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CHIA VIE Smoothies

CHIA VIE Smoothies

Dietary Needs:
Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Here is your chia on-the-go. The chia seeds are already ground and mixed into a fruity drink, so you can’t use the excuse that it takes too long to stir! We don't love that they use fruit concentrates to sweeten their flavors, so minus one star for the sugar. Chia is a superfood that has been long used by the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans as a staple food along with corn and beans. Chia can be used to promote weight loss as these little seeds can actually absorb 10 times their weight in water which leaves you with a “full” feeling. Chia contains a favorable, hearty-healthy ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 essential fatty acids, a perfect counterbalance to the Western diet. Chia can also help pull out excess estrogen from the body, so be mindful of your chia consumption if you are taking any hormone supplements. 

Company Website: http://drinkchiavie.com/

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Company: Chia\Vie

Category: Beverages

Posted: May 14, 2014

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Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Organic Eggs

Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Organic Eggs

Dietary Needs:
Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

The amazing crew at Vital Farms has figured out the formula for their girls: the hens get “plenty of salad and exercise”! The eggs are pasture-raised and organic, meaning they are free to roam, munch and play; and every few days the chickens are moved onto a new fresh patch of grass. A study conducted by Mother Earth News in 2007 showed pasture-raised eggs to contain 1/3 cholesterol, 1/4 saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times omega-3, 3 times vitamin E and 7 times beta carotene than conventionally raised eggs. Not only are the eggs healthier, they taste better too, with a rich, darker yolk and thicker egg white. The darker color of the yolk is indicative of the great health and natural diet of the chickens. There are times of year when supplemental non-GMO feed may be required to nourish the hens, and there might be a trace amount of soy in the feed, but not enough to impact people with soy problems. Vital Farms goes above and beyond to care for their hens as well as the environment. They avoid all GMOs, antibiotics and use 100% recycled pulp cartons. Vital Farms is in partnership with more than 52 small family farms in six states, and they work with new farmers to create the highest level of quality and accountability on their farms.

Company Website: http://vitalfarms.com/pasture-raised-eggs

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Company: Vital Farms

Category: Eggs

Posted: May 14, 2014

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Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss Pints

Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss Pints

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Thank you Luna and Larry for creating a healthy alternative to ice cream - and so many wonderful flavors! This product is organic, dairy free & made with coconut milk and agave syrup. Rrecent research reveals that agave must  be processed through the liver like sugar and corn syrup, so we deducted one star for the agave. The company promotes the entire line of flavors as "low glycemic," but note that sugar grams vary by flavor, up to 15g per serving. Coconut milk has germ fighting and heart-protective properties. Unlike other fats, medium chain fats do not need to be broken down and can be used immediately by the body as energy; it's the ideal fat for people who commonly have trouble digesting fat, such as those with a slow metabolism, colitis, and hypothyroidism. Coconut fat actually stimulates metabolism. Ingredients in Coconut Bliss are Fair Trade as well, which is a huge plus!

Company Website: http://coconutbliss.com/

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Company: Luna and Larry's

Category: Low-Glycemic Desserts/Sweets

Posted: May 14, 2014

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La Tourangelle Avocado Oil

La Tourangelle Avocado Oil

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

La Tourangelle Avocado Oil is 100% pure, all-natural and handcrafted from fresh premium avocados. The avocado pulp is first expeller-pressed in a manner similar to extra virgin olive oil, then lightly filtered. The result is a beautiful, olive-green oil. This product is produce in a plant that processes tree nuts, and may contain trace amounts of tree nuts, sesame seeds and milk protein. A true olive oil alternative. Enjoy it with seafood, shrimp, as a mayonnaise base or drench your regular tomato & mozzarella salad. A great match with pastas and truly amazing as a float on top of your Gazpacho. Suitable for medium high heat: Perfect for sauteing, baking, dipping, blending into a dressing/sauce, or drizzling on a finished dish. Smoke point 375F. Shelf Life Unopened: 24 months. Refrigerate after opening, and use within 6 months.

Company Website: http://latourangelle.com/

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Company: La Tourangelle

Category: Oils

Posted: May 6, 2014

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CocoHydro Coconut Water Electrolytes

CocoHydro Coconut Water Electrolytes

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

CocoHydro has the nutrition and hydration that you get from coconut water, when you don’t have the luxury of being in the tropics to get the real deal. Big Tree Farms is an inspiring company that is devoted to sustainability and promotes responsible consumerism. They have created a portable powder (cutting down on fossil fuel usage) by taking coconut water, evaporating the water and keeping the leftover nutrients. You add this back into your water when you are on the go and you have a hydrating beverage filled with Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Manganese and Magnesium. It is less expensive and more sustainable than bottled coconut water, but of course not quite as delicious as the real thing.

Company Website: http://bigtreefarms.com/

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Company: Big Tree Farms

Category: Beverages

Posted: May 6, 2014

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