Category: Product Reviews

Product Review: An Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites Taste Test

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but–as always– opinions are my own.

Everyone in the gluten free/free from community knows ELF does an incredible job marketing and branding. How? Well, the moment I tell you that a box from them arrived at my doorstep a couple weeks ago, I can bet that you know generally what that box looked like.

And for me, as someone who loves marketing and appreciates attention to detail, that’s highly impressive. For the new ProBurst Bites, a rectangular box arrived at my door chock full of the four flavors + a fun additional item {which tends to make an appearance in new product release boxes: think of the to-go cup for the chocolate chip small packs or the lunch box & t-shirt with the mini cookies}…a flip book! While this was a fun inclusion, I do wish it were something a bit more multi-use, as I keep reusing the other ELF items I’ve received in previous releases.

The four flavors that were released {who knows if more are planned!}, all chocolate-based, are:

  • Mango Haba√Īero
  • Cinnamon Spice
  • Cranberry Orange
  • SunSeed Butter

Notable product features:

  • 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving {rice protein}
  • Resealable pouch {think: gym bag, purse, car, you name it!}
  • The gold-standard at ELF: free-from top 8 allergens, certified GF/kosher/halal, and even verified non-GMO

As some of you may have noticed via Twitter {@breezygfreezy}, my boyfriend is beginning to learn the life of a food blogger. He spotted the ELF box and knew that some type of tasting had to occur in the near future. So, I promised he could take part in the fun–and turned the whole thing into a ProBurst Bites Taste Test! Here are the main takeaways:

  • My favorite flavor was Cranberry Orange–which speaks to my general go-to in chocolate truffles!
  • His favorite was the SunSeed butter; however, he said he would like a stronger SunSeed taste and that he “got mostly chocolate with a little nutty in the background” ūüėČ
  • We both agreed they taste much more like chocolate truffles than other protein bars/bites available–he noted specifically that they were like a serious dark chocolate truffle, even the aftertaste was a good chocolate one!
  • However, the one thing that neither of us could quite get on board with was the look of them–just not all that pretty and appealing to take a bite into. We’re hoping they may morph into something a bit more eye-catching someday!

In the meantime, we’re both more than happy to stick these delectable ProBurst bites in our work and gym bags–one of us with allergy concerns, the other with none at all.

Now, they don’t hit retailer shelves {suggested price $6.99/pouch} until at least March 1st. But how about 10% off the Enjoy Life Foods online shop to go get some + more goodies? You all know I love those Seed + Fruit Mixes in the to-go pouches!

Visit the shop and use code PROBURST101 by March 31st, 2017!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Sun Krunch Granola: Review and GIVEAWAY!

I owe my favorite food item on the market to the brains and perseverance of small business owners Kevin and Kara Payne of Northwest Illinois {and to the GFAF Expo for introducing me}–Sun Krunch Granola, you hold my heart.

After frustrations with their own personal health and a quick, deep dive into the Paleo lifestyle, the Payne couple was ready to take their breakfast woes into their own hands. Well, snacking too!

Sun Krunch Granola is gluten free, grain free, and nut free–¬†which means¬†also oat free {no purity protocol vs. certified GF concerns here!} and paleo!

But what the Payne’s really didn’t expect when they met me and I tried¬†their granola was how perfectly their product is for¬†the diabetes community.

As all the ADSG celiac/food allergy readers know, type 1 diabetes overwhelms many aspects of my life–especially my relationship with food. But what non-PWDs {persons with diabetes} often don’t¬†understand is how¬†most¬†PWDs struggle ¬†to consume any carbohydrates in the morning.

I’ve never been able to eat granola for breakfast–even the ones that have been safe for me allergy-wise–due to their high carbohydrate/high sugar content. That is, until I got my hands on Sun Krunch.

Typically available in 3 perfectly crafted flavors {Flax Apple (personal fave), Buttery Cinnamon, and Cranberry Apple}, though currently available in Pumpkin Spice as well (!), Sun Krunch Granola ranges from 8 to 13g of carbs per serving{which is a whopping one eighth of the whole bag!}

You read that right. Get this– my go to breakfast of Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt + serving of the crunchy, flavorful, love-filled Sun Krunch in the morning + half a pot of coffee {okay, maybe not quite so much…} = 16g of carbs. That’s it–for the entire breakfast.

I truly cannot speak more highly of Sun Krunch and the couple that has created these pouches that feel like they’re chock full of¬†sunshine for this celiac, food allergy/intolerant loaded, type 1 diabetic.

So, of course, I absolutely HAD to arrange a giveaway for all of my loyal ADSG readers! Head over to my Instagram to enter soon!

In the meantime, here’s a code for 20% off your order between now and the end of the year {stock up because, man that stuff goes quickly once you start munching!}: ADSG20. Additionally, please consider using my affiliate link here to place your order so this young professional might get a lil’ something for telling you about her fave find.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*This post was sponsored by Sun Krunch Granola; as always, my opinions are 100% my own.

Nib Mor Chocolate: Review + GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who know me, you know that chocolate is life-sustaining for me.

I am a full-blown chocoholic and am not afraid to admit it.

And while a square of Dove or a Hershey’s Kiss is fine now and then, I’m always on the hunt for the newest beautiful, tasty, and dare-I-say healthy chocolate on the market–especially if it has other philanthropic or environmentally conscious aspects (remember my Raaka review?)

Well, let me tell you– Nib Mor Chocolate understands me.

Not only are their chocolates and drinking chocolates (OMG, right?)¬†natural, certified organic, certified non-GMO, certified gluten-free, and certified vegan– but they’re Fair Trade Certified and the cocoa is even Rainforest Alliance Certified, something I’ve had my eye on for Fair Trade Month this month.

While they sell multiple drinking chocolates and many bar flavors–including my favorite, Sea Salt Dark, and even super fruit bars like blueberry and cacao nibs–my favorite is hands down the “Daily Dose of Dark” squares. These little friends, available in several flavors, find their way to my purse daily and are exactly that–a daily dose of dark. Who said chocolate isn’t medicine?

Now, Halloween season is about to kick-off, and I knew all ADSG readers would be looking for something a little more allergy-friendly and a lot more human-friendly (close out Fair Trade Month strong, everyone!) so I’ve partnered with Nib Mor to bring ADSG readers a special¬†20% discount code that is even valid on their Halloween specials.

Use code:¬†C9D9OIWWI3XA on their shop website! They’ll even arrive by Halloween if you order in the next 3 days and shipping on orders over $25 is free.

But wait, it gets even better for one lucky reader–you could win everything you see in the picture below, thanks to Nib Mor!

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Holy moly, right?

We’re going to do this a little differently this time, though.

Head over to my Instagram (@breezygfreezy) to enter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*Nib Mor provided chocolate for this review*

Beanitos Review + GIVEAWAY!

I don’t know about you, but my self-restraint when it comes to chips just goes out the window. So, when it comes to blood sugars post-chip binging, they take it a little easier if the chips happen to be chock full of fiber and protein.

Chips?! Fiber and protein?! What is this madness, Brianna?!

Well. It’s Beanitos.

This is a company that runs by the motto “Beans are Better” and describes each of their snacks as “lean bean protein machine(s),” adding tons of beneficial goodies, including¬†antioxidants.

With a line of products that just keeps growing {and all are certified gluten free, some vegan, all vegetarian friendly, all corn free, all low sodium, no trans fat, all kosher, the list goes on!}, I tore into the box when they arrived at my door.

Better Cheddar and Sour Cream Pinto Bean Chips were munched through in hours and my colleagues devoured the NEW Baked White Bean Mac n’ Cheese Crunch snacks–think healthy Cheetos.

Okay, well, I have to admit something. I had my family members hide the rest of my stash for fear of eating all of them in no time! I’ll be on the hunt soon.

Now for the exciting stuff– Beanitos has sponsored the largest ever giveaway on ADSG! One lucky winner will get 2 cases of the ELEVEN flavors of Beanitos snacks!

Holy moly, right? Enter below.

Click here!

#vivalabean

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Osteobroth Review + GIVEAWAY!

It’s been written up in nearly every magazine and newspaper across the globe in the last year–the explosion of a new food trend that’s said “not to be going anywhere” by TIME: bone broth.

While not technically a broth, but rather a stock chock full of minerals, amino acids, cartilagenous compounds, and more from the animal bones, this concoction is being called a “magical elixir” as individual believe it’s helping everything from digestion issues to allergies.

Shape Magazine has noted that people have attributed help with leaky gut, joint protection, younger look, better sleep, immune support, stronger bones, and more energy all to drinking this cup of wonders.

While I’m not sure if all of the above are applicable with me, I can tell you that sitting down for a warm cup of Osteobroth always calms my stomach–not to mention it boasts¬†a nice 12g of protein in one cup (and only 50 cal)!

Osteobroth is my current go-to for bone broth for a few reasons:

  1. It’s powdered.
    • 2 year shelf life
    • Easy to transport (yup, brought it on the train to work to make in the aftenroon last week–no problem.)
  2. Dedication to allergy safe and good food practices.
    • No gluten, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, or yeast anywhere in their practices
    • From fresh chicken with no added hormones and no antibiotics
  3. Enriched protein at consistent levels
    • Every cup=same amount of gut healing protein
    • Added collagen and chondroitin
  4. They’re a local Chicago company!

I have one main lesson I learned when preparing my Osteobroth, counter to the instructions on the label. Instead of adding the 2 tbs. before the¬†boiling water (crucial to help it dissolve!), try 1 tbs. before, add water, dissolve, then add the other tbs–it’s less likely to clump when you stir part at a time!

Now, who’s ready for some allergy friendly, paleo, low carb, gut healing, life changing potion?

Two winners get 1 jar of¬†each size Osteobroth sells! That means one for your cabinet, one for your desk, because trust me–you won’t want to stop drinking this. You can even check out their website for recipe ideas!
Click here to enter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*This post was sponsored by Osteobroth, though–as always–all opinions are my own and I only review products that I love and believe in.*