As soon as all the bloggers arrived we were treated with Righteous Raspberry Watermelon Coolers and Chef Suzy took us outside to see the NOW Foods organic garden, which backs to a serene pond. I completely forget we were steps away from the Stratford Mall parking lot!
Side note... how cute is Chef Suzy?!? She's 8 months pregnant, which you'd never guess by the amount of energy she has!
After the tour we all sat down and learned more about NOW and the different food products they offer (over 1,400 items!).
The food division of NOW Foods is divided up into 3 different brands: NOW Real Food, Living NOW and Ellyndale, with foods ranging from grains, oils and even drink mixes. From my short visit with NOW Foods it was obvious that everyone who works there is passionate about making the best food possible. Foods made from wholesome ingredients that taste delicious! 100% of the products they offer are non-GMO and most are organic.
Next on the agenda was an oil testing, something I'd never done before. Did you know that to properly taste an oil you have to slurp it through your teeth as loudly as you can?? It was funny to hear us all try it!
The two cups with spoons were their new Coconut Infusions- flavored coconut oil! We tried the butter and garlic flavors. You can use the butter flavor as an actual butter replacement (Chef Suzy said she uses it in her eggs all the time) and the garlic was delicious spread on a piece of bread.
For dinner we made vegan Quinoa and Chia Sliders with Lime Kale Chips. Each blogger was assigned a different task in completing the meal- I was in charge of making the avocado puree for the sliders.
Dinner took a good 45 minutes to prepare, I got to use a Vitamix for the first time, it was thrilling! Once we started grilling the sliders the kitchen became very aromatic and I couldn't wait to try everything.
OHEMGEE, everything turned out amazing! New-to-me ingredients included chia seeds (they acted as the binder for the sliders and were totally undetectable) and kale. I'd always wanted to try kale, just for one reason or another I hadn't. So glad I did, the chips flavored with lime zest were great! I will definitely be making some of my own soon.
The sliders were so flavorful and filling. And, I must say, the avocado puree was the perfect touch! For dessert Chef Suzy prepared a gluten-free Berry Rhubarb Pie. The crust, for being gluten-free, was surprisingly flaky and the sugar-free filling was nice and sweet!
The event was a lot of fun and it was nice connecting with other bloggers in the area. From left to right:
Me (what is going on with my hair here... yikes!)
As a parting gift, the nice people at NOW Foods sent us all home with an ahhh-mazing swag bag.
Holy amazing, right?!? And the best part... NOW Foods was kind enough to give me a bag to giveaway to one of my readers!!!! Here's a list of everything you can win:
Total value for the giveaway is $130! To enter, fill out the Rafflecoptor widget below.
The giveaway will run through June 25th.
I also posted a video on my YouTube channel (Yep, that's still a thing! I've mostly been doing beauty videos because they're fun and it's helping me keep my my resolution of not looking like a slob all the time.).
Learn more about the NOW Foods quality standards.
The company has an extensive collection of recipes on their website, you can sort by dietary restrictions (ex. gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, etc.) that fit your needs.
Thank you so much to NOW Foods for hosting the #NOWHelloSummer event and for providing such an amazing giveaway!
Disclaimer: NOW Foods gifted me the swag bag but I have not otherwise been compensated for writing this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.