April 23, 2012

Uniquely Spice Up Your BBQ: Ali's All Natural Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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I love bbq tofu. We typically use an apricot teriyaki sauce, but sometimes a more traditional bbq sauce is in order.

Ali's All Natural Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce uses less sugar than most similar products.

ALI'S Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce-This BBQ sauce is made with all natural ingredients including only the finest raspberry puree. This sauce gives you just a hint of raspberry mixed with an array of spices that will make your mouth watering for seconds and even thirds!

NUTRITIONAL FACTS are as follows: Serving size is 2 tbsp, Servings per container about 12, 12 fl oz per bottle, 10 calories, 0 fat, 240mg sodium, 2 carbohydrates, and ONLY 1g sugar.

Ingredients: Tomato Sauce (Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Water less than 2% of: Salt, Citric Acid, Spice Natural Flavor),Water Worcestershire Sauce (Vinegar, Molasses, Anchovies, Onions, Salt, Garlic, Tamarind Concentrate, Cloves, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract), Apple Cider Vinegar, Seedless Red Raspberries, Caramel Color, Liquid Smoke, Stevia (Rebaudioside A), Mustard, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Chili Powder.


This product would be much nicer if it was made from organic ingredients. Also, it is not vegetarian, as the worstershire sauce contains anchovies, thus I have not actually tasted it.

Ali's should work on their product photography and website if they want to attract more customers. 
 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 19, 2012

Yummy and Convenient Organic, Toasted Garlic Gold Nuggets!

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MMMM, garlic nuggets! Whether in a recipe or sprinkled on top, I am in love with organic garlic nuggets! They can be sprinkled on "everything but dessert". As an alternative to butter, baco-bits, or soy sauce, I can't wait to try them on a baked potato and popcorn!

We were sent three different flavors to try:
Rinaldo's Organic Garlic Gold Nuggets

Our most popular item, these delicious Nuggets are hand-made bits of toasted, sweet, mild and crunchy organic garlic. Use as a gourmet topping on anything, including salads, pizza, sushi, baked & mashed potatoes, popcorn, pastas, etc. Our Nuggets make a great sodium free alternative to flavor your meals.

Garlic Gold, Organic Sea salt Nuggets
An incredible blend of our hand crafted, organic and delicious Garlic Gold® Nuggets blended with the refreshing, incredible flavor of gourmet sea salt. This is truly a unique, gourmet, top of the line garlic salt. Use it on everything: try it on popcorn, steamed veggies, baked potatoes, soups and salads.

Garlic Gold Herbs de Provence
An incredible blend of our hand crafted, organic and delicious Garlic Gold. Nuggets with the refined, sophisticated, fresh flavor of the finest blend of Authentic Fresh Herbs. Sprinkle on fish, meat, vegetables, eggplant. Gratin potatoes, grilled vegetables, tomatoes and more for our signature crunch and an authentic, unique, fresh French flavor that will delight the finest foodies.

These hand-crafted, organic toppings are so easy to use and flavorful!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 17, 2012

Reseal your Wine with Leakproof CapaBunga Caps

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As a mostly red wine drinker, I don't have much need of squeezing opened bottles of whitehttp://capabunga.com into the refrigerator. Even so, recapping wine with the cork is not easy, and I certainly don't want to have to use a corkscrew to reopen it.

CapaBunga makes leakproof caps for wine bottles with cheeky phrases like "Me Time", "I earned it", and "Wine Safe".

WHAT IT IS CapaBunga® is a reusable silicone cap that reseals a bottle of wine after you remove the cork. It's made to resemble the bungs used to seal barrels during winemaking. Once you remove the cork and re-seal the bottle with a CapaBunga®, it is liquid tight and the bottle can rest on its side or even upside down without leaking. No more jamming the cork back in the bottle, no more rearranging the fridge to fit an open bottle in the door. The open bottle can also be stored on it's side in the fridge or on a wine rack. CapaBunga® fits virtually every wine bottle.
I really like these caps and think they do solve a problem wine drinkers experience.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 12, 2012

Lose Weight Naturally: The Dash Diet Action Plan

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Most Americans are overweight by at least a few pounds. These extra pounds contribute to health problems, such as high cholesterol and hypertension. The standard American diet (SAD) and our sedentary lifestyles only contribute to the problem.

Rated the number one diet by U.S. News & World Report, The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Boost Weight Loss and Improve Health combines diet and exercise to help you lose weight.


Rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts, DASH is grounded in healthy eating principles that lower blood pressure; reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer; and support reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. No diet has a medical pedigree like DASH, and this book is a simple, actionable plan that can fit seamlessly into everyone's life and lifestyle. It includes:

  • 28 days of meal plans at different calorie ranges

  • Simple tools to help you personalize a DASH Diet Action Plan for guaranteed success

  • DASH-friendly recipes and shopping lists

  • Tips for eating on-the-run

  • Advice on healthy weight loss and exercise for every lifestyle.

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  Even if you don't suffer from this illness, the eating suggestions in this diet are good for all.

This book contains good advice for eating out, like sharing meals. I also appreciate the advice on juice, as my family often criticizes me for not drinking as much as they do.

Juice is less filling then fruit, making it easy to overdo calories. Juice also does not contain the beneficial fiber of fruit, and ounce for ounce, has more sugar than regular pop.

The last part of that statement I do feel is misleading. There is a difference between naturally occurring sugars in fruit juice and high fructose corn syrup in soda.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 31, 2012

5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness

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Looking to improve your health and eating habits? 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla V. Saulsbury makes it easy with delicious recipes that are simple to follow. 

 
This book offers simple, delicious recipes that utilize foods that have a proven track record of enhancing health or offering protection from diseases.

It can be a challenge to discern which foods really do form a healthy diet, let alone how to prepare them into delicious dishes without too much time, fuss, and expense.

5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking offers the solution. Vastly different from a diet book, this simplified, five-step approach to healthy eating is holistic and flexible. This is healthy cooking from a very different perspective: because it is first and foremost a cookbook, not a diet book, it begins and ends with enticing, easy-to-prepare recipes that make the five principles simple and doable.

The five principles are:

  • Choose Fresh, Whole Foods
  • Eat Mostly Vegetable and Fruit-Based Foods
  • Opt for Healthy Fats and Proteins
  • Select Superfoods (Nutrient-Dense Foods)
  • Eat More Whole Grains
I agree wholeheartedly with these five principles and try to follow them in my own eating habits, although I do have an organic sweet tooth.  I would add to the following principles to eat organically-grown food, as they are higher in nutrients and lack pesticide residue.  

This is not a vegetarian cookbook, but it does contain a "Meatless Main Dish" section and a brief discussion of the Meatless Monday movement. It's also quite easy to adapt the meat recipes to be vegetarian.
 

Some of the recipes I plan to try in the near future are:


  • Spicy Punjabi Chickpeas with Mint Radish Raita

  • Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

  • Applesauce Flax Bread

  • Mushroom and Bulgur Stuffed Peppers


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 30, 2012

Got Cucumbers? Organic Rye Vodka from Square One

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I still remember the first time I tried cucumber juice. I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it was. Now I can have that same flavor in my organic spirits!

Square One Cucumber Vodka is made from 100% organic rye!

Square One Cucumber is a deliciously aromatic spirit with the delicate and fresh taste of cucumber.

We crafted Square One Cucumber by combining the essence of organic cucumber with our original certified organic American rye vodka. To keep cucumber's fresh aroma, we applied the same skills used to capture the aromatics of flowers and plants in natural fragrances.

This spirit gives a contemporary spin to familiar cocktails like the Tom Collins or Gimlet and is a natural choice for refreshing new cocktails. For a cool, light yet effortless indulgence, try Square One Cucumber with tonic and a twist of lime.


I checked out some of the cocktail recipes and am excited to try the "Cool Collins" tonight!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 29, 2012

Kids Love 'Em: Superfood Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks by Navitas Naturals

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Kids love to snack. Adults do too! Making snacks healthy is easy, especially with Navitas Naturals. Gluten and dairy-free, containing no refined sugar, and packed with superfoods, no guilt involved in this snacking!

We have tried Navitas Naturals Cacoa Goji Superfood Power Snack. Now we got to try Navitas Naturals - Hemp Superfood Power Snack Blueberry:

Navitas Naturals is adding Blueberry Hemp to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks. Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks provide a diversity of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts. These bite-sized cubes have a healthy whole food appearance, delicious flavor and rich chewy texture. Navitas Power Snacks do not contain refined sugar, preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. In addition to being certified organic they are also certified gluten-free, and are GMO-free and dairy-free...

Why Hemp? Nutrition experts recommend hemp seed because it's an easily digested complete protein source. It is also one of the richest vegetable sources of the Omega 3 & 6 essential fats, and in an ideal ratio to support human health. Hemp seed is also a plentiful source of fiber, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium.

Blueberries are famous for their delicious fruit flavor and abundance of phytonutrients, which many scientists believe provide powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against heart disease, colon cancer and other ailments. In addition to the organic hemp powder and dried blueberries, Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks are made with other leading organic functional food stars such as chia, maca, lucuma, camu camu and maqui, as well as other wholesome raw foods such as date paste, sesame seeds, cashews and sunflower seeds.


I recently brought these snacks into a 5th/6th grade science class I teach. We were looking for elements on labels, and of course we had to snack. The children loved these, and they weren't all from families that eat health food. I felt good about giving the kids some nourishment from wholesome, "sustainably-cultivated ingredients."


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 26, 2012

GMO-Free, No HFCS, Gluten-Free, Corn-Free, Soy-Free 24/7 Meal Replacement Made with Rice Bran Superfood

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With 120 antioxidants, NanaCea's 24-7 Meal Replacement by Patty McPeak featuring Stabilized Rice Bran is low calorie (110) and features whole food nutrition.

24/7™ Meal Replacement for Life is the most nutrient-dense delicious meal replacement drink featuring stabilized rice bran with its 120 antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which include two servings of foods that provide a daily total of at least 800mg of phytosterols in two meals, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Two servings of NanaCea 24/7™ provide 800 mg of phytosterols (400mg of phytosterols per serving).

It has high quality hypoallergenic protein, fiber, and phytonutrients. 24/7™ is rich in biotin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin D3, magnesium, manganese, selenium, potassium, phosphorous, gamma oryzanol, phytosterols and many other phytonutrients. Along with its 9 grams of hypoallergenic protein per serving, it contains tocotrienols, tocopherols and gamma oryzanol. It is easily digestible, very bio-absorbable and provides instant energy.


Although this product is chemical-free, soy-free, GMO-free, HFCS-free, gluten-free, corn-free, it is not made with organically-grown ingredients.

I've never been one for meal replacement shakes. When trying to maintain healthy weight, I simply drink lots of water and herbal tea and exercise at least an hour a day. Seaweed is also a really good low calorie snack.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 20, 2012

Eating Light: 400 Calories or Less

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Eating Light: 400 Calories or Less is a bookazine filled with 118 recipes by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Country Living.

Eating Light 400 Calories or Less provides 52 tips - one for every week of the year - that will help you make healthy choices in the months to come. With advice on ordering skinny meals at restaurants, choosing beverages wisely, and blasting belly fat (try green tea, healthy fats, and purple foods!), Eating Light has you covered. Plus, a slim-down plan indicates how many calories you should consume at each meal, so you'll drop extra pounds safely and confidently.

Winter recipes like Low-Fat Lasagna (pg. 33) and Chicken Pot Pie (pg. 42) satisfy cravings for comfort food, while spring ideas like Basil Orange Chicken (48) and Grilled Swordfish Kabobs with Parsley-Olive Salsa (pg. 57) make use of seasonal herbs. Summer is grilling season, so you'll want to whip up Bacon-Wrapped Scallops (pg. 69) and Grilled Flank Steak with Corn Relish (pg. 80). Finally, transition to autumn with Fusilli with Veal, Squash & Sage (pg. 106) and Cranberry Turkey Cutlets (pg. 99).

As you can tell from the above description, this bookazine is not so good for vegetarians, and the presence of veal is just inhumane. Recipes can be adapted to be meat-free.

I can't wait to try the Tomato Tarte Tatin once we have fresh plum tomatoes again in the garden. The Cheesy Stuffed Eggplant also looks really good. We are always looking for ways to use up eggplant at harvest time.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 14, 2012

Vegan Svelte Sustained Energy Protein Drinks: Certified Organic with 16g of Protein

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CalNaturale svelte Sustained Energy Protein Drinks come in four flavors:


  • Chocolate

  • French vanilla

  • Cappuccino

  • Spiced Chai

Unfortunately, I waited too long to review my samples, and they expired; however, they do look good and have excellent reviews on Amazon.

CalNaturale Svelte provides you with the lasting nutrition and sustained energy you need for your active and busy day. Each rich, creamy flavor is created with 16g of organic protein from fresh organic soymilk, along with organic complex carbohydrates for sustained energy. Svelte is tested to be low-glycemic and has only 9 grams of sugar per full bottle. It's also a good source of fiber and is dairy-free and gluten-free. Here's to you.

Each drink contains 16 grams of protein, 32 percent of your daily fiber, and 260 calories. At 15.9 ounces per container, it does appear one of these would really fill you up!

These drinks are soy-based, so if you are avoiding soy, they are not for you.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

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