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ERA Organics Tea Tree Oil Cleanser & Face Cream

hether you’re fighting acne, oily skin, rosacea or chronic dry skin, you can get healthier, smoother skin thanks ERA Organics Tea Tree Oil Cleanser and Face Cream. 

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ERA Organics is a family owned and operated company based in California. After running into different allergies, skin conditions, lack of energy, etc., the family decided to make a change. Together, they wanted to improve their health in a major way. This included eating better, exercising more and eliminating toxins – something I am also trying to be better about – not only what I put into my body, but what I put on my body. My husband has also started using this cleanser and had noticed a difference in his skin. 

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The Face Cleanser leaves my skin feeling smooth and nourished. This product is made with natural, organic ingredients including: tea tree oil, goldenseal, burdock root, aloe vera, pomegranate seed oil, St. John’s wort, and dandelion root.

I’ve started using the facial cream before I go to bed. It is soothing and hydrating. It works with oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin, without making things worse.

Not only are ERA Organics products made with real ingredients that are good for your skin, they are also offered at reasonable prices.  Both products are available for under $20 each!

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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Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burgers

Hilary’s is the creator of convenient and culinary foods that are made from real ingredients and are free from common allergens. Hilary’s is a B Corporation certified food manufacturing company dedicated to nourishing our bodies and the environment. They only use thoughtfully researched, organic and non-GMO ingredients. The products we offer are easy to prepare at home, and undeniably delicious. It’s eating well made easy.

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I am sure you have tried – or at least heard of – Hilary’s gluten free products at some point (including my post a few months ago about their Millet Medleys.) Today I want to talk to you about Hilary’s Veggie Burgers. I LOVE these burgers and my husband and I eat them for dinner at least twice per month. Veggie Burgers are available in a variety of styles:

  • World’s Best Veggie Burger (original)
  • Adzuki Bean Burger
  • Hemp & Greens Burger 
  • Root Veggie Burger 
  • Black Rice Veggie Burger
  • Spicy Thai Veggie Burger 
  • Curry Veggie Burger
  • Kimchi Veggie Burger 

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I’ve tried a number of Hilary’s burgers and I have to say my favorites include the original, Adzuki burger and Root Veggie Burger. Veggie burgers are perfect for those nights that you need protein but don’t want meat. They are also super easy and quick to make, and make for the perfect busy weeknight meal. 

Every product meets the following standards:

  • Convenient. foods for people who care about what they eat while living their busy lives.
  • Clean. certified organic ingredients are real food, minimally processed and as close to their natural state as possible.
  • Free-from. all products are all gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free and nut-free.
  • Sustainable. Hilary’s considers long-term sustainability in their business practices. They care about the health of customers, employees and ecosystem.
  • Yummy. If it doesn’t taste good, why even bother? 

Have you tried Hilary’s Veggie Burgers? What is your favorite kind? 

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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Planet Fuel Launching Line of Organic Juices

Planet Fuel Beverage Company is launching a line of organic juices. The Connecticut-based Planet Fuel is a mission-driven business, dedicated to building a line of great-tasting, organic products and inspiring their consumers to contribute to environmental conservation.

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Planet Fuel’s line of organic juices is available in three flavors: Organic Apple Grape Juice, Organic Cherry Lemonade and Organic Mango Pear Lime Juice. My favorite is the Cherry Lemonade; it’s a nice twist on the classic lemonade drink. 
Unlike competitors in the space, Planet Fuel beverages combine organic juices and a splash of water to naturally lower sugar content without sacrificing the taste. There are no added refined sugars, preservatives or artificial sweeteners in their shelf stable beverages. Each organic juice is sourced from domestic farms that are certified organic and naturally GMO-free. Planet Fuel promotes an organic lifestyle through the consumption of foods free from pesticides and other harmful toxins.

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What I like most about Planet Fuel is that this tastes like juice; not sugar and no fake ingredients. 

Planet Fuel Beverage Co. is a proud member of the GoCleanLabel initiative that advocates for simple, clean and easily understood food and beverage labeling. Planet Fuel’s organic juices are the first teen/tween beverage to carry the GoCleanLabel distinction. Planet Fuel Beverage Co. is a business with a social mission to promote environmental education and participate in efforts to protect the planet. In July 2016, the company established the Planet Fuel Charitable Fund (PFCF), the giving arm of Planet Fuel Beverage Co., which is backed by private donors and 5% of sales from Planet Fuel’s organic beverages. This past year the PFCF has given $100,000 in grants to Save the Sound to help restore natlive fish runs in the Long Island Sound, and to The Ocean Conservancy to support their initiatives to reduce ocean plastics through a “Skip the Straw” campaign.

Each beverage is available for purchase in a single can, four, twelve or 24-pack. A single sells for $1.89, $5.99 for a 4-pack, $15.99 for a 12-pack and $32.99 for a 24-pack.

Planet Fuel juices can be found at retail locations across CT and other parts of New England. To find a retailer near you, click 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.

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Healthy Summer Beverages

What could be better than an ice cold refreshing drink on a hot summer day? Today, I am going to share a few of my new favorite, thirst quenching, perfect-for-summer beverages with you!

BRUCE COST GINGER ALE is made from whole, 100% fresh ginger, unlike competitors who use artificial ingredients like “ginger oil”. You can actually SEE the ginger pieces in each bottle, and it’s recommended that drinkers “shake gingerly” before twisting off the cap and enjoying! Naturally sweetened with pure cane sugar and locally crafted in Brooklyn, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale is currently available in seven flavors – Original Ginger Ale (bottle and can); “66” (66 calories with monk fruit); Jasmine Tea; Ginger Beer; Pomegranate with Hibiscus; Passion Fruit with Turmeric; and Blood Orange with Meyer Lemon. (Available on Amazon.)

BROOKLYN ORGANICS are perfect for those looking for a sugar free option as all the line of USDA Organic-certified sodas are gently sweetened with plant-based Stevia. All varietals are non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten Free, Caffeine Free and Vegan. Each contains a bold fizz in a svelte package, made with ingredients that are good for you and for the planet. Brooklyn Organics flavors include: Classic, Cola, Acai, Coconut & Guava. While I find these sodas very sweet on their own – from the stevia – they pair well with alcohol for a low calorie cocktail. (Available on Amazon).

GAEA, the leading Greek food company specializing in authentic Mediterranean products such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olives (Snack Packs, Pouches and Jars), is breaking into the cocktail mixer industry with Dirty Martini Juice – a natural fit considering olives are at the core of their business. With only two ingredients per flavor, Gaea Dirty Martini Juice is the perfect mixer to accompany vodka and gin. Gaea Dirty Martini Juice for Vodka contains red pepper stuffed green olives brine with hot red pepper, while Gaea Dirty Martini Juice for Gin contains green olives. Cheers to that! 

Looking for something for your kids? AquaBall is the only zero-calorie, sugar-free and preservative-free children’s beverage currently on the market. The naturally flavored water is available in four flavors: Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape and Strawberry Lemonade, and features fan favorite characters from Disney’s “Frozen”, Disney Princesses, Marvel’s “Avengers,” and Disney Classic Characters. AquaBall is the simple solution to finding a beverage that both kids and parents will love.

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Which beverage do you want to try most this summer? Leave a comment below!

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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Movie Night with G.H. Cretors Popped Corn

I love going out on date nights with my husband but sometimes it’s also nice to stay in, put on comfy pants, and simply watch a movie together.Thanks for G.H. Cretors, we were able to enjoy a night in complete with popcorn and movies! 

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G.H. Cretors popcorn roots date back to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, where the very first commercial popcorn maker was unveiled by Charles Cretors. Today, the passion for obsessively delicious popcorn continues, with all popcorn varieties made with high-quality, real ingredients, like premium aged cheddar cheese, at the G.H. Cretors facility in Waukegan, Illinois.

Popcorn is naturally gluten-free, and G.H. Cretors is committed to keeping it that way. They don’t process gluten in their facility, and all of their products are Certified Gluten-Free. 

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G.H. Creators uses Non-GMO popcorn and Non-GMO ingredients whenever possible in all flavors, and only organic ingredients in the Organics line. Aside from its rich flavor profile, brown rice syrup has other pros—which is exactly why we use it instead of sugar. Unlike other sugars that cause “sugar highs,” brown rice syrup offers a steady supply of energy over a longer period. Bonus: It also has a wonderful, crisp sweetness. Most caramel corns still opt for corn syrup. Most, but not us. 

Flavors include:

  • Organic Chile Jalapeño White Cheddar
  • Organic Dill Pickle
  • Just the Cheese Corn
  • Just the Caramel Corn
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • The Mix

You can find G.H. Cretors at Target, Star Market, Shaws,Walgreens, and Rite Aid to name a few retailers. 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 Chip & Dip Day with a Good Health Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a good chip & dip appetizer? Who doesn’t love chips period? In honor of National Chip & Dip Day on March 23rd, I’ve partnered with Good Health to create a delicious chip & dip pairing.  

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National Chip & Dip Day, an annual favorite food holiday, celebrates a perfect combination that is loved by many across the country. Chips and dip are a popular party dish as it is not only favored by most but also quick and easy to prepare, especially thanks to Good Health’s healthy gluten free chip offerings. 

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Good Health, creator of crunchy, craveable  and innovative snacks has got you covered with delicious and gluten free chips. The Organic Black Bean & Rice Tortilla Chips are made with, well, black beans and rice, and finished with a touch of Himalayan sea salt. 

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Good Health Organic Sea Salt Eat Your Vegetables Chips are packed with 8 great vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms. These chips are an excellent source of vitamins A and C plus a good source of vitamins E and B6 so you can snack happy and enjoy being good!

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Ingredients
  1. 2 (15.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  2. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/4 cup tahini
  5. juice of one lemon
  6. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place beans and garlic in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until chopped. Add 1/2 cup water and remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as needed
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Good Health has generously offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win one bag of each Organic Black Bean & Rice Tortillas and Sea Salt Eat Your Vegetables! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite chip and dip paring AND comment on this post.

This giveaway will end on March 27, 2017 at 12:00am. Open to U.S. residents only. 

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Detox Water

Detox Water is not a raw juice and it’s not another flavored water. It’s the best of both combined to create a refreshing and all natural organic aloe water.

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Considered a miracle plant by the ancient Egyptians, Aloe Vera is a potent natural antioxidant known for its many health benefits to help detoxify and cleanse the body internally and externally. 

Aloe Vera contains 20 minerals to detoxify the body of metabolic wastes and 19 amino acids to fight inflammation and bacteria, it also has strong scavenging activity in terms of getting rid of toxins internally from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and colon.

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The ACTIValoe® in each bottle of Detox Water contains the power of aloe vera’s naturally-occurring polysaccharides, which are long chains of sugar molecules, clinically proven to support immune function, healthy digestion, nutrient absorption and youthful-looking skin (improvement in skin elasticity).

The patented technology allows Detox Water to isolate the most effective polysaccharides within the plant and maintain batch-to-batch consistency of ACTIValoe® gel flakes in every bottle of Detox Water. Batch-to-batch consistency is the key to delivering optimal benefits at all times. Detox Water is your healthy hydration alternative that not only quenches thirst, tastes delicious, but also delivers the plethora of health benefits associated with drinking the most premium aloe in the world.

Detox Water is available in 3 refreshing flavors: Pinamint (Pineapple and Mint), Mangaloe (Mango), and Original (Lychee and White Grape)

Feel great and not guilty. Detox Water is 15 calories per serving and the most rejuvenating, refreshing aloe vera water paired with organic and natural flavors. Detox Water contains no artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Detox Water is also vegan, organic, Kosher, gluten free, non-GMO and locally grown in Texas and Mexico.

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Aloe Vera water is able to provide healthy hydration from the best of what nature has to offer. Packed with electrolytes and only 4 grams of sugar, it is a better choice for a post-workout drink. Or replace your sports/electrolyte drink during your workout with Detox Water for a satisfying and hydrating healthy alternative.

Detox Water can be found in retail locations across the country. Click here to find a retail location near 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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Lori’s Original Lemonade Unique and Innovative Flavors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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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.