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Plant Snacks

Introducing a new favorite snack, Plant Snacks’ cassava root chips! The chips are not only VEGAN, but they are GLUTEN-FREE, free of the Big 8 Allergens, non-GMO, paleo friendly and free from added sugars, grains, corn, trans fat, artificial flavors and preservatives. Oh, and most importantly, they taste INCREDIBLE. The chips come in four flavors: Sea Salt, Super Seeds, Vegan Beet with Goat Cheese and Vegan Cheddar, and each only has 140 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat per serving.

Whether I need a handful of crunch to satisfy a craving, or I am packing up snacks for the beach, Plant Snacks’ cassava root chips have become my go-to. When I went gluten-free and I needed a snack to replace my gluten-filled bread cravings, chips were my savior. The Plant Snacks flavors are so unique and provide much needed variety to my snacking routine… and you have to love when variety comes from a healthy root!

I have so many good things to say about EACH flavor I don’t know where to begin! I’ll start with the Vegan Beet with Goat Cheese, because this flavor caught my eye from the start! This variety combines cassava flour with beets and vegan goat cheese, the perfect mix of sweet and savory. It’s RARE to find a vegan goat cheese that isn’t made out of nuts, plus the clean ingredient list is amazing!

For the old-school Dorito or Cheeto lovers, Plant Snacks’ Vegan Cheddar cassava root chips are for you – you won’t even know they’re vegan, I promise! My favorite flavor is Super Seeds, which is a blend of pumpkin, sunflower, flax and sesame seeds. This packed chip is incredibly satisfying and FILLING.

I’m tired of artificial flavors, cheap ingredients, and poor nutrition, and the team at Plant Snacks is, too! Plant Snacks source their cassava directly from Brazil. And if I don’t have you sold at this point, did you know that the benefits of cassava (a root veggie also known as yuca or manioc) include: an amazing source of fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium, and it boosts immunity and has beneficial properties for your skin?!

To find Plant Snacks at a store near you, click here!

Halloween with YumEarth

Growing up, I LIVED for Halloween. In fact, I often think about how sad I would have been every Halloween if I knew about all of my current food intolerances; I would have had to give away the majority of my candy!!

Thankfully, companies like YumEarth have recognized that candy is the first to go for those with food allergies and intolerances, and have created a product that solves this problem. As a little refresher, YumEarth is an organic candy line that uses simple flavors, colors and ingredients in their products, and steers clear from artificial ingredients! Almost all of YumEarth products are free from the top-8 allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree-nuts, wheat). Furthermore, most of the candies are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Nut Free, and of-course, Gluten-Free!! I don’t think people realize how IMPORTANT it is that companies like YumEarth exist!

I’m pretty much obsessed with the YumEarth sour twists, and it’s been my intention since discovering the brand to serve all of their candies at Halloween, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that for a limited time, Gummy jack-o-lanterns and bats and Organic Candy Corn are back on sale at YumEarth for the holiday! Candy Corn at Halloween is like Candy Canes at Christmas and Chocolate on Valentine’s Day… A.K.A. a total must have. To see an allergy-friendly version has literally made my year. Oh and the taste? DELICIOUS! Seriously even better than I remember.

I bought the Halloween Variety Pack for this year’s Halloween (assortment of pops, gummy bats, and gummy jackolantern snack packs), and while I was at it, I picked up a few bags for my friends and a couple of extra to keep in my cabinets for after the holiday. The only thing that makes me happier than this limited edition Halloween line existing is the fact that at my local Whole Foods, the YumEarth Halloween display is smack in the middle of the store (right by the registers) and right in the midst of all of the commotion! No wonder why the Halloween line is selling out everywhere so quickly!! Halloween is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, even the food-intolerant. Thank you YumEarth for keeping the Halloween spirit alive… and delicious! Go out and get your goodies quick!!

You can also buy YumEarth Halloween goodies, here! 

Green Chef

With so many meal delivery services out there these days, it can be tough to stand out! Introducing Green Chef, a service that truly stands out from the rest! Green​ ​Chef​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​USDA-certified​ ​meal​ ​kit​ ​company,​ ​and​ ​they serve​ ​more​ ​organic ingredients​ ​than​ ​any​ ​other​ ​company​ ​in​ ​the​ ​industry.​ ​Furthermore, Green​ ​Chef​ ​recently announced that​ ​they have​ ​become​ ​the​ ​first​ ​meal​ ​kit​ ​company​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​Gluten-Free​ ​certification​ ​through the​ ​Gluten​ ​Intolerance​ ​Group’s​ ​Gluten-Free​ ​Food​ ​Service​ ​(GFFS)​ ​program. This is huge!!

In the past, I’ve been apprehensive to order from meal delivery services. Why? Well I’m a nut when it comes to the type of food I purchase. I love meat, but I will only eat quality meat that I trust is antibiotic and hormone free, etc. Same when it comes to my veggies and starches! Green Chef ​organic​ ​ingredients​ ​have​ ​no​ ​GMOs, synthetic​ ​pesticides,​ ​antibiotics,​ ​growth​ ​hormones,​ ​or​ ​steroids.​ ​They offer ​an adventurous​ ​cooking​ ​experience that is high quality and SAFE.

So how does it work? Green Chef has a wide variety of meal plans to suit your lifestyle: paleo, vegan, gluten-free, omnivore, carnivore, or vegetarian. Select one, and Green Chef delivers organic ingredients and easy recipes to cook delicious dinners in about 30 minutes. Each box includes new recipes from the meal plan of your choice.

I had the opportunity to try the service this week, and I was so impressed! Each ingredient is delivered in an individual, labeled package, and the recipe cards are clear. I, of course, selected the gluten-free meal plan option, and the three meals I made were an Apricot Glazed Salmon with Black rice, cardamom yogurt & roasted veggies, Stuffed Portobello with Broccoli filling, carrots, salad, Grand Cru cheese, and Lemon-Herb Chicken with Greek-style potatoes, artichokes & capers, and arugula. All were so delicious!

What I love most about the service is the ability to cook the food yourself. This way, you can cook your meal exactly as the recipe card tells you, or use your own creativity to customize the ingredients at hand! I highly recommend Green Chef, and can’t wait to continue enjoying their (gluten-free) meals!

 

YumEarth Organic Candy

I want candy! … Said Aaron Carter… and Nicole Cogan. We all know I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but I direct my sweet tooth towards (dairy-free) chocolate and delicious gluten-free pastries. Well interestingly enough, growing up I hated chocolate and pastries! I was all about candy. That was until I went gluten-free and anything artificial-free 9 years ago; all candy was quickly removed from my diet.

Six months ago I discovered YumEarth. How did it take me so long to find you?! YumEarth is an organic candy line that uses simple flavors, colors and ingredients in their products, and steers clear from artificial ingredients! Almost all of YumEarth products are free from the top-8 allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree-nuts, wheat). Furthermore, most of the candies are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher Pareve, Nut Free, and of-course, Gluten-Free!!

Wait… isn’t this supposed to be candy?! BELIEVE IT, PEOPLE. YumEarth deletes the connotation that candy is filled with artificial ingredients and straight up bad for you. Rather, they make candy clean, fun, and guilt-free.

YumEarth was founded in 2007 with the introduction of Organic Lollipops. Soon after, gummy bears were born and quickly followed by gummy worms, sour jelly beans, fruit snacks and more. Today, YumEarth boasts a line of ORGANIC lollipops, gummy bears, licorice, fruit snacks, sours, hard candies, and Vitamin C drops.

I loved fruit snacks growing up… I bought them from my school’s vending machine almost every day! And Sour Patch Kids were always my number two. Maybe that’s why I’m addicted to YumEarth’s Organic Sour Twists and Organic Fruit Snacks!

To top it off, YumEarth packaging is just so cute! You can indulge in a larger, re-sealable bag or go for a mini snack pack, which is convenient keep in your purse! And given the brand’s focus on what is in the products we consume, most of their packaging is made in a factory where the equipment is powered by 100% wind-generated electrical energy.

Eating clean is important to me but I also like to treat myself to something sweet, and knowing this candy is a better sweet puts my mind at ease. Check out YumEarth and order your candy, here!

 

Aloha

I’ve always said if I ever go to Hawaii there is a good chance I won’t come back. Why? Hawaii is the land of happy! Floral arrangements, delicious healthy eats, blue ocean everywhere you turn… what could be better?! Well I should have said the same about Aloha. The plant-based company featuring lines of protein powders, protein bars, greens, and teas is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan. Aloha believes that plants are the ultimate source of nourishment and that our diet should consist of real foods. I can’t argue that!

First up: the greens. The greens come in Berry, Chocolate, and Original, and these little packets are the perfect way to add greens into your diet. I eat a low-carb diet, even when it comes to vegetables, so I’ve found recently it’s been tough to eat all of my greens and not overdo it on my carbs! The Original Superfood Greens packet has only 4 net grams of carb, and adds the nutrients I need. Most importantly, the greens are developed through a patented process in which thoughtfully-sourced whole foods are pureed and then gently dried in order to maintain the valuable nutrients and fiber that are lost in most green juice, and the greens have 200% daily value of Vitamin D!

I like to make my greens drink first thing in the morning or right after a workout! For the chocoholics out there, you’re going to melt when you try the Chocolate Greens!

Next up- the bars! Bars are everywhere these days, and with so many varieties on the market it’s hard for brands to stand out from the pack. Aloha bars come in unique flavors like Mocha and Chocolate Mint, and the good-for-you ingredients will keep you full and energized!

I recently tried the Organic Banana Protein Powder and I’m obsessed. So many of my recipes contain banana, so I’m pumped to add the protein powder to my banana recipes for an extra kick of protein. Aloha proteins have 18G of pure, plant-based protein, no harsh chemicals, fillers, artificial sweeteners (like stevia), or “natural” flavors, and 200MG of Omega-3s.

Aloha protein powder, superfood greens and teas are all paleo-friendly, to top it off! Aloha’s mission to create minimally processed, real food that not only tastes better, but is better for you has been totally successful, and I’m excited to see what the team will come out with next!

If you haven’t tried Aloha yet, you seriously have to… you’re missing out!! Check out their website, here, and use NOBREAD20 at checkout for a discount!!

Quesadillas by BFree Wraps

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So, as I’m sure you’ve seen by now, I’m kind of addicted to BFree Foods. All products are free of wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts and soy, making them gluten-free, vegan and free from all major allergens! The wraps are my latest crush and have become my go-to wrap when I’m making quesadillas! If you are gluten-free, you know how hard it is to find gluten-free wraps that don’t crack at the slightest fold, and also still have flavor! BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps are made with Teff and Flaxseeds and the combo of ‘Super Seeds’ makes the wraps extraordinarily high in fiber and a great source of protein.

Quesadillas were one of the hardest foods to give up when I went gluten-free. Yes, GF wraps were out on the market, but they lacked taste and texture, and always broke at the slightest fold! Since discovering BFree wraps, I’m happy to say quesadillas are back in my life! Today I made one of my favorites– a quesadilla with cheddar cheese, turkey bacon, and spinach!

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What You Will Need:
2 BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps
Slices of Cheddar Cheese (Shredded works, too!)
2-3 slices turkey bacon
Handful of Spinach

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What You Will Do:

Place one wrap on a flat surface. Lay cheese down on top of it.
Add your cooked turkey bacon and spinach (cooked or raw) on top of the cheese.
Place your second wrap on top, and press the wraps together.
Place in the oven at 350. Let it cook to your liking! I wait until I see one side of the wrap turn a light golden brown, and the cheese starts oozing out of the sides!

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Cut into quarters, and enjoy! To read more about BFree Foods, check out their website, here!

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ginnybakes

When it comes to gluten-free sweets, I’m your girl. I’ve tried just about every brand of GF dessert, and from the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie to the best gluten-free doughnut, I have a favorite brand for each. Recently, I was introduced to ginnybakes, a nutritious organic, gluten-free, non-gmo line of baked goods. One bite had me sold!

I relate to ginnybakes’ brand and concept in many ways. Their philosophy is to “nourish your mind and body” and create nutritious, yet delicious, gluten-free goodies. All treats are made in a dedicated gluten free facility too! “Gluten-free” is more than a diet; it’s a way of living. Ginny’s passion for nutrition and healthy balanced living comes across in her baked goods. All ginnybakes products are handmade and all ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. I used to say you should avoid eating anything that comes out of a package, but this is one packaged good that is fresh and healthy– I HIGHLY recommend it.

The brand comes in many forms ranging from baking mixes and cookies, to crumbles and bars. I’m a huge fan of their cookies, with chocolate chip oatmeal, chocolate chip, and cranberry pistachio being my favorites. The cookies also come in several other flavors including butter crisp and sweet cinnamon. I’m typically a chocaholic, but the cranberry pistachio is addicting!!  For the calorie counters, the cookies are only 50 calories! And if you’re always on the go, ginnybakes cookies are sold in snack-bags! The ginnyminis are just over 100 calories, and they are the perfect, satiating snack while you’re out and about.

Lastly, ginnybakes also makes vegan cookies, and all ginnybakes products are kosher too! If you haven’t checked out ginnybakes yet, you are truly missing out. Click here to learn more… and buy, of course! 

 

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I’m happy to announce that you can beat the heat with this new summer treat: Watermelon Water! Unlike many fruit juices that use artificial sweeteners or extra sugar, Watermelon Water is all natural and uses watermelon flesh, watermelon rind, and organic lemon. It is literally like drinking a watermelon- not even water is added!

Better yet, each melon is non-GMO, hand skinned, and cold-pressed, and not to mention, the drink is completely gluten free! With 6x the electrolytes as sports drinks, Watermelon Water makes the perfect workout beverage. But hey, who said hydrating was solely reserved for athletes? Craving something deliciously hydrating that was more flavorful than lemon-water, yet relatively low in calories, I decided to give Watermelon Water a try, and I am so happy I did.

With one sip of the freshly cold-pressed juiced watermelon, I was immediately transported to the white sands of a beautiful beach, without a worry in the world. The taste was so crisp, with just the perfect amount of sweetness and a refreshing boost. There are only 90 calories per bottle and the drink is packed with vitamin C, making Watermelon Water the perfect treat to quench your thirst, while also leaving you feeling rejuvenated and healthy.

Watermelon Water is only in a few select stores, but you can order from their online website and have it shipped straight to your door. Watermelon Water definitely tastes like “summer in a bottle” and ensures that you’ll be hydrated and healthy!

Popchips

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Popchips emerged on the scene in 2007, and were immediately added to my list of favorite snacks. The classic sea salt flavor consists of dried potato, rice flour, potato starch, sea salt, and safflower, sunflower, and/or canola oil. Popchips doesn’t use any fake colors, artificial ingredients, or grease. Best of all, the snack-size bags of Popchips are just slightly over 100 calories. Healthy and light, yet totally filling, not to mention just the right amount of salt to satisfy your salt-craving. Most importantly, the chips are GLUTEN FREE!

All Popchips products are certified gluten free and non GMO! The flavors of Popchips are interesting and unique. Typically all things interesting and unique contain gluten, so it’s amazing to see that gluten free can be flavorful and delicious. I typically stick to the classic sea salt flavor, but I’m known to dabble in the sweet potato and salt & pepper.

I’m also THRILLED to report that Popchips is introducing new flavors to the line! Cinnamon twist sweet potato (vegan-friendly), veggie chips, and crazy hot potato (for the spice-lovers) are the latest and greatest from Popchips, and after trying all three, my love for Popchips has grown even stronger. The veggie chips come in three varieties: tuscan herb, hint of olive oil, and sea salt. I add olive oil to everything, so I’m a bit biased towards the olive oil version.

Popchips are healthy, delicious, and totally NOBREAD friendly. I’m excited to see what new flavors the company comes out with next, and I’m excited to watch the brand succeed and grow. If you haven’t had Popchips before, you’re truly missing out… time to head to the store and pick up a bag. They’re sold pretty much everywhere… a blessing and a curse for fanatics like myself!

NOBREAD Top 5

1. NuGo 

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Most of NuGo’s bars are gluten free and vegan and most importantly, they are all coated in real dark chocolate. NuGo Slim bars are high in protein and low in sugar and come in flavors such as brownie crunch, roasted peanut, raspberry truffle, and espresso! They have less than three grams of sugar and more than fifteen grams of protein, and they will absolutely keep you full and energized. The NuGo Dark bars, my personal favorite, are higher in sugar but richer in taste. The best flavor is the Dark Chocolate Pretzel, which has a sprinkle of sea salt on top. The NuGo Free line is completely GF, vegan, and soy free, and perfect for people like myself who are free of all three. Try the dark chocolate trail mix and thank me after!

2. Chia Warrior 

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Chia Bars are GF, soy-free, vegan, all natural, and non-GMO. Chia seeds are trendy for a reason: they are an absolute power food packed with protein, fiber, omega-3s, minerals, and antioxidants. They also expand in your digestive system, making you feel full longer. Bonus: the bars are only 100 calories! So diet friendly! The flavors are delicious- apple cinnamon, mango, chocolate peanut butter, banana nut, coconut, coffee, acai berry, and dark chocolate cherry. My favorites are banana nut and apple cinnamon. They are delicious and have less than five grams of sugar. In addition, they have three grams of protein and four grams of fiber!

3. KIND 5g sugar

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KIND bars are a longtime favorite amongst those in the health food community. All KIND Healthy Snacks are gluten free, and some of the most delicious flavors are peanut butter & strawberry, blueberry vanilla & cashew, and dark chocolate mocha almond. My personal favorite is the almond and coconut; it is perfectly sweet and filling. The dark chocolate nuts & sea salt only has five grams of sugar and packs seven grams of protein. With high quality ingredients and unique varieties, KIND bars are an awesome choice.

4. Mediterra 

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Mediterra’s savory bars are absolutely brilliant and they are the perfect snack for when you need a little fuel. The Mediterra sundried tomato and basil bar is made with ingredients like pea protein, cashews, and olive oil. It has six grams of protein and only four grams of sugar. Mediterra’s second flavor- black olive and walnut- features hints of green pepper, chive, and rosemary extract. Pick up these GF, non-GMO, and all natural bars for a unique and nutritious snack.

5. The GFB 

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The GFB products are certified gluten-free/vegan/ kosher, GMO free, and soy-free. The bars and bites are made with nuts and dates and they’re a great source of Omega-3 thanks to the use of flaxseed. They have an average of twelve grams of protein, but have up to twenty grams of sugar. You don’t have to worry about cross contamination because the facility is dedicated gluten free! The bars come in flavors like cranberry toasted almond, dark chocolate coconut, and coconut cashew crunch. The dark chocolate coconut is my favorite- it tastes like a Samoa Girl Scout cookie! The company also makes GFB bites that are amazing as well; they make for the perfect snack or dessert and they are packed with protein, just like the bars.