The Salt Stigma

Growing up in a society that is constantly trying to “eat right” is tough. New diets, new advances in the health world, and trends all tend to lead to confusion. How do we avoid this? Simple. Eat things as that are naturally derived. I know this sounds easy, but with all of these lifestyles that want to cut out certain food groups, it is hard to know what natural foods remain viable. As a kid, I remember my parents eating hard boiled eggs without the yolk, and my grandma telling my grandpa not to put too much salt on his food. I wondered why something that was natural was considered to be “unhealthy”. The reason I am bringing this up is because there are certain foods that have previously been cut out of daily diets, which are actually a crucial part of healthy living! There is one in particular that I would like to discuss, and that is salt. What comes to mind when you think of salt? What comes to my mind is the fact that it is visible in virtually all processed foods. However, what I tend to forget about is the fact that our body actually needs a certain amount of salt to survive! Although salt seems to be used in excess in an incorrect fashion, that does not mean that we should cut it out completely or that our body does not need a certain amount. Besides the chemical-filled option of table salt, there are many other natural salts that can be used in a healthy manner. Our favourite here at Spooniful is Himalayan Mineral Salt. I’m literally eating steamed Edamame Beans with Himalayan Mineral Salt at this very moment…

Check out this article by Food Matters for a little more fun information about salt and its importance.

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Crio Brü

I have a feeling that Crio Brü is one of those items that we carry that no one really knows how to use, and that is exactly why I chose to write about it today! Crio Bru contains 100% Roasted and Ground Cocoa Beans, and is a much healthier alternative to coffee. I am not much of a coffee drinker, but I have to admit that when I do drink coffee, I drink it like a child. This includes myself pouring mounds of sugar and creamer in the coffee in order to drain out the coffee taste. This is probably a sign that it’s not the coffee I like, it’s just the sugar. That explains why the drinks at Second Cup and Starbucks taste so dang good…

 

I don’t actually own a coffee maker, but I do have a French Press. Before making Crio Brü at home, I hadn’t had much experience with a French Press, so I read the instructions on “How to Bru” on the Crio Brü website. It goes a little something like this:

 
  1. Remove the piston and the top from the French Press
  2. Add Crio Bru Grounds. Add two level tablespoons of your favorite Crio Brü into the French Press per Crio cup that you are going to brew. The more grounds you add, the more full-bodied your Bru will brew.
  3. Measure water. Measure water for each Crio cup you wish to brew.
  4. Heat water. Bring water to boil and then cool for thirty seconds. The temperature of the water should be 90-96 degrees C.
  5. Add hot water. Pour heated water into French Press over the Crio Brü grounds.
  6. Stir. Use a plastic or wood spoon to avoid damaging the glass of your French Press.
  7. Place top and piston on the French Press. Do not depress yet.
  8. Let it Brü. Steep ten to twelve minutes then stir again to increase body and flavour.
  9. Depress the piston. Making sure the “spout” is facing forward, slowly depress the piston until it has reached the bottom of its stroke.
  10. Let it settle. Wait 30 seconds for grounds to settle before pouring.
  11. Serve and enjoy! Just as with coffee, adjust to personal taste with creamer and/or sweetner.
  12. Creative – Bold – Adventurous Method: Try brewing with boiled milk, almond milk, or light chocolate soy milk. It’s wild!
 

I added a doonk of stevia and some almond milk to my own cup of Brü! I highly recommend this combo.

P.S… This drink smells like a chocolate bar.

 
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Benefits of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

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Have you ever read the health benefits of something and wondered why you weren’t chugging it by the gallons your whole life? Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but that’s how I felt about reading the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. This is exactly why we drink Moonshine! How else do you guys incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar to your life?

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Baking Supplies

I don’t know about you guys, but I loooove baking. I am constantly craving a sweet treat after my meals. Though there are a bunch of recipes out there, I find that it is a little bit trickier to find a healthy recipe that doesn’t taste like grass. Naturally, when I do find them, I put them on repeat. Ever so often, when I find myself wondering from the THM cookbook, I am stuck on the fact that the majority of the healthy dessert recipes out there use agave, honey or maple syrup as a sweetener. For someone who isn’t following the plan, this is a little bit less of a problem. However, for the true THM followers, this is some seriously sad news. I’m sure that you, too, have come across this issue and have therefore not been able to test the healthy dessert recipe waters. The answer to this problem is a little bottle of joy that has just recently been added to the Spooniful inventory: Nature’s Hollow Maple Syrup. This is a Xylitol sweetened syrup that will not spike your blood sugar! How exciting is that?

I thought I would put together a little shopping list for some of my fellow bakers. These are some products that I always have on hand to whip up healthy goodies. Obviously there a bunch more THM products that are used in THM recipes, but these ingredients work well in any given recipe that you might happen to stumble upon.

  1. Nature’s Hollow Maple Syrup
  2. Everland Organic Shredded Coconut
  3. Everland Organic Flaked Coconut
  4. Organic Traditions Cocoa
  5. Omega Nutrition Coconut Flour
  6. Gold Top Organics Milled Golden Flax
  7. Organic Traditions Chia Seeds
  8. Omega Nutrition Coconut Oil
  9. THM Himalayan Mineral Salt
  10. Lily’s Dark Premium Baking Chips
  11. Krisda Semi-Sweet Stevia Chocolate Chips
  12. GoLo Almond Butter
  13. THM Stevia
  14. Xyla Xylitol
 
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Turmeric Love

First and foremost… Happy New Year!   I know that there are some of you that are out making new years resolutions and some of you that are rolling your eyes at the people making them. Nonetheless, I think goals are extremely important! Whether they be established at the beginning of the year, the middle, end, or somewhere in between. If you are the type of person that needs structure, go ahead and make your new years resolutions!   One of my personal goals for the new year is to incorporate more nutrient rich foods into my diet. I typically eat quite healthy but I often find myself missing out on some of the greatest superfoods. This, mostly I think this is due to the fact that most every superfood must be added alongside another food. Everyone knows that you can pop pretty much anything into a blender alongside your smoothie. However, there are plenty of other ways that you can add a little healthful colour to your food – one of these ways being cooking! One of the most wonderful superfoods that is an extremely easy addition to almost anything, is Turmeric. As an Indian and Persian food lover, I ingest my fair share of turmeric. However, Turmeric seems to be a highly misunderstood spice. The last thing you want to do though, is to allow this spice to intimidate you. Turmeric is not only delicious in ethnic dishes, it can be easily added to your day to day meals. Try adding some turmeric into your soups, roasted veggies, scrambled eggs, tea, and warm milk (add some ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg to your turmeric soy milk concoction and you are in “Golden Milk” heaven). Turmeric can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I have heard of turmeric being used to take the unpleasant scent away from meat while cooking, naturally dye fabrics, cleanse and give a radiant glow to skin, and to assist in healing the common cold. These are all excellent, but I was very interested in learning about Turmeric in its entirety, so I did a little research. Here’s what I found…   Turmeric can be used for arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating, loss of appetite, headaches, colds, lung infections, fever, menstrual problems, and even cancer!   For exterior illnesses, turmeric can be applied to skin for pain, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside the mouth, and infected wounds.   From the sounds of it… we should be adding turmeric to literally everything. We have recently opted for a larger turmeric package, and I now know why!
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