I’ve been receiving boxes of gluten-free edibles from Great Kids Healthy Snacks for months now, and recently, I’ve been introduced to a handful of brands I wouldn’t have otherwise tried without the subscription. Some of the treats inside have been ideal for the summertime, while a couple gluten-free cookie brands were easily popped in my purse as an on-the-go treat. Below are four brands that I discovered, and what I thought of them:
Highlights: All-natural; No caffeine; Gluten free; Low calorie; High in vitamin C
Marketed as “frozen is the next generation in sports hydration,” PowerICE is a made-in-the-USA frozen product that contains electrolytes (like Gatorade). The consistency of the frozen bars is icy…offering a crystallized-icy kind of texture. One ice bar is only 30 calories, and delivers 100% of your recommended daily value (RDV) of vitamin C.
The Great Kids Snack Box contained the following two PowerICE flavors:
- Grape Score: tasted like a mix of Gatorade and Kool-Aid in an ice pop form
- Orange Blast: tasted alright, but more on the adult ‘sporty’ drink side
I prefer the grape flavor and would happily eat again on a hot day, but wouldn’t purchase orange if given the choice. The frozen ices definitely have a ‘sporty’ product taste to them.
Highlights: Fat free; Low calorie; No GMOs, No preservatives; BPA-free packaging
Marketed as the first 100% natural, bite-sized ices, LifeIce is served in a tray of 24 “cubettes” – comprised of filtered water, agave syrup, coconut water concentrate, fruit purees, and a few other ingredients. One entire tray is only 30 calories. It’s a refreshing frozen snack that delivers 35% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C. These poppable ice bites are pretty tasty…and fun to eat. I really like them! Other flavors of LifeIce include Chocolate Crisp, Green Grind, and Berry Bite (which I’d love to try).
As a side note, LifeIce supports ovarian cancer awareness…I like that in a company.
Highlights: Grain-free; Dairy free; Clean ingredients; Healthy fats; No refined sugar
Ona Cookies are gluten-free, and made with almond flour. The texture of the cookies is firm, moist and chewy. With the exception of the chocolatey bar, organic unsweetened coconut helps add to the texture. Overall, if you like Larabars, then you will like Ona Cookies…it’s kind of like eating a ‘cookier’ Larabar.
For the following flavors that I tried, the calorie counts for Ona Cookies range from 85 to 105 calories per cookie:
- Peanut Butter: a light cinnamon peanut butter flavor; coconut?
- Cinnamon Raisin: light, nutty cinnamon flavor with organic raisins and bits of organic walnuts
- Brownie: deep chocolate with walnuts…very similar to a straight up brownie
Out of all the flavors, Brownie was my favorite. I can see myself mindlessly popping these lil’ cookies in my mouth while sitting at my work desk.
Caveman Cookies – Mayan
Highlights: Paleo; All-natural; Grain free; Low calorie
One of the first things I tasted in the Mayan Caveman Cookies is the raw cacao powder. Next, I detected the cashews paired with a slight crunch from the chia seeds. Cinnamon and chili powder flavors follow. One Caveman Cookie is 70 calories. The cookies are grain-free, made with almond meal. The consistency of the cookie is grainier, and falls apart easily. If you like edibles with a raw cocoa flavor, then this is a cookie for you. In my opinion, sweetness takes a backseat with this treat.
I like that it is low calorie, but it’s not my kind of cookie flavor.
I went on Caveman Cookies website, and they have other flavors, such as Coconut & Macadamia ‘Tropical’ which caught my eye.
Where Did I Find These Snacks?
All of the snacks above are part of a Great Kids Healthy Snacks subscription box that I received which offers gluten-free boxes and ‘regular’ boxes filled with 30 snacks.
Disclosure: I received a discount to purchase a subscription box, in exchange for sharing my opinions, which are 100% my own!