Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Fruit Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! If I haven't said this already.. Happy New Year! I hope each and every one of you have a spectacular 2018! Today, I am reviewing Crispy Green's Dried Fruits. This company was founded in 2004 and is now the number 1 dried fruit brand. Their philosophy is to keep it pure, keep it tasty and keep it wholesome. This has always been their guiding principle for their continued product development. Since 2004, the Crispy Green team has been providing high-quality freeze dried fruit snacks. Providing nutritious and delicious snacks to consumers of all ages is what Crispy Green is all about!

 Banana & Apple

 Pear & Pineapple

Tangerine & Mango

Crispy Green's products are 100% fruit and nothing else! Each bag contains a single ingredient, FRUIT! You won't find and additives or preservatives in Crispy Green. You won't find any cholesterol or fats, either! Their sophisticated freeze-drying process removes the water from the fresh fruit. Leaving behind the fruit's true essence and a light, crispy texture. Crispy Green Fruits are gluten-free and non-GMO. Crispy Green Fruits are a healthy snack that is perfect for snacking!

My Thoughts

Have a craving for a healthy snack? Then try Crispy Green's Dried Fruits! I love these freeze-dried fruits because, for one, I know that I am eating just fruit. Second, they're like chips! But, much healthier! They're crispy, too! My favorite flavors are the Pear, Mango and Pineapple. Crispy Green Fruits are low in calories, low in sugar and low in sodium. Snack on Crispy Green Fruits in between meals, take with you on-the-go, or pack in lunch bags! They're delicious!

I received Crispy Green products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, Always!

Melissa


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Redd Superfood Energy Bars Review

 

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you superfood energy bars from Redd! Alden, the founder, started his business out of his dorm room after realizing that his meal plan wasn't cutting it. He had burned through his meal plan within the first few weeks of the semester. It was then that he realized that eating healthy foods helps us mentally and physically. So, he found his way to a local health food store. He didn't have a lot of money, so he went to the bulk food section and mixed a bunch of inexpensive ingredients into a bulk bag. Alden started carrying his new "energy bar-ish" thing to class. And, that’s how the predecessor to Redd was born. Fast forward to June of 2014, Alden released his first product: Chocolate Brownie by Redd!


Redd Superfood Energy Bars are made with 9-10 grams of clean protein from pumpkin seeds. They contain over 35 milligrams of natural caffeine from maca and yerba mate. Each bar contains 11 superfoods: chia, quinoa, acai, mangosteen, goji, cacao, yerba mate, pumpkin seed, maca, schizandra and dark chocolate. Each bar also contains 23 vitamins and minerals. Redd Superfood Energy Bars provide 2-3 hours of positive energy. All of their bars are manufactured in Oregon.

Redd Superfood Energy Bars come in five energy-boosting flavors: Oatmeal, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter.


 
Top: Chocolate, Oatmeal, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter.


 My Thoughts

Redd Bars are amazing! I love how they're chewy, all natural, full of deliciousness and full of flavor. My favorite flavor is the Mint Chocolate. The mint chocolate flavor tastes just like a peppermint patty. These bars are loaded with pumpkin seeds, dates, chia seeds, chocolate chips, maca, antioxidant and vitamins and minerals. Redd Bars are make a great snack and they are great for breakfast. They're great for travel, hiking and family adventures. Redd Bars give me enough energy to make it through my day. Great bars that my whole family enjoys! Yummy, energizing and healthy! I recommend!

I received Redd Bars in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!


~Melissa~
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December's Degusta Box USA Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you December's Degusta Box USA! This monthly food subscription box delivers 9-14 full sized samples right to your door! The boxes are loaded with snacks, drinks and meal prep items. Get 50% off your first Degustabox! Enjoy 9-14 FULL-SIZE tasty goodies worth over $30 delivered straight to your door for just $9.99! Shipping is free!


Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds are non-GMO, Vegan breakfast buns. These make a great alternative to bread, bagels or English muffins. They contain no soy, dairy, egg, peanut/tree nuts or artificial preservatives. This month's box contained a free product coupon.


Barilla Sun-dried Tomato Pesto is full of vibrant flavors from the Mediterranean. This pesto if packed with sun-dried tomatoes, capers and oregano. Enjoy this pesto on pasta, pizza or sandwiches. $2.99


Cauli Rice has 75% fewer calories than normal white rice. It only has 4 grams of carbs per 100g serving. It is the world's first shelf stable cauliflower rice. It's perseverative free and gluten-free. Available for purchase through caulirice.com. $2.99


Barilla Ready Pasta is ready in 60 seconds! Made with three simple ingredients- extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and al dente Barilla pasta. Just add your favorite toppings and enjoy! $1.99



GOOD THINS Beet flavored thins are made with real beets and flavored with balsamic vinegar and sea salt. They contain no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. $2.49


Mulino Bianco Sfilati with Green and Black Olives. These oven-baked breadsticks are inspired by the traditional long and thin sfilatino bread. These sfilati are super crunchy and delicious. $3.99


BRIANNAS creamy balsamic vinaigrette is made with a careful selection of flavorful ingredients, including balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, spices and grape juice. Great for dressing your favorite salad or for marinating meats, poultry and seafood.


SuckerPunch Gourmet Pickles are hand crafted in small batches. These pickles are crafted using only the finest ingredients. A unique combination of 15 spices delivers a bold flavor that is perfect as a stand alone snack or added to any burger or sandwich for some POW! $5.99



Mulino Bianco Baiocchi are delicious sandwich cookies filled with sweet hazelnut and chocolate cream. Take a break with Italy's favorite cookie! dip them in your coffee! $2.99


My Thoughts

December's box allowed me to make a delicious Italian dinner in under five minutes. Together, the Barilla Read Pasta and the Barilla Sun-dried Tomato Pesto are so good! Add some of the Sfilati and you have a meal! Have some of the Baiocchi for dessert! My favorite product in this month's box was the Ozery Bakery Rounds. I got the Apple Cinnamon Rounds and they are SO good! I toasted mine and added a little butter to the top of them. Did I mention the SuckerPunch Pickles!? OMG, these are the best pickles, ever!! I am planning on serving them as an appetizer on Christmas Day. Along with my cheese board. Getting this box each month is so exciting. I love opening the box each month because each month the box is loaded with yummy goodies.


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I received Degusta Box USA in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always! **Post contains affiliate links**
 
~Melissa~
Friday, December 15, 2017

Blount Fine Foods Asian-Inspired Bowls Review + Giveaway!




 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Asian-Inspired Bowls from Blount Fine Foods! The Blount Family has been in the food business since 1880. Some of their first foods were frozen soups, sauces, entrees and side dishes. Recently, they released 4 Asian-Inspired bowls and they are delicious! If you're into trying new flavors and love easy meals, try Blount Bowls!


Blount's Asian-Inspired Bowls come in four yummy flavors:


  • Chicken Ramen Noodle- A comforting bowl of ramen noodles, chicken, shiitake mushrooms and scallions in a flavorful chicken broth with soy sauce and rice koji.

  • Coconut Chicken & Noodle- A zesty bowl of ramen noodles, chicken and bamboo shoots in a coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro.

  • Hibachi Chicken & Rice- Sweet and roasted flavors of garlic, ginger, red onion and red peppers, simmered with tomatoes, chicken and long grain brown rice.

  • Vegetable & Rice- A creamy coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro, blended with long grain brown rice and packed with Asian vegetables including cabbage and bamboo shoots.

Blount Bowls contain chicken that is raised without antibiotics. The bowls do not contain any MSG or trans fats. These Asian-inspired bowls are gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan. Blount Bowls do not contain any yucky ingredients. Blount Bowls' calories, sugar content and sodium levels vary. See packaging for more details.

My Thoughts

Blount Bowls come ready-to-eat so they are perfect for on-the-go. The noodles/rice for the broth come separately and can be added into the broth if desired. I added the noodles or rice to my soups because I enjoy eating my  with a little starch. I was impressed by how easy it was to prepare a Blount Bowl. And, it's hot and ready in under 3 minutes! The four soups each have a unique, awesome flavor. I really enjoyed the Chicken Ramen Noodle and the Vegetable & Rice. I love the bowls because the ingredients are all natural and healthy. The soups are loaded with healthy veggies and antibiotic free chicken. Each bowl is less than 400 calories. Blount Bowls make a great lunch or dinner!

Blount Bowls allow you to try Asian-inspired soups in just three minutes! The new bowls are available in the deli section at select Target, Giant, Giant Eagle, Hy-vee, Weis, Big Y and Stop & Shop. Visit their store locator.

I received Blount Bowls in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

 
~Melissa~


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery by National Geographic Kids!


 
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
  
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you one of the best gifts to put under your Christmas tree. The gift of  literature! As we all know, reading to our children is very important and it does make a huge difference. If your kiddos like to read, as much as mine do, then check out National Geographic's Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery!


Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery is one of the cutest children's books! It's contains beautiful photographs, animal profiles and fun facts. Hey, Baby! is packed with the cutest, fuzziest and tiniest baby animals. Hey, Baby! is organized by habitat. Each section opens up with a poem and ends with a cute section called "Tot Lot." Which is a photo gallery of even more cute animal babies.




My Thoughts

My family and I are huge fans of anything National Geographic. We particularly love the books that are available for children. Hey, Baby! is one of the cutest and factual books. The book is big, colorful and has sturdy pages. I love reading it to my kiddos because its teaches them all about nature's baby animals. While reading, I couldn't count how many times we all said "awww" when we turned the page. Seeing all of the baby animals made us want to keep reading. My kids really enjoyed learning about their habitats, friendships, folktales and animal rescues. I look forward to reading Hey, Baby! over and over again!


This gorgeous, 185 page, hardcover book is only $24.99 and is the perfect keepsake. It can be purchased wherever books are sold. Including Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Target, Costco, Walmart and shopng.com/books.

Purchase Hey, Baby! this holiday season and by doing so, your purchase will help fund exploration, research and conservation efforts of the National Geographic Society!


~Melissa~
 
Friday, December 1, 2017

Fingerlings Monkey GIVEAWAY!


Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing a special giveaway with all of my awesome readers. As we all know, the holidays are quickly approaching and all of us are scrambling to pick up the hottest toys to put under our tree. One of those "hot toys" this year is the Fingerlings Monkey! I ordered these cute monkeys months ago when they first came out and I ordered a few extra so I would have this chance to give one away to my readers! I have two Fingerlings- One blue "Boris" and one pink "Bella". One winner will choose whether they want blue or pink. :)
 

One winner will be chosen and contacted via email on December 12th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond. If I do not hear anything back within 24 hours, I will be forced to choose another winner. I will to ship prize ASAP that way the winner will have their Fingerlings before Christmas! US only, please! Prize fulfilled by A Sampling Bee! Good luck!!

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Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies Review





 **I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.**
 
 Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you delicious chocolate chunk cookies from Back To Nature! Back To Nature's mission is to give people truly delicious foods made from recipes inspired by nature. Back To Nature carefully selects all of their ingredients to create the best tasting products. Products that are simply delicious and simply good.
 

Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with wheat flour, semi-sweet chocolate chunks, dried cane syrup, safflower oil, brown rice syrup, baking soda and sea salt.  These chocolate chunk cookies do not contain any hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. They are Kosher and do contain wheat and soy. A serving of 2 cookies is 130 calories, contains 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and 70mg of sodium. One package retails for $3.49-$3.99 each.
 
 

 
My Thoughts

Back To Nature makes one delicious cookie! These cookies are loaded with chunk of chocolate and are oh so crunchy. I love eating them right out of the box or dipping them into a cold glass of milk. The cookies are bite-sized and perfect for kids. My son loves when I put a few of these cookies into his lunch box for school. I have never had a cookie before that was made with wheat flour. I must say, there is no taste difference whatsoever. The chocolate chunks? Are exactly that. Chunks of semi-sweet chocolate! So yummy! I have found my new favorite cookie, thanks, Back To Nature!


Back To Nature's Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just the start of an amazing product line. Back To Nature also has granola, juices, cereal, nuts & trail mix, crackers and soups. Visit their website to see all of their amazing products.

To find a store near you, visit: backtonaturefoods.com/where-to-buy.

~Melissa~