Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mrs. May's Nut Clusters


Coconut Almond Crunch - a good-for-you vegan snack by Mrs. May's that I just tried out this week.  It certainly qualifies as a terrific energizing  food to give you some get up and go anytime you start to feel like you're losing steam. Cute little squares for easy portion control.  About 1 pluspoint per square if you're following WW plan.  Worth every pluspoint!  Website says that Safeway and Costco sell Mrs. May's but it's a U.S.A. site so not sure about here. I purchased them at a local store in my neighborhood (Brander Gardens) called El Chami.

Description
Coconut boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance. It quickly creates a nutritional boost of energy that lasts. Coconut also supports tissue and muscle healing and repair, enabling the body to endure heavy exercise. Ninety percent of fat in almonds are unsaturated fat which help lower bad cholesterol! Loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E. Help prevents osteoporosis and regulates blood pressure. Pick up a bag of Coconut Almond Crunch today for a natural nut and healthy nut snack!
Ingredients
Almonds, Coconut Flakes, Rice Malt, Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Eco-Force




I was at Planet Organic last night and happened upon a display stand of  eco-force products.  As I was in the market for a couple of fresh sponges I decided I'd buy them along with some other items that looked like they might be useful for more than one thing.  The clothes pegs for one -- I actually bought them because I've not been having much luck with the clips that are intended for reclosing chip bags and the like and thought these might be better.  I liked that there was no metal clip as that was the part that keeps breaking and seems there is no way to put them back together.  The marketing skills of the Eco-Force people are awesome --  loved how they came up with the description "hurricane grip force" for the clothes pins! Certainly cinched the deal for me.

Another use I thought of for the "hurricane grip force" clothes pins (don't all little boys need something as indestructive sounding as that for just about everything?) was a little game my 3 year old grandson and I could play together whilst sitting on a blanket under the shade of my beautiful Aspen tree. The bright colors are appealing and he loves to do funny little things and I thought he would enjoy clipping them around the basket whilst learning how to count. There's 24 so it will keep him happily counting for a little while yet! I also like to buy green products that are actually useful and not priced excessively high.  These were very well priced.  The basket and pegs went for $4.59.  2pk recycled sponges were $2.59 and the handled dishwash scrubber was $2.29.  There are refills available as well for the handled dishwash scrubber (actual name is "dish-matic")!

Did you know?
Aspen is probably North America's most abundant tree, due to its widespread occurrence. For everyting you ever wanted to know about the Aspen check out this information-packed page - you'll be surprised at all the uses the Aspen provided for the First Nations People and early settlers! For instance: The Cree made a tea from the inner bark that was helpful in treating rheumatism, diarrhea, liver and kidney problems, and coughs. Don't know how tasty it would be but they were certainly resourceful!