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Food Spotlight: NurturMe Launches First Ancient Grain Cookies with Probiotics for Kids




New organic, gluten-free line of cookies combines four ancient grains and immune-boosting probiotics

AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- NurturMe, the Tummy Friendly Brand™ known for its innovative quinoa baby food and toddler snacks, today unveiled the first and only organic ancient grain-based cookies with probiotics. Free from gluten, dairy, soy and egg, NurturMe Ancient Grain Cookies combine four nutrient-packed ancient grains with a daily dose of GanedenBC30® probiotics to support digestive health and immune health in little ones.

NurturMe shook up the baby food aisle when they introduced the first-ever infant cereals and toddler snacks made from pure organic quinoa, which is naturally gentle, hypoallergenic and easy to digest. Today the company is taking its approach to the next level by becoming the first and only baby and toddler food brand dedicated to protecting little tummies. Starting this spring, NurturMe is removing common allergens that can upset sensitive bellies from its full family of organic meals and snacks – including ZERO gluten, dairy, soy and egg – and adding non-GMO, vegan probiotics to its ancient grain-based lines.

"As moms, we understand how stressful feeding can be," says Caroline Freedman, NurturMe's CEO and co-founder. "Whether it's special dietary needs or simply picky eaters, we're taking our naturally gentle approach a significant step further to help take the worry out of mealtime. From our healthy new cookies, which parents can actually feel good about, to our 'free from' products with the added benefits of probiotics – we're leading the charge toward overall nutritional and digestive health in little ones."

Did you know around 70% of the immune system is in the gut? It's no wonder awareness of probiotics as an important player in overall health is on the rise. According to a recent national study*, 70 percent of Americans relate the term to a health benefit, and 69 percent of parents said they would pay more for products containing probiotics.

To support immune and digestive health, NurturMe has partnered with Ganeden – the leading and trusted probiotics company – to add a daily dose of probiotics to its ancient grain-based lines. Just one serving of NurturMe's new Ancient Grain Cookies, Organic Quinoa Baby Cereals or 100% Quinoa Squares delivers more immune-boosting benefits than 10 cups of probiotic yogurt.

NurturMe's new cookies combine quinoa, amaranth, millet and sorghum to deliver a complete and balanced protein with all essential amino acids and immune-boosting antioxidants.  They come in three flavors – Cocoa, Honey and Maple + Cinnamon – and are launching online and in stories (MSRP $3.99) in April, including in Babies"R"Us stores nationwide.

For more information about GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), Ganeden's patented, FDA GRAS, non-GMO, highly stable probiotic ingredient that can be found in more than 750 leading products around the world, visit GanedenProbiotics.com.

*2015 SSI consumer research study

About NurturMe
NurturMe is an Austin-based organic baby and toddler food brand, founded by two innovative moms, with a focus on promoting overall digestive health in little ones. NurturMe's tummy friendly Organic Quinoa Cereals, Power Blend Purees, Yum-a-Roo's, 100% Quinoa Squares, and Ancient Grain Cookies all help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between – creating healthy eating habits right from the start. A Certified B Corporation, NurturMe organic baby and toddler foods are certified-organic and kosher and non-GMO, without any added preservatives or artificial flavoring, and are sold in over 5,000 stores nationwide. For more information on NurturMe's "free from" family of tummy friendly baby food and toddler snacks, visit www.nurturme.com. 







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Snack Spotlight: Boulder Canyon Takes Real Food Snacking To A Delicious New Level With Gluten-Free Snacks



PHOENIX, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading better-for-you snack brand, Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods, pushes the envelope of inventive snack food creation forward this week with the introduction of three new delicious gluten-free, snack crisps made with an array of wholesome ingredients, including lentils, peas, carrots, quinoa, amaranth and other ancient grains.  Lentil Carrot Quinoa Crisps, Snap Pea Crisps and Ancient Grains Crisps arrive at natural food stores, traditional grocery and select mass merchandise stores nationwide this month. They are sold in 5.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $3.49 per package.

Lentil Carrot Quinoa Crisps pair on-trend lentils with carrots and quinoa that is lightly seasoned with savory herbs. They are available in Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Balsamic Herb varieties.

Snap Pea Crisps take a less-is-more approach by combining just a few ingredients, including real peas, rice, sorghum flour, sunflower oil and sea salt. In addition to the aforementioned Sea Salt variety, Boulder Snap Pea Crisps are available in a Creamy Ranch flavor.

Finally, Ancient Grains Crisps combine quinoa, sorghum, millet, brown teff, amaranth and brown rice for the ultimate better-for-you snack. They are available in Roasted Red Salsa and Pink Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper varieties.

"The snack food aisle is an imaginative, creative space, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Boulder Canyon brand," said Steve Sklar, senior vice president and general manager for Inventure Foods, Inc. "We've taken all these unique, on-trend, healthful ingredients and turned them into imaginative recipes that are flat out delicious. I believe it's further proof that real food ingredients taste better than processed foods could ever hope to."

Boulder Canyon snack crisps are baked, not fried, and feature no trans fats, zero cholesterol and just 130 calories or less per one-ounce serving. Additionally, they are made with non-GMO ingredients, and are gluten-free certified.

Boulder Canyon® Foods is a member of the Inventure Foods (Nasdaq: SNAK) family of Intensely Different™ specialty brands. The Company's better-for-you and indulgent food brands include Boulder Canyon® Foods, Jamba®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, TGI Fridays®, Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, Willamette Valley Fruit Company™, Fresh Frozen™ and Bob's Texas Style®. For further information about Inventure Foods' specialty snack brands, visit www.inventurefoods.com.








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Food Spotlight: Made in Nature Cuban Mojo Ancient Grains Supersides


Traditional Cuban flavors fused with the sweet breeze of the Tropics. A savory combination of sweet coconut milk and cilantro paired with a Latin kick of roasted red pepper and garlic!

Inspiration from the Chef: Perfect paired with grilled fruit skewers and plantains. Also tantalizing served with grilled fish or on top of a pork sandwich.




About the Company

For nearly 25 years, Made In NatureTM has been on a culinary adventure to discover the world’s best-tasting, healthy organic foods that will inspire you to enjoy eating well.

We are dedicated to bringing you the ripest, freshest tasting organic flavors we can find—without compromising taste, your health, or the environment. We only work with farmers who are committed to certified-organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly agriculture practices. That means our foods are grown without pesticides and fertilizers, which is better for you, the growers and pickers, and the planet. Then only the best tasting, juiciest, mouthwatering fruits are picked, at the peak of perfection, and lovingly dried without preservatives, coloring or chemicals.



Company: Made in Nature
Brand:  Made in Nature
Slogan:  From Bag to Bowl in 60 seconds
Origin: US
Category: Sides
Packaging:  8oz (227g)
Claims:  USDA organic, non-GMO.
Variants: View product range here
Price: $3.99 each
Where to Buy: US, Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: http://www.madeinnature.com/




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Product Launch: New Culturally Inspired Foods from Kashi


New plant-centric foods are rooted in tradition and feature ancient grains and bold, savory flavors

SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Take a trip around the world with Kashi®'s new line of foods inspired by some of the world's most vibrant food cultures and culinary traditions. Featuring native superfoods and unique flavors – such as teff, basil and berbere – the new foods offer wholesome nutrition and a tasty eating experience.

From the Mediterranean to Africa to South America, Kashi looked to culinary traditions of rich cultures when creating the newest foods, which include savory snack bars, crispy teff thins and adventurous quinoa bowls. While each region is unique and different from the next, they all share a respect for the art of crafting flavor and thrive on what's native to the terrain.

"At Kashi, we are constantly inspired by some of the world's most vibrant ingredients and love bringing them together to create food that provides progressive nutrition and amazing tastes," said Jeff Johnson, surfing nutritionist and senior director of marketing and new ventures at Kashi. "From the unexpected flavors to the real, plant-based ingredients, we hope the new culturally inspired foods leave you feeling just as inspired as we did making them."

Escape From Traditional Snacking With Savory Snack Bars
Kashi Savory Bars are not your normal snack bars. These gluten-free bars are crafted with unique ingredients and savory flavors, such as smoky-sweet peppers and zesty herbs, and only 3g of sugar – making them a perfect afternoon snack. They are available in two delicious flavors: Basil, White Bean & Olive Oil, inspired by the Mediterranean region that is known for its longevity and use of plant-based ingredients; and Quinoa, Corn & Roasted Red Pepper, which combine the bold flavors and ingredients of the diverse Andean region.

A Tasty Twist on Ancient Grains
Teff, the staple grain of Ethiopia, has been around for centuries but Kashi is putting a fresh spin on it in its Teff Thins. Inspired by East African cuisine, these light and crispy crackers harness the power of teff – a gluten-free ancient grain that offers key nutrition such as fiber – and pair it with legumes, seeds and spices in three tasty varieties: Lemon Chickpea Chili, a combination of bright lemon and chili heat; Tomato Lentil Berbere, which features a zesty spice blend of chili powder, paprika and coriander that is used in Ethiopian cuisine; and Red Sea Salt, which highlights the slightly nutty flavor of the grain.

Quinoa Bowls and a Taste of South America
Another ancient grain is brought to the spotlight in Kashi's new Quinoa Bowls. These vegan entrée bowls combine whole grains with hearty veggies and South American-inspired flavors in two hearty combinations: Chimichurri Quinoa and Sweet Potato Quinoa. Each bowl is made with quinoa that is grown and harvested from a collective of family farms in Bolivia, a region that's been cultivating the grain for more than 3,000 years, and offers 9-10g of protein.

The new Kashi foods are now available at grocers and natural food retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.Kashi.com.

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About Kashi Company
Kashi believes eating more plants is the catalyst for a healthier life. A natural lifestyle pioneer since 1984, Kashi produces nutritious plant-based foods including cereals, powders, entrees and snacks with curated ingredients that #GOTOGETHER. All Kashi products being made today – including its GOLEAN and Heart to Heart brands – are Non-GMO Project Verified, and Kashi is proud to partner with QAI on the industry's first Certified Transitional program, which recognizes crops in transition from conventional to organic. Kashi products are available nationwide in the U.S. and Canada. Kashi is based in sunny Solana Beach, Calif.  To learn more, please visit Kashi.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kashi, Twitter at https://twitter.com/Kashifoods, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kashi/ or YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/Kashi.



Kashi's new plant-centric foods are rooted in tradition and feature ancient grains and bold, savory flavors (PRNewsFoto/Kashi Company)

Kashi's new plant-centric foods are rooted in tradition and feature ancient grains and bold, savory flavors (PRNewsFoto/Kashi Company)


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Food Spotlight: Spiral Into a Delicious Summer with truRoots® Ancient Grain Pasta



Products offer a delectable, organic, gluten-free alternative to traditional pastas

ORRVILLE, Ohio, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- From cool summery salads to comforting winter recipes, pasta is a much-loved addition to any meal in every season. Inspired by a commitment to quality foods and time-honored tradition, truRoots® gives this pantry staple an ancient grains makeover, for an organic and gluten-free alternative to traditional pastas.

truRoots Ancient Grain Pastas are made with a blend of whole grain brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and corn flours. This delectable combination keeps a firm al dente texture after cooking for an authentic culinary experience.

Try these simple recipes to enjoy truRoots Ancient Grain Pasta all summer:

truRoots Ancient Grain Pastas are available at natural and conventional grocers. Varieties include Organic Penne, Organic Fusilli, Organic Elbows and Organic Spaghetti. For more information about the products, visit www.truroots.com.

truRoots Ancient Grain Pastas are Kosher, Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project® Verified.


About truRoots
The truRoots brand was founded on the philosophy that people should understand not only what's in their food, but where that food comes from. That's why truRoots forges personal connections with farmers and supports techniques that are rooted in tradition. These commitments have helped truRoots become a leader in the whole grains and sprouted foods category.











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Supplement Spotlight: Essential 10 Ancient Grains & Fruits Superfood



NEW Essential 10 Ancient Grains & Fruits Superfood from Designer Protein is the perfect way to support a healthy, clean lifestyle. Certified USDA Organic, each 35-calorie serving provides 50% of your daily fiber and includes phytonutrients from ancient grains & fruits naturally rich in antioxidants.

Designed with quinoa, chia, amaranth, and pomegranates, Ancient Grains & Fruits is an excellent source of prebiotic fiber.  Fiber is paramount to keeping the digestive system healthy, which helps with immunity and recovery from physical and mental stress or fatigue.  Ancient Grains & Fruits contains vitamins and minerals from real foods including quinoa and chia, making this blend the perfect addition to your daily protein shake or smoothie.

Each serving contains the dietary fiber of 3 servings of quinoa, Vitamin C content of 20 servings of chia seeds, Vitamin K content of 23 servings of beets, calcium of nearly 3 servings of quinoa, and the magnesium content of 3 servings of pomegranates. Ancient Grains & Fruits is certified USDA Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, & Kosher.  Quick and easy to mix – combine 1 scoop with 8 oz. or more of liquid. For a nutritious boost to your day, add 1 scoop of Ancient Grains & Fruits to your protein shake or smoothie and blend with other healthy ingredients such as fruit, veggies, and Greek yogurt.  With these clean, essential nutrients, you can enjoy balanced nutrition the easy way.



Essential 10 Ancient Grains & Fruits Superfood



About the company

Designer Protein is a leader in high quality products that support healthy nutrition, fitness and overall well-being. Our range includes whey & plant-based proteins designed for health, strength, power and performance. Our family of brands includes Designer Whey, Aria Women's Wellness Protein, Designer Protein LITE, Essential 10 100% Plant-Based Protein, Sunshine Protein, and Designer Whey Sustained Energy.



Company: Designer Protein
Brand: Essential 10 Ancient Grains & Fruits Superfood
Origin: US
Category: Supplement
Packaging: 340g
Claims: Vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher.
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: $13.49
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: http://designerprotein.com/



Essential 10 Ancient Grains & Fruits Superfood



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Food Spotlight: Zemas Madhouse Foods Introduces Ancient Whole Grain Cookies


Award winning, free-from cookies are simple, delicious and ready-to-eat


Highland Park, IL (MARCH 1, 2016) – Known for its ancient whole grain baking mixes, Zemas Madhouse Foods’ delicious, better for you and “free from” cookies will be available for sampling at Natural Products Food Expo West. Made with ancient whole grains and available in four flavors (Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cranberry and Peruvian Sweet Potato Spice), these crispy, crunchy cookies are “free from” gluten, dairy, rice, GMOs and the top eight allergens.


Just like Zemas baking mixes, Zemas bite-size cookies are clean, simple and packed with better for you ingredients like nutrient-rich ancient whole grains and a superseed trio of chia, hemp and flaxmeal. In fact, Zema's Sweet Potato Spice Cookies received Prevention magazine’s 2016 Cleanest Packaged Food Award. Each year, Prevention tests countless products, awarding only those that taste great, and meet the magazine’s strict criteria for healthy, clean ingredients.


“Developing ready-to-eat cookies was a natural progression after our award-winning baking mixes,” Jill Motew, Founder and CEO of Zemas explains. “In terms of ready-to-eat snacks, my healthy cookies belong in every household pantry with their safe and better for you ingredients.”

Stop by our booth #5780 at Natural Products Expo West to try Zemas new bite size, crunchy cookies, grab a sample mix pouch of Zemas award-winning Sweet Potato Pancake mix and get a free Zemas tote! Also Zemas will offer 25 percent off all orders placed at Expo West. 


Taste the Zemas Difference

Zemas cookies and baking mixes are Top 8 Allergen-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, GFCO and Vegan certified, Kosher and made without refined sugar or rice flours. Zemas cookies and mixes are made of ancient whole grains (e.g., teff, millet, amaranth and quinoa) and a superseed trio (chia, hemp and flax) with built in Omega 3’s, fiber and protein.


“We are committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality cookies and baking mixes that are delicious, clean and entirely wholesome,” said Motew.


Zemas cookies will be available for $5.99 a box in March at www.zemasfoods.com.


About Zemas Madhouse Foods

Zemas Madhouse Foods is dedicated to manufacturing gluten-free, ancient whole grain cookies and baking mixes that support a clean eating lifestyle through the use of minimally processed ingredients that can safely be a part of diets that are limited, allergy-free and for those looking for overall health and wellness. Zemas commits to being free of the top 8 allergens (dairy, soy, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish) as well as rice, sesame, yeast, sulfites, additives, trans fats, preservatives and refined sugar. Zemas Madhouse Foods cookies and baking mixes are available at select Whole Foods and specialty stores across the country, online retailers and at www.zemasfoods.com.







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Snack Spotlight: Hi I’m Skinny Ancient Grains Sea Salt Quinoa Sticks




Hi, I’m Skinny! I'm the all new Quinoa based snack stick packed with REAL Chia Seeds that makes me PERFECT for guilt free snacking.

I’m loaded with all kinds of whole grains and seeds of all kinds and have just the right amount of sea salt. I’m fat on flavor, but I won’t make the scales or your skinny jeans a scary thought.

  • Made from the Ancient Grain Quinoa
  • Packed with Chia Seeds
  • Only 140 Calories per 30 Sticks!
  • 17g of Whole grains per serving
  • Non-GMO Verified
  • Certified Gluten Free








Why I'm Skinny


Well I’m long and narrow,
therefore I’m Skinny!

I’m also up to 40% less fat than regular potato chips, have
up to 19g of whole grains per serving, and I contain no "nasty’s"!


Here’s the Skinny on Whole Grains

"Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. While benefits are most pronounced for those consuming at least 3 servings daily, some studies show reduced risks from as little as one serving daily. The message: every whole grain in your diet helps!" - The Whole Grain Council

1 serving of whole grains = 16g. Hi I’m Skinny Salted Multigrain sticks have 17g! That was easy-






Company: Hi I'm SKinny
Brand: Hi I'm SKinny
Slogan: I'm The Real Thing
Origin: USA
Category: Snacks
Packaging: 6.5oz
Claims: Non GMO, Gluten Free, 140 Calories, 17g of Whole grains per serving
Varieties: View Range Here
Price: $35.88 (12 x 6.5oz)
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: hiimskinny.com












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Food Spotlight: Kellogg’s Origins™ Ancient Grains Blend Cereal



Your morning deserves a touch of honey and a delicious combination of spelt, quinoa, barley and brown rice flakes and KAMUT® Khorasan wheat.




Whole grain wheat, whole grain brown rice, sugar, puffed grain blend (whole: KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat, spelt, quinoa), whole grain barley, wheat bran, honey, contains 2% or less of brown sugar syrup, dried cane syrup, salt, malt flavor, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) for freshness.






About the company

At Kellogg, we LOVE breakfast. To us it’s so much more than just a meal. We passionately believe in the power and promise that comes from eating the right breakfast. It’s the first fuel for our bodies—nourishing us for today, tomorrow and for life.

For more than 100 years, we’ve been working to serve the world a better breakfast. Whether it’s through the creation of cereals such as Corn Flakes and Special K or our more recent breakfast drinks, we want everyone to have the advantage that can come from eating breakfast.

We know that beginning the day with you is a privilege so we’ll continue to do our best to earn a place at your table every morning.

See you at breakfast.



Company: Kellogg's
Brand: Origins™ Ancient Grains Blend Cereal
Slogan: Kellogg's
Origin: US
Category: Cereal
Packaging: 334g
Claims: Combination of spelt, quinoa, barley and brown rice flakes and KAMUT® Khorasan wheat
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website:  http://www.kelloggs.com/



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Daily Insight: Ancient Grains for a Healthy Future



If we look at a crystal clear definition of ancient grains, there is none formulated by anyone to date but the concept of whole grains is considered to be ancient as their roots can be tracked back to the inception of this planet. The closest definition that is devised by the Grains Council is that any grain that hasn’t changed over the course of several centuries is accepted in the category of ancient grains. Therefore, modern wheat isn’t included in the list of ancient grains, however, einkorn, faro and kamut are from the family of wheat from ancient times.

White flour and refined crackers are ancient grains that are proven to be nutritious in nature and allow the body to sustain healthy diet levels. These grains are cropped in the fields with traditional manners and require lesser amount of fertilizers, pesticides and immigration compared to modern grains which translates that ancient grains are healthier in nature. However, it is necessary for the users to consume several types of ancient grains so that it diversifies the required carbons, vitamins and calcium that is stored in these grains.



Bean & Lentil Pastas is a product of Ancient Harvest that uses the blend of quinoa and beans or lentils in the production of noodles. The gluten-free product is considered to be very healthy for the consumers and has 2 times greater level of protein than its competitors.





Kirkland Signature introduced a cereal with ancient grains and made it available at Costco. The sales and reviews were positive. The combination of organic ancient grains, granola and almonds, proved to be a winning combination for the company and a healthy substitute for the consumers.






Silver Hills Bakery introduced Big Red’s Bread that contains red fife wheat and 20 other ancient grains that are grown in Canada. It is the one of the most satisfactory bread according to the consumers who rank healthiness as their superior priority.



By Farah Jawad



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