Vitagenne Premium CBD Line: Engineered for Wellness, Rooted Empathy (Image By Gail, All Others Courtesy of Vitagenne)
If you haven’t noticed that CBD and CBD-infused products have flooded pop culture consciousness as far-reaching wellness solutions, then you have been living under the proverbial rock. As someone who needs to manage chronic pain, I’ve spent considerable time investigating CBD wellness products that could help alleviate my discomfort, and perhaps also promote a night of restful sleep. The thing is, I didn’t know who to trust when it came to making a purchase. Last summer while vacationing in the Berkshires, my trusted pothead friends took me with them to their local dispensary. With guidance from a knowledgeable employee, I purchased a CDB tincture (oil) containing only trace amounts of THC, which means there’s no high involved. I’m happy to say that this product has worked well for me with no harmful side effects! What a relief.
Just as I was getting low on the product purchased in Massachusetts, and not sure where to find a trusted local source that could sell me an equivalent-quality replacement, I received a pitch to review the CBD wellness products of a company called Vitagenne. Timing: perfect.
Let’s get real: staying sane during the Covid-19 lockdown is a serious challenge. Just trying to work from home, keep my apartment appropriately sanitized, feed myself and cope with the news can make the day-to-day routine overwhelming. I know I’m not alone in experiencing an increased need to manage anxiety and stress, and having added pain doesn’t help, so this is really the perfect opportunity to introduce you to Vitagenne. While Vitagenne makes a full line of hemp-derived CBD products, they sent me their Pure Wellness Hemp CBD Oil Supplement, so that is what I will review here, based on my experience.
The primary difference between the supplement I had been using, and the Vitagenne CBD oil, is that while the dispensary product contained a trace amount of THC (producing no ‘high’), Vitagenne contains no THC, which makes it legal to travel with anywhere in the US, even states where pot is not yet legal or decriminalized. The lack of THC also means that this product has virtually no taste or odor. This is a big plus for anyone who has an aversion to the smell or taste of supplements. Vitagenne is 99% Pure CBD Isolate combined with 1% Coconut MCT Oil, offered in three strengths; 500 mg, 1500 mg, and 3000 mg. CBD oil is intended to be consumed sublingually — applied under the tongue and held for 60 seconds — but since it is unflavored you can also enjoy it mixed with any of your favorite beverages. I am using 1500mg strength, and find it very effect and fast-acting to alleviate my moderate, chronic joint pain. Taken at bedtime, it also helps me drift off to a sound sleep, which is so necessary in these times.
An Array of Natural Flavor Ingredients in Cabo Chips (Reviewed Below). All Photos By Gail.
Making the scene at a Food Fête Health & Wellness event is always a good time, because attending one means getting more than a dozen delicious chances to discover ways in which eating smarter tastes fantastic. Check out our favorite products — from snacks to breakfast to meal mainstays — from this Springtime showcase!
We never get bored of new ways to do a tasty Tortilla chip! Born on the beautiful beaches of Baja, Mexico, Cabo Chips 100% whole grain classic cantina style tortilla chips are inspired by the boldly vibrant atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas. A delicious fusion of the old and the new, these all natural chips are cooked the traditional way – cut from fresh tortillas that are batch cooked for a true cantina crunch! Cabo Chips use only real ingredients (see top photo) — no “flavorings” — for authenticity you can taste.
At Food Fête we had the chance to taste the four popular varieties — Original, Blue Corn, Mango Chile Lime and Churro(sweet!) — plus something new.
Watch for Cabo Chips Ancient Grains to hit stores in Summer 2015! Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher and 100% Whole Grain, find out more about Cabo Chips at This Link!
A shared booth from two organically inclined exhibitors showcased Que Pasa Foods organic Tortilla Chips, and Nature’s Path Organic brand’s Qi’a Superfood Breakfast Cereal and Bars.
Qi’a Chaat (above) is a refreshing snack made with Que Pasa Tortilla Chips topped with a mixture that includes Qi’a Superfood cereal combined with Garbanzos, Sweet Potatoes, Mint Chutney and other flavorful ingredients — really delicious and easy to prepare! Get this and other creative recipes at This Link.
Need a quick energy boost? Qi’a Bars come in five unique flavor combinations, including Blueberry Cashew Pumpkin Seed. Creamy and crunchy, this “superfood” snack bar features protein-packed nuts and seeds with antioxidant blueberries for a refreshing sweet-yet-tart flavor. They look pretty good, don’t they? Visit Natures Path Dot Com for more information on their family of delicious organic foods.
Navitas Naturals (“Food For The Modern Life”) is another company promoting a line of “Superfoods” that help keep the body running strong. The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide the finest organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health. Their organic, non-GMO products include packaged nuts, seeds and dried fruits, Goji Berry and Acai Berry Powders and a line of unique chip snacks, such as their Coconut Chips, featured at Food Fête.
And who else is packaging a Dragon Fruit Snack? Answer: No One. Explore the many and exotic offerings of Navitas Naturals at This Link!
For on-the-go Breakfast eaters who crave something warm that’s also super convenient, Pacific Foods is introducing the first ever ready-to-eat Steel-Cut Oatmeal. Packaged ready to heat and enjoy, with no need for additional ingredients, Pacific Foods Steel-Cut Oatmeal is cooked in small batches for a homemade taste and hearty texture. Show attendees had the chance to try it for ourselves with variety of toppings, including honey, flax seed, and fresh berries. This hot cereal tastes as good as slow cooked oatmeal, and blows instant away completely! This product has a 24-month shelf life and is available in a variety of flavors to suit every taste.
Pacific Foods also offers an extensive line of non-dairy beverages, including Almond, Cashew, Rice, Soy, Hemp, and super-hydrating and versatile Coconut beverage in Original (sweetened and unsweetened) and unsweetened Vanilla flavors. Find out about Pacific Foods‘ broad range of organic, specialty food products at This Link!
Speaking of healthy, natural beverages, it doesn’t get much better for you than pure, delicious water! Gerolsteiner is a premium sparkling mineral water, which has the proud distinction of being the most popular mineral water in Germany — and you know how much we love the Germans! Here’s a bit of the fascinating backstory on Gerolsteiner, which originates from a region in Germany known as the Volcanic Eifel that possesses unique geological character.
Thanks to the special combination of carbonic acid from prehistoric volcanic activity, and dolomite rock — known for its rich mineral content — a Mineral Water of the highest quality evolves. As the water finds its way through the various layers of rock, every drop of Gerolsteiner becomes naturally carbonated. This is an important process, as the carbonic acid allows the water to absorb the precious minerals and trace elements from the dolomite rock. Fascinating! We sampled a bottle of chilled Gerolsteiner and it is indeed very heavily carbonated with a clean, refreshing taste. We think it would be ideal also for making natural sodas by adding a syrup like Ribena! Get hip to Gerolsteiner at This Link!
(Note: the Popularity of the Humble Coconut as a Booth Decoration)
It seems like we are seeing So Delicious Dairy Free at many food shows these days, showcasing innovative new additions to their already impressive roster of non-dairy foods. Lactose-free living never tasted so amazing.
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With delicious memories of its Winter showcase still lingering in our minds and tummies, we excitedly made our way to Food Fête’s Spring 2014 Health & Wellness media event, held on April 8th, 2014 in New York City. Exhibitors included a few of our longtime favorite products as well as hot new discoveries. Check it out!
Krusteaz was there, showcasing its newest products: a variety of Gluten Free Baking Mixes and Flatbread Mixes. Krusteaz’s Flatbread mixes are available in Italian Herb, Garlic & Onion and Whole Wheat flavors. These mixes are extremely versatile and are great for quick and easy pizza dinners, to serve with hummus or to make delicious appetizers, such as the fresh Caprese snack seen in the photo above.
Krusteaz’s Gluten Free Line includes: Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Blueberry Muffin Mix, Honey Cornbread and Muffin Mix and Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. With extensive experience with so many baking categories, the brand wants to provide consumers with a variety of gluten free options that are easy to bake and taste just like their traditional counterparts. Both Mix lines will be available at most major grocery chains starting in August, 2014. Look for future reviews here on The Gig!
Manitoba Harvest, makers of Hemp Hearts — the Hemp Seed kernel product with the delicious, nutty flavor and wide variety of uses — was on hand to promote their line of Hemp Protein Powders.
Packed with nutrients, each Hemp Pro variety is not only high in plant-based protein (which makes them vegan friendly) but also rich in omegas, delicious, convenient and easily digestible. Find out more about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food products at This Link.
I have been eating Barbara’s Cereals for years and their Peanut Butter Puffins Cereal is my absolute favorite! At Food Fête, Barbara’s was all about their Multigrain Squarefuls Maple Brown Sugar Cereal – heart healthy, whole grain squares sweetened with real Maple Syrup — and Organic Snackimals – the first cereal in the natural and organic aisle with fun animal shapes, including lions, elephants and panda bears! Snackimals is an ideal healthy breakfast choice for children because it not only has a yummy chocolate taste and appealing crunch, but the little animals shapes are delightful. Even I wanted to play with them!
BelGioioso Cheeses impressed me with a line of products that represent some of the most seriously delicious cheeses I’ve ever tasted – and I know my cheese! BelGioioso has just launched its 50 Ways to Leave Your Butter campaign – with 50 ideas on how to use Mascarpone cheese besides its traditional use in Tiramisu. I did sample the Mascarpone and will enthusiastically agree that with its creamy texture, mild, sweet taste and less than half the calories, this spreadable cheese is a tempting substitute for butter.
BelGioioso also offered samples of its Fresh Mozzarella Snacking Cheese – convenient 1 oz. packages of Fresh Mozzarella cheese, perfect for a convenient, light snack at only 70 calories per ounce. Good stuff!
Making its debut at Food Fête, Step One Foods impressed with a line of heart healthy mixes and snack bars. Step One Foods is the first-of-its-kind line of physician-formulated foods specifically designed to solve the dietary side of heart care. Developed by practicing cardiologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, all Step One Foods contain scientifically-proven levels of the four critical nutritional building blocks for heart health: phytosterols, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
The Step One Foods product line includes dark chocolate bars, cranberry nut bars, oatmeal, a smoothie mix, a pancake mix and an anytime sprinkle — and samples of each were given out at the show. Every product is pre-portioned and comes in a single-serve package requiring minimal to no preparation. The Cranberry Nut Bars have a surprisingly tangy, fruity taste that other, granola-based snack bars don’t have, so that was a great surprise. Also, I made the pancakes for my breakfast this morning and they were easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. I would like to add that both Dr. Elizabeth and her associate, Barb, were super nice ladies. I wish them the best of luck with this line of excellent products.
So Delicious Dairy Free Foods — their name says it all — returned to Food Fête with some exciting new products, including a coconut milk based whipped topping and two new varieties of their flavored coconut milk beverage.
Read more about the So Delicious Dairy Free line of products — and download money saving coupons — at This Link.
It’s always great to see the folks at Enjoy Life Foods, whose Crunchy Flax Cereal and Soft Baked Bars have previously received much love from The Gig. Enjoy Life Foods has added Dark Chocolate Baking Morsels to its’ #1 selling Allergy Friendly Baking Chocolate line. Featuring 69% cacao and clean ingredients of unsweetened chocolate and natural cane sugar, it is the only gluten-free dark chocolate morsel on the market that is also dairy, nut and soy free. See what else Enjoy Life Foods has to offer at This Link!
Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Premium Breads won the hearts of all the vegetarians at the show with their tiny vegetable sandwiches made on Arnold Whole Wheat Bread and Sandwich Thins. Cholesterol free with zero grams of Trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup, Arnold Whole Wheat Bread is fresh and soft with a delicious whole grain taste, while the Sandwich Thins are super versatile and very low in calories while not skimping on great taste!
Celebrating 20 Years in Business, Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods has a line of Veggie Burgers that will tempt even a devoted meat lover like myself. I was able to sample the Asian, Black Bean and Kale varieties and despite an admitted “fear of Kale,” I must admit it was quite tasty and not scary at all! There are no fillers or egg products in these burgers, just a fresh vegetable taste “where you recognize all the ingredients.” The California, Bombay, Tex Mex & Italian Veggie Burgers are also certified Vegan.
Thanks for reading and be sure to visit all of these great companies online!