Teeny, tiny, perfectly-sized pieces for little hands is what Tiny Fruits by Little Duck Organics has made its mission. Well, mission accomplished! These certified organic, 100% fruit snacks are pure YUM. Made from fresh fruit from farms right here in the US, Tiny Fruits are gluten-free and do not contain added sugars. As they pack easily, they are a nutritious and healthy addition to your child’s lunch this Fall. Not just for school lunches, Tiny Fruits make an excellent addition to homemade trail mix and are a great snack for families on the move. We are lovin’ the Blueberry & Apple flavor at “Mom’s” house!

Tiny Fruits are available in four kid-pleasing combinations: Apple & Banana, Strawberry & Mango, Blueberry & Apple and NEW! Pineapple & Mango. Tiny Fruits are available at Whole Foods Market, Earth Fare, Hannaford, Fairway Market, Sweetbay, Central Market, Stop & Shop, Diapers.com, FreshDirect.com and other retailers nationwide.

For additional information, to locate a store near you, or to order online, visit LittleDuckOrganics.com.

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Healthier lunchbox items abound with Bitsy’s Brainfood! As the little ones head off to school shortly, stocking up on nutritious foods that pack well for lunch is a big concern. Tuck these bites of goodness into your child’s lunchbox as a treat – they come in kid-pleasing flavors such as Zucchini Gingerbread Carrot, Orange Chocolate Beet, Lemon Broccoli and Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin. “Mom” found the Lemon Broccoli flavor to be quite tasty!

Key Benefits of Bitsy’s Brainfood include:

  • • Excellent source of Omega 3 DHA, Vitamins A, B 12, B6, D3 and Folic Acid
  • • Good source of iron and calcium
  • • No GMO’s

 

Bitsy’s Brainfood are made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients, and the combinations are excellent, if even a bit surprising! Who knew zucchini, gingerbread, and carrot could go together so well!

Bitsy’s Brainfood encourages children to make smart snacking choices, as well as makes learning fun with letter shaped cookies and a collectible sticker from Bitsy’s wacky superfood alphabet characters included in each box. We are big fans at “Mom’s” house!

To learn more about Bitsy’s Brainfood, or to locate a store near you, please visit BitsysBrainfood.com.

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Lunchbox makeover time! Kids will love the snackable crunch of Pretzel Crisps® packed in their lunchbox this Fall! A healthier alternative for all of your child’s dips, such as hummus, salsa, white bean spread, Greek yogurt, or spreadable goat cheese, Pretzel Crisps® are available in 11 different flavors. They can also be topped with organic turkey and cheese, apple slices, and more unique pairings, such as Key Lime Crunch.

Key Lime Crunch

Ingredients

Original Pretzel Crisps
Key lime yogurt
Lime garnish (optional)

Preparation

Lay Pretzel Crisps® flat on plate or serving platter, and top with Key Lime yogurt. For extra flair, use a lime garnish.

How does “Mom” prefer her Pretzel Crisps®? Dipped in decadent dark chocolate! Yum! Cinnamon Toast is also an especially kid-pleasing choice! Try it topped with a banana slice and peanut butter, or apple slices and sharp cheddar (shown above)!

Pretzels Crisps® are a nutritious, healtheir alternative to potato chips and other calorie laden snack foods. Each serving of 10 – 11 crisps is a mere 110 calories, and the crisps contain no fat, including trans fats. Delicious flavors include Original, Everything, Garlic Parmesan, Sesame, Buffalo Wing, Jalapeño Jack, Chipotle Cheddar, Classic, Supreme, Tuscan Three Cheese, and Cinnamon Toast.

For more information, recipe ideas and pretzel pairing inspirations, you can visit pretzelcrisps.com.

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Back-to-school eco-fuel! GravelNuts are the perfect packables in your child’s lunchbox or backpack for a quick after school snack before sports. All-natural, gluten-free, and vegan friendly snacks are the ultimate “on-the-go” munchies for kids and adults alike. Delicious and organic, Gravelnuts will give your future microbiologist or sports star a burst of energy before any activity, during or after school! “Mom” is loving the GravelSins!

Packed with great flavors and nutritional benefits, Gravelnuts bars and gravel packs are available in 5 sinful delicious blends, including:

GravelNuts Go-Bars – An energy rich, harmful-free radicals bars. Great as a pre-workout snack!
Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, brown rice crisps, a dot of brown sugar, vanilla, sea salt, blended with agave nectar to form this unique bar.

Gravel Tropics – Sit back, relax, and imagine you are lounging at a beach with this tropical mix.
Hazelnuts, almonds and sesame seeds dance with papaya, pineapple and mango in a lemon and agave nectar glaze.

GravelSins – A chocoholics’ Delight!
Walnuts and almonds, sumptuous dark chocolate, stimulated by a touch of orange extract, all wedded by agave nectar.

GravelSeeds – Nutless heaven those allergic to nuts.
Sunflower, pumpkin, hemp and ground flax seeds lightly blanketed with cinnamon and blended with agave nectar.

GravelNuts Granola – A nutritious addition to your favorite breakfast!
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, rolled outs, brown rice crisps, a touch of brown sugar, peanut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt unite with agave nectar.

To learn more about GravelNuts, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, visit GravelNuts.com.

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This deliciously flavorful soup marries traditional Thai flavors with the goodness of Quorn.

Thai-Style Chik’n and Coconut Soup

 

Ingredients

3 cups canned vegetable broth
1 can (13.5 oz.) light, unsweetened coconut milk
1 large stalk lemon grass (root end trimmed), finely chopped
1-1/2 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh ginger (about a 1-inch chunk)
1-1/2 cups Quorn™ Chik’n Tenders (frozen)
1/2 cup canned baby corn (about 6-7 ears), cut into thin lengthwise strips
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
¼-1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce, to taste
¼ cup EACH, finely sliced red & green pepper strips
1 Tbsp. scallions, finely sliced
1 Tbsp. chopped, fresh cilantro

Preparation

1. Pour vegetable broth and coconut milk into 3qt. saucepot. Bring to a boil over Med.-High heat, then reduce heat; stir in lemon grass and ginger. Simmer 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Strain soup into a large bowl, discard lemon grass and ginger; return soup to saucepot. Add Quorn™ Chik’n Tenders. Simmer soup 7-8 minutes longer.
3. Add baby corn, lime juice and fish sauce to soup; stir in Sriracha sauce. Continue to simmer soup 2-3 more minutes.
4. Just before serving, stir red and green peppers, scallions and cilantro into hot soup.

TIPS

Sriracha sauce is a flavorful hot chili sauce available at most Asian food markets and grocery stores. If unavailable you can always use a good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or a dash of your favorite hot sauce.

For a little extra “zip,” be sure to serve this soup with additional lime wedges on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

*Recipe and image provided by Quorn.*

With the kids heading back-to-school, now is a great time to start planning healthy and nutritious lunches! Say bye-bye to plain peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hello to exciting new food combinations that young and old alike will love! LUNCHBOX SOLUTIONS is chock full of delicious recipe ideas to nurture your family’s health.

Written by Chef Kate McAloon (The Healthy Chef to numerous Hollywood stars), Therese Kerr (mother of Miranda Kerr, proud grandmother of Flynn and GM of Kora Organics), and Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani (International award winning, best selling author and mother of four), this new cookbook features the following:

1. Informative videos explaining certain foods and health principles.

2. Over 70 step-by-step recipes that are wholesome, gluten-free and easy and incredibly tasty.

3. An extensive ‚click through Glossary‚ which enables the reader to learn about the nutritional benefits of ingredients, plus ideas on how to empower your children with this knowledge.

4. Fantastic tips on how to vastly (and easily!) improve the health of you and your family.

5. Shopping list suggestions for easy pantry stocking and online ordering.

In addition, LUNCHBOX SOLUTIONS includes information about some ingredients you may not be familiar with, such as coconut oil, agave syrup, gluten-free grains and flours. These can be easily found in health food shops and are highly recommended as health-conscious substitutes for their commonly consumed counterparts, like margarine, white sugar and white flour.

Cooking is not rocket science (although baking may be!) and you can turn all of your food battles into eating adventures with a little inspiration. Tiny Green Mom will be featuring recipes weekly from this exciting new cookbook, so if you are looking to break out of the lunchbox rut you are currently in, stop back often!

To learn more or to buy a copy of the book, visit www.chefkate.me.

For hectic mornings getting the kids off to school in time, simpli has made a healthier choice for breakfast easy and convenient. No, we are not talking about toaster pastries! simpli Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal comes in 3 flavors, Raspberry, Apricot and Plain, and is packaged in a perfectly portioned bowl. Made of whole grain, natural fiber, GMO-free oats, simpli Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal boasts 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber in a single serving.

Mom” is loving the Raspberry flavor, and the oatmeal can be made in minutes. Topped off with almond milk, this makes a great “go-to” breakfast!

To learn more about simpli Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal, or to locate a retailer near you, please visit livesimpli.com.

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Love cooking with ripe, fresh tomatoes? Whether you enjoy creating homemade pasta sauces, pizzas, and soups, such as minestrone or “Mom’s” favorite, creamy tomato basil, Pomì Tomatoes makes it simple! Their Italian tomatoes are conveniently sealed in a BPA-free, stay-fresh package, and contain no preservatives, citric acid, or artificial flavors.

Why choose Pomì Tomatoes?

100% natural
Long shelf life without refrigeration
Not from concentrate
No preservatives
No artificial flavors
No citric acid
No water added
BPA-free packaging

Mom” loves to make this spicy version of tomato and basil soup with Pomì Tomatoes – you can adjust the red pepper flakes to your liking.

Tiny Green Mom’s Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

Ingredients

3 – 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

5 – 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

2 organic carrots, chopped

1 stalk organic celery, chopped

2 containers Pomì Chopped Tomatoes

Handful of fresh basil (10 leaves should be plenty)

Pinch of turbinado sugar

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

Red pepper flakes, to taste

4 cups organic chicken broth

1 – 2 cups organic plain soymilk creamer or organic whipping cream (omit if you do not desire a creamy soup)

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery; cook until just wilted. (about 10 minutes) Add the canned tomatoes, fresh basil, juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes more. Add the chicken stock, red pepper flakes and the allspice, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover partially, and let the soup simmer for 50 minutes. Once simmered, puree the soup in a blender or food processor, to desired consistency. (some prefer it chunky!) It helps to have a separate bowl to place the pureed soup into as you blend the soup. Return the soup to the soup pot, add the cream if desired, and heat through once more. Add salt and pepper, as needed.

Serve with crackers, crusty bread, or sandwiches – enjoy!

To learn more about Pomì Tomatoes, or to locate a retailer near you, please visit pomi.us.com.

Smooth, creamy, and just the right size in a perfectly portioned bowl, the new Swiss Yogurt bowls from Emmi Roth USA have been gracing “Mom’s” kitchen this week! With decidedly kid-friendly flavors, such as Green Apple, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry and Raspberry, as well as a few for more mature taste buds, including Coffee and Pink Grapefruit, there are 11 delicious options in all. Made from rbST-free milk and other all-natural ingredients, each yogurt boasts 9 grams of protein per serving, making it an excellent lunchbox choice as the kids head back-to-school.

Mom” found the Black Cherry and Vanilla Bean flavors to be her favorite in the Emmi Roth line, and loved that the yogurt comes packaged in a small “bowl” that can be topped with homemade granola or fruit. The containers can be recycled, as well.

Emmi Roth Swiss Yogurt can be found at natural food retailers nationwide, such as Fresh Market. To locate a store near you, please visit EmmiRothUSA.com.

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If you are like most parents, you are on the move this summer! From shuttling children to various camps and activities to fitting in your own workout to taking the annual family vacation, it can be hard to find time to fit in a nutritious meal three times a day! USANA Nutrimeal is an optimal choice for those times when you need a quick, healthy meal that provides your body with the fuel it needs but doesn’t require too much preparation – just a shaker bottle!

This refreshing meal-replacement shake is available in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, vanilla (“Mom’s” favorite!) or strawberry, plus gluten-free options! With 4 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein and a low-glycemic index, the Nutrimeal offers sustained energy without adding the pounds and the body bloat. It is the perfect breakfast shake or afternoon pick-me-up!

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit usana.com.

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