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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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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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Q Drinks – Gluten Free sodas and carbonated mixers

Most cocktail sodas are lousy. Designed from unpronounceable ingredients by multinational corporations, sweetened beyond recognition with high fructose corn syrup, and packaged in generic containers, the typical cocktail soda is an afterthought that adds nothing to the drinking experience.new_homepage

Q Drinks makes sodas — clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverages that enhance the finest spirits and stand proudly on their own. Using only the best ingredients — organic agave from the Mexican countryside, quinine from the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, ginger from the fields of Southeast Asia, and salt from the Himalayas. Spectacular on their own and good enough for anything you want to mix them with!

I love that Q soda’s have less sugar than traditional sodas and are therefore less sweet.The flavors are pronounced – ginger beer tasted like ginger, grapefruit soda tasted like grapefruit. Most sodas taste sugary and artificial with a very sweet taste of flavor. Q sodas are definitely different.  

Q Drinks tonic water, ginger beer, and other flavors are carried by many restaurants, bars, and retailers including Whole Foods, Safeway, HEB, and 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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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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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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Groupon Gluten Free Coupons & More Savings!

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Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do! Whether it’s stocking up on sale items, getting a discount or using coupons, saving money helps all the time, especially when gluten free items are priced significantly higher than other items. I recently discovered that Groupon offers a variety of coupons, including coupons on gluten free products! 

I’m most -if not all – of you have heard of Groupon. It is arguably one of the most popular local deals sites and has been for some time offering coupons as well. For those looking to maximize savings, you can find hundreds of coupons to use online and in stores. Instead of spending money ahead of time to purchase a deal, you can choose from thousands of coupons and promo codes to use online and in stores throughout the country. Groupon Coupons includes major retailers like, Macy’s, Target, Whole Foods, and Peapod. Before you head to the store, check Groupon Coupons for great savings on groceries and gluten free items. New coupons and deals are added everyday, so check back regularly because you never know what you might find!

Have you tried Groupon Coupons yet? I’d love to hear about the deals you have found! Leave a comment below! 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. 

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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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Bear Pond Farm Organic-Herb Pesto Sauces and Queso Dip // Giveaway

The Patriots are going to the Superbowl [again]!!!! And I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve read my blog, you know I love the Patriots and when your team is in the Superbowl it makes it that much more fun to have a Superbowl party with your friends. 

Superbowl parties are not only about the game but also the food. Well, Bear Pond Farms has come out with a new product, heat-and-serve queso cheese dips, just in time for game day!

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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, 80 tons of pesto are sold annually to retailers nationwide. They also make two vegan pesto varieties if dairy isn’t your thing. Bear Pond Farms newest product line are also made with high quality, better for you ingredients. 

A perfect game day nosh, the heat-and-serve queso cheese dips are SO MUCH better for you than most cheese dips on the market. The dips are free of gluten, MSG, DATEM, artificial flavors, are lower in sodium and come in BPA-free packaging.  

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These queso dips come in three flavors:

  • Original
  • Jalapeno Flavor
  • Chorizo Flavor

What a difference quality ingredients make! This is nothing like other pre-made queso dips I’ve tried before. It tastes real and it tastes goodThe original flavor had a slight kick while the Jalapeno really packed the heat. The chorizo flavor was a little too strong for me, but our friends devoured it during the AFC Championship game. I plan on serving it again during the game because I know it is a crowd pleaser. And you can too!! Three lucky reader will win all 3 flavors of queso dip! To enter, simply leave a comment below. For extra entries, follow me on Instagram, and Like Bear Pond Farms on facebook. This giveaway will end on Sunday, January 29th at 11:59pm EST and is open to US residents only. 

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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. 

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.