A recent study followed two age groups through school focusing on obesity rates for each group. One group consisted of fifth graders and the other group was in the eighth grade. These groups were compared because eighth graders had over an 86% availability of junk food in their schools while the fifth graders had about 59% availability.
The two groups followed did not show any real variance in obesity levels. It seems that more junk food available did not necessarily mean more eighth graders were going to become obese. The researchers explained this by illustrating that children in school don’t have a lot of extra time to be eating food. They concluded that eating habits at home could be the real culprit in explaining higher obesity rates among children.
Researchers also concluded that eating habits are formed before children reach middle school and focusing on those preschool eating habits might be an answer to lowering obesity levels. Children learning to like foods at a young age can be important in shaping their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
There are plenty of delicious all natural alternatives when it comes time for a snack. By stocking your refrigerator and cabinets with fresh fruits, nuts and other all natural snacks instead of high fat, high sugar snacks you prepare your children to make healthier choices in the future.
There are times when you’d like to make someone feel special. There are the major times to do this; birthdays, the upcoming holidays, weddings, graduations, etc. But there is nothing like a gift that says I’m thinking of you. Maybe someone you know did you a favor and you would like to mark it with a small token of your appreciation.
The best gifts are those that take into consideration the recipient’s personality and maybe even their beliefs. A snack gift basket that includes delicious Awesome Almonds can do just that. These are natural snacks that can be seen as thoughtful especially to a health conscious person. No artificial additives or preservatives is definitely a positive attribute, but don’t forget, they taste great too.
Then there are more specific considerations for you to acknowledge. Besides being healthy, these are Kosher snacks and can be a nice present or bring along for the upcoming holidays. Awesome Almonds are also a vegan friendly snack. These delectable snacks are naturally grown and seasoned for your vegan friend’s enjoyment as well as your own.
Our delicious, all natural snacks are truly a gift that keeps on giving. It’s hard to finish them in one sitting, so every time they are enjoyed your thoughtfulness will be remembered. There are so many varieties to choose from anyone on your thank you list will be pleased. Consider Awesome Almonds whenever you are looking for that special way to say “I’m thinking of you.”
Lovers of creative confections, all natural snacks, and organic treats rejoice – one of the biggest specialty food and beverage shows in the country is less than a week away! Awesome Almonds will be on hand along with more than a hundred and fifty thousand other innovative products to satisfy just about any specialty food fanatic’s desires.
The summer version of the Fancy Food Show will take place from July 10th through the 12th right in our nation’s capital. There will be nearly 2500 companies and individuals exhibiting their incredibly unique specialty foods and beverages and more than twenty thousand attendees are expected. There will be foods from more than eighty countries represented at this year’s show so attendees will literally be able to sample treats from all over the world.
The Fancy Food Show will literally serve as a one stop shop for all of your specialty food needs. If you’ve got special occasions coming up the Fancy Food Show will provide the perfect marketplace to put together an amazing gift basket filled with unique and natural treats.
If you enjoy unique and all natural food products or if you are just looking for something totally different from what’s on the shelf of your local store this is a can’t miss event. Take a trip to DC, take in a few sites and stop by the show to load up on some incredible specialty foods – we can’t wait to see you there!
There isn’t necessarily and scientific evidence that proves that foods and snacks that are kosher certified are healthier than foods that are prepared in other fashions. This fact hasn’t stopped consumers from making kosher foods that fastest growing ethnic food and the new “go to” food of those trying to eat healthier though.
In order for a food to be certified kosher the food itself and the processing equipment and procedures must meet some very strict guidelines. Kosher snacks and foods and processing methods are thoroughly examined in order to ensure that they meet the specific requirements of kosher certification. Businesses that produce and package kosher foods are also subject to surprise inspections by trained professional to ensure that all practices adhere to the strict guidelines of kosher certification.
The thorough and regular inspections of kosher certified products help to give consumers confidence that the products they are purchasing are safe. The kosher certification can also serve to identify foods for individuals who adhere to a specific type of diet for health reasons like vegetarians or those who suffer from food allergies.
We take great pride in the fact that our products and processing methods meet the very strict guidelines of kosher certification. One of our primary objectives is to deliver the best, safest and highest quality product we can to our customers. Our kosher certification is one of the ways that our customers can tell just how much we care about delivering a quality product.
With tens of thousands of Americans becoming ill as a result of food borne bacteria and thousands dying from those illnesses it’s no wonder that food safety has been a very hot topic of late. A recent study was conducted and published in the Journal of Food Quality and Preference in order to determine consumer opinion of the safety of our food supply. According to the study many Americans are skeptical when it comes to a wide variety of foods, particularly ethnic foods, and most feel safer with natural snacks and foods that are locally grown.
Brands that openly advertise their efforts to ensure the safety of their products fared well in the survey, enough that consumers were willing to spend up to 12% more on them for the added assurance. Organic foods also performed well on the survey as long as consumers were assured that safe handling procedures were followed.
At Awesome Almonds we only use almonds that are grown right here in the US and we take consumer safety very seriously. We strive to deliver the highest quality products to our loyal customers in every sense of the word and that includes using the best ingredients and the safest handling and manufacturing procedures.
According to a recent report released by the CDC more than thirty states scored below the national average on the Modified Retail Food Environment Index. The index shows the access that residents of states have to retailers that sell healthy foods like fresh vegetables and fruits.
This report also includes information on how states are performing when it comes to following CDC recommended actions for fighting childhood obesity. As of the end of 2008 only one state had implemented all three CDC recommended regulations for encouraging healthy eating and exercise habits among children.
More than sixty percent of middle schools and high schools still offer sugar laden soft drinks and snacks in vending machines on the premises. Nearly fifty percent of schools allow fast food restaurants to advertise on school grounds.
If children are bombarded with snacks and drinks that are loaded with excess fat and sugar and not even presented with an option for healthier snacks the war on childhood obesity will be difficult to win. In order for our kids to make wise choices when it comes to meals and healthy snacks they need to at least have healthy choices readily available.
You may not be able to control what goes into the vending machines at schools, but you can control the options that are available in your own home. By presenting your family with delicious, all natural snack choices at home and encouraging regular exercise you are taking positive steps toward creating a healthier family.
According to numbers from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade retail sales of specialty foods like Awesome Almonds® rose by more than seven percent last year. This increase is a great sign for small specialty food companies that are looking to succeed in an industry loaded with much larger companies who’ve got much larger budgets.
In addition to this figure being a major positive for companies looking to stay afloat in an economy that still hasn’t fully recovered, it could also be a positive sign for our country’s health moving forward. Many specialty food manufacturers like Awesome Almonds® focus on delivering a product that not only tastes great, but that is produced from healthy, natural ingredients.
Awesome Almonds® are made with only all natural ingredients and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Unlike many of the snacks that you’ll find on the shelves of your supermarket the ingredients list on the Awesome Almonds® package is short, readable and perfectly understandable.
Our focus at Awesome Almonds® has always been on delivering the best quality product in an effort to completely satisfy our customers. You don’t need a bunch of artificial ingredients and a chemistry degree to create a delicious snack. The perfect treat can be crafted from the simplest of recipes as long as you use quality ingredients and combine them with care.
Last week we talked a little bit about the wonderful experience we had being a part of Vegan Fest 2011. We met some incredible people on our trip to Philadelphia and learned some new and interesting facts about other vegan products and living a vegan lifestyle. Now we are very happy to announce that Awesome Almonds® will be offered at Weaver’s Way, the Co-Op that hosted Vegan Fest.
Weaver’s Way has a rich history in and around the Philadelphia area. Since the first Weaver’s Way store opened in the mid seventies the Co-Op has been delivering fresh, natural, high quality products to its members and working to make the community stronger.
Providing the best quality products possible to our customers and giving back to the community when we can are two of our top priorities at Awesome Almonds®. That is why it is such an honor for us to know that Awesome Almonds® will be accessible to all the hardworking members of the Weaver’s Way Co-Op. Taking part in a one day event like Vegan Fest was absolutely amazing, but being able to foster an ongoing relationship with an organization like Weaver’s Way is something that we at Awesome Almonds® couldn’t be happier about.
Just a few weeks ago Awesome Almonds®
traveled south a bit to the wonderful city of Philadelphia for the incredible experience of Vegan Fest. This very special event was filled with live entertainment, products from local and national producers of vegan friendly specialty foods and snacks and plenty of information about living a vegan lifestyle.
Among the many attractions at Vegan Fest (sponsored by Weaver’s Way Co-op) were a dietitian and nutritionist who were on hand to field questions about consuming a vegan diet. Despite the wealth of information available many folks still think that a diet free of animal products lacks essential nutrients. These experts shared their wealth of knowledge and provided plenty of insight into the many health benefits of following a vegan lifestyle.
Carrying the seal of vegan certification is something we take great pride in at Awesome Almonds®. In order to achieve vegan certification a product and manufacturing process must meet some very strict standards. Meeting those high standards lets us know that we are succeeding in our mission to deliver the highest quality product possible to our consumers.
Satisfying our customers has always been a top priority at Awesome Almonds®. Participating in events like Vegan Fest and providing delicious, satisfying and all natural snacks that fit into a wide variety of diets and lifestyles are huge reasons why we love doing what we do.
Providing high quality, all natural and delicious snacks to our loyal customers is at the top of our priority list here at Awesome Almonds®. We take great pride in the fact that our products and methods of production meet the strict guidelines of kosher certification and that we received the highest rating from the BBB this year. These achievements help consumers to identify Awesome Almonds® as a product that puts quality and customer satisfaction first.
We also take great pride in our memberships in the Connecticut Specialty Food Association and the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. Though the CSF has a much smaller membership than the nearly 3000 companies in the NASFT, both organizations strive to support like minded business toward the same common goal.
The common thread between the local Connecticut based CSF and the world wide NASFT is quality. The members of these specialty foods organizations are committed to providing customers with original, unique and delicious food products crafted from the highest quality ingredients.
Not every company that applies for membership into one of these specialty foods organizations has what it takes to be approved. In order to attain membership in either the CSF or NASFT a product needs to meet certain qualifications in order to be classified as a “specialty food.” Meeting the requirements for membership serves as another indicator to us that we are succeeding in our efforts to deliver the best quality product that we can to our customers.