New Report Exposes Deceptive Marketing in the $9 Billion-Dollar Snack Bar Industry

  A new report by the Cornucopia Institute exposes misleading marketing practices by food industry giants that market unhealthy snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. The report further exposes leading natural/organic brands for including cheap, conventional ingredients instead of creating nutritive products that qualify for the USDA organic label. The report, and an accompanying scorecard details how snack bar quality varies widely among brands, even among the many … [Read more...]

Wheat-less Wednesday – Rainbow Pasta Sauce

Ingredients: 1 jar crushed tomatoes 1 medium onion 6 cloves garlic 1 large carrot 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup button mushrooms, diced 1 Italian sausage, cooked, diced 4 leaves dino kale, diced Dried oregano Dried basil Salt and red pepper to taste Olive oil  Instructions: Mince onion, garlic, and carrot. Heat a large saucepan on medium-high and add 1/4 cup olive oil. When oil is hot, add in minced vegetables and sauté until onions become … [Read more...]

Wheat-less Wednesday – Inside out Easter Eggs

Ingredients: 8 large organic eggs, hardboiled and peeled 1 medium beet, cooked, peeled and quartered 1/4 cup mayo or vegenaise 2 tsp. Organic Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 10 fresh chives or garlic chives 1 strip cooked nitrate/nitrite free bacon  Instructions: 1. Half eggs lengthwise and spoon out yolks into a food processor. 2. Add beet, mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper to food processor. 3. Blend until smooth, stopping frequently … [Read more...]

Wheat-less Wednesday – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients: Bottom Layer: 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil 4 Tbsp smooth organic peanut butter 1/2 tsp vanilla stevia Top Layer: 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil 4 Tbsp smooth organic peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla stevia 1/4 cup cocoa powder Instructions: 1. Set 9 mini muffin cups on a plate 2. Stir together ingredients for bottom layer until smooth, and scoop 1 Tbsp of the mixture into each cup. 3. Place plate in the freezer for 5 minutes. 4. Stir together ingredients … [Read more...]

What Does “Natural” Mean on a Food Label

Eating processed foods will affect your quality of life AND your wallet.  Inferior food ingredients with chemicals added to preserve and enhance the taste may cost less now, but your quality of life will suffer and it will cost more in the long run when your health is challenged to the point of requiring medical intervention. So, just how do you know what is quality food?  Reading food labels is a must, but the best quality foods don't even have a label.  "Natural" is seen more and more on … [Read more...]