Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #4!

Welcome to the final week of gluten free giveaways in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 24 through Saturday August 29, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 30. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.
CLICK HERE FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Bakery on Main Maple Multi-Grain Muffin Oatmeal
  2. I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Cluster
  3. Slender Sticks Pomegranate Berry Sugar-free Drink Stick
  4. The Real Deal Real! Veggie Chips Sriracha
  5. Baked Frosted Rice Snacks
  6. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  7. Sunbutter Creamy (spread)
  8. Carrington Farms Ready-to-eat Organic Flax Chia Paks
  9. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie
  10. Enjoy Life Baked Chewy Caramel Apple Bar
  11. Mostly Myrtle’s Grahams
  12. Pyure Premium Organic Stevia Sweetener
  13. Viki’s granola blueberry almond
  14. Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  15. Enjoy Life S’mores

This is our last giveaway, so be sure to enter, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*

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Gluten Free Giveaway Package #3!

Welcome to the third week of gluten free giveaways, with a new giveaway every week in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 18 through Saturday August 22, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 23. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Sam Mills Deluxe Yellow Mac & Cheese
  2. Schar Honeygrahams
  3. Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Apple Blueberry Granola
  4. Soyjoy Baked Whole Soy and Fruit Bar Dark Chocolate Cherry
  5. Hodgson Mill Travel Flax Chia
  6. Goodie Girl Cookies Crunchy Chaos
  7. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  8. Earth Balance Coconut and Peanut Spread
  9. Hodgson Mill Travel Flax Premium Milled Flax Seed
  10. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie
  11. Enjoy Life S’mores
  12. Boska Grillerbags

If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry! You’ll have one more chance during the month of August. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #2!

Welcome to the second week of gluten free giveaways, with a new giveaway every week in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 10 through Saturday August 15, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 16. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Baked Frosted Rice Snacks (Ginger)
  2. Kahns Kitchen Granola’s Finest Cinnamon Raisin
  3. Sunbutter Creamy (spread)
  4. Enjoy Life S’mores Soft Baked Bar
  5. I Heart Keenwah Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Cluster
  6. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  7. Slender Sticks Tropical Punch (sugar-free drink stick)
  8. Carrington Farms Ready-to-eat Organic Flax Chia Paks
  9. The Real Deal Real! Veggie Chips Sriracha
  10. Pyure premium organic Stevia sweetener
  11. Mostly Myrtle’s Grahams
  12. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
  13. Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  14. Viki’s granola blueberry almond
  15. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie

If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry! You’ll have two more chances during the month of August – 1 per week. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*

REVIEW: Soyjoy Baked Whole Soy & Fruit Bar

Starting August 3, LWF will hold a giveaway of a package of 12+ gluten free snacks, desserts, and foods every week in August (that’s 4 giveaways!). I will provide a list of all the products included so you can see what you’re winning. I’ll use Rafflecopter, and if you’ve already followed me on Twitter, don’t worry – you’ll still be able to enter the giveaway by telling me what you’d like to see on this site. I’ll have a different question every week.

On with the review!

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For those looking for a light snack that satisfies hunger quickly, SOYJOY bars are a nice healthy option.

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The bar is great for a quick snack and the consistency is just right: not to dry and not to chewy. The flavor is very enjoyable and not overshadowed by sweetness. The calorie count is fine for someone concerned with their daily intake, and the carb count prevents that sudden surge/crash that’s so common with other bars that carry higher carb counts. In fact, the website states that all of SOYJOY’s bars have a low glycemic level.

Overall, this is a very nice treat when you have a hankering for something that satisfies.

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REVIEW: Gluten Free Go Raw Chocolate Super Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, organic, wheat free, nut free, vegan, no added sugar, GMO free, handmade in USA.

No sugar or sugar substitutes in a gluten-free chocolate snack? I’m in!

gf go raw choc cookie front of bag

My local Whole Foods had a few flavors of Go Raw Super Cookies (they recently changed their packaging and product names, as you’ll notice on the website), so naturally I decided to try chocolate first. The ingredients are proudly displayed in large print right on the front of the bag – that coupled with the fact that there were very few ingredients was a good sign. Here is the simple list:

  • Organic Unsulphured Coconut
  • Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds
  • Organic Dates
  • Organic Cacao

gf go raw choc cookie back of bag

I couldn’t wait to try them as soon as I got home. I have one suggestion for anyone trying these for the first time: don’t think of them as traditional “cookies”. Instead, think of them as snack wafers; if you’re expecting a traditional cookie, your taste buds won’t give them a fair chance.

Once I got past the cookie expectation, I loved them. To be able to satisfy my chocolate craving while eating a raw, live, healthful snack is more than I ever expected. These are not what I would call sweet, but they have just enough sweetness to do the trick.

gf go raw chocolate cookie

They’re also a very convenient little snack – each hand made “cookie” is about the size of a quarter, so you can easily pop them into your mouth without making a mess or leaving a trail of crumbs. Very good as an on-the-go option or as an office snack.

They’re a little pricey – $4.79 for a 3 oz. bag – but they’re definitely worth it when you consider the wonderful taste coupled with the health values. I’ll be trying the Ginger Snaps next and then I’ll hunt down their lemon Super Cookie, which wasn’t at my Whole Foods. But you can bet that I’ll find them!

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Keep on living the wheat free life!

Clean Diet New Year’s Resolutions to Keep

I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in a very long time because, as we all know, they are made to be broken. There’s one reason that happens: overpromising. When you create a goal that isn’t possible to reach, or that’s too much of a stretch to believe you can reach, you end up missing it much of the time. So I’m making some goals (and promises) to myself to improve my diet and overall health. And I’m going to be able to keep them because they’re reasonable.

Goal #1: Limit my chocolate intake. I inhale chocolate. It’s my one and only addiction, and I must break it. I’m afraid that if I eat too much of it continually, I’ll develop an intolerance, even though it would most likely be temporary, and that would devastate me. Limiting my intake would also strengthen my discipline, which can only be a good thing. I strongly feel that if I can get my chocolate indulgences under control, I will be able to better control other aspects of less disciplined parts of my life as well. So what kinds of limitations are we talking about? I think it’s reasonable to say I should have no more than the equivalent of 2 ounces of dark chocolate per day – what is recommended by many doctors and nutritionists. Once a week, I can have more. If I have 2-3 chocolate chip cookies, that means no chocolate chips/bars. Same goes for brownies and the like. I think that’s very reasonable, and I think it will make a big difference in how I physically feel on a day-to-day basis, especially in the area of my resolve.

Goal #2: Go to the gym at least 2 times per week. This is extremely reasonable as I only go on weekdays anyway, and even if I’m loaded down with work and need to work late hours, it would be best to take a break and get the stress out physically. I’m particularly looking forward to this goal because it makes me feel really good and gives me positive energy. Not to mention the health benefits!

Goal #3: Cook more gourmet dinners for myself. I end up cheating on my diet, on purpose or not, for lack of interesting food. I don’t make time for myself to make wonderful dinners that will satisfy my culinary needs, so I eat out more and more, and that’s not good for me. I want to make sure I put the time aside to make exciting dinners – old and new recipes – that rival what I see in restaurants and help me stick to homemade food. All I need to do is put the time aside. This is easiest for me on weekends, so that’s when I’ll do it. I usually end up with lots of leftovers, so that will help me out for part of the week.

Goal #4: Cook things I’ve always wanted to try. I have a list of things I’m dying to make: dinners, desserts, snacks, etc. Some are complicated, some are simple. By the end of 2014, I found myself disappointed that I had never tried making a lot of the things I wanted to. So I’m going to make a list for myself of all the things I’m really dying to make. If I hang that up, I’ll plan for those recipes and finally get them made. And then I can share them with you! This also goes along with goal #3.

Goal #5: Read 2-3 books about what poor eating habits do to your body. This will help keep my on track when I feel weak. It will be like a support system beyond my friends and family, something I can refer back to and keep forever. I’d like to share whatever books I read with you so that you too can benefit from them in the same way – or more ways! This is something I’m very excited about because it will also expand my typical reading selection. I didn’t choose 5-10  on this one

Those are my major goals for 2015. They are broad and specific at the same time. I really feel they will help me stick to the diet that makes me feel the best. My clean eating will be stronger and more consistent than ever, and my body will be in its best health, which will make me feel good both physically and emotionally.

What goals do you have for 2015? Share in the comments below! Let’s support each other. 🙂

WildFlour Bakery/Cafe: A Gluten Free Treasure

Gluten free bakeries are few and far between – and small, cozy ones where you can see the owner baking behind the counter all day long are even more rare. WildFlour Bakery/Cafe is a gem in Lawrenceville, NJ that you absolutely must visit. With gluten free sweets that are appealing not only to the tastebuds but to the eyes, plus full, creative breakfast and lunch menus AND ready-to-go sweet and savory breads, it’s worth any drive for the luxury of eating completely safe and excellent food in a serenely artistic ambiance.

Let’s take a tour through some of the baked goods and the cafe itself, shall we?

apple danish and earl gray tea

Now this is how to start a fall morning. A hot cup of tea and an apple danish.

apple danish

The gluten free apple danish is sweet, has just the right amount of crispness, and the apples aren’t overcooked. The glaze you see on top is what lends most of the sweetness.

Brazilian cheese puff

This Brazilian cheese puff was something I’d never tried before, but it proved really impressive.

Brazilian cheese puff in half

The outside is crunchy while the inside is airy and the cheese taste isn’t overwhelming, quietly balancing out the pastry and the filling.

napkin holder

The owner of WildFlour Bakery/Cafe, Marilyn Besner, is also an artist. One of the types of art she creates is pottery, and you’ll find her work around the dining room and in the windows. These lovely rustic napkin holders were made by her in her own studio. Isn’t it wonderful how an artistic person can use her talents in so many ways? Jennifer Cohan, Marilyn’s PR agent, was so right when she mentioned the incredible tactile connection between Marilyn’s baking and her pottery: both kinds of art require love, attention to detail, and serious dedication.

apricot mini pie

Isn’t this apricot mini pie adorable?

apple crumble mini  pie

This apple crumble mini pie is a perfect addition to any holiday, gluten free or not – or just because you deserve it!

pecan pie

And who can resist pecan pie? It’s one of my favorites.

tray of gluten free desserts

Look what had just come out from behind the counter while I was there. It was extremely hard to resist picking up just one of each!

madeleines

I tried one of these madeleine cookies and they were bliss. Buttery, soft with crispy edges, and sweet.

pumpkin muffin

What a creative way to make a muffin! This pumpkin muffin has pumpkin seeds on top as well as lightly sweetened ginger. The whole muffin is so moist and light, you can’t tell it’s gluten free at all.

rugalach

RUGALACH! How often do you get to eat gluten free specialty baked goods?!

rugalach inside

The rugalach I had was raspberry, perfectly balanced, and the pastry was wonderful.

glazed chocolate oat muffin

Did someone say glazed chocolate oat muffin? Yes please!

homemade granola

WildFlour even sells their own homemade granola for you to take home. Since you already know it’s made in a gluten free facility, it’s much safer than many granolas you find on the shelf.

main dining room

Look at that lovely view in the main dining room. The pottery on the window sill is Marilyn’s own work.

sitting room

Upstairs, there are two more rooms: one with a long table for larger parties, and this one with a comfortable lounge couch. Perfect for the creative mind to run free.

sitting room 2

Beautiful space in the same room. I could sit here and write all day!

chickpea burger

Back to the food. Chickpea burger anyone? Maybe this will be one of the many things you’ll learn to cook in WildFlour’s gluten free cooking classes! Keep your eyes out for them this winter.

bread pudding

This was one of the best culinary moments of my life, which you may have seen on my Instagram. Gluten free bread pudding with homemade caramel sauce and fresh strawberries. I melted into a pile of joy when I tasted this. One of my friends recently got bread pudding at a restaurant and I drooled as I watched him savor each bite. Now I could finally do the same!

chocolate chip cookie

The classic chocolate chip cookie done right. This slightly chewy chocolate chip cookie had just the right amount of vanilla, and the chocolate was quality. I haven’t had a cookie like this since I went gluten free 10 years ago!

macaroon

This is a mix between a coconut macaroon and a meringue. It’s light and fluffy with the sweet, sugary taste of meringue on the outside and the shredded coconut on the inside. Fantastic!

ginger nut cookie

I didn’t get the name of this cookie, but it’s the quintessential fall cookie. It tastes like maple and spice and nuts. This one is sure to impress at your dessert table with its slight chewiness and just the right amount of sweetness.

cream puff

And finally, a cream puff! It’s just like a regular one – I couldn’t tell the difference. The pastry tastes and feels exactly the same, the chocolate adds just a hint of sweet cocoa, and the cream inside is rich and dense but not heavy. This is another thing I haven’t had since I went gluten free, and WildFlour nailed it.

takeout box

After seeing all these goodies, I’m sure your mouth is watering! So stop in and have a cuppa with some outstanding gluten free pastries or order some in advance for your upcoming party or get-together. Wow all your gluten free friends with this well-kept secret – and wow your non-gluten free friends too! They’ll never know it was gluten free!

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Connect with WildFlour on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You’ll want to see their upcoming cooking classes and events.