Last week, my little ones came down with a horrible cold virus, and almost like magic, I received a big bag of fresh, juicy Sunrays mandarin oranges to try in the mail! We pulled the bag out and immediately started snacking… my little guy noshing on at least three by himself! Easy to peel and sweet, the Surays were such a huge hit that they were gone within a day!

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We are now big fans of Sunrays Citrus, as in addition to the mandarin oranges being absolutely delicious and sweet, they are non-GMO project verified, and all of the packaging used is recyclable! Talk about a win!

Plus… imagine if each bag of sweet and juicy mandarin oranges that you purchased helped to make the world a better place! Sound too good to be true? With Sunrays, that is their mission… to ‘snack with impact.’

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What makes Sunrays unique in the marketplace is their incredibly strong charitable component, as well as their commitment to our earth. By combining forces with consumers, making it a team effort to help others in need, Sunrays makes a donation to Save the Children for every bag and box that they pack. As a mom, this is a company I can really get behind as this organization believes that every child deserves a chance to grow and thrive properly!

In a nutshell, the more people that snack on Sunrays, the more the company will pack and the more they will be able to donate! Working together, we can make a big impact in children’s lives while enjoying a fresh, healthy snack.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Nosh on healthier holiday-inspired snacks through the holidays! Nutritious and festive, this Gingerbread Granola will have the entire family clamoring for more!

Gingerbread Granola

Ingredients

4 Cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 Cups of raw pecans
1 Teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 Scoop of VeganSmart Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 Cup of melted coconut oil
1/2 Cup Molasses
3/4 Teaspoon of vanilla (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1/3 Cup of chopped, dried cranberries
1/3 Cup of chopped candied ginger

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Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, pecans, salt, VeganSmart Vanilla, cinnamon, and ground ginger into a mixing bowl. Stir mixture thoroughly.

Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla to the mixture. Continue to mix together until fully combined.

Turn the granola mixture out onto your prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and stir to make sure the granola cooks evenly. Place the pan back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

While the granola cooks, chop the dried cranberries and candied ginger.

After 10 minutes is up, remove the pan from the oven, add the chopped cranberries and candied ginger to the granola and mix to combine.

Let the granola cool for about 10 minutes before eating. As the granola cools off, it will continue to cook and may be wet at first, this is normal.

Enjoy gingerbread granola on-the-go or around the house as you celebrate the holidays this season!

*Recipe and image courtesy of VeganSmart.*

Embracing the Filipino purple yam or ube trend, this is a delicious and unique recipe from TV personality, cake designer, chef and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker contestant, Greggy Soriano. The Purple Yam Bars are sure to make a statement this holiday season! ​Top with organic powdered sugar for that extra touch!

Purple​ ​Yam​ ​Bars

Prep​ ​Time:​ ​5​ ​Minutes Cooking​ ​Time:​ ​1​ ​Hour​ ​15​ ​Minutes Total​ ​Time:​ ​1​ ​Hour​ ​20​ ​Minutes

Ingredients

The​ ​Crust:

2​ ​cups​ ​Graham​ ​cracker​ ​crumbs  (“Mom” prefers Annie’s Organic Honey Grahams, crushed)
1/2​ ​cup​ ​sugar (“Mom” prefers Organic Sugar in the Raw)
1​ ​tsp.​ ​kosher​ ​salt
8​ ​Tbsp.​ ​unsalted​ ​butter,​ ​melted (“Mom” prefers organic)

The​ ​Filling:

2​ ​cups​ ​grated​ ​purple​ ​yams​ ​(Use thawed​ ​if​ ​frozen.​ ​​​You​ ​could​ ​also​ ​use​ ​whole​ ​Purple yams,​ ​cooked​ ​until​ ​tender​ ​by poking ​with​ ​fork​ ​and​ ​wrapped​ ​in​ a ​moist​ ​paper​ ​towel​ ​in a microwave​ ​for​ ​7-8​ ​minutes​ ​on​ ​high).​ ​​
1 ​14oz.​ ​can​ ​of​ ​Eagle​ ​Brand®​ ​Sweetened​ ​Condensed​ ​Milk
3​ ​large​ ​eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free, organic eggs)
2​ ​tsp.​ ​pure​ ​vanilla​ ​extract (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1​ ​cup​ ​heavy​ ​cream (“Mom” prefers Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream)
Organic Powdered​ ​sugar​ ​for​ ​garnish​ ​(​optional)

Preparation

How​ ​to​ ​Make​ ​the​ ​Crust:

1. Preheat​ ​oven​ ​to​ ​350°.​ ​Line​ ​an​ ​8″-x-8″​ ​baking​ ​pan​ ​with​ ​parchment​ ​paper​ ​with​ ​two pieces​ ​overlapping​ ​each​ ​other​ ​with​ ​extra​ ​parchment​ ​coming​ ​up​ ​the​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​the pan.​ ​​ ​You​ ​can​ ​use​ ​binder​ ​clips​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​the​ ​parchment.​ ​ ​In​ ​a​ ​bowl,​ ​add​ ​graham cracker​ ​crumbs,​ ​sugar,​ ​salt,​ ​and​ ​melted​ ​butter​ ​until​ ​combined​ ​and​ ​holds​ ​it’s shape​ ​when​ ​pressed​ ​together.​ ​​ ​Press​ ​into​ ​pan​ ​and​ ​bake​ ​until​ ​golden,​ ​10​ ​minutes.

How​ ​to​ ​Make​ ​the​ ​Filling:

2.​ ​​​Mix​ ​together​ ​all​ ​filling​ ​ingredients​ ​until​ ​evenly​ ​combined.

Bake:
3.​ ​​Add​ ​filling​ ​to​ ​crust​ ​and​ ​bake​ ​until​ ​set,​ ​about​ ​for​ ​48​ ​to​ ​50​ ​​ ​minutes.​ ​Set​ ​aside​ ​to cool.​ ​Garnish​ ​by​ ​dusting​ ​powdered​ ​sugar​ ​on​ ​top.​ ​​​Slice​ ​and​ ​enjoy!

Makes ​12-16​ ​servings.

*Recipe and image courtesy of TV personality, cake designer, chef and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker contestant, Greggy Soriano.*

As a busy momma, I love learning about the solutions other moms have come up with to meet a need or challenge that all parents face! One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a mom is finding the time to cook and prepare healthy, nutritious meals for my little ones. I am a big advocate for food as your medicine… that what you eat is so incredibly important for your health and well-being, and I have wanted to make sure my children have all started off on the right foot! Our fridge and pantry are always stuffed with organic, natural brands, tons of fruits & veggies, organic yogurt and cheese…but it was sometimes hard to make all of the baby purees and foods that I would have liked. Pure Spoon addresses that issue, head-on!

Pure Spoon avo pear

Pure Spoon is 100% fresh certified organic fruits and veggies that are cold pressed, cold packed and delivered to your door! As my little guy learned to self-feed with a spoon, he got to try delicious & nutritious flavors such as Butternut Squash, Apples and Oats, which he happily gobbled up!

What makes Pure Spoon stand out is that the company uses a process called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP). Foods are placed into a high-pressure chamber that is flooded with cold water and pressurized in order to kill pathogens without heat, thereby retaining those fresh tastes and a maximum amount of nutrients. Plus, Pure Spoon was concerned with the lack of iron found in the food choices for young children/infants at the grocery store. They carefully included ingredients such as spinach, avocados, broccoli, and gluten-free rolled oats to add iron.

The difference shows in both taste and quality, and we are now huge fans of the line! There hasn’t been a flavor that my son hasn’t enjoyed, and our samples disappeared in no time!

Pure Spoon Butternut

Pure Spoon currently has the following flavors available: Apples & Broccoli, Blueberries, Bananas & Apples, Butternut Squash, Apples & Oats, Carrots & Zucchini, Creamy Avocado & Apples, Simply Apples, Simply Carrots, Simply Pears, Spinach, Pear & Bananas, and Sweet Potato & Apples. You can learn more on their website, https://purespoon.com/.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Using delicious ingredients and a South African-inspired taste profile, the newest condiment line that needs to be in your pantry this Fall is CHUT UP! Having just introduced their inaugural three flavors, Beet Ketchup, Apple & Caramelized Onion Chutney and Peri Peri Hot Sauce, CHUT UP condiments are healthier, better for you and absolutely mouthwatering.

Handcrafted, all-natural and with no added sugar like many commercial condiments, each flavor of CHUT UP can be used on anything that needs a flavor pick-me-up. From topping hot dogs and meatloaf, to serving as a marinade or a salad dressing, each condiment will add depth and flavor to your meal. Instead of bland tomato ketchup, enliven your burger or veggie burger with Beet Ketchup! (The kids won’t realize they are getting an extra vegetable, either!)

The week that the condiments arrived, we made Chicken Pad Thai for dinner one evening, and we were out of the chili sauce we usually used to add heat to the dish. Guess what made an excellent stand-in? The Peri Peri Hot Sauce! It added the heat we needed to make the Pad Thai perfect!

To learn more about this new condiment company which was created by the South African-born entrepreneur, Chef Hugo Uys, visit chut-up.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed within are my own.*

Introducing Q Drink Healthy, a quercetin-based powder drink mix designed to bolster everyday health, energy, and performance that delivers electrolytes to help the body recover! This new drink mix comes in convenient travel-ready packets, so you can tuck them along in your gym bag or backpack for quick energy & hydration on-the-go!

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Q’s synergistic blend is a superior alternative to high caffeine or sugar performance drinks and carries with it a laundry list of benefits such as increased endurance, a stronger immune system and decreased fat cell production. The best part – all the energy and health benefits come without the painful crash! Plus, it comes in 3 delicious flavors, including Wild Berry, Orange and Lemon Lime.

The quercetin, a naturally occurring compound found in fruits and vegetables, is accompanied by eight different vitamins and herbal extracts including potassium, B vitamins, green tea extract (catechins), ginseng, gingko biloba and rhodiola. You can view a full list on ingredients on their website.

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I found the Wild Berry to be my favorite flavor, and it was easy to take along the packets in my gym bag to enjoy post-workout, along with the handy shaker cup that Q Energy provided! I weight lift daily, so Q Energy has provided a much-needed boost at the end of my training session!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Fall tailgating and backyard cookouts are in full swing! For guests who want to lighten things up a bit, or who are vegetarian, this simply scrumptious recipe for black bean burgers gets serious flavor from Moore’s Original Marinade! This marinade is gluten-free and Kosher, and offers a robust hickory flavor. Yum!

Moore’s Original Black Bean Veggie Burger

Ingredients

½ cup onions, chopped
¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cup breadcrumbs or cooked quinoa (or more if needed)
3 tbsp. Moore’s Original Marinade
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. oil or butter (“Mom” prefers organic)
Hamburger buns
Desired toppings such as cheese, ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, etc.

Preparation

1. Add onions, bell peppers, cilantro, black beans, marinade, cumin, salt and garlic and pulse in a food processor. Add breadcrumbs and pulse a few more times. Mixture should be thick enough not to fall off of a spoon. Add more breadcrumbs until thick, if needed.
2. Form mixture into golf ball size pieces and press to form patties.
3. Heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium high heat. Cook each patty for 2-3 on each side until desired doneness.
4. Serve on hamburger buns with desired toppings.

Moore's Marinade Group

*Recipe and image courtesy of Moore’s Marinades & Sauces.*

For Labor Day weekend, these healthy 3-Ingredient Nocciolata Fudge Cups are the perfect treat to whip up in minutes! This decadent, smooth, melt-in-your mouth fudge has NO dairy, refined sugar or butter…but you’d never tell, making it a delicious snack or dessert! It is vegan, gluten free, and paleo.

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The star of the show in this 5-minute fudge is Nocciolata Dairy Free – an organic chocolate hazelnut spread made from all natural ingredients. Completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor. Nocciolata Dairy Free is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.

3-Ingredient Nocciolata Fudge Cups (Dairy Free / Vegan / Gluten Free)
[Adapted from thebigmansworld.com]

Ingredients

2 cups Nocciolata Dairy Free
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Sea salt, to top (optional)

Preparation

Line a 12-count muffin tin with six-muffin liners.

In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt Nocciolata Dairy Free with coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in pure maple syrup.

Divide mixture evenly among 6 lined muffin cups. Place in the freezer for 2 minutes to allow fudge to firm up.

Store fudge in the fridge.

*Recipe courtesy of Rigoni di Asiago as adapted from thebigmansworld.com.*

It’s National Peach Month! This BIY (brew-it-yourself) iced tea recipe from Tetley Tea bubbles up ginger, peach and orange to a perfect fizzy punch that is both refreshing and refreshingly easy to make. We used Hansen’s Diet Ginger Ale to cut calories & sugar, but keep the delightful taste!

Sparkling Iced Super Tea

Ingredients

1 teabag Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea (with Vitamin C)
1 cup water
1/3 cup ginger ale (“Mom” chose Hansen’s Diet Ginger Ale)
Glass of ice

Tetley Peach Tea

Preparation

1. Bring cup of water to a boil.
2. Pour over 1 Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea teabag in cup, and let steep for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the teabag and allow tea to cool.
4. Once the tea is cool, pour over ice.
5. Top off with ginger ale and enjoy!

Watch how it is made here!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Tetley Tea.*

School’s out for the summer! For the hungry beasts rummaging through your pantry and refrigerator, keep organic, all-natural and Fair Trade Certified snacks on hand and in plain sight for them to grab easily after a hard day at play! One of our go-to brands in the Tiny Green Mom household is SunRidge Farms! This family-owned company offers delicious snacks you can feel good about offering to your family. Whether you pack their Organic Banana Chips in your little one’s lunchbox for summer camp, or nosh on their Berries & Chocolate Antioxidant Mix as an afternoon pick-me-up, SunRidge Farms has the entire family covered when it comes to snacking!

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Some of our favorites include:

Organic Greek Yogurt Pretzels, Organic Quinoa Coconut Mango Granola, All Natural Berries & Chocolate Antioxidant Mix, Organic Dark Chocolate Raisins, All Natural Women’s Vitality Mix, All Natural Men’s Energy Mix, and Organic, Fair Trade Certified Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds (“Mom’s” favorite!)

SunRidge Farms Banana Chips

The organic snacks offered from SunRidge Farms contain no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides in growing and processing, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and no hydrogenated oils or trans fats.

In addition to purchasing the snacks individually, you can also purchase SunRidge Farms foods in bulk! Did you know that organic bulk items are 89 percent less expensive than their packaged counterparts? SunRidge Farms can be found right in the bulk aisles of your local grocery or health food store, including Whole Foods Markets.

About SunRidge Farms
SunRidge Farms is a family-owned company based in Royal Oaks, CA. It’s manufacturing facility is powered by 2,500 solar panels, eliminating more than 1.3 million points of CO2 annually. The company also uses biodiesel delivery trucks and hybrid cars to power its sales team and offers employees $5 a day to bike to and from work. You can learn more here.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*