Mom” recently had the opportunity to try Greek Gods®’ new Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Chia Seeds! We are big fans of chia seeds, a nutritional powerhouse and superfood, so learning that they were already added into Greek yogurt was exciting. Chia seeds are so tiny and it can be a bit messy to place in a small container, especially when you are packing a little one’s lunchbox, so the fact that the yogurt has chia seeds added makes this healthy snack mess-free!

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The Greek Gods® Nonfat Yogurt with Chia Seeds is high in protein (12g in every 5.3 oz cup!), has 120-140 calories per serving and comes in four delicious flavors with fruit or vanilla and chia seeds on the bottom: Strawberry, Peach, Blackberry and Vanilla. ”

Mom’s” favorites were the Strawberry and Vanilla flavors, but they are all extremely tasty! It is a perfect snack on the go – high in calcium, gluten-free and contains live and active probiotic cultures.

To learn more about Greek Gods® Nonfat Yogurt with Chia Seeds or to locate a store retailer near you, visit www.greekgodsyogurt.com.

You can visit their website to print a coupon for $0.50 off their yogurt here: http://www.greekgodsyogurt.com/promotions/.

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Colorful, bright, and just plain FUN – Funkins are durable and washable napkins that fit perfectly into little laps. They can do double duty as a bold and cheerful placemat and are perfect for meals on the run. Made from 100% cotton, the napkins are soft to the touch and are available in a rainbow of colors, patterns and styles that will delight both parents and little ones alike!

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At Tiny Green Mom, we love how versatile these cheery napkins are, with our favorite use being a picnic place mat at the park or beach! With such a variety of styles to choose from, every child knows which napkin or place mat is his or hers, making for less fuss!

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With over 3.5 million tons of paper towels and napkins ending up in landfills, the eco-friendly and CPSIA Compliant Funkins are a smart alternative to throwaway paper napkins. Environmentally-conscious families and schools that practice waste-free lunch programs will love Funkins. Learn more at http://www.myfunkins.com/.

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Move over Cracker Jacks! Remember Cracker Jacks, those syrupy sweet concoctions in a red and white box with a little prize inside when we were kids? Bakery On Main’s Nut Crunch Snacks are certainly reminiscent of those calorie-laden, sugary treats, but a far healthier, wholesome, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified snack!

Bakery On Main’s new lineup of Nut Crunch Snacks are crafted with care in the company’s dedicated gluten-free facility, and every delectable cluster features a sweet and salty mix of cashews, almonds, pecans and walnuts, certified gluten-free oats, and sweet fruit bits or chocolate. Certified gluten free (GFCO), Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy and casein free, and OU Kosher Certified, this good-for-you snack is made without artificial flavors or preservatives, low in sodium, and free of trans fat and cholesterol.

This snack is great to have on hand while traveling and is definitely a healthier way to snack in the new year! The bags of Nut Crunch Snacks did not last long at all in “Mom’s” kitchen, with everyone grabbing handfuls to snack on and remarking how yummy the snack tasted!

A sweet and salty, delightfully addictive treat, Bakery On Main’s Nut Crunch Snacks are available at select retailers across the country and online at BakeryOnMain.com. The lineup is available in six bakery-inspired flavors, which include: Original, Blueberry Cobbler, Chocolate, Maple Vanilla, Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Orange. The SRP is $5.99 for a 4oz bag.

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Mom” is expecting any day now, so of course she was excited to try out these delicious all-natural, organic cookies that effortlessly help boost a mother’s breast milk supply in preparation for baby’s arrival!

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Milkmakers Lactation Cookies nourish nursing moms with their delicious, whole food treats that contain just the right mix of natural, organic ingredients including oats, brewer’s yeast, flax seed and a custom blend of vitamins and minerals essential for breastfeeding moms. Breastfeeding moms can choose from yummy flavors including Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and brand new Lemon Lactation Cookies for a zesty, sweet treat! 1-2 nutritious cookies a day can help breastfeeding moms reap the full benefits of the cookie ingredients. “Mom” was delighted to find that the cookies stayed fresh, soft and chewy in their individually packaged bags, and can be easily tucked into a purse, backpack or diaper bag for a healthy on-the-go snack when out about with little ones in tow!

Founder and CEO, Emily Kane, created Milkmakers after her milk supply started to go down and she worried that she wouldn’t be able to provide enough milk for her baby. She tried every remedy available and finally, a lactation consultant told her about lactation cookies. It seemed too good to be true – she could eat delicious cookies AND increase her milk supply. To her surprise, she saw an immediate boost in her milk production!

Sold by the bag, in grab-and-go bakery boxes and as a baking mix, Milkmakers Lactation Cookies and Mixes come in gluten-free and dairy-free options, as well. You can order online at www.milkmakers.com.

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Don’t have time to juice or constantly on-the-go? In the New Year, add fresh-pressed, delicious and organic juices to your diet with ease with Telula! “Mom” was recently introduced to this brand and could not be more pleased with the taste, flavor variety and nutritional benefits – perfect for busy families!

This new shelf-stable line of fresh-pressed, organic juices from Made in Nature offers all of the nutritional benefits of home juicing with convenience and affordability for when you are pressed for time. At Tiny Green Mom, we are loving that Telula is packaged in beautiful, 32 oz. recyclable glass bottles and made from organic fresh-pressed ingredients that are gently pasteurized with no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial colors. You can choose from a variety of organic, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables in 10 tasty flavors including Green Fusion, Green Zing, Beet Carrot, Carrot Citrus, Melon Mint, Spicy Lemon, Blackberry Chia, Tart Cherry Chia, Bilberry Banana Chia & Coconut Citrus Chia.

Mom” tried three distinctly different flavors – Carrot Citrus, Blackberry Chia and Spicy Lemon. The Carrot Citrus and Blackberry Chia were huge hits with the entire family, and everyone was clamoring for more!

You can learn more at www.drinktelula.com to view the company’s full product line and to find a store located near you.

About Made in Nature

Made in Nature is a pioneer in organic food with a 25-year history of environmental stewardship, helping to convert thousands of acres of land to organic farming. Many of these farms use renewable energy and provide shade and habitat for endangered species. Today, Made In Nature also serves as a “Food Anthropologist,” sourcing ingredients with true taste of place, ripened at their source and picked at the peak of perfection. By procuring only 100 percent certified organic from a dedicated family of farmers, Made in Nature creates food that is celebrated by culinary creatives as being both nutritious and delicious. Go to www.madeinnature.com to view the company’s full product line.

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Everyone at Tiny Green Mom is loving noshing on these crisp, flavor-packed pita chips from New York Style! With added superfoods like chia seeds, flaxseed and quinoa in some of the varieties, these chips are sneakily healthy and downright delicious!

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New York Style has been making delicious, New York City-inspired snacks for over 30 years! With the addition of the new Pita Chip line featuring six distinct flavors, you will love all the yummy options as you snack yourself healthier into the New Year. Serve them at all of your upcoming holiday gatherings or New Year’s Eve party with your favorite dips for a nutritious alternative to calorie-laden potato chips.

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Made from Mediterranean-style pita bread, New York Style Pita Chips are available in six delectable flavors, including Chia Seeds & Quinoa, Ancient Grains & Flaxseed, Parmesan Garlic & Herb, Sea Salt, Red Hot Chili Pepper, and Garden Fresh Ranch. “Mom’s” favorite is the Chia Seeds & Quinoa – they taste delicious and are packed with goodness!

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To learn more about New York Style Pita Chips, or to locate a retailer near you, visit www.newyorkstyle.com.

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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/.

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This deliciously simple recipe for Superfood Pesto is a staple in “Mom’s” house! It can be made ahead and stored for use, or eaten immediately – we love it served over pasta or salmon, as well as swirled into soups or spread on fresh bread! “Mom” started adding in flax and chia seeds as a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition unnoticed by her little ones – Carrington Farms has made it even easier to add in with their convenient Flax Chia PAKS.

Superfood Pesto

Tiny Green Mom’s Superfood Pesto

Ingredients

2 cups fresh organic basil leaves (“Mom” prefers Trader Joe’s Organic Basil)
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 fresh garlic cloves
2/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil (divided – see below)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably organic
1 package Carrington Farms Flax Chia PAKS

Preparation

Combine the organic basil, pine nuts, fresh garlic and parmesan cheese in a blender or small food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process the mixture until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with the salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

If you plan to serve the pesto immediately, add in all the remaining oil, incorporating until smooth.

If you plan to store the pesto, place the remaining extra virgin olive oil over the top of the pesto in the container. “Mom” prefers to place a layer of Press’n Seal over the top of the pesto, and then placing the lid of the container on top to help keep it fresh.

Enjoy!

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About Carrington Farms Flax Chia PAKS

Combination of Carrington Farms’ popular sliced Organic Milled Flax Seeds with Carrington’s Organic Chia Seeds. Excellent source of energy and nutrients for lasting heart health and boosted metabolism. Rich in Omega-3’s, Fiber, Antioxidants, and Protein. Packed in a portable and convenient single serve packet with a pre-measured daily dosage, FlaxChia Paks answer all needs for the health conscious, on the go consumer. No refrigeration necessary. Available at grocery stores nationwide and online at www.CarringtonFarms.com; MSRP: $9.79. / 12-pak box

*Images and samples of Carrington Flax Chia PAKS courtesy of Carrington Farms.*

Looking for a healthier marshmallow – free of artificial ingredients that are not made with gelatin? Dandies Vegan Marshmallows are completely free of the ingredient gelatin, 100% vegan, and perfect for making animal-friendly, gooey, warm and satisfyingly sweet homemade crispy treats or s’mores. In “Mom’s” kitchen, that is exactly what we made – Vegan Crispy Treats! A simple and fun cooking activity for little ones (with mom or dad’s help, of course!), these Vegan Crispy Treats were a hit using Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows!

Mom’s Vegan Crispy Treats

Ingredients

6 cups organic crispy rice cereal (“Mom” prefers Nature’s Path)
3 Tbsp. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 package Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows

Preparation

Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan with coconut oil cooking spray.

In a medium or large saucepan, melt the Earth Balance Buttery Spread over low heat. Add in the Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows, and stir until completely melted. Remove this misture from the heat, and add in the organic crispy rice cereal. Stir until well coated.

Press the mixture evenly into the pan using a spatula and let cool. Once completely cooled, cut into squares and enjoy!

About Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

Dandies are the first Non-GMO Verified marshmallows on the market, and they are produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree-nuts. In addition, Dandies Vegan Marshmallows are free of artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup and do not contain any wheat, corn or soy. The best part is, these vegan marshmallows are indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts and perfect for making all of your favorite marshmallow treats. Dandies are air puffed, which gives them a traditional light and fluffy texture.

Dandies Classic Vanilla Marshmallows are available in campfire style and mini sizes at Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores across the U.S. for an SRP of $5.29 per 10oz package. Visit DandiesMarshmallows.com for more information or find @MyDandies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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It’s time to indulge in the culinary delights of the season with these nutritious and tasty finds! Cut down on calories in traditional holiday favorites such as egg nog and pumpkin pie by stocking the fridge with these alternatives everyone in the family will enjoy!

Noosa PumpkinPumpkin and Cranberry Apple Flavors from noosa yoghurt

Kids and adults alike will be raving about noosa’s velvety pumpkin deliciousness, as this yoghurt’s fusion of spicy and sweet makes it taste like a spoonful of pumpkin pie filling itself! Noosa pumpkin yoghurt is a great substitute for the traditional pumpkin pie – especially with their convenient mini-containers!

Noosa Cranberry-Apple-FamilyA rich cranberry apple flavor is also available this season – a tart yet sweet treat for the taste buds!

Both pumpkin noosa and cranberry apple noosa are now available on grocery shelves nationwide in the traditional 8 ounce container at $2.99, as well as 4 ounce 4-packs mini-containers at $4.99. Intrigued? Make sure to visit their website to download a $0.55 coupon, too!

Lifeway Eggnog KefirHoliday Kefir from Lifeway Foods

Lifeway Foods, leaders in probiotic and nutritious foods, has introduced a series of wholesome treats for the holidays! Their holiday kefir, rich in flavors of Pumpkin Spice, Eggnog, and Cranberry Crème Brûlée are filled with probiotics and contain only 140 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving. If you are a fan of egg nog, like “Mom,” but not the calories, the Eggnog Kefir is almost too good to be true! Rich, sweet and just plain yummy, the container did not last very long in our home!

Lifeway Pumpkin Spice KefirYou can use the store locator tab on the Lifeway website to locate a store near you that carries the seasonal flavors.

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