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Food Spotlight: Melanie’s Medleys Artisan Grains Ready to Eat Breakfast Bowls





Available in six delicious recipes.

Our Breakfast Bowls are blended in small batches with artisan grains like quinoa, farro, freekeh and pearled barley. We mix in other fresh, natural ingredients with a base of fresh coconut milk, almond milk, or sweetened apple.

Our artisan grain breakfast bowls are blended in small batches with fresh non-GMO ingredients. They are made with whole artisan grains, fruit, nuts and other quality ingredients, in a base of coconut milk, almond milk, or lightly sweetened apple. They are ready-to-eat cold, so all you have to do is open and enjoy during your busy day.
Chocolate, Coconut & Almond
Silky smooth chocolate and chunks of crisp coconut blend in harmony with whole grain quinoa, farro, pearled barley and chopped almonds in a light coconut and almond milk base.

The tangy taste of pineapple and mango complement coconut and whole grain freekeh, farro and pearled barley. Happily bathed together in a light base of coconut and almond milk.



Fruit & Almond

Fresh notes of tart cranberry, sweet blueberry and sour cherry blend harmoniously with whole grain freekeh, pearled barley and almonds in a light coconut and almond milk base.


Cinnamon Walnut
A touch of sweet raisin, a twist of tart cranberry and a pinch of aromatic cinnamon blend in perfect harmony with grain freekeh, pearled barely and walnuts in a light base of almond milk.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
The heavenly combination of chocolate and peanut butter with whole grain freekeh, farro, and pearled barely in a light base of almond milk.


Caramel Apple
Crisp sweet apple with the savory crunch of pumpkin seeds blends perfectly with whole grain farro and pearled barley in a base of lightly sweetened apple.


About the Company
Melanie believes that life is all about balance. Work hard during the day and unwind at night. Eat chocolate chip pancakes when your heart wants it and drink green juice when your body needs it. Live and love. Move and stay still. Aim for balance.

Melanie is seriously passionate about food and believes that food is as much about adventure as it is an expression of love. She created Melanie’s Medleys to share her passion of food with others and to make it easy to eat well amidst a busy lifestyle.

Melanie’s Medleys delivers tasty and wholesome artisan food so you can conquer your days feeling refreshed, confident, and in control.

Melanie’s Medleys is bringing balance back to breakfast with our line of artisan grain breakfast bowls and deliciously handcrafted cream cheese.

For those times when you feel divided between the desire to eat wholesome food and the demands of a busy day, Melanie’s Medleys offers foods that artfully balance wellbeing, convenience, and great taste.



Company: Melanie's Medleys
Brand: Melanie's Medleys
Slogan: Pure, Clean, Incomparable
Origin: USA
Category: Breakfast
Packaging: 5oz (142g)
Claims: Ready to Eat, Non GMO
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: melaniesmedleys.com










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Daily Insight: Consume Sprouted Grains for long & strong lifespan



Grains as you know can be anything ranging from rice, wheat and corn to oats, barley and many more. The definition of sprouted grain lies in the process of seed blossoming where the brief time span in which the seed/grain starts to sprout just before it develops into a complete plant; that concise time period is vastly known as sprouted grain stage. Sprouted grain’s outer bran layer is often split open and the blossoming tiny roots of plant are peeking out of the grain. If you closely examine the grain, the starchy portion starts to wear out and give way to the awakening of the plant. The particular change in state forms the basis of the nutritional difference between a conventional and sprouted grain; generally the percentage of minerals, vitamins, and proteins increases in the sprouted grain due to wear and tear of the starch on its body.

Sprouted grains are proven to be beneficial for patients suffering from uncontrolled blood pressure. The usage of buckwheat extracts helps the body to stabilize the movement of blood and ensures healthy living. Moreover, the sprouted brown rice can assist the patient of diabetes to control sugar to a level where they can actually live like normal people without any concern of fasting glucose. It also reduces the risk of catching cardiovascular diseases.



Ezekiel Bread is one example where they use six different sprouted grains to keep ideal nutrition levels in their product allowing consumers to have healthy value for money. Another example is of






Kashi Sprouted Grains Multi-Grain organic cereal which is a product of Kellogg Boosts; made with 100-percent sprouted grains such as wheat, brown rice, oats, barley, spelt and amaranth.






Alpine Breads has a Spelt and Sprouted Grains bread. It is also very healthy in nature and widely consumed in USA.



By Farah Jawad







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Food Spotlight Spotlight: Cultures for Health Milk Kefir Grains



Milk kefir grains are live active cultures consisting of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. Adding the kefir grains to fresh milk yields a delicous probiotic drink in about 24 hours. Milk kefir can be enjoyed plain, flavored, or used in many recipes, like salad dressing, bread, and ice cream.


• Contains 1 packet of traditional heirloom-style milk kefir grains.
• Rehydration period of 3-7 days required before regular use.
• Reusable culture; makes up to 1 quart of kefir with every batch
• Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
• Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F
• Suitable for use with cow or goat milk.
• Grains require rehydration in pasteurized dairy milk. Once rehydrated, grains may be transitioned to raw milk.
• May be used to culture coconut, soy, or rice milk once rehydrated in dairy milk; grains require regular refreshing in dairy milk.
• Nut and seed milks yield inconsistent results.


Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged in a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life.

This product contains no GMO ingredients.






About Cultures for Health

Shortly after becoming first-time parents to our son, we were introduced to the idea of eating Real Food with an emphasis on traditionally prepared foods during a workshop on sustainable living. That introduction launched us on a journey that would become Cultures for Health. Read More



Company: Cultures for Health
Brand: Cultures for Health
Origin: USA
Category: grains
Packaging: .24 oz (6.8 g)
Claims: Non GMO
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: $17.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Retail Locations
Website: culturesforhealth.com








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Food Review: Freekah Tamari Organic Roasted Green Wheat


Our Tamari is organic cracked freekeh seasoned with Tamari soy sauce giving it a wonderful Asian flair. Tamari soy sauce is made with brewed soy and gives it a mild flavor compared to traditional soy sauce which is brewed with both soy and wheat and is saltier. Our Tamari freekeh is made from only organic ingredients and is great paired with stir-fries, salmon or fish; and great with Thai Peanut sauce and veggies for cold salads.



Freekeh? What is that?
So glad you asked! Freekeh is a delicious roasted grain that is a great alternative to rice or other grains. (It has an awesome nutty, chewy texture and we offer it in 3 varieties: Original, Rosemary Sage, and Tamari. What's more, freekeh has up to 3 times the amount of fiber and protein as brown rice! How's that for a no brainer?


Here's the legend of how freekeh came to be...
Freekeh is a process which means "to rub" in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident over 2.000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and "Eureka!" Freekeh was created. We're proud to offer you this tasty, nutritious ancient grain with a funny name.


So what do you do with Freekeh?
The question should be...what can't you do with it? We love it in soups, pilafs, salads, you name it! You can substitute Freekeh in any recipe that calls for rice or quinoa. There is really no wrong way to "get your Freekeh on."™ Adopt it, fall in love with it and tell us what you have created with Freekeh.



About the Company
Freekeh Foods was founded in 2012 by Troy De Smet, our president. We are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Our passion is to provide delicious organic and conventional freekeh based products to our customers.

Our products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth, Kosher certified and Non-GMO Project Verified. We are proud to offer you our products with these certifications, demonstrating our commitment and dedication to providing nutrient dense, sustainably and locally grown products for you and your family.


Company: Freekah Foods
Brand: Freekah
Slogan: Ancient Grains for Modern Times
Origin: USA
Category: Cereals
Packaging: 8oz bag
Claims: Organic, Fiber, Protein
Varieties: Tamari, Original, Rosemary Sage
Price: $14.40 (6 x 8oz)
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: freekah-foods.com









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Product Spotlight: Amy’s Kitchen Light & Lean Quinoa & Black Beans with Butternut Squash & Chard


Amy's Aunt Rentia, who teaches yoga, often cooks black beans, quinoa and vegetables starting "from scratch" - soaking the beans overnight, simmering them for hours in a crock pot, then chopping and steaming vegetables and cooking quinoa. Our family has enjoyed many a dinner at her home, marveling at how such simple food could be so tasty. We decided to create a similar meal for our customers to enjoy, without all the work. Amy's Quinoa and Black Bean bowl is easy to prepare, high in fiber, low in fat and calories, gluten free and non dairy. You'll be delighted with the great flavor of the organic black beans, quinoa, Swiss chard and butternut squash. And if you've never tried quinoa, you'll be amazed at how satisfying this gluten free whole grain can be. So enjoy this simple, nutritious delicious meal.






Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 8.0 oz
Servings Per Container: 1.0
Serving Weight: 8.0 oz
Product UPC: 0-42272-00902-2
Calories: 240
Calories from Fat: 45
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 440mg
Carbohydrates: 38g
Fiber: 11g
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 10g
Organic: 97%
Vitamin A: 30%
Vitamin C: 10%
Calcium: 8%
Iron: 20% -



Company: Amy's Kitchen
Brand: Amy's Kitchen
Slogan: We Love to Cook For Your
Origin: USA
Category: Ready to Eat Meals
Claims: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Non GMO, Low Fat, Kosher
Packaging: 8oz (227g)
Price: ?
Where to Buy: Amy's eStore, Store Locator
Website: amyskitchen.com




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Product Spotlight: Roland Flavored Quinoa


Quinoa was considered by the Incas to be the "mother of all grains." Roland® Flavored Quinoa is all natural and gluten free. To prepare these deliciously Flavored Quinoas, simply add water and heat for 15 minutes.

American Roland Food Corp. has introduced a new line of flavored quinoa that is sure to satisfy even the most finicky of palates. Made from Andean quinoa and seasoned with all natural ingredients, Roland® Flavored Quinoa is pre-washed and requires nothing more than a pot of boiling water. Quinoa is a wholegrain from the Andes, rich in fiber and amino acids, and prized for its high protein content.

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add entire contents of pouch and mix well. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 14-18 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir. Serve at room temperature for greater flavor intensity.

12 Units 72182 Roasted Garlic, 12 Units 72190 Black Bean and 12 Units 72184 Garden Vegetable



Company: Roland Food
Brand: Roland
Origin: USA
Category: Grains
Packaging: Bag
Varieties: Roasted Garlic, Garden Vegetable, Black Bean, Toasted Sesame Ginger, Mediterranean, Lemon Curry
Website: rolandfood.com



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Product Spotlight: My Skinny Rice


SkinnyRice is unique long grain white rice, with all the health benefits of wholegrain brown rice and with taste and texture of white rice.

SkinnyRice has a low glycemic index (LOW G.I.) and is therefore especially suitable for diabetics, athletes, dieters and anyone striving for a healthy & balanced diet.

A problem experienced by many when eating foods high in carbohydrates and starch is that it can cause bloating, lethargy and other problems with the digestive system. SkinnyRice has a light, non- sticky texture and does not weigh heavily on the system once eaten.

Other Benefits

• Rich in Thiamine and vitamin B1
• GLUTEN FREE (Suitable for Coelics)
• SODIUM free
• Naturally grown
• Helps lower cholesterol and high blood pressure
• Reduces Bloating
• Sustains Steady Energy
• Light & Aromatic
• Easy to Cook
• Used by award Winning Chefs in Europe

SkinnyRice originates from the foot- hills of the Himalayas, from a region considered to be the "rice bowl" of India. Our rice is naturally grown, without the use of pesticides. Most rice brands hybrid the rice, break it to increase the volume and then bleach it, so it looks like all the grains are the same.

At SkinnyRice, we use only one type of rice, parboil it by our special formula to remove the starch, then we let it "rest" for a minimum of 2 years to concentrate all the valuable nutrients. We never bleach our rice or genetically modify it in any way.


Company: My Skinny Rice
Brand: Skinny Rice
Slogan: The Rice That's Nice to you
Category: Grains
Origin: USA
Packaging: 17.64oz Resealable Pouch
Claims: Gluten Free, Sodium Free,
Price: $5.49
Website: skinnyrice.com


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Product Spotlight: Malia Spirulina Bar

Vegan Malia Bar is made from mostly raw ingredients that are nutritionally well-balanced and rich in dietary fibers, healthy fats and anti-oxidants. Uncooked while blending, Malia Bar ingredients retain their phyto-nutrients in their original state. Since it contains no carbs from oats, rice, wheat or processed sugars that are low-cost and quick-release calories, Malia Bar leaves you satisfied and energized for longer.

From the ingredients list of Malia bar  you will easily recognize all the select ‘whole foods’ such as dried fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs & spices. Unlike other  ‘100% natural’ and ‘healthier’ nutrition bars, Malia Bar does not contain any highly processed and probably bad for you ingredients like corn syrup, refined sugars, soy protein isolates, soy lecithin, processed salt, etc. or in fact any artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners/preservatives. It is also free of dairy, grains, gluten & soya.

Malia Bar is the ‘whole foods’ option for those who make the important lifestyle choice to snack healthy.
Spirulina is a ‘super food’, considered good for the brain, heart, immune system and more. The blend is rich in anti-oxidants and heart healthy fats. It helps lower blood pressure and ‘bad’ cholesterol and also promotes nerve and muscle relaxation and cellular health

 Ingredients: Cashews, Dates, Figs, Flax seed, Raisins, Sunflower seed, Spirulina, Watermelon seed

The Malia Bar Story:

MALIA BAR began when Lisa Fernandes couldn't find a snack food good enough for Maya, her school-going daughter

Lisa insisted it be genuinely wholesome, but knew it had to be great tasting as well. While tasty and convenient snacks were plentiful in the Indian marketplace, what Lisa considered truly healthy & nutritious were just not in plain sight. This, despite several brands making tall claims

Her only solution was to make it herself. And fortunately she was splendidly equipped to do it.

In the many years Lisa lived overseas, her keen interest in nutrition and 'eating healthy' got serious traction. She participated in various forums, groups and professional courses, all linked to the premise that 'you are what you eat'. Further, easy access to the choicest healthy ingredients from all over the world contributed to Lisa's expanding repertoire. That her husband, Ajit, was himself in the thick of marketing consulting in the burgeoning North American Organic & Natural Foods market, further enhanced her insights. He had done projects on several packaged food products including 'raw-food' nutrition bars that were simple, pure and delicious. So Lisa knew that a snack could be at the same time wholesome, healthy & delicious

The nutrition bars that Lisa made based on Ajit's notes were a hit. Discerning folks instantly realized its value and soon Lisa was persuaded to make more than her family required. She was overwhelmed with orders and that set the stage for a cutting edge international product to be made and marketed in India

So how did MALIA BAR get its name?
Well, MALIA (pronounced MH-LEE-AH) is derived from the first syllable of three names - Maya, Lisa and Ajit. MALIA is also a Hawaiian name that translates as 'calm waters', and is the name of Lisa's toddler. Incidentally, Malia is a great fan of MALIA BAR



Company: Malia
Brand: Malia

Slogan: It's Real Food
Category: Bars
Origin: Mumbai, India

Varieties: Coconut Carnival, Apple Cinnamon, Ginger Snap, Cashew Chew, Flax n Figs, Green Mango Tango
Claims: No Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners or Preservatives.  Free of dairy, grains, gluten and soya
, No added sugars, Vegan
Website: maliabar.com


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6 Grains You Should Be Eating

Red Quinoa: A complete protein, this seed contains plenty of iron and fiber too. Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa to your next batch of cookie dough for a nutritious kick.

Basmati Rice: Prized for its floral aroma, this (very) long-grain rice never clumps, which makes it a shining star in pilafs and salads.

Black Barley: This unprocessed, coffee bean-shaped Ethiopian grain is hearty and slightly chewy but never mushy--ideal for soups and stews.

Pearled Barley: This mild barley adds richness and body to soups. Prepare it like oatmeal with toasted almonds and honey, or sprinkle cooked grains onto salads.

Black Rice: High in cancer-preventing antioxidants, this Chinese heirloom grain has a delicious toasty flavor that enlivens sweet and savory dishes alike.

Spelt: A variety of wheat that has a toothsome texture with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Cook it like risotto, or add cooked grains to sautéed greens for a protein boost.

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