Tomorrow night marks the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur. We all mark this time of year trying to make changes in our lives. This might mean taking a closer look at our relationships with the ones we love, the things we wish to improve on a holistic level, and often this day takes us on a deeper journey in our spiritual practice. It’s a time to look at the year we our leaving – and turn with hopeful eyes on a new beginning.
Our health is an excellent place to begin, as a healthy body and mind provides the framework for everything else in our lives. A strong foundation from the inside out is the most important part of living a meaningful, empowering, nurturing and fulfilling life. EarthKosher prides itself in providing kosher certification for many exceptionally healthy, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible products. Blue Mountain Organics is one of these company’s. Their Whole Raw Organic Apple Rings came to mind this morning while preparing for these high holidays, and would be a delightful addition to your Yom Kippur Break the Fast, or any time during Sukkot or the autumn season.
G’mar Chatimah Tovah, May this be a year abundant of blessings, good health and peace.
Blue Mountain Organics -About Us
Blue Mountain Organics is a premier provider of certified organic raw and sprouted nuts, nut butters, flours, grains, dried fruits, and superfoods. We are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the small agricultural community of Floyd, Virginia.
We are dedicated to producing the best-tasting, healthful and most nutritious foods possible for our customers. We believe in promoting great health through the healing and nourishing powers of organic, pure, raw and sprouted foods, and as stewards of the planet, support sustainable agricultural practices and fair trade policies.
Blue Mountain Organics currently offers seven unique product lines that include, Better Than Roasted®, The Raw Bakery™, Blue Mountain Cashew Creamery™, Love Raw Foods™, Flour of Life™ and Earth Chips™. Under each of these brands we offer a wide variety of organic raw foods. Each of these product lines are available through our website as well as a rapidly growing number of retail outlets.
Each one of us can affect our own good health and the health of our families through better food choices.
Most of us know that consuming wholesome and natural foods is good for us, and there is a growing body of scientific evidence to suggest that consuming whole plant-based foods as close to nature as possible is the key to good health and wellness.
Unfortunately, many of us, instead of making healthy food choices, often reach for processed and precooked foods, which contributes to nutritional deficiencies, and opens the door for serious health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. In addition to the health problems associated with processed foods, the stresses on our bodies are further amplified by factors such as conventional farming practices that employ pesticides, chemical-based fertilizers, and genetically engineered seeds or crops. Fresh fruits, vegetables, unprocessed grains, nuts, and seeds are laden with nano-particles, pesticides, and herbicides leaving us vulnerable to a series of degenerative diseases and disorders.
Have you ever marveled at the delicious, complex, perfect flavor of an apple from your backyard tree or a local organic farm? Or how about those luscious, bursting-with-flavor tomatoes from your garden? Conventionally grown produce in general just doesn’t compare, does it? It often seems that there is an exceptional difference in the freshness, juiciness and taste of “naturally grown” food.
Do you often wish that you had more energy to do all of the things that you would like to do? Of course, we all have our natural limits, but could it be that we don’t consume the most nutritious foods possible all of the time, opting for convenience, or indulging purely for taste, more often than we should? Our bodies need nourishment to meet the demands that we place upon them.
There is an increasing awareness of the fact that the nutritive value of most foods consumed today is not the same as it was some decades ago. Solid evidence exists pertaining to the declining nutritive value of the crops over the last 50–100 years. The nutrient deficit created by conventional farming practices on already overworked land reflects itself as nutrient gaps in our diet. This leads to lower energy levels, chronic fatigue and a plethora of major and minor ailments resulting in a disturbing trend in our everyday lives. Given the present scenario, the need for consuming natural, nutrient-dense foods, a good portion of which are raw and grown through environmentally safe practices has never been greater than it is today.
Nature has provided us with bountiful nutrients in the form of super foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds that are known to have remarkable health benefits. Research has consistently underscored that phytonutrients in natural, whole foods have disease-protecting and immune-boosting properties. At Blue Mountain Organics™, we realize the value of preserving the nutritional integrity of food in its natural state. For this reason, many of our products are carefully crafted at temperatures below 108° Fahrenheit to preserve vital enzymes that aid digestion and delicate phytonutrients present in raw foods, thus bringing you nutrient-rich foods as nature had intended them to be. Whenever possible, we further enhance the nutritional value of the foods through the sprouting and low temperature dehydration process.
We strive to be your best source for nutritious organic food — natural, vital, and bursting with nutrients. Our products are carefully selected and uniquely crafted to provide nutrient-rich healthy snacks. No matter your present health status – excellent, okay, not well, undernourished or overweight — you can improve your health by making the right food choices, and we want to be there to help you to improve your life… one bite at a time.
Blue Mountain Organics Recipe- Apple Cobbler with Maple Cream
1 cup pecans or walnuts *
¼ cup coconut sugar *
¼ cup raisins *
¼ cup Medjool dates *
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt *
½ cup rolled oats *
2 tablespoons agave nectar *
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 cups apples *
1 cup cashews *
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup water
half of a vanilla bean
Topping: In a food processor, combine the pecans with the coconut sugar and process until you get a course meal. Add the raisins, dates and salt and process until the mixture sticks together. Be careful not to overprocess, or it will become too oily. In a medium-size bowl combine the topping mixture with the rolled oats.
Filling: In a small bowl, combine the agave nectar, lemon juice, and pumpkin pie spice. In a large mixing bowl, toss in the apples with the agave mixture.
Maple Cream: Process the cashews, maple syrup, water and vanilla bean until very smooth, about 2 mins in a high-power blender. Store in a large squeeze bottle for easy use or in an airtight container.
1. Sprinkle half of the nut mixture in the bottom of a 9-inch round pie dish, or 1-quart baking dish.
2. Layer with the apple filling and then sprinkle with the remaining topping.
3. Warm in the dehydrator at 145deg F (63deg C) for 1 hour and top each serving with maple cream.
Store the apple cobbler and maple cream in the refrigerator. The cobbler will keep for 3 or 4 days, and the maple cream will keep for 2 weeks.
* SUGGESTED BLUE MOUNTAIN ORGANICS PRODUCTS:
Better Than Roasted Pecans, Better Than Roasted Walnuts, Love Raw Foods Coconut Sugar, Love Raw Foods Thompson Raisins, Love Raw Foods Medjool Dates, Love Raw Foods Sea Salt, The Raw Bakery Living Oats, Agave Bear, Love Raw Foods Apple Rings, Better Than Roasted Cashews