Welcome back for the November 2015 Healthy Product Roundup, where each month I share 4 new products with you.
These are products that I either personally buy and use or that have been shared with me from companies that want to help me share the message of healthy eating and healthy living with you.
I’m always excited to learn about new organic, vegan, gluten-free and overall healthy products and have been introduced to so many I would have never come across if not through my website.
I have links after each review if you are interested in purchasing the item and, in full transparency, disclose my relationship and affiliate links (if applicable) for each item.
If you missed the August 2015 Healthy Product Roundup, make sure you check it out…I shared the “Dehydrating at Home” cookbook (that I wrote the introduction for!), Erewhon Cereals, Plum Deluxe Teas and Simply 7 Snacks.
Hope you enjoy the Healthy Product Roundup for this month!
Product #1: Organic Mamma Chia
Mamma Chia is a beloved name in my home. I have to grab a box (or two!) every grocery trip and I have even considered getting a second job to support my youngest son’s love of the Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze Vitality Snacks. They are such a wholesome and nutrient-dense snack that I can feel good about giving to my children and they’re a treat I don’t mind splurging on.
Their products are organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free and are nutrient-dense. There are many other “squeezy-type” and juice box drinks you can buy for your children for on-the-go or for school lunchboxes. But they cannot even compare to benefits in the Chia Squeeze products.
Here’s the ingredient list for a popular mainstream children’s drink:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Capri Sun Fruit Punch Juice Box
Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Apple And Grape Juice Concentrates, Citric Acid, Water Extracted Orange And Pineapple Juice Concentrates, Natural Flavor, Vitamin E Acetate (source)
You wouldn’t want to buy these types of mainstream products for your children (or yourself) that contain pesticides and GMO high fructose corn syrup when there are better options available.
The Organic Chia Squeeze products contain 1,200 mg of Omega-3’s in each pouch!
Flavors include: Wild Raspberry, Apple Cinnamon, Green Magic, Blackberry Bliss, Mango Coconut and Strawberry Banana.
“Squeeze some natural vitality and powerful nutrients into your day! Our organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun and tasty snack for active souls of all ages. Packed with essential Omega-3’s, protein and fiber, Chia Squeeze is a satisfying anytime snack that naturally provides the vitality to power your soul’s purpose”.
Ingredients (Wild Raspberry Flavor): Hydrated Organic Chia Seeds (water, organic chia seeds), Organic Banana Puree, Organic Raspberry Juice Concentrate, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Beet Puree, Organic Natural Berry Flavors, Citric Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color.
- contains chia, fruit and vegetables
- 1,200 mg of Omega-3’s
- 400 mg of Omega-6’s
- 210 mg of Omega-9’s
- vegan and gluten-free
- organic and Non-GMO Project Verified
- BPA-free container
- 1 pouch contains: 4% dv of vegan calcium
- 1 pouch contains: 2% dv of vegan protein
- 1 pouch contains 4 grams of fiber
Some of their other products you might like to try are the Organic Chia Seeds and several different flavor combinations of Organic Chia Vitality Granola…a much healthier alternative to S.A.D (Standard American Diet) cereals and it contains 10 grams of vegan protein and 1,500 mg of Omega-3’s and it’s gluten-free too!
Disclosure: I received products from Mamma Chia to review and share with you, and, I’m a loyal customer and already buy their products. I was not paid for this review or under any obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Product #2: Chosen Foods
Chosen Foods is a new company I was introduced to and they have a nice line of clean, Non-GMO foods that are nutrient-dense with minimal ingredient lists.
The ones I will share with you today are:
100% Pure Avocado Oil – Chosen Foods is the largest producer of avocado oil in the world! It’s made from 100% pure avocados and is cold-pressed then naturally refined. It is a high heat cooking oil which means it can be used to temperatures up to 500 degrees.
“Chosen Foods avocado oil is made of 100% pure avocados – first cold pressed, then naturally refined. We use a proprietary low heat process, which protects the nutrients and the delicate fatty acids. By gently removing the chlorophyll, waxes, sediments and free fatty acids in the oil, we are able to achieve incredible cooking oil. Our processing is so unique we are able to retain 80% of the beta-stisterol found in virgin avocado oil, as well as 60% of the vitamin E! This is the perfect high mono-unsaturated oil to use as a base for homemade mayo, or Paleo salad dressing. Our avocado oil has a smooth, buttery flavor, and a smoke point of up to 500 degrees fahrenheit! There are many avocado oil uses when cooking: dressing, sauces, marinades, bake, broil, barbecue, sear, sauté or stir-fry!
Chosen Foods avocado oil has as much monounsaturated fat as olive oil. Recent research suggests diets high in monounsaturated fat may help reduce or prevent heart disease. Avocado oil also contains natural vitamin E and the cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory agent beta-sitisterol. It’s often assumed that refined oils lack any beneficial nutrients. Chosen Foods avocado oil breaks this trend. Our unique processing preserves many of the beneficial nutrients found in virgin avocado oil, providing a unique, nutritious, high heat cooking oil”.
- Ingredients: 100% pure avocado oil
- Vegan and Gluten-Free
- Non-GMO Project Verified
Bites with Chia – These little snack packs are convenient and so good too! Tiny little bite-sized pieces of healthy on-the-go nutrition.
“Bites with Chia provide a clean snacking experience for all. Each perfectly crunchy bite has less than 6 g of sugar per serving, 4 g of protein and 900 mg of omega-3. Most importantly, chia bites are a well-balanced snack that will provide quick energy without spiking blood sugar! Conveniently packaged in single serve pouches, Bites with Chia are the perfect grab and go snack to toss in your purse or gym bag, take with you on your travels or wherever life takes you! Children love them for a quick treat after school or before sports practice.”
- Ingedients: Pecan Nuts, Organic Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Organic Chia Seeds, Dehydrated Mango, Non-GMO Corn Maltodextrin, Cane Sugar, Agave Inulin, Natural Mango Flavor
- Vegan and gluten-free
- Non-GMO Project Verified
“All of the chia nutrition with absolutely zero hassle. Toss into a purse, a gym bag or a backpack, Chia Slims provide natural nutrition on-the-go. Chosen Foods Chia Seeds are 100% natural, pesticide-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, purity guaranteed and quality tested – giving you optimal nutrition in each and every stick pack. With 12% of your daily fiber needs and 7% of your daily magnesium needs, Chosen Foods Chia Seeds are nature’s nutrition powerhouse.”
- Ingredients: 100% organic chia seeds
- Vegan and Gluten-Free
- Non-GMO Project Verified
100% Pure Avocado Oil Mayo (Paleo) – This is a good item if you are following a paleo diet (or have a family member that does, like me) and is a good alternative to mayonnaise that usually contains canola or soybean oil.
“Have you ever grabbed a jar of olive oil mayo only to read the ingredients and find olive oil is the 4th or 5th ingredient? Ya, we aren’t too into that either.
Chosen Foods avocado oil mayo is made with our pure avocado oil instead of genetically modified, industrial seed oils like soy, corn & canola. Our avocado oil mayo is high in Omega-9, the heart healthy (cardio protective) fat that is also found in olives and olive oil.
Our eggs come from happy, cage free nest-fresh chickens. We use 100% non-GMO ingredients, a touch of organic honey instead of refined sugar and rosemary extract as a natural antioxidant to preserve freshness. The result is a delightfully creamy condiment with just the flavor you’ve been hoping for! Is it time your mayo had a makeover?”
- Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Organic Whole Eggs, Filtered Water, Organic Distilled White Vinegar, Egg Yolks, Organic Honey, Organic Mustard (Organic Mustard Seed, Organic Vinegar, Organic Spices), Salt, Organic Rosemary Extract
- Paleo and Gluten-Free
- Non-GMO Project Verified
Where Can I Get It? You can order online from Amazon via the product links above or from the www.chosen-foods.com website.
Disclosure: I received products from Chosen Foods to review and share with you. I was not paid for this review or under any obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Product #3: CogniTea Matcha
I am so proud of my friend Alex, founder of CogniTea! About a year ago, he introduced the original CogniTea (which I wrote a review about here) that I have been using ever since.
Now, he has just added a new product to his brand that I want to share with you today…Organic Matcha Green Tea.
It’s a combination of the original CogniTea (which has a very pleasing mint taste) with the added nutritional benefits of organic matcha. Can it possibly get any better?
One of the reasons I like CogniTea so much is that it gives me an energy boost without the usual side affects of caffeine. I am very sensitive to caffeine, especially since I don’t really consume it anymore. When I did, I would get a racing heartbeat, shaky hands, and even nauseous. When I drink CogniTea, I feel a significant awareness, alertness and yes, energy. But I don’t have the caffeine side affects.
One of my favorite times to use it (other than a mid-afternoon pick-me-up!) is when I take an early morning drive once a week over a 26 mile bridge (total drive time is 1 hour) at 7:00 in the morning. I am tired. My eyes are heavy. And I am literally about to fall asleep and the miles slowly pass. One by one. I make a cup of CogniTea right before I leave and I am wide awake the entire drive. My eyes don’t have that heavy feeling like they are about to close any minute and I am alert. It works every single time. I love this tea!
But now, I can get the CogniTea I love with the added antioxidants of organic matcha.
“Shade Grown, Hand Picked and Stone Ground. Our Matcha is produced by one of the oldest and most respected farms in Japan. It is grown in the shade with organic fertilizer, hand picked, and stone ground into fine powder. Our Matcha is Ceremonial grade, the finest grade produced, and is combined with freshly milled Organic Peppermint leaf.
“Born in the 8th Century – In the 8th century, Zen monks in Japan began cultivating, processing and drinking powdered Green Tea. Used first as a mental and medical remedy, matcha became the only tea to be used in the traditional Japanense Tea Ceremony. Over the centuries matcha was used to enhance focus, energy, and alertness for physical activities and meditation”.
“The Science Explained – CogniTea Matcha has additional L-Theanine and Caffeine, that together promotes Alpha brain waves, which provide concentration, alertness, and focus and inhibit the jitters, headache, and crash typical of caffeine alone. Catechin molecules also increase the time it takes for caffeine to break down in the bloodstream, so you get day-long energy!”
“Only The Good Stuff – No fillers, colors, flavors, or artificial sweeteners here. CogniTea sources organic (fair-trade when available) teas and herbs from all over the world”.
Unparalleled Nutrition – Matcha is a Superfood and since you ingest the entire leaf you get 100% of the nutrients! CogniTea Matcha is packed with 137x more antioxidants than one cup of Green Tea – 1,624 mg to be exact.
Our matcha has EGC and EGCG, as well as fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins – It is a natural detox, boosts your metabolism and burns calories, and lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.
Ingredients: Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha, Organic Peppermint Leaf, L-Theanine Sun Theanine, InnovaTea, Green Tea Extract
Nutritional Analysis per 2 gram serving (1 teaspoon):
- Antioxidants (ORAC Score): 1,624 mg
- Polyphenols (EGCG, EGC): 78 mg, 54 mg
- Total Catechins: 163 mg
- Caffeine: 100 mg
- L-Theanine: 100 mg
Another thing I love about CogniTea is you can set up an account for monthly service and have CogniTea shipped to you each month so you never run out!
Where Can I Get It? You can order online using my special referral code and get 10% off your first order!
Disclosure: I received product from CogniTea to review and share with you, and, I’m a loyal customer and already buy their products. I was not paid for this review or under any obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Product #4: Wild Foods
Wild Foods has a nice variety of real food ingredients and products for both paleo and vegan diets. If you’re familiar with my dessert recipes, you will have noticed that I ~love~ to use raw 100% vanilla bean powder in my dessert recipes, especially the raw ones. I prefer to use the vanilla bean powder (especially in raw, uncooked recipes) because I find the alcohol flavor in the extract is too strong since it doesn’t evaporate out like it normally does in baked/cooked desserts.
If you’ve never tried 100% pure vanilla bean powder…it’s ~amazing~!!! It’s a little pricey, but you only have to use 1/2 as much as vanilla extract because the flavor is so strong and it will last a good while. The rule of thumb is to use 1/2 vanilla bean powder than you would vanilla extract (example: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder = 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract). However, I love the flavor so much, I usually use equal amounts in my recipes (example: if I would normally use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, I usually will substitute with 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean powder).
And, of course, other real food ingredients I regularly use in my recipes are cacao nibs and cacao powder. I also will sometimes use cacao butter in place of coconut oil in my dessert recipes.
Here is a list of products offered by Wild Foods, a small business company which I love to support!
- Wild Cacao Butter (Raw Organic Single-Origin)
- Wild Sweet Nibs (Organic Fair Trade)
- Wild Chocolate (Cacao Powder from Peruvian Heirloom Cacao Beans)
- Wild Vanilla (Organic Ground Vanilla Bean Powder from Madagascar)
- Wild MCT Oil (Nature’s Purest Form of Energy)
- Wild Coffee (The Single-Origin Line of 100% Arabica)
- Wild Cold Brew Coffee (Just Add Water!)
- Wild Whey – Natural/Unflavored, Creamy Vanilla, Dark Chocolate (Un-denatured Whey Protein made from Grass-Fed Milk)
Where Can I Get It? You can order online from Amazon here and have it delivered straight to your door.
Disclosure: I received products from Wild Foods to review and share with you. I was not paid for this review or under any obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
And that’s the roundup for this month…thanks for taking the time to read about these exciting healthy products that you may have not known about. Make sure you check back again for the next roundup with for 4 new products I’ll be sharing with you!
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