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Wrap up your favorite salad or sandwich combinations this summer with Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps! Tumaro’s, the first company to introduce flavored tortillas, now adds New York Deli Style Wraps to its successful lines of flavored, gourmet tortillas and wraps. Inspired by the flavors abundant in the Big Apple’s legendary delis, Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps are available in five varieties: Rye, Pumpernickel, Sour Dough, Everything and Cracked Pepper.

Mom” is loving the Everything Wrap (a blend of poppy seeds, salt, onion, and garlic), which tastes amazing with scrambled cage-free eggs, red potatoes, avocado, organic cheddar cheese, and a hint of green tomatillo salsa! For exciting recipe ideas, you can also visit their website.

Each extra large 10” wrap has the bold, authentic flavor you’d expect from gourmet deli bread but is 96% fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in fiber and 100 calories or less. They make an excellent choice for those watching their carbohydrate intake!

To learn more about Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps or to locate a store near you, please visit Tumaros.com.

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

Seeking the perfect snack blend of salty and sweet? Crum Creek Mills Brilliantly Blended Soy Nut Mix has it all – plump sweet raisins, organic chocolate chips, soy nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds! This high protein and high fiber organic snack mix comes in convenient single serving packs for tucking in lunchboxes, backpacks, purses and more – making it the ultimate mix for hitting the trail for an afternoon hike or just healthy snacking anytime.

Why do we love Crum Creek Mills Brilliantly Blended Soy Nut Mix? It is:

  • Organic
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Contains only 6 net grams of carbohydrates per serving
  • Conveniently packaged in 10 single-serving packs (1 oz. each)
  • Trans-fat and cholesterol-free
  • Vegan

To learn more about this affordable and delicious snack mix, visit CrumCreek.com.

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

Mom” was recently introduced to Linwoods Superfoods, which offer a variety of nutritionally dense combinations of ground flaxseed with ground berries, nuts, or seeds to help you supplement your diet for a range of health benefits!

Linwoods Superfoods are delicately ground and blended to protect the essential fatty acids and allow for easy absorption of the nutrients. It’s easy to add any of the blends to your diet throughout the day – add to oatmeal, granola, cereal, muffin or bread mixes, smoothies, salads, and even pasta or rice dishes! Due to the very fine grind, you cannot taste the superfoods in your food at all! “Mom” prefers to add the Flaxseed & Goji Berries superfoods blend to her morning Peanut Butter & Jelly smoothie!

Another delicious idea for breakfast that incorporates the Flaxseed & Goji Berries blend is Linwoods’ recipe for Buckwheat and Flaxseed Berry Crepes!

Buckwheat and Flaxseed Berry Crepes

Ingredients

1oz Linwoods Ground Flaxseed Cocoa & Berries

1/2 cup Buckwheat Four

1/4 cup Cane Sugar

1/4 tsp Salt

1 1/4 cup Milk (“Mom” prefers organic or almond milk)

2 Eggs

2 tbsp Melted Butter Vegetable Oil for frying

2 Cups Fresh Strawberries

1 Cup fresh Blueberries

1 Cup Sour Cream (“Mom” prefers organic)

Preparation

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the buckwheat flour, Linwoods Flaxseed, Cocoa and Berries mix, sugar and salt. Whisk in the milk and add the eggs. Add the melted butter and whisk until fully incorporated.

2. Heat a lightly greased frying pan over a medium heat. Ladle or pour a little batter (depending on your frying pan size, just enough so it will thinly coat your pan) into the pan and tilt and rotate the pan until the batter coats the bottom evenly. Cook over medium-high heat until the edges start to brown. Flip the crepe and cook the second side for a few more seconds.

3. Remove the cooked crepe from the pan and place it on a plate. Fold each crepe into quarters and fill with sour cream and fresh berries.

Serves 4.

Linwoods Superfoods offers nine unique blends, including Ground Flaxseed, Cocoa, Strawberries & Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed Sunflower Pumpkin and Sesame Seeds and Goji Berries, and Ground Flaxseed, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds & Q10. To learn more about the health benefits of superfoods or to locate a retailer near you, visit www.linwoodshealthfoods.com.

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

If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, then you are going to go nutty over these nutritious new granola bars from Kashi®! Layers of dark chocolate cover these oh-so yummy peanut crisp bars – the Kashi® TLC® Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars are a real treat! For “Mom,” they make a lovely dessert choice or afternoon snack when you are craving something with chocolate but don’t want to reach for a candy bar!

Boasting 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per bar, and absolutely no artifical flavors or preservatives, this is one snack you can feel good about enjoying! The bars are perfect for packing in a purse or backpack for a nutritious snack on-the-go, as well! Yes – they do taste as good as they look!

Kashi® TLC® also offers two more ridiculously yummy flavors for you to try – Dark Chocolate Coconut and Pumpkin Pecan. Who needs a sugary candy bar when you can reach for one of these instead?!

To learn more about Kashi® TLC® Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars, visit Kashi.com.

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

Crispy Green® Crispy Cantaloupe

Here’s a great way to work in a serving of fruit for National 5-A-Day Month! Healthy, wholesome, and just plain yummy – the newest offering from Crispy Green® is Crispy Cantaloupe! Made using all-natural, freeze dried cantaloupe slices, the end result is a crispy snack that is rich in fiber for on-the-go! Crispy Cantaloupe is high in both Vitamin A & C, and does not contain preservatives, fat, cholesterol, or additional additives. At only 40 calories per serving, which is one bag, you can literlly eat the entire package without guilt!

All Crispy Green® products are created using a sophisticated freeze-drying process where water is removed from the fresh fruit in a cold (freezing) vacuum condition, leaving behind the true essence of the fruit in a light and crispy texture – the ultimate snack! Crispy Green® is available in Crispy Apples, Crispy Asian Pears, Crispy Cantaloupe, Crispy Mangoes, and Crispy Pineapple. If you are doing any hiking this Fall, Crispy Green® makes an excellent snack to pack that will not spoil!

To learn more about Crispy Green®, to locate a retailer near you, or to order, visit www.crispygreen.com.

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

Winter squash provides a great source of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium (which helps lower blood pressure and counteracts all the sodium you may have in a holiday meal), and fiber. Registered Dietician Jessica Fishman Levinson has created a lovely recipe that incorporates butternut squash in place of the traditional potato to make Mashed Squash as an antioxidant-rich side dish!

Mashed Squash

Ingredients

Olive oil

Kabocha or butternut squash, halved and seeded

Salt and pepper

Ground cinnamon

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Drizzle olive oil on squash halves and roast cut side down for 30-45 minutes, until flesh is very soft. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly until you are able to handle it.

Spoon out the flesh of the squash and place in a big bowl. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the squash until it is smooth and there are no more chunks of squash. Add salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste and blend again to combine flavors.

Serves: 6-8 people

*Recipe and image courtesy of Jessica Fishman Levinson, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant, of www.nutritioulicious.com.*

There’s nothing quite like the first sight of those gigantic orange pumpkins gracing grocery store fronts. The arrival of pumpkins at our neighborhood markets, just as much as the changing color of the leaves, signals that Fall is upon us and that the Holidays are just around the corner.

Before we know it, there are throngs of masked children knocking on our doors and begging for candy. After what seems like the blink of an eye, we start setting up huge table spreads for the entire family and carving up the turkeys for our Thanksgiving meal. The Fall season rushes by us, leaving hardly a moment to stop and consider our health, and especially our diets.

And the whole while, those gigantic pumpkins have been reserved for use as decorations, rather than an edible bounty just brimming with nutritional value. In fact, Pumpkins are much more than flair, and could even be classified with the label of “superfood”!

While the health benefits of pumpkins may be lost on most of the general population, certified Dietitians have been touting them as excellent healthy eating options for years. Pumpkins are highly nutritional as food, since they are simply loaded with vitamins.

Don’t Pass on the Pumpkin!

The top five benefits to eating Pumpkin are:

  • It’s full of vitamin C! Your body needs this power vitamin to ensure proper immune function, to wipe out cell-damaging free radicals, to help prevent cancer and to create collagen which assists in wound and injury recovery.
  • It’s a fiber superstar! Fiber is a great weight loss tool because it helps you feel full, but also decreases cholesterol, decreases the risk of blood clots (protecting against heart disease!) and aids in digestion.
  • It’s a carrier of carotenoids! Carotenoids are powerful agents that protect eye health, help fight against heart disease and may also prevent cancer. Carotenoids work wonders in the fight against aging by shielding your body from cholesterol build-up and inflammation.
  • It’s a potassium powerhouse! Your heart needs potassium to function properly. Potassium plays a major role in the processes that regulate blood pressure.
  • It’s loaded with vitamin E! Your skin craves vitamin E! Vitamin E offers antioxidant properties and works to promote skin health, boasting a variety of anti-aging benefits. Have a sun burn or skin frustration? Vitamin E aids can help!

And don’t forget that the pumpkin seeds also provide you with more than an avenue for consuming additional salt. In reality, there are five main health benefits to eating pumpkin seeds, each of which are quite important for your overall level of health.

Pumpkin seeds are:

  1. Rich in Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids.
  2. Contain dietary fiber and protein.
  3. Loaded with minerals essential for health: Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium , Copper & Iron, Zinc
  4. Contain healthy fat, which help raise HDL (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL (bad cholesterol).
  5. Chock full of Vitamins A, B, E and C and Niacin and Amino Acids

But if you’re wondering how to incorporate pumpkins and pumpkin seeds into your diet, forget about the traditional standby of pumpkin pie and start thinking creatively! Try cooked pumpkin or pumpkin seeds in muffins, oatmeal, waffles, soups, pancakes, breads, smoothies, or anything else that needs a little extra dose of nutritional goodness.

You can boil or bake the flesh of a fresh pumpkin, or even take a shortcut (be sure to keep this one a secret), and find it in a can! The benefit of canned pumpkin is that you can enjoy it’s nutritional value (and excellent flavor) year round, but make sure that you’re purchasing 100% pure pumpkin, rather than pumpkin pie filling, which lacks most of the nutrients available, and instead contains heavy amounts of both sugars and spices.

Our favorite recipe for pumpkin seeds is quite simple- roast them with a little salt and olive oil, then eat them as a healthy alternative at snack time. They’re much better for you than buttered popcorn, and offer quite a bit more in terms of nutritional value than cookies. So enjoy your Holiday Season, but don’t forget to do so responsibly by working some pumpkin into your diet!

*This article was authored by Tim Lavelle for Tiny Green Mom.*

Hands-down, this has got to be one of the tastiest bars available! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom was sent a sampler pack of Kardea Nutrition Bars, and oh my – they are just divine. The bars come in 4 different flavors – Banana Nut, Chai Spice, Cranberry Almond, and Lemon Ginger. Kardea Nutrition Bars are Vegan and Certified Kosher, and contain absolutely no trans-fats. Plus, each bar is low in carbohydrates, sugar, and fat but high in fiber and protein. Need a healthy, quick pick-me-up? These are the bars to reach for in a pinch!

For more information on Kardea Nutrition Bars, to locate a retailer near you, or to order the bars online, please visit their website.

Kardea was founded by an avid cook and foodie, Rob Leighton, when he was diagnosed with high cholesterol in his late 40s. With a professional background in the food manufacturing business, he wanted to create healthy foods that were tasty and enjoyable to eat. His gourmet wellness bars are unusually low calorie and more nutritious than most other energy or “nutrition” bars.

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