Oct 13

VerMints Encourages More Kissing, Less Coughing #WishIHadVerMints


The first VerMints were made on a stovetop in a small kitchen in Bellows Falls, Vermont, in 2000. The goal, to make a simple and true mint. Over the next six years, VerMints introduced five more flavors: Cinnamon, Wintergreen, Gingermint, Chai, and Cafe Express. In 2012, it became a certified organic company. Inside every VerMints tin is a headstrong commitment to a 100% all-natural, organic product. Their manufacturing facility is non-GMO, certified gluten free, nut free, and conforms to kosher standards and no animal products are included. 

Fall is underway and it’s the perfect time for snuggling up close to the ones you love — partners, kids, grandparents, and friends. All natural, certified organic, and vegan American mint company VerMints wants people to kiss more.

“We like to keep things simple with clean, better-for-you ingredients,” says CEO Gary Rinkus, who believes that kissing is one of the most important human connections. He’s not the only one; an article in Psychology Today says that kissing — often and long — may actually improve immune resistance to allergens, and resistance to stress.

Rinkus continues: “While most breath mint and chewing gum ingredients include GMO components, carcinogenic sugars, toxic preservatives and artificial flavors and colors, VerMints’ ingredients include organic cane sugar, organic mint leaves, organic maple syrup and natural oils, depending on the flavor.”

Beginning October 1, 2015, VerMints will be encouraging customers to share their awkward kiss stories or photos on social media along with the hashtag #WishIHadVerMints to enter to win a pack of all six VerMints flavors each week. On November 15, 2015, one grand prize winner will be selected to win a year’s supply of VerMints!



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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Oct 12

Pickled Willy’s Gourmet Pickled Seafood


Pickled Willy’s is a specialty seafood processing plant in Kodiak, Alaska, that started out as Alaska’s only pickling plant. Co-owner Bill Alwert, a retired Alaska Commercial Fishermen, started years ago pickling fish and created a long standing family recipe that became so popular with family and friends that he wanted to share it with everyone. The Alwert family still has the family boat, the Buccaneer out of Kodiak, but Bill has since retired to the beach.

The family recipe is undeniably good and there’s certainly no way to get fresher seafood than straight from the vessels of Kodiak Island and other Alaskan Ports.

All Pickled Willy’s seafood is 100% sustainable and found in Alaskan Waters and processed right in Kodiak. Pickled Willy’s products are hand packed, low in fat, high in Omega-3’s, all natural, gluten free and have no preservatives. 


I recently had the chance to work with Pickled Willy’s and tried three of their pickled seafood products. The full line of pickled seafoods includes: Pickled Alaska Halibut, Pickled Alaska Ling Cod, Pickled King Crab, Pickled Sockeye Salmon. 

Each 16 oz jar contains a mix of Organic Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Water, Pickling Spice, Onion, Salt and fish/seafood, and has a shelf life of 5 months.
The Pickled Alaska Halibut, is boneless and skinless, with a pure snow white flesh and firm texture has a sweet smooth flavor and is perfect for ceviche. 
Pickled Willy’s Halibut Ceviche
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Prep Time
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  1. 1 Jar Pickled Willys Halibut
  2. ½ cup chopped Cilantro
  3. ½ cup chopped Cucumber
  1. In a medium size bowl combine complete jar of Pickled Willy’s Halibut, cilantro, and cucumber.
  2. Place in refrigerator, wait 30 minutes or until cold before serving.
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The Pickled Sockeye Salmon has a bright red hue and a much firmer texture than the halibut. I’m not sured to eating salmon this way but after getting used the texture, I quite enjoyed it and didn’t find it as vinegar-y as the Halibut. I paired it with edamame and tomatoes and served it over mixed greens from my CSA, for a delicious lunch.  
Pickled Willy’s ships through UPS, Alaska Air Cargo, and ACE Air Cargo and can be at your door in two days or less. 
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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Oct 09

Attention Chocoholics! Annie B’s Chocolate Caramels are Now Even Better

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 6.30.13 PMAnnie B’s Caramel Company Has Taken Their Famous, Handcrafted Caramels to a Whole New Level with New and Improved Chocolate Caramel. They just released a new and improved chocolate caramel made with cocoa instead of flavoring that is taking their chocolate, chocolate raspberry, and chocolate sea salt caramels to a whole new level of heavenly chocolate delight!

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Annie B’s family-owned caramel company has been handcrafting delicious caramel for over 30 years. Each individually wrapped caramel is made using simple, local ingredients like brown sugar, water, corn starch, butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, inverted sugar and natural flavor. The result is absolutely scrumptious caramels. Annie B’s caramel is slow cooked in copper pots through small-batch cooking. Each piece is made by hand with the exception of cutting and wrapping of the caramels. 

The improved chocolate caramels boast a much deeper chocolate flavor, closely resembling dark chocolate, making it a true chocolate lover’s delight! And the best part, all Annie B’s products are all natural and gluten free!

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You can purchase Annie B’s caramels online and in retail locations nationwide. 

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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Oct 08

Barbara’s Launches Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins

image001-1 My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin! But when it comes to beloved fall flavored foods – apple cider donuts, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie- those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity tend to get the short end of the stick. In an effort to provide a product that is both gluten free and packed with delicious autumnal taste, Barbara’s launched their all-new, seasonal Pumpkin Puffins. Made with real pumpkin and spiced with all of the classic pumpkin pie flavors, this low-sugar and non-GMO treat is nothing short of irresistible. In addition to being celiac-friendly, Pumpkin Puffins are extremely versatile and can be incorporated into an endless amount of gluten free recipes. IMG_3767-1024x611 This corn, certified gluten-free oat, and brown rice-based cereal is also vegan, and sweetened with cane sugar. Each bite of cereal has a nice, satisfying “puff” and crunchy texture. With just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, this new cereal is not too sweet nor does the pumpkin taste artificial.  A harmonious blend of healthy and scrumptious, this is a gluten-free treat you’re sure to fall in love with. So get them while they last! Fall only lasts for a couple of months and so will Pumpkin Puffins. To find a retail location nearest you, click here.  Note: Puffins are made in a shared facility with milk, hazelnuts, almonds, coconut and wheat. 

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



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This entry was posted in cereal, dairy free, Product Review, pumpkin, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , on 8 October, 2015.

Oct 07

Toosum 100 calorie gluten free oatmeal bar


Snack time can be tricky because many “healthy” snack bars out there are loaded with sugar and calories or packed with preservatives and other ingredients concocted in a lab, not a kitchen. Toosum has created gluten free, satisfying snacks that tastes great and gives you all the healthy benefits you expect from the good foods you put in your body.

Toosum is a play on the word “toothsome,” which means “temptingly tasty and delicious.” Each of Toosum’s 100-calorie snack bars are made with nutrient-dense (and certified gluten free!) rolled oats, chia seeds, and other delicious ingredients straight from nature, all with benefits that go way beyond their good taste. The bars are available in four flavors: 

coconut & banana: Shredded coconut and sweet, ripe bananas makes me feel like I am on a tropical island. 

cranberry & acai: Sweet & tart cranberries and antioxidant-rich acai berries give these 100-calorie gluten-free oatmeal bars wake-up-your-tastebuds flavor and some seriously amazing health benefits your body will love. The bar was slightly chewy, like the rest of Toosum bars. 

blueberry & greek yogurt: Sweet blueberries and rich Greek yogurt give this bar a creamy taste. This is the only bar that contains milk.  

cherry & plum: Ripe cherries and luscious plums give this bar a summery flavor. 



• Low in sugar and no refined sugars
• Certified gluten-free
• Non-GMO
• No artificial anything
• Gluten-free rolled oats—heart-healthy fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol
• Chia seeds—full of omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce risk of heart disease
• Cashew butter – monounsaturated fat to help improve cardiovascular health
• Chicory root—another protein-packed, fiber-rich ingredient to help your digestive system
• Sunflower seeds—packed with vitamin E and antioxidants
• Coconut—loaded with fiber to improve digestion and stabilize glucose levels
• Banana—high in potassium to help lower blood pressure and tryptophan to help boost your mood
• Acai berries—high in powerful antioxidants to help boost the immune system and slow the body’s aging process.
• Cranberries—loaded with antioxidants and proanthocyanidins, polyphenols that keep bacteria
• Cherries—an excellent source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium
• Plums – a good source of fiber that helps normalize blood glucose levels by slowing the absorption of sugars
• Blueberries—high in powerful antioxidants and vitamin C to help boost the immune system and brain function.
• Greek yogurt—loaded with probiotics to support healthy digestion


With only 4 grams of sugar, the bars are not too sweet and are great for a morning or afternoon snack.

You can purchase Toosum bars online via the online store or 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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Oct 06

Cape Cod Potato Chips are always gluten free!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cape Cod® Potato Chips.
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As someone who grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts, I spent a lot of my summers in Cape Cod spending time with my family at the beach, boating, and playing tennis. While each year summer always ended, one thing about the summer did not: Cape Cod® Potato Chips. And once football season started up in the Fall, Cape Cod® Potato Chips were at the center of every game. In the winter, Cape Cod® Potato Chips were our reward after a long day on the slopes. You can just say, we love Cape Cod® Potato Chips.

Cape Cod Chips has remained true to the standards it held at the very beginning, and its success and notoriety in Cape Cod is evidence of that. Cape Cod Chips are manufactured the same way now that they were originally in the small storefront of Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Although Cape Cod Chips has a variety of flavors, my favorite will always be the original flavor. They even offer the original with 40% reduced fat. Cape Cod® Potato Chips are authentic, crunchy, thick-cut and homemade in New England. All this makes Cape Cod Chips distinct from other chips.


I am an avid Patriots fan and try my best never to miss a game on tv. Lucky for me, my family, all my former roommates, and Jeremy, feel the same way as I do. For every game we love serving, and eating, “Game Day Food” – chicken wings, salsa, guacamole, seven layer dip, sliders, and of course we always have bags of Cape Cod® Potato Chips on hand!


As you all know, I love to cook and entertain, especially on game day. But sometimes you just need an easy snack; you can’t cook everything every time. And this is one of the reasons I love Cape Cod® Potato Chips. You can put any chip in a bowl, but to really please, and wow your guests, it has to actually taste good. And for this reason I always rely on Cape Cod® Potato Chips. Like I said, I’ve been eating them since I was a little girl and the recipe has never changed, making it a reliable and trusted snack year after year.

Getting ready for Game Day!

Getting ready for Game Day!

Cape Cod® Potato Chips are available for purchase in leading retail and grocery stores throughout U.S., convenience stores, sandwich shops, and so dozens of other locations. You can also easily purchase Cape Cod® Potato Chips on Amazon.

We like Cape Cod® Potato Chips so much that Jeremy and I are including them in the ‘Welcome Bags’ for our guests next fall when we get married on Cape Cod! (Spoil alert for my friends!)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cape Cod® Potato Chips. I was compensated for this post and I was given free product. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion on the product, and all my opinions are my own. 

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Oct 05

GF&AF Expo Recap


On Saturday I attended the Gluten Free & Allergen Free (GFAF) Expo in Secacus, NJ as an Official Blogger and such a good time! The GFAF Expo covers all things gluten free and allergy free, and it’s actually the largest expo of its kind in the US! This my first time attending the expo and I can’t wait to share with you all the new products, and new brands, I tried. 


I started the day off meeting other bloggers and meeting one sponsor of the expo, Massel.  Massel makes gluten free stocks and bouillon cubes that are full of flavor, healthy, easy to use, and great value for money. When the Massel team started making bouillon back in the 1980s, they were committed to making instant bouillon as healthy as possible. So all Massel products have been gluten free from the very beginning. And you would never guess that the Beef Style bouillon and Chicken Style bouillon are VEGAN too, made using only top quality vegetable ingredients. 


I love expos because I usually see some of my favorite brands sampling NEW products and it’s also a great place to discover and try new, and sometimes local, companies. IMG_2689

Here are some of the highlights from the show:


Two of Freedom Foods newest cereals

Freedom Foods, an Australian company, makes allergen-free (free from gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, sesame and GMO’s) cereals and granola bars. Freedom Foods’ core line of breakfast cereals and oat bars are available in a wide range of flavors that offer not only allergen-free safety, but, better nutrition and taste. More importantly, they use clean and recognizable ingredients so you won’t feel guilty eating as you nosh. Freedom Foods is launching new cereals this fall; Fruity Rainbow Rocks, All Around gOodness, and All Around gOodness maple flavored.


Gluten Free Territory, a family run dedicated gluten free and nut free bakery that specialize in delicious brownies and cookies, wins my vote for best new cookie. The coconut macaroon with dulce de leche and vegan brownie were beyond delicious and I really hope to see this brand in stores soon. The cookies are much better than many leading name brands we see all over the shelves. 

Nona lim produces naturally detoxifying soups, broths and noodles. An exotic combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices make up Nona Lim’s fresh broth line. Each broth is simmered for hours, creating the perfect base for your bowl of noodles. Made with only the purest ingredients and nothing more – no additives like hydrolyzed yeast or flavor enhancers, no preservatives, and nothing inflammatory. Broths can be used alone, or paired with any of the Nona Lim noodles for a taste of Asia right at home. At the show they were giving out samples of flavorful pho. 


Enlightened was sampling it’s new line of crunchy and savory snacks –Roasted Broad Beans. Made from roasted broad beans, a true superfood, ENLIGHTENED Crisps are a fantastic anytime snack. Whether you’re craving sweet, salty, or both, ENLIGHTENED’s got you covered. 

Aleias offers 10 different types of cookies!

Aleias offers 10 different types of cookies!

Next month is Thanksgiving and I’ve got a great, certified gluten free stuffing for you to try from Aleia’s. Alexa’s also makes cookies, bread crumbs, panko, croutons, and breads.

My Dads Cookies

My Dads Cookies

My Dad’s Cookies was started for children, who have Celiac and gives them options to eat there favorite cookies as there friends. The cookies look and taste as the ones that they miss eating. The best cookie I tried from them was the Black and White cookie, not an easy gluten free find, ever. This Sponge-cake like cookie is covered with half vanilla half chocolate icing and you won’t even miss the gluten. 


Mike’s Hard products have been crafter to remove gluten free years. All Mike’s products in the United States now carry a Crafted to Remove Gluten seal on their packaging, a way to distinguish and communicate about their beverages. Their process removes gluten to less than 5 ppm. So, while mike’s is crafted to remove gluten, they cannot say it is 100% gluten free. 


Canyon Bakehouse is one of the top rated national gluten-free bread companies. They are helping people Love Bread Again by offer a diverse line of gluten free and vegan bread products, including breads, bagels, brownie bites, focaccia, hamburger bums and hotdog buns. The new Everything Bagels is a unique combination of soft, chewy texture with undeniably delicious flavor, any way you slice it. Made with a savory blend of garlic, onion, poppy and sunflower seeds, Canyon Bakehouse won my vote for best gluten free bagel at the expo. 


Brownies made with beans?! Now that is Pure Genius! These amazing gluten free, vegan brownies and blondies are packed with protein and fiber, and contain under 200 rich, satisfying calories.  Made in an allergen free facility, Pure Genius products are nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and soon-to-be kosher-certified. You can’t even tell that the brownies are made from black beans and the blondies are made from chickpeas. I suggest you try this Brooklyn-based product asap!  

Living Nows new

Living Now’s newest products include quinoa and quinoa-based pastas

Living Now is a brand of great-tasting, allergy-friendly foods. Their products are  produced in a dedicated, certified gluten-free, allergy-friendly, Kosher facility. In addition to their baking mixes, Living Now now offers a range of quinoa products. 


ProTings is a healthy protein-packed snack catering to health-conscious individuals looking to rethink the way they snack! Each serving of these pea protein-based baked crisps contains 15 grams of protein. The flavors are strong and the crunch is satisfying. 



There were so many great products at the Expo (over 150 brands in all!) and I highly recommend anyone with a food allergy or intolerance to attend the expo. The GF&AF Expo travels to 7 different cities in US throughout the year, so even if you don’t live in the New York/New Jersey area, there might be an expo near you

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Oct 02

Tru Chocolate Dark Chocolate Wafers


Today I want to introduce you to a company I’ve recently learned about – TRŪ Chocolate®, the world’s healthiest Chocolate. The team at Tru Chocolate spent years developing, creating, and perfecting the most delicious and healthy dark chocolate products on the planet. I LOVE chocolate, so when I find an company that makes a good chocolate, with healthy ingredients, I just can’t resist! 


In today’s modern food production, the promotion of genetically modified foods and corn syrup laden products has become rampant. A bi-product of this is our desire to consume unhealthy and ultimately harmful snack products. Our bodies have been tricked into craving the absolute opposite of what we should be fueling ourselves with. The result has been food addictions, rampant obesity, and a pandemic of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Almost one half of the US population has been affected in this manner. However, don’t lose hope – there is some good news; TRŪ Chocolate® is good for your entire body!

Most chocolates on the market (think, check out aisle at the grocery store) are loaded with high amounts of sugar, artificial fillers, gluten, and cheap cocoa substitutes, all which can lead to stomach aches and pain. Well, thankfully Tru Chocolate has none of that. Tru Chocolate is organic, made without added sugar, corn syrup or fructose, and free of both dairy and gluten. 


Sweetened with dentist recommended xylitol from the birch bark of naturally grown Canadian birch trees. TRŪ Chocolate® is also enhanced with a proprietary phytonutrient blend, and gives you the pure taste of an all-natural, ultra-high quality healthy chocolate.


I recently tried Tru Chocolate Sold Dark Chocolate Wafers; the ultimate healthy chocolate. Made from only the finest organic, fair trade cocoa, blended with healthy ingredients – these healthy chocolates are guaranteed to love you back as much as you love them! Not only are these healthier than most chocolates, they also have great flavor and texture. It’s smooth, rich and melts in my mouth.

This wafer is made with 72% dark chocolate and is a perfect on-the-go size that comes individually wrapped so you can take them with you anywhere and eat one (or two) at anytime.  

You can purchase Tru Chocolate Dark Chocolate Wafers online starting at $12.99 for a 4 oz bag. Use promo code october30 for 30% off your order (valid until October, 31, 2015). 


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.




This entry was posted in chocolate, dairy free, Kosher, organic, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , , on 2 October, 2015.

Oct 01

Celebrating National Vegetarian Day with Nate’s Mediterranean Bites

Today is National Vegetarian Day and what better way to celebrate than with a new line of gluten free, vegetarian Mediterranean Bites?! 


ADF Foods, manufacturer of organic, non-GMO, vegetarian and gluten-free frozen foods, recently unveiled a line of vegetarian falafel called Nate’s Mediterranean Bites. Nate’s Mediterranean Bites capture the true essence of delicious and mouthwatering bites with enticing tzatziki sauce, packed in a convenient and portable, sleek and re-sealable bags that provide maximum freshness. These falafel-like bites are a perfect blend of garbanzo beans, spices and herbs, with flavors including Garlic & Pesto, Kale, Southwestern and Sweet Potato. 

Nate’s Mediterranean Bites are non-GMO Project Verified, vegetarian, gluten-free and are packed with fiber and protein. You can prepare the frozen falafel many ways – in the oven, microwave, fryer, or you can just thaw them out and eat them at room temperature because they are already fully-cooked.  I chose to bake mine in the oven at 250F for 10-12 minutes. Each bag of falafel comes with a container of frozen tzatziki sauce that gets a zap in the microwave for about 45 seconds and can be served warm or chilled. 

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If I had to pick a favorite it would be Southwestern and Kale. The Southwestern bites have a spicy-kick (I found them to be much spicier than Jeremy did!).  The kale has a delicious fresh greens taste with a hint of parsley. The Garlic & Pesto are also quite good, with a strong pesto flavor and slight garlicky after taste. The Sweet Potato bites are sweet and have a strong cinnamon flavor; not my favorite. 

 The texture was spot on for falafel, especially for ones that have been frozen and then baked. The outside maintained a slight bit of crispiness, while the inside was soft and moist, not dry at all like one would expect. 

Nate’s Mediterranean Bites products are available nationally at supermarkets and natural food stores and retail for $4.99. Look for them in the frozen food section of the natural products area. Find a retail location nearest you 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.




This entry was posted in Product Review, Vegetarian and tagged , on 1 October, 2015.

Sep 30

Agua Energy Water // Healthy Natural Energy Drinks & Infused Water

pxpV1_9k_400x400Agua Energy Water is a low-calorie, hydrating alternative to traditional energy drinks and similarly positioned enhanced waters. Agua is formulated with guarana, electrolytes and sucralose, containing just 10 calories per serving.

Available in five flavor varieties: Fruit Punch, Kiwi Strawberry, Tea and Lemonade, Orange Passion, and Pomegranate Acai. My favorite is the Tea and Lemonade.  


The Agua Fruit Essence line, a zero calorie infused water, includes flavors such as Lemon + Cucumber, Cranberry + Grapefruit, Peach + Mango, Orange + Pineapple, and Grape + Watermelon, was launched this summer. 

Agua Energy Water is one-two punch that hydrates and energizes the entire family as they fall back into school-time routines. Powered by guarana, a natural source of caffeine from the guarana berry seed, Agua Energy Water provides sustainable energy and weighs in at just 25 calories per bottle. Containing 100 milligrams of caffeine, it helps boost alertness, while replenishing potassium and electrolytes to hydrate the body. 


An alternative to lab-made energy and sports drinks, is mostly natural (it’s sweetened with Splenda). The infused water line tastes like real fresh fruit has been infused in water. It is also free of artificial colors and preservatives, PET 1 (BPA-Free), and certified OU Kosher, vegan, and soy free.

You can find Agua Energy Water at dozens of locations in NYC, including Fairway Markets, sports clubs, gyms, and other retail locations. You can also purchase Agua Energy Water online via 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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This entry was posted in Beverage, Kosher, Product Review, Soy free, Vegan and tagged , , , , on 30 September, 2015.