Explore Cuisine Bean Pastas

Explore Cuisine products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, and kosher, ensuring your health and igniting your taste buds! With new health trends and dietary needs on the rise, founder Joe Spronz created a healthy, bean-based pastas.


The newest addition to the pasta line are Pulse Pastas, made from organic lentils and chickpeas, high in protein, and a great source of fiber and iron. Vegan, organic, and gluten free- it’s a perfect dish for everyone at the table. In just minutes you can enjoy fresh pastas made in Italy.

Varieties include 

  • Red Lentil Penne
  • Green Lentil Penne
  • Chickpea Fusilli
  • Green Lentil Lasagne
  • Chickpea Spaghetti 
  • Red Lentil Spaghetti

These delicious chickpea and lentil pastas contain 11 grams of protein per serving and are super versatile. From lasagne to edamame pesto, to pad thai and red sauce, the possibilities are endless.

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. 


Siete Family Foods Grain Free Tortillas


Siete Family Foods, purveyor of delicious, grain-free Mexican-food, recently launch two new products: grain-free tortillas! 

The new Almond Flour and Coconut & Cassava tortillas are both gluten free, paleo, dairy free, and preservative free! While not yet certified non_GMO, the tortillas are made with high quality non-GMO ingredients. 

These tortillas are ideal for cooking or snacking, the tortillas taste, fold, and hold like a tortilla should. I’ve used the tortillas as a warp and to make burritos. When I stuffed the burrito too full of chicken, the wrap did break a little. When I didn’t go overboard on the chicken, the wrap was fine and stayed intact. 


Almond Flour Tortillas: almond flour, tapioca flour, water, sea salt, xanthan gum. (vegan)

Cassava & Coconut Tortillas: cassava flour, water, coconut flour, coconut oil, pasture-raised lard*, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, xanthan gum. *made from certified pasture-raised pork lard.

Siete Family Foods products are 100% preservative-free, so they don’t do well sitting out on the counter like preservative-soaked conventional flour tortillas. If you’re going to eat the tortillas within a week or so following purchase, then refrigerating them is perfect. If you’re not hungry for tortillas right now, or if you’re stockpiling them for a zombie apocalypse, then they’ll last even longer in the freezer. To defrost, I put the tortillas in the microwave for 20-40 seconds. 

So where can YOU buy some for yourself? Good question. The tortillas are available online and in retail locations across the country, including Whole Foods. 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. 


Elisa’s Love Bites // 100% gluten free bakery in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Opened in May 2016, Elisa’s Love Bites, is a dessert atelier located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which specializes in artisanal gluten-free creations.  Additionally, all menu items are made using natural low-glycemic sweeteners, most prominently coconut palm nectar.
The dessert collection focuses on satisfying sweet cravings while effortlessly fitting into a well-balanced diet by using wholesome, nutritionally-rich ingredients.  Each item is thoughtfully crafted with healthy portion control in mind, designed to delight and indulge the palate without overwhelming the body.  
Signature desserts include:
Black Heart Cake – a rich, dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache (vegan)
Bangin’ Chocolate Chip Cookies – a fun twist on the beloved bakery staple, topped with sea salt flakes
Fig Buddies – scrumptious house-made fig paste enveloped in a nutty cookie shell (vegan) 
Spankin’ Doughnuts – baked chocolate-cherry doughnuts made with fresh-squeezed cherry juice, cacao powder, sweetened with house-made applesauce and agave, and topped with dark chocolate ganache and roasted ground almonds.
I tried all the desserts mentioned above, and my favorite was the cookies. I also liked the decadent chocolate cake and the moist banana bread. Many of the treats are also vegan, which is great for those with dairy and egg allergies too! 
Elisa’s Love Bites is located at 10 Porter Avenue in Bushwick, and is the newest addition to Shops at the Loom.  You can also order items 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.


RXBARs // Whole Food Protein Bars

 RXBARs are a whole food protein bar that’s different from everything out there. Many protein bars on the market contain BS (bulls***). But RXBARs are real and made with whole foods and clean ingredients: egg whites, fruits and nuts – and no B.S.
RXBARs are gluten free, soy free, dairy free and contain no artificial ingredients, added sugar or preservatives! RXBARs are packed with nutrition and, they taste amazing! Each bar is packed with 12 grams of protein and 3-4 grams of fiber 
Flavors include: 
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Coconut Chocolate
  • Blueberry
  • Chocolate Sea Salt
  • Maple Sea Salt
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coffee Chocolate
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Spice 
I tried 4 flavors and have to say I loved all but the blueberry. My favorite is the Chocolate mint. I love the combination of refreshing peppermint, rich cacao and crunchy almonds that make for a decadent taste. 
You can purchase RXbars via their online store or on You can also purchase RXbars in retail locations across the country. Click here to find the one 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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Summer Fancy Food Show Gluten Free Finds

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A few weeks ago I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS); the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food’s top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery. Over 2,000 vendors from more than 80 countries around the world converged upon New York City to showcase nearly 200,000 products at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show. From pumpkin salsa, agave sweetened ice creams, and gluten free brownies to martini mixes, truffle oil and everything in between, there was no shortage of products on display this past weekend, and I was there to sample the gluten free goods and chat with some of the creators and manufacturers behind them. 

I was so impressed with the number of gluten free items at the show. So many brands are coming out with new gluten free products or breaking into the gluten free industry for the first time. It’s nice to have so many more options! Below is a recap of some of my favorites!

Hoboken Farms  is a NJ/NY tri-state farmer’s market staple and purveyors of the coolest line of all-natural, locally made BIG PASTA SAUCES. At the SFFS, I had the chance to meet the owner and creator, Brad Finkel. 
Hoboken Farms pasta sauces are SO GOOD. They are so good, that I was eating it straight from the jar with a spoon! All 3 pasta sauces – Big Basil, Big Red Marinara, Big Boss Vodka – are gluten free and taste freshly made! Once you try Hoboken Farms, it will be impossible to go back to any other pasta sauce. You can purchase all three sauces online.
Slawsa breaks the mold of modern condiments, boldly creating a whole new category of food, and standing alone in its realm of flavor. Gone are the days when traditional ketchup, mustard, mayo or relish will impress anyone! Cool and crisp, Slawsa is, in essence, a cabbage based-relish with a salsa twist. While it contains other vegetables, mustard and vinegar, the mustard and vinegar are not overwhelming, allowing it to be used in various ways.  It begins on the palate as sweet and transfers heat undertones that make it addictive atop grilling fare such as hotdogs. 
Slaws is proudly a 100% bootstrapped and woman-owned business and on a mission to change people’s perceptions of how they view the traditional relish.  It can be healthier, more versatile and far more flavorful.  Maybe one day, cabbage will earn some respect.

Cafe Britt was originally founded in 1985 to export Costa Rican coffee, but has diversified to now produce fine chocolates, including dark chocolate covered coffee beans and guava jelly.

The Dark Chocolate covered guava is an exotic treat with rich, traditional Costa Rican flavors.  Costa Rican guava is known for its strong, sweet fragrances, and flavors reminiscent of strawberry and pear. Cafe Britt’s Dark Chocolate Covered Guava is made with 100% all natural guava grown in Costa Rica, and covered in premium dark chocolate, and just delicious! Nutterly-by-Nature-cookies

Nutterly By Nature cookie snaps are packed full of nuts – nature’s rich source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. These uncomplicated cookies are made with complex flavors and a clean label – meaning they only use real foods. Letting go of traditional flour-based recipes, Nutterly treats are anything but cookie cutter. Each snap is primarily made of one of nature’s finest ingredients; nuts, harvested from growers in California and Oregon. Nutterly snaps are available in 3 flavors: Almond, Hazelnut and Pistachio.

The Hazelnut cookie snap has a rich flavor and pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Traina Foods’ Sun Dried Tomato Ketchups are redefining ketchup—one bite at a time. From its family ranch in California’s Central Valley, Traina Foods grows, sun dries and packs premium dried fruit products for industrial food ingredient and foodservice customers around the world, and for their own line of retail products including the only sun dried tomato ketchups on the market today!

The SunDried Tomato Ketchup is savory, rich, and has a gourmet taste of sun-dried tomatoes. I love this unique twist on classic ketchup!


Califia Farms is already well known for its delicious and innovative Almondmilks and creamers and its award-winning iconic, curvy bottle. The company has led the charge in premiumizing alternate dairy and was named “Brand of the Year” by BevNet in 2015, while CEO and beverage visionary, Greg Steltenpohl, received a Specialty Foods Leadership Award for his social, economic and environmental impact through innovation. 

I enjoy Califia Farms  ready-to-drinks (RTD) more than any Starbucks cold drink I’ve purchased.  The functionally-enhanced RTDs, include Full Shot cold brew, a vegan protein and MCT-oil bolstered, clean energy drink, and the no-sugar Black & White!

La Tourangelle is an authentic and traditional producer of specialty oils, handcrafting a wide range of delicious artisan nut oils both in California and France. La Tourangelle nut oils sold in North America are made in an artisan mill located in Woodland, CA following the 150-year-old methods of its French sister oil mill. La Tourangelle is the proud recipient of a time-honored tradition with origins in the Loire Valley of France.

Driven by  passion for the best nut oils, La Tourangelle has established partnership with handpicked selection of like-minded high quality oil producers, chosen to bring you the best artisan oils from around the world. Whether it’s pumpkinseed oil from Austria, sesame oil from Japan or Fairtrade virgin coconut oil from the Philippines, La Tourangelle only works with oil makers who share its belief in respecting nature, fruits and the people handling them. La Tourangelle is multifaceted: local and global, organic and Fairtrade, Californian and French – but always driven by passion to bring you the best possible artisan oils from around the world. 

La Tourangelle recently added two new oils to its line:

  • Amazonian Nutriblend oil  with sacha inchi oil (soon to be a new super oil due to its health properties), high in vitamin E and omega 3s
  • Sweet Almond oil, one of the best oils for both high-heat cooking and skin nourishment. The oil is all natural and expeller-pressed in California. This oil has a neutral scent and mild taste. 


Leonardo’s Pizza Sauces are one of the first flavored pizza sauce lines on the shelves and are available in Original, Asiago, Garlic and Chipotle flavors, each in 16-ounce jars. So unique! I’ve seen some of these flavors before. The sauce recipes are based off of recipes used at Leonardo’s Pizza, a 25-year-old successful retail delivery and carryout pizza company in Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine. Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce was developed for the ‘foodie’ home chef, who will enjoy the sophisticated tastes, and the everyday shopper who simply wants variety and a high quality product.

Pizza is fun food. And the better the ingredients are, the more fun it is. Leonardo uses delicious vine-ripened tomatoes, the finest cheese, extra virgin olive oil and selected spices to produce  intense flavors, setting a strong foundation for your homemade pie. You can purchase Leonardo’s Pizza sauce online here.


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Lawless Jerky is made from 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork free. The brand features 7 world-inspired flavors including Sweet Sriracha, Pho, Japanese Curry, Honey Chipotle, Mango Habanero, and BBQ Spare Rib. And with the exception of Pho, all Lawless Jerky flavors are gluten-free. You won’t find any shiny, sugary coating or strange chewiness; the meat tastes like carefully flavored meat. No added nitrates/nitrites. No added MSG. No corn syrup. Yes, handcrafted goodness and quality ingredients in every bite.

Lawless was founded my Matt Tolnick who left his career as a lawyer to pursue his passion for making meat snacks and the brand has found success as “America’s Craft Jerky,” proudly made in Arizona. Unlike almost all major beef jerky brands, Matt still creates every flavor from scratch, made by hand in microbatches. Lawless Jerky can be bought in stores throughout the tristate area, as well as nationwide at Fairway, Rite Aid, Wegman’s and Walmart, to name a few, and of course, online. Click here to find a store location nearest you. 



Viki’s Granola, the fastest growing granola brand in the U.S., is made with real ingredients. It is Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Cholesterol Free, Trans Fats Free, Sodium free, and Dairy Free. Flavors include, Original, Blueberry Almond (my favorite), Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut and Apple Cinnamon. Enjoy it right out of the bag, sprinkle it over yogurt, or add into oatmeal for an extra burst of natural, fruity goodness! 


88 Acres is a Boston-based company crafting healthy and delicious bars that are free of most common food allergens; gluten-free, nut-free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and non-GMO 88 Acres snacks are created with simple and wholesome ingredients that can be enjoyed by everyone, including those with nut or gluten allergies. The bars come in three delicious flavors: Apple & Ginger, Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Triple Berry.

88 Acres carefully sources ingredients from the best farms and suppliers, and in many cases, are traced all the way back to the point of production.Knowing exactly where their ingredients come from is what makes 88 Acres unique and allows them to ensure that each bar is fresh and delicious! You can taste the freshness in each bar! 

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Tiger Nuts

Well here’s a shocker, Tiger Nuts are actually NOT nuts, they are a tuber that grows below the ground’s surface. They have all of the nutrients and energy benefits of nuts and then some, but without the stuff that can adversely affect allergies.


They are packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients, and deliver a serious dose of energy. And because they have so much fiber, they make you feel full, which of course helps curb your appetite.

Tiger Nuts are probably the “Healthiest ‘single source’ snack food on the market“, and they have been that way for over 4000 years. Tiger nuts grow only in certain parts of the globe where the climate and soil are perfect, and these Tiger Nuts come from the very best soil and growing conditions anywhere in the world and that’s Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain; one of my favorite places. The other big area where Tiger Nuts are grown and consumed is Nigeria.

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Tiger Nuts are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free
  • Allergens Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • High in Fiber – about 33%
  • Have zero trans fat
  • Low in Calories & Fats, High in Nutrition and taste great too!

I recently tried the new Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts.These organic tiger nuts are already peeled. The outer skin is removed, making them ready to eat out of the bag.


Tiger Nuts are about the size of a pea, hence their name. They have a woody and nutty taste similar to coconuts, that gets sweeter as you chew. I’m actually eating some right now, as I write this post. I just threw a few in my mouth to chew on. That’s what you do with these, you chew. It’s somewhat unexpected the first time you eat them; I was expecting something harder like a nut. I have to admit I was not a fan at first, but the second and time I tried tiger nuts, they grew on me and I really liked them.

Tiger Nuts have the all-natural benefits that come from a food that has grown without pesticides, have a naturally sweet taste that makes them ideal for diabetics, people who are lactose intolerant, and those who have digestive problems. And since they are a Tuber, it makes them Vegan, but taste like a nut.They are also perfect for people who want a healthy food that will seriously do them good while acting as an appetite suppressant at the same time.

Can you purchase Tiger Nuts online and can find Tiger Nuts at retail locations across the country. Check out the store locator 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. 


Birch Benders Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix

This gourmet, all natural pancake and waffle brand offers one of the best tasting gluten free pancake mixes I’ve tried.


The Gluten Free mix is organic, non-GMO and no mess needed — simply add water to create a gluten free breakfast staple. That’s right, JUST ADD WATER — no eggs or milk necessary! The resealable closure keeps the mix fresh for multiple uses.. Easier, healthier, tastier — these pancakes have it all!

The Gluten Free pancakes are so good, you’re non-gluten free friends and family won’t even notice a difference! Made with a blend of wheat-free flours and hazelnut meal, they are just delicious and slightly different from other pancake mixes on the market. 

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 Too often we have to choose between food that is wholesome and food that is convenient, food that is good for you and food that is fast. With Birch Benders, we can finally have it all. In addition to being non-GMO, the mix is trans fat-free and made using the finest natural and organic ingredients—ingredients both you and your grandparents would recognize. 

So whether it’s pancakes for one or a meal for many, whether you’re at home, on the go, or even on a mountaintop, Birch Benders is the all-in-one pancake & waffle mix that you can count on.

You can purchase Birch Benders online or at Whole Foods, Target, and hundreds of other locations nationwide. To find a store 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. 



Happy Tree Maple Water

Launched in early 2014 by brothers Ari and Chaim Tolwin, Happy Tree is the is the innovator of the first cold pressed/HPP, organic raw maple water. All of Happy Tree’s products are certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified. 


Maple water is tree-filtered water with naturally occurring sweetness and nutrients such as Manganese, and Vitamins B1 and B2. Happy Tree’s mission is to revolutionize the beverage cooler by reinventing categories with its maple water powered beverages. Happy Tree is redefining healthy hydration by offering uncompromising consumers a complete all-day natural hydration beverage: revitalizing nutrients and hydrating electrolytes, with great taste and half the calories and sugar of coconut water, and at a price point accessible to all. 

Happy Tree ample water is available in four flavors:

  • original 
  • lemon
  • ginger
  • cold brew coffee

My favorite is the Lemon, made with organic lemon juice, and provides a creative twist on the classic lemonade, but without all the added sugar and sweeteners. 

This summer Happy Tree is expanding to more than 400 new retail locations throughout the country, including select Kroger divisions, Midwest leader Giant Eagle and New England staple Market Basket.  Happy Tree is currently available in more than 1,000 retail locations, including Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, Central Market and Fairway, as well as online at and Fresh Direct.  

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. 


NEW Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour // GIVEAWAY

Today I am so excited to share with you the highly-anticipated addition to the Bob’s Red Mill paleo product line; Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour!!


I’ve been using Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten free products for years. I love their high quality products, and they never disappoint. Did you know that Bob’s Red Mill has over 400 non-GMO products, many of which are also gluten free or certified organic. Bob’s Red Mill has a dedicated gluten free facility in Portland, Oregon where it mills, tests and packages its gluten free items to avoid any chance of cross contamination. 

The flour can be used to make pizza crusts, cakes, crackers, pancakes, flatbreads, cookies, and a variety of other baked foods. Alternately, it may be used in breadings for meats and vegetables. 

I used Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour to make my favorite banana pumpkin bread!  This bread is a bit more dense than most banana bread, because of the pumpkin, but it is really tasty, and it’s paleo! I like to add unsweetened coconut flakes to one of the two mini loaves I make, and I must say this makes it! The one with the coconut was less dense and more moist.

Gluten Free Paleo Banana Pumpkin Bread
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  1. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 large bananas, mashed
  7. 1/8 cup applesauce
  8. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  9. 1/8 cup water
  10. 1 2/3 cups Bob's Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
  11. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  13. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  14. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  15. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  16. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  17. 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  18. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat sugar and butter. Add in applesauce.
  3. Beat in eggs, water, banana, pumpkin, water and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, and all remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until smooth.
  6. Add in coconut flakes, nuts or chocolate chips.
  7. Pour batter into two greased, small loaf pans or one 9x5x3 pan and bake for 40-60 minutes.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond

Bob’s Red Mill’s new Paleo Baking Flour is a grain-free, gluten-free blend of almond flour, arrowroot starch, coconut flour and tapioca flour. Bob’s Red Mill said it created the alternative flour after seeing the popularization of “paleo-inspired living.” The launch of the new flour is consistent with Bob’s Red Mill’s mission of “moving people back to the basics” and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, the release of the new paleo baking flour was spurred on by the success of the company’s nut flours, which are some of my favorite products!

Keeping in line with the rest of Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free products, the new Paleo Baking Flour complies with gluten-free safety standards and is produced in a completely gluten-free facility.

The new Paleo Baking Flour hasn’t even hit the shelves yet and has only been available online since June 1. And today, one lucky reader will have the chance to win the new Paleo Baking Flour!! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on July 13, 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.


Crio Bru // A high class coffee alternative

Created by the ancient Incas and rediscovered for today, Crio Bru is the ultimate superfood, a delicious all-natural coffee alternative made from the finest fair trade cocoa beans, roasted and ground and brewed just like coffee. But unlike coffee, it’s 99% caffeine free, high in antioxidants and theobromine for a focused, Honest Energy™ boost that will keep you feeling great all day, without jitters or sleeplessness.


As for the taste and aroma, it’s like the best dark chocolate; enjoy it with your favorite sweetener or creamer, or just as it is, hot or iced: natural, earthy, uplifting!

Crio Bru is made any way that traditional coffee is brewed. You can make it in a standard auto-drip machine with a permanent gold filter (not paper), or in a French Press. To brew a strong cup of Crio, think hotter and longer. Set your auto-drip to brew slowly or brew it 10-12 minutes in a French Press with boiling water. Drink it “black” with nothing added or experiment with your favorite creamer and sweetener. 

Crio Bru is rich and smooth. It’s not sweet, just like coffee is bitter, and I needed to add my regular almond milk and sugar. 

Crio has only 10 calories unlike energy drinks and soda that can top 200 calories per serving!  Not only is it low in calories, Crio contains no ougar, no fat, no dairy, no sodium, no gluten, no soy, no cholesterol and practically no caffeine, while being extremely high in antioxidants, theobromine, magnesium and a host of other vitamins, amino acids and minerals. 

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The natural, non-addictive energy boost you get from drinking Crio is a product not of caffeine (a common misconception), but from theobromine, an amazing compound that provides focused, mild, long-lasting energy, as well as acting as a natural appetite suppressant and fat blocker for those trying to lose weight. After a cup of Crio in the morning, you’ll feel great all day, without caffeine’s “jitters and crash” effects.

You can purchase Crio Bru online or at retail locations throughout 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.