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May is Celiac Awareness Month and I like to use this time to introduce my readers to new gluten free products. 

Garden Lites began in 2008 to answer the need for healthier vegetable based frozen foods. Soufflés, muffins, veggie bites, bakes, and veggie sliders make up the line of Garden Lites. And the Garden Lites’ entire line is gluten free!

Made with vegetables as first ingredients, Garden Lites offers portable, nutritionally dense gluten free foods such as Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes, muffins, Chocolate and Blueberry Oat muffins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power Muffins. Don’t believe me? The first two ingredients in Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins are zucchini and carrots.  Heat in the microwave to enjoy a chocolatey, decadent experience for only 120 calories.

The first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini. Every bite is bursting with plump blueberries.  Heat them in a microwave too to enjoy a delightful blueberry packed muffin with only 120 calories.

Garden Lites has a variety of new products and increased distribution in the freezer section across the country.You can find Garden Lites at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers. 

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.



Tags:  Dairy Free, frozen, Product Review, vegetable, vegetarian

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What is a Pupusa? Originating from El Salvador, pupsa is stuffed corn masa filled with delicious goodness. From beans and cheese to pork and chicken, these pupusas offer a fresh from scratch flavor.

All of Tres Latin pupusas are made with organic non-GMO corn. All are gluten free and many are also vegan or vegetarian. Flavors include:

  • black bean and sweet corn
  • chicken and cheese
  • green chile and cheese
  • kale and pinto beans
  • pinto bean and cheese
  • shredded pork carnitas
  • spinach and cheese 

Each box contains 4 pupusas that are easy to heat on the stove or in the oven and are ready to eat in minutes. I loved the fresh, authentic flavors and fillings. The pupusas were not as thick as I was expecting but there were plenty of filling. 

I love that Tres Latin Foods offers meat and vegan options; something to please everyone!

You can purchase Tres Latin Foods at Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop. To find a retail location nearest 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.



Tags:  frozen, Latin American, Product Review, Vegan, vegetarian

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At last—a truly authentic comfort food favorite prepared from scratch that’s both gluten free and milk free! Blake’s Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie is made with white meat chicken, garden vegetables, gravy, and a gluten-free crust. Now everyone can enjoy the authentic taste of a made-from-scratch Blake’s Chicken Pot Pie!

In addition to the Chicken Pot Pie Blake’s Shepherd’s Pie, Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, and Turkey & Uncured Bacon Cottage Pie are all gluten free. At Blake’s, they validate the segregation and cleaning methods in the facility with testing. During production of gluten-free meals, they periodically test them to assure that the presence of gluten is less than 20 ppm.

 

Blake’s gluten free pies are perfect for quick weeknight meals or for when you are craving comfort food. I would certainly eat the gluten free chicken pot pit again. I added a little more salt and pepper and that made a huge difference in the taste. My husband said he couldn’t tell it was gluten free!

 
 
 

Blake’s meals are available in stores all over the country.To find a store location nearest you, click here and enter your zip code then pick the meals you are specifically looking for. In most stores Blake’s are located in the Natural or Organic freezer sections of the store. 

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.



Tags:  chicken, Dairy Free, frozen, Product Review

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This is not the first time I’ve posted about Era Organics. You might remember my recent post about their Tea Tree Cleanser and Face Cream.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. Having a gluten intolerance I have to be careful about the shampoo and conditioner I use. Products that contain gluten leave my head feeling itchy. Fortunately Era Organics is gluten free and leaves my hair feeling great.

Era Organics is a natural scalp treatment that contains no sulfates, fragrance, harmful chemicals or parabens and is non-toxic- unlike most dandruff and scalp psoriasis treatments. 

So what is in Era Organics Shampoo

  • Aloe Vera
  • Argan Oil
  • Manuka Honey
  • Cehami
  • Orange Peel Oil

The conditioner is made with similar, healthy no-toxic ingredients and is designed to nourish from the scalp up — restoring dry, brittle hair along the way. I love that my hair feels healthier and not as dried out as it can sometimes be. I am also a big fan of the ingredients and that Era Organics makes all natural, organic and good for your body products.  

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.



Tags:  organic, Product Review, skin care

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Lantana Hummus is based out of Austin, Texas, a city I visited for the first time 3 months ago. Lantana has embodies Austin’s culture in their products. They have created hummus products filled with rich flavors. exciting new combinations, and, most importantly, having fun while doing it.

Lantana showcases its flavorful hummus that’s perfect as a party dip or a meatless Monday meal substitute. Lantana hummus is non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and certified kosher.

Dull isn’t in Latnana’s vocabulary or in their hummus. Each product is carefully crafted to delight not only your taste buds, but also your curiosity. Latana sets themselves apart by seeking out new and unexpected flavor combinations that you didn’t see coming — and can’t get enough of. Flavors include:

  • Beet
  • Black Bean
  • Cucumber
  • Edamame
  • Extra Spicy 3-Pepper
  • Sriracha Carrot
  • Spicy Yellow Lentil 
  • White Bean 

My favorite flavor is the white bean hummus, topped with roasted pine nuts and herbs. It is brimming with rich flavor and smooth texture. It makes an excellent companion to vegetables, crackers or pretzels and is a hit in our house. 

I like that Latana offers something different in the hummus market, unique flavors and a smooth texture that is perfect for eating alone or serving for friends. 

You can find Latana Hummus at Star Market, Target, Stop and Shop, and Public to name a few. Click here to find a retail location nearest you.

Which flavor are you going to try first? 

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.



Tags:  kosher, Product Review, Snack, Vegan

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Founder Melanie created Melanie’s Medleys to share her passion of food with others and to make it easy to eat well amidst a busy lifestyle. Melanie’s Medleys delivers tasty and wholesome artisan food so you can conquer your days feeling refreshed, confident, and in control.

Melanie’s Medleys clean-label cream cheeses are blended daily in small batches without the use of mechanical separation like traditional cultured cream cheese. This process makes for a smoother texture, better protein retention, and more delicious flavor. These handcrafted cream cheeses are available in delicious flavors, including Salted Caramel and Vanilla Walnut & Raisin.

The gourmet whipped cream cheese  is blended together with real ingredients not just the flavor. You will find walnut pieces in the Vanilla Walnut & Raisin and juicy strawberries in the Strawberry cream cheese. Not only for spreading on your gluten free bagel, the sweet flavor cream cheese makes for a perfect snack when paired with salty pretzels. 

Melanie’s Medley’s cream cheeses are gluten free and non-GMO certified. 

You can find Melanie’s Medley’s in grocery stores across the US, including Wegman’s and Shoprite. 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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Follow Your Heart is a plant-based food company known for introducing Vegenaise® to consumers over 40 years ago, and now offers a vast line of 100% plant-based products including dressings, cheese, VeganEgg, and gluten free bread.

Follow Your Heart recently launched two new products that I recently tried and super excited to share with you!

The new Garlic Aioli Mayo has a savory garlic flavor and be used like traditional aioli or as a dipping sauce. Traditionally made with a mortar and pestle, this aioli is made in small batches with organic ingredients to bring you the best aioli spread possible.

The new Vegan Coleslaw dressing – also made with organic ingredients –  has a classic blend of sweet and tangy flavors and rich, thick texture that will keep your coleslaw enticingly creamy. I love how creamy and smooth the texture and taste is but without the actual cream. You don’t need a lot to get the creaminess or flavor.

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.



Tags:  Dairy Free, Product Review, Vegan, vegetarian

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Endorfin Foods, an award winning bean to bar company dedicated to crafting delicious and healthy chocolate, is pioneering craft chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar and enriched with coconut mylk. 

Endorfin Foods is dedicated to crafting chocolate that pays homage to the inherent beauty and power of Theobroma cacao – the original food of the gods. These smooth chocolate bars are made from organic and ethically sourced ingredients like agroforestry cacao, coconut sugar, and coconut mylk. Endorfin Foods boast one of the cleanest labels around, with no refined sugar, dairy, soy, or gluten, making them both vegan and paleo approved. 

Endorfin Foods is the only bean-to-bar chocolate company using coconut sugar to sweeten their chocolate – unlike beet and cane sugars, it contains vital nutrients, requires minimal processing, and can be grown sustainably. Coconut is not only better for you and for the planet but the coconut sugar adds a delicious caramel note to each bar. 

So, which bar was my favorite? I liked the Coconut Dream is the perfect balance between sweetness and bold cacao. The Absinthe is the most unique flavor I tried. Flavors of fennel and anise come through and it is not something I’ve ever tasted with chocolate before. 

Endorfins Foods bars can be purchased at health food stores across the country or online

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.



Tags:  chocolate, Dairy Free, Product Review, soy free, Vegan

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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. 

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. 

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.



Tags:  organic, Product Review, skin care

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Chocolate is one of the most widely given gifts on Valentine’s Day and Dick Taylor Chocolate has released a new limited Valentines Day bar for all you lovers out there. Made with 73% Northerner Blend (Madagascan & Brazilian cacao) dark chocolate and dusted with a mix of organic freeze dried raspberries and organic vanilla coconut palm sugar to make a delightful berry bar for Valentine’s Day. 
 

Dick Taylor’s approach to chocolate making is very hands-on. They are committed to making the best chocolate they know how. Over time, as their knowledge of the process of making chocolate has grown, the process has become more and more complex. The current methods are a result of study, research, experimentation and trial-and-error. And the goal is to constantly be improving their chocolate as well as recognizing any shortcomings. 

Dick Taylor Chocolate sources the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate, all in a small factory in Eureka, California. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows for the making some of the finest chocolate possible. By using organic cacao and organic cane sugar, and by not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the process, they are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao sourced from around the world.

The new adds to the presentation of the bar. The wrapper is designed and printed in house on letter press, including the hand carved raspberry. This bar will be available now through Mother’s Day and retails for $7.00 each. Click here to find the 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.

 
 


Tags:  chocolate, Dairy Free, Gift, Holiday, Product Review, Valentine's Day

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