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ANSI Gourmet Cheesecake Bars – Reinvented: Cheesecake Has Never Been So Nutritious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 2*+

When I hear the word “cheesecake” I generally don’t associate it with something that serious athletes would eat on a regular basis, and I definitely don’t think of it as a health food. But thanks to ANSI and their line of Gourmet Cheesecake Bars, I have been proven wrong.


THE PRODUCT:
Advanced Nutrient Science International is a brand created for serious athletes looking for a nutritional advantage. As the parent company to Gourmet Chee...


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POP Chips Ridges Review: a Healthy Take on an Old Favorite

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, May 11, 2017, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & KIDS 18 MONTHS+*

Eating healthy ALL the time can be tough, I get it! Sometimes we all just need something crunchy, salty, crispy and, of course, tasty!

Yes, there are tons of options out there, but many of them really aren’t good for you, and will often make you wish that you never ate them in the first place…


THE PRODUCTS:
Most people have heard of POP Chips. But do you know why they are called “pop” chips. Moreover, did you know that they now ma...


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PB Crave Review: Mixing Peanut Butter into an Indulgent Treat

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & KIDS 5 YEARS+*

Most people agree that peanut butter is good by itself – but have you put it on a banana or mixed it with chocolate? It takes it to a whole other level! What if you could buy it like this [premade]?!?!

With PB Crave, you can!!! Keep reading to learn more…

THE PRODUCTS:
PB Crave offers four delicious, natural peanut butter blends — each mixing many of your favorite flavors with premium peanut butter — for a new twist on an old classi...


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BetterBodyFoods Review: Making Every Day Foods Better for You

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, In : Food Reviews 



FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 8 MONTHS+*

Making simple swaps in your every day foods has now become easier than ever thanks to BetterBodyFoods. Don’t believe me!? Check out their list of products for yourself, and keep reading to learn more…


THE COMPANY:
BetterBodyFoods started when the Founder, Stephen, got word from his doctor that his blood sugar was out of whack. He decided to make some lasting changes and get healthier – but without giving up flavor.

So, when a friend introduced him to...

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NOMVA Review: Probiotic-filled Fruit & Veggie Packs for Adults (and Kids Too)

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 1+ YEARS*

Super convenient and good-for-you, NOMVA’s line of Organic, probiotic-filled fruit and veggie packs were originally formulated for adults – although kids love them too!

Keep reading to learn more…


THE PRODUCT:
Created by a pair of young, busy entrepreneurs, Caroline and Nina wanted to create a line of healthy and delicious foods that complement their happy, active and sustainable lifestyles. Believing that what they eat is a core part of who they ar...


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The Better Chip [UPDATED] Review: 2 NEW Flavors

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, March 17, 2017, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 2+ YEARS

Why stick with boring when you can have something that’s better?! With 2 NEW flavors, The Better Chip is now better than ever!

Keep reading to learn more…


THE PRODUCT: As the name states, these chips claim to be better – better tasting and better for you – and they are. Simple and bold, The Better Chip is filled with farm-fresh ingredients that deliver an authentic, great-tasting flavor profile. In fact, each bag contains 40 percent fresh veget...


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Kay’s Naturals Review – healthy alternatives to your favorite snack foods

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, March 10, 2017, In : Food Reviews 

     

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 10 MONTHS+*

It’s no surprise that kids want to eat what they see their friends eating – cue the goldfish, animal cookies and pretzels… But we all know that these are far from healthy, not to mention the fact that they contain allergens that a lot of kids just plain can’t eat. This makes it really hard on us parents and are some of the reasons I have come to LOVE Kay’s Naturals – not to mention that they taste pretty darn good too!

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Thrive Bar Review – Created by the Founders of the MacroBar

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 18 Months+*

THE PRODUCT:
Created upon the principles of the macrobiotic diet, GoMacro’s newest line - Thrive – includes bars made up of a superfood ancient grain blend, which also contain 100% plant-based protein, essential fatty acids and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind. Furthermore, the line is non-GMO, Organic, Kosher and free of gluten, soy and dairy, as well as any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Available in 6 unique flavors,...


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Nancy’s Yogurt Review: Organic and Dairy-Free Yogurt

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOODS: for Moms, Moms-to-be & Toddlers 1 Year+*

Organic and dairy-free yogurt [as well as other creamery foods] that give you a healthy dose of probiotics without all the guilt.

Keep reading to find out more…

THE PRODUCTS:

Whether you are looking for Organic, hormone-free, or dairy-free yogurt options, Nancy’s Yogurt has something for you! Teeming with billions of live probiotics in every spoonful, Nancy’s Yogurts offer genuine, fully cultured flavor all while being free ...


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Plum Organics Review: Organic Foods for Babies, Tots & Kids

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

   

SNACKS and FOODS: for Babies & Toddlers 6 Months+*

Babies start developing their taste buds (ie, likes and dislikes for foods) in the mother’s womb and continue to form their most important eating habits throughout toddlerhood. Give your child the best and help ensure they will make healthy choices throughout their lifetime.

Keep reading to find out more…


THE PRODUCTS:
With a mission of inspiring a lifetime of healthy eating from the very first bite, Plum Organics makes ...


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Raw Rev Glo Bars, A Review: Vegan Protein Bars Made with Raw Ingredients that Taste Like Dessert

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, September 29, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

BARS: for Moms, Moms-To-Be & Toddlers 2 Years+*

Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars, Caramel and Sea Salt Bars + MORE…

THE PRODUCTS:
Raw Rev Glo bars take the idea of your typical “sweet” bar to the next level with Raw Revolution’s new line of dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO bars. Packed with nutrition, every flavor has a plethora of high-antioxidant and superfood ingredients, are full of protein, fiber and healthy Omega fats, and contain very little sugar. Plus, si...


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Coconut Bliss Review: The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Period.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, September 22, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

     

DESSERTS: for Moms, Moms-To-Be & Toddlers 3 Years+*

If you’ve never tried dairy-free ice cream because you think nothing will compare to the real stuff, then you haven’t tried Coconut Bliss!

Keep reading to find out more!

THE PRODUCTS:
With the mission to provide divinely creamy, dairy free ice cream [that is made using practices and ingredients that are ethically and environmentally sound], Coconut Bliss has done that, and more! What can be arguably stated as the best...


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Simply7: Better-for-you Snacks that Kids will Actually Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

  

SNACKS: for MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 Year+*

Hummus, Lentil, Kale, Quinoa and Vegetables in chips? With Simply7, they have done that and more!

Keep reading to find out why you should try them too!

THE PRODUCTS:
With chips made from Kale, Quinoa, Hummus and Lentils, and in flavors such as Kale Dill Pickle, Quinoa Barbeque and Hummus Roasted Red Pepper, Simply7 really does make something for every taste.

In fact, the Kale chips are not like your typical ‘chip made of kale ...


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Seapoint Farms Review: Edamame and Seaweed Inspired Snacks

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, In : Food Reviews 



SNACKS:
for Moms, Moms-To-Be & Toddlers 2 Years+*

Edamame isn’t just an appetizer at Sushi restaurants – anymore…


THE PRODUCTS:
Seapoint Farms has made it their mission to make edamame a household name – and with their line of great tasting products, has done just that! Non-GMO, heart-healthy and filled with plant-based protein, all of Seapoint Farms products are also gluten-free and dairy-free and great for kids and adults alike.

With products ranging from Dry Roasted Ed...


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Justin’s Nut Butter Snack Packs Review

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, August 19, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 YEAR+*

Pretzels and Justin’s Nut Butter, the perfect snack you and your kids can enjoy anywhere.

Keep reading to learn more…


THE COMPANY:
Established in 2004 in Justin Gold’s home kitchen, the health enthusiast became tired of everyone eating his nut butter creations and decided to [literally] start putting his name on them. Now with a whole line of flavors ranging from the classic almond and peanut to specialty ones such as Vanilla Almon...


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Bakery on Main Review: Unique Granola, Oats, Bunches of Crunches and Nut Crunch Snacks that are Gluten-free and Delicious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

     

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 6 MONTHS+


Sweet, salty, crunchy and yet still good for you? Bunches of Crunches and Nut Crunch Snacks are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! And the Oats and Granolas are pretty tasty too…

Keep reading to find out more!

THE COMPANY:
It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Customers with Celiac Disease would visit the bakery and tell Michael (the eventual Founder of Bakery on Main) about the lack of good tasting ...


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Hilary’s Eat Well Review: a Delicious Array of Veggie Burgers and Bites that Everyone Will Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, July 21, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 Year+*

Veggie Burgers and Bites that even meat-lovers will love.

Keep reading to find out more…


THE COMPANY:
In 2005, Hilary’s Eat Well started out as a restaurant veggie burger in Lawrence, Kansas. Wanting it to taste great and be free of all common food allergens and artificial ingredients, the recipe was perfected and customers soon named it "The World's Best Veggie Burger."

Recognizing its success, Hilary’s Eat Well was officially established in 2010 ...


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Go Raw Review: Raw Snacks the Whole Family Will Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and 

TODDLERS 1+*

Minimally processed and yet made to be convenient, these snacks will make it easier for you to Go Raw too!

Keep reading to find out more…

THE COMPANY:
Made by hand in a facility in California, and then dehydrated, not cooked, to keep all the nutrients and vitamins, Go Raw has made it their mission to never settle for less than the best. They are passionate people who recognize their responsibility to making meaningful and beneficial contr...
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Lesser Evil: Buddha Bowl Popcorn and Good Cookie Review

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 2 YEARS+*

Popcorn and cookies that taste good and are good for you (and your littles)!? Yes!!

Keep reading to find out more…


THE COMPANY: Starting back in 2005 as a concept for making iconic American snack foods better for you, LesserEvil truly took a holistic approach when new owners took the reigns in 2011. Then, in 2012, after realizing that what they were offering their customers didn’t quite fit their nutritious mindset, and that their ...


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Cup4Cup Review: Gluten-free Baking Mixes Made by Chefs

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 10 MONTHS*+

Baking gluten-free doesn’t have to be a hassle, and with Cup4Cup, it couldn’t get any easier – or more delicious!

Keep reading to find out more…


THE COMPANY:
Cup4Cup was founded by Chef Lena Kwak, who developed the products while serving as Research and Development Chef in the kitchen of the famed French Laundry in Yountville, CA. She and her mentor, Chef and Owner Thomas Keller, knew they had stumbled upon something special wh...


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NuNaturals Review: Non-Bitter Stevia Products - Sugar Alternatives that Actually Taste Good

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, June 3, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1+ YEARS*

NuNaturals Stevia – the perfect way to sweeten up your foods without added calories (or bitter taste)!

Keep reading to learn more…


THE COMPANY:
NuNaturals is a family owned and operated company that has been providing delicious, healthy products for over 26 years. Founded in 1989 by Warren Sablosky in Eugene, Oregon, Warren grew up in suburban Philadelphia loving healthy food and the lifestyle that goes along with it.

After graduating from the Univ...


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REVIEW: The Better Chip – Better Taste and Better For You

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 2+ YEARS


Why stick with boring when you can have something that’s better?!

[Check out our UPDATED REVIEW, here.]


THE PRODUCT:
As the name states, these chips claim to be better – better tasting and better for you – and they are. Simple and bold, The Better Chip is filled with farm-fresh ingredients that deliver an authentic, great-tasting flavor profile. In fact, you can find them in the deli section at your local grocery store (as opposed...


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REVIEW: Hail Merry – Decadent Desserts that are Surprisingly Nutritious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, May 20, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 3+ YEARS

Creamy tarts and rich macaroons - because vegan shouldn’t mean deprivation…


THE COMPANY:
The story of Hail Merry started on the island of Maui where the founder, Susan O'Brien fell in love with Superfoods and the Raw Foods lifestyle. Having grown up in Texas where her grandparents grew heirloom fruits and vegetables and her uncle citrus fruits, Susan always had a passion for fresh foods and big ideas.

Upon turning 40, Susan decided th...


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REVIEW: NibMor – Fair-Trade Chocolate Bars that are Delicious and Affordable

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, May 12, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 5 YEARS+*

THE COMPANY:
NibMor, short for Nibble More, was created by Heather K. Terry and Jennifer Love when they couldn’t find an affordable chocolate option with the health attributes they were looking for.  Conceptualized in Heather’s tiny NYC kitchen, NibMor has now turned into a full on Willa Wonka-type production in the sandy beach town of Kennebunk, Maine.

Dedicated to the original co-founder’s vision of using only the highest quality better-for-y...


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REVIEW: Wai Lana Snacks – Cassava Pops and Fruit & Nut Bars

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, May 6, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

        



FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 2 YEARS+*

THE COMPANY:
Wai Lana, the face behind the brand, started out as a modern-day yoga advocate who is highly energetic and a prolific artist. Famous for making it easy and effective, Wai Lana excels at making the ancient art of yoga a life-enhancing experience for anyone who practices along with her, and has grown her following into an internationally aired TV series; all of which has played a key role in yoga's skyrocketing po...


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REVIEW and SWEEPSTAKES: MacroBar + Ellie Goulding = Win/Win

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, April 29, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

  

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 2 YEARS+*

THE COMPANY:
GoMacro was founded in 2004 by mother and daughter team, Amelia Kirchoff and Jola Sonkin. When Amelia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, both women decided to take on the Macrobiotic Diet after research revealed that the whole grains, beans, fresh fruit and vegetables-based diet, along with the elimination of eggs, dairy, refined sugars, additives and processed foods, could help to heal Amelia and prevent further illness.

As Ame...


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REVIEW: Sahale Snacks Nut Blends - a Delicious Trail Mix Alternative

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 3 YEARS+*

THE COMPANY:
Sahale Snacks started when Edmond and Josh decided to take a hike up Mount Rainier in Washington State in August 2003. After a long day, the two realized that the trail mix and stale nuts they had brought to help replenish lost energy did little to satisfy their desire for something great tasting, nutritious and as adventurous as their travels. Because of this, they decided to come up with something themselves...

With ba...


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REVIEW: Foodie Fuel – Bite-Sized Treats to Help Fuel You Through Your Day

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Sunday, April 17, 2016, In : Food Reviews 
 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 3 YEARS+*

THE COMPANY:
Foodie Fuel was started by two friends, born on the same day, 188 miles apart. Meeting through Eloise’s sister (who had gone through a yoga training class with Chris), the two quickly realized how much they had in common besides just their birthdates. With both of them growing up in small towns in the rural heartland of America and raised on farm-fresh foods, they had a passion for healthy living and nutrition and a dedication for fe...


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REVIEW: Watusee Foods – Chickpeatos Chickpea Snacks and Breadcrumbs

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, April 8, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 1 Years+*

THE COMPANY:
 [In short] Jimmy and Greg had been friends since college and bonded over healthy eating and active living. Both were personal trainers, but were also studying to become a Real Estate Developer and Doctor, respectively. Jimmy had finished a big real estate deal and the two were brainstorming new projects for him to take on. Greg suggested that they start a business to make it easier for people to live healthy lives. That’s w...

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REVIEW: Coco Polo – Sugar-free Chocolate that Truly Tastes Amazing

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 5 Years+*

THE COMPANY:
What began in 1996 as an idea of making delicious chocolate, free from processed sugars, turned into more than a decade long process for Coco Polo of making what is now some of the tastiest Stevia-sweetened chocolate on the market.

The real gamer changer happened when a chance meeting between Coco Polo Founders Diane Yamate and John Cunnell and stevia farmer Bill Francis [at the 1999 Natural Products Show] turned into a partnership that had ...


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REVIEW: Kiddylicious’ Lines of Fruit & Veggie Crisps and Crispy Fruit Snacks

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, April 4, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Toddlers 12 Months+*

THE COMPANY:
Long before Kiddylicious was born, busy mom of two, Sally Preston, a food scientist previously working with Marks & Spencer, founded Babylicious, the first commercial frozen baby food available in the UK. Growing to become one of the leading baby and toddler snack providers in the UK, The Kids Food Company, the privately-owned children’s food company that houses multiple brands, started creating a brand new line of p...


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Lola Granola Bars: Soft and Chewy Oat and Honey Based Gluten Free Bars

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, March 21, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Toddlers 18 Months +*

THE COMPANY:
Lola Granola Bars started in the humble kitchen of a busy mom during a time when her family was receiving public assistance. Born from a bowl of oats, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and honey, all baked with love, the idea came about as Mary’s husband was in need of a healthy snack and her children with food allergies wanted some too.

Named after Mary’s 4 children and 1 nephew, Lola Granola Bar’s mission is to create ...


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Bzzz Beans: All-Natural Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, February 25, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

For MOMS and MOMS-TO-BE*

THE COMPANY:
Bzzz Beans were first encountered on a trip to Ecuador, where the locals were seen enjoying espresso beans as a snack – as opposed to merely coffee – to keep them alert, aware, and more productive.  Deliciously addicting, the creators of what is now Bzzz Beans couldn’t help but be happier and more productive, and wanted to share their newly discovered caffeine buzz with the rest of the world.


THE PRODUCT:
Made with raw cacao that is s...


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Fruit + Veggies = Fruigees: Pouches that Aren’t Just for Kids

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, February 4, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 8 Months+*

THE COMPANY:
Fruigees was started by two cousins, David and Josh, who wanted to create a “grown-up version” of the baby food pouches that a bunch of David’s fellow pre-med peers were eating. After much experimentation in their grandma’s kitchen, and then taking them to one of LA’s most famous running trails to get lots of unbiased feedback, Fruigees fruit pouches were born.


THE PRODUCT:
Fruigees are not only Certified Organic...


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Coconut Organics: Coconut Bacon that Even a Vegan Will Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 10 Months+*

THE COMPANY:
Coconut Organics was founded in Hawaii back in 2010 when two coconut fanatics came together to figure out how to share the power of this superfood with the world! From their first product, CocoBacon®, to their other coconut-based chips and foods, Coconut Organics is there for all of your coconut-loving needs.


THE PRODUCT: 
Starting with their idea of turning coconut chips into vegan coconut bacon (CocoBacon®), and then ...


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Gorilly Goods: Sweet Bananas, Walnuts, Cashews and Even Chocolate! Who Knew Snacks Could be so Good (for you)?!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 1 YEAR+*

THE COMPANY:
Stephen and Chris are the masters behind Gorilly Goods, taking their love of good, “free-from…” foods and turning them into snacks that everyone can enjoy.

Evolving over the past 15 years from handmade batches in their home to an industrial kitchen powered by 100% renewable energy, their stories of adventures, travels, founding of a nonprofit for food education, raw-food organizations and farming organic foods, has all played a role i...


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Love Grown Goods: Who Knew Beans in Cereal Would Taste So Good?!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, January 4, 2016, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 10 Months+*

THE COMPANY:
What started out as a belief that everyone should have access to healthy food, along with a love for people and a contagious energy, inspired the Founders of Love Grown Foods to get their start. Take that, coupled with a passion to make true change, and Love Grown Foods has grown from a local brand into one that has inspired national change.

In addition to offering great products (“made with LOVE”) in grocery stores across the countr...


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Canyon Bakehouse: The Best Gluten-free Breads I’ve Ever Tasted

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

  

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 Year+*

Gluten-free bread can really be a touchy subject. While many of us are aware of the negative consequences that eating gluten can have on our bodies (read severe bloating and/or troubles in the bathroom), we frankly just aren’t willing to part with our favorite sandwiches or succumb to eating [veggie] burgers on lettuce buns for the rest of our lives.

And while yes, there are many different gluten-free alternatives out there that yo...


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HOPE Hummus: Traditional Ingredients, Spruced Up (with Chocolate too!)

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, December 7, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 7 MONTHS+*

As recently stated in one of my reviews: hummus – and all things similar – are hugely “on trend” right now. Available in both sweet and savory flavors and made with everything from your traditional garbanzo beans to edamame and black beans, there’s no denying that these spreads are “in”. Plus, you can put it on, or in, just about anything including pasta sauces, salad dressings, or even baked goods – if you’re willin...

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Bob’s Red Mill: An Easy Way to Make Your Pantry Gluten-free

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

  

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 7 MONTHS+*

Gluten-free products are everywhere these days, with many of the Big Box brands jumping on the [once lonely] bandwagon. However, just because a product is free of wheat does not mean that it is good for you or that you should be stocking your pantry with it. In fact, many gluten-free products contain extra amounts of sugars, preservatives and other fillers to make up for some of the texture and taste that can be lost sans gluten.

Thankfully this isn...


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Bitchin’ Sauce: an Almond-based Spin on Hummus that is Surprisingly Addicting

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 7 MONTHS+*

Not many of us will deny that hummus is hugely “on trend” right now, available in both sweet and savory flavors and made with everything from your traditional garbanzo beans to edamame and black beans. You can also put it on, or in, just about anything as well, including pasta sauces, salad dressings, or even baked goods – if you’re willing to step out of the box a bit.

But did you know that there is a new take on hummus that...


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Beaujolais Granola: Sophisticated Tastes with a Homemade Feel

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 YEAR+*

Although now more mainstream than ever before, many people still view granola as that “crunchy” food that only the uber health-conscious eat – those who don’t care about taste but ONLY eat food for it’s health benefits.

On the flip side, many people “trying” to be healthy also eat granola and think they are really doing something great for themselves. As if eating granola for breakfast will make up for the junk-food bingi...


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Bella Gluten Free Cup-to-Table: Practically Home-made and Oh So Delicious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, September 24, 2015, In : Food Reviews 



For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 YEAR+*

If we’re being honest with each other, who wouldn’t want to be “that Mom” that is always making everything from scratch, never arrives a minute late, and always looks like she got 8+ hours of sleep the night before?! I know I would! But realistically, do you [honestly] know anyone like that?!

I, for one, am the Mom lacking in the sleep department, but can say that it makes all the other areas of my life falter a bit as well. That...

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UPDATED: GFB Bites: Perfectly Portable. Perfectly Delicious.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 18 MONTHS+*

Looking for a quick and healthy treat for both you and your littles? Than you should definitely get your hands on one of the great flavors from GFB (Gluten Free Bar). We first did a review on their line of bars, but frankly, were a bit turned off by the amount of sugar in them (although it is still less than many of the other bars you find), and so wanted something a little, well, portable.

Many others must have had the same senti...


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Ozery Bakery: Breakfast Rounds and Buns that are Anything but Ordinary

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 YEAR+*

THE PRODUCT: Starting out as a small, family-owned bakery over 19 years ago, not much has changed at Ozery. By “keeping it simple, staying connected to the people who matter, remembering to laugh, always creating, and great coffee” Ozery Bakery has grown into a well respected brand, selling buns and good-for-you baked rounds to local markets, as well as large warehouse stores like Costco.

With their signature Morning Rounds and Soft ...


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Betsy’s Best Bar None: Allergen-friendly Bars that are Simply Amazing

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, August 14, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1 YEAR+*

Finding a bar that really stands out from the rest is not easy these days due to the fact that there are 100s of different brands, flavors, etc. on the market. And with each one claiming to be better than the next in either taste and/or quality of ingredients, it really just comes down to personal preference in the end and whether or not you “care” how healthy and nutritious the bar actually is compared to the flavor profile.

Well after trying the...


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Sun & Earth: Natural & Effective Cleaning Supplies You’re Going to Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

I’ve got to admit that I’ve tried my fair share of natural cleaning products. Whether they be through Monthly Subscriptions, from various companies for reviews, or just random products I’ve bought over the years, I can definitely say that not all “natural” cleaning products are created equal.

While many of them claim to be “non-toxic” but still contain a plethora of ingredients that I don’t want anywhere near my children, or they are 100%...


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Vegan Snack Packs: A Vegan Snack Subscription Service

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 2 YEARS+*

Subscription services seem to be all the rage these days. Whether it be for full on meals, ingredients, or snacks, there seems to be something for everyone. Except for vegans.

Yes, there are a lot of vegan options amongst these various companies, but none that seem to solely focus on them. And while they will “work with you” in order to meet most of your dietary requests, by the time they are finished taking out everything you won’t eat, you’...


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Theo’s Kid Crunch Chocolate Bars: Made with Whole Grains – the Snack You Will Want to Steal from Your Kids

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 2 YEARS+*

Chocolate is not generally a food you want to give to your kids. In fact, many parents try to avoid chocolate, for both their kids and themselves. [Often] filled with lots of sugar and artificial flavors and preservatives, it’s not a snack that most people would consider healthy.

Fortunately, chocolate has gotten a better rap as of late, thanks to the high antioxidant levels found in dark chocolate’s polyphenols and catechins. However, not all ch...


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Bonga Foods: Helping to Make Baobab a Household Staple

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, July 30, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 8 MONTHS+*

Baobab is one of those foods that few have heard of. But with organic superfoods becoming more and more mainstream, it certainly won’t be that way for long.

As one of the world’s most nutritious superfoods, Baobab has become the foundation for Bonga Foods, providing the perfect answer as a wholesome snack that kids love as much as the health-conscious do. Plus, the fact that the cultivation, harvest, and selling of this healthy African fruit hel...


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Tender Grown Leaf Crisps: Putting a New Spin on Vegetable Chips

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 9 MONTHS+*

By now, we’ve all heard of Kale Chips – over, and over, and over again. If not, just walk into the Health Food section of any grocery store and you are bound to see at least 5-10 different brands, flavors, and/or varieties taking up precious shelf space.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Kale Chips and have come to definitely favor some brands more than others. It can just be a bit overwhelming to try and decipher whic...


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Apricot Power: Using the Power of Apricot Seeds to Help Combat Cancer, Arthritis, and Other Skin and Health Issues

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, June 26, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS and MOMS-TO-BE*

Summer is definitely my favorite time of year. Not only do I love the beautiful clear skies and the warm evening breezes but one of the biggest reasons I love this time of year is the fruit! From watermelon and strawberries to peaches and mangos, my fruit consumption is definitely at an all time high during these blissful few months.

Besides the delicious tastes of these juicy foods, the fact that they are loaded with so many vitamins, minerals and an...


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Living NOW: Allergen-Free Foods from a Brand You Can Trust

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & BABIES 7 MONTHS+*

Dealing with food allergies can be tough, especially when you are trying to navigate what your baby may or may-not be allergic to, and whether or not he is going to follow in your allergenic footsteps. Should you wait to introduce certain foods until he’s older, or is it best to expose him when he’s young so he doesn’t develop an allergy for them later in life?

While this can be a loaded question depending on you and your child’s specific cir...


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The Half-Baked Cookie Company: Great Tasting Gluten-free Cookies that are Already Half-Way Made

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, In : Food Reviews 



For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 2 YEARS+

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies. No matter what happened in your day or how you may be feeling, you can’t help but get a smile on your face when that delicious aroma whiffs past your nose. Plus, the taste of cookies straight from the oven tend to bring you back to your carefree childhood days, and taste a whole heck-of a lot better than the ones you buy from store shelves too.

It’s just actually bu...


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The Good Bean: Protein-Packed Chips & Chickpea Snacks that are Too Good to Pass Up

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

           

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 18 MONTHS+

I’ll be the first to admit that snacking on chips, crackers, and the like has never really been my thing. This is especially true as I’ve gotten older and have become more and more educated in the field of nutrition and learned how the food we eat should be functional and not merely eaten because it tastes good (although that is obviously really important too!).

However, as I’ve become a mom, and now have a toddler who is constantl...


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Raw Balls by Simply Dara: Tastes like Raw Cookie Dough, Only Healthier!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, May 29, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

        

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 2 YEARS+

I’ve got to admit, there’s nothing quite like raw cookie dough. Taking me back to my childhood of making cookies with my mom and then licking the bowl clean, there’s  something so nostalgic about it [and tasty!] that I just can’t ever seem to get enough. With that said, I can’t tell you the last time I actually ate the good, old-fashioned stuff, since I no longer eat butter, white flour, white sugar and/or raw eggs.

However, I have...


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O3 Chia Premium: Chia Seeds and Supplements that are Great for You

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 7 MONTHS+*

Chia seeds are one of those foods that have gotten a lot of buzz lately. Packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, as well as other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, these tiny little seeds really can be considered a superfood (aka, a nutrient-dense food that packs a ton of nutrition with a relatively small calorie count).

Like most foods, however, not all chia seeds are created equal, as some brands are definitely higher qu...


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The Gluten Free Bar Bites: Perfectly Portable. Perfectly Delicious.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, May 15, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 18 MONTHS+*

Back in January we did a review on the Gluten Free Bar (GFB). The response was great and everyone seems to love them. My only issue with them: is there is a bit more sugar (per serving) then I generally like to eat. Granted, it is low-glycemic organic agave, but still… Plus, sometimes you just want a “bite” of something rather than a full on bar (which is why you’ll find half-eaten bars in containers around my house :-/)....


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NOW Real Foods: a Brand You Can Trust, Foods You Will Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & BABIES 7 MONTHS+*

(As is obvious through all of my postings, blogs, etc.), I am all about foods that are not only healthy and nutritious, but that also taste great and that your whole family can enjoy. Whether just a couple products or a complete line, I think that quality is key and that companies who really pride themselves on using the best ingredients without compromising taste – or their integrity – are the companies that I want to support an...


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MELT Organic: The Healthy Butter Alternative You Can’t Help But Eat with a Spoon

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 


For MOMS,  MOMS-TO-BE, & BABIES 7 MONTHS+*

Butter is one of those foods that I haven’t eaten for pretty much as long as I can remember. It’s just always been one of those foods that I’ve tried to steer clear of, even before I went dairy-free. In fact, I used to prefer margarine as my “butter substitute” of choice, back before I knew how unhealthy that chemical-laden stuff was as well.

However, since I’ve become educated on different fats and the importance of having a combination...


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Raw Food Central: Raw Chips & Crackers that are Simply Delicious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & BABIES 10 MONTHS+*

It seems like everywhere you turn there is a new brand of kale chips, flax seed crackers, or some other healthy, raw snack that you “must try”, promising to convert you from your fried-snack-food-loving self, to someone who only eats foods cooked below a certain temperature, doesn’t drink anything but water, and exercises 5-6x per week.

Well frankly, no matter what a company “claims” about their products, there really is no “miracle food...


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YumbutterGO: Nut & Seed Butters that are Not Only Convenient & Delicious, But Have a Purpose

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 7 months+*

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again (ok, at this point I’m sure I’ve probably said a few more times than that), there are so many different nut butters on the market, it really takes a lot to make one stand out from the other. From unique flavors to unusual packaging, the only way you – as a producer – are going to survive in this nut butter filled world is to differentiate yourself in such a profound way, that pe...


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Cookies con Amore: Italy’s Finest Cookies that Even Those with Dietary Restrictions Can Enjoy

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, April 24, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 4 YEARS +*

Let me start off by saying that my father-in-law is Italian. In fact, he was born in Italy and spent much of his time there, and is basically as Italian as they come. With that said, he believes that “all good things” come from Italy and that Italians really can do everything “better”. This goes for just about everything – with food being no exception.

Having been raised on lots of pastas, deli meats, and Italian-style pastries, you can...


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You Are Loved Foods: Healthy Chocolaty Treats that are 100% Paleo Friendly

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 10 MONTHS +*

Healthy treats seem like an oxymoron, especially when you hear that it doesn’t contain any gluten, soy, sugar or sugar alcohols, dairy, starch or grains. And even more, that same treat is full of chocolaty goodness, and yet is still low calorie, low fat and ultra-low carb.

Well that is exactly what You Are Loved Foods has taken on, trying to change the mindset of those who think that healthy treats can’t taste good, and that e...


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My Coconut Kitchen: Putting a Whole New Spin on Coconut Butter & How You Eat It

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, April 17, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 7 MONTHS +*

Coconut Butter vs. Coconut Oil?? What’s the difference??

Well, you could say that coconut butter is similar to any other nut butter, but it’s base is coconut meat instead of peanuts or almonds, which is what makes it so versatile. Coconut butter’s relationship to coconut oil is the same as peanut butter’s relationship to peanut oil; one is used as a cooking oil, and the other is an ingredient that can be used in a whole variety of ways.

Wit...


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SuperSeedz: Dry Roasted & Full of Flavor, They’ll Have You Craving Pumpkin Seeds Year-Round

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, April 13, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 9 MONTHS+

Pumpkin Seeds aren’t generally a food most of us think about eating year round. Long thought of as an unfortunate by-product of carving your own pumpkins come Halloween, there were always those adventurous few who decided to take the risk and try roasting them for later consumption. However, as was generally the case in my family growing up, a few handfuls got eaten while the rest ended up in the trash shortly thereafter.

Fortunatel...


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Chocolove: Premium Belgium Chocolate Wrapped in a Love Letter – What True Love is Made Of

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, April 3, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 5 YEARS+

Chocolate is one of those foods that just seems “to do it”. It helps us feel better when we are down, it curbs those sweet cravings that tend to hit mid-afternoon, and it even helps to give us a boost of energy when we feel like we need it most.

Whether eaten by itself, or as a component of another dish, there is no denying that chocolate is a go-to ingredient for most of us women. And best of all, many health gurus actually have added it to th...


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Bliss Nut-Butters: Putting a Tasty New Spin On Peanut Butter

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 1 year+

Growing up, my mom used to always make me peanut butter and honey sandwiches for my lunches. And while I loved this combo, the peanut butter was not the healthiest of brands and the honey was nothing more than the bottled bear variety. Thankfully, I have grown to know a lot more about nutrition than I did back then and have discovered the health benefits of local honey and that your typical name brand peanut butter is actually filled with several in...


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Da Rosario Truffle Products: Organic and Full of Flavor, Brought to You by a Truffle Connoisseur

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, March 27, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 1 year+*

It takes a specific kind of palate to enjoy truffle products, and in reality, many don’t really appreciate them. This is especially true for kids who may think they are too “strong” or too “earthy”. However, for those of us who do enjoy truffles, there is really nothing else like them.

Truffles, and all of their associated products, including salts, oils, honeys, etc. are a true delicacy and really do make the perfect finish...


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Among Friends Baking Mixes: Helping to Make Healthy Baking Easier and Tastier than Ever

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and KIDS 5 YEARS+*

I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of a healthy cookie is anything but appealing. In fact, most are extremely dense and pretty tasteless – or at least void of any good taste. And the same can be said for a great majority of other “healthy” baked goods too. Moreover, many of these foods aren’t really that healthy any way, but filled with lots of sugars, artificial flavorings, and unnecessary preservatives.

For this reaso...


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Two Moms in the Raw: Presenting Raw Foods in a Delicious, Easy to Eat Way

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, March 20, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 8 MONTHS+

When most people think of raw foods, they think of meals filled with plain, uncooked fruits and vegetables and well, that’s pretty much it. However, there are many foods that can be enjoyed in a raw state, including everything from breakfast and “baked” goods, to desserts and decadent treats.

But for those who’ve tried the whole “raw food thing”, I’m sure you’ve quickly learned that not all of them are created equal. ...


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Better Bean Company: Making Beans Even Better

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, In : Food Reviews 



For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 7 MONTHS+

Whether a vegan, vegetarian, or full on carnivore, beans are one of those foods that show up on most people’s plates in one form or another. They are also one of those foods that pretty much every culture has put a spin on and made their own. Whether it be black beans and rice, refried beans, baked beans, chili, or some sort-of  variation, beans are one of those foods that pretty much everyone loves.

However, not all beans are crea...


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Mary’s Gone Crackers: Helping Snacking Take on a Whole New Meaning

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, February 19, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 10 MONTHS+

Snacking isn’t something most of us associate with being healthy. Unless it’s a piece of fruit or crudité, snacks generally consist of foods that are filled with too much sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and/or all of the above.

And while you can find “healthy” snacks out there, they usually don’t taste that great and don’t satiate our cravings like many of their unhealthy brethren’s do.

That’s why I was so pleased when I was introduced ...


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Perfect Bar: Filled with Protein and Organic Superfoods, these Refrigerated Bars are Anything but Ordinary

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, and Toddlers 1+*

Claiming that something is “perfect” is a pretty bold move. Especially in a “bar filled world” where every company thinks they have the “next best thing”. From the perfect amount of protein, to the perfect taste or perfect calorie count, every company thinks that their product is just that – perfect.

But to call yourself “Perfect Bar” you must really be something special. Well if you look at the history behind Perfect B...


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Love Bean Fudge: Changing the Way You Eat Your Chocolate Bars

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, February 5, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE*

Growing up I was never a huge chocolate fan. But as I’ve gotten older, and especially once I became pregnant with my first child, something switched. I had just been introduced to tons of high quality chocolatiers at Expo West 2011 and realized that the chocolate bars that I had been given as a child failed in comparison to what true chocolate was all about.

Since then, my love of chocolate has only grown. And while I will say that I am somewhat of a ...


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Organic Food Bar: Whole Food Bars that Will Satisfy Your Hunger and Your Taste Buds

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, January 29, 2015, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 2 Years+*

Finding a bar that tastes good is one thing, but finding a bar that is truly good for you and that will actually replace a meal is a whole other thing. Most “nutritional” bars really aren’t that nutritional at all, and are in fact filled with a whole bunch of unnecessary fillers, flavors, and preservatives that should hardly be considered healthy.

Now add to it the “Organic” label and its even harder to decipher if the bar is really good...


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The Gluten Free Bar: Proving that Gluten Free Foods Don’t Have to Be Boring – or Tasteless

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 2 YEAR+

While many people believe that the whole idea of going “gluten-free” is just a fad, I believe that there really is science behind the idea. I mean, the fact that the wheat itself has drastically changed in purely a genetic sense (over the past 50 years or so), making it grow faster, taller, thicker, etc. should be telling you something. Don’t you think that must have some affect on how it is broken down and processed in your bo...


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World of Chia: Changing the Way You Eat Your Jelly

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, January 5, 2015, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 10 MONTHS+

So honestly, how many of us grew up eating peanut butter and jelly?? I mean, unless you had a peanut allergy (and then may have substituted almond butter, etc.) you were probably given a PB&J at least 2-3x per week, if not more. Even my 30+ year old husband still prefers that I pack them for him in his [work] lunch pretty much every day…

And how many of you give these nostalgic sandwiches to your little ones? Maybe you trade out ...


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Alter Eco Foods: Fair Trade and Organic, Chocolate, Rice, Sugar and Quinoa – Great for You and the Environment

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 6 MONTHS+

I’ll admit that my first impression of a new type and/or brand of food is generally made in a two part assessment: first off, it has to taste good (duh!), and secondly, it has to be good for me, or at least not bad for me. However, as I’ve become a mom and begun to think about the future for my children and how what we [as a society] do today will impact the world around them, I’ve started to pay more and more attention to w...


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Blue Green Agave: The Low-Glycemic, Highly-Tasty Sweetener

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, November 7, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 2 YEARS+*

When it comes to sweeteners, I generally try to stay away from them. High in sugar and low in nutrition, I try to only “sweeten” my foods with other “naturally sweet” foods such as berries and bananas, or even dates or coconut. However, there are definitely those times that a recipe calls for something sweeter, or I am just in the mood for something that’s not “too healthy”.

And this is why I love agave. Not only is i...


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Dang Toasted Coconut Chips: More Than Just a Healthy Snack, They’re an Indulgence

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 2 YEARS+

When I used to hear the word “chip”, I would generally think about fried, greasy, and nutrition-less. Overly salty is another word that would often come to mind. Thankfully, companies have become much more in tune with the “health-conscious” population and started creating chips that were not only cooked in a more nutritious way, but that used much healthier ingredients as well. From Kale, to Snap Peas, to Assorted Root Veg...


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Lily’s Sweets: Chocolate that Tastes Way Too Good to be Sugar-free!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, October 23, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 4 YEARS+

The moment something claims to be “sugar-free”, two thoughts generally come to mind: 1) tasteless, and/or 2) filled with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, etc. and therefore, extremely unhealthy. And while I will admit that there was a time that I thought anything “sugar-free” had to be better for you, I thankfully have learned that this is not the case.

However, the first time I tried Lily’s Sweets I had no idea they ...


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Bobos Oat Bars: Chewy, Gooey, Tasty Oatmeal, all Wrapped Up in a Bar

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, October 16, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 1 YEAR+

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day, ever since I can remember. Whether it be a cold bowl of cereal, a satisfying smoothie, or a warm bowl of oatmeal, I could eat breakfast foods for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner – and literally have on multiple occasions.

However, I’ve never really caught on to the “cereal in a bar” philosophy, and much rather sit down and enjoy my breakfast then eat it while trying to ru...


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Munkijo Organics: Coconut-Inspired Foods that Will Have You Going [Coco]nuts

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, October 3, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 6 MONTHS+

It’s amazing how popular coconut, and coconut-inspired, products have become over the past several years. With coconut water and coconut oil being at the forefront of these, coconut sugar has also started to gain a cult following, now replacing table sugar in many published recipes. Coconut syrup and coconut “spread” are two other up-and-coming commodities that are amazingly delicious!

However, not all coconut products can be considered equals...


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Love Your Health: Savory and Slightly Sweet Soy Nuts that are Packed with Nutrition and Great Flavor

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, September 26, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 12 MONTHS+

We all know that nuts are a great source of nutrition. Filled with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and other vitamins and minerals, there is no denying that nuts are a great snack. But did you know that there’s really not a ton of protein in a handful of nuts? In fact, you’d be eating quite a lot of calories in order to get a good amount of protein [from nuts] into your diet.

However, just ¼ cup of soy nuts can give you the sam...


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Artisana: Organic Nut Butters that You Can’t Help But Eat with a Spoon

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 6 MONTHS+

Finding convenient and healthy foods that the whole family will enjoy is really tough, especially when it comes to feeding your babies and/or toddlers. I think that’s why peanut butter has been such a generational staple. Easy to use and simple to eat, it can be eaten as a spread, mixed in dressings and sauces, or eaten straight out of the jar.

However, with so many people developing peanut allergies, many have questioned the future lifespan of pea...


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Super Eats Kale Chips: Like Regular Chips, They Just Happen to be Made out of Kale

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, September 19, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 18 MONTHS+

Trying to convince a chip lover to switch out their favorite snack for a piece of baked vegetable that looks like anything but a true chip is not easy. Trust me – I know from first hand experience!

From the way it tastes to the look and texture of it, Kale “chips” are definitely not for everybody. Even when they taste great, it’s often the look of them that scares consumers away the quickest.

The Founders of Super Eats Kale C...


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Raw Revolution: Get a Little Raw in Your Life and Try These Organic Live Food Bars

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, September 15, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 18 MONTHS+

With the word “Raw” being a health-food industry buzz word for the past handful of years, it can be quite a challenge trying to figure out if the product you are eating is truly good for you, or is just another gimmick. And, if it is as nutritious as it states, it often will taste “earthy” and “healthy” – two words that aren’t exactly positive ways to express the taste of foods.

However, “raw” products really c...


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Neat: A Meat Replacement that is Actually Healthy and Delicious, with a Great Texture Too!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, September 12, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 7 MONTHS+

I’ll be the first to admit that the vast majority of meat replacements are not good. In fact, they are down right disgusting! My take has always been that if you are looking for something to replace your meat products one-for-one, by having it taste and feel like actual meat, you aren’t going to find it. These products are generally filled with hydrolyzed vegetable proteins (whatever that is!), fillers, preservatives, etc. to make...

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I Heart Keenwah: Brittle-like Treats that are Surprisingly Good for You

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 2 years+

Like many, I was a bit skeptical when hearing about quinoa for the first time. But after trying it, I was hooked. And while it used to be pretty hard to come by, it seems like every where you turn these days there is some kind of quinoa-inspired product or menu item.

As one of the only plant-based proteins that contains all 9-essential amino acids, quinoa truly is a star in its field. Great as a savory dish or to eat in a bar or “bu...


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Once Again Nut Butters: So Fresh they Taste Like they Were Made Just for You

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, September 5, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 6 months+

It has long been said that you shouldn’t introduce your young child to [possibly] allergenic foods at a young age because they will be more likely to have and/or develop an allergy to them. Peanut butter and tree nuts are usually at the top of this list, as are eggs, shellfish, and several other foods.

Fortunately this advice has recently been altered, saying that it is no longer necessary to wait on introducing these foods as long...


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Navita’s Naturals: Bringing the World’s Greatest Superfoods Straight to Your Pantry

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 6 months+*

I admit that the word “superfood” has gotten to be an overplayed buzzword in the past couple years. In fact, many people are starting to put it right along there with “all-natural” – a basically meaningless word that companies use to exploit consumers.

However, when it comes to superfoods, there really is meaning behind the madness. Superfoods are called that for a reason. The easiest way for me to explain the word is this: a nutrient-d...


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Nii: Premium Organic Nutrition Bars Made with Your Health in Mind

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Toddlers 18 months+*

When it comes to nutritional bars, it can be pretty overwhelming to find ones that not only satisfy your hunger, but are actually good for you as well. With many of the bars claiming to be healthy but actually filled with tons of added sugars, preservatives, etc., you really can’t trust them anymore, unless you carefully examine the nutritional labels – and who has time for that?!

Well thanks to Nii and their line of premium ...


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Don’t Go Nuts: Soy Butters and Bars that Are Nut Free and So Delicous

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, August 22, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Babies 9 months+*

So here I go with another nut-free product review. Wasn’t I just commenting on how many “allergen-friendly” products there are on the market?!

…sorry, tangent. Back to the review.

When a product claims to be peanut and/or tree-nut “free”, this often just refers to the actual products themselves, and possibly the facility it was created in. It rarely encompasses the means by which the ingredients were transferred to the faci...


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Namaste Foods: Free of the Top 8 Allergens, But Still Rich on Taste

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 1+

Is it just me or is it shocking how many people have food allergies these days?! From dairy, wheat and peanuts, to corn, soy, and even potatoes, the further along we seem to come in “technological foods”, the more and more people seem to reverting back to the basics. Hmmm, I wonder why?!

Well with out me going into a whole long spiel about the negative roles that GMOs, pesticides, etc. play on our foods and our bodies, it is fair to say...

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Nothin But: Raising Your Expectations in How a Healthy Indulgence Should Taste

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, August 14, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 1+*

One of the biggest misconceptions about nutritious foods is that they don’t taste as good as their less-than-healthy counterparts. From cookies and baked goods to everything else you can imagine, most people believe that you take away the unhealthy ingredients, and you take away the taste as well. This, unfortunately, seems to be especially true when it comes to dairy and gluten-free foods, and makes it pretty difficult when trying to...


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Edward & Sons Trading Co: Convenience without Compromise

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and TODDLERS 1+*

Although more and more stores are beginning to carry foods that cater to both vegetarians and vegans alike, it can be daunting to walk into a big chain store and not be able to decipher which foods will work for you, and which won’t. Moreover, many of the foods still carry a whole list of ingredients that will trigger food allergies, which can make the process of finding what you’re looking for all the more frustrating.

Luckily there are companies like...


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Barnana: Tasty and Chewy Banana-based Snacks that Will Have You Craving More

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Kids 2+*


It’s amazing that some of the sweetest and most versatile foods come straight from nature – not from a factory. Bananas definitely fit into this category. As one of the most functional forms of produce – being used as a fat substitute, an egg replacement, a sugar replacement, and even a substitute for ice cream, to name a few – bananas are a simple and healthier way to enjoy many of our favorite foods.

One of my latest and favorite dis...


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Olomomo Nuts: A Delicious Spin on Your Traditional Nuts

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, August 1, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 1+*

Nuts are such an easy go-to snack, but it seems like they often get pushed back and forgotten thanks to the endless amounts of energy bars and other “healthy” snack foods that are on store shelves these days. Plus, nuts can get pretty mundane after awhile, especially when we are used to eating foods that are super-infused with lots of flavors and are nothing like their simple counterparts.

Olomomo Nut Company was used to this “crunch...


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Karma Wellness Water: Peel, Push, Shake and Then Drink Your Vitamins

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, July 28, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and Kids 3+*

We all know the importance of drinking water and we all know the importance of taking our vitamins. Why do you think so many companies have capitalized on the notion of mixing the two together?!

But did you realize that vitamins lose potency when they are bottled up in water – and the longer they sit the less effective they become? Plus, many of those “vitamin waters” have added preservatives, artificial sugars, colors, etc. to make th...


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Chic-a-peas: Baked Chickpeas that Give You Just the Right Amount of Crunch

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 2+*

Chickpeas (aka, garbanzo beans) have long been one of my go-to protein sources. From salads, to stir-fries, to pasta dishes, and of course hummus, chickpeas are an extremely versatile food that are also super healthy for you.

However, I will admit that, besides in hummus, chickpeas aren’t exactly a food that I would just want to snack on. That is until I discovered Chic-a-peas and their line of baked chickpeas that are so good you can eat ...


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Daiya: Creating Vegan Options for the Dairy-Lover in All of Us

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, July 18, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

For MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE and BABIES 1+*

Ok, I’ll admit that I am not a true “dairy lover” and am not a big fan of a lot of the dairy-based products that are out there. And while this probably has a lot to do with the way eating dairy makes me feel (ie, not good!), I was never one of those people who felt like I was “addicted” to milk or cheese or other dairy-based foods (although I am definitely a sucker for some good frozen yogurt!).


However, I do understand why so many people are ag...


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Superberries: Aronia Berries are Called This for a Reason

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 1* +

A few years ago, when you heard that something was considered a “superfood” you knew that it had to be something special. But now, with more and more foods added to this list, many have started to question the reliability of this moniker.

So what do you think when you hear about a “superberry”? Do you question its true potency or do you assume it is as good as the name boasts?

Experience Aronia and you will quickly learn why these Super...


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ANSI Gourmet Cheesecake Bars: Cheesecake Has Never Been So Nutritious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, July 7, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 2* +

When I hear the word “cheesecake” I generally don’t associate it with something that serious athletes would eat on a regular basis, and I definitely don’t think of it as a health food. But thanks to ANSI and their line of Gourmet Cheesecake Bars, I have been proven wrong.


THE PRODUCT:
Advanced Nutrient Science International is a brand created for serious athletes looking for a nutritional advantage. As the parent company to Gourmet Che...


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Chicago Vegan Foods: Healthier Options for a Couple of Your Childhood Favorites

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Toddlers 2*+

Many people believe that being a vegan means deprivation and giving up foods that they have grown up with. And while meat and milk may not be that hard to take out of our diets, it’s usually the foods that we grew up with that we end up missing the most.

The most common food I hear that people just don’t want to stop eating – cheese. And another food that people don’t realize they are going to miss until the opportunity presents itself – marshmal...


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Cybele’s Cookies: Allergen-Free and Delightfully Delicious

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 2* +


It’s amazing how many people these days have some sort of food allergy, intolerance, or simply choose not to eat those foods that are possible “triggers” (ie, wheat and dairy). Especially as a parent, we need to not only be careful about the foods we feed our kids and pack in their lunches, but the foods that their friends may eat when they are with our kids as well – because no one wants to feel responsible for making another child s...


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Bobby Sue’s Nuts: A Specially Seasoned Mixed Bag of Nuts that is Sure to Keep You Begging for More

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 2* +

I’m sure you’ve all heard how great nuts are for you and that you should probably be eating more of them. Filled with healthy fats, protein, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals, nuts not only help keep you full and satiated, but are such a convenient snack that can go with pretty much anything.

However, I’d say that the majority of us don’t eat nearly enough nuts as we probably should be – again, in order to help curb our cravings without turning...


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Eli’s Earth Bars: Chocolate Candy Bars that are Amazingly Good – and Good for You

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & Kids 5* +

No matter how healthy you are, and how “clean” you try to eat, everyone has some sort of “guilty pleasure” that is sure to tempt them every now and again. Whether it be a nostalgic food from childhood, or a new and delicious discovery, food is meant to spark our senses – and some do a pretty darn good job at that!

In fact, I’d say that the candy bars I used to eat as a kid always seem to grab my eye, even though I haven’t actually eaten one in m...


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Nutiva’s New Red Palm Products – Say Goodbye to Butter for Good!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS* +

So must of us these days realize that butter is not the best thing in the world for us. Filled with saturated fat, and made from cow’s that have been pumped with all sorts of drugs, antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. (unless it is organic), there really isn’t too many good things I can say about butter… Except the taste.

While I personally haven’t had butter for a good decade or more, I do know that there are a whole lot of people th...


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2 Degrees: Feeding Hungry Children Across the Globe

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, June 9, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 18 MONTHS* +


Rushing through our busy lives, we rarely take the time to sit down and think about what it is we are eating. We often just grab and go. Even less do we think about all the people who aren’t as fortunate as ourselves and don’t have the option to eat whenever and wherever they choose.

That’s why 2 Degrees is such a great brand. Not only do they make healthy and delicious bars that are conveniently packaged to help nourish our busy lives, part...


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Go Raw. Live Well. Delightfully Simple and Tasty Snacks and Treats for You and Your Little Ones.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR TODDLERS 1+*, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

In a technology driven world, one where microwaves can cook a meal in minutes and processed snacks are made to stay shelf-stable for years, it’s nice to see companies that take pride in keeping their products as close to nature as possible. One where foods are still considered “raw” but yet are conveniently packaged for our hectic lives – the best of both worlds.

This is what Go Raw is all about. Minimally processed and yet made to ...


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AlkaH2O – Tropical Artisan Water that is Naturally Alkaline and Oh. So. Good.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR TODDLERS 1+*, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

Water is one of the few things in life that we literally cannot live without. While we can go days without food, or often find “things” that we could substitute if worse comes to worse, there is no real substitute for water.

On the same note, there is also no other substance that can attribute so much to our overall well being like a simple glass of water can. From refueling our energy to “instantly” curing a headache, water can do so much more tha...


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Sambazon: Making it Easy to Enjoy Organic and Non-GMO Acai Bowls at Home

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, May 29, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR TODDLERS 1+*, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

The first time I had ever heard of Acai was at a surf contest I attended years ago in Huntington Beach, CA with one of my Brazilian friends. “You’ve got to try this stuff! It is from Brazil and tastes amazing. It is so good for you!” I can literally still hear her accent…

Well I did try it and thought it was great – but that was the end of that. It was impossible to find anywhere and most people who I mentioned it to had never even heard of it.

No...


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Kuli Kuli Bars: Born in the Heart of West Africa and Brought to You Thanks to the Moringa Leaf

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR TODDLERS 2+*, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE


When your hungry, how often do pick up the food you are about to eat and think, “Hmmm, there must be a story behind this product?” Probably not often. And frankly, I didn’t either until I’ve recently started thinking about creating my own. (But that’s for another time…)

Most products do actually have a story behind them, and a passion from the person who created them – whether it be a product, a food, a beverage, or pretty muc...


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Taste of Nature – Organic Bars that are So Close to Nature You Can Literally See It

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, May 23, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR TODDLERS 2+*, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE


The majority of nutritional bars and other snack bars are so overly processed that you would never be able to guess the nutrients based on just looking at them. In fact, there are usually so many additives, artificial flavors and other fillers that you can’t even tell by tasting them what they’re really made of.

Well thanks to Taste of Nature and their 100% Certified Organic snack bars, you cannot only taste, but literally see the differe...

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Square Bars – Healthy Chocolate Bars at Their Finest

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

If only healthy eating were more enjoyable… With sweets and snacks, and all of those “sinful” treats, eating loads of junk is so much easier, and often much tastier, than eating the healthy stuff. At least that’s the way the majority of American’s think.

And now add to that the fact that you are pregnant, or are constantly chasing a little one around, and all those “convenient” snacks become all the more appealing, if not down right irresistible!

But just because you want to ea...


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18 Rabbits: Granola and Granola-based Bars for Both You and Your Little Ones

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, May 19, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR TODDLERS 2+*, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

Granola is one of those foods that has gotten a bad rap over the years. From being a food that only “crunchy” people eat to one that is not really good for you at all – thanks to all of the added sugars, chocolate, etc. that brands throw in there to make it more appealing – it seems that granola is one of those foods that you either like, or you don’t.

I personally [used] to fall in the later category due to all of the added sugars and high amo...


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Veggie Go’s: This Organic Fruit & Veggie Version Wins the Taste Test. No Fruit Rolled Up Here.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR TODDLERS 1+, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

I was one of those kids that always brought my lunch to school. Every day my mom would pack a lunch for my two brothers and I, and off we went. Even when I was in college I would bring my own lunch. It’s what I was used to, and how I liked it.

From sandwiches to chips, to some kind of fruit, this is what we used to think of as a well-balanced lunch. And hey, compared to a lot of kids’ lunches, it was. My favorite part? Definitely the f...


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GoLo Foods: Healthy Substitutes for Commonly Unhealthy, Every Day Foods

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, May 12, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 


FOR TODDLERS 1+, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

When a company boasts of being low-carb, I don’t generally think of it as an enticing label. This isn’t because I don’t care about my carb intake, I do, I just tend to associate the phrase with tough and cardboard-like, neither of which are things I want to use to describe my food. Gluten-free foods have also gotten the same bad-rap; foods that are tasteless and really not that appealing.

However, both low carb and gluten-free foods don’t just ref...


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Planet Rice: A Healthier Take on Your Traditional Rice

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, May 8, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR TODDLERS 9 MONTHS+, MOMS, AND MOMS-TO-BE

Rice has long been an everyday staple for civilizations around the world. From Old World Kings to modern-day sushi enthusiasts, there is no denying the popularity of this grain. And while white used to be the rice of choice, brown has recently gained footing thanks to its extra nutritious properties, including fiber and antioxidants, compared to the “stripped down” white version.

Yet, as many have come to realize, rice can get ...


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Veggie Evolution: A Unique Alternative to Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR TODDLERS 1+, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

There is no denying the amount of health benefits you can get from eating your veggies. This is why most American’s will add a few pieces of broccoli to their plates, or put carrots alongside their butter-drenched twice-baked potatoes and hefty steak. Not exactly what should be considered a “healthy” meal, but somewhat better than nothing – I guess…

However, vegetables aren’t one of those things that most people really enjoy ea...


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This Bar Saves Lives: and it Tastes Really Good Too

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 


FOR TODDLERS 2+, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

Usually when we are hungry we only have one thing on our minds – ourselves and how we our going to feed our growling stomach. But what if every time you fed yourself you were also benefiting someone else and helping to feed their hunger as well?

That’s the idea behind This Bar Saves Lives, because in reality, that’s what you are doing. By feeding yourself you are indirectly giving a packet of food to a child in need (through a third...


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Yogavive – Organic Mango and Apple Chips with 10 Different Flavors to Choose From

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

  

FOR TODDLERS 1+, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

My toddler loves his fruit. From berries to watermelon and pretty much everything in between, give him a big bowl of fruit and he will be happy. However, carrying around fresh fruit with me everywhere I go isn’t always convenient, and is a bit messy to say the least. And while dried fruit is a good stand-in, the sugar content is generally pretty high and I like to “regulate” his raisin (and other dried fruit) obsession to no more than ¼ cup a day...


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Simple Squares – Simple Ingredients. Simply Delicious.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR TODDLERS 2+, MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE 

When it comes to food, less is often more. And this isn’t just in reference to quantity, although that applies here as well. Simple food really is a healthier option, and if the ingredients are of good quality, it often tastes much better too (not to mention the way that it makes you feel).

From freshly picked fruit, to just cut herbs, to honey straight out of the comb, these natural indulgences all speak for themselves, elevating a simple meal or sw...


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Just Pure Foods: Kale and Veggie Chips that Will Change the Way You View Snacking

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & TODDLERS 1+ 

Vegetables are not something a lot of us crave or necessarily turn to when we need just a little something to tide us over. However, snack foods that are bite-sized, crunchy, and usually a little bit salty, are.

So when there’s a food that incorporates the two, and actually tastes good, it’s pretty great. And as a mom who is not only trying to eat the healthiest I can for my baby, but is trying to encourage the rest of my family to...


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NestFresh Eggs: So Fresh You Might As Well Have Pulled Them From the Nest Yourself

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, April 7, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 8 MONTHS+

I went a long time without eating eggs. I did eat egg whites and various egg-substitutes every now and again, but I always turned my nose up to the yolks and anything that included them.

Unfortunately the only excuse I have for this was my naivety and the thought that egg yolks are full of fat and cholesterol and therefore, will make you fat and unhealthy. Oh the joys of our teenage years... 

Luckily I decided to educate myself (eventually going on...


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Lilly’s Hummus: So Fresh No One Will Believe it’s Store Bought

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, April 3, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 7 MONTHS+

Hummus is one of those condiments that I don’t think gets enough hype. Serve it alongside vegetables or chips, as a spread on sandwiches, or on top of your favorite entrée; there really isn’t too many dishes that can’t use hummus in one way or another.

However, not all hummus is the same, and for those who say they don’t like it, definitely haven’t tried Lilly’s Hummus. As good, if not better, than homemade, and a lot mor...


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Lenny & Larry’s: Protein-Packed Brownies and Vegan Cookies that Put Other Protein Bars to Shame

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, In : Food Reviews 



FOR MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE (and Dads too)

The majority of us know how important it is to eat healthy and how much better we can feel with a well-rounded diet. However, all of us, especially women with our changing hormones and mood-swings, don’t always want to eat this way. Some times we just want to eat a brownie or sink our teeth into a nice, fluffy cookie.

But what if those brownies that you ate and cookies that you craved were good for you? What if they actually helped your body get the nutrie...


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Sun Cups: The Amazingly Delicious [Nut-Free] Chocolate Butter Cups

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, March 20, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & KIDS

Growing up, my mom always fed us pretty healthy. We always had to eat our vegetables, was given fruit in our lunch boxes, and dessert was not an every night occurrence. But I will admit that we ate a lot of snacks and treats that I personally do not want my children to eat (not to say my mom always knew about them)…

This isn’t because my mom didn’t ‘care’, but I feel that parents are much more aware of what goes into our children’s mouths these days...


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Somersaults – Nut-free Crunchy Sunflower Seed Snacks that Your Whole Family Will Flip Over

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, March 17, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & TODDLERS 2+

Nut allergies are a growing concern these days, with many schools banning any peanut or nut products from being brought on campus altogether. This, of course, is great for parents whose kids need to avoid these foods, but can make it tough when trying to pack snacks for your child’s lunch. And nowadays, with more and more companies turning to nuts as a healthy alternative to traditional crunchy and or fat-laden treats, finding nutritious, nut-free sna...


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Take a Trip to Paradise with Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamias

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, March 13, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS AND MOMS-TO-BE

Before I became a Mom for the first time, my husband and I wanted to go on one last childless vacation (because even if you don’t bring the kid[s] with you, they are always on your mind!). After checking out all of our options and concluding that we needed to relax as much as possible (especially since I was 8 months pregnant), there was no better place to go than Hawaii. From the white sandy beaches to the fresh, salt filled air, beautiful sunsets, and delicious...


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Activz –Whole Foods & Supplements that Moms and Babies Can Enjoy

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, AND BABIES 6+ MONTHS

I truly believe that there is nothing better for the human body than organic, pure and simple whole foods. From fruits and vegetables, to whole grains and legumes, nature definitely has provided the greatest of benefits in the most delicious of packages (ie, whole foods).

From helping to build up your immunity, to giving you energy and even helping you grow a healthy baby inside of you, it is truly amazing what a wholesome and cl...


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Enjoy Life and Bake Delicious Allergen-Free Chocolate Treats

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

For many of us women, baking truly is a stress relief. Whether it be for our child’s bake sale, a house full of guests, or a way to improve our afternoon, we turn to baking as a way to cope and to enjoy ourselves – even if it is only because we are craving a warm cookie fresh out of the oven.

Add to that the fact that self made treats are much more “pure” and unaltered compared to packaged goods, and it seems like at home baking is pretty muc...


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Purely Organic. Purely Gluten-free. Purely Delicious. Pure Bar.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, AND TODDLERS?yola-link-is-coming=true 2+

No matter how good our intentions are, eating on the go is often a necessity. Whether running out the door to work, chasing our kids around the house, or trying to get the nursery ready before our little one’s big arrival, it seems that there are never enough hours in the day – especially when it comes to sitting down and enjoying a nutritious meal.

Thankfully there are so many on-the-go bars and snacks out there that fin...


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This Valentine’s Day, Be KIND to Your Body and Your Tastebuds. Do the KIND Thing.

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, February 13, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

For Moms and Moms-to-be

Probably more than any other holiday (besides possibly Halloween), it seems that Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to indulge ourselves with lots of sweet and decadent treats. From boxes of chocolates, to rich, over the top, 4-course meals, not only is it a day that our most beloved goes out of their way to spoil us, we get to spoil ourselves as well.

And while this is all great in theory, the day after Valentine’s Day, or even that night, is often spent regre...


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Honey Stinger: Organic Waffles and Chews for Active Kids

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms, Moms-to-be & Kids 3+*

Finding healthy snacks for our kids is tough. Now find ones that they actually like and it can be even harder! Then add to that the fact that you will often end up eating them too (thanks to frantic dashes out the door and always being on-the-go) and you want them to taste good for your sake as well.

Well thanks to Honey Stinger and their ‘mini’ line of honey-infused energy products, fueling your kids, their workouts, or even your own daily routine, is ea...


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Manitoba Harvest – Organic Hemp Hearts and Protein from their Heart to Yours

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Monday, January 27, 2014, In : Food Reviews 

 

FOR MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE & BABIES 10 MONTHS+

Having a well-rounded diet is extremely important. Carbs, protein and healthy fats should ideally be a part of every meal. Especially as a pregnant or nursing mom, having enough of these vital nutrients is a must, not the least of which is protein. Growing babies need protein to build strong and healthy muscles, and the only way for them to get it is through what you consume. 

However, I can admit that getting enough protein isn’t always easy, e...


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The Spice Lab: Putting a Gourmet Spin on an Every Day Spice

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Friday, December 20, 2013, In : Food Reviews 

 

For Moms and Moms-to-be

As a busy mom, making a nutritious meal is often hard enough. Now try adding an “impressive” presentation to the mix, or throwing a dinner party for that matter, and things can get really stressful, really quickly.

Well thanks to The Spice Lab and their new Himalayan Salt Cooking Plate & Serving Tray, making a dramatic presentation and delectable dish can all be done at a moments notice. Plus, the fact that you aren’t adding a whole bunch of extra calories, an...


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Nutiva: Organic Superfoods Dedicated to Nourishing People and Planet

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, In : Food Reviews 



For Moms, Moms-to-be & Toddlers +

Finding healthier alternatives to conventional ingredients is a constant struggle that many of us moms (and people in general) face every day. We want the food we eat to be good for us, but we also want it to taste good. And sadly, in the end, taste usually wins out…

But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many nutritious products on the market that are not only good for you, but can make your every day meals taste even better. 

Nutiva is one of t...


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Ginny Bakes: Gluten-free Treats for You and Your Kids!

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms, Moms-to-be, and Kids+

It seems that almost every kid these days has some sort of allergy or intolerance. Whether it be to dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, etc., you can no longer assume that the treats you bring to your child’s class are going to be okay for all the kids to eat.

Gluten and the intolerance - or all out allergy to - wheat, barley, and rye has become one of the biggest offenders in recent years. Whether in your typical breads and pastries, or even in soy sauce and many s...


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Nature’s Bakery: Fig Bars that Will Have Your Kids Begging for More

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Sunday, November 17, 2013, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms, Moms-to-be, and Toddlers+

As a parent, it is often a struggle to find treats that are not only healthy, but that your kids will actually enjoy. You don’t want them to feel “deprived”, but you also don’t want to give them foods that will make feeding them nutritiously any more of a struggle. 

While there are many “healthy cookie” alternatives out there, kids are smart and know the difference. Dense, cardboard-like, and with little flavor or appeal, children want the s...


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Enjoy Life… and Eat Their Allergy-Free Baked Chewy Bars

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms, Moms-to-be, and Toddlers +

Finding snack foods can be tough. Especially when you have food allergies. Whether it be for ourselves or our children, we want something that is going to be healthy, tasty, and satisfying. This however can be pretty tough when cutting dairy, wheat, and/or nuts out of the equation since these foods are generally pretty bland and can be difficult to scarf down.

Well thanks to Enjoy Life and their Baked Chewy Bars, giving our kids (or ourselves) a quick and he...


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Laughing Giraffe Organics: Sweet Snacks Both You and Your Kids Will Love

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms, Moms-to-be, & Toddlers+

When is it ok to give your kid a cookie? Or should you avoid them altogether? And what if they see you eating one? Do you have to give up all your sweet indulgences as well?!

As parents we want to feed out kids as nutritiously as possible so they will not only grow up healthy, but learn good eating habits as well. On the other hand, we also want to spoil our kids every once in a while and allow them to have treats so as not to feel deprived. It’s finding the ...

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Credible Cravings: Nutritious Foods for Moms and Moms-To-Be

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Sunday, August 25, 2013, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms & Moms-to-be
In a country filled with fast-food restaurants and “convenience foods” offered everywhere you go, it’s little wonder that American’s have such trouble staying healthy. With everything moving at such a fast pace, and with our daily “to-do’s” taking up every minute, sitting down for a wholesome meal usually isn’t in the cards. Now try adding to that the fact that you are pregnant or are a new mom with barely enough time to even brush your teeth in the mornin...

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Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Posted by Jessica Boscarini on Thursday, August 22, 2013, In : Food Reviews 


For Moms, Moms-to-be, & Toddlers+
It’s amazing to me to see how young some children are when going out to eat. I’m not talking about parents bringing their infants to dinner. What I’m referring to are the toddlers who are actually eating the food. And I don’t mean your typical chicken finger meals.

Specifically, I mean the 1-2 year olds who are sitting up at the sushi bar, enjoying rolls and wraps with the rest of us. How lucky they are*! I wasn’t introduced to sushi until I was at le...

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Our reviews are tailored for you - Moms and Moms-to-be who are concerned with the health and nutrition of their kids and loved ones. From healthy snacks to skin care needs, we cover some of everything!

Plus, we only review products that are full of good-for-you ingredients, so you can be sure that if there is a product listed, it is Healthy.Fit.Fab. Mom approved and something we feel comfortable giving to our own families!*

*Not to say that all of the products we review are something we can't live without, but you can at least be certain that they are safe and not full of harmful ingredients, unless noted.


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