Beyond Berries- Part 2

Lets take a look at super fruit that has some great benefits for your body but are not as well know as the berries that we previously discussed. This information can be very helpful when it comes to getting a better look at your body.  Including different berries in your diet will allow you to have a more varied and rounded diet, which is better for your overall health.  If you rotate between different types of berries it allows your body to gain a wider variety of nutrients that it normally may not be receiving.

Juniper Berries

These berries tend be found in Europe.  While these berries have been used for many different things including as a contraceptive for females or to increase energy levels, historically their main use was with the treatment of diseases.  Juniper berries have an antiseptic effect and are currently used in the treatment of urinary tract infections.  They are also used to treat joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis and nerve/ muscle disorders.  However, this berry should be consumed in moderation as it can be very toxic if consumed in excess.  Juniper berries also tend to be used as a spice for flavouring dishes, with some people reporting that they have a similar taste to pepper.  These berries can be used in cooking, teas, smoothies or other drinks.

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Barberries

Barberries are native to Persia, and have been used for many years to help with digestion and to help reduce gastrointestinal pain.  Today barberries are still used for these purposes but have also been found to be great for the liver.  These berries also contain high levels of Vitamin C.  Barberries have a very unique and complex taste as they tend to be slightly sweet and tangy yet tart.  These berries are excellent in trail mixes, smoothies, teas or added to recipes where a slightly tart taste is desired.

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Aronia Berry Powder

These native European berries have historically been used to treat urinary tract infections and inflammation.  This berry is very high in antioxidants with ORAC scores in excess of 7300 mm per gram, one of the highest values of all red and black berries.  Aronia berries tend to have a very tart flavour.  This berry powder is a great additive to smoothies, teas, salad dressings, and other recipes.

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Note, before adding these berries to your diet, we recommend consulting with your health care provider to ensure that these berries are suitable for you.

Check back next week for more super fruit berries.

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Beyond Berries – Part 1

Are you looking to add a new flavour to your diet? You might want try some of these super fruits.  These berries are not only great in flavour they also contain essential nutrients that are beneficial for your body.

Incan Berries (Golden Berries)

This unique exotic super fruit is grown in South America.  It was traditionally used to help in the treatment of disease, to reduce inflammation and to increase energy levels.  This berry was original consumed as a fresh fruit or one that had been sundried.  Incan berries are an excellent source of fiber, as they contain more fiber per 100 grams than any other fruit available.  This fruit also contains high amounts of vitamin P (bioflavonoids).  Today, these berries are being used to help decrease inflammation, to increase energy levels, and to increase your fiber intake.  Incan berries have a sweet/sour yet tangy taste, making them a great addition to many bake goods and snack foods.  Inca berries are great in fruit cakes, breads, trail mixes or even straight out of the package.  These berries tend to look like a big golden raisin but they are a bit darker in colour.

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This Chinese berry is now a North American sensation.  Goji berries were traditionally used in Chinese medicine to help with kidney and liver functions, lower back pain, and dizziness. The other main use of Goji berries in the past was to promote longevity and youth.  Goji berries today are used to help longevity, inflammation and to help the immune system operate more effectively, as they contain high levels of antioxidants.  Goji berries contain all 18 essential amino acids, and they have the highest amount of protein that can be found in any fruit.  Goji berries have  minerals and vitamins that are essential for your body, such as iron, zinc, vitamin C and many other trace minerals.  Goji berries have a slightly sweet, reminding one of a cross between dried cranberry and raisin, but more subtle in flavour. Goji berries are excellent in trail mixes, added to meals, and in smoothies or snacks.  The suggested serving size is 28 grams per day.  Eating a lot of Goji berries in one day can be toxic to your body and can increase your blood sugar levels to unsafe levels, so keep them in check.  Most Goji berries are very hard when you get them dried, as they have been dried in the sun and cured there to preserve the nutrients.  The Heaven Mountain Goji berries are very moist and tend to have more moisture than other dried Goji berries due to special processing/packaging.

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Maqui Berries

This super fruit has been traditionally used to help reduce inflammation, and to help to support a healthy heart.  These berries tend to be grown in Chile.  Today, these berries are used to help increase energy levels, stamina and increase ones strength.  These berries have high levels of antioxidants.  The flavour of Maqui berries tends to be slightly tart or a bit on the bitter side, which can be great when added to a smoothie.  These berries can be mixed in smoothies, trail mixes or just eaten right out of the package. They have a very strong dark pigment that will even overcolour spirulina or chlorella in a smoothie (it will change from a green colour to purple because of the strong pigment).

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What berry do you find the most effective for you and why?

Interested in learning about other super fruit berries then stay tuned and check out the blogs over the next few weeks as we take a look at other berries!

Battle of the Greens

In today’s society people are not consuming enough greens regardless of their diet.  All diets have deficiencies and with all the radiation and chemicals in the air, and depleted soil, nutrient levels in foods have decreased. Most of the greens that we offer can be added into smoothies, crackers, and even desserts if you are looking to be festive or add some green colour to your food.

Sun Is Shining

This blend of greens is an excellent source of vital nutrients that you may be missing in your  daily diet.  This whole-food supplement contains many different sea and land vegetables, as well as probiotics, and helps to strengthen your immune system.  Sun is Shining is one of the most powerful probiotic (friendly flora) products ever created. It contains over 40 probiotics. Sun is Shining has a slightly green taste.  It is great in smoothies or mixed in water or a juice.  You can also mix into any meal.  Wanting a natural food colouring for your baked goods?  This is an excellent additive for that green colour.  The suggested serving size is 2 tsp. per day.

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Spirulina

Spirulina is 65% complete protein, making it the world’s highest known source. Some people find that it has a minor fishy taste but when mixed in smoothies or with a juice most people do not notice any taste.  Spirulina can also be mixed in with your meals and may give your food a green colour.  The suggested serving size is 2 tbsp. per day.

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Pure Synergy Superfood

This superfood is a blend of more then 60 different organic ingredients including both land and sea fruits and vegetables. Pure Synergy effectively bridges the many nutritional gaps we all experience to provide enhanced vitality, mental clarity, and that renewed sense of being truly alive and whole again. It is great to use in your smoothies or mixed with juice or even with water.  Some people find that it has a slight “green” taste but most find that it is fairly neutral in flavour.  The suggested serving size is 1 heaping tbsp. per day.

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Vitamineral Green

This superfood is great for the immune system, longevity, the liver and kidneys and has many other great benefits for you.  It contains a full spectrum of naturally occurring, absorbable and non-toxic vitamins, minerals, all the essential amino acids (protein), antioxidants, chlorophyll, soluble and insoluble fibers, tens of thousands of phytonutrients, and a plethora of other synergistically bound, organic nutrients.   It is great mixed in water, your smoothies or with a juice and has a slightly green taste.  The average serving size is 1 – 6 tbsp. per day.

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Greener Grasses

Greener grasses provides healthy alkaline elements and a large amount of 100% whole food nutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace minerals including those that are naturally colloidal and better, chlorophyll, fiber, phytonutrients, and more) This blend tends to have a malty taste instead of the sweet taste that one would expect it to have.  It is great when added to a carrot or citrus juice.  The suggested serving size is 2+ heaping tbsp. per day.

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Oceans Alive-Marine Phytoplankton

This natural live super-nutrient can increase your residual energy when it is ingested on a daily basis.  The Marine Phytoplankton has an abundant amount of vitamins and minerals that are in their natural form.  This liquid supplement is best when consumed in water and the suggested serving amount is 15 drops per day.  It has a very neutral flavour.

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Chlorella

This single-celled green algae is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and protein and is a great supplement to your diet.  Chlorella is the highest know source of Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is effective in detoxifying the liver and bloodstream, cleansing the bowel and feeding the friendly bowel flora. This neutral flavoured supplement has an number of benefits to your overall health.  The suggested daily amount is 1 – 2 tsp. per day.

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Sun Warrior Activated Barley

This pre-spouted barley powder is a great additive to your smoothies, rice milk or any beverage as it has a very neutral taste.  The Activated Barley is great to increase energy levels as well as stabilizing blood sugar levels. It is a excellent supplement to take if you are working out to give you that extra pump that is needed. The suggested serving is 1 tbsp. per day.

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Sun Warrior Ormus SuperGreens

This blend of greens is high in protein and vitamins.  The soil that the Ormus Greens are grown is mineral-rich volcanic soil, that is rich with platinum, gold, silver, and ormus trace minerals that give the greens a magnetic property. It is great when added to fruit smoothies as it has a slightly sweet, minty taste.  The suggested serving is 1 – 2 tsp. per day.

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Super Green Medley

The Super Green Medley has an all-natural energy boost and can be included in a cleansing and detoxifying regimen. This blend of greens has a very neutral taste and is great mixed in water, smoothies or with your favourite juice. The suggested serving size is 8 grams per day.

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Now the question comes, which one is the best?

Well that question can not be answered with a simple answer as our recommendation would be to rotate through different greens to make sure that your body is getting a variety of different nutrients at different dosages.

All of the suggested dosages listed above are those suggested by the manufacturer.  You should consult a registered health care practitioner before adding any new supplement to your diet.

Green Supplement Ingredients Serving Size What to use in
Sun is Shining Barley grass, wheat Grass, nettle leaf, horsetail, alfala, dandelion leaf, oat grass juice, barley grass juice, burdock rood, broccoli juice, spriulina, kelp, dulse etc. 2 tsp. per day Mix in water, smoothies, vegetable and friut juices or mix in meals
Spirulina Spirulina 2 tbsp. per day Mix in water, smoothies, vegetable and friut juices or mix in meals
Pure Synergy Superfood Spirulina, Chlorella, dunaliella, kelp, wheat, grass, barley grass, spinach leaf, kale, bladerwack, dulse, laver, ect. 1 heaping tbsp. per day Mix with water or juice
Vitamineral green Nettle leaf, carob powder, horsetail, tulsi, ginger root, barley grass, moringa leaf, yacon leaf, parsley leaf, spirulina, chlorella, Kelp, Lavar, Dulse, bladerwack ect. 1 – 6 tbsp. depending on person Mix in water, smoothies, fruit or vegetable juices,
Greener Grasses Barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa juice, dandelion juice, and oat juice. 2 heaping tbsp. per day Mixed into any liquid or food
Oceans Alive- Marine Phytoplanton Marine Phytoplanton 15 drops per day Mixed in water
Chlorella Chlorella powder 1-2 tsp. per day Serve in snacks, water or juice
Sun Warrior Activated Barley Pre-sprouted barley powder 1 tbsp. per day Mix in water, rice milk or any beverage
Sun Warrior Ormus Greens Alfalafa, braley grass, whaet grass, spinach, oat grass, parsley, and yacca, pepermint and stevia 1-2 tsp. mixed into water Mix in water
Super Green Medley Spirulina, Chlorella, wheat grass, barley grass 8 grams/day Mix with water, juice or in smoothies

Coconut to a new level

Tired of the same flavours? Are you wanting to experiment with different products?  Have you tried the different coconut products that we have?  Coconut Secrets offers a variety of products that will increase the flavour intensity of everyday meals.

These products are made from the sap that a coconut tree produces, much like how a maple tree is tapped to produce maple syrup.  Unlike the process that is used to create maple syrup, the sap from the coconut trees is not boiled at high temperatures, this allows them to stay in a raw form.    The sap is naturally sweet and very rich in nutrients, is low glycemic, contains 17 different amino acids, has a wide range of vitamin B’s, and other minerals.   Unlike other coconut nectars and aminos on the market, all of the Coconut Secrets products are 100% raw, 100% organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and GMO-free.

Coconut Nectar

Looking for something different to put on your pancakes or as a sweetener in teas? Then you might want to try Coconut Nectar.  This product can be a replacement in any recipe that calls for a liquid sweetener.  Coconut Secrets Coconut Nectar has many different uses; it can be used as syrup or sweetener, in things like smoothies, teas, a topping on your favourite cereal or an additive to that family favourite dessert recipe. The Nectar has the consistency of molasses, but has a lighter sweeter taste.  It may remind you of products that have a maple or caramel flavours, yet in its own way it is lighter and has more complex flavouring

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Coconut Aminos

Wanting to try something different when cooking dinner?  This sweet and salty “soy sauce” like product is amazing to add to meals.  It is excellent in sautes, as a marinade for your favourite teriyaki dish.  Use it anywhere you would use tamari or soy sauce.   When cooking with it though be careful until you are familiar with the product as it has a low boiling point.  This product has a natural fermentation process which helps aids with digestion and tastes close to soy sauce but it not as salty.   The product is made by fermenting the coconut nectar and adding some salt and water to it.   Simple and tasty.

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Coconut Vinegar

Tired of using Apple Cider Vinegar?  It might be time to try coconut vinegar, as it has the same alkalizing effect to the body. This naturally fermented product is great in dressings, marinades, sauces and can also help produce HCL (hydrochloric acid) to aid in digestion.  This product is not as harsh in taste as apple cider vinegar, it is light and has a faint sweetness taste to it.

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Coconut Crystals

Wanting to add a new element of flavour to your baking?  Coconut Crystals, which is just another name for coconut sugar, is a great substitute to regular sugar products.  It is produced at a very low temperature to allow the moisture to evaporate and the sugars to crystallize.  This is one of the only coconut sugars on the market that is truly raw and not boiled.  This product can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar, over cereal, in teas, or even just as a snack as it can be very addictive 🙂  (although we don’t recommend eating sweeteners out of tin).  Coconut crystals may remind you of maple sugar.

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Coconut Flour

This raw coconut flour comes from the actual coconut and has very low carbohydrates, and is low in calories and fats.  Coconut flour contains 40% dietary fiber and can help balance your blood sugar level.  It is great to use when thickening gravy, as a supplement in smoothies, and when baking.  Be careful when baking though, as it absorbs a lot of moisture your recipes will have to be adjusted to allow for this factor.  This gluten free flour is a great option for people who have gluten allergies or those just looking for a gluten free flour.

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What have you made with these products? Any great recipes out there that are a must try?  We would love to hear about them.