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Endorfin Dark Chocolate Bars Made with Cacao & Coconut

Endorfin Foods, an award winning bean to bar company dedicated to crafting delicious and healthy chocolate, is pioneering craft chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar and enriched with coconut mylk. 

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Endorfin Foods is dedicated to crafting chocolate that pays homage to the inherent beauty and power of Theobroma cacao – the original food of the gods. These smooth chocolate bars are made from organic and ethically sourced ingredients like agroforestry cacao, coconut sugar, and coconut mylk. Endorfin Foods boast one of the cleanest labels around, with no refined sugar, dairy, soy, or gluten, making them both vegan and paleo approved. 

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Endorfin Foods is the only bean-to-bar chocolate company using coconut sugar to sweeten their chocolate – unlike beet and cane sugars, it contains vital nutrients, requires minimal processing, and can be grown sustainably. Coconut is not only better for you and for the planet but the coconut sugar adds a delicious caramel note to each bar. 

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So, which bar was my favorite? I liked the Coconut Dream is the perfect balance between sweetness and bold cacao. The Absinthe is the most unique flavor I tried. Flavors of fennel and anise come through and it is not something I’ve ever tasted with chocolate before. 

Endorfins Foods bars can be purchased at health food stores across the country or online

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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ERA Organics Tea Tree Oil Cleanser & Face Cream

hether you’re fighting acne, oily skin, rosacea or chronic dry skin, you can get healthier, smoother skin thanks ERA Organics Tea Tree Oil Cleanser and Face Cream. 

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ERA Organics is a family owned and operated company based in California. After running into different allergies, skin conditions, lack of energy, etc., the family decided to make a change. Together, they wanted to improve their health in a major way. This included eating better, exercising more and eliminating toxins – something I am also trying to be better about – not only what I put into my body, but what I put on my body. My husband has also started using this cleanser and had noticed a difference in his skin. 

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The Face Cleanser leaves my skin feeling smooth and nourished. This product is made with natural, organic ingredients including: tea tree oil, goldenseal, burdock root, aloe vera, pomegranate seed oil, St. John’s wort, and dandelion root.

I’ve started using the facial cream before I go to bed. It is soothing and hydrating. It works with oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin, without making things worse.

Not only are ERA Organics products made with real ingredients that are good for your skin, they are also offered at reasonable prices.  Both products are available for under $20 each!

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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Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate NEW 73% Vanilla Raspberry Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most widely given gifts on Valentine’s Day and Dick Taylor Chocolate has released a new limited Valentines Day bar for all you lovers out there. Made with 73% Northerner Blend (Madagascan & Brazilian cacao) dark chocolate and dusted with a mix of organic freeze dried raspberries and organic vanilla coconut palm sugar to make a delightful berry bar for Valentine’s Day. 
 
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Dick Taylor’s approach to chocolate making is very hands-on. They are committed to making the best chocolate they know how. Over time, as their knowledge of the process of making chocolate has grown, the process has become more and more complex. The current methods are a result of study, research, experimentation and trial-and-error. And the goal is to constantly be improving their chocolate as well as recognizing any shortcomings. 

Dick Taylor Chocolate sources the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate, all in a small factory in Eureka, California. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows for the making some of the finest chocolate possible. By using organic cacao and organic cane sugar, and by not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the process, they are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao sourced from around the world.

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The new adds to the presentation of the bar. The wrapper is designed and printed in house on letter press, including the hand carved raspberry. This bar will be available now through Mother’s Day and retails for $7.00 each. Click here to find the retail 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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Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burgers

Hilary’s is the creator of convenient and culinary foods that are made from real ingredients and are free from common allergens. Hilary’s is a B Corporation certified food manufacturing company dedicated to nourishing our bodies and the environment. They only use thoughtfully researched, organic and non-GMO ingredients. The products we offer are easy to prepare at home, and undeniably delicious. It’s eating well made easy.

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I am sure you have tried – or at least heard of – Hilary’s gluten free products at some point (including my post a few months ago about their Millet Medleys.) Today I want to talk to you about Hilary’s Veggie Burgers. I LOVE these burgers and my husband and I eat them for dinner at least twice per month. Veggie Burgers are available in a variety of styles:

  • World’s Best Veggie Burger (original)
  • Adzuki Bean Burger
  • Hemp & Greens Burger 
  • Root Veggie Burger 
  • Black Rice Veggie Burger
  • Spicy Thai Veggie Burger 
  • Curry Veggie Burger
  • Kimchi Veggie Burger 

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I’ve tried a number of Hilary’s burgers and I have to say my favorites include the original, Adzuki burger and Root Veggie Burger. Veggie burgers are perfect for those nights that you need protein but don’t want meat. They are also super easy and quick to make, and make for the perfect busy weeknight meal. 

Every product meets the following standards:

  • Convenient. foods for people who care about what they eat while living their busy lives.
  • Clean. certified organic ingredients are real food, minimally processed and as close to their natural state as possible.
  • Free-from. all products are all gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free and nut-free.
  • Sustainable. Hilary’s considers long-term sustainability in their business practices. They care about the health of customers, employees and ecosystem.
  • Yummy. If it doesn’t taste good, why even bother? 

Have you tried Hilary’s Veggie Burgers? What is your favorite kind? 

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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Kuli Kuli Moringa – A superfood for 2018

Sterling-Rice Group’s Culinary Trends 2018 report is the culmination of a year-long examination of the global foodscape, based on international scouting trips, in-depth primary research, and input from the Culinary Council, a team of more than 175 chefs, restauranteurs, and food experts from around the world. While some culinary trends may rise and fall within the same calendar year, many of the most relevant trends follow longer arcs, manifesting in connected, yet new, innovations along the way. One of the projected hot new superfoods of 2018 is moringa.

Kuli Kuli Foods is America’s leading moringa brand, and has worked to build a supply chain with women-owned cooperatives and small farmers across Africa and South America. Kali Kuli’s powder, bars and energy shots are gluten free and sold in over 6,000 stores. 

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Although this plant was initially discovered for its beneficial properties thousands of years ago, only recently has moringa (sometimes called the Ben oil tree) become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic health market. In fact, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called moringa (moringa oleifera) the “plant of the year,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.” 

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Kuli Kuli’s moringa is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants, and provides a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Gram for gram, moringa contains two times the amount of protein of yogurt, four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots, four times the amount of calcium as cow’s milk, seven times amount of vitamin C as oranges. I think you get the picture. 

Morninga has many benefits including: anti-inflammatory, balances hormones and slows the effects of aging, helps improve digestive health and balances blood sugar levels, to name a few. 

All of Kuli Kuli’s products are gluten free, vegan, soy free, dairy free and non-GMO. My favorite are the Moringa Superfood Bars which are available in three flavors: Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Almond and Black Cherry.The bars are chewy and slightly sweet and with 190 calories and more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal, they keep me going all morning. 

Kuli Kuli is available at Whole Foods Market and Natural food stores throughout the country. You can also purchase Kuli Kuli products on Amazon

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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Make Your Own Gluten-Free Hard Cider with this Handy Kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop

Built on the principles that making beer—real beer, from real ingredients—can be simple, tasty and more importantly, fun, Brooklyn Brew Shop sells stylish brew kits and ingredient mixes for seasonally-inspired beers and ciders. All of their kits are designed for use on a standard kitchen stove and use real ingredients instead of the less flavorful extracts and additives typical in other homebrewing kits.


Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Hard Cider Kit is stylish, affordable and super easy to use and offers a simple way to turn leftover apples or pears from fall farm excursions into delicious, home-brewed, craft quality hard cider. It contains everything you need to turn apples or cider from your local market into something a little more festive. It’s good for three batches of hard cider and since cider is naturally gluten-free, it’s an ideal gift for gluten-averse merrymakers and curious epicureans alike!

While apple picking season might be over, cider is a drink that can be served all holiday season long!

The Kit includes 1 gallon reusable glass fermenter, 3 packets yeast, vinyl tubing & clamp, racking cane & tip, chambered airlock, 3 packets cleanser, and screw-cap stopper. All you need is apple cider/juice! You can even bypass the apple juicing yourself for pre-pressed cider from your favorite farmers’ market. Simply add a few packets of yeast to your fresh squeezed apples (or pre-pressed cider) and let science work its magic. After two weeks add three tablespoons of honey to your fermented juice to give the cider the extra dose of sugar it needs to carbonate. A couple weeks later and you’ll be sipping delightfully fizzy Hard Cider by the fire.

This is the perfect holiday gift for the cider lover in your life. Or, by it for yourself and serve it at your holiday party to impress all your friends and family!

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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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Grown in Idaho®

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For Grown in Idaho®, crispiness is no small potato. Harvested at peak freshness, Grown in Idaho® potatoes go straight into the freezer, so when they come out of your oven, they’re super crispy on the outside and deliciously tender on the inside. Offering a full line of surprisingly crispy fries and frozen potatoes products, like Crispy Shoe String Fries and Super Crispy Steak Cut Fries, these babies are made with 100% real Idaho potatoes and deliver a crisp like no other. Yeah, it’s okay – we’re drooling too.

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You can find Grown in Idaho products at Stop & Shop and Star Market. Click here to find a retail 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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FORAGER PROJECT’S NEW FLAVORS OF ORGANIC PRESSED VEGETABLE CHIPS

Forager Project has introduced three new flavors of organic Pressed Vegetable Chips using upcycled plant fiber from their cold-pressed juices. Joining Forager’s growing line of organic, plant-based, dairy-free foods made with simple ingredients, Pressed Vegetable Chips are now available in Chipotle BBQ, Cheezy Greens, and Wasabi Greens. Committed to creating products that are better for people and the planet, Forager reduces food waste by upcycling otherwise composted vegetable fiber sourced from pressing their own vegetable juice.

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Forager Project began in 2013 with a focus on high-quality, cold-pressed vegetable juices that were high in nutrients and low in sugar. After tasting the organic vegetable fiber left in the press, Founder and CEO Stephen Williamson believed the beautiful vegetable pulp would not only make a great base for a chip but would also leverage Forager’s raw ingredients, helping to reduce food waste and create a more sustainable proposition for the company and its consumers.

“Waste is a matter of perspective,” said Forager Founder & CEO Stephen Williamson. “We had all of this lovely, organic vegetable pulp that we were composting, and thought, there has got to be a better way. We’re as interested in creating healthy, plant-based foods as we are in mitigating our impact on the planet.”

The three new flavors include: 

  • Chipotle BBQ: With subtle smoky heat, this is an elevated BBQ chip with a kick

  • Cheezy Greens: Seasoned with nutritional yeast for a cheesy but dairy-free experience. Perfect for my cheese cravings! This one is my favorite. I love the cheesy flavor, which is something I don’t get to eat often.

  • Wasabi Greens: a bold, balanced punch of flavor. Too spicy for me.

Similar in texture to a traditional tortilla chip but gluten-free and corn-free, Forager’s Organic Vegetable Chips combine fresh-pressed vegetable fiber from their cold-pressed juices with ancient grains, seeds, organic seasoning, and a touch of sea salt for a distinct flavor and satisfying crunch. Committed to creating products that are better for people and the planet, Forager reduces food waste by upcycling otherwise composted vegetable fiber sourced from pressing their own vegetable juice. 

The chips are perfect for snacking by themselves or paired with your favorite guacamole or salsa. 

Ready to eat and share, each 5oz bag of Forager’s organic Pressed Vegetable Chips retails for $3.99 and can be purchased in stores nationwide. Chipotle BBQ is available in a 1.5oz bag for $1.99 at select retailers. More information, including a list of ingredients, can be found on Forager Project’s website.

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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NEW NuNaturals Sugar Free Syrups

In 2015 I was introduced to NuNaturals, a company offering a wide selection of all natural, plant-based sweeteners, baking ingredients, and dietary supplements. The company’s first product was “The Mental Energy Formula,” a nutritional supplement that NuNaturals still sells today. When Warren learned about a sweet herb native to South American called Stevia that was an alternative to sugar, he knew that it could greatly help people in the United States struggling with the problems that come from sugar.  

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For those of you who are afraid, or skeptical to use stevia, please trust me and read on. NuNaturals is not like other stevia brands that leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth, nor does it give your foods and beverages a funny taste.

Since 2015, NuNaturals has introduced several NEW items of additional Sugar Free Syrups including  GINGER, VANILLA, & VANILLA GINGER. Not only are these syrups sugar free, they are also calorie free.

NuStevia Vanilla Syrup has the perfect amount of sweetness with a VERY vanilla taste. Use it in everything you would use vanilla in. Homemade sugar-free vanilla ice cream; cookies, cakes, vanilla smoothies, and shakes; vanilla pudding, pies, on sweet potatoes fries; tea and coffee, including the chocolate cupcakes pictured below!

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Next up I am going to try the NuStevia Ginger Syrup; a spicy ginger syrup with the perfect amount of sweetness. Made with  real organic ginger extract, it is sure to please the ginger lover in you. Add a little bit to lemonade for a spicy, yet sweet, Ginger Lemonade. Add to stir-frys for a little sweetness with a ginger kick! NuStevia Ginger Syrup shines in coffee, especially if you’re a fan of “Dirty Chais.” Speaking of chai, add it to your mellow chai tea to kick the ginger up a notch. Or add it to your regular herbal tea to help with digestion after meals. Use it in marinades and sauces. It’s great on plain yogurt, who would have thought?! Or how about in cocktails? You can make a delicious sugar-free Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy.

You can purchase NuNaturals products at Whole Foods, GNC and other real locations. 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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Thunderbird Real Food Bars, a truly healthy energy bar.

 
 
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Thunderbird Bars were founded and crafted in Austin, TX by endurance athletes who wanted real food for pure energy, but made for anyone looking for a great tasting and truly healthy alternative to “energy” bars. Thunderbird Real Food Bars specializes in creating epic tasting whole food energy bars. Containing uniquely pure and highly powerful ingredients, Thunderbird bars provide consumers with conveniently packaged, nutrient dense, plant-based goodness. Each bar is made using the finest and freshest available whole foods that earth has to offer.
 
Because Thunderbird Cares about your body, they use only real whole food ingredients. Thunderbird bars taste great and made by using only 100% all-natural, simple and certified ingredients and not one drop of sugar to provide clean, pure, real food energy for life. Thunderbird Bars are gluten free, grain free, soy free, dairy free, non GMO project verified, and vegan.

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Each bar is made with a combination of fruits, nuts, seeds, spices and nothing else. I love the variety and creativity of the flavors Thunderbird has come up with! 

To find a retail location nearest you click here. You can also purchase Thunderbird bars on Amazon.

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.