Kevala Review

The other day I received a package in the mail from Kevala which is a company based in the United States that makes whole organic foods. Gerardo was kind enough to send me a very generous sample kit which I opened like a child on Christmas. In the package I got a jar of Tahini, Coconut oil, Cashew butter, and a bag of raw Cacao Powder.

IMG_0063At Kevala, their products are made with only one ingredient. There is no sugar, salt, oils or chemicals added or used in the production process.  “Your health is our number one priority and we will continue to develop new and innovative products that serve as basic ingredients in a healthy diet. Most of our products are made in the US but, since our passion is to offer genuine pure ingredients, we sometimes need to go in search of them in other countries as they are not always available at home. Our Organic Raw Honey is harvested in the tropical forest of Oaxaca, where we make sure that the bee habitat is respected and protected. Our Organic Agave Nectar comes from Mexico’s Blue Agave fields. Our Organic Olive Oil is truly Mediterranean, picked and cold pressed following ancient Tunisian traditions. Wherever the source may be, more than 90% of our products are bottled in the US always complying with both the FDA and USDA’s high quality standards.”

Product 1: Coconut Oil

The first thing I used, and by far the most common product was the coconut oil. If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend you do. Coconut oil has many benefits that include skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. Not only that but it relieves kidney problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer.

It’s great for cooking and baking, and is also a great substitute for butter and other oils. I used it in quinoa, on the frying pan to make tofu, on my skillet making pancakes, and even used it to make vegan chocolate sauce.

IMG_0926Product 2: Raw Cacao Powder

The second thing I used was the cacao powder. It’s raw, vegan and gluten free. Cacao powder is a great anti-oxidant that you can add to smoothies, cookies, brownies, oatmeal etc. Just 1-2 tsp. can have amazing benefits for you. It keeps all of it’s nutrients when used raw so I like to add it to smoothies and oatmeal the best. Who would have thought chocolate could be so good?

IMG_0388Product 3: Cashew Butter

I’ve never tried cashew butter before, but I LOVE cashews and I LOVE peanut butter, so I assumed I would love this as well. Sure enough, I did. It’s creamy, delicious, has a great texture, and tastes just like cashews.

Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, but approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

IMG_0390You can use cashew butter in just about anything. It gives a great flavour and texture if you add it to baking, but I also enjoyed adding a blob on top of my morning oatmeal.

2014-04-26 004 2014-04-26 001I decided to combine two of the products and create a Chocolate Cashew Smoothie. I simply put 2 frozen bananas in my blender and added a couple of dates, 2 tsp. of cashew butter, 2 tsp. of cacao powder, 2 strawberries, some almond milk and water, and it tasted just like a chocolate milkshake!

IMG_0392Product 4: Tahini

The final product I tried was the Tahini. Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth butter rich in calcium. It’s also rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, iron and helps to promote healthy skin growth. You can use it on vegetables, pasta, salad, stir fry, and so much more. You can drizzle it onto meals, or use it in cooking. It’s a great substitute for peanut butter if you are allergic because it has a similar texture.

It’s also awesome for making homemade hummus. Mmmm yes, hummus; the perfect vegan/vegetarian dip. All you do is drain and rinse your chickpeas and combine it together in a food processor with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and water.

IMG_1075IMG_1101Overall I absolutely LOVED the products that Kevala sent me. Not only were the products great, but the service was amazingly fast – I’m talking 2 days fast, and I’m in Canada. The jars were a great size and the bag of Cacao is enormous! These products will definitely last me a long time – well, that is unless I use them every single day because they’re so good.

For more information about Kevala, or if you’d like to buy some of their products, check out their website: https://www.kevala.net/

 

 

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Organic Burst Review

Many of you have probably heard of Organic Burst. They are a company based in the UK that sells organic super foods and powders. I see their products around Instagram all the time, so I thought it was time to check them out. Ekaterina was kind enough to send me 5 bottles of their organic powders!

IMG_0558These powders have amazing scientifically proven benefits for the skin, fighting sugar cravings, detox, anti-ageing, hormonal balance, exercise performance and more. Their products are loved by the celebrity health, beauty and fitness experts and have been featured in the leading media such as Vogue, Elle, The Times, Sunday Times Style, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Sun, Grazia and more.

Their products are 100% pure and organic superfoods that are super high in many nutrients, so they are natural alternatives to multivitamins supplements. Each of their chosen superfoods has an amazing history- spirulina was cultivated by the Aztec, maca was taken by the Inca, and the Pharaohs of Egypt took wheatgrass for rejuvenation.

They source from small ethical organic producers all over the world and manufacture in the UK to the highest quality standards. Organic Burst superfoods are a higher quality grade than many conventional superfood brands – with very high levels of potency and purity, UK pharmaceutical grade standard, free from heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, herbicides, fillers or additives and each batch tested in an independent laboratory in the UK.

IMG_0556I’ve heard so much about acai berries and acai powders, but believe it or not, I have never tried it. So as soon as the package came in, the first thing I made was an acai berry bowl.

2014-04-10 001 2014-04-10 008In my blender I added 2 frozen bananas, a handful of raspberries, and broke open 4 capsules of acai (4 is the recommended serving per day) and blended it all together. This beautiful creation was the outcome. It tasted delicious and was packed with super foods and anti-oxidants.

Acai is an Amazonian berry that does wonders for the skin and body. It has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruit and vegetables ever tested by science – up to 8 times that of blueberries and 10 to 30 times that of red wine. Its powerful antioxidants, polyphenols and Vitamin E, help slow down the effects of ageing by protecting our cells from degeneration.

IMG_0554Another super food I’ve heard many things about is Maca. It has been used in Peru for endurance, energy and hormonal balance for over 2000 years. Maca root is known as the Peruvian Ginseng due to the variety and density of its minerals: calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc.

I made chocolate Maca oatmeal. I cooked my oats, added 1 tsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp of cacao powder, and 1 tsp of Maca powder. I also added chia seeds, peanut butter and some fruit! Oh, and I drizzled it with some of my homemade vegan chocolate sauce.

2014-04-19 001 2014-04-19 0012014-04-19 001 2014-04-19 002Next I decided to take the Maca powder and pair it with another powerful super food: Wheatgrass.

Organic Burst Wheatgrass is a 100% pure, organic, green wonder-food from a multi-award winning UK brand. Humans have been consuming wheatgrass for over 5000 years, dating back to the Pharaohs of Egypt. It’s well known for its detoxifying and cleansing properties. It contains chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, enzymes and energy-metabolising minerals. Their wheatgrass is organically grown and carefully dried, preserving all its nutrients.

I made these smoothies for my dad and I. I know what you’re probably thinking – they look like grass. But I promise you, they were DELICIOUS! And if you are a health freak like me, or even someone who appreciates nutrition, you will believe me. (Because green smoothies are the bomb) They are simply 4 frozen bananas, lots of spinach, 1-2 tsp. of peanut butter, 1 tsp. of Maca powder, 1 tsp. of Wheatgrass powder, and water!

IMG_0158The fourth powder I tried was Spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green microscopic plant that has existed on our planet for 3.6 billion years and served as a source of nourishment to many civilizations. It has a full spectrum of nutrients that nourish the body and mind: beta-carotene, iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B complex, chlorophyll, complete protein, GLA and more.

Organic Burst Spirulina is grown organically in clean, freshwater ponds, free of toxins, chemicals or pesticides. Thanks to these strict conditions, their spirulina powder is a completely pure, easily digested, and has a pleasant taste.

I created a beautiful coloured smoothie that included: 3 frozen bananas, blueberries, almond milk, and 1 tsp of Spirulina.

spirulina The last powder I tried was Baobab. Baobab fruit powder is a powerful new superfood and Africa’s best-kept secret until now. It’s known as the “Tree of Life” and has been cherished by locals across the African continent for centuries. It has a unique nutritional profile, with more Vitamin C than oranges, more iron than red meat and a rich content of alkalising minerals: calcium, potassium and magnesium.

I made a green smoothie that was 2 frozen bananas, 1 tsp. of peanut butter, a handful of spinach, 1 tsp. of Baobab, 1 tsp. of Wheatgrass, and 1 cup of water!

2014-04-18 002 2014-04-18 006This smoothie was so good and refreshing that my parents even asked for some so I had to make more. You know Organic Burst is good when the whole family wants some.

2014-04-18 002 2014-04-18 007Organic Burst is a wonderful company that has some amazing products. I will for sure being using these in every smoothie I make. You can also add them to oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, brownies, quinoa; virtually anything. They are all powders, except for the Acai which is capsules, but you can open them and use the powder inside. They are fun, healthy, and make a great super food.

For more information about Organic Burst or to purchase some of their products online, visit their website: http://organicburst.com/

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