A few months ago I was invited to the coolest dinner party. Jason, from Fresh Jax, invited me and a guest to attend an all natural, vegan, gluten-free, healthy, delicious food tasting. My good friend Marika joined me for this Vegan deliciousness. My boyfriend had an event that night and honestly I am not sure how long he would have lasted without meat. The dinner was a nice time for she and I to catch up and to oo and ah over cashew cheese and quinoa stuffed red pepper like health food nerds (don’t worry we had some wine to complement our healthy food). Jason, along with his wife Hilary and Chef Johnny Vines created an amazing dinner that was purely plant based and nutrient full.
You may recognize Jason and Hilary (pic above: aren’t they cute? seriously they smile like this all the time), for the past 2 1/2 years they have been frequenting The Riverside Arts Market Downtown and most recently Jaxson’s Night Market the third Thursday of the month Downtown.
They specialize in hot sauce, pastries, spices and most recently they came out with a Quinoa Cookbook. My favorites are the Everything Sauce and Coconut Bacon.
Hilary and Jason met while they were both working in the corporate world as design specialists. Their idea to create Fresh Jax started at their wedding. Their infamous hot sauce was actually a gift to attendees at their wedding. People loved it so much they suggested bottling it. The rest is history. Hilary is also a yoga instructor. Their dream is to open up a storefront where they will have GMO free, gfree and dairy free healthy foods to go Monday thru Friday, a yoga studio and farm to table dinners once a week. Until then, check them out at the Riverside Arts Market or Jaxson’s Night Market. Not only is their food delicious, they are super nice people too.
Our Sponsor, Naturally Smart Frozen Dessert, is continuing to sweeten up the Jacksonville frozen dessert market. Their founder, Mark Patterson, has really been pounding the pavement. I see him everywhere. Usually I run into him at the local coffee shop early in the morning where he is preparing to continue to spread the word about Naturally Smart. Some places you may have seen Naturally Smart:
1. At one of the many tastings they have participated in…
2. Around town in the Naturally-Smart.com van…
3. At Fresh Market, Winn Dixie, Grassroots Market and Whole Foods….
4. On the news…
Naturally Smart a healthy alternative to ice cream | Gatorsports.com
The “SMART” Dessert | One Spark
Naturally Smart frozen dessert | News – Home – News4Jax
Smart People Eat Dessert
Jacksonville Business Journal
We are very excited for Naturally Smart Frozen Dessert. It is nice to see a local “passion” succeed. Have you tried it? What do you think? Check out our previous sponsor post on Naturally Smart.
Recently, in honor of my boyfriend’s birthday, I shared Naturally Smart’s gluten-free frozen dessert with some of my friends. Unfortunately, because I am gluten-free and dairy-free, I cannot indulge in this gluten-free dessert so I thought I would share some of the comments from others, many of whom are not gluten-free. Our sponsor provided us with Chocolate and Vanilla (these are their current flavors, other flavors are coming soon). Each pint holds 4 servings and each serving has 10 grams of protein and only 150 calories. Almost everyone was shocked that there were 10 grams of protein in each serving (that is 40 grams per pint!). After the birthday boy blew out the candles on his glutenous Oreo cake, it was time to pass out the Naturally Smart and see what the crowd thought:
“Tastes like a Fudgesicle you had as a kid but a healthy version”
“Why should I stop; it’s so good for you”
“Guilt free indulgence”
“Tastes like a brownie”
“Is this expensive? Do they sell this at Publix?”
“The first ingredient is water; it hydrates you!”
Special thanks to our sponsor Naturally Smart for providing us with their frozen dessert.
Where can you buy Naturally Smart you ask? Here is a current list as of February 10, 2014:
Whole Foods in Mandarin
BioMax in Atlantic Beach
Dr. Capasso’s Thin Centers in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach.
Look for them at the Natural Life Music Festival and OneSpark! And follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@Nat_SmartFD)
Have you tried this dessert yet? If so, what do you think?
Thank you for a great 2013, I am so excited about 2014. More new restaurants, more new gluten-free foods and the new gluten-free labeling standards starting in August 2014.
As we enter 2014 I thought I would share some of the greatest hits of 2014. Some are oldies some are goodies.
Sweet Theory Baking Company
Restaurants that get it, restaurants that don’t
Publix: Where Gluten-Free Shopping is a Pleasure
Product Review: J. William Culinary Prepared Meals
Epik Burger: Worth the Splurge
While it is nice to look back every once in a while, it is time to charge forward to 2014. Here is to a year filled with healthy and nutritious foods. What are you looking forward to in 2014?
I am excited to announce our new sponsor: All Natural Naturally Smart Frozen Desserts. This new product is coming to a store near you. The product is gluten free, higher in protein than other frozen desserts and low in calories.
I am in love with their packaging and while I have yet to try it (I am dairy free and gluten-free), other people seem to be love it it.
I am also impressed by the fact that they like to give back. Most recently they provided free samples to families at the Zombie Chase that benefited the Shannon Miller Foundation.
You can purchase these Naturally Smart Frozen Desserts at the Following Locations:
Dr Capasso’s Thin Centers MD, Mandarin – 10950 San Jose Blvd #41(next to Just Fitness)
Dr Capasso’s Thin Centers MD, Jacksonville Beach – 1351 13th Ave South (across from Beaches Baptist)
Bio Max 299 Atlantic Beach, – 299 Atlantic Blvd #1 (next to Ragtime)
They were featured on News Ch4 with Nikki Kimbleton and will be at the UNF (Student Union) during Market Days from 10-3pm.
Naturally Smart is still looking for local retailers, health food stores, gyms and other outlets to carry their frozen dessert. Want your favorite store to carry Naturally Delicious? Here is a Product Request Form.
Have you tried it? What did you think?