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Hail Merry Organic, Raw, Gluten Free Cookie Dough Macaroons Review

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Hail Merry Snacks

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Hail Merry:

WHY: Hail Merry exists to help people achieve higher health. HOW: By creating truly great tasting snacks using our award winning recipes. Our pure ingredients are consciously sourced and prepared in innovative ways, while also meeting the needs of those with special dietary restrictions. WHAT: Hail Merry is a category redefining snack-food company born out of the yoga culture that is owned and led by women who seek to nurture each other, our employees, our partners, our families and our customers.”

About the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons:

“Dreams do come true! Winner Best of Show at Natural Foods Expo West 2014! Finally a gluten-free & vegan cookie dough that delivers on taste and happiness. We worked hard to make these treats the most luxurious, best tasting macaroons you will ever try, crafted with organic Fair Trade chocolate chips, almond flour and organic maple syrup from a family farm in Vermont.  Dehydrated at low temps and made with pure ingredients, enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth macaroons at room temp or in your favorite ice cream for a heavenly delight. 8 cookies per bag, 3.5 oz. bag, 8 bags per case. Buy today and share with friends and family! We celebrate our pure ingredients: organic maple syrup, almond flour, organic shredded coconut, organic chocolate chips (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter), organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic Madagascar vanilla, sea salt. Allergy warning: Contains almonds.”

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My Thoughts:

I try to maintain a balance of putting a large amount of nutrient-rich, alkaline foods into my body along with indulging occasionally on my favorite foods. Brands that make that “splurging” and sweet-tooth-satisfying healthy, mindful and power packed don’t go unseen by me. I so much appreciate what Hail Merry is doing here. To sum it up, right off the bat, I can’t think of a sweet, healthy treat I’d rather reach for than these Hail Merry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons. Words don’t do them justice. They are an EXPERIENCE. Despite the fact that they are a “treat”, they are pretty macro balanced. These macaroons have 10g of fat, 9g of carbs (6g of sugar) and 2 g of protein per 2 macaroons (1 serving). They are dense little bundles of pure goodness. They’re also rife with organic & raw ingredients. Organic & Raw are king in my world! Low in sugar is also something that I search for and am pretty mindful of. I don’t consciously count calories or sugar grams, but I know how my body feels with I overload it with sugar–so I stay tuned into that. I see these macaroons as the best option I’ve seen out there for a satisfying, alive (not packed with highly-processed, heated crud), healthy treats. I can grab a bag of these and feel really good about the ingredients. If I were making these at home to snack on, I would cut the sugar content in half and add some protein powder (Hey Hail Merry, next product?!) 🙂 For the dessert use, though, they are healthful, tasty perfection.

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The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review

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The Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Overall Rating: 4 Stars5 Stars

In our house, filling our kitchen with organic food & products is something that we make a priority. This is also the case for how we feed our black labrador, Kona. Just like us humans, she will not reach her potential health-wise if she does not eat good food. We enjoy and feel good about feeding her well, and it shows! She is an energetic and beautiful almost 8-month old puppy.

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The Honest Company is one of the few brands of dog food that I have felt confident in feeding Kona. They appear to truly use great ingredients in their products. The Honest Kitchen provides this information regarding ingredients on their website:

“We taste every single ingredient that goes into our foods to make sure it’s just right

We’re proud of every ingredient we source for our natural pet food. We choose many ingredients from as close to home as possible, to help reduce our carbon paw print. We also choose ingredients from their native lands around the world and select vendors based on the quality of their ingredients, not cost.

All our dog and cat foods are 100% human-grade and are held to exactly the same quality standards as the food you feed to your human family.

  • We never buy GMO or genetically engineered produce.
  • Several of our ingredients are certified organic and we’re working to add more organic ingredients whenever we can.
  • We require certification to verify that every lot of raw ingredients we buy has been tested clear of salmonella, E-coli, listeria, lead, arsenic, mercury, melamine, yeast and mold & pesticide residues, before it’s even allowed inside our plant.”

Here are the products we tried with her:

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Embark Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Embark™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with cage-free turkey and produce like celery, spinach and apples. It is a higher protein, higher fat natural human grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Embark is gluten-free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also perfect for dogs who do better without beef or fish.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, organic coconut, apples, organic kelp, eggs, bananas, cranberries, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 29.00%
  • Fat, 18.00%
  • Fiber, 9.60%
  • Moisture, 7.80%
  • 488 calories per cup.”

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Thrive Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Thrive™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with free-range chicken, organic fair-trade quinoa and produce like sweet potatoes and spinach. Thrive is a natural dehydrated dog food that’s designed for dogs of all life stages including adults, puppies, pregnancy and nursing, as well as active adult dogs who need a performance dog food.

Thrive is a naturally low carbohydrate diet. It is well-suited to dogs who need a limited ingredient food since it contains no fruit and is also free of eggs, beef, fish, white potatoes, flax and alfalfa.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Chicken, organic quinoa, sweet potatoes, spinach, parsley, organic kelp, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 26.13%
  • Fat, 19.00%
  • Fiber, 6.30%
  • Moisture, 7.26%
  • 516 calories per cup.”

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Love Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Love™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya. Love is a higher-protein, higher-fat, natural human-grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Love is gluten free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also ideal for dogs who need to avoid egg or poultry.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic coconut, parsley, dandelion greens, papaya, cranberries, pumpkin, honey, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 31%
  • Fat, 16%
  • Fiber, 7%
  • Moisture, 7.8%
  • 514 calories per cup.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Kona did not seem to differentiate in between the Embark, Thrive and Love dog food blends, as she gobbled up all of them. As dog owners, my husband and I can feel good about this because of the great ingredients.

All 3 of these blends come in powder form, as it is dehydrated form. To serve it to Kona, I sprinkle a half serving onto the dry food I feed her along with a few tablespoons (approximately) of water, which helps make The Honest Kitchen food more digestible for her. The Honest Kitchen provides more description of how they recommend you feed their food to your dog, as well.

I would rate these dog foods 4.5 stars–I admire their usage of some certified organic ingredients and their guarantee to never buy GMO ingredients. They are striving to include more and more organic ingredients and when that day comes, I won’t hesitate to give this food a flat-out 5 star rating. In comparison to other common store-bought dog foods, this product line is light years ahead–there is merely no comparison. I recommend this very much to pet owners who are looking for one of the best natural dog food lines available, as this is one of a few brands that is worth the money.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.