Beach Foodie (Guidebook for Joy, Bliss, Vitality, High Energy, Youthfulness and Spiritual Energy)

“If the recipe ingredients can’t go in a container and survive in a back pack or cooler on the beafch, they didn’t make it into this book”, say Beach  Foodie book author CFayla Johnson.   And these foods “provide excellent nutrition and have great taste”.   These really attracted me to this book that I consider my guidebook for Joy, Bliss, Vitality, High Energy, Youthfulness and Spiritual Energy.   Boy, we can’t allow our energies depleted in these trying times (you read them, you see them, you feel them).   CFayla recommends a diet containing 20 % carbs, 30% good fat and 50 % protein — whole, unprocessed and uncooked for maximum nutritional values.   And she adds:
1)  Eat frequently, about 5 times a day, but small quantities.
2)  Do not eat a large amount of food after 6 pm.
3)  Listen to the body and rotate the foods you eat — some days more protein, or some days less carbs.
And to make skin feeling smooth and supple, CFayla says, “Spread 2 tablespoons coconut oil on your body, it’s nurturing, it’s hydrating”.   Doing this every night before I go to bed — oh what a feeling!  Recipes include Chilly Chili, Raw Apple Pie, No-bake Carrot Cake and Cherry Pie with Dates Crust.   I love CFayla’s 3 Ms — Meals, Move and Meditation — let’s make it a plan, and let’s stick to it!

Here’s the press release shared to me…

A simple guide to a healthier life
Recipes and recommendations designed to heal the body, mind and spirit

People should love their food, take pleasure in eating and develop a relationship with food that is nurturing and blissful.

A food reference guide intended to promote blissful living; Beach Foodie centers on the concept of developing a divine relationship with food.

The first in a series of books by author Cfayla Johnson, Beach Foodie focuses on promoting a model for healthy living. This model is designed to rejuvenate the body by concentrating on easy-to-make recipes and foods that will increase energy levels.

Johnson is a life coach and healer and is proficient in using various food combinations and spiritual energy to refresh the body. Her book was inspired by her own creative thought and reflects the way she eats and lives.

According to Johnson, eating these unique food combinations makes it easier to access spiritual energy and feel joyful. Throughout her book, she urges people to try her recipes and follow her guidelines, encouraging readers to be in touch with their bodies and their food as they experience a nurturing relationship that results in gratification.

“I spent over five years researching and trying various food combinations to develop my own food philosophy,” said Johnson. “Beach Foodie combines aspects of eating and spirituality and is meant to be used as a reference guide and taken to the store along with a shopping list.”

Beach Foodie
By Cfayla Johnson
Paperback, $9.99
E-book, $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-4525-5380-1
Available at http://www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, balboapress.com

About the author:
Johnson’s qualifications in writing Beach Foodie are a love of food and high life force living. She is an author, speaker, coach and natural healer. Through her research and personal experience, she created a relationship with food based upon the aspects of bliss, nutrition and energy. In her book, she offers principles of eating in a highly versatile yet simplistic way. Beach Foodie is part of a series of books by Johnson designed to promote healthy and joyous living.

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The Diva’s Guide to an ACNE-FREE Life (with Awesome Salad Dressing Recipe!)

THE DIVA’S GUIDE TO AN ACNE-FREE LIFE

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Dawn Amador’s book, The Diva’s Guide to an Acne-Free Life ties up acne with cellular imbalance and the body’s detoxification pathways are hindered by this imbalance.  She learned to focus on alkaline foods (her book includes several pages of alkaline foods vs. acidic foods listings) which makes her feel better and have more energy.    Her book is a funny and informative read, a blend of personal struggles with outer beauty and practical ways of managing health and wellness.   I consider this a “must read”, it is my “go to” read when I need a breather from boredom, annoyances and sadness — it makes me smile, it makes me feel like a good diva with a positive attitude.  Her book includes awesome recipes  —  the most amazing smoothie ever, get glow on the morning elixir, clear skin tonic chia seed pudding, among others.  And this salad dressing recipe —-
Alkalinizing Salad Dressing
2 tablespoons olive oil    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar   1 teaspoon ground pepper
For more information, visit http://skinlogic.us

Here’s the press release shared to me…

Super Foods for Super Skin: Three Easy Recipes that Work

From super foods to gluten free, nutritious eating doesn’t just boost your energy – it illuminates your skin.

Nutrition expert and licensed aesthetician Dawn Amador discusses which foods have anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects on the skin – and how they work – in her new book The Diva’s Guide to an Acne Free Life.
Contributing her favorite recipes, from sweet potato bites to chia seed pudding to peach smoothies, Amador makes healthy skin simple for all to attain.   For more information, visit http://skinlogic.us

Smart Reasons to read “Smart Eating Made Simple by Jane Ibbetson”

SMART EATING MADE SIMPLE
If you desire to eat healthy, then this book is for you.   Author Jane Ibbetson, a nutritionist and educator, offers simple guide to healthy eating with the end of improving quality of life and high level of wellness.   Jane’s book to me is really a smart book for smart people.  We hear new names of diets almost every week and we get sick and tired of being treated as “gullible and confused consumers”.   All we need is a good advice and tips to eating healthy, along with taste-tested recipes — as simple as that, as smart as that.   So I love this book for all the smart reasons — foods that heal, choosing the healthy fats, information on trans-fats, glycemic index, quasi-vitamins and yes, more than 125 recipes.   I already bookmarked and included in my to-do list:  Bulgogi, Succotash with Barbecue Sauce, Daily Instant Miso Soup, and Avocado Tuna Salad.
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1 cup mandarin oranges
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup pecans, chopped
Mix the yogurt, orange juice and honey, then combine the oranges, pineapple, and coconut with the yogurt mixture.  Top with dates and pecans.  Serve well chilled.

Here’s the presss release shared to me….

Health advice making your head spin?    Nutritionist offers a simple guide to eating to improve quality of life

Don’t eat that.

The list of foods we are told to avoid in order to maintain a healthy diet grows longer by the day. Try this new approach: do eat this. Nutritional counselor Jane Ibbetson shares how achieving a healthy diet can be easy in her new book.

Smart Eating Made Simple is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to nutritional eating and a better lifestyle. With an emphasis on plant-based meals, Ibbetson’s formulas aim to reduce the risk of chronic disease and increase energy and lifespan in people of all ages.

“We hear what we should not eat all the time,” Ibbetson said. “In today’s hectic world, people seem to have lost knowledge of how to have a healthful and fulfilling lifestyle. People are tired of being sick and sick of being tired. This book is a comprehensive guide to smart eating in order to achieve an invigorated and healthy life.”

Ibbetson’s advice, explanations and more than 125 recipes offer a full nutritional package and assist readers of all ages and budgets in areas from the grocery store to food preparation.

Smart Eating Made Simple
By Jane Ibbetson
Paperback: $19.95
Hardcover: $28.99
E-book: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-4685-6657-8
Available at: amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and authorhouse.com.

About the author:
Jane Ibbetson holds a Master of Science in nutrition and works as an educator and nutritional counselor for high-risk families. Along with her more than 16 years of nutritional counseling experience, Ibbetson developed an interest in healthy eating over an extended period of time and is a prime example of the lifestyle changes she advocates. She lives with her husband in Arizona and enjoys spending time with her six children and 12 grandchildren.

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Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay…So Crisp and Refreshing!

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White wines, so crisp, tart and refreshing, how can one simply ignore you…not me, not my friend Lori Miller, not millions of wine lovers.   And these wines, from Lori’s discriminating taste buds, “I like it white, it just matches perfectly with steak, with seafoods, with pasta, oh dear, with just about anything.”  Charles Krug wines are bursting with subtle aromas and flavors, an explosion of tropical fruits and citrus, not heavy, I’d say full yet silky smooth.  I love it.  Sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, perfect table companion indeed.  They definitely gonna be present at my holiday feasts, I already told my friends I insist on Charles Krug white wines only.  That includes my friend Lori, she’s bringing her mom’s lasagna and her “moist through and through” roast chicken.   Thanks Charles Krug and Christine Piccin for introducing me to this easy-drinking, palate-pleasing and so super-affordable wines.

Here’s the press release shared to me….

How to Weather the Changing Seasons with White Wine with Peter Mondavi Jr. of Napa Valley’s Charles Krug Winery

While the old saying goes, “Never wear white after Labor Day,” there’s no such rule when it comes to serving white wine.  And Peter Mondavi Jr. of Charles Krug Winery will be the first to tell you that his Charles Krug Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are more than warm weather sippers.  “They can easily hold their own alongside the foods we enjoy with the arrival of cooler weather,” he says.

Peter has “cred”: he is a wine industry insider, since birth, in fact–his grandparents purchased Charles Krug in 1943 and Pete grew up washing glasses and scrubbing tanks.  The winery, Napa Valley’s oldest, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is considered the birthplace of the Napa wine industry.

While picking exactly the right wine may seem daunting to some, Peter is completely realistic.  “Not everyone has the palate of a wine critic and, most of the time, it really doesn’t matter if a wine tastes more like Meyer lemon or Eureka lemon, or whether it might go best with King salmon or Coho. Too often, we tend to over-think this kind of thing,” he says. “Never feel you can’t drink what you like.”

To find out where to start, he suggests talking with a wine-knowledgeable friend or wine salesperson, then open a couple of different bottles to see what tastes best with your dish. Often there is no one “perfect” match, and several different wines will work just fine.

Sidebar Insider tips:
What’s the best wine to bring to a potluck, where you don’t know what food will be served? Peter Mondavi Jr. says, “Charles Krug Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc–it’s easy to sip as an aperitif before dinner, but it’s not a pushover wine.  It has enough acidity to flatter flavors and enough texture to stand up to many different kinds of foods. Try it!”

Spicy foods are tough on wines, in general, so it’s nice to have trick in your back pocket.  For Peter Mondavi Jr. the trick to taming spice is to pour a fruit-forward white wine, such as pairing Tangy Thai Grilled Shrimp (recipe below) with Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc.

Bright, fresh ingredients like thyme and lemon are rich in essential oils that are perfect with crisp white wines, including Charles Krug Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.   Try a sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs and some grated lemon zest over chicken or fish, or a squeeze of lemon and a generous sprinkling of sea salt on a steak.  “Surprisingly,” says Peter Mondavi Jr., “that trick will coax even something as meaty as steak into pairing nicely with white wine.” For more info, visit website: http://www.charleskrug.com/

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Grassland Butter is my Secret Ingredient for my Best-ever Butter Cake

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This is plain and simple butter cake…but made extra rich, extra creamy and extra special with Grassland butter.   Butter is the most important ingredient in this cake and Wisconsin’s  Grassland butter is the perfect choice.   “Ask for Grassland product at your local grocer” to make your cakes, cookies and pastries this winter.  Grassland’s wholesome quality and fresh-from-the-farm goodness make everything taste better.  For more information about Grassland and its products, visit the website at http://www.grassland.com.

Best-ever Butter Cake

1 ½ cups (3 sticks) Grassland unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar, divided
9 pieces large eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon Nielsen Massey Orange Extract
1/4 teaspoon Nielsen Massey Lemon Extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 1/4  cups cake flour, sifted
3 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease, line and grease again three 9 x 5 inch loaf pans; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt to aerate;  set aside.

In a large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and 1 cup sugar until stiff but not dry.  In another large bowl, cream butter and remaining 1 cup sugar until butter turns pale.  Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat until blended.   Mix in extracts.  Using low speed of electric mixer, add flour mixture alternately with milk and beat until blended.  Fold in beaten egg whites into the butter mixture.  Divide cake batter into prepared pans.  Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Many thanks to Christine Lindner (of Flavorful Insights)for sharing this press release…

Grassland Butter: The Secret Ingredient for Holiday Baking

Greenwood, Wisconsin, November 30, 2012— This season bake sweet holiday memories with Grassland Butter. It’s pure, natural, unparalleled flavor and texture, makes holiday favorites taste even better. Whether you’re baking up dozens of blissful butter-rich breakfast croissants, chocolate pecan cookies or peppermint whoopie pies with your little helpers — the creamery rich flavor of butter will come through in every bite.

Butter is synonymous with holiday baking. For the best baked goods start with the best ingredients. Grassland Butter is the essential holiday baking ingredient. For more than a century, Grassland has been producing quality butter and is currently the largest family-owned butter creamery in the world, producing one-third of the U.S. butter. Choose from Grassland’s Salted or Unsalted Butter to baked up signature holiday favorites.

As the butter experts, Grassland offers the following holiday “Butter Bits” and tips with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.:

Use unsalted butter with when baking – its delicate flavor brings out the best in these types of foods.

For melt-in-your-mouth cookies, use slightly softened, unsalted butter. With its low melting point, butter helps make cookies soft and chewy on the inside, but crisp and golden on the outside.

For flakier pie crusts and puff pastries, keep butter as hard and cold as possible prior to use. The flaky texture is produced when cold pieces of butter, trapped between thin layers of dough, melt during baking, creating small air pockets.

Store butter in its original packaging or in a sealed container in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the refrigerator door. Keep butter away from foods with strong odors or distinct flavors.

Founded in 1904, the Wuethrich family has spent more than a century crafting award-winning butter. As the world’s largest family-owned butter creamery located in Greenwood, the heart of central Wisconsin, Grassland knows butter producing one third of the U.S. butter. As a leader in innovation with uncompromising quality, Grassland offers a medley of fine butter products specially developed and packed for retail, foodservice and industrial dairy customers. Grassland’s enticing menu of award-winning butter products for dining, cooking, baking and confectionery creations delivers unmatched quality and pure flavor every time.

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Creamy White Polenta with Buttery Mushrooms & Kale/Green Vegetables

Tired of cooking up rice and vegetables for yet another Tuesday evening meal? Looking for a gluten-free alternative to pasta to pair with a hearty Italian dish? Want to find a way to bring more nutrition into sugary, high-calorie desserts?

Roland® Polenta, a staple food in Northern Italy, is versatile, healthy, and delicious, and can be just the ingredient necessary to spice up a weeknight meal or impress weekend dinner guests.  Made from ground yellow or white corn, polenta is prepared by boiling to a paste in water or other liquids such as chicken stock or heavy cream.

A gluten-free and vegetarian food, polenta is a great way to bring more protein and vitamins into your diet. Polenta has about 8.1 grams of protein per serving—that’s more protein than found in an egg! Polenta is a rich source of Vitamin A and C and is also chock full of minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Polenta can be served as a base for any of your favorite entrees, served as a simple side dish, or can be grilled, fried or baked to create uniquely delicious appetizers or nutritionally dense desserts. Try one of our serving suggestions below!

  • Bake Roland® Polenta in a baking pan, layered with tomato sauce, zucchini, red pepper, onions, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese for a fresh spin on a classic casserole dish.
  • Combine Roland® Polenta with fresh herbs, butter, and parmesan cheese. Chill, cut into thin rectangles, and pan or deep fry to make delicious, healthy “fries”.
  • Use Roland® Polenta in desserts such as lemon-polenta cake or chocolate-polenta pudding.
  • Grill up leftover Roland® Polenta to make corn cakes.  Perfect alongside fried eggs and salsa for breakfast!
CREAMY WHITE POLENTA WITH BUTTERY MUSHROOMS & GARDEN GREEN VEGETABLES

1 cup   Roland White Polenta
4 cups             Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1 cup   Reggiano Parmesan Cheese, grated or shaved
4 Tbsps. Butter
10 oz.  White Mushrooms, thickly sliced
4 Tbsps. Roland® extra virgin olive oil
¾ tbsp. Fresh Thyme (or ¼ dried Thyme leaves)
4 cloves Garlic, minced
4-5 cups Mixed Garden Greens: Arugala, Swiss Chard, Spinach or Kale
Roland® Sea Salt, to taste
Black Pepper
Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese or Toasted Pine Nuts

In a medium skillet, heat 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp Roland Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Add 2 cloves minced garlic and sauté 1-2 mintues.
Add sliced mushrooms and fresh thyme, sauté until nicely browned and keep warm over low heat while polenta is cooking, to allow moisture to be released.
Season with Roland Sea Salt.
White Polenta: Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large pan.
Slowly pour in the Roland White Polenta stirring continuously with a wooden spoon to avoid lumps.
Continue stirring over low heat until white polenta becomes creamy and begins to leave sides of pan, approximately 10-12 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in 2 Tbsp of butter. Mix thoroughly, then add Parmesan cheese and continue stirring until melted and polenta is creamy. Cover and keep warm.
Garden Greens: In a separate skillet, heat 3 Tbsp Roland Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Add 2 cloves garlic and sauté lightly. Add fresh greens to pan and sauté quickly, 2-3 minutes until cooked through and green color is preserved.
Sprinkle with Roland Sea Salt.
TO SERVE: Spoon warm polenta onto serving platter.
Top with sautéed greens, then buttery mushrooms.
Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese or toasted pine nuts and freshly ground black pepper.

Here comes Aroma Hot Froth X-Press™

 

Aroma Hot Froth X-Press™
If you love cappuccinos and lattes, you will certainly not be disappointed with this perfect compact and lightweight countertop size (smaller than a glass pitcher) milk frother from Aroma (and it is goodlooking too!)—it is easy and simple to operate and use, and it produces that needed rich and creamy milk foam for your special “strong” coffee…in minutes.  Don’t tell this to Starbucks, but it is time to save your Starbucks money and start being the “star barista” at home, making “your way” cappuccino (and other ‘cinos) and latte, and yes, also chocolate macchiato.

I enjoy this new addition to my kitchen, I’m not big on coffee, but my hubby is — so he enjoys his latte every morning, while I start my day with hot chocolate (recipes of all these coffee creations included in the product manual).  Chocolate syrup blended with coffee latte — oh so good!   The Aroma Hot Froth X-Press™ creates thick, rich milk foam at the press of a button…it’s handsfree, no mess, and no scorching at all.  It has a cappuccino attachment (for thick, creamy froth) and latte attachment (for velvety froth), and includes a high heat, medium heat and no heat setting.  Get this Aroma Hot Froth X-Press™ (a perfect pair for single serve coffemakers)  at Target stores for yourself, or for that coffee buddy at work.   For additional information, pls visit:  http://www.aromaco.com

How to make cappuccino and latte?  First, brew a shot of espresso. If you don’t own an espresso machine, double brew your regular coffee (Place 1/4 cup of fine ground coffee in your coffee maker’s brewing basket. Pour 1/2 cup of cold water into your coffee maker and brew, this recipe should give you 1/4 cup of brewed espresso or a shot of espresso) or use instant espresso. A cappuccino is equal parts espresso and hot milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg and usually whipped cream. Lattes are made with flavored syrup (cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla), a shot of espresso & the rest steamed milk.

Looking for wood salad servers?

Acacia Creations
Beautifully handcrafted pieces of jewelry (necklaces and bracelets and stainless steel wire hearts) and home decor  (salad bowls and salad servers)  out of recycled materials — all unique and eco-friendly.  And the artists and craftsmen, all based in Nairobi, Kenya.   In keeping with fair trade practices, the artists and other studio workers are paid a monthly salary plus a percentage of sale of each Acacia Creations products.   And also worth mentioning, for each item purchased from Healing Hearts Collection  (stainless steel wire hearts), Acacia Creations donates $0.50 to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, where underprivileged children and their families receive life-saving care and support.  You not only get to love your one-of-a-kind jewelry but you also show care and support.

The spiraled wood salad servers sent to me has that great feel in the hand — and am so impressed with the spiral design.  And they would nicely pair with just about any salad bowl, wood or glass.  The salad servers are from the Olive Wood Collection  — all finished with food-safe sunflower oil, water-resistant and durable.

Select Chicago retailers that carry Acacia Creations products include: Accessories East, Material Possessions, Misericordia Heart Strings Gift Shop and The Art Institute of Chicago.  For more details on Acacia Creations products and their fair trade practices, visit http://www.acaciacreationsstore.com.

Q Knot is the newest in Food Preservation

Q Knot (Multi-Purpose Reusable Ties)
Say goodbye to easily-broken rubber bands and disposable zip ties, Q Knot, the newest in Food Preservation, gives that perfect seal to plastic food bags to maintain foods’ freshness.    You’d be impressed (I’m now a big fan!)…consider these features:  self-locking design with really non-slip gripping “teeth”, easy release and retie, made of rubber so it’s stretchable and flexible.  It’s so easy to use, simply strap and stretch  and use it inside or outside the house.  Clutters everywhere (we can’t help it, these days we’re so much into all things electronics, cables here and there) — oh yes, time to tie up and neatly secure electrical cords, computer wires/cables, purses, pens, makeup brushes, hair dryer long cord, craft tools, dowel rods for cakes, and tools in garage.

You’d love to have Q Knots in your house — they are must-haves.   And they come in primary colors and 3 sizes (yellow/small, green/medium and red/large).   Available at nationwide stores like The Container Store, Crate & Barrel and online at Amazon.com.

For additional information on Q Knot, please visit http://www.Ut-wire.com.    And to top it all, Q Knot was recently awarded the distinguished 2012 IF Design Award out of 2,000 products for its innovative design.

And don’t forget….Q Knots are versatile, deliciously colored and reusable, you’ll love them!

 

Have A Good Healthy Heart and Say Hello to Winetime Chocolate Bars

We’ve been told that the heart is the most important organ of the body because it is a blood-pumping machine that delivers blood around our whole body.  Heart squeezes out blood to the lungs to be oxygenated and then around the body to help us function.

So it’s “heart” month and we need to take good care of our heart.   And this brings us to the subject of red wine, resveratrol and a special chocolate bar, Winetime bar.

Red wine, mmm, I do prefer white wine, but there are occasions when I do like red wine.  From one online site, ” Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.  So, too much red wine can be that damaging and alarming too as drinking too much increases one’s risk of high blood pressure (oh yes, we very well know this).

Resveratrol (oh what a name, I’m sure even doctors would find difficulty spelling this), is what’s making medical researchers excited these days.  In its primary stage of research, resveratrol has anti-aging properties, cancer-fighting properties, and definitely good for the heart.  This substance is found in the skin of red grapes and in other fruits, and thus its connection to the red wine.  But drinking red wine on a regular basis for its resveratrol value, probably not a good thing…remember, “too much drinking spells high blood pressure”.

And then comes along Winetime bar, samples of which was sent to me and really put a smile on my face after learning these chocolate bars got dates, almonds and RASPBERRY (all my favorites, yey!).

Yes, Winetime bar is a chocolate bar…it’s got resveratrol and it gets the job done (one bar contains more resveratrol than 50 glasses of red wine.).   Now I really don’t have to drink red wine, after all.   I’d get my resveratrol benefits from just eating this special rich dark chocolate bar.   You can google “resveratrol” and you’d discover why it is all over the news these days — its anti-aging, weight-loss and ward-off cancer properties are sure enough to get people excited.

But what about the taste of this Winetime bar — I’d say this, I am not a big fan of fruits and nuts (Cadbury), but these 2 flavors are simply divine and rich.   They are chocolatey through and through, and not bitter at all.

Since this is a special month, I’m including in this post, some tips a cardiologist friend of mine from Italy shared with me.  Thanks Doc!

“as all unsaturated fatty acids, also resveratrol is good…but chocolate has also saturated fatty acids, so not too much.   do you like chocolate?”

“yes I heard about resveratrol for the wine in the south of France but not a lot of medical articles about that.”

“My advice to my patients —
1) half an hour of aerobic activity per day
2) 2000 calorie diet with 55 % carbohydrates, 25 % fat and 20 % protein
3) periodic control of glicemic value, cholesterol and LDL, blood pressure
4) if someone has no problems about diabetes or cholesterol, has no family history of heart disease, he can eat what he wants…but not too much”

“do you know omega 3 fats?  they really can reduce stroke incidency
the name is ESKIM or ESAPENT… but you can eat them with white fish
do you know Merluzzo or Branzino or Orata?
I like salmon too, but it’s a fat fish..
Merluzzo is Cod  Orata is Sea Bream, and Branzino is Sea Bass I think.”

Here’s the press release for Winetime bars that was sent to me….

New Chocolate Bar Fights Aging, Improves Heart Health
(WineTime Bar provides more Resveratrol than 50 glasses of red wine in a nutritious snack)

Chocolate lovers around the world are rejoicing over the debut of the WINETIME Bar, because they can now get their chocolate fix without having the slightest feeling of guilt. A new type of nutritional chocolate bar, the WineTime Bar combines the indulgence of chocolate with the health benefits of red wine to create a delicious snack that is anti-aging and can improve heart health.

The WineTime Bar is the first nutritional bar to contain Resveratrol, and it packs more of this beneficial antioxidant than can be found in 50 glasses of red wine. The bar also has seven other extra ingredients that can boost health including “super fruits” cranberry, noni, pomegranate, goji berry, acai, mangosteen and blueberry.

According to studies, Resveratrol is believed to protect cells from free radical damage, inhibit the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, keep the heart healthy and improve elasticity in blood vessels, normalize the body’s anti-inflammatory response, and slow down the signs of aging while helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

And, most importantly, the WineTime Bar contains the right type of Resveratrol. The WineTime Bar combines 99% pure trans-resveratrol with premium French red grapes from the Rhone valley. Trans-resveratrol has been proven to be the key-health promoting ingredient in studies as opposed to the other type of Resveratrol, cis-resveratrol. Trans-resveratrol is more biologically active and beneficial.

The WineTime Bar is dairy and gluten free, high in fiber, vegan, contains no trans fat, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, cholesterol, artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. Available in two flavors, Chocolate Dates & Almonds and Chocolate Raspberry, the WineTime Bar is a low-calorie snack with only 190 calories per bar. The WineTime Bar retails for $2.99 and can be purchased at Vitamin Shoppe stores nationwide, select Whole Foods stores or online at http://www.winetimebar.com.

About ResVez, Inc.
ResVez, Inc. focuses on the creation and distribution of functional food bars with health benefits—“bars for a reason.” For more information visit: http://www.winetimebar.com.

Take good care of your heart…and when chocolate cravings come knocking at your door, grab a Winetime bar, and SMILE!