Aug 03

Maple Nut Kitchen Gluten Free & Vegan Granola

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Vivian Cubilla-Lindblom is the proud new owner of Maple Nut Kitchen granola company, formerly Courser Farm Kitchen. Vivian has always wanted to do something with specialty foods and four months ago an opportunity presented itself to her and she was nothing but excited!

All of the flavors of Maple Nut Kitchen granola are made with certified gluten free oats. All of the flavors are vegan and there are even a few paleo options. Vivian uses local New Hampshire maple syrup, and only high quality dried fruit and nights in her granolas.

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Please note, all of the granola is gluten free but it is baked in a shared commercial kitchen that is not gluten free.

Made with plump dried fruit, crunchy nuts, and toasted oats, Maple Nut Kitchen granola is delicious and offers a wonderful aroma and fresh taste. Flavors include Northern Berry Harvest, Cashew Chai, Almond Cranberry, Southern Cherry Almond, Western Cocoa Cayenne, Lavender Blueberry, Coconut Date, Mocha Chip, Maple Nut, Pumpkin Gingerbread, Sweet & Salty, and Tropical Orange.

My favorite is the Northern Berry Harvest (paleo). A grain free blend of nuts, seeds, fruit, and cinnamon with a touch of maple syrup and vanilla to give it a little sweetness. It was delicious and indulgent with only 2 grams of sugar per serving!

The Mocha Chip is made with almonds, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, olive oil, maple syrup, sweetened shredded coconut, instant coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and almond extract. The mocha flavor was spot on.

Maple Nut Kitchen is based out of Keene, NH, and the community there has been very supportive of her product and great at try to help her spread the word. She hopes to become a apart of the co-op there soon.

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Currently the only location in MA that sells Maple Nut Kitchen granola is The Natural Market in Groton. It is also available through Something Gud, a Boston-based delivery service that provides locally sourced food directly to your door each week.

I hope to see Maple Nut Kitchen granola in more locations in and around Boston very soon! But in the mean time you can purchase Maple Nut Kitchen granola online.

Buy 3 bags for $20, or 3 for $25! Get 3 bags of our Paleo granola for $25 ($9.99 individually). Get 3 bags of any of our other flavors for $20 ($7.99 individually). Enter offer codes PALEO3, and GRANOLA3, respectively.

2) Purchase 6 bags or more and get 1 FREE!! No discount code needed (just let us know which flavor you would like for the free bag under “Note to Seller”).

3) Purchase by the case and get 20% OFF!! There are 12 bags per case. Can mix and match flavors. Enter coupon code

 

 

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 
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Aug 02

Mía Mariú’s Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser Review + Giveaway

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The Mía Mariú’s philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mía Mariú’shigh performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.  The result? Healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

REFRESHING FOAMING CLEANSER

Made with 8 natural botanicals and anti-inflammatory properties! Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, orange peel, lemon, lime, and grapefruit extracts are at the heart of this soft pampering cleanser. This formula contains high levels of Aloe, anti-inflammatory ingredients like Sea Lettuce and nourishing essential oils making it an extra gentle cleanser.

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The Refreshing Foaming Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and especially effective for sensitive skin including rosacea, maturing, and even dry skin types. It is non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and fragrance-free. Use AM and PM

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A 4 fl. oz. bottle retails for $21. But I am giveaway one lucky reader a bottle fore free!! Mía Mariúhas provided me with one full size bottle of their Refreshing Foaming Cleanser to give to you! To enter to win, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

 

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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Aug 01

Product Review: Three Cross-Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set by Premium Bamboo

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Tired of getting tiny and unusable cutting boards that look nice but end up breaking after few uses? Annoyed that your cutting board warps, splinters, or breaks soon after you buy it?

Premium Bamboo set out to design and manufacture a new durable design, a cutting board set that will solve all the issues that come with cheap and traditional cutting boards that break and warp easily—the Three Cross Layer Bamboo Cutting Boards. The top and bottom layer are vertical while the added middle layer is horizontal which creates a very strong cutting board. The added middle cross-layer is designed to add extra strength to the cutting boards. You will not be disappointed with this cutting board set.

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Premium Bamboo’s Three Cross-Layer Bamboo Cutting Board set is strong, durable, and made from 100% high quality, recyclable, antimicrobial moso bamboo. The cutting boards are natural, organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly.

The cutting boards are easy to clean and maintain. To clean, all you need is hot water and soap to wash, and then let the cutting board air-dry. It’s much easier to wash than a wood cutting board and much safer than plastic.

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All three cutting boards have a thickness of 2/5″.

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I was surprised at just how lightweight these cutting boards are. I have another set of wonderful and durable cutting boards that are much heavier and I was expecting these to be just as heavy, but they aren’t.

Bamboo cutting boards can be costly. Luckily, Premium Bamboo’s Three Cross-Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set is on sale on amazon for only $19.74— 67% off the original price of $59.99! This is such a great deal, considering they offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied, which I don’t think will be the case.

The Three Cross-Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set makes a great gift for bridal showers, weddings, and for moms, dads, or friends who love to cook.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Jul 31

CeliAct’s Gluten Free Diet Support Giveaway

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Do you follow a gluten free diet but still suffer from fatigue and digestive health issues?

If you’re like me than you do. Years of gluten exposure can leave your intestines in pretty rough shape. I have absorption issues and nutrient deficiencies. No matter how many cups of fruits and vegetables, and lean protein I eat each week, I just can’t seem to get my levels up. I’ve tried vitamins and supplements, but remembering to take all 10 of them everyday is not easy.

Making matters worse, a gluten free diet often lacks proper amounts of iron, folic acid, B-vitamins, calcium, and several other vitamins and minerals that are normally found in gluten containing products.

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So when a friend, and founder of CeliAct, reached out to me about the launch of his new product- a nutritional supplement specifically for people with celiac- I was thrilled to hear from him and couldn’t wait to try it!

CeliAct’s Gluten-Free Diet Support contains vital nutrients, along with over 2 billion live probiotics so that you can get everything you need in just 2 capsules a day. By taking just 2 capsules a day of CeliAct’s Gluten Free Dietary Support, you’re giving yourself the nutritional and digestive support you deserve.

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CeliAct helped me by Reliving digestive discomfort with 2 billion live cultures, and provided me with increased energy, from the B vitamins.

Here’s a great video that explains it a little bit better!


Gluten-Free Diet Support is free of gluten, dairy, soy, and egg.

If you follow a strict gluten-free diet and still suffer from low energy levels and digestive issues like so many people, Gluten-Free Diet Support may be right for you. Most gluten-free diets are deficient of critical nutrients, and most people that follow a gluten-free diet have suffered years of gluten exposure that has reduced their ability to absorb nutrients. If this sounds familiar, Gluten-Free Diet Support can help.

Want to try it? CeliAct’s Gluten Free Diet Support is available to purchase online through their website and Gluten Free Mall. Also, the guys over at CeliAct have provided me with a one-month’s supply of Gluten Free Diet Support to giveaway to one of my lucky readers! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below!

Have you tried dietary supplements? What works best for you? Leave your comments below!

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This giveaway ends on August 10, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jul 30

ZICO®’s #CrackLifeOpen #21DayChallenge & RAID Series Obstacle Course Race Entry Giveaway

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It takes 21 days to start a new habit. Making a new habit isn’t always easy. The first couple of days and weeks are the hardest. I’ve teamed up with ZICO® and their campaign “21 Days to Crack Life Open”.

Crack Life Open means living positively and thoughtfully by making healthy choices and taking small steps to treat yourself well every day. Stay positive, be present, and take small steps every day towards a balanced, healthy living that fits your lifestyle.

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The goal of the Crack Life Open campaign is to remind people that like crisp refreshing coconuts, life is better when our hearts and minds are open. Throughout the campaign, ZICO® and Jessica Alba will work together to motivate people to start living the life they want today.

We live in fast-paced, “always on” world today.  ZICO® helps you take a step towards mind and body balance through a little natural TLC—and when you treat your body well, you treat yourself well. You feel connected, revitalized, renewed. ZICO® is like a reset button for positive change—it’s the start of something good.  Life is short. You deserve to be at your best!

My challenge for myself is to take a walk during my lunch break everyday. I sit at a desk from 8:30-5pm and rarely take walks or breaks from sitting. I’m challenging myself to walk for at least 20-30 minutes each day. I have no excuse, the weather is nice and once fall/winter comes around I won’t have the chance to get outside as much. Not only, that but I want to spend more time outdoors this summer. I used to run almost every morning before work and I’d really like to get back into that habit, and enjoy the summer weather.

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ZICO® is pure, Premium Coconut Water hand harvested from coconuts in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. With a balanced blend of electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus, ZICO® Premium Coconut water is a refreshing way to stay hydrated and treat your body well. It is gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, and non-GMO.

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ZICO® comes in five flavors: original, mango, pineapple, chocolate, and passion fruit.

If you are looking for a hydrating drink that is not too sweet, try the original.

Original Flavor Nutritional Info

Original Flavor Nutritional Info

 

The chocolate is delicious and decadent while still being light and refreshing. It is dangerously delicious. Once I opened a bottle I couldn’t resist chugging it. My only issue with this drink is the 20 grams of sugar per serving, I try to stick to 6g. So I need to be careful having these in my fridge!

You can join this campaign too. Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, sticking to just one glass of wine at night, or putting your phone away at the dinner table. All you have to do to get onboard is post your own habit with the hash tag #CrackLifeOpen and #21daychallenge or repost one of ZICO’s.

If you want to participate in #CrackLifeOpen there’s even a chance to win two passes to the RAID Series Obstacle Course Race taking place in Old Orchard Beach on September 13th. ZICO has provided me with two tickets for one lucky reader and a friend, valued at $100. To enter simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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Jul 29

Love Grain’s Ethiopian teff flour pancake mix

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Friends Caroline and Aleem, two grad students based in Cambridge, MA, with a bold vision of connecting Ethiopian teff farmers with the growing gluten free market here in the US, are launching a new product called Love Grain.

Love Grain brings happiness to farmers and families through a line of fairly traded, delicious, gluten free products based on the ancient grain teff. Teff has been around for 5000 years and is a staple in the Ethiopian diet. Love Grain works directly with these farmers to bring us a line of delicious and nutritious teff-based products, starting with the pancake and waffle mix.

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Love Grain has reinvented pancakes and waffles into a multigrain and guilt free breakfast experience. This mix is made with wholesome ingredients, packed with protein, fiber, iron, and calcium.

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There are two recipes to choose from; original and vegan. I made the vegan pancakes and I loved every bite of it! There is such a unique flavor to these pancakes from the teff and buckwheat flours and they are just delicious.

VEGAN RECIPE

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until just combined— don’t over mix. Use in a waffle maker or make pancakes in a pan. Serve fresh and hot. Recipe makes 6-8 pancakes.

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I added a little cinnamon and it really enhanced the flavor.

Each package contains two cups of mix, making a dozen muffins or 12-15 pancakes.

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The mix makes a lot more than delicious pancakes and waffles. You can also use the mix to make muffins, breads, scones, and so much more! For recipes, click here.

Love Grain is not yet in stores but you can buy it online for $11.99 per 10.2 oz bag.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jul 29

KIND Healthy Snacks newest Nuts & Spices flavors – Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt

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I eat a lot of KIND bars, especially the ones that are low in sugar. Since I am supposed to stick with foods with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving, KIND is one of the few companies that make healthy bars that meet my needs.
KIND has added two new flavors to their Nut & Spices line: Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond. These seemingly indulgent flavors expand the line to include eight flavors containing only 5g of sugar (or less) – and nothing artificial.

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KIND’s newest flavors are further proof that you can naturally lower the sugar in a snack while still maintaining a sweet and indulgent taste. Each bar is also crafted from whole almonds, which recent studies have shown have life-extending properties, and not peanuts which I do not care for very much.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt is made with a seemingly indulgent blend of savory sea-salt and sweet caramel drizzled over crunchy almonds. This bar is a delightfully low-sugar healthy snack that only tastes like dessert. It is not as sweet as I was expecting, and this pleasantly surprised me. I was expecting the caramel to have a strong flavor, but it was subtle and enjoyable.

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Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond is made with dark roast coffee and whole almonds blended with honey and drizzled in dark chocolate to form a bar that, with just 5g of sugar, only tastes indulgent. It is worth noting that this bar does have coffee, for those of you who can’t have caffeine.

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Both flavors contain 7g fiber, 6g protein, and 5g sugar.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Nutritional Information

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Nutritional Information

KIND bars are a great way to refuel after a tough workout or long run. I also keep them in my desk drawer and eat them for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up, and I always have one in my purse when I’m on the go.

Like all the other KIND products, the new bars are gluten free, all natural, and non-GMO.

You can find the new KIND bars and other KIND products using the store locator to see the closest location to you. You can also purchase KIND products online through Amazon.

KIND recently came out with two other items— Healthy Clusters and Strong Bars, with 10g of protein, which I am dying to try!

 

 

 

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Jul 28

LaLicious Sugar Kiss Extrordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub Review & Giveaway

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LaLicious Sugar Kiss Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub is a natural body scrub is made with coconut oil, which absorbs quickly and easily into your skin, leaving it moisturized and protected without feeling greasy. Pure cane sugar crystals exfoliate dead skin cells while almond and vitamin E condition, moisturize, and smooth you to perfection!

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My skin was left feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated. Not only does it feel great, it also smells great with a touch of sweetness as you exfoliate! It is an inexpensive way to exfoliate at home with the same spa-like feel.

And I love that the scrub did not leave an oily mess or needed to be remixed. I hate that.

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LaLicious products are all natural and paraben free.

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You can purchase LaLicious Sugar Scrubs online at Beauty Care Choices, an online resource for shoppers looking for their favorite salon products and having them conveniently shipped to their home or business. I love Beauty Care Choices because they make it easy to search for gluten free products (as well as vegan, oil free, organic, etc.).

A 2 oz bottle of LaLicious Sugar Scrub sells for $9.49 and a 16oz bottle is $33.99.

 

Now time for the giveaway! One Lucky reader is going to win a 2 oz. bottle of LaLicious Sugar Kiss Extrordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub. To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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Disclaimer: I received this product for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jul 27

Ginnybakes Gluten Free cookies {vegan, organic, non-GMO & Kosher}

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ginnybakes is a line of outrageously delicious organic, gluten free snacks & desserts.

Made with only premium ingredients and zero preservatives or chemicals, ginnybakes goods are a guilt-free indulgence everyone can enjoy. Crafted with love in small batches and baked fresh each morning by artisan bakers, ginnybakes are made with real whole-food ingredients like dark chocolate, coconut, fruit, and nuts, to deliver a gourmet, just-from-the-oven taste experience. Ginnybakes are gluten free, organic, non-GMO, vegan and kosher.

Ginnybakes full line of products includes cookies, snack bars, crumbles, and baking mixes.

I was recently asked to try the new coconut oatmeal bliss ginnyminis and the original favorite chocolate chip love gb cookies.

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The Coconut Oatmeal Bliss cookies come in two sizes: regular and mini. Organic coconut gives this classic oatmeal cookie a tropical twist. Layered with gluten free rolled oats, dark organic raisins, and crispy walnuts, this cookie’s flavors build on your taste buds until only one word can describe the experience: bliss.OMG. I can never go back to regular oatmeal cookies.

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The perfectly packaged ginnyminis are great to throw in your bag or purse for a sweet summer snack on-the-go!

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The chocolate chip love cookies are unreal. I love the flavor and the crunchy texture.high-quality, organic ingredients, and dark chocolate chips bring me back to making cookies at home as a kid. It’s rare to find a gluten free, ‘healthy’ cookie that has good texture and taste. This one goes above and beyond. I am very impressed with the quality and taste of ginnybakes and would highly recommend you try these.

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The best part is that chocolate chip cookies have only 60 calories and 4 grams of sugar per cookie! Even with this little amount of sugar they are sweet enough!

You can find ginnybakes products at Roche Brothers throughout MA. For a complete list of retail locations click here.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Jul 26

b. good kale & quinoa bowls {Gluten Free & Vegetarian}

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b.good is a Boston-based chain restaurant on a quest to make fast food “real” from all natural, whole ingredients grown and raised from local family farms. Guided by the philosophy that the food they serve has to be ‘real’, meaning, made and served by people, not factories.

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b.good offers lot of options for customers with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Here you’ll find gluten-free buns, kale & quinoa bowls, salads, fries, smoothies and shakes. Many ingredients will be locally sourced.

b.good, although known for their hand ground burgers made from local, all natural beef, is much more than a burger joint. This summer b.good is offering a range of seasonal salads including the kale and quinoa bowls.

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Kale and quinoa bowls are gluten free and vegetarian.

SPICY AVOCADO & LIME – organic quinoa, marinated kale (lemon, canola oil, Kosher salt), sautéed veggies (carrots, zucchini, green beans), shiitakes, avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomato, lime, cilantro, queso fresco, chi

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