Sweet Diane's uses the highest quality ingredients. Clean, nutrient-dense and organic ingredients are good for your body and create the best tasting food. Here are some of the superstar ingredients in Sweet Diane's granolas and tea cakes.
Almonds are a highly nutritious food, giving us healthy fats, protein and fiber, and are relatively low in carbohydrates. They are a great source of magnesium, a mineral involved in over 300 different processes in our bodies. Almonds are also high in antioxidants, which protect us from environmental damage. We get double the dose of antioxidants eating almonds with their skins on.They contain vitamin E, which has been linked to many health benefits, including lower rates of heart disease. Along with being nutritious, they provide the crunch to our Blueberry Almond Granola.
Antioxidants protect our bodies from damage caused by free radicals- which can damage cells in our bodies and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. Blueberries are another superfood that have high antioxidant capacities, more than any other commonly consumed fruit or vegetable. These delicious berries also contain fiber, vitamins C and K and manganese. Some studies have linked blueberry consumption with improvements in memory, so don't forget to have your blueberries every day!
Cardamom has been a favorite of both Ayurvedic practitioners and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, primarily due to its digestive benefits. Evidence shows cardamom to be one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. Studies have shown it to protect the heart, improve blood circulation, and reduce blood pressure. Cardamom is also a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It has a unique, somewhat sweet taste and is often used in Indian cooking.
These tiny but mighty seeds pack a strong nutritious punch. The ancient Aztec and Mayan people revered chia seeds for their vital nourishment. Chia seeds provide antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and are an excellent source of protein. Just one tablespoon of chia contributes 5 grams of fiber to your diet. Due to their unique ability to create a gel when mixed with water, chia "eggs" are a nutritious and compassionate alternative to eggs.
Cinnamon is a potent spice often used in baked goods. One of its key benefits is an ability to help soothe the stomach, as well as its unique, anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that cinnamon can help to regulate blood glucose levels, and it may have a favorable impact on hunger and weight gain. And it smells delicious!
Raw cacao powder
A well-known superfood, raw cacao powder is filled with antioxidants and powerful minerals. The nutrients contained in cacao provide natural energy and protect the body from environmental stress and damage, while also reducing inflammation in the central nervous system. Raw cacao powder contains nearly four times the antioxidant power of dark chocolate, as well as a host of other minerals and nutrients to improve health. And it's a "happy food" that can raise serotonin levels in the body.
Cranberries are an excellent source of fiber, providing 20% of the daily recommended value in a serving. One serving of cranberries also provides a significant amount of vitamin C and vitamin E. A number of studies focus on the illnesses they can protect against, including some cancers. Cranberries provide health advantages by virtue of the many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients they contain. They provide a sweet zing to our Cranberry Orange Granola.
Chocolate is made from the roasted seeds of the cacao tree. The darker the chocolate, the higher the cacao content, and the more nutritious it is. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate boasts high antioxidant capacity, healthy fats, high fiber and powerful mineral content. In some studies, compounds in dark chocolate appear to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Chocolate has been enjoyed for centuries. The Mayans and Aztecs valued cacao for its mood enhancing and aphrodisiac properties. Sounds almost too good to be true!
Most of us need more omega-3 fatty acids in our diets to promote good health. Tiny flaxseeds pack a punch by providing over 1.9 grams of heart-healthy omega-3s in a single tablespoon. In addition, they are an excellent source of protein and fiber. There is strong evidence to suggest that consuming flaxseed every day can help reduce spikes in blood sugar. Sweet Diane's incorporates ground flaxseed into products in order to take advantage of the many health benefits offered by this humble seed.
Ginger has a long history of use by many traditional cultures to help soothe digestive problems. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and even help fight the flu and common cold. The main compound in ginger responsible for its medicinal benefits is called gingerol, which boasts powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis. Sweet Diane's uses ginger to add spiciness and traditional medicinal benefits to our Matcha Ginger Tea Cake.
Matcha green tea
Matcha is the highest quality green tea available. By growing this tea in the shade, it gives matcha an unmatched level of antioxidants that can fight against negative effects of the environment. Matcha produces L-Theanine, an amino acid that has the ability to both calm and stimulate at the same time. Because you eat the entire leaf (as opposed to steeping the leaves as with regular tea), you reap the entire benefit of this plant and all its antioxidant powers. It has also has been shown to have antibiotic properties to promote overall health.
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