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Mighty Oats GroupIf you have a tiny tot at home, then “Mom” hopes you have heard of the nutritious, organic snack & cereal line with the mission to provide kids with good food for a healthy lifestyle! “Mom’s” baby girl is a BIG fan of their Tiny Fruits, a full line of no-sugar added, bite-sized snacks made from 100 percent organic fruit using a slow drying process to preserve the essential nutrients and phytochemicals found in fruit. In baby language, that’s “num-num-num” and a whole lot of yelling when the bag is empty!

Mighty Oats Blueberry Cinnamon

In April, Little Duck Organics launched Mighty Oats, a certified organic instant cereal for little ones that comes in first-of-its-kind plantable and compostable packaging. Yes, you read that correctly! Adding a fun upcycling component, the plantable, biodegradable cardboard outer casing of the packaging is embedded with vegetable seeds – tomatoes, lettuce and carrots – giving kiddos the ability to grow their own vegetable gardens. What a perfect summertime activity!

This delicious, eco-friendly, no sugar added, Non-GMO Project-verified breakfast cereal is made with a blend of good-for-your-baby ancient grains (Quinoa, Amaranth, Chia, Buckwheat, Millet and Oats) and comes in three tasty flavors – Strawberry & Vanilla, Blueberry & Cinnamon and Coconut & Banana. “Mom’s” little one likes the Blueberry & Cinnamon! (num-num-num!)

Mighty Oats is ideal for children over four months of age. Each container takes just 60 seconds to make and is truly all-natural with no added salts, sugars, colors or preservatives.

Tiny Fruits - Blueberry Apple

Mom” is loving that Zak Normandin, the 29-year-old father-of-three founder and CEO (who created Little Duck after not being able to find no-sugar-added, organic snacks for his little ones), wanted Little Duck Organics’ take on baby cereal to be a product consumers can feel good about giving their kids. With function and convenience top of mind, Little Duck packaged the cereal in a compostable bowl that breaks down in less than six months for an eco-friendly, on-the-go meal. How’s that for feeling a little less guilty when hitting the road this summer with the kids in tow!?

At Tiny Green Mom, we love the fact that all of Little Duck Organics products are certified organic, gluten-free and Kosher, all-natural (no added salts, sugars, colors or preservatives) and Non‐GMO Project verified. As a Certified B Corporation, Little Duck Organics meets rigorous social and environmental standards, sourcing directly from certified organic U.S. farms. You can learn more at www.littleduckorganics.com.

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Flu season is in full swing, with influenza activity remaining elevated in the US! Though the risk of influenza is decreasing in some areas, it is still a good idea to keep your immune system in tip top shape! One good way to do so is with what Dr. Oz calls the “miracle berry” — sea buckthorn! This small berry boasts a multitude of health benefits, and is quickly becoming “Mom’s” go-to supplement for well-being!

A cherished Asian health and beauty secret, the sea buckthorn berry is well-known for its impressive nutritional profile which includes the rare Omega 7, as well as Omega 3, 6, and 9. In additionto the essential fatty acids, sea buckthorn contains a host of vitamins and minerals, super-charged anti-oxidants, and more than 190 phytonutrients to support the immune system during this brutal cold and flu season.

SeabuckWonders offers USDA certified-organic products that are available in gel tabs or oils, so they can easily be added to juices, smoothies, yogurt, salads and more. “Mom” prefers the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil® in her morning smoothie – such an easy addition that her little one doesn’t notice!

To learn more about this small and mighty berry, visit seabuckwonders.com. The product line can be found online as well as natural retail stores nationwide.

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Crunch on this! For healthful noshing in the New Year to keep weight loss goals in check, Crunchies® natural snacks are the perfect alternative to a bag of potato chips! The freeze-dried fruits and vegetables keep adults and kids alike crunching on a wide variety of fruits and veggies! “Mom” is loving that there are only 100 calories or less per serving, and the crunch factor plus the fresh, tart fruit & vegetable taste is extremely tasty.

The Crunchies® line of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are free of additives, chemicals, preservatives or unhealthy ingredients, and come in convenient resealable for easy snacking anytime. These make great nutritious additions to your child’s lunchbox, too!

Why do we love Crunchies®?

No sugar added
No Preservatives
Gluten/Wheat Free
Kosher Certified
Non GMO
Approved by Weight Watchers
Fat free fruits; low fat veggies
Less than 100 calories per serving
Crunchies have a 24 month shelf life and are in resealable bags so they stay fresh after being opened

Crunchies® are available in four varieties, including Fruit Crunchies®, Veggie Crunchies®, Organic Crunchies® and Corn Crunchies®. In addition, they now have smaller Munch Paks available in the following fruit varieties: Cinnamon Apple, Mango, Mixed Fruit, Pear, Pineapple and Strawberry.

Not just for snacking on, Crunchies® can also be used in recipes, and the website offers an interesting recipe selection using Crunchies® for more fun in the kitchen!

To learn more about Crunchies®, please visit www.crunchiesfood.com.

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Introducing healthy organic fruit or vegetable purees and more complex foods to babies and toddlers just became a breeze with Sprout Baby Foods! “Mom” loves that each simple puree or food combination is available in a convenient eco-friendly pouch for families on-the-go. Toddlers love how independent they can be when eating successfully from the pouch, and parents love that their busy little one is eating a nutritious meal or snack. We are big fans of “squeeze packs” as “Mom’s” daughter calls them around here. Each wholesome pouch can be tucked away into a diaper bag or purse for a healthy, organic snack while out and about with your children.

Not just fruit or vegetable purees, Sprout Foods offers chef-created dishes to their line, including single ingredient purees in Stage 1 (the youngest age group), combination purees in Stage 2, more complex recipes that feature multiple flavors and textures in Stage 3, plus more meals for toddlers. They are also adding to its line of snacks new Superfruit flavors – acai, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry – to complement the meals.

Pouches are available in the following:

•Veggie-only blends
•Veggie & grain blends
•Fruit blends
•Fruit & veggie blends
•Fruit & grain blends

Mom” loves the flavors that are antioxidant-rich, including Acai Berry Superfruit, Peach, Berry, Oatmea & Quinoa, and Apple & Blueberry!

Plus, little ones can enjoy holiday-inspired flavors, as well, including Peach Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Vegetable Dinner, Peach Pumpkin Pie with Graham and Holiday Vegetables with Roasted Turkey!

For a complete listing of the extensive organic pouches available, visit SproutBabyFood.com. The foods can be found online, as well as grocery stores nationwide.

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Serving up vegetarian or vegan alternatives at your next gathering or upcoming holiday soiree is simple with Nate’s Meatless Meatballs! These savory organic meatless meatballs are made from soy, and contain 9 grams of protein per serving. Cholesterol-free, the meatballs can be simmered in a favorite sauce, or placed lovingly on a plate of whole-wheat spaghetti or in between slices of focaccia bread for a meatball sandwich!

Nate’s Meatless Meatballs offers three distinctly delightful varieties of meatless meatballs including Zesty Italian, Savory Mushroom and Classic. “Mom” fell in love with the Savory Mushroom, which paired well with a spicy arrabbiata pasta sauce!

All varieties keep well in the freezer for a quick option for dinner, and can be found nationwide. You can locate a store near you that carries Nate’s Meatless Meatballs by visiting Nate’s website.

To learn more about Nate’s Meatless Meatballs, please visit natesmeatless.com.

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Teaching Your Kids to Eat Local and Organic in College

Getting your child to eat right is nothing if not a chore, and once he flies the coop for the halls of higher learning you’ll have even less control over what he chooses to shove down his gullet. There’s a reason the freshman fifteen is the norm for first-year college students; the minute they’re out from under the watchful gaze of their parents they go mad with power, reveling in their ability to stay out late, attend frat parties on school nights, and eat whatever sugary, salty, greasy concoction of carbs and preservatives they want for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s enough to make you recoil in horror just considering it. However, you can find ways to help your college-bound kid adopt healthier eating habits even as he works to feed his mind.

There’s no denying that eating well in college can be difficult, especially considering that most kids are not at all used to fending for themselves when it comes to food. Sure you can get your college student a meal plan, but most campuses don’t offer the organic and locally-sourced options you’d like to see your child consuming. And the chances that he’ll actually eat every meal in the cafeteria are pretty slim anyway. It’s more likely he’ll survive on junk food from the vending machines and whatever cheap-o diners he can find within a few blocks of campus. However, you can definitely help him to find better options.

For example, you can take the time to research restaurants in proximity to campus that offer an organic menu or at least purchase goods from area farms (thus cutting carbon emissions produced through transport). And convincing your child to frequent these eateries is just as easy as loading up gift cards specific to the restaurants you’d like him to eat at. Any hungry kid that’s low on funds is fairly likely to make a beeline for the free food, so you can easily steer your wayward student towards restaurants that are better for him and the planet. However, you can also have food delivered directly to him.

Co-ops of farmers growing organic crops have sprung up across the country and you may be able to take advantage of the fresh, chemical-free produce they grow. All you have to do is sign your college kid up to receive regular deliveries (and pay for the service yourself). Many offer fruits, vegetables, or mixed boxes, and you may also be able to order ready-mades (like chopped salads or fruit smoothies) and even animal products such as eggs and milk. Although most college students don’t enjoy private kitchens in their dorms, a room equipped with a mini fridge and a microwave should do the trick since most of these items will require no cooking to enjoy.

You might have trouble pushing your college kid towards an organic agriculture program, a major in sustainable manufacturing, or a health information management degree, but you can help to ensure that he eats a little healthier during his time on campus. By providing him with healthy options and making them more desirable than the alternative you can encourage him to eat the local and organic fare that will nourish his body and protect the environment. The rest is up to him.

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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How to Make Your Own Organic Baby Food

Many parents are looking for ways to cut costs these days, especially when it comes to the many expensive items required to care for infants. Between diapers, clothing, and baby food, you’re likely spending a lot of money each month on the smallest member of your family. And if you’re also interested in eco-friendly living you could be shelling out even more for organic fabric and foods, as well as cleaning services and chemical-free detergents for your sustainable items (cloth diapers and organic clothing, mainly). But there are ways to save and still give your baby the toxin-free diet that will keep him healthy and happy, and it starts with making your own organic baby food.

The transition from breast milk to solid food can take a while to accomplish, but in the meantime you’ll want your baby’s digestive system to acclimate to the composition of the solid foods he will soon be eating. So baby food is a necessary step for most infants (although remarkably, some seem to go straight from milk or formula to whole foods). However, the products you buy at the store are fairly expensive to begin with, electing to buy organics will cost you even more, and often, you can only rely on general recycling options for the leftover jars. So it is both greener and more cost effective to make your own.

You may want to start by talking to your pediatrician about nutritional concerns in order to ensure that you’re feeding your baby the foods that will give him all the nutrients he needs. But you can also get a good idea by simply looking at the jars already on store shelves for reference. You’ll find that there are options for fruits, vegetables, and meats in the baby food arena, so these are probably the items that you’ll want to make. From there it’s easy enough to get started, although you’ll need some equipment, including a food processor and several reusable mason/jam jars.

As for making the food, you pretty much prepare it just as you would for yourself. Meats should be cooked, vegetables steamed, and then pretty much everything gets pureed in the food processor. You can easily prepare all the food you’ll need for the week at once to save some time and store it in mason jars in the fridge. Of course, you’ll want to keep it pretty bland for your baby’s delicate digestive system – it’s not like you’ll cook spiced meats or Shahiya recipes. So keep it simple and skip adding spices or preservatives like sodium and sugar that can counteract the healthy benefits of your baby food.

The only other thing to think about is where you’ll get your organic items, and you have a couple of options here. Although it is probably easiest to simply pick them up at your local market, you might not find the variety you crave and you’ll likely end up paying more. So think about frequenting a local farmers market, looking for co-ops in your area that can offer you organic meats and produce, or even growing your own organic garden at home to save a ton of money. And consider buying in bulk during summer months and then canning items for use throughout the winter.

For hydrated, glossy lips this summer, Aubrey Organics Lip Balm is “Mom’s” must-have to tuck in a pocket, purse or backpack! Whether you are heading to the gym for a workout, hitting the beach or the park for a playdate with your little ones in tow, these moisturizing lip balms certainly deliver!

Certified USDA Organic and made with coconut, olive, jojoba, and hemp oils to help rehydrate skin and condition lips, this luscious lip balm for all ages is available in five exciting flavors, including Peppermint & Tea Tree, Tangerine, Spearmint, Vanilla & Honey and Raspberry. “Mom’s” favorites are the Vanilla & Honey and Peppermint & Tea Tree, and her daughter enjoyed the Tangerine. As the balms contain only organic ingredients and no petroleum, “Mom” has no qualms about her little one using them on her lips.

To learn more about Aubrey Organic Lip Balm, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit Aubrey-Organics.com.

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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.

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