Apr 21

Nutri Maqui Fruits Proprietary Blend

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Apr 20

Graeter’s Hand Crafted Ice Cream

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

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

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

GLUTEN FREE FLAVORS

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

*also dairy free

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

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

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Apr 18

Gluten Free Burrito Bowls from Red’s Natural Foods

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

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

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

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Chicken Burrito Bowl Nutritional Info

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

Red’s Burrito Bowls are available at Whole Foods, CVS, Food Emporium, Fairway Market, and other leading retailers throughout the country. Click here to find a store location nearest you. 

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

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Apr 14

Water Drops Water Enhancers from SweetLeaf // Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

Now time for the giveaway!

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

 

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

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

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Apr 13

ABBA Paleo Bars

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

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

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ABBA Paleo Bars provide 4 different delicious flavors:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Apr 12

April is National Soyfoods Month

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

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

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

Other benefits of the Mighty Soybean include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Apr 08

Insomnia Cookies Announces First Gluten Free/Vegan Cookie

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

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

Are Insomnia Cookies Allergy Friendly?

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

Is the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie organic?

No, the ingredients are not organic.

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

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

Is the Icing Vegan?

The icing is only made with plant based ingredients.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 07

GREEN LIVING EXPO RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY // APRIL 15-17

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Green Festival®, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, will return to the Javits Convention Center April 15-17 to celebrate Earth Day weekend. Marking its fifth year in New York City, Green Festival has become an annual celebration of green living for New Yorkers and the local green community, serving as the city’s most prominent yearly showcase for green brands and sustainable lifestyles.

In addition, for the first time, Green Festival will kick-off a series of screenings across the nation of the acclaimed documentary, Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret, to raise awareness of the harmful effects of one of the planet’s most destructive industries, animal agriculture. In partnership with A.U.M. Films, Green Festival will host screenings of Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn’s film at all five 2016 expos in the U.S. The documentary film is streaming exclusively on Netflix, and this version was produced by Oscar-winning environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson and Appian Way Productions.

This year’s Green Festival will continue to lead the way into a more sustainable future by offering meatless products as well as an all vegan/vegetarian food court. VegFund, which empowers vegan activists worldwide, is working closely with the festival by co-sponsoring the Cowspiracy screening series and sponsoring the Green Festival Expo’s Social Media Lounge. 

“The 2016 Green Festival Expo will emphasize ways in which consumers can help to mitigate climate change, and will bring together an array of new brands, partners, and speakers to feature the latest in sustainability across the country,” said Dr. Corinna Basler, president of Green Festivals, Inc. “We are especially pleased to be back in New York City and thrilled to welcome our 2016 attendees to the LEED-certified Javits Convention Center.”

Attendees at the Green Festival Expo can discover and buy thousands of new sustainable products and services from fashion, body care and wellness, home and garden to transportation and renewable energy. For example, all weekend long, attendees have an opportunity to test ride Stromer’s e-bikes to preview the future in biking technology. Also, New Yorkers that love Kombucha will have an opportunity to try samples from Kombucha Brewers International-Kombucha Village all three days of the Expo.

They will also be able to enjoy organic foods, hands-on demos, educational activities and learn from inspirational speakers. The expo features pavilions and green-theme stages, such as the Grace Play Connect Family Fun Pavilion with interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids; the Sonic Yoga Pavilion, featuring free yoga instruction and classes sponsored by Sonic Yoga; and the Green Festival Stage and Lifestyle Pavilion highlighting green business entrepreneurs, community leaders and environmental experts.

To kick-off 2016, Green Festival launched an enhanced website, adding more interactive features to improve information sharing and engagement for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. In addition to a more consumer friendly design, the website features the Green Festival online store offering products exhibited at Green Festival as well as an open call for applications for the Green Festival’s popular Community Award and voting for theBrand Award. This year, Green Festival will once again host the Green Festival Brand and Community Awards. The public are now invited to vote online at Greenfestivals.org for their favorite brands and nonprofit organization!

Green Festival Expo will team up with the Humane Society of New York for the Green Festival-Saves-Lives Campaign. Green Festival attendees have the opportunity to save lives by adopting homeless cats and dogs onsite throughout the weekend.

Some of the pioneering, expert presenters speaking at the New York Green Festival Expo include:

The 2016 Green Festival Expo will be held in the North Hall of the Javits Center, located at West 34th Street and the West Side Highway, adjacent to the northern end of one of the city’s most sustainable landmarks, New York City’s High Line. Doors open on Friday, April 15, and the Show will run through Sunday. The best subway stop is the newly added 34th St, Hudson Yards station, located right next to the Javits Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.greenfestivals.org and are available for purchase at the show. Cyclists who use the Green Festival Bike Valet, sponsored by Stromer, and youth aged 16 and under are granted free admission. Discounts are offered for students, seniors and veterans. All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, workshops, speakers and films.

 

 

 

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Apr 06

Youth Express Night Cream

As I’m getting older, I’m starting to notice a few fine lines and dryer skin in the winter. So taking care of my skin is becoming more and more important. What’s also important is using products made with quality ingredients. 

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Insta Natural Youth Express Night Cream provides ultimate hydration benefits to your skin for an improved and more youthful appearance. This skin-refining night cream was featured in Shape Magazine as one of the best nighttime skin creams around, so as a reader of Shape I was excited to try it out – I trust their judgement. 

Youth Express Night Cream is especially good for those looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also great for sensitive skin and for those prone to breakouts and other skin care issues, such as blemishes, irritated skin, scars, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

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  • Powerful Anti-Aging Benefits – InstaNatural’s Youth Express Night Cream provides unsurpassed hydration to help reduce deep wrinkles, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin. With ingredients like Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Organic Rosehip Oil and Organic Argan Oil, this moisturizer will help reverse these signs of aging and improve your complexion to give you that youthful glow you’re looking for.
  • Reduce Blemishes and Acne – InstaNatural’s Night Cream contains 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which studies have shown to help soothe acne by reducing redness and inflammation on irritated skin. With Vitamin C, which encourages the production of healthy skin, this cream is great to lessen the appearance of red marks and scars left behind by breakouts on acne prone skin in both men and women.
  • Deep Hydration and Repair – This cream features a thick and creamy mixture that can easily cover your entire face and neck or can be used to target any specific dry or rough patches you may get anywhere on your body, including your hands, arms or shoulders. With even the briefest application, InstaNatural’s Youth Express Night Cream will quickly leave your skin feeling softer and smoother.
  • Suitable and Safe for All Skin Types – InstaNatural’s Night Cream comes with a professional formula created in mind to deliver extra nourishment to all skin types. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, this moisturizer will soothe and hydrate for a smoother, brighter and clearer complexion with its natural and non-irritating ingredients.

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Youth Express Night Cream is made in the US and is paraben and cruelty free. 

You can purchase Youth Express Night Cream 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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Apr 05

STIR – How Cooking Saved One Women’s Life // Giveaway

The paperback release of STIR by Jessica Fechtor, comes out TODAY, April 5th. At the age of 28, a brain aneurysm shattered Jessica Fechtor’s world, and cooking helped her put the pieces back together. This bestselling, touching memoir is about how food connects us to ourselves, our lives, and each other—especially in the wake of life changing events.

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At the age of 28, Jessica Fechtor was happily immersed in graduate school and her young marriage, and thinking about starting a family. Then one day, she went for a run and an aneurysm burst in her brain. She nearly died. She lost her sense of smell, the sight in her left eye, and was forced to the sidelines of the life she loved. Jessica’s journey to recovery began in the kitchen as soon as she was able to stand at the stovetop and stir. There, she drew strength from the restorative power of cooking and baking. Written with intelligence, humor, and warmth, Stir is a heartfelt examination of what it means to nourish and be nourished.

Woven throughout the narrative are 27 recipes for dishes that comfort and delight. Stir is sure to inspire, and send you straight to the kitchen.

Not only is Jessica Fechtor a bestselling author, but she writes the popular food blog, Sweet Amandine. Filled with delicious recipes and gorgeous photography, she has handcrafted her own scrumptious corner of the internet. She is a PhD candidate in Jewish Literature at Harvard University, and lives with her husband and daughters in San Francisco. She doesn’t believe in secret recipes. 

Below, I want to share with you one of my favorite passages and recipes from Stir: 

“Chapter 8: Just in Case”

“Kale and Pomegranate Salad

My mom still pokes fun at me for a phone call she received one night that week, after Eli and I made a salad together for dinner. “Mom,” I said, “he cut the mushrooms just right.” I had found a guy who shared my salad aesthetic, and while I admit that salad compatibility does not necessarily correlate with romantic compatibility, there is something to be said for standing at the counter together, rinsing, drying, slicing, talking about whatever, and ending up with a big bowl of salad that suits you both to a T.

Here’s a salad we make as often as we can each fall while pomegranates are in season. The dressing gets its zing from pomegranate molasses, something I first tried at a Seattle restaurant called Sitka and Spruce, where they drizzle the sweet-tart syrup over yogurt and sautéed dates. The dish was genius, and I was hooked. I bought a bottle of pomegranate molasses when I got home—you can find it at Middle Eastern markets and a lot of mainstream grocery stores—and I’ve kept some on hand ever since. I brush it with olive oil over carrots and beets before roasting, add it by the tablespoon to glasses of sparkling water, spoon it over hot oatmeal, swirl it into yogurt, and whisk it into dressings like the one here.

I like my dressing on the sharp side, especially in a salad with such strong, sturdy ingredients. If you want to tone it down, add more olive oil by the teaspoon, whisking and tasting between each addition, until the balance is right for you.

One more quick note: This salad calls for dinosaur kale, the flat, dark green kind also known as lacinato or Tuscan kale. I prefer it in its raw form over curly kale, which can be tougher and harder to chew.

For the salad:

For the dressing:

Put all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Shake or whisk together the dressing ingredients in a jar or mixing bowl. Depending on how heavily dressed you like your salad, you may end up with more dressing than you need. Start with half, toss, taste, then add more, as needed. Serves 4.”

So, in honor of the paperback release of STIR, I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on April 11, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

You can also purchase STIR on Amazon today!

You can follow Jessica on Twitter: @sweetamandine and Instagram: @sweetamandine.

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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