Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Guiltless Goodies: Gluten Free & Vegan Treats


Recently a friend of mine informed me about a certified health based chef she followed on Instagram known as Laura Lea Balanced. It didn't take me long to start following her and her yummy food posts as well as her lengthy, but informative stories.  Laura Lea kept referring to some fabulous donuts and tortilla wraps she received from a company called Guiltless Goodies.  The same friend that told me about Laura Lea had ordered a sampler box from said company and kindly shared one of her GG cookies. 

The first thing I looked at was the ingredients. The "flour" is a combination of 7 seeds so there is no grain. I also noticed that they were dairy free and of course free of high fructose corn syrup. A stellar list of ingredients and great taste led to another IG follower for Guiltess Goodies.

 I checked out their website but was a little nervous about the pricing. That is not to say they are overpriced, as I understand that high quality ingredients cost more, but I had only tasted the cookies and wasn't sure if I wanted to take the risk.

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*Here's an excerpt from their website on their 7 seed ingredient list...

"All Guiltless Goodies products are gluten, grain, dairy, soy, yeast and preservative-free! Also, low-carb & extremely delicious! All Guiltless products are made from our custom organic 7 seed blend of Chia, Flax, Hemp, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Poppy, and Sesame Seeds. We never use any yeast, grains, wheat, corn, gluten, refined sugar, preservatives or unnecessary fillers in any of our baked goods. When our recipes do call for sweetener, we only use as little organic coconut palm sugar as possible. We are completely NON-GMO. We use dairy-free, soy-free, real dark chocolate in our Skinny Donuts, Love Muffins and Best Cookies Ever. We also grind our own seed flour fresh so it protects all of the enzymes. We don't purchase it pre-ground, meaning it is freshly ground before each time we bake your Guiltless products. By grinding the seeds, the tough outer shell is broken apart, opening up to all of the minerals and nutrients inside the seed, and that is our Superfood Seed Flour that is used to make all of our products!"  

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Fast forward a few weeks and I enter one of their drawings for a free Grab & Go pack, which includes 2 packs of cookies, muffins and "skinny" donuts. 

Surprise! My name is drawn!!


I was so exited! (There is something about me and food. I don't get it.)

Two days later the shipment arrived and I couldn't wait to try each one. 

***The Cookies***


Glen eats a cookie right out of the box. He likes it, but we both found that we like them even more with some peanut butter slathered on top.  These make a great snack to curb any post lunch or dinner cravings. One of the first things I discovered is that I like them straight out of the freezer! I was in a hurry and in a hungry moment took a bite.  Now it's my favorite way to eat them: frozen with peanut butter. 

***The Skinny Donuts***


When I first opened the package of donuts, I was skeptical. True to their name, "Skinny Donut's",  are small. How was this going to feel like I ate anything? However, one morning I paired a donut with eggs and could barely finish them both. 

After the first few days of choosing a donut or muffin to eat with my eggs I notice that I wasn't not getting hungry before lunch. I also noticed that my cravings for sweets is non-existent. On Sunday mornings, my husband and I would eat a donut for breakfast and rush out the door for church. We felt satisfied until we returned home at lunch time. I love this because he runs around like crazy and I know he is less tempted to overload on junk.

***The Muffins***

The muffins are my favorite. I eat those right out of the fridge - with or without peanut butter, depending on how hungry I am. The whole family likes the muffins. In fact, I had to scale my 15 year old back to 1 a day due to budget. He plays football, so I know the healthy fats, protein and fiber are great for him but there is a limit to what we can afford!  

***The Tortillas***

A sale pops up on their website and I decide that it's worth shifting some of our grocery budget around to make room for donuts and muffins. Yeah. That does sound weird! So I order a box, only this time I decide to try their tortilla wraps.


The wraps are surprisingly soft and pliable for a grain free option! I love them, but I'm not sure about them paired with eggs. I like any kind of meat, hummus, veggies, guacamole etc, but I was not crazy about the egg combo.  Perhaps I should give that another go...

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Ok, Guiltless Goodies...tell me about the health benefits!

Health Benefits...

Guiltless Means Nutrition and Health Benefits That Help...
  • Skin, nails and hair grow strong and healthy.
  • Increase anti-microbial benefits, including anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
  • Enhance immune response and absorption of vital nutrients.
  • Decrease the risk of colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes & hypertension.
  • Reduce symptoms of asthma, osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Decrease waist circumference & Decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Provide structure, strength and elasticity in blood vessels, bones and joints.
  • Prevent migraine headaches, muscle cramps, tension, soreness and fatigue.
  • Restore normal sleep patterns & Decrease the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women who are experiencing unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause.
  • And let's not forget increased bowel regularity.
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*In conclusion, I would purchase from this company again. In addition to a high quality, healthy ingredient list, they have fabulous customer service and follow up, the food stores great in the freezer and it travels well. My cravings are down and, save for the weekends and pumpkin flavored treats, I'm doing well with my food choices.

Hummus, Veggies & a Protein Snack
My healthier choices include fruits, hummus with veggies, guacamole and chips, protein smoothies and popcorn. I'm working on adding to that list each week!

For now I will wait for their next promotion to order again. Sometimes they offer 2 free items of your choice when you purchase the Guiltless Grab & Go box (that's what I received from the drawing), which is on sale for $85.99, plus free shipping.

Guiltless Grab & Go
2 packs of Best Cookies Ever
2 packs of Love Muffins
2 packs of Skinny Donuts 
Well, my friends, have you ordered food off the internet before? If so, what was your experience? 

Eat a little something "crunchy" today. Your body will thank you. ;)

Chrissy

*I was not paid to do this review, given anything for this review (the drawing was random), or asked to do this review!
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4 comments

  1. Wow what a great service, and yes I would wait for a discount too! Going to share this on the blog on Friday! :)

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    1. Cool, Sarah! I can't wait to see your post on Friday. :)

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  2. Awesome products and winner winner chicken dinner..no winner winner Guiltless Goodies!!! ;-)

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