Why you need our Healthy Snacks

Our products are carefully selected to have:

 

No artificial flavour

No artificial colouring

No preservatives

No hydrogenated Oils

No trans fats

No high fructose corn syrup

 

So some of our food may not have the brightest colours, and the most delicate, satin texture, but that was not how nature intended it.

 

Eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks and troughs in the amount of glucose in your blood; symptoms that this is going on include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression and crying spells, digestive disturbances and blurred vision. Since the brain depends on an even supply of glucose it is no surprise to find that sugar has been implicated in aggressive behaviour, anxiety, and depression, and fatigue.

 

Lots of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates (meaning white bread, pasta, white rice and most processed foods,) is also linked with depression because these foods not only supply very little in the way of nutrients but they also use up the mood enhancing B vitamins; turning each teaspoon of sugar into energy needs B vitamins. Sugar also uses up other important nutrients.

 

The best way to keep your blood sugar level is to eat what is called a low Glycemic Load (GL) diet and avoid, as much as you can, refined sugar and refined foods, eating instead whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and regular meals.

 

 

 

Nuts - Live longer and healthier with nuts!

 

Almonds are very high in fibre which helps to decrease cholesterol levels.

 

Brazil nuts are actually large seeds with high nutritional value that grow in the tropical rain forests of South America. Even though they are called 'Brazil nuts', their largest producer and exporter is Bolivia and not Brazil. Brazil Nuts contain Selenium which is an essential trace element that has been shown to help protect against cancer, heart disease and premature aging.

 

Cashew Nuts are significant sources of iron (essential for red blood cell function and enzyme activity), magnesium (promotes energy release and bone growth), phosphorus (builds bones and teeth), zinc (essential to digestion and metabolism) and selenium (has important antioxidant properties, thus protecting the body from cancer). To reduce sodium and added fats in the diet, avoid salted, oil-roasted cashew nuts.

 

Hazelnuts are also one of the most nutritious nuts. Hazelnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, dietary fiber, magnesium, and heart healthy B vitamins. Recent research also shows that hazelnuts are one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants.

 

Macadamia Nuts nuts are small buttery-flavored nuts that are loaded with heart healthy mono-unsaturated fat which help to control cholesterol as well as therefore being an agent that prevents heart disease.

 

Nuts and Seeds 

 

Peanuts are not nuts but are legumes and belong to the same family as beans and peas. They have a low glycemic index, which means they are digested slowly and help to balanced blood sugar levels. Peanuts also contain resveratrol, the same phytochemical found in red wine thought to protect against heart disease.

 

Pecan nuts contain more antioxidants than any other nut, according to a recent report published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. (Antioxidants are substances found in foods that protect against cell damage and, studies have shown, can help fight diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, and cancer.) Just a handful of pecans contains vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber, as well as antioxidants. Because pecans are so rich in heart-healthy fat, it does not take too many to feel full.

 

Seeds

 

Cacao beans are the seed of a fruit that grows on the cacao tree. Cacao trees originated in the Amazon basin, and they will only grow in a very warm, moist, shady environment. Cacao beans were so highly valued by ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations, they were used as money. In their natural state, cacao beans are a super food. They contain many nutrients that are beneficial to our health in a variety of ways. Although eating raw cacao beans would provide you with the direct benefits of pure cacao, nutritionists agree that cacao found in dark chocolate is also beneficial.

 

Coffee Beans are a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. Studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods, and stop headaches -- not to mention reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson's diseases. Coffee beans contain disease-ravaging antioxidants, called quinines, which become more potent after roasting. Caffeine is another ingredient that offers health benefits. In the Parkinson's studies, evidence points to caffeine as the factor at work in retarding the disease. Caffeine also helps ease head pain, which is why it's widely used in headache medications.

 

Seeds and Fruit

 

Pumpkin seeds support the function of the immune system, assists prostate health and helps lower cholesterol levels. They are also a useful source of omega 3 fatty acids and zinc.

 

Sesame Seeds Did you know that half a cup of sesame seeds contains three times more calcium than half a cup of whole milk? In addition to being an excellent dietary source of calcium, sesame seeds are also a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamin), zinc, vitamin E, healthy protein, and fiber.

 

Sesame seeds also contain sesamin and sesamolin, two substances that are thought to prevent high blood pressure and protect the liver against oxidative damage.

 

Sunflower seeds Aside from being naturally rich in folate (perfect from pregnant women!) and antioxidant Vitamin E, sunflower seeds are also packed with mono- and poly-unsaturated fats which help keep the bad cholesterol away. It’s also high in selenium and copper, which, together with Vit. E, prevents cellular damage that may lead to cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. There have also been studies indicating that sunflower seeds are high in many phytochemicals– such as choline, lignan, phenolic acids, and betaine, as well as the amino acid arginine — which have a wide array of health benefits.

 

Fruit

 

Cherries have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.

 

Emerging evidence links cherries to anything from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

 

Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process. A recent study from the University of Michigan reveals new evidence that a cherry-enriched diet lowered total weight, body fat.