October 10, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Rapunzel's Rize Organic Baking Yeast

rize.jpg I've always been a fan of Rapunzel's organic products, so I was pleasantly surprised to find organic baking yeast made by the company. Rapunzel's Rize organic active-dry yeast is the world's first certified organic yeast, and it is processed without any chemicals and is completely GMO-free. It only makes sense to use organic yeast for making organic breads at home, so get baking and fill your house with the lovely aromas of fresh bread!
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October 3, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Organic Blackstrap Molasses

4178YXZwOPL._SL500_AA280_.jpg Cornbread made with molasses is one of my favorite treats, and of course, I cook only with organic ingredients. Plantation Organic Blackstrap Molasses is delicious and lasts a long time in the refrigerator for a small investment. This organic molasses is rich in flavor, unsulphured, and high in nutrients. Unlike refined sugars, blackstrap molasses contains significant amounts of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Just one tablespoon provides up to 20 percent of the daily recommended value of these nutrients, making blackstrap molasses an important ingredient in vegan and vegetarian diets.
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September 19, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Gluten-Free and Organic Waffles by Nature's Path

homestyle_waffles_productlarge.jpg I love frozen waffles! It is such a quick and easy breakfast, and maybe some part of my brain was affected by all those "L'Eggo my Eggo" commercials of my youth. There's a much healthier option for frozen waffles by Nature's Path, including two new flavors:
Homestyle Gluten-Free Organic Waffles
Water, organic brown rice flour, organic potato starch, organic expeller-pressed soybean oil, organic evaporated cane juice, organic white rice flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), organic corn flour, organic potato flour, organic rice starch, organic guar gum, non GMO soy lecithin, organic pear juice, natural flavor, sea salt.
Flax Plus Red Berry Waffles
Water, organic whole wheat flour, organic expeller-pressed soybean oil, organic evaporated cane juice, organic flax seeds, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), organic raspberry puree, organic oat bran, non GMO soy lecithin, natural flavor, organic pear juice, sea salt, organic rice bran extract, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium alginate, organic elderberry juice concentrate, dicalcium phosphate.

Both flavors are delicious!
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September 12, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Two New Flavors of EnviroKidz Gluten-Free, Organic Crispy Rice Bar

penguin_fruity_burst_crispy_rice_bars_productlarge.jpg My dad is a Celiac, which means he is allergic to gluten, and he always carries snacks with him in case he can't find food to eat when out and about. One snack he always has on hand, that my children adore, are EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars. These gluten-free goodies are tasty, handy, and now come in two new flavors:
  • Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars-Organic brown rice flour, organic brown rice syrup, organic honey, organic peanut butter, organic chocolatey icing (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kernel oil, organic cocoa, natural flavors, organic soy lecithin, sea salt), organic invert cane syrup, organic roasted peanut, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil, organic acacia gum, sea salt, organic molasses, tocopherols (natural vitamin E), organic rice bran extract.
  • Penguin Fruity Burst Crispy Rice Bars-Organic brown rice flour, organic brown rice syrup, organic honey, organic fruity pieces (organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice syrup, organic coconut oil, citric acid, natural flavors, beet color, organic turmeric, organic soy lecithin), organic soy oil, organic invert cane syrup, organic evaporated cane juice, organic corn starch, organic acacia gum, natural flavors, organic molasses, organic rice bran extract.

EnviroKidz is made by Nature's Path, which recently bought 2,240 acres of organic farmland adjacent to two experienced organic farmers' land, in order to help them expand their organic farms. There was no financial outlay for the farmers, as Nature's Path retained ownership of the land in exchange for a portion of the crop. The farmers purchase the seeds, grow the food, and own the majority value of their crops. Nature's Path will utilize the crops grown in their organic products.  This seems like a good approach to ensuring organic farming's viability.

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September 5, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Dr. Weil's Vegan Organic Oatmeal

weil_by_nature_s_path_veri_berry_hot_oatmeal_productlarge.jpg Dr. Weil has teamed up with Nature's Path again to create vegan organic oatmeal packets. The oatmeal comes in two flavors:
INGREDIENTS: organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic wheat flakes, organic barley flakes, organic sweetened dried cranberries (organic cranberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic sunflower oil), organic red sour cherries (organic red sour cherries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice flour), organic dried raspberries (organic red raspberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice flour), organic inulin, sea salt, organic strawberry powder (organic strawberry, organic rice flour, organic soy lecithin). INGREDIENTS: organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic barley flakes, organic almonds, organic inulin, organic cocoa, organic chocolate flavor, sea salt, organic vanilla flavor.
 
At first, I was concerned that I would not like cocoa in my oatmeal, but the chocolate flavor is very subtle, still the Veri-berry flavor is the favorite in my home. Both flavors are vegetarian, organic, made from whole grains, low in fat and sodium, and contain no trans fat. Although I am not a fan of the extra packaging involved in buying flavored oatmeal packets, they sure make feeding my children a quick healthy breakfast before school easy.
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August 29, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Vegan Late July Organic Vanilla Bean and Green Tea Sandwich Cookies

51K8KF6csnL._SL500_AA280_PIbundle-6,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_.jpg I really like Late July products, perhaps it is their nostalgic Norman Rockwell-like labels or perhaps it is their organic goodness. The chocolate and vanilla bean with green tea sandwich cookies are really delicious. The organic vanilla is harvested sustainably, and the green tea extract provides the perfect complement to the flavor, not to mention the rich chocolate! You can't feel too guilty about these organic vegan cookies with their 2g of whole grains and antioxidants (thanks to the green tea).
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August 25, 2008

Single Serve Coffee and Tea Wands by Wisdom Wands

4149ZFZ49CL._SS400_.jpg Did you know that over 400 billion cups of coffee and tea are consumed each year? Imagine the energy and waste involved in fulfilling our desires for these hot beverages. Wisdom Wands thinks they have the solution with their eco-friendly glass coffee and tea accessories.

The Health Tea Wand Portable Single Serve Loose Tea Brewing Tool is basically a handcrafted glass straw that filters out loose herbs while you drink. Simply place the herbs in your tea cup, add boiling water, let steep, then sip away through your wand. I like the simplicity of it, and my daughter thinks they are "very cool"; however, it takes some getting used to drinking hot tea through a straw.

The Java Wand Portable Single Serve Coffee Brewing Tool is just like the tea wand, only it has a finer filter for the coffee grounds that really works. One advantage to drinking your coffee through a glass straw is it prevents dental stains, besides allowing you to make just one cup and not leave a wasteful coffeemaker on all day. Coffeemakers waste 65% of energy per cup versus just boiling water, and the coffee wand is much easier and cleaner to use than pouring coffee through a filter or using a French Press. Living-off-the-grid, I've never been able to run a coffeemaker because of its high energy use.

I have to admit, at first I was a bit skeptical about Wisdom Wands and thought they were just another green gimmick. After trying them out, I like them and will use them regularly for their simplicity and easy clean up (they are dishwasher safe). The wands come in a safe travel container making them easy to take to work. I have even gotten used to sipping my organic coffee through a straw!

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August 22, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Rapunzel Choconut Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

choconut.jpg I still remember tasting Nutella for the very first time in Paris and thinking it was absolutely divine. When I made the switch to eating only organic food, I searched high and low for a substitute to this chocolate and hazelnut spread. Thankfully, Rapunzel's Choconut allows me to keep my organic standards and still enjoy this favorite treat on a baguette.
Ingredients: cane sugar*, non-hydrogenated palm oil*, hazelnuts*, deodorized sunflower oil*, whole milk powder*, cocoa powder*, soy lecithin*, vanilla powder*. (*certified organic by QAI)
Choconut can be used as a frosting too! 100% organic and absolutely delicious, I feel like I am in heaven eating Rapunzel's Choconut.
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August 15, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Newman's Own Organic Peanut Butter Cups

display_buttercups_new.gif One of my favorite food combinations is peanut butter and milk chocolate. Use organic ingredients, and this makes a heavenly treat for the eco-conscious candy lover. Newman's Own Organic Peanut Butter Cups are one of my favorite sweets. According to Nell Newman, "I couldn't resist recreating a favorite childhood treat. Our cups have a wonderfully creamy, melt-in-your mouth texture." Thank you Nell!

Newman's Own Organic Peanut Butter Cups are made from organic Valencia peanuts that are roasted with the skin and germ, and they are cultivated in New Mexico. The organic cacao comes from small farmers in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica using ancient methods that do not destroy rainforests. Really, if I am going to feel guilty about eating candy, at least I won't feel any enviro-guilt with Newman's Own Organic Peanut Butter Cups.

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August 8, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Grain Almond Cereal

51JPZXKTQAL._SS500_.jpg Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Almond Grain Cereal is very hearty! This organic cereal is good with soymilk, milk, or yogurt, but my favorite way is to heat it hot. Cook gently twice as much soymilk as cereal to the desired consistency, top with a little organic sucanat sweetner, and you have a very healthy breakfast.  This cereal combines six sprouted grains and legumes to make a complete protein.  According to the product description, the protein quality is so high that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein.  Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Almond Grain Cereal also contains all 9 essential amino acids, as well as an additional 18 amino acids.  Whether hot or cold, what a way to start your day!
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