happy 2013 everyone! i hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating this holiday season. i certainly did, but as much fun as it was, i am a little glad to be returning to a routine. my body is craving good food, exercise and normalcy.
to start off the new year it seems fitting to share a review with you of the company rich nature and their products. everyone always goes into the new year with healthy eating on the mind and rich nature offers high quality superfoods to help you do just that!
a couple months ago i was contacted by rich nature to conduct a review of some of their products and i gladly agreed. life got busy so i apologize for the delay on this, but i wanted to be able to do the products and company justice!
first off, here is the haul they sent me, it was so generous!
in the mix: chocolate covered mulberries, goji berry powder, goji berries, seabuckthorn powder mulberries and chocolate-covered goji berries
first up, the chocolate covered golden berries:
from the website, “each sweet, tart, and chewy golden berry is covered in dark chocolate then sprinkled with sea salt and turbinado sugar.”
might as well get the negative out of the way before we move on. this was the one product i didn’t enjoy. i was really excited to try them since i love the tartness of golden berries and figured that adding chocolate could never be a bad thing! however for me, the tartness of the berry was overcome by the intense sweetness of the chocolate, and the sea salt and turbinado sugar was overpowering. after having my first bite i turned the pack over to discover they weren’t vegan either :( milk in the chocolate…
on the other hand, i brought them home with me for my parents to try and they really enjoyed them. so i’ll leave you guys to decide for yourself!
now let’s get to the good stuff!
“with just 10 calories per serving, this powder will help you glide through your day by giving you some antioxidant boost with vitamins e & c, or add a splash or tartness to your bitter but yummy pomegranate juice”
this wasn’t a product i was very familiar with before receiving it, so i did some research prior to using it. turns out seabuckthorn grows under incredibly treacherous conditions, making the plant extremely resilient, giving it loads of nutritional benefits from antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. it can be used both internally and topically for inflammation, cardiovascular concerns and as an anti-microbial and for digestive concerns.
i added this to smoothie with banana and blueberries and thought the tartness of the powder went great with the sweetness of the fruit. however, perhaps my favourite way to use this was topically as part of a facemask! on on particular day when i was feeling under the weather and my face was a little puffy, i mixed some into some plain coconut yogurt and applied onto my face and let it dry. the effects were amazing! much of the redness was gone and my skin felt plump and healthy.
i also mixed it with some water as a digestive tonic and it eased some upset i was having.
so ultimately this was fantastic product both for flavour and medicinal qualities.
next up, goji powder and berries:
from the website:
goji berries contain:
- 11 macro & 22 trace minerals
- 5 carotenoids including: beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, crytoxanthin
- 5 unsaturated fatty acids including essential fatty acids- linoleic acid & alpha-linoleic acid
- 6 essential vitamins including: vitamin a (beta-carotene), vitamin c, vitamin b2 (riboflavin), calcium, vitamin b1 (thiamine)
- 18 amino acids
not bad for a little berry! goji berries are a regular addition to my diet, usually appearing as a smoothie topper. these goji berries were especially awesome! i found these ones to be a little less dry than other brands i’ve tried and were deliciously chewy. since they were a little softer, they also blended into my smoothies easier than other brands, since i don`t have a super fancy blender.
the powder made a great addition to smoothies as well, giving a nutritional boost and a nice tart flavour. i also used the powder mixed in water with some msm powder (not always the most palatable supplement to take and it helped to greatly enhance the flavour of my drink! keep reading for a recipe using this!
and now for the mulberries:
“naturally sweet, chewy, multi-seeded clusters of vanilla scented goodness”
mulberries are another amazing superfood to add to your diet. they are very high in antioxidants like quercetin to help defend against disease and to keep you looking younger. mulberries also happen to be very high in resveratrol which is a phenol that helps protect your body from harmful bacteria and fungi. they are also low glycemic, helping to satisfying a sweet tooth without causing your blood sugar to spike!
the flavour of these was just delicious! they have a fruity-vanilla taste with a great chew. these are fantastic as a part of a trail mix, on top of a smoothie or oatmeal or just eating from the bag! they also make a great addition to a savoury dish for little pops of sweetness.
here i made a lovely quinoa dish with sautéed onions, garlic, mushrooms and kale with savoury spices and mulberries! the mulberries really helped round out the dish and gave a surprising pop of sweetness every now and then.
finally, chocolate-covered goji berries!
“ark chocolate goji berries are covered in semi-sweet, perfectly crunchy dark chocolate to give you that perfect bite each and every time”
do you even have to ask why these were my favourite? these were the perfect treat! sweet but tart berries covered in a dark chocolate crunchy coating…getting in your antioxidants never tasted so good! i HIGHLY recommend these.
in fact i loved them so much, i decided to create a superfood packed smoothie to replicate their flavour. i used goji berried and goji powder from rich nature to capture the intense goji berry taste and some cacao powder for the chocolate. i of course topped the smoothie with some of the chocolate covered goji berries, because, why not? this smoothie is such a treat yet healthy enough for breakfast!
chocolate-covered goji berry green smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- few leaves of kale
- 1 tbsp goji berries, soaked
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp goji powder (optional, but really enhances the goji flavour)
- stevia to taste (~3 drops)
first blend the hemp seeds and water to form a quick hemp milk. then add in everything else and blend until smooth. garnish with more goji berries, chocolate-covered if you have them!
finally, the mazing people at rich nature have offered to extend to you, my lovely readers a discount on merchandise ordered from their website. just use the code VEGNOOK12 to get 18% off some awesome superfoods! this code is good for 1 year.