Giveaway: A Tasterie Treat for Mother’s Day!

  Tasterie Box on Diet, Dessert and Dogs

[What might be hiding under this neatly wrapped tissue? Read on to find out!]

I’ve been thinking about the perfect giveaway for Mother’s Day. Something that would make life easier for Mum. Something filled with good food that everyone could eat.

With this Tasterie box, I think I’ve found it.  (Disclosure: I received a free Tasterie box and am on the Tasterie advisory board. Tasterie is also  providing a prize for one of my readers. The opinions in this post are my own). Even though I lost my own mom years ago, there are still many moms in my life that I love and value. And I know that all mothers out there appreciate a little help–and recognition for what they do!

I first learned about Tasterie last year when I was contacted by the company’s owner, Lama Rimawi, to see if I’d be interested in sitting on the advisory board for her new company. Tasterie is an allergy-safe food and snack box that is delivered right to your door each month. They have a dozen (yes, 12!) different types of boxes to cover virtually any kind of allergies or diets, from simply “gluten and wheat” or “egg” allergies to “top 8″ or “vegan and gluten-free” (the one I got). And each box is packed by hand and overseen by their attentive and educated staff.

Rimawi is herself a pediatrician and mom. She created the company as an antidote to endless hours scouring the store shelves to find safe foods for her two young sons with multiple allergies. As she says,”The lack of allergy-safe and great tasting food products available is ridiculous! I can remember standing in the aisles of supermarkets trying to read labels, sleep deprived, with a newborn at home and a toddler running around my legs wanting an easier and better option. All I wanted was to find something to eat that wouldn’t cause a reaction in my little son.” The result was Tasterie, which has been growing steadily since its inception.

Can you trust the foods you receive in a Tasterie box? Absolutely. Again, I think Rimawi says it best when she describes the procedure her company uses to source and pack the items in each Tasterie box.  She points out, “We search the globe to find the most amazing foods and snacks that fit your food allergy and dietary needs. As a food allergy mom, I place safety as our top priority.”  They also have in place a “rigorous selection process developed by physicians and industry experts. This quality controlled, multistep process has been peer reviewed to make sure that it is as thorough as possible.” Rimawi also taste-tests every item in the box first, with her family, to ensure that the foods and snacks are delicious and will appeal to kids. (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!).

My May box contained seven items:

  1. Farmstand Split Pea Soup (a dry mix to which you add water or vegetable broth);
  2. Really Great Foods Vanilla Muffin Mix (the mix itself is vegan; can be made with egg or egg substitutes);
  3. Ener-G Crackers (a great gluten-free version of saltines);
  4. MiniPops – itty bitty butter (popped sorghum grain–like mini popcorn!);
  5. Tasty Brand Fruit Snacks;
  6. Barney Butter Almond Butter; and
  7. Bumble Bars – chocolate flavor (a sesame/seed bar).
  8. Bonus: coupons for most of the items in the box!

Tasterie Box for May on Diet, Dessert and Dogs

I should note that this is not a sugar-free box, so I couldn’t taste everything, but the items I did sample were terrific. I’m going to make the muffins for the HH so will report back! I tried a nibble of the cracker (just like those saltines of yore), the mini-pops (a fantastic snack for just 100 calories), the Barney Butter (which I’ve been pining after since I first heard about it–not available in Canada), and the Bumble Bars (yum). Each month is a different selection, so you’ll have the chance to try out different foods from these as well, of course.

I think a delivery of a Tasterie box would be a great gift to help ease the pressure on Mom, don’t you?

If you’d like to win a free sample Tasterie box for June, enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below.  I’ll choose a winner on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, so check back on that day to see if you’ve won for your mom!

Eligibility: US residents (apologies to my Canadian and international friends!)

How to Enter: Use the Rafflecopter form to leave a comment (required), below. Click on the green +1 to open the box, then leave a comment in the comments section below the post. Clicking on “I commented!” allows you to access the other options. Then, increase your chances with any of the other options, if desired (not required).

Deadline: Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 11th. Winner announced Mother’s Day, May 12th.

Good luck, everyone, and enjoy the special day with Mom this Sunday! :D

The Girls at rickiheller.com

["Sounds great, Mum! We're happy to help you eat your vegan and gluten-free snacks, but wouldn't it be great if they started a Canine Treat Box, too?"] 

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  1. Nikki V says:

    I love trail mix. And when it’s homemade you can make it to avoid whatever allergy items you want.

  2. Mini puffed buttery sorghum?! How cool is that? Thanks for a chance to enter.

  3. WOW! all those items sound amazing!

  4. stephanie says:

    My mom just moved to a new home in Florida. I’m sure she’d love some treats as a housewarming :)

  5. For a sec, I was kind of giddy that Canada had their own monthly boxie thingie…. but guess who is moving to the US shortly? Booyah! :)

  6. Claudia says:

    This sounds great! As a mom of a child who needs to be gluten-free, I’m always searching for new ideas and snacks!

  7. Samantha Sparkles says:

    I’m loving Sauteed Veggies Right now! With a lil lemon & hot sauce.

  8. Tabitha P. says:

    oreos b/c they are milk free

  9. my favorite gluten free snack is puffins multigrain and Katz Gluten Free Snack Poppers!

  10. I would love to win a wheat and gluten free box!

  11. I love Seapoint Farms Wasabi edamame. Obviously not soy free, but works for me!

  12. Popcorn! All snacky and salty all the time!

  13. Roasted seaweed snacks – love ‘em!

  14. Kimberly Ann says:

    My favorite snack is a huge chunk of watermelon or celery with raw almond butter.

  15. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownies. YUM :)

  16. Catherine N says:

    My fave gluten-free snack? Poppers or those “tortilla chips” that have all the different seeds in them. Also love Pamela’s ginger cookies.

  17. Marsha says:

    I had not heard of Tasterie before. What a great idea.

  18. Concetta says:

    Love to try anything that is vegan. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Fruit is my favorite, love to have it as a snack or in a smoothie!
    Ana

  20. my fave snack right now is red grapes and red peppers!!!

  21. Crispbread with peanut butter, goat cheese, or hummus! YUM!

  22. Favorite snack would be raw walnuts or almonds.

  23. Homemade cookies! And smoothies!

  24. Always looking for vegan AND gluten-free! Yay!

  25. Samantha says:

    This would be a perfect gift for my mom and her food sensitivities!!

  26. I love making my own granola and changing the recipe for whatever suits my mood… and my allergy needs.

  27. I love Trader Joe’s Snickerdoodles – soft and spicy and free of the major allergens.

  28. Deborah says:

    Sounds wonderful and the surprise factor is fun!

  29. Jenny Scheldberg says:

    I LOOOVE popcorn for a gf snack.

  30. We live on fresh fruit. Nothing to worry about with my MSPI diet. Oh! And hummus. And salsa!

  31. Hmm…Anything chocolatey or nutty……

  32. Cristi Perkins says:

    My favorite GF snack is apples with almond butter.

  33. This might sound boring, but my favorite snack of all time is Matsu/crispin apples, sliced (because eating an apple whole hurts my teeth!). So crunchy, sweet, and refreshing.

  34. Leighann says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  35. Kiersten says:

    sounds delicious!

  36. Nut butters. And true dark chocolate. And kettle corn. And… ;)

  37. I take a ziplock bag and add Wasabi peas and broken up plain rice cakes, seal the bag and shake it up to get the wasabi flavoring all over the rice cake pieces. If I have small pretzels I may add some of those as well. Makes for great take-to-the-movies snacks.

  38. Holly Ellerton says:

    I would love to try some of these items. The mini pops look great!

  39. Carolyn says:

    Home made fruit leather.

  40. Sunbutter or homemade sunflower seed butter!

  41. Marissa says:

    I’m not a huge snacker, but when i do, I love dried fruit,

  42. Audrey says:

    Kale chips.

  43. Shari H says:

    One of my go-to snacks is two rice cakes topped with a single-serve pouch of Wholy Guacamole. Yum. Or an apple with peanut butter. Can’t go wrong either way.

  44. Elizabeth Handler says:

    My favorite snack? Homemade organic popcorn, popped in peanut oil, and seasoned with nooch, seasalt and Sriracha. Yum!

  45. Courtney says:

    Fresh fruit–my absolute favorite!!

    Courtney

  46. Ashley says:

    rice cakes with almond butter!

  47. Mary Bushnell says:

    I love Kinda Gluten Free fruit & nut bars.

  48. Janis S says:

    Favorite snack- anything chocolate, but I try to stay away from chocolate and eat fruit or almonds instead.

  49. Brandi B. says:

    I’m a fan of kale chips–love them with melted coconut oil, a little cayenne, sea salt and a few drops of stevia–I can eat them for every meal!

  50. gluten free kettle corn

  51. My go to snack for the kids is a “muffin tray” snack. I fill a 6 cup muffin tray with a little bit of something in each tray. That way they don’t complain about just having carrots and dip. they might get a few crackers, couple slices of fruit and veggie sticks, little trail mix and a piece mini cookie.

  52. Paleo lemon bars… yum :)

  53. These days apple slices dipped in peanut butter and honey

  54. Sarah C says:

    Whole Soy Lemon Yogurt!

  55. Did someone say “muffins?” Muffins, made so that I can eat and enjoy them, are a delightful treat.

  56. Melanie says:

    Great idea! Love to try new Top 8 free items!

  57. Jaime M says:

    Awesome giveaway. Love to get my hands on one of their lovely boxes!

  58. I’d love to introduce my mom to healthy snacks!

  59. Almond Butter-stuffed Dates are my current fave. Cheers!

  60. christina says:

    I love kale chips and veggies with hummus

  61. Samantha says:

    I love whole, raw almonds. Thanks for the opportunity!

  62. Maggie says:

    I recently found out that I am lactose intolerant and have since had to overhaul my already vegetarian diet. I’m always looking for new snack ideas to stave off the 3 o’clock slump at work.

  63. Marilyn says:

    We slice potatoes very thin, then bake in the oven for a crunchy yummy treat.

  64. Alissa says:

    Carrots and hummus is my favorite!! Almonds and kale chips are my other go-tos.

  65. Ttrockwood says:

    I love an apple with sunbutter or roasted chick peas for snacks

  66. Wow that is such a neat concept. I love trying out new products with my family. I love homemade baked sweet potato chips for a snack though.

  67. Can’t wait to find new favorites for myself and my nephew. There are so many things he can’t have.

  68. I absolutely love making fresh popped popcorn on the stove–a little bit of vegetable oil, a bunch of popcorn kernels, and some kosher salt… pure love!

  69. Sara Floyd says:

    I love crunchies dried fruit! Its all fruit so nothing bad in it!

  70. Vunda V says:

    i like bobs red mill treats!

  71. I like cut up veggies.

  72. My favorite goodies are my daughters’ grain free brownies…SO good!!

  73. Enjoy life chocolate!

  74. GF coconut flour biscotti with dark chocolate and ginger, homemade!

  75. That’s a hard question – b/c of my sweet tooth I’d probably say cupcakes or jam bar cookies. :)

  76. jacquie says:

    that is a hard question – I guess homemade granola currently.

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