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Monday, April 27, 2015

REVIEW -- Love with Food March 2015 box

Love with Food
March 2015 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

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At the end of February, I signed up for the Love with Food trial. I was sent one free box (s&h applied), which was the March 2015 box.

The March 2015 box was curated by Megan Roosevelt, AKA Healthy Grocery Girl. Megan Roosevelt is a plant-based Registered and Licensed Dietitian as well as the founder and CEO of Healthy Grocery Girl®. She is an internationally published author, web TV host and producer, as well as nutrition expert for television and magazines. Megan is also a sought-after speaker for corporate wellness seminars and events.

Megan struggled with multiple eating disorders in high school and college. Having overcome her personal health struggles, she is passionate about helping others do the same.  You can watch Megan's story here.

So, What was in the March 2015 box?

MORINGA ORGANIC TEA BY MIRACLE TREE IN STRAWBERRY

Megan's thoughts: Who doesn't love a quick pick me up? This tea is delicious, nutritious and I love that it is USDA Organic, ensuring high quality standards.

I wasn't crazy over this. It had a very detectable strawberry flavor to it, but I didn't really like the taste or hot strawberries, at least not in this.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic

CHOCO CHEWS BY TRUJOY SWEETS

Megan's thoughts: Here's a candy everyone can enjoy. Chocolate chewiness that's vegan, gluten-free and organic -- no artificial colors or artificial flavors either!

To me, this tasted like a less sweet Tootsie Roll. It easily got stuck in my teeth. It was heavy on the chocolate taste, but not the sweetness. Personally, I would not buy these.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO

ANNIE'S CHOCOLATE BUNNY GRAHAMS

Megan's thoughts: Made with organic whole wheat, these crunchy snacks contain 8 grams of whole grains per serving. A handful will put a little hop into your steps.

On the back of the package (and on the front) it says 'No Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors or Synthetic Preservatives' I really liked these, although I wish there was more 'graham' taste. All I could taste was the cocoa. The taste was similar to the Chocolate Teddy Grahams. I actually would buy these!
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Vegan

LIGHTLY SALTED PLAINTAIN CHIPS BY TURBANA

Megan's thoughts: Sure they're great on their own, but what about adding a couple to your next homemade trail mix?

FROM THE BACK: A Plaintain chip a day keeps the potato chip away.
Chip. Bite. Yum. Discover the snack that has potato chips running for cover. With freshly harvested plaintains and natural ingredients Turbana chips are wholesome crunchy goodness in every bite. Straight out of the bag or as a side snack, they're a tasty and healthier alternative. Grab a bag and you'll be saying Simply Platanicious! yourself.

These were my 2nd favorite item in the box. They were VERY flavorful and crunchy. The crunch was right on par with Lays or Wise thin potato chips. I didn't really taste the 'banana' flavor plantains should have... Then again, I've never ate an actual plantain in my life, so I really don't know the taste.

Besides the Lightly Salted flavor, Turbana Plantain Chips come in 6 other flavors: Chili, Lime, Chili Lime, Garlic and Sweet. I'd gladly buy these if I found these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO

HEMP HEARTS BY MANITOBA HARVEST

Megan's thoughts: Three tablespoons of hemp hearts provide 10 grams of plant-based protein! I love to add these hemp seeds to a salad, wrap or sandwich!

After a bad experience with hemp seeds a few months ago, I try to avoid these at all costs. So, Mama Melissa ate these. She said they tasted just like regular hemp seeds.
TASTE: 7/10 (according to Mama Melissa)
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO

ROASTED CHICKPEAS WITH SEA SALT BY THE GOOD BEAN

Megan's thoughts: One serving of these chickpeas contains 4 grams of protein, 4 grabs of fiber and serious crunchy, sea salt enjoyment!

FROM THE BACK: Say no to nuts & yes to a healthy crunch!
Finally, the perfect snack! The Good Bean turns nutrition-packed chickpeas into crunchy satisfying nibbles that are a good source of healthy fiber and natural plant proteins. Our snacks are gluten free, have less fat than nuts and contain absolutely nothing artificial.

These were my ABSOLUTE favorite of the box. I'd never had chickpeas before this (that I know of... They could have been in a recipe, unknown to me) and I loved these. To me, these tasted just like a peanut. They had a really nice crunch to them. I would happily buy these in a store.

In addition to the sea salt flavor, these come in Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime and Sweet Cinnamon flavors.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO

SEA SALT BOPS BY GOOD BOY ORIGINALS

Megan's thoughts: Be careful. These organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified baked potato snacks are dangerously delicious.

FROM THE BACK: Hello Good Boys & Girls!
Want a full-flavored snack that is Certified Organic & Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & tastes great? These all-natural, Baked Organic Potato Snacks are an original recipe and oven baked for a flavorful crisp perfect with your favorite dip. BOPS™ contains 65% less fat than regular potato chips. Discover healthier snacking with BOPS™!
GOOD BOY ORGANICS develops Certified Organic & Non-GMO products for the entire family. Our naturally Reduced-Fat & delicious snacks are also Certified Gluten-Free.

Honestly, these tasted JUST like ridged potato chips. I couldn't really find a difference between these and normal ridged potato chips, except these seemed to be less greasy. I really liked these.

In addition to the sea salt flavor, BOPS™ come in three other flavors, Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion and Aged White Cheddar.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO

ALMOND BUTTER CACAO TRUFFLE BY TWO MOMS IN THE RAW

Megan's thoughts: Who knew raw, gluten-free truffles could taste so indulgent? Clearly, in this case, moms do know best!

I really didn't care for this at all. I usually love almonds, and I couldn't taste almonds in this. I know it was almond butter, so it would be more of a paste-like texture, but this tasted just like a chocolate cookie to me.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher

NUTTY RICE BITES WITH CRANBERRIES BY 180 SNACKS

Megan's thoughts: What happens when you tumble together great tasting real food? Healthy, delicious snack bites for guilt-free munching all day long.

FROM THE BACK: Satisfying bite-sized clusters bursting with flavor. Simple healthy ingredients to keep you going -- wherever your day leads you. Life is complicated, but your snacks don't have to be. Take a turn for the better... DO A 180* -- YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK
Gluten-Free Made in the USA Healthy Snack Kosher 100% Vegan Dairy-Free

These sort of reminded me of rice/popcorn cakes or rice krispies treats with fruits, nuts and seeds mixed in. I like both of those, so I liked these. Only major 'bad' thing with these was the sugar count -- 9g. Not too 'healthy' if you're trying to limit sugar intake.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Dairy-Free

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

Normally, the price for the Love with Food tasting box (8+ snacks per box) is $12 ($10 + $2 s&h), with the Deluxe box (16-20 snacks per box) $5 more. But I have a treat for my readers... Click the link below to get your first Tasting Box FREE! ($2 s&h still applies)

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FINAL THOUGHTS
I really enjoyed the variety I received in this box. If I had the funds, I would keep receiving them. They are definitely worth the money.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: DEFINITELY!

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