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Explore Cuisine Instant Soybean Noodle Soup

So, you’ve seen Explore Cuisine products featured on my blog before and I am so excited to share some new Explore Cuisine products with you today! 

In case you are not familiar with Explore Cuisine, all their products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, and kosher, ensuring your health and igniting your taste buds! 

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Explore Cuisine Instant Soybean Noodle Soups are perfectly crafted for a fast-paced lifestyle. The Instant Soups are available in 3 flavors: 

  • Beef-flavored 
  • Chicken-flavored
  • Vegetable 

In just 3 minutes you will have a hot bowl of delicious noodle soup packed with 23g of protein and 11g of fiber in just one cup! That is more protein and five times the amount of fiber than any other soup! It is perfect for a quick and easy meal that will fill you up!

Explore Cuisine is also the only brand to have salt in a separate sachet allowing you to control the sodium! This is great because I do not like my food salty but Jeremy does; we each get to eat soup exactly how we like it! 

You can purchase Explore Cuisine Instant Soybean Noodle Soups in grocery stores, health food stores, Costco and hundreds of other locations nationwide. Click here to find a location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Annie’s Gluten Free Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

Growing up mac n’ cheese was something every kid ate. It was such a treat when I was allowed to have a box of that delicious, warm and creamy mac n cheese. For the past decade I have not had box of mac n cheese, but today that has changed. 

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Everyone knows Annie’s, a national brand that specializes in natural and organic products. But did you that Annie’s makes gluten free AND dairy free mac n’ cheese? Annie’s offers Organic Vegan Gluten Free Elbows & Creamy Sauce. The pasta is made with organic rice complete With a decadent sauce made with pumpkin and sweet potato. This pasta dinner is the way vegan comfort food should taste.

INGREDIENTS: Organic Rice Pasta (White And Brown Rice Flour), Organic Pumpkin Powder (*Organic Maltodextrin, *Organic Sunflower Lecithin), Organic Sweet Potato Powder (*Organic Maltodextrin, *Organic Corn Starch, *Organic Sunflower Lecithin), Organic Corn Starch, Organic Tapioca Starch, Sea Salt, Organic Mustard Powder, Organic Flavor, Organic Paprika, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Garlic Powder.

Not only is it vegan, this pasta contains NO artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives and is non-GMO. 

If you can tolerate dairy, Annie’s offers three additional gluten free mac n’ cheese products: 

  • Gluten Free Rice Shells & Creamy White Cheddar
  • Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar
  • Gluten Free Quinoa Rice Pasta & White Cheddar

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While I don’t eat dairy, Jeremy does and he loved the gluten free rice pasta and cheddar. 

You can find Annie’s Organic Vegan Gluten Free Elbows and Creamy Sauce in retail locations throughout the country and you can purchase it online, via Amazon

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Absolutely Gluten-Free brings new gluten free Organic Superseed Crunch to the Market

After two years in the making, Absolutely Gluten-Free, a company committed to offering delicious products that happen to be gluten-free, is introducing Organic Superseed Crunch, a light, sweet and crispy snack packed with a powerhouse of important nutrients that every body needs for good health. It hit supermarkets, big box and natural food stores among others this month!

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This uniquely healthy, gourmet snack is available in three varieties: Original, Toasted Coconut, and Cinnamon.  Each flavor is made with organic superseeds: whole sesame, whole golden flax, and whole chia, and provides an excellent source of essential fatty acids and important minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese.  

Lightly sweet and satisfyingSuperseed Crunch can be crumbled on yogurt, over berries or anything you want to add a delicious and nutritious crunch to. 

These nutrition dense superfoods provide a whopping 2000 mg of Omega 3 ALA per serving, gut friendly prebiotic fiber, and powerful antioxidants and lignans from the superseeds in a convenient snack.  And, these nutrients flex some muscle – they are associated with everything from healthy brain, gut and heart, to supple skin. There’s really nothing else quite like it on the market today.

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Absolutely Gluten-Free Organic Superseed Crunch is packaged in convenient 4.5 oz. re-sealable bags (six to a case) and retails for $4.99 – $5.99 per bag. It is all-natural, certified gluten-free, OU kosher, non-GMO, vegan, dairy and soy-free, low in sodium and USDA Organic.    

The Absolutely Gluten-Free brand product line currently includes: flatbreads, crackers, blondie and brownie crunch, cauliflower crust pizza and crepes, available in stores nationwide.

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 Raw // Junk-free snacking made easy

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Go Raw makes tasty junk-free food. They’ve reinvented common snack food flavor profiles, shapes and sizes with an emphasis on making really easy, through convenient on-the-go offerings. Go Raw combines simple and honest ingredients with creativity, making a healthier snack that focuses on genuine plant-based foods that work for almost any diet or lifestyle

There are many benefits to a raw based diet, the process of cooking can destroy much of the enzymes and nutrients in foods. By keeping snacks raw and gently dried, not cooked, Go Raw is able to preserve more powerful nutrients for optimal nutritive benefits.

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Go Raw offers more than 50 savory and sweet raw sprouted snacks to help you make the right choice when looking for a nutritive snack on the go.

GROW Protein Bars are the only protein bar using watermelon seeds as the source of Protein, with 12 grams of pure SUPERFOOD plant-based protein per bar. GROW Protein Bar is offered in four different flavors and are made from 8 (or less) All Organic, NON-GMO Verified ingredients. I really liked the cinnamon spice protein bar; it had a nice texture and subtle cinnamon flavor. 

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But I should mention that every Go Raw product is 100% organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, nut free and of course, always raw. 
 
The brand’s newest product, Grow Sprouted Bars are the only protein bars on the market to derive protein solely from superfood sprouted watermelon seeds. The bars boast 12g of protein and are available in Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Spice, Lemon Zest and Mint Chocolate. 
Go Raw also offers protein bars, sprouted cookies, sprouted bites, sprouted flax snap, sprouted seeds, sprouted granola, raw chocolate and more.
 
Go Raw our has a dedicated production plant in Northern California that is completely gluten free, wheat free, nut free, dairy free and soy free, in addition to being raw, vegan and kosher. 
You can purchase Go Raw products online or at retail locations nationwide
 
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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Explore Cuisine Bean Pastas

Explore Cuisine products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, and kosher, ensuring your health and igniting your taste buds! With new health trends and dietary needs on the rise, founder Joe Spronz created a healthy, bean-based pastas.

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The newest addition to the pasta line are Pulse Pastas, made from organic lentils and chickpeas, high in protein, and a great source of fiber and iron. Vegan, organic, and gluten free- it’s a perfect dish for everyone at the table. In just minutes you can enjoy fresh pastas made in Italy.

Varieties include 

  • Red Lentil Penne
  • Green Lentil Penne
  • Chickpea Fusilli
  • Green Lentil Lasagne
  • Chickpea Spaghetti 
  • Red Lentil Spaghetti

These delicious chickpea and lentil pastas contain 11 grams of protein per serving and are super versatile. From lasagne to edamame pesto, to pad thai and red sauce, the possibilities are endless.

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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Melt Organics // A dairy free butter alternative

Butter lovers rejoice! For those of us who crave that classic, creamy goodness, we can now spread, bake, cook and sauté with products that not only taste great but are also great for you. MELT’s all-natural butter substitutes are made with virgin coconut oil and other dairy free, gluten free, organic ingredients and were created for butter enthusiasts seeking a beneficial alternative.

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After launching its flagship product, Rich & Creamy MELT Organic Buttery Spread, in 2011, Prosperity Organic Foods introduced its Honey MELT and Chocolate MELT varieties, both naturally sweetened with organic wildflower honey for just 1 gram of sugar per serving. Today, the product line includes new Buttery Sticks, specially formulated to perform just like butter when baking, and Probiotic MELT Buttery Spread, a butter improvement that delivers active cultures more effectively than yogurt. We’ve used the Buttery Sticks in baking, cooking and even spread it on a bagel. Jeremy loved his bagel and had no idea he was using a “new butter”. 

MELT Organic performs like real cream butter because its primary ingredients (organic virgin coconut oil and palm fruit oil) are prized around the world for their stability under heat. Because of this stability, MELT Organic is slow to break down and oxidize, making it ideal for baking and sautéing. Just like butter, MELT Organic can burn on the cook top so it is important to heat MELT Organic slowly and not allow it to reach extremely high temperatures.

All MELT Organic spreads are made from a “Perfect Blend” of beneficial plant and fruit-based oils, including certified Fair for Life Fair Trade virgin coconut and Rainforest Alliance certified palm fruit, as well as hi-oleic sunflower, non-GMO flax and non- GMO canola. MELT Organic Buttery Sticks are made from a simpler blend of coconut, palm fruit and hi-oleic sunflower oils for optimal baking and cooking. MELT Organic is the first line of buttery spreads in North America to secure Non-GMO Project Verification for all varieties in its product line.

Rich & Creamy MELT, Honey MELT and Chocolate MELT Buttery Spreads, as well as new Buttery Sticks and Probiotic Buttery Spread, are all certified USDA organic, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of trans fat, gluten, dairy and soy. MELT is made with eco-social and fair trade ingredients, and store, thereby reducing greenhouse emissions.

You can purchase MELT Organic at Morton Williams, Whole Foods Market, Star Market, Shaw’s, and hundres of other retail locations across the country. 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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Vitafive Custom Gummy Vitamins

For around a $1 a day Vitafive offers personalized gummy vitamin packs sent directly to you every 4 weeks! No more going to the store to sift through the horse-sized vitamins looking for a gluten free brand, no more organizing your vitamins into your pill organizer, and no more cluttered vitamin jars filling up your kitchen counters.

With vitafive, your vitamins are prepackaged into one convenient pack for each day of the week! You can take these packs with you to work, school, and even on vacation. The key to living a healthy life is being consistent and Vitafive makes this easy and fun with gummy vitamin packs.

Vitafive vitamins are free from the major 8 allergens – Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy – and are gluten free, vegan, and kosher. 

Each batch of vitamins are third party tested for: Quality, Purity, and Potency to ensure that you are getting everything they say they are giving you. The gummies are tasty and not too sweet. 

Packs are available for both adults and kids, and include:

  • Beauty Pack
  • Active Pack
  • Heat Pack
  • Sleep Pack
  • Essential Pack
  • Immune Pack
  • Brain Pack
  • Kids Healthy Bones Pack
  • Kids Immune Pack
  • Kids Essentials Pack

You  can cancel your subscription at any time. No commitment, no contract, no stress. No hassle

 

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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Celiac Awareness Month // Milton’s NEW Gluten Free Baked Chips Giveaway

Two years ago, Milton’s Baking Company introduced it’s first line of gluten free crackers, which you might remember from a review/giveaway I did last May. Well this year, Milton’s is launching two new lines of gluten free products: Baked Chips and Cookies!! And I am so excited to share both you today! 

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The new line of Milton’s Gluten Free Baked Chips is available in 6 flavors:

  • Nacho Cheddar
  • Red Chili Salsa
  • Santa Maria BBQ
  • Sea Salt
  • Himalayan Salt 
  • Green Chili Salsa 

The chips are made from a blend of corn, brown rice, chickpeas, lentils and seasonings and are vegetarian friendly! Each flavor was distinct and had varying levels of spiciness or saltiness.  

The Red Chili Salsa and Green Chili Salsa Baked Chips were spicy! The green chili salsa were less spicy and full of flavor.

The Nacho Cheddar chips contain milk, so I told Jeremy those were his to eat! I did try both and the BBQ flavor was not too overpowering and the Nacho Cheddar reminded me of similar chips I’ve tried of the same flavor, but much healthier. 

My favorites were the Himalayan Sea Salt Baked Chips and the Sea Salt Baked Chips. Both might be considered “plain” as compared to the other flavors but I think these are the best and can easily be paired with salsa, hummus or your favorite dip. 

Milton’s Baked Chips are also soy free, peanut and tree nut free, egg free, non-GMO, and kosher.  There is zero trans fats or cholesterol.

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The new Gluten Free Cookies are soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of baked goodness. This decadant new cookie is available in three flavors:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Double Chocolate Chip
  • Snickerdoodle 

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Snickerdoodle Nutritional Information

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Milton’s gluten free products are available online at Amazon, nationwide in grocery stores and warehouse stores. Use the locator tool to find which wholesome and delicious Milton’s products are available in your neighborhood.

Ok so now foe the giveaway!! One lucky reader will have the chance to win a gift pack full of Milton’s gluten free products! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on May 11, 2016 at 11:59pm. 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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Celiac Awareness Month // Veggie Fries Giveaway

May is Celiac Awareness Month! It is a very special month for those of us with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten-intolerance or another reaction gluten to help spread awareness so others can fully understand that gluten free is not just a fad for us!

Many manufacturers offer special deals on gluten free products each year during May (check their websites to find out exactly what those deals will entail), and celiac associations often promote awareness with public relations campaigns urging people at risk to get tested. All month long I will be featuring some of my favorite brands – some you know and some new brands you might not be aware of yet – bloggers, and tips with lots of giveaways, discounts, and fun! 

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Think French fries are gluten free because they’re made from potatoes?  Think again.

French fries are surprisingly tricky. You’d think they’d be gluten-free — after all, they’re made of naturally gluten free potatoes right? — but many times, they’re not safe for those of us with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Often when you do find gluten free French fries they contain high amounts of salt, carbohydrates, calories, trans fat, and saturated fat. And have you ever picked up a bag of frozen French fries and read the ingredients? Many of them contain ingredients I can’t even pronounce! Ugh! I love French fries but I’m not about to put crap into my body.

Luckily, Veggie Fries makes a healthier version of frozen French Fries that are just as tasty.

Veggie Fries, based out of Wellesley, MA, are made from all natural USA grown potatoes, carefully selected real farm-grown vegetables, beans, spices, and herbs to provide the most authentic and delicious flavors. Each batch follows a unique patent-pending process to give you the perfect fry texture – crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside. Each variety contains at least 25% of non-potato vegetables and beans for a substantial amount of extra vegetable nutrition in every delicious serving. Every ingredient is all natural, non-GMO and contains no gluten or wheat.

Veggie Fries are available in four flavors: Carrots, Broccoli, Chickpea & Red Pepper, and Tuscan Bean & Herb.

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Each 3 oz. serving of Veggie Fries contains two full servings of vegetables. And, since Veggie Fries are made with 100% natural and vegetable based ingredients, so they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Veggie Fries are simple to make. Just heat the oven to 450F and bake 10 minutes on each side. The result is a perfectly crispy outside and fluffy and tender inside. 

Now we can finally enjoy French fries again, without the gluten and without the guilt. And you can too! One lucky reader will have the chance to win a gift pack from Veggie Fries! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on May 9, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

 

Veggie Fries are available in leading Supermarkets and Natural Food stores throughout the country.

 

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Bare Snacks Banana Chips

Bare Snacks is the creators of delicious Snacks Gone Simple. Crafted using only real, whole-food ingredients, Bare Snacks helps people enjoy truly good-for-you snacking any time. All Bare Snacks are created through a special oven baking process that creates a distinct crunch, and enhances the delicious natural banana flavor in every bite. All Bare Snacks are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan (except Show me the Honey Crunchy Coconut Chips), a good source of dietary fiber, and are free of refined sugar, preservatives, cholesterol and trans fats. 

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I tried Bare Snacks Apple Chips two years ago and I recently had the chance to try Bare’s line of Banana Chips, a first-of-its-kind banana chip that is baked rather than fried, that are available in three different varieties including: Simply Banana Chips, Cinnamon Banana Chips, and Cocoa Banana Chips. 

  • Simply Baked – whole bananas sliced and baked to a distinct crunch.
  • Cinnamon – a dash of organic cinnamon for just the right amount of sweet and spice.
  • Cocoa Dusted – hints of unsweetened organic cocoa for the perfect chocolate-y taste.

Crafted in small batches, bare Crunchy Banana Chips are made from fresh, ripe bananas that are slowly baked to a perfect crunch. 

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The perfect healthy addition to yogurt, salads, oatmeal and much, much more, bare Banana Chips will add a flavorful and crunchy addition to any dish.

 

 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.