Posts Tagged ‘Friday Favorites’

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!

Friday Favorite: Pacific Foods Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken Soups

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The weather is chilly and it’s a perfect time of year to pop a casserole in the oven and enjoy a piping hot meal at the end of the day.

But many casserole recipes call for a condensed creamed soups… that in the past have been full of gluten and off-limits to those on a gluten-free diet.

But now, those on a gluten-free diet can make casseroles galore… thanks to Pacific Foods and their condensed Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken Soups.

And along with these creamy soups, Pacific Foods makes tons of other products that are gluten-free including gravies, broths, cranberry sauces; and almond, rice and hemp milks.

Need some casserole recipe inspiration? Check out these gluten-free creations: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole or this King Ranch Casserole (Note: Just be sure that you double check labels and make sure all the ingredients you use in these recipes are gluten-free!)

The reason why Pacific Foods is being selected as this week’s Friday Favorite on is for finally making a product that those a gluten-free diet have been missing! Congratulations and thanks to Pacific Foods for thinking of us gluten-free folks and bringing casseroles back into our lives!

Friday Favorite: Rocky Mountain Popcorn

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

O.K…. I’m back on my popcorn kick! And once again, I am loving some crazy popcorn flavors that have your taste buds singing while crunching and munching one of my favorite all-time snacks.

A gluten-fre snack sensation, Rocky Mountain Jalapeno with White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, has my heart and, as a result,  is also being recognized as this week’s Friday Favorite.

This all-natural gluten-free popcorn is also nut-free, non-GMO and a whole grain snack – so basically you can feel good snacking on these little gems!

Rocky Mountain Popcorn also comes in other delicious flavors such as Cinnamon Sugar, Southwest Cheddar, Caramel, Kettle Corn, White Cheddar, Naked and Butter… and of course, my all-time favorite, the Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese.

For being a whole grain snack that pops with flavor, this week’s Friday Favorite on is awarded to Rocky Mountain Popcorn. Congratulations!

Friday Favorite: Suzie’s Whole Grain Thin Cakes

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Any product that is a quick and easy substitute for bread is always a hit with me. That is why I am raving about Suzie’s Whole Grain Thin Cakes.

Made of lightly salted brown rice these all-natural puffed crackers, are perfectly shaped (square!) for a gluten-free “sandwich”. They are also perfect for a quick appetizer. Use your creativity and top them with some flavorful combinations. Some ideas? Goat cheese, basil & roasted red peppers; or  spinach, olives and a pesto drizzle.

At only about 15 calories per cracker, these thin cakes are the perfect way to enjoy all your favorite sandwich stuffings, plus more! I also love that these gluten-free brown rice crackers are fat free, contains no sugar, sodium or cholesterol and are also free of trans fat.

All these reasons are why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Suzie’s Whole Grain Thin Cakes! Cheers and congratulations!

Friday Favorite: Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Lozenges

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
I hate bring sick. But it’s that time of year. And no matter where I go someone is hacking, coughing, sneezing, sniffling, spluttering, wheezing… and whining about “How sick” they are. Ewww.

Cold-EEZE to the rescue!

This time, every year, I stock up on Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Lozenges. The slightest bit of a sniffle and I pop one of these lozenges in my mouth. Why? Because Cold-EEZE has been clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half, or even prevents me from getting sick at all. And if I needed more proof, the Cold-EEZE website states that, “the efficacy of these lozenges is backed by double-blind placebo-controlled studies conducted at both the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and Dartmouth College.”

All of the Cold-EEZE products (besides the lozenges, they are make an Oral Spray, Daytime and Nighttime Quick Melts, and Quick Melts with Natural Immune Support) are gluten-free, and also free of preservatives and artificial colors. They also come in regular or sugar-free varieties, and have great flavors, such as my favorite, Cherry; or Honey Lemon, Strawberry Cream, Mint Frost, and more!

Cold-EEZE is a homeopathic cold remedy made with zinc gluconate, which is a micronutrient that’s essential to human health and facilitates the effective release of zinc ions which can shorten a cold.

Helping me keep cold-free and healthy is the reason why Cold-EEZE Lozenges is this week’s Friday Favorite on! Congratulations!

Friday Favorite: Party ‘tizers Dippin’ Chips

Friday, December 27th, 2013

I found a great new certified gluten-free chip this week that will be perfect for New Year’s Eve appetizers… the Dippin’ Chip by Party ‘tizers.

These chips are sturdy like a cracker, yet crunchy like a chip… so they are the perfect “vehicle” to hold any topping (think provolone wrapped prosciutto and pepperoncini; or goat cheese mozarella wrapped in basil with roasted red peppers) or for a dip (like hummus, salsa or guacamole).  These must-try snacking treats are perfect for snacking, munching and dipping.

The Dippin’ Chip flavors are awesome too: Veggie (the perfect combination of kale, spinach and carrots), Three Bean (made with black beans, red beans and adzuki beans) or my favorite, SuperGrains (A blend of Quinoa, Amaranth and Black Sesame).

These certified gluten-free chips are also cholesterol free; contain no tran fats, MSG, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives; and are all natural & vegan.

All these dippin’ good reasons are why this week’s  Friday Favorite is awarded to Party ‘tizers Dippin’ Chips. Congratulations!

Friday Favorite: Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

It’s tea time! And this week’s Friday Favorite is being bestowed to one of my favorite tea blends… Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai Black Tea.

I love vanilla… and I love chai… so it’s a no-brainer for me that when these two flavors blend together the result is a smooth and tasty tea.

This gluten-free tea is sweet, yet spicy, at the same time. Made with a  blend of black tea, exotic spices and a touch of vanilla make this a perfect cup of tea.

I also love that this Vanilla Chai Tea comes in teabags OR K-Cups!

This is my new favorite tea to cozy up with… and for that reason, this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Bigelow Tea’s Vanilla Chai Tea. Congratulations!

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Friday Favorite: Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

This week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to one of my holiday favorites. Mediterranean Lentil Crackers. These crackers are the perfect choice for those holiday appetizers that call for a cracker for dipping, crunching and snacking.

I love that these Lentil Chips are a good source of protein, low in fat, and are certified gluten-free. Plus… they are positively delicious and go great with crackers, hummus, dips and more.

The Mediterranean Chip Lentil Crackers come in four delicious flavors: Cracked Pepper, Rosemary Herb, Tomato Basil, and my favorite, Sea Salt.

Full of flavor, protein and good health are why this week’s BeFreeForMe’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Chips. Congratulations!

Friday Favorite: Nana’s Cookie Bars

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

I love Nana’s soft, chewy cookie bars. Unlike some gluten-free cookies, they are moist and delicious – perfect for tea-time or snack-time.

These gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free cookie bars are also non-GMO and are certified gluten-free. The flavors are awesome too: Berry Vanilla, a classic vanilla cookie with a touch of berry; the Chocolate Munch, a chocolate lover’s cookie paradise; and my favorite, the Nana Banana, packed with real banana-y goodness.

Nana’s also makes some great cookies too. Soft and chewy, as well, some of the gluten-free flavors include Chocolate Crunch, Ginger and Lemon. They are also free of the same allergens as the cookie bars.

I also love that both the cookie bars and the cookies are individually wrapped, which means they stay fresh longer and can be transported easily in a purse, back-pack or lunch tote.

All these delicious gluten-free and allergen-free reasons are why I am so excited that Nana’s Cookie Bars are awarded this week’s Friday Favorite on! Congrats!

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