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  1. The Green Elephant – A Better Potato Chip and So Much More!

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    It all started way back in 2005 as a concept of making iconic American snack foods better for you. A holistic mission to provide options to consumers that made their world a little less evil. Before we launched a potato chip we largely stayed away from anything that was cooked in oil. We prided ourselves on air-popping our popcorn (which we still believe is the best and tastiest way to make popcorn) and we puffed a bean chip in hot air that was higher in protein and lower in fat. But as we fine-tuned our approach to our chips we really realized from our customers that snacking is all about flavor, and while a bean chip is nice idea, it just is not indulgent enough.  While the roots of the company featured snacks that were lower in fat and calories, we began to realize that some fat was ok as long as it came from a quality ingredient and that it was sourced responsibly. Snacking in its essence was not about perfect. That if we provided organic, non gmo verified ingredients that came from better ingredients our customers would respond. Choices that were good for the planet was also very important for the customer and company both.

    So now here we are and here comes the Green Elephant. Let’s not fool anyone the product comes from a potato. While the potato is not a nutritional power house vegetable like some of the greens in its family, it has played a very important role in providing nutrition to countless civilizations over the last 5000+ years it has been around. It is a quality starch and a medium potato  contains good percentages of your daily intake of dietary fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.  This mud dweller is no dud.

    But what makes the Green Elephant more special is the other ingredients we use and the special cause it supports.

    We use organic, cold pressed high oleic Sunflower oil which we believe to be the best oil to slow cook potato chips. The oil is cold pressed from organic sunflower seeds, is light, odorless and has a delicate delicious flavor. The oil is low in saturated fat and contains both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. High oleic sunflower oil is particularly  high in monounsaturated fats (which are good) and has a smoke point of 450 F. The stability, flavor and high smoke point of high oleic organic sunflower oil makes it the best oil to cook potato chips in.

    The chips are then dusted with just the right about of Himalayan pink mineral salt. This salt is believed to be purest form of salt available and has a composition very similar to ours.

    As for the seasonings we use ingredients like organic apple cider vinegar (a health store favorite) for the vinegar is our salt and vinegar and organic honey (a staple in any healthy pantry) and jalapeño for the other flavor.

    When all these organic and/or non-gmo verified ingredients are combined you get one delicious potato chip.

    Besides being a better potato chip, we really believe the Green Elephant cause is one you should care about. LESSEREVIL will join with distributors and retailers to donate a portion of sales on every bag (not profits) to the cause.

    Elephant are emblematic of goodness in Africa and are among the smartest creatures on this planet, and they really need our help right now. The demand for ivory and their landscapes has their populations dwindling quickly. Save The Elephants is a cause that focuses on the ivory poaching crisis. It was launched 2013, it and the Elephant Crisis Fund in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Network are really starting to fuel the growing coalition of organisations that are working to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and end the demand for ivory. 100% of funds raised reach the field and they are making a big difference.

    The Green Elephant, full of flavor with just the right amount of goodness.

     

  2. Introducing Himalayan Gold. Why we think you will love it.

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    We know the popcorn category is crowded and the last thing our retailers and our customers need is another packaged popcorn. So whatever we do in popcorn has to bring innovation, be nutritious and taste amazing. Here is what we hope you will like about about our latest product release:

    1. We wanted it to taste like butter but continue to use organic coconut oil instead of butter. As much as we love the taste of extra virgin coconut oil not everyone likes it as much as they like the taste of butter. This tastes exactly like butter!
    2. This combines the nutritious qualities of organic coconut oil but uses real botanical extracts to mimic a butter flavor. So its dairy free and after you eat the whole bag you won’t feel like you have eaten a tub of ice cream like movie theatre popcorn does.
    3. Of course its air popped so if you think that one of favorite articles is close to right (see attached) you feel pretty good about eating this. http://www.today.com/health/popcorn-healthy-veggies-depends-how-you-pop-it-t73016
    4. Its organic so you can feel good about no pesticides and herbicides on your food and what it means for the planet!
    5. As usual we use Himalayan salt!

    It’s available on our website right now. Get it before we ship to your favorite store.

    As always please, please, please let us know what you think… My phone number and email address is below!

    [email protected]

    203-529-3551

     

  3. Why should you buy LesserEvil Popcorn?

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    Let’s face it, we are not the only popcorn selection when you are shopping at your favorite store so we need to continually  prove why we are the best selection for you and your family.

    So here is a little post about why our popcorn should be a steady in your pantry.

    1. We are organic. There are many reasons why you should care but here are our top 3. Conventional popcorn is notoriously a dirty crop, there are lots of chemicals are sprayed on it. Check out this article that gets into it a little: http://grist.org/article/checkout-line-iffy-pop/ .  Secondly, when you choose organic there are other benefits like more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. And third its good for our planet; it protects ecosystems, reduces pollution and preserves agricultural diversity.
    2. We use only the best oils. Like organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil and avocado oil. They have nutritional properties.
    3. We air pop. Air popped popcorn is much lighter and lower in fat and calories. It’s also healthier. Please read: http://www.today.com/health/popcorn-healthy-veggies-depends-how-you-pop-it-t73016
    4. We use Himalayan salt. Here is why you should care and why you should use it everywhere in your kitchen! http://www.naturalnews.com/028724_Himalayan_salt_sea.html
    5. We manufacture our popcorn in our own very clean SQF, organic, kosher facility. Because we are a small company quality control is everything to us. Heck we even support our local communities by employing 60+ employees.
    6. We stand behind our products. If you are not happy, we will make you happy. Period.

    Hope this little checklist helps.

    If you ever want to call us with suggestions, thoughts or just need a pick me up, you know where to find us!

    203-529-3551.

     

     

     

  4. Take your Breakfast Bowl from eh to wow!

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    At LesserEvil we recognize a balanced breakfast provides a smart start to your day. We realize finding the best choices might not always be easy to do so we have created a simple yet delicious way for you to take your breakfast to the next level.

    So many breakfast choices suffer from carbohydrate overload, quick release carbs that don’t do anything for your body. Our breakfast bowl recipe provides substantial protein, slow release carbohydrates, whole grains as well as a full day’s dose of non dairy probiotics!

    Ingredients:

    1/2 C whole grain rolled oats (not quick cook)
    1 C water or almond milk
    1-2 T sweetener of your choice (we love coconut sugar but zero calorie stevia works well too)
    1 C mixed nuts and seeds (chia, hemp, walnuts, almonds)
    1/2 C mixed fruit (bananas, blueberries, your choice)
    3 LesserEvil That’s a Good Cookies crumbled (available here)

    How to:

    Prepare the oats according to manufacturer instructions, combining the liquid and oats.

    Stir in sweetener of choice

    Top with fruit, nuts, seeds and crumbled cookies! It’s just that simple!

     

     

     

  5. Meet the Newest Members of the Buddha Bowl Family

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    What’s new at LesserEvil? The last two products we launched were Himalayan Pink and Sweetness which cam out in the spring of 2014. Both made with organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt. The spring of 2015 is all about raw avocado oil and bringing some new flavors to the organic coconut oil family! We are excited to introduce you to Avocado-liscous, Classic Cheddah and Bonsai.

    Avocado-liscious uses the same general idea of our coconut oil flavors. A raw cold pressed extra virgin avocado oil is sprinkled all over the air popped kernels and it’s then dusted with Himalayan salt. The oil is created by cold pressing the flesh of the avocados at a temperature under 113F. We are proud to say in each bag is the oil of more than 1.25 avocados! The oil is full of the goodness of avocados. High in vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, beta sitosterol and lutein. Bringing raw avocado oil to organic popcorn has the makings of some the of most nutritous snack food around.

    The Classic Cheddah flavor was a must because we knew we needed a cheddar popcorn. Our friends and family had been asking for it. The beauty of this is that its organic, so you don’t have to worry about rBST and other junk in the cheese. We also make this with organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt so its more nutritious than other cheese popcorns. Your kids will love it.

    Finally there is Bonsai. It’s LesserEvil’s first attempt at a spicy popcorn and we think we have nailed it. Wasabi can be an intense flavor profile but we think we have come up with just the right flavor to delight both the hardcore wasabi lovers and those that are a little more timid. Our kids even love it! This baby is organic too so you can rest assured we use clean ingredients.

    LesserEvil Healthy Brands is based in Danbury, Connecticut and is devoted to producing unique, healthy & flavorful foods with real nutritional value. We manufacture out own products which supports the local community while controlling our own food safety and quality. At LesserEvil we also believe in sourcing ethical and organic ingredients and we support farmers here in the United States. All LesserEvil snacks are gluten-free & Non-GMO Project verified. Enjoy life its delicious.

  6. 10 Simple Healthy Calorie Swaps

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    A drastic diet overhaul can be a bit intimidating. If you fear giving up the foods
    you love in order to improve your health or lose weight, this list of 10 healthy food
    swaps will put those fears to rest.

    Switching out not-so nutritious foods with these healthy alternatives will not only
    reduce your calories, but will also provide you with more nutrients like the vitamins
    and minerals needed to support your body—and your taste buds will stay happy!

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