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Healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

Healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

I’m really trying to be better about having breakfast. Dubbed forever as ‘the most important meal of the day,’ I notice that I get super cranky or my stomach has a life of its own if I don’t eat something in the AM. With three […]

Healthy, Gluten-Free Pancakes to Start the Day

Healthy, Gluten-Free Pancakes to Start the Day

While I love breakfast, it’s not always the healthiest option, or if there are healthy alternatives, they tend to take time to prepare. I just discovered an awesome way to meld both of those needs after sampling some delicious pancakes from Simple Mills Pancake & Waffle […]

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options with Teff Porridge

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options with Teff Porridge

While We love breakfast, it is often connected with foods that are typically carb and sugar heavy. While low-suagr granola and oatmeal are go-to staples on most days, we have to admit: we get bored of those options, too! Enter a new way to mix up your breakfast options with a hearty and super healthy bowl of Teff porridge. Now, we never heard of Teff prior to trying it out, so we were pretty excited to try out this ancient whole grain from Pereg Natural Foods, a producer of premium, all natural spices and spice blends, gluten free pastas, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereals, ancient grains, quinoa products, and much more. This also includes products that are kosher certified dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives.

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options Teff Porridge

Available in brown or ivory varieties as well as mixed with nuts and berries or with chocolate, we tried out the ivory line that according to Pereg “can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads to muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up for a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish.” We decided to boil it with some milk and cinnamon that we topped with berries and some pumpkin seeds. Ready in around 15 minutes, we were so into its nutty flavor that also gluten-free, rich with protein, iron, calcium and amino acids. Ready to upgrade your boring breakfast routine? Check out our easy teff morning porridge for a delicious new way to enjoy breakfast without the sugar!

Easy Teff Breakfast Porridge

Teff porridge recipe: Healthy gluten-free breakfast option

Ingredients:

Teff
Cinnamon
Milk or water
Mixed berries
Topped with nuts-we used pumpkin seeds
Maple syrup, if desired

Easy Teff Breakfast Porridge

Directions:

Boil water or milk, as directed on the teff package. Sprinkle in some cinnamon into the mixture and add in your teff, let cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When cooked, let cool for five minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add in your berries, nuts, coconut flakes and maple syrup. Enjoy!

Pereg Natural Foods also has a new line of Kaňiwa (baby quinoa) as well as new blends and flavor infused varieties of freekeh farro, basmati rice and quinoa that are worth checking out. Stay tuned: we will be sharing a dinner recipe featuring their Kaňiwa soon!

Follow Pereg Natural Foods on Facebook.com/peregnatural, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

We were provided with a sample for review. Our opinions, as always, are our own.

Zen at Home for National Yoga Day

Zen at Home for National Yoga Day

Happy National Yoga Day! Maybe you found your inner zen at one of the many yoga events around NYC, at a local studio, or in the comfort of your own home. For those in the home category we just discovered Learn To Be Lean: A […]

Say Bye, Bye to Bug Bites this Summer with U.S. Organic’s Anti Bug Spray Line

Say Bye, Bye to Bug Bites this Summer with U.S. Organic’s Anti Bug Spray Line

Bugs! They are everywhere, and so, so annoying! While sun protection is an obvious factor of the summer, so is protecting your skin from bug bites–some of which can be harmful, like ticks and certain mosquitos! That’s why I was so psyched to learn more about […]

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

As a busy mom on-the-go I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can pack for myself and my kids during whatever adventure we may venture on. While I do love me some fruit and nuts, there’s now another option to add to your ever-growing magic of tricks with Fawen, a collection of ready-todrink vegan soups. Yes, drinkable soups!

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Packed with tons of fiber, vitamins and minerals, the innovative Fawen line contains three flavors, including: Beet & Purple Cabbage with Cumin; Broccoli & Cauliflower with Turmeric and Sweet Potato and Red Lentil with Cinnamon. This can be enjoyed chilled, hot or room temp to enable you to get a burst of nutrients without any of the timely prep that comes with soup-making. We recently had the chance to try out the line, and I was surprised by how the soups were so rich and full of flavor, which isn’t normally the case with packaged soups. They were light, delicious, and of course, so convenient that made it super easy to enjoy a healthy snack. Additional benefits of the soup: zero artificial preservatives, sweeteners, additives, cholesterol, and GMO’s; fiber from whole vegetables – never juiced or pressed;  certified Gluten-Free, Organic, Vegan and Kosher; loaded with 16 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidant; and every batch is made with hydrating coconut water, coconut milk, and virgin coconut oil that work together with filtered water to form the perfect alkaline base and bring balance and vitality to the body and mind.

An incredible power snack, Fawen is the perfect new soup to satisfy and nourish everyone who wants a boost of nutrition.

The soups are now available at drinkfawen.com in 6 pack and 12 pack cases. The collection is now rolling out to stores on the East Coast and available online: DrinkFawen.com and Amazon.com

We were provided with samples for review. All opinions are our own.

 

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Working out is one of those challenges that we are all trying to figure out. We know that we are supposed to work out but the list of excuses (kids, no time, work, and so on) can rule whether we get our sweat in or not. […]

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

As much as we try to do our very best when it comes to eating healthy, we have to admit it: we have a huge sweet tooth! And while we are all about wholesome eats, we still want a treat every now and again, cause, […]

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

By now it’s safe to say that most of us have tried granola at some point in our lives. While this isn’t a new food, there are definitely variations of this classic breakfast option that covers a wide-range of choice! Hooray to advances in granola. The problem with some varieties are that they are loaded with added sugars that don’t always make this the best option to start your day. Along with the sugar-ladded varieties, there are tons of healthier options that even include grain-free varieties! We just had the chance to try out such a variety with the new grain-free Coconola line from GrandyOats.

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

As a company that has handcrafted granola since 1979 (along with muesli, trail mix, roasted nuts and hot cereals in rural Main), they recently introduced a new line of gluten free granolas with a base of coconut that’s been touted for it’s nutritional benefits such as for energy, fiber and healthy fats including MCT. This, along with the combo of the nuts, makes for a super healthy and powerful way to start your day.

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

We had the opportunity to test out a few of these new granolas and were amazed at how good they were without having any traditional oats in them. One of our favorites is the Original, Super Hemp Blend, a variety that contains organic: unsweetened coconut, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, sesame seeds, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla! Paired with some yogurt, blueberries and a drizzle of some of our morning smoothie made for a satisfying and incredible option for breakfast. This variety wasn’t too sweet and provided the right amount of crunch that paired amazingly with the variety of nuts in the granola. A seriously addictive blend, we’ve also been stashing them in our bags for a mid-day snack or to top on our salads and smoothies. It’s super versatile and incredible tasty that can easily be enjoyed throughout the day.

Additional varieties in the Coconola line include the Original Coconola and the Chocolate Chunk Coconola, a healthy and satisfying sweet treat made with rganic: unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut syrup, dark chocolate, sesame seeds, pecans, cashews, maple syrup and vanilla.

Additionally, all of the “oats” in the grain-free line are “certified organic, gluten-free and paleo; non-GMO; small batch; high protein; oil-free; salt-free; kosher; low sugar; and socially responsible,” as stated by Aaron Anker, Chief Granola Officer for GrandyOats.

And another cool aspect of the company is that their bakery is solar powered where they have 288 solar panels next to the bakery generate enough clean, renewable energy to produce millions of pounds of granola and offset over 145,000 pounds of greenhouse gases each year. With a focus on social consciousness, they source the most wholesome organic ingredients and partner with local, organic, and non-GMO producers. A fantastic granola from a company that cares, we fully support and love the incredible varieties from their new grain-free line, and think you will, too!

All 3 varieties of Coconola are offered in 9 oz. re-sealable pouches for a SRP of $7.99. A wide range of GrandyOats organic cereals and snacks in a variety of sizes are available nationwide at natural food stores, food cooperatives, major grocery chains, online retailers and www.GrandyOats.com.

We were provided samples for review. All opinions are our own.

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

We don’t know about you but as of late our hands and legs have been akin to sandpaper. Since the changing of the seasons and general dryness are definitely not winning combos we have been on the hunt for a body lotion that means business with […]