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Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Lemonade

Belvoir Fruit Farms make naturally delicious Cordials, Pressés and Fruit Crushes at their home in the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside.

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Mary Manners, the wife of founder Lord John Manners, started making cordials in her kitchen in the seventies by infusing the elderflowers and pressing the fruit grown on their family farm. Since then, Belvoir has carried on the same method of infusion: pressing and cooking of fresh flowers, fruits and spices, which are then blended with local spring water to make their delicious drinks. Never compromising on quality and choosing only the best ingredients, everything that goes into their drinks is real and natural with nothing artificial at all.

The heady floral taste of soft rose petals blends beautifully with the delicate scent of Elderflowers to form a deliciously perfumed sparkling drink. Pink and perfect, this drink will quench your thirst! 

Belvoir Elderflower Lemonades come in a variety of organic flavors in glass bottles that are beautiful and perfect for health conscious drinkers. Made with 100% natural ingredients, the lemonades are also non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and contain no preservatives, no sweeteners or artificial colors.

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The Elderflower and Rose Lemonade can is a great addition to champagne or Prosecco creating an instant crowd pleasing cocktail; perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration. You can also create an afternoon refresher, by adding a little water and a twist of lime making for a healthy substitute for a sugary, carbonated beverage! Belvoir lemonades add a refreshing and effervescent element to any cocktail or drink.

As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the the sweet, fresh aromas of Elderflower and Rose. It is light ans slightly sweet, not too sugary. I tried to savor every sip and wish I had a bigger bottle!

Belvoir Fruit Farms beverages are available in restaurants, cafés, supermarkets, specialty grocery stores and boutique hotels in more than 25 countries across the globe. You can also purchase it 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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hummustir – Fresh Hummus. On Demand.

hummustir, fresh hummus on demand. Baruvi Fresh, an innocative health food production company, launched its first line of healthy snacks with hummustir, a USDA certified organic hummus. Hummustir offers a truly authentic dip and spread with less calories than competing brands. Unlike its pre-made competitors, hummustir uses only natural, non-GMO ingredients, free of MSG, preservatives and harsh chemicals. With hummustir, you see exactly what’s going into your snack. Just roll the ingredients out of their packets, stir and enjoy! Each pouch contains a fresh ingredient – chickpea puree, tahini and spices. Simply open each one, mix, and enjoy delicious hummus instantly.

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Hummustir has a shelf life of 12 months because of its state-of-the-art packaging and does not need to be refrigerated until it is opened and made. Hummustir comes in a container that can also be used as a mixing and serving bowl. Three packets are inside; each contain a fresh ingredient needed to make hummus. Once mixed, you have instant hummus that can be served with fresh veggies, crackers or your favorite hummus dipping foods!

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Hummustir is available in three flavors:

  • Classic – a simple, smooth creamy hummus
  • Mediterranean – creamy hummus with a tangy twist of lime and garlic
  • Village – creamy hummus with a traditional touch of garlic and cumin. 

It’s fresh. There’s no pasty, chunky or gritty taste. There are no preservatives, no “stuff” you don’t recognize – just simple pure ingredients!

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One serving of hummus has 45 calories, up to a third less than any other available hummus brand. Each serving is packed with 2 grams of protein.

Hummustir is great to take on vacation, camping, to the beach or can be enjoyed at work or home by yourself or with a large group. 

The idea for hummustir was conceived a few decades ago, in the Kruvi family’s popular Mediterranean restaurant in Israel. Known for their hummus, patrons would line up outside the family’s restaurant for a taste of the fresh, creamy dish. After taking over a hummus restaurant from his father, Alon developed a passion for creating real, authentic hummus, free of preservatives and fillers, for all to enjoy. Recognizing that hummus tastes yummiest when freshly made, Alon decided to share that experience with the rest of the world. Teaming up with Rakesh Barmecha and Vineet Bokaria, hummus lovers and successful business entrepreneurs, the trio developed hummustir – a healthy, deconstructed hummus product offering consumers an authentic dip and spread unlike anything on the market!

Hummustir is available in 12 oz. portions at local grocery stores and 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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Bobo’s Oat Bars – Gluten Free and Vegan

On a rainy afternoon in 2003, Beryl Stafford and her daughter “Bobo” baked oat bars that soon became a Boulder, CO cafe favorite. A simple recipe offered an unassuming oat bar recipe that was the perfect antidote to the grey day… and together they baked the first Oat Bar and the same exact recipe still used by Bobo’s today.

In 2003, when Bobo’s was getting its first footholds throughout the Front Range shelves and shops, the snack bar category was in its earliest days. Most of it then (and still today) offered little in the way of hearty, wholesome and simple. From the very beginning, Bobo’s committed to baking in simple ways with a simple ingredient list with simple language and simple packaging. And while the snack bar category has gone absolutely bonkers, very little with Bobo’s has changed.

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Bobo’s Oat Bars are certified gluten free – made in a gluten free facility and testing is done on every batch – dairy free, vegan, Kosher. There are several flavors of Bobo’s that contain tree nuts and/or peanuts. Bobo’s has an allergen program in place to prevent cross contact with these allergens, but it is recommended that those with allergies to these ingredients exercise caution when eating Bobo products.

Bobo’s Oat Bars are available in 15 flavors:

  • Original
  • Coconut
  • Cranberry Orange 
  • Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Peanut Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Peach
  • Maple Pecan
  • Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip
  • Lemon Poppyseed
  • Apple Pie
  • PB + J
  • Gingerbread

The bars are dense and will keep you full for hours. Each bar is two servings and if you eat the whole thing it’s like eating a small meal. The bar was great for a post-workout breakfast and kept me full until lunch time. 

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While I found the Original to be somewhat plain in flavor, I loved the coconut! The Coconut bar combines hearty oats and sweet coconut flakes that give it a slight sweetness. I also enjoyed the Banana Chocolate Chip. It was a little chewier than the others with a sweet banana and chocolate chip taste – it tasted like homemade banana bread. The first bite almost tastes like a donut; sweet – but not too sweet – and keeps you coming back for more. Maybe I haven’t had a donut in while…

Bobo’s Oat Bars are available at Whole Foods Markets, Safeway, REI, and hundreds of other locations throughout the US. You can also purchase Bobo’s Oat Bars on Amazon. There currently is a promotion on Amazon to save 15% off any Bobo’s Oat Bars order. Click here to get the coupon.  

 

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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Kuli Kuli Foods – A Moringa Superfood Company

Many people want to incorporate more vegetables/greens into their diets but find it difficult to get their greens at meals other than dinner. Kuli Kuli’s delicious Moringa Superfood Bars, Pure Moringa Powder, Energizing Moringa Herbal Tea, and Moringa Green Energy shots make it easy to get greens on the go while helping to plant moringa trees and support women farmers in the developing world.

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Never heard of Moringa before? I hadn’t either until Kuli Kuli reached out to me. Although this plant was initially discovered for its beneficial properties thousands of years ago, only recently has moringa (sometimes called the Ben oil tree) become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic health market. In fact, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called moringa (moringa oleifera) theplant of the year,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.” 

Kuli Kuli is America’s leading moringa brand, providing the high quality and nutritious moringa products. Kuli Kuli’s moringa is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants, and provides a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Gram for gram, moringa contains two times the amount of protein of yogurt, four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots, four times the amount of calcium as cow’s milk, seven times amount of vitamin C as oranges. I think you get the picture. 

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Morninga has many benefits including: anti-inflammatory, balances hormones and slows the effects of aging, helps improve digestive health and balances blood sugar levels, to name a few. 

All of Kuli Kuli’s products are gluten free, vegan, soy free, dairy free and non-GMO. My favorite are the Moringa Superfood Bars which are available in three flavors: Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Almond and Black Cherry.The bars are chewy and slightly sweet and with 190 calories and more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal, they keep me going all morning. 

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The Moringa Green Energy Shots contain half a cup of leafy greens per serving. It’s as if they’ve combined a healthy green smoothie with coffee to make an all natural, great tasting, energy shot.

By hand-harvesting only fresh, young leaves, Kuli Kuli ensures that their organic moringa powder is more nutrient-dense and less bitter than anything else on the market. Kuli Kuli works with women-led farming cooperatives to grow moringa, use it to improve local nutrition, and help farmers earn a sustainable livelihood by selling it here in the US. To date, Kuli Kuli has planted 200,000 moringa trees and supported 800 women farmers to earn a sustainable livelihood growing moringa. 

Kuli Kuli is available at Whole Foods Market and Natural food stores throughout the country. You can also purchase Kuli Kuli products 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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Bear Pond Farms Pesto

Earlier this week I posed about Bear Pond Farms new heat-and-serve Queso. In that post I also mentioned that Bear Pone Farms first product line was it’s Pestos, and today I’m here to talk about all about pesto. 

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Bear Pond Farms is located in Glastonbury, CT and has been making gluten free pesto sauces and dips for 13 years. The pesto sauces capture that sparkling-green awesomeness—in uniquely flavorful and mindful ways. Made with organic herbs, non-GMO oil, and sheep’s milk pecorino romano cheese, all of the pestos are gluten free. They also make two vegan pesto varieties if dairy isn’t your thing.

I don’t usually buy pre-made sauces, I tend to make my own, but when Pear Pond Farms asked if I would like to try their pestos, I decided to try them. Why you ask? First, I liked that the ingredients are non-GMO and that all products are gluten free. Secondly, the ingredient list is short – herbs, oil, garlic and cheese – nothing unrecognizable or unpronounceable. 

Bear Pond Farms Pesto is available in 7 varieties: 

  • 3 Greens Pesto (vegan)
  • Cilantro Pesto
  • Tomato Basil Pesto
  • Sun dried tomato pesto
  • Spice vegan pesto 
  • Premium basil pesto
  • Artichoke pesto

My favorite so far is the 3 Greens Pesto. It is a lighter and modern vegan pesto made with organic kale and arugula. It is earthy and tangy and perfect with many dishes. I used this pesto to make chicken and broccoli pasta and it was delicious! It was super easy to make. Sear chicken in olive oil and 2 tablespoons pesto over medium-high heat until almost cooked. Add in broccoli and 2 more tablespoons of pesto. Cook until chicken is done. Add it pasta and desired amount of pesto. Toss and serve.  

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Bear Pond Farms has a variety of recipes and tips available on their website

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The pestos and quesos are lab tested <20 ppm gluten. Though they are made at a MA packer that is not a gluten free facility, it is SQF2 certified with preventatives in place to prevent ingredient cross-contamination.

You can purchase Bear Pond Farm products via Amazon and at Whole Foods, select Big Y Supermarkets, and dozens of other retailers throughout the country. Click here for a full list of retail locations.

Don’t forget to enter the Bear Pond Farms Queso Giveaway!!

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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Siete Family Foods launches new Grain Free Tortilla Chips

Look out chip aisle, there are new players in town! While we’ve recently seen a prevalence of grain-free snacks to munch on, Siete Family Foods has taken it a step further with grain-free tortilla chips made from anti-inflammatory ingredients like cassava flour. 

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Over the summer I tried Siete’s grain free tortillas, which I loved, so I was thrilled to learn about their new line of chips and even more thrilled to try them! 

Made with cassava flour, avocado oil, and other real food ingredients, the chips come in three classic flavor varieties: Sea Salt, Nacho, and Lime. With demand for anti-inflammatory and better-for-you snacks on the rise, Siete’s chips satisfy both taste and dietary needs.

 

My favorite flavor is Sea Salt. It tastes like a fresh tortilla chip you would expect from a Mexican restaurant. The avocado oil gives it a delicious and slightly oily flavor that I love. These are my new favorite chips! We served them during Sunday’s football party and our friends devoured them! I will definitely be getting more before our Superbowl party!

All three varieties of Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free Certified, and are completely free of corn, wheat, rice, beans, soy, and dairy. The paleo and vegan-friendly chips are perfect for snacking straight out of the bag, as well as for pairing with fresh salsa or guacamole, yum!

Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips will be available for purchase at Whole Foods Market locations nationwide starting January 2017 (SRP $4.99) and I saw them at my local Whole Foods for the first time yesterday! 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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Introducing Enjoy Life Foods ProBurts Bites

Enjoy Life Foods’ newest allergy-friendly product line, ProBurst Bites, are protein-rich, truffle-like bites that boast 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving. ProBurst Bites are the ideal high-protein snack,  post-workout eat, and great for traveling or keeping in your desk drawer for that afternoon snack attack.

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These truffle-like bites have a creamy, smooth chocolate center and hard exterior. A crunchy blend of seeds and spices, the flavors are bold. ProBurst Bites are available in 4 flavors:

  • Cinnamon Spice
  • Mango Habanero
  • Cranberry Orange
  • SunSeed Butter 

ProBurst Bites do not have a chalky, artificial after-taste of most high protein products out there on the market. These Bites are delicious and indulgent and packed with nutrients; you would have no idea it was a healthy treat! What more could you ask for? 

I love that the Bites are bite size! With three bites per serving, it’s an easy way to add protein into your diet and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. 

ProBurst Bites are available to purchase online and will be hitting store shelves soon!

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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Nocciolata Dairy Free // Vegan Nutella

Nocciolata (pronounced no-cho-lata) Dairy Free is a certified vegan alternative to Rigoni di Asiago‘s better-for-you, higher-quality, better-tasting chocolate-hazelnut spread.

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Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts with cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor and smooth texture. Nocciolata is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.

Nocciolata Dairy Free has a deep chocolate flavor, balanced by the sweet nuttiness of hazelnuts. Perfect if you are lactose intolerant or milk allergic, if you follow a vegan diet, or if you simply prefer a more intense taste!nocciolata-dairy-free

It is perfect for baking, spreading on toast or drizzling over your morning oats.

Nocciolata Dairy Free is also organic, Kosher certified, and gluten free.

Rigoni di Asiago is a family-owned business from the mountains of Italy dedicated to providing the purest ingredients to tables everywhere.

You can purchase Rigoni di Asiago products at Whole Foods Market, Shaws, Stop & Shop and hundreds of other grocery store and health food stores across the country. You can also buy it online via 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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Introducing Hemplify // Hemp Oil Extract Drinkable Supplement

Hemplify is a drinkable vitality supplement containing hemp extract. Unlike hemp seed, hemp heart, hemp products and other common hemp products, hemp extract is made from the stalk of industrial hemp. This extract contains a broad spectrum of non-psychoactive terpenes, essential oils and other phytoconstituents.  This supplement is also infused with 9 vitamins, electrolyte potassium and omega 3.

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Hemplify is a great-tasting, all-natural CBD drink that’s made with patented micellization technology to enhance absorption into the bloodstream. Hemplify takes also one of the first cannabinoid drinks to be sugar-free, natural, vegan, non-GMO and gluten free. The product comes in two flavors ? tropical and berry ? and all batches are third-party tested for cannabinoid content and for full FDA compliance.

Benefits: 

  • 9-12x the electrolyte potassium of leading sports drinks
  • Made from the stalk of European industrial hemp, which contains a bouquet of terpenes, essential oils and phytoconstituents
  • 100% Vitamins B12, C and D, and excellent sources of Vitamins A, B1 (Thiamin), B3 (Niacin), Pantothenic acid (B5), B6 and E
  • 200mg Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vegan
  • Sugar-Free (Sweetened with Monk Fruit, Stevia, Xylitol and Glycerin)
  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • Non-Psychoactive

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Currently, Hemplify is available online throughout the continental USA and in select stores in California and Nevada. They are working to build their distribution and store announcements can be found on their Twitter feed, @drinkhemplify.

25% OFF + Free Shipping on all order of Hemplify with promo code HOLIDAYHEMP25).

  • Buy one or more 6, 12 or 24-packs until midnight on Friday December 16 and save 25% off regular online price, plus get free FedEx Ground shipping anywhere in the continental USA!
  • use code HOLIDAYHEMP25 at checkout. ORDER BY February 16 FOR DELIVERY BY DEC. 24!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by GO VEGGIE® through their partnership with BzzAgent. 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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Pine Bros NEW Vitamin C Orange and Sugar Free Cherry Soft Drops

With winter right around the corner – it was only 32 degrees this morning! – it’s time to start preparing for winter colds. 

The past few winters have been bitterly cold and I have kept Pine Bros throat drops in our medicine cabinet for when we get sick. This year, Pine Bros has launched two new products – Vitamin C Orange and Sugar Free Cherry. 

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Pine Bros can be found in the cough drop isle, but they are not a cough drop.  Pine Bros does not have any medicines or questionable ingredients in their products.  Pine Brothers throat drops are all natural; glycerin is the active ingredient. Pine Brothers product is also vegan and gluten free.  

So how are Pine Bros different from other brands? In addition to not being a cough drop, the biggest difference is that Pine Bros offers the soothing natural qualities of plant glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia into one softish drop.That’s right – softish. These are not hard drops like some brands, but soft-ish. The texture is unlike any other cough drop I’ve had. It’s smooth and, well, a “soft drop”.  They are not chewy, but dissolve smoothly to form a coating, soothing syrup down my throat.

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You can purchase Pine Bros products at Harris Teeter, Harmon, ShopRite, and Kinney Drug. All Pine Bros products are also available for purchase 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.