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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Foods & Drinks for the Health Conscious

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As you know, I am a big fan and supporter of organic living, including serving only natural and organic foods to my family! But this doesn't mean the food tastes any less tasty or that you can't have your favorite foods!

Check out all the great natural and organic companies and products below and watch as your mouth waters as you read about them! They are a great way to stay healthy this holiday season and not sacrifice health for taste!

Ozery Bakery 

Organic OneBuns

Like a good burger, maybe a tuna melt or sandwich or just like the thinner look of thin buns? Then let me recommend Ozery Bakery and their organic OneBuns!

The Organic OneBun is USDA Certified and are crafted with care in small batches, and contain absolutely nothing artificial.
They offer two varieties: Spelt and Wheat:

The Organic Spelt OneBuns are full of ancient grain goodness. Heart Healthy and low in fat, they are also a source of fiber and contain nothing artificial.

The  Organic Wheat OneBuns are packed with all natural goodness. They are Heart Healthy, tasty, a good source of fiber and contain nothing artificial.

You can purchase OneBuns at a local retailer near you!

Wild Planet

Looking for some healthy and safe tuna or salmon to go on those tasty Ozery Bakery OneBuns? We use only Wild Planet on our tuna sandwiches and melts!

Wild Planet is committed to providing the finest tasting sustainably caught seafood while supporting the conservation of wild marine ecosystems.

Wild Planet offers a full line of top quality seafood with fresh-from-the-sea flavor. In order to adhere to the highest standards of sustainability possible, each product is carefully researched according to the reports generated by leading environmental organizations. From their great tasting Tuna, Salmon and Sardines to the brand new White Anchovies, you’ll agree that nothing compares to the flavor, nutrition and value offered by Wild Planet!

Our favorites are the Salmon and Tuna offered by Wild Planet!

The Wild Pacific Sockeye and Wild Alaska Pink Salmon are caught in icy waters by local fishing families. The skinless, boneless fillets are hand-packed and cooked just once to retain all of their nutrients and natural juices. This Omega 3-rich fish is delicious straight from the can or tossed into a salad for a quick, easy meal.

Wild Planet tuna is a delicious, healthy way to enjoy tuna straight from the can. Available in Albacore or Skipjack Light, all of their tuna is cooked just once in the can, retaining all of its natural juices and Omega 3 oils, and is packed in cans with no added water or oil. The smaller fish they catch are lower in mercury; the firm texture and rich, clean taste of Wild Planet will be the perfect addition to all of your favorite recipes. For those on the go they offer the convenience of single-serve pouches which are perfect for travel, school or work or stashed in your gym bag for a protein-packed, post-workout snack.

Wild Planet products can be purchased online or at a local retailer. 

Plum Organic

When you are looking to feed your baby and toddler healthy, organic and natural food, look to our favorite baby food brand: Plum Organics! They are offering two new product lines: Grow Well and Mighty Veggie. 

Grow Well is the first product line of its kind: functional baby food pouches featuring unique recipes that combine nutrient-rich ingredients to help with critical growth areas & deliver key nutritional benefits (Bone, DHA, Muscle and Tummy).

Mighty Veggie is made especially for tots, with a full serving of garden-inspired veggies & nourishing whole grains in each pouch – the perfect snack for little ones on-the-go.

You can purchase Plum Organics online or at a local retailer. 

La Tourangelle 

Organic Oils

This holiday season La Tourangelle has come out with a trio of oils and spray oils as customizable gifts. The artisan oil company presses all of its oils utilizing 150 year-old French techniques and all of the oils are non-GMO and contain 100% oil with no preservatives. 

Mix and match any three of La Tourangelle’s signature nut oils to make the ideal gift for the home cook under the tree. Choose from either nine different 250 mL oils (avocado, walnut, pumpkin seed oil and others) or eight non-propellant spray oils (contained in a bag surrounded by compressed air instead of harmful propellants commonly found in aerosol sprays).

Our favorite oils from La Tourangelle are the Virgin Coconut Oil, 100% organic extra virgin olive spray oil and the organic canola oil. We use them all the time and LOVE them! They are definitely a necessity as we start our holiday baking!

Olive oil lovers can now rejoice as La Tourangelle has released our first ever 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive Spray Oil perfect for the at-home chef’s daily use. Take care in knowing that our extra virgin olive oil is cold extracted from organically grown Picual olives harvested exclusively in a single family-owned estate in AndalucĂ­a, Spain. The result is a well-balanced, intense and fruity extra virgin olive oil with hints of freshly cut grass, almond and fresh olive leaves with a light peppery finish.

La Tourangelle Organic Canola Oil comes from expeller-pressed GMO-free organic canola seeds, grown and processed without the use of any pesticide or chemicals.

La Tourangelle 100% organic, virgin and unrefined coconut oil is fresh and delicious. It is made from organic coconuts which are expeller-pressed within 4 days of being harvested by hand.

You can purchase all La Tourangelle oils online from their website

Veri Soda

And for all the soda drinkers out there that just can't kick the habit, check out this organic version that I think really does taste similar to the other mainstream brands!

Veri Soda is the first full line of USDA Certified Organic, low-calorie sodas in the U.S. and is offered in four traditional flavors: Cola, Ginger Ale, Lemon Lime, and Orange.

Particularly during the holidays when unique offerings are enjoyed, Veri Soda offers party guests a beverage that is sparkling, tasty, and miraculously low in calories. It is also great for people looking to be more healthy in 2016, but who are unable or unwilling to give up their soda habit.

Experts insisted that a soda with no additives or preservatives would have a shelf life shorter than a Hollywood marriage. Some argued that eliminating 65% of the calories was the same as eliminating most of the taste. Others said it was impossible: a soda with no artificial colors, no artificial aromas, no artificial flavoring and no artificial sweeteners? No way.

Veri is a USDA certified organic and low-calorie soda sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic stevia. Veri returns sodas to their true uncompromised taste with premium organic ingredients. They didn’t settle for “natural.” Natural is not Organic. The result, flavorful drinks that can be enjoyed without reservation — without high calories, artificial ingredients or added chemicals.

You can purchase Veri Soda at a local retailer.


And chocoholics, I DIDN'T FORGET YOU!!! If you are looking for a natural, eco-friendly chocolate that uses wildlife-friendly ingredients, look no further than Nuubia!

Nuubia is the world’s first confectioner devoted to sourcing humane, sustainable and wildlife friendly ingredients. Most chocolate companies use palm oil as a main ingredient, but the cultivating of palms is highly destructive of the environment and the animals that live in it. Nuubia found a way to make ganache without the use of palm oil – not an easy feat – and is also launching the Chocolate Wildlife Project, which provides palm farmers with a viable source of income for eco-friendly farming practices.

Signature offerings include fresh squeezed lime juice with vanilla bonbons, Caramelized Hazelnut Spread Sauce that can rival just about any Nutella out there and Johnny Walker Black Espresso Ganache Half Spheres.

Check out three of my favorite Nuubia offerings:

Sea Salt Caramels

Chewy balanced caramel with a touch of sea salt enrobed in a thin layer of dark chocolate. This is what caramels are supposed to taste like!

Dark Chocolate Pralines

Pralines are a mixture of fine chocolate with crushed caramelized nuts.

The Assortment of pralines include almond & hazelnut coriander, salted peanut, pistachio marzipan, hazelnut crispy, pecan, and cashew.

Intense Dark Chocolates

These dark truffles feature a dark rich ganache hand piped into a dark chocolate shell, drenched in dark chocolate and then dusted with cocoa powder. Made with a single origin intense 70% dark chocolate.

A chocoholic's delight!

All Nuubia chocolates are available nationally online.

So don't worry this holiday season - YOU can eat healthy, organically and naturally without sacrificing taste, your sweet tooth or even your soda habit!!!

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