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Yumvelope Boxes

It seems like subscription boxes are all the rage these days.  I am a frequent Stitch Fix user, I’ve tried Blue Apron, and recently I got to try a couple of Yumvelope boxes to review.  Yumvelope is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of 6 different artisanal food products.

Yumvelope BoxesThe thing that’s great about the Yumvelope boxes is that no two are the same.  I received a box in June and one in July and they both had very different items which was fun!  The June box contained the following:

Madecasse Dark Chocolate with Salted Almonds

Gilded Nut Co. Salt and Pepper Pistachios

Masala Pop

McCabe’s Granola

Bearded Brothers Energy Bar

My three favorites in the June box were definitely the granola, the dark chocolate and the salt and pepper pistachios.  The granola made for a great afternoon snack at work, and I loved how the dark chocolate was made from bean to bar in Africa.

Yumvelope ProductsI couldn’t have the popcorn so I gave it to the Englishman, and while the energy bar was good, it was a bit too dense to eat in one sitting.

The July box contained a different assortment of goodies, including:

Bart’s Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies


Mayesa Banana Drink

Marshall’s Wildflower Honey

Beanfields’ Nacho Chips


Yumvelope BoxesAgain, I passed the popcorn off to the Englishman (it wasn’t his fave), but the Beanfields chips were free of corn and soy which was great!  The banana drink was good (I think it would go great in a smoothie) and the chocolate chip cookies were a nice afternoon treat!

I really like the concept of the Yumvelope boxes – you get a chance to try products from brands that you wouldn’t normally try/see in stores which is awesome.  Unfortunately you can’t list any dietary preferences, so it’s always a gamble to see what will pop up in your box next (which can be part of the fun!)

Thanks for letting me try out some delicious new snacks Yumvelope!  I’ll definitely be buying more of that Madcasse chocolate in the near future.

Gluten-Free Product Reviews

Every so often I am approached by various companies who offer me different food products to review on the blog.  I’m pretty picky about the products I review – if it doesn’t sound good to me or isn’t allergy-friendly I won’t review it.  Recently, Zen Monkey and Larabar sent me some new gluten-free items to try, so here are my latest gluten-free product reviews.

gluten free product reviews granola yogurtFirst up, Zen Monkey.   Zen Monkey has a line of breakfast products that combine yogurt, oats, and fruit.  The texture can be a little off-putting at first, but if you have ever had overnight oats or even muesli, it’s very similar to that.

The current Zen Monkey product line comes in three flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, and Strawberry.  Each container is two servings (140 calories per serving) and comes in a reusable Tupperware container which is perfect for a breakfast on the go.

gluten free product reviews zen monkeyOut of all the flavors I tried, I liked the Apple Cinnamon the best.  The strawberry and blueberry flavors were a bit on the sweet side for me, but if you like a strong berry flavor, then I’d definitely give them a shot.  I also felt that half a container wasn’t enough for a full serving.  If I was having breakfast on the go, I’d probably eat the whole container for a more complete breakfast.

gluten free product reviews zen monkey oatsSo would I get the Zen Monkey products again?  I really like the concept and love how convenient the packaging is, but honestly I don’t know if I would get them again.  It’s pretty easy to make overnight oats at home, and I usually have enough time most mornings to eat breakfast at home before I have to rush out the door for work.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy breakfast option (and like yogurt) then Zen Monkey might work for you.  They do have a pineapple flavor coming out soon which I would be interested in trying.

The second of my gluten-free product reviews is Larabar’s new vegan “Renola.”

gluten free product reviews renolaLarabar recently released a new line of grain-free granola that is made with GMO-free fruits, nuts and seeds.  The renola comes in individual packets, so it’s perfect to take around for a snack on the go.

gluten free product reviews renola bowlI had the berry flavor with some almond milk one afternoon as a snack and it was delicious!  It doesn’t have the same cluster factor as traditional granola, but the flavor is spot on and each pouch clocks in at 200 calories and less than 10g sugar.  If you have a hard time with portion control when it comes to granola (which I do), then the renola is perfect for you.

And I just so happen to think that the renola makes a fabulous crumble topping over some grilled pineapple and ice cream.

Gluten Free Product Reviews RenolaI can definitely see myself buying more of Larabar’s renola in the future – it’s perfect for travel and a great way to sneak in a quick breakfast or snack without too much fun.  Plus, I love that it is gluten-free and paleo-friendly – both bonuses in my book.

Any gluten-free products you are loving out there?  What else should I try?

Winder Farms

We go through produce like nobody’s business in our house.  I’m constantly snacking on some sort of fruit and always try to have a vegetable packed dinner.  So when Winder Farms reached out and asked if I would like to try a grocery delivery including a CSA box, I jumped at the chance.

winder farms csa boxWinder Farms is a premier grocery delivery service that recently began serving Orange County (they are already well established in Nevada and Utah).  The goal of Winder Farms is to provide high quality farm fresh food as well as other natural and organic products such as milk, eggs, cheese and pasta to name a few. For our herd of cows we use the best stock feed grain available and we recommend all the readers to use it too.

For my free delivery, I requested a CSA box filled some produce from local farms in the area as well as a few other staples to try such as almond milk and eggs.  When the Winder Farms delivery arrived on my doorstep, I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning.

winder farms csa box1 The CSA box had an abundance of fresh produce including lettuce, kale, eggplant, onion, watermelon, carrots, spinach, herbs, melon and radishes.  And the company certainly lives by their “farm fresh” motto as you could tell the carrots had literally just been pulled from the ground.  Love that.

Winder Farms Product boxIn addition to the CSA box, we also got a few bags with kitchen staples including milk, almond milk, chocolate milk, eggs, cheese, wheat bread, bacon, pasta and a frozen chicken dinner.

For our first Winder Farms delivery meal we decided to cook up the ravioli and top it with some fresh herbs. We really have to acknowledge they have been growing so much since they hired a food agency dedicated o share their product.

Winder Farms RavioliThe ravioli came from a local shop in CA and topping it with fresh herbs was an excellent decision.

I also used the eggs, kale and onion to make a frittata, almond milk in my oatmeal, and enjoyed many slices of the watermelon.  Thank you again Winder Farms for the excellent delivery.  I will definitely be doing this again in the future!

The Winder Farms grocery delivery service is perfect for anyone who wants farm fresh items delivered to their door.  It’s convenient, and you can choose exactly what you want delivered to your house each week.  All deliveries are guaranteed before 8am, so you don’t have to worry about your groceries sitting outside your house all day.

If you are interested in signing up for Winder Farms delivery service, please visit www.winderfarms.com.