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22
NOV

What’s New? Santa Cruz Organic

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Are you looking for a delicious, natural, and organic juice? Look no further. Lucky Vitamin is happy to present Santa Cruz Organic products to our customers.

Santa Cruz Organic offers the best organic juices made from harvest to the bottle, with no stops in between. As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic was the first company to offer customers a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends. They were also the first juice processor to use all organic fruit.

The Santa Cruz Organic brand’s roots stretch back to the early 1970′s when founder and nature lover, John Battendieri, began revitalizing orchards in the Santa Cruz mountains, an area known for its high-quality, flavorful fruit. Battendieri pressed his first batch of “Mr. Natural” apple juice in 1972, making it one of the first packaged organic products. The company believe nature itself is the truest form of art, and the goal is to infuse the beauty of nature’s process into everything.

Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 50 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads available nationwide. By offering high-quality organic products, the Santa Cruz Organic brand raises awareness for the health and economic benefits of organic agriculture.

In addition, the company has been a leader in efforts to conserve water resources, build soil integrity and support a healthier ecosystem by helping growers make the decision to choose organic practices for their fields and orchards. Each year, Santa Cruz Organic buys fruit from hundreds of carefully selected organic growers, who represent thousands of acres dedicated to organic practices. Santa Cruz Organic is proud to be an official participant of the Non-GMO Project.

Additionally, you can save an extra 15% when you shop Santa Cruz Organic products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Pure Lime Juice – 16 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Apple Sauce Strawberry – 23 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Cranberry Nectar Juice – 32 oz.

 
20
NOV

6 Fermented Foods You Need In Your Diet Now

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Fermentation is a preserving method that injects food with naturally occurring microorganisms that helps promote a diversity of cultures to thrive within your body. Consuming and creating these “live” foods have become a movement to many and an art form for some. Increase your gut flora and replenish the microbiome with these “good bacteria” foods.

Miso – This fermented soybean paste is rich in enzymes and is traditionally used in Japanese cooking. You can add miso to soups, sauces, dressings, dips and marinades.

Tempeh – Another fermented soy product that comes in a patty form, tempeh’s fermentation process allows it to retain a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.

Kefir – More nutritious than yogurt, kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains.” It’s considered one of the most probioticly rich foods on the planet, having originated centuries ago in the Caucasus Mountains. Are you vegan? No worries, kefir water is available in a variety of flavors.

Kombucha – Known by some as the “Elixir of Life,” kombucha is a fermented tea that is created from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast). The outcome is an effervescent drink that contains b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic).

Kimchi – A traditional, Korean side dish made by lacto-fermentation, similar to sauerkraut.  Both spicy and sour, Kimchi is the combination a variety of Asian vegetables (like napa cabbage and daikon radish) and seasonings.

Sauerkraut Lactobacillus is at work again to give you this wonderfully tangy condiment. Derived from the German word that simply means sour white cabbage, sauerkraut has a long history of health benefits due to its high levels of glucosinolates. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

You can find most of these foods at your nearest health food store. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try to make your own!

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17
NOV

What’s New? Cofilac

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Coffee lovers, we have good news for you. Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, top-quality brand of fiber supplement in an instant coffee form: Cofilac.

Cofilac offers a one-of-a-kind fiber supplement which can be taken as a cup of instant coffee. Made with the best Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, Cofilac delights your palate with the flavor of a premium cup of coffee while providing your body with the recommended amount of fiber every day. Sounds crazy? Give it a try!

Fiber consumption is very important in every healthy diet but consuming the required amount for the human body every day can be a challenge. Cofilac aims to help you reach the amount of fiber you need every day without changing your habits or lifestyle. The product is developed by a company named Actafarma, a pioneer pharmaceutical laboratory with more than 15 years of experience in the lifestyle-pharma segment. Throughout these years, Actafarma focus has been to provide innovative solutions to this biggest concern: how to improve the quality of life of consumers by improving also their health. In 2010 Actafarma was recognized as the most innovative Spanish company and the most innovative company of the community of Madrid, Spain.

Cofilac has been helping people reach their daily doses of fiber for 8 years in Europe and is supported by studies regarding its efficacy and safety. Cofilac is a unique fiber supplement combined with instant coffee, made with the best coffee beans to offer the flavor of a premium cup of coffee with the benefits of a fiber supplement.

You can save even more when you shop this new, revolutionary Cofilac product at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Cofilac – Fiber with Instant Coffee – 14 Packet(s)

 
14
NOV

What’s New? TerrAmazon

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a premium brand of natural products to our customers: TerrAmazon.

TerrAmazon offers top-quality products created with the unique nourishing wealth from the Amazon rainforest. The company aims to share healthy, unique, and fair trade products from the Amazon rainforest and, at the same time, promote awareness of forest preservation and social responsibility through sustainable practices. TerrAmazon is inspired by “Nature” and seeks to maintain the sustainability chain that preserves the rainforest and its people.

TerrAmazon believes that natural foods, organically grown from the Amazon rainforest, preserve their natural properties and are rich in nutrients. The consumption of Amazonian products is profoundly linked with rainforest preservation. The products from the standing forest promote the sustainable economy that empowers local communities. TerrAmazon’s core values ensure the products deliver natural and organic ingredients and also that the company encourage local sustainable economies, bringing the consumer and rainforest together, delivering genuine products based on traditional customs.

One of the company’s best-selling products is TerrAmazon Organic Acai powder. This premium supplement contains acai, a superfruit that provides Omegas 3, 6 and 9. A Brazilian super-berry originating from the Amazon rainforest, acai berries are known for having many healthy properties and are considered one of the healthiest food on the planet. Adding Organic TerrAmazon Acai powder to your diet everyday will give you the healthy boost you were looking for. TerrAmazon Acai superfood powder is USDA-certified Organic and Vegan.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop TerrAmazon products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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TerrAmazon – Camu Camu Powder – 2 oz.
TerrAmazon – Organic Maca Powder – 2 oz.
TerrAmazon – Organic Acai Powder – 2 oz.

 
11
NOV

5 Omega Foods That Aren’t Fish

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Most people are aware of the importance of omegas to maintain good health. However, some people find it difficult to obtain this important nutrient if the fish sources aren’t really an option. What people need to know is that many other vegetarian sources contain good amounts of omegas. So, here is a list of 5 foods for omegas that aren’t fish:

1. Flax Seeds: flax seeds are considered the best vegetarian source of omega 3. One ounce of flax seeds packs in 6388mg of omega 3 (nearly 6 times the RDA) as well as 1655mg of omega 6 in the process, which helps keep your omega 3 to omega 6 radios in check. If you can take a tablespoon of flax oil, the amount of omega 3s is even higher, about 7196mg.

2. Chia Seeds: chia seeds have recently been one of the hottest natural supplements. These incredible nutrient-packed seeds contain 4915mg of omega 3 in one single ounce as well as 1620mg of omega 6. They are also loaded with calcium, fiber, and manganese.

3. Mustard Oil: this natural oil has 826mg omega 3 and 2146mg omega 6 in a tablespoon. Compare this to the 103mg omega 3 and 1318mg omega 6 found in olive oil and a simple switch of your oil can provide you a boost of omegas and health benefits.

4. Seaweed: seaweeds not only have fairly high amounts of omega 3, but they are also one of the only vegan foods which also have EPA and DHEA. Spirulina contains 58mg omega 3, 88mg omega 6 per tablespoon and is considered one of the best choices for seaweed.

5. Berries: berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but did you know that most berries can also be a good vegetarian source of omega 3? Blueberries top the list with 174mg of omega 3 per one cup serving while simultaneously delivering 259mg of omega 6.

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Navitas Naturals – Raw Chia Seeds Certified Organic – 16 oz.
NOW Foods – Flax Seed Meal Organic – 12 oz.
Earthrise – Spirulina Natural Green Super Food For Longevity Powder – 6.3 oz.
Fruit Advantage – Brain Support Wild Blueberry – 60 Capsules formerly Traverse Bay

 
7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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YS Organic Bee Farms – Raw Tupelo Honey – 13 oz.
CC Pollen – High Desert Totally Desert Honey – 1.5 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey – 16 oz.

 
6
NOV

Chocolate Helps with Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

As if you didn’t already love chocolate enough, a small-scale study found that an antioxidant in chocolate might improve memory skills associated with age related memory loss. The study, which was released by the Journal Nature Neuroscience, included healthy people ages 50 to 69, who for three months drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols. This group performed better on a memory tests than those who drank a low flavanol mixture. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Cocoa flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean. This research supports other findings showing that flavanols, especially epicatechin (found in cocoa beans), improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans.  The researchers of this study also found that the flavanol mixture was able to increase activity of the dentate gyru: the part of the brain that is involved in memory associated with recognizing faces and remembering where you parked your car.

Unfortunately for us chocolate lovers out there you would need to consume about seven average-sized chocolate bars to replicate the amount of epicatechin (138 mg) used in the study. However, if you do want to try to increase the cocoa and chocolate in your life then shop LuckyVitamin. We carry chocolate bars like Theo Chocolate, which is organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, soy free and fair trade. We also have other top brands like Chocolove, Green and Black’s Organic, Dagoba, Newman’s Own, and Endangered Species.  Endangered Species chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change with each chocolate bar.  They donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. While you might not increase your memory overnight eating our organic chocolates, at least you will be happy doing so.

 

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30
OCT

Walnuts: More than Delicious

Filed Under: Health Foods at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

In an interesting study released earlier this year, scientists found that walnuts appear to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, you just read the previous statement correctly. Walnuts may keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay. Researchers at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities said an experiment with Alzheimer’s-susceptible mice found those that consumed walnuts showed significant improvement in their memory and learning skills compared with mice without walnuts.  Previous research has shown that walnuts have a protective effect in the brain preventing against oxidative damages. Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids which may help to explain some of their benefits for Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers in this study also looked at walnuts’ effects on anxiety, loco motor activity and motor coordination.  From the age of 4 months, they fed the experimental mice custom mixed diets containing 6% or 9% walnuts, which is equivalent to 1 or 1.5 oz of walnuts per day in humans. Again, the other groups were given no walnuts in their diets. At the age of 13-14 months, the mice were tested using a variety of mazes. These mazes tested loco motor skills, memory and learning ability, psychomotor coordination, as well as anxiety related behaviors. The mice that were not fed any walnuts showed memory deficits, anxiety-related behaviors and severe impairment in spatial learning ability. However, the mice fed the walnut rich diets showed significant improvement in memory, learning ability, anxiety and motor development.

Aiding in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease is not the only health benefit of walnuts. A quick Google search reveals that walnuts have been found beneficial in lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, lowering risk of diabetes, and also contain other antioxidants that boost heart health. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of organic walnuts, trail mixes and snack bars to help you get your daily filling of walnuts.

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27
OCT

5 Scary Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Artificial sweeteners are scary. Many of these products are the result of blended chemicals to create super sweet powders without calories. Breaking the habit of using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may be one of the most difficult challenges people have to overcome but it is definitely worth it. Switching to natural sweeteners is one of the best ways to not just improve your health but also to avoid toxic ingredients into your body. Here is a list of the top 5 scary sweeteners:

1. Aspartame: one of the most popular sweetener, aspartame is often added to diet sodas and pre-packaged foods. This dangerous sweetener is found in Equal, Sugar Twin, and NutraSweetis and there are an amazing 92 reported side effects, including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.

2. Saccharin: another famous sweetener, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but is often mixed with other artificial sweeteners due to its metallic aftertaste. Sugar substitute’s products such as Sweet N’ Low contain saccharin which was suspected to be a human carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program for nearly 20 years.

3. Acesulfame Potassium: also known as Acesulfame-K, this sweetener has a potential link to cancer. Studies have showed a link between consumption of acesulfame potassium and cancer in laboratory animals but more scientific study on the artificial sweetener is needed. Concerns have been attributed to contamination of methylene chloride, a known human carcinogen. Products such as Sunett, Sweet One, and Sweet ‘n Safe contain acesulfame potassium, sometimes shorted as ACE on labels.

4. Sucralose: this sweet-bomb is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than table sugar and the main ingredient on Splenda products. Though it is deemed safe by the FDA, reports claim that its composition makes it nearly impossible for our bodies to metabolize normally. Reported side effects include skin rashes, agitation, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle and stomach pain, headaches, intestinal cramping, and bladder issues.

5. Neotame: originally introduced by Monsanto, before it was sold to NutraSweet, this sweetener is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which sits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most hazardous chemicals and somehow is available in food products such as NutraSweet and Sweetos.

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Navitas Naturals – Sweet Tooth Organic Coconut Palm Sugar – 16 oz.
In The Raw – Monk Fruit In The Raw Natural Sweetener – 40 Packet(s)
Coombs Family Farms – Organic Pure Maple Sugar – 25 oz.

 
24
OCT

A Guide to Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but sometimes we just can’t help but succumb to our sweet tooth. Not only is it OK to treat yourself every now and then, you can still make smart choices when doing so. Check out the following list for some natural sugar alternatives, as well as a few ingredients you should always try to avoid.

Look For:

Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener is made using a two-step process. While here are several grades commonly found in most food stores, Grade B is the darkest and has the strongest maple flavor.

Raw, Local Honey – Packed with amazing health benefits, this natural sweetener easily trumps refined table sugar. Plus, honey has immune strengthening properties, as well!

Stevia  – A plant-derived herb that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar, so tread lightly when substituting in baked goods.

Black Strap Molasses – A strong flavored, sugarcane sweetener full of vitamins and minerals. Use a small amount of black strap molasses when replacing with sugar in recipes.

Xylitiol/ ErythritolThese are common sugar alcohols that have few calories and little aftertaste. Xylitol and Erythritol do not raise blood sugar but may cause digestion issues when over consumed.

Steer Clear Of:

Stay away from products that contain the ingredients below, and remember that, as always (even when indulging!), moderation is key.

Agave

Refined White Sugar Cane

Aspartame

HFCS

Sucralose

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17
OCT

7 Foods You Need to Give Up to Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 12:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Everyone should be aware of the dangers of GMOs, genetically modified organisms. These organisms whose genetic material has been altered by use of genetic engineering techniques are quite often used in food products. Studies have shown that food derived from GMO crops poses greater risk to health than food from natural, organic sources. Here is a list of 7 foods you need to give up to avoid GMOs.

1. Prepackaged Meals

Prepackaged foods often contain a variety of GMOs in their ingredients. Unless the product is labeled organic, pre-made foods, particularly frozen foods, are made with low-cost food ingredients which usually contain GMOs.

2. Conventional Corn

Conventional corn is the staple of GMO food. By far the largest crop grown in the United States, corn providers have altered the process of growing corn to collect better, more efficient results. GMO corn has been engineered with chemicals that will ward off insects and battle back against herbicides. Corn is used to make High Fructose Corn Syrup, which should be a priority ingredient to be eliminated from your diet.

3. Conventional Milk

Conventional milking cows are fed a steady diet of GMO-laced feed, as well as antibiotics and other drugs to try to keep them healthy. Buy organic milk or use another natural, organic source of milk such as soy or almond.

4. Conventional Tomatoes

Conventional tomatoes most likely contain high amounts of GMOs as the majority of the farms across the nation do not grown organic tomatoes. Regular tomatoes contain herbicides and pesticides built right into it. Remember to avoid other products made from conventional tomatoes such as catchup, sauces, and salsa.

5. Farmed Salmon

Farm-raised salmon is one of the most dangerous food products and definitely one to be avoided.  Farmed fish often live in small tanks in their own feces, and are given fish pellets with all sorts of medicine and growth vitamins to help the fish grow faster so they can be harvested more quickly. Look for wild-caught Alaskan or Norwegian salmon to avoid GMOs and other toxic additives found in farm raised salmon.

6. Conventional Potatoes

Potatoes are used by fast food companies and prepared food companies to make French fries, chips, hash browns, snacks, soups, and many other foods. Regular potatoes have GMO chemicals which are placed right into the seed itself. You can shop organically grown potatoes as well as products made from organic potatoes.

7. Soybeans

Soybeans are the second-largest crop grown in America and, unfortunately, the use of GMOs in soybeans is greater than in other crops. Soybean oil and other soy-derived products are likely to contain GMOs. Search for organic alternatives or non-GMO labels before buying any soy product.

 

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Bobo’s Oat Bars – Gluten Free All Natural Bar Lemon Poppyseed – 3 oz.
SweetLeaf – 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener – 70 x 1g Packets
NuGo Nutrition – Gluten Free Bar Dark Chocolate Crunch – 1.59 oz.

 
9
OCT

7 Essentials for the Gluten-Free Baker

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Attempting to bake without gluten can be quite the challenge, not to mention just a little bit terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow these seven pantry essentials to master the art form of gluten-free baking.

1. Whole Grain Flours – It’s necessary to have several different flours on hand including brown rice flour, chick pea flour, quinoa flour, teff flour and millet.

2. Starches – Arrowroot flour, Cornstarch, Potato Starch and Tapioca Flour

3. Baking Soda and Baking Powder – You’ll need to increase the amount of these leavening agents by 25% when adapting a recipe to one that is gluten-free.

4. Thickeners –Xanthan Gum is added to gluten-free baked goods to bind, stabilize, emulsify, thicken or lend structure or suspension to your baked treat.

5. Buckwheat Flakes – These are a wonderful substitute for anyone avoiding oats.

6. Ener-G Egg Replacer – This is for anyone with a food allergy that needs to avoid gluten, as well as dairy.

7. Gluten Free Mixes – Try saving time with some pre-made blends of most baked goods, including everything from pizza crusts to cupcakes.

Bonus Tip: When creating your own gluten-free flour blend, use a ratio of 60% starch with 40% whole grain flours.  Keep in mind that these rations may vary depending on what you’re baking. If you’re converting grandma’s cookie recipe, a great tip is to substitute 140 grams of your gluten-free mix for every cup of “regular” gluten all-purpose flour.

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9
OCT

What’s New? Beanitos

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Beanitos.

Beanitos offers a top-quality line of innovative chips made from beans, created to be your new favorite snack. With amazing taste and powerful nutrition, Beanitos are an honestly delicious snack made from super nutritious beans that have fiber and protein grown right in them. They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients.

Beanitos thinks everyone deserves to crunch and dip without compromise, to enjoy a snack that tastes great and is good for you. Since it had been difficult to find a snack that fit the bill, Beanitos was born.

Beanitos are made from fiber and protein rich whole beans. About 12 chips or 1 oz. of Restaurant Style White Bean Chips contains 4 grams complete protein, 6 grams fiber, 16 grams carbohydrates, only 7 grams fat with NO trans-fats, and no sugar added. Beanitos also have lower sodium than most snack chips, ranging from 55 mg to 140 mg per serving. No other snack chip can boast all the healthy nutrition of Beanitos.

Beanitos are made the simple way. The company sort, wash, and cook the beans in small batches, combining them with whole-grain rice to create a special dough. Then they are shaped and cut into pieces, which are baked and then flash-fried in sunflower oil and finished with a light dusting of sea salt or natural seasoning.

You can save even more when you shop all Beanitos items at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Beanitos – Bean Chips Restaurant Style – 6 oz.
Beanitos – Bean Chips Original Black Bean with Sea Salt – 6 oz.

 
7
OCT

Add to Your Diet: Five Super Berries to Improve Your Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Super berries are among the hottest, most popular super-foods in the market and for good reasons. These nutrient-rich foods have high concentrations of anthocyanin, a super antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function, among other health benefits. If you are not sure which one(s) should you add to your diet, here’s a great list for five super berries that can help improve your health.

1. Açai berry

Perhaps the most popular of the miracle, super-food variety, açai berries are harvested from açai palm trees native to the rain forests of South America. Among its health benefits, açai has been known to help with weight loss and high cholesterol, give a boost to erectile dysfunction, support arthritis, aid detoxification, and improve overall health. Açai berries have proven to be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.

 

 

2. Blueberry

 

Blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Studies have shown that blueberries may reduce memory decline as well as heart attack risk, can improve vision, and may provide other anti-aging benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and a good source of dietary fiber.

 

 

3. Cranberry

 

Cranberry can help prevent urinary tract infections but this North America native fruit offers a variety of other health benefits. Cranberries have a long history of use for medicinal purposes, including treatments for wounds, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments and liver issues.

 

 

4. Goji berry

 

Native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet, Goji berries have been used by Chinese herbalists for years to help eyesight, boost immune function and promote longevity. Goji berries contain very high antioxidant concentration as well as remarkable levels of vitamin C, beta carotene, amino acids, iron, and B vitamins.

 

 

 

5. Noni berry

 

Originally from the tropical areas of the South Pacific, noni berry has been a popular ingredient in Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps, bowel irregularities, diabetes, liver diseases and urinary tract infections. Noni offers significant amounts of vitamin C, niacin, iron, potassium, with lesser amounts of vitamin A and calcium.

 

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Natrol – Cranberry Fast Dissolve 250 mg. – 120 Tablets
Ojio – Goji Berries Raw Organic – 8 oz.
NOW Foods – Effer-C Effervescent Drink Mix Acai Berry – 30 x 0.194 oz. Packets
Natural Factors – Blue Rich Super Strength Blueberry Concentrate – 90 Softgels
South Pacific Trading Company – Noni Pacific Juice – 32 oz.

 
30
SEP

What’s New? Dang

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands of health food products to promote a better, healthier lifestyle for our customers. The latest addition is a top-quality brand of unique snacks: Dang Coconut Chips.

Dang offers a variety of coconut chips snacks that are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no cholesterol and no GMO ingredients. These delicious and healthy snacks are a good source of fiber and are high in Lauric Acid.

Dang Foods is a family-run snack company that runs on love and coconuts. Made from the nutrient-packed copra, the “meat” of the coconut, Dang Coconut Chips are a delicious snack that provides loads of energy. The meat is sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to golden brown. Since copra is high in fiber, you don’t have to eat a lot to feel full, with only a few handfuls and you’ll be good to go.

Dang believes that these toasted coconut chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy your snack cravings quickly and give you a boost of energy. While great on their own, toasted coconut chips can be used to enhance other foods. Try them with: Salads, ice cream, trail mix, cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, cakes and cookies, and other baked goods. Dang’s motto is “Dang, that’s good!” as the company is forging ahead fast, bringing you unconventional culinary delights from around the globe.

You can save even more when you shop Dang products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code SEP14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 3.17 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 3.17 oz.

 
 
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