Category: Product Reviews

Migraine Relief Plan Review + GIVEAWAY!

Stephanie Weaver’s latest creation, the Migraine Relief Plan, is truly stunning.

As someone who recently determined that migraines were the cause of my plaguing near lifelong lightheadedness, I’ve been working to determine the most effective treatment plan–unfortunately, my physician didn’t even begin to discuss the role food could play in a full recovery.

Stephanie is an MPH, CWHC, and food blogger at Recipe Renovator.

The book outlines an 8 week transition including over 75 migraine-trigger-free recipes {all are gluten free and come with substitutions for those of you like me with additional food allergy concerns!} that I’ve been diving into– most recently, the Spicy Kale and Swiss Chard Saute. The recipe for this delicious, easy to make dish is reprinted below with permission from The Migraine Relief Plan, copyright 2016 Stephanie Weaver. Published by Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing, Inc.

Spicy Kale and Swiss Chard Saute
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 bunch green onions*, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic*, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 bunch (500g) Swiss chard, stems removed, thinly sliced, and reserved and leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch (500g) kale, stems and leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hot sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan or sauté pan set over medium–high heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions, garlic, and jalapeño, if using, and sauté for 5 minutes, or until golden.
  2. Add the chard stems and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the rest of the chard and the kale. Cover the pan with a lid to help the greens wilt, about 5 minutes. Once they have wilted a bit, add the hot and dark toasted sesame oils, stirring to coat.
  3. Add the sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds and continue to sauté, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

I greatly look forward to continuing on her expertly outlined plan and will of course post photos of the recreations I make over on my Instagram.

To order the Migraine Relief Plan for yourself, visit Amazon {non-affiliate} and grab a copy!

However, if you want to WIN A COPY, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me: how has food impacted your health? 

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

*I was provided a copy of Weaver’s Migraine Relief Plan in exchange for an honest review. Giveaway only open to US residents and closes Saturday, February 25th at 11:59pm CST.*

Lauren’s Hope Medical IDs: Review + GIVEAWAY!

Everyone fears the moment– you’re alone, there’s a personal medical emergency, and someone doesn’t know you + your needs.

While decades ago, wearing a medical bracelet every day meant a simple {read: ugly} silver chain and a tag with the red emergency logo, Lauren’s Hope has created an expansive line of medical bracelets, necklaces, and more with hundreds of gorgeous styles. Gone are the days of dreading the silver links.

This Valentine’s Day, as you think of the people you love, I wanted to partner with Lauren’s Hope who has provided me with my medical jewelry since I was 4 years old to give all ADSG readers the opportunity to win a gift certificate for their website–so you can find something that makes you {or your valentine} feel beautiful and safe this year.

I remember wearing everything from rainbow glass beads to a black dog tag {my “I think I’m really cool” days} to a velcro butterfly band with a sparkle tag that was waterproof for the summer. Lately, I’ve been wearing black paracord for my more casual days, plain silver beads for business meetings, and was more than excited to expand my little collection to include the new Kaye bracelet — a rose gold, show-stopping piece that could not make me feel more beautiful for a reason that most try to hide.

For your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to use on anything at Lauren’s Hope, click here to head to my Instagram where you simply need to follow me + them and tag one of your valentines/galentines whom you love and want to see protected and safe this year.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Product Review: An Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites Taste Test

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but–as always– opinions are my own.

Everyone in the gluten free/free from community knows ELF does an incredible job marketing and branding. How? Well, the moment I tell you that a box from them arrived at my doorstep a couple weeks ago, I can bet that you know generally what that box looked like.

And for me, as someone who loves marketing and appreciates attention to detail, that’s highly impressive. For the new ProBurst Bites, a rectangular box arrived at my door chock full of the four flavors + a fun additional item {which tends to make an appearance in new product release boxes: think of the to-go cup for the chocolate chip small packs or the lunch box & t-shirt with the mini cookies}…a flip book! While this was a fun inclusion, I do wish it were something a bit more multi-use, as I keep reusing the other ELF items I’ve received in previous releases.

The four flavors that were released {who knows if more are planned!}, all chocolate-based, are:

  • Mango Habañero
  • Cinnamon Spice
  • Cranberry Orange
  • SunSeed Butter

Notable product features:

  • 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving {rice protein}
  • Resealable pouch {think: gym bag, purse, car, you name it!}
  • The gold-standard at ELF: free-from top 8 allergens, certified GF/kosher/halal, and even verified non-GMO

As some of you may have noticed via Twitter {@breezygfreezy}, my boyfriend is beginning to learn the life of a food blogger. He spotted the ELF box and knew that some type of tasting had to occur in the near future. So, I promised he could take part in the fun–and turned the whole thing into a ProBurst Bites Taste Test! Here are the main takeaways:

  • My favorite flavor was Cranberry Orange–which speaks to my general go-to in chocolate truffles!
  • His favorite was the SunSeed butter; however, he said he would like a stronger SunSeed taste and that he “got mostly chocolate with a little nutty in the background” 😉
  • We both agreed they taste much more like chocolate truffles than other protein bars/bites available–he noted specifically that they were like a serious dark chocolate truffle, even the aftertaste was a good chocolate one!
  • However, the one thing that neither of us could quite get on board with was the look of them–just not all that pretty and appealing to take a bite into. We’re hoping they may morph into something a bit more eye-catching someday!

In the meantime, we’re both more than happy to stick these delectable ProBurst bites in our work and gym bags–one of us with allergy concerns, the other with none at all.

Now, they don’t hit retailer shelves {suggested price $6.99/pouch} until at least March 1st. But how about 10% off the Enjoy Life Foods online shop to go get some + more goodies? You all know I love those Seed + Fruit Mixes in the to-go pouches!

Visit the shop and use code PROBURST101 by March 31st, 2017!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Sun Krunch Granola: Review and GIVEAWAY!

I owe my favorite food item on the market to the brains and perseverance of small business owners Kevin and Kara Payne of Northwest Illinois {and to the GFAF Expo for introducing me}–Sun Krunch Granola, you hold my heart.

After frustrations with their own personal health and a quick, deep dive into the Paleo lifestyle, the Payne couple was ready to take their breakfast woes into their own hands. Well, snacking too!

Sun Krunch Granola is gluten free, grain free, and nut free– which means also oat free {no purity protocol vs. certified GF concerns here!} and paleo!

But what the Payne’s really didn’t expect when they met me and I tried their granola was how perfectly their product is for the diabetes community.

As all the ADSG celiac/food allergy readers know, type 1 diabetes overwhelms many aspects of my life–especially my relationship with food. But what non-PWDs {persons with diabetes} often don’t understand is how most PWDs struggle  to consume any carbohydrates in the morning.

I’ve never been able to eat granola for breakfast–even the ones that have been safe for me allergy-wise–due to their high carbohydrate/high sugar content. That is, until I got my hands on Sun Krunch.

Typically available in 3 perfectly crafted flavors {Flax Apple (personal fave), Buttery Cinnamon, and Cranberry Apple}, though currently available in Pumpkin Spice as well (!), Sun Krunch Granola ranges from 8 to 13g of carbs per serving{which is a whopping one eighth of the whole bag!}

You read that right. Get this– my go to breakfast of Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt + serving of the crunchy, flavorful, love-filled Sun Krunch in the morning + half a pot of coffee {okay, maybe not quite so much…} = 16g of carbs. That’s it–for the entire breakfast.

I truly cannot speak more highly of Sun Krunch and the couple that has created these pouches that feel like they’re chock full of sunshine for this celiac, food allergy/intolerant loaded, type 1 diabetic.

So, of course, I absolutely HAD to arrange a giveaway for all of my loyal ADSG readers! Head over to my Instagram to enter soon!

In the meantime, here’s a code for 20% off your order between now and the end of the year {stock up because, man that stuff goes quickly once you start munching!}: ADSG20. Additionally, please consider using my affiliate link here to place your order so this young professional might get a lil’ something for telling you about her fave find.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*This post was sponsored by Sun Krunch Granola; as always, my opinions are 100% my own.

Nib Mor Chocolate: Review + GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who know me, you know that chocolate is life-sustaining for me.

I am a full-blown chocoholic and am not afraid to admit it.

And while a square of Dove or a Hershey’s Kiss is fine now and then, I’m always on the hunt for the newest beautiful, tasty, and dare-I-say healthy chocolate on the market–especially if it has other philanthropic or environmentally conscious aspects (remember my Raaka review?)

Well, let me tell you– Nib Mor Chocolate understands me.

Not only are their chocolates and drinking chocolates (OMG, right?) natural, certified organic, certified non-GMO, certified gluten-free, and certified vegan– but they’re Fair Trade Certified and the cocoa is even Rainforest Alliance Certified, something I’ve had my eye on for Fair Trade Month this month.

While they sell multiple drinking chocolates and many bar flavors–including my favorite, Sea Salt Dark, and even super fruit bars like blueberry and cacao nibs–my favorite is hands down the “Daily Dose of Dark” squares. These little friends, available in several flavors, find their way to my purse daily and are exactly that–a daily dose of dark. Who said chocolate isn’t medicine?

Now, Halloween season is about to kick-off, and I knew all ADSG readers would be looking for something a little more allergy-friendly and a lot more human-friendly (close out Fair Trade Month strong, everyone!) so I’ve partnered with Nib Mor to bring ADSG readers a special 20% discount code that is even valid on their Halloween specials.

Use code: C9D9OIWWI3XA on their shop website! They’ll even arrive by Halloween if you order in the next 3 days and shipping on orders over $25 is free.

But wait, it gets even better for one lucky reader–you could win everything you see in the picture below, thanks to Nib Mor!

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Holy moly, right?

We’re going to do this a little differently this time, though.

Head over to my Instagram (@breezygfreezy) to enter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*Nib Mor provided chocolate for this review*