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Monday, May 29, 2017

Love With Food May 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
April 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!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
May’s theme is ‘Savor Every Moment.’
With 2017 almost halfway through, we may find ourselves thinking how quickly the year is going by. In the blink of an eye, the moments we create with our friends, family and loved ones can rapidly turn into memories. With so many celebrations going on this month, whether you’re celebrating the awesome mother in your life, the seasons changing or living deliciously gluten-free in honor of Food Allergy Awareness, we’ve made sure that our May box won’t let your taste buds down! Now, go out there and truly savor every moment!!

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




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

GLUTINO GLUTEN FREE PRETZEL TWISTS
FROM THE BAG: Come on baby, it’s a party! It’s a celebration! Even if it’s just a snack. She eats up life by the fist-full, living every day to the fullest. The smile on her lips strikes up the band in your heart and you can’t help but join the dance.
Let’s do the twist!

A few weeks ago, I did a review on Glutino snacks, but these weren’t one of the snacks. However, I really couldn’t taste a difference between these and normal pretzels, minus a ‘wheaty’  and sort of sweet taste to them. I actually liked these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher

PAMELA’S FIGGIES AND JAMMIES COOKIE in RASPBERRY & FIG
I LOVE regular Fig Newtons (even though they give me loose stools), so I was looking forward to this. It was okay; I could taste the figs in it, but I really didn’t like the raspberry flavor in it. I think I’ll stick to the regular Fig Newtons from now on.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher, Additive Free

MUNK PACK PROTEIN COOKIE in PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE CHIP
FROM THE WRAPPER: Your world is what you make it. Choose your adventure. Take chances. Fuel your life.
For all life’s adventures.

After getting a Snickerdoodle protein cookie in March’s box that was completely disgusting, I was skeptical of even trying this. But I sucked it up and tried a bite.
I was surprised how delicious this was. It tasted just like a normal cookie. It was soft and chewy, which I actually don’t normally like, but this wasn’t bad. It wasn’t overloaded with chocolate chips, and I could taste both the chocolate and the peanut butter.
Unlike the Snickerdoodle cookie, THIS I actually would eat again.
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TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Sugar Alcohol Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Kosher, High Fiber

BAKERY ON MAIN OATMEAL in MAPLE MULTIGRAIN MUFFIN
At the time of posting this review, I have not actually made this, simply because I keep forgetting to take it downstairs with me. Once I have, I will edit this.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Dairy Free (unless added after preparing), Wheat Free, Casein Free, Trans Fat Free, Cholesterol Free

FRUIGEES ORGANIC FRUIT SNACK in KALEFORNIA GRAPE
FROM THE POUCH: Squeezing in the good stuff is what Fruigees is all about. Our organic fruit snack in a squeeze pack is made with a healthy combo of fruit and veggie juices. Always on the go, it’s tough to eat right, so we’re offering everyone a tasty treat that can’t be beat -- Dave & Josh
WHAT MAKES FRUIGEES SO AWESOME?
-Organic Ingredients
-Non GMO
-Totally Vegan
-Essential Nutrients
-Gluten Free
-BPA-Free
-No Sugar Added

In one word, UGH. I usually don’t even try these ‘fruit and veggie medleys’ after the Salad Power fiasco from last year. But I gave this the benefit of the doubt, because the ingredients read that it had more fruit juices than kale, and it even smelled of the grapes more than the kale.
But no… I got one sip in and I was DONE. The kale overpowered the fruit juices. However, there was more of a grape aftertaste. It just wasn’t enough to salvage the drink. I promptly threw the rest of the pouch out.
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TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

PLENTILS LENTIL CHIPS in GARLIC & PARMESAN
FROM THE BAG: From ancient times to the present, the lentil has been proven to be one of the best sources of plant-based protein. This chip’s unique recipe results in a protein-packed, crunchy experience, bursting with flavor as you savor a great-tasting “better-for-you” chip.

Last May’s Love With Food was nothing but Enjoy Life foods. And in that box, we had the Sea Salt plentils.
While I didn’t care for the Sea Salt flavor, I really enjoyed these. They were soft on the teeth and very flavorful. There was just enough garlic flavor and it played nicely with the parmesan.
I think I’d actually buy these if I saw them in the store.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

LANCE’S GLUTEN FREE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES
FROM THE BAG: You can always count on Lance to provide great-tasting, high quality snacks for you and your family.
We are proud to offer Gluten Free Sandwich Cookie Bites, little bites of deliciousness for when you are looking for something sweet and satisfying. Each mini sandwich starts with real peanut  butter spread between delightfully baked gluten free cookies to create a wholesome and flavorful snack.
Free from gluten and egg, you and your family will love Lance Gluten Free Sandwich Cookies.

These tasted just like Ritz Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers. I’d be hard-pressed to tell a difference. Only thing I didn’t like with these were some of them were haphazardly put together. Cosmetic issue, I know. But that was my only issue with these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

WOWBUTTER TOASTED SOYBUTTER in PEANUT BUTTER FLAVOR
The premise of WOWBUTTER if for those who are allergic to other nut butters, but still want the ‘taste’ of a nut butter. Both a CREAMY and CRUNCHY version are available in most stores. I believe I received two samples of the creamy variety.
At the time of posting this review, I have not actually ate this, simply because I keep forgetting to take the samples downstairs with me. Once I have, I will edit this.
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TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Preservative Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free

SCHAR ARTISAN BAKER MULTIGRAIN BREAD
FROM THE WEBSITE: Schär introduces another gluten-free wonder with the Artisan Baker! This new line with amazing taste and texture will replace the original Classic White and Multigrain breads. European recipe crafted with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and honey, we believe it is the best tasting gluten-free bread!

I toasted this one morning and had my usual sandwich with it, that morning being tuna fish and lettuce. OMG, it was SO good. I loved the little seeds in the bread. If I knew what store sells this bread, I’d DEFINITELY be buying it.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Lactose/Dairy Free, Preservative Free

RED BIRD LEMON CANDY PUFFS
FROM THE BAG: With just a few simple ingredients like pure cane sugar and all natural lemon oil, we make our Red Bird Lemon Mini Puff in our hometown of Lexington, NC. It’s more than a recipe, it’s a family tradition since 1890. Because our puffs are handcrafted, each one is unique, like a snowflake… only tastier!

So, when I opened the bag, I initially thought these were lemon hard candies.
However, when I popped one in my mouth, it had the texture of those After Dinner Mints or buttermints. The lemon taste isn’t overpowering, but it’s the ‘fake lemon” taste most lemon candies are known for. I actually did like these.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No artificial colors, Allergen Free

BANZA CHICKPEA MAC & CHEESE in WHITE CHEDDAR
FROM THE BOX: Chickpea pasta makes better Mac & Cheese.
The easy, cheesy oh-so-delicious meal you grew up with just got better. Banza took pasta made from chickpeas and added loads of yummy, cheesy goodness.
With 2X the protein, 8X the fiber and fewer net carbs, you can make every night mac & cheese night.

This is my 2nd time reviewing a Banza product. I got a box of the penne pasta last year and LOVED it.
Since this needs to be cooked, I will edit this when I actually do make it.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, rBST free, High Fiber, High Protein, Low Glycemic Index

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. Cooking also has to be a strong point to make the Banza Mac & Cheese.

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