Sometimes the world just hands you a lucky break, like what happened to me in the middle of February. I was living in Los Angeles getting ready to move to New York, by way of a 15 day road trip across the country. One of the things worrying me was how I was going to try and stay keto on the road.
Then just by sheer luck, I got an email from the guys over at Keto Farms who said they liked my write up on the Keto FBOMB review and offered me some samples of their snack mix which seems like a keto trail mix of sorts. That sounded like a perfect keto snack for a road trip!
Luckily they were based in Venice Beach and able to send over the package before I left for my trip.
DISCLAIMER – Yeah I know this is a review on a product I got for free, but this is 100% honest. Technically the only “payment” I got for this was a few free bags of snacks. It costs more than some snacks to buy my love!
Keto Farms sent over 1 sample size bag of each flavor snack mix in addition to the instant Keto Coffee and instant Keto Matcha which I didn’t realize were in the box until I was about to throw out what I thought was just trash at a gas station. I still have the coffee and matcha so once I try them I’ll write a review. It just wasn’t that easy to make boiling water from my Mitsubishi.
The sample bags I got were raspberry gouda, strawberry gouda, and tomato pepperjack.
These are the kinds of keto friendly foods I like the best – clean and natural ingredients. I don’t feel right eating those low carb bars full of ingredients I don’t trust or wouldn’t throw into a meal I make. Everything in these pouches were simple with tasty ingredients.
There were three different mixes, so the contents of each were slightly different.
- Raspberry Gouda – Gouda Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes), Sprouted Almonds, Sprouted Walnuts, Raspberries, MCT Oil, Cold Water Sea Salt
- Strawberry Gouda – Gouda Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes), Sprouted Almonds, Sprouted Pecans, Strawberries, MCT Oil, Cold Water Sea Salt
- Tomato Pepperjack – Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers (Pasteurized Milk, Jalapenos Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes), Sprouted Almonds, Sprouted Walnuts, Grape Tomatoes, MCT Oil, Cold Water Sea Salt
And for those of you wondering about the cheese and the berries/tomato, they were all freeze dried or dehydrated somehow. The cheeses were like the cheese you’ll get in the pouches of Moon Cheese.
You’re not going to get the fat bomb treatment out of this, but the ratios are pretty good for a snack to hold you over before your next meal rather than trying to jack up your fat intake to hit those fat goals.
I also personally like to keep the protein a little lower on my foods since I’ve noted myself falling out of ketosis from extra protein, but 10 grams is fine. Just try not to indulge too much.
That being said, the fat content from the cheese, MCT, and nuts brings this up to a nice level while only having 3 grams of carbs per serving! It was enough fat and fiber to hold me over during my 6 hour stretches between stops in the middle of nowhere USA.
I’ll start with the good before I get into a quick embarrassing story.
My favorite of the three was definitely the strawberry gouda. I’m kind of a fiend for both strawberries and pecans so this was exactly what I needed. The salty taste of the gouda mixed with the tart strawberries was incredible.
A close second was the raspberry gouda. This is the first bag that I tried and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It’s very similar in flavor to the strawberry one, but the walnuts had a bit of a muted flavor compared to the pecans. Still good, but I’m comparing the good to the great.
Now the stupid review of the tomato pepperjack…
This bag I saved for the day I got to Zion National Park. I figured these snack mixes would be perfect for a long hike in nature.
I hadn’t eaten at all that morning since I wanted to hit the trails right away. So, I was pretty hungry early on.
About 2o minutes into the hike I pulled out the bag and threw a handful into my mouth. The first bite I was really impressed. A couple seconds later and the spice kicked in.
I do love the flavor of tangy dried tomatoes, but I’m also a little bitch when it comes to spicy food.
Again, I’ll admittedly say I’m a bitch with spicy food. This wasn’t terribly spicy, but my mouth was a little dry from the hike and I needed to a sip of water to ease the spiciness.
That’s when I realized I forgot my water bottle on top of my car.
Thank god Zion is full of waterfalls. I had to hike off the trail and let that natural spring water fall down into my face. There were definitely parents telling their children to stay away from the crazy man.
So…it was good, but don’t take it on a hike without water.
For a convenient snack I could keep in my car or at the office I used to buy the Moon Cheese mozzarella and gouda bags whenever I was at a Starbucks (so bougie). I like it for a handful or two and then it starts to get a little gross…like I’m just eating dry cheese. Hmmm.
I never even thought of what that would be like mixed with something a little more flavorful and chewy. Keto Farms mix of that kind of cheese with the nuts and fruit is such a great idea. It’s a perfect mix of flavors and textures to almost be like a real trail mix. Though, I honestly like this better.
If you want to give it a try, I don’t think they are selling on Amazon. Click here to check out their keto snack mixes.
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