Monday, March 14, 2011

More Kale!

I know people who adore kale, and I know people who barely acknowledge its existence. I never ate it until I read about how it was packed full of Vitamins A, C, K, B6, and folic acid, plus the minerals calcium, potassium, copper, and manganese, in addition to other nutrients. I started sauteing it along with other greens. Later, I learned to enjoy kale salads, too. But, it wasn't until I tried it dehydrated that I truly fell in love with kale.

We sell Brad's Leafy Kale, which, as as I've said before, I love, especially the cheesy Naked variety.

Awhile ago, we were contacted by New York Naturals, asking if we were interested in selling their kale chips. They sent us some samples and we did some taste tests.

New York Naturals come in four flavors: Bombay Ranch, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Spicy Miso, and Vegan Cheese.

The Bombay Ranch Kale Chips are described as having a sort of curry/ranch flavor. I didn't find the curry taste to be at all overwhelming, and I loved the overall flavor. The ingredients are: Kale, cashews, sunflower seeds, red onion, garlic, basil, white pepper, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, sea salt.

My oldest son is a huge fan of salt and vinegar potato chips, something I have never liked. Based on that, I was hesitant to even try the Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips, but I sure am glad I did. I absolutely loved them! They're a little bit salty and a little bit sour, and I had to fight my son, who is not a natural food fan by any means, for them! Ingredients: Kale, raw sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, white vinegar, sea salt. As a family with nut allergies, I noticed that this variety doesn't contain nuts, but is manufactured on shared equipment with nuts.

I am not a fan of spicy foods, and the Spicy Miso was too hot for me. The small bite that I tried had a great flavor, and I'm sure that people who love spice would love these! Ingredients: Kale, cashews, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, white miso, white onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, turmeric, spices, sea salt.

The Vegan "Cheese" Chips were a big hit, too. New York Magazine described them as: "Doritos for health nuts: raw, vegan, delectably crispy wafers, made from kale leaves laboriously massaged with a cheesy-tasting coating of pulverized cashews, cayenne, red peppers, and lemon juice, and air-dried at 115 degrees for up to fifteen hours." Ingredients: Kale, cashews, sunflower seeds, red bell peppers, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and sea salt.

Each 3.5-ounce resealable and recyclable container is made from a half-pound of kale, which adds up to a whole lot of nutrients. I can pretend that that's why I'm eating them. The truth, however, is that I eat them because they're absolutely delicious and addicting!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mommy Menus Winner!

Random Number Generator came up with #7,

which was this entry:

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Christe Mork

March 8, 2011 11:42 PM

Congratulations, Christe! I hope you enjoy Mommy Menus as much as I have!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Sippy Caps!

Lifefactory Sippy Caps for the 9-ounce bottles are here! We've received two thumbs up from our own little testers. I'm already a fan because I'm visualizing no more spilled drinks at the dinner table because our little ones forgot to put their lids back on!

The Sippy Caps are available in four colors: Royal Purple, Spring Green, Ocean Blue, and Raspberry. They have an insert that makes them spill-resistant, which I also appreciate. We offer them individually or in a two-pack.


I have to say that I'm a bit confused as to why there isn't an orange cap, and why there is a raspberry cap when there's no 9-ounce raspberry bottle! The manufacturer simply said that the orange is not available at this time, and that there will be a Raspberry 9-ounce bottle sometime in the future. So, for now, we're just mixing and matching!

We're still looking forward to the Flip-Top Caps for the 16-ounce and the 22-ounce bottles, which are scheduled to debut in May. Until then, we're happy to have our Sippy Caps!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Giveaway: Mommy Menus!

Samantha Gibbs of Color Wheel Meals and Rawkinmom's Blog has donated a copy of her ebook, Mommy Menus, for us to give away!
You can read more about her awesome book here.


To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. Easy!

If you would like additional entries, you can earn one entry for each of the following:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

Also, please include your email address.
You can't win if we can't contact you!

Giveaway will end on Saturday, March 12th at midnight EST.

Winner will be notified by email and will also be announced here and on Facebook.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mommy Menus Review...and an Upcoming Giveaway!


Samantha Gibbs, owner of Color Wheel Meals, has put together an e-book called Mommy Menus.
Mommy Menus
is a collection of daily kid-friendly raw foods menus from 11 moms, herself included. Each of the moms contributed her bio, a link to her website or blog, and a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, and drink recipe.

This book is good not only for families following a raw foods diet, but for all families because there’s not a child out there that can’t benefit from more fresh fruits and vegetables in his or her diet!

The majority of the recipes are quick and easy to prepare and use common ingredients. Many have kid-friendly names and are presented in a way that will appeal to kids.

Unfortunately for us, the number of recipes we can try is limited by nut and sesame allergies. We’re able to omit the nuts or substitute sunflower seeds in some of the recipes, and there are some yummy snack recipes, and smoothie and juice recipes that work for us. And Samantha’s Kale Salad recipe is so amazing that I could eat it every day and be happy. Sooooo addicting…

In addition to the Mommy Menus recipes, I’ve gotten more good recipes by following the links in the book to the moms’ blogs.

One thing I love about Mommy Menus is the tips from the moms. My kids don’t beg for vegetables. Okay, I’ll be honest; they’ve been known to run and hide at the mention of veggies! The book reminds me to take a deep breath, relax, and take it one baby step at a time. Just by having fruits and veggies always available, and following some of the other tips, I’ve already seen changes in the way the kids are eating.

I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to get my kids to eat their veggies. With Mommy Menus, I’m confident that I’m on my way to my goal of healthier family meals!


Samantha Gibbs has written two other e-books, Color Wheel Meals Recipe Manual and 30 Days of Green Smoothies. Visit her blog, Rawkinmom’s Blog, to learn more.

Check back tomorrow to find out how you can win Mommy Menus!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Super Allergy Girl Allergy & Celiac Cookbook: Gluten-free, Casein-free, Nut-free

We're happy to announce that we're now carrying The Super Allergy Girl Allergy & Celiac Cookbook: Gluten-free Casein-free Nut-free by Lisa A. Lundy. This is absolutely my favorite allergy cookbook. I still remember being in a health food store at the beach, and Nick calling me over to look at a flier on the bulletin board for this cookbook. I knew I had to have it! It turned out to be the first good cookbook I'd found that covered all of our allergy needs.


Here is a review I wrote on Amazon back on August 11, 2008:

"This cookbook has been a lifesaver for our family. Our son has autism and is on a gluten/casein-free diet and our daughter is gluten intolerant. There are plenty of GFCF cookbooks out there and we did okay with finding meals that they could eat.

Then, our baby was diagnosed with food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs, and that changed everything! I tried baking GFCF desserts without eggs and had one disaster after the other. I eventually found a few things that worked, but I still needed more recipes.

I was thrilled to discover this cookbook because it addresses all of our allergies. I've made many recipes from it, and every single one so far has been a hit with the kids. We've enjoyed the main dishes (the General Tso's Chicken is amazing!), the snack mixes are great, and the desserts are delicious. I'd given up on trying to make brownies without wheat or eggs, but there are two brownie recipes in this book, and they're both incredible.

I've recommended this cookbook to many people. The only thing I'd point out is that some of the recipes call for Bragg's Liquid Aminos, which we don't use, or, alternately, soy sauce. Regular soy sauce has wheat in it, so it's important to look for wheat-free Tamari Soy Sauce, if avoiding wheat or gluten."

Lisa not only has over 200 recipes in her book, she also offers so much helpful information on food allergies, celiac disease, equipping your kitchen, where to find ingredients, tips for saving time and money, how to work with allergy recipes and how to measure gluten-free flours. She also has an extensive section on rotation diets and food families.

One of the ways that this cookbook really helped us was to provide recipes for special occasions. The chocolate cake recipe is wonderful and has been the perfect cake for many birthdays in our house. The chocolate chip cookies and the brownies are delicious treats, too. There are many muffin recipes that the kids love, and we just make them in mini-muffin tins and pop them in the freezer so that they're ready when we need them. There are even candy recipes that we've used for holidays. It's just been nice to have treats so that the kids didn't always feel different or left out during various social occasions.

There are also many delicious main dish recipes that we've used over the years, plus many good dressings and dips, which have helped our family since it's hard to find dressings and such that are allergy-friendly.

I also have to mention that Lisa is one of the nicest people ever. Although we haven't met, I've contacted her a number of times with questions, comments, and more questions...and she's always been so willing to help in any way she could. She knows her stuff and has lived with more food allergies in her children than I can even imagine, and she does so much to help other parents deal with food allergies. It's a pleasure to carry her book, and I hope that it helps others as much as it's helped us.



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