Monday, February 3, 2014

Cave Cravings Review: Part 1

I was contacted by Cave Cravings and asked if I'd blog about my experiences with their products; naturally I said yes!

I received my box on Friday, January 31, and felt much like a Paleo-kid at an olive bar when I saw it! My youngest son had fallen asleep in the car, so I decided to continue driving (instead of going home) to take advantage of the car nap; I pulled up to my mailbox as I passed our driveway, plopped the box on my front seat, and worked to open it before pulling away! So exciting!

I'm sure many of you Paleo-goers find snacks-on-the-run to be one of the trickiest aspects of a Paleo lifestyle. I almost always have items such as Larabars, nuts, dried fruits, veggie sticks, and homemade Paleo banana bread on hand for easy snacks and snacks that travel well, but sometimes planning goes awry for one reason or another, and it's in those moments when I I really wish it was easier to come by pre-packaged snacks that are within reasonable limits of the Paleo diet. Enter Cave Cravings!

So what is Cave Cravings? Here's the mission statement from Cave Craving's website:
We believe in delivering a healthier you to your doorstep every month.  Our mission is to cultivate a variety of healthy snack options to fuel your busy life.  We know that however well intentioned people are it is simply hard work finding tasty, organic, unprocessed foods to get us through the day.  We also know that there are many amazing creators of deliciously healthy, all natural, snacks trying to gain recognition.  Our goal is bring these two groups together for a tasty (and healthy!) party.

We work hard to find organic items that are 100% natural, satisfy your cravings and taste amazing. Everything inside your monthly box will be good for you so that you can feel great about what you're eating. Each month we are delivering a healthier you!
Now on to some of the products from the little white box of goodness!

My family and I have eaten three packages of snacks thus far. I managed to consume all nine of the mini Coco-Roons (Lemon Pie flavor. I LOVE lemon. I've loved lemon since I was a fetus; you can ask my mom if you don't believe me) by Wonderfully Raw. They're USDA organic and contain seven ingredients: raw coconut, raw coconut flour, unfiltered maple syrup, raw cold-pressed coconut oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and Himalayan crystal salt. A straight-laced, Paleo puritan might not go for these, but I certainly would as an occasional snack. Did I mention that I love lemon?

My  three-year-old son (who is immensely picky, particularly about textures) was delighted to enjoy a Caveman Cookies Original, even though it contained raisins! He ate it without curling into a wailing pile on the floor, so I knew he liked it, and asked whether it was yummy or delicious. He answered, "Delicious." The cookie (one of four in the box I received) contains honey, almond meal, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I love that each cookie is individually-wrapped, making it super easy to keep them in a diaper bag, backpack, or purse.

My husband ate one of the two Bearded Brothers' Radical Raspberry Lemon Energy Bars, and enjoyed it thoroughly. He exclaimed that both the texture and flavor were great. I'm looking forward to trying the other one!

While I could have easily eaten just about everything from the little white box already, I exercised restraint, leaving the other snacks for another day (and blog). Stay tuned for Part II!

Note/disclosure: I received this complimentary Cave Cravings snack box in exchange for agreeing to blog about my opinion of the products and the program. I share no other affiliation with the company. I am neither compensated in any way (aside from receiving the products), nor am I required/expected to provide positive reviews.