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Giveaway: Emmy’s Organics Macaroons and Granola!

by Lisa on May 1, 2011

It’s no secret around here that I love macaroons. I’m a huge fan of coconut products, and once bought 25lbs of raw unprocessed coconut flakes because I didn’t think about how much that actually was (it was on sale online at Wilderness Family Naturals! …Note: I also almost bought this again recently, knowing how much it would be–that’s how much I love coconut and macaroons.).  When I had my 25lbs of coconut, I started making many things with it, and I also learned a lot about coconut oil and what the potential health benefits can be.

Coconut (raw, unprocessed) is high in saturated fat, but rather than the health-damaging long chain fatty acids, it has medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). The awesome thing about it is that the human body can’t store MCFAs, and has to use them for energy. Note: if you overeat anything, you’ll gain weight, even coconut. It’s just helpful—not a miracle!

Using virgin organic coconut oil is very beneficial for health, including boosting a slightly underactive thyroid.  (The therapeutic dose is said to be 3-4 tbsp a day). Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, and melts at about 77 degrees. It can be used as a moisturizer (although it will also make your clothes greasy feeling, and can even soak through—yes, this happened on my legs in my dress pants at work!). It can also be used for cooking and sauteing because it has a very high smoking point.

Coconut contains lauric acid, and it also has antibacterial properties. I’ve bought young thai coconuts in order to use the meat and water (I bought a dremel saw to open them…after hacking at them outside on the sidewalk was not an overwhelming success).

First, drill a hole in the top and bottom, and drain out the water. Next, saw or chop the coconut in half and scoop out the meat. This is a frustrating process, and the meat texture and amount is totally variable!

I love that Emmy’s Organics makes macaroons!  They have a variety of flavors, and Samantha (one of the owners) generously offered to send me samples to review. I was thrilled—I had bought the coconut vanilla flavor before, but none of the others. I’ve reviewed them for you below, and I hope you’ll go to their website and buy some for yourself!  Also, check out their blog. In addition, you can enter below to win a variety pack of macaroons and a sample of granola.

Macaroons and Granola to Review (identical to what the winner of the giveaway will get!)

Chai Spice: As a newly developed chai fan, I really loved this flavor! Joe, however, wouldn't even try it. (Ha--more for me!)

Mint Chip: Love these! I actually bought another pack because they were so good---I'm a big mint chip fan, and I intended to share with my mom (but ate them all), so I got more :)

Choco-Orange: I've tried making something similar to this flavor, but it didn't turn out great---Emmy's choco-orange is awesome, exactly the right amount of orange!

Dark Cacao: This was Joe's second favorite. I also loved it---a lot. It tastes a little like a Mounds Bar (Joe said it's exactly like Mounds...but I think it's better!).

Coconut Vanilla: Yum! The clear winner for us! We loved all the flavors...but we love "plain" vanilla the most!

Lemon Ginger: Yum! I'm a big ginger fan, and this reminded me of some cookies I've had in the past (only these are way healthier!). Joe liked these too, and I saved one for my mom because I'm sure she'll like it!

Granola: This granola is so simple and delicious! It is made with buckwheat, and being from buckwheat country, I'm always ready to support buckwheat products. I also love buckwheat because of its superior nutritional profile (and protein content!).

The overall verdict?  Amazing!  Joe and I both loved the macaroons and the granola, and we’ll definitely be buying more of it. I’m looking forward to taking a road trip to Ithaca this summer and visiting Emmy’s Organics at the farmer’s market!

How to Enter:

1. Like me on facebook, and like Emmy’s Organics on Facebook.

2. Follow me on Twitter, and follow Emmy’s Organics on Twitter.

3. Tweet this: Check out @lisakthrives giveaway: @emmysorganics #coconut #macaroons and #granola variety pack! http://tinyurl.com/6xhkkqy

4. Tell me how you like to eat coconut and your favorite flavor of macaroon!

Leave a comment for each entry! Good luck—I’m excited for the winner—these are awesome!


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