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Thursday, October 8, 2015

TASTY THURSDAY - Love With Food Gluten Free September 2015

Love with Food
September 2015 box

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The September 2015 box was curated by Jules Shepard, AKA gfJules. Jules is the author of three books and numerous e-books on gluten-free living and cooking. She’s been featured in national media including The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, Glamour and Fox and Friends.

She’s also the associate editor of Living Without’s Gluten Free & More and contributes to other publications like Gluten-Free Living and Prevention.com. She co-founded 1in133.org and was credited with successfully pressuring the FDA to intorduce gluten free food labeling regulations.

Jules also founded and currently runs a gluten-free flour company (gfJules) and travels around the country speaking to, teaching and encouraging gluten-free consumers. As an industry consultant, she also helps companies transition to offering safe gluten- and allergen-free foods.

Visit Jules at gfjules.com

So, What was in the September 2015 box?


ALL FOODS ARE GLUTEN-FREE


ORIGINAL MINI PRETZEL CRISPS BY SNACK FACTORY
Description: All the crunchy, salty goodness of pretzels minus the gluten. Perfect for stashing in a backpack for recess or munching while tackling math homework.

Take a pretzel and meld it with a cracker. You now have these crisps. Very light and crispy.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan


CHOCOLATE MACAROONS BY HAIL MERRY
Description: Sometimes you just need a sugary pick-me-up, and these treats have you covered. Serve them with milk to the kids as an excuse to munch a few yourself!

FROM THE BACK: We dehydrate our macaroons at low temperatures to protect the organic extra virgin coconut oil. It is best to enjoy these at room temperature, however refrigeration will extend freshness.

I love macaroons. I usually buy myself a bag or two at Dollar General when I go. But these were gross. I don’t think the chocolate melded with the coconut in these. Mama Melissa actually started to get sick from these, since they have coconut in them, and she is allergic to coconut.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO


ALMOND AND RAISIN GRAIN-FREE GRANOLA BY NOURISHING KITCHENS
Description: Nuts and dried fruit pair perfectly in this crunchy, gluten-free organic snack to give kids a hit of sweetness while keeping them full and focused.

I’ve never really ate loose granola before; they’ve always been in the chewy Quaker bars or the crunchy Nature Valley bars. This was good, but a bit messy and crumbly. Even Mama Melissa liked it, but she found it a bit dry, despite the raisins.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic


SEA SALT SCOOPABLE PITA CHOPS BY TOUFAYAN BAKERIES
Description: A perfect power-up snack after school, these crunchy oven-baked chips are non-GMO and begging to be paired with a yummy dip for a hit of energy.

FROM THE BACK: Since 1926, Families have been relyin’ on the taste of Toufayan
The Toufayan family has taken its 85 year history of making pita bread, and created the first gluten free pita chip that tastes great. Toufayan’s Gluten-Free Pita Chips are Vegan, Non GMO, Oven Baked and are All Natural, with no Cholesterol or Trans-Fats. Our Gluten-Free Pita Chips also have a uniquely crunchy texture with a taste the entire family will love. Like our original pita chips, Toufayan Gluten-Free Pita Chips are ‘scoop-able,’ specially designed to scoop up the goodness of your favorite dips.
Enjoy Toufayan Gluten-Free “Scoop-Able” Pita Chips either as a snack or with your favorite dips.
From our family to yours -- The Toufayans - Harry, Karen, Greg, Kristine

I liked these, even though they reminded me a lot of the flatbread I reviewed in my Gift a Feast review. I received the Sea Salt flavor, so these were saltier than the flatbread. I really couldn’t scoop dip with them, since the chips were quite broken when I received them. They have a crunch comparable to potato chips.

Toufayan Gluten-Free Pita Chips come in 3 flavors: Chili Lime, Sea Salt and Salted Caramel. I'd gladly buy these if I found these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO


VEGAN CHEDDAR MAC & CHEESE BY EARTH BALANCE
Description: The ideal quick and easy dinner for those busy weekdays, this creamy mac and cheese will be a big hit with the whole family -- with absolutely zero GMOs!

This was okay... couldn't really taste a difference between this and commercial boxed Mac & Cheese. Maybe a little soupier.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO


COWBOY CHILI BY COOKSIMPLE
Description: Spicy, hearty, with a touch of cinnamon -- this takes chili (and weeknight dinners) to new heights. The kids are guaranteed to go back for seconds!

FROM THE SIDE: Ever taste something so good it should me outlawed? Our wholesome, handcrafted chili is that delicious. It’s a perfect mix of red and black beans, tomatoes and quinoa with just a hint of cinnamon. Add in lean ground beef or turkey, and you’ve got one hearty meal sure to please any posse.
Y’er Darn Tootin’!

Honestly, a bit bland for me. I like my chili spicy, and this just fell flat. Sloppy Joes seem spicier to me than this did. Mama Melissa and I ended up mixing some cottage cheese into it on our plates, and it gave it a nice ‘Beef & Cheese burrito’ filling flavor. Not 100% positive we would actually buy this ourselves.
TASTE: 7.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan


WILD BLUEBERRY NUT BAR BY CAVEMAN FOODS
Description: Never succumb to the afternoon slump again with this nutty-yet-sweet bar, perfect for after soccer practice or during a last-minute grocery run.

FROM THE BACK: If cavemen had our blueberry nut bar, they may have stayed in their caves longer rather than being chased by saber-toothed tigers. Full of delicious antioxidant-rich blueberries, it’s gluten-free and all natural. From the days of the caveman, This is what we’re meant to eat.

YUM YUM YUM! Not a big blueberry fan, but this was still yummy. Reminded me of a KIND bar in texture, but sweeter than the KIND bars. I would buy this if they were sold locally.

In addition to the Wild Blueberry Nut flavor, Caveman Bars come in seven other flavors, Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry Nut, Dark Chocolate Cashew Almond, Almond Cashew, Maple Nut, Cranberry Apricot and Apple Cinnamon.
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO


GINNYMINIS CHOCOLATE CHIP LOVE BY GINNYBAKES
Description: A classic turned tiny, with all the flavor everyone knows and loves, not to mention no gluten or GMOs. Toss them in the lunchbox and become a hero.

Take a Chips Ahoy cookie and shrink it. You now have these cookies. Tasted EXACTLY like a Chips Ahoy. If I were to do a blind taste test, I think i’d say these were mini Chips Ahoy cookies. Had a nice crunch to them as well.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Organic, Non-GMO


ORGANIC TAMANI SOY SAUCE BY SAN-J
Description: This isn’t just the time of the year for new discoveries inside the classroom. This classic has no substitute -- and with zero gluten, you won’t need one.

I couldn’t really taste a difference between this and normal soy sauce. I just wish I received a bigger sample, like maybe even a 1 oz bottle. A little foil packet doesn’t really do anything for a good size bowl of rice.
TASTE: 8/10
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.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
Love the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks AND meals in the same box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**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.**

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting, I did not know there was such a variety of gluten free foods! Great info!

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