Mar 15

Banana Water

First came vitamin water, then coconut water, and maple water. And now we have banana water!

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You might be as surprised – and intrigued – as I am to learn that banana water is a real thing. Well, it is and it is good for you too!

Each bottle of Elmhurst Naturals Banana Water is packed with potassium—the equivalent of up to two bananas. Bananas are full of other vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, including, vitamin C and magnesium. Banana water has no fat, gluten, added sugar or colors, zero cholesterol and only 70 calories per bottle! 

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Have I peaked your interest yet? 

Banana Water doesn’t just come in banana flavor (Original).  They also make Passion Fruit Banana Water and Mango Banana Water. All three flavors are light and refreshing. The Mango and Passion Fruit Flavors add a subtle fruit flavor and the convenient bottles make them great to take on the go. I can throw one in my bag to drink after the gym, on my way to work, or at work when I want something other than plain old water. 

Banana Water is sold at Shaw’s, Albertson’s, Big Y and other locations across the country (click here for more information on retail locations). You can also purchase Banana Water on Amazon

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

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Mar 14

Zenola Gluten Free Granola

Have you been looking for a delicious crunchy granola that’s actually good for you? Zenola is where you’ll find it. Zenola has deleted all the carbs, sugars and empty calories you find in typical granolas and replaced them with a mix of premium tree nuts, gently roasted for full flavor. They’ve also added a special blend of tasty seeds and natural flavorings for that “little extra somethin’”. The result: Zenola, a granola so good you can’t help but go nuts.

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Most granolas are made with rolled oats, otherwise known as oatmal. Oatmeal and granolas made from it have a glycemic index of 58. That means that in terms of how quickly your body converts oatmeal into sugar, oatmeal is only slightly better than actual table sugar, which has a glycemic index of 68.  Now imagine what happens when you coat all that oatmeal with honey. Sweet and crunchy it may be; nutritious it is not. Oatmeal does have a lot more fiber than table sugar though, so there’s that. 

Zenola, on the other hand, is over 85% nuts and seeds, which have a gylcemic index of 15 – 20. Not only do nuts and seeds produce a lot less impact on blood sugar, they deliver nutritious proteins, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and natural fiber.

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After all, what’s the point of making a low-carb granola and then drowning it in sugar, honey, or corn syrup?  Each serving of Zenola contains no more than 3 grams of honey – just barely enough to taste, but not enough to cause a spike in blood sugar. If you like it sweeter, you can add as much fresh or dried fruit and other delights as you like. You won’t find dried fruit, corn syrup or any other high calorie/high sugar sweetener in Zenola. 

Zenola comes in 3 flavors: Tropical, Paleo and Cinna-Nut Crunch.

Tropical Crunch

Almonds, cashews, macademia nuts, unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and coconut oil, with just a hint of honey and vanilla.

Paleo Crunch

A paleo-legit blend of roasted almonds, walnuts, cashews, seeds, and coconut oil, with no added sugars. 

Cinna-Nut Crunch

An enticingly aromatic blend of nuts, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, and just a taste of honey. Like eating a cinnamon bun without the sin.

Zenola is now available in Whole Foods Brooklyn and Columbus Circle. 

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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Mar 11

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Gluten Free Options // Midtown East

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Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse first opened on Newbury Street in Boston back in 1985. Since then, they have expanded to cities across the U.S. including 3 additional locations in MA – Chestnut Hill, Foxborough, and Lynnfield – Manhattan, Philadelphia and Atlanta. 

At Davio’s everything is made by hand from the best ingredients. They Serve everything from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique pasta creations. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. And I had the chance to eat there last night for the first time! 

Davio’s offers an extensive gluten free lunch and dinner menu including appetizers, pasta dishes, salads, steaks, seafood and more. And when it comes to the drinks, don’t fret! Davio’s serves Tito’s gluten free vodka so you can enjoy their delicious cocktails before, or during, your meal. 

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                            Albicocca cocktail

I invited my soon-to-be sister in-law to join me for dinner last night. For starters we shared the Grilled Spanish Octopus with Risotto Nero and Plum Sauce for our appetizer. 

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All pasta dishes are available in appetizer portions, so we also shared the Gluten Free Pasta with Organic Mushrooms, Basil, and White Truffle Oil. Davio’s offers a rice-based fusilli pasta that is used in any gluten free pasta dish. 

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amuse bouche from the chef: roasted beet with a beet vinaigrette puree

Amuse bouche from the chef: roasted beet with a beet vinaigrette puree

Picking an entree was difficult. Davio’s offers so many cuts of meat, it was hard to choose. Filet mignon, aged New York Sirloin, Ribeye, veal and pork chop are just a few meat dishes on the menu. We ordered the 8 oz center cut filet mignon that was juicy, tender and cooked to perfection. The meat just melted in my mouth. 

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We also shared the Atlantic Salmon with two sides; spicy broccoli rabe and roasted brussel sprouts with carrot puree and almonds.

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Although we were both full, we made room for dessert! Davio’s gluten free dessert options include panna cotta, ice cream and sorbet. Last night’s sorbet flavors were: spiced pineapple mango, peary good and sweet melon. One of each please! 

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The gracious hospitality and attentive staff provide an exceptional dining experience, and I would recommend it to all my gluten free, and non gluten free, readers! 

On Friday, April 8th, 2016, Davio’s Manhattan will host a four-course prix fixe gluten free dinner to celebrate bestselling author of The Gluten Free Revolution, Jax Peters Lowell. In addition to highlighting Davio’s signature gluten free menu items, the dinner will feature dishes from renowned chefs Thomas Keller and Bobby Flay. For more information and to make a reservation, check out the event page

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Mar 10

CedarLane Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas

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CedarLane Natural Foods‘ newest product is their Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas.

I was impressed with the nutritional composition of these enchiladas. With 340 calories, 12g of protein, 7g of fiber and 340 calories, these gluten-free enchiladas are a wholesome and delicious addition to CedarLane’s line of frozen meals. Each enchilada is packed with quinoa, black beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese as well as roasted Anaheim peppers, tomatillos, corn, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, yellow squash, black olives, and zucchini—all topped with a delicious Poblano Crema sauce. The Poblano Crema is tangy but not spicy and of course super flavorful.

The enchiladas are not only gluten free, but organic and all natural as well!

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These are convenient, healthy, delicious and contain the super-food quinoa! When I work late – 2 nights each week for a few months in the fall and spring – I need something quick when I get home. The enchiladas can be microwaved and ready in just 3 1/2 – 4 minutes.  

CedarLane offers a variety of gluten free frozen meal options including:

– Spinach and Mushroom Egg White Omelette

– Uncured Turkey Bacon, Vegetable and Cheese Egg White Omelette

– Garden Vegetable & Mozzarella Egg White Omelette

– Green Chile, Cheese & Ranchero Sauce Egg White Omelette

– Roasted Chile And Cheese Egg White Frittata

– Spinach And Roasted Tomato Egg White Frittata

– Three Layer Enchilada Pie

– Garden Vegetable Enchiladas

– Roasted Chile Relleno

– Eggplant Parmesan

– Chile & Cheese Tamales

– Spinach & Feta Cheese Tamales

– Sweet Corn Tamales

– Roasted Vegetable Tamales

 

The enchiladas retail for $5 and can be found at Food Emporium, Duane Read, Acme Market, and ShopRite’s in the NY/NJ area. CedarLane products can be found at retail locations across the country. Use their 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.

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Mar 09

That’s It. Fruit Bars

Today I am excited to share with you all a two-ingredient product that is perfect for anyone who wants clean and simple snacks that are healthy AND taste delicious. That’s it. fruit bars are made with literally two ingredients: fruit and fruit and that’s it! You can’t get any simpler than that!

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What you see is what you get with these tasty snack bars that make a quick and easy breakfast on the go, quick snack at the office, or healthy treat to pack in your children’s lunchboxes. They don’t contain any added sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors, purees, concentrates, or any type of preservative. Just 100% all-natural premium fruit that’s specifically designed for nutritious on the go snacking wherever life may take you.

What’s not to love about real fruit that doesn’t require any washing, peeling, or slicing to enjoy? With only 100-110 calories and 2-5g of fiber each, That’s it. fruit bars are the ideal guilt-free snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. They’re also fat free, kosher, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, and raw.

That’s It. comes in 9 flavors:

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Each bar contains 2 whole servings of fruit.  I liked the  soft, slightly chewy texture with a real fruit taste that comes from the fruit. Even better, these bars are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium! 

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, Fruit, Kosher, Product Review, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , on 9 March, 2016.

Mar 07

Moonshine Chocolate Fudge Bars

Earlier this month my mom introduced me to The Chocolate Moonshine Co. She met the owner at a trade show and he gave her a box of samples for me to try (thanks mom!).

 The Chocolate Moonshine Co. has been making gourmet fudge and chocolate items for over 25 years.They offer 33 flavors of Artisan Fudge Bars all which are gluten free and egg free! 

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The flavors range from black raspberry and pink lemonade to tiramisu, toasted almond and birthday cake! 

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The chart was nice, but it was hard to tell some of the flavors as they didn’t all match up to a description. Some were easy to determine while others left Jeremy and I wondering what we were eating! I do have to say, we did enjoy all the flavors we tried. Jeremy loved the hazelnut (I’m not a fan) and I loved the toasted almond and tiramisu. The chocolates come in boxes and make great gifts!

You can create your own box and order 

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Mar 04

Natural Sins gets a new look!

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Natural Sins healthy snacks are made with fresh fruits or vegetables, and using only two natural ingredients, create the most perfect and delicious snack! Using proprietary methods, they’ve maintained shape, color, smell and taste of the fresh fruit or vegetable, yet making it resulting in a unique natural product like no other.

To reintroduce its unique line of crispy mango, pineapple, coconut, and beet chips, Natural Sins needed a packaging design that could show retail customers and health-conscious consumers that it was much more than a chip off the old block. The new look for the Costa Rican company, features eye-catching bags with a minimalist feel that captures the simplicity of this all-natural product.

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Each bag features a series of small icons to verify Natural Sins’ gluten-free, non-GMO, certified vegan, Paleo friendly and Kosher status. And just in case the art and color cues didn’t convince you that this product was unique, a dark brown color block text strip at the top right of the bag reinforces this message by calling Natural Sins “The Un-potato chip.” I think the message Natural Sins was trying to show – that the product is a delicious, healthy alternative to the conventional potato chip – is evident in the new design and packaging.  

Natural Sins believes that a person’s health is principally based on nutrition and they try to deliver this message through their company. Natural Sins’ slices are 100% natural; they are very thin fruit slices which are carefully sliced and baked until reaching their unique crispiness and keeping the fresh fruit flavor; these are some of the characteristics that differentiate Natural Sins from competitors. Each 1 oz bag is one serving and contains only 100 calories!! For the whole bag!! 

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The coconut and beetroot are still my favorite. Unlike other dried fruit snacks, these are actually healthy and tasty. They are crunchy, not too sweet and do not leave a chemical aftertaste in my mouth. I could really taste the fresh fruit/vegetable flavors. Natural Sins are a great, healthy, alternative to regular chips.

Natural Sins are available in the U.S. and Canada. You can also purchase Natural Sins on Amazon (free shipping for Prime members!).

 

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, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , on 4 March, 2016.

Mar 02

John Kelly Chocolates are always gluten free!

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John Kelly Chocolates, Hollywood’s gourmet chocolatier, makes high-quality, all-natural, handcrafted chocolates and gourmet fudge. JKC offers a wide range of decadent collections including artisan chocolate bars, salted caramels, walnut caramel clusters, chocolate-covered nuts and chocolate-dipped fruit —each wrapped in beautiful packaging and boasting unique flavors perfect for gifting or personal indulgence.

If that isn’t enough to get your drooling, then does knowing that all John Kelly Chocolates are gluten free?! All of products are gluten-free except for the Shortbread Cookie. All JKC products contain dairy except for the solid dark chocolate bars. All of products contain sugar, except for the Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Almonds. 

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I recently tried JKC’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate & Caramel with Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate with French Grey Sea Salt. Both were to die for! John Kelly Chocolates are handmade in small batches with all natural, premium quality ingredients, which is evident after the first bite. I just wish I had more to eat!!  

If you don’t live in California, don’t worry! You can purchase JKC online and you can find John Kelly Chocolates at retail locations throughout the country. To find a location 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.

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This entry was posted in California, chocolate, Kosher, Product Review and tagged , , , on 2 March, 2016.

Mar 01

New Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps®

Back in May, Snack Factory® introduced a new line of gluten free mini Pretzel Crisps®, which if you have not tried yet are delicious! With the ever-growing number of gluten free snackers in mind, Snack Factory®  recently expanded it to now include the New Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps®. The new Pretzel Crisps® have the same delicious taste as the Minis, but in a larger, deli style size perfect for dipping and topping with healthy pairings. 

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The new Gluten Free Original Pretzel Crisps® offer the wholesome goodness and simple ingredient list while providing gluten sensitive snackers with a delicious and guilt free snack to nosh, top and share. They are crunchy and remind me of the Pretzel Crisps® I ate growing up, but without the gluten! 

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You can purchase Pretzel Crisps® at retailers nationwide. To find a store location near you, click here. You can also buy Pretzel Crisps® on Amazon (free shipping for Prime Members!)

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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Feb 23

The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health

Ten years ago, FullyRaw founder Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram transformed her healthy by overhauling her diet with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds – 100% fresh, raw, and ripe. She is now the vivacious, uber-healthy force behind a fast-growing raw lifestyle brand, joyfully sharing her nutrition-packed food with countless fans on social media and beyond. 

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The Fully Raw Diet offers a 21-day plan offers to help readers jumpstart a clean, plant-based approach to eating based on the trusted “80/10/10” diet. Detailed menus and exercise plans make the transition to raw foods easier than ever, and personal stories from Kristina’s own journey supplement each week’s materials. Not ready to go all in? I wasn’t either, but Krisitina encourages us to try just one Fully Raw meal a day, which I can do and can still reap amazing health benefits from. 

I love all the smoothie, salad, main dishes, and better-for-you dessert recipes, such as Lemon-Ginger Blast, Spicy Mango Basil Salad, Melon Pops, and Caramel-Apple Cups. Plus “noodle” dishes like Yellow Squash Fettuccine Alfredo and Fully Raw Pad Thai, yum! 

 

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 cookbook, Product Review and tagged , on 23 February, 2016.