Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Our Milkshakes beats all the others in the yard!

Creamy, rich, frozen milkshakes are the perfect summer treat! And we know the 4pm tummy grumbles coming from the kids in the backseat often means a stop at a fast food joint or a dairy shack, but these sugar bombs are often packed with calories, fat, and sugar, and lead to ruined appetites and cranky sugar crashes.


Our Frozen Milkshake Kits are the perfect alternative, with tons of protein, and less than half of the calories and less than half of the sugar of the leading fast food options! In fact, we did the math. First, we looked at the top 5 fast food milkshakes, and on average, they each contain a whopping 45g of sugar for just a small serving! That's over 10 teaspoons of sugar! 10 teaspoons of sugar is almost 3 times as much as the DAILY allowance for a child (4tsp per day recommended)! Just imagine 11 sugar cubes stacked up - no one would ever let their kids eat 11 sugar cubes! To compare, Peas of Mind Frozen Milkshakes have just 19g of sugar, and that sugar comes from all natural greek yogurt and fruit!




On top of the sugars, leading fast food milkshakes are crazy high in calories! They average out to 410 calories in a milkshake, or just over 1/4 of a child's calories for the ENTIRE day! In contrast, our chocolate milkshakes, loaded with a full serving of vegetables, have 200 calories. That's less than half! 























We did the math, which is why we created this new product. Our Frozen Milkshake Smoothie kits are the smart, healthy, convenient alternative to those warm weather sweet tooths! Peas of Mind is proud to offer these with a clean label - just 5 ingredients. Find them in your freezer aisle or ask your grocer to start carrying them so you and your family can have a healthy, happy Summer!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LOADED GUACAMOLE!

Greener Guac!



This month’s reci-pea is for guacamole, something you really don’t need a recipe for! Everyone has their own favorite mix-ins, but ours has a boost of vitamins and mineral. By swirling in some pureed spinach, or any green veggies you have on hand (kale! Swiss chard! Broccoli!) you can up the nutritional value of your guac, making it perfect for a healthy afterschool snack. Dip in some veggies, some pita chips, or even sweet potato chips!




We kept our flavors clean and simple for sensitive palettes, just lime juice and salt, but feel free to add extra spices like cumin if your family is adventurous. We also skipped onion, cilantro, and tomatoes, so that we could freeze half of our batch! That’s right, guacamole freezes really well if kept plain. You can always add the other ingredients once it thaws, but they tend to get icy if you add them before freezing. Saving half our batch in the freezer also makes it easier to stock up on avocados when there’s a great sale without feeling wasteful.


Ingredients:
5 avocados
1 lime
1 tbsp sea salt
1 package frozen spinach – use ½ cup of spinach puree

Instructions:

Partially thaw the spinach in the microwave on 1 minute bursts until you can break it up –no need to warm it through since you want your guacamole chilled. Place spinach in a blender and blend on high until pureed and smooth. Use ½ cup of this puree, and add to the flesh of those 5 avocados in one bowl. Mash gently until uniformly mixed. Add salt and the juice of ½ the lime. Taste! Adjust seasonings to preference. Enjoy on tacos, burgers, chips, and fingers.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

They're HERE!

We’ve been working really hard…


To bring you our newest product, SMOOTHIE KITS! And of course, they aren’t just smoothie kits. Instead, we developed a frozen kit that takes the guesswork out of your smoothies by packing it with a full serving of fruit, sure, but also a FULL SERVING OF VEGETABLES in each kit!

On top of full fruit and veggie servings, each smoothie has 10g of protein!  The protein comes from an all-natural Greek yogurt we use that also makes our smoothies incredibly creamy.

So creamy, that we realized they taste more like milkshakes than anything else! So we ran with it and developed a chocolate, a vanilla, and strawberry flavor that each blend up into creamy, sweet, cold treats that you can feel good about giving your kids.

The best part is that they’re endlessly customizable! Choose any type of milk for your family and your diet, or add in a scoop of nut butter or a handful of spinach if that’s your thing!



Find them later this month in the freezer aisle, and pick up a kit! Each one makes 2-9oz smoothies and includes everything you need to just tear open the bag, pour the real fruit and veggies and yogurt chips into your blender, splash in some milk, and a quick whir of the blender later you have a foolproof milkshake that is actually good for you!



We can’t wait to hear what you think so give them a try and then give us a shout!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hot and Cold!





As it warms up around the country, we’re all starting to think about frozen treats and switching to iced tea and iced coffees. Now think about how much sweetener you put in a hot mug of tea versus an iced coffee? Is it different? To think about it another way, would you drink melted ice cream or would you say yuck, cloyingly sweet?

The truth is, the warmer the food or drink, the stronger the perception of sweetness for the same amount of sweetener! That means as food gets colder, our taste buds perceive it as becoming less and less sweet. It also means it takes more sweetener to make very cold foods like frozen pops or cold soups (same is true for salt!) taste the way we want them to.

As a result, be careful seasoning food when it’s cold if you’ll be heating it up, like tomato sauce or a pot of beans, because those salty and sweet flavors will become much brighter and stronger with as the temperature increases.

Similarly, when making a smoothie or freeze pop or even homemade sorbet, add a little extra sweetener than you think you need while you’re tasting it at room temperature to make sure you hit the mark every time!

And if you’re craving something sweet but want to cut down on sugar, try a nice hot beverage with just a touch of sweetness to fool your palette! (Because science!)


Just another everyday tip from Peas of Mind 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Food of the Month - Avocados!

Loaded with potassium (more than a banana!) and vitamin B6, avocados are our superstar food of the month. Technically, avocados are giant berries with just one seed, making them a fruit, not a vegetable. But whatever you call it, remember how good it is for you!



Alongside potassium and B6, avocados are also loaded with good healthy fats, vitamin K and folate. They are usually available organic, and about 95% of avocados in the US are grown in Southern California, especially San Diego County. More fun avocado facts.

Avocados are getting the spotlight this month because they are so versatile. Their mild flavor and rich creamy flesh go way beyond tacos. They are one of best ways to sneak veggies and vitamins into kids diets because they can be added to sweet or savory dishes. Our recipe for chocolate freeze pops have avocado in them, and they add an extra element of creaminess to blended drinks like milkshakes or smoothies. Chicken or egg salads can get a healthy boost from avocados when half the mayo is replaced by our food of the month, and avocados can also be swirled into cold summer soups to thicken them.

Now that you're dreaming up new ways to eat them, stay tuned for this month's reci-PEA for a great way to use your avocados!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Seuss-ically Speedy Breakfast!

Green Eggs and Protein!

The hardest part of our day is usually just making it out the door in the morning!  To streamline our mornings and stop the “just grab a bar” approach to breakfast, we decided to make a few varieties of easy egg cups to get us through the week.

They are endlessly customizable depending on the vegetables you have on hand, and they can also be eaten on-the-go or turned into a quick breakfast sandwich with just a slice of cheese and some toast. (herbs and hot sauce optional for an adultified version!)





Ingredients:

12 large eggs
3/4 cup chopped steamed broccoli
½ cup chopped frozen spinach (thawed, excess water pressed out)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 cup diced ham (nitrate-free!) or turkey sausage
1 cup diced red bell pepper
Salt and Pepper

Optional
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Whole wheat English muffins
Sliced cheese (muenster, swiss, cheddar)

Process:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, mustard, and salt and pepper. Spray out your muffin tin with a non-stick spray. In each muffin cup, evenly distribute the chopped veggies and ham. Pour the egg mixture over the veggies until nearly full. Give each cup a quick stir with a fork to evenly distribute the mix-ins and to get rid of any air pockets. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Microwave or toaster oven in the morning, melt a slice of cheese on top and place between toasted whole-wheat English muffin halves for a healthy, on-the-go, green eggs and ham breakfast sandwich!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NonGMO Project Verified!

Peas of Mind is now NonGMO Verified!

Peas of Mind is excited and proud to announce that our Veggie Wedgies have been certified GMO-free by the Non-GMO Project!

So, what does this mean? Well, we started this process nearly a year ago, which sounds like a long time, and it is! The process takes that long in order to be incredibly thorough. Luckily, our fries have so few ingredients that we were able to finish our certification in a series of months. To give you an example, we ensure that not only are there no genetically modified organisms in our products, but that any facility that our ingredients pass through are inspected to guarantee that none of our products could possibly be contaminated by another company’s GMO ingredients.

Our broccoli is real broccoli, grown here in the US, and never genetically modified.   Same with our carrots. And our cauliflower. And our potatoes.


Every aspect of every ingredient we use has been combed through with a fine-tooth comb to bring you, our customers, the absolute safest, healthiest veggie fry we can make! It’s been our pleasure to work with the Non-GMO project on this verification and we are delighted to see it completed. We hope this gives you and your family some peas of mind!