It’s been a few weeks since my last Foods of the Moment post and even longer since my last giveaway! Well both of those things are being addressed today. I have some fun, new food products to share as well as an AMAZING giveaway from one of my new favorite bar companies…Raaw Macaw! More info on that at the end of this post.
For now, let’s get into the innovative health food products I’ve had the opportunity to try lately…
If you recall I first tried Anti-Grain Foods grain-free flours earlier this year! They inspired my Sweet Potato Protein Pancake recipe and I’ve been making lots of yummy foods with them ever since. Well, this fall they released a new product….PUMPKIN FLOUR. Being the pumpkin lover that I am, I knew I had to try it out. I can honestly say it’s my favorite out all their flours! It’s so sweet on it’s own and barely needs any added sweetener when you’re baking or cooking with it. Additionally, it’s got a lovely dense, yet soft texture when baked or used in pancakes. Not gritty or grainy in the slightest! And the smell!? Like pure pumpkin pie!
I am definitely not ‘anti-grain’ but I love trying out cool new food products. Who would have ever thought you could make flour out of fruits and veggies? I actually created two awesome recipes using the pumpkin flour….Grain-Free Pumpkin Pound Cake Cookies & Caramel Vanilla Latte Pumpkin Cookies. These are INSANE and I can’t wait to share the recipe! Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.
Frieda’s recently sent me my monthly produce shipment and I just wanted to share what goodies I got! Fresh turmeric (never seen this before!), Meyer lemons (perfect for making more the Chocolate Meyer Lemon Donuts I created a few months back…can’t wait to share the recipe!), dried mushrooms (I have big plans for these!), butter babies, shallots, and my FAVE Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes. Lots of seasonal goodness! Rader Farms sent me some of their newest frozen fruit products! They are from the Fresh Start line and what makes them unique is their combining of fruit AND veggies into special blends that make them perfect for smoothie making. I received one of each of their varieties: Sunrise Refresh Fusion, Morning Vitality Fusion, and Daily Power Fusion. The Sunrise Refresh is a mix of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, and spinach. The Morning Vitality is a mix of mango, nectarine, sweet potato, and carrot. Last but not least, the Daily Power includes green apple, kale, pineapple, and BROCCOLI! I would have never thought to pair broccoli with fruit, but in this mix…it worked! Each fruit and veggie fusion has no added sugar, additives, or artificial colors…just pure, whole fruits and veggies frozen at the peak of freshness. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A & C too!
I think these are a wonderful option for people who struggle to get their daily servings of veggies in because you honestly can’t taste them among all the sweet, fresh fruit! Great for parents with picky kids as well. I experimented with smoothies (you literally only have to add the fusion mix and bit of liquid…that’s it!) and even some sweet and savory stir-frys! The Daily Power mix was especially delicious mixed into a asian chicken stir-fry. Does anyone else enjoy pineapple with teriyaki and soy sauce flavored dishes?
How ever you choose to use them, these fruit & veggie blends are a great source of nutrients in a convenient, ready to use form! They can be found at select Walmart and Costco locations nationwide. Check out their site for more details!What’s better than thinking up your dream bar flavors? Having them custom built for you with the best of the best REAL FOOD ingredients and made a reality! That’s exactly the service that Raaw Macaw offers. They are an innovative health food company located in the Sunshine State and they are bringing delicious, custom made bars to the masses. All their ingredients are 100% raw and natural. Their online ordering process is simple and actually pretty fun to do! Here’s the step by step process:
- start off by picking the SIZE bar you want: 3 different options to choose from
- then you select your BASE: I chose dates from my custom bars but there are also a variety of organic nut butters to choose from
- Add PROTEIN & OMEGA BOOSTS: brown rice, hemp, whey, vegan, and pea protein available! I went with the vegan mix.
- Choose 1-2 NUTS & SEEDS: raw, organic, and full of healthy fats! I went with hazelnuts and buckwheat hearts.
- Choose 1-2 DRIED FRUITS: aside from the banana chips, all have no added sugar! I chose tart cherries and prunes.
- Options to add SWEETENERS & GRAINS
- FLAVOR ENHANCERS: ingredients like coffee, chocolate, extracts, coconut, sea salt, and more! Cacao nibs and Brazilian coffee went into my bars.
- Lastly, BOOSTERS: superfood powers, wheat grass, cacao, carob, and more! I went with cinnamon and cacao.
Pretty cool, right?! There are millions of flavor combinations and you truly can create your PERFECT BAR! You also get to name it, too….mine were called Chocolate Cherry Crunch Bars. They lived up to that name exactly and were better than I could have ever expected! Rich and chocolate-y, lovely coffee flavor, and sweet tartness from the cherries! Did I mention I am now obsessed with raw hazelnuts? They MADE these bars.
If you’re not feeling too creative and want to go with a more of a ‘sure thing’, you can choose from any of Raaw Macaw’s pre-mixed flavors. These include: Coconut Husk, Lemon Poppyseed, Cookie Dough, Brownie Batter, Orange Blossom, and Coffee Bean. All made with the same high quality, whole food ingredients that you can create your own from!
I am so impressed with this unique company and their delicious products! I literally have about ten other bar varieties that I would love to mix up. But alas, I’ll have to live vicariously through one of you, because Raaw Macaw is generously offering a Healthy Helper reader the chance to mix their own custom box of bars! Enter below for this EPIC giveaway…
Raaw Macaw Mix Your Own Bar Giveaway
This giveaway will run until next Thursday! Good luck!
What cool products have you tried recently?
Have you ever ordered a mix/make-your-own food online?
What’s your MUST HAVE bar ingredient?
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