Let me start by saying, that these products are simply ones that I’ve tried and enjoyed so much that it would be a shame not to share them with The Health Junction readers. As a future nutritionist and current food enthusiast, I make it my duty to research, select, and try foods that I believe would be beneficial for potential clients to start incorporating into their diet. The following products surprised me – and I hope they pleasantly surprise you too!
Queen Street Gluten Free Romano Bean Bread: I don’t have a wheat insensitivity but one of the key new lines of thinking I’ve learned at school this year is that it is helpful to diversify the diet. In our Westernized culture, we tend to focus very heavily on wheat – a crop which is genetically modified and highly allergic to many people. If you’ve tried gluten-free bread and wanted to spit it out because it’s dry and lacklustre, let me introduce you to Romano Bean Bread by Queen Street Bakery. It’s 3rd party gluten-free certified, has 2 grams of fiber per 2 slice serving, and only 110 calories for those who want a lighter bread. The ingredient list is simple: potato starch, tapioca starch, whole bean flour, water, sorghum flour, eggs, honey, sunflower oil, xanthan gum, yeast, and salt. It’s light and fluffy…and actually tastes good. Look no further for a gluten-free bread that doesn’t taste like a lifeless brick. This bread can be found at many health food stores (in the frozen bread section) in the Toronto area or you can visit Yoshi’s Sweets in the Beaches at 2359 Queen Street East.
So Delicious Dairy Free Cultured Coconut Milk: Yes, yes, yes! This is the stuff I’ve been waiting for because like wheat, dairy is our next leading allergy and food sensitivity. If you’re looking to try a yogurt substitute that has 30% of you daily requirements of calcium and 8 grams of fiber in one serving, and 25% of your daily requirements of B12 (I’m talking you vegetarian lady) try out this delicious coconut based yogurt alternative. Their product description is dead on “Thick and creamy coconut milk “yogurt” exploding with sweet vanilla flavor”. It’s dairy free, soy free, and gluten-free, non GMO, totally vegan – and 100% amazing. Try topping this with cereal or throw some in a smoothie for a nice dairy-free start to the day. I tried the vanilla but there are a bunch of other flavours available. Found in the yogurt section of your local grocery store.
Vega Energizing Smoothie: you may have heard of me talk about this product before so you’ll have to forgive me for the repeat mention but this is a staple for any busy individual who wants to keep their blood sugar levels at bay and health in check. A scoop of this product will provide you with around 100 calories, 11 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids (it’s also totally vegan and has 300 mg’s of digestive enzymes in each serving). High quality fats, protein, and 2 servings of veggies in each scoop – Vega Energizing Smoothie mixed with a cup of water or milk (I use almond milk) is a fast and easy way of snacking on the go. My favourite is the Choc-A-Lot flavour. Available at your local health food or grocery store.
THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama)
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
– Thomas Edison, American Inventor
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