Reader Request: Ingredient Stockists

by Jemma on June 28, 2012

in Points of interest

A lovely reader emailed the other day asking where I bought some of the more bizarre and non-everyday ingredients that I use quite regularly and post about on the blog.

I thought I would share some of the products with you in a blog post as well as where I buy them from and how I like to use them.

Acai Berry Juice

The acai berry are derived from palm fruit from Brazil and believe it or not these tiny berries contain the most nutritional value of any fruit. They are a natural source of anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and multiple vitamins and minerals.   This particular variety of acai juice also contains red grape juice which is also known to various health benefits due to their dark skin.

I purchase the Optima Healthcare – Acai Juice from Holland and Barrett.   For me it is great mixed in berry smoothies and ocassionally drink it straight up.  I originally bought this when I was doing a bit of a detox after Christmas and really liked it.

Maca Powder

Maca powder is made from the root of the tubular maca plant which lives 40000 metres above sea level in Peru.   For centuries the Pervuvians have used the maca root for medicinal purposes due to it’s high nutritional content.  It is an amazing source of magnesium, calcium and iron as well as lots of B vitamins like and vitamin C which all have wonderful benefits for the body.

I like to use maca powder in my green smoothies, sprinkled on cereal or in my oats and on top of chopped apples with cinnamon.  The nutritional benefits of maca powder are now widely acknowledge and as a result it is now readily available from many different brands from Holland and Barrett, Goodness Directand independent health food stores.

Unusual seed and nut butters

Cacao Brazilnut Bliss available from some online stores such as Raw Health, Planet Organic, Red 23and it is also available from Wholefoods.

Apricot Kernel Butter, which I bought on a whim whilst in Wholefoods a little while back just to try out.  It is also available from Carley’s of Cornwall and Planet Organic some independent health stores may also stock it.

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Sunbutter is the most amazing sunflower seed spread.  I used to buy the Monki sunfoweer seed butter from my local independent health food store and loved it, but when I got Sunbutter in the States I was hooked.  It’s far more richer and creamier than any other sunflower seed butter I have tried.  I have run out completely now, but was so happy when I saw that iHerbnow stock it.

Spiru-tien Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl

Now this I was desperate to try after seeing it on Laura’s blog. This really needs no explanation as to how delicious it is- chocolate and peanut butter together, hell yes!

I like to use this in my Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie and to make Protein Ice Cream.  It is also be used as a baking ingredient too, check out my Vegan Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies recipe.

You can pick this up and a range of other Spiru-tein protein powders from Wholefoods, iHerb, Nirvana Health Food and the Nutri Centre.   Check out your local health food shop too as I have seen it in a few in other towns.

Kelp Noodles

These things seem really weird at first, but they are seriously delicious. They are made from seaweed, very low in calories and contain virtually no starch.  It’s best to soak them in some water before eating as it’s like chewing on elastic bands otherwise.  I love to use them with my stir fries or by themselves in a creamy peanut butter sauce.

They are available from iHerb and Vivapure.

Gram flour

I use gram four a lot, primarily to make socca pizzas and socca wraps and pancakes.  Got to love socca!

Gram flour is available in Holland and Barrett and practically every supermarket.

This list really could go on and on so I think I will stop for now, but I will do another post like this with other products later on.  I hope you found this post useful.

Have you used any of the products in this post? How do you like to use them?

*All original sources are hyperlinked to the pictures accordingly

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Lauren (@poweredbypb) June 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Love a lot of these products. I just had to restock my gram flour this week, as I’m going through it like I don’t know what! I haven’t tried the kelp noodles but they sound interesting as does the apricot kernel butter. I love maca, always make sure to put a bit in my smoothies!

sprint2thetable June 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I’ve used a tone of these! Have you really noticed a difference with maca? I tried it and didn’t think it made a difference… but maybe I wasn’t perceptive enough? :)

I LOVE kelp noodles. You can find them at Rainbow foods in ATL.

runningcupcake June 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I love the range of Carley’s seed and nut butters, and my local health food shop stocks them, which is fab as they were hard to get hold of before.

Jess June 28, 2012 at 6:53 PM

‘like chewing on elastic bands’ – what a perfect description for those noodles. I never bothered to soak them, and that’s exactly what the sensation of eating them was like. I couldn’t understand why people liked them so much, but now I realise I should have soaked them. Doh.

Apart from Spiru-Tein, which tastes too artificial for me and wrecks my stomach, and acai berry juice, I love all of the products in this post. I’m weird in that I’m a bit wary of iHerb (can’t wait for Laura’s post on it), which is a good job or I’d be scurrying off for the Sunbutter despite it not being Kaleo-friendly!

xxx

Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle) June 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I think these kind of posts are so good, I did my unusual ingredients and where to find them posts a couple of years ago now and I see refer readers back to them. I haven’t had acai berry juice in too long!

IHeartVegetables June 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Hahaha I cannot STAND unsalted nut butter! It doesn’t taste good to me at all!!!

I actually bought chia seeds for my coworker because she wanted some but wasn’t sure where to get them! and I just love the grocery store :)

Ffion @ Chocolate and Rapsberiies June 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Never tries acai berry juice, I’m intrigued! I think I have some macca powder in the bak of the cupboard somewhere that I’ve only used once, ooppsie!

Errign June 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I think the only thing I’ve used regularly is Sunbutter, and to be honest, it’s not my favorite! I was expecting to love it, because most people do, but I just felt like it was sort of blah! I do use chickpea flour as well, and protein powders, though not that flavor.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Oh I love it, but I guess it’s not for everyone! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Hehehe-I have a lot of things in my cupboard that I have only used once too. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

They are really useful, especially for me as sometimes I cannot remember where I get half of this stuff from! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

It is just like chewing on elastic bands! Ha! Soaking them definitely makes a huge difference to the experience of eating them. :D x

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

They are really hard to find!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I haven’t really noticed a difference either, but I just love the taste!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I am so with you on the gram flour thing!

Nazneen July 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Oh thank you so much! this is so useful and now that I’m fasting for Ramadan I need good protein sources for my dawn meals. Definitely putting in a couple of orders! x

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