Introducing Our Newest Seasoning: The Best Friend Blend!

We are extremely excited to announce that we have created a whole The-Best-Friend-Blend-Imagenew seasoning blend; the Best Friend Blend! We are even more excited to announce that it is geared towards furry friends everywhere and that dogs in the Seasonest network of family and friends can enjoy great, flavorful food right alongside their owners. This blend is a huge step for our company and our family. Just like our Original blend, this blend is extremely special and sentimental to us. It’s probably the most special blend we’ve created sin ce our very first and we are so happy to be sharing it with you. To give you some more insight into our newest seasoning blend, we’ve answered some big questions surrounding its origins and creation.

(For recipe uses, please scroll to the end of the blog.)

Why is it called the “Best Friend Blend”?

How do you describe a best friend? They are patient, loyal, supportive, present… a constant companion in times of joy and in times of hardship. They are those that are always there for you, appreciate what you do for them and are always ready with a warm welcome. This is how we feel about our furry family members, our dogs, which is why we decided to give our newest blend such a special name.

What exactly inspired the Best Friend Blend?

We’ve recently gone through something that would be any furry family members’ worst nightmare and we miss our little best friend every day. But, out of this sad time of sickness came some inspiration for something really wonderful that we hope gets shared far and wide.

To share our family’s situation a bit more, our dog, Boston, recently passed away from Lymphoma. It was really hard on us. He went through a period of time where he stopped eating and we were really worried about him and just wanted to find a way to get him well-nourished and comfortable. One day while we were cooking in the kitchen, my husband dropped a piece of ground beef on the floor that was seasoned with our Soul Food Blend. To our surprise, Boston ran right up to it and ate it. I can tell you that we felt really relieved to see him so excited about food again and were also curious as to how we could continue to help him enjoy his meals and just keep him eating! Because of this, we decided that we needed to offer a dog-friendly seasoning for all of the best friends out there.

What did the creation/ ideation process look like?

Once we figured out that our furry friend, Boston loved our Soul Food Blend so much, we quickly went online and researched spices and herbs and found the ones that were okay for dogs to eat. Once we had more knowledge on the ingredients, we put together a flavor similar to Soul Food just for him without the additions that dogs shouldn’t ingest. Naturally, we gave it to our other dogs, too. We couldn’t leave out his furry brothers!

What “best friends” do you have at home? What do they think of the blend?

We have two dogs at home right now. One is a Maltese named Doodle and the other is Marley, and he’s a Beagle. They couldn’t be any more different.

Doodle, our more active dog who is rather finicky, began to eat his food more consistently once we shared the Best Friend Blend with him and put it on his food. We were really happy to see that our Maltese took so well to the new mix just as Boston had done not too long ago.

Marley, on the other hand, is an extremely unenthused dog until it comes to mealtime. Once he smells or sees the food, it is like he is a whole other character. Since he has always liked food, we’ve really just seen him become more greedy about it. Beagles have no problem eating, but I can say I think he enjoys his meals more. We only wish he ate it more slowly…

Although they are quite different and have unique approaches to their food, both of our dogs have given the Best Friend Blend two “paws up”!

What ingredients did you mix in the blend?

We don’t want to give away all of our spicy secrets, but we definitely want to ensure the safety of best friends everywhere! Some of the herbs and spices in the blend are organic basil, organic sage, organic garlic, organic savory, organic parsley, organic turmeric and organic thyme. We’ve spared no spice or herb in this blend so as to spoil our favorite furry ones and help them eat better. It’s a really special treat for dogs and their people.

*Please note: All herbs and spices in the Best Friend Blend are dog-friendly and also may provide your dog with some health benefits.

What makes the Best Friend Blend safe and healthy for dogs (and people)?

 Firstly, this blend doesn’t use black pepper, white pepper or cayenne. I’ve encountered people who can’t ingest these spices, so I am really happy to say that we can offer a blend with these considerations in mind. This is the first blend we have that fills that gap!

As for healthy, here is a list of some of our ingredients and how they can be beneficial to both you and your dog’s health!

  • Basil – Electrolytes and vitamins make up this special herb. It is rich in antioxidants and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, benefitting those who are ill or have inflamed joints.
  • Sage– Sage is known for is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is also known to help with proper functionality of the brain. It’s no wonder that sage and wisdom are terms that go hand in hand (or, paw in paw).
  • Garlic– Yes, contrary to popular belief, this is actually beneficial to your dog! Calcium, zinc, protein and a variety of vitamins all make this one super healthy ingredient. Garlic is beneficial in aiding those who suffer from heart disease and diabetes. Did we also mention it helps with repelling nasty bugs?
  • Savory– This herb is helpful in lowering cholesterol, has anti-fungal properties and is a great source of many important vitamins that are vital to everyone’s health.
  • Parsley– Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, good for getting rid of bad breath… this herb is a great addition to anyone’s diet, especially those whose pups suffer from particularly bad halitosis.
  • Turmeric– this herb helps with inflammation and is high in fiber and vitamins. It also helps speed up metabolism! If your best friend has anemia, cardiovascular problems or arthritis, this herb can be of benefit to them.
  • Thyme– This herb boasts all kinds of vitamins. It also contains iron. It is used for chest and respiratory issues and can be a good source of fiber.

*Before using any herbs or spices, it’s very important to look up how they might react together or how well they may do with medications or food that you or your best friend are already ingesting. Although this blend is already deemed dog and people safe, it is always good and responsible to check up on interactions with other items already in your diet and daily routine! Everyone and everything has a unique body and make-up, after all, and may have different needs when it comes to food, supplement and seasoning intake!

Can cats or other “best friends” have it, too?

Well, from what we’ve found in our research, giving some of these spices and herbs to your cats is a definite no-no. We’re not really sure why cats can’t have them like dogs can, but we really wouldn’t recommend giving it to any other best friends at home aside from your dogs. If your pups are anything like our Beagle, Marley, they will probably appreciate that fact since there will be more left over for them later! Hopefully they take more time to enjoy the savory dish than he does. But, if they don’t, you know where to get more!

Since dogs can have it, does that mean that it is a people-friendly blend as well?

Oh, of course! All of our blends are people-friendly and this blend is no exception. In fact, there are already several dishes upon which I like to use the Best Friend Blend myself. I’ve tested it on all sorts of things. I LOVE okra and I definitely use the blend for when I make it. Other ingredients I like to put it on include sea bass, spinach and broccoli. It seems that this blend pairs really well with vegetables, leafy greens and foods high in protein, which I am all for as I love to prepare and eat healthy food. In my mind, this is an amazing gift for both your furry and non-furry best friends as it is so good for you (Also, being a salt-free option.) and encourages healthy eating!

 When (and where) is the blend going to be available?

 For now, our blend will be offered online. If you are as excited about our new blend as we are, make sure to reach out to us on our website or post below in the comments section of this blog post. We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on our Best Friend Blend and where you would like to next see it offered.  http://www.seasonest.com/best-friend-spice-blend/

What does this blend mean to you?

That’s quite the question. For our family, this blend means a lot of things. It’s a way to honor our recent furry family member’s life and to remember something he helped inspired us to create. It is also a way for us to give back to our family and friends, who love our seasonings as well as to those who may not know who we are yet. After having experienced what sickness can do to a dog’s appetite and how that affects your family, we want to help others going through that by providing them with something comforting to both them and their dogs. Of course, this blend is not only for dogs with poor appetites. This is a blend that is a special treat for your dogs and provides them with more flavor and enjoyment to their meals.

Really, though, this blend is like nothing we’ve ever done before. We usually focus on people (Which, of course, is natural for a seasoning-centered business.) and their taste buds, but it doesn’t seem that many have really reached into the realm of flavors for our furry friends. I mean, animals in the wild are used to an array of all kinds of things at their disposal that they can eat and enjoy and that have so many different tastes.  Domesticated animals that mostly live indoors are reliant upon us as their “people parents” for food. They, like any hungry being, of course accept what is put in front of them and that is what they know! But, we wanted to push past this and try something new and it really seems to be working for our own dogs, Doodle and Marley. It most definitely helped Boston in his last few months of illness to regain his appetite. Who wouldn’t want to provide a special treat that also helps their furry best friend in a time of need or suffering, or even just because? We think this blend will provide some really interesting results at home and give all of the “people parents” an opportunity to give back to their dogs. We also hope that the owners try the blend themselves! After all, it is also a people-friendly mix of delicious spices and herbs.

Is there anything you’d like to say to all of the fans, followers, family and friends of Seasonest?

Absolutely!

A special thanks goes out to Karen of “Ottowa Valley Dog Whisperer”. Your research and your knowledge of all things dog-related was extremely helpful to us in creating our blend. We very much appreciate all that you have shared and your care of furry best friends everywhere!

Could you give us a recipe that works well with the Best Friend Blend?

I certainly can. Here are three ways we like to use the Best Friend Blend in our favorite furry family members’ meals:

  • Recipe 1 |”Chicken & Broccoli”: Mix in cooked chicken, steamed broccoli and the Best Friend Blend (Please note that the bowl shape is so that our food-loving pup doesn’t eat too fast!).

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  • Recipe 2 | “The Doggie Salad”: Make a doggie salad with veggies! Our dogs like peas, carrots, cabbage and broccoli. Add in the Best Friend Blend for extra flavor.

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  • Recipe 3 | “The Picky Eater’s Gravy”: Cook liver and peas in oil. Once finished, add in the Best Friend Blend and place in blender with choice of broth and blend until smooth.

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Thank you, each and every one of you for all of your support and for all of your orders. You’ve taken our dreams and helped them take flight with all you do. We love hearing from you, knowing you read our blogs and social media posts and that you stay up-to-date with us. We hope you’ll try this new blend in continued support of us and our family-owned business, in memory of our furry family member, Boston, and simply for the delight of having something new on the table for both you and your favorite best friends.

May God bless you, your family and your friends in 2016!

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

We’re so glad to have the honor of being in your spice cabinet, filling shelves at your local grocery stores and making your food so flavorful. Our seasonings are dear to our heart and we love being a close-knit, family-owned business that brings you such healthy ingredients!

Speaking of love and these healthy ingredients, we wanted to focus on heart health and which seasonings contain the best ingredients for everything related to the heart (Aside from falling in love with the flavor, of course!).


Here are a few of our favorite ingredients we use!

  • Basil: If you’re into maintaining your blood pressure, this is one tasty way to treat it!  (Italian Blend)
  • Cayenne: Cayenne assists with blood flow and helps your body avoid blood clots. (Original Blend)
  • Garlic: This special ingredient can lower your risk of heart disease and is found in many of our blends! (Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian and Mild Blends)
  • Lemon Peel: High blood pressure? Try some of this! (Lemon Pepper Blend)
  • Onion Powder: Onion powder can assist in maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. (Adobo Blend)

If you’re not already a Seasonest user, we hope that you’ll take a peak at what we have to offer. You can see all of our flavorful blends here: Link

All our love,

The Seasonest Family

Valentine’s Day Gifting… Spice It Up!

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Quick! Send your significant other out of the room… okay, are you ready? You’ve got 11 days. That is cutting it close my friend. There are less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day; have you gotten them that gift yet? Uhuh…. OKAY. Let’s get to work.

Firstly, our seasonings make great gifts! They come in an array of delicious flavors for all kinds of palettes.

  • Does your significant other like to eat food every day? Great! Then, you’re already one step closer to fulfilling a practical, daily need, but with extra added umph.
  • Does your significant other value their health? Do you value their health? PERFECT. Our seasonings contain all-natural Celtic sea salt as well as ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan-friendly and organic. If you are taking a break from salt, we’ve got options for that as well.
  • Do they like things that taste good? If your lovebug /boo /pumpkin /schnookums enjoys food with flavor, they’ll LOVE our seasonings. Keep them from eating just to eat and give them the gift of flavorful food enjoyment!

Order those seasonings now if you want them in time for Valentine’s Day! They’re only $5 each right now and shipping is free for orders over $15.


Now that that’s all settled and we can see that you clearly love your better half, Heart 2here’s what you do. Take a quick trip to our website (click me) and read about each of the flavors. If you’d like some help with how to choose, here’s what we suggest based on their personality:

  • Sassy/Sarcastic: Spicy Blend
  • Romantic: Italian Blend
  • Traditional (with a secret twist): Lemon Pepper Blend
  • Classy: Original Blend
  • Big-Hearted: Soul Food Blend
  • Comical: Jerk Blend
  • Active/Athletic: Adobo Blend
  • Wild Child: Lemon Fire Blend
  • Sweet: Mild Blend

Yep. Definitely saw you eyeing that blend. You know they’d love it!


Heart 1Our last bit of advice is how to present your beloved with this special, spicy gift. Here we go! (Please read these aloud in the cheesiest voice possible. It is also crucial that you present the gift in perfect timing with your words. Trust us.)

  • Spicy Blend: “Hey baby. Just wanted to spice things up a bit.”
  • Original Blend: “(Insert name here), I love that you’re so… original.”
  • Soul Food Blend: “Darling, you are food for my soul.”
  • Italian Blend: “You inspired me… your love takes me to faraway places.”
  • Adobo Blend: “Ad-o-bo about you, but I’d love to make you dinner.”
  • Jerk Blend: “I know I can be a jerk sometimes, but tonight, I want to focus on you!”

“You know, there’s a season for everything… and there’s always seasoning for you.”


We hope you enjoyed a good laugh and have some fun ideas for your favorite person on Valentine’s Day. Let us know if you got to use one of our cheesy pick-up lines!

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The Seasonest Family

Why Do We Meal Prep?

Hello Everyone!

This is a Motivation Monday, healthy living, self-help guide to all things meal prepping. Meal prepping can be done so many ways, but it is something that regardless of method or ingredients produces great results. So, the question we have today is, “Why (specifically) do we meal prep? What makes it so great?”

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1. Portion Control

It’s pretty difficult to eat too much when you’ve only got so much, right? The logic behind keeping things in certain sizes is to help your body understand when it is truly full and to train your brain into understanding what amounts of various ingredients make up a nutritious, balanced diet. Staring at a food pyramid will only get you so far; you’ve got to really pay attention to what you are putting in your body and how much of it you truly need.

2. Preventing Sneaky Snack Attacks

Hunger strikes. It’s 3 pm. You’re at work and you know there is a vending machine down the hall from your office. We know the feeling… we get it, too! There are so many reasons why you could be feeling the afternoon slump/ snack attack. Lack of sleep, too many carbs at lunch, dehydration, lack of sun, being to stationary… the list goes on. If you are going to reach for a snack, it’s best to have one already prepared and one that you know will keep your energy and blood sugar levels up! Pack that snack.

3. Delicious, Ready-Made Meals

When you’re hungry, you could probably eat just about anything. However, when you get to the fridge and you see what your options are for today’s meal… you aren’t so sure you can make anything out of all of that stuff and suddenly you don’t feel like you’re in the mood for any of it. Plus, you’re too hungry and don’t think you’ll make it through a session of cooking! This is where meal prep comes in handy; you have meals already ready, or nearly ready to go so that you can have an easy-to-make, healthy meal in perfect portioning. Our biggest tip with ready-made meals is to use the right seasonings! Our ready-made seasoning combinations pack a lot of flavor and bring your meals to a whole other level. They’ve helped us take a lot of “boring” meals to extraordinary and really encourage us to eat well. (Try them here! Link)

4. Balanced Diet

As said before, staring at a food pyramid will only get you so far. It’s important to know what you’re eating, what food group it falls into and what nutrition it offers you. The health benefits of food will amaze you! When we put together our seasonings, we wanted to offer something that would be healthier than what usually gets put into or onto our food. The ingredients each have unique properties that aid in all kinds of things from acne to the common cold! The same thing goes for the foods you eat. If you want to stay in shape, help prevent certain diseases and feel better all around, make sure you pay attention to what goes into your mouth; it may one day save your life.


Overall, meal prepping helps you avoid being tired, unmotivated, tempted, stressed, and not having enough time in the day. You can bring a whole lot of goodness into your daily routine by simply changing your diet and how you look at food prep. If you’d like to learn more about meal prepping, check out the links below! We’ve found some great examples of how to approach the whole process.

  • From “Daily Burn”: Cooking ideas, time saving tricks and ingredient recommendations: Link
  • From “The Beach Body Blog”: Planning, encouragement and tips galore: Link
  • From “Fit Men Cook”: Great tips on storage, reheating and freezing: Link

For healthy seasonings to make any meal instantly more flavorful, check out www.seasonest.com!

Happy meal prepping!

The Seasonest Family

The Top Five Reasons to Use Our Seasonings

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday!

You’ve made it. It’s one of the first weeks back since the holidays and you’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work!

We love having the opportunity to encourage and inspire those who read our blogs and postings. It’s really important to live a healthy lifestyle mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally, and we believe that incorporating our seasonings is a great way to start. We’ve put together a helpful list of reasons why you should be using our seasonings and how it can benefit you.

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1) The Health Benefits

Each of our all-natural blends offers a variety of herbs and spices that have amazing health benefits. Whether it’s heart health, liver function, acne, etc… there’s something beneficial in our seasonings for everyone. Check out our health benefits blog that goes into detail about the many great uses of our ingredients: Health Benefits Blog

2) The Flavor

Mmm, mmm, mmmm… what’s cooking? From the moment you open up one of our flavorful seasonings, you can tell it’s all fresh, all-natural and all completely delicious. A lot of branded seasonings have a good taste, but they don’t offer the freshness or that great quality flavor that Seasonest seasonings provide each and every time. Once you’ve experienced the richness and variety of flavors that our seasonings offer, it’s hard to ever to back to anything else. Taste our very first flavor, the Original Blend, and see what your taste buds have been missing.

3) To Travel

Very few of us have the luxury of just hopping on a plane on a whim and flying to our dreamland destination. It may be that you can’t whisk yourself away right now, but you can certainly take yourself to far off destinations with your food choices! If you’re looking for a Caribbean escape with cool waters, warm sand and a spicy twist, take some time away from everything with our delicious Jerk Blend. Or, perhaps you’re looking for something romantic that reminds you of rolling, green hills, cobblestone streets and the most appetizing smells you’ve ever known. This type of fantasy needs our Italian Blend!

4) To Encourage

If you feed picky eaters, welcome to the club. Sometimes, it’s really a challenge to get certain family members to eat the food you put in front of them and it can be extremely frustrating, sometimes even offensive. We’ve found through our in-store demos that even the pickiest eaters who try our seasonings LOVE them. We had a mom drop by and let us know about her picky eaters at home (who may also have been present in the shopping cart). She told us how much they loved our seasonings and how it got her picky eaters out of picky eating. Every mom has been there at some point, so it was really an encouragement to us and an inspiration to know how much our seasonings had an effect on even just one family. Her family liked our Mild Blend (You can click it!). Why not give it a try with your picky eaters?

5) For Ease

It’s been a long day. Work was super stressful. And you’re in charge of dinner tonight. You don’t know what to make and you were so busy that you forgot to plan ahead. You get home and manage to find some easy-to-cook ingredients after digging around in your fridge, but they look so plain and bland. You’re not thrilled. And then you remember… you’ve got Seasonest Soul Food Blend. You have instantly upgraded your easy-to-cook meal into something fabulous. Try Soul Food for yourself: Click Here


 

Take some time today to look through our website and pick out your favorite flavors. In no time, you’ll see the benefits to using our Seasonings. Let us know which category you fall into above when it comes to using our flavorful seasonings!

Have a fantastic weekend,

The Seasonest Family

The Health Benefits of Our Seasonings

Hello Everyone and Happy Wednesday :)

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We really appreciate healthy living and all-natural ingredients and ensure that when you receive one of our products, that’s exactly what you’re getting! We wanted to highlight a few ingredients in our products that have health benefits so that you can make responsible and informed choices for yourself and your family at meal time.

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Spices, Herbs and Seasonings                                            


Basil-
This herb has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in controlling blood pressure.

*Italian

Black Pepper- Black pepper is high in antioxidants, helps with intestinal and digestive health and aids in breaking down fat cells.

*Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Adobo

Seasonest_original__33045.1430426304.1280.1280Cayenne- This spice can help ease throat soreness, upset stomach and ulcers, it aids in moving mucus, helps prevent blood clots and joint pain relief… the list goes on for this one!

*Original

Celtic Sea Salt- Celtic sea salt contains elements to aid in thyroid health, helps you retain nutrients from food and can help keep you hydrated.

*Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian, Mild

Chipotle – This spice can aid in respiratory, bone and immune health and can help with healing wounds.

*Adobo

Garlic – Garlic can help with the common cold, detoxing and may even lower the risk for heart disease and aid in your workout capacity.Seasonest_lemon_pepper__15704.1430426662.1280.1280

*Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian, Mild

Lemon Peel- Antibacterial properties, aids high blood pressure and liver
detoxification, can help rid your body of gallstones and kidney stones… lemon peel can provide relief from a lot of uncomfortable ailments.

*Lemon Pepper

Onion Powder- Onion powder is a great source of dietary fiber, which can aid in the prevention of all kinds of medical problems. Other benefits include the maintenance of blood sugar levels, cholesterol, heart disease, muscle function… this seasoning is packed with goodness.

*Adobo

Seasonest_adobo__32275.1430426479.1280.1280Oregano – This spice can help with everything from acne to gastrointestinal disorders. It also makes for a good insect repellent!

*Italian

Paprika – This spice is one fantastic beauty agent. It can help maintain the health of your skin and hair (Yes, hair loss included!). It also aids in maintaining good eyesight and contains helpful antioxidants.

*Soul Food, Original, Adobo, Mild

Red Pepper Flakes – Red pepper flakes can help with inflammation and pain and help curb your appetite. It’s a great everyday aid!

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Turmeric – Toothaches, arthritis, liver function… turmeric helps with them all!

*Soul Food

White Pepper- White pepper can help with headaches, coughs, digestion and even dandruff; this herb is great for everyday uses.

*Soul Food

Find healthy seasonings at our full list here –> Our Healthy List


 

We hope that this was helpful to you in choosing your next mealtime assistant and in learning how to better take care of yourself! With some exercise and healthy eating, you’ll be on your way to a healthier you in no time. You’re very important and so are those you cook for, so don’t forget to treat everyone to some tasty and nutritious seasonings. :)

Abundant blessings,

Crystal Peterson