Product Reviews

Big Tree Mango Blossom Raw Honey

Big Tree Mango Blossom Raw Honey

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Big Tree Raw Honey is a rich, amber honey that tastes great. It has a smokey, buttery taste combined with notes of black cherry and passion fruit, which makes it a special treat for tea or to pair with cheese. It is produced in Bali. We love the social and cultural consciousness of Big Tree. Well worth a try if you are a honey lover. 

Company Website: http://www.bigtreefarms.com/

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Company: Big Tree Farms

Category: Natural Sweeteners

Posted: December 19, 2011

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Annie's Goddess Dressing

Annie's Goddess Dressing

Dietary Needs:
Vegan, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

When we don't have time to make our own dressing, this is one of our go-tos. Annie's Goddess dressing is made from tahini (sesame paste) so it gives you that rich, creamy consistency without the dairy. We love the lemon juice, cider vinegar, sea salt and herbs in this product but are a bit leary of the oil. They list (canola, soy and/or sunflower oil) on the ingredient list and we must say, we really don't like when companies do that because there is no way of knowing how much and what particular oil you are consuming. We dropped their rating when this change came and hope it doesn't stick. Nonetheless, of the dressing choices on the shelves, if you are not going to make your own, this is a good one. And no sugar on the ingredients list makes us happy. 

Company Website: http://www.annies.com/

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Company: Annie's

Category: Salad Dressings

Posted: December 19, 2011

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Annie's Cowgirl Ranch

Annie's Cowgirl Ranch

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Gluten Free

This is a huge upgrade from Hidden Valley Ranch or many other conventional ranch dressings because they do not use soybean, modified food starch, MSG or the long list of preservatives you find at the end of the ingredient list with conventional brands. They use less sugar than these other brands as well. What we love most about Annie's dressings are that they use apple cider vinegar in many of them. What we wish we could upgrade is the oil. They use high quality canola oil (expeller pressed) but it is not organic and we are concerned about the fast-growing genetic modification of canola (or the rapeseed plant, which is what it comes from). This dressing does contain sugar as well. 

Company Website: http://www.annies.com/

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Company: Annie's

Category: Salad Dressings

Posted: December 19, 2011

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Isocort

Isocort

Dietary Needs:
None

You must be guided by a health care practioner before taking this product. It is a concentrated adrenal glandular that comes from New Zealand Sheep. We love the efficacy of this product. It literally helps us (in careful combination with other vitamins and minerals) to give our clients back their lives when they have suffered from chronic exhaustion and adrenal fatigue for years on end. Isocort was specifically designed by Bezwecken to address the problems of adrenal fatigue and reduced cortisol levels. It can provide relief from cortisol-related issues such as fatigue, allergies, food cravings and anxiety. Isorcort works by providing a standardized dose of Cortisol (an adreno-cortical substance) to help support adrenal function. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling all types of stress. They manufacture hormones like cortisol, estrogen and testosterone to help keep your body in balance when you’re ‘under attack’ physically or emotionally. During times of stress, your body sends out cortisol to cool inflammation and minimize oxidation. However, if you don’t have enough cortisol, your body will be forced to remain in a ‘stressed’ state. This can lead to various health issues.

Company Website: http://www.bezwecken.com/

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Company: Bezweckin

Category: Nutritional and Herbal Supplements

Posted: December 19, 2011

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Justin's Almond Butter Packs

Justin's Almond Butter Packs

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

Why someone did not think of this sooner, we don't know. Justin's gives us the option for portable almond butter packets which are wonderful for travel or portion control. The only two ingredients are dry roasted almonds and organic palm fruit oil. We love both of those ingredients. Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm tree and is healthy for you (nothing like the properties of palm kernal oil). This oil does not require hydrogenation and oh how we wish we could swap out all the hydrogenated oil out there for this one which is 50% saturated, 50% unsaturated fat. It has a mixed tocopheral profile which means it supports healthy lung and liver function. Justin's is part of the Conscious Alliance so he is a changemaker and we are all over that. Maybe someday, they will come out with a raw, organic variety. That would be very cool. In the meantime, we are just happy to share this brand with our friends, family and clients to add a touch of healthy convenience their everyday life. 

Company Website: http://www.justinsnutbutter.com/

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Company: Justin's

Category: Nut Butters

Posted: December 19, 2011

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