April 6, 2009

Hemp Plus Granola is a Great Source of Omega-3

hempplus.jpg My family's favorite granola is Nature's Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola. This organic granola is made from:
Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Soy Oil, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Sea Salt, Organic Molasses, Organic Rice Bran Extract.
Hemp seeds are very nutritious and have up to 35% plant protein containing all nine essential amino acids. They also contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that is lacking in most people's diets. Don't worry, hemp seeds only have trace amounts of residual THC, and none is detectable in hemp seed granola. This granola won't get you high!
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March 20, 2009

Eco Food Friday: Organic Instant Oatmeal

organic oatmeal.jpg Nature's Path Organic Oatmeal pouches are a quick and easy breakfast for busy mornings. Made from only organic rolled oats and sea salt, I like adding Organic Goji Berries and maple syrup to this hot cereal. The convenient pouches made from unbleached paper make it easy to grab a packet on your way out the door when you are running late and make a nutritious breakfast at work.
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March 13, 2009

Eco Food Friday: Organic Agave Plus with Sunflower Seeds Granola by Nature's Path

agaveplus_sunflower_granola_productlarge.jpg I've discovered a delicious agave sweetened granola by Nature's Path that is wonderful in Greek yogurt or with soymilk. Nature's Path Agave Plus with Sunflower Seeds is made from:
Organic rolled oats, organic agave nectar, organic brown rice flour, organic soy oil, organic sunflower seeds, organic oat syrup solids, sea salt.
I love how this organic vegan granola contains no sugar and is sweetened with natural agave nectar. A box of this granola does not last long in my household!
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March 6, 2009

Eco Food Friday: Gluten-Free Organic Corn and Rice Whole O's Cereal

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Thanks to Nature's Path, now celiacs can enjoy O shaped cereal! Nature's Path Gluten-Free Organic Whole O's are delicious and my son's favorite cereal (even though he is not a celiac, but my father is). Made from organic brown rice flour, organic corn flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pomegranate juice concentrate, and sea salt, this cereal is truly organic! Also, Nature's Path is a company you can trust:

Nature's Path is committed to producing products which support the development and sustenance of organic agriculture. We aim to do this in a way that minimizes our ecological footprint while striving to maintain social, environmental and financial integrity.

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February 20, 2009

Eco Food Friday: All Natural Gourmet Cookies and Treats from Harvard Sweet Boutique

harvardsweet.jpg It's no secret...I have a sweet tooth! I enjoy all natural cookies and treats, but I don't always have the time to bake them. Harvard Sweet Boutique makes delicious sweet goodies that make wonderful gifts.
At Harvard Sweet Boutique, we believe that baking should be done the old-fashioned way - from scratch. Everything is made lovingly by hand, using only the freshest ingredients. When you order gourmet desserts from us, you can rest assured you're getting the best, most delicious baked sweet available. Our ingredients are the finest in the market and include rich European chocolate with the highest cocoa butter content, pure double-strength vanilla extracts, the finest flours, premium grade nuts, and fresh Grade A butter. Our products are all natural.
This online bakery sends out cookies and treats gifts that come in aesthetically pleasing packaging, just like my grandma used to send to me. In fact, the box is so cool, I plan to reuse it over and over again long after the cookies are gone.
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February 16, 2009

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to Build Vermont's Largest Solar Array

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I've long been a fan of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters beans, but now I am even more ecstatic to support this company.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is building the largest solar array in Vermont to power their facility in Waterbury.

Construction on the 100KW PV array will begin this spring:

The solar array is the result of an innovative partnership between the coffee company, the State of Vermont, Green Mountain Power, and groSolar, North America's premier provider of solar energy solutions. The electricity generated by the approximately 530 solar panels will produce a small percentage of the total electricity Green Mountain Coffee needs for its production facilities in Waterbury. Company officials say the greater benefit is in showing what is possible for the future.

"Renewable energy must be a part of our overall energy strategy," says Paul Comey, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. "We want to show our state and federal governments that solar energy works, and that we need a policy that provides a broad-reaching structure for renewable energy."

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February 13, 2009

Eco Food Friday: Organic Blue Corn Shells Make Great Vegetarian Tacos

bluecorntacoshells.jpg Vegetarian tacos made with Little Bear Organic Blue Taco Shells are my daughter's favorite dinner. We cook beans with onions and zucchini, then top them with cheese, salso, avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes in the blue corn shells.
Our blue corn is a naturally blue strain of corn that was indigenous to the Pueblo Indian tribes of the Southwest. the corn is freshly stoneground into a dough called Masa. The masa is formed into shells and cooked in expeller pressed high oleic oil, an especially high quality oil that retains its freshness longer than most other oils.

These organic taco shells have a nuttier flavor from the blue corn, and they are are fun to eat because they are unusual.
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February 10, 2009

Climate Change Could End California Agriculture

CAagriculture.jpg Unless you are a devoted locavore and don't live in California, chances are a lot of the food you eat is grown in the Golden State. That all may change. Obama's Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced last week that the threat from climate change is serious, "We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California." Global warming could cause 90% of the Sierra snowpack to disappear causing dire water shortages for the nation's largest agricultural producer.
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February 6, 2009

Can an Onion Really Charge an iPod?


21-year-old UK resident Owen Louis has devised a way to charge his iPod using an onion! First, Louis makes two holes in the onion, then he soaks it in energy drink. Using a standard USB cable, he connects his iPod to the onion.

According to CleanTechnica, Louis' method is a hoax:

However, according to the Guardian (25 November), it appears that the basic science behind the idea is correct, but that this particular technique is a hoax. The article quotes Jon Edwards of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry (no less), who says "The science behind the idea isn't bad - you can generate an electric current from vegetables - but the video is a hoax." He explains that it can't work because you need two electrodes to provide a reaction and a reason for an electric current to flow.

Mythbusters: Collection 1 (4pc) agrees:

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January 22, 2009

Anti-Aging Whole Food Bar by Regeneration

wholefoodbar.jpg Can a food bar really prevent aging? That's the claim of Regeneration's Anti-Aging Whole Food Bar. This bar provides 150% of our recommended daily dose of antioxidants from superfood ingredients like Goji Berries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Mulberries, Grapes, Pomegranate, Acai, Mangosteen, Agave Nectar, Almonds, Jiaogulan Tea, Pistachio Nuts, C-Ester, and Omega 3,6,9. These antioxidants attack free radicals that damage the healthy cells in our bodies. These bars have been independently tested by Brunswick Laboratories to contain a super high 7,800 ORAC units per bar.
ORAC stands for (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). (ORAC) measures the total antioxidant power of foods and nutrients. The ORAC test is considered to be the industry standard in determining the Antioxidant level of foods and nutrients. The National Institute on Aging developed the ORAC method and the US Department of Agriculture and Brunswick Labs have been instrumental in perfecting the ORAC assay procedure and testing various foods to determine ORAC levels.

Higher levels of ORAC in food equate to greater levels of antioxidants which in turn protect our bodies from "Free Radicals" which are known to be the main culprit of aging.


I don't know if these bars are the fountain of youth, but I have to be honest...they weren't a big hit in my household. They may be really good for your body, but the flavor and texture are not outstanding. I was expecting a totally different flavor from "regenerating cocoa brownie" than what I tested.   They aren't gross, but they aren't something I would go out of my way to eat either. 
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