Aug 28

TRUE SOL 100% Pure Yacon Syrup

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What is Yacón?

Many people have not heard of the yacón, including myself, but it is a popular food in South America.  The syrup comes from the roots of the yacón plant, which is indigenous to the Andes and was widely eaten by the Incans for thousands of years.  Throughout Peru, yacón is a popular food.  People love its high levels of nutrition, and it’s also well known for its healing abilities. The syrup, distilled from the Peruvian tuber yacón, is an all-natural sweetener free of milk, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, soy, and gluten.

Benefits ofYacón:

Using Yacón Syrup

It has a dark, thick, cinnamon-like in scent, and only half the sweetness of molasses. Not only is yacón syrup sweet and tasty, but it can also be used in many of your favorite dishes.  Not only will you not notice the difference, but also you will likely even find that the taste of many of your dishes has improved. You can substitute Yacon Syrup in many recipes using this ratio: ¾ cup = 1 cup sugar. Reduce wet ingredients by 2 tbsp if you use it.

As a molasses substitute, its terrific.  As an everyday sweetener, it’s a bit on the costly side.  If you wish to use it more often, try combining it with another one of the sweeteners here to get more mileage out of it.

I’m always looking for ways to cut down on the amount of sugar I eat, and I am a huge fan using yacon syrup when I can to replace sugar. I’ve cooked meals and baked sweets with yacon syrup, and you can not taste a difference.

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Why True Sol?

True Sol is made with 100% pure raw organic yacon syrup extract. There are no additives in this product. It can be used as a non-caloric, low-glycemic sweetener and help regulate healthy blood sugar levels Eating. Or use Yacon Syrup before daily meals. When taken daily, raw yacon syrup can assist in losing weight, increase metabolism and aid with detox cleansing of the digestive system.

Note Must be refrigerated after opening – Or as directed by your healthcare professional.

 

 

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Aug 27

ONE POTATO TWO POTATO: Gluten Free, All Natural and GMO Free potato chips

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At One Potato Two Potato, they believe in a world where a snack food that is better for you can still be exciting and tasty. And I will have to agree, One Potato Two Potato chips are indeed delicious!

Their chips are kettle cooked in small batches, never fried. They are all natural, gluten free, and GMO free with no MSG. They are made with sunflower oil, which contains vitamin E and monounsaturated fat— the good fat!

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One Potato Two Potato’s delicious and crispy chips come in a variety of fun flavors:

Naked Sea Salt: Crisp, fresh, and simply natural.

Hawaiian BBQ: Sweet and tangy.

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Sweet Onion: Savory layers of flavors of sweet onion.

Cracked Pepper: Simple yet sophisticated this classic blend is all it’s cracked up to be.

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Sweet Potato: Slightly sweet, crunchy, and loaded with beta-carotene and vitamin A.

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I took three flavors with me on my family vacation and everybody loved the chips!

You can purchase One Potato Two Potato products online.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Aug 26

16 Handles: The Perfect Summer Treat

Is there anything better than frozen yogurt in the summer? It cools you off while making you feel good! Even better it tastes great and at 16 Handles you get to flaunt your flavor by creating your own creations.

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16 Handles serves high quality frozen yogurt that come in a variety of delicious flavors and toppings. 16 Handles is a self-service yogurt bar so you can create what you want and how much you want. All yogurt products are all natural, and gluten free toppings are labeled.

The national frozen yogurt chain has just debuted a creamy vegan flavor called Yo Soy Vanilla. This means being lactose-intolerant or vegan no longer means having to avoid your favorite frozen treats. The best part is, the new flavor is also gluten free!

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CEO Solomon Choi says, “We developed Yo Soy Vanilla as a response to our customers who wanted to enjoy a non dairy flavor that wasn’t a fruit flavor. Vanilla is our best selling flavor so now we’re offering our best to our veganfriendly handlers.”

16 Handles also just debuted fruit smoothies, made with real fruit and artisanal frozen yogurt. With fun flavors like BFF (Strawberry Banana), Tropic Thunder (Mango Pineapple) and BRR Berry (Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry) you can walk out a smooth(ie) operator.

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All yogurt products are all natural, and gluten containing products are labeled.

16 Handles has locations in MA, NY, D.C., and FL.

 

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Disclaimer: I received a $10 gift certificate for free in order to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Aug 25

Product Review: Fruit Fusion Infuser Water Bottle

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DRINK MORE WATER.

One of the easiest ways to drink more water is to purchase a fruit infused water bottle. These inexpensive and attractive travel fruit infusers are easy to take with you anywhere you go, and the yummy flavors help encourage you to drink more. So if you aren’t a big fan of water, this might be perfect for you.

Water helps keep skin looking good, increases your metabolism, helps you fill more full so you eat less, and promotes proper organ function along with a ton of other healthy benefits.

The Fruit Fusion Infuser Water Bottle can hold 26 ounces of water. It is easy to fill and makes delicious natural fruit flavored beverages.

The liquid flows around and through the fruit to flavor the drink. The removable fruit infuser is easy to take out and clean up is a breeze!

The bottle is BPA free, lead free, dishwasher sage, and made of PET plastic; the safest plastic in drink ware.

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Fill with water and your favorite fruit, close the lid, shake and ENJOY! Refrigerate overnight for an enhanced infusion!

The Fruit Fusion Infuser Water Bottle retails for $27.97 BUT can be purchased on Amazon for only $10.97! (61% 0ff!!)

What is your favorite fruit fusion combination?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Aug 23

GO Veggie! Cheese-Free Cheese for People Who Love Cheese

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With over 40 lactose and dairy free products available, anyone who’s lactose intolerant, living with food allergies or seeking a healthier lifestyle can find a delicious reason to come running back to cheese. The best part is that all GO Veggie! products are GLUTEN FREE!!

Products include:

In addition to being gluten free GO Veggie! products are trans fat free, cholesterol free, and non-GMO. The GO Veggie! dairy sliced, shreds, and blocks are dairy, casein, and soy free.

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Whether you’re looking for lactose free cheese, dairy free cheese, or soy free cheese, GO Veggie! has a type for you. I am a big fan of the dairy free mozzarella shreds. This is one of the few shredded cheeses GO Veggie! carries that is also yeast free.

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I can once again enjoy a dairy free and gluten free lasagna, sprinkle it over pasta, chili, nachos, and more.

Gluten Free Mozzarella Quinoa Bites

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. (Optional) Place red pepper and onion in a oven proof dish, spray with some olive oil and roast in the oven until softened.
  3. In a food processor chop the onion stalks and red pepper.
  4. Mix together all ingredients in a medium boil.
  5. Grease a muffin pan.
  6. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons into each muffin spot.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
  8. Serve hot.

You can find GO Veggie! products in grocery stores and natural foods stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample for my blog. I was not paid for my review, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Aug 22

Clif Bar offers 26 gluten free options

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Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® Bar energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and snacks for adventure, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet.

While the traditional Clif bars are not gluten free, Clif does offers 26 gluten free options including CLIF® Mojo, CLIF® Kid Zfruit, Kit’s Organic, and Luna Bars.

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CLIF® MOJO combines simple and organic ingredients that are good for both our bodies and the planet. A delicious way to energize your day, CLIF® Mojo is available in 5 flavors:

In April CLIF® Kit’s Organic™ introduced Kit’s Organic™ Fruit + Seed, a nutritious snack bar made with all organic fruit and seeds.

“Kit’s Organic Fruit + Seed joins Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nut™ to round out a portfolio of nutritious and organic snack bars. Full of flavor and texture, CLIF Kit’s Organic bars are perfect accompaniments to meals or convenient snacks.” The entire line is USDA-certified organic, gluten-free, soy free, dairy free and contains 200 calories or less.

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Apricot + Sesame Seed Nutritional Information

As with all bars from the CLIF® Kitchen, Kit’s Organic Fruit + Seed contains zero grams trans fat, and does not contain partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, synthetic preservatives or GMO’s.

The Fruit + Seed bars combines fruits and seeds to create new and exciting flavors such as Apricot + Sesame Seeds, Cherry + Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut + Sesame Seeds, and Lemon Vanilla + Chia Seeds.

The CLIF® Kids ZFRUIT offers a tangy twisted fruit and veggie rope that is perfect for a snack or in the lunchbox. Made with real fruits and vegetables, each rope equals one full serving of fruit.

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Many  CLIF® products are also free of nuts, eggs, soy, and dairy. Click here to view the complete allergen reference table contains the most up-to-date information for all products.

CLIF® products are sold at almost all major grocery stores throughout the country and can be found at sporting good stores, target and dozens of other locations. To find a retail location nearest you click here.

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Aug 21

Healthy Summer Drinks featuring Maple Water

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Here are some great recipes for healthy summer drinks utilizing maple water from the local Concord, MA based company, DRINKmaple. As you know, maple water is a low-calorie/low-sugar, nutrient-rich beverage that contains 46 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, electrolytes and prebiotics and is obtained by tapping into maple trees.

Blueberry Maple Water Lemonade Popsicles

Blend together and pour into popsicle maker. Let them freeze for several hours and enjoy!

Makes 12 popsicles.

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Watermelon Mint Maple Water Cooler

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Vanilla Maple Water Smoothie

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Alicia Carlson Photography

Certified Nutritionist & Holistic Health Counselor Kate Weiler, who is also the Co-Founder of DRINKmaple, has shared with us three of her favorite ways to keep cool and hydrated this summer while simultaneously nourishing your body with the unprecedented benefits of maple water. DRINKmaple’s maple water is available throughout the Northeast as well as on www.drinkmaple.com.

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Aug 20

Taste of WGBH Chef’s Gala, part of the 3rd annual WGBH Food & Wine Festival // September 11, 2014

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Imagine 25 of the best chefs from the far corners of New England under one roof! Don’t miss this incredible gastronomic adventure in food, wine, and craft beer! The Chef’s Gala Reception is an elegant evening with 25 unique stations showcasing cuisine of local chefs/restaurants paired perfectly with selected wine and a few select craft beers from 25 featured artisans. Meet and mingle with your favorite chefs, and discover new favorite restaurants. Learn about the magic of pairing various dishes with the perfect wine to enhance flavor, and your experience.

Taste of WGBH Chef’s Gala, part of the third annual Food & Wine Festival, taking place on Thursday, September 11 from 7-11pm at the WGBH studios in Brighton, MA.

This year’s Chef’s Gala menu is bigger and better than ever! Guests have the opportunity to sample small plates prepared by 25 of the region’s best chefs, and sip more than 20 delicious wines from around the globe. For complete details on the Chef’s Gala and the whole roster of festival events, visit www.wgbh.org/festival.

Tickets: general admission: $150 $120 Gluten Free Boston Girl readers can use the promo code FOODBLOG to save 20% off the ticket price. To purchase tickets click here.


Food & Wine Festival

Thurs. Sept. 11- Sun. Sept. 14

 

  1.  Chef’s Gala Reception Thursday, September 11, 2014
  2. The Artisan Taste,  Saturday, September 13, 2014

             Two Sessions: 1pm-3:30pm and 5pm-7:30pmTickets for one 2 1/2 hour session: $50 for members and $60 for non-members

              Located in back WGBH visitor parking lot

Experience a wide variety of artisanal foods featuring New England’s renowned restaurants, chefs, and local producers.

  • Exhibitor tables featuring more than 100 wines from around the world, local food purveyors, and local fare.
  • Clarke Sub-Zero Wolf Celebrity Cooking Stage to include two chef demonstrations during each two and a half hour session.
  • Interactive displays and sponsor activations and entertainment will be included on the stage between each of the cooking demonstrations

        3.  Farmer’s Market Sat. 9/13 11am-5:30pm and Sun. 9/14 10am-3pm             FREE event, open to the general public. Will feature 15-20 farmers/vendors with a wide assortment of fresh produce, spices, herbs, and     baked goods. Check the website for updates in the coming weeks ahead with a complete list of participating vendors

4. Brunch Bar, Sunday, September 14, 11am-1:30pm            Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members: Have Sunday Brunch at the Brunch Bar with more than 100 different restaurants, artisan food producers, craft breweries and wines serving up sumptuous tasting-sized portions of foods from the exotic to down-home. The event features live chef demos, live music and an unbeatable way to travel New England in the span of a couple hours.

 

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Aug 20

Celebrating Pamela’s 26 Years in Gluten Free // GIVEAWAY

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This year, Pamela’s is proud to celebrate 26 years in gluten free. With the #1 selling Baking & Pancake Mix and top-selling Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pamela’s products have proven that gluten-free can be delicious. Pamela’s entire line of baking mixes, cookies, fig bars, and snack bars are power-sellers, extending beyond the allergy-free marketplace.

Pamela’s recently sent me their All-Purpose Artisan Flour Blend, which is a gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, nut free, corn free, and soy free flour blend that works as a cup for cup flour replacement in most recipes.

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I also tried the new Figgies & Jammies, which are Pamela’s gluten free, wheat free, and egg free version of traditional fig bar cookies. Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies are the first nationally launched gluten free fig bar cookies on the market! Figgies & Jammies are similar to Fig Newtons and are available in four flavors: Blueberry & Fig, Mission Fig, Raspberry & Fig, and Strawberry & Fig.

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If you liked Fig Newton’s then you MUST try Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies. I think these are even BETTER than the traditional ones. The strawberry flavor was my favorite; even Jeremy enjoyed them so much that I had to hide the rest from him!

One of Pamela’s top sellers are their Whenever Bars, a gluten free, non-dairy snack bar made with gluten free oats, chia seeds, and lightly sweetened with agave and sugar, Whenever Bars offer a healthy, great tasting snack whenever you want one. The only downside is 8-10g of sugar per bar, I try to stick to 6g or less per serving. But, this is much better than most bars out there on the market with 15 grams or more of sugar per serving.

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Whenever bars come in four flavors: Oat Blueberry Lemon, Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut, Oat Cranberry Almond, and Oat Raisin Walnut Spice.

The Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut was delicious and is not overly sweet, so it can be enjoyed in the morning, afternoon, or evening.IMG_9063

Pamela uses only premium ingredients, locally sourced when possible. She personally develops all product recipes and chooses the ingredients carefully, ensuring that her products are free of artificial additives, high fructose corn syrup, and free of hydrogenated oils and trans fats. They have statements from all their suppliers that to the best of their knowledge, their ingredient is free of GMOs, and Pamela’s randomly performs 3rd party testing on products to ensure they are GMO-free. They have also officially joined the Non-GMO Project where several of their products are undergoing the extensive verification process.IMG_9060

Pamela’s Products are sold at Whole Foods and health food stores. To find a retail location nearest you, check out their Store Finder.

The folks over at Pamela’s were kind enough to offer one of my lucky readers a chance to win a tote bag, recipe booklet and Pamela’s products! To enter the giveaway simply click on the rafflecopter below!
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This giveaway ends on September 1, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

 

Allergy Information

For complete list of products and allergen information click here.

 

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Aug 19

Gluten Free Options at Pollo Campero, a Latin American Chicken Restaurant

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Pollo Campero is a Latin American Chicken Chain. Pollo Campero opened their first locations in Guatamala and Honduras in 1971. In 2002, they opened their first U.S. location and today have over 50 locations across the U.S. and more than 300 Pollo Campero restaurants around the world— in Spain, Italy, India, Bahrain, Indonesia, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Pollo Campero is a quick service type of restaurant. You order at a counter, as you would any fast food chain, then take your number and sit down. Then your food is brought out to you.

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But this is not your typical fast food restaurant.

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Everything on their menu hass a modern twist on Latin American favorites. As their menu states, they slow marinate their Latin Grilled Chicken, which is hormone free and always fresh and never frozen, for 12 hours in a secret blend of citrus and Latin herbs. The chicken is incredibly flavorful and delicious!

About 75% of their menu is gluten free, and since they have a gluten free fryer, you can enjoy fried items you might normally not be able to eat at other restaurants.

Gluten Free options:

Each location has an allergen chart available (you can also view it online), indicating which items contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, gluten, fish, and soy.

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We ordered the grilled chicken with a side of rice, fried yucca, and fried plantains. The chicken was tender and juicy, and beyond flavorful.

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Fried Plantain

Note, chicken comes with one side, and corn tortillas but we wanted to try a few.

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We also tried the new Peruvian Shredded Chicken Bowl, which was also incredibly flavorful and delicious. Made with shredded chicken, fresh cilantro, black beans, rice, and creamy cilantro ranch, topped with fried tortilla strips. It was unreal.

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Refreshing drinks include:

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The Horchata is sweet and similar to the Spanish horchata made from tiger nuts. Tamarindo tastes similar to cranberry juice, but with a twist.

For dessert we had Flan, a rich baked vanilla custard topped with caramelized sugar.

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I love Latin and Hispanic foods, and there aren’t that many places in Boston where you can find authentic, tasty, and gluten free Latin American food. Jeremy and I both enjoyed the food a lot; he couldn’t stop raving about it.

 

Pollo Campero offers delicious food at great prices— 9 pieces of chicken and 4 sides for $16.99, can’t beat that! — and I highly recommend you check it out! We would definitely go more often if they had a more convenient location in Downtown Boston.

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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