I LOVE TO SHOP & DISCOVER AND SHARE NEW FOODIE, WINE, SUPERFOOD IDEAS WITH FRIENDS

First of all the Healthworks site has a ton of awesome items on it from GOJI BERRIES TO HEMP SEEDS…. I had hemp seeds a bunch but I never kept them in my house but now I have to admit they are part of almost every breakfast and even putting them in my salads… I was gifted a bag of these yummy superseeds and I am hooked !
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Did you know that this ancient food can be traced back thousands of years to Chinese, Egyptian, Persian and other cultures, where it was a highly revered food source? Did you also know that early American settlers were given free land to grow hemp? This historic super-food has been making a strong comeback and for obvious reasons; it’s a powerful nutritional support to any diet! Healthworks Hemp Seed is loaded with Omega 3, 6, high-fiber, magnesium, amino acids and essential fats making them an excellent raw and all-natural superfood! They are also an excellent of protein for everyone.The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, made into hemp milk (similar to soy or almond milk), sprinkled onto food (like cereal, yogurt and toast), prepared as tea and used in baking for breads, muffins, and cookies!

I was gifted the trio of TRUE MADE FOODS before I went to GHF and it was amazing !! It was perfect for our trip … Ketchup, Veracha, and BBQ sauce… we used these breakfast, lunch and dinner these are a great hostess gift ! http://www.truemadefoods.com/

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KETCHUP : They added vegetables to it, specifically carrots, butternut squash and spinach. They turned an empty american staple into nutrient rich sauce that is beneficial to your diet. Naturally sweetened by vegetables, True Made Ketchup has 50% of the added sugar of most other brands!

BBQ :  This is hands down the healthiest BBQ sauce on the market. It has half the calories of all the major brands and 25%-50% less sugar. It is yummy for steak, veggie burgers – whatever you like !

VERACHA :  Like the  other sauces, we start off with a base of tomato, spinach, carrots and butternut squash. Many societies have a history of using jalepeno and cayenne pepper therapeutically.  A powerful compound with many uses, Cayenne pepper is currently gaining buzz for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the Master Cleanse, which uses the spice to simulate circulation and neutralize acidity. It is so good – just the right amount of kick !

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I was also gifted HEAVENLY ORGANICS – I never heard of this brand – the packaging is so beautiful and the honey and the chocolate honey patties are so delicious.

They are a manufacturer of organic, non-GMO, gluten free and fair trade certified sweets and is the recipient of this year’s NEXTY Award for its 100% Organic Chocolate Honey Patties in the Best New Sweet/Dessert category.  Heavenly Organics’ honey is harvested from naturally occurring, wild beehives found deep within the forests of Northern and Central India and the Himalayas where the bees range free. These hives are located well beyond the reach of pesticides and other pollutants. Once the hives are located (one tree can have as many as 20 hives), harvesters return at night, while the bees are sleeping, to collect the honey. Harvesters brush away the sleeping bees and cut a portion of the hive away leaving the queen and the hive intact – unlike smoking, this method reduces the incidences of harming the bees, the hives, and eliminates forest fires. The hive actually regenerates within 15-20 days and is ready for additional harvests. Heavenly Organics proprietary, smoke-free and bee-friendly honey collection and production methods preserve the pollen, vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in raw honey making the brand possibly the healthiest source of honey available in the U.S.

I love the honey in my tea and the chocolate patties were a perfect size snack before bed – to get a little dessert but not feel guilty.  http://heavenlyorganics.com/

I also just receive this and LOVE it to make little water recipes – mixing in fresh mint, lime, lavender, there are so many things you can do to amplify and excite your water intake… or ZING it – it is  a great conversation starter for the gym !

Zing Anything, the leading provider of active water infusion bottles, offers a healthy alternative to sugary sports drinks: The Citrus Zinger Sport. A built-in citrus press allows consumers to squeeze the juice from lemons, limes, tangerines or clementines directly into the bottle, extracting more nutrients and flavor than other passive infusing methods.

The eco-friendly, reusable 28oz BPA/EA-free bottle features a hands-free, flip-up straw and a finger hole for easy carrying. The bottom of the bottle also unscrews, making it easy to add ice and quickly chill the beverage. Whether it’s being carried to a yoga class or clipped into a 10-speed mountain bike, the Citrus Zinger Sport offers added taste, convenience and versatility for workouts.

“In a marketplace packed with sports drinks that are filled with refined sugars, artificial flavors, preservatives and coloring, the Citrus Zinger Sport makes it easy for people to opt for a nutritional hydration choice made from all-natural ingredients. Adding lemon, for example, both enhances the water’s flavor and gives it a boost of potassium and vitamin C, which can aid in weight loss, boost immunity, and serve as a natural energizer. Strawberries, ginger or cucumber can be added to the center of the bottle for additional health benefits and a unique flavor twist as well.”

Designed in the USA and dishwasher safe, check it out at  www.zinganything.com

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I love wine so when I was offered to try wine from the oldest vineyard in Napa Valley I was so excited – and to hear some great tips from Rachel McCord, media personality and co-founder of The McCord List. McCord joined forces with the official Napa Valley vintners to celebrate the launch of their eAuction and to give me some awesome tips about choosing wines in a smart way.  By the way how amazing is this background I need those plants in those pockets – it is so beautiful and I love her dress!

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5 Tips to Hosting a Fabulous Wine Party at Home

1) Research the wines:

Check Wine Spectator’s reviews to make sure that the wine you will be enjoying is rated in the “superior” range of 90­94 or in the “classic” range of 95­100. Doing a little research can make all the difference in selecting the best wine for the occasion. 

2) Select the right pairings:

What you pair with your wine, is almost as important as the wine itself. When in doubt, serve wine pairing staples, like cheese or flatbread. These can also serve as palette cleansers between wines. For an exhaustive guide to expertly pairing your favorite wines and foods visit: www.foodandwinepairing.org/rules.html.

3) Find the perfect playlist:

Play background music to set the mood, but make sure it will not overpower the conversation. For instance, a playlist including artists like Josh Stone, The Head and the Heart, Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers will provide a relaxing atmosphere without killing the mood.

4) Don’t forget to aerate:

Always start aerating your wine approximately thirty minutes before the party. Aerating wine is important because it can actually improve it in a manner similar to the aging process. Using a decanter, like the fabulous ones offered at www.riedel.com/collections/decanters, is an easy way to make sure your wine is ready for any party.

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