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NEW NuNaturals Sugar Free Syrups

In 2015 I was introduced to NuNaturals, a company offering a wide selection of all natural, plant-based sweeteners, baking ingredients, and dietary supplements. The company’s first product was “The Mental Energy Formula,” a nutritional supplement that NuNaturals still sells today. When Warren learned about a sweet herb native to South American called Stevia that was an alternative to sugar, he knew that it could greatly help people in the United States struggling with the problems that come from sugar.  

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For those of you who are afraid, or skeptical to use stevia, please trust me and read on. NuNaturals is not like other stevia brands that leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth, nor does it give your foods and beverages a funny taste.

Since 2015, NuNaturals has introduced several NEW items of additional Sugar Free Syrups including  GINGER, VANILLA, & VANILLA GINGER. Not only are these syrups sugar free, they are also calorie free.

NuStevia Vanilla Syrup has the perfect amount of sweetness with a VERY vanilla taste. Use it in everything you would use vanilla in. Homemade sugar-free vanilla ice cream; cookies, cakes, vanilla smoothies, and shakes; vanilla pudding, pies, on sweet potatoes fries; tea and coffee, including the chocolate cupcakes pictured below!

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Next up I am going to try the NuStevia Ginger Syrup; a spicy ginger syrup with the perfect amount of sweetness. Made with  real organic ginger extract, it is sure to please the ginger lover in you. Add a little bit to lemonade for a spicy, yet sweet, Ginger Lemonade. Add to stir-frys for a little sweetness with a ginger kick! NuStevia Ginger Syrup shines in coffee, especially if you’re a fan of “Dirty Chais.” Speaking of chai, add it to your mellow chai tea to kick the ginger up a notch. Or add it to your regular herbal tea to help with digestion after meals. Use it in marinades and sauces. It’s great on plain yogurt, who would have thought?! Or how about in cocktails? You can make a delicious sugar-free Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy.

You can purchase NuNaturals products at Whole Foods, GNC and other real locations. Click here 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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Thunderbird Real Food Bars, a truly healthy energy bar.

 
 
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Thunderbird Bars were founded and crafted in Austin, TX by endurance athletes who wanted real food for pure energy, but made for anyone looking for a great tasting and truly healthy alternative to “energy” bars. Thunderbird Real Food Bars specializes in creating epic tasting whole food energy bars. Containing uniquely pure and highly powerful ingredients, Thunderbird bars provide consumers with conveniently packaged, nutrient dense, plant-based goodness. Each bar is made using the finest and freshest available whole foods that earth has to offer.
 
Because Thunderbird Cares about your body, they use only real whole food ingredients. Thunderbird bars taste great and made by using only 100% all-natural, simple and certified ingredients and not one drop of sugar to provide clean, pure, real food energy for life. Thunderbird Bars are gluten free, grain free, soy free, dairy free, non GMO project verified, and vegan.

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Each bar is made with a combination of fruits, nuts, seeds, spices and nothing else. I love the variety and creativity of the flavors Thunderbird has come up with! 

To find a retail location nearest you click here. You can also purchase Thunderbird bars 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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NEW Allergen-Free Millet Medleys from Hilary’s

I am sure you have tried – or at least hear of – Hilary’s gluten free products at some point. They make the most delicious veggie burgers and now they are introducing a new product; Millet Medleys. Millet Medleys offer a flavorful and clean twist on traditional rice pilaf, packaging in convenient microwaveable pouches.

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Uniting gluten-free millet, extra virgin olive oil, organic veggies and protein-rich pulses, Millet Medleys are available in tasty flavors including:

  • Traditional Herb: juicy carrots, peas and white beans pair with rresh herbs like parsley and thyme for a classic blend
  • Golden Curry: a warm, exotic mixture of nutrient-rich lentils, peas and golden raisins infused with powerful turmeric and cayenne
  • Savory Mushroom: hearty mushrooms, fragrant herbs and roasted veggies create a delicious and comforting dish
  • Fresh Greek: garbanzo beans, Kalamata olives, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes provide an authentic taste of Greece with bursts of lemon, parsley and mint

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What I like most is that Hilary’s Millet Medley’s are made with real, clean ingredients and free from the common 8 allergens. They are perfect for when you need a quick meal or plant-based side dish that can be ready in minutes. 

Like all Hilary’s products, the medleys are vegan, USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten Free, and they make the perfect clean side dish or bowl base!

Hilary’s new Millet Medleys are available at conventional and natural grocery stores nationwide and in Canada, as well as online for a SRP of $4.99 per package. 

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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Davidson’s Organics NEW medicinal teas

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Davidson’s Organics, the first exclusively certified organic specialty tea company in the U.S., is prepping for its upcoming product launch of seven medicinal teas this November: Sleep, Slim, Energize, Digest, Laxative, Detox and Decongest.

David’s Organics teamed up with a renowned Ayurvedic practitioner, Dr. Suhas, in a line of seven, Ayurvedic Infusions, set to launch in December.
 

Davidson’s Ayurvedic Infusions include: Sleep, Slim, Energize, Digest, Laxative, Detox and De-Congest.

Davidson’s Ayurvedic Infusions add to a product line of over 300 tea bag and loose leaf varieties offered by the only third generation organic tea grower. The newly designed package artwork includes a description of each functional blend and its Ayurvedic purpose, while also depicting the intensity and beauty of each blend by linking the infusions to a function or product of nature, in line with the Ayurvedic principle of living in tune with nature. 

“The natural healing powers of tea and herbs are a weapon we often forget or downplay,” said Promilla Mohan, co-owner of Davidson’s Organics. “With the help of Dr. Suhas and specialty crafted blends, we’ve created a product that both helps the body and tastes delicious. The goal is to teach, inspire and tea-vangelize!”  

Ayurvedic Infusions include:

  • Sleep – Davidson’s Sleep blend provides the stability that the mind, body and emotional state need in order to unwind and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.

  • Slim – Davidson’s Slim blend aims to tackle the mental, emotional and physical challenges associated with embracing a healthy lifestyle and controlling weight management.

  • Energize –  Davidson’s Energize blend aims to provide a natural, balanced rejuvenation with lasting power.

  • Digest – Davidson’s Digest blend is meant to ensure a balanced digestive fire, or agni, and promote the easy absorption of nourishment.

  • Laxative –  Davidson’s Laxative blend is meant to establish regularity and soothe any imbalances that may result from an aggravated colon.

  • Detox – Davidson’s Detox blend establishes a balance of immunity, inner peace and physical rejuvenation, allowing one’s constitution, or prakriti, to heal and start anew.

  • De-Congest – Davidson’s De-Congest blend aims to clear the channels, or srotamsi, of the body that promote the balanced circulation of energy and substance.*My husband drank this tea and it provided him relief from his cold. His cold last only a few days, usually it’s a week, so this tea potentially helped him to recover quicker!

Davidson’s Ayurvedic Infusions are available at davidsonstea.com, amazon.com and in select retailers. Bagged: 25-count boxes ($5.50). Loose Leaf: 2-ounce ($6), 8-ounce ($11.75) and 16-ounce bags ($20).

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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Gluten Free Mulay’s Sausage Product Review

Many sausages have “fillers” in them that are grain based, and therefore contain gluten. Fillers help cut the cost of using 100% meat in a sausage. The grain also helps to absorb the fat in these traditionally fatty links. Well today, I want to introduce you to a sausage that is 100% gluten free. 

Mulay’s Sausage is a natural tradition made according to Nana’s centuries old recipes from Sicily. With a family crest that dates back to 1326 AD when ancestor Nicolo’ was the Senator of Palermo! Though the Mulay family has moved around a bit but nothing has been able to change the way Mulays’ make Sausage! It has always been All Natural and Gluten Free. It has never had nitrates, msg, soy, sugar, dairy, artificial colors or flavors; and it is still made that way today.

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Mulay’s Sausage is 100% Natural Pork and comes in a variety of flavors:

  • Hot Italian Sausage
  • Mild Italian Suasage
  • Killer Hot Italian Sausage
  • Chorizo Sausage
  • Bratwurst
  • Breakfast Sausage

All sausages are available in links or ground. We love to grill the links and we’ve used the ground sausage to make breakfast sandwiches, Bolognese sauce and meatballs! I love that there are very few ingredients; 5 to be exact! The ingredients are pork, red pepper, black pepper, salt and spices. Simple yes flavorful! 

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You can find Mulay’s Sausage at Stop & Shop and dozen’s of other locations across the country. Click here to find a retail 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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Planet Fuel Launching Line of Organic Juices

Planet Fuel Beverage Company is launching a line of organic juices. The Connecticut-based Planet Fuel is a mission-driven business, dedicated to building a line of great-tasting, organic products and inspiring their consumers to contribute to environmental conservation.

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Planet Fuel’s line of organic juices is available in three flavors: Organic Apple Grape Juice, Organic Cherry Lemonade and Organic Mango Pear Lime Juice. My favorite is the Cherry Lemonade; it’s a nice twist on the classic lemonade drink. 
Unlike competitors in the space, Planet Fuel beverages combine organic juices and a splash of water to naturally lower sugar content without sacrificing the taste. There are no added refined sugars, preservatives or artificial sweeteners in their shelf stable beverages. Each organic juice is sourced from domestic farms that are certified organic and naturally GMO-free. Planet Fuel promotes an organic lifestyle through the consumption of foods free from pesticides and other harmful toxins.

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What I like most about Planet Fuel is that this tastes like juice; not sugar and no fake ingredients. 

Planet Fuel Beverage Co. is a proud member of the GoCleanLabel initiative that advocates for simple, clean and easily understood food and beverage labeling. Planet Fuel’s organic juices are the first teen/tween beverage to carry the GoCleanLabel distinction. Planet Fuel Beverage Co. is a business with a social mission to promote environmental education and participate in efforts to protect the planet. In July 2016, the company established the Planet Fuel Charitable Fund (PFCF), the giving arm of Planet Fuel Beverage Co., which is backed by private donors and 5% of sales from Planet Fuel’s organic beverages. This past year the PFCF has given $100,000 in grants to Save the Sound to help restore natlive fish runs in the Long Island Sound, and to The Ocean Conservancy to support their initiatives to reduce ocean plastics through a “Skip the Straw” campaign.

Each beverage is available for purchase in a single can, four, twelve or 24-pack. A single sells for $1.89, $5.99 for a 4-pack, $15.99 for a 12-pack and $32.99 for a 24-pack.

Planet Fuel juices can be found at retail locations across CT and other parts of New England. To find a retailer near 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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Go Umami Baked Tofu Bars

House Foods Go Umami baked tofu bars are made with non-GMO tofu to offer the first-ever tofu snack in the U.S market. Go Umami are perfect for on-the-go protein (5 g of Protein, 10% of DV) with easy-to-peel packaging.

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I am always on the lookout for protein bars, especially with my busy work schedule and travel, but most bars are loaded with sugar or unpronounceable ingredients. Go Umami offers an alternative; one that is savory, not sweet, and made with ingredients I can pronounce! 

Go Umami is available in 3 flavors: savory, orange teriyaki and hickory smoke that are non-GMO, Kosher and preservative free. The bars do require refrigeration, one of the reasons you won’t find preservatives, but can be a drawback for some. Personally, it doesn’t bother me except that I cannot bring them on long trips without a cooler!

You can purchase Go Umami at Big Y and Wegmans. Click here to find a retail 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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Taste of the Seaport // September 12, 2017

The 4th Annual Taste of the Seaport is happening in just two weeks! It’s a chance to enjoy savory and sweet samplings from the Seaport’s finest restaurants, music by DJ Backspin, and lawn games!

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Restaurants participating, include: Del Frisco’s, 75 on Liberty Wharf, Hampshire House Beacon Hill, Morton’s Steakhouse, Rosa Mexicano, Palm Restaurant, Larry J’s BBQ Cafe, Legal Test Kitchen, Salvatore’s, sapore, and more!

Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets include entry fee and food samplings. Proceeds from the event benefit The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Parcel H at Fan Pier
Between the ICA and District Hall

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Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce

Gringo Bandito was started over twelve years ago by Dexter Holland, singer for the multi-platinum punk rock band The Offspring, more as a hobby than a business.

“I just thought it would be cool to have a hot sauce,” says Holland. “I gave away the first batch as Christmas presents to my friends.” The response to this new hot sauce was so overwhelming that Holland decided to put it out commercially.”It started small but it has just kept on growing.” After several years and almost a million bottles later, Gringo Bandito hot sauce has garnered a worldwide audience and a loyal following. “We’re not the most well-known hot sauce out there,” says Holland, “but once people try it, they’re hooked.”

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With so many hot sauces on the market today, what sets Gringo Bandito apart is that it is one of the healthiest sauces around. Gringo Bandito has 70% less salt than other major competitors and contains no preservatives, is paleo friendly, gluten free and all natural. 

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Gringo Bandito is available in three flavors: red, green and mouth-burning hot sauce. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from the lead singer of a band. Each sauce has a nice flavor and you can taste the difference between the three flavors. These hot sauces are the perfect condiment to spice up a boring dish or take a meal to the next level. 

You can find Gring Bandito in over 500 restaurants, 7000 supermarkets and online on Amazon.com

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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Enjoy Life Foods New Chewy Bar Flavors

I am sure you have seen the exciting news online – Enjoy Life Foods has added three new flavors to their Baked Chewy Bar line! The three new flavors include: Caramel Blondie, Carrot Cake, and Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed. 

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The need for free-from snacking keeps growing and Enjoy Life is meeting the demand with these three tasty new flavors.These three new snack bars are 15% larger and more flavor-packed than the classic Chewy Bars you are used to. All bars are not only free from the top 8 allergens, but they are also certified non-GMO, Kosher, Halal and made without artificial ingredients. 

Here’s a look at the three new labor additions: 

Caramel Blondie: made with bits of dairy free caramel and mini chocolate chips, this bar is a decadent dessert when your sweet tooth cravings hit!

Carrot Cake: made with shredded carrots, California raisins and roasted pumpkin seeds this snack bar is a twist on one of my favorite desserts. 

Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed: This bar tastes like a breakfast muffin! I love the combination of tart lemon and sweet blueberries. 

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Which flavor are you most excited to try?

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.