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Healthier Food Alternatives You Will Love!

Whether people are looking to change their eating habits completely or simply find better options, look no further than these healthier alternatives you will love!


Just the Cheese® is 100% Wisconsin cheese baked into bars and mini bites. They are naturally low in carbs, gluten-free and only 75 calories per bar. While most “cheesecrisps” are air-dried, Just the Cheese® is oven baked, caramelizing the cheese which results in a cheesier flavor and crunchier texture. Perfect for a portable snack on the go, which all ages will love. Swap it for your kids’ Cheeze-Its or Cheetos!

AGED CHEDDAR – Rich, aged cheddar flavor explodes in your mouth with each crunchy bite!

GRILLED CHEESE – For the taste you love, without gluten or carbs. No bread, because it’s Just the Cheese®!

JALAPEÑO – The spicy flavor and kick of heat, with hints of Jalapeños baked right into the crunchy cheese!
Mild Cheddar –  New, exciting cheddar flavor that is less intense, but with the same crunch!

WHITE CHEDDAR – This was the way sharp cheddar was meant to taste, but with an unbelievable CRUNCH. Bite into the crunchy texture and savor the white cheddar taste.

WISCONSIN CHEDDAR –  Savor every second of these mouth-watering gems that were crafted in the cheese capital of America.  The heavenly cheddar flavor lingers long after your first crunch, making it hard to stop reaching for more! 
GRILLED CHEESE – Enjoy the family-classic Grilled Cheese, but without the bread! Everyone’s favorite part is the cheese that hits the pan and toasts to a crispy finish.

GARLIC & CHIVE CHEESE – Just The Cheese® Garlic and Chive Minis feature the great flavor of roasted garlic and a subtle touch of chive baked into crunchy cheese.
JALAPEÑO – These little crunchy Minis come with a spicy KICK. If you like a little heat with your cheese, you’ll love Just The Cheese® Jalapeño Minis.

Over 25 years ago, the founder Paul and his wife bought five tiny cheese factories to create high quality Wisconsin cheese. One day, they had a crazy idea: “Crunchy Cheese: cheese ‘n crackers without the crackers!” Their dream was to create delicious specialty cheeses, but first and foremost to ensure the utmost integrity in our workplace. They thought that their business would benefit and grow from a strong, loyal community. Everyone who works at Just the Cheese® is part of a family, and from this connection they have seen that a positive, supportive work atmosphere can produce fantastic results.

No single person can take credit for creating Just the Cheese® crunchy baked snacks. Everyone involved at the company worked hard to bring this innovative snack experience to the world, and they share the success with the entire team. They have been loyal to one another for decades and they hope that the pride in their cheese snacks is evident in amazing taste and crunch!

Just the Cheese takes 100% Wisconsin cheese, bake it in the oven, and that’s it! Satisfy your cravings and eat healthy while you do it; these snack bars are perfect for low-carb, Keto, gluten-free and other great diets. Just The Cheese® is a low-carb, high-protein snack that tastes exactly like your favorite cheese, but comes with a CRUNCH!


Tips for a Tasty Labor Day Celebration

Labor Day, which is always the first Monday in September, is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for planning something special. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the celebration that honors the American worker and is the unofficial end of summer. Millions of people around the country will take the day off and relax, attend events, and hold their own backyard celebrations. Having a tasty celebration is easier than one may think, and planning ahead can make a world of difference in keeping the celebration stress-free.

“Having a gathering for Labor Day is a great way to have fun, mingle, and enjoy some wonderful food,” explains Mathil Chebat, the mother and executive chef of Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant, a family-owned and operated restaurant. “The centerpiece of your celebration is going to be the food you serve, so you want to pay special attention to that and aim to please.”

Planning a backyard BBQ or fun Labor Day gathering will be welcomed by friends and co-workers. Here are some tips for having a tasty Labor Day celebration:

  • Wow the crowd. Opt for making something that is easy, yet will be a pleasant surprise for those who attend the celebration. Opting for something like barbecuing kabobs will give people a delicious meal that they will remember and you can brag about.
  • Make it a potluck. If you want to share the labor in preparing food for the gathering, consider making it a potluck. Make it more fun by picking a theme and asking people to bring a dish to share. Example themes include Mediterranean, Spanish, summer, Mexican fiesta, etc. You could have one in which everyone brings a dish that is a family favorite, or opt for a Meatless Monday theme, since the holiday will be on a Monday.
  • Choose drinks wisely. What you offer people to drink is going to make a big difference. Aim for a variety of options, so that there is something for everyone, and if you will be serving wine, try to pair it with what you are serving.
  • Consider catering. For you and your guests to really get a day off, consider catering your Labor Day celebration. It’s more affordable than you may think, and it saves you the time and effort of preparing food for everyone.
  • Serve sensational ready-made flavors. If you want to save time, opt for premade things you can put out, such as dips. Opt for ones that are expertly made and have a great reputation, such as those made by Lalya’s. Layla’s Food Company offers gourmet ready-made whips, dips, and more.
  • Employ psychology. There is a lot more that goes into creating a great-tasting meal at a gathering than just the food. Research has shown that the ambiance and even the plates make a difference. If a plate of food looks nice, for example, people tend to think it tastes better. Put a little effort into how the food area looks and the ambiance, and researchers say the guests will be more likely to find the food tastier.

“If you want the most stress-free and most delicious Labor Day celebration, let us help you out,” added Christiane Chebat, the daughter and catering director at Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant. “We have catering options to meet all of your needs. Your guests will love our menu, and you’ll love being able to relax and enjoy!”

Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant offers catering services for all sizes of gatherings and events, including parties, graduations, and work lunches. They are known for serving up some of the best authentic kabob’s in the area. There are catering options for those who are health-conscious, vegetarian, vegan, or wanting all organic.  Their catering options include hummus, grape leaves, falafel, meat pie, stuffed kibbeh, salads, moussaka, beef shawarma, kabobs, and more. The company also offers a line of ready-made products that are available in stores and farmers markets throughout Virginia and New York. The Layla’s Food Company product line includes Layla’s Garlic Whip, available in original, honey garlic, jalapeño cilantro, cranberry, and sun-dried tomato, and Layla’s Hummus, available in original and black bean.

Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant, located at 2217 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge, Virginia, is owned by the Chebat family. The restaurant was started by Michael Chebat and his wife, Mathil, and it is run by them and their eight children. Together, they have created a menu that appeals to many, including those who are health-conscious, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and seeking organic options. The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday from noon until 4:00 pm.

The company has defined a set of core values that include love, family, trust, quality, and flavor. Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant offers a menu filled with authentic Middle East dishes, including kabobs, falafel, hummus, grape leaves, beef shawarma, meat pies, stuffed cabbage, a Lebanese version of steak tartar, and a wine and beer menu. The restaurant also offers full catering services for birthdays, graduations, business events, work lunches, and more. Those who sign up for their email list will receive 10 percent off their next visit. For more information about Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant, visit the site at: For more information about Layla’s Food Company, including which stores carry the product line, visit the site:

About Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant

Located in Woodbridge, Virginia, Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant has been serving up authentic Middle East cuisine for over 10 years. Family-owned and operated, the company offers a wide variety of traditional dishes made from family recipes. The restaurant also offers catering and has a dip product line that is available in stores. For more information, visit:


Non-Profit Gramercy Neighborhood Associates Returns with Taste of Gramercy for 7th Year!


On Saturday, September 21st, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, the 7th annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood event will take place at Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets.

The ultimate food-lover’s affair, Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood features many of New York City’s top restaurants. Some of this year’s participants include favorites such as Bouley at Home, Boucherie, The Breslin, Irvington Bar and Restaurant, Taco Electrico, The Clocktower and many others.

“It’s been a true delight to see our event grow year after year,” said Alan Krevis, President of Gramercy Neighborhood Associates. “We have been fortunate enough to meet and help promote some extraordinary businesses who have sponsored our event and have seen a real impact on their growth subsequent to their participation.”

Tickets start to go on sale on August 1st and are available for purchase online at

Epicures act fast because early bird pricing ends on September 4th and last year this much-anticipated event sold out quickly!

Patrons can purchase six tastings or a full tasting which includes a tasting from each of the nearly two dozen participating restaurants.  A few of the gastronomic delights available this year include lobster rolls, North Haven Oysters “double-crunch” style with pomegranate and sesame seeds and arancini with beef ragu, buffalo mozzarella and saffron.

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, sponsored by the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, promotes local businesses and introduces residents of NYC to the wonderful array of food that Gramercy and its surrounding area has to offer.  Every year net proceeds benefit healthy meal programs at local public schools, including PS 40 and School of the Future. In an attempt to let no food go to waste, all leftover food goes to feed the homeless via the Bowery Mission.

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood event would not be possible without the generous support of its many sponsors, including Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Halstead Property, Con Edison, Premier Pediatrics, Royal Orthodontics, Mount Sinai and Starry. Product Sponsors such as Breads Bakery, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, FOCO Coconut Water, Insomnia Cookies and Kombucha will also be giving away samples for ticket holders only.  Raffle items will be provided by Barry’s Bootcamp, Le Coq Rico, Kiehl’s, Sal Anthonys, Baked by Melissa, Racked, Tosler Davis and many more. For a full listing of our many participants please visit

About Gramercy Neighborhood Associates (GNA): 

Founded in 1912, GNA is one of the oldest community groups in New York City. GNA has been dedicated to making Gramercy Park one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods to both live and work. We are committed to preserving the neighborhood’s historic character and significance while helping to foster its future growth by promoting local business and schooling. We also collaborate with the city on issues that impact the quality of lives of our neighbors. The GNA is responsible for hosting the Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood event every year. For more information about the event visit the event website at For more information or to become a member of GNA please visit


Is a vegetarian hot dog a sandwich?

Whether you think it’s a crime to put ketchup on a hot dog or not, what’s under the condiments looks different these days with a growing number of Americans identifying as vegetarians or flexitarians.  

Lightlife Smart Dogs is the #1 selling plant-based hotdog in the US!

Smart Dogs® offer up all the juicy flavor you love. Fire up the grill, top with your favorite condiments, and enjoy the ultimate summertime classic.

Juicy and delicious and simple to serve. Each one is a delicious new chance to eat smart and feel great. Smart Dogs have added No Preservatives.

For food safety and quality: Important! Smart Dogs® cook quickly, do not overcook.
Keep refrigerated.
Use within 3-5 days of opening.
Grill: Lightly coat grill with oil; preheat on medium. Grill dogs 6-7 minutes, turning frequently. Do not overcook.
Stove top: Boil water; turn off heat and place dogs in water for 2 minutes.
Microwave (1,100 watts): Heat 1 or 2 dogs on high in covered dish with 1/2 cup warm water 45 seconds – 1 minute.

About Lightlife:

2019 marks Lightlife’s 40th anniversary. Lightlife is proud to say that since planting their roots in a small town in Western Massachusetts in 1979, they’ve grown into one of North America’s largest plant-based protein brands—and they’re just getting started.

As the plant-based protein pioneer, Lightlife believes in making Food That Shines™. That means better-tasting, easy-to-prep, plant-based proteins that give you positive energy you can feel good about.

Lightlife is here to make the journey to a better you more enjoyable. And here’s the best part: the journey starts with just one bite.


Healthy Snacks for Picnic Season

July is National Picnic Month, and the summer is the picnic season, meaning there’s no better time to prep the picnic basket with healthy snacks!

Whether you’re heading down to the park, or setting up a blanket on the beach, Gaea‘s Veggie Snacks and Olive Snack Packs are the perfect, healthy on-the-go addition to your basket. Instead of your typical chips and pretzels, stock up on Gaea snacks for a healthier, savory alternative.

Gaea Veggie Snacks:

Gaea’s line of Veggie Snacks are the first shelf-stable on-the-go vegetable snacks on the market. Building on the healthy snacking trend and popularity of Gaea’s Olive Snack Packs, the Veggie Snacks are designed with convenience in mind and made with all natural ingredients and zero preservatives.

Marinated Carrot Snack Packs – Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Lemon

Gherkin Veggie Snack Packs – Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Vinegar

Marinated Cauliflower Snack Packs – Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Lemon

All three varieties are also vegan and gluten free. The perfect choice for healthy snacking on-the-go, Gaea Veggie Snacks feature a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later. Available in three varieties: Carrot, Cauliflower and Gherkin. $28/8 count, Buy at or Amazon

Gaea Olive Snack Packs:

These Olive Snack Packs are a savory, low-calorie and healthy snack to throw in your tote or take on-the-go. 100% natural, containing zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity, the olives are packed in a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later.

Green Olive Snack Packs – Chili & Black Pepper

Green Olive Snack Packs – Lemon & Oregano

Snack Pack Pitted Kalamata Olives

Additionally, each 65g snack pack is only 67 or 150 calories– perfect for low-calorie healthy snacking! Three varieties are available: Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Chili and Black Pepper, Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Lemon and Oregano, and Pitted Kalamata Olives, 100% Natural and Sun Ripened. $1.47 / 1 oz, Buy at Walmart stores

About Gaea:

Gaea was founded in 1995. The name didn’t come about by accident; in ancient Greek mythology, Gaea was Mother Earth—a symbol of fertility and the goodness of the earth. As such, Gaea’s vision has been to introduce the world to the benefits of the Greek Mediterranean diet by combining exquisite Greek products based on olive oil with their penchant for tradition and simplicity.

Gaea is much more than elegantly-packaged wholesome foods and fine ingredients. It is a genuine philosophy of life, at the core of which is a deep appreciation for nature. Gaea has always favoured non-aggresive harvesting over large volumes and high yields. And although Gaea invests heavily in research and employ cutting-edge technology, Gaea never strays too much from time-honoured practices.

  • Certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and MyClimate Project Neutral
  • Great source of dietary fiber, copper, vitamin E, and polyphenols
  • A healthy low-calorie snack that fits your on-the-go lifestyle

Gaea’s goal is to become international ambassadors not just of top-quality olive oil products, but of a better, healthier, more fulfilling way of eating—and living.


Foodies Rejoice — Check Out New Hard Seltzer Bucket & Birthday + Grandparents Day Gifts

As we’re in the middle of a very interesting summer, has several great items for gift givers now, while they’re gearing up for holidays like Grandparent’s Day (Sunday, Sept. 8).

Here’s a quick look at a few new and very popular items:


This fizzy celebration gift bucket loaded with spiked hard seltzer beverages is sure to please the most dedicated health nut. This gift features hip, low-calorie alcoholic seltzer water beverages in six natural fruit flavors. Your gift recipient is sure to be reaching for more of these low-carb and low-cal bubbly beverages without a hint of guilt. True to our name, this health conscious happy hour in a bucket wouldn’t be complete without gourmet nuts and trail mix, cranberry pomegranate clusters and key lime cookies. Don’t waste another moment imagining your recipient chilling down the spiked seltzers, popping them in the ice bucket and inviting their friends over. This party starts as soon as you place your order!

  • Truly Hard Seltzer – (2) 12 oz. – Rose and Blueberry Acai flavored spiked seltzers that smell like fresh fruits. Truly is the most fizzy of all hard seltzer brands, drink ice cold or pair with your favorite tequila or vodka cocktail.
  • White Claw Hard Seltzer – (4) 12 oz. cans – Surf the waves of White Claw with their dry, refreshing and sweeter than expected spiked seltzers in Natural Lime, Raspberry, Ruby Grapefruit and Black Cherry flavors.
  • Galvanized Steel Bucket – Just add ice, this sturdy galvanized steel bucket is the perfect vessel for this healthier spiked beverage selection.
  • Key Lime Cookies by Byrd’s Famous Cookies – 2.25 oz. – Your favorite tart citrus flavor in a bite-sized cookie! Just as crumbly and tasty as those beloved southern lime pies.
  • Chichester Mix by – 5 oz. – A delectable mixture of premium gourmet nuts, crisp cheddar crackers, and tasty pretzel nuggets.
  • Sugar River Trail Mix by Merrimack Valley Snack Company – 4 oz. – A sweet trail mix of banana chips, honey roasted sesame sticks, and sweetened dried strawberries.
  • Cranberry Pomegranate Clusters by 180 Snacks – 1 oz. – Hearty trail mix clumps with dried cranberries, and the sweet taste of pomegranate seeds.
  • Roasted & Salted Almonds by – 6 oz. – Slow roasted almonds sprinkled with salt. A heart healthy and high fiber snacking option.

When you can’t be there to celebrate their birthday in person, they’ll know how much you’re thinking of them when you send this giant 12″ chocolate chip cookie cake! It’s all decked out with hand drawn balloons and a sweet message to help them celebrate their special day. Fresh from the bakery, this cake is as delicious as it is fun!

You can’t go wrong if there’s a grandparent in your life who deserves some extra love on Grandparents Day. Check out this gorgeous arrangement that’s full of irresistible gourmet foods. Inside a classic picnic basket is an artful arrangement of fresh orchard fruits, classic Vermont cheddar cheese, and artisan crackers, creating a thoughtful gift that’s perfect for showing your grandparents just how much they mean to you!
  • Fresh Orchard Fruits
  • Pretzel Twists by Auntie Trudie’s – 3 oz.
  • Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip by Robert Rothschild Farms – 7.8 oz.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Peppercorn Water Crackers by Eleanor & Flynn – 4 oz.
  • Garlic Sausage by Hanover Smokehouse – 5 oz.
  • Classic Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese by Cabot – 8 oz.
  • (3) Assorted Citrus Slices by Hillside Candy

Selecting gift baskets for delivery to your family, friends and corporate recipients can be difficult.  There are a couple of key factors to determine when deciding what gift basket to send, including what foods they enjoy and for what occasion the gift is being sent. No matter who the recipient and what the occasion you can rest easy knowing the collection of Gourmet Gift Baskets is sure to impress. Send them a gourmet gift basket today and allow GourmetGiftBaskets family of gift experts to WOW your recipients!

About was founded in 2002 with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. Through years of working in his family’s flower shop in New Hampshire, President & CEO Ryan Abood naturally realized an opportunity to provide handmade, high quality gift baskets. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc.500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. As this entrepreneurial family spirit continues in the next generation with the birth of the youngest Abood last spring, this proud family business will continue to exceed gourmet gifting expectations.