Sunday, February 28, 2021

My Name is Tracy and I Am a Divorced Food Allergy Parent

Raising children can be challenging but imagine throwing food allergies into the mix. Research shows that parents of food allergic children have a higher stress rate, which includes increased marital stresses. Obviously, this also means increased chances of divorce for those parents. Divorce is never something that enters your mind when you get married and neither does the thought of your food allergic child deciding to remain with the parent that was less proactive in their allergy protection. I am in no way saying that there aren't families that don't have both parents remaining active in their child's allergies but it is the case for some. This was the case for my family.

food allergy family parenting divorce

I was married for 22 years. I was the primary caretaker of both of our children. Every doctor's visit, every school activity, every party and everything where food was or may be involved, I was there. I did this willingly and with love and I would do it again in a heartbeat. As any parent does, I made sure my child was as safe as possible. In our family's case, my son's food allergies did not leave room for me to work a typical full time job as my husband did. I feel this caused one of the areas of disagreement within our marriage but in my opinion, it was what was needed for our son's safety. I worked part time jobs when I could. And just because it was not as much as my husband did, this does not mean that I did not work at all (let me remind everyone that being a mom is equivalent of 2.5 full-time jobs as per the New York Post). This means I bared more of the responsibility and had less help from my spouse. 

Are you a food allergy parent feeling like this hits pretty close to home? Has your marriage been feeling as if it's not a partnership but rather a silent agreement that is leaving you feel alone and stressed? Rochie aka The Frugalista Mom recently interviewed me about what happened in my marriage to help others understand that they are not alone. After keeping my silence for many years, I felt is was necessary to share in hopes that others going through a similar situation might find some answers for their own difficult questions. In this video, Rochie and I touch on many points of interest and I welcome comments for those who feel the same, are unsure or simply need some guidance. (Disclaimer, neither Rochie nor I are licensed therapists but we are both willing to lend an ear where needed). If you are one of the many who follows me just to update my ex, keep up the great work- this just brings me more traffic and ratings so thanks in advance!

Thank you The Frugalista Mom for not only staying in touch for so many years but also for remaining one of my friends through the many travels of my food allergy journey.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Is COVID Sucking the Life Out of You?

How is everyone doing? 

Was last year the year that curled you up into a ball, rolled you around and just threw you to land wherever? 

This is how I feel. I'm not depressed, I'm not anxious, I'm not anything other than my constant "full steam ahead no looking back". So many of us have just had a crap year in ways beyond how our brain could have ever imagined. Life has changed us all forever. For me, the things that have pushed me down have made me wake up every single day trying to do better, trying to stand taller and trying to figure out how to get back some of what has been taken from me. 

The title says it all- This year has sucked the life out of me. But in the same breath, I continue to inhale even deeper. Shifting energy is necessary and it doesn't mean it's forever, unless you decide it should be. Writing has been such a creative outlet for me for most of my life but this year, it has been something that my mind just has whispered It will come back in time, relax. This being said, anyone who knows me truly knows that I am not a sit back and wait kind of person.... so, this is ultra frustrating. I have been blogging and involved with social media since 2008 so it's a part of my every day life. I found this and it's really just the only thing that truly explains me right now.

The only thing that I can do is continue to trust that when I am ready, my brain will kick back into full force Nutrimom speed and then I will be complaining that I have too much to do (lol).

What has been taken for you? Tell me. That is the purpose of blogging and sharing and supporting. I don't write just to have everyone listen to my life. Do you need help with something? Is there a way that someone can help keep you on track? What has worked for you before but isn't working now? 2020 has given us a new perspective at how to handle our emotions as well as our day to day lives. It truly is survival of the fittest. This does not mean that you are alone. It just means that you can ask for help when you need it- nobody has everything under control all of the time. So, please, ask because it is that simple.

Continue to Be Yourself I pride myself on this and I promise you, I am the person you think I am if we ever meet. I see no point in being someone that I am not. With the multitude of things that I have journeyed through the past few years, I am here to say that being yourself is empowering. It doesn't matter if it doesn't make other people happy, it doesn't matter if your happiness is not what was expected of you and it doesn't matter that your chosen path isn't what anyone else thought you should be doing. Be yourself. Own it with all of your being and soul. Feel everything the way that you want to feel it now. Life is short and there is never enough chocolate (unless Enjoy Life Foods FINALLY makes a Big Bar). Think about it- how many people remember you for all of the things that you were not?

What Makes YOU Happy? For me, writing and food has always been a part of my life in some form. I have always loved working with products and organizations but creating recipes has been a very interesting way to watch my brain unfold. I happily signed additional seasons with FoodyTV and am producing new episodes to share how you can also maximize products in your kitchen - make sure you get the app so I can share my happiness with you. 

I am also working on a series of coffee table books that are completely unrelated to food so stay tuned! (just a heads up- they are full of a very snarky, dry sense of humor so if it's not your cup of tea, bygones)

There was a saying I saw recently that really sums up where I have landed and how I feel and I'm sharing because I want so much for all of you to feel the same. It reads "Don't save me for later, I won't be there". I'm not sure if it was my life events or the pandemic or a self awakening but this speaks to me on so many levels. This is all sounding so sappy I am sure but I wanted to write something that was not my normal post. I wanted to say that remembering yourself and finding yourself again is so very important. Be confident in who and what you are and what you offer, no matter how big or how small because it's what your importance is. Most of all, being yourself is important to you which is (I fear) what so many of us never allow ourselves to put into the front of the line. 

It's a new year. This is a new chance for new beginnings. Let those beginnings start now.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

[Guest Post] A Guide to Safely Celebrating the Holidays in 2020


Posted by Guest Author for Nutrimom

No matter how you celebrate, the holidays are going to look a little different this year. But just because you can’t host a huge dinner or travel to be with family and friends, doesn’t mean you can’t make this year special‚ while following health guidelines, of course! Here are three things to think about when planning how to celebrate while keeping your loved ones safe and healthy.

Make Mindful Memories With Family

This is a year to cherish your close family and truly enjoy spending time with them, and do the things that you rarely have time for in a typical week. For families with children, this could mean watching holiday movies, baking delicious cookies, reading festive classics or even taking those family photos you never get around to. Game nights are also a fun way to keep the whole family engaged and entertained. Depending on who’s in the family, you can play anything from simple card games to delight the little ones to the more strategy-driven or humorous games for the older family members. Just be sure to mix it up so everyone feels included and genuinely enjoys themselves. 

family game night cards

Deciding to limit gatherings to just those you share a home with doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice making memories with other people you cherish. You can still stay connected with distant family members and friends who are not in your social bubble through video chat. Many people are hosting virtual celebrations, gift exchanges, and even playing games over video calls! However, avoid video-chat fatigue by limiting your virtual parties to an hour or so. Whatever you decide, this tech is a fabulous way to stay safe while spending time with those near and far.

Finally, some of the most precious family memories come from blessing others. You can cultivate a spirit of giving in your own family this year while staying safe. Try building a snowman in your elderly neighbors’ yards just to make them smile or singing carols from their driveways. With outside activities comes exposure to cold air, which can trigger asthma. So, when you’re out and about in the cold, be mindful of typical safety precautions, like bundling up with warm layers to protect your lungs and to avoid frostbite.

Consider Allergens When Shopping for Gifts

When it comes to gift-giving, it’s important to keep common allergens in mind to protect your loved ones. Little ones can be especially sensitive, so look for toys with a hypoallergenic or organic label, like this adorable stuffed elephant. Wooden toys are also a more natural alternative to plastic. Occupational toy kits like a doctor’s kit or a tool bench provide children with an outlet for their boundless imagination and energy.

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Shopping for a creative child? If yes, you’ve probably witnessed them get messy with finger paint or turned around to see them tasting the modeling clay. Since young children are smaller and have more immature immune systems, it’s especially important to know ingredients in art supplies that you purchase. Some products are packed with allergens and can pose a threat. Look for non-toxic art supplies and gifts as a safe, worry-free alternative to those containing wool, dyes or dangerous chemicals.

Teens and adults are easier to shop for, but you still have to watch out for the same toxins. When it comes to bath and body products, the most considerate thing you can do is not choose a product for someone else’s skin, not even those colorful bath bombs. Instead, give gift cards to shops that are dedicated to organic beauty products so they can choose something that’s right for them.

Another gift to be careful with is jewelry. Whether you’re buying earrings for a special someone or a bracelet for a friend, don’t just look for “hypoallergenic” on the label and call it a day. Instead, check what metals it’s made out of to determine whether it might cause an allergic reaction or not.

Order Allergy-Friendly Essentials Online

Freshly baked gifts are always a hit. Not only are they a great way to show someone you care, but baking is a fun activity to do at home with the family. However, It can quickly become a nightmare if you learn that you’ve just made a whole batch of peanut butter cookies for your niece with a peanut allergy. Making cookies for your friends and family with allergies can seem like a daunting task, but keeping yourself aware and properly equipped can make it a safe and tasty process for everyone.

Once you’ve figured out your loved ones’ dietary requirements, you can start a shopping list. For parents juggling many priorities, consider getting your baking essentials online instead of making a dreaded trip to the store. A home delivery service is a safe alternative to get everything you need for your recipes and for your clean-up process.

Your shopping is complete. So, what’s next? Well, it is a good idea to take extra precautions by creating a schedule for making your treats. If you can, try to start with the ones for those with food allergies, like these allergen friendly recipes. This will help lower your risk of cross-contamination, which is crucial to allergy safety.

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Before you even begin to mix ingredients, you should make sure all of your surfaces and equipment are washed, sanitized and clear of any remaining particles that could trigger someone’s allergic reaction. You’ll want to keep sanitizing throughout the entire process. It should also go without saying that keeping your hands clean is vital to baking for any occasion, but especially when baking for someone with allergies.

If you’re up to the task of having more than one recipe in the works at one time, then keeping separate workstations can be a big help. Having color-categorized mats to lay down, or using a label system on your countertop will ensure everyone in the house knows not to set down their tasting spoons wherever they want.


It’s too easy to dwell on what we're going to miss out on this holiday season, but using this time to focus on what we do have and appreciate those around us will make this year one for the ages. Showing your friends and family that you love them, no matter how you do it, always makes the holidays feel magical.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

What Are the Odds?!

gluten free bagel allergy eggfree
Back in September the Nourished Festival had their first ever virtual festival to help us all get through 2020 with a smile. Not only was I psyched to be a part of their Blogger Team and find out about so many amazing new products but the deals and discounts were equally amazing. One such product that caught my eye was Odd Bagel. For years, I have been on the hunt for an amazing, gluten free bagel that (I feel) is considered to be a good replacement for a typical New York style bagel. Because honestly, there are a lot of gluten free bagels out there but I am very freaking picky. Growing up in New Jersey, bagels are life (pre-me going gluten free)! Gluten free bagels.... well..... from what I have tasted, they range between being too dense to dry to tasting more like toast vs. bagel and some are just downright bad. As you can see, I do not sugarcoat anything. There is no reason- life is too short to eat bad food, even gluten free food.

So let's talk about Odd Bagel They offer six types of bagels- Plain, Sesame, Poppy, Onion, Everything and Cinnamon Raisin. They also offer free USPS shipping for any two packs or more that you purchase (bonus!) and at the time of the event, they had a special promo code that gave me even more of a discount (super yay!). I placed my order for four of the six bagels and I waited patiently. But can I also mention that they were delivered super fast?! Upon first glance and removing the packages, I was like "Ohhhh nooo! They feel so heavy! They are gonna be just like other gluten free bagels!" NutriDaughter had the same feeling and we both stared at them in disappointment. But I snapped out of it, realizing that I had to try them out and see for myself. Odd Bagel is certified gluten free, Non GMO, are Vegan, Kosher Pareve and do not contain wheat, egg, dairy/milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy or fish/shellfish. They are also free of corn, potato, psyllium, cellulose, chickpea, sorghum and pea protein. I do want to be transparant and mention that they operate in a facility with shared equipment that contains allergens so, as always, do what you feel is best for your safety and feel free to contact them at for more details. 

gluten free bagel sesame eggfree


( I the only weirdo picturing the Bugs Bunny cartoon when he says "Open the door sez me? Don't answer that) Lots of sesame seeds which is what I like! I want to lick off sesame seeds as I am devouring and this bagel delivered on that. These bagels do seem dense as you cut into them and mine seemed almost a tad undercooked, like a bit doughy? But toasted... oh my! Crunchy on the outside but tender on the inside. And NOT TOAST- BAGEL ALL THE WAY! If my eyes were closed, I would swear I was eating a New Jersey Style bagel! I was going to start out with a half but like I said, life is too short so yes, I carbed out and it was worth it. If I die eating bagels, at least I am happy.


Normally not my go to bagel but I had to try all of what I ordered. Same as above (minus the sesame

bagel gluten free breakfast food

seeds, of course) with a slight crusty, crunch on the outside. I slathered this one with cream cheese and away I went, noshing and all full of bagel and cream cheese on my face, in my fingers, in my belly. Definitely sandwich-worthy as well. I definitely recommend this for all toppings, both inside and outside of the box. The bagel food world is yours- top it and eat it.

Everything My initial fear with any Everything bagel is that I as good as it may taste, I will be permeating onion and garlic for days afterwards (now my brain is going to the Spongebob episode with Sundays and onions... sorry, my brain). Upon opening the bag, the Odd Bagel Everything smelled AHmazing! Then, my inner fear kicked in... I had to work that day. I had to be around customers. I didn't want to be stinky. I took the plunge and devoured it. I am happy to report that although my kitchen smelled a teeny bit, I remained relatively non-garlic/oniony. And now, my mouth is watering and I want another one.

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Cinnamon Raisin 

This is the variety that NutriDaughter makes a face at me, as if I am old. Not sure why she feels anything raisin equals being old but it's ok because more for me. A good amount of raisins- not too many (overload does kill the taste enjoyment, in my opinion) and the smell of them toasting in my kitchen was just so very comforting and homey. I cook and bake a lot so when I find products that let me just eat and not have to cook, I am SOOOO happy. These are definitely the ultimate bagel for the cooler, crisp weather with a good cup of whatever warms your cup up.

My only request 

Dear Odd Bagels,

I love you. I appreciate you and am so grateful to have you in my life now. But can we talk about the whole size while popping up in the toaster issue?  And I know, like let me hand you the world's tiniest violin. But burning your fingertips while trying to get your bagels out of the toaster in excitement is not fun. And now that I am typing this, I am also realizing that making the bagels larger would also mean having to make the bags larger, redoing everything and why... for a pesky blogger who is whining about a bagel she will still eat if it stays the same size. 

Thanks for understanding. All of my love and appetite-


Side Note I successfully froze them- I sliced them, placed parchment between the halves/pieces and simply either thawed or microwaved for 10-15 seconds before toasting. Same taste, same consistency!

Where can YOU get Odd Bagels?

Be sure to check their locations page! Visit them at, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and shop online. As always, never a fee for products as my opinions are my own.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

[Guest Post] 6 Safe and Savvy Food Shopping Tips During COVID

You all know that I love writing but have been a little lax the past few months (hoping this springs back soon). I was so excited when Matt Satell of Little Bundle reached out and asked if he could contribute an article on my blog (squeeeee, virtual hugs and kisses because they are COVID safe!)

With the COVID-19 pandemic still sweeping the globe, staying home as much as possible is the best way to avoid catching or spreading the virus. But staying home all the time isn't an option for most people, many of whom have to go to work in offices and run errands.

Whether you prefer to select your own groceries or grocery delivery services aren't available in your area, here are six ways shopping tips to help you stay safe (and savvy) while going on your weekly grocery run.


#1: Follow CDC Guidelines

The number one tip isn't the most interesting, but it's the most important. You can go grocery shopping, spend time with your friends but you should always be mindful of the rules. 

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Wear a mask to minimize your risk of being infected, adhere to proper social distancing protocol, and make sure to wipe down all of your food containers with sanitizing wipes when you get home.

Another good piece of advice is to carry sanitizing wipes with you so you can wipe down the handles on your shopping cart before you touch it and clean your hands again before getting into your car and removing your mask. Be sure to sanitize again after touching the mask since you don't know exactly what might be on it.

Try to write down your grocery list on a piece of paper that you can dispose of so you are not always looking at your smartphone and touching the screen. It's easy to leave germs on the surface and forget to clean your phone before using it again once you've removed your mask.

#2: Know Your Grocery Store's Guidelines

Some grocery stores still have early hours for seniors and the immunocompromised. If you are part of either group, call your local grocery store to find out when their early hours start. If your stores no longer open early, go during off-peak times. Immediately after the store first opens and right before the store's closing time are generally the best times to shop, plus the early-to mid- afternoon hours between lunch and work letting out.

Look online to see if your store offers a store map, which can help plan your shopping aisle by aisle. That way, you can skip aisles you don't need to browse, reducing the amount of time you will spend in the store. I also recommend shopping alone, which isn't as much fun as going with a friend, but it can lower your risk of exposure.

With more and more people becoming environmentally conscious, most of us shop with reusable grocery bags these days. However, some grocery stores have banned their use during the pandemic, so you should make sure you know the ground rules before you go in carrying your favorite shopping bags.

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#3: Buy Shelf-Stable Items Online

One of the best ways to cut down on the amount of time you will spend in the store is to purchase some of your products online. You should buy fresh ingredients like meat and produce in-store, but you can buy vitamins, supplements and shelf-stable foods from Amazon, Target or even from your favorite drugstore. If you have Amazon Prime, you will only have to wait a couple of days to receive your items. Best of all, you can use plug-ins like Wikibuy and Honey to save money when you shop online. Extensions like these run quietly in the background to help you find the best deals on the products you need, so you won't have to spend your valuable time clipping coupons.

#4: Shop Healthfully

Even during a pandemic, try to prioritize healthier foods over shelf-stable, processed foods. Stock up on pantry staples like nuts, seeds, nut butter, quinoa, oatmeal, rice and beans but always remember to check labels for your allergy needs. If you want to stock up on canned goods, try to look for low-sodium soups and vegetables and no-sugar-added fruits or freeze-dried fruits.

Give your freezer a good clean-out before you go shopping. Throw out any expired foods and get rid of the items you don't enjoy but haven't tossed into the trash because you keep telling yourself you will eat them someday. Make room for nutrient-rich foods like chicken, beef and frozen fruits and vegetables.

As Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine". Bolstering your immune system is more critical now than ever, so you should stock up on healthy foods that you love.

#5: Be Mindful at the Checkout and at Home

When it's time to check out, it's better to use the self-checkout rather than opting for an aisle with a cashier. You can scan any coupons that you have at a self-checkout machine for additional savings.

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Use a credit card or debit card to pay rather than cash, as you don't want to have to touch bills and coins that might be contaminated. Make sure to disinfect your hands after touching the PIN pad to enter your number, as PIN pads are as dirty as public toilets. Even better, use tap-to-pay methods like Apple/Google Pay or the NFC chips built into some credit cards.

Once you have done the shopping and returned home, it's time to unpack your groceries. Some experts recommend wiping down your purchases, but more recently there hasn't been as much focus on that as an important preventative measure. It never hurts to be safe rather than sorry. Make sure you wipe down the surfaces after unpacking as well.

#6: Use a Grocery Delivery Service

Unlike shelf-stable goods that can be purchased from Target or Amazon, perishables usually have to be bought in-store. Thankfully, grocery delivery services like Instacart and Shipt will pick up your items directly in the store and deliver them to your home same day.

Many delivery services have the option of touchless delivery, meaning they'll leave your items on your front porch without any face-to-face interaction, minimizing your risk of exposure while allowing you to get the fresh foods that you want.

grocery shopping pandemic food safety

You should plan ahead when you are using a grocery delivery service and create meal plans ahead of time. Because these services often charge a delivery fee, ordering multiple deliveries can add up fast. When you have all of your pantry essentials, you can order your perishables through a grocery delivery service, which is the best way to ensure you meet all of your dietary needs while reducing your exposure to the virus.

Thanks again to Matt and his team at Little Bundle. Little Bundle is made without chemicals or corn syrup and offers anti-reflux and hypoallergenic formulas.
You can find them on the web, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Good Crisp Company Giveaway

As a food allergy mother with teenagers, I have always kept my eye out for healthier snack options. I do believe in letting my children indulge in snacks, especially for my son who has food allergies. I want my children (and myself) to be able to enjoy snacks but I also want to try to find a balance, which means seeking out products that contain better ingredients. So imagine how large my eyes got the first time I found The Good Crisp Company chips. 

potato crisp chips snacks

Why Do I Like Them? These chips are very similar to another chip item but they have no artificial colors or or flavors, are GMO free and are certified gluten free (yes, that other similar chip contains wheat). They also donate 5% of their sales to Light the Night- a cause led by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who's "mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care."

My Mission- To Share! You know I love hosting giveaways to share with all of you so I was uber
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excited when The Good Crisp Company offered five of their Variety Packs for my giveaway (yay!). Imagine not only winning but winning 8 cans of The Good Crisp Company chips- it's as if the holidays arrived early. And, just for the added fun of it, I am hosting the giveaway beginning on Monday, October 5th which happens to be National Get Funky Day. This day was created to help people break free of their comfort zones. What does this mean to all of you? Get funky for bonus entries! Share a photo of your best duck face (with or without chips), tag The Good Crisp Company and me so I make sure it's entered. Use your creativity but in case you need some inspiration here you go.

The Giveaway Deets 
potato chip crisp snack giveaway

  • Giveaway will begin at 12AM Monday October 5th and end at midnight October 6th
  • Giveaway only open to US residents (sorry! but we still love everyone else too!)
  • All entries MUST include you following The Good Crisp Company on Instagram
  • 5 Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter 
  • Each of the 5 winners will receive 1 Variety Pack
  • If the initial winners do not claim their prize within 48 hours, alternate winners will be selected
  • No purchase necessary
  • This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram
  • None of your information will be sold (because we are not about that)
  • Sharing is always appreciated

Ready to enter? Just go through the Rafflecopter for entries and keep your fingers crossed (you will need them to eat your chips).
Be sure to follow The Good Crisp Company on the web, Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest

Congrats to the Winners!
Kayla Klontz, Gabrielly Margutti, 
Tandi Cortez, Shari Winard and Tim Lintz

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Your Foods Should Prevail

Does anyone else remember when you could get good old fashioned jerky? You know, the kind that would break your teeth and you had to basically suck on it to be able to sort of eat it? As a kid, I loved it. As an adult, I worry that I will make unnecessary trips to the dentist and have to get fake teeth. Luckily, I was introduced to a product that both brought back childhood memories and helped me keep my teeth (and stomach) happy. Ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about Prevail Jerky 

Gluten free beef jerky snack

Prevail Jerky offers four products- Original, Lemongrass, Spicy and Umami.  They use 100% grass-fed beef with no antibiotics and no added hormones, nitrates, soy, GMO's or gluten and they are both paleo & keto certified.  I do warn that their products contain coconut. When they reached out and asked if I would give them I try, I was more than happy to oblige. So what happens when a blogger gets four bags of treats? She digs in, takes photos, shares thoughts and, of course, shares a new recipe!

    organic grass fed beef snacks
    Original There is no other way to describe this and this is not meant to be disrespectful at all-in my opinion, this tasted like meatloaf. Let me explain so it doesn't sound like I am so weird. I like meatloaf and it is a smell and flavor that gives me comfort, reminds me of chilly days and good smells in the kitchen. So when this hit my tongue with a subtle tinge of sweetness, I was surprised in nothing less than good ways. Ingredients are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, water, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut vinegar, sea salt, organic garlic, organic matcha tea, organic ginger and organic cardamom.

gluten free beef snacks Non-GMO
This was a surprisingly light, mild tasting jerky that has the tiniest hint of smokiness. This may be, in my opinion, the introductory jerky for those who are unsure if their taste buds are built to love beef jerky. Definitely still a snack for meat lovers but in a "let's not go overboard" way. Slight citrus accents mixed with a just a tad of garlic and lemongrass which you typically don't find in a beef jerky treat. Loving the outside of the box flavor thinking Prevail! Ingredients are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, water, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut vinegar, sea salt, organic garlic, Sichuan peppercorn, organic matcha tea and organic lemongrass oil.

Spicy OK, this was the jerky that made me eat my own words, literally. I am a person who likes hot, spicy foods. This product is sneaky- it starts out with a great taste and just as you say "This isn't spicy" it kicks in and wow! Not over the top hot but will give your tastebuds something to think about. Ingredients are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, water, organic coconut sugar, smoked Morita peppers, organic coconut vinegar, sea salt, organic garlic, organic matcha tea, organic ginger and organic cardamom.

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Umami This smells a bit tangy, sort of like stew? The taste is mild but smooth (if that makes sense... if I am making sense, we are all in trouble). I found that all of the flavors were subtle and I felt as if the visual spice ratio on the jerky was seen more on this particular item. Ingredients are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, water, organic orange juice, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut aminos (organic coconut sap, sea salt), organic coconut vinegar, sea salt, organic sesame oil, organic garlic, organic matcha tea, organic ginger and organic red pepper flakes.

Some of my random thoughts and recommendations as a blogger These are not meant to be negative criticism but rather consumer thoughts- 

1) Consider a larger portion in your packages... people are hungry and if you have children, this bag is not going to be enough to share. Flash forward to all moms hiding in the pantry with their favorite
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2) Consider clear packaging or, in the very least, a clear "window" as seen on the back of your products. Visual is key for consumers, especially hungry shoppers. I personally am far more tempted to purchase a product that I can see versus one that I cannot.

3) That's it, continue reading my amazing product review.

Recipe Time! One of my favorite things to do with product reviews is to try to create a recipe other than what most people may consider. I want everyone to love the foods that that can eat and learn how to rethink their products. Prevail Jerky and readers, may I present my remake of

1 Cup your choice of PrevailJerky (I used Umami)
4 Tablespoon dairy free butter of your choice 
4 Tablespoons of gluten free flour 
½ Teaspoon dry mustard 
¼ Teaspoon pepper 
2 Cups dairy free milk of your choice, unsweetened 
Optional- gluten free toast

Prep Time:          8 Minutes 

 Cook Time:         8 Minutes

dairy free chipped beef recipe
  1. Break up the Prevail Jerky into smaller bits and put aside
  2. In a medium pot, melt the butter 
  3. Using a whisk, stir in flour, mustard and pepper  
  4. Cook for 1-2 minutes  
  5. Slowly add milk, stirring until thick 
  6. Add in Prevail Jerky  
  7. Serve immediately

 Makes approximately  2 servings

A weird conversation that I had to share just because So, can we talk about the term "grass-finished beef" for just a moment... I Googled it but my first response to my daughter was "This term sounds disturbing to me." NutriDaughter piped in "Like a cow horror film?" YES! This is so not the explanation as per Google but ugh.... my mind is what it is, please just love my creativity, both light and dark.

grass finished beef protein snacks

Thank you Prevail Jerky for sending out your goodies to me and for being patient through my creative process. Overall, I found your products enjoyable, a nice surprise (again, softer jerky is amazing as you can just bite right in) and I am so happy to see a company that is offering consumers products that are loaded with goodness and eliminating the junk. In the simplest of terms, as explained on their website: 

"Our mission is simple: To create a snack that's as pure as it is tasty.

We are committed to making clean eating on-the-go as accessible and delicious as possible. That's why we craft our jerky with you in mind- the health-conscious snacker. Each batch of PREVAIL® is made with only the best 100% grass-finished meat, allergy-friendly ingredients, and a serious love for jerky. So no matter where you are, a dose of flavor and protein is never out of reach."

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Prevail grass-fed beef snacks

I received free product for my review. As always, I never charge for my product reviews as my thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.