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Natural fixings for Thanksgiving

Prepping for the holidays can be super hectic and unhealthy. Thankfully, there are some natural, nutritious and tasty options that can make you feel better about feasting over Thanksgiving. Check out some of our favorites and check us out on Daybreak this Thursday to hear us talk about them!

 

Red Bird Farms
Red Bird Farms has been providing fresh and natural chicken to the people of Colorado since the 1940s. Since it’s inception, Red Bird Farms has grown to a regional brand with plants in both Phoenix and Denver. As they have grown, Red Bird Farms has maintained its commitment to quality and integrity and has forged a commitment to raising chickens without the use of antibiotics or animal byproducts. For the holiday season, look for Red Bird Turkeys that are free of added hormones or steroids.  www.redbirdchicken.com

Frontier and Simply Organic
Spice up your holidays with organic, high-quality herbs and seasoning from Frontier and Simply Organic.  Good spices can make a dish or a dessert, or even a entire meal, really pop. This time of year people who go “all in” and start using different spices to make a special meal. Frontier and Simply Organic are different because spices are not irradiated like all the other brands. In fact, spices are steam sterilized, which involves sterilizing them in a vacuum chamber which allows sterilization to happen at lower temperatures. In turn, this process ensures quality, preserves natural flavor and provides maximum effect on your meal. www.frontiercoop.com

Rudi’s NEW Gluten-Free Savory Herb Stuffing
Any holiday table simply isn’t complete without the stuffing, and now everyone can get in on the good stuff—even if you’re gluten-free. Rudi’s NEW Gluten-Free Savory Herb Stuffing is made from our Original and Multigrain bread and carefully seasoned with savory herbs and spices to create a flavor so festive…a taste so tantalizing…a texture so tempting that no one will ever know the gluten’s gone. Plus, it’s ready in just 5 minutes.

Happy Cakes Denver Holiday Pies
Happy Cakes is best known for their amazing cupcakes (ranked #8 in the nation by the Today Show!)  that are made every morning, from scratch for sale that day. They use natural ingredients with no preservatives, and these delicious cupcakes are best enjoyed immediately! But, many don’t know that they also make delicious pies using premium ingredients that are perfect for the holidays! You’ll find apple, cherry, pumpkin, sweet potato pie all for $18/pie. They need 48 hour notice to place an order and they are open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Plus, another great thing about Happy Cakes is that they are Certifiably Green, which means they make a special effort to recycle, conserve water and use less energy. www.happycakesdenver.com

Natural products for a healthy meal in 15 minutes or less

It can be a challenge to create a quick and healthy meal without compromising on ingredients. Here are some of our favorite natural products that will help you whip up a standout meal in minutes. Make sure to tune into Daybreak this Thursday to see us chat about them!

 

Simply Organic
There are so many things to love about Simply Organic. They offer a variety of spices and  mixes for quick sauces, salad dressings, chilis and more. Plus, they embrace small organic farmers, helping them improve their agricultural methods and profits through programs like Fair Trade and Well Earth®. Two of our favorite products include the organic Chili Mix which can be prepped in minutes with  common pantry items and the delectable Fish Taco seasoning. www.simplyorganic.com

Colorado’s Own Big Red Marinara Sauce
This is natural marinara sauce at its finest:  simple, traditional recipe; no shortcuts. Serve it over pasta, meat, seafood or use as a quick and tasty pizza sauce.  It’s delicious flavor goes a long way to make a healthy dish in minutes. One interesting way that we like to use it is to mix with canned beans to make amazing tasting nachos! Wowsa! They do not have a Web site, but you can find more Colorado’s Own Big Red Marinara Sauce here

Maya Kaimal
This widely loved line brings the taste of authentic Indian food to your kitchen. Created by renowned chef Maya Kaimal, the line offers a number of tasty products that are easy to utilize for a gourmet meal in no time. For instance, you can simmer the Chicken Tikka Masala with chicken, meat, seafood, tofu or vegetables for a delicious curry. The rich blend of tomato, yogurt and warming garam masala spices, like cumin, cinnamon and clove,work well to create a memorable meal. www.mayakaimal.com

Earth’s Best Kidz
Earth’s Best offers products such as organic milk and Sesame Street breakfasts, meals and snacks that kids love. Look for on-the-go options, like individually packaged apple sauces and whole grain bars, perfect for busy families. For lunch or dinner, we especially like the easy Chicken Nuggets and Fish Sticks that can be served with some steamed veggies. The new Earth’s Best Kidz BBQ Chicken Nuggets have whole grain breading and 50% less fat than the leading competitor. Plus the chicken is raised without antibiotics and there are no synthetic colors or preservatives. www.earthsbest.com

 

Healthy fast food ideas your kids will love

Who said that you can’t feed your kids fast food that is healthy food? Skip the drive-through and make a quick, natural meal for your kiddos that they will enjoy! Also, make sure to check out our next segment on Daybreak this Thursday to see us chat about these products!

Love Grown Foods
Love Grown Foods mission is to create incredibly delicious foods that are packed full of nutritional benefits and that are available to everyone, while centering on the importance of fueling the body. To this end, they have created Hot Oats™ cups that offer a healthy, easy, convenient, and affordable breakfast your kids won’t be able to get enough of. Each cup features delicious blends including strawberry raspberry, blueberry banana, walnut apple cinnamon and peach almond vanilla. Plus they are gluten-free, sodium free, vegan and high in protein and fiber. lovegrownfoods.com

Tres Pupusas
This Colorado company brings an old tradition to the modern family. Pupusas are a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla made using masa de maíz, stuffed with things like beans, cheese, veggies and more. Tres Pupusas are made with natural ingredients, and are all gluten-free, made with non-GMO corn flour. You’ll find various varieties such as the Black Bean and Sweet Corn and Chicken and Cheese. All you need to do to enjoy is simply fry each side in a pan on your stove top in a little oil. Talk about quick and yummy! www.trespupusas.com

Applegate
Applegate makes is easier to get lunch and dinner on the table with options that deliver convenience and flavor without the high calories, fat and sodium typically associated with the family favorite. For more than 20 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products.  They guarantee that the meat inside is raised without antibiotics or hormones and free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, artificial ingredients or preservatives. Make sure to check out the Applegate Naturals Family Size Chicken Nuggets — a family favorite! www.applegate.com

Simply Organic
Simply Organic offers a variety of quick mixes that turn ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary meal. They offer a variety of spices and  mixes for quick sauces, salad dressings, chilis and more. Plus, they embrace small organic farmers, helping them improve their agricultural methods and profits through programs like Fair Trade and Well Earth®. Two of our favorite products include the organic Chili and Sloppy Joe Mixes which can be prepped in minutes with common pantry items. www.simplyorganic.com

PB and J Makeover
Take a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and give it a healthy twist that will keep your kids coming back for seconds (and thirds). Start with Rudi’s Bread, which is free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fat and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Then, swap the peanut butter for raw almond butter which contains a number of nutrients including Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Manganese, Calcium and Zinc. Finally, add a touch of light agave or honey and banana slices to accentuate the taste of the almonds and save on the sugar. Opt for almond butter fresh from the grinder (look in the bulk section) to save money!

Healthy pantry makeover

Is your pantry healthy or is it a health trap? Here are some ideas on how to reinvent your walk-in so you have quick, delicious and nutritious meal options on hand that your entire family will love. Check out our recent segment on Good Morning Colorado as we talk about some healthy options!

Free Choice Foods
Sometimes when people think of gluten-free foods, they think that they will have to compromise taste. Not true with Free Choice Foods! Their gluten free, wheat Free, dairy Free, vegan main meal dishes are made with wholesome, premium, natural ingredients and taste great! We especially love the the Cuban Style Black Beans & Rice, Middle Eastern Lentil Pilaf with Cashews & Raisins and Chickpea & Potato Curry with Roasted Peanuts. In fact our mouth is watering right now  just thinking about them! www.freechoicefoodsusa.com

Rudi’s Organic Bakery
The Rudi’s story started more than 35 years ago when the founders couldn’t find a nutritious bread for their kids. Fast forward to present day and Rudi’s Organic is now a premier brand focused on making products free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fat and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Rudi’s Organic breads are made in small batches using a centuries-old practice that allows the dough to ferment for 12 to 24 hours before the mixing and baking processes begin. Try their new Sandwich and Bagel Flatz! Perfect for kid lunches! www.rudisbakery.com

Simply Organic
There are so many things to love about Simply Organics. They offer a variety of spices and  mixes for quick sauces, salad dressings, chilis and more. Plus, they embrace small organic farmers, helping them improve their agricultural methods and profits through programs like Fair Trade and Well Earth®. Two of our favorite products include the organic Chili Mix which can be prepped in minutes with  common pantry items and the versatile  Carrot Cake mix which can be used to create a variety of different recipes. www.simplyorganic.com

Mix1
We like to stock up on these natural and healthy shakes because they don’t have to be refrigerated. Thus you can put a case or two in the pantry and then chill them later. Developed by a naturopathic doctor, each shake features complete protein, antixoidants, vitamins and minerals and fiber. Perfect for those with active lifestyles to grab and go as a healthy meal replacement, snack on-the-go or at work and/or pre-post workout. Try the new 90 calorie options (lean chocolate and vanilla). www.mix1life.com

Middle Earth Organics
This is Italian food at its finest:  simple, traditional recipes; no shortcuts. Their policy is to process everything within 3 HOURS or less of being harvested to give sauces a distinctly fresher flavor without added sugars or sweeteners. Ingredients include pungent green olive oil from Puglia, porcini mushrooms from the Apennines, baby capers from the island of Lipari and Peranzana olives from Calabria. Make sure to try their organic “raw” cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Wowsa! They do not have a Web site, but products are available at many healthy stores and online.