Product Review: Goji Gourmet

A big thank you to my friend, Allison over at Goji Gourmet for sending me a package of their tasty cookies.  I had the delightful opportunity to meet Allison last week to hear about her exciting new business and taste her deliciously-healthy cookies.

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Goji Gourmet offers a wonderful variety of cookies packed with superfoods and antioxidants!  All of their cookies are handmade, with no refined sugar added, no preservatives, low calorie and all-natural!  These bite-sized snacks are perfect for an evening nibble or for your child’s afternoon treat.

Be sure to check out Goji Gourmet and taste the goodness of their 4 yummy flavors:

Goji Almond Oat

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Goji Cherry Cacao

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Goji Ginger Walnut

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Goji Orange Mint Chip

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My clients and I enjoyed sampling these tasty treats; we snacked on them right out of the cute little bags (which are resealable and easy to toss into your bag for travel).  I decided to use my creativity and introduced the Goji Gourmet cookies to my clients paired with a dollop of Greek yogurt, crumbled atop a fruit and yogurt parfait and used as a crumb topping for my favorite pie and cake recipes.

I love Allison’s unique Goji Gourmet flavors: the combination of Goji berries with almonds and oats is incredibly satisfying and has a nice crunch…the Goji cherry cacao was my favorite, as I loved the raw chocolate taste and dried cherries happen to be my favorite dried fruit.  Goji ginger with walnuts had a nice crunch to them, as well and the touch of ginger was mild, yet added the perfect ‘zing’.   The Goji orange mint with chips were a huge hit with my clients- as it ‘Tasted like mint-chocolate chip ice cream”, they said.

Thank you again, Allison for sending us a fabulous assortment of your delictable cookies.  There’s nothing like enjoying a tasty treat that’s packed with superfoods and antioxidants- they’re mini guilt-free nibbles.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Goji Gourmet, which are popping up everywhere–I assure you–you’ll be hooked on your first little nibble.

You CAN Save Money and Eat Healthy!

We’re all pinchin’ pennies these days…the economy sure isn’t looking so hot and we could all use a little recession lesson on how to cut back without cutting out.’

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Here are a few of my money-saving healthy tips for your food store trips:

Make a List-BEFORE You Arrive

  • Always arrive with a complete list of everything you need.  This way you are more likely to purchase the foods that you need and will cut back on impulse shopping on expensive and unhealthy foods.

Choose Whole Produce

  • In the produce section, steer clear of pre-washed and pre-cut veggies; these tend to be much more pricey than their whole produce friends.  For instance, an entire bunch of kale or collard greens is about .99/lb. compared to a pre-washed, pre-cut Dole package of Kale, which can run you up to $2.50!  Skip the bagged pre-washed/pre-cut veggies and stick to their whole buddies.  You’ll be surprised how much more volume you can purchase for less money!  Plus, I always find that the fresh, whole produce tastes so much better than a packaged, pre-cut option.

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Shop Generic

  • When looking for each specific item on the food store shelves, be sure to purchase the store’s brand name items; this will always save you money.  I love Whole Foods 365 brand; it tastes amazing and it is usually cheaper than the other brands.  Trader Joe’s also carries a wonderful variety of foods using their own Trader Joe’s label.  If you do not see a generic brand when shopping, feel free to ask an employee at customer service-they will be able to show you where these products are located.
  • Moreover, many generic brands are placed on lower or higher shelves instead of at eye-level.  This is mainly so that ‘impulse’ shoppers grab the first package they see, which is the ‘expensive’ brand name option.  Take a minute to bend down or stand on those tippy-toes to see what generic options are available.

Buy in Bulk

  • Have a membership to B.J.’s or Costco Wholesale? Purchase your meat and poultry in bulk to save you and your family money (as well as countless trips to the food store).
  • Whole Foods has many basics in bulk including granola, beans, whole grains and nuts.  Be sure to stock up on these essentials by saving money and buying them in bulk.
  • Many wholesale food stores also offer beans and frozen vegetables in bulk.  These can easily be frozen into individual Ziploc bags for your convenient use.

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Always Eat Before You Shop

  • We all know what happens when we end up walking the isles of the food store when our little tummy is growling for some grub.  Don’t make the mistake of going food shopping on an empty stomach.  If you are hungry before you go, have a snack before you head out.  This way, when you arrive at the store–you won’t have the urge to purchase based on impulse because you’re hungry.  Moreover, this will keep your paws away from the items that you do not need in your cart and your pantry.

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Super Foods On a Budget

What are your favorite ways to save money at the food store?