Jul 22

Gluten Free Brunch options at Boston Chops

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Boston Chops, in the South End, is Boston’s newest steak house. Open since March 2013, Boston Chops is an “urban steak bistro”— a casual yet refined twist on the splendor for which steakhouse are well known.

This past weekend I was invited to join the Boston Brunchers for brunch at Boston Chops. I had planned to go to Boston Chops during Dine Out Boston (formerly Restaurant Week), so I was excited to get a sneak peak.

Boston Chops is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10-3pm. The menu includes a half dozen traditional breakfast items, grilled steaks and sandwiches, as well as raw bar and a selection of salads.

The feel inside is more urban than your typical business-like setting of most steakhouses. I loved the exposed brick, wrought-iron bars on the high windows, and modern feel of the space. Like most steakhouses, it is dark; dark lighting, dark walls, dark tables.

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The menu also features a few cocktails, including a bloody Mary selection that allows diners to choose among four perpetrations; pickled, chipotle, spicy, or raw, topped with an oyster and jumbo shrimp cocktail.

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Although Boston Chops does not have a dedicated gluten free menu, many of the brunch items are naturally gluten free. The frites (fries) and corn tortilla are both gluten free but fried in the same fryer with everything else. So, depending on your allergy/intolerance, you may or may not want to eat that.

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We started with a dozen Island Creek Oysters.

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While I was tempted to try the kale omelet with mushroom and cheddar and a side of potatoes, I opted for something you don’t see on every single brunch menu; Huevos Rancheros. The Huevos Rancheros ($15) is beautifully presented in a crispy corn tortilla filled with braised machaca beef cheek, black beans, avocado, and topped with a fried egg.

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Another savory gluten free option is the Surf and Turf ($23), served with lobster grits, beef tornados, poached eggs, and hollandaise. The meat was tender and the lobster was amazing. The grits are rich.

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Both dishes, while complete opposites, were incredibly flavorful and just the right portion size.

There is something on the menu for every palate, and every wallet. Salads start at $10, while entrées run from $12-$23, and for those who want steak you have three brunch options starting at $24.

The service was impeccable. Our server Lindsay was amazing. I wish there were more servers out there like her. She knew every menu item like the back of her hand. She knew every ingredient in every dish, and what was best for gluten free diners. There were so many servers working; my water glass was always full and empty dishes were quickly cleared.

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For weekend warriors getting a late start, Boston Chops is now offering a Raw Bar Happy Hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 – 5 p.m., featuring fresh-shucked oysters for $1.

 

Disclaimer: I received brunch free of charge as part of the Boston Brunchers, with the exception of gratuity, which I happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Jul 21

Bru Joy Stainless Steel Can Opener With Built-in Bottle Opener and Soda Tab Lifter

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Fed up with cheap and inferior can openers that break easily? Then look no further. Sturdy & easy-to-use, Bru Joy is THE ONLY can opener you need to buy.

Bru Joy manual hand held can opener is not just your average can opener. This stainless steel can opener also has a built in bottle opener and soda tab lifter.

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It wasn’t until I used this can opener that I realized just how crappy my old one was. This is truly a great can opener. The Bru Joy can opener is so fast and easy to use that it will never let you down! It requires minimal hand effort. And, thanks to the ultra-sharp cutting discs and the ergonomic design, you can easily open even big cans in seconds. This is good if you have children who like to help in the kitchen too!

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Bru Joy is a high quality product. It is strong, sturdy & multi-functional, and is guaranteed to be your most useful and reliable kitchen tool that lasts years in your kitchen!

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Bru Joy makes a great Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, wedding, bridal shower or birthday gift. Or if you have a son or daughter heading off to college this fall, it’s great for dorm rooms. I mean let’s face it; we all ate canned soup in college to save money!

The best part is, Bru Joy is affordable. Normally it retails for $49.99 BUT lucky for you, you can purchase this can opener for 60% off through Amazon! So it’s only $19.99 and if you don’t love it (which you will) you are guaranteed your money back. So, what do you have to lose?

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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Jul 20

Moxie Glass Drinking Straws // Saving the Earth, one sip at a time!

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Are you environmentally conscious? Do you avoid the BPAs often found in plastics? If so, then you need to check out the unique benefits of using glass straws that are made to be reused in any type of beverage.

Moxie Glass has designed and created glass drinking straws that are reusable, environmentally friendly, and fun! The glass drinking straws are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles, and many unique designs with straw clinging critters on them.

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I love the one I received with flower embellishments on it.

Moxie Glass straws are made out of borosilicate (pyrex) glass which makes them safe for both cold and hot beverages. They are dishwasher safe and hypoallergenic. They will not leach chemicals into your beverages and are BPA free.

Some drinks are just better with a straw, aren’t they? I brought the straws to girl’s night at my friend’s apartment last week and we used them while sipping sangria. Sounds silly, but it was more fun with the straws. I don’t know why, but it was. And having different color straws helped keep track of which drink was whose!

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I tested the straws out on a couple of different types of drinks— sangria, fruit smoothie, soda water, and iced coffee. The straw did its job each time, even with the smoothie, which was thick, nothing got caught in the straw.

The straws area easy to clean with the cleaning brush. This little brush helps keeps the inside of the glass straws clean and sparkling. It is 5 ½ inches long from the handle tip and the length of the bristle brush is 1 ½ inches long. It has a twisted wire handle that bends easily to clean the bent straws.

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While the straws are very durable, they are glass so I would use caution with children. I actually dropped on and it didn’t break, but I would still be weary of giving a glass straw to a young child.

Moxie Glass also makes glass Mason jar to go cups with lids that have a grommet in them for your favorite glass straw to stick out. I’ve been using my new jar for my fruit smoothies in the morning! They have many sizes, styles, and colors available starting at just $13 for a jar and standard straw. I think these would make great gifts or favors at a party.

To purchase Moxie products— straws start at $2.50— head over to their website now!

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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Jul 19

EasyPeeler by BearHandz Product Review

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Julienning and peeling your favorite fruits and vegetables just got a whole lot easier with the EasyPeeler.

This great julienne/vegetable peeler, and is made from 100% high grade stainless steel with super sharp blades to cut preparation time.

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The EasyPeeler is multifunctional in that it not only juliennes and peels but also slices, shreds, and garnishes with its sharp blades. The super sharp stainless steel blades greatly reduce food prep time, and gives you an even cut every single time. It was so easy to use and fit nicely in my hand. It wasn’t heavy, which I was a little afraid of since it is made of stainless steel.

The brushed metal finish looks very cool and it is so easy to clean! If something is not easy to clean, I won’t use it, it will just sit in the drawer. But not the EasyPeeler. I’ve been using it all the time!

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This is great for peeling cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, and even makes the perfect zucchini noodles! I’ve used it to peel the thick skin off of fruits. I couldn’t get over the ease of it and how the skin that came off was the right thickness too.

Whether you are a professional chef or passionate home cook, this is a great kitchen tool to have. It normally retails for $14.95 but is on sale on Amazon for only $9.49!

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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Jul 18

Sunergetic Advanced Supplement for Anti-Aging Skin Review & Giveaway

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As I get older, I’m becoming more conscious about my skin care and health. People tell me I look so young and I want them to keep telling me that when I’m in my 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

Sunergetic is the most advanced supplement for anti-aging skin on the market today. Sunergetic’s premium natural ingredients work over time to keep your skin looking younger while preventing it from any further damage by the environment and from dangerous sunrays. Just as the sun gives you energy, Sunergetic gives your skin energy using a proprietary blend of natural ingredients. With Sunergetic, you can feel confident that your skin is being protected, nourished and energized.

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This unique blend of European ingredients will rejuvenate, hydrate, and protect your skin from the adverse effects of aging from the outside and within. Nutritional support for skin is of greater importance than expensive topical creams because the benefits are delivered via the blood stream, at the most effective level.

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You may see a difference in your skin within the first month and after that your skin will keep on improving the more you use Sunergetic. Some people say they see results in as little as one week. Each person is different. After two weeks I was already noticing a difference in my skin texture. My normally dry skin was much softer, smoother, and less dry.

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Sunergetic is gluten free and contains NO dairy, eggs, or soy. Sunergetic is a natural formula, made with non-GMO ingredients that are also vegetarian.

You still need to wear sunscreen while you are out in the sun. Sunergetic is not a sunscreen.

You can purchase Sunergetic online for as little as $39.95 a month! But that’s not all— Sunergetic was gracious enough to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a one month supply of Sunergetic!! Plus, they are offering to give 5 more winners an exclusive 50% off coupon code! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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Jul 18

100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts

If you are like me, you have never heard of Australian Tea Tree Oil, until now that is. As its name suggest, Australian Tea Tree Oil is from Australia. It is an essential oil with a fresh odor and color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear.

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Australian Tea Tree Oil is one of the most versatile essential oils. Just a few drops of this powerful oil helps clear skin, cleanse hair, and even freshen up the home with its detoxifying properties.

Apothecary Extracts Australian Tea Tree Oil is 100% pure, made with no preservatives, artificial colors, parabens or chemicals.

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You can use it to make your own Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Face Cleaner, Body Wash, and Toothpaste. I’ve made the moisturizing face wash & replenishing tea tree oil body scrub from the guide that was provided and loved both!

 

It’s also great for your home too. Add 2 teaspoons of pure oil to a regular load of laundry during the wash cycle, add one teaspoon to a gallon of water and give windows, floors, tile, and kitchen surfaces a thorough, chemical-free clean, and it can even be used as a stain remover by applying the oil to a damp cloth to remove scuffmarks from a vinyl and/or linoleum floor.

It is toxic when taken by mouth, but is widely used in low concentrations in cosmetics and skin washes. Australian Tea Tree Oil has been claimed to be useful for treating a wide variety of medical conditions including fighting acne, toenail fungus, lice, yeast infections, cold sores, dandruff, ringworm, fleas, warts, psoriasis, and more.

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Each large 4 ounce bottle comes with a FREE 100 PAGE GUIDE with over 50 uses for Tea Tree Oil. It provides you with all the ways to use tea tree oil to improve your life, and replace harmful cleaners around the house. It is said that one 4-ounce bottle can last up to one year!

Many essential oils are diluted to cut costs. Apothecary Extracts’ Tea Tree Oil is not. Apothecary Extracts tests to prove the Tea Tree Oil’s purity and potency. It is a great value and great quality.

This Tea Tree Oil usually sells for $27.99 but is on sale on Amazon for only $19.99. When you think about it, this is much less than buying organic household cleaners and washes, and will save you money in the long run.

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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Jul 17

Food Should Taste Good Gluten Free Brown Rice Crackers

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Food Should Taste Good has added three new flavors to their line of Brown Rice Crackers— Peppercorn Blend, Tomato & Basil, and Roasted Red pepper. The original, Sea Salt, and the new flavors can now be found in stores nationwide.

Food Should Taste Good was so generous and sent me all 4 flavors to try! FSTG makes the best multigrain tortilla chips, so it’s no surprise that I love their Brown Rice Crackers.

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Like FSTG’s popular line of Tortilla Chips, and Kettle Cooked Sweet Potato Chips, the Brown Rice Crackers are certified gluten free. The Brown Rice Crackers are also all-natural, certified Kosher, and have no MSG, trans fat, cholesterol, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

One serving of Brown Rice Crackers has 13g of whole grains!

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FSTG Brown Rice Crackers Sea Salt Nutritional Info

Wow do these taste good! I was so impressed with all of the flavors!

Sea Salt, made with sesame and flax seeds, quinoa, amaranth, tamari, and a touch of sea salt, baked crackers are naturally delicious.

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The Sea Salt crackers are great for pairing with hummus, guacamole, tapenade, and any other spread you enjoy with crackers. I also really enjoyed these on their own.

Tomato & Basil is made with sesame seeds, tomatoes, quinoa, amaranth and basil. I love the strong basil flavor with a slight tomato taste. Jeremy said, “These are really good crackers. They are way better than you would think for a gluten free cracker.”

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Peppercorn Blend, made with sesame seeds, quinoa, amaranth and pink, white, green and black peppercorn, has a little kick. I loved the different peppercorn flavors; I could really taste each one. I didn’t think it would be possible to tell the difference between the flavors, but I could.

Roasted Red Pepper made with sesame seeds, red bell peppers, quinoa, and amaranth. The red peppers adds a bit of kick to these crackers, making them anything but ordinary.

You can find FSTG Brown Rice Crackers at many conventional and natural grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada or in their online store. You can also purchase FSTG products through Amazon, if you want to buy in bulk (pack of 8) you can save a little bit of money doing it this way.

 

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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Jul 16

Slow Food For Fast Lives // Savory, Not Sweet, Healthy, Gluten Free, & Vegan Food Bars

An innovative, delicious, and nutritious food for people on the go.

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Slow Food For Fast Lives just launched this year and they are super excited about providing good food to people on the go. The founders, three friends who previously founded Banana Republic, Republic of Tea, and Wild Planet, wanted to create a healthy option for people on the go. And they are really excited to be the first ones innovating in this savory snack bar area.

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With artisan inspired global recipes, they have created something revolutionary – SLOW FOOD FOR FAST LIVES – a delicious savory bar made with vegetables, nuts, seeds, and gluten free grains with ethnic spices. The first four bars – California, Indian, Moroccan, and Thai – combine power veggies, delicious nuts, and flavorful spices from around the world to give you delicious, healthy, bars that are savory, not sweet.

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The Moroccan Bar was my favorite and slightly sweeter than the other bars, with 9g of sugar vs. the 6g found in the other 3 bars. Chewy bites of carrot, currant, and pistachio with Moroccan flavors— cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and cumin— is not only a delicious combination of flavors, but also boosts your immune system.

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The Thai Bar was also delicious. The heat of the chili peppers not only lingered on my tongue, but kicks up metabolism. The savory blend of the red peppers with peanuts, scallions and basil makes it seem like I’m eating Pad Thai. I really couldn’t taste the peanuts. I was expecting an overwhelming peanut taste, which is usually the case with peanut based bars, but I was pleasantly surprised that this one was not like that. I don’t like peanuts.

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This bar is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K and immune boosting, cancer preventing, inflammation reducing, cholesterol lowering, bone strengthening qualities from the red peppers.

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The California Bar has a strong kale flavor. The flavor was not consistent throughout the bar. When I got a bite with pomegranate pieces in it the strong kale taste was toned down, and made the bar much more enjoyable. If you don’t like kale, you will not like this bar. But if you do, this bar has one full serving of kale, says the label, some spinach, and broccoli, quinoa for gluten-free carbs, almonds and chia for the protein, making it a very balanced snack bar. The pomegranate provides you with antioxidants, and the ginger and cinnamon boost your immune system.

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The Indian has a strong cumin taste. Do not eat this for breakfast. Big mistake. But as an afternoon snack it was quite enjoyable, if you like cumin and Indian food. Although my least favorite of all four flavors, the combination of flavors in this bar is really unbelievable.

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Each bar is packed full of delicious, real, healthy ingredients. Each bar contains between 1-1.5 servings of fruit and vegetables of the daily suggested 5 servings. With Irresistible flavors and incredible health benefits, there is nothing else like this on the market.

Currently Slow Food bars are available in retail locations in AZ, TX, CA, NV, OR, GA and several other states, but haven’t made it out east yet. So for now can purchase a case of 12 Slow Food bars for $29.99 and for a little less on Amazon (and free shipping).

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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Jul 15

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Junior and Vitamin C Gummies Review + Giveaway

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Nordic Naturals is a leading supplier of fish oils worldwide, offering a wide variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms to meet personalized nutritional needs. In addition to its fish and omega oils, Nordic Naturals offers more than 150 products in a wide variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms to meet personalized nutritional needs.

All Nordic Natural products are considered gluten free. If any products are manufactured on shared equipment with other ingredients containing gluten, this is disclosed on the product label.

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VITAMIN C GUMMIES

Vitamin C Gummies offer an essential nutrient that kids need for growth and development. In addition to supporting many of the body’s physiological functions, vitamin C helps optimize immunity and provides antioxidant protection. These delicious, sour, tangerine-flavored gummy slices are suitable for children ages 4+. Grown-ups will love them too!

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I like the tangerine-tart flavor, and chewy texture, it reminds me of a gummy candy. I’ve been taking two a day, which provides 250 mg vitamin C— that’s 417% daily value.

The product is 100% vegetarian, pectin based, and free of gelatin, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, and allergens, including gluten, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and soy. They do contain 3g of sugar so if you can’t eat sugar, you may not want to try these. I personally think they should eliminate some of the sugar and the Gummies would still taste great!

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1 bottle of 60 Vitamin C Gummies retails for $13.45.

ULTIMATE OMEGA JUNIOR

Ultimate Omega Junior provides double-strength fish oil in an easy-to-swallow soft gel that’s half the size of standard soft gels. And its great-tasting, all-natural strawberry flavor even makes it chewable. Just one serving (two soft gels) of Ultimate Omega Junior delivers 640 mg omega-3s, making it an excellent way to give children more omega-3s in fewer soft gels.Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 2.47.54 PM

As with all Nordic Naturals products, Ultimate Omega Junior is in the triglyceride form for optimal absorption. The patented nitrogen processing ensures that Ultimate Omega Junior is absolutely pure and fresh. Fresh fish oils are better for the body, and do not create negative side effects such as repeat or burp-back.

1 bottle of 90 soft gels retails for $29.95. (Only $22.96 on Amazon!)

Nordic Naturals also sent me samples of some of their other products— Children’s DHA, Ultimate Omega, Prenatal DHA (I gave to a pregnant friend), Complete Omega, Omega Boost, Ultimate Omega-D3 Sport, and Basil seeds.

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Nordic Naturals also makes a probiotic with a blend of 12 billion live cultures, including lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1. I would really like to try this probiotic and see how it compares to the one I take now.

One lucky reader is going to win a bottle of Vitamin C Gummies and Ultimate Omega Junior, valued at $43.40! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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Jul 14

Boston Magazine Reveals the Truth Behind Juice in July Issue

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It seems that the trend of “juicing” has OFFICIALLY made its way to Boston! As you know, within the last few months, multiple juice bars have popped up in the area and over the next year, we are sure to see many more. Boston magazine’s Health Editor Melissa Malamut shares some interesting facts about the new fad in her article, “The Truth Behind the Juice,” which appears in the publication’s July issue (out now).

Three of the top tips about juicing that Melissa shares with readers:

 

To read the full article, including 4 delicious recipes, click here.

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