Sunday, June 21, 2009
Debaters Dish: Skip the morning coffee and munch on granola?
At debate tournaments, I drink a fair amount of coffee and tea. Waking up before the sunrises and going to bed after midnight can do that to a person. Additionally, my food choices often lack the healthy balance of nutrients that I normally get at home. Luckily, MixMyGranola has found a way to incorporate nutritional enhancers into their custom granola mixes! I will be honest, the first thought upon reading this announcement was that there would be a nasty powder covering the delicious granola I reviewed earlier this year. However, after tasting granola enhanced with caffeine and lucuma, I was proven wrong! While some of the enhancers add flavor to the granola, it was a pleasant addition that was cooked into the product rather than sprinkled over.
With the highest caloric additions being only 13 calories (ginkgo and acai), I am excited to play around with the various enhancements! As someone who packs a snack bag of granola for plane rides, this latest addition to the MixMyGranola customization will allow me to up my nutrients in a delicious and convienint package. Here is the complete list of enhancements from the MixMyGranola Web site:
Caffeine Powder: Skip your Starbucks and have your caffeinated granola instead. A great way to get your morning started!
Organic Pomegranate: Skip the pomegranate juice and get a shot in your granola. A good source of vitamin B5 and antioxidant polyphenols.
Organic Acai Powder: Acai berries are loaded with antioxidants and have a number of other healthy benefits. Oprah would agree!
Organic VitaCherry: This powder contains Anthocyanins, which help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and aging.
Green Tea Powder: Green tea contains polyphenols which are thought to improve health. It also has been shown to reduce cholesterol.
Chlorella Powder: Chlorella contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant and is excellent for cleansing the body.
Organic Blueberry: For all those blueberry lovers, add some extra wild blueberry flavor to your mix!
Ginkgo Leaf Powder: Ginkgo has been shown to support mental sharpness and increases blood flow to the brain.
Organic Maca Powder: Maca has been shown to boost energy, endurance and performance. Get a shot and get your day started right!
Gotu Kola Powder: Gotu Kola has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and be a circulatory stimulant.
Mangosteen Powder: This superfruit has antioxidant strength and potential impact for lowering risk against human diseases.
Organic Cacao Powder: Want to take your granola mix up another chocolate notch? Add a shot of our Cacao Powder!
Organic Lucuma: Lucuma is an excellent source of fiber and beta carotene. Peruvians also use it to flavor ice cream. Healthy and great flavor!
Spirulina Powder: Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that is a natural source of essential phytonutrients, protein and amino acids.
Bee Pollen Powder: The supplement known as "the fountain of youth." Studies have shown it increases zest, energy and physical endurance.
Organic Quinoa: This superfood is high in complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids.
I get asked by readers if I am being paid to push products. The simple answer is no. In fact, most of the products I write about are ones I have found and purchased during my trips to the grocery store or on the road. Occasionally, a company will send a sample my way and if I believe the product will serve a need for my readers and I would buy the product myself, then I will share it with you. Sometimes I will write to a company after reading about it, if I believe it will help us lead healthier lifestyles. But even then, if the product doesn't pass my scrutiny, it won't make the screen of Uncovering Food. You can trust that every product or recipe posted here has passed through my lips, and that I wouldn't blog about it if it wasn't worthy of you... my favorite readers.