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September Surprises from Ecocentric Mom

After the crazy month of September that I had, the highlight for me was ending it with my September Ecocentric Mom Discovery Box. Recently named one of the Top 10 Subscription Boxes, I highly recommend you give them a try. Ecocentric Mom never disappoints. Check out my September surprises…

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Tru All Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner ~ I am a little obsessed with trying different cleaners. So far, I’m loving Tru! It truly is 100% natural and non-toxic and leaves my house looking and feeling so clean.  For $19.95 you can get a concentrate that will make you a full gallon of cleaner. Cost effective!  If you’d like to give it a try first, you can get a pre-mixed travel size for $1.99, which I received in my box. I also got a 20% off online coupon which I plan to use!

TravelSpritz by SpritzBlitz ~ Another great product that kills germs and bacteria with natural ingredients like lemon and orange oils. Your family can avoid chemicals and stay healthy, even in those gross, unexpected moments and place. This great “travel” spray is perfect for airports, public restrooms and other situations where you might feel overwhelmed by germs and dirt. SpritzBlitz has a variety of other great products, like FruitSpritz and YogaSpritz too. Each 2oz bottle sells for $5.99. 

Eve Organics “Dirty Hands” Hand Sanitizer ~ Chemical-free, gluten-free and vegan, this little guy went straight into my purse and will get plenty of use. Made out of essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint and tea tree, they are antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal.  Perfect for the upcoming cold and flu season! They sell for $6.95 and I received a 20% off online discount.

Eve Organics Balance Moisturizer ~ I received some samples and can’t wait to try this moisturizer. Made with aloe and South African Rooibos tea, it offers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Also made with naturally derived MSM and DMAE and essential oils, it will help with collagen formation, brown spots, wrinkles, tightening of pores and skin, etc. A full size sells for $23.95. I also received a 20% online discount.

Bella Organics Crisp Apple Lip Balm ~ I love Bella Organics and was so happy to be able to try their lip balm. My daughter loves it, so it now belongs to her. 😉 Not a problem considering it’s GMO free, paraben free, chemical free and gluten free. A lip balms sells for only $3.50. I also received a 10% online discount.

Real Purity Lipstick ~ I received a sample travel size of this lipstick plus a 10% discount code which I definitely plan on using. So natural, you can even eat this lipstick without any worry. They contain no lead or nasty chemicals like most conventional cosmetics. I love how smooth, soft and full my lips look and feel when I first put it on. It is even made with a formula designed to be a powerful antioxidant, helping to boost your immune system. One lipstick sells for $15. I also received a 10% online discount I plan to use immediately.

Beanfields Bean and Rice Tortilla Chips ~ I’ve been dying to try these! My daughter has a corn sensitivity so I really have to limit our chips and salsa splurges, not to mention monitor a lot of her other meals and snacks. Sadly, so much food in our country contains corn…usually GMO corn. I am so excited about this product. I received a bag of the Sea Salt variety and the Salt N’ Pepper. The Sea Salt was our favorite. Containing twice as much protein and fiber than regular chips and they are gluten free, non-GMO, and vegan…we are in love! One bag sells for $1.49. Hope our local store starts carrying them soon!

Allimax ~I received a 4 day supply of these capsules which are made from fresh, raw garlic. Allimax captures garlic’s active component, Allicin, and delivers it directly to where the body can use its many health and wellness benefits. A 30 day supply sells for $34.99. I also received a 10% online discount.

Hang-It-Up Eco Friendly Bamboo Hanger ~ Such a clever and useful product. This hanger can not only hold clothes, but also tights, scarves, bras, ties, and just about anything that could require hanging. The fact that it’s made of eco-friendly bamboo is just one more added bonus. I received one hanger. A pack of two sells for $19.99. I also received a 20% online discount.

Aside from all the great products above, I also received special discounts from the following companies..

Rock The Locks, an organic and natural hair product line just for kids

PostalPix, a smartphone app that lets you order prints from your phone gallery

Sprout Non Toxic Nail Polish

Lastly, I received my Ecocentric Mom September Expert Tips Card… “How to Avoid Triclosan in School Supplies” and “Back to School Time is A Great Time to Start a Workout Routine”

Looking forward to my October Mom Discovery Box!

Happy Autumn! 🙂

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My Cassava (aka Yuca) Chips Craze

Earlier this year, while shopping at my local Trader Joe’s, I was approached by one of the employee’s who saw a bag of these Cassava Chips in my shopping cart. She asked if I was aware that they would no longer be carrying them. SAY WHAT? I rushed back to the Chip Aisle and grabbed 3 more bags. The following week I noticed the shelf restocked. I asked if perhaps there had been a mistake. Sadly, the chips were definitely discontinued. They had simply put out the last stash from the back. That was it. No more Cassava Chips at my Trader Joe’s. So, I did what seemed the natural thing to do. I bought the last 12 bags! NO shame, that’s how much I love them. The employees were not surprised at all. I’m in there every week and they were used to me buying a bag just about every time I shopped. My family loves the healthier snack alternative (see nutrients and simple list of recognizable ingredients below). They are gluten-free, low fat and calorie, lightly salted and very satisfying. In two months we went through all the bags. I’ve learned that they are still sold in certain Trader Joe’s throughout the country. So, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones, you need to try them asap!

If you are unfamiliar with it, Cassava is a root found in tropical lands, particularly South America. Known as Yuca (often confused with Yucca, spelled almost the same but entirely a different plant species) in many Latin cultures, it is high in calcium and vitamin C and can be cooked in so many different ways. It has both a sweet and bitter taste, at the same time. Being of South American heritage, it was a very common dish in my home while growing up. I’ve enjoyed yuca patties, stews with yuca in place of potato, boiled yuca, yuca fries, etc., etc. Today I continue in the tradition of serving yuca with my own family’s meals. One of my daughter’s favorite side dishes (and mine) is Yuca Frita (fried cassava).  I am fortunate enough to find frozen cassava (by Goya) at my local Super Giant grocery store. I boil the yuca chunks, cut them into thinner slices, then fry them in some Grape Seed or Olive Oil, sprinkle with some sea salt, and serve with sliced cheese, specifically Queso Blanco Fresco. Deliciousness.

Fortunately, while disappointed not to find the Cassava Chips at my Trader Joe’s anymore, I have been comforted in finding very similar products since then. While in California, I discovered Crisp Root Cassava Chips at a local Whole Foods Market. Same convenience and delicious cassava taste, but these chips have a couple of advantages. First of all, they are thick and ridged, making you feel like you’re indulging in some fantastic potato chips, only with less fat and more fiber! Crisp Root Chips also come in different flavors. Our favorites are the Original and the Sea Salt. You can also find BBQ flavored and Thai Ginger Chips. Lastly, and best of all, you can order these great chips online!!! Back here in PA, my Whole Foods does not carry them, so this is a huge plus for me. Just click the image to the right to visit their website for more info and/or place an order.

What I was able to find at my local Whole Foods are Inka Chips, by Inka Crops from Peru.  This brand offers different snack products and are committed to providing healthier more eco-conscious alternatives.  The Mixed Variety bag pictured below contains all my favorites: Plantain, Sweet Potato and Yuca Chips. Individual bags of each are also available. Inka Crops’ products can also be ordered online. Visit their website for more info and/or to order.

If you have not tried Cassava yet (be it as chips or at the growing number of trendy restaurants offering it as a side dish) I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a chance.

Take the KIND pledge and enjoy healthy snacking!

I recently had the opportunity to sample a KIND Plus All-natural Nut Delight Bar. I had always seen them while shopping at Whole Foods Market, but just hadn’t gotten around to picking one up. The bars are low in sodium, gluten and wheat free, contain nutrients like calcium and iron and best of all, NON-GMO! I’m not really a fan of peanuts in my snack bars, but the mix included almonds, walnuts, macadamias, cashews and my all-time favorite, brazil nuts, too. So, imagine my delight at being asked to try 4 different varieties of the new KIND Nuts & Spices bars! All four flavors are packed with so much nutrition and natural ingredients that you can see and pronounce. These bars make healthy snacking so easy. They are like healthy trail mix in a convenient bar.

Most snack bars are full of sugar, processed and hidden ingredients like sugar alcohols and preservatives, but not KIND. In fact, right now you can join KIND in taking the special SAY NO TO SECRET INGREDIENTS PLEDGE.  The first 100,000 people to sign up and take the pledge to say no to secret ingredients will receive a $0.50 coupon redeemable at retail on the new KIND Nuts & Spices bars. Just simply click here to take the pledge and receive your coupon. It’s easy. Offer expires Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Below is a brief review and description of each bar and ingredients I sampled. You will also have the opportunity to win 2 free bars of your choice. You can find KIND snacks and bars at a variety of places, like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, The Vitamin Shoppe, REI, even Bed Bath & Beyond. Visit the KIND SNACKS website to place an order or find a location near you. You won’t be disappointed!

* Cashew Ginger Spice: contains cashews, almonds, peanuts, chicory root fiber, honey, non-GMO glucose, crisp rice, ginger, sugar, spices, soy lecithin. Only 4 grams of sugar and 200 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, high in iron, vitamin E, K and B, folate, magnesium, zinc, etc. Low in sodium, gluten and dairy free. The light traces of ginger makes it a unique and tasty bar and ginger has many healthy benefits.

*Madagascar Vanilla Almond: contains almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, honey, non-GMO glucose, chicory root fiber, crisp rice, madagascar vanilla, soy lecithin. Only 4 grams of sugar and 210 calories, 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, high in Vitamin E and B, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron. Low in sodium, gluten and dairy free. Upon opening the bar the scent of vanilla is pretty strong and tastes great!

*Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan: contains peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, non-GMO glucose, crisp rice, cocoa powder, cinnamon, soy lecithin, milk powder, salt, vanilla extract. Only 5 grams of sugar and 200 calories, 5 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, high in iron, vitamin B, Folate, magnesium, zinc, etc. Low in sodium and gluten free. The smell of cinnamon and the combination of chocolate made this my daughter’s favorite!  

Last, but not least…my favorite…

*Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt: contains almonds, peanuts, walnuts, chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, crisp rice, cocoa powder, non-GMO glucose, sea salt, soy lecithin, milk powder, vanilla extract. Only 5 grams of sugar and  200 calories, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, high in Vitamin E & B, iron, potassium, magnesium, etc. The sweet and salty combination of the sea salt, nuts and chocolate coating of this bar make you feel almost guilty of having a “candy bar” for snack time!

If you are interested in sampling one of the bars above, please leave a comment below. The first 3 people to follow my blog and leave a comment will receive 2 bars of their choice for free!

Oh…and please, don’t forget to take the pledge now!