Friday Favorite: Love Beets

April 23rd, 2015

I’ve recently revisited one of my favorite veggies from when I was younger, and I can’t get enough of them! BEETS!

Yes, BEETS! But the only problem is I hate the “tin can” taste of beets from a can. That is why I was so super excited to find Love Beets – Cooked beets that are ready for anything.

When I was younger my Mom would serve them up heated, as a side dish. But recently I’ve discovered that beets are ready for anything and can be enjoyed in many more ways than I could imagine.

Beets are great chopped on salads (my favorite salad to add them to is a Cobb Salad), or sliced and sprinkled with a touch of champagne vinegar and kosher salt. I also love the recipes that are featured on the Love Beets website, like this Grilled Cheese with Beets & Basil Aoili or Quinoa Beet Burrito Bowls with Cumin-Lime Tahini Dressing.

Love Beets are all natural, gluten-free (note that all of the the Love Beets  are gluten-free with the exception of one variety of the Baby Beets… the Honey & Ginger), contain no preservatives, and are Non-GMO. The Cooked Beets come in a 8.8 ounce packages packed with larger beets that are great for slicing or a 6.5 ounce size of baby beets which are perfect for snacking. I however, buy my Love Beets at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs that have a club-sized packages that are perfect for satisfying my new-found and obsessive love for beets. =) If you want to find where you can find Love Beets near you, check out this link.

All of these reasons are why I am so very grateful I have re-found and re-fallen back in love with Beets. Congrats Love Beets on being this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!

Win-It-Wednesday: Scratch & Grain Gluten Free Cookie Kits

April 21st, 2015

If you love baking from scratch, but you hate the mess, hassle and expense you are going to love Scratch & Grain Gluten-Free Cookie Mixes.

These kits are perfect for baking a batch of cookies the old-fashioned “by scratch” way without needing to spend tons of money on ingredients that you’ll probably never use again.

The concept was the brainchild and developed by two neighborhood Moms (Taya and Leah) that wanted to make homemade baking fun & easy. So they went to work to creating a baking kit that had all the BEST ingredients measured out individually so everyone would know what is in their food, as well as making it a fun and easy experience.  Each kit makes 11 to 14 cookies.

And although neither Taya or Leah are gluten-free, they both have close family members that are (including Leah’s mom and daughter). Because of this, they wanted to make sure that they also created gluten-free versions of their cookie mixes so that folks on a gluten-free diet could also enjoy home-made and from scratch cookies that would taste incredibly delicious.

The results are three total delightful and incredible gluten-free Scratch & Grain Cookie mixes. The varieties are fun & tasty. They are: Chocolate Truffle, Snicker Doodle & Chewy Peanut Butter. All you need to add is egg and unsalted butter for each kit, and they provide the rest! How simple is that!?

The cookie kits are also Non-GMO, and contain no preservatives.

And if you think this “cookie kit” idea is totally brilliant check out this link to see the video clip of Taya & Leah when they visited Shark Tank! (And YES… They did get a deal! Click on this link to check them out on Shark Tank and find out what shark also thinks their idea is out-of-this-world too!)

All of these yummy and convenient reasons are why I am so thrilled that Scratch and Grain Gluten-Free Cookie Kits are sponsoring this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com.

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a Gluten-Free Cookie Kit variety pack (Each variety pack consists of 3 total kits… one of each of the gluten-free varieties).  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 5, 2015 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 Gluten-Free Cookie Kit looks the best to you? Is it the Chocolate Truffle? Snickerdoodle? Or the Chewy Peanut Butter?

Good luck, remember that homemade simple goodness is always the tastiest … and, as always …

Be Free!

PS: Want to learn more? Check out Scratch and Grain’s Facebook , Twitter and Instagram pages!

Friday Favorite: Lance’s Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers

April 16th, 2015

I loved Sandwich crackers as a kid! And if you’re like me and missing peanut butter or cheddar cheese cracker sandwiches, check out this brand-spankin’ new and innovative product from Lance! (Please note that these gluten-free sandwich crackers are so new they are not even listed on the gluten-free product list on the Lance website.)

These bite-sized snacks are certified gluten-free and egg-free.  And only 150 calories per bag =)

Both flavors are delicious. Nestled between two crisply and buttery gluten-free crackers is either real peanut butter or real cheddar cheese.

For all these scrumptious reasons, this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Lance for their innovation and commitment to making some great gluten-free snacks. Big cheers for Lance for introducing the first ever Gluten-free sandwiches crackers!

P.S. Make sure to check out your local grocer for these little gems that are debuting late Spring of 2015.

Win-It-Wednesday: Raw Food Central Snacks

April 7th, 2015

If you love good snacking AND healthy good-for-you foods this Win-It-Wednesday is for you!

Raw Food Central makes Kale Chips, Flax Crackers, Onion Rings and a Snack Mix that are all full of crunchy goodness that make them perfect any time of day.

To start off, I’d like to chat a bit about the Raw Food Central company. The mission of Raw Food Central is to honor and serve others as a way to energize, inspire, and build people. The products are made by a team of super-cool people, who love their company and take pride in offering only the best products, made with only the best ingredients, to their customers. The result? Everyone is happy, healthy and empowered. What’s not to love about that? =)

All of Raw Food Central products are raw… never fried, and never baked. They all contain simple, yet irresistible ingredients. Ingredients that keep your taste buds tantalized. And if you want to find out more about eating raw foods, check out this link on the Raw Food Central website. The founder of the company, Curt Griffing, as been eating raw for over 30+ years and has so much to share!

All the products are also USDA certified organic, certified vegan, certified gluten-free, kosher, certified vegan and are all non-GMO project verified.

The products that Raw Food Central creates are incredible. Their signature item, their Kale Chips are crunchy and light. One bite will keep you crunching away, and show you why kale is all the rage. The Onion Rings, my favorite, are flavorful and crunchy… perfect for topping a salad; the Flax Crackers, are packed with flax, which is full of protein, and a perfect companion for any dip or spread. And last, the Snack Mix is a sunshiny garden in a bag! Packed with their infamous kale chips, and tossed with freeze dried corn, peas, cashews, sunflower seeds and raisins. Delicious!

Honestly good products, made by an honestly great company, are the reasons why I am so thrilled that this Win-It-Wednesday is being sponsored by Raw Foods Central!

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a mixed case (total of 12 bags) of all four products (3 bags per product).  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 21, 2015 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 Raw Food Central product looks the best to you!

Good luck, remember to keep things simple, keep things irresistible … and, as always …

Be Free!

PS: Want to learn more? Check out Raw Food Central’s Facebook and Twitter pages!

Friday Favorite: Shelton’s Smoked Turkey Snack Stick

March 26th, 2015

You’re going to love this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!

Shelton’s Smoke Turkey Snack Sticks are an awesome savory gluten-free snack that is packed with protein and tastes good to beat!

These snack sticks are made from turkeys raised without antibiotics and are vegetarian fed.

Shelton’s turkey sticks come in 3 flavors, original, pepperoni and jalapeno. The sticks are individually vacuum packed in easy open packages and are shelf stable.

I love that these snack sticks are portable, are only 45 calories per stick, and taste good – the reasons why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Shelton’s Gluten-free Smoked Turkey Snack Sticks!

Want to buy now? Check out the links on Amazon.com:

Shelton’s Original Smoked Turkey Stick

Shelton’s Jalapeno Smoked Turkey Stick

Shelton’s Pepperoni Smoked Turkey Stick

Win-It-Wednesday: Slow Food for Fast Lives Savory Bars

March 24th, 2015

As most of you know, I love my bars! Every day I am packing one in my bag for a quick snack between workouts and between meals.

But eating a bar that has a breakfasty or dessert-like taste in the middle of the day can throw my taste buds in a tailspin. That is why I was so excited to find Slow Food for Fast Lives bars.

These bars are the perfect savory treat for mid-day. The flavor profiles of each bar will make your taste buds rejoice!

The Slow Food for Fast Lives bar’s comes in four savory, not sweet, flavors. They include California, a perfect blend of Almonds, Kale, Pomegranate, and quinoa; Moroccan, a combination of pistachios, currants, carrots and ginger; Thai, a spicy assortment of peanuts, chili, brown rice and bell pepper; and Indian, an seamless merger of the “4 c’s” – cashew, cumin, cauliflower and coconut.

These bars are perfect for when you’re looking for a savory bite that will keep your body healthy, well and going full-speed ahead!

All the flavors are gluten-free, kosher and three out of the four are vegan (the California bar contains honey, so it’s not vegan.) And best yet, all of the Slow Food for Fast Lives bars contain between 1 to 1.5 servings of fruit and vegetables of the daily suggested 5 servings.

All of these reasons are why I am so thrilled that Slow Food for Fast Lives is the sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com.

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a prize pack of these delicious savory bars.  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, March 31 , 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 7, 2015 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 savory Slow Food for Fast Lives flavor looks the best to you. (Me? I LOVE the California bar!)

Good luck, remember to slow down and eat well… and, as always …

Be Free!

PS: Want to learn more? Check out Slow Food for Fast Lives Facebook and Twitter pages!

Friday Favorite: DeLallo Gluten-Free Orzo

March 19th, 2015

Yup! You heard it right Gluten-Free ORZO! One of things I’ve missed the most since eating gluten-free is Orzo… those tiny little pastas that are excellent in cold salads, soups and stuffed peppers.

I discovered DeLallo Gluten-Free Orzo (and their yummy other gluten-free pastas) at the ExpoWest trade show that I visited in Los Angeles this month.

The DeLallo gluten-free pasta is made with the “the finest raw ingredients sourced from Northern Italy”. They also take special care to make sure the gluten-free pasta, which is a blend of corn and rice, is milled for  full-flavor and the perfect “al dente” bite, that we all know can be so hard to achieve with many other gluten-free pastas.

One of my favorite recipes to make with Orzo is this Olive & Feta Orzo Salad. It is perfect for the first day of Spring!

All of these reasons are why I am so happy to announce DeLallo Gluten-Free Pasta as this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com. Congratulations!

Win-It-Wednesday: “The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities” Children’s Book

March 10th, 2015

We all know that veggies are good for you, an important part of a well-rounded gluten-free diet, and they taste great too. But what is often hard is getting kids to believe that too.

If you have or know any children that have a hard time embracing veggies in their mealtime, the new children’s book “The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities” is for you and your little ones. Launching just in time for National Nutrition Month (March), this book is written by Vicki Marquez, a certified health coach, wellness expert, and plant based chef. Her mission is to get kids to re-think veggies as being a cool, and a tasty addition to meal time – and to break the stigma that healthy living is boring.

And she has accomplished this mission with this book.

The Rootlets are a cast of fun-loving and veggie-loving characters that are the super-heroes of healthy eating. The cast’s entertaining names (Brocc, Kaley, Carrotina and Cornelius), the bright and colorful illustrations and the thrilling plot of the story make this book a read-again favorite. This 40 page soft back book is perfect for kids aged 4 to 9.

And lucky for us, Vicki Marquez and her new book “The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities” is sponsoring this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com!

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a copy of this new children’s book.  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us your favorite veggie OR who you would share/give this book too!

Good luck, remember to root for vegetables… and, as always …

Be Free!

PS: Want to learn more? Check out “The Rootlets” Facebook and Twitter pages!

Friday Favorite: Self Healthy Kitchen Grilled Drunken Chicken Frozen Meal

March 5th, 2015

I was thrilled this past week when I found a new gluten-free frozen meal in my conventional grocers frozen case… and it taste good too!

Self Healthy Kitchen frozen meals are developed by Self Magazine whose mission is to help people live a healthy, happy life. According to their website, “For years our readers have expressed a need for quick meals that they can feel good about, so we teamed up with Benevida Foods to create SELF Healthy Kitchen, a line of healthy, delicious frozen foods made with simple, natural ingredients. Each minimally processed entrée contains no artificial ingredients and is huge on flavor.” The meal is also all natural, contains no artificial ingredients, and is minimally processed.

All the varieties of Self Healthy Kitchen are not gluten-free, but the one variety that is gluten-free is the Grilled Drunken Chicken, a dish consisting of grilled chicken topped in a sweet tequila sauce with brown rice blended with kale, cherries and pumpkin seeds. Delicious!

Congrats and cheers to Self Healthy Kitchen’s Grilled Drunken Chicken for being chosen as this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!

PS: Want to find out where to buy? Click on this link to find a retailer near you!

Friday Favorite: Naked Edge Snacks Veggie-Go’s

February 26th, 2015

Naked Edge Snack’s Veggie-Go’s could quite possible be the absolute best snack-on-the-go.

Portable, tasty and full of all things good, Veggie-Go’s make you feel good about snacking.

Veggie-Go’s are similar to a fruit strip but are made from whole, organic fruits & veggies. They are also gluten-free, Non-GMO and certified organic.

The flavors are unique and tantalizing. Perfect for adults, but loved by kids too. My favorite is the Sweet Potato Pie, a sweet blend of Sweet potatoes, apples and spices, that reminds me of Thanksgiving Day. Other flavors offered are: Mountain Berry Spinach, Cinnamon Spice Beet, Carrot Ginger, and the newest addition, TropiKale, a delicious marriage of tropical fruits of kiwi, guava and mango with nutrient-dense kale, pumpkin, and apple.

Cheers and congratulations for Naked Edge Snack’s Veggie-Go’s for being awarded this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!


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