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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Love with Food November 2016 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
November 2016 box

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December's box is on it's way, so it's time for the monthly post!

This month’s theme is ‘Love is Food.’ Food is one of those universal way that we show love. Whether it’s making a favorite treat for a friend’s birthday, perfecting family recipes on a holiday or even making breakfast in bed, we’ve all experienced the love expressed through making (or sharing) food. So this month, show your love by passing around the food in your red snack box!

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^^

FLAPJACKED HIGH FIBER MIGHTY MUFFIN WITH PROBIOTICS IN MAPLE PUMPKIN
We have to be one of the few families WITHOUT a microwave, which is what this requires to make. I may stop by their Facebook page to find out how to make this another way, but if I can’t, this will go unmade/unreviewed until I have access to a microwave.
EDIT 02.02.17 - So, last week... we got a new microwave. It's small, but it doesn't have to be GIGANTIC just to throw an occasional breakfast sandwich or bowl/plate of leftovers in.
This morning, I decided to make this. It wasn't AWFUL, but I didn't really care for it. It wouldn't mix smoothly, and there were 'bits' of... I'm not entirely sure what. It looked like maple syrup, but there were these grainy things in them, that felt like pieces of my teeth had broke off and I was chewing them.
The actual texture of the muffin was soft, but the grainy bits ruined it for me.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, High Fiber, High Protein, Low Cholesterol, Non-GMO

HEALTH WITHOUT THE HASSLE GUMMY VITAMIN PACKS
I received two of these packets, one with Vitamin C and one with Biotin. We all know what Vitamin C does, and I personally take 1000 mg a day. These gummies contain 250 mg per 2 gummy serving. I may save this for if/when I get sick, for an extra dose.
Biotin supplementation is commonly used to strengthen hair and reduce hair loss. In addition, biotin may be able to improve flexibility in brittle nails and increase strength in thin nails. It’s also sometimes used in diabetes treatment, so I may give this one to Mama Melissa, if her doctor okays it.
You can save 30% on your first order of these vitamins by using the code gummy30 at shop.vitefive.com/gummy30
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

GO ORGANIC CHOCOLATE GINGER CHEWS
Two worlds collide to create these super yummy chocolate ginger chews - chewy chocolate deliciousness blended with zesty ginger. They're chocolately smooth and with a zing of spice!

When I first handled these, they actually felt more like a hard candy than a chew. But I tried one anyway.
It tastes like a Tootsie Roll with ginger in it. I did NOT like the one I did eat. I’ll probably hand toe other two off to a non-diabetic family member, since I don’t like them.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

GO ORGANICALLY FRUIT SNACKS
These fruit snacks have 5 different flavors: Strawberry, Apple, Orange, Peach, & Cherry.
Honestly, the only one I tasted for definite was the orange. The rest of the flavors ‘blended’ together, even when ate separately. I liked the taste of these. Very fruity.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

FREEYUMM DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIE
Judging by amount of things this cookie is free from, I was going into this with a ‘This will be nasty’ mindset. It wasn’t awful, but it was quite bland for a cookie with 4 different kinds of sweeteners in it.
You can save 20% on your first order of these cookies by searching for FreeYumm on Amazon and using the promo code FYLOVE01 (Expires 12.31.16)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Sesame Free, Seafood Free, Sulphite Free

WISE CINNABON POPCORN
FROM THE BAG: You’ve got good taste!
Well, Hello there! The irresistible world famous flavor of Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Rolls has made it’s way to our popcorn. Take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasure of this one-of-a-kind flavor - A delicious sweet escape!

I received 3 snack bags of this, and because they fell within Mama Melissa’s ‘sugar limit,’ I gave her 2 of the 3 bags.
Best ways to describe this is taking buttered popcorn and sprinkling a GOOD dose of cinnamon onto it. It is absolutely delicious!
My inner teenager smiled at this, since Wise is a ‘HomeRegion’ staple, being made in Berwick PA, and we lived about 70 miles from the factory.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

NOGII PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE HIGH PROTEIN BAR
Need to power through that frenzied grocery shopping trip right before Thanksgiving? This sweet, crispy, energy-packed bar is here to the rescue.

FROM THE PACKAGE: The day is busy; the demands are high. Whether I am training for a 5K race, pushing through a long day of work, or getting the kids from school to practice and back -- I rely on nogii bars to keep me fueled, energized and ready to tackle it all!
I created the nogii (noh-jee) bar as a solution to my search for a lower calorie, NO GLUTEN, NO GUILT, HIGH-PROTEIN snack on the go with quality carbs for sustained energy. It goes wherever I go -- Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This reminded me of a Rice Krispie Treat. It had the same texture to it, just wasn’t as crumbly. I liked the chocolate on the bottom. It also wasn’t as sweet as I had pictured.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, High Protein

RIGONI DI ASIAGO NOCCIOLATA ORGANIC HAZLENUT SPREAD
FROM THE WEBSITE: SO GOOD. SO ORGANIC.
It's actually quite simple. Quality ingredients produce superior taste. Only certified organic ingredients go into each jar of creamy, dreamy Nocciolata. That means no chemicals, no artificial flavors, no GMOs and absolutely zero palm oil. Nocciolata is still made following the Rigoni's exclusive family recipe. It is a slow process that uses only carefully selected ingredients like dark chocolate from the Antillean Islands, Italian hazelnuts (16%), brown sugar, skim milk and Bourbon vanilla extract.
Enjoy Nocciolata any time of day. Try it in the morning on toast, or on a crusty bread for a delicious afternoon snack. Nocciolata is the perfect special ingredient for cakes, crepes, cookies, muffins, and many more recipes. It's fantastic as a frosting or filling in all your baking inventions! No matter how you enjoy it, there are always new ways to love Nocciolata!

I actually used this on my morning Pumpkin Spice toast, and I really didn’t taste the hazlenut flavor in this; all I could taste was the chocolate, which played VERY nicely with the pumpkin spice flavor of the bread. It was a bit sweet, but nothing overpowering.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Organic, Non-GMO

SHINE ORGANICS SMOOTHIE BLEND in REVIVE PEAR CELERY COCONUT LIME GREEN TEA CHIA
FROM THE POUCH: Experience Shine Organics -- Our special blend of superfoods will help you feel your best and shine your brightest. Shine On!
REVIVE
Help keep your mind and body on the right track with REVIVE. Organic fruits, veggies, green tea, and chia seeds blend deliciously to give you a refreshing snack your body craves.
~Good source of Vitamin C
~Good source of Fiber
~240mg of Omega-3 (ALA)
~No Artificial Flavors
~Made without the use of GMOs

Again with the ‘baby food’ like pouches… and again with the chia seeds. I’m not one for chia seeds, to be honest.
Once again though, the pear flavor overpowered the other flavors, so I didn’t taste too much of the chia seeds… or anything else, for that matter. I did detect a SLIGHT hint of the lime. Disappointingly, I didn’t taste any coconut, which is the flavor I was looking the most forward to.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

WIPALA HEALTHY SNACKS ANDEAN BAR
According to the Inca Legend, Andean Grains were the food of the Gods, until a Fox broke into Heaven, stealing and spreading this food of the Gods throughout the Andean Region. This makes our Andean Bars a sacred snack, where Quinoa and Andean Lupin are our holy ingredients.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this bar. It looks like your typical granola bar, but it does NOT taste like a granola bar. I’ve tasted BETTER, but I’ve also tasted a LOT worse. The saving grace of this bar was the chocolate/cacao pieces. I think one of the other flavors the company offers would be better, because this one just didn’t do it for me.
You can save 20% on your order of these bars AND get a ‘Buy 3 Get 1 Free’ deal by using the code LoveFood at www.BonusSalus.com
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

BARILLA GLUTEN FREE FETTUCCINE
This is just fettuccine noodles without the gluten. I couldn’t really tell a difference between these noodles and normal fettuccine pasta. I ended up making my Spiced up Spaghetti with this and it was JUST as good with the fettuccine noodles as with spaghetti noodles.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: 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. Also, cooking the fettuccine noodles, if cooking isn't your strong point.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks and part of a meal, all 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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