Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ema: Chicago Restaurant Review

Located in River North, Ema is the hot new spot for Mediterranean food and one of the newest editions to the Lettuce Entertain You Group.

No matter what, when I walk in the door of a Lettuce restaurant, I feel entirely safe. With eggs newly on my strict cannot-have list, I’ve been a bit more anxious dining out than usual, but all concerns were easily diminished with a kind waitress last week at Ema.

Though we could not get a reservation between 5:30 and 7:30 on a Wednesday night (hot spot, I told you!) there is an area of tables for walk-ins and between that space, the rain, and a major Cubs game (Go Cubbies!), we were seated immediately upon walking in at about 6pm.

This restaurant is tapas-style but with the standard Mediterranean offerings–they suggested 2-3 plates per person at each table to share.

We ordered the spicy hummus (which came with gluten free, vegan house-made crackers!), cauliflower romanesco (with yogurt and honey), the lamb-beef kebab, and the salmon kebab.

The star of the show was absolutely the cauliflower, which is typically the most underrated veggie of them all. This beauty was gorgeous on the plate and filled with bold flavors and a variety of textures.

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Next visit, I’ll opt to order more from the vegetable plates over the standard kebab plates–sadly, they were only 1 kebab per order and the plate was mainly rice (which would throw my BG for a rollercoaster).

Will absolutely return, and soon.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

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Nib Mor Chocolate: Review + GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who know me, you know that chocolate is life-sustaining for me.

I am a full-blown chocoholic and am not afraid to admit it.

And while a square of Dove or a Hershey’s Kiss is fine now and then, I’m always on the hunt for the newest beautiful, tasty, and dare-I-say healthy chocolate on the market–especially if it has other philanthropic or environmentally conscious aspects (remember my Raaka review?)

Well, let me tell you– Nib Mor Chocolate understands me.

Not only are their chocolates and drinking chocolates (OMG, right?) natural, certified organic, certified non-GMO, certified gluten-free, and certified vegan– but they’re Fair Trade Certified and the cocoa is even Rainforest Alliance Certified, something I’ve had my eye on for Fair Trade Month this month.

While they sell multiple drinking chocolates and many bar flavors–including my favorite, Sea Salt Dark, and even super fruit bars like blueberry and cacao nibs–my favorite is hands down the “Daily Dose of Dark” squares. These little friends, available in several flavors, find their way to my purse daily and are exactly that–a daily dose of dark. Who said chocolate isn’t medicine?

Now, Halloween season is about to kick-off, and I knew all ADSG readers would be looking for something a little more allergy-friendly and a lot more human-friendly (close out Fair Trade Month strong, everyone!) so I’ve partnered with Nib Mor to bring ADSG readers a special 20% discount code that is even valid on their Halloween specials.

Use code: C9D9OIWWI3XA on their shop website! They’ll even arrive by Halloween if you order in the next 3 days and shipping on orders over $25 is free.

But wait, it gets even better for one lucky reader–you could win everything you see in the picture below, thanks to Nib Mor!

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Holy moly, right?

We’re going to do this a little differently this time, though.

Head over to my Instagram (@breezygfreezy) to enter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*Nib Mor provided chocolate for this review*

Beanitos Review + GIVEAWAY!

I don’t know about you, but my self-restraint when it comes to chips just goes out the window. So, when it comes to blood sugars post-chip binging, they take it a little easier if the chips happen to be chock full of fiber and protein.

Chips?! Fiber and protein?! What is this madness, Brianna?!

Well. It’s Beanitos.

This is a company that runs by the motto “Beans are Better” and describes each of their snacks as “lean bean protein machine(s),” adding tons of beneficial goodies, including antioxidants.

With a line of products that just keeps growing {and all are certified gluten free, some vegan, all vegetarian friendly, all corn free, all low sodium, no trans fat, all kosher, the list goes on!}, I tore into the box when they arrived at my door.

Better Cheddar and Sour Cream Pinto Bean Chips were munched through in hours and my colleagues devoured the NEW Baked White Bean Mac n’ Cheese Crunch snacks–think healthy Cheetos.

Okay, well, I have to admit something. I had my family members hide the rest of my stash for fear of eating all of them in no time! I’ll be on the hunt soon.

Now for the exciting stuff– Beanitos has sponsored the largest ever giveaway on ADSG! One lucky winner will get 2 cases of the ELEVEN flavors of Beanitos snacks!

Holy moly, right? Enter below.

Click here!

#vivalabean

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Osteobroth Review + GIVEAWAY!

It’s been written up in nearly every magazine and newspaper across the globe in the last year–the explosion of a new food trend that’s said “not to be going anywhere” by TIME: bone broth.

While not technically a broth, but rather a stock chock full of minerals, amino acids, cartilagenous compounds, and more from the animal bones, this concoction is being called a “magical elixir” as individual believe it’s helping everything from digestion issues to allergies.

Shape Magazine has noted that people have attributed help with leaky gut, joint protection, younger look, better sleep, immune support, stronger bones, and more energy all to drinking this cup of wonders.

While I’m not sure if all of the above are applicable with me, I can tell you that sitting down for a warm cup of Osteobroth always calms my stomach–not to mention it boasts a nice 12g of protein in one cup (and only 50 cal)!

Osteobroth is my current go-to for bone broth for a few reasons:

  1. It’s powdered.
    • 2 year shelf life
    • Easy to transport (yup, brought it on the train to work to make in the aftenroon last week–no problem.)
  2. Dedication to allergy safe and good food practices.
    • No gluten, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, or yeast anywhere in their practices
    • From fresh chicken with no added hormones and no antibiotics
  3. Enriched protein at consistent levels
    • Every cup=same amount of gut healing protein
    • Added collagen and chondroitin
  4. They’re a local Chicago company!

I have one main lesson I learned when preparing my Osteobroth, counter to the instructions on the label. Instead of adding the 2 tbs. before the boiling water (crucial to help it dissolve!), try 1 tbs. before, add water, dissolve, then add the other tbs–it’s less likely to clump when you stir part at a time!

Now, who’s ready for some allergy friendly, paleo, low carb, gut healing, life changing potion?

Two winners get 1 jar of each size Osteobroth sells! That means one for your cabinet, one for your desk, because trust me–you won’t want to stop drinking this. You can even check out their website for recipe ideas!
Click here to enter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*This post was sponsored by Osteobroth, though–as always–all opinions are my own and I only review products that I love and believe in.*