Nov 26

Pumpkin Pop-Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving #snacksmall #popchips

If you’re like me, then you are trying to be extra healthy right about now, preparing for the upcoming holidays, parties, and feasts. But if you enjoy sweets, staying on track can be hard. If you want something sweet, but still healthy, then check out this easy and fun snack made with popchips!

Here is a simple recipe for The Pumpkin Pop-Pie, and a delicious twist on pumpkin pie, made with popchips, that will make them irresistible! This guilt free snack will satisfy your cravings, without ruining your diet.

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Directions:

1 sea salt popchip + 1 scoop of pumpkin pie filling + a little whipped cream = the delightful little Pumpkin Pop-Pie,

It’s fun for kids to make too, and they will also enjoy the light, crunchy texture as much as you will! Or serve it up on Thanksgiving in place of pumpkin pie!

In case you haven’t had the chance to try popchips yet, here’s a little more about this healthy alternative to potato chips! popchips, a delicious popped chip, are nothing like your typical potato chips. popchips have all the delicious flavor but only half the fat of fried chips. Popchips are not fried nor baked, instead they are popped using heat and pressure, which helps retain flavor and keep out the grease. You’ll never have to worry about greasy hands or too much salt!

Popchips have no artifical colors, preservatives, or flavors, and very little sodium in each chip. Popchips are not only gluten free, but they are also soy free, nut free, and certified Kosher. The only flavors that contain dairy are cheddar potato, katy’s kettle corn, and ranch and nacho cheese tortilla. These allergens are marked on the ingredient section of each bag. popchips are 100% vegetarian and a few flavors are vegan.

popchips are available at Target, Whole Foods, grocery stores nationwide, and on Amazon.

 

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for my review, all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Nov 25

Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack Review & Giveaway

Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee!

This sampler pack has it all from bold to decaf and flavored to complex roasts. If you enjoy a variety of coffees then this is a great match for you. Try 40 different coffees without buying 40 different boxes!


Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pac lets you enjoy a wide selection of coffees from

The Sampler Pack has a selection of coffees: Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Light Roast. Extra Bold, Flavored, Unflavored, and Decaf.

For use with all Keurig K-Cup compatible brewers EXCEPT Keurig 2.0 machines.

Not only did I receive a Mega Coffee Sampler Pack but I also have one Sampler Pack to giveaway to one lucky reader! To enter the giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on December 7, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only

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Nov 24

Enjoy Aleia’s Gluten Free Stuffing at Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some kind of stuffing at the table. I always loved traditional made-from-scratch stuffing growing up. When I began my gluten free diet in 2009 we started experimenting with different kinds of stuffing—wild rice with craisins and walnuts, brown rice with apples and pecans, paleo-style stuffing with sausage, vegetables and dried cranberries— but nothing ever satisfied my desire for “real stuffing”.

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Located in Branford, Connecticut, Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods is a team of culinary trained chefs who handcraft and market a delicious line of all natural, CSA (Celiac Sprue Association) approved, and Kosher Certified, gluten free foods, which includes bread, croutons, stuffing mixes, bread crumbs, panko, and eight unique artisan cookies.

The kind folks over at Aleia’s were so kind to send me some of their savory stuffing mix to sample.IMG_5413

Aleia’s gluten free savory stuffing is perfectly seasoned with a balanced blend of herbs and spices. You will want to serve it as a side dish year round! It is flavorful, aromatic, and incredibly delicious! It reminds me of the stuffing I ate as a little girl.IMG_5438

In addition to the savory stuffing mix, Aleia’s also makes a plain stuffing mix. Both stuffing mixes are gluten free, soy free, and Kosher. IMG_5436

Savory Stuffing Recipe  

Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 bag (12oz) Aleia’s Gluten Free Savory Stuffing
1/2 onion medium dice (about 1/2 cup)
2 ribs celery medium dice (about 1 cup)
1 large carrot medium dice (about 1/2 cup)* I recommend using 1 cup
6 tablespoons of butter
2 cups gluten free low salt chicken stock

Directions for oven baked stuffing:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large skillet pan, medium heat, melt butter; add onions, celery and carrots. Sautè until vegetables are tender.
3. Add stock, bring to a boil then remove the pan from the heat.
4. Place stuffing mix into a large bowl, pour mixture from pan over stuffing. Toss lightly until well mixed.
5. Spoon the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until hot. For a crispy top, remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

Variations: Sausage & Mushroom stuffing: add 1 cup sliced mushrooms to the vegetables during cooking. Stir ½ pound cooked and crumbled GF sausage into the mixture.IMG_5439

Aleia’s Gluten Free has a line of eighteen all natural, gluten free products that are available in over 3,000 grocery stores and distributed from coast to coast. Aleia’s products are available at Whole Foods, Hannaford, Roche Bros, and local Health Food Stores. To find a location near you click here.

Two days after I made this stuffing, my mom called me from the grocery store to ask if I had heard of a company called Aleia’s. While she was at Hannaford’s looking for gluten free stuffing for our Thanksgiving meal, the grocer recommended she try this new line they just started carrying. True story.

 


Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Nov 22

Abe’s Market Gifts Under $25 & Free Shipping // Organic All-Natural Market Place with over 2000 Gluten Free Products

I am counting down the days to Black Friday and the official start of the holiday shopping season! To help get the holiday season started, I’ve put together a quick gift guide of natural and organic gifts from Abe’s Market that are priced less than $25!

Dark Vegan Gluten Free Soft Dark Chocolate Squares (9 Pieces) - $17.48

Dark Vegan Gluten Free Soft Dark Chocolate Squares (9 Pieces) – $17.48

 

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Chocolate Bar Variety Gift Set 3 Pack (2 Oz Ea) $10.25 – Gluten Free & non-GMO

Gluten free All Natural Chocolate Truffle Cookie Kit (10.3 Oz) - $8.99

Gluten free All Natural Chocolate Truffle Cookie Kit (10.3 Oz) – $8.99

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Spice Tin Box 4 pack (1.75 Oz Ea) $24 – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Vegan

 Dark Chocolate Lover's hot chocolate stick Tasting Pack (5 Pieces) $22 - Gluten Free & Vegan


Dark Chocolate Lover’s hot chocolate stick Tasting Pack (5 Pieces) $22 – Gluten Free & Vegan

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Ecodough – $19.99

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Dark Chocolate Gray Sea Salt Caramels (6 Pieces) $11 – Gluten Free

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3-Chili Hot Chocolate Stick (4 Pieces) – $18.00

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The Herb Box Garden Seed Starter Kit – $11.95

Well Dressed Sampler Spiced Up Maple Glazed Signature Box (12 Oz) - $25.00 - Gluten Free

Well Dressed Sampler Spiced Up Maple Glazed Signature Box (12 Oz) – $25.00 – Gluten Free

Free delivery is available on all purchases – no minimum – through December 31, 2014. Abe’s is also guaranteeing Christmas delivery on all purchases placed before December 17, 2014.

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Nov 21

Have a #Beantastic Tailgate with Beanitos! // Giveaway

beaintosWhether you’re at a sports tailgating event, gathering, party, or just lounging around watching the game, it’s nice to have some healthier snack options that are delicious but also friendly towards any dietary concerns. And that is where Beanitos comes in. With their all-natural bean-based chips, these gluten free chips are made from nutritious beans that are high in fiber and protein.

Beanitos are the first all-natural bean-based chip that are made from super nutritious beans that have 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein grown right in them. They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients. Not only are they certified gluten-free, but Beanitos are also certified Kosher, certified low-glycemic, made without corn, artificial colors or flavors, and have zero trans fat.

They have a variety of chips made from either white beans, black beans, or pinto beans. Certain products are also vegan (check the labels).bannericons_whitecheddar

Beanitos recently launch three puffed bean snacks! The puffs— Real Cheesy, White Cheddar, and Hot Chili Lime—are made from a bean-rice blend, and remind me of Cheetos, but less messy and much more healthy.

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There are so many ways to enjoy Beanitos or use them in various dishes. Grab some for your next tailgating party and try some healthy delicious recipes as well!

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Now for a super fun giveaway!!  Beanitos is offering two lucky readers the chance to win a case of Beanitos!  For your chance to win, just follow the Rafflecopter rules below.

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This giveaway ends on November 28, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge in order to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review, and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, Kosher, Product Review, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , on 21 November, 2014.

Nov 20

Gluten Free Options at La Carafe // Hell’s Kitchen

 

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La Carafe, a French restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, offers a variety of gluten free small plates, salads, and entrées.

They offer delicious, fresh food, a happy hour and reasonably priced meals.

Gluten free appetizers and small plates include: smoked salmon, cheese plate, escargot, hummus with vegetables, grilled asparagus, mussels, moussaka, grape leaves, marinated beans, assorted olives, and cream of yogurt.

Hummus and Carrots

Hummus and Carrots

Fresh and flavorful escargot, not too buttery at all. Nice balance of garlic.

Escargot

Escargot

 

Entrees include everything from steak and veal to salmon and chicken.

I had the Nicoise Salad with fresh tuna, tomatoes, onions, radish, bell pepper, parsley, olives, and eggs.

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A Big portion, with a big piece of tuna.

Happy hour is every day from 4-7pm and includes $5 glasses of wine and $8 martinis, mojitos, and margaritas.

I love the ambiance here. It feels like an old time Parisian café; romantic and cozy without being too small.

Our server was very polite and attentive, even the busboy kept coming by to refill our water glasses all night. But be aware, some of the server’s English is very basic, so you should call ahead and explain your allergy or find the manager if you need to clarify anything.

La Carafe participates in restaurant.com. Restaurant.com offers people great meals at affordable prices. Search for restaurants on Restaurant.com and learn more about them by viewing their websites with menus, wine lists, photos, chef’s backgrounds, and more. When you find a restaurant, Restaurant Gift Certificates are available for a fraction of the actual value. Restaurant.com makes a night out on the town a lot easier on the wallet and Restaurant.com eGift Cards are an excellent gift for any occasion.


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Nov 19

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce Review

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Unsatisfied with vinegar-based hot sauces, Adam and Apinya Ross thought it was time to make a line of premium chili sauces using fresh vegetables and spices as the base.

Inspired by the flavors of Thailand, Apinya Thai Chili Sauce is made with roasted red peppers, fresh Thai chilies, ginger, and garlic. This premium hot sauce is SUPER spicy.

The original recipe of Apinya Thai Chili Sauce pairs well with unseasoned chicken, fish, steak, sandwiches, soups, pizza, and bland Chinese takeout.

It can also be used as a dip for seafood, kabobs, vegetables, and dried mango. Or use it to replace ketchup, cocktail sauce, other hot sauces with your favorite, everyday foods.

Bloody Apinya

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Ingredients

Directions

Mix tomato juice, vodka, Apinya sauce, salt, pepper, and juice from half of the blood orange into a glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of blood orange and cilantro.

Click here for more great recipes using Apinya Thai Chili Sauce.

Ingredients:
Peppers, Ginger, Chilies, Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Salt, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Potassium sorbate and Sodium bisulfite as preservaties. CONTAINS SULPHITE

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You can buy Apinya Thai Chili Sauce at select stores in NYC, at Apinya’s online store or on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Nov 18

Winter White Sangria Recipe & TaZa! BPA Free Stemless Wine Glasses

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NEVER BREAK A GLASS AGAIN! With TaZa’s drama-free glasses you can entertain in style, without the worries. TaZa! glasses are known for their brilliant clarity—such clarity that makes them easily mistaken as crystal. Unlike crystal, however, these glasses won’t crack or break, which makes them ideal for entertaining anywhere, anytime.  These shatterproof 16oz glasses allow you to enjoy your wine— or any drink— indoors or outdoors (think pool, patio, boat, picnic, campground, RV, etc.)!

Besides their durability, what else makes these better than other plastic competitors?  For starters, they using USA-made Tritan plastic, which is 100% BPA-free/EA-free and FDA-approved. No need to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into your drinks.

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TaZa has also paid special attention to the rim—because there is nothing worse than a plastic cup rim that’s rough and nips at your lips. Who needs that? They’ve managed to make extra-smooth rims while keeping the glasses ultra-thin.

TaZa Stemless Wine Glasses look like heavy-duty crystal or glass wine glasses, but are actually incredibly lightweight and easy to hold.

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Lastly, these glasses are actually dishwasher safe!  Avoid being stuck at the sink after a dinner party washing by hand—just throw the glasses in the dishwasher on a non-heated setting, and the rest is done for you.

A great recipe to make for any Holiday party is my favorite Winter White Sangria. (Recipe below)

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Ingredients

Directions

    1. Cut fruit into bite size pieces.
    2. In a large pitcher, combine the fruit and 1 rosemary spring.
    3. Pour in the wine and apple brandy.
    4.  Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for 1 – 24 hours.
    5. When are are ready to serve add the club soda to the pitcher.
    6. Fill glasses with ice, pour the sangria into your glass, garnish with the rosemary springs and enjoy!

With the holiday season coming up, these glasses would be great to have. They look expensive, but relieve you of any worries that your guests— or kids— will break or drop them. You can purchase TaZa! Stemless Wine Glasses on Amazon.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Nov 17

Moscow Mule Mug & Recipe

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Drink up in high style with the 16 oz barrel-shaped, hammered copper Moscow Mule Mug. Its unique beauty gives it a vintage feel, as if it were a prized possession, handed down through generations. Aesthetics aside, the use of 100% pure copper gives all the taste and temperature benefits required to make the perfect Moscow Mule.

The mug of choice when serving the infamous Moscow Mule–a cocktail made from a blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. The copper mug enhances the flavor and keeps the drink colder, longer.

Moscow Mule Recipe 

Care Instructions for a Long Lasting Moscow Mule Mug 
After each use, clean with warm water and soft soap. No hard chemicals or detergents. Dry the copper mug with a soft cloth. To avoid stains, do not leave your drink in mug overnight. This mug is dishwasher safe, but it is highly recommended you wash it by hand. Do not use in microwave or for hot beverages.

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Want to impress your friends? Well, you can. You can purchase Moscow Mule mugs on Amazon, for yourself or as a gift.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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Nov 15

Nicer Foods makers of the 1st ever low FODMAPs protein bar Kickstarter Campaign

First ever bar designed to be low in fermentable carbs (FODMAPs). Free of gluten, dairy, soy, and corn. And they taste delicious!

Help Jesse and Kate Watson, founders of Nicer Foods, make life easier for people with IBS and other digestive issues. Jesse is a former corporate software guy who was burned out on coding and wanted to create something meaningful that changed people’s lives. Kate is a registered dietitian with a sensitive tummy who wanted to make life easier for people with IBS and other digestive issues.

A Simulation of the Packaging

A Simulation of the Packaging

They’re asking for your help to fund their Kickstarter project to create a protein bar for the hundreds of millions of people like Kate, who need to limit which foods they eat for the sake of their digestive health.

These days it’s possible (though still challenging) to find a bar that leaves out gluten, dairy, soy, and corn… But Nice Bars are the first and only bar in the US designed to be low in fermentable carbs, also known as “FODMAPs”.

 

They only have 7 days left to reach their goal of $12,000. Your donation will not only help them reach their goal, but you will return something in return from them. Depending on how much you give, you could receive Nicer Food bars, a tote bag, or a customized bar just for you! To give to this campaign or learn more about Nicer Foods, click here.

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides, and Polyols.

But wait—don’t worry, we’re not going to flood you with scientific jargon!

Jesse found out in a very personal way what FODMAPs were during their Mexican honeymoon:

“Kate had so much abdominal pain and nausea that she couldn’t leave our hotel room. We began looking at options like whether to check into a Mexican hospital, or cut our trip short and go home.”

It turned out later it was not parasites or food poisoning as they feared, but Kate’s IBS flaring up from eating the wrong foods, in her case, FODMAPs.

Simply put, FODMAPs are certain carbohydrates that may be poorly absorbed in the intestines of people who have sensitive digestive systems or IBS. Because the FODMAPs aren’t well absorbed, they stick around and feed bowel bacteria, which leads to gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and irregularity.

Worldwide rates of IBS are estimated to be between 9-23% of the population, or upwards of 1 billion people, many of whom are undiagnosed.

That said, given how many people are cutting back on wheat and dairy nowadays, it’s not too surprising to learn that both wheat and lactose-containing dairy products contain FODMAPs.  According to a recent study, one in four people who claimed they had gluten sensitivity actually had symptoms that were more likely related to FODMAPS.

Unfortunately, FODMAPs are also present in many common “health” foods, and gluten free products.  Examples include:

That’s just to name a few.  While sensitivity to FODMAPs is highly individual, some FODMAPs aren’t well digested by anyone—just think about what beans to do most people!

The Low FODMAPs Diet

Jesse personally witnessed how impactful this diet was for Kate.

“When Kate and I got back from Mexico, she started the low FODMAPs diet, and the results astounded me. Within days, she felt better than she had in years.”

Thanks to research from Monash University in Australia, an increasing number of people with IBS and other GI sensitivities are finding their freedom with a low FODMAPs diet. Research shows that 75% of people with IBS experience significant relief in symptoms on this diet.

This diet is indeed changing people’s lives.

To be clear, Nice bars do not treat, cure, or prevent any illness or condition.  Rather, they simply omit ingredients that many of us have found irritate our guts.  The low FODMAPs diet is not a simple diet, and to receive the full benefits of it, we recommend consulting a dietitian.

In fact, it is exactly because the low FODMAPs diet is not simple that we were inspired to start Nicer Foods, and start creating food products low in FODMAPs.

“Cooking from scratch isn’t always convenient or possible for those of us with busy lives,” Kate explains. “Once we began perusing nutrition facts carefully, we discovered there are very few premade food products that are low in FODMAPs.”

The Mission

We are creating healthy, natural food products for people with food sensitivities, sensitive digestive systems, and IBS. Our products will be free of additives, preservatives, and common GI irritants like corn, soy, dairy, and FODMAPs, so that the hundreds of millions of people with these sensitivities have more options.

That said, our bars aren’t just for people with IBS or food intolerances, they are for everyone who cares about their digestive health!

Along the way, we want to raise more awareness about the low FODMAPs diet, especially in the United States. There is already much more awareness of the diet in the UK, and in Australia where it originated, but in the United States, most people still aren’t aware the diet exists, or how powerfully it is changing people’s lives.

In addition, our dream is to produce lots of FODMAP Friendly food products including protein shakes, sauces, mixes, and much more!  Our first round of bars is only available in the US, but we are already investigating international options in Australia, and possibly the UK.


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