May 23

Grill Up a Better Burger with JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey

Grilling season is here! There are a lot of temptations at backyard barbeques; chips, desserts and fatty burgers to name a few. The easiest way to get a better-for-you barbeque is swapping in JENNIEO® Lean Ground Turkey for ground beef.

If you are looking for easy ways to lighten up your summer meals without sacrificing taste, read on for some inspiration and helpful tips to getting the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burgers ever!

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Take the fat out of your burger—not the flavor! You can easily avoid serving dry, flavorless turkey burgers. Simply follow these simple tips for grilling a juicy turkey burger that will have everyone begging for your secrets.

STEP 1: Don’t over mix the ground meat

Working with the turkey too much can make it dense and tough.

STEP 2: Add some oil or onions

Add 2 tablespoons of heart-healthy olive oil or sautéed onions to the ground turkey before forming patties.

STEP 3: Form patties

Create 1/2 inch thick for even cooking (no dry edges!) 

STEP 4: Keep your patties cold

Put them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them for the juiciest, tastiest burgers

STEP 5: Dont press your burgers 

Pushing down on your burgers with your spatula will cause you to lose the juices!

STEP 6: Turn meat just once on the grill

Turning too often slows cooking and can result in a tough, dry burger

STEP 7: Don’t overcook the burgers

Start with 9 minutes on each side; use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to 165 F; cook longer if necessary

STEP 8: Allow burgers to rest

Set your cooked patties aside for a few minutes before serving to let juices redistribute.

 


Ready to eat your juicy turkey burger? Great. Browse Jennie-O recipes for topping ideas.

I not only swap Jennie-O ground turkey fin burgers but also in meatballs, tacos, and stuffed zucchini peppers! It’s so easy to do and when you add spices and natural flavors like garlic and onion, it’s just as tasty, if not more! 

Click here for money saving Jennie-O coupons!

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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May 20

Purity.Organic Super Premium Tea

Purity.Organic recently expanded its portfolio with a new line of super-premium ready-to-drink teas. The teas feature antioxidants and the amino acid L-Theanine to offer additional functional benefits.

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The new line features five flavors

The teas are certified organic, and feature naturally occurring caffeine. The teas are gluten free and low in sugar. Each 14-ounce bottle contains just 40-100 calories, much healthier than many of the sport drinks and other beverages of the same genre. 

Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder trending in beverages, and the base for most of the new teas. Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Matcha Green Tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties.  Matcha is considered to be one of the most powerful superfoods and is loaded with health benefits. 

The teas are available nationwide in 14-ounce glass bottles that retail between $2.49 and $2.79 each.

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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May 19

Celiac Awareness Month // Halfpops Giveaway

Halfpops, are an innovative and delicious gluten free half-popped popcorn snack. A common complaint among celiacs and those with gluten intolerances is finding a crunchy and tasty snack. Halfpops are crunchy, salty, savory and you just have to try them for yourself!

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Half pops launched in 2011, focusing on what happened when the popcorn fluff was stripped away from the crunchy core. The end result proved to be a curiously crunchy, mountable, portable snack option. The perfect combination of delicious and healthy, Halfpops have many of the health attribute of popcorn while providing the crunch you look for in a salted snack. 

Halfpops are made from non-GMO popcorn that is half-popped and seasoned with only natural flavors and ingredients. Instead of the usual fluff, you get a flavorful, satisfying crunch. In addition to being gluten free, they are nut free, have no preservatives, no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils and no artificial flavors.

Halfpops are available in seven gourmet flavors:

My favorite flavor was the Caramel & Sea Salt, I love anything sweet and salty! I also enjoyed the Angry Kettle Corn, a combination of classic kettle corn sweetness with a touch of spice. 

Each bag is portable to munch on as a quick on-the-go snack and the flavors are flexible enough to be enjoyed as a sweet or salty salad or soup topping or enjoyed on their own.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky fan will win all 7 flavors of Halfpops!! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on May 26, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

 

You can purchase Halfpops online or at retail locations throughout the U.S. 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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May 18

¡Sabor! by Texas Pete® Mexican-Style Hot Sauce

 

The new ¡Sabor! by Texas Pete® Mexican-Style Hot Sauce offers a uniquely bold and balanced combination of Mexican spices, sea salt, sautéed garlic and aged peppers that is ideal for any meal or cuisine. The word “sabor” means “flavor”in Spanish—and thus, the new hot sauce is aptly named.sabor_webimage

The ultimate hot sauce, ¡Sabor! by Texas Pete® intensifies practically any dish! Try it on huevos rancheros, pizza, burgers, tacos and much more. Its spicy, garlicky base is enhanced with just the right amount of seasoning for a Mexican-style hot sauce with the perfect flavor for your favorite dishes. We used is the other night on our enchiladas and this morning on our eggs. It definitely added a kick to both dishes! 

Texas Pete® products are gluten free.

INGREDIENTS: 

Vinegar, Aged Peppers (Peppers, Salt, Vinegar), Water, Xanthan Gum, Benzoate of Soda [To Preserve Freshness and Flavor], Sautéed Garlic Flavor, Chili Powder, Cumin, Sea Salt.

You can find Texas Pete®  products at D’Agostino and many other locations throughout NYC. To find a retail 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. 

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May 17

Celiac Awareness Month // Ardenne Farm Giveaway #2

Two weeks ago I hosted a giveaway featuring Ardenne Farm’s Fudge Brownie Mix, one of my favorite gluten free brownie mixes of all times. And today I am giving away another great mix from Adrenne Farm – The Cinnamon Crunch Muffin and Crumb Cake Mix!!

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Ardenne Farm‘s mission is to help those living gluten free by offering a better tasting and affordable option. Created using an innovative blend of high-quality, gluten free flours, the products have great taste, texture and are super easy to make!  In addition to being gluten free, Adrenne Farm‘s baking mixes contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  And all of the mixes are Kosher, vegan and made with non-GMO ingredients! 

Ardenne Farm mixes are produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. They are certified gluten free and are labeled with the GFCO’s GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten. The packaging is produced from 35% post-consumer recycled cardboard, and is recyclable.

This Gluten Free Cinnamon Crunch Muffin and Crumb Cake mix makes delicate and tender cinnamon muffins or crumb cake with a crunchy cinnamon streusel topping made from turbinado sugar. Is your mouth drooling yet? The cake was moist with a nice crunch and we ate it for breakfast – and dessert – all week! 

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Ingredients: Muffin Mix: Gluten Free Flour Blend (White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour), Cane Sugar, Non GMO Aluminum Free Baking Powder (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Cinnamon, Xanthan Gum, Natural Vanilla. Crunch Topping: Turbinado Sugar, White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Cinnamon.

Ardenne Farm products are available at retailers nationwide. To find a retail location nearest you, click here

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a box of Cinnamon Crunch Muffin and Crumb Cake Mix! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below!

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This giveaway will end on May 26, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

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

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May 16

Celiac Awareness Month // American Gluten Free Subscription Box Giveaway

A few months ago I wrote about American Gluten Free; a fun and supportive gluten-free food box subscription that delivers delicious gluten free products to your door each month whose motto is Free of Gluten, Full of Life!

I know you’ve heard of quite a few gluten free boxes by now, so what makes American Gluten Free different from other boxes? A few things actually!

Each month, American Gluten Free boxes will include meal and snack foods that are made by small businesses in the U.S. Subscribers will discover a huge variety of options you never knew existed! Giving small businesses nationwide exposure makes it easy for customers to access and reorder products you can’t always find at the grocery store. If you like the product(s) you receive, you will easily be able to reorder them from American Gluten Free’s website. 

There are so many small, independent gluten free companies out there that haven’t made into national grocery stores yet, which is really so unfortunate for both the producers and the consumers! I’m excited to try new products, help support these small business, and have the option to easily purchase the items again! 

Each box is very thoughtfully put together based on the seasons and celebrations of life so that subscribers are getting items at the times they would use them the most. The focus is to include fun, practical items that fit into the year round gluten free lifestyle. 
 

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May’s box included:
 
While the focus is gluten free products, American Gluten Free is very conscious of other allergens as well. All products are also dairy free, and 90% of the foods in each box will also be sugar free, soy free and vegan! And no junk allowed! Enjoy all natural, organic and non-gmo foods made from REAL ingredients. You will never have to worry about the quality of products you receive. 
 
Each box will contain 7+ meal and snack foods perfect for every day use as well as those special occasions. Mostly full size items! So not only do you get to try new, delicious foods but, you are also helping support local businesses in communities throughout America! Boxes start at $36.95/month.
 
Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win an American Gluten Free Box! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway ends on May 24, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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May 13

Enjoy Life #SpringFreely Dirt Cups

To celebrate Celiac Awareness Month & Food Allergy Week (May 8-14), Enjoy Life Foods teamed up with Love With Food to sponsor a EnjoyLife box! And the best part? 15 fans can win a free box by tagging @enjoylifefoods and using #EatFreeLove, sharing how they’re celebrating Celiac Awareness Month! Limited to US only and must enter by May 31st at 11:59pm PST

The Spring Freely box includes

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EnjoyLife also sent me some delicious products to make Dirt Cups. I can’t remember the last time I had a dirt cup! 20 years ago? (OMG I’m getting old!) Needless to say, I could not wait to get baking!! 
 
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Chocolate Pudding
  1. 1 avocado
  2. ¼ C. rice milk
  3. 2 T. maple syrup
  4. 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  5. ¼ C. Enjoy Life Foods Brownie Mix
  6. 2 T. Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips, melted
Cookie “Dirt”
  1. 8 Enjoy Life Foods Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies, crushed
  2. 8 Enjoy Life Foods Vanilla Honey Graham Crunchy Cookies, crushed
  3. ½ C. dairy-free whipped topping
Topping Ideas
  1. Allergy-friendly gummy worms – Surf Sweets® Gummy Worms
  2. Kale & berries to make a garden patch!
  3. Plastic flowers
Instructions
  1. Blend chocolate pudding ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Layer the chocolate pudding, crushed Crunchy Cookies and dairy-free whipped topping to make “dirt” layers.
  3. Add your favorite toppings.
  4. “Dig” in!
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What’s your favorite Enjoy Life product? 
 
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.
 

Get 50% off your first Gluten Free Love With Food box!

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May 11

Celiac Awareness Month // ABBA Paleo Bars Giveaway

So last month I introduced you to ABBA Paleo Bars, a line of organic, all natural healthy snack bars. And TODAY, in honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I am giving away 4 bars, one of each flavor, to one lucky reader!

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As a busy young professional always on the go either with work or for fun, I’m constantly searching for new products that are are easy to take on-the-go and are made with real, healthy ingredients that will keep me going. So many snacks and on-the-go foods are loaded with sugar, sugar substitutes, fruit juice concentrates, soy protein, preservatives, artificial flavors and so on. Then there are ABBA Paleo Bars. Made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, these bars are healthy and delicious! 

The original ABBA Paleo Bar was named “Whey Too Yummy!!” and  was later changed to ABBA, short for Abby,Baker, Ben, and Anne, the founding family of ABBA Paleo Bars. 

ABBA Paleo Bars provide 4 different delicious flavors:

My favorite is the Cuckoo for Coconut! I love anything with chocolate and coconut! It’s not too sweet and has a great texture. I also like the Pea for Paleo, which I was hesitant to try but actually really enjoyed the pumpkin seeds and it did not taste too pea-like. 

ABBA PAleo Bars are gluten free, soy free, dairy free (except Whey Too Yummy flavor) and made with organic and non-GMO ingredients like cashew butter, pumpkin seeds, greens blend, flaxseed, dates, dark chocolate chips, and chia seeds. The only reason carbohydrates are used in the bars is because they are necessary for texture. Other than that, you won’t find many carbs. Rather, the bars contain healthy fats, greens and plenty of antioxidants. 

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Did I mention ABBA Paleo Bars are low in sugar as well? That’s a big plus in my book. The serving size is small enough to be just enough to satisfy without being too filling and heavy.

 

Now for the giveaway! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on May 18, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

And I have a special promo code for my readers! Use promo code GLUTEN_FREE_NYC  for 15% off your entire order! 

 

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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May 09

Celiac Awareness Month // RawSpiceBar Giveaway

 

Spices are one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your food. Spices add flavor to your meal without adding fat or calories. Changing up bland proteins and sides is easier — and more exciting — than you’d think with RawSpiceBar’s Spice of the Month Club.

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If you love spices, or are looking for a new way to add flavor to your food while sticking to your New Year’s Resolution of eating healthy, it doesn’t get any better than this. RawSpiceBar pioneered a new kind of spice-of-the-month subscription— freshly ground, small batch, custom spice blends delivered to your door each month.

Each month, The Spice of the Month club features a new region and uncovers the spices that are at the root of every culture’s unique cuisine.

Created by top chefs for home cooks, RawSpiceBar is proud to now offer Spice of the Month Club. The spice experts, many of whom are award-winning chefs, bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.

How it Works

RawSpiceBar sources the highest quality and some of the most unique spices from around the world to give you the perfect amount of small batch spices, freshly ground, direct to your door each month for only $6.

The custom spice blends are toasted, ground, and blended by expert chefs from all over the world for maximum flavor. Each box will include kitchen-tested, detailed recipes, and cooking instructions with endless ideas for integrating the spice blends into your home meals.

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Each box will also include spice blend tasting notes, origin, and history. Some months you will also receive surprises like grinders, toasting tips, discounts and other fun stuff.

The blends contain only the spices listed on each blend with no added fillers such as MSG, salt, rice or flour, and all of the spice blends are 100% gluten free.

Boxes are shipped the first week of every month. And shipping is always free! The spices come in reusable packaging that you can use to store your spices.

Whole spices can last several years but ground spices quickly lose their flavor over the course of a few months.  This is why RawSpiceBar offers ground spices in only small amounts, so you can use as needed.  Old spices technically do not go bad and so will not affect you in any way, but will lose their true flavor.  A good, simple test is to smell them.  If you don’t get a scent, it is a good time to get new spices.

Now it’s time for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win one free month of RawSpiceBar’s Spice of the Month Club!

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This giveaway ends at 11:59pm on May 16, 2016. Open to U.S. residents only.

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

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review, spice and tagged , , on 9 May, 2016.

May 07

AKTIVX SPORTS® No Tie Shoelaces for Running Shoes

Life is an adventure and no matter where you are, you will never have to worry about tying your shoelaces again with the Original AKTIVX SPORTS® No Tie Shoelaces. Whether you’re running a marathon or picking the kids up from school, these water resistant no tie shoe laces are the latest advancement in running footwear and accessories.

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AKTIVX SPORTS® Laces are perfect for Runners, Health and Fitness Enthusiast, Cross Fitters, Basketball Players, Football Players, Soccer Players, Baseball Players, Tennis Players, and Professional Athletes. Men, Women, Kids, Senior Citizens and even children with special needs will benefit from our laces which lock your shoelaces in place. Great for sensitive feet or those recovering from foot injury like plantar fasciitis.

Once installed, these shoelaces will shave valuable time off your morning routine and help you get your day started even faster! 2016 AKTIVX SPORTS® Laces easily install on your favorite pair of athletic shoes in under 5 minutes. These locking elastic shoe laces are one size fits all. For the best fit, slip your shoes on your feet before installing. Each package contains 2 locks, 2 elastic shoelaces in your choice of 11 colors, and 2 Non-Slip Lace Clips.

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AKTIVX SPORTS® Laces use the highest quality materials which conforms to your feet for better comfort and support as opposed to normal nylon or cotton laces. Because they reduce pressure points on the top of your foot, they help you feel better thus becoming more productive throughout the day. It is like wearing a new pair of shoes every single day!

You can purchase AKTIVX SPORTS® No Tie Shoelaces on Amazon, on sale for $7.89, plus free shipping! 

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 fitness, Product Review and tagged , on 7 May, 2016.