Guest Post from Dr. Noodles! Delicious, Tasty, and Grain-Free

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I am excited to introduce to you Steve Frazier and his wife, Dr. Brenda Frazier, PhD, the founders of the company, Dr. Noodles. I had the opportunity to meet both of them as they promoted their product at our local health food store. One taste of this delicious, grain-free pasta, and I knew I had found a superior product. I was also convinced that I had to ask them if they would do a guest post for me on my blog. They enthusiastically agreed, and I am so excited to have them with us today. Mr. Frazier and his wife share their story and inspiration for starting Dr. Noodles, and they also include a delicious recipe at that end. Enjoy this post, and I encourage you to check out their delicious products for yourself and for your family.
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Greetings to all our fellow food and health enthusiasts!! We are very excited to be your guest blogger today and to share a bit of our story. Let’s start from the top. My wife and I were in the restaurant business for 25+ years and now, my Master’s Degree and her PhD later, we have found ourselves back in the food industry.

About three years ago my wife, Dr. Brenda Frazier, PhD, became ill. Since then she has seen 17 doctors with several hundred thousands of dollars in medical expenses and no answers. Along the way she began seeing a holistic Clinical Nutritionist, which our daughter Alex Hartinger, now totes as her career path as well. (Our family has taken the dive into natural health and an organic lifestyle very much together and whole-heartedly.) Both have helped her with her Lyme Disease diagnosis and are now addressing the many systemic problems, which this terrible disease has evoked on her body. Along the way she discovered a gluten-free lifestyle and realized some favorable results, but she ultimately realized that grains were still causing her ailments.

Now that she knew how immensely her grain-free choice was worth it, she proceeded to spend countless hours in the kitchen as she passionately strove to make this lifestyle as close to her previous, “comfortable” life as possible. Her efforts paid off as they led to hundreds of recipes and experiments with food. She knew that the options on the market had quality OR texture OR taste but were rarely “the whole package.” Naturally, and somewhat out of necessity, she started a grain- free cookbook, which was a place to keep track of her awesome recipes that would hopefully help other people navigate this shift in eating habits should they decide to be grain-free or be told they must be grain-free. When we got to the garbanzo bean pasta it became glaringly obvious to us that we needed to share it on a level way beyond a cookbook. The Dr. Noodles grain-free, non-GMO, soy free, nut free, and dairy free noodle was born and born to shine. In the past year since this revelation, a new family business has manifested, and our noodles are sold all over the state of Wisconsin (and we’re GROWING!!).

This is what it looks like!
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Our story continues as we bring Dr. Noodles fettuccine, spaghetti, and elbow macaroni to celiacs, gluten and grain intolerant people, and diabetics across the State of Wisconsin- and to many, many more people who are just looking for a more nutrient dense, less inflammatory responsive food than the pastas on the market. Our product is non-GMO containing only four ingredients: garbanzo bean flour, arrowroot starch, xanthan gum (which all come from Bob’s Red Mill and are on the Non-GMO Project verified list), and organic eggs. We’re all about organic; however, we will probably never be able to claim to be totally organic as organic garbanzo bean flour is currently 6-7 times more expensive than the non-GMO kind we are buying, and given our research on source and quality, we know that we are providing a clean and real whole food product.

Finally, now that we have shared our story and our product, we’d like to conclude with one of our favorite recipes. If you’d like more delicious recipes from Dr. Noodles, there are more posted on our website, http://www.drnoodlesbybrenda.com, or on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/drnoodlesbybrenda. noodles4
Garbanzo Bean Spaghetti Carbonara (Serves 4)
Ingredients:
½ onion, chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ lb. bacon (uncured, organic)
2 tablespoons of butter (organic)
3 egg yolks (organic)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup raw cheddar cheese
½ tsp sea salt
1 package of Dr. Noodles spaghetti
Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onion until transparent. Add the bacon and cook until the bacon is crisp. Remove this mixture from pan and keep it warm. Melt the butter in the same fry pan with the bacon fat. Remove pan from heat. Stir in egg yolks and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Stir in the almond milk and cheese. Add the onion and bacon mixture and mix thoroughly. Cook pasta in boiling salt water until tender. Drain. Mix everything together and serve immediately. You can add more cheese at the end if you prefer.

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Thank you all for taking the time to hear our story and a huge thanks to AvocadoMommy for inviting us to be on her blog. We are honored to be here. Let us say, it has been through a strong faith in God and much prayer that we have managed to get through some very difficult times with Brenda’s health. With His help we have persevered and brought a product to market that has brought smiles and joy to many hearts of people who have not been able to eat good tasting pasta for many years.
We demo our product regularly around the state and post the schedule on our Facebook page. We invite you to join us for some great tasting pasta, a nice chat, and friendly comradery. See you soon!! If you see this little dude at a demo, say, “Hi!” to our garbanzo-bean-noodle-loving grandson, Mac!
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*Pictures courtesy of Dr. Noodles.

Guest Post by Gorilly Goods: An Interview with a Vibrant, Local Organic Food Manufacturer

It is my pleasure to introduce to you today, Chris, the Co-Founder of the delicious, crunchy snacks, Gorilly Goods. Not only are they delicious, but they are snacks which you can feel good about as they are packed full of nutrition. Enjoy learning more about Gorilly Goods, and don’t forget to take advantage of the February PROMO at the end of this post! Give the Gorilly Goods a try for yourself!
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Chris: We met LeNay and her sweet young boys while visiting a couple of stores with our Gorilly Goods products. We are delighted and honored to be able to introduce ourselves through LeNay’s beautiful Avocado Mommy blog.

Avocado Mommy: What are Gorilly Goods?
Chris: Gorilly Goods are crunchy, organic snack “things”. They are packages of tasty goodness that are delicious with your morning coffee or tea, are excellent to grab for a snack “on the go”, and are great for long drives in the car to grandma’s house. In addition, these snacks are ideal for refueling on the hiking trail or after your workout. Finally, they are excellent for kids! Pack them in our kids’ lunch along with a few extra to share with their friends! There are three flavors of which to choose from: The “Original” and the “Chocolate” which are sweet and the “Savory” which are made with seeds and greens. They are handmade in Jackson, WI, in a small family business owned by people who care about others and live like it’s heaven on earth.
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Avocado Mommy: Wow! My mouth is watering already. What are some other aspects that make this product so exceptional for my family?
Chris: Gorilly Goods represent the next generation of nutrition snacking: 100% organic, gluten-free, raw, non-gmo, vegan, and certifiably delicious. They represent cleaner oceans,
fresher air, more fertile soil, sustainability, forest life, healthy dancing children, brilliant
sunsets, and a connection to nature. These are the “things” of Gorilly Goods snacks.

Avocado Mommy: What is the background/inspiration behind the company?
Chris: My husband, Stephen, and I are a conscientious couple that have spent our last
25 years following a passion. Much of the passion has been connected to food, how
food relates to life on our planet, how food impacts the well-being of animals and
humans, how it affects our outlook on life, and how our food choices matter in the
scheme of our world. In 1999, Stephen and I chose to live a raw-food lifestyle
which we embraced, with much study, for several years. During this time, we
developed the Raw Foods Foundation in St Louis, MO. Classes were taught, raw
retreats were held, and many delicious recipes were created. The best of these recipes are
now being produced and introduced to the world through our products, Gorilly Goods.
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Avocado Mommy: Tell us a little more about the production of this product.
Chris: Everything we use in our kitchen is certified organic – that’s important to us. Our first
product to be introduced was the Original Fruit and Nut Things. It’s made mostly of
bananas (fair trade from Ecuador), with California raisins, Texas pecans, Vietnamese
cashews, California walnuts, Philippine coconut as well as coconut nectar, and some
sea salt. The same ingredients are in the Chocolate Fruit and Nut Things variety, but
we coat the Original pieces with an un-roasted, certified organic cacao bean chocolate,
sweetened with coconut palm sugar. It’s all vegan, non-gmo, and created on the tropical
side of heaven – imported from Bali. This Balinese chocolate is 70% dark and full of all
the good antioxidants and nutrients that dark chocolate is known for! Besides fair trade,
it’s certified organic and undeniably, an excellent choice of chocolate. The Savory
variety is made with mighty pumpkin seeds and the cruciferous king: kale (locally
grown from Full Harvest Farm, when available). The seeds and kale are
seasoned with organic nutritional yeast from Germany (info on our blog), gluten-free
organic tamari, and tasty seasonings.
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Avocado Mommy: I have these on my grocery list! Can you share any other thoughts as to why your products are special?
Chris: (As my mom would say…they are…)
• delicious
• nutritious
• make you feel ambitious 🙂
• seriously, they are just good….good tasting, good for you, good for the earth, just
plain old good

We can’t wait for you to try our delicious products! Plus, we have a great promotion for all Avocado Mommy readers:

Rejoice! Use coupon code “avocado” at checkout. You will get you 25% off suggested retail price of any online orders. The coupon is good through February 28th, 2015.

Thank you for reading! Thank you for checking out our products. Thank you for caring
about life. You can read more about us at http://www.gorillygoods.com
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