Foods Alive is a family-owned company dedicated to creating the healthiest foods. They only use the highest quality organic, vegan, kosher and gluten-free ingredients in the foods they make. Our family met Michael and Ellen Moor a little over ten years ago, shortly before they and their family started Foods Alive, and it was a pleasure to know them on a personal level.
Recently Foods Alive sent us a box of goodies to review … and we were very pleasantly surprised with the variety of tasty treats that we received!
Their flax crackers are so yummy! It’s hard to pick a favorite out of the seven different flavors that they offer, but thankfully they have a variety pack that contains a bag of each flavor! This variety pack is actually on sale right now and you can save $7.00! These crackers make wonderful snacks … they’re good and they’re good for you!
Right now, there is a special promotion for the month of February … save 25% on Cacao Powder and Coconut Crystals! Just use coupon code: news11.2. And if you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a 20% coupon that can be used right away and is good on all of their products!
We also received …
- Himalayan Pink Salt, which is the purest and most beneficial form of salt crystals in the world.
- Goji Berries – this was definitely a favorite! These 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. They would be delicious in smoothies, granola and baked goods, but we have thoroughly enjoyed eating them plain by the handful and they are now nearly all gone – imagine that!
- Flax Oil Super Dressing, a savory blend of garlic and paprika combine to make your mouth water and your taste buds dance! This is the perfect drizzle sauce for any dish, salad, veggies, etc … and an easy way to add Omega-3’s to your diet!
- and last but not least, Organic Raw Chia Seeds! Did you know that one ounce of Chia seeds 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? My mother likes to put a tablespoon of chia seeds in her quart of drinking water, as they can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion. My favorite use for chia seeds is the recipe below which I created after seeing several different variations of chia seed puddings!
Coconut Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
2 cups original coconut milk (I like to use this kind – Native Forest Organic Classic Coconut Milk)
6 TBSP chia seeds (like these Organic Raw Chia Seeds)
4 TBSP maple syrup (we make our own maple syrup but since the season is just beginning and we had used nearly everything from last season, I used this kind: NOW Foods Maple Syrup Grade B Organic)
2 TBSP cocoa powder (any kind will work, as long as it’s the unsweetened baking cocoa!)
1 TBSP vanilla (I use our homemade vanilla)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Let sit at room temperature for a couple hours, until the chia seeds congeal. You may want to stir every half hour or hour to keep the seeds from sinking to the bottom. This can also be put in the refrigerator to speed up the thickening process. Or you can make ice cream by putting the pudding (ha! get it? putting the pudding!) in the freezer and stirring every 15 minutes or so until it is frozen and has an ice cream consistency. Be sure to stir it regularly or it will freeze very hard and you will have a difficult time serving it!
I strongly recommend you visit Foods Alive, as they offer many other food products, including cold-pressed oils and super foods. Most importantly, you will be supporting a family-operated business that is dedicated to providing healthy foods for those who care about what they put it into their bodies!