New Packaging and Chocolate Bars!

Happy Spring Rawk Stars!

We are so happy that our ***new*** labels POP with happiness on our kale chips, Monkey Mix and Go Bananas cookies. We hope they make you smile, too!

And we have added TWO new flavors of chocolate to our Pure Love line.

Almond Chai boasts a warming Cardamon Cinnamon twist with Coastal Root bitters.

Mint Cacao Crunch is cooly sophisticated with mint and raw cacao nibs.

To order any of our snackies click HERE.

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Options for Halloween–besides spooky junk

Here is the LINK to a rawkin’ article in today’s Portland Press Herald “Vegetarian Kitchen” by Avery Yale Kamila. She interviewed Maine parents for their take on how to deal with plastic pumpkins full of sugary junk–and the results are some great ideas on how to balance the holiday with some healthier options.

10408078_736498039733466_1420999242406313364_n Kids Gone Raw shares some wisdom as well–including a fun and quick snack to make even the scariest vampire drool!

Check your local areas to see if you can donate candy to Operation Gratitude, which will send candy overseas to serving troops.

KGR Finalist to Win Award to Grow Biz-Pls Vote!

It has been a full and exciting week so far in the KGR kitchen! We are in the finalist round in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest. Judges choose nine winners while one is left up for Audience Choice–this is where your votes rawk!
If we have inspired your family in some way–from a recipe from our book or offering advice on how to pack lunches–we will be so grateful if you vote for us.
The grand prize is $10,000 and that is money we will use to expand our kitchen and product offerings as well as add more workshops and community outreach classes.
Voting is open until Oct 13th, and you are allowed six votes a day. (Frequent voters are even entered into a weekly drawing to win Martha Stewart-approve prizes!)
Click HERE to be directed to the Kids Gone Raw voting page or visit www.marthastewart.com/americanmade to browse all of the talented nominees.

DSCN9237.jpgTHANK YOU for your RAWsome support!!

Wonder How to Beat Brown Bag Blues?

10626597_10204570023628784_6387770971893934292_nWe had a wonderful time taping a healthy living segment for WMTW8 last week. Here is the clip where the KGR Team shows you how to get more fruits and veggies into you kids lunch without being predictable!
To watch us RAWK in the kitchen with WMTW8 anchor Tracy Sabol, click HERE.

Here is the recipe for the Chocolate Avocado Pudding we make in the TV segment. It’s a sassy snack that kids will gobble up for dessert (or breakfast!)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

 

Meat from 2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup water or almond milk
1/2-3/4 cup pitted dates, soaked in water for 30 minutes OR 1/3-1/2 cup liquid sweetener (maple syrup, coconut nectar)
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 pinches sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until whipped and creamy. Top with sliced strawberries, cacao nibs or a sprig of mint for an extra flair.

Will keep in a a sealed glass contained in fridge for three days.

Meet Our Newest Rawk Stars

KGR is on the GROW–and we can’t go it alone, so we are hiring the most talented kitchen stars we can find. We are excited for you to meet Cady and Paige, our newest rawk stars!  YEAH!

cadyCady Frazier joins our kitchen with an amazing acumen of culinary knowledge. She is a graduate of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas, where she studied all facets of plant-based cuisine including several courses in raw food. She is also a baker at Hilltop Coffee Shop in Portland, where her goal is to add more vegan options into the sweets case. Cady is very excited to join KGR and to continue exploring her passion of locally made, wholesome food.

 

 

4857cb28-77a9-4d53-bca7-3c37cae11382Paige Peterson worked at Modern Vegan before joining the KGR team, but that was hardly her first experience in the kitchen. She became Vegan at 15 and took over cooking for her whole family working her way through every recipe in Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Veganomicon. Her comfort in the kitchen is a rawsome addition to our group. Paige will be taking October off to intern at the Farm Sanctuary in New York. When she isn’t in the kitchen, she is volunteering at the Animal Refuge League where she loves playing with the kittens.

 

A BIG, rawsome welcome to Cady & Paige!  :-)  

Adopt a Dehydrator & Get Snacks Back!

We are looking to add to our family of dehydrators and you can be a proud parent to our newest additions.
As Kids Gone Raw grows and expands, we are offering a fun opportunity to our Rawk Star friends. If you purchase an Excalibur nine tray dehydrator for our kitchen, we will send you (or you can pick up) a weekly portion of the goodies that come from the machine for up to three months.

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It will always be a surprise! Cookies? gRAWnola? Rawkin’ Rolls? Always different and delicious.
You can even pitch in with a bunch of friends and have snack parties!
It will warm your generous heart to know that you are helping KGR increase productivity without going into debt–and we will be so grateful for your support.
Here is a link to the dehydrator on Amazon–the lowest price we have found.

http://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-2900ECB-9-Tray-Economy-Dehydrator/dp/B001NZPP6U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1409872637&sr=8-4&keywords=excalibur+dehydrator
Email us with any questions at info@kidsgoneraw.com
Our mailing address:
Kids Gone Raw
81 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAWK!!!

Attention Rawk Stars, We Need Your Help!

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Kids Gone Raw is growing & looking to make some big & exciting changes so that we can reach more people!  We have been nominated for Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards & if we were to win a prize it would really help us move forward with new production space, new packaging, hiring a team of rawk stars, and more events  … it would be RAWSOME!  We need you to do 2 simple things for us to show your support for spreading the raw vegan love on a bigger scale.

1. Click this link to our profile on the American Made Awards Page. http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/93597/food/kids-gone-raw

2.  Select the share on facebook & or twitter links & include this tagline in your post:  “Share your love & support of Kids Gone Raw, a small Portland, Maine, plant-based organic snack food company, by clicking on the link below & sharing it with others. Thank you for being a rawk star!”

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  We toast you with green smoothies!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  We toast you with green smoothies!

 

How Healthy is Your County?

Happy Summer Rawk Stars!

We hope you enjoying the bounty of native herbs, veggies, fruits and simple dressing like we are! It been a rawkin’ summer for us so far. We are busy keeping local health food stores stocked with snacks as well as shipping our new Happy Camper Care Package to campers all over the country. If you have a little one away, you can send them their favorite snacks by clicking HERE.

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The Huffington Post released “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids.” Cumberland County, Maine–where we work and live–came in at number 37! That RAWKS. How did your home rate? To see the results and how they were calculated, click HERE.

Why We Went Vegan

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Elizabeth, Lauren & Maggie rawkin’ a salad lunch

We had the pleasure of answering some questions about why we went vegan. Our Rawk Star employee, Lauren Lear, of Lola Studios, is a blogger for the Bangor Daily News–“Happy New Lear” is the name of her fabulous blog–and she was invited to guest post on “Oh, Honestly!” and she chose to share our story. Check out what we had to say about what inspired us to make the switch to vegan living and how it led to Kids Gone Raw HERE.   Happy Earth DAY!

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling Winners!

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We are so happy to share with all of you RAWK STARS that Kids Gone Raw won Best Brownie at the annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling on Sunday. This is extra exciting because we are the first Raw Vegan chocolatiers that have won in the event’s 28-year history. The Fling supports Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, a vital organization that offers support and hope for victims. To learn more about SARSSM, visit HERE.

Our entry, Moose Mint Brownie Bites, had a minty cashew cream in the center, sandwiched with fudgy brownies then smothered in Pure Love

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Chocolate. Trust us when we say–they are to LIVE for!

Here we are happily accepting our award with long time news anchor and SARSSM supporter, Kim Block.