April 18, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Nature's Path Toaster Pastries (aka organic Pop Tarts)

61LJcGth-AL._SS500_.jpg One of the things I love about the expansion of organic foods is the availability of mainstream products in organic, healthier alternatives. Of course, I am not talking about pseudo natural foods, like organic Batter Blaster pancakes in a can, but Nature's Path Organic Toaster Pastries fit the bill of organic and reminiscent of my childhood. These organic Pop Tartesque treats are a favorite of my three-year-old son, and I have to admit to liking them too. My favorite flavor is the frosted cherry pomegranate.
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April 11, 2008

Eco Food Friday: American Flatbread Pizza With Integrity!

I first discovered American Flatbread when I was tired of soggy, bland frozen organic pizzas and needed a quick meal for the kids. Baked on primitive wood-fired earthen ovens from organic ingredients, this flatbread not taste like your typical American pizza.

Here from the union of fire, rock, and the finest all natural ingredients, comes a carefully crafted handmade food that is truly nutritious, light, crisp, flavorful, and wonderfully convenient. Food remembers the acts of the hands and heart. This is a pizza that is both good and good for you. This is pizza with integrity.

Baked in Vermont and California in order to be sustainable about production, American Flatbread is an experiment in post-modern bread baking. For other great recipes that cherish the ancient art of bread making, consult the The Tassajara Bread Book.

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April 4, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Organic Capers

41GEC8E34XL._SL500_AA280_.jpg I discovered the flavor of capers late in life, and I enjoy organic capers on bagels with cream cheese. My neighbor puts them on deviled eggs.
Capers are the flower buds of a bush that grows wild throughout the Mediterranean, but the very best capers come from the tiny volcanic islands off the coast of Sicily, where the distinct cultivars nocellae and nocellara grow. The islanders insist that salt-curing is the only way to preserve the intense floral flavors and firm texture of the delicate buds, which may then be totally destroyed by the vinegar or brine-packing favored by other countries. After salt-curing, these organic capers are packed in organic extra virgin olive oil.
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March 28, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Eden Foods Canned Beans are BPA-Free

51JOyUq+7AL._SS500_.jpg Did you know that canned foods contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)? BPA is a hormone disrupter that has been shown to have developmental toxicity, carcinogenic effects, possible neurotoxicity, and linked to obesity by triggering fat-cell activity. But have no fear, there is a one choice out there for organic, BPA-free food: Eden Foods. According to Eden Foods:
Eden Organic Beans are packed in lead free tin covered steel cans coated with a baked on oleoresinous c-enamel lining that does not contain bisphenol A (BPA). (Oleoresin is a natural mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from various plants, such as pine or balsam fir). These cans cost 13.77 percent more than the industry standard cans that do contain BPA. This costs Eden $300,000 more a year. To our knowledge Eden is the only U.S. company that uses this custom made BPA-free can.
I will only buy canned food from Eden Foods; however, due to the acidity of tomatoes, there are no BPA-free canned tomatoes on the US market. I prefer fresh tomatoes anyways.
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March 14, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Quick, Easy Oregon Chai

chai.jpg I love my organic coffee, but I can't drink too much of it. A great, tasty alternative for a little caffeine fix is Oregon Chai. I like to use the packets of chai powder mis, as they are convenient and easy to take to work. Just add hot water, and you have a delicious cup of chai!

Ingredients Sugar, Dried Whole Milk, Dried Nonfat Milk, Dried Honey, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Dried Black Tea and Salt.
For a more organic experience, try Oregon Chai Oregon Tea Latte, Original, Concentrate. With less packaging, the chai concentrate is a more eco-friendly option, but I still like the packets for convenience. Oregon Chai makes the best chai!
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March 10, 2008

The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook

51NEX8AMSFL._SS500_.jpg The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook is the quintessential cookbook for vegans and vegetarians, similar to Betty Crocker for those just learning to cook. This cookbook is loaded with basic recipes from sloppy joes to cinnamon rolls.  You can learn to make your own seitan and soymilk in this cookbook filled with basic recipes, from the quick to the more complicated.   My copy of The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook is so torn and tattered that is held together with a rubber band now. The Farm is an intentional community in Tennessee, famous for their midwives.
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March 7, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Organic Scottish Oatmeal

Did you know that oatmeal originated in ancient Scotland? Oats are better suited for the short, wet growing season of Scotland than wheat, and the original oatmeal was a coarse meal produced by slowly grinding the kernel between two large millstones. Bob's Red Mill Organic Scottish Oatmeal is made the traditional way, and its flavor is nothing like the oatmeal you are used to. The whole grain goodness provides a satisfying start to your day, and it has quickly become my favorite warm breakfast cereal.

In case you are wondering, Bob is a real person:

Who ever heard of someone collecting grain milling machinery built 100 to 200 years ago, refurbishing it, setting it up in a modern sanitary environment, and then seriously going into the business of supplying natural foods to the world? Well, I did! And it's been great fun by far the most challenging and fulfilling thing I've ever accomplished, and it all started with my knack for tinkering!

I think that we have a lot we can learn from Bob when looking to live our lives more naturally. Often, all we have to do is look towards the past to see what really natural living was like and emulate those methods.  Once upon a time, organic gardening/farming was the only way to grow food.  Thank you Bob!

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February 22, 2008

Eco Food Friday: The Absolute Best Organic Chocolate in the World

organic_green_blacks_almond.jpg Green and Black's Organic Milk Chocolate Bar with Whole Almonds is absolutely the best chocolate I have ever tasted, and I consider myself a connoisseur of organic chocolate (aka a chocolate junkie).
Ingredients: Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla. Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Almonds (25%) Organic Whole Milk Powder (20.2%), Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier
Green and Black's motto is "As Chocolate as Humanly Possible", which means of course, they use fair trade ingredients. In fact, the company was the first to earn the UK's Fairtrade mark.
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February 15, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Dr. Weil for Nature's Path Pure Fruit & Nut Bars

41PDsGAVmjL._AA280_PIbundle-16,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_.jpg Dr. Weil is most famous for his revolutionary book Spontaneous Healing. Now, Dr. Weil has teamed up with Nature's Path to create Fruit & Nut Bars. These bars are 100% organic and vegan, as well as delicious. My favorite flavors are Chocolada Walnut and Chia Razz. These bars are perfect for a midday snack or after school treat. All of the after-tax profits from the sale of Weil Fruit & Nut Bars goes directly to the Weil Foundation.
The mission of this not-for-profit organization is to support integrative medicine by funding the training of physicians and other practitioners, public education, research, innovations in patient care, and policy reform.
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February 8, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Shady Maple Farms Organic Stroopwafel Cookies

51ovriJB+xL._SS500_.jpg I have a sweet tooth, which mostly desires organic chocolate; however, Shady Maple Farms Organic Stroopwafel Cookies come in a close second. These vegan cookies delight anyone that loves honey and maple syrup.
Ingredients: Organic wheat flour, organic palm oil, organic rice syrup, organic cane sugar, organic whole wheat flour, organic soy flour, organic molasses, sea salt, organic soy lecithin, organic spices, organic maple sugar, sodium bicarbonate, natural vegan flavor

Just like other companies we recommend on Really Natural, Shady Maple Farms is committed to bringing consumers quality, natural products.

Our love and respect for the maple tree have led us to become one of the largest international suppliers of pure maple syrup products - and the world's largest supplier of certified organic maple products.
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