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Monday, September 18, 2017

Love with Food August 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
August 2017 Gluten Free 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!
August’s theme was ‘Believe You Can.’
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”- Theodore Roosevelt
August is an exciting month -  the last weeks of summer and preparing for fall. Many of us are getting ready for Back to School, whether we’re going to college or sending our kids to elementary school. We thought we’d send you nutritious snacks full of fruits and proteins to fill those lunch boxes and to inspire you to achieve your goals. We believe you can do whatever you set your mind to.

That last sentence was the mantra my Mommy instilled into me at a very young age, and it’s probably why I’ve come as far as I have in life. I thank her everyday for instilling this into me.

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




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

BURT’S BEES PROTEIN SHAKE in VANILLA
Nope. After trying NUMEROUS protein shakes and being nauseated each time, I REFUSED to even try this. It was promptly tossed out.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy-free, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Organic

ARTISAN TROPIC PLANTAIN STRIPS with SEA SALT
FROM THE BAG: Artisan Tropic is a family adventure fueled by our family’s passion for healthy living.
We love to eat healthy. Why? In 2011, our youngest daughter was very sick, but after making some drastic dietary changes her body began to heal. This experience taught us the importance of whole food nutrition and made us passionate about eating healthy. Our desire is to share our family’s healthy adventure with you.
Want to join us?

WHAT IS A PLANTAIN?
-Plantains are members of the banana family. They are similar in appearance, but are more dense and less sweet.
-Plantains grow naturally in tropical climates.
-Plantains must be cooked, but can be prepared at any stage of ripeness.

I’ve reviewed these in the February 2016 Love with Food box. These taste like a sweet potato chip, but softer. They almost turn to mush within seconds of hitting my saliva and a few chews. They have the texture of Lay’s potato chips, but cut a little thicker. They are also a LOT less greasy than typical potato chips, Pringles notwithstanding. I seriously rather eat these than potato chips.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan

HUNGRY BUDDHA COCONUT CHIPS in PUMPKIN SPICE with TURMERIC
FROM THE POUCH: Live Healthy. Be Happy. Snack Wisely.
Adventure is on the horizon, so snack accordingly! Buddha Brands Co. is for life enthusiasts who are #HungryForAdventure. Live healthy, be happy & seek balance in life, snacking & everything in between.
-No cholesterol
-No trans fat
-Dairy free
-Source of dietary fibre

Two things I love combined into one snack; Coconut and Pumpkin Spice.
This was alright, nothing amazing. The pumpkin spice flavor was heavy, but the coconut hurt my gums, so I couldn’t enjoy this as much as I would have liked to.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

VERMONT BEEF AND PORK STICK in CRACKED PEPPER
I got these in June’s Deluxe Box. To me, this tasted like a very bland summer sausage. I really couldn’t taste the cracked pepper in this. That being said, I did actually like this. I could really taste the two meats equally. It was less spicy than the Slim Jim snacks or the Jack Links Matador sticks I usually eat. It was also thicker than those snacks.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Antibiotic Free, No Added Hormones, Diabetic

SURF SWEETS WATERMELON RINGS
FROM THE BAG: -Made with Organic Sweeteners
-No Artificial Colors or Flavors
-Made without Corn Syrup
-100% DV of Vitamin C per serving
-Free of the 8 common Allergens
-Made in a Nut-Free Facility
-Dairy Free/Casein Free
-Soy Free
-Gluten Free
-Vegan

I usually HATE anything Watermelon flavored, unless it’s actual watermelon. Something about the ‘fake watermelon’ taste gets to me. These were no exception. I ate them, but I didn’t really care for them. They were way too sweet and way too fake for me.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy-free, Casein Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, No Artificial flavors, Non-GMO, Organic

ANGEL MINTS ORIGINAL MINTS
Big After Dinner or buttermints. Extremely minty. I liked these a LOT.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

VEGGIE-GOS FRUIT SNACKS
I received two little packets of these…
STRAWBERRY CHIA SEEDS + BEETS BITES
Interesting story here… According to my mom, I LOVED beets as a baby. She said it was NOTHING for me to eat the whole jar in one feeding.
However, as an adult, I REFUSE to eat them. Beets actually disgust me at this point. So, I was completely skeptical of eating these. Just the word ‘beets’ was enough to send me running.
I was pleasantly surprised, though. I couldn’t really taste the beet flavor, nor could I really taste the chia seeds. All I tasted was the strawberry flavor, which covered the slight beet taste.
FINALLY, a way I WILL eat beets!
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

BERRY APPLE + SPINACH FRUIT STRIPS
The look, feel, texture and taste of a thicker Fruit Roll-up. I really didn’t taste the spinach in this, all I could taste was the berries.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

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BARNEY BUTTER ALMOND BUTTER in SMOOTH
I reviewed the crunchy Almond Butter packet back in July 2016. This month, I got the Smooth variety again and while it was delicious, it was very hard to ‘mix’ in the packet and actually squeeze out to spread onto my toast in the morning. I think if it had came in a single-serving cup, I would have had better luck. I did like the taste of it and it pairs well with Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl bread.
TASTE: 9/10 on taste alone, 3/10 for the packaging.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

MADEGOOD CHOCOLATE BANANA GRANOLA BAR with VEGETABLES
FROM THE WRAPPER: Organic – With Vegetables* – School safe without peanuts and tree nuts
Manufactured in a dedicated facility free from the 8 common allergens:
~Peanut
~Tree Nuts
~Wheat
~Soy
~Dairy
~Egg
~Sesame
~Fish & Shellfish
*Nutrients found in 1 serving of vegetables

The best way to describe this is taking a Quaker Chocolate Chip Granola bar and eating a jar of Banana baby food at the same time. I liked it, but there wasn’t enough banana flavor in this for me.
As I said in the video, I wasn’t sure what vegetables were in this, and when I ate it, I didn’t taste any vegetables, but it turns out there is actually ‘Vegetable Powder’ in this, and that powder contains: spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Allergy Friendly, Kosher

PURE ORGANIC POPCORN in WHITE CHEDDAR
FROM THE BAG: The GOOD stuff:
organic
gluten free
kosher
NONE of the BAD stuff:
NO artificial flavors
NO artificial colors
0g trans fat per serving

Like a LOT of the organic white cheddar popcorn bags, I tasted ZERO cheddar on this. If I was looking for a gluten free white cheddar popcorn, I’d just forgo the organic ingredients and buy the Wise brand, getting plenty of white cheddar flavor.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic

WONDERWELL WATER with a dash of ORGANIC WATERMELON
FROM THE BOX: Having fun is thirsty work… trees to climb, squirrels to chase & puddles to jump in!
The list of what’s NOT in here is longer than what IS in here!
-No Sugar
-No High Fructose Corn Syrup
-No Artificial Sweeteners
-No Artificial Colors
-No Artificial Flavors
-No GMOs
-No Gluten

In a word… YUCK.
I usually love flavored water, Propel Zero in either Berry, Lemon or Strawberry Kiwi being my favorite flavors. But this was outright DISGUSTING. I got about half of the box down before I nearly threw up. I promptly tossed the rest out.
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic

DELALLO GLUTEN FREE LASAGNA NOODLES
These are the 2nd time I received these noodles.
Tastewise, I didn't see a difference between these and normal lasagna noodles.
However, Grandma HATED using them. She said they ripped and tore way too easily for her liking. She said she had a hard time making Mama Melissa's birthday lasagna with them. Therefore, these went to my cousin.
TASTE: 10/10 for taste, 3/10 for durability
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 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.**

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Love with Food July 2017 Gluten Free box

Love with Food
July 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!
July’s theme is ‘Explore. Dream. Discover.' The sun is shining, the waves are beckoning and summer’s in full swing! This month, we encourage you to “Explore. Dream. Discover.” Take that trip to Hawaii you’ve always dreamed of. Pick up “The Alchemist” and get lost in Santiago’s journey from Spain to Egypt. Host a traveler and be tourist together in your own city. Our July box is full of snacks with traditional summer flavors like strawberry and caramel, but also some new one we hope will delight your taste buds. Have a fun and adventurous July!

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




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

OCEAN’S HALO ROASTED SEAWEED in TEXAS BBQ
FROM THE PACKAGE: Swim against the tide. Eat seaweed.
What’s better than a regular old seaweed sheet?
Our yummy organic seaweed snacks are made with sustainably harvested seaweed, packed with good-for-you vitamins, like B12, and rich in minerals, like iodine, that are super important to your health.

The last time I received something with seaweed, it was just not happening. I couldn’t get past the smell, much less the taste.
But these actually were pretty good. The BBQ flavor covered the fishy seaweed flavor pretty well. I mean, I could definitely still taste the seaweed, but the BBQ flavor overpowered it to make it edible. Still not 100% sure I’d buy this on my own though.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic, Vegan

COSMO’S CREATIONS PUFFED CORN in SALTED CARAMEL
FROM THE BAG: 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.
It’s a little sweet. It’s a little salty. It’s a lot fantastic. When caramel and sea salt come together to make all your taste buds come to life, you’ll think the stars have aligner. Oven-baked corn with just the right amount of salted caramel and made to perfection. Pure, natural ingredients* combined to make a snack that’s deliciously addictive.
*No Artificial ingredients. Minimally Processed. No High-Fructose Corn Syrup.

I reviewed these in last September’s box. 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, HFCS Free,

NOTHING BUT THE FRUIT REAL FRUIT BITES
I received two pouches of these and will review them individually.
RASPBERRY CHIA
These were… interesting. The smell when first opened is atrocious… to the point I completely wrinkled my nose in disgust. But these were actually pretty good. I really couldn’t taste the Chia seeds, which is a huge plus for me.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

CONCORD GRAPE
The smell again… literally nauseating. Smells EXACTLY like moistened but not dissolved sweetened grape drink mix.
Sadly, there is absolutely ZERO taste to these, and they aren’t as chewy as the Raspberry Chia packet. These were CONSTANTLY getting stuck in my teeth.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

GFB: GLUTEN FREE BITES in DARK CHOCOLATE COCONUT
FROM THE POUCH: GFB Bites are non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, ridiculously tasty dairy-free. gluten-free high-protein snacks that you won’t believe are actually good for you.

These weren’t awful, but the dark chocolate really put me off from these. I don’t like dark chocolate to begin with, but I was hoping the coconut would save these... sadly, the coconut was the only good thing about these.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher

BANDAR CHILI SAUCE in SPICY MANGO
I’m not even sure where to start on this item. It was horrible. It tasted gritty at first and then the fire kicked in. I had to down a half of a traveler mug of coffee to somewhat cool my mouth down. Afterwards, my acid reflux reared its ugly head and I had to wait for it to settle itself.
Mama Melissa, who is known to LOVE hot foods even balked at the hotness of this… which shocked me, since she eats jalapeƱos on her subs.
Needless to say, I would not buy this.
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

PRETZEL PERFECTION TWICE-BAKED PRETZEL STICKS in CHIPOTLE BBQ
FROM THE BAG: At Pretzel Perfection, we don’t think you should sacrifice flavor or quality when you choose a gluten-free product. That’s why all of our products are made with only the freshest ingredients and are always free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Our unique sweet and savory snacks offer delicious flavor combinations and always come with a safe, gluten-free promise.
Choose Flavor. Choose Perfection.

These were okay. Usually, I love pretzels… but these just didn't do anything for me. I don't know if it was because they were twice-baked or if if it was the Chipotle and barbecue seasonings, but I didn't really care for these. I gave them to Mama Melissa, who actually did like them, even though she normally hates pretzels.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher with some dairy,

KALA BEAUTIFUL BEANS in SIMPLY PEPPERED
FROM THE BAG: KALA is a celebration of beans. They’re beautiful, delicious, and great for you. And we want the world to eat more beans!
We take the most beautiful beans we can find, roast and season them, and pair them with surprisingly simple ingredients. The result? Light, vibrant snacks packed with nutrition and bursting with flavor.
Every one of our blissful blends uses whole ingredients you can see. Because we use beans, we can achieve a better balance of health and flavor. That’s why we believe in celebrating beautiful beans!
KALA Beans are light, crunchy, and packed with all the healthy goodness of beautiful beans in every bite. Welcome to inspired snacking.

This were SOOOOOOOO good. At first glance I thought they were peanuts, but they are actually roasted Fava beans. They were a bit spicy and set my acid reflux into an uproar, but I didn’t care. I ate them with reckless abandon and worried about the flareup (and my teeth) later.
If I knew what store had these, I’d probably buy them in bulk!!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

MATI ENERGY DRINK in PEACH MANGO
FROM THE CAN: Do More. Be Better.
MATI is naturally sweet with no added sugars, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. It’s 30% fruit juice, carbonated, and naturally caffeinated.
MATI is powered by the guayusa plant, nicknamed the Night Watchman by Amazon hunters who consume its leaves for sustained energy. Brewed guayusa powers performance with a potent combination of caffeine, antioxidants and theobromine.
NUTRITIONAL EQUIVALENTS
Caffeine = 1.5 cups of coffee
Antioxidants = 3 cups of green tea
Potassium = 1/2 banana

I actually planned to use this as a replacement for my morning cup of coffee, since it has 1.5 cups of coffee worth of caffeine in it, but I got ONE sip in and that was enough for me. The peach had a delicious taste to it, but the mango juice ruined the entire thing, making it taste like the drink had soured. I ended up dumping it.
They do have other flavors. Take $5 of your Trial Pack order by using the code ‘LUVWITH5’ at checkout at http://store.matienergy.com
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

YUMEARTH ORGANIC LOLLIPOP in STRAWBERRY SMASH
This has a strange taste to it, compared to other strawberry flavored lollipops. I’m not sure if it was the organic ingredients or if it was the fact that I usually eat grape, orange or cherry lollipops. I probably wouldn’t eat this again.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

NAVITAS ORGANICS CACAO SWEET NIBS
FROM THE BAG: Go after each day with passion and drive.
Super-simple, super-nutritious superfoods give you the energy you need to live each day to the fullest.
In fact, Navitas (Nuh-vee-tus) is Latin for ‘energy.’ We search the globe for the highest-quality organic superfoods to keep you energized. What’s more, we work hard to power the positive in all we do as a company, celebrating healthy foods and suppoting sustainable causes.
Navitas. Live Life Positive.

Going by the bag, I was expecting organic chocolate chips. The best way to describe these are ‘chocolate nerds.’ They are very tiny and they have an odd taste to them. I really did not like them.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan

LAUGHING GIRAFFE ORGANICS LEMON SNAKAROON
1000 times better than the GFB Bites above, but also more crumbly. I really liked this though. The coconut and the lemon flavor complimented each other nicely. I’d probably buy these if I saw them in a store.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Kosher, Raw Vegan, Non-GMO

ALOHA ORGANIC PROTEIN BAR in CHOCOLATE MINT
FROM THE WRAPPER: Ingredients with a Purpose.
We believe the best ingredients come straight from the earth. Our proprietary protein blend -- made from pumpkin seeds and brown rice --  is full of everything your body needs and free of everything it doesn’t (lactose, artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives).
-14g of plant-based protein
-100% real food
-Good source of iron

I could have sworn I reviewed this brand of protein bars before, but I can’t seem to find the post now. (Figures)
Opening this I sort of expected a ‘Hershey Bar’ type of texture, but I was met with a brownie-like bar. That was my first disappointment.
The taste… it was hard to explain. I didn’t really taste the mint and what chocolate I did taste had a STRANGE taste to it.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Plant Based

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, 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.**

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Love with Food June 2017 Deluxe Box

Love with Food
June 2017 Deluxe 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!
June’s theme is ‘You Got This!’ June is a month of transitions -- the season changes from Spring to Summer and major life changes take place with graduations and weddings. This month we’re sending you wholesome treats to power your study sessions and exams, fuel up on the way to events, or simply start your day off right with something delicious. Whether you’re facing a new challenge at work or babysitting mischievous toddlers, just remember --  You Got This!

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


Going in order of the unboxing...

ZOUQ JUBILEE MIX
FROM THE POUCH: Zouq’s special spicy blend including rice flakes, peas and lentils perfectly balanced into a vibrant snack. Celebrate!
Zouq takes you on a romantic, mysterious, and magical journey to the world of exotic flavors. Zouq is where you share your love for food adventure, connect to all who love exploring new food experiences, and where you cherish food memories from other cultures. Share your story and discover the world of flavors at www.zouq.com

I’ve reviewed a few Zouq pouches before, but this is by far the spiciest. I wouldn’t say it’s TOO hot to eat, but the heat level is there. I really liked it despite the hotness to it.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Artificial Color free, Artificial flavor free, Diabetic up to 3g sugars per food item
NOTE: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS PEANUTS

MEDITERRA SAVORY BAR in BELL PEPPERS & GREEN OLIVES
FROM THE PACKAGE: Savory bar with Bell Peppers & Green Olives
Did you know generations of Mediterraneans have enjoyed olives and bell peppers as snacks? We’ve taken the traditional staples into an even more delicious direction -- a bar packed with the palate-pleasing textures of pea crisps, crunchy sunflower seeds, amaranth, and a touch of extra virgin olive oil, all finished with an oregano garnish.  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 have reviewed a few of these bars before, the last one being in the September 2016 box. I also received one of these bars in June's gluten free box.
First thing you’re hit with with opening the wrapper is the smell of pepper. I don’t mean like green peppers; I mean like black pepper that you sprinkle on foods for flavoring.
I really didn’t taste the olives in this, which is good, since I don’t care for green olives. I like black olives. I really liked this though. The quinoa and the cashew butter made for a yummy mixture.
Only thing is, this particular bar didn’t taste the same as the bar I got in the Gluten Free box for June.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher

J&M ORIGINAL CHEESE STRAWS
FROM THE BAG: Our Original Cheese Straws are a traditional Southern delicacy combining a light crisp texture with just a hint of “hot.’ Serve them anytime as a snack, appetizer or hors d’oeuvre. They’re a delicious counterpart to soups, salads, fruit and wine.

These were… interesting. There wasn’t much of a flavoring to them, but what it DID have was like I took a mouthful of grated cheese straight from the container.
The cheese straw also had more than ‘just a hint of hot’ taste to them. I’d say they were on par with Spicy Cheez-its or a beef & bean burrito.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Diabetic

FLAPJACKED PROTEIN SMOOTHIE with GREEK YOGURT in VANILLA BEAN
I had such high hopes for this, considering it didn’t seem like it was made for someone on a diet and it was vanilla, one of my favorite flavors.
But I was disappointed by this mix. It didn’t really dissolve into the milk too well, and it tasted very gritty. I actually got nauseous from this.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: High Protein

MINUTE RICE READY TO SERVE MICROWAVEABLE RICE BLEND in BROWN RICE & QUINOA
I also received this in June’s Gluten Free box and this was the one I was looking forward to. I am a rice fanatic and could probably eat rice 5 out of 7 days of the week.
However, this tasted a little bland to me. I did have to add some sea salt to it, just to get it to have some flavor.
I’d like to try some of their other varieties, but this one fell kind of flat for me.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, BPA Free

SNACK FACTORY ORIGINAL PRETZEL CRISPS
FROM THE BAG: Crunch’em. Crack’em. Dip’em. Stack’em.
Pretzel Crisps are a modern twist on an old favorite. They’re the best part of the pretzel -- all the flavor and crunch you love -- but lighter, crispier, and more versatile than ever before.
These 1 oz bags are great for people on the go and with only 100 calories per serving they’re the perfect, better-for-you snack food.
One bite and you’ll Rethink Your Pretzel!

I already reviewed these here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2016/07/snack-factory-pretzel-crisps.html
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Diabetic

BEANITOS BAKED WHITE BEAN CRUNCH in MAC N’ CHEESE
FROM THE BAG: Beans make a better chip.
100% Baked
4g Complete protein
Nothing artificial ever
Good source of fiber
0g Trans fat

I reviewed this last July in the box. Cheetos made from beans, with the powdered cheese from boxed mac & cheese. This is EXACTLY what these were. Still yummy though.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Diabetic

iWON NUTRITION PROTEIN CHIPS in SRIRACHA
FROM THE BAG: the feeling you get after an awesome workout. the happiness you experience when you accomplish something great. the passion you have for the things you love. the unmistakable feeling of winning. in sport. in fitness. in life.
we totally understand. it’s these passions that we put into making all natural, healthy food products for active people.
i won! nutrition all started when our founder realized that most on-the-go meals were unhealthy, unnatural and didn’t taste that good, so he went on a mission to create exactly what he wanted using the best non-gmo and organic ingredients.
we hope you enjoy these chips as much as we do.
bringing all natural to the game
mark samuel, founder and ceo

I gave this to Mama Melissa, since I ate February’s bag.
And she had the same reaction I did; They are VERY hard on teeth… almost like stale Doritos.
TASTE: 5/10 (according to Mama Melissa)
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic, Diabetic

SHINE ORGANICS FRUIT, VEGGIE AND CHIA SQUEEZE PACK in BANANA, CARROT, MANGO, ORANGE, WHEATGRASS, TURMERIC & CHIA
FROM THE POUCH: Experience Shine Organics.
Our special blend of organic superfoods will help you feel your best and shine your brightest. Shine on!
ELEVATE -- Made with organic fruits, veggies, chia seeds and turmeric, ELEVATE can help give you a lift. High in antioxidants Vitamin A and Vitamin C, this is one snack you can really feel good about.
~Excellent source of Vitamins A & C
~Good source of potassium & fiber
~365mg of Omega-3 (ALA)
~No Artificial flavors
~ Non-GMO Project Verified

This was interesting. All I could really taste was the banana in this. The rest of the ingredients pretty much got lost in the shuffle. Not sure I’d buy this on my own.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Organic

VERMONT CRACKED PEPPER BEEF & PORK STICK
To me, this tasted like a very bland summer sausage. I really couldn’t taste the cracked pepper in this. That being said, I did actually like this. I could really taste the two meats equally. It was less spicy than the Slim Jim snacks or the Jack Links Matador sticks I usually eat. It was also thicker than those snacks.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Antibiotic Free, No Added Hormones, Diabetic

LANCE TOASTY CRACKERS in GRAPE PB&J
Imagine eating a toasted peanut butter sandwich while drinking grape juice. You now have these crackers.
They were good, but I think I would have enjoyed a strawberry flavor more. I’m actually not big on grape flavoring.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: ALL NON-DIABETIC DIETS

ANGEL MINTS ORIGINAL MINTS
Big After Dinner or buttermints. Extremely minty. I liked these a LOT.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: ALL NON-DIABETIC DIETS

DAELMANS CARAMEL STROOPWAFEL
FROM THE WRAPPER: Stroopwafels have been a traditional treal in Holland for centuries, and now Daelmans makes them available worldwide!
Stroopwafels are delicious enjoyed straight from the pack. For a very special treat, rest a stroopwafel on top of a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea for about a minute, and enjoy the aroma as it transforms into a warm and melty caramel treat.

I had a different brand of these in a Munchpak I reviewed a few years ago. The Daelmans brand was much softer and entirely less crumbly than that brand, even without being warmed up. I really liked this and would DEFINITELY eat again!
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: ALL NON-DIABETIC DIETS

DIVINA FIG SPREAD
So, this was interesting… I tried it on toast one morning and it had the texture of jelly, but tasted like the filling in Fig Newtons.
But here’s the interesting thing; every so often, I’d get a taste similar to peanut butter. It wasn’t every bite, but the taste WAS there.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: ALL NON-DIABETIC DIETS

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. Microwave use also has to be a strong point to make the Minute Rice.

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

Love with Food June 2017 Gluten Free box

Yes, the majority of the site is messed up... But I don't want to keep falling behind either!

Love with Food
June 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!
June’s theme is ‘You Got This!’ June is a month of transitions -- the season changes from Spring to Summer and major life changes take place with graduations and weddings. This month we’re sending you wholesome treats to power your study sessions and exams, fuel up on the way to events, or simply start your day off right with something delicious. Whether you’re facing a new challenge at work or babysitting mischievous toddlers, just remember --  You Got This!

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




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

SLICE OF LIFE ORGANICS ENERGY & B12 ADULT GUMMY VITAMINS in BERRY
FROM THE PACKAGE: At Hero, we believe in embracing a healthy, happy life, through positive nutrition. That’s why in 1997 we invented Yummi Bears, the original gummy vitamin, and in 2007 we created Slice of Life gummy vitamins specifically formulated for adults.
We are passionate about providing essential nutrients in delightfully yummi, fun to take gummies for the whole family that are made with natural ingredients and lots of love.

My main issue with ‘sample packs’ like these is the fact that one dose is NOT going to show any significant improvement to your health. I have a full size bottle of Nature’s Bounty Energy gummies waiting for review that will be more beneficial to me, since it looks to be a full month’s worth.
That being said, these just tasted like berry flavored gummy candies. While they did have a nice taste to them, I didn’t see an increase in my energy that day at all.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic

BEANITOS BAKED WHITE BEAN CRUNCH in MAC N’ CHEESE
FROM THE BAG: Beans make a better chip.
100% Baked
4g Complete protein
Nothing artificial ever
Good source of fiber
0g Trans fat

I reviewed this last July in the box. Cheetos made from beans, with the powdered cheese from boxed mac & cheese. This is EXACTLY what these were. Still yummy though.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

PEANUT BUTTER & CO MIGHTYNUT POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER in VANILLA
Having tried this before and deciding it was WAY too messy for me, I gave it to my cousin for her daughter.
The taste was fine, but it was just too messy for me to deal with again.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

QUINOA QUEEN CEREAL in CITRUS BLISS
FROM THE BAG: Our team is dedicated to offering you the purest products possible, made from just a few healthy ingredients.

I’m not entirely sure how to describe this. I was kind of expecting a Cheerios vibe to these, and it wasn’t there. This kind of reminded me of orange flavored fortune cookies. I actually ate these dry, because I wasn’t 100% sure how Orange or Citrus flavored milk would taste.
The only downfall I had with these was it made my stomach upset after eating them, though to be completely fair, I’m not sure if it was the cereal itself, or the fact that I still had remnants from the cold.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Whole Grain, No Trans Fat, Preservative Free

AWAKE ENERGY GRANOLA BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER
I’ve reviewed a different flavor of these bars in the October 2016 review. I ate this with lunch and again, I didn’t really taste the dark chocolate, which is a completely good thing. I mainly tasted the oats, the sweeteners used to hold it together and the peanut butter. I also tasted a bit of salt, which kind of threw me off for a minute.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

MEDITERRA SAVORY BAR in BELL PEPPERS & GREEN OLIVES
FROM THE PACKAGE: Savory bar with Bell Peppers & Green Olives
Did you know generations of Mediterraneans have enjoyed olives and bell peppers as snacks? We’ve taken the traditional staples into an even more delicious direction -- a bar packed with the palate-pleasing textures of pea crisps, crunchy sunflower seeds, amaranth, and a touch of extra virgin olive oil, all finished with an oregano garnish.  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 have reviewed a few of these bars before, the last one being in the September 2016 box. First thing you’re hit with with opening the wrapper is the smell of pepper. I don’t mean like green peppers; I mean like black pepper that you sprinkle on foods for flavoring.
I really didn’t taste the olives in this, which is good, since I don’t care for green olives. I like black olives. I really liked this though. The quinoa and the cashew butter made for a yummy mixture.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher

RW GARCIA ‘MIXTBAG’ TORTILLA CHIPS in YELLOW & BLUE CORN
FROM THE BAG: Great Value -- Great Taste
A family that snacks together, stays together. That’s why we developed the ultimate combination of yellow and blue tortilla chips sure to please even the most picky eater in your family. The blend of sweet, nutty, blue corn tortilla chips with the traditional taste of yellow corn tortilla chips ensured there is something for everyone… in every bag.
The RW Garcia Story
For more than 30 years, our family has focused on one thing -- using the highest quality and most sustainable ingredients available to create the healthiest and most delicious gluten free snacks for you and your family. We follow sustainable practices, recycling everything we can. And we give to food banks, missions and charitable organizations worldwide. Because what goes around comes around.
Simple. Snack healthy.

I have NO clue what the difference is between yellow and blue corn, besides the obvious colors.
While the yellow chips just have the taste of ‘less greasy’ Tostitos or plain tortilla chips, the blue chips have a slightly burnt taste to them. It’s not to the point where the chips are inedible, but it’s a shock if you’re not expecting the different taste.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

SIPP SUPERIOR CRAFT SODA in GINGER BLOSSOM (Ginger, Vanilla & Lime)
FROM THE CAN: A perfectly lovely layering of spicy ginger, smooth vanilla & lime. Lightly sweetened with agave.

So, at the time of this particular product review, I had a BAD sore throat. It felt like I was swallowing razor blades every time I swallowed my own saliva (Ironically, I could eat pretty much anything with only slight pain… go figure that one out)
The ingredients of this soda made it sound like a vanilla flavored ginger ale.
Remembering Mommy used to give me cold ginger ale when I was sick as a child, I chilled this in the refrigerator and drank it, hoping it’d give me some relief, even if only temporarily.
The taste was okay; I really couldn’t taste the ginger in this. All I could taste was the vanilla aftertaste and a slight hint of lime.
And sadly, it didn’t provide any relief. If anything, it made me nauseous and I did vomit a little of that night’s dinner.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Caffeine Free

2 PACKETS OF NUTIVA ORGANIC HAZELNUT SPREAD with COCOA
FROM THE PACKETS: Nutiva nurtures vitality by conscious curating of the world’s finest plant-based organic foods. Enjoy our creamy, organic chocolate hazlenut spread.
CLASSIC
Messy, Messy, MESSY! I got more on ME than the slice of toast. The taste was okay, but nothing I'd personally buy/eat.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, No Synthetic Additives, Fair Trade Based, Non-GMO, Vegan

DARK
Just like the Classic, this was a HUGE mess. I liked it even less than the Classic, since it was dark chocolate.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, No Synthetic Additives, Fair Trade Based, Non-GMO, Vegan

MINUTE RICE READY TO SERVE MICROWAVEABLE RICE BLEND in BROWN RICE & QUINOA
As I said in the video, this was the one I was looking forward to, even from the preview video. I am a rice fanatic and could probably eat rice 5 out of 7 days of the week.
However, this tasted a little bland to me. I did have to add some sea salt to it, just to get it to have some flavor.
I’d like to try some of their other varieties, but this one fell kind of flat for me.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, BPA 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. Microwave use also has to be a strong point to make the Minute Rice.

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.**