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Zemas NEW bite-size cookies

Now more than ever before, people with food allergies, on specialty diets, or those who just want to eat healthy are looking for products that are not only good for you but TASTE GOOD, too. A few years ago I was introduced to Zemas Madhouse Foods, a line of ancient whole grain baking mixes, and met the founder Jill when I was living in NYC. Since then, Zema’s has come out with a new product; mini cookies! 

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Zemas recently launched a new product crunchy, free-from, bite-size cookies! Zemas bite-size cookies are clean, simple and packed with better for you ingredients like nutrient-rich ancient whole grains and a superseed trio of chia, hemp and flax meal. 

The cookies are available in 4 flavors:

  • sweet potato spice: ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg provide big flavor and nutrition alongside our vitamin A packed Peruvian sweet potato flour.
  • oatmeal cranberry: Dried cranberries make this a unique treat packed with uper seeds (chia, hemp, flax) add healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
  • double chocolate: Antioxidant rich cocoa powder meets nutrient-dense, ancient whole grains to deliver a deep, rich chocolate flavor with a big crunch and superfood health.
  • chocolate chip: This classic childhood cookie just got a nutritional boost. To be honest, this was the only flavor I did not really enjoy. 

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While I really liked the sweet potato spice cookies and oatmeal cranberry, I wasn’t a big fan of the other two flavors. But, my sister’s boyfriend LOVED the double chocolate so I gave him the rest of the box! These cookies are good for when you need sweets but don’t want all the sugar and other ‘bad’ ingredients that come along with it. While they do not taste like your ‘typical’ cookie, they will satisfy your sweet and crunchy cravings!

Not only are Zemas products made from ancient whole grants, all products are free from the top 8 allergens. Zemas products are not only certified top 8 allergen free, but also Kosher, Vegan, GFCO and Non-GMO Project Verified and made without refined sugar. 

You can purchase Zema’s cookies on Amazon (free shipping for Prime members!) and in grocery and health food stores across the country, including Legman’s and Price Chopper. 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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Celebrating National Chocolate Day with Lily’s Sweets!

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice! National Chocolate Day is July 7, which means it’s time to celebrate one of the world’s best sweet treats: chocolate. Nobody needs an extra reason to eat chocolate, but if you and your family are particularly passionate about the cocoa confection, then you’ll want to celebrate!

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This year I am celebrating with Lily’s Sweets; premium chocolate bars and baking chips. Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate has all the indulgence you crave but with a lot fewer calories. They use only the finest non-GMO ingredients, including genuine, Fair Trade certified cocoa. All Lily’s bars and baking chips are certified gluten-free. 

What sets Lily’s apart?

  • Stevia-sweetened (less than 1g of sugar per serving)
  • Fair trade
  • Gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan (select products)
  • Available in chocolate bars, snack bars and baking chips/bars

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Cynthia and Chuck named Lily’s Sweets after Chuck’s niece, Lily, an inspired – and inspiring — young lady and childhood brain cancer survivor. Since being diagnosed at age 7, Lily has been raising money for other kids battling cancer, and Cynthia and Chuck are proud to honor Lily’s bravery and commitment to aiding others by contributing a percentage of profits each year to non-profit organizations that provide services to children with cancer and their families. As for Lily, she is now in her teenage years, has celebrated her 5-year anniversary of diagnosis and remains cancer-free and dedicated to helping others in need. In addition to supporting children’s cancer causes, Lily’s Sweets is further committed to operating ethically and sustainably. 

You can find Lily’s Sweets online at Amazon as well as hundreds of retail locations across the country including; Whole Foods Market, Star Market, and Stop and Shop.

Healthier chocolate from a company with a heartfelt mission – indulgence has never tasted this good! 

But why restrict yourself in celebrating Chocolate Day? If you eat good-quality chocolate or chocolate treats in moderation, then any day can truly be Chocolate Day, even while you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. For those who are true lovers of chocolate, the celebration of Chocolate Day knows no bounds.

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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Gluten Free Goodie Girl Cookies

When I was a little girl I was a Girl Scout and I loved the Thin Mint Cookies. I would make my mom buy boxes so we could eat them for months. 2009 was the last time I ate a thin mint cookie. Well thanks to Goodie Girl Cookies and their new “Slims”, I can finally enjoy thin mints again! 
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Goodie Girl Cookies is based out of Tribeca, New York, specializing in gluten free cookies with surprising flavors, as well as exciting twists on cookie classics.  In 2010, Founder, Shira Berk, also a mom and native New Yorker, began her journey to create an all-natural, super-delicious line of cookies that are all gluten free. Her intention was to create cookies that were intended for anyone to eat, but still be accessible to the 30%-and-growing number of population who had to avoid gluten.  Interestingly neither Berk, nor anyone in her family is Celiac, gluten-intolerant, or in need of a gluten-free diet.  

Goodie Girl Cookies break the – often dry and flavorless – gluten free cookie mold. The gluten free version of the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mints, called Mint Slims, are my favorite and absolute delicious. Mint Slims are thinner and less dense than the original girl scout cookies and are coated in milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, but I still find the flavor spot on. Now, I haven’t had a girl scout cookie in 8 years, but my husband loves them too so that says something. The Vanilla Slims are vanilla cookies dressed up in a dark chocolate coating. Definitely acompliment for Vanilla lovers. We also devoured these. 

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In addition to the Slims, Goodie Girl Cookies has a full line of fresh baked cookies:

  • Oatmeal Raisin: slightly spiced oatmeal cookies 
  • Midnight Brownie: double the chocolate and double the pleasure
  • Quinoa Chocolate Chip: crunchy, with a slight nuttiness
  • Toffee Chaos: crunchy caramelized toffee, crispy rice and chocolate make this sweet and salty. 

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Goodie Girl Cookies are available in full-size (6 or 7 oz.) as well as 2 oz. on-the-go snack packs. Goodie Girl Cookies are available at Walmart,Wegman’s and dozens of other retail locations across the U.S and online on Amazon. 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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Send Cheryl’s Gluten Free Cookies to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

In June I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show where I met Elisabeth Allwein, the Food Development Director at Cheryl’s. There, I had the chance to talk to her about Cheryl’s new line of gluten free cookies and brownies, which just hit the market this past summer! 

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The gluten-free line features Cheryl’s famous baked goods including fudge brownies, brownie walnut cookies, snicker doodle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and buttercream frosted sugar cookies, which is to die for. The new gluten free goodies exceed the FDA regulations for gluten free foods, meaning you can safely eat all the cookies you want! The gluten free line is made in separate, dedicated gluten free facility. And they make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your gluten free loved one(s)! 

I’ve tried a lot of gluten free cookies over the years and I have to say that the buttercream frosted cookie is one of the best by far. It is soft and sweet enough that it keeps me coming back for more. I’m also a big fan of the snickerdoodle cookies and fudgey, chocolaty brownies!! The Brownie walnut cookies and chocolate chip cookies are for those that prefer hard and crunchy cookies, they taste great, but I just prefer the softer cookies. 

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Each cookie and brownie is individually wrapped and available for purchase online. From birthday gifts, to holiday gifts, to thank you gifts, there is something for everyone and every budget. Gluten Free Cookies and Brownies range from $6.99 – $49.99.

Another reason I support Cheryl’s is because they use a gluten free bakery in Columbus, OH, owned byARC Industries, an organization that aims to offer employment opportunities to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults. Cheryl’s already employs some people from ARC, and continues to support this community group and their kitchen, as a training ground for seasonal hires in the future. Cheryl’s brought in some of its own gluten-free equipment, sanitation and production processes as well as management to work with ARC employees. 

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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Brio Ice Cream

So we love ice cream at my house and I was so excited when I had the chance to try Brio ice cream.

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Brio was founded by food pioneers and twin brothers Ron and Arnie Koss, who also founded the first organic baby food company, Earth’s Best. In order to create their latest trend-setting brand, the Koss brothers enlisted the help of former Ben & Jerry’s flavor developers and secured two patents, resulting in a product that’s a true ice cream lover’s “friend with benefits.”

Brio is packed with organic whole milk, probiotics, 24 micronutrients and a healthy balance of Omegas. Perfect for a post-workout mini meal or a guilt-free comfort food snack, Brio proves that ice cream is no longer just for dessert. It’s also non-GMO, gluten free, Kosher and low-glycemic.

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Even if you try to eat well, you probably miss some nutrients, especially in our fast-paced world. Brio is ice cream reimagined in the healthiest way possible; you get the benefit of healthy nutrients you’d never know were there.

These healthy nutrients include:

  • Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C and E)
  • Electrolytes (including potassium, magnesium and sodium)
  • B-Vitamins (including B12 and Folic Acid)
  • Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Zinc, Iron and Other Essential Minerals
  • To help maximize absorption of key fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamins A and E), Brio also includes a healthy balance of Omega 3-6-9 fats.
  • Probiotics

The probiotics in Brio are freezer friendly; ordinary probiotics can’t survive the cold temperatures and harsh environment of the freezer. 

To round out Brio’s digestive benefits package, they’ve also added prebiotics, a non-digestible food ingredient that helps increase beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. Brio’s prebiotics come from all-natural, organic inulin, a starchy substance from guar gum bean fiber and agave.

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Flavors include creamy Madagascar Vanilla, Café Latte, Very Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, Tropical Mango and Sea Salt Caramel. While Jeremy loved the fruity flavors, I am more of a vanilla and cafe latte kind of girl. With that said, Jeremy loved and ate every single flavor. 

You can find Brio Ice Cream at Stop and Shop grocery stores, as well as dozens of other stores across the country. 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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Introducing Enjoy Life Foods Mini Cookies

I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news yet – Enjoy Life Foods launched a NEW product, Mini Cookies!! Now you can eat freely with these mini versions of your favorite allergy-friendly Crunchy Cookies and Soft Baked Cookies.

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The new mini cookies are available in 3 Soft Baked varieties and 4 Crunchy varieties.  The single serve snack bags are perfect for school lunches, after school snacking, afternoon snack at work, and snacking on the go! Each box contains 6 single-serve bags and in keeping with their “Always Free-From” promise, Enjoy Life Mini Cookies are certified gluten-free and free from the top 8 allergens, and they’re certified kosher and halal, verified non-GMO, and contain no artificial anything!

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AI love chocolate and I love Enjoy Life’s Soft Baked Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies and Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I devoured a bag of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips within minutes of opening the box. The chocolate chips cookies are crunchy and taste exactly like their full sized version. Not a fan of crunchy? No problem! You can enjoy the mini cookies in soft baked versions as well! 

You can now purchase Enjoy Life Foods Mini Cookies in stores and 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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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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Wonderfully Raw’s Coco-Roons

What every sweet tooth has been waiting for! Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights’ Coco-Roons are meltingly tender morsels, sweetened with the finest vitamin and mineral packed unfiltered organic Vermont maple syrup. Organic coconut gives these delectable treats natural fats that stimulate the metabolism….not to mention your cravings for more! In seven mouth wateringly indulgent flavors. 

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Perfect for on-the-go healthy snacking, Coco-Roons are a delightful, good-for-you indulgence, available in seven flavors: 

  • Brownie
  • Apple Pie 
  • Lemon Pie
  • Almond Strawberry
  • Vanilla Maple 
  • Cacao Nib
  • Orange Dreamsicle

I tried the Brownie and Lemon Pie. The Lemon Pie tasted like a lemon pie, but with a twist and slightly different texture. The Brownies had a deep, rich and robust flavor and are perfect for any chocolate lover! 

Not only do they taste delicious but Coco-Roons are created with minimal, premium ingredients for maximum flavor and they fit many different dietary needs. Coco-Roons snacks that are gluten free, vegan and paleo friendly and made from organic, non-GMO, nutrient rich ingredients. 

The mother-son team of Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights expanded the brand to 4 lines of sweet, salty, healthy snacks to satisfy the needs and wants of smackers everywhere- salty or sweet, light or indulgent – all made with organic, non GMO, whole foods ingredients to be gluten free, vegan, and nutrient-rich.  Coco-Roons, Brussels Bytes, Snip Chips, and Dipperz can be found at fine retailers all over the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Australia.

Coco-Roons are available in both 6.2 oz and 2 oz bags. 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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Pure Genius brownies and blondies GIVEAWAY

Brownies made with beans?! Now that is Pure Genius
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I first tried Pure Genius’ gluten free, vegan brownies and blondies at the Gluten Free & Allergen Free (GFAF) expo this past fall in New Jersey. Until now, you could only find these brownies at expos and online. And now you can buy Pure Genius at Whole Foods Markets across the Northeast and coming soon to health stores and specialty stores across the country!
 
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Pure Genius Provisions Deep Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Blondie are packed with 3-4g protein and 3-4g fiber, and contain 11g of sugar and  under 200 rich, satisfying calories. 
 
Made in an allergen free facility, Pure Genius products are nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and soon-to-be kosher-certified. You can’t even tell that the brownies are made from black beans and the blondies are made from chickpeas. You’d never guess that every Pure Genius brownie and blondie contains more than 40% garbanzo beans (chickpeas). And I’m talking whole beans, not flour.  I suggest you try this Brooklyn-based product asap!  
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Use promo code GFJESSICA to save 20% off all online orders through the end of June. 
 
Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win Pure Genius Provisions Deep Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Blondies!! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
 

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This giveaway will end on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US 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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PhillySwirl® and ICEE® Mix Things Up in Frozen Novelties

I’m not sure if you remember a review I did last June about two friends from Philadelphia who started selling Italian ice on the beaches of Florida in 1987. Well, they were quite successfully and so is their company PhillySwirl. Inspired by hot summer days in Philadelphia, they concocted a new twist on a childhood favorite, Italian Ice. This signature swirl now brings fun to every freezer with unique flavors and fun formats, including the classic SwirlStix, Cups with Candy Spoons and Swirl Popperz.

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PhillySwirl frozen novelties are a great tasting and healthier gluten free, dairy free alternative to ice cream and other calorie and fat-laden summer treats, and what’s even better? PhillySwirl is introducing three exciting new frozen novelties that feature a unique twist on classic flavors. This swirl-licious lineup includes juicy and refreshing flavors like ICEE, organic fruit, and lemonade. Similar to the popular Swirl Stix, all new items are under 50 calories per bar, food allergen-friendly, and feature a smooth texture the whole family will enjoy.

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Here’s the scoop:  

  • ICEE MixItUp!® allows you to enjoy your favorite frozen beverage flavors from home. With the pop and fizz of your favorite ICEE beverage, you’ll find swirled concoctions like red and white cherry, green apple and watermelon, blue raspberry and white cherry, and strawberry and kiwi.
  • Organic Jungle Swirls gives ingredient-conscious families something to squawk about. This is the first no artificial flavor and color product, flavored with real fruit juice and puree.
  • Lemonade Swirls open with the classic, refreshing taste of lemonade, followed by a blast of fruit flavor. Experience flavors like watermelon lemonade, pomegranate lemonade, and blueberry lemonade along with classic flavors like lemon lime, fresh lemonade and strawberry lemonade.

All of the new items are:

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Peanut free (peanut free facility)
  • Soy free
  • Tree nut free (coconut excluded)
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Non-GMO

The new PhillySwirl flavor lineup has just hit shelves, and can be found for an average retail of $2.99.  To find where PhillySwirl products are sold near you, visit the product locator.

I can’t think of anything cooler on a hot summer day!

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.