Do you know someone who could use a lunchbox or snack drawer makeover or perhaps needs to use a little less harmful packaging or safer cleaning products? Then read on…
One of the beautiful things about blogging is that you get to meet and work with some amazing companies that are doing the right thing and helping the world become a better place, especially if you are known to investigate them (like me!) and are always looking for the cleanest, safest and best products out there. In honor of back to school or back to work (after your Summer vacations), the Food Babe Team has been working with some stellar organic living companies to offer discounts on products I love for all you readers out there… Check out these products that rock and their FOOD BABE APPROVED back to school specials here:
BRAD’S RAW FOODS – Raw plant-based chips and snacks
In 2006, Brad, who later founded Brads Raw Foods, was overweight, under sleeping and mildly depressed. It was then that Brad decided to radically change his eating habits in hopes of feeling more alive. With more energy in sight, Brad adopted a raw, plant based diet. Feeling more alive and energized gave Brad the ability to delve deeper into the possibilities of a raw food diet, thus, Brads Raw Foods was born.
I love to make homemade kale chips, but to be honest, sometimes I like buying snacks too for convenience and Brad’s is one of my go to brands. Brad’s Raw Food snacks are crunchy, savory, and blow every other chip out of the water nutritionally speaking! They are so awesome because they taste amazing and they are made with raw ingredients (do you see a theme here – raw food is living, beautiful and nutritious!). Everything is dehydrated at no more than 115 degrees, preserving its highest life force to be passed along to the consumer for their snacking pleasure. I am a huge fan of the vampire killer kale chips and red pepper and “cheese” chips. They come in several flavors, including beet, which is on my list to try next. This is a great way to get a savory, healthy crunch into your child’s lunch or to take to work. If you want chips in your house this is definitely the way to go. This is all the crunch and flavor you could ever want in a chip and has more nutrients then Pringles, Doritos, or Cheetos ever thought about having!
BRAD’S RAW FOODS – 15% off with code: FOODBABE, shop at link here.
THINK SPORT – Reusable insulated bottles, lunch containers, sunscreen and yoga mats
ThinkSport is an awesome company that has made it their mission to create products that do not contain nasty chemicals. Their products range from water bottles, to lunch containers to eco friendly yoga mats. Their insulated water bottles are great to send with your kids to school or take to work. They are double insulated so you can keep hot or cold liquids in them. They also don’t sweat, which if you’ve ever had a sweaty water bottle on your desk or in your bag you know about that issue. The ThinkSport food containers come in a lot of fun colors which is great for color coordinating containers for your children and your spouse. Most importantly, all the bottles and containers are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, and PET which means no “extra ingredients” are added to your food as it waits to be eaten! Here’s to thinking about what we store our food in as much as we do the food we store!
I recently snuck hot tea into the movie theatre using the 12 ounce insulated container – it was perfect and so comforting, vs. being tempted by not-so-healthy popcorn and candy!
THINK SPORT – 15% off with code: FOODBABE, shop at link here.
I first found out about these bars when the Food Babe Eating Guide Nutritionist Lexi brought them over one day for me to try. I was smitten from the beginning. And then out of nowhere, Raw Crunch contacted me and wanted to send me a sample… I couldn’t believe it – I love when companies I already like and approve of contact me (you should see the list of companies we have to send away because they don’t meet our rigorous principles for partnership!)
I like to eat nuts completely raw, but I have to admit it gets a little boring eating them plain all the time. That’s why I love Raw Crunch. The ingredient list consists of all real food, easy to pronounce and 100% raw, organic & clean. The bars are perfect for school lunches, work snacks, etc. Send the bars with your loved ones and have them eating raw macadamia nuts, raw flax seed, raw goji berries, raw pecans, raw cranberries, and raw sesame seeds. One bar is around 150 calories, which in my opinion, is the perfect snack size. I would highly recommend having these in your drawer or bag, vs. ever being tempted to go to the vending machine.
Cranberry Bar Ingredients: Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cashews, Organic Cranberries, Organic Flaxseeds, Organic Pecans, Raw Honey, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Celtic Sea Salt®
Best of all, Raw Crunch bars are mixed with raw honey which gives them a chewy, soft, sweet taste. Warning: you may become addicted, I certainly am. These bars have it going on!
RAW CRUNCH – 15% off with code: FOODBABE, shop online here.
BRANCH BASICS – Non-Toxic Cleaner
Finding a safe, allergy-friendly and non-toxic cleaning product was one of the first things I did when I started living on my own after college. I would almost immediately get a headache or start wheezing after my roommate would spray Windex or Mr. Clean all over the bathroom. That stuff is crazy – and if you still have conventional cleaning products in your house, I would trash them ASAP. Luckily, there are companies like Branch Basics that are making cleaning safe and fast. Branch Basics is comprised of all food-grade ingredients that are completely safe for the environment, humans and pets. The ingredients are comprised of leafy green seed-bearing plants. Have you seen the ingredient list in cleaners like Windex, Lysol and Mr. Clean? It’s a chemical bath! Check out the clean ingredients of Branch Basics here:
Purified water, fatty acids, coconut oil, organic alcohol*, folic acid, minerals and enzymes derived from edible and seed-bearing plants
Since EPA pesticide is not added, the synergy of the botanical ingredients together – which makes Branch Basics a soap – creates killing action against viruses, bacterias, and mold just as well as its more toxic, chemical-laden counterparts. Another one of the ingredients, coconut oil, with it’s own antiviral and antibacterial properties, further contributes to this soap’s natural anti-bacterial properties. The best part is that there are no toxic side effects or chances of creating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in the body, which are associated with using toxic alternatives.
All of these wonderful facts about Branch Basics are great – but you must be wondering if it actually works! Well it does! And we’ve been using it my house for about 6 months. You can even use the stuff to clean all the “green stains” on your juicer – which I love, they come right out – as well as on clothes.
Branch Basics is definitely worth the investment. The gallon concentrate makes 24 all-purpose spray bottles (32 oz), costing $3.48 each, or $0.11 per ounce – this is right on par with those conventional chemical counterparts we want to stay away from, so there is just no reason to buy that other stuff anymore.
I first met the Kur Organics founders when I held a GMO-labeling fundraiser last year. It’s great to support a company that cares about the food we are eating and is a fellow activist in this food fight. Kur Organic’s Delights are raw, naturally sweet, easy to take on the go, and individually wrapped in appropriate portion sizes. Put them in your kids lunch box for a yummy, soft, chewy desert or take them to work for a 100% guilt free treat. Their is nothing to fret about with these ingredients. Raw dates, raw cashew butter, and a couple other raw ingredients depending on what flavor you are eating.
Kur Dark Chocolate Mint Delights: All Organic & Raw: Dates, Cashew Butter, Cocoa, Cacao Nibs, Cashews, Essential oil of Peppermint.
They come in three amazing flavors, Brownie, Coconut Cream, and Dark Chocolate Mint all of which are USDA organic, gluten free, raw, vegan, kosher and ridiculously tasty. The Dark Chocolate Mint flavor may have you turning away Girl Scout Thin Mints next time they are at your door, sorry girls. Kur Foods also ensures that absolutely no sugar or syrups are added to their products ever. Here’s to a sweet treat worthy of praise! (FYI, the 60 count jars are perfect for the top of your desk to bribe co-workers and your boss with… trust me, it works!)
KUR FOODS – 15% off with code: FOODBABE, shop online here.
If you have questions about any of these products, please feel free to ask in the comments below. I’ve been eating or using them for a while now, so hopefully I’ll have all your answers, and if not, I’ll ask these companies to answer them for you.
In this day in age, I feel like we all know someone who could use a lunchbox or snack drawer makeover or perhaps needs to use a little less harmful packaging or cleaning products. If you know someone, please share this post with them. It will help them get started on the right foot, especially with these sweet back to school special deals.