Just recently it was healthy eating week, and as I had just come back from a week of yoga and meditation in France I was keen to carry on with the healthy eating I had been doing over there. I put a call out online for some products that people thought I should try out.
The first of these is a product that a friend introduced me to: Superfood Powder. Think massive hit of energy, without a load of artificial gubbins. I must admit, it’s a taste that takes some getting used to if you just mix it with water, but in something like orange juice its fab. Filled with pea protein, flaxseed powder, Spirulina, Tumeric, Wheatgrass, Maca, Blueberry, Chlorella, Goji Berries & Ashwagandha powder, it delivers a whole host of superfoods that have been proved to improve your health.
The high vitamin and mineral content found in superfoods can help your body ward off diseases and keep you healthier. When incorporated into a well-balanced diet, these foods can promote heart health, weight loss, improve energy levels and even reduce the effects of aging.
I am definitely feeling perkier since I start putting a couple of teaspoons of this into my morning smoothie.
Amazon from £17.99
Next up is Decadent Decaf. Great tasting decaf coffee, with a difference. The entire brand is defac, it is all they do. Quite often it feels like a brand’s decaf is the poor relation of their main products and in some way inferior, well not with these guys. They do four single origins: Costa Rica, Indonesia, Colombia and Ethiopa, and an espresso blend. All of them made using the Swiss water method. According to the company’s website:
most decaffeination processes employ chemical solvents such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to strip caffeine molecules from the green coffee bean.
The SWISS WATER® Process is environmentally friendly, chemical-free, 99.9% caffeine-free, whilst having great taste.
At Swiss Water, they use water from the coast mountains of British Columbia to gently remove the caffeine until the coffee beans are 99.9% caffeine-free, while maintaining the bean’s distinctive origin and flavour characteristics.
It is all very well drinking decaf and praising yourself for the health benefits but if it has been made using chemicals can you really claim it’s the healthier option? Looking for decaf with the Swiss Water logo on it ensures that your coffee is chemical, as well as caffeine free.
We loved the taste of this coffee, Mr B drinks his black so is quite particular about the coffee not being at all bitter. I only have the occasional cappucino so I enjoyed it knowing I wouldn’t then be awake until 2am!
Amazon or Ocado from around £6.30 a pack
And finally we have this little jar. Called Aivar it is made be a company in Macedonia called Pelagonia, no meze is complete without it! Traditionally it was made with peppers and aubergine “to preserve the taste of summer” and I can see why!
This is made from chargrilled red peppers and can be used in a whole host of different ways. You can either add it to recipes (or put a couple of spoons on top of a pizza) or simply eat it with some flat bread, or cheese. In fact we regularly have cheese on toast for lunch so next time we do I am going to put a dollop of this on top. I’ll be sure to share pics
Available from Sainsburys, Waitrose and Ocado