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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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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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California Country Gal – Real Bread

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Today I am excited to share with you a company I recently learned about. California Country Gal is a family business that unexpectedly grew out of a single recipe that was being developed in a kitchen for a cookbook. California Country Gal makes a variety of Real Breads and Baking Mixes using nutrient dense and high quality “real” ingredients. The mixes are made without grains, dairy, sugar, soy, yeast, and extracted starches.  The results are a truly healthy and delicious line of products. 

It’s a quick and simple process for the home baker, even the not so experienced bakers. It really is that easy to make. Simply add water, apple cider vinegar and eggs, and in one hour or less you’ll have delicious gluten free bread!img_0800

From Sandwich Bread to Cinnamon Rolls and Hamburger Buns, California Country Gal has a product for all your bread needs. 

The mixes can also be used to make pancakes, brownies, cookies, cake, pizza crust and more! California Country Gal provides a whole range of recipe ideas on their website. 

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GRAIN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES DIRECTIONS

  • 1 CUP of any REAL BREAD™ BAKING MIX
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 TABLESPOONS melted butter or shortening
  • 1/3 CUP of your favorite sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia
  • 1 TABLESPOON vanilla
  • 1/2 CUP chocolate chips
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the Baking Mix.
  2. After combined, stir BAKING MIX into bowl of combined ingredients until thoroughly mixed. 
  3. Scoop balls of dough (I use an ice cream scoop) onto a greased or lined baking sheet.  
  4. Gently press down on each dough ball with a damp palm.  
  5. Bake at 350°F for about 16-18 minutes.

California Country Gal products are ideal for Low Carb, Gluten Free, and Paleo lifestyles.  They truly act and taste like REAL BREAD. 

Mixes are available online at just $8 each.

Note: baking mixes test at <5ppm for gluten. The industry standard for a certified product is <10ppm or less. California Country Gal is not certified gluten free, however they strive for the best possible products at all times and have begun testing regularly.  If you have extreme allergies, always consult with your doctor and educate yourself to know about what is acceptable for your particular diet.

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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Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

With just three years in stores under its belt, Simple Mills is leaving established competitors in the dust in terms of market share. The company is now the #1 fastest growing baking mix and cracker brand, #2 largest baking mix brand by dollars sold, #3 largest cracker brand by dollars sold in less than 9 months after launch. Wow.

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Simple Mills product line has expanded in the last year to include not only baking mixes, but frosting and crackers as well.  Simple Mills’ line of food is:

  • ‘Real simple’ made with fewer ingredients and no fillers
  • Higher in protein and lower in sugar 
  • gluten free, grain free, and soy free (the base of most mixes is almond flour)
  • Non-GMO certified

Simple Mills products are free of 6 of the Big 8 allergens. All products contain Tree Nuts (in the form of almonds and/or coconuts) and some contain Dairy (organic milk is used in the Farmhouse Cheddar cracker). All Simple Mills products comply with industry standards for allergen controls, which includes segregating allergens during ingredient storage and production, conducting full allergen cleans between production runs, and testing for allergens on manufacturing equipment before use.

I recently tried the new Almond Flour Crackers. These six crackers (flavors below) are made with a blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.

  • Farmhouse Cheddar
  • Fine Ground Sea Salt
  • Rosemary & Sea Salt
  • Sun-dried tomato & Basil 
  • Smoky BBQ Cheddar
  • Cracker Black Pepper

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers have 3 grams of protein per serving and  20-50% less carbs than leading cracker brands. The flavors are intense but in a good way. My favorite was the Rosemary & Sea Salt. 

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Rosemary & Sea Salt Nutritional Info

You can purchase Simple Mills products online, and on Amazon. To find products at a store near you, check out their store locator.

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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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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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Frontier Bites || Crunchy Energizing Bites

Frontier Bites were created several years ago when two brothers challenged each other to a baking competition to see who could come up with the best alternative to the over-processed energy bars that they regularly ate. The rules were simple: less than 10 ingredients; gluten, soy and dairy free; no refined sugars and only ingredients you can find in your pantry.

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In the end it was Nate’s Almond Blueberry Lemon bites that won the day and for the next year, Nate and his brother continued to tweak the original recipe until they got it just right.  From there on the Bites were a constant companion in the office, on hikes and on fishing runs. 

Frontier Bites are still make with less than 10 ingredients; 8 to be exact. Frontier Bites keep it simple while allowing you to eat right and snack smart at the same time.  

Frontier Bites are available in 3 flavors:

  • Almond Blueberry Lemon
  • Macadamia Pineapple Coconut
  • Pecan Cherry Cinnamon

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My favorite is the Almond Blueberry Lemon. Crunchy almonds, wild blueberries and tart lemon form a well-balanced crunch that will provide the energy you need without the sugar crash you dread. It is slightly sweet and plenty crunchy. 

Whether you’re carpooling kids around town, burning the midnight oil at the office or climbing a mountain, Frontier Bites will be the fuel to help you get there.   

You can find Frontier Bites in retail locations across the country. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. You can also purchase Frontier Bites 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.