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Shrewd Food: Snacks for a Low-Carb Lifestyle [Taste Test]

Late last year, I started changing my diet to be low carb and high protein. In fact, my goal each day is to have eaten more grams of protein than I have of carbs. That’s how I happened upon Shrewd Food in my search for snacks that would fit this new diet. They produce a variety of high-protein, low-carb snacks. I purchased their Baked Cheddar Flavored Protein Puffs. I was pleased.

About a week after I started munching on these protein snacks, I received an email that offered to provide me samples of all their flavors in exchange for an honest review. That was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Shrewd Food: Snacks for a Low-Carb Lifestyle [Taste Test]

Shrewd Food currently offers four types of snacks: Puffs, Croutons, Cookies, and Dippers. All of the snacks, except the cookies, start with a protein puff, which is very much like a cheese puff without the cheese on it.

According to Shrewd Food’s website, their protein puffs “are gluten-free, non-GMO, contain no peanuts, or tree-nuts, soy-free, egg-free, Kosher dairy and have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.” Sounds like a pretty awesome snack, right?

But how do they taste?

I think, for the most part, pretty darn good! Here are my thoughts on each snack.

Shrewd Food Protein Puffs

Shrewd Food Protein Puffs come in a variety of both sweet and savory flavors. These were my favorite, in part because each one contained way more protein than carbs, making it easy for me to bump up my protein if my carbs looked like they were getting too high. Most, if not all, contained 14 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbs.

Savory Flavors: Baked Cheddar, Brick Oven Pizza, Nacho Cheese, Sriracha Cheddar, and Sour Cream & Onion

Sweet Flavors: Cookies & Cream, and Strawberries & Cream

Shrewd Food Protein Puffs

Baked Cheddar

The Baked Cheddar Protein Puffs tasted a lot like cheese puffs to me. I really enjoyed them and have ordered more. They are crunchy, lightly cheesey, and the serving size was just right.

Protein: 14 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 3 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Baked Cheddar Flavored Protein Puffs

Brick Oven Pizza

I was surprised to find that the Brick Oven Pizza Protein Puffs actually tasted like a pepperoni pizza or a cheese pizza with a kick. If plain cheese isn’t your bag, then this flavor might be a good option.

Protein: 14 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 3 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Brick Oven Pizza Protein Puffs

Nacho Cheese

I was afraid the Nacho Cheese Protein Puffs would be spicy. But they weren’t, so I was able to enjoy them. They tasted much like the Backed Cheddar Protein Puffs, just slightly different.

Protein: 14 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 2.5 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Nacho Cheese Protein Puffs

Sriracha Cheddar

Alas, I ate only two of these protein puffs. They were way too spicy for me. After one, I didn’t feel the kick, so I had a second. That’s when my tongue began to burn. Before that, they tasted good.

Protein: 14 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 3 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Sriracha Cheddar Protein Puffs

Sour Cream & Onion

I really liked the flavor of these protein puffs. However, it was not a flavor that I associate with “sour cream & onion.” I’m not sure how to describe it other than tasty.

Protein: 14 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 3.5 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Sour Cream & Onion Protein Puffs

Cookies & Cream

If you’re expecting these to taste like Oreo cookies, you’ll be disappointed. If found that not too sweet and slightly chocolatey. However, I did enjoy them and will buy them in the future.

Protein: 13 g
Carbs: 3 g
Fat: 3 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Cookies & Cream Protein Puffs

Strawberries & Cream

I found Shrewd Food’s Strawberries & Cream Protein Puffs to be lightly sweet. I could definitely taste the strawberry. In general, I liked them.

Protein: 12 g
Carbs: 4 g
Fat: 3 g
Calories: 90

Shrewd Food Strawberries & Cream Protein Puffs

Overal Impression of Shrewd Food Protein Puffs

I am very happy to have found a solid snack that I can munch on without increasing my carbs too much. The only negative thing I’d have to say about these snacks is that they stuck to my teeth, much like white bread does.

Shrewd Food Protein Croutons

I don’t know if Shrewd Food will be coming out with another flavor, but these Parmesean Herb Protein Croutons were da bomb! I’d totally snack on these without a salad! They were basically the same as the protein puffs, but with a stronger flavor profile.

Protein: 10 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 2 g
Calories: 60

Shrewd Food Protein Croutons

Shrewd Food Protein Cookies

The protein cookies come in two flavors: Oat & Berry and Oat & Chip. I found both of them to be very similar in flavor. They were lightly sweet and crispy. The texture reminded me of some bran cookies I had many years ago. Also, like pretty much every protein cookie I’ve found, the carbs are greater than the protein.

Protein: 8 g
Carbs: 25 g
Fat: 7 g (Oat & Berry), 8 g (Oat & Chip)
Calories: 200

Shrewd Food Protein Cookies

Shrewd Food Protein Dippers and Keto Dippers

Both the protein and keto dippers come in both dark chocolate and milk chocolate flavor. Comparing the two, I couldn’t taste the difference. They are basically the protein puffs dipped in differently formulated chocolate.

The milk chocolate dippers were sweet and crunchy. The dark chocolate dippers were the same, only less sweet. Both reminded me, in texture, of malt balls. If you have a sweet tooth but want to eat low-carb these are really good options.

The main difference between the Protein Dippers and the Keto Dippers was in their nutritional profile. Therefore, you would choose one over the other depending on your nutritional goals.

Shrewd Food Protein Dippers
Shrewd Food Keto Dippers
Dark Chocolate
Protein: 10 g
Carbs: 14 g
Fat: 7 g
Calories: 150

Milk Chocolate
Protein: 10 g
Carbs: 13 g
Fat: 8 g
Calories: 160

Dark Chocolate
Protein: 8 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fat: 11 g
Calories: 140

Milk Chocolate
Protein: 7 g
Carbs: 3 g
Fat: 11 g
Calories: 150

Rating for Shrewd Food Snacks

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Overall, I give Shrewd Food snacks a big thumbs up. Whether you like one flavor or another is more a matter of personal taste. All of the products I tried tasted at least good. Some I liked more than others. If you’re on a high protein, low-carb diet and get the munchies, reach for a Shrewd Food snack.

You can find these snacks on their website and on Amazon.

Shrewd Food snack comparison

Source: Shrewd Food

NOTE: I received a free copy of these products in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past product reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to buy or not buy this product, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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