Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery Giveaway

I have been a fan of Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery for years. They are always a delight to see at the GFAF Expo in New Jersey every year. Apparently many other gluten free folk agree with me because Izzi B’s always seem to be one of the first booths to completely sell out of their products.

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About Izzi B’s:

  • Allergen-free facility!
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Peanut/tree nut free
  • Casein free
  • No preservatives
  • No trans fats
  • No refined sugar
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Cholesterol free
  • Vegan
  • Kosher certified

Looking at that list one may wonder how on earth they get their products to taste so good. I think I have the answer – magic. That’s most definitely the secret ingredient in their vanilla cake – it’s out of this world! (Okay I do know one of the special ingredients and it is not anything that you’d expect – organic butternut squash puree! I’m not surprised that real food makes for really tasty treats).

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Izzi B’s specializes in holiday items (remember last year’s GF gingerbread house?), asserting “everyone deserves a treat”. Surely no one will feel left out with Izzi B’s around.  Also on their menu – MANY different kinds of cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies, donuts, pies, muffins and cake pops. I’m dying to try their cake pops next (hint hint, Izzi B’s please bring them to the next expo?)
Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery is located in Norwalk, CT. There is no storefront, but they have pick-up options and ship all across the country! Visit www.ibcakes.com.

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a cookie & brownie gift from Izzi B’s! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday June 2nd 11:59PM EST.
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Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this. 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.

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.

K’ul Chocolate Review & Giveaway

Dark chocolate lovers rejoice! K’ul Chocolate are artisan crafted “farm-to-bean” chocolate bars. They pride themselves in purchasing their cacao directly from farms or co-ops and paying above fair trade price minimums.

“Our process is focused on taste and improving the quality of life for everyone we touch. At K’ul Chocolate we travel to the farms, select the beans and import them directly – cutting out the middlemen and any unnecessary costs. We roast, winnow and grind our cacao to create chocolate that not only tastes great and is good for you, but also improves the lives and environment of those who grow and harvest it for us.”

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  • Naturally gluten free and made on dedicated equipment in a dedicated room in their facility
  • Soy free
  • Dairy free
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO

K’ul bars are 70% dark chocolate and made with various blends of different cocoa beans. It is a real treat to sample all of their bars because you truly see how different various cacao beans can be. Each bar has “flavor notes” written on the front – the bars do not contain these ingredients, but the natural flavor of the cacao beans might remind you of these tastes*. Brown sugar, citrus, butter, jasmine, licorice – every bar tastes slightly different even though the ingredients are generally the same.

Speaking of ingredients, they are very simple – cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter and sunflower lecithin. Two of my favorite flavors (the sea and vanilla variations) have added sea salt and vanilla, but that’s it! A company that believes in simplicity. Less is more. “We are here to change the perceptions around chocolate and create a new attitude for this ancient indulgence choc-full of health benefits – chocolate is food.”

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K’ul also makes superfood bars infused with ingredients such as cranberries, cherries, pumpkin seeds, bananas, toasted coconut, pomegranate, raspberries, peanuts, currants, and maca root. Now when I say “superfood bar” I want you to get the idea of a protein bar out of your head. These are still 70% dark chocolate bars, and I love them. They provide something different and unique – satisfying notes that compliment the natural beauty of the chocolate itself. My favorite so far is the “Endurance” bar – dark chocolate with pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and guarana.

Dark chocolate generally isn’t loaded with sugar and tends to lean towards the bitter side. K’ul chocolate is a great addition to my pantry because it tastes great, yet I won’t eat an entire bar in one sitting. One or two pieces (1/6-1/3 of the bar) will easily satisfy me, leaving me to enjoy my chocolate bars for longer periods of time.

For more information, store locator and to order visit https://kul-chocolate.com/

Special for my readers – if you order online, write “TastyMeditation” in the notes field to receive an extra special something from K’ul!

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a prize pack of K’ul Chocolate! US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Thursday October 13th. Enter via the rafflecopter link below.

 
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*Note: One of the bars has a “malt” flavor note. I spoke with the company in length about this. They have assured me that there is no malt or gluten in the bar itself. They were simply using the word to describe the flavor.

 

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.

Milton’s Crackers Review & Giveaway

Today we are talking about crackers. Mostly, I enjoy making my own (yes, yes, I know. I’m that person who makes her own crackers), but during the summer time it is far too hot to even consider turning the oven on (it’s been about 105 degrees her in NYC lately, wowza!). There are far too many crackers on the market that are tasteless and have a cardboard-like consistency. Frankly, I don’t want to eat those. So I was happy to have discovered Milton’s crackers.

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Important info:

  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Non GMO Project Verified
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Orthodox Union Kosher
  • rBST Free
  • Xanthan Gum Free
  • Peanut and Nut Free
  • No Trans Fat
  • Baked, Not Fried
  • Made with purity protocol GF oat flour!

I found that all of the flavors were wonderful, and I absolutely loved eating the crackers on their own. Because of their gentle, light and crisp flavor and texture, they also paired very well with hummus, dips, and cheese. Here are the flavors and some extra thoughts:

The flavors:

  • Sea Salt – I loved these and could munch on them all day. Would have loved a touch more salt cuz that’s how my super low blood pressure and I roll, but definitely one of my favorite crackers on the market.
  • Multi-grain – Perhaps my favorite cracker to pair with hummus because of the great roundness to its’ flavor.
  • Cheddar – This cracker isn’t trying to be a traditional Cheez-It-type cracker. It has a lighter cheese flavor so you can pair it with other foods. Or just munch on them on their own like I do. Totally fabulous.
  • Everything – I need to experiment more with the best dip/hummus to pair with the Everything crackers. A bold flavor deserves complimentary tones. If you have a good idea, please let me know!

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For more information visit www.miltonscraftbakers.com

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a prize pack of assorted Milton’s snacks! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday September 2nd at 11:59 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.

 

Organic Living Superfoods Review & Giveaway

Eating gluten free is more than just finding safe and tasty gluten free bread. We have to think about everything we put into our mouths, even seemingly innocent foods like nuts. I have found numerous snack and nut companies with perfectly fine ingredients until the label mentions “may contain wheat”. Ugg, really? All I want are almonds that won’t make me violently ill.

I was THRILLED to discover Organic Living Superfoods.

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With their dedicated gluten/dairy-free facility, Organic Living Superfoods make unique and interesting snacks that will leave your taste buds begging for more. Flavored sprouted nuts, trail mixes, dried fruit, chocolate covered dried fruit, energy squares, superfood powders, smoothie blends – Organic Living Superfoods offers a huge variety of products with ingredient lists that are short and contain foods that you can recognize and pronounce. Everything is:

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Soy free
  • Contains no added sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors

Some stand out samples that I tried:

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Dark Chocolate Pineapple Chunks – Do you hear that my friends? DAIRY FREE chocolate covered pineapple. Be still my heart! I could eat these all day long.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks – See above. I eat these way too quickly.

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Sprouted TCG Cashews – These turmeric, cayenne, and ginger coated cashews are super tasty and pack a big punch! The spices are anti-inflammatory, brain-healthy, good for digestion, and have so many other wonderful properties.

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Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch – Such a lovely and interesting snack made from nuts and dried blueberries. I’m always excited about food that gives me a little more variety than plain nuts/seeds.

 Chia Energy Squares – Check out these ingredients: dates, sesame seeds, cashews, coconut, cocoa butter, raisins, apricots, chia seeds, orange extract. I love finding yummy new products that use wholesome ingredients.

IMG_5450 “White Chocolate” Cashews, Almonds and Cacao Nibs – They’ve used natural ingredients to give these nuts a slight white chocolate taste. I’m sold.

 If you are looking for a way to spice up your daily snacking, Organic Living Superfoods will be your savior. I’m sure you will fall in love.

For more info and to order visit OrganicLivingSuperfoods.com

Update: Get 10% off your order with code “TastyMeditation10”!

 

GIVEAWAY! Two winners will receive three Organic Living Superfoods products – the TCG Cashews, Salt and Vinegar SOL, and Chia Energy Squares. Enter via the rafflecopter giveaway below. US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday July 1st at midnight EST.
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Also, enter the bonus giveaway on my Instagram page! One more 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.