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A review & A giveaway!

As I mentioned yesterday, Namaste Foods was graciously sent me two packages of their mix for review.

They are a small manufacturer of fine foods that contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein or nuts.

What does Namaste mean?

The word “Namaste” (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”) is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation. After many hours reviewing all the different translations, we decided we like this one the best.

“The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you.”

The word “Spirit” in this context has no particular religious connotation. You could substitute the word “Heart” or “Soul” if you like. The essence of the phrase is simply that the best part of me wishes you well. And we do wish you well. In seeking to offer you delicious allergen-free foods, we nourish the body. In nourishing the body, we hope to help nourish the mind and the spirit so you can enjoy optimum health.

I love its philosophy 🙂

In February of this year marks the 10-year anniversary of Namaste Foods. The owner shared the story of how the company was founded, I was touched by the story so I’d like to share with you (it’s not in its website)

“It was in the fall of 1999 that a friend approached me desperate for help in creating good gluten free and allergen free foods for herself and her son. She was frustrated at the lack of good food available to them. In my family, good food was essential – it brought friends and family together for the best of times and nurtured the soul. I couldn’t imagine missing out on one of the best things in life -good food. While I was unfamiliar with Celiac Disease at that time, i knew i loved to cook and could never resist helping a friend. So, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work. This challenge was particularly perplexing as any creation must not only be free of gluten but also free of corn, soy, potato, diary, casein, peanuts and tree nuts in order to meet my friend’s dietary restrictions. “

Waffle & Pancake Mix



Ingredients: 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup silk, 1/3 cup pancake mix


heat the grill


I used HEAB method for the pancakes. Beat egg whites until stiff


add the pancake mix



add Earth Balance to the grill (not recommended)



and you see why EB is not recommended


for the second batch, I used oil spray

for the sauce: 3 tbsp silk + 1 tbsp almond butter




final product






Coco’s review: It is scrumptious!!! It’s my first time trying gluten free products. It’s absolutely fabulous in term of texture and taste! Although it’s sugar free and I didn’t add any kind of sweetener, it has a sweet taste from the vanilla (I guess). 😀 I’ll definitely trying more gluten free products if they’re all that good! 😀 Rating5/5.

I think I’ll have pancakes every saturday, it makes me so happy! 😆

Bread Mix

To make the bread, just add 1/3 cup oil, 3 egg whites and 1 egg. The package comes with the bread mix and a packet of yeast.

Put everything to the bread machine and select dough cycle

when it’s done, take it out, put in a surface with cornmeal and let it rest for 90 min. The dough was really really sticky!!!  It was hard to manage so I didn’t touch it much, just let it sit.

90 min later, the dough was still sticky, so I just baked 1/2 of it and freeze the other half to see if that helps.

Used the Artisan Bread Five Minutes a Day Method for baking. 25 min later! Done! 😀

The texture and taste are different than wheat bread. It’s dense, chewy, slightly sweet, between cake and bread, really good! It totally deserves 5/5! 😀

Wanna try  Namaste products? Here’s the chance to win this:

Ways to participate (US. residents only)

1) Go to the Namaste Foods website and let me know which product you would like to try!

2) Link back to this giveaway on your blog

3) Tweet this giveaway.

4) Add me to your blogroll.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway ends Friday, April 9th, 2010 9PM Eastern Time


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Tea review & A giveaway

Two weeks ago I received a package from Celestial Seasoning

It was part of a “wellness kit” that they’ve created for the “flu” season. It included: Four wellness teas to ease  symptoms associated with the cold and flu including Sleepytime Extra, Echinacea Complete Care and Tummy Mint and Two green teas to support a healthy immune system year round – Authentic Green Tea and Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea.

I tried all of them and my favorites are Tummy Mint and AM Detox. I really like them because they’re rich in aroma and smooth in taste. Since I’ve been wanting to cut down my caffeine intake, these caffeine free teas are satisfying my hot drink craving. I’d probably drink 2-3 bags of different tea everyday.

Do you get “flu” in this season? I personally am fairly “insensitive” and don’t get flu often. But for those of you who do, here are some teas that might help.

A Tea for Whatever Ails You!

Seasonal discomforts keeping you down? You can trust delicious, all-natural Celestial Seasonings teas to help foster everyday wellness as part of your balanced, healthy lifestyle. The selection of recommended herbs, teas and other foods provided below can help you find great-tasting natural relief for your symptoms.

Tea for Health 101

Once you’ve chosen the tea that best matches your symptoms, click here to view a series of short videos that teach you about drinking tea for health and wellness, how to properly prepare tea, tea pairings and more!

Symptom Herbs for What Ails You Teas to Try Other All-Natural
Health Helpers
I have a sore, dry or scratchy throat.
  • Soothing chamomile
  • Licorice root and slippery elm bark to coat the throat and help alleviate discomfort
  • Ginger and lemongrass to rejuvenate the body
Sleepytime Throat Tamer™

Sleepytime Tea

Ice cold orange juice, honey, lemon juice, salt water (for gargling)
I am beginning to feel sick; my immune system needs a boost.
  • Echinacea to support the immune system and the body’s ability to defend itself*
  • Vitamin C for its antioxidant properties
  • Zinc, an essential mineral that provides immune system support during cold season*
  • Aromas and flavors likeeucalyptus and peppermintthat make you feel better fast!
Echinacea Complete Care®

Echinacea Tea

Walnuts, garlic, berries, citrus fruits
My stomach hurts and/or I’m feeling bloated.
  • Revitalizing fennel to quickly but gently calm your stomach
  • Soothing herbs likepeppermint and chamomilethat naturally assist digestion
Tummy Mint®

Tummy Mint Tea

Yogurt with active cultures, whole grains, water
I’m feeling run down.
  • Whole eleuthero root andAsian and American ginsengto sustain healthy levels of energy and stamina
  • Vitamins B6 and B12, which are essential for helping you cope with stress
  • Revitalizing and refreshing flavors like orange peel andspearmint
Ginseng Energy®

Ginseng Energy Tea

Oatmeal, berries, citrus fruit
I need to cleanse my body after over-indulging in fatty foods, alcohol or caffeine.
  • Milk thistle to cleanse and detoxify the body and promote healthy liver function*
  • Immune system-supportingEchinacea*
  • Cleansing botanicals likedandelion rootsarsaparilla root and red clover
Detox AM®

Detox AM Tea

Green leafy vegetables, water
I can’t sleep.
  • Tilia flower to quiet the mind and relax the body
  • Valerian, a trusted natural sleep aid
  • Calming herbs like chamomileand spearmint
Sleepytime Extra®

Sleepytime Extra Tea

Dairy products, nuts, carbohydrate-rich foods
I am feeling healthy and want to stay that way.
  • Powerful polyphenols and potent flavonoid antioxidantsto counter the harmful effects of free radicals
  • Vitamins A, C and E to maintain your body’s good health
A delicious, health-supporting Green Tea, like Antioxidant Supplement Green Tea

Green Tea

Fresh fruits and vegetables

okay. Wanna win a Wellness Kit? which included six package of teas that I got, PLUS Mug, soothing lip balm, honey sticks and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Bear and the book “Herbs for Health and Happiness” by Celestial Seasonings founder Mo Siegel and Nancy Burke.

Ways to participate:

1) Leave a comment on this post answering the following question: What’s your favorite tea?

2) Blog about it.

3) Twitt about it.

4) Add me to your blogroll.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway ends Sunday, March 28th, 2010 9PM Eastern Time


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A trick, a semi-failed attempt and a review

#1 a trick to deal with stress from HOW Now

Whenever we’re in a state of high stress or extreme emotional reaction, our thoughts become rapid and obsessional. They spin us out of the present moment and into a panicky netherworld.

The practice: if you find yourself in such a state of extreme anxiety, stop what you’re doing and place your attention on your toes. Once you’re able to feel sensation within them, move on to your arches, heels and ankles. Keep going, and keep breathing, as you feel the presence of your stomach, lower back, upper back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands and fingers. This practice need less than a minute. But by its end you’ll be back in your body, back in the moment, and able to bring a calmer, clear perspective to the difficult situation at hand.

#2 Semi-failed or semi-succeed attempt: homemade bun

It’s my first time making buns and I was afraid that it won’t rise. Well…. it rose but not as much as it should have 😦


Ingredients: 1/2 cup WW flour, 1/2 cup white flour, 1/4 cup barley powder, 1 tsp yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup warm water.

Method: Prepare the dough, letting it rise twice, an hour each time.


The filling was simple frozen corns and japanese rice seasonoing


Fold the filling in and pan friend with some oil and water


Ta ta: chinese friend bun.


it didn’t rise much but I like the dense texture. 🙂

#3 Review time: I received from Pacific Foods a selection of soup and almond milk.


First try: unsweetened almond milk vanilla flavor


I’m a big fan of Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze so I couldn’t not compare them. PF’s has stronger vanilla flavor but it’s more liquid. Personally, I prefer the creamier texture of BD’s 🙂 But if I don’t compare PF to other brand, it’s quite a good almond milk, strong vanilla flour.

Next: unsweetened almond milk original

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I need to be honest here. This is even less creamy and it lacks almond flavor, so I didn’t like it.

Spicy black bean soup: a combination of black beans, green bell peppers, simmered and infused with spices.

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sodium is a little high although I had to add additional salt 😦


I added some frozen broccoli and spinach. More honesty here: the cumin flavor was way too strong for my taste. It was spicy but not tasty. Sorry, I must say I didn’t like it. 😦

Chicken and Penne pasta: big chunks of organic, free-range chicken, organic vegetables and al dente penne pasta in a rich, slow-cooked broth.



again, high sodium. It’s low in calorie, one meal serving (one can) is only 135 cal. But make sure you have something else, otherwise you’ll be hungry just an hour later.


The taste was not bad but more toward bland.

Savory chicken and wild rice: the organic wild rice balances chunks of free-range organic chicken, organic vegetables and a rich, earthy broth.

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I think this is the best one so far, it’s tasty and filling. I savored it during a seminar and my classmates asked me for the recipe 😉

I should say if you are looking for organic products for soup, go for it because every single ingredient of their products is organic. But if you’re like me, a taste seeker, then they might not satisfy your buds.

Shame on me! yesterday I announced the ab challenge and I did nothing. 😦 I spent most of the day at school meeting with advisors (stress source!!!) and came home devastated (7PM), too late for any kind of workout. All I wanted was to eat and go to sleep. Hopefully , I’ll start today!!!

Q: Have you made bread/bun? What’s the trick for a good rise?


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