Monday, July 6, 2015

KEEN ONE quinoa

KEEN ONE quinoa recently gave us the opportunity to try out their products.

I like the fact that we were sent both savory and sweet quinoa options. All of the product that we were sent is gluten free, too, which is great.

The Chocolate Nut Krunch Snack Cluster are rich in chocolate flavor. I like it when I can find a snack that is a little healthier than some of the things that I would normally eat but still tastes great, and this is one of those snacks. These clusters are crunchy and chewy and yummy.

The Chipotle meal is so quick and simple to make. This is really a convenience food in a healthy option. This meal has some of the heat that you would expect from a chipotle food without being too hot. This quinoa has good chipotle flavoring without being overpowering in that way. I added a bit of beans and cheese when eating this the second time and found that it makes a great base for that kind of food, too.

The Thai Curry meal is full of flavor. This is salty and a little bit sweet, spicy and a little bit hot. This has a deep flavor to it, and it is very tasty when eaten on its own.

The Cinnamon Raisin Super Cereal is full of cinnamon and raisin flavor. Raisin bran was one of my favorite cereals before I went gluten free, and this cereal is a super crunchy alternative to that. I love the raisins in this cereal, and the quinoa crunch is great, too.

The Apple Berry Super Cereal has an earthy flavor, a good crunch, and lots of fruit pieces. If you love apples this is the cereal for you.

Thank you, KEEN ONE quinoa, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Go Veggie Product Review

Cheese... who can live without cheese. When you can't consume lactose it can be hard to find cheese alternatives that satisfy your tastes. Go Veggie offers a variety of lactose-free products, and they recently gave us the opportunity to try some of them.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Alternative had the kind of taste that you would expect from cream cheese with a little bit of strawberry flavor to it. I tried this spread on a homemade, gluten free bagel and it made for a tasty snack.

Classic Plain Cream Cheese Alternative tastes just how you expect cream cheese to taste, and the consistency is that of regular cream cheese, too. Very good.

Chive and Garlic Cream Cheese Alternative is full of flavor. This is a delicious savory addition to a homemade bagel and it would also be good on toast or as a chip or veggie dip!

Grated Parmesan Style Topping is salty and flavorful and just what you would expect from any parmesan. This was a perfect addition to a plate of spaghetti.

Mozzarella Shreds were  a great addition to a homemade, gluten free pizza that we made. These taste just like any other mozzarella cheese out there, and the convenience of having the cheese pre-shredded is really nice.

Cheddar Shreds are great for adding to salads of all kinds. I love having shredded cheese around to add to my salads, and this stuff has great flavor and texture.

Pepper Jack Slices has a smooth consistency to them and a good flavor. I was expecting a little more heat with them being pepper jack in flavor, but they were still tasty without much heat.

American Slices  have the smooth feel that you expect from a processed cheese. These have good flavor, too, as you would expect from any American cheese. They are great for sandwiches or simply for eating on their own.

Thank you, Go Veggie, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Go Raw Review

Go Raw recently gave us the opportunity to try out their products.

These products are super healthy, and I love them. They are GMO free, soy free, gluten free, vegan, and nut free!

The Raisin Crunch Sprouted Bar has a lot of crunch and chew to it. It is slightly sweet with a good flavor coming from the seeds.

The Sweet Spirulina bar has a chewy texture and a sweet flavor. This is a good option to give you energy to get through the day.

The Banana Bread bar has is full of banana flavor, which goes good with the sweetness of the overall bar and the chewiness of the seeds.

The Chewy Apricot bar has good apricot flavor and is really sweet for not being sweetened in a traditional way.

The Pumpkin Seed bar is full of the kind of flavor that you expect from pumpkin seeds in a convenient bar form.

The Pumpkin Seed Sprouted Bites have the taste and texture of pumpkin seeds in convenient snack sized pieces.

The Sweet Spirulina Sprouted Bites are chewy and sweet. I like the square look of these snacks.

The Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola is full of apple and cinnamon flavor. This granola has good crunch to it and it is a great breakfast option or a good snack during the day.

The Sprouted Watermelon Seeds are so interesting! I had never heard of eating watermelon seeds before we were send these. The seeds have a taste similar to that of other edible seeds with a slightly sweet flavor to them.

The Spiced Chai Sprouted Cookies are full of tea flavor with a nice crunchy texture.

The Lemon Pie Sprouted Cookies are lightly flavored in lemon.

The Chocolate Sprouted Cookies have a rich chocolate flavor. They make for a good, sweet, healthy snack.

The Zesty Pizza Sprouted Flax Snax really contain the flavor that you get from pizza. These are a great, crunchy alternative to chips. These are a good snack or would be a good addition to a meal.

Thank you, Go Raw, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

The First Years Baby Boot Camp Game Promo

Are you expecting a new baby? Will you have a little one entering your life soon? The First Years has a game available to you that will help you learn more about caring for your little one, while also having fun. This game is called Baby Boot Camp, and it is available for free on Google Play and in the Apple Store.

There are four short games available on this app, and they will keep you entertained while you are on your phone. Looking for something to do while you are feeding your baby in the middle of the night? Playing these games will help to keep you awake and happy.

Check this game out in the Apple store, or on Google Play.

*We were asked to do this post by The First Years. All opinions are ours.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Organicasaurus Snack Review

Good Boy Organics recently gave us the opportunity to try out and review their Organicasaurus snacks.

In addition to these fun treats this company also offers baked potato chips, pasta sauces, and more. All of the products from this company are organic and non-GMO.

The Organicasaurus Sea Salty snacks were light and airy and a good snack. These are flavored simply with salt, and they have a really nice texture to them.
I love that both of these snack options are baked instead of fried!

The Organicasaurus Cheddar Cheese snacks are cheesy and crunchy and airy and tasty. I love cheese puffs, and I really like the fact that these are healthier than the variety that I usually eat.
The dinosaur shapes of these are so fun!

If you are looking for a healthier snack option for your kids - or yourself - these are a great option!

Thank you, Good Boy Organics, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the snacks to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread

We were recently given the opportunity to try and review Walkers Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread.

Walkers offers both gluten free and gluten containing shortbread options. They also offer oat crackers and more.

These cookies are certified gluten free, made with non-GMO ingredients, vegetarian, and they contain no hydrogenated fats. In addition to the variety that we were given, there are also gluten free chocolate chip and ginger and lemon shortbread varieties available from Walker.

These cookies have a crunchy texture that melts when it is in the mouth. The cookies are sweet and butter and very delicious. These are quality cookies, and you certainly can't tell that they are gluten free.

Thank you, Walkers, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the product to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hearts Made Whole Book Review

Bethany House Publishers recently provided me with a copy of Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund to review.

Cover Art

Hearts Made Whole was easy to get into the story right from the start. The characters are realistic and filled with emotion. The main character, Caroline, is believable and very likable. It's cool to have characters in a book that you can look up to. Characters that are growing and changing and characters who possess selflessness.

I like the strong message of giving God our cares instead of worrying that was relayed in the book, as Caroline faces various anxieties.

In Hearts Made Whole, Caroline is faced with some tough decisions that will affect her family and the one she loves. Forced to hand her job over to a male, she must act in grace, even when it is most difficult. I really liked the following quotes from the book:

"She might have darkness in her life, and her current predicament might be confusing and hard, but God was still bright and unchanging behind the clouds." (p125)

"The devil doesn't want us to take those pains to the Lord, because he knows that when we cry out to God with our need, He'll rescue us from the pit." (p158)

There was a couple of surprising twists and a bit of adventure, which I always appreciate in Jody Hedlund's books. The characters were realistic and went through realistic struggles. Jody Hedlund's books always seem to have at least one spot where the emotion is so authentic, you could almost cry. This book was no exception.

Looking for a good book to read this summer? Check out Hearts Made Whole

What other books are you planning to read this summer?

Disclosure: Although I was given the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.