Awesome Rawsome Giveaway: Foods Alive!

A couple of weeks ago, Matt from Foods Alive contacted me. He asked if I were interested in sampling their products and possibly doing a review. I replied in the affirmative and told him to send me an assortment and I’d take it from there. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s eating. He said he’d put a box in the mail the next day.

Right on time, the box appeared at the post office. I didn’t open it until I got home. When I unpacked it, here’s what I found:

Foods Alive Goodies

There was an 8 ozzie package of maca powder which I’d never used, three different flavors of flax crackers (original, hemp and Italian Zest), a bottle of flax oil and a bottle of flax oil dressing (Mike’s Special). Knowing that flax oil needs to be refrigerated, I put everything in the fridge.

My meal that evening was a large (3 quart) salad with Mike’s Special flax oil dressing. Now, I don’t know who Mike is, but he is talented at putting flavors together. The dressing reminds me of what I used to buy at a Japanese restaurant years ago. I put a tablespoonful on my salad and tossed it. That’s the serving size. I think it’s supposed to be on a smaller salad. I ended up putting probably half that much again. Later, I found that it does much better when it’s chilled. All in all, this is a delicious salad dressing—and healthful, too.

The next day, I put a tablespoonful (again, the serving size) of maca powder in my smoothie. It made it rich and oh, so yummy! It’s said to help “nourish the endocrine system, enhances the ability to deal with stress, and boosts energy, endurance, strength, and performance.” Well, who couldn’t use some aid in those areas?

That evening, it was time to break out the crackers. I was a little leery of them, to tell the truth. In the past, I have bought some and only sampled them because the seasoning was overpowering. I cautiously opened the packages and fished out small pieces of each flavor. I was pleasantly surprised. The tastes were good. Just enough. Not too little and not too much. I mashed up an avocado into “butter” and put it on the crackers. As my sister would say, they were “double-dee”! If you have to eat fava beans, the crackers and avocado along with the soup make a very good meal.

Flax Crackers with Chunky Avocado Butter and Fava Bean Soup

From the left, the crackers are Italian Zest, hemp and original. As we all know, flax seed is indigestible but the flax in the crackers has been sprouted before being seasoned and dehydrated. The method Foods Alive uses makes the flax easy to chew. It’s crunchy goodness.

There’s one caution that’s outlined on each of the packages. When eating dehydrated foods, it’s advised that the liquid intake should be increased.

I emailed Matt and told him I loved everything except I didn’t really know how to use the flax oil. There are proponents of taking a spoonful every day but I can’t see myself doing that. He said it can be used like olive oil (except it states on the bottle that it isn’t a cooking oil but I wouldn’t be cooking with it, anyway). Okay. I like fresh lemon or lime juice and olive oil on my salad so I substituted the flax oil. It was good and it didn’t take much!

Emails went back and forth a few times and I happened to think—when I do a review, I always give away whatever I review. This time I was EATING what I was reviewing. I asked if he would consider sponsoring a giveaway and he said yes. A gift basket containing two packages of crackers and a bottle of salad dressing could be shipped to the winner. There was one stipulation. He can only ship to an address in the USA. Sorry, my Aussie friends and those in Canada and elsewhere all over the world.

Now, the people who eat cooked food are probably thinking that these are only for raw foodists. Not so! Anyone, anywhere, would enjoy these unless they have an aversion to anything flax. So don’t be shy! Try something new!

So here are the rules. There will be only one entry per person. The entry will be in the form of a comment. The comment is to be your favorite way to incorporate flax into your diet. The contest opens as soon as this is posted tonight and will run for one week. Deadline for entries will be 11:59 p.m. EST February 13. The drawing will be on February 14, Valentine’s Day. Be sure to include your email address so I can notify you if you win. It will be visible to no one but me.

20 Responses to Awesome Rawsome Giveaway: Foods Alive!

  1. Lila February 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Okay, Tommie, I’ll try this one. The only way I have used flax seed is to grind it and sprinkle it in orange juice before (of course) I drink it.

  2. Sara R. February 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    I love flax! I add it to my morning smoothie.

    Thanks for featuring these crackers. They sound delicious!

  3. Dwain February 7, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    My favorite way to use flax seeds is to grind them in a coffee grinder and mix into a hot Mexican salsa. About two tablespoons (ground) per cup, depending on how juicy the salsa is.

    Incidentally, this also works with chia seeds, but they don’t need to be ground.

  4. Amanda February 7, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    Well, I’ve never used flax.. but I can tell you for sure that if I win I’m trying out one of what every commenter posts!

  5. Tommie February 7, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    You may have your hands (and stomach) full, Amanda! Thanks, everyone else, for your ideas! Dwain’s is one I’ll definitely try out. If you aren’t afraid of the competition, spread the word about the giveaway. 😀

  6. Christy February 7, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I think the easiest way to incorporate flax seeds is to make your own raw crackers, but that not always practical. So another good way to get them in is to grind them with a some nuts, almonds, walnuts, etc…. for putting on top of your frozen banana softserve. =) The fiber and fat will help to decrease the glycemic index of the whole treat.

    • Tommie February 7, 2011 at 7:42 am #

      Sounds tasty but I try to keep my fats and sugars separate.

  7. Genese February 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    In the late 70’s my college roommate’s sister was the first health food fanatic I had ever met. I was skeptical, but I still remember how good her Granola was. I don’t remember all the ingredients but I know it contained flax seed, sunflower seeds, cranberries, coconut, oats, and maple syrup and she dried it in her dehydrator

  8. Cindy P. (RD) February 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    I love just plain ol’ flax seed crackers! Soak them and dehydrate them. YUMMY!

    • Tommie February 8, 2011 at 5:09 am #

      I wondered when you two would show up! Your names are in the pot! RD, do you add sea salt or anything? You can tell me later because another comment would knock you out of the running.

  9. Shari February 8, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Did you know you can actually sprout flax? Yes, you can. It is very tasty and digests better (at least for me).

    Sprouted flax in a salad or in a green smoothie would work for me!

    • Tommie February 8, 2011 at 8:10 am #

      Since you are limited to one comment, you’ll have to tell us later how you do it!

  10. Luka February 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    I’m new to your blog and newly raw as well. My favorite way to use flax is either in a smoothie or used in a nut and date pie crust.

  11. Chrissy February 9, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    With groats !

    And of course with my morning smoothies !!!

    Here a flax – there a flax – everywhere a flax flax !!! *grin!*

  12. Denise February 10, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    I’m not too original; I like flax with my morning smoothie, too…

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

    • Tommie February 10, 2011 at 5:34 am #

      You’re welcome, Denise! I’m completely honest with my reviews. If I didn’t like these products, I’d let you know!

  13. Roberta Neels February 12, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    I love my flax in crackers,made with my left over pulp, from juicing.

    • Tommie February 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      That sounds good! I don’t juice, though. 🙁

  14. Shari February 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    HOW TO SPROUT FLAX SEEDS

    ~get two, large red clay saucers (the kind that go under potted plants) MUST be red clay type, no finish on them
    ~soak the flax seeds overnight or until they have turned gelatinous and absorbed most or all the soaking water
    ~soak the saucers in water overnight as well
    ~line the bottom of one saucer with a really wet, white paper towel
    ~spread the seeds on the paper
    ~cover with another wet paper towel
    ~place the other saucer (inverted) over the first one. Makes a dark, moist place to sprout
    ~leave it alone for 3 days checking every day to make sure the paper towel is still moist. If not, spray it, DO NOT remove it!
    ~about the 3rd day you should see sprouts pushing the paper towel up. Remove towel, spray to moisten and cover again.
    ~keep checking and grow to size you would like. I usually take the top off when they get about as tall as I want and let them sit near a window for a day to get a little green in the leaf.
    ~Make sure you soak a lot more seeds than you think you’ll need. You want it to cover the bottom of the saucer very evenly and thickly.
    ~When they are where you want them, just pull them off the towel and eat!

    • Tommie February 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks, Shari! Do you have to get special flax for sprouting or can you use the kind you buy to use in recipes?

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