Monday, May 31, 2010

New Products at Natural Zing

New Products

      Some have called it “Thanksgiving in a cracker” . No matter what the season, you will enjoy this crispy cracker filled with seeds, carrots and savory herbs.

Ingredients: Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds, Organic Carrot, Organic Celery, Organic Onion, Organic Raisins, Organic Kale, Organic Basil, Organic Cilantro, Organic Lemon, Celtic Sea Salt , Organic Oregano, Organic Rosemary.

    Get a big bag of super food cookies. These cookies are less sweet than most      
    cookies yet very enjoyable. Enjoy these fulfilling, crunchy, gluten-free treats  
    from Gopal’s.
    Ingredients: Almonds*, Pumpkin Seeds*, Buckwheat*, Coconut*, Agave*, Goji Berries*, Figs* and Celtic Sea salt. *Organic Ingredients

      Get a big bag of super food cookies. These cookies are less sweet than most cookies yet very enjoyable. Enjoy these fulfilling, crunchy, gluten-free treats from Gopal’s.

      Ingredients: Almonds*, Pumpkin Seeds*, Sesame Seeds*, Coconut*, Agave*,  Figs*, Vanilla*, Cinnamon* and Celtic Sea salt. *Organic Ingredients

Saturday, May 29, 2010

$5 FLAT RATE SHIPPING on Natural Zing Orders

Memorial Day Weekend Sale
$5 FLAT RATE SHIPPING on Natural Zing
online retail orders of any size.
Starting Saturday, May 29th at 9am EST ending Monday, May 31st 9pm EST*
 Click here to Order!

*US. Domestic Orders only within the contiguous states. Only on ground shipping (Note: Natural Zing's office & warehouses are closed during this sale. This sale is only available for online retail orders.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Product Review Contest

Natural Zing Product Review Contest

Write a review of one of our products and win a Natural Zing gift certificate!

Your experience and knowledge of our products could help someone to make a great buying decision. Please share your insight with us and friends of Natural Zing!

To help us get started, we would appreciate if our customers could provide us with a product review on our website or on your website/blog. The reviews will be placed in a prize drawing for a chance to win a $50 Natural Zing Gift Certificate.

Contest ends May 31st.

You can begin by logging onto your account on our website (, going to the product page, scrolling down and clicking the review button on the bottom of the page.

Any reviews that appear on your website/blog, please email Natural Zing a link to post by e-mailing:
Thank you!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Get ready for zucchetti

I consider May to be a kick off to more outdoor gatherings and potlucks. With Memorial Day weekend drawing near (I figured I'd give you some time to plan this time, as my Cinco de Mayo post was cutting it rather close), I need to start thinking about what to bring to these events.

Most of the time I like to whip up raw versions of dishes I remember eating as a child, such as jicama-based "potato" salad, vegan slaw, broccoli salad, eggless salad stuffed into button mushroom caps to look like those two-bite deviled originals, taco salad (sorry about all the "salad," as it is a theme at these things), etc. Even a zucchetti-style salad is sure to please.

What's "zucchetti?"

Well, it's my term for the spiral sliced zucchini, which ends up looking like spaghetti noodles (perfect for spaghetti tacos; yes, I did say "spaghetti tacos"). I am far from the first to do this, and I'm sure I'm nowhere near the last (in reference to the spiral-sliced zucchini noodles; not the raw spaghetti a.k.a. "zucchetti" tacos).

Before I got my own spiral slicer (this rawsome model I pick up a number of years back from the Natural Zing website), I used to spend a great deal of time cutting my zucchini into thin slices, stacking them on top of one another and slicing them again into thin strips.

But, look how fast and curly they turn out when you have a gadget like this. It's so much fun to create a ton of spiral noodles, making it simple to serve a whole crowd. Even my son likes to take a turn cranking them out (while supervised by an adult, of course).

Lucky for me, I recently got another, more compact version from Natural Zing, as well. No wonder I'm back on a zucchetti kick (although both spiral slicers can be used with a variety of other veggies, too). I plan on doing a better comparison between the two soon. Maybe I'll have a showdown or something on my blog.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share another of my blast from the past recipes with you spiral slicer owners and those considering purchasing one soon. Enjoy!

"Zucchetti" Salad
3 zucchini, cut or spiralized into "noodles"
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4-6 Tbsp. of your own salad seasoning* (or try this premade mix)

In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini, cucumber, green pepper, tomato and olive oil. Mix in seasonings and adjust amount based on your taste. Enjoy or chill until ready to serve.

*To make your own version of the traditional bottled salad seasoning, combine a mixture of nutritional yeast (the prepackaged stuff contains Romano cheese), sesame seeds, poppy seeds, paprika, celery seed, garlic, black pepper, red pepper and sea salt.

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

Monday, May 03, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

The fifth of May is celebrated far and wide, even by those who may not know what they are celebrating. As a result, Mexican restaurants are generally packed that day.

May 5th, also happens to be my buddy Rawbin's birthday (here she is pictured with Jeff and myself last summer; she's the one with the cute braids), which we like to recognize by going out for guacamole earlier (or later) in the week to avoid the crowds. Then, on the big day, we can chill at home with some simple Cinco de Mayo-inspired meals.

Of course, it's easy to make or even pick up a fresh garden salsa and/or guacamole from the store, and serve it with fresh veggies and raw chips/crackers found on the Natural Zing website. I even like to add raw chips/crackers to a taco salad like this one (I made the mock corn chips in the following pic, but Lydia's Fiesta Crackers and these Mexican organic golden flax crackers work great in a pinch).

Taco salad was always a staple at the family picnics I attended growing up. It usually had a base of chopped romaine leaves, sliced cucumber and cherry tomatoes. There was also taco meat (a good raw substitute is soaked walnuts and almonds processed together with nama shoyu or Bragg's liquid aminos, a drizzle of olive oil and taco spices like cumin, coriander, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic and sea salt; I find that adding some sage or poultry seasoning makes it taste more "meaty"), cheese (I use shredded carrot instead) and Catalina dressing (I don't know why Catalina dressing, but that's what everyone always used to make it with back then; I rawified the dressing recipe for you below). Toss it all together with some raw chips and you've got yourself a fiesta in a bowl. Yum!

Catalina in the Raw
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for a least a few hours
1/3 cup soaking liquid (from the tomatoes)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder (or fresh, to taste)
dash of paprika
pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add to your bowl of taco salad ingredients, toss and enjoy!

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