January 14, 2009

Totally Organica Flavored Sparkling Waters Perfect for Low Calorie Cocktails

Organica_Flavors.jpg Did you know that a Pina Colada has more calories than a Big Mac or a margarita contains 453 calories? Replace fruit juices and syrups with low calorie Totally Organica organic flavored sparkling waters for a refreshing, low calorie cocktail.
Totally Organica now offers the first flavored sparkling water to be certified as organic by the USDA. We start with pristine artisian water flowing from a spring directly into our plant in the Au Sable National Forest near the U.S. & Canadian Border. Our eight refreshing flavors are each produced from organic essences without any sugar or artificial flavorings!
I know seems silly to certify water as organic, but this is sparkling water with fruit flavor. There are no sugar or artificial flavorings added, and of course, it is refreshing to drink by itself (no alcohol required). Totally Organica is also perfect for diabetics.
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January 9, 2009

Eco Food Friday: Sinfully Good Quadratini Bite Size Hazelnut Cookies

These cookies may not be organic, but Loacker Quadratini hazelnut wafer cookies are all natural and delicious. Ingredients:

Unbleached Wheat Flour, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Hazelnuts 9% In the Cream, Sweet Whey Powder (Milk), Soy Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa, Dextrose, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Raising Agents (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), Emulsifier Soy Lecithin, Bourbon Vanilla Pads.

These sinfully good wafer cookies practically melt in your mouth, and they are very addictive. The Loacker company is located in the heart of Italian Alps in the Dolomite mountains. You can taste the fresh air and pure water of this pristine environment with every bite of the hazelnut wafer cookies.
For generations we have used selected, premium raw materials and ingredients in an unspoilt, natural environment to produce unique wafers and chocolate delicacies. Together with modern production technology, this has ensured the high quality of our products. We base our reputation on this principle.

Of course, transporting cookies from Europe may not be the most climate friendly thing to do, but these wafer cookies are a special treat.

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January 8, 2009

Used Coffee Grounds Can be Made Into Biodiesel

coffee-beans-coffee-grounds.jpg I am an organic, biodynamic coffee junkie, and my used grounds end up in the compost pile. New research done in Nevada has revealed that wasted coffee grounds can be used to make biodiesel. 16 billion pounds of coffee are grown worldwide annually (so apparently I am not the only addicted to morning soy lattes). The used grounds contain 11 to 20-percent oil by weight, and its high level of antioxidants makes coffee more stable then other biodiesel blends. Researchers estimate that coffee grounds could add another 340 million gallons of biodiesel to the world's supply. If SVO cars smell like french fries, I wonder if coffee biodiesel will have that delicious roasted aroma when burned.
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November 21, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Organic Arrowhead Mills Stuffing Mix

arrowhead mills organic stuffing.jpg Although I usually make stuffing from scratch for Thanksgiving, I do use Arrowhead Mills Stuffing Mix, Savory Herb for quicker meals. This quick and easy organic stuffing is easy to make and adding a few unique ingredients makes it even better.
Ingredients: Organic Wheat Flour; Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Cracked Wheat; Organic Cracked Rye, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt, Organic Dehydrated Onions, Organic Spices (Sage, Thyme, Rosemary), Yeast.
We like to put celery, onions, pecans or hazelnuts, Bragg Liquid Aminos, and sometimes dried cranberry into the mix. Stuffing doesn't just have be for holiday meals, and this mix makes it easy to have stuffing any night of the week.
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November 14, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Wrap-N-Mat Replaces Plastic Sandwich Bags

wrap-n-mat.jpg I hate plastic sandwich bags. I wash and reuse them until they are full of holes, and my kitchen is always littered with drying bags. I hate recycling them too. The Wrap-N-Mat is an eco-friendly solution for packing sandwiches to work or school. Available from Greenline Paper, a company dedicated to selling environmentally sound school and office products, the Wrap-N-Mat is easy to use, washable, and reusable. I like how it unfolds into a mat, providing a surface to eat your sandwich on avoiding germs from table tops. The Wrap-N-Mat would make a nice gift for an office mate or friend at school.
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October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween Organic Treats: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops

51scO+-ueOL._SL500_AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_.jpgMade with real fruit extracts and gluten-free sugars, YummyEarth Organic Lollipops are certified organic. These delicious treats are perfect for handing out Halloween eve. The 100% natural colors and flavors make these vegan treats a great solution for the crap most children receive while trick-or-treating. In fact, in my family, we exchange every piece of junky candy for organic treats, in order that my children do not lose out on the fun of trick-or-treating and don't fill their bodies with dyes and additives.

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October 29, 2008

BPA-Free Laptop Lunch

Laptop Lunches are the big craze at my daughter's school. When her best friend got one for her birthday, my daughter had to have one. As a green parent, I had to make sure the laptop lunch system was safe and eco-friendly. Although I try to avoid plastic, in children's lunches, plastic is a safer alternative than glass, and Laptop Lunches are BPA-free.

The Laptop Lunch System is inspired by the Japanese Bento. The little compartments ensure I pack my daughter a balanced meal with many choices, as well as appropriately-sized servings. The Laptop Lunch can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher; however, do not throw the optional cloth case in the washing machine. When I tried to launder my daughter's, it fell apart.

The Laptop Lunch gang at school has the best the lunches, and I feel sorry for the other kids stuck eating a school lunch. Laptop Lunches make eating fun and, in my experience, ensures your child will eat a healthy, balanced meal. I wish I could buy a Laptop Lunch for every child in my daughter's class.

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October 24, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

I recently received Tiger's Milk Nutrition Bar in the mail to review on Really Natural; however, I was disappointed to discover the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, I could not possibly eat or drink another thing with HFCS.  Barbara Kingsolver writes that HFCS consumption is up 1000% since 1975, and did you know the average American consumes 60 pounds of HFCS a year? I haven't consumed any HFCS for about five years, and after trying one Tiger's Milk bar, I felt weird.

The word is out that HFCS is bad for you; even the FDA considers it not natural. The industry has responded with advertisements:

Personally, I like this response:

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October 17, 2008

Eco Food Friday: World of Grains All Natural Whole Grain Snacks

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World of Grains' motto is "One World Many Grains". The package also reads, "Legends from many world cultures say that grain was a gift from Heaven from which all life sprang." These all natural whole grain cookie snacks are wholesome and delicious. I think calling them a cookie is misleading, as they are so packed full of goodness, I don't mind if my children eat a whole pack. Made from eight different whole grains and available in six different flavors, World of Grains snacks are convenient for lunches and snacks on the go. My only wish is that they were made from organic ingredients.

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October 13, 2008

Keep Plastic Out of Your Food: Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Tiered Lunch Box

web3tier.jpg Did you know that some vinyl lunch boxes contain lead? Plastic containers are no safer, as from pthalates to BPA, we are only just discovering the negative effects of plastics on our bodies.   Stainless steel provides a healthier option for carrying food to work or school, especially where food comes into contact with the container. The unique 3-tier Stainless Steel Lunch Carrier available from Healthy Kitchenware combines lunch box and containers. You can toss the tupperware and the vinyl lunch box with this product. The three stainless steel bowls can be used for reheating food, and each separate container measures 4 1/2" diameter x 2" depth. My son loves putting together the 3-tier Stainless Steel Lunch Carrier and carrying it by its handle. Each layer fits neatly together and is securely held together by the handle. 
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