Jul 28

Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters

In 2004, Noha Waibsnaider founded Peeled Snacks in her tiny New York City apartment when she noticed there was something missing from the snack aisle. Store shelves were full of processed potato chips, corn syrup-filled candy, and energy bars made with too many mysterious ingredients, leaving snackers to feel the “spike, crash and burn” effect. Without finding any options both healthy and enjoyable, Noha set out to fix that problem.

Her solution? Tasty and nourishing snacks made with pure, wholesome ingredients to satisfy your cravings at anytime or anywhere, while lifting your mood and leaving you feeling energized. Noha’s vision was and is still today to make healthy snacking as close to nature as possible. What began with three varieties of organic fruit snacks has now expanded to include crunchy apple clusters and indulging trail mixes, and we’re not stopping!

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Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters are crunchy organic apple pieces rolled into fun-to-eat, tasty apple clusters. Each bag contains a full serving of fruit without any fat or preservatives. Enjoy right out of the bag or take breakfast to a whole new level and add to your favorite yogurt.

Apple Clusters are available in 3 flavors: original, cinnamon and berry. They are gluten free, organic and non-GMO. Each bag of Peeled Snacks is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, and made with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about eating. There are no added sugars, sulfites, preservatives or oils. Peeled Snacks energize your mind and body, and support the way snacks should be made – with real food!

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You can purchase Peeled Snacks online and at hundreds of locations throughout the U.S., including Starbucks, Whole Foods, target and on Amazon.com.

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 27

Gluten Free Snack Swaps

These gluten-free swaps are perfect for gluten-free and gluten-eaters alike and for all snacking occasions from game day get-togethers to BBQs, school events, picnics, or simply a between-meal snack.

Today, I want to introduce you to two new snacks I recently had the chance to try! 

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Good Health Snacks– the creator of crunchy, crave-worthy snacks that make it easy to make better choices. Gluten-free snacks include:

The pretzels. OMG. SO GOOD. I ate almost half the bag when I opened it. These taste like the real thing. They are crunchy and salty and made without yeast; this is the first gluten free pretzel I’ve found without yeast and I could not have been more excited. Not only that, it is by far the best tasting pretzel I’ve tried. 

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Mamee Stacked Crisps is a line of unbelievably delicious, gluten-free and GMO-free potato crisps stacked in canisters to create a perfect crunch every time. The three flavors available are:

These remind of another popular stacked potato chip brand I used to eat as a kid. I love the crunchiness, thinness, and the fact that they are not salty. Jeremy loves them too, he says he can’t tell they are gluten free. Not only do these taste good, they are made with a cleaner ingredient profile. 

Good Health® snacks are available nationwide in natural and grocery stores, while Mamee Stacked Crisps are available at select natural and traditional grocers nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com.

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 26

Go Raw // Junk-free snacking made easy

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Go Raw makes tasty junk-free food. They’ve reinvented common snack food flavor profiles, shapes and sizes with an emphasis on making really easy, through convenient on-the-go offerings. Go Raw combines simple and honest ingredients with creativity, making a healthier snack that focuses on genuine plant-based foods that work for almost any diet or lifestyle

There are many benefits to a raw based diet, the process of cooking can destroy much of the enzymes and nutrients in foods. By keeping snacks raw and gently dried, not cooked, Go Raw is able to preserve more powerful nutrients for optimal nutritive benefits.

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Go Raw offers more than 50 savory and sweet raw sprouted snacks to help you make the right choice when looking for a nutritive snack on the go.

GROW Protein Bars are the only protein bar using watermelon seeds as the source of Protein, with 12 grams of pure SUPERFOOD plant-based protein per bar. GROW Protein Bar is offered in four different flavors and are made from 8 (or less) All Organic, NON-GMO Verified ingredients. I really liked the cinnamon spice protein bar; it had a nice texture and subtle cinnamon flavor. 

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But I should mention that every Go Raw product is 100% organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, nut free and of course, always raw. 
 
The brand’s newest product, Grow Sprouted Bars are the only protein bars on the market to derive protein solely from superfood sprouted watermelon seeds. The bars boast 12g of protein and are available in Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Spice, Lemon Zest and Mint Chocolate. 
Go Raw also offers protein bars, sprouted cookies, sprouted bites, sprouted flax snap, sprouted seeds, sprouted granola, raw chocolate and more.
 
Go Raw our has a dedicated production plant in Northern California that is completely gluten free, wheat free, nut free, dairy free and soy free, in addition to being raw, vegan and kosher. 
You can purchase Go Raw products online or at retail locations nationwide
 
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 25

EPIC Provisions Wild Game meat bars

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In April, EPIC Provisions launched an entirely new, rather unique line, Wild Game, which consists of meat bars and bites in salmon, wild boar and venison varieties. Made with high quality wild game meat, the products are inspired by simple and time-tested hunters’ recipes and were created to highlight the unique and flavorful taste profiles of these exotic animals.

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The revolutionary product line consists of bars available in:

These Paleo-friendly bars and bites boast 9+ grams of protein, a minimal ingredient list and between 60 – 150 calories per serving. Made from pasture-raised, grass-fed and cage-free animals, EPIC Provisions meat-based products are certified gluten free, soy free, dairy free, low glycemic, non-GMO (certification pending), grain free and Paleo-friendly.

This is definitely a unique product and took me a few minutes to work up the courage to try. If you are looking for a high-protein, healthy, allergen friendly snack, then you should give these a try. 

You can purchase EPIC Provisions products at retail locations throughout the U.S. Click here to find a 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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This entry was posted in dairy free, meat, Product Review, Snack, Soy free and tagged , , , , on 25 July, 2016.

Jul 22

Tarallini Gluten Free Rosemary Crackers

 
Tarallini Rosemary Gluten Free Snacks are savory and crunchy snacks from the coast of Southern Italy. Tarallini is an Italian snack, common all over the southern half of the Italian Peninsula. It is similar in texture to a breadstick or a pretzel.
 
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These crunchy, rosemary infused tortellini-shaped crackers are about the size of a cheerio and made with the best quality rice flour, rosemary and olive oil, baked into a crunchy little snack.  It’s a great snack for anyone who cannot have gluten but wants a savory bite.
 
These little snacks are crunchy with a smooth texture and vibrant flavors of the olive oil and rosemary. These are very unique; I have no tried anything like it before!
 
Packaged in convenient, on-the-go, individual bags, these are great to take to work, school or on long road trips. 
 
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 21

Guilt Free Snacks // Gluten Free Indulgences

Guilt Free Snacks is a company that was created thinking about all the people with a sweet tooth who want to watch the fat and sugar content of their food but also to the ones that are gluten intolerant or celiac. Guilt Free Snacks is not only a brand is a life style. The goal is to avoid the guilt in your life and our snacks will give you the opportunity to to indulge in a healthy and tasty way!

 

Ingredients are meticulously selected for quality to create recipes that are Gluten-free, Less Fat, Less Sugar, Low Sodium and NO Guilt.

 

The product collection includes: Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin, Trail Mix Bar and the new Granola To go!!

I loved the chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. Both were light and fluffy, with a slightly sweet taste to satisfy my sweet tooth. The trail mix bar was a perfect combination of nuts, seeds, oats and other natural products that are a very good source of energy with delicious flavor.

You can purchase Guilt Free Snacks online and in retail locations throughout NYC and Queens. 

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 20

Explore Cuisine Bean Pastas

Explore Cuisine products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, and kosher, ensuring your health and igniting your taste buds! With new health trends and dietary needs on the rise, founder Joe Spronz created a healthy, bean-based pastas.

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The newest addition to the pasta line are Pulse Pastas, made from organic lentils and chickpeas, high in protein, and a great source of fiber and iron. Vegan, organic, and gluten free- it’s a perfect dish for everyone at the table. In just minutes you can enjoy fresh pastas made in Italy.

Varieties include 

These delicious chickpea and lentil pastas contain 11 grams of protein per serving and are super versatile. From lasagne to edamame pesto, to pad thai and red sauce, the possibilities are endless.

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 19

Siete Family Foods Grain Free Tortillas

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Siete Family Foods, purveyor of delicious, grain-free Mexican-food, recently launch two new products: grain-free tortillas! 

The new Almond Flour and Coconut & Cassava tortillas are both gluten free, paleo, dairy free, and preservative free! While not yet certified non_GMO, the tortillas are made with high quality non-GMO ingredients. 

These tortillas are ideal for cooking or snacking, the tortillas taste, fold, and hold like a tortilla should. I’ve used the tortillas as a warp and to make burritos. When I stuffed the burrito too full of chicken, the wrap did break a little. When I didn’t go overboard on the chicken, the wrap was fine and stayed intact. 

Ingredients: 

Almond Flour Tortillas: almond flour, tapioca flour, water, sea salt, xanthan gum. (vegan)

Cassava & Coconut Tortillas: cassava flour, water, coconut flour, coconut oil, pasture-raised lard*, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, xanthan gum. *made from certified pasture-raised pork lard.

Siete Family Foods products are 100% preservative-free, so they don’t do well sitting out on the counter like preservative-soaked conventional flour tortillas. If you’re going to eat the tortillas within a week or so following purchase, then refrigerating them is perfect. If you’re not hungry for tortillas right now, or if you’re stockpiling them for a zombie apocalypse, then they’ll last even longer in the freezer. To defrost, I put the tortillas in the microwave for 20-40 seconds. 

So where can YOU buy some for yourself? Good question. The tortillas are available online and in retail locations across the country, including Whole Foods. Click here to find a 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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This entry was posted in dairy free, Mexican, Product Review, Soy free, Vegan and tagged , , , , on 19 July, 2016.

Jul 18

Elisa’s Love Bites // 100% gluten free bakery in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Opened in May 2016, Elisa’s Love Bites, is a dessert atelier located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which specializes in artisanal gluten-free creations.  Additionally, all menu items are made using natural low-glycemic sweeteners, most prominently coconut palm nectar.
 
The dessert collection focuses on satisfying sweet cravings while effortlessly fitting into a well-balanced diet by using wholesome, nutritionally-rich ingredients.  Each item is thoughtfully crafted with healthy portion control in mind, designed to delight and indulge the palate without overwhelming the body.  
 
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Signature desserts include:
 
Black Heart Cake – a rich, dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache (vegan)
Bangin’ Chocolate Chip Cookies – a fun twist on the beloved bakery staple, topped with sea salt flakes
Fig Buddies – scrumptious house-made fig paste enveloped in a nutty cookie shell (vegan) 
Spankin’ Doughnuts – baked chocolate-cherry doughnuts made with fresh-squeezed cherry juice, cacao powder, sweetened with house-made applesauce and agave, and topped with dark chocolate ganache and roasted ground almonds.
 
I tried all the desserts mentioned above, and my favorite was the cookies. I also liked the decadent chocolate cake and the moist banana bread. Many of the treats are also vegan, which is great for those with dairy and egg allergies too! 
 
 
Elisa’s Love Bites is located at 10 Porter Avenue in Bushwick, and is the newest addition to Shops at the Loom.  You can also order items online
 
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 15

RXBARs // Whole Food Protein Bars

 RXBARs are a whole food protein bar that’s different from everything out there. Many protein bars on the market contain BS (bulls***). But RXBARs are real and made with whole foods and clean ingredients: egg whites, fruits and nuts – and no B.S.
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RXBARs are gluten free, soy free, dairy free and contain no artificial ingredients, added sugar or preservatives! RXBARs are packed with nutrition and, they taste amazing! Each bar is packed with 12 grams of protein and 3-4 grams of fiber 
 
Flavors include: 
I tried 4 flavors and have to say I loved all but the blueberry. My favorite is the Chocolate mint. I love the combination of refreshing peppermint, rich cacao and crunchy almonds that make for a decadent taste. 
 
You can purchase RXbars via their online store or on Amazon.com. You can also purchase RXbars in retail locations across the country. Click here to find the one 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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This entry was posted in bar, dairy free, Product Review, Snack, Soy free and tagged , , , , on 15 July, 2016.