When a shipment of samples from Kay’s Naturals arrived at the office, it was just in time for our weekly staff meeting. Naturally, the gathering ended with a ceremonial opening of the box, followed by around-the-table tasting of the gluten-free goodies packed inside.
As any smart shopper should, we read the labels before tearing open each bag. We were surprised to discover a hefty dose of protein in each item. The Lemon Herb Protein Chips, for instance? No lie: There are 9g of muscle-building power in each serving.
So, the snacks had nutritional value, but would they taste good? Responses varied across the group, but there were a few standouts that won everyone’s favor:
Cinnamon Flavored Almond Filled Cookie Bites: The newest addition to Kay’s gluten-free line, these Cookie Bites have just the right amount of sweetness, and the almond flavor gave them a kick of freshness that’s typically lost in packaged goods. Within about 2 minutes of opening the bag, we had sampled our way to the bottom. We ate them straight out of the bag, but I could imagine these being quite delightful with milk for an afternoon treat. Cookie Bites for breakfast? I’ll leave that up to your discretion.
Cinnamon Toast Pretzel Sticks: These scored a close second in the “full-to-empty” time trial. (Mind you, there were six of us at this meeting, and the bags were small.) Maybe it was the cinnamon flavor, maybe it was because they reminded us of mini pretzel rods from our pre-gluten-free days, but we liked these. A lot. Sure, we were dusting cinnamon off our fingers and laps for 5 minutes after our tasting spree, but they were worth it.
Sweet BBQ Mix: If you miss the snack mixes typically noshed on game day, this bag has the whole shebang. The pretzels (two kinds!), the crunchy squares, the crispy long things – we never may have a name for them, but they’re all there. The BBQ flavoring is bound to leave some traces on your fingers (which seemed to be consistent with Kay’s Naturals products), but it’s a great smoky, sweet taste that anything labeled “BBQ” should have. If you have to lick it off your fingers, we won’t judge.
Bonus tip: You can order your own sample pack for a tasting at home. Sample packs can be order on Kay’s Naturals website. The actual contents may vary, but the company guarantees certain goodies like their French Vanilla Protein Cereal and Crispy Parmesan Protein Chips will be part of the mix.
One note of caution: If you are highly sensitive to gluten, make sure to read the back of the bag. We noticed that the Pretzel Sticks, while gluten-free, are made on the same production line as products containing wheat and other allergens. The Cinnamon Almond Cookie Bites, on the other hand, are produced on the same line as products containing soybeans, tree nuts, milk and dairy (but not wheat).