Friday Finds: Gluten Free Snacks, Paleo Cookies and Dairy Free Beverages to Keep All Our Bases Covered!

It’s FRIDAY! (cue Rebecca Black)

and also cue… MY FRIDAY FINDS

So when I was visiting NYC this past September for my cousins wedding, I came across this spot:

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and I was rushing by to get back to my hotel to go to the airport, BUT this sign caught my eye:

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and just I couldn’t turn away. Like a Buzzfeed article referencing anything from 1998 or a cute old man rocking a pair of Depends,  I’m a sucker for any GFZ  (Gluten Free Zone) and this one was pretty great– they had a whole bunch of brands I had never heard of but this story ended tragically:

I didn’t have time to get anything AND make it to Chop’t in time to get my salad for the plane. It was like Sophie’s Choice Gluten Free Meals Edition.

So I noted what stood out and went on my merry way. I emailed the lovely founders of one of the companies I saw-  Raw Sweet Snacks and they so sweetly offered to mail me some products.. and when these showed up at my doorstep, I felt like I was Britney Spears winning my first VMA.

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First up, Almond Butter Muffins

More like Allgone Butter Muffins… luckily I snapped some photos first.

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At 120 calories per muffin this is the perfect afternoon sweet treat that is satisfyingly delish. Obviously I would imagine pairing mine with a cup of coffee but then again, I basically feel that anything goes well with a cup of coffee. They are the perfect combination of cake and chewy and did I say delcisou? because they are.

Next up:  Darl Chocolate Nuts and Raisins

What could be better about chocolate covered nuts that isn’t already out there? That’s what I thought too until I got these in the mail. if you will notice, about 1/4 (okay maybe a little more than 1/4) is gone… because I started eating them earlier this week and finally thought I better take pics before they are all gone. They have the perfect salty/sweet/crunch ratio of any chocolate covered nut I’ve had!

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Next Up… Pread from Primal Bakeshop

So most paleo people know that most starchy type of paleo treats need to be made from scratch… until now!  Enter… Pread (Paleo + Bread = Pread… get it?!)

While I haven’t had a minute to make these yet (coming to a blog near you (this blog) soon!) I was SO excited to find out about Primal Bakeshop right here in Cali which makes all kinds of Paleo breads and just released a whole bunch of mixes for muffins and cookies too! They so sweetly sent me these two to try so stay tuned because I think it’s going to be a yum fest up in my apartment.

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And Lastly… Limited Edition Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice with Cinnamon drink!

I saw this the other day when I was heading out the door of Whole Foods. Still half asleep with my giant coffee in hand… and I just had to get it.

They always get you at the checkout line don’t they?  Well this was impulse purchase I’m not upset about (a rarity)

I used to love pumpkin spice lattes from starbs- I’d look forward to its release every July! (because what says JULY like a hot pumpkin beverage?!)  And sure, I could make my own pumpkin drink but sometimes (every morning, ever) that just takes too much time and requires a few minutes less sleep– uh yeah, no thanks. But this Almond Dream drink gives you the pumpkin taste without all the dairy, and without the crazy sugar overload.

This does have sugar (8g per serving) and for me it was good on its own but still a bit too sweet… but once I added coffee it was perfection (because really adding coffee to anything makes it better) so I love having this option to add just a pumpkiny splash to my coffee!

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Any good finds you have this week to share?!

Hope you have a great weekend!
xoJ!

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