Sunday, October 31, 2010

Brad's Raw Leafy Kale

Brad has come out with a new snack food: Brad's Raw Leafy Kale!

Brad's Kale

I'll be honest; I wasn't terribly excited when I first heard about it. I've made my own kale that was okay, but far from delicious. I've tried other brands that were so bad they were inedible, at least in my opinion!

So, Nick came home with the three new varieties of Brad's kale, and I begrudgingly tried them.

I started with the Naked variety. Within about 20 seconds, I pulled the container over to me, and told Nick that I was no longer interested in sharing with him!

Let me explain it this way: I like Brad's Chips a lot. I've said before that they're not for everyone, especially people who are used to eating refined foods. I've been following a raw diet for a couple of months now, and Brad's chips taste good to me because of their great crunch. However, the leafy kale is a whole different ballgame. I absolutely love them! They are so good that I don't want to stop eating them. They are just plain delicious!

My only complaint is the name. To me, Naked implies that there's no seasoning, that it's just plain, dehydrated kale. That is so far from true! They are loaded with cheesy flavor. Loaded!

Oh yeah, there are other varieties, aren't there? There's the Vampire Killer, which is onion and garlic. It's tasty. Honestly, I'd probably like it a lot better if I hadn't first tried the absolutely perfect Naked variety.

There's also the Nasty Hot variety. The name is not deceiving, believe me. It has a great flavor but it's just too hot for me. If you're into really hot, you won't be disappointed.

So, I was forced to return to the Naked (should be called Cheesy) variety. What can I say? I gotta do what I gotta do!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bee Pollen

We've started carrying bee pollen. I've heard such good things about it and I wanted to try it. I'm really not in a position to blog about it because I'm still learning. I'll just relay some of the things I've read about it.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is an extremely nutritious food. It contains 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 22 amino acids, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 25% carbohydrates, and about 25% protein.

Some of the reported benefits of bee pollen are that it:

Greatly improves energy levels
Helps normalize digestive problems
Alleviates depression and fatigue
Speeds up the healing of wounds
Aids in weight control
May help alleviate allergies
Reduces cholesterol
Alleviates migraine headaches
Helps prevent prostate problems

There's a small chance that some people may be sensitive to bee pollen, so it's best to start slowly with it. One site recommends placing one granule under the tongue and letting it dissolve. Then try a second granule. Try a few more granules, one at a time, and look for symptoms such as an itchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes, or headache. These symptoms are very rare, but this is a way to find out whether or not there is a sensitivity.

Some sites recommend that anyone who is allergic to bee venom not take bee pollen. Other sites recommend seeing a doctor before taking bee pollen. Most sites say that bee pollen is a food and does not cause reactions in most people.

Start with small amounts of bee pollen and work up to a teaspoon or two a day. Some people take a tablespoon a day. It can give quite a boost of energy, so it's advised to avoid taking it in the evening. Bee pollen can be mixed into granola, applesauce, a little raw honey, or mixed into a green smoothie. It can be chewed and swallowed. I read that it's an acquired taste. Let's just say that I definitely have not acquired that taste yet! :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

We're Being Featured on Groupon Philadelphia!

We're being featured on Groupon Philadelphia! Check out today's deal here. Pay $10.00 and receive $25.00 worth of our products at Truly Pure & Natural!


Hurry! The offer only lasts for a couple of days!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NEW Lifefactory 9-oz Glass Water Bottles

We're now carrying the new Lifefactory 9-oz glass beverage bottles. Our two youngest were so excited when we opened the package! They each immediately claimed their colors and started drinking. They're four and five years old, and the bottles are perfectly sized for their little hands. They're drinking more, which makes me happy. What makes me really happy is that they're using their bottles instead of running and grabbing a new cup each time they get a drink, so I have fewer dishes to do!

We've been selling at local fall festivals, and we took these to a festival last weekend. The response was great! People really seemed to love them.

Lifefactory Bottles

Now we're waiting for the 16-oz bottles for our older boys. They'll be the same style as the 22-oz bottles, and should be available in the next month or so.


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