May 01

May is Celiac Awareness Month



May is Celiac Awareness Month! It is a very special month for those of us with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten-intolerance or another reaction gluten to help spread awareness so others can fully understand that gluten free is not just a fad for us!

Many manufacturers offer special deals on gluten free products each year during May (check their websites to find out exactly what those deals will entail), and celiac associations often promote awareness with public relations campaigns urging people at risk to get tested. All month long I will be featuring some of my favorite brands – some you know and some new brands you might not be aware of yet – bloggers, and tips with lots of giveaways, discounts, and fun!

Here’s a list of some of the brands that will be featured this month:

ABBA Paleo Bars

American Gluten Free

Ardenne Farms

Milton’s Baking

Raw Spice Bar

That’s it. Fruit Bars

Veggie Fries


Make sure to come back and check Gluten-Free N-Y-C each day (and/or visit my social media on Twitter,Facebook, and Instagram) to see what products are being featured and for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

If you would like your brand or products to be a featured, please email me at jessica.glutenfreenyc at gmail dot com. 

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Apr 29

Napa Winemaker Launches Purple Heart Wines to Help Nation’s Veterans

Purple Heart is a Napa Valley red wine created to honor the bravery and commitment of America’s military heroes. The wine is crafted by highly accomplished military veteran winemakers under the stewardship of Peter Mondavi Sr. Family, whose patriarch is a proud veteran of World War II.

Th­e Purple Heart – no honor better symbolizes the bravery, determination and selflessness of the military men and women serving our country. It is this most noble medal that was behind the inspiration to honor our wounded and fallen heroes with an exceptional, purple-hearted blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in America’s greatest wine region – Th­e Napa Valley. Not only does this wine serve as a worthy tribute to our brave heroes, it also allows to give something back.

Purple Heart Wines released their inaugural wine in March of this year, the 2013 Purple Heart red blend. This limited production ‘purple-hearted’ blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is created using fruit grown in the Napa Valley. Winemaker and master blender Ray Coursen has been working in the Napa Valley since 1983, and has crafted more than 50 wines with scores over 90 points. 


The 2013 Purple Heart has aromas of mulberries, plums and blackberries with hints of black licorice. Dark ruby and opaque in appearance, this medium-bodied beauty is lushly textured with notes of red and black fruits and hints of cardamom. Seamless across the palate, the wine has a long, velvety mouthfeel.

This wine serves as a tribute to our nation’s heroes and is now available nationwide and online. The wine is priced at $19.99 and the winery makes a generous annual donation to the Purple Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of military men, women and families. My grandfather received a Purple Heart Medal in WWII and makes this cause extra special to me. What’s better than drinking wine and supporting a good cause? Join me as I lift a glass and pay tribute to our brave military heroes and thank them for their profound contributions.

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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Apr 26

Bare Snacks Banana Chips

Bare Snacks is the creators of delicious Snacks Gone Simple. Crafted using only real, whole-food ingredients, Bare Snacks helps people enjoy truly good-for-you snacking any time. All Bare Snacks are created through a special oven baking process that creates a distinct crunch, and enhances the delicious natural banana flavor in every bite. All Bare Snacks are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan (except Show me the Honey Crunchy Coconut Chips), a good source of dietary fiber, and are free of refined sugar, preservatives, cholesterol and trans fats. 


I tried Bare Snacks Apple Chips two years ago and I recently had the chance to try Bare’s line of Banana Chips, a first-of-its-kind banana chip that is baked rather than fried, that are available in three different varieties including: Simply Banana Chips, Cinnamon Banana Chips, and Cocoa Banana Chips. 

Crafted in small batches, bare Crunchy Banana Chips are made from fresh, ripe bananas that are slowly baked to a perfect crunch. 


The perfect healthy addition to yogurt, salads, oatmeal and much, much more, bare Banana Chips will add a flavorful and crunchy addition to any dish.


 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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Apr 21

Nutri Maqui Fruits Proprietary Blend

Nutri Maqui Fruits Proprietary Blend, is a mix combining the stunning dark purple maqui berry with acai berry, pomegranate, elderberry, blackberry and raspberry. These berries are very rich in nutrients, contain a variety of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.


Nutri Maqui’s primary active ingredient is maqui berry. This superfruit is grown in the Patagonian region of South America and is nature’s richest known source of antioxidants. These essential nutrients support healthy inflammatory response, optimal immune function, oxidative stress relief, and overall longevity.  The maqui berry is a nutritional powerhouse, and Nutri Maqui is the easiest and tastiest way to take advantage of this fruit’s antioxidant benefits.

An excellent source of energy-boosting power, Nutri Maqui can be consumed absolutely anytime. It can be added to fresh fruit and Greek yogurt in the morning for a protein-packed breakfast shake. It’s also ideal for pre-workout fuel, post-workout recovery, or a healthy afternoon pick-me-up that sure beats processed junk food. 


Nutri Maqui tastes sweet and tart!  The drink looks like and tastes similar to prune juice. While I do not prefer it on its own, I love mixing it into smoothies in the morning or after workouts. The extra boost of antioxidants and vitamin C give me a little extra pick me up I need in the mornings. 

Nutri Maqui does not contain artificial colors or flavors, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, yeast, diary or lactose.


 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.

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Apr 20

Graeter’s Hand Crafted Ice Cream


Graeter’s Ice Cream is made using the French pot method—a slow, small batch process that makes it completely different from everyone else’s. Each batch (only 2 1/2 gallons at a time) is hand-crafted and so thick it must be hand-packed into containers. The company, founded in 1870 by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis Graeter, is still a family owned and run business today.

Graeter’s Ice Cream contains only the finest, high quality ingredients. No fake syrups or sweeteners. No fake colorings. If it’s not real, it’s not a Graeter’s ingredient. What’s more, Graeter’s Ice Cream contains no hydrogenated oils, thus no trans fats. Sourced from local cows free of artificial growth hormones, Graeter’s is the crème de la crème of cream. The custard base, which makes the ice cream so creamy, is made from fresh, local eggs. All sweetened with 100% pure cane sugar. From fresh local dairy, select fruit from the Pacific northwest, to the most gourmet chocolate. Is your mouth watering yet? 

Graeter’s ice cream has rich flavor and dense texture. It’s not trendy in the slightest, but it’s one of the most heavenly ice creams we’ve tried in a long time. 


ICE CREAM: Banana Chocolate Chip, Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan, Cherry Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon, Coconut Chocolate Chip, Coffee, Double Chocolate Chip, Dutch Milk Chocolate, Eggnog, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Oregon Strawberry, Orange & Cream, Original Salted Caramel, Peach, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peppermint Stick, Pumpkin, Strawberry Chocolate Chip, Toffee Chocolate Chip
LOW GLYCEMIC: Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean
GELATO: Bananas Foster, Black Raspberry, Caramel Truffle, Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Hazelnut Truffle, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla with Milk Chocolate Truffle
SORBET*: Lemon, Raspberry, Passion Fruit Guava, Watermelon 

*also dairy free

The ice cream is sold in pint containers at Graeter’s stores (in the Midwest), and in grocery stores nationwide, including Fairway and D’Agastino’s. 

 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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Apr 18

Gluten Free Burrito Bowls from Red’s Natural Foods

Red’s Natural Foods is sharing its love for burritos one delicious bowl at a time.  Inspired by dinner one night, the CEO turned his love for goodness wrapped in a tortilla into a full line of products with delicious selections. Most recently, Red’s introduced its Burrito Bowls that are organic with non-GMO ingredient and 16 to 17 grams of protein, either chicken or beef that is not raised on antibiotics.  


Red’s has four different types of Burrito Bowls—all of them with no added hormones, preservatives or artificial ingredients! The bowls are certified gluten free and consist of either meat or veggies on a delicious bed of rice. 

If you love Mexican food like I do, these are good any day of the week and great for lunch or dinner.  Within minutes, you can have a great tasting Mexican burrito bowl that is low in calories and tastes as if you were eating at a Mexican restaurant. I was quite impressed with the flavors and freshness of the bowl and it was filling enough for me. 


Chicken Burrito Bowl Nutritional Info


INGREDIENTS: white rice, white meat chicken (white chicken meat, water, rice starch, salt), black beans, roasted tomatillos, water, canola oil, cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes & annatto), tomatillo, red bell peppers, roasted corn, cilantro, lime juice, red onions, corn starch, garlic (garlic, water), jalapenos, sea salt, sugar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, dried parsley. Contains: MILK.

Red’s Burrito Bowls are available at Whole Foods, CVS, Food Emporium, Fairway Market, and other leading retailers throughout the country. 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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Apr 14

Water Drops Water Enhancers from SweetLeaf // Giveaway

Not all stevia is created equal. The Sweet Leaf Stevia brand was created by James May and was the first of it’s kind in the US. Sweet Leaf Stevia does not use chemicals, alcohols, solvents or enzymes at any stage of the extraction and purification process.


SweetLeaf Stevia is a 100% natural sugar alternative. All products are gluten-free, calorie free, carbohydrate free, and contain a zero glycemic index (which means that your blood sugar is not altered, making this a perfect sweetener for everyone, including people with diabetes).

I was first introduced to the line a few years ago when I tried their SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops. Made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavors, can be added to foods or beverages – from yogurt to oatmeal, water to coffee, sauces to smoothies – for sweet, sugar-free flavor without any bitterness or aftertaste.

But today I want to talk about SweetLeaf’s Sweet Drops Water Enhancers. Made with organic stevia extract and plant-based flavors, with zero calories, zero carbs, the water enhancers come in 2.1 ounce bottles, in four flavors: Lemon Lime, Peach Mango, Raspberry Lemonade, and Strawberry Kiwi. . These water enhancers don’t change the color of the water because there are no dyes or artificial colors.


They are a great on-the-go accessory. You can carry them in your bag or keep them at work to add to your boring old water. These are especially great for anyone who doesn’t like water, and will hopefully help you drink more water with enhanced flavor! 

Now time for the giveaway!

Sweatleaf would like to give one lucky reader a bottle of each of the 4 flavors! One lucky reader will have the chance to try the whole Water Enhancer line! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end on April 26, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. 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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Apr 13

ABBA Paleo Bars

As a busy young professional always on the go either with work or for fun, I’m constantly searching for new products that are are easy to take on-the-go and are made with real, healthy ingredients that will keep me going. So many snacks and on-the-go foods are loaded with sugar, sugar substitutes, fruit juice concentrates, soy protein, preservatives, artificial flavors and so on. Then there are ABBA Paleo Bars. Made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, these bars are healthy and delicious! 

The original ABBA Paleo Bar was named “Whey Too Yummy!!” and  was later changed to ABBA, short for Abby,Baker, Ben, and Anne, the founding family of ABBA Paleo Bars. 


ABBA Paleo Bars provide 4 different delicious flavors:

My favorite is the Cuckoo for Coconut! I love anything with chocolate and coconut! It’s not too sweet and has a great texture. I also like the Pea for Paleo, which I was hesitant to try but actually really enjoyed the pumpkin seeds and it did not taste too pea-like. 


ABBA PAleo Bars are gluten free, soy free, dairy free (except Whey Too Yummy flavor) and made with organic and non-GMO ingredients like cashew butter, pumpkin seeds, greens blend, flaxseed, dates, dark chocolate chips, and chia seeds. The only reason carbohydrates are used in the bars is because they are necessary for texture. Other than that, you won’t find many carbs. Rather, the bars contain healthy fats, greens and plenty of antioxidants. 

Pea Is For Paleo Nutritional Info

Pea Is For Paleo Nutritional Info

Did I mention ABBA Paleo Bars are low in sugar as well? That’s a big plus in my book. The serving size is small enough to be just enough to satisfy without being too filling and heavy.

First time buyers get a special welcome gift with promo code LOVEDIT. You will receive 35% off your order plus a free paleo panda plush toy! 


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.

Get 50% off your first Love With Food gluten free box today!

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Apr 12

April is National Soyfoods Month

When the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released, it became the latest scientific panel to encourage the consumption of more plant-based proteins. With more and more experts stating that plant proteins are better for your body and better for the planet, consumers are starting to listen. According to market research firm NPD Group, 50% of those seeking more protein in their diets say that plant protein is the best source of protein.

To celebrate April’s National Soyfoods Month,I’ve teamed up with the Soyfoods Association of North America to show you how versatile the mighty soybean is – packed with high quality protein and produced in an earth-friendly way.

“All plant proteins are not created equally. It’s important for consumers to understand the differences between them as more products hit the grocery store shelves,” said Nancy Chapman MPH, RD, executive director of the Soyfoods Association of North America. “Soy is the only plant protein that is highly digestible and comparable to beef, milk, fish and egg protein in terms of protein quality.Like animal protein, a complete protein has all nine essential amino acids in the ratios needed for human growth and health.”

Other benefits of the Mighty Soybean include:

Throughout the month of April, the Mighty Soybean will be promoted in supermarkets across the U.S. via cooking demonstrations, coupons, in-store displays, discounts and recipes. The Soyfoods Association will also be encouraging consumers to share how the Mighty Soybean fits in their family meals online at

Below is a super simple yet flavorful baked tofu recipe. You can serve this baked tofu with your roasted veggies, anything you have on hand will work, over rice or greens. That’s the other thing about tofu, it is so versatile and can be served with just about anything and it will still taste delicious! 



Baked Tofu and Veggie Bowl
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  1. 1 (14 oz.) package of House Foods firm tofu
  2. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  3. 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce or tamari
  4. 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  5. 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  7. 2 teaspoons peeled minced fresh ginger or 1/8 teaspoon fresh ginger
  8. 3 tablespoons water
  9. 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce
  10. 1-2 cups vegetables for baking (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)
  11. raw vegetables, diced (avocado, tomato, cucumber)
  1. 1. Drain the tofu, wrap it in a paper towel, then place it on a plate. Put another plate on top of the tofu and place a heavy can of beans or tomatoes on top of it. Let stand 15 minutes. Rewraps tofu with new, dry paper towel and repeat process one more time.
  2. 2. Unwrap the tofu, wipe it dry, and cut it into 1-inch cubes.
  3. 3. In a large, zip-top freezer bag, mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, onion powder, ginger, water, and hot sauce. Add the tofu and toss the cubes in the marinade. Lay the bag on a plate and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to 8 hours, turning the bag a few times while marinating. The longer the better.
  4. 4. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC.)
  5. 5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain the tofu (the marinade can be reserved, refrigerated, and used for a dipping sauce or dressing for another dish). Transfer the vegetables and tofu cubes to the prepared baking sheet and bake, turning the cubes several times during baking, until they are crisp and browned, about 45 minutes.
  6. 6. Tofu can be served warm or at room temperature over a bowl of rice or mixed greens with the roasted and fresh veggies.
  7. 7. To make the dressing, boil 1 cup of carrots. transfer carrots and 1/4 cup of the water to a blender or vitamin and blend until smooth. Add in fresh ginger or 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder, 1 teaspoon soy sauce and mix. Serve with salad or rice bowl.
  1. Pressing the tofu to extract the water, and wiping it dry, helps the tofu absorb the marinade.
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Tips for turning to soyfoods to power your plate.  

I love Silk dairy free yogurt alternative topped with mixed berries. 


The versatility of soyfoods is evident in the brands and organizations that sponsor National Soyfoods Month. Industry partners include: House Foods tofu; Silk soymilk and dairy alternatives; SOYJOY whole soy and fruit bars; Sunrich Naturals edamame; Yves meat alternatives; DuPont Nutrition and Health; and the United Soybean Board, Kansas Soybean Commission, Maryland Soybean Board and Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

For more information about April’s National Soyfoods Month, including myth-busting facts, nutrition information, tips, and endless possibilities for recipes, please visit

About: Soyfoods Association of North America The Soyfoods Association of North America is a non-profit trade association that has been promoting consumption of soy-based foods and beverages since 1978. The Soyfoods Association is committed to encouraging sustainability, integrity and growth in the soyfoods industry by promoting the benefits and consumption of soy-based foods and ingredients in diets. 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Soyfoods Association of North America in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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Apr 08

Insomnia Cookies Announces First Gluten Free/Vegan Cookie

Insomnia Cookies, known for their warm, delicious cookies delivered until 3am, has added a Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie to the menu! The newest cookie will be available at all Insomnia Cookies locations but only while supplies last! 


The new chocolate chip cookie is served warm, right out of the oven. It is soft and gooey, just the way a chocolate chip cookie should taste. Now I know what everyone why even raves about Insomnia Cookies! Before you try the new cookie please read the FAQ below. 

Are Insomnia Cookies Allergy Friendly?

Insomnia Cookies is not an allergy-free bakery. They do bake with products that contain gluten, nuts and dairy products. They recommend customers with allergies do not consume their products.

Is the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie organic?

No, the ingredients are not organic.

Is the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie Non-GMO?

It is made with Soy and therefore may contain GMO ingredients.

Is the Icing Vegan?

The icing is only made with plant based ingredients.

Can you order a Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake?

The Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie is not currently available in a cookie cake.

Can you order a Bigwich or a Cookiewich with the Vegan/Gluten Free cookie?

They can make a Bigwich or a Cookiewich with the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie. However, whether or not you consume ice-cream is up to your individual preference and dietary restrictions.

Nutritional Info


Insomnia Cookies has 10 locations in NYC. They also have locations across the eastern, southern and and central states. Insomnia Cookies ships nationally. You can place an order online or by calling customer service @ 877-63-Cookie. 

Insomnia Cookies Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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