Fit Find | Wasa® Flaxseed Crispbread

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If you’re looking for a cracker for spreading your Nuttzo™ and Fiordifrutta™ or for diving into a bowl of Aubergine® Fire-Roasted Eggplant and Garlic Spread (my favorite!), I haven’t come across any that are healthier than Wasa® Flax Seed Crispbread.

One thing though… you can’t compare this cracker to a salty, buttery club cracker or any other cracker processed with oil and salt. In fact, you may even say Wasa® Flax Seed Crispbread tastes like ‘sawdust’. Yes, really. But don’t go away yet!    Continue reading “Fit Find | Wasa® Flaxseed Crispbread”

Fit Find | Fiordifrutta™ Organic Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Fruit Spread

Fiordifrutta Organic-Fruit-Spread-StrawberryHere’s the perfect companion to Nuttzo™ Seven Nut & Seed Butter! It’s Fiordifrutta™ Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Organic Fruit Spread made by Rigoni di Asiago®I have been on the lookout for a high quality strawberry fruit spread for over 25 years and finally found a winner!

Fruit spreads (a.k.a. lightly sweetened puréed fruits), are a healthier alternative to sugary sweet jams and jellies. Fiordifrutta™ makes a fruit spread that is truly “all natural”, simple and delicious. This one contains:

  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • No sugar
  • No artificial sugar
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • No preservatives

Ingredients: Strawberries*, apple juice*, wild strawberries*, pectin. *From organic farming. (Pectin is a soluble fiber found in plants and is used as a thickening agent in most jams and jellies.)

Compare some of the following ingredients in other brands. Notice the first and foremost ingredient:   Continue reading “Fit Find | Fiordifrutta™ Organic Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Fruit Spread”

Fit Find | NuttZo™ Seven Nut & Seed Butter

If you’re looking for a natural nut butter to spread on your favorite PB&J, here’s one I’m absolutely crazy about: Nuttzo™ Seven Nut & Seed Butter ‘Power Fuel’. It’s not only yummy, but offers the benefits of seven different nuts and seeds. You can get it either crunchy or smooth. Spread it on sliced bananas and apples too for a healthy snack with staying power.

NOTE: Nut phytonutrients (plant nutrients) have been shown to help fight free-radical damage, prevent inflammation, and lower blood cholesterol. See ♥ Daily Dose | What’s Your Nut I.Q.?.

Nuttzo_Power Fuel-275x487Nut oils tend to separate from the solids in natural nut butters like NuttZo™ since they aren’t made with unhealthy hydrogenated vegetable oils which prevent separation. My longstanding tip to make mixing easier has been to place the jar upside down until ready to open and stir. Nuttzo already has that figured out and is sold upside down!

Ingredients: organic cashews, organic almonds, organic brazil nuts, organic flax seeds, organic hazelnuts, organic chia seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, sea salt. No added sugar or oil.

One serving (2 Tbsp) contains a whopping 975 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic). You want to try to get in 1,000 to 1,600 mg of omega-3’s per day.

Fit Find | Aunt Patty’s® Date “Sugar”

Date sugarAunt Patty’s® Date Sugar is a tasty way to sweeten your food naturally. It’s made entirely from certified organic dates that have been dehydrated and finely ground. There’s nothing else in it but pure dried fruit –no artificial colors, flavors, additives, or preservatives.

Dates are high in fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and antioxidants, and are an excellent source of potassium. But don’t expect to get a significant dose of these nutrients in a one-teaspoon serving or by dusting it lightly over your food.

The 11-oz. shaker bottle makes the date sugar much easier to sprinkle on an individual bowl of oatmeal or yogurt. But to sweeten your baked goodies, you can buy it by the pound. Be sure to refrigerate after opening.

Date sugar has a texture similar to brown sugar and has a rich, caramel-like flavor. You can use it in:   Continue reading “Fit Find | Aunt Patty’s® Date “Sugar””

Fit Find | Bob’s Red Mill® Muesli

Bob's Red Mill MuesliOat fiber helps lower bad cholesterol and control blood sugar, but my patients often tell me it’s too much trouble for them to cook a pot of oatmeal over the stove (or to clean the mess after it explodes in the microwave). So, they end up eating cold processed cereal for breakfast.

However, cold cereals often contain chemical preservatives and added sugars and salt to make them palatable. Well, here’s a way to eat your healthy oats without cooking them! For more on oatmeal… Daily Dose | Best Fiber Fix for Cardiacs and Diabetics.

Bob’s Red Mill® Old Country Style Muesli is a cold or hot whole grain cereal. Best of all, it contains nuts, seeds and flax, so there’s no need to add any extras. My favorite way to eat it is cold with milk. It’s much healthier than granola which often contains added fats, sugars, honey, or syrup. Bob’s Red Mill Muesli contains no added fat and is sweetened with just wholesome raisins and healthy bits of dates. (Dates are an excellent source of fiber, potassium and other trace minerals.) Continue reading “Fit Find | Bob’s Red Mill® Muesli”