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.

Natural Contents “Good Food For Everyone” Cookbook Review & Giveaway

You may remember how much I loved the food from a small business called Natural Contents Kitchen. Now simply Natural Contents, duo Danielle and Jennifer have released a cookbook! I am beyond thrilled that I can now make their delicious, healthy creations in my own kitchen.

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Good Food For Everyone: Farm Fresh Clean Eating is entirely gluten free, grain free, soy free, mostly paleo, dairy-free friendly and vegan friendly. Once self-proclaimed fast food junkies, Danielle and Jennifer made a total food and lifestyle switch in an effort to change the health of their family. They embraced their local farmers market and everything changed for the better. They are now on a mission to inspire others on their journey to a clean and healthy lifestyle.

What I love about the book:

  • It is visually stunning. Flipping through the pages you’ll be transported to a rustic country house. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel incredibly relaxed and at peace. 
  • The recipes are very healthy and include lots of fresh produce. Even traditional desserts like apple tarts are made with healthier ingredients like almond flour and natural sugars.
  • All of the recipes are made with REAL food. No crazy fillers or junk items. Just nutritious food.
  • The book has a very personal flair – as if Danielle is a friend and made this book just for you.
  • It includes a list of handy pantry staples and recommended kitchen equipment.
  • The recipes are easy to follow and most recipes have a “Quick Tips” section to help you along. Cooking/baking healthy recipes from scratch does not have to be hard!

There are over 80 recipes including:

  • Rosemary Sweet Potato Quiche
  • Kale & Onion Fritata
  • Curried Kuri Squash, Apple & Pear Soup
  • Sweet Potato Rutabaga Casserole
  • Italian, Tex-Mex or Teriyaki Meatballs
  • Slow Cooker Short Ribs
  • Roasted Lemon Cauliflower No Bean Hummus
  • Rosemary Roasted Nuts
  • Coconut Chia Parfaits with Fresh Berries
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Chocolate Beet Mini Muffins
  • Pumpkin Panna Cotta
  • Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
  • Watermelon Honey Shrub

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I dived into the book and immediately baked the gluten/grain free Cheese Crackers. Made with almond and tapioca flours, I agree with Danielle when she wrote they are “crazy addictive”. She warns you that even thought the crackers have a shelf life of 14+ days, they will definitely be eaten much faster. Kris and I love them, and I’ve already baked them several times. And they are incredibly easy to make! I’m never buying store bought crackers again.

I can’t wait to cook my way through the entire book. 

Visit www.naturalcontents.com to order a physical or digital copy.

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a digital copy of Good Food For Everyone. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway ends Wednesday May 3rd 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 Twitter Party!

Winter got you down? Need a bit of pep in your step? Join American Gluten Free and I for a “Beat the Winter Blues” Twitter Party! Learn more about AGF’s fabulous gluten free subscription boxes, win prizes, and hang out with other cool gluten free/dairy free folk! 

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Wednesday March 8th

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!

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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Artisana Organics Review & Giveaway

Artisana Organics offers a range of fabulous nut butters and spreads that are naturally gluten free, made with simple ingredients, and are absolutely delicious.

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  • Made in a facility that processes tree nuts but does not process any peanuts, gluten, dairy or soy
  • They don’t add any extra ingredients to their pure nut butters – no oil, sugar, preservatives or artificial flavors
  • Hand crafted in small batches
  • 100% certified organic nuts, seeds and coconut meal
  • No pesticides, chemicals or GMOs
  • Raw
  • Vegan

Their products range from classic almond butter and tahini to more unique varieties such as pecan butter, cashew butter and coconut butter. I’ve tried several – the almond, cashew, and coconut – and can vouch that all three are of an extremely high quality. You can taste how simple and pure they are.

What I’m really excited to share is their line of cacao spreads –

  • Coconut Cacao Bliss Spread
  • Sunflower Cacao Spread
  • Cashew Cacao Spread
  • Hazelnut Cacao Spread

Made with just a few ingredients, these spreads are rich and creamy yet won’t make you feel like you just ate a glob of sugar. I tried both the Cashew and Hazelnut Cacao Spreads and found them to be excellent fillings for crepes. I will also happily eat them by the spoonful. I feel so good about my healthy snack until I go back for third and fourth helpings. I have to pry myself away from the kitchen, or I might just eat the whole jar in two sittings. It’s a happy problem to have when the gluten free food you eat is just too delicious.

For those who are like myself and are constantly traveling and on-the-go, Artisana Organics offers single serving squeeze packets of their traditional coconut butter/oil, almond/cashew/pecan/walnut butters, and the Cacao Bliss. Definitely a handy snack to have that is not processed and filled with junk like many energy bars.

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For more information visit www.artisanaorganics.com

Giveaway! Three lucky winners will receive three of my favorite jars of Artisana Organics spreads – Cashew Cacao, Hazelnut Cacao, and Coconut Butter. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Giveaway ends Friday October 28th at 11:59pm EST. Continental US residents only, no PO Boxes.

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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.