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Fresh (Pea)Nut Butter

Peanut butter is delicious, high in protein, and full of fiber, but like most nut products, it’s also super high in calories. The tasty spread often gets a bad press since many peanut butter recipes are loaded with sugar and vegetable oils that we’d rather avoid. Especially for the little ones. But don’t worry I have a suggestion.

Nutritional Benefit

Roasted peanuts are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (including oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil) and also a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. Peanuts have also been found to contain the phenolic antioxidant resveratrol, the beneficial compound found in red wine and grapes.

Roasting can increase another of peanuts’ antioxidants, primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid, by as much as 22%, making roasted peanuts richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets. With all that goodness it should not be surprising that studies have shown that frequent peanut consumption can lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, stroke and colon cancer!

Wholefoods Market offer fresh nut butters in store. Free from preservatives and always freshly made.



A must buy if like me you are concerned over high salt contents and preservatives found in conventional peanut butters and the like in the supermarket.

Also ideal for kids as an alternative to the Jar variety that they may be accustomed too.


SUPERFOODS – Wheatgrass


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Health claims for wheatgrass have existed since the 1940’s, with this bright green liquid ‘shot’ drink being recommended to stabilise blood sugars, boost red blood cell production, improve circulation and prevent inflammation.

What is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is the young (immature) grass of the wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. It is grown from the wheat seed (wheat berries), which is the whole kernel of the wheat grain.

Wheatgrass is considered by many people to be the most healing of all grasses.  it contains more than 90 elements from the soil, and it is one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins A and C.  When it is grown in fertile organic soil, it contains all of the known mineral elements and is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sulfur, sodium, cobalt and zinc.  Wheatgrass is also abundant in vitamin B-17, a substance that can destroy cancer cells selectively some say.

Scientists at the University of Texas concluded that wheatgrass juice is exceptional in its chlorophyll content.  Known as “nature’s greatest healer,” chlorophyll produces an environment that suppresses bacterial growth in the body and counteracts ingested toxins.  It also helps to purify the liver, build the blood’s oxygen-carrying potential and regulate digestion. Also responsible for the vibrant green colour of the grass.


Nutrition Facts


Wheatgrass contains high amounts of vitamins A, E and B. It also contains many minerals and trace elements: Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc. Perfect for Immunity & Energy

Amino Acids
Wheatgrass also contains twelve amino acids including the eight essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine,leucine, and lysine. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot create, they must be obtained through one’s diet. Perfect for those active bodies.

Predigested Food
Wheatgrass is considered a predigested food. It does not require enzymes for breaking down proteins. Wheatgrass contains both amino acids and glucose therefore it is readily assimilated in the body. Ensures superior absorption of nutrients.

Wheatgrass is rich in Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has a molecular structure almost identical to haemoglobin in human red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Chlorophyll cleanses the liver, tissues and cells and purifies the blood. Wheatgrass helps remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminium, that have become stored in the tissues of the body. It also aids in detoxification by breaking up impacted matter in the colon. It also helps fight infection therefore aiding the body’s natural self healing process. Perfect for Detox and Gut Health


Health Benefits

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Serving Suggestions: Perfect for smoothies, yoghurt, protein shakes, sprinkled over salads – and if you’re feeling brave just with water!

Energising Wheatgrass Smoothie


  • 100ml Apple Juice
  • 1 banana (peeled and chopped in half)
  • approx 25g/handful of Kale/Spinach
  • 1 tbsp Wheatgrass Powder
  • 1tsp  Honey (if desired)

Method: Place all ingredients in the blender in order as above – pulverise to desired thickness! Add more apple juice for a thinner consistency.

Pour and enjoy the virtuous feeling of the nutrient packed smoothie :)

WARNING: Wheatgrass powder is a very light powder and will get everywhere, so use sparingly and with care. Think of icing sugar – but finer!

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