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Photos of what I made using Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products

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The order of pictures in the slideshow above:

1- Millet-Chia Casserole (showing bags of products used)

2- Truffle Treats (showing bags of products used)

3- Buckwheat Croquettes (showing bags of products used)

4- Chia-Tapioca Pudding (showing bags of products used)

5- Buckwheat Croquettes

6- Truffles Treats

7- Chia Pudding

8- Millet-Chia Casserole

9- Slice of Millet-Chia Casserole with Tu-Maca Gravy and Buckwheat Croquette

10- Chia Pudding with Orange slices and Truffle Treats

11- Truffle Treats

Also, check out my video introducing some of their products:

Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products – Part 1: Introduction

Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products
– Part 2: Recipes

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Health Benefits for Various Foods and How to Pick Your Fruits

 

Health Benefits for Various Foods and How to Pick Your Fruits

Cabbage

1. Cabbage is very low in fat and calories. 100 g of leaves provide just 25 calories.

2. The vegetable is filled with phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane, and isothiocyanates. These are powerful antioxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood

3. It is also rich in essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1).

Cranberries:
– contains vitamin C, bioflavonoids, ellagic acid (anti-cancer compound) and fiber
– prevents scurvy
– beneficial for kidneys, bladder and skin
– has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-viral, broncho and vasodilating properties

Pumpkin Seeds:
– rich in amino acids, zinc, and iron
– 29% protein, rich in omega 3 fatty acids, b-complex vitamins and calcium
– has anti-inflammatory properties which supports a healthy functioning prostate

Sesame Seeds:
– 50% oil and 25-35% protein
– contains vitamin E, calcium, iron and sesamin, a lignan that is a powerful anti-oxidant and can inhibit cholesterol production
– strengthens kidneys, liver, bones, hair, nails and teeth

Poppy Seeds:
– contain protein, calcium and zinc
– calming and anti-inflammatory

Flax Seeds:
– rich plant source of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids (good fats that lower LDL cholesterol), vitamins A, B and E
– high in phytoestrogenic lignans that can help relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes
– good source of zinc, magnesium, potassium, fiber and protein
– promotes strong bones, nail, teeth and skin
– useful for colon problems and inflammation
– improves digestion

Sunflower Seeds:
– rich plant source of vitamin E (an anti-oxidant) and zinc (for immune system and protecting the prostate)
– high in protein, b-complex vitamins and linoleic acid (helpful in reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease), low in carbohydrates
– tonic for the eyes: decreases light sensitivity and prevents eye degeneration

Millet:
– high in protein, iron, B vitamins, copper, silicon and chromium
– beneficial for spleen, pancreas and stomach
– easily digested and very alkaline for the body
– helps balance blood sugar levels and overcome candida infection
– has a calming and centering effect

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have become a nutritious value to a healthy diet due to its high dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutritional values. These seeds are high in antioxidants which promotes healthy skin and anti- aging properties. Chia seeds also help regulate high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure which promotes a healthy heart! Its also been proven to help people who suffer from diabetes due to its high alpha-linolenic acid & fiber. This super seed can help with weight loss with its protein value and its ability to make you feel fuller longer. To add this super seed to your diet you can use it in your smoothies, yogurt , chia pudding, and acai bowls.
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GUAVA

Contains one of the highest vitamin C content among produce.
It is rich in fiber, beneficial in a wide range of disease prevention including diabetes by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the body.

Contains Vitamin A, best known for preserving and improving eyesight.
Has Potassium which works as an important factor in regulating blood pressure.
Guava also supplies a good amount of folate in the body. Folate is a must-have nutrient for a healthy pregnancy.

Guava can be consumed in many different ways. You can either eat it as a fruit by rinsing & peeling off the skin or you can blend it and have it as a juice. But I think everyone’s favorite is to have it as a dessert or pastry.
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CARAMBOLA/STAR FRUIT

Carambola fruit is one of very low calorie exotic fruits.The fruit along with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber and contains good quantities of vitamin-C. Due to its fiber content , it prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the gut.

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AVOCADO

Avocados are among the healthiest natural ingredients on the planet. Contrary to the belief that avocados are fattening, they provide many health benefits. Avocado has monounsaturated fats also known as “healthy fats”. Because of the monounsaturated fats it reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease. They also have a good source of protein (4 grams) and 11 grams of fiber which is almost half of the daily recommended intake.

Avocados also have multiple skin benefits. Avocados are filled with vitamin A which cleanses off any dead skin cells and offers enough protection against harsh environmental factors. It also eliminates wrinkles giving your skin a natural and youthful glow.
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WATERMELON

What’s a more refreshing fruit to eat during the hottest time of year then watermelon? Not only is it delicious but its one of the healthiest fruits. Studies have shown that at increasing consumption of watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.


Turmeric

Turmeric which originates from India is a herb used for food or its medicinal values. This herb is added to their main herb “curry” and turmeric is what gives it that bright yellow color. Turmeric helps lower your risk of heart disease, prevents cancer, alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis. You can add turmeric to your hummus, rice, chicken, and you can even have it as a tea!

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Spirulina
Spirulina is grown in Hawaii among other exotic locations in Mexico and Africa. This super food comes in powder base and can be added to any beverage. Spirulina can prevent cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and can lower the chance of a stroke. If your trying to speed up weight loss, spirulina can help with this journey.
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The Benefits of Bell Pepper

Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.

Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.

The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.

Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.

Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.
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Health Benefits of Papaya

The papaya fruit is very low in calories (just 39 calories/100 g) and contains no cholesterol; however, it is a rich source of phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.

Papayas contain soft, easily digestible flesh with a good amount of soluble dietary fiber that helps to have normal bowel movements.

Fresh, ripe papaya is one of the fruits with the highest vitamin-C content (provides 61.8 mg or about 103% of DRI, more than that of in oranges, or lemons). Research studies have shown that vitamin C has many important functions like free radicals scavenging, immune booster, and anti-inflammatory actions.

Fresh papaya also contains a good amount of potassium (257 mg per 100 g) and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure countering effects of sodium.
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Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

Prevention of High Blood Pressure & Heart Diseases
Great Source of Antioxidants & Good for Detox
Delays Aging of Skin Cells
Rich in Immunity Boosting Vitamins & Minerals
Managing Blood Sugar Levels
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Health Benefits-This dried fruit comes from China which has been used over there for more than 2,000 years for its medicinal values. Goji berries have high levels of antioxidants & nutrients. It improves immune function and fights cancer(vitamin A and vitamin C). It also promotes healthy skin and helps prevent skin cancer with a pigment found in goji berries called beta-carotene. Goji berries help with the prevention of vision loss due to age , stabilizes blood sugar, and detoxify your liver. To start off your day right, you can add goji berries to your breakfast since its proven to improve overall mood and energy levels.

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Longan Fruit

Closely allied to the lychee, the longan has been referred to as the ‘little brother of the lychee’. Longan is slightly smaller than lychee, and with a dull brown skin which is smoother than that of the lychee. The fruit taste is similar, and the value of longan on the market is due to the fact that its season follows that of the lychee, extending the period when this type of fruit is available. The fruit is sweet, juicy and succulent. Apart from being eaten fresh, is also often used in Asian soups, snacks, desserts, and sweet-and-sour foods.

Health Benefits of Longan Fruit

1. Great source of vitamin C
Just one half cup provides 80% of your daily vitamin C requirements. Iron absorption depends on vitamin C and combining longan fruit with meat increases your iron levels. Vitamin C also plays a vital role in immunity.
2. Antioxidants
Antioxidants are our first line of defense against free radicals. These substances cause damage and generate inflammation throughout the body. Longan fruit is rich in antioxidants and can protect against heart disease, chronic inflammation and may even help prevent some cancers.
3. Better skin
Traditional Chinese medicine has known the beauty benefits of the longan fruit for thousands of years. This magic fruit adds luster, shine and suppleness to the skin.
4. Heart health
Chinese herbalists tout the direct nourishing effect of longan on the heart. Add this fruit to improve your cardiovascular system.
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Health benefits of Grapefruit

The powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline in grapefruit all help to maintain a strong heart.
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Health benefits of Passion Fruit

Delicious, passion fruit is rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. 100 g fruit contains about 97 calories.
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Moringa
On your journey to a healthier lifestyle, moringa which comes from a plant (can be found in India, Nepal, or Pakistan)has come to light as a new super food! It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and high in antioxidants. This super food also has high vitamins A, C , and E. Due to the antioxidants found in this plant, it helps support brain health and cognitive function. Moringa comes as a powder base and can be added to any kind of drink and even soup!

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Health Benefits of Mango

Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin.It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Additionally, mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.
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Health Benefits of Lychee

The incredibly delicious juicy lychee calls on the arrival of summer. Besides lychee being sweet and nutritious these berries bring a cooling effect on the human body to beat the scorching summer heat. Research studies suggest that
oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol, is found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol is thought to have anti-oxidant and anti-influenza virus actions. In addition, it helps improve blood flow to organs, reduce weight, and protect skin from harmful UV rays. Litchi, like citrus fruits, which is an excellent source of vitamin C .Further, it is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and folates.
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5 Uses For LEMONS

1. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.

2. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.

3. Respiratory Problems
Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.

4. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.

5. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink – or even lemon juice mixed with water – may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
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FROZEN LEMON THERAPY

Many professionals such as nutritionists are using or consuming whole lemons; where nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon evenly?

Simple, Wash the lemon and place in the freezer. Once the lemon is frozen, use your grater on the lemon (no need to peel) and sprinkle over your food.

Sprinkle in your drinks, wines, salads, ice cream, soups, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, and sushi.

Most people think lemons only contain lemon juice and vitamin C.

It is well known that lemon peels contain vitamins 5-10 times more than lemon juice itself. And yes, this is what you’ve been missing. But from now on, when you follow this simple method for freezing the whole lemon and sprinkle over your dishes, you can eat all the nutrients.

Lemon peels rejuvenate your health eliminating toxic elements from the body. Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product that helps kill cancer cells.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: the pulp, beverages, prepared ice cream, cakes, etc. It’s credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors

It is also considered as an antimicrobial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms,and regulates blood pressure. It is an extraordinary alkalizing regulates the pH of the blood for optimum health.

Lemons have long been considered the most versatile of the citrus family, except that the tart pulp is too sour for most people to eat raw. Lemon juice has long been heralded as a tonic throughout the world; it is used as a gargle for sore throats, a lotion of sunburn, a cure for hiccups, and a popular home remedy for numerous ailments, particularly colds, coughs, and sore throats.

Lemon is a loosening and cleansing agent. Its potassium strengthens and energizes the heart, its oxygen builds vitality, its hydrogen activates the sensory nervous system, its calcium strengthens and builds the lungs, its phosphorus knits the bones, its sodium encourages tissue building, its magnesium acts as a blood alkalizer, its iron builds the red corpuscles, and its silicon aids the thyroid for deeper breathing. Lemons, along with the rest of the citrus family, work as strong solvents in the body, stimulating the liver and gallbladder, and stirring up any inactive acids and latent toxic settlements that cannot be eliminated any other way.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits include grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C , and are a good sources of folate and potassium. Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may prot

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How to pick your fruits

Blackberries

Look for plump, uniformly dark berries during their growing season of May through August. Blackberries are high in anthocyanin, a phytochemical that is believed to help reduce the risk of cancer and also may prevent urinary tract infections.

Blueberries

Choose blueberries that are uniformly dark blue—reddish ones are unripe and will be sour. They’re at their peak in July. Nutritionists call blueberries a “superfood” because they’re rich in antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, nutrients that are anti-inflammatories and can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. They’re also high in potassium and vitamin C.

Cantaloupe

At its best June through August, cantaloupe is at its ripest when it is a creamy yellow color, heavy for its size, and very fragrant. Cantaloupes are high in vision-protecting antioxidants and Vitamin A.

Cherries

When they’re at their peak in July and August, look for large, firm, glossy cherries, with their stems intact. Cherries are low in calories but high in vitamin C and fiber.

Honeydew Melons

Pick honeydew melons that have pale, yellow-green rinds and are heavy for their size. You’ll find them at their peak in the late summer. Honeydews are high in vitamins C and B6, as well as folate and potassium.

Peaches

Ripe peaches will be yellow, with a reddish blush where they were touched by sunlight while on the tree, and will have a slight “give” when squeezed. They also will have a strong peachy fragrance when they’re ripe. You’ll find the best peaches from mid-May until August. Peaches are a good source of vitamins C and A, and they’re high in fiber and potassium.

Plums

Look for plums that are slightly soft, but with taut, unwrinkled skin. The chalky white “bloom” is a good sign—it means the plums haven’t been overhandled. The plum-growing season is long—from May to October—with different types peaking at different points of the summer, so be sure to taste all of the varieties throughout the season. Plums are rich in Vitamins C, A and B2, and are a good source of potassium and fiber.

Strawberries

One of the first fruits to ripen in the late spring and early summer, the tastiest, ripest strawberries will be fragrant, firm and uniformly red, with a bright green cap. High in polyphenols (an antioxidant), strawberries are also rich in vitamin C—one serving (about 8 berries) will give you more vitamin C than an orange.

Health Benefits of eating delicious strawberries

Strawberries boost immunity
Strawberries improve eye health
Strawberries help fight cancer
Strawberries keep wrinkles at ease.
Strawberries fight bad cholesterol
Strawberries reduce inflammation
Strawberries regulate blood pressure
Strawberries boost fiber
Strawberries aid in weight management
Strawberries promote pre-natal health

Watermelon

A ripe watermelon should sound hollow when you thump the rind and should be heavy for its size. Another sign of a ripe watermelon is that the “belly spot,” or the part where it rested on the ground, is cream-colored or yellowish, rather than white. Domestically grown watermelons can be found from May through October. Like tomatoes, watermelons are rich in lycopene, which some studies show might prevent some types of cancers.
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Thyroid Issues and Radishes – from Rhio http://hookedonraw.com

Recently, I was trying to understand the conflicting information on foods that are termed to be goitrogenic, meaning they suppress the activity of the thyroid gland. In this category are the cruciferous vegetables such as kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, turnip, rutabaga, maca, mustard greens, mustard seeds, radish, and more. These are some of the most outstanding and nourishing foods on the planet, with cancer suppressing properties, as well as inhibitory activity against viruses, some fungi and various bacteria.

Raphanin is the main sulfur component in radishes. And it seems that raphanin has an affinity for the thyroid gland and is an adaptogen. Raphanin has the ability to regulate the gland, so whether the gland is underproducing or overproducing hormones, it brings it back to the normal range. Wow! Kind of like a thinking plant.

In the old Soviet Union they have used red and black radishes as accepted medical treatment for hypothyroidism. Some other things that can be done to mitigate radiation in the body are:

a) Ingesting kelp or other seaweeds for adequate iodine. It seems that the key to whether cruciferous vegetables will suppress the thyroid depends on whether the thyroid is adequately supplied with iodine. If you are low in iodine or deficient, then, it seems that the cruciferous vegetables have a negative effect. That’s the hypothesis anyway.

b) Chlorella has radiation protective effects, as evidenced by various studies.

c) Keeping an adequate supply of electrons in the body. There is a product invented by Patrick Flanagan called Mega Hydrate which does just that. You take each capsule with a full glass of water. The water activates the Mega Hydrate and this keeps your body supplied with extra electrons, so when oxidation happens and your cells and molecules lose electrons, there are sufficient replacements at hand to prevent a negative cascade of cellular damage. Of course, a mostly raw/live food diet supplies anti-oxidants as well.

d) Infrared Saunas aid the detoxification process of the body, as well as reducing the radiation burden.
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Types of Squash:
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/common-types-winter-squash

5 Reasons to eat more squash

Full of Vitamins- Squash is rich in the beta carotene our bodies use
to make vitamin A (important for vision, bone growth and
reproduction).
Prevent cancer cell growth- cancer cells are blocked from
communicating and act autonomously. Studies show that cell
communication allows the transfer of growth-inhibiting signals from
normal to abnormal cells. Beta carotene found in squash can turn on a
gene that encourages this communication, helping to prevent the growth
of cancerous cells.
Control blood pressure- Getting more potassium may lower the risk of
developing high blood pressure, and decreases blood pressure in people
who already have it.
Lots of protein- Baked pumpkin seeds make a nutritious snack. One
ounce (30 g) has seven grams of protein!
Avoid cataracts- Pumpkins, also part of the squash family are rich in
the pigments lutein and zeaxanthin. Adding these two pigments to your
diet help lower your risk of cataracts.
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Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach

Malabar spinach is a tropical dark leafy green plant with a sweet, juicy taste much like that of its’ English cousin. It grows well in hot, humid climates such as south Asia, India as well as in South Florida. In fact, it gets its’ name from the Malabar Coast of India. Malabar spinach prefers fertile, well-drained soil that is kept moist. Malabar spinach is a creeping vine and is best when trellised.
Malabar spinach is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is more nutritious than conventional (English) spinach. For example, 100 grams of Malabar spinach offers:

• 8000 IU vitamin A which is 267% of the RDA.
• 102 mg vitamin C which is 102% of the RDA.
• 140 mg vitamin B6 (folate) which is 35% of the RDA.
• 100 g manganese, 32% of the RDA.
• 1.2 mg iron which is 15% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)
• 100 g potassium, 11% of the RDA.
• Calcium, magnesium, copper, beta carotene, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and many more!
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Cucumbers

One cup of cucumber provides 11% of vitamin K, 4% of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and manganese and 2% of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and copper needs for the day.

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Kale

Kale can contribute to a healthy daily intake of alpha-lipoid acid from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Kale is packed with nutrition that puts it high on the list of the world’s healthiest foods. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 found in kale all support heart health.


Beets

Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

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Company Review: Foods Alive – Organic Raw Living Food Products

Foods Alive – Life Giving and Mineral-Rich Artisan Crafted Organic Raw Living Foods In business since 2002

I am choosing to quote info from the company and their website, as they explain about the products very well and I wanted to make sure I give them credit for it. I am simply giving my reviews of the products based on tasting and using them to create delicious recipes which you can watch me make on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

First some history of my connection with this family-owned company. I met them at Expo West in Anaheim, CA in the early days of their company (can’t remember exactly what year) and right away took a liking to them, first as people and then for their products. They had a booth at the show and I tried their products. We stayed in touch and the next year, I had the pleasure to stay with them when they came to Anaheim for the trade show. Over the years I had tried some of their flax products, specifically, their crackers as they were in the process of expanding and started to make their golden flax seed oils and dressings. Recently, I received some emails from them about their products and decided to contact them to review their products. Thanks Michael, Ellen, Matt and Tammy for all that you do and what you stand for. You are all great examples for sustainability and healthy living, yourselves and through your products, as well.

From Foods Alive website: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827
We source the highest quality and best tasting super foods from across the globe to bring you and your family the most mineral rich and nutrient dense foods available. Super Foods are a great source of Anti-oxidants, Amino Acids (proteins), Dietary Fiber and many other hard to find essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Flax Seed Products
Organic Golden Flax Crackers

Quoted from an email sent to me by Foods Alive:

Here at Foods Alive we make the best tasting flax crackers around!
We start with organic golden flaxseeds, grown in mineral rich soil to deliver the best taste. Soaking the flax to begin the germination (sprouting) process unlocks a plethora of nutrients and decreases the enzyme inhibitors and tannins. This essentially turns the flax seeds into life giving super foods. The next phase is adding just the right amount of herbs and spices until the taste is perfect.

To preserve all the vital nutrients and ensure the best possible product a custom built dehydrator dries the crackers at a low temp until they are perfectly crisp. How low you ask? Well you can plant our crackers and they will continue to sprout and grow. Now that’s a living superfood!

Our super crackers come in 6 scrumptious flavors: Original, Onion Garlic (instead of garlic bread), Mexican Harvest (croutons for taco salad), Italian Zest (great to snack on), Hemp (great for dips and spreads) and last but certainly not least, Maple & Cinnamon (great smeared with nut butter or crumbled on your oatmeal).

We are currently working on 3 new flavors: Zen, Ginger Snap, and Cheez (vegan of course) so check back regularly!

My review of the flax crackers and super sprinkles (made from the leftover crumbs of the flax crackers).

I received these flavors to try: Onion Garlic, Mexican Harvest and Italian Harvest. They are all very crunchy and have a light crisp taste. They are not like “bricks,” as I have tasted some flax crackers in the early days of them being produced by other companies and didn’t taste very good. My favorite one was the Italian flavor, as I like the herbs and spices used in them and it is mild tasting, yet flavorful. My next favorite was the Onion and Garlic and then finally the Mexican – it is a bit hot and spicy for me when I eat it by itself, but still it’s good.

I had samples of the Super Sprinkles in the same three varieties as the flax crackers. They are much easier to digest they eating the raw flax seeds out of the package. They can be used on green salads as croutons, on quinoa tabouli for an added crunch, in coleslaw, casseroles and even as a garnish for you gazpacho soup. I also like snacking on them right out of the bag and you can make a savory trail mix with dehydrated shredded shoestring vegetables and jungle peanuts.

Raw Flax Seed

From Foods Alive site: Foods Alive offers the cleanest and best tasting organic golden flax seed on the market. Flax contains high levels of dietary fiber including lignans, an abundance of micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax fibers are amongst the oldest fiber crops in the world. The use of flax for the production of linen goes back at least to ancient Egyptian times. To continue reading: http://www.foodsalive.com/Golden-Flax-Seed-Organic-14-oz-p/0050.htm?Click=827

My review of flax seeds: they are not digestible in their “raw” state like the crackers and sprinkles and need to be ground or soaked in order to use them. Then you can use them on you cooked oatmeal or other hot cereal, sprinkled on your salad, added to your dressing, sauce or made into a spread/butter.

Raw Chia Seed

From Foods Alive website: One ounce of Chia seed contains as much omega-3 as 8-ounces of salmon, as much calcium as a cup of milk, as much fiber as 1/3 cup of bran, as much iron as 1/3 cup of spinach leaves, as much vitamin C as 2 oranges, and as much potassium as half a banana….to read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Organic-Chia-Seeds-Raw-p/0025.htm?Click=827

My review: Most of us remember chia from the commercial years ago on TV for the Chia Pet. You water it and it grows chia sprouts all around the pet. Now chia has come back into popularity and the benefit, is that you can use it without grinding and is digestible. It is great for making puddings, sprinkled on salads oatmeal, quinoa added to smoothies and homemade jams to thicken them. It has great versatility and is a much better alternative for making jello then is the chemically filled gelatin sold in supermarkets.

Raw Hulled Hemp Seed
From Foods Alive website: Hulled hemp seeds provide all the nutritional benefits of whole seeds without the crunchy hull. They taste similar to that of a pine nut or sunflower seed and can be eaten as a snack or added to your favorite soups, sauces or dips.. Packed with Omega-3 & 6 EFA’s Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein, containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs. To read more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Hulled-Hemp-Seeds-Organic-8-oz-p/0038.htm?Click=827

My review: I have always liked hemp seeds and they are loaded with EFA’s and so versatile. You can grind up and make your own fresh nut butter and then you can take that and add water to make hemp milk. You can leave it whole and sprinkle on your salads, grain dishes, sprinkle as a garnish on your soup, or grind to make a spread, dip, sauce or dressing. They are soft, taste very creamy and are digestible without the need to grind them.

Raw Black Sesame Seed

From Foods Alive website: Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for mitigating premature gray hair, and to nourish and fortify the liver and kidneys. These nutrient-dense seeds are also said to help blurred vision, tinnitus, and dizziness. An extremely good source of calcium, fiber, protein, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and more. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Black-Sesame-Seed-Organic-14-oz-p/0049.htm?Click=827

My review: I remember using black sesame seeds when I studied macrobiotics, as they have medicinal properties in ancient medicine. We sometimes made gomashio (sesame salt – sesame seeds dry roasted with salt and then grinded in a mortar and pestle for a condiment) using the black instead of the brown sesame seeds. I like to grind and make a spread or dressing with them. They have a rich nutty flavor. Just like the brown seeds are used, these can be used to make nut butter/tahini. I have also added them to desserts. They are high in calcium that is a digestible form, as opposed to cow’s milk that the human body can not break down to use.

Raw Jungle Peanuts

From Foods Alive website: Jungle Peanuts are beautiful heirloom nuts, wild crafted by the Ashuar tribe of the Amazon. These amazing heirloom peanuts are quite likely the original ancestors to all the commercial nuts grown today. Beautiful to behold, they’re long and lean, with a deep chocolate-colored stripe. Aflatoxin Free! To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Jungle-Peanuts-Organic-8-oz-p/0026.htm?Click=827

My review: I first found these at my local health food store and had not eaten peanuts in a very long time, as I heard that they were not recommended because of their toxicity. These peanuts have a taste like nothing else. First you can eat the skins, they taste quite sweet and best of all don’t have the dreaded aflatoxin! I can snack on them all day! You can eat them right out of the bag, make a trail mix with them or grind into the healthiest fresh peanut butter. Most importantly, you are supporting an indigenous culture in the Amazon rainforest that harvest these heirloom peanuts and is working to gain legal title to their ancestral lands.

Raw Goji Berry

From Foods Alive website: Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order. They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, of oranges, plus 18 amino acids, and are jam packed with a combination of polysaccharides, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Goji-Berries-Organic-8-oz-p/0028.htm?Click=827

My review: I became familiar with goji berry when I started eating raw food. It is shaped like a raisin, but a bit less plump and a bit longer. It is different then most other dried fruit, because is a “superfood” and have the highest ORAC antioxidant value then any other food. They are very sweet and tasty. You can eat them straight from the bag, use to make a trail mix, soak and blend with other fruit for a smoothie, sweet sauce or dressing and you can also sprinkle it on your green salad. Ypu can also use to make desserts adding them to your cookies, muffins, etc. I usually snack on them out of the back for a quick “energy boost.”

Raw Cacao Nibs (Indonesian)

From Foods Alive website: The original chocolate chip…our truly raw cacao nibs from Bali, Indonesia are a treasure of vitamins and minerals, a delight for the senses and food for the mind. ‘Food of the Gods’, is the literal translation of the name given to everyone’s favorite food! Organic Raw Chocolate has never been so good! To read more: http://www.foodsalive.com/Cacao-Nibs-Indonesian-Organic-8-oz-p/0055.htm?Click=827

My review: Cacao came on the raw food scene with somewhat of an explosive affect. I tried some from other companies, but was not impressed. They tasted very dry and bitter. I stopped using it completely and then, unbeknownst to me, I was sent the cacao products from Foods Alive (as I did not request them for review). I felt that I ought to try them again to see what I think. These ccacao nibs did not taste bitter like those I previously ate and were actually tasty. I prefer to eat them as a trail mix with jungle peanuts and goji berries. You can grind them for truffles, too.

Raw Cacao Powder (Dominican)

From Foods Alive website: This cacao is grown on the small island of the Dominican Republic under a dense forest canopy basking in the shade of tropical fruit trees and Caribbean sun. ‘Food of the Gods’, is the literal translation of the name given to everyone’s favorite food! Organic Raw Chocolate has never been so good!
For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Cacao-Powder-Dominican-Organic-8-oz-p/0056.htm?Click=827

My review: When I opened this cacao powder, there was a sweet smell coming out of the bag, as if I was back in my childhood when I have Nestle Quik and made chocolate milk (although I don’t remember that it smelled as good, or if it did was probably because of the chemicals in the ingredients). It has such a warm aroma and I is probably because of how it is grown. This is a very versatile product packed with antioxidants. You can make “healthy” chocolate milk, smoothies, truffles, fudge, sauce, add to cookies and other desserts.

Raw Carob Powder

From Foods Alive website: Often used as an alternative to chocolate, Carob tree cultivation dates back to historic times. An evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean, it is part of the legume family. The tree produces an edible seeded fruit pod that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are said to have eaten raw for natural sweetness. For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Carob-Powder-Organic-8-oz-p/0045.htm?Click=827

My review: I have always been a “fan” of carob and carob powder since my childhood. We would sometimes get it in the pod and I would suck on it and soften the skin and eat it. Others think it is dry and tasteless. My Mom used to make grated apple with some carob on top to help with “bathroom” issues. I always liked it, even if it was a remedy. I have tasted other raw carob powders, but this one, first has a light blond color and also smells naturally sweet. If you are concernd about stimulants like caffeine and theobromine in chocolate, then this is a great alternative. I have used it to make truffles, added to a seed spread, used to make a sauce, smoothies and endless types of desserts.

Raw Maca Powder

From Foods Alive website: Maca is a superfood herb with an outstanding ability to increase energy, endurance and strength. To Andean Indians, organic maca is a highly valuable commodity. Maca is also a favorite of raw-foodists, vegetarians, adventurers, extreme athletes, dessert chefs and food alchemists. For more info: http://www.foodsalive.com/Maca-Powder-Organic-8-oz-p/0029.htm?Click=827

My review: This is one of my favorite superfoods. It comes from Peru and is an adaptogenic root that grows high up in the mountains. I can say it is “YUM!” It has such a nice naturally sweet taste and is strengthening to the body. I like to use this for my smoothies, desserts, nut milks and sweet sauces. I could probably put some on a spoon and eat it like that because it is so good!

This company offers so many great raw organic super foods to nourish and help you to achieve vibrant health. If you have not tried any as yet, now you have more information to do so. You can check out their website: http://www.foodsalive.com/?Click=827 to purchase direct or find which stores carry their products.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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