Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Living Intentions - Salad Booster

I have a bit of an obsession with Whole Foods Market. Every time I go to a new city or a different area, I have to check out the Whole Foods. What I love most about Whole Foods is that they source many of their products locally so what you see in your hometown is not necessarily what you'll see across the country.  This time I was in Oakland, California at the vegan paradise of Whole Foods! Seriously, there is more vegan food here than any other Whole Foods I've ever been to. I immediately went over to the raw section and noticed a product called, "Salad Booster," by Living Intentions. It sounded interesting and looked healthy so I picked up bags of the original and cheesy flavors.

I had never heard of Living Intentions before so once I got home I went to their website to learn more about them.  Under the About Us section it states that they strive to produce fun and innovative raw food products that will not only satiate your palette, but nourish your body too. So true. And I also found out that all of their products are vegan as well! Plus 1!

The Salad Booster in its original flavor is made of organic sprouted pumpkin seeds, organic sprouted sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, wild white chia seeds, spirulina, Himalayan crystal salt, chlorella, organic dulse, organic kelp, organic herbs and spices (including garlic, onion, and chilies), and organic lemon peel.  So, as you can see, it is made of stuff that is 100% good for you. I have to be honest, when I first tasted it, because I am not used to the spirulina/chlorella taste, I didn't love it. But, after sprinkling it on my salad for a few days, I quickly grew to love it.  I think the spirulina/chlorella taste is an acquired one, but once you get used to it, it is amazing!

Spirulina and chlorella (algae) are complete proteins containing all of the essential amino acids while chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  So, by pairing spirulina and chlorella combined with all of the other seeds, you get a great nutritional boost.  And, I love how it tastes on my salads. When I am feeling super lazy, I just throw some kale, spinach, and red pepper in a bowl with a lemony Italian dressing and sprinkle the salad booster on top and tada - I have a great salad!

If you are looking for a nutritional boost and a way to spruce up your salads, I would highly recommend the Salad Booster.  For $5.29 per package, it is a great deal. They also make a cheesy version that includes nutritional yeast along with other spices. There are some great recipes on their website showing how to use both flavors. These products are sold all over the country, but, unfortunately, are not yet sold in DC. However, they can be found at MOM's organic market in Maryland.  You can also buy these from Amazon by clicking here: Salad Booster. Alright, back to my salad. Yum!

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