I love Amazon as I can find just about anything on there, don’t you? When it comes to health foods shopping I normally order something every few months. I buy in bulk as it’s cheaper and so that I can make use of their free delivery option. Here is what I recently bought on Amazon:
For me chia seeds are becoming a health food I don’t want to be without. These little seeds are essential in my low carb breakfast and I really love their texture. They are a great source of omega 3 essential fatty acids and are also packed with minerals such phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. You need to remember to soak them to ensure the best absorption of nutrients. I only use them for breakfast at the moment but they could also be used in baking and in salads. There are many brands selling chia seeds on Amazon but I settled for Sevenhills as they seem to be a good value (the organic ones).
Shelled hemp seeds are another ingredient which I use in breakfast a lot. I add them to my muesli or porridge for extra protein or have them as a main ingredient in my low carb breakfast. They are also great in yoghurt and smoothies.
These little seeds are nutritional powerhouse – they contain all essential amino acids and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9 in perfect ratio for human health). They also contain various minerals and vitamins such as vitamin E, B3 (niacin), magnesium and iron.
Those of you who would like to increase your protein intake, you will be pleased to hear that hemp seeds contain 30% of protein which is really high.
On Amazon you will find lots of brands selling shelled hemp seeds but trust me, they are not all the same. I tried many brands in search of the best quality hemp seeds and the best are definitely Linwoods’ Shelled Hemp seeds but they are a little pricey. So I tried to find a cheaper brand which would offer similar quality and the closest are definitely Iswari’s Hemp Seeds which come from Romania.
I also tried the following brands which sell hemp seeds: Sevenhills, Buy Whole Foods and Hemp Hearts. The issue I had with these brands were remainings of little shells which stayed with de-shelled hemp seeds after the de-shelling process. Sometimes these get into your teeth or feel hard in your mouth when you are eating so you need to take them out. Although I also found remainings of these shells in Iswari’s hemp seeds, there weren’t that many as in other brands.
This is the first time I bought organic pumpkin seeds from Tree of Life and to be honest I am little bit disappointed as they are not the dark green colour I imagined. I will try another brand next time.
I use pumpkin seeds in my breakfast or sprinkled on salads such as this one. They are a great source of zinc which is important for immune system and they also contain other minerals and vitamins vital for good health.
Apple cider vinegar is essential in my salads but sometimes I also use it as a digestive aid (1 spoon with a glass of water). This is the first time I bought apple cider vinegar from Bragg which is a popular brand that many people seem to recommend. I previously tried organic apple cider vinegar (with mother) from Biona and Raw Health just so I could compare the two. I can now say for sure that Biona’s apple cider vinegar is better than Raw Health’s but now that I bought Bragg’s apple cider vinegar I think this could probably be the best as it’s really cloudy (which is better). I will review it once I tried it.
Just to mention a few benefits of apple cider vinegar and why you should use it. First of all, if you buy it, make sure you buy organic and the one with ‘mother’. What’s ‘mother’, you may ask? This is the best part of apple cider vinegar containing “strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.” (source)
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to lower blood sugar and fight diabetes. It can also help with weight loss as it increases feelings of fullness which help people eat less calories. (source)
It also has lots of other benefits, just check this article for a full list of things apple cider vinegar may help with.
I decided to buy Natvia natural sweetener so I could use it in my low carb breakfast as it’s cheaper than yacon syrup I used previously. This product is great if you are watching your weight and want to reduce your calorie intake. Natvia could be used in porridge, smoothies and in baking. So far I only used it in my breakfast and I find its sweetness ok.
What have you bought on Amazon lately? Do you use Amazon for health foods shopping?
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