SunRidge Farms Nuts

Did you know that August 3rd was Grab Some Nuts Day?  If you missed, have no fear — you can still enjoy some nuts!  This summer, whether you’re on a hike, on a long bike ride, or at the office and need a burst of energy and protein, you know what to do.

SunRidge has a few great nuts to try out:

  • SunRidge Farms’ Thai Curry Cashews – batch roasted cashews are tossed in exotic all natural spices cumin, turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper.  Everybody like these!
  • SunRidge Farms’ Sea Salt and Pepper Cashews – nutty, buttery cashews are sprinkled with a perfect blend of sea salt a cracked black pepper.  These are my husband’s personal favorite.  He said they were awesome.
  • SunRidge Farms’ Wasabi Tamari Almonds – batch roasted almonds and carefully seasoned with bold wasabi and savory tamari spices.  These weren’t as hot as I thought they would be (which is good for me because I’m not a huge fan of hot and spicy).  We had some family try these too, and they were surprised by them.  My SIL said she normally doesn’t like almonds and liked these!

All of the above products are all natural and do not contain GMOs, hydrogenated oils, preservatives or artificial ingredients. Even better, these products are not only great for you, they’re also great for the environment! All of them are produced in SunRidge Farms’ recently expanded solar-powered manufacturing facility. Hand-crafted in small batches using only the finest, healthiest and freshest ingredients, they also are naturally flavored and colored.  The company also uses biodiesel delivery trucks, powers its sales fleet with hybrid vehicles, offers recycling education classes, and pays employees $5 a day to bike to and from work!

A great company and a great nuts.  What more can you ask for?

Snackimals Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Timmy. Congrats!

Peanut butter and chocolate –two of those classic flavors that can instantly take you back to childhood. And, for moms like yourself looking to avoid high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients, finding that balance between nourishing your kids and allowing them to indulge in those classic childhood treats can be difficult.  Barbara’s Bakery, known for their all-natural cereals, has several snacks that follow their “say no to the bad stuff” mantra. These snackimals have no hydrogenated Oils, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no refined sugar, no trans fats, no artificial additives, and no high fructose corn syrup. Barbara’s just introduced two new flavors to their Snackimals (animal cookies) line that I got to try: Snackimals Peanut Butter and Snackimals Double Chocolate!

Let me tell you — you can’t go wrong with these.  I brought them to a pool play date we had with my husband’s aunt, a bunch of his cousins, and their kids.  Needless to say, we had a lot of people who got to try these out.  Everybody loved them.  You know you have a great product when the adults are snacking on the snackimals just as much as the kids.  Both snackimals were good, but I have to admit that my favorite was the double chocolate.  (Seriously, who doesn’t like chocolate?)  Another thing that impressed my husband’s aunt was that the bags have weight to them.  It isn’t like normal cookies where the bag is as light as can be (and you are hungry again 20 minutes later).  These were a hit! The fact that they are better for you is an added benefit!

Since these were such a hit here, I’ve arranged for one lucky winner to get their own set of cookies!  Here’s what you need to do:

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Hunt’s 100% Natural No High Fructose Corn Syrup Ketchup

We are a ketchup house (The kids in the picture above are eating ketchup sandwiches.  Yes, they love ketchup so much, they make sandwiches with it!). Everyone here uses it including myself (though some of us more than others). My kids love to douse their food in ketchup, so I was very happy to hear that Hunt’s ketchup now features five simple ingredients. Hunt’s reformulated recipe includes no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial ingredients or preservatives.  I was intrigued to see if the ketchup tasted any different.  It didn’t!  It still had its great flavor without all the junk in it.  (I’ll admit that we did a test on McDonald’s french fries and this ketchup.  The kids didn’t notice any difference either).

In honor of this announcement, starting July 2nd, Moms have a chance to win a family vacation (up to $5,000) through a new photo contest. To enter, go to facebook.com/hunts, submit a photo of you and your family achieving a “simple victory” and you could win that summer vacation you’ve been longing for.

As I write this post, my 6 year old has again made herself a ketchup sandwich with this ketchup.  She obviously like it, and I can stand behind it!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Hunt’s and received a ketchup sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.