A new year always brings hope for positive change and 2012 is no different, especially in light of the various meanings associated with this particular year. Change, as they say, is one of the constants of life and positive change is something many of us strive for at the start of a new year. But for some reason, within the first few weeks, we tend to give up and return to our “same old, same old usual” ways.
Maybe it’s because the changes we try to implement are unpleasant or burdensome in some way, and a person can only take so much of that… If you look at the main resolutions made each year, losing weight, exercising more, getting healthy, quitting smoking, are always at the top of the list. Based on the information we’ve been given, achieving these goals involves some type of deprivation or eliminating something that we associate with pleasure. Is it any wonder we give up so quickly?
But what if the information we’ve been given was not entirely accurate? What if there are ways that would allow us to achieve these goals in a purely enjoyable way? And if this information is wrong, then what other information that we’ve been assuming as fact and basing our decisions on, is also wrong? What possibilities are really out there for us? Asking ourselves these and other questions may be the best way to start off the new year and may even lead us to better ways of achieving our goals.
In the course of researching the current state of our food supply, it quickly became evident to me that much of the information we get from mainstream media is either not entirely accurate (if not completely wrong) or incomplete. And if we dig a little deeper, much of this mis-information can often be traced back to sources promoting their own particular interest. So if we want the accurate information we need in order to create the changes we want, it is up to each one of us to look into and determine this for ourselves and to stop blindly relying on mainstream media and those in positions of authority to dictate that information to us.
This is the focus of our hope for the New Year, that 2012 will be a year for questions and answers and that we all start taking a closer look at the information we’ve been given and accepted as fact, including the belief that our current food supply is completely safe, that our drinking water is completely safe, that those in positions of authority are always working in and looking after our best interest… Only once we have accurate information will we be in a better position to create the positive and lasting changes we seek and to better react to the not-so-positive changes that occur around us.
So Happy New Year to everyone, and may 2012 be a question-filled and informative year for us all!
We’d like to begin by thanking all of our customers for their support in 2011 and helping us make this a great year! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in 2012 and provide you with more green gift options and even more information that will help you to make informed decisions about the benefits of purchasing and consuming green products.
Just to clarify here, because the term “green” gets tossed around quite a bit nowadays, when we refer to food, skin care and clothing as “Green”, we mean that they were made with the highest quality organic and gmo-free ingredients. When we refer to durable giftware items as “Green”, we mean exquisite items that were made in a sustainable way ie. using recycled or upcycled materials, that were fair traded or hand crafted.
Our foundational belief is that green can not only be as luxurious, stylish and indulgent as conventional products, but is also superior because of the additional attention that goes into making sure that these products cause no harm to our health or to the health of our planet.
One of our goals at Fresh Unlimited is to raise awareness about the increasing number of high quality green alternatives that are available to consumers. It is now entirely possible to live a greener life without depriving ourselves of the little, or even bigger luxuries we’ve become accustomed to, and we hope to inspire you to seek out these green options in all aspects of your life wherever possible.
With this goal in mind, we will be adding, in the new year, a new category to our current green gifts collection, one for Exotic Ingredients and Superfoods, a few of which can now be seen in our Wellness Collection and in our Gourmet Collection. This category will feature premium quality ingredients that not only provide rich and intoxicating flavors, but also a high level of nutrients, which unfortunately are sorely lacking in much of the conventional foods that are available to us today.
The love of good food is one that we all share across the globe but there is a prevailing belief that decadent foods can’t also be good for us. Now, this may be true if we are talking about conventional foods that are grown in dead soils, laden with toxic chemical residues from pesticides and herbicides and then supplemented with chemical and synthetic additives intended to increase their shelf life and add flavors so that food manufactures can meet their desired profit margins. But if we look to foods that were grown in nutrient rich soils without pesticides and herbicides, as most superfoods are, and were then processed without chemical and synthetic additives, it becomes entirely possible to indulge in decadent and more flavorful foods that are also good for us.
The best of both worlds is possible: eating well, exploring and enjoying new and favorite flavors all while consuming the health enhancing nutrients our bodies so desperately crave. And this is what our Exotic Ingredients and Superfoods Collection will help you to do. Now that holds great promise for the new year!
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!
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!
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
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