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KIND Bars: A boost of Nutrients and Flavor

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Savor the Flavor of Eating right with :

  • a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal;
  • oats, quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, sweet potato for fuel;
  • healthy nuts & seeds for snacks;
  • more plant-based protein

One of the nutrition questions I get from many of my patients is regarding the high fat content of nuts. It is true that many nutrient-dense plant foods such as Avocados, Nuts & Seeds, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Tofu, Edamame are high in fat. They naturally contain unsaturated as well as saturated fat.  Here are some things you should know: The presence of saturated fat in a plant-source, whole food doesn’t label a food into the unhealthy category if it is loaded with more essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the healthy fats, which make up the majority of the fat content in the above high-fat plant foods help reduce LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of coronary heart disease.

Here are some things you should know: The presence of saturated fat in a plant-source, whole food doesn’t put a food into the “unhealthy” category. You have to look at the complete nutrition profile.

My new favorite Kind Bar- The Cashew & Ginger Spice Bar contains 200 Kcal, 14g Total Fat, 2g Saturated Fat, 4g Sugar, and 6g Protein. It tastes incredible and it’s way healthier than candied ginger!

Photo Source: kindsnacks.com
Photo Source: kindsnacks.com

Epidemiological studies suggest that regular nut consumption is unlikely to contribute to obesity and may even help in weight loss and lower the risk of hypertension. Raw nuts and seeds consumption, (especially walnuts, flaxseed, chia seed) have been associated with cancer risk reduction. Go Nuts with 5 oz serving weekly to maximize the benefits of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to the INC and USDA National Nutrient, the following equal one ounce of nuts:

Photo Source: INC and USDA National Nutrient 150-157 Data Base for Standard Reference, Release 19, 2006.
Photo Source: INC and USDA National Nutrient 150-157
Data Base for Standard Reference, Release 19,
2006.

If you are looking for the perfect sweet & salty granola-like bar, I would recommend KIND Bar’s Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt. Each Bar contains 150 Kcal, 5 g Total Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 6 g Sugar, 3 g Protein. It contains all the healthy grains I like: Oats, brown rice, millet, oat flour, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa + a subtle maple flavor blend with the nuttiness of pumpkin & sunflower seeds. It makes a great chewy snack packed with amazing nutrients. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, magnesium, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are great for your immune system, bone and heart health.

source: kindsnacks.com
source: kindsnacks.com

Bottom line: Fear not the fats in nuts & seeds. You can read more about the latest nutrition research about nuts here.

 

What's on my office bookshelf?
What’s on my office bookshelf?

Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder: Epic Protein

Epic Protein

Do you need protein supplement?

Generally speaking, you are likely getting enough protein if you fuel your body with balanced, real, whole foods on a daily basis. It is unnecessary and can be harmful to strain on your kidneys and waistline with excess amounts of protein intake (especially animal protein). While I advocate nourishing your body through whole foods whenever possible, a high-quality protein powder can be a convenient choice under certain circumstances (ex.midnight cravings, pre-workout boosting, quick workout recovery, vegan bodybuilding). However, I’m pretty picky in choosing a high quality plant protein powder. I stay away from artificial sweeteners or coloring, and I favor products with 100% organic, high quality amino acid profile, and added super foods (ex. Probiotics, Digestive enzymes, Goji berries) that are delicious, easy to dissolve and swallow.

I’m really Happy with Epic Protein. This superfood-enriched protein powder has the cleanest ingredients I have seen. It’s nutritious, non-chalky, and delicious. The primary protein sources in Epic are Sprouted Brown Rice, Yellow Pea, and Sacha Inchi. Together, This high quality powder is an excellent choice for muscle growth, energy and endurance boost.

Product Highlights

  • 100% plant-based, organic, non-gmo, raw, gluten free and hypoallergenic
  • high protein content (19-26g per serving)
  • Great source of iron
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • O grams of fat, sugar, sodium
  • No additives, “natural” flavoring
  • Complete amino acid profile with a balanced ratio of BCAAs for optimal protein synthesis
  • Creamy and Delicious
  • Sweetened with Stevia leaf

Protein Source:

 Sprouted Brown Rice-The sprouting and fermenting process activate the enzyme activity between the amino acid bonds (similar to protein hydrolysates), which may increase protein content and aid better absorption, excellent for muscle repair.

Yellow Pea– Hypoallergenic and easy to digest, which is not likely to cause bloating or gas. It is high in BCAAs (branched chain amino acid), great for muscle building.

Sacha Inchi- AKA SaviSeeds- provides 8 grams of complete protein per ounce. This superfood is rich in vitamin E and ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which may promote abdominal fat loss, reduce cholesterol levels, and prevent heart disease.

While EPIC powder is fine enough to dissolve in water and have a full-bodied sweetness flavor by itself, I like to mix it with organic no sugar added coconut water or homemade soy milk. Each flavor supplies all of the essential amino acids and an exotic blend of nutritious superfoods. My favorites are the Original, Green Kingdom, and Chocolate Mocha.

Original:

  • 26 grams of protein per serving
  • Rich in phytochemicals and prebiotics from Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Contain antioxidant rich Cranberry Seeds that help fight free radicals

Green Kingdom:

  • 20 grams of protein per serving
  • Creamy texture, rich real flavor and full-bodied sweetness with no ‘fake’ aftertaste
  • Exotic blend of land and sea greens including kale, indian moringa and spirulina
    • Spirulina, an antioxidant-rich algae with protein, B-vitamins, calcium, and iron. Packed with Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which may regulate blood sugar and prevent cravings.

Chocolate Maca:

  • 19 grams of protein per serving
  • Creamy texture, rich sweetness with no ‘fake’ aftertaste.
  • Packed with antioxidant-rich cacao and adaptogenic maca root.
  • Raw cacao contains living enzymes, rich in magnesium, calcium, and iron
  • Contain Ceylon Cinnamon- a natural sweetener and powerful antioxidants that may help regulate blood sugar levels

Epic Protein is the current plant-based protein powder I recommend to my clients and friends. If you would like to learn more their products and give it a try, please visit www.sproutliving.com

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