Friday Favorite: Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt by Happy Family Brands

August 14th, 2014

Looking for a quick on-the-run breakfast or snack for your children… or even yourself? If so, you need to check out Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt.

No fuss, no bother, and no spoon required, this fast and easy pouch contains a fantastic source of calcium and Vitamin D.

The Happy Squeeze flavors are Peachy Keen, Razzleberry, and Super Strawberry. They are all gluten-free, and make sure you check out the allergen chart for all of Happy Family Brand products.

I’ve been a fan of Happy Family Brands for years. I love that they‘re socially responsible, and have sustainable products that are organic, healthy and affordable. And, on a side note, the company is run by a bunch of really cool and nice people who I have had the pleasure to meet at industry tradeshows. =)

In a nutshell, Happy Family Brands is a company that you can feel happy about. And for that reason, they have been awarded this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com! Congrats!

Win-It-Wednesday: Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies

August 12th, 2014

It’s August and the crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer are here! And it’s a perfect time to grab a blanket, gaze at the stars, and enjoy a cool gluten-free treat while soaking up a beautiful summer evening.

But sometimes being gluten-free, as well as “free” of other allergens like dairy, egg, soy & nuts can make it difficult to find desserts that are craveable… and available.

This is when the folks over at Enjoy Life Foods and their scrumptious gluten-free and allergen-free Crunchy Cookies can help make dessert-time super sweet.

Enjoy Life’s Crunchy Cookies come in four varieties: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Vanilla Honey Graham, and Sugar Crisp. All of these cookies are gluten-free and also free of tree nuts, peanuts, soy, dairy, casein, eggs, sesame, fish, shellfish, potato, wheat & sulfites.

This cookies give you the perfect crunch, snap and really shows us how a cookie should crumble! It is perfect alone, dipped in (cow, soy, almond or hemp) milk, or made into one of the fabulous (No Bake!) allergen-free recipes that are featured on the Enjoy Life Foods website, including: The chocolate-covered Frozen ‘Smore Cookie Sandwiches, the decadent perfect for company Frozen Chocolate Black-Bottom Pie or the chocolaty and sweet Double Stuffed Sugar Cookies.

All of these super cool and crunchy reasons are why I am so excited that Enjoy Life Foods is the prize sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForme.com.

The prize is a gift pack of each of the Crunchy Cookies… FOUR boxes total! One (1) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you’re a BeFreeForMe member and enter two times (once each week) to win!

How can you win?
Easy?

Reply to this blog and let us know how you enjoy summer evenings. Me? Hanging out in my screen house with good friends or looking for rainbows after late-afternoon rain showers!

Good luck, remember to embrace the rest of the summer… and as always,
Be Free!

Find more recipes, savings, and more by following Enjoy Life Food’s on Facebook and Twitter!

P.S. Want to buy Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies? Check out this link on Amazon.com! Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies

Win-It-Wednesday: “Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well” Cook Book

July 29th, 2014

One morning last week a college student that works with me came to work with a tall glass full of an icy, frothy baby-blue drink. It looked delicious. Between sips he explained that this “drink” was his breakfast and he had, literally, whipped it up that morning. Packed with fresh blueberries, coconut water, chia seeds and pineapple, the drink, he explained,was not only gluten-free, but full of nutrients, and was a refreshing & convenient breakfast on the run. Intrigued, I set out to find out more information about “juicing” – the practice of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables.

My search to discover  juicing basics, the do’s & don’ts, and fantastic recipes lead me to the new cookbook, “Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well” by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores and Hayden Slater – the three founders of Pressed Juicery – one of America’s most successful emerging juice companies with nearly 20 locations throughout California (they also offer nationwide shipping.)

Along with all the juicing how-to’s and recipes, this book made me realize the health benefits of fresh juice is astonishing and an important part of a fit & healthy lifestyle. Fresh juice is a great energy booster, replenishes nutrients in your body and is great for youthful and glowing skin.

I was also shocked at how easy juicing can be… and fun too! Following & making the recipes are quick and easy. In no-time you’ll be whipping up your very own breakfast, snacks, smoothies and more. Two of my favorite recipes are the Coconut Mint Chip Smoothie (this tastes just like Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream) and the sweet Pineapple, Beet, Pear, Ginger blended juice.

I also love the chapter on Elizers and Flavored Waters (you must try the Infused Blackberry Sage Water – YUM!). To make things simple I use my water pitcher infuser (I LOVE THIS! And they are only $19.90 on Amazon.com) and PRESTO I am drinking my daily allowance of water with no problem at all! (Or check out the singe serve infusion water bottles!)

All of these healthy and delicious reasons are why I am so excited that “Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well” Cook Book is the prize sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForme.com

The prize (drumroll, please!) is a copy of this phenomenal cookbook on Juicing! One (1) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 12, 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 one way you stay healthy and well. Me? Trying to get my daily walk in first thing in the morning… when my day is not yet hectic and excuses don’t exist!

Good luck, remember to eat (or juice!) your fruits and veggies… and as always,
Be Free!

P.S. Want to buy the cookbook today? Check out this link on Amazon.com!

Friday Favorite: Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free 100 Calorie Pack Pretzel Sticks

July 24th, 2014

When you want a salt and satisfying snack that is only 100 calories reach for a bag of Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free 100 Calorie Pack Pretzel Sticks.

These gluten-free pretzel sticks are perfect for lunchtime, a mid-day snack or for dipping into hummus or your other favorite dips. I love that Snyder’s of Hanover has a “snack size” bag of pretzels. They are great for when you’re on the go, or those times when you need some “portion-control”  (let’s face it… these pretzels are so good, it is easy to eat way to many!)

Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten-Free Pretzels are also low-fat, dairy-free, casein-free and egg-free. They are also Certified Gluten-Free.

All of these wonderful snacking reasons are why Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzels are this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com.  Congratulations!

Want to buy Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free 100 Calorie Pack Pretzels? Check out this link on Amazon.com!

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!


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