Last month I shared most of my SMGF Box with the family at Family Dinner Night, but this month my Send Me Gluten Free box seemed better suited for snacking. Perfect! Brian and I were headed to Bowling Green, KY for a Track Weekend, so I tossed the whole box into our food bag.
Level – Double Chocolatey Chip Protein Bar – This one didn’t get eaten on our trip, so Mom and I finally tried it one afternoon for snack. (I just can’t convince myself that this much chocolate should be breakfast or lunch.) It wasn’t awesome. It was dry and crumbly and the taste was just so-so. Thank you, SMGF for sparing me from buying a whole box and being stuck with it!
Skinny Pop Popcorn – I received the plain popcorn. It was yummy enough… but it was just popcorn. I might have been a little more wound up if I’d gotten the White Cheddar… I try to NOT buy white cheddar popcorn. It seems like I open the bag and BAM! it’s all gone… I don’t know how that happens. 🙂
AllergEase – I can’t say that it’s helped my allergies… so far I’m doing okay this spring. (fingers crossed!) Taste-wise, they aren’t bad. I usually don’t like the honey & lemon flavored drops… most don’t taste like honey or lemon! This didn’t taste much like honey or lemon either, but in an okay way. The menthol flavor overpowered the honey and lemon. The taste was okay, so I’ll keep them in my purse and try them out if I start getting sniffly or scratchy.
AlterEco – Mini Dark Noir – “smooth and rich, with a firm snap, strong bite, and a hint of licorice.” Licorice… I had to read the product description to catch that. It’s a very light taste of licorice, but it’s just perfect. Very smooth and rich. Would be heaven with a cup of Tea Pigs Licorice & Mint tea!
Crazy Korean Shopping – Wholly Gochujang – I haven’t tried this one yet. SMGF sent a few recipes with it though, so that is a bonus….. ’cause I wasn’t sure what the heck to do with it.
Superseedz – Coco Joe Pumpkin Seeds – Oh, yum! These didn’t get eaten over the weekend, so I took them to share with Mom. She turned her nose up at them initially, saying that she’d had them before and wasn’t impressed. I dumped a few on her plate anyway and told her she had to help me review them. Apparently she hadn’t had them before… we both really liked them. Nice and crunchy with a light taste of chocolate… a little salty… perfect snack to keep in the purse.
Sun Butter – I’d planned to have this for breakfast with a banana, but our hotel didn’t have any bananas. 😦 Why is it that the “fancy” hotels charge you more and don’t have any of the extras? I’ll take my Holiday Inn Express’ thank-you-very-much…. they have my bananas and yogurt. I had to wait until I got home and picked up bananas to give this a try. Yum! It’s like peanut butter… but nuttier? Don’t laugh. I don’t know how else to describe it. The Sun Butter has a slightly ‘nuttier’ flavor. It is very good. I don’t have a peanut allergy, so it’s not a huge deal for me. I like the Go-Packs. I might have to order a box before our next road trip.
Goodie Girl – Quinoa Chocolate Chunk – Brian ate all the cookies! I wasn’t sure about Quinoa in cookies, so I let him eat the first one…. and then he ate them all. So I guess that’s a pretty good review.
Overall, I’m still pretty pleased with the Send Me Gluten Free boxes. I received several product that I hadn’t tried before…. I liked most of them and there are a couple that I will actually order. Woo Hoo!
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Brian says that I was pretty negative in my original review of the Send Me Gluten Free box. I didn’t mean it to be a negative review… actually I was pretty excited about SMGF on the whole… they just have some elements that I think would make it much better… but I like to box… and would recommend it.
Since I’m trying to introduce my family to the Gluten Free lifestyle a bit more I decided that I’d share my SMGF box at Family Dinner Night.
(If you haven’t been following along, Brian and I host Family Dinner Night every Tuesday. We usually have about 12 people… everyone from Grandpa (91 yrs) to cousins (18 yrs)…. so we have a great sample audience.)
Pamela’s Products – Figgies & Jammies Fig Cookies (Raspberry & Fig) – This was really yummy. Tasted pretty much like Raspberry-Fig Newtons. The cookie part was nice and moist and the filling was chewy… the way it should be.
Toufayan – Gluten Free Wraps – I was probably most excited to try these wraps. I’ve tried several different kinds of wraps that have ranged from ‘ok’ to really awful. These were great! I would definitely buy theses again. They were nice and flexible, didn’t tear and tasted pretty much like a flour tortilla.
toosum – Acai & Cranberries – Yuck! I shared this with Mom…. we didn’t even finish it. It was dry and…. strange. It left a weird aftertaste too.
Surf Sweets – Gummy Bears – I think most gummy bears are already gluten free, but Surf Sweets gummies are free of many of the other big evils (soy, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors…). They were really good. I meant to share with Mom, but I think I ate most of them.
Redd Remedies – Join Health Soft Chew – They only gave me one chew! What am I supposed to get from this sample? It tasted okay… I don’t know why people need chewy vitamins anyway…. I’ve out grown chewable vitamins. Just swallow them, for heavens-sake! According to the package I should feel results in 7-10 days…. so give me seven of them to try. Enh… not an impressive sample.
nogii – Whey & Quinoa Protein Powder (Cocoa Chocolate) – I don’t like protein drinks, so I mixed this up (with Almond Milk) at Family Dinner Night and let my aunts and cousins (who do drink protein drinks) try it. The general consensus was not great. They all mentioned that it left a nasty aftertaste.
Le Veneziane – Lasagne – I made two lasagnes for Family Dinner night. One using my favorite GF lasagne noodles (Simply Balanced) and the other using the Le Veneziane noodles. The only difference was the noodles. Everyone got a medium sized slice of lasagne… I marked the Le Veneziane with a toothpick and let them vote which they liked best. The Simply Balanced Lasagne was the clear winner (except for Grandpa, who insisted that the slice with the toothpick was far tastier…. I think he was just being ornery though.) The Le Veneziane noodle was good. I would certainly recommend it. The only complaint was that it was ever so slightly ‘mushy.’ Or perhaps not as firm as the Simply Balanced. Taste-wise, I don’t think anyone noticed a difference, and I’d say that you could feed this to a non-GF person and they’d never know. As far as I can tell, you’re probably going to have to order these from Amazon…. at about $7/box. I’d just stick with the Simply Balanced from Target for less than $3.00.
CobraZol – Roll-On Chronic Pain Relief – I haven’t tried this yet. Miracle of miracles… nothing hurts at the moment!
Kimchee Seasoning – I haven’t tried this either…. mostly because I’m not sure what to do with it. I’ve never had a recipe call for Kimchee seasoning. (I guess I’ll have to look for one.) I also couldn’t find a website for this product.
All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my first Send Me Gluten Free Box.