May 13

Enjoy Life #SpringFreely Dirt Cups

To celebrate Celiac Awareness Month & Food Allergy Week (May 8-14), Enjoy Life Foods teamed up with Love With Food to sponsor a EnjoyLife box! And the best part? 15 fans can win a free box by tagging @enjoylifefoods and using #EatFreeLove, sharing how they’re celebrating Celiac Awareness Month! Limited to US only and must enter by May 31st at 11:59pm PST

The Spring Freely box includes

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EnjoyLife also sent me some delicious products to make Dirt Cups. I can’t remember the last time I had a dirt cup! 20 years ago? (OMG I’m getting old!) Needless to say, I could not wait to get baking!! 
 
Dirt Cups
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Chocolate Pudding
  1. 1 avocado
  2. ¼ C. rice milk
  3. 2 T. maple syrup
  4. 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  5. ¼ C. Enjoy Life Foods Brownie Mix
  6. 2 T. Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips, melted
Cookie “Dirt”
  1. 8 Enjoy Life Foods Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies, crushed
  2. 8 Enjoy Life Foods Vanilla Honey Graham Crunchy Cookies, crushed
  3. ½ C. dairy-free whipped topping
Topping Ideas
  1. Allergy-friendly gummy worms – Surf Sweets® Gummy Worms
  2. Kale & berries to make a garden patch!
  3. Plastic flowers
Instructions
  1. Blend chocolate pudding ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Layer the chocolate pudding, crushed Crunchy Cookies and dairy-free whipped topping to make “dirt” layers.
  3. Add your favorite toppings.
  4. “Dig” in!
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What’s your favorite Enjoy Life product? 
 
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 11

Celiac Awareness Month // ABBA Paleo Bars Giveaway

So last month I introduced you to ABBA Paleo Bars, a line of organic, all natural healthy snack bars. And TODAY, in honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I am giving away 4 bars, one of each flavor, to one lucky reader!

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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. 

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. 

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.

 

Now for the giveaway! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on May 18, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

And I have a special promo code for my readers! Use promo code GLUTEN_FREE_NYC  for 15% off your entire order! 

 

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 09

Celiac Awareness Month // RawSpiceBar Giveaway

 

Spices are one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your food. Spices add flavor to your meal without adding fat or calories. Changing up bland proteins and sides is easier — and more exciting — than you’d think with RawSpiceBar’s Spice of the Month Club.

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If you love spices, or are looking for a new way to add flavor to your food while sticking to your New Year’s Resolution of eating healthy, it doesn’t get any better than this. RawSpiceBar pioneered a new kind of spice-of-the-month subscription— freshly ground, small batch, custom spice blends delivered to your door each month.

Each month, The Spice of the Month club features a new region and uncovers the spices that are at the root of every culture’s unique cuisine.

Created by top chefs for home cooks, RawSpiceBar is proud to now offer Spice of the Month Club. The spice experts, many of whom are award-winning chefs, bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.

How it Works

RawSpiceBar sources the highest quality and some of the most unique spices from around the world to give you the perfect amount of small batch spices, freshly ground, direct to your door each month for only $6.

The custom spice blends are toasted, ground, and blended by expert chefs from all over the world for maximum flavor. Each box will include kitchen-tested, detailed recipes, and cooking instructions with endless ideas for integrating the spice blends into your home meals.

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Each box will also include spice blend tasting notes, origin, and history. Some months you will also receive surprises like grinders, toasting tips, discounts and other fun stuff.

The blends contain only the spices listed on each blend with no added fillers such as MSG, salt, rice or flour, and all of the spice blends are 100% gluten free.

Boxes are shipped the first week of every month. And shipping is always free! The spices come in reusable packaging that you can use to store your spices.

Whole spices can last several years but ground spices quickly lose their flavor over the course of a few months.  This is why RawSpiceBar offers ground spices in only small amounts, so you can use as needed.  Old spices technically do not go bad and so will not affect you in any way, but will lose their true flavor.  A good, simple test is to smell them.  If you don’t get a scent, it is a good time to get new spices.

Now it’s time for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win one free month of RawSpiceBar’s Spice of the Month Club!

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This giveaway ends at 11:59pm on May 16, 2016. 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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May 07

AKTIVX SPORTS® No Tie Shoelaces for Running Shoes

Life is an adventure and no matter where you are, you will never have to worry about tying your shoelaces again with the Original AKTIVX SPORTS® No Tie Shoelaces. Whether you’re running a marathon or picking the kids up from school, these water resistant no tie shoe laces are the latest advancement in running footwear and accessories.

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AKTIVX SPORTS® Laces are perfect for Runners, Health and Fitness Enthusiast, Cross Fitters, Basketball Players, Football Players, Soccer Players, Baseball Players, Tennis Players, and Professional Athletes. Men, Women, Kids, Senior Citizens and even children with special needs will benefit from our laces which lock your shoelaces in place. Great for sensitive feet or those recovering from foot injury like plantar fasciitis.

Once installed, these shoelaces will shave valuable time off your morning routine and help you get your day started even faster! 2016 AKTIVX SPORTS® Laces easily install on your favorite pair of athletic shoes in under 5 minutes. These locking elastic shoe laces are one size fits all. For the best fit, slip your shoes on your feet before installing. Each package contains 2 locks, 2 elastic shoelaces in your choice of 11 colors, and 2 Non-Slip Lace Clips.

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AKTIVX SPORTS® Laces use the highest quality materials which conforms to your feet for better comfort and support as opposed to normal nylon or cotton laces. Because they reduce pressure points on the top of your foot, they help you feel better thus becoming more productive throughout the day. It is like wearing a new pair of shoes every single day!

You can purchase AKTIVX SPORTS® No Tie Shoelaces on Amazon, on sale for $7.89, plus free shipping! 

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 06

Celiac Awareness Month // That’s It. Fruit Bars Giveaway

I first wrote about That’s it. fruit bars back in March. That’s it. fruit bars are made with only two-ingredients, and that’s it! 

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That’s it. bars are 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!

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:

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! 

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Now for the giveaway! That’s if. was kind enough to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a sample pack of all 9 flavors! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

 
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This giveaway ends on Sunday, May 15, 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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May 05

Cucina Antica Foods Gluten Free Pasta Sauce

What’s spaghetti without sauce? If you are buying one, you are usually buying the other, right? But which – and how – to choose is the real question. 

Finding a healthy pasta sauce is not always easy. With so many brands and flavors its hard to know how to choose. When I buy pasta sauce I look for sauces that are made with clean ingredients, low in sugar and lower in sodium that most brands, have no added sugar, preservatives and are not too sweet. 

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Cucina Antica cooking and pasta sauces are made with real tomatoes, not paste or puree.  The sauces contain no preservatives, no added sugar, no added water, and they are low in sodium for a healthy, wholesome meal. The sauces are low in sodium, with 220-240mg per serving, with the exception of the Pumpkin Sauce that has 350mg, which is still well below many that clock in at 500mg.  Each sauce is low in sugar (1-2g per serving). Basically, Cucina Antica checks off everyone of my requirements in a pasta sauce. 

Shredded Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup chicken stock
  3. salt
  4. pepper
  5. 1 Tablespoon garlic
  6. 3 cups Cucina Antica pasta sauce
Instructions
  1. Combine chick, chicken stock, salt, pepper and garlic in a crockpot. Set to low and cook for 2-3 hours.
  2. Shred the chicken and drain the crockpot.
  3. Return the chicken to the crockpot with Cucina Antica sauce and cook for another 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve over spiralized zuchinni noodles or your favorite gluten free pasta
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All of Cucina Antica sauces are gluten free, all natural, and vegan, except the La Vodka and Tuscany Pumpkin sauces.

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 You can purchase Cucina Antica pasta sauces at Whole Foods, Fairway Market, Shaw’s, Roche Brothers, and hundreds of grocery stores and health food stores nation wide. To find a retail 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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May 04

Celiac Awareness Month // Ardenne Farm Giveaway

I love working with brands that make truly delicious products AND have a good mission. I first tried Ardenne Farm’s cookies last year and just fell in love!  Ardenne Farm’s cookie mixes are by far some of the most delicious cookie mixes I’ve made. Not only delicious, but also much healthier than most cookie mixes! 

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Ardenne Farm‘s mission is to help those living gluten free by offering a better tasting and affordable option. Created using an innovative blend of high-quality, gluten free flours, the products have great taste, texture and are super easy to make!  In addition to being gluten free, Adrenne Farm‘s baking mixes contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  And all of the mixes are Kosher, vegan and made with non-GMO ingredients! 

Ardenne Farm mixes are produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. They are certified gluten free and are labeled with the GFCO’s GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten. The packaging is produced from 35% post-consumer recycled cardboard, and is recyclable.

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Ardenne Farm Fudge Brownie  mix makes amazingly moist and rich chocolate brownie bursting with cocoa. The brownies are delicious and come out semi-cake like and semi-fudge like, my favorite! 

How to Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom only of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan.
  2. Combine the mix, 1/2 cup of oil*, 2 large eggs* and 1/3 cup of water in a mixing bowl.  Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan. 
  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  5. Cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting.

*I used 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup applesauce. *Eggs can be substituted with an appropriate replacer according to your dietary needs.

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Ingredients: Cane Sugar, Gluten Free Flour Blend (White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour), Cocoa, Non GMO Aluminum Free Baking Powder (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Natural Vanilla.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a box of Ardenne Farm Fudge Brownie Mix! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below!

Ardenne Farm products are available at retailers nationwide. To find a retail location nearest you, click here

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This giveaway will end on May, 12, 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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May 03

Celiac Awareness Month // Milton’s NEW Gluten Free Baked Chips Giveaway

Two years ago, Milton’s Baking Company introduced it’s first line of gluten free crackers, which you might remember from a review/giveaway I did last May. Well this year, Milton’s is launching two new lines of gluten free products: Baked Chips and Cookies!! And I am so excited to share both you today! 

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The new line of Milton’s Gluten Free Baked Chips is available in 6 flavors:

The chips are made from a blend of corn, brown rice, chickpeas, lentils and seasonings and are vegetarian friendly! Each flavor was distinct and had varying levels of spiciness or saltiness.  

The Red Chili Salsa and Green Chili Salsa Baked Chips were spicy! The green chili salsa were less spicy and full of flavor.

The Nacho Cheddar chips contain milk, so I told Jeremy those were his to eat! I did try both and the BBQ flavor was not too overpowering and the Nacho Cheddar reminded me of similar chips I’ve tried of the same flavor, but much healthier. 

My favorites were the Himalayan Sea Salt Baked Chips and the Sea Salt Baked Chips. Both might be considered “plain” as compared to the other flavors but I think these are the best and can easily be paired with salsa, hummus or your favorite dip. 

Milton’s Baked Chips are also soy free, peanut and tree nut free, egg free, non-GMO, and kosher.  There is zero trans fats or cholesterol.

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The new Gluten Free Cookies are soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of baked goodness. This decadant new cookie is available in three flavors:

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Snickerdoodle Nutritional Information

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Milton’s gluten free products are available online at Amazon, nationwide in grocery stores and warehouse stores. Use the locator tool to find which wholesome and delicious Milton’s products are available in your neighborhood.

Ok so now foe the giveaway!! One lucky reader will have the chance to win a gift pack full of Milton’s gluten free products! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on May 11, 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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May 02

Celiac Awareness Month // Veggie Fries Giveaway

May is Celiac Awareness Month! It is a very special month for those of us with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten-intolerance or another reaction gluten to help spread awareness so others can fully understand that gluten free is not just a fad for us!

Many manufacturers offer special deals on gluten free products each year during May (check their websites to find out exactly what those deals will entail), and celiac associations often promote awareness with public relations campaigns urging people at risk to get tested. All month long I will be featuring some of my favorite brands – some you know and some new brands you might not be aware of yet – bloggers, and tips with lots of giveaways, discounts, and fun! 

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Think French fries are gluten free because they’re made from potatoes?  Think again.

French fries are surprisingly tricky. You’d think they’d be gluten-free — after all, they’re made of naturally gluten free potatoes right? — but many times, they’re not safe for those of us with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Often when you do find gluten free French fries they contain high amounts of salt, carbohydrates, calories, trans fat, and saturated fat. And have you ever picked up a bag of frozen French fries and read the ingredients? Many of them contain ingredients I can’t even pronounce! Ugh! I love French fries but I’m not about to put crap into my body.

Luckily, Veggie Fries makes a healthier version of frozen French Fries that are just as tasty.

Veggie Fries, based out of Wellesley, MA, are made from all natural USA grown potatoes, carefully selected real farm-grown vegetables, beans, spices, and herbs to provide the most authentic and delicious flavors. Each batch follows a unique patent-pending process to give you the perfect fry texture – crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside. Each variety contains at least 25% of non-potato vegetables and beans for a substantial amount of extra vegetable nutrition in every delicious serving. Every ingredient is all natural, non-GMO and contains no gluten or wheat.

Veggie Fries are available in four flavors: Carrots, Broccoli, Chickpea & Red Pepper, and Tuscan Bean & Herb.

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Each 3 oz. serving of Veggie Fries contains two full servings of vegetables. And, since Veggie Fries are made with 100% natural and vegetable based ingredients, so they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Veggie Fries are simple to make. Just heat the oven to 450F and bake 10 minutes on each side. The result is a perfectly crispy outside and fluffy and tender inside. 

Now we can finally enjoy French fries again, without the gluten and without the guilt. And you can too! One lucky reader will have the chance to win a gift pack from Veggie Fries! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on May 9, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

 

Veggie Fries are available in leading Supermarkets and Natural Food stores throughout the country.

 

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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May 01

May is Celiac Awareness Month

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May is Celiac Awareness Month! It is a very special month for those of us with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten-intolerance or another reaction gluten to help spread awareness so others can fully understand that gluten free is not just a fad for us!

Many manufacturers offer special deals on gluten free products each year during May (check their websites to find out exactly what those deals will entail), and celiac associations often promote awareness with public relations campaigns urging people at risk to get tested. All month long I will be featuring some of my favorite brands – some you know and some new brands you might not be aware of yet – bloggers, and tips with lots of giveaways, discounts, and fun!

Here’s a list of some of the brands that will be featured this month:

ABBA Paleo Bars

American Gluten Free

Ardenne Farms

HalfPops

Milton’s Baking

Raw Spice Bar

That’s it. Fruit Bars

Veggie Fries

 

Make sure to come back and check Gluten-Free N-Y-C each day (and/or visit my social media on Twitter,Facebook, and Instagram) to see what products are being featured and for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

If you would like your brand or products to be a featured, please email me at jessica.glutenfreenyc at gmail dot com. 

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