Luna Bar & Luna Protein – Review

So I was sent a box with Gluten Free Luna Bars & Gluten Free Luna Protein Bars to Review a while ago. I have just now finished the variety of bars that I was sent. And while some were better than others I have to say I was quite surprised at how tasty these bars were.

Since I am gluten intolerant these bars were a nice change from all the so called chewy gluten free bars out there.  Not only did I liked the bars, my kids as well as my husband loved every bar we tried. They are more like a dessert bar than a granola bar… but the bars aren’t overly sweet. AND they were filling and didn’t leave you hungry afterwards – most likely due to having a lot of protein per bar.

My absolute favorite was the Lemonzest bar to my surprise. It smelled wonderful and tasted just as good. I liked its Protein Grain Blend that was made from Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, and Organic Milled Flaxseed. AND the Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate in the bar wasn’t too overwhelming and overall it was just a really tasty creamy lemon snack.

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The Luna Bars are Gluten free and non-GMO and some are made with with organic dark chocolate and oats while the Protein Bars are Gluten Free and a lot higher in protein than the regular Luna Bars.

I definitely will be buying Luna Bars when I have a craving for something sweet.

Luna Protein Bars:

Mint Chocolate ChipLemon Vanilla

Chocolate Salted CaramelChocolate Peanut Butter

Chocolate Coconut AlmondChocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Luna Bars:

White Chocolate Macadamia with CashewsPeanut Butter Dark Chocolate ChunkDark Chocolate Mocha AlmondDark Chocolate Hazelnut

 

 


 

*** Disclaimer: I received these bars for free from Clif Bar & Company. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs – Review

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I was very delighted tonight to finally try Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs Frozen entree tonight.  I even got two thumbs up from my husband who is very finicky!!

1943Nevertheless, I bought 3 bags since an 18oz  bag only contains two servings. I tossed all 3 bags into a large glass bowl and placed it into the microwave for 10 minutes. When the buzzer went off I stirred gently as to not to break the ziti and then placed it back into the microwave for another 10 minutes.

The aroma in the kitchen smelled like I had been making sauce all day long! My husband at first was leery and had an “OMG what is for dinner look on his face?”

One bite in he said he LOVED this meal, ate 3 helpings and told me I needed to stock up on more bags!!!So I would say he like it, LOL!!

And of course, I love easy meals like this when I have a busy day due to the kids being in Scouting. And having it ready in 20 minutes is perfect. The price was roughly $8.00 at Walmart the last time I saw it, but I bought these bags at the Grocery Outlet today for $2.49/bag which is a fantastic price especially when you are buying 3 bags to feed a family of 5. AND there was at least one helping leftover for lunch tomorrow!

All in all, Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs  was great tasting, easy to prepare and no one squawked over not wanting to eat. Everyone left happy and satisfied.

I will be going back to the Grocery Outlet tomorrow to see if they have any more on the shelf so I can stock up!!

 

 

Baltic Amber Necklace – Product Review

Baltic Amber Necklace

Have you heard about the healing powers of natural Baltic Amber?  Many years ago I had read about the benefits of Baltic Amber teething necklaces helping babies while teething and was very intrigued. I purchased my daughter an amber necklace and was hooked. I have used Amber necklaces over the years on all three of my children as teething remedies for when they were cutting new teeth. So you can imagine how many years my children were wearing Amber necklaces. And as an added benefit the necklaces looked cute on them as well.

Fast forward many years… My daughter is 8 years old and is now using an amber necklace from Amber Artisans for pain control as she loses her baby teeth and is dealing with the pain of her new adult teeth coming in.

When natural Baltic Amber comes in contact with our body, it not only promotes healing but it also creates a calmness. Since Baltic Amber supports our immune system through contact, it also provides a form of energy that restores physical well-being.

So what is Baltic Amber? Approximately 40-50 million years ago tree sap ran down ancient long forgotten trees. This sap protected them from pests, illness, infection and decay. The Baltic Sea now covers this ancient forest. The hardened amber resin in forms of nuggets from this covered forest washes to shore and can be found all over Europe. All forms of amber have been highly valued by society for its beauty including the belief that it contains healing powers.

Through research, Baltic Amber does in fact reduce pain because of its naturally occurring succinic acid content, an anti-inflammatory product that is affective against teething pain, migraines, growing pains, morning sickness and arthritis. When worn against the skin, the amber is warmed and releases the succinic acid into our bloodstream helping to alleviate pain and discomfort. What many write off as simple ‘hippie medicine’ has actually been widely studied and documented by the likes of Nobel-prize winner Robert Koch and others more recently.

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SOYJOY® Bars – Product Review

soyjoy_logoSOYJOY® asked me to try their bars and to share what my family and I thought with my readers. We graciously received all seven flavors (Dark Chocolate Cherry, Cranberry, Banana, Berry, Blueberry, Mango Coconut and Strawberry) to try.

What I loved about these bars: they are all-natural and certified gluten free. They are baked with high-quality, non-genetically modified ground whole soy and made with 100% real fruit and natural ingredients.

AND they are free of trans fats and hydrogenated oils, and don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.  Plus, they don’t have any chemical additives, and the ground soy is GMO free. What isn’t to like? So these bars are definitely a suitable snack to reach for.

SOYJOY® bars were different than most of the bars I’ve tried in the past and maybe it was because of it being made with ground whole soy. While we had seven flavors to try — I opted out of trying the Banana flavor since I have a severe intolerance to Bananas and my older son wouldn’t get near the strawberry bars cause he is allergic to strawberries. Nevertheless, from what we did try we all really enjoyed the bars even though they were on the dryer side. While the Dark Chocolate Cherry bar was not a favorite by all of us due to it being way too dry, the other fruit bars were really tasty since the real fruit chunks made the bars moister, or at least it was how I perceived it.

So overall, my kids loved the Berry Bars as well as the Cranberry Bars the best while I like the Mango Coconut bar.

If you would like to try your own SOYJOY® bars you can go to their Store Locator and find the nearest location to your neighborhood.

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*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from SOYJOY®. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

OtterBox is the best way to go to protect your Cell Phone or iPad

Back in January I brought my iPad to the Dentist office. Yeah, not for a check up, but to keep my youngest occupied since it was his first Dentist visit.

As the receptionist called our names and we were walking towards the hygienist, my son dropped my iPad (by accident) on to the tile floor. I instantly heard the glass break. I think my heart stopped for a second and I most likely gasped. As I picked the iPad up off the floor I instantly saw that the screen was shattered. I touched it to see how bad the shattering was and unfortunately cut my finger.

Shattered iPad Screen
Since, the hygienist didn’t offer me a bandaid, I had to sit there in the dental chair while they cleaned my teeth all the while with glass stuck in my bleeding finger. Wonderful, huh?

Anyhow, once I got home I fixed my finger, yet would take months to get my iPad fixed. I needed  the app on it to help my daughter to sell Girl Scout Cookies. The app was to keep track of her sales basically.

So I placed the iPad into a gallon sized ziploc bag and used it as normal. Unfortunately, a cracked was across the lens area so I was unable to use the camera. Eh, no big deal.

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Namaste Foods Gluten Free Waffle & Pancake Mix Review

Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Waffle & Pancake Mix

This morning we opened a bag of Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Waffle & Pancake Mix and boy were the waffles (yes waffles, again) really tasty!!

We used almond milk instead or regular milk and didn’t use any added sweeteners in the mix when making breakfast. The waffles came out crispy and beautiful on the Belgium waffle maker and everyone one devoured them up – the kids, grandparents and I were in waffle heaven!

The waffles themselves had a mild flavor — but with a little melted butter and some Agave Syrup — were perfect! Next time I may add a tsp of sugar to the mix to see how they taste in comparison with the added sweetener.

This product contains no wheat, gluten, soy, corn, potato, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. Non-GMO, all natural, no preservatives. So, if you are looking for a great Gluten Free Waffle/Pancake mix, grab for Namaste Foods LLC, Gluten Free Products For People With Food Allergies at your local grocer or at: http://goo.gl/XpoG4h !!

Originally posted on STLNV Facebook July 21, 2014. Namaste Foods provided the mix to be reviewed

*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Namaste Foods. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Taking a look at GFF, A New Gluten-Free Food Magazine Based out of San Francisco

It isn’t very often you come across a great magazine, but even rarer a gluten-free magazine at that. I was really intrigued what this magazine would or could even offer. I contacted GFF’s Editor Erika Lenkert to see if I could get my hands on a copy and possibly see what their magazine was all about. And I can actually say I was really impressed by their content, pictures and that GFF stands for Gluten-Free Forever…

GFF is a quarterly magazine for anyone that is interested in a gluten-free lifestyle that includes recipes, gluten-free food reviews, gluten-free travel destinations, cooking tutorials to basically everything in between. The photography on their pages are gorgeous and eye catching, the ads are gluten-free which is refreshing to see, and their gluten-free articles are written so exquisitely that you can’t help to be drawn in. And while GFF is aimed at a widespread audience, their first issue is filled with Bay Area-ites such as chefs Lena Kwak, Niki Ford in addition to Craig and Annie Stoll.

And lastly I love that this magazine is based out of San Francisco – just a hop, skip and a jump from where I grew up in the Bay Area — so it feels a little bit like home.

If you are interested in getting yourself a copy, GFF offeres delivery to your door or desktop with a one-year print or downloadable PDF subscription at: http://gffmag.com/subscriptions

GFF Magazine

*** Disclaimer: I received a PDF copy for free from GFF. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Gluten Free Beer….

So I was making cookies with peanut butter chips and mini chocolate chips being susie homemaker. Then insert my husband. He went to the grocery store and came back with an infinity of mini pies filled with gluten (that I can’t eat)… and two 6-packs of beers. He hands me a beer and says have a beer with me — I bought you gluten free. HUH? When does that happen?? Anyhow, I haven’t had drank beer in years – like more than 15 years. If I didn’t know better I think he was trying to get me drunk, LOL!

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Usually with alcohol I would get awfully sick. So sick that I would be throwing up for hours on end and just miserable. So I basically gave up drinking all together. The euphoria of being tipsy didn’t out way the awful feeling of puking for 8 hours straight. So it was a no brainer. Now fast forward to present day… I am gluten intolerant. Probably why I never did well drinking beer or other alcohol’s to begin with. So cheers, I am gonna have my first beer in 15 years and of all things check this out RedBridge it is made by Anheuser-Busch. AND it actually tastes pretty decent.

From what I can tell — and honestly I am not a beer aficionado by any means, but this is a full-bodied gluten-free lager brewed from sorghum and an American Amber / Red Lager with an ABV of 4.00%.

So I finished my beer. Feeling a little something. Not drunk, but here’s hoping I sleep in my bed tonight and not in the bathroom!

Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps

Originally written on September 9, 2014

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So tonight I cracked open a bag of Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps to add to my Taco Salad because I didn’t have any tortilla chips. Now I was skeptical, like I always am about new chips and always hope for the best.

Well, tonight I can tell you these were D-LISH! They were crispy nice sized chips with a great cheese flavor and a kick of jalapeño to go with! And not too spicy to where the kids liked them as well!

The crisps are full of nutritious amaranth, quinoa, flax, sesame, millet, & black seeds which makes it healthier than most fried chips on the market. Definitely worth a purchase.

If you need more information on where to get a bag for yourself check out Udi’s site: http://udisglutenfree.com/products/jalapeno-cheddar-ancient-grain-crisps/

*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Udi’s. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft N’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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So I received a box of Granola Bars from Udi’s — I normally love Udi’s. However, I just tried their Gluten Free Soft N’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and was hoping for something that was in fact soft and chewy, but these were not. The bar was hard to chew with a crunchy texture. Not what I had hoped for. Now for flavor – the granola bar was quite tasty with a hint of nuts. Nevertheless, I was really hoping for a true chewy granola bar. Now my kids loved them – texture, flavor and all… and wanted more. I am either really picky or I just remember what Gluten Granola Bars texture use to be. If you would like to check them out go to:

http://udisglutenfree.com/products/chocolate-chip-granola-bars/

*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Udi’s. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”