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 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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