If you are on social media or follow several bloggers, then you might have already heard of Brandless. I first heard about it around a year ago and thought it was a cool idea. I mean, a site that sells everything for $3? I was intrigued. But although intrigued, I didn’t take the plunge and order anything. I’m a creature of habit, I have foods and products that I already love, and to be honest…I was just hesitant to order from a new (to me) site.
And then Brandless reached out to me and asked me if they could send me some items to try out and review on the blog. I agreed to try some items (Hello! I love free things!), and if I loved the product, we could talk about me doing a blog mention.
Well. I loved the food…I loved the products…and I loved the mission behind the brand.
So, instead of a blog mention, you are now getting a full blown sponsored post! I’m partnering up with Brandless today to let you know about A TON OF HITS and a just a couple of misses. They sent me lots of stuff, so I feel like I really got a great introduction to the brand and their huge variety of products. And I’m super excited to share my thoughts with y’all today!
Now, before I show y’all my favorite products, I want to give you some information on Brandless.
WHAT IS BRANDLESS?
*Brandless is an online site that sells own-brand items (over 300 everyday essentials!) directly to their customers. They take out the middle man (i.e. supermarket retailers) and the savings are passed on to the consumer. So, lucky us! We get amazing products at an incredible price.
*Everything is $3 or less. EVERYTHING. They carry foods (all are non GMO and over half are certified organic), cleaning products (safe and non-toxic), household and kitchen products, clean and cruelty free beauty and personal care products, and sustainable stationary. And it’s all $3. I mean, I’m always down for a good deal, so I love the $3 premise.
*What I also learned about Brandless is that they make “better-for-you” quality products. All of the products on the site are non-GMO, sometimes organic, fair trade, kosher, and gluten free. And at $3 per item, these high quality products are widely accessible and affordable for everyone, which isn’t always the case when buying organic.
*AND THIS IS VERY COOL: Every single time anyone checks out at Brandless, they donate a meal to someone facing hunger through their partnership with Feeding America® (the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization). To date they’ve donated over 2.5 million meals!
Okay…I’m about to get to my faves…but I have a code for you: The code SHEAFFER will get you $10 OFF of your $50 order!
FOODS I LOVE FROM BRANDLESS
Brandless products are made under the highest standards of safety, quality, and social ethics such as certified Global Food Safety (GFSI) or Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). When talking about their foods, everything is entirely non-GMO and over half is certified organic. All of their food is made without any artificial preservatives or flavors.
I’m going to share some recipes and pictures of some of my favorite Brandless food items in just a bit, but I’ll tell you something embarrassing…my very favorite items don’t have pictures. Why? BECAUSE I ATE THEM before I could photograph them. True story.
I absolutely loved the white cheddar popcorn, the olive oil and sea salt hummus crisps, the sweet potato tortilla chips, the corn and black bean salsa, the chunky salsa, the dried mangoes, the sweet potato cinnamon and sugar chips, the dried fruit and nut salad topper (I use on both salads and yogurt parfaits), and the everything pretzel thins (taste more like a cracker than a pretzel to me, but soooo good!). My family found some new favorite snacks and we will definitely be ordering all of them again! TRUST ME. THE SNACKS ARE GOOD. The only miss I had with the foods were the dark chocolate and peanut butter granola bars. They were too hard for my liking, and I didn’t love the flavor.
RECIPES WITH BRANDLESS PRODUCTS
Now, on to some recipes where I used Brandless products as ingredients!
Y’all know I’ve been eating healthy again, and one of my favorite things to have on hand for lunch is Kitchen Sink Quinoa salad. I don’t have a formal recipe that I follow, I typically just throw fresh ingredients in that I have on hand. On this particular day, I used Brandless organic quinoa and organic black beans (both DELICIOUS), and then I threw in the following: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow and orange peppers, canned corn, sliced black olives, roasted red peppers, sliced banana peppers, and some feta dill dressing.
I’m picky about my tuna.
And look how pretty this Brandless tuna is! Tasty too!
When making tuna, I basically just follow the recipe my mom used to make for us when we were growing up. She always used fresh red apples (skin left on), crunchy celery, and sweet pickle relish. The only thing I’ve changed up is that I’m subbing plain Greek yogurt instead of the mayo. Would I prefer the mayo? HECK YES. But the yogurt is soooo much healthier and adds in some more protein. That’s a win win.
When I’m being really good, I try to eat it on it’s own with just a small number of healthy crackers. DELICIOUS!
Other Brandless items I’m incorporating into some of my favorite things to eat:
I’m using their organic dried cranberries in my Caribbean salad (mixed greens, mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, avocado, grilled chicken, and wonton strips).
I’m also using the organic dried cranberries in yogurt parfaits that I’m eating for my afternoon snack. Chris loves these parfaits with the organic Brandless oats and honey granola sprinkled on top. I prefer to use the dried fruit and nut salad topper on top, but again, I’d already finished off the package when it came time to take this picture. #oops
We loved the taco seasoning too!
And the organic yellow corn tortilla chips and organic chunky salsa are great. As mentioned before, I actually prefer the organic sweet potato tortilla chips and the organic corn and black bean salsa (but once again, I had already consumed them all before picture day).
CLEANING PRODUCTS I LOVE FROM BRANDLESS
So it’s not just Brandless foods that I’m loving, I’m really enjoying their cleaning products too!
Brandless products adhere to the strictest performance and nontoxic, safer-chemical standards set by the EPA. I tried 4 of their cleaning products and loved them all. The packaging is pretty (which makes cleaning a tiny bit more enjoyable), they are inexpensive, and they get the job done!
The product I use the most is the granite and stone cleaner. I wipe down my granite counters at least once a day, and these leave them clean and shiny.
I’ve also tried and loved the glass cleaner (it wipes clean and doesn’t leave streaks!), the multi surface cleaner, and the surface cleaning wipes. The only other Brandless product that we tried (in addition to the granola bars) that we weren’t fans of was the toilet paper. But I’m a total toilet paper snob, so it wasn’t surprising to me that I didn’t love it. Haha!
I hope you enjoyed learning about Brandless and seeing what my Brandless favorite items are! The people at Brandless believe that BETTER DOESN’T HAVE TO COST MORE, and I’m down with that! A huge thank you to Brandless for sponsoring this post.
And don’t forget, if you are interested in trying Brandless for yourself, make sure you enter the code SHEAFFER to get $10 OFF of your $50 order!