Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May Product of the Month

Virtuous Living Spice Blends

While I attended the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event this past weekend (read recap here), I had the opportunity to meet several amazing people and they introduced some great products. My favorite find was the spice blends created by Nichole Thomas. Nicole wanted her family to be able to enjoy a meal together despite some dietary restrictions. Nichole has Celiac Disease, her daughter has gluten intolerance, and her husband requires a lactose-free diet. She felt that they should all be able to sit down as a family to the same great meal and experience it's taste together. Like anyone modern mom, Nichole has a busy household and found that developing a few spice blends helped her meal prep go quicker but didn't skimp on the flavor. The results? Her family loved them! In fact, they enjoyed them so immensely that they encouraged her to share them with others and her company, Virtuous Living was born. With the belief that food has the power to heal the body but quiet often, the way our food is processed, causes illness, Nichole created a "line of all-purpose spices that are 100% organic, gluten-free, kosher, wheat-free, halal, and non-GMO." Nichole knows that eating with restrictions can be stressful but, with the addition of her spices, she is hoping it is still a fulfilling and freeing experience.

My favorite part about the company though has to be its spiritual overtones. My faith is a big part of my Celiac Disease story and why I am so ardent about raising awareness. Virtuous Living also believes in clean, simple, and wholesome meals. They want to filter out the fake and fill your belly and sooth your soul with the amazing flavors. The spices are aptly named Faith, Hope and Love. Take a close look at the ingredients too - Faith is made from cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, kindness, and warm thoughts. Hope is made with rosemary onion, cayenne, smiles and laughter. Love is made with Himalayan pink salt, black pepper, garlic, hugs, and kisses. Whether you are a spiritual person or not though, its just plain cute! I also love the fact that they do not contain loads of salt to obtain their flavor - perfect for a heart healthy diet. I want them in my cupboard for their sheer cleverness of the ingredients! For more information on Virtuous Living and their products visit their website

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