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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.

Fun Wine and Graffiti Artist Miguel Parades Get in a Tropical State of Wine

In all honesty, you don’t have to convince anyone that enjoying a glass or two of wine is fun but when the wine is housed in fun packaging, well that’s another story. If you currently live somewhere where winter is currently king and have friends or family who reside in or are vacationing somewhere tropical and posting photos, you’re probably really envious. We may not be able to grant you the wish of physically being somewhere warm, but we can get you there mentally with Friends Fun Wine. What makes Friends Fun Wine exceptional wines to enjoy during any snowstorm, frigid winter’s night or Wednesday? This pioneering range of low-alcohol, fresh and light wine-flavored beverages just launched its newest bottle design for their three most popular flavor pairings: Red Sangria, Strawberry Moscato, and Coconut Chardonnay.

Tapping into the ever-growing trend of unique, Instagrammable moments, the Miami-based Fun Wine (the brand is also inspired by the sunny city) worked with world-famous graffiti artist Miguel Parades to create one-of-kind bottles that immediately become keep-sakes and works-of-art. This range of flavored wine drinks is a great alternative to beer and the traditional formats of wine, allowing you to enjoy wine in a new and refreshing way. The Coconut Chardonnay boasts the smoothness of Chardonnay with the exotic flavors of coconut and the unexpected hint of pineapple undertones. It perfectly captures what Miami tastes like. The Strawberry Moscato celebrates the fruity refreshing taste of strawberry and the crisp aroma of a Rosé Moscato wine as it flirts with your taste buds. Last but not least, the Red Sangria is a fruity, flirty and inviting blend with distinct notes and characteristics of the ripe fruit juices used in its creation. It’s bold and refreshing, a perfect drink to get you in a warm weather state of mind.

Inspired by the electric Miami culture, World-Renowned Graffiti Artist Miguel Paredes, known for his explosive and bold design style, offering a perfect marriage of graffiti, landscape and pop art.

 “My sense of design and art has many parallels with the Friends Fun Wine brand,” said Mr. Paredes, Artist and Chief Design Officer of the company.“This bold product and what it offers to people around the world inspired me to create images that are both strong in their color and palette as well as encompassing evoking images and designs that appeal to people everywhere.” “We are thrilled to welcome Miguel to the team,” smiled Joe Peleg, “Bringing our unique brand to life through the art world is a way of connecting with our fans and consumers that crosses cultural boundaries and geographies. Miguel’s vision perfectly matches ours, and we are pleased with the reaction to our new bottle designs from our international business partners.”

Friends Fun Wine is available on five continents, The Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has about 50% of the alcohol and calorie content of traditional wines and contains 71-94 calories per serving. The Friends Fun Wine range is currently available in a 750 ml (25.36 oz.) bottle, with a 350 ml (11.5 oz.) version coming soon. Both feature an alcohol content of 5.5% Alc/Vol.

 

Drink to Your Health: The New Delicious Total Wellness Beverages

One of the most important things in life is your health and wellness and while current circumstances may try to obstruct that, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy body. You can stay active, eat as healthy as you can, and of course keep your body hydrated with essential nutrients. Say hello to the following delicious total wellness beverages: Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages, Up Mountain Switchel, and Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice. All three drink brands provide more than just a delicious and thirst quenching taste.

We promise you will love all three delicious total wellness beverages we are highlighting today. Not just the health benefits, but the delicious and satisfying tastes as well. Continue reading to egt to know them.

Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages

Get ready for a tasty organic, non-dairy, probiotic sparkling beverage that’s low in calories. The new, organic Lifeway Elixir sparkling probiotic beverage will be your new favorite drink. Along with it being organic, probiotic and low in sugar and calories, these delicious drinks are also gluten-free, caffeine-free, vegan, and kosher. Lifeway Elixir is available in 12oz bottles in four flavors: Tangerine, Hibiscus, Ginger, and Elderberry. All four sparkling flavors are great on their own but they also wow as a mixer in cocktails.

Up Mountain Switchel

We know what you’re thinking, “what exactly is Switchel? ” It is a drink made of water, vinegar, and ginger, often sweetened with honey, sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup created in the mountains of Vermont hundreds of years ago. And it’s delicious! Fans of ginger (we’re obsessed), Up Mountain Switchel will be your go-to drink. We’re sure you well familiar with the long list of benefits of Apple cider vinegar, such as effectively lowering pH, which makes your body run optimally! This is the main ingredient in Up Mountains Switchel. This delicious, wonder drink is made of three key ingredients: fresh ginger, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and pure grade A maple syrup. Thanks to the fresh ginger root used in Up Mountains Switchel, it is an amazing and natural way to battle inflammation and it’s a fantastic analgesic. Its sugar content is derived solely from unrefined, mineral-rich, low-glycemic maple syrup; healthy sugars that an active body needs. Up Mountains is available in four flavors: Original, Lemon, Yerba Mate, and Cayenne. They are sold in 16oz bottles that come in a 2-pack, 6-pack, and 12-pack cases.

Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice

Do you prefer your fruit juices to be organic? Welcome the delicious, bold taste of Ocean Spray’s 100% juices, now in an organic option! Made with the crisp, clean taste of organically grown North American cranberries straight from the farm to your family. The organic 100% juices, available in Organic Cranberry Blueberry, Organic Cranberry Apple, and Organic Cranberry, contains no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Each juice is non-GMO and is USDA Organic certified and promises nothing but delicious goodness in every sip.

What do you think of these delicious total wellness beverages?

Verday Chlorophyll Water: Antioxidant & Cleansing Green Water

Welcome to the spring season, the time of renewals, rebirths, and spring cleaning. It is the time we purge ourselves of the things we don’t use or need anymore; a chance to make our lives a little lighter, a little less clogged. Of course what’s true for our wardrobes and apartments is very much true for our bodies. Could your body use a spring cleaning? But of course you do, we all could! We were recently introduced to Verday Chlorophyll Water, an antioxidant and cleansing, thirst-quenching water that provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice, and will help your body’s spring cleaning efforts.

Available in five delicious natural flavors: Blueberry, Watermelon, Coconut, Cucumber, and Lemongrass & Ginger, Verday has zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero preservatives, and is vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and gluten-free. The secret to Verday Chlorophyll Water is, of course, Chlorophyll, the nourishing green nutrient that allows plants to harness energy from the sun. Chlorophyll is considered a super food, it promotes healthy skin, it curbs your cravings for junk food and lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, helps to boost your immune system by promoting the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body, and promotes healthy digestion.

As previously stated, Verday Chlorophyll Water comes in five flavors, the newest being Blueberry Chlorophyll Water (our favorite flavor), and is just the right blend of juicy sweet and fresh berry tart. The Lemongrass & Ginger Chlorophyll Water has a touch of zing and spice; the refreshing and natural Cucumber Chlorophyll Water is exhilaratingly crisp and cool; the Coconut Chlorophyll Water is refreshing and deliciously tropical, and the Watermelon Chlorophyll Water is sumptuously summer-esque.

Each bottle of Verday Chlorophyll Water is packed with 100mg of Chlorophyll, the same amount of Chlorophyll in two shots of wheatgrass, four cups of spinach, or twelve cups of arugula! Get a 12 pack of 16 oz. bottles of Verday Chlorophyll Water for $39.99 on www.drinkverday.com.

Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water Launches New Ruby Rose Flavor

Last year, while attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to several wonderful drinks and beverage brands, once of which was an all-natural and organic sparkling beverage, Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, which we highlighted in our Good for You Summer Drinks blogpost. During our introduction to Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, we feel in love (at first sip) with their delicious flavors: Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. We were more than happy to get reacquainted with them as they launch their newest flavor, Ruby Rose.

The newest refreshing flavor to join the Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water range of sophisticated sparkling beverages is a combination of organic grapefruit, honey, and rosemary extracts. It has a refreshing, tangy kick from the grapefruit, with slightly sweet hints of honey, and a fragrant finish of rosemary. As with their other sparkling flavors, the Ruby Rose is USDA certified organic and lightly sweetened with agave. At the launch event, we were treated to some refreshingly delicious cocktails made with the new Ruby Rose flavor, as well as Zesty Orange and Lemon Flower. The three refreshing flavors were paired with Gin, Tequila, and Vodka respectively.

“We are really excited to be adding our sixth flavor to the line,” said CEO/Founder Beth Wilson-Parentice. “As with our other flavors, Ruby Rose’s ingredients are culinary-inspired, perfect for enjoying with a meal or mixing in a cocktail. I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback about the flavor at Expo East.”

We can honestly say that the new Ruby Rose flavor of Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water is our new favorite flavor taking over the title from Sipp’s Ginger Blossom – but not by much. When we had those few days of 90+ degrees, a cold 12oz bottle of this invigorating, sparkling beverage was just what the doctor ordered. Sipp Ruby Rose is available now and is available at Whole Foods, Fairway, Balducci’s, Wegman’s, Target, etc.

Get the Tea: Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey

Do you still love the products you enjoyed as a child? Whether it’s something you enjoyed to eat or drink, played with, etc. We certainly do; there are brands we grew up that we still use to this day, one of which is Twinings of London tea. You already know of our obsession with all things tea, so we write this with a great deal of pleasure. We had the great pleasure of being invited to celebrate Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey, the three newest flavor additions to the brand’s long legacy of fine teas (they have 300 years of tea expertise under their belt).

For those not in the know, Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, it is aromatic, flavorful, a great energy booster, and one of the two most popular blends of black tea in the world (English Breakfast is the other). Twinings has been blending Earl Grey tea for almost two centuries. The Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey Collection includes Earl Grey – Extra Bold, Earl Grey – Jasmine, and Earl Grey – Lavender. Seeing as January is Hot Tea Month, it’s the perfect time to honor the new flavors.

Earl Grey – Extra Bold

Like the other two blends, the Earl Grey – Extra Bold is a modern twist on the classic tea. Starting with Twinings of London’s original Earl Grey tea, they then added more of its exquisite flavor to create a mouthwatering tea with a rich, vibrant taste.

Earl Grey – Jasmine

The Earl Grey – Jasmine is a smooth, uplifting blend that is known for its intoxicating aroma and slightly sweet taste. The uplifting flavor of jasmine creates an aromatic tea that will light up your day.

Earl Grey – Lavender

Get ready to sit back and relax with the soothing taste of the warm, inviting Earl Grey – Lavender tea. Known for its fresh, floral aroma and soothing taste, the luxurious flavor of lavender creates a rewarding tea that will calm and soothe your soul.

Along with enjoying several cups of the new teas in their flavorful glory, we also got to enjoy quite a few Earl Grey variety cocktails including The Canterbury, a bourbon rum hot toddy with Earl Grey – Extra Bold, The Newcastle, a white rum old fashioned with Earl Grey – Jasmine, and The Strand, a Gin Collins with Earl Grey – Lavender.

We also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Stephen Twining (pictured below), a 10th Generation Twining. Along with singing the praises of Twinings tea to him, we had the opportunity to ask him a question we have wondered about since we first started drinking Twinings – what’s the significance of the “S” on the brand name? If you notice, his last name has no S.

As it goes:

When Richard Twining (The Grandson of the founder) put up the doorway to our Strand Shop in 1787, he did not like the ” ” at the end of the name, so removed it. Thus creating our brand name.

It’s not at all what we expected but I love that little detail. So there it is tea lovers, the new flavors that make up the Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey collection. All three flavors, and so much more, are all available now on the Twinings website. Are you eager to try these new Earl Grey varieties?

An Evening with Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones

We had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing night of mind-blowing experiences of delicious Devotion Vodka cocktails, and an epic exhibition of the iconic British rock band, the Rolling Stones.  The evening with Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones began at the famed Sugar Factory, known the world over for their celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops. We know what you thinking, isn’t Devotion Vodka sugar-free? Yes, along with it being gluten-free and the first vodka to have a nutrition label, Devotion Vodka is sugar-free. But for tonight, The sugar Factory gave us what Devotion Vodka took away…….sugar.

Since Devotion vodka is sugar-free, we were okay with other ingredients, which included candy inside of, and as garnishes on the evening’s cocktails. As we stated, the event was in celebration of Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones exhibit, so our first cocktail honored both.

We started out with the delicious, dark blue Sugar & Stones cocktail, which was created with the original Devotion vodka flavor, cotton candy, and gummy lips; then proceeded to the humongous Lollipop Passion cocktail (it comes in a goblet), made with Devotion Coconut Vodka, and garnished with two Unicorn Pops and Candy Necklace. The Lollipop Passion cocktail was so big, we didn’t get a chance to enjoy the Sunshine Tea cocktail (featured below), made with Devotion Tiki Tea and Devotion Citrus vodkas).

After we enjoyed our fill of delicious libations, we headed over to the Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones exhibit at Industria, which is open until March 12th, 2017. Whether you’re a diehard fan of the Rolling Stones or not, this immersive and interactive exhibition is a must-see, featuring several floors filled with everything Rolling Stones memorabilia.

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones tells the story of the most Influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, allowing visitors to experience their incredible musical journey through an immersive exhibit, from their early days living together in a tiny apartment to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

One of our favorite experiences from Exhibitionism was the Style and Fashion Gallery, which featured fashions from Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Hedi Slimane, Ossie Clark, L’Wren Scott, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mr. Fish, and much more, spanning from the 1960s to the present.

The exhibition features over 300 Rolling Stones items, including a vintage guitar gallery, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs and personal diaries and letters.

The exhibit also includes sound mixing desks, interactive displays, a screening cinema narrated by Martin Scorsese, video experiences, an immersive backstage recreation that leads into an amazing 3D concert finale. To see more, we suggest you absolutely stop by and experience the exhibition for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. We’d love to say a special thank you to Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones for an amazing night.

 

Devotion Vodka: The First Alcohol Brand with a Nutrition Label

You may have noticed that unlike other beverages, alcohol bottles do not have nutrition labels. That’s because it’s not a requirement for spirits brands. Adding a nutrition label on bottles is completely optional and if alcohol brands do not voluntarily add a nutrition label to their packaging, there’s no way to verify its calorie, sugar, ingredient, and carb content. One alcohol brand voluntarily sharing their content with a nutrition label on all their vodka flavors is Devotion Vodka. This amazingly smooth and clean vodka is the first gluten-free and sugar-free spirit in the U.S. We had the pleasure of experiencing several of their flavor varieties at their Tasting and Cocktail Mixology event at Son Cubano.

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Unlike many vodkas, the gluten-free and sugar-free Devotion Vodka, founded in 2009 by Drew Adelman and Michael Calleja, is made from 100% high-grade USA corn, is multi-filtered using de-ionized water and certified non-GMO, and as we previously stated, the first to add a nutrition label. You may recognize the name Drew Adelman, featured in our brief video interview below, as the owner of the very popular, 90’s-2000’s nightclub, Polly Esther. We find Drew’s story an amazing one (from police officer to nightclub owner, to spirits brand owner) and love the idea that the next logical step for someone who has helped thousands of clubgoers enjoy delicious cocktails, is to launch his own spirit brand.

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Check out what Founder/CEO Drew Adelman had to say when we asked him why he named his 80 proof, six-column distilled vodka, Devotion, a vodka we learned is also 100% Whole Foods-certified and of course, American-made.

Now on to the cocktails. We enjoyed five specialty vodka cocktails at the event, each representing a vintage decade (much like the concept of the Poly Esther clubs). The 1910’s was presented by the Little Andy (Devotion Coconut, Pineapple Juice, and a Splash of Club Soda,); The Trooper (Devotion Black & Blue and Lemonade) represented the 1920’s; Go West Young Man (Devotion Wild Cherry and Red Bull) represented the 1930’s; Mr. Poly Esther (Devotion Blood Orange, Club Soda, and Cranberry Juice) for the 1940’s; and The Devotion Guy (Devotion Dirty Martini, Straight Up, with 2 Olives) for the 1950’s.

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The event also celebrated the 50th birthday of Drew Adelman, pictured below with his Partner/COO, Michael Calleja. Along with the amazing bites from Son Cubano’s menu, we were treated to an array of decadent desserts, including some boozy options, and one cool birthday cake, which also featured devotion’s nutrition label.

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Devotion Vodka is definitely standing out from other vodkas on the market. This month alone, it was named 2016 Gluten Free Vodka of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). Two of their flavors were also awarded top honors; Devotion Vodka Blood Orange was honored with a Gold Award, and Devotion Vodka Tiki Tea was honored with a Silver Award.

Have you tried the gluten and sugar-free Devotion Vodka? Share your favorite Devotion memory or cocktail.