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Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold Gift Box Holiday 2016 Giveaway

Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold Gift Box  Holiday 2016 Giveaway

garlic-gold-collection-verticalSince I have ventured into the world of cooking I have discovered that even if your ingredients or protein are of lower quality if you have solid spices, most items can be recovered.

The one item that we tend to use a lot of is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is important to monitor the heat and light that the oil receives, as these two elements will destroy the oil. Since this is a consideration while cooking, I have been practicing my heat application.

With the coming holidays upon us, Garlic Gold has offered a Garlic Gold Gift Box to one lucky reader!

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Garlic Gold Nugget’s Gift Box Review

Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold Nuggets Gift Box Review and Giveaway

Garlic Gold Gift Set

I am not the same chef I once was, and that is a good thing.When Jason and I began our cooking adventure together, I could do little more than fry a simple chicken. As I learn more about cooking the more I realize it is a combination of the right seasoning and the right application of heat.

There are a couple of things I enjoy using in almost all my dishes is some form including olive oil and spices/salts. Back in October of 2015 I had the opportunity to review Garlic Gold’s olive oils. Since I have moved onto the the seasoning of my food I felt a good time to review their Garlic Gold Nuggets Gift Box. 

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Nii Bars Summer Sampler 2016 Giveaway

 Nii Bars Summer 2016 Sampler Giveaway

Nii Bar Out of PackageOne reason I began this blog was to discover and showcase companies that carry items that interested me, and my readers. The way I tend to discover these companies is more on the unconventional side, and my discovery of Nii Bars is no different.

Since I spend the majority of my day with a laptop in my lap, I use the television as background noise. There are certain shows that we watch and it is one of those shows in which I originally happened upon Nii Bars. As we were watching Food Network one night we came upon a show that showcased companies seeking an investment to grow their business.

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Garlic Gold by Seven Oaks Farm Review

Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold and Garlic Gold Oil Review and Giveaway

All products Garlic GoldIntroductions and cooking are remarkably similar, and both can be challenging. When a person embarks on learning to cook the introduction to the oils is inevitable. After a while a comfortably sets in and a distinction in flavor becomes noticeable – that is where the introduction of flavored olive oils is made.

I recently made an introduction of my own to Garlic Gold. Garlic Gold’s beginnings were unlike most companies, but completely unique. Garlic Gold began as a high school economics project by Rinaldo Brutoco for his son Orion. The students created a business plan around Rinaldo’s garlic recipe with crunchy toasted garlic nuggets included. The students packaged, labeled and sold the project at the local farmer’s market.

Today that student project is a company that believes that the legitimate precursors to success are having corporate responsibility, creating sustainability and always having integrity. Taking into account the company’s philosophy I was interested to see if the product was as good as I hoped it would be. I was sent the following USDA certified items for review:

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Nii Bars Review

 Nii Bars Review and Giveaway

Nii Bars - 5 FlavorsThere are many companies that are creating bars and protein snacks. The common thread in these bars is dates. I will be honest when I say that I know little to nothing about dates, other than their appearance. If I am being really honest I will tell you they have never been high on my list to try as they are visually unappetizing. The great thing about these bars and protein snacks is that the visual look of the ingredients is less important, and the sum of the parts becomes the focus.

The way in which I discovered Nii Bars is different than most ways I come across these type of products. One night Jason and I were watching Food Network and came upon a show that showcases up and coming companies seeking an investment to grow their business. I was immediately intrigued by what I saw on the screen and knew that I wanted to sample these for myself. Mom to three children, Shanais Pelka started Nii Bars in her kitchen. Her passion for feeding healthy, vegan, whole, nutrient dense foods to her family grew into an Nii Bars.

Nii Bars are organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO certified, vegan, soy-free and kosher. The ingredients in each bar are cold-pressed and they are sweetened with coconut nectar. They come in 5 flavors including Almond Chocolate Chip, Berry Cashew, Peanut Butter, Cherry Coconut and Cacao Coconut.

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GoodOnYa Bars and Drinks Review and Giveaway

 Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of GoodOnYa. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

GoodOnYa Bars and Drinks Review and Giveaway!

Health conscious is not a quality many of my family and friends would use to describe me. I generally avoid anything natural, always choosing the over processed counter part. In high school my friends recall stories of me bringing an entire box of chips in the morning to school and by afternoon the chips were reduced to only crumbs. As a teenager and young adult I was gifted with a high metabolism which made gaining weight nearly an impossible task. Somewhere in my mid to late 20’s my metabolism changed and all of a sudden I found myself gaining weight. As I creep closer to my 40th birthday I am finding that, not only can I gain weight, but also keep the weight I currently have. This usually results in a no loss/no gain situation which has made me start watching what I eat since it seems to stay with me for a while.

I happened upon GoodOnYa bars while I was strolling through my local Whole Foods store. While I was looking at the packaging I not only saw that they were Non-GMO, USDA Certified, Gluten-Free but had a new great taste! The packaging of the bars came in bright colors (brown, orange and yellow with a blue background) that immediately draws your eye. I also noticed that the drinks were also labeled with coordinating colors to the drink inside, also drawing the eye to the product.

When I reached out the company they were generous enough to send me a box for review.  20150312_191905The box I received was heavier and larger than I anticipated. Once I opened the package I saw what attributed to the added weight, it was each of their drink offerings and bars. They also included 2 stickers reminding me “you matter” which is a wonderful reminder in a world that often forgets that everyone does matter.

The company sent me 1 of each of their GoodOnYa hydrate drinks and each of their bars to try: Organic Lemons – contains 10% juice,  1 gram of sugar from organic juice and the herb stevia to sweeten,  Organic Berries – contains 14% juice as well 5 grams of sweetening stevia, Organic Oranges and Pineapples – contains 12% juice and 5 grams of stevia for sweetening. Each bottle is lettered in colorful attention-getting colors that coordinate to the fluid inside the bottle such as the orange pineapple was orange, the lemons were a pale yellow and berries come in a deep cranberry color.

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Taste Guru Monthly Subscription – February Box Review

 Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of TasteGuru.com. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

Taste Guru April BoxTaste Guru Monthly Subscription – February Box Review

 A couple posts ago I mentioned about “must haves” and if we are not willing to try new items then we may miss out on a new thing we “must have”. This review is all about experimentation and finding the our new favorite product.

I am constantly on a quest to expand, and Taste Guru was nice enough to support this endeavor by sending us a box to review. The first thing I have to say about this box was it was shocking how heavy it was, I never expected a weight to the box. When I opened the box it was clear to my what attributed to the additional weight – the box was packed tight.

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