Love with Food: Gluten Free Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015
Love with Food is a monthly snack and food sampling subscription box. They only send natural and organic food and snacks, and for every box shipped they donate a meal to charity.
We at MSA regularly review the Love with Food Tasting Box. This is our first review of the Love with Food Gluten-Free Box.
Since there is some item overlap between boxes, I’ve clearly marked in the review which items I also received in my tasting box this month. Hopefully, this will be helpful for anyone interested in comparing the two boxes.
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The Subscription Box: Love with Food Gluten-Free Box
The Cost: $12/month for the tasting box ($10 per month with annual subscription), $19.95/month for the deluxe box ($17 per month with annual subscription), or $29/month for the gluten free box ($24.50 per month with annual subscription)
COUPON: Use this link to get 50% off your first box!
The Products: 8-12 gluten-free snacks that are organic, all natural, GMO-free, or free from artificial ingredients
Ships to: US
Each box comes with a brochure detailing the theme and the items selected for the month. This month’s box includes “Healthy Food Finds” by Healthy Grocery Girl.
The brochure provides a quick description of the items included in the box and clearly outlines which items are vegan, non-GMO, etc. I like that they display this information so prominently. Since this is the gluten-free box, all of the items are marked as gluten-free. (Note that Love with Food has included a message on the brochure to let subscribers know that some of the items included in the box do carry a shared facility warning. Love with Food has spoken directly to these manufacturers about their production practices to ensure they can safely recommend these products.)
Lightly Salted Plaintain chips by Turbana– 1.05 oz (2 packets), value $1.82
Sea Salt Bops by Good Boy Organics– .8 oz (2 packets), value $2.08
I’ve always enjoyed plantain chips, and I love how these by Turbana are sliced very thinly. They’re lightly salted, which contrasts wonderfully with the subtle natural sweetness of the plantain.
Bops are baked potato snacks that I found to be similar in flavor to Baked Lays; however, the texture is a little different. Bops have a slightly puffier texture that I thought was kind of addictive. They’re organic, gluten-free, and verified to be Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. They also have 65% less fat than regular potato chips.
(Both of these items were also included in my Love with Food tasting box.)
Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt by The Good Bean– .75 oz (2 packets), value $1.36
Natural Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest– .5 oz, $.56
Almond Butter Cacao Truffle by Two Moms in the Raw– 1 oz, value $1.33
I love roasted chickpeas, so I was very happy to see these included in the box. Their salty crunch makes them crave-worthy, but they’re also high in protein and fiber.
Hemp hearts are small, nutty-flavored pellets that can be sprinkled on salads, sandwiches, yogurt, or cereal to easily increase protein intake. (Three tablespoons of hemp hearts provide 10 grams of plant-based protein.) I’m not sure I would consider these a snack, but I suppose you could eat them on their own.
When I think of a truffle, I think of a rich, chocolately, melt-in-your-mouth sweet treat, and this was something else entirely. This truffle was a chewy patty of chopped almonds, agave, cacao, and sea salt that reminded me of chocolate marzipan. I enjoyed this snack, but it certainly wasn’t what I expected!
(All three of these items were also included in my Love with Food tasting box.)
Moringa Organic Tea by Miracle Tree– 1 bag, value $.30
Salt-Free Mexican Seasoning by The Spice Hunter– 2 teaspoons, value $1
I received a sachet of Miracle Tree’s Morning Organic Mint tea in my tasting box. I like the brand, so I’m happy to try a different variety.
Tacos are one of my go-to dinner stapes, so I’m excited to try this Mexican seasoning. I tend to try and stay away from pre-packaged taco spice blends (since many have really high sodium levels), but I’ll happily use this salt-free version.
24 Carrot Orange Fruit Snack by Fruigees– 3.5 oz, value $2
Strawberry Macaroon by Hail Merry– .88 oz, value $1.26
I love orange and carrot juice, so I was very excited to see this fruit snack in the box. Unlike many similar products, this one is made from juice (instead of purees and applesauce). The smooth, bright flavor was great and I like that it’s made without added sugar and delivers 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. I might pick up a few more of these to use as a pre-gym snack.
The strawberry macaroon wasn’t much to look at (just a soft little pink coconut ball), but I thought it packed a punch of flavor. In addition to being gluten-free, the macaroons are raw, vegan, and non-GMO.
Zesty Nacho Kale Chips by Rhythm Superfoods– 2 oz, value $5.89
Ancient Grain Granola by Purely Elizabeth– 2 oz, value $1.17
I’m really not a picky eater in the slightest, but for some reason kale chips just aren’t a snack I can get behind. I love kale in its other forms, but kale chips just don’t do it for me. Despite that, I really liked the zesty nacho flavor, so I’m sure most people will really enjoy this snack. I’ll make sure these find a good home.
Luckily, Pure Elizabeth granola is a favorite of mine. I’ve tried this flavor before, and I’m definitely a fan. I like eating it with milk, but it’s also delicious sprinkled on top of Greek yogurt parfaits.
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust– 16 oz, value $4.39
I really like products from Bob’s Red Mill, and I was excited to see that Love with Food included a mix for piecrust! With spring finally here, I think this is a great addition to the box. (I always find that when the weather begins to warm up I start craving fruity desserts like pie.) I’ve never made gluten free piecrust before, but I’m excited to give this a try. Since overdeveloped gluten can make piecrust tough or chewy, I imagine this gluten free mix will make a nice flaky, crumbly crust.
As always, Love with Food included a handful of coupons and promo cards.
Verdict: Overall, I really enjoyed this Love with Food Gluten-Free box. There were a number of product overlaps between this box and the smaller Love with Food tasting box, and I thought it was really interesting to compare the two boxes. The curation of this box was excellent; I really appreciated the variety of gluten-free items Love with Food selected for the box. I also thought, as usual, everything was delicious. In terms of value, the total of the items adds up to around $23, which just about breaks even with the cost of an annual subscription. For Love with Food, I think that’s great. For each gluten-free box they ship, Love with food donates two meals to hungry children in America. I really like this aspect of their business, and it makes me feel good to know that my snacking has a charitable impact.
What do you think about the March Love with Food Gluten-Free box?