Top 5 Organic Products at the 2012 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show

Top 5 Organic Products at the 2012 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show

I just returned from the the 2012 Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California and saw some fantastic organic products. These five, however, really captured my attention. BIG TREE FARMS MORINGA POWDER There is no other company that brings a greater number of healthy, sustainable, and innovative products to the market than Big […]

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I just returned from the the 2012 Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California and saw some fantastic organic products.

These five, however, really captured my attention.

BIG TREE FARMS MORINGA POWDER

There is no other company that brings a greater number of healthy, sustainable, and innovative products to the market than Big Tree Farms.

Each year that I go to Expo West, I just shake my head in disbelief when company founders Ben Ripple and Frederick Schilling, two verifiable rock stars, show me their latest offerings. Not only do these guys set trends in the industry, but they are obsessive about employing manufacturing techniques that maximize nutrition levels.

While I could fill this entire post with Big Tree Farms products, the one that I left most excited about was their Tru Ra line of organic moringa, a green superfood that is almost beyond comparison – more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas. Read more »


Strategies for Eating Organic When Traveling, Some Personal Thoughts

Strategies for Eating Organic When Traveling, Some Personal Thoughts

I got an email the other day from a woman who will soon be traveling to Germany and she was quite concerned about not being able to eat organic while on the road. Prior to my recent trip to Costa Rica, my friends were in shock that I would even consider going abroad because it […]

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I got an email the other day from a woman who will soon be traveling to Germany and she was quite concerned about not being able to eat organic while on the road.

Prior to my recent trip to Costa Rica, my friends were in shock that I would even consider going abroad because it would mean being away from my local organic markets. They had no idea how I would survive. They must have believed that I would melt.

Given these two occurrences, I wanted to share my strategies for traveling and give you my thoughts on how to deal with this issue.

First off, it is important to do as much research and planning in advance. Find out the following: Read more »


My Dinner on Saturday Night at LifeFood Gourmet in Miami

My Dinner on Saturday Night at LifeFood Gourmet in Miami

* UNFORTUNATELY, THIS RESTAURANT HAS SINCE CLOSED * On Saturday night in Miami, I ate dinner at LifeFood Gourmet, one of my favorite organic restaurants in the country. Owned and run by John Schott, LifeFood Gourmet serves vegan food and most of its menu is raw. Here is what I had.

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* UNFORTUNATELY, THIS RESTAURANT HAS SINCE CLOSED *

On Saturday night in Miami, I ate dinner at LifeFood Gourmet, one of my favorite organic restaurants in the country.

Owned and run by John Schott, LifeFood Gourmet serves vegan food and most of its menu is raw. Here is what I had.

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Important News for Parents – BPA Found in Organic Baby Food

Important News for Parents - BPA Found in Organic Baby Food

Several months I wrote a story about Bisphenol-A (BPA) in organic food cans. The post continues to get a lot of views because people are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about the packaging that their food comes in, even in organic food products. With news coming out of Maine this morning, parents now need to […]

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Several months I wrote a story about Bisphenol-A (BPA) in organic food cans.

The post continues to get a lot of views because people are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about the packaging that their food comes in, even in organic food products.

With news coming out of Maine this morning, parents now need to take extra precaution about what they feed their young kids. Why?

BPA, which is known as a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxin, was found in 11 of 12 baby and toddler foods tested by The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine.

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Beet Kvass – What is it and Why am I Drinking it?

Beet Kvass - What is it and Why am I Drinking it?

Organic beet kvass isn’t exactly a household name, similar to a coconut water or even kombucha. And I don’t believe that it will ever come close to having the same name recognition as these other two drinks. Yet, its health benefits and utility may surpass them both. A lacto-fermented beverage of Russian origin, beet kvass […]

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Organic beet kvass isn’t exactly a household name, similar to a coconut water or even kombucha.

And I don’t believe that it will ever come close to having the same name recognition as these other two drinks.

Yet, its health benefits and utility may surpass them both.

A lacto-fermented beverage of Russian origin, beet kvass provides the body with beneficial bacteria and aids in digestion.

It is also touted as a blood purifier and an excellent way to cleanse the liver.

Unlike kombucha, which uses sugar in the fermentation process, the beet kvass from Hawthorne Valley uses no sugar at all. And because it is a raw drink, all of the vitamins and minerals remain intact.

While I tend to drink it straight, the other great thing about beet kvass is that it can be used as a base for soups, salad dressings or marinades. Read more »


Organic Black Sesame Seeds – Something You’ll Always See in My Kitchen

Organic Black Sesame Seeds - Something You'll Always See in My Kitchen

When it comes to eating, I like clean and light food. My body seems to reject heavy sauces, fried foods, and sautées, even if they are 100% organic. I like simplicity in a meal and as a result, I tend to cook a decent amount for myself. Why? Not only is cooking at home the most […]

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When it comes to eating, I like clean and light food.

My body seems to reject heavy sauces, fried foods, and sautées, even if they are 100% organic.

I like simplicity in a meal and as a result, I tend to cook a decent amount for myself. Why?

Not only is cooking at home the most inexpensive way to eat organic but I can have exactly what I want. Read more »


Organic Tatsoi – This is a New One for Me

Organic Tatsoi - This is a New One for Me

When I was in my local organic market the other day browsing in the produce section, I came across a green that I had never seen before – tatsoi. It had the most beautiful green color, rich and deep, and its leaves were full-bodied and spoon-shaped. Trying to get a good picture of tatsoi was […]

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When I was in my local organic market the other day browsing in the produce section, I came across a green that I had never seen before – tatsoi.

It had the most beautiful green color, rich and deep, and its leaves were full-bodied and spoon-shaped. Trying to get a good picture of tatsoi was not that easy because the vegetable was a little unruly.

While it is in the mustard family, this Chinese green was not bitter or sharp at all. In fact, it was very, very different than I thought it would taste. Read more »