Jul 05

TeaCha Monthly Tea Subscription: Foundations of Tea Pack

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Tea lovers listen up! TeaCha spent 2 years tasting more than 1,300 teas from across the world (not a bad job) and whittled this down to 65 of the world’s finest, most revered teas. And now they’re bringing them to you-the full spectrum of international specialties, covered over 13 months. Each monthly pack introduces 5 unique teas: flavorful, distinctive, and in season, perfect for drinking during that specific month.

The carefully curated Foundations of Tea pack offers a first look at the wide and intricate world of tea. This one month subscription is only option you have. You can purchase a 3 month (Tea Trip), 5 month (Tea Voyage) or 13 month (Tea journey) subscription. Prices range from $19.70 – $24.80 per month depending on your subscription length

HOW IT WORKS

  • 1.SUBSCRIBE: Select 1 of our 4 tea-tasting subscription plans.
  • 2.RECEIVE: Each month, a TeaCha pack arrives at your chosen address.
  • 3.DISCOVER: Explore the world of tea and find your perfect cup.
  • 4.STOCK UP: Purchase your favorite teas from the Tea Shop.

FIVE VARIETIES OF TEAS
For each variety, you will receive 2 elegant, artisan tea bags containing pure teas and blends curated from around the world.

FIVE LEARNING NOTE CARDS
You don’t have to follow a tea master to get an introduction to this delightful and diverse field. Every monthly tea-sampling packs includes quick learning notes on each tea, based on the Six Elements that make each tea unique. Drawing from extensive research, essential facts and stats about each tea has been compressed into concise, postcard-sized learning notes. These note cards acquaint you with the essential properties and identifying traits that make each tea unique.

Sample your monthly selections alongside these learning notes to experience the Six Elements firsthand. Take the tasting and learning at your own pace. Allow each tea’s unique qualities diffuse into your senses and memory.

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MONTHLY THEME CARD
Each Theme of the Month pack is specially curated to represent the specific month of the year. Paying respect to natural season and historic tradition, teas are carefully selected to warm cool days, refresh hot days, memorialize special moments and holidays, and remedy seasonal health concerns. 

YOUR FIRST PACK
Theme: Foundations of Tea

     

 

Estate Darjeeling   •  Four Seasons Oolong   •   Genmaicha   •    White Peony Supreme  •   Moroccan Ruby Mint

 

THE IDEAL GIFT

No need to ask for your recipient’s mailing address. Simply provide the recipient’s e-mail address upon checkout and teaCha will ask her/him to confirm their mailing address.

Special date personalization. At checkout, specify a special date(e.g. birthday, holiday) when the first package should be opened. They will then custom-stamp the outer wrapping with this instruction accordingly.

Every subscription pack affords opportunity to find the “perfect cup”. This is great for both tea novices and tea experts a like. Every month delivers new surprise-plus, a reminder of your thoughtfulness.

 

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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Jul 03

Hey Gluten Free // The newst gluten free Subscription Box {Corn Free, Soy Free, non-GMO}

Get hand picked gluten free goods delivered to your door every month.

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Hey gluten free is the newest gluten free monthly subscription service to hit the market. Hey gluten free was created to make your life a lot easier and more delicious. Every month you will receive a box full of goodies all gluten free, soy free, corn free, low in sugar and non-GMO. They make sure to get the best and most delicious products just for you. Each boxes include products from trusted brands, as well as small businesses. Not only do you get to discover brand new products every month, you will also receive coupons that you can use toward a product you fall in love with!

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:
 

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You’ll have a chance to try new products every month at up to $60 in retail value.

HOW IT WORKS

Every month they select the best gluten free products, pack them in a box, and ship them straight to your door. You will receive a surprise of 7-10 products, you’ll love!

  1. PICK A SUBSCRIPTION LENGTH – Pick what works best for you. You can choose from one month, three months, six months, or a whole year subscription. The more months you sign up for, the more you save. One month subscriptions start at $29.95/month. 
  2. TRY SOMETHING NEW – Eating the same gluten-free products is boring. The Hey gluten free box will help you discover new products from different brands every month.
  3. GET EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS – Not only do they want you to find new products, Hey gluten free also wants you to save money if you decide to purchase them on your own. Subscribe now and receive exclusive, member-only discounts! 

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So lets see what was in June’s box:

Navitas Naturals Cacao Lip Balm ($3.99), an antioxidant-rich lip balm moisturizer made from the pure, cold-pressed oil of the cacao beam and a mix of nature’s most skin-friendly oils.

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Sevierly Good Gluten-Free Muffin Mix ($6.99) is a home grown organic gluten free baking mix company dedicated to using certified organic, local, and non-GMO ingredients. This muffin mix allows you to make almost any kind of muffin you desire!

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Simple Squares Rosemary Bar ($2.10). A healthy on-the-go snack. this paleo, gluten free, organic, non-GMO bar contains only 5 ingredients and is perfect for traveling or when on the go.

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Bearded Brothers Outrageous Orange Kale Energy Bar  ($3.25) was the most interesting – and unique – item in the box. A great way to get more vegetables into your site, this delicious 100% organic energy bar contains figs, dates, kale, beets, and cold pressed orange extract. It is both satisfying and delicious.

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Coconut Organics Cocobacon. ($3.00) Sorry you lost me at coconut bacon. Although I am not a fan of bacon, I gave this snack a try. It’s made from lightly toasted organic coconut chips that are flavored to have a fatty, smoky, and slightly sweet flavor just like it was real bacon. This vegan treat also came with a 50% off coupon for an online order. 

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Namate Foods Hearty Vegetable Soup ($3.10) is packed with 7 vegetables and brown rice noodles in a rich, flavorful, and a little too salty, broth.

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Smooch Mango, Pineapple and Banana Fruit Snack  ($1.79) is packed with a 100% natural blend of three fruit purees boosted with accrual cherry and chia seeds, giving you a big fruit Smooch of natural yumminess.

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Kahn Kitchen Crunchy Granola ($1.50) is sweet and nutty with wholesome, natural, gluten free, grain free, wheat free, soy free, dairy free, peanut free, trans fat free, cholesterol free goodness. Made up of healthy, fresh ingredients perfectly blended together to provide you a high protein treat. It is great as cereal, on yogurt, or on its own just as a snack. 

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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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Jul 02

Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

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Dairy-free never tasted so good! Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is back—creamier, dreamier, yummier than ever. With 6 grams of plant-based protein, it’s a power-packed quick pick any time of day. Now you truly get that great yogurt alternative taste in 6 great flavors, minus the dairy and funny business. No artificial colors or flavors. No casein or carrageenan. No lactose or gluten. No corn syrup. Just 5.3 ounces of dreamy, dairy-free deliciousness. Dig in.

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If you’re dairy free, you know how difficult it was to give up yogurt. At least it was for me! Well, now that Silk has come out with Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in six delicious flavors, I’m not too sad any longer! I was very excited to try this new product; Who knew that a plant based yogurt could taste so good? YUM! The yogurt was creamy and smooth!  And of course full of flavor! This yogurt is made with REAL fruit and free from artificial colors and flavors!  Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. 

 

 

The new Silk® Blueberry Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative brings a perfectly smooth, creamy texture and bright, fruity taste to the breakfast table. Made with the goodness of soy, it has 140 calories and 6 grams of plant-powered protein per serving. 

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Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is available in 6 flavors:

Want to enjoy the great taste of Silk®? Check out their store locator to find a retail location nearest you!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Silk through their partnership with BzzAgent. 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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Jul 01

Gluten Free Finds at the Summer Fancy Food Show Part 2

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Part 2 of the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS); the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food’s top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery, brought even more gluten free goodies my way! If you read yesterday’s post, you know that there were over 2,000 vendors from more than 80 countries around showcasing nearly 200,000 products at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show. Now, not everything was gluten free, but there were certainly many many options; more than I was ever expecting to find. I love that more and more companies are creating gluten free products. I wish I could have attended the third day of the show, but that was not possible, and I know there are many booths and gluten free products I didn’t get to try. But, there were plenty of great finds I want to share with you! 

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Mamma Chia introduced its Organic Chia Vitality bars just in time for summer and back-to-school snacking. In this bar, nutrient-rich chia seeds are combined with deep, rich dark chocolate, crunchy nuts, ripened fruit and sweet organic honey, making them a truly delicious gluten free snack. The richest plant-based source of Omega-3s, chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, complete protein and antioxidants. Both the Maya and Aztecs held this ancient seed in high esteem for increasing vitality, strength, and overall good health (hence its name). Every nutritious bar includes 1000 mg of Omega-3s; 3 – 6 grams of protein (soy-free and dairy-free); 3 – 4 grams of fiber and 180 calories. 

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I also tried Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze for the first time. Organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun, and tasty snack for active people of all ages. High in Omega-3s, 2g protein, and 4g fiber per serving, Chia Squeeze is a satisfying anytime snack that naturally provides the vitality to power your soul’s purpose. I’m a big fan and I’ve been drinking them in the morning after my workouts. So far, I like every flavor I’ve tried. 

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Umpqua Oats has taken the specialty food arena by storm by offering all natural “whole” rolled oat oatmeal in an eye catching to go container. The big stores have produced their own version of oatmeal, but most (McDonalds and Starbucks) offer an instant product. Umpqua Oats does not use any artificial coloring, preservatives or fillers; just good quality fruits, nuts and other mix-ins. The only exception is Salted Caramel Meltdown, which contains a form of processed soybean that is not 100% “natural.” Even though many of the ingredients are certified as organic, Umpqua Oats is not yet certified organic. Umpqua Oats are made in a plant where wheat products are produced. Although they are regularly tested at under 20 ppm, they are not certified gluten free. 

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Rigoni di Asiago, the Italian producers of organic honey, fruit spread, and chocolate-hazelnut spread, was sampling its new organically-farmed spreads in two delicious flavors – Mandarin Honey and Fiordifrutta Pear. The spreads are gluten free and free of preservatives, aromas, colors, and artificial sweeteners. Rigoni di Asiago was one of the first European companies to adopt organic farming in the early 1990s and merit the Certified Organic label.


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Wild Planet FoodsHave you ever experienced premium-quality tuna? Tuna so luscious that the addition of mayonnaise would just ruin it? Well, if you haven’t, you should. There’s really nothing else A far, far cry from the tuna of our childhoods, Wild Planet Foods, leader in sustainable seafood, is launching Wild Albacore Fillets in Spanish Olive Oil. Packed in re-sealable glass jars, filled with restaurant-quality sophistication and the convenience of a specialty packaged product, the new tuna creates an all-consuming gourmet experience for the taste buds. Pour the whole jar over a salad and you’ll quickly see the difference. With a deliciously delicate tuna flavor and extremely moist, thickly-cut fish fillets that come apart at the touch of a fork, nothing else is needed – no salt, no dressing, just a healthy appetite. The 100% sustainable pole and troll caught Wild Planet Albacore Tuna Fillets are low in mercury and an excellent source of Omega 3 due to the smaller, individually-caught tuna sourced by the company. This new product joins their award-winning product line, including White Anchovies, Wild Pacific Sardines, Wild Shrimp and more, along with their brand new Pacific Mackerel Fillets. 

Skimpy mixers are low calorie drink mixers that tastes great with your favorite Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Champagne, or Vodka! No matter what you have in the kitchen, you will be able to make an amazing, but slightly sweet, drink! There are Six flavors- Orange, Pineapple, Berry Lemonade, Skimpy Margarita, Sweet ‘N Sour and Cherry Limeade. Each flavor is under 45 Calories and 7 grams of sugar. Now you can have your favorite drink without the guilt of all the calories and sugar! 

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Seattle-based Skillet, Seattle’s adored airstream food truck-turned beloved restaurant brand, goes national with expanded distribution of its famous “Bacon Jam” and Pumpkin Ketchup products. Skillet’s line of Bacon Spreads include two flavors: the Original Balsamic & Brown Sugar and Fennel & Black Pepper. Skillet’s line of Pumpkin Ketchups include three flavors: Brown Sugar and Apple Vinegar, Chipotle and Thai Coconut. 

We need to talk about pumpkin ketchup! I was so intrigued, plus I love anything pumpkin flavored. Skillet Pumpkin Ketchup is a pumpkin based condiment made with fresh pumpkin and spices and are filled with rich vitamins and minerals.  All three flavors have only 15 calories per 1 ounce serving and have a two-year shelf life. The Brown Sugar & Apple Vinegar and Chipotle flavors are also gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.  These ketchups work great as a sauce for pasta, spread for sandwiches or used simply as ketchup. Yum! Skillet products can be found online as well as at Whole Foods, Metropolitan Market, Sur La Table and other specialty stores throughout the country.

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 Daily Greens Hemp Milks & Chia Juices are plant-based, complete-protein milk-alternatives made with organic non-GMO hemp, one of the most sustainable and nutritious crops. The line includes unique ingredients such as matcha green tea, blue-green algae and wheatgrass. The chia green juice line is made with ground chia seeds and cold-pressed dark leafy greensChia seeds are naturally hydrating superfoods, offering two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than dairy milk. 

Bob’s Red Mill was sampling their new Gluten Free Muffin Mix and reformulated gluten free baking mixes, among a host of other new products launched over the past year. The new Gluten Free Muffin Mix is delicious and home bakers only have to add a few ingredients, mix and bake. The Gluten Free Muffin Mix is also customizable, enabling you to add your favorite mix-ins, including fruits, nuts or chocolate.

In addition to the new Gluten Free Muffin Mix, Bob’s Red Mill has reformulated three of its existing gluten free baking mixes to provide improved results that rival the taste and texture of wheat-based baked goods. Bob’s Red Mill also gave all of the products’ packaging an updated and consistent design, which will make them easier to find on store shelves. As with all of Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten free products, the new products adhere to strict safety standards, including being produced in a 100% dedicated gluten free facility, and they are ELISA tested to verify gluten free integrity. All four of these products also are dairy free. The reformulated gluten free baking mixes consist of the following products: Gluten Free Brownie Mix, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. 

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The Gluten Free Bar (GFB), created by two celiac brothers and a pastry chef, debuted two new flavors that are being added to their Bites lineup, a product that is like a healthy truffle or rum ball! PB&J, made with creamy peanut butter and real dried strawberries, and Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, a decadent dessert full of good-for-you ingredients and protein, are the newest additions. The GFB bars and bites are made with wholesome, easy-to-understand ingredients like toasted cashews, Virginia peanuts, certified gluten-free oats, crisped brown rice, organic dark chocolate, and dried cranberries. Made in house at the company’s dedicated facility, the products are chewy and moist on the inside and feature The Gluten Free Bar’s signature lightly toasted crunch on the outside. Each variety is certified gluten free, vegan and Kosher, sweetened with agave nectar, brown rice syrup, and dates instead of added sugar, free of fillers and additives, and made with all-natural and GMO-free ingredients, 70% of which are certified organic.Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 2.29.56 PM

Navitas Naturals showcased a new line of Coconut Chips in three delicious flavors: Caramel, Cacao and Chili Lime. Coconuts have been enjoyed as a tropical treat for thousands of years, and Navitas Naturals has made this satiating superfood as delicious as it is nutritious. The three new varieties of Coconut Chips are created by toasting premium coconut slices at low temperatures to create a rich buttery flavor. These unique snacks, available in three craveable flavors, are more than just a satisfying snack – try the certified organic, gluten free, and non-GMO coconut treats in yogurt, salad, trail mix, desserts or wherever culinary creativity takes you.  The premium ingredients contain no refined sugars, dairy, artificial colors or flavors.  These nutritious, yet indulgent, Handfuls of Goodness are a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats that tame hunger and taste good! In addition to these snacks, Navitas Naturals  is best known for single ingredient superfoods from around the world including Cacao, Maca, Chia, Goji, Dragonfruit and Hemp.

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Munch Pack, delicious oatmeal fruit squeezes—currently available in Blueberry Acai Flax, Raspberry Coconut and Apple Quinoa Cinnamon—are certified gluten free, non-GMO verified, vegan, and kosher. Munk Pack is a satisfying mix of whole grain rolled oats, flax and delicious fruits. A good source of fiber, it provides sustained energy to carry you through your day. You can buy all three flavors online. 

 

Disclaimer: I attended this event free of charge as a member of the press. I was not paid to write this review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Jun 30

Chobani® Oats

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A hearty start to a delicious day. How you start your day matters, so Chobani® found the perfect ratio of yogurt to fruit to gluten free whole grains: a completely delicious combination that goes way beyond your expectations. And with 10g of protein, up to 10g of whole grains and as much dietary fiber as a packet of instant oatmeal, there’s a hearty gluten free breakfast in every cup. 

Chobani Oats has been on the market for almost a year but I actually haven’t seen it any my local grocery stores, so when I was asked if I’d like to sample some of the flavors of course I said yes! I love Chobani Greek Yogurt. I only eat the plain flavor, so I was a little worried the flavors would be too sweet for me, but, as Chobani is one of the only Greek yogurts I eat, I wanted to give them a try anyways! I could see the oats as soon as I opened my cup of yogurt.  They still had that wonderful chew that steel-cut oats have, and the flavors were really delicious, and not artificial tasting like many flavored yogurts.  

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Chobani Oats is made with carefully selected gluten-free steel-cut oats. They’re husked and cut, then slow-cooked over low heat with ripe fruit, helping each one hold its shape and flavor. And, as if steel-cut oats weren’t enough, they’ve upped the whole grain game by adding quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, and chia for a super hearty, super delicious breakfast. Every cup of Chobani Oats is filled with nutritious and unbelievably delicious authentic Chobani Greek yogurt. Because let’s face it — just oats and fruit would be boring!

Although I did find some of the flavors to be a little too sweet for me (with 16g of sugar, compared to 4g in their non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt I usually eat), it is a great source of energy and is healthier than eating a cookie or calorie heavy treat when you are craving something sweet!

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Chobani Oats is available in 6 flavors:

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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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Jun 29

Gluten Free Finds at the Summer Fancy Food Show Day 1

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On Sunday I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS); the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food’s top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery. Over 2,000 vendors from more than 80 countries around the world converged upon New York City to showcase nearly 200,000 products at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show. From pumpkin ketchup, agave sweetened ice creams, and gluten free brownies to martini mixes, truffle oil and everything in between, there was no shortage of products on display this past weekend, and Jeremy and I were there to sample the gluten free goods and chat with some of the creators and manufacturers behind them. 

I was so impressed with the number of gluten free items at the show. So many brands are coming out with new gluten free products or breaking into the gluten free industry for the first time. It’s nice to have so many more options! Below is a recap of some of my favorites!

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Health Warrior is one of the fastest growing, health food companies, and creators of chia seeds and the first nutrition bar using chia as the main ingredient. They recently launched a new gluten free product, the Health Warrior Chia Protein Bar, which I got to try at the show. These high quality super snacks, are available in 4 flavors: Dark Chocolate Coconut Sea Salt, Honey Almond, Lemon Goldenberry, and Peanut Butter Cacao. All products are gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Plant Based, and non-GMO. Health Warrior’s protein bars are currently only sold online and in the New York area, but will soon be available nationwide. 

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I got to meet Jill, founder of Zema’s Madhouse Foods

Now more than ever, people with food allergies, on specialty diets, or those who just want to eat healthy are looking for products that are not only good for you but TASTE GOOD, too. Enter Zemas Madhouse Foods award-winning gluten-free, ancient whole grain baking mixes — that are naturally gluten free! At the Fancy Food Show Zemas was sampling their award-winning sweet potato pancakes and all four lines of their new ready-to-eat cookies (coming Winter 2015/2016). Zooms products are certified top 8 allergen free, Kosher, Vegan, GFCO and Non-GMO Project Verified.

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Cheryl’s will debut a new gluten free line of cookies this fall!

Cheryl’s was previewing its new gluten-free baked goods line, which will be available this fall! I got a first look at its new gluten-free baked goods line, and spoke with Elisabeth Allwein, Cheryl’s Food Development Director, all about the creation of this new line. The new gluten-free line will feature Cheryl’s famous baked goods including; brownie walnut (my second favorite), snicker doodle, chocolate chip (wasn’t a fan of the taste), and buttercream frosted sugar cookies, which is to die for. (Jeremy and  I ate all 4 cookies before I could snap a picture!) 

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Kava, also known as kava kava, awa or Yaqona, is a psychoactive plant that grows in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Hawaii. Islanders have been making a tea with kava for thousands of years. Drinking kava produces feelings of euphoria and positivity in users. Brooklyn Kava buys directly from pacific islanders and imports kava themselves to ensure ethical standards, affordability, and high quality. They’re created a 100% raw drinks bottled in Brooklyn, and sold in NYC Whole Foods Markets.

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Banza is a delicious and high protein, higher fiber pasta made from chickpeas. Banza’s mission is to change pasta forever, for the better. Banza is gluten free, grain free, vegan, non-GMO, heart healthy, and low glycemic. The taste is distinct, unlike any other pasta I’ve tried, but the texture resembles that of pasta. Delicious pasta without the guilt. Banza pasta is available in 4 shapes: penne, shells, rotini, and elbows. 

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Levant Falafel Chips was another great product I discovered at the show. I enjoyed the unique taste of Levant Mediterranean Falafel Chips, their versatility of use as snacks or with dips and their vast depth of nutritional qualities – all natural, gluten free, cholesterol free, and 0g trans fats, makes them a great choice for snacking. 

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Brio is a richly delicious, smartly nutritious ice cream snack, dessert or meal supplement. Non-GMO, r-BST-free, low glycemic and certified gluten free, Brio contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.  Brio is rich in antioxidants, with 6g protein, balanced Omega 3-6-9s, 2 g prebiotic fiber and 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Compared to similar flavors of super premium ice cream, Brio has half the fat and 65% less cholesterol. Available in 5 vivid flavors: Coffee Latte, Spring Strawberry, Vanilla Caramel, Tropical Mango and Mellow Dark Chocolate.

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Olive & Sinclair Chocolates, handcrafted by native Nashvillians in the heart of Music City, is proud to be the paramount bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the South. Slow-roasted and stone ground in small batches, select single origin beans are combined with pure brown sugar for a smooth and robust flavor unique to Southern Artisan Chocolate™. The combination of traditional methods, modern European technique and classic Southern flavors make Olive & Sinclair the NEW old-fashioned chocolate. If you’re ever in Nashville, make sure to visit the factory for a tour and tasting! 

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Honey Acres Dark Chocolate coins are a decadent, and naturally simple, treat. Satisfying a chocolate craving without all the added ingredients. Honey Acres dark chocolate and honey treats are made with pure U.S. honey and wrapped in 99% cocoa dark chocolate. These all natural, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, Dark Chocolate coins, are available in 3 distinct flavors: Orange, Mint, and Cacao. Biting into these little treats, you experience a mouthful of delicious, fragrant honey flavored with orange, mint or cacao. 

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Chicken Apple Sausage: Tart apples, toasted fennel seed, white wine, and a hint of pie spice make this sausage stand out.

 

Brooklyn Cured handmade sausages and charcuterie are made in small batches using local, sustainable meat and fine-dining techniques, with a bit of Brooklyn swagger thrown in for good measure. They make sausages, hot dogs, bacon, smoked meats, and classic charcuterie using meat raised with no antibiotics from trusted farms that we trust. Their commitment to flavor shows in other ingredients as well— fresh herbs, fresh produce, wine, and freshly ground spices make these products taste like food in a great restaurant. All products are gluten free, hormone and antibiotic free, and made with no nitrites or nitrates. 

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Green Peas are well known for their high nutritional value including Vitamin A and Iron. Muso’s Organic Green Pea Chips bring vitamins and other healthy nutrients as a convenient and delicious snack food. Muso’s Green Pea Chips are simply made by baking organic green peas. This natural baking process makes light and crisp chips that retains all of the natural flavor and goodness – without oil! Muso’s Organic Green Pea Chips provide consumers a nutritious, gluten free, snack alternative. Muso launched Organic Green Pea Chips is the newest addition to this line of chips, joining the original Organic Mung Bean Chips. 

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 Riso Di Pasta combines innovation, Italian tradition and flavor to bring a new healthy delicacy to your kitchen. This gluten free gourmet pasta is made entirely from 100% Italian parboiled rice. Parboiled rice contains more vitamins (thiamine and niacin in particular); more minerals (calcium, phosphorous and iron) and stays firmer to the bite than traditional rice. Riso di Pasta is a specialty that is not only gluten free, but it’s also corn free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free, and is certified Kosher and non-GMO.

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KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotics. KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut, Pomegranate, and my favorite, Lemon Cayenne. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan. 

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Beecher’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese delivers a delicious flavor and creamy texture. Savor the richness of penne pasta combined with Beecher’s award-winning Flagship cheese. Best when bubbly and hot, this “World’s Best” Gluten Free Mac & Cheese is shipped frozen so you can enjoy it fresh from the oven. It was a little mushy from sitting in a hot plate, but the texture of the pasta and the taste were phenomenal. This product is made in a Gluten Free Certified facility.

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Glutens di Panificio Cremona Italia is a food company that makes prcooked and frozen baked products, of highest quality without neglecting the pleasure of taste. All products are made by using traditional recipes and quality raw materials. Moreover, the special protection, which is assured by an innovative packaging system, allows all products to be baked still inside their sealed and gluten-proof package. They are therefore 100% protected against any contamination, regardless of the external environment. The special protection makes these products unique and suitable to be used anywhere. This is the reason why Glutens is synonym of innovation and safety. 

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Products from Spain: 

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Cortijo Trifillas is a wine from the la Tierra de Castilla region of Spain (North of Madrid). They produce a variety of red and white wines, both young (jovenes) and aged (criados).

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Tortilla Espanol

Tortilla Espanol

Jamón ibérico

Jamón ibérico

Stay tuned for more gluten free finds coming tomorrow! 

 

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Jun 28

SeaSnax unveils new flavors of roasted seaweed snacks!

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SeaSnax is the original vegan, gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified seaweed snack that is lightly roasted using organic seaweed, 100% organic extra virgin olive oil and just a pinch of sea salt. There are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Best of all, SeaSnax is a low fat, cholesterol and sugar free, crunchy and delicious snack enjoyed by adults and kids alike. So dump the chips, and snack on with SeaSnax! Today, at the Summer Fancy Food Show, SeaSnax unveiled new flavors, and a bigger size of their popular roasted seaweed snacks.

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SeaSnax debuted only five years ago, and it has quickly become a favorite of moms, kids, millennials, and celebrities alike. SeaSnax products are made from organic ingredients using one of the most nutrient dense and sustainable foods on the planet – seaweed. Jun enjoyed roasted seaweed while growing up in South Korea, and she founded socially conscious SeaSnax to provide the same healthy snack for her own daughter. I eat SeaSnax seaweed snacks quite often. I keep them at work to have on hand for my afternoon, or mid-morning, snack. So I was very excited to try their newly unveiled flavors. 

Barbecue, Jalapeño and Lime are SeaSnax’s answer to consumer demand of the popular seaweed sheet line. “I have been so encouraged to see the demand for roasted seaweed products in the United States, and these new products are a direct result of that demand,” said Jin Jun, founder and CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of SeaSnax. “I hear from moms that their families enjoy SeaSnax so much, they wish there were both bigger package sizes and a wider variety of flavors, so now we’re providing them with both.”

The three new flavors – Barbecue, Jalapeno and Lime – will join the existing Classic (my favorite) and Wasabi (hot!) varieties in the new, bigger .36 oz. BIG GRAB size (double the size of the brand’s original Grab & Go). The bigger bags have just 15 calories per serving (two servings per bag).

I loved the Lime flavor. The citrus pairs perfectly with the saltiness of the seaweed and makes for a refreshing snack. 

Like I said before, SeaSnax is a socially conscience company, contributing a percentage of its annual net profit to organizations committed to making the world a better and gentler place four children and our earth. 

You can purchase SeaSnax online and at grocery stores and health food stores across the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Germany. 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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Jun 27

The Paleo Recipe Book

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The Paleo Recipe Book is one of the leading digital Paleo cookbook publications. It contains 372 recipes and, unlike many cookbooks out there, each recipe has a picture and macronutrient breakdown.

A real power compilation of Paleo recipes that cover all categories of dishes. The cookbook is an instant access eBook.

This comprehensive cookbook will guide you through just about any type of food preparation possible. 

Most nights people re looking for meals that can be prepared quickly or with the least involvement possible, and not everybody enjoys spending hours in the kitchen and that the need to prepare all your food can seem like a chore. For this reason, most recipes found in this book are quick and simple to prepare and don’t require any special equipment.

This book can be accessed anywhere and allows you to print out your favorite recipes, take notes, tweak the recipes to your own tastes, substitute similar ingredients use your creativity and have fun around the act of cooking food. Preparing and eating food should be a relaxing activity and a time to unplug from the hectic lives many of us live. Most of the time, vegetables, meats and fats can be substituted for different choices for an equally great result. 

This book is written with a global scope in mind to accommodate people with diverse backgrounds and food choices. None of the recipes you’ll find in here will call for any type of grain, legume, added sugar or vegetable oil, which are the main problem causing foods in today’s society. 

This book includes a handy list of popular or widely available Paleo foods, which you can refer to before going grocery shopping to get new ideas and to diversify your diet.

Meat: beef, pork, lamb, veal, rabbit, goat, sheep, horse, bison, wild boar.

Game meat: Deer, pheasant, bear, moose, woodcock, elk, duck, rabbit, reindeer, wild turkey.

Poultry: Chicken, turkey, duck, quail, goose.

Fish: Salmon, tuna, trout, bass, halibut, sole, haddock, turbot, walleye, tilapia, cod, flat- fish, grouper, mackerel, anchovy, herring.

Shellfish: Crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters, mussels.

Fats: Avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, clarified butter (ghee), lard, tallow, duck fat, veal fat, lamb fat, fatty fishes (sardines, mackerel, salmon), nut butters, nut oils (walnut, macadamia), coconut flesh, coconut milk.

Eggs: Chicken eggs, duck eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs.

Vegetables: Celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, leeks, kohlrabi, green onions, eggplants, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, cucumber, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, okra, avocados.

Green leafy vegetables: Lettuce, spinach, collard greens, kale, beet top, mustard greens, dandelion, swiss chard, watercress, turnip greens, seaweeds, endive, arugula (rocket), bok choy, rapini, chicory, radicchio.

Root vegetables: Carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, radish, Jerusalem artichokes, yams, cassava.

Winter squash: Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, buttercup squash.

Summer squash: Zucchini, yellow summer squash, yellow crookneck squash.

Fruits: Bananas, apples, oranges, berries (strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, blackberry), grapefruit, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, pomegranates, pineapple, papaya, grapes, cantaloupe, cherries, apricot, watermelon, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, tangerine, coconut, figs, dates, passion fruit, persimmon.

Nuts and seeds: Pistachios, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, chestnuts, cashews, almonds, hazel- nuts.

Mushrooms: Button mushroom, portabello, oyster mushroom, shiitake, chanterelle, crimini, porcini, morel.

Fresh and dried herbs: Parsley, thyme, lavender, mint, basil, rosemary, chives, tarragon, oregano, sage, dill, bay leaves, coriander.

Spices: Ginger, garlic, black pepper, hot peppers, star anise, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, vanilla, cloves, chilies.

Other features I like about this book:

  • Explanation of good fats to use in your paleo kitchen. Don’t shy away from fats as the good ones are very healthy for you and should be a main part of your diet.
  • How to choose and cook the prefect cut of steak. 
  • Pictures with every recipe.
  • Recipes use ingredients I often buy or have in my pantry. 
  • An 8 week meal plan is included
  • 4 cheat sheets to make your life simple: Troubleshooting Paleo, coconut milk, Paleo flours & thickeners, portion sizes.
  • Desserts!! Desserts are an option that many people miss when going on a Paleo diet. It doesn’t have to be this way! This additional cookbook is designed to help you create just that; mouth watering and healthy Paleo desserts that will make skeptics rethink their idea that a Paleo diet is boring or tasteless.

ALMOND CHICKEN
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 boneless chicken breast halves;
  2. 1 tbsp almond butter;
  3. 2 tbsp homemade mayonnaise;
  4. 1 tbsp lemon juice;
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced;
  6. 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped;
  7. 2 tbsp slivered almonds;
  8. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Place the breast halves between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them until they are about 1⁄4-inch thick;
  3. Combine the almond butter in a bowl together with the mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic and cilantro.
  4. Place the chicken breasts on a greased baking sheet, season them to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and spread the almond but- ter and mayonnaise mixture evenly on them.
  5. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top and place in the oven to cook for about 25 minutes, until well cooked.
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Jun 26

Litehouse Foods Gluten Free Salad Dressings and Freeze Dried Spices

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Litehouse Foods, long known for their nationally acclaimed salad dressings, offers a wider variety of products including sauces, dips, marinades, freeze dried spices, and of course, salad dressings. 

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean boring!  Litehouse dressings offer quality, value and freshness you can buy. Each salad dressing is made with 100% canola oil, no preservatives, no MSG, and nothing artificial…just a great fresh taste for your fresh salad. 

In addition to fantastic dressings, Litehouse Foods has a great line of freeze-dried seasonings. They make it so easy to cook dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and taste instantly fresh without actually having to have fresh herbs in your home. I thought the process of just adding a bit of water to bring them to life in my dishes was fantastic. Really, that is all you need to do; add water and Viola! You have instant fresh spices. 

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We found that the Italian seasoning made our meatloaf so much more delicious than ever before and that the cilantro was perfect for tacos when I forgot to buy fresh bunches at the store. The basil was the perfect accompaniment to sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and drizzled olive oil. Each was truly delicious and made cooking more fun!

Litehouse Foods has an array of different freeze dried spices from cilantro to ginger.  All you do is add water to the spices and Viola! You have instant fresh spices. The taste fresh too.  Just like you bought them fresh from the local market.

The complete list of Litehouse products that do not contain gluten are:

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Litehouse products are available nationwide at leading grocers and big name 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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Jun 25

Victoria Premium Pasta Sauce Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

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Victoria Fine Foods, the #1 slow kettle cooked pasta sauce manufacturer in the US, announced last week that they have received Non-GMO Project verification on their Victoria flagship premium pasta sauces, to build upon their previously verified Victoria Vegan line.

Brooklyn-based Victoria Fine Foods (VFF), founded in 1929, is committed to using only the best ingredients supporting the brand’s philosophy of Ingredients Come First®. VFF uses fresh ingredients for their specialty Italian sauces and condiments. Using traditional cooking methods, Victoria sauces are slow kettle-cooked in small batches to ensure rich flavor and a homemade taste. 

VFF is a strong supporter of non-GMO food and the value of becoming Non-GMO Project Verified. The NonGMO Project is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. “We are delighted to receive official Non-GMO Project Verification for our flagship line of Victoria Premium pasta sauces indicating that we have met the Non-GMO Project’s stringent guidelines,” indicated Don Davide, Chief Strategy Officer at Victoria Fine Foods. “Non-GMO foods are a growing consumer trend and verification provides the public assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures. This is perfectly in sync with both our Ingredients Come First approach and our continued efforts to lead the category as innovators in specialty foods.”

All of Victoria’s sauce are gluten free, with the exception of the Francese and Meatball specialty sauces. Sauces are also soy free, peanut free, sugar free and Kosher, with many vegan options as well. 

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I recently tried a few of VFF’s sauce and I was blown away the with freshness and boldness of flavors. This did not taste like a canned pasta sauce, it tasted homemade like my grandmother used to make. My favorites are the traditional Marinara, made with imported Italian tomatoes, fresh onion, fresh garlic, fresh basil and Italian olive oil all slow cooked to perfection. All natural, without any tomato paste or fillers added. And I also enjoyed the Chianti Wine Marinara. This exquisite sauce is made with the Classic Marinara as the base and then by adding just enough Chianti to highlight the tomatoes’ natural sweetness. Simply heat and pour over pasta for a meal that will make you say chebuono.

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Chianti Wine Marinara Nutritional Information

Compared to other leading brands of pasta sauce on the market, which Jeremy and I actually can’t stand any more, VFF has less sugar and no addatives. Ever since eating freshly made pasta sauce earlier this year we have had a really hard time finding pre-made pasta sauce that tastes good (and doesn’t break the bank!).

You can buy Victoria Fine Foods products at grocery stores and retailers across the country. Click here for more information

 

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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