Friday Favorite: Terrapin Ridge Farms Dressings & Marinades

July 17th, 2014
It’s summertime, and it seems that every day I have at least one salad as a main course meal. But sometimes vegetables tossed with ho-hum dressing  is just so boring. That’s why I was so excited and couldn’t wait to try the Terrapin Ridge Farms gluten-free salad dressings & marinades (with awesome flavors!) that I found in my local grocery store today.

The flavors of Terrapin Ridge Dressings are pure joy: Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette; Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing; Creamy Italian White Balsamic Vinaigrette; Sweet Red Onion White Balsamic Dressing; Tangerine & Soy Gourmet Salad Dressing; and my favorite,  Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette.

The dressings I listed are all gluten-free, and many are vegan, fat free and sweetened with agave. They are also perfect for marinades, dips and pasta salad mix-ins. I love that the ingredients are all items you can pronounce and these dressings do not contain any corn syrup. For all of these healthy and flavorful reasons this week’s Friday favorite is awarded to Terrapin Ridge Farms! Congratulations!

Win-It-Wednesday: Celebrate Summer with Bakery On Main… and WIN!

July 15th, 2014

It’s summertime and the living is easy! And thanks to Bakery on Main summertime is also an easy time to find snacks that are also gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free and yummy!

All summer long Bakery On Main is celebrating Gluten Free in the Summer Sun!   Celebrating Bakery On Main style means that you may see the Bakery On Main Street Teams handing out gluten-free granola samples at a park, beach or even local farmers markets. It’s all about enjoying, sunshine and sharing their products and recipes… all summer long! Check out where the Bakery On Main team is headed here.

And even if Bakery On Main doesn’t come to your neighborhood, you can still join in on the fun and share your adventures of hiking, camping, road trips, making family memories, or anything that makes your summer fun, while enjoying Bakery On Main products. All you have to do is snap a photo while enjoying Bakery on Main’s gluten-free granola or bars, and share it with Bakery On Main on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #gfsummerfun or by tagging Bakery on Main in your post.

Bakery on Main is also the sponsor of BeFreeForMe’s Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com where four (yes, 4!) winners can snag a prize pack of two (2) bags of granola (you get to pick the flavor!) plus some SuRpRiSe samples!

Two winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and two more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you’re a BeFreeForMe member and enter to win two times!

How can you win?
Easy?

Reply to this blog and let us know how you have fun in the summer, PLUS the variety of granola that you would like if you are a winner. Me? Heading to the beaches of Maine or Cape Cod is summertime fun for me… And my favorite Bakery on Main Granola variety is Rainforest Banana Nut. (Note: you can check out all of the yummy granola varieties on the Bakery On Main website).

Good luck, remember to have fun, fun, fun in the summertime … and as always,
Be Free!

Win-It-Wednesday: New varieties of KIND Bars and KIND Clusters – and they can be yours!

July 1st, 2014

Yes! Yes! YES!!!  KIND Bars has two new flavors to expand their Nuts & Spices line… Plus, three new varieties to their Healthy Grains Clusters line!

If you’re in love with KIND Nut & Spice bars because they have the most awesome flavor combinations ever, contain premium all-natural ingredients that you actually pronounce, or have 5 grams of sugar (or less!), you now have yet another reason to crave for and rave about – two delicious new flavors.

The two new flavors KIND has created for their Nuts & Spices line are (drum-roll, please!) Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt.

Joining the first four varieties of the Nuts & Spice lines (includes Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, and Cashew Ginger & Spice) these two newcomers will have all of us sweet, savory, nut loving, and even you coffee-crazies begging for more.  The Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond bar is made with dark roasted coffee and whole almonds. It is then blended with honey, before being drizzled with dark chocolate. The Caramel Almond & Sea Salt is touched with sea salt and drizzled caramel over almonds, which creates a sweet and savory bar that leaves you begging for more.

More exciting news from KIND is the new addition to their Healthy Grain Clusters line. Three new varieties have been added to this line of gluten-free granola. The new flavors are: Fruit & Nut Clusters; Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds; and, my favorite, Banana Nut Clusters.

All of the varieties of Healthy Grain Clusters are made with a unique blend of 5 super gluten-free grains including gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat. Packed with whole grains, essential nutrients and minerals, KIND clusters can be enjoyed snack time, breakfast time, or anytime. I love that the Banana Nut Clusters and the Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds are also low in fat and sugar… and taste delicious.

All these wonderful, healthy and tasty reasons are why I am so thrilled that KIND Snacks is this week’s Win-It-Wednesday sponsor on BeFreeForMe.com.

A total of two(2) BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a prize pack of KIND Snacks loaded with 5 bars of each (!) of the new Nuts & Spices Bars (Caramel Almond & Sea Salt AND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond) and 2 bags EACH of the three new Cluster flavors (Banana Nut Clusters, Fruit & Nut Clusters, and Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds).

One winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you’re a BeFreeForMe member and enter to win two times!

How can you win?
Easy?

Reply to this blog and let us know which new KIND Nut & Spices Bar OR Clusters variety sounds the best to you. And if you want…. let us know something kind that someone has shared / done for you lately. (Me? My sister brought me a huge bouquet of peonies from her garden… just because!)

Good luck, remember to be KIND … and as always,
Be Free!

Friday Favorite: Naked Edge Snack’s Veggie Go’s

June 26th, 2014

This week’s Friday Favorite is all about keeping things healthy… even when snacking.

Let’s face it – snacking gets a bum-rap since it is synonymous with high-fat, high-calorie, and high-guilt foods. But all of you healthy-snackers out there can now rejoice thanks to Naked Edge Snacks.

Gluten-free Naked Edge Snacks are like snacks of no other. Their Veggie-Go snacks are similar to tradition fruit strips or fruit leathers, but made from whole, organic fruits AND veggies. The fruit and veggies combos are unique and will have your taste buds happy. Some of the varieties are: Carrots, Apples & Ginger;  Beets, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Flax Seed & Cinnamon; Sweet Potato Pie and my favorite, Berries, Spinach, Apples & Sweet Potatoes.

They are also made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. According to their website, “No gluten ever enters our doors!”

The Veggie-Go’s are also organic and non-GMO, have less that 1/3 of the sugar of leading fruit strips (with no added sugar either!), and have a 1/2 serving of fruit AND 1/2 serving of veggies in every strip.

For all these healthy reasons that give snacking a good rap, Naked Edge Snack’s Veggie Go’s are this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com. Congrats!

Win-It-Wednesday: Vibrant Food Cookbook by Kimberley Hasselbrink

June 17th, 2014

Yes! It is time for a new WIN-It-Wednesday and we are on a roll with another fabulous cookbook giveaway!

This Win-It-Wednesday sponsor is the Vibrant Food Cookbook by Kimberley Hasselbrink… a cookbook that celebrates the ingredients, recipes and colors of each season.

Being the start of the summertime season, my first instinct was to page to the chapter on the bold colors of summer. With thoughts of my upcoming garden bounty, I was happy to see some exciting recipes using some of the vegetables and fruits I will soon be enjoying in abundance. Some of my favorites are the Sweet Corn and Squash Fritters with Avocado Crema, Summer Squash Pasta with Green Goddess Dressing, Smoky Red Pepper Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Feta, and Summer Berry-Coconut Milk Ice Pops.

The vivid photography in this cookbook has the food bursting off the pages, tempting you to create them in your own kitchen, and enticing you to enjoy not only the flavors, but the beauty of your food creations. Usually when I make a dish, I dig in right away, but the recipes that Kimberley Hasselbrink has created in the Vibrant Food Cookbook begs me to step back a moment to admire… and appreciate… before my fork hits the plate. No wonder Kimberley is a photographer, as well as a food blogger (you must check out her fabulous blog The Year in Food)!

The recipes in this cookbook are truly a feast for both your eyes and your appetite. Made with fresh, seasonal (think local) and vivid foods, almost all the recipes in this cookbook are gluten-free (and the ones that are not “naturally” gluten-free can be super easily adapted to be so – i.e. swapping out regular pasta for gluten-free pasta).

All of these fabulous reasons are why I am so excited that Kimberley Hasselbrink the photographer and food blogger behind the new cookbook  “Vibrant Foods”  is the sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday contest on BeFreeForMe.com!

How can you win?
Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us your favorite vibrant summer fruits or vegetables. (Me? Berries! I love the bluish, purple, red colors… and their sweet, yet tart, taste!)

A total of two (Yes… 2!) BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a copy of “Vibrant Food” Cookbook by Kimberley Hasselbrink. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, June 25 and Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter to win two times!

Good luck, remember to keep your world colorful, vibrant and tasty… and as always…
Be Free!

Want to buy “Vibrant Colors” cookbook? Be the first of your friends… it goes on sale, June 17, 2014! Check out this link on Amazon.com!

P.S. Join me and follow Kimberley on Facebook for her vibrant posts, news and recipes! ~Kathleen

Friday Favorite: Righteously Raw Chocolate

June 12th, 2014

If you are a chocolate lover you are aboslutly going to adore this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!

Righteously Raw’s slogan is “the way chocolate ought to be”… and they are spot on. Certified gluten-free, organic, non-GMO, vegan and kosher, this chocolate is also free of the top 8 allergens and contain no refined sugars.

The flavors are also too good to be true. These “adult-like” varieties are super creative and made for the adult palate. Maca, Pure Dark, Goji, Caramel, Acai and my favorite, Rose are all sure to please.

All of these reasons are the reasons why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Righteously Raw! Congratulations!

Win-It-Wednesday: “The Blender Girl” Cookbook by Tess Masters

June 3rd, 2014

If you’re looking to blend, shake and mix things up when it comes to your snacks, meals, salads, soups, appetizers and dessert you need to  check out Tess Masters new cookbook, “The Blender Girl… Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts & Drinks”.

After paging through this cookbook and checking out all of Tess’s mouth-watering recipes I have to admit I have a brand new respect for my trustworthy blender. Who would have thought that my appliance that normally just sits unused on my kitchen counter could whip up such dishes? Simply amazing! Some of my favorite recipes that Tess has created include: Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie, Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie and Taste Like Ice-Cream Kale. Tess’s sense of style and flair is apparent in all of her health conscious recipes… all of which nourish our bodies and get our taste-buds dancing.

Another bonus is that all of Tess’s recipes are gluten-free, vegan and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Super-easy and super-healthy… just the way I like things!

And while you’re at it… check out Tess’s website, and follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook to make sure you catch all of her latest recipes, posts and healthy blending ideas.

All of these fabulous reasons are why I am so excited that Tess Masters the blendaholic behind  “The Blender Girl” Cookbook  is the sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday contest on BeFreeForMe.com!

How can you win?
Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us a super-easy thing you do to keep yourself super-healthy. (Me? I can’t make up my mind, so here are two things… I park at the furthest end of a parking lot to get a little walk into my day and I substitute avocado for mayo on my gluten-free sandwiches!)

A total of two (Yes… 2!) BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a copy of “The Blender Girl” Cookbook by Tess Masters. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter to win two times!

Good luck, Keep things super-easy & super-healthy… and as always…
Be Free!

Want to buy “The Blender Girl” cookbook? Check out this link on Amazon.com!

Friday Favorite: Pamela’s Gluten-Free Artisan Flour Blend – Use it Cup-For-Cup!

May 29th, 2014

If you love to bake, but hate the mixing and blending of different gluten-free flours, starches, and gums you need to check out Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend.

This flour blend is all-purpose flour that you can substitute for “regular” flours cup-for-cup. This means that you can bake that traditional family favorite recipe that you loved before going gluten-free with no worries.

Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend is also not only certified gluten-free, but also dairy-free too.

No mixing, no fussing and the ability to substitute this gluten-free flour mix cup-for-cup is why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Pamela’s for their fabulous Artisan Flour Blend.

Congratulations!

Want to try Pamela’s Artisan Blend Flour? Get it on Amazon.com! It’s only $11.37 for a 4-pound bag (as of 5-29-14) and qualifies for FREE Shipping on orders over $35!

Win-It-Wednesday: Erewhon’s Organic Gluten-Free Cereals

May 20th, 2014

It’s the time of year when berries are everywhere… they can even be found in this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe! If you’re a Strawberry, Blueberry or Raspberry lover get ready for this great organic breakfast cereal that is made by Erewhon Organic.

Erewhon makes two types of organic brown rice cereal that are packed with berries… the Crispy Brown Rice Cereal with Strawberries and the Crispy Brown Rice Cereal with Mixed Berries.

I love that these two cereals aren’t packed with stabilizers, corn syrup, or preservatives. Plus, these cereals are not only gluten-free, but also free of nuts, dairy and eggs.

Erewhon, which was founded in 1966, has been making gluten-free crispy brown rice cereal for years – they are the first. The original. All their gluten-free cereals are certified gluten-free.

And I love the fact that both of these Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereals contains only several ingredients. Nice and simple, and delicious too.

All these simple, yet appreciated, reasons are why I am so happy to have Erewhon organic cereal sponsor the next two week’s WIN-It-Wednesdays on BeFreeForMe.com.

How can you win?
Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us one simple thing in life that makes you happy. (Me? My garden… because it saves me money and is a nice place to unwind at the end of the day… a double bonus!)

A total of FOUR (Yes… 4!) BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a prize pack of the Erewhon organic cereals with berries… the Crispy Brown Rice Cereal with Strawberries and the Crispy Brown Rice Cereal with Mixed Berries . Two (2) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and two (2) more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter to win two times!

Good luck, Keep things simple… and as always…
Be Free!

P.S. If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you download your $1.50 OFF Coupon for one (1) box of Erewhon’s organic cereals too! Want more deals, recipes, savings and more? Follow Erewhon Organic on Facebook and Twitter!

Friday Favorite: Spiru-Tein Gold High Protein Energy Meal

May 15th, 2014

This week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Spiru-Tein Gold, a great tasting high protein meal replacement that I have been counting on for years.

After working out in the morning, I love to blend-up a spoonful or two of Spiru-Tein Gold with some coconut or almond milk, and sometimes even some fresh fruit. With 12 grams of complete protein, Spiru-Tein Gold gives you the much needed energy replacement that your body needs right after a workout.

Spiru-Tein Gold is gluten-free, sugar free and soy free. It is also non-GMO, vegetarian and the protein is derived from whole food sources: chia, rice, pea and flax.

I love the way that Spiu-Tein tastes too. The flavors are great. My favorite is the Banana Berry Blast, but other flavors include Chocolate Cherry, Tropical Fruit, Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry.

This week’s Friday Favorite gives the energy I need, any time of day. Congratulations for Spiru-Tein Gold!


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