Resolutions to Make for 2014

When the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, millions of people made resolutions to eat better and live healthier. However, come February, many of those lofty goals will be out the window.

New Year’s resolutions often fall to the wayside because they are too generic, overwhelming or unattainable. Instead, it is better to make simple resolutions with specific action plans to help you meet your goals. Just take it one day at a time. Also, keep in mind that many of the resolutions we strive to achieve are lifestyle changes—they can take the entire year to accomplish.

Here are our top food resolutions and suggestions to make for 2014:

• Keep your Goals Attainable: Remember that resolutions such as “eating healthier” and “getting in shape” are very large goals to achieve. Not only are these goals, they are lifestyle changes! Set a big picture resolution, and keep yourself on track all year with smaller, monthly goals. Simple, attainable, monthly goals are a sure-fire way to stay up beat and motivated throughout the entire year.

• RAAWard Yourself: Stay motivated and on track all year long by treating yourself occasionally. If your resolution is to get in shape, don’t beat yourself up for missing a day at the gym; instead, be positive about all of the days you do go. Another method of staying positive—cheat once in a while on your new diet. Changing your eating habits can be tough. In moderation, sneaking a sweet treat once in a while will keep the temptation at bay in the long run.

• Divorce your Phone: A fun incentive to make sure you aren’t nose deep in a juicy article at dinner—have everyone place their phones in the center of the table at the beginning of the meal; the first to pick up their phone before the meal is over, picks up the tab. Not only will you get the quality time with those closest to you, you won’t be comparing your resolution results with folks in faraway places, or tempted to sway from your goals by decadent recipes on Pinterest.

• Cut out Soda: Soda is, for the most part, a lot of empty calories and harmful chemicals; and that includes diet soda. The National Cancer Institute has warned people about the excessive use of aspartame (a sweetener used in many diet drinks). Instead, swap out your soda with water, juice, or tea. Don’t try to do it all at once, especially if you are a soda fiend. Rather, try to cut down to one a day, and then slowly go from there.

• Reach for more Fresh Juice: Juicing is a great way to get your daily recommended dose of veggies and fruits. However, juicing your own fresh produce can be very time consuming and expensive. Instead, reach for ready-made juices such as RAAW™ Juices (produced by Raw Foods International). They are vegan, gluten free, non-GMO verified, kosher, and contain no added preservatives or flavoring, no water, and no added sugars. Not to mention, they are delicious, so your whole family is sure to enjoy them!

• Think about Nutrition: Don’t make yourself a slave to a specific caloric intake each day. Instead, look for ways to bring more nutrition into your life, such as big green salad for lunch and fish and veggies for dinner. Additionally, Dr. Oz suggests that you get your fruits and veggies in all day long. Don’t try to eat each day’s recommended serving at supper. Instead, have some fresh veggies in your omelet for breakfast, snack on a smoothie with spinach or on a fresh pear, and sauce up those dinner time veggies—if you make them fun and desirable to eat, you are significantly more likely to keep them in your diet. It’s more fun than counting calories and eating unpleasant diet fare, and it is more effective in the long run.

Spiced Strawberry Purple Carrot RAAW™ Cider

Eating healthy and making smart choices isn’t always easy, especially during the winter months. Not only is the weather frigid and unforgiving, for many of us, fruits and vegetables are out-of-season.

If this bone-chilling winter weather has you reaching for calorie laden lattes and rich hot chocolate instead of fruits and veggies, you are not alone. However, now is the time when your body is craving fresh nutrients in order to help you stay focused and energetic. Sugary drinks might satisfy in the moment, but they won’t keep you active and feeling good throughout the day.

Luckily, we have a cozy, family-friendly solution that can satisfy your sweet tooth, all while ensuring that you are sharing a healthier drink this time of the year. Make a batch of Spiced Strawberry Purple Carrot RAAW™ Cider for you and your family to enjoy tonight!

It’s a breeze to throw together too! We know you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing treats and missing out on quality time with the ones you love, so we’ve made this easy.

Combine your ingredients in a slow cooker or crock pot:
8 Cups of Apple Cider (in a pinch, apple juice will work)
2 Cups of Orange Juice
1 Cup of Lemon Juice
1 2/3 Cups of Pineapple Juice (equivalent to 2 small cans)
1 1/2 Cups Strawberry Purple Carrot RAAW™ Juice (one full bottle)
4 Cinnamon Sticks
12 Whole Cloves
10 oz. Sliced Frozen Strawberries

Place the slow cooker on low heat for about 3 hours, or until all of the ingredients are sufficiently warmed and well blended. For a more prominent strawberry flavor, add a second bottle of RAAW™ Strawberry Purple Carrot and additional sliced frozen strawberries. Strain the warm cider before serving. Place all of the leftovers in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator – stir and nuke in the microwave before serving

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You Can’t Beet This Fruit Drink for Great Health

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Getting kids to eat healthy has never been so easy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables. Additionally, our fruit consumption is actually dropping. Only one-third of Americans consume fruit or fruit juices at least once a day. That’s a whole lot of kids and adults who are missing out on the crucial nutrients that fruits and veggies give us.

Thankfully, there is a way to bring more produce into your diet. RAAW Juices™ (produced by Raw Foods International, LLC) offer a better alternative for consumers looking to add fruits and veggies into their family’s diet without wasting time or money.

The best part about our juices is that they taste great, so you won’t ever have to argue with your kids to make them finish their drink. For example, our Better Beets contains the juice of 1 ½ beets (great for stamina and cardiovascular health), and it is loaded with vitamins and iron. But all your family will care about it is that it tastes fresh and delicious!

Raw Foods International products are vegan, kosher, gluten free, contain no added preservatives or flavoring and are non-GMO verified. They also include no added sugars, so you can feel good about what you are drinking and about what you are giving your kids.

Drink This, Not That: A Healthy Red Bull Alternative

The next time you reach for a Red Bull or a 5-hour Energy, opt instead for a healthy version of an energy drink. Raw Foods International has created an all natural Mango Guarana RAAW™ Juice that is not only tastier than your typical energy drink, but actually provides an effective, healthy stimulant in the form of a juice. Executive Vice President Paul Gregg explains how the Mango Guarana flavor combination is a great alternative to your usual caffeine boost.

“The Mango Guarana is a great option for an on-the-go, healthy energy boost that doesn’t have any artificial flavoring or ingredients,” says Gregg. “All of our juices are made for the health-conscious consumer looking for a natural choice at a modest price point. The Mango Guarana is a fresh blend of fruits and vegetables with no added sugars or preservatives.”

Guarana is a plant especially common in Brazil that has about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans, and is known to increase endurance and reduce fatigue. The Mango Guarana RAAW™ juice consists of the juice of one mango, ¼ cup guarana seeds and natural flavors from other complimentary fruit and vegetables.

Is Your Juice GMO Free?

Sticking to a healthy diet typically revolves around eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, but how do you know if your produce is up to par? Paul Gregg, Executive Vice President of Raw Foods International, LLC, explains that an influx of product terminology may confuse consumers as to what they are really consuming.

“There is a plethora of products in the food industry that are comprised of genetically-modified organisms,” says Gregg. “Genetic engineering was originally used as an alternative to pesticides, among other things. However these altered products are a departure from the natural fruits and vegetables we know and love; if pests won’t go near the produce, why should humans?”

Gregg explains that food companies are not required to inform customers if their products contain GMOs. “To ensure a product is 100 percent all natural, the labeling should list that it is non-GMO verified,” says Gregg. “Many juices on the market claim to be ‘all natural’ but in reality, they aren’t approved for a non-GMO label. Even organic foods have been found to contain GMOs and that’s why it’s important that the shopper beware (for more information on organic GMOs, click here).” Gregg continues, “consuming non-GMO verified foods helps to protect your insides and after all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Just because a product is ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ doesn’t mean that you are getting the very best. The non-GMO verification is the proverbial icing on the cake that makes a good product great.”

RAAW® Juices, fruit and vegetable juice blends from Raw Foods International, are one of the premier non-GMO juices on the market. Gregg adds that each concoction has thoughtfully been crafted with quality ingredients so that consumers can truly taste the difference. “Not only do our flavors strike the perfect balance between sweet and savory, but you can also rest easy knowing that our product is 100 percent natural.”

Five Tips for Healthier School Lunches

School is back in session but that doesn’t mean children have to succumb to subpar school lunches. There are several easy ways to spice up lunches, while keeping them healthy and delicious.

With a little planning and an eye on fresh, natural options, it’s easy to provide kids with healthy lunches. Consider the following:

Include Natural Juices: Many juice boxes are loaded with artificial sugars and flavoring. An easy way to cut unnecessary sugar is with natural juices. Look for options that are 100 percent fruit and vegetables, like RAAW™ Juices. With healthy and delicious combinations like Raspberry Lemongrass and Strawberry Purple Carrot, kids are getting additional servings of fruits and vegetables without knowing it.

Stick to Homemade: In almost any situation homemade is better. Packaged goods are an easy option while at the grocery store, but they’re typically high in fat and sodium, and low in nutritional value. Grilling chicken breasts the night before, using leftovers or making a batch of easy homemade crackers are all great alternatives. Parents can make a healthy “lunch-able” that kids will love and friends will envy.

Keep it Kid-Friendly: This may seem obvious, but taking an extra step while preparing the lunch to make it more kid-friendly will ensure children actually eat the food. Take fruit and vegetables for example, a child is more likely to eat a cut up apple or finger food over a whole fruit or vegetable. And to ensure kids don’t trade out all of their fruits and vegetables, it’s often a good idea to include a treat of sorts. The best way to stick to a healthy lifestyle is by treating yourself occasionally to the things you crave too.

Cover the Food Groups: Try to include items from the food groups in lunch everyday. A sandwich is a great way to tackle grains, protein, vegetables and dairy all in one quick food, and opting for whole grain bread or wraps and low-fat cheese keeps the sandwich healthier. Add apple slices or strawberries as a sweet treat that doubles as fruit servings and a combination fruit-vegetable juice for a well rounded meal.

Involve the Children: Working together with children to make the lunch gives them a choice and they’re more likely to enjoy the process. In addition, it’ll help teach them how to make healthy choices.

Who Says You Can’t Drink a Purple Carrot?

In today’s fast-paced society, grocery shoppers are often faced with hasty food choices, leaving little time to contemplate what actually makes for a healthy snack or beverage. In fact, plenty of the so-called healthy foods lining the grocery store shelves are full of artificial ingredients.

Luckily, Raw Foods International has created an all natural it Tastes RAAW® Juice; a delicious line of premium quality fruit and vegetable juice blends.

At Raw Foods, we were really looking to bring a product to the health-conscious consumer shopping for a natural juice at a modest price point. We think we’ve hit the mark with our line of RAAW™ juices that boast unique flavor profiles like Strawberry Purple Carrot, Raspberry Lemongrass and Pineapple Cucumber. Each juice tastes fresh-pressed and is truly a sensory explosion of flavors.

In addition, it Tastes RAAW® prides itself on truth in labeling and boasts products that are verified by the independent Non-GMO Project, gluten free, vegan certified, kosher certified and contain no added sugars, no preservatives and no artificial flavoring or dyes.

Each juice is flash pasteurized to ensure quality and preserve the crisp flavor quality, during which the vitamins and nutrients are retained. The innovative line of juices includes something for everyone, like the Mango Guarana for a natural energy boost, Better Beets to kick start your cardiovascular health, or Cranberry Ginger to cleanse and protect your immune and digestive systems.

Our juices provide a natural alternative to sodas, energy drinks and artificial juices. We’re dedicated to giving shoppers the best quality product, and it doesn’t get much better than 100 percent natural fruit and vegetable juice!

RAAW® Juices are a Blockbuster Hit at the 2013 Golden Globes!

Hollywood’s A-List celebrities got an opportunity to sample RAAW® juices at this year’s Golden Globe nominee and VIP gifting suite in Beverly Hills, California. The star-studded event is the first gifting suite of the 2013 awards season and is known by celebrities as being of the best perks being a part of the 70th Annual Golden Globes. Celebrities loved how “it Tastes RAAW®” Juices use only carefully selected Non-GMO verified certified fruits and vegetables. Check out the photos below:

Christopher Stanley and wife Kim-We love stuff thats all natural-Star of the of the movies Argo and Zero Dark Thirty and star of the television series Mad Men
Christopher Stanley and his beautiful wife Kim share “We love stuff that’s all natural.” Christopher stars in the critically acclaimed movies Argo and Zero Dark Thirty and is a star of the television series Mad Men. Christopher adds, “All clean ingredients, we like that!”
*Argo won for Best Drama Film and Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for Best Drama Film at the Golden Globes.

Victoria’s Secret Model, and L'Oreal Spokes Model Barbara Palvin enjoys RAAW®, “Ahh this is so good, I usually drink sprite and coke this is way better.” Victoria’s Secret Angel and new L’Oreal Spokesperson, Barbara Palvin shares that “Ahh this is so good, I usually drink sprite and coke this is way better.” Thank you Barbara! She was such a sweet heart!
Victoria’s Secret Model, and L'Oreal Spokes Model Barbara Palvin enjoys RAAW®, “Ahh this is so good, I usually drink sprite and coke this is way better.”

Trieste Dunn and friend Star of the television show Banshee
Trieste Dunn, star of the television show Banshee with her friend

Timothy Murphy Star of the television show Sons of Anarchy
Timothy Murphy, star of the television show Sons of Anarchy

Graham Rogers star of Revolution exclaims, "I love stuff, I already have every flavor!"
Graham Rogers, star of Revolution shares he is a big RAAW® fan, “I love stuff, I already have every flavor!”

Max Ehrich- Star of the television show The Young and the Restless - "This is my jam! I’m vegan and this is perfect!" "Love it!"
Max Ehrich, star of the television show The Young and the Restless shares, “This is my jam! I’m vegan and this is perfect!” “Love it!”

Sandra Vidal, Star of the television of The Bold and the Beautiful enjoys RAAW®
Sandra Vidal, Star of the television of The Bold and the Beautiful enjoys RAAW®

Raaw Foods Executive Vice President Paul being interviewed by TNT with Event Manager Monique
Raaw Foods Executive Vice President Paul being interviewed by TNT with Event Manager Monique.

Madison Leisle-Star of the television shows The Walking Dead and Shameless2
Madison Leisle-Star of the television shows The Walking Dead and Shameless

David Faustino -Star of Married with Children and will appear in an upcoming episode of Modern Family shares, "I love it!" "The Raspberry is awesome!"
David Faustino “I love it! The Raspberry is awesome!” We learned that David will reunite with his Married with Children co-star Ed O’Neill on an upcoming episode of Modern Family.

Kristen Quintrall-star of the movies The Helpers and Refuge from the Storm shares, "Cranberry Ginger is RAAWSOME and that the Ginger is really good!"
Kristen Quintrall-star of the movies The Helpers and Refuge from the Storm shares, “Cranberry Ginger is RAAWSOME!” “The Ginger is really good!”

Judi Shekoni-Star of the movie The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part II
Judi Shekoni-Star of the movie The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part II

Jilon VanOver star of television mini-series, Hatfields and McCoys with his lovely girlfriend
Jilon VanOver star of television mini-series, Hatfields and McCoys with his lovely girlfriend.

James Hebert, star of the movie Gangster Squad - "I’m a huge health nut, I love this kind of stuff."
James Hebert, star of the movie Gangster Squad shares, “I’m a huge health nut, I love this kind of stuff!”

Jackson Pace-Star of the television show Homeland Homeland won for Best Television Drama
Jackson Pace-Star of the television show Homeland
*Homeland won for Best Television Drama

Isabelle Cramp Star of the television show The Neighbors
Isabelle Cramp Star of the television show The Neighbors

Grant Bowler star of the television series Defiance
Grant Bowler star of the television series Defiance

Gideon Raff Creator of the television show Homeland Homeland won for Best Television Drama
Gideon Raff Creator of the television show Homeland
*Homeland won for Best Television Drama

Erik Valdez Star of the television show General Hospital
Erik Valdez Star of the television show General Hospital

Dot Jones-Star of the television show Glee
Dot Jones-Star of the television show Glee

Dichen Lachran-Star of the television show Last Resort
Dichen Lachran-Star of the television show Last Resort

David Berry star of the miniseries Game Change loves orgnic food Game Change won for Best Miniseries RAAW
David Berry star of the miniseries Game Change loves organic food!
*Game Change won for Best Miniseries RAAW

Bret Lockett - NFL Player for the New York Jets RAAW
Bret Lockett – NFL Player for the New York Jets

Annie Carradine Producer of the movie Mata Hari
Annie Carradine Producer of the movie Mata Hari

Michael Nouri star of the television shows Damages and NCIS. We found out Michael already drinks RAAW juices and is big fan!
Michael Nouri, star of the television shows Damages and NCIS. We found out Michael already drinks RAAW juices and is a big fan! Pictured here with some of the RAAW team.

To check out all of the photos from our day at the Golden Globes, check out our Golden Globes Facebook Album here: http://ow.ly/heWCe

RAAW Juice — Future 6 Event at Graffiti Junktion 2 in Orlando

Three of the fantastic mixed drinks/shots that were made using It Tastes RAAW Juices at the Future 6 anniversary party!

This past weekend, the RAAW Juice team was fortunate enough to be a part of Future 6’s anniversary party at Graffiti Junktion in Orlando, FL. We all had a fantastic time!

Not only did we pass out coupons, grocery totes, and t-shirts; the lovely folks at Graffiti Junktion 2 mixed up drinks for everyone using It Tastes RAAW Juices!! Everyone had an opportunity to come over and sample the drinks and take their favorite to the bar for a cocktail or shot. It was fantastic to be able to show how versatile the drink is.

Now, we are also hosting a Facebook contest to see if other people can create some splendid new recipes utilizing the It Tastes RAAW lineup. Be sure to like our page and send in some recipes to share with everyone and have an opportunity to win some FREE juice too!

Here is our page: http://www.facebook.com/RAAWJuices

All of the drink recipes can also be found on our Facebook page in the album “RAAW Recipes” so that you can try them out!