Waylon talks with co-founder of Alter Eco—one of our favorites from the weekend at Natural Products Expo West. Alter Eco is a values-based brand that is doing good for the world, uses compostable wrapping, is part of an eco packaging coalition and makes some of the best chocolate we’ve ever had (seriously, the salted caramel […]
We agree with the brands below that chocolate should be oh so much more than candy. It’s a superfood packed with antioxidants and cardiovascular benefits. Studies show chocolate to boost energy, reduce stress, increase concentration and even increase maternal health. This playful, nutrient dense is the perfect pick-me-up and superfood recharge.
My idea for this week’s Recipes for Health was to match grains and fruit by color and make nourishing smoothies. For this one I could have also used any of the black or purple rices on the market, such as Alter Eco’s purple jasmine rice, Lotus Food’s Forbidden Rice or Lundberg Black Japonica.
This past weekend we were dedicated to hand selecting the companies who were doing it right, acting as true stewards of the earth and as members of our global community.
Snap and crackle get a nutritious pop with a hearty sprinkling of our puffed royal pearl quinoa. This ancient Bolivian superfood lends its satisfying crunch, gentle nutty flavor, and all nine amino acids to our deep, malty Ecuadorian dark chocolate. Raw cane sugar and Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean finish a classic recipe with pure flavor.
There’s no need to sacrifice taste if you want to eat healthy food. Try our list of delicious foods below.
Busy actress and mom Catherine Bell, 46, shares the kitchen staples that keep her slim and energized as she go-go-goes
From delicious chocolate bars with puffed quinoa to fantastic vegan energy bars, here are 10 inventive quinoa products.
Alter Eco Organic Royal Rainbow Quinoa is cultivated high in the Bolivian salt flats, where Quechua and Aymara farmers grow the USDA organic and Fair for Life multicoloured pearl shaped mother grain. The grains add texture to salads and in less than 30 minutes, CSL testers created a fluffy pilaf style side with kale, sautéed […]
Dark chocolate gets healthier with the addition of puffed quinoa, lending a pleasant crisp to each bite (“like a classy Crunch bar,” said one taste tester). Made with six whole-food ingredients, including Ecuadorian chocolate and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, the bar will also appeal to milk chocolate lovers.
Mid-February means chocolate, and these conscious brands impress. Alter Eco’s creamy, velvety truffles are made with coconut oil and are Fair Trade USA certified
Chocolate is the quintessential “I love you” gift for Valentine’s Day. But your sweetie may not be feeling the love after indulging in a box of unhealthy treats. This year, show the people you love how much you care by getting smart with the type of chocolates you buy for them.
Now this is a treat! The dark chocolate that surrounds the smooth & creamy truffle inside is perfection. Just thick enough without its taste overshadowing a scrumptious inside. These are soy and gluten-free.
Valentine’s Day chocolates could be the priciest they have been in years, thanks in part to a soaring demand for the chocolate in China and other Asian markets, the New York Times reports.
On February 14, feel free to indulge in that box of chocolates. Chocolate is actually pretty good for you. For one, it’s a good source of magnesium: One ounce of dark chocolate supplies about 20 percent of your daily needs, says Nicole Ferring Holovach, an integrative registered dietitian in Frederick. Chocolate is actually pretty good […]
We’re all about great design and craftsmanship here at DesignGood. For this week’s Design9, we present nine fair trade brands that not only bring gorgeous products to our shelves, but also make a huge impact in the lives of artisans, craftsmen and makers around the world.
This year, perhaps more than ever, kisses may not come cheap. At least not those made of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. The price of cocoa, the main ingredient in most chocolate, soared last year, forcing chocolate producers to raise prices and shrink packages.
Scorched grass-fed butter and fleur de sel make flavors sing in this 70 percent dark chocolate bar, made with fair trade certified cacao beans and raw cane sugar.
I’ve eaten a lot of fabulous fair trade chocolate, and this is undoubtedly the yummiest I’ve ever had! Valentine’s Day is approaching, and a lot of chocolate will be bought and consumed over the next couple of weeks.
Alter Eco shares with us their vision as stewards of land and sea. As food producers, when they think “sustainable,” they think beyond the food and back into the land. With a holistic approach to food production and recognizing the global impact of packaging methods, Alter Eco is leading by example with the use of […]
It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and this week I’ve been totally on my game – a Valentine’s Smoothie, some Valentine’s Waffles, and today’s little tidbit on my kryptonite…Dark Chocolate.
Eating small amounts of dark chocolate can be good for your health. Chocolate comes from a plant — the bean of the cacao tree — and, like certain teas, wine and many fruits and vegetables, it boasts a high concentration of antioxidant compounds called “flavonoids,” which can help prevent heart disease and protect against cancer.
Valentine’s Day often means a box of candy from your sweetie, but just what are you getting in that candy? That annual indulgence could cost you a lot more than you bargained for. Unhealthy chocolate brands are full of more than just sugar. Following our exposes on toxic ingredients in children’s cereal and what’s in […]
If you didn’t already know, I am a CHOCOHOLIC! I usually buy the huge dark chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s, and eat it less than a week! I was so excited to work with Alter Eco foods, and to try some of their yummy chocolate truffles! I was drawn to the brand because they are […]
Choosing the right chocolate for Valentine’s Day can get complicated. Let’s face it- there are so many options! The following list will help narrow your choices down to chocolates made with the finest organic ingredients and that also support great causes and give back.
Not only does Alter Eco have USDA organic, non-GMO, and B Corp certifications, but it also wraps its chocolate truffles in compostable wrappers printed with non-toxic ink.
Heart month starts tomorrow. A month to care for your heart, and the love of your heart. I personally love celebrating Valentine’s with everyone I love – husband, sons, sister, mom, friends! It doesn’t have to be overblown, but I like showing a little love all around!
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Every so often, I am blessed with the opportunity to sample a handful of noteworthy healthy food products on the market! And today I wanted to share with you some of my favorites!
This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and your loved one to Alter Eco’s delicious chocolates that not only taste good but can be really, really, really, good for you, too!
Queen Street Warehouse does an apple, avocado and quinoa bowl, which is really delicious. It has lovely Asian flavours – the dressing is made with soy sauce, honey and lime.
Healthy or not, these are the best muffins I’ve made in a long, long time. They’re moist. They’re packed with flavor. They’re rich. They can be eaten for breakfast, a snack or dessert. They’re absolutely amazing.
“Dense and moist, this flourless cake is the luscious chocolate cake you dream about. With each mouthwatering bite, you’re transported to a world of elegance, full of chocolate and…. quinoa!” – Alyssa Rimmer, Queen of Quinoa
Less cakey than traditional brownies, these little chocolate bombs are so dense and rich, you won’t mind cutting them into 2-inch squares. For the true chocolate lover. These quickly become a signature party favorite.
Visually and gastronomically pleasing, this salad will surely be the star of any potluck. Packed with fresh basil, onion, peppers and corn, it starts to resemble confetti more and more— let the party begin!
Slightly adapted from Martha Shulman’s recipe for the New York Times, this lovely combination of roasted beets, fluffy quinoa and tasty goat cheese creates an interesting diversion from the typical cold quinoa salad. Served hot, this quinoa-beet combination is quite the healthy entree.
Sugar seems to be popping up everywhere in packaged foods these days, which is a big health concern for those who consume a lot of it, but even aside from the issue of the health effects of sugar on the body, there’s another part of the story, which is the effect that growing sugar has […]
I am doing three things in today’s post! 1. Sharing an über delicious, healthy, get-in-yo-belly recipe. 2. Hosting a giveaway with the fantastic Alter Eco brand 3. Releasing my first guide in the NITK GUIDES SERIES … the D I G E S T I O N R E S E T Guide! (oh, and […]
I’m a sucker for any salad that includes the powerhouse duo kale and quinoa. Both are jam-packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K (kale) and healthy fats, protein, and fiber (quinoa), making the combination a healthy and filling lunch option.
Quinoa is an AMAZING food. So versatile, so healthy, and so filling. And I can’t tell you how many times it took me to get it right. The first time I cooked it it was crunchy like caviar, and we all thought it tasted kind of funny.
You’ve found the perfect romantic restaurant for a candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner. Congrats, but you’re not done yet—you still need to buy a gift. But before you run out to your local candy store (or, god forbid, adult store), check out our selection of 20 affordable gifts for women, all less than $100.
The third installment of glowing recipes. In the winter, I often try to get immunity boosts from soups and hydrate myself with all things coconut. I need warm and hearty food to make me feel better because it is cold outside!
On a mission to transform the globe “through ethical relationships with small-scale farmers, and an integral sustainability orientation at every point on the supply chain,” Alter Eco Foods has bitten off a big bite to chew on. But it sure looks delicious.
If there’s one foodie gift that I love to give — and receive — it’s good, high-quality chocolate truffles. The ones that melt in your mouth and feel like such a decadent treat. The ones that are a bit more expensive than you can justify buying on a random Tuesday night. The ones that make […]
Christmas Truffle Selections for the Average Chocolate Lover (and recommendations for the connoisseur)December 23rd
Christmas is coming and the stores are bursting with chocolate truffles everywhere you look. Godiva and Lindt are competing head-to-head for the packaged ‘gourmet’ truffle market, making it hard to choose which truffle selection is best to purchase for the average chocolate lover.
The Triathlete staffers devoured these new organic dark chocolate truffles, combined with either caramel or sea salt. The individually wrapped (in compostable wrappers!) confections are made with whole-food ingredients, including Ecuadorian cacao and pure coconut oil.
If you waited until the last minute for stocking stuffers (again), bypass those dollar-store trinkets, and give a gift you believe in.
Alter Eco Foods: Fair Trade and Organic, Chocolate, Rice, Sugar, and Quinoa – Great for You and the EnvironmentDecember 18th
I’ll admit that my first impression of a new type and/or brand of food is generally made in a two part assessment: first off, it has to taste good (duh!), and secondly, it has to be good for me, or at least not bad for me. However, as I’ve become a mom and begun to […]
December seems to be a time of indulgence—especially when it comes to dessert. Baked goods in the break room, cookies and egg nog at holiday parties, candy from your Secret Santa. Temptation around every corner. Thankfully with Alter Eco and ginnybakes, you can indulge without the chemicals found in most other store-bought goodies.
The big day is almost here, are your children’s so excited that they can’t stop talking about Christmas? I love every-single-thing-about-it! From decorating our home and selecting the perfect gifts to sipping hot cocoa with peppermint sticks and listening to holiday music.
Alter Eco is a pioneer of globally crafted organic foods, such as delicious Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles, Bolivian Royal quinoa, heirloom Thai rice and Mascobado cane sugar. All Alter Eco goods are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free. Acknowledged as a professional Benefit Corporation, Alter […]
Alter Eco has introduced two new dark chocolate varieties to its line of organic truffles. The Sea Salt and Salted Caramel flavors are USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified and crafted with a signature Ecuadorian cacao and nutrient-rich coconut oil.
No ordinary box of airport See’s Candies will cut it for the family member who passionately loves chocolate—and the earth too. Alter Eco’s practices are socially just (fair-trade and cooperative), environmentally responsible (organic and carbon-neutral), and downright delicious (whole and minimally processed).
California, US-based Alter Eco has announced the launch of two new dark chocolate flavours to its organic truffle range; Sea Salt and Salted Caramel.
Truffles are a great little indulgence to have on hand if you just need a little something sweet but don’t want to go all out. You can’t go wrong with the sea salt/chocolate combination, and these Alter Eco truffles are no exception.
I am a huge fan of chocolate, and it is my sweet of choice. I rarely eat any other kind of candy, and simply love a good chocolate. And what’s better than a good chocolate? One that is made sustainably, and is socially and environmentally responsible, just to name a few.
Holiday Entertaining need not be a lavish affair but you can make it extra special by serving your guests a lovely Christmas or New Year’s Day Brunch. I can remember when I was growing up in Northern New Jersey, my parents and I were always invited to the most beautiful holiday brunches. The host would […]
Cultivated high in the Bolivian salt flats, Quechua and Aymara farmers grow the USDA organic and Fair for life multicoloured pear shaped mother grain. The grains add texture to salads and in less than 30 minutes, CSL testers created a fluffy pilaf style side with kale, sautéed pumpkin and tangy dressing.
Ancient grains are crossing over. In January, General Mills will launch Cheerios + Ancient Grains, which contains oats, quinoa, Kamut wheat, and spelt (and, ahem, 4 grams more sugar than Original Cheerios).
Satisfy your chocolate craving with Alter Eco’s new black and velvet truffles, the perfect substitute for gluten-containing Lindt truffles. Ecuadorian-sourced chocolate blends with pure organic coconut oil, with a cream center inside each decadent truffle.
Luxurious chocolate truffles from Alter Eco are velvety perfection wrapped in a crisp dark chocolate shell. Coconut oil, not soy lecithin, give the soft, creamy chocolate center its rich, smooth texture. Alter Eco Truffles are soy-free and certified gluten-free.
I was recently contacted by a PR company to try a box of healthy snacks and treats. Sounds perfect for me! I enjoyed trying these snacks. Some I have tried before, some I had not.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that’s fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean “superfood.”
3. Eating: Alter Eco makes some damn good chocolate. I’ve had a couple of their bars before, but recently tried these Salted Caramel Truffles. Holy moly they are goooood. The dark chocolate shell is filled with a rich, creamy caramel center with a sprinkle of sea salt. The combo is wildly delicious.
Many of our favorite organic food brands are also working to prevent unnecessary waste in their packaging. It can be difficult to find food-grade materials that are also sustainable and affordable, but these companies are ahead of the curve.
Lifestyle expert Andrea Metcalf shows us some weird healthy treats that are not only full of protein, but also tasty!
This single-ingredient product is consciously sourced quinoa from Bolivia, and the company is dedicated to stellar transparency on its website. USDA Organic and Fair Trade USA certified, too.
Alter eco is an amazing organic and fair trade foods company! They have amazing chocolates, rice, sugar and quinoa! Each of their products are divine, delicious, organic and made with fair trade ingredients! Their packaging is also made from non toxic ink, and it is home compostable! You can read more about their sustainability on […]
Halloween is over. What does that mean? The rest of the year is practically over in my book. Once November hits it seems like time literally speeds up as the Holidays approach. And once Thanksgiving is here? Forget about it! In a blink Christmas is here, New Year’s has come and gone and I’m longing to […]
To reap the antioxidant power of chocolate, choose a bar with 60 percent cacao or higher, like this one. The butter balances the bitterness.
I am a huge fan of any product with a conscience and Alter Eco’s new Organic Salted Caramel Truffles are just that. These new bites are crafted with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and Fleur de Sel de Guerande which surrounds a creamy caramel center. I felt as though I were spoiling my tastebuds with every indulgent […]
It’s time to start thinking about what’s going into your child’s trick-or-treat bucket…and belly. These gluten-free, organic candies will allow your little princess and superhero to enjoy Halloween, while you evade the ghost of unhealthy eating.
Wouldn’t it be nice to find healthy snacks within reach everywhere you go, including in your office space, at the vending machines, the deli, the airport and so on and so forth….Well, that’s not really the case – at least not yet – but don’t panic, we have put together a list of 10 healthy […]
Happy Sunday! We want to know if you’ve tried Alter Eco products before? If not, here is your chance- just in time for Halloween!
With Halloween around the corner, you will soon be faced with mountains of candy full of artificial ingredients. Check out this round-up of healthier Halloween treats – without the tricky ingredients!
Americans will spend more than two billion dollars on candy this Halloween, making it candy’s biggest holiday. But many Halloween candies contain palm oil, the large-scale, monoculture production of which is driving deforestation, extinction, human rights abuses, and climate change!
The new Dark Salted Brown Butter organic chocolate bar by Alter Eco is a treat. The fairtrade 70 percent cocoa bar unfolds slowly on the palate. It’s subtly salty and buttersmooth, hitting rich, fruity notes.
Get treat advice from non-GMO dietitian and smart health talk host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD.
Right now you are most likely in great shape from working out in the cooler fall weather. Your diet is on track and you’re looking in top form. Well nothing is trickier than navigating the high calorie, sugary treats of Halloween. You know the drill. You buy 4 bags of candy to give out to […]
Alter Eco™, pioneer of globally crafted foods with full-circle sustainability, announced the launch of two new dark chocolate flavors to its line of decadent, organic truffles, Sea Salt and Salted Caramel.
Pure Intentions: A a new e-commerce site aim to stage a healthy living revolution by cutting out the middlemanOctober 13th
Entrepreneur Gunnar Lovelace traces the origins of his Culver City-based start-up (launching later this month) Thrive Market, an online wholesale membership club devoted to healthy products, to his upbringing on an organic farm in Ojai.
With Halloween around the corner, you and your family will be encountering mountains of candy and Halloween treats that are full of artificial ingredients and tricky wording (things like “natural” flavoring, food dyes, colors, etc). So when can you do when Halloween treats are everywhere you look and you want to say “Boo!” to them? Try […]
Bob Lombardi made it through the first round of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.” The season four premiere, “The Haunted Farm,” aired Sunday night. One of five teams was eliminated. Four – including Lombardi’s – are still in the running for the $50,000 grand prize.
Is it possible to have fun getting healthy? Shifting diet and exercise can be anxiety provoking on many levels but nationally recognized Nutrition Twins have figured out a way to ease the “pain”.
New products to make your July sizzle — from sea salt chocolate to an herbal spot treatment for clear skin
Alter Eco is introducing two chocolate bar flavors to its line. Deep Dark Sea Salt Organic Chocolate and Dark Salted Brown Butter Organic Chocolate bars are made with 70% Cacao Nacional Forastero beans from Ecuador.
Healthy Indulgences: Regardless of Dietary Preferences, Many Shoppers have a Sweet Tooth that needs SatisfyingJune 1st
Despite commitments to a vegan, gluten-free or fat-free diet, consumers still want to indulge. Better-for-you dessert and confection manufacturers have learned that the best way to satisfy the sweet tooth of a health-conscious consumer is through additional product benefits.
Today we launch a new weekly series aimed at learning more about the 92 B Corporations who won the ‘Best for the World’ title earlier this year from nonprofit B Lab. First we spotlight Alter Eco, a company that connects food with economic empowerment.
The latest additions to Alter Eco’s line of Swiss-style organic and Fair Trade chocolate bars deliver buttery and salted flavors that elevate these classic ingredients in a truly delicious and ethical manner.
Company spotlights best in class supplier partners for outstanding innovation, responsible sourcing and commitment to quality standards
If you’re going to sin, sin healthfully. This unique chocolate bar from Alter Eco mixes organic 60 percent dark chocolate with toasted quinoa, adding a little crunch of protein and fiber to your smooth and sinful treat. Love it!
Alter Eco is growing quickly and doing almost everything right, but the small company’s ambitions are to drive major change. – Marc Gunther 4 February 2014
Host Dr. V. Mayfield interviews Mathieu Senard cofounder of Alter Eco, a values-based brand of specialty food products that brings delicious, exotic, high-quality and healthy ingredients from around the world to consumers in the United States, directly benefiting small producers around the world.
The quinoa craze continues, but the debate may at last be winding down. In recent years, quinoa, popularly grown in Bolivia, has exploded in U.S. popularity — and the increasing demand for it has spurred a lot more than pilaf.
Quinoa lovers have been put on a bit of a guilt trip with stories suggesting that the increased demand in the U.S. has put the superfood out of reach for those living closest to where it’s grown.
‘Benefit corporations’ have legal cover to put social goals above financial ones. What do investors need to know?
Quinoa has become America’s newest superfood. As the West becomes more obsessed with the crop, its South American farmers are paying the price. Would you eat quinoa if it caused others to starve?
Quinoa, which until recently was eaten mainly by poor rural communities in Bolivia, seems to be everywhere these days. From quinoa salads to a gourmet backpacking dinner, we’ve featured a fair few quinoa recipes ourselves.
Quinoa in chocolate? Sounds a little bizarre, but if Nestlé Crunch was one of your favorites as a child, then you’ll adore this grown-up and healthier take made by Alter Eco — Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar. We’re talking smooth, deep, luscious dark chocolate with delightful quinoa-rice crisps. It’s vegan, GMO-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and certified […]
Food company Alter Eco is attempting to create a holistic, sustainable global food distribution system, one that resolves those moral quandaries by inserting a crucial ingredient—fairness.
On the surface this looks like a classic spring roll, with the shrimp beautifully displayed against the thin rice flour wrapper. Inside, though, Alter Eco red jasmine rice replaces the traditional rice noodles.
Quinoa makes great salads because it has such a vegetal flavor. It can be the main ingredient or a lesser element added for texture and variation. This week’s recipes have great staying power, so make some of these on a Sunday and take them to work during the week.
The virtues of chocolate just keep coming. A recent study found that eating dark chocolate every day over a decade may lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. But before you indulge, make sure you make your chocolate treat healthy by remembering these tips.
Alter Eco proudly adds coupons to CommonKindness to help generate new funding for America’s favorite nonprofit organizations.
Alter Eco’s new Dark Coconut Toffee 47% Cacao chocolate bar with butter and sea salt is our newest keep-away bar: Keep it away from me or I’ll eat it all. It’s a good thing they only sent one, as a case would have gone down just as easily.
A bite of Alter-Eco’s Dark Chocolate and Quinoa with a cup of rooibos superfruit tea from Choice’s organic Jane Goodall tea collection.
At Expo West 2012 this past weekend, I had the good fortune of attending a rooftop cocktail party hosted by Fair Trade USA.
With the economy still struggling, it may seem like an impossible time to start a do-good social venture. It can be hard enough to operate any business profitably — let alone one that also tries to improve the world. But some observers believe that the tough times may be increasing interest in social ventures.
It’s an interdependent world we live in, and the work of Tristan Lecomte, 36, is the definition of interdependence. He has put into business common sense, which in business can be the least common of senses.
Nestle Waters France wants to offset emissions from its factories in the west by buying trees in a rainforest thousands of miles away. It is not the first and it will not be the last time a multinational company publicly declares its green intentions.