Introducing Door to Door Organics (+ GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: Door to Door Organics approached me with an opportunity to share information about their products and services. In return, I received an account credit and three certificates to provide as reader giveaways. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Confession: I’m one of those  individuals that enjoys grocery shopping. Perhaps it’s the excitement of getting to pick out items to use in my kitchen to create fun meals. Perhaps its knowing my choices line up with my health and wellness goals, supported by the finest quality ingredients I can find. But I have to admit — the idea of having my groceries delivered to my house was always tempting. With Spring in full effect, I rather be soaking up the sun than pushing a shopping cart!

Luckily for us food lovers in Cleveland, Akron and 20 other surrounding communities, we are just a week away from being able to use a new-to-Ohio company for deliveries of organic produce and natural, local groceries right to our doorsteps — this Ohioan included! Introducing Door to Door Organics:

DTDO porch

Door to Door Organics partners with farmers to bring fresh, organic produce and Good Food groceries right to your doorstep. They believe that food should be good, quality is a must, flexibility is key, that eco-friendliness is something to strive for and in free delivery for their customers.

Signing up for their produce delivery program was easy via their user friendly online system. I selected a produce box, chose the start date for my delivery, entered my contact info and I was confirmed for weekly deliveries of their Bitty Mixed Box (good for 1-2 people) once a week this summer.

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Starting on Friday, I’ll be able to further customize my order each week, including shopping for additional groceries including meats, fish, dairy, breads and other pantry items. Their list of local farmers and purveyors include Green Fields Farms, Hartzler Family Dairy, Phoenix Coffee and Good Greens. Before we know it, this will be on my porch.

DTDO Mixed Box

At the rate Hans and I plow through fruits and veggies, the mid-week delivery is going to be a HUGE convenience. Depending on how it’s going, we might decide to switch to the Small box later this summer. I bet we will as I’ve already been inspired by the array of recipes on the site.

You can sign up now and save $10 off — click here to register todayOn May 15th, you’ll get an email letting you know your order has opened for shopping, and next week, you too will have that box on your doorstep.

Want to win some free Door to Door Organics goods this summer? Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway as I’m giving away three $50 shop credits to three lucky readers. Giveaway is open thru midnight on Monday 5/18 — winners will be announced later that morning. Enter today:

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The Fine Print — Please Read! By agreeing to enter this giveaway, you agree to receiving one email from Door to Door Organics regarding their products/services. No other emails will be sent. Your email will not be shared otherwise.

Join me in welcoming Door to Door Organics as they make Cleveland their new home: follow them on Facebook, on Twitter at @dtdorganics, on Instagram at @doortodoororganics and at Pinterest.

Disclosure: Door to Door Organics approached me with an opportunity to share information about their products and services. In return, I received an account credit and three certificates to provide as reader giveaways. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Heinen’s Game Day Recipe (& GIVEAWAY): Pork Brats Chili

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this recipe and running a giveaway for a gift card for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Craving a brat before the big game, but don’t want to involve the grill? Get more than one football-watching favorite with this slow-cooker combo creation featuring ingredients from your local Heinen’s grocery store. 

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Pork Brats Chili
Serves approximately 6 or so hearty bowls

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 raw pork brats (regular or hot, depending on your spice preference)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 heaping cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and minced (optional, depending on your spice preference)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • your choice of chili fixings (see note below)

METHOD

  • Turn your slow cooker on to high.
  • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, starting with the brats*. Do your best to equally distribute everything.
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and leave it be for four to six hours. Don’t lift the lid!
  • When ready (when the brats are cooked through), give the mix a good stir, and scoop desired servings into bowls, grabbing a brat from the bottom for each serving.
  • Serve with your favorite chili fixings: rice, pasta, corn chips, sour cream, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, Oyster crackers, hot sauce, black olives, chives, etc.  You can also even serve the brats on hoagie rolls and top with your accompanying chili mix as you cheer on your favorite team!

*ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Instead of cooking the brats whole, you can de-case the brats as you place them in the slow cooker, breaking it up into more of a “ground pork” consistency. 

pork brat chili

So in prep of the big game, why not head over to Heinen’s? I’ll make it even sweeter — how about going with a $50 gift card in your pocket? Enter to win at the Rafflecopter:

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You have until Tuesday, January 27th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning.

Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook, on Twitter at @heinens and on Instagram at @heinens.

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this recipe and running a giveaway for a gift card for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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NOOMA: a #CLE success story (& GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this product, I received a NOOMA care package for myself and one to give away to a reader. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Over a year ago, two brothers kindly agreed to meet me at my office. They arrived with big smiles, bright eyes and a travel cooler filled with their brand new, still-in-the-product-testing-phase product, NOOMA.

I would then start to run into Brandon and Jarred Smith EVERYWHERE:

…Within the week at Evolution Yoga where I had just started teaching yoga.

…Then I hosted them for a sweaty Saturday morning flow at my yoga class that December.

…Then I would see them at pretty much every yoga event, CrossFit competition, spinning studio, Heinen’s grocery store… I wondered if they had cloned themselves!

And everywhere they went, they told their story (from their website): 

“Our focus has always been on putting together a replenishing electrolyte blend without the acid or preservatives. We made this happen in a great tasting formula with only quality ingredients and cut out the extra sugar and calories. NOOMA is electrolyte hydration you can trust to feel your best.”

It’s been fun to watch them grow since nearly “day one”. To see the product package designs, to taste test the flavors (Chocolate Mint is still my favorite, but that Blueberry Peach is a super close second in my book), to the many chats we’ve had over the past year — the Smith brothers and their team have worked their tails off to find success. Not too shocking for an Cleveland born company, right?!

A few months ago, they sent me a care package including plenty of their product, some recipe ideas and this uber cute, soft tee:

…and then after a recent meeting spoiled me with a few extra cases:

Seriously. SO much generosity. Their kindness knows no end!

And in this week of thanks, the NOOMA team and I want to thank YOU for supporting Cleveland businesses like theirs with a GIVEAWAY of THREE cases of NOOMA, plus one of those above pictured bags to a lucky PIP reader! Enter at the Rafflecopter:

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You have until this Thursday, November 27th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later on Thanksgiving morning. Yogis, runners, CrossFitters and other fitness fanatics near and far are welcome to enter this giveaway!  Enter to win today!

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this product, I received a NOOMA care package for myself and one to give away to a reader. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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