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Sunday, April 11, 2021

9 Delicious Gluten-Free Products You Need To Buy

 I recently attended the online nourished festival and discovered some amazing gluten-free products. 

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 A couple of weeks ago I attended an amazing online allergy-friendly festival and it was the perfect way to discover food that I can enjoy with my food allergies. Many brands came together and showcased their allergy-friendly foods at the Online Nourished Festival so people like me could discover food and other products that are safe for them. This online event was created since the real events of the Nourished Festival had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Yes, you read that right, I said events as the Nourished Festival has several expos throughout the United States at different times of the year. If you have never attended a Nourished Festival event, you need to as it is the best way to discover and taste foods that are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and made for specialty diets.


 While the main focus of this amazing event is about gluten-free products for those with food sensitivities and celiac disease, the online event is also an amazing way to discover allergy-friendly food that is safe for me to eat. My food allergies trigger an asthma attack so I am proactive in avoiding food that contains the food that I am allergic to. Three years food that I discovered that my dairy lactose issue was actually a dairy allergy. It was over 6 months of asthma problems that led to many episodes of struggling to breathe and sleepless nights. 

 Through research and a dairy elimination diet, my asthma improved. A food allergy blood test confirmed that I was allergic to dairy, soy, and mushrooms. I had always had issues with drinking milk and eating ice cream for as long as I could remember. I assumed I had a milk lactose problem as I would feel nauseated after ingesting milk and ice cream. I later learned that my dairy allergy was related to whey and casein. 

  After eliminating the foods that I was allergic to my asthma and seasonal allergies improved. I am able to manage asthma naturally without any prescription medicine through diet and exercise. If I accidentally eat dairy, soy, or mushrooms, I struggle to breathe and I experience asthma problems. So I have to monitor what I eat. So the Online Nourished Festival is an event that helps me discover allergy-friendly food that is free of the top allergens like milk, soy, and mushrooms.

I discovered delicious gluten-free food that is allergy-friendly

 I love attending the Nourished Festival as it is a safe way for me to discover food that is allergy-friendly. This event started many years ago with a focus on gluten-free food so all the brands that are sponsored at the event sell products that are gluten-free. Over the years the Nourished Fest included products that focus on food allergies so many of the sponsors have products that are free of common food allergies. The brands make it super easy for people who have food allergies to learn about new products. 

 I was able to meet with lots of brands and they sent me samples of their products. So I had fun discovering new products that do not contain ingredients that I am allergic to. After sampling the products, I discovered that many gluten-free products are not only delicious but taste so similar to traditional products that contain gluten. While I do not have to avoid gluten, these products are ones that I will continue to buy as they taste so delicious. I attended the previous Online Nourished Festival last fall and you can see the gluten-free products that I sampled HERE.

1. Ottos Cookie Mix

 Ottos sent me their Grain-Free Ultimate Cookie Mix and Otto's Naturals Cassava Flour. I loved how simple it was to make gluten-free cookies with their grain-free cookie mix. All I had to add to the cookie mix was an egg, oil, and my favorite mix-ins. This cookie mix was dairy-free, soy-free, and even nut-free. So they were the perfect cookie to enjoy with my daughter who has nut allergies. 

 I mixed in vegan chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, and dates to the cookie mix. The cookies were so delicious and tasted like ones made with flour. My family enjoyed them. The cassava flour will be great to use in my recipes like gluten-free mocha brownies and waffles.

Check out Ottos Naturals HERE 


2. Rustic Scoop Pizza Crust Mix

 If you follow a gluten-free diet, then you know how hard it is to find a gluten-free pizza crust that is chewy. I loved learning about Rustic Scoop gluten-free baking mixes and I just had to sample their pizza crust mix that is gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. This baking mix is also free from egg, peanut, tree nuts, refined sugar, and is also naturally vegan. 

 Having a dairy allergy limits my store-bought frozen pizza choices to ones that are gluten-free so I understand gluten-free pizza crusts that are either mushy or too crispy. Rustic Scoop has spent years perfecting this pizza crust it is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is a crust that rises beautifully and is perfect for your favorite pizza toppings.  

Check out Rustic Scoop HERE 


3. Homefree Treats

 I had sampled Homefree Treats last year when they sent me some from the fall Online Nourished Fest. These cookies were so delicious and I loved all the many flavors of the dairy-free cookies. The cookies are free from gluten and allergens such as peanuts, nuts, soy, and milk. Homefree cookies also are vegan, kosher pareve, and non-GMO. 

 When I received my cookies from Homefree, I knew that they would be perfect for a gluten-free cookie crust. I make a dairy-free chocolate pie for Easter using the chocolate mint mini cookies and my family loved the pie. The best part was the pie was safe for my daughter, who has a nut allergy, to enjoy.

Check out Homefree Treats HERE 


4.  Blake’s Seed Based Treats

 I am a snacker and healthy snacks are the best. So when I discover treats that are dairy-free and delicious, that is awesome. When my boys saw the box that I received from Blake's Seed Based, they tried to eat them before I had a chance to sample them myself. 

 These “better-for-you” snacks are made with Seeds, Fruit, + Chocolate and are Allergy-Friendly (nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), so almost everyone can eat them! I shared them with my boys and we thought they were so delicious. 

Check out Blake's Seed Based HERE


5. GF Naturals

 The problem that I have with making gluten-free mixes for my friends is, I always need a little bit of flour to roll the dough on or to add to thicken the batter. So the bag of GF Naturals gluten-free flour will solve my problem. I also want to start baking more healthier treats so this organic and GMO-Free flour will help me. Traditional flours have GMO's in them and baking with gluten-free flour can help me avoid GMOs.

 This gluten-free replacement for wheat flour is a cup-for-cup substitute, so that will make things simple for my baking. I love that this gluten-free flour can be used for cakes, cookies, pizza, bread, and more with no unusual aftertaste, dryness, or texture issues that often come with other gluten-free flour blends.

Check out GF Naturals HERE 


6. Goodie Girl Smores Cookies

 I was so happy to learn that Goodie Girl makes a dairy-free sandwich cookie. These Chocolate and graham-style cookies had a marshmallow creme-flavored filling and were so delicious. One bite was all it took for my family to want more cookies. I had to hide the box of Smores cookies from my boys as they wanted to eat them all in one day.

 The cookies are certified gluten-free and baked without artificial colors or preservatives. I love that the cookies contain no high fructose corn syrup and are peanut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan. They are the perfect allergy-friendly cookie for summer.

Check out Goodie Girl Cookies HERE


7. Mom's Place Gluten-Free

 I love the variety of products that Mom's Place Gluten-free offers. Some of their products are free of dairy and soy, so I can enjoy them. They sent me several products that were safe for me to eat and I enjoyed them all. Their baking mixes were so easy to use and tasted amazing. My favorite gluten-free mix was the poppy seed muffins. I make the batter into quick bread and added an orange glaze.

My boys enjoy helping me make pretzel bites with the soft pretzel mix. I loved that the pretzel mix included the special salt. The pretzel bites were chewy and amazing.

Check out Mom's Place Gluten-Free HERE


8. Lekkco Chocolate Spread

 Derived from a 50-year old Belgian recipe, Lekkco is the first nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar, dark chocolate spread to be introduced in the United States. It’s made with the highest quality of all-natural ingredients sourced in Europe, making it a healthier alternative for indulging your sweet tooth. Enjoy Lekkco for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.

 I love that this chocolate spread is dairy-free and soy-free. So I can finally enjoy a chocolate spread on things like cookies and ice cream. This creamy spread is also gluten-free and nut-free. It comes in 4 amazing flavors.

Check out Lekkco Chocolate Spread HERE


9. Redd Remedies Natural Supplements

 Redd means “to put in order”, which is exactly what they do. This company has natural health solutions to help you put your health in order. They understand that if a person’s health is not in order, it can become the focus of that person’s life. Through the fusion of wholesome clean food, targeted high-quality supplements, and qualified doctors with expertise in natural medicine, they help people address their health from a whole-body perspective.

 Redd Remedies sent me products that will help me with my allergies and joint health. I love that all their products are gluten-free. This company made sure to send me supplements that were free of mushrooms, soy, and dairy. The Lung Care really helped open my airways so it helped me breathe better after I worked in my garden. The joint supplements will help with my running while the sinus supplement and throat drops will help with my seasonal allergies.

Check out Redd Remedies HERE 

 I am glad that I attended the Nourished Festival this year as I discovered some awesome products that are allergy-friendly and safe for me. Having food allergies that trigger an asthma attack means that I have to be careful with what I eat. So having an event that helps me discover safe products is a good thing. To learn more about the Online Nourished Festival head HERE

Allergy Friendy Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Mint Pie

 A creamy rich chocolate pie that is allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Too good to be true!

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  Having food allergies means that I have to bake my own desserts. When I am wanting something sweet like chocolate cream, I can't just run to the store or the nearest bakery as they usually contain milk or wheat. So I have learned to adapt to allergy-friendly baking as I don't want to have a severe allergy attack that triggers my asthma. I like breathing so I have been avoiding all dairy products since I discovered my dairy allergy through a blood test several years ago. 

 So I have learned how to modify most recipes and I have learned how to bake using dairy-free recipes. Most traditional recipes can be made dairy-free by switching out the milk for plant-based milk and using vegan butter. I also use dairy-free chocolate chips when I bake items like this recipe for Dairy-Free Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Then there are recipes like this chocolate cream pie that is not easy to just swap out ingredients and requires different allergy-friendly ingredients. 

A chocolate cream pie that is nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free

 Then there are the special occasions like Easter and family get-togethers, that require even more allergy substitutions to my homemade recipes as my older daughter has a nut allergy and a peanut allergy. So when my daughter joins us for a meal, I have to remember to use nut-free plant-based milk like coconut milk. So I like to purchase allergy-friendly products that are free of the 8 most common food allergens so I can bake allergy-friendly desserts. 

 So when I decided to make a dessert for Easter, I wanted to make my Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie but then I remembered that I did not have any pretzels. So I looked in my pantry and saw a box of chocolate mint mini cookies. I knew that these delicious Homefree Treats would be perfect for my pie crust. These minty gluten-free cookies would add a nice mint flavor to my chocolate cream pie that is dairy-free. 

 So delicious! So minty and refreshing! Enjoy the crunch and the long-lasting flavor. Tasty for every age and situation, and elegant for entertaining. Inclusive of pretty much everyone: Free of the 8 most common food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish) and gluten. Also vegan, kosher pareve, low sodium, non-GMO verified, certified a good source of whole grain. These cookies are so wholesome that they meet school dietary guidelines of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and USDA School Dietary Standards!

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Safe allergy-friendly cookies

 While I don't have gluten issues, I tend to buy gluten-free products as they are usually the products that are also plant-based and safe for dairy allergies. I recently attended the Online Nourished Festival and it was at this GLUTEN FREE, ALLERGY & SPECIALTY DIET FESTIVAL that I discovered HomeFree Treats. These cookies are so amazing as they taste like cookies that are made with gluten and one would never guess that they are free of the 8 most common food allergens. When I purchase these dairy-free cookies, I have to hide them as my teen boys tend to eat them up quickly. 

Buy Homefree Treats HERE

Allergy-Friendly Gluten-Free Chocolate Cream Mint Pie is:

+ Dairy-Free

+ Gluten-Free

+ Plant-Based

+ Nut-Free

+ Peanut-Free

+ Soy-Free

+ Vegan

+ Egg-Free

+ Wheat-Free

+ Delicious

+ Allergy-Friendly

My family loved the pie

  My daughter and her husband came over for Easter dinner. After we finished dinner, I brought the pie out for dessert. My daughter asked if the pie was made with almond milk and inquired about the other ingredients that I used to make the pie as she wanted to make sure it was safe for her to eat. When food allergies run in the family, this is our typical meal conversation. While I avoid dairy products, my daughter does not and she avoids all nuts. So my usual almond milk is not safe for her. So I always have to remember to use coconut milk in my recipes. My daughter remembers the time I made a dairy-free Kings Cake and the late-night phone call instructing her not to eat it, as it contained almond milk.

 So while I told her that it was nut-free, I did not let anyone know that the pie was gluten-free. Most people, like my husband, think gluten-free equals taste-free and formulate their opinion even before they take a bite. My daughter's husband tasted the pie and said "this pie is really good!" He also asked if there was mint in the pie. I told him that I used mint cookies for the crust. Everyone else at the table must have enjoyed my chocolate cream pie as they licked their plates clean.

 Once everyone finished their pie, I then revealed that the chocolate crust was made from gluten-free chocolate mint cookies and vegan butter. They were all amazed that a gluten-free cookie could taste so good. I love that a delicious allergy-friendly cookie can be used in my dairy-free recipes. These treats from Homefree are the perfect ingredient for allergy-safe recipes. Check out this Ginger Snap Free-from pie crust recipe that uses Homefree cookies, I will be making this recipe soon with my dairy-free pumpkin pie recipe. 

Buy Homefree Treats HERE

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Allergy Friendy Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Mint Pie

Allergy Friendy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cream Mint Pie

Yield: 8
Author: Mom Knows Best
A creamy rich chocolate pie that is allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Too good to be true!


  • 1 box Homefree chocolate mint mini cookies
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 (13.5oz) canned (not boxed) coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter


  2. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
  3. Place the cookies in a blender or food processor and blend until all cookies are crushed. Pour the crushed cookies into a bowl and add the melted vegan butter. Stir to combine.
  4. Place the cookie mixture into the prepared pie pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toasted. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before filling with the ganache.
  6. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave at 50% power for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir until totally smooth. Pour and spread over the bottom of the prepared crust. Let it set slightly before adding the pudding, about 30 minutes.
  8. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt. Over medium heat while whisking, add the coconut milk and almond milk. Whisk until totally smooth. Continue to whisk until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Once the mixture bubbles continue to whisk and cook for another 2 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and vegan butter. Set the pan aside and let it cool to room temperature.
  9. Pour the pudding into the crust. Smooth, then refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to 12 hours.
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Functional Fitness Is Important For Your Body

 Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks 

Cute outfit from Dona Jo Inc. 

 If you are a person who does not enjoy exercise or simply think that there is no need for daily exercise, then listen up as I again talk about how important exercise is to one's well-being. One of the topics that has been in my mind as I do my daily exercise is functional fitness. For you younger folks this may be a topic that you never gave thought to but for those who are older, you may have thought about it as you struggle to get up from the floor.

What is functional fitness?

 Functional fitness is performing exercises that help you do everyday activities safely and efficiently. Simply put they are exercises that help the muscles to do things like get up from a chair or squat down to pick up something. 

 When we are under 50 years of age, we don't think about exercising to help our bodies perform better but rather we go to the gym to make our bodies look better. When you are younger, you don't think of needing to exercise but rather wanting to exercise. Then you hit old age and you realize that your body starts to rebel. Things like getting up from the floor, are no longer easy to do. You may notice that your knees hurt after walking up the stairs or your back starts to hurt after bending over to pick up something.

 That is when most people complain about how getting older is a pain in the rear. That is what I like to call the "oh crap moment" that happens when we get older and realize that we need to start focusing on our health. This is when so many people start to exercise and make changes in their diet. Chances are you don't enjoy exercise. So you either force yourself to workout or you justify the lies that your body is fine without exercise. 

My favorite natural energy drink that I use for running


That is until your body is unable to do things like rising from a chair without making grunting noises or bending over to try your shoe. So the focus of functional fitness is about maintaining or improving the quality of your life.

Everyone can benefit from functional fitness training

 While most people think of exercises for functional fitness as a way to improve aging muscles. Younger people or those who are in shape should also incorporate functional fitness exercises into their fitness routines. For example, doing squats is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. Sure squats can give you a nice-looking booty but you should instead be doing squats so you don't have to struggle with getting up from a chair. Functional fitness can keep your body in shape so you don't have to experience body issues like stiffness and pain when you are older. So you don't have to become best friends with Ben Gay.

What lead me to think about functional fitness exercises

When I turned 50,  I started to realize that my daily fitness routine was no longer about a great-looking body but rather a desire to have a body that is healthy. It started with a running injury and later knees that made noises when walking down a flight of stairs. Then there was my first yoga class and I was unable to do a plank for more than a couple seconds. Then there was the stiffness when squatting to getting something out of a cabinet. I tried joint supplements and they helped a little bit. It was when I did a squat test at a fitness conference that I realized I needed to focus on exercises to strengthen my muscles. I did not want to experience life from the sidelines and blame it on old age. I wanted to not only keep doing things that I enjoyed, like running, but also not have future body problems.

Benefits of functional exercises

  Functional exercise training may be especially beneficial as part of a comprehensive program for older adults to improve balance, agility, muscle strength, and reduce the risk of falls. For others, the functional exercise benefits may be to prevent future problems.

+ Decreased Risk of Injury

+ Increased Strength

+ Increased Balance and Stability

+ Prevent Aches and Pains

+ Prevent Future Problems

Examples of functional movements for fitness

  A great example of one of the best functional fitness exercises would be a simple squat. You squat several times a day. Using the bathroom, getting up from a chair, getting into a car, picking something up, etc. The squat uses so many muscles and joints. For your body to squat, it uses your legs, hips, rear end, core, and even your ankles. For some that squat requires the hands and arms. That is a lot of body parts! 

 A functional workout typically consists of compound exercises as these require more than one muscle group to work together. Because of that, they typically mimic everyday movement patterns—like pull, push, squat, hinge, and rotation. Think about how often do you squat to lift something off the floor? Or lunge to tie your shoe? Or push a door open? Or reach up to put something away? So these are exercises that help the muscles that are needed to do daily activities.

Some example of exercises to perform to strengthen the muscles for daily function:

+ Squats - Good form is more important than how low you can go. Leaning forward is bad form and can cause injury. Pretend that you are sitting down on a chair. 

+ Leg Lunges - Start out with what is comfortable and work into longer strides.

+ Lifting Weights - Start out with 3-pound weights and work up to heavier weights.

+ Pull-Ups - Just try doing one with a pull-up bar or even a swingset bar. This one may be tough. Just the act of hanging can strengthen your muscles.

+ Push-ups - Start with bended knees (some call these girl push-ups) or just hold a plank. 

What functional fitness is not

 Functional fitness is not about building big muscles but rather strengthening muscles. So you don't need to be bench-pressing or lifting heavy weights. For most of the exercises to strengthen your muscles, you will only need your body. While others, you will need 3 -15 pound kettle balls or dumbells. You can even use stretch-resistant bands. The best part is you can do these exercises at home and they don't take up a lot of time. You can do bodyweight movements such as pushups, situps, planks, and squats. You can use a 5 pound or more kettlebell to mimic picking something up off the floor. Here are some examples of functional exercises that you can start with. If you are just starting out, you can do these exercises with no weights.

The functional fitness payoff

As you add more functional exercises to your workout, you should see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities and in your quality of life. In my case, my knees no longer made weird clicking noises. The more I did squats, the easier they became. That's quite a return on your exercise investment. 

Start small

The most comfortable socks ever!

 As with any exercise program, start off small. That means do what you are able. If you can only do half a squat, that is better than nothing. Start off slow and gradually increase the movement. Then aim for 25-50 reps of each functional movement 3 days a week. Functional fitness is an addition to your cardio exercise routine. While cardio exercise is good for the heart, functional fitness is good for the muscles. They are both needed for a healthy body.

There will be pain

 When you start any type of exercise, your body may have pain. These muscles in your body have not been put to use, so there will be discomfort. Don't let that pain stop you from the benefits of stronger muscles and better body function. Use natural pain management products to help your muscles recover from the pain. I like using CBD products for my muscle aches and a trigger massage gun for the best muscle pain relief. Save $40 on a massage trigger gun.  As you are treating your sore muscles, just think of your future health. Also, make sure to include extra protein in your diet to help your muscles recover. I like to use a plant-based protein powder in a daily smoothie.

Amazing CBD products that are a part of my wellness plan 

Discovering New Uses For CBD With CBDfx

 CBD has many uses and many forms. Discover some amazing CBD products 

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 I am no stranger to using CBD products as part of my wellness plan. I have been using different forms of CBD oil for about three years. I first discovered hemp products when I had a sore thumb that I thought was broken. The over-the-counter pain relievers were not helping with my pain so I decided to try a topical CBD ointment that I received from a conference. When I applied the CBD cream to my painful thumb, I was not sure what to expect as I had never used CBD before. I was amazed at the immediate pain relief after I applied the CBD lotion and I was even more amazed the next day when my thumb was no longer experiencing any pain nor stiffness.

 Through my research, I discovered that the pain in my thumb was called a trigger thumb and may have been caused by my computer mouse usage. It was that CBD experience that I was ready to explore CBD more. I was ready to discover other CBD products and other CBD uses. I then tried a CBD tincture for pain and later CBD gummies for sleep. I never experienced any weird side effects from ingesting CBD oil so I was glad that I discover the amazing benefits of CBD.

What is CBD?

 CBD is short for “cannabidiol”, and is produced within the cannabis (hemp) plant. Yes, CBD comes from the same plant that marijuana but does not contain THC, the compound that gives you the high feeling. CBD can not get you "high" since it contains no THC. This article about CBD explains in detail CBD and THC.

Cannabidiol (CBD) facts

+ CBD does not get you “high” (non-intoxicating)

+ Comes from hemp or cannabis plants

+ Is being studied for potential anti-seizure and anti-inflammatory properties

+ Indirectly interacts with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors

+ CBD is federally legal

How does CBD Work?

Your body already contains a wildly complex endocannabinoid system (ECS) that affects several different areas and functions (more on this momentarily). That system is rife with “receptors”—sites that await the presence of cannabinoid molecules. Read more HERE

 Now that you have an understanding of CBD, I want to share some amazing new products that I discovered last month at Moms Meet Wow Summit. I met with CBDfx at the online conference and was excited to discover some new uses for CBD with their edible CBD line. While CBDfx has a complete line of CBD products, I was interested in sampling some of their CBD edibles. 

 My favorite way to take CBD is through edibles and up to now, I was enjoying a CBD gummie at bedtime to help me fall asleep faster. After viewing the different products that CBDfx offer, I was ready to take my CBD experience further and discover more ways to use CBD. 

CBD has many uses

 Most people know about using CBD for anxiety and stress while others use CBD for pain relief. CBD is also useful for sleep. The uses of CBD are many beyond these and I was ready to discover how CBD could help me with exercise and my wellness routine.

 So I requested some edible CBD products from the CBDfx website. I was excited to try some unique wellness CBD gummies, CBD drinks, and CBD cookies. My plan was to incorporate CBD into my day beyond sleep and pain. I knew that these products with CBD would help me do just that.

CBD gummies with superfoods

 Since I enjoy running, I decided to try CBDfx Gummies with Turmeric & Spirulina. I loved that these vegan gummies had antioxidant and anti-inflammatory superfoods in them so they would be useful to help with my joints. These green gummies were a delicious new way to take my turmeric and spirulina supplements. 

  I also decided to try CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar. I knew that apple cider vinegar had many benefits like helping with blood sugar, so I decided to experience this superfood with CBD gummies. These delicious gummies have all of the detox health benefits of apple cider vinegar, plus Vitamin B12 for energy and supporting immune function, along with organic pomegranate, an effective antioxidant.

I love that both of the CBD Gummies from CBDfx were made with

+ 100% organically grown hemp, extracted into broad-spectrum CBD

+ All-natural, vegan & Gluten-Free

+ No fillers or artificial sweeteners

+ superfood rich

+ contain powerful antioxidants

CBD Cookies With Protein – 100% Vegan

 I like cookies and when I discovered cookies loaded with protein, I knew that these CBD cookies would be a perfect way to help my muscles recover after running.  Each delicious cookie is packed with 20mg of broad-spectrum CBD and 13 grams of pure protein. These cookies were super delicious and I enjoyed them. I loved that the cookies were made with all-natural ingredients and were vegan. So they did not interfere with my food allergies of dairy and soy. 

CBD Focus Shots

Since I enjoy running in the morning, I like to use natural energy drinks. These CBD Focus Shots were perfect for my energy as they had 75mg of caffeine in them. The flavors of pomegranate and tropical made these ready-to-drink shots super easy to enjoy before I went running. The CBD shots also had 20mg of broad-spectrum CBD, 150mg of energizing L-Arginine, and a host of revitalizing vitamins and minerals in them. The small drinks gave my body the energy that I needed to run.

 I enjoyed discovering new ways to get my daily CBD for wellness. CBDfx has a wide variety of CBD products from CBD Oil tinctures to CBD topicals. They even have CBD products to use in the bath and on the face. From seed to sale, CBDfx uses a pure, single-pass CO2 extraction method that produces an ultra-premium CBD oil from some of the finest organic hemp plants in the world — guaranteeing a safe and high-quality experience for maximum benefit. Check out all the products that CBDfx offers here ~ https://cbdfx.com/

Friday, April 9, 2021

Sweet Balsamic Strawberries For Strawberry Shortcake

Looking for a dessert for your Easter Meal?

  Are you looking for a healthy dessert with incredible flavor? Sliced fresh strawberries are always a delightful dessert for a spring meal. I want to share with you a trick that will give your strawberries an amazing sweetness and color. The secret is a splash of balsamic vinegar and pure vanilla paste. You won't taste the balsamic vinegar but it will bring out a sweet taste to berries. The vanilla paste will give the berries a nice vanilla taste and an enticing visual flair. These berries have enough great flavor to serve by themselves or you can top them with some homemade whip cream. For a spectacular strawberry shortcake, that is so easy to make, just add some homemade sweet biscuits or storebought shortcakes. You could even spoon the strawberries and the sweet juice over angel food cake.

Pure vanilla paste adds an enticing visual flair

 Pure vanilla paste has that classic vanilla taste with the addition of specks of vanilla beans. This flavorful vanilla extract gives desserts like ice cream and creme brulee that wonderful look that just says vanilla. If you have ever had a dish of vanilla bean ice cream, you know what I mean. The sight of those vanilla bean specks just adds a special touch to desserts.

Strawberries and whip cream are a match made in heaven 

 Whenever I see fresh strawberries in the store, my mind starts thinking about homemade whip cream and strawberry shortcakes. I reminisce about the sweet homemade drop biscuits that my mom would make for summer desserts. My mom would always have a big box of biscuit mix in the pantry that she would use to make everything from pancakes to sweet drop biscuits. My mom would pull the sweet shortcake biscuits out of the oven and then split them in two. My mom would then spoon the sliced strawberries over the shortcakes along with plenty of the sweet syrup. Then she would add a spoonful of whip cream, that I helped to whip with the mixer, on top of the strawberries. This was a sweet dessert that I enjoyed. I think it was the only way that I would eat fruit as a kid. Get the recipe for my homemade sweet biscuits HERE

Homemade Dairy Free Whipped Topping 

  I like to whip up a batch of dairy-free whip topping for my strawberry shortcakes as I have dairy allergies. I always keep a couple of cans of coconut milk in my pantry so I can make this delicious plant-based, dairy-free vegan topping. This whipped topping has a great sweet taste and will make all the difference in the appearance of the delicious strawberry shortcakes. Get the recipe for my dairy-free coconut cream whipped topping HERE.

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Go here for a delicious dairy-free strawberry shortcake recipe

Yield: 1 quart

Sweet Balsamic Strawberries

A splash of balsamic vinegar adds an incredible sweet flavor to sliced strawberries. Adds some homemade whip cream and a sweet biscuit and you have the best strawberry shortcake.
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  • 1-quart fresh strawberries, sliced into quarters 
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla paste


 Remove the stems from the strawberries and slice strawberries them into quarters.

  1.  Remove the stems from the strawberries and slice strawberries them into quarters.
  2.  Place the strawberry slices in a bowl and mix in the balsamic vinegar and vanilla paste. Gently stir to coat the berries.
  3.  Place the berries in the fridge for a couple of hours so the berries and soak in the flavors.
  4.  Serve the berries with whip cream or spoon them over sweet biscuits for strawberry shortcake.
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9 Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

 Wine is more than just an alcoholic beverage that people pour over a glass after dark or drink during parties. Drinking wine has health advantages you may not be aware of. Indeed, it’s not just a stress-buster because researchers continue to discover and report positive effects of drinking wine. Red and purple grapes and other natural ingredients that make up your favorite drink can help boost your wellness. 

1. Makes Drinkers Smarter 

 Gordon Shepherd, a Yale neuroscientist, believes that drinking wine is similar to exercising both the left and the right portions of the brain. Sniffing and swilling the liquid at both sides of the mouth stimulates areas in the brain responsible for motor processing. He also believes that tasting the flavors of wine involves brain activity similar to meditation, learning a new language, and reading a book. 

 Even the seemingly simple act of holding wine glass properly makes a drinker more mindful. The purpose of your drinking vessel's delicate stem is to keep the heat of your hands off the bowl that contains the wine. Heat can alter the taste of wine. Other than that, proper holding helps avoid injuries because the stem can easily break under pressure.  

2. Rich In Antioxidants  

 The oxidation process in the body can create harmful free radicals that can destroy cell membranes. Certain diseases have been connected with free radical oxidation, such as cancer, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and cataracts, among others.  

 Red wine is a popular drink that anyone can enjoy, and it has a great number of antioxidants. Examples of these antioxidants are resveratrol, catechins, and epicatechins that counter these free radicals by scavenging and neutralizing them. These antioxidants can keep you healthy.  


3. May Support Mental Health 

 It may sound unlikely that wine can help fight off depression in wine drinkers when the alcohol it contains can worsen. But a study by PREDIMED concluded that up to seven glasses of moderate wine drinking in a week might keep depression at bay.  

 The study was conducted with 5,500 wine drinkers throughout a seven-year period. The researchers also took lifestyle, diet, and smoking habits into account, and the results remained the same.  

 The next time you host a dinner party, do so with wines that you and your friends love. Hosting an event to look forward to on the weekend and bonding with the people you love are just two of the best means to destress. But remember to pair your wines with the right kind of food.  


4. Immune System-Booster 

 While natural food, vitamins, and supplements can help keep your body’s resistance robust, moderate wine drinking may also do the same for you.  

 A study by the Oregon Health & Science University shows that moderate drinking alcohol may reduce the risk of death. Drinkers are said to be healthier because of their improved cardiovascular functions, improved response to vaccines, and enhanced infection resistance.  

Keep in mind that these benefits are possible because of the controlled amount of alcohol in the system. Too much alcohol content in the body may lead to adverse effects. 

5. Lowers Bad Cholesterol 

  If you’re worried about your heart health, you’d be glad to know that red wine can do you some good in that area. The alcohol coming from wine might raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, otherwise known to be the good cholesterol, to 15%. Simultaneously, the polyphenol antioxidants from the alcohol content may lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol—the kind that causes heart disease and stroke. 

 Through this, the good cholesterol transports the bad ones to the liver. The liver then flushes out the bad cholesterol out of your body. Experts still say that moderate drinking with a good diet such as Mediterranean food choices and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to your overall health.  


6. Regulation Of Blood Sugar 

 If you have diabetes, moderately drinking wine may help control blood sugar levels because of resveratrol. The compound is similar to an antioxidant and is naturally found on the skins of red grapes. These skins are included in the wine-making process that also gives specific wines their dark red color. 

 Peanuts and berries also contain resveratrol. The compound also lowers insulin resistance and hinders inflammation. According to some researchers, resveratrol may be used to treat diabetes, although it may require more studies.  


7. Decreases Joint Pain 

 Aside from lowering blood sugar, there are studies on resveratrol supplements and how they might treat joint pain and slow down the cartilage's deterioration. There are also animal studies where the subjects were injected resveratrol onto their knees and suffered lesser damage than those who have arthritis. This is due to the potential ability of resveratrol to control inflammation. At the same time, resveratrol can also reduce oxidative stress and carcinogenesis, transforming normal cells into cancer cells.  


8. Prevents Brain Diseases 

 The degenerative disease of the brain is frightening, as losing one’s memories has a profound effect on the sick person and their loved ones. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are just two of the worse cases that can occur during old age. The former can progress to the latter if not treated right away.  

 One way of the claimed ways of preventing the occurrence of these diseases is to drink wine. Resveratrol, once again, takes center stage as it keeps the path open for the transportation of glucose and oxygen. Resveratrol keeps the brain well-fed with enough supply, which helps it retain memories.  


9. Good Skin 

 Drinking wine moderately can give your body enough antioxidants that fight off acne-causing germs. It can help improve skin elasticity and brighten your complexion. Wine can also enhance blood circulation that prevents the formation of wrinkles. But while it has benefits to your skin, drinking too much wine can also dehydrate it. It’s best to be careful so that one doesn’t get carried away with wine consumption.  


 Wine drinking is an enjoyable activity that you can do alone or with people you love. There have been many studies summarizing its benefits to human longevity and brain functioning. But while it does look like an activity that’s good for you, keep in mind that too much can be hazardous. A glass of wine is not harmful, meanwhile, too much alcohol content in your body can be detrimental. Remember to drink responsibly to maximize the benefits of drinking wine to your health. 

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