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Healthy Spring Food Choices

1 Apr

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My experience at the Food Fete media event recently last month was filled with fascination at all the new, delicious, yet healthy food choices being launched and the privilege to sample all these yummy treats was both appreciated and well received. Food Fete never ceases to introduce the best of the best of food choices to editors.

Here are just some of my favorite healthy food items I encountered:

  • Upon entering the event space I noticed that my family’s favorite organic milk product, Horizon is expanding beyond the dairy case to present its new Horizon Mac and Cheese products as well. Being a trusted customer to Horizon organic milk, I requested a sample box of Horizon Mac and Cheese Pasta Cows and Mild Cheddar Cheese to try. I was stunned at the great taste and my family loved gobbling up the tasty cows. I will definitely look for Horizon Pasta Cows and Mild Cheddar Cheese at my local grocery store.
  • I saw the Duncan Hines Pink Velvet Cake and Salted Caramel Decadent Brown Mix varieties and decided to request these sample boxes to try baking them together with my family. Not only was baking desserts a fun and educational project to participate in with the whole family, it also came out very moist and delicious, just like the samples from the Food Fete event. I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy these new flavors were, as well as, how deliciously memorable the brownies were.
  • I then gravitated to the Late July Organic Snacks table and came across some Late July Organic Sea Salt Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips that automatically caught my eye. That night, I decided to whip up a batch of guacamole for my tortilla chips as an accompaniment and put on my favorite sentimental movie Beaches to watch with my family as we snacked. This wonderful Late July Tortilla Chip Snack is thin, crispy and delicious. These chips are authentic Restaurant Style Chips that are Certified USDA Organic, non-GMO and gluen-free. Not only are they yummy and guilt-free, but they enhanced watching my favorite chick flick by greater dimensions. I will always reach for Late July Organic Tortilla Chips every time I watch a sad movie on DVD to savor the moment of deep contemplation with something healthy, and savory.
  • Saving the best for last, my most favorite table at the Food Fete media event was the Peach Dish display! Their mission is to bring customers Southern inspired meals that are seasonally freshest and convenient, because the package comes with all the ingredients to your door and has easy to follow recipes. This saves on guesswork and footwork, and that’s the charm. For just $50 a week, you get two multi-course dinners for two people. And that’s a great deal, because the food puts you in the mood for romance with your sweetie and is time saving so you can have energy to focus on more important things like romance. They say, the way to someone’s heart is via one’s stomach. Thanks to Peach Dish, it’s easy to cook a delicious, homemade, and romantic dinner. I must say, that night was one of the best date night ever, thanks to Peach Dish for gearing me towards the right direction in terms of cooking a tasty and top quality meal, without having to go out to shop for the ingredients!
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Great summer snack ideas from 2013 Snack Attack Editor Showcase at Marriott Marquis Time Square

7 Jul

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Great summer snack ideas from 2013 Snack Attack Editor Showcase at Marriott Marquis Time Square

7 Jul
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The 2013 Snack Attack Editor Showcase at the New York Marriott Marquis was an exceptionally fun and informative event! Summer is here, so healthy snacking is a must to get your energy going, so you can enjoy all the fun summer activities to the fullest, such as picnics, pool, beach, and all the fun outdoor sports. I enjoyed visiting all the vendors and taste testing all their products. Some of my favorite snacks I saw at the snacks event, that are not just yummy but also healthy are:
  • Avocados from Mexico tastes delicious, are good for your heart, skin, hair, nails and they are super versatile in recipes (baby food too). You can always feel good about serving avocados, because they’re heart healthy, low in carbs, are made of good fats that promote weight loss, so they are the perfect choice for smart snacking.
  • Baresnacks great because they’re crunchy, healthy and yummy. I especially love the crunch cinnamon apple chips, because they are light and sweet, so they satisfy my sweet cravings without the guilt at work or at home when I crave for a midnight sweet treat. My co worker loves the granny smith apple chips because they have a perfect combination of both tart and sweet. Bare Snacks makes apple chips from the highest quality USA grown apples, don’t use any preservatives or artificial sweeteners, they’re fat free, gluten free and high in fiber.  Bare Fruit 100% Natural Apple Chips are baked, not fried or freeze dried for the crunchiest, most delicious chip experience possible.  
  • Crunchies are all natural, freeze-dried fruits and vegetables.  With no added sugars or preservatives, these gluten free, Kosher, vegan, and non-GMO snacks are the perfect to take on the go, packed with nutrition and conveniently packed in two sizes! These yummy, guilt free snacks really resounded with me. The Crunchies BBQ Roasted Veggie snacks had the perfect combination of saltiness and grainy texture that exploded with flavor. I will arrange to pick up a few packs of these healthy and addictive snacks at my Specialty grocery market.
  • The Green Giant table exhibited Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips, Garden Ranch flavor which I love munching on with homemade guacamole dip, because that combination really complements each other. It’s a perfect addition to a lunch platter, as well as, a great snack to indulge on while watching a ballgame. I’m so glad that The Green Giant has taken a leap from your grocer’s frozen section to the snacks aisle by introducing these two delicious veggie snack chips packed with Giant flavors! The new Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Garden Ranch and Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Barbecue will wow snack lovers with the delicious taste of roasted bell peppers, smoked barbecue flavor, and lightly salted sweet potatoes. Made with real vegetables and loaded with Giant tastes, Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips are an everyday snack your whole family can enjoy!
  • Hormel Rev wraps are less than 300 calories each, come in eight different flavors, contain real meat and cheese, have at least 15 grams of protein, so they are great snack choices for on-the-go. These yummy wraps help you stay fueled so you don’t get hungry so fast. The Hormel REV #5 Italian Ham brand featured  Smoked Ham & Mozzarella Cheese in an Italian Herb Wrap stimulated my taste buds and is a great way to get 17 grams of protein to fuel myself at work. It’s so delicious, and at less than 300 calories, I could eat one every day of the week and have dessert, without feeling guilty.
  • Hydro Flask is an award-winning maker of double wall, vacuum insulated flasks that keep cold beverages icy cold for up to 24 hours and hot beverages piping hot for up to 12 hours! They’re BPA free, come in bright summer colors and various sizes including beer growlers and food flasks, so be sure to use them for your summer picnics and vacations, weekend getaways, at the gym and more.  I was gifted with a Hydro Flask which is indispensable for hot summer days, because it keeps my drinks cold and not luke warm. Another great feature is that it keeps your coffee warm all day long, which is perfect for work.
  • Lifeway Foods is America’s leading supplier of the tart and tangy cultured dairy product known as kefir. In addition to its line of drinkable Kefir products, Lifeway produces a variety of Frozen Kefir and probiotic cheese products. I especially love Frozen Kefir, because they satisfy my ice cream craving, they’re healthier and taste better than many frozen yogurts out there, that are high in calories and fat.
  • MegaLoad chocolate is the most amazing chocolate peanut butter cups I’ve ever tasted!  I recommend MegaLoad king size variety pack! These delicious milk chocolate creamy peanut butter cups and caramel cups are now everyone’s favorite. I day dream about them in the middle of my work day sometimes. I tell my friends and family about them, and they love MegaLoad chocolate too! Be sure to try them, and I promise you will rave about it to friends and family.
  • Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares are made with 100% natural whole grain oats and are available in two delicious flavors: Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Peanut Butter. There’s also the loose, bagged Nature Valley Protein Granola which has 10g of protein per serving and is available in Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate and Oats ‘n Honey. I love Oats ‘N Honey mainly because its crunchy, nutritious and satisfies my sweet tooth and at 10 grams of protein and 26 grams of whole grain per serving alleviates my guilt too. It’s a great way to eat on the run while still being healthy, and they taste incredibly delicious!
  • Skinny Cow, who makes delicious, low fat/low calories ice cream and candy snacks, want women to create their own heavenly space, their WoCavé, a “woman cave,” where the men are scarce and the tasty Skinny Cow treats are abundant such as the new ice cream candy bars made with low-fat ice cream in two tasty flavors – Coookies n’ Dough and Salted Caramel Pretzel. It’s possible to enjoy delicious ice cream and candy bars, thanks to Skinny Cow! Check out all the Skinny Cow flavors and yummy goodies, and you’ll also consider it your new BFF.
I am thrilled to have experienced this diverse snack event and was deeply impacted by all the valuable products that are life affirming and joy inducing for me and everyone involved. Thank You to all the vendors that were there at the Snack Attack Editor Showcase on June 12, 2013 who contributed to the serious snacking editors’ showcase.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival in NYC is outstanding!

3 Mar

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival in NYC is outstanding!.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival in NYC is outstanding!

3 Mar

This Saturday March 2nd, 2013 I attended the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavillion located on 125 West 18th St. In Manhattan NYC. I was admitted at 9:30am with press credentials but regular attendees may enjoy the event from 10am to 5pm. It’s    A two day event which can be attended on March 3 as well.

Upon entering the premises I was given an event guide that listed all the exhibitors booths. I was also pleasantly delighted that most everyone received free raffle tickets towards the chance to win fabulous prizes.

The booth that was near the entrance and caught my eye was the Dairy-Free ice cream named DF MAVENS which comes in soy based, coconut, and sugar-free varieties for everyone in attendance to sample. There are ten high quality flavors to lavish your appetite on. Now people with diabetes and lactose intolerance can satisfy their ice cream cravings with DF MAVENS vegan ice cream coming in a flagship ice cream store opening summer of 2013.

I then gravitated to the Yves Veggie Cuisine booth and tried a free sample of vegan sandwich that contained soy based cold cuts of ham, turkey, and salami with lettuce and tomato on a fresh whole wheat hero. I raved about the taste and went back for seconds. For those who want  a satisfying healthy alternative to meat cold cut sandwiches I recommend buying Yves Veggie Cuisine products at your specialty grocery market.

I managed to find myself at the Kumquat Kids Area booth where they sponsored free childrens’ activity and coloring books as well as PETA comic books that promote animal protection and fair treatment. I was intrigued by the puppet making and the wonderful games and learning symposiums for all the kid participants. Treating animals with compassion is a worthwhile cause and a great learning tool for kids to espouse kindness and gentleness to all living beings.

Some of the highlights of my visit included getting a press kit from Way Better Snacks of several varieties of tortilla chips as well as sampling a green drink from Mo Green Juice. I was also given the privilege of receiving reduced price coupons on the purchase of many products featured at this trade show which is an incentive to buy and try these healthy vegan foods for my next lunch. I must mention the Tasty Bite booth gifted me an Asian Pad Thai Noodle which was generous and well appreciated. Plus JYOTI Organics Indian Food surprised me with free kidney beans which I love. This was a day full of learning about the bountiful delicious and numerous vegan foods that tantalize your taste buds and bring health to your life. I came away with a great time and a memorable experience for a lifetime.

Crunchies Food Snacks, South Beach Diet Sweet Delights & Skeeters Snacks are tasty, healthy and guilt-free

21 Aug

Summer’s here, so it’s very important to look good and maintain weight, while looking fit and trim in hot summer outfits, summer tops and shorts. This doesn’t mean you should sacrifice snacks, sweet or salty.

Below are two several healthy and delicious snacks that are great for healthy and guilt-free summer snacking and back-to-school munchies:

Crunchies come in fruit flavors, veggie flavors, and my favoriate is the corn snacks! I just love the corn snacks for their flavor and texture. The taste combines both half popped popcorn with a grainy sensation that explodes with flavor in my mouth. It leaves the me with a sense of satisfaction and snacking fullfillment realized through the delicious and healthy consumption of these incredibly delicious and healthy corn snacks. I am profoundly enjoying all the Crunchies snacks and an avid customer of all varieties of Chrunchies, but my love and loyalty is forever devoted to Crunchies Corn Snacks. Taste one and you will soon be a fan and a new Crunchies snack convert, because there are so many flavorful varieties to indulge in and lavish your taste buds with. I am a happy and devoted customer of this great product, and can’t wait to try its new flavors. A 3.25OZ package retails for $4.99.Image

South Beach Diet Sweet Delights are guilt-free and will satisfy any chocolate craving! It comes in dark chocolate covered sun flower seeds, and dark chocolate covered soy nuts. What at first appeared to be ordinary chocolate candy becomes chocolate brilliance perfection and dangerously tempting. Ladies and gentlemen – what we have here exactly is chocolate mastery in the highest regard and level of excellence. There is the combination of rich dark chocolate and a balance of sunflower or soy nut in your sweet delights, which is indicative of the name because it is exactly sweet and delightful. What impresses me most about sweet delights, is that it satisfies your lust for chocolate yet the insides such as sunflower seeds or soy nuts fully satiated your hunger, and at just a hundred calories a pack relinquish your guilt too. Why do I rave about this great snack? Well the real reason is that it balances the equilibrium of the recipient’s waistline and the diet is intact with great tastefulness all in a convenient snack sized pack. South Beach Diet snacks are a great contribution and service to consumers everywhere, as they satisfy the sweet tooth and hungar, have no artificial flavors or sweeteners, are only 100 tasty little calories each pack, so they will not make you gain weight. Retail price $7.99 for a box of six packs.

Skeeters Snacks are peanut and tree nut-free, so kids and adults who are allergic to nuts no longer have to be deprived of yummy cookies. Skeeter Snaks make great tasting snacks which contain no peanuts or tree nuts, and they claim to make them in facilities that do not process any products containing peanuts or tree nuts. Their facilities don’t even have nut products in the vending machines in the employee lounges. What I love about Skeeter Snacks is that they are both nut free and they taste like regular cookies, or even better! My favorite are the Chocolate Chunk and Skeeterdoodle (yummy sugar cookies), that contains cinnamon. Skeeter Snacks also has Golden Oatmeal cookies, which is a top favorite for oatmeal cookie lovers.  Retail price $3.99

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