Archive for the ‘Organic’ Category

Learn to Make Raw Sushi with Chef Sarah Mangold!

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Raw Sushi















I  recently attended a work shop with Sarah Mangold and learned how to make delicious, 100 percent raw sushi along with some delicious dipping sauces!

Sarah Mangold is a Kaua‘i resident and raw chef. She offers a raw food workshop at 11am every Friday and the Cliffs Resort in Princeville, which all are welcome to attend. The cost is just 20 dollars per person! (more…)

Recipe: Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Pupus

Sunday, August 4th, 2013


Eggplant is one of those vegetables that is always available here on Kaua‘i. There is often so much eggplant that sometimes it can be difficult to come up with creative ways of using it! (more…)

Flourless Nut Pancakes for Breakfast or Anytime

Saturday, April 13th, 2013














Aloha All, here is the recipe for my latest and best version of flourless pancakes (some may remember my first version with almonds and bananas). The shaved coconut in this version holds the batter together much better than my last version, which only used almonds. These cakes are great for breakfast or anytime and taste delicious either hot or cold. Some ingredients may be adjusted to suite personal preference. (more…)

5 Things You Can do to Fight GMOs Now

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

4-organic-farm1With the lack of labeling laws, it can be a difficult task to avoid genetically modified ingredients in our food supply. How can we really know if we are eating GMO foods? How can we be sure that the companies we are supporting are really trustworthy and ethical? With more and more of our valuable fertile soils and dwindling water supplies being polluted by toxic farming methods, it is vital that we become more aware of how to combat this growing threat and take control of our future. Here are just a few things we can do now to help in the fight against GMOs. (more…)

Does Organic Always Mean GMO-Free?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Does organic always mean GMO-free? The answer is usually. It can be difficult to keep up on all the issues concerning food safety, so we try to help our customers stay informed so they can feel more confident about the products they buy. If you want to be in the know then please like us on facebook.

If an item is labeled 100 percent organic then it most certainly does not contain GMO ingredients, however, the USDA organic certification seal does not require 100 percent of ingredients to be organic. It only requires 95 percent to be organic meaning that the other 5 percent can contain anything on the USDA’s approved National List, which may be viewed here. Although the list does not specify GMO ingredients as being approved, there are some gray areas. (more…)

Buyer Be Aware: GMO Ingredients Prevalent in ‘Natural’ Foods

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


By Shastin Grace

Most of us try to be conscious of what we buy and eat—especially when feeding our families and young ones. What most people do not realize, however, is that many of the foods marketed as ‘natural health foods’ are often not certified organic at all and may contain GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients.

The word ‘natural’ has no legal definition and therefore many companies—especially ones that use GMO ingredients—use this term widely to promote their products and persuade people to become loyal consumers. In today’s world of gimmicks and hidden ingredients, it is imperative that we become aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ and how to choose wisely what we eat and what we are ‘voting’ for with our pocketbooks.

In 2011, independent organization, Cornucopia Institute reviewed numerous cereals on the natural foods aisle and tested them for GMO ingredients and pesticide residues. What they found was shocking. Many of the brands that formerly carried the organic seal (including Kashi, Barbara’s, Annie’s and Peace Cereal) were now simply labeled ‘natural’, had detectible pesticide residue and some contained up to 50 percent or more GMO ingredients! Watch video here: Cereal Crimes Video from Cornucopia

The organic certification process requires companies to use ingredients that are free of pesticides and GMO ingredients. The companies who go through the process to get their products organically sealed are taking the extra step to ensure their product is safe and they are paying an extra fee to assure their customers of that fact. On the other hand, the term ‘natural’ means absolutely nothing and doesn’t ensure any kind of safety about the product or its ingredients.

It can seem an overwhelming task to choose safe foods for ourselves and our loved ones. Many times larger corporations buy out smaller companies and keep the packaging the same even though the ingredients have changed and may no longer be certified organic.

Some simple things to watch for when shopping:

1.) The organic seal. This is usually the green USDA organic seal but each state has its own organic seal as  well and many of them are even more strict than the USDA. This means that the all ingredients have been verified as organic. It is common for products to list several organic ingredients but this does NOT mean that all the ingredients are organic so look for the organic seals!

2.) The Non-GMO Project seal. This is a small seal carried on products that may not be certified organic but have submitted their ingredients for GMO testing. These products still may contain conventional ingredients and so pesticide and chemical residues are still a factor.

3.) Top GMO Ingredients. The top crops that are being genetically modified are corn, soy and sugar beets. These crops are typically cheaper for companies to buy because they are subsidized by the government. Any products that contain these ingredients are suspect.

4.) Check ingredients! Yes you may be familiar with a product and just assume that it will always remain the same and keep the same good ingredients but beware. As I mentioned above smaller organic companies are being bought up by larger corporations all the time. The packaging often remains the same even when the organic seal is removed and so it is always a good idea to double check!!

For more up to date information check out the Cornucopia Institute online at:

Also check out their scorecards on cereals:

Here is a list of links used in this post if you want to read further:




I’m Going to Portland!!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Heading out!

Aloha All, I am heading out to Portland this afternoon to attend a trade show. I will be meeting the representatives of some of the companies we know and love as well as checking out some new companies and exciting new products! I will also be cruising around the super fun city of Portland and scouting out the local health food stores, farmers markets and restaurants… and maybe a few coffee shops, thrift stores, record stores and local breweries… ha ha…

Anyway, I will keep you all posted on my journey and please feel free to leave me suggestions and comments here or on facebook. Much aloha, a hui ho! ~Shastin

Kaua‘i Style Kimchi with Locally-grown Napa Cabbage

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Kaua‘i Style Kimchi with ginger, turmeric and chili pepper

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to make and eat fermented foods! In my experience, they are a vitalizing food that can help boost immunity and aid in digestion. Easily made at home with simple, locally-grown  ingredients, this probiotic superfood can be eaten as a side dish or taken as a dietary supplement, supplying beneficial bacteria to the stomach. (more…)

Recipe: Flourless Banana Almond Pancakes

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Flourless Banana Almond Pancakes

Hello all, I’d like to share my new favorite recipe with you: Flourless (yes, there is absolutely no flour) Banana Almond Pancakes. This recipe was inspired by a fun ‘cosmic’ pancake dinner I was invited to recently. I have adapted the recipe to my own preferences and I think I got it just about perfect. (more…)

Customer Recipe: Merlin’s Jungle-Style Ulu Cookies

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Ulu (breadfruit) is a starchy food grown in the tropic regions of the world.

Excerpted from Living More Closely with Spirit of Nature. Available at:

Sticky, gooey, ripe ulu (breadfruit) can be a mysterious element to engage the first
time. It looks slightly like roof tar yet tastes yummy, sweet with super-fine fibers
persisting after the sweetness melts in the mouth like a wad of chewing gum.
Breadfruit is perfect when it is soft, sweet, and sticky. As soon as it gets a tangy
bite in the flavor or loses its tenacity with mushiness it is overripe and shouldn’t
be used. Remember sticky and sweet. Usually the color also changes with
over-ripeness, looking wet and custardy rather than doughy. (more…)