Archive for October, 2010

Chobani Greek Yogurts

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by admin 1 Comment

Comes in many great flavors!

After my morning run or work out I am usually ravenous. Grabbing a Greek yogurt and filling it up with sesame seeds and flax meal is a staple of mine. There are so many on the market now a days to choose from that it all comes down to taste with us! So when Chobani so thoughtfully sent me a selection of all their choices—the whole family weighed in! Peach, blueberry & strawberry are the little one’s fav and then for my hubby it’s the vanilla and for me it’s the pineapple. Honestly they are all so sweet and creamy but we had to choose somehow. Chobani is a delicious Greek yogurt made in the rolling hills of Upstate New York & has been around since 2007. Hamdi, the owner and Greek native, decided upon this name because Chobani, spelled Chopani, is the Greek word for shepherd which represents safety and goodness & wow it is so obvious they are dedicated to making true, high-quality dairy products.

So what makes them different?? Mustafa Dogan is Chobani’s Master Yogurt Maker and he has a passion for making yogurt..they specially blend cultures to add to the milk the company gets from local farms. The yogurt is strained to make it extra creamy and is extremely high in protein. It is also all natural, has no preservatives or artificial flavors. There are no synthetic growth hormones (hallelujah!) and only real fruit is added. Plus, it is gluten-free, kosher-certified, and is safe for people with corn, nut and soy allergies. For recipes or where to buy Chobani, please see their website: www.chobani.com or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter @chobani as well.

Healthier School Lunch Meeting

Posted on: October 25th, 2010 by admin No Comments

We wanted to be sure you know about an upcoming informational meeting on improving school lunches in Mountain Brook, Alabama. The meeting will give interested parents an update on the healthier school lunch initiative. They also need your feedback! Please invite any parents, friends or family you think might be interested in attending. You can also check out the Facebook page “Food for Thought Mountain Brook” for updates and ideas for healthier living. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-For-Thought-Mountain-Brook/154083101282895

Meeting Information:

What: A conversation on improving school food in the Mountain Brook
community – where they are, what changes people in the community would like
to see, how to get better

Where: The Community Room of the Emmet O’Neal Library

When: Monday, November 1st at 10:30 am.

Who: This conversation will be mediated by Christiana Roussel, Margaret
Cross and Catherine Romero.

Kids Konserve

Posted on: October 21st, 2010 by admin No Comments

There are many fabulosity moments in running your own biz…but one of the big perks of running Wholesome… besides the obvious fact which is helping all the precious families around me…are the neat things we get sent to test out with our special panel of very picky judges :-)  Below is just the beginning of what we will be highlighting on our blog… If you have anything else you’d like us to see—please email me directly allie@wholesomebyallie.com

Kids Konserve

Wholesome props to the 2 savy business women of Kids Konserve who saw a huge need for environmentally-friendly reusable lunch kits. They wanted to show their children how they could conserve the environment and be proactive in changing the future. Bravo to them for taking the bull by the horns and making it happen! They saw a need in the school lunch system by how much trash was being produced each day from lunch time alone. So the women used their business talents to develop reusable products that would impact the ever-growing amount of trash being sent to landfills and would help preserve the environment. And voila…a fabulous line of products is now available for you and me. I’m always looking for ‘teachable moments’ with my family and they’ve made it not only easy to do but cute as a button to boot. I personally adore the Kozy that acts like a Ziploc bag for anything and is easily wipeable to clean. The money I’m saving on not having to buy thousands of bags for 5 lunches a week times two is awesome plus I love keeping our carbon footprint lower whenever I can. Stainless containers are hard to find so I love them as well as the BPA-free water bottles—my son and daughter take them to school every day so we love the cute design on it! These pictures are from a picnic with the kids at the zoo & they love all their products b/c they are new and fun & mama likes too because there isn’t any YUCK leaching onto thier food. Ok, so check out all the other super usable stuff they have online: www.kidskonserve.com  where you will see a variety of re-usable products from lunch saks, to stainless steel containers, stainless steel thermoses, to reusable napkins. Their products are so cute and are all BPA, Phthalate, Lead and PVC free. What more could you ask for? Please see their website for more information and you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter @kidskonserve 

CATERPILLAR WASTE-FREE LUNCH KIT

Krispy Kale Chips recipe

Posted on: October 15th, 2010 by admin No Comments

We found this recipe from a friend. They sound unusual but they are so delicious. You can serve them as a snack or with a meal. It’s a great way for adults and children to get some extra vegetables, or any vegetables at all, into their diet. Give them a try and see what you think!

Krispy Kale Chips
1 bunch kale, washed and dried
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop Kale into 1/2 inch pieces or you can just tear into small potato chip size bites. Place in a large bowl and with your hands massage olive oil, lemon juice and salt into the kale. If you have an olive oil spray bottle, you can put the juice and oil into the spray bottle and spray it on; then salt afterwards.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until dark green. Cool and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information per serving:
112 calories, 3 g protein, 7g fat (1g saturated), 11g carbs, 2g fiber, 113mg calcium, 2mg iron, 143mg sodium

Wholesome will be at the Junior League Market Brunch!!

Posted on: October 6th, 2010 by admin No Comments

We are excited that the Junior League Market is coming around the corner! It is a huge gift market held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on Highway 280. This year it will be held from Thursday October 14th – Saturday October 16th. You must come check it out! There will be a delicious brunch from 9 – 10:30am on Thursday October 14th and we will be there with a booth! Wholesome will be speaking to groups at 9:15am and 10:00am. Come learn about making healthy choices through the holidays and see our extensive kid’s table full of healthy family alternatives. Sybil Sylvester will be there as well during the brunch doing beautiful flower arrangements.  We hope you will come see us at the brunch!  For more information and tickets, go to www.jlbonline.com.

Also, did you know  that Thursday night, at the Market, there will be a Beauty and Bauble Party from 7 – 10pm? The party is sponsored by Southern Beauty Magazine (who will be donating a swag bag of beauty products) and Diamonds Direct. Troy Black from the Big Book of BBQ, the editors of Southern Living, will be featured that night. You can purchase a glass of champagne for $10 which includes a chance to win a one carat diamond! And Saturday is a great shopping day while your spouse is watching the game. There will be a story time with Clifford, who will be there, on Saturday at 9:30 and 11am which is included in the price of your ticket. The Community Dish Cafe, featuring Junior League recipes, will be open every day for lunch and Friday for dinner! You can buy tickets for $32 at www.jlbonline.com or purchase tickets at the door. General admission is $12 with hours from 10:30am – 7pm (stroller free) on Thursday, 9am – 9pm (stroller free until 2pm) on Friday, and 9am – 5pm on Saturday. Come see us at the Market Brunch, and please tell all your friends!