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Garden Lites(R) Gets a Fresh New Look and Unveils New Product Line

Garden Lites®, the leader in delicious veggie-rich foods, unveils a major brand refresh to strengthen its unique positioning. Garden Lites is prominently featuring its new sub-brand name “Veggies Made Great” on its packaging and boldly highlights “veggies as the #1 ingredient”. “At Garden Lites we are passionate about our brand purpose: make surprisingly delicious veggie-rich foods so people can incorporate more veggies into their diet. This is a great way to strengthen our message,’ notes Andy Reichgut, Executive Vice President of Garden Lites.
Garden Lites new packaging coincides with the debut of an exciting new breakfast category item, the Garden Lites Frittatas. The new Frittatas tastily add veggies into your breakfast routine with flavors including the Egg White Spinach Frittata and Veggie Bacon & Potato Frittata (with Veggie Bacon made from Pinto Beans).  The new Frittata products join the existing vegetable rich line of Garden Lites products such as Garden Lites Muffins, Super Food Veggie Cakes, and Garden Lites Superfood Mac and Cheese. 
Garden Lites Frittatas can now be found in Stop &Shop, Giant Landover and select Costco stores.To see the new Frittata line, visit
The bright green look of “Veggies Made Great on every package signals a shift in the visual language in which Garden Lites proudly emphasizes vegetables as the primary ingredient in all Garden Lites products. The packaging change also helps highlight the company’s dedication to clean and simple, gluten free, non-GMO, nut free and kosher ingredients as well as proudly displayingThe Good Housekeeping Institute’s Nutritionist Approved Emblem a prestigious seal and the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware emblem in the food and beverage industry. The back of the package also show the ingredients in a clear veggie wheel graphic.
“This dynamic new Garden Lites packaging is a radical change sure to scream from the frozen food aisle as to why to purchase,” says Andy Reichgut, Executive Vice President of Garden Lites. “We are confident that the brand refresh will drive new consumers to the brand.”
The Garden Lites Frittata line is the latest product to reinforce the company as an innovative leader in the frozen food category. The Garden Lites product line continues to exceed all projections, with a sales spike of over 100 percent over the past two years. With the explosive growth still ongoing, Garden Lites recently moved to a new 40,000 square foot plant in Avenel, New Jersey, where they manufacture their broad variety of products.
Garden Lites products can be found nationwide at such retailers including: Costco, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, and Whole Foods or at

About Garden Lites®:
Garden Lites® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Avenel and Rahway, NJ that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2009, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including  Cooking Light – The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast;  Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award;  Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families; – Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins;  Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and  Runner’s World Editor’s Pick. For more information on Garden Lites products, visit and 

Be Healthy, Be Happy – Rachel Pauls Foods

If you haven’t heard of “FODMAPs” you probably will soon. Based on numbers alone, low-
FODMAP foods may eclipse the multi-billion- dollar “gluten-free” category.
FODMAPs are carbohydrates that can be harder to digest for some individuals with so-called functional gastrointestinal disorders. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. FODMAPs are all poorly-digested short-chain carbohydrates that are present in a wide variety of foods, including wheat, onions, garlic, legumes, milk, honey, apples, dried fruit, some sugar substitutes and added fibers.

For those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), foods containing these poorly-digested short- chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs) may cause stomach aches, abdominal distension, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. According the American College of Gastroenterology, IBS is one of the most common GI disorders, accounting for 40 percent of all appointments with gastroenterologists.

Some studies show that up to 75 percent of those who have IBS-like symptoms can benefit
from following a low-FODMAP diet. A low-FODMAP diet is so effective at managing IBS that it is often recommended by gastroenterologists in lieu of costly prescription medications that come with side effects.

The number of people with IBS — around 45 million in the U.S. alone— is about 15 times
greater than the estimated three million who have Celiac Disease, which requires avoidance of gluten to manage symptoms. Over the past decade, gluten-free food sales have skyrocketed – from just under one billion dollars in 2006, to a projected seven billion dollars by 2020.

Since a low-FODMAP diet is often the recommended first line of treatment for IBS, the low- FODMAP category is well poised to become even larger than the gluten-free market. While the low-FODMAP foods category has just emerged in the past few years, there are many national brands available, including Rachel Pauls Foods, with many more expected to enter the market in the near future.

There are several healthy habits you can establish to help treat your IBS symptoms. According to Rachel Pauls, M.D., founder of Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Food, a more holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, behavior modification, stress reduction and natural therapies often provides the most long-lasting benefits for those with IBS.

Dr. Pauls recommends talking to your doctor about these seven healthy strategies to see if they are right for you:

  • If your doctor recommends the low-FODMAP diet, then this would likely involve
    eliminating foods that are high-FODMAP and see if your conditions improve. If so, you would then likely start adding back specific foods based on the type of FODMAP they contain, such as fermented foods or those high in fructose. This handy FODMAP food guide will help you plan GI-friendly meals and snacks.
  • Eat at regular times. Try to eat a “normalized” meal pattern, which means three meals and two snacks daily at about the same time each day.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps improve mood and decrease anxiety and stress, bothof which can trigger IBS symptoms.
  • Perfect your portions. Following a low-FODMAP lifestyle is always in context of portion sizes. For foods with FODMAPs, stick to the recommended portion sizes to keep your overall daily FODMAPs to recommended levels.
  • Keep tabs on your total daily FODMAPs. FODMAPs need to be limited throughout the
    entire day, not meal by meal. If you experience a bellyache after dinner, it may be
    related to your lunch or afternoon snack, not what you ate at dinner.
  • Try some peppermint. Peppermint is a natural way to relax the muscles in your GI tract. Ask your medical advisor about the best way to incorporate peppermint to help manage your symptoms.
  • Consider a daily probiotic. Probiotics are "good" bacteria that normally live in your GI tract; some studies suggest that probiotics may help relieve IBS symptoms.

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Lifeway – Making Kefir Since 1986

Since 1986, Lifeway has been leading the industry by producing the best tasting, most innovative probiotic products on the market. From kefir to skyr, probiotic pills to no-spill pouches for kids, Lifeway is dedicated to making the world a healthier place, one person at a time.

Lifeway Foods has a new non-dairy, all-organic probiotic sparkling beverage: Elixir. Available in four on-trend flavors: tangerine, hibiscus, elderberry, ginger. Lifeway Elixir is perfect as a grab-and-go soda alternative for consumers seeking lower-sugar refreshment, a probiotic option for those who don’t do dairy, or a healthy cocktail mixer.

Organic Plantiful is a plant-based drink that is 100% dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free! It’s a naturally delicious blend made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. With creative flavors and 10 vegan probiotic cultures, Plantiful leaves your gut nourished and loved!

Skyr is an ancient superfood that has been a staple in Icelandic cuisine for centuries and ours continues the tradition with 14 probiotic cultures and 18g of protein per cup. Lifeway Skyr is made with whole milk, which gives it an indulgent flavor, creamy texture, and those coveted healthy fats.

“In addition to a growing appetite for healthier foods, people are paying closer attention to how their purchases impact the environment,” said Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods. “Lifeway has always been committed to green business practices and environmental sustainability, so we felt that choosing a greener packaging alternative was the natural next step. We want customers to recognize that everything, from the ingredients we use to the packaging of our kefir, is good for our customers and the environment.”

Lifeway’s bottles are all 100% recyclable and BPA-free, and the company uses biodegradable plastics when possible, including cups, spoons, straws and napkins that are made from 100% recycled, unbleached paper. The company frequently reviews its sustainability efforts with a goal of minimizing its environmental impact and purchases renewable energy credits to offset electricity used in production.

Non Fat Kefir


Organic BioKefir

Farmer Cheese Cup

ProBugs Frozen

Frozen Kefir Pints

Find out more about Lifeway’s healthful and delicious kefir products at You can also find Lifeway’s products at Albertson’s, Costco, Hannaford, Harris Teeter, Ralph’s Jewel-Osco, Kroger, Mariano’s, Safeway, Shaw’s, ShopRite Sprouts, Stop and Shop, Target, The Fresh Market, Walmart Wegmans, Whole Foods, and more…



Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

Health Benefits – Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.  Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.

Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide.  Follow them on FB and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at

About Absolutely Gluten Free:

Gluten free and delicious don’t always go hand in hand, and when Absolutely Gluten Free develops their products they always say to ourselves, why do they have to choose one or the other? At Absolutely Gluten Free they make delicious items that happen to be gluten free. With that in mind, they try a lot of gluten free products, and not every item they test is a hit. How do they know we get them right? When they gave them to friends and family the question they got most often was “are you sure this is Gluten free??” The answer? …ABSOLUTELY!


Celiac Awareness Month – Explore Cuisine

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness MonthExplore Cuisine is known for its protein-packed plant pastas that are high in fiber, naturally gluten free, simple to prepare, organic, and delicious. 

Explore Cuisine is a leader in innovative cooking using organic ingredients of the highest quality. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients.
  • Organic Bean Power: One Ingredient.  ORGANIC BEANS – that’s it.  In only seven minutes, your family can indulge in a delicious, healthy and satisfying meal, power-packed with high protein and high fiber. Varieties include Black Bean Spaghetti, Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccini, Soybean Spaghetti and more.

Italian Signature Selection: Made from organic lentils and chickpeas, these pastas are high in protein and a great source of fiber and iron. Vegan, organic, and gluten free- it’s a perfect dish for everyone at the table. In just minutes your family will be enjoying fresh pastas made in Italy. Varieties include Red Lentil Penne, Green Lentil Penne, Chickpea Fusilli, Green Lentil Lasagne, and more!

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month with these nutritious recipes that everyone can enjoy!
Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo Spaghetti
  • 4 cups of cauliflower florets
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • garlic cloves (optional, see info in post)
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 box of Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
  • Fresh Parsley, for garnish
  • Order Ingredients
  1. Toss cauliflower with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.
  2. In a blender combine roasted cauliflower, vegan cream cheese, smoked paprika, garlic (optional) and vegetable broth. Blend until smooth.
  3. Warm sauce in sauce pan on stove.
  4. Prepare spaghetti per directions on box.
  5. Combine sauce and spaghetti. Gently toss to coat.
  6. When ready to serve, place spaghetti onto plates, top with more smoked paprika and fresh parsley.
  7. ENJOY!

Pesto Spaghetti with Seared Tuna
Recipe by Svitlana Flom of Art de Fete
Serves 4
Seared Tuna:
  • 1-pound center cut ahi tuna
  • 1-teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1-teaspoon mildly spicy red pepper (Aleppo or Marash or just black pepper)
  • Dash of vegetable oil
  • Salt
Kale-Walnut Pesto:
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • ½ cup basil
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of mildly spicy red pepper (Aleppo or Marash or just black pepper)
  • Salt
  • ½ large carrot, peeled
  • ½ hot red pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 10 tiny basil leaves
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Mildly spicy red pepper (Aleppo or Marash)
  • Olive oil
Make pesto: Place kale, basil, nuts and garlic into food processor. Sprinkle with salt and pepper liberally. Pour ¼ cup over the greens. Blend by pouring the rest of olive oil in a slow stream, until pesto is nice and chunky. Squeeze lemon on top, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Sear tuna: Pat tuna dry with paper towels. Season tuna with salt, red pepper and coriander. Drizzle with olive oil on top and rub spices with oil into its flesh. Heat medium size stainless steel sauté pan until very hot. Pour just a dash of oil and place tuna in the pan. Cook on all sides for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until it releases easy and all sides have a crust. Slice tuna against the grain into ¼ of an inch slices with a sharp knife.
Slice carrot into ribbons with vegetable peeler, and then make thin long strips with a sharp knife. Set aside. Cut hot red pepper into thin slices.
Cook Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti according to packaging instructions, transfer to large bowl. Add ribbons of carrot, hot pepper slices and 5-6 tablespoons of pesto to the pasta and toss to combine. Drizzle more olive oil if pasta looks too dry.
To plate, divide pasta between bowls by twisting it with a folk. Drizzle lightly with good quality olive oil, sprinkle with salt and red pepper. Top with 3-4 tuna slices, sprinkle with salt and red pepper again. Scatter some lemon zest and tiny basil leaves over each bowl. Serve at room temperature.
Deconstructed Lasagna – a comfort food dinner
Author: Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma)
  • 8 oz of Organic Red Lentil Penne by Explore Cuisine
  • 32 oz pasta sauce
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  1. Prepare the pasta, per the directions on the box.
  2. In a bowl combine the ricotta, eggs and parmesan. Blend until smooth and well mixed.
  3. When pasta is done, drain under cool water.
  4. In a new bowl, combine the pasta and sauce. Stir to combine.
  5. Lightly oil a 9X13 baking casserole. Put half the pasta mixture in the casserole dish.
  6. Top with all the ricotta mixture.
  7. Add remaining pasta mixture to the casserole dish, creating layers.
  8. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove cover, add mozzarella. Put back in oven until cheese is melted.
  9. ENJOY!
If your pasta jar is only 28 oz, you will be fine! 28-32 oz is good!

At Explore Cuisine they search the globe to find organic, plant based foods that allow you to create delicious meals that your family and friends will love and gives them the goodness they deserve.

They select the finest organic ingredients from beans, lentils, rice and peas to provide you with more plant based protein and fiber than traditional pasta while being naturally gluten free and simple to prepare. Ideal for lovers of pasta looking for a more nutritious alternative and for anyone seeking to reduce meat in their diet and replace with plant based protein.


Best Healthy Life with TÍO GAZPACHO!

NEW YORK Tío Gazpacho,

award-winning maker of chilled, ready-to-drink vegetable soups, has expanded distribution and is now available throughout the Tri-State area. New retailers include Fairway Markets, Mrs. Greens Natural Markets and additional Whole Foods Markets.

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Tío Gazpacho uses crafted recipes with organic ingredients to create their signature chilled soups, available in three flavors:
 Gazpacho Clásico (vine-ripened tomato, green pepper, and cucumber),
Gazpacho Verde (kale, spinach, avocado, and mint)
and Gazpacho de Sol (yellow tomato, yellow pepper, and carrot).
Offering high quality products that are convenient, nutritious and delicious is the backbone of Tío Gazpacho, which is why all their soups are USDA organic, vegetarian, vegan, soy-free and free from chemical preservatives, colors, flavors and additives.
“Our goal is to make Tío Gazpacho accessible to a larger audience seeking a better-for-you snack on-the-go, so we are thrilled to be expanding our distribution across the Tri-State area with these fantastic new retail partners,” said Austin Allan, Founder and CEO of Tío Gazpacho.
Tío Gazpacho also partners with Development in Gardening Partnership (DIG), a non-profit dedicated to providing people all over the world access to nutritious food through the development of sustainable gardening. A portion of every bottle of Tío Gazpacho sold is donated to DIG to help communities in need.
About Tío Gazpacho
Tío Gazpacho is the original savory gazpacho soup, blended with fresh, nutritious ingredients, boasting an exotic history with influences from Greece, Italy and Africa, and finally perfected in Spain. Tío Gazpacho takes this classic chilled mash-up and turns it on its head, with three bold, delicious variations – all organic and alive with flavor. Tío Gazpacho is a new concept in refreshment and nutrition, bringing all the flavors and health benefits of Mediterranean eating to American consumers with its line of ready-to-drink gazpachos. Perfect for a healthy snack or lunch on the go. Ready to drink straight from the bottle. No bowl required™.
To find a Tío Gazpacho retailer or for more information,