Health Foods With Nutritional Value
Updated: Aug 20
These days, when periods of isolation incease the sedentary lifestyle and drive the stress levels to new heights, maintaining a healthy diet is even more of a necessity than ever. The new health foods in my review include the following:
'Spelt Granola' by NutraZen
'Chimichurri Sauce' by 'Neptune'
'Pure Organic Maple Syrup' by 'Tvuot'
'Pumpkin Oil' by 'Etz Hazait'
'ONLY' Non-Dairy Yoghurt by 'Yofix'
'Spelt Granola' by NutraZen
NutraZen, an Israeli brand that specializes in marketing organic and natural food products, is launching, for the first time in Israel, a wonderful series of spelt based granola flakes including: "Classic Spelt" and "Spelt Granola with Fruit and Nuts".
The crispy and delicious granola flakes were developed and manufactured in Israel without any addition of white sugar, preservatives, animal ingredients, flavorings, colorings or artificial ingredients. Thus, the granolas are free of red label markings. According to the food reform in Israel, foods containing high levels of sugar, sodium and saturated fat must be marked. The packaging allows for resealing, for ease of use and to maintain freshness.
The granolas can be combined with yogurt, ice cream, salads and even eaten alone as a snack. The special granola series comes in two flavors:
Classic spelt: Contains whole spelt flakes, natural date syrup, inulin (a dietary fiber), coconut oil and olive oil.
Spelt Granola with Fruit and Nuts: Contains spelt flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, cranberries, raisins, natural sesame seeds, inulin, coconut oil and olive oil.
Available at Nizat HaDuvdevan, Teva Castel, Shufersal Green, Tiv Ta'am and private stores.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Parve under the supervision of the Kfar Tavor rabbinate.
PRICE: 26.90 NIS for a packaging weighing 300 grams.
'Chimichurri Sauce' by 'Neptune'
Neptune Company (1980), that specializes in the development, production and marketing of spices, seasonings, spreads and sauces, is introducing "Chimichurri", a wonderful sauce associated with Argentina and Uruguay for making especially delicious dishes.
The sauce, which is paired with grilled meats such as asado, steak, chorizo and chicken also goes well with fish, vegetables, potatoes, noodles and sandwiches. As proof, you can try the suggested recipe below, for making a great chimichurri sandwich!
Neptune's chimichurri contains, among other things: parsley, coriander, canola oil, olive oil, garlic, peppers, herbs and spices and is free of monosodium glutamate, food coloring or preservatives.
Available at the following chain stores: Bitan Wines, Hazi Hinam, Barkat, MCK, Salah Dabah and in private stores around the country.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Parve, under the supervision of the Ultra-Orthodox community of Jerusalem and the Chief Rabbinate of Be'er Sheva.
PRICE: 9.90-12.90 NIS for a jar weighing 180 grams.
Neptune's Rustic Sandwich
2 slices of quality bread
1 jar of Neptune's Chimichurri
Ripe avocado cubes
Fresh lettuce leaves
Halved cherry tomatoes
Chopped parsley - for garnish
Spread the bread with mayonnaise and chimichurri.
Place sequentially lettuce leaves, avocado cubes, fried onion, cherry tomato halves and chopped parsley.
Pure Organic Maple Syrup by 'Tvuot'
Tvuot, a company that specializes in organic and natural food products, is launching a new product: 'Pure Organic Maple Syrup'. The syrup is extracted from maple trees grown in Canada, and is 100% pure and organic, with no additives.
According to naturopath Tal Ben David, pure maple syrup contains a variety of minerals, including: iron, calcium, zinc, potassium and magnesium. Maple contains a lot of sugar, but is better than plain sugar (white or brown) due to its slightly lower glycemic index (similar to honey).
Maple syrup is used as a sweet topping of a variety of sweet dishes: classically for pancakes, but also cakes, cookies, Belgian waffles etc. Also, similar to the use of honey and date syrup, maple syrup is used in a variety of savoury foods such as salad dressing, marinades for chicken or oven-baked salmon, seasoning for baked orange vegetables and more.
Tvuot have provided a recipe for vegan homemade chocolate.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Parve under the supervision of the London Court of Justice and with the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Available at retail chains, natural stores and select stores across the country.
Tvuot's Vegan Homemade Chocolate
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup cold pressed organic coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon quality vanilla extract
4 - 5 tablespoons of Tvuot's organic maple syrup
Bring the coconut oil to a liquid state using a bain-marie, if needed. When coconut oil is kept at a temperature below 24 degrees it crystallizes and must be melted. In the Israeli summer it should be melted only if stored in the refrigerator.
Mix the liquid coconut oil with the cocoa and vanilla powder, until it is uniform.
Cool the batter for 5 minutes on the counter and then place in the fridge for 25 minutes.
Remove from the refrigerator and mix in the maple.
Pour the batter into silicone trays designed for pralines, and fill each well almost to the brim.
Place in the freezer for 1.5-2 hours. When you wish to serve chocolate take out as many pralines as you wish for plating and return the rest to the freezer (otherwise the chocolate will melt).
Variations: When adding the maple, you can add one of the following toppings to some of the wells: a sprinkle of crystalline salt, lemon or orange zest, chopped pistachios, pecans or walnuts etc.
Pumpkin Oil by 'Etz Hazait'
The 'Etz Hazait' (in Hebrew 'olive tree') brand is launching pumpkin oil in a 250 mL package. 'Etz Hazait' is the leading brand in the market of edible oils in Israel through a variety of quality oils, which have been an integral part of the flavors and aromas of Israeli cuisine for many years. It is a premium brand that is very popular among consumers and that adds value to its products, in all the categories in which it is found.
The GMO-Free pumpkin oil of Etz Hazait, is extracted from quality pumpkin seeds and has a rich nutty taste that adds a deep flavor to any recipe, both for seasoning and cooking. The use of pumpkin seed oil enriches the piquancy of several dishes ranging from salads, meats, oven-baked vegetables and even desserts. In addition, pumpkin oil is suitable for making marinades and sauces.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Parve, under the supervision of the KF and with the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
'ONLY' Non-Dairy Yoghurt by 'Yofix'
About two years after launching its series of probiotic non-dairy yoghurts 'ONLY', the company "Yofix", marketed in Israel by Strauss Dairy, is launching a new flavor that is joining the series: ONLY strawberry. The new non-dairy soy-free probiotic yoghurt is based on plant-based raw materials including whole oats, lentils, seeds and fruits and is enriched with probiotic bacteria similar to yoghurt. It does not contain stabilizers or food coloring.
The new strawberry flavor is joining the peach and pinapple flavors that already comprise the ONLY series. Today, the series is a success in the market for milk substitutes and the new strawberry-flavor received the maximum score in a tasting test conducted among the vegan audience in collaboration with the Vegan Friendly Association. In addition to the non-dairy yoghurts, the series includes two ONLY probiotic drinks, one with strawberries and raspberries and another with strawberries and banana.
According to Dr. Assaf Boch, a nutritionist and preventive medicine researcher, clinical dietitian and nutritional consultant for Yofix, in long-term development the group's entrepreneurs have succeeded in producing a non-dairy soy-free yoghurt based on plant ingredients with high nutritional value such as: whole oats, lentils, coconut and sesame. All the ingredients are preserved naturally, thanks to the fermentation process of probiotic bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactobacillus). This bacterial composition has been found in scientific studies to be associated with an improvement in immune and gastrointestinal function. Moreover, the product has a relatively low level of processing compared to yoghurts in general and dairy-free yoghurts in particular and its consumption may help in adopting a more sustainable eating pattern, Mediterranean and plant-based, as acknowledged among nutritionists and the medical community.
The ONLY series targets audiences that avoid or reduce milk and its products whether due to allergies, sensitivities, vegetarians or vegans who would like to maintain a varied diet that includes plant-based probiotic yoghurts. ONLY products can be included in the daily menu as a muesli base, smoothie base or dessert and with many other uses in every meal of the day.
ONLY is a product developed by Yofix, a company that develops milk substitutes, in collaboration with Strauss. The series is produced in a dedicated production line that was established with an investment of about 2 million NIS. As part of an ecological vision, in the production process of ONLY products there is no waste of raw materials and no production of waste. Yofix has recently won international awards for the ONLY series, including the Innovation Award from the world's leading food exhibition 'Enoga' and an innovation competition from the global PepsiCo company.
According to Steve Green, CEO of Yofix: "The milk substitute market in Israel and around the world is experiencing unprecedented growth compared to the food sector. In the last half of the year, the market in Israel grew by 32%, compared to mid-2019. Yofix aims to produce environmentally friendly plant products that provide quality nutrients, with a relatively low level of processing. After tastings and focus groups, we are pleased to launch the new strawberry flavor, the leading flavor in the yoghurt category in Israel."
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Parve under the supervision of Badatz Beit Yosef.
PRICE: 4.90 NIS per unit weighing 125 grams.
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