About 3 months ago, I embarked on a lifestyle change journey and started the Paleo diet. Although it is extremely beneficial and rewarding, it has been a little bit of a challenge finding substitutions and making sure I have the proper nutrients to sustain my daily life and intense workouts. Luckily, Sari Foods Company presented me with the opportunity to test out their Superfood Bundle including Spirulina, Nutritional Yeast, and Acerola Cherry derived Vitamin C.
Spirulina is the most nutrient dense food known to humankind, and contains more protein content than any other food source. This bag of planet-friendly organic spirulina is comprised of more than 60% protein and is a natural source of bioavailable iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, beta-carotine, B12, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, antioxidants and essential amino acids (GLA, Omega 3, 6 & 9’s). Spirulina has over 100 types of vitamins & nutrients - more than any other type of grain, plant, or herb - and they work together to perform miracles in the human body.
I've used this in a variety of ways which range from adding to my water for a natural energy booster during my workouts, to adding to paleo diet recipes as a protein source. My favorite so far are my gluten free tapioca flour tortillas that I used to make tacos, and breakfast wraps.
Nutritional Yeast is a delicious salty, creamy, nutty, cheese-tasting superfood, that can be sprinkled on just about everything! No restraint necessary.
Most nutritional yeast products are fortified with excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins to increase the nutritional count. The abundance of vitamins & nutrients plus the delicious cheese flavor found in this bag of molasses-grown nutritional yeast is 100% whole food based and naturally occurring.
It is naturally comprised of 50% protein (a complete, bioavailable and vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 different minerals (including iron, selenium and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune enhancing properties).
It has certainly been a god send for me and has helped curb cravings because I have cut out dairy for fitness reasons. I have used it as both a salt replacement on vegetables, as well as a creamy sauce to go with quinoa pasta on days I need carbs to get me through long distance runs (not paleo I know, but vegetable carbs don't get you through 10+ mile runs gracefully!). My favorite is quinoa shells with spinach, celery and brocolli, that is then topped with an olive oil and nutritional yeast sauce.
Many Vitamin C supplements contain isolated and/or synthetic vitamin C that is highly toxic and may cause you more harm than good. Sari Foods 100% food based vitamin C is nature’s complete complex, providing you with all of the benefits of this miracle vitamin without compromising your body or health.
Natural Vitamin C is the missing piece of the puzzle to your body’s immune system, offering protection against colds and many viruses. Vitamin C also fights free radicals, promotes cell regeneration and is a natural antihistamine which means it may even help keep allergies, asthma and inflammation in check!
I have mostly been adding the acerola to my drinks daily, and can happily say that I have yet to get sick this winter.
I have certainly seen the health benefits to using all 3 products, and plan to incorporate them into my new lifestyle consistently.
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