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Take your Vitamins – make it Fun

It can be hard to give kids the nutrients they need when juggling summer camps, traveling, BBQs and pool days – but #1 natural kid’s vitamin brand Rainbow Light has parents covered with their single-serve kid’s yummy gummy vitamin line!

It can be hard to get adults to take vitamins too…. and they don’t do any good at all if they sit on the counter. It’s best to always eat the best food, but kids often don’t want to sit still long enough. So vitamins can fill the gap. I take children’s gummies (yes I do), because (1) I’m doing what I want my kids to do (modeling good behavior) (2) they are easy to remember, and (3) I never get a stomach ache like I do when I take the “horse pill” huge adult vitamins that I avoid ….. — the editor

Their kid’s line includes 4 gummy vitamin types (below) that offer essential nutrients kids need for healthy growth in an easy-to-digest and delicious gummy! Available in fun character shapes and varying flavors, vitamins are 100% natural – free of sugar, dairy, soy, artificial flavors, additives, coloring and safe for all kids to try. Their BPA-free Eco Guard packaging also makes for a “green” purchase for parents.

Rainbow Light Children’s Vitamin Line

  • Kids One™ Chewable Multivitamin: Multivitamin that provides a balanced profile of the essential nutrients kids need for healthy growth, plus the nourishing goodness of vegetable concentrates they might not be getting from their diet alone. Probiotics are also included to support natural digestion and promote immune health. Chewable vitamins come in fun star-shapes and taste like fruit punch.
  • Fiber Garden Gummy Vitamins: Yummy, sour fruit Fiber Garden Gummies™ are sugar- and gluten-free and provide 4 g of fiber plus the ORAC (antioxidant) equivalent to 2 servings of fruits and vegetables. Single-serve packets preserve freshness and purity and are perfect for nutrition on the go.
  • Gummy Bear Essential Multivitamins: The most complete gummy multivitamins in the set, Gummy Bear Essentials are developed especially to nourish the growing minds and bodies of today’s active kids. Available in strawberry, lemon and orange gummy flavors. Single-serve packets preserve freshness and purity and are perfect for nutrition on the go.
  • Gummy Power Sours: These multivitamins deliver twice the recommended daily value of vitamin C for enhanced immune support, plus a balanced profile of vitamins and minerals kids need. Yummy sour flavors include pineapple, strawberry, raspberry and lemon gummies are gluten free and 100% natural.

Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G., Director at Rainbow Light – With over 30 years of experience in the health space, as well as a licensed formulator and herbalist at Rainbow Light, Dr. Hobbs has immense experience in the specialties of vitamins, holistic health medicine, natural products, organic, wellness and diet/weight loss and has worked closely with families to help them achieve optimal health and following a “whole, simple and nutritious” diet approach.

For Moms- The Perfect Gift!

And better than perfect….. this gift for Any Fashion-Loving and Eco-Conscious Mom

INDIGENOUS is the Eco-chic and Globally Responsible brand that will leave her looking and feeling great. These fabrics flow and look dressed up while being comfortable.

 

Highlight your mom’s beauty, uniqueness and compassion with a from INDIGENOUS.

INDIGENOUS, a leader in organic and fair trade fashion, promises high quality eco-chic fashion that’s good to people and good to the planet.  INDIGENOUS keeps harmful chemicals and toxins away from the body through organic and sustainable materials and supports artisans through maintaining rich cultural heritages and knitting traditions with fair wages and fair working conditions.

Dedicated to impeccable quality, design and fit without sacrificing values, their amazing summer line has something for every stylish Mom.

She’ll love the summertime sophistication of the chic and versatile Netted Poncho. Featuring soothing shades of teal combined with classic summer white, this flattering poncho is a go-to whether heading to the office, running errands with the kids or hanging around the pool. $198 www.indigenous.com.

 

The Maxi Tank Dress is so comfortable she may not want to take it off! Light grey with a pop of silver stripes, the empire waist flatters while organic cotton and low-impact dyes add eco-responsibility to amazing fashion. $138 www.indigenous.com.

 I love fabrics that flow and move with you. Anyone would love these outfits! — the editor

Give her two gifts in one with the Reversible Maxi Skirt. Soft, organic and chic, this go-to piece is perfect for dressing up or dressing down. One side features solid black while the reverse side features black and white stripes. It’s great for all season long!  $108 www.indigenous.com.

 

Yummy Double Chocolate Cupcakes

As the snow falls along with the temperature, it’s time to heat up the oven and whip up some baked goods, which is why it’s no surprise January is National Baking Month! This month substitute traditional ingredients with superfoods from Nutiva, the world’s leading brand of organic and non-gmo hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm.

Nutiva has a wide variety of products that can be used when baking. Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar and Organic Coconut Flour are healthy substitutes in most recipes. To replace butter, try using Nutiva Organic Shortening, Nutiva Organic Vegan Buttery Spread or Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for a healthier, guilt-free option.

Give these delicious and nutritional products a try in Nutiva’s Double Chocolate Cupcakes. Combine Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Buttery Spread and Organic Coconut Sugar with cocoa powder and vanilla extract for a scrumptious dessert worth indulging in.

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1/4 cup Nutiva Organic Buttery Spread

1 1/4 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar

3 Eggs

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Milk (can be substituted with almond, hemp, or coconut milk)

1/4 cup Chocolate Chips (tossed in flour)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F and line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together coconut sugar and buttery spread. This mixture will be soft, fluffy, and crumbly. Whisk in vanilla extract, then whisk in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.

Alternate sifting dry mixture and milk into sugar, butter, and egg mix.

Fold in chocolate chips, mixing well to distribute them evenly.

Scoop batter into cups, filling each halfway and mixing intermittently to keep chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the center of a cupcake.

Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before frosting and serving.

 

 

Chocolate Scoreboard

This scorecard ranks the chocolate companies, and gives you the story behind the many certification labels, such as the Fair Trade label and the IMO Fair for Life label (the best choices), as well labels from the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, and the organic label. Some chocolate companies, like Godiva, use no label. Thanks Green America! 

Hershey has agreed to many demands after protests, petitions, letters from children, and the removal of their products from shelves. Child labor used during picking is one of the major issues.

PRINT this scorecard and take it with you when you shop. Take a look at the ratings of a dozen companies.

Numi Tea – the perfect Gift

Tasty Warming Teas….. and so beautiful too, look at the flowering teas! There is also tea with cardamom in it, this spice will uplift your senses any time of the day!

 

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<http://numitea.com/indulgent-tea> Numi Indulgent Tea (NEW for 2014! SRP:
$7.99/box)

IndulgentTeaGroupShot LOWA new line of chocolate teas in four flavors –
Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Rooibos, Chocolate Spice and Chocolate Earl Grey –
that will launch in stores this fall.  Numi Indulgent Teas are certified
organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, and made with 100% real
ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including real cacao
powder.

<http://shop.numitea.com/Flowering-Tea-Set-in-Bamboo/p/NUMIS-80950&c=NumiTea
Store@FloweringTea@Gifts> Numi Flowering Tea(tm) Set in Bamboo (SRP: $39.99)

numis-80950.pngPackaged in an exotic, hand-made, dark mahogany bamboo case,
this gift set holds a box of Numi‘s Enchanted Blossoms Flowering Tea that is
filled with handsewn tea leaves and flowers, and a 16 oz. glass teapot
through which to observe the blooming tea petals.

<http://shop.numitea.com/Dancing-Leaves-Flowering-Tea-Set/p/NUMIS-80920&c=Nu
miTeaStore@FloweringTea@Gifts> Numi Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea(tm) Set
(SRP: $34.99)

numis-80920.pngThis all-in-one set provides the finest 5 Flowering teas(tm)-
handsewn tea leaves and flowers that blossom when steeped. It also includes
a 16 oz. glass teapot for a unique and affordable gift.

Numi Holiday Teas (SRP: $6.99 / box)

Numi‘s seasonal holiday tea blends feature premium quality teas blended and
balanced with festive ingredients. Flavors include: Holiday Chai, Holiday
Herbal Chai and Winter Spice.  Numi‘s Organic Holiday Teas will be available
again this year on numitea.com for a SRP of $6.99 per box.

About Numi Organic Tea
Founded in 1999 by brother and sister team Ahmed Rahim (the alchemist) and
Reem Rahim (the artist), Numi Organic Tea is a purveyor of premium quality
organic, non-GMO and fair trade certified teas and teasans. Numi blends its
organic leaf teas with only real herbs, fruits, flowers and spices-not
unnecessary “natural” flavorings or perfumes. All Numi products are packaged
in recycled-content containers and non-GMO verified biodegradable bags and
are available in retail outlets in more than 30 countries worldwide,
including the U.S., Canada, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and online at
www.NumiTea.com <http://www.numitea.com/> . An award-winning social
enterprise and founding B-Corporation member, Numi supports community
development projects worldwide. To learn more, visit NumiTea.com
<http://www.numitea.com/>  and follow Numi at Facebook.com/NumiTea
<http://www.facebook.com/NumiTea>  and Twitter.com/NumiTea
<http://www.twitter.com/NumiTea> .

Coconut Oil, a Superfood

 What an AMAZING food, culinary treat, so very Wonderful – from Nutiva.

‘Coconut is one of the world’s most nourishing superfoods. This creamy taste of the tropics is great for sautéing and baking, enhancing your favorite recipes, and body care. Our virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed and never refined, deodorized or bleached! Savor its rich aroma and its smooth and sweet flavor. It’s ideal as a medium-heat cooking oil, a nutritious substitute in baking and even “better than butter” on bread, vegetables or popcorn. A pinch of salt will reduce the coconut flavor in savory recipes. You can even use the luscious, soothing oil on your skin and hair. Use coconut oil as a natural skin moisturizer, eye make-up remover, or deep conditioning hair treatment. Combine coconut oil with coconut sugar and essential oil for an exfoliating, refreshing body scrub’

·         Organic
·         Non-GMO
·         Virgin
·         Non-hydrogenated
·         No cholesterol
·         Made from fresh coconuts (which is lovely to begin with!)

You may not believe this….. but coconut oil works on age spots. Really!   — editor

For Recipes and more great info, click here. 

 

Busy People Need Ambronite

Curious? Learn a bit about this whole food that can travel with you to Board Meetings – office…..or Surf Board Meetings – at the beach.

BASICS: Ambronite is a real food super meal on a mission to make healthy eating as easy as 1-2-3.  The world’s first real food super meal that fulfills 100% of daily nutrition recommendations, avoids soy powder, and has no fake flavors.  Ambronite tastes like oats and fresh nuts with a hint of Nordic herbs and berries.

*REAL TOTAL NUTRITION, NOT JUST VITAMINS
The Finnish team wanted Ambronite to be more than just healthy. Amazingly, Ambronite achieves 100% of daily nutrition recommendations for everything your body needs: energy, proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals.

*REAL FOOD, NOT SOY POWDER
Instead of cheap powders, researchers wanted Ambronite to contain real whole foods — a ground mixture of organic nuts, oats, berries, coconut, lucuma, spinach, wheatgrass, and spirulina that’s stirred like a shake.

*REAL ENERGY, NOT SUGAR
Ambronite is satisfying and energy-rich — but without the added sugar. It is also vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and free of artificial additives.

*REAL TASTE, NOT FAKE FLAVOR
Ambronite tastes like oats and fresh nuts — a little sweet, a little salty — with a hint of Nordic herbs and berries. The pure, neutral taste mixes well with water, juice, or fruit.

The company — named one of the hottest North European startups by Business Insider — is now crowdfunding on IndieGogo.

Learning from Growing

There are many ways to experience how things grow and what is healthy. One way is to try it yourself. This school girl did a science experiment, growing potatoes: take a look at what she learned about chemicals added to our food and thought to be safe by farmers. 

You see this everyday, people make a choice:

  • buy organic, shop daily, buy from farmers
  • eat fresh, or frozen or canned
  • grow a garden, buy from a local co-op
  • learn about plants, imagine that food is all ok
  • use pesticides or natural insect deterrents

 

Mountain Rose Organic Herbs

A great resource for learning MORE about herbs and healing. Thanks Mountain Rose Herbs of Eugene, OR for helping all us become part of this healthy community. They also offer a 25% discount for students attending these classes.

You can get a free catalog, their prices are reasonable and they have loads of experience – since 1987.

In addition, Mountain Rose also has community projects – volunteer, learn, get out there – take a look at their great site.

Mountain Rose Herbs
PO Box 50220
Eugene, OR 97405
USA
Vo
ice (800) 879-3337
Fax (510) 217-4012
International Calls (541) 741-7307

Customer Service – customerservice@mountainroseherbs.com
(For general questions about our products, services, and your order related inquiries)

Catalog Requests – catalog@mountainroseherbs.com
(For all free catalog requests. US residents only)

Calafia, Try it!

Calafia is a GREAT local place, located in the Town and Country Shopping Center, near Trader Joes. Don’t think for one single second this is a “mall restaurant” or fast food…. YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT. Calafia has healthy, tasty, innovative food with ambiance.

The menu includes the best ingredients and products around. Every effort is made to provide the freshest, tastiest food, Chef Charlie Ayers is committed to this.

I have had several meals at Calafia, they really make every effort to tell you how things are prepared and encourage questions. Of course, you can’t eat everything …. but each choice will be a good one. If it isn’t right, they want to know — so customer service is a big part of this restaurant.

Last time, I had the best Ahi Tuna I have ever eaten, tender, delicate flavor, light citrus sauce, fresh corn niblets, beautiful presentation. Many flavors in each bite, it was food to savor. I also wanted to try the pork (I don’t normally eat pork, but it is so popular, I need to find out for myself  since several pork dinners went past while I was eating.)

Next time, I’ll try:

Fiery Bottom BBQ Pork Bowl (GF) (DF)
Shredded pork shoulder, spicy BBQ sauce, sautéed spinach, yam sunnyside up quail egg, green onion, brown rice or quinoa pilaf: 12 
(Hint: the GF – gluten free, DF dairy free, this just is one example of the attention to detail that everything from the menu through to the service, ingredients and combinations of food, flavor, spice and presentation that happily affects everything at Calafia.)
If you think Calafia is great too… VOTE!!  Palo Alto Online  sponsors the  

BEST OF PALO ALTO

the competition is stiff and Calafia really deserves this honor. Submit your ballot by July 11, 2010.

Location: El Camino / Embarcadero Rd, in Town and Country Shopping Center
855 El Camino Real # 130
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2335
(650) 322-9200

Cafe Hours:
On Weekdays: Lunch 11 am 4:30 pm M-F  |  Dinner 4:30 pm 9:00 pm M-F

On Weekends: Brunch 9:00 am 3:00 pm |  Dinner 3:00 pm 9:00 pm

Summer hours: Dinner extended to 9:30 pm fri & sat

Market Hours:
9 am – 8:30 pm 7 days a week