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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.**

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