July 25, 2008

Eco Food Friday: AH!Laska Organic Chocolate Syrup for Ice Cream Sundaes

41Nq6XNeV6L._SS500_.jpg I've got a sweet tooth, and there is nothing better than organic vanilla ice cream topped with raspberries from the garden and AH!Laska Organic Chocolate Syrup. This organic chocolate syrup is gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, and GUILT-free! It can also be mixed with hot or cold soymilk/milk to make a tasty drink. AH!Laska Organic Chocolate Syrup with organic ice cream is the perfect treat on a hot summer day.
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June 20, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Honest Foods Granola Planks and Whole Food Country Squares

91a5NIsOtML._AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20.jpg What's a granola plank? When I first opened a package of Honest Foods Granola Planks, I ate the plank whole. It was very filling, but dense; that's when I read the package. Granola planks are hearty slabs of whole grains, nuts, seeds and fruits designed to be crumbled into clusters right into the bowl. The planks help the granola stay fresher, and I can see how they would be great for backpacking since they take up less volume in your pack than traditional granola. Each Honest Granola Plank provides 350 mgs of Omega-3 fatty acids, seven grams of protein, 22 grams of whole grains, contains no trans-fats, and are made with organic oats. They come in three flavors: Maple Almond Crunch, Pomegranate Walnut Crisp and Blueberry Vanilla Crackle.

Honest Foods also makes Whole Food Country Squares. These individually packaged whole grain treats are made from:

Organic Whole Oats, Peanut Butter, Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (An Emulsifier), Organic Vanilla, Peanut Halves, Water, Sunflower Seeds, Oat Bran Walnuts, Rice Brian Fiber, Sesame Seeds, Natural Vanilla Extract, Natural Peanut Flavor, Natural Plant Gums (Guar Gum, Gum Arabic), Sea Salt. (ingredients for Choco P'nut Butter)

The Whole Food Country Squares are available in Cran-Lemon Zest, Apple-Ginger Spice, Farmer's Trail Mix, and Choco P'nut Butter.  They are vegan and wheat-free!
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June 13, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Organic Batter Blaster?

I've seen this product before and even made fun of it, so when I was approached to try out and review Batter Blaster, I was hesitant. I wrote the company, "OK, but I have to be honest with you, I am not entirely sure I can give a positive review of your product. I have seen it in stores, and I wonder about it. I am willing to try it, which may change my opinion." I'd even called the product "pseudo natural foods" in a previous post.

Batter Blaster is organic pancake batter in a can, similar to a whip cream steel can. It's pressurized, so you just point and shoot it into your pan, and voila, you are making pancakes. It contains:

Filtered water
Organic wheat flour (unbleached)
Organic cane sugar
Organic whole egg solids
Organic soybean powder
Sodium lactate (lactic acid from beet sugar)
DiCalcium phosphate and Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) (leavening agents)
Organic rice bran extract propellant

There is no doubt that this product is convenient and easy to use, but really, how hard is it to make pancakes?. The pancakes taste fine, but I prefer Pamela's Gluten-Free Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix if I am not making pancakes from scratch.

Just because a product is made from organic ingredients, it doesn't mean that it is eco-friendly. I was able to recycle the Batter Blaster can at our local recycling center, but I wonder how available this is across the country, and it seems like a lot of energy would be involved in product production. Having Batter Blaster in the refrigerator did mean that I made pancakes for my kids when I probably would have not due to the convenience, but I am not sure that is such a good thing or not. Are pancakes really that healthy? I think their usual bowl of oatmeal with flax seeds and some fruit is a better start to the day.

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June 6, 2008

Eco Drink Friday: Organic Silk Soymilk Tastes Just Like Milk

silk soymilk I made the switch to soymilk after having to milk a cow with mastitis and seeing the animal suffer, as well as how she would sometimes poo while we were milking. It was really gross, and it made me realize that cutting down on my dairy consumption would be good for the cows and the planet. It takes an incredible amount of land and water to support livestock.

Organic Silk Soymilk has the texture, consistency, and taste of cow milk. It is really good in lattes, and it is readily available in most grocery stores. Started in 1977 in Boulder, Colorado, Silk is now the number one producer of soymilk in the US. The company utilizes many green practices. According to Ideal Bite:

  • Through Silk's GreenCaps program, it donates 30 kilowatt-hours in offsets for every UPC code customers enter at its website - enough to run a fridge for 13 days. (Plus, these customers are auto-entered for a chance to win a green home makeover.)
  • It offsets 100% of the power used in production by supporting clean, renewable wind energy - the equivalent of planting 22,000 acres of trees each year since 2003.
  • Silk operates a "Zero Waste" program at HQ, with biodegradable utensils, and full-scale recycling and composting programs.

Silk is looking at the total carbon footprint of their products "from farm to fridge". This is a refreshing approach of corporate responsibility to consider the impact of a product after it has left the store shelf.

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May 30, 2008

Eco Drink Friday: Primo Corn Plastic Bottled Water

primo corn plastic bottled water We have all been scared about BPA in plastic water bottles, and we know that petroleum-based plastic water bottles are bad for the environment; however, there are times when even the most eco-minded individual needs to buy bottled water. As a rare consumer of bottled water, I am glad that now I have a choice with Primo Purified Water. Primo uses corn-based, BPA-free, #7 plastic and advertises it as an "American Grown Bottle". According to the Green Guide, this is a harmless variety of plastic:
All plastic polymers created after 1987 are labeled with the same number, #7 Other. So while your Nalgene reusable bottle is made from polycarbonate and labeled a #7, your new corn-based, compostable plastic dinner plates and cups are also labeled #7.  Several plastic types fall under the #7 label including polyethersulfone (the resin used in new bisphenol A-free plastic baby bottles) and polylactic acid (corn- and other starch-based resins). If you are concerned about hormonal effects from PC plastics, look for the letters "PC" which may be in place of (or alongside) the #7 code on the bottom of your containers.
Since #7 plastics are designed to be reused, unlike the typical #1 PET crude oil plastic water bottles, you can keep refilling your Primo bottle with your own tap water.

Primo water is available in 16.9-oz bottles, as well as three- and five-gallon water cooler jugs that are not corn-based. The corn used to make the Ingeo plastic in the smaller bottles is not genetically modified, and the bottles can be recycled. Of course, it is better to use your own Klean Kanteens than to buy disposable water bottles, but when the need arises for bottled water, now you have an eco-friendly choice.

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May 23, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix

Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix A friend of mine brought Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix to my preschool today for snack. The organic High Sierra blend trail mix is filled with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, cashews, and almonds. It is so good, and the children really enjoyed it; however, my son kept pilfering my chocolate chips!  I will definitely pick some up for my home.  
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May 16, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops

organic lollipops
Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops let your child enjoy the treats of childhood while still eating organically. These affordable candies are 100% vegan and gluten-free. My favorite flavor is Cheeky Lemon, but Pomegranate Pucker, Razzmatazz Berry, Orange Squeeze, and Wet-Face Watermelon are also delicious.

YummyEarth was born out of our commitment to feed our babies, Jonah and Rose, a diet rich in delicious organic foods that are free of yucky chemicals, pesticides and dyes. YummyEarth tastes much better than mass produced chemical candy because we choose real fruit extracts and plant friendly organic ingredients to sweeten our lives and yours.

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May 9, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Clif Kid OrganicTwisted Fruit Ropes

511AMffJ4mL._SS400_.jpg I am always looking for healthy, easy snacks to pack in my children's lunches or take in the car. Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit Ropes are the perfect treat! Made from real organic fruit puree and juices; you can forget about sugar and/or artificial coloring in these fruit treats. Some flavors are quite tangy, and my husband thinks they taste like candy. These fruit snacks disappear quickly in my house, so I suggest you stock up!
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May 2, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Cook Like a Gourmet Vegan with Recipes From the Millennium Cookbook

cover_cookbook.jpg My favorite restaurant in San Francisco, regardless of the fact that is serves only vegan food, is the Millennium. A few years back, I bought the Millennium Cookbook and was amazed by the recipes. Many of these recipes are very involved, but the results are sure to impress vegans and omnivores alike. The desserts are the best, such as sorbet made from coconut milk!
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April 25, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Bragg Healthy Organic Vinaigrette

I'm pretty finicky when it comes to salad dressing, and I have tried almost every kind available at the health food store. Recently I discovered Bragg Healthy Organic Vinaigrette. This is the best salad dressing made from cold-pressed olive oil.

Ingredients: Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Bragg Liquid Aminos, raw honey, garlic, onion and red bell pepper flakes.

The Braggs have been bringing health food to America since 1912, and the family claims to have originated health food stores. Although I don't really buy this claim, as all stores were once upon a time health food stores before preservatives and petrochemicals entered agriculture, I do love Bragg products!

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