Posts Tagged ‘non gmo’

Gluten Free IPS Cinnamon Egg White Ch(ips)

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO corn, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

I wanted to like these chips, I really did. They’re very light and crispy and would make a satisfying afternoon snack without any heaviness.

Gluten free IPS Cinnamon Chips

 

When I don’t like something to the point where I can’t even eat the rest of a snack-size bag, I immediately get opinions from other gluten-free friends. Unfortunately, that didn’t help. Here’s what each of us said:

GF Friend #1: “They taste like egg with too much cinnamon that seems like it’s trying to cover up the egg taste. And I love cinnamon, but there’s no real flavor contrast and it doesn’t belong on an eggy-tasting chip.

GF Friend #2: “Are these packing peanuts covered in cinnamon? I can’t taste anything other than cinnamon, and I don’t like the texture. I tried their barbecue flavor a couple months ago, and I didn’t like that either.” When asked after getting his review, GF Friend #2 said he didn’t notice any eggy taste like GF Friend #1 had.

Me: I didn’t taste egg, but I definitely didn’t want a second chip either.

Besides there being no complexity to the flavor of these chips – which would make eating even a small bag of them get boring very quickly – the cinnamon flavor was overwhelming, and all three of us love cinnamon. None of us tasted any sweetness despite the fact that the ingredients list both sugar and brown sugar.

Gluten free IPS Chips

On top of that, when we compared notes we discovered that each of us had quickly reached for something to kill the aftertaste. Keep in mind that we tried these chips at different times, away from each other, so none of us knew what the other thought or did during our individual taste tests.

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So while I’m sure there are snackers out there who love IPS products, they’re not for us. I’m giving them one thumbs-up for their good ingredients.

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REVIEW: Real Deal Veggie Chips

Starting August 3, LWF will hold a giveaway of a package of 12+ gluten free snacks, desserts, and foods every week in August (that’s 4 giveaways!). I will provide a list of all the products included so you can see what you’re winning. I’ll use Rafflecopter, and if you’ve already followed me on Twitter, don’t worry – you’ll still be able to enter the giveaway by telling me what you’d like to see on this site. I’ll have a different question every week.

On with the review!

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Health Values: Certified gluten free, non-GMO verified, vegan, baked, low fat, kosher.

Confession: I miss potato chips. For the past two years that I’ve been on an anti-inflammatory diet – which doesn’t allow me to have regular potatoes and certainly nothing fried – I’ve missed that crunchy, snacky goodness that only potato chips delivered.

Until now.

Real Deal Veggie Chips

Real Deal Veggie Chips filled that void in my snack world, but in a much healthier way. They’re very light but have a satisfying crunch and don’t leave you feeling weighed down, nor is there an oily taste or feel since they’re baked and not fried. The lightly salty taste mixed with a mild sweet pea flavor makes for a wonderful combination.

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The veggies used in Real Deal snacks are grown in Pennsylvania and made in a Pennsylvania Certified Organic facility, which makes me feel even better about them. They’re great as a snack by themselves or as a side for lunch or a barbecue.

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I’m beyond thrilled with Real Deal Veggie Chips; I highly recommend them to any other crunch-loving snackers.

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Giveaway Announcement and REVIEW: St. Claire’s Organic Peppermints

First of all I have an exciting announcement. Every week in August, LWF will hold a giveaway of a package of 12+ gluten free snacks, desserts, and foods. I will provide a list of all the products included so you can see what you’re winning. I’ll use Rafflecopter, and if you’ve already followed me on Twitter, don’t worry – you’ll still be able to enter the giveaway by telling me what you’d like to see on this site. I’ll have a different question every week.

Okay, on with the review!

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St. Claire’s Organics is a company that offers mints, hot cocoa mixes, candy, and more that are organic, GMO free, vegetarian (sometimes fully vegan), gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, casein free, peanut and tree nut free, corn free, soy free, shellfish and fish free, and gelatin free.

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The very first indication of how good these would be was that their peppermint smell escaped the packaging, which was very appealing. Mints are meant to be strong to ensure they work and don’t just taste good. It’s always a good sign to smell them through the package.

When I popped one into my mouth, I thought it had just the right balance of light sweetness and a hearty peppermint flavor. Not overpowering, but just right. The flavor was consistent until the mint was fully dissolved, and it left a very pleasant aftertaste when was gone. That’s not something that I can say for every mint I’ve tasted, so I was particularly happy with that.

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These are as good as the best artificially flavored mints, but of course they’re a much healthier alternative. With these, you avoid artificial sweeteners and other common chemicals. Plus you’re buying them for a good cause: 10% of the profits for these mints goes to the EthnoMedicine Preservation Project. See the picture above for what they do.

It’s an easy switch to move from mints with preservatives and other unreadable things and only use these going forward.

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REVIEW: Gluten Free Deep River Zesty Jalapeño Potato Chips

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO, Kosher.

I received a bag of Deep River Snacks Zesty Jalapeño chips from the annual Seashore Celiacs picnic in June. It’s not terribly hard to find gluten free potato chips, but it isn’t quite as easy to find gluten free potato chips with completely natural ingredients in a fun flavor.

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When I first opened the bag, I noticed the fresh, not greasy aroma, which is always a welcome discovery. The chips were nice and crisp with a very appealing flavor. The jalapeño added some nice spice to the chips at the right level so it doesn’t overrun the chips overall flavor. The only thing I didn’t love is that they tasted saltier than I would have guessed based on the nutritional panel, so they could be improved by a slightly lighter touch of sodium in the future.

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Overall, it’s a great chip that stands on its own and doesn’t need dips or salsa to give it substance.

REVIEW: Gluten Free Go Raw Chocolate Super Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, organic, wheat free, nut free, vegan, no added sugar, GMO free, handmade in USA.

No sugar or sugar substitutes in a gluten-free chocolate snack? I’m in!

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My local Whole Foods had a few flavors of Go Raw Super Cookies (they recently changed their packaging and product names, as you’ll notice on the website), so naturally I decided to try chocolate first. The ingredients are proudly displayed in large print right on the front of the bag – that coupled with the fact that there were very few ingredients was a good sign. Here is the simple list:

  • Organic Unsulphured Coconut
  • Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds
  • Organic Dates
  • Organic Cacao

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I couldn’t wait to try them as soon as I got home. I have one suggestion for anyone trying these for the first time: don’t think of them as traditional “cookies”. Instead, think of them as snack wafers; if you’re expecting a traditional cookie, your taste buds won’t give them a fair chance.

Once I got past the cookie expectation, I loved them. To be able to satisfy my chocolate craving while eating a raw, live, healthful snack is more than I ever expected. These are not what I would call sweet, but they have just enough sweetness to do the trick.

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They’re also a very convenient little snack – each hand made “cookie” is about the size of a quarter, so you can easily pop them into your mouth without making a mess or leaving a trail of crumbs. Very good as an on-the-go option or as an office snack.

They’re a little pricey – $4.79 for a 3 oz. bag – but they’re definitely worth it when you consider the wonderful taste coupled with the health values. I’ll be trying the Ginger Snaps next and then I’ll hunt down their lemon Super Cookie, which wasn’t at my Whole Foods. But you can bet that I’ll find them!

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Keep on living the wheat free life!

Seapoint Farms Gluten Free Dry Roasted Edamame – Spicy Wasabi

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, no GMOs

I like edamame. A lot. But it’s usually relatively expensive both in grocery stores and restaurants. It never feels worth it to me because it’s always served plain or lightly salted. So when I saw Seapoint Farms’ Gluten Free Dry Roasted Edamame in my goodie bag after the Seashore Celiacs’ picnic this summer, I was excited. A free edamame snack I could try? I’m in.

Dry Roasted Spicy Wasabi Edamame

Seapoint Farms has a few kinds of dry roasted edamame. The one I got was Spicy Wasabi, something I rarely eat but do enjoy. The ingredients were few with only one thing I normally wouldn’t eat: dextrin. It’s a thickening agent, but it can be made from a lot of different things like corn or tapioca, so you never know if you could be allergic or sensitive to what it’s made from. I gave it a shot anyway just for the sake of this review.

Dry Roasted Wasabi Edamame Ingredients

I really liked this snack because it was crunchy and tasted great. When the wasabi was present, it was REALLY present, very spicy and enjoyable. But it was not evenly coated, and while that would have been okay, I got some pieces that seemed to have nothing on them at all. Just plain edamame. So that was disappointing. If that doesn’t bother you, then this is a great snack for you to try. If, however, you like consistency in your spicy snacks, this one’s not for you.

In terms of what other Seapoint Farms products are gluten/wheat free, they say on their website: “All of our Frozen and Dry Roasted Edamame product lines are wheat free and gluten free.” I looked at how to buy their snacks and found out that some of their products are sold in regular supermarkets and natural food stores while others are sold in bulk on Amazon.

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Keep on living the wheat free life!

Gluten Free Ginnybakes Ginnyminis Butter Crisp Love Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO, organic

Mini cookies are always fun and so easy to eat when you’re on the go, and I’ve always loved butter cookies, so I was very interested to try gluten free Ginnybakes Ginnyminis Butter Crisp Love Cookies.

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I got all set up with my cup of tea and my little bowl of cookies for an afternoon treat. I was very glad I had the tea, because these cookies are extremely hard – and I love crunchy things. But these were harder than most cookies, so dunking in warm tea was the perfect solution. It got them to the perfect level of crunch.

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The flavor is good, but not great. The second ingredient is organic butter, and that taste definitely came through prominently. A little too prominently, actually, because between that and too much sweetness, I didn’t get that well-blended cookie flavor; it was more like butter and sugar battling it out for dominance.

If you like sugary buttery butter cookies, then you may like these. Personally, I prefer cookies (and any baked goods) where the flavors blend and I’m not overwhelmed by sweetness.

These mini cookies (about the size of a quarter but very thick) come 6 to a bag and six bags to a box for about $6.49 (prices vary). I’m glad I tried them, but they’re just not for me.

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