Sample Lotus Fine Foods Granola at Longo’s

20130908_114255We’re proud to be a part of Longo’s Smart From The Start back to school promotion. It’s your chance to taste our tasty gluten-free granola and prove to your kids that nutritious can be delicious! We’ll be at these Longo’s locations on the following dates:

Sept 10-11 Walkers Bulington

Sept 12-13 SE Oakville

Sept 14-15 Woodbridge

Sept 17-18 Ponytrail Mississauga

Sept 19-20 Brampton

Sept 21-22 Richmond Hill

Hope to see you there!

Natural Remedies That Everyone Can Benefit From

Photo credit: Erin Silversmith

Photo credit: Erin Silversmith

It was in New Life Magazine, an alternative health magazine, and it was written by David Wolfe, who is arguably the most well-known figure in the raw food world. While the title says it is the 10 Top Natural Remedies for Women’s Health, I believe that the list is just as applicable to men.

MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

He mentions one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms, reishi. Very high in antioxidants, protects body from free radicals, and good for heart disease and blood pressure.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

He talks about how these are important for women to balance hormones. David Wolfe also mentions how an excess of omega-6 fatty acids and rancid trans-fatty acids lead to inflammation in the body.

David suggests foods that have alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) – chlorella, marine phytoplankton, hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds. For non-vegetarians, fish oil.

B-VITAMINS

B-Vitamins are essential, especially B-6, B-9 and B-12. They help fight stress and combat environmental toxicity that gets into our bodies.

MACA

A superfood from the Andes that has been around for thousands of years. It is an adaptogen that increases energy, strength and libido, and contains 10% protein and 20 amino acids.

PROBIOTICS

David Wolfe quotes Donna Gates, the author of The Body Ecology Diet, who says that consuming probiotics and eating fermented foods help to keep the immune system strong.

ASTRAGALUS

An herb in Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years. David Wolfe says that it is great for anti-aging and for the immune system.

GOJI BERRIES

Sun-dried, red berries that have been used in Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. Great for the eyes, high in antioxidants and associated with longevity and beauty.

My Take: I like goji berries and they are a very popular superfood within the raw food community.

CACAO

David Wolfe is a massive fan of cacao, has written books on it and touts it all of the time. He believes that it is the strongest antioxidant on the planet, #1 source of manganese, elevates mood and balances brain chemistry.

ALOE VERA

David Wolfe says raw aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, E and many other minerals and amino acids. It is also important for weight loss and has anti-fungal properties.

GROUNDING

By walking barefoot on the earth (grass, sand, soil, forest, etc.), we can help neutralize the electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and other types of radiation from all of the computers, cell phones, PDAs and Wi-Fi. Connecting with the energy of the earth is critical and is the most powerful antioxidant that we can access.

David Wolfe mentions a book called Earthing by Clint Ober, who has compiled research on this subject, and it looks very, very interesting.

Try Our Two New Granolas – Dark Chocolate and Spiced Pumpkin

Project1Lotus Fine Foods is excited to launch two new quinoa granolas – Dark Chocolate and Spiced Pumpkin.  Both feature a new crunchy recipe, along with organic and wholesome ingredients our products are famous for.

Our Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola offers plenty of sweet somethings! Perfect for breakfast or a snack, you’ll be tempted with pieces of organic dark chocolate mixed with our tasty granola. Have it for breakfast, snack time or a dessert topping – no matter how you eat it, you can’t go wrong!

Are you ready for a new addiction? Because once you try our Spiced Pumpkin Quinoa Granola, you won’t be able to put it down! A delightful medley of pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg are mixed in with our new crunchy recipe. You won’t want to share it with the rest of your family!

Look for Dark Chocolate and Spiced Pumpkin Quinoa in your grocery stores. You can find a store that carries Lotus Fine Food products by visiting our Stores Page. And please let us know what you think of our new granolas – we want to hear your feedback. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vote For Us In The Canadian Family’s 2013 Food Awards Survey

2013foodawards-logo (1)We’re so excited! We just found out that Lotus Fine Foods has been nominated in the Canadian Family’s 2013 Food Awards survey! Lotus Fine Foods Granola has been nominated for the favourite brand of packaged granola category. Of course, it’s an honour just to be nominated, but let’s be honest – we really want to win!

And that’s why we need your help. Go to Canadian Family and vote for us in the packaged granola category. Every vote counts, so be sure to spread the word and get your friends in on the excitement. Plus, you could win a kitchen prize package valued at $1,800 from Canadian Family. The contest is on until September 30, 2013.

Thanks for voting for us!

Gluten Free Garage, The Sequel, Is Taking Place This Sunday!

gluten-free-garageWe’re so excited to be a part of Gluten Free Garage, The Sequel, which is taking place Sunday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. If you’ve never been, it’s a must-attend event.  Not only will you have a chance to sample Lotus Fine Foods Granolas, but you’ll be introduced to a wide-range of delectable gluten-free products.

The Gluten Free Garage has something for everyone.  There will be lots of information on hand, from the Canadian Celiac Association, guest speakers and local health experts. It’s a wonderful place to learn about the gluten-free resources and products – including local merchants, bakeries and restaurants – that are available in your area.

Gluten Free Garage is taking place at Artscape Wychwood Barns (in the Covered Street Barn), located at 601 Christie Street (just south of St. Clair Avenue), in Toronto. It’s located on the site of the historic Wychwood streetcar barns at Christie and St. Clair. It really is an amazing place to host this one-of-a-kind pop-up gluten-free marketplace!

Admission is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under get in for free. You can purchase your tickets at the door. You’ll find Lotus Fine Foods at the Neal Brothers table. Come by, say hi and try a sample!

Lotus Fine Foods Will Be At The CHFA West Show This Weekend!

CHFA East Lotus Fine FoodsWe just wanted to let you know that Lotus Fine Foods will be at CHFA West this weekend – Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. We’ll be stationed at the Canadian Choice Wholesalers booth, so if you’re coming to the show, be sure to stop by, say hello and learn more about our wonderful granolas.

If you’re not familiar with this show, the CHFA West is one of the largest conference and trade shows for the natural health and organics industry. It’s a fabulous place to meet the industry’s top manufacturers, distributors and brokers in person. There are more than 500 exhibits on the show floor, so you’re guaranteed to make some great new discoveries.

The CHFA West show will be held at Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Vancouver, BC.

 

Lotus Fine Food Expands Into British Columbia!

imagesBeing a Canadian company, we love the fact that Lotus Fine Foods is making its way into every corner of Canada. And we’re pleased to announce that our wonderful granola can be found in many stores across British Columbia. Here’s a list of where you can find us in BC:

  • By Law Foods
  • Choices Market – Kelowna
  • Choices Market – The Crest
  • Choices Market – W.16th Avenue
  • Choices Market – W.57th Avenue
  • Choices Market – White Rock
  • Choices Market – Yaletown
  • Market 17
  • Nutter’s Bulk & Natural #45
  • Old School Emporium Ltd
  • The Market on Millstream
  • The Market on Yates
  • Whistler Creekside Market

And this is just the beginning! Please stay tuned for more listing in British Columbia and across Canada.

Lotus Fine Foods Coming Soon To Choices Markets

choices marketsLotus Fine Foods is pleased to announce that you’ll soon find our delicious granolas in Choices Markets. And it’s a natural choice, as Choices Markets is Western Canada’s largest organic and natural foods grocer. Boasting an impressive collection of organic, natural and local food items at fair food prices, you’ll soon be able to purchase Lotus Fine Food Granolas in various locations from Kitsilano to Kelowna.

We’re so excited to be making our big debut in this wonderful grocer and we want to thank Choices Markets for carrying our products. We’ll update our Store Location Page as soon as our granola hits the shelves!

You can now find Lotus Fine Foods Granolas at Whole Foods

wholefoodsLogo1We are pleased to announce that Lotus Fine Foods can now be found at Whole Foods in Ontario! We couldn’t be happier. We love what Whole Foods stands for and the quality products they carry in their stores. We are honoured to now say that Lotus Fine Food is one of these quality products!

You’ll find us at the Whole Foods stores in Yorkville (Toronto), Oakville, Square One (Mississauga) and Unionville (Markham). The next time you’re in Whole Foods, be sure to look for us on the shelves.

Once again, a special thanks goes out to Whole Foods for carrying our tasty granolas.

 

Gluten Free in London UK

gluten free itsuOn my most recent visit to the UK, an old friend was raving about this amazing quinoa, yogurt and fruit breakfast he enjoys several times a week. Being the queen of quinoa, I had to look into this. I found my new favorite gluten-free fast food chain in London. Pod Foods was set up in 2006 and has several locations in the city of London. The food is extremely tasty and they have lots of gluten-free choices. The foods does not contain additives, preservatives or colouring. The food is served in compostable packaging and each Pod has its own compost. Pod has several great gluten-free salad options. They serve the best gluten-free brownies London. I was pleased with the gluten free in London UK I had found!

As I walked around London, I kept seeing Itsu signs everywhere. There are two flagship restaurants, in Chelsea and Knotting Hill. Itsu also has 37 other shops. What was it? Not a coffee bar, sandwich bar or a sushi bar. They must be a sort of health food bar? Health food bar? Low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie and even several gluten free recipes. The mantra is health & happiness. Health because it’s light and nutritious… happiness because it’s not rabbit food. I had a hard time choosing between the GF tuna & salmon junior sushi at 3.99 with calories 165 / sat fat 0.7g or if I was hungry enough for the GF omega 3 salmon supreme at 5.99 with calories 367/sat. fat 2.4g. You can also find great skinny “no carb salad”.

Overall, I was pleased with my gluten free finds in London UK. I can’t wait to come back and find more! If you have any gluten free recommendations in London, please pass them along by posting them in the comments section. Cheerio!