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Here’s an exciting way to enjoy any leftover pumpkin this season! This creamy smoothie is dairy-free, nut-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, and egg-free.

SoL Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients

½ cup pumpkin
½ a banana
1 cup SoL, any flavor
1 cup ice
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp honey

Preparation

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and mix well. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

*Recipe courtesy of SoL.*

These pumpkin-inspired muffins courtesy of The Tefft House located in Plainview, MN will have the whole house smelling simply divine while baking!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free flour (such as Domata or Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ cup ground flax seed (optional)

1 cup Libby’s Solid Pack pumpkin

¼ cup sour cream (“Mom” prefers organic)

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free, organic eggs)

¼ cup softened butter (“Mom” prefers organic)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the first seven ingredients.

In another bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, cream, sour cream, and eggs. Mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and butter; mix until well blended.

Spray muffin cups with baking spray. Fill each cup almost to the top. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean. Remove from pans. Serve immediately.

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

*Recipe and image courtesy of BNBFinder.com.*

Tuck a healthier alternative to potato chips in your child’s lunchbox with G.H. Cretors Popped Corn! All-natural and absolutely delicious (yes, “Mom” found it nearly impossible to only eat a handful of any given variety!), G.H. Cretors makes popped corn the good old-fashioned way – by hand in copper kettles! Plus, all of their Kosher and gluten-free snacks are made with all-natural ingredients completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Mom” and her family thoroughly enjoyed the Just the Caramel and Just the Cheese varieties! The bags were gone fairly quickly. Then, to their delight, they discovered that G.H. Cretors had paired the two flavors for a perfectly salty and sweet blend in their Chicago Mix. Ingenious! Instead of having one bag of each flavor open to dip into, the Chicago Mix is the best of both worlds.

For the Just the Caramel corn, pure cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the Just the Cheese corn, real cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown, air-popped corn.

G.H. Cretors Popped Corn is available in 5 mouth-watering varieties, including Just the Cheese, Just the Caramel, Kettle Corn, Chicago Mix and Caramel Nut Mix. To learn more, visit GHCretors.com.

G.H. Cretors’ Chicago Mix can be found at select natural food and mainstream grocery stores across the country, such as Fresh Market, and all GH Cretors varieties are available online at amazon.com.

*Samples and images were provided generously by G.H. Cretors for this piece.*

Pack some FUN in your child’s lunchbox this coming Fall! Funny Face® Dried Cranberries make eating a serving of antioxidant rich dried fruits exciting, with four kid-pleasing flavors to select from, including Rootin Tootin Raspberry (“Mom’s” favorite!), Goofy Grape, Freckle Face Strawberry, and Choo Choo Cherry.

In addition to being rich in proanthocyanidins Type A, nature’s most powerful antioxidant, Funny Face® Dried Cranberries are all-natural, Kosher and gluten-free. “Mom” loves that the Funny Face packaging is recyclable, too!

Per 1/3 cup serving, Funny Face® Dried Cranberries contain 100 calories, and pack well for not only school lunches, but families on-the-go, from after school sports to weekend hiking trips.

To learn more about Funny Face® Dried Cranberries, or to locate a store near you, visit funnyfacecranberries.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Teeny, tiny, perfectly-sized pieces for little hands is what Tiny Fruits by Little Duck Organics has made its mission. Well, mission accomplished! These certified organic, 100% fruit snacks are pure YUM. Made from fresh fruit from farms right here in the US, Tiny Fruits are gluten-free and do not contain added sugars. As they pack easily, they are a nutritious and healthy addition to your child’s lunch this Fall. Not just for school lunches, Tiny Fruits make an excellent addition to homemade trail mix and are a great snack for families on the move. We are lovin’ the Blueberry & Apple flavor at “Mom’s” house!

Tiny Fruits are available in four kid-pleasing combinations: Apple & Banana, Strawberry & Mango, Blueberry & Apple and NEW! Pineapple & Mango. Tiny Fruits are available at Whole Foods Market, Earth Fare, Hannaford, Fairway Market, Sweetbay, Central Market, Stop & Shop, Diapers.com, FreshDirect.com and other retailers nationwide.

For additional information, to locate a store near you, or to order online, visit LittleDuckOrganics.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Gluten-Free, this snack mix is a combination of dried fruits and coconut, which add a tropical twist to this sweet cereal snack.

Chex® Apple Cinnamon Fruity Snack Mix

Ingredients

6 cups Apple Cinnamon Chex® cereal
1 cup dried banana chips
1 cup whole raw almonds
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup dried mango or pineapple, cut-up

Preparation

1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, banana chips and almonds.
2. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter, brown sugar, honey and ginger uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is boiling; stir. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on High 4 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl every minute. Stir in coconut and pineapple; microwave uncovered on High about 1 minute or until cereal just begins to brown.
3. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 20 servings (1/2 cup each).

Variation: For a more fruity taste, try adding a combination of dried mango and pineapple.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Chex®.*

Back-to-school eco-fuel! GravelNuts are the perfect packables in your child’s lunchbox or backpack for a quick after school snack before sports. All-natural, gluten-free, and vegan friendly snacks are the ultimate “on-the-go” munchies for kids and adults alike. Delicious and organic, Gravelnuts will give your future microbiologist or sports star a burst of energy before any activity, during or after school! “Mom” is loving the GravelSins!

Packed with great flavors and nutritional benefits, Gravelnuts bars and gravel packs are available in 5 sinful delicious blends, including:

GravelNuts Go-Bars – An energy rich, harmful-free radicals bars. Great as a pre-workout snack!
Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, brown rice crisps, a dot of brown sugar, vanilla, sea salt, blended with agave nectar to form this unique bar.

Gravel Tropics – Sit back, relax, and imagine you are lounging at a beach with this tropical mix.
Hazelnuts, almonds and sesame seeds dance with papaya, pineapple and mango in a lemon and agave nectar glaze.

GravelSins – A chocoholics’ Delight!
Walnuts and almonds, sumptuous dark chocolate, stimulated by a touch of orange extract, all wedded by agave nectar.

GravelSeeds – Nutless heaven those allergic to nuts.
Sunflower, pumpkin, hemp and ground flax seeds lightly blanketed with cinnamon and blended with agave nectar.

GravelNuts Granola – A nutritious addition to your favorite breakfast!
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, rolled outs, brown rice crisps, a touch of brown sugar, peanut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt unite with agave nectar.

To learn more about GravelNuts, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, visit GravelNuts.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

If you are like most parents, you are on the move this summer! From shuttling children to various camps and activities to fitting in your own workout to taking the annual family vacation, it can be hard to find time to fit in a nutritious meal three times a day! USANA Nutrimeal is an optimal choice for those times when you need a quick, healthy meal that provides your body with the fuel it needs but doesn’t require too much preparation – just a shaker bottle!

This refreshing meal-replacement shake is available in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, vanilla (“Mom’s” favorite!) or strawberry, plus gluten-free options! With 4 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein and a low-glycemic index, the Nutrimeal offers sustained energy without adding the pounds and the body bloat. It is the perfect breakfast shake or afternoon pick-me-up!

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit usana.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

This recipe comes from Sweet Sass founder Mike Campbell, whose son was a fussy eater when he was young! Sweet Sass is gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free so perfect for dipping, drizzling, grilling and cooking with for kids with allergies.

Sweet Sass Baked Beans

Ingredients

2 cans Northern Beans
1 can Black Beans
1 can Pinto Beans
1 can Tomato Sauce (15oz)
1 1/2 Cup Sweet Sass Flavor Sauce (Original)
2 Tbsp Molasses
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp Hot Pepper Sauce

Preparation

Clean and drain beans. Mix Tomato Sauce, Sweet Sass, Molasses, Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar, Chili Powder & Hot Pepper sauce. Add beans.

Bake @ 350 for at least 1/2 an hour, or until bubbling and hot.

Serve Hot or Cold.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sweet Sass Foods.*

Welch’s® doesn’t just make the 100% grape juice you loved as a child yourself, they also make fat-free, gluten-free and preservative-free Fruit Snacks! “Mom” loves their Reduced Sugar Mixed Fruit flavor – perfect for both kiddos and adults to snack on while on-the-move this summer! The delicious fruit are made with REAL fruit and contain 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E. Plus, Welch’s® has created a convenient 80-calorie pack so you can get a portion-controlled treat that makes it easy to count calories if you are watching your weight.

Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Reduced Sugar variety is recognized as a Healthier Snacking option by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. They are smart snacking choice that burst with flavor and will satisfy your craving for something sweet, without having to reach for a candy bar.

Why choose Welch’s® Fruit Snacks?

  • 100% DV Vitamin C
  • 25% DV Vitamin A & E
  • Fat Free – Gluten Free
  • No Preservatives

To learn more about Welch’s® Fruit Snacks and their Reduced Sugar varieties, or to locate a store near you, visit welchsfruitsnacks.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*