Easter Foodie Gifts and Gift Baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets

Easter Foodie Gifts and Gift Baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets

It’s officially the Spring season and that means Easter is around the corner. Just like we did for Valentine’s Day, today we’re sharing several absolutely delicious Easter foodie gifts and gift baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets. We’re highlighting six of our favorite Easter food gifts but Gourmet Gift Baskets offers much more great Easter gift options.

Easter Foodie Gifts and Gift Baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets

Whether your family and friends prefer to indulge in chocolate bunnies, peeps, popcorn, candy, or beer and wine for Easter, Gourmet Gift Baskets has the perfect foodie gift basket to gift or get for yourself. Let’s get to know these delicious Easter treats.

Double Bunny Easter Baskets, $99.99

Easter Foodie Gifts and Gift Baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets

Don’t blink, you are actually seeing double with these Double Bunny Easter Baskets! Avoid Easter morning tantrums when both children and adults receive exactly the same gift! Both bunny homes include a plush bunny with adorable carrot sweaters hiding under the removable roofs. Also included in each gift is a solid milk chocolate bunny, a crispy rice treat, marshmallow PEEPS, Smarties, M&M’s, and jelly beans. Make gift giving easy, and double the fun, for your favorite people this Easter!

Bunny Munch Popcorn Tin, $39.99 to $59.99

Bunny Munch Popcorn Tin

If you’re not sure what to gift, nothing beats Easter-themed popcorn like this Bunny Munch Popcorn Tin. Everyone loves popcorn, especially when it’s a mix of sweet and salty. This festive tin is filled with freshly popped kettle corn, coated with creamy white chocolate, and tossed with salty pretzels, and yummy pastel M&M’S. Available in a one-gallon size tin with a Happy Easter message and decorative Easter eggs or a two-gallon size tin with decorative Easter eggs, adorable flying chicks, and twice the popcorn!

Look What The Easter Bunny Brought Me, $149.99

Look What The Easter Bunny Brought Me

Could this be the perfect Easter gift? This beautiful, jaw-dropping basket is filled with an impressive collection of the most beloved classic candies, two stuffed animals, decadent chocolate treats, and entertaining toys and games that are guaranteed to make this Easter morning one they’ll never forget.

Easter Bakery Basket, $69.99

Easter Bakery Basket

For those looking for more savory goodness, Gourmet Gift Baskets has great options like this yummy basket. Bring the family together with an Easter Bakery Basket full of fresh baked goods. The nostalgia of a warm family gathering is truly what Easter’s all about and these delicious comfort foods like apple-filled croissants, raspberry danish, tea bread, or a muffin will start your family members’ day off right with a holiday breakfast second to none.

Classic Gourmet Easter Basket, $59.99

Easter Foodie Gifts and Gift Baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets

Give them an Easter Basket to remember! The Classic Gourmet Easter Basket is overflowing with Gourmet Gift Baskets’ own, small-batch Easter-themed popcorn and deliciously sweet candies. Your family and friends won’t have to look hard to find their favorite treats hidden in this adorable basket! This classic Easter gift also includes Gourmet Gift Baskets’ new stuffed bunny that will surely become a new favorite toy!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way, $49.99

Easter Foodie Gifts and Gift Baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets

What an adorable and decorative way to celebrate Easter. Hiding inside this house-themed gift is a plush Easter Bunny dressed in a cozy carrot-themed sweater, and a nest of deliciously sweet candy. Imagine your kids’ surprise when they remove the roof and discover the treasures nestled inside! This treasure is a delightfully adorable keepsake gift your little bunnies will cherish for years to come.

As we previously stated, there’s much more gourmet Easter to love and choose from. To see all of Gourmet Gift Baskets’ full Easter selection, hop over here.

What's New in Specialty Food From the Republic of Costa Rica

What’s New in Specialty Food From the Republic of Costa Rica

Thanks to the pandemic, one of the many events we miss attending in 2020 was the Specialty Food Show where food and drink manufacturers from around the globe, presented their newest products. The way 2021 is going, we may not get to attend it this year as well. Thankfully we can get to know these new launches virtually. Today we’re excited to begin our food journey in Costa Rica, known for tropical fruits and vegetables being high on the list of cuisine. Staples include rice and black beans and of course, fresh ingredients. But today, we’re highlighting offerings from Essential Costa Rica and Procomer Costa Rico Exports.

What's New in Specialty Food From the Republic of Costa Rica

Let’s get to know some of these wonderful international Costa Rican food options we’ll hopefully be seeing on supermarket shelves very soon. We’re sure you will love these delicious specialty food options. Today, we’re highlighting specialty foods from El Gusto Foods, Todo Naturale, Natural Sins Ltda., Sweetwell Zona Franca Ltda., Newvana Cocktail Mixes, Roma Prince, Chocofrutas, and Nahua Cacao & Chocolates.

EL GUSTO FOODS

What's New in Specialty Food From the Republic of Costa Rica

EL GUSTO FOODS is the finest roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder harvested and processed in Costa Rica. They have a passion for high quality, support eco-friendly policy and create social impact in their producer communities.​ They make Drip coffee and healthy cocoa products that are keto-friendly, sugar-free, and vegan.

TODO NATURALE

Todo Natural Dehydrated Pineapple Chunks

TODO NATURALE offers 100% natural fruit snacks. Their dried pineapple is 100% natural, preservative-free, SO2-free, free of fat and gluten, with no added sugar, and 1 single ingredient – the fruit!​ Made with fresh pineapple of the best quality, which goes through a process of dehydration by hot air, which allows it to maintain its sweet flavor that everyone loves. Their pineapple rings and chunks have a 15-month shelf life​.

NATURAL SINS LTDA.

Natural Sins Crispy Chips

NATURAL SINS LTDA. is a privately owned company dedicated to the dehydration of fresh fruits and vegetables in the form of chips or powders. They are the only company capable of preserving the full shape, color, smell, and taste of the fresh fruit or vegetable, resulting in a full sensory experience. Perfect as a snack or meal side dish, we got to indulge in the delicious Coconut. A yummy snack that’s high in dietary fiber, low in calories, 0% fat, it naturally contains iron, calcium, and potassium.

SWEETWELL ZONA FRANCA LTDA.

What's New in Specialty Food From the Republic of Costa Rica

SWEETWELL ZONA FRANCA LTDA. is a Costa Rican and Belgian company with over 10 years of experience leading the low-carb/sugar-free/gluten-free snack foods industry in Costa Rica and Mexico. Their delicious treats are highly indulgent without compromising your health. We got to try their Peanut Butter Cookies and devoured the entire bag. They were so flavorful and boasts the taste of creamy, organic peanuts and peanut butter. They are sugar-free, starch-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with wholesome ingredients. Sweetwell is committed to creating a variety of keto-friendly snacks that the whole family can enjoy!

NEWVANA COCKTAIL MIXERS

What's New in Specialty Food From the Republic of Costa Rica

Experience the Pura Vida Costa Rican lifestyle with every sip of the NEWVANA COCKTAIL MIXERS. The mixers are made with 100% natural ingredients, are gluten-free, Non-GMO, and housed in eco-friendly, disposable packaging. Enjoy flavorful cocktails with two ingredients – Newvana and your alcohol of choice. We’ve been joying their Sweet and Sour Cocktail Mixer, a blend of sweet lemons mixed with sour green limes for the perfect cocktail of your choice.

ROMA PRINCE

ROMA PRINCE PASTA

During the last 10 years, Roma Prince has implemented the best technology in the world in pasta production. Their pasta retains the essential features of high nutritional value thanks to the fortification of the product with vitamins and minerals. Today, their pasta offerings, which include Spaghetti, Ziti, Shells, Penne, Elbows, and more. They’ve now extended their range to include pasta sauces and salsa, and olive oil.

CHOCOFRUTAS

CHOCOFRUTAS Chocolate-Covered Fruits

CHOCOFRUTAS is delicious freeze-dried fruit covered in chocolate. The freeze-drying process consists of the fruit being dried by means of cold; this helps to maintain all the original and natural properties of the fruit, color, flavor, and nutritional value. The coating is made with 100% Costa Rican cocoa chocolate. Freeze-dried fruit, like blueberries, is covered in a sweet and dark chocolate coating.

NAHUA CACAO

NAHUA CACAO Chocolate

NAHUA CACAO is Costa Rica’s leading fine flavor cacao producer with a social mission; they supply leading chocolatiers and cacao buyers around the world. Nahua is passionate about fine cacao and outstanding chocolate. They acquire fresh cacao beans from farmers in the Upala region of Costa Rica. They work with small farmers to promote small-scale farmer livelihoods producing artisan, hand-crafted chocolates. Nahua offers several varieties, from antioxidant-rich dark chocolate to specialty flavors like coffee, lemongrass, mint, and so much more.

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

A few days ago, we came across several articles on the connection to gut health and Covid-19 from Reuters, American Society for Microbiology, Yahoo News, etc, essentially saying the number of good bacteria living in your gut may help the severity of Covid-19 symptoms and recovery. Basically, good bacteria benefits our immune system, which as we all know, a strong immune system is key to battling deadly viruses. The reports also state that poor gut health is increasing the severity of Covid-19. Because of this, we started looking into gut detoxification, probiotics, GI Tract support, and of course, more ways to boost our immune system and make sure our gut has good bacteria. Obviously there are many other benefits involved in taking some of the products we looked into such as healthy hair growth, less indigestion and much more. And the good news is, a lot of products are often on offer (check out nucific discounts) which means you can get a lot of health changing products for your money. Luckily, there are multiple probiotic health and wellness products, supplements, and foods that aid in exactly what we’re looking for – building up our gut health.

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

In case you didn’t know, the word probiotic literally means “for life.” As in, it is necessary for life. We’re going beyond the typical yogurts and kefirs; we’re highlighting supplements and other foods that provide the probiotics our bodies need to help win the battle against this deadly pandemic. Thanks to these probiotic-rich products from Tokyo-based brand SHINYALab, Routine, YouTheory, Shrewd Food, and Fond, we’re making sure our gut health is at the optimum level.

SHINYALab Intestinal Youth and Vital Enzymes Supplements

SHINYALab Intestinal Youth and Vital Enzymes Supplements

Intestinal Youth, $39.99, is a Saisei Blend of “sticky” ingredients (seaweed, lotus root, and okra) that brings the best of Nippon Wisdom to your body. Developed by SHINYALab’s in-house Ph.D., these “sticky ingredients” help support rejuvenation and graceful aging of the GI tract. They contain large amounts of mucopolysaccharides, a biologically active substance that supports wound healing, tissue regeneration, and provides a protective barrier over an inflamed digestive tract.

Vital Enzymes, $49.99 is a unique supplement that includes fermented ancient Japanese grains, seeds, and flora manufactured using low-temperature technology. It contains Koji, an abundant beta-glucan that stimulates immunity through macrophages and glycosylceramide. It has improving effects on the skin and intestinal microbial flora.

We’ve added the above Japanese supplements to our daily vitamin and supplements intake. It’s just over a week and we look forward to the wonderful health benefits and results.

Routine Probiotics for Her

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Routine Probiotics for Her, $39.95, is a complete prebiotic-probiotic supplement. It boasts 24 billion CFU per capsule, curated with 5 premium strains, and delivers with minimal eco-impact. Motivated to design a simpler, streamlined, scientifically-backed supplement, Routine is rooted in 5 core principles-science, ingredients with integrity, transparency, community, and sustainability. It’s about building a foundation for whole-body health-living better, feeling better, and nourishing a healthier, more vibrant you. Adding Routine to your every day is one of the easiest, fastest ways to nourish your body. The daily women’s probiotic was carefully curated with 5 USA-sourced strains that have been scientifically proven to improve gut health, boost immunity, balance vaginal health, promote healthy weight, and relieve stress and anxiety.

YouTheory Spore Probiotic Capsules

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Youtheory Spore Probiotic capsules, $27.99, are uniquely designed to survive and thrive. The word “spore” means seed. Like a seed, each spore probiotic is covered by a naturally protective shell that safeguards it until it reaches the intestinal tract. Spore technology is simply a better way to replenish the body’s microflora – offering multiple advantages over traditional probiotic preparations. Unlike other probiotic strains, spore probiotics do not require big doses to stimulate a large biological response in the body. Unlike milk and lactose-based probiotics, they also do not require refrigeration, resist stomach acid breakdown, effectively colonize the human GI tract, and secretes L-lactic acid, which is favorable for health.

Shrewd Food Protein Cookies

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

We know what you’re thinking, can cookies benefit gut health? Yes, these do! Made with 7 different fruits and vegetables, the Shrewd Food Protein Cookies, $14.99/variety pk, are delicious AND good for you. Each serving contains 8g of protein, probiotics (1 Billion CFU), prebiotics for digestive health, and of course, those tasty fruits and veggies mentioned earlier. Each bag of cookies contains only 200 calories; this allows you to treat yourself to the protein snacks you love without spoiling your diet. They are peanut and tree-nut-free, have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Available in Oat & Chip and Oat & Berry, Shrewd Food is honestly the smartest way to snack your way to good gut health.

FOND Bone Broth

FOND Bone Broth

Although we haven’t tried it yet, FOND Bone Broth, $8.99/14oz jar, is another excellent foodie option to add probiotics to your day. You won’t find any preservatives in this broth, just all-natural goodness. It’s brewed like beer and infused similar to tea, creating a flavorful tonic while banning blandness in the process. Its unique flavor combinations make it unlike any other broth on the market. More importantly, it boasts a long list of health benefits. This includes gut health, anti-inflammatory properties, skincare restoration, weight maintenance, and more.

We want to know, are you doing anything to assure the health of your gut? Will you look into how good bacteria and gut health can help you beat Covid-19? Let us know in the comments.

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao’s Homemade

Do you know what America’s favorite food is? The #1 comfort food that US citizens say they could eat for the rest of their lives? It’s Pizza, of course. For those who didn’t know, February 9th is National Pizza Day, and to celebrate we’re making our own homemade pizzas using the premium products from Rao’s Homemade.

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Rao’s Homemade has a range of products to make sure you can enjoy a fresh and delicious homemade pizza anytime. Their sauces are slow-cooked in small batches with hand-selected ingredients like whole leaf basil, sweet Italian tomatoes, and fresh garlic; the perfect base for a hearty pizza. They also offer exclusive pizza gift sets and individual pizza stones to ensure your pizzas come out perfect every time. Read on for some of the great products we’ll be using on National Pizza Day.

PIZZA SAUCES

Rao's Homemade Pizza Sauces

Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce ($4.99) – Their classic pizza sauce is a delicious combination of Italian whole peeled tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and natural herbs, slow-simmered to perfection. It’s the perfect base for ANY pizza!

Rao’s Homemade Margherita Pizza Sauce ($4.99) – This amazing sauce features slow-simmered Southern Italian tomatoes with fresh herbs to create this authentic sauce. Ideal for pizza lovers who like going back to basics!

PIZZA STONE

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Rao’s Homemade Pizza Stone ($24.99) – This 15-inch cooking stone helps spread heat evenly for consistent baking to make the perfect pizza!

PIZZA GIFT SET

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Rao’s Homemade Pizza Gift Set ($75.00) – This is the ultimate kit for making pizza at home or to gift to a pizza fanatic. The Pizza Gift Set includes the 13 oz. Pizza Sauce, 13 oz. Margherita Pizza Sauce, one Pizza Stone, one Rao’s Homemade Apron, one Rao’s Homemade Oven Mitt, and one Rao’s Homemade Jar Opener. It’s just about all you need to make your perfect pizza. You can argue about toppings but you’ll definitely agree that this gift set is a must-have in the kitchen.

Since we cannot venture out as much because of the pandemic, we love the idea of making your own pizza. What better way to celebrate than to raise a slice you made for National Pizza Day.

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Giving chocolates is all fine for Valentine’s Day but sometimes we need a bit more. One can’t live by chocolate alone. We want cookies, brownies, popcorn, and other delicious treats. This is why we’re here to sing the praises of giving the gift of gourmet food gifts like these ones from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Everyone loves food, especially if it comes wrapped up in a lovely gift basket. Valentine’s Day is just over a week away and Gourmet Gift Baskets’ Valentine’s Day collection is a great way to show loved ones how much you care. They have some great 2021 gift options that your Valentine or Galentine will devour.

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Gourmet Gift Baskets has gourmet Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day gifts for everyone, whether they love sweet or salty snacks. There are options to entice any foodie with particular favorites or a snack lover who loves it all. Why not give the gifts of cookies, chocolate, and popcorn? Or chocolate-covered strawberries? Gourmet Gift Baskets even offers gifts for the beer, wine, and champagne lover. Keep reading to get to know these delicious 2021 gourmet foodie gifts below:

From the Heart Gift Tower, $49.99

From the Heart Gift Tower

These heart-themed gift tower boxes overflow with caramel popcorn, chocolate covered Oreos, toffee and chocolate cracker cookies, and more! This sweet gift is perfect for your sweetheart and is a great way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day. The tower contains the following:

  • Valentine’s Select Mix by Marich
  • Foiled Chocolate Covered Oreos by Williams & Bennett
  • Milk Chocolate Truffles by Lindt – 0.8 oz.
  • The O.G. Toffee, Chocolate, Cookie Combo by Legally Addictive
  • Caramel Popcorn

Sweet Chocolate Surprises Gift Tower, $59.99

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Want a sleek, sweet, and SALTY gift for someone you love? Then check out this elegant gift tower. Your recipient’s snack cravings will be satisfied when they discover chocolate sea salt caramels, chocolate-covered nuts and cherries, cookie bites, Belgian chocolates, and more in each of the three-box layers. This gift tower contains:

  • Caramel filled Milk Chocolate Squares by Ghirardelli
  • Dark Chocolate Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews by Marich
  • Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels by Morley Sanders
  • Belgian Chocolates by Annalie’s Chocolates
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries by Sconza
  • Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites by Sconza

Teddy Bear & Chocolates Gift Basket, $59.99

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

What’s the best way to let someone know you care? With red velvet and chocolate, of course! This sweet gift basket is packed with red velvet cookies that taste just like a red velvet cake, decadent chocolate, and chocolate wafer rolls. Top it off with cube cookies and a soft and cuddly teddy bear and you’re sure to make the object of your affection feel great. Giving this gift means they’ll enjoy:

  • A Plush Bear
  • Red Velvet Cookies by Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory
  • Valentine’s Chocolate Presents by Madelaine Chocolates
  • Strawberry Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet
  • Heart Crispy Treat by Selma’s Cookie Company
  • Chocolate Cubetti by Fusion Gourmet

Valentine’s Day Baked Goods Gift Box, $29.99

Valentine's Day Baked Goods Gift Box

Gourmet Gift Baskets has taken the tastiest, freshest cookies they could find, fudge brownie and chocolate chip, and packed them in a very attractive red, pink, and white XO-themed gift box. Then they added a heart-shaped, drizzled chocolate crispy treat. This is the perfect gift for your sweetheart or anyone else who could use a little added sweetness for Valentine’s Day. Your love or bestie will enjoy the following:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – (2) 2 pack
  • Fudge Brownie Cookies – (3) 2 pack
  • Heart-Shaped Drizzled Crispy Treat

All baked goods in this gift box are Kosher OU-D certified except for the crispy treat.

For My Valentine Popcorn Tin, $39.99 – $59.99

For My Valentine Popcorn Tin

Love is in the air and what’s better for celebrating than gourmet popcorn?! Our Valentine’s Day 2-gallon popcorn tin has three of our best and most beloved flavors including Cookies & Cream, Mint Cookie Mayhem, and Peanut Butter Cup, while our one-gallon tin includes white chocolate drizzled popcorn mixed with M&M’s® & waffle shaped pretzels. All packaged in a heart patterned Valentine’s Day themed tin. This popcorn gift is just the thing for a sweetheart that loves to snack! One tin design contains two different sizes and flavor combinations and is as follows:

  • Gallon – Tin w/handle & cover – Cupid’s Crunch: Luxurious white chocolate drizzled popcorn mixed with M&M’s and waffle shaped pretzels.
  • Gallon – Tin w/cover – Chocolate Dreams Trio: Includes Cookies & Cream, Mint Cookie Mayhem, and Peanut Butter Cup popcorn flavors.

Valentine’s Day Wine Duo, $99.99

Valentine's Day Wine Duo

When one bottle of wine just won’t do, your sweetheart will fall head over heels for our Valentine’s Day Wine Duo! Nestled side by side in our new water hyacinth basket is a bottle each of Pinot Noir and Rosé wines*. Accompanying these incredible wine selections is our house-made cinnamon & brown sugar kettle corn and a selection of Valentine’s day candies. This perfect for two gift basket contains:

  • Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Kettlecorn
  • Valentine’s Select Mix by Marich
  • Pinot Noir by I Am Wines
  • Rosé All Day

*Wine glasses not included.

We’d be happy to any of these Valentine’s Day gift baskets (okay, all of them) and we know you would too. We’d love to know which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets would you like to receive for Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day?

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

One of the hardest adjustments to make through life is improving our eating habits. We get so used to eating what we like that we sometimes forget we are aging, our metabolism is slowing, or that we need to be more conscious of what we are putting into our bodies. The New Year is the perfect time to make these difficult adjustments, as it provides us with a fresh slate to start with! If you aren’t sure what to tackle first, we have a few tips to help you out!

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

  1. Start small

By starting small, you aren’t overwhelming yourself or your body. An easy thing to start with is drinking proper amounts of water and making sure you have a healthy snack every day. By employing these two methods, you will create small healthy habits that will help you along your health journey.

Keep a water bottle close to you at all times, that way you see the water you need to be drinking, and make sure you have healthy snacks in the house or with you on the go. It is easy to cave and pack not-so-healthy snacks, but if you prep them and have them ready to go, you will be much better off!

  1. Have a support system in place

Creating a social media account to document your journey will provide you with some accountability. You can make it a fitness account if you are wanting to work on your exercise routines, or just make it a healthy eating account. If you don’t want to start a whole new page, our best advice is to unfollow accounts that aren’t supportive, and follow those that are not only supportive but give you the motivation you need to make this change!

  1. Create a plan

Writing out your meals and creating a meal plan is a great start, but it will also be good to plan out what you want from this journey. Planning out milestones you want to accomplish, what you want your end results to be, or just what you want your body to look like is a great plan to have.

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

An important step in goal-setting is to write it all down! You don’t want to lose track of what you want or the timeline you want to accomplish them in. Plus, writing about your progress will help you to reflect on all those little steps you are taking! Having a fitness journal or planner will take this tip to the next level!

  1. Supplement your wellness

Taking supplements such as CBD can help improve your wellness and take your health into your own hands. CBDfx makes the best CBD vape kit, and it’s small, discrete, and sleek, so you can use it wherever you are.

There are many other supplements out there as well. Try to choose a supplement that’s best for your needs. For instance, if you plan to start hitting the gym in addition to eating better, consider picking up some whey protein from Optimum Nutrition to help you put on muscle faster. Since you’re starting afresh with a new diet, you could also try probiotic supplements from ActivatedYou which may help in smoother digestion, reduced gas and bloating.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Asking your friends or family to help you along your journey will give you the support and accountability it takes to start and continue on a healthier lifestyle. If you need more help from your support system, don’t be afraid to ask for it, and be specific when doing so!

Tell them exactly what kind of help you need, whether that means having them send you supportive messages, helping you find new healthy recipes, or asking them to help you in the kitchen. Lean on those around you, you will be happy you did

  1. Have the courage to try new things

If cooking isn’t your forte, then now might be the time to learn! Having a healthy diet is hard to do when you don’t see yourself as a cook. By subscribing to a meal subscription service like Blue Apron, you can get easy to create recipes and healthy ingredients sent right to your door.

This will take all the guesswork out of shopping, curating, and creating. There is no need to stress about what you will be consuming when using a meal service, because you get to pick what you want, then create it yourself! You will see everything that you are going to be eating, leaving you with no surprises.

When you first start following a healthy diet, it may not be an easy process but, in the end, it will be well worth it! Happy New Year and good luck!

Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

Out of the Frying Pan: Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

During the course of the pandemic, most of us have been forced to stay home and explore the possibilities of our own kitchens. Some learned how to make a good loaf of sourdough, while others mastered the art of baking banana bread. But if you and I want something a bit less labor-intensive with a healthier twist, we might have asked Santa for air fryers for Christmas. And now that it’s taking up space in your cabinet, you might be wondering: is it even worth it?

Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

Air fryers have actually been around for more than a decade. While 78% of campers participate in outdoor cooking while they rough it in the woods, home cooks have been able to get their hands on air fryers since they premiered in 2010. It wasn’t until recently, however, that their popularity really took off. They work in a similar way to a convection oven — by circulating hot air using a fan system — but an air fryer circulates air more quickly and can decrease cooking times.

Another perk of air fryers is that they provide supposedly healthier alternatives to what deep fryers can produce. Although 75% of grill owners actually grill during the winter months, it may not always be feasible to use this option. But air fryers can fit comfortably on most countertops and are enclosed, preventing potential injury associated with deep fryers. Instead of using oil (including those that come from the four major biotech crops, including soybean) to fry foods, you don’t need to add much oil at all to make the food crispy and delicious. That means you can potentially save calories without sacrificing the dining experience.

Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

That said, you can’t throw just anything in your air fryer and call it a day. Experts warn that certain fresh produce, like broccoli and apples, really don’t belong in the air fryer and can be cooked much more effectively using other methods. Most meats can be cooked in the air fryer, but it’s important to note you might not get the same kind of sear as you would on the grill or even in a pan. Certain types of fish may not be the best fit for an air fryer, especially if you’re cooking them with the skin on. Battered foods might not be the best choice either, though breaded foods are an excellent choice. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may also need to cook in batches — which isn’t the most convenient thing in the world, to be fair — if you’re making large quantities. However, frozen foods, homemade French fries, and chicken tenders, and a number of other yummy treats will work just fine.

For those who might otherwise be intimidated by the concept of cooking or who are eager to try out the recipes they’re seeing on social media, it makes sense to invest in this new kitchen staple. The cost of these appliances is actually decreasing, which makes owning one a much more accessible endeavor than before. As long as you have the counter and storage space for one, it could definitely be worth trying out. That said, it won’t magically solve all your kitchen queries — and if you already have a convection oven, you might want to use what you’ve already got instead.

Celebrate Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses With Cure Crate

Celebrate Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses With Cure Crate

There are many ways you can celebrate Black History Month. You can educate yourself and others about black trailblazers, read literature by black authors, or even participate in an initiative to help black communities in your city. One of the best ways to celebrate, however, is to support black-owned businesses. By doing this, you’ll be helping black people achieve their financial and professional dreams while getting to enjoy the products or services they’ve created.

If you’ve enjoyed the recent boom in cannabis-related businesses, be sure to get BC Kush from Canna Express, visit your local dispensaries, and look for small online sellers that would appreciate your support. Cannabis is a quickly growing industry so there are so many different ways you can show your custom. Plus, if you want to support black people in the industry, Cure Crate may be perfect for you. As one of the newer 30.2 million small businesses in the country, this CBD subscription box service launched in early 2020. The mission of Cure Crate is to give an individual a personalized CBD wellness experience based on their unique quiz results while also creating a trusted brand that is committed to social justice within the cannabis industry.

Celebrate Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses With Cure Crate

Alexandra Mulconnery and Sean Wynn are the co-founders of Cure Crate and hope that their dynamic partnership and perspectives as a black woman and black man can help them accomplish this mission. The first step they’re taking is to market Cure Crate as an accessible introduction to CBD. When many people hear about CBD, all they know is that it is derived from cannabis. In truth, CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form and is refined to remove all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and hemp plant components. This makes the final product about 99% CBD and practically free of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

From face creams to gummies, CBD can come in a wide variety of applications. Cure Crate aims to show consumers how CBD can be an asset to their wellness and lifestyle by offering a range of different CBD products. Whether you want to avoid getting one of the one billion colds Americans get every year or you need help destressing during the workday, Cure Crate has something for you. Cure Crate emphasizes excellent product quality and safety through thorough third-party testing and also offers in-depth consumer education.

Celebrate Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses With Cure Crate

In addition to CBD education, Mulconnery and Wynn aim to help black communities by giving back financially. When customers visit the Cure Crate website, they can make a direct donation to the Last Prisoner Project. This non-profit organization is working towards clemency and the establishment of comprehensive reentry programs for cannabis offenders. Many of the people in jail for cannabis offenses are black while the recent legalization of cannabis in states across the country is allowing white people to profit from the booming industry. The Last Prisoner Project, and others like it, aim to fix this disparity.

Throughout the month of February, Cure Crate will also be highlighting other black-owned CBD brands. These highlights will include product features, founders’ stories, and Instagram takeovers. Visit Cure Crate’s site today to learn about these brands, support the Last Prisoner Project, and get your very own personalized CBD box.