3 low or no sugar items to add to your grocery list!

Hey all! So you just finished reading my recipes page and now it's time to go shopping! Some recipes include ingredients you may not know what brands to choose, or where to find them. I've put together 3 products that should be in every pantry and where to get them!

First, let's start with Hemp hearts. After shelling or de-hulling the whole hemp seed, you are left with only the center – the ‘Hemp Heart’. Hemp hearts are high in protein, omega 3's, vitamins, minerals, and have a rich nutty flavour! You can add them to protein shakes, yogurts, fruits, and salads. I have chosen hemp hearts from a Canadian company by the name of Manitoba Harvest. (I am a big fan of supporting Canadian companies.) They are non GMO certified, kosher and certified organic. You can find them in almost any health food store and Loblaws. Be sure to check out the website for recipies and videos! www.manitobaharvest.com

Next, I have an amazing balsamic vinegar that I'm really enjoying! Many of my clients are looking for healthy low sugar, low calorie options for their salads. Acropolis Organics, (Crete, Greece) mousto balsamic vinegar has only 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon, 10 calories and is naturally sweetened with the juice of the grapes themselves. (Romeiki grapes) I really like the website, in which they provide a great comparison chart, info, and talk about what to look for when purchasing your product to make sure it passes standards. You can find them at most health foods stores, St lawrence market and Rowe farms to name a few. Check out the Olive oil as well. www.acropolicorganics.com

And lastly, Cocoa powder. The real chocolate before all the sugar was added!

Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. (Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk.) I have been using Navitas naturals cocoa powder for years now and like the idea of being able to control how much sugar goes into my recipes. I also like the natural processing that goes into their products. Take a look at the FAQS section for a detailed description on how they process their cocoa beans. You can find Navitas fairly easily, just click on the locator tab when visiting the website.


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