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Cocoa

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Cocoa has been enjoyed for thousands of years by ancient cultures including the Aztecs and Mayans. And now cocoa has reached superfood status. Packing twelve times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries, natural cocoa is a crave-worthy, age-defying ingredient. Defy Aging with Delicious, Decadent Cocoa But that's not all. Researchers have identified more than 600 … [Read more...]

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Camu

Camu: A Superfruit Source of Vitamin C Are you looking for a safe and natural (not synthetic!) way to get your vitamin C? Look no further than camu. The camu-camu berry is a small, antioxidant-rich fruit that grows on a shrub (Myrciaria Dubia) found in the Amazonian rainforest.  And its the most potent known source of vitamin C in the world. In fact, camu-camu contains 30 to 60 times the … [Read more...]

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Mesquite

Mesquite is a legume belonging to the Prosopis genus and a traditional staple food of indigenous cultures from the arid regions of the Americas. The bean pods of this legume can be dried and ground into flour, adding a sweet, nutty taste to breads, or used to make jelly or wine. How to Use Mesquite in Baking When used in gluten free baking,  this legume flour should be used in combination … [Read more...]

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Lucuma

Lucuma (Pouteria obovata, or Lucuma obovata) is a fruit native to Peru. Known as the "Gold of the Incas" and as a symbol of fertility and creation, this fruit has been enjoyed for millenia . While sweet in taste, lucama is a low sugar fruit that is low glycemic.  It also contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Add lucama - most readily … [Read more...]

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Beef Broth

Beef broth is a culinary staple that's essential to have on hand. But before you go and buy just any old can, consider this: Most broths are loaded with sodium and MSG and made from "conventionally" raised beef. What's more, if you buy high quality broth, you'll spend between $2 and $3 per carton. Here's a better way... Make Your Own Beef Broth For Pennies... and In Minutes Using … [Read more...]

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Baking Powder

Baking powder is a leavening agent that is added to baked goods before cooking to help them rise. How Is Baking Powder Different From Baking Soda? Baking powder contains contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), but it also includes the acidifying agent (cream of tartar), and typically a starch as a drying agent. You can find baking powder as single-acting  and  double-acting. Single-acting … [Read more...]

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Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a seeming nutritional contradiction. Take a sniff and a taste and your senses may conjure a silky spoonful of sugar and butter. In fact, you might even think this natural treat would be on the "don't" list. And that couldn't be farther from the truth. Coconut is a superfood from the "Tree of Life" that adds more protein, more fiber and fewer carbs than any other flour. And it's … [Read more...]

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Spirulina

Spirulina refers to a large number of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. It contains unusually high amounts of protein, between 55 and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source. It is also complete protein - meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids. In addition to proteins, spirulina is rich in vitamins, (providing more beta-carotene tha carrots), minerals, polysaccharides and … [Read more...]

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Luo Han Guo

Luo han guo is an all natural, low glycemic sweetener from the fruit of Siraitia grosvenori- a member of the Curcurbitacea, or gourd family. It has been used as a medicinal herb for treating cough and sore throat and is popularly considered, in southern China, to be a longevity aid. Mogrosides, which are water extracted from the Lo Han fruit, offer a pleasant, sweet taste without elevating … [Read more...]

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Stevia

Stevia is a naturally sweet plant native to Paraguay. The pure glycosides are extracted from the Stevia leaves and turned into an intensely sweet powder which is sold as a supplement in the United States. In its whole form, stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar. When purified, it can be 250-300 times sweeeter than sugar. Stevia is all-natural, contains zero calories, and has a zero glycemic … [Read more...]

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