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November 2012

  November 2012  


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What works...Success Stories

Makes Back-to-School Less Stressful

“Just wanted to say THANK YOU for making back-to-school a little less stressful. This will be our 4th year using Laptop Lunches® bento boxes. We LOVE them and recommend them to nearly everyone. Thanks so much for making your good idea available to everyone.”

    -- Bethany Pearce, Courtenay, Canada

Love Them for "To Go" Lunches

“I have used your products for 5 years and recommended them to all my friends. It helps me to maintain portions as well as make eating healthy exciting for my children (now 4 and 6). We also love them for ‘to go’ lunches when they have to eat in the car. It keeps things from getting messy.”

    -- Jackie, La Jolla, CA

Such a Fabulous Product  

“LOVE your lunch boxes! Packing lunch at 6 a.m. is actually kind of fun thanks to you. Who would have thought that was possible? Thank you for such a fabulous product.”

    -- Margo McGirr, Staunton, VA

Do you have a success story or photo to share? Email it to us at [email protected].

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From Our Desk to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving!

Those affected by Hurricane Sandy have been in our hearts and on our minds the past two weeks. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. For those of us far away, the images of the destruction in the northeast serve to remind us about how truly powerful Mother Nature can be, and no matter where we live, that it’s important to be grateful for what we have every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day. We are grateful for this wonderful community, for all your support and for your commitment to eating well and being kind to the planet. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

ORIGINAL INNER CONTAINER SETS: Want to streamline your lunch-making routine? Our original inner container sets are finally back in stock, now in TEAL at We’ve also got plenty of 2.0 inner container sets (in two color options!) at

MIS-MATCHED SETS: Our mis-matched sets are back in stock! From time to time we end up with "extra" containers. Instead of recycling them, we assemble them into "mis-matched" sets, made up of many different colors. We're currently offering these in cartons of 24 only for a flat price of just $384.00 per carton. More information can be found in the DEALS and STEALS section of our Web site at Available while supplies last!.

FACEBOOK SPECIAL: Be sure to check out this week’s Facebook Deal at

Wishing you and your family a good Thanksgiving!

From Your Kitchen to Ours

"I have five children ages 12, 10, 5 and twin 3 year-olds. For the first time ever, all five are in school all day at a magnet school in a nearby city. I have used the Laptop Lunchboxes for my two oldest children for a few years now and was excited to pick out lunchboxes and accessories for my three youngest this summer. It is no simple task making healthy lunches for 5 children each night, but they love them and refuse to buy lunch even when it's pizza day! The teachers rave about the lack of waste and the portion control, and I have passed on the Web site to many other moms at the school! Thank you for making healthy lunches so easy for this very busy mom!"

    -- Kasey Harding-Wheeler, Rocky Hill, CT

Food for Thought: Onions

Onions have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. They are a good source of calcium, fiber, and vitamins C, K and B1. Red and yellow onions are rich in quercitin, known to help fight asthma, inhibit stomach cancer, and lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that compounds in onions help prevent cancer and kill cancer cells. They are also beneficial for the heart and diminish blood clots.

Onions can be eaten raw, roasted or sautéed. Eat them raw on sandwiches, salads, salsa, and chili. Cook onions into soups, stews and sauces. Sautéed onions are great in almost any savory dish. Try some grilled with a little olive oil.

To learn more about the benefits of onions, visit: Be sure to check out the list of additional articles on the right hand side of the Web page.


  • Good Source of Vitamins C, B1 and K
  • Rich in Quercitin
  • Helps Lower Blood Sugar
  • Diminishes Blood Clots
  • Fights Asthma
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Inhibits Stomach Cancer
  • Good Source of Fiber and Calcium
  • Beneficial for the Heart

This Month's Recipes: From The Healthy Apple

The following recipes are reprinted with permission from Amie Valpone, author of The Healthy Apple blog. To view the postings for these recipes and others, visit:

Carrot Coriander Dip

  • 6 large carrots, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup hemp milk
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp freshly ground white pepper


1. Place all ingredients into a blender; pulse until smooth.
2. Transfer to the stove top, cook on low heat for 4-5 minutes or until thickened.
3. Enjoy atop grilled tofu, eggs, fish or as a dressing on salad.

This recipe can be found at: along with information on dairy free milk alternatives.

Kale Cashew Pesto

  • 2 cups kale, steamed and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup cashews, toasted
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup rice milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, roasted
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder


1. Place kale and scallions in food processor and pulse until chopped.
2. Add cashews, nutritional yeast, rice milk and garlic. Pulse again to combine.
3. Slowly add sea salt, lemon juice, oil and chili powder.
4. Continue pulsing until smooth.

This recipe can be found at: along with a recipe for vegan falafel balls.

In the Spotlight: Clean Eating from The Healthy Apple

Amie Valpone and The Healthy Apple

About Amie Valpone:
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, Editor-in-Chief of is a Manhattan based Culinary Nutritionist, Personal Chef, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook.


I’m a Clean Eater. What does that mean, exactly? Well, it’s about eating from nature’s bounty: fresh foods in their most natural state. Nothing with a label, nothing processed: purely nuts, seeds, fresh produce, healthy fats and lean proteins.  Not sure what to make of this? How about whetting your appetite with Kale Cashew Pesto with Chia Seed Falafel, Fresh Spinach Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Avocado Basil Dressing, Leek and Tomato Apricot Soup?

I learned at a very young age that I had an intolerance to dairy and sadly had to forgo the Dixie cup ice cream at birthday parties. Then, along came college where gluten intolerance hit me full force. I wasn’t ready for this double whammy; especially eating such a restrictive diet under the confines of a mere dorm room fridge. I struggled for many years in college and beyond, wondering what I could eat (what my body wouldn’t reject) and what I should eat (to replenish the nutrients I wasn’t getting from gluten and dairy). I spent 10 years enduring chronic stomach pain and other unpleasant side effects, visiting every doctor in Manhattan and even venturing out to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, only to be told that I was a medical mystery. “Nothing is wrong with you.” “I can’t help you.”

With the medical establishment getting me nowhere and leaving me more frustrated, I decided to heal myself naturally through food, which keeps me content, feeling good about myself, and smiling every day.  I later realized that I could not consume any grains and that I reacted to packaged foods. I learned how to create homemade salsa, dressing, marinade, guacamole, hummus and so much more by experimenting in my kitchen with fresh produce and herbs.

My attitude towards this lifestyle wasn’t always so positive though. There was a point in my life when I thought I would never find anything that would not make me sick, but then I made the big decision to take charge of my health. I went back to school, learned a lot about how food heals, and I started my gluten- and dairy-free living blog, The Healthy Apple, to help people who have similar intolerances or who suffer from a medical illness requiring a restricted diet. It’s easier to adjust your lifestyle than you think; and if you keep with it, you will succeed. I bring my own food to BBQ’s, on airplanes, on car rides and sometimes even to weddings.  But hey, a girl’s gotta eat.  And eat I do.  I love food; it’s what healed me. 

Food is what took me off pain killers and steroids when I was suffering from colitis, bacteria overgrowth, dysbiosis, parasites and pathogens. Food is what brought a smile to my face when I was in chronic pain. It took patience, time, research and learning how to listen to my body.

Today, I am still healing my stomach and feeling much better. I am on the path to recovery and my blog, The Healthy Apple, has been my saving grace. It’s what has kept me strong and inspired.  Living a gluten-free, dairy-free life can be a challenge to some, but I’m here to show you that it can be hassle-free and that life can still be delicious, even without these ingredients.

I show people how simple and easy it can be to create good-for-you food; not the food in the boxes down Aisle 4; not the food you see advertised on TV claiming to help you lose weight, gain energy, etc.; not the food that you see with an ingredient list the length of a tape measure; and definitely not the food that comes in a can or package.

It’s about eating FRESH: fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, fresh lean proteins, and healthy fats. 

It’s not about the processed gluten-free pizzas or the vegan cookies or the dairy-free ice creams.  Yes, I’m sure they all taste great, but if these companies are taking out the gluten, dairy, fat or sodium, then what exactly are they putting in? Just take a look at the ingredient list, and I’m sure you’ll be blown away at what’s inside.

I know it can be a tough transition for many of us to go ‘cold turkey’ and completely cut out certain foods; however, this doesn’t mean you should stock your pantry with more processed, packaged foods. Check the labels and do your homework. For years I was pulled in by TV and magazine ads claiming the newest, hottest food products. I longed for the Sunday newspaper to check out the ‘shineys’ for fun, new packaged foods.  I’m sure you can relate.  However, now those foods are gonzo, history, no more in my kitchen. Those days are over, and I’m okay with that. It surely wasn’t easy, but I realized I had to take this step to heal my body and help others who are in the same boat. That’s why I love what I do; giving food store tours, performing pantry makeovers, public speaking, educating children and adults on how to Eat Clean by tossing the ‘diet’ mentality along with the packaged, processed foods and learn to let the Clean food in.

I’m here to show you just how easy it is to live a clean, simple life with clean, simple foods and to never give up; there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am living proof.

Let’s start by taking a step back and eating the basics: fresh produce, lean proteins and healthy fats. Challenge yourself to forego the supermarket. Shop at local farmers’ markets.  I bet you’ll be surprised at how creative you can get. And the best part? Your taste buds will transform, and you’ll soon realize that you don’t need that fake sweetener or that sugary iced tea or those cookies. Why? When you use fresh, naturally sweetened foods such as beets, carrots, sweet potatoes and fresh herbs, your taste buds will be fully satisfied. Believe me, I never thought I’d say those words, never thought they’d come out of my mouth. But I assure you, fresh ingredients taste great.  It takes patience and practice and a bit of learning, but that learning curve isn’t steep and you can do it. My blog, The Healthy Apple has tons of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan recipes that use fresh ingredients and are fun to create. Here are a few that you can try yourself. Go ahead, give them a shot and let me know your thoughts. I’ll be waiting to hear from you. 

For more information about Amie Valpone and The Healthy Apple, visit Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

In the News

Cancer Health and Wellness

Packing School Lunches: How we went from chore to cheer!

School has started and I’m already struggling with getting lunches packed.

Since we don’t want our kids eating lunch meat, it’s not always easy to figure out what to pack. There are only so many PB and J sandwiches one kid can eat. After scanning the market for items and falling short on ideas, my husband and I asked our kids what they wanted.

We were happily surprised at what we heard. I don’t know why we didn’t ask sooner, seems like a logical idea, but I didn’t trust they would make the best choices.

I could not have been more wrong.

My kids asked for all sorts of things, including leftovers from the night before … if they liked the meal. They also asked for cut up fruit and veggies, with dip (of course) and hummus and wraps, with veggies and lettuce. Salads were an option, as was peanut butter and Ricemellow (vegan fluff). We had a great list of items to work from.

To read the full posting, visit:

Food Lush

Laptop Lunches and Some School Lunch Ideas

I have been using Laptop Lunches for packing my three kids' school lunches for the last couple years and I've been pretty happy with them.

A Laptop Lunch is a plastic bento system that is lead, BPA, phthalates and PVC free. It's not shown in the image above, but one of the containers has a lid so that liquids, like applesauce or yogurt, won't leak into the rest of the lunch. I like the fact that I don't need any plastic baggies or disposable containers. And since I feel obligated to fill every container, I think my kids end up getting a little more variety, too. My only complaint about the ones we bought a few years ago is that the containers are pretty small and shallow. If you squeeze a whole sandwich into the main compartment, it's hard to get the outer box to close. But, it looks like the newer models have addressed this. The size is different and there's now a larger compartment available. To read the entire article along with some other lunch ideas, visit:

Green Opportunities

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN THANKSGIVING – – Looking for ideas of what vegans or vegetarians can eat on a holiday so firmly tied to turkey? Are you wondering what to do when celebrating Thanksgiving with both carnivores and vegans? Here are some Thanksgiving menus that everyone will enjoy. To learn more and to check out the menus and recipes, visit:


VEGAN SUBSTITUTIONS FOR 8 COMMON BAKING INGREDIENTS – Could you use some help transforming recipes into vegan versions of the originals. Annie Shannon, a food blogger and cookbook author, has a few recommendations for the best vegan substitutions for common baking ingredients. To read her recommendations, visit:

COOKING GREEN: 15 ECO TIPS FOR THE KITCHEN – Being a green cook means making earth-friendly choices in preparing your food. Here are some tips for a greener kitchen. To learn more, visit:

Featured Web Site: Living Green Magazine

Living Green Magazine is an online publication that informs and educates readers on a range of environmental and lifestyle issues. They balance news stories with articles that highlight nonprofit causes and provide sustainable solutions for individuals, families, businesses, and communities.

Their companion website is My Green Face, “where socializing leads to action.”  It’s an online environmental community where members come together to learn, share, discuss—and collaborate to help save the planet. 

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