posts tagged "organic"

Product Review: Nau

Posted on June 12, 2007

In spring of 2005, Eric Reynolds, the visionary creator of the company Marmot, contacted me. He wanted to pitch what he said would be the next big thing in retail. He arrived at my office, laptop in tow and we pored over his spreadsheets and business plan.

His ambitious venture: to launch a chain of environmentally friendly clothing stores. I was in.

His concept included minimalist stores constructed of recycled materials which would sell 100% organic cotton clothing; the pièce ... read more →

Product Review: Boulder’s Best Organics

Posted on May 29, 2007

Boulder is often called the “Mount Olympus” of the organic food industry. Boulder’s Best Organics, a web based business, provides a pantheon of locally made products including soaps, chocolate, wine and tea.

This company offers a convenient way to ship a Rocky Mountain gift basket to far off friends and relatives who need a fix of Boulder. When my friend Stephanie had her baby, I sent a basket of postpartum pampering treats including lotion, chocolate and wine.

Product Review: Rigoni di Asiago

Posted on May 22, 2007

These delicious jams by fiordifrutta Rigoni di Asiago are made with 100% organic fruit. They’re juice sweetened –no cane sugar, fructose or other forms of processed sugar in disguise. This is the only organic jam I have found with no added sugar. The flavors are great!

My favorites are orange and raspberry jam, though they come in a large variety including rose hip, which is quite tasty as well.

Update: This product has been renamed Rigoni di Asiago. It is still ... read more →

Dirty Dozen

Posted on May 17, 2007

-photo from Shai Barzilay

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of the one dozen fruits and vegetables highest in pesticides. These are best avoided unless purchased organic. Their dirty dozen includes, in alphabetical order:

apples
bell peppers (sweet)
celery
cherries
grapes
lettuce
nectarines
peaches
pears
potatoes
spinach
strawberries

With fruit season almost upon us, I hope this list is useful.

Product Review: Stevia

Posted on March 6, 2007

Update: I have switched brands and now use NuNaturals stevia.

There are times when I want something sweet and don’t want to increase my blood sugar level. This is when I reach for stevia, an herb 300 times as sweet as sugar with a glycemic index (GI) of 0.

This low glycemic, low carbohydrate sweetener is widely used in Japan. In the U.S., the sugar lobby has long fought to ban this miracle sweetener; it is currently classified as a ... read more →

Butter Cookies

Posted on February 27, 2007

A simple butter cookie recipe made with heart healthy almond flour.

I love baking cookies. This easy gluten free cookie recipe is one that my friend Mary and I like to bake when we are together. She likes it because it’s full of high protein, healthy ingredients that are Paleo/primal friendly.

I met my friend Mary on the very first day of college. She is one of the smartest, funniest people I know. A savvy foodie, she and I spent some ... read more →

Product Review: Agave Nectar

Posted on February 27, 2007

Sweetness is the first taste we experience in life, the primal taste of our infancy, of mother’s milk.

For several years I researched delicious, healthy alternatives to sugar that held up well in the baking process, yet did not substantially raise glycemic index levels. Enter agave, the nectar of the agave cactus plant –a golden liquid readily available in health food stores.

I prefer agave because as you can see below, it is lower on the glycemic index (GI) than other sweeteners:

sugar ... read more →

Future of Food

Posted on February 24, 2007

Did you know that farmers are being sued for growing food? Did you know that a company can purchase the genetic “patent” for a seed that has existed for thousands of years? Did you know that one company could eventually “own” all of the seeds in the world and that you could be arrested for planting them in your own backyard?

Multinational corporations are genetically engineering “impotent” seeds, ones that are incapable of reproduction –altering, no, stealing the life-giving energy ... read more →

Apricot Butter

Posted on December 10, 2006

My kids were hankering for something sweet the other day. So, I made this delicious sweet apricot butter recipe. It’s not a jam – it’s real butter with dried fruit pureed into it.

Great on warm toast. It is one of my younger son’s favorite gluten free snacks.

Apricot Butter

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½ cup dried apricots
½ cup boiled water
½ cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pinch celtic sea salt

Place apricots in a shallow bowl, pour boiling water over them and let sit for ½ hour
Place ... read more →

Fun Raiser

Posted on December 4, 2006

Some school fundraisers are very desirable –a true service to both the school and the people that buy into them. One such fundraiser is the satsuma sale at my children’s Waldorf school. I like to think of this sale as more of a fun raiser, than a fundraiser.

Every year, their school, Shining Mountain organizes the sale of delicious organic satsuma tangerines right before the winter holidays.

And every year, I buy cases and cases of these spectacular fruits for friends ... read more →