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Nana’s Cookie Company

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by admin No Comments

As many of you know, my Mom, Dad and brother own and operate the largest family owned health foods stores in South Florida called Nutrition Cottage Health Foods. I’ve been blessed to get to know so many products first hand because they either carry it in their store or know about it from all the national conferences they attend. One such company they put me in touch with is Nana’s cookies which so graciously sent me some of their fabulous line of snacks for my family to try. Without a doubt the fudgy wudgy cookie bars and lemon bites are our favorites but we loved all of them honestly. For all you ‘Little Debbie’ fans, these are the best alternative out there that my kids love to take in their lunchboxes because they look cool and taste great. Wholesome is a huge fan of any company that starts off on the right foot and stays true to their mission of healthy, fun products. I love their story so let me fill you in a little on them: In 1992, Miriam “Nana” Diamond began making delicious, healthy cookies for her friends and family. These all natural cookies use no refined sugars, are non GMO, no cholesterol, no casein, no eggs, no soy, trans fat free and are only sweetened with natural fruit juice. Everyone loved her cookies so much that she decided to start her own cookie company. She spent months working on her four signature cookie flavors including Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter. She began selling her cookies to stores locally and now 20 years later her variety of cookies, cookie bites and cookie bars can be found around the country. Plus, for all my allergy families ~ Nana’s Cookie Company also now makes a line of Gluten Free cookies in a variety of flavors that are free of corn, soy, dairy, eggs, casein and wheat. And, if you are Curious George fan they are running a special on all their packaging right now for you to get free DVDs or games with your purchase.

Natural Ways to Reduce Your Appetite

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by admin No Comments

It’s that time of year for New Year’s resolutions. On the top of most people’s lists is to get healthy or lose those unwanted pounds. There are 4 simple, natural ways to eat well and watch your weight. 1. Be sure to get your 20 minutes of early morning or late afternoon sunlight (without sunscreen) for an infusion of Vitamin D. It will fight off illness and boost your mood, particularly during the winter blahs. 2. Drink your 8 glasses of water a day; two 8-ounce glasses before each meal is particularly important. In a recent study obese dieters who consumed two glasses of water before each meal lost five pounds more than dieters who didn’t drink the extra water. Furthermore, those who drank more water also kept more weight off after one year. 3. Get plenty of fiber. Try eating whole grain bread (2 grams of fiber), old-fashioned oatmeal (4 grams), 1 cup black beans (15 grams) or an apple (4 grams) to boost your fiber intake. You can also try fiber supplements. You need about 25 grams of fiber a day to maintain optimal digestion, lower your cholesterol, and help keep your appetite at bay. 4. Lastly and probably the most challenging tip is to avoid refined carbohydrates. Try eating plain Greek yogurt sweetened with Agave or Stevia; try half a natural peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread; or have one ounce of dry roasted almonds. Eating natural drinks and foods in moderation will not only improve your health but improve your waistline.

Is coffee actually good for you?

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by admin No Comments

The news seems to always change. Caffeine is good for you…decaf is best…coffee is good for you…coffee causes cancer. What are we supposed to believe? Dr. Oz recently reported that consuming under 300 mg of caffeine for most people (the equivalent of 1 – 3 cups of coffee) can help improve concentration and help relieve stress. Some research suggests these 1 – 3 cups a day could actually decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease which can drop by as much as 24 percent. Another study shows that coffee can help fend off uterine and breast cancer in women and cut the risk of liver cancer. Dr. Oz warns though that drinking more than a moderate amount can cause anxiety, disrupt sleep and interfere with conception. Decaf coffee, on the other hand, according to a study out of the University of Alabama indicates that women who drink 4 cups or more of decaf each day are two times more likely to acquire rheumatoid arthritis. This data suggests one of the main concerns of drinking decaf coffee which is the chemical process used to decaffeinate the beans. This process uses a strong chemical solvent, such as methylene chloride, which could be the culprit causing the arthritis. So we totally recommend doing organic decaf if you can’t handle the caffeine.

So, I think we can agree that drinking coffee is ok for you. As with most things in life, the best option is to drink organic caffeinated coffee in moderation. The beans are not sprayed with nasty pesticides prior to harvest and they are not exposed to harsh chemicals from the decaffeinating process. If organic is not an option, then we still suggest caffeinated coffee. If you are set on decaf coffee and are not able to choose organic decaf coffee, then find a coffee that uses a water-based process. Look for descriptions like “Swiss water process”, “sparkling water process” or “chemical free”. And as healthy alternative to coffee, according to the University of Alabama study, drink two cups of black or green tea each day. I personally love Yogi Kombucha green tea as I like the flavor. Did you know that you have a 61 percent lower risk of developing arthritis due to the many antioxidants found in these teas? Not to mention because of all the antioxidants they hold, they can only help in warding off carcinogens too. Lord knows we need all the help we can get in warding off cancer causing agents…so drink up!