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MUM’S ORIGINAL SUPERFOODS

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I recently came across a product line called Mum’s Original that I feel deserves a whole blog post, not just a Facebook or Twitter mention!  And you know, when I devote a whole post to something, it HAS to be great.  What makes Mum’s Original so terrific is their product line of superfoods (nutrient-rich foods) that are organic, non-GMO, Kosher , delicious, reasonably priced and, of course, great for your health! 

[SPECIAL OFFER:  you guys get a special 15% discount for any online orders plus FREE SHIPPING.  Just order your products via the Mum’s website and key in the discount code “REALDEAL” upon checkout.  How awesome is that?  I know, I know, I’m the best blushing ]

As a side note, the company’s owner, Ann Barnes, is herself a mother of two children, so  she is just as concerned about her kids’ futures and providing healthy foods grown in an ethical manner as you and I are.

Listed below are some of my favorite Mum’s original products (although truth be told I love them all), with a little info explaining why they are good for you and how you can start incorporating them into your daily diet:

Hemp hearts – a rich source of complete and vegan protein, Omega 3 and 6 (including the anti-inflammatory GLA), minerals and anti-oxidants.  Mum’s also has different varieties of Hemp hearts, each offering their own unique taste and health benefits.  I use hemp hearts on yogurt, in smoothies, as a replacement for bread crumbs, and in salads.

Premium white chia seeds – one of the richest plant based sources of Omega 3, chia seeds have a better nutritional profile than flax seeds and I tend to use them a lot more often for this reason.   The high anti-oxidants help build the immune system and ward off infection and illness. They are also a rich source of insoluble fiber as well as great to use as an egg replacer in baking (1 Tablespoon ground chia seeds + 3 Tablespoons water = 1 egg).

Goji berries – Heart healthy and a natural anti-carcinogen, this sweet and chewy fruit is full of healthy fats, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.  But these aren’t just any goji berries, these are seriously the best tasting goji berries I have tried! I use them in cereal, on yogurt and in my own energy-boosting Trail Mix combining goji berries, coconut cacao nibs (see below), organic shredded coconut and almonds.

Raw cacao powder – Not the same as commercial cocoa powder (are you still using that stuff? Stop! It doesn’t have nearly the same health benefits.) Scoring an amazing 92,000 on the ORAC scale – a method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements (to put this in perspective, Dutch cocoa powder scores about 40,000) –  Mum’s organic is the only cacao powder you should be using for baking.  Seriously.

Coconut cacao nibs – I’ve been eating raw cacao nibs for a while now, purely for it’s antioxidant value and high fiber, but these blow them away.  To be honest, plain raw cacao nibs are pretty bitter and I don’t really love the taste.  Mum’s original took care of that problem, by coating their cacao nibs in a some coconut sugar, a low-glycemic natural sweetener, and it tastes amazing!  Plus, one serving has 9 grams of fiber…..so basically you can have one delicious serving of this…….or a bowl of that disgusting Fiber One cereal with it’s high gluten, irritating whole wheat fiber and preservatives. sick

Organic unpolished heirloom quinoa – what makes this quinoa different is that it is hand washed to remove the natural sour exterior: this keeps the germ intact and increases fiber by more than 50%. So, if you are already eating quinoa, a high protein, gluten-free delicious alternative to rice, pasta or other side dish, why not try this version instead?  And if you have never tried quinoa, this brand is definitely the one to use.

Himalayan rock salt – Untouched for millions of years, this crystal pink salt holds a huge array of minerals and elements that are needed for optimum health. Unprocessed natural salt is essential to the human body for the normal functioning of our metabolism, absorption of water and electrical communication between the cells.  It is so much better for you (not to mention tastier) than common table salt, and can be used wherever you would normally use salt.

Finely milled banana powder –  This delicious powder contains an abundance of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, good-for-you fats, and many trace minerals.  It can be added to smoothies, used as a dessert topper, and even to replace 10-20% of the sugar called for in a recipe.

At 15% off and free shipping, why not give these amazing products a try, and comment below if you love them as much as I do!

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THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTE

Matcha green tea is, in a word, amazing.  It is a powerful detoxifier, has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – twenty times more than pomegranites or blueberries – and amino acids.  Consider this: in order to match the potency of matcha, you would need to drink about 10 cups of regular brewed green tea.  surprise

Matcha also gives you energy throughout the day, but not the kind of jittery buzz you get from coffee – as an ex-coffee junkie, you’ll have to trust me on this one.  Although matcha does have some caffeine, researchers found that it is actually the combination of matcha’s natural properties that cause this boost of energy. This also helps improve physical endurance, so it’s great as a pre-workout drink.  Matcha boosts metabolism and helps burn body fat without raising your blood pressure or heart rate.  It contains L-theanine which is a de-stressor as well.  How awesome is that?

Here’s the thing, though.  To really enjoy matcha tea, you have to make it right.  When I first bought a cannister of Organic Matcha Powder, I put some of it in my cup of hot water and proceeded to mix it with a spoon.  Big mistake! I ended up with clumps of green powder in my hot water.  Next I tried a fork, which didn’t work too well either.

What you need to make a proper cup of matcha tea is a bamboo whisk and a bowl:

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If this seems silly, I assure you, after drinking one too many gritty cups of matcha green tea, it is a necessity! Simply whisk one teaspoon of the powder in the bowl with a little hot water until it is frothy.  Then pour it in a cup, add hot water, a teaspoon of coconut syrup, coconut sugar or organic maple syrup, and for a truly delicious experience, top with frothed almond milk.

I like this milk frother:

weight, Rebecca Lazar - THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTENespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother

Now, if only I can figure out how to make a pretty design with my milk like this picture……sadly, I’m not that talented. sad

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I’d love to hear about your experience with matcha tea in the comments below!

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