When it comes to nutrition we take the 'less is more' approach. All our products focus on sweet simplicity with a short list of ingredients in their most natural form ...before being chopped up that is! There may be a few you aren't familiar with, so here you have a little explanation as to what they are and why they are so good for your body.
Dates: Dates are nature’s superfood sweetener, the best fibre rich whole food sweetener on the planet! Dates are consist of simple sugars like fructose and dextrose and are easily digestible to replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Dates are an excellent source of iron and potassium and are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Coconut: Shredded coconut maintains all of the fibre and the macro-nutrients present in its fresh form; this includes the highly sought medium-chain fatty acids which are a fantastic aid to sports nutrition and only found in such concentrations in the coconut oil. MCT's are a high-energy fuel that the body uses to prevent muscle loss, but take off body fat...a real superfood! The 'healthy fats' in coconut also sustain the body between meals avoiding sugar crashes and cravings.
Flax seed: A great source of soluble fibre, flax helps lower cholesterol, makes you feel fuller longer and aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Flaxseed is one of the most concentrated plant sources of omega-3 fats. Flaxseeds contain 50 to 60 per cent omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha linolenic acid.
Buckwheat: Buckwheat is a naturally gluten free ‘seed’, high in 8 essential amino acids and fibre and provides a good source of sustained energy. Buckwheat is a good source of an antioxidant flavonoid, called rutin which also acts to strengthen the capillaries and improve circulation. Buckwheat contains both soluble and insoluble fibre providing long term sustenance.
Maca powder: Maca root is a powerful adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to changes and stress. Maca root powder improves stamina and mental focus, whist stimulating muscle growth and combating adrenal fatigue when putting the body through stress. Maca also works to restore optimal hormonal balance within the body. Sport, weight training and exercise in general impacts the Central Nervous System. Maca is the medicine for the adrenals that theoretically allows the CNS to recover more rapidly allowing for more regular high intensity workouts without experiencing burnout.
Wheatgrass: Popular for sports nutrition and it's reported health benefits include aiding digestion, tiredness and fatigue, heart health and regulating blood pressure. A great source of vitamins and antioxidants including; antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, the B group vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and panthothenic acid, minerals manganese, zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron, plant enzymes, chlorophyll and natural fibres.
Goji Berries: Goji berries contain all essential amino acids, have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit and are very high in vitamin C and carotenoids. They also have 21 trace minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, selenium and are high in fibre.
Pumpkin seed: Pumpkin seeds are a good source for vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates. Pumpkin seeds are also high in a form of antioxidant carotenoids, a special plant derivative that enhances immune activity and disease fighting capacities. These seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, two important nutrients that may play a role in warding off inflammation, arthritis and osteoporosis.
Sunflower seed: The perfect phytochemical-rich seed for those looking to lose weight, as they promote healthy digestion and increase fibre intake. Sunflower seeds are also extremely rich in folate, a very important nutrient for women. They are packed full of good fats, antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, selenium and copper.
Chia Seed: The chia seed is nutrient dense and packs a punch of energy boosting power. Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language. Chia is super-high in fiber, providing nearly 11 grams per ounce, the seeds are also also packed with antioxidants and fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer. When consumed, chia seeds create a gel-like substance in the stomach. This gel-forming action is due to the soluble fiber in chia seeds and it can work as a prebiotic supporting the growth of probiotics in the gut.
Cocoa: Chocolate is rich in antioxidants which help prevent cardiovascular disease and help the body fight against free radicals that can damage cells. Cocoa contains the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a natural mood elevator and natural antidepressant. Cocoa also contains approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram. Flavonoids are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols and cocoa is one of the highest polyphenol-containing food
Beetroot Powder: Beetroot is a good source of soluble fibre that may provide special health benefits particularly with respect to health of the digestive tract and cardiovascular system helping to lower LDL cholesterol, a natural source of nitrates which may assist blood pressure, plus a very good source of manganese, potassium, and copper. Beetroot contains the red pigment betanin a potent antioxidant which supports liver detoxification shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.
Turmeric Powder: Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases and curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Wheatgrass Powder: Wheatgrass is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder and helps neutralise toxins in the body.
Spices: Ginger, mixed spice and cinnamon are primarily used to create and enhance the flavours of some the products in the range. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory, whilst cinnamon is also is a true super food; helping to regulate blood sugar and reducing harmful LDL cholesterol.
Natural Flavours: We also use natural flavours such as peppermint, orange, vanilla... and many others to create our diverse range. Natural flavourings are flavouring substances or flavouring preparations which are 'extracted from vegetable or animal materials and are not further chemically modified or changed' Please note, all the flavours we use are vegan and therefore from plant origins. Jo wrote a full blog post here if you'd like to understand more.