The Food Babe Way Gift Card – The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

I am really excited to share this gift card with you today! I know many of you want to give The Food Babe Way to your loved ones this holiday season and now it’s really easy to do just that! Just pre-order your copy online, print this gift coupon below, and put it under the tree, in their stocking or present it to your loved ones whenever you like! 

I honestly can’t think of a better gift than the gift of health and that’s why I wrote this book — to give you and everyone who reads the The Food Babe Way the habits on how to navigate successfully in this over processed world including BRAND NEW INVESTIGATIONS that have changed my health and my outlook about food forever! 

Presenting… The Food Babe Way Gift Card:

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Click To Print It Out Here!

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100 Days Of Real Food Cookbook – Everywhere August 26th, 2014

I first met Lisa Leake, author of the new 100 Days Of Real Food Cookbook, over 2 years ago at our favorite little cafe Luna’s Living Kitchen and we have been the greatest friends ever since. From the moment we met, we realized we had so much in common, everything from the way we ate, to the love of travel, and of course, we both had real food blogs. Lisa has been more to me than just a friend though, she helped launch my investigations with her readers, continuously nudged me to quit my corporate job to become a full time activist and has mentored me in so many aspects of my life along the way. She’s given me so much inspiration and emotional support throughout this whole journey, I’m not sure what I would do without her!  She is a one-of-a-kind woman that I am incredibly lucky to have in my life, but this blog post isn’t about her. It’s about the amazing cookbook she spent 2 years making that is hitting store shelves everywhere this Tuesday. I am incredibly honored to be one of the few guest contributors in the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. I still remember the day she called me one afternoon in August of 2012 to ask me to submit a recipe for her cookbook – seeing it all come to life has been so exciting. (See my recipe page pictured below – can you guess what kind of recipe I shared?)

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The Food Inc. Awards (Deadline Oct. 16)

I’m super excited to announce a very cool and incredible opportunity for you Food Babes out there. I am constantly hearing about how you’ve changed your life through food or how you are giving back to your community with the information you’ve learned here and elsewhere. Nothing makes me more happy than you sharing your daily lives and activism with me through comments, emails, facebook, and especially when you run into me in person. Thankfully, an award has been developed by the creators of Food Inc. to showcase your achievements and contributions to the food movement called the Food Inc. Awards.

Food Inc. is the first movie I recommend to readers, friends and family to help get their eyes blown wide open about what’s happening in the food industry. It’s exciting to know – 4 years later, this movie is still making a huge impact and growing the food movement even more and more.

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From One Babe To Another: #DumpKraft

I want to share a letter I sent today to the man behind the newest Kraft Commercial. Kraft is using this new campaign to distract people’s attention away from the petroleum based artificial dyes they use in Mac & Cheese to hot sexy abs. Let’s not let them detract from the real issue at hand.

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Watch the the latest Kraft Commercial Video HERE


Dear Anderson Davis, aka “The Zesty Guy”,

Hi, it’s Vani Hari aka the Food Babe here! From one babe to another, I’ve got something really important to ask you. I saw the recent Kraft commercial you are starring in, and boy was it hot! So it got me thinking. Kraft is one of the largest food companies here in the US, and it makes total sense why they would want your face on their brand especially after all the negative publicity they have experienced as of late with another babe, me.  The reason why they want to change the conversation to your face and abs is because they don’t want Americans to know they are being exploited. Let me explain.

I recently discovered that several American brands are using harmful additives that are not used – and in some cases banned – in other countries. One of those products is an iconic staple that almost every American has had at one time or another: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the US contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 made from petroleum, however Kraft reformulated this product in the U.K. using natural dyes, paprika and beta carotene when they found out these dyes were going to require a warning label.

These unnecessary – yet potentially harmful dyes are linked to hyperactivity in children, asthma, allergies, migraines and are contaminated with carcinogens (substances that cause cancer!).

The worst part, all of Kraft’s Mac & Cheese products marketed towards children contain these artificial dyes. I noticed you are a family man and have children. Would you let your child be pumped up with questionable petroleum-based ingredients and support a company that uses them here but not in other countries?  How can we trust Kraft with our children? It is completely unfair to us that Kraft has reformulated the exact same product in other countries without petroleum. Don’t we deserve the same safer version our friends get overseas?

Well, you are not alone, actually over 280,000 people thought it was unfair too and last month signed a petition to ask Kraft to remove these dyes.  Many of the people who signed the petition have either been affected by these dyes themselves or have had children who have experienced negative consequences. The letters I have personally received are heartbreaking.

After basically no response from Kraft (other than this letter to their fans), I decided to go to Chicago and deliver the signatures to their front door step on the same day they launched your new commercial (coincidence, I think not). Because of social media pressure, they eventually caved and let me in for a discussion, however all they did was just reiterate their position, and asked me to “agree to disagree” with them.  Kraft does not put the safety of their consumers  as their highest priority, rather it is their bottom line, and they confirmed this during my meeting with them.

Kraft obviously missed a huge opportunity to do the right thing, and now many concerned consumers are boycotting not only Mac & Cheese, but their entire line of products – including the dressing you are so famously known for now. So let’s talk about this dressing. Kraft Zesty Italian contains a couple of ingredients you should know about ASAP.

Vinegar, Water, Soybean Oil, Canola Oil, Sugar, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% of Garlic*, Garlic, Red Bell Peppers*, Onions*, Xanthan Gum, Spice, Oleoresin Paprika, Potassium Sorbate And Calcium Disodium Edta (to Protect Freshness). *Dried.

The ingredients in red above are likely all GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). Oh you don’t know what GMOs are? Let me fill you in on that too.
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