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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!

Pure Organic Pineapple PassionFruit

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.

Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars

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.

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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!

Orgain Almond Milk Sweetened

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!

Orgain Almond milk Comparison

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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Mom” is loving the certified organic Low Fat Cranberry Chew Granola by GrandyOats. An independent company and industry leader, GrandyOats Granolas are delicious and setting the high standard for non-GE ingredients in their product line.

The main ingredients in the Cranberry Chew Granola includes oats, cranberries, orange juice & apple pieces, and is made with 100% organic grains, is oil free, contains only 1 gram of fat, and contains no saturated fats. Enjoy it with milk, yogurt, fruit or by the handful as a snack!

Mom” found a wonderful array of recipes on the GrandyOats website, with many tempting and tasty ideas for using granola! Her pick? The Blissful Banana Bites!

Blissful Banana Bites

Ingredients

1 C GrandyOats Classic Granola or GrandyOats Coconut Toasted Almonds, ground up
¼ C semi-sweet choc. chips
1/8 C cream (“Mom” prefers Soymilk Creamer)
2 sliced bananas or other fruit

Preparation

Grind up granola or nut mixture, set aside. Heat cream over low-med heat and add choc. chips, stir until smooth, remove from heat. Dip slices of banana or other fruit in chocolate and coat with granola/nut mixture. Chill in fridge.

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order, visit GrandyOats.com.

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Organic summer snacking at its’ sweetest this 4th of July! For those seeking healthier alternatives to traditional pies, ice cream, and other goodies this holiday, pair gluten-free, vegetarian Organicville Ice Cream with Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie from Wholly Wholesome! These two desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth after all of the corn on the cob and other grilled foods you may be enjoying over the holiday weekend.

Organicville’s new line of certified organic, creamy ice creams is made with skim milk and cream from small organic dairy farms. Available in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint, all four varieties are gluten- free, egg-free, vegetarian and kosher. “Mom” can’t believe how rich and full of flavor the vanilla ice cream tastes – hard to believe it is made from skim milk!

Organicville’s new organic ice cream products are available in pint size (473mL) containers at major supermarket chains nationwide, or online at www.OrganicvilleFoods.com.

Vegans’ rejoice! This Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie from Wholly Wholesome features all of the spices and smooth pumpkin flavor you want in a pumpkin pie, but is made without eggs & dairy. Instead, tofu puree is blended with for the same consistency. For those who shun the use of tofu – give this pie a chance! You won’t even notice that the eggs and milk are missing!

To learn more about Wholly Wholesome’s line of delectable, healthy desserts & breads, or to locate a store near you, visit whollywholesome.com.

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

For guilt-free indulgence this summer, pick up a HALO™ Bar! Offered in 4 decadent flavors that sound way too sinful to actually be healthy for you, these yummy treats were just awarded “Best New Vegan Product” at Expo West Trade Show! Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, HALO™ Bars come in Rocky Road, S’mores, Nutty Marshmallow, and Honey Graham.

These tasty, certified organic snack bars are a good source of Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids, are low in sugar, and are dairy-free. Plus, they are Vegan! For summer road trips, long hikes, or an afternoon snack attack, the bars pack well and help to tide you over before lunch or dinner, without having to reach for something unhealthy! If your camping trip gets rained out, no worries! Reach for the S’mores flavor! “Mom’s” favorite? The Honey Graham! Filled with organic oats, peanuts and graham crackers, it is like eating comfort food in bar form.

To learn more about the new HALO™ Bars from ProBar, order online, or to glean nutrition facts, visit theprobar.com.

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

Have you heard of Organic Popping Sorghum? Neither had “Mom!” Sorghum is a very unique little grain boasts so many amazing qualities and apparently can be popped just like popcorn! Who knew?! Itty bitty and oh-so-cute, these hull-less (yes – you read correctly! No more hulls in your teeth after eating!) little whole grains are gluten-free, corn-free, and low in calories, yet high in protein and fiber! For those with sensitivities or allergies to corn or gluten, enjoying a bowl of this popped snack is truly a treat! Plus, for people suffering from Diverticulitis or Crohn’s Disease, there is no need to be concerned about the hulls that are hard to digest, and thus sorghum makes a fantastic alternative.

Made in the USA, Organic Popping Sorghum by Just Poppin Popcorn is a carefully cultivated variety of sorghum. When popped, sorghum looks and tastes just like miniature premium popcorn, but is a bit sweeter and has a slightly nutty flavor. How do you make it, you ask?

How to Pop Sorghum

1/8 cup Sorghum with 1 tsp oil OR 1/4 cup Sorghum with 2 tsp oil

Preparation

Place oil and 3 unpopped kernels in your popper over medium heat. Once the kernels have popped, add the rest of the unpopped kernels and continue popping. When popping is completed, add salt, butter (optional) and other seasonings to your liking. Have fun – experiment!

To store leftovers (if there are any!), place in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Just plain FUN – Organic Popping Sorghum is sure to be a hit with the entire family! Whether you eat it popped, use it to make cold salads or granola, this nutritious little grain is extremely versatile. For more information on Organic Popping Sorghum, or to order, visit JustPoppin.com.

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Feel the love this Valentine’s Day! Nature’s Path has partnered with Whole Foods Market and unveiled Love Crunch, a limited-edition cereal that you will simply adore!

This breakfast treat was inspired by a true-life love story and philanthropic endeavor, and each box of Nature’s Path Love Crunch sold donates $1 to help give women the chance to create or expand home-based businesses and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Love Crunch is the perfect marriage between the whole grain goodness of flax cocoa granola, rich dark chocolate chunks, the sweetness of strawberries, the tartness of raspberries and the decadence of coconut. Yes – it is simply heavenly! Whether eaten by the handful, in a bowl with vanilla soymilk, or placed on top of yogurt to make an one-of-a-kind parfait, this is one cereal that “Mom” is seriously crushing on this Valentine’s Day!

Love Crunch is USDA Certified Crganic and does not contain artificial preservatives, additives, genetically modified organism (GMOs) or synthetic pesticides.

Want to spread the love? Visit www.naturespath.com.

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

Earth Mama® Angel Baby® is offering an eco-fabulous deal on their Monthly Comfort Tea! Currently, their USDA Certified 100% Organic and Certified Kosher Organic Monthly Comfort Tea is 25% off! Take advantageof this special offer for you or another mama in your life at www.earthmamaangelbaby.com.

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Yes – this little spray does it all! From lightly scenting your linens and sheets and freshening up the room to soothing sunburns and itchy bug bites, the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray from Keys Creek Lavender Farm is a household dream come true!

Lavender is used typically as a natural sleep aid, due to its’ calming properties, but it has a multitude of uses that make this essential oil a must-have in any home. Keys Creek Lavender Farm has developed a lovely spray made from Certified USDA Organic lavender essential oil and pure lavender hydrosol. It can be kept in the home, office, or car – anywhere you may need to experience the soothing attributes of lavender.

Mom’s” favorite use? Two or three sprays on the pillow before bedtime – creating a peaceful state of bliss as slumber beckons!

To learn more about the wonderful uses of lavender, or to order the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray, please visit www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

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

Snack happy (and healthy!) with these nutritious and delicious cold-pressed bars from Wings of Nature™. Each Certified USDA Organic bar is made without refined sugar, and is naturally sweetened instead with a combination of brown rice syrup and agave nectar. In addition, each Wings of Nature™ bar is trans-fat free , gluten-free, preservative-free, and cholesterol-free!

Made with eight all-natural ingredients, the bars are available in Cranberry, Coffee Espresso and Almond Raisin flavors, and provide just the right amount of chewy texture for any snack attack! Coffee lovers will especially find the Coffee Espresso Bar both rich & satisfying!

To locate a retailer near you, or to order Wings of Nature™ Bars online, visit www.freshharvestproducts.com.

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