Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gluten-Free Treat Ideas: Eat. Dream. Be. - Healthy Snack Bars [My Review]



It's that time of year where we're all contemplating the holiday treats and sweets we finished off recently and getting ourselves back on track. Well, if you are in need of a treat that will leave you guilt-free, than I have something for you.

It's called, "Eat. Dream. Be." and these bars are healthy, filling, and will likely satisfy that sweet treat you desire. These treats were created by two friends who met and wanted to collaborate further. And Eat. Dream. Be as you can see by their website is far more than just food related amazingness. They offer up music and podcasts too. 

The thing that's first great about the dream bar is that it's certified gluten-free and that's something I'm very strict about focusing on because of my intolerance to gluten. They have three different kinds - Banana Lavendar, Apple Chamomile and Tart Cherry Lemon Balm. They don't offer up a sharp sweet flavor and at this point in the year that's a good thing. I actually feel good about myself eating these. The tart cherry starts out with a mild lemon flavor than has a tangy cherry flavor in there too. The apple chamomile is also mildly sweet and has just a pleasant flavor of apple throughout. The banana one was something my brother enjoyed (I'm not too big of a fan of banana) and he actually really liked this as well. 

I think overall these are fantastic for an on-the-go snack to have while you are getting fit this year. I promise you will not feel guilty enjoying these treats. You'll actually feel pretty good about yourself. Especially if you slather on some almond butter - yum! 

So if your interest is peaked, then head on over to the Eat. Dream. Be site and purchase some! This will compliment your next road trip, next hike, and any future adventure you have planned this year.

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I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gluten-Free Treat Ideas: Hnina Organic Chocolate [My Review]


Chocolate is one of those things that is actually good for you, But let's be real though, some chocolates have more of a "wow" factor than others. Am I right?


So I had the chance to try some healthy rich chocolate made by a company called, "Hnina Gourmet." They have a mission to provide delicious and HEALTHY chocolate to all of us chocolate fans. Founded by Vanessa Morgenstern-Kenan, she decided to create chocolate of her own just because she couldn't find any quite good enough for her and her family. I think that's pretty awesome! Check out her story here.




I got to try out some amazing truffles and chocolate bars by Hnina Gourmet. Their truffles are so incredibly rich and they actually aren't too sweet. They are truly a healthy chocolate experience so you will actually feel REALLY good about yourself after enjoying this chocolate. 

I ended up wanting to try out this chocolate in baking and I bake muffins on the weekends usually. I broke up a chocolate bar and sprinkled in the top alongside some berries. And you guys, this chocolate cooks up GREAT! It inspired me to think up more creations and I would love to try out this chocolate with some hot chocolate. Yum! 

If you are curious about some great recipe ideas then here's a few that I think you will be inspired to create thanks to this chocolate - 

Homemade Smores Fudge Wedding Favor

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Have your taste buds been activated??? Well, I highly recommend going online to Hnina Gourmet's website and selecting some of their delectable chocolates. Remember, they aren't overly sweet so this makes them great for healthy tasty snacking and also adding them to any recipes you feel inspired to create! Best of all, it's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, and so many other amazing things!

Visit their website to shop for chocolate. Plus be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Also their blog has some great recipes that you must check out, here.

I am also happy to announce that I will be giving away some Hnina chocolate to one lucky reader! You'll be receiving the same chocolates I received! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 1/31. US Only.

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Gluten-Free Food Suggestion: Beehive Cheddar - Tasty, Flavorful Cheeses to Enjoy


I'm such a cheese fanatic and some days I can't resist but over eat cheese. Anyone else like that? Well, I love gourmet cheeses. Some kinds you just want to be able to sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a slice of some tasty cheddar. I have found that gourmet experience with Beehive Cheese.

You know how I discovered this cheese? Through the Avery Aames Cheese Shop Mystery books! It's a fun series by the way, perfect for the cheese lover, because the cheeses mentioned in the book are REAL. So I had to see what this was like and I was so happy the company was willing to send me some samples to try.  (P.S. This is the series by the way! Check it out.

The Beehive Cheese Company was started by brothers-in-law Tim Welsh and Pat Ford who left their software jobs to start this cheese company. Any other fellow cubical workers envying this like I am? They brought back the local creamery to northern Utah and their business is family owned and operated. Check out more of their history

Anyways I enjoyed each of the cheeses that I tried. I got the chance to try out a few different kinds! I was a HUGE fan of the Seahive Cheese. They describe this cheddar on their site as being creamy and I love creamy cheeses. They make for excellent cheesy scrambled eggs and I actually tried this with eggs and it was SO good.

You know what was a unique tasty experience? The Barely Buzzed! It had a mix of honey and lavender taste and if you are making up a spicy sort of recipe, I would say sprinkle some of this cheddar on top. This is very unique good stuff.

Honestly I enjoyed all of the cheeses that I had the chance to try. I also tried Promontory Beehive Original and Big John's Cajun, which was a spicier type of cheese. These were just fun to snack on and sprinkle on some of my cheesey recipes.

I absolutely highly recommend you check this cheese out and purchase some to try. If you are cheese fanatic like I am, I think you will enjoy this cheddar. It offers so much flavor experience.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fran's Chocolates - Delectable Treats to Treat Yourself



The holidays may be over, but I can't help but realize that it is never a bad time for chocolate. Right, everyone? And I came across some amazing chocolate that I just cannot wait to tell you about!

It's called Fran's Chocolates. Oh my, you guys. Oh my. These chocolates, originally crafted by master chocolatier Fran Bigelow were created with an artists technique when considering the flavor which is an intense sensory experience. I love reading the history of this chocolate creator and so go on and check out the story of how she came to be so good at what she does - Read Fran's Story.

I had the chance to try out some of Fran's Chocolates bars! And you know what? They. Were. Amazing. The first kind I tried reminded me a bit of a superior version of an Almond Joy. It's called their Coconut Gold Bars. They are made with coconut, almonds and covered in chocolate. It's so flavorful and rich tasting! Their coconut is blended with white chocolate to make it a little extra sweet and rich. It's just definitely gourmet. Purchase Now.

The other kind I got to try was their Almond Gold Bars. These reminded me of a gourmet, far superior version of a Snickers actually. It's made with chocolate, rich caramel, and dark chocolate. They were so good! It was such a treat to have this - especially having something that reminds me of a candy from childhood but EVEN BETTER! Purchase these now too. And then the Macadamia Gold Bars are made with caramel, dark chocolate and macadamia nuts. And these were amazing too! I love macadamia nuts already because they are a buttery sweet nut and so to add these to candy? Absolutely amazing. Purchase now.

Another thing that I love about this chocolate is that these gold bars are actually pretty decently sized and I enjoyed about two at one time and you know? That was enough for me! They are really rich and I was able to eagerly share with my family!

For six bars, they run about $30 or so on their website. And if you are considering a gift this would be something I think you should consider. It's such good chocolate!

I received this in exchange for my honest review.
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