The guys at Perfect Keto are first up on our brand new series of reviews and ‘gnom-gnom approved brands‘. An honest chat about quality, ingredients, flavor… and, most importantly, our needs as a community!
Perfect Keto, The Review!
Introducing gnom-gnom approved brands
I don’t know about you, but every time I go grocery shopping here in LA (or login to instagram!) I discover new keto brands… and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, this isn’t to say that we should go back to eating processed foods; after all, I’ll always advocate that cooking for yourself is one of the greatest acts of self care.
But I do appreciate products, with solid ingredients, that can make life a little easier (and hopefully tastier!) when in a pickle. Because trust me, after my sciatic nerve accident last year, I have a whole new appreciation for ‘easy’ and ‘convenient’ when need be.
Now, if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’re probably aware that I had ‘as policy’ not to accept free product from brands. This was partly because it takes a lot of time to manage brand partnerships, but also because I didn’t want you guys to get a commercial vibe from the site (particularly as I was still ‘finding my voice’).
I feel it’s super important to keep the per usual transparency, so note that we’re still not taking on sponsored posts and brands are made aware that free product doesn’t equal a positive review.
So this what “gnom-gnom approved brands” is all about, researching ingredients, gathering our voice (as a community!), and having a conversation with brands to continue to get keto foods packed with nutritional value.
I’m sure many (most?) of you guys have already met Perfect Keto. I say this because I follow many of you on instagram, and several of their products pop up on my feed constantly (with generally solid reviews, I may add).
So to make a long story short, they sent over a box packed with goodies for me to try a couple weeks back and I’ve been tasting (and testing) their products throughout.
First impression as a whole? A brand with pretty good ingredients (think organic and grass-fed when important), and with a solid understanding of what the keto community needs.
The Chocolate Covered Nuts
i.e. Love at first sight! Particularly the macadamia ones.
They’re not very sweet at all though, so these are only for you if you enjoy dark chocolate! But I’m totally crazy about the ingredients: organic raw cacao nibs, organic yacon-sweetened cacao nibs, organic cacao butter, MCT oil, vanilla bean, organic monkfruit, roasted nuts.
I mean the dream right? Organic chocolate, packed with healthy fats and no lecithins or sugar alcohols (I know this is becoming increasingly important for many of you, myself included).
The Cinnamon Roll Bars
They also sent over a box of their cinnamon roll keto bars, which I was curious to try given the glowing reviews on insta (even though I’m not really a bar person).
And tbh, while the taste is ace and they’re just 3g net carbs (!!), I wasn’t particularly crazy about the texture (they’re very soft.. too soft?). So just keep that in mind if you’re into crunchy or chewy bars.
Note: I’m also going to include an * here, as these guys include ‘soluble tapioca fiber’ as an ingredient. Many of you guys have voiced concern to me about the increasing number of keto products including soluble fibers as main ingredients. Most concern is in regard to ‘soluble corn fiber’ being labeled as ‘grain free’ or even as ‘probiotic vegetable fiber’. We’re currently doing extensive research on this to provide the community with a clear picture on exactly what these ingredients are and how they serve us (feel free to reach out in the comments with leads!).
Collagen & MCT Oil Powders
These are terrific, grass-fed and all that jam. I personally loved the unflavored collagen in my morning coffee (I’m a black coffee kinda gal!).
But the salted caramel collagen (smells great) and matcha MCT oil (super creamy!) were also pretty good too. Just note they have some slight stevia trace, in case you’re sensitive to this particular aftertaste (like me!).
Having said that, I’ve enjoyed them very much when I crave something a little sweet, but with no sugar alcohols and still packed with nutritional value. All natural and solid choices IMO for upping your collagen and MCT oil consumption.
So do tell! Do you have any favorite Perfect Keto products in your pantry? Any brands you’d like to suggest?! Say… up next I’m thinking of reviewing for you guys all the keto store-bought ice creams I can find. Maybe cereals too?
The point is to use our voice as a community to discern the best keto products, and to ultimately get from brands what we need (and deserve!). 😉
Big hug and many kisses!