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By Yasmin Jorge

I’m sitting at my kitchen table devouring three food finds I want to share with Beauty News NYC readers. If you’re counting calories, forget it, because these snacks are so worth it. Don’t feel too guilty because, while decadent, these goodies are healthy, organic, and satisfy a rumbling tummy.

Layer on the yogurt:
My daughter especially likes yogurt, and the fattier and creamier the better. I had searched for full-fat versions at the supermarket, but they’re hard to find – the demand is for low- and fat- free kinds, at least in my neighborhood. Well, we finally found all natural Brown Cow Yogurt and have welcomed it into our bowls and smoothies for the past few months.

Prior to kids, this skinny Mini would not buy full fat yogurt for herself. Now, I want a Brown Cow tub in my refrigerator. The consistency is delectable – so smooth, flavorful, and I’ll fight for the rich cream top. Our favorites are vanilla and maple. We haven’t tried the fruit flavors yet and coffee (for me).

Brown Cow Yogurt has received the American Humane Certified seal – The company raises and handles their cows with care and respect. Yogurts are gluten-free and kosher, have lots of live active cultures, and zero artificial growth hormones. Mom appreciates this.

We get Brown Cow yogurt at Fairway Market. Visit http://www.BrownCowFarm.com to locate a store near you.

Add the granola:
On a recent trip to a local indoor farmer’s market, we sampled and were sold on Tierra Farm Organic Granola.

My little Syd fought for spoonfuls of the granola to shove in her mouth. I thought it best to buy her a 16-oz container to appease her appetite for this nutty fruity mix.

We enjoy the triple berry granola packed with whole rolled oats, Agave syrup, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins, and more, plus dried coconut for a surprise flavorful twist. It is an excellent topping for our yogurt and has the right crunchy chewy mouth feel. I’m going to pack these trail mixes in Ziploc snack bags for the family – backpacks for the kiddies and Montblanc briefcases for us – just don’t spill anything!

Tierra Farms is a small, privately owned, certified organic producer and roasting company in Upstate New York.
Visit http://www.tierrafarm.com or email at web@tierrafarm.com to learn more about their products and order online.

And for Mom’s grown-up palette, I’ve found Platte Clove Naturals maple ginger granola. This feels like couture granola because the odd mix is divine: Yummy pecans are sweetened with pure maple syrup from the Catskills Mountains, powdered ginger, a touch of cinnamon, and other natural ingredients, for a surprising sugary-salty flavor explosion in my delighted mouth!

Platte Clove Naturals granola is so tasty and chunky, I’ll eat this on its’ own. Visit http://www.platteclovenaturals.com
to order online or find a market near you.

Originally published January 2012
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