George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Toronto for TIFF… and our green gifts???

George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Toronto for  TIFF and Fresh Unlimited Green Gifts

It’s been confirmed, George Clooney and Brad Pitt will be among the list of celebrities attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I wonder if they decided to take part to get an invite to Norman Jewison’s annual TIFF BBQ and auction so they can bid on our Fresh Unlimited green celebration package. Both are, after all, known to lean towards the green side, George Clooney with his electric Tesla Roadster and Brad Pitt’s involvement with environmental architecture and design. Our green gift would be an excellent souvenir of their TIFF experience and, all funds raised help out the Canadian Film Center in promoting Canadian film talent. What better incentive for any film maker!

Regardless of whether or not they’re able to make it to the auction, we look forward to their film screenings. George Clooney has two films showing at TIFF, the North American premier of The Ides of March and the world premier of The Descendants, while Brad Pitt’s Moneyball will be making its world premier here.

… and click here if you want a peek at our green gifts selections!

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World’s Best Non-Dairy Creamer for your Coffee

If you‘re a coffee lover, then this is for you (unless you love your coffee black, of course). I’ve been searching for a non-dairy creamer for a while now, one that would make my coffee taste as decadent as the half and half cream I’d become accustomed to using. I tried almond milk, rice milk and even hemp milk but all of them were just too watery and added absolutely no decadence to my coffee at all.

I finally figured it out and here is the recipe below. I realized that what likely made the cream so good was its fat content and so I decided to try blending coconut oil into the almond milk. A couple of little tweaks later and voila! Perfection! This creamer is so good, I often find myself having an extra cup of coffee… but the ingredients in the creamer are super nutritious so I’m hoping that makes up for the extra coffee 😉

If you get a chance to try it, let us know how you like it!

You can find the printable version of this recipe right below here or  on our site in our Exotic Ingredients and Superfoods Collection

WORLD’S BEST NON-DAIRY CREAMER FOR YOUR COFFEE
1 1/4 cup Almond Milk
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp of Maca Powder
1 heaping tsp of Cacao Powder
1 squirt of Agave Syrup

Prep:
Melt the coconut oil.  Either place the entire jar of coconut oil in a bowl of hot water and let it sit until 1/4 C of it  melts or put a the 1/4 C of  coconut oil into another smaller glass jar and place that in a bowl of hot water until it’s melted.

Put the almond milk into a saucepan and warm it up – not to the boiling point just so it’s lukewarm to warm.  This will help the ingredients bind better.

Once the coconut oil is melted, add in the cacao powder and the maca powder and mix this until it’s all blended into the oil.

Place the warm Almond milk in the blender, add the coconut oil that’s been blended with the cacao powder and the maca powder and add a squirt of agave syrup and blend.

What you will end up with is the most frothy, creamy, heavenly tasting non-dairy creamer ever.  If you don’t have a blender, shaking it in a jar will do but it won’t likely be as frothy but the taste will be there.   Pour into your freshly brewed Organic Coffee.

Store in a small jar in the fridge but make sure the jar has a tight lid so you can shake it up well before using it again.

 


Leather iPad Case: A Tale of 2 Cases

Could you tell the difference between these two iPad Cases? Both are made of high quality Italian leather, both are grey, both would protect an iPad or reader from scratches and smudges, and both have a sleek and polished look and would be suitable for anyone on the move but only one of these is sustainable. Can you guess which one? Okay, maybe the fish design is a dead give away but yes, the one with the screen printed fish on it is the one that is also sustainable.

It was created by Dewdrop Designs and comes in a variety of colors and screen printed designs as well as one in a faux snake skin embossed finish. The high quality Italian leather used to create these iPad cases however is upcycled, meaning it comes from remnants of other industries that would be thrown away and end up in landfills if it were not given another use. This leather is then dyed using natural dyes, which once again minimizing it’s environmental impact. Each leather iPad case is hand stitched in the USA, making each one a truly unique find!


WORLD’S BEST CHOCOLATE ALMOND BROWNIE FUDGE

This recipe is the first in an upcoming series of recipes that demonstrate that you can indulge in decadent foods while at the same time getting some life enhancing nutrients from them.  This particular recipe includes mostly raw ingredients except for the roasted almonds, but if you prefer all raw then leave the almonds unroasted.  I really like the flavor that the roasted almonds give though and you still get the nutrients from the raw almonds.  I tested this recipe on some very picky eaters without letting them know of the health benefits and it got some great reviews! Try it out and see! The recipe is below if you’d like to print it out. Let us know how it went!

 

If you have any decadent recipes that are also nutrient rich we’d love to hear about them!

The ingredients for this can be found in our green gifts Wellness Collections Superfoods gift with more coming soon!

You can also get these ingredients at http://www.ultimatesuperfoods.ca or in the USA at http://www.ultimatesuperfoods.com

WORLD’S BEST CHOCOLATE ALMOND BROWNIE FUDGE

½ cup raw organic almonds
½ cup roasted organic almonds
1/4 cup roasted organic almonds (optional)
3/4 cup raw organic cacao powder
1 tbsp organic goji berry powder
1 ½ tbsp organic maca
1 ½ tsp organic vanilla bean
½ tsp sea salt or himalayan salt
3 tbsp organic cacao nibs (optional)
1/4 cup organic agave
½ cup organic coconut oil

Preparation:
1) Roast the 3/4 cup almonds then take ½ cup and powder it either in a coffee grinder or food processor.  Take the remaining 1/4 cup roasted almonds and chop them into small pieces.
2) Melt the coconut oil.  Put the 1/4 cup of coconut oil in a jar and place in a bowl filled with hot water until it is melted.
3) Take the ½ cup of raw almonds and powder them either in a coffee grinder or a food processor.
4) Mix together: the powdered raw almonds, the powdered roasted almonds, the goji berry powder, the maca powder, the ground vanilla beans, the salt and the cacao powder (you can use cocoa powder but you just won’t get all of the nutrients you get from the raw cacao powder).  Then put through a sifter.  (Sifting is not absolutely necessary but it creates a finer consistency.)
5) Add in the agave and the coconut oil and mix well.
6) Add in the 1/4 cup roasted and chopped almonds and the cacao nibs and mix
7) Pour into a 6 x 8 pan and refrigerate for 1 hour
8) Cut into squares and store in the freezer