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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

REVIEW -- Taste Guru March 2015 box

Taste Guru
March 2015 Box

What is Taste Guru?
Taste Guru is a gluten-free, box-of-the-month company. We strive to help people who have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive to find the absolute best gluten free products on the market.
I apologize for the lateness on this. I got very far behind on reviews... especially with Verizon's GLORIOUS connectivity issues (which STILL don't seem to be resolved). But, I wanted to get this posted before this week's Tasty Thursday entry.

Due to a miscommunication between Taste Guru and their suppliers, I was also sent the March 2015 box for review. Let's take a look inside.


SKINNY SHIRATAKI NOODLES Gluten-free, low-carb, low-calorie Skinny Noodles are the easy way to eat right! American made and available in 6 soy-free varieties I couldn’t even EAT these. I barely got past the smell when I opened the bag. I cooked them, took one bite and promptly tossed them. They didn’t even LOOK appetizing, but I pushed the thought out of my mind and tried them anyway. Nope. not happening. TASTE: 1/10

KEEN ONE QUINOA
Keen One Quinoa promotes creative eating, healthy diets and sustainable communities at home and in Bolivia, sourcing fair trade quinoa from the cooperatives of the Altiplano highlands, outside of La Paz

I got the Chipotle flavor, and this was delicious. A bit on the spicy side, but nothing too hot for me. I make my chicken salads equal to the level of hotness, if not a little hotter. I was expecting a rice-like grain to this, so I was surprised when these were little ball grains. I’d actually would like to get more of this.
TASTE: 9/10


E-HYDRATE DRINK MIX
E-hydrate is a natural powdered drink mix that can be added to any liquid to deliver vitamins, minerals and more electrolytes than the leading sports drinks. E-hydrate is healthy hydration.

Another item I did not like. I’ll admit, I’m a sugar-holic. I do like SOME diet drinks, but this was not one of them. I got a grape, orange, red berry and lemon-lime packet. Only one that was decent was the lemon-lime. I would opt to have less vitamins, minerals and electrolytes and go for a Gatorade.
TASTE: 2/10


LAIKI RED RICE CRACKER
Rice. Oil. Salt. No labels to read, Nothing to worry about. 100% whole grain, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. The snack packs are packed with flavor and nutrients from red rice.

Reminded me of the Brown Rice Triscuts. Very yummy, even with only 3 ingredients. I would definitely eat these again, if given the chance.
TASTE: 9.5/10


SEAWEED LOVE
Roasted seaweed is the perfect Korean side dish and snack for years. A healthy and tasty treat. It is low in calories and fat, and packed with vitamins and minerals.

These are an acquired taste… one that I never acquired. These have a very strong fish/seafood flavor to them, and while I do like fish/seafood, these were just disgusting. The Koreans can keep these.
TASTE: 1/10


HARVEST SNAPS SNACKS
The smooth, mild flavor of the pea is already delicious. So why mess with Mother Nature? We simply sprinkled it with a little salt to bring out the flavor and voila! Natural goodness, made great.

I have already reviewed these snacks HERE. Please read that review, since I can’t say anymore than I already have about these.
TASTE: 10/10


AMRITA NUTRITION BAR
If you want a quick visit from Asia, this Mango Coconut bar will not disappoint! These raw, vegan bars are free of the top allergens and taste amazing!

This was alright. Not something that I would order special, but if I saw them in a store, I might grab one. Sort of had the texture of a fig bar or a Nutri-Grain cereal bar.
I got this to myself, since Mama Melissa is allergic to coconut. So much for being free of allergens. The mango and coconut played nicely with each other, and it gave it a more tropical or Polynesian taste than Asian.
TASTE: 7/10


MARUSO SOY SAUCE The thickness of Maruso Soy Sauces set them apart from the rest. Try the Original, aranmi-loaded flavor, or go for the Ghost Soy Sauce and kick it up with a little Ghost Chili pepper! 

I tried the Original on the leftover Keen One Quinoa we had, and it was a bit too thick for me. For soy sauce, it had an odd flavor to it. I suspect that was the aranmi flavoring, because that flavor is not present in commercial soy sauce.
I ended up giving the Ghost Pepper packet to a friend, since I don’t do anything with Ghost peppers in it. Not happening.
TASTE: 6/10


WEI KITCHEN COOKING OIL
Small-batch, Seattle-based food company specializing in Vietnamese and Asian-inspired home-cooking products

Tastes just like normal cooking oil, with a hint of Asian flair. I warmed up some leftover boneless chicken with this and it had a bit of ‘Chinese Takeout’ flavor to it.
For the price the company wants for a bottle, I don’t see myself actually purchasing this oil, but it does have a very nice flavor to it.
TASTE: 8/10


HI-CHEW GUMMIES
A smooth, caramel-like texture mixes with fruity flavors to bring you a Japanese treat that has gone worldwide. These sweet treats are gluten-free and 100% delicious!

Fruit caramels. Very soft, very chewy, very sweet. Next to the Harvest Snaps snacks above, These were my favorite in the box.
I received the apple flavor, and it really did taste like I was eating an apple. These didn’t hurt my teeth at all, like I expected them to. I would love to get these in different flavors.
TASTE: 9.5/10

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, the individual packages and cooking anything that needs to be cooked.

Taste Guru has merged with Love With Food and has become their Gluten-Free box. Please visit Taste Guru for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great Box for those who need/want to avoid gluten, but still eat yummy foods.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes/No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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