February 1, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Fruit to the People From Fruitabu

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When I wrote about Crispy Green's freeze dried fruit snacks, I criticized them for not being organic. Stretch Island's Fruitabu is organic and delicious! Made from organic fruit puree and concentrated juice, Fruitabu offers the perfect snack for children and adults. It comes in smooshed fruit flats and twirls. Stretch Island products are kosher, vegan, and offer diabetic diet exchange information on the label (1/2 fruit for Fruitabu flats). Fruitabu is even safe for gluten intolerant Celiacs.

The Stretch Island Fruit Company, makers of Fruitabu , "was founded in a humble laundry room on Stretch Island, Washington" in 1976. The company's values are:

We are optimistic: We believe in the goodness of people, real fruit and community. We envision a world of tasty fruit experiences that inspire people to celebrate nature's goodness.
We are socially conscious: We believe that the business of real fruit can help make positive change in our world. That's why we run our business and lead our lives in ways that best benefit the health of people, communities and our planet.
We are simple: We believe in the power of nature to help nourish and sustain us, and that sometimes, less truly is more.
We are healthy: We believe in the vitality of whole foods. So we make only all-natural and certified organic fruit foods that help people lead their best lives.

That's the thing I love about eating naturally: natural food companies have values!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 25, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Sucanat Organic Sweetener

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I use organic Sucanat , which stands for Sugar Cane Natural, for all my baking needs. Sucanat is Fair Trade certified from Costa Rica. It is made by crushing sugar cane, extracting and heating the juice, and then hand paddling the juice until it dries into porous granules. Unlike refined sugars, Sucanat retains many vitamins and minerals present in sugar cane, such as iron, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, and chromium. You can use Sucanat in a 1:1 ratio, as you would any other granulated sugar. Not only is Sucanat better for your body than refined white sugar, the flavor will enhance all of your baking!
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 18, 2008

New Crispy Green Freeze Dried Pear Snacks

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We've reviewed Crispy Green all natural, freeze dried fruit before. Now, Crispy Green has introduced Crispy Pears made from Asian pears. Crispy Green snacks are made from real fruit with zero fat and cholesterol. The snack packs are convenient and the taste is tangy and delicious.
A good snack maintains the delicate balance between taste and nutrition. Crispy Green's Crispy Pears and its Crispy Fruit product line provides the best of both worlds for anyone who wants a great tasting snack while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, says Angela Liu, President and Founder of Crispy Green. My daughter ate three packs of Crispy Pears as soon as they arrived in our home, and she begged me to include them in her lunch the following day.

Although I love the flavor and convenience of Crispy Green snacks, I do have some reservations about the product. First, these snacks are made in China. Crispy Green assures customers that the highest quality of fruit is used, but after the Veggie Booty recall, I am just a bit paranoid about food coming from China. Besides, it certainly doesn't help reduce one's carbon footprint by purchasing food from overseas. Secondly, Crispy Green snacks are not made from organically grown fruit. This is a serious drawback, in my opinion, for those wishing to live their lives more naturally.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 17, 2007

SLO Chai Fair Trade Organic Green Tea Now Available Online

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Our friend Alison moved to CA last year and has been working on marketing for SLO Chai Fair Trade Organic Tea. When we told her about Really Natural, she offered to send along some samples of SLO Chai's products. We loved 'em, and wanted to blog about them. But at the time, they were only available at select grocery stores and farmers markets on the West Coast.

Well, good news, tea drinkers. SLO Chai has launched a new website, which includes an online store.

SLO Chai offers teabags, loose teas and other chai-inspired foods and beverages made with fair trade tea and organic ingredients. The company was founded three years ago by Joel Pace and his family to recreate the sweet, spicy chai he tasted while trekking in the Himalayas.

Today, SLO Chai sells not only Pace's original blend, but several varieties including Vanilla Spice Latte, 5 flavors of teabags, loose leaf teas, and Chai Cream Ale. All are made with high quality fair trade and organic-certified ingredients. We especially like their decaffeinated black tea and green tea blends, as well as their chai chocolates!

SLO Chai is a green business, paying close attention to the ecological and social impact of their company, and donating 1% of profits toward sustainability education.

Hooray! Fair Trade chai for everyone!

Available at SLO Chai.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 19, 2007

FreeRice.com: Feed the Hungry and Improve Your Vocabulary

rice1.jpgIn honor of Thanksgiving week, here's a site that helps you take aim at world hunger and improve your vocabulary. FreeRice is a simple online vocab quiz. But for each word you get right, they'll donate ten grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

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is a sister site of the world poverty site, Poverty.com. As they explain on the site:

FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

What could be better?

At FreeRice.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 6, 2007

Grist Interview with Michael Pollan

Pollan-In-Defense.jpgMichael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, has a new book coming out in January. According to Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto grew out of frequent questions he got from readers of Omnivore's Dilemma:

Now that you've looked into the heart of the food system and been into the belly of the beast, how should I eat, and what should I buy, and if I'm concerned about health, what should I be eating? I decided I would see what kind of very practical answers I could give people.
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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 25, 2007

Candy Corn Cookies from Dancing Deer

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What are those folks at Dancing Deer up to now? Just in time for Halloween, they're baking up candy corn sugar cookies.

Dancing Deer cookies are all natural, kosher, and completely delicious! Enter the promotional code GHOST7 at checkout between now and October 31st and get 20% off.

Available at Dancing Deer.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 18, 2007

Celebrate Fair Trade Month: Roast Your Own Coffee

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October is Fair Trade Month. And what better way to celebrate Fair Trade Month than by roasting your own fair trade coffee beans.

This highly rated Gene Cafe Drum Coffee Roaster comes with 9 lbs of fair trade coffee. Done.

Available from Seven Bridges Cooperative.


Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 11, 2007

Goody2Chews: Healthy Fruit and Nut Snacks

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Looking for a healthy snack to replace your afternoon energy bar (or worse yet, a trip to the candy jar)? We recently came across Goody2Chews, a Canadian fruit and nut snack that may be the answer.

Goody2Chews come in three flavors: Yogurt, Caramel and Chocolate. We sampled all three, and especially liked the Chocolately and Caramel flavors. Each bag contains a single serving size of the candy-coated chews -- roughly a handful -- with a consistency not unlike the fruitier confections in a Russell Stover's gift sampler. It's like a hybrid between a Balance Bar and a handful of Viactiv calcium chews, only tastier. Each 2 oz bag of Goody2Chews has 200 calories and contains 10 grams of protein and 12% of your daily fiber. The single serving size makes them ideal for lunch boxes or as a snack to keep in the back of your desk. I could also see bringing them on a bike ride or hike!

Goody2Chews are produced in a facility that's gluten- and peanut-free. They don't take the place of actual fruits or nuts, but they're a nice nutritious alternative to more sugary or calorie-laden convenience snacks.

Buy Goody2Chews.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 5, 2007

Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food

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Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Alice Waters' new book The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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