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Kohl’s fashion, home, bed and bath, electronics for spring 2015!

10 Mar

Kohl’s fashion, home, bed and bath, electronics for spring 2015!.

Magnolia Bakery has the best apple pie in NYC

14 Oct

Magnolia Bakery has the best apple pie in NYC.

Yummy and healthy summer eats that make great back to school meals

19 Aug

Back to school is right around the corner, so that means parents have to come up with interesting ways to prepare school lunches and after school meals that are both delicious and nutritious. Whether it’s grabbing a healthy snack to go, cooking for the family and friends or making a great snack that you’ll never get bored of, below are some wonderful, savory and healthy food choices that will be sure to agree with everyone’s palate.

Below are some of my top favorite brands and foods that I discovered from Food Fete and Editor Showcase earlier this year, that are guaranteed to be mouth watering and good for you!

Applegate’s lunchtime time saver, Half Time is loved by both kids and adults too! These convenience and satisfying lunch boxes are made with ingredients that don’t contain antibiotics, preservatives and artificial ingredients, so you can feel good about serving your loved ones. Applegate makes them with the yummiest, highest quality and totally natural ingredients . The flavors are: Applegate All-natural Ham, Classic Applegate American cheese, Annie’s Buttery Rich crackers, Annie’s Friends Bunny Grahams and a strawberry Stonyfield Organic YoKids Squeezers yogurt which all make up the secret formula for satisfied, happy kids. These are made wtih antibiotic-free meat, hormone-free cheese, and organic snacks and dairy, so parents can feel at ease about serving them to their kids.

Arnold Bread consists of nutritious and cholesterol free Sliced Breads and Sandwich Thins Rolls that contain whole grains, zero grams of trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup! You know Arnold Bread uses only simple ingredients to bake its breads that are both delicious and nutritious, because you will not feel bloated after making a sandwich with them. Its premium breads are whole grain-based with lots of variety and great taste, so they make a satisfying sandwich and a happy tummy.

Bare Snacks‘ addictive, savory and healthy snack called, Coconut Chips are very yummy, and they come in five mouth watering flavors: Simply Toasted, Show me the Honey, Sweet and Heat, Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel. Bare’s Coconut Chips are 100% natural, contain no preservatives, gluten free, provides a good source of dietary fiber, non GMO, no refined sugars, baked and never fried. School is right around the corner, so now is the time to replace fried, fattening and greasy chips for a Bare Snacks Crunchy Baked Coconut Chips!

Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet are made of the finest quality ingredients, and the proof is in the taste! After eating Ciao Bella gelato and sorbetto, you can’t have just any frozen dessert! Here are some must-try flavors, which are so addictive and sinfully delicious: Bourbon Caramel Chocolate, South American Dark ChocolateSea Salt Caramel, Dark Cocoa, Marion Blackberry Cabernet, Sicilian Blood Orange, and White Peach Sangria.

Dr. Praeger’s burgers are healthy veggie burgers which taste so good that you won’t think twice about them actually being healthy! For example, The Kale Veggie Burger is made with quinoa, brown rice, millet, kale and nine other vegetables. It’s low in sodium, GMO free, has no saturated fat, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. The Black Bean Burger consists of black beans and brown rice, that is kosher, GMO free, and has no saturated fat, so you may no longer want a regular hamburger. The Asian Burger contains carrots, onions, broccoli, scallions, red peppers, and seasoned with garlic, soy and ginger, making it nutritious, flavorful, full of fiber and no trans-fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.

Eggland’s Best eggs are not only delicious, but they have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients! Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs contain 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D, 10 times the vitamin E and twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain 38 percent more lutein and provide a good source of vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 and B12. Eggland’s Best’s motto is “Better taste. Better nutrition. Better eggs.” Its eggs are of the highest of standards because it rejects more than 600,000 eggs a day, if they don’t meet its requirements to receive the EB stamp.

Horizon Dairy offers organic milk, macaroni and cheese and lunchbox meals, all made with organic ingredients! Its Mac and Cheese is so yummy and full of rich, organic cheese and organic pasta. For major cheese lovers, definitely give Horizon Cheese a try, especially the Cheese Sticks which is wonderful for an on the go snack.

Lifeway makes tasty and healthy kefir, which is fermented milk drink made with a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter, that comes in different flavors and varieties such as low-fat, non-fat, Greek, organic and low-carb. Many people are leaning towards probiotic and when it comes to healthy eating now, so definitely try Lifeway’s Frozen Kefir, which is made from all natural ingredients a try. It tastes tangy, delicately sweet, light and refreshing. Other Lifeway products that kids will be sure to love are ProBugs, ProBugs Blast, and frozen ProBugs.

PB Fit peanut butter powder is very delicious and low in fat. They’re better than peanut butter, because they are low in fat and they taste great. PB Fit gently roasts the peanuts, have 75% of the oil pressed out, and then ground it to a fine powder with a bit of sugar and a of salt. The result is a delicious, all natural peanut butter powder that has only three ingredients, contains 75% less fat than peanut butter and nearly one third the calories. This is an excellent alternative to regular peanut butter, especially with obesity in America. To serve, just add water and mix into a peanut butter spread.

Peacock Brand rice-based, gluten-free noodles are so very delicious, light and healthy! Many people feel bloated after eating a plate of pasta, but their tummies will never feel expanded after having some Peacock Brand noodles! Peacock noodles are light, delicious and healthy. Peacock products have consistent and premium quality so you can feel good about feeding your loved ones its wholesome and natural rice noodles. The entire noodle series: Brown rice spaghetti, Rice spaghetti, Brown rice vermicelli, Rice vermicelli, Basmati rice spaghetti are naturally fat-free, gluten-free, cholesterol free, contain no preservatives and are also Non-GMO Project verified.

Popcorn Indiana’s FIT tastes yummy and are only 40 calories or less per cup. Talk about having a guilt-free snack! They’re crispy, made of whole grains and full of flavor. FIT popcorn comes in the following flavors: Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Real Butter. You can’t go wrong with Popcorn Indiana FIT, because they’re only 40 calories or less a serving, all natural, gluten free, made of whole grains and have zero trans fat. Other delicious mouth watering flavors are Drizzlecorn Popcorn which will be a huge hit, because they taste like gourmet popcorn!

So Delicious Dairy Free makes healthy frozen desserts, beverages, cultured products, and coffee creamers, that are so yummy, that you would never know they’re dairy free and egg free, Non-GMO Project Verified, plant-based and Certified Vegan. So Delicious uses organic ingredients when possible and its entire coconut line is made with organic coconuts. It doesn’t use artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors or trans fats, so you can indulge on its delicious frozen treats which are lower in calories, sugar and sodium. So Delicious Dairy’s coconut milk-based products, such as Cococcino Coconut Milk Iced Coffee – Latte and Mocha, So Delicious Dairy Free Gluten Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert, So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Mini Novelty Bars are so incredibly yummy and guilt-free, are only 80 calories per serving, that you’ll think it’s too good to be true!

Stoneridge Orchards is highly regarded for its premium dried whole Montmorency Tart Cherries, berries and other whole fruits, such as blue berries, peaches, raspberries and strawberries. They make all-natural and organic dried fruits that are not only yummy, but they are the perfect summer and back to school. Try adding them to trail mixes, yogurt, hot or cold breakfast cereals, baked goods, pasta sauces, wine and cheese, and you’ll be addicted to them too. The most delicious dark chocolate covered cherries, which are 70% dark chocolate dipped cherries that are made with whole fruits and they contain no artificial colors, flavors, hydrogenated oils or sulfites, so they are guilt-free when it comes to snacking. Stoneridge Orchards also makes cranberries dipped in dark chocolates (great for Thanksgiving treats such as putting them in cookies) and blueberries dipped in dark chocolates, which are great for chocolate lovers, such as myself!

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!

Staples has it all for Back To School and Office Needs

10 Sep

Staples has it all for Back To School and Office Needs.

SURVIVOR + CATALYST WATERPROOF CASE FOR IPHONE 5

5 Aug

SURVIVOR + CATALYST WATERPROOF CASE FOR IPHONE 5.

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.

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