Drink to your health! Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages offers 4 refreshing organic beverages sweetened solely with USDA Certified Organic honey that really quench your thirst. Developed by CEO David Luks, these delightful drinks contain absolutely no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, no artificial flavors, chemicals or other additives.

Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages is available in 4 delicious flavors, depending on your need; Bee Strong, Bee Alive and Bee Calm. Bee Strong is a fruity mixture of blueberry juice and honey, filled with antioxidants from both the blueberries and organic honey which make you “strong.” Bee Alive is a unique combination of blood orange juice and organic honey, containing 100% Vitamin C to boost your immunity and make you feel “alive.” Bee Calm helps to soothe and calm the nerves, with its’ blend of chamomile tea and organic honey. Bee Good is the newest flavor combination added to the line-up. It is a lovely blend of organic apples and organic honey, simplicity at its’ best! “Mom’s” favorite flavor? Bee Strong! The blueberry adds just the right amount of flavor to tantalize the taste buds!

Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages can be purchased nationwide at Whole Foods Market. To learn more about the benefits of honey, please visit www.honeydrop.com.

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

Scooped out the flesh of the pumpkin you were carving for Halloween, but don’t want to discard the remnants or the pumpkin seeds? Use them for this tasty Autumn recipe from Linda West Eckhardt, of the Silver Cloud Diet.

Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

1 small sugar pumpkin (OR 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree)

1 quart light cream (“Mom” prefers plain Soymilk creamer)

1 quart chicken broth OR water

1 large sweet yellow onion, finely chopped

6 pieces bacon (“Mom” prefers turkey or soy bacon)

1 pound French green beans (fresh or frozen)

1 cup shiritaki noodles (optional)

½ teaspoon thyme leaves

¼ teaspoon rosemary needles chopped

¼ teaspoon oregano leaves

4 tablespoons sour cream

½ cup grated gouda cheese

Preparation

Precook the pumpkin, whole in the microwave for about 10 minutes. Cut it open, place seeds on a baking sheet and set them aside for roasting*.

Scoop out pumpkin flesh into a soup pot, add cream and water and cook about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry bacon in a skillet until crisp tender. Pour bacon fat into the soup. Crumble the bacon pieces and set aside.

Add green beans and shiritaki noodles* to the soup whole then add herbs and cook until the beans are tender, about 4 minutes for frozen, or up to 10 minutes for whole. Adjust seasonings with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Stir in sour cream and cheese.

To serve, scoop into soup bowls, then top with crisp bacon crumbles and roasted pumpkin seeds.

To roast pumpkin seeds arrange in a single layer on a baking dish. Top with butter and season with salt and pepper. Add a shot of chile powder. Roast in a hot oven, just until crisp, about 5 minutes. Set aside until serving time.

Shiritaki noodles are available at your Chinese grocers or at www.miraclenoodle.com.

*Recipe courtesy of the Silver Cloud Diet.*

Happy Halloween from kokopax!

Their adorable little monkey, koko, would like to invite you to send photos of your adorable little monkey for Halloween. Simply post a photo on the kokopax Facebook page and tell them you have signed up on their page to “like” kokopax and you will have the chance to win one of three koko monkey/pax protector packages or the grand prize of a kokopax Classic Carrier.

Good luck!

*Image courtesy of kokopax.*

Save on nature’s perfect superfood! Voskos Greek Yogurt offers a printable $0.75 off coupon on their website, just in time for healthy holiday snacking! You can print the coupon here.

*Image courtesy of Voskos. This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

Launched in 2009 by David Luks, Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages offers delightful, organic honey infused juices and tea. Very light and refreshing, the beverages were developed out of necessity by David Luks. Read his inspiring story below!

An Interview With Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages Founder, David Luks

Tell Us About Your Eco-Inspired Company.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Fortunately, I was able to survive that scare and due to my diagnosis, started to learn about the benefits of an organic and natural lifestyle. In 2008, while reading research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Memphis, I learned honey has many medicinal benefits such as:

  • Honey alleviates sore throats, soothes throat better an any cough syrup, protects against chronic conditions such as obesity and hypertension
  • Honey is lower on the glycemic index (64) relative to sugar (100), making it an attractive sweetener for diabetics
  • An alternative for athletes as it contains glucose and fructose; glucose burns slow for lasting energy, and fructose burns fast for instant energy and performance.
  • Honey also naturally contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

In 2009, I launched Honeydrop Beverages. Honeydrop currently includes three organic honey infused organic juices and one tea. They contain only 40 calories per serving (2 servings per 16.9 oz PBA-free, recyclable bottle). Each bottle has a ‘spoonful’ of honey with these heavenly flavors (more on the way by December 2010):

1. Bee Alive – Blood Orange

2. Bee Calm – Chamomile

3. Bee Strong – Blueberry

The flavors are USDA Organic Certified, sweetened ONLY with a spoonful of organic honey from Brazil. Honeydrop cannot use local honey because US farms do not have the 2-mile ‘drift” into crop that is required for certified organic requirements. Honeydrop also does not use honey with GMO’s (genetically modified organisms).
How Do You Choose To Go Green in Your Own life?

Getting diagnosed with cancer really scared me. I started to think about the choices I made in life, and specifically the hormones and genetically modified foods I was eating relative to my cancer diagnosis. Getting cancer was the worst but best thing for me as it made me “go green” with my life.

Guilty Green Pleasure?

Organic Vanilla Bean and Honey Ice Cream!

Can You Offer Any Encouraging Words For Those With a Small Sustainable Business?

Keep at it. It is very hard starting a small business, and one that is sustainable that might have access to less available ingredients or supplies. Nevertheless, it is important work that helps everyone who touches it.

*Image provided by Honeydrop Beverages.*

Scare the guilt away with this light, low-fat chocolate & vanilla pie made with Voskos Greek Yogurt. Prep time is only 5 minutes – it can be made the day ahead for any upcoming Halloween party!

Voskos Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Pie
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients
1 Organic Chocolate Graham Crust (Oreo if you must)
1 8 ounce Organic Whipped Topping
2 8 ounce Voskos Greek Yogurt Non-Fat Vanilla Bean yogurt (Any Voskos Flavor or Plain will work, too!)
1/2 – 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Dagoba Organic Dark Chocolate (59%) Bar optional for topping.

Preparation
Gently combine whipped topping and yogurt in a large bowl until well blended. Do not use a mixer. Mix by hand only until well blended.

Pour into graham cracker crust. Grate chocolate shavings on top for presentation. Break some into chunks on top.

Place in refrigerator (uncovered) at least two hours or until set. 24 hours is best.

Total Time (median): 2 Hours Active Time: 5 minutes

*Recipe and image courtesy of Ward W. Bond, Ph.D.

Websites: www.drwardbond.com and www.nutritional-living.com.*

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

I’ll Be Happy When….” on Conscious Transitions. Definitely a great reminder on living in the moment!

Tasty treat-sized Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars from Natures Path – a healthier option to hand out on Halloween!

Healthy Halloween Foods on About.com. Spaghetti and Red Sauce poses as blood and guts – who knew?!

A Safe and Spooktacular Halloween on Kidshealth.org.

*Image courtesy of Nature’s Path.*

Get into the Halloween spirit with these creepy-licious cookies made with Sun-Maid Raisins and oats!

Spider Cookie Pops

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened (“Mom” prefers organic)
1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6-ounces (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (“Mom” prefers organic)
2 cups all-purpose flour (“Mom” prefers unbleached flour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2-1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
3 dozen craft sticks or popsicle sticks
Decorating glaze (recipe below)
Colored icing tubes or pens (“Mom” prefers to use Natural Decorating Colors by India Tree.)

Preparation
HEAT oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
COMBINE butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla; beat until well blended.
STIR in melted chocolate, flour and baking soda. Mix well.
MIX in oats and raisins.
SPACE sticks 4-inches apart on baking sheet. Drop a rounded 2-inch ball of dough onto the end of each stick. Butter the bottom of a glass, dip in flour, and gently press cookie dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining dough.
BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on pan 3 minutes. Remove with spatula to cool on wire racks.

Decorating Glaze

1/2 cup butter (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/4 cup milk (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 pound (about 3-1/2 cups) powdered sugar

Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add milk. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar. (Sift sugar first if it is lumpy.) Stir vigorously with a fork for 3 to 4 minutes until mixture turns white and opaque. Mixture should be thick, smooth and pourable; add ore milk or sugar if needed. Working quickly before glaze stiffens, generously spoon glaze over cookies allowing excess to run off edges. Let set until dry to the touch. Decorate.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sun-Maid.*

For those who want fresh, 100% natural tomatoes packaged in BPA-free cartons this winter when a trip to the farmer’s market for locally grown tomatoes in season is not possible, Pomi Tomatoes offers delicious options, straight from Italy! With a long shelf life, these vine-ripened tomatoes are bursting with flavor. “Mom’s” favorite dish to make with Pomi Tomatoes? Tomato and Basil Soup!

Why choose Pomi for all of your culinary needs this winter?

• Pomi is 100% all-natural and their tomatoes are grown without pesticides or herbicides
• Straight off the vine, fresh taste that has a long shelf life
• Pomi’s tomatoes are grown without the use of genetically modified seeds
• Pomi contains absolutely no preservatives, water added, artificial flavor, additives, or citric acid
• Low in sodium [10 mg. vs 250 – 400 mg sodium for Del Monte and Hunts]
• Non-Toxic, BPA-free and eco-friendly (www.pomi.us.com)
• Flavorful addition to chili, stews and soups!

Pomi can be found at supermarkets nationwide. To learn more about Pomi Tomatoes, please visit www.pomi.us.com.

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

Don’t you just love pinching the chubby cheeks of cute little babies? These chubby cheeks and big tummies are only cute when they are young as this is often normal because of the so-called “baby fat”. But when babies grow into toddlers and pre-schoolers, the baby fat should start to subside as they are more active during these stages. If that’s not the case with your child, better have it checked by a pediatrician as he/she may be a candidate for childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity has affected a large percentage of young kids and teens all over the world. This health condition is caused by frequent dining in fast food restaurants, excess consumption of junk foods, bigger food servings, playing videogames, watching TV instead of playing outside with friends, and shortening of physical education classes in school to give way to academic subjects. It is your responsibility as parents to help you children lose weight and this is what we are going to discuss in this article.

How to Help Your Children Lose Weight Naturally

Tip #1 Communication is the Key

Some things may seem uncontrollable because kids are getting more manipulative each day. But as parents, we need to be firm in implementing rules and promoting healthy living. To effectively do this, we must open the line of communication with our kids. Explain why they need to manage their weight, explain the risks and benefits involved, ask them how they want to do it, tell them how you want to do it, and meet half way. By doing so, the success rate will be high because kids will be more participative since they are involved with the planning.

Tip #2 Allocate Time for Family Day

An average adult works around 8 hours a day and 5 days a week; why not give at least one of the weekends to your child? Organize bonding activities on weekends where you get to have fun with your kids while burning some calories.

Children loves water, bring them to a nearby beach; swimming is a good calorie burner because it requires both the upper and lower body to work. Other great activities include, camping, hiking, mountain biking, jogging, or simply playing in the park.

Tip #3 Find Smart Alternative Snacks

Is your two year old toddler’s pet name “Pacman” because she eats almost anything in her way? It may seem funny, but this may be of concern because this may result in obesity if you don’t act soon.

Consult your pediatrician, and serve snacks that only you want your toddler to eat. Makes sense, right? Replace cookies with fresh grapes and berries in the cookie jar, serve whole grain bread and cereals instead of white bread, and make an effort to prepare fresh fruit shakes to substitute soda and other sweetened drinks. It does take extra work, but it’s all worth it.

Tip #4 Make Eating Healthy Foods Fun and Interactive

Kids love to play, even when eating. Take this fact to your advantage by preparing fun and interactive meals. For example, make a happy face or write his/her name using sliced fruits and vegetables. Another good idea is by allowing them to take part in food preparation like washing the greens, putting it on the pot, and stirring the mixture. Giving them the adult feel allows you to talk to them about eating “adult food”; you need to eat fruits and vegetable as well to show them that this is what “adult food” is.

These are just some of the thousands of things you can do as parents to prevent your kids from growing as obese adults. Each kid has individualized approach, what works for my kid may or may not work for your kid. With imagination, patience, and creativity, you can devise the most effective way on how to keep your kids active and healthy.

Chris is a mother and a healthy weight loss blogger. In her blog you can learn how to lose weight the natural and green way. She also writes frequently on subjects related to childhood obesity and raising ‘green’ kids.