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Company Review: Raw O.N.E. Food – Raw, Organic Savory and Sweet Snacks

Raw O.N.E.(Organic/Nutritious/Enriching)Food company began in 2009

When I go shopping (such as to Whole Foods, in this case), I usually look around for new products that I could perhaps review. That is how I found this one. Of course, I do my research first and after looking at the product in the store, I spend some time on the website looking through the products and what the purpose is for what the company is doing. I have very high standards as to what I am willing to review and share with my readers. If there happens to be something that I feel does not go along with my principles then I will not even give it a second thought. I have even removed previous reviews I have done for companies because they had added new products with ingredients that are highly toxic to the body. I do not want to no will I ever be willing to give in for any price, even though I get samples of the products and the people are very nice.
I am happy 🙂 to say that Raw O.N.E. Food is a great company and have high integrity and purity in their products and personal character.

My email to Dion Taylor, co-owner of Raw O.N.E. Food:

Thanks for the package. I appreciate your generosity in sending me all the products. The packaging itself is exquisite, informative and educational (also love the additional inspirational words inside the flaps of the flax cracker boxes and on the underside of the granola bags (I have not opened the biscotti, to see if there, as well). Since you sent me everything, I will still sample the sweet products, even though I am not fond of honey. As I mentioned previously, would you consider switching to date syrup or coconut nectar for the sweetener and then the products can all be vegan, too!

Response from Dion:

Thank you Mindy for offering to review the line, I do remember that you are vegan but we wanted to feature the entire line, even though you may not review the ones that contain honey, we’d like the general public to know the complete line. Sandesha, my wife, Founder and our Head of Product Development and Production…might want to chime in on her thoughts about alternative sweeteners….so I’ll punt to her for that.

We look forward to your review and appreciate your kind words on the packaging. We set out to both nourish, educate and inspire as we see this as our responsibility to those who, in some small way, trust their wellbeing to us…Conscious Capitalism is what we strive for Purpose driven over Profit driven.

My review of the products

General information: I LOVE the packaging as it has eye appeal (I love colors) and great nutritional information that educates/informs you about the products. It also has words of inspiration on the underside of the granola bags, the inside flap of the flax crackers and biscotti. What a pleasant way to start the day and make you feel happy and inspired. You can use the affirmation/saying as part of your meditation or say it when you need a spiritual “pick me up.” Who would think that the package of the product could nourish you and this company has figured out a great way to do so. Sometimes we may go to eat a snack because we are feeling down, depressed, bored and here you can feel great, perhaps even without eating/overeating anything and simply open up the package and read the words. Of course, you would want to try this products as they are delicious and the best ingredient in there (written on the packaging) is “Lots of Love.” All the products are certified organic, non GMO, gluten free, raw and kosher (Kosher Certification for Kosher, Natural and Organic Products – See more at: http://kosherorganics.com/ Bringing highlighted public awareness of Kosher Dietary Laws and Earth-Friendly Natural and Organic Foods and Products to everyone). It would be great to start seeing products like these (while I call them snacks they are really whole food products with all the goodness of fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and lots of love) in mainstream places like 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Walmart and get rid of the rest of the junk that is just making people sick, fat and tired. I hope it will happen in my lifetime – it would be time to celebrate and see people wake up to realize their health matters!

I will also share with you my RVG(Rawsome Vegan Gal)Rating for all the products I tasted and reviewed here.

Flax Crackers

There are 4 different varieties that I will review individually. Overall, I enjoyed the different flavors of these flax crackers (made with golden flax seeds that are high in omega essential fatty acids). They are nice and crunchy with the right thickness. They are also vegan and the packaging is colorful and educational, as mentioned above. They are all great, but I rate them according to what I prefer according to my tastes. I am including photos of each product for you to see. The products are beautiful to look at, like art! You can click on each picture to view it in its full size and see the details.

Rosemary-Sundried Tomato
This is #1 favorite flax cracker for me! I love sundried tomatoes and the dried herbs used, namely, rosemary and parsley. It has a mild flavor and not very spicy, as I like it that way.

Flax Cracker Rosemary- Sundried Tomato

Flax Cracker
Rosemary- Sundried Tomato

Rawritos
This is the #2 favorite flax cracker for me. This one has a lot of different yummy ingredients mixed together from tomato, bell pepper, onion and garlic powder, etc. It also has a slight peppery flavor from the cayenne and black pepper, but is not too strong for me.

Flax Crackers  Rawritos

Flax Crackers
Rawritos

Tumeric-Nori
This is #3 favorite flax cracker for me. It has a mild flavor initially and then as I chew it, I get the added “Kick” from the cumin and cayenne powder. It is rich in antioxidants from the tumeric and nori.

Flax Crackers Tumeric-Nori

Flax Crackers
Tumeric-Nori

Garlic With A Kick
This is #4 favorite flax cracker for me. At first bite it did not taste very strong, then with the second bite I felt the “heat” from the chili flakes. I was able to handle it (I did not grow up eating spicy foods, so I personally stay away from “hot” foods) because I was not eating the chili by itself, since it was part of a cracker and listed as the last ingredient on the package, so there is much less of it in there.

Flax Crackers Garlic with A Little Kick

Flax Crackers
Garlic with A Little Kick

Granola

There are two varieties of this product and when you open it, it is more like a granola bar then granola you would put in the bowl, as cereal. You could crumble it up and add vegan milk (such as from sesame, hemp, almond, etc that you can easily make yourself), if you would like it that way. It is nice that you can actually see the “whole food” in the product and identify it. There is raw honey in these products, but it only has a mild sweetness. I abstain from honey, as a rule and would prefer if there was a vegan sweetener used, such as, date syrup or coconut nectar. After looking over the ingredients on the package, I wonder if honey is even needed, as there are so many different delicious fruits and berries in the granola that would probably make it sweet enough. It might be something for the company to consider and make a “test” batch to see how it’ll taste (and the same would apply to the Biscotti that I will review below).

Goji-Mixed Berry
This is #1 favorite for me of the granola. I can taste the goji berry (chock full of antioxidants) – yum! and it is has a nice crunch with all different types of berries, including strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. It is a very good combination of ingredients and has a mildly sweet flavor.

Granola Goji-Mixed Berry

Granola
Goji-Mixed Berry

Banana-Walnut Cacao Nibs
This is #2 for me. I do not usually eat bananas because they don’t agree with me. This is different because it is dried and chips. The flavor is nice and mildly sweet. Also has a well thought out mixture of ingredients. The cacao gives the added benefit of antioxidants.

Granola Banana-Walnut Cacao Nibs

Granola
Banana-Walnut Cacao Nibs

Biscotti

I do not know if I ever tasted biscotti before or if it is traditionally made by baking it. These are so yummy! There are moist and chewy, to me, more like a soft cookie with great flavor, texture and eye appeal. They are also rich in antioxidants like cacao, goji berries and cherries. They are more like a work of art to be displayed in a museum (or maybe a food museum and when you get hungry you eat the art and feel good about it (ha! ha! and it would be delicious “real” food and not the junk that is sold in the convenience stores).

Goji-Cherry Pistachio

This is the #1 favorite of the biscotti for me. I love the mixture of goji with cherry and the whole pieces visible in it. I would display it on a plate with some goji berries, cherries, almonds and pistachios. These were so good (even though they have raw honey, but a very low glycemic load) that I could eat the whole box in one sitting (of course, I would not do that because I want it to last a while).

Biscotti Goji-Cherry Pistachio

Biscotti
Goji-Cherry Pistachio

Cacao-Incan Berry-Hazelnut

This is #2 favorite of the biscotti for me. It is decadent and yummy. I do not usually eat cacao, so it a real special treat for me. When I opened the package up I could smell the cacao. Again, a great combination of ingredients and flavors (probably took a while of taste testing to get it right and I wish I could have been there to do the sampling) 😉

Biscotti Cacao-Incan Berry-Hazelnut

Biscotti
Cacao-Incan Berry-Hazelnut

Overall, I am a bigger fan of the savory snacks. The sweet ones were very good, but I would like to see them without the raw honey as they already have a lot of sweetness from the other fruits in them.

To check out this great company and learn more about their products and purpose, go to: http://www.rawonefood.com

I also did a video review on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal
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Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this review, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review: Awesome Foods – Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Snacks and Meals

Awesome Foods – “right carb,” raw, vegan, gluten-free snacks and meals In business since 2005

I found out about this company when I visited Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida. They have a store (though small, it has everything you need to follow the Hippocrates program) and carry everything from books, snacks, juicers, body care, supplements, etc. I noticed some raw snack from a company called Awesome Foods and took down their contact information. I always do my research first and in this day and age, everyone has a website. I liked what I saw and decided to contact them. I heard back from the owner, Bruce right away and he was kind enough to send me an assortment of their savory snacks that I requested.

Here is some info about this company from their site:

Awesome Foods is a small family owned business started by a husband and wife team in 2005. Bruce and Marsha wanted to create delicious, high quality, raw, “right carb” foods for people in search of raw meals and snacks. At the time, they found that most of the packaged raw foods on the market had high levels of starch and sugar. Since they both have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), they have to avoid foods that are high in sugar and starch. Many of the raw foods available today are made with large amounts of dates, raisins, agave nectar or honey, which are high in sugar or with buckwheat, which is high in starch. All of these ingredients are high on the glycemic index. Their vision is to offer raw foods with complex (right) carbohydrates that are lower on the glycemic index and that taste awesome! They dehydrate their snacks below 118 degrees in order to maintain the enzymes, vitamins and minerals and they use organic ingredients as much as possible. They start with awesome ingredients to produce awesome tasting products, which is why they are called Awesome Foods! Come taste the difference!

I also want to say, that after checking out their website, I was very impressed with their environmental consciousness. I have tried products from many other companies and none of them told me on their site that they compost, use air and water filters, recycle and many other things that you can read about on the site – click on the About link for more information.

I only wish they were located closer to me, so I could try out their meals and other prepared products (soups, dips, dressings, etc) too!(if you do not live near them in Pennsylvania, then it would have to be shipped in an insulated cold package). If the products are not sold in a store in you city or state, then please let the health foods store(s) know that you would like to see their products available for you to purchase. Of course, you can also buy their products directly.

Products I reviewed:

Raw Poppadoms
These are made of sprouted lentils with a combination of various herbs. It has a light and “airy” flavor. It “melts” in my mouth when I taste it! YUM!

Pizza Zucchini Chips
These are round chips that are very crunchy and taste like little pizzas. Very flavorful and delicious!

Pistachio Sticks
I absolutely love these. Have the perfect blend of flavors with the ingredients used. I could eat the whole bag (in a couple of minutes)!

Carrot Chips
These have a light and mild flavor. They are not too sweet, have the right consistency and a nice crunch, too!

Flax Crackers
These crackers are made with soaked golden flax seeds. Red bell pepper, tomato, garlic and onion are added for flavor. I like the way it tastes. They are thicker then other crackers I have tasted and I personally like thinner ones.

Vegetable Tempuraw
This is an absolute winner! The perfect flavor! The Crunch! Fantastic! The following vegetables are used in these snack: daikon, onion, red bell pepper, yam, snow peas and zucchini. This is the raw “take” on tempura, which is deep-fried vegetables. I have had the cooked version many years ago and to me, this tastes so much better. My favorite vegetables in here were the yam and red bell pepper. I wanted to keep eating and eating this till I finished the bag. Addictive, in a healthy way!

My RVG Rating
Here is how I rate these products, in order of what I liked the most. I first have to say that all the snacks I tried were great and some stood out more for me then others. Whatever products you buy will still be much better then what you get at the convenience stores and supermarket. You may think they are a bit “pricey,” and it all depends on what is important in your life! To me, my health is numero uno and I am happy to have options like these to have some snacks and know that I am doing my body good!

#1 – Vegetable Tempuraw – I opened up the package and tasted these vegetable and wanted to eat it all at once. It is so full of flavor and delicious!
#2 – Pistachio Sticks – perfect flavor and wanted to keep eating them. YUM!
#3 – Raw Poppadoms – these are very flavorful and melt in my mouth.
#4 – Pizza Zucchini Chips – loved the pizza flavor. Perfect blend of herbs.
#5 – Carrot Chips – mildly sweet flavor and nice crunch.
#6 – Flax Crackers – good flavor and they are thicker then others I have tasted. I prefer them thinner.

Also check out my youtube channel for the video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

I said in the email to Bruce: Hashem/G-d said in the Torah/Old Testament/Bible the proper way to eat and I follow and heed His commandments along with eating food that is whole and plant-based (being a vegan for 23 years)

As quoted from my email and written by Bruce, the owner of the company: Yes, we are from the same tribe. I like the way you are combining the spiritual aspects of life with healthy eating.

To read more about this great company and all the products they sell, go to: http://www.awesomefoods.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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