I know I sure do! For me, the pinnacle of late-night snacking is a fresh, good quality jam spread on homemade grain toast. Simple, crunchy, and sweet. Mmmm.
And really, what can bring you back to those happy childhood memories faster than a classic PB&J sandwich?
Sadly, all too often those store-bought jams can be a stew-pot of all things bad for you. Just take a look at the ingredient list of any of the major name brand jams and you’ll see ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a host of nearly-unpronounceable chemical additives and preservatives.
Not to mention that the sugar content is so high it usually burns your mouth and leaves you wondering what flavor exactly the jam is supposed to be.
That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to do a review for Maya’s Jams, a small, 100% family-owned company from New York’s Hudson Valley. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, this family trio consisting of Maya, her mother, and her grandmother, create delicious jams of healthy goodness from their organic orchard as well as other locally-sourced fruits. Continue reading →
Raw and organic lovers, here is a great way to add a little chocolatey-goodness to your life!
We’ve all heard of the potential health benefits of dark chocolate- especially cocoa powder. The list is long, and quite impressive, including decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits. This is largely due to polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa that have the potential to prevent heart disease. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and coffee.
Unfortunately, not all cocoa is created equal. Some are more processed, leading to lesser health benefits, while others contain fillers or other unwanted ingredients. Freedom Super Foods is one company that is devoted to creating the highest-quality pure raw cacao powder available. Continue reading →
When I heard that the folks over at Tiger Nuts USA wanted me to review their product, I was really excited. First of all, I had never heard of tiger nuts before and was curious to see what they were like. And secondly, they sounded like a pretty healthy and vegan-friendly snack – something I’m always on the lookout for.