Specialty Food Friday: Two Moms in the Raw

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In most instances, I have strayed away from eating granola bars entirely, and even went as far as eliminating them from diet when I was losing weight after the birth of my daughter. Granola bars tend to be high in sugar, lack many nutrients, and filled with preservatives. My diet was so successful mainly because I had such a diverse array of healthy, organic foods at my fingertips living on the East End. It was then that I began incorporating even more healthy, raw ingredients into my diet such as walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, and maca powder all while learning that all granola bars were not sweet and unwholesome.

I was recently introduced to a raw food company that sells granola, granola/nut bars, sea crackers crackers, truffles and cereal called Two Moms in the Raw. Two Moms in the Raw, a gluten-free, raw food manufacturer founded in 2006 by mother-daughter team, Marsha and and Shari, who has three children of her own. Shari started making raw foods after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. She found that a natural path to wellness (including a raw food diet) worked best for her. She couldn’t find any raw snacks that tasted good, so she made her own. Friends and family soon caught on. After lots of sales from the back of her car to parents of her children’s classmates in the school parking lot and a few years selling at the Boulder County Farmers Market, Two Moms in the Raw was founded. Two Moms in the Raw products are all raw, sprouted, handmade, organic, gluten free, vegan and Kosher. Shari would say the products are “simple, sprouted, snacking goodness.”

I had the opportunity to try their a selection of their granola bars, nut bars, and cereal products. I agree with Shari; I loved the granola bars so much and were perfect for traveling long distances during the week when we went up the island. I enjoyed each bar during the morning and kept me satisfied for a good few hours. The cereal was so tasty, especially in the morning which provided a super-food pick-me-up. I paired the cereal with some fresh berries and a tall glass of rice milk. Have just a small handful in the morning and you are good to go. What I love is that this is a product that is full of nutrients and great as travel snacks for children and adults alike. The nut bars are the perfect way to refuel post run or cycling excursion.

My favorite vegan nut bar was the Cacao Nib. You can tell by now I love anything that includes chocolate as an ingredient! The nut bars were not sticky or too chewy and had a soft texture with the taste of fresh walnuts and almonds. My favorite granola bar was the Gojiberry; I enjoyed the incorporation of sunflower seeds and it was a very wholesome snack. It reminded me of walking on a nature trail surrounded by beautiful, songbirds in the mid afternoon. They also sell truffles made with cacao, almond butter, and agave. I would love to try include the Green Tea Vanilla and Almond Butter Cacao truffles.

Their cookbook, Two Moms in the Raw: Simple, Clean, Irresistible Recipes for Your Family’s Health. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound before it comes out on May 5th. The book is offered at a special discounted price during pre-order! Subscribe to their email list for even more recipes and product updates.

Two Moms in the Raw is a keep-it-real guide to eating well for anyone who wants to get back on track, enjoy greater vitality, reduce stress, and achieve their best health. Half raw, half cooked, and all gluten and refined sugar free, the recipes in the book are designed with 2 things in mind:

1. Making healthy foods taste so good that even kids will want to eat them like The Single-Skillet Chicken Puttanesca

2. Saving time in the kitchen.

In addition to these inspiring recipes, Shari offers insight on her preferred ingredients, kitchen equipment, and “household healers.” She also offers easy, healthy kitchen swaps like: replacing butter with coconut oil, using fruit or coconut or date sugar instead of refined sugars, and many more useful tips.

Below is a sample recipe:

Stress-Busting Turkey Meatballs

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Flax meal binds these babies together the way eggs might (sub in an egg for the flax seeds if you don’t have any). In small amounts, eleuthero and ashwagandha help the body regulate stress and maintain balance (happy adrenals make for a happy mama). In these amounts, they don’t add any discernible taste but improve my health in ways I can feel.

Serves 4

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup finely chopped baby spinach
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons dried (not ground) eleuthero
  • ½ teaspoon ashwagandha
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups Fresh Tomato Sauce (see below) or good-quality storebought marinara sauce
  • Cooked brown rice noodles or other organic, gluten-free noodles, for serving

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, spinach, carrot, shallot, garlic, salt, pepper, flax meal, Italian seasoning, parsley, eleuthero, and ashwagandha and mix well. Form into walnut-sized balls.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the meatballs until golden, turning occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes total.

In a 4-quart saucepan, heat the tomato sauce until simmering, then gently lower the meatballs into the sauce. Simmer until the meatballs absorb some of the sauce and soften, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve over the noodles.

For the fresh tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Reserved chopped chard stems
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2½ pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 or 7 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ashwagandha (see page 25)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the chard stems and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, oregano, ashwagandha, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.

Two Moms in the Raw products are sold nationally at retail markets such as Whole Foods Market, Amazon, Natural Grocers, Alfalfa’s, and locally in Sag Harbor at Provisions. For more information, please visit http://www.twomomsintheraw.com

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