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!

Friday Favorite: Stoneridge Orchard’s Dried Fruits

May 8th, 2014

If you love fruits, but you’re looking for a portable and compact way to bring them wherever and whenever  you go, you need to check out Stoneridge Orchards.

Stoneridge Orchards features dried fruits that are wholesome and delicious. They are grown by third-generation family farmers in Washington State.

Their items are gluten-free and also have no artificial colors or flavors, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup or sulfites.

My favorite is the Montmorency Cherries, but other varieties are Sliced Peaches, Raspberries, Pomegranate & Berries Blend, Blueberries, Strawberries and Berry Blends.

Providing fun, convenient and portable ways to enjoy fruit on the go are the reasons why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Stoneridge Orchards. Congratulations!

P.S. Check out the recipes on the Stoneridge Orchards website… so delicious!

Win-It-Wednesday: 479° Popcorn

May 6th, 2014

If you love popcorn but get tired of the same old flavors (I mean really?  How much of the traditional plain or white cheddar popcorn can a person eat without getting bored!) you need to check out 479° Popcorn.

This popcorn is like no other since it has the most unique and tantalized flavors… flavors made for those that have impeccable taste and demand nothing but the finest in life… even when it comes down to their snacks.

The founder of 479° Popcorn, Jean Arnold, started the company because she had nothing but fond memories of fresh, organic popcorn that was made by her Mom and enjoyed with her family during cozy moments playing cards. Her mom would make the popcorn with a “sturdy stove-top popper that she’d hand crank until the kernels turned into a delightful fluffy treat.”

And over the years, and with years of culinary training, Jean started experimenting with exotic seasonings and flavorings on the same type of organic popcorn her mom popped many years before… and 479° Popcorn was born! (By the way, the name 479° Popcorn comes from Jean’s discovery that 479° is the optimal temperature for popping popcorn! See… you DO learn something new every day!)

479° Popcorn varieties are all also certified gluten-free, Non-GMO and (drum roll please!) low calorie!

And the flavors –  Wait until you see! The 479° Popcorn flavors are: The Savory flavors… Asiago, Parmesan & Cheddar; White Cheddar & Black Truffle; Creamery Butter; Sea Salt; Farmers Market Herb and Toasted Sesame & Seaweed. And the Sweet & Salty varieties include… Toasted Coconut Caramel; Sea Salt Caramel; and Chipotle Caramel & Pumpkin Seeds. And the final flavor is 479° Popcorn’s Limited Addition flavor… Pumpkin Pecan Praline.

All of these savory, sweet and salty snacking reasons are why I am so thrilled that 479° Popcorn is the sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com.

A total of two BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a case of 479° Popcorn.  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 20, 2012 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?
Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us what variety of 479° Popcorn looks the best to you! (Me? It’s a toss-up! I love the Farmers Market Herb and the Chipotle Caramel & Pumpkin Seeds… yum!)

Good luck, remember to keep your days popping with good snacks… and as always,

Be Free!

P.S. Want to be the first to know about news, flavors, giveaways, and going-on’s at 479° Popcorn? Then follow 479° Popcorn on Facebook!

Friday Favorite: Nordic Naturals Vitamin D Gummies

May 1st, 2014

Everyone needs Vitamin D3 for healthy bones, good moods, and immune system functions, but many of us (including me!) have a deficiency when it comes to this much needed vitamin.

I was surprised when my doctor told me I had to start taking a Vitamin D3 each and every day. But after chatting with him I found out that wearing my sunblock religiously, being indoors for most of the day, and these cold, dark drab New England never-ending winters play a huge factor in my Vitamin D3 deficiency.

This is when I discovered Nordic Naturals Vitamin D3 Gummies. These gummies give me 1000 I.U. of the vitamin (the recommended daily amount), along with a great wild berry taste. These vitamins also contain no artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives and are pectin based and gelatin free. They are also manufactured in a facility certified to be free of allergens derived from milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soy. They are also gluten-free (in fact, all of the Nordic Natural vitamins are gluten-free!)

Plus these vitamins are so easy to remember to taste since they taste so good! It’s funny how they have actually become my mid-afternoon treat! =)

Nordic Naturals Vitamin D3 Gummies are this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com because they are good tasting, mood boosting, and help keep my bones and immune system strong! Cheers and congratulations Nordic Naturals!

Want to buy Nordic Naturals Vitamin D3 Gummies now? Check out this link on Amazon.com and take advantage of FREE SHIPPING on orders over $35.00!


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