Ingredient Features

I’ve put together a list of some of the ingredient qualities and features that make these products that much better. I choose the ingredients for these products to create great flavour combinations as well as a substantial nutrition and protein. Here is a quick outline of some of the ingredients and their nutritional features. I’ll add more as time goes along and as new products are created. 

Oats

Oats are a main part of the Supreme and Obsession cookies, the Seedy Affair and Chocachewy also have a base of oats. Oats are a nutritious whole-grain food, known in Latin as Avena sativa.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits including weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.(Source)

Oats contain large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. Oats may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL cholesterol and protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation.

They are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains 

Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. A half cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains (Source):

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
  • And smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)

This is coming with 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber, but only 303 calories. This means that oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.

Oats are delicious and also very filling, eating filling foods may help you eat fewer calories and lose weight. They’re high in fiber and protein as compared to other grains. (Source)

Pepitas

The word pepita is Spanish and is actually “pepita de calabaza” which means a “little seed of squash” Pepitas are a great source of dietary fiber, the shelled seeds provide 1.1 grams of fiber in a single 1oz (28-gram) serving (Source). The Supreme, the Obsession, the Seedy Affair and the Chocachewy all contain pepitas.

A 1oz (28-gram) serving contains (Source):

  • Fiber: 1.7 grams
  • Carbs: 5 grams
  • Protein: 7 grams
  • Fat: 13 grams (6 of which are omega-6s)
  • Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 33% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 42% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 37% of the RDI
  • Iron: 23% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 14% of the RDI
  • Copper: 19% of the RDI

They also contain a lot of antioxidants and a decent amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, magnesium and many other nutrients. Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium – a mineral that is often lacking in the diets of many Western populations. Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium. Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, as well as heart and bone health.

Other studies suggest that pumpkins’ ability to increase nitric oxide generation in your body may be responsible for its positive effects on heart health (Source).

Nitric oxide helps expand blood vessels, improving blood flow and reducing the risk of plaque growth in your arteries. Nutrients in pumpkin seeds may help keep your heart healthy by reducing blood pressure and increasing good cholesterol. (Source)

The seeds are nutrient and calorie rich, with especially high content of fat (particularly linoleic acid and oleic acid), protein, dietary fiber, and numerous micronutrients. 

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are technically the fruits of the sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus). Sunflower seeds are rich in ‘healthy’ fats, including polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated Sunflower seeds are high in protein and rich in healthy fats, as well as antioxidants. While the high levels of protein in sunflower seeds already help boost your energy levels, other nutrients like vitamin B and selenium can help keep you energized. The Supreme, the Seedy Affair and the Chocachewy all contain sunflower seeds.

The vitamin B1 (also known as thiamin) present in sunflower seeds can help you convert food to energy, which can keep you active throughout the day. sunflower seeds can offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, flavonoids, and other plant compounds that can reduce inflammation. A study found that consuming sunflower seeds and other seeds five times or more each week resulted in lower levels of inflammation, which also lowered risk factors for several chronic diseases. (Source)(Source)

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is low in calories compared to other types of cheese, making it popular among dieters and some health devotees. The Supreme and Obsession cookies contain cottage cheese. One cup (226 grams) of low fat (1% milk fat) cottage cheese provides the following (Source):

  • Calories: 163
  • Protein: 28 grams
  • Carbs: 6.2 grams
  • Fat: 2.3 grams
  • Phosphorus: 24% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Sodium: 30% of the RDI
  • Selenium: 37% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B12: 59% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 29% of the RDI
  • Calcium: 11% of the RDI
  • Folate: 7% of the RDI

It also has decent amounts of vitamin B6, choline, zinc, and copper.

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein and contains relatively few calories. It’s also packed with many nutrients, such as B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. Cottage cheese is sometimes used as a substitute for meat because it has high levels of protein, but fewer total calories and less fat than meats contain. 

High intakes of protein, such as the casein in cottage cheese, have been shown to help increase feelings of fullness (Source,  Source,  Source).

In fact, cottage cheese seems to stimulate feelings of fullness to a similar extent as eggs. These feelings of fullness can lead to reduced calorie intake and weight loss (Source, Source). Also, cottage cheese offers good amounts of calcium.

Cottage cheese is popular among athletes and people who enjoy exercise. Because of its high protein content, it’s a great food to incorporate into your diet if you’re looking to build muscle mass. When combined with resistance training, a diet including high protein foods can help you increase muscle mass (Source).

Also, the proteins in cottage cheese are particularly effective at helping you build muscle. High-protein foods digest slowly. This helps keep you feeling full longer and makes you less likely to overeat.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are high in complete protein and are also a great source of iron. They can be eaten raw, ground into hemp meal, sprouted or made into dried sprout powder. Hemp seeds can also be made into a liquid, similar to milk and then be used for baking or for beverages.

A 100g portion of hulled hemp seeds supplies 2,451 kilojoules (586 kilocalories) of food energy. They contain 5% water, 5% carbohydrates, 49% total fat, and 31% protein. Hemp seeds are notable in providing 64% of the Daily Value (DV) of protein per 100-gram serving.

Hemp seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber (20% DV), B vitamins, and the dietary minerals manganese (362% DV), phosphorus (236% DV), magnesium (197% DV), zinc (104% DV), and iron (61% DV). About 73% of the energy in hemp seeds is in the form of fats and essential fatty acids, mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids, linoleic, oleic, and alpha-linolenic acids. (Source)

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to central and southern Mexico, 

Chia seeds are oval and gray with black and white spots, having a diameter around 2mm (0.08 in). The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and developing a mucilaginous coating that gives chia-based foods and beverages a distinctive gel texture. (Source)

Coconut

Coconuts are the large seeds of coconut palms (Cocos nucifera), Although coconut meat is high in fat, the MCTs it contains may help you lose excess body fat. The meat also provides carbs and protein along with many essential minerals, such as manganese, copper, iron, and selenium.

Eating coconut may improve cholesterol levels and help decrease belly fat, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

Coconut is low in carbs and rich in amino acids, healthy fats, and fiber, making it a great choice for blood sugar control. Coconuts contain polyphenol antioxidants that can protect your cells from damage, which may reduce your disease risk. Coconut meat is high in fat and calories while moderate in carbs and protein.

The nutrition facts for 1 cup (80 grams) of fresh, shredded coconut meat are (Source):

  • Calories: 283
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Carbs: 10 grams
  • Fat: 27 grams
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 7 grams
  • Manganese: 60% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Selenium: 15% of the DV
  • Copper: 44% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 13% of the DV
  • Potassium: 6% of the DV
  • Iron: 11% of the DV
  • Zinc: 10% of the DV

Coconut meat is rich in several important minerals, especially manganese and copper. While manganese supports enzyme function and fat metabolism, copper assists bone formation and heart health (Source, Source).

Coconut is a high-fat fruit that has a wide range of health benefits. These include providing you with disease-fighting antioxidants, promoting blood sugar regulation, and reducing certain risk factors for heart disease.

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