Because my son has so many food allergies, we are always on the search to find products that he can have. One of the brands we depend on, and are so thankful have added to our diet is Ancient Harvest Quinoa.
First, they are really good. Easy to cook, they cook in just six to nine minutes once the water is boiled. And there's a great variety of selections. And did I mention that they are really good? ;)
Second, my son who has to stay away from so many, Ancient Harvest Quinoa products are a blessing because they are gluten and wheat free.
Third, they are good for you! Even if you don't have to carry a gluten free or allergy friendly diet, you really could benefit from the addition of quinoa to your diet. Non GMO, organic, and gluten free. The ingredients couldn't get any simpler, "organic corn flour, and organic quinoa flour." On the box you can find facts about quinoa, it states "Quinoa stands alone as a complete protein grain. It supplies all the essential amino acids in a balanced pattern." followed by a nutritional analysis of quinoa compared with other grains, and an amino acid breakdown of quinoa.
My son who cannot have wheat, rye, oat, gluten, millet, and buckwheat CAN enjoy these great pasta products that are as good as the "regular" pastas. I was able to create different variety of dishes for my son recently. I made him the "Linguini" pasta with mixed veggies and the "Linguini" with "Chicken Parmesan," and the "Veggie Curls" as a cold salad from Ancient Harvest Quinoa. I also made him the "Elbows" pasta with some veggies for dinner one night. All he asks for is noodles now. We barely ever go out to eat, but these past two weeks, we've had many dinner invites, and were able to enjoy it, because I was able to make the dishes for him that was easy to make, take to go, and of course something he loved.
The salad I tossed together for my boy with the "Veggie Curls" pasta, that he loved. Colorful veggie curls. Ingredients: organic corn flour, organic quinoa flour, dried organic red bell peppers and dried organic Spinach.
The pasta dinner made with the "Linguini" pasta.
The "Elbows" pasta with veggies.
Meatballs..Linguini..and chicken "parmesan." Taken by camera phone.
I just love all the products, and there's still a few I haven't tried. Here's a full list of all the products. It means so much for me, to be able to share Ancient Harvest Quinoa products with you guys. It has seriously meant so much to us after testing out so many different brands and gluten-free pastas, to have found Ancient Harvest Quinoa. I hope you guys go try it and love it. And if you have any dietary restrictions like we do, that it makes a difference in your lives as well. ;)
Find out more about Ancient Harvest Quinoa on their site, follow them on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. More importantly go out and try some! You can also shop on their online store. :)
*I received these items to review, but all opinions are a 100% my own.
Earlier this week, we went to the zoo for a quick visit. Had been so busy all day, but still wanted our little boy to have something fun before the day ended.
We literally made it to the last few minutes of the zoo before they closed. We went to the Bronx Zoo, so if you have ever been there, you know that it is huge. In fact it is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, comprising 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats, where the Bronx River flows through. So we didn't cover much ground, for fifteen minutes of "zoo" time. I have went there a handful of times for a few years now, and still yet to see the whole zoo.
My son was so excited about "the jungle" as he likes to call the zoo, that I felt bad that we went there with most of everything closed. We ran to the Bug Carousal that they have, and made it to the last group going on. He was thrilled!
Even though he wanted to stay much longer, and was so excited for his visit, he was fine with leaving because he understood it was late and told me the animals needed to sleep. So proud of him! :) Such a simple thing, and such a short amount of time, yet such a great moment.