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March 21, 2013

Food Allergies? Try the Tasterie

by Anne Paddock

For people with food allergies or parents struggling to find nutritious and tasty snacks for their kids with food sensitivities, allergies or special diets, consider the Tasterie, a  company whose mission is to find delicious and healthy food and snacks for a wide variety of dietary needs.

The Tasterie was founded by Dr. Rimawi, a pediatrician (a graduate of McGill and MIT and board certified for 15 years) who was struggling to find healthy food to eat that wouldn’t cause a reaction in the infant son she was nursing. As her son grew, she wanted him to discover and explore new tastes and textures like other normal kids, but she didn’t have a lot of time with two toddlers. Finding healthy food and reading labels takes an enormous amount of time that most people don’t have so she formed the Tasterie to deliver healthy, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and other allergy-free food and snacks to your doorstep every month.

The Tasterie provides a TasterieBox based on your dietary restrictions, once a month. There are currently 12 options:

  1. Top 8 Allergy (no dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut,  fish, and shellfish)
  2. Dairy Allergy
  3. Dairy and Egg Allergy
  4. Dairy and Soy Allergy
  5. Egg Allergy
  6. Gluten and Wheat Allergy
  7. Gluten, Wheat, and Dairy Allergy
  8. Gluten Allergy, Wheat Allergy and Vegan
  9. Nut Allergy
  10. Soy Allergy
  11. Vegan
  12. Healthy and Nutritious

newstep1The company utilizes a rigorous multi-step quality control selection process developed by physicians and industry experts to ensure the foods and snacks chosen for each TasterieBox is healthy, nutritious, safe, and tasty. To read about the allergy control standards, click: Allergy Control Standards

The TasterieBox comes in two sizes:

SignatureBox:  8-10 healthy and safe foods (not sample sized) including meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.The cost of the SignatureBox is $20 per month, shipping included.

SnackBox:  6-8 yummy snacks (not sample sized) that are easy to pack in a lunchbox, backpack, or purse. The cost of the SnackBox is $15 per month, shipping included.

I subscribe to the vegan SignatureBox and the most recent box contained 8 products, 7 of which were different:

  1. Eden Brown Rice Chips: 1.7 ounce bag
  2. The Vegg:  A 1.56 ounce egg yolk substitute packet (vegan egg yolk made from yeast, sodium alginate, black salt, and beta carotene that makes a liter of “yolk” equivalent to 30-40 yolks)
  3. Pirate’s Booty:  A 1 ounce bag in the veggie flavor (baked rice and corn puffs)
  4. Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers: 0.5 ounce packet
  5. Eli’s Earth Bars: Two (2) 1.5 ounce Celebration bars (candy bars with caramel, coconut, and almonds enrobed in chocolate)
  6. Wild Garden Traditional Hummus Dip: 1.76 ounce packet
  7. Fiona’s All Natural Fruit Almond Muesli: 12 ounce box

In addition there were several recipe cards and a coupon for any Eden food product.

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If I purchased each product separately on-line through Amazon, Abe’s Market, or Lucky Vitamin, the price of the eight products totaled between $23-$25, whereas the cost of the SignatureBox was $20, shipping included. Three of the products were familiar (Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Pirate’s Booty, and Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers) and are very good so the other four products were new to me.

The Brown Rice Chips by Eden are good – light, crunchy airy chips with just a hint of salt – and the Eli Earth Bar tasted like the healthy version of a cross between a Snickers bar and an Almond Joy (although I would have preferred a dark chocolate coating instead of the vegan milk chocolate topping). The Fruit and Almond Muesli with five ingredients: organic rolled oats,sliced almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, and flax seeds, was tasty and nutritious with only 3 grams of sugar for a 1/3 cup serving. And The Vegg worked perfectly as an egg substitute in a vegan zucchini banana bread that I made.

To truly enjoy the subscription service, a subscriber has to be open to trying new products knowing that some products are great, some are good, and some are not – tasting and trying is part of the process to find healthy and delicious food for people on a restricted diet. I also like knowing that I didn’t have to spend an hour reading labels and that I could trust someone else to do it for me once in a while. The bottom line on the most recent products in the SignatureBox is that I would purchase five of them again.

To sign up for the TasterieBox, go to the company website (listed below) and choose the type of box you want. Supply the credit card information and your box will be sent out on the 15th of each month and delivered a few days later. Cancel anytime or even skip a month if travel plans get in the way. There is no obligation to continue for a certain period of time. If you have a food allergy not listed above or an allergy combination not listed, consider contacting the company as they are receptive to adapting their boxes to the needs of their customers.

Tasterie
201-503-6632
www.tasterie.com

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