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Company Review: Foods Alive – Organic Raw Living Food Products Part 2

Foods Alive – Life Giving and Mineral-Rich Artisan Crafted Organic Raw Living Foods Part 2 In business since 2002

I am choosing to quote info from the company and their website, as they explain about the products very well and I wanted to make sure I give them credit for it. I am simply giving my reviews of the products based on tasting and using them to create delicious recipes which you can watch me make on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

From Foods Alive website: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827
We source the highest quality and best tasting super foods from across the globe to bring you and your family the most mineral rich and nutrient dense foods available. Super Foods are a great source of Anti-oxidants, Amino Acids (proteins), Dietary Fiber and many other hard to find essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Hemp Products
Toasted Hemp Seeds

From Foods Alive website: Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote a draft of the United States Declaration of Independence on hemp paper?! Our toasted whole hemp seeds are lightly seasoned with sea salt to make a delicious, nutritious snack or food ingredient. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Toasted-Hemp-Seeds-w-salt-Organic-14-oz-p/0036.htm?Click=827

My review: I am not a fan of using salt, as a rule, as you may have read a previous post I had on this topic, regardless, this product is not very salty. It has a nice crunchy taste. They are “whole” hemp seeds, as opposed to the raw “hulled” seeds (the shells are removed) that this company also sells. They are really yummy and it is hard to stop eating them. If you like salty snacks, order more then one bag, especially if you a family. This is a great healthy savory snack to eat right out of the bag or add to salads, trail mix, soups, etc.

Hemp Protein Powder

From Foods Alive site: Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein. Containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs, our hemp protein powder is a perfect boost to your morning. Try adding hemp protein powder to your smoothies, shakes and yogurt, or use hemp protein to replace up to 25% of the flour in a baked good. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Hemp-Protein-Powder-Organic-50-protein-8-oz-p/0035.htm?Click=827

My review: The hemp protein powder is made from milling and sifting the hemp seed cake, which is a by-product of pressing hemp seeds into hemp oil. Hemp is a great source for plant-based protein and is also low in fat and high in EFA’s. You can make shakes and smoothies with it and use for baking. I experimented with it to make savory protein-rich truffles and also a cheesy spread to put on crackers, tortillas or vegetables (I will have a video up soon on my YouTube channel with recipes).

Chia Protein Powder

From Foods Alive site: Chia Protein is crafted by carefully separating the oils from the seeds. This creates a wonderful high protein and high fiber product that can be added to a variety of different foods. Chia Protein is a very nutritious addition to protein shakes, smoothies, cereals, porridge, yogurts and more. It can also be used as a partial substitute for flour. Chia Protein is loaded with an abundance of nutients such as calcium, protein, anti-oxidants and dietary fiber and also contains all the essential Amino Acids to provide a nutritional punch! To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Chia-Protein-Powder-Organic-8-oz-p/0043.htm?Click=827

My review: Chia is a power-packed superfood. The powder can be used as a thickener for baking – egg replacer. You can also sprinkle it on food – salad, grains, casseroles, etc for a protein and mineral boost to your meal. I also use it to make dressings, sauces and gravies. It is low in fat and can help the body retain electrolytes because of its ability to absorb up to 12 times it weight in water.

Black Sesame Protein Powder

From Foods Alive site: Black Sesame Protein is loaded with an abundance of nutrients such as calcium, protein, anti-oxidants and dietary fiber- making it a nutritional powerhouse! Black Sesame Protein is crafted by carefully separating the oils from the seeds. This creates a wonderful high protein and high fiber product that can be added to a variety of different foods. Black Sesame Protein is a very nutritious addition to protein shakes, smoothies, cereals, porridge, yogurts and more. It can also be used as a partial substitute for flour. For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Black-Sesame-Protein-Powder-Organic-8-oz-p/0059.htm?Click=827

My review: I really like the “gritty/fluffy” nature of this product. I use it to make truffles and in a creamy sweet or savory sauce/dressing/spread. In baking it is great to add some texture. It is high in protein, low in fat and has healing properties for the kidney and liver meridians. This and all the other powders are great for shakes, smoothies, baking, etc.

Nutritional Yeast

From Foods Alive site: Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins (especially the B-complex vitamins including B12), and minerals. Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Nutritional-Yeast-6-oz-p/0047.htm?Click=827

My review: Some vegans may be “on the fence” about using this product, as it is made by culturing the yeast with sugarcane and beet molasses. The other side of it, is the fact that it is a great source of B-complex vitamins, including B12 and is a complete protein, as well. I have gone back and forth myself with using and not using this product. I prefer to buy a product from a company that I know is sourced to be non-GMO. Many health food stores sell it in their bulk bins and I have bought it there, in the past, but I am not so sure of the quality. I like to sprinkle it on my salads, grains and also use to make a “cheesy” spread/sauce/dressing (I will have an upcoming video with recipes using all the products).

This company offers so many great raw organic super foods to nourish and help you to achieve vibrant health. If you have not tried any as yet, now you have more information to do so. You can check out their website: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827 to purchase direct or find which stores carry their products.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Deal extended till end of this week – Don’t delay!

My friend, Frederic Patenaude has a great deal on a product he is offering exclusively to my readers. It is being extended another few days.

My Experiment Living on $3.33 a Day on a Vegan Diet

First, an announcement:

Sale on: “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet” is available for $19.95 instead of $37.

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Use Coupon code: MINDY100
Don’t delay this deal will expire on Friday September 20, 2013

Click on the link above to read more about this great product being offered at a discounted price.
Also read my previous post to get a sneak peek into what this product is all about.

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Spending too much money on a Vegan Diet? Here is a solution!

Read this information from my friend, Frederic Patenaude and then check out the great deal he is offering exclusively to my readers.

My Experiment Living on $3.33 a Day on a Vegan Diet

First, an announcement:

Sale on: “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet” is available for $19.95 instead of $37.

Go to: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=4900783

Use Coupon code: MINDY100
Don’t delay this deal will expire on Monday September 16, 2013

Do you remember when produce used to be cheap?

I remember often buying two avocados for a dollar, and big
ones!

I didn’t even live in California or Mexico, and avocados
were cheap.

All the vegetables I buy now seem to have doubled in price
over the last 10 years. Celery used to always be 99 cents a
bunch. Now, the “base” price is usually $1.99, sometimes
more.

Until I figured out some tips to make it work, I was
spending between $600 and $800 a month just to feed myself
on a high-raw diet.

This is more than many people spend on rent or a mortgage.

How much does the average Whole Foods Market shopper spend a
month on groceries and eating out? When a bag of organic
groceries can easily cost $80 and a glass of freshly
squeezed juice or a fresh smoothie can cost over $6, I know
that people who care about their health spend a lot on
food.

*My Experiment*

Last summer, I went on a curious experiment where I
attempted to live on only $100 a month for food.

What motivated me to find out ways to spend less on food was
when I read a book called “Early Retirement Extreme” by a
Danish author who now lives in the USA.

This author described how he lived a “great life” on just
$7000 a year. His budget was actually only $80 a month for
all groceries and food expenses.

I thought, if this guy can live and eat well on so little,
then how could I figure out a way to do it as well?

The exact number is not important. What matters is that the
amount that you manage to save is significant, and that you
do it without sacrificing your health and most importantly,
your sanity…

So last summer, for a period of about 2-3 months, I went on
a little experiment. My goal was to spend only $100 a month
on food, and yet eat better and more nutritious foods than I
was before. I learned a great deal during this experiment,
and this is how I wrote my book “How to Eat Well for Under
$100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet.”

I calculated the exact cost of all fruits per calories. I
also compared prices all over different cities, and compiled
all the best ways to get the best deals on food. What
started as a personal challenge turned into a sort of
economic science experiment.

I didn’t think it was possible to eat well for just $100 a
month until I tried it. And it worked!

*Some Tips*

One of the big changes I implemented was to stop buying
everything in bulk.

I know that sounds counterintuitive, but bulk deals are not
always the best. I used to buy all of my fruit by the box,
and I thought it was the best way to get the best price.

But what I discovered is that often, it’s much better to
discover stores that will advertise “loss leaders,” which
are specials that they run every week to attract customers.

I then focused on those foods and create your recipes around
what was on sale.

I spent a few months researching prices and I came up with a
definitive price list that I keep with me when I go
shopping. The price list tells you exactly what is the
maximum amount you should spend for each type of fruit,
vegetable, grain or other food. That way, you’ll know
instantly if you’re getting a good
deal or not.

*My Rule of Thumb*

In order to eat well for $100 a month, you have to find a
cheap source of healthy calories. This is actually the
easiest part of the program.

The biggest budget killer in a healthy diet is fresh
produce. The system for eating $100 a month on a plant-based
diet allows you to eat a healthy diet with fruits and
vegetables. However, those tend to be the most expensive
parts in one’s diet, besides eating out.

So my rule of thumb is to never pay more than 99 cents a
pound for fresh produce.

One way to get fruits and vegetables for 99 cents a pound or
less is to shop at supermarkets, local produce stores and
anywhere that advertises weekly specials.

You can compile, every week, a short list of the specials at
different stores around you. The easiest way to do this is
to write it all down on an index card and carry this with
you when you go shopping.

*Does It Need to be $100 a Month?*

The truth is, the target that I chose for my experiment,
$100 a month, was arbitrary because it was a fixed number. I
wanted to see if I could do it. Nowadays, I spend more than
this amount on food, but it’s still significantly less than
what I used to spend.

The reason this system works it’s because it’s customizable.

Once you know how it works, you can decide what your
personal target should be. Maybe eating organic food is
really important to you, so in this case you’ll alter the
strategy and the monthly budget for that.

If you missed the launch special for the eBook “How to Eat
Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant Based Diet”…
order it *today* and this special will be available till Monday September 16th 2013.

Just go to: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=4900783

Make sure to use coupon code: MINDY100

After the weekend, the coupon will expire, so don’t delay!

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Company Review: Foods Alive – Organic Raw Living Food Products

Foods Alive – Life Giving and Mineral-Rich Artisan Crafted Organic Raw Living Foods In business since 2002

I am choosing to quote info from the company and their website, as they explain about the products very well and I wanted to make sure I give them credit for it. I am simply giving my reviews of the products based on tasting and using them to create delicious recipes which you can watch me make on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

First some history of my connection with this family-owned company. I met them at Expo West in Anaheim, CA in the early days of their company (can’t remember exactly what year) and right away took a liking to them, first as people and then for their products. They had a booth at the show and I tried their products. We stayed in touch and the next year, I had the pleasure to stay with them when they came to Anaheim for the trade show. Over the years I had tried some of their flax products, specifically, their crackers as they were in the process of expanding and started to make their golden flax seed oils and dressings. Recently, I received some emails from them about their products and decided to contact them to review their products. Thanks Michael, Ellen, Matt and Tammy for all that you do and what you stand for. You are all great examples for sustainability and healthy living, yourselves and through your products, as well.

From Foods Alive website: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827
We source the highest quality and best tasting super foods from across the globe to bring you and your family the most mineral rich and nutrient dense foods available. Super Foods are a great source of Anti-oxidants, Amino Acids (proteins), Dietary Fiber and many other hard to find essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Flax Seed Products
Organic Golden Flax Crackers

Quoted from an email sent to me by Foods Alive:

Here at Foods Alive we make the best tasting flax crackers around!
We start with organic golden flaxseeds, grown in mineral rich soil to deliver the best taste. Soaking the flax to begin the germination (sprouting) process unlocks a plethora of nutrients and decreases the enzyme inhibitors and tannins. This essentially turns the flax seeds into life giving super foods. The next phase is adding just the right amount of herbs and spices until the taste is perfect.

To preserve all the vital nutrients and ensure the best possible product a custom built dehydrator dries the crackers at a low temp until they are perfectly crisp. How low you ask? Well you can plant our crackers and they will continue to sprout and grow. Now that’s a living superfood!

Our super crackers come in 6 scrumptious flavors: Original, Onion Garlic (instead of garlic bread), Mexican Harvest (croutons for taco salad), Italian Zest (great to snack on), Hemp (great for dips and spreads) and last but certainly not least, Maple & Cinnamon (great smeared with nut butter or crumbled on your oatmeal).

We are currently working on 3 new flavors: Zen, Ginger Snap, and Cheez (vegan of course) so check back regularly!

My review of the flax crackers and super sprinkles (made from the leftover crumbs of the flax crackers).

I received these flavors to try: Onion Garlic, Mexican Harvest and Italian Harvest. They are all very crunchy and have a light crisp taste. They are not like “bricks,” as I have tasted some flax crackers in the early days of them being produced by other companies and didn’t taste very good. My favorite one was the Italian flavor, as I like the herbs and spices used in them and it is mild tasting, yet flavorful. My next favorite was the Onion and Garlic and then finally the Mexican – it is a bit hot and spicy for me when I eat it by itself, but still it’s good.

I had samples of the Super Sprinkles in the same three varieties as the flax crackers. They are much easier to digest they eating the raw flax seeds out of the package. They can be used on green salads as croutons, on quinoa tabouli for an added crunch, in coleslaw, casseroles and even as a garnish for you gazpacho soup. I also like snacking on them right out of the bag and you can make a savory trail mix with dehydrated shredded shoestring vegetables and jungle peanuts.

Raw Flax Seed

From Foods Alive site: Foods Alive offers the cleanest and best tasting organic golden flax seed on the market. Flax contains high levels of dietary fiber including lignans, an abundance of micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax fibers are amongst the oldest fiber crops in the world. The use of flax for the production of linen goes back at least to ancient Egyptian times. To continue reading: http://www.foodsalive.com/Golden-Flax-Seed-Organic-14-oz-p/0050.htm?Click=827

My review of flax seeds: they are not digestible in their “raw” state like the crackers and sprinkles and need to be ground or soaked in order to use them. Then you can use them on you cooked oatmeal or other hot cereal, sprinkled on your salad, added to your dressing, sauce or made into a spread/butter.

Raw Chia Seed

From Foods Alive website: One ounce of Chia seed contains as much omega-3 as 8-ounces of salmon, as much calcium as a cup of milk, as much fiber as 1/3 cup of bran, as much iron as 1/3 cup of spinach leaves, as much vitamin C as 2 oranges, and as much potassium as half a banana….to read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Organic-Chia-Seeds-Raw-p/0025.htm?Click=827

My review: Most of us remember chia from the commercial years ago on TV for the Chia Pet. You water it and it grows chia sprouts all around the pet. Now chia has come back into popularity and the benefit, is that you can use it without grinding and is digestible. It is great for making puddings, sprinkled on salads oatmeal, quinoa added to smoothies and homemade jams to thicken them. It has great versatility and is a much better alternative for making jello then is the chemically filled gelatin sold in supermarkets.

Raw Hulled Hemp Seed
From Foods Alive website: Hulled hemp seeds provide all the nutritional benefits of whole seeds without the crunchy hull. They taste similar to that of a pine nut or sunflower seed and can be eaten as a snack or added to your favorite soups, sauces or dips.. Packed with Omega-3 & 6 EFA’s Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein, containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs. To read more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Hulled-Hemp-Seeds-Organic-8-oz-p/0038.htm?Click=827

My review: I have always liked hemp seeds and they are loaded with EFA’s and so versatile. You can grind up and make your own fresh nut butter and then you can take that and add water to make hemp milk. You can leave it whole and sprinkle on your salads, grain dishes, sprinkle as a garnish on your soup, or grind to make a spread, dip, sauce or dressing. They are soft, taste very creamy and are digestible without the need to grind them.

Raw Black Sesame Seed

From Foods Alive website: Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for mitigating premature gray hair, and to nourish and fortify the liver and kidneys. These nutrient-dense seeds are also said to help blurred vision, tinnitus, and dizziness. An extremely good source of calcium, fiber, protein, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and more. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Black-Sesame-Seed-Organic-14-oz-p/0049.htm?Click=827

My review: I remember using black sesame seeds when I studied macrobiotics, as they have medicinal properties in ancient medicine. We sometimes made gomashio (sesame salt – sesame seeds dry roasted with salt and then grinded in a mortar and pestle for a condiment) using the black instead of the brown sesame seeds. I like to grind and make a spread or dressing with them. They have a rich nutty flavor. Just like the brown seeds are used, these can be used to make nut butter/tahini. I have also added them to desserts. They are high in calcium that is a digestible form, as opposed to cow’s milk that the human body can not break down to use.

Raw Jungle Peanuts

From Foods Alive website: Jungle Peanuts are beautiful heirloom nuts, wild crafted by the Ashuar tribe of the Amazon. These amazing heirloom peanuts are quite likely the original ancestors to all the commercial nuts grown today. Beautiful to behold, they’re long and lean, with a deep chocolate-colored stripe. Aflatoxin Free! To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Jungle-Peanuts-Organic-8-oz-p/0026.htm?Click=827

My review: I first found these at my local health food store and had not eaten peanuts in a very long time, as I heard that they were not recommended because of their toxicity. These peanuts have a taste like nothing else. First you can eat the skins, they taste quite sweet and best of all don’t have the dreaded aflatoxin! I can snack on them all day! You can eat them right out of the bag, make a trail mix with them or grind into the healthiest fresh peanut butter. Most importantly, you are supporting an indigenous culture in the Amazon rainforest that harvest these heirloom peanuts and is working to gain legal title to their ancestral lands.

Raw Goji Berry

From Foods Alive website: Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order. They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, of oranges, plus 18 amino acids, and are jam packed with a combination of polysaccharides, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Goji-Berries-Organic-8-oz-p/0028.htm?Click=827

My review: I became familiar with goji berry when I started eating raw food. It is shaped like a raisin, but a bit less plump and a bit longer. It is different then most other dried fruit, because is a “superfood” and have the highest ORAC antioxidant value then any other food. They are very sweet and tasty. You can eat them straight from the bag, use to make a trail mix, soak and blend with other fruit for a smoothie, sweet sauce or dressing and you can also sprinkle it on your green salad. Ypu can also use to make desserts adding them to your cookies, muffins, etc. I usually snack on them out of the back for a quick “energy boost.”

Raw Cacao Nibs (Indonesian)

From Foods Alive website: The original chocolate chip…our truly raw cacao nibs from Bali, Indonesia are a treasure of vitamins and minerals, a delight for the senses and food for the mind. ‘Food of the Gods’, is the literal translation of the name given to everyone’s favorite food! Organic Raw Chocolate has never been so good! To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Cacao-Nibs-Indonesian-Organic-8-oz-p/0055.htm?Click=827

My review: Cacao came on the raw food scene with somewhat of an explosive affect. I tried some from other companies, but was not impressed. They tasted very dry and bitter. I stopped using it completely and then, unbeknownst to me, I was sent the cacao products from Foods Alive (as I did not request them for review). I felt that I ought to try them again to see what I think. These ccacao nibs did not taste bitter like those I previously ate and were actually tasty. I prefer to eat them as a trail mix with jungle peanuts and goji berries. You can grind them for truffles, too.

Raw Cacao Powder (Dominican)

From Foods Alive website: This cacao is grown on the small island of the Dominican Republic under a dense forest canopy basking in the shade of tropical fruit trees and Caribbean sun. ‘Food of the Gods’, is the literal translation of the name given to everyone’s favorite food! Organic Raw Chocolate has never been so good!
For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Cacao-Powder-Dominican-Organic-8-oz-p/0056.htm?Click=827

My review: When I opened this cacao powder, there was a sweet smell coming out of the bag, as if I was back in my childhood when I have Nestle Quik and made chocolate milk (although I don’t remember that it smelled as good, or if it did was probably because of the chemicals in the ingredients). It has such a warm aroma and I is probably because of how it is grown. This is a very versatile product packed with antioxidants. You can make “healthy” chocolate milk, smoothies, truffles, fudge, sauce, add to cookies and other desserts.

Raw Carob Powder

From Foods Alive website: Often used as an alternative to chocolate, Carob tree cultivation dates back to historic times. An evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean, it is part of the legume family. The tree produces an edible seeded fruit pod that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are said to have eaten raw for natural sweetness. For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Carob-Powder-Organic-8-oz-p/0045.htm?Click=827

My review: I have always been a “fan” of carob and carob powder since my childhood. We would sometimes get it in the pod and I would suck on it and soften the skin and eat it. Others think it is dry and tasteless. My Mom used to make grated apple with some carob on top to help with “bathroom” issues. I always liked it, even if it was a remedy. I have tasted other raw carob powders, but this one, first has a light blond color and also smells naturally sweet. If you are concernd about stimulants like caffeine and theobromine in chocolate, then this is a great alternative. I have used it to make truffles, added to a seed spread, used to make a sauce, smoothies and endless types of desserts.

Raw Maca Powder

From Foods Alive website: Maca is a superfood herb with an outstanding ability to increase energy, endurance and strength. To Andean Indians, organic maca is a highly valuable commodity. Maca is also a favorite of raw-foodists, vegetarians, adventurers, extreme athletes, dessert chefs and food alchemists. For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Maca-Powder-Organic-8-oz-p/0029.htm?Click=827

My review: This is one of my favorite superfoods. It comes from Peru and is an adaptogenic root that grows high up in the mountains. I can say it is “YUM!” It has such a nice naturally sweet taste and is strengthening to the body. I like to use this for my smoothies, desserts, nut milks and sweet sauces. I could probably put some on a spoon and eat it like that because it is so good!

This company offers so many great raw organic super foods to nourish and help you to achieve vibrant health. If you have not tried any as yet, now you have more information to do so. You can check out their website: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827 to purchase direct or find which stores carry their products.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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