Munch Madness with Duane Reade’s deLISH Snacks #DRMunchMadness

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March may mean the beginning of spring but to sports fans, it is the most important time for college basketball. That’s right, it’s national championship time! To get ready, we started getting our Tournament brackets organized and scouted Duane Reade and their deLISH brand for our #CollectiveBias Munch Madness snacks that would keep us going during these intense games. We’re already fans of the deLISH Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, so finding game time snacks was a breeze.

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The question on our minds when we first entered Duane Reade was, what do we get for our game time Munch Madness? Which wonderful Duane Reade’s deLISH Snacks should we get? Do we go with chips and dip? Pizza? Pigs in a blanket or go for extra points with sandwiches and pot stickers? Either way, all those choices were found under the deLISH brand. We made a video of some of the amazing options that are available under Duane Reade’s store brand.

Unfortunately our game get-togethers have dwindled in size since some teams were eliminated quickly (not ours…yay!!) and we’re still here to cheer on Harvard Crimson and Duke Blue Devils (our personal top team picks). Since we were now a smaller sized-party, we decided to go with the following mix of yummy deLISH products – Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar, Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt, Tortilla Chips Restaurant Style Multi-Grain, Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip, Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix, Colossal Cashews, Original Crackers, and Cranberry Blends Grape Cranberry Juice Cocktail for delicious cocktails.

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The chips and dip were a huge hit (no one believed the deLISH Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip was not homemade – loved the big chunks of artichoke hearts), I should have bought more for myself. The Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix and Colossal Cashews combination kept our energy level up (there was lots of screaming and jumping around) and as Harvard beat Cincinnati 61-57 and secured it’s placed into the next round, we celebrated with a few glasses of deLISH Cranberry Blends Grape Cranberry Juice and vodka cocktails. Next game we’re keeping our eye on, Duke vs Mercer, then it’s back to Harvard and their game vs Michigan State…..it’s going to be an intense weekend. Check out some pics of our game time snacks before it was pulverized.

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What are you snacking on during the tournament? You’ve seen our tournament picks and Munch Madness snacks, what are yours? Have you thought of visiting Duane Reade for your get-togethers? To get updates and more information the variety of Duane Reade deLISH products available, visit www.duanereade.com, follow them on Twitter – https://twitter.com/DuaneReade and Like them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/duanereade.

What’s New in Health & Nutrition | Delicious Products to Get Your Daily Vegetables Intake

We’ve been told since birth that eating your vegetables is a vital part of our diet and nutrition. Of course most of us do not like to eat vegetables and really struggle with trying to eat them, mainly because of taste – I for one struggle with Kale (I really do). But there is great news for those who struggle with adding vegetables to their diet. Thanks to Lifeway Kefir, Green Giant, Jamba “at home” Smoothies, and Edy’s® Outshine, you can get your daily intake of vegetables without worrying about taste.Lifeway Veggie Kefir

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Can’t eat your vegetables? Why not drink them. Lifeway has launched a trio of naturally probiotic, high-protein, drinkable blends where your everyday veggies are turned into superfoods with no sugar added. With these new Lifeway Veggie Kefir blends, you get the traditionally tart and tangy Lifeway Kefir, a burst of garden-fresh flavor and a full serving of vegetables. Your veggies have never tasted so good. The Veggie Kefir is available in savory beet, cucumber, and tomato.

Green Giant® Veggie-Blend-Ins

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Most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables (some none at all), now thanks to Green Giant, we all have a great way to make sure we’re getting our daily intake of vegetables no matter what recipe we’re preparing. Cooking mac and cheese? Blending smoothies or pancakes for breakfast? or baking cookies or a chocolate cake? All you have to do is just pour any of these Green Giant Veggie Puree Blend-Ins into your dish and blend it right into your meal, snacks and dessert preparations. I recently adding the spinach puree to my chili recipe I made, check out a before picture and the blending in the video below (trust me, it tastes 1000% better than it looks lol):

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Green Giant has teamed up with Deceptively Delicious’s author, Jessica Seinfeld, to help your family eat more veggies. Butternut squash works well in cheesy or slightly sweet dishes like macaroni and cheese and pancakes. Carrot works well in ground meat dishes like tacos and baked goods like muffins. Spinach mixes well into red or darker dishes like spaghetti and brownies. I know what you’re thinking “spinach in brownies?” – it doesn’t sound appetizing but believe me when I tell you that you don’t taste the spinach AT ALL, just delicious chocolate. This is a fantastic way for both kids and adults to get eat healthier.

Jamba “at home” Fruit & Veggie Fusion® Smoothies

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Everyone loves smoothies, it is a great way to enjoy fruits. The line of Red, Blue and Green Fusion At-Home Kits offers a unique blend of vitamin-rich vegetables with delicious fruits, creating a powerful and convenient blend-and-serve smoothie. The Green Fusion combines green apple, mango, pineapple, kiwi, banana, broccoli, spinach and spirulina to offer a sweet yet hearty smoothie. The Red Fusion combines red raspberry, strawberry, dark sweet cherry, purple carrot and sweet potato; and the Blue Fusion combines blueberry, banana, apple, blackberry, carrot, broccoli and spinach. Each smoothie kit contains whole pieces of frozen fruit and vegetable blocks that, when blended with one cup of apple juice, makes two, eight-ounce servings. Each glass also provides an excellent source of vitamin C, at 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), 40 percent of the RDA of vitamin A and 25 percent of the RDA of vitamins, E, K, B1 and B6.

Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

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If you want to try yet another way to enjoy your veggies, check out the first national line of frozen fruit bars that combines both fruits and vegetables in a delicious frozen snack. The Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars features five new refreshing and innovative flavors: Blueberry Medley, Tangerine Carrot, Apple and Greens, Peach Mango Medley and Strawberry Rhubarb, along with a 12-count multi-pack featuring Strawberry Rhubarb, Tangerine Carrot and Blueberry Medley. At 35-60 calories each, the Fruit and Veggie bars contain at least 25% vegetables from purees and juices, so you can be rest assured you are enjoying a rejuvenating, healthy snack.

5 Foods We’ve Been Enjoying During the Polar Vortex

While we were stuck at home trying not to experience cabin fever thanks to the Polar Vortex which has everyone asking “how cold it it?”. It seems the only question we were asking was, what do we have to eat while watching hours of continuous movies on Netflix and cable. During weather events such as these, you can get stuck with nothing to do but continuously eat, but hopefully you didn’t only enjoy unhealthy treats. We actually indulged in an eclectic variety of both healthy snacks and some more decadent. Although we didn’t eat our weight in food (we came pretty close while indulging in these delights), we’re also giving ourselves pats on the back for not forcing deliverymen to bring us takeout….we almost lost that battle). Here are the five foods we’ve been enjoying while stuck indoors from Noosa Yoghurt, Dole, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Quaker Oats, and Jonty Jacobs.

Noosa Passion Fruit Yoghurt

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Not too many people know of the deliciousness of passion fruit but the sure Aussies do. Noosa‘s delicious yoghurt comes in a variety of flavors including this summery, sweet and tart, tropical flavor. In this delicious concoction, Noosa blends ripe, whole passion fruit purée with their rich velvety yoghurt. We’re hoping eating this summery treat will have mother nature get into a warmer mood.

Dole Chopped Bacon & Bleu Salad Kit

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One word – BACON!! But seriously this amazing salad will have you thinking you’re over-indulging but you’re so not – unless you add more bacon…and chicken or steak – but even then you’re still doing your body good. Featuring bold flavors of Applewood smoked bacon, green and red cabbage, romaine lettuce, kale, sweet carrots and green onions that are brought together with Dole’s Bleu Cheese Dressing, you create a truly memorable and delicious chopped salad experience with this Chopped Bacon and Blue Salad Kit.

Graeter’s Original Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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Not at all ashamed to say more than one pint of the decadent Graeter’s Ice Cream was enjoyed (yes even with what’s happening outside), my heat was set to tropical, so naturally out comes the ice cream. Using the finest ingredients (fresh cream and milk from Ohio farms that pledge not to use any artificial growth hormones; 100% cane sugar; egg custard) and a small-batch freezing process that are are then hand-swirled by artisans in 2-gallon French Pots, these decadent and very irresistible ice cream will have you continuous reaching for the pint. We know what you’re thinking – ice cream when its so cold outside? Our answer to that is sometimes you just need ice cream.

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Honey Almond

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With frigid weather comes the chills (even if you are over-indulging on ice cream). Sometimes the chills just gets right down to your bones and you have to warm yourself from the inside out. That’s where the fulfilling Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Honey Almond comes in. A delicious hot cereal of whole grain Quaker Oats baked them into tasty clusters of multi-grain granola that stay crunchy, even after you heat them with milk.

Jonty Jacobs Fine Beef Products

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Using traditional South African curing methods, Jonty Jacobs features gourmet meat two ways – Biltong (dried meat slices) & Droewors (dried sausage). made from fine cuts of beef, these products are rubbed with vinegar and spices before being hung to naturally dry, maintaining the meat’s natural, tender flavor. This is not your typical beef jerky, the Biltong is available in two cuts – traditional (which includes a fine layer of fat to maintain the meat’s tender, natural flavor) and a lean cut (for the more health conscience). With its incredible taste, you won’t be worrying about which cut is leaner – they are incredibly delicious and gave us the protein we needed.

We’ve shared the foods we’ve been enjoying, what about you? What treats were you indulging on while the Polar Vortex kept you inside?

What Sweet Treats are you Snacking on this Christmas Day?

There’s always tons of celebrating, entertaining and eating being done before Christmas Day, but on that wonderful day, it’s all about spending time with your loved ones. Whether you’re enjoying opening presents together or curling up on the couch to enjoy some holiday movies on Christmas Day, one thing is for sure – there should be some delicious sweet treats and snacks to enjoy.

CIAO BELLA

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Don’t let the cold weather outside keep you from enjoying some delicious frozen treats. Ciao Bella offers delicious Sorbetto and Gelato, in fruity flavors like Blood Orange and sweet treats like Dulce De Leche. Create a gelato bar for your family with some delicious and healthy toppings and your favorite Ciao Bella flavors to wow your guests with something more than cookies and pie.

POPCORN, INDIANA

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Don’t fall into the trap of greasy snacks like potato chips and enjoy some delicious and healthy Popcorn, Indiana instead. Popcorn, Indiana’s FIT has 40 calories or less for you to munch while enjoying your favorite movie, guilt-free. If you’re feeling extra festive, go for Popcorn, Indiana’s Drizzlecorn, a decadent treat just right for your sweet and salty cravings. Dark Fudge Peppermint starts with an all-natural, fresh, and crunchy Kettlecorn drizzled with rich, dark, chocolaty fudge that’s been sprinkled with the perfect amount of natural, cool, refreshing, peppermint.

HAPPY FAMILY YOGURT

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Happy Family offers great shelf-stable, healthy snacks for every member of the family. These pouches are a perfect treat to enjoy just about any time. Try Happy Baby Greek Yogurt, Happy Tot Greek Yogurt and Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt to offer a sweet and healthy treat to snack on while opening gifts, watching TV or just enjoying each other’s company.

What snacks are you planning on enjoying on Christmas Day?

“Fall” in Love With These Delicious Snacks

We love the fall season for so many reasons but our favorite are the yummy fall-themed flavors like sweet potato, pumpkin, savory spicy flavors and a few surprises.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries are not new, I’ve been enjoying this savory treat for decades but Boulder Canyon brings a new experience with its Baked Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, Potassium and Beta-Carotene, a vital antioxidant that promotes overall health. This completely natural snack mirrors the shape, taste and texture of the popular side dish and is made from natural ingredients, with no trans fats, zero cholesterol and only one gram of saturated fat. They are gluten free, Kosher certified and contain no genetically modified organisms (Non-GMO). Grab a 7.5-ounce bag for $2.99-3.29.

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Want a touch of sweet to your multi-grain tortilla chip? You must try this How Sweet Potato It Is from Late July. They’re certified organic, whole grain, gluten free, non-GMO, peanut/tree nut free & delicious. I especially love pairing them with hot red beans; something about the flavor combinations are sublime. Get a 12-pack of the 5.5-Ounce bag for $37.53 at Amazon.com or grab them at Whole Foods.
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Farm Rich continues to keep you happy with their latest delicious launch. Put aside the fork and get hands-on when these delicious toasted ravioli treats are put in front of you. The Farm Rich Toasted Ravioli are lightly breaded treats that surround a small pocket of mouth-watering four-cheese ravioli. You won’t be able to stop eating them. Run, don’t walk to your local supermarket to get your hands…(mouth?) on these.

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Lifeway’s Frozen Kefir in Tart and Tangy Pumpkin is a creamy, delicious dessert that packs 10 live and active probiotic cultures in a delicious pumpkin flavor. This tart and tangy treat is high in protein and calcium, and it’s made from all natural ingredients. Fair warning, do not eat directly from the pint….you’ll soon find the entire thing empty. Are you ready for a low-calorie, frozen dessert on the go? Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars are gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors or colors. With only 60 calories in each bar, Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars are a tart ‘n’ tangy treat you will love…..especially in the creamy Pear. I know you’re probably thinking Pear is more of a summer fruit but this light, refreshing flavor makes a perfect snack anytime.

What do you think of our new favorite snacks?

Summer Snacking | Delicious Treats to Enjoy This Season

During the hot summer days, we always find ourselves more on the go which means there is less time spent cooking or preparing a meal at home (though I try to find the time to cook at least once a week). That just leaves snacking throughout the day to keep you going, and give your body the nutrients and fuel it needs to get through the day. Here are some delicious treats to help you get through this unpredictable summer. Are you ready for some great snack options?

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Puffs

For those of you cheese puffs addicts, you’ll love this addictive healthier alternative (they’re baked not fried, gluten-free, made with real cheese). If you’re already a fan of Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish then you know how delicious they are. The newest goldfish additions are a crunchy and puffy snack with big flavor. Available in three tasty varieties – Mega Cheese, Buffalo Wing, and Cheddar Bacon – you’ll find yourself buying multiple bags. These small bites of deliciousness are currently available in major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

DUKE’S™ Brands Smoked Meats

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One thing I realized while surviving the overwhelming heat and humidity this summer weather has bestowed upon us is that having a good amount of protein really helps but of course you don’t want to go out and wolf down a heavy burger or steak. This is when some delicious jerky comes along. One bite of the above upscale jerky will have you saying goodbye to all others. Duke’s Brands has a range of uniquely flavored smoked meats  (they are slathered in your favorite, delicious sauces) that give you down home flavor in a fulfilling, on-the-go meal (I say meal and not snack because you will only stop eating them when you’re full). While Duke’s Brands do offer classic flavors, you must try their sweet and savory Bourbon Glaze Beef Steak made with Jim Beam, their spicy Island Teriyaki and the host of other dynamic flavors available – one bite and you’ll be hooked.

BIGS Sunflower Seeds

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Sunflower Seeds are a summertime staple. You can’t go near a baseball game without seeing fans snacking on sunflower seeds. While the original is always enjoyable, The BIGS Brothers have come up with a few  great-tasting flavors for this fire roasted all-time snack favorite. Get BIGS Sunflower Seeds in the most premium and unique flavors such as Vlasic® Dill Pickle, Bacon Salt® Sizzlin’ Bacon, “Catch of the Day” Old Bay Seasoning, FRANK’S® REDHOT® Buffalo Wing, etc. Want to try all these flavors? Click HERE to get yourself a sample pack of five flavor varieties for only $3.50.

SAHALE Snacks

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If you’re looking to elevate your trail mix, look no further than Sahale Snacks. Combining the perfect blend of healthy and delicious, Sahale Snacks offer a variety of gourmet fruit and nut based snack blends that include exotic ingredients like black-peppered pecans, fruit, and nuts glazed with maple or vanilla bean, toasted sesame seeds, orange blossom honey, etc. Their must-have snack blends include Crunchers Almonds with Cherries, Apple + Maple, Pomegranate Pistachios, Valdosta Pecans, Cashews with Pomegranate + Vanilla and Grab & Go: Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sesame Seeds snacks. Get your hands on these delicious snacks at WholeFoods, Amazon.com, Walmart, and Costco.

Wonderful Brands Almond Accents

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I love products that do double duty, especially when they are so tasty. Not only do these Wonderful Brands Almond Accents make a great out-of-the-bag snack (it’s amazing for blogging fuel), they add lots of taste and flair to salads (both vegetable and fruits salads). Say goodbye to boring croutons and top your greens with the sweet, tart taste of cranberries or pomegranates, or bake your salmon with a sea salt and peppery crust. Want to add a kick to your fruit salad, yogurt or cereal? Any of these Wonderful Brands Almond Accents will do. Get a COUPON and try them for yourself.

Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt

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Of course, I can’t write about summer snacking without the current number one summer snack – frozen yogurt. With the launch of their two newest flavors, Ben & Jerry’s combines the indulgence of rich and creamy frozen Greek Yogurt with the fun chunk-and-swirl combinations that they are known for. The Liz Lemon flavor features Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Blueberry Lavender Swirl (a flavor created as a special homage to Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” Liz Lemon character – you can really taste the lavender), Pineapple Passionfruit which features Pineapple Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Passionfruit Swirl and Vanilla Honey Caramel, Vanilla Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Honey Caramel Swirl. Dive in and enjoy each spoonful.

What do you think of these delicious treats? Have you enjoyed any of them?

Popcorn, Indiana Debuts New FIT Popcorn Line

Sometimes it’s difficult to snack happily without a little guilt that you’re eating too much. There are lots of great, delicious healthy snacks but how do you stop yourself from eating too much and of course, how much is too much. Thankfully Popcorn, Indiana, innovators of all-natural popcorn and whole grain snacks, introduced a line of wonderfully delicious popcorn that allows you to enjoy more and snack smarter. We all know popcorn is an enjoyable snack with great health benefits –
it contains more of the antioxidant, polyphenols, than fruits and vegetables and is high in fiber. With the Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn range, a new low-fat and low-calorie line of ready-to-eat popcorn, you get so much more.
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Featuring amazing taste, a light crispy crunch, 40 calories or less and just 2g of fat per cup, the gluten-free, whole grain FIT range is perfect for those of you who want to snack smarter without sacrificing flavor. The new popcorn range features four savory and delicious flavors – Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Onion Dijon (Sea Salt and Olive Oil flavors are on-GMO Project Verified) – all of which have been approved by “The Biggest Loser” as snacks that can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

I must say, I usually stick to regular butter-flavored popcorn but these all-natural tastes amazing, my favorite was the Onion Dijon. It makes a great substitute to potato chips and other fat-heavy snacks. Popcorn, Indiana FIT popcorn will be available at leading retailers nationally. To find a store near you, visit the Popcorn, Indiana website at www.popcornindiana.com.

 

New Delicious Treats from Lifeway Kefir

Lifeway Kefir, makers of the creamy blend of rich flavorful, drinkable, yogurt-like beverages packed with probiotics and rich health benefits. Lifeway Kefir is great for everyone – Kids, infants, seniors, pregnant or nursing women, those with compromised immune systems, and those with digestive disorders. Last year they launched their delicious Lifeway Frozen Kefir, an extra-healthy, probiotic, 90-calories-per-serving frozen yogurt alternative that provides the amazing benefits of kefir’s 10 live and active probiotic cultures (up to three times more than yogurt with roughly half the calories) that help stimulate digestion and support the immune system but in a deliciously frozen form. This addictive, delicious frozen treat came in four fun flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Original, and Strawberry – allowing you to give up the guilt from eating a whole pint of ice cream by substituting it with this tasty, healthy treat.

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Now Lifeway has introduced three new decadent flavors to their Frozen Kefir line – Pumpkin, Chocolate, and Dulce de Leche (pictured above). These three new decadent flavors make enjoying dessert deliciously guilt-free. Lifeway Frozen Kefir is always 99% lactose-free and gluten-free. These new flavors, which are available now, retails for $4.59-$4.99 for 1 pint /473 ml.
Another great new product from Lifeway Kefir and my new addiction is the Greek Style Fro-Yo – a delectably creamy, tangy and good for you pint of heaven

Greek Style Fro-Yo Blood Orange

This protein packed creamy treat can curb your hunger while satisfying your sweet tooth with its three delectable low-cal flavors – Blood Orange Swirl, Chocolate Swirl, and Honey Swirl. Blending in a velvety swirl of flavor, Greek Style Fro-Yo kefir is gluten-free, 99% lactose-free, 110 calories per serving, and packed with 10 strains of probiotics. These retail for $4.59-$4.99 for 1 pint /473 ml. I fell in love with the Blood Orange Swirl at first spoonful and it was quite a challenge not to enjoy the entire pint in one sitting.

Lifeway has joined Christy Turlington Burns and Every Mother Counts to improve the health and lives of mothers and children everywhere. Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway Foods, Inc. CEO ran in the ING New York Marathon to increase awareness and support for the non-profit organization Every Mother Counts (EMC). Lifeway is sponsoring a private screening of Christy’s documentary, No Woman, No Cry in Chicago on April 16th. Lifeway is currently running a sweepstakes and fundraising campaign to support maternal health. The Grand Prize for the sweepstakes includes an all-expense paid trip for two to Chicago on April 16 to meet global maternal health advocate and founder of EMC, Christy Turlington Burns.