Namaste Review & Giveaway

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

What happens when it’s 1999, and a friend desperately asks for you help to find a gluten free/allergen free food for herself and her young son? Why, you make your own gluten free mixes! At least that’s what Daphne Taylor did, and Namaste Foods was born. 

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Things I love about Namaste Foods:

  • Made in a dedicated allergen free facility
  • Certified gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Potato free
  • Dairy free
  • Casein free
  • Peanuts/tree nuts free
  • Kosher certified 
  • Most are approved through the Whole Grain Council and Non-GMO Project
  • USDA Organic options
  • Woman owned!
  • Staff is made up almost entirely of mothers working from home all across the country

So much to love! The products are almost too many to name. They include:

  • Devil’s food cake mix
  • Dark chocolate brownie mix
  • Quick bread & muffin mix
  • All purpose baking mix
  • Various individual flours for those who love to bake from scratch (such as organic quinoa flour, sorghum flour, millet flour)
  • Muffin & scone mix 
  • Blondie mix
  • Pizza crust mix
  • Spice cake mix
  • Vanilla cake mix
  • Cookie mix
  • Pasta/macaroni & cheese 
  • Seasoned coating mixes
  • Vegan instant soups
  • And so much more!

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Namaste graciously sent me a few mixes to try. The Spice Cake and Pizza mixes were calling to me. First, I made carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The spice cake was bursting with flavorful spices. I imagine it would make an excellent pumpkin cake, as well. Incredibly easy – combine the recommended ingredients along with a handful of chopped carrots and raisins. Lesser quality mixes come out rather gummy, but not Namaste – fabulous texture. The pizza crust was also easy to make and came out wonderfully chewy. Kris (a gluten eater) gave his approval. 

Mixes are easy and convenient, but I also really enjoy baking from scratch. I recently made pizza dough (yes, more pizza) and used a variety of gluten free flours including Namaste’s quinoa flour, which is super high in nutrients. So far I’m loving their high quality mixes and flours, and I will certainly be back for more. 

For more information visit www.namastefoods.com

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GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a Namaste tote bag with pasta meal, baking mix, coating mix, soup cup, recipe cards, and coupons. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US and Canada only, no PO Boxes. Giveaway ends Tuesday January 2nd at 11:59 EST.

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Eclair Naturals Giveaway

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

Winter is coming. No, wait – winter is here! This season makes me miserable, and my skin is really feeling it. Thank goodness I constantly have Eclair Naturals body butter and lotion on hand.

Eclair Naturals is:

  • 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

What Eclair Naturals does NOT contain:

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I’m always so grateful to have Eclair Naturals as a clear and safe gluten free option. It’s often difficult to get a straight answer out of other big companies because they have so many suppliers. And have you ever had someone laugh at you because you asked if their shampoo was gluten free? Utilizing companies that are 100% gluten free like Eclair Naturals makes everything so much easier. 

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My current Eclair Naturals skin care routine – the liquid hand soap and bar are in my bathroom. I have a hand sanitizer and all over lotion bottle in my purse to use throughout the day. I use the body butter at night – it’s quite thick and really gets the job done. My skin feels much softer and healthier in the morning. I invite you to take extra good care of yourself and your loved ones this winter with an Eclair Naturals hand care set.

I always try to make holiday shopping easier – Eclair Naturals is available at Rite Aid (nation wide – great sales!), www.target.com and on www.eclairnaturals.com.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive the gluten free hand care set featured above. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday December 29th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram tomorrow (Saturday 12/16) for an extra giveaway! A different winner will be chosen there!

Better Batter Gluten Free Mixes Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not paid nor given samples in exchange for writing this post. I have received samples from this company in the past. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

I love Better Batter so much! They embody the holiday spirit of love and generosity all year round. They donate 10% of their net profits to social and charitable causes, and their financial aid program provides discounted gluten free products for low income families, families that have children with autism, college students, and households with extraordinary circumstances. So much love for the community! 

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Quick Better Batter facts:

  • Certified gluten free
  • Made in a facility that is free of milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean/shellfish, mustard, sesame, and corn.
  • Most products do not contain sulfites
  • GMO free
  • Kosher OU Parve
  • No dyes or artificial flavors/preservatives
  • Vegan appropriate
  • Packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes, printed with vegetable ink

Better Batter’s product line includes:

  • All Purpose Flour (cup for cup)
  • Seasoned Flour
  • Pancake & Biscuit Mix
  • Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Corn Free Powdered Sugar
  • Gift Cards (great for the holidays!)

Have a favorite recipe from your pre-gluten free days that you’re dying to make again? Just use a Better Batter mix as a replacement for the old mix. Kris’s mother and I came up with a plan to surprise Kris for his birthday – she’s in California, he and I are in NYC. Every year, she shipped him a special chocolate cake made from a family recipe. When Kris and I moved in together and decided to keep my kitchen 100% gluten free, Kris’s mother didn’t want to ship a gluteny cake to our door. So she asked if I could try making him the cake myself. I used the Better Batter Chocolate Cake Mix. Kris’s response – amazing. The only difference was a very slight change in texture. 

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To purchase Better Batter products – check local stores, order directly on www.betterbatter.org, or purchase on amazon.com (prime eligible).

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive 3 Better Batter mixes! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Monday December 25th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram for an extra giveaway! A second winner will be chosen there!

Bread SRSLY Gluten Free Sourdough Giveaway

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Bread SRSLY, and this post contains an affiliate link. This means I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). I’ve received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

If you’re looking for a gift to really impress your gluten free loved one, look no further than Bread SRSLY! It’s my favorite bread on the market (I’m literally eating a slice as I type), and Kris, a Bay Area-native, agrees that the tangy sourdough taste is top notch.

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Whenever newly diagnosed celiacs express struggles with finding good gluten free bread I immediately recommend Bread SRSLY. They are the masters of shipping across the country. The bread arrives fresh and can be refrigerated for several days. The really special thing – I’ve found that I don’t need to toast the bread for the first few days! It’s incredibly soft. A few days in I’ll start lightly toasting until it’s soft and warm. There’s no need to toast to the point of crunchy (unless you want to, of course). If you are gluten free, you understand how unique soft bread is. Left over bread can be sliced, then frozen for future toasting. 

There are currently rumors circulating through the gluten free community about sourdough. To clarify – regular wheat-based sourdough is NOT safe for people with celiac disease. Click here to see test results from a wheat-based sourdough – it contained 104,000 ppm gluten! Yikes! That is not the case with Bread SRSLY, which is made with gluten free ingredients in a dedicated facility in San Francisco.

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Extra facts:

  • 100% gluten free facility
  • Certified GF through the CSA (CSA certifications are only given to products that test below 5ppm)
  • Nut free facility
  • Allergen-friendly
  • Vegan
  • Made by hand
  • Non GMO
  • Gum-free options (the sandwich rolls contain psyllium husk instead of xanthan gum)

Click here to order your Bread SRSLY! (affiliate link) and get FREE SHIPPING using code “tastymeditation”!

The last day to order your Bread SRSLY for the holidays is December 17th! All orders after that will ship the week of January 8th, so get on it!

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GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive the GF Holiday Pack and tote bag featured above! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday December 21st 11:59PM EST.
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Tasty Meditation Teams Up with American Gluten Free!

Fun and exciting news! – American Gluten Free asked me to curate their next Foodie Box!

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(Previous AGF Foodie Boxes)

American Gluten Free is my favorite gluten free/dairy free subscription box on the market. I’ve been collaborating with them since before they launched (over a year ago). I can’t believe how AGF has grown! Starting off with just two different boxes, American Gluten Free now offers:

  • Foodie Box (great for foodies who love to bake and cook)
  • Snack Box 
  • Kids Club Box
  • Vegan Box
  • Pantry (single food items or kitchen gadgets from previous boxes)
  • One-time gift boxes
  • “Free of Gluten, Full of Life” shirts
  • AGF insulated tumbler

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(I L-O-V-E these shirts!)

I was thrilled when Erika, AGF’s founder, asked me to curate a Foodie Box this summer. It’s themed “Picnic in the Park” and is full of wonderful gluten free products (chosen by me!) to help you get your GF picnic game on! All of the products are certified gluten free and/or made in a dedicated gluten free facility. Also dairy free and very allergen friendly!

A special discount for my readers – use code “Tasty10” to get 10% off ANY subscription for LIFE – every box, every month, for as long as you are a customer. 

Click here to get your box!  

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love. This post includes an affiliate link. As an affiliate I get a small kickback if you make a purchase. This comes at no extra cost to you, and it helps me fund this website. 

Banza Pasta Review & Giveaway

Sure, I like pasta, but I prefer to have protein as the main component of my meal, along with vegetables. As a fitness instructor who is constantly on the go, I’m always looking for creative ways to get more protein, especially after hard workouts. That’s where Banza comes in. Banza makes a wonderful gluten free pasta that is high in protein and fiber, and guess what – it’s made from chickpeas!

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I hear your questions already – “What’s the texture like? Does it taste like chickpeas?” No, it tastes like pasta. As one would expect, because of its unique ingredients Banza does have a slightly different texture than wheat-based noodles, but I don’t mind. I would so much rather have the protein than junky carbs.

Fast facts:

  • Certified gluten free
  • Rotini, elbows, penne and shells are produced in a dedicated gluten free facility
  • Free of the top 8 allergens
  • Produced in a nut-free facility
  • Kosher
  • Made from over 90% chickpeas
  • High in protein – 14g in a 2 oz serving! (25g protein for a more generous 3.5 oz serving)

I am thrilled with this pasta and especially love how allergen friendly it is. I’ve paired it with my homemade pasta sauce as well as pesto and parmesan cheese. Any way you do it, Banza is a delicious, nutritious, allergen-friendly option that will give you a boost of protein. 

Banza is available in stores across the US as well as online. For more information and a store locator visit www.eatbanza.com

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a variety case of Banza Pasta! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Ends Friday May 26th 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.

Éclair Naturals #NeverAny Review & Giveaway

Even when you’ve been gluten free for years, there is always something to learn about Celiac Disease. I get asked quite frequently what my thoughts are on gluten free body care products like shampoo and lotion.

I think it’s very important. Many people have a skin sensitivity to gluten. I know someone whose eyelashes will fall out if she uses mascara that contains gluten. Another friend breaks out in a rash. And even though we don’t willingly eat shampoo or facial lotion, have you ever had a trickle of shampoo slide down your face and onto your lips? Have you ever put on lotion and then eaten a snack with your hands? There are so many ways that gluten can affect our lives and get into our systems that I’ve found it necessary for my skin products to be gluten free, as well as my food.

It is no secret that Éclair Naturals is one of my favorite companies. They are incredibly dedicated to the Celiac/GF community and make some of the best and most allergen friendly personal care products on the market today.

Fast facts:

  • 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

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They’ve got a wonderful new campaign called #NeverAny – Éclair Naturals promises #neverany harmful ingredients, gluten, soy, or GMOs. Watching their video, I was shocked to learn about some of the ingredients that are normally found in body care products. Thank goodness Éclair Naturals is committed to safe ingredients! Watch the full video here: http://eclairnaturals.com/neverany/

What’s your #NeverAny? – Share yours in the comments! Here’s mine:

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Éclair Naturals is ready to for spring with one of my favorite scents – lavender. Their Balancing Shampoo/Conditioner is for dry, flaky or itchy scalps and features a relaxing Tea Tree & Lavender scent. Combine that with the French Lavender Handsoap and Dead Sea Salt Scrub – let’s just say that I’m in heaven. It feels like a spa experience for the body and senses. Perhaps the most relaxing part is that I know the ingredients will keep me safe.
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Eclair Naturals products is super budget friendly. I recently purchased several bottles of lotion on sale at target.com for less than $6.50 each. You can also find them at Rite Aid, Safeway, ShopRite, Stop&Shop, and directly on www.eclairnaturals.com.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a bundle of lavender products from Éclair Naturals! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Ends Thursday May 25th 11:59pm EST.

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BONUS GIVEAWAY – Visit my Instagram – a second winner will be chosen there!

 

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.

Bonus Giveaway – Better Battter

It’s hard to summarize how much I love Better Batter – their high quality, allergen-friendly mixes; the story of the founder’s autistic son speaking his first sentence after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and going gluten free; the fact that they donate 10% of their net profits to social and charitable causes; their financial aid program to provide discounted gluten free products for low income families, families that have children with autism, college students, and households with extraordinary circumstances – seriously how can you not love this company?

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Quick Better Batter facts:

  • Certified gluten free
  • Made in a facility that is free of milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean/shellfish, mustard, sesame, and corn.
  • Most products do not contain sulfites
  • GMO free
  • Kosher OU Parve
  • No dyes or artificial flavors/preservatives
  • Vegan appropriate
  • Packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes, printed with vegetable ink (cool!)

Better Batter’s product line includes:

  • All Purpose Flour (cup for cup)
  • Seasoned Flour
  • Pancake & Biscuit Mix
  • Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Corn Free Powdered Sugar
  • Gift Cards (great for the holidays!)

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As I make my way through trying all of Better Batter’s products, I recently baked their brownies for a wine & dessert night with a friend. I thought I was being productive by baking them in advance and freezing them, but you know what happens with delicious brownies are calling to you from the freezer for an entire week. These brownies were just TOO GOOD. Needless to say, they didn’t make it to the dessert night. #sorrynotsorry

To purchase Better Batter products – check local stores, order directly on www.betterbatter.org, or purchase on amazon.com (prime eligible).

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a $10 e-gift card for betterbatter.com! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday May 19th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram for an extra giveaway! A different winner will be chosen there!


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.

Bread SRSLY Review + Giveaway

Looking for the best gluten free sourdough on the market? Does such a thing even exist? It does! Look no further than Bread SRSLY – 100% gluten free and made in a dedicated facility in San Francisco.

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If you’re not familiar with sourdough, it’s tangy taste is unlike any other bread variation. While you can technically find sourdough across the country, there is something special about sourdough made in the Bay Area (I’ve been told that it has something to do with the yeast, water, and geographic location). Kristopher, a Bay Area native and self-proclaimed sourdough connoisseur, confirms this. Between their loaves, dinner rolls and sandwich rolls, Kristopher and I agree that Bread SRSLY is simply the best on the market.

Their products ship incredibly well and can be stored in the fridge for several days before you decide to freeze the rest (that is, if you have any leftovers at all). I recently sliced up a fresh loaf and was delighted by the incredibly soft interior. The taste and texture is incredible, even days after it arrived – it’s difficult to stop eating it. We’ll be ordering more this week. 

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Fast facts about Bread SRSLY:

  • 100% gluten free facility
  • Certified GF through the CSA (CSA certifications are only given to products that test below 5ppm)
  • Nut free facility
  • Allergen-friendly
  • Vegan
  • Made by hand
  • Non GMO
  • Gum-free options (the sandwich rolls contain psyllium husk instead of xanthan gum)

Bread SRSLY is available at various Bay Area grocery stores and cafes. As for the rest of us, we can order them online! During the month of May Bread SRSLY will donate $1 to the Celiac Disease Foundation for every Loaves + Rolls Sampler purchased.

Special offer for my readers from now until May 10th – get FREE SHIPPING on your order with code “tastymeditation”. Click here to order your Bread SRSLY! (affiliate link)

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a Bread SRSLY Loaves + Rolls Sampler. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Giveaway ends 11:59PM EST on Thursday May 18th.
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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. This post includes an affiliate link. As an affiliate I get a small kickback if you make a purchase. This comes at no extra cost to you, and it helps me fund this website.

Perfectly Free Review & Giveaway

One of my current intentions is to eat less sugar. However, I’ve found that when I have an overwhelming craving, it is important for me to have a not-so-bad-for-you option so I don’t binge on a pint of GF chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. That is where Perfectly Free comes in.

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Perfectly Free from Incredible Foods are bite sized non-dairy frozen treats. With a coconut cream-based vanilla center, each ball is wrapped in a layer of real blueberry, cherry, salted caramel or cocoa. Each ball only contains 25-30 calories and 5g of sugar. Having just one gives me the sweet kick I crave, yet doesn’t destroy all of the healthy eating that I did throughout the day.

Perfectly Free treats are free from:

  • Gluten/wheat
  • Dairy/lactose
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts (Note: they do contain coconut)

They are also

  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Non GMO
  • Made in a facility that is free of the top 8 allergens (Note: coconut is on site and in the products)

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Blueberry was my favorite flavor. I found that the natural flavor of the blueberry really came through and was highly complimented by the vanilla center. I also really enjoyed the salted caramel – I’m a big fan of caramel and found that this treat wasn’t overly sweet, but satisfied my sweet tooth and caramel cravings.

Perfectly Free products are available at stores around the country. Visit www.perfectlyfree.com for more info and a store locator.

GIVEAWAY!! One winner will receive $50 worth of Perfectly Free products! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Thursday February 9th at 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.