A really good bar -RXBAR

Hello ,Wellness Lovers.  Well it is Monday morning and I would not blame you if you thought I was blogging about a great new bar in Toronto. But this is pretty exciting as well.  I recently stumbled upon this great  protein bar at my local gym, Track and picked up a few flavours of  this tasty protein bar – RXBAR.  So why do I love them? Well, for starters, they are super clean. I can easily read the label and immediately know what is in this bar.  Also, the protein in these bars is powdered egg whites. Ok , so it’s processed and comes in a package, but heck it’s better than  protein powders that contain a multitude of unrecognizable ingredients. I also love that the bar say’s right on it – NO B.S. They are straight up telling you what’s in them – and I like that! The only thing that could make them better was if they were organic. But hey, it’s a pretty good product!

Be good now;)

The Food Guru

 

 

 

 

 

Chaga – Loving that Fungus

Chaga – great name. Sounds like it might be a sultry South American dance or a hip new bar downtown. But wellness lovers, it is a fungus that grows on birch trees in the northern hemisphere. Fungus, trees, have I lost you? I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to try this product but I became a huge fan once I read more about the fact that it is loaded with immune and anti-oxidant properties. Move over blueberries and acai, as this anti-oxidant is 25 to 30 times more powerful. So, do I have your attention now?

So next time your up north, grab your basket and a sharp knife and start foraging for mushrooms. I am kidding, sort of!  You can buy great quality chaga from Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary,  a BC company, as a dual extract powder. Easy to mix into smoothies, your morning coffee, tea and even juice.  I will warn you it has an earthy taste so I prefer it in my coffee. If your lucky enough to stumble across chaga while out in the forest, you should know that making a tea decoction with pieces of chaga is a lengthy process and although the water-soluble components, such as the polyphenols and beta-glucans, will be present in the resulting extract the water-insoluble components, such as phytosterols, and betulinic acid will be missing. The double extraction made by Harmonic Arts pulls out these constituents and make’s it shelf-stable and easy to use.

This is a great product to upgrade your food!

Be good now;)

The Food Guru

What is a Food Guru and is PB2 really good for you?

I have always loved research.  Consider me a hip nerd. My undergrad was in communications and my first real job was as a reporter at a small television station in Northern Ontario covering the local news. After realizing that I was going to have to work seriously late hours for next to no pay and that no one really wants to talk to a journalist, I went back to school and became a lawyer. I was really happy in this job. Despite all the bad lawyer jokes, people liked me.  I was getting paid to read, write, research and argue. What could be better? Well a husband and 3 kids came along and really, they were pretty awesome. Plus my husband’s job came with the added benefit of  allowing us to live in New York and in London. My law career was put on hold but my passion for research continued. As the main hunter and gatherer for food supplies for the family clan, I started reading labels and researching ingredients to figure out what the heck I should be feeding my small tribe. My passion for food knowledge became so great that I enrolled in the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. This led me to starting The Good Herb Company, a wellness company that blended medicinal herbs by remedy. Unfortunately, like so many start-ups, The Good Herb Company did not survive, but my passion to advocate for good foods did. With this in my mind, The Food Guru was born.

I have noticed there are a tremendous amount of functional food products on store shelves these days. It is overwhelming to try to decide what to eat and what not to. Some of these foods are great and are really worth adding to your diet while others should be left on the store shelves. As a food advocate, I want to help you make each day a little better and hopefully help you to make good choices about which food to add to your diet. Let’s face it, most of us could use a little help.

So let’s get started! What is PB2? Basically, roasted peanuts are pressed to remove all the natural oils.  The product is then dehydrated resulting in a powder that according to the PB2 label ” removes 85% of the fat”. The front label state’s that 5 grams ( basically 2 tablespoons) of the powder is only 45 calories. The equivalent calories for 2 tablespoons of traditional peanut butter is about 190 calories.  You can add low calorie powder to smoothies, mix it with water and spread it and even cook with it. Wow, so far this product sounds amazing. Right? Well, not so fast.

  1. Most of the fat in peanuts is the good kind of fat: monounsaturated. PB2 extracts this essential fat, decreasing the nutritional content of this food. It’s important to remember that good fat keep you feeling satisfied and less likely to snack and that not all fats are bad for you;
  2. PB2 has added sugar and salt. We all know what sugar and salt does to you; and
  3. Lastly, this product is not organic.  If your going to eat peanuts, always make sure they are organic. If you interested, you can read more about why you should eat organic peanut butter,

In a nutshell (pardon the pun) fewer calories are not always better. A healthy dose of fat is ultimately the better choice in this product. So look for a traditional organic peanut butter with no additives.

Be good now;)

The Food Guru