Happy New Year! In with the new…

a new yesr's message for 2012

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!
Happy 2012!

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Green Gifts Guide – Hostess Gifts (or Host Gifts)

Green Gift Options for Hostess Gifts

Well, Halloween’s over and that can only mean one thing… the holiday season is now underway and with it come the invitations to the various festivities and parties.  Now is a great time to look into hostess gifts (and host gifts), especially for those last minute invitations.

Hostess gifts don’t have to be elaborate, but it ultimately depends on the occasion and whether an overnight stay is involved.  When it comes to holiday parties, however, hostess gifts are usually a small gesture of appreciation for being welcomed into someone’s home.

Wine remains one of the more popular hostess gifts.  According to many sources, wine consumption is growing in North America, with the US now the world’s largest market for wine by volume (source: Gomberg-Fredrikson), though Canada’s per capital consumption is a bit higher than that of the US.  Wine consumers are also becoming more knowledgeable and more adventurous with an increasing interest in the different varieties of wine from different geographical locations.  This presents an excellent opportunity for Hostess Gifts, particularly when it comes to Organic wines.  There are now a number of excellent organic wine options and at varying price levels including some great local Organic wines such as Frog Pond Farms in Ontario, Summerhill Pyramid Winery in BC and Bonterra in the US.  There are also a great number of excellent organic wines worldwide.

Spirits are also an appropriate gift and it is becoming increasingly easier to find Organic versions of spirits, especially vodka.  Here are a few options

Organic Vodka:

Tru Organic Vodka
Square One 
Rain Vodka

Organic Tequila

Azunia Platinum
Casa Noble Crystal Tequila 

Puro Verde Estate Bottled Tequila

 

Organic Gin

Organic Nation
Schramm Gin 

Organic Rum

Crusoe Organic Rum 

Organic Whisky

Pemberton Valley Single Mart Whisky
Bruichladdich Single Malt 

Food Gifts

Food gifts, whether homemade or gift baskets are also a good option for a hostess gift, but etiquette states that the recipient should not be expected to serve the food gift as part of the celebration.  Rather it should be clear to the recipient that it is intended solely for their enjoyment and left completely at their discretion whether or not to serve it.   Our Fresh Unlimited Organic Gift Baskets Collection features a number of great options for hostess gifts, from our Coffee Bliss gift basket to a more elaborate Distinctive Gourmet Gift Baskets.  Simple gourmet foods items are also excellent ideas, particularly for those who love to cook such as our Pink Himalayan Salt Gift Set or our Organic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Set.

Decor

Other great alternatives for hostess gifts include items that would add a touch of beauty to the host’s home without overwhelming their decor.  Our Tres’Or Beeswax Candle Cube Trio would add a nice touch of ambiance to any setting while our Glycerine Soap Trio, (three glycerine cubes in a translucent green and a translucent purple), would add a great touch of beauty and color!

For more ideas, check out our entire selection of green gifts at http://www.freshunlimited.com


Did you know that all flours used for baking used to be sprouted?

organic sprouted flour for baking

I didn’t. Just another of the food industry’s secrets that are beginning to be uncovered one by one. I recently learned that before farms were mechanized, all grains from which the different flours are made, including wheat, were left out in the fields for longer periods and ended up sprouting naturally. The end result, once the crop was finally harvested was that the flour that was made from these grains was all sprouted flour. But since farms became mechanized, the grains are harvested much faster and so this natural sprouting process is not allowed to occur.

Now you might be asking why should I care if my flour is sprouted or not but it appears that it’s a pretty big deal. According to the To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. “Sprouting neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, which is a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.” Also, when grains are sprouted more nutrients are produced so the resulting flour will contain higher levels of vitamin C, vitamin B, carotenes and enzymes that aid in digestion. It’s even been said that sprouted grains digest more like vegetables than the grains we’ve been given.

Sprouted flours can be used exactly as regular flours and can be used to make breads, pastas, and all baked and non-baked goods. Sprouted flours are also said to have a milder taste than unsprouted flours.

So all this time we’ve been given yet another inferior product ie. bread made with unsprouted flour, one that has little or no nutrition, that’s difficult to digest, that has potentially lead to food sensitivities including gluten and wheat intolerances when all along we could have been eating decadent better tasting breads and pastas and baked goods that actually provide us with real nutrients.

Good thing there are companies like To Your Health Sprouted Four Co, Summers Sprouted Flour Co and Anita’s Organic in Canada to provide us with access to these flours. But I’m also finding there are some companies starting to create products with sprouted flour including pretzels and pastas. Hopefully you’ll soon be able to see pasta made with sprouted flour included in our Fresh Unlimited gifts, especially our Italian Gourmet gifts!

You can have your cake and eat it too!


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!


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

 


Welcome!

Welcome to Fresh Unlimited’s new blog, A Fresh Twist in the Art of Giving and Living. You may have noticed a change in the look and name of our blog. This is because our current blog,The Luxury of Green is undergoing an upgrade and will be back, hopefully within the next few weeks.  Until then, we invite you to check in on our Fresh Twist in the Art of Giving and Living blog for updates on what is happening at Fresh Unlimited and with all things involving “green gifts” and “green living”.  Please feel free to visit our site at www.freshunlimited.com to view our current selection of high quality luxury green gifts featuring organic and gmo-free gourmet foods and exquisite giftware made in an environmentally and socially sustainable way and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.