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    • What Is Spirulina and How Will It Help Me?

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      What is Spirulina?

      Spirulina is a natural ‘algae’ powder that is high in protein, antioxidants, B-vitamins, and other nutrients. When Spirulina is harvested correctly, from non-contaminated water, it has been noted as one of the most potent nutrient sources available. Spirulina also has high levels of iron that can be good for vegetarians due to it being plant-based.

      What Health Properties Does Spirulina Have?

      Spirulina has:

      • 65% of Spirulina is Protein and Amino Acids. It includes Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is good for reducing inflammation. GLA is very difficult to find in food and usually must be created by the body, so Spirulina is good to help those levels. Spirulina also contains all the Essential Amino Acids.
      • Reasonably good concentrations of Omega 3, 6 and 9, but is especially high in Omega-3.
      • High Chlorophyll levels, which help remove toxins from the blood and also helps to boost your immune system naturally.
      • High levels of bio-available Iron, which can help during pregnancy as well as being a good general boost for those who find that they get a little low.
      • A great source of Nutrients such as Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Vitamin C, D, A, and E. It also contains potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc. All of these help to boost your immune system to help you feel even better than before.
      • An incredibly high level of calcium that measures up to 26 times more than the levels in milk.

      As you can see, Spirulina is packed full of naturally occurring properties that can all help give your body the boost it needs.

      How Can I Take Spirulina?

      Often, Spirulina comes in either a powder or table form. Depending on how you plan on consuming your Spirulina, you will choose either one. For example, if you are going to add it into a smoothie, powder is probably best. If you are comfortable with taking tablets, then that may work better for you. If you are unsure about what would be best for you, have a chat with us to ask what we recommend for you.

       

      We have a range of Spirulina products, which include the following brands:

    • Almond & Rice Protein Balls

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      These little balls bring back childhood memories just looking at them, who knew there would be a healthier alternative to what have been called "Donkey Drops", Rum Balls and more depending on the family you grew up in. Read below for a quick and easy recipe!

      Ingredients

      50g of Organic Rice Protein Natural Flavour (brands we stock include Growing Naturals and Herbs of Gold)

      150g of Raw Almonds

      16 Pitted Dates

      1/2 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

      2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds

      1-2 tablespoons of Water (add more if you need it)

      1 1/2 tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder (brands we stock include Big Tree Farms, Loving Earth and Power Super Foods)

      1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

      1/2 cup of Shredded Coconut (to roll the balls in)

      Method

      1. Blend almonds in a food processor until finely ground
      2. Add all the other ingredients, except for the coconut and half the water. Mix until it starts to come together, then add the rest of the water if your mixture is too dry.
      3. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and shape into balls about the size of a walnut (of course you can make them bigger or smaller).
      4. Place the shredded coconut on a plate or chopping board and roll the balls in it until they have a nice coat of coconut on them.
      5. Serve and Enjoy!!

      This recipe should make about 15 balls.

      Recipe from Herbs of Gold

    • Why Should You Go Nuts for Nut Butters

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      You have seen them all; the fads that have come and gone. We are asked questions such as why should I use them? What makes them so special?

      Nut and seed butters have many benefits that are becoming more and more well-known. With each type of butter comes different although often similar, benefits.

      A Quick Run Down

      Nut butters have become increasingly common since the onset of wide spread nut allergies, particularly peanut allergies. This may sound odd, but there are plenty of nut and seed butter alternatives that you can enjoy WITHOUT worrying about your allergies getting in the way. If you show any symptoms of nut allergies, you must seek medical advice.  If you are given the all clear, you are ready to explore the world of delicious nut and seed butters.

      Tell Me Some More Information

      Nut butters contain some pretty important nutrients, including:

      • Protein
      • Healthy Fats
      • Fibre
      • Vitamins
      • Minerals

      If you are told to stay away from nuts, seed butters can be your saviour. Seed butters such as Sunflower Seed Butter can be higher in healthy, poly-unsaturated fats. Another example, Soy Nut Butter, which has been noted as having a similar taste to peanut butter, has been said to be higher in protein and lower in fat than the average nut butter. So, hope is not lost for those with nut allergies. However, it is important not to over indulge with nut butters due to the level of fats.

      What Are Some of My Options?

      In terms of nut butters, some of your options include:

      In terms of seed butters, some of your options include:

      • Tahini (Sesame Seed) Butter
      • Sunflower Seed Butter
      • Chia Seed Butter

       

      The main benefit of these butters is that they are good for maintaining a healthy heart, especially those with solid levels of Omega-3. Plus, these butters can be used for cooking as well as spreads so they are versatile too!

       

      So there you go, some food for thought and some alternatives to help you stay away from t peanut butter (if you are allergic to peanuts).

      Please note: The links to the butters are not the only one's we stock. Look through our website if you would like to see them all.

    • Frozen Buckinis Sandwiches

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      How about a treat? A nice treat. A frozen treat. A treat or breakfast meal to get you through these summer-like days we have been having. This recipe will give you food for thought.

      Ingredients

      4 cups of Berry & Cacao Cereal

      1/4 cup of Dried Cranberries (optional)

      2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (melted)

      1 tablespoon of Coconut Nectar

      2 cups of Cashews

      1 cup of Coconut Yoghurt

      2 tablespoons of Coconut Cream

      8 chopped strawberries

      1 lemon (juice)

      1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Bean Powder

      Method

      Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cereal, cranberries, coconut oil and coconut nectar. Pour half the mix into a small, lined, cake tin and press down evenly. Then put into the freezer.

      Step 2: Add cashews, coconut yoghurt, coconut cream, lemon juice, and vanilla bean powder to a high speed blender. Keep blending until the mixture is completely smooth.

      Step 3: Remove the mix from the freezer and pour over the previous step's mixture. Sprinkle the chopped strawberries on top and lightly press down.

      Step 4: Pour the remaining mix from Step 1 over the rest and place back in the freezer until it is completely set.

      Step 5: Remove from the freezer and cut it into squares. Keep stored in the freezer to keep it ice-cold.

       

      Credit for this recipe goes to Loving Earth.

    • Our Top 4 Benefits of Chia Seeds

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      Chia Seeds are little pockets of power that can be consumed in a number of ways such as blitzed into smoothies or sprinkled into meals. They are unprocessed, whole-grain foods that can be absorbed as a seed, unlike flaxseed. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds gives you 139 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of fibre, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, plus vitamins and minerals just to top it off, which includes Omega-3 and calcium.  You are probably wondering what some of the benefits are of incorporating these seeds into your food intake. Here are our top four benefits of the seeds that pack a punch.

      Great Source of Protein

      Chia seeds are a good source of protein.  Foods that are high in protein reduce hunger by making you feel full and provide your body with the fuel to keep going. Chia seeds are unique. They are one of the few non-animal product foods that contains a good level of protein.

      Great Source of Antioxidants

      We all want to have high levels of antioxidants. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that can help protect the delicate fats in the seeds. Antioxidants may help with fighting off free radicals that may damage the molecules within the cells of our body. Antioxidants may also help with reducing the signs of ageing and the onset of some diseases.

      Assist with Digestion

      Chia seeds have several properties that make them beneficial for digestion. Due to their high levels of fibre, chia seeds are actually quite low in carbohydrates (as many of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fibre), and can therefore do wonders for those of us who need to cut back on the carbs. The fibre in chia seeds works as a prebiotic in the digestive system, so it can feed the beneficial bacteria that is in the gut. Due to the levels of soluble fibre in chia seeds, they can absorb over ten times their weight in liquid. If that’s not a super power, then I don’t know what is. (PLEASE NOTE: Chia seeds should not be consumed by themselves due to their liquid absorption ability. It is recommended that they are put into liquid or plenty of water is drunk after consuming.)

      Assists with Maintaining Strong Bones

      Chia seeds contain reasonably good levels of calcium. Calcium is one of the fundamental minerals that assists in maintaining bone health, strength and mass. Chia also contains Boron, which is another essential nutrient for maintaining healthy bones. Boron’s main role is to assist with the metabolisation of calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, which all help with the healthy growing of bones and muscles.

       

      As you can see, Chia Seeds are incredibly useful to us. They have high levels of nutrients we need such as protein, fibre and antioxidants, just to name a few. The health benefits of chia seeds include more than what we have touched on here. It is important to ask a healthcare professional about how chia seeds may help you.

      Want to ask us? Leave a comment, phone us on (03)9670 1346 or email us on info@completehealth.com.au

      Our range of chia seeds includes:

      The Chia Company

      Power Super Foods

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