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A Better Breakfast

Hello fellow foodies (or maybe aspiring foodies or perhaps just readers who eat)!

I am excited to write to you today about the delicious breakfast I just created before I head to class, as well as how I got the ingredients and why they matter.

Teens Turning Green launched a cool new project, the Conscious Collection, that highlights thoughtfully curated and ethically produced products, under a number of different lifestyle categories, and aims to make them accessible to as many people as possible. The Conscious Collection care packages are a monthly assortment of items designed for college students that include things from food to tea to body wash to dish soap. These packages are an awesome way to get your dorm essentials while ensuring that you are getting the cleanest and healthiest versions of them, AND that you’re getting them for a third of the price it would normally cost if you were to buy all the items individually. I recently received the Fall for Green Conscious Care Package. I fell in love with the Navitas Naturals Cacao Goji Superfood, which was sweet and rich but not too heavy, and could not have been more excited to try the Crofter’s Organic Mango Spread.

The Breakdown

Navitas Naturals Cacao Goji Superfood is created:

  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • raw
  • vegan

Navitas Naturals Cacao Goji Superfood contains:

  • antioxidants
  • amino acids
  • omega fatty acids
  • polyphenols
  • Vitamin C & Vitamin A
  • Iron & Fiber

Crofter’s Mango Premium Spread is created:

  • Non-GMO verified
  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • BPA free

Crofter’s Mango Premium Spread contains:

  • Vitamin C & A

While these terms may seem like just that, terms, in fact they are the indicators of your health, your carbon footprint (think about how, where, and under what conditions the product was made, and what you will consequently do with its container when you’ve finished) and most importantly your strength and authority as a consumer. We drive the markets and we should therefore revel in the opportunity to influence a positive wave of food consciousness. Reading labels is SO important, and Non-GMO, USDA Organic, and Fair-Trade are common and valuable ones to look for when shopping for food.

This morning I toasted a slice of sprouted multi-grain bread, spread some of the Crofter’s mango spread, added coconut chips, cinnamon, and tiny pieces of the Navitas Naturals Cacao Goji Superfood on top, and served it with organic frozen berries on the side. I then brewed some Guayaki Chai Spice Mate. I was delightfully surprised to find that the mango spread tasted exactly how a freshly cut mango would!

I’ve sadly realized that many of the “fruit products” we now eat taste nothing like the original, natural, and fresh fruit it is intended to. My sheer surprise at how wonderfully the mango spread captures the actual taste of mangoes says a lot, unfortunately.

It was the perfect amount of sweetness, and went deliciously well with the cinnamon. This inspired to me to want to use the spread to make chutney or a salsa later this week. The Guayaki Chai Spice Mate isn’t strong, so none of the different flavors present in my breakfast overpowered each other. Now I’m well fed and energized to face my day of classes and club meetings. What are you making for breakfast?

This entry was published on October 9, 2013 at 12:43 am and is filed under Eat. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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