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Food News: Let Birds Eye Make This Season So Veggie Good


Birds Eye Veggie Made™ Pasta Offers Great Taste With The Nutrition Of Vegetables

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Birds Eye, a market leader in frozen vegetables, has created a line of new Veggie Made™ Pastas that will make your busy weeknight and holiday dinners both delicious and nutritious. These new pastas are made from 100% vegetables and provide a healthy alternative to your family's favorite starchy sides. Veggie Made Pasta does not contain wheat or flour, fillers or any artificial ingredients– just nutritious veggies in every bite!

Pasta is one of the largest and most popular foods in America, especially during the holidays, because of its great taste, convenience and versatility. However, despite the love for some of your favorite pasta dishes, you're always looking for healthier alternatives that the whole family will enjoy. With Birds Eye Veggie Made Pasta, you get all the delicious taste and texture of traditional pasta in a guilt-free, nutritious way.  That means you can enjoy a full serving of vegetables in every dish this season without sacrificing the delicious flavor families expect at dinner or a holiday meal.

To create these exceptional pastas, Birds Eye starts with vegetables like zucchini, spinach and lentils. Our vegetables are harvested at the peak of freshness, and then they are used to make pasta dough similarly to how regular pasta is made.  We created an original (plain) variety that is perfect for including in one of your go-to holiday recipes, or you can easily enjoy one of our other varieties already prepared with popular sauces like Alfredo, cheddar or marinara.

"Birds Eye Veggie Made Pasta doesn't just contain vegetable ingredients, and isn't just plain vegetables cut into shapes of noodles. It looks and tastes just like regular pasta, and it's made completely out of actual vegetables," said Risa Cretella, Vice President Marketing for Birds Eye. "It's a guilt-free way to enjoy the comforts of pasta with a full serving of vegetables, without having to boil water or clean pots, making it an easy choice to include in holiday recipes or any meal."

Birds Eye Veggie Made Pasta is available in the frozen vegetable aisle at retailers nationwide in the following varieties:

  • 100% Vegetable Pasta Plain Penne Pasta made with Zucchini & Lentils (Original)
  • 100% Vegetable Pasta Rotini Marinara Pasta made with Zucchini & Lentils
  • 100% Vegetable Pasta Penne with Cheddar Cheese Sauce Pasta made with Zucchini & Lentils
  • 100% Vegetable Pasta Rotini Alfredo Pasta made with Spinach & Lentils

Getting families to eat more vegetables can be easier said than done, and we know how important your family's nutrition is. At Birds Eye, we are dedicated to creating new ways to enjoy vegetables that are healthy, convenient and, of course, delicious so it's easier for everyone to eat more vegetables, more often.

About Birds Eye
Birds Eye®, the number one brand in frozen vegetables, unlocks the wonder of vegetables and makes them accessible and enjoyable to everyone, everyday. Using vegetables picked and frozen at the peak of freshness, Birds Eye® helps Americans make vegetables a meaningful part of everyday life. Birds Eye® has something for everyone with pure and simple vegetables under the Birds Eye® and C&W® brand names; Birds Eye Steamfresh® vegetables and vegetable rich blends; and Birds Eye Voila!® complete frozen meals. For more information, visit www.birdseye.com or www.facebook.com/BirdsEyeVegetables. Birds Eye® is a portfolio brand of Pinnacle Foods Inc.

About Pinnacle Foods Inc.
Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE: PF) is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products with a mission of unleashing brand potential. With annual sales in excess of $3 billion, the portfolio includes well-known brands competing in frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable formats, such as Birds Eye, Birds Eye Voila!, Duncan Hines, Earth Balance, EVOL, gardein, Glutino, Hungry-Man, Log Cabin, Udi's, Vlasic and Wish-Bone, along with many others. The company is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., and has nearly 5,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.pinnaclefoods.com.


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Soup Spotlight: Happy Planet Korean Hot & Sour Soup with kimchi and vegetables



Seoul in a bowl...Taekwando for the tastebuds.

Ingredients: water, potatoes, onions, carrots, kimchi (cabbage, radish, green onion, garlic, ginger, red pepper, salt, sugar, water, sweet rice flour), green peppers, bok choy, red chili paste (corn syrup, rice, water, chili powder, salt, garlic, yeast extract, onion, fermented soybean powder, thiamin (vitamin b1), koji seed), sunflower oil, garlic, tamari soy sauce, cane sugar, corn starch, vegetable base [vegetable and vegetable juice concentrate (carrot, celery, onion, tomato), salt, soy sauce (water, soybean, salt), cane sugar, maltodextrin, yeast extract, potato starch, onion powder, garlic powder, spices], rice vinegar (water, rice), ginger, green onion, balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, natural spices.  Contains soy & sesame.

Size: 300ml



Korean Hot & Sour Soup



About Happy Planet

Randal Ius and his friend Gregor Robertson were two Vancouver boys with big dreams. Using a big blender (and lovely organic carrots grown on the Robertson family farm) the boys started concocting juices and smoothies to give city people a taste of the country. They called their business Happy Planet.

Today, through perseverance, a good dose of passion (and a few mistakes on the way), Happy Planet is Canada’s leading all natural food and juice company. We continue to make great smoothies and juices. We make fresh, delicious, all-natural and organic soups too. We've not made all the planet happy yet, but it's a good start.



Company: Happy Planet
Brand: Korean Hot & Sour Soup with kimchi and vegetables
Origin: Canada
Category: Soup
Packaging:  300ml
Price: Coming soon
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Product Launch: New Libby’s Vegetable Pouches Help Deliver Dinner in a Flash



Innovative Microwaveable Pouches Let Time-Crunched Families Bring Hot Vegetables to the Table in Less than 60 Seconds


MARION, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Libby's® Fruits & Vegetables announced today the launch of brand-new Libby's® Vegetable Pouches, which will begin rolling out at retailers across the country. A first for the vegetable market, Libby's® Vegetable Pouches will sit alongside their canned counterparts on the shelf, but cook in less than 60 seconds in their own pouch – no pots or heating containers needed. The result: hot, nutritious vegetables in a flash and more time to enjoy food and family.

"Although most parents know vegetables are healthy, they are served at only 23 percent of dinners[1]. Libby's understands that parents need options for bringing vegetables to the table that they can feel good about and that help preserve important family time," said Bruce Wolcott, Vice President of Marketing for Seneca Foods. "New Libby's® Vegetable Pouches bring farm-fresh goodness to busy families, providing a wholesome addition that cooks quickly and is easy to enjoy together."


Libby's designed these state-of-the-art, lightweight pouches containing Libby's® Vegetables to make preparing and serving hot vegetables more convenient than ever. Libby's® Vegetable Pouches:

  • Come in five family favorites – Sweet Peas, Cut Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, Whole Kernel Sweet Corn and Mixed Vegetables – and are all grown and packed in the United States
  • Stand up straight, are flexible, easy to open and fit nicely into kitchen cabinets, taking up less space
  • Are shelf-stable – no need for refrigeration
  • Can be served hot or cold, by themselves or as the star ingredient in side dishes, appetizers and other recipes

To introduce the new Vegetable Pouches, Libby's is teaming up with Donatella Arpaia, Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and Head Judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America, to develop exclusive recipes featuring the Vegetable Pouches. Arpaia's recipes will be featured in the Libby's® Digital Recipe Box at www.getbacktothetable.com, among hundreds of others that provide quick and easy ideas for preparing and serving vegetables.

"As a working mom, I know firsthand how tough it can be to get the wholesome goodness of vegetables on the dinner table after a busy day," said Arpaia. "Libby's® Vegetable Pouches are the perfect solution for these time-crunched moments, as they're an easy, quick, healthy and delicious addition to side dishes, main courses and even appetizers. I can't wait to share my new Vegetable Pouches recipes with other busy parents."

About Libby's® Fruits & Vegetables
Libby's®, the nation's second largest brand of canned vegetables, has been a staple on American dinner tables since the 1880s. With 117 product varieties, Libby's offers among the industry's most complete lines of canned fruit and vegetables, including Libby's® Naturals, which contain no added sugar or salt. Since 1983, Libby's® Fruits & Vegetables have been produced and distributed by Marion, N.Y. based Seneca Foods Corporation, an independent, publicly traded, fully integrated food processing company. For more information on Libby's® and Seneca Foods visit www.senecafoods.com. For information on Libby's mission, visit www.getbacktothetable.com, like Libby's on Facebook, or follow @LibbysTable on Twitter or Pinterest.

[1] Wansink B, Shimizu M, and Brumberg A. How vegetables make the meal: their hedonic and heroic impact on perceptions of the meal and of the preparer. Public Health Nutrition. 2016. Available at: http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FPHN%2FPHN16_11%2FS1368980012004673a.pdf&code=2317478727e791c5a8274c4fdfabca59






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Industry News: Green Giant® Returns With A Purpose



-- New Product Innovations Aim to Make it Easier for Today's Health-Minded Consumers to Add More Veggies into Meals; Products Set to Hit Stores Nationwide in September --


PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- B&G Foods announced today that "the Giant has awakened" to answer the call of a nation where about just one in ten people consume enough fruits and vegetables1.  The iconic Green Giant brand is reintroducing itself with a modern take on vegetables and new versions of mealtime favorites, targeting the needs of today's health-minded, convenience-seeking consumers. With a fresh take on yesterday's side dishes, the new Green Giant frozen vegetable product lines include Veggie Tots, Riced Veggies, Mashed Cauliflower and Roasted Veggies.

"Since the acquisition of this iconic brand, we have been working tirelessly to meet consumer desire for new, delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables into their daily lives," said Robert Cantwell, Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods.  "This consumer desire has inspired the creation of new Green Giant frozen innovations, as well as the brand's modernized persona, with the intention of bringing back the Green Giant with a purpose—adding more vegetables to America's plates."


The new Green Giant frozen vegetable products include:

  • Veggie Tots: The kid-friendly, mom-approved alternative to potato tots and French fries are filled with vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli instead of potatoes. Delicious varieties include Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Broccoli & Cheese.
  • Riced Veggies: Made from 100 percent vegetables and with no sauce or seasoning, these veggie alternatives to traditional rice have 70 percent to 85 percent fewer calories per serving than the leading brand of prepared white rice. Delicious varieties include Cauliflower, Cauliflower & Broccoli, Cauliflower & Sweet Potato, and Cauliflower Medley.
  • Mashed Cauliflower: A great-tasting alternative to the typical potato side dish. Each half‑cup serving contains one full serving of cauliflower and 40 percent to 45 percent fewer calories than the leading brand of prepared mashed potatoes. Delicious varieties include Original with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Cheddar & Bacon, and Garlic & Herb.
  • Roasted Veggies: Offering the great taste of roasted vegetables without the hassle of roasting and cleaning up. These items contain no sauce or seasoning. Simply heat and pair with your favorite entrée. Delicious varieties of Roasted Veggies include Corn, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Carrots.

These innovative, new Green Giant frozen vegetable products connect very well with how consumers prepare vegetables today and meet the increasing demand for nutritious, time-saving food options to match consumers' on-the-go lifestyles. With 88 percent of consumers considering nutritional content important in their buying decisions2, the shift toward contemporary formats of nutritious and convenient vegetables is a natural move for the beloved Green Giant brand.

The new Green Giant products will be in stores nationwide starting in late September. In conjunction with the new frozen products, Green Giant is scaling new heights by rolling out a $30 million omnipresent "The Giant Awakens" media campaign. The brand will take consumers down memory lane to remind them of the iconic Jolly Green Giant character and his part in serving generations of American families their vegetables. Green Giant will bring forward its approach to creating products that meet current consumer eating patterns, ushering in a more contemporary era for a classic American brand and icon.

About Green Giant
Few brands enjoy a heritage as rich as that of Green Giant®. For over 100 years, Green Giant has been devoted to growing the best quality and most unforgettably delicious vegetables for you and your family. For more information and some simple and tasty recipes, please visit www.greengiant.com.

About B&G Foods
B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) and its subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute a diversified portfolio of high-quality, branded shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods' products are marketed under many recognized brands, including Ac'cent, B&G, B&M, Baker's Joy, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Brer Rabbit, Canoleo, Cary's, Cream of Rice, Cream of Wheat, Devonsheer, Don Pepino, Emeril's, Grandma's Molasses, Green Giant, JJ Flats, Joan of Arc, Las Palmas, Le Sueur, MacDonald's, Mama Mary's, Maple Grove Farms, Molly McButter, Mrs. Dash, New York Flatbreads, New York Style, Old London, Original Tings, Ortega, Pirate's Booty, Polaner, Red Devil, Regina, Sa-són, Sclafani, Smart Puffs, Spring Tree, Sugar Twin, Trappey's, TrueNorth, Underwood, Vermont Maid and Wright's. B&G Foods also sells and distributes Static Guard, a household product brand.  For more information, please visit www.bgfoods.com.






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Health Spotlight: A Guide To Living Off Your Own Garden



There is a huge growing trend in people wanting to become more self-sufficient, where living off your own garden can provide enormous health and environmental benefits. Give it a try for a cleaner, healthier, more environmentally friendly and cheaper way of living. The following is a beginner’s guide, informing on the benefits, how to get started, and a few tips and tricks to make growing your own food easy!



Health and Environmental Benefits

1. Growing Your Own Food Without Pesticides.

Pesticides are toxic substances used to kill living things. In the garden the most common ones you will come across are herbicides, which kill weeds, and insecticides which eradicate insects.

Over 40 years of research has linked pesticides to a wide range of health problems in adults and children, including temporary issues like nausea and headaches through to long term problems such as ADHD, reproductive difficulties and many forms of cancer. Children are particularly at risk as they are more sensitive to chemicals, plus they often play in areas which have been exposed to pesticides. By using organic methods of gardening and natural forms of pest control you can negate these issues. This is why it’s important to wash your fruit and veg you get from the shops!

2. Exercise Benefits Through Gardening

Gardening entails a wide range of movement and this helps to build muscle and strengthen joints. It is also good for flexibility as you are often extending legs and arms to get to hard to reach areas. As with any form of exercise, to see any real benefits, you need to garden for at least 30 minutes at a time. This will burn calories and in the process help to lower your cholesterol levels; reduce blood pressure; decrease your risk of diabetes; and slow osteoporosis, which is particularly important for women.

Physical exercise also has a positive effect on the mind. It helps to alleviate depression and decrease stress levels. You are also working outside in the fresh air and this too has been shown to strengthen mental health.

3. Benefits of Eating Fruit and Vegetables

We are all aware we should eat more fruit and vegetables. In the UK we have the ‘5 a Day’ campaign and in the USA dietary guidelines recommend that half your plate should comprise fresh produce.

Fruits and vegetables are good for us for several reasons. First, they contain dietary fibre and this lowers the incidence of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Second, they contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents which combine to keep us healthy and ward off disease.

4. The Environment

The biggest benefit for the environment, when you live off your garden, is the short distance the food has to travel from where it is grown to your plate. We are all being advised to reduce the ‘food miles’ of the produce we consume and the best ways to do this are to buy locally and eat seasonally. When you rely on the fruits and vegetables you have produced yourself you can only eat in season and it is always local. Furthermore, you will decrease your plastic wastage. Buying from the shop also entails bringing home with you a large quantity of plastic the food is packaged in.


A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables



Deciding Where to Grow

Vegetables grow best where it is sunny, so choose carefully when you are deciding where to plant. You can always add shade for more delicate crops such as salad and fruit bushes.

The majority of soil found in gardens will suit vegetable growing. However, if your soil is shallow, full of stones or clay rich, which will be cold and wet in winter, build raised beds or plant in large pots.

Dealing with Pests

One advantage of growing your own produce is the avoidance of pesticides and therefore you will want to deal with slugs and snails naturally.

Keep the plot clear of weeds and leaves and put a paved or soil path between beds, so you or the birds can spot pests easily. If you are having particular problems you could always lay down organic slug pellets.

Preparing the Soil

Before you start planting you should turn the soil over and remove weeds, roots and stones. This helps to prevent weeds returning and improves drainage. Some gardens will suffer the blight of perennial weeds and in this case cover the soil with newspaper and add a layer of compost about 5cm in depth.

Getting the Best From Planting

Follow the instructions on the seed packets as closely as possible, especially when you are new to vegetable gardening. Compost can be hugely beneficial to your garden so collect your lawn clippings, organic kitchen waste and anything you prune from the garden.

While you may read to let your ground lie fallow for a period, such as with crop rotation in farming, this isn’t possible in a small space. However, what you can do is grow different crops in a bed in subsequent years.


Easy Fruit and Vegetables to Grow

As a beginner you will want to choose crops which are easy and provide a wide range of nutrients.

Vegetables: Many people start out with courgettes and runner beans as these are particularly easy to grow. Broccoli, kale and spinach are excellent choices nutritionally and varieties of beans can be filling and protein-rich.

Root vegetables: Potatoes can be used in a wide variety of ways in cooking and are easy to store. Beetroot, carrots and onions are also good choices.

Salad: Salad vegetables and herbs are expensive and in the summer most families will consume large amounts of them. Tomatoes, peppers, radishes, cucumbers and spring onions are fast growing and plentiful. Herbs will add flavour to any dish and in the winter months can be grown indoors.

Fruit: Don’t forget about fruit as yields are high and will last through the season. They are easy to freeze and to turn into jams. Apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are wise choices for beginners.

Extras: It is best to keep in mind what you like to cook with when you are planting. Garlic and mushrooms provide health benefits and spirulina, although less well known, is a great nutritional addition if you have relatively little space.


A Vegetable Calendar Will Help You Plan

One of the biggest helps to you as you plan your growing cycle will be a vegetable calendar. This tells you exactly the steps you need to take to live off your own garden. Highlighting when you need to plant each vegetable and care instructions until it is time to harvest. For example, if you want to grow radishes it tells you to plant them in the first week of April under cloches and that they will be ready to eat by the end of May. Gooseberries need pruning in the first quarter of the year, mulching in early April, watering in June and are ready for picking in July.

Once you have a plan and start working in your garden, you will soon enjoy the many benefits of living from your own land.



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Dairy Spotlight: Artisa Cottage Cheese with Real Vegetables Cucumbers and Cream



Artisa™ Cucumbers and Cream takes the high-protein, low-fat awesomeness of cottage cheese and adds in the total taste-fest of diced cucumber with hints of vinegar, onion and red bell peppers. Pack one in your lunchbox and you’ll be cool as a, well, cucumber.

See below for nutritional info that will make you feel even cooler for choosing Artisa. Ready to start snacking on our delicious Cucumbers and Cream Cottage Cheese? Find out where to buy Artisa near you.



Cottage Cheese:Cultured Nonfat Milk, Milk, Modified Cornstarch, Pectin, Sea Salt, Lactic Acid

Cucumber Salad:Cucumbers, Water, Sugar, Red Bell Pepper, Cornstarch, White Vinegar, Corn Oil, Sea Salt, Cilantro, Natural Flavors, Lemon Juice Concentrate




Serving Size 5.3 oz.

Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 11g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 10%
Iron 2%
Riboflavin 10%
Vitamin B12 10%
Phosphorus 10%
Iodine 10%



About the company

So you probably already know that we make pretty amazing little single-serving cups of cottage cheese. We do that because health and well-being is important to us, and we wanted to create an all-natural and convenient option to inspire people to make confident food choices.

We’re creating a movement to show off the goodness of cottage cheese. Artisa small curd cottage cheese is not your grandmother’s cottage cheese – and in general we think cottage cheese has gotten a bit of a bad rap these days. Artisa bridges the gap, bringing yummy cottage cheese back into the spotlight. It’s an all-natural, healthy snack that is packed with protein and low in fat. Move over Greek yogurt, Artisa has more protein than you!



Company: Artisa
Brand: Cottage Cheese with Real Vegetables Cucumbers and Cream
Origin: US
Category: Cheese
Packaging: 5.3 oz.
Claims: High protein and low in fat.
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: http://www.artisabrand.com/





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Snack Spotlight: Bandar Crisped Harvest Vegetables




Eat veggies, not chips! With Bandar's Crisped Harvest vegetables, you can now enjoy your favorite garden veggies as a delicious snack! We keep it simple with whole veggies and just a touch of sea salt. Pair with your favorite dips, or enjoy as the perfect wholesome on-the-go snack!




About the Company
It started like a bad joke: A suburban, white guy from Philly (Dan) walks into an Indian restaurant and asks for hot sauce because his food isn't spicy enough. The server looks puzzled and then runs next door to borrow a bottle of Tabasco for his heat-craving guest. How is this possible? Indian food is naturally very spicy - was it possible there was no such thing as Indian hot sauce?!

He goes to his smart, better-looking Indian friend (Lalit) and inquires if this scoville scandal was true. Together, they go to a local Indian grocery where Lalit points out that instead of hot sauces (as most Americans know them), most Indian use chutneys such as pickled mango and mint-coriander preserves to spice up food. Over a billion people in South Asia can't be wrong - right? Dan found these products amazingly tasty - but completely baffling to use. These were oily, chunky, and did not look very appetizing by American standards. How do we even eat this stuff?! Wait... we have an idea. Read More



Company: Bandar Foods, LLC
Brand: Bandar Foods
Slogan: Mumbai Street Style
Origin: USA
Category: Healthy Snacks
Packaging: 40g
Claims:  Zero Cholesterol, Delicious, Fiber
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $17.75 (6 x 40g)
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: www.bandarfoods.com










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Drink Spotlight: Raaw Cranberry Ginger Juice


This fruit and root blend has a high vitamin C and antioxidant content that helps cleanse and protect the immune and digestive systems. Each bottle contains the juice of 2 ½ cups of cranberries, 1 ginger root and natural flavors from natural fruit and vegetable juice.

A delicious blend of cranberry juice with a dose of ginger and a hint of lemon, work together to provide refreshment and a nutritional knock-out beyond compare. Cranberries are recognized for their heavy vitamin C content. Yet coupled with ginger and lemon, this refreshing combination delivers a natural antioxidant blend that is known for helping reduce instances of urinary infections, helping to cleanse and protect immune and digestive systems, and provide cholesterol reducing benefits. Loaded with Flavonoids, cranberries have been shown to help reduce the amount of bad cholesterol clogging the walls of your arteries while increasing the level of good cholesterol in your system. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from stomach disorders and flu, heartburn relief and more. Together, they form a powerful combination that is simply natural and naturally delicious!




About Raaw
From inception, Raw Foods International, LLC has looked for a means to attract consumers who are looking for healthier alternatives when seeking a beverage from their local store shelf. With this in mind, our great tasting, deliciously natural, premium quality fruit and vegetable juice blends were created. We have worked hard to craft each of our unique and innovative it Tastes RAAW™ Juices. Each juice is flash pasteurized and cold filled to ensure quality and preserve the fresh tasting flavor profiles you have come to love; which indeed, taste as if they were fresh-pressed. In addition, it Tastes RAAW™ Juices contain no added sugars, no preservatives, no artificial dyes or flavoring, and no water. Each product is also Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Kosher, and Vegan.


Company: Raaw Foods International
Brand: Raaw
Origin: USA
Category:  Juice
Claims: 100% Pure Juice, Organic, Kosher, Vegan, Non GMO
Packaging: 12fl oz (355ml)
Price: $16.80 USD (12 Pack) $2.80 per unit
Where to Buy: Direct on Website, Store Locator on Website
Website: raawfoods.com




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Product Launch: Tesco’s 3 Of Your Five A Day Smoothies

The first ever juice drinks to contain three portions of the recommended Five A Day of fruit and vegetables have gone on sale in the UK, created to appeal to people who struggle to maintain a high intake of fresh produce.

Sold under the heading 3 Of Your Five A Day, the drinks have been exclusively produced by Tesco and contain one 330ml portion of fruit juice, vegetable puree and fruit puree per bottle.

Varieties include apple, banana, cucumber and pea; pineapple, carrot, banana and mango; and grape, apple, pumpkin and peach.

"Despite our best intentions it can sometimes be hard to remember to get your daily five-a-day, but these delicious smoothies will make it easier than ever before to stay healthy," said Tesco drinks buyer Andrew MacLauchlan. "We believe these drinks will be popular with the growing number of people who now eat meals on the go as well as with youngsters who generally love smoothies but sometimes can hold off from actually eating enough raw fruit and vegetables."

A recent poll of 10,000 people by the Health Food Manufacturers' Association found that six in ten British adults admitted to not eating enough fruit and vegetables, with the Department of Health recommending that people should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

Company: Tesco
Brand: 3 of Your Five a day
Slogan: Juice Drinks
Category: Functional Drinks
Origin: UK
Packaging: 330ml
Varieties: apple, banana, cucumber and pea; pineapple, carrot, banana and mango; and grape, apple, pumpkin and peach
Claims: Functional
Website: tesco.com



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Eating fruits and vegetables may help you feel more optimistic

Have the winter blues? Eating fruits and vegetables may help you feel more optimistic that the sun will shine again.

Life can find you feeling pessimistic, however, a healthy body may help keep your outlook on life bright. There haven’t been many studies done yet on how our physical health affects our physiological health, but I am sure it is profound. I became especially interested in that link after reading The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, M.A, who helps treat depression through nutrition.

So a new study that explored the connection between antioxidant serum concentrations and physiological health stuck out to me as very interesting. In this study with 982 people, they wanted to compare the self-reported optimism levels of everyone along with their antioxidant (carotenoids and vitamin E) serum scores. The serum scores where assumed to be higher in those who ate more produce and whole wheat (for the vitamin E). They found that the higher carotenoid levels were correlated to higher optimism (The vitamin E, however, wasn’t).
Is it possible that eating fruits and vegetables that contain more antioxidants could make us happier and more optimistic about our future? There needs to be more studies (for example, it could be possible that optimistic people tend to eat more vegetables and fruits, hence the higher antioxidant levels), but personally, I wouldn’t be surprised.
I know for myself that when I am eating right, and I feel healthy, it is much easier to be cheerful despite life’s curve balls.  Bad food, lack of sleep, not getting enough down time, or time with friends, can also hamper my mood and sense of optimism.
While there are a lot of factors for being able to face our futures with cheerfulness, eating more produce couldn’t hurt, now could it? The Mood Cure tells us that we need plenty of protein and lots of produce (I think it is something like 8 cups worth a day!) to get the macro and micronutrients we need to stay healthy and happy. This study gives some evidence that the author is on to something
Full Article @ MNN

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