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I am always on the lookout for a healthier treat for my family, and these little bites of organic goodness definitely fit the bill! I have seen Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies tucked in the bins at Starbucks and have always wanted to give them a try… so when asked to try all 4 of their delicious flavors, I jumped at the chance!

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Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies are made with clean, organic ingredients like fair trade cocoa powder, and contain zero artificial ingredients or coloring! They are certified USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and paleo-friendly, making them an ideal little snack!

Available in flavors like Dark Cacao, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Lemon Ginger and more, these superfood snacks are great atop smoothies, yogurt, or as a yummy bite straight from the bag.

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Emmy’s are also the perfect size for summer travel and can be found at Starbucks stores nationwide — making them an ideal on-the-go vegan or paleo option!

We loved the simplicity of the vanilla flavor, which reminded me of traditional shortbread with a hint of coconut! If you have little ones like I do, make sure they eat those over a plate as they are soft and can be a bit flaky.

To learn more about Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies, visit emmysorganics.com.

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

If you’re like me, you are always searching for healthier versions of your family’s favorite snack foods… and Junkless Chewy Granola Bars definitely deliver! Upping the YUM factor considerably, we are now stocking our pantry with these delish chewy granola bars!

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These family-friendly, better-for-you snacks that are minimally processed, contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and are Non-GMO Project Verified. Produced by Junkless Foods Inc., the bars are made with less than eight ingredients. No junk, and they taste good!

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Junkless Chewy Granola Bars are available in 4 flavors you and your kiddos will love, including Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, 100% REAL Strawberries and Cinnamon Roll. The Chocolate Chip flavor is my little guy’s favorite, and I find the Cinnamon Roll to be almost sinful!

The bars are perfect for lunch boxes or tossing in a diaper bag, purse or backpack for an emergency snack.

Ernie Pang, who used to do marketing for Kellogg’s, came up with the idea after he and his son were grocery shopping and Michael asked about the lengthy list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the side panel of a frozen food product. Ernie thought there had to be a better way!

Junkless Chewy Granola Bars are available nationally on Amazon and in select grocery stores around the country. Learn more at junklessfoods.com.

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

Calling all popcorn lovers! If your family is anything like mine, popcorn is a staple for movie nights at home! We love snuggling up on the couch with a big bowl to share, while the toddler runs circles around the living room as we watch the latest flick. With a massive family size bag – there is (hopefully) enough for everyone!

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Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn from Popcornopolis makes enjoying popcorn deliciously easy! With only 38 calories per cup, Nearly Naked Popcorn is popped in coconut oil and expertly salted to taste. For me, as a total health nut, this fact alone makes this a top pick for my family!

Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn from Popcornopolis is:

100% American Grown Corn
Non-GMO Corn
Certified Gluten Free
No Added Preservatives
No High Fructose Corn Syrup
No MSG
0g Trans Fat
Popped in Coconut Oil
100% Whole Grain

For all of you with Costco memberships, Organic Nearly Naked will be in Costco stores from March 13, selling for $5.39 a bag. From April 19 – May 13, the cost will drop to $3.49. It’ll be the perfect time to grab a few bags for spring & summer fun!

Interested in learning more about Popcornopolis? Check out their website at Popcornopolis.com, and connect with them on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popcornopolis/
Instagram: @popcornopolis
Twitter: @popcornopolis

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

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.*

Move over, ice cream! There’s a new treat to indulge in… guilt-free! We recently had the opportunity to dive into a variety of decadent and delicious ARCTIC ZERO® Fit Frozen Desserts® Pints, and wow, what a delight! The whole family had fun trying the different flavors, from Salted Caramel to Cake Batter to Peanut Butter Swirl. We even received a cute heart-shaped bowl and ice cream scooper to add to the fun!

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If you are looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream, ARCTIC ZERO® Fit Frozen Desserts® Pints are the perfect zero-guilt sweet treats for parents who care about clean ingredients. Each crave-worthy, low-calorie, lactose free pint is made with hormone-free whey protein and sweetened naturally with monk fruit, making it low in sugar. Your whole family will love these delicious frozen treats!

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Chunky Pints are a little more indulgent with bits of yummy treats swirled in. Only 75 calories per half-cup serving and 300 calories for the entire pint, Chunky pints are low in fat (1-2.5 grams). Find the following flavors at select Target stores: Rocky Road Trip, Cherry Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Swirl (absolutely divine!) and Brownie Blast.

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Creamy Pints are deliciously smooth and creamy. Only 35 calories per half-cup serving and 150 calories for the entire pint, and Creamy pints are fat free. Find the following flavors at select Target stores: Cookie Shake, Cake Batter and Salted Caramel (“Mom’s” favorite!).

Why We Love ARCTIC ZERO!

ARCTIC ZERO is low in sugar (low glycemic) and makes a great sweet treat for diabetics since it’s sweetened naturally with monk fruit (no sugar alcohols).

ARCTIC ZERO is lactose free and perfect for those who are lactose intolerant.

ARCTIC ZERO only uses rBST-free whey protein.

There are many gluten-free ARCTIC ZERO options available that are every bit as delicious as non-gluten free frozen desserts.

ARCTIC ZERO Creamy pints are fat free and only 35 calories per half- cup serving and 150 calories for the entire pint, making it a zero-guilt dessert.

ARCTIC ZERO Chunky pints are low in fat (1-2.5 grams) and only 75 calories per half-cup serving and 300 calories for the entire pint, allowing you to indulge without guilt.

ARCTIC ZERO pints contain 3-4 grams of protein per serving and are perfect in protein smoothies or shakes.
All ARCTIC ZERO pints contain 2-3 grams of fiber per serving.

ARCTIC ZERO is certified kosher, GMO free, and contains no artificial ingredients.

Price: $4.49-$4.99 a pint.

*We received ARCTIC ZERO through the Moms Meet Ambassador program for review. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

In our home, we are always looking for organic, clean-ingredient fruit snacks when craving something sweet & healthy! When on-the-go with little ones, having a treat to reach for in a hurry that won’t spoil a meal beforehand is always a plus…or when they spy something they want but shouldn’t have going through the checkout line at the grocery store. Tuck a few Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars in your purse or diaper bag for these situations…we’ve all been there!

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Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars are dual-flavored, triple-layered fruit snacks made from organic fruit and vegetable juices and purees, with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The Layered Fruit Bars are produced in a nut free facility, which makes them an ideal allergy-friendly treat to pack in your purse, kids’ lunchbox, beach bag & more! Each fruit-based bar contains 12 grams of sugar with only 60 calories. The bars are made with USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher ingredients.

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The bar is available in Strawberry Banana and Pineapple Passionfruit and sold in a 24 pack for $10.99 per variety box at Costco – making it ideal for families on a budget. We are loving the Pineapple Passionfruit flavor – think tropical sunsets on an island!

Pure Organic’s Layered Fruit Bars are also available at Sprouts, select Safeway locations, Albertsons, and Whole Foods, as well as many other natural food stores and online at PureOrganic.com.

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

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and that means planning for backyard barbecues, a beach bash, or a picnic in the park with your family! Now you can feel good about serving up some chips to go with your favorite salads, fruit skewers, grilled chicken and more with the latest addition to Deep River Snacks – HONCHOS Tortilla Chips!

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This exciting new line of organic tortilla chips are made with 90-100% organic ingredients, and are non-GMO and Certified Gluten-Free. Available in 3 mouthwatering flavors, including Nacho Cheese, Peach Habanero, and Ranch, this flavor explosion is one you can feel good about indulging in this Memorial Day! Take note, sweet heat fans, the Peach Habanero is like nothing you have ever tasted in a tortilla chip!

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As with all Deep River Snacks, the new HONCHOS are proudly made in the USA without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and they are Non-GMO, Kosher, Certified Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free! The best part about choosing Deep River Snacks? They ‘Give a Chip!‘ Each bag features a great charity partner with a back story that means something important to a Deep River Snacks’ founder or employee.

Mom” doesn’t usually eat chips, but these were just too good to resist, and the fact that they are made with Non-GMO and organic ingredients made them extremely irresistible! You can use their store locator tab to find the new HONCHOS near you!

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

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.

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

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.*

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.*