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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.**

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