This is a bread pudding makeover! Heather Bell and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods have created a delicious Pistachio Chewy Bite Bread Pudding that will be sure to please even your pickiest house guest this season! So whip up some holiday cheer and fill your house with the sweet scent of a new twist to an old favorite.

Pistachio Chewy Bite Bread Pudding

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (“Mom” uses Orgain’s Organic Almond Protein Milk)
1/3 cup organic dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated buttery spread
6 slices whole wheat or organic white bread
4-5 Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pistachio kernels, finely chopped or pulsed until fine

Prearation

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Add almond milk to a bowl. Add sugar, flax seeds, arrowroot powder, flour, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and sea salt. Whisk until slightly frothy. Set aside.

Spread each slice of bread with a small amount of buttery spread and slice each piece into 6 small triangles. Place in a greased 8 x 8 baking dish, crowded together. Pour liquid mixture over bread and gently press with a fork to help bread absorb liquid.

Gently fold in chopped Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites. Top dish with pistachios.

Bake about 38-40 minutes, or until pudding is set and top is lightly browned.

Yields 6-8 servings

*Recipe and image (C) Spork Foods, 2015.*

Pistachio Chewy BitesAbout Pistachio Chewy Bites
With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop.

Available in major grocery store chains across the country such as: Bristol Farms, Fairway, Shoprite, A&P, Roundy’s, HEB, Safeway, Ingles, Gelson’s, King Kullen, Earth Fare, Price Chopper, Wegmans, Save Mart, Lucky, Hy-Vee, Shop n’ Save, etc. They are also available online at Amazon.com and Puritan.com.

Pricing: 2-Pack $1.99 6-Pack $5.99 and 16-Pack $12.50
Website: http://www.pistachiochewybites.com

About Spork Foods
L.A.-based sisters and celebrity chefs, Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods are vegan chefs that own a Los Angeles-based gourmet cooking school. The culinary duo are also cookbook authors and work with some of Hollywood’s elite including Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Alicia Silverstone.

This time of year, pumpkin is everywhere, so why not add it to your ravioli, savoring the scents and delights of the season! Want to try your hand at making your own ravioli? Recipe developer Kenan Hill has created a delightfully easy recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli using the Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin.


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Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe

Ingredients

For the pasta dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semolina
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs + 2 yolks (“Mom” prefers cage-free)
water

For the filling:
2 cups pumpkin puree (how to make your own)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
1 large egg (“Mom” prefers cage-free)
2 cloves garlic, finely grated or pressed
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

For the sauce:
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) butter (“Mom” prefers organic)
2 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)

Preparation

Make pasta dough:
1. Mix together flours and salt, then create a well in the center (either in a bowl or on a countertop). Add eggs to well, scramble with a fork, and gradually incorporate flour into eggs. Continue stirring in flour, adding water if necessary, until it is almost all together. Turn dough out onto a floured surface if using a bowl.
2. Knead dough for about 5 minutes or until dough is smooth. To knead, press dough with heel of hand, fold in half, rotate 90 degrees, then repeat. Dough should be somewhat tacky. Add flour to surface and/or dough if it is too sticky, and/or use a spray bottle to add more water if dough is too dry. When kneading is complete, wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes to one hour.

While dough rests, make filling:
1. Combine all filling ingredients. Set aside.

Roll dough:
1. Cut dough into quarters and cover 3 of the pieces to keep them from drying out while you roll.
2. If using a machine, start rolling dough with the widest setting and work thinner one setting at a time. Roll until you can see through the dough when held up to a light, usually the second thinnest setting. Fold in half (short end to short end) and roll again. Set rolled dough aside, covering with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Repeat with other pieces of dough.
3. If rolling by hand, flour a large cutting board or countertop. Use a pin (or a wine bottle in a pinch) to roll dough into an oblong piece. Dough should be thin enough to see the pattern on your countertops. Cover rolled dough and repeat with other pieces of dough.

Fill ravioli:
1. If using a ravioli rolling pin, such as the Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin, lay one sheet of rolled dough on a surface sprinkled with flour or semolina. Spread half of the filling on the dough, leaving a 1-2 inch border on the sides and about 4 inches at the far end (where you’ll stop rolling). Lay another sheet of dough on top of the filling, gently pressing out as many air bubbles as possible. Line up rolling pin at one end, then firmly press and roll. Cut pockets apart with a fluted ravioli cutter, pizza cutter, or sharp knife. Place formed ravioli on an upside down baking sheet or flexible cutting board sprinkled with semolina (to prevent sticking). Repeat with other sheets and remaining filling.
2. If using a ravioli tray, cut rolled sheets down to slightly larger than the tray. Place one piece of dough on the tray. Gently press dough into indentions, then spoon filling into holes. Place another sheet of dough on top, gently pressing air bubbles as you lay it down. Roll a rolling pin across tray to seal pockets. Flip tray to turn dough out. Cut pockets apart with a fluted ravioli cutter, pizza cutter, or sharp knife. Place formed ravioli on an upside down baking sheet or flexible cutting board sprinkled with semolina (to prevent sticking). Repeat with other sheets and remaining filling.

Make sauce + cook ravioli:
1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
2. Heat butter over medium to medium-low heat in a light colored pan (this helps you see when it browns). Butter will first foam, then it as the foam subsides, it will begin to brown and smell nutty. After it starts to brown, add chopped sage. Remove from heat and carefully add lemon juice (it will splatter). Set aside.
3. Generously salt boiling water, then cook ravioli in batches. Add ravioli to water, stirring to keep from sticking to bottom. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until ravioli float to top and are tender. You can test the doneness by taking one out and cutting off the corner to taste.
4. As you remove ravioli from water with slotted spoon, add to pan with brown butter sauce and toss to coat.
5. Serve hot with additional shaved parmesan, if desired.

Notes:
● Extra ravioli can be refrigerated for one day, or frozen for at least a month. To freeze, place ravioli in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with semolina or corn meal. Freeze for at least 1 hour, then move frozen ravioli to a freezer bag (remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn). Cook from frozen, increasing cook time by 1-2 minutes.
● Extra filling can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days.

*Recipe and images courtesy of Kenan Hill, recipe developer for Repast Supply Co.*

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Watch how perfect ravioli is made every time with the Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin: https://youtu.be/NvMqJN577_U

For those seeking an alternative to dairy milk, but wishing that they did not have to give up the protein, there is now a new, plant-based option! Typically, a glass of dairy milk contains 8g of protein per serving, and Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk boasts an impressive 10g of protein per serving! “Mom” was floored by the fact that this Vegan almond milk not only contains more protein, but it is USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, and contains no carrageenan, a common ingredient in dairy milk alternatives. Besides enjoying Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk in a glass with your meal, you can use it in smoothies, on top of cereal or granola, or in baked goods!

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The almonds used in Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk are grown on organic, dry farms with no run-off and planted alongside organic olive and citrus groves to ensure diversification to help protect bees and the environment. This is one company to love!

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Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk Product Features

Available in Unsweetened Vanilla and Lightly Sweetened Vanilla varieties
10g organic, plant-based protein from brown rice, pea protein and almonds
10 times the protein of leading almond milks
Plant based calcium and vitamin D
USDA Certified Organic
Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and non-GMO
Lower sugar (Lightly Sweetened Vanilla variety has about half the sugar of other vanilla almond milk brands)

You can purchase Orgain’s delicious new high-protein almond milk at most Walmart, Whole Foods Market, and The Vitamin Shoppe stores across the US, as well as at many local natural food stores. Learn more at http://orgain.com/.

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

Tiny Green Mom has put together a wish list for the tiniest ones on your gift-giving list this year! From super-soft swaddle blankets and bibs to the perfect eco-minded toys for tots, these gorgeous finds for babies and toddlers will please both children and parents alike!

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aden + anais burpy bibs

For your little drooler, these incredibly soft burpy bibs from beloved eco-friendly line, aden + anais, are a must-have for any newborn! This Fall, aden + anais added 6 brand new print collections that “Mom” absolutely adores! With each washing, these bibs become softer and softer. In addition to the burpy bibs, these new classic and silky soft bamboo prints are also available in swaddles, dream blankets, & sleeping bags. https://www.adenandanais.com/new/

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aden + anais classic swaddles

These breathable, silky soft 100% cotton muslin swaddle blankets from aden + anais are a staple in “Mom’s” home and a necessity for new parents! The gorgeous prints and incredibly soft swaddles are wonderful not only for swaddling your sweet baby, but can be used as an impromptu nursing cover, stroller blanket, or clean place to lay baby on the floor for tummy time! https://www.adenandanais.com/new/

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Cloud b Hugginz Musical Plushies

A sweet find for little ones, Cloud b Hugginz Musical Plushies calm and soothe baby at home or on-the-go! When baby pulls on the plush star, a soothing lullaby begins to play. These super soft, oh-so-lovable six-inch characters can be easily attached to strollers, cribs, car seats, and activity gyms by their Velcro tabs. http://cloudb.com/

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jj rabbit dryBIB™

For babies that have moved onto solid feeding, jj rabbit has designed an incredible eco-conscious bib for your little one! Made from organic cotton, this practical bib is also waterproof (without the plastic!) and has a convenent catch-pocket to help keep messes to a minimum! “Mom” loves that the dryBIB™ is machine-washable as well as BPA-Free, Phthalate free, and PVC Free. It is designed for babies ages 3 – 18 months.
http://jjrabbit.com/

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Begin Again Toys Dino Nubble Rumbler

Chunky and eye-catching, this adorable wooden brontosaurus from Begin Again Toys has a tactile Nubble tummy made from natural rubber. Tiny hands will love to grasp, push and play with the Nubble Rumbler Dino, encouraging the development of both fine and large motor skills. “Mom” was thrilled to learn about this eco-company, which makes this toy from sustainably harvested rubber wood with non-toxic, child safe stains. http://www.beginagaintoys.com/

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jj rabbit CUPPIES®

Bright and cheerful, these adorable cups make it fun for little ones to transition to a real cup! With a hidden animal at the bottom of each CUPPIES®, your child will finish their nutritious beverage every time to see their favorite friend! CUPPIES® are available in Frog, Piglet, Penguin and Rabbit. http://jjrabbit.com/

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PBS KIDS & Whole Foods Market® Earth-Friendly Toys

Classic toys for little ones, these earth-friendly toys exclusively from PBS KIDS & Whole Foods Market® inspire creativity and spark imaginative play! Made using responsibly-sourced materials, including PlanWood, which is high density fiber composite wood from rubber trees, as well as organic color pigment, and rubber wood. The xylophone & drum are tried and loved musical instruments that little ones love, and the wooden Stacking Giraffe provides hours of laughter & fun!

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In addition to being eco-friendly, what makes these toys even more appealing this holiday season is that PBS KIDS toys are gifts that give back! Purchasing these toys ultimately gives back to the PBS mission of education for all children as 100% of profits for the supplier, PBS, goes back to their non-profit work! In addition, all PBS holiday products give 1% to Whole Kids Foundation, which helps give parents, teachers and children more tools and opportunities to eat well. http://shop.pbskids.org/

Boppy Pillow

Boppy® Bare Naked® Nursing Pillow and Positioner

For both breastfeeding and positioning, the Boppy® Bare Naked® Nursing Pillow and Positioner is the perfect item for babies from birth to one year old! This extremely versatile nursing pillow lifts baby to a more ergonomic position for comfortable breastfeeding or bottle feeding, giving relief to Mom’s arms and back. Not only for breastfeeding, the Boppy Pillow transitions to a comfortable support pillow for different stages of development such as tummy time and learning to sit. The Boppy Pillow supports baby as she grows and develops and this multi-use pillow can be used for babies up to one year old. The Original Boppy Bare Naked Pillow is the famous Boppy Nursing Pillow without a Boppy® Slipcover. “Mom” prefers the Boppy® 100% Organic Fabric Slipcover. The Boppy Pillow and Boppy Slipcovers are both machine washable for easy clean-up! http://www.boppy.com

Boppy, Shutterfly and Tiny Prints have announced an amazing offer for those who purchase an Original Boppy Pillow. Through December 1, 2015, purchase a specially marked award-winning Original Boppy Pillow (Bare Naked, Slipcovered, Heirloom and Luxe versions) and inside the package you’ll receive a coupon for a FREE $29.99 Shutterfly photo book and $20.00 towards your next order at Tiny Prints ($50 value). Perfect for capturing all of baby’s first!

*Companies generously provided samples, information and images for this article.*

What to do with the leftover turkey carcass from Thanksgiving? Make this delicious, rich soup with loads of fresh vegetables, Diestel Turkey and beans!

Hearty Turkey Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

STOCK:
1 Large Diestel turkey carcass
1 large onion, large chunks
3 carrots, large chunks
3 celery stalks and leaves, large chunks
3 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic

SOUP:
1 medium potato, cubed
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1 cup green beans, 1″ pieces
1-14.5 oz. can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
2 tsp. dried basil
1 cup squash (zucchini, crookneck, etc.)
1 cup pasta, such as fusilli or penne (“Mom” prefers organic)
1-15 oz. can Cannellini (white kidney beans, (rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)

Preparation

TO MAKE STOCK:
break up carcass and place in large pot. Add cold water to just cover, approximately 3 quarts. Add the next 5 ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and, with lid ajar, simmer for 3 to 4 hours. Remove carcass from liquid. Strain broth and cool. Remove turkey from carcass. Degrease broth and discard bones and vegetables.

TO MAKE SOUP:
to broth, add first 8 ingredients and turkey meat. Bring to Boil and cook for 15 minutes. Add squash, pasta and beans. Boil until pasta is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and pass the cheese.

Serves 6-8.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Diestel.*

Fuel yourself naturally for all of the after Thanksgiving shopping this weekend with this delightful and delicious smoothie using Coco Joy Coconut Water, mango, fresh squeezed orange juice, Greek yogurt and honey!

Coco Joy’s Mango Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients

½ Cup Frozen Mango (fiber for keeping full, and strengthens immune system)
¼ Cup Squeezed Orange Juice (vitamin C; helps boost brain)
One 8oz. Can Coco Joy Coconut Water (natural source of antioxidants and electrolytes)
¼ Cup Greek Yogurt (high in protein and aids in digestion)
1 Tbsp Honey (provides an all-natural boost in energy)

Preparation

1) Combine all ingredients into a blender
2) Blend until smooth
3) Serve with an orange garnish

*Recipe and image courtesy of Coco Joy.*

About Coco Joy
Coco Joy’s All-Natural Coconut Water is made from 100% young green coconuts. Compared to leading coconut water brands, Coco Joy has fewer calories, less sodium, no added sugar, concentrates or preservatives. Fat and cholesterol-free, Coco Joy Coconut Water is rich in potassium and magnesium, and naturally loaded with electrolytes. Available in Walmart and Amazon.com; www.cocojoy.com

A low sugar alternative to your favorite pie or dessert this Thanksgiving, this raspberry pie is simply bursting with raspberries and incredible flavor! Trust us, you won’t miss the added sugar!

Driscoll’s Low Sugar Raspberry Pie

Ingredients

Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Filling
3 packages (6 ounces each) Driscoll’s Raspberries (“Mom” chose their organic raspberries)
1/3 cup granular no-calorie sweetener (“Mom” uses Stevia in the Raw)
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (“Mom” uses Nielsen Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg, beaten

Preparation

Crust
Place flour and salt in bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, one tablespoon at a time and pulse just until dough comes together (be careful not to over mix). Pat dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour.

Filling
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a large circle about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 13-inch circle and gently transfer dough to a 9 1/2-inch pie plate. Fold under edge of dough and crimp to make a decorative crust. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Cut remaining dough into various small cutouts.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line pie shell with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 10 minutes, remove foil and weights and continue to bake about 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F . Place raspberries, Splenda, brown sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl and stir until evenly combined. Spoon into prebaked crust. Brush crust with beaten egg and top with small cutouts. Brush cutouts with beaten egg.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving or chill completely.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Driscoll’s.*

About Driscoll’s
Driscoll’s is a fourth generation, family-owned company that has been involved in berry farming for more than 100 years. As the leading provider of fresh and organic berries, Driscoll’s works with independent farmers to produce the highest-quality strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries in the world, in an effort to continually delight all berry consumers. Driscoll’s is the preferred berry partner of some of America’s leading chefs and culinary institutions. For more information visit www.driscolls.com and follow us on Twitter @driscollsberry.

Yes, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, but with cold and flu season in full swing, and the added stress of the holidays (good and bad!), “Mom” has compiled her top wellness must-haves for staying healthy all season long!

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Herbal ZAP

This is Ayurveda made easy! Simple to add into your daily wellness routine this winter, Herbal ZAP makes instantly dissolving Ayurvedic herbal beverages that support healthy digestion, which is the key to overall good health. Herbal ZAP formulas work by harnessing the power of ancient herbal formulas that have been transformed into instantly dissolving crystals infused with powerful herbal extracts. Containing 14 potent Ayurvedic herbs, Herbal Zap works according to the principles of Ayurveda, restoring balance to the vital energies, doshas, increasing Agni, “inner-fire”, and promoting a positive state of health. The product is sustainably and ethically produced and they are proud to be non-GMO Verified as well as Kosher, Vegan and Gluten-Free. Herbal ZAP is available at select Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market, EarthFare, SuperSupplements, Central Market, and online at http://www.herbalzap.com/.

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Fit Radio

Rev up your winter workout to ease stress and combat the typical holiday weight gain in advance! With Fit Radio, manually putting together upbeat playlists for the gym this winter is now a thing of the past. Simply choose your favorite genre, push play and go! Designed to amp up your workout and stop you from spending time flipping through songs to find a high-energy track, FIT Radio provides users with mixes that maintain the same rhythm and BPM (beats per minute) throughout an entire set to keep you motivated and focused. FIT Radio is powered by real, professional nightclub DJs from around the world – available to you at the press of a button. DJs upload new mixes daily to FIT Radio, which helps to keep your workout fresh. “Mom” loves that you can try this app for one month to see how you are enjoying the tracks during your regular routine. http://www.fitradio.com/

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Hawaiian Essential Travel Gift Set

This line of travel-ready essential oils means that you can breathe more deeply and relax more thoroughly, even if for just a brief minute during the day, knowing that you are tapping into the earth’s most powerful natural remedies. The gift set is an extraordinary selection of the brand’s most-loved essential oil blends, with remedies for common ailments including insomnia, headache, insect bites, and hay fever. Each lovingly hand-crafted batch is tested and proven to be safe and highly effective. Tuck the Hawaiian Essential Travel Gift Set into a purse, laptop bag or backpack for on-the-go, too! $45.95. http://hawaiianessential.com/

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Tea Drops

A warm cup of tea is the perfect remedy after a long day! Tea Drops are pressed tea made with genuine tea leaves that dissolve in hot water. Each Tea Drop is handcrafted and infused with the finest organic teas, spices and earth-derived sweeteners. Simply pour boiling water in a cup, add a Tea Drop, stir and enjoy. Choose from caffeinated, caffeine-free and natural wellness Tea Drops. Flavors include citrus ginger, vanilla white, rose earl grey, turmeric, cardamom spice, matcha green tea, sweet peppermint and pumpkin spice for fall. “Mom” loves that Tea Drops come packaged in a paulownia wood box that is eco-friendly, sustainable and biodegradable. Sold online at www.myteadrop.com; $12 for an 8 pack.

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Ice Chips

To soothe a queasy tummy naturally, ginger and peppermint are always a top choice in “Mom’s” arsenal of home remedies. When you are so nauseous even drinking tea is making you grimace, Ice Chips® offers a delicious, all-natural and sugar-free candy in both Ginger and Peppermint flavors that may help! Place a tin in your purse, backpack, or purse for refreshment and to quell the queasies. Made with xylitol and safe for the expectant mom, Ice Chips® are available in 20 tantalizing flavors, such as Ginger, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Strawberry Daiquiri, and more! www.icechipscandy.com

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GoGargle!

With soothing ingredients like honey, chamomile, aloe & mint, GoGargle! is a simple, surprisingly tasty way to soothe a sore throat. GoGargle! comes in the form of an effervescent tablet that you simply drop in a glass of warm water to dissolve. Not only are GoGargle! tablets simple to use and perfect for on-the-go, GoGargle! tablets dissolve quickly, so you can start gargling sooner! GoGargle! can be used by the whole family. Available at CVS stores nationwide. $6.99. http://www.gogargle.com

Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes

Tuck these handy little wipes into a backpack, purse, pocket or diaper bag to help clean little noses wherever you are this season! Boogie Wipes are saline infused wipes that clean runny noses and get rid of congestion for instant relief. The moist wipes can be used by the entire family, and since they’re made with aloe, chamomile, and vitamin E, Boogie Wipes will prevent chapped noses which are caused by friction with the common tissue. “Mom” loves that they come in convenient packages just like tissues! You can download a Boogie Wipes coupon for extra savings here, as well. http://www.boogiewipes.com/

DripDrop

Staying hydrated is essential when working out in any climate. DripDrop is a powder electrolyte solution that you add to water to treat dehydration. Invented by Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, a Mayo-clinic trained physician, as an alternative to sports drinks (i.e. Gatorade) and pediatric solutions (i.e. Pedialyte) – DripDrop REALLY WORKS! It has been clinically proven to hydrate 150% better than plain water and 43% better than sports drinks and contains 3x the electrolytes and 1/2 the sugar of most sports drinks. DripDrop comes in powder packets that can be added to a water bottle and it’s easy to carry in your purse, backpack, laptop bag, or pocket. http://dripdrop.com/

*Companies provided images and information for this article.*

This adorable “pear” of turkeys makes a wonderful activity for the kids to make (and eat!) on Thanksgiving Day! Easy to assemble, Mom or Dad will want to help little ones with cutting and paring, of course!

A “Pear” of Berry Turkeys

Ingredients

2 firm but ripe pears of any variety (“Mom” chose organic)
1 package (6 ounces each) Driscoll’s Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries (“Mom” chose their organic variety)
1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll’s Strawberries
1 small carrot

Preparation

Gently wash and dry all of the above ingredients.

Gather the following tools: 24 short (approx. 6 inches long) bamboo skewers, several toothpicks, a paring knife, and a cutting board.

Thread berries onto skewers by starting with a blueberry (to anchor the end of the skewer), then adding raspberries and blackberries until all but the last inch of skewer is covered. You’ll need approximately 12 per bird, depending on the size of your pears.

Insert your berry skewers across the back of the pear in arcs to mimic a turkey’s tail feathers. As your pear gets waited down on the back, insert skewers at a lower angle to keep the pear standing upright. Once your tail feather skewers are inserted and your pears are steady, it’s time to work on the faces.

Using a paring knife, carve two cone-shaped beaks from the carrot (alternatively, you can use the very tips of two whole carrots). Depending on the firmness of your pears, you may be able to attach the “beaks” just by pressing them into the pears. Otherwise, break off a toothpick tip and use it to attach the carrot beak to the pear.

Use similar toothpick tips in order to attach two small blueberries for eyes. If trying to avoid the use of toothpicks for care-free consumption, use a plastic drinking straw to carve out holes that are large enough to implant the eyes and beak.

For the turkey’s waddle, slice a thin sliver of strawberry and place with the cut side against the pear, just below the beak. The natural moisture of the cut edge will be enough to hold the waddle in place.

For the feet, remove the calyx of a strawberry and slice berry in half lengthwise. Use the tip of your paring knife to cut away a few wedges from the thick edge to form claws. Place the strawberry “feet” up against the base of the pear, cut-side down.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Driscoll’s.*

As you gear up for the holiday travel and road trips to Grandma’s, “Mom” has put together a list of her favorite nutritious snacks for on-the-go that pack well and are healthy, too! Keeping a cooler in your car filled with fresh water, cut-up fruit and organic milk boxes are a good idea, too!

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Viki’s Granola

Baked with love! Nutritious & delicious gluten-free granola made with 100% all natural ingredients and minimal added sugar. Great for topping yogurt or just snacking on right out of the bag, Viki’s Granola boasts a fresh, soft, chewy texture with ingredients you can pronounce and no artificial aftertaste. Available in five delicious flavor varieties, including Original Honey, Blueberry Almond and Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut & Apple Cinnamon. All three are simply yummy! Sold at retailers nationwide and online at www.VikisFoods.com.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks

When your little ones want a sweet treat, but you don’t want to give in to gas station candy, reach for a package of Go Organically Fruit Snacks! These perfectly packable little organic fruit snacks will keep both parents and kids happy, without an excess of sugar or processed ingredients! Go Organically® sources USDA certified organic fruit and other ingredients to offer three mouth-watering varieties: Fruit Medley, Mixed Berry and Tropical. “Mom” has been able to find these little snacks at Costco, which makes them both healthy and affordable! Visit their website for more retail locations nationwide.

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Lifeway ProBugs

Little ones will love Lifeway ProBugs, which is tasty and nutritious organic kefir for kids, served in a fun, easy-to-hold pouch! Keep a cooler in your car for the long trip, filled with fresh water, fruit and these convenient, mess-free ProBugs pouches for a quick, healthy snack! Flavors include Pretty Plain, Goo Berry Pie, Orange Creamy Crawler, Kiwi Kale Critter, Sublime Slime Lime and Strawnana Split. “Mom’s” little ones love the Goo Berry Pie flavor! Visit the Lifeway website for a retail location near you.

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Clif Kid Zbar Protein

This protein bar is made just for kids, offering a tasty whole grain snack made with nutritious building blocks for kids’ growing bodies, especially when on-the-go! Made with organic whole grains, the bars contain no high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial flavors. Available in three kid-pleasing flavors, including Peanut Butter Chocolate (“Mom’s” daughter’s favorite!), Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece.*