BUYING HEALTHY AT Trader Joe’s Part 1 – Organic Rice Drink Non-Dairy Beverage

Just like Rice Dream. We have drank Rice Dream in our home for the past 15 years at least. We have bought cases upon cases over the years. They have some pretty steller rice dream non dairy frozen bars too. But I’ll leave that for another post. 😉

traderjoes rice drink Collage

Trader Joe’s is up there on my list of “favorite” and “shopped” at often “healthier side of things” stores. They have awesome prices and some great produce and healthy snacks etc. Anyway this brings to mind a later post I should make on the reasons I love Trader Joe’s and maybe the dislikes of Trader Joe’s? We shall see.

So back to our topic – Trader Joe’s Rice Drink Non-dairy Organic beverage. It’s a twin to Rice Dream… and it’s a couple dollars less. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you and haven’t tried their rice drink. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a non-dairy beverage like this one. For those who are lactose or need dairy free it’s a great tasting alternative for people who are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy milk or soy milk. I was never a big dairy milk drinker but I love me some cheese. Others in my family love milk and this is a great alternative to stay away from so much dairy milk. For whatever reason you may want to not have dairy in your diet or if you just want to not consume is as much.

It ihas a light sweet refreshing taste, it’s organically made from brown rice. It is ready to use, doesn’t need to be refrigerated until after opening. It’s awesome on hot or cold cereal. I have used it in gluten free pancakes and waffle batter just like it suggests on the carton. It’s yummy in smoothies and pretty much anything you would use dairy milk in. Of course some baking recipes may need to be adjusted if cream is needed (may want to try coconut cream).

Anyway, I think I will grab some ice and pour me a cold glass of Trader Joe’s Rice Dream!


* We bought this with our own money. We were not sent or paid anything to make this post. We purely just enjoy sharing our thoughts on Health Junk to benefit those who care to know.

Celebrities who support gmo food labeling

Make GMO Labeling the Law!



These celebs care and they are in support of labeling GMO Foods.



Grocery Costs – it’s a lie.


Raise your food IQ

More celebrities who support GMO food labeling:

  • Maroon 5

  • Elijah Wood

  • Roseanne Barr

  • Daphne Oz

  • Daryl Hannah

  • Chevy Chase

  • Rashida Jones

  • Kimberly Elise

  • Chef Curtis Stone

  • Russell Simmons

  • Kristin Bauer van Straten

  • Chef Alice Waters

  • Mariel Hemingway

  • Bianca Jagger

  • Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio


Brad’s RAW Leafy Kale Chips – Snack Attack Part 2 – Road Trip Snacking

So it’s that time again – Who doesn’t love them some snacks? Some healthy ones at that? Hitting the road? Be sure to bring some health junk with you because you don’t want to find yourself stopping at a  fuel station to only find nothing but GMO snacks. Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale Chips are really good, these ones are Nasty Hot! – Jalapeno & Vegan Cheese (Not super spicy and hot to our taste but for some it def. could be). Not to worry they have many other tasty flavors. They are not baked no fried, hence the RAW 😉 part in the name. They are Gluten free but beware the recipe does contain Cashews. I have made a very similar recipe and will share that here on the blog in the future. But if you don’t have the time to make these for just a good ole snack to treat yourself with on your next road trip pick them up at your local health store or you can order them online. They aren’t the cheapest snack around price wise at $7.99 for 1 oz, but they are good for you and are a much better choice then something not good for you.


Happy, Healthy Snacking!


* We bought these at our local health food store with our own money. We were not sent or paid anything to make this post. We purely just enjoy sharing our thoughts on Health Junk to benefit those who care to know.


NON-GMO Month October 2014


NON-GMO Participating Retailers and Stores list:

The retailers and non-profits listed here are committed to informed choice when it comes to GMOs, and endorse the Non-GMO Project’s approach to ensuring the sustained availability of non-GMO options.


2014 Non-GMO Month Sponsors:


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BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 2 – 4lbs of Organic truRoots Quinoa

4lbs of Organic truRoots Quinoa from Costco


What is Quinoa?

Where does it come from?

When I saw my local Costco carried this large of a bag of Quinoa I was in heaven. Let me tell you why, I use this stuff all the time. It’s fluffy, tasty and quick!  It’s great for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking that big extravagant meal. Want to eat well but need to make it quick? There are all kinds of quick one dish dinners, eat it hot or cold, I recently just made my son’s chocolate birthday cake with quinoa too! How cool is that?! And let me not forget to say it was a hit! an absolute hit, no one had a clue and everyone at the party thought it was a delish cake! (I hope to share photos and the recipe in a later blog post, so look out for that.)

Why Quinoa rocks my socks:

  • Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.

  • Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.

  • Quinoa contains Iron.

  • Quinoa contains lysine.

  • Quinoa is rich in magnesium.

  • Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2).

  • Quinoa has a high content of manganese.

Forbes even called it the “The Supergrain Of The Future”


If you have a great recipe to share on how you make Quinoa at home, submit it I would love to give it a try.


For more other posts on buying healthy at Costco:

BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 1 – 3lbs of Organic Dole Bananas



Tell Coke to Kiss Monsanto Goodbye!


What do Monsanto and Coke have in common? They’ve both spent millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about the foods you buy.

In the past 2 years, executives at Coca-Cola have stood with Monsanto against the American public by donating more than $3.2 million to defeat GMO labeling ballot initiatives Prop 37 in California and I-522 in Washington State.

Last year alone, Coke secretly funneled more than $1.5 million dollars through the a secret slush fund in order to kill the I-522 initiative in Washington that would have required GMO labeling.

It’s time for consumers to put their money where their mouth is and join the Coke Boycott.

While you may not drink Coke or any of their popular sugary soda drinks, the company owns many brands that you might buy, including Honest Tea, Honest Kids, Zico Coconut Water, Odwalla, Powerade, Peace Tea, Vitamin Water and Simply Orange.

Tell Coke to dump Monsanto and stop spending millions of dollars to kill GMO labeling campaigns in America!   Tell Coke to Kiss Monsanto Goodbye!


Health Junk Food Haul – Nature’s Pantry Market



You are what you eat.

And we love eating and drinking healthy, we always like to know about new and old food and drink items from our friends who are health food junkies like us. We thought it would be fun to share our Health Junk food hauls with you. Snap a couple of pictures and let you know about some of our goodies and why we think they are so great! Enjoy!

Organic Oranges, Onions, Apples and Avocados of course! 🙂

What else?


I love Chia seeds so drinking them is not a problem for me.

Organic and Non-GMO Verified

Taste the Magic of MammaChia, seed your soul. Oh yeah! It’s so yummy and it makes being health-conscious enjoyable!

  • 2500 mg Omega-3
  • Excellent source of fiber
  • powerful antioxidants
  • 4g Complete Protein
  • 95 mg Calcium
  • Gluten-Free & Vegan

ALL in one bottle of goodness! They have 9 flavors but I’ve only tried the 3 above. They were all delicious but I think Cherry Lime is my favorite at the moment. Those with a texture issue may find it a bit strange to drink with the little balls but I think it makes it fun to drink!


Blueberry Blast Liquid Acidophilus Probiotic

This probiotic has done wonders for me over the last few years. It must be kept in the fridge after it’s been opened. It’s easy on the tummy and after suffering from IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) this probiotic has helped with my tummy issues.

Nature’s Life® Blueberry Blast Probiotic features our special blend of 9 live fermented, non-filtered and non-centrifuged active cultures as follows:
Lactobacillus acidophilus (3 strains)
Lactobcillus bulgaricus
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Bifidobacterium bifidum
Lactobacillus thermophilus
Bifodobacterium lactis
Bifidobacterium infantis
BILLIONS OF LIVE CELLS. At time of manufacture, each tablespoon serving contains billions of friendly organisms to help support healthy digestion and immune function.
Nature’s Life® Blueberry Blast Probiotic is ALL NATURAL and has a smooth and delicious taste. Our unique mixture of acidophlus strains is cultured in dairy-free, non-GMO soy protein isolate. Blueberry Blast’s formula contains NO milk, NO dairy, NO yeast, NO corn, NO wheat, NO glutan, NO rice, NO di-calcium phosphate, NO wax preservatives, NO artificial coloring, NO artificial fillers and NO animal-by-products.
This is a natural product and amounts vary from lot to lot. However, a typical Amino Acid Profile for one serving is:
Alanine 20mg
Arginine 30 mg
Aspartic 40 mg
Cystine 0 mg
Glutamine 70 mg
Glycine 20 mg
Histidine 10 mg
Isoleucine 20 mg
Leucine 30 mg
Lysine 20 mg
Methionine 0 mg
Phenylalanine 20 mg
Proline 20 mg
Serine 20 mg
Threonine 10 mg
Tryptophan 0 mg
Tyrosine 10 mg
Valine 20 mg


Nature’s Life®’s Blueberry Blast Liquid Acidophilus supports healthy digestion, robust immune system and easier weight management and many other benefits associated with a healthy digestive system.
Blueberry Blast liquid Acidophilus Probiotic:
Has 9 Potent Strains of Probiotics
Gives Billions of Live Cells per Serving at Time of Manufacture
Gives 32 Servings Per Bottle, Has a Smooth and Delicious Taste
Is Milk Free
Has an All Natural Formula
Offers a Full Amino Acid Profile

They have a few flavors and I’ve tired a few of them but I always like the flavor of the Blueberry Blast.




Enlightened Kombucha

I have loved their Kombucha for years and I love their story too.

With a unique blend of proprietary probiotics and powerful antioxidants, each bottle is designed to nourish your body from the inside out.


Yogi Teas are awesome and I love all kinds of teas for all kinds of reasons, brands, flavors, health benefits ect.  I highly recommend the Honey Lavender Stress Relief works well and tastes great.

Yogi has a cool page on their website that allows you to find your perfect tea depending on the flavors you enjoy and the benefits you are wanting to get out of your cup of tea.

You can check it out here.

Well that’s it for this Health Junk haul. What kinds of health goodies have your purchase lately?

Have any to share? Let us know by email or in the comments.

*We have not been paid or given these products. We purchased all products and items on our own and these are our own opinions posted.

Halloween Candy that contains GMOs – Tell Hershey and Mars NO to GMO Candy!

Tell Hershey and Mars: There is nothing sweet about GMOs!

There is arguably no more important time for chocolate sales than the week leading up to Valentine’s Day or Halloween, especially for Hershey and Mars. Together these companies make up 70% of the US chocolate markets and spent $1.1 million to defeat Prop 37 in California. Their shared love affair with GMO ingredients is no secret.

halloween candy


Do something about it now!

A helpful rBGH-Free and rBST-Free Dairy Products Guide

Not all dairy farms inject this genetically engineered hormone rBGH, also called rBST, into their cows to boost milk production but a lot do. So be sure to READ YOUR LABELS, do your research and know what you are buying.


Certified Organic

Alta Dena Organics
Butterworks Farm
Harmony Hills Dairy
Horizon Organic
Morningland Dairy
Natural by Nature
Organic Valley Dairy
Radiance Dairy
Safeway Organic Brand
Seven Stars Farm
Straus Family Creamery
Stonyfield Organic
Wisconsin Organics


Produced Without rbGH

Alta Dena
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Brown Cow Farm
Crowley Cheese of Vermont
Franklin County Cheese
Grafton Village Cheese
Great Hill Dairy
Lifetime Dairy
Stonyfield Farms
Yoplait yogurts

West Coast:
Alpenrose Dairy
Berkeley Farms
Clover Stornetta Farms
Joseph Farms Cheese
Sunshine Dairy Foods
Tillamook Cheese
Wilcox Family Farms

Chippewa Valley Cheese
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Promised Land Dairy
Westby Cooperative Creamery

East Coast:
Blythedale Farm Cheese
Crescent Creamery
Derle Farms (milk with “no rbST” label only)
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Farmland Dairies
Oakhurst Dairy
Wilcox Dairy (rbST-free dairy line only)


May be Produced with rbGH

Colombo (General Mills)
Kemps (aside from “Select” brand)
Land O’ Lakes


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Synthetic Hormones in dairy products – What is rbGH and rBST?


BEWARE of this kitchen table danger!


Synthetic Hormones in our dairy products, in our homes and on our kitchen table for breakfast with our morning cereal…


Although this issue has been around for years and rbGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), also known as rbST (recombinant bovine somatotropin), has been a staple in the dairy products consumed by Americans for over 20 years. Surprisingly,  a lot of folks still have no clue to the dangers of synthetic hormones and some don’t even know what rbGH is and it’s health affects to those consuming it.  Let us help you in getting to know what rBGH/rBST is and how we can avoid supporting big companies that want to feed us poisons.

First of all… what is it?


WHAT is rBGH also known as rBST?

Bovine somatotropin (BST) is a protein hormone naturally produced in the pituitary glands of cattle. Monsanto developed a recombinant version, rBST, by using a genetically engineered E. coli bacteria. Sold under the brand name “Posilac,” it is injected into cows to boost milk output in the short term. This practice is coming under increasing scrutiny. rBST is also known as rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).


How does rBST affect the animals that receive this drug?

Posilac packaging lists many possible side effects of the drug, including reduced pregnancy rates, visibly abnormal milk, hoof disorders and a need for more drug treatments for health problems. Cows treated with rBST face a nearly 25% increase in the risk of clinical mastitis, a 40% reduction in fertility, and 55% increase risk of lameness. (The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 2003)

Is rBST allowed for use in other countries?

The product is already prohibited in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in the 27 countries of the European Union.

How does rBST affect milk production?

rBST is known to increase the levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in cows, which can lead to increased IGF-1 in milk. (“Report on Public Health Aspects of the Use of Bovine Somatotropin,” issued March 15-16, 1999, and available from The European Commission—Food Safety.)

What do milk and milk product labels need to say about not using rBST?

Labels must be truthful and not misleading. To avoid misleading consumers, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance from February 1994 suggests a label statement such as: “from cows not treated with rbST” or other truthful description.

As recently as August 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and FDA rejected a request for new restrictions on rBST marketing claims at the federal level. The FTC stated “food companies may inform consumers in advertising, as in labeling, that they do not use rBST.”

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In the News Today

Despite the efforts of Monsanto and the dairy industry to promote rBGH, farmers, the public has largely rejected the artificial hormone.

In response to growing consumer concern, some dairies label their milk as “rBGH-free” or “No artificial growth hormones.” In attempt to make these labeling practices illegal, a pseudo “grassroots” nonprofit called American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology (AFACT) was formed in February 2008.    Created by a public relations firm founded by two ex-Monsanto employees, AFACT received funding from Monsanto before it was dissolved in 2011.
The fight over milk labels took place across the US; attempts to ban rBGH-free labeling occurred in:

  • Pennsylvania: In October 2007, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture outlawed hormone-free labeling, claiming the labels are “false” and “misleading” to consumers.    In reaction to public outcry, Governor Ed Rendell allowed hormone-free labeling to be reinstated in January 2008.
  • Ohio: In February 2008, Ohio Agriculture Director, Robert Boggs, approved the use of rBGH-free labeling only if the FDA’s disclaimer, “no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-supplemented and non-rbST-supplemented cows,” was also included, in a way that made labeling virtually impossible.    However, in October 2010 a federal court overturned the rBGH labeling rule: the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stated that there is a “compositional difference” between milk from cows receiving growth hormone and those that don’t, and ruled that companies are free to label their products as “rBGH free” and “rBST free.”
  • Indiana: In 2008, the Indiana legislature considered a bill to make artificial hormone-free labeling illegal, claiming milk would be “misbranded” if “compositional claims cannot be confirmed through laboratory analysis.”    The bill did not pass the legislature.
  • Kansas: In 2009, the Kansas legislature passed a bill that deemed any milk, milk product or dairy product label with a statement related to milk composition including “No Hormones,” “Hormone Free,” “rBST Free,” “rBGH Free,” and “BST Free” as false and misleading.   Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed the bill.

Similar labeling controversies took place in Missouri, New Jersey, Utah and Vermont, but ultimately, no state made it illegal to label milk or dairy products as rBGH-free.

Despite industry efforts to keep consumers in the dark, food producers and suppliers have been listening to consumer concerns. In 2007, United States grocery chains Kroger  and Safeway  prohibited the use of rBGH-treated milk in their store-branded dairy products. In March 2008, WalMart  prohibited rBGH use in their store-brand milk products. In August 2008, Monsanto sold the division of the corporation that produces rBGH to Eli Lilly.

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You may have not known much about this topic or you did but didn’t give it much thought. Please, share this information with others and do something about this issue by not purchasing dairy products that have rbGH.

Care about yourself and your families health.