April 17, 2014

Strawberry-Banana-Mango Detox Energy Smoothie


I’ve been on a quest recently to eat more healthfully, boost my metabolism, lose weight and still have energy for my family and work.  On this quest I’ve been reading up on many different programs that all seem to transform your body and life, like Paleo and Young & Raw.  While I’m not yet ready to make a complete commitment to these extreme lifestyle changes, I’m learning a lot about the healthy, healing nutrients found in nature, nutrients our bodies crave.  I’m also much more aware of what I’m putting into my body and my children’s bodies, because as the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat’.

I recently came across some Detox Smoothies from YoungAndRaw.com and while I haven’t yet made many of their smoothies, mainly due to lack of available ingredients on my end, their recipes gave me the idea for a Detox Smoothie of my own.  It seems the secret detox ingredients are both Coconut Water and Cilantro.  I’ve added Chia seeds, ground vanilla beans and greek yogurt to the mix for added energy, protein and sweetness.  I make a double portion in the morning and have it for breakfast. I leave the rest in my fridge for  a late afternoon healthy snack to give me energy right before my kids pile home.  Its also a great healthy afterschool snack for the little ones, especially if you mix it with ice and make it a frozen treat.   Its filling, healthy and tasty! Go ahead and get creative and use some or all of these ingredients, mix in your own favorite fruits and vegies and make up your own Smoothie!  The key remember is to remember how healthy, tasty and beneficial natural fruits and vegetables can be!

Strawberry-Banana-Mango Detox Energy Smoothie


1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup mango

1 handful fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon ground vanilla beans (I got mine compliments of KosherScoop from www.baktoflavors.com)

1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds (here’s the link to the Kosher brand I get from Amazon)

1 Tablesopoon of plain Greek Yogurt  (I use Chobani brand but I understand from my visit to Kosherfest this year that Norman’s and Mehadrin have Chalav Yisrael Greek Yogurt coming out on 2013).  You can also substitute Coconut milk here.

1 cup Coconut Water.  You can substitute Coconut milk, almond milk, or rice milk if you find the flavor of coconut water too much to handle.


Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 30 – 60 seconds.  Enjoy!

Natural Health properties of the Ingredients:

1. Cilantro Detoxes heavy metals from the blood and also helps to naturally combat PMS symptoms.

2. Vanilla contains high levels of antioxidants and benefits the nervous system working as a relaxant.

3.  Mango can help clear pores.

4. Bananas are a natural mood booster – they contain tryptophan which triggers a serotonin release in the brain.

5. Coconut water replenishes the body with electrolytes!

6. 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds contains 1.7 grams of protein, 4.2 grams of carbohydrates, 3.1 grams of fat (1.8 grams of that is Omega 3).

7. Coconut milk is known to assist the body in absorbing calcium and magnesium, making it a wonderful milk and yogurt alternative for anyone who wants to build and maintain strong, healthy bones.

8. Just a hand full of Strawberries will serve you up more Vitamin C than an orange, as well as trace amounts of B Vitamins and a high dose of Manganese.

Sources: Youngandraw.com and Livestrong.com

Kosher Certified Wild Planet Tuna Sale On Amazon


When you have the option to buy Wild fish at virtually the same prices as the farm-raised ones, don’t pass it up!  The health benefits of wild versus farm raised are numerous - its healthier, natural and better tasting.

Here are some of the features of the Wild Planet Albacore Tuna that’s on sale now on Amazon:

  • sashimi-grade tuna, caught wild in the Pacific Northwest area.
  • Omega-3 oils maintained and no additional liquid is added
  • hand-selected smaller fish for lower mercury accumulation.
  •  Comes in BPA-free cans.
  • OU-kosher certified.

You can find this Tuna at Whole Foods for about $3.15 per can .  With Amazon Subscribe & Save, you can get six cans for $12.70, or $2.12 per can, with free shipping.  Don’t pass this up its so healthy for your family!

Use it for tuna salad, tuna casserole, tuna patties, tuna meatballs and more.

Remember that selecting Subscribe & Save is pretty low risk since after your shipment you can unsubscribe the item at any time with no cost.  Before shipping your item, Amazon always sends you a reminder email that you have the option of cancelling before its delivered and payed for.  Although I really like the idea of such a healthy product being delivered to me on a regular basis at such a low price!

Get your Wild Planet Sustainably Caught Wild Albacore Tuna, 5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 6) now!

Save Big On Gluten-Free This May With Amazon


May is Gluten-Free Month on Amazon which means great savings not just for people with Celiac and/or wheat sensitivities but for all of us.  In honor of Amazon’s Gluten-Free month, all grocery items and Gluten-Free cookbooks and books are on sale, some heavily discounted.

Some of the best buys include Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pastas at over 40% off with Gluten free Bread, pancake & pizza crust mixes on sale as well.

Many of the best selling Gluten Free Cookbooks like Gluten-Free On a Shoestring, Gluten-Free for Dummies & 100 Best Gluten Free Recipes are on sale this month as well.

For all my Gluten-Free fans, my friend and awesome gluten-free chef, Delicious Without Gluten-Free Living, has shared with us some of her best dessert recipes like gluten-free brownies & Tiramisu-ish dishes that will be adored by everyone.  Click here for these great recipes.

Click here for Amazon’s full line of Gluten-Free items on sale this month.

Get A Free Lawnmower From Pep Boys


Here’s something you won’t see here too often, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, Pep Boys is giving away a free $99 Greenworks lawnmower when you bring in your old gas mower.   This trade in offer is part of a settlement agreement Pep Boys made with the EPA back in 2010.

If you don’t want the free $99 mower , you can trade up to a 20″ 12 amp mower for $75 which would otherwise retail for $249 or a 20″ 24V mower for $150 that without the trade-in would retail at $299.  The mower you trade-in must work and you will have to empty the gas tank before you bring it to Pep Boys.

How about a new environmentally friendly lawnmower for this mother’s day?  :  )



My Most Favorite Food Restaurant Turns Kosher For Passover


My Most Favorite Food Restaurant – Open Chol Ha Moed Passover 2012 & Year Round

My Most Favorite Food is a wonderful restaurant that boasts a rich & flavorful history in the city of Manhattan.  In its present Upper West Side of Manhattan location, it caters to the large Jewish & kosher-keeping community who live and thrive there.  Their menu offers a full range of delicious healthy foods for gluten-free & gluten-lovers alike.  They offer a wide assortment of seasonal salads, grilled/baked fresh fish and the traditional home-made pasta dishes found in most dairy restaurants.  They also have a mouth-watering menu of fresh home-baked desserts, available to eat or take-out.

The owners of My Most Favorite Food found me through this website and invited to come and eat in the restaurant to write a review.  That was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up since, first, I was familiar with the older, My Most Favorite Dessert Company and was curious to see why the name & location change and second because, well, who doesn’t need a night out in the city with the hubby (on the house!).  So, while my review may subconsciously be skewed by the fact that I got a night out on the house, I can definitely say that after my meal, I would go there again as a paying patron, in a heart-beat.

The restaurant is gorgeous and fitting to the upper west side location with its combination of red brick warmth and full length cool city windows.  The serving staff were attentive, knowledgeable and provided us with a relaxing and pampered experience.  And the food was superb.   I am on the Dukan Diet which means I am wheat, gluten & pasta free.  So the grilled Salmon and Greek Salad were my choices.  My husband, on the other hand, can keep skinny while still eating an entire plate full of baked ziti at 10:00pm (which was when we finally got the kids to bed & drove out to the city).  My salmon was wild (which is much healthier than farm-fed), fresh and perfect.  My husband’s pasta was just as delicious and fresh.  For purposes of this review, I made sure to taste my husband’s My Most Favorite Cheesecake and regretfully, it was so good I couldn’t stop with one bite!  Had it not been so close to Passover, I would have brought home half the take-out bakery goods for Shabbat.  And the other half as guilt offerings for my kids for leaving them with a babysitter for the evening.  They have these adorable little mini-cupcakes & cookies beautifully decorated for the kids.  They were just too pretty to leave in the store!

However, I think what’s most notable about this wonderful restaurant is the lengths they go to to satisfy their customers.  Some of you may know that when I’m not running The Kosher Shopaholic, I do business coaching for a living.  So I am accustomed to noticing a star when I see one.  Not many business owners would expend the amount of effort, time and money to turn an entire (pasta, pastry, cake) restaurant and off-site commissary Kosher for Passover. But My Most Favorite Food, catering to the needs of the surrounding Kosher community does.  You can live anywhere in the US and still order from their wide assortment of “I-can’t-believe-its-Kosher-for-Passover” selections as they ship throughout the country.  Of course, if you live closer by, you can call in an order for delivery or better yet, take the whole family out to eat there for Chol Ha Moed.   And after the seders moms, you deserve a break! 

Click here to see their full Kosher-for-passover menu.  And if you do go visit them, make sure to tell them I sent you!

BTW – the dessert in this picture is their success cake: layers of almond meringue with French vanilla crème, garnished with toasted almonds.  Available for passover and year round!

**HOT** Rachel Ray Stainless Steel Cookwear For Only $99


Grab this deal from Amazon fast before its gone – a full set of stainless steel pots & pans by Rachel Ray Cookwear in orange for only $99.00!

If you need a good set of pots for Passover, these will be perfect!  I don’t think I can resist – my pots for Pesach are all odds & ends, each year I buy something new from the dollar store.  This year I think I”ll splurge on these pots – especially since they are so cheap! I particularly LOVE the orange handles, don’t you?

Click here to check out this gorgeous set of stainless steel cookwear – regularly priced $285 thats a 65% savings!  Who can resist?


A Very Punny Matzel Toff Review


Matzel Toff!

Don’t you just love the pun?  Mazel Tov … Matzel Toff…  get it?  Last week I offered my readers a chance to create their own cute Pesach related pun to win a family sized box of Matzel Toff.  Here are some of the creative puns that came in:

Carrie Rosenbush writes, “What’s a lion’s favorite pesach vegetable? Ma-Roarrrrrr!”

Jen Han writes, “Is everything here co-share? (kosher)”

L.T. Zeen writes, “Where’s the Matzel Toff? Please PASS it OVER!”

Sarah Hurwitz our WINNER writes, “don’t “passover” the toffee dessert i will be serving! :)”

Naomi Elbinger writes, “i wanna be a matzo man

Jessica Kobrin Bernstein writes, “What do you call someone who likes to eat matza? A matzochist

Matzel Toff! has another great deal for you!  From now until the end of the Passover holiday – April, 14, 2012 when you buy 4 boxes of MatzelToff mouth-watering toffee chocolate Kosher-for-Passover treats, you get a fifth FREE! 

What is MatzelToff?

Its the matzah make-over you’ve been waiting for – using only the finest ingredients to enrobe Streit’s matzah in mouth-watering toffee and rich chocolate.  This delectable gourmet treat has won the hearts – and taste buds! – of everyone who has indulged in its scrumptious flavor, including Joan Hamburg, Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray, who’ve highlighted Matzel Toff! as a Passover favorite.

Certified Kof-K Kosher and kosher for Passover, Parve Dark Chocolate Matzel Toff, or milk chocolate variety makes the perfect Seder host/hostess gift, ideal family treat, present for a friend, or anytime indulgence for yourself – keep a stash to munch on to make the eight day chametz-free holiday a bit more bearable.  Great year round as well!

Click here to try it – you’ll be glad you did!



Manischewitz Matzah Factory Tour: A Photo Journal

Matzoh right before it goes in the oven

I was invited to go on a private media tour of the Manischewitz Matzah factory in Newark, New Jersey.  They are at the end of their Shmura Matzoh run for the Passover season, 2012, and allowed us in to watch as they made the last few batches (or few thousand boxes) of shmura matzoh.  Next week, when most of us Jews are turning our kitchens over to ready-for-Passover dishes and utensils, the Manischewitz factory will already be turning thier Kosher-for-Passover factory back to year-round, non-passover status (not to worry, they shut down the entire week of Passover)!

With my handy iPhone 4, I was able to take some magnificent pictures and videos of the matzoh making process in their new state-of-the-art facility.  I’ve compiled them into a photo-journal for your enjoyment.




KosherWine Passover Mega Sale


Here’s a great way to get into the Passover spirit – shopping.  How about beginning by stocking up on some great wine deals with The KosherWine.com Passover Megal Sale!   Save some major money off of your favorite wines such as Pacifica Oregon Pinot Noir 2010 only $23.99, Pacifica Washington Meritage 2010 only $32.99, Baron Herzog Jeunesse Black Muscat 2010 only $8.99, Carmel Vineyard White Zinfandel only $4.99 and many more.

Click here to see all the wines on sale this week from KosherWine.com.

Martha Stewart Avery for Staples Home Office Organizing Products: $5 off Coupon


Martha Stewart Living has just created a new line of products with Avery for Staples to help you organize your home office.  They are offering really pretty green binders and inserts that help you create your own recipe books, calandar and agenda books while looking great in your kitchen.  They have various sized stack & fit boxes for mail, files, supplies & crafting as well as tags and bands to label odds & ends like cords & gifts.

Some of my new favorites are the Adhesive Pockets that can stick on your walls (think kitchen, mud-room or office) where papers & mail can be stored off of your countertops.  I plan on ordering one pocket for each child in my house to store all the parsha sheets, tests and drawings my kids come home from school with and de-clutter my countertops.  I’ll get another large one to stick to a wall to store all the daily mail and magazines.  A final small adhesive pocket I plan on putting inside a cabinet door to store coupons & take-out menus.  I also plan on getting a whole bunch of these tag bands to label and store all the wires & cords for all of our tech devises all over the house.

This new line of products are clever, pretty, simple, inexpensive ways to keep your home office, kitchen & home organized.

Click here to print your $5 off $25 purchase here.  Coupon is valid in-stores only.