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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editor's Pick: Eda's Sugarfree

In 1958, Paul Lehman founded Eda’s, a candy company that caters to a diabetic’s sweet tooth. He opened his first candy shop in the Brooklyn Terminal Market. Throughout its many years of existence, the company has maintained the goal of making one of the best sugar free candies.

Candy is one of the many pleasures in life that I can enjoy with a limit, mainly due to the fact that it contains so much sugar. Eda’s premium hard candy allowed me to exceed that limit.

It’s exciting to know the variety of flavors this small bag of individually wrapped hard candy offers. My top three favorite flavors are strawberry, green apple, and blueberry. I love how the candy had a smooth texture even as it dissolved in my mouth. I also like how it wasn’t too sweet. That made it even more enjoyable.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Editor's Pick: CideRoad Organic Switchel

CideRoad Organic Switchel claims to be America’s original thirst quencher. Every bottle contains three basic ingredients that have something special to offer to every sip. Apple cider vinegar helps to lower blood sugar and cholesterol. It can also soothe sore throats and heart burn. Maple syrup serves as the sweetener and can also replenish energy. Lastly, ginger can relieve joint and muscle pain, and alleviate nausea. CideRoad Organic Switchel is offered in three flavors: Original, Blueberry, and Cherry.

Blueberry flavoring is not common, so I jumped at the opportunity when I when I saw it was one of the flavors. CideRoad Blueberry accompanied me on a day of relaxation so that I would be able to really enjoy everything this drink had to offer. The drink’s scent and taste is unique and memorable. It went great alongside a small popcorn snack as I watched a movie.

Ultimately, CideRoad is a drink that caters to the health of the body and the taste buds. It can also be use as remedies for things like headaches and sore throats. It’s capable of being a remedy drink, but enjoyment is offered in every sip.          

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Editor's Pick: Grandpa's Kitchen

Standing by the motto “Gluten free does not mean taste free” Grandpa’s Kitchen has given a gluten free diet a whole new taste. It is desirable and healthy for customers. The company manufactures bread and pizza mixes that provide a remarkable consistency, taste and texture. Grandpa’s Kitchen was founded by the Shrock family for people with Celiac Disease or any type of gluten intolerance, or even for people who just decide to maintain a gluten free diet.

I am none of the above but Grandpa’s Kitchen could definitely convince me to go gluten free. My favorite quick snack to have is grilled cheese, and I tried it for the first time with gluten free bread. It didn’t taste like I was sacrificing anything.

It’s always good to indulge in a healthier lifestyle, but it’s always easier to do so when it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice. Grandpa’s Kitchen is definitely sticking to their motto by making taste-filled gluten free products. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Editor's Pick: Fruttata Crisps

Fruttata was founded in July 2013 by Paul Adler, with a focus on creating a healthy and convenient snack that is nutritious and tasty. Fruttata has the same nutritional value as fresh fruit. 

Fruttata has definitely been successful in creating a satisfying snack that tastes delicious. I’m an avid Pineapple eater, and Fruttata’s Pineapple Crisps offer that unique taste. The best thing about the Pineapple Crisps is how convenient they are. I like to take them with me to class to snack on them. They aren’t disruptive and are they aren’t messy, which makes them the perfect snack to have anytime or place.   

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Editor's Pick: 2 Plus 2

Who said losing weight has to leave a bad taste in your mouth? The 2PLUS2 weight loss program has brought the concept of delicious and nutritious to exist in the world of health. The program was designed after the company was inspired by other successful weight loss programs. It has a hands-on team to help customers reach and maintain their target weight.

2 Plus 2 has many great products to offer, one of them being the Rich Chocolate Caramel nutritional snack bars that I enjoyed as an afternoon snack. The rich fudge drizzled with caramel satisfies, making each taste like it’s not just a weigh loss snack. Once you get past the chocolaty exterior, it continues in its delight with a caramel filled center. There is so much healthy deliciousness to offer in every bite, I didn't feel guilty eating more.

It’s convenient enough to eat on the go, so I grabbed another for the train ride home. It allows anyone to stay on track with personal health goals, while indulging in caramel and chocolate delight. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Editor's Pick: Biotin Bursts

Neocell is one of the top collagen brands in the world. The company is committed to promoting effective collagen and collagen replacement products because the founder knows the importance of it from personal experience. He wants to offer the world something that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Biotin has important vitamin B that is good for the skin, hair and nails, as well as energy support. Biotin Bursts are the best way to keep the body intact. I enjoyed the taffy textured, sweet flavored dose of biotin that was offered in a small chew. It’s just like eating candy, only with more benefits for the body.    

Taking vitamins isn’t always fun or easy to remember, and giving my body what it needs is more enjoyable when it doesn’t seem like chore. Biotin Bursts made it easier for me to give my body the desired nutrients without thinking twice.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Editor’s Pick: Nola’s Fresh Foods Salsa Fresca

Hot or mild, chunky or smooth—I love salsa. I’ll eat the traditional way—with chips—or I’ll incorporate it into dishes that I’ll make. Nola’s Fresh Foods Salsa Fresca is my preferred type.

I recently opened up a fresh package (and it tastes just as fresh as the label claims) when I had friends over because someone was visiting Chicago. The five of us munched on what seemed like a seemingly bottomless container—weighing 22 ounces—and only stopped because we ran out of chips.

Being not overly hot and quite chunky, I was able to incorporate the remaining salsa into several meals over the next couple of days. For breakfast the next morning, I made a cheddar omelet with sliced avocado and the salsa spooned on top. It was the best Mexican breakfast I have ever enjoyed.  The onions in the salsa allowed me to skip the onions in the omelet, and the combination of ingredients made the dish delicious.

I left town for several days after that, but when I returned—a week later—I discovered I still had Nola’s Fresh Foods salsa left in my fridge. I was a little nervous to try it, anticipating that the quality had probably gone down, and was pleasantly surprised that it still tasted great, and added some much needed flavor to my salad.