The National Women’s Show

Ladies, will you be attending the National Women’s Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend? It’s the ultimate girls outing! We will be there with our delicious Quinoa Granola starting tomorrow until Sunday.

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Make sure to come to our booth (1740) for samples and great deals.

When?
Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where?
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Booth #
1740

We hope to see you there!

Breakfast at its finest

Don’t you agree that one tricky part about the mornings is eating a healthy breakfast? The morning rush can sometimes deter us from making healthy choices, but breakfast really doesn’t have to be a huge production; you simply just need a bowl and spoon.

We have three easy breakfast ideas that will take you from your bed to the classroom (or office).  All you need is your appetite!

Breakfast in a jar

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Mason jars are pretty great for everything, including breakfast. If you don’t have time to eat at home, bring it with you to enjoy in the car, on the bus or while you’re walking. Simply mix some of your favourite yogurt, Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola and your fruit of choice into a mason jar, screw on the lid and remember your spoon!

Three-way powerhouse breakfast

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For this one, you’ll need Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola, a banana and some OJ. Which ever way you choose to have it, this breakfast will provide you will the protein to keep you held over until snack or lunch, the vitamin C to keep you feeling energized and fibre to regulate and aid digestion.

If you want to have a plain-Jane breakfast, simply snack on the Quinoa Granola straight from the bag, pour yourself a glass of orange juice and peel back your banana.

For breakfast in a glass, blend the banana and orange juice in a blender and sprinkle with some Quinoa Granola for a little crunch.

For a little creative spin, opt to dip your banana in the Quinoa Granola and eat it that way. Finish it off with a glass of OJ and you’re ready for a full day of learning!

Simple at it’s best

DSC03740Bowl. Spoon. Milk. Quinoa Granola…we think you get the picture!

 

 

The Delicious Food Show

The Delicious Food Show is only a couple of weekends away! Have you purchased your tickets?

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If you haven’t, check out how delicious this event will be! It’s a three day event for foodies, designed to bring together the best in cooking, food and entertaining. There will be hundreds of exhibitors, cooking demos, tastings, workshops, book signings and appearances by Food Network and international celebrity chefs (including Chef Chuck Hughes).

We are very excited to be featuring our Quinoa Granola there again this year and joining in on the foodie love.

When?
Friday, October 17th, 2014: 10AM – 9PM
Saturday, October 18th, 2014: 10AM – 8PM
Sunday, October 19th, 2014: 10AM – 6PM

Where?
Direct Energy Centre, Hall A
100 Princes’ Blvd
Toronto, ON M6K3C3
416-960-9030

Lotus Fine Foods Booth #: 208

We hope to see you there!

Smart from the Start at Longo’s

We hope you are all enjoying back-to-school and work this September! For the month of September, Longo’s Markets are sampling our Quinoa Granola with their Smart from the Start tasting program.

We teamed up with USA Pears to share our delicious granola with you at Longo’s. Pears, our Quinoa Granola, Natura Milk and a drizzle of Bonne Maman Caramel Spread makes a delicious sweet treat or dessert.

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To sample this yummy treat, check out one of the many Longo’s locations that are featuring Smart from the Start! If you get the chance to try it, we would love to hear from you! Simply send us a tweet @LotusFineFoods or message us on Facebook.com/LotusFineFoodsGranola!

Sep 12 Oakville 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 12 Leaside 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 12 Winston 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 13 Leaside 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sep 13 Oakville 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sep 13 Winston 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 17 Ponytrail 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 17 Glen Erin 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 17 Weston (formerly Woodbridge) 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 18 Ponytrail 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 18 Glen Erin 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 18 Weston (formerly Woodbridge) 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 19 Walkers 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 19 Aurora 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 19 Richmond Hill 2 – 6 p.m.

Sep 20 Walkers 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sep 20 Aurora 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sep 20 Richmond Hill 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Healthy Summer Snacking

Summer snacking doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless, especially when you’re snacking on Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola! This week Lotus shared her favourite summer snack ideas, including a recipe for Energy Balls made with Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola, on CTV Atlantic and Global Halifax. She had a wonderful time and was very happy to be able to share her healthy snacks with everyone watching.

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Energy Balls are an easy, no-bake, go-to summer snack that are fantastic to bring to the beach, dock, a picnic or a sporting event. They are also free from refined sugars, low in sodium, gluten free and full of fibre.

Lotus Fine Foods Energy Balls 

1/2 cup natural nut/seed butter
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 1/4 cups gluten free oats
Single serve package of Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola (1/3 cup)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or nuts/seeds/dried fruit)

Combine the ingredients and roll into bite-size balls. Refrigerate until firm (about one hour).

They are that easy! 
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Other healthy snack ideas to accompany the Energy Balls include:

– Greek Yogurt
– Veggies and dip
– Homemade trail mix (dried fruit, almonds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips)
– Yogurt tubes (if you freeze them, they act as an edible freezer pack for the snack bag)
– Sliced fruit with melted chocolate
Neal Brother’s Tortillas with salsa
Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps
Enerjive Quinoa Skinny Crackers 

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Learn more snack ideas and watch Lotus on Global Halifax.

What are your favourite healthy summer snacks?

It’s All in the Sunflower

The National Sunflower Association’s July issue is all about sunflower oil! The report features top food trends, a Q&A regarding sunflower oil and profiles our Quinoa Granola.

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The sunflower seeds added to our granolas not only create texture but pack a nutritional punch of vitamin E and magnesium. Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant and has a significant anti-inflammatory effect, and magnesium is necessary for healthy bones and energy production. Sunflower seeds are also a great source of protein, they make the perfect snack!

We use non-GMO sunflower oil to give our granolas a longer shelf life, than other oils would allow. The great thing about sunflower oil is that it has a neutral taste so it allows the flavours of the other ingredients (like the quinoa and seeds) to come through.

Check out the National Sunflower Association‘s website and make sure to eat your seeds!

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A Safe Summer Read

Sitting outside in the warm sun with a cold drink in one hand is the perfect setting for a good read. We all have our favourite magazines, but when it comes to food allergies, finding a magazine that includes safe recipes is not always easy. Fortunately there is Allergic Living, a magazine for people with food allergies, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or environmental allergies.

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We love Allergic Living because it caters to those who are gluten free, includes recipes, tips, expert Q&A’s and much more. Excitingly enough our new single serve Quinoa Granola is featured in their recent issue (Summery 2014) in the Tasty Trends section.

 

Tasty Trends in Allergic LivingThe best thing about our Quinoa Granola is that it’s not only gluten free, but also nut-free, vegan, refined sugar free, egg-free and organic. It’s great for those with a variety of allergies!

Head to your nearest Indigo/Chapter’s to get your copy of Allergic Living, it’s a resource you will love.

Lotus in Ottawa

In case you missed it, last week I was featured on CTV Ottawa’s Morning Live show and on Ottawa’s Rogers’ Daytime Show. It was a pleasure sharing some of my favourite Lotus Fine Foods inspired recipes, including oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, ice-cream sandwiches and yogurt parfaits.

To learn how to make some delicious snacks and desserts your family and friends will love, watch the segment below and follow up with the full recipe here. Take a picture of the recipe if you end up making it, we’d love to share it on our social media streams.

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One Granola, 10 Ways!

Snacks are part of a healthy lifestyle – but if you are what you eat, choosing a snack that fuels your body while satisfying your taste buds is important. Packed with fibre and protein, Lotus Fine Foods award-winning Quinoa Granola is a one-stop shop for savvy snackers who want to enjoy a healthy, natural and nourishing snack. The versatility
of this granola makes it something the whole family will love.

Here are 10 ways to enjoy LFF Quinoa Granola! Which way is your favourite?

Breakfast…the bowl and beyond!

1. Classic Granola with Milk: Quinoa Granola brings a delicious update to a classic
favourite breakfast cereal.

2. Breakfast cookies: Our handheld breakfast cookies are tasty, portable, and  have goodness baked right in.

3. Breakfast parfait Layer Greek yogurt: Quinoa Granola, fruit and a dash of maple syrup to kick start your morning.

4. Oatmeal topper: With the extra addition of Quinoa Granola sprinkled on
top, your oatmeal bowl just got a whole lot fancier!

On the go snacks

5. Homemade Trail Mix: Ditch the unhealthy commercially made trail mix and make your own with a couple handfuls of Quinoa Granola, dried fruit, popcorn and even some dark chocolate chips.

6. Fruit mini muffins: Bake up a batch and pop them in the freezer for a ready-to-go
snack.

7. Lotus Squares: You can whip up a delicious batch of no-bake ‘Lotus Squares’ with only a few simple ingredients!

Delicious desserts

8. Fruit crisp This dish is a simple and healthful way to end a meal on a sweet note.

9. Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies: These delicious bite-sized cookies can easily be made gluten-free with a simple substitution.

10. Ice cream and Fro-yo topping: This granola is the perfect amount of sweet and adds a complimenting crunch to your favourite ice-cream flavour.

Weigh in – what’s your favourite way to enjoy Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola?

If you’re in Ottawa, there are tons of places to find our Quinoa Granola. Head to these locations and get eating Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola!

Dandelion Foods - Almonte
Foodsmiths - Perth
Herb and Spice - Bank st and Wellington st
Kardish - 8 locations
Market Organics
Natural Food Pantry - 2 locations Billings Bridge and Kanata
Produce Depot - 2 locations, Carling Ave and Bank st
Shop Real Food - Logy Bay, NFLD
Rainbow Foods - 2 locations, Richmond rd and Greenbank rd

Lotus Fine Foods Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola isn’t just your traditional granola, it can also be baked and cooked into different recipes – including cookies!

Lotus Fine Foods Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies make the perfect, easy, grab-and-go breakfast, healthy snack, or a base for an ice-cream sandwich dessert. Try this recipe out for yourself, or share it with friends and fellow foodies. Tag us if you ‘tweet’ it and use the hashtag #LFFCookies.

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