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As consumers, and health consumers at that, we are bombarded with the latest whizz-bang-totes-awesome-superfood product on a frighteningly regular basis. Health is everywhere now and that’s great but there are a hell of a lot of crappy products just vying for your every last available dollar. You can walk into any health food store around the country and come out dirt poor and not terribly healthier. So it’s time to crush those crappy products and sing the praises of my very favourites (and guess what? they don’t cost a week’s rent!). You’ll be surprised by some!
The nectar of the God’s. It’s no secret that this is my favourite drink of choice, after water. Raw C contains the lowest amount of sugar when compared to other coconut water’s on the market. Use it in cooking, smoothies or just as a refreshing tipple. Available online
Whilst a bit of an old fashioned superfood, apple cider vinegar not only makes an exceptional dressing on salads, It’s also a great digestion starter. Simply add a tablespoon per day in some warm water and drink it down.
Ah! The humble egg! When I hear people whinge about how expensive certain breakfast items are, I find it strange that an eggy breakfast doesn’t cross their (small) minds. Where else can you get a great protein hit, vitamins and essential fats all for the grand total of 50 cents per egg?
Coconut oil is my go to product in the bathroom! You read that correctly: The Bathroom. I use it as a body moisturiser, a hair treatment and you can even get real hippy with some oil pulling. If you aren’t game to use it in the bathroom just yet, try it in your cooking (same as olive oil but beware it does have a coconut flavour, so pair with asian type dishes) or in smoothies.
These guys have loads of yummy products in their range but the tahini is my favourite. I use it to make hummus or in combination with Apple Cider Vinegar, olive oil and lemon to make a delicious salad dressing. Available in most supermarkets
Raw cacao powder, is my smoothie staple. Since I ditched sugar, I’ve not craved sweet food because I have my trusty chocolately Cacao powder. It really adds the hit you need minus the sugar. Women NEED chocolate (There’s good stuff found in Chocolate, cacao beans to be precise, such as Magnesium & eating chocolate increases serotonin levels) so why deign yourself.
The can that brings so much joy! Go for the organic variety where you can and use liberally in cooking, coffee and as an ice cream/frozen yoghurt. Simply blend 1/4 cup with a cup of frozen fruit and you have dairy free Instant Ice Cream!
Being part of the Fitness industry, I get my fair share of powders/pills/potions that come across my “desk”. This bombardment of products can make a girl feel as though she needs a shake for this, a pill for that, oh and don’t forget to drink this potion 7 times per day while standing on your head and speaking Chinese! It’s all just a bit too much (and it’s big business too, the supplement industry makes millions of dollars per year). I believe in simplicity, I’m a simple kinda girl. I like quality but just give it to me straight. I don’t need some fake boobed, hardcore shredded chick to sell me “a dream”- I just want tasty and healthy. Hurrah! It has arrived! In the form of Clean Lean Protein (my personal choice is Smooth Vanilla at the moment). It’s dairy free, vegan (not that it matters to this little carnivore) and whilst a little lower in protein/serve that your typical powders (because it’s made from peas)- it’s very digestible and has no hidden nasties. Pop in your smoothie and whizz away. Buy your Nuzest Starter Pack here, includes FREE shipping (Australia wide!)
You may be slightly confused here as salt isn’t usually on the “health products” list. Rest easy because it most certainly deserves to be amongst the favs. Himalayan pink salt should be used daily on your salads and in your cooking as it contains a full spectrum of minerals and trace elements. If you haven’t ditched your refined white table salt, now is the time.
10. Organ Meat
Before you get all squeamish, you have to try it once. The best book is by Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions. High in minerals, proteins and vitamins; they may need a bit of getting used to however when you do, you’ll crave them just like you do a steak.
More honourable mentions: Butter/ghee, kale, red wine (as if I could let that one side), fresh salmon and red meat.
Health is about opening your mind to new things and experiences, until you do, you never truly know what is healthy and what is bogus junk.
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