Win-It-Wednesday: Best Kitchen Pulses Gift Pack

With the Holidays here we’re all thinking about baking up a storm. Cookies, cakes, pies and loaves – but since they need to be made gluten-free…alternative flours need to be discovered and explored.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free flour that is higher in protein, fiber and rich in micronutrients (including iron, calcium, magnesium and B Vitamins) than most any other gluten-free flour, look no further than Best Kitchen Pulse Flours. And if you’re like me, any way that I can incorporate healthier alternatives into my life the better!

Other bonuses are that Best pulses are natural, non-GMO, certified-organic and kosher.

I was unfamiliar with pulse flours until Shelley Case introduced them to me a few years back. Shelley explained to me that pulses (also known as legumes) include all types of dried peas & beans, lentils and chickpeas. Frequently overlooked in the gluten-free diet, pulses are one of the most nutritious and versatile foods. They are high in fiber, protein, B vitamins (especially folate), and a variety of minerals-plus they are low in fat, sodium and have a low-glycemic index.

Pulse Flours are simply pulses ground up into flour. I like that Best Kitchen’s offers Whole Chickpea and Whole Pea Flours – not split, like so many others. The benefit of Whole Flours is that they include the “seed coat”, or the outer husk of the pulses, which contain 90% of the fiber and are loaded with antioxidants. Another bonus: Baking with Whole Flours also gives baked goods more “body” than Split Flours.

All these healthy and flavorful reasons are why I am so glad that Best Kitchen Pulses are this week’s WIN-It-Wednesday sponsor on Best Kitchen Pulses will provide four (Yes….4!) LUCKY BeFreeForMe members a gift pack of gluten-free flours and fibers, just in time for holiday baking! The gift pack includes:

~ Best Cooking Pulses Apron
~ Best Whole Yellow Pea Flour (1kg)
~ Best Chickpea Flour (1kg)
~ Best Green Split Pea Flour (1kg)
~ Best Pea Fiber (1kg)
~ Naked Yumpeez – roasted split peas shaker (I love to snack on these… or include in baking as a nut substitute, or as a salad topper)

How can you WIN?

Reply to this blog and tell us how you incorporate healthy ways into your life (Me? I try to take a nice brisk walk at lunchtime… gets me some exercise, and reduces stress levels!). Four (4) winners will be randomly chosen from entries received before Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 midnight EST; and two (2) more winners will be randomly chosen from entries received between Wednesday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:00 midnight EST.

Good Luck, sneak in the healthy alternatives in life whenever possible, as always…
Be Free!

Want some recipes using Best Kitchen Pulses? Check out these links:

Apple Crisp

Banana Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins

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57 Responses to “Win-It-Wednesday: Best Kitchen Pulses Gift Pack”

  1. Francine Says:

    I make sure that I exercise everyday; whether I have 20 minutes or an hour to give, I make it a priority.

  2. Theresa Gates Says:

    We involve the whole family whether it is a family walk after dinner or a game of WII we always try to move after a full day to releive stress, exercise and promote good habits of just moving instead of just sitting in front of the TV or computer each night.

  3. Lauren Says:

    I usually walk my dogs a few times a week, eat fruit and veggies several times a week, drink filtered water, eat no junk food.

  4. Deb Gowlland Says:

    I try to stay healthy by taking probiotics daily and adding ground flax and chia seeds into my foods! I love taking walks as well! 🙂

  5. Bonnie Richards Says:

    I start my day with a healthy breakfast consisting of Irish Oatmeal with cinnamon and honey. Sometimes a nice bowl of fruit. I strive for 30 minutes of consistent exercise 4-5 times a week, some cardio and some weight training. I keep healthy snacks on hand such as almonds, celery, tomatoes and sometimes hummus. I use PB2 Peanut Butter because of portion control and less fat. I am very conscious of what I eat. Somedays, I do very well and somedays not so much. But I strive for consistency and don’t beat myself up when I let my guard down a bit!

  6. Janet Yeager Says:

    I make fresh lemonade with organic lemons and stevia instead of colas.

  7. Susan Says:

    I try to exercise twice a week for an hour and a half as well as walking briskly three times a week.

  8. T Wilson Says:

    I take the dog for an extra lap around the neighborhood to get exercise. It’s good for both of us!

  9. Christina Says:

    I drink green tea every morning to get my day off to a healthy start. Thanks for a chance to try these pulse flours.

  10. Crunchy Says:

    I make drinking lots of water as easy as possible. There is a case of bottles in my car. I keep water both cold and at room temp to satisfy whatever the particular desire is at that moment. I have lots of clean glasses and to-go bottles easily accessible. Making it easy to dispense makes it even easier to consume.

  11. Cheryl Says:

    I exercise three days a week. It’s not to stay thin, but to stay healthy. If I don’t keep active I get sicker and my body starts to break down.

  12. Karin Says:

    I drink water and avoid caffeine. I always eat a good breakfast and snack on veggies between meals. I always park away from the front door, so I can get some added steps into my day!

  13. Eileen Says:

    I exercise 5 days a week and walk briskly at least 4 days and eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day.

  14. Angie W Says:

    I workout a few times a week and have learned that I need to take breaks in my day to keep my mental health in a good state.

  15. Cassie Says:

    I keep try to keep count of sodium in the foods I eat daily, eat fresh fruits and veggies, and not touch the salt shaker. After going on Rice Diet it is amazing seeing how much sodium is in one item that I used to eat!

  16. cindy w. Says:

    I try to stay healthy by eating quality foods and exercising.

  17. Cynthia Says:

    I run at least 3 or 4 days per week and try to eat more veggies. I start my morning with about 16 oz. of water before coffee and a brisk run. Fruit isn’t a problem, but getting enough veggies and fiber is a work in progress 🙂

  18. Kim Says:

    I exercise everyday by walking my dog, Bessie in the am and pm. I am also trying to drink more water daily
    and eat less refined and processed foods!

  19. Sue Says:

    I eat right, exercise and do yoga twice a week.

  20. Sara Taylor Says:

    My family is new to the healthy lifestyle we are changing our purchasing habits to include organic items, exercising daily and making better choices!

  21. Michelle Says:

    I incorporate healthy ways in my life by keeping a positive outlook on life, makes a huge difference on my well being!

  22. Forress Says:

    I get a lot of exercise chasing the grandkids around.

  23. Lisa Says:

    I try to eat more fruits and vegetables and I am really trying to find healthier snacks.

  24. Rosanne Says:

    how you incorporate healthy ways into your life

    Health is an act of daily living for me. Gluten I avoid like the plague; however I also know that living gluten free, I know that certain nutrients are not always apart of living daily. I make sure I take a multi vitamin to replace what I lack in my diet. I also find ways to add fruit into different meat dishes I bake, like i added pureed persimmons as a glaze on chicken ! I added fresh apple and grated cinnamon to my oatmeal. Health is also mind , I pray daily . This helps me be more focused on tasks.

  25. Venessa Says:

    I try to eat mostly organic foods, especially fruits & vegetables to stay healthy.

  26. Katheryn Says:

    I like to watch funny videos. Laughter really is the best medicine!!!

  27. andi Says:

    tryin to drink more water – that’s my weakness…..

  28. TXEdie Says:

    “Healthy” starts from the inside out. Making sure your diet is balanced and nutritional is especially important for Celiacs — sometimes hard to do! When away from home, I always have a healthy, gluten-free snack with me just in case g-f options are not available. I think these new-for-me whole grain flours fit right in with my philosophy. 🙂

  29. Laura Says:

    I like to run and workout at least 3 times a week after work. I do not eat fast food.

  30. Kym Rossi Says:

    My family stays away from fried foods and eats lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. As a person who is learning about baking Gluten free, this combo pack from Best Cooking Pulses would be a great way for me to try different and healthy flour alternatives.

  31. Margoka Says:

    I do yoga twice a week and I eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

  32. Cara Says:

    I try to start my day off with a healthy breakfast and exercise.

  33. Susan Says:

    I eat lots of vegetables and other healthy food.

  34. Patricia Says:

    I exercise at Fitness and try to drink more water.

  35. robin Says:

    After the young kiddos are in bed for their daily nap, I jump on the treadmill for a quick walk.

  36. TXEdie Says:

    Baking is always a challenge for a Celiac, so I am forever seeking new, healthy flours that incorporate vitamins and minerals with flavor and produce a good baked product. Europe uses more of the pulses-type flours, including all types of dried peas & beans, lentils and chickpeas. In the U.S., these types of flours are hard to find — I would really welcome the opportunity to try the Best Cooking Pulses — and promise to share my culinary experiences.

  37. Laura Says:

    I eat as little processed food as possible.

  38. Katheryn Says:

    Do something nice without letting on it was you. You’ll smile all day long!

  39. Christina Says:

    5 or 10 minutes of yoga here and there when I can’t fit in a whole workout. Thanks for a second chance to win

  40. Tristan Zylla Says:

    I try to exercise each week and watch the calorie intake!

  41. Lynn Says:

    I walk my two dogs (both Lab mixes, shelter rescues & wonderful exercise buddies) 3 to 6 miles at least 5 days a week. They always remind me when its time to go & look so sad if I appear unmotivated at any point. They guilt me into walking and I always feel awesome & refreshed when we get done.

  42. julie Says:

    I drink alot of water and eat lots of veggies

  43. Priscilla Rafdahl Says:

    I find time during the day to de-stress by doing relaxation techniques. It is amazing how much meditation works to relieve the stresses we face daily!

  44. Karen S Says:

    I’m eating more vegetables…and less sugar this past year. Drinking more water…and less diet coke. Now, it’s time to introduce exercise back into my schedule.

  45. cindy w. Says:

    I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables as well as cook with healthier grains so this giveaway would be wonderful to win.

  46. Irene Says:

    I was diagnosed celiac at 63 yrs. old and had to relearn how to eat healthy. I prided myself in being a good mother who made every meal as healthy as possible and I must say I did a good job of it. As a stay at home mom I read everything I could put my hands on to discover what the best foods were. Luckily, this helped me when I was told I needed to change my diet to Gluten Free. Today, I bake my own bread, make my own cocunut milk, yogurt and butters. I walk my shih tzu Sweetie every AM for 2 blocks and feel like I am no more than 40 but will actually be 70 in January. I still mow the lawn, do my own painting and groom my pet. Every celiac person should feel as good as me. You just need to savour each day and make every meal a healthy one.

  47. Mary Says:

    I’m such a couch potato, so I decided to become accountable for exercising by asking my neighbor to be my bike riding buddy. It’s been great for our bodies and gives us a chance to destress our minds too!

  48. Eileen Says:

    I drink 8 glasses or more water and exercise 5 days a week.

  49. Todd O Says:

    I walk at least 3 times a week 2-3 miles at the walking trail and I cut out fattening foods later in the evening and replaced with veggies and yogurt.

  50. shelley Says:

    I have been gluten-free for about 10 years now…It’s been a long haul, so to speak. Now there are so many options for cooking and eating gf foods! I love to cook and bake and have been trying all different flours. I’ve started doing yoga again and drink tons of water…and herbal teas, hot and iced. My family eats the way I do, mostly, since I’m the cook, and i feel they’re getting healthier all the time. We take our 6 dogs out for a run/walk every week….hiking at least a mile or more with them. We fly fish, camp out a lot, and generally have fun exercising our bodies with the daily chores.

  51. Kelly F. Says:

    Gluten free is not always the healthest ~ its nice to learn that we can add fiber and health to the GF life!

  52. Christine H Says:

    I walk and lift weights 2 -3 times a week. I also eat a lot of greens all organic, if possible. No wheat, dairy and sugar. I also cook healthy meals for my family. I am in my 40’s and I have never felt better!!!

  53. Cynthia T. Says:

    My friend and I have started the water aerobic class at the Y. I even talked my husband into the Aqua Zumba on Thursday evening! Both classes are so much fun!

  54. Diana Donley Says:

    If I have to go up or down by just 1 or 2 floors, I take the stairs. I also park farther out in parking lots. My DH has been so supportive of me & our DS (both diagnosed with Celiac this past Fall). He has to brown bag it for his lunch & he did try GF bread but it just didn’t work. So we have a mixed kitchen & when I prepare his lunch in the mornings I wear exam gloves to keep from getting glutened.

  55. Patricia Says:

    I try to use the more nutritional flours in my GF baking

  56. Mercedes Says:

    Besides having increased my walking activity to 1 hour a day, I also jump rope three times a week. The jump rope contains 5lb weights on the handles, making it a more challenging exercise. I also take the stairs at work and at my apartment building, instead of the elevator. Having been diagnosed with multiple food allergies, I tend not to eat out much and cook at home more often. I eat more fruits and vegetables, as well as increase beans into my diet. I drink rice milk and try to spoil myself to gluten-free snacks once in a while. I also take my nieces and nephews for a walk, or to play at the park, whenever they come over to visit. This, not only provides me with outdoor fun, it is also a great workout for the entire family.

  57. Phyllis Says:

    I try to exercise three or more times a week and take the stairs instead of the elevator.I drink water and aviod soda except for special occiasons.

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