Lifefactory Glass Water Bottles (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 27th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Healthy Living, Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 154 Comments - Add Your Own »

Lifefactory Bottles 16 oz.If you don’t have a Lifefactory glass water bottle by now, you really need to get one! About a year ago I did a giveaway of these bottles when they were brand-new and nobody had even seen them before. Now, a year later, I am seeing them everywhere! Why? Here are some reasons:

  • They look cool. Who knew a bottle could be so stylish?
  • They make things taste good — well, they make things taste like they are supposed to taste, without a plastic or metal flavor added.
  • They are made from quality, safe ingredients. It really does matter what you put in your body (hopefully you know that already!)
  • They get clean! Seriously, I have been using the same kid bottles now for 3 years and my big ones for over a year and they all look brand new.
  • They come in a variety of sizes: small 4 oz and 9 oz for babies and kids, medium 16 oz (new this year) and large 22 oz for adults.
  • They look cool — oh, did I already say that?

win-stuff-wednesday1And now, what you’ve been waiting for… the giveaway. My husband (who works for Lifefactory) has authorized me to give away 3 bottles. Oh, what the heck, I’m sure he’ll let me give away 4. Let’s do 4! To enter to win, please leave a comment (one per person) with the size you choose (either 16 oz or 22 oz) and the color you want. Now this is tricky — the 16 oz has some different color options than the 22 oz, so pay attention:

  • Lifefactory Bottles 22 ozThe medium 16 oz colors are: Raspberry, Spring Green, Pearl White,Turquoise, Royal Purple, and Graphite (see picture at top of post)
  • The large 22 oz colors are: Red, Orange, Spring Green, Pearl White, Sky Blue and Midnight Blue (see picture to right). Matching color caps are new this year!

You have until Sunday, May 1 at midnight PST to post a comment. I will choose the winners at random. UPDATE: Extended til Monday, May 2 midnight PST!

Even if you don’t win, you lucky readers of Sure Foods Living get a special online discount of 20% at Lifefactory.com if you use the code surefoods20 at check out (good until June 30, 2011).

Cheers!


Tanka Bars and Bites (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 13th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 33 Comments - Add Your Own »

If you haven’t tried Tanka Bars or Tanka Bites yet, you might think buffalo and cranberry is an odd combination, but let me tell you — it works! Think beef jerky, but softer, moister and sweeter. The tanka-bitescombination of buffalo and cranberry is based on a centuries-old traditional Native American recipe, and is surprisingly good together.

In addition to the bars and bites, there are Tanka Wild Sticks (contain wild rice) and Tanka Dogs. Free of gluten, dairy (except for the Tanka Dogs which have milk powder), nuts, soy, and nitrates, Tanka Products are made from 100% prairie-fed buffalo meat sourced from as many Native American ranchers as possible. This is a great source of lean protein.

And the mission of the company is so lovely: “to heal the people and our Mother Earth by building a company that innovates real food products based on the traditional values of Native American respect for all living things by living in balance with mind, body, and spirit.” If that statement doesn’t move you, watch this video — these are real people behind this product. Such a great story.

win-stuff-wednesday1Now the fun part — you have a chance to win a variety pack of Tanka products! Just leave a comment about how you get protein in yours or your kids’ diets. Giveway ends Friday, April 15 at midnight PST. I will announce the winner in the comments.

If you don’t win, you can purchase Tanka Bars and Tanka Bites online or ask for them in your natural foods store.

Remember to check back every week for Win Stuff Wednesday!


Must-Have Gluten-Free Diet Resource Guide (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 6th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Books, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 30 Comments - Add Your Own »

Whether you are new to the gluten-free diet, or you’ve been at it a while, Shelley Case’s Gluten-Free Diet A Comprehensive Resource Guide is an essential book to have at your fingertips. Gluten Free Diet by Shelley CaseIt is truly a comprehensive guide, including detailed ingredient explanations, nutritional concerns and nutrient analysis of gluten-free food, strategies and meal planning for healthy eating, cooking tips and recipes, and gluten-free product and company lists. No matter what your level of gluten-free awareness, you will learn from this book! It might even become your best friend! :)

Shelley Case is a registered dietitian, is on the Medical Advisory Boards of both the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group, and is recognized as the nutrition expert on the gluten-free diet. She has authored many articles in addition to her book and is an excellent speaker on the topic (I just got the chance to hear her last month), and she is also a really nice and generous person!

win-stuff-wednesday1Shelley is giving away copies of her book to TWO winners for this week’s Win Stuff Wednesday. Win it for yourself or for someone you know. Just leave a comment telling what you or your loved one or friend find the most challenging about the gluten-free diet. The giveway ends on Friday, April 8 at midnight PST. I will randomly choose two winners and announce them in the comments.

Alison and Shelley Case at Expo WestFor more wonderful resources from Shelley Case, visit her website, www.glutenfreediet.ca.


Jovial gluten-free pasta (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 30 Comments - Add Your Own »

There is a new gluten-free pasta on the market called Jovial.

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Imported from Italy, the brown rice pasta is 100% organic, made from rice grown in Italy. I am so excited about this pasta! It not only tastes great, but it has a wonderful texture. It doesn’t get sticky or starchy or crumbly like other gluten-free pastas, and it truly has an al dente bite to it if you want it to.

Their website tells a great story:
“Jovial gluten free products were developed out of a heartfelt compassion for all of us who have had a food intolerance critically effect personal health and wellness. We believe eating gluten free should be pleasurable and not feel like a sacrifice. It is not that products formulated without gluten can’t taste great; it’s how relentless you are in developing them.”

From their packages:
“Jovial Brown Rice Pasta is as close to traditional pasta as possible because it’s made in Tuscany by master artisans who have been crafting pasta for over a century. It is pressed with bronze dies and dried at low temperatures for the most authentic flavor.”

jovial_brownrice_caserecceAllergen info:
“Jovial brown rice pasta is certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group at a level less than 10PPM. This product is made in a dedicated facility free of gluten, casein, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts, but may contain traces of soy.”

The pasta comes in five shapes: spaghetti, capellini, penne rigate, fusilli and caserecce (pictured at right). The biggest problem may be finding it, but I suspect that will change as more and more people demand this product — ask your natural foods store if they can get it. And be careful — Jovial also makes an einkorn pasta, which is NOT gluten-free. The brown rice pasta comes in green and white boxes.

win-stuff-wednesday1Want to win some gluten-free pasta? Leave a comment about which shape of Jovial pasta you would choose if you won and your favorite way to prepare or eat it — we can all inspire each other with some new ideas! You can even link to a recipe that you created or that you like. There will be SIX winners who will receive, courtesy of Jovial jovial-fig-cookiesFoods, a box of pasta and a bonus prize of a box of Jovial gluten-free Fig Fruit Filled Cookies. Contest ends Friday, April 1 at midnight PST.


Winner of the NaturalCandyStore.com gift certificate is…

Posted on March 27th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

I had fun reading all your comments about your favorite candies! You reminded me of some others I loved as a kid — Charleston Chews and Bit-O-Honey were two favorites I had forgotten about. And like several of you, I’m a dark chocolate gal now.

The winner of the first Win Stuff Wednesday prize of a $30 gift certificate to NaturalCandyStore.com is… Nora! Nora, now you can find some allergen-free treats for your son. Congratulations!

I choose the winners with the Random Number Generator, so check back every Wednesday for your chance to win a prize!


Win Stuff Wednesday: A sweet deal!

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Candy, Holidays/Special Events, Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 46 Comments - Add Your Own »

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Looking for allergen-free Easter candy or candy without artificial dyes?

Surf Sweets Jelly BeansI’d rather give my kids candy with natural flavorings and colorings over candy with artificial dyes, so I am happy to have found a great resource: NaturalCandyStore.com. I love their tag line: “All the FUN without the FUNNY stuff!” For Easter, they have added a whole section of Easter candy, categorized by allergen, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and Feingold. There is something for everyone!

I am pleased to announce that the first Win Stuff Wednesday prize comes from the nice people at NaturalCandyStore.com who have offered one of my readers a $30 gift certificate! To win the certificate, let me know in the comments what your favorite candy was when you were a child. I used to sneak to the corner store to get my sugar fix — Tootsie Pops were my candy of choice. So, what was yours (and do you still eat it now)?

Contest ends on Saturday, March 26 at midnight PST. I will choose one winner and announce it on Sunday. Good luck!