13. May 2017 · Comments Off on We Love Local: Raji’s Divine Delights · Categories: Events, local food, Uncategorized · Tags:

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We love being able to stock our shelves with so many products made right here in the Hudson Valley.

One of our favorite locally made products is Raji’s Divine Delights, 100% organic, vegan, and gluten free snacks. Raji’s Divine Delights Coconut Confections are a truly delicious truffle treat nearly everyone with every diet can enjoy. We’re also big fans of her Spicy Sunflower Seeds. These are organic sunflower seeds, toasted in coconut oil, with lots of different East Indian spices added, along with hot peppers added for a bit of a kick. We caught up with Raji to learn more about her delicious, nutritious snacks!

Raji’s Divine Delights are handmade in Woodstock, NY. After sampling many of the treats available at health food stores, Raji decided to embark on a journey to create her own. “After a bit of experimentation, I created what I knew others would love as much I did.  My first creation was the Cacao Coconut Confection, made with raw Cacao.  When I took my first bite of the Cacao Coconut Confection,  I said out loud, ‘People would definitely buy these!’ After the first Cacao Coconut Confection, I created Cashew Coconut Confections, followed by Mango, Strawberry and Blueberry. The fruit varieties are freeze dried organic fruit and maintain ALL the nutrients of fresh fruit!”

So, we know Raji’s Divine Delights are delicious, but why should people choose them when they’re craving something sweet? Raji says, “I always tell people– you’re going to eat something sweet, but you should eat something sweet with healthy benefits. Every ingredient in my Divine Delights has some sort of health benefit. For example, coconut oil can positively affect hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control.  People who eat coconut oil tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut oil can improve insulin use within the body.  Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase your metabolism, energy and endurance and help you to lose weight. Real maple syrup is packed with health-boosting properties and has a low glycemic index.  This natural sweetener features dozens of antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup has high levels of zinc and manganese, which will help to keep your heart healthy and boost your immune system.  It is not just any sweetener ~ it’s the BEST sweetener! You can learn about all of the ingredients on my website under the Healthy Benefits tab.

When Raji created her Divine Delights Coconut Confections, she didn’t know she would receive so many healthy labels of different diets like vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. She just wanted to make something tasty using whole, organic ingredients. “Many diabetics have even contacted me to thank for for using maple syrup, which they can eat because of the low glycemic index which doesn’t spike sugar levels.”

This is all wonderful news to us, but we still had to know, where does Raji source her ingredients? “I do a lot of research. I’m always looking for high quality, high integrity ingredients. Tierra Farm is one of my favorite resources to use. They are a New York state, certified organic manufacturer of dried fruits and nuts. I also go through a lot of Dr. Bronner’s Whole Kernel Organic Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil.”

We adore all of Raji’s creations. If you haven’t tried them, now is your chance! Join us at High Falls Food Co-op on Friday, May 26th from 2pm- 5pm and sample this locally made sweet sensation. Thanks to Raji for talking to us, and for making her divine confections.

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