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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Love with Food September 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
September 2017 Gluten Free Box

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September’s theme is ‘Ready Set Go!’ While we treasure the sunny days of summer, we’re beyond excited to welcome fall this year. We can’t wait to see the beautiful colors of autumn, wear a scarf, and sip some hot chocolate. September is also the perfect month to rededicate yourself to your goals, whether they are work, school, or fitness related. Have a protein bar or smoothie in the morning while you get ready, set your plans for the day, and go!
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^
Excuse the mess behind the box -- I was in the middle of cleaning when the box arrived

Going in order of the unboxing...

THINKTHIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE MIX in PEANUT BUTTER BANANA
FROM THE POUCH: Real dried bananas, creamy peanut butter flavored drops, cashews, roasted peanuts, ground flaxseed and chia seeds mixed with almond protein.
~15g Protein
~5g Fiber
~1/4 Fruit Serving

Truth be told, I don’t actually think I can make this. I don’t believe we have a blender, and being there are peanut butter chips, cashew pieces and actual peanuts in the mix, just stirring vigorously with a spoon will not work.
I MAY have an idea of how to make this, but this will probably go unmade.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

HARVEST SNAPS SNAPEA CRISPS in LIGHTLY SALTED
FROM THE BAG: We love peas. We’re obsessed with peas. They’re actually a legume – a funny French word pronounced ‘leg-yoom’ – referring to any plant with seed pods that split into two halves. Harvest Snaps fit, but we’re split on what makes these one amazing snack. Is it the remarkable, zesty flavors or the nutrient-packed wholesomeness of nature’s perfect package? You decide. Either way, when you’re handed a bag of Harvest Snaps, simply say ‘Yes, Peas!’

I’ve reviewed these before, but STUPIDLY deleted the post. These have the texture and consistency of Andy Capp’s Hot Fries (and slightly taste like them), but taste like salted peas.
Our local store sells these, so I may pick up a few bags for my munching pleasure.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

KAKOOKIES in CASHEW BLONDIE
FROM THE PACKAGE: When Sue Kakuk discovered her daughter and collegiate cycling teammates were stopping at fast-food for donuts & breakfast, she started baking and send Kakookies; a good pre/post race snack pack with energy and natural sources of protein & fiber. Just clean “superfood” ingredients with healthier calories, not empty ones! Kakookies are a perfect grab-and-go snack for travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, busy families and anyone interested in living a cleaner lifestyle.

This was… interesting. It had a very crumbly texture, but it actually wasn’t. It’s hard to describe the taste of this. I really couldn’t taste the cashew flavor at all. I do know it had chia seeds in it, and that ruined the taste for me a little bit.
TASTE: 7.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free

POPCORNERS CORN CHIPS in WHITE CHEDDAR
FROM THE BAG: ‘More cheese please!’ That’s what you asked for and we heard you loud and clear. So get ready because we’re bringing back that old-school, finger-lickin’ cheesy recipe. We’ve dialed up the cheese in a major way – 30% more to be exact – and covered every crunchy nook and cranny with so much cheesy goodness, you might just forget our chips only pack 130 calories per serving.

Going into these, I thought these would be like Doritos or tortilla chips, so I was a bit nervous with how those types of chips play havoc with my teeth and gums.
However, these chips LOOK like Doritos, but have the consistency of rice cakes. Same taste as well.
I loved these and would happily buy them on my own.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher with Dairy

RISE BUDDY BAKED RICE SNACKS in SOUR CREAM & ONION
FROM THE BAG: Made with Rice Bran oil
Gluten free
Baked, Not fried
0 gram Trans Fat per serving

The thinness of these reminded me of communion wafers, but the crunchiness of crackers or kettle cooked potato chips. They also had a strange taste to them. Not a BAD taste, but definitely NOT the same Sour Cream & Onion taste you’d find with Lay’s chips or Pringles.
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TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No Trans Fats

WELCH’S FRUIT ROLLS
These are essentially ribbon style Fruit Rollups. I received 3 of these.
TROPICAL PUNCH
The stench of these was unbearable. I reminded me of the salons I used to visit in the late 90s and early 2000s, when I would get my nails done. All I could smell when I opened the package was an acrylic powder.
However, I really didn’t feel this had a ‘Tropical’ taste to it. All I could taste was orange. It was sort of a let down for me.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

BERRY
Sort of reminded me of a berry wine cooler or raspberry sherbet. Very tasty, but sticky… stickier than the Strawberry flavor.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

STRAWBERRY
Taste just like a Strawberry Fruit Rollup, but more pliable.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

FLORIDA CANDY COMPANY SALT WATER TAFFY in VANILLA & ORANGE
Up until this month’s box, I have NEVER had salt water taffy… which is kind of ironic, considering I spend my actual childhood 2 hours from the NJ beaches.
The thing I really liked about these taffy pieces is how soft they were. I had always expected salt water taffy to be VERY hard. But these were quite pliable and soft to chew.
The Orange had more of a Cremesicle or a Stewart’s Orange & Creme soda taste to it, while the Vanilla piece had more of a Vanilla frosting taste.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

MINI POPS SORGHUM in SALTY CARAMEL
Okay, this really angered me. These looked like popcorn crumbs to me. Now, I realize that popped sorghum is considerably smaller than normal popcorn, but this seriously looked like the little pieces you’d find at the bottom of the bag of normal popcorn.
There was also ZERO taste to them. There was more of a Salted Caramel smell than a taste.
I’ll stick to normal popcorn over this.
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TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

BOBALU OUT-OF-SHELL ALMONDS in PEACH, CHERRY & LEMON
Almonds are normally my favorite nut. I can devour Almond Joy Candy bars like nobody’s business, so I was actually looking forward to these.
However, while the almond taste is there, the ‘fruity’ coating on the nuts ruined them for me. The peach flavor is a ‘fake’ or ‘artificial’ flavor, the cherry flavor is a sour taste and the lemon coating it just WAY TOO TART for me. They were also VERY hard on my teeth. I ate about 10 almonds before tossing the pouch.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

JESSICA’S GLUTEN FREE MUFFIN MIX
FROM THE PACKAGE: Tired of gluten-free foods that have next to no nutritional value? So are we. The first ingredient in our muffin is teff. Teff is one of the smallest grains in the world. But don’t let the size fool you – this little powerhouse delivers protein, fiber, calcium, amino acids and iron. Some consider it a superfood. Then comes healthy oat flour. Throw in a little flax and tapioca, mix everything together and you get one amazing, moist, perfect muffin with no gritty texture or funny aftertaste.
Make your favorite flavor muffin with our easy and wholesome muffin mix. Experiment with different fruits and add-ins (my personal favorite is blueberries). Check out our website JessicasNaturalFoods.com for additional recipes. ~Jessica

As I said in the video, this will probably go unmade… at least in this household. Living in a house with 3 diabetics, any baking mix over 3 g of sugar is a no-go. I will probably end up passing this to my cousin.
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TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

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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