Spring has hit us like a blossoming flower and we’re over the moon!

It’s time to bring out the sunglasses, bare our ankles, meet friends after work in a beer garden, and sample some super cool on-trend food and drinks that are the talk of the town.

Snacks

There have been an abundance of snacks released recently, and we’re into them all.

itsu, Sushi Sharing Box

High in protein, great source of fibre, and packed with Omega 3s, the sushi sharing box by itsu powers you through the rest of the day, boosting brain power and keeping you fuller for longer. 

Ideal for a dinner date, office get together, friends sleepover, or picnic in the park, the itsu sushi box contains mega-rich sashimi, line caught yellowfin tuna, avocado baby roll, salmon, California and veggie rolls, plus muki beans, ginger and wakame.

Priced at £14.99, available from itsu on the high street or via www.itsu.com

Nairn’s, Pop Oats

Nairn’s the UK’s number 1 gluten free brand and number 1 producer of oatcakes has created the first ever popped oat snack, Pop Oats! With no frying involved, you get all the flavour and crunchiness of your favourite crisp, with the benefits of delicious wholegrain oats.

Pop Oats are only 83 calories per bag and have 60% less saturated fat per 20g serving than the average packet of crisps, and they come in three flavours including BBQ, Sour Cream, & Chive, and Salt & Vinegar.

Priced at £0.80p, available from Morrisons stores and www.morrisons.com

SHORE, Seaweed Puffs

These moreish seaweed puffs by The Scottish Seaweed Co. are less than 100 calories per bag and are a delicious alternative to crisps.

They are light, crispy and baked to perfection, plus they deliver a fantastic flavour punch before melting in your mouth, and with over 6g of freshly picked super nutritious seaweed to make each pack. There are four flavours to choose from including Sweet & Smoky, Thai Chilli, Sea Salt & Balsamic, and Lime, Chilli and Coconut.

Priced at £1.25, available from www.ocado.com

Manomasa: Dip, Relish, and Salsa

Inspired by the taquerias in the markets of Mexico, Manomasa introduce a new and authentic trio to embody the bold flavours and rich textures of Latin America.

Frijole Bean Dip
This classic Latin American dip blends the rich flavours of Black Turtle Beans, Red Kidney Beans, and Pinto Beans to make a delicious, creamy base. The tangy chilli flavour of rich papilla and the heat of smoky chipotle chillies, smoke-dried jalapeños, elevate the classic dish and pack a satisfying punch for any foodie.

Street Corn Relish 
This versatile relish is an essential for any celebration where you’re feeding a crowd. Eat with crispy tortillas or use as a condiment on hamburgers or veggie burritos. The Peruvian wild Amarillo chilli offers the kick found in many traditional dishes. Chunky pumpkin seeds keep the dish grounded with their savoury taste. 

Pineapple & Habanero Salsa
The juicy pineapple chucks are kept in check with the feisty heat of habanero chilli. The pink peppercorns, ripe berries of the Brazilian pepper tree, bring a delicate taste and provide the gorgeous colour of the salsa. 

Priced at £2.99 each, available from 9th April at Waitrose stores and via www.waitrose.com

Drinks

We are getting rather thirsty looking at these glistening bottles.

Ketel One, Botanical

It’s neither a gin nor vodka, Ketel One Botanical is the new way to drink this year. Distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for a crisp, refreshing taste, is the latest release from family-made, Ketel One Vodka.

The first-of-its-kind, Ketel One Botanical has a lower ABV of 30%, no artificial flavours, no added sugar and contains only 82 calories per serve.

Set to be the drink of summer 2019 and rival traditional wine and spritz drinks, Ketel One Botanical will be available nationwide throughout the year, popping up with terraces across the UK.

Ketel One Botanical is a series of three varietals in beautifully illustrated, botanical-inspired bottles: Peach & Orange Blossom; Cucumber & Mint; and Grapefruit & Rose. Whether you love the taste of juicy white peaches, the light, cool tones of fresh cucumber and garden mint or the zesty notes of grapefruit with floral rose, there is a varietal for everyone. 

Priced at £22.50 per bottle, and available from www.amazon.co.uk, Harvey Nichols stores, www.harveynichols.com, and www.ocado.com

BULLDOG Gin

There’s a brand new partnership between BULLDOG Gin and Ultimate Ears Speakers, and we love it.

The partnership sees the two brands, both known for their position within the music industry-create the BULLDOG Gin x UE Boom speaker gift set. The limited edition gift pack, created in the style of a UE Boom 2 Speaker, will contain a bottle of BULLDOG Gin and a unique code. The code will give 100 consumers a chance to win a UE Boom Speaker.

Priced at £22 for the gift pack (and a free speaker for the lucky winners), available from selected Tesco and Waitrose stores across the UK.

Cramele Recas, Pinot Grigio Rosé

The largest winery in Romania, Cramele Recas, has launched a new wine under the successful Sanziana label -Sanziana Pinot Grigio Rosé. 

The modern-style Pinot Grigio Rosé will join the Sanziana label, which currently produces a premium Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. With a gentle pink coppery colour, the new Sanziana Pinot Grigio Rosé holds a crisp, intense aroma with a harmonious, fruity taste and delicate notes of peach. The pale pink hue provides an inviting entrée into a light, citrusy, floral aroma of almond, pear and green apple.

Priced at £8.25, available from www.corneyandbarrow.com