Posts Written On April 2019

Cooking Shouldn’t Be Stressful: These Tips Can Help

April is Stress Awareness Month — a perfect time to take stock of the aspects of life that bring stress and seek out ways to mitigate or eliminate them. I’m writing to suggest a story about one way to lower the proverbial blood pressure that comes from getting a healthy meal on the table.

Gone are the days when an evening or mid-day meal was a moment of calm in a busy day. Between work, commuting, soccer practice, and the allure of all our electronic devices, making  lunch or dinner can be a stress builder, not a reliever.

Three Bridges [www.threebridges.com/] — the fresh food brand reimagining meal time with better ingredients — knows that busy schedules can make it difficult to get a healthful meal on the table. Which is why they have created filling, healthful meals that can be prepared in minutes. No more greasy fast food or boring leftovers.

Here are a few ways Three Bridges can take the stress out of meal time:

>> REAL INGREDIENTS FRESHLY PREPARED

The last thing one should worry about is whether their dinner has healthy ingredients. All of Three Bridges’ meals are made simply, with familiar ingredients free from preservatives and artificial flavors because there’s no reason to sacrifice quality for convenience.

>> THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, EVEN PICKY EATERS

When it comes to pleasing picky eaters, it is important to have many options at your fingertips. With dozens of products to choose from and even more amazing recipes Three Bridge’s offers plenty of options to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

>> SIDES, MAINS, DESSERTS, THERE’S A RECIPE FOR EVERYTHING

Whether you’re looking for a cool and refreshing tortellini melon salad or a sweet butternut ravioli beignets’ Three Bridges’ versatile line of healthful offerings can be turned into any type of dish required.

EGG BITES: Putting FAST Back in Breakfast.

We looked at breakfast and noticed something interesting. Despite being considered the “most important meal of the day,” we either skipped this meal entirely or we’re wading through an endless sea of high-sugar or high-carb substitutes.

We decided to change breakfast forever. No more: “I didn’t have time this morning for breakfast,” or “It takes too long in the morning to make breakfast,” or “I’ll be fine with just coffee this morning.”

Ready in 60 seconds, packed with protein, low in sugar and portable, EGG BITES are here to make mornings easier…because breakfast shouldn’t be the hardest part of your day. They’re the simple, honest, better breakfast solution.

Simple Dishes: Real food fast, not fast food for lunch.

Lunch is meant to be spent relaxing. You shouldn’t be rushing out to get food and then rush back to only have 5 minutes to eat! What if there was a lunch option that allowed you to spend your valuable time enjoying lunch to the fullest, instead of wondering where the time went.

Three Bridges’ Simple Dishes are here to be your quick and healthful lunch option. Ready in under 5 minutes, packed with protein, and made without all that bad stuff (low in salt & sugar, made with hormone-free cheeses and antibiotic-free meats), Simple Dishes give you back your lunch!

The Tasty Way to get MORE Protein into your Day at dinner!

Our ravioli, tortellini, & sauces make dinner simply better, any night of the week!

Using better ingredients – like rBST-Free dairy, antibiotic free meats, and nothing artificial–Three Bridges brings you High protein in every delicious bite.

Available at your local grocery store.
Here are some great recipes!
Spinach & Cheese Tortellini Stuffing 
Ever wanted to really highlight your stuffing? Adding zesty Sausage and sweet apples bring a delightful mix to the holiday meal — adding tender tortellini to the mix is a sure-fire way to make people happy!
PREP TIME: 10 MIN | COOK TIME: 35 MIN | TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN | YIELDS: SERVINGS

Ingredients:

2 9oz-pkgs Three Bridges Spinach & Cheese Tortellini
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 large apple
1 lb sausage, ground
1 tsp sage, ground
2 tbs butter, unsalted
1/2 cup stock (can use apple juice to make sweet)
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped fine

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large saute pan, combine the onion, celery, apple, sausage, butter, and sage. Cook until sausage is cooked-through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully add sauteed ingredients to a 9×9″ casserole dish. Add Spinach & Cheese Tortellini, chicken broth, and salt & pepper, then gently combine. Top casserole with breadcrumbs and add to oven.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature is 165°F. Let sit for 5minutes, then Serve & Enjoy!

Superfood Pesto Cauliflower Pizza

A simple make at home pizza using Three Bridges Superfood Pesto, cauliflower, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Ricotta cheeses for a nutritious and delicious meal.

PREP TIME: 5 MIN | COOK TIME: 25 MIN | TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN | YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

7 oz tub Three Bridges Superfood Pesto Sauce
15 to 16 oz pkg fresh pizza dough
1 medium cauliflower, florets, about 1 inch in diameter
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp garlic, sliced
4 oz parmesan cheese
8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
1/4 cup ricotta cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the cauliflower florets in a large saute pan or a roasting pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the cauliflower, and season with the garlic, salt, and pepper. Place the saute/roasting pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even roasting. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Let cool to room temp.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough a few times and form it into a round flat disc. Roll or stretch the dough out into a thin 15-inch circle. Keep the dough moving on the surface so that it does not stick, dusting the dough and surface with semolina flour or cornmeal as needed. Place on a baking tray or peel if you have a pizza stone for the oven.
  4. Lightly brush a one inch border with extra virgin olive oil around the pizza.
  5. Spread 4 ounces of the Three Bridges Superfood Pesto around the rest of the pizza and then evenly distribute the cauliflower florets, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has slightly browned. Remove from the oven to a cutting board and add fresh cracked pepper. Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Lobster Ravioli with Citrus Chardonnay Sauce

PREP TIME: 5 MIN | COOK TIME: 15 MIN | TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN | YIELDS: 2 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

1-9 oz pkg Three Bridges Lobster Ravioli
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp shallots, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup chardonnay wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick or 8oz butter, cubed
1 tbsp fresh herb of choice
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add Three Bridges Lobster Ravioli, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until desired tenderness. Strain, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, cover and keep warm.
  2. While water is boiling, combine the shallots, lemon juice, and chardonnay wine in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Add the heavy cream and continue to simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Remove the simmering cream from the heat and immediately whisk in the butter cube until fully incorporated. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon citrus chardonnay sauce onto a plate, put 5 ravioli onto the top of the sauce, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (optional).
  5. Garnish with fresh herb of choice. Serve and enjoy!
 See more delicious recipes from Three Bridges at https://threebridges.com/recipes/.
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Wild Earth Intros New Flavors of Koji Cultured Protein Dog Treats

Veterinarian-developed Good Protein Dog Snacks
now available in three varieties

Wild Earth, Inc., a startup reinventing pet food with biotech, introduced two new flavors of Good Protein Dog Snacks with Koji – banana – cinnamon and strawberry-beet. The new treats were “focus dogged” and approved by adoptable dogs at Rocket Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit saving homeless and abandoned pets from overcrowded Bay Area shelters. 

Like Wild Earth’s original peanut butter snacks, the new products offer all ten essential amino acids plus omega 3/6/9 fatty acids and prebiotics to support healthy digestion. Bananas are a source of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and C, while cinnamon may support periodontal functions by promoting a proper balance of oral flora. Strawberries are full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, and may boost immune function. Beets are a rich source of phytonutrients to help support heart and liver function, and contain folate, manganese, potassium, and copper. 

All three new flavors are available online and in select stores, in time for Wild Earth’s appearance on the ABC hit “Shark Tank.” The episode has been scheduled to air Sunday, March 17.

“Bananas, strawberries, and beets can be healthy and fun additions to a dog’s diet, and are naturally low in fat and calories,” said Wild Earth chief veterinary officer Dr. Ernie Ward. “We’ve taken these benefits and added them to high-protein Koji for a snack without the drawbacks of pet foods derived from animal agriculture and without the harmful eco-impact.” 

“Our customers and their dogs have been asking for more flavors, and as a foster parent for Rocket Dog Rescue the opinion of all of those good boys and good girls matters a lot to me,” said Wild Earth CEO Ryan Bethencourt. “It took many treats, and many belly rubs, but we got an overwhelming wags up for the new flavors!”

Eco-friendly and renewably sourced, Koji (Aspergillus oryzae) has been used in Asian foods for millennia and is prized for its umami-rich flavor foodies – both human and canine – love. Wild Earth cultivates Koji in fermentation tanks with proprietary technology to optimize it for nutritional content, texture, and flavor, then adds healthy, familiar ingredients like flax, oats, and green tea. Because it is produced safely in Wild Earth’s laboratory, not a slaughterhouse, Koji lacks risks associated with animal-based proteins such as antibiotics, growth hormones, or other contaminants, and reduces the toll on the planet – 25-30 percent of meat’s environmental impact in the U.S. is attributed to pet food. 

Wild Earth treats are sold in five-ounce bags online at WildEarth.comAmazon.com, at select brick-and-mortar retail stores, and wholesale to pet food retailers. 

About Wild Earth:

Like food innovators creating cultured meats for human consumption, biotech startup Wild Earth is developing clean high-protein pet foods that are healthier, better for the environment, and more humane than conventional products. Wild Earth is built by pioneers in cellular agriculture led by chief science officer Ron Shigeta, Ph.D., an experienced business team led by chief executive officer Ryan Bethencourt, and Dr. Ernie Ward, known as “America’s Pet Advocate.”

Investors include Felicis Ventures, Blue Horizon, Mars Petcare, VegInvest, Macro Ventures, Stray Dog Capital, Founders Fund, and Thiel Capital. The company is headquartered in Berkeley, Calif. For more information visit www.wildearth.com

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Pro-Glam and Pro-Long Nails Mom Product Used by Khloe Kardashian

Self care is essential to the life of any mom so she can keep her sanity and for some, it means sporting long, beautiful nails. Moms like Khloe Kardashian who love the positive energy of this haute manicure often take the heat of mom shaming on social media because the longer the nails, the bigger the hindrance they are to everyday mom duties.

No mom should have to feel guilty for long, glamorous nails or have to worry about destroying them in the process of motherhood. When it comes to car seat struggles, moms have a secret weapon to keep them looking their best. The Car Seat Key is the simple handheld tool that presses in the red harness release button on children’s car seats. With one hand you can easily and quickly release your child from his or hercar seat harness.

Photo Credit: The Car Seat Key via Backgrid

The Car Seat Key Works in Three Easy Steps:

  • Slide The Car Seat Key over the car seat harness release button
  • Apply slight pressure
  • Release the harness
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Other “Key” Features:

  • Child safety tested and approved
  • Quick release keychain to keep on your keys, purse, diaper bag or any other place that is safely out of reach from your child  
  • Comes in five colors
  • Fast priority shipping
  • Made in the USA

A simple, yet effective solution to release your child with ease. It easily slides over the red button on a child’s car seat and with slight pressure, it releases the harness. The Car Seat Key is consumer-proven to make it easier for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel, long nails and more. Slide The Car Seat Key over the red button of the car seat. Place hand above the arrow pointing down and press down with slight pressure. Harness release and you are free to remove child.

Aside from being the pro-long nails mom product seen being used by Khloe Kardashian, it’s great to have in emergency situations where your child needs to be removed from the car seat immediately. It is also raved about by grandmothers and those with arthritis who want to ease the pressure used by their hands. See for yourself why The Car Seat Key was the most trending new baby product of 2018 with over 20 million social media views and counting!

Cost: $14.99

Available on Amazon, select baby boutique stores and thecarseatkey.com. The Car Seat Key can also be found on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thecarseatkey/

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Ickerz.com — a New Online Stationery Store That “Picks on Ick”

As people wake up on April Fool’s Day dreading the barrage of fake product pitches in their inboxes, they will have one more pitch to read – but it won’t be a joke.

Ickerz.com launched today, stocked with novelty stationery products for those that need a laugh.  The site offers stickers, postcards, and greeting cards featuring cheery cartoon characters stuck in smelly situations. Designs feature cringeworthy real life moments such as:

Ickerz Stickers – Stinky Puppies
  • Parenting mishaps from baby diaper blowouts to the stench of a teenage boy’s room
  • Stinky dogs, who love to roll in what’s rotten
  • Smelly kitties who prefer your shoes to the litterbox
  • Office odors like fish in the microwave or a cologne-soaked colleague
  • Travel smells like that flatulent fellow airline passenger or shoeless seatmate
  • City Smells (San Francisco is the first in the souvenir series). Tourists and locals alike will get a laugh out of designs featuring the stench of the subway or the fishy smelling sea lions at Pier 39.

Prices start at $2.99, and all orders over $20 include free shipping. The initial designs are unscented, but the company is already working on the next phase, which is to make them scratch and sniff.   

“We think scratch and sniff is ripe for a comeback, but our plan is to turn the idea on its head. Instead of the safer smells like strawberry that exist today, we want to take our smells in an edgier direction to match our designs. Surprisingly, smells like canned dog food, tuna fish and subway breeze aren’t readily available at the fragrance houses,” joked Lori Geoffroy, founder. “But we have finally found partners willing to work with us, so we will be in production on scented products soon – pending a successful Kickstarter campaign.”

The Ickerz Kickstarter campaign for scratch and sniff greeting cards, postcards and stickers went live today, and will be accepting contributions through April 30.  If funding goals are met, Kickstarter contributors will receive scented versions of Ickerz products.  Orders will be shipped before December, making for a quirky and unique stocking stuffer sure to generate a laugh.

About Ickerz

Ickerz.com is an online stationery company founded in 2018 with the goal of making people laugh. The company’s core offering is postcards, greeting cards and stickers that pick on the icky parts of life, from parenting mishaps and stinky pets to office odors and city smells. The humorous designs feature a cast of lovable cartoon characters, who are the perfect pick-me-up for any number of life situations.

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An Important Coachella Festival Essential!

Are you planning to join any music festival this Spring? With Coachella has already finished successfully, I thought I’d share with you a product that every festival shouldn’t go without.

It is Migraine Stick. Long days and loud music is a recipe for migraines, good thing you’ll be prepared with Migrastil! – Your all-natural soothing support to get ahead of the pain! Just apply a small amount at your temples, forehead and back of the neck at the first sign of pain. The Migraine Stick contains peppermint, spearmint and lavender essential oils in a coconut oil base. Don’t let a migraine ruin your time when you can avoid it!

Migraine is a chronic neurological disorder that affects as much as 15% of the world’s population.  It is much more than “just a headache.” Migraine can make you less effective at work and rob you of precious time spent with family and friends.  As of now, there is no cure for migraine. But there are ways to manage and reduce the effects of this horrible disease. 

Migrastil is a line of products created by migraine sufferers for migraine sufferers.  Our goal is to help you be stronger than your migraines!

  • All Migrastil products are made in the U.S. They use only high quality natural ingredients. 
  • Tney think Migrastil products are the best out there. But don’t take their word for it. See what are customers are saying.
  • They understand that no migraine product will help everyone.  That’s why they offer a 90-day, no questions asked money back guarantee.

Migraine Stick helps with occasional pain associated with migraines. It is a powerful addition to your migraine toolbox.

Apply Migraine Stick roll-on to the temples and back of neck as needed. Cooling relief made in the USA from all natural ingredients. Vegan, Cruelty-Free and comes with a 90-day no hassle money back guarantee.

Just $10.99 with FREE STANDARD SHIPPING for U.S. orders.

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SeabuckWonders Facial Cleanser Awarded Best of Natural Beauty Award from Better Nutrition!

I want to share an award-winning, affordable and all-natural exfoliating cleanser with you, look no more!  SeabuckWonders’ Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser was just awarded “Best in Natural Beauty–Face” by Better Nutrition! 

SeabuckWonders’ Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Cleanser has won the 2019 Better Nutrition Health + Beauty Awards in the “Face” category. Each year in spring, Better Nutrition magazine chooses the top health and beauty products from the natural products industry.  Here’s why SBW’s facial cleanser stands out from the rest.

Formulated for daily use, this cleanser is unlike any other exfoliating wash. Natural jojoba esters exfoliate to revive dull skin without roughness. Exfoliation boosts blood circulation in the skin for a fresh complexion. This deep cleanse washes away daily impurities and dead cells. It’s the perfect daily cleanser for makeup lovers!

  • SeabuckWonders exfoliating cleanser is specifically formulated for daily use, while other exfoliators can only be used a few times per week. ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​
  • SBW uses natural exfoliating beads made from jojoba esters that provide a very gentle grit. The gentle exfoliation is enough for a daily deep clean but not enough to cause the harsh abrasions that many cleansers do​​​​​​​.
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  • Great for all skin types! Every skin type can benefit from exfoliation because it increases health by sloughing away dirt and dead skin cells.    
  • SBW uses a blend of sea buckthorn seed and berry oil, which provides nourishment to the skin. Sea buckthorn oil is incredibly balanced, and it helps bring balance to nearly every skin type.
  • Not only does sea buckthorn oil feed the skin with rich omegas and antioxidants- it helps keep the skin supple and moisturized after exfoliation. ​​​​​​​
  • SeabuckWonders Exfoliating Cleanser is Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free, Ashley KoffApproved and Vegan.

Be sure to see all the winners on Betternutrition.com. All winners will be announced April 2019.  

About SeabuckWonders
 SeabuckWonders was the first company to introduce sea buckthorn to United States consumers. Providing only Himalayan, USDA Certified Organic Sea Buckthorn oil for over 20 years. Consumers can depend on the highest quality sea buckthorn oils when choosing SeabuckWonders.

The SeabuckWonders Difference 
What separates their products from other brands? SeabuckWonders products contain the highest amount of sea buckthorn oil compared to competitors. SeabuckWonders products are available at select retailers or online at:  http://www.seabuckwonders.com/products/
 

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