Cookie Giveaway!

Newman’s Own started in 1982 as a small boutique operation after Founder, Paul Newman, began filling wine bottles with his homemade salad dressing and wrapped them with parchment labels to give to his neighbors as holiday gifts.

Today, the company produces more than 200 products across 20 categories, including delicious bite-sized or full-sized cookies in crunchy, soft, sweet or spicy varieties!

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Between NOW and Thursday, September 22nd you can enter to win FREE Newman’s Own cookies by visiting my Facebook or Instagram pages and following these steps:

  1. Follow Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section of either page

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen on 9/22 to receive a voucher for one free bag or box of Newman’s Own Fig Newmans, Newman-O’s, Family Recipe Cookies, Alphabet Cookies or Hermits.

GOOD LUCK!

New Week, New Giveaway!

Whether you live in an area where the cool, brisk air and fall leaves are starting to make their seasonal appearance or the sun is still blazing upon your sunburnt shoulders during these last couple weeks of summer, it’s always a good time for Nature’s Path organic breakfast and snack foods!

The 30-year-old family-run company produces an array of delicious items, including Pumpkin Flax Granola, Buckwheat Wildberry Frozen Waffles and Macaroon Crunch Granola Bars, among others. So whether you’re hankering for a mid-afternoon snack or need a supercharged breakfast to power through your day, Nature’s Path has you covered with a variety of organic, gluten-free options.

Nature's Path GiveawayStarting today, you can enter to WIN a voucher for a FREE Nature’s Path product of your choice by visiting Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram and following these steps:

  1. Follow Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section of either page

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen by 9/14 to receive a voucher for one free Nature’s Path product.

GOOD LUCK!

When Minty Met Chippy

If you were to ask me which flavor of ice cream is my favorite, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I adore anything chocolate, savor sweet swirls of caramel and crave a bit of crunch, but with so many varieties out there, it’s nearly impossible to select just one. However, there is one kind of ice cream that not only serves as a delightfully refreshing post-meal treat, but also satisfies that insatiable chocolate craving…Mint Chip!

Mint chip ice cream is one of those classic flavors that is perfect on a hot summer day, but also somehow incredibly comforting on a cold winter evening. It is basic enough that it doesn’t feel over-done but it’s also uniquely decadent that it surprises the taste buds in all the right ways.

Every ice cream maker out there – from Breyer’s to Häagen-Dazs – produces a variation of the flavor with different levels of mint and chocolate additions. While the full-fat, full-dairy, chocolatey chunk-filled manufacturers certainly know how to churn a batch, they’re not exactly the healthiest options when it comes to sugar, fat and carbohydrate content.

That’s why, as an avid gluten-free, health-conscious fitness enthusiast, I’m focusing my review on two of the healthiest options around and placing them head to head for the ultimate chip-off!

First up, Arctic Zero’s “Cool Mint Chip:” This fit frozen dessert is perfectly flavored with just the right amount of peppermint that instantly cools the mouth upon first bite. Although not as creamy as its higher fat counterparts, its consistency is still adequate after a few minutes of defrosting or a quick zap in the microwave. This is a fair compromise, however, as the product is gluten free, lactose free, and GMO free, and its main ingredient is purified water. To make up for it its lack of creaminess is its generous amount of tiny chocolate chips. This pint is jam-packed with teeny morsels of delicious chocolate that pair perfectly with the invigorating mint freshness. At only 75 calories and two grams of fat per half-cup serving , this dessert is also beneficial for post-workout recovery since it’s made with whey protein. Overall, if you can adjust to an “icier” consistency, this mint chip frozen treat is a great option for a daily dessert.

Comparing the former to this second treat was difficult, as Halo Top’s Mint Chip is also a highly enjoyable dessert option. When it comes to consistency and texture, this brand definitely takes the cake over Arctic Zero, but falls short in other areas. First, let’s look at its positives: its mint flavor is absolutely delightful! It is subtle enough that it doesn’t overpower the palate but apparent enough that you feel rejuvenated and refreshed after sitting down to a bowl. After a few minutes on the kitchen counter or a brief stint in the microwave, this pint is ready to devour. It is also low in sugar and carbohydrates, containing half the amount of sugar per serving as Arctic Zero. In addition, it contains double the amount of protein, which is primarily sourced from its milk content. While this pint is also slightly lower in calories, it has a bit more fat, but this contributes to its smoother, creamier texture. Its one major downfall is its lack of chocolate chips. While Arctic Zero’s Cool Mint Chip guarantees at least a few chips in every delectable spoonful, Halo Top’s Mint Chip requires a bit of digging. In fact, there wasn’t a single chip in sight until I got a few spoonfuls deep. Overall, this pint hit the mark in taste and texture, but came in second with regards to chippyness.

So there you have it! The head-to-head battle of the healthiest Mint Chip ice cream on the market. You may have noticed I didn’t call out a downright favorite, because this would be an impossible task. Both have their pros and cons, so it comes down to your preference. If calorie count and chocolate chip content are major deciding factors for you, opt for the Arctic Zero. However, if you’re hankering for a creamy, low-carb option, then Halo Top has you covered!

Labor Day Giveaway!

Hello Edibles! Happy Labor Day Weekend! This is an especially happy holiday weekend, because I’m teaming up with Purely Elizabeth to host a GIVEAWAY for a free product to one lucky winner.

Purely Elizabeth Giveaway

To enter, visit Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram and follow these steps:

  1. Follow Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section of either page

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen by 9/5 to receive a voucher for one free Purely Elizabeth product.

GOOD LUCK!

The Top 3 Highest-Rated Protein Bars

I’ll admit it – I’ve fallen victim to trendy, celebrity-endorsed diet fads that promise the golden ticket to increased energy, lean muscle mass or endless fat-burning power. After trying countless gritty protein powders and bloat-inducing nutrition bars (which I combined with strenuous workouts and a balanced diet), I was only left with disappointment. Not only was I nowhere near having the physique of a sculpted athlete, but I had wasted all my allotted snack breaks with chalky, tasteless products that may have rated low on the glycemic index but definitely rated high on the “bleh” scale.

So, I set out to scour the shelves of my local natural foods stores, GNCs and Vitamin Shoppes in hopes of finding tasty, nutritious protein bars that met all of my criteria.

First, they had to be high in protein. Yes, this is easy to find in many of the bars on the market today, but I’m talking about quality protein that is highly digestible, easily absorbed and has a stellar amino acid profile.

Second, they had to be low in carbohydrates and sugar. Many protein bars and powders, high-fiber snack bars, and baked good replacements taste great, but only because they are loaded with refined sugar and simple carbohydrates. The goal was to find protein bars with the lowest amount of net carbs and no added sugar.

Finally, they had to have the right texture. If you’re like me, you’re sensitive to the texture, density and overall “mouth feel” of foods. This is huge, because I am not a fan of airy, crispy snack bars that leave me feeling completely unsatisfied because they’re not dense or “hearty” enough.

After indexing these must-haves in my mind, I began my quest and was pleasantly surprised with what I found:

Protein Bars

1) D’s Naturals No Cow Bars

Around the same time I embarked on this protein pilgrimage, I caught the tail end of a segment on “Good Morning America” touting the delightful creations of 19-year-old Daniel Katz, Founder & CEO of D’s Naturals. After watching in awe as he described his all-natural vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free protein bars that are “ridiculously low sugar” (each bar contains just one gram) and high in protein (protein content ranges from 20-22 grams per bar), I knew I had to check them out. At this time, only four flavors existed, including Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Truffle, Blueberry Cobbler, and Mint Cocao Chip, so I stocked up at my local GNC. Mint Cocoa Chip quickly became my favorite, as its flavor profile, texture and bits of crunchy cocao excited my mouth and satisfied my hunger pangs. I couldn’t believe how low in calories and fat they were, and that they actually tasted as sweet as they did. To my delight, the company recently added four more flavors to their collection, which are already gracing the shelves of my pantry. These include Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Banana Bread, Dark Raspberry Truffle, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Give these a try and I bet you’ll fall in love at first bite!

2) Oh Yeah! One Bar

It took me a while to stumble upon this bar, but once I tried the Chocolate Brownie OhYeah! ONE bar, I was hooked. The perfectly rich taste and texture, the soft chocolatey coating and the absence of any artificial aftertaste make this bar rate high on my list. This particular flavor is also one of the lowest in calories and fat among the collection, coming in at just 210 calories and less than 7 grams of fat. I couldn’t believe this bar contained only one gram of sugar, because its flavor profile is incredible! It combines the perfect pairing of sweetness and heartiness in a filling on-the-go meal that satisfies your hunger and your sweet tooth. For those of you who aren’t big on decadent chocolate, the ONE bar comes in a number of other flavors, including Almond Bliss, Lemon Cake, Cinnamon Roll, Birthday Cake, and Peanut Butter Pie, among others. The most recent addition to their collection, Chocolate Birthday Cake, is not only delightfully rich, but is also topped with sprinkles that add an extra bit of crunch and color, making you feel like you’re eating dessert. Each bar is packed with 20-22 grams of a whey protein isolate/milk protein isolate blend, providing quality, hunger-satisfying protein.

3) MusclePharm Combat Crunch Bars

Every time I visited a GNC store, the eye-catching packaging of these intense-looking bars would leave me intrigued. I hesitated to try them, however, because I assumed by their size and the crunchy coating advertised on the wrapper that they were high in sugar and carbohydrates. While waiting in line to purchase my other favorites one day, I overheard some fellow health enthusiasts raving about Combat Crunch bars as they dumped handfuls of them onto the service counter. One gal even jumped in the air…literally…as she held the Cinnamon Twist flavor in her hand and exclaimed how excited she was that GNC carried this particular variety. At that point, my curiosity peaked, so I turned to the shelf where they were stocked. I picked up a random flavor and immediately flipped it over to examine the nutrition facts. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only this bar, but all other flavors of Combat Crunch bars, contained just 210 calories and only 5 grams of sugar! The outside coating gives the bar an extra layer of flavor and crunch, while the inside is dense but soft. I enjoyed the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Twist flavors the most, but often pick up their other flavors when I want to mix it up. The full line also includes Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies ‘N Cream and White Chocolate Raspberry. Of course, like all of the protein bars and snacks I consume, these are gluten free and high in fiber.

Whether you’re looking for a quick snack between meetings, a post-workout recharge or a filling meal replacement, each of these protein bars offers a sweet combination of satisfying nutrition and delicious taste. They are the quintessential protein bars for the non-protein-bar type of person who wants a great-tasting snack without any fillers, additives, artificial aftertastes or judgment!