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Blue Mountain Organics: The Raw Bakery “Coco Joy” Product Review

Last week when I was on vacation, Serena from Blue Mountain Organics sent me a sample of Coco Joy, a product from The Raw Bakery, one of their product lines.

From their website:

Blue Mountain Organics is a mission-focused company, founded to demonstrate the holistic and symbiotic relationship between people, food, and environment and between worker and business. We accomplish these goals by bringing to the public the most deliciously raw and pure organic products sourced from the most fair and conscious providers. We commit to working towards a more harmonious and sustainable world. We exist to demonstrate that business is naturally moving beyond being destructive, and even beyond sustainability, to serving as a regenerative force on earth.

Blue Mountain Organics is a dynamic and innovative team that lives to promote the well-being of our bodies and our beautiful planet by offering healthy, organic and delicious food products at competitive prices.

We strongly believe in using and supporting organic agriculture as it is the only sustainable way to grow food for generations without depleting and toxifying the environment. Also, by being nutrient rich, organic foods foster healthy bodies. Sourcing and providing organic foods is fundamental to our mission as a company.

Blue Mountain Organics views eating raw foods, exposed only to heat below 118°F, as part of a healthy lifestyle. We have researched the foods we carry and the processes by which they are obtained and/or extracted. We believe that you can taste and feel the difference raw foods make.

& also:

The Raw Bakery™ produces a full line of organically delicious low-temperature dehydrated sweet and savory superfood treats. We use ingredients from our Better Than Roasted™ line, offering a raw, wholesome alternative to traditional bakery products.  

All of The Raw Bakery’s whole nuts, seeds, and grains have gone through the Better Than Roasted™ process, which means they have been soaked, sprouted, and dehydrated. Sprouted nuts and seeds are easier to digest because our process removes phytates, which have been found to inhibit digestion.

The Better Than Roasted sprouting process also increases the bioavailability of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in our nuts and seeds.

The Raw Bakery is excited to offer a purely satisfying alternative to baked goods. Try some of our delicious raw treats. We are confident that you will enjoy them as much as we do!

In addition, all of The Raw Bakery products are:

  1. • Raw & Vegan
  2. • Premium, Quality Ingredients
  3. • Sweetened with Agave Nectar
  4. • Dairy and Soy Free, Non-GMO
  5. • USDA Certified Organic
  6. • Certified Kosher
  7. • Sprouted Superfoods
  8. • Made to Order in Small Batches

How awesome is that?!

If you’re a coconut lover, as I tend to be, you’ll LOVE this item!  It had a great chewy filling texture that had a strong coconut/nutty taste and the chocolate outside complemented it well.

Although a bit calorie dense (if you can’t read that picture, it’s 240 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g protein), this was a very filling, tasty & sweet snack.

But- the only ingredients were: Cashews, Agave, Coconut, Cacao, Golden Flax, and Vanilla.  How simple and great! 

Taste:  8.5/10

Company & Values: 10/10

Ingredients/Nutrition: 9/10

Overall?  A great company that features tasty products with wholesome ingredients.  Steer clear of this particular one if you hate coconut but if you love coconut, this is the tasty treat for you!!


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Kopali Organics Product Review!

Yesterday I received a package from Norman from Kopali Organics!

Kopali Organics is a great company devoted to organic, wholesome foods and supporting sustainable farmers and fair trade.  Here is a snippet from their website:

We founded Kopali Organics while living and farming on our off-the-grid educational farm and sustainability center in the rainforest of Costa Rica. In the face of unrelenting pressure to farm cheaply, organic local farmers, our neighbors and friends, were being driven out of business and off of their lands, and being replaced by large-scale chemically-intensive industrial farms. Our goal was to support organic family farmers and their communities by connecting them with the growing market of people who care about the quality of the food they eat, as well as the environmental and social conditions under which it is grown, produced and traded. And today we directly supports hundreds of sustainable farmers and their communities in nearly a dozen countries around the world. We are also well on our way to delighting, nourishing and inspiring millions as they become part of a healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate world.

 Their products are dried fruits and chocolate covered treats and come in the following varieties:

Dried Mango, Dried Pineapple, Dried Mulberries, Dried Goldenberries, Superfood Mix (Goji Berries, Mulberries, Pistachios and Cacao Nibs), Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs, Chocolate Covered Goji Berries, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Chocolate Covered Banana, Chocolate Covered Mulberries

I was send the Dried Mango and Chocolate Covered Banana:

The verdict?!

  • Dried Mango– It was very good-  sweet but not too sweet and they had a very good flavor.  The texture was appealing and the portion size was adequate as well.  I ate it as an in between classes snack and it was a nice, portable, non-messy snack.  It would also taste great on top of greek yogurt or some oatmeal! 
  • Chocolate Covered Banana– whoa, definitely was surprised by this one!  I never was much of a fan of dried banana but this was divine.  It was a perfect dessert and would be a nice fro-yo topping or an oatmeal topping (the meltage in hot oatmeal would do wonders).  The banana chocolate combo was very tasty.  The portion size was listed as half a bag and I had a hard time believing anyone could eat just half of it.  Their other chocolate covered varieties some delicious, especially the goji berries and chocolate covered cacao bits!

 

I was up at the crack of dawn (5:30 am EEEEEK) writing a paper that I was too tired to write last night, here’s a glimpse of my breakfast:

Overnight oats with CHHHHHIA SEEDS (yes I finally got them and they’re amazingly delicious and very filling) in a large Fage container!

I was also accepted into my school’s Mortar Board Senior Honor Society today 🙂  They come in and announce it in one of your classes and I was really caught off guard because I thought I hadn’t been accepted.  (A student in one of my classes yesterday was recognized as an accepted member and so I assumed I wasn’t accepted)  Nope, I had to go up in the front of the class and my prof took a picture of me, workout sweats on and all!

Well, I’ve got lots of studying to do for midterms this week before I leave for vacation.  Here’s what I’ll be studying tonight:

  • North American Archaeology for an essay midterm tomorrow (eeeeeeeeek!  😦 )
  • & preparing to study for my Insular SEAsia Cultures essay midterm on Thursday, is it Friday yet??

Questions:

Do you find yourself procrastinating often?  I am an avid procrastinator and wish I could kick the habit!

How do you cope with procastination? I try to get things done early but somehow often end up waiting until the last minute.  I try to limit myself from distracting things such as: the internet, tv, people….etc

How do you procrastinate? aka, what do you DO to avoid being productive?? 😉         Anything & everything.. facebook definitely is a part of it!

 

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My Running Shoes & Larabar Product Reviews

I promised pictures of my running gear, which really is my shoes because I can wear any workout clothes and run:

These babies are Nike+ Lady Triax 12 & my second pair of ’em!

See those PINK SOLES inside?  Those are my Superfeet inserts!  They work wonders with my feet & I recommend checking them out at your local running store.

All this talk of barefoot running has me quite intrigued!!  I need to read “Born to Run,” which is next on my list after “The Omnivore’s Dillemna” (which I am currently reading)

What shoes do you run in?  Are you a barefoot runner- what made you decide to change from shoes to solely (heh) feet??

Now… ON TO THE LARABARS!

I discovered Larabars at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon expo & have been mildly obsessed ever since..

Those ones in the picture are the flavors I currently have in my pantry.  Jealous? 🙂

I haven’t tasted a bar I haven’t liked.  They are made or 3 -5 ingredients and consist of a date base with nuts and dried fruits (sometimes one or two spices) added in for the flavor.

Because I have nothing negative to say about them, I’m going to list them in the order of their tastiness, with ONE being the best!

  1. Peanut Butter & Jelly
  2. Peanut Butter Cookie
  3. Key Lime Pie
  4. Pecan Pie
  5. Lemon Bar
  6. Apple Pie
  7. Cherry Pie
  8. Cinnamon Roll
  9. Cashew Cookie

Those are all the ones that I’ve tasted and while they ALL TASTE AMAZING, some clearly taste better than others.

Alright, I’ve got a Spanish midterm tomorrow and an Archaeology Regional Culture (Cajamarca in the Andes) project due tomorrow morning so I better get to it!!

All this talking of pies from reviewing Larabars has got me thinking about pie— what’s your favorite pie??  My favorite is a tie between Pumpkin and Key Lime… nom nom nom..

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Oikos Greek Yogurt Review!

Today in the mail I received coupons for Stonyfield Oikos Greek Yogurt from Kristina!  They came in the mail with a personalized letter! 

Obviously once I got the coupons I couldn’t stand the excitement from trying this new product, so I went to my closest grocery store only to find that they were sold out of all but the plain 5.3 ounce cups.  This was fine by me since I prefer plain yogurt, but I’ll have to make another trip for some of the flavors I’m dying to try:  honey, blueberry, caramel, chocolate!

The consistency was so thick and creamy and 0% fat? Definitely does not taste like 0% fat! From first bite it was sweet and creamy, not sour or bitter/tangy like some plain yogurt can be. For comparison, it wasn’t as thick as Fage 0% but was sweeter and didn’t have that tanginess that Fage has.

I loved this message on the foil top, how cute! “It tasted like the food of the gods”

Look how creamy!

Of course I had to add some granola in (or I wouldn’t be living up to my username!)

Oikos Plain had a good, thick consistency and sweet flavor. 0% fat, 15 g protein, and 80 calories for a 5.3 ounce serving is pretty appealing! However, because it is an organic product it is pretty expensive. A 5.3 ounce cup is 1.99, which is twenty cents more than Fage (1.79 a cup)

Have you tried Oikos Greek Yogurt? What’s your favorite flavor? Any suggestions for a flavor I should try next?

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