I am not usually one to recommend buying a store bought salad dressings, as I am a fan of making my own, but these aren’t any salad dressings – they are raw, pure, organic, nut free, vegan and delicious!
These amazing salad dressings have made their way to Canadian stores. I am proud to say that my family is behind this. My two cousin’s are the tag team who have created salad dressing infusions that are sure to dress your soul from the inside out. I am thrilled that healthy foods, and pure living runs in the family!
You don’t get that with salad dressings. Most are loaded with poor quality oil, sugar, preservatives and usually have a pretty bad after taste. I can’t even recall one that I have every loved off of the shelves of a grocery store.
Raw Dressings, are blended to perfection using top quality ingredients like olive oil, sesame seeds, apple cider vinegar, coconut sweetener and then added superfoods like dulse, goji berries, poppy seeds and hemp seeds. Each variety has it’s own unique flavour and can be paired with salad greens for any meal, any time of day.
To give you a run down on the flavours:
Sea-zar serenity is NOT your typical Caesar salad dressing. In conjunction with being entirely plant-based, organic and gluten-free, this dressing is comprised of a list of incredible, health-promoting, hand-selected ingredients. Dulse is loaded with protein, vitamins B6 and B12, potassium and iron. It also contains vitamins A, C and E (all super antioxidants) and large amounts of calcium. When coupled with other superfoods such as hemp and chia seeds, this power-packed dressing contains countless nutritional benefits and immune-boosting properties. These attributes put sea-zar serenity in a class of its own. However, when paired with superior consistency and taste, you won’t believe it’s actually good for you. Sea-zar serenity – Rich with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, this dressing won’t cease to serenade your senses, fulfill your diet and satisfy your soul!
French Fusion is a superior blend of super foods with a secret ingredient: the goji berry. This highly sustainable, immune-building, strength-promoting fruit makes our dressing incredibly unique and satisfying. There’s a polysaccharide found in the goji berry that stimulates the secretion of the rejuvenative human growth hormone. This sensational fusion of protein, vitamins and mineral-rich ingredients is created to perfection. French fusion is more than a comfort dressing with massive health benefits and savoury taste, it’s your salad’s answer to the fountain of youth
Purely poppy is a delicious alternative to the creamy-style, traditional poppy seed dressing. RawFoodz version is a powerhouse of nutrients with a plethora of disease-fighting, health-promoting, immune-boosting properties. Fortified with organic, unhulled sesame seeds and poppy seeds, each bottle contains an extra dose of calcium. In addition to protecting colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals, calcium helps in the prevention of bone loss and migraines, as well as the relief of PMS symptoms. This delectable dressing adds zest to any salad, while increasing your consumption of vitamins, minerals, omega 3′s, enzymes and antioxidants. Purely Poppy’s tangy taste and health-topping ingredients create a blended sensation of pure pleasur
Glorious Greek is a healthy infusion of Mediterranean bliss. Our unique blend of premium, organic ingredients make this a dynamic, wholesome and improved version of typical greek style dressing. With added hemp seeds, glorious greek becomes rich in protein, fiber, omega 3&6, vitamins and minerals. Our heaping dose of organic oregano provides effective anti-bacterial and antioxidant activity. Loaded with heart healthy and immune-boosting ingredients, this dressing is nutritionally dense, palate pleasing and exceptionally delicious. Glorious greek is clearly a step beyond a journey, it’s your salad’s destination!
These dressings are showing up in health food stores across Ontario – so be sure to look for your favourite blend in the produce section of your local health food and grocery stores!
You will be also able to purchase and sample their dressings at my cooking classes!
Many people are still confused about the notion of rice milk. They turn up their faces and say “rice milk, what is that I don’t get it?” Then I simply tell them it is milk make from rice. You can basically make a milk using any grain believe it or not. Unfortunately it is not easy to make rice milk at home. Definitely not as easy as making your own homemade nut milk.
So unfortunately and fortunately rice milk would fit into a packaged product, but definitely on my approved packaged list!
There are many varieties at health food stores, grocery stores and other markets in between. Seemingly they may all be the same, but they are not. Many contain oils, added sugar and even preservatives. So just because it is non dairy, vegan and gluten free, doesn’t mean that it is always healthy. It is important to look at the fine print and look at the label.
The one brand that I have stayed loyal to over the years is Ryza. It is clean, pure and doesn’t have any oil, added sugar and hold together a really nice consistency. I don’t find that it separates like other rice milks. It is creamy, wholesome and delicious. I love pouring it on my oats in the morning, blending up in my smoothies or mixing it straight with just some Sun Warrior protein for a super high protein beverage.
- easy to digest
- gluten free
- made from whole grain brown rice
- alternative to dairy
- can use for baking and other recipes
- allergy free
- can use it in coffee and tea
- kids love it
- no oil
- no added sugar
Rice Milk Recipes:
I am not big on pills, supplements or vitamins. However, there are those times when our body just need an extra boost to get through a bad cold, a bout of low energy or giving our bones a little strength. So when this is the case, your supplements should be sourced from whole foods and better yet raw ingredients. When I discovered Garden of Life’s Vitamin Code raw line, I tested it out, asked my questions and felt comfortable enough that I had something that I could recommend and stand behind. I don’t “push pills” in my practice, I am a true foodie, and food always comes first. Even when I do consultations! I always provide a whole food meal plan and then make some supplement based suggestions based on what people are going through. This usually includes extra dose of pure vitamin C, iron or B- complex. But other than that it is always a well rounded diet based in loads of fruits and vegetables!
I started taking Garden of Life’s Raw Vitamin C about a month ago, and I plan to take everyday throughout this season. I truly feel that is has kept my immune system protected so far! But who knows if it’s these capsules or the mega green juices that I make in the mornings along with at least 3 more servings of fruits and veg throughout the day?
But what I do know is that ingredients are from these products are from pure organic, raw fruits and vegetables. They also contain enzymes, and probiotics which allows your body to get the most out of each capsule (which may even shorten the length of time you actually have to take them). There are no fillers, preservatives, gelatin’s or sugars added. They are not heat treated like most other supplements (sorry, I can’t mention any name brands). When you heat treat natures natural vitamins and minerals and then pack it up into a capsule, it looses all of it enzyme integrity and there is nothing left for your body to soak up. There are way too many supplements available right now that are low quality, mostly synthetic and your body excretes them faster than they are absorbed.
It is also not necessarily true that everyone needs to be on supplements every single day, but as I said – as needed. Do your research first. Don’t just self prescribe, read through the information, feel what your body is going through and take supplements accordingly. Don’t just pop something because your friend does or you heard it on TV or in magazine. Find out what YOU need first and go from there. All I am trying to show you is that better versions do exist, so if you are going to take supplements, choose WHOLE and RAW ones!
This is directly from the Garden of Life website:
Vitamin Code™ RAW targeted nutrients are comprehensive, whole-food formulas made with RAW Food-Created Nutrients™. Cultivated with their unique Code Factors™ intact, the RAW Food-Created Nutrients enable natural recognition of nutrients by your body, just as nature intended. Code Factors, compounds found in food, are necessary for proper nutrient delivery. Enhancing these formulas is the addition of a RAW pro biotic and enzyme blend along with a RAW organic fruit and vegetable blend for added nutritional support.
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Have you tried any of their products? If so, which ones and why do you like them?