Rich in Omega 3’s, fiber, and magnesium, organic and fair-trade Himalania chia seeds are grown in Peru. A popular seed used in cereals, chia seeds are also used as an egg replacement because the seeds when moistened expand into a gel-like texture that helps bind and elevate foods together. But beyond using chia seeds as a nutritional boost, leavening agent, or binder for cereals, puddings and baked goods, chia seeds are also a great tasting snack food, especially when they are covered in rich, dark chocolate. Read more
With the holidays behind us, we all strive to make healthier choices in the new year although our cravings don’t just magically go away when the calendar flips from December to January.
We still want sweet, delicious, crunchy snacks but instead of eating that whole bag of kettlecorn that keeps staring at you from the pantry, consider Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries by Homegrown Organic Farms (HGO) – part of a family of companies representing 80 different organic growers farming more than 4,000 acres in California. Read more
The Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffle by Buckleberry Foods is a sinfully delicious plant-based and gluten-free dessert truffle made of almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil, oats, cocoa and sea salt.
Made by Buckleberry Foods of Warren, Rhode Island, Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffles look like mini cupcakes and taste like a cross between an almond butter “peanut butter cup” and a chocolate truffle. Rich, nutty, and bursting with chocolate, the Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffle is, as the company says “indulgence in its purest form.” Read more
After all these years, we are still Crunchy Granola People.
At the southeastern tip of Vermont is a town called Brattleboro where a family-owned bakery of self-described “crunchy granola people” makes some of the most delicious and nutritious granolas on the market.
Using only non-GMO certified organic ingredients, Back Roads Granola is also noteworthy for what they don’t use: sugar, salt, canola oil, and no wheat products (all the granolas are certified gluten-free). Instead, the company uses Vermont maple syrup and honey to add a slight sweetness to the granola along with a touch of sunflower oil. Read more
In my ongoing search for a healthier alternative to the sugary and additive filled confections offered in supermarkets, I came upon Nelly’s Organics: a line of scrumptious certified organic candy bars in the refrigerated section of a Fresh Market that sell for just $2.99 a bar (note: most certified organic chocolate bars cost two or three times as much). With no preservatives (which is why they are in the refrigerated section), additives, dyes, powders, fillers, by-products, nutritional supplements, or added stimulants, Nelly’s Organics contain real ingredients that have been certified organic. Read more
Looking for a heathy and delicious holiday gift? Check out Dardimans California Fruit Crisp selection: dehydrated fruit with no added sugar or preservatives. Naturally sweet, delicious, and crunchy, and with 13 fruits to choose from (orange, blood orange, mandarin orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, strawberry, Granny Smith apple, pear, peach, persimmon, tomato, and Hawaiian pineapple slices), Dardimans California Fruit Crisps offer something for everyone.
Enjoy the fruit crisps as is or add to your favorite cereal or granola. For a special treat dip half the fruit crisp in your favorite melted dark chocolate and allow to dry on a piece of parchment paper. Read more
Pretzels are a part of the landscape of New York City and, yet all pretzels are not created equal. Those hard, dry and tasteless pretzels sold on virtually every street corner taste like cardboard and make people wonder what the fuss is all about. Surely New York can do better than that…and, they do but you have to know where to find them. Read more
One of the many traditions during the holiday season is to enjoy chocolate bark – a sheet of chocolate with nuts, dried fruits, pretzels, chips, or candy blended in. Although peppermint bark is one of the most popular treats during the holiday season, chocolate hazelnut bark or chocolate bark made with roasted hazelnuts is growing in popularity because the hazelnut (also known as a filbert) is naturally sweet with a rich, nutty, and versatile flavor that goes well with dark chocolate. Read more