The need for seeds
Packed with seeds and bound with inulin, a great prebiotic that aids digestive processes to keep your gut healthy, Kapai Puku Original Blend Taki Bars ($16.50 for a pack of five) are a nutritious, nut-free energy snack for when you’re on the go. High in fibre, with no added sugar and chock-full of nutrients including omega 3, put some in your gym bag for a pre- or post-workout bite or keep them in your drawer at work for when the afternoon munchies hit. www.kapaipuku.com
Go crackers for Crimpers!
Struggle to find tasty gluten-free snacks? We’ve been chomping on the very moreish Crimpers! Made with brown rice flour, tapioca flour, rapeseed oil, wholegrain millet flour and a touch of salt, Orgran Seasalt Crimpers ($5.98) are packed with natural flavour without the addition of artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Delish! www.orgran.com
Did your mother always tell you to eat your greens?
She was right – dark green vegetables such as spinach, black kale and arugula are packed with nutrients. While you’re at it, treat yourself to some Good Green Stuff ($76). With a mix of greens, fruits, veggies, berries, added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics and enzymes, this is green goodness in a jar. www.nuzest.com
Açaí, goji berries, linseed, quinoa – the list of superfoods that have burst onto the scene in recent years goes on and on. The new kid on the block is the Asian vegetable konjac. Composed primarily of water, konjac contains a dietary fibre coined the “broom of the intestine” by the Japanese because of its cleansing qualities. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, after daily consumption over several weeks, this fibre can reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and promote weight loss. Reap the benefits of konjac through Angel Hair or Spaghetti SlimPasta ($3.69) – both variants contain 94 per cent less calories than normal pasta and are dairy, egg and fat free. The Angel Hair variety is also 100 per cent gluten free. www.slimpasta.com.au
Winner of “Australia’s Most Nutritious Bar” at the 2011 Natural Food Awards, the gluten-free and vegan Amazonia Açaí Raw Bars ($49.90 for a pack of 12) are another good choice when the afternoon cravings hit. Made from 80 per cent raw ingredients, each bar is bursting with goji berries, blueberries and freeze-dried açaí berries, and delivers the antioxidant equivalent of more than 100 berries. www.amazonia.com.au
Nothing beats a freshly ripe avocado, but now there’s
a back-up plan for when they’re unripe or out of season. Fressure Foods All Natural Avocado Spread ($3.99) contains 100 per cent fresh avocado with no additives or preservatives – each pack is equivalent to two fresh avocados, packaged in two easy-peel trays to keep them fresh for longer. Super easy, super tasty! www.fressurefoods.co.nz