February 2016 box
What is Love With Food?This month’s theme is ‘Love is Real.’ There’s nothing more real than love - for family, friends, or even just for life itself. And what better way to show love in a very real way than with delicious all-natural snacks! This month, show someone you love how special they are and share these goodies. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with showing yourself a little love and keeping them!
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Due to one of the items being highly perishable once opened, I reviewed this within 72 hours of receiving the box. With that being said, Let’s take an in-depth look at the March 2016 box.
SEA SALT AND BLACK PEPPER CHIPS BY IPS CHIPS
These are no run-of-the-mill chips. They’re protein-packed crunchy bites with just a touch of spice that are about to change your snacking forever.
I tried a different flavor of these in the Send Me Gluten Free box for September 2015. Egg whites are hands-down my favorite part of the egg. Growing up, my mother used to get SO mad at me, because whenever she would make hard-boiled eggs, I'd either give her the yolks or toss them out and I'd just eat the whites.
We got the Sea Salt and Black Pepper flavor this time. I really liked these, but I gave these to Mama Melissa, because she didn’t eat the barbeque flavor. They tasted like puffed corn chips. The only problem is you don't really taste the pepper flavoring at first. The first bite of the chip tastes like salt, then the pepper flavor kicks in.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free
CHOCOLATE SEA SALT PROTEIN BAR BY RXBAR
An indulgent mix of 100% cacao with savory sea salt, this delicious bar has 12g of egg white protein, 7 ingredients, no added sugar and absolutely no B.S.
I was indifferent to this. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that great either. It tasted like a ‘healthy’ brownie bar. Best part of this were the almonds and cashew pieces, but I still wouldn’t buy this on my own.
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PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free
CHICKPEA SNACKS BY BIENA FOODS
Break from the snacking norm with these crunchy flavor-packed bites. Tip: they’d make a perfect post-workout energy boost!
I did an entire review on this same brand of chickpeas back in August 2015; You can find that review here: Biena ChickPeas. I can't say much more than what I already have said. However, we got what seems to be a new flavor; Rockin’ Ranch. But I tasted more of a Dill dip flavor than a ranch flavor.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free
GLUTEN-FREE MACARONI AND WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE BY HORIZON ORGANIC
Horizon’s gluten-free mac brings the cheesiness kids (and adults!) crave. Made with real Horizon organic cheese, this mac can’t be outgrown.
EDIT 07.08.16: Okay, so I ended up making this on 07.06.16, when Mama Melissa's parents went out for dinner. Turns out it was NOT White Cheddar, but normal Yellow Cheddar cheese.
I couldn't taste ANY difference between the gluten-free variety and the common variety. It wasn't as 'soupy' as the common variety, but it wasn't creamy either. I did like it though. I ended up taking an unused packet of Bacon Ranch seasoning from a Suddenly Salad kit and added 1/2 to this. Made it even better!
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Organic
CLASSIC CHEESE CHEESE UPS BY WELLABY’S
These bites have all the real cheese and calcium you want in a cracker and none of the trans fat you don’t. And would you believe there’s no gluten?
Puffed up triangular Cheez its. That’s all these were. I liked these and wouldn’t mind picking some more of these up.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free
GLUTEN FREE CORN & RICE ORZO PASTA BY DELALLO
This pasta is the answer to anyone who still thinks gluten-free recipes have to be “boring.” They’ll be changing their tune after the first bite.
This looked like yellow grains of rice. I actually liked this, but it was a big hassle to make, and I actually vacuum-locked the pot I used to cook this. I needed Mama Melissa to help me break the vacuum seal on the lid.
I wouldn't recommend a disabled person making this without help.
TASTE: 6/10 (9/10 for actual taste, 3/10 for ease of preparation)
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free
SIMPLY SWEEET POTATO CORN TORTILLA CHIPS BY WAY BETTER SNACKS
Sweet potatoes get brought up to the major leagues with a dash of sea salt and quinoa. Your salsa won’t know what hit it.
FROM THE BACK: What do you get when you add sprouted seeds, beans & grains to a tortilla chip? A Way Better Snack!
Every chip in here is bursting with goodness, because we’ve unlocked the powerful nutrients found in premium, wholesome ingredients. So when you share these deliciously sprouted chips, you’re actually improving someone’s well-being. You’re the best.
Still good & crunchy. Still great with salsa. Just better for you. Doesn’t that make snacking better too?
WHAT’S BETTER ABOUT THESE CHIPS?
1. Sprouting eliminates the outer, protective layer of seeds, beans and grains that makes them hard to digest.
2. By Sprouting, we naturally UNLOCK the protective layer, increasing nutrients and making them available for the body to use!
3. Each serving has over 190mg of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
4. Sweet potatoes are a snazzy spud and are oh so simply sweet!
5. Oh, and OUR chips are YUMMY!
I can’t put my finger on it, but I seem to have had something that tasted like this before. I loved that, and I loved these. I could probably ditch traditional potato chips for these!
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free
APPLE 2 THE CORE GENTLY DRIED APPLE BY PEELED SNACKS
Dried fruit doesn’t have to mean dried flavor. These bites will blow you away with seriously sweet-yet-tart apple taste, just try one and see.
I LOVE dried fruits, apples and bananas being my favorites. So, I squealed in delight when I saw these in the box. I was sad when the bag was empty. I DEFINITELY need to find where these are sold and buy them out!
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Organic, Gluten free
RASPBERRY COCONUT OATMEAL FRUIT SQUEEZE BY MUNK PACK
Change all your old-fashioned notions about oatmeal belonging at breakfast -- this fruit and fiber-packed snack is delish anywhere, anytime.
Two things I LOVE were in this; coconut and oatmeal. But yet, I didn’t like this. There is SOMETHING about foods in pouches that have a strange taste to them. The Kabrita Goat Milk yogurt I sampled had the same funky taste to it. I’m not entirely sure I’d buy this on my own.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free
ALMOND ROCA BUTTERCRUNCH TOFFEE WITH ALMONDS BY BROWN & HALEY
Watch out: This is not a candy for the faint of heart. This is pure almond-y, rich, chocolate indulgence. You were warned.
This was absolutely delicious. It was a LOT softer than typical toffee and it didn’t hurt my teeth, like most toffee does. I wish they had put more into the box.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free
DARK CHOCOLATE ORGANIC RICE BITES BY MINI ME’S
Indulgent dark chocolate, a hit of sea salt and organic rice cakes make the perfect team for building your new favorite treat.
Wasn’t crazy over these; The dark chocolate ruined them for me. I think I would have liked these more if they had either white chocolate or milk chocolate. I ended up giving these to Mama Melissa, who got nauseous on them.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Organic
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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Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND two meals in the same box.
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes
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