For breakfast or in-between as a go-to healthy snack, Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Granolas are shaking things up in “Mom’s” kitchen! New flavors to tantalize your taste buds or just dress up your morning are available as the kiddos head back-to-school, including Apple Blueberry Granola, Apple Strawberry Granola and Crunchy Coconut Granola. Pack a small container with granola into your child’s lunch to top their organic yogurt as a wholesome treat!

The new granolas are packing a powerful punch – providing more than 27 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving! In addition, Bob’s Red Mill sweetens their granolas with all-natural sweeteners such as honey, pure vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. Enjoy the new granolas with almond milk or soy milk for breakfast or straight out of the bag for an afternoon pick-me-up! The granolas pack well for hiking and camping, too!

Get the kids cooking in the kitchen with you after school with this yummy and nutritious snack featuring Bob’s Red Mill Natural Granola – Granola Trail Mix Cookies!

Granola Trail Mix Cookies

Ingredients

•1/2 cup Butter, unsalted (“Mom” prefers organic)
•1/2 cup Yellow D Sugar (Brown Sugar)
•1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
•1 Egg
•1/2 tsp Baking Soda
•1 Tb Warm Water
•1/2 cup plus 2 Tb White Flour, Unbleached
•1/2 tsp Vanilla
•1-1/2 cups Natural Granola (No Fat Added)
•1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
•6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
•1/2 cups Raisins (Unsulfured)

Preparation

Take butter out of the refrigerator and allow to soften. Preheat oven to 350°F. Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water.

In a bowl, cream the softened butter with the sugars. Beat in the egg, baking soda mixture, flour and vanilla. Stir in the granola, coconut, chocolate chips and raisins.

Drop rounded teaspoons of the dough about 4-inch apart onto a greased cookie sheet. With a fork, flatten and spread each mound into a round (about 3″ in diameter). Bake cookies for 7 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 30 cookies.

To view more recipes using Bob’s Red Mill Granolas, or their other all-natural products, visit www.bobsredmill.com.

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

What’s cookin’ in “Mom’s” kitchen this week? We are! Serving up some family fun by getting the kids involved in some hands-on time in the kitchen, We Can Cook by Jessica Levinson and Maja Pitamic have written an excellent resource to help families navigate around the kitchen together. With nutritious yet kid-friendly offerings, such as Salmon and Vegetable Kabobs, Happy Face Waffles, Cranberry Pecan Granola and Caprese Sticks, parents and their children will enjoy their time creating healthy meals with each other.

Whether you want to learn alternative lunchbox ideas, or make breakfast more nutritious for all (Yogurt Parfait, anyone?), We Can Cook has simple solutions and recipes everyone will love to dig into at mealtime!

Mom’s” favorites from We Can Cook include Grilled Plums with Yogurt Dip, Tofu Stir-fry, and Rosemary Pita Chips! Each chapter also has an activity idea outlined as the kitchen is an educational place! From pouring and measuring to making table settings, your little ones will be learning while having fun.

To learn more about this fabulous new cookbook and resource for families and their aspiring chefs, visit www.jessicalevinson.com. You can also order a copy of We Can Cook on Amazon.com.

*Company generously provided a book copy and images for this review.*

Serve up some Southern hospitality in the comfort of your own home with the help of Fischer & Wieser! This family-owned Texas-based company produces delicious, uniquely flavored all-natural sauces, mustards, salsas, and salad dressings that make entertaining a breeze. “Mom” currently had the opportunity to do a little taste-testing of their mustards, which can be used for glazing meats, dipping pretzels, vegetables & more, or spreading on sandwiches!

Fischer & Wieser offers 4 unique mustard blends:

  • Pretzel Dipping Mustard (perfect for dipping any salty after-school treat)
  • Brat Haus Beer Mustard (goes best with hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken tenders)
  • Smokey Mesquite Mustard (a bit sweeter than the others, great for turkey or chicken sandwiches)
  • Sweet Heat Mustard (a complex mix of sweet and spicy for the brave mustard-lovers)

Mom” really enjoyed the Pretzel Dipping Mustard, which has just a hint of sweetness, and makes an excellent mid-afternoon snack that the whole family can enjoy! The Brat Haus Mustard is another favorite – it went very well with chicken & sun-dried tomato sausages topped with sauteed eggplant, onions & kalamata olives on whole wheat buns!

For recipe ideas and more, visit the recipe section on Fischer & Wieser’s website. They offer a fabulous selection of recipes that creatively utilize their sauces and more!

To learn more about Fischer & Weiser, or to order some of their all-natural sauces, mustards, & more, visit www.jelly.com

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

Navitas Power Snacks

Now you can get your superfoods to-go! For the active health nut, this exciting & delicious option from Navitas Naturals calls for a celebration! With two yummy flavors to choose from, Cacao-Goji and Citrus-Chia Power, healthy snacking is easy and convenient wherever you may roam! Each flavor is made from the most nutrient-dense organic seeds, fruits and nuts. “Mom’s” favorite? The Cacao-Goji! Like a burst of chocolate, but even more powerful than a square of dark chocolate!

Each power snack comes in an 8-ounce resealable and recyclable pouch for enjoying anytime, anywhere! The gluten-free, dairy-free snacks contain no refined sugar, which “Mom” loves!

The 6 Superfoods in Navitas Power Snacks include:

1. Chia is a high-energy superseed that offers a unique blend of protein, fiber, essential fats, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. Perhaps most notable, chia is a rich source of essential fatty acids – more than 3 times the concentration of most grains. Chia is also a robust source of protein (more than 20%) with all of the essential amino acids.

2. Cacao is a raw form of chocolate that is one of the world’s best sources of powerful antioxidants, and is the richest food source of magnesium. Cacao also provides a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients including: Iron; Potassium; proteins;beta-carotene; and alkaloids.

3. The Goji Berry is one of the highest known sources of antioxidants and it contains 18 amino acids and all essential amino acids. Rich in beta-carotene, polysaccharides, riboflavinand carotenoids, the goji berry is known to help foster a long life and strengthen the immune system.

4. Camu-Camu is most famous for its abundant concentration of vitamin C – containing up to 60 times more than an orange. This antioxidant-rich berry is also a great source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta-carotene and other powerful phytochemicals and amino acids that are known to have a wide range of therapeutic effects.

5. Maca is rich in amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, C and E,calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and is a good source of sterols and fatty acids. It has long been used in traditional medicine to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Alkaloids in maca are known to nourish the endocrine system – responsible for production and maintenance of hormones.

6. Lucuma is naturally sweet, but low on the glycemic index. This alternative sweetener is also a good source of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta carotene, fiber and bio-available protein.

To learn more about Navitas Power Snacks, or to locate a store near you, visit NavitasNaturals.com.

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

The Original Spaghetti Scrubs

Cleaning has gone au naturel! How about using corn cobs and peach pits to scour and scrub sinks, dishes, pots, and pans? NO soap needed! Goodbye Detergent’s Original Spaghetti Scrubs are simple to use – just moisten with water and roll into a ball for all of your general cleaning around the kitchen. Due the naturally abrasive action of the corn cobs and peach pits, no soap is needed, but can be added sparingly for tackling items with heavy grease. The special shape of the Spaghetti Scrubs makes them conform easily to corners and hard-to-reach places, such as behind faucets. When finished cleaning, just rinse and hang to dry thoroughly – it leaves no odors like a smelly & germy sponge!

Plus – both green-minded & budget-conscious people will appreciate that Spaghetti Scrubs last for months!

Why Use Spaghetti Scrubs?

•Reusable scrubs last for months
•Unique pliable shape
•Great for peeling vegetables
•Lack of mold and bacteria
•No smell or rust
•Save money and the environment by reducing the need for soaps

To learn more about Goodbye Detergent’s various natural cleaning products, or to order your own set of Spaghetti Scrubs (sold in set of 2), visit GoodbyeDetergent.com.

Dinner just became a whole lot easier and more flavorful with the help of Sweetwater Spice Company’s all-natural, gluten-free and fat-free brines! Have you heard of brining? “Mom” was recently intoduced, and wow – what moist, mouth-watering meats, chicken, fish, and even vegetables can be made! Sweetwater Spice Company has created the only ready-to-use brine on the market. It’s simple – just soak the meat, chicken, fish, or vegetable in the measured amount of brine, and in 30 minutes or less, everything is ready to be grilled or roasted.

The brines are perfect for grilling and authentic slow smoked barbecue, but they also taste delicious roasted. The process of brining prevents overcooking, ensuring that the final product is moist and flavorful while infusing and locking in the natural juices. “Mom” is loving the Tres Chilies Fajita Bath on grilled shrimp. The brines are available in mouth-watering flavors like Apple Chipotle, Smoked Habanero, Lime Jalapeno and Citrus Herb – Turkey Bath.

From the Sweetwater Spice Company Kitchen:

APPLE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN BREAST

We love to show off the Apple Chipotle on boneless skinless chicken breasts – grilled or roasted. Whereas the most common problem with boneless/skinless breasts is dry, stringy meat, a 30 minute soak in BBQ BATH leaves the breast plump and moist while the apple juice and spices caramelize on the outside. You can also try this with fish filets (20 minutes) and shrimp (15 min).

SWEETWATER SEPHARDIC CHAROSET

Ingredients

2 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 Cup Dried Apricots (no sugar added)
1/4 Cup Dried Cherries (no sugar added)
2 cups Muscat wine
1/2 cup Raw Cashews
1/2 cup Raw Pistachios (shelled)
1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground green cardamom
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t ground clove

Preparation

Dice the Apricots and place in Muscat wine, along with cherries. Let the dried fruit reconstitute for while you prep the remainder of the recipe (15-20 min).

Lightly toast the cashews and pistachios – be careful not to burn.

Peel and dice the Apples.

Place reconstituted dried fruits, apple, toasted nuts, spices, and 1/4 cup ofthe left over wine into food processor and pulse (do not puree).

Add additional spices and wine as necessary for taste and desired texture.

The flavors in this recipe will meld together over time if it is allowed to sitin the fridge prior to serving.

MORE ABOUT BRINING:

Sweetwater Spice makes the brines in small batches with highly concentrated fruit juices, herbs and spices expertly blended and cooked to perfection. Thebrining process reduces cooking time, preserves the flavors and stop the juicesand sugars from caramelizing and helps retain the heat from the chilies. TheBBQ Bath brine concentrates are ready-to-use in the kitchen and you don’t even need a grill. The brine works just as well for roasting or frying as it does for smoking and grilling. All you need to do is smother the meat, fish or even veggies, with the BBQ Bath and equal parts water and let it soak for 30 minutes to flavor and protect from the perils of uneven heat and overcooking and then cook to perfection.

To learn more about the various brines available from Sweetwater Spice Company, or to order, visit www.sweetwaterspice.com.

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