What we’ve learned

5 Uses for Dried Cranberries

Cranberries are tangy, sweet, healthy, and back in season! This berry is touted as one of the healthiest foods on Earth, a title that is hard-earned these days. Not only do these vitamin-packed berries taste great, they provide our bodies with a dictionary’s worth of health benefits. Here are 5 different ways to include these […]

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‘Tis the Season- Let’s Talk Cranberries

The holidays are upon us. It is the time for giving thanks, exchanging gifts, and believe it or not, harvesting cranberries. What better time to discuss this little, red, tart and tangy berry than now? Cranberries are popular fall crops usually grown in the northern states of New Jersey, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington. They […]

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New Nutrition Labels–What’s the Difference?

The new nutrition labels have been announced by the FDA. They don’t go into effect until 2018 for larger companies, and 2019 for companies with less than ten million in food sales annually. But, you might wonder what the changes mean for you. Will the new labeling really make it easier to know what you […]

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What are Clean Foods and Clean Eating?

No, we aren’t talking about washing your food (even though that is a good thing to do). Unfortunately, Clean Foods and Clean Eating fall into the category of food references that are not used consistently and for which there aren’t specific definitions. That being said, we’ll provide our take on how we generally see Clean […]

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New, Zero Waste Packaging for Simply Dara RAW BALLS®

Our 12-packs have undergone a very colorful change that also takes our sustainable packaging focus to the next level. Making their debut in February, each flavor now has its own distinctive color making it easier for you to recognize your favorite. And while the number and size of balls is still the same, we’ve reduced the […]

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Simply Dara RAW BALLS® Receive USDA Organic Certification

Boulder-based Simply Dara, Inc. is happy to announce that all four flavors of RAW BALLS® are now USDA Organic Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified. Says Dara Haid (Founder & Ball Blazer), “We’re really excited that we received our USDA Organic Certification in time for our September store launches. While our customers across fourteen States have […]

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A Compostable Alternative to Styrofoam Coolers

As you know, shipping anything cold has historically been a landfill nightmare. But, we’ve found a wonderful solution and are really excited to tell you about it. Our shipping coolers are made of Green Cell Foam and not Styrofoam (or any other non-compostable material). Green Cell Foam is made from US-grown, non-GMO corn starch that […]

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Why Raw?

We’re asked this question a lot from our friends and acquaintances, and it makes sense since the benefits of raw aren’t widely known. To be fair, it wasn’t that long ago that we had to ask this question ourselves and now we are more than happy to share. And when we talk about raw foods, […]

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Benefits of Eating Raw Food

Raw Food Benefit #1: More Energy One of the biggest raw food benefits is having more energy and feeling younger. Raw food contains simple sugars, enzymes, nutrients, and minerals that our bodies need in an easily digestible form. Since less energy is needed for digestion, you have more energy available for other tasks—such as working, […]

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Benefits of Enzymes

Overview In 1978, an exhaustive report by U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs blamed the average American diet for a host of chronic degenerative diseases — including heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes and stroke. Many were caused or aggravated in the gastro-intestinal tract, where food digested to run and repair the body. […]

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Benefits of Agave & Low Glycemic Index

Agave nectar is kosher, and nearly always organic and raw, and has a relatively low Glycemic Index (GI), particularly when compared to other sweeteners. Since Agave Nectar is high in fructose, it does not cause the “sugar rush” associated with refined sugars (sucrose). Fructose does not stimulate digestive insulin secretion as other sugars do. The […]

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Benefits of Cacao

Unlike processed dark chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. Benefits from keeping organic chocolate unheated include; much higher levels of the famous chocolate antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin) as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love!), Omega […]

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Are Non-GMO and Organic Certifications the Same?

While overlap exists, Non-GMO and Organic certifications are not identical. Differences exist in both the scope and the process for obtaining and maintaining each certification. Below is an overview of the two most recognizable certifications as it pertains to plant-based products. Non-GMO Project Verified – The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that independently offers […]

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Biodegradable and Compostable – What’s the Story?

As we evaluate sustainable packaging solutions, we often talk to suppliers about their biodegradable and compostable offerings. Unfortunately, the terms are not used consistently AND we’re surprised that some suppliers don’t even know what they truly mean for their own products. Heck, if suppliers are confused about it for their own stuff, how can the […]

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