Monday, April 26, 2010

Growing Raw Food Business Has Several Openings

Natural Zing is growing and we are seeking individuals that want to grow with us.  We are looking for individuals who have a passion for natural foods as well as have a passion for completing their assignments correctly and quickly.  We are busy and we are looking for individuals who want to work and want to help us grow by spearheading projects for improvement.  

Natural Zing is the leader in raw vegan food distribution.  We've been in business since 2003 have experienced steady growth.  Natural Zing's owners are still the founders of the organization with all the passion that started us along this path.  

Natural Zing's purpose is to provide health seekers with products that feed the mind, body and spirit.  Our mission is to provide the best food and products for the body and the earth. 

The mission of the Natural Zing team is to support the transitional needs of the public in their search for health, by providing quality customer service through phone, email, personal contact, literature, web site content, clear transaction information (sales receipts), accurate order processing and accurate shipping.  Each person is in a different state of transition, therefore this sometimes requires meeting the customized needs of our customers (i.e. special requests).  

To grow Natural Zing so that we can reach more health seekers by operating efficiently, reducing waste, sharing creative ideas for expansion, efficiency, and improved organization.  

To support our Natural Zing team by checking each others work, by sharing ways to improve the customer experience and/or efficiency of the business operations, by treating each other with respect, by asking for help when needed, and by creating an environment where everyone can grow and find bliss.

If you would like to join our team please review and respond to the positions listed below.

Raw Food Kitchen Food Prep and Packager FT/PT

A partner of ours is in need of some help in their raw food kitchen. This could be a FT or PT opportunity for the right person(s). Position involves packaging and preparing raw food for retail sales. Location is in Frederick Maryland. Natural Zing is doing the recruiting for this position. Please send inquiry (i.e. email/resume) to

  • Rate: $9 to $13/hr
  • Hours of operation: 9am to 6pm
  • Benefits for FT position

Customer Service Agent FT

Natural Zing is seeking a spirit that loves to help customers via the phone, whom is passionate about natural foods, and has a calming demeanor. Join this growing progressive biz in a fun fast-paced casual environment located in Mount Airy. M-F 9am-6pm. Email resume to

Other details:

  • Rate: $10 to $14/hr
  • Hours of operation: 9am to 6pm
  • Benefits for FT position

Inventory Control Associate PT
Natural Zing is seeking a detailed individual who is good at math, computers and is organized.  May have to lift 60 lbs from time to time.  Email resume to 

  • Rate: $10 to $14/hr
  • Located in Mount Airy, Maryland
  • Hours of operation: M-F 9am to 6pm (need 20 to 30 hrs a week)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Free Shipping From Natural Zing on Earth Day

April 22, 2010 from 11am EST to 11pm EST

Earth Day Special:  Free Shipping* on any size order April 22, 2010 from 11 am EST to 11pm EST
*US. Domestic Orders, Contiguous states, ground shipping Natural Zing retail customers

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free items from Natural Zing

Free Kelp noodles with purchase of $50 or more.

One free item per order. Not available with free shipping special.
Natural Zing retail customers.
Offer good until April 30, 2010

Promo Code: freekelp$500410  in comments

I'm cocoa for this stuff

If you read my blog recently, you already know I'm in the middle of a birthday celebration, as my b-day falls at the end of this month. Rather than overwhelm you with all the raw cupcake unbaking happening on my site, I thought I'd just let you in an another indulgence of mine.

Although you can easily make raw chocolate creations with coconut oil (don't forget Natural Zing has some on special at the moment) and raw cocoa powder (Bali Cocoa Powder is also on sale), I find using raw cocoa butter makes it even better. And, when I want to start my day in an extra special way, I like to add some to my morning smoothie, too.

For instance, you could make this nondairy shake found on the Natural Zing website, substituting cocoa butter for all or part of the almond butter in the recipe. Of course, I prefer to add some bananas and greens to mine.

Speaking of shakes, I actually first purchased raw cocoa butter, so I could make the Shake Your Money Maker smoothie from Matt Amsden's RAWvolution book. It is packed with so many yummy ingredients (all found on the Natural Zing site) that you really will be shaking it all the way through your day.

One of the best things about cocoa butter is that it can also be used to achieve a white chocolate flavor. I sometimes make a green smoothie out of bananas, spinach and/or romaine, cocoa butter and mint. This minty white chocolate concoction really perks me up in the a.m.; no coffee required.

And, if you'd like to brighten the flavor up a bit, white chocolate (cocoa butter, in this case) combines well with grapefruit, too, like in this blast-from-the-past recipe of mine, inspired by Rachael Ray (she had a similar cooked version in her magazine a couple years ago). There's some ginger in it, too, which gives it a little kick. Enjoy!

Citrus Kicked White Chocolate
with Ginger Mousse
1 cup young Thai coconut meat
6-8 Tbsp. fresh pink grapefruit juice (I juiced about half a grapefruit)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/8 cup raw cocoa butter
1 Tbsp. lucuma powder
1 tsp. vanilla
grated fresh ginger, to taste
dash of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into serving glass or bowl, chill and serve, garnished with a few small pieces of grapefruit and some cocoa butter shavings.

*Makes two small servings (one for you and one to share), or if you're like me, one large greedy portion.

Shannonmarie, a.k.a. "Rawdorable," also posts on her blog of the same name,

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Specials At Natural Zing

Raw Food Reference Charts - Buy 3 different ones and get the 4th one for FREE.  *Promo Code: FreeChart0410

With orders of $40 or more receive a FREE  jar of  Peruvian Sundried Olives (salt free)  *Promo Code: Freeolive0410$40

* Put Promo Code in comments section

Other Specials:
 Kelp Noodles  Special $3.79
Bali Cocoa Powder 16 oz    Special $15.90
Coconut Oil Mexican, 15.5. oz Special $12.49
Dried Mango, 8 oz Special $5.49

New Product Highlight:

Dried Pineapple (Raw, Organic) 6 oz
This is a great snack when you are on the go, and kids love it. This dried fruit is very sweet and light in color. This makes a great snack. Pineapples contain a large amount of bromelin, a protein-digesting enzyme. This fruit is low temperature dried to preserve all vitamins and enzymes. Price: $8.79

Friday, April 09, 2010

Bitter, but subtly sweet

In a past post, I mentioned that the Peruvian Sun-dried Salt-free Olives from Natural Zing were a perfect blank canvas for both savory and sweet. Thanks to Jeff's recipe, I enjoyed a zucchetti (my term for spiralized zucchini) tossed with an olive/tomato pate.

So, you've already got the savory. How does one make these sweet?

I recalled how Jeff once showed me how to make an olive taste like chocolate by wrapping it up inside a date. The bitter and the sweet makes your mind think (or at least my mind) that it's bittersweet chocolate.

This gave me an idea. What if I actually added some raw chocolate and transformed it into one of my favorite treats? A raw cupcake, of course, although this one would be a bit more sophisticated than my usual creations (this one's not for the kiddies, but for those with a more mature palate).

By combining these olives with raw cacao nibs and dates, I ended up with a dessert that reminded me of a cross between a bittersweet flourless chocolate cake and an equally dense olive oil cake. To lighten it up a bit, I served it with a dollop of vanilla banana n'ice cream (I love the contrast of chocolate with vanilla) and some slices of strawberries for a pop of color (and for a little more sweet to balance out the bitterness of the cupcake).

If you think your taste buds can handle it, here's the recipe:

Bittersweet Olive Cupcake
*Makes one sophisticated cupcake, but if you'd like, you can always make more

In food processor, combine the cacao nibs, dates, olives (don't forget to pit them first) and sea salt. Process into a cake-like crumb.

Press this crumbly mixture (it really will be crumbly) into a reusable silicone cupcake liner (a small ramekin will also work) to form the cupcake. It should be packed denser than my usual raw cupcake recipes. Allow to set so the flavors can meld and the cupcake can begin to take shape.

When ready to serve, top it with a dollop of banana n'ice cream (whip sliced frozen bananas in a food processor to create a soft-serve consistency; add some vanilla extract or vanilla bean for more flavor) and some sliced strawberries. Enjoy!

Shannonmarie, a.k.a. "Rawdorable," also posts on her blog of the same name,

Friday, April 02, 2010

Natural Zing Contest Winner

Our March product review winner is:
Susan from Oroville California.
Susan received a $50 gift certificate to Natural Zing.  We will have more contests so watch for details.

"Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush"

When I was a child, I loved to skip around to that nursery song with my friends. Although I had no idea what a mulberry was at the time, it was fun.

I never had the chance to try one until I reached the age of adulthood (although still a kid at heart). Unfortunately, my first taste of them was not at all what I expected. Therefore, it took a bit for me to jump for joy (don't worry; it resulted in the happy dance) when I first received some mulberries from Natural Zing in the mail.

It's a good thing I opted to sample them again (by themselves and on top of the pudding pictured in this post; I even blended some into it), as they totally changed my perception of them back to the happy thoughts of my childhood. Maybe their storage/shipping methods kept them fresher, but whatever it was, these mulberries were delicious and nutritious, too (check out the nutritional facts on this page).

It seems I'm not alone. Here are two product reviews from the Natural Zing site:

Carlos Triplin said, "I absolutely love these things. I consumed them with the utmost haste."

And, Marina Kharitonova added, "These mulberries are beyond delicious! They are probably my favorite product on this site. I add them to granola, but mostly just gobble them up as a snack. I really have to restrain myself because they have the perfect texture and sweetness."

Both reviewers gave the product 5 stars.

This time of year, when there's candy all around us, mulberries make a yummy substitute, as well as Natural Zing's selection of other dried fruits like goji berries, currants, dried figs, raisins, Incan "golden" berries and dried mangos. You're sweet tooth may also enjoy the lucuma and yacon slices. I know I do :-)

A fun project you can do with dried or fresh fruit is to string them into "nature's candy necklace," like I did on my site. Just be careful to have an adult do it for the younger children, as it involves using a needle. It's a fresh take on another fun childhood treat. Enjoy!

Shannonmarie, a.k.a. "Rawdorable," also posts on her blog of the same name,