  1. Donna
    June 6, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    A really informative post. Great that Greggs now offer a healthy choice.

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