Dec 17

The Dagwood Popchip #snacksmall

Tired of your old, boring sandwich routine? Looking  for a fun and unique way to serve up your favorite cold cuts? Look no further! The Dagwood Popwhich is a fun and easy way to make sandwiches more exciting! Change up your routine, or let kids make their own, either way everyone will have fun!

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Directions:

popchips + 1 your favorite cold cuts + cheese + slather on the toppings +stacked to the max = the delightful dagwood popwich!

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

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

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

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

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Dec 16

Gluten Free Potato and Carrot Latkes // Happy Hannukah

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My favorite holiday dish is potato latkes. The typical latke is made with potato, flour and eggs.  I however, like to make a little healthier by adding carrots and using almond meal. You can also replace the white potato with a sweet potato if you are staying away from white starches.

I’ve made dozens of latkes and this is by far the best recipe I’ve made. (Jeremy agrees :).

Although Hanukkah is a celebration that entails a good deal of fried food, if you saute these in a bit of olive oil rather than deep frying them, they’re a nice alternative to regular greasy Hanukkah food and a much healthier latke.

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Happy Hanukkah!

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This entry was posted in Appetizer Recipes, holiday and tagged , , on 16 December, 2014.

Dec 15

Gluten Free Options at Lima’s Taste Ceviche Bar and Restaurant // West Village

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photo courtesy of Lima’s Taste

Lima’s Taste, located in the West Village, is a small, cozy and vibrant neighborhood restaurant. I love the ambiance and décor, and it doesn’t attract many tourist. With both high top tables and regular dining available, it’s great for a romantic night out, drinks with friends, or dinner with a group.

Lima’s Taste specializes in authentic Peruvian cuisine, with some of the dishes tracing back to the Inca civilization — such as the Escaveche, a chicken or fish dish seasoned with Panca peppers, vinegar, and garlic, served with onions and yucca [gluten free].

Lima’s Taste Specializes in ceviche but offers plenty of chicken, meat, vegetarian, and of course seafood options. Ceviche is made with fresh, ripe fish and seafood, ‘’cooked’’ in the juices of lemons and limes, spices and seasonings. It is one of the healthiest foods you can find, and naturally gluten free!

Peruvian cuisine is a great option for gluten free diners. Fresh seafood, grilled meats, quinoa, and rice make up a majority of the menu. Some restaurants due use soy sauce so it is important to clarify with your server how the sauces are made, but more often than not, Peruvian sauces will not use soy sauce. I usually judge a Peruvian restaurant based on this fact. (For example Pio, Pio uses soy sauce in their Lomo Saltado, and it’s not my favorite restaurant by any means.)

At Lima’s Taste you will find 9 different ceviche dishes, including a vegan option made with mushrooms and tofu. We had the Ceviche Mixto ($17) with fish, shrimp, squid, baby octopus and mussels marinated in lemon and lime juice.

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We also shared the Salchipapas appetizer— French fries and sausage topped with aioli and a spicy green herb sauce.

We were served a small complementary dish of Cancha, dried and toasted Peruvian corn, which is typical of Peruvian restaurants. Cancha has a slightly nutty and salty taste, it’s very crunchy and absolutely delicious.

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I ordered the Tuna Anticucho ($17), two skewers of grilled tuna and served with two dipping sauces, a side salad and fried yucca. Thee sauces were the same aioli and spicy sauced that came with our appetizer.

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Lomo Saltado ($23), one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, consists of cubes of fillet mignon, tomatoes, onions and French fries, stir fried together and seasoned with Peruvian spices. Beware, saltado means salty and this dish is salty!

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For drinks you must try a Pisco Sour ($12), a traditional Peruvian cocktail that originated in Lima, Peru. Made with pisco, the liquor used as its base, citrus juice and egg whites, it is refreshing and delicious! Lima’s Taste offers a variety of flavors including the two we tried traditional and passion fruit. Drinks are listed on a chalk board and include Pisco Sours, Sangria, Margaritas, Peruvian Beers (not gluten free) and wine.

All in all the food was pretty good (although it does not compare to my favorite Peruvian Restaurant Machu Picchu in Somerville, MA) but the portion sizes are a bit small for the price. Luckily we had a restaurant.com gift card, which shaved 50% off our bill. (You can get one here.)

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This entry was posted in New York City, Peruvian, Restaurant Review, Seafood, West Village and tagged , , , , , on 15 December, 2014.

Dec 12

Holiday Special! Harvest Snaps Review & Giveaway

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Good-for-you and great taste can be hard to come by these days, but for Harvest Snaps they’re like two peas in a pod. Inside every bag of Harvest Snaps they combine taste, quality, and simplicity. Sprinkle that with their passion for fresh, natural ingredients, and you get one “snaptastic” snack.

Delicious Holiday Snaps from Harvest Snaps are back again this year with two new flavors: Cinnamon & Brown Sugar and Coffee Toffee, joining my favorite, Salted Caramel.

When it comes to “what’s inside” Harvest Snaps, it all starts with the clean flavors and essential nutrients Mother Nature intended. The Snapea Crisps are made with all-natural peas – 70% to be exact – while the Lentil Snaps come packed with 65% authentic lentils and their powerful combination of nutrients.

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With each handful your body will soak up Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, and potassium. Finish that off with a high level of protein and fiber and you’re sure to feel satisfied without feeling sluggish. Not to mention, these snappy little snacks are gluten free** and non-GMO.

**Harvest Snaps are made in a facility that also manufactures products containing wheat, milk, soy, shrimp and fish.

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I received a great selection of flavors from Harvest Snaps, which included lightly salted, Salted Caramel, Coffee Toffee and Lightly Salted. Each bag is a generous 5.7 oz full of delightfully flavored, light and airy puffs with the crunch you look for in a snack!

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These Harvest Snaps are not only a healthy alternative to traditional chips and puffs, but more importantly a TASTY alternative.

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The bottom line, if it doesn’t’ taste good, your not going to eat it. But Harvest Snaps taste amazing! You will not be disappointed. Do you want to try Harvest Snaps? Well, one lucky reader is going to win a sample pack of the new Holiday Snaps and Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps. To enter, simply click on the rafflecotper below.

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This giveaway will end on December 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

You can find Holiday Snaps at Super Target, Safeway, World Market, Amazon, Costco and other retailers nation-wide.

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

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review, Snack and tagged , , on 12 December, 2014.

Dec 11

A gift for you: $10 off at Bonefish Grill

 

 

 

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The Fresh Fish Experts at Bonefish Grill are continuing to celebrate the holiday season in a big way by offering a $10 gift to me and all my readers now through December 30!

Bonefish Grill has a gluten free menu that features everything from gluten free beer and martini’s, to appetizers and fresh wood-grilled specialties, and desserts. There are plenty of menu options to please all tastes.

While you’re there, savor some of the decadent dishes from the new Colossal Winter Menu featuring favorites like  succulent King Crab Legs, and Whole Grilled Mediterranean Branzino stuffed with citrus and served with a Mediterranean sofrito and arugula almond grains salad.

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To embrace the season and all its frost, sip one of Bonefish Grill’s Winter cocktails including the Cold Snap Blackberry Frost served in a glass made entirely of ice, mixed with freshly muddled blackberries, blood orange liqueur, vodka and fresh lemon juice or the winter-time favorite Winter White Cosmo, mixed with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime.

Bonefish Grill has locations nationwide, including one in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and nine in New York.

Click here to get $10 off your next visit!

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

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This entry was posted in Burlington, Cranston, New Jersey, Restaurant Review, Rhode Island, Seafood and tagged , , , , , on 11 December, 2014.

Dec 10

The Guacamo Popper Popchips #snacksmall Recipe

Looking for a fun and unique way to serve up your favorite guacamole recipe? Have friends coming over to watch the football game this weekend? This Guacamo Popper is a fun and easy way to serve guacamole at any party this holiday (or football) season!

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Directions:

1 salt and pepper popchip + 1 dollop of [spicy] guacamole + jalapeno slices = the little bite that packs a big wallop!

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

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

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

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

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This entry was posted in Kosher, nut free, Product Review, Snack, Soy free, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , on 10 December, 2014.

Dec 09

LÄRABAR and Renola Granola // Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, and non-GMO

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LÄRABAR, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, is a delicious gluten free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Made from whole food, each indulgent flavor contains no more than nine ingredients – minimally processed, and as close to their natural state as possible.

Everything LÄRABAR makes is gluten free. From the bars to Renola™, LÄRABAR products have no gluten-containing ingredients, and they have manufacturing controls in place to assure there are no cross-contact concerns. They also periodically verify their practices using Gliadin gluten testing. Not only are all LÄRABAR flavors gluten free, they are also dairy free, soy free, vegan (Chocolate Chip varieties are not actually made with dairy or soy, but due to cross contamination they may contain trace amounts of each), and Kosher.

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LÄRABARs are available in 22 flavors:

Almost all the bars have 9 or fewer natural ingredients and are free of sulfites, preservatives, fillers, or colorings. Calories range from 190 to 230 and each bar contains 23-32 grams of carbohydrates.

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All the bars were moist and chewy (they break well, leaving no crumbs or mess). The ones with nuts had a very slight crunch. The flavors were anything but subtle. I find the bars to be a little on the sweeter side, and would prefer a little less sugar per bar.

I was also sent Renola Granola, which I had never heard of prior to today. For those of you, who like me, are not familiar with Renola, the name means “Reinventing Granola.”

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Most granola on the market contain oats or other grains, but Renola is a gluten free, grain-free blend of non-GMO nuts, fruits, seeds, and spices. It tastes so good that anyone can enjoy it, but especially appeals to those actively seeking to avoid grains. It’s packed full of nutrition, without any fillers!

Not only is it gluten free but, like LÄRABAR, Renola is also dairy free, soy free, vegan, and Kosher.

Renola is available in 3 flavors:

Renola come in convenient individual sized bags great for when you are on the go.

Renola can be enjoyed a variety of ways: in a bowl with milk, mixed into yogurt, sprinkled on ice cream, shaken on a salad, or by itself. It’s deliciously versatile!

Finding LÄRABAR and Renola is a piece of cake! So many retailers nationwide carry both products, including Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Food Emporium and so many more. Click here for a complete list of retail locations. You can also purchase both products on Amazon.

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This entry was posted in bar, dairy free, granola, Kosher, Product Review, Snack, Soy free, Vegan and tagged , , , , , on 9 December, 2014.

Dec 08

Green Mountain Gringo Salsa and Tortilla Strips Review & Giveaway

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Chips and salsa are one of my favorite gluten free snacks. Tortilla chips and salsa are almost always gluten free. Come to think of it, I don’t know any that are not. Even though it is incredibly easy to find gluten free chips and salsa, it’s not always easy to find healthy, fresh, and non-GMO varieties.

Let me introduce you to Green Mountain Gringo Salsa and Tortilla Strips.

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The tortilla strips were a huge hit in this house. They were crunchy and fresh tasting. The Strip was invented to go beyond sturdy and reliable to reach a whole new level of taste satisfaction. A solid rectangle of pure leverage makes it stable enough for the most aggressive of dippers. Either end features an ergonomic handle allowing even the “power dipper” an enjoyable experience. Sturdy and dependable, they won’t break short of your expectations.

It’s important to me that I can pronounce all the ingredients in the foods I buy. The tortilla strips have just that. Like all Green Mountain products, these strips are gluten free, preservative free, fat free, kosher certified, non-GMO and all natural.

INGREDIENTS: Organic Stone-Ground Masa Harina Corn Flour, Non-Hydrogenated Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Salt

Just what it needs and nothing it doesn’t.” Those eight words sum up Green Mountains entire approach to salsa. Because they believe that when you start with superior, all natural ingredients, you can make something delicious without taking chemical shortcuts.

That’s why they use hand picked vegetables and the perfect blend of essential herbs and spices. On paper, the recipe probably seems rather simple. But to those who know their salsas, Tastefully Crafted is the only way to describe it.

Green Mountain Salsa is available in five varieties: Mild, Medium, Hot, Roasted Chili, and Roasted Garlic.

I was sent the Roasted Garlic Salsa. A medium heat with open-flame roasted garlic added, it is not salty or over garlicky. It has a natural and fresh taste with a little kick at the end.
I have one Tastefully Crafted gift package to giveaway to one lucky reader! To enter this giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on December 15, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

You can find Green Mountain Gringo Salsa & Tortilla Strips in many Natural, Health, Specialty Food stores, and numerous grocery stores nationwide.

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

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This entry was posted in Dips, Giveaway, Kosher, Product Review, Snack and tagged , , , , on 8 December, 2014.

Dec 05

Snack out loud Crunchy Bean Snacks

 

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This fall Snack Out Loud released a full like of  Crunchy Bean Snacks, a first of its kind, irresistible savory snack with a raucous crunch, made from the unpretentious pinto bean. These tasty start with one of the world’s most abundant and nutrient-dense superfoods – beans – then roasts and seasons them to crunchy perfection. Crunchy Bean Snacks are the perfect alternative to nuts because they contain the same amount of protein per gram as almonds. with half the calories and fat.

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Available in five mouthwatering flavors, Crunchy Bean Snacks are also non-GMO, gluten free, soy free,  nut free, and vegetarian making them a safe and allergen friendly choice. Three flavors – Sea Salt, Smoky Chipotle BBQ, and Tomato Basil – are vegan.

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Flavors:

Crunchy Bean Snacks are available in two sizes: Snack size (1.2 oz.) or Family size (6 oz.), and can be purchased online at Amazon.com or Abe’s Market.

Crunchy Bean Snacks are great for taking on a hike, adding to a lunch box, or having handy at your desk for an afternoon snack that’s loaded with protein, fiber, and other important nutrients.

Disclaimer: I received these products 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 beans, Kosher, nut free, Product Review, Snack, Soy free, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , , on 5 December, 2014.

Dec 04

Anti Aging Moisturizer Review + Giveaway

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Do you worry that your skin is starting to show the signs of aging? Your skin goes through a lot. Environmental pollutants, toxins, stress, aging… they can all take a toll on your skin. When you look in the mirror and notice you’re not looking as youthful as you once did, it can be difficult to maintain your sense of confidence. In my early twenties I never thought I would have to worry about my skin, now it’s different! As I am getting older my skin is dryer, and the changing seasons are horrible!

Authentic Skin Care’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream combats the signs of aging, helping you look and feel younger and more vibrant! This concentrated all-in-one formula is designed specifically to help you enjoy younger-looking skin without the hassles or harsh chemicals of other creams and moisturizers. Your skin will benefit from intense nourishment – our cream oxygenates, lifts, moisturizes, and boosts cell regeneration… almost instantly!

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Why this Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream for younger-looking skin?
Authentic Skin Care uses only the best ingredients in the perfect proportions to hydrate, lift, tone, and oxygenate your skin. They’ve created the ideal blend of powerful ingredients that fight wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin: Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. This moisturizer is free from parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), and petrochemical derivatives. With no added fragrances and no additives or fillers, and made and packaged in a FDA-certified facility, you know it’s safe for your skin.

Withthe 100% “Empty Bottle Guarantee,” there’s absolutely no risk!
They insist on offering a 100% “Bottom of the Bottle” money-back guarantee. If you’re not thrilled with your purchase, just send the bottle back (even if it’s empty) for a 100% refund. So really, what do you have to lose? If you love and it works, then you’ll be left with glowing younger-looking skin. And if it doesn’t work, then you can send it back and get your money back.

Do you want to enjoy bright, glowing, younger-looking skin in just minutes a day? Yes, obviously. For this giveaway, one lucky reader will wine a bottle of Authentic Skin Care’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer! To enter this giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below!

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This giveaway ends on December 15, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Try Authentic Skin Care’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream today!
With the risk-free guarantee, you have nothing to lose and radiant, youthful skin to gain! But they can’t keep the price this low for long, so stock up today! This cream normally sells for $59.95 but is available on Amazon for only $37.50

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review, skin care and tagged , , on 4 December, 2014.