For the vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescatarian, or raw foodist on your gift list this season, a gift of Jae Steele’s Ripe From Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live) will be extremely well-received! This 263-page cookbook offers recipes, tips, and healthy suggestions for eating organic, locally grown foods. Think globally, act locally might well be the mantra behind this fantastic resource brimming with 180 tasty recipes!

Some of “Mom’s” favorite recipes include Flax Apple Pudding, “South In Your Mouth” Peach Pecan Muffins, Root Chips, Pear Parsnip Soup, and Warm Mushroom and Spinach Salad. Salivating yet??

This delectable cookbook can be purchased online, and you just may be tempted to pick up a second copy for yourself!

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The new Shake & Go Smoothie by Vega (health food giant Sequel Naturals’ wildly successful line of plant-based nutrition bars and drinks) is quickly becoming one of “Mom’s” favorite supplements to start the day! The Shake & Go Smoothie is brimming with 11 grams of essential protein, probiotics, 2500 mg of Omega 3’s, vitamins and nutrients – all in a tasty, convenient 65% raw organic powder that is perfect for busy moms’ who want to stay healthy and at the top of their game throughout the day. In addition, the Shake & Go Smoothie is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free and yeast-free. For those who want to reap the benefits of eating their greens daily, but may not always have the time to prepare a leafy green salad or sauté a mixture of kale & spinach in some olive oil, Vega makes it possible to add two servings of vegetables to your diet in a flash! Just like the name implies – simply Shake & Go!

This plant-based beverage is available in 4 distinct, tasty flavors, including Bodacious Berry, Choc-A-Lot, Tropical Tango, and Vanilla Almondilla. The Shake & GoSmoothies taste creamy and delicious mixed with water, or they can be added to Almond Milk or Rice Milk, as well. Each 300g pouch contains 12 servings, and costs a reasonable $23.95. Visit

Vega products have been developed by best-selling author Brendan Brazier, an internationally renowned speaker and award-winning competitive triathlete. The most recent version of his best-selling diet and fitness bible, Thrive, contains a foreword written by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, Vega’s newest enthusiast.

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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.

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A light, tasty recipe found in The Organic Cook’s Bible by Jeff Cox, for a classic morning favorite, blueberry muffins! This recipe is packed with both nutrition and flavor – plus, it’s Vegan!

Blueberry Muffins


3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose white flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

6 tablespoons canola oil

2 ounces soft tofu

1 cup soy or rice milk

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Oil muffin tin cups or line with cupcake papers.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients, including the blueberries. (Using tofu, puree it in a blender with the soy milk, then add to other wet ingredients.) Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, just enough to mix. Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins.

Natural Nipple Butter by Earth Mama Angel Baby is truly a dream cream for dry, cracked and just plain sore nipples! It is formulated without lanolin, so it is certified Vegan, plus it is 100% Organic and safe for both mommy and baby. It is made with organic calendula, cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter. Sounds good enough to eat!

*Earth Mama Angel Baby sent sample for review.*