Spring, the season of new life and change, is fast approaching, and what better time to take stock of one’s health and lifestyle? Forget New Year’s resolutions – spring is the time to make changes in the way you eat and live.
As the warmer weather sets in, it’s easier to give up the heavy hot meals that seem to beckon during winter, and to choose lighter, healthier options.
Nature’s Choice is the only local organic-certified range of food products in South Africa, offering bio-friendly, GMO (genetically modified organism) free products. Nature’s Choice products are also unrefined, preservative-free, hydrogenated fat-free, and sucrose-free.
Why not incorporate a few of these delicious and healthy snacks into your spring eating plan?
Miracles Seed Cereal:
This yummy seed mix is chock-full of fibre, as well as essential fatty acids, which aid your body in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. They also promote good circulation, which helps to maintain a healthy heart, and support a healthy immune system.
Miracles Seed Cereal contains linseed (flax), sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds, while Miracles Plus Plus also contains pumpkin seeds.
The mix can be sprinkled over a salad or roasted veggies to add texture and protein; toasted and eaten on their own, or they can be dry-milled or soaked overnight in water and added to cereals and porridge.
Calories per 100g: 505Kcal
Dairy-free Milkshake Mixes:
These shakes are lactose-, cholesterol-, sucrose-, GMO- and preservative-free, and the strawberry variety is also gluten-free. Available in chocolate, vanilla-toffee and strawberry flavours, they serve as a delicious and guilt-free treat.
Calories per 100g: 400.72Kcal
Hailed as a super-food, cranberries are a nutrient powerhouse. They are packed with antioxidants, are said to help in fighting cardiovascular disease, and even help to prevent urinary tract infections.
Eat them on their own, in a salad, mixed with other dried fruit and nuts, or in your muesli.
Calories per 100g: 326.10Kcal
Just as satisfying but far healthier than a real toffee, these oven-dried dates are rich in natural sugar and are a great source of energy. Packed with calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B5 and folic acid, Jerusalem Toffees are also high in natural fibre.
Calories per 100g: 335.65Kcal
Cashew Nuts (raw and unsalted):
Cashew nuts, aside from tasting great, are very low in saturated fats and high in copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Whether used as a snack or as an ingredient in your favourite recipe, they are good for the heart, the blood, bones and nerves, the immune system and general health.
Typical Nutritional Analysis
Calories per 100g: 584.5Kcal