Happy August, everyone! I’m taking a break today from blogging about my trip to Toronto to instead share with you a handful of products that I enjoyed this past month.
Turmeric root powder is a key ingredient in any curry, and it’s what gives curry powder its distinctive yellow hue. Curcumin is the main compound within turmeric, and it’s been found to have anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, neuro-protective, and even anti-cancer properties. Score!
The classic Nutmeric (above, center) combines almond butter and turmeric; Mixed Nutmeric (above, right) is made with a variety of nuts + turmeric, and Nutmeric Ultra (above, left) contains almonds and curcumin extract, a form in which its benefits are even more powerful. As an added bonus, all three varieties include black pepper, which has been found to increase the bioavailability of turmeric/curcumin by up to 2000%. (One caveat: Nutmeric does contain honey, so it’s not strictly vegan.)
And on top of all that, Nutmeric is DELICIOUS! I mean, come on—curry plus nut butter? You can’t go wrong there.
As promised, these smoothie mixes provide a quick and nutritious snack on the go. I like that they dissolve easily when mixed with water—you can even shake them up in a water bottle. The flavor of each one was a tad grassy, probably due to the inclusion of hemp protein, but for being such a wholesome, all-natural “convenience food,” they were great. Thanks, Vega!
I totally hit the jackpot with Emmy’s Organics! Emmy’s makes organic, raw, gluten-free, vegan goodies, and even uses biodegradable packaging. They sent me a plethora of macaroons to try, as well as a sample of their granola.
It’s hard to pick a “best” flavor among all these amazing choices! I’m not a mint lover, so I was surprised to find the Mint Chip variety to be one of my favorites. Ultimately, I’d lean towards the Coconut Vanilla as my #1 choice, but Matt liked the Dark Cacao ones best. All the varieties were tender, chewy, and just sweet enough.
Lastly, Mark from Sprout Living introduced me to their raw, vegan, organic protein powders. There are four different types, including Sproutein, a superfood-sprouts powder with a modicum of protein, and Epic Protein, a sprouted, bio-fermented, whole grain organic brown rice protein powder.
These plant-based protein powders are incredible high-quality. Not only are they raw, vegan, gluten-free, and certified organic, they also contain a complete spectrum of amino acids (including BCAAs, the all-important branched-chain amino acids), and are easily-digestible and completely chemical-free. Consider me a fan, Sprout Living!
Question: What’s the best new-to-you product you tried in July?