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Finding vegan snacks can sometimes be a challenge. It's surprising, for example, how often milk sneaks into crisps and savoury snacks for no apparent reason – even the non-cheese-flavoured ones. This means that anyone who's vegan – or has a dairy intolerance – can spend a lot of time peering at the ingredients list on packets in the supermarket.

So we were pleased to find out about Kelly Loves. This Asian-inspired range of foods focuses on authentic Korean and Japanese products and recipes – and the website has a dedicated vegan section to make it easy to find suitable products.

Kelly Loves vegan snacks make a welcome change from the usual packet of ready-salted crisps – and are a healthier option too. They're made with good-quality ingredients – and all the snacks we tried were free from palm oil.

They're conveniently presented in attractive, recyclable packaging and are ideal for packed lunches, picnics and travelling – or when you're in a hurry and just need to grab a quick snack.

Also on offer on the Kelly Loves website is a range of traditional Asian drinks, noodles and sushi ingredients, as well as accessories such as reusable chopsticks and bento boxes.

We were very impressed with the snacks and drinks we tried. They all had excellent flavour and texture – and it was fun to try some new products.

Rice and Peanut Crackers

Japanese rice crackers are one of our favourite snacks – and these were delicious. The combination of crunchy rice crackers and crispy coated peanuts makes this a very moreish snack, with just the right level of spiciness. They are made without preservatives, monosodium glutamate or palm oil.

Seaweed Rice Crisps

These authentic Korean rice crisps are light and tasty – and at just 72kcal per packet, this is a good healthy alternative to potato crisps. The gluten-free rice crisps are coated in a layer of seaweed, which is a good source of iodine, and really satisfies cravings for a savoury snack.

Brown Rice Snacks

A satisfying snack that's an Asian take on traditional rice cakes – but made with brown rice, which is healthier. With a slight sweetness, these are fibre-rich and fat-free – so are great for a quick breakfast, either straight from the pack or sprinkled on yoghurt or cereals. Gluten-free and no palm oil.

Aloe Vera drink

A sugar-free drink made with 30% aloe vera juice, which has been used for centuries in Asia to improve health. Aloe vera is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Eating and drinking foods rich in antioxidants – which help fight free radicals – can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This aloe vera juice drink is packed with chunks of real aloe vera – making it a bit like a healthy version of bubble tea! We've never tried an aloe vera drink before, so weren't sure what to expect – but this was really pleasant, with a light, fresh flavour. We would definitely buy it again!

Kelly Loves snacks
Kelly Loves snacks in bowls
Kelly Loves rice and peanut crackers
Kelly Loves seaweed crisps and rice snacks
Matcha tea in blue and cream cups

Matcha Green Tea Powder

It's quick and easy to make healthy hot and cold drinks with this matcha green tea powder. Matcha is high in natural antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage and lower the risk of chronic disease. It can also help improve brain health, including memory, and helps enhance weight loss. This powder is versatile – it can be used to make lattes and smoothies, and can also be added to all sorts of baking recipes such as pancakes and cupcakes. The flavour was smooth, with no bitterness (which can be the case with some matcha powders). We particularly enjoyed this drink when made with a little honey and topped up with hot almond milk.

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