Mark your calendars for a day of delicious, energy boosting indulgence on August 31, which is National Trail Mix Day! Leading trail mix manufacturer SunRidge Farms is encouraging Americans to hit the trail, grab their bikes or plan a hike, and take along this healthful snack that provides a quick carbohydrate-fueled boost paired with sustained energy from the heart-healthy fats found in many nuts included in trail mix.

Fun Trail Mix Facts:

Trail mix has been eaten by Native Americans for thousands of years, and originally included buffalo meat.

Trail mix is featured in Jack Kerouac’s iconic 1958 novel The Dharma Bums.

Trail mix is the favorite healthy snack of celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Blake Lively.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott munched trail mix to maintain his energy while trekking through the snow in 1901 during his attempt to conquer the Antarctic.

Trail mix is known as Scroggin in Australia, Studentenfutter in Denmark and Pink Buggie in Canada. Each version contains ingredients as unique as their names suggest. ·

Tips to Help You Enjoy National Trail Mix Day:

At Work: Ditch the sweets and grab a nutritional trail mix for your afternoon snack to keep your energy sustained. Try an organic s such as Organic Cranberry Harvest Mix.

For A Natural Energy Boost: Hit the trail for a lunchtime walk or jog, armed with your favorite energizing mix, such as SunRidge Farms’ Hit the Trail Mix.

With Your Kids: Fuel your kids with a fun and natural trail mix such as Berries and Chocolate Antioxidant Mix, rather than candy or chips.

*Image and tips provided by SunRidge Farms, which produces more than 20 varieties of trail mix available in more than 5,500 stores across the country and online at www.sunridgefarms.com.

Sunday brunch calls with this delightfully delicious French toast stuffed with goodness from French Meadows Bakery! Why wait for Sunday?

GLUTEN-FREE VANILLA FLAX FRENCH TOAST

Ingredients

2 pieces French Meadow Bakery Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread

1 egg

¼ cup skim milk (“Mom” prefers organic)

1 tablespoon ground flax

½ teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

Whisk egg, milk, flax and vanilla together. Heat sprayed pan over medium heat. Place bread in egg mixture and coat both sides. Place bread in hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve with yogurt, fresh berries or syrup!

*Recipe and image courtesy of French Meadows Bakery, internationally recognized as a leading provider of naturally delicious and nutritious bakery products and desserts that suit a variety of dietary needs, such as certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, yeast-free and kosher.*

OMG. Eco-conscious tweens and teens will love storing all of their personal items in this water resistant IM Text Shower Tote from KangaRoom Storage! Carting items to and from the shower, whether in the locker room or at home, becomes a breeze – the IM Text Shower Tote features eight small outside pockets and one large center pocket to hold all the necessities. The center pocket is big enough to hold a hair dryer, curling iron, or flat iron, if desired.

Made of 100% recycled materials, this durable tote also features grommets on the bottom for drainage while showering. Moms’ of little QT’s can also stash bath toys, soaps, shampoos, and other items in the shower tote to keep everything neat and tidy between baths. The IM Text Shower Tote costs an affordable $7.99, and can be found online.

For other products in the KangaRoom IM Text line of recycled organizational items, check out their website at www.kangaroomstorage.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is loving these link picks!

Make your own natural baby bum balm to soothe diaper rash on Baboo Baby!

Fresh Basil Aromatherapy on Earth Mama Angel Baby.

Top 55 Eco-friendly Tips You Need to Know – Save Energy, Money, and Sustain Our Planet on PlanetWell.com.

Repurpose or Reuse Common Household Items in Your Home Decor on Eco-Chick.

Tangy, zesty, and full of flavor – this simple soup from features hummus. Yes – hummus!

Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Soup

Ingredients

6 red bell peppers

1 large onion, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

5 cups chicken or vegetable stock (“Mom” prefers organic vegetable broth)

1 package Sonny & Joe’s® Hot Enough Hummus

1 6-oz can of tomato paste

1 cup heavy cream OR non-dairy alternative such as Almond Breeze or Soymilk

Bouquet Garni: Fresh thyme, rosemary, bayleaf

Preparation

Roast peppers until skin darkens. Peel, seed and chop.

Heat oil in saucepan, and saute onion until soft.

Add red pepper, stock, bouquet garni, let simmer for 20 minutes, remove from heat, discard bouquet garni.

In food processor, combine hummus, tomato paste, cream or non-dairy substitute. Blend until smooth.

Gradually add to soup and cook for at least 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.

Garnish with reserved hummus and thyme sprig.

*Recipe and image courtesy of www.sonnyandjoes.com.*

Are summer rain showers and thunderstorms causing your beloved four-legged friend to have muddy, filthy paws? In between baths, Earth Friendly Products Pet Wipes are perfect for cleaning dirty paws and conditioning your pet’s coat. These pre-moistened wipes contain Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help cleanse, deodorize and reduce dander – naturally! Made from plants and petrochemical free, the wipes can be used to gently clean paws, the coat, rear end (yes, accidents happen!) and other areas. Pet owners who have a hard time bathing their furry friend will rejoice – these wipes smell fantastic and work wonders on your pet!

The wipes can be used safely on cats, dogs, and other small animals. To locate q retailer near you, or to purchase, please visit www.ecos.com. Earth Friendly Products offers a full line of natural pet products, as well, from shampoo to laundry detergent, specifically formulated for pets’ needs.

*Company generously provided samples and image for this review.*

From Earth Mama Angel Baby® comes this wonderful (and FREE!) resource for moms-to-be and nursing moms – A Comprehensive Guide to Herbs and Breastfeeding. This practical guide is jam-packed with tips and advice to mothers who plan to breastfeed or are nursing their babies. An essential reference for every mom, click here to download your copy.

In addition, Earth Mama Angel Baby® is offering Tiny Green Mom readers a 20% disocunt on their Organic Milkmaid Tea. Simply use the code Milkmaid20 upon checkout.

*This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

An interesting combination of celery, smoked almond, sesame seeds, and tofu creates a lovely Asian-inspired salad from Linda Eckhardt of The Silver Cloud Diet. Elegant and refreshing!

Celery, Smoked Almond, Sesame and Tofu Salad with Ginger Dressing

Ingredients

1 (14-ounce) block of firm tofu
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
4 large celery ribs
2 tablespoons smoked almonds
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation

Rinse tofu and pat dry, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices in 1 layer on a triple thickness of paper towels, then cover with another triple thickness of paper towels. Put a small baking sheet on top of tofu and weight with 3 (1-lb) cans (this removes excess moisture), 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together oils, vinegar, soy sauce, pepper and ginger in a large bowl. Trim celery, then peel with a vegetable peeler and slice very thin diagonally. Cut tofu crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide sticks and transfer to a bowl. Toss gently with dressing, celery, almonds, sesame seeds, and salt to taste.

*Recipe courtesy of Linda Eckhardt of the Silver Cloud Diet. Please visit The Silver Cloud Diet for more delightfully simple and healthy recipes!*

Kiwi Magazine is offering some fabulous deals on their website, www.kiwimagonline.com. One of “Mom’s” favorites, Rosie Hippo, is featured with a 15% discount on your purchase! Head on over today to see what great deals await you from Kiwi Magazine.

Image provided by Rosie Hippo. This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

Too cute! Let your child’s personality shine with their own personalized pacifier from MyPacifier.com! Simply pick the personalization – from your daughter or son’s name, date of birth or funny anecdote – and place it on the pacifier of choice. MyPacifier™ offers BPA-free orthodontic pacifiers, symmetrical pacifiers, round pacifiers, or the Nuby style, with teeny, tiny stars or flowers placed on the sides. In addition, MyPacifier™ permanently engraves your little one’s name, nickname or quirky saying on the pacifier, so that it cannot be worn off after repeated use and sterilizations! In addition, parents do not have to worry that their child’s pacifier will become lost or end up in the mouth of another child at while at daycare! Can you tell that this adorable find was created by a mom?

These super cute pacifers make a wonderful baby shower or birthday gift that new moms will go gaga over! To order a set of 3 personalized pacifiers of your choice, please visit MyPacifier.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*