Monday, February 8, 2021

#HealthyStart - Support Female Farmers with Delicious Noodles from Lotus Foods!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Lotus Foods for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We love ramen so we were super excited to get the chance to try out some yummy goodies from Lotus Foods!

There are many reasons to love Lotus Foods.  Firstly, they support small-scale and female farmers.  Secondly, they have figured out a way to reduce the carbon footprint of growing rice by reducing the amount of water needed to grow and lowering the output of methane gas from rice paddies.  Check out their More Crop Per Drop initiative:

"More Crop Per Drop™ is an organic version of a growing process called “System of Rice Intensification.” (SRI). SRI was developed to improve rice yields of low-income farmers to alleviate poverty and improve food security.  Promoted by development agencies such as Oxfam, Africare and WWF, SRI does not require specialized seeds, chemicals or inputs. All it requires is a willingness to cultivate rice in a different way, to optimize the plants’ growing conditions .

The key tenets of SRI are to plant smaller, younger seedlings to reduce transplant shock, to plant them at wider spacing in rows (rather than randomly in clumps)  to minimize competition and facilitate weeding, and to keep soils moist but not continuously flooded  to promote soil health. SRI practices result in:

-Less work and disease risk for women due to fewer and lighter seedlings to manage, upright weeding, and no work in standing water.
-More water available for other crops, ecosystems and communities"

Pretty fantastic right!?  Our final reason for loving Lotus Foods is that they taste freaking awesome!
Check out a few of our favorites:

Millet & Brown Rice Ramen with Miso Soup

Traditional Japanese-style noodles made from specialty rice instead of wheat!
In addition to being gluten free, millet and brown rice are some of the most nutritious and easily digestible grains.
Millet & Brown Rice Ramen has a delicious nutty taste and is a good source of fiber and protein. Ready to eat in just 4 minutes! Add to soup or miso for a quick bowl of flavorful and nourishing noodles any time. For a complete meal, use Ramen in your favorite stir-fry, or enjoy a cold noodle salad with a simple tamari and sesame oil dressing.

Tom Yum Rice Ramen Noodle Soup

Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups provide a quick-cooking, healthier option for on-the-go eating. These delicious ramen soup cups are a modern twist on the traditional Asian cup of noodles, but with whole grain never-fried organic brown rice noodles and delicious ingredients like ginger, turmeric and miso.

Garlicky Veggie Rice Ramen Noodle Soup with Freeze-Dried Chunky Veggies

Garlicky Veggie Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cup pairs a savory garlic broth with spinach, carrots and mushrooms. Only freeze-dried technology delivers “good as fresh” chunky veggies that spring to life when you add water. Freeze-dried soup cubes are packed with big pieces of veggies and gourmet spices that deliver a whole new ramen soup experience.

Lotus Foods' rice ramen noodle soup cups cook and are ready-to-eat in just 3 minutes with hot water. Lotus Foods' commitment to wholesome and simply made products means the ingredient list contains just organic whole grain brown rice noodles along with spices and veggies. Never any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They're also non-GMO certified, vegan and gluten-free.

So there you are, our three top reasons for supporting Lotus Foods and their mission!  Join us in eating delicious, better-for-you, better-for-farmers and better-for-the-earth ramen thanks to Lotus Foods!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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