Jun 14

Pure Genius brownies and blondies GIVEAWAY

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

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

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Jun 13

PhillySwirl® and ICEE® Mix Things Up in Frozen Novelties

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

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

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Here’s the scoop:  

All of the new items are:

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

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

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

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Jun 10

Vitafive Custom Gummy Vitamins

For around a $1 a day Vitafive offers personalized gummy vitamin packs sent directly to you every 4 weeks! No more going to the store to sift through the horse-sized vitamins looking for a gluten free brand, no more organizing your vitamins into your pill organizer, and no more cluttered vitamin jars filling up your kitchen counters.

With vitafive, your vitamins are prepackaged into one convenient pack for each day of the week! You can take these packs with you to work, school, and even on vacation. The key to living a healthy life is being consistent and Vitafive makes this easy and fun with gummy vitamin packs.

Vitafive vitamins are free from the major 8 allergens – Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy – and are gluten free, vegan, and kosher. 

Each batch of vitamins are third party tested for: Quality, Purity, and Potency to ensure that you are getting everything they say they are giving you. The gummies are tasty and not too sweet. 

Packs are available for both adults and kids, and include:

You  can cancel your subscription at any time. No commitment, no contract, no stress. No hassle

 

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

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This entry was posted in dairy free, Kosher, Product Review, Vegan, Vegetarian, vitamins and tagged , , , , , on 10 June, 2016.

Jun 09

FODMAP friendly LemonAID

Today I want to tell you about a new organic brand startup, Casa de Sante, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, specializing in healthy, gluten free, tummy and FODMAP friendly products using only the best spices, herbs and fruits. Casa de Sante products are are developed by a physician scientist and are inspired by the holistic teachings of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese Medicine and other herbal traditions. The delicious, functional foods and beverages are full of both flavor and function. 

The people behind Case de Sante believe that health is found in nature and proper digestion is one of the keys to good health. I couldn’t agree with them more. IMG_5016

I recently tried the lemonAID, a lemon spice herbal infusion of 12 herbs, fruits and spices, that is salt free and has no artificial colors or caffeine and has less than 100 calories.  The inspiration for lemonAID is jaljeera, a deliciously citrusy Indian beverage. In Hindi, “jal” means water and “jeera” means cumin. Despite being named just for the cumin in this beverage, in addition to cumin, this physician formulated jaljeera contains a tummy friendly blend of 12 herbs, fruits and spices. This drink is a refreshing alternative to soda or tea traditionally drunk before or during meals to help aid in digestion. LemonAID is available in both mild and hot.

Benefits and Ingredients:
Digestion support and bloating relief: Mint, Cilantro, Ginger, Tamarind, Fennel Seeds, Nutmeg, Caraway, Cinnamon
Anti-inflammatory: Tumeric
Cleanse and Detoxify: Lemon Juice

You can purchase LemonAID, and Casa de Sante’s herb and seasoning blends online here

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

 

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Jun 08

Tessemae’s All Natural Gluten Free Dressings & Marinades

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So I’ve been following Tessemae’s on instragram for about a year and I love all of their healthy, clean food photos and everyday I see another mouthwatering photo, it just makes me want to try Tessemae’s products even more. And today, I finally had the chance to do just that.

Tessemae’s was created by Tesse, a mother of three athletic boys as a way to get them to eat their veggies while staying healthy. Because serving a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option, she created and perfected her own all-natural recipe. When her oldest son, Greg, realized how great it was, he said, “Mom, let’s go into business together and make this for the world!” As Tessemae’s All Natural grows its product line around the globe, the commitment to healthy eating and healthy living remains the core of the company’s mission.

Tessemae’s products are gluten free, organic, non-GMO, vegan and Whole30 approved – and con­tain no added sugar or xan­tham gum… ever!

I can’t remember the last time I purchased a bottle of pre-made dressing because of all the added, artificial ingredients they typically have.  I usually just use a little olive oil and lemon, or make my own dressing. But after following Tessemae on IG, and learning so many wonderful things about their products, I was excited to try Tessemae’s dressings and marinades

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I received 4 dressings and marinades to try:

I love how light the dressings are but are still FULL of FLAVOR. My favorite is the Lemon Garlic, which I’ve been using daily as a salad dressing and as a marinade/dressing with shrimp. 

Since I received the dressings and marinades I’ve used them on salads, roasted veggies, chicken, shrimp and can’t wait to get grilling with them this summer! 

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You can purchase Tessemae’s products online or at retail locations across the country including, Whole Foods, Target, and Stop n Shop. 

 

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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This entry was posted in dairy free, Kosher, organic, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , on 8 June, 2016.

Jun 01

Ultra Premium Natural Organic Matcha Green Tea


71gkEDYBDfL._SX522_Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing. Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet.

Natures Nectar Limited Ultra Premium pure, natural, organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is a great way to start your day. Nourish your MIND and your BODY and benefit from the amazing health benefits listed below. A healthy alternative to coffee, Matcha will give you a steady boost of energy and endurance without the jitter feeling. Feel more awake and alert without the late-afternoon caffeine crash.

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What are the Health Benefits of Matcha Tea?

Natures Nectar Limited Ultra Premium pure, natural, organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is made with one ingredient and is 100% pure. This premium quality tealeaves produce vibrant, emerald green COLOR, FLAVOR and AROMA like no other. Natures Nectar Matcha is top of the line Ceremonial grade, with no fillers, no preservatives, sugar or coloring added. It has a gourmet quality and taste – not your typical supermarket Matcha Green Tea. It is also non-GMO. 

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You can purchase Natures Nectar Limited Ultra Premium Matcha Green tea Powder on Amazon for $29.99. 

 

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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May 31

Celiac Awareness Month // Narin’s GIVEAWAY

Nairn’s offers unique oat-based gluten free products that provide a refreshing change from rice-based crackers and cereals. Narin’s is are committed to providing carefully sourced gluten-free products. Nairn’s ensures no cross contamination with selective oat farming, a dedicated gluten-free bakery and double certified testing for each batch, making these snacks the perfect solution for the gluten-intolerant and celiac communities.

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Nairn’s range of non-GMO oaty foods are not only delicious but packed with the nutrients to energize your day. Full of complex carbohydrates, high in soluble and insoluble fiber, and containing other key nutrients, Nairn’s products are a natural way to get the energy you need.

Narin’s oat foods are available in 4 flavors: 

With all the health benefits of oats, Oat Grahams also come in handy pouch packs, so are easy to pop in your bag for a mid-morning or afternoon snack on the go. Or, enjoy them as the perfect accompaniment to a coffee break.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win the full line of Gluten Free Oat Cookies! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

 
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This giveaway will end on June 7, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. 

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

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May 27

Yes You Can baking mixes come to the US

Today I want to introduce you to YesYouCan, an Australian company that is bringing their gluten free baking mixes to the US. 

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YesYouCan brings empowerment to people who wish to – or have to – follow a gluten free diet. They take pride in developing recipes that are as delicious as regular wheat based products, with light texture and full taste. All the ingredients are carefully chosen from the best suppliers and follow rigorous quality standards. 

YesYouCan easy to bake mixes include: 

The banana bread and cupcake mixes are also egg free and dairy free. These 5 mixes are available for sale in the US online here

Last night I made the Red Velvet Cupcakes and they were delicious! Super light and moist, with a semi-sweet frosting.

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These are nothing like what I remember Red Velvet tasting like – dense, rich cake with an intense creamy cream cheese frosting. No, these are so much BETTER. Jeremy really enjoyed them as well, and when he likes something, and “can’t tell the difference” then I know it’s good! 

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In addition to the five classic mixes, YesYouCan recently launched a new line of Artisan recipes with mixes that are low in sodium and sugar for the health conscious. The recipes are made with reduced sugar, using unrefined rapadura sugar for better nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and provide a good source of fiber from super grains like quinoa, sorghum, buckwheat and teff flours, as well as using real fruit and raw foods like cacao and coconut. These mixes are not yet available in the US but I hope they are soon! 

The factory where YesYouCan products are produced is 100% gluten free so there is no chance for cross contamination. 

I can’t wait to bake another mix this weekend. Should I make the chocolate mud cake or vanilla cupcakes? 

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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May 26

Summer Entertaining Recipes featuring Simply7 Snacks

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and with it the official kick-off to summer parties, BBQ’s and weekend beach trips! I wanted to share a few light and easy summer entertaining recipes featuring Simply 7 Snacks, and let you in on Simply7’s newest kale chips!! 

Simply7’s better-for-you snacks include Quinoa, Hummus, Lentil and Kale Chips and their newest innovation, and Organic Veggie Chips, which just launched this month. The new Veggie Chips are my favorite! The chips do not leave any residue on my fingers or funny taste in my mouth like some other veggie chips I’ve tried. 

Simply7 chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, Kosher Certified, and have no trans-fats, preservatives or artificial flavors, making them an ideal addition to any recipe or as a standalone snack. Simply7 snacks have fewer calories and fat than traditional potato chips, and deliver a tasty crunch that will satisfy chip cravings all summer long.

Below are some easy recipes that pair especially well with Simply 7 Snacks! 

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Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Roast the corn in a pan on medium heat until golden.
  2. Combine the corn and remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  4. Garnish with a pinch of paprika and fresh cilantro before serving. Serve with Simply7 Kale Sea Salt, Kale Lemon & Olive Oil or Organic Veggie Chips.

Zesty Lemon Hummus

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, combine the oil, beans/chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt and black pepper; cover and process until smooth.
  2. Add lemon zest and additional sea salt to taste.
  3. Serve with Simply7 Kale Lemon & Olive Oil or Organic Veggie Chips.

Lime Cilantro Guacamole

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocados until smooth.
  2. Puree the garbanzo beans in a food processor with a dash of salt.
  3. Combine the avocado and garbanzo puree with the lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, paprika, onion, cilantro, sea salt, black pepper and cumin.
  4. Fold in the tomatoes and jalapeno and mix well.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve with Simply7 Kale Sea Salt, Kale Dill Pickle, Kale Lemon & Olive Oil or Organic Veggie Chips.

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Summer Citrus Ceviche

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cut the fish and shrimp into 1/4 –inch diced pieces.
  2. Combine in a glass dish with lime juice, orange juice, lemon juice, Serrano pepper, jalapeno, onion and garlic. Toss to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Gently fold in the bell pepper, tomato, cilantro, olive oil and spices.

Serve in a bowl, or martini glass and garnish with lime wedges. Pair with Simply7 Kale Sea Salt, Kale Sea Lemon and Olive Oil, Kale Dill Pickle Chips, or Organic Veggie Chips.

 

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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May 23

Grill Up a Better Burger with JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey

Grilling season is here! There are a lot of temptations at backyard barbeques; chips, desserts and fatty burgers to name a few. The easiest way to get a better-for-you barbeque is swapping in JENNIEO® Lean Ground Turkey for ground beef.

If you are looking for easy ways to lighten up your summer meals without sacrificing taste, read on for some inspiration and helpful tips to getting the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burgers ever!

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Take the fat out of your burger—not the flavor! You can easily avoid serving dry, flavorless turkey burgers. Simply follow these simple tips for grilling a juicy turkey burger that will have everyone begging for your secrets.

STEP 1: Don’t over mix the ground meat

Working with the turkey too much can make it dense and tough.

STEP 2: Add some oil or onions

Add 2 tablespoons of heart-healthy olive oil or sautéed onions to the ground turkey before forming patties.

STEP 3: Form patties

Create 1/2 inch thick for even cooking (no dry edges!) 

STEP 4: Keep your patties cold

Put them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them for the juiciest, tastiest burgers

STEP 5: Dont press your burgers 

Pushing down on your burgers with your spatula will cause you to lose the juices!

STEP 6: Turn meat just once on the grill

Turning too often slows cooking and can result in a tough, dry burger

STEP 7: Don’t overcook the burgers

Start with 9 minutes on each side; use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to 165 F; cook longer if necessary

STEP 8: Allow burgers to rest

Set your cooked patties aside for a few minutes before serving to let juices redistribute.

 


Ready to eat your juicy turkey burger? Great. Browse Jennie-O recipes for topping ideas.

I not only swap Jennie-O ground turkey fin burgers but also in meatballs, tacos, and stuffed zucchini peppers! It’s so easy to do and when you add spices and natural flavors like garlic and onion, it’s just as tasty, if not more! 

Click here for money saving Jennie-O coupons!

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

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This entry was posted in BBQ, meat, Product Review and tagged , , on 23 May, 2016.