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Sunday, November 23, 2014

3 Seed Veggie Dipping Chips from RW Garcia

Nothing satisfies a salty snack craving quite like a chip, but opening a bag can often come with a side of guilt. Next time those snack cravings hit, have no fear for RW Garcia Veggie Dippers are here! And snacking with satisfaction just got a little bit easier, because these go-to dipping and nacho chips have 25% less fat than traditional potato chips, and are now available in Sam¹s Clubs nationwide.

Dippers are unique chips from leading tortilla chipmaker RW Garcia that feature a shape and texture ideal for dipping. They come in six varieties, including Veggie, which features three flavors ­ Spinach and Garlic, Red Beet and Onion, and Carrot Tomato Sesame ­ in one bag. All Dippers are made from stoneground corn along with flax, sesame and chia seeds, and are Non-GMO Project verified and certified gluten free. In addition to being perfect for dipping, they also are strong enough to hold up in any nacho recipe.

The company sent us two large bags of their Dippers 3 Seed Veggie Dipping Chips to try out for all of you. This particular bag includes 3 different flavors within it:

* Spinach & Garlic
* Red Beet & Onion
* Carrot & Tomato

We love snacking on chips and were pretty excited to try out a healthier alternative. These Veggie Dipping Chips are all natural and gluten free. Serving size is 10 strips which equals about 140 calories with 60 calories being from fat. They are non GMO project verified.

Hubby and I decided to serve these Veggie Dipping Chips one evening during our weekly family movie night. We served them right along our favorite salsa and guacamole dip. The family was immediately in-love with them after just a few bites!

They have a fabulous taste to them, hints of sea salt and are just delicious alone or dunked into your favorite dip. My personal favorite was the Carrot & Tomato but hubby was all over the Spinach & Garlic. Our daughter & my mother loved the Red Beet & Onion. Good thing that all three flavors come in this big bag!

Head on over to RW Garcia to learn more about this product and the other products that they have to offer. You can also find the company over on Facebook.

Disclaimer: Shelly Hill has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Shakin N Bakin Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this Blog. Content on this blog is copyrighted, all rights reserved. We reserve the right to legally pursue anyone who violates our rights and/or steals our copyrighted material.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Bare Organic Mixers is spicing up the holidays and decking the halls with their Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita cocktail recipe. Bare Organic Mixers are a naturally low-calorie, flavorful, organic and light tasting cocktail mixers that are made with fresh organic fruit juices and agave nectar created by Natalie Susi. Bare comes in a variety of mixers such as margarita, lemon drop and pomegranate cranberry cosmo that blend well with nearly any liquor or spirit or can also be enjoyed straight up on the rocks. All of their mixers make great tasting clean cocktails with less than half the calories without any fillers unlike other brands on the market.

For Margaritas

¼ c Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
¾ c Bare Mixer's Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo
¼ c Bare Mixer's Margarita
¾ c Silver Tequila
½ c Patron Citronage or Grand Marnier
Cinnamon Sticks
Sugared Cranberries
Green sugar for rimming glasses

For Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

3/4 c water
2/3 c agave nectar
2 Tbsp whole allspice
2 Tbsp whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
One 2" fresh nob of ginger, peeled and sliced
2 c fresh cranberries, rinsed


Instructions: For Simple Syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until combined. Raise heat and simmer the mixture for about 5-6 minutes or until the cranberries start to split. Once most have split remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 2 hours for the flavors to infuse. After the two hours strain the mixture into a jar using a mesh strainer, pressing the mixture against the strainer to extract all of the flavor. Keep in a resealable container and chill completely until ready to use.

For Margaritas

Dip the rim of the glasses in a shallow bowl of the simple syrup and then immediately into a shallow bowl of green dyed sugar. Let dry completely. Once dry fill the glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice add 4 Tbsp of the spiced cranberry simple syrup, the tequila, orange liqueur, Bare Mixer's Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo and Bare Mixer's Margarita. Cover and shake well then strain into the 4 glasses. Taste and add more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and sugared cranberry skewers.

Disclosure: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Photos and recipe are courtesy of BareMixers.com.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Organic India Holiday Teas

Organic India’s Tulsi Peppermint, Tulsi Red Chai Masala, and Tulsi Ginger are spicy, sweet, and festive flavors that are caffeine-free and delicious hot or cold. These teas combine fantastic flavor with the healing energy of Holy Basil.

My name is Sherrie and I’m a recovering coffee addict. I used to drink at least four cups on weekdays and six on weekends. Switching to tea wasn’t easy at first, but now I prefer tea to coffee any time of day. I can drink an herbal blend as my morning cup sometimes and still feel an energy spike. On other days, a cup of green or a hearty breakfast blend does the trick without upsetting my stomach the way coffee did. Another bonus of making the switch was variety. While there are dozens of coffee flavors on the market, the number of tea blends blows coffee away. I can go fruity, spicy, strong, or mild on a whim. I suppose that means I’ve become a tea addict. That isn’t a bad thing. There are worse addictions.

My current brand of choice is Organic India. This global company produces a line of Tulsi teas that help heal my body with every cup. Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil and full of antioxidants. It’s an adaptogenic herb known for supporting the immune system with a focus on where each body needs it most. Tulsi is also reported to have stress-relieving and energizing properties. I’m not a medical professional, but I do notice a difference when I miss my Tulsi tea for a few days.

Organic India offers 20 flavors of Tulsi teas and have a few that are perfect for the holiday season. Tulsi Peppermint, Tulsi Red Chai Masala, and Tulsi Ginger are spicy, sweet, and festive flavors that are caffeine-free and delicious hot or cold. Organic India sent me one of each along with a box of my beloved India Breakfast. While peppermint and ginger teas are delicious on their own, the addition of organic Tulsi to the mix makes them more appealing to those who may not like stronger flavors. It also makes it easier to blend the two for the afternoon pick-me-up or to chase away the chill. I had this blend as a post-workout drink with a little unflavored protein powder and it was bliss. The Reds Chai Masala is a new favorite. Instead of a black tea base, Organic India uses Rooibos tea with traditional Chai spices to create a naturally caffeine-free chai that I can drink any time of day without fear of it keeping me up all night. I drink this one both black and with a little milk and sweetener as Chai is traditionally served. It makes a fantastic after dinner drink.

Pick up a few boxes for yourself or as gifts this holiday season. At $5.99 each with free shipping on orders over $25, you could knock out a chink of your holiday shopping at once. It seems there’s a sale in progress and some varieties are just $4.79 per box. In addition to teas, Organic India offers Teeccino Herbal Coffee, supplements, and organic ghee. All of Organic India’s products are USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified. This is a company that believes in its mission. They use 100% recycled paper for tea boxes and unbleached fiber tea bags and works with family farmers in Northern India to provide sustainable communities.

Organic India wants to share a Holiday Collection with one lucky reader; enter today for your chance. The winner will receive two boxes of Original Tulsi, and one box each of Peppermint, Chai Masala, and Ginger Tulsi teas. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to put on some ginger peppermint tea. It’s cold out there.

Giveaway: One lucky winner is going to win 5 boxes of delicious tea: 1 Peppermint, 1 Chai Masala, 1 Ginger and 2 of Original Tulsi from Organic India.

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Disclaimer: Sherrie Thompson has personally reviewed the product listed above. Sherrie has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Sherrie did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Shakin N Bakin Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this Blog. Content on this blog is copyrighted, all rights reserved. We reserve the right to legally pursue anyone who violates our rights and/or steals our copyrighted material.