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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love With Food September 2016 GF Box

Love with Food
September 2016 box

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October's box is supposed to be here with today's mail, so after the past week of dealing with computer issues (bouncing back and forth between my Chromebook and Linux Mint 18) I figured, 'Well, I better get on the ball and get this posted!'

September’s theme is ‘Love is Learning.’ We never stop learning, no matter how old we are - whether it’s learning a new language, learning about a new culture, or just learning a new skill. But let’s face it, learning can be a hungry business! This month’s box is packed full of snacks that are perfect for enjoying while broadening all your horizons. So go ahead - share your knowledge and share your snacks!

Again, this month’s box didn’t come with an information sheet, like the other Love with Food boxes usually come with. It just had a card with the paragraph above and a few other tidbits that really didn’t have anything to do with the snacks. While it saves ME time from not having to type the info, it makes it a bit hard to disclose all the dietary guidelines. Apparently, this is their new method, so I will try my best to provide what diets can have the snacks.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted..


^^what I received^^

BAI BUBBLES SPARKLING ANTIOXIDANT INFUSION DRINK IN SULAWESI LIMON
FROM THE CAN: Fresh flavor that has other lemons feeling pretty sour. But they’re just jealous.
If we had to describe Sulawesi Limon in one word, we’d say delicious, exciting and cool. We know that’s three words, but with a flavor this fantastic, it’s impossible to choose just one word. We tried.

So, I goofed up and didn’t drink this cold, like the info card said to do.
That being said, I actually liked this, which surprised me because I usually don’t like low-sugar drinks (Propel Water excluded) and this has 1g of actual sugar, but 10g of Erythritol. So, it still tasted sweet to me. It reminded me a LOT of carbonated tart lemonade. Mama Melissa did NOT like this, which surprised me since she normally likes these types of drinks.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Low Glycemic, Non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan, Soy Free

HAPPYTOT ORGANIC SUPERFOODS IN PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATO & PEAR
FROM THE POUCH: About HAPPYFAMILY: We are moms, nutritionists, and pediatricians who come up with tasty recipes using organic nutrition and yummy ingredients. Our mission is to provide you with the absolute best for your little ones.

Okay, so this is essentially baby food. Why they’d send this in a box aimed typically for adults is beyond me, but I have ‘ate’ my good share of Kabrita goat milk yogurt pouches, which are aimed more at kids than adults.
I was kind of worried about tasting the chia, since another item I had contained chia and I absolutely HATED it… but this tasted like pears, with no real taste of other ingredients.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO

SIMPLE MILLS ALMOND FLOUR CRACKERS IN FINE GROUND SEA SALT
FROM THE BAG: Simple Mills enriches lives and bodies through simple, delicious, real food. We strive to make healthful choices easy by offering food that tastes great in the moment and nourishes your body in the long-term. We believe in clean, nutritious food for a better life -- it’s that simple.

I was expecting more of an almond flavor to these, but all I tasted was onion, garlic and sea salt. I really didn’t even taste anything with the cracker; the other spices complete overpowered the taste.
The only MAJOR problem I had with these was the size of the bag. It was very small, and had MAYBE 15 pieces, 10 of which were just broken pieces of cracker. I would have liked a bigger bag of these.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO

BLACK FOREST ORGANIC GUMMY CHERRIES
The soft and delicious Black Forest Organic Gummies are made with colors from natural sources. They’re also fat free and come in a variety of great fruity flavors.

Gummies are one of my favorite candies. I seem to recall eating the gummy worms by this company as a child and loved them.
I would have liked more cherry flavor in these, but they were one of my faves in this month’s box.
TASTE: 9.5/10

FIELD DAY ORGANIC ORIGINAL COCONUT BAR
Take a Mounds bar and strip the chocolate from it; you now have this bar.
This was very similar to the Banderitas Coconut bar I reviewed here, just without the food coloring. It was also very crumbly. I was making a mess eating this.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO

SAVORY BAR BY MEDITERRA
FROM THE PACKAGE: Sesame Energy Bar with Orange & 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 reviewed another flavor here, That one being the Pistachio and Honey flavor.
This flavor did not disappoint either. I loved the little bits of orange peel IN the bar. This was completely soft on the teeth, almost to the point of crumbling in my mouth.
Out of the two flavors I’ve tried, this is my favorite.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

BAKERY ON MAIN BUNCHES OF CRUNCHES DARK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT with CHIA
FROM THE BAG: BING! BANG! BOOM!
That’s the sound of Bakery on Main’s Crunch Crusader taking on your taste buds. Fighting the snack attack is easy with the POWer of audaciously premium whole grains and bakeshop delicious flavors such as Dark Chocolate Sea Salt with Chia and Coconut Cacao

These tasted like a mix between Cocoa Krispies and Cocoa Puffs. They had a nice taste to them, but they were extremely hard on my teeth and hurt when they would hit my oral issues.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

GOORGANIC HARD CANDY IN MANGO AND STRAWBERRY
I seriously can’t find much info about these flavors. They seem to be discontinued, which makes me more than a little rattled to even try them. If/When I do, I’ll update this.
TASTE: UNTESTED

GO RAW SWEET SPIRULINA SPROUTED BAR
FROM THE PACKAGE: Spirulina is one of the hardest working superfoods in the world, packed with 18 amino acids, as well as loads as vitamins and minerals. True, it may look like it’s only for health nuts, but this bar is delicious with a capital “D” -- made from coconut, banana, dates and sprouted sesame seeds, which are heart healthy, high in fiber and support skin, hair and bone health.
Get healthy and Go Raw!

I’m completely unsure how to begin describing this… Nasty would be a start though.
When I opened the wrapper, I was actually expecting a sweet, fruity smell, considering this has three different fruits in it. It smelled like banana with the ‘green fuzzy mold’ stench… kind of earthy and musky.
After doing research and realizing that Spirulina is basically ALGAE that is safe for human consumption, I had MAJOR reservations about eating this. I don’t care if it’s ‘safe for human consumption’ or not, I’m LEERY of eating algae!
But, for review purposes only, I broke a corner off and ate it. To me, all I was tasting was the banana and the coconut. That was the saving grace of it, but not enough of one to make me want to eat ALL of it. I threw the remainder of this in the trash. It also was very crunchy and hard to chew.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Nut-Free, Organic

COSMOS CREATIONS PUFFED CORN
FROM THE BAGS: If you’re ready for a unique experience, then let Cosmos Creations take you there. Every bag begins with pure, non-GMO corn, baked in the oven for a taste that’s out-of-this-world. Every bite is an explosion of flavor and a mouthful of happiness.

I received three snack-sized bags; Caramel Apple, Coconut Crunch and Salted Caramel.

CARAMEL APPLE
I was actually amazed at how well you could taste the apple on these. The caramel tasted more like a brown sugary syrup flavor, but still yummy. I was a bit surprised at how crunchy these were.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

COCONUT CRUNCH
This reminded me of the toasted coconut macaroon cookies I buy from Dollar General sometimes. I really liked the crunch on these. I noticed the sweetness level was less than the macaroon cookies. My favorite of the three.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

SALTED CARAMEL
This reminded me of caramel corn or Cracker Jack without the peanuts… or the ability to break my teeth. If you like caramel corn, but don’t eat it because it gets in your teeth, you’ll love these! It also not as sticky as caramel corn or Cracker Jack.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

B’NUTTY PEANUT BUTTER IN IRRESISTIBLE PRETZEL
I had every intention of trying this. However, I peeled back the foil ‘wrapper’ and saw the unblended peanut oil on the top. This would normally have not bothered me, BUT… I was unable to mix the oil in with the plastic spoon I had on hand. Instead of going and getting another utensil, I just put the lid back on and trashed it. I was too sick with a late summer cold at that point, and the container was way too small for me to try to mix the oil in.
TASTE: UNTESTED
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan

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 lots of snacks that are good for me.
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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