Un-junk your food for back to school

Growing up I wasn’t allowed a lot of junk food. Not that I didn’t want any, but because I come from a family of health experts. Meals were freshly made and snacks consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables and homemade desserts. I didn’t really know the addictive qualities of “junk food” until I started middle school. And then it all went down hill from there. Well, not anything that tragic, but the effects of what extra sugar and sodium can do to the brain led me to buying Twinkies and Doritos during lunch time at school. 

In hindsight, I truly believed that had I been allowed some junk food now and then, I might not have gone all Rambo on the sweets and chips. However, it wasn’t until I went into college that the awakening sort of happened. In college, and especially if you live away from home, you have to monitor yourself. Your self control is truly tested among other behaviors. I felt a deep lag in my own health when studying late into the night and hanging out with friends caused some health issues. I felt horrible that instead of picking up a fresh apple, I picked up an apple pie from McDonald’s instead. But when you’re still young, you don’t really think about the bad consequences of what you put into your body.

Now, many years later, and starting my own career and family, I’ve learned quite a lot on making healthy life choices. I chose to eat better and made more conscious choices. The road to my healthier preferences weren’t always pretty, but I hope the end results will be satisfying.

If you’re looking to eat better so that you’ll feel better, know that food is a direct relation to our health. I try not to fill up the house with junk food but when you see advertisements marketing towards a convenient lifestyle, you’re going to end up buying and eating something unhealthy now and then. The key however, is to limit yourself and to start off as early as possible. That is why with children, the earliest you teach them about eating healthier, the better chances they’ll have at making healthier choices when they get older. Your kids will undoubtedly get influenced by TV and online ads as well as by their friends and classmates. But if you instill a love and appreciation for eating healthier, they’ll eventually get the big picture.

So how do we un-junk our food? Let’s start with what we have in our own homes. Yes, that means you have to go to your refrigerators and cabinets and see what you have in there. Take an inventory if you must, but taking the first step to wanting to be healthier might be the hardest step.

After you’ve taken inventory of what you already have, follow these simple steps:

1 – Check the ingredients and labels. If most of the packaging has simple and natural ingredients, then you’re doing great! Avoid ingredients that have unhealthy additives such as artificial food coloring, preservatives, and flavoring.

2 – Have more fresh fruits and vegetables. We live in a country where fresh fruits and vegetables grow abundantly. Let’s not shy away from fresh and wholesome fruits and vegetables. We are helping our own bodies, our planet, and farms.

3 – Support brands and companies that provide healthier food and treats. Look for ingredients such as actual fruits and vegetables. No artificial flavors or colors, and organically grown. One of my son’s favorite organic snack brands is Wildmade Snacks (https://wildmadesnacks.com/). They make organic fruit rollups, strips, and bites and they contain only fruits and vegetables. They’re not too sweet and you can taste the various flavors.

4 – Don’t buy in bulk. Bulk food buying is really a great marketing trick. Stores advertise it and make you think you really need that 20-pound Rice Crispies cereal. If you must buy in bulk, try buying bulk fresh food such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein including beans and lentils. Even frozen fruits will keep well in the freezer when your child needs an easy and quick lunch. Buying in bulk becomes a waste as we tend to forget we bought so much and they end up in the trash can.

5 – Find out your dietary needs. If you have certain health conditions that require you to eat or avoid certain foods, then get your list together now. If you don’t have any specific health concerns, then start off with fresh food. Always buy fresh whenever possible because there usually aren’t any artificial preservatives in them.

6 – Notice your mood. When we’re depressed, sad, or tired, our body and mind triggers warnings that we require sustanance. Easily, the most valuable and yet detrimental substances are sugar and salt. They create addictive qualities in our brains and bodies making us think we need more of them. Notice what mood you are in when hunger strikes and instead of reaching for that Twinkie (you accidentally found in your grocery cart and brought it home), munch on sliced apples with some honey or yogurt. You’re getting the sugar that fuels your brain and body and the extra nutrients and supplements that support a healthier body. This especially holds true for children. Their capricious moods are often derived from lack of proper nutrition.

7 – Give children the ability to choose. Take them grocery shopping with you now and then and show them the difference between the fresh pears and the ones in cans. Yes, fresh fruit will always be better because we don’t know how the canned versions are processed. Help them choose some new type of fruit or vegetable so they can try something new and unique.

8 – Don’t deny yourself. We might need the occassional Twinkie or donut, but let’s not make a habit out of it. Our children will most likely eat whatever is in the fridge or pantry. It’s okay to have some chips now and then or some chocolate covered peanuts. Moderation and realization is the key to a healthier life.

9 – Create a back to school food station. I have a friend that puts fresh fruit, cut up vegetables, dried fruit, and crackers in individual bins. Her older kids know they can always pack these healthier versions for school or snack on them afterschool. If you’re at home for school due to school closures, now is the best time ever to reinvent your healthier back to school meals.

10 – Investment. Just like we make investments with our money for possible future growth, we must also do so with our health. Invest in higher quality, fresher, and better for you ingredients. Your body will thank you for it now and in the future.

11 – Use recipes. While most of us are still staying home during the pandemic, we are getting more creative with our cooking skills. Have your kids help you with new recipes or teach them to cook something that they really like or that is easy to make. When kids associate cooking with their own hands, they see the end result and are more inclined to make something healthy.

No matter the stage you are in when it comes to eating healthier, know that you can make the change any time. You are inevitably in control of your health. Teach your children that they must also be in control of their own health and body. As I went from a healthy eating habit child to a not so healthy habit in college, and then finally back to being more health conscious, I’ve learned to be more intuned with my body and what it needs. Your kids can do the same. Start young and empower them to make better choices for their health and wellness.

*photo courtesy of Wildmade.com and Whole Foods Market

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Mambo Sprouts – your resource for healthy and organic food and products!

Many years ago finding organic and all-natural food and products wasn’t all that easy – unless you grew them or made them yourself – most of the time you had to depend on conventional foods in regular supermarkets. Although conventional foods aren’t so bad, as long as you know what you’re buying, as years grew by however, the popularity of organically-grown foods and natural products became more prevalent. Natural grocery stores were popping up everywhere and farmers markets were becoming the norm. But finding organic food and natural products can be difficult sometimes especially if you don’t have the resources or the income to purchase them on a regular basis. That’s why as years grow by, environmental and organic companies and resources are also popping up everywhere to help everyone who is interested in the importance of organic and natural food and products and to offer ways of saving as well.

Several years ago when I was learning more about the benefits of organic products and how it affects our health and our planet, I came across a company called Mambo Sprouts: http://www.mambosprouts.com/. Mambo Sprouts is a company dedicated in educating and helping those who wish to learn more about environmental concerns, healthy living through food and lifestyle choices, and saving money while making healthier food choices. Through their website and touring events, they’ve helped thousands of people gain a deeper understanding about the health benefits of eating and using organic and natural products and the effects it has on our planet as well. If you ever have a question about what fair trade is about or what the country is doing with the “Just Label It” campaign, you can always check out their website for more info. And the best part is, if you ever need any coupons to help you with those organic and natural products purchases, their website offers those too. However, the best way to gleen more info from the company is to sign up for their newsletter which is sent to you on a regular basis with great info and great coupons.

Mambo Sprouts began over 15 years ago as a means to provide info on healthier ways to live for yourself and for the world. Through their touring events, promotions, and ongoing slew of helpful information, one can always find something new to learn and to try. They also offer contests and giveaways on a regular basis so you can enter to win some great prizes. Coupons that are offered on their sites are familiar organic and natural products such as Stonyfield Farm, Earth Balance, Vans Natural Foods, and so much more. So whether you’re a pro at finding and buying organic foods and products or just learning how, you can always find something useful at Mambo Sprouts. And with some coupons in your hands to buy the products you want to try, you’ll likely go back for more.

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Bob’s Red Mill – Products Worth Reviewing and Giveaway

 

When you’re seriously looking to eat better and live a healthier life, you must remember 3 important things: eat natural foods, exercise often, and reduce your stress. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between the 3 facts, but eating healthy is extremely important in maintaining and achieving a healthy lifestyle. One company who strives to bring you healthier food choices is a company called Bob’s Red Mill. At Bob’s Red Mill, they make a wonderful assortment of food products for people who strive to eat better and live healthier. In our home, we have countless products from Bob’s Red Mill ranging from their pancake mix to their cereal blends. Bob’s Red Mill makes wholesome, natural, and delicious food for everyone.

You may have seen and heard about Bob’s Red Mill. They’ve been around for over 30 years making natural products that are good for you and good for the planet. Bob’s Red Mill started humbly in a small town in Oregon by Bob Moore and his wife after his pursuit to find original stone-grinding flour mills. When by chance he came upon an old mill for sale one day, he took the opportunity to start his own business of stone-ground flours and cereals for his friends, family, and customers. From then on, Bob’s Red Mill products slowly but steadily became a popular trend in the health-conscious industry. Bob’s Red Mill started as a family-owned company but recently became an employee-owned company because of Bob’s dedication to his employees and his company. In fact, as the company stated, you might even meet Bob himself if you ever decide to visit his store and visitor center in Oregon.

Bob’s Red Mill truly has a great assortment of products to choose from for your everyday cooking needs. They make products ranging from 10 grain whole grain hot cereals to flaxseeds to dried fruit. In fact, you can probably make an entire meal out of Bob’s Red Mill products and be extremely happy and satisfied knowing that you made something healthy and wholesome for your family. I’ve used their whole wheat flour and oat flour to make cookies and on most mornings we like to eat their 10 Grain Hot Cereal. The 10 Grain Hot cereal is super delicious as it contains stone ground high protein hard red wheat, rye, triticale, oat bran, oats, corn, barley, soy beans, brown rice, millet, and flaxseed. Talk about a nutritional powerhouse! We love the 10 Grain Hot Cereal with a little bit of milk or soymilk and some organic brown sugar or honey – yummy! Bob’s Red Mill has so many great products to choose from, you’re bound to find something that you’ll like and stock up on.

Bob’s Red Mill’s philosophy in providing healthy, wholesome, and natural foods extends beyond other normal food companies. They do all the milling, testing, packaging, and distributing in house and they source their ingredients from responsible farmers and farms who abide by the organic standards and laws. Bob’s Red Mill believes in close relationships with their farmers to ensure quality control and they inspect every ingredient that comes into their facility. And Bob’s Red Mill’s belief that whole grains are better for you and for the planet is evident in the quality of their products. They don’t add any unnecessary ingredients like preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, or sulfites. Their products are pure and simple and you can use them in virtually any baking or cooking recipe you have. In fact, on their website, they even offer recipes using their own products: http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes.php and they encourage you to submit your own recipes as well.

Bob’s Red Mill makes organic, natural, and even gluten-free products so there really is something for everyone.  They care about their products, their customers, and the environment and you’ll even find biodegradable packing peanuts in their packaging. Their see-through bags are easy for customers to see what they’re purchasing and the friendly, familiar face of Bob himself is on every package. Simply put – Bob’s Red Mill products are healthy, wholesome, and can fill almost every cooking need you may have. Bob’s Red Mill was also interested in my review of a few of their products and to give away to 3 LUCKY readers of Happymomblogger! The products they sent me were the Date Pieces, Pecan Halves, and Raw Pumpkin Seeds. Imagine the things you can cook and bake with those! Bob’s Red Mill’s Date Pieces are little bite-sized pieces of real dates and coated with oat flour. They’re great by itself or mixed into your cereal or even in your trail mixes. The Pecan Halves are plump, dark brown pecans that has a nice crunchy bite in them. I like to bake them with some organic brown sugar and organic butter and they become incredibly tasty snacks! And the Raw Pumpkin Seeds are great for baking, stirred into soups, or eaten as a snack; just make sure to toast them first since they come raw. Whatever ways you want to enjoy these 3 delicious prizes from Bob’s Red Mill, make sure you enter the giveaway now! Read below to find out how:

Here’s how to enter in the Bob’s Red Mill giveaway:

(Please note, the rules have changed slightly. Please read carefully before entering)

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BobsRedMillNaturalFoods and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 entry – Become a follower: http://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Bob’s Red Mill giveaway. Become a follower of Bob’s Red Mill: http://twitter.com/Bobs_Red_Mill and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Enter in my other contests.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: February 6, 2012

Contest End Date: February 20, 2012 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED.

Only 3 winners will be chosen at random and I will post the winners names on my blog.

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Healthy Child Healthy World Party – Company Worth Reviewing and Giveaway

It’s not easy trying to bring world peace, advocate healthy eating and making the world a better place all the while raising a child. No, not many people can do it but luckily you can get great ideas on how to raise a healthy child and live a healthy lifestyle. The good folks at Healthy Child Healthy World had that goal in mind when they started their fledgling company over 20 years ago with the launch of their Colette Chuda Environmental Fund (CCEF) in honor of their daughter. Through suffering and hard lesssons they learned from the founders daughter’s disease, they dedicated their lives to helping other parents learn about the dangers of carcinogens in the air due to environmental toxins. After all, it was the toxins that eventually encumbered their daughter’s life.

Healthy Child Healthy World is a non-profit organization dedicated to the awareness and education of using non-toxic products in our homes and in our lives. Through their website, fundraising events, and charity work, the Healthy Child Healthy World organization helps parents and everyone know about the importance of eating healthy foods and using healthy products. Their goal is to teach and educate as many people as possible on the dangers of toxic materials in our homes and in our bodies. Healthy Child Healthy World are advocaters of a greener planet through their never-ending support of people, companies, and causes. They hope to reach as many people around the world as possible in hopes of educating the awareness of living a cleaner life in a cleaner planet.

With over hundreds of volunteers across the nation, Healthy Child Healthy World partners with many natural and organic companies to bring you products that are safe for people and for the environment. Through partnership with health organizations and health professionals around the globe, they hope to educate others about how to live healthier and help the planet become healthier. With the help of Healthy Child Healthy World, anyone can access their information whether on their website: http://healthychild.org/, through their fundraising events, or through their home parties.

Healthy Child Healthy World’s Home Parties was created to inform and educate people about the availability of safer, non-toxic products and food. With their parties, a “kit” is sent to the recipient with samples, product information, dvd’s, and literature on how to bring the world together in campaigning for a healthier planet. Their samples include well-known natural and organic companies such as Earth Friendly Products, HappyBaby, LUNA, Cleanwell, Plum Organics, Baby Organics, and many more. All the products are from the same companies who also wish to provide the planet with healthier and safer products. In each Kit, their are plenty of educational materials and pamphlets to pass around to your party attendees and a DVD for you and for your attendees to watch for further information. Although there is a small donation asked to order these Party Kits, Healthy Child Healthy World provided me with a free kit to review and to give away to 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger. Although the Party Kit that I received is slightly different from the winning prize, the new kit will also include full size samples of Bona floor cleaner, Dolphin Organics shampoo and Green Planet Parties cutlery set. With this informative and useful party kit, you can plan a great event and help others learn about the importance of non-toxic food and products. So do you win this ultra-helpful party kit? Read below to find out!

Here’s how to enter in the Healthy Child Healthy World Party Kit giveaway:

(Please note, the rules have changed slightly. Please read carefully before entering)

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Healthy Child Healthy World on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/HealthyChild  and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 entry – Become a follower: https://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Healthy Child Healthy World giveaway. Become a follower of Healthy Child Healthy World: http://twitter.com/healthy_child  and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Enter in my other contests.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Happymomblogger is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure you get your prize. In the event the winner can not be reached within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: February 6, 2012

Contest End Date: February 20, 2012 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.

Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s names on my blog. 

 GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Garlic Gold – Products Worth Reviewing and Special Offer

We’re true garlic eaters in our household. I was raised on eating garlic in practically every meal. I can eat garlic in its raw form or cooked, but either way, there’s just something about the unique spiciness and bitter flavor of garlic that satisfies my taste buds. I’ve slowly trained my son to enjoy garlic too and that’s mostly because garlic is so good for you and the uses are abundant. And, until recently, I didn’t know there was a new way of enjoying garlic – and that comes in the form of toasted garlic bits, made by Garlic Gold. Garlic Gold makes organic garlic products and we were immediately seduced by the crunchy, toasty, and slightly sweet flavor of Garlic Gold’s garlic nuggets.

Garlic Gold, which they are called hand-crafted, artisanal, gourmet garlic food products, comes in the form of garlic nuggets, garlic oil, and garlic vinaigrettes. They use only certified organic ingredients in all of their garlic-themed products and with their product line so simple and straightforward, you’re sure to find a product that will become your kitchen’s main staple. Only problem is, they’re so delicious, that they won’t last long in your kitchen. Garlic Gold’s distinctive combination of organic garlic and organic cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil really sets the standard for all things garlic. Their garlic products can be enjoyed with virtually any dish or eaten alone, as my son and I find ourselves doing every time.

Garlic Gold began with a young chef and his chef dad in the hopes of developing something “garlicky” that can be enjoyed by everyone and everywhere. Their school project turned into a huge success when the likes of food icons David Rosengarten, Chef Emeril and Kath Younger tried Garlic Gold’s products and were instantly hooked. Garlic Gold’s products are hand-crafted to this day still and the simple concept of merging garlic and olive oil became more than just a condiment – it became a step above all other garlic condiments. When my son, my husband, and I first tasted Garlic Gold’s gold nuggets, we were so amazed at the incredibly wonderful taste of their garlic nuggets. When I read the ingredients, I was a bit surprised that it contained only organic garlic, and organic olive oil. I was imagining an array of salt additives or enhancers that made it so scrumptious, but I think what really made it excel in flavor was the fact that it was hand toasted to a perfect crunchiness. The crunch is just right – not too hard, and not too mushy. It was garlic heaven indeed!

I think what makes Garlic Gold products really exceptional is the fact that their ingredients are simple yet sophisticated. Most everyone knows the taste of garlic and yet with Garlic Gold, the garlic in their ingredients are sweeter and smoother with a slight undertone of bitterness to it. And the fact that organic extra virgin olive oil is used instead of regular cooking oil really helps with the garlic nuggets not being too greasy and the blend of olive and garlic flavor meshes perfectly. Their products are also really easy to use – you don’t even have to chop up the garlic yourself. Just add the garlic nuggets into prepared dishes or, you can add it while you’re cooking to give it that “secret” garlicky flavor everyone will be asking you about.

Garlic Gold currently carries the following products:

Garlic Gold – a blend of toasted organic garlic and organic extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle this over bread, vegetables, seafood, as a dip, or stir-fried into dishes and you’ll have an excellent taste of toasty garlic and olive oil flavor.

Garlic Gold Nuggets (Original, Italian Herb, Parmesan, and Sea Salt) – these are toasted with organic extra virgin olive oil to a perfect crunchiness! They are great sprinkled over rice, pasta, vegetables, soup, or eaten by itself.

Garlic Gold Oil – a blend of garlic and extra virgin olive oil in a delectable infusion. Use this in place of your regular olive oil to give it that unique garlicy flavor.

Garlic Gold Vinaigrettes (Meyer Lemon, Classic Balsamic, and Red Wine) – use this as you would with any vinaigrettes; as a dressing, a marinade, a dip, or however way you would like it.

Garlic Gold’s headquarters nestles in Ventura, California and they make and test all of their products in their “certified organic kitchen”. In their facility, they also create new and interesting recipes that can be found on their website: http://garlicgold.com/garlic-gold-recipes/. Their products can be found in most natural grocery stores and I’ve seen them in certain national supermarkets. You can also purchase their products online. Since I discovered Garlic Gold not too long ago, they sent me some of their products to try and review. I tried their entire line of Garlic Gold Nuggets and their Garlic Gold Oil and I have to say, their nuggets didn’t last very long in our cupboard. My son ate them all – he would sprinkle them on the palm of his hand or in his spoon and eat them straight up! Garlic Gold has also offered readers of Happymomblogger a 20% off discount at their online store for a limited time . Just enter: happymom20 in the “coupon code” area when you’re checking out. Here is the direct link to their website: http://garlicgold.com/. Trust me, you will not be disappointed at Garlic Gold’s delicious and ultra-scrumptious organic garlic condiments! Since garlic and olive oil has so many health benefits, why not try them in a different way? And if you have trouble getting your kids to eat anything – try sprinkling some Garlic Gold nuggets on their dishes – they’ll gobble up their food!

 Here is a dish I made with organic tofu, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onions, teriyaki sauce, and Garlic Gold Nuggets.

Here is a photo from their website: Sausage Spinach Fritatta.

Here is another photo from their website: Asparagus Rotini.

Hurry! The 20% off discount ends on July 28, 2011! Enter: happymom20 at checkout.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Eden Organic/Eden Foods – Products Worth Reviewing

When it comes to finding the right organic food, there are several key factors in mind. First, it should be certified by an independent organic certification board (which entails the strictest tests and assessments in order to qualify). Next , it should not contain any genetically-modified or genetically-engineered ingredients. And most importantly, it should not have been sprayed or treated with any harmful toxic pesticides. These are just among the many standards that an organic food should be considered as organic. And if you’re ever unsure, check the labels on the front or back of the package.

Eden Foods, which is one of the largest organic food company in  the US goes through a meticulous process to ensure that their food are made with organic and all-natural ingredients. Products that contain imported ingredients must also meet their requirements in order to remain as part of the Eden Foods family. For over 40 years, Eden Foods has sourced their ingredients and products from more than 300 family farms. And because Eden Foods is also a co-op owned coorporation, they frequently visit these family farms to ensure their standards are met as well as continuing a strong relationship. Currently Eden Foods makes the following products:

Beans (Canned and Dried), Chili, Condiments and Sweeteners, Edensoy (which is a fortified soy milk), Fruit and Juices, Japanese Traditional, Oils and Vinegars, Pasta, Rice and Beans, Snack Foods, Supplements and Concentrates, Teas, Tomatoes and Saurekraut, and Whole Grains.

Considering such a large variety of products to choose from, you can definitely find one that’ll become one of your kitchen staples. We’ve tried several of Eden Organic/Eden Foods products and we definitely have a few favorites. And most of their products are fairly easy to find – you can locate them at any natural grocery store and you can also order their products online: http://www.edenfoods.com/store/. Eden Foods wanted me to try and review a few of their products so I chose to try their Vanilla Edensoy Extra Organic Soymilk and their Organic Kamut Flakes. My son loved the Organic Soymilk right away and I was very pleased to know that the Vanilla Edensoy Extra Organic Soymilk is fortified with important nutrients and vitamins such as Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B-12, and Calcium.  They also added Naturally Malted Organic Wheat and Barley Extract for extra fiber and flavor. To me, it didn’t taste like your traditional soymilk at first sip, but that’s because of the barley and wheat extracts added into it. And it’s not too sweet so that’s an additional benefit as well. You can buy their Edensoy in an 8.45oz size which is great for on the go and for little kids and in the larger 32oz. size. It’s also contained in aseptic packaging so it doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge until after opening. Aseptic packaging is also recyclable and leaves little to no environmental impact. And I like the fact that it has a single straw hole on top so that none of the beverage can spill out.

The Organic Kamut Flakes was something I’ve never tried before and since I’ve only heard about Kamut, I thought it would be interesting to give it a try. Eden Foods Organic Kamut Flakes are made from organically grown Khorasan wheat. What is Khorasan wheat you may ask? Here is Eden Foods description: Khorasan Triticum turanicum is an ancient grain with plump golden kernels that are about 3 times the size of modern wheat. Sometimes called King Tut’s wheat, kamut is native to Asia Minor and Egypt. It is closely related to spelt and a distant relative of durum wheat. Introduced to America by an organic farmer in Montana in the 1940s, Khorasan wheat is a rare non-hybrid grain offering the highest protein of any wheat. When I first looked at it, it resembled a really LARGE oat flake. In fact, it was so much bigger, it was really cute in a strange way. And it also tastes a bit like oat and spelt but it definitely has its own character and flavor. You can use Kamut flakes in most baked goods, as a hot cereal, as muesli, granola, and confections. I’ve only eaten it as a hot cereal so far but will indeed try it in my cookies or bread!

As a world leading manufacturer of organic and all-natural food, Eden also promises that none of their Organic Beans, Refried Beans, Chilies and Rice & Beans are cooked in steel cans coated with bisphenol-A or(BPA). In fact, their cans are coated with a baked on oleoresinous c-enamel that is much safer and come from extracts of various plants. Eden Foods was the first company to introduce non-BPA cans into the canned food industry via the huge canning supplier, Ball Corp. This is a big step for Eden Foods considering BPA has recently been discovered to cause extreme health issues for humans. I personally try to buy products that are guaranteed to be BPA-free, but there are still so many companies out there who haven’t changed their packaging process.

If you’ve never heard of Eden Foods or Eden Organics, please visit their website to learn more about them: http://www.edenfoods.com/. Not only are they one of the largest supplier of organic foods in the US, but they are also adamant in their environmental practices and beliefs. They are also rated as highest in food safety and they are socially responsible in that they believe in fair pay and fair treatment of all their farmers.

Currently, due to the earthquake in Japan, some of Eden Foods products that are imported from Japan are under strict scrutiny. They stated that they are doing consistent testing of their suppliers in the parts affected in Japan and will continue to do so to ensure upmost safety and quality of their imported Japanese products. For more info, please visit: http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=199.

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