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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.

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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 […]

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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!

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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.

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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 […]


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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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(VIDEO) Nutritionist approved Plant Food.

April 28th

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

April 27th
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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!

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.  

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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
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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.