Eclair Naturals Winter Review & Giveaway

Happy December! Tis the season for giving, so here on Tasty Meditation we are hosting fabulous gluten free giveaways all month long! We’re kicking off the season with another visit to our friends at Eclair Naturals.

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You may remember my review of Eclair Naturals earlier this summer. Eclair Naturals is a beautiful line of gluten free body care products that goes above and beyond my allergen friendly hopes and dreams. All of their products are:

  • Certified gluten free (tests to less than 5ppm)
  • 100% soy free
  • 100% vegan
  • Made with food grade ingredients
  • No animal testing/certified cruelty free
  • Non GMO
  • Handcrafted in small batches
  • Sustainably sourced and responsibly produced
  • Promotes no waste
  • Donates to charities
  • Made in the USA

More of what Eclair Naturals doesn’t use:

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Today, we’re taking a look at four specific products that will be your best friends this winter.

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  • Lavender Vanilla Fizzy Bath Cupcake
  • Eucalyptus Effervescent Bath Salts
  • Vanilla & Sweet Orange Body Butter
  • Shea Butter & Oatmeal All Over Lotion

Coming from someone who is extremely sensitive to cold weather, I can personally say that these products have already been my winter-time saviors. I tend to get a tad grumpy (okay, super grumpy) when I have to endure cold temperatures on my multiple subway rides and walks to work each day. So relaxing at the end of the night with a flowery fizzy bath cupcake or eucalyptus bath salts helps to melt away my stress and provides me with therapeutic time to focus on my needs.

I am also incredibly thankful for the quality of these lotions. The Shea Butter & Oatmeal All Over Lotion is safe for my gluten free lifestyle, smells heavenly, and feels luxurious and nourishing. However, for those harsh winter months when my hands get painfully dry, I need some extra, heavy duty love and care. The Eclair Naturals line of thick and rich body butter is my go-to solution. The cold is already affecting my skin strongly, so I’ve been using body butter every night. If my hands could talk they would be saying, “Thank goodness we found Eclair Naturals!”

If you or your loved ones are like myself and are similarly sensitive to the cold, I’m sure you would be over the moon to receive this bundle as a holiday gift.

Find Eclair Naturals at Rite Aid (nation wide), HEB (select locations), www.target.com and on www.eclairnaturals.com.

GIVEAWAY! THREE luck winners will receive the four featured products above from Eclair Naturals! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Ends Friday December 16th 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

 

American Gluten Free Holiday Twitter Party

We had so much fun at our November Holiday Twitter Party we decided to do it again! Kick off the December holiday season by joining myself and American Gluten Free for a party filled with good cheer and tons of fabulous prizes!

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Wednesday December 7th

9:00PM EST

Follow the hashtag #AGFCrew

Register in advance via the rafflecopter link below in order to be eligible to win prizes:

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See you there!

Tasty Meditation Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide 2016!

Tis the season for giving, but when you throw in Celiac Disease and other food intolerances you may feel a bit lost. Have no fear, I am here with this year’s Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide!

Side note: Many of these companies have some amazing Cyber Monday deals – check out their facebook accounts and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch!

For the chocolate/sweets lover:

  • See’s Candy – I highly recommend their gold box chocolate truffles. The perfect decadent treat.
  • Pascha Chocolate – Very allergen-friendly dark chocolate.
  • Cocomels – Delicious dairy-free caramels.
  • Al Nassma Elegant camel-milk chocolates from Dubai (please see my previous post for allergen information).
  • Lovely Candy Company Licorice Gluten Free licorice! Need I say more?
  • Goodie Girl Cookies The “Mint Slims” taste just like your old favorite girl scout cookie! Make your loved one’s gluten free dreams come true! 
  • Organic Living Superfoods  – Health conscious friends will love this organic, dairy free, chocolate covered fruit. I recommend the dark chocolate covered pineapple and coconut.
    • Get 10% off with code “TastyMeditation10”

For the experienced cook – Often times experienced home cooks know exactly what ingredients they need and what new kitchen gadgets they are dying to try, which makes a gift card to the right store a perfect gift.

For those who like easy baking projects:

  • Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mix The most delicious bread mix on the market. Sourdough! Rye-flavored! Italian! Just add water, mix, bake, and you’ll end up with stunning, rustic bread.
  • My Grandpa’s Farm Mixes One of favorite cake mixes. My guests always think this cake came from a specialty bakery – they never suspect it was a mix. I recommend the pumpkin spice cake.
  • 123 Gluten Free Mixes – A high quality set of mixes that are extremely allergen friendly. Great for loved ones with multiple food intolerances. Over a hundred recipes on their website – you will never get tired of their mixes.
  • Better Batter Mixes – High quality mixes from a company with a beautiful mission. I urge you to visit their website and read about the family that was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the business that sparked from it, and their dedication to various communities including individuals with autism. Very allergen friendly, and there are literally hundreds of recipes on the Better Batter website.

Subscription Boxes

  • American Gluten Free– One of my favorite gluten free subscription boxes on the market. AGF supports small businesses across the country, so you will taste very unique products that you might not have found otherwise. All items are made in dedicated gluten free facilities and are also dairy free/allergen friendly. You’ll find subscription options for both on-the-go snackers and experienced cooks. AGF is offering a single holiday box as well as their regular month-to-month plan – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
    • Cyber Monday alert! 
    • •Take 50% off all month to month subscriptions with code: CM50
      •Take 30% off all 3 month subscriptions with code: CM30
      •Take 15% off all 6 month subscriptions with code: CM15
      •Take 50% off all gift boxes and one time purchases with code: CMGIFT50
  • Love with Food Gluten Free Box by G-Free Foodie – A monthly subscription box that allows you to sample new gluten free products every month – it’s like Christmas twelve times a year! Great for someone who doesn’t live near large grocery stores and has a hard time finding gluten free items.

For the beauty product lover:

  • Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate Amazing allergen-friendly makeup with stunning lipstick colors for all complexions. The Rallye Balm is a lifesaver for friends who complain of chapped/dry lips during the colder months.
    • Get 22% off orders of $50+ with the code “TastyMeditation”
  • Éclair Naturals A line of beautiful handcrafted lotions, shampoos, soaps, bath salts, and more that are certified gluten free, soy free, vegan, cruelty free, and non GMO. The body butter is perfect for friends who have sensitive skin during the winter time.

For the book/magazine lover:

For the alcohol lover:

  • Tito’s Vodka Certified gluten free, corn-based vodka. You might want to get some for yourself too. I’ve found that you save more money in the long run if you buy the bigger bottle😉
  • WineWhen in doubt, always a good gift.

Fresh GF treats shipped to your door:

  • Krumville Bake Shop Perhaps my favorite bakery in NYC. Delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread – everything that comes out of the Krumville kitchen is incredible.
  • Meredith’s Bread – Wonderful breads and the best black and white cookies you will ever eat. They are in farmers markets all over NYC/NJ/CT (look for the GF label! – they have a separate bakery for their wheat-based products) and are also available for shipping.
  • Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – Delicious and incredibly allergen-friendly. Located in Connecticut. Fresh baked custom orders are available for pick-up, delivery, or shipping.
  • Bread SRSLY Sourdough “The best gluten free sourdough bread on the market,” says my San Francisco-native boyfriend. You’ll love the $5 flat rate shipping.
  • Gluten Free Territory Amazing raspberry cheesecake brownies. You won’t want to share.
  • Posh Pop Shop Bakeshop A New Jersey-based gluten free bakery that has the most stunning Instagram (I have been stalking them for years). Their cake pops are to die for.
  • Everybody Eats– My mom and I are obsessed with their baguettes. Pickup locally in Brooklyn or get it shipped to your door.
  • Mariposa Baking Co – Located in San Francisco, Mariposa is one of my favorite bakeries in the country. I highly recommend their cinnamon rolls – out of this world!

Handy Gifts:

  • Nima Sensora portable sensor that detects gluten down to 20ppm. Excellent for GF friends who are nervous at restaurants, travel often, or simply want to take more control over their food.
  • Gluten Free Labels – Fun labels, stickers, tags, and toothpick flags that will easily help distinguish the gluten-free products from the gluten-filled products in a shared kitchen.

Happy Holidays!

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Disclaimer: Some of the above links are affiliate links in which I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

American Gluten Free Holiday Twitter Party!

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It’s time for another twitter party with our friends at American Gluten Free! Learn more about this gluten free & dairy free subscription box, win fabulous prizes, and kick off the holiday season!

Wednesday November 9th @ 9:00pm EST

Follow the hashtag #AGFCrew

RSVP via the rafflecopter link below to win prizes!

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See you there!

(Note: You must be present at the party to win)

Cucina & Amore Review

You may be surprised to learn that a company you often see at the grocery store actually has many gluten free options. Cucina & Amore makes many gourmet gluten free products ranging from bruschetta to pesto to on-the-go quinoa meals. Their gluten free products (always check the label!) are produced on dedicated equipment with additional procedures in place to prevent cross contamination.

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Their line of gluten free pestos and bruschettas are beautiful, classic, impressive. Serve any of these, and your guests will think you to be a master chef and beg you for the recipe. I am in love with the Pesto Alla Firenze Artichoke. It had a beautiful depth of flavor and was perfect on pasta – a lovely and interesting new option to spice up your pasta nights if you’re tired of red sauce. My only addition was a touch more salt.

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Their line of ready to eat “Quinoa Meals” are quite impressive. Gluten free, vegan, non GMO and kosher, the Quinoa Meals are packaged with two containers – one holds the quinoa, the other holds the special mix-ins. It even comes with a spoon! I’m always grateful for products like these. I’d much rather eat an actual meal than have to live off of protein bars when I’m having a busy day.

Flavors include:

  • Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Peppers
  • Mango & Jalapeno
  • Artichoke & Roasted Peppers (my personal favorite – I love anything artichoke from Cucina & Amore)
  • Basil Pesto (a little too much pesto for me – I recommend only using half of the pesto and saving the rest for a bowl of pasta later)

I will surely be purchasing these again myself and am happy to see Cucina & Amore products readily available in many stores I visit.

For more information visit www.cucinaandamore.com

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Smith Tea Review

I love beautiful teas and was happy to stumble upon Smith Tea. Naturally gluten free (they confirmed “there is no possible contact or contamination with gluten in the facility” – yes I even asked about the tea bag and the tiny dot of adhesive that attaches the tag to the bag), their teas come in loose leaf form and in sachets. The sachets are luxurious, making the tea a peaceful and elegant experience rather than simply a drink. They are also biodegradable and roomy (the tea leaves have room to expand and produce better flavor). White, green, black, herbal infusions, Smith Tea has a large collection that will entice any elegant tea lover.

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I was happy to sample three of their teas:

The Jasmine Silver Tip tea is one of my favorite teas of all time. China full leaf tea scented with jasmine blossoms – I felt totally at peace while drinking it. All of my stress melted away, and life was simple. The hint of jasmine really comes through, making the tea incredibly unique and a wonderful change from traditional green tea.

The Red Nectar tea is a wonderful change from the norm. If you’re a little tired of the same green/black/herbal flavors try rooibos teas. Red Nectar combines rooibos, honeybush and natural fruit flavors. Delicious and naturally sweet. I was incredibly impressed with how long this tea bag lasted. It made three cups, each equally satisfying. Don’t leave the tea to linger in a white cup, however. The deep color might stain it

The Lord Bergamot Black Tea is simple and perfect for a fall morning.

I highly recommend Smith Tea for yourself or as a gift for a tea-loving friend. Any tea lover will surely be thrilled by their beautiful collection.

For more information and to order visit www.smithtea.com

($2.99 flat rate shipping!)

 Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.