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.


chow and chatter said...

this is a neat idea

Anne said...

Those enhancers sound intriguing! I didn't know they were cooked into the product. Thanks for the info!

Angie's Recipes said...

Is it Coffee really unhealthy? Or simply just a rumour? I drink lots of tea...pure, plain...just tea, no sugar, no milk, no nothing...just tea...but haven't really tried to enjoy a few cups of coffee...

Anonymous said...

I love these enhancements especially coffee powder!

zoft gum said...

Its looks nice and thanks for sharing such an informative post I would like to try them out.

lk- Healthy Delicious said...

something about suppliments like these are unsettling to me....

Carolyn Jung said...

I'm not sure how I feel about super additives in food. Sometimes I just think, "Can't food just be food?'' I guess I'm old-fashioned that way. ;)

Anonymous said...

mangosteen powder? That's fascinating. But I sometimes wonder if they are really as miraculous as people portray them to be!


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