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Bissinger’s Chocolate | Valentine’s Day Made Easy

Are you looking for the perfect, easy-but-thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift? Why not go for a classic – Chocolate!

Enter Bissinger’s.

Originally created in Paris, the company has been a favorite chocolatier for European nobility, like King Louis XIV, for over three centuries. Their luxurious confections are created in small batches, using their age-old recipes, and only the high quality ingredients.

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Luckily for us, Bissinger’s has come to the Bay Area just in time for Valentine’s Day, and they shared some exciting new treats at the Fancy Food show in San Francisco last weekend.

Didn’t make it to the expo? Bissinger’s products are now available at a few local spots – Whole Foods, Draeger’s, and New Leaf stores.

And don’t worry. Even if you or your beloved aren’t huge chocolate people, they have some seriously yummy non-chocolatey treats like gummy pandas and caramel glazed pecans.

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I got a chance to take some of their goodies home and between me, the gummy lover, and him, the chocolate lover, we were pretty happy.

So what did we try?

  • Blackberry Hibiscus Gummy Pandas
  • Pomegranate Gummy Pandas
  • Raspberry Gummy Pandas
  • Carmelized Blood Orange Chocolate Bar
  • Coconut Caramel Chocolate Bar
  • Coffee Toffee Chocolate Bar
  • Dulce de Leche Chocolate Bar

And let me tell you… They were divine!

I had a few bites of the different chocolate bars and more than a few bites of the gummies, and they were all delicious. I have to say that the Carmelized Blood Orange and the Dulce de Leche were something to write home about.

What’s on YOUR Valentine’s Day list?

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OrganicGirl Giveaway

After working with OrganicGirl in 2016 and trying out their delicious juices, I was excited to hear about their new giveaway, which will give all of *you* a chance to try their amazing products as well!

So what can you win? Well I’m so glad that you asked… 🙂

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OrganicGirl has partnered with Evolve Fit Wear for this killer prize package – One grand prize winner will be selected on April 7th to receive:

And bonus – Just signing up means that you will receive a FREE recipe e-book and coupons for both salads and salad dressings.

Residents of the United States and Canada can enter anytime between now and 7 April 2017.

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So what are you waiting for? Go sign up for the giveaway!

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Smoothie Ingredients: Superfoods, Supplements & More

The concept of “superfoods” may be in flux, but there’s no denying that there are a lot of healthy, nutrient-packed, good-for-you things out there that you should try to incorporate into your diet.

Here are a few of my favorite smoothie ingredients and supplements – From roots to berries to algae! 🙂

Maca – This is a root from the Andes that has been used for thousands of years, but is new to Western countries like ours. It helps regulate hormones, energy levels, and boosts your immune system. I love the taste, it’s similar to a light, natural butterscotch. I add it to smoothies, oats, or chia seed puddings. While it is available as a supplement, I’ve only ever tried the powder.

Goji Berries – These little powerhouses are high in antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. I like topping oats, banana ice cream & smoothies with dried goji berries, or adding the raw, organic powder to smoothies. Note: The dried berries get VERY COLD when you add them to a smoothie, so be careful of your teeth.

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{Green Apple Smoothie from Nourished The Blog – Yummy Pinterest Board}

Noni – This is an antioxidant rich fruit that helps boost your immune system and has been touted as having anti-aging benefits. You can find it in three forms: Noni juice, noni powder & noni supplements.

Chlorella – This fresh water algae is packed with protein, Vitamin A, B2, B3, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc, and helps with detoxification. Tastes AWFUL but this is seriously good for you. Comes in powder form or supplements. Most smoothies will mask the taste, but you can slowly increase your “dose” until you’re used to it. J Very similar to spirulina, another blue-green algae (which also comes in supplements or powder).

Wheatgrass – High in vitamins & minerals, wheatgrass is also extremely rich in protein, contains 17 amino acids & has a huge amount of chlorophyll. This one also does not taste great, so I recommend the capsules over the powder.

A few other highly nutrient dense goodies that I always have around are – Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, and Hemp Seeds.

What goes in YOUR smoothies? Do you have any superfoods you love to add to your meals?

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Healthy Christmas Recipes

The holidays are all about coming together with friends and family. And regardless of which holidays you and your family are celebrating, the social gatherings have a tendency to focus on large meals and home-cooked food. Some of which isn’t terribly good for you.

Here are some delicious, healthy Christmas recipes that you can bring to your next holiday party, family event, or even to the office to share with your colleagues. This way you can enjoy the tastes of the season while bringing along something wholesome to help keep your loved ones healthy during the holiday season.

Starters, Salads & Appetizers:

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Warm Brussels Sprouts & Pear Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette from Budget Bytes

Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Vegan Sweet Potatoes from Go Dairy Free

Vegan Walnut, Sage & Cranberry Stuffed Holiday Mushrooms from Blissful Basil

Entrees:

Butternut Squash with Sage & Chickpea Stuffing from Poppy and the Bees

Lentil Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy from Wallflower Kitchen

Roasted Carrots, Quinoa & Tempeh Bowl from Apollo & Luna

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Desserts:

Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Wallflower Kitchen

Vegan Gingerbread Cake from Imagelicious

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Truffles from My Darling Vegan

Drinks:

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate from VNutrition & Wellness

Simple Vegan Eggnog from Simple Vegan Blog

Crockpot Mulled Cider from Tasty Kitchen

Do YOU have a favorite Christmas recipe? What’s your holiday speciality in the kitchen?

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Vegan Recipes: Thanksgiving Edition

Am I the only one who heard the words “next week is Thanksgiving” this week and had a total meltdown?

Where did this year go??

I have been in a fog the last week and all I can say is that I seriously hope that a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and getting out of my day-to-day routine will help me break out of this funk.

So, with those hopeful words, I’m ready to amp myself up for Thanksgiving festivities, starting with some delicious gluten-free and vegan recipes to try out this year.

Appetizers:

Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs from Oh My Veggies

Stuffing Poppers with Cranberry Jalapeno Dipping Sauce from Beard & Bonnet

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip from the Veg Life

Stuffing Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy from The Colorful Kitchen

Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread from The Food Charlatan

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{Cornbread Safe Stuffing from The Full Helping}

Sides:

Cornbread Sage Stuffing from The Full Helping

Gluten-Free Biscuits from Heartbeet Kitchen

Sweet Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Nut Crumble from Oh She Glows

Fig Cranberry Sauce from Oh My Veggies

Mashed Cauliflower from Detoxinista

Entrees:

Veggie Bowls from I Love Vegan

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Loaf with Cranberry Glaze from I Love Vegan

Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Stuffing from TastefulVenture

Vegan Lentil Shepard’s Pie from Delish Knowledge

Roasted Veggie Wraps from The Minimalist Baker

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{Magic Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Heartbeet Kitchen}

Desserts:

Magic Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Heartbeet Kitchen

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts with a Sunflower Cookie Crust from Oh She Glows

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler from Lauren’s Latest

Cinnamon Baked Pears from Jessica in the Kitchen

Chocolate Pumpkin Tart from Unconventional Baker

What are YOUR go-to dishes for Thanksgiving? Trying something new this year? Any vegan recipes you love?

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