Mar 27

New Gluten Free, Bold-Tasting Burritos from Artisan Bistro

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Who doesn’t love a good burrito?  I’m excited to introduce you to the new gluten free frozen Burritos from Artisan Bistro, creator of organic and gluten free frozen breakfasts, entrées, burritos, bowls and bakes. With gluten free food up 63% since 2012 according to Mintel Group, and restaurant-quality frozen foods on the rise, the new Burritos make for a delicious, healthy and easy-to-cook meal option. Not to mention March is frozen food month so this comes at a perfect time!

“Many people are busy and barely finding time to eat on-the-run, so hand-held meal options have become wildly popular,” said Leo Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Bistro Foods, Inc. “To create our Burritos, we took one of the nation’s favorite convenience foods and gave it our signature artisan upgrade with bold spices, clean proteins, and organic whole grains and vegetables that consumers can feel good about eating and feeding their families.”


Artisan Bistro burritos are made with a savory blend of high-quality ingredients including sustainable proteins, organic vegetables, grains and spices all wrapped in a one-of-a-kind gluten free, organic tortilla, Artisan Bistro Burritos are a tasty hand-held meal option crafted with bold flavors. Each Burrito contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients and has between 11-14 grams of protein, are non-GMO and include sustainable-caught wild Alaskan salmon, free-range chicken and premium organic vegetables, not to mention a variety of organic whole grains and legumes, including quinoa, lentils and garbanzo beans. 

Flavors include:


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The Meatless Carnitas & Salsa Verde was my favorite. I think it had the most flavor. The Beef, Jack Cheese & Ancho Chili Chicken Tinga & Chipotle Meatless Carnitas & Salsa Verde all had delicious flavor and a nice big kick to them, so make sure you have a glass of water close by when you are eating any of these burritos. 

I didn’t like the Salmon Poblano burrito, I thought it had a very fishy-flavor. 

If you want to mix it up with your meals and have stress-free options available in your freezer for you to grab and eat quickly, you will love these delicious Artisan Bistro meals. Give yourself a night off from cooking every once in awhile, and still give your family something healthy to eat!

Artisan Bistro products can be found at health food stores and markets throughout NYC (including Westerly Natural Market, Health Smart, Health Nuts, and Health and Harmony, to name a few), as well as national grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, Shaw’s, Hannfords, and Targets throughout the country. The Burritos have been available since January, and have a suggested retail price of $3.79. 

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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Mar 26

Tandoor Chef offers 15 gluten free frozen Indian meals & appetizers

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Wrapping up the month of March, which is National Frozen Food Month, I want to share with you a few new frozen foods I’ve tried this month, starting with Tandoor Chef. 

Tandoor Chef, produced by Deep Foods, is a second-generation family owned and operated leading manufacturer of restaurant quality, all natural frozen Indian meals.

Tandoor Chef offers 15 gluten free entrée and appetizer options! With their authentic Indian spices and flavors, and wide selection, you won’t have to sacrifice the robust flavors you love.

Gluten Free options include:

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I tried the Chicken Biryani and Chicken Pad Thai. Both meals were restaurant quality. The Biryani was actually better than the take out I had last week. The aromas and smells that filled the kitchen as I was microwaving my meals were unreal. It smelled just like fresh, flavorful Indian food should smell. 

Overall I really enjoyed the flavors of both meals; the meat was tender and moist and the noodles and rice were cooked to perfection. You really would never know this was a microwaved frozen dish. My only complaint was the amount of sodium. With sodium levels of more than 800mg per meal it was a little too much for me. I got a few bites that were just way too salty. Tandoor Chef does offer “low sodium” meals with about 500mg, which is not low by my standards but much better and more tolerable.

The other con is some of the meals are somewhat high in calories and carbs, such as the Chicken Pad Thai. But there are a handful of meals 350 calories and less.


Chicken Pad Thai Nutritional Information

In the manufacturing of gluten free products, Tandoor Chef is careful to guarantee that they meet the necessary standards. They send products out to a certified lab on a regular basis to validate the claims are accurate.

 Did you know that Tandoor Chef also offers a wide variety of both vegetarian and vegan meals? Tandoor Chef offers 11 vegetarian meals and 6 vegan options. 

Tandoor Chef meals are available major retailers across the United States and Canada. In New York City, you can find them at Whole Foods, Westerly Natural Market, Health Food & Vitamin City, Health Nuts, and so many more. For a complete list of store locations click here.

You can even buy Tandoor Chef meals online via Amazon! At my local store, meals ranged from $3.99-$5.99 but when you buy on Amazon (cases of 8 or 12) the price is a little better.


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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Mar 25


Last month KIND Healthy Snacks announced the expansion of its popular KIND Healthy Grains® Bars line with the addition of two new sub-ranges and a new flavor offering: KIND Healthy Grains Popped bars, KIND Healthy Grains Bars – made with coffee, and KIND Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Berry bars. As with the original five flavors, all have a foundation of super grains that provide a perfectly chewy and crunchy texture.

All KIND Healthy Grains bars are made with the highest quality ingredients, including a foundation of five super grains –gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat –which provide at least 18g of whole grains per bar.

Popped Bars

Adding to the line’s original foundation of five super grains, KIND Healthy Grains Popped bars now include a sixth super grain, sorghum, which is popped to toasty perfection. This new line offers a super grain twist on two popcorn favorites with Popped Salted Caramel and Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt.

KHGBar_Box+Bars_Popped_PortfolioKIND Healthy Grains Popped bars have a very unique taste and texture reminiscent of fresh popcorn, thanks to the addition of popped sorghum. Combined with sweet and salty flavors, this is wholesome snack that you won’t feel guilty about craving. It is low in sodium and contains 19g of whole grains per bar! 

KIND Healthy Grains Popped Salted Caramel bars have a foundation of six super grains, baked with caramel chunks and sea salt to deliver a classic popcorn taste.

KIND Healthy Grains Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bars a whole grain snack, baked with dark chocolate chunks and sea salt to satisfy salty and sweet cravings.


KIND Healthy Grains Popped bars will roll out in tandem with two other expansions of the KIND Healthy Grains Bars line, including a super grain twist on classic coffeehouse and PB&J flavors. These will join the original five flavors (Dark Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut, Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt and Vanilla Blueberry) on beginning May 1, 2015.

Coffeehouse Classics

There are two new flavors made with coffee – Caramel Macchiato and Dark Chocolate Mocha. These new flavors combine five super grains with authentically rich coffee, creating an indulgent, perfectly chewy and crunchy snack.

These new flavors are the answer for coffee lovers, offering an indulgent coffee flavors while at the same time offering a wholesome foundation of super grains.

KIND Healthy Grains Caramel Macchiato bars are made with an indulgent blend of rich coffee and sweet caramel chunks for the perfect super grain snack. US_KHGBar-Wrapper_CaramelMacchiato_LargeKIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Mocha bars are made with the perfect combination of indulgent dark chocolate chunks and rich coffee.

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KIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Mocha Nutritional Info

Peanut Butter Berry

Inspired by your childhood PB&J, this blend of peanut butter, raspberries and cranberries, makes for a delectable treat that is a super grain twist on the classic PB&J.


KIND snacks are made from delicious, wholesome ingredients and are gluten free and non GMO. KIND currently offers six different snack lines including: KIND® Fruit & Nut bars and KIND® PLUS bars, two lines of delicious whole nut & fruit bars; KIND® Nuts & Spices bars, a line of whole nut & spice bars that naturally have only 5g of sugar or less; KIND Healthy Grains® Clusters made from five super grains; KIND Healthy Grains® Bars, a line of crunchy and chewy granola bars; and STRONG & KIND® Bars, a line of savory-flavored bars featuring 10g of protein.

Suggested retail price is $3.99 per box of five bars in single flavors.

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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Mar 24

New SweetLeaf® Organic Stevia Sweetener


If you’re looking for a better way to add sweetness to food and beverages look no further. SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener, the leading U.S. manufacturer of stevia and offers a full line of SweetLeaf Stevia products, available in convenient single-serving packets, liquid, powder, tabs and concentrate. And this month they are adding a NEW organic sweetener to their product line!

SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener offers the same great taste but is certified organic and verified non-GMO.

For those of you not familiar with SweetLeaf, it is a natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbs, zero glycemic response and NO artificial ingredients. SweetLeaf provides a delicious natural sugar alternative and is ideal for anyone with diabetes, or watching their weight.


Organic Stevia has virtually unlimited uses for both sweet and savory dishes, ranging from desserts to sauces and salad dressings. I’ve been using it every day in my coffee, as I recently read an article about the negative health effects of Splenda, Equal, and other artificial sweeteners, I’ve vowed to NEVER consume those ever again!

One packet of Organic Stevia equals 2 tablespoons of sugar, so beware when baking or using as a sweetener in coffee or tea. I don’t even use a full pack with each cup of coffee, and I find it plenty sweet.

The new Organic Stevia Sweetener is available in 35 and 70 count packet boxes and 3.2 oz. shaker jar. You can purchase SweetLeaf products at stores throughout the US or 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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Mar 23

Healthy Wiser Organic & Vegan Vitamin C Serum Review & Giveaway


Want to keep them guessing about your age? It all starts with a great complexion.

Healthy Wiser Organic Vitamin C Serum is a natural and organic solution to your skin’s problems. Nothing can make you feel older than a dull, uneven, and dehydrated complexion. Diet, stress, smog, and time can all leave your skin feeling dry, dull, and unhealthy. We all want to look our best and sometimes go to great lengths to improve our appearance such as plastic surgeries, chemical peels, and laser treatments. And while these treatments may be effective – at least temporarily – they do nothing to feed your skin or improve its health, and they can be VERY expensive.

But you can look as young as you feel without the pain of surgery with Healthy Wiser Organic Vitamin C Serum. This serum will infuse your skin with nutrients, neutralize free radicals, and banish those awful age spots and sun damage. After using this Vitamin C serum my skin will felt fresh, smooth, and soothed. The nourishing formula boosts collagen production that greatly reduces fine lines and wrinkles. I could see the lines around my eyes lessen in just two weeks!


Healthy Wiser Organic Vitamin C Serum Benefits:

Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (plant-derived hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carbomer, Arginine, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).


Apply a small amount after cleansing, before moisturizing on slightly damp skin. Use morning and night.

Not only did Healthy Wiser send me a bottle of their Organic Vitamin C Serum, but they have also offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win a bottle for themselves! 

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This giveaway will end on April 7. 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. 

You can purchase Healthy Wiser Vitamin C Serum on Amazon for $23! This is a great price, and won’t last long! It usually sells for $70+

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your Healthy Wiser Organic Vitamin C Serum all you have to do is return it within 90 days and they’ll refund your entire purchase price. So what do you have to lose?

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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Mar 22

hey gluten free! subscription box launches this Spring

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Get a monthly bundle of delicious gluten free goodies delivered to your door steps from Hey Gluten Free!Are you gluten intolerant or just have a desire to get healthier? If yes, then say Hey Gluten Free! A monthly box subscription service you will love. Shopping for quality gluten free products can be an overwhelming process and what you do find not always makes you happy. Hey Gluten Free has taken this hassle out of your life with their monthly box subscription.

Every month subscribers will get their gluten free box shipped to their door, each and every month they will get a different box consist of 5-12 items that are GF certified and carefully hand picked by the team.
What makes Hey Gluten Free different from all the other food subscription boxes?  They are trying to promote small businesses by advertising their products in their boxes. I’m all for supporting small businesses and this lets you try hard-to-find products, or products not available in your local stores. Not only that, but all products are:
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Low/No Sugar
  • GF certified
  • Low in sodium
  • Corn Free
  • Soy Free

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Hey Gluten Free strives to help people discover more of these gluten-free products so that they don’t throw away money buying something new they end up hating from the market.  
Sign up so you can be notified when Hey Gluten Free Launches later this spring. Click the button below:
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Mar 21

Vegetable Spiral Slicer (Spiralizer) Review


Do you want to eat healthier, lose weight, get in shape, eliminate carbs, go gluten free, eat paleo or just discover a new way to make pretty dishes?

A spiralizer transforms raw vegetables into pasta-like noodle shapes that are the perfect healthy alternative to carb heavy pasta. 

This compact spiral slicer work best with zucchini, but it can also be used for carrots, cucumbers and daikon radish. It also work with potatoes and sweet potatoes but you will have to peel the potato with a veggie peeler until it forms a smooth cylinder shape with a 1 1/2” diameter, and that’s just one more step, but it is worth the extra effort if you’re game!

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Tuscan Chicken over Zucchini Noodles


I use mine so often now, especially on pasta and spaghetti nights. It only takes a minute or two for me to make my zucchini “noodles”. So it’s not a lot of extra time at all. This spiralizer has two noodle sizes – Angel Hair and Spaghetti.


There are several ways to incorporate spiral sliced veggies into your meal, the most popular is to use them instead of carb laden pasta. But they also make a beautiful and unique side dish (see Carrot Dill Twist in the bonus eBook), or can be used to make quiche, or, add the veggie noodles to your pasta dish as a lighter option, or the perfect way to sneak some veggies into your kids diet.

There are two types of spiralizers on the market, the compact spiral slicer (this one), and a more expensive tri-blade countertop model. The smaller, more compact spiral slicer is perfect for a quick spiralizing fix, it fits neatly in a drawer, it is more affordable, and all it really needs is a quick rinse after it’s finished. It’s easier to clean, works just as quickly and doesn’t take up tons of counter space.

The countertop model can slice a wider variety of vegetables, with up to 4 sizes, like beets, jicima, peppers and larger potatoes, however it is harder to clean and takes up a lot more space. I personally, think that it’s worth having both a countertop spiralizer and the Common Sense Goods compact spiral slicer.


The Spiralizer Bonus bundle also includes a handy cleaning brush, and a full color, pictures included, downloadable recipe eBook called “The Ultimate Veggie Noodle Recipe Collection”. This cookbook is in full color and includes pictures, unlike most other free eBooks.

Common Sense Goods gave me a 60% off code to share with my readers.

The promo code is VJG5JXQJ. The code has a $10 dollar value, meaning you’ll pay only $7 for their new spiralizer, that’s almost 60% off! It’s only good for the first 25 purchased, so it is first come first serve.

Bonus: They are also offering a $2 coupon to people who sign up for their mailing list.

Common Sense Goods offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can feel confident buying. If you don’t like it, just return it; 100% money back guarantee and hassle free.

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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Mar 20

Morning Pep Organic non-GMO Coconut Flour


Have you heard about the benefits of baking with coconut flour? As the interest in grain free diets continues to rise, many cooks are looking to alternative flours, such as coconut flour, for their baking and everyday needs. 

Morning Pep Organic coconut flour is made from certified organic fresh coconut. After separating the rich, white coconut meat from its shell, pressurized steam is used to remove most of its fat. Then the de-fatted coconut is thoroughly dried before being milled it to a fine cream colored flour. 

Morning Pep also makes an organic Almond Flour (review & giveaway here!) and Xylitol, which I’ve previously tried and blogged about. Morning Pep products are non-GMO and gluten free, one of the main the draws to their products.

With a texture very similar to wheat flour, Morning Pep Organic Coconut Flour provides the perfect wheat and gluten substitute. Morning pep is also high in fiber and protein, and low in sodium, cholesterol, and digestible carbohydrates. Though it is free from gluten proteins, coconut flour contains an impressive number of other proteins. In fact, 100 grams of coconut flour contain 19.3 grams of protein, or 38 percent of our recommended daily value – far more protein per serving than other leading flours such as white, cornmeal or rye.


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Baking Tips

1. In baking, you cannot substitute coconut flour for wheat or other grain-based flours at a 1:1 ratio.  They are not equivalent. Coconut flour is extraordinarily absorbent and very little coconut flour is needed to successfully produce a recipe.  In baked goods, you generally want to substitute 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup coconut flour for 1 cup grain-based flour.  You will also need to increase the number of eggs. 

2. Coconut flour can also be substituted for up to 1/3rd of wheat flour in standard recipes. Baking with coconut flour presents unique challenges as coconut flour does not perform the same as grain-based flours in baking.  Due to its high fiber content
it absorbs lots of liquid, so increase the liquid in the recipe by an equal amount. Because it is gluten free, it is necessary to add egg, chia gel, or even substitute a small amount of tapioca flour to assure that it binds properly.

3. Every flour has its own characteristics and baked goods made with coconut flour tend to be dense and dry.  To reduce dryness, make sure to use plenty of eggs and you can also add cooked, pureed or mashed fruit or vegetables to your baked goods to increase the moisture. 

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chunk Bars
Paleo and gluten free coconut bars with chocolate chips and coconut flakes. Easy and delicious
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 2 eggs
  5. ¼ cup almond milk
  6. ½ cup coconut flour
  7. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used Pascha or Enjoy Life)
  10. 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together coconut oil, honey, vanilla, eggs, and almond milk.
  3. In a separate medium bowl mix together coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined and batter is smooth.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chocolate chips and coconut flakes
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  7. DO NOT OVERBAKE or it will result in dried out bars.
  8. Cool bars on a wire rack for 10 minutes so that they settle a bit, then cut into 16 squares and enjoy
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I always buy my coconut flour in bulk, it saves money in the end. Morning Pep Organic Coconut Flour is available on Amazon in both 1 lb. ($8.99/lb) and 4 lb. ($4.37/lb) bags. Free shipping for Prime Members or on orders over $35.


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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Mar 19

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2015 Recap


Over the weekend the Metropolitan Pavilion was taken over by vegetarian and vegan vendors, speakers, and various activists who are there to spread the word about all things vegan during the 2015 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Vendors provided free samples, and were selling their products at discounted prices, while several vegan restaurants provided even more food for sale. I ate so much food during the 3 hours I was there. There were so many gluten free options, it was great. I’d say at least 75%, if not more, of the samples and food for sale was gluten free.

Gluten Free Exhibitors included:


Immediately upon entering, I spotted DF Mavens, hand crafted coconut-based and almond-based ice cream and frozen treats free of gluten, soy and dairy. Their tantalizing flavors include Sicilian Hazelnut Truffle, New Orleans Salted Praline, Alphonso Mango, and Caramel Apple Almond. DF Mavens has a store front in the East Village, and you can also find their frozen desserts in grocery stores throughout NYC. 

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There was no shortage of chocolate at the NYC Veg Fest! I bought some Rescue Chocolate bars. They also had a selection of festive Easter candy, which included dark chocolate bunnies. I LOVE Rescue Chocolate, both their products and their activism.

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Bixby & Co. premium dark chocolate, fruit and nut candy bars are also a tasty, indulgent and cruelty-free treat. Real food, pure and simple. 

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Trail mixes are great and all – but sometimes, you can’t get a little bit of every ingredient in one handful. Organic Living superfoods makes that possible with their Energy Squares. They also offer a wide assortment of nutrient-dense superfood powders, nuts, trail mixes and many more raw, vegan, gluten free products.

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The Simply Bar table had lots of samples and I had a chance to try their new Protein Bars, which have the most protein for the least calories and fat compared with leading natural foods bars. Since there are no junk ingredients, this bar is light and crunchy and will fill you up without weighing you down.

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Handmade weekly in small batches, Peanut Principle’s delectable nut butters are a local favorite in Albany, NY. With flavors like I Want Smore, 24 Carrot Gold (think carrot cake), and cinnamon raisin, you’ll experience a whole new side of nut butters. 

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I heart keenwah was debuting their newest product; quinoa puffs. Imagine the cheese puff of your childhood, but all grown up. It’s healthy now, made with quinoa and packing 5g of protein, and comes in four refined flavors. 

The best thing I tried was, hands down, the gluten free, vegan opera cake from Sweet Solace Bakery. This plant based bakery is based in NYC (not store front yet) and makes all sorts of vegan, raw plant-based desserts. The opera cake was TO DIE FOR! Layers of almond sponge cake soaked in espresso with ganache and covered in chocolate…just delicious.

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Palm Frites– the name Palm Frites is a play on “pomme frites”– but these coconut fries have little in common with traditional french fries. Young Thai organic coconuts go through a dehydration process that transforms the fruit into crispy chips, no frying vat of oil required, and are a good  source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The churro flavor were my favorites, but the original garlic fry was a little too garlicky for me. 


I was so full that I didn’t end up buying any sushi from Beyond Sushi. I’ve been dying to try it but it will just have to wait for another day. I do have to say they make the most beautiful and creative sushi I’ve ever seen.

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The three stages featured live cooking demos, various speakers, educators, and activists sharing their stories, advice, and cooking tips on topics ranging from how to raise a vegan child, sports nutrition, NYC’s current food initiative and so much more.

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Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait in line but I heard that some people waited almost 3 hours to get in! I went early and I’m so glad I did, by 1:30pm the place was a zoo and I could barely move. My advice for next year – get there early! 


This entry was posted in event, New York City, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , on 19 March, 2015.

Mar 18

Kiva Gourmet HOT + SWEET SMOKED Spanish Paprika


As you know I love Spain. I’ve been four times in the past eight years and can not wait for my next trip! So, when I was offered the opportunity to try Kiva Gourmet’s Hot AND Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika, I did not hesitate to say yes.

I received one bottle of the sweet and one bottle of our hot smoked Spanish paprika powder. Smoked paprika adds flavor and depth to rice, meat, seafood, stews, soups, eggs, vegetables, etc. It’s incredibly versatile and I use it all the time when I cook.

imports their smoked paprika from the famous La Vera region of Spain. Following a century old recipe, hand-harvested peppers are smoked dried over holm oak for a minimum of 14 days. This gives the paprika its unique rich flavor. 

Kiva smoked paprika is made in small batches to ensure optimum aroma, color, and flavor.

Sweet Smoked Paprika has a deep, rich flavor with a slightly sweet undertone.

Hot Smoked Paprika has a deep, rich, and slightly spicy flavor.

Like all Kiva products, the smokes Spanish paprika is non-GMO.

Kiva works directly with local farmers from around the world to ensure that the ingredients they purchase are of the highest quality and are grown through sustainable and eco-friendly methods.  

You can purchase Kiva Hot and Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika 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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This entry was posted in Product Review, Spanish, spice and tagged , , on 18 March, 2015.