Thursday, June 6, 2013

GFreely - Monthly Gluten-Free "Surprise" Box Review

[Disclaimers: I received a box from for review. This post contains affiliate links.] offers a monthly gluten-free foodie subscription box - packed with samples and full-sized gluten-free products! Price ranges from $19-$25 per month, depending on the subscription plan you choose. For a limited time, you can use the code IMAFRIEND for $5 off your first box!

From their website: 
"Today, gfreely makes a healthy, sustainable gluten-free lifestyle simple, accessible and fun for consumers all over the world. From our monthly subscription boxes and online shop to our popular recipes and tips, we’re always on the hunt to find the best in gluten free and share it with you!
By helping you discover and purchase delicious gluten free products, the gluten free diet can be one that you will enjoy."
April Box
PopCorners Chips, butter flavor - Some went into an afternoon preschool snack. The rest got nommed by Mama!
Bumble Bar - We love these bars! It must have been eaten, since I couldn't find it again later. I bet Hubby fed it to the baby. Curses! She loves them, and we don't have to worry about big hunks of nuts or anything for her to choke on.
Kay's Naturals Protein Pretzel Sticks, Cinnamon Toast - A great addition to Z's lunches and afternoon snacks. High in protein (12g/bag) and fiber (4g,) and relatively low in sugar (3g) and sodium (160mg.) And I managed to stretch that out into three treat servings, plus a few for Mama to nibble... (Kind of chalky after-taste though. Probably from the soy and pea ingredients. But both girls loved them!)
Sheffa Zesty Snack Mix - This went into one of my lunches, as a treat-y side.
Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Bar - This was eaten seconds after the "photo shoot." Seriously. I didn't even put the rest of the stuff away first. I was still out on my back porch hiding from the kids nomming this down. Ahhhh. I rarely buy artificial-free candy for myself, as it's expensive. And I hate to "waste" it on myself. But a full sized Snickers-type bar isn't easy to share, or to parse out over time, like I normally do with treats. And I couldn't send a little in an afternoon snack to the nut-free preschool, now could I? See? I'm just thinking of the kids...
Kathie's Kitchen Super Seedz - These got tossed in with several of my salads to add a nice salty crunch. The ones that didn't just get tossed straight into my gob, that is!
GalloLea Gluten-Free Pizza Kit - I'm still too scared to try it. I don't exactly have the best track record with gluten free cookery...

PopCorners Chips
The single-serve bags are nice and small, unlike many other chips that have enough to fill you up before you even get to the healthy stuff in your lunch! But I still don't like to give a full "serving" of treats. Using little silicone cups bento-style let me control portions, while still making the servings look full and appealing.

I included around 7 chips in an afternoon snack for preschool, and was going to save the rest for another day. But then I tried one. I seriously considered taking them out of her snack and packing something else instead. It was hard to share. The rest of the bag did not survive past Mama's lunch time... Baby never even knew they existed!

Kay's Naturals Protein Pretzel Sticks
I added Kay's Naturals Cinnamon Toast Protein Pretzel Sticks in with both of these lunches for my (almost) 5-year-old to help augment the fiber she's missing out on from our gluten-free diet. She *loved* them! She thinks they're dessert! And I can include them guilt-free, since they are low in the "bad" stuff (fat, sugar, sodium,) and high in the "good" stuff (fiber, protein, Calcium, Iron.)

Sheffa Zesty Snack Mix
I wasn't sure how spicy this "zesty" mix would be, so I didn't risk it in one of Z's lunches. The whole sample packet fit perfectly in a silicone muffin cup for one of my lunches. Yum! Not too spicy at all! I had to fight Baby E for them, since we were trapped in a waiting area during a 90-minute (!!!) oil change.

Kathie's Kitchen Super Seedz
I added the pumpkin seeds into several of my salads (including the one with the Sheffa Zesty Snack Mix mentioned above!) along with some hemp hearts and sunflower seeds. They added a nice bit of saltiness to my sweet salads, but they were quite tasty all by themselves as well!

Overall, I'm a huge fan. I love monthly "surprise" foodie boxes, but it's been getting frustrating lately, receiving foods that we can no longer eat. So an all gluten-free box (and by default, almost always free from artificial ingredients as well!) is a refreshing treat! 

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