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Maine Coast Sea Vegetables: Kelp, Dulse, and Nori

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables: Kelp, Dulse, and Nori

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

One cannot find a more nutrient-dense condiment than sea vegetables. They are packed with essential trace minerals needed for blood and bones, the proper composition of body fluids, healthy nerve function and proper operation of the cardiovascular system. Main coast offers six organically certified varieties: arame, dulse, kelp, laver, sea lettuce and bladderwrack. They are hand harvested directly from their beds at low tides, dried at low temperatures by sun, wood or forced hot air and packed without further processing. Sea vegetables improve digestion, blood sugar balance, promote weight loss and mood balance. We suggest always keeping them stocked (they do not taste fishy, just a bit salty) and shaking them daily on anything savory from soup to salads to stir fry.

Company Website: http://www.seaveg.com/

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Company: Maine Coast Sea Vegetables

Category: Condiments

Posted: February 7, 2012

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Greens Plus Energy Bar - original

Greens Plus Energy Bar - original

Dietary Needs:
Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Greens Plus uses organic and wild crafted ingredients and superfoods like Hawaiian spirulina, bee pollen and royal jelly, among other health promoting substances. We like that these bars are sweetened with dates. Their products are consistently being made fresh daily without harmful preservatives. Try their Chia seed bar for a powerful delivery of Omega 3 fatty acids. For a sweet treat, they offer a naturally sweetened chocolate coated bar as well as a peanut butter protein bar for an extra hit of protein. We so wish these bars did not contain soy protein because of the toxic processing and negative interaction in the body. They do have an Organic Greens Plus Energy Bar that is made with brown rice protein which is a huge upgrade from the soy protien.

Company Website: http://www.greensplus.com

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Company: Greens Plus

Category: Bars

Posted: February 7, 2012

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Eden Foods Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Eden Foods Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Look for 100% buckwheat on the ingredient list. These noodles made out of kasha or buckwheat are the perfect, fast cooking (8 minutes) noodle to accompany any Asian meal. This naturally gluten free complex carbohydrate is warming and sustaining, making them a great noodle for the cold winter months or serve cold in a summer salads. Buckwheat contains two flavanoids quercitin, thought to support healing in the body and rutin which is an antioxidant. Rutin is known to strengthen capillaries and improve circulation. This is a smart gluten free alternative when it comes to pasta.

Company Website: http://www.edenfoods.com/

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Company: Eden Foods

Category: Pasta

Posted: February 7, 2012

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Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Dietary Needs:
Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic

Bragg Liquid Aminos is a Certified NON-GMO liquid protein concentrate, derived from healthy soybeans. While this might be a nice way to get additional amino acids for vegetarians, we try to steer clear from unfermented soy in the diet. This product is not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free. It only gets 3 stars due to the soy and we would recommend a fermented spy product such as tamari instead.

Company Website: http://www.braggs.com

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Company: Bragg's

Category: Condiments

Posted: February 7, 2012

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Vita Coco

Vita Coco

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Coconut Water is Nature's Gatorade! Made from coconuts sourced from Brazil and in Southeast Asia, Vita Coco is a delicious way to stay hydrated. It has the 5 essential electrolytes: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Coconut water comes from inside younger coconuts filled with a clear, electrolyte-rich juice that contains zero fat and zero cholesterol. This water is flash pasteurize the water at 120 degrees. We suggest getting the 100% pure coconut water version to avoid added sugars.

Company Website: http://www.vitacoco.com/

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Company: Vita Coco

Category: Beverages

Posted: February 7, 2012

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