New Alter Eco Chocolate Varieties

March 31st

Alter Eco®, pioneer of fair trade and organic foods carefully crafted to entice the senses, is giving real chocolate lovers a reason to rejoice with the launch of four new flavors: Dark Salt & Malt, Dark Salted Almonds, Dark Super Blackout and Dark Mint Truffles.

Alter Eco Wants to Make Chocolate a Regenerative, Not Extractive, Industry

March 28th

By incorporating all ideals of sustainability, Alter Eco is building what it hopes is an exemplar of future business by providing excellent food products, while at the same time, harms no one and nothing in the process.

5 Wickedly Delicious Chocolate Recipes That Will Transform Dessert Time

March 28th

Make your family bonding extra sweet with these decadently delicious, and oh-so-simple chocolate-filled recipes. We consulted with Alter Eco Foods to get these 5 easy-to-bake desserts that are perfect for the kids.

Delicious Snacks and Beverages You Must Try Right Now

March 24th

Enjoy the grown-up version of malt ball. In this “malt meets salt” treat, you can enjoy the bold, deep Swiss-made Ecuadorian chocolate with sweet and salty infusion of flavors.

Fair Trade Chocolate, What’s It All About?

March 24th

Okay, this bar wasn’t plain, but we love its dark elements with a hint of malty crunch. And if you really love dark chocolate, their 90% “super blackout” bar launches this spring!

Salt & Malt Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies

March 21st

To celebrate the launch of our new 70% Salt & Malt chocolate bar, we baked cookies! A Salt & Malt chocolatey center gives these chocolate chunk cookies a crispy malty crunch to every bite.

The Best New Candy Releases of the Year, So Far

March 14th

If you’re a mint-chocolate everything type of person, these will become your new must-have staple hidden in your pantry. Made with coconut oil and cocoa butter, the white center of these truffles is perfectly gooey and melts in your mouth. With a dark chocolate outer shell and a generous hint of peppermint, each one of […]

Alter Eco Sweetens Sustainable Chocolate Portfolio with New Bars and Truffles Launching at 2017 Natural Products Expo West

March 6th

Alter Eco®, pioneer of fair trade and organic foods carefully crafted to entice the senses, is giving real chocolate lovers a reason to rejoice with the launch of four new flavors: Dark Salt & Malt, Dark Salted Almonds, Dark Super Blackout and Dark Mint Organic Truffles.

Alter Eco Sweetens Sustainable Chocolate Portfolio with New Bars and Truffles

March 3rd

Alter Eco®, pioneer of fair trade and organic foods carefully crafted to entice the senses, is giving real chocolate lovers a reason to rejoice with the launch of four new flavors: Dark Salt & Malt, Dark Salted Almonds, Dark Super Blackout and Dark Mint Truffles.

The Best Desserts for Runners

February 28th

Research has shown that dark chocolate (when it’s at least 70% cocoa) can boost brainpower and help your heart.

55 Healthy Snack Ideas To Help You Lose Weight

January 2nd

Your answers to the healthy-snack-recipe gods have been answered. Step 1: Get a bar of intense dark chocolate. Step 2: Put some in your mouth. Step 3: Benefit from this superfood’s antioxidants and indulgent taste.

11 Brilliant Gifts for the Hostess

December 23rd

Give ‘em a treat they won’t feel compelled to share with their guests. Made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, these truffles are the perfect salty-sweet combo.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

December 18th

This rich and velvety vegan chocolate pudding is sure to satisfy even the most serious chocolate craving.

(VIDEO) Healthy stocking stuffer ideas for the holidays

December 14th

Have you gotten the big gifts for the holidays all taken care of? Are you still struggling with what to do for stocking stuffers? Nutritionist Kelly Springer joined us on Good Day Rochester Wednesday, showing us stocking stuffers, with a twist.  Just because it’s the holiday, doesn’t mean you still can’t be healthy.

Fighting food waste: Companies at the forefront

December 13th

According to Feeding America, about 25 to 40 percent of food that we grow, process and transport is never consumed. A growing number of food and beverage brands are trying to combat this pattern by prioritizing environmental responsibility in their supply chain and product development practices.

A Gift Guide For The Holiday Foodies

December 9th

The holidays aren’t the holidays without that one person at the party whipping out a bag of truffles you haven’t tried yet. With these flavors, you’re sure to be the life of the party.

14 Holiday Food Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season

December 7th

Dark chocolate lovers prepare yourselves because Alter Eco’s gift set is filled with tasty little treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt. Their deep dark sea salt bar, dark blackout bar, and black truffles are all crafted from cacao beans that hand-harvested in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian coast and they’re gluten-free […]

Easy Ways To Shop Smart And Be A Conscious Consumer This Holiday Season

December 1st

Sinha recommends Alter Eco Foods, a company with innovate solutions. Not only do they employ certified fair trade practices and pay living wages, they partner with local organizations to support women’s empowerment programs as well as training initiatives for farmers.

11 Brilliant Gifts for the Teacher in Your Life

November 29th

Sustainable, ethically sourced foodstuffs let you give delicious treats with no guilt. The dark chocolate in these gluten-free, organic truffles comes from Ecuador, and the sea salt from Guérande, France. They’re certified Fair Trade and are 90 percent cocoa.

11 Thoughtful Gifts For The Fair Trade Foodie In Your Life

November 29th

For the friend who’s mindful of foodie, flavor, and the planet, Alter Eco’s truffles are delicious, addictive, and come in compostable packaging. The perfect gift to give, all in one? We think so. 

Food Stamps Can’t Be Used Online? Businesses Helping SNAP Recipients Move to the Internet Marketplace

November 23rd

Edouard Rollet is co-CEO and co-founder of Alter Eco, a global organic foods brand that surpassed $22 million in revenue in 2015. Rollet’s company partnered with Thrive Market on the initiative. “For us, supporting this initiative wasn’t a financial equation, but a moral one,” Rollet says. “We want to make healthier foods widely available, and […]

Feasting on good works

November 22nd

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mathieu Senard (for this piece), one of the founders of Alter Eco, a company doing remarkable good works in every step of their process. In that interview, Senard said that business is “the greatest force on the planet right now.”

We Tasted 7 of Alter Eco’s Chocolate Bars to See Which Is Best

November 20th

A brand committed to food activism without compromising bold flavor, Alter Eco is defying chocolate’s “guilty pleasure” reputation. This fair trade-certified chocolate doesn’t let your taste buds down, and you can indulge shamelessly knowing that each bar you purchase helps restore the rainforest and is made with minimally-processed, organically-grown ingredients.

A French Girl’s Natural Beauty Rules For Fall

November 9th

Healthy snacks are very important for me. Whether at the office or traveling, I have roasted, unsalted almonds and dark chocolate. I love Alter Eco; the quality is fabulous.

Holiday Wish List

November 7th

For the chocolate-lover in your life, Alter Eco’s Deluxe Gift Box will surely satisfy their sweet tooth. Includes Salted Caramel Truffles, Sea Salt Truffles, and 8 of Alter Eco’s best-selling chocolate bars. Arrives boxed and ready for gifting.

Meet the Bay Area’s fastest-growing private companies of 2016

October 13th

This year’s group of Fast 100 winners run the gamut from marketing and staffing firms to fintech innovators to specialty food retailers. The variety of industries represented on the list signals the diversity and health of the larger Bay Area business community.

2016 Gluten Free Essentials Awards

October 12th

Alter Eco Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate hits all the right notes—organic, gluten free, fair trade, and absolutely decadent.

Clémence von Mueffling’s French Girl Beauty Rules

October 11th

In the past few years, I have discovered some incredibly delicious dark chocolates. It’s my favorites snack or sweet treat after lunch and dinner. The darker, the better (less sugar too!) but I also love if they have a touch of additional flavor… almonds, pinch of sea salt… Some of the best brands here in […]

15 Rules from Tracy Anderson for Fast Weight Loss

October 7th

I’ll have coffee with steamed whole milk, a big salad, then a snack of Eden tamari almonds or an Alter Eco dark chocolate bar (one of these Best Chocolates for Weight Loss), then fish and vegetables…for dinner.

The Best Things to Buy at Whole Foods, According to Foodie Experts

October 6th

I have a few squares of organic dark chocolate every day as ‘me’ time. Knowing I have this treat to look forward to helps me easily say no to other sweet or salty snacks.

The 12 Best “Clean” Dark Chocolate Bars

October 5th

Consumers of high-quality chocolate will want to look beyond its health benefits to consider the environmental and social impacts of its production. Look no further than Alter Eco, whose organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bars are part of a product line that includes quinoa, rice and sugar grown in impoverished regions throughout the world.

SELF Editors’ Choice Food Awards: The 10 Best Low-Calorie Sweets And Treats

September 23rd

Our dietitians were on the lookout for a dark chocolate bar that’s at least 65% cacao, made without any hydrogenated oils or trans fats. This 70% cacao bar fit the bill, and we love that a sprinkle of sea salt (fleur de sel de Guérande, to be exact) brings out its natural sweetness. We also […]

9 Foods That Can Make for a Week’s Worth of Meals

September 20th

Mathieu Senard, co-founder and co-CEO at Alter Eco says that “quinoa is a versatile superfood that’s perfect for eating morning, noon and night, and can be cooking in batches for leftovers that will last three to four days.”  

Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

August 24th

Alter Eco Provides USDA Certified Organic, environmentally friendly, gluten-free foods from all over the world.

Alter Eco Hires Vice President of Sales, Sales Manager

August 18th

Alter Eco announced the appointment of seasoned sales guru Brett Isis Fisher as western region sales manager. A 20-year veteran in the natural products industry, Fisher will lead traditional retail and alternative channel expansion throughout the western region for Alter Eco.

Support Companies Who Give Back to the Community with These 17 Products

August 9th

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar is an organic, fair trade, dairy-free, and gluten-free chocolate bar. It is made with cacao beans, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, quinoa-rice crisps, and vanilla beans. This bar is also carbon neutral and sustainably sourced. Alter Eco prides itself in providing equal job opportunities for women, helping their quinoa […]

Quinoa with a Purpose

August 1st

Alter Eco, pioneer of globally crafted organic and fair trade foods with full-circle sustainability, has spent years cultivating and crafting the first-ever compostable Gone4Good pouch.

Chocolate Cashew Vegan Ice Cream

August 1st

Using soy lecithin-free chocolate is essential; the additive will cause the base to separate (we learned this the hard way). We developed this recipe using Alter Eco Dark Blackout Chocolate.

The 17 Best and Worst Dark Chocolates

July 25th

This Alter Eco bar has only 4 grams per ounce and 6 grams per serving, making it a solid choice.

Celebuzz’s 8 Favorite Things of the Week – July 23, 2016

July 23rd

 Guilt-free chocolate? Yes please! Fair trade certified, this bar is soooo velvety good. It only has five ingredients and is 100 percent organic, so I don’t feel bad at all when I inhale the whole thing in one sitting!

6 Guilt-Free Chocolate Bars to Try on World Chocolate Day

July 7th

Alter Eco’s mission is to be environmentally responsible, socially just, and reliably delicious. They pay a Fair Trade certified price for all their products, which are sourced from small-scale, farmer-owned cooperatives. This empowers farmers, especially women, to invest their income into their own businesses and improving their living standards. They are committed to transparency and […]

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Quinoa’s rise to superfood superstar status and the challenges it must address

June 24th

The co-founders of Alter Eco, which sells Royal Quinoa from Bolivia that is Fair Trade and organic, are proactively addressing these threats by working with small scale farmers who preserve traditional farming practices and a wide variety of quinoa seeds. And they are helping to pave the way for a brightest future for quinoa and […]

7 Healthy Snacks That are Low in Calories

June 22nd

Quinoa is one of those foods we often associate with a healthy superfood, which is why it’s made this list. Always a good healthy go-to, the Rainbow Heirloom Quinoa packs a crunch in every nutritional bite. The nutty, protein-packed Royal heirloom quinoa is grown on Bolivia’s arid, volcanic Salar De Uyuni salt flat, making it […]

Delicious Living Magazine Announces 2016 Best Bite Award Winners

June 15th

Delicious Living initiated these awards to highlight the wealth of natural food and beverage products on grocery store shelves that excel in health, ingredient sustainability, social mission and of course, flavor.

Delicious Living’s 2016 Best Bite Awards

June 14th

This fruity and ultra-dark chocolate bar is the real deal. At 85 percent cocoa content, a square of this consciously sourced organic bar is enough to satisfy any craving. Made with just four ingredients: cacao beans, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar and vanilla beans.

15 Amazing Weight Loss Tips From Kim Kardashian’s Nutritionist

June 13th

A dark chocolate, no-sugar-added chocolate bar will also do the trick. We like Alter Eco Blackout. Three squares have just 144 calories, 3.6 grams of sugar, and 8.4 grams of carbs.

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Dinner Builder

June 7th

I really enjoy Alter Eco’s Heirloom Quinoa because not only is it delicious, but Alter Eco is a company I feel good about buying from because they do such a great job at giving back to the environment.

(VIDEO) KCRA 3 Kitchen: Coconut Chip S’mores

May 21st

Lifestyle expert Deanne Goodman whips up some delicious s’mores with a twist.

Alter Eco Foods and Bare Snacks are Heart Healthy Food and Snack Choices

May 19th

Alter Eco Foods believe terroir can be one of the single most important players in the flavors and quality of food — as do many of their partner producers who work incredibly hard to create the highest quality ingredients. 

Alter Eco’s Gone4Good™ Packaging Eliminates Plastic Pouch Problem

May 12th

Alter Eco has always focused on full-circle sustainability and we ensure our full portfolio of chocolate bars and truffles, Royal heirloom quinoa, rice and unrefined sugar are all Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified. As the first company to seek Fair Trade Certification for our chocolates 15 years ago, we have […]

7 Clean Snacks Under 200 Calories You Can Find at Whole Foods

May 10th

Alter Eco Organic Rainbow Heirloom Quinoa is a nutty, protein-packed royal heirloom quinoa that packs a bright and festive crunch in every nutritional bite. Not only is it just 190 calories per serving, but it’s also now in new packaging made of compostable materials. Quinoa is one of the best complex carbs to help you […]

10 Foodies Gifts You Can Still Order for Mother’s Day

May 3rd

Make mom feel special with this unique unique gift set of truffle and chocolate assorted flavors like Dark Almond and Sea Salt. It’s all made from gluten free, organic, non-GMO and fair trade chocolates.

Celebrate Earth Day With Gluten-Free Products That Give Back

April 21st

Alter Eco, makers of so many of my favorite gluten-free products (from truffles to quinoa to chocolate bars), have made sustainability a huge priority. They do their best to make so much of their packaging recyclable and compostable. For example, their Heirloom Quinoa is now packaged in the company’s Gone4Good pouches, which are the first […]

Alter Eco Strives to Be a Carbon Negative Business

April 21st

As a certified B-Corp, Alter Eco’s environmental goal is to be a carbon negative business – meaning it insets more than it emits, in part by planting thousands of trees. Since 2008, the chocolate maker has planted 28,639 trees and in 2015 its actions helped generate 2,592 tons of CO2. In 2016, it plans to […]

(PODCAST) Earth Day Special on Full Circle Sustainability

April 20th

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, we’re featuring Mathieu Senard of Alter Eco. Alter Eco is a full circle sustainability company – from the earth to the earth. Their products are organic, fair trade, carbon neutral and, even their packaging is biodegradable. Their mission is nothing short of global transformation through ethical relationships with small-scale […]

Good News: It’s OK to Eat Quinoa Again!

April 19th

Ensuring that you’re choosing organic and fair trade options will help prevent pricing issues and support sustainable farming practices, which benefit both farmer and consumer. Alter Eco makes multiple varieties of quinoa in awesome new sustainable packaging. The company began working with Bolivian farmers as early as 2005.

Heirloom Fruits and Vegetable Breed Interesting Prospects

April 7th

Alter Eco as an example of how heirloom varieties resonate with consumers. The company was one of the first to bring quinoa to the United States, and called its product Royal Quinoa. The product originates in Bolivia, but consumers didn’t connect that fact with the name Royal Quinoa; it lacked that sense of place. ‘So […]

Viva Vegan Chocolate!

April 1st

The nutty, toasted, puffed royal pearl quinoa added a fun, light, crispy crunch to this Ecuadorian dark chocolate, with raw cane sugar, and Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean.

Travel Treats

April 1st

Vacations are a time to let everyday stressors dissipate, and dark chocolate can help achieve that goal. Alter Eco wowed us with their Dark Blackout chocolate bar, which boasts a whopping 85 percent cocoa and organic, fair trade ingredients.

4 Pioneering Products With Sustainable Packaging

March 29th

This brand’s new Gone4Good packaging, made from compostable materials, took years to perfect. Composed of FSC-certified eucalyptus and birch trees and printed with nontoxic inks, it both protects the quinoa inside and biodegrades in your home composter.

The Good Chocolate Guide

March 25th

All of Alter Eco’s cocoa beans are plucked from organic trees in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian coast. Together with Alter Eco, you are changing the world, one delicious bite at a time.

Make a More Sophisticated Basket This Easter

March 24th

Alter Eco makes the best gluten, soy, GMO, artificial flavor free chocolate truffles! Having tried the sea salt and the caramel truffles, I have to say, AMAZING. Yes, they are chocolates, but you have to have a little candy during the holidays. Alter Eco makes several different popular flavors of truffles and any of them […]

9 Real Food Snacks for the Road

March 16th

It’s hard to believe that the delicious silky, dark milk chocolate truffles are made with just seven ingredients. Added bonus: You can feel good about the individual packaging because they come in compostable wrappers.

NEXTYs: The Best New Natural Products at Expo West 2016

March 14th

Pouch packages are hugely popular—but they’re not recyclable, meaning they go straight to the landfill. Alter Eco has taken a step in the right direction by making one from compostable materials. The patent-pending packaging is made from birch and eucalyptus wood pulp, non-GMO corn and non-toxic ink.

19 NEXTY Award Winners Revealed at Expo West

March 12th

Best Packaging: Alter Eco Quinoa Pouch Made From Compostable Materials

Alter Eco Showcases Revolutionary New Gone4Good™ Pouches at 2016 Natural Products Expo West

March 8th

Alter Eco®, pioneer of globally crafted foods with full-circle sustainability, will showcase its groundbreaking and first-ever laminated Gone4Good™ stand-up quinoa pouches made with plant-based and compostable materials at 2016 Natural Products Expo West. A finalist of the show’s NEXTY Awards in the Best New Packaging category, the revolutionary patent-pending pouch was produced to help reduce […]

Profit Not the Only Motivation for B Corporations

March 8th

“We were able to integrate all the elements of our mission into our articles of incorporation,” said Mathieu Senard, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Alter Eco, a B Corp since 2009. “Legally binding, our product has to be organic and non-GMO.” He added that Alter Eco made the switch as soon as the possibly could, in […]

2016 NEXTY Finalists Named

March 8th

The award is given to products that display true innovation, inspiration and integrity with the purpose of bringing more health to more people. The vast field of finalists displayed high standards in transparency, sustainability, packaging, use of ingredients and give-back missions.

Breaking Down Alter Eco’s Quest for Sustainable Packagaing

February 29th

Many brands spend months, maybe even years, developing an amazing, carefully sourced organic, fair trade product with quality ingredients that consumers will love. And then they package it in a piece of trash.

56 NEXTY Award Nominees Display the Innovation, Inspiration and Integrity of the Natural Products Industry

February 17th

Pouch packages are hugely popular—but they’re not recyclable, meaning they go straight to the landfill. Alter Eco has taken a step in the right direction by making one that’s compostable. The patent-pending packaging is made from birch and eucalyptus wood pulp, non-GMO corn and non-toxic ink.

Add Romance to Valentine’s Day: 3 Eco-Products

February 11th

Alter Eco’s mission is ‘global transformation through ethical relationships with small scale farmers and an integral sustainability orientation with every point in the supply chain.’ Well said my friends, we support you! YUM!

The Best Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day (or Any Day)

February 4th

This perfect bar is rocking just four ingredients: cacao beans, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar, and vanilla beans. It’s the LBD of dark chocolate.

20 Healthy Foods You Better Eat in Moderation

February 4th

Not only can dark chocolate help boost your heart health, it can also help you flatten your belly, thanks to its digesting-slowing stearic acid content.

Quinoa Repackaged into Pouches Made from Compostable Materials

February 2nd

Alter Eco switches from a non-recyclable laminated pouch structure to a “Gone4Good” backyard-compostable stand-up pouch made from non-GMO (genetically-modified organisms), plant-based materials.

Score Big This Super Bowl

February 1st

Indulge in organic gluten-, soy- and GMO-free chocolate.

Indian Spiced Coconut Mango Quinoa

January 19th

Our Indian Spiced Coconut Mango Quinoa combines the lovely spices of India with Alter Eco’s Organic Red Heirloom Quinoa, a special combination with the addition of creamy coconut milk, sweet organic mango and antioxidant rich goji berries.

Alter Eco Launches Revolutionary New Quinoa Pouches Made from Compostable Materials

January 15th

Alter Eco®, pioneer of globally crafted foods with full-circle sustainability, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking stand-up quinoa pouches made from compostable materials. Produced to help reduce the more than 17 percent of plastic landfill materials in the United States, the innovative and patent pending pouches made from compostable materials are made from birch […]

Alter Eco: Sweet Like Chocolate

January 14th

Alter Eco is a pioneer of globally crafted organic foods, including delicious Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles, Bolivian Royal quinoa, heirloom Thai rice and ascobado cane sugar. Their collection is beyond delicious but what we really love is that all Alter Eco products are 100% USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO […]

Alter Eco Taps Diana Torres as New Eastern Sales Manager

January 7th

Alter Eco™, pioneer of globally-crafted organic foods with full-circle sustainability, today announced the appointment of Diana Torres as the company’s new eastern sales manager. Torres brings more than 10 years of industry experience in the Northeast region to her new role at Alter Eco, where she’ll be responsible for growing the brand’s presence and multi-channel […]

8 Food and Beverage Predictions for 2016

January 4th

While many brands use recyclable plastic to contain products—or in Method’s case, use plastic derived from ocean plastic—the next iteration for sustainable packaging is compostable. After consumers are finished with a product, they can throw the package into their home compost pile.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas We Love

January 1st

Chocolate is the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift, and if you want to offer your customers a truly exceptional chocolate experience, Alter Eco chocolates are where it’s at!

The Easiest Gluten-Free Desserts to Bring and Make for a Holiday Party

December 22nd

Shopping, wrapping, get-togethers, traveling… Needless to say, the holidays are the most hectic time of the year. If you’re hosting a party or dinner, or you’re attending someone else’s and have offered to bring a gluten-free dish, consider keeping it simple.

The Art of Chocolate: Woo Customers With Craft, Story and Health

December 15th

Chocolate. It’s craveable, it’s delicious and, until recently, it has chiefly been associated with indulgence, decadence and even sin. After all, how many times have you heard customers say they’re giving up chocolate for Lent? But with scores of studies now suggesting dark chocolate can improve circulation, symptoms of stress, and blood pressure and cholesterol […]

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

December 14th

If you have some friends or family on your list that would love a gift that can help them stay fit and healthy in the new year, I have some amazing last minute gift ideas for you! 

6 Natural and Organic Bars to Elevate Your Chocolate Set

December 10th

From a conscious company comes a creamy 42 percent cocoa chocolate bar that is softened with a small amount of milk powder and butterfat from grass-fed cows. Fair Trade Certified and organic, each bar also contains raw cane sugar, as well as cacao beans and cocoa butter from the Peruvian cooperative Acopagro.

The VegNews Guide to Vegan Chocolate

December 9th

Need chocolate? Our ultimate, up-to-date guides to vegan products give you everything you need to know.

Global Gifts that Give Back

November 25th

Santa Claus is nothing if not a citizen of the world. How else do you explain his journey to dole out presents to deserving girls and boys across the globe? The commercialism of contemporary Christmastime may make this yearly international expedition seem more like a materialistic gift dump than an altruistic venture, but its roots […]

Gifts that Taste Great

November 16th

What are the Holidays without Great Food/ Novelties, Old Favorites, and New flavors waiting to be discovered

10 Healthy Snacks That Are Delicious (and GMO-Free)

November 14th

As the desire for healthful living increases across the county so does the desire to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — and with good reason. While most of us are aware that the bulk of U.S. corn and soy crops are genetically modified, you might not be aware that sugar cane, alfalfa, tomatoes, potatoes, papayas, […]

The Best Breads and Grains for Men 2015

November 13th

No, carbs aren’t evil. Eat the right ones and you’ll load up on fiber and down the essential vitamins and minerals you need daily.

4-Ingredient Chili Chocolate Truffles

October 27th

These are it! The perfect Halloween treat to nibble on while passing up all the other processed candies out there; trust me your waistline, health, and energy will thank you for it later. I love the mix of sweet, spicy, salty all wrapped into one and these Chili Chocolate Truffles have all that, and are […]

The VegNews Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy

October 26th

Here at VegNews, we make it our job to be on top of the newest products, the must-try sweets, the gotta-have-it items. And just as important as it is to know what those new items are, we want to share them with you, so that you can be the most current conscious consumer out there. […]

Trick Your Tastebuds With These 6 Healthy Halloween Snacks

October 26th

Halloween is the unofficial start of the holiday season. But, from being pushed with everything from those fun size (and regular sized) candy bars to Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie), the challenge of trying to eat healthy can be more terrifying than a haunted house. But it doesn’t have to be […]

20 Creative Quinoa Dishes You Won’t Get Sick Of

October 19th

There’s lots to love about quinoa: it’s full of fiber, protein, and folate as well as other vitamins and minerals and incredibly easy to make. It also works with any meal — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert! But in case you feel like your quinoa rotation is getting stale, we’ve got recipes that’ll make […]

11 Ways to Enjoy a Non-GMO Breakfast

October 16th

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, seem to be in everything I like to eat for breakfast: cereal, bread, pancakes and waffles, syrup (if it’s made from corn syrup), even fruit. But given the health and environmental risks posed by GMOs, I’d rather avoid GMO-tainted foods if I can. In honor of October’s Non-GMO Month, I […]

Is Quinoa Worth the Health Hype?

October 15th

Quinoa is so two years ago. Really: the United Nations declared 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa.” But the crop is still cool, agree all of our experts. Nutritionally, few things supercede this superseed. For 222 calories, 1 cup of cooked quinoa packs 5 grams of fiber and 15% of a person’s daily FDA-recommended iron. You […]

Dark chocolate holds many health benefits but brand really matters.

October 15th

There is a growing awareness concerning the health benefits related to Dark Chocolate– as an increasing number of studies bring conclusive evidence of how even minimal daily consumption can help lower the risk of some very serious diseases. However, not all dark chocolate is equal– as we shall soon see, the method of processing dark […]

Alter Eco Appoints Lisa White as VP of Operations

October 14th

From here we move to Organic food brand Alter Eco, which has hired Lisa White as its new vice president of operations. White, who previously worked at Annie’s Homegrown and Global Organics, is also a trained chef. 

Good Buys For Foodies

October 7th

The best new books, tools and treats for food lovers.

Gluten Free Essentials Awards

October 1st

Alter Eco Organic Royal Rainbow Quinoa is Fair Trade-certified color on the plate. Light and fluffy, with a pleasing texture and taste.

How To Stop Poisoning The Neighborhood Children On Halloween.

October 1st

When I was a child I loved candy. I always found a way to have some on me, somewhere, hiding in secret cabinets or in my pockets. I know first hand how detrimental these “treats” are to your health and am so happy that I’ve now found a way to enjoy my life (and holidays […]

Get More Fiber With This Quinoa Granola Recipe

September 30th

Quinoa granola bars can be the perfect afternoon healthy snack. It’s main ingredient is quinoa. This superfood is a whole grain from South America that contains both protein and fiber.

This is the perfect day of eating for fat loss

September 26th

We’ve all gone through points in our lives where nothing seems to settle—every day, something changes or throws us for a loop. And when it comes to nutrition and food science, it’s no different.

8 Healthy Chocolate Bars That Actually Taste Good

September 26th

Halloween is one of the year’s most indulgent holidays. Candy is within arm’s reach everywhere you go, and while I won’t tell you what you should and shouldn’t eat, I think it doesn’t hurt to have informed options. I tasted a (large) handful of bars to pick out the most delicious, and I called upon […]

VIDEO: ABC’s KATU Fast & Fresh Weeknight Dinners

September 21st

Healthy Grocery Girl Megan Roosevelt visits Portland’s ABC KATU news channel to talk fast and fresh weeknight dinner ideas!

Compostable Candy Wrappers

September 12th

The exterior of Alter Eco’s candy wrappers appear to be purely colorful and fun, alike packaging that is used for hundreds of other sweet products on the market. However, what makes Alter Eco’s chocolate truffle wrappers truly standout is that the metallic foil can be planted in the ground and composted—in about six weeks, all […]

America’s First-to-Worst Dark Chocolates—Ranked!

September 11th

No one will dispute the fact that chocolate tastes good. But there’s a lot of argument over whether chocolate is good for you. Now, two new studies have added to the growing controversy over whether eating chocolate really can play a role in improving your health.

Health Back to School Snacks

September 10th

Tasty and healthy lunchbox picks.

You Can Just Bury This Compostable Candy Wrapper Once You’re Done Eating

September 10th

The wrapper around Alter Eco’s chocolate truffles looks like normal metallic foil. But after you eat the candy inside, you can plant it in your backyard. It’s the first home compostable candy wrapper—safe for compost bins or backyards—and the company is now working on making all of its packaging compostable.

Alter Eco Deep Dark Sea Salt Organic Chocolate

September 3rd

I’m in love with the coco… sweet and salty treat! Deep Dark Sea Salt Organic Chocolate from Alter Eco has one of the best flavor combinations. Made with high quality Ecuadorian cocoa and hand harvested sea salt all the ingredients are non-GMO, vegan, contain no artificial flavors, and are fair trade. I love ending a […]

2015 Best Bite Awards

September 1st

Choosing the winners and finalists for the Delicious Living Best Bite Awards is always a challenge. This year, we were blown away by the quality of nominations for natural retailers, manufacturers and our invested and knowledgeable readers. Out of the thousands (yes, thousands!) of submissions we received, the following natural foods and beverages rose to […]

A New Wave of Grains

September 1st

In January, General Mills launched Cheerios + Ancient Grains, which contains oats, quinoa, Kamut wheat and spelt; Kashi recently debuted Sprouted Grains, an addition to the brand’s Organic Promise line. These are just two examples of the hundreds, if not thousands, of new products coming out as ancient grains mature from bulk-bin staples into mainstream […]

Best Chocolates for Weight Loss

August 30th

There is a dark side to living the sweet life, and it comes in the form of weight gain. Whether your sweet tooth is calling the shots or not, we all enjoy a little indulgence now and then. Chocolate and candies have been the downfall of many a diet, but that doesn’t mean you have […]

Alter Eco Taps Industry Veteran Lisa White as New Vice President of Operations

August 24th

Alter Eco™, pioneer of globally-crafted organic foods with full-circle sustainability, today announced the appointment of Lisa White as the company’s new vice president of operations. White brings extensive experience in the natural and organic space to her new position at Alter Eco, having held leadership roles at companies including Annie’s Homegrown and Global Organics. The […]

What’s That Big “B” on the Label?

August 10th

If you see the “B” on a label, you may be pleased to know that company is not driven by profits alone; they’re also looking to have a positive social impact. Here’s exactly what it means and the criteria for companies seeking this certification.

(VIDEO) Local author explores the origins of food production

August 4th

He’s telling the story of the items we often take for granted, and you can read all about it in his book, “Where am I Eating?” An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy. Author Kelsey Timmerman is also the author of, “Where am I Wearing?” A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That […]

A Chocolate Revolution

August 1st

Chocolate lover? You’re not alone. The recent news of the global chocolate crisis has sent confectionary aficionados into a worldwide frenzy. In just the past year, we’ve consumed approximately 70,000 metric tons more cacao than produced according to the International Cocoa Organization, and with weather, disease and socioeconomic issues thwarting production in Africa where 70 […]

Back to School Awards

August 1st

Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles are absolutely decadent, but can be eaten without guilt since they’re made with flavonoid-rich dark chocolate by an environmentally conscious company. 

Off the Shelf

August 1st

Alter Eco Rainbow Quinoa is bright, festive, and chock full of nutrition–1 cup quinoa + 2 cups water = 4 servings, so you can enjoy it in creative ways all week long. 

6 Chocolate Brands Creating Social Change

July 31st

Words like eco, organic, healthy, tasty, and sweet can be found in one single product: chocolate. If the word “chocolate” is not sufficient enough, the other good part is that many of these organic chocolate products are also fair trade chocolate bars that are creating a social change and an environmental impact.

The challenge with quinoa (apart from pronouncing it)

July 27th

When I was first introduced to quinoa, I thought it was one of those words purely designed to catch me out and showcase my ignorance. ‘What is this kin-oh-ah stuff?’ I’d say to myself whenever it popped up on menus or supermarket shelves. Eventually, I dared to utter the word out loud. A more worldly […]

Is Rice Gluten Free?

July 15th

Alter Eco, which specializes in exotic sustainable foods, offers several types of rice that’s certified gluten-free, which means special care has been taken to avoid any contact with gluten in farming and production. At this writing, Alter Eco listed Khao Deng Ruby Red Rice, Thai Sticky Purple Rice and Hom Mali Jasmine Rice as gluten-free […]

Organic and all-natural trends: Healthy people, happy planet, tasty treats

July 15th

Organic. All-natural. Non- GMO. These labels are popping up everywhere — and while the majority of the organic industry applies to fruits and vegetables, growth is being seen in other food categories, including candy and snacks.

Silky-smooth sweetness: New gluten-free chocolate truffles from Alter Eco

July 15th

Have you ever tasted heaven? I have! And in my case, “heaven” comes packaged neatly in pink and orange compostable candy wrappers. You might know them as Alter Eco truffles, but to me, they’re truly divine.

13 Ways to Break Out of Your Lunch Rut

July 9th

Remember what it feels like to get excited for lunch? You don’t need high-tech equipment or even finely tuned kitchen skills to build the midday meal of your dreams.

Foodie Infatuations

July 1st

From beef jerky to dairy alternatives, all of these scrumptious foods and snacks are 100% clean. 

DIY S’mores Bar with Homemade Flavored Marshmallows

June 9th

I have a super fun summer party idea for you …Backyard Movie Night with a DIY S’mores Bar! We took the liberty of “testing” this out for you (haha) last weekend, and it was a huge hit. I let my girls each invite 5 friends to celebrate the end of the school year, and they […]

Alter Eco: Nourishing Foodie, Farmer, and Field

June 1st

Globalization is the integration of people, ideas, and products around the world. With today’s technology we can speak and share ideas with someone on the other side of the world in an instant and deliver goods within a week. This has allowed our world to advance at an extremely high rate. Not only are good […]

Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily

June 1st

Doing so will accelerate your slim-down. When German researchers put dieters on a low-carb plan and gave some of the a daily dose of 1 1/2 ounces of superdark chocolate, those who ate chocolate lost more weight steadily over time and stayed happier throughout the process than those who didn’t get the treat. 

Chocolate Br Sends Earth-Friendly Vibes

May 27th

The pick: Alter Eco’s new Dark Salted Burnt Caramel chocolate bar.Why it rates: Here’s a treat that’s a feel-good experience on multiple levels. First, it features dark Ecuadorean chocolate atop a concoction of raw cane sugar, organic cream and heirloom butter simmered to a deep caramel crunch and sprinkled with sea salt. 

The New Food Trend We’re Loving Lately

May 26th

Now that salted caramel has gone from high-end to mainstream, chefs are playing with a new variation on the theme: (barely) burnt caramel. It’s actually much tastier than you might think.

Socially Responsible Chocolate Truffles

May 5th

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.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Triathlete Moms

May 3rd

Need gift ideas for a triathlete-mom in your life? Look no further than this gift guide, with women’s specific triathlon essentials.

The Best BCoprs Might Just Be the Best Companies for the World

May 1st

For most of the business world, the bottom line still reigns. But over the past several years, an alternative movement of companies dedicated to improving their social and environmental performance at the same time they focus on profit has emerged.

(VIDEO) Nutritionist approved Plant Food.

April 28th

(VIDEO) From The Earth: Find Plant Foods in Every Group

April 27th

Earth Day 2015: 5 Food Companies That Make It Easy to Go Green

April 22nd

When late Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970, his primary objective was to demonstrate to political leaders the “broad and deep support” people had for the environment. Nelson knew the day would be a success, with peaceful demonstrations catching on from coast-to-coast — but he never could have imagined the actual response.

7 Earth Friendly Companies You Should Know About

April 22nd

We’ve been jerks to the earth and the ecological problems we face can’t be solved by one person or the government or a special interest group. It is up to each and every one of us to make different choices each day to help improve the environment and reverse the damage we’ve caused.

Sweet Treats Review

April 18th

Typically, I am not a huge fan of chocolate but since Adalyn was born, it has become a treat that I love to enjoy. Alter Eco surprised me with a package that included these black truffles and dark salted burnt caramel chocolate. Right when I opened the package that had the dark salted burnt caramel […]

6 food companies that are Best for the World

April 14th

B Lab on April 14 announced its 120 companies to earn 2015 Best for the World accolades. The companies represent the top 10 percent of point earners on the nonprofit’s Certified B Corporation assessment.

Rendevous with Alter Eco Founders

April 13th

Chocolate and quinoa lovers? This article is for you. Discover Alter Eco, a brand of delicious, exotic, high quality and healthy foods from around the world. In today’s world of processed foods and giant food companies, Alter Eco offers high quality products combined with sustainable production and environmentally conscious packaging. 

Shrimp and Rainbow Quinoa En Papillote

April 10th

The following is an excerpt from a post that was originally featured on Jelly Toast and was written by Emily Caruso, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

In the shadow of salted caramel

April 7th

Alter Eco, San Francisco, brings premium confectioner counter quality salted caramel truffles to the packaged retail marketplace. The organic dark chocolate truffles are crafted with Ecuadorian cacao and nutrient-rich organic coconut oil.

Green and Gluten-Free

April 1st

Gluten-free products are great for anyone who is sensitive to wheat and gluten. But “gluten-free” doesn’t always mean “environmentally friendly.” If your sans-gluten fare is heavily packaged and high in unsustainable ingredients, you may be helping your gut but harming the planet.

This could solve one of the Toughest Sustainability Problems Facing our Planet

March 27th

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 […]

Fair Trade Chocolate

March 17th

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.

Deep Purple Blueberry Smoothie With Black Quinoa

March 16th

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. 

Elephant Journal Presents: Best of Natural Products Expo West 2015

March 13th

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.

Chocolate Spotlight: Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate Bar

March 4th

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.

Off the shelf

March 1st

There’s no need to sacrifice taste if you want to eat healthy food. Try our list of delicious foods below. 

Catherine’s Healthy Pantry Picks

March 1st

Busy actress and mom Catherine Bell, 46, shares the kitchen staples that keep her slim and energized as she go-go-goes

Top 10 Quinoa Products

February 27th

From delicious chocolate bars with puffed quinoa to fantastic vegan energy bars, here are 10 inventive quinoa products.

Alter Eco Launches New Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate Bar

February 25th

Alter Eco™, pioneer of globally crafted organic foods including delicious Swiss-made chocolate, announced the launch of its Dark Salted Burnt Caramel organic chocolate bar. New to the Salted 70% Cacao line, the Dark Salted Burnt Caramel bar features dark Ecuadorian chocolate atop raw cane sugar, organic cream and heirloom butter that’s expertly simmered in to […]

Alter Eco Organic Royal Quinoa

February 21st

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 […]

Craving Quinoa? 3 Healthy Ways To Get Your Fix

February 17th

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.

9 new natural products to learn about—in under 30 seconds [Video]

February 13th

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

Healthy Chocolates for Valentine’s Day (And Any Day!)

February 13th

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.

Alter Eco Organic Truffles Sea Salt

February 13th

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.

Rising cocoa prices pushing Valentine’s Day chocolate prices up, New York Times reports

February 12th

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.

How to Pick Healthy Valentine’s Day Chocolates

February 12th

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 […]

9 Fair Trade Brands With Great Design

February 12th

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.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Will Cost More This Year, as Cocoa Prices Rise

February 11th

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.

7 Valentine’s Day chocolates to gift your sweetie

February 10th

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.

Looking for delicious, ethically made chocolate? Meet Alter Eco

February 6th

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. 

The Journey of an Eco-Friendly Company

February 5th

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 […]

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

February 4th

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.

The 12 Best “Clean” Dark Chocolate Bars

February 4th

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.

Unhealthy Chocolate Brands and Your Valentine’s Day Candy

February 3rd

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 […]

Non-GMO Project: Alter-Eco Chocolates, A Chocoholic’s Best Friend!

February 3rd

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 […]

Valentine’s Day Chocolates That Give Back

February 2nd

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.

Guilty Pleasure: The Best Artisan Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

February 1st

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.

The Keep It Simple Valentine’s Gift Ideas Guide

January 31st

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!


January 31st

We tested hundreds of products to find the best new buys for your grocery list. 

Products I’m Loving

January 31st

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! 

Valentine’s Day Goodies with Alter Eco

January 31st

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!

Quinoa Salad With Asian Dressing

January 29th

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 Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins (and an Alter Eco GIVEAWAY!)

January 28th

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.

Flourless Quinoa Chocolate Cake

January 27th

“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

Velvet Fudge Brownies

January 27th

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.

Basil, Pepper and Corn Summer Quinoa Salad

January 27th

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!

Quinoa and Roasted Beet Salad

January 27th

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.

What is the cost of sugar to the planet?

January 26th

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 […]

Nutty Quinoa Porridge and an Alter Eco + Nitk Digestion Reset Guide Giveaway!

January 25th

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 […]

A Kale, Quinoa, and Blueberry Superfood Salad

January 15th

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.

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe

January 9th

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.

Valentine’s Day ideas for her: gifts for women under $100

January 9th

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.

Confessions of a Quirky Princess – Shine for you

January 8th

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!

A CSR Makeover for Chocolate Truffles?

January 5th

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.

Two Superfoods Combine for One Delicious Treat: Alter Eco Chocolate Truffles

December 23rd

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.

Healthful Holiday Treats

December 23rd

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. 

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers From Our Favorite B Corps

December 20th

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 Environment

December 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 […]

Mindful indulgence with alter eco and ginnybakes :: review

December 18th

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.

4 Organic and Natural Stocking Stuffer Treats

December 18th

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.

Win an Alter Eco chocolate truffles giveaway

December 16th

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 […]

In the Spotlight: Alter Eco Chocolate Truffle Flavors

December 15th

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.

For the Sustainability-Minded Sweet Tooth

December 11th

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).

Alter Eco dark chocolate Sea Salt and Salted Caramel truffles

December 11th

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.

Alter Eco Chocolate truffles giveaway

December 10th

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. 

Alter Eco Chocolate (HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY)

December 7th

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 Made Easy – Christmas And New Year’s Brunch

December 7th

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 […]

What you should buy now: Alter Eco Organic Royal Rainbow Quinoa

December 1st

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.

New love for Ancient Grains

December 1st

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).

Visions of Sugarplums: These new sweets will delight both you and your loved ones.

December 1st

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. 

Stocking Stuffers: Rich Indulgence

December 1st

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. 

Healthy Snacks and Treats Review

November 28th

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.

Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

November 22nd

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.”

The Friday Five 11.21.14

November 21st

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.

Foods With Planet Friendly Packaging

November 20th

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.

Weird Healthy Treats: Andrea Metcalf

November 18th

Lifestyle expert Andrea Metcalf shows us some weird healthy treats that are not only full of protein, but also tasty!

17 natural food & beverage staples we can’t live without

November 12th

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 Foods

November 11th

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 […]

Treats With A Conscience

November 3rd

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 […]

Men’s Health Best Foods for Men 2014

November 1st

To reap the antioxidant power of chocolate, choose a bar with 60 percent cacao or higher, like this one. The butter balances the bitterness.

Happy Halloween Treats for Grown-ups

October 29th

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 […]

6 Gluten-free, Organic Halloween Candies

October 28th

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.

Top 10 Healthy Snacks

October 28th

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 […]

Shout Out Sunday: Alter Eco + Healthy Halloween Giveaway

October 26th

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!  

Treats Without Tricks – Healthier Halloween Goodies

October 25th

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!

Trick or Treat? The Frightening Climate Costs of Halloween Candy

October 24th

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!

Good Buy: Newsday Features Alter Eco Dark Salted Brown Butter Bar

October 24th

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.

Green Halloween Treats

October 23rd

Get treat advice from non-GMO dietitian and smart health talk host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD. 

Healthier Tricked Out Treats

October 21st

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 Unveils New Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles in Sea Salt and Salted Caramel

October 15th

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 middleman

October 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.

Halloween Treats without all the Trick(y) Ingredients!

October 10th

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 […]

Food briefs: Local chef survives round one of ‘Halloween Wars’

October 8th

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.

Stirring The Pot with Stefanie Sacks “Getting Healthy Finding Happiness”

October 7th

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”.

Summer Selections – Better Nutrition July 2014

June 26th

New products to make your July sizzle — from sea salt chocolate to an herbal spot treatment for clear skin

Alter Eco Featured in ‘Category Trends’ of Candy and Snacks TODAY

June 1st

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 Satisfying

June 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.

Best for the World: Alter Eco Aims for Full Circle Sustainability

May 29th

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.

Alter Eco Chocolate Bars Combine Premium Sea Salt and Brown Butter

May 7th

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.

Whole Foods Market® honors 2014 ‘Supplier Award’ winners

April 24th

Company spotlights best in class supplier partners for outstanding innovation, responsible sourcing and commitment to quality standards

Fuel Up, Feel Great!

March 31st

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!

Can fast-growing Alter Eco push the envelope on sustainability?

February 4th

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      

A Kind Voice on Employment, Opportunity and Innovation

January 1st

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.  

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Your Quinoa Addiction

July 18th

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.

Your Love Of Quinoa Is Good News For Andean Farmers

July 17th

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.

When Doing Good Meets Investing

July 12th

‘Benefit corporations’ have legal cover to put social goals above financial ones. What do investors need to know?

Can You Stomach The Truth About Quinoa?

July 11th

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?

Is Fair Trade Quinoa A Real Thing, Or Has The Superfood’s Popularity Hurt Those Who Grow It?

July 8th

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.

Food Review: Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar

April 13th

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 […]

For One Food Company, the Key Ingredient for Success is Fairness

December 4th

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.

Spring Rolls With Shrimp, Red Rice and Herbs

October 8th

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 Salads With Spring Vegetables

June 12th

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.

How to Keep Your Chocolate Fix Healthy

June 6th

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 Joins to Create Funding for Nonprofits

June 5th

Alter Eco proudly adds coupons to CommonKindness to help generate new funding for America’s favorite nonprofit organizations.

Alter Eco’s Dark Coconut Toffee Bar: As Good as its Producer’s Politics

May 28th

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.

Fair Trade Chocolate, Tea, Spice and Coffee Sales Jump 75 Percent, Study Says

April 20th

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.

5 new fair trade foods and beverages from Expo West 2012

March 14th

At Expo West 2012 this past weekend, I had the good fortune of attending a rooftop cocktail party hosted by Fair Trade USA. 

Some Ways to Get Started as a Social Entrepreneur

June 22nd

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.

Dark Quinoa bar as a “feel-good alternative” to classic Nestle Crunch in Food and Wine

March 22nd

Alter Eco’s Tristan Lecomte Named One of TIME Magazine’s Top 100

April 29th

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.

Peru hails Western carbon offsetting programmes

March 28th

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.