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Facebook GIVEAWAY: Win a Bottle of ORGANIC INDIA USA Ashwagandha

Hi friends! Today I am giving away five bottles of the Ashwaganda supplement from ORGANIC INDIA USA. This supplement is a powerful adaptogen that supports adrenal health, soothes the nervous system, and helps to build vitality. It is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. To enter, head on over to my Facebook page and look for the giveaway post. I will randomly select and announce the winners later today. Good luck!

Ashwagandha

Authentic Product Pick: Natural Nectar Products

Natural Nectar Products

Black truffles. Saffron. Porcini. If you are a foodie like me, just the thought of these ingredients will make you salivate. But what happens if you are trying to eat a clean diet, full of healthy foods? What if you are on a budget and can’t afford such fancy ingredients? You try to make the best product selections at the grocery store but you find that healthy food alternatives are bland, dry, and stale tasting. Should you have to sacrifice taste and flavor for your health? Not any more! Thanks to the delicious products from Natural Nectar, foodies can now enjoy the rich bounty of European flavors while sticking to an authentically nourishing diet.

Natural Nectar has a growing line of natural food products that are sustainably, consciously, and ecologically produced. They harvest wholesome ingredients right from Mother Earth and bring them to your family in the form of delicious chips, seasonings, spreads, and more. Natural Nectar has a strong commitment to provide their customers with natural foods made with premium ingredients sourced from Europe. In fact, the owner of their company travels the world in search for ingredients to use in his recipes! That’s because he believes Europe has the best production quality and offers a competitive advantage in taste. Europe has also banned GMOs which means the Natural Nectar products are free from genetically modified organisms. Best of all? Natural Nectar pledges to utilize ecological packaging solutions to support their dedication of reducing the carbon footprint on this planet.

I recently had the pleasure of trying out a variety of their amazing products. As an avid salad eater, I was happy to learn that Natural Nectar offers delicious gluten-free croutons in a variety of flavors! I added the Garlic and Parsley Croutons to a Cesar salad and it was delicious! Made with 50 percent legumes and garbanzo beans, these croutons are filled with fiber and packed with protein. They are also free from nuts, oil and dairy, which makes them the perfect addition to a vegan diet. I also enjoyed the Natural Nectar gluten-free Cracklebread! This unique, gourmet flatbread pairs wonderfully with hummus, cheese, and spreads. It has a delicate crunch but is full of flavor. The Natural Nectar Cracklebread is fat free and low in calories, making it a great snack to enjoy on a daily basis. Be sure to try the Sundried Tomato and Oregano Cracklebread….your taste buds will dance and sing!

Do you get the munchies? Ditch the conventional potato chips for the amazing Natural Nectar Oh La La Potato Chips! All it takes is one bite and you will be hooked. I am obsessed with their Black Truffle and Olive Oil chips. The truffle flavor isn’t overwhelming and it pairs nicely with the earthy flavor of the olive oil. I also loved the Porcini Rosemary and Olive Oil chips. I actually crumbled these chips up and added it to the top of a grilled salmon filet. These chips are bursting with flavor that compliments a variety of fish dishes. They are also great on their own! The Oh La La Potato Chips are made with premium potatoes and are free from trans fat. This makes them a great snack alternative to the conventional potato chips that are laced with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Last but not least, lets talk about the Natural Nectar Gluten-Free Rice Sticks. If you get the occasional sweet-tooth, you must keep a box of these in your house at all times! Not only are they full of rich cocoa flavor, they have a delightful crunch which makes them fun to eat! These tasty treats only have 58 calories per stick, are all natural, gluten-free, low in sodium and individually wrapped for on-the-go convenience! They would make a great snack to give your kids, especially for picky-eaters who aren’t to keen on healthy snack alternatives.

Learn more about Natural Nectar and their wide range of products by visiting their website at www.naturalnectar.com. I also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page. It’s time to give your healthy diet the burst of flavor you deserve!

 

 

Recipe: Superfood Spinach Salad

Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Think salads are boring? Think again! This recipe is loaded with nourishing ingredients to help boost your energy levels, promote clear skin, and keep your immune system strong. It’s packed with antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats which makes it a well-rounded salad that your body will crave. Enjoy!

Superfood Spinach Salad (serves one or two people)

Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups organic spinach leaves
  •  1/2 avocado, sliced into pieces
  • 1/3 cup organic cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/3 cup organic blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raw pecans
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. In a mason jar, add all of the dressing ingredients. Shake the jar well until all of the ingredients have been combined. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad. Toss the salad so all of the ingredients are coated with the dressing. Serve and enjoy!

Authentic Product Pick: Amazing Foods for Health

Amazing Foods for Health

Moist. Soft. Chewy. Typically, these are not the words you would use to describe gluten-free baked goods…until now! I recently had the pleasure of trying out the products from Amazing Foods for Health and I was hooked. Not only are their baking mixes gluten-free, they are vegan, allergy-friendly, and USDA organic. But don’t let this fool you! These products are so good that you wouldn’t even know it!

The first product I tried was the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix. Holy moly were these little muffins good! All you have to do is add bananas and coconut oil to the pre-packaged bake mix, mix everything on up, pour the mixture into a muffin tin, and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes. That’s it! The result is soft and moist muffins that your whole family will love. I also tried out their Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Mix. I have to be honest…I am not a fan of raisin cookies. However, these cookies were so delicious that I didn’t even notice the raisins were in there! I set out a plate for my family to enjoy and all of the cookies must have been gone within a few hours. They were that good! Amazing Foods for Healthy also sells a variety of other products including a chocolate chip mix, a pizza crust mix, and a pancake mix. Yum!

Learn more about Amazing Foods for Health by visiting their website at www.amazingfoodsforhealth.com. I also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page. Once you give these products a try, you will be baking up a storm every day!

Facebook GIVEAWAY: Win a Jar of Organic Fiji Coconut Sugar Polish

Hi friends! Today I am giving away five jars of the fabulous Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub from Organic Fiji. This is just what you need if you are experiencing dry and flaky skin. I use it daily and my skin looks and feels amazing! To enter, head on over to my Facebook page and look for the giveaway post. I will randomly select and announce the winners later today. Must reside in the USA to enter. Good luck!Organic Fiji Sugar Polish

Authentic Product Pick: DL revAMP Plant-Based Food Detox

Dl RevAMP Plant-Based Detox

When I think of the word “detox”, I think of starving myself for days on end, drinking nothing for kale juice and cayenne pepper as my meal replacements. Who wants to do that? Being a Nutritional Therapist, I’m pretty hard-core and I that doesn’t even sound fun to me! That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I tried to DL revAMP Plant-Based Food Detox program! It was unlike any other detox program I have participated in. Best of all? I got to eat…A LOT!

DL revAMPDL revAMP is the first plant-based and organic food detox of its kind. It was created by passionate foodies and professionals like a Clean Cuisine Chef, multiple health experts, and a Raw Food Detox Specialist. They created this detox program as a bridge between traditional foods and liquid cleanses. Containing most of the best known foods for detoxing, DL revAMP is vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, grain-free and nightshade-free (meaning no peppers, eggplants, etc). DL revAMP uses all USDA Certified Organic high energy, raw and lightly cooked whole foods that are designed to nourish the body while removing toxins that can accumulate over time. Once you go through this program, your body feels light, healthy, and nourished.

The foods included in this program are DELICIOUS! When my program arrived in the mail, I was shocked to see amazing meals like an OrientalDL revAMP Noodle Bowl (made with 100% buckwheat noodles), a superfood chia pudding, and raw cacao truffles. Yum! You also get to drink juices and energizing chia fat flush drinks, which contain organic cranberry and lemon juice packed with chia seeds. I loved sipping the delicious soups at the end of the day. They are full of flavor and leave your body feeling satisfied!

So, why should you participate in this detox? There are many reasons. First of all, your body will begin to reduce its dependence of sugar, salt, oil and gluten. This leads to better sleep patterns, improved mental clarity, reduction of bloating, and of course, weight loss! You also will find that your cravings for junk foods will subside. I personally loved the lift of natural energy this program gave me. I felt light, happy, and ready to take on the day! I realized that I could participate in this detox program for multiple days without struggling to stick with the program. It was that easy and fun! I promise that you won’t feel hungry or cranky while participating in this detox. Your mind, body, and spirit will be renewed!

DL revAMPTo get started with your DL revAMP Detox, be sure to visit their website at www.dlrevamp.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DLrevAMP. Their programs start at $125.00 a day (shipping is included) and you will receive 8 daily detox items that support the lymphatic system, kidneys, and liver. Right now, they are offering my readers a discount where you will receive $100 off this detox…and it is delivered right to your door!  Hurry – this offer expires January 31st, 2015! Visit their website and use the promo code: REVAMP.

 

 

Facebook GIVEAWAY: Win a Bar of Coconut Oil Soap from Organic Fiji

 

Hi friends! If you love coconut oil, you will love this soap! Today I am giving away five bars of soap from Organic Fiji. This soap is organic, gluten free, chemical free, and not tested on animals. Best of all? It smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling nourished. To enter, head on over to my Facebook page and look for the giveaway post. I will be randomly selecting the five winners later today. Good luck! 

Organic Fiji

Authentic Product Pick: Canyon Bakehouse (Gluten Free Breads)

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread

Who doesn’t love bread? From fluffy sandwich bread to moist muffins, bread has to be one of the most delicious comfort foods around. But what happens when you made the decision to go gluten free? Should you have to sacrifice taste and texture by eating dry and flavorless gluten free foods? Christi Skow, co-founder of Canyon Bakehouse didn’t think so!

When Christi was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007, she realized how many gluten free breads lacked nutritional value and taste. With her husband Josh and their friend Ed Miknevicius (who just so happened to be a master baker), the trio set out to bake breads that were free from gluten and other allergens. The challenge? They wanted their breads to hold the taste, texture and feeling of “real” bread. Well, mission accomplished! I recently had the pleasure of trying out their line of bread products and I can sum it up for you in one word. DIVINE!

Canyon Bakehouse gluten free breads are loaded with flavor and have an amazingly moist texture. The bread just melts in your mouth! Best of all? Each recipe is packed with nourishing ingredients like 100 percent whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. Canyon Bakehouse breads are all non-GMO and free from nuts, dairy, and soy. The bread is made in a dedicated gluten free bakery which means you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

Three of their products stood out to me. My first favorite isn’t pictured above because it was eaten within 30 minutes….it was that good! I’m talking about the Canyon Bakehouse Rosemary and Thyme Foccacia Bread. Dip slices of this bread in olive oil and your taste buds will dance and sing. Best of all? This foccacia bread has 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. How cool is that? I also thoroughly enjoyed the Cranberry Crunch Muffins. These muffins have a unique blend of berries, seeds and grains to help your body look and feel healthy. I enjoyed these muffins first thing in the morning with a bit of coconut oil spread on top of them. Yum! Last but not least, the 7 Grain Sandwich Bread was the perfect way to make my mid-day sandwich. Believe it or not, each slice is loaded with 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber! Wow!

Learn more about Canyon Bakehouse and their gluten free breads by visiting their website at www.canyonglutenfree.com. I would also encourage you to check them out on Facebook and like their page. In the meantime, here is a delicious sandwich recipe for you to enjoy!

Sprouted Goodness Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of the Canyon Bakehouse 7 Grain gluten free bread
  • 1 avocado, sliced into pieces
  • A handful of alfalfa sprouts
  • A few slices of radishes
  • Your favorite mayonnaise, spread on the bread to meet your preferred taste
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Lay the two slices of bread flat and spread on the mayonnaise. Add the avocado, alfalfa sprouts, and radishes. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper to taste. Close up the sandwich and enjoy!