Review – Nogii protein bars and powders – Gluten Free and super delish!

Gluten free has come a long way. I remember almost 10 years ago the lack of options and FLAVOR! I am not GF but have always tried different GF options. Needless to say I was pretty psyched to try the Nogii line.

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I wasn’t familiar with Nogii so I took to the www to do some research. Nogii was founded by none other than Elisabeth Hasselbeck from the talk show The View. Her story of what lead her to Nogii was interesting to say the least. She struggled with stomach issues and fatigue and it wasn’t until a forced 39 day detox (being on the show Survivor will do that to you!) that she found out she suffered from Celiacs Disease. Celiacs Disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine and can affect how you absorb food.

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The product line for Nogii is impressive. Protein powders, bars, snack bars, paleo bars and kids bars. If you’re new to the whole GF way of life you can even pick up Elisabeth’s book – The G Free Diet. Nogii products are made with sustainably sourced, premium ingredients, NoGii bars have an ideal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and do not contain any trans fat, hydrogenated oils, or high fructose corn syrup. Score!

The D’Lite bars were my family’s fave. The kids couldn’t get enough. We tried the Caramel Bliss..  a perfect 120 calories when you’re craving a not so friendly candy bar. Plus they’re the perfect size for your little ones!

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My next favorite was the Chocolate Coconut High Protein bar. If you know me AT ALL or even read my occasional blog.. coconut or chocolate is definitely a recurring theme. They have high protein bars which average about 17 grams of protein and 230 calories. They also have super protein bars which are 30 grams of protein and about 400 calories. I found the super protein bars were great on a work out day as a meal replacement. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp bar was ridiculously good. Just look at the pictures of the Peanut Butter Chocolate High Protein bar and the Cookies & Creme Super Protein bar. Stop drooling..

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The Nogii Whey and Quinoa Vanilla Bean Protein powder was a great addition to smoothies – 20 grams of protein! I didn’t really like it in my blender bottle. I didn’t find it to satisfy my hunger like some other protein powders do.

By now you must be at least a tad interested in trying these items yourself. Definitely follow my links! They have a store locator and i was amazed how many places close to me already carry them!

While you’re at it enter their #NogiiTableSetters contest! You can win an overnight trip for you and a guest to NYC to meet Elisabeth Hasselbeck! Enter here!

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

Vegan coconut pineapple NICE cream with Organic India Moringa Powder 

Moringa?! Seriously before I was sent a free sample from the kind folks at Green Moms Meet I had never heard of such a thing called Moringa. I’m pretty well versed with things on the super food spectrum. Totally not this one.

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Moringa originated in northern India but it is now grown all over the world. The plant itself is considered a super food because it’s rich in vitamins, minerals and and amino acids.

Some things I didn’t know about Moringa:

-Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.

-Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.

-ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.

Wow! Sign me up! I work full time (not to mention a two hour commute each day), have 3 crazy energetic boys. Not to mention a Husband who works just as hard and gets just as tired. I was very excited to get the opportunity to try the Moringa Leaf powder and supplement capsules for free!
For me – the real challenge was figuring out how to use it daily. We put it in our smoothies which was great! I’ll admit the taste takes a bit of getting used to. Anyone familiar with any sort of greens supplement will understand what it tastes like ;o)
For me the capsules were a tad easier to remember. I took the Moringa supplements for a week and noticed a difference especially in my PM commute. I didn’t feel so exhausted and didn’t want to crash the second I got home. SCORE!
Using the powder at home was much easier. My favorite concoction – Vegan Coconut Pineapple Nice Cream with Organic India Moringa Powder! Creamy, delicious and a dairy free treat for the family. We used our Kitchen Aid Ice Cream machine. Since I had some technical difficulties (my paddle broke UGH!) I did a small batch in the ice cream machine and another just in some Pyrex in the freezer.
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Ingredients
-Two 15oz cans of whole fat coconut milk
-One to Two cups of fresh, cubed pineapple – add more or less based on your preferences.
-3 teaspoons Moringa Powder – we found this to be the perfect amount. Gave it a bit of green color without a strong greens    taste
-Your favorite sweeteners – this is TOTALLY optional. We added a bit of maple syrup to give it a bit of sweet but not too much.
-blend all the ingredients in your Vitamix/blender
-refrigerate until fully chilled. the colder the ice cream base the better it works in the ice cream machine.
-if you’re not using an ice cream machine just put into a freezer safe dish with a lid.
The batch in the ice cream machine was smooth, creamy and super delish. It was great knowing we were having a dairy free snack with some added health benefits. My kids absolutely loved it. We’ll be experimenting with other coconut milked based ice creams soon.
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The freezer batch wasn’t as creamy but still just as flavorful. I let it sit out for about a 1/2 hour. I found it easier to cut into squares.. could you say possible ice cream sandwich ingredient???!
Overall I could see Moringa being a pantry staple in this house. Getting my kids to eat their share of veggies etc is a daily struggle so Moringa powder could be my saving grace! One 8 oz. canister (approx 48 teaspoon servings) of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.
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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

More than refrigerated cookie dough… Chocolate + Coconut = Immaculate Cupcakes

Sometimes you want tasty confections without wasting away in the kitchen. I’m still waiting for the day we all eat little food pills like in The Jetsons. Since we’re not there yet, we do what we do to eat tasty morsels in small amounts of time. Enter: Immaculate Baking Company! IBC has been making yummy sweets since the early 90’s. The best part is that they’ve partnered with the Non-GMO Project which is a huge win in this household. For those of you that live under a rock GMOs stand for ‘genetically modified organisms’ – basically food that has been bioengineered to be larger, heartier and resistant to pests. I’m not sure about you.. but I don’t want MY family eating food that has been created in a lab. Definitely check out the Non-GMO Project website for more info!

The lovely folks at IBC sent us a care package filled with refrigerated goodies (Check out our latest blog for a recipe for Sausage CinnaSwirls!) including their 2 latest refrigerated cookies: Coconut Macaroons and GLUTEN FREE Peanut Butter cookies!

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I decided to kick it up a bit and made:

Immaculate Cupcakes!

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1 cup milk alternative, we used Coconut!
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4oz cup of applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose unbromated flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder – I used Valrhona
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package Immaculate Baking Coconut Macaroons

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Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin cups!

Whisk together the coconut milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to the coconut milk mixture and beat well.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add little by little to the wet ingredients.

Pour tasty looking cupcake batter into liners filling 1/2 way. I experimented adding the coconut macaroons whole or in pieces and hands down adding them whole was WAYYYY more satisfying. Put them in the batter and then top with the remaining batter. You should have enough to make 12 cupcakes!

Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Put them on a cool surface and have them cool completely.

For the frosting I made a simple Chocolate Ganache:

8oz Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. I transferred mine to the refrigerator to help it cool quickly and stiffen up.

Once everything is cooled, frost the cupcakes and garnish with shredded coconut!

TADA! Tasty, decadent cupcakes in a reasonable amount of time!!!

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disclaimer: Immaculate Baking sent me free product to review on our blog. Also note that matchingmummies does not accept any liability from the purchase or use of any products reviewed on this blog.

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