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    Three Feel Good Snacks: @enjoylifefoods @jontyjacobs @nuvosport

    I’ll admit it- I love a good snack session.  Sometimes I just need those in-between mini meals to get through the day.  That being said, it’s not always easy to find a snack that my body won’t hate me for later.  And if I do find something healthy, it’s not too often that it will taste very good.  I can recall times when I was on the road, touring with my band, thinking “I really wish this truck stop had SOMETHING I can eat that doesn’t contain some kind of artificial crap.”  As it turned out, my only options were over ripe bananas or stale peanuts in a bag.  Luckily, I feel like I hit the jackpot on my recent snack discoveries.

    First, I present you with Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars.  I’m just going to get this out of the way right now: I love these things!  Seriously.  Now, I have a go-to snack that is free of any artificial ingredients whatsoever, free of the eight most comment allergens (including gluten, nut, dairy, & soy), and actually TASTES GOOD.  They come in four flavors, including Cocoa Loco, SunButter Crunch, Mixed Berry and Caramel Apple.  Trying these is a good idea.  (enjoylifefoods.com)


    Next up, there is a new player in the jerky game and he isn’t messing around.  Meet Jonty Jacobs.  They make a natural, chemical and preservative-free line of dried beef slices and sausage (also known as biltong and droëwors, respectively).  What sets this jerky apart from any other I’ve had is it’s fine quality.  This beef is grass-fed, made in the USA, and cured using a traditional South African method.  Like our previous snack, there are no chemicals or additives in this product- only the GOOD STUFF.  And yes, it is good.  It’s like I’m tasting the meat from beef brisket sandwich from my local NYC deli-  juicy and delicious, but dried for anytime enjoyment.  (jontyjacobs.com)

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    Finally, Fruitmania is a ready-to-drink “single shot” of five full servings of fruits and vegetables, along with dietary fiber.  Again, I am so happy to share that they are all natural and free of fat, gluten, cholesterol, lactose, and preservatives.  These nutrition packed drinks are made in the USA by NuvoSport and so tasty that they are gaining popularity across the world in China.  When introduced at a Chinese New Year celebration and Autumn moon cake festival, these drinks were a hit.  I liked the Fruit Punch best.  (nuvosport.com)


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    Basil Seed Drink with Honey

    I am always thirsty for cool new things. When I went grocery shopping in Chinatown in Toronto, I found this drink for $1.79. It’s so weird!

    Then I did a quick Google search and found a lot of posts on this! Speaking of gross, this blog that talked about the drink is TunaCupCake.com(barf emoticon). Haha! The Basil seed drink with honey comes in cans and bottles and tastes really good. The texture is sort of like aloe vera bits and reminds me of my childhood favorite drink Orbitz.

    This is a Thailand original drink, Nam Manglak.

    (Photo from Kate Raynes-Goldie’s Flickr)
    Ingredients wise, there isn’t much:
    Basil seeds

    it has around 255g of sodium lol and 25g of sugar. lol who would have thought.

    This is an unusual cold Thai drink available in cans, but here we make it fresh. It looks like frog spawn, but don’t let that put you off, those little gelatin lumps with black centres are actually Thai basil seeds. Thai basil has a smaller leaf than you see in Italian cooking, but the seeds are widely available. When you add water the seed swells into small soft balls and these give an unusual texture to the drink. The traditional flavouring is rose water, but you can flavour it with vanilla or peppermint essence if you prefer, or try adding the seeds to Iced Tea for tea with texture!

    (Photo from Kate Raynes-Goldie’s Flickr)
    If you try it, let me know what you think!

    oh ya, here’s some of the ‘health benefits’.
    ♥ Increases movement in stomach/intestines so that you digest faster; more active
    ♥ The basil seeds sucks toxins and fat then increases bowel movement
    ♥ Bowel movement increases toxin/waste removal which promotes healthy, beautiful skin
    ♥ Burns calories
    ♥ Decreases consumption of sugar level and cholesterol
    ♥ After meals, it decreases glucose level and control “blood sugars” from rising
    ♥ If you consume sugar, it will cover the sugar content so your body won’t absorb it which lowers sugar levels
    ♥ It prevents heart attacks, heart strokes and other heart diseases
    ♥ Reduces “blood fat” density
    ♥ Good for people with diabetes and controls weight
    ♥ Ok so basically when you eat basil seeds, it’s kind of sticky, so it tends to stick to the walls of your digestive system, and when you intake food, it reduces the chance of your digestive system absorbing cholesterol, fat, sugars, etc. because the basil seeds won’t let the food touch the walls etc.


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