Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gourmet Nut Snacks and Sea Salts!

ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

"Snacks have come to occupy an important place in our daily routines—for many people, they’re as important as “three square meals” a day. Delicious taste is the first thing people look for in a snack, but 65% of people who nosh also say they are most interested in healthy snacks[i]. Gourmet Nut has combined great flavor and healthy ingredients in a line of Gourmet On the Go snack mixes, which are full of protein-containing nuts and antioxidant-packed, fiber-filled dried fruits.

Whether it’s throwing a 2.25 oz. Power Up bag in a gym bag or keeping a resealable 8 oz. bag in the car or desk drawer, Gourmet Nut snacks can help stave off the vending machine or drive through window. Eat them alone or toss them into yogurt, oatmeal, or salads."

Snack Type
Ingredients & Features

Body Boosting Antioxidant Mix
Select blend of:
·         Pecans, the nuts with the most antioxidants
·         Cranberries, which have active compounds that may help maintain urinary tract health
·         Walnuts, raisins, blueberries, dark chocolate

Features:
·         Gluten-free, all natural
·         Comes in three sizes: resealable 6 oz. and 14 oz. bags and 2.25 oz. Power Up bag


Feel Good Mix
Select blend of:
·         Peanuts, which are filled with fiber and protein that may help you feel full longer
·         Apricots, which provide vitamin A, a nutrient that promotes proper immune function and is critical for eye health
·         Almonds, granola, raisins, cranberries

Features:
·         Gluten-free, cholesterol free, four grams of filling fiber per serving
·         Comes in two sizes: resealable 8 oz. bag and 2.25 oz. Power Up bag

Almond Cranberry Crunch
Select blend of:
·         Almonds, which may help reduce hunger
·         Cranberries, which contain flavonoids linked to heart health
·         Peanuts, raisins

Features:
·         All natural, cholesterol free, Trans fat free, has four grams of protein and fiber per serving
·         Comes in two sizes: resealable 8 oz. bag and 2.25 oz. and 14 oz. Power Up bags

Energize Me Protein Mix
Select blend of:
·         Almonds, a natural source of plant-based protein
·         Cashews, which provide more than five grams of protein per ounce
·         Raisins, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, cherries

Features:
·         Gluten-free, vegan, All natural
·         Comes in a resealable 8oz. bag and 2.25 oz. and 14 oz. Power Up bags

Soy Nut Health Mix
Select blend of:
·         Soy nuts, a protein powerhouse with nine grams of protein in just ¼ cup
·         Pumpkin seeds, considered an excellent source of magnesium that helps the body use energy
·         Cranberries, raisins, almonds

Features:
·         Gluten-free, vegan, cholesterol free
·         Comes in a resealable 8oz. bag

Mega Omega Mix
Select blend of:
·         Almonds, a source of polyunsaturated fats that may help lower cholesterol levels
·         Cashews, which provide monounsaturated fats that may promote heart health when used in place of saturated fat in the diet
·         Cranberries, dried mango, pumpkin seeds

Features:
·         Gluten-free, vegan
·         Comes in a resealable 8oz. bag and 2.25 oz. and 14 oz. Power Up bags

High Energy Mix
Select blend of:
·         Cashews, which contain magnesium, an important mineral for helping the body use energy
·         Raisins, a source of fiber that promotes a healthy digestive system
·         Pineapple, banana chips, apricots, brazil nuts, walnuts, papaya

Features:
·         Gluten-free, cholesterol-free, trans Fat-free 
·         Comes in a resealable 8oz. bag

Nature’s Mix
Select blend of:
·         Cranberries, which contain natural compounds that promote a healthy heart
·         Almonds, a source of vitamin E, known for its antioxidant activities
·         Peanuts, pineapple, raisins, papaya, cashews

Features:
·         Gluten-free, vegan, all natural
·         Comes in a resealable 8oz. bag  and 2.25 oz. Power Up bag


Where to Buy:  
 Amazon.com, select Burlington Coat Factory, Homegoods, Marshalls, and Ross and TJ Maxx stores nationwide
SRP:               $3.99 - $4.99 for a 6 - 8 oz. bag
$1.50 for a Power Up 2.25 oz. snack bag
$7.99 - $8.99 for a 14 oz. bag

Visit www.GourmetNut.com for more information.


"In the kitchen or next to the grill, Gourmet Nut Sea Salts make a great addition to any food lover’s home. Whether cooking with the stark white Sonoma Gourmet Sea Salt, the pitch black Hiwa Kai Hawaiian Sea Salt or any color in between, there is a Gourmet Nut Sea Salt to complement to every meal. These salts pair well with special occasion dishes, but they’re priced for everyday use next to the stove or on the dining room table."

Flavor
Details
Suggested Uses
Sizes
Himalayan Pink Salt
·         Pure, hand-mined salt found deep inside the Himalayan Mountains
·         Recognized for its pink color, due to its mineral content
Use for:
·         Cooking, grilling, roasting, presentation

Adds great flavor to:
·         Chicken, fish, soups, stews, brines
·         3.75 oz. salt grinder
5 oz. salt jars
·         8 oz. salt grinder refill bag
·         13 oz. salt grinder

Northwest Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt
·         Slow smoked over real Alderwood, creating an authentic, clean smoke flavor and aroma reminiscent of a camp fire
Use for:
·         Cooking, grilling, roasting, finishing

Adds great flavor to:
·         Pasta, red meat, salmon, chicken, tomatoes
·         3.5 oz. salt grinder
·         5 oz. salt jars
·         8 oz. salt grinder refill bag
·         13 oz. salt grinder

Sel Gris French Sea Salt
·         A gourmet French sea salt with a grey hue that comes from its mineral content
·         Soft, moist crystals dissolve quickly and evenly, making it a favorite among chefs
Use for:
·         Cooking, grilling, baking, presentation

Adds great flavor to:
·         Soups, sauces, breads

·         3.5 oz. salt grinder
Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt
·         Reddish Hawaiian clay (Alaea), contains Iron-Oxide, creates the reddish brown color
·         Minimally-processed and contains minerals
·         Also seals in moisture while roasting
Use for:
·         Cooking, roasting, garnishing

Adds great flavor to:
·         Red meat, pork, potatoes

·         3.75 oz. salt grinder
·         5 oz. salt jars
·         8 oz. salt grinder refill bag
·         13 oz. salt grinder

Hiwa Kai Hawaiian Sea Salt
·         Solar evaporated Pacific sea salt combined with activated charcoal creates a unique flavor and beautiful color
·         Lends an earthy flavor to foods
Use for:
·         Cooking, grilling, seasoning, roasting

Adds great flavor to:
·         Poultry, salads, seafood
·         3.5 oz. salt grinder
·         5 oz. salt jars
·         8 oz. salt grinder refill bag
·         13 oz. salt grinder

Sonoma Gourmet Sea Salt
·         Solar evaporated from the Pacific Ocean
·         Pure, unadulterated sea salt
Use for:
·         Cooking, grilling, roasting, baking

Adds great flavor to:
·         A versatile, full-flavor salt that adds clean flavor to any food

·         3.5 oz. salt grinder
·         5 oz. salt jars
·         8 oz. salt grinder refill bag
·         13 oz. salt grinder


Where to Buy: Amazon.com, select Burlington Coat Factory, Homegoods, Marshalls, Ross and TJ Maxx stores nationwide

SRP:               $3.99 - $5.99 for 3.5-3.75 oz. salt grinders
$3.99 - $5.99 for 5 oz. salt jars
$3.99 - $4.99 for 8 oz. salt grinder refill bags
$6.99 - $7.99 for 13 oz. salt grinders  

Visit www.GourmetNut.com for more information.

What we thought:  We tried a variety of snack mixes and salts from Gourmet Nut and were impressed with every single item.  We loved the fantastic blends of the snack mixes, especially the Body Boosting Antioxidant Mix.  It was filled with big pieces of fruit, whole nuts and chunks of dark chocolate.  These snacks are a healthier alternative than other snack mixes we've tried and the are great for on-the-go snacking!

The selection gourmet sea salts we tried was absolutely amazing!  They were beautiful too:)  These salts come in a variety of pretty colors and have very descriptive labels which include what makes each salt so special and the best ways to use them.  I was particularly impressed with the Sel Gris French Salt since it could be used in baking.  I usually use iodized salt for baking and love having a healthier option that actually works well for baked goods.  The Northwoods Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt and the Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt were fantastic for grilling.

We will definitely be using Gourmet Nut for our snack mix and sea salt purchases in the future because of their large variety of high quality products at affordable prices!

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