Love With Food April 2015 – Gluten Free Box – Product Reviews

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Green Tea Tropical Tea by Mighty Leaf
Ingredients: Green Tea, Natural Tropical Flavors, Natural Flavors, Marigold Petals, Pineapple Bits

I don’t drink tea, can’t stand the stuff, but this stuff smelled amazing when I brewed it up for my husband. They come in these mesh bags and are REAL tea leaves, like you might get from a specialty tea shop. My husband said it tasted really good and would give it a 4/5.

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Naturals Sour Beans by YumEarth
Ingredients: Natural Sugar, Glucose Syrup (from tapioca, corn or rice), Starch (from tapioca, corn or rice), Modified Food Starch (from tapioca, corn or rice), Fumaric Acid (for sour), Tartaric Acid (for sour), Ascorbic Acid (for vitamin c), Natural Flavors, Acacia Gum, Purple Carrot Juice, Beta Carotene

Sour candies or gummies are not something I would normally purchased so this was new for me. I noticed first just how much sugar was in these things, insanely high and boy you can taste it. I also don’t understand why they call them “sour” beans, they aren’t sour at all! Everyone who tried these things agreed. In terms of taste, I wasn’t really a fan. The dark reddish ones weren’t terrible but the rest were just gross. 2/5.

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Nut Crunch Snack Original by Bakery On Main
Ingredients: Cashews, Almonds, Gluten Free Oats, Pecans, Brown Rice, Brown Rice Syrup, Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Honey, Walnuts, Tapioca, Maltodextrin, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Corn Starch, Rice Bran Extract, Caramel Color.

These little things were interesting! Not too much sweetness and a yummy crunch. If you like granola you’d probably like these. I should have put them on yogurt or ice cream, but straight out the bag they were just as yummy! Some of the ingredients aren’t things I’d normally eat, but even still I give it a 4/5.

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Kettle Popped Corn Chips by PopCorners
Ingredients: Yellow Corn, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Sea Salt

I’m not a fan of popcorn, you guys know that but this doesn’t taste like popcorn. They are airy and crispy and just all around yummy. They aren’t high in salt or sugar (in my opinion) and they have a great flavor. I enjoyed them so much I used my points in the Love with Food store and got a free box of 40 little bags! My ONLY concern is it’s unclear if they are made with GMO free corn. I’m giving them 5/5 based on taste but after my free bags are gone I won’t be buying anymore. (If I had realized that before hand I wouldn’t have gotten them).

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Sweet Chili Popped Corn Chips by PopCorners
Ingredients: Yellow Corn, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Salt, Spices, Vinegar Powder (maltodextrin, white distilled vinegar), Onion and Garlic Powder, Paprika, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Oleoresin Paprika and Natural Flavor

With how good the kettle flavor was you’d think these would be better, however they’re not. Firstly, I HATE that it has yeast extract in it (another form of MSG), that being said the extract didn’t work. These had a strange after taste and were not yummy at all. Again, I also have gmo concerns. 2/5 – if you really wanna try these chips, I suggest the kettle corn flavor.

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Superfood Almond YumbutterGO by Yumbutter
Ingredients: Low-Temp Roasted California Almonds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (Low-Glycemic), Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Goji Powder, Organic Lucuma, Love

Surprisingly this is AMAZING! I’m not one for almond butter and I greatly dislike goji berries and hemp seeds, HOWEVER, it works in this. I’ve put it on ice cream, mixed with honey, put it on yogurt. It’s really good. My husband thinks it’s gross though, and I’ll admit it took a couple bites before I really got into it. Now I’m boarderline addicted and even ordered 4 more. 5/5

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Lemon Zest Mini by LUNA®
Ingredients: LunaPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate], Organic Toasted Oats [Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant)], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Milled Flaxseed), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Coating (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Palm Kernel Solids, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Soy Butter (Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soybean Oil, Salt), Organic Tapioca Syrup Solids, Lemon Fruit Pieces (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Organic Glucose Syrup, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavor), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavor, Organic Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.

Vitamins & Minerals
Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate (Iron), Niacinamide (Vit. B3), Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Zinc Oxide, Molybdenum Glycinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene (Vit. A), Manganese Sulfate, Selenium Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Chromium Amino Acid Chelate, Ergocalciferol (Vit. D2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), Folic Acid, Cupric Oxide, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Biotin, Potassium Iodide.

Geeze lots of ingreidents haha! (Yes I totally copied that from the luna bar website!). I told you in the video I hate these and I do, if I was to personally review these I’d give them a -5/5 they are so gross, they smell and taste like pine sol. I don’t understand how anyone could eat them. That being said, I enjoy the other Luna flavors so I’ll let my husband rate this one. He enjoyed these bars, but agreed the lemon was just WAY too strong. 3/5 from the hubs.

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Wild Garden Snack Box by Ziyad Brothers
Ingredients: Hummus: Chick Peas, Sesame Paste, Water, Sea Salt, Natural Spices, Citric Acid

Quinoa Chips: Brown Rice Flour, Whole Grain Corn Flour, Flaxseed Meal, Potato Starch, White Rice Flour, Teff Flour, Quinoa Flour, Sugar, Vegetable, Canola, Corn, Sunflower, Safflower oil and Sea Salt.

I was excited to see these in my box. I have seen those hummus things in the local stores and always wondered what they tasted like. I am sad to report they’re horrible. The hummus is WAY too lemony and liquid. It has no thickness to it what so ever. The chip tasted stale and had no flavor. I saw some people review them as salty but honestly I didn’t get that at all. We threw the chips out and my husband ate one of the hummus. The second one is still in my fridge and hopefully he’ll eat it one day. 1/5

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip “Lunch Munchers!” by Bart’s Bakery
Ingredients: Semi – Sweet Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate Liquer, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (emulsifier), Natural Flavor, Non – Fat Milk, B & J Proprietary Rice Flour Blend, Creamery Butter (American and Imported, French), Cane Sugar, Brown Cane Sugar, Whole Egg, Madagascar Vanilla, Baking Soda, Salt and Love

With a name like “The Best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies in the world” I think you’re setting yourself up to either be amazing or a let down. These are not the best gf cookies I’ve ever had, but they’re not terrible. The sweetness is very balanced and I WISH these were soft cookies, they are instead crispy. I give them a 4/5.

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Pure Organic Coconut Water by Coco Libre
Ingredients: 100% organic coconut water from concentrate, natural flavors

I’m really confused why this company makes their product from concentrate. I would think that’s less cost effective and it’s not helping you honestly. This had an artificial nasty taste and I couldn’t drink this. I am an addict of coconut water, I’ve tried probably 50 different brands, this was the first I couldn’t drink. & natural flavors? Really… 1/5 here guys.

So that’s all my reviews, do you agree or disagree? Let me know what you think of these products. Remember I encourage you to try these products out even if I don’t like them myself.

All photos are taken from the Love With Food website and are ©LovewithFood so check out their website. I forgot to take photos of the products before tossing them away, oopsie!

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Product Reviews: Crystal Body Deodorant Rock

So finally I have a product review for you guys, and I think this one is super amazing! Today we’re reviewing this: Crystal Body Deodorant 5oz Rock. This product may seem very strange to you guys, however I assure you, its great.

Firstly let me explain what I was looking for in this product. Price for value, how long it will last, eco-friendly, smell factor, and overall product quality.

Here is what the product looks like

On the back of the box it says:

All Natural Protection

Natural Deodorant Protection. Crystal body deodorant ™ is made of 100% natural mineral salts which eliminate odor by leaving an invisible protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria. It is fragrance free, non-sticky, non-staining, leaves no white residue and can be used by both men and women. Crystal body deodorant ™ can last up to a year of daily use.
*Safe for the environment
*Endorsed by cancer treatment centers
Directions: Moisten the top of the stone and smooth under arms or soles of feet. It will feel silky smooth when wet. Must be applied to clean skin.
Ingredients:
Natural mineral salts, ammonium alum.

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My husband started developing a massive allergic reaction to the deodorant he’d used for over 10 years, so suddenly I needed to find something that was hypoallergenic, cost effective since we’re on a tight budget, and I wanted something that was environmentally friendly. All of that together tends to be a stretch, however I was very happy to find this when at my local whole foods. I had seen this before, and just pushed it off as some kind of scam product, however this is totally not the case. Within three days of using this product, his massive rash disappered however wanting to be sure it was his old deodorant was the product, two weeks later he tried using it again, and within a few hours the rash came back. So the main reason for purchasing this product was already verified.
Now lets talk about cost. This product was about $7 usd after taxes, and so far it is proving to be well worth the money. This product claims to last for an entire year, and so far with 3 months of daily use by myself and my husband, it barely looks worn leading me to believe it really will last for an entire year. If you do the math, that’s about 2 cents a day for one person. On cost this product is 5/5 and on lasting quality that makes it 5/5 as-well.
Eco-friendly is a little harder to judge because you have to put faith in what the manufacteror says, however after much research online, I have found nothing to suggest this product is harmful to the earth or humans, another 5/5.
Judging smell is hard to do, this product has no smell, another amazing quality for me. However to go a little more into this, I want to say it makes you have no body smell. Another 5/5.
Last but not least on this review is the overall quality. I have found absolutely no flaws in this product, leading me to believe its just about perfect, overall this product is a perfect 20/20.

To buy this product you can go to their website which is www.thecrystal.com or you can visit any whole foods or other natural grocery stores.

Words from the husband on this:
“The one thing I don’t like about this product is that it tends to get a little soggy on the one side, and if you don’t wet yourself enough it can tend to chaff a little bit. Other than that its an amazing product that’s actually worked better than any other deodorant products I’ve used before. I plan to continue using it”

If you’ve used this product before or are going to use it, lemme know in the comments what you think.