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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

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