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Gluten Free and good for your health! Snack up on these!

Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Goji Berry Bars

 

Starbucks…slightly overpriced, but by far my favorite place to stop in the morning for my much needed non-fat half pump vanilla latte.  I can’t afford to go to Starbucks every morning, but I love that when I am in a hurry I can count on them for great coffee and a natural gluten free product to hold me over to my next meal.  Can’t get that at Dunks!

For the first time a few days ago I tried one of “Two Moms in the Raw” Gluten Free granola bars.  Just like my coffee, I probably over paid for this bar. I think it was around $4.00 (somehow it makes me feel a little better when I don’t pay attention to my total…bad habit!).   I had the choice between goji berry and blueberry.  Feeling adventurous I went with the goji berry.  I’ll be honest with you, my first thought when opening up the package was that this granola bar looked a lot like something you would feed to your pet bird.  Millet, the main ingredient in this product, is also one of the main seeds used in bird food.  Don’t let that scare you however… this bar was really good!

 “What begins as a journey of healing soon becomes an extraordinary adventure”—Two Moms in the Raw

“Two Moms in the Raw” was started by a Shari, a mom of three looking to take a natural approach to improve her health after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Looking for a delicious all natural snack, Shari did some experimenting of her own and came up with raw and organic granolas and sea crackers.  All of her products are 100% raw, 100% organic, and 100% vegan. This means all of the ingredients used in her recipes are in their natural state,  there are no additives, pesticides, or hormones, and no animal products are used.  Each product is handmade and does not contain added oils or refined sugars.

Right now “Two Moms in the Raw” has three flavors of sea crackers; Garden Herb, Pesto, and Tomato Basil, all of which are gluten free.  There are also five flavors of granola, however only the blueberry and goji berry are gluten free.

My goji berry bar…

Slightly tough to bite into, but much chewier and non-crumbly compared to other granola bars. Containing only raw ingredients this bar was made with millet, buckwheat, coconut, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pecans, almonds, pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), apples, agave (plant nectar often used as a binder or sweetener), cinnamon, sea salt and of course goji berries.  The flavor was delicious, not overly sweet and infused with a yummy cinnamon flavor that really stood out.  If it weren’t for my budget, this is definitely a product I would buy more often!

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It’s a special KIND of day!

So I’m heading off to Raleigh, NC tonight with one of my oldest and very best friends Jodi! It’s her 27th birthday and we are going down for a long weekend to celebrate! The best part is… We are just missing the big snowstorm on it’s way to NH! Or hopefully anyway, currently our flight is delayed until 10:30 pm. So I am going to take this opportunity to write my review on the Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio KIND bars I packed with me for my trip.

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When on the road for the day or traveling I always like to keep what I call my “emergency purse snacks” with me in case I am ever in a bind, and can’t find anywhere to stop for something gluten free. These KIND bars are a perfect emergency purse snack! They are all natural and gluten/wheat free. The bar I had today was Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio + Antioxidants (containing 50% of the daily value of vitamins A, C, and E!) With 170 calories and 3 grams of protein this KIND bar definitely makes a good snack between meals to give you that extra boost you need. I love this “KIND” of bar! The combination of almonds blueberries, cashews, honey, raisins, crispy rice, and pistachios create a unique and very tasty treat! 🙂

Now off to sunny NC!! 🙂 I hope…

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March Mango Madness!

It’s mango season! And I am sure you have noticed I have been adding mangoes to everything lately. I can’t help it, they are just so good!  The mango is a really juicy tropical fruit, with a flavor that’s both sweet and tart.  They are high in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C.

There are many ways to eat the marvelous mango!

1) Peel back the soft skin and eat it as is (watch out they are messy!).

2) Add them to your salads, rice, or grain dishes (see my Mango-Apple Quinoa Salad below).

3) Mango Salsa is great with tortilla chips, or added to the top of meat, poultry, or fish dishes. (Haddock with Orange-Mango Salsa).

4) Add mangoes to your favorite smoothie (Kale & Mango Green Smoothie coming soon!).

5) Or add to your favorite dessert or baked good (Gluten Free Banana Mango Bread).

Don't like fish? Use the salsa recipe from the "Haddock with Orange Mango Salsa" dish and serve with your favorite chips instead! YUM!

Today I made Mango Apple Quinoa Salad. It’s sweet and refreshing.  It is served cold as either a side dish to your main meal, or makes a wonderful snack.

Mango Apple Quinoa Salad

Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free

Ingredients

2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1 large mango, peeled and cut into small cubes

2 apples, peeled and cut into small cubes

1/2 cup green onion,diced

1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1 lemon

1/2 tsp. white vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. white cooking wine

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or to taste)

pepper to taste

Directions

1) First, cook quinoa according to package directions (bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes) Allow cooked quinoa to cool to room temperature; fluff with a fork. (I typically will rinse with cool water and place in fridge for 10 minutes to cool faster)

2) Once quinoa has been cooled mix in the mango, apple, green onion, and parsley.

3) In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon, vinegar, wine, and mustard. Mix well into the quinoa.

4) Add garlic salt and pepper to taste. Chill before serving.

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Fruity Crunchy Flax Parfait

Gluten Free

Good morning! Start your day off right with this super nutritious, tasty breakfast. It’s loaded with all the good stuff, like vitamins, potassium, calcium, protein, omega-3’s, and of course lots of fiber! All you need is some non-fat plain Greek yogurt (don’t worry the fruit and flax will give it all the flavor you need…minus the added sugars!), your favorite fruits, and some gluten free crunchy flax cereal (I love Perky’s Crunchy Flax Cereal by Enjoy Life).

Happy Friday! I wish you all a sweet and wonderful day ahead!!!

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