Monthly Archives: December 2011

It’s a New Year and Resolutions Abound – Why not choose HEALTH?

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Nutrition is a choice.

In today’s society of fast foods it is very easy if not too easy to make unhealthy choices.  For these products to survive the desired shelf life they are infused with chemicals and preservatives. This makes them high in calories and low in nutritional value.

“While research continues, moderation remains important. Many beverages and other processed foods made with high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Regularly including these products in your diet has the potential to promote obesity — which, in turn, promotes conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.”  Mayo Clinic

Small changes in daily diet can make heartfelt changes in ones health.

Over the last 2 years over 700 advocacy groups with the backing of numerous nutritionists and professional chefs have been working to make changes to the US school lunch program.  These dedicated health focused advocates have worked on changes to the actual program as well as on creating school gardens and educational programs to increase parental awareness and knowledge.    A vocal supporter Jamie Oliver has begun to bring this to our local medias attention.  I find this very intriguing since Mr. Oliver lives in England.  More on Mr Oliver’s views and focus

Healthy Choices

Families can make healthy lunch choices together.

  1. An Apple a Day – yes it does keep the doctor away and the dentist too.  It may seem like a folk tale but apples are rich in fiber, naturally strengthen bones, lowers cholesterol and much more – 10 Health Benefits of Apples
  2. Peanuts, peanut butter and trail mix are great additions as well. High in protein and good oils they digest slowly to ensure long term energy.
  3. Broccoli, carrots or salad even in mini version brings goodness to the vegetable supported heart.
  4. Cottage cheese – another great protein to ensure long term energy.
  5. Crackers or a sandwich on whole wheat bread
  6. For dessert trail bar, granola, strawberries, grapes or a natural veggie based muffin.

Health and Nutrition is a choice.  Shouldn’t we make it valuable, conscious and healthy.

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Why Halal? Why Kosher?

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Islam has laws regarding which foods, which either by nature of the food or by means of preparation, cannot be eaten.

Judaism has very similar “laws” regarding food preparation and foods that are safe to consume.

So why do we care about Halal and Kosher?

Because of the guaranteed care taken to ensure the quality of the product and the cleanliness of the preparation areas for these designations means these labels add an extra level of protection in a world seemingly filled with food poisoning. In restaurants and other eating establishments I tend to feel if you care enough to serve halal or kosher the care behind the scenes will be as dedicated.

An example of food which would not be legal because of how it was prepared would be foods which contain

  1. hydrolyzed animal protein
  2. Lactylated fatty acid esters
  3. Magnesium stearate
  4. Mono & Di-glycerides
  5. … the list goes on.

In September, 2000, a McDonalds restaurant in Dearborn Michigan “began offering a halal version of its chicken nuggets.”

The reason is obvious: not everyone pursuing a halal diet wanted to be restricted to salads when visiting the restaurant.

Well then … wouldn’t every restaurant seek halal certification?

Sadly, not every food provider can attain this level.

The process, should a food manufacturer wish to to attain halal or kosher certification(s), is not something to be taken lightly.

Documentations have to be submitted such as specification sheets, labels, flow charts, cleaning procedures, etc; a company must “arrange for an audit/inspection of the facility in order that IFANCA may review the process, products, materials and sanitation of the production process;” and even after approval, the certification might only apply to one calendar year or in some cases only to one particular batch.

MatchaGT and the majority of the Smoothie Essentials has met the criteria for halal, kosher and vegetarian certifications.

We are proud of that accomplishment.

We add no artificial colors to our products.

We add no artificial flavorings.

Matcha GT: the highest and purest Natural source of green tea’s energy and antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibers.