Friday Favorite: Bare Crunchy Apple Chips

July 3rd, 2015

This week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to a company that allows you to get your “apple a day” the crunchy way!

Bare Crunchy Apple Chips are a great way to incorporate fruit into your diet one crunch at a time. The 100% natural apple chips are gluten-free, fat-free and are only 50 calories per pack. And the best part? Each package contains one apple!

I love the way that they are baked, contain nothing artificial, and have no added sugars. The only ingredient: Apples. Pure and simple!

I eat my Bare Apple Chips as a side with my lunchtime sandwich (who needs potato chips when you have these gems?) and also as a mid-day snack.

Perfect anytime, convenient and tasty are the reasons why this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com is awarded to Bare Crunchy Apple Chips! Congratulations!

Win-It-Wednesday: NEW! Urban Raccoon Paleo Grainless Snack Bars

June 30th, 2015

When Urban Raccoon Snack Bars sponsored a Win-It-Wednesday contest on BeFreeForMe.com a few months back the contest was a hit! These high-quality snack bars made in small-batches with only good-for-you ingredients were a welcome change and the reviews that were received from BeFreeForMe.com readers were impressive!

So… when Brad Indoe, the Founder of Urban Raccoon asked to sponsor another WIN-It-Wednesday contest on BeFreeForMe.com featuring their newest product our answer was an enthusiastic YES!

The new bars that Urban Raccoon has come out with are Grainless Snack Bars. These bars are not only gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO, low sodium and vegan, but also Certified Paleo by the Paleo Foundation.

I tried these bars and I was hooked. The soft texture of the bars had to dreaming about them for breakfast and for snacking. There are two flavors… the Grainless Coconut and my favorite, the Grainless Almond Cranberry.

I love these bars because they are soft and cookie-like… yet, they are nutrient-dense. Packed full of good-for-you ingredients like almonds, cashews, coconut, dried fruit, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds, these bars are a healthy choice that will fill-you-up and keep you satisfied since they contain the perfect balance of carbs, fat and protein.

I love to grab one of these bars for breakfast while I am on-the-go. In fact on these Urban Raccoon Paleo Bars contain 7 grams of protein, which is more protein than in one large egg!

And for those of you steering clear of refined sugar, these bars are sweetened with only natural sweeteners like Coconut Nectar, a lower glycemic natural ingredient binder that is essentially the sap of the coconut tree, and Maple Syrup, made on Brad’s family farm. These are just two fine examples of Urban Raccoon using only the best and highest quality natural ingredients.

Urban Raccoon has once again proved that good things do indeed come in small batches!

And lucky for us, Urban Raccoon Grainless Paleo snack bars are sponsoring this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com!

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a prize pack of these small-batch, gluten-free and paleo snack bars.  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us what Urban Raccoon Grainless and Paleo snack bar looks the best to you! Is it the Grainless Coconut? Or the Grainless Almond Cranberry?

Good luck, keep it healthy & tasty… and, as always …

Be Free!

Win-It-Wednesday: Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds

June 16th, 2015

Summer is here and the heat is on! When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for “Pony Boy” to come galloping down my Grandmother’s road so me and my two sisters could get an icy cold and sticky sweet Popsicle.

Nowadays I still crave these summertime treats, but was searching for a “big kid” version of the too sweet version of my childhood favorites. That is when I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own gluten-free frozen treats… with a grown-up twist!

My inspiration to make my own Popsicles came from the Good Housekeeping website which features a bunch of recipes for make-your-own Popsicles… all in big-kid flavors, including Blackberry-Rose Ice Pops, Coconut Carrot Ice Pops, Melon Pops, Raspberry Buttermilk Ice Pops and, of course, the “Adult Only” Happy Hour Ice Pops!

The device that I used to make my own Popsicles was a Tovolo Rocket Pop Mold, which is the Cadillac, top-notch and big-gun variety when it comes to the world of iced pop molds. In fact, I loved my Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds so much I decided to go out get two more for the winners of this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com!

The Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds let you make homemade freeze pops so easily. They are dishwasher safe, food safe and are BPA free. They are also reusable, which reduces waste. But the best part about the Tovolo molds are the fun that you (and your kids too!) can have making your very own homemade gluten-free Popsicles. Plus, these pop molds are real money savers!  (And did I mention the super-cool rocket shape? What is better than a Popsicle shaped like a rocket?!)

All of these out of this world reasons are why I am so excited to share the Tovolo Rockey Pop Molds to two BeFreeForMe.com members. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us a fun summer activity or memory you have (Me? Cape Cod beach visits!). Good luck, remember to relax, enjoy the summer, chill-out…and, as always …

Be Free!

Want to buy now? Check out these links on Amazon.com:

- Tovolo Rocet Pop Mold, Orange or Blue – Set of 6

Win-It-Wednesday: The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks

June 2nd, 2015

If you love snacking, and love foods that are good for your body, you are going to want to check out and enter to win this week’s Win-It-Wednesday prize… The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks.

I have been a fan of The Good Bean for a while. A few years back I featured The Good Bean Bars in BeFreeForMe’s Friday Favorite series. And since then I’ve tried The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks and found yet another favorite! This is why I ran out and bought some of these yummy, good-for-you snacks for this Win-It-Wednesday prize. I want to share the love!

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks are a great alternative to chips, pretzels, nuts and popcorn. Chickpeas are chockfull of fiber, protein, folate and antioxidants. I really like that these chickpea snacks provide a healthy alternative to other fluffed-up, high-calorie and non-nutritious gluten-free snacks. Anyone can make a gluten-free snack… but to make a “good-for-you” gluten-free snack that tastes good too is just downright awesome! =)

And make sure that you try all of the products The Good Bean Company makes including their Bean Chips which come in some super tasty flavors including Sea Salt, Sweet Chili, Jalapeno Cheddar, Cheesy Nacho and BBQ Bacon; their Fruit & Nut Bars featuring three flavors:  Apricot Coconut, Fruit & Seed Trail Mix and Chocolate Berry; and the Roasted Chickpea Snacks featuring seven tantalizing flavors including Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime, Thai Coconut, Mesquite BBQ and my two favorites, Sweet Cinnamon and the Chocolate.

I love that The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks have nothing artificial in the ingredients, are non-GMO, nut free, vegan, soy free, kosher, and of course, gluten-free.

All of these reasons are why I am so excited to share my two favorite varieties of the Good Bean Chickpea Snacks: Sweet Cinnamon and Chocolate with two randomly selected lucky BeFreeForMe.com members! One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, June 9 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us which one of seven varieties of Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks look the best to you. Good luck, remember to be good to every body… including your own … and, as always …

Be Free!

Want to buy now? Check out these links on Amazon.com:

- The Good Bean Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chick Pea Snacks

- The Good Bean Variety Pack Chick Pea Snacks

Friday Favorite: Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus

May 21st, 2015

This week’s Friday Favorite is now one of my favorite mid-day snacks. The Eat Well Embrace Life hummus’ gives my carrot & celery sticks a dip with an extra little kick!

I love all of the Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus’ since they are a healthy and low-calorie. Plus they are flavorful and zesty… not bland and boring. A two tablespoon serving (which is plenty for snack) has only 40-60 calories and is packed with ingredients that you can feel good about dipping your healthy lil’ veggies in.

And ALL of the Eat Well Embrace Life product ingredients are certified gluten-free (Yes… even the gluten free soy sauce!)

And the flavors! Oh! The flavors! No more boring flavors of hummus for me since I found Eat Well Embrace Life! Some of my favorites include the Sweet & Spicy Black Bean, Spicy Yellow Lentil with Sunflower Seeds, Tuscan White Bean with Roasted Pine Nuts and the Zesty Sriracha Carrot Hummus. But make sure you check out ALL of the delicious flavors for yourself… and the great recipe ideas on the Eat Well Embrace Life website.

All of these reasons are why this week’s Friday Favorite is awarded to Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus. Thank you for exciting and tasty hummus… and for making celery and carrots fun and flavorful!

P.S. Check out the Eat Well Embrace Life Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more about this fantastic company and keep attuned with updates and new products!

Win-It-Wednesday: The Paleo Diet Bar

May 19th, 2015

This week’s Win-It-Wednesday is for all of you gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free fans! The Paleo Diet Bar is free of these three culprits – as well as 100% Paleo Diet approved.

For those of you that don’t know, the paleo diet, or the paleolithic diet,, is commonly called the caveman diet since it is based on the foods that our ancestors might have eaten: foods such as berries, nuts and meats; and excludes foods that they likely wouldn’t have had access to: foods like processed grains and dairy.

The paleo diet has become popularized by Loren Cordain in his best-selling 2002 book, The Paleo Diet. Cordain is the world’s leading expert and founder of the Paleolithic movement, and author of the bestselling books The Paleo AnswerThe Paleo Diet Cookbook, and The Paleo Diet for Athletes.  Loren Cordain is the go-to guy when it comes to what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to the paleo diet.

And, Loren Cordain has exclusively endorsed The Paleo Diet Bars! Talk about HOT!

The Paleo Diet Bar is not only gluten, dairy, soy and grain free, but it is also non-GMO, preservative free, and contains all-natural quality ingredients. The bars also contain 17 grams of egg protein and 9 essential amino acids. Packed with protein and fiber these bars are both tasty and nutritious.

Also, the sugar content is natural, from the fruit in the product. There is no added sugar or syrup. The bars are made up of just fruit, nuts, seeds, berries, egg white protein with a bit of hemp protein to promote digestibility and also immunity.

The Paleo Diet Bars come in two great flavors: Cranberry Almond or Cinnamon Raisin. And coming soon are two NEW flavors: Cherry Apple Walnut and Blueberry Pear Pecan. To be the first to find out when they new varieties launch make sure you check out The Paleo Diet Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!

All of these reasons are why I am so excited that this Win-It-Wednesday is sponsored by The Paleo Diet Bars.

A total of two BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a prize pack of The Paleo Diet Bars. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, May 27 and Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us which one of the two Paleo Diet Bars look the best to you. Is it the Cranberry Almond? Or the Cinnamon Raisin? Good luck, remember to eat healthy, but tasty … and, as always …

Be Free!

Want to buy now? Check out these links on Amazon.com:

Cranberry Almond Bars

Cinnamon Raisin Bars

Win-It-Wednesday: You Are Loved Foods Paleo-Friendly Treats

May 5th, 2015

This week’s Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com is all about good lovin’. Yup… that extra special hug, smile, wink or good gesture that we all love to receive, and also give.

You Are Loved Foods definitely loves all of us gluten free, dairy free, grain free and sugar-free folks by creating what is perhaps the most perfect chocolaty treats.

Better yet – You are Loved Foods founder, Jonathon Heine, has formulated the perfect sweetener that will satisfy any chocoholic… even diabetics.  (To find out more about Jonathon and his journey regaining his health and his 100-pound weight loss click on this link.)

And Jonathon’s goal is simple… “Our goal is to be the go-to brand for ultra-low carb, low glycemic, truly pure Paleo lifestyles and to support diabetics in their journey to a healthy lifestyle.”

You Are Loved Foods Paleo friendly, gluten-free, sugar and sugar-free alcohol-free, non-GMO, non-dairy, no starch, no grain, ultra-low carb but protein rich treats include the following:

All of them are also made with low-glycemic ingredients, such as cashews, almonds, chia seeds and coconut flour. They also all have about 1 gram of sugar and 4 grams or less of net carbs per serving. They also contain no ‘tols … in other words refined sugar alcohols such as erythritol, xylitol, sorbitol or maltitol.

I also love that the You Are Loved treats contain no added sugars, including agave, maple syrup, honey, fruit juice or cane juice.

But best yet is that these treats TASTE AMAZING! They are creamy, rich, luscious and melt in your mouth delicious! My favorite is the Chocolate Bites… they are just like fudge but have less than half the calories and fat of regular fudge! The chocolate in all the treats is amazing.  (Ummm… can you tell I am seriously  lovin’ these treats?)

All of these sweet reasons are why I am so excited that this Win-It-Wednesday is being sponsored by You Are Loved Foods.

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a prize pack that is packed with You Are Loved products. This is a prize that you do NOT want to miss! One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us what who you love and why? Me… I love my family and my two pooches… since they give ME unconditional love!

Good luck, remember to give and take good lovin’ … and, as always …

Be Free!

P.S. Follow You Are Loved Foods on Facebook and Twitter for more news, new products, and promotions!

Friday Favorite: Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

April 30th, 2015

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame is a crunchy, tasty and healthy way to add more protein in your diet… all while enjoying a perfect snack.

These all-natural dry roasted edamame contain only two ingredients – soybeans and sea salt.

And not only are they packed with protein, they also contain all 8 essential amino acids and add no cholesterol or trans-fats to your diet. Plus all of the Seapoint Farms dry roasted and frozen products are gluten-free.

These super snacks are also versatile, since they make a great addition atop your salad or added to your favorite homemade trail mix. Make sure to check out all the recipe ideas on the Seapoint Farms website.

All these reasons are why Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame is this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com. Congratulations!

Want to buy now? Check out this link on Amazon.com

Friday Favorite: Love Beets

April 23rd, 2015

I’ve recently revisited one of my favorite veggies from when I was younger, and I can’t get enough of them! BEETS!

Yes, BEETS! But the only problem is I hate the “tin can” taste of beets from a can. That is why I was so super excited to find Love Beets – Cooked beets that are ready for anything.

When I was younger my Mom would serve them up heated, as a side dish. But recently I’ve discovered that beets are ready for anything and can be enjoyed in many more ways than I could imagine.

Beets are great chopped on salads (my favorite salad to add them to is a Cobb Salad), or sliced and sprinkled with a touch of champagne vinegar and kosher salt. I also love the recipes that are featured on the Love Beets website, like this Grilled Cheese with Beets & Basil Aoili or Quinoa Beet Burrito Bowls with Cumin-Lime Tahini Dressing.

Love Beets are all natural, gluten-free (note that all of the the Love Beets  are gluten-free with the exception of one variety of the Baby Beets… the Honey & Ginger), contain no preservatives, and are Non-GMO. The Cooked Beets come in a 8.8 ounce packages packed with larger beets that are great for slicing or a 6.5 ounce size of baby beets which are perfect for snacking. I however, buy my Love Beets at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs that have a club-sized packages that are perfect for satisfying my new-found and obsessive love for beets. =) If you want to find where you can find Love Beets near you, check out this link.

All of these reasons are why I am so very grateful I have re-found and re-fallen back in love with Beets. Congrats Love Beets on being this week’s Friday Favorite on BeFreeForMe.com!

Win-It-Wednesday: Scratch & Grain Gluten Free Cookie Kits

April 21st, 2015

If you love baking from scratch, but you hate the mess, hassle and expense you are going to love Scratch & Grain Gluten-Free Cookie Mixes.

These kits are perfect for baking a batch of cookies the old-fashioned “by scratch” way without needing to spend tons of money on ingredients that you’ll probably never use again.

The concept was the brainchild and developed by two neighborhood Moms (Taya and Leah) that wanted to make homemade baking fun & easy. So they went to work to creating a baking kit that had all the BEST ingredients measured out individually so everyone would know what is in their food, as well as making it a fun and easy experience.  Each kit makes 11 to 14 cookies.

And although neither Taya or Leah are gluten-free, they both have close family members that are (including Leah’s mom and daughter). Because of this, they wanted to make sure that they also created gluten-free versions of their cookie mixes so that folks on a gluten-free diet could also enjoy home-made and from scratch cookies that would taste incredibly delicious.

The results are three total delightful and incredible gluten-free Scratch & Grain Cookie mixes. The varieties are fun & tasty. They are: Chocolate Truffle, Snicker Doodle & Chewy Peanut Butter. All you need to add is egg and unsalted butter for each kit, and they provide the rest! How simple is that!?

The cookie kits are also Non-GMO, and contain no preservatives.

And if you think this “cookie kit” idea is totally brilliant check out this link to see the video clip of Taya & Leah when they visited Shark Tank! (And YES… They did get a deal! Click on this link to check them out on Shark Tank and find out what shark also thinks their idea is out-of-this-world too!)

All of these yummy and convenient reasons are why I am so thrilled that Scratch and Grain Gluten-Free Cookie Kits are sponsoring this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe.com.

A total of two (yes, 2!) BeFreeForMe.com members will be randomly selected to win a Gluten-Free Cookie Kit variety pack (Each variety pack consists of 3 total kits… one of each of the gluten-free varieties).  One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Easy!

Reply to this blog and tell us what Gluten-Free Cookie Kit looks the best to you? Is it the Chocolate Truffle? Snickerdoodle? Or the Chewy Peanut Butter?

Good luck, remember that homemade simple goodness is always the tastiest … and, as always …

Be Free!

PS: Want to learn more? Check out Scratch and Grain’s Facebook , Twitter and Instagram pages!


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