Friday, October 15, 2010

Great new options from Musselman's!

Are you an applesauce fan or the parent of an applesauce fan?  Even if you aren't, you'll want to read about two great new applesauce offerings from Musselman's!

We were fortunate enough to try two new applesauces from Musselman's recently.  Our family runs the gamut - I don't care so much for snacking on applesauce (though I love using it in baking), my kids are so-so on it, and my husband loves to take some to work as a snack.  Despite that, we were universally thrilled with the two new applesauces.

Musselman's Healthy Picks Granny Smith applesauce has that distinctive Granny Smith twang to it.  My husband thinks that this is the best applesauce he has ever had.  Seriously.  Musselman's Totally Fruit Mixed Berry has a strong berry flavor to it.  Some flavored applesauces taste mostly of apple with just a hint of whatever flavor it's supposed to taste like.  Musselman's Totally Fruit Mixed Berry leaves no doubt - it has berry flavor to spare.  My kids were crazy for this applesauce!  It's rare for them to actually request applesauce, but not only did they request it, they devoured it.

The Healthy Picks applesauce has no added sugar and, yes, does contain Granny Smith apples as one of the primary ingredients.  As a plus, it has added fiber, vitamin C, and calcium.  The Totally Fruit applesauce is sweetened with fruit juice and contains real berry puree from several different berries. 

Will I buy these?  Absolutely!  In fact, my one complaint with these applesauces is that they're not available in my area yet!  These applesauces were an undeniable hit here, and I can't wait to get my hands on some more!  I have a feeling that they will become a pantry staple.

Disclaimer:  The applesauce was provided free of charge by Musselman's.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fire Up the Flavor with Terra Chips! Giveaway!

After 2 redraws...Wendy from Atlanta, you're the new winner!  Please e-mail me your mailing address ASAP!

Congratulations to Elana!  Elana, you've won this fabulous giveaway.  E-mail me (less dot sweet at gmail dot com) with your shipping address ASAP!

Every now and then I am contacted by a company about reviewing their product, and I can't help but get excited because I know that it's a good product.  This is one of those times.  I love TERRA Chips and was thrilled when they contacted me to do a review and giveaway.

What makes TERRA Chips different?  TERRA chips aren't your run-of-the-mill potato chips.  In fact, usually they aren't potato at all!  TERRA uses unusual roots and other vegetables to make their chips - things like sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and blue potatoes.  The resulting chip is delicious and unusual and a nice change from a plain old potato chip.

For this review, I tried four different varieties of TERRA chips:
  • TERRA Exotic Harvest with Sea Salt - This bag full of kabocha squash, carrot, and blue potato chips is my favorite, and one that I actually buy when I'm in the mood for chips.  I especially love the flavor of the carrot and kabocha squash chips.
  • TERRA Original - This bag features their original blend of sweet potato, taro, yuca, batata, parsnip, and ruby taro.  This is the bag that introduced me to TERRA chips.  It's a nice blend  of exotic chips with good flavor and crunch.  I have to admit, I find myself selectively picking out the sweet potato and parsnip when I eat this variety.
  • TERRA a la Mexicana - The classic mix of TERRA chips with a Mexican flair.  The seasoning is subtle so the flavor of the chip shines through, but these chips have a nice salsa undertone.  A good choice if you want something a little different from a plain chip.
  • TERRA Blues - Made with blue potatoes, these chips are fun and delicious.  A great choice if you are looking for simple potato chips.  Interestingly, these chips are the official chips of Jet Blue.  How appropriate!
Win it!
TERRA is giving one lucky reader their Fire Up the Flavor giveaway prize!  The winner will receive four bags of chips - one of each flavor reviewed above, TERRA coupons, a martini glass inspired serving bowl, and an entertaining guide filled with recipes.

To win, leave a comment below telling me which TERRA chip is your favorite or which you most want to try.  You can see all of their varieties on the TERRA Chips website. Earn an extra entry for each of the following:
Each extra entry needs its own comment!

Entries will be accepted until Monday, August 16 at 11:59 pm MST.  The winner will be announced next Tuesday.  Winners must provide a US shipping address by Saturday, August 21 or a new winner will be chosen.

Whether you win the prize pack or not, you can enter to win TERRA Chips Fire Up the Flavor Sweepstakes.  Twenty-five lucky  Grand Prize winners will receive a TERRA Summer Party Pack that includes a charcoal grill, serving bowl, $250 grocery gift card, 12 bags of TERRA chips, and a TERRA entertaining guide.  Fifty 1st Prize winners will receive 6 serving bowls, an array of TERRA chips, and a TERRA entertaining guide.

Visit TERRA Chips online to enter!

Disclaimer:  The chips in this review were provided by TERRA Chips.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

truwhip giveaway!

Kara and Sandy...congrats!  You're the winners!  Because I'm a day late announcing the winners, you each have an extra day to e-mail (less dot sweet at gmail dot com) your shipping address to me!

Disclaimer:  Product coupons have been provided by Truwhip, but all samples for this review were bought by my.  

Usually when I hold a giveaway, a company representative has contacted me to see if I'm interested in reviewing their product.  This time it's a little different.  I've been buying Truwhip for about a year now.  On a whim, I decided to contact Truwhip to see if they would be interested in participating in a review/giveaway.  (Actually, the whim was when I had a little freak-out moment when the grocery store where I usually buy Truwhip suddenly ran out.  Never fear!  I found it at another grocery store in town.)

Why Truwhip?  When we went HFCS-free a couple of years ago, Cool Whip became an issue.  (Sugar-free Cool Whip, I believe, is actually free of HFCS.)  And then when we went trans-fat free last year, Cool Whip was taken off of the menu completely.  The last time I looked at Cool Whip, every single variety of Cool Whip (and there are many different varieties of Cool Whip) contained hydrogenated oils.  You know what that means - trans fat!  Some of the other goodies in Cool Whip include our friend HFCS, polysorbate 60, and sorbitan monostearate.  Yummy!

Enter Truwhip.  No HFCS.  No hydrogenated oils.  Completely trans fat free!  Gluten free.  Great flavor.

Take a look at the ingredients:
Water, organic tapioca syrup, expeller-pressed palm kernel oil, organic cane sugar, organic palm kernel oil, contains less than 2% of each of the following: organic soy protein concentrate, sodium caseinate (milk protein), organic tapioca starch, natural flavors, organic soy lecithin, xanthan gum, guar gum. contains milk and soy. 
Not as simple as real whipped cream, of course, but Truwhip is a lot lower in calories (30 compared to 100 calories of the same amount of whipped cream).  Best of all, Truwhip is a whipped topping I can keep in my freezer until needed, and it works in all of my old recipes that call for Cool Whip.  Score!

Win it!
I have two coupons for a free container of Truwhip!  That means that two lucky readers will each win one coupon.  (Wondering if it's in your store?  Check out the Store Finder at the Truwhip site.  If it isn't, maybe you should request it!)

To enter, simply leave a comment.  For extra entries, you can do one of the following:
Leave a separate comment for EACH entry!

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, April 17 with winners announced on Monday, April 19.  The winners must provide a valid US mailing address by the end of Thursday, April 22 or a new winner will be selected.

Visit the Truwhip site now for a 55 cent coupon good toward a tub of Truwhip!

Friday, March 5, 2010

MaraNatha Nut Butter winners!

And the winners of the MaraNatha Nut Butter coupons are:

Mary (aka one of the anonymouses)
Linda Kish
Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug)

Congrats to you all!  Please e-mail your snail mail address to me ASAP so that I can pass it along to MaraNatha!

Monday, March 1, 2010

MaraNatha Nut Butter giveaway!

Disclaimer:  MaraNatha provided me with samples of their "no stir" almond butter and a coupon for a free MaraNatha product.

Need some ideas on how to use nut butters?  Head on over to A Life Less Sweet for some delicious recipes that use almond and peanut butter!

Who doesn't love nut butters?  About this time last year, I switched from my beloved Jif to natural peanut butter.  Why?  I didn't like all of the extra stuff in the non-natural peanut butters.  Regular Creamy Jif, for example, adds sugar, molasses, fully hydrogenated oils, mono and diglycerides, and salt to their roasted peanuts. 

So, I switched to the natural stuff.  I had memories of natural peanut butter being kind of nasty tasting.  Know what?  I found that I actually like the flavor of natural peanut butter better!  It all depends on the peanut used (so I hear), and the natural peanut butters that I've bought since the switch have had a great fresh roasted peanut butter flavor.  MaraNatha is one of the brands that I've bought and enjoyed since making the leap.

Different kinds of nut butters    Personally, I like my peanut butter plain jane - just roasted peanuts and nothing else.  The only problem with plain jane natural peanut butter is that it separates.  When you first open a jar of plain jane natural peanut butter, you have to spend some time pain painstakingly stirring and stirring and stirring to mix the oil back in with the nut butter.  But once you've done that chore, you can stick your peanut butter in the fridge and not have to worry with mixing again - at least that's been my experience.  The oils solidify in the cold of the fridge, which inhibits separation.

If you're not into stirring, you can buy "no stir" nut butters.  The "no stir" nut butters add in an oil - typically palm oil - to keep the nut butter from separating.  Sometimes sugar and/or salt will also be added to the "no stir" butters.

MaraNatha Nut Butters    Look where ever your grocery store stocks its natural or organic nut butters, and you'll likely find MaraNatha Nut butters.  MaraNatha has an extensive collection of natural peanut, almond, cashew, and macadamia nut butters as well as sesame tahini (fantastic in hummus).  You'll find plain jane as well as "no stir" varieties of these nut butters, plus some surprises (dark chocolate peanut or almond spread, anyone?).  I've used their plain-jane peanut and almond butters as well as their tahini and enjoyed them all.

MaraNatha Butters is giving away 4 coupons worth $5 that can be applied to any MaraNatha product!  That's right, 4 lucky readers will be receiving a coupon in the mail for a free MaraNatha product (up to $5 in value)!  Submit more than one entry, and you could win more than one coupon (random number generator willing)!

Win it!

To win, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use nut butters.  For extra entries, you can do any of the following:
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Entries will be accepted through Thursday, March 5 with winners announced on Friday, March 6.  The winners must provide a valid US mailing address by the end of Monday, March 8 or a new winner will be selected.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ayala's Herbal Water gift box winner!

The winner of the gift box of Ayala's Herbal Water is choosingloosing from the Choosing Loosing blog!  Hope you enjoy the lavender mint flavor that has your interest piqued!  Please e-mail me (less.sweet at gmail dot com) with your mailing address ASAP! 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Water with a kick! Ayala's Herbal Water giveaway

Disclaimer:  Ayala's Herbal Water provided samples for me to review for this giveaway.

What is Ayala's Herbal Water?  Plain and simple, it's flavored water.  No sugar or sweetener added.  The flavors are unusual and intriguing - cinnamon and orange peel for example.  Or maybe lavender and thyme would be more your style.  Ayala's Herbal Water comes in six different flavors.  In addition to the two flavors listed above, there is also ginger and lemon peel; lemongrass, mint, and vanilla bean; lemon verbena and rose geranium; and cinnamon, clove and cardamom.  Zero calories.  Nothing artificial.  No preservatives.

Ayala's Herbal Water is the brain child of Dr. Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.  Dr. Ayala is a physician (pediatrics and medical genetics), mother of three, and entrepreneur.  Dr. Ayala started making these drinks using herbs from her own garden.  She decided to offer these drinks on a larger scale as an alternative to the sugary beverages that are the norm for kids and adults. 
How does it taste?  I immediately went for the cinnamon and orange peel flavor when my package arrived.  Opening the bottle of water, I got an immediate and amazing whiff of orange and cinnamon.  The taste?  Pure and clean.  Each flavor tastes exactly as advertised - surprisingly so.  Unlike most flavored waters on the market, there is no added sweetness.  The lack of added sweetness takes some getting used to.  That's not a bad thing, but a reality of how our taste buds expect our drinks to be sweet (um...especially mine).  I especially liked the orange cinnamon and the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon flavor.  The flavors are true and remarkably intense. These waters are great for when you want a little flavor with your water but still want to feel good about what you're drinking.

Win it!
Ayala's Herbal Water is graciously providing a gift pack for one lucky reader!  In this gift pack you'll find  a bottle of each flavor plus a Herbal Water tote bag.  Find out first hand which is your favorite flavor!

To win, tell me which flavor you most want to try.  You can earn additional entries by doing any or all of the following, leaving a separate comment for each addition action:
Whew!  Lots of ways to enter!  Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, February 24 at 11:59 pm.  The winner will be announced on the following Thursday.  The winner will have until Sunday, Feb. 28 to e-mail me a US mailing address or a new winner will be selected.

Check this out!  Lori at Fake Food Free is giving away a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter.  The ingredients?  Coconut and peanuts.  Time is short of this giveaway!  Enter before noon on Friday, Feb 19.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Equal Exchange gift basket winner!

Congratulations to Andra of Love to Eat, Hate to Exercise!  Andra, send me an e-mail (less.sweet at gmail dot com) with your mailing address, and I'll get your fantastic prize in the mail to you!

Check back on Monday for another great giveaway!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Equal Exchange Chocolate and Coffee Giveaway!

Have I got a giveaway for you!  Chocolate and coffee!  And not just chocolate and coffee, but REALLY GOOD chocolate and coffee.  (Ok, the chocolate is definitely good.  I'm not a coffee drinker so I can't personally vouch for the coffee.)

I was so excited when Mambo Sprouts contacted me asking if I would want to review and/or giveaway an Equal Exchange Chocolate and Coffee gift bag.  Why?  I already buy Equal Exchange chocolate.  I love dark chocolate.  Some brands of dark chocolate have an unpleasant chalky taste to me - not so Equal Exchange dark chocolate.  Equal Exchange chocolate is smooth with a wonderful, deep chocolate flavor.

Maybe best of all?  Equal Exchange only sells fairly-traded products.  The fair-trade system helps to support small scale farmers, and the initiatives taken by the farmer co-ops directly help the farmers' communities.  (Read Confessions of an Eco Sinner for an interesting exploration of the good and bad side of fairly-traded products in general.  It's not all roses, but it does seem that farmers who sell their products to fair-trade companies are indeed a little better off.)

Coffee and chocolate?  I'm not a coffee drinker, but this really does seem like a logical combination to me.  Love the idea of the flavors of the chocolate and coffee playing off of each other.  Here's what comes in the gift bag:
  • One bag of Organic Love Buzz coffee 12oz, drip
  • One bag of Organic Mind, Body & Soul coffee 12oz, drip
  • Two Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate Bars
  • Two Organic Milk Chocolate Bars
  • A coffee pairing instruction card

Win it!
Leave a comment telling me about your favorite chocolate and/or coffee for one entry.  Earn more entries for doing any of the following (leave a comment for each additional entry!):
  • Share this giveaway on a giveaway site and leave a link to that site (3 extra entries!)
  • Subscribe to A Life Less Sweet
  • Follow me on Twitter (leave your twitter ID)
  • Tweet about it (include @less_sweet in your tweet)
  • Blog about it and leave a link (3 extra entries!)
  • Become a fan of A Life Less Sweet on Facebook
Entries will be accepted until midnight on Tuesday , February 9, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 10.  The winner must provide a U.S. shipping address by Feb. 14 or a new winner will be chosen.

And check out for coupons, more giveaways, articles, recipes, and more!  There's a wealth of information, money-saving coupons, and more waiting for you!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gatorade G2 Gift Pack Winner!

Through the magic of a random number generator, the winner is CB!  CB, please e-mail me at less dot sweet at gmail dot com ASAP with your mailing address!  Congratulations!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gatorade G2 gift basket giveaway!

Disclaimer - I've received no compensation for this post.  Gatorade sent me the gift basket, which I have decided to give to a lucky reader.

I shared the good news last week over on my main blog, A Life Less Sweet, that Gatorade has removed HFCS from their G2 line of drinks.  Hip, hip hooray!  I must admit, I don't particularly care for the flavor of Gatorade.  My husband on the other hand loves it.  While he doesn't drink it on a regular basis, he does like to drink Gatorade after strenuous activity - when a sports drink is actually appropriate. 

So...for all of you fitness buffs out there, here's a giveaway for you!  A lovely Gatorade gift box! In the gift box are three bottles of Gatorade G2 (grape and glacier freeze flavors), a Gatorade towel (the perfect size to mop off sweat during a workout), and a Gatorade water bottle.

Win it!
To win, simply tell me your favorite time to enjoy Gatorade in the comments below.  For additional entries, you can do any or all of the following, but you must leave a separate comment for each additional entry!
  • Subscribe to A Life Less Sweet's feed
  • Follow me on Twitter - @less_sweet
  • Tweet this giveaway (include @less_sweet in your tweet, please!)
  • Become a fan on Facebook
Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm, Wednesday, Jan. 20.  The winner will be announced on Thursday.  The winner must be willing to provide a US mailing address within 36 hrs or else a new winner will be picked.

Get a free sample of Teekanne Herbal Wellness Tea!

Disclaimer:  I will be receiving samples of Teekanne tea to try.  Look for a review of their tea in the future!  

A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail from Teekanne, a herbal tea company.  For a limited time, Teekanne is offering a free sample of their herbal wellness tea to anyone that who joins the Teekanne "Wellness Community."  All you have to do is go to the Teekanne site and join their Wellness Community (the box with the green header on the right side of the site).  Be sure to enter the promo code WELLNESS to get your free tea sample!

I have not tried this tea yet, but I am intrigued by it.  They have a lot of great looking flavors, and the ingredients are nice and simple.  Can't wait to get my samples to give it a taste!

Musselman's helps in the fight against breast cancer

Disclaimer:  I have received free samples of applesauce from Musselman's in the past.

Kudos to Musselman's!  They're donating 10 cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for every single package of Musselman's Natural Applesauce sold during the month of January.  The NBCF is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. 

Musselman's has been generous with samples of their applesauce in the past, so I can say with confidence that their natural applesauce is good stuff.  It has a nice, fresh apple taste that is excellent in baked goods. 

Need a reason to buy some applesauce?  Check out some recipes that I posted a while back.  Or maybe try one of these recipes from Musselman's applesauce!  (I've not tried these, by the way, but they do look good!)

Craig's Apple Pork Chops
  • 4 boneless pork chops (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups MUSSELMAN'S Natural Apple Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
Lightly flour, salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown pork chops in oil on both sides. Remove chops to a plate, leaving any remaining oil in the skillet. Add onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper to the skillet to quickly brown 1 minute. Remove from heat, add the apple sauce and cinnamon and stir together. Add pork chops back to the pan and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until center temp is 155 to 165 degrees.

Makes 4 servings

Good Morning Muffins
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups MUSSELMAN'S Natural Apple Sauce 
 Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with bake cups and set aside. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter on high for about 30 to 60 seconds; set aside to cool slightly.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a large mixing bowl. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar. Stir in the applesauce and melted butter until the mixture is smooth. Pour the apple mixture over the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined and you can't see any traces of flour.

Fill the bake cups about two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until light brown.

Makes 12 servings

Apple Raisin Crumb Pie

  • 2 cups MUSSELMAN'S Natural Apple Sauce
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tps. ginger
  • 1/4 tps.nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell with high fluted edge 
Place the apple sauce and brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add 3 Tbs. butter and stir until melted. Stir in the raisins. Cool.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs and add to the apple sauce mixture. Pour into the pie shell. Bake in a 375 F. oven on the low rack for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Blend the flour, sugar, and spices and cut in the 2 Tbs. butter until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the pie and continue baking until the top and crust are golden brown (about 25 minutes).

Makes 8 servings