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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love With Food January 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
January 2017 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!

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

January’s theme was ‘Seize The Day.’ This time of year, everyone’s thinking about making changes in their lives, and at Love With Food we’re no different. While it’s easy to get back into that everyday routine you’re used to, we want to encourage all our super snackers to mix things up a little. Book that international trip you’re always wanted. Run that marathon. Or just try some new all-natural snacks! Hey nothing wrong with baby steps!

*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.


Since I was eager to dive right into the box, I completely forgot to take a picture! So, I did an unboxing video!

VITAL PROTEINS COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
FROM THE CARD: We believe that whole-food-based nutrition containing collagen is essential for overall health, fitness and wellbeing. However, our bodies require an abundant amount of collagen and modern food processing has removed this natural healthy nutrient from our diets. Supplementing our body with collagen helps promote better digestion, youthful skin, healthier hair, stronger nails, bone & joint health, and overall wellness.

I received the unflavored package, and I don’t know what I did wrong, but these would NOT dissolve completely for me. I tried half into a glass of milk, and thinking even though it says it will dissolve into cold foods and/or drinks the milk was too cold, I tried the second half into a very hot cup of coffee. Both times, the bottom of the cup looked like there was a grainy syrup in it.
I will admit, I could not taste a difference in my drinks, minus the grainy feel to it. I think I’d opt for another way of getting collagen into my diet.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Paleo Friendly

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE in PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH and MILK CHOCOLATE CRUNCH
The Milk Chocolate flavor reminded me a LOT of a Skor bar, which I went through a phase of loving as a teenager. However, unlike Skor bars or even the Dark Chocolate flavor I reviewed in last January’s box, This was soft on my teeth.
The Peanut Butter flavor was a bit harder on my teeth, crunch wise. However, it was my favorite flavor of the two. I could really taste the peanut butter in this flavor.
Save 15% on your order at davessweettooth.com with the code ‘FIRST15’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

SKINNY POP POPCORN in WHITE CHEDDAR
FROM THE BAG: We believe in snacking without compromise. To us, that means using the fewest, cleanest and simplest ingredients possible to bring you the best tasting popcorn. - That’s the Skinny!

I tasted nearly NO cheddar flavor on this. Maybe one handful out of the whole bag. The popcorn itself tasted fine. I just wish there was more of a cheddar flavor to the kernels.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Preservative Free

DOOR COUNTRY KETTLE CHIPS ORIGINAL FLAVOR
FROM THE BAG: Our original kettle chips are in a class by themselves – the perfect combination of crunchy and salty goodness made from three simple ingredients.
Door County Potato Chips are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality. We use only the finest natural ingredients to bring out the real flavor and texture of this delightful snack.
These crunchy snacks have no preservatives and zero grams trans fat. Our chips are fresh and simple, just like Door County itself!
From our family to yours, Enjoy the goodness of Door County Potato Chips!

The taste is just like any other plain Kettle chip, but these were REALLY hard on my teeth.
If Door County were to make normal potato chips, I’d eat them, but due to my gum issues, I wouldn’t get these again.
Buy one bag, get one bag at DoorCountyPotatoChips.com with the code ‘LovewithFood’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

FREE FROM VEGAN GRANOLA
Looking at the ‘Perfect for these diets’ list, I was actually thinking this was going to be the next thing to eating sawdust. But I was actually VERY pleasantly surprised.
It tastes just like a granola bar, but in a 'free' form. The sweetness level actually surprised me. It's not overly sweet, but there is a good amount of sweetness it it, which comes from organic applesauce, vegan cane sugar, dried cranberries (which I thought were raisins, to be honest), maple syrup, nutmeg & cinnamon. This was hands down my favorite item in the box!
Save $5.00 on your order over $25.00 at redplatefoods.com with the code ‘FREEFROM’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Peanut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Sesame Free, Vegan

ALOHA DAILY GOOD GREEN DRINK MIX in CHOCOLATE
Nope. Another one that wasn’t happening, after learning my lesson with the Garden of Life Protein Mix, I wasn’t even going to try this. I was NOT going to subject myself to nausea again.
Save $10.00 on your order over $50.00 at aloha.com with the code ‘LWFSAVE10’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan

TASTY ORGANIC FRUIT SNACKS
These reminded me heavily of Cherry Gummy Life Savers. Very soft on the teeth. However, they liked to get stuck in my teeth as well. One of my favorites of January’s box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

TRUVIA NECTAR SWEETENER
I tried this in a cup of tea I received for Christmas, Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea, since I wasn’t sure how a sweetener with honey would taste in coffee.
It was okay, but it seemed to leave a very strange aftertaste in my mouth. I believe it was the brand and not the fact that it’s ‘supposedly’ diabetic sweetener, since I can use Splenda without this aftertaste.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

HONEY STINGER ORGANIC FRUIT CHEWS in FRUIT SMOOTHIE
These have a STRONG honey taste to them. Otherwise, these are very similar to the Tasty Fruit snacks from above. I didn’t feel any jitters or nervousness after eating these, so I’m guessing the energy comes from the honey and other sweeteners used in these.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

EMMY’S ORGANICS ORGANIC COCONUT COOKIE in DARK CACAO
I reviewed the Lemon Ginger flavor of these cookies last July and HATED them.
The Dark Cacao cookie tasted infinitely better, but they are still not a cookie I’d specifically go out and buy… which it PAINS me to say, because Emmy’s Organics is a ‘local’ company to me, based out of Ithaca, NY. I feel like I’m hurting the local economy by speaking ill of them.
The taste is reminiscent of an Almond Joy bar, minus the almond.
Save 20% on your order at emmysorganics.com with the code ‘LWF20’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, Kosher

TRUVIA SWEETENER CRYSTALS
I tried two packets of this in a morning cup of coffee and it just didn’t taste as sweet as I’m accustomed to. Just like with the Truvia Nectar sweetener above, it left a very strange aftertaste in my mouth.
I ended up passing the remaining packets to other adoptive family members.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

REVIVE ALL NATURAL ENERGY SHOT
Okay, so… like I said in the video above, I was leery of trying this, since I know energy drinks/shots aren’t supposed to be the greatest for you.
But after reading the ingredients list and see that it was basically just juice concentrates. I decided to try it… it’s just concentrated juices of superfruits. How bad could it be?
Really bad.
I got two sips in and I couldn’t drink any more of it. I’m not sure if it was the flavor I received (Watermelon Berry) or not, But it tasted outright repulsing and my stomach started churning. I ended up tossing the rest of it in the trash.
If you do drink energy shots and want to try this, Save on your next order at drinkre.com with the code ‘LovemyRE’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

DELALLO GLUTEN FREE LASAGNA
As I said in the video, I passed these on to my grandma, since she does the cooking here. I’m sure she’ll be making lasagna in March for Mama Melissa’s birthday, so when she does, I will come back and edit this.
TASTE: UNKNOWN as of this posting.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages.

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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