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Kuli Kuli Moringa – A superfood for 2018

Sterling-Rice Group’s Culinary Trends 2018 report is the culmination of a year-long examination of the global foodscape, based on international scouting trips, in-depth primary research, and input from the Culinary Council, a team of more than 175 chefs, restauranteurs, and food experts from around the world. While some culinary trends may rise and fall within the same calendar year, many of the most relevant trends follow longer arcs, manifesting in connected, yet new, innovations along the way. One of the projected hot new superfoods of 2018 is moringa.

Kuli Kuli Foods is America’s leading moringa brand, and has worked to build a supply chain with women-owned cooperatives and small farmers across Africa and South America. Kali Kuli’s powder, bars and energy shots are gluten free and sold in over 6,000 stores. 

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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) the “plant 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.” 

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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. 

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. 

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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FORAGER PROJECT’S NEW FLAVORS OF ORGANIC PRESSED VEGETABLE CHIPS

Forager Project has introduced three new flavors of organic Pressed Vegetable Chips using upcycled plant fiber from their cold-pressed juices. Joining Forager’s growing line of organic, plant-based, dairy-free foods made with simple ingredients, Pressed Vegetable Chips are now available in Chipotle BBQ, Cheezy Greens, and Wasabi Greens. Committed to creating products that are better for people and the planet, Forager reduces food waste by upcycling otherwise composted vegetable fiber sourced from pressing their own vegetable juice.

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Forager Project began in 2013 with a focus on high-quality, cold-pressed vegetable juices that were high in nutrients and low in sugar. After tasting the organic vegetable fiber left in the press, Founder and CEO Stephen Williamson believed the beautiful vegetable pulp would not only make a great base for a chip but would also leverage Forager’s raw ingredients, helping to reduce food waste and create a more sustainable proposition for the company and its consumers.

“Waste is a matter of perspective,” said Forager Founder & CEO Stephen Williamson. “We had all of this lovely, organic vegetable pulp that we were composting, and thought, there has got to be a better way. We’re as interested in creating healthy, plant-based foods as we are in mitigating our impact on the planet.”

The three new flavors include: 

  • Chipotle BBQ: With subtle smoky heat, this is an elevated BBQ chip with a kick

  • Cheezy Greens: Seasoned with nutritional yeast for a cheesy but dairy-free experience. Perfect for my cheese cravings! This one is my favorite. I love the cheesy flavor, which is something I don’t get to eat often.

  • Wasabi Greens: a bold, balanced punch of flavor. Too spicy for me.

Similar in texture to a traditional tortilla chip but gluten-free and corn-free, Forager’s Organic Vegetable Chips combine fresh-pressed vegetable fiber from their cold-pressed juices with ancient grains, seeds, organic seasoning, and a touch of sea salt for a distinct flavor and satisfying crunch. Committed to creating products that are better for people and the planet, Forager reduces food waste by upcycling otherwise composted vegetable fiber sourced from pressing their own vegetable juice. 

The chips are perfect for snacking by themselves or paired with your favorite guacamole or salsa. 

Ready to eat and share, each 5oz bag of Forager’s organic Pressed Vegetable Chips retails for $3.99 and can be purchased in stores nationwide. Chipotle BBQ is available in a 1.5oz bag for $1.99 at select retailers. More information, including a list of ingredients, can be found on Forager Project’s website.

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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Thunderbird Real Food Bars, a truly healthy energy bar.

 
 
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Thunderbird Bars were founded and crafted in Austin, TX by endurance athletes who wanted real food for pure energy, but made for anyone looking for a great tasting and truly healthy alternative to “energy” bars. Thunderbird Real Food Bars specializes in creating epic tasting whole food energy bars. Containing uniquely pure and highly powerful ingredients, Thunderbird bars provide consumers with conveniently packaged, nutrient dense, plant-based goodness. Each bar is made using the finest and freshest available whole foods that earth has to offer.
 
Because Thunderbird Cares about your body, they use only real whole food ingredients. Thunderbird bars taste great and made by using only 100% all-natural, simple and certified ingredients and not one drop of sugar to provide clean, pure, real food energy for life. Thunderbird Bars are gluten free, grain free, soy free, dairy free, non GMO project verified, and vegan.

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Each bar is made with a combination of fruits, nuts, seeds, spices and nothing else. I love the variety and creativity of the flavors Thunderbird has come up with! 

To find a retail location nearest you click here. You can also purchase Thunderbird bars 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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NEW Allergen-Free Millet Medleys from Hilary’s

I am sure you have tried – or at least hear of – Hilary’s gluten free products at some point. They make the most delicious veggie burgers and now they are introducing a new product; Millet Medleys. Millet Medleys offer a flavorful and clean twist on traditional rice pilaf, packaging in convenient microwaveable pouches.

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Uniting gluten-free millet, extra virgin olive oil, organic veggies and protein-rich pulses, Millet Medleys are available in tasty flavors including:

  • Traditional Herb: juicy carrots, peas and white beans pair with rresh herbs like parsley and thyme for a classic blend
  • Golden Curry: a warm, exotic mixture of nutrient-rich lentils, peas and golden raisins infused with powerful turmeric and cayenne
  • Savory Mushroom: hearty mushrooms, fragrant herbs and roasted veggies create a delicious and comforting dish
  • Fresh Greek: garbanzo beans, Kalamata olives, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes provide an authentic taste of Greece with bursts of lemon, parsley and mint

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What I like most is that Hilary’s Millet Medley’s are made with real, clean ingredients and free from the common 8 allergens. They are perfect for when you need a quick meal or plant-based side dish that can be ready in minutes. 

Like all Hilary’s products, the medleys are vegan, USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten Free, and they make the perfect clean side dish or bowl base!

Hilary’s new Millet Medleys are available at conventional and natural grocery stores nationwide and in Canada, as well as online for a SRP of $4.99 per package. 

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 Mulay’s Sausage Product Review

Many sausages have “fillers” in them that are grain based, and therefore contain gluten. Fillers help cut the cost of using 100% meat in a sausage. The grain also helps to absorb the fat in these traditionally fatty links. Well today, I want to introduce you to a sausage that is 100% gluten free. 

Mulay’s Sausage is a natural tradition made according to Nana’s centuries old recipes from Sicily. With a family crest that dates back to 1326 AD when ancestor Nicolo’ was the Senator of Palermo! Though the Mulay family has moved around a bit but nothing has been able to change the way Mulays’ make Sausage! It has always been All Natural and Gluten Free. It has never had nitrates, msg, soy, sugar, dairy, artificial colors or flavors; and it is still made that way today.

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Mulay’s Sausage is 100% Natural Pork and comes in a variety of flavors:

  • Hot Italian Sausage
  • Mild Italian Suasage
  • Killer Hot Italian Sausage
  • Chorizo Sausage
  • Bratwurst
  • Breakfast Sausage

All sausages are available in links or ground. We love to grill the links and we’ve used the ground sausage to make breakfast sandwiches, Bolognese sauce and meatballs! I love that there are very few ingredients; 5 to be exact! The ingredients are pork, red pepper, black pepper, salt and spices. Simple yes flavorful! 

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You can find Mulay’s Sausage at Stop & Shop and dozen’s of other locations 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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Go Umami Baked Tofu Bars

House Foods Go Umami baked tofu bars are made with non-GMO tofu to offer the first-ever tofu snack in the U.S market. Go Umami are perfect for on-the-go protein (5 g of Protein, 10% of DV) with easy-to-peel packaging.

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I am always on the lookout for protein bars, especially with my busy work schedule and travel, but most bars are loaded with sugar or unpronounceable ingredients. Go Umami offers an alternative; one that is savory, not sweet, and made with ingredients I can pronounce! 

Go Umami is available in 3 flavors: savory, orange teriyaki and hickory smoke that are non-GMO, Kosher and preservative free. The bars do require refrigeration, one of the reasons you won’t find preservatives, but can be a drawback for some. Personally, it doesn’t bother me except that I cannot bring them on long trips without a cooler!

You can purchase Go Umami at Big Y and Wegmans. 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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Enjoy Life Foods New Chewy Bar Flavors

I am sure you have seen the exciting news online – Enjoy Life Foods has added three new flavors to their Baked Chewy Bar line! The three new flavors include: Caramel Blondie, Carrot Cake, and Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed. 

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The need for free-from snacking keeps growing and Enjoy Life is meeting the demand with these three tasty new flavors.These three new snack bars are 15% larger and more flavor-packed than the classic Chewy Bars you are used to. All bars are not only free from the top 8 allergens, but they are also certified non-GMO, Kosher, Halal and made without artificial ingredients. 

Here’s a look at the three new labor additions: 

Caramel Blondie: made with bits of dairy free caramel and mini chocolate chips, this bar is a decadent dessert when your sweet tooth cravings hit!

Carrot Cake: made with shredded carrots, California raisins and roasted pumpkin seeds this snack bar is a twist on one of my favorite desserts. 

Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed: This bar tastes like a breakfast muffin! I love the combination of tart lemon and sweet blueberries. 

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Which flavor are you most excited to try?

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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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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Wallaby’s NEW Simple Bakes

Wellaby’s has launched a new savoury snack. Simple Bakes is the first wholegrain snack that will tantalise your taste buds from the very first crunch, while being completely free from most common allergens. 

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Simple Bakes are baked to a light, crispy and bubbly perfection – bringing new meaning to the word ‘moreish’! Whether you’re celiac, gluten intolerant or simply want to avoid gluten in your diet, you can rest easy because Wellaby’s has you covered! They produce Simple Bakes in a gluten free dedicated facility and operate strict control over incoming ingredients to ensure products are 100% free of gluten.

Simple Bakes are also free of nuts, eggs, dairy, and GMO’s, and are lower in calories and fat than potato crisps. 

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Simple Bakes are so moreish and tasty, yet only have 6% fat and less than 110 Kcal per serving.

The snacks are available in 3 flavors, including:

  • Pinch of Sea Salt & Pepper – A delicate pinch of salt will wake up your taste buds from that first crispy bite. The freshly milled pepper gives it a slight kick. Perfect for dipping with hummus!
  • Spicy Chilli – A fusion of fiery warmth and tasty tanginess that pack a punch without being too hot to handle. 
  • Smoky BBQ – A ‘Deep South’ inspired snack that blends sweet and smoky. The rich BBQ smokehouse flavor is hard to resist! 

You can purchase Wellaby Simple Bakes online here

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.