It’s easy to eat and drink too much over the holidays and during lazy, hot summer days. It’s time now to consider what you’re eating and if it’s good for your mind, body and soul. Here at intouch we’ve been looking at many of the healthy options from Bibina, which has a huge range of organic, gluten-free, whole food, vegetarian and vegan options as part of the vast range of foods at its Warners Bay food warehouse.
For something to be considered a Superfood it should be very nutritionally dense, thus providing increased health benefits over ‘normal’ healthy foods.
Acai (Euterpe Oleacera), pronounced (a-sigh-ee) is a delicious and powerful berry found in Brazil’s Amazon. Widely regarded as the Superfood #1, Acai has more than five times the antioxidant power of blueberries and 30 times more anthocyanins than a glass of red wine. Acai is said to be great for building a strong immune system and fighting infections. It’s a wildly popular product at Bibina, with a huge range of Acai products, from granola to smoothies and a whole lot more.
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavour to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an important ingredient in Heal Thy Soda, a new Australian sparkling health beverage which combines real fruit, botanicals, apple cider vinegar and filtered bubbly water to produce a delightful, healthy drink which is not just great tasting and satisfying, it’s actually good for you!
With lots of flavours and health benefits, Heal Thy Soda offers variety, flavour, hydration and nutrition.
Organic foods must meet strict criteria to be certified and produced without pesticides, synthetic fertilisers and additives to livestock feed.
Many people believe organic foods are better for you, some say it tastes better, while many others simply enjoy knowing they are avoiding the residues of chemicals used on conventionally-grown foods.
For foodies, Bibina stocks hundreds of organic staple items like pasta, flour, stock, canned vegetables, noodles, oils, oats, spices and lots, lots more.
Many pantry foods can be replaced by organic versions, too – Bibina has organic coffee, peanut butter, cheese, olives, honey, maple syrup, mayonnaise and more.
Organic treats are also available, including liquorice, oatcakes, cashews and coconut chips.
Gluten Free Foods
Sensitivity to gluten is on the rise, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all your favourite foods. Most commonly associated with coeliac disease, where gluten causes the immune system to attack the small intestine. The symptoms can be hard to diagnose, because different people are affected in different ways – from abdominal pain to diarrhoea to bloating to weight loss – even behavioural issues and ADHD are considered symptoms of gluten insensitivity.
If you believe you or your family are affected by gluten, see your doctor.
The primary treatment for coeliac disease is a strict gluten-free diet, which isn’t as hard to live with as it was – Bibina has a whole aisle devoted to gluten-free foods in addition to gluten-free frozen foods.
For youngsters Bibina has gluten-free snacks and treats. For families you can make gluten-free cakes, bread and pasta dishes which are tasty, wholesome and healthy for everyone.
From gluten-free pantry basics to gourmet foods like sauces and dressings, Bibina can open up a world of flavours for those on a gluten-free diet.
No Bake Fruit & Nut Granola Bars
• 250g Packet Absolute Organic Trail Mix
• 1 cup Absolute Organic Oats
• 1/4 cup Absolute Organic Honey
• 1/4 cup Absolute Organic Coconut Oil
• 1/4 teaspoon Absolute Organic Cinnamon
• 1/2 cup Absolute Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
• 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
• 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1. Line a tray with baking paper allowing extra paper to hang over the edges.
2. In a medium bowl mix together trail mix, oats, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir until mixture melts and begins to foam. Once foaming cook an additional 10-15 seconds.
4. Pour over the trail mix mixture and combine thoroughly.
5. Transfer mixture onto the lined tray and firmly press down evenly into the tray.
6. Flip the remaining baking paper over the mixture to cover and continue to firmly press.
7. Cool mixture in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours. Once cooled remove slice from the pan and cut into bars.
Recipe from www.absoluteorganic.com.au