The world’s first 100% Raw Smoothie

Nosh Smoothie
Optimum health in a bottle

This may well be the year of functional foods.

Last week I wrote about a multivitamin drink supplement and now here’s a Raw Smoothie.

The fact is, most other smoothies and juices are heat-treated… which destroys the live enzymes found in fresh fruit. But, because raw fruit has all those vitamins, nutrients and minerals the Smoothie makers, Nosh, wanted to keep the whole process as pure as possible.

Maximum nutrition is the key word – in a bottle. There’s at least 6 wholefood ingredients in every bottle (and nothing else) and they’re loaded with Vitamin C.

Nosh comes in 4  flavours, all uniquely designed to help you through the day:

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Life enhancing natural supplements – introducing the Reds series

If you’re feeling washed out you might want to try Spirulina.

The advantage of spirulina is that it is a sea vegetable containing the richest known concentration of nutrients of any food. It contains every nutrient required by the human body in an easily absorbable form.

The supplement firm, Lifestream, have combined their organic spirulina with the organic fruit acerola, a rich source of Vitamin C, to provide excellent support for your immune system.

7 berries of power
7 power berries

Lifestream’s Reds combination supplements

You may also want to try Lifestream’s Reds Acai, which actually blends together the organic and antioxidant power of seven superberries: acai, pomegranate, cherry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and one you may not have heard of: the noni berry from the Pacific.

Nutrients for life
Nutrients for life

As well as providing an energy lift the antioxidants will benefit your immune system and support anti-aging for your body.

Boost weight-loss
Boost weight-loss

Another life-maxing combination is Lifestream’s synergy of Resveratrol and Tart Cherry, again rich in antioxidants for improved energy and health, but also beneficial to sleep, heart health and your body’s joints.

Finally, Lifestream have also combined the acai berry and ‘fucoxanthin’ from the kombu seaweed to produce a supplement for weight management called Fucocai. Acai is well known for supporting weight loss and kombu is a food which helps raise the metabolism meaning you burn your calories faster.

Bounce Balls – nutrition on the go

You don’t need extra protein if you eat well.

That is… the average man can get all the protein he needs if he drinks his milk, eats tuna for lunch and steak for dinner. Even vegans get all the protein they need from a good selection of plant foods.

But, if your diet isn’t as perfect then you may need a boost, especially if you enjoy exercise.

A little bundle of natural nutrition
A little bundle of natural nutrition

Keeping a few Bounce Balls in the cupboard will help. They are delicious healthy snacks, in a ball, made from 100% natural ingredients. They offer health–conscious people a convenient and tasty, top quality nutrition treat which you can eat at any time.

They are also gluten free, low carb, naturally sweet and cholesterol free.

Bounce Balls come as the Peanut Protein Blast or the Almond Protein Hit, they are loaded with whey protein and perfect as a snack. There’s also a Spirulina & Ginseng Defence Boost aimed at helping the immune system – Spirulina is a complete protein and a rich source of iron & fibre.

A great source of nutrition on the go.

Detox your world with Shazzie’s naked chocolate bars

“I am chocolate therefore I melt. Keep me cool or be prepared to get dirty with me.”

Organic Vegan Chocolate
Organic Vegan Chocolate

Such is life from Shazzie’s perspective. Her love of chocolate is well known as is her sense of fun. But her passion for raw health ingredients has shaped a movement.

Shazzie’s unique organic chocolate range is suitable for chocolate munchers who are dairy free or vegan,  and for those who avoid refined sugar and fibre.

They are handmade raw chocolate bars with a hint of pink Himalayan salt. And they’ll always leave you wanting more!

You can start detoxing your world with 6 different flavours.

Desire The intense chocolate bar with a sensation of orange oil and star anise.
Goddess A smooth chocolate bar with lacuma and lashings of hempseeds.
Intacta A pure cacao confectionery bar with a touch of maca and vanilla.
Siren An alluring bar with a splash of AFA algae and spirulina
Empress A regal bar bestowed with purple corn and pineapple
Temptress A heady handmade bar with a licking taste of strawberries and rose petals

Superfood crips from the Inspiral cafe (dried not fried)

If you’ve been to the Glastonbury festival lately you’ll have come across ID Spiral, an artistic experience of food and music. It’s evolved into the Camden cafe ‘Inspiral‘ and now they’re making their amazing vegan treats for you.

Introducing their artisan yet raw crackers called Crackits – sumptuous, crunchie and yet crumbly like any baked cracker. But these are from raw almonds, flax and chia seeds, soaked and sprouted to release the goodness of bursting seeds and nuts.

Reishi Crackits with Mushroom, Onion, Black Pepper & Herbs.
Hoshou Crackits with Wasabi, Arame & Spirulina.
Ginseng Crackits with Mexican Chilli & Raw Cacao.

Each variety of cracker is enhanced with special tonic herbs and superfoods for your ultimate wellbeing.

But the joy doesn’t end there. They’ve combined the addictiveness of crisps with the nutrition of kale to produce delicious and crunchy Raw Kale Chips. Far healthier than fried potato chips, this nutritious raw snack is made from dehydrated organic kale, and seasoned with superfoods.

Inspiral Wasabi & Wheat Grass Kale Chips
Inspiral Cheesie Purple Corn Kale Chips
Inspiral Baobab & Onion Kale Chips

Fantastically crispy, highly addictive and so good for you.

All the benefits of wheatgrass in a bottle

Don’t you love it when some clever fella invents something to take all the hard work out of an issue? Over in Germany a drink is currently being developing which is high in Omega 3, that means people who cannot consume fish (like me) will have another rich source of this essential fatty acid.

Wheatgrass Cocktail
Wheatgrass Cocktail

It’s tenuous to connect this breakthrough with Rabenhorst’s array of healthy drinks, but I hope they take on the idea.

Already the producers of organic drinks of cherry, cranberry, beetroot and prune juice, the traditional company are now making a wheatgrass drink. That means you can get all the benefits of wheatgrass: purer blood, less toxins, less eczema and psoriasis, improved digestion and lower blood-pressure – all in a cup without having to squeeze the wheatgrass yourself – and they’ve mixed in green-tea and spirulina for a delicious healthy breakfast drink.

Rabenhorst have been producing quality fruit juices for over 200 years and last year won an international award for innovation in beverages.

Vitamin K2, of osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s fame, discovered in Spirulina

There is a  growing body of research showing benefits for Vitamin K2. Among other benefits Vitamin K2 is believed to:

* Support blood health
* Support cardiovascular health and circulation
* Support bone health and benefit people with osteoporosis

These are very significant areas of health and in addition to this list, exciting new research is showing that Vitamin K2 may be beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease, a variety of cancers, varicose veins, and skin aging.  That is some line up indeed.

In general one of Vitamin K’s job in our bodies is to put the calcium in the right places and keep it from being deposited in the wrong places so helping to avoid bone spurs and calcification of soft tissues. It also helps prevent calcification of arteries which contributes to ageing.

It is only relatively recently that the role of Vitamin K in the balance of calcium within our bodies has been appreciated, whereas the other balancing nutrients of Vitamin D3  and Magnesium have been recognised for much longer.

Vitamin K is a fat soluble compound which is important for blood coagulation generally found in plants and in the ‘good bacteria’ of our bodies. In normal situations our bodies have no trouble storing Vitamin K, but antibiotics and other drugs can hinder it’s production.  This is a very brief summary of a complex issue which can be read more fully here or here.  However the good news I have for you is that  Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica provides approximately 15 mcg / 3gm daily serving or 19% of the Daily Recommended Value of Vitamin K2, and 75 mcg / 3gm daily serving of Vitamin K (including all forms) or 94% of the Daily Recommended Value of Vitamin K based on analytical results from an independent laboratory.

Hawaiian Pacifica Spirulina is already recognised as one of the world’s most nutrient rich foods. To hear, in addition to this, that Spirulina is also a good source of Vitamin K2 is indeed a bonus.  The manufacturers have told us : ‘ We have long known that Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica is an excellent source of Vitamin K, with 94% of the recommended Daily Value; but until now no Spirulina product has been shown to specifically contain Vitamin K2. We are delighted.’

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