Sparkling Ice Launches Limited Edition Mystery Fruit Flavor & Contest

Sparkling Ice has just launched a NEW limited edition Mystery Fruit Flavor and contest. Do you think you can guess the mystery flavor for the chance to win over $45,000 in prizes? The limited edition, mystery fruit flavor joins a vast assortment of flavors that includes Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape Raspberry and a new Ginger Lime that launched earlier this year.

The Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery fruit flavor will be available in retailers nationwide beginning this week through the end of July 2018. Wrapped in a distinct blue and red packaging with a question mark inside the brand’s signature three-dimensional ice cube, the new limited-edition Mystery fruit flavor offers a clear carbonated beverage balanced with just the right amount of fizz. As with all the other Sparkling Ice flavors, the limited edition Mystery fruit flavor is a zero calorie, zero sugar beverage made with antioxidants and vitamins.

The flavor will not be announced until the end of the summer season, so until then, you’ll just have to place your bets on what you think the fruit flavor by sharing your guesses on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps. But your guess can help you win big. You can also submit your guesses on Sparkling Ice’s Facebook page. What can you win? How about an all-expense paid VIP trip to a major music festival in April 2019! A Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify, and more. The contest opened on May 15th and will last through July 31st, 2018. Better start guessing!

For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit www.SparklingIce.com, www.facebook.com, www.Twitter.com, and www.instagram.com.

Explore the Tastes of the World with Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends

We always say the best way to experience a country’s culture is to dive right into their local cuisines. Sadly not all of us can afford to travel around the world indulging in international foodie fantasies. However, there is a way you can enjoy these culinary delights, especially if you’re not blessed enough to have access to international chefs and restaurants. What do we mean? Cooking with international spices and seasonings of course. Pereg Natural Foods & Spices, the people who brought you fiery Harissa from Tunisia, exotic Moroccan Ras Al Hanout, and the bold flavors of Cajun country, has launched two new international spices, Chinese 5-Spice Seasoning, and Latin Adobo Blend. Let’s get to know Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.

Pereg’s ever-growing selection of international ingredients now includes 5-Spice Seasoning, an aromatic anchor of Chinese cuisine, and Adobo Blend, a zippy mainstay in kitchens from Spain and Peru to Mexico and the Philippines. These two spices join the wide range of Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.  Pereg’s Chinese 5-Spice mix, a happy marriage of sweet, salty, pungent, sour, and bitter has the power to elevate dishes of all kinds.  With its balanced blend of cinnamon, anise, fennel, black pepper, and cloves, it delivers an intriguing, pan-Asian complexity to braises, soups, stir-fries, and sauces. It pairs beautifully with lamb, chicken, and duck. You can even use it in cocktails!

Adobo, which originated in Spain and Portugal, wears many hats. Latin adobo usually refers to a sauce or marinade typically made from paprika and stewed chipotle chilies. However, some Latin and Caribbean countries think of adobo as a seasoning mix, either wet or dry, to rub on meat before cooking. And in the Philippines, where adobo is the national dish, it’s a style of cooking in which meat, fish, or vegetables are marinated in vinegar, salt, and spices, browned in oil and then simmered in the marinade. Adobo seasoning is endlessly versatile. It adds a rich dimension to chicken, turkey, burgers, and your favorite chili. Use it as a dry rub for steaks and whole fish. Mix it with quinoa, add it to fish tacos, spice up your guacamole, or sprinkle it on popcorn.

Are your ready to bring international cuisine to your life and kitchen? What are your thoughts on Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends? Will you start cooking more international dishes?

Health & Nutrition: The New Hummus Shake from The Hummus & Pita Co.

Once in a while, there’s a new item launch that completely blows us away. While we have enjoyed many a delicious beverage, nothing has caught us by surprise as much as the new Hummus Shake from The Hummus & Pita Co. In all honesty, while we love chickpeas, we’re actually not fans of Hummus (it’s a strange predilection). So when we attended a tasting of The Hummus & Pita Co.’s new Hummus Shake, which launches on National Hummus Day, we did so with some trepidation. After one sip, all our apprehension was gone. To say we were pleasantly surprised by how delicious and amazing the thick, creamy drinkable dessert is an understatement.

The Hummus & Pita Co. is known for bringing healthy, homemade Mediterranean cuisine all made-from-scratch on in-store using only the freshest ingredients. The addition of their new Hummus Shake continues that healthy practice.

The Hummus Shake is vegan, FREE of dairy and gluten, and packed with good-for-you ingredients that are high in protein, fiber, and vitamins, but low in calories. This guilt-free dessert starts with just FIVE all-natural, simple ingredients (chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, and almond milk) that are perfectly blended for a sweet treat that tastes decadent and indulgent, all the while regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and providing anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy effects.

The Hummus Shake is available in five flavors: original, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and butter pecan. Just in time for National Hummus Day, The Hummus & Pita Co. will be offering free samples of this innovative, guilt-free drinkable dessert at all Hummus & Pita Co. locations on Sunday, May 13. To keep celebrations going all week long, The Hummus & Pita Co. will be offering a buy one Hummus Shake, get one free promotion from the May 13th launch date through Sunday, May 20.

A 12 oz cup of the innovative Hummus Shake will be available for $5.00 at all Hummus & Pita Co. locations nationwide, both currently in operation and those slated to open in the coming months. The brand has partnered with Taylor Machines to develop a batch recipe and machine dispenser to ensure the Hummus Shake is replicated perfectly each and every time.

Spice Up Your Life: Spice Islands Spices, Herbs, and Seasonings

Repeat after us – when it comes to cooking, spices, herbs, and seasonings are absolutely needed. We love food, that’s why we do restaurant reviews and eat out as much as we can. The best thing about being a foodie is enjoying the various flavors, so we need our meals to be seasoned to perfection. We need much more than just salt and pepper. If you have less than ten varieties of spices, herbs, and seasonings (not including salt and pepper) in your kitchen cupboard, you’re not properly seasoning your food. But worry not, we, and Spice Islands, are here to help you. We are here to introduce you to the vast variety of Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings boasting rich flavors and premium quality. Get ready to amp up your spice rack and cooking with an amazing array of wonderful flavors.

Whether you’re cooking something savory or sweet, Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings have exactly what you need. They search the world for spices and herbs of the highest quality. Then they craft and package them to deliver the most authentic and intense flavor possible. It’s as if you sourced these spices and herbs out of your own garden.

Spice Islands offers everything from A to V – Allspice to Vanilla, with many spices available in multiple forms (think whole, ground, and organic). They go far beyond the basics like chili powder, basil, cayenne pepper, chives, cilantro, etc and offer gourmet options like Jamaican jerk seasoning, Louisiana Cajun, Garam Masala (a hot spice blend of Northern Indian spices), a flavorful blend French countryside blend of spices, extracts, and panko mixes.

It’s a fact that cooking with the right spices can turn any recipe from okay to absolutely mouth-watering and that’s exactly what you get with Spice Islands spices, herbs, and seasonings. Another thing we love about Spice Islands is their recipes. They offer lots of entrees, appetizer, bread, soup, salads sides, sauces, beverages and dessert recipes. They provide the level of difficulty, prep and total time, and of course the correct spices, herbs and seasonings to use for each recipe. Spice Islands is here to make cooking fun and to wow your family and friends with your cooking skills. What more can you ask for? To learn more about Spice Islands and their variety of spices, herbs, and seasonings, visit www.spiceislands.com.

It’s Easy Eating Green: Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day Pasta Recipes

We know when it comes to celebrating the luckiest day of the year, it’s usually done with cocktails, but we’re here to tell you, enjoying a delicious plate of a delicious pasta is another great way to honor the greenest holiday. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients. While they may not be Irish, these Explore Cuisine pastas, made with Green Lentil, Edamame, and Mung Bean, are actually green. Ready to try these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Free of artificial colors, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious. The following Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes include two pesto dishes and a pasta salad.

Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto

1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne – cooked, drained
2 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
A handful fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
salt and red chili flakes to taste
3 T. pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat oil in a small sauté pan. Add garlic and cook one minute. Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil. Season with salt and chili flakes. Garnish with pine nuts. Add cheese if desired.

Explore Cuisine Super Green Pasta Salad

1 7oz Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti
4 cups spinach (finely sliced & packed)
2 spring onions (finely sliced)
2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/2 tsp sea salt
Green Tahini Sauce
1 cup fresh basil (packed)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup water (the pasta cooking water)
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons)
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup brazil nut parmesan (to top)
Cook pasta for 4 minutes, then drain and rinse briefly under cold water. Be sure to reserve 1/2 cup cooking water – it’ll make a huge difference to your sauce! While the pasta cooks, make up the Brazil nut parmesan by blitzing all ingredients in a blender until crumbly. Once your pasta is cooked, make the sauce by blending all sauce ingredients (including your reserved pasta cooking water) until smooth. Place the pasta back in the pan and turn the element onto a low heat. Add the sauce and spinach, cooking for just a minute or two until the spinach it very lightly wilted but still vibrant. Finally, mix through the tomatoes and spring onions and then remove from heat, (this maintains all the nutritional benefits of the raw vegetables while lightly heating them). Plate your pasta into bowls, adding 1 tbsp of parmesan to each plus cracked black pepper and extra sea salt to taste. **Recipe courtesy of Recipe by Buffy Ellen of begoodorganics**

Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce

7 oz. Explore Cuisine Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine – cooked and drained
2 large yellow squashes, peeled into ribbons with a peeler
3.5 oz. pecans – peeled & halved
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
3 oz. pine nuts

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE
1 large bunch of fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
2 oz. olive oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks. Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped. Add the salt and olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency. Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts in a skillet. Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

What are your thoughts on these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Be Nutrient-Rich: Sneakz Organic Milkshakes and Vegan Protein Powders

With breakfast and now lunch being eaten on the go, it’s become almost impossible to eat a well-balanced meal or even get your daily full servings of vegetables. We have become a nation of nutrient deficient individuals, but there is something you and your family can do to change that. Lots of kids don’t eat their vegetables, but then so do many adults. To keep our bodies strong and healthy, we need to a nutrient-rich diet. We have a delicious way for you to enjoy half-serving of whole vegetables that you will absolutely enjoy, Sneakz Organic milkshakes and vegan protein powders. We promise you these veggie-based milkshakes are definitely delicious.

With a simple blend of whole organic foods, including sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and beets, Sneakz Organic combines great taste with positive nutrition to help you and your family eat better and enjoy your vegetables. Sneakz Organic milkshakes and vegan protein powders also have less sugar than sodas and many juice drinks.

Sneakz Organic comes available in a ready-to-drink milkshake in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla flavors and the newly launched Vegan Protein Powders in the same flavors. The organic, vegan protein mixes boast a veggie blend of pea protein, carrots, cauliflower, beets, sweet potato, and spinach; it also contains organic cane sugar, organic flavors, organic alkalized cocoa, Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086, and sea salt. It provides 14 grams of protein, probiotics, 10 essential amino acids and 1/2 serving of daily vegetables, and at least 500 million CFUs of probiotics per scoop. Sneakz contains no GMOs, antibiotics or synthetic hormones, and no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. It does not contain gluten ingredients and is free from carrageenan.

There are also more ways to enjoy Sneakz than just drinking it. You can feast on some very delicious recipes, including Heart Healthy Oatmeal PancakesApricot Energy BitesLoaded Vegan PizzaCheesy Potato Gratin, or 7 Layer Rainbow Smoothie Pops.

Could your daily vegetable intake use a delicious overhaul? Try the veggie-packed Sneakz Organic milkshakes and vegan protein powders today.

The Crisp Effect: Chef-Created, Artisan Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps

There are times when you crave a snack that features the best of two worlds. Something as delicious as chips, but as healthy as a cracker. The solution? Crispy flatbread. The days of sacrificing health for taste are thankfully long gone, thanks to the chef-created, artisan Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps. These deliciously addictive flatbread crisps are flavorful, thick cut specialty chips with a distinctive crunch. Whether you enjoy them right out of the bag (be forewarned – they will not last long right out of the bag) or pair it with any dip or spread (the sweet and savory possibilities are endless – from Bacon Jam to Nocciolata’s Hazelnut spread), you are in for an amazing snacking experience. Flatbread Crisps also avoid the over-saturation and redundancy of crackers, tortilla chips and pita chips that already line grocery shelves.

Founded by husband and wife team Lisa and Mark Spedale, each bag of chef-crafted Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps uses minimal all-natural ingredients, are trans-fat and cholesterol free, and have no preservatives. Most are certified gluten-free as well as being non-GMO. The thick cut Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps are available in eight flavors, including Simply Salted, Green Harvest, Rustic Beet, Ancient Sprouted Grains, Italian Everything, Gouda Garlic, Chile Lime, and the only sweet flavor, Dolce Caramel. Green Harvest, which incorporates the already popular Ancient Grains flavor with the best and healthiest “greens” including kale, broccoli and spinach; and Rustic Beet, a marriage of the anti-oxidant rich properties of red beets with the hearty, earthy flavor of sprouted grains, are the newest flavors to join his delicious flatbread lineup.

“The growing popularity of flatbreads has them appearing in most casual and many white table cloth restaurants creating an immediate and consistent consumer visibility and awareness,” said Primizie Snacks CEO Shawn Sweeney. “Since our launch, we’ve been a flatbread company first and foremost and now, we’ve refreshed our packaging to more clearly convey that to our consumers.”

Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps are available at various locations of Safeway/Albertson’s, HEB, Tops, Winn Dixie, Sprouts, Publix, Central Market, Raley’s, Kroger and more. For more on Primizie Flatbread’s delicious flavors, visit www.primiziesnacks.com.

Baby, I like it Raw: Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios & Wonderful Almonds

You may have noticed there’s a big resurgence of adding more raw foods to one’s diet. More and more people have been enjoying foods that are mostly or entirely uncooked, and unprocessed. It’s all about attempting to eat clean and healthier. Whether it’s eating more raw vegetables, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat, or dairy products. This is a practice that has prehistoric origins with a modern initial introduction in the 1930s and is experiencing a resurgence now. Let’s face it, food is better for you without all the artificial and processed junk. Launching just in time for Heart Health Month, The Wonderful Company welcomes its Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios, joining their already successful Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds, originally launched in 2012.

Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios

A perfect way to add more plant protein to your daily diet, the Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios have a rich, crunchy, nutty flavor, in their natural state. Pistachios are one of the lowest-calorie, lowest-fat nuts around. There is no roasting or salting done to them at all, and they are a delicious way to enjoy the raw food diet. One handful of Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios (about 30) is a sensible, delicious snack with only 100 calories, with lots of protein and fiber.

“The ‘natural raw’ process maintains the raw properties of the pistachio nut that some of our consumers are looking for,” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing, The Wonderful Company. “In fact, consumers are showing an increased desire for raw nuts, with 62 percent of all nut buyers purchasing raw nuts in the past year. Among this group, nearly 80% expressed interest in buying Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios. With this clear consumer in mind, Wonderful Pistachios Natural Raw was a natural extension to our portfolio.”

Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds

Naturally cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, and full of nutrition, Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds might be the perfect healthy snack for everyone. They are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Certified Non-GMO, dairy and soy free, Kosher (certified by the Orthodox Union) and Halal (certified by the Islamic Food Nutrition Council of America). Almonds are among tree nuts that are the highest in protein, calcium, fiber and the antioxidant vitamin E. Plus they are a great tasting, convenient, and heart-healthy everyday snack.

Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds are available now in 1.5oz. bags ($0.99), 6.3oz. bags ($3.99), and 7oz. (4.49). Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios officially launches this February and will be available in 16oz. bags for $9.99. Both can be found at leading grocery retailers nationwide. Could Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds help you add more plant protein to your daily diet?