Sep 02

Kameda Gluten Free Rice Cakes & Giveaway


KAMEDA USA, INC. was established in April 2008 in Torrance, CA, and focuses on the manufacturing and distribution of Kameda Crisps to the U.S. Market. Founded in 1957, Kameda Seika Co., the parent company, is the largest manufacturer of rice crackers in Japan (a market of 700 brands!). Kameda makes both savory rice snacks and frosted rice snacks. 

Kameda Crisps are ideal for the traditional salty snack selection. Kameda Crisps are gluten free, non-GMO and contain no trans fat, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors or cholesterol. They are irresistibly crunchy and come in 4 flavors: Sweet Chili, Wasabi, BBQ, and Cajun. Each flavor is available with or without peanuts, perfect for those who do not like peanuts (like myself!) or can’t eat peanuts. 


Kameda also makes a line of products called Rice Goes Crispy, a delicately crispy, melt in your mouth, bite-size snack perfect for any occasion. Available in three great tasting flavors – Sea Salt, Chili & Tomato and Black Pepper, Rice Goes Grispy rice snacks are also gluten free, baked, not fried, and do not contain trans fat, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors or cholesterol.

The Chili & Tomato are HOT, while the Black Pepper offers a slight kick, and the Sea Salt is slightly salty and my favorite. 

Kameda also offers sweet snacks in the form of Frosted Rice Snacks. A fun, and tasty snack conveniently packed in two-packs, they can be enjoyed at work, school, home or on the road. With only 50 calories in two snaps, Kaemda Frosted Rice Snacks are lighter than a cookie in texture and more satisfying than a cracker. It is the prefect combination of savory and sweet with only 2-3 grams of sugar per serving, these satisfy my sweet tooth without all the unwanted calories or sugar. 


Kameda Frosted Rice Snacks are also available in a mini, bite-size version. 

Baked Frosted Rice Snacks from Kameda are a unique treat. The sweet and salty crackers have the perfect combination of taste and texture as they melt in your mouth. With only 50 calories per serving, they’re a great choice for a snack any time of day.


Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all three Rice Goes Crispy flavors! To win, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on September 14, 2015 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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Sep 01

Celebrating Foster Farms 2 years gluten free with a Gluten Free Brunch Party


Last year Foster Farms introduced their Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs to the market. Since then, they have also come out with Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Gluten Free Chick Strips. 


Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are made with chicken franks and dipped twice in honey crunchy batter. The Gluten Free Breast Nuggets and Breast Strips are 100% All Natural and made with quality Foster Farms chicken breast. 


Foster Farms Gluten Free products are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG); a program by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GFCO). GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world. The GF logo means Foster Farms products are independently verified for quality, integrity and purity. Products carrying the GF logo represent unmatched reliability for meeting strict gluten-free standards. And Foster Farms, actually tests their product for 10ppm!


To celebrate their second year of being gluten free, I teamed up with Foster Farms to host a brunch for my friends so I could share with them the delicious Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs and educate them about being gluten free. 

Roasted Eggplant topped with hummus and basil

Roasted Eggplant topped with hummus and basil

Corn, okra, pepper and tomato salad

Corn, okra, pepper and tomato salad

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dop dipped in Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs dipped in Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Mango-Orange Mimosas

Mango-Orange Mimosas

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are available nationwide at many retailers including: Safeway (Safeway, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb), Kroger (Kroger, Fry’s, Smith’s), Raley’s, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s, Copps/Roundy’s, Schnucks, Food Lion, HyVee, and Marsh. For additional help finding the product, please call Foster Farms at 800-255-7227.

I’ve been gluten free since 2009 and I’m so grateful for companies like Foster Farms who have made it so much easier over the years. Companies like Foster Farms, who offer certified gluten free products, were not very popular 6 years ago. But today, eating gluten free is not only easier but also tastier. Thanks Foster Farms and keep the gluten free products coming! 

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

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Aug 31

Peapod’s latest offering – Local Farm Box



I want to share the latest news from Peapod – They have just launched a new offering called the Local Farm Box, making it even easier to enjoy fresh and local seasonal produce  Developed in partnership with FarmLogix, a company that connects local farmers to businesses, Peapod’s Local Farm Box is a convenient alternative to committing to a season-long Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) farm share. It’s a low-cost and flexible way for consumers to support farmers local to NY while enjoying the convenience of home delivery (and the freshest, in-season produce!). 

Unlike a traditional CSA, shoppers can view the contents of the box each week (as well as accompanying recipes) to determine whether they’d like to purchase the $34.99 box (sometimes even on sale for $29.99). Each box will include information about the farms where the produce is grown as well as information on the particular produce. To see what’s in this week’s box, visit This new service is available to customers in New York City, New Jersey, Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.




Each box contains five unique items from local farms, with approximately 10 – 14 pounds of produce per box. Items included will vary weekly depending on the farmers’ harvest.


Last week’s box supported the farming community of Lancaster County, PA. The box contents for the week of August 24th-August 30th included: 

Italian eggplant
Red tomatoes (I received yellow)
Green or red okra
Sweet corn
Colored bell peppers

The produce was fresh and delicious. I love eating farm fresh produce, there is such a noticeable difference in the taste and quality of the products. 

Peapod’s Local Farm Box is one of many innovative offerings from the leading online grocer to meet the evolving needs of the modern grocery shopper. Peapod also recently released a refreshed mobile application to make shopping easier than ever, including Order Genius, an intuitive technology that can predict a customer’s order based on purchases made on and at Stop & Shop and Giant stores.

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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Aug 28

Gluten Free YummySnack Bars for Back-to-School

Fed up with watching her kids become chubby junk food addicts, YummyHealth® founder – journalist and mom Lisa Goldbaum – searched for healthier options, only to find that most so-called “healthy” snacks contained as much sugar and processed starch as the regular commercial varieties. Lisa created YummySnacks® that are delicious but low in the sugars and starches that wreak havoc on kids’ energy levels, moods, and food cravings. YummySnacks® products include 6 scrumptious flavors of “better-than-candy” bars made of wholesome real-food ingredients and crunchy snack chips made of real Wisconsin cheese.

What Makes us Better?

YummySnack Bars are made with real natural ingredients with real nutrients, like cocoa, coconut, almond butter and flax seed, for clean energy that won’t have them bouncing off the walls and crashing moments later! And it’s not just what they put in, but what they leave out: you won’t find gluten, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives in any YummySnacks®products. But the best part is, they taste so good you won’t miss the junk!    


YummySnack® bars come in 5 flavors 

Cook Dough Bar Nutritional Information

Cook Dough Bar Nutritional Information

Although each bar is decadent and tastes like it should be a candy bar, there is only 5-7 grams of sugar in each bar! This is both awesome and unbelievable. Each bar also boasts 2-9 g of protein and  7-10 g of fiber.


Chocolate Bar Nutritional Information

YummySnack® Bars are a great swap for any situation – school lunches, parties, Little League – you name it!


You can purchase YummySnack® Bars 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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Aug 27

Back to the Roots Mushrooms and Garden-in-a-Can perfect for College Dorms and Apartments


In a college class, Nikhil and his roommate learned that mushrooms could grow on recycled coffee grounds. After watching hours of how-to videos and turning their fraternity kitchen into a big science experiment, they eventually decided to give up their corporate job offers to instead become full-time mushroom farmers. What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion for “undoing food” and reconnecting families to it through fun, delicious and sustainable “ready to grow” and “ready to eat” products.

I met Nikhil in the spring at a food show in NYC and was introduced to his products, which I thought were pretty awesome. When he found out I lived in the city he offered to share his Back to the Roots products with me so I could test them out for myself, and see just who easy and fun it is to grow my own mushrooms and herbs in my own home. 

If you live in a city apartment, or college dorm room, with no outdoor space of your own, Back to the Roots make a great garden replacement. Having the ability to grow my own fresh vegetables and herbs right in my apartment is great! The “Garden-in-a-Can” is an easy to grow container for small-space, windowsill gardening. So is the Mushroom Farm for that matter. 


picture taken after two weeks

Each can comes with organic basil or organic cilantro seeds that are the perfect size for urban dwellers and/or those who want to grow herbs year round indoors. Light is definitely key for any indoor garden. Both cilantro and basil will grow best in a sunny window. Moisture control is just as important though. Luckily, the Garden-in-a-Can solves for most over-watering issues because of the innovative blend of soil and biochar. And you only need to water the plants when the topsoil is dry, so if you forget one day (like me!) it usually is not a big deal! 

We’ve been using the cilantro and basil in our cooking all the time – it tastes fresh and it’s organic :) MF_2

The mushroom mini farm grows gourmet USDA certified organic Pearl Oyster mushrooms. They’re commonly found in Europe and Asia and are used increasingly in a variety of cuisines for their velvety texture, smooth taste, and dense nutrient content. The Mushroom Mini Farm is made from all organic recycled waste including corn cob and saw dust. The white layer is mycelium; it’s similar to the “roots” of the mushrooms (if mushrooms had roots).


With the products now available nationwide in Target, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Costco, Nordstrom and other retailers, I think they are a great idea and make a perfect gift for any urban dweller or college student looking to get some freshness into their diets. You can also purchase Back to the Roots products online

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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Aug 26

Reed’s Ginger Beer


When Chris Reed first decided to create a ginger ale made with fresh ginger in 1987, he went to UCLA library, pre-internet, to research into the early formulas for soft drinks. He figured if he went back far enough in time he would find recipes that worked with real ingredients. Then he found a book from the 1780’s, before the first bottling plants even existed, that talked about brewing sodas from whole roots, spices and fruit juices in the kitchen. Chris knew he had found what he was looking for. These early soft drinks, besides being delicious, were also used as herbal tonics. After two years of much trial and error, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew was ready to launch.

Reed’s brews are a delicious revival of the lost brewing art of brewing sodas. Each small batch is hand crafted with pride, carefully brewed and aged by expert brewmasters, using only the finest fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits. They don’t use any preservatives, caffeine, alcohol or gluten. 

Reed’s now has a total of 7 Ginger Brew Flavors (in addition to ginger chews, ice cream, and a variety of other products):

Reed’s isn’t kidding when they say that their Ginger Beer is “extra” gingery tasting. There is actually 26 grams of ginger in every bottle and you can really taste it! 

The only negative, as with most sodas and beverages, is the amount of sugar. But everything in moderation is ok. 


My favorite way to drink Reed’s Ginger Beer is in Moscow Mules.


Moscow Mule Recipe 

Fill your copper mug with ice
Pour in 1.5- 2 oz of vodka
Fill with 4 to 6 oz of cold Reed’s Ginger Beer
Squeeze lime juice into Moscow Mule Mug
Garnish with a wedge of lime


Ginger has been known to help digestion, and remedy motion and morning sickness. In some cultures it is used to help relieve arthritis inflammation, and used as an herb for many other medicinal purposes, even more reason to add Ginger Beer to your repertoire. 

You can find Reed’s natural sodas, candies, and ice creams at most natural food stores and selected grocery chains. 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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Aug 25

High Brew Cold Brew Coffee


The cold brew coffee craze is hardly new, but it might finally be mainstream. While cold brew is, well, cold coffee, it’s not just regular iced coffee. Cold brew, cold press, or toddy coffee refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period.

Because it’s made with colder water, it’s generally a bit mellower and tastes more rounded out. So there’s more of a full body and a little less acidity, making it a better option for people with acid reflex or who avoid coffee for other acid-related issues. 

High Brew Cold Brew Coffee is made with a blend of 100% Fair Trade Arabica coffee beans that are roasted to a medium roast then coarsely ground.  These grinds are then applied to a proprietary extraction process using slightly chilled water.  The final coffee extract is then blended with sugar, reduced-fat milk and natural flavors.

High Brew Coffee is available in 5 flavors: 

The Black & Bold is a dairy-free, cold-brewed coffee that has only 20 calories per 8 oz. can. It’s arguably the brand’s best tasting — and most authentic — cold brew coffee they offer. With only 1g of sugar per can, and no other sweeteners, its right up my ally. Not very sweet at all but the little bit of added sugar takes the edge off just enough that it doesn’t feel unsweetened. 

Most flavors have 50-60 calories per can, with the exception of the Black & Bold that has only 20 calories. Milk and sugar is already added to each flavor, adding to the calorie count, but also making it an easy, ready to drink option in the morning. 

Dark Chocolate Mocha Nutritional Info

Dark Chocolate Mocha Nutritional Info

The Dark Chocolate Mocha was also delicious and tasted like a decadent, rich, and creamy Frappaccino but without the calories and sugar (only 60 calories).

High Brew’s Salted Caramel is the strongest flavor in terms of the added flavoring). I’m not a big fan of the saltiness of the caramel flavor and this flavor is the least coffee-like of all. 

High Brew’s lightweight cans are palm-sized, made for you to grab and go so you can take them with you and drink them anywhere.

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Where will you take YOUR High Brew Coffee?

You can High Brew Coffee at retailers throughout the U.S., including Pathmark, Food Emporium, Target, Whole Foods, and hundreds of more stores. To find a store 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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Aug 24

Modern Table Meals NEW Meal Kits and Bean Pastas


Modern Table Meals is a line of healthy, yummy, and easy to make pasta meal kits. Everything you need is in the bag! this includes thr bean-based pastas, dried veggies, sauce + seasoning to customize the flavor to your tastes. 

For many, myself included, cooking dinner on busy weeknights can be a challenge some nights. While it is tough, I don’t want to sacrifice nutrition and quality just to be able to have the convenience of making something from a box, a frozen pizza, or worse, picking up something greasy and unhealthy at a fast food restaurant. This is where Modern Table meals come in. These meals are SO fast and easy to prepare and are full of quality, gluten-free ingredients that make you feel like you are getting a meal made from scratch. The best part? They don’t have a bunch of chemical ridden preservatives and “fake” ingredient. I love that the ingredients are things I know and that the ingredient list is minimal.

I was first introduced to Modern Table Meals back in June when I tried the ITALIAN bean pasta and veggie kit. In addition to this kit Modern Table Meals offers 4 other gluten free meal kits: Mediterranean, Southwest and the newest additions to the line, Homestyle Mac & Cheese, and Pesto. 


I like the heartiness of the pasta, but be ware it does have a very different taste and than your traditional pasta and the consistency is also much denser. This is not a problem for me, I actually enjoyed the flavor of the pasta, but Jeremy did not. I was surprised by how much I liked the Mac & Cheese and how fresh the flavors tasted. But I LOVED the Pesto with Citrus Herb Seasonings. Yum! And dinner was ready in less than 20 minutes, even better! 

For those who like to get creative in the kitchen, Modern Table Meals also sells just plain bean pastas! All 3 bean pastas – Mixed Lentil Penne, Confetti, and Lentil Penne – offer the perfect start to any pasta dish. The pastas are made from Green & Red Lentils, and the confetti is also made with black beans. I love that the pasta is something different then just the traditional brown rice or corn gluten-free pastas you often find on the market. These lentil and bean pastas are nutrient dense, full of flavor and an excellent addition of fiber in your diet. They are also a great addition of plant based protein with 12-20 grams of protein and 5-7 grams of fiber per serving, and are full of vitamins your body needs. 

Confetti Pasta Nutritional Info

Confetti Pasta Nutritional Info

All products are vegetarian. The bean pastas and two of the  meal kits, Southwest and Teriyaki (not gluten free!), are vegan. You can find Modern Table Meals at stores throughout the country, including Whole Foods and Fairway, and online

Modern Table occasionally offers big discounts via their social media sites, so please consider following them on the social media site of your choice so you can keep an eye out for these discounts. Modern Table on Facebook | Modern Table on Instagram | Modern Table on Twitter.

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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Aug 22

THE SWIFT DIET: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat

This past week THE SWIFT DIET: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, by Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN and Joseph Hooper, went on sale. This offers sane nutritional advice that’s easy to sustain.


THE SWIFT DIET is the new, revolutionary health and diet plan which shows women how to fix their digestive problems and lose weight permanently, by changing the way they eat and altering their gut bacteria.

THE SWIFT DIET introduces us to the microbiome – the collection of genes belonging to the bacteria that live inside our bodies. These bacteria impact just about every aspect of our lives, from food cravings and how our bodies store fat, to our emotions, our digestion and our immune system response. The good news is, by paying close attention to how you eat and how you live, you can influence how the microbiome behaves for the better. In other words, “Take care of your gut bacteria, and they’ll take care of you!”

We’ve all heard the statistics – roughly two thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese — but what hasn’t been talked about is the massive and rapid rise of digestive problems (often called “irritable bowel”) particularly in women. I’ve suffered from this for over 10 years now. Ugh. Now, new groundbreaking research shows that with the right diet, people can change their gut bacteria to more closely resemble the bacteria that helps keep lean people lean, and healthy.

Kathie Swift, aka: “the Gut Goddess” shares four weeks of delicious meal plans, healthy recipes and stress-reducing lifestyle to help banish gas and bloat, improve digestion, sharpen concentration, boost energy, clear up skin, and reduce tension and worry.

THE SWIFT DIET is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to a healthier way of life. Incorporating innovative research, a positive message and a delicious eating plan, THE SWIFT DIET will, at last, enable you to get the weight off and heal your belly – for good!

Below, is a quick and delicious quinoa recipe—an easy, back-to-school– meal for kids and parents that works well for the dinnertable or the lunchbox.


Quinoa Lentil Tabouli with Olive Herbed Pesto
Serves 3
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. ½ cup of quinoa, rinsed and soaked
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 14½ ounce can lentils, trained
  4. 2 tablespoons Olive Herbed Pesto (below)
  5. 1 small cucumber
  6. 4 plum tomatoes, diced
  7. 1 carrot, diced
  8. 3 cups mesclun greens
For the pesto
  1. ½ cup fresh herbs, cleaned and loosely packed (basil, parsley, mint, cilantro, etc)
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons pitted olives
  4. 1 tablespoon miso
  5. 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 2 tablespoons water
  7. ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  1. In a small saucepan, place the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the cooled quinoa and lentils with the pesto. Add in cucumber, tomato, and carrot.
  3. Place all of the Pesto ingredients in a blender or in the bowl of a small food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Serve over the greens.
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You can purchase The Swift Diet online 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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Aug 21

Gluten Free Menu Options at Spring Natural Kitchen // Upper West Side

Spring Natural Kitchen is the sister restaurant to the SoHo institution Spring Street Natural founded in 1973. The philosophy of both restaurants from the beginning were to serve good, wholesome, unprocessed cooking from scratch, everything homemade from all-natural ingredients. That philosophy has been the inspiration for the last 39 years and just so happens to be all the rage today. Spring Natural Kitchen serves healthy, carefully sourced and delicious food. 

The menu is chalk full of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. From brunch to dinner, they have something to offer everyone at every meal. 


A few weekends ago I went here for brunch and I can not wait to go back again. The gluten free, vegan buckwheat pancakes were delicious and I could have eaten all 3 – if it wasn’t for the fact that I was sharing.

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes. Photo courtesy of Amit Levran.

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes. Photo courtesy of Amit Levran.

The Green Shakshuka, with poached eggs, organic kale, spinach, Swiss chard, chickpeas, and green herb tomatillo sauce was super flavorful and fresh, not to mention an incredibly healthy breakfast choice. 


Jeremy ordered the Mayan Eggs; crispy corn tortillas topped with black beans, Spanish rice, melted Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, green onions, ranchero sauce and fried plantains. Out of this world.  












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