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If You Love Chocolate, You'll Love This Ho-Ho-Holiday Cocoa Recipe

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Nothing says “the holidays are here” quite like a comforting cup of hot cocoa. One whiff of this rich, chocolaty recipe will fully engage your nostalgia reflexes, conjuring up happy days of yore. Even better, the following simple mix-stir-and-heat recipe features a healthy measure of Chocolate Protein Powder, our non-GMO, nutrient-rich blend of proteins from pea, chia, pumpkin, hemp and quinoa! What better way to shore up your joyful reserves and fuel your holiday shopping, planning and festive jubilations!

As outlined, makes a single serving. Simply increase the fixings to serve two, six or even a dozen!

10 oz milk of choice

1 scoop Life's Abundance Chocolate Protein Powder

1 tsp Maple syrup or sweetener substitute

1 tsp Cocoa powder (increase for extra ho-ho-ho)

Pinch of salt

Optional: Add a few drops of Peppermint extract, or 1/8-1/4 tsp Vanilla extract for an added zing.

Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker bottle or a blender and mix well. Pour contents into a saucepan or microwave-safe container and gradually heat at medium temperature or power level. Pour the warmed contents into a festive mug and enjoy at your leisure.

If you’re up for enjoying the holiday spirit in a more literal way, consider any of the following flourishes to upgrade your cocoa to a cup of good cheer!

Merry-making combos:

Peppermint Schnapps + Kahlua, Tequila or Cinnamon

Frangelico + Brandy or Bourbon

Rum + Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Goldschläger

Bailey’s Irish Cream + Vodka or Whiskey

Be sure to leave your comments in the section below. If you think you can improve upon our recipe, let us know how you did it! Remember, it’s the season of giving, so please share your cocoa-making secrets with your fellow blog readers.

Happy Holidays, everyone!


Remember That Sick Dog Lawsuit Against Purina Beneful? Judge Said It Lacked Proof And Failed To Prove The Product Was Unsafe

Thought you would find this interesting. Beneful likes to glitz up their bags so people feel the food is healthy. They now have REAL meat (Is it really necessary to put the word REAL in front of chicken, beef, etc?). Here is what happened with the recent lawsuit -
 
Purina Beneful sick dog lawsuit lacked proof said judge
 
A federal judge in California ruled that the lawsuit failed to prove the product was unsafe.
 
Nestle Purina PetCare will not face a class action lawsuit over allegations that the company’s Beneful dry food sickened dogs, reported Law 360. On November 10, a California federal judge ruled that the proposed lawsuit failed to prove the product was unsafe.
 
History of Beneful class action law suit
On February 4, 2015, a California man filed a class action lawsuit against Purina, reported Petfood Industry. The lawsuit alleged negligence, misrepresentation, product liability and unfair business practices. The plaintiff sought more than US$5 million in damages, plus costs and fees.
 
The plaintiff, Frank Lucido claimed that Purina’s Beneful dog food injured his three dogs. Lucido said two of his dogs suffered and one of his dogs died after ingesting Beneful beginning January 15, 2015.
 
However, the dog that passed away, Dozer, was later determined to have died from a heart tumor, according to Wendy Vlieks, director of corporate public relations for Purina. The dog's death was dropped from the allegations.
 
Lucido claimed Purina added propylene glycol to Beneful. Propylene glycol is used in non-toxic antifreeze, food, beverages, medicines, e-cigarettes and other consumer goods.
 
"It is important not to confuse propylene glycol with ethylene glycol, which is the toxic substance used in conventional antifreeze," said Vlieks.
 
The class action lawsuit against Purina claimed that the company had received more than 3,000 online complaints about their food making dogs sick throughout the past four years. In some cases, the dogs reportedly suffered internal bleeding, weight loss, dehydration and other symptoms.
 
Purina’s response to allegations
On their website, the company responded to the class action lawsuit against Purina. The company announced that they stand by their product, and said of the potential litigation:
 
“Unfortunately, class action suits are common these days. They are not indicative of a product issue. In fact, we've faced two such suits in the past with similar allegations. Both were found to be baseless and were subsequently dismissed by the courts.
 
“Adding to the confusion, social media outlets can be a source of false or incomplete information, as many other pet food brands have experienced themselves.”
 
Revamped Beneful recipe
In August 2016, Purina released a revamped recipe for their Beneful dry food. Meat now is the first ingredient in chicken and beef varieties. Added sugar has been removed from all recipes.
 
According to the company, the Beneful’s recipes now include 22 grams or more of protein per cup. The dog food also includes vegetables and fruits, like spinach, peas, carrots and apples.
 
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I looked up their info and thought you would find this informative. I guess that is why they say GOOD ingredients because they certainly can't say EXCELLENT. What they really should be saying is POOR. It just makes me cringe and then to make sure you add all those nasty colors to top it off -
 
Good ingredients is what you'll find at the heart of our Originals With Real Chicken recipe. We take our #1 ingredient, real farm-raised chicken, and blend it to perfection with whole grains and accents of vegetables. It’s 100% nutrition with a taste your adult dog will love.
 
Chicken, whole grain corn, barley, rice, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, oat meal, poultry by-product meal, glycerin, egg and chicken flavor, mono and dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, poultry and pork digest, avocado, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite (Vitamin K), folic acid, biotin], choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, garlic oil, Yellow 6.
 
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Fudge Inspired Easy Bliss Bites Recipe Featuring Life's Abundance Greens Blend!

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Who says healthy living can’t be irresistibly delicious? Definitely not anyone after sampling the latest Life’s Abundance recipe!

Judging by the reaction this recipe got here at our home office, you might want to throw caution to the wind and whip up a double batch of this fudge-inspired delight.

Be sure to share this delectably sweet and coolly refreshing treat with friends and family!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 Cups toasted rolled oats

1 Cup unsweetened coconut

1/2 Cup slivered almonds

1/2 Cup virgin coconut oil (warmed to liquid)

1 Cup almond butter

2/3 Cup raw honey

1/2 Tsp. almond extract

2.5 Scoops (approx. 1/4 Cup) Life's Abundance Greens Blend

3/4 Cup chia or flax seeds

3/4 Cup mini chocolate chips

Bake

Directions:

Spread oats and coconut on cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

Use a mixer to combine the almond butter, honey, almond extract and the softened coconut oil. If needed, add more coconut oil by the tablespoon to reach the desired consistency. Once these ingredients are well mixed, add the remaining ingredients and mix until evenly blended.

Spread and press the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan (line with parchment paper for easy removal and clean up) and set in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Cut into bite-size delights and enjoy!

On the very slim chance you have leftovers, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Order Life's Abundance Greens Blend Today and make these delicious Bliss Bites!!

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Purina And Blue Buffalo Settle Lawsuits Two Years Later

On November 3, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. announced that they have reached a mutually agreeable settlement of the lawsuits pending between them, related to 2014 false advertising of pet food claims. The terms of the settlement are confidential. 

As a result of the settlement agreement, Blue Buffalo and Nestlé Purina have asked the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to dismiss the claims between the two parties and Purina's agencies with prejudice. Blue Buffalo will continue to prosecute its legal claims against the remaining parties.

History of Purina and Blue Buffalo legal battles

On May 6, 2014, Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising of pet food after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo’s top-selling pet foods. The false advertising of pet food lawsuits claimed that some Blue Buffalo products were not consistent with the company’s “True Blue Promise,” which stated that the products are “formulated with the finest natural ingredients” and made with “no chicken/poultry by-products meals; no corn, wheat or soy; and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.”

Subsequently, Blue Buffalo officially filed a lawsuit against Purina on May 14, 2014. The lawsuit, in response to a lawsuit filed by Purina against Blue Buffalo, claims defamation, unfair competition, false advertising and violations of trade practice statutes.

On May 6, 2015, Blue Buffalo acknowledged in court that a “substantial” and “material” portion of Blue Buffalo pet food sold to consumers contained poultry by-product meal, despite advertising claims to the contrary. Under the terms of the agreement, Blue Buffalo had to pay US$32 million into a settlement fund to settle the claims of the plaintiff class.

Further legal effects of Blue Buffalo and Purina’s lawsuits

To recoup some of the settlement funds, Blue Buffalo then filed lawsuits against the pet food ingredient broker and supplier involved in the false advertising of pet food case.

On September 27, US District Judge Rodney W. Sippel upheld claims against Diversified Ingredients Inc., the broker that allegedly sold ingredients adulterated with poultry by-product meal to Blue Buffalo, reported Law 360. However, the judge reduced some of the claims to compensation made against the broker by Wilber-Ellis Co., the ingredient supplier involved in a false advertising lawsuit against Blue Buffalo.

Original article on Pet Food Industry

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Life's Abundance Chocolate Plant Protein Powder Has Arrived! GMO Free! Grain Free!

Calling all CHOCOLATE LOVERS!! It's here!! Life's Abundance Chocolate Plant Protein!! The Vanilla is DELICIOUS and now we have chocolate!
 
The Life's Abundance Chocolate Plant Protein has all of the same beneficial ingredients as the Vanilla plus cocoa and cacao, both of which are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Because of these additions, the Chocolate Flavor has slightly higher protein and calorie content over Vanilla, at 15 grams of protein and 120 calories a serving. The Chocolate Plant Protein is silky smooth, satisfying and yummy!
 
 
100% plant based
15 g protein per serving
120 calories per serving
Silky smooth texture
 
Non-GMO
Vegan
Gluten Free
Soy Free
Dairy Free
Grain free
No Added Sugar
No Artificial Flavors
No Artificial Preservatives
No Artificial Colors
 
Our 100% grain-free, plant-based protein powder is a nutrient-rich blend of clean, high-quality proteins including pea, chia, Chocolateproteinpumpkin, hemp and quinoa.
 
At only 120 calories, it contains 15 grams of high-quality protein in every serving. For comparison, one-half of a boneless chicken breast, cooked is about 13 grams of protein and 115 calories.
 
Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is absolutely delicious and you can feel great about drinking it every day, because each and every ingredient was carefully chosen for its quality and safety.
 
While other protein powders use sunflower oil, we decided not to use this oil because it is high in omega-6 fatty acids, a fat that is much too prevalent in the American diet. Our Life’s Abundance Plant Protein contains non-GMO coconut oil powder, which is a great source of beneficial fatty acids that are easily absorbed. In addition, this health-promoting oil adds to the delicious taste and smooth texture of our blend.
 
Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is ideal for pre or post workouts, breakfast or whenever you need a healthy boost of energy from protein or a quick on-the-go snack.
 
With a superior taste and texture, it mixes easily with water into a silky smooth, rich and satisfying shake. Add to smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, oatmeal and more for a delicious way to increase protein.