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Friday Favorite: Color Garden Natural Food Coloring

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I know that many of you have allergies to color dyes that are included in foods that we eat. Yellow #6, Blue #1, Green #3… And even for those that don’t have an allergic reaction to these dyes, who wants them anyway?

The synthetic ingredients in these food dyes has become a major concern when it comes to health issues.

That is why I was so excited to find Color Garden Natural Food Colorings. These gluten-free food colorings are made with plant-based natural colorings (red is derived from beet juice & purple carrot juice; Yellow is derived from turmeric; Blue from red cabbage juice; and Orange from annatto, caramel color and beet juice) these food coloring are safe and easy to use.

All of these all-natural and healthy reasons are why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Color Garden Natural Food Colorings. Thanks for making the lives of those with color dye allergies (and those of us concerned about putting unnecessary ingredients into our bodies) much more colorful and fun!  Congratulations!

Follow Color Garden on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for recipe ideas, uses and more!

Friday Favorite: Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies Cookies

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

If you’re looking for a good old fashioned cookie you have to check out Pamela’s Product’s Figgies and Jammies.

Fashioned after the old standby cookie – the Fig Newton – this gluten-free version will knock your socks off. But with one difference… this cookie is far, far better. I love that the “cookie” portion of the Figgies & Jammies is soft, chewy and sweet. One bite and you’ll know what I am talking about!

I also am loving the size of this cookie. An extra-large version of a traditional fig cookie, you’ll need only one to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Figgies & Jammies (I just love the name… so cute!) come in four flavors: The traditional Mission Fig, Blueberry & Fig, Strawberry & Fig, and my favorite, Raspberry & Fig.

Super-sized cookie goodness, which brings you back to days long ago, are the reasons why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies. Congratulations!

Friday Favorite: Eatrageous… the new spin on chips

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Want to try a new spin on chips? Try Eatrageous baked chip! This all-natural, extra crunchy gluten-free snack is like no other.

How do I love these chips? Let me count the ways.

I love the shape of Eatrageous chips… which is a penne pasta like shape. It’s tube shaped, fun, quirky and packed with a big crunch which is perfect for snacking and dipping.

I also love that that these chips are baked, all-natural, non-GMO, vegan, and of course, gluten-free.

And the flavors! I really do have a hard time choosing my favorite since they are all so original and full of flavor: Wasabi Ranch, Crunchy Mac & Cheese, Sweet & Smokey BBQ , and the all-time favorite Original Sea Salt.

And the best part? These chips are only 100 CALORIES PER SERVING!

All these reasons are why I am so thrilled that this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Eatrageous chips. Crunch away…. And Congratulations!

Friday Favorite: My Dad’s Cookies – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free & Kosher

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Sometimes you try a new product and you just know it was made with love. A product that is made for a reason.  A product that has heart, soul, and compassion as ingredients.

And when I first tried My Dad’s Cookies I felt that love.

These gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free cookies are made by a Dad (Elan) for kids with food allergies.  Starting his company in New York City in 2010, Elan’s goal was to simply create cookies that look and taste like the “real ones” that people with celiac (young & old) miss eating; and the product must be made of great ingredients, that are dairy-free, nut-free and kosher.

Well, Elan… you nailed it. Yes… You. Nailed. It.

I have tried a lot of cookies in my gluten-free days, and these cookies are at the tippity-top of my favorites list. Why? Theingredients are top-notch and the varieties are a dream come true those concerned with gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free products.

Some of my favorite cookies are the Black & White (Shhhhh… I know, I know… these cookies are are a NY thing and I’m from Boston, but I love them anyways!) Coconut Chocolate (Yup.. coconut anything is a good thing, but add in chocolate and it’s even better), Vanilla Graham (I love the chocolate drizzled on top!) , and my absolute favorite… the Raspberry Linzer (melt in your mouth raspberry love) YUM! YUM! YUM!

Thank you, Elan for making cookies full of love… without the gluten, dairy and nuts. And for this you are awarded this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com. Congrats!

Friday Favorite: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter – 85% Less Fat Calories!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

I love peanut butter. But I don’t like all the fat and calories that come along with this super spread.

That is why I was so very, very excited to find PB2.

PB2 come in two flavors: the traditional peanut butter and, my favorite, peanut butter blended with premium chocolate (can you say yum?!) Both are gluten-free.

The product is made by slow roasting superior quality peanuts and then pressing them to remove 85% of the fat and oil… which produces a fine “peanut powder”. Next they add in a bit of sugar and salt (No preservatives or artificial sweeteners).

And… magically… when you blend PB2 with water (mix 2 tablespoons of PB2 with 1 tablespoon of water) it makes a super delicious, tasty and creamy peanut butter that is only 45 calories per serving with only 1 gram of fat!  This product is perfect for those on Weight Watchers or those concerned with calories.

And if the chocolate variety is your fancy, added into the peanuts are ground cocoa beans … which produces a chocolaty peanut butter deliciousness!!

I love to whip-up a batch to dip sliced apples and pears into… or put a tablespoon or two of the powder into my smoothies, or atop my ice cream. The possibilities are limitless!

85% less calories and fat… superior taste… and endless possibilities are all the reasons why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to PB2. Congratulations!

Want to buy now? Check out this link of Amazon.com! PB2 Premium Bundle: Powdered Peanut Butter + Powdered Chocolate Peanut Butter

Friday Favorite: Fabz Snacks

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

This week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to a healthy little snack with big flavor and tons of good!

Fabz Snacks are an all-natural crunchy snack made of Fava Beans. The beans are sliced super thin, and baked to perfection with canola oil and sea salt.

I love that Fabz Snacks are low in calories (only 130 calories for 2 ounces) and are gluten-free, nut-free, Non-GMO, and have no trans fats. They are also packed with iron, fiber and protein.

My new favorite snack  is a great way to get good nutrition while crunching and snacking away!

All of these Fabz-ulous reasons are why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Fabs Fava Bean Snacks. Congratulations!

Want to find out more? Follow Fabz on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Friday Favorite: Bumble Bee SuperFresh Fresh Frozen Seafood

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

With the Lenten season beginning next week (I know… Can you believe Easter will be here before we know it?) this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Bumble Bee SuperFresh Fresh Frozen seafood items.

These all-natural and gluten-free seafood items can be found in your grocer’s premium frozen seafood section or in the frozen food aisle. The fillets and shrimp comes all cleaned and cut, and it is fresh-frozen within hours.

They are delicious too! Here are the varieties: Salmon with Basil Pesto, Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tilapia with Lemon Pepper & Herbs, Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs and Spicy Shrimp Romesco.

I love that this fresh frozen seafood is so convenient, and has some super tasty varieties.  Plus, it can go from freezer to table in 20 minutes or less! Check out their menu ideas too!

Congratulations to Bumble Bee SuperFresh for being this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!

Friday Favorite: Panera’s Tuscan Style Chicken Soup

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Brrr…. Baby, it’s cold outside! That is why I love to have a hot, steaming bowl of soup for lunch on the days were the wind is whipping, the temperature is dipping and my tummy is itching for a tasty and warm gluten-free treat.

I was thrilled to find Panera’s Tuscan Style Chicken Soup at my local BJ’s Wholesale Club this past week. Packaged in two (2) convenient 20-ounce containers per package, this soup was a bargain compared to the prices that you pay at a restaurant.

The soup is packed with chunks of chicken, white beans, spinach and onions… all simmered in a Tuscan-style tomato based broth. Delicious!

Hot and tasty soup all in the convenience of your own home or office is the reason why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Panera’s Tuscan Style Chicken Soup. Cheers!

Friday Favorite: Chia Bars by Health Warrior

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Looking for a quick gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free snack? Need a quick mid-morning pick-me-up that is vegan and high in Omega-3’s? If the answer is yes… you need to check out Chia Bars from Health Warrier.

These bars are small, about 2.5” x 2”, but don’t let the size fool you. Chia, you see, is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. So these little bars really pack a punch when it comes to nutrition and making you feel full and satisfied.

I love that these Health Warrior Chia Bars are also only 100 calories each, 100% natural and contain 1000 milligrams of Omeaga-3’s. They are also Certified Gluten-Free. The bars come in several  flavors too… Acai Berry, Coconut, Banana Nut, Coffee, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and my favorite, Apple Cinnamon.

Another bonus… Health Warrior also sells their own chia seeds so you can make your own chia-licious recipes. Some of my favorite recipes you need to try include this Chia Banana Breakfast Bowl and these Health Warrior Banana Nut Muffins.

For being a tasty and feel-good- about-yourself snack option is why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Health Warrior Chia Bars. Congratulations!

Note: Want to buy Health Warrior Chia Bars? Check out their link on where to buy on their website.

Friday Favorite: Joyce Chen Gluten-Free Hoisin Sauce

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Making authentic Chinese dishes gluten-free use to be hard for me. Why? It seemed that there was always an ingredient that I couldn’t use in a dish since it wasn’t gluten-free. That’s why I was thrilled to find Joyce Chen’s Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce.

Hoisin Sauce is usually used in Chinese cooking as a glaze or a sauce to add a kick of flavor. This thick, powerful sauce is both sweet and salty. I love the way it adds a boost of flavor when added to homemade Chinese dishes.

Some of the recipes that I enjoy using this gluten-free hoisin sauce in include my Nutty Sesame Chicken Nuggets and my Cashew Chicken.

Joyce Chen gets this week’s Friday Favorite honors for making authentic Chinese cooking at home a snap! Congratulations!


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