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Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice – My New Favorite Bottled Organic Juice

Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice - My New Favorite Bottled Organic Juice

While many of you know that I am huge fan of freshly-made pressed organic juice, I do drink bottled juice as well. I’ve been drinking Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice for a few years now and have really come to love it as of late. There are three primary reasons why I like it so […]

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While many of you know that I am huge fan of freshly-made pressed organic juice, I do drink bottled juice as well.

I’ve been drinking Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice for a few years now and have really come to love it as of late.

There are three primary reasons why I like it so much:

1) The taste is very, very unique. It is slightly tart, very refreshing and unlike any orange juice that I’ve had.

Also, The Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice tastes incredibly healthy. As the juice goes into your mouth and down your throat, you can almost feel the nutrients pouring into your body.

2) The orange trees are grown in phenomenal soil. On livingmaxwell, I tend to repeat a few different phrases over and over again.

One, I am a water fanatic. Two, it is all about the soil.

Very healthy soil means that the food grown in it will be very nutritious. And vice-versa. Read more »


Blissmo: The Groupon for Organics but Mission-Driven

Blissmo: The Groupon for Organics but Mission-Driven

The other day I was speaking to my good friend David, who lives in San Francisco, and I said to him “what do you think of the idea of a Groupon for the organic food industry?” He replied “I think it’s a great idea. And I know someone who just started a company that’s doing […]

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The other day I was speaking to my good friend David, who lives in San Francisco, and I said to him “what do you think of the idea of a Groupon for the organic food industry?”

He replied “I think it’s a great idea. And I know someone who just started a company that’s doing that.”

Well, that person is Sundeep Ahuja and his company is called Blissmo.

Blissmo is a group buying site for products that are people/planet positive with a focus on organic and sustainable. So, it is not just organic food but also everyday products such as skincare, baby toys and clothing. Read more »


Vermont Soap Organics – My Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Vermont Soap Organics - My Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Wash

At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston, I spoke with Larry Plesent, the founder of Vermont Soap Organics. Vermont Soap Organics makes my absolute favorite fruit and vegetable wash. Yes, washing with water is just not enough. It is important to use a produce wash but not just any one. […]

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At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston, I spoke with Larry Plesent, the founder of Vermont Soap Organics.

Vermont Soap Organics makes my absolute favorite fruit and vegetable wash. Yes, washing with water is just not enough. It is important to use a produce wash but not just any one.

In this video, Larry explains the benefits of using a produce wash and discusses the main ingredients in his product.

Please be aware that not all produce washes are created equally. Many contain an ingredient called grapefruit seed extract. There is a good deal of controversy around grapefruit seed extract and it is something that I try to avoid.

If you want to order this fanastic produce wash, click HERE.


Top 5 Organic Food Products at the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show

Top 5 Organic Food Products at the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show

Last week, I went to the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston. I just absolutely love these shows. Not only do I get to meet some fantastic people but I have the opportunity to see the newest products on the market. These are the best organic food products that I came across. SIPP […]

Bananas Company Stories Drinks Expo East Product Reviews Superfoods
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Last week, I went to the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston. I just absolutely love these shows. Not only do I get to meet some fantastic people but I have the opportunity to see the newest products on the market.

These are the best organic food products that I came across.

SIPP – GINGER BLOSSOM SODA

I can only describe Sipp’s ginger blossom soda in one word – WOW.

When I first took a sip, I experienced the ginger. Then literally within one second, the ginger vanished and vanilla poured in. It was like Houdini played a trick on me.

The aftertaste was where things calmed down and I could reflect on what was in my mouth. If I could compare it to anything, I’d say this drink tastes like a cream soda. The few ingredients include ginger, lime, vanilla and agave nectar.

I am not a huge organic soda drinker but this beverage was simply outstanding. It was very, very hard to put down. Read more »


Stonyfield Goes Bilingual With Its YoBaby Yogurt Labels – A Very Smart Initiative

Stonyfield Goes Bilingual With Its YoBaby Yogurt Labels - A Very Smart Initiative

When I recently interviewed Gary Hirshberg, President and CE-Yo of Stonyfield, at the US Open tennis tournament, one of the questions that I asked him off-camera was the following: Who was the genius that came up with the idea of doing the YoBaby packaging in both English AND Spanish? Prior to meeting with Gary and […]

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When I recently interviewed Gary Hirshberg, President and CE-Yo of Stonyfield, at the US Open tennis tournament, one of the questions that I asked him off-camera was the following: Who was the genius that came up with the idea of doing the YoBaby packaging in both English AND Spanish?

Prior to meeting with Gary and during my product research at the supermarket, the bilingual labels immediately jumped out at me.

In full-disclosure, anything Hispanic seems to have that effect on me. I speak Spanish, have spent a lot of time in South America, my favorite musician, Gustavo Cerati, is from Argentina, and the list goes on and on and on.

Despite my fascination or passion (some friends of mine would say “obsession”) for this subject, I am very aware that the U.S. Hispanic market is the fastest growing segment in our country and accounts for approximately 16% of the population.

Gary is also well-versed in these statistics and said that its other yogurts would be switching to bilingual labels as well. An exact time frame for when this will happen has not been determined, however.

While there may be other organic brands out there that list their ingredients in these two languages, I have yet to come across them. Read more »


Refrigerated Organic Almond Milk – Groundreaking New Product by Whole Foods

Refrigerated Organic Almond Milk - Groundreaking New Product by Whole Foods

Last month, Whole Foods came out with a brand new organic product – a refrigerated almond milk under the 365 label. The company claims that this is the industry’s first-ever private label, certified organic, refrigerated almond milk and I believe what it is saying. I cannot recall seeing another one. Why is this product so […]

Drinks Product Reviews Whole Foods
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Last month, Whole Foods came out with a brand new organic product – a refrigerated almond milk under the 365 label.

The company claims that this is the industry’s first-ever private label, certified organic, refrigerated almond milk and I believe what it is saying. I cannot recall seeing another one.

Why is this product so novel?

Well, it is novel in terms of what you can get in the supermarket.

Prior to this product being available, our only option (aside from making it at home) was buying boxes of almond milk, which sit on the shelves in the dry goods aisle.

These boxes are kept at room temperature until you open them. Then, they go into the fridge. The shelf life of these boxes (before they are opened) is approximately one year.

Whole Foods is now offering a much more fresh alternative. Its almond milk is kept cool and has an expiration date of roughly two months.

The taste: Extremely good because of its sweetness and full-body texture. Read more »


Kelp – Making its Way Into My Diet

Kelp - Making its Way Into My Diet

I have always been a big fan of sea vegetables. Mostly, it has either been nori or dulse. However, organic kelp is something that I have been digging into a lot as of late. For those who don’t know, kelp is a sea vegetable. If you’ve ever had sushi, the black edible “paper” on the […]

Product Reviews Sea Vegetables
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I have always been a big fan of sea vegetables. Mostly, it has either been nori or dulse. However, organic kelp is something that I have been digging into a lot as of late.

For those who don’t know, kelp is a sea vegetable. If you’ve ever had sushi, the black edible “paper” on the outside of the roll is actually seaweed – nori.

If you are eating kelp dry and right out of the bag, like I do, then you will find it very, very tough and very, very salty. I mean ridiculously salty. Naturally salty, that is.

When using kelp in soups or stews, it will expand and become much more tender and easily-chewable. Kelp can also be roasted, boiled, sauteed or marinated.

I am adding kelp into my diet because I want to increase the amount of iodine I consume. Kelp is also rich in minerals and trace elements, including calcium, potassium and magnesium, and it offers substantial amounts of some of the B vitamins.

My preferred brand of choice of kelp is Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. Read more »