Love with Food – October 2012

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I love getting my Love with Food box every month. There are always new snacks to try, most of which I’ve never heard of and would have never known about otherwise! It’s only $10 per month (+$2 shipping). Furthermore, Love with Food donates a meal to a hungry child for each box shipped.

That’s a win-win in my book.

This month, I decided to wait until I tried most of the products {rather than just announce that the box was received and the contents} so that I could review them for you. I’m not sure if I’ll do this in the future, unless feedback indicates you’d like me to do so.

Warning: This post won’t win any points for being concise.

This month’s Love with Food box theme:

Okay, it’s a little late to get a “jump start” on the school year, but these school yard snacks looked yummy, just the same. And whether you have kids or not {I don’t}, you’ll still enjoy them. Here were my thoughts:

Cranberry Orange Cookie from Natasha’s Health Nut Cookies

  • The flavor was of this cookie nice, but I wouldn’t say it was very cookie-like, other than the round shape.
  • The texture was more like a muffin top, softer even.
  • I liked it enough to finish it, but I’m still more fond of the cookies that arrived in my Love with Food Travelin’ Treats box!
  • I was surprised, however, that just one of these gluten-free cookies packed 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

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Organic Pu-erh Tea from Numi

Wow! A 7-pack sampler? Talk about perfect timing with me coming down with a cold and all… There’s just something about tea that is comforting to me when I get a sore throat or stuffy.

Day 1 of my cold – sore throat

I tried the Emperor’s Pu-erh first, steeping it for five minutes. I like my tea on the stronger-longer steeping side. What threw me off was the aroma – it smelled a little fishy! Weird! I added honey and it diluted that fishiness a bit, but not completely. I don’t think I finished it.

The next one I tried was the Jasmine. I love jasmine tea, so I was looking forward to this one. I could smell the jasmine as it was steeping. When I tasted the tea, it still had that faint fishiness I found in the Emperor’s Tea. It didn’t really bother me, though I wonder if I would have even noticed it if I hadn’t been looking for it.

Day 2 of my cold – stuffed in the head

I wanted to try the Cardamom. This tea bag smelled so good even before steeping and I couldn’t wait to try it. But my first whiff after steeping – that fishy aroma. Ugh. I’m starting to wonder if it has anything to do with this the natural tea bags.

But what really surprised me was the Chocolate flavor. Chocolate tea? It just sounded disgusting. But it was my favorite of the pack! The other flavors I received were Ginger and Basil Mint.

Let’s just say every packet had a hand in trying to rid me of this cold. I don’t remember the last time I drank so much tea in one week. Not even in Ireland.

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Blackberry Blossom Honey Straws from Nature’s Kick

I love that Love with Foodputs items in the box not only that follow the theme, but also may pair together!

  • They did this with Almond Butter and Muscat Grape Jelly last month.
  • The month prior to that, they did this with Skinny Dipping Pretzels and Key Lime Ginger Mustard.
  • This month’s honey straws are perfect for stirring into the Numi Teas we received.
  • Just clip the ends and use as a straw or stir stick!
  • We received three of them in our box and they were perfect to bring to work.

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Mountain Mambo Mix from Enjoy Life Foods

  • This was a nice handy snack to have on the go.
  • The mix is made without the 8 most common allergens.
  • That makes it a great alternative to have around, especially for kids.
  • It tasted good, but I honestly kind of missed having nuts.
  • Still, this one serving packed 9 grams of sugar. I guess that’s still better than some of the protein bars I eat!

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Applesauce from GoGo SqueeZ

  • Most of the items I’ve tried through Love with Food, I’ve never heard of before.
  • However, I’d seen these somewhere -maybe in the store or in a commercial?
  • The picture in my mind was of a kid in a carseat sucking on one of these.
  • And I think that’s what they are meant for – an easy, healthy snack for kids that isn’t so messy.
  • Now, instead, picture a grown-up (me) enjoying this thing in my car out of the pouch because I hadn’t had time to eat lunch quite yet.
  • That’s exactly what I did. Proof that hey are not just for kids!
  • Made with apples and apple juice concentrate. That’s it.

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All-Natural Cheddar Cheese Baked Fries from Snikiddy

  • I had to save these for my husband because he is the ultimate chip guru.
  • I tried a few and thought they had great crunch and a nice cheddar flavor.
  • They tasted great for a baked snack, but I wasn’t wowed.
  • Then, I checked with hubby to see if my assessment matched his.
  • Yes, he had no problem finishing off the bag, but he said he wouldn’t hunt them down and order a case of them online {something he has done before!}

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Açai  Strawberry Sesame Strips from Mrs. Mays Naturals

  • I was so excited to try this snack!
  • I have a grand love for sesame seeds. If I’m eating a burger, I prefer it on a sesame seed bun. {Well, except on the rare occasion pretzel buns are available.} Sesame Seed bagels are a favorite of mine, especially when my mom makes egg-bagel sandwiches!
  • I was curious to try the sweet with the sesame.
  • I brought one to work as a snack, thinking I’d have it at the end of the day before my scheduled post-work run. Nope – it didn’t make it past 10 am.
  • I loved the taste and texture of the sesame seeds along with the fruit which gave it that hint of sweetness! Who knew this would be an excellent pairing? It’s got me thinking to put a little jam and sesame seeds into some morning oatmeal… Hmmm…

If you are interested in checking out Love with Food, just click here. I’m not gonna hide it, I do earn points for referrals and giving feedback on their website. {You can, too.} But I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t enjoy myself. And what do you have to lose? If you try it for one month, you just gave a meal to a hungry child.

Another great part about the Love with Food box? I’ve used the emptied mini-jars from previous boxes to bring dressings to work!

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Benny just had to find his way into another picture!

What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?

Cheers~
Carrie

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