Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#Review - Manitoba Hemp Hearts

Deliciously nutty and crunchy, the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are a nutritious addition to many snacks and meals. They contain no-Gmo's and are an easy way to add omega's, protein and fibre into your diet. Specifically, Hemp Hearts contain a rare EFA called Gamma-Linolenic-Acid (aka GLA) which has been shown to help arthritis, hormone imbalance, migraines, menopause in women, healthy cholesterol levels

I was sent a package of Hemp Hearts to review by Manitoba Harvest. Incredible versatile, this product was added to cereal, yogurt and salad, all of which were delicious. I have even put some on top of toast with peanut butter and sliced banana's for an extra nutritional boost.

Like Almonds, Hemp Hearts are a little high on the fat content at a whopping 20 percent of the recommended daily value for 3 Tbsp (30 g) of Hemp hearts. Consider that this provides you with 10 grams of protein and 110 percent of the recommended daily intake of Manganese, 30 percent zinc and 70 percent magnesium to name a few; I consider Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to be a dietary staple.

Disclaimer: I received a bag of Manitoba Hemp Hearts for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are based upon my product experience. Your experience may differ. I received no additional compensation for this review.

Monday, October 24, 2011

#Review - Crofters Organic Premium Spreads

The lovely folks at Crofters Organic sent me 4 different spreads to review. Morello Cherry, Raspberry, Mango and one of their North American Super Fruit. Crofters Organic spreads are GMO free.

The flavor of the spreads is true to the fruit. They are delicious and contain very wholesome ingredients. For example the Morello Cherry Spread contains:

Organic Morello Cherries, Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar, Natural Apple Pectin, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) and Citric Acid.

Simple and flavorful.

I had company at the time and the most common statement between all of us who tried the various spreads were how earthy and natural everything tasted. It was fresh and the chunks of fruit were a pleasant and well received surprise. The Mango fruit spread was my favorite even though all of them were delicious.

I really like the super fruit, in taste and concept. I think making a spread out of the super fruits and berries found in specific regions and naming them with appropriate names to suit their regions is a wonderful way to taste the corners of the earth.

While I was on the companies website I noticed that they had a page of recipes posted online. You could make full meals by slow cooking the meat and spreads. This was a very interesting idea. I cooked some pork in the Morello Cherry Premium spread with onions and then made a gravy out of it afterwards. I really didn't know what to expect. Not only was the idea of cooking a main course with a fruit spread a little strange to me, I opted to create my own recipe as well. I spooned some over some Rice of the Prairies and was quite surprised with how good it tasted. Not only are the spreads delicious but my experience with Crofters Organic in general has been very pleasant.

Disclaimer: I received a few jars of Crofters for the purpose of this review. I received no additional compensation. All opinions are my own and are based upon my personal product experience. Your experience may differ.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

#Review - Taste of Nature Bars

Taste of Nature has a large selection of bars in all sorts of exotic flavors. Nova Scotia Blueberry Fields, Canadian Maple Forest, Persian Pomegranate Garden, Caribbean Ginger Island to name a few of the deliciously organic wonders. Made without fillers and nasty chemicals, Taste of Nature contains no GMO's or anything artificial. They are certified kosher, certified vegan and gluten free.

My first impression upon trying these bars was the quality of the ingredients. You can taste the purity of the product. They are remarkably nutritious. One of these bars could easily be a light breakfast and provide nutrients and energy to get you through a large part of the day. To top it off the nuts in these bars can help curb hunger cravings! My oldest son couldn't resist helping himself to one of these tasty treats. He enjoyed it and asked if we could pick up some more.

The Canadian Maple Forest bar contains:
organic pecans, organic apricots, organic brazil nuts, organic honey, organic brown rice syrup, organic raisins, organic whole brown rice crisps, organic agave nectar, organic maple syrup, organic maple flavour, organic vanilla flavour and sea salt.

Disclaimer: I received various Taste of Nature Bars to sample for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are based upon my own personal experience. Your experience may differ. I received no additional compensation for this review.

Friday, October 14, 2011

#Review - Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal

Holy Crap is a Canadian made cereal with all natural ingredients. It is gluten free, lactose free, vegan and free of GMO's. It is high in important things like dietary fibre, iron and a great source of omega 3 & 6 and calcium and protein.

The ingredients are highly nutritious and the cereal is a little on the pricey side. However, because you are only using 2 TBS or the cereal mix with with your choice of milk (almond, soy, hemp....etc) the cereal does last quite a bit longer than you think it would. Since many of these ingredients expand slightly, they leave you feeling much more satisfied then you could ever imagine. The cereal softens after sitting in the milk for 3-4 minutes and does not taste gritty as one might expect being contrived of seeds. Oh yea, and your energy pretty much doubles! Seriously, I felt more energetic and lively after a serving of Holy Crap then I have in a long time. The nutritional value found within the chia seeds alone makes Holy Crap a dietary staple.

Holy crap contains:
organic chia, organic hulled hemp hearts, organic buckwheat, organic cranberries, organic raisins, organic apple bits, organic cinnamon. 

Holy crap tastes delicious in any kind of milk and on yogurt with fruit. It contains 6 grams of protein per serving which is a great source of protein for our vegan friends.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

#Review - The Ginger People, Organic Ginger Syrup

The Ginger People were kind enough to send me a bottle of Organic Ginger Syrup to review. The syrup comes in an 8 oz/237 ml glass bottle. The product branding is adorable. It is a animated piece of ginger root sitting on top of a stack of pancakes and syrup. The product arrives with a recipe for a ginger martini which sounds absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I was missing a few ingredients and I just didn't want to compromise the taste.

I am a ginger lover. At home, I often drink cups of freshly infused ginger root for the health benefits and the spicy lemon-like flavor. Ginger is a known immune booster. It fights pain, combats nausea and helps increase digestive movement. Ginger helps to break down food which can aid your metabolic function. Did you know that ginger was called "the Great Medicine" by ancient Indian vaids as it removes toxins and restores balance to the body.

As soon as the bottle arrived my husband immediately opened up the bottle put some in his coffee as a sweetener and wandered off about his day. Later on he passed by and informed that the syrup tastes terrific in the coffee but he might have overdone it a little bit. He wasted absolutely no time, it was quite amusing to witness. His silent excitement echoed through his actions.

What I really enjoy about this product is that there are only 2 ingredients and that is Organic Cane Sugar and Organic Ginger. This makes me really happy. I have been making ginger teas with this and it is absolutely delicious on ice cream. It is so versatile that you can use it as a sauce for waffles, chicken, ribs. The list is endless.

If you would like to purchase a bottle of Organic Ginger Syrup it is can be purchased here and shipped anywhere within Canada and the United States.

Disclaimer: I received a bottle of Organic Ginger Syrup for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are based upon my product experience.

Monday, October 3, 2011 - Creating Sustainable Communities

Imagine wearing a bracelet hand rolled out of recycled paper. What if I told you that many of the women who crafted these bracelets were Ugandan mothers with HIV  or war refugees, all of which are suffering from extreme poverty? What if I told you that buy purchasing a bracelet you are helping these women (and some men) help themselves.

The goal of the BeadforLife program is simply to have their members become independent and self-sustaining. All net profits earned through BeadforLife sales are invested into holistic programs designed to eradicate poverty. These beads are made as part of the income generation program. One of the various programs that BeadforLife offers is a membership program in which beaders are trained to roll beads and make jewelry which is then bought from each beader twice a month at fair trade prices.

What can you do to help?

Among the many programs that BeadforLife offers one of the more interesting is the option to host a Bead Party. This can be done in your Home, Office or Community... heck, this can be done on Twitter. The bead parties are given by volunteer hosts in an effort to raise awareness about poverty. It is a great time to see the beads and share all of the amazing inspiring stories of the beaders. Not really much of a host/hostess? Read on...

Beadforlife's income generation program is not limited to rolling beads. 450 women and their families in rural Northern Uganda are rebuilding their lives by collecting shea nuts. A living example of this would be Akite Grace, a 37 year old woman. She cares for 9 children, has never set foot inside a school and was "inherited" by her brother in law after the death of her first husband. She and her 7 and 8 year old daughters were nearly abducted by rebels, but after realizing she had an injured leg and could not walk easily, they took Grace's 11 year old niece instead. She has not been seen since.

When BeadforLife first met Grace she was struggling to support her family, she has now located her children to a remote bit of land where they are trying their best to farm local crops. With the markets that BeadforLife is creating Grace will have an income to buy a bull to plow the land so she can grow more food and pay school fees so that all of her children can go to school!

To support this cause and help women like Akite Grace, please purchase something for the BeadforLifeStore!