Jackson’s Honest Chips

Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips are super simple, but taste divine! They have been carefully made, and slowly cooked with coconut oil so that they are seriously crunchy, amazingly flavorful and actually good for us!

What is even better is that Jackson’s Honest have ensured that their potato chips are suitable for vegan’s, and people following a paleo (or other grain free) diet. So everyone can enjoy their chips!

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Check out the range of flavors of chips above!

The chips- according to Jackson’s Honest:

With more than 7,000 years of cultivation heritage to call upon, the humble potato, born as it was in the Andes Mountains, takes on an entirely new flavor when married to organic coconut oil and salt from ancient sea beds. With 4,000 years of documented historical use as a food, coconut oil is the perfect partner to this root vegetable; it brings out the earthy and balanced flavor of the potato while the subtle minerals in sea salt bring a touch of umami.

I tried out the sea salt, purple heirloom, barbeque and sweet potato chips– and I loved them all! I think in terms of flavor the barbeque chips won!

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What Jackson’s Honest say about their BBQ chips:

Central to any good barbeque is time and patience. Our low and slow potato chip cooking method brings out all the subtle flavors in our BBQ spice. We invented a ‘low and slow’ cooking method for our coconut oil potato chips that allows the savory potato to work in harmony with the tangy but sweet spice blend we created for these chips.

However,  in terms of crunch, taste, and chip satisfaction they were all equal winners!

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The Purple Heirloom potato chips made by Jackson’s Honest were an excellent snack by the pool! I loved them dipped in some nut butter (you can just about see the little box of PB in this photo!) IMG_1692

Just look at the color of the purple chips! Absolutely awesome 😀 Apparently, the chips have that intense purple color because they contain the same antioxidants as blueberries!

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I loved using the sea salt potato chips as sandwiches for dates with some creamy nut butter (because why not!) The sea salt chips also made for the ideal nacho base, and I loved using them as spoons for hummus and other yummy dips!

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The potato chips come in different sizes. Either they come in one serving size bags, or in bigger share bags. I loved taking the one serving bags, like this one above, with me on picnics and to the beach. Whilst the bigger share bags were great to have with friends, or to munch my way through during a film.

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The sweet potato chips were slightly sweet, yet a little salty- making for the ideal nut butter and berry spoon. Above is one of the sweet potato chips loaded with some creamy homemade peanut butter- it was ready and waiting to have a raspberry added!

A great aspect of the sweet potato chips is that just 15 of them contain more than 100% of the RDA of vitamin A! Absolutely awesome additional benefit for a chip!

I can’t tell you enough how tasty the chips from Jackson’s Honest are, but they are seriously some of the best (if not the best) potato chips I have ever eaten. Ok, so they are a bit pricey- but they are so much better than standard chips, and actually have health benefits, so, spend a little and go and get some to try! They are available in select stores, or you can purchase them online from the Jackson’s Honest site: https://www.jacksonshonest.com/apps/store-locator

 

Artisan Tropic Chips

Artisan Tropic is a family business that is fueled by a passion for healthy living and good food. Following illness in the family, the founders of Artisan Tropic came to realize how important nutrition is for health. The family wanted to share this with the world, and as a result, Artisan Tropic was born.

Artisan Tropic sells a variety of plantain and cassava chip strips that are super simple in their ingredients, but absolutely delicious! Their flavor range includes: naturally sweet, cinnamon, plain and sea salt. I loved them all.

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Can’t complain with plantain chips that big!

The plantain strips are made with three ingredients or less, and contain no preservatives or artificial flavors. The strips are awesomely crunchy and naturally sweet so that they make for a super healthy snack or side dish. I loved using the naturally sweet, and sea salt varieties as scoops for nut butters, guacamole, and hummus. I also loved munching on the cinnamon and naturally sweet plantain strips with my breakfast smoothie.

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I also loved them as a Saturday night movie snack on their own drizzled with some chocolate sauce!

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Or with some extra cereal, and even more chocolate sauce!

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You can buy the Artisan Tropic plantain strips from their website, here is the link: https://artisan-tropic.myshopify.com

The Artisan Tropic cassava strips also contain only three ingredients, and again have no preservatives or artificial flavors. The cassava strips taste awesome, similar to a potato chip, but with more flavour! Also, as cassava is more fibrous than a potato, they provide a more filling snack experience. I loved using the natural and sea salt cassava strips as dip scoops, and also really enjoyed using them as an alternative to tortilla chips for nachos!

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You can buy the Artisan Tropic cassava strips from their website, here is the link: https://artisan-tropic.myshopify.com

All of the Artisan Tropic strips that are available are also non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and paleo certified- making them an ideal snack for all, including those on restricted or special diets.

For more ideas on how to enjoy the plantain and cassava strips check out the Artisan Tropic blog! Click here for 4 more awesome ways. 

 

 

RXBAR- Pumkin Spice!

Pumpkin Spice is a flavour that American’s seem to love! The passion for pumpkin hasn’t quite reached the same level in the UK, but I think the pumpkin spice RXbar could be a game changer! These bars are simply delicious, and would defo be up there with the chocolate coconut bars if they were a permanent addition to the RXBAR range!

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Pumpkin Spice is a very American, autumnal mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all spice and cloves combined with the interesting flavour of pumpkin. To me it is similar to the spices in and flavour of apple crumbles and other comforting desserts. The  spices are so warming and make you feel good inside. To be honest, after trying the pumpkin spice RXBAR I think I may have been converted to the pumpkin spice way, and am now a lover of this very American flavor combo!

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Like the other RXBAR’s the pumpkin spice bar variety is full of only the cleanest and healthiest ingredients, creating a bar that is satisfying, delicious and oh so comforting! It is perfect as a dessert or snack on the go. I loved the bar warmed and broken up over hot stewed apples with a dollop of almond butter- divine!

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The Pumpkin Spice bar would also be great just as it is, or even warmed and served with a cup of coffee! But don’t just take our work for it- go out and get some for yourself to try.  But be quick! The pumpkin spice bar is only available for the autumn, so be sure to get your hands on some bars before its too late!

”Once the leaves are off the trees, Pumpkin Spice will be off the shelves!”

RXBARS Review

So, we wanted to introduce you guys to a new protein bar which we stumbled across and are now obsessed with! We have been having these bars as dessert, on the go , and as post workout recovery snacks.

RXBars are made up of no more than 8 ingredients- yes seriously! And all ingredients comply with the Paleo guidelines- they are even Whole 30 approved!

So, if you are looking for a real paleo, gluten free bar that has only natural, clean ingredients, then look no further than RXBAR’s.

Just to reiterate, their bars contain:

No GMO    |    No Dairy    |    No Soy    |    No Gluten   |    No B.S.

In fact, the makers of the RXBAR’s are so confident about their ingredients that they decided to be upfront about it, putting the ingredients of each bar on the packaging! I mean just take a look at the PB bar:

So you know that you are only going to be eating egg whites, fruits, nuts and 100% natural flavors when you munch on a RXBAR. Pretty cool!

The people behind the RXBAR believe that food should be simple and delicious without compromising nutrition- which we agree with! They also believe that food should be consumed as nature intended- again, we aren’t disagreeing here! The RXBAR’s are yummy, easy to eat, and good for you. I don’t know what else you could want in a whole food bar?

“They do not contain:  grains, added sugars, gluten, soy, dairy, or any artificial or processed ingredients.  RXBars are as prescribed by nature to give you the proper balance of high quality pure egg white protein, a healthy supply of fats, carbohydrates that are high in fiber, and natural sugars from the fruits themselves.”

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RXBAR’s come in a number of different flavors- we tried them all! Although we can’t say we enjoyed them all equally as some of the flavors weren’t to our taste- for e.g. I really don’t like coffee- but the bar was still really yum- I mean look at how much chocolate and crunchy almonds were in it:

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So basically, all of the bars were really good, with a slightly sticky texture, that softened when warmed, and an awesome amount of crunch from chunks of almond. Also, the flavors were clear and did not taste artificial- so common in other bars!. Perfect!

RXBAR have just released a Pumpkin Spice flavour bar which we will write a separate post about because it is so festive- but it was really yum, so don’t think we didn’t enjoy it! Look out for the Pumpkin Spice post really soon! We just wanted to rank our top 5 regular flavours here!

So here are our top 5 flavors:

At number 5 was the blueberry bar, as shown here:
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The bar was nice, I enjoyed the blueberry bar warmed slightly with a dollop of nut butter and a spoonful of applesauce.

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But, although the blueberry bar was tasty, with chunks of blueberry and nuts- it doesn’t get more real than that- the bar was a little dry- and I found the bars a bit plain and lacking in sweetness- good for someone without a sweet tooth.

Ok, so at number 4 came the Apple and Cinnamon flavor bar. I had this one as pudding last night and it had all of the flavors of my favorite pudding- apple crumble. To enjoy this bar, I warmed the bar up for 10 seconds in the microwave (don’t do more than that otherwise they get really dry) then I ripped the bar up into pieces and put it in a bowl with almond milk and a dollop of almond butter. It was so yum with loads of chunks of real apple and crunchy almonds!

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Ok, so in third came the peanut butter flavor bar. We loved the PB bars (obviously), but would have liked some extra flavor squirts in them- for example some kind of strawberry swirl for extra sweetness or something like that. So, although they were very yum, they came third in our taste test.

A close runner up was the Chocolate Sea Salt bar. These tasted oh so naughty, but tasted oh so good. I loved them slightly warmed (15 secs in the microwave) and topped with a dollop of PB and some Greek yogurt. image (2)The little pockets of melty chocolate were delish, but I wasn’t so keen on the salt crystals- don’t quite get the sweet/ salty thing completely. But these bars were very good- there is no doubt about that. I mean just look at the texture- what is there not to like?:

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But, in first place, our favorite flavor was Coconut Cacao, shown here:
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We warmed this one up too, and loved the melted chocolate chips! Delish. The Coconut Cacao bar was yum on its own, with moreish chocolate, crunchy almond chunks and just the right amount of coconut sweetness, but because I love nut butters so much, I had the bar with a massive dollop of PB and a sprinkle of sliced almonds for a little extra crunch. It was so delish!

Like the other RXBARS the Coconut Cacao bar’s very simple, clean ingredients were shown on the packaging loud and clear. The nutrition stuff on the bar was also clear- which you can see here:

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For more information on RXBAR’s and to buy some for yourself, take a look at their website: http://www.rxbar.com/ 

* We were provided with the sampler pack of RXBars for free for review, but all the opinions and thoughts expressed here are our own.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet is based upon eating natural, wholesome foods that would have been eaten by our hunter-gatherer ancestors over 2.6 million years ago. It has been thought that hunter gatherers did not suffer from conditions such as obesity, cancer, acne or type 2 diabetes and as we share many of our genes with these hunter gatherer ancestors, it is thought that the lack of these chronic conditions is likely due to differences in diet (although I am sure that the high activity levels of the hunter gatherers would also have gone some way to prevent the conditions.) As a result, the Paleo diet was devised. The followers of this diet eat a ‘very healthy’ diet composed of natural foods such as fresh meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and oils and by cutting out dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods.

1. Higher protein intake

In the typical western diet protein makes up 15 % of the calories. Whereas in the Paleo diet protein makes up between 19-35 %. Staple protein sources include fresh meat, seafood, and other animal products such as eggs.

2. Lower carbohydrate intake and lower GI (glycaemic index)

Non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables make up the main carbohydrate source in the Paleo diet. These foods make up 35-45 % of daily calories. These foods have low GI’s and as a result are slowly digested and absorbed, and do not cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

3. Higher fibre intake

Dietary fibre is known to be essential for good health and followers of the Paleo diet say that whole grains are not the (or the only) place to find it. Followers of the diet have stated that non-starchy vegetables actually contain more than eight times more fibre than whole grains and so are a much better source of this fibre.

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4. Moderate to higher fat intake (mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats)

It is known that it is not the total amount of fat in the diet that raises blood cholesterol levels and increases risk for heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, but rather the type of fat. Followers of the Paleo diet have to cut out the trans fats and the Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats that are in many western diets, and they increase their intake of monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats. These fats were the mainstays of Stone Age diets.

5. Higher potassium and lower sodium intake

Unprocessed, fresh foods naturally contain 5 – 10 times more potassium than sodium. Our bodies, like those of people in the Stone Age are adapted to this ratio. Potassium is essential for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work properly and if there are low potassium levels then there is a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke (typically also the same problems linked to excessive dietary sodium.) Today, the average westerner consumes almost twice as much sodium as potassium- which is not the ratio our bodies are adapted to.

6. Net dietary alkaline load that balances dietary acid

This aspect is based on our internal chemistry. It is known that, after digestion, the foods that have been eaten present either a net acid or alkaline load to the kidneys. Typical acid producers are meats, fish, grains, legumes, cheese, and salt, whereas alkaline-yielding foods are fruits and veggies. A lifetime of excessive dietary acid has been thought to promote bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure, and increased risk for kidney stones, it is also though that a high acid diet may aggravate asthma and exercise-induced asthma.

7. Higher intake of Vitamins & Minerals 

Whole grains are not a part of the Paleo diet, and they are not a good substitute for lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. Whole grains contain no vitamin C, vitamin A, or vitamin B12. In addition, any of the minerals and some of the B vitamins whole grains do contain are not well absorbed by the body. Therefore cutting them out, and replacing them with other foods allows more minerals and vitamins to be absorbed.

So, to me it all sounds pretty good. I can see how following this diet would be tough, for example eating out in restaurants might be tricky, and you would have to wave good bye to many typical western foods such as pizza, burgers, chips or pasta. However I can see why someone who is looking to be as healthy as possible might follow this diet.

On the Paleo diet you can eat fresh meats (preferably grass fed), fish/seafood, fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds and oils such as olive oil, flaxseed oil or coconut oil. However on this diet you can not eat cereal grains, legumes (which include peanuts), all dairy products, refined sugars, potatoes (some followers of the Paleo diet allow sweet potatoes), all processed foods, added salt and refined vegetable oils.

Paleo Recipes To Try 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 green apple, sliced and cored
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butternut squash, olive oil, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp cumin. Mix together, coating the squash well.
  3. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Next, in the same bowl that the butternut squash was in, toss the apple slices, onion, and carrots to coat with the remnants.
  5. Place on a second rimmed baking sheet and add both baking sheets to the oven.
  6. Roast for 35-40 minutes until soft, stirring once.
  7. Heat up ghee over medium heat in a large pot on the stove.
  8. Add the roasted ingredients and then the chicken broth. Add 1 teaspoon each of salt, cinnamon and chili powder.
  9. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  10. Using an immersion blender, combine the ingredients until smooth, or transfer to a blender to puree.
  11. Serve warm.

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Grain Free Drop Scones

 Ingredients:

  •  1 organic medium banana
  •  1 tbsp organic coconut flour
  •  1 organic large egg
  •  ½ tsp organic cinnamon powder
  •  1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  •  1-2 tsp organic coconut oil for cooking

 Method

  1. Put all of your ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth.
  2. Leave to sit for 10 minutes so that the coconut flour expands and absorbs the egg.
  3. Meanwhile heat a large frying pan on a medium heat, add the coconut oil.
  4. Now divide the mixture into 4 equal portions in the frying pan to form mini pancakes.
  5. Cook for a few minutes then flip and cook for a few minutes on the other side.
  6. The pancakes should be golden and firm on the outside, moist and springy on the inside!
  7. Serve with a little melted coconut oil and raw honey or whipped coconut cream.

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Pecan & Banana Paleo Ice Cream

Prep: 10 min  Freeze: 3 hrsgelitin hyrdo

Ingredients:

  •  4 large organic bananas
  •  4 tbsp raw organic pecan butter
  •  2 tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin hydrolase
  •  2 tsp raw organic honey

 Method

  1. Chop the bananas into slices and put into a glass bowl.
  2. Freeze until solid (around 2 hours)
  3. Remove the banana slices from the freezer and add to your food processor along with all of the other ingredients.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Decant the mixture back into your glass bowl and re-freeze until semi solid.
  6. Remove from the freezer and enjoy!

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Review: Primal Kitchen Bars

Eating well on the go can always be difficult and finding something you can carry around to ensure you are eating well and not grabbing that chocolate bar when you get that energy dip. Primal Kitchen have created the perfect portable Paleo bar which is the perfect snack and completely guilt free!

photo 1 (5)The Primal Kitchen grain-free bars are made with 4-5 100% real food Ingredients and no extra ingredients that you wouldn’t be able to pronounce or have in your kitchen cupboard at home. All the dried fruit used do not contain vegetable oils, sugar or sulphites as commonly found in other snack products.

correct-tick-hi  Grain Free

correct-tick-hi  Gluten Free

correct-tick-hi   Refined Sugar Free

correct-tick-hi   Dairy free

correct-tick-hi   Soya Free

correct-tick-hi   Vegetable Oil Free

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This Almond and Cashew was my favourite of the three bars! So sweet, nutty and guilt-free!

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Containing Dates, Brazil nuts, Cherries and Coconut Oil with nothing else and under 200 calories!

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Coconut and Macadamia is a perfect energy source containing only natural ingredients.