Jan 30

Gluten Free Garden Lites Veggie Muffins Review

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Garden Lites began in 2008 to answer the need for healthier vegetable based frozen foods. Soufflés, muffins, veggie bites, bakes, and veggie sliders make up the line of Garden Lites.

Start with the freshest, most delectable vegetables, then whip them into perfect shape using a blend of secret ingredients, years of culinary experience, and a little bit of love, as “mom” used to say. The finished product: Garden Lites line of vegetarian soufflés, bakes, and muffins. Minimally processed and maximally delicious, each bite is filled with nutritious real flavors.


Blueberry Oat Muffins


All of Garden Lites products are gluten free and are produced on dedicates gluten free lines to prevent cross contamination. Garden Lites are also peanut- and tree nut free, and processed in a nut free facility. All Garden Lites are dairy free except for the Pizza Souffle, Veggie Chili & Cornbread, Loaded Potato Souffle, and Veggies & Cheese.  To prevent cross-contamination, all dairy containing items are manufactured on a separate dedicated line.

Each of their thirteen types of souffles have two full servings of vegetables, are made with all natural ingredients, are low in calories, and they are loaded with protein and fiber. The same can be said for the veggie muffins, with five grams of fiber and four grams of protein per muffin. The muffins are made from a combination of veggies, egg whites, and other ingredients. Even the plastic wrap is BPA free.

Eating well does not mean sacrificing taste and quality.

I am a big fan of Garden Lites Veggie Muffins. I love the chocolate and Carrot Berry.

Muffin flavors:


Carrot Berry Muffin

My favorite is the Carrot Berry Muffin. The muffin is dense and the texture is slightly different than you would expect for a ‘muffin’. I liked the flavor combination of carrots and fresh berries. The muffins are small, but surprisingly filling. I felt like I was eating something indulgent but in reality it is actually so much healthier than most processed muffins.


How to cook: If Defrosted, Heat Veggie Muffin on high for approximately 10 seconds. If Frozen, Heat Veggie Muffin on high for approximately 35 seconds.Quick and Easy! I find defrosting the muffins first, then heating them, give them a slightly better taste and texture.

Garden Lites is currently in the process of becoming GMO-free. The majority of their ingredients are already GMO-free, and they are working to source reputable vendors for the remaining ingredients.

Garden Lites are sold at retailers across the country including, Target, Whole Foods, Food Emporium, Dagostino, Stop & Shop, Roche Brothers, and at numerous health food stores. For a complete list of retail locations, click here. Garden Lites has a $1 off coupon available for download so you can save money off your next purchase!

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Garden Lites made their first appearance on QVC and unveiled their NEW Veggie Siders, a QVC exclusive. Available in two flavors, Roasted Vegetable and Spinach, these delicious single-serving side dishes remain true to Garden Lites’ commitment to always have vegetables as the first and main ingredient in all of its products.

Both flavors of Veggie Siders have only 100 calories and are gluten free, vegetarian, Kosher parve and a great source of whole grains. The Roasted Vegetable variety features a vibrant blend of veggies including broccoli, spinach, carrot, zucchini, corn, red peppers and onions in combination with brown rice and eggs, to keep you fuller longer. The Spinach variety offers a combination of tender spinach leaves, brown rice and just a touch of nutmeg. Garden Lites Veggie Siders come frozen in an assortment pack that includes seventeen (17) of each flavor for a total of thirty-four (34) individual servings.

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This entry was posted in dairy free, Muffins, nut free, Product Review, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , on 30 January, 2015.

Jan 29

The Same Pure Butter Taste, Minus the Gluten: Walkers Debuts Gluten Free Shortbread Line


I want to share some exciting news: for the first time in 116 years, Walkers Shortbread has adapted its traditional shortbread recipe. Walkers now offers its first-ever Gluten Free Shortbread, providing an authentic shortbread for those who are gluten intolerant, or choose a gluten free diet. The new line debuts with three varieties: Pure Butter Shortbread, Chocolate Chip, and Ginger & Lemon. Walkers promises the pure butter taste and texture you love, just without the gluten.

The new line evolved from years of development to produce a pure buttery taste that founder Joseph Walker would have proudly served at his Scottish Highland village bakery. Close your eyes, bite in and see if you can tell the difference. You can’t. So if you’ve been missing shortbread cookies, you no longer have to yearn for them thanks to Walkers!

Walkers Gluten Free line replaces wheat flour with a blend of rice flour, maize flour, and potato starch, while retaining the same butter and sugar content as the traditional shortbreads. As is Walkers custom, the cookies contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. The texture and taste are spot on. It tasted and felt exactly like a shortbread cookie. Jeremy couldn’t notice a difference and the cookies didn’t last long in our apartment; he devoured them!


The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:


“We are delighted to introduce a gluten free option to the Walkers Shortbread line, allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy this delicious traditional treat without compromising on taste,” said Jim Walker, Managing Director, Walkers Shortbread. “With so many now suffering from food intolerances, we feel it is important to create choices for all and are proud to have the unique offering of traditional shortbread, which is certified gluten free. With three different options, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

With less than 20 parts per million of gluten, Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread meets the FDA standard for gluten free food, with every batch tested to ensure compliance before its release. The line contains no genetically modified ingredients or hydrogenated fats, and is vegetarian and Kosher.

Established in 1898 in Aberlour, Scotland, family-owned Walkers Shortbread is the leading brand of food exported from Scotland, and remains committed to quality, with human eyes on every facet of the baking process, and using only the finest butter made from the milk of free-grazing, small herd cows. To this day, members of the Walker family gather in their bakery to taste test the latest ideas, with only those deemed finest approved for production.

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months and is available for purchase online at http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

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



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Jan 28

Gluten Free Dinner Options at Bergamot Restaurant // Somerville, MA

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Bergamot, in Somerville, is a neighborhood bistro that offers a more-than-average neighborhood-bistro experience. They use fresh, local (when available) and seasonal ingredients to bring you innovative, global, and delicious food in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Jeremy and I went before moving to New York City and sat at the bar since we did not make a reservation – you should definitely make a reservation. With that said, we had a great experience at the bar. The bar tender was friendly and knew the menu down to the last minute ingredient. He was able to give us detailed explanations of dishes, informed answers to questions, excellent recommendations, and knew exactly which dishes were gluten or, or could be made gluten free.

The chef was great. They accommodate dishes for me without any hesitation. Everything is made fresh to order and altering a dish to be gluten free is no problem for them.

Our meal began with the arrival of an amuse-bouche, a freebie on the house. We were served roasted Beets with toasted hazelnuts, similar to the appetizer listed on the menu.



Then we shared two appetizers; padron peppers with roasted tomatoes and toasted almonds and zucchini stuffed with ground beef, fresh herbs, and toasted almonds.

Padron Peppers

Padron Peppers


For my entrée I had the Striped Bass with a mango, pineapple salsa over Cannellini Beans.


Jeremy had the steak sirloin with radishes and green beans. Although the dishes sound simple, the flavors are anything but.



Before the dessert course we were offered a palate cleaners; tomato sorbet over roasted coconut “granola”.


Desserts change frequently with the seasons, as does the main menu.

The dark chocolate mousse, mint sorbet, served with free blackberries, blueberries, and a huckleberry puree was decadent.


Jeremy had the deconstructed white chocolate cheese cake with watermelon, peaches, and a homemade granola. The texture, the flavors and the presentation were perfect.


This is a restaurant that sets out to be good to people, to serve them delicious and healthy food, to make them feel cared for and comfortable. We had such a great experience here and have not stopped talking about our meal that day ever since.

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Jan 27

3 Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic Review + Giveaway

Is anyone else stuck at home today? If you’re like me, work (or school) was cancelled thanks to Juno, our first (and hopefully last) blizzard of 2015. So in honor of this snow day I am hosting a giveaway with four chances to win!!


Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic is a more complete gastrointestinal health dietary supplement that provides natural prebiotic fiber (scFOS) and the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 which work together to maintain the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut and support normal digestive function.*

The probiotic in Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal has been shown in clinical trials to help support normal inflammatory response in addition to supporting digestive health.* scFOS is a natural prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract by promoting digestive function, immune health, the growth of healthy bacteria, natural intestinal mechanical barriers, and gut integrity.* Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal combines these two ingredients to provide more complete gastrointestinal health support.* Not only does scFOS support digestive function but as a prebiotic helps L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 to support normal gastrointestinal function.


Microbiome Plus+ GI has 600mg of PREBIOTIC scFOS (Short-chain fructo oligosaccharides) and 3.5 Billion CFU of the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242. Combined, this provides Synbiotic formulation that has been shown in clinical trials to help support normal inflammatory response in addition to supporting digestive health.

61bUgqSTuhL._SL1000_As you know, I’ve had gastrointestinal issues for years. So I wanted to try this product to see if it would help me. One GI issue I have is the inability to absorb nutrients from food the way I should. In addition to being gluten free I also don’t eat dairy. So giving up my morning Greek yogurt meant giving up my primary food source of probitoics, and this lead to even more GI issues, including an imbalance of unhealthy bacteria and yeast.

I have been taking Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal on a daily basis for a few weeks. It does not upset my stomach at all. (phew) That’s the first step. I feel that I’ve had more energy these past few weeks, most likely it’s due to me actually absorbing vitamins and other nutrients from my food, thanks to Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal. I also noticed that my bloating has gone done a little bit (thank you probioitics!), I’m hoping to see more improvements on this front.

Additional Benefits


Safety Information
CAUTION: Do not use if pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing. Do not use if under 18 years of age and keep out of reach of children. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking medication, have nausea, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, an immune-compromised condition.

PROBIOTIC Capsule: Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 3.5 billion CFU. Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, vegetable capsule (hypromellose, titanium dioxide). PREBIOTIC scFOS TAblet: scFOS (Short-chain fructo oligosaccharides) 600mg. Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium and silicon dioxide.

About Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242: Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 is a probiotic bacteria of the genus and species Lactobacillus reuteri. It acts through its capacity to produce bile salt hydrolase (BSH) enzyme and reduces cholesterol levels by decreasing absorption of dietary cholesterol and increasing metabolic elimination of cholesterol from the blood. Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 has been shown to effectively reduce total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotien B 100 (ApoB-100), and non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) in human clinical trials. In addition to its cholesterol-lowering properties, the strain provides traditional probiotic benefits such as improved digestive health and immune function.

Take one of each capsule and tablet twice daily with meals or as directed by physician. STORAGE: Store in cool, dry place. Do not use if carton is opened.

Interested in trying Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic? Well, 4, yes that’s right FOUR, lucky readers will win each win a one-month supply of Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal! To enter simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review, vitamins and tagged , , on 27 January, 2015.

Jan 26

Never Hungover Drink Review // The best way to prevent hangovers


Never Hunger is the drink to drink before you drink. This innovative and exciting hangover prevention drink is set to revolutionize the category of beverages that claim to prevent or cure hangovers.

Never Hungover is a dietary supplement that is packed with B vitamins, potassium, aloe vera, milk thistle, and green tea extract. Comprised of a natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients, and minerals, it’s formula helps neutralize and process the toxins caused by alcohol in the liver and kidneys (known as acetaldehyde’s), by turning them into acetic acid which is flushed out of the body, thus drastically reducing the cause of a hangover.

Never Hungover is produced in America, and has zero carbs, calories, or sugars, therefore not ruining your diet. It is also caffeine and gluten free.


The product is designed for you to take up to an hour before or while consuming alcohol. For optimal results, take one bottle of Never Hunger per four drinks. It can be consumed as a shot or a mixer.

Never Hungover has a great lemon-lime flavor. It tastes similar to an energy drink but with a milder and MUCH less sweetened taste. I was able to drink it like a shot. I usually do NOT like energy drinks or things to this nature, but Never Hungover is much more tolerable, less sugary, and doesn’t taste like chemicals or artificial. Taken as a shot or added as a mixer (my preferred choice, mixed with a little lemonade and vodka); either way I felt the same results. My hangover was much less than usual. Now, I am not a big drinker, so I’ve only tried this once but I do think it helped. I shared a few bottles with my friends, and I am awaiting a verdict from them too.

Never Hungover comes in two sizes, a convenient travel-sized 2oz bottle and a 750ml bottle perfect for behind the bar.


Never Hungover is available at NeverHungover.com, Amazon, Walgreens, MGM Resorts, and GNC stores across the country.



This entry was posted in Beverage, Product Review and tagged , on 26 January, 2015.

Jan 23

Prima-Source Tumeric Curcumin Review


Turmeric has been shown to work as a great anti-inflammatory and can greatly reduce joint pain when taken daily. Studies have shown Turmeric Curcumin to reduce inflammation, helping with arthritis and joint pain throughout the body allowing you to maintain the active lifestyle you want

Some of the other benefits are:


You will see many of the Turmeric supplements come with black pepper/piperine in them. They do this because it improves absorption of the turmeric. But Prima-Source has chosen not to include it with their supplement for two reasons.

  1. Turmeric has been shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory in very small dosages.
  2. The black pepper/piperine can have a negative impact on other medications/supplements that one takes.

If you want to improve absorption, you can take turmeric with a few peppercorns, olive oil, or daily fish oil.


I was interested in trying a Tumeric supplement because I have been living with digestive issues for years and Turmeric is said to help relieve symptoms of IBS. According to a study published in December 2004 issue of “Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine”, involving over 200 participants who were diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and with no other medical conditions, who received a daily dose of turmeric for eight weeks, the authors found a significant improvement in abdominal discomfort and bowel movements.

Another study featured in July 2010 issue of “Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” and conducted on animal subjects further supports the idea that curcumin helps relive symptoms of IBS because it has the ability to reduce the motility of digestive tract.

Manufactured in a GMP certified Organic facility ensures only the highest quality ingredients utilized in all Prima-Source Products. Prima-Source Turmeric Curcumin is gluten free and has been sent to a 3rd party for testing. Once those results are in, the Gluten Free label will be added to the bottles.

Each bottle of Prima-Source Tumeric Curcumin contains 120 capsules, a two month supply

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Prima-Source is challenging you to take this product for 60 Days and if it’s not working for you, just return the empty bottle and they’ll give you your money back. So what do you have to lose? You can purchase Prima-Source Tumeric on Amazon for just $16.97.


This entry was posted in Product Review, vitamins and tagged , on 23 January, 2015.

Jan 22

Crazy Cups Sumatran Tiger K-Cups Review

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Crazy Cups Sumatran Tiger coffee is USDA Organic Certified, fair trade and comes in k-cups compatible with most single serve brewers, incluing Keurig Coffee Brewers (*Note: does not work with the new Keurig 2.0).

Crazy Cups are sugar free, gluten free, lactose free, vegan, and Kosher.

Each Crazy Cups contains 13g of premium Arabica coffee. This is 30% more ground coffee than any other single serve cup in the market. This is important because the more coffee, the better the cup. More coffee means a stronger, bolder, more flavorful cup. And let me tell you, Sumatran Tiger is strong and bold.

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Sumatran Tiger is a non-flavored coffee. Bold and complex, this coffee has subtle notes of dark chocolate and pepper, and a smooth rum-raisin finish.


Crazy Cups are also available in 14 outrageous coffee flavors:

Crazy Cups also has 3 delicious hot cocoas: Salted Caramel, Irish Crème Cheesecake, and Maple French Toast.

Not only does this coffee taste good, but it is good for Mother Nature. Crazy Cups cool, peel, recycle technology allows for a more responsible and sustainable alternative.

Crazy Cups are sold in boxes of 22, and are available to purchase online on Amazon and Groupon.

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This entry was posted in Beverage, Kosher, organic, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , , on 22 January, 2015.

Jan 21

Gluten Free Golden Girl Granola Review & Giveaway

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I was first introduced to Golden Girl Granola last February at the Boston Food and Wine Expo where they had a booth set up. I tried it and I loved it and then I never same them again; not at another event, not at the grocery store, and not at the health food stores. So when I was asked if I wanted to do a review on my site featuring Golden Girl Granola I was thrilled to try it again!

Golden Girl Granola is a family granola business based in Shirley, MA.  They make and sell loose granola in 14oz and 3oz bags, now available in stores throughout New England.

The mission at Golden Girl Granola is to provide a naturally healthful and deliciously crunchy product of the highest quality to their customers.


They promise to provide a granola that:

Golden Girl Granola is an all-natural, whole-grain granola that is non-GMO, dairy free, cholesterol free, casein free, trans-fat free, wheat free and has no preservatives, artificial color or flavors.

– is whole-grain and healthful
– uses the finest, all-natural ingredients
– is locally-produced, with locally-sourced ingredients, whenever possible
– is wheat-free, and is produced in a gluten-free kitchen
– is dairy free, casein free, tans-fat free
– is free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.
– is non-GMO
– is hand-crafted in small, artisan batches with the utmost care
– is beyond delicious!

Flavors include:

Although all granolas are wheat and gluten free only one flavor is made with certified gluten free oats: Truly Tropical. If you are like me and do not have a problem with oats then you can eat all 8 flavors. If you can’t handle oats then stick to the Truly Tropical.

So , lets start with the Truly Tropical. Made with certified gluten free oats, honey, cashews, dried mango, sugar, coconut, non-GMO canola oil, vanilla, and sea salt, this granola is sweet and crunchy. I like the combination of buttery cashews, sweet coconut and a little saltiness.

One serving— ¼ cup— has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.


My favorite was the Pumpkin Harvest made with pumpkin seeds, raisins and pumpkin spices. I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin and this does not disappoint.

And now for the giveaway! One lucky reader is going to win 4 flavors of Golden Girl Granola!

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This giveaway will end on January 27, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

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


This entry was posted in breakfast, dairy free, Giveaway, granola, Product Review and tagged , , , , on 21 January, 2015.

Jan 20

Gluten Free Brunch at Ellary’s Greens: Healthy, Organic & All Natural // West Village

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Ellary’s Greens is an exciting restaurant that offers an array of healthy, gourmet options of affordably-priced, natural, and organic foods for all.

At Ellary’s Greens they care passionately about what you put in your body. Dedicated to nourishment you can trust, quality sourced from beautiful farms, and warm service that makes you feel like you’re home, theygive you the options you need, regardless of dietary restrictions or choices, through the vehicle of taste and delight.

Ellary’s Greens every ingredient is local, organic, and/or natural. They only use high-quality, highly nutrient-rich ingredients.

Ellary’s Greens offers a variety of gluten free options. From baked goods and house-made granola, to tofu scramble at brunch, and salads and wraps at lunch and proteins, grains, and vegetables at dinner, there are over two dozen gluten free options on the menu.

I recently went for Brunch when my friend Becca was visiting. Usually when I go out to brunch I order eggs. This time I wanted to try something different; something I’ve never had before. I had the Tofu Scramble ($9), made with fresh herbs, tomatoes and swiss chard, and served with home fries (GF, vegan).


Gluten Free Brunch Items Include:

The menu also features vegan, vegetarian and dairy free items, all labeled on the menu.

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This entry was posted in brunch, dairy free, New York City, organic, Restaurant Review, Vegan, Vegetarian, West Village and tagged , , , , , , , on 20 January, 2015.

Jan 19

Prohibition Bakery, a boozy bakery, now offers Gluten Free Rum Drops // Lower East Side, NYC


Prohibition Bakery, a boozy bakery located on the Lower East Side, has just started offering a gluten-free product – their alcoholic gumdrops which they call Rumdrops.

Prohibition Bakery is mostly known for their boozy cupcakes but they also offer a line of boozy gum drops, based off of cocktails, called RumDrops. Prohibition Bakery just launched the first gluten free flavor of RumDrops: Bourbon Milk Punch, made with spiced bourbon and heavy cream.


Priced at $6 a pack this might be the cheapest and most creative way to get your drink on in New York City.

Do you remember jello shots in college? Well RumDrops are a grown up, and improved, version of the vodka-socked jello shots we used to take. You can defiantly smell and taste the Bourbon but it is not overpowering and it doesn’t taste like a shot. RumDrops are such a fun and creative way to incorporate alcohol into dessert, without resorting to the old jello shots.


Bourbon — a form of whiskey— must be made from at least 51% corn, which is a gluten free grain. However, the rest of what goes into Bourbon generally comes from wheat, barley and rye, which are, of course, not gluten free.

Due to these products being so highly processed, they have no detectable gluten even if derived from a grain that contains gluten.

So does that mean bourbon that gluten free? It depends on whom you ask. Some people with celiac and gluten intolerance can tolerate alcoholic beverages distilled from gluten grains, and others can’t. So really, it depends on what your body can—and cannot— tolerate.

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

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This entry was posted in Alcohol, Bakery, dessert, Lower East Side, New York City, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , on 19 January, 2015.