I’m excited to present another great product and giveaway on my blog; this one is brought to us by Mary’s Gone Crackers !
As I started doing research on the Mary’s products, I became fascinated by the story of how the company was created. Mary Waldner was a practicing psychotherapist and had suffered lifelong debilitating pain before being diagnosed with celiac disease. In order to find a cracker she could enjoy, she made her own.
The original-flavored crackers she now sells are made with the following ingredients: organic short grain brown rice, organic whole quinoa, organic brown flax seeds, organic brown sesame seeds, filtered water, sea salt and organic wheat-free tamari. I love finding “packaged” foods with such whole-food ingredient lists.
Here’s what the crackers look like:
I absolutely love Mary’s crackers, they are so crisp and satisfying as a side to a hearty soup or with one of my giant lunch salads. The company sent me a variety of products to sample but I couldn’t get enough of the crackers. My favorite flavors were the original, herb and onion flavors.
I originally discovered Mary’s products on the blogosphere and tried them for myself when I served them at my friend’s vegan-themed baby shower last fall (they were a hit).
The serving size for these crackers is 13 pieces which provides 140 calories, 5 grams of total fat (mostly mono- and polyunsaturated), 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. The only indulgent part of these crackers is the sodium content which totals 190 mg per serving. Based upon Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations , I try to keep my daily added sodium intake under 200-300 mg.
Although I don’t have celiac disease, I have been limited my intake of gluten since I started developing hives last summer. All of Mary’s products are made in the USA in the company’s privately-owned factory, so if you are concerned about gluten, there is no need to worry with these products.
The company has also developed a line of cookies that I got to try. The ingredient list for the cookies is equally impressive and delicious as the crackers. I enjoyed the Oatmeal Raisin flavor (made without oats) with some unsweetened, homemade applesauce:
The last product I tried were the “Sticks and Twigs,” otherwise known as pretzels. I had the curry-flavored version and they were really flavorful. I avoided the sea salt flavor due to its much higher sodium content. The curry version has 190 mg per serving and looks like this:
I enjoyed these with my salad today for lunch, but I could see how they would also be delicious crumbled on top of a soup. The curry flavor is fairly pronounced (which I love because I am a huge curry fan), but I could see how kids might not like these, fyi. Let’s just say they are pretzels for grown-ups.
Now onto the giveaway! I’m so excited that one of you lucky readers gets to try out a box of Mary’s crackers, cookies and Sticks & Twigs for yourself; you even get to pick the flavors you want! To enter, simply
1. “Like” Mary’s Gone Crackers on Facebook here AND