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Purely Elizabeth Issues Recall After Plastic, Rocks Found in Granola

Purely Elizabeth Issues Recall After Plastic, Rocks Found in Granola


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The granola company has issued a voluntary recall after foreign matter was found in products by customers.

Purely Elizabeth has issued a voluntary recall after some customers found foreign objects in a variety of grain-free granolas and bars. These products were sold at major retailers such as Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Walmart, Target, and Amazon across the country.

Purely Elizabeth issued a statement on their website saying, “If you have purchased our Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola, Banana Nut Butter Grain-Free Granola, Pumpkin Spice + Ashwagandha Grain-Free Superfood Granola, they may be impacted by this recall.” It was originally believed that Purely Elizabeth bars were part of the recall, but Hilary Martin, a public relations representative for Purely Elizabeth, says they "fortunately did not make it to retail."

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The company said that nuts from their cashew supplier contained foreign objects, and they’ve already replaced that cashew supplier. They issue was reportedly discovered as a result of customer communication. Martin says, “foreign matter may contain things like plastic, rocks or small pebbles, or pieces of glass.”

If you believe you’ve purchased any of the affected products from Purely Elizabeth, do not consume them. To see if your item has been recalled, you should check the UPC code on the back. For information about identifying recalled products or receiving a free replacement, visit Purely Elizabeth’s website.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. If you have questions or want to learn more, you can email [email protected] or call 720.242.7525 Ext. 106, 9AM - 5PM MST, Monday through Friday.


Health Highlights: May 20, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Computers Detect Lung Cancer on Scans as Well as Docs Do

Computers were able to identify small lung cancers on CT scans as well or better than doctors, a new study finds.

The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, was conducted by researchers from Google and several medical centers, The New York Times reported.

They applied artificial intelligence to CT scans used to screen people for lung cancer. This screening is recommended for people at high risk of cancer due to smoking.

But the screening can miss tumors or mistake benign spots for cancer, and doctors examining the same scan may come to different conclusions, The Times reported.

This new technology is still under development, but shows how artificial intelligence may have a future role in medicine.

Purely Elizabeth Granola Products Recalled

A range of gluten-free granola products have been recalled by Purely Elizabeth because they may contain foreign matter such as glass, plastic or rocks.

All of the recalled products contain cashews. The company said no injuries or illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, CBS News reported.

The products were sold online and at major retailers across the United States.

The recalled products include: 16-ounce packages of Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola with the UPC Code 8551400002946 and best by dates of Nov. 30, 2019 and Dec. 3, 2019 eight-ounce packages of Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola with the UPC Code 855140002700 and best by date of Oct. 19, 2019 eight-ounce Banana Nut Butter Grain-Free Granola with the UPC Code 855140002724 with best by dates of Oct. 17, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 and Pumpkin Spice w/Ashwagandha Superfood Grain-Free Granola with the UPC Code 810589030158 and best by date of Dec. 7, 2019.

Consumers should not eat any of the recalled products, but instead should contact Purely Elizabeth for free replacement. For more information, call 720-242-7525, Ext 106.

Walking During Work Meetings Bring Benefits

Holding work meetings while taking a walk outdoors offers a number of benefits, researchers report.

Not only does it provide much needed exercise for people who are often tied to their desks for the entire work day, it can also give them a stress-reducing mental lift.

"A lot of folks often say they don't have time after work to go to the gym or exercise," Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, who helped conduct a walking meeting pilot study for the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, told CNN.

"One of the things our pilot study showed is that converting some of the time you're at work into a walking meeting is really beneficial to cardiovascular health and, potentially, even to productivity," Caban-Martinez said.

The findings will be published June 24 in the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

Taking a stroll in the park is also good for retirees, according to another University of Miami study. That research, published online recently inn the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that seniors who lived in the greenest parts of Miami had lower rates of chronic diseases.

"We discovered in our research that the presence of green space -- trees, other forms of vegetation -- were associated with lower rates of four different forms of heart disease," lead author Scott Brown told CNN. "When our parents said 'go outside,' they might have been on to something."

U.S. Children Eating Less Seafood

American children are eating less seafood than they used to, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says.

"Seafood consumption by children has declined every year since 2007 to levels not seen since the early 1980s," the authors wrote, CNN reported.

"Fish and shellfish are, in general, good sources of low-fat protein rich in several essential vitamins and minerals as well as, in certain instances, the essential nutrients omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids," which improve brain functions, the authors noted.

They added that other health benefits of seafood include lower risk of heart disease and the possible prevention of certain allergic reactions, such as asthma and eczema, CNN reported.

But there are some risks. For example, eating fish contaminated with methylmercury pollution may harm a child's developing nervous system.

U.S. government advisories on possible fish contamination may have "pushed people away from eating fish in general and canned tuna in particular," according to the report authors.

They provided recommendations on seafood that are safe for children to eat. The report was published in the journal Pediatrics.


We take product recalls very seriously here at the Boise Co-op. We send an email to every member who purchased the product within the affected date range. If you are a member, please call us and make sure we have your current email address on file so that we can contact you in the event of a recall.

Real water

Product Name: Real Water

Size/Case Pack: 1L

UPC#: 669149105528

Shipping Dates: ALL

Best Buy Dates: ALL

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: This voluntary recall is due to a possible health concern based on possible presence of hepatitis. Do not consume this product.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Bobo’s Maple Pecan Oat Bar

Product Name: Bobo’s Maple Pecan Oat Bar

Size/Case Pack: 12/3oz

UPC#: 829262000210

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Undeclared peanuts. Consumption of this product may cause an allergic reaction to those allergic to peanuts

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Amy’s Golden Lentil Soup

Product Name: Amy’s Golden Lentil Soup

Size/Case Pack: 14.4oz

UPC#: 042272005932

Lot # 30-F1520

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Undeclared Egg Protein

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Jarrow NAC 100 caps

Size/Case Pack: 100 capsules

UPC#: 790011070023

Lot # 6523G20

Best Buy Dates: 07/22

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Mislabeling of SUS (NAC sustain 600mg 100tab) with NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine 500mg 100 caps)

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Coolhaus That Dough Though Ice Cream Sandwich

Product Name: Coolhaus That Dough Though Ice Cream Sandwich

Size/Case Pack: 5.8oz

UPC#: 851916003490

Best Buy Dates: 08/19/2021 • 10/15/2021 • 10/01/2021 • 01/09/2022 • 10/14/2021 • 01/10/2022

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Undeclared Soy Allergen

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Organic White Peaches

Size/Case Pack: By the pound

Best Buy Dates: n/a

Pertains to: Organic white peaches purchased between 6/1/20 and 8/19/20

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Prima Wawona Organic White Peaches are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Island Springs Organic Extra Firm Tofu

Size/Case Pack: 12 oz

UPC#: 074899000069

Best Buy Dates: 8/23/2020

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: due to the possible presence of foreign metallic material.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Siete Grain Free Cashew Tortillas

Size/Case Pack: 8ct

UPC#: 865336000045

Shipping Dates: N/A

Lot # - C0220CW ● C0320CW ● C0420CW ● C2120CW ● D0620CW ● D0720CW

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: due to the possible presence of foreign material.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Housemade Oatmeal Cream Pie

Product Name: Housemade Oatmeal Cream Pie

Size/Case Pack: 1 ea

Best Buy Dates: 3/02/20-3/8/20

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: This product was made with an incorrect filling and contains milk, an allergen which is not declared on the ingredient label. This recall affects just the NE location.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Housemade Grab and Go Shrimp Cocktail

Product Name: Housemade Grab and Go Shrimp Cocktail

Size/Case Pack: 1 ea

Best Buy Dates: 2/05/20-2/11/20

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Undeclared allergens on the scale label (soy, anchovies).

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Crystal Star

Product Name: Adrenal Support, UPC#: 747889010002

Product Name: Para Purge, UPC#: 747889036002

Product Name: Fat and Sugar Detox, UPC#: 747889020209

Product Name: Female Harmony, UPC#: 747889022906

Product Name: GI Support, UPC#: 747889024009

Product Name: Digestive Support, UPC#: 747889015601

Product Name: Ocean Minerals, UPC#: 747889034800

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: A court decree against a former supplier due to concerns around their manufacturing processes and transparency. Crystal Star wants to stress that at this time there are no known health or safety risks and no reports of illnesses.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Products Containing Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA Region

Product Name: Products Containing Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA Region

Size/Case Pack: varies

Organic Girl, Earthbound Farm, Taylor Farms, Josie’s Mixes CONTAINING ROMAINE

Affected UPCs:

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 associated with romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Backpacker’s Pantry

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Pop Chips

Product Name: Pop Chips Sea Salt

Size/Case Pack: 5oz

UPC#: 082666500803

Shipping Dates:

Lot # AUG0620

Best Buy Dates: AUG0620

Product Name: Pop Chips Sour Cream & Onion

Size/Case Pack: 5oz

UPC#: 082666500704

Shipping Dates:

Lot # AUG0720

Best Buy Dates: AUG0720

Product Name: Pop Chips Sour Cream & Onion

Size/Case Pack: .8oz

UPC#: 082666777007

Shipping Dates:

Lot # AUG0720

Best Buy Dates: AUG0720

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: levels of gluten in amounts that exceed Popchips’ specification as set by their gluten-free certification organization.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Udi’s Classic GF Hamburger Bun

Product Name: Udi’s Classic GF Hamburger Bun

Size/Case Pack: 8/10.4oz

UPC#: 698997809135

Best Buy Date: January 12, 2020

Location: Boise Co-op North End and the Village

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: the potential presence of a foreign material (plastic). This issue occurred when a dough scraper was inadvertently incorporated into the production process for a limited quantity of Udi’s Classic Hamburger Buns.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Housemade WF Pizza Dough

Product Name: Boise Co-op Housemade Wheat Free Pizza Dough

Size/Case Pack: each

Dates: 7/27/19-7/31/19

Location: Boise Co-op the Village only

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Pizza dough containing wheat mislabeled as wheat-free.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Raw Life Farm

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to : High SPC test results

Product Name: Raw Cow Milk

Size/Case Pack: ½ Gallon

UPC#:019372028970

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/2019 to 7/19/2019

Product Name: Raw Cow Milk

Size/Case Pack: Gallon

UPC#:019372028963

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/2019 to 7/19/2019

Product Name: Raw Cow Milk

Size/Case Pack: Skim ½ Gallon

UPC#:019372029007

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/2019 to 7/19/2019

Product Name: Raw Cow Milk

Size/Case Pack: Pint

UPC#:019372028987

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/2019 to 7/19/2019

Product Name: Raw Cow Milk

Size/Case Pack: Cream Pint

UPC#:019372029038

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/2019 to 7/19/2019

Product Name: Raw Cow Milk

Size/Case Pack: Cream Quart

UPC#:019372029021

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/2019 to 7/19/2019

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to : High SPC test results

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

ProBar Meal Bars

Product Name:ProBar

Size/Case Pack: 12/3oz

UPC#: 85315210001,85315210002, 85315210007, 85315210032, 85315210034

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to:

PROBAR LLC of Salt Lake City, UT has initiated a voluntary recall of select flavors and lots of Meal bars, including Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Original Trail Mix, Wholeberry Blast, and Superfood Slam due to the possible presence of undeclared milk and soy allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected products. No other PROBAR products are affected.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

King Arthur All Purpose Flour 5 lb Bag

Product Name: King Arthur All Purpose Flour 5 lb Bag

Size/Case Pack: 5 lb

UPC#: 10071012010506

BEST USED BY 12/07/19 LOT: L18A07C

BEST USED BY 12/08/19 LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B

BEST USED BY 12/14/19 LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Possible E. coli contamination

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Boise Co-op Housemade Curry Chicken Wrap

Product Name: Boise Co-op Chicken Wrap

Size/Case Pack: 1 ea

Shipping Dates: N/A

Best Buy Dates: 6/7/19 - 6/14/19

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: wrong list of ingredients listed on the scale label, missing allergen information. The product contains: egg, soy, wheat which are not listed on the label.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.
If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Purely Elizabeth

Product Name: Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola

Size/Case Pack: 16oz

UPC#: 855140002946

Shipping Dates:

Best Buy Dates: 11/20/19 12/3/l19 12/5/19 12/4/19

Product Name: Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola

Size/Case Pack: 8-oz

UPC#: 855140002700

Shipping Dates:

Best Buy Dates: 10/19/19

Product Name: Banana Nut Butter Grain-Free Granola

Size/Case Pack: 8-oz

UPC#: 855140002724

Shipping Dates:

Best Buy Dates: 10/17/19 12/12/19

Product Name: Pumpkin Spice + Ashwagandha Grain-Free Granola

Size/Case Pack: 8-oz

UPC#: 810589030158

Shipping Dates:

Best Buy Dates: 12/7/19

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: “We are implementing this recall, because we learned that cashews provided by our supplier during a brief time this spring may contain foreign objects. We have taken corrective action and replaced this cashew supplier with a new one.”

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Purely Elizabeth

Product Name: Purely Elizabeth

Size/Case Pack: 6/8oz

UPC#: 855140002700, 855140002724, 855140002724, 810589030158

Shipping Dates: N/A

Lot #: OHO1819, OHO1619, OHO7219, OHO6719

Best Buy Dates: 10/19/19, 10/17/19, 12/12/19, 12/7/19

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to:

We are issuing a voluntary FDA limited recall of our grain-free granola and bar offerings due to a possible contamination with foreign matter. No injuries or illness have been reported. The issue was discovered as a result of a consumer communication. We are implementing this recall, because we learned that cashews provided by our supplier during a brief time this spring may contain foreign objects including fragments of plastic, rock or glass. We have also taken corrective action and replaced this cashew supplier with a new one. No other Purely Elizabeth products are involved in this recall.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200

Barlean’s Softgels

This is to inform you of a voluntary product recall involving Barlean’s softgels due to undeclared sulfites. Barlean’s has used a caramel coloring ingredient in its softgels that they discovered contains sulfites. Sulfites are not an allergen but may present “sensitivity” issues for a relatively small subset of consumers.

Products affected by this voluntary recall are for all lots of the following products:

Products with a “best by” date of January 2022 or earlier:

• Barlean’s 100ct Cod Liver Oil Softgel, UPC: 705875610100

• Barlean’s 100 count Lignan Flax Oil Softgels, UPC: 70587510076

• Barlean’s 250 count Lignan Flax Oil Softgels, UPC: 705875100083

• Barlean’s 90 count Ultra DHA Softgels Lemonade Flavor, UPC: 705875610049

• Barlean’s 60 count Ultra EPA Softgels, UPC: 705875610056

• Barlean’s 60 count Ultra EPA-DHA Orange Flavor Softgels, UPC: 705875610063

• Barlean’s 100 count Fish Oil Orange Flavor Softgels, UPC: 705875610070

• Barlean’s 250 count Fish Oil Orange Flavor Softgels, UPC: 705875610087

• Barlean’s 120 count Olive Leaf Complex Softgels, UPC: 705875700092

• Barlean’s 60 count Olive Leaf Complex Softgels, UPC: 70587500085

• Barlean’s 90 count Master Blend Total Mega Softgels, UPC: 705875100205

• Barlean’s Essential Woman 120 count Softgels, UPC: 705875100137

• Barlean’s 60 count Essential Woman Softgels, UPC: 705875100090

• Barlean’s 120 count Omega Man Softgels, UPC: 705875100199

• Barlean’s 45 count Pure Flax Oil Softgels, UPC: 705875140041

Products with a best by of January 2021 or earlier:

• Barlean’s 60 count Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Softgels, UPC: 705875801133

• Barlean’s 60 count Ideal CBD Hemp Oil Softgels, UPC: 705875801126

• Barlean’s 30 count Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Softgels, UPC: 705875801157

• Barlean’s 30 count Ideal CBD Hemp Oil Softgels, UPC: 705875801140

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Glory Bee Honey

Product Names:

Glory Bee Raw California Orange Blossom Honey

Size/Case Pack: 18 oz

UPC#: 030042003059

Lot #: MG0117488, MG0129500

Best Buy Dates: n/a

This product is being recalled/withdrawn by Glory Bee due to: Unapproved Fumagillin Residue.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Theo Chocolate Select Chocolate Bars

Product Names:

Theo Chocolate Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bar

Theo Chocolate Salted Toffee 55% Dark Chocolate Bar

Size/Case Pack: 3 oz

UPC#: 874492003258, 874492003814

Lot #: 3092529 (for both bars)

Best Buy Dates: 01/2020 (for both bars)

Theo Chocolate is voluntarily recalling the aforementioned chocolate bars due to an undeclared milk allergen.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Host Defense® MycoBotanicals® Blood Sugar 60ct Capsules

Product Name: Host Defense® MycoBotanicals® Blood Sugar 60ct Capsules

Size/Case Pack: ea

UPC#: 633422704746

Lot #/Shipping Dates: 10/02/17 Shipped 10/18/17 – 1/16/19 10/17/18 Shipped 12/14/18 – 2/26/19

This recall has been initiated due to undeclared wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of reaction if they consume this product. This applies to the North End location only, as the Village location does not carry this product.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch Cereal

Product Name: EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch

Shipping Dates: August 2018 through February 2019

Best By Dates: 8/24/2019 AND 9/21/2019

This recall has been initiated because specific production run of above products may contain undeclared gluten (wheat and barley). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to gluten run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. This product could also cause a serious autoimmune reaction to people with celiac disease if consumed.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

WTRMLN WTR

Lot #: AW00719, AW01419, AW00219, AW00719, AW00319, AW00919.

Best By Date: 3/9/2019, 3/16/2019, 3/4/2019, 3/9/2019, 3/5/2019, 3/11/2019.

According to WTRMLN WTR: “This recall has been initiated due to the discovery of the potential presence of soft plastic that may be loosely floating in the finished products. While we are unaware of any adverse events associated with the products to date, the presence of the plastic could potentially be a choking hazard.”

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

RX BARS

Undeclared peanut (trace amounts)

UPC#: Please see below for complete list of lot codes

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Undeclared peanut (trace amounts)

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Tuna Salad

(incorrectly labeled as Almond Chicken Salad)

January 4, 2019

Product Name: Housemade Tuna Salad (incorrectly labeled as Almond Chicken Salad)
Size/Case Pack: 1 ea
UPC#: 06384
Production Dates: 1/1/2019-1/4/2019

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: housemade Tuna Salad was incorrectly labeled as housemade Almond Chicken Salad. This mislabeling resulted in the omission of the allergen “tuna fish”. This applies to the Village location only.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

RX Bar Recall

December 24, 2018

Product Name: RX Bar Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Chocolate
Size/Case Pack: 1 ea
UPC#: 008-57777-00423-2, 008-57777-00421-8
Shipping Dates: n/a

Lot #: 06102019AC2, 06102019BC2, 06132019AC2, 06132019BC2, 06142019AC2, 06142019BC2, 06152019AC2, 06152019BC2, 06162019AC2, 06162019BC2, 06172019AC2, 06172019BC2

Best Buy Dates: 06/10/201-06/17/2019

From RX Bar: RXBAR identified the potential for trace amounts of undeclared peanut in Chocolate Sea Salt and Coconut Chocolate varieties with “best by” dates between June 10, 2019 and June 17, 2019. Our investigation indicates the issue arose at an ingredient supplier. We also wanted to reassure you that these products include an advisory on the package label relating to peanuts that notes the bars are “Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat,” so those most allergic would likely not purchase or consume these bars. Below please find the full details. Food safety and quality is of the utmost importance to us, and we are taking proactive measures to ensure we remedy this situation. No other RXBAR flavors or RXBAR products are affected by the recall. We also want to let you know there have been no hospitalizations reported and we are taking this action out of an abundance of caution. While the product is safe to consume for those who do not have a peanut allergy, RXBAR is conducting a recall of the above products.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Tiramisu Slice

December 10, 2018

Product Name: Tiramisu
Size/Case Pack: 1 ea
UPC#: 06318
Shipping Dates: n/a

Best Buy Dates: 12/4/2018-12/9/2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: mislabeling, allergens not declared. Almond Cream Cake was labeled as Tiramisu. Almond Cream cake contains almonds that are not a part of the Tiramisu ingredients. This applies to the Village location only.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Organic Minute Mug Cake Mix Celebration Confetti

October 18, 2018

Product Name: Organic Minute Mug Cake Mix Celebration Confetti
Size/Case Pack: 4 pk
UPC#: 816524 020789
Shipping Dates: All date codes are affected

Lot #: All date codes are affected

Best Buy Dates: 7/30/19, 9/27/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to the individual pouches inside the carton not matching the correct allergen declaration on the outer retail carton. Milk is present in the product.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Dr. King’s Natural Medicine

August 31, 2018

Product Name: Dr. King’s Natural Medicine (King Bio) Regional Allergies Rocky Mtns. US and Snore Control
Size/Case Pack: 2 ounces
UPC#: 357955518624 and 357955512028
Shipping Dates: Lot #: 030817L, 111516C, 112317E
Best Buy Dates: 3/19 and 11/19

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: King Bio is voluntarily recalling all of its aqueous-based products for human and animal (see website link below), within expiry, to the consumer level due to possible microbial contamination.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Califia Farms Iced Mocha Coffee with Almond Milk

August 31, 2018

Product Name: Califia Farms Iced Mocha Coffee with Almond Milk
Size/Case Pack: 48 oz
UPC#: 852909003503
Expiration Dates: see Lot info below

Lot #20221018444 (expire date: 11/9/18)

Lot #20221018445 (expire date: 11/9/18)

Califia Farms is recalling their Iced Coffee with Almond Milk.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Rad Cat Raw Cat Food

August 22, 2018

Product Name: Rad Cat Raw Food
Size/Case Pack: see below
UPC#: see below
Expiration Dates: see below
Lot #: see below

Starting with and including Lot Number 62763, through and including Lot Number 63101. These Lots have Best By (BB) dates of 10/19/18 through 12/3/19.

Rad Cat Raw Diet Grass-Fed Beef Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz, 16oz, 24oz)
Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz, 16oz, 24oz)
Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Lamb Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz, 16oz, 24oz)
Rad Cat Raw Diet Natural Pork Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz, 16oz, 24oz)
Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Turkey Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz, 16oz, 24oz)
Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz, 16oz, 24oz)

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: Potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Radagast Pet Food is conducting this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution because of its strong commitment to food safety and quality. This recall applies to the North End/Pet Shop location ONLY.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Handpie

August 14, 2018

Product Name: Housemade Handpie
Size/Case Pack: 1 each
UPC#: 2975
Production Dates: 8/14/2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to:

Undeclared egg allergen. Both available flavors of handpies in the bakery case (apple-cherry and strawberry), used egg wash which was undeclared on the case signs. This recall applies to the Village location ONLY.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk

August 6, 2018

Product Name: Almond Breeze Almond Milk
Size/Case Pack: Half Gallon (1.89L)
UPC#: 041570056219
Shipping Dates: Unknown
Lot #: NA
Best Buy Dates:
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L1 51-4109
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L2 51-4109
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L1 51-4109
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L2 51-4109

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to:

HP Hood LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited number of half-gallon (1.89 L) cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because the product may contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

This recall applies to both the North End and Village locations.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Rad Cat Raw Food

July 31, 2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: recalling three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe because testing results indicate they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Company is also recalling one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe because testing results indicate it has the potential to be contaminated with Shiga Toxin producing E. coli O121. SEE LIST OF AFFECTED PRODUCTS BELOW.

This recall applies to the North End location only.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Rad Cat Raw Food

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Vegan Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting

July 5, 2018

Product Name: Vegan Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting
Size/Case Pack: 1 each
UPC#: 06671
Best Buy Dates: 6/30/2018-7/6/2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: potential mislabeling. This recall applies to the North End location only.

Strawberry cupcakes with buttercream frosting, lemon cupcakes with buttercream frosting, and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting were all sold out of the North End bakery case and labeled as Vegan Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting, with potentially incorrect scale labels. The incorrect labels may include undeclared ingredients and allergens.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Franz Naked Bread Hamburger Buns

July 5, 2018

Product Name: Naked Bread Hamburger Buns
Size/Case Pack: 8 pack
UPC#: 072220 110753
Shipping Dates: n/a
Lot #: F6
Best Buy Dates: June 16th, 2018 through July 16th, 2018

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the listing of milk. This applies to both the North End and Village locations.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Tuna Salad

June 19,2018

Product Name: Housemade Tuna Salad
Size/Case Pack: per pound
UPC#: labeled as 06384
Production Date: 6/18/18
Best Buy Dates: 6/24/18

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to being mislabeled as Housemade Almond Chicken salad. This applies to the Village location only and occurred only on 6-18-18.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Slice

May 23, 2018

Product Name: Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Slice

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: missing allergen listing. Item contains soy.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Vegan Chickpea Dip

May 15, 2018

Product Name: Housemade Vegan Chickpea Dip
Size/Case Pack: by the pound
UPC#: 6171
Shipping Dates: NA
Production Dates: 5/8/18-5/14/18

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to an undeclared soy allergen. The housemade Vegan Chickpea dip is made using soy but the scale label did not reflect that.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Illy whole coffee bean 8.8 ounce cans, medium roast

Illy whole coffee bean 8.8 ounce cans, dark roast

May 11, 2018

Product Name: illy whole coffee bean 8.8 ounce cans, medium roast
Size/Case Pack: 8.8 oz
UPC#: 733411000092
Shipping Dates:
Lot #:
Best Buy Dates: 10/2019 11/2019 or 12/2019

Product Name: illy whole coffee bean 8.8 ounce cans, dark roast
Size/Case Pack: 8.8 oz
UPC#: 733411077216
Shipping Dates:
Lot #:
Best Buy Dates: 10/2019 11/2019 or 12/2019

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: The coffee bean can lid can detach suddenly with force upon opening when missing an air valve on the bottom of the can, posing an injury hazard. This recall involves only Whole Bean 250 gram/8.8 ounce cans of illy coffee in medium, dark roast and decaf with no air valve on the bottom of the canister with a best by date of 10/2019, 11/2019, or 12/2019 printed on the bottom of the can (photo below).

Consumers should not open or use the recalled coffee can and contact illy for a free replacement
product.

Product Disposition: Contact illy for a free replacement product. North America support line toll-free at 855-282-4682 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET or email: [email protected] 24hrs.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Spring Chicken Salad

May 11, 2018

Product Name: Housemade Spring Chicken Salad
Size/Case Pack: sold in salad case per lb
UPC#: 06766
Shipping Dates: n/a
Lot #: n/a
Best Buy Dates: 5/9/18-5/15/18

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to : missing allergen and ingredient listing on scale labels. Item contains soy. This recall affects Village location only.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

ACURE Clarifying Acne Glycolic and Zinc Towelettes

Product Name: ACURE Clarifying Acne Glycolic and Zinc Towelettes
Size/Case Pack: 30 count
UPC#: 813424020284
Shipping Dates: NA
Lot #: 7434 A1, 7434 B1, 7434 A2, 7434 B2, 7449 B1, 7449 A2, A96, A106, B106, C27
Best Buy Dates: not available

This recall is being initiated with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration and has been initiated due to the discovery of an out of specification result detected during a routine water quality testing at our contract manufacturer. ACURE has not received any reports of adverse reactions however, the company is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution.

Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

Product Name: Housemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie (North End Only)

Best Buy Dates: Not Available

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to an incorrect display sign. This product was labeled as wheat-free but is not wheat free. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Vegetable Cup with Ranch &

Cucumber, Carrot, Celery with Ranch

April 27, 2018

Product Name: Value Added Vegetable Cup with Ranch Value Added Cucumber, Carrot, Celery with Ranch

UPC#: 06101, 06098, 06280, 06015

Production Dates: 3/19/2018-4/27/2018

Best Buy Dates: 3/25/2018-5/1/2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to: undeclared FISH (ANCHOVIES) ingredient/allergen. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Housemade Grab & Go Pork Pibil Burrito and

Housemade Grab & Go Green Mole Chicken Burrito

April 26, 2018

Product Name: Housemade Grab&Go Burritos (Pork Pibil and Green Mole Chicken)

Production Dates: 4/24/2018-4/26/2018

Best Buy Dates: 4/24/2018-4/26/2018

The tortillas used in the production of the Housemade Grab & Go Pork Pibil Burrito (06006) and Housemade Grab & Go Green Mole Chicken Burrito (06017) contain soy, which was not listed in the ingredients or allergens label.

This recall is specific to the North End location and not applicable to the Village. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500.

Wheat Free Sesame Bagel

April 26, 2018

Product Name: Wheat Free Sesame Bagel

Best Buy Dates: not applicable

This product is being withdrawn due to incorrect ingredient listing. This recall is specific to the North End location and not applicable to the Village. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500.

Housemade Mini Cupcakes

April 17, 2018

Product Name: Mini Cupcakes

UPC#: 06079, 06153, 06329, 06465

Production Date: 4/13/2018-4/16/2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to incorrect ingredient listing and undeclared treenut allergens. This recall is specific to the North End location and not applicable to the Village. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500.

Organic Whole Cardamom Pods from Bulk Spice Section

Starwest Botanicals Brand

March 13, 2018

Product Name: Starwest Botanicals Organic Whole Cardamom Pods

Size/Case Pack: 1 lb packages, sold by the pound in the bulk spice department

UPC#: 7-6796302528-9 for 1 lb package

PLU#: (what you write on your bulk spice bag/jar) 21037

Shipping Dates: January 15th-March 2nd, 2018

This product is being recalled by the manufacturer due to possible Salmonella contamination. Product should be immediately destroyed. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Olli Applewood Smoked Salami

March 5, 2018

Best Buy Dates: not available

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to the fact that the product may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, Product should be immediately destroyed. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Mung Bean Sprouts

February 20, 2018

This product is being recalled/withdrawn by the distributor due to an abundance of caution because other sprouts form the same seed lot returned a presumptive positive for Salmonella. Product should be immediately destroyed. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Rumiano Brand Raw Goat Cheese &

Rumiano Brand Raw Cow Cheese

January 17, 2017

Size/Case Pack: variable by the lb

Best Buy Dates: 03/16/2018 03/09/2018, 03/16/2018

Village Store Only

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to mislabeling of in house cut cheese. The cow cheese was labeled as goat cheese and vice versa. If you have sensitivities to goat or cow milk products, please dispose of the product and see Customer Service for a full refund.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Nature's Way Umcka Original Drops

January 11, 2017

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to a consistency issue that does not meet their standards. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations. Please bring in the affected product and we will refund your purchase.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Earth's Care Eczema Lotion

December 29, 2017

Lot #: 4317 exp. 02/19, lot # 4393 exp. 05/19, lot # 4437 exp. 07/19

This product is being recalled/withdrawn due to total plate counts (bacteria) exceeding product specifications. The plate counts could pose a possible risk of infection in immuno-compromised and HIV positive individuals. Discontinue use of this product immediately. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations. Please bring in the affected product and we will refund your purchase.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Rapunzel No Salt Added Vegetable Bouillon

December 11, 2017

Lot #: 112075 113390 114805 116205 118230 119631

Best Buy Dates: 9/10/2018 11/12/2018 12/17/2018 03/04/2019 05/23/20

Rapunzel is recalling their No Salt Added Vegetable Bouillon due to incorrect labeling, and is requesting that customer destroy the product. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations. Please bring in the affected product and we will refund your purchase.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Tres Latin Foods Kale & Pinto Bean Pupusas and Black Bean & Sweet Corn Pupusas

October 23, 2017

UPC#: 854430002475, 854430002376

Expiration Dates: Kale & Pinto 06/20/2018 Black Bean & Sweet Corn 06/19/2018

Tres Latin Foods is voluntarily recalling two batches of production of Kale & Pinto Bean 10 oz. pupusas and one batch of its Black Bean & Sweet Corn pupusas due to an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations. Please bring in the affected product and we will refund your purchase.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola

October 11, 2017

Size/Case Pack: 15.6 oz case of 6

This product is being recalled due to an undeclared nut allergen (almonds). Recalled products will be fully refunded at our Customer Service desk at either our North End or Village locations. Please bring in the affected product and we will refund your purchase.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op North End at 208.472.4500 or Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Garden of Life Baby Organic Liquid

August 8, 2017

Lot #: 5487617, 5487717, 5487817, 5500817

Today, Garden of Life, LLC, is issuing a voluntary precautionary recall of its new supplement for infants, Baby Organic Liquid, because the product, as labeled, includes directions for use that may be misinterpreted. The company is concerned that if not administered precisely following the labeled instructions, the product may present difficulties in swallowing and potentially pose a choking hazard due to the thickness of the liquid.

Baby Organic Liquid is a liquid supplement packaged in a blue carton that includes a measuring syringe. The label currently instructs parents, “Do not insert syringe directly in mouth. Dispense liquid slowly into the mouth, toward the inner cheek. May be mixed with breast milk or formula.” The company is recalling the product in order to relabel it with new instructions, advising parents to only administer the product by mixing in either breast milk or formula and not to administer directly into the infant’s mouth.

Garden of Life launched the product as part of its Dr. Formulated line within the last two weeks with limited distribution to date.

The ingredients in Baby Organic Liquid are safe for infants. The company’s concern leading to this recall arose after learning that a parent had difficulties with the safe administration of the product into a newborn’s mouth. While no hospitalizations or similar injuries have occurred, the company is taking this issue very seriously and taking all necessary precautions in an abundance of caution.

Garden of Life is asking any customers who purchased Baby Organic Liquid to return the product to either of our grocery stores for a full refund.

Housemade Wheat Free Vegan Carrot Cupcakes (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

Posted August 23rd, 2017

This recall is for our housemade product made and sold at the Village store, which contained an undeclared allergen: dairy. 8 of these were sold between Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st. If you purchased one of these products from our Village store on these dates and have a dairy allergy or sensitivity, do not consume this product.

Please discard the product and see Customer Service for a full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any additional questions about the recall, you may call the Boise Co-op The Village at 208.809.2200.

Sentry Foods Saffron Road Frozen Chicken Entrees

Posted August 30th, 2016

Sentry Foods has issued a recall of their Saffron Road Frozen Chicken Entrees due to possible physical contaminate from extraneous materials, specifically glass or hard plastic. The Boise Co-op has pulled all affected Sentry Foods Saffron Road Frozen Chicken Entrees from our shelves.

If you have one of these products, do not consume it.

This recall affects only Sentry Foods Saffron Road Frozen Chicken Entrees. The table below details the products affected by the recall.


Purely Elizabeth Issues Recall After Plastic, Rocks Found in Granola - Recipes

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For the last 10 years, most recalls have been due to undeclared allergens with 283 or 40 percent of all recalls during this period, and microbial contamination at 181 or 26 percent of all recalls. Recalls due to undeclared allergens continue to rise, however microbial ones are also increasing. Foreign matter recalls are decreasing.

Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and E. coli are most commonly associated with microbial food recalls. Meat, dairy and mixed and/or processed foods are the main items recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

There was an increase in Salmonella related recalls in 2019 due to multiple alerts for Salmonella Enteritidis. Recalls for Listeria decreased from 74 to 66 in the 10 year period.

A range of foods are recalled due to Salmonella spp. contamination. Eggs and fruits, vegetables and herbs were the most common categories. Fruits, vegetables and herbs recalled were mainly lettuce, sprouts, rockmelon (cantaloupe), fresh parsley and dried herbs.

Dairy products are more commonly recalled due to concerns with process hygiene, indicated through E. coli testing, than other categories. Other products recalled for E. coli include fresh sprouts, salads and mixed and/or processed foods.

Other reasons for recalls
During the last decade, undeclared milk has been the most common allergen related recall, making up 30 percent of all such recalls. Multiple allergens is the second most common type, accounting for 18 percent. Fourteen percent contained peanut as an undeclared allergen.

The most common food type recalled due to undeclared allergens is mixed and/or processed food, accounting for 30 percent of all such recalls. This includes snack foods, custard powders and frozen meals. Confectionery was second with 14 percent and breads and bakery products third at 12 percent on the list.

Between 2010 and 2019, there were 101 recalls due to foreign matter. The most common types found were metal, plastic and glass with only a few due to wood or rubber.

Recalls due to biotoxins ranged over the past 10 years between one and 15 per year. The total number of recalls in this period was 41. Paralytic shellfish toxin found in oysters and mussels accounted for 63 percent of foods recalled. Next is hydrocyanic acid, a naturally occurring cyanide in tapioca chips and apricot kernels, with 17 percent of recalls. Histamine, aflatoxin, and ciguatera also featured in this category.

The number of recalls due to chemical and other contaminants between January 2010 and December 2019 was 20. Other contaminants and cleaning and sanitizing agent contamination made up 35 percent and 30 percent of recalls while 15 percent were due to heavy metals.

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https://www.foodsafetynews.com/?p=185392 Recalled Galloway Colored Medium Grated Cheddar

The 200-gram cheddar packages have the batch code 9154G53 and best-before date of Aug. 26, 2019. No other Lactalis McLelland products are known to be affected.

The Food Standards Agency advised consumers who have bought any of the product not to eat it and to return the cheese to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Australian recalls

The first recall in Australia for Lactalis Australia Pty. Ltd. involved a group of milk products that may have a yellowish coloring and/or metallic chemical taste. Lactalis Australia believes they may contain a food grade dairy cleaning solution used for milk plant equipment. According to the company, all potentially contaminated product has been recalled and source of the problem identified.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) said it poses a low public health risk and there have been no reports of illness. The agency also advised consumers with the affected products to return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Milk recalled due to potential chemical contamination

Products were available for sale at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other retailers across Victoria, as well as three Coles stores in Southern New South Wales, and some petrol and convenience stores in the Murray, Riverina and Western districts of New South Wales.

“Lactalis Australia has identified the source of the contamination and taken the necessary steps to address it and prevent any recurrence of this problem in the future. As soon as the issue was identified, the authorities and retailers were notified, and a recall initiated,” said the company in a statement.

“This recall is being undertaken by Lactalis Australia to ensure the safety of our consumers as part of an ongoing commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and product quality at all times.”

Use by dates for Pauls Smarter White Milk are June 25, 26 and 27 for Pauls Full Fat Cream Milk they are June 26 and 27 Pauls PhysiCALSkim has a use by date of June 27 Pauls PhysiCAL Low Fat has use by date June 26 and Pauls Rev Low Fat has use by date June 28.

Use by dates for Coles Lite Milk are June 25 and 26 for Coles Skim Milk it is June 25 and June 25 and 26 for Coles Full Cream Milk.

The second recall in Australia of milk was due to microbial E. coli contamination.

Contamination was detected during routine company testing. The source of the problem was identified as a processing failure. There have been no reports of illness.

Lactalis said that all potentially contaminated product has now been recalled and items manufactured at the site will only be released following microbiological testing to confirm product safety.

Products were sold at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other retailers including food service venues across Victoria, as well as some retailers and food service outlets in Southern New South Wales including the Murray, Riverina and Western Districts of New South Wales.

All 2 liter bottles of 7-Eleven Lite Milk, Gippy Full Cream Milk, Gippy Lite Milk, Maxi Foods Lite Milk, Pauls Professional Cafe Crema Milk, Pauls Smarter White 2 percent Fat Milk and Rev Low Fat Milk are affected. Rev Low Fat Milk 1 liter carton is also involved. All items have a use by date of July 2, 2019.

Information about Listeria infection
Foods and beverages contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled cheese and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

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https://www.foodsafetynews.com/?p=184386 Click on this image to view a larger photo of the recalled products.

Any products with best-buy dates that do not match this list, and all other Purely Elizabeth products, are not included in this recall.

There hadn’t been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions related to consumption of these products as of the posting of the recall notice. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

“We are offering free replacement products. If you have one of these packages, please do not consume the contents,” according to the company’s recall notice posted by the FDA.

The company wants consumers to help trace the recalled products.

“As we are tracking the packages, we would appreciate it if you can please photograph the front and back, send us a photo by email and dispose of the product. We will replace your product with a new bag of granola not impacted by the recall.”

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https://www.foodsafetynews.com/?p=146397 The Wamego (KS) Police Department posted this photo of the implicated candy on its Facebook with a public warning after receiving reports of illnesses.

The Wamego (Kansas) Police Department posted its warning Dec. 5 after receiving several reports about the candy, including two about people who had “adverse reactions.” The department posted a photo of the implicated candy, saying its label indicates it is a product of Mexico.

“While this is an isolated report it is unknown where the candy has been distributed as the candy was not purchased at a local store,” according to the Wamego Police Department warning.

“The powdery substance — normally sugar — has not been analyzed at this time. However several people who sampled contents reported the powder had a chemical taste and two people had adverse reactions.”

A similar warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, dated Dec. 8, included similar information, but referenced only one reported illness.

“A partner food pantry agency in Wamego, KS, notified Harvesters — The Community Food Network of potentially contaminated Bibi Frutix candy product it received through Harvesters’ distribution program,” according to the warning posted Dec. 9 on the FDA’s website.

“Harvesters followed recall procedures, including issuing a recall notice to all of its food pantry partners and checking to see if any product remained in its warehouses. To date, no product has been found beyond what was involved in the initially reported incident in Wamego, KS.”

It was not clear from the police and FDA notices whether the implicated candy, which was donated to Harvesters, had been distributed to retailers, wholesalers or other charitable food distribution entities. Harvesters officials estimated they received six or fewer cases of the candy.

However, the FDA reported that Harvesters agencies in a 19-county area in Kansas and Missouri, including the Kansas City metro area, could have received the candy.

Harvesters’ agencies that could have received the product are located in the following 19 counties of Harvesters’ service area in Kansas and Missouri are:

  • Kansas — Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami, Franklin, Douglas, Jefferson, Shawnee, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee and
  • Missouri — Jackson, Platte, Clay, Ray, Lafayette, Johnson and Bates. Harvesters continues to cooperate with local and state authorities to determine the potential scope of the distribution.

The FDA has advised, if a member of the community has possession of the candy product, do not consume the product and dispose of it immediately.

People who experience symptoms should contact their health care provider for treatment. If you believe product you received was contaminated, you may file a complaint with the FDA consumer complaint coordinator for Kansas and Missouri at 800-202-9780.

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State to handle toxic cleanup at elementary school next to Superfund site

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. &mdash The Department of Environmental Protection will begin cleaning up more arsenic contamination found at Susie E. Tolbert Elementary.

Action News Jax obtained letters from the Environmental Protection Agency to both Duval County Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office about arsenic concentrations found on the eastern boundary of the school.

The letters say that the samples were taken in March of this year and received in May. Authorities said the levels detected “do not pose an imminent threat to public health or the environment.”

Susie E. Tolbert Elementary School is right next to the old Fairfax Street Wood Treater plant.

The EPA says for 30 years, operations at the plant resulted in nearby soil and water contamination.

The agency conducted an emergency cleanup after the plant closed eight years ago. While a permanent cleanup plan is in place, it could be several years before that gets done.

In the meantime, the goal is to clean up the soil at Susie E. Tolbert before school begins again in the fall.

Monique Beaver’s daughter is in fifth grade and attends the school.

“It’s really a hazard to the little kids and the kids at Susie Tolbert too,” she said.

For years, neighbors and former employees of Fairfax Street Wood Treaters have said they became sick due to the toxins.

“I try and stay away from it,” said neighbor Travis Payne. “I know it’s contaminated.”

Neighbors and activists plan to meet with EPA representatives on Tuesday afternoon.


16 injured after bus carrying high school girls' basketball team crashes

WEST VIRGINIA &mdash Sixteen people were injured Saturday in West Virginia in a charter bus accident, officials said.

Two of the victims had to be airlifted to local hospitals, according to Raleigh County 911. All 16 were taken to Raleigh General or Appalachian Hospital.

#breaking Charter bus carrying Martinsburg High School basketball team flips over in Beckley. 14 injured. Two in critical condition, one flown to Charleston. Stay with @WOAYNewsWatch for more details pic.twitter.com/swyuUMLi3Y

&mdash Dylan Fearon (@DylanFearon_) February 3, 2019

The accident happened just before 9 p.m. There were students injured in the crash, but the exact details of who was unknown.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said in a tweet that he was praying for the victims, which included members of the Martinsburg High School's girls basketball team.

I ask all West Virginians to join me in praying for the coaches, players, and all those associated with the Martinsburg High School Girls Basketball Team after they were involved in a vehicle accident tonight on I-64.

&mdash Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) February 3, 2019

The bus crashed as it was getting on I-64, according to Charleston ABC affiliate WCHS.

The team was returning from the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley, according to WCHS.

Martinsburg is located in eastern West Virginia, about 15 miles from the Maryland border.


Residents forced to get creative during boil water advisory in Paulding County

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. &mdash Some Paulding County residents still don’t have water nearly 24 hours after the county issued a boil water advisory.

“Yes, let’s see. You turn it on and nothing happens. The most you might get is a drop or two,” said Paulding County resident Cindy Oldham.

Oldham admits she is frustrated. She is glad that her power is back on after losing it for nearly 14 hours during the snow storm.

However, once it came back on, she says, her water went out.

“You really don’t start thinking about water issues until you’re without it,” Oldham said. “Then, you start scrutinizing everything -- brushing your teeth obviously you can’t take a shower.”

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Channel 2's Richard Elliot spoke with the director of the Paulding County Water Department. She says sometime after the snow storm, a signal box told the department its big union tank was full when it was actually emptying.

When workers tried to refill it, they couldn't. Something is wrong with one of their booster pump stations.

As a result, Oldham got creative.

She started packing snow from her backyard, and at least she can use it to flush her toilets. Oldham also has bottled water for other uses.

“I got creative and started collecting snow from the back deck and now have snow here that we’re melting to use for toilets. Don’t drink this, but this is used for toilet and then we have bottled water to supplement that."

Oldham says she understands the county is having water issues. She wishes it would do a better job keeping people up to date with repair information.


What I eat!

Last year, I did a post on A week in the workouts of Shay and as soon as I did it, you guys started asking me to share what I eat in a week. So, that&rsquos today. It&rsquos just an overview of what I eat&hellipbecause apparently, some of you are curious. (Which I TOTALLY get because those are the random posts I enjoy reading too on other people&rsquos blogs!).

I would say that the older I get, the more my diet changes a bit. I have removed all soda from my life (I basically grew up on Diet Coke), I stopped using artificial sweeteners like Splenda and such in my coffee, I eliminated my daily latte (which was basically a miracle), I am drinking less coffee (typically only one cup a day!) and more tea, and I really try to eat more real food instead of you know&hellipjunk. I would rather have a little bit of something decadent than a whole bunch of something that&rsquos only so-so. Over the last two years, I&rsquove made a bigger effort to enjoy more vegetarian meals when I can as well. I&rsquom evolving and really trying to read my body for what it likes and what slows it down and makes me feel sluggish. That being said, I don&rsquot deprive myself of treats, I just limit amount and don&rsquot stuff myself.

So, here&rsquos a little peek into what&rsquos on my plate 🙂 .

So these are both typical breakfasts for me&hellip

I love, love, love me some avocado toast. (I love avocado ANYTHING!) So, some mornings, I toast up some bread, top it with mashed avocado (and tomatoes if I have some) and sprinkle on some sea salt. I always drink a green veggie juice too with my breakfast. This 1915 Organic is my favorite brand.

And then other mornings, I toast up some waffles (I love Van&rsquos Whole Grain the most) with almond butter, slivered almonds and berries.

&hellipwith either peanut butter or almond butter stirred in.

I begin my morning with coffee first thing when I wake up (around 4:15) and then have breakfast around 6:15.

When I&rsquom home during the day with the girls, we tend to eat lunch pretty early (typically at 11:00). Lunch is always a wildcard depending on the season. In the summer, I almost always make a pasta salad/chicken salad or something like that at the beginning of the week and kind of eat on that all week (or I&rsquoll make a big green salad). In the fall, I like to heat up leftover soups and chilis from the night before or I&rsquoll make a burrito with either scrambled eggs or black beans (both with salsa and any other veggies I have on hand), and right now, I&rsquom eating a lot of this for lunch&hellip

So, Ashby, Madeley and I have become obsessed with this little Greek place and I&rsquove learned that if I order two entrees plus hummus, I can eat on that almost all week long. Last week, I bought one big Greek salad and an order of these chicken rolls (with onions and bell pepper inside) along with basil hummus and was able to turn that into 3 lunches. It&rsquos different, it&rsquos easy and it&rsquos really good.

Eating Greek out on my driveway with my girls last Friday. Madeley loves her some hummus and pita bread!

Every afternoon, I have some sort of a snack before I get my kids from school. My go-to favorites are: hard-boiled eggs, trail mix, almonds, dried fruit, veggie smoothies with protein powder and hummus. Last Friday, I found myself with 15 whole minutes alone before I woke the littles up from their nap and went to get the big kids from school, so I&hellip

&hellipsat on my back patio and read a few pages while eating dried apricots.

Now, when people ask me what I make for dinner, that&rsquos an easy answer because I always blog our suppers. Like yesterday, I posted this recipe&hellip

&hellipfor Meatball Lentil Soup. I made this and served it alongside a big salad.

Our dinners almost always consist of the main course and one side (like a salad, roasted veggies or even guacamole with sliced tomatoes). We keep things very simple. I don&rsquot prepare rolls or bread (unless it&rsquos part of the recipe, like a burger or something) and multiple sides&hellipwe just eat our entree and one side (my kids will have fruit with theirs too). To see a gazillion of my entree recipes, click HERE.

Here are just a few more entrees we&rsquove enjoyed lately&hellip

And click HERE to see a bunch of yummy spring recipes.

And I know many of you have heard me talk about my &ldquoevery day brownie&rdquo and it&rsquos just that&hellipa little piece of brownie that Andrew and I eat every day. We started doing this years ago and it&rsquos one of my very favorite times of the day (maybe even my favorite!). After the kids go to sleep, we head downstairs, talk about our day, watch about 30 minutes of TV together and eat a little something sweet (like a small brownie). It&rsquos nothing too big or horrible for you&hellipjust something sweet to eat with my sweetie at night when my house is (finally) quiet. It&rsquos just a nice little routine that is just ours.

Now, of course, I eat other things from time to time&hellipbut on a daily basis, this is what I enjoy. When I make sweet recipes for my blog or a cookbook, I always taste and sample (to make sure it&rsquos good!) and then I typically share it with my Sunday school class at church. I made these Rainbow Pretzels the other day with Ashby and enjoyed a few with tea while I worked&hellip

&hellipbut in a nutshell this is what I eat.

I feel silly discussing my diet&hellipbut I am also one of those blog readers who find random posts like this fun to read too. Okay, now it&rsquos your turn. Give me some ideas of other things I can eat (especially snack ideas!). I would love some new options!! Please comment and share :).


Sailing Through The Caribbean – Episode 47: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

Talking about my recent trip to the Caribbean! Where we traveled, who we sailed with, what we did, ate, drank and everything in between!

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Episode 47 Transcription!

This is Juli Bauer from PaleOMG and you are listening to PaleOMG Uncensored.

Juli Bauer: Well hello, guys. Welcome back to another episode of PaleOMG Uncensored. Today I believe is the 47th episode. I think that’s it. I don’t know why I don’t ever freaking look at it. But today is the 47th. We’re going to go with that. I missed a week last week because I was in the Caribbean on vacation. Sorry, Jackson is digging through his bone, so if you can hear those loud noises. Oh thanks. Hi. Thanks.

So I was in the Caribbean last week. Full on vacation mode. Not giving a F. So there was no podcast going down. There was no recording of podcast before I even left. There was just no time. Vacation had begun, and it went, and it was awesome. So today I’m going to talk about that trip. Because it was the best freaking trip ever.

But before I get into that. I’m back in Colorado for a hot second. I go to Boise, Idaho at the end of this month for a few days. I’ve never been to Boise. I don’t really know what to expect other than it’s probably like Colorado. So it’s outdoorsy. There’s mountains. There’s people driving Subaru’s, wearing five-fingers. So I expect it to be just like Colorado. Yes, five-fingers are still a thing. I’m not sure how they haven’t all been burned. But I still see them.

Thank god the CrossFit world kind of let that go a little bit. Because it’s hard to coach someone and take them seriously when they’re wearing five-fingers. If you’re a person who wears them, yes I’m judging you. They’re just hideous shoes. I don’t’ care if you’re more in tune with the earth and your body. You look hideous, ok? You can say the same thing about anything I wear. That’s fine. But I’m going to punch you right back if you’re wearing five-fingers.

So, what the hell is that tangent? So I’m back in Colorado for a hot second. Back to hanging out with my husband, because he was not able to attend the Caribbean. Think about how much he regretted that decision. He works a sh*t ton, and he can’t expect other people. He wouldn’t let someone else take that much time off, so he can’t take that much time off. If that makes sense. So yeah. 9 days was just not doable for him. Which was a major bummer. But luckily, my sister-in-law went with us. With me, and the group that I was with.

So now I’m back to hanging out with my husband. And I missed the sh*t out of him. And he’s just so rad and so cool. But this week is all about reconnecting. Because I feel like if you do not reconnect with your spouse. Especially if you travel all the time, which I do nowadays, you can easily become just your roommate with your lover. And I’d like to not be just roommates. I’d like to be in a relationship with my husband.

So this weekend, we’re going to go on a sushi date night, and go to Comedy Works. And just hang out. Reconnect. Be best friends, but not like best friends. Because I hate when people call their husband or wife their best friend. What happened to your best friend before you met that husband or wife? Did they just get forgotten about?

Anyway. We’ve been watching Game of Thrones. We had to catch up on two episodes. I’m really bummed that Khaleesi and Jon Snow are related, because I’d like them to become lovers. If you don’t watch Game of Thrones, what are you doing? It’s like not watching the Bachelor. Don’t think you’re too good for this TV show. Game of Thrones is everything. Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise is kind of everything. But on the annoying side.

I haven’t even watched the Bachelor finale. Or Bachelor in Paradise premier. I’ve had no time! Because the thing is, when you leave for 9 days and you come back into town, you can’t be like, “Hey deuces husband, I’m going in the basement to watch 16 hours of a show that you despise. Cool? You want to be best friends? You want to be buds, bro?” No. Not going to work in a relationship. In a good relationship, I should say. So we’ve been bonding over Game of Thrones instead.

But my goal, tonight. Excuse me. I just had some dairy, and now I’m phlegmy. Just a little information for you as I clear my throat 46 times. That’s what I get for having dairy, ok?

I didn’t finish my coffee earlier. What the hell.

Ok. I keep doing these tangents and keep forgetting about what I’m talking about. Oh. So my husband he won some glow in the dark golf. And while I was traveling, his work has been stupid stressful. I’ve told him to quit 4 million times because it’s so sad seeing him stressed the f*ck out all the time. But he refuses. He went to a doctor, talked to a doctor about dealing with some stomach issues he was having. And all those stomach issues are purely from stress 100%. And of course, what does the doctor want to do? Put him on anti-anxiety medication. You’re like, “So the side effects are you’re super constipated.” Oh, ok doc. Way to solve my issue, you f*cking ass.

So, he’s like not going on that, thank gosh. I’m not getting him on those kinds of drugs. So he’s just trying to deal with stress in just a healthy way. Not bringing it home. Getting a hobby. Doing other things. Getting his mind off of it. So he’s taken on golf. Golf is his new thing. Because one of his best friends from high school and college, him and his family have to move a lot because of work. And they lived in Colorado before they just moved back to Colorado. And he’s a huge golfer. Loves to go play golf. So it’s like the perfect way to hang out with his friend, and then cool off from stress whenever he can.

So anyway, he is golfing more often. And he golfed a ton while I was out of town. So he won this glow in the dark golf tonight. So I have the house all to myself. So I might have to watch Bachelor in Paradise. Or the Bachelor finale. I don’t know. Golf takes like 2 hours, the one he’s playing. And Bachelor takes 18. It’s really hard to get through it. Especially when it’s the most boring season of all time. I thought Nick’s season was boring. Rachel’s was just as bad. But whatever. Hopefully I can talk about it someday. The people who don’t give a sh*t, they don’t care. But hopefully I can talk about the finale at some point. I know what happens anyway. I know Bryan gets picked don’t care.

So, that’s what I have going on this weekend. Trying to get back to normal life. Getting some recipes done. Building a relationship with my husband. My sister-in-law just moved into a new apartment, so we’re moving her. And moving sucks. So if there are any hot dudes out there that are single, successful, and not f*cking psycho, you can totally date my sister-in-law. You have to be in your 30s. You can totally date my sister-in-law and help her move. That would be fantastic. Ok? All these dudes. All these dudes are f*cking crazy. Or like 23. Why is everybody so young and cray-cray?

Ok. So I want to talk about this trip. I did a full blog post about this. So if you miss any of these details, you can always go to my blog. But, talking about the trip is so much easier than typing it all down, because then I’m like ok, this is post is so f*cking long. I feel like I should cut it down. Talk less about this. So here I can actually talk about all the details of the trip completely, and things I would do differently next time. The pros and cons, that sort of stuff.

So. Background. My friend Vanessa of the website Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind, we’ve been friends for years now through the interwebz, and we’ve hung out many times. We went on book tour together. She’s awesome. I could not travel across the country with anyone else. Her and I just get each other. If we get annoyed, that annoyance goes away in two seconds. She’s just so f*cking cool. We just get each other. We’re just on the same wavelength, you know? You have all those friends, many of which you don’t get on that same wavelength. She and I get it.

So anyways. She had this trip last year through the Caribbean. I think she went to St. Thomas, and St. Vincent. And she was on this boating trip. I just saw her photos and videos, and I was like, oh my god that looks so f*cking cool. Blah, blah, blah. So while they were on this boat last year, they booked another trip for the next year. Because when you book it when you’re in international waters you don’t have to pay taxes or some money saving deals like that. So this one person of the group put it on their credit card, booked the whole trip, and everybody else paid him individually for the 5 cabins total.

So. It gets closer to the date. A couple that was on their trip, they broke up and backed out of the trip. So they were looking for someone to fill it. Well, Vanessa is a gem and she asked me. Because I love her so much. And it’s funny because I’m friends were like, “Who is fun to get drunk and party on a boat with?” So I don’t know why she chose me. Because I’m not very good at drinking. But she did. I got to go.

So of course I book it. And ask my husband. He can’t go. Ask my sister-in-law. She can go. And we made it work. So we fly out to St. Martin and we drive 30 minutes outside of the hotel to the Westin. We stayed at the Westin in St. Martin for the first night. And then for the last night of the trip. And it’s just a good idea to get in a day early if you can. Just because, obviously, flights get canceled or changed. Especially if you’re in winter and it’s just kind of craziness going on.

So our flight was totally fine. Nothing changed. But you never know what could happen. So it’s good to get there a day early so you don’t miss the first night on the boat and leaving. I think they come back to get you if you miss the first night. But that sucks, right? You paid for it.

So we go to the Westin. My friend Vanessa gets married. She is now married. She got married, and this poor girl. She has the ceremony, and it was just a total sh*t show. She just wanted her husband and they needed two witnesses. So it was me and her friend Rhonda was the other witness. So we literally just drove into the hotel. Hung out for a second. And then she got ready and we went to the beach. Her florist didn’t show up. So she didn’t have her flowers that she had ordered. The priest was just a f*cking sh*t show. Pastor I don’t know. I don’t know the difference. But whoever he was, he was a hot mess. The ordained I don’t know.

Jackson, come over here so I can scratch you.

So this guy is just a sh*t show. He asked all of our names, and then during the ceremony, he was looking at Brad, Vanessa’s now husband, and he goes. “Julian.” Speaking to him. He’s like, “My name is not Julian.” Because, hey guys. My name is Julian. That’s my birth name. I don’t know. My OG name. So, all other females who did he think was Brad? What the f*ck? So he kept messing up everybody’s name. He was taking forever. And then the photographer was terrible. It was just a sh*t show. Poor Vanessa.

But we went to a really nice dinner afterwards, at the hotel. Highly recommend this hotel. It has the friendliest staff I’ve ever been around. People always say that people in Jamaica are friendly, when we went to Jamaica. I found the people in the Caribbean so much well, where we were in the Caribbean, so much nicer. Even the little French town. The nicest.

So, anyway. The wedding wasn’t the best. But I told her I was like, who cares. Honestly, some people wedding days are a huge deal. But it is really not that big a deal. Because there are so many years after your wedding day. And you could save all that money for those years. Think about that wedding, however much it costs, depending on what you do. That is so much money you could put into a house, or savings, or retirement. You know? But whatever.

So the next day we kind of hang out at the hotel. Because you don’t ship out, or sail out, until 5 p.m. So we kind of hung out at the hotel. And then we went to town to get a drink and meet up with everybody else. So there were 10 people total on the boat. And I didn’t know anybody else other than my sister-in-law, Vanessa, and I had met Vanessa’s husband before, so I knew him. But I didn’t know the rest of the group. So we all met up, had a drink, hung out. And then we went onto our boat.

So the company is called Trade Winds. I had never heard about this company before I stepped foot on this boat. Because we had kind of come in last minute and we weren’t part of the group to begin with, we weren’t sent the itinerary. We didn’t really know anything about this trip whatsoever. So we kind of were completely in the dark about it. And I’d never heard about Trade Winds until I saw it on the side of the boat. Or, I guess signed my life away in the what is it called? Waiver. God, Jesus. When I signed my life away with the waiver.

So you get there. You have already paid your cabin fee, because you have to pay it to book the trip. And then you pay just so you know, our cabin fee was $1800. I believe it was $1800. Or maybe it was 17-something. Whatever. We paid about $900 per person. For that cabin it was about $900 per person. And then the all-inclusive fee is $995. So you pay that right before you get on, and that all-inclusive covers all your food and drink for the trip. So we get on the boat. On the boat you have 5 different rooms 5 different cabins. And you meet the first mate and the captain.

So our captain was named Jordan. I called him Jordy the whole time. He was this adorable 24-year-old kid. But is like so grown up at the same time. You can see his younger attributes at time when he would loosen up a little bit. But he’s manning this boat that has 10 drunk people on it, and making sure you don’t die in the ocean and sail into a storm and really die. So he’s an old soul in a way.

So we had Jordan, and we had Ryan as the first mate. And Ryan made all the meals. Jordan helped out with a lot of them, too. But Ryan made all the meals, then helped out with other boat stuff. He just doesn’t have his captain license quite yet.

So we get on, meet them. We set sail. First we went to where did we go. I think we just hung out. I think we were just in Marigot Bay. Where all the boats are, there. So we just have dinner there. We watch the sunset. We hang out. It’s just gemmy. It’s just great.

So Trade Winds, if you’ve never heard about. I’d never heard about. And still, I don’t know all the information out there because I just came on last minute. So this is just me learning on the boat and then kind of reading on their website after the fact, so I could talk about it in a blog post and it would make sense. But on Trade Winds, they have 3 different kinds of boats. They have flagship class, cruising, and luxury class. And we were on the cruising class. I think that’s the cheapest of the boats. Every different boat has different stuff. One has a paddleboard. One serves nicer food than the other and has higher end alcohol, that sort of thing.

So we get on our cruising class, and the cabins are all pretty decent sized. Everybody the people who booked the trip. They got to pick their room first, and then it was kind of down from there. So obviously we were the last pick. And I think we got a sweet room. I saw somebody else’s room, and I’m like, how did we get that room? Because Carra and I, my sister-in-law and I, we could be in that room and both be getting ready and still comfortable. It’s not like only one person could be in there. And it has a shower, and a bathroom, and sink, and a bed, and then it had a big drawer. So Carra used a drawer and I used the closet. So we had a ton of space to store everything. Nothing felt too cluttered. They took our suitcase after we unpacked everything so they could put the suitcase in the marina so it would feel more comfortable inside.

So we get our rooms. And with Trade Winds, you can either book a room on a boat. So I could come in, if a room was available, I could come in with a group of completely random people and book this one room. Or you can book the entire boat, and just kind of “rent it out” to your friends. Your friends can just pay you back doing that. So you can always do the whole boat, or you can just do a cabin. It is totally up to you. And they have those different offers.

And they sail all over the place. They go and these are just off the top of my head. They go to the BVI the British Virgin Islands. They go to French Polynesia. They go to Greece. I’m forgetting where else. They have a ton of different places that they go to. This was just one of their Caribbean stops that we were able to go through.

So I know they have a membership as well. I don’t know a ton about the membership, and I did see that as much information online. I think because the membership, they maybe do in open water so you don’t have to pay taxes on it. I think that’s the case, but don’t quote me on that. Am I going to get sued for that? I have no idea. So this is just totally based on my experience. And then as soon as I got back, I went to the Trade Winds website and I started looking at future trips. What’s it going to cost. And you can go to their website, and you can see, oh you can book the luxury class for French Polynesia for this much. And then you can click what’s the cruising class look like, and you can pick cruising instead, and see what that price is. So you can really pick it to your needs and price point, kind of.

So anyway. We got on this boat. We hang out in the bay. We just kind of get to know each other. Get our little drink on. And in the 7 days, we went to 12 stops. So. Let’s give a little breakdown. I’m pulling it up so I don’t miss any. We did Marigot Bay, Creole Rock, Colombier Bay, Gustavia, Ile Fourchue, Grand Case Jordan said I’m such an American when I said “grand case.” Whatever. Dog Island, Road Bay, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear Island, Meads Bay, and Rendezvous Bay. So we went to all these different Bays and Islands and areas. So cute.

So, I’m going to go through all the different stops, and then I’ll kind of do the pros and cons about the trip. So we started in Marigot Bay. And that’s, I think, really close to the airport. So that’s where you hop in the marina. There’s a ton of different shops and restaurants around town. We kind of wandered that the last night. We actually wandered into this piano bar when we were looking for an ATM and got lost. We wandered into this piano bar, and nobody was in there yet because it was like 8 p.m. And I was having a grumpy day. I’ll explain later.

I was having a grumpy day. And the server, the bartender. I was like, I need a strong drink no sugary drink. So I got an extra-dirty martini. And I’m like I cannot listen to piano music. Because the piano player wasn’t there yet. And I was like I need some dance. I need you to pick me up. His name was Luke. I was like, Luke. Pick me up. Put me on your shoulders, Luke. Because he was very attractive, as well. I’m like, pick me up, carry me away. So he turned on dance music, made me the best dirty martini. I was on the floor drunk because I was buzzed before. He just really lifted my spirits.

But that piano bar was so cool. I loved that spot. I have no idea what it’s called other than piano bar. But if you’re in St. Martin, look it up. Go find Luke. Stare at him because he’s beautiful. He lives on a boat with his wife and children. He’s so cute. I just love handsome men. They’re just so nice to look at.

So next after Marigot Bay, we go to Creole Rock. So Creole Rock has amazing snorkeling, and you can see a ton of different fish and sting rays and stuff that freaks me the f*ck out when I’m swimming next to it. So I did not partake in the snorkeling, I just did the floating. I know snorkeling is really cool. I know scuba diving is really cool. And I’m just not into it, ok. I’ve tried, it freaks me out. Cool? Ok.

Next we moved to Colombier Bay. And this was one of my favorite stops on the whole trip. I loved this bay. I think we were there we were there for a full night. Like, full day and full night, I think. And the bay is super secluded. So there are only maybe three other boats, if that, there. And when we were on the beach, maybe two other people on the beach. Maybe up to four. It was a super secluded beach. You can walk the whole beach, but then you can also take a trail up, and it goes into St. Bart’s. So you can take this trail pretty much to down. We didn’t take it all the way into this sleepy looking little down. Just because it was getting dark outside and we didn’t know, really, where we were going. But we just kept taking this trail.

And this trail was kind of mountainy, but it had these stairs leading up. It was just stunning. Because it overlooks the ocean, of course. Like everything. It was so stunning. And the trail was littered with turtles. Turtles everywhere. And goats. There were all these baby goats that were f*cking so cute! And then lizards, and just all kinds of creatures everywhere you turned. We almost stepped on turtles multiple times, there were so many. So we did that trail, and it was stunning. It was so pretty.

We also had this dude who was running the trail. So it’s this big, black, beautiful man just glistening. Has a 14-pack. But he was wearing those spandex pants. Like, full black pants. And it’s like 90 degrees, humidity 150%, and he’s running in pants. And every time he’d run by, he’d kind of move his hand, like, “move the f*ck out of the way b*tches.” Oh, sorry, I’m looking at the turtles, you douche. So he’d be like, get out of the way, so we’d get out of the way. And his sweat would splatter upon me. Like he’s sweating so much. Can you imagine how stinky down under is? I can’t. I can’t. But he was really nice to look at. He ran past us like 46 times, back and forth. We were like we get it. You’re fast. We get it. Ok.

So yeah. I loved Colombier Bay. If you can go there, it’s so cute. And at the end of this trail, we could see it went into town, and there was almost a little swimming hole. These rocks had built around it, and the water kind of stayed more calm right there, and it was like this little swimming area. But we didn’t want to go because we didn’t want to get stuck in the dark. Because it was getting dark pretty fast. But so cute.

And then next we went to Gustavia. A lot went down in Gustavia. So this was the first spot I could get Wi-Fi. Which was a big deal. I was like, ok I need to find a coffee shop. I need to get work done. Because life does not stop when you run your own business. So I had to get to some Wi-Fi. Took my computer with me, and just started wandering. Looking for a coffee shop. And I ran into this place called Tom’s Juice Bar. Obsessed. This was the cutest little juice bar. It was like upstairs in this little villa type place. And it had, when I walk in. Just imagine a cute little juice bar. But it has all these homemade drinks. But then it has homemade treats. And then it had my favorite granola. It had Purely Elizabeth granola, which was started in Boulder, Colorado. So that was pretty rad. Because this is in St. Barts, still.

So we get these little cacao cold-brew coffee juice type things. So delicious. So pissed we didn’t get larges. That was our biggest regret for a long time. Especially when we were drunk, and going on and on about how we wished we would have ordered larges. So we had that. I got some work done. And then we go to a place called Bo Kao. I have no idea if I’m saying it correctly. But it was maybe a Thai. I don’t know. They had ceviche that was fantastic. No oh my gosh, it was like a Peruvian restaurant. That’s what it was. It was Peruvian. A Peruvian-Asian mix, I believe. No, I’m serious though. It was Peruvian. So I had this aji, I believe it was aji. It’s Peruvian yellow pepper paste. I don’t know how to say anything. God I suck on this podcast. But it was that with coconut and mahi-mahi. And it was so freaking good.

So as we’re doing this having some lunch. Because we just decided to have lunch, because we didn’t know where everybody else was. Because everybody else came ashore. You don’t really have none of us knew if our cellphones would work. I have Travel Pass with Verizon, so my phone works great when you have service, and then Wi-Fi even better. But not everybody’s phone was working, or they even had it on. So we kind of lost track of the group. Finally find someone, and guess what we find out? Rhonda, who was one of the head people on this trip, helped put it together. She rented a scooter, and she ran into a wall.

So it was like you’re coming up on a left turn type of thing, and you meant to hit the break and you hit the gas instead. Runs into a wall, breaks three ribs. She, I forget what she did to her ankle. She strained some tendons in her ankle, so she didn’t break it. So she has to go to the hospital in St. Bart’s. And we don’t really know what’s going down. We just know that they had to go to the hospital. And we just kind of wait. And then they go back to pick her up, and she’s in so much pain. If you’ve never broken a rib I have not. You probably don’t know how much pain it is. But coming from my husband, who doesn’t really like to show pain at all. He’s broken a rib, and he said it was the worst experience of his life.

And there’s nothing you can do about this pain. (sorry, I had to let the dog out.” There’s nothing you can do about this pain. It’s not like you can mend these ribs. They just have to heal on their own. So there we go. She is stuck in a lot of pain. And the doctor wants her to come back the next day. So we had to wait in Gustavia to go back the next morning, go back to the hospital. So as we’re waiting, and she’s at the hospital, and we don’t really know what’s going on. We’re like you know what? Let’s just f*cking get drunk. There’s nothing else to do why don’t we just get drunk here?

We get pretty drunk, and then we’re still kind of bored on the boat. We didn’t want to go back to town because we’d kind of seen everything in town. So we’re like ok. Let’s snorkel. Because I hadn’t snorkeled yet. And I was like, I’m just going to give it a fair chance. I’m going to try this snorkeling thing. So we started snorkeling. And we’re not seeing anything. And we keep swimming towards the spot that our captain said it would be good snorkeling.

And this guy is in a little tiny boat, and he keeps waving. I’m like, what the f*ck? Stop waving at me. I trust no one. I listen to many murder podcasts. I know what happens to people who trust others. Especially in a tiny boat who is telling me to swim towards him. No thanks! So I just put my head down and keep on swimming.

And then we see nothing. And we’re pretty close to the rock where there would be good snorkeling. I’m like, Vanessa. That’s a jellyfish. And I’m 100% not down to be in this water anymore. Ok? I saw one fish, and then I saw some jellyfish and I’m f*cking over it. So we start swimming back. And this guy keeps waving to us. And I’m like, what the f*ck? Leave us alone. Then he starts taking his little podunk boat towards us. And I’m like, Vanessa! He’s chasing us! And I’m probably drunk at this point. Well, I am. And I’m like, let’s get out of here. So we’re swimming towards the boat. And he finally gives up.

So we find out a little bit later that there were jellyfish all over. All over, not just the one we saw. And there were some sharks in there. And not like great white sharks and probably sharks that wouldn’t give a sh*t about you. Who knows. I don’t know. I don’t know what sharks do, and I don’t want to find out. But there were sharks in the water there, and so he was probably yelling at us for that. But I’m thinking of the moving Taken, and I’m not going to be Taken in St. Bart’s. That would actually probably be very nice. But no. Not happening to me, no thank you! So we got out of the water.

But anyway. That was Gustavia. If you can go to Gustavia, you have to. It’s like this town is full of Dulce and Gaba, Gucci, Fendi. It’s like, all the most expensive stores that I’ve never shopped at in my life, and probably will never shop at. But it’s very French. Very high end, high class. Very rich. And there’s Tom’s Juice Bar. Which makes it all great.

What was very surprising not surprising, but surprising. Everyone, because most of the people on our boat, too, and then everyone while we traveled smoked. And it’s just like over there, they have those cigarette packages that have people on their deathbed. They had some weird one of a skinny naked guy curled up in the fetal position. I was like what is this? Is this supposed to show depression? I’m not sure what the package is trying to give off. But I’m grossed out. I don’t want to smoke it. There’s a naked dude on it. Gross. Naked dude, skinny, curled up bodies aren’t sexy. Personally.

So it was just weird to see everybody smoking. Just because believe me, I smoked a decent amount in college. I went through a stage I had a boyfriend who smoked and who chewed. So I went through a stage of smoking. Just went through random stages. Like in high school, because this one skinny girl I wanted to be like, she smoked so I smoked like her. And then I had a boyfriend who smoked. So I was obviously very stupid.

But it’s so weird when you see adults smoking. When you’re like you know how bad that is for you. There are so many things that are better for you out there. And you still smoke. But whatever I guess I was drinking and drinking is poison, too. So who am I to judge? Hmm? Who am I?

So next we went to and I’m probably pronouncing it wrong. But it’s Ile Fourchue, in St. Bart’s. And so this island this is the island we went to after the whole accident went down. So Rhonda is high on drugs, on pain medication. Her boyfriend, who was on the back. He is probably hung over, and then he was on medication as well because he was in the accident. So he has some sickness and dehydration going on. Probably some sunstroke. Other people have sunstroke. And now the dehydration has set in.

Because here’s the thing no one drinks enough water. Very few people, I’m thinking right now, how thirsty I am. Very few people drink enough water. So then you put yourself in the crazy sun of the Caribbean, so hot all day and you’re still not drinking that much water, you’re going to get dehydrated so fast. You’re in the salt water you’re sweating all that water out. So we had a lot of sickness this day on Ile Fourchue. So we have multiple people puking off the back of the boat. There was definitely some sea sickness going on, for people who have some issues with boat and sea sickness.

So we get to this island Ile Fourchue. And it’s beautiful. Nobody is there. Literally no one is there. Which was the same case for multiple islands that we went to. And this island is very rocky. It kind of reminds me of where I grew up in Golden, like it has these low little mountains. I don’t know. Just low little mountains. So you can hike up it. So me and my sister-in-law started to go hiking, and she immediately pukes. So she sits on the beach and just is like she said that she kept just puking, and the water would take it away. And then she’d puke again, and the water. So she wasn’t having a good time.

Vanessa started to come up with me, and she felt sick, so she had to go a different direction on the mountain. Because I just wanted to go straight up. I didn’t want to go to the side I just wanted to go straight up, get it over with. And the trail wasn’t really happening. So I’m like I’m just going to forge my own trail. Which, as we know, as humans, that’s not always the best idea. I immediately step on a cactus.

And I had to buy these sh*tty little shoes, because pro tip. Bring f*cking hiking shoes. Or tennis shoes. I did not do that, because Vanessa didn’t tell me to. I just thought we were going to be on a boat 24/7. I’m like, why do I need tennis shoes if I’m on a boat? Well, you do. And that would have been very helpful. Because I had to buy these little $20 sh*t-ass Keds type shoes in St. Martin. And of course, the cactus went right through it, into my foot, which was swollen for the whole week. I thought my foot was going to fall off. But it’s fine.

So, I went up this mountain. And it was the most beautiful view. I hate hiking, but I totally get why people like seeing views. I just don’t give a sh*t about Colorado views when you’re seeing all these mountains. Maybe because I grew up in mountains. But when you get to see the ocean where you’re like, literally it looks like the world. You can see the end of the earth. It’s crazy to me. So that was fun.

Then we went to Grand Case in St. Martin. So halfway through the trip, they have you go eat in one of the towns that you stop in. And this is so they can clean the boat and clean all the linens, and the towels, and just get everything kind of pressed and ready to go. So the whole group goes out for a dinner. So we went to Grand Case, and we went to a place called Calmos Café. And had amazing food on the beach. Literally, as you’re eating, your toes are getting dipped in the water because the tide starts coming up higher and higher. So we all had dinner there, and that was really good.

And then, there was a gelato place. Just a couple of doors down. And Vanessa and I got down on some gelato, and it was magical. Gelato is the best. Dessert is the best. Vanessa and I are really the only people who ate dessert. And I had ceviche with French fries. I mean, does it get better than that? No.

Next stop was Dog Island. So don’t be alarmed. Well, not alarmed. Don’t be disappointed. There were no dogs on this island. It’s a bullsh*t lie. But there were birds. I’m not sure why it’s not called bird island. Because it’s like a bird sanctuary. I don’t know, maybe the guy who chose its last name was dog. I don’t know. But it’s owned by Anguilla. And it was my favorite island. My favorite. It’s like, you can only go on the beach. You can’t go into the island because it’s private property. It’s like a bird sanctuary. So it’s like, don’t touch the birds. And there’s other wildlife, like cows or something. I don’t know. Don’t care. The beach was the softest, whitest, most beautiful beach. And it was just stunning. It was just awesome. There’s really nothing to say about it, it’s just so beautiful. I highly recommend going there if you can.

And then we went to Road Bay next. So Road Bay, it’s like a little. I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain it. It’s like a little town. But our captain, Jordan, told us that it was a sleepy little town. And this town played music. Imagine reggae all night long until you wake up, and it’s going hard. And it’s like a DJ talking. It’s literally they don’t sleep. They just party all night long. So I don’t know how the f*ck it’s a sleepy little town. But it was really cool. And I got to workout on the beach there, and get good workouts in. And they had restaurants that lined the beach restaurants and bars. So you can go get drinks. So we got expensive drinks on the beach there. But just totally worth it because we could swim ashore and get drinks with our feet in the sand. It was just delightful.

And then we had Sandy Island. And Sandy Island is this little remote island in the middle of the ocean that has these beautiful palm trees and a bar. That’s it. You just go get a drink. An expensive drink. And then you sit on the beach. And it’s like a pretty touristy spot. So get there early. Because I think the bar opens at 11. But if you can get there before, just kind of enjoy it. Because it picks up really quickly. But it was so cute, and the sand was beautiful. Just super nice.

And then we went to Prickly Pear Island, which is also Anguilla. And another beach that was dead. It was a beach that had a bar and a restaurant, but it didn’t seem like they were open. It was in the afternoon, so who knows if it’s still open. But there was only one other couple on the beach when we were there. We were the only other people there. And it was beautiful. Just so nice. I’m guessing why they call it Prickly Pear is because they had those little prickers. You know those little things that are like balls, and they have spikes all over them? That’s what would get stuck in your feet while you were walking. So Prickly Pear fo’sho. But beautiful beach. It’s hard to get into. It’s hard to dinghy into. But it is stunning.

Then, where else did we go? Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. I have so many different places, I’m losing track. Then we went to Meads Bay. Meads Bay in Anguilla. So, Meads Bay. At this time when we were sailing, the festival Carnival was going on. And so it was going through different islands or different areas of Anguilla. And it would have a huge show, so it was like a huge party. And we had just missed it the night before at Roads Bay. So it was at Meads Bay. And I was pumped. Because here’s the thing. I was on a boat with all people most people who like dance music. And a lot of dance music was going on. But to me, I listen to dance music because I want to dance. Especially if you even get one cocktail in me. I’m going to start dancing. And nobody else was dancing. So I was like, sweet. Whatever. I’ll go to shore and I’ll get to go dance. Reggae is not my kind of music, but I can dance to anything. I’ll f*cking pull it out.

So we go in, and there’s a huge stage. And there’s vendors all around. And people have drinks. And they’re all crowded around the stage. And literally no one is dancing. Could you imagine being at a concert, or a show, and everybody is standing there. No one is moving. There’s a girl or two moving her hips just a little bit. Just a little twerk of the ass. One cheek, two cheek, three cheek, you know what I’m saying. That’s it. Nobody was dancing. I was like, this sucks! So I kept trying. And I was like, this blows. I’d rather just go wade in the water and pee. So that’s what I did.

But I had a great workout on that beach. Swam to shore. I was a swimmer growing up, and I forgot how hard swimming is. And my triceps were so sore. Well, not sore, but on fire while I was swimming. It was awesome. It kind of makes me want to swim again. I just hate getting my hair wet in a nasty ass chlorine pool that I probably just peed in.

Anywho. Next is Rendezvous Bay. So this was a very different kind of bay that we went to. Because we went to a bar and restaurant that is owned by some famous singer that I’ve never heard of before, but his name is Banksy Banks. Not exactly clever with the name. No offense to him. But the most magical voice you will ever hear.

So you know John Legend. John Legend has this calming, cooling, beautiful voice. So it’s a mixture of John Legend and kind of Bob Marley-ish. I know. I’m not making it. Whatever, he’s a beautiful singer. It was so good.

So we go to this bar restaurant, and we get to listen to Banksy Banks sing and play, just for us. Nobody else is there at the moment. And then also, first mate Ryan, he is a musician, and he plays the guitar. So he played for us a ton. And then he got to play with Banksy Banks. How cool is that? So we got to watch them play together. And then Jordan strummed the guitar. I was like, what is happening? Such an odd thing.

And so we were like, the one thing we all regretted was we went in, and everyone was to shore, and everyone was having a good time. And they were like well do you want to eat here or eat on the boat. And we didn’t want to make Ryan go away from playing. And everybody was like, let’s just stay here. But then it ended up costing us like $80 for our food and drink, of not the most amazing food ever. I was just like, how did this become $80, when we could have just eaten on the boat for the money we had already spent. So that was kind of a bummer. Because you still want to get drinks at some places and spend that money, but then you’re like ok, I’m running out of money kind of quickly. But I’ll get into that in a second. So we see him play, and it’s wonderful. And then we went back. That was our last stop. Then we went back to Marigot Bay for our last night.

So some of the cool things that happened while we were on the trip. We got to see Captain Jordan catch a fish, twice. He caught a fish, got it onto the boat, and then the line broke, so he lost the fish. And then the second one. He got this, I forget what it was called. Some kind of tuna. Blonde fish tuna maybe? Or something like that. We got this tuna, so we got to have the tuna right out of the ocean and have it sashimi style. And then they also caught lobsters. So they got this lobster, pull them out. And I’m starting to get super depressed. I’m all for eating animals, it’s just sad seeing them, knowing they’re going to die. Seeing them stuck. It’s sad. It’s sad. So I’m getting all sad.

But, as they pull the second lobster out Jordan pulls the second lobster out, and it is f*cking it’s not going home with us. That’s what it’s saying. It’s like, I will fight you to the death motherf*cker. So Jordan kind of lifts it up, and you can see that it’s pregnant. Literally, eggs everywhere. It’s really gross. But he left it, obviously, back in the ocean. So we had one lobster, and cooked that lobster up. And had the tuna sashimi. So that was really cool to see him catch a fish. It’s crazy how exhausting catching a fish is.

We loved having Ryan play his guitar. He was such a good musician. Loved getting to see Banksy Banks. Tom’s Juice Bar was totally my favorite in Gustavia. And then the meals that they cook on the boat are all incredibly delicious. So you get a starter. You get an entrée. And then you get a dessert every time. And they always make you drinks and ask if you want any wine with dinner, or lunch, or whenever you’re eating. So all the meals were amazing. There was fish one night. There were what else. There was pork loin. We had frittatas in the morning. I said I was gluten free, so they made flourless chocolate cake, and they got gluten free bread for any of the breakfast stuff.

The one thing I wish I would have done. I wish I would have said no eggs. Because I can eat eggs just fine, it’s just my skin breaks out. So it just always sucks when you’re sunscreened up, anyways so your skin is going to break out. Then you add on, what’s it called. Like an allergy on top of it. So I wish I would have asked for no eggs. But you get to pick, when you fill out this little survey beforehand, you get to say what kind of drinks you like. What you stay away from. Say you have some sort of allergy. And they work around that. So that’s super helpful. But all the meals were awesome.

Oh my gosh. My sister-in-law just stopped by, so that was just a surprise, surprise. Sorry for the interruption. So all the meals were so, so amazing. And they really work around whatever you need. And I’m so stupid. They’re like, “What’s your favorite drink?” What do I say? Sparkling water. Because I’m like, I don’t really have a favorite drink. And they meant like an alcoholic beverage. And I say water. Because I’m like, “Well I only really drink water.” I’m f*cking stupid.

So other favorite parts were I got to sit in the dolphin seat. Which they have this seat that kind of pokes out the front of the boat. They have two of them, and it feels like you’re on a rollercoaster. It goes up and down when you’re sailing. It’s so much fun. They also have a hammock not all boats, but this boat. Jordan hung up a hammock to sleep in at night. So I was finally like can I lie in that before you put it away for the day? And I got to lie in it. And it’s like you’re flopping all around like a little ragdoll. It’s just the best time. It was so much fun, I wish I would have done that more.

Some of the things you should definitely bring on a trip is cash for tips, restaurants, and shops. The one thing I did not like about the trip was the last day. Not only did we spend a lot of money at the Banksy Banks place, and that was our choice. But then when we got to Marigot Bay for that night, we expected to eat dinner on the boat. And they were like, hey we’re all going to go to this restaurant and eat dinner there. And we looked at this restaurant, and it’s like $30 for a burger. It’s like, just a little excessive when you’ve paid $1,000 for your all-inclusive fee. So that was kind of a bummer.

And we’re like we’re spending more money. And we wanted to make sure we had enough tips to tip them. Because I think they say 15-18% of the all-inclusive fee. And so, we wanted to make sure we wanted to have enough tip. So we ended up having to go to an ATM. But going to that touristy restaurant cut into that tip money. They could have gotten more money. So we were just kind of forced to eat out that last night when I was like, I just want to spend my last time on the boat. I can go hang out at these bars and restaurants when I’m not sailing anymore. We were sleeping on the boat that night.

So it was just kind of that was a weird part that I’m like, this is cutting into the tips that Jordan and Ryan have worked so hard for. So I don’t know if they were made to do that, or they just wanted to do that. But I wasn’t super into that. So it’s good to have a decent amount of cash on hand. It’s better to have more, so you don’t have to go to the ATM. Because I haven’t even looked at the charge of the fees that I get for using that ATM with their bank, plus with my own bank. So I don’t even want to look at the fee. So that was kind of a bummer. It was just more money than I thought I would spend, just because of that last day more than anything.

Definitely recommend bringing floats. If you don’t have a float, you just don’t get to float as much. And we left our floats, so hopefully they kind of transfer those over to more boats. They just keep the floats in case anybody doesn’t have any. But I think they do, because they had noodles and other stuff that we were able to play with. But we brought our own floats that I just bought on Amazon that kind of folded down.

Bring lots of conditioner and leave-in conditioner, I guess unless you’re a dude. But ladies your hair gets f*cking torn apart out at sea. It’s just whipped around. It’s in a tangled mess. I did a topknot every day because I couldn’t keep it down anymore. I was like, I literally can’t even put a hat on because it’s such a rat’s nest. So I had to just put it in some sketch ass bun.

Sneakers for hiking. Made that mistake. Will not do that again. More sunscreen than ever. You can always buy sunscreen when you get there, it’s just expensive. But I just did a bunch of travel on ones. The 3.4. and my sister-in-law and I shared those, and we were totally fine.

A water bottle that holds ice and keeps it cold and doesn’t sweat. And then you drink way more than you would if it’s just in a glass getting warm by the second. Lots of sunglasses, coverups to kind of get your shoulders out of the sun. Shorts and T-shirts to wear when you’re in a town. Because I didn’t really put more clothes on than that.

And if you get seasick, definitely bring some Dramamine. I know that a couple of people on the boat got these little patches that you can put behind your ear, but they’re prescription ones. So if you can get those ahead of time, that’s awesome. But I have never had seasickness. I don’t know what that feels like. Even when we were in our cabin, and we were rocking back and forth. To me, that’s just rocking in your mother’s arms as a child. It just feels comforting more than anything. So yeah, I loved it. But just keep that in mind, that you can definitely get seasick.

So I didn’t say all the places, because I was forgetting it. But Trade Winds and this is not sponsored by Trade Winds. This is totally my experience with them. I would totally tell you if it was. But they do Caribbean, South Pacific, Central America, and the Mediterranean. So now I really want to do French Polynesia, Grenadine, BVI, and Greece. It’s just like, now I can’t imagine just going to an all-inclusive hotel and just staying there. Because this had all these activities built in. Because you’re going island hopping, and you’re going exploring. And you’re not just stuck.

So we went back to our hotel after we got off the boat the last morning. So you spend the night the last night, and then you have breakfast the morning off. And then they’re like, get off our boat! Get out of here, we have to get cleaned up and get the next people on. So we went back to our hotel, the Westin that we stayed at before. And if I could do anything different, I would bring more cash for sure. And I would say, “hey can we actually eat dinner here.” Because that’s what we paid for, and I don’t drink that much alcohol. So I know I haven’t drank my money yet. So can we do the food instead.

But the big thing I would change, is we went back to our hotel and stayed at our hotel the night, and then we had a flight out the next day at 2:30. I would have, since we get off the boat by 9, I would have just booked my flight that same day at 2:30, go to the beach and hang out. Because there’s the beach that’s right next to the airport that people always have video of a plane right above them. I would have just gone to that beach, checked it out, and then gone straight to the airport. Because then you’re paying for more taxis. You’re paying for a hotel. You’re paying for your food at the hotel. So it’s just way more extra money for that last night when we could have just flown home, been in our own beds. Got the day over with with flying. So that’s my biggest regret. I wish I would have just gone straight home and saved just a little extra money. So that’s how I see it. What I would have done differently.

But now my husband and I have always talked about getting a vacation home. And now I’m like, I don’t want a vacation home. I just want to travel every year to a new place and sail to different islands and different oceans. Just so freaking cool. It was such a sweet experience. If you can do it, I highly recommend it. It’s such an amazing way to see places that you maybe never would. Because maybe you go to St. Bart’s, and you stay in St. Bart’s. But you’re not going to go, most likely, to 12 different areas when you’re going to one island. You’ll go to maybe 3 or 4, but not 12. So this is just such an amazing way to see the world from a different angle, I guess. That sounds so corny. But it was so cool, and I highly recommend it. If you can make it happen in your life, do it. It was awesome.

And I did a full blog post with a sh*t ton of pictures on my blog if you just go to the travel section of www.PaleOMG.com. I have a list of everything we did, all the photos. I even share swimsuits and coverups that I took with me. Sunglasses. All that jazz. So I just do a huge breakdown there. And you can ask any questions that you have, and hopefully I can answer some of them. But yeah, it’s the best. It was the coolest experience. I can’t wait to go back. And I can’t wait for my husband to experience it. Because it’s so sad when you experience such an amazing thing without your significant other. Now I have to make up for it with sushi and Comedy Works. If you guys haven’t been to Comedy Works in Denver, it’s the best. It’s the best comedy place ever.

Ok, that’s all I have for now. And since I’ve been gone, and people have been covering shifts for me, I have to go work a couple of shifts at the gym tonight. So I’ve got to get on my way. Get to doing stuff. Get to marinating a flank steak to make for myself tonight. The guy was like, do you want this entire flank steak? I was like, yeah, yeah, sure. Then it was 3 pounds and like $36. I was like, oh, sweet. Dinner by myself. Dinner for one for 3 pounds. Perfect.

Ok. That’s all I have to tell you about today. Head to the blog. This week I shared a swimsuit that I wore in the Caribbean. A one-piece swimsuit. I shared the travel post. And then I also shared a recipe for coconut ceviche, which was inspired by a recipe I had at that Bo Kao place in Gustavia. And then I also shared a jicama apple slaw inspired by something I ate while I was in Austin. So go try out those recipes. I also shared all my workouts that I did in the Caribbean. And those were all workouts that I made up on the spot with no weights, just your body weight. So if you’re traveling and you don’t have any weights. Or you’re on a beach. Or you’re in your hotel room. This would be a great option. So head to the blog for that.

I didn’t yawn that many times this podcast around. Not too shabby, ok? Ok. I’m off to coach. I’ll see you next time. See you next week! Have a grand case day. Whatever that means. Love you, bye!


Mar. 28, 2018 -->A New Chapter

Hello again! My posts on This Lunch Rox have been sporadic the past few years, as our family has been shifting out of the era of cute lunches and into a whirlwind of a new adventure. Our oldest is now in high school and our youngest started middle school this year, which means their life (and ours) is now a balance between school activities, homework, and several different sports. This dramatic shift means we&rsquore out of the themed lunch phase, and have entered the &lsquohow much food can physically be crammed into this lunch box&rsquo phase.

Since both boys are growing like crazy and both are involved in multiple sports year-round, I&rsquove been trying my hardest to fuel their bodies with nutritious food that they don&rsquot have to be bribed to try! Anyone who has teenage boys knows they can eat a lot (and by a lot, I mean A LOT)! What I'm learning, though, is that when I fuel the boys with the right kinds of food (healthy fats, proteins, fruits/veggies, etc. ) they are less likely to crave empty calorie foods.

I&rsquove had a lot of conversations with friends lately about this very topic. The struggle to keep growing, active boys supplied with healthy food seems to be a common dilemma. This challenge has prompted me to start a new chapter here at This Lunch Rox. My hope is that I can continue the conversation about food/nutrition, but in a way that&rsquos more relevant to where we are with older kids.

It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the information out there about various foods. For a while I got stuck in a rut because it felt like every other week I'd read studies that showed this food is bad, then that food is bad. You can find articles that tell you to avoid dairy at all costs, avoid meat at all costs, don't eat any non-organic anything. For me, it's been a matter of finding balance and finding what works for my kids. I try to make the best choices I can, but I also need it to be reasonable and practical for my family.

My hope is that this new focus can explore a balance between healthy, filling foods that fuel active teenagers while being delicious and practical to whip up on a busy schedule. Thanks for joining me for this new, exciting chapter of healthy eating!

It felt a bit overwhelming with where to start back in again, so I thought I'd begin with the basics. my "staple" grocery items. Here are my &lsquomust-have&rsquo items: (Click on the image below to download the grocery list!)