Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Oriole Healthy Food Bars

It all began with a desire to live a healthy lifestyle and what better way to do so than with wholesome snacks chock full of a unique blend of juicy fruits, coconut, crunchy nuts in bar form with or without oats to satisfy ones hunger? 

Oriole Foods bars are run by family that believes in not only living life the healthy way but providing us with wholesome snacks our families can feel good about when hunger hits!

The term Oriole in Latin which is a tiny forest bird that symbolizes both positive energy and harmony.

Oriole Food Bars are free from the following

  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Added Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Dairy
  • Preservatives
  • Soy
  • Additives
  • GMO's
  • Vegan Friendly
Oriole Food Bars are 
  • sourced from the finest organic ingredients 
  • High in Fiber
  • Gives you energy that lasts
  • Long Burning carbs

Granola Bars with oats

Cranberry Almond:  

Made with organic gluten free rolled oats, pure maple syrup, organic almonds, organic cranberries, organic pitted dates, organic pepitas, organic flaxseeds, organic sesame seeds, organic jumbo raisins, grape seed oil, cinnamon , and sea salt

I loved the way the tart cranberries mingled together quite perfectly with the sticky sweetness from the dates and raisins with the surprising nutty crunch of almonds with a touch of warm cinnamon! 

Figs & Pecan: 
Made with organic pitted dates, organic gluten free rolled oats, maple syrup, organic figs, organic pecans, natural dried apples, cinnamon and a speckle of sea salt.

Figs and Pecan are the wonderful flavors of Fall from the sticky sweetness to the maple like roasted crunch which go along ever so perfectly on a Butternut Squash smoothie! 

Mango Apple: 
Made with organic pitted dates, organic gluten free oats, organic mango, organic dry apple, pure maple syrup, organic almond, grapeseeds oil and cinnamon

I enjoyed this flavor along on some dairy free yogurt the mango and apple provided the perfect amount of sweetness with a touch of cinnamon topped off with some tangy cranberries and dried mango for good measure it was delightful breakfast ! 

Pistachio Coconut :
made with organic pitted dates, organic gluten free oats, pure maple syrup, organic, unsweetened coconut flakes, organic banana chips, organic sesame seeds, organic pistachios , organic cashews, grape seed oil, sea salt and nutmeg

Earthy yet Nutty pistachio meets salty yet sweet with a unique blend of cashews, toasty sesame seeds with  shreds of coconut, banana chips all sprinkled to perfection with the flavors of nutmeg and sea salt! 

Apricot Ginger: 

made with organic pitted dates, organic gluten free oats, organic dehydrated apricot, pure maple syrup, organic almonds, raw orange peel, organic crystallized ginger, grape seed oil, cinnamon and nutmeg

 loved the sweetness from the apricot paired with the spice of ginger 

Paleo Fruit Bars -

Flax Seed Bar Mango & Orange:
made with flax seeds, dry mango, dry apples, dates, raw orange peel and lemon peel
The sticky sweetness of the ripe juicy mango with the exotic citrus flavor of both lemon and orange  were the perfect topping on some dairy free pineapple yogurt with coconut shreds and dried mango! 

Apple Figs:
made wth flax seeds, dry apples, dates, dry figs, and cinnamon 

The apple and fig bar reminded me of Fall with it's crisp apples and sticky sweetness from the dates and figs with a sprinkling of warm cinnamon!  I generously smeared on some cashew butter and sandwiched it between raisins and a touch of cinnamon it paired perfectly with my morning coffee!

Each Oriole Food bar was so unique in their own special way with crunchy nuts, fruits and seeds all creating both great texture as well as taste providing me with a wholesome snack or breakfast !





I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bliss Nut Butters

It all began in March 2012 with founder of Bliss Nut Butters Rick Jennings and Daniell Bliss formerly known as  "Beenut Butter Bliss'' which provided a creamy blend of honey roasted nuts speckled with sea salt that offered a surprising crunch unlike no other nut butter before!

Then in 2013 Bliss Nut Butters was born!

Daniell wanted a peanut butter that was not only healthy but tasted good as well in order to keep focused on triathlons and marathons.

When it comes to runners they need the right amount of balance of both proteins, fats and carbohydrates to keep going and what's better than sweet creamy and nutty peanut butter?

Bliss Nut Butters are made with 

My Local Honey which is a company in Oregon that offers gourmet honey without any additives or preservatives.

100% wind energy without any polluting of electricity and bottled at the source in glass jars that are recyclable being safe for the environment as well as our families

Rich in antioxidants and are low on the glycemic index without any preservatives or additives

The nuts that they use to make their butters are dry roasted and mixed with oils that are healthy for the heart with local honey that is also known to help with allergies.

Bliss Nut Butters include

  • Peanut Butter Bliss
  • Cinnamon Chia Seed Peanut Butter Bliss
  • Hazelnut Butter Bliss
  • Cranberry Hazelnut Butter Bliss
  • Cashew Butter Bliss
  • Sunflower Seed Bliss
Bliss Nut Butters are

  • All Natural
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO
I absolutely love nut butters they are sweet, creamy, nutty, salty and so delicious whether paired with crispy crackers, in baked goods or in a smoothie!

I was provided with samples of Bliss Nut Butters to review and couldn't wait to twist the cap off and dive right in to their sweet, creamy, nutty and salty goodness!

I was provided with the following flavors to try 

Hazelnut Cranberry:
made with roasted hazelnuts, sunflower oil, organic raw honey, dried cranberries, apple juice concentrate and sea salt

What's better than starting a beautiful crisp Fall morning than with homemade pumpkin pancakes with a dollop of Bliss Nut Butters Hazelnut Cranberry on top? It offered a great roasted flavor from the hazelnuts and slight tang from the cranberries! 

Peanut Butter with Chia Seeds & Saigon Cinnamon:

Made with USA peanuts, sunflower seed oil, roasted peanut oil, organic raw honey, sea salt, chia seeds and Saigon cinnamon 

Being that I don't eat peanut butter my mom tried it and she absolutely loved it she said that it 
offered the perfect balance of both sweet and salty from the essence of warm cinnamon with a slight crunch of chia seeds! 

Works along great with fresh fruit and so much more!

Made with cashews, sunflower oil, organic raw honey and sea salt

I was blown away by this flavor it resembled a soft sticky sweetness of cookie dough before it's baked in the oven it was that good like literally I was thinking of just grabbing a spoon and going to town on it with a generous spoonful of chocolate chips for a decadent treat! It was even great paired with a Mikey's Muffin topped with bananas cooked in coconut oil and sprinkled with cinnamon! 

Whether it was the honey roasted sweetness or the creamy consistency of Bliss Nut Butters one thing is for sure with every bite it was Pure Bliss! 





I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples to faciliate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

LuvSuperFoods Beegan-Bites

It all began with health coach and mom Lisa Leleu who realized she could rid her migraines of 20 years by ridding her diet of foods that contained artificial ingredients.

Her creation was beautiful handcrafted artisnal chocolates chock full with raw ingredients with healthy benefits and that's how Luv Superfoods Beegan-Bites was born! 

LuvSuperfoods Beegan-Bites are made from locally sourced raw honey and sweetened with decadent creamy dark chocolate chock full of crunchy nuts, goji berries and seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia and hemp !

You can satisfy your craving for something sweet with a cup of Luv !

LuvSuperfoods bites are 

  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • GMO Free
Did you know that LuvSuperfood bites are rich in vitamins and minerals? 

LuvSuperfoods bites are made with the following ingredients

  • Raw Local Honey that provides a boost of energy, regulates blood sugar, increases athletic endurance and helps relieve many disorders
  • Raw Cacao Powder (raw chocolate) contains the so called happy chemical "phenyl-ethyl-amine" which is the same chemical our bodies use when we fall in love and also contains a high tolerance of antioxidants.
  • Raw Cacao Butter is high in fatty acids and antioxidants that have been proven to help reduce inflammation to then support a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Sunflower Seeds aid in thyroid functioning to promote a healthy one that also stabilizes sugar levels in the blood and also promotes healthy skin! 
  • Coconut Oil is a healthy fat that is used to convert into energy faster within the body and helps promote weight loss as well. It's also a great source of food for the brain aiding in digestion, and helps boost the metabolism as well and offers both anti-viral and anti-microbial properties.
  • Goji Berries Are a rich source of protein that contains all of the important amino acids that our bodies need to help boost our immune systems improving our eyesight and also blood quality. 
  • Chia Seeds  Are rich in omega-3, fatty acids, protein, low carb and is also high in fiber aids in promoting a healthy digestive system
  • Hemp Seeds Did you know that hemp seeds are in fact the most nutritious food source you can find on the planet? It contains all essential amino and fatty acids that are what we need for a healthy lifestyle, it's easy to digest and helps keep our hair, skin and nails looking healthy and strong!
  • Pumpkin Seeds healthy fat that is rich in fiber as well as antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties aiding in a healthy functioning heart and liver plus high in zinc too as it helps improve the immune system
  •  Himalayan Salt helps reduce inflammation within the respiratory system to help maintain proper levels of sugar within the blood and helps reduce high blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels with it's high mineral content and alkalizing strong effect on the body.

If it's one thing I love it's chocolate is so creamy, sweet and so delicious what I love even more is beautiful handcrafted chocolates with health benefits like LuvSuperfoods Beegan-Bites I mean just look at how beautiful they are just sitting there with their crunchy nut clusters on top and tart goji berries MAKING THEM ALMOST TOO PRETTY TO EAT! 

Lisa herself provided me with her bites to try out for review and being the chocoholic I am I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into them!

Each bite was so unique yet beautiful in their own special way topped with clusters of cashews, macadamia , hazelnut, almonds and goji berries speckled with salt and flowered with seeds that provided a great crunch, sweetness and made for one tasty experience! 

They were the most beautiful tarts I've ever laid my eyes on !


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with samples to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own. 





Nature's Aid All Natural Skin Gel

It all began in 1999 by a family operated company that offers a line of all natural skin care products made with locally sourced ingredients that are both environment friendly and safe for families. 

Nature's Aid uses high quality ingredients that are not only safe but effective as well .

Their ingredients are versatile and can be used for all kinds of uses from first-aid to beauty care and much more!

Nature's Aid is made from the following ingredients 

Aloe Vera:  
Aloe Vera is great for the skin as it improves and repairs the tissues of the skin to enhance the texture and elasticity. it also plays an important role in treating both rashes and burns as it soothes the skin. 

Tea Tree: 
Tea Tree is a great component in both antibacterial and anti infection properties making it perfect for relieving athletes foot and acne as well.even helps with muscle aches and pains too!

Rosemary Oil:
Rosemary oil is used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes to help repair circulation problems like eczema, joint or muscle pain. 

Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that slows down the damage of cells to help protect the skin from UV Rays, pollution and other cell damaging ways when applied as a topical it helps alleviate dry skin, stretch marks, sunburns and even scars making your skin so soft.

Witch hazel: 
Witch Hazel has both astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great source for varicose veins even itchy skin plus removes any excess oil and tones as well.

I was recently sent a sample of Natrue's Aid All Natural Skin gel through Social Nature to try and it couldn't have arrived at a better time the change in the weather from hot to cold has left my skin feeling dry.

What I learned about Nature's Aid all natural skin gel was that it can be used for so many things and not just to cure dry skin. 

Other uses for Nature's Aid All Natural Skin Gel

  • Diaper Rash
  • Blisters
  • Burns
  • Chapped Lips
  • Toner
  • after waxing or shaving
  • itchy skin 
I liked that Nature's Aid All Natural skin care gel is made without any harsh chemicals or dyes, that if absorbs quickly and doesn't offer that greasy like feel it went on smooth making my skin feel super soft to the touch. 

I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above sample to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own. 






Friday, September 9, 2016

Caven Creations Paleo Chocolate

It all began with athlete and entrepreneur Ulvric Wilde where he turned his life around after he learned that he had a digestive disorder it was through trial and error where he cured his disease with the primal lifestyle. 

Through that he then discovered he was passionate about chocolate and learned that real chocolate from cacao beans play an important role in ones health so he concocted his very own bars sourced from the finest of ingredients made in small batches by hand made to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth and that's how Caven Chocolate was born!

Caven Chocolate bars are

  • Organic
  • Non GMO
  • Raw Not roasted for for Natural Vitamins, minerals and nutrients to remain in tact providing you with delectable chocolate
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Hand Crafted in small batches
  • Wild Harvested to protect the planet
  • Free of Sugar
Caven Chocolate bars are available in three delicious flavors to choose from

  • Hey Honey !
  • Sweet & Salty
  • Coconut Meat & Sweet

Chocolate is a dessert in itself it's smooth, it's creamy, it's decadent and it's the perfect little treat when craving something sweet, there's nothing I love more than biting into a piece of chocolate it's so good it should come with a label!

Warning may become addicted!

I like my chocolate with a little something extra from sweet shreds of coconut, gooey caramel, fruity undertones, to crunchy almonds even speckled with sea salt to boot it's purely heaven!

I am all for it too when I find a chocolate that not only does the trick in satisfying my sweet tooth but added health benefits as well so when I came across Caven Chocolates I knew I was in for a real healthy treat !

Ulvric himself provided me with his chocolate bars to review and believe me when I tell you that I couldn't not wait to sink my teeth into their creamy deliciousness !

Sweet & Salt Crunch:

Made with Raw Organic Fair Trade Wild Harvested Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional Cacao, Non GMO North American Birch Xylitol, Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt, Raw Organic Tahitian Vanilla Bean 
This chocolate bar was amazing I loved the smooth creaminess you got from the chocolate with the hint of vanilla and the slight crunch of salt it was the perfect blend of both salty and sweet !

Hey Honey:

Made with Raw Organic Fair Trade Wild Harvested Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional Cacao, Raw Organic Honey, Raw Organic Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt

I loved the luscious creamy chocolate with the sweet honey it was sweet but not too sweet 

Coconut Meat & Sweet :  

Made with Raw Organic Fair Trade Wild Harvested Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional Cacao, Organic Fair Trade Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Coconut Flakes, Raw Organic Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt

I absolutely loved this bar and I'm not just saying that because coconut is my favorite and that it pairs perfectly well with chocolate either, OK well so what if I am? What's not to love when you've got smooth and creamy chocolate paired with sweet and nutty shreds of coconut ? It's divine! It's sweet, it's creamy , it's nutty and delicious!

Each Caven chocolate bar was unique in their own special way offering a different flavor and texture that delighted both my palette and sweet tooth with speckled sea salt providing a great crunch, smooth honey for sweetness and coconut for a slight nuttiness in each sinful delectable bite! 

Whether you like sweet, nutty or salty Caven Chocolate bars are the perfect way to satisfy any sweet tooth! 





I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

GuiltFree NYC Snacks

It all started with a desire to satisfy one's craving for all things sweet except without any Gluten, Fat, Sodium, Sugar and most importantly the guilt.

Not too long after Guilt-Free NYC snack company was born !

With Guilt-Free NYC snacks you can satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way with pastries so delicious you won't notice the difference!

Guilt-Free snacks are 

*Gluten Free
*Guilt Free
*low in sodium
*low in sugar

I love sweets and always looking for ways to satisfy my crazy sweet tooth especially with healthy ingredients. 

So when I was provided with Guilt-Free NYC snacks to satisfy my cravings for all things sweet I knew I was in for a real treat !

There's nothing that I like more than biting into a warm soft chocolate chip cookie freshly homemade from the oven  so moist, yet so decadent and delicious it's the perfect little treat paired with an ice cold glass of milk for good measure to wash it all down! 

Or how about a intense chocolate brownie with a scoop of ice cream with a hot fudge drizzle? 

I know it's naughty but with Guilt-Free NYC pastries you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a cookie or a brownie if you will and you won't feel guilty for doing so afterward because they are made with healthy ingredients and taste great too!

I had the pleasure of trying out Guilt-Free NYC pastries to help satisfy my sweet tooth and let me tell you they are amazing! 

Guilt-Free NYC snacks include 

*Chocolate Chip Cookie
*Chocolate Brownie
*Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
*Trail Mix Bar
*Granola To Go
*Spicy Chocolate Brownie

They provide great texture, flavor and did the trick to satisfy my sweet tooth! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie:
 Made with brown sugar, chocolate chips, rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, eggs, organic coconut oil, salt, xantham gum, and baking soda

The chocolate chip cookie offered the right amount of chocolate chip to cookie ratio with a soft chewy texture tasting just like mom made it fresh from the oven so chocolaty, soft, chewy and delicious! 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: Made with oats, rice flour , potato starch , tapioca flour, light brown sugar, eggs, raisins, organic coconut oil, pure vanilla extract , cinnamon, baking soda, salt and xantham gum. 

I loved the chew of the cookie it was moist, the crisp rice gave it a bit of a crunch along with the plump juicy raisins providing the right amount of sweetness with a touch of cinnamon and the essence of vanilla. 

Trail Mix Bar: Made with oats, crispy rice, organic honey , dried cranberries, sweetened coconut flakes, raisins, canola oil, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, xantham gum and salt 

Think portable granola but in bar form creating a soft chewy texture like a fresh baked oatmeal cookie chock full of tart tangy cranberries, plump juicy raisins, sprinkled to perfection with a dusting of cinnamon with an added crunch from pumpkin seeds!

 Granola To Go: Made with oats, organic honey, sweetened coconut flakes, water, raisins, crispy rice, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, canola oil , ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract and sea salt.

This granola was bursting with the flavors of Fall from the crunch of the pumpkin seeds, to the tartness of the cranberries and the plump raisins with a little spice and everything nice from the cinnamon that fell together quite perfectly on a butternut squash smoothie for a delicious breakfast! 

Chocolate Brownie:

Made with brown sugar, rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, cocoa, eggs, organic coconut oil, vanilla extract, baking powder and xantham gum

This brownie was insanely good it was almost fudge like so soft with intense chocolate flavor !

I enjoyed biting into these delectable soft Guilt-Free pastries from Guilt-Free NYC each one provided both great texture and flavor making them unique and so delicious! Most importantly I loved satisfying my sweet tooth with a treat that I could feel good about eating not feeling consumed with guilt afterward thinking to myself should I have eaten that? Was it good for me? 

Check out Guilt-Free NYC snacks online and see where their pastries are sold! 


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own. 






Sunday, September 4, 2016

Meredith's Bread

It all began in the year 1987 with Meredith's County Bakery with the Allen family where they started baking all sorts of baked goods from pies, cookies, cakes, rolls and breads without any preservatives by hand.

The Allen family started out small with a total of 10 products and then expanded their product line later on with over 180 different styles of baked goods including ones that are free of wheat, sugar, and gluten made with the finest of organic ingredients. 

Each Meredith's Bread product is made simply with love by hand with the finest of ingredients that provide both great texture and flavor in breads, cookies, pies and much more where you can find at over 44 Farmer's Markets during peek seasons!

There's something that I love about baked goods from the warm delicious smells wafting through the air from moist muffins, savory breads and chewy cookies that melt into your mouth with each bite!

I came across Meredith's Bread company online and their baked goods caught my eye! 

I love that each and every baked good is made with simple ingredients at the peek of freshness made to order by hand in a wide variety ranging from tarts, muffins, breads, cookies and so much more! 

Here are some of the Gluten Free products that are available from Meredith's Bread

Gluten Free Muffins-

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip
Gluten Free Pumpkin
Gluten Free Carrot
Gluten Free Blueberry
Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon

Gluten Free Cookies-

Gluten Free Chocolate Lace Cookies
Gluten Free Reverse Chocolate Chip
Gluten Free Classic Biscotti
Gluten Free Almond Wafers
and so much more!

Gluten Free Breads-

Gluten Free Rosemary Olive Bread
Gluten Free Rustic Farmhouse
Gluten Free Peasant
Gluten Free Bread

I was provided with samples of Meredith's products to taste and here is what I received to facilitate this review!

Pumpkin Muffin:
Made with brown rice flour, sugar, NYS Pumpkin Puree, canola oil, eggs, potato starch, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Nutmeg, and cinnamon

Think pumpkin pie but in the form of a muffin bursting with the flavors of Fall in each bite perfectly seasoned with nutmeg and cinnamon. This muffin was insanely good it offered the perfect sweet to savory ratio creating one moist muffin! 

Rosemary Olive Bread:

Made with Teff Flour, Sorghum Flour, Oat Flour, Sunflower Seed Flour, Sweet Rice Flour, Kalamata Olives, Chia Seeds, Psyllium Husk , Olive Oil, Honey, Dry Yeast, Rosemary, and Sea Salt

I love olives whether on pizza in a salad or in breads and really wanted to like this bread it provided great texture it was thick and soft providing the perfect bread for sandwiches. When I first tried the rosemary olive bread I wasn't too keen on the flavor made here with tuna fish, sliced cucumber and onions seasoned with black pepper but ended up acquiring my palette with all sorts of delicious creations like with turkey, eggs, bacon and much more! The flavor was pungent from the unique blend of herbs and spices with the salty kalamata olives in each fluffy bite !  

I loved making all kinds of sandwiches with the rosemary olive bread the flavors were unique and the pumpkin muffin was so moist, fluffy, savory, with a touch of sweetness and made the perfect breakfast to start the day!

I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.