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Archive for September, 2009

NEW PRODUCT: Annie’s Homegrown Mac & Cheese & More

Parents who insist on the best for their children have two new choices in the popular all-natural Mac & Cheese from Annie’s Homegrown.

  • Lower-Sodium Mac & Cheese presents the classic kids’ favorite with 25% less sodium than the leading brands.
  • 5-Grain Elbows & White Cheddar blends durham wheat with four ancient whole grains: amaranth, kamut, quinoa and spelt. It contains 8g or more of whole grains per serving, an it’s also USDA-certified organic.

Our investigative adult palates preferred the slightly more sophisticated taste of the 5-Grain variety, but we’re betting the nuances will be lost on kids. They’ll only note that the 5-Grain is white, not orange. Try the tip from Annie’s Homegrown to substitute yogurt for the milk for a tangier taste.

Annie’s Homegrown has also launched new Organic Cheddar Snack Mix Bunnies: crunchy Cheddar bunny crackers, buttery bunny crackers and pretzels, with a light seasoning of Organic Valley Cheddar cheese. Visit Annies.com to learn more.

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Save some for the kids! A favorite snack mix, USDA-certified organic. Photo by Hannah
Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Salade Frisée

One of our favorite salad greens, not served often enough in the U.S., is the classic French frisée (curly endive). A salade frisée (frisée salad) is traditionally served with crumbled Roquefort cheese and lardons, which are crisp, browned chunks of pork belly (you can substitute bacon or pancetta). Toss the salad with a classic vinaigrette. For even more panache, add some fan-sliced red pear and a few toasted walnut halves.

 

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PRODUCT: Voskos Greek Yogurt

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A honey of a yogurt, Voskos is one of our
favorite brands. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky
| THE NIBBLE.

Voskos Greek Yogurt is another welcome brand of Greek-style yogurt that is bound to please those who prefer their yogurt more like thick, creamy sour cream and less on the tart and tangy side. The company, based in California, offers a full family of all natural yogurt:

  • Plain in whole milk (“original”), Lowfat (2%) and Nonfat (0%) in 8-ounce and 16-ounce containers
  • Nonfat 5.3-ounce cups in Exotic Fig, Greek Honey, Honey Vanilla Bean, Wild Blueberry and Wild Strawberry
  • Organic nonfat 8-ounce cups in Plain, Greek Honey and Vanilla Bean

The Honey Vanilla Bean and Wild Strawberry have become our favorite vanilla and strawberry yogurts.

Packed with probiotic cultures, Voskos will also help those who have digestive problems. The line is certified kosher, rBGH-free and gluten-free.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Infused Honey

We can’t end National Honey Month without talking about infused honey. Whether you like subtle flavors like lavender and anise or hot chile spice, there’s a honey recipe for you. Take 2 cups of honey and stir over medium heat until warm. Place your favorite herb or spice and on the bottom of a heat-proof jar and add the honey. Cool, seal and let the flavors mingle for two days. A tablespoon or two of infused honey can be the star of marinades and glazes, salad dressings, cocktails, honey mustards and dessert toppings.

 

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FREEBIE: YoCrunch Yogurt Coupon

On Saturday, October 31, the kids will be out gathering lots of Halloween loot—99.9% of it, if not 100%, falling outside the parameters of good nutrition. YoCrunch has a solution:

For up to two weeks following Halloween, parents can trade in any candy wrapper that their kids have earned trick or treating to YoCrunch for a coupon good for any YoCrunch product.

Of particular interest to the candy-coveting set are YoCrunch yogurts that combine healthy food (lowfat yogurt) topped with fun (the candy); specifically, Vanilla topped with Oreo, Butterfinger, Reese’s Pieces, Nestle Crunch (also available with strawberry yogurt) or M&M’s Chocolate Candies. For more nutrition, there are Strawberry topped with 100% natural lowfat granola; and Blueberry, Mixed Berry, Raspberry, Peach and Strawberry Banana topped with 100% natural lowfat granola. And for healthier trick-or-treating, there’s the special Halloween edition of YoCrunch, available through the end of October.

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Trade a Halloween candy wrapper for a YoCrunch coupon. Halloween Yo-Crunch available through the end of October.

The candy and granola are packaged in the form of crunchy mix-ins in a separate container atop the package.

If you’d like to participate in the free coupon promotion, send a candy wrapper with your name and address clearly printed, to:

Shaina Zalma
YoCrunch
9507 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Wrappers should be sent October 31-November 14. Note that there’s a limit of one submission per household.

All of YoCrunch’s yogurt products contain live and active cultures that aid in digestion. Visit Yocrunch.com for more information.

 

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