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Ardenne Farms NEW gluten free products + giveaway

Ardenne Farms is on a mission to help those living gluten free and/or those with a sweet tooth. Ardenne Farm (pronounced Are-den) started by using a variety of innovative high-quality gluten-free flour blends, creative imaginations, and over 20 years of experience working in the food business. Ardenne Farms makes Gluten Free baking mixes that are vegan, Kosher and produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. Ardenne Farms is certified gluten free and carry the GFCO’s GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten.

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Ardenne Farms makes a variety of baking mixes; from muffins and pancakes, to cookies, brownies and cakes. 

Ardenne Farms recently launched three new baking mixes: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Pumpkin Streusel, and Snickerdoodle Cookies. 

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The NEW Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin mix bakes up muffins that are so decadent and moist, they’ll soon become your new morning pick-me-up! I brought them to work and everyone in my office devoured them. I got so many compliments, and requests for more! They taste so good that many people did not know they were gluten free until I told them. 

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I also love the new Snickerdoodle Cookie mix. I love the flavor of cinnamon and vanilla; yum! You can purchase Ardenne Farms products at retail locations across the country, including Roche Brothers, and Natural Food Stores. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all three NEW baking mixes. To enter simply leave a comment below then head over to Instagram, like and comment on this post

This giveaway will end on March 12, 2017 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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Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

With just three years in stores under its belt, Simple Mills is leaving established competitors in the dust in terms of market share. The company is now the #1 fastest growing baking mix and cracker brand, #2 largest baking mix brand by dollars sold, #3 largest cracker brand by dollars sold in less than 9 months after launch. Wow.

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Simple Mills product line has expanded in the last year to include not only baking mixes, but frosting and crackers as well.  Simple Mills’ line of food is:

  • ‘Real simple’ made with fewer ingredients and no fillers
  • Higher in protein and lower in sugar 
  • gluten free, grain free, and soy free (the base of most mixes is almond flour)
  • Non-GMO certified

Simple Mills products are free of 6 of the Big 8 allergens. All products contain Tree Nuts (in the form of almonds and/or coconuts) and some contain Dairy (organic milk is used in the Farmhouse Cheddar cracker). All Simple Mills products comply with industry standards for allergen controls, which includes segregating allergens during ingredient storage and production, conducting full allergen cleans between production runs, and testing for allergens on manufacturing equipment before use.

I recently tried the new Almond Flour Crackers. These six crackers (flavors below) are made with a blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.

  • Farmhouse Cheddar
  • Fine Ground Sea Salt
  • Rosemary & Sea Salt
  • Sun-dried tomato & Basil 
  • Smoky BBQ Cheddar
  • Cracker Black Pepper

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers have 3 grams of protein per serving and  20-50% less carbs than leading cracker brands. The flavors are intense but in a good way. My favorite was the Rosemary & Sea Salt. 

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You can purchase Simple Mills products online, and on Amazon. To find products at a store near you, check out their store locator.

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Tonnino Gourmet Tuna

Tonnino is bringing a new kind of tuna to the table – 100% yellowfin fillets, caught in the wild and jarred by hand. Tonnino is a gourmet line of olive oil or spring water-packed tuna that sets a high standard for what’s possible when it comes to tinned or jarred tuna fish. Every jar of Tonnino tuna is dolphins-safe, rich in omega’3s, and contains the lowest possible level of mercury.

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There are eight tuna fillet varieties, all but one of which is packed in olive oil: 

  • In spring water
  • In olive oil
  • Lemon and pepper in olive oil
  • With oregano in olive oil
  • With jalapeno in olive oil
  • With garlic in olive oil
  • With capers and garlic in olive oil
  • Ventresca in olive oil
Low in fat and cholesterol, but high on deliciousness. The freshness of these tasty gourmet tuna fillets will be the perfect addition for your balanced diet. Use it as the main ingredient in salads, sushi rolls and pitas, and have yourself a healthy pleasure. You can taste the difference in Tonnino Tuna. It is fresh – easy to tell that it is made with high quality fish – and super flavorful. Tonnino makes it nearly impossible to go back to plain-old tinned canned tuna.
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Tonnino can trace every jar from the fishing of the tuna to the point of production. 
 

You can also see what you’re getting because the yellowfin tuna fillets are packed in glass jars and thus clearly visible. Tonnino tuna is gluten free and non-GMO project verified. 

You can purchase Tonnino tuna at retail locations across the country and on Amazon.com. Click here to find a store 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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Traina Foods Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

From its family ranch in California’s Central Valley, Traina Foods grows, sun dries and packs premium dried fruit products and the only sun dried tomato ketchups on the market today.

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If you like ketchup then I think you are going to like Traina Foods Sun Dried Tomato and Sriracha Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup. It’s a unique twist on an American classic.

The Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup will give a savory, rich, gourmet taste of Sun Dried Tomatoes to all of your favorite foods. Traina has combined century-old family traditions with classic ketchup seasonings to bring you the ketchup for tomato lovers. It takes 16 pounds of fresh tomatoes to make one pound of sun dried tomatoes. That means, every bottle of California Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup, packs in the equivalent of over four pounds of Roma tomatoes!

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If you’re looking to add a little spice to your life, then try the Sriracha Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup. The bold flavor-blend combines California Sun Dried Tomatoes with Sriracha chili to offer your palate a spicy tangy flavor. It provides just the right amount of ‘kick’ to help spice up your favorite dishes. The versatility of this ketchup is amazing – it can be used as a dipping sauce for fries, a topping on your eggs, favorite wraps, grilled fish and meat dishes. It can also be used as a tasty ingredient when you’re looking to add a little heat or depth-of-flavor to your recipes.

You can purchase Triana Foods products at retail locations across the country 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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Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn

Cosmos Creations is slowing things down by making the commitment and investment to use natural ingredients to create a line of premium puffed corn snacks with an indulgent, artisan taste. Cosmos products are gluten free, trans-fat free, and made with non-GMO corn.
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Cosmos Creations new line of premium puffed corn snacks are now available in three new flavors – Maple Pecan, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Espresso. 
 
If you’re ready for a unique snack experience, then let Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn take you there. Every bag begins with pure, natural corn, baked in the oven for a taste that’s out of this world. Every bite is an explosion of flavor and sweetness. 
 
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The combination of peanut butter and puffed corn is a peanut-buttery snack with the perfect amount of sweet that’s deliciously addictive. This was Jeremy’s favorite.
 
The maple pecan flavor is the sweetest of call three, and tastes like candy, but just slightly healthier. 
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While there are only 13 grams of sugar, I did find them to be much sweeter than I was expecting. If you have a sweet tooth, check out Cosmos Creations new line of puffed corn which are available for purchase on Amazon.
 
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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Lori’s Original Lemonade Unique and Innovative Flavors

Lemonade is one of the oldest beverages in the world dating all the way back to ancient Egypt 1000 AD. It hasn’t seen much change, if any, since it’s inception centuries ago. Thankfully, Lori’s Original Lemonade has taken a sweet and unexpected twist on this classic beverage with their 3 unconventional, yet delicious flavors: Lavender Lemonade, Ginger Lemonade, and Lemongrass Lite Lemonade.

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Lori’s Original Lemonade‘s Chief Believer/Founder Lori Volk created her signature drink, Lavender Lemonade, years ago for her children’s lemonade stand in Ojai, CA. Fast forward to her young children heading off to college years later, Lori needed to find a way to combat the rising costs of tuition. Lori decided to bottle this signature recipe and officially launched Lori’s Original Lemonade in February 2011. Lori’s Original Lemonade has since grown to include Ginger Lemonade and Lemongrass Lite Lemonade.

With lemonade seeing a surge in the beverage industry in the last six or seven years, Lori’s Original Lemonade has taken this classic drink to a whole new level.

The Lavender lemonade is infused with lavender and is a refreshing and light drink with the scent and light taste of lavender.

The Lite Lemongrass is made with fresh organic lemon juice, a dash of organic stevia and a splash of lemongrass to brighten it up! This refreshing concoction features only 9g of sugar per serving and about 1/3 of the calories of our other flavors.

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I enjoyed the natural and soothing taste of the Ginger Lemonade. All three have a strong flavor and aroma and are light and refreshing. 

Lori’s Original Lemonade announced last month that they will soon be launching two new flavors, Wild Strawberry and Lemon Love. And I cannot wait to try them!

For a beverage that’s been around for centuries, there’s nothing old or boring about Lori’s Original Lemonade. Each flavor is certified organic and can be purchased online or found in select retailers throughout California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma and Alaska. 

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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FreshBox Farms – Providing Local Produce from Millis, MA

FreshBox Farms is a local hydroponic farm in Millis, Massachusetts providing fresh, hyper local, non-gmo, produce to the Boston area.

FreshBox Farms’ indoor hydroponic farms are bringing fresh produce closer to your home by breaking down the old barriers set by traditional farming. Their produce is delivered to stores within 24 hours of harvest; often in the same day. Growing indoors at their farm in Millis, Massachusetts, means greens are always in-season, and are available FRESH all year-round.

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Because hydroponics allows the plant’s roots to sit directly in water to receive nutrients FreshBox Farms uses 99% less water than field farming. The indoor growing system allows plants to grow vertically on shelves using a much smaller footprint; depending on the crop grown, one of the 320 square foot farms can yield as much as nineteen-acres of farmland! So not only are you helping to save the planet you are also supporting a local business. 

FreshBox Farms’ greens are of the highest quality and grown purely, without ever using pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or any other chemicals. The crops are never genetically modified and proudly verified by the Non-GMO Project.

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FreshBox Farms greens do taste fresh! Every spring my family and I plant a vegetable garden and we eat fresh vegetables – lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, pea pods, eggplant, herbs, etc – all summer long. There is a noticeable different in taste between our fresh vegetable and the ones we buy in the store. FreshBox Farms lettuces remind me of the ones we grow at home – fresh tasting and delicious! I’ve been eating FreshBox Farms greens for the past two weeks and I am loving it. The lettuce really has a fresh flavor you do not typically find from supermarket produce. How will I ever go back??

FreshBox Farms can grow over 30 different types of plants. They provide leafy greens such as heirloom lettuces, arugula, spinach and herbs. Check out the Products page to keep updated on what they’re growing next!

So where can YOU buy FreshBox Farms? Roche Brothers, Foodies Markets, and dozens of other locations carry FreshBox Farms greens. 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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Columbia Skincare Probiotics

Columbia Skincare just introduced two new products – Probiotic Concentrate and Probiotic Complex, the first copically applied creams that harness the wellness benefits of probiotics specifically for skincare. Probioitcs, also known as “good bacteria”, found in yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and other  foods, have been keeping people healthier longer for years. But now, Columbia Skincare has developed a type of probiotic specially for topical use that helps promote the health and wellness of the body’s largest organ, the skin.

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The American Academy of Dermatology has called probiotics one of the new beauty breakthroughs which can help promote clearer skin, decrease skin sensitivity, redness and inflammation. 

According to Steven Rosenfeld, a company spokesperson, these topical probiotic formulations effectively act on the most important biological feature in aging skin…its ability to renew itself, which disappears as we age. By utilizing healthy bacteria, plant stem cells and amino acids, Columbia Skincare products provide bacterial interference, and protect the skin from bad bacteria and parasites that provoke the immune system, causing such conditions as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.

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In addition to helping control these serious and sometimes painful skin conditions, Columbia Skincare probiotic products could change the paradigm on anti-aging treatments. With regular use of these products, results will be the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin luminosity and elasticity. Who doesn’t want healthy skin? Not only healthy, but these probiotic products will nourish and renew to give you healthy and beautiful skin.

I have been taking Probiotics for years and I notice a big difference in my health – and my gut – so it makes sense that using probiotics on my skin would also have a positive effect. These probiotic products make my skin feel silky smooth and absorb quickly. And I like that the performance is backed by clinical trial experience that showed real results, and this is not just another gimmick. I have just started using Columbia SkinCare Probiotics last week and while I have noticed minor results – healthy feeling and looking skin – I plan to continue to use it.

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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Savannah Bee Honey for the Grill

A leader in all things honeybee, Savannah Bee specializes in 100% pure artisanal honeys for cooking and tasting.

Ted Dennard is the founder, President and head beekeeper for Savannah Bee Company. An elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower, sparked young Ted’s journey in the magical world of bees and honey and it’s been 35 years of it ever since. Ted backed into business in 1999 when his friend opened a store in Savannah and began selling his tupelo honey. Ted’s passionate about sharing the world of bees with others and introducing new honeybee products to market. sb_honey_forgrill_3oz_1

Savannah Bee’s specially formulated Honey for the Grill is blended by hand and is made with 100% pure varietal honey robust enough to stand up under fire. This honey will add a distinctive and delectable flavor to a marinade or crisply caramelize seafood, meat, poultry, and veggies on the grill. It offers a smoky sweetness for basting and marinating, and pairs beautifully with vegetable kabobs or maple-planked wild salmon. The aromas will amaze you. Savannahe Bee Honey is gluten free and Kosher certified. 

Savannah Bee honey is available for sale 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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New Limited Single Origin Vanilla Raspberry Bar is Perfect for your Valentine

Chocolate is one of the most widely given gifts on Valentine’s Day and Dicky Taylor Chocolate has come out with a new limited Valentines Day bar for all you lovers out there. Made with 72% Madagascar chocolate, and paired with organic freeze dried raspberry and organic vanilla coconut palm sugar, makes for a delectable treat. 

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Dicky Taylor’s approach to chocolate making is very hands-on. They are committed to making the best chocolate they know how. Over time, as their knowledge of the process of making chocolate has grown, the process has become more and more complex. The current methods are a result of study, research, experimentation and trial-and-error. And the goal is to constantly be improving their chocolate as well as recognizing any shortcomings. 

Dicky Taylor Chocolate sources the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate, all in a small factory in Eureka, California. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows for the making some of the finest chocolate possible. By using organic cacao and organic cane sugar, and by not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the process, they are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao sourced from around the world.

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Dicky Taylor Single Origin Vanilla Raspberry will only be available for a limited time. To purchase this flavor, or any Dicky Taylor Chocolate, click here to find the 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.