Jul 01

Wonderfully Raw’s Coco-Roons

What every sweet tooth has been waiting for! Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights’ Coco-Roons are meltingly tender morsels, sweetened with the finest vitamin and mineral packed unfiltered organic Vermont maple syrup. Organic coconut gives these delectable treats natural fats that stimulate the metabolism….not to mention your cravings for more! In seven mouth wateringly indulgent flavors. 

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Perfect for on-the-go healthy snacking, Coco-Roons are a delightful, good-for-you indulgence, available in seven flavors: 

I tried the Brownie and Lemon Pie. The Lemon Pie tasted like a lemon pie, but with a twist and slightly different texture. The Brownies had a deep, rich and robust flavor and are perfect for any chocolate lover! 

Not only do they taste delicious but Coco-Roons are created with minimal, premium ingredients for maximum flavor and they fit many different dietary needs. Coco-Roons snacks that are gluten free, vegan and paleo friendly and made from organic, non-GMO, nutrient rich ingredients. 

The mother-son team of Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights expanded the brand to 4 lines of sweet, salty, healthy snacks to satisfy the needs and wants of smackers everywhere- salty or sweet, light or indulgent – all made with organic, non GMO, whole foods ingredients to be gluten free, vegan, and nutrient-rich.  Coco-Roons, Brussels Bytes, Snip Chips, and Dipperz can be found at fine retailers all over the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Australia.

Coco-Roons are available in both 6.2 oz and 2 oz bags. Click here to find a store location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 29

The Republic of Tea Organic Matcha Coconut Water Iced Tea

The Republic of Tea’s latest collection includes Organic Matcha Coconut Water Iced Tea, and combines the fine Matcha powder of premium Japanese green tea leaves with a coconut water base, and conveys a satisfying earthy flavor with each sip. This iced tea offers a refreshing taste of vacation no matter where you are!

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Matcha and coconut go together like the beach and a good book in the new Organic Matcha Coconut Water Iced Tea flavor. Combined with a sprinkle of premium green tea leaves, this blend features earthy and grassy flavors that pair beautifully with the refreshing notes of organic coconut water. The three work together to keep you both energized and hydrated.

Each tin contains eight large, unbleached tea pouches are perfectly portioned for making it easy to steep healthy, premium iced tea at home. This new Organic Matcha Coconut Water Iced Tea can be purchased online and is available at natural and specialty retailers across the country.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 28

Wild Planet Foods NEW Wild Organic Roasted Chicken Breast

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Wild Planet Foods is known as the leading provider of sustainable seafood. At the beginning of the year, the company announced their expansion into manufacturing non-seafood, sustainable items starting with the release of its Wild Organic Roasted Chicken Breast.

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The move comes in an effort to support organic farms and farmers. A completely sustainable product, Wild Planet’s premium chicken is raised on an organic diet, including non-GMO corn grown on land that is free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, and contains only two ingredients — Chicken and Salt. There is also a No Salt Added version available. 

Wild Planet Foods Organic Roasted Chicken Breast provides 40% more chicken than other 5 oz. can offerings, due to the fact that only Wild Planet roasts their chicken without the addition of added water, liquids or fillers that are commonly found in other brands. The flavorful, natural juices provide a delicious rotisserie taste. This new Organic Roasted Chicken Breast can be used to make sandwiches, soups, burritos, and is an especially great salad topper!
 
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All of Wild Planet products have been tested by a third party testing agency and are 100% gluten free and soy free.
 
Wild Organic Roasted Chicken Breast is available nationwide in supermarkets and natural food stores for an MSRP of $5.49. To find a retail location nearest you, click here
 
With strict quality control from hook to shelf, Wild Planet Foods’ mission is to produce safe, nutritious, great-tasting, and sustainably-sourced food. 100% US owned and based in McKinleyville, CA, the company operates its own docks where selection and delivery of fish are taken directly from the fishermen, some of whom are also shareholders with the company. All products canned by Wild Planet- Albacore, Skipjack, Shrimp, Sardines, Salmon, White Anchovies and the new Organic Roasted Chicken are considered Best Choices for sustainability by the consensus of environmental groups. Wild Planet was recently ranked #1 in the U.S. by Greenpeace for sustainable sourcing policy.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 27

Melt Organics // A dairy free butter alternative

Butter lovers rejoice! For those of us who crave that classic, creamy goodness, we can now spread, bake, cook and sauté with products that not only taste great but are also great for you. MELT’s all-natural butter substitutes are made with virgin coconut oil and other dairy free, gluten free, organic ingredients and were created for butter enthusiasts seeking a beneficial alternative.

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After launching its flagship product, Rich & Creamy MELT Organic Buttery Spread, in 2011, Prosperity Organic Foods introduced its Honey MELT and Chocolate MELT varieties, both naturally sweetened with organic wildflower honey for just 1 gram of sugar per serving. Today, the product line includes new Buttery Sticks, specially formulated to perform just like butter when baking, and Probiotic MELT Buttery Spread, a butter improvement that delivers active cultures more effectively than yogurt. We’ve used the Buttery Sticks in baking, cooking and even spread it on a bagel. Jeremy loved his bagel and had no idea he was using a “new butter”. 

MELT Organic performs like real cream butter because its primary ingredients (organic virgin coconut oil and palm fruit oil) are prized around the world for their stability under heat. Because of this stability, MELT Organic is slow to break down and oxidize, making it ideal for baking and sautéing. Just like butter, MELT Organic can burn on the cook top so it is important to heat MELT Organic slowly and not allow it to reach extremely high temperatures.

All MELT Organic spreads are made from a “Perfect Blend” of beneficial plant and fruit-based oils, including certified Fair for Life Fair Trade virgin coconut and Rainforest Alliance certified palm fruit, as well as hi-oleic sunflower, non-GMO flax and non- GMO canola. MELT Organic Buttery Sticks are made from a simpler blend of coconut, palm fruit and hi-oleic sunflower oils for optimal baking and cooking. MELT Organic is the first line of buttery spreads in North America to secure Non-GMO Project Verification for all varieties in its product line.

Rich & Creamy MELT, Honey MELT and Chocolate MELT Buttery Spreads, as well as new Buttery Sticks and Probiotic Buttery Spread, are all certified USDA organic, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of trans fat, gluten, dairy and soy. MELT is made with eco-social and fair trade ingredients, and store, thereby reducing greenhouse emissions.

You can purchase MELT Organic at Morton Williams, Whole Foods Market, Star Market, Shaw’s, and hundres of other retail locations across the country. Click here to find a location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 22

New Zealand Jerky

New Zealand Jerky (NZJ) is a premium Jerky made from seriously good New Zealand Grass-Fed Beef enhanced with gluten free, natural, easy to pronounce ingredients. NZJ’s cows are very humanely treated, free to wander the green pastures of New Zealand, eating grass their entire lives.  

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NZJ is the pioneer of deliciously savory, grass-fed, Non-GMO Project Verified beef jerky. In fact, it is the only Non-GMO Project Verified beef jerky in the world today! NZJ’s jerky is lightly marinated with all natural ingredients and traditionally smoked with real manuka wood, this subtle use of only natural flavors allows the clean and distinctively meaty taste of its grass-fed beef to triumph. All NZJ jerky products have 10-11 grams of protein per serving, zero saturated fat, are gluten-free, and are made without any unnecessary additives, preservatives, MSG or nitrites. NZJ is hormone-free and free-range beef, which creates a less fatty and higher in omega-3 jerky. 

NZJ comes in 3 flavors:

The clean flavors and seriously good meat leave you feeling satisfied. 

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Made in New Zealand, shipped bulk and packed in the USA in premium grade packaging, you can taste the difference in this clean, lean protein!  NZJ is proud to bring you…a slice of New Zealand in a packet! New Zealand Jerky – the only Non Gmo Project Verified jerky in the world today.

You can purchase NZJ online and at various retail locations throughout the country. To find a retail location nearest you, click here.  

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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Jun 21

Gaea Olive Snack Packs

Gaea, the authentic Greek natural foods brandwas founded in 1995. The name didn’t come about by accident; in ancient Greek mythology, Gaea was Mother Earth—a symbol of fertility and the goodness of the earth. As such, the company’s vision has been to introduce the world to the benefits of the Greek Mediterranean diet by combining exquisite Greek products based on olive oil with their penchant for tradition and simplicity.

Gaea is much more than elegantly-packaged wholesome foods and fine ingredients. It is a genuine philosophy of life, at the core of which is a deep appreciation for nature. They’ve always favored non-aggressive harvesting over large volumes and high yields. And although Gaea invests heavily in research and employ cutting-edge technology, they never stray too much from time-honored practices.

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Gaea’s Olive Snacks are 100% natural and delicious. Packaged in 2.3oz or 1 oz bags the olives are a convenient way to enjoy healthy olives on the go! 

Gaea Olive Snacks are available in a variety of flavors, including: 

Each snack pack contains only 67 – 150 calories– perfect for low-calorie healthy snacking! The easy to open pouches are great snack for work on in the car – or really anywhere. I’ve also used the green olives in pasta and rice dishes, and they add such great flavor to the dishes I make! 

Gaea’s will also now offer organic Olive Snacks and I can not wait to try them at the Summer Fancy Food Show later this month!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 16

Gluten Free Options at Bangkok Cuisine // Upper East Side

Bangkok Cuisine, one of the first Thai Culinary Arts restaurants, is located on the Upper East Side is deigned to imitate a Thai Palace.  The food is traditional, regional and modernized Thai Fusion, and their most coveted dish is the home-made Pad Thai dish, which is gluten free!

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Bangkok Cuisine is beautifully designed as a traditional Thai Palace through marble décor, with Swarski crystal chandeliers, elegant French glassware and stoneware of the highest caliber with gold embellishments. Waitresses  wear royal garb to make customers feel that their dining in a royal Thai palace. Furthermore, Bangkok Cuisine’s food is created by a chef with over 15 years experience in traditional, regional and modernized Thai fusion preparations.

The menu features everything from traditional and regional Thai dishes to modernized Thai fusion preparations that use French cooking techniques. In order to maintain the quality of its food and the authenticity of classic Thai cuisine, the restaurant uses only ingredients of the highest caliber, carefully selecting the finest herbs and spices native to Thailand. What sets it apart is that everything here is fresh and homemade, including spices ground on the premises and sauces made from scratch.

Gluten free menu items include:

Last night Amit, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, and I had a delicious meal. We tried a few of the gluten free options and were very impressed. I started with a Lychee Martini, which I’ve never had before. It was not too sweet, luckily, and did not taste like vodka, another plus for me. It made me feel as if I was back in Thailand sitting on a tropical beach. 

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The fried tofu was light and airy with a delicious, mild chili sauce. The Fresh summer rolls were fresh and served with a peanut dipping sauce.

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We shared the Seafood Tom Yum Pad Thai and it was delicious! It was so flavorful yet light and dull of shrimp, mussels and calamari. We were scrapping the plate trying to eat up every last bite. 

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We were too full to order dessert, but they do offer Mango Sticky Rice that can be made gluten free. 

Please note that all dishes are prepared in the same kitchen. 

 

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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Jun 15

Bread SRSLEY gluten free, dairy free, soy free Sourdough Bread

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Bread SRSLY is San Francisco’s first gluten-free sourdough bread company. The company began late in 2011 after it’s founder, Sadie, had a furious bout of gluten-free sourdough experiments in her home kitchen in Cole Valley. But the story starts well before that. After a friend went gluten free in 2009, Sadie began baking and experimenting with new ingredients – sorghum flour, sweet rice, buckwheat. Many of her attempts ended up in the compost, but when one came out well, she would ask her friend to  try it. During this time she developed a good understanding of gluten free ingredients, and a few months later she learned that she was pretty seriously gluten-intolerant herself!

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That’s when she redoubled her efforts in the kitchen, focusing on making the perfect loaf of gluten-free bread. In 2011 she began selling bread to friends and not long after word spread catapulting Bread SRSLY into a full-time business. 

Bread SRSLY  was created after months of research, applying traditional sourdough techniques to gluten-free recipes and learning that good bread takes its time to rise. Each Bread SRSLY loaf rises for more than 12 hours, making it SERIOUSLY good for you. In addition to being gluten-free, all Bread SRSLY products are free of dairy, egg, soy, nut, potato, tapioca, and garbanzo.

Bread SRSLY is committed to making nourishing bread. Each loaf is leavened with wild yeast, cultivated from the air and grain. Unlike commercial yeast, wild yeast helps to break down the grains, making them easier to digest, and adding a pleasant tang that we call sourdough.

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Bread SRSLY sourdough loaves is available in a few different flavors – classic, kale and seeded, as well as in rolls. The bread is great for sandwiches! There was one small hole in my bread (see photo above) but so much smaller than I usually find in other leading brand name sandwich breads. 

 You can purchase loaves and mixes online and shipping is always only $5.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 14

Pure Genius brownies and blondies GIVEAWAY

Brownies made with beans?! Now that is Pure Genius
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I first tried Pure Genius’ gluten free, vegan brownies and blondies at the Gluten Free & Allergen Free (GFAF) expo this past fall in New Jersey. Until now, you could only find these brownies at expos and online. And now you can buy Pure Genius at Whole Foods Markets across the Northeast and coming soon to health stores and specialty stores across the country!
 
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Pure Genius Provisions Deep Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Blondie are packed with 3-4g protein and 3-4g fiber, and contain 11g of sugar and  under 200 rich, satisfying calories. 
 
Made in an allergen free facility, Pure Genius products are nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and soon-to-be kosher-certified. You can’t even tell that the brownies are made from black beans and the blondies are made from chickpeas. You’d never guess that every Pure Genius brownie and blondie contains more than 40% garbanzo beans (chickpeas). And I’m talking whole beans, not flour.  I suggest you try this Brooklyn-based product asap!  
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Use promo code GFJESSICA to save 20% off all online orders through the end of June. 
 
Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win Pure Genius Provisions Deep Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Blondies!! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
 

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This giveaway will end on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jun 13

PhillySwirl® and ICEE® Mix Things Up in Frozen Novelties

I’m not sure if you remember a review I did last June about two friends from Philadelphia who started selling Italian ice on the beaches of Florida in 1987. Well, they were quite successfully and so is their company PhillySwirl. Inspired by hot summer days in Philadelphia, they concocted a new twist on a childhood favorite, Italian Ice. This signature swirl now brings fun to every freezer with unique flavors and fun formats, including the classic SwirlStix, Cups with Candy Spoons and Swirl Popperz.

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PhillySwirl frozen novelties are a great tasting and healthier gluten free, dairy free alternative to ice cream and other calorie and fat-laden summer treats, and what’s even better? PhillySwirl is introducing three exciting new frozen novelties that feature a unique twist on classic flavors. This swirl-licious lineup includes juicy and refreshing flavors like ICEE, organic fruit, and lemonade. Similar to the popular Swirl Stix, all new items are under 50 calories per bar, food allergen-friendly, and feature a smooth texture the whole family will enjoy.

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Here’s the scoop:  

All of the new items are:

The new PhillySwirl flavor lineup has just hit shelves, and can be found for an average retail of $2.99.  To find where PhillySwirl products are sold near you, visit the product locator.

I can’t think of anything cooler on a hot summer day!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in dairy free, dessert, ice cream, nut free, Product Review, Snack, Soy free and tagged , , , , on 13 June, 2016.