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Love with Food Gluten Free Box February 2016

Love with Food
February 2016 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!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
This month’s theme is ‘Love is You.’ This month, we’re calling out all of Love With Food’s loyal snack lovers. Why? Because you’ve helped us donate 1 million meals to food banks! Take a moment to stop and savor these snacks and be proud of everything your support has done to fight hunger. Think of this box as a way to take a little “you” time. You deserve it!

Let’s take an in-depth look at the February 2016 box.


STELLAR STRAWBERRY NON-DAIRY FRUIT & VEGGIE BLEND BY RUBY ROCKETS
Regular yogurt is so yesterday. This portable, no-refrigeration-needed fruit and veggie-packed snack is the future.

This tasted just like a strawberry Gogurt to me, just less sweet. I gave this to Mama Melissa after taking enough for a taste test, since I was afraid of making a complete mess of myself with it. If I had wanted to eat this somewhere other than our ‘testing station’ (read: at the computers) I probably would have ate more.
If you want to try these seeds for yourself, head over to http://www.rubyrockets.com and enter LWF0216 at checkout to get FREE shipping on your order of 1 3-pack of Non-Dairy Yogurt. (US only)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FLAVORED INSTANT OATMEAL BY BAKERY ON MAIN
Take your usual boring breakfast to a whole new level -- a sweet, fruity, non-GMO, can-I-just-have-this-for-lunch-and-dinner-too level.

Smelled just like a strawberry milkshake. Not as sweet as the description proclaims, but sweet enough that I didn’t need to add sugar. A word to the wise though, start with the ½ cup of water that the package says to use, and increase to the ⅔ cup if you like ‘soupier’ oatmeal. I used the ⅔ cup right away and it was a bit too soupy for me.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

COOKIES BY LABREMS BAKERY
These homemade cookies will be gone so quickly you’ll be wondering if there’s some sort of magic baked inside.

We got the Oatmeal Raisin variety. I’m not used to soft, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies… usually the oatmeal raisin cookies I eat are crunchy.
These were alright. I would have liked to taste more of the cinnamon in these. All I could really taste was the raisins.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ORGANIC RICE VERMICELLI NOODLES BY EXPLORE ASIAN
Did you make a resolution to travel more this year? Get a jump on your plans with this authentic pasta that will transport you across the world.

Much thinner than even Angel Hair pasta, but had the same taste as typical pasta. Crumbled easily when using a fork and pretty much dissolved with just saliva. Great for those trying to avoid duram wheat pastas.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

DARK CHOCOLATE AND BING CHERRIES POPCORN BY 479 DEGREES
The classic flavor combination gets paired with another iconic snack: popcorn. Sharing might not be an option with this stuff.

FROM THE BAG: Popcorn so good, we put a Bing on it.
I’ve always considered popcorn to be the perfect snack. I loved it as a kid, and that didn’t change when I grew up and trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Later, as I experimented in my own kitchen, I discovered that 479 degrees is the optimal temperature for popping, which sparked the idea for our company name.
Made the artisan way, with non-GMO popcorn and sophisticated flavors, this is a snack you can feel good about eating. It just might take you back to the simple joy of childhood, the way it does for me.

I personally wasn’t too keen on this, which is odd, considering I like chocolate-covered cherries. I really couldn’t taste the dark chocolate, which was a plus. I ended up giving this to Mama Melissa… who got sick on it. We didn’t realize one of the ingredients was coconut oil and it triggered her allergy. This is our fault for not reading the ingredient list better. Whoops.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free

GOOGLY GRAPE ORGANIC LOLLIPOPS BY YUMEARTH
Who says lollipops are only for kids? With organic ingredients and giant grape flavor, these sweets will be a hit with everyone.

Tasted like a less sweet version of your typical grape lollipop. Even though I have a MAJOR sweet tooth, I actually liked this alot.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

MAPLE SUGAR AND SEA SALT PUMPKIN SEEDS BY SUPERSEEDZ
Think seeds are for the birds? Do us a favor and just give these a try. We’ll bet you the whole bag disappears pretty quick.

I’ve made seasoned pumpkin seeds before, so I know what pumpkin seeds taste like. These had a very ODD taste to them… almost like the maple wasn’t mixing well with the sea salt. They had like… a rancid or spoiled flavor to them. I think if I had received a different flavor, I would have liked them more, but this flavor did NOTHING for me.
If you want to try these seeds for yourself, head over to superseedz.com and enter LUVSEEDZ1 at checkout to get FREE shipping on your order. (US only) You can also find SuperSeedz at your local Starbucks.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

PLANTAIN STRIPS WITH SEA SALT BY ARTISAN TROPIC
Sure, you could snack on regular chips. Or you could keep that resolution to try new things and find a new favorite with these sweet and salty crisps.

FROM THE BAG: Artisan Tropic is a family adventure fueled by our family’s passion for healthy living.
We love to eat healthy. Why? In 2011, our youngest daughter was very sick, but after making some drastic dietary changes her body began to heal. This experience taught us the importance of whole food nutrition and made us passionate about eating healthy. Our desire is to share our family’s healthy adventure with you.
Want to join us?

WHAT IS A PLANTAIN?
-Plantains are members of the banana family. They are similar in appearance, but are more dense and less sweet.
-Plantains grow naturally in tropical climates.
-Plantains must be cooked, but can be prepared at any stage of ripeness.

These taste like a sweet potato chip, but softer. They almost turn to mush within seconds of hitting my saliva and a few chews. They have the texture of Lay’s potato chips, but cut a little thicker. They are also a LOT less greasy than typical potato chips, Pringles notwithstanding. I seriously rather eat these than potato chips.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan

GLUTEN-FREE MINI HONEY GRAHAMS BY PAMELA’S PRODUCTS
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic like graham crackers. And with no gluten, everyone can get in on these little bites of heaven.

Mama Melissa’s mom makes a ‘cheesecake’ using the pre-made graham cracker crust. These cookies have that taste and softness, but less crumbly. They are very easy on the teeth. I liked these a lot.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

SALADPOWER BY ALLINONE VEGETABLES
Why eat your greens when you can drink them? If that sounds a little weird to you, just take a sip of this stuff and you’ll never go back.

A drinkable salad. It has kale, celery, carrot, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato & spinach in it. I was sort of expecting something like V8 Splash or the old Boku juices from the 1990s.
However, They’re absolutely right; I’ll never go back to this stuff. It was COMPLETELY DISGUSTING. It took everything I had to actually swallow my sip. Mama Melissa spit her sip out, and her parents refused to even try it… which I can’t blame them!
TASTE: 0/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

SAVORY BAR BY MEDITERRA
Anyone who says snack bars have to be sweet has never tasted one of these flavor-packed, non-GMO goodies. Don’t be like them.

FROM THE PACKAGE: Sesame Energy Bar with Pistachio & Honey
Did you know sesame seeds and Greek honey are among the best natural sources of energy? Packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, these Mediterranean favorites have been boosting performance since ancient times. We added pistachios from Aegina Island to bring you a nutrition bar bursting with flavor. Just a little taste of the Mediterranean Diet’s infinite wisdom -- made to enjoy on the go.
Good Health. It’s in our nature.

I can’t recall the name of it, but I had something with the same taste as this growing up. This was another snack that was easy on the teeth, which was great, since I was having a flareup of my oral issues during the weekend I got this month’s box. Very sweet and delicious. The honey and sesame played well with each other and didn’t have the ‘burnt’ flavor that a lot of sesame/honey snacks have.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten 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
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND a meal 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.**

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