Love with Food by G-Free Foodie Box Review and GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday, guys! I’m stoked to be hosting my very first giveaway on this this ‘lil old blog–especially because I’m giving away such an awesome prize.foodie box 1

I was recently asked to review the G-Free Foodie Box from Love with Food–and I could not have been more excited. As they say on their website: “Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes. For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!” Delicious snacks AND you get to contribute to a good cause? Sold.

The background: Love with Food’s gluten free box comes with 8-12 snacks that are “totally gluten-free and also organic or all-natural, with no artificial junk.”

The money: The gluten-free box runs you $24.50 a month.

foodie 2The goods: Here’s a shot of everything I got in my box. My favorite item was definitely the Key Lime White Chocolate Cookies from WOW Baking Company. These were some of the most moist, tasty GF cookies I’ve ever had! The flavor is distinct but not overpowering, and the cookies are small enough you can have one or two without feeling super guilty.

I also loved this new-to-me pancake mix from Cup4Cup–the pancakes were incredibly fluffy and just the right amount of sweet!  The sample package made three generous servings of pancakes.

The Baked Mac n’ Cheese Puffs from Snikiddy were also great–I have a real weakness for Cheetos, and these took care of the salty craving without the scary orange coloring and all of those pesky chemicals. The only “meh” for me was the pancakessunflower butter cup from Sun Cups–the flavor was pretty bland and the chocolate was a little bit on the bitter side.

The verdict: The price tag is a little bit high, but you absolutely get your money’s worth of snacks in the box. While I generally try to avoid buying processed baked goods and salty snack foods, I loved that the box came with plenty of relatively healthy options from small companies I might not find at the grocery story. I think this box is perfect for those of you who are on-the-go snackers, and especially anyone with kids at home. If you’re new to eating gluten free, this would also be a great introductory subscription (and a FAB gift if you have Celiac friends/family!)

Are you interested in trying out your own G-Free Foodie Box? Love with Food has graciously offered to give away TWO boxes to MyGFBoston readers! Enter below!

Click here to enter!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a G-Free Foodie Box to review. All opinions are my own.


Treat Yourself Tuesday: Tufts 10K for Women Race Recap

I know what you’re thinking–really, your weekly treat was a 10k?? Nope! I’m not that crazy–races are tough, but this one was filled with new-to-me before and after treats I’m psyched to share. Here’s a recap of my treatful race day! (And click here to read Becky’s fabulous blog and learn more about #treatyourselftuesday.)

  • 9:00 a.m. Wake up. A race that doesn’t start before 8:00am? HURRAH!
  • 9:30 a.m. Make pancakes. I tried this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and they were amazing! Cakey, not too sweet–yum. Excuse the weird color due to the fact that I used frozen blueberries. Do not excuse the banana slices and generous maple syrup drizzle. Yum!image (3)
  • 11:15 a.m. Arrive at my friend R’s apartment to pin on bib numbers and tag team over to the race. In-depth discussion of outfit options. Change into tank top.
  • 11:50 a.m. Wedge my way into the crowd at the 8:00 min/mile corral. Figure I can drop back when I need to.
  • 12:00 p.m. We’re off!! Pass lots of people at the beginning and wonder whether they quite understand what the 8:00 min/mile corral means.
  • 12:15 p.m. Feeling good, feeling speedy! I don’t have any timing devices on but I’m pushing a medium hard pace.
  • 12:20 p.m. Someone is yelling my name. Clearly there must be another Leah. Someone yells my name again. My brother came over from his office and is cheering me on! Well, by cheering, he’s mostly just yelling at me to go faster.
  • 12:20-12:30 p.m. More “encouragement”–he paces me around the halfway mark (in jeans, mind you) and points out girls I should try to pass. Lots of cell phone pictures ensue. Take down a couple of speedy ladies. Peer pressure FTW.

    Oh hey Boston!
    Oh hey Boston!
  • 12:30 p.m. Damn you side cramp! SO close to finishing! Take teeny tiny walk break and attempt to breathe.
  • 12:40 p.m. Pick it back up and haul it on home. High five Joan Benoit Samuelson! Finish in 49:46 with an average pace of 7:51–my fastest average in a race ever, by 8 seconds!!

    Stolen photo alert.
    Stolen photo alert. My favorite part is the girl giving me the stank eye.
  • 1:00 p.m. Load up on free treats which are ALL GLUTEN FREE. I was so happy I had to arrange them into a smiley face when I got home 🙂

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  • 1:30 p.m. Find my speedy friends.
  • 2:00 p.m. Wrap it up with a Sweetgreen salad. I was too hungry to stop for a pic, but their new menu is fabulous. I had the Harvest Bowl with added brussels sprouts… om nom.

Overall, this was a great race! It attracts a nice range of runners, so there’s a spot for everyone. The course is flat and fast, and the event is well organized–nice t-shirts, lots of water stops, good food at the end, etc. If you’re looking for a challenge beyond a 5k, this is a great one to start with. Keep an eye out for next year’s race at here!

PRs all around for these gals! Fun fact: I am the only person in this photo who is not a future doctor.

Have you ever run a 10k? Or an all-women’s race? Hope you had some great treats this week!