Snack

Artisana

Artisana Organic Foods is a US. manufacture of raw and organic nut butters.  The company offers peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, and GMO free products and everything they make is 100% vegan. They were so kind to send me some samples of their nut butters.  I received a variety pack including coconut oil, nut butters and chocolate spreads to review on my blog.  Artisana also has recipes on their website for baking, cooking, and even making your own hair and body treatments.

 

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Healthy and organic butters packed with essential vitamins and minerals

 

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Perfect for spreading on rice cakes or toast

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Barry’s Bootcamp – Boston

Barry’s Bootcamp is a group fitness class that involves cardio and strength training in each class.  Last week, I took a class at Barry’s Bootcamp in Boston called the “Full Body” workout.  Thanks, to blogger Little Miss Runshine, we were able to attend this class and have an awesome workout. Our class was led by Chad, whose enthusiastic attitude was very motivating.  Every fifteen minutes for one hour, we rotated from the treadmills to the floor.  We ran at a variety of speeds and inclines and then switched over to weights and other floor workouts such as squats and burpees.  The fitness center has a modern, clean, and upbeat atmosphere.  The staff is friendly and helpful.  Located right in Downtown Crossing, Barry’s Bootcamp is very easy to find.  When you’re done with the class you can buy a  smoothie or snack from their “Fuel Bar” and then take a nice shower using the Malin + Goetz bath products.  Overall, I had a wonderful experience and an extremely intense work out.  I felt so good after the class and would definitely go back.

 

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FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD

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Food Should Taste Good – Kettle Cooked Chips

Light, Flavorful, & Sweet!  Three words that come to mind when eating these chips.  Food Should Taste Good kindly sent me four different bags of their kettle cooked chips to try out and write a review.  Since I like to eat healthy and try to stay away from junk food, I liked the fact that these chips are certified organic, Non-GMO, and that I could pronounce all of the items on the list of ingredients!

Food Should Taste Good was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2006.  All FSTG products are gluten-free, cholesterol free, certified kosher, and have zero grams trans fats.  I could tell by my first bite that they are made with high quality ingredients because they are so light and not greasy like other chips.

The four flavors listed below in my review are made with sweet potatoes and corn which have protein, fiber, and vitamins.  These chips have a really good crunch, are nice and light, and loaded with delicious flavors!

 Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips

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Made with stone ground corn, cane sugar, and sea salt. They taste like sweet corn tortilla chips.  I brought them over to a dinner party and everyone loved them! They paired very well with the guacamole and spinach artichoke dips we made.

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Barbeque Sweet Potato Chips

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Seasoned with molasses, tomato, onion, vinegar, and garlic.  Light and crispy with smoky and sweet flavors.

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Salt & Pepper Sweet Potato

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The sea salt and black pepper add some spice to the chips.

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Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato 

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The sea salt and a hint of vinegar creates a sharp flavor that is not as overpowering like other salt & vinegar chips.

Disclaimer: I received this product free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

J.P. LICKS Ice Cream

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Blogger Ice Cream Social hosted by Jessica Dennis, Gluten Free Boston Girl.

My sister, Jessica, partnered with J.P. Licks for a night of ice cream tasting and socializing with other bloggers and friends at the Beacon Hill location.   We were able to sign up through Eventbrite, a website designed to find, manage, and plan events. We learned all about J.P. Licks ice cream and the history of how it all began in 1981 in Jamaica Plain.  After the tasting, we were all given a little ice cream in any flavor we wanted. My friend, Laura, and I both LOVE Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, so we ordered that and Jess got the vegan Madagascar Vanilla Coconut. They also sell sundaes, smoothies, cakes, and pies!

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I tried the soft serve Baked Apple, Peanut Butter, and Tiramisu as well as the three ice cream flavors listed below:

Baileys Chocolate Chip Cheesecake: Irish cream liquor, cheesecake ice cream, graham crackers, and chocolate chips

Cow Trax: Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, mini peanut butter cups and chocolate chips

Leprechaun Brew: Green ice cream made with Sam Adams Beer (limited time only)

Mint Irish Lace: Green mint ice cream with bits of chocolate (gluten-free)

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(Picture: Laura – LoSo Fancy & Jessica – Gluten Free Boston Girl)

J.P. Licks offers a few gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan ice cream options, and serves only Kosher certified products.  J.P. Licks began roasting their own coffee in 1999. They also sell breakfast items such as egg sandwiches, savory croissants, fruit, and baked goods. They get involved with their communities by supporting local charities, schools, and non-profit organizations.

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Pumpkin Berry Oat Bars

(Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 3 oz. Apple Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Raw Almonds
  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Flakes
  • ½ Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Salt

You will need:

–          1 large mixing bowl
–          9×9 inch baking pan, ungreased
–          Mixing spoon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix the pumpkin puree, apple sauce, and honey together in the large bowl.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin puree mixture.  Stir until all of the ingredients are combined and sticking to each other.  Spread the contents of the bowl into the baking pan evenly and pack down firmly with the back of a spoon.  Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. When cool, refrigerate for 2 hours and then cut into bars and enjoy!  Keep refrigerated.