ThinkThin Protein Bars Review & Giveaway

thinkThin Deliciously Natural Nutrition

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thinkThin Protein has 20g protein for lean strength, sustained energy and to bridge hunger, and 0g sugar for weight management and to avoid sugar spikes and fatigue. thinkThin Protein is gluten-free, kosher and has a low glycemic index.

ThinkThin Protein Bars

thinkThin protein bars are a delicious, nutritious snack that delivers high quality ingredients to sustain high energy without the punishing side effects of refined sugar or gluten. If you are looking for a well-balanced, high protein snack or after workout meal the thinkThin bars are perfect for you.

You can choose from 12 flavors of thinkThin Protein Bars that have 20g of protein and 0g sugar:

  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • White Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Chocolate Espresso
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Tangerine Cremesicle
  • Cookies & Creme
  • Caramel Fudge
  • Lemon Cream Pie
  • Brownie Crunch

ThinkThin Protein Bars Creamy Peanut Butter

We recently got a chance to work with thinkThin and enjoy the Creamy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge bars. What I love the most about these bars is the high protein, gluten-free and the fact that they are super delicious. I love how soft they are too. For me they are a perfect go to snack on busy days.

ThinkThin Protein Bars Brownie Crunch

All of the delicious products mentioned above are available on their website. You can browse for your favorites at thinkThin Products they also offer FREE Shipping on orders of $75 or more.

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The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook Review

125 Delicious Recipes from Amaranth to Quinoa to Wild Rice

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From nutty to sweet, gluten-free whole grains are simply delicious.

We’ve known for a while now that whole grains not only offer up a wide variety of health benefits, but are also incredibly delicious. We also know that more and more people are looking for gluten-free alternatives. That’s where this cookbook fits in perfectly — simply sublime recipes featuring amaranth, buckwheat, corn, Job’s tears, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff and wild rice. The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook has it all.

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook

This full-color cookbook features a wealth of health information on these grains. In addition, color photographs of each grain are included for easy identification. This cookbook is proof that good taste and gluten-free options are not mutually exclusive.

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook

We are always looking for ways to eat better and healthier. When we got the opportunity to review this cookbook we were excited to have so many delicious gluten-free recipes available when ever we want one. While no one in our house is sensitive to gluten we do try to limit it when ever possible.

In this cookbook you will find the guides on What is Gluten and Why Does it Matter, A Whole Grains Primer and Just the Grains. Each section offers great information. One of my favorite parts of the cookbook was learning more about the grains in the Just the Grains section and finding out more on what they are, how to buy them, store them, how to cook them and what is their nutritional value.

The recipes are easy to make and very delicious. We can’t wait to try them all. Another thing that is always a plus for me is that each recipe in this cookbook includes the nutrients per serving box, which is a great feature if you are watching your calorie intake like I am. I also love that many recipes are labeled with Vegetarian Friendly or Vegan Friendly making it easier on the days we want to be meat free.

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook

Recipes we have tried so far and love:

  • Blueberry Wild Rice Pancakes
  • Zucchini Fritters
  • Shrimp Tempura
  • Minestrone with Leafy Greens
  • Peppery Meat Loaf with Quinoa
  • Roasted Red Pepper Risotto
  • Blueberry and Wild Rice Pudding

About the Author: Judith Finlayson is a bestselling author whose lifelong love of food and passion for cooking has translated into sales of over 1 million cookbooks, including several popular slow cooker cookbooks. Visit her at: judithfinlayson.com

This cookbook has 224 pages (more than 40 color photos)  $24.95 CA / $24.95 US / £16.95 UK available from February 2013.

To find out more about the The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Are you Gluten Intolerant?

How to Know if you are Gluten Intolerant

Did you know that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant? How about that about 55 diseases have been linked to gluten? Or that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed?

Could you be Gluten Intolerant? Check out the list below and find out!

Are you Gluten Intolerant

Having one, or more of the following symptoms may be a sign that you are gluten intolerant:

  • Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation especially after eating foods with gluten in them.
  • Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating foods that contain gluten.
  • Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off-balance.
  • Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
  • Often migraines and  headaches.
  • Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your doctor can’t pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
  • Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
  • Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
  • Chicken skin (Keratosis Pilaris) on the back of your arms. This tends to be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

If you suspect that you may be gluten intolerant you should consult your doctor. Your doctor may suggest that you get tested and the simplest way to do so is by going off gluten products for at least  2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce them slowly into your diet. To be sure you will need to go off gluten 100% because even small traces will not give you the accurate results.

You will know the difference pretty soon after giving up gluten. You will feel better and if the gluten is the cause of any of your health issues the symptoms should get better when off gluten. Now after the testing period is over you will need to slowly add gluten back into your diet. At this point if you start feeling worse and your symptoms return you can be sure that gluten is to blame.

Note going off gluten is the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with it. And don’t forget while you are testing your body you need to be 100% gluten-free.

Around the Web: Gluten-Free Recipes

Do You Have  a Favorite Gluten-Free Recipe?

Check out these yummy recipes from Around the Web all gluten-free and delicious!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Coffee Marble Cake by Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie by Will Cook For Friends

Takeout at Home: Thai Basil Chicken by cHow Divine

No-Bread Oatmeal French Toast by Oatmeal With A Fork

Harvest Quinoa Salad by Girl Makes Food

Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels by Gluten-Free Baking

ThinkThin Protein Bars Review

thinkThin Deliciously Natural Nutrition

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thinkThin products provide natural and delicious portable nutrition to support the health and well-being of busy, active people who care about what they eat. All thinkThin natural snack bars are based on three nutritional principles: no refined sugar, a good source of protein and gluten-free.

Choose from 12 flavors of thinkThin Protein Bars that have 20g of protein and 0g sugar, 4 flavors of thinkThin Crunch and 3 flavors of thinkThin Crunch Fruit & Nut Bars that have 2 times more protein than other leading fruit and nut bars and 60% less sugar.

thinkThin protein bars are a delicious, nutritious snack that delivers high quality ingredients to sustain high energy without the punishing side effects of refined sugar or gluten. If you are looking for a well-balanced, high protein snack or after workout meal the thinkThin bars are perfect for you. You can choose from 12 flavors of thinkThin Protein Bars that have 20g of protein and 0g sugar, 4 flavors of thinkThin Crunch and 3 flavors of thinkThin Crunch Fruit & Nut Bars that have 2 times more protein than other leading fruit and nut bars and 60% less sugar. There definitely is something for everyone.

We recently got a chance to sample several of thinkThin products including their thinkThin High Protein Bars, thinkThin Crunch and thinkThin Crunch Fruit & Nut Bars. What we love the most about them is the fact that they don’t taste like your average power bar or granola bar. They are packed with delicious ingredients and definitely satisfy not only when hunger strikes but when you need to satisfy your sweet cravings as well.

The thinkThin High Protein Bars are perfect as right after the workout meal. With 20g of protein these sugar-free bars will satisfy your hunger and restore the much-needed protein in your body. They are soft and chewy with perfect texture. And best of all they are gluten-free. You can choose from creamy, chunky or crunchy.

You can choose from 12 varied and delicious flavors, our favorites include Creamy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge.

  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • White Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Chocolate Espresso
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Tangerine Cremesicle
  • Cookies & Creme
  • Caramel Fudge
  • Lemon Cream Pie
  • Brownie Crunch

Available for 2.1 oz. bar for $1.99 or pack of 10 bars for $16.90.

The thinkThin Crunch bars are crunchy, chewy, wholesome and pretty. There are four flavors of the original Crunch bars that deliver a perfect blend of nuts and chocolate in every bite. We loved them as a quick out of the door snack on busy days. We took them to the beach, on our afternoon walks and found them just perfectly delicious with 10g of protein and 4g of fiber. And again they are gluten-free. With 60% less sugar and 2 times more protein than other fruit and nut bars, this delicious and nutritious bar provides a healthy satisfying snack for any time of day.

They come in 4 flavors, our favorite is Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts.

  • White Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts
  • Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts
  • Caramel Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts
  • Mixed Nuts

Available for 1.41 oz. bar for $1.99 or pack of 10 bars for $16.90.

The thinkThin Crunch Fruit & Nut bars are kosher, gluten-free, dairy free, vegan and a good source of protein and fiber. They are a natural treat that is hard to resist. With 60% less sugar and 2 times the amount of protein of other fruit and nut bars they make a delicious treat one you will love having near you for any time you need a quick snack that is packed with fruit and nuts or when you crave something sweet and yummy to satisfy your sweet cravings.

They come in 3 flavors, it was hard to decide, but we loved the Blueberry & Mixed Nuts the most.

  • Blueberry & Mixed Nuts
  • Cherry & Mixed Nuts
  • Cranberry Apple & Mixed Nuts

Available for 1.41 oz. bar for $1.99 or pack of 10 bars for $16.90.

thinkThin also has thinkThin Bites that we didn’t get a chance to try yet, but they seem like a great snack idea with only 100 calories per bag.

All of the delicious products mentioned above are available on their website. You can browse for your favorites at thinkThin Products they also offer FREE Shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Eat Raw, Eat Well Cookbook Review

400 Raw, Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipes

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Eat Raw, Eat Well is a creative raw-cuisine recipes for delicious, nutrient-rich dishes!

Eat Raw, Eat Well has 400 recipes that are perfect for everyone who loves eating the raw food diet, or those like us who are trying to eat a bit healthier. We recently received this cookbook for a review and the recipes are really easy to make, perfect even for picky eaters and very healthy.

So far our favorite recipes from this cookbook are:

  • Pesto Coated Carrot and Parsnip Fettuccini
  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Raspberry, Orange and Blueberry Parfait
  • Cinnamon Pineapple Creamsicle Smoothie

We also tried making the Buckwheat and Sunflower Seed Pizza Crust which came out just beautiful and so yummy. We are so excited to try more of the yummy recipes from this cookbook like Cashew Cheesecake and Pecan Pie.

Raw-food diets (where food is eaten raw or, if heated, the temperature can’t exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit) are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons: some seek the benefits of weight loss and increased energy, as well as a reduced risk of certain diseases; others have an aversion to animal-based foods or simply wish to consume more whole, nutrient-rich ingredients.

This wonderful collection of recipes will appeal to both newcomers to and veterans of the raw-food lifestyle — the recipes are imaginative, they feature easy-to-follow instructions, and the results are incredibly delicious. From hearty breakfasts that will get your day off to an energized start to satisfying soups and sumptuous main courses and sides to lush, decadent desserts that will indulge the most discriminating sweet tooth, these recipes reflect Doug’s talent and commitment to raw cuisine.

In addition, there’s a wealth of information on how to properly prepare the ingredients in advance of meal preparation to enhance their nutritional value, as well as a comprehensive list of “raw pantry” essentials. If you’ve decided that the raw-food lifestyle is for you, look no further than Eat Raw, Eat Well.

About the Author: Cooking since his teens, Douglas McNish is a Certified Red Seal Professional Vegan Chef. After losing 100 plus pounds he decided to change his career and take on plant based cuisine as his profession. Douglas is a two-time vegan iron chef winner, has been featured on national television, contributes to print magazine publications, and is a raw food consultant who is passionate about sharing his knowledge about the raw food lifestyle.

This cookbook has 464 pages (32 pages of color photographs) $27.95 CA / $24.95 US / £16.95 UK available from April 2012.

To find out more about the Eat Raw, Eat Well cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.