About a week ago, I received a wonderful package from Premier Organics. It was filled with all different flavors of Artisana Raw Nut Butters!
About Artisana (The Art of Healthy Food)
Creating unique, delicious, healthy, gourmet food is a work of passion for us, blending together nuts and seeds like the vibrant colors of an artist’s palette. Handmade with care, our organic live foods are crafted using a special low heat process that always preserves the life-essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and enzymes. Artisana: Raw life-energy from Sun to Plant to Body.
What makes our Nut Butters so special?
Taste – Simply put, they taste the best
Unique variety – In addition to our superior Almond Butter and Tahini, we make five unique varieties: Walnut Butter, Pecan Butter, Cashew Butter, and Macadamia/Cashew Butter. Our coconut products include the ever popular Coconut Butter and it's related "Bliss SuperFood Blends... as well as our NEW Extra Virgin Pure Coconut Oil.
Fresh – We hand-select only the finest new-harvest nuts, seeds and coconut for our butters - our almonds and walnuts are the best California has to offer
Quality – All of our nut and seed butters are hand crafted in small batches in Berkeley, CA with careful attention to detail.
Organic – We only use 100% certified Organic nuts, seeds, and coconut meat which means no toxic pesticides, chemicals, or genetically modified organisms. (Certified by the CCOF)
Pure – We don't add any extra ingredients. No salt, sugar, preservatives or artificial flavors - Nothing. Which means that all you get is the clean, fresh taste of nuts and seeds the way nature intended.
Raw – The ingredients which comprise our products are raw, not roasted, and made into butter with a low temperature process. This means that all of the enzymes, proteins and vitamins are intact, in their natural state and fully utilized by the body. Heat destroys these sensitive nutrients.
Powerful – Forget caffeine! Packed with energy-laden nutrients, our nut butters are a great source of sustained energy.
Healthy – Nuts and seeds in the form that we make them - totally raw and organic and processed into butter (purée) - are among the most basic and healthy foods one can eat on the planet, offering to the consumer:
*Non-animal proteins and enzymes
*Vitamins and Minerals
*Essential fatty-acids (including Omega-3, of which Walnut butter has the most)
... All in products more readily digestible than whole nuts...making them truly whole foods.
PEANUT, GLUTEN, and DAIRY FREE
You all know I am a huge fan of nut butters (who isn't?) so I was very excited to try all of the different varieties. I decided to try the Almond Butter in my oats yesterday.
From the website:
Enjoy the sweet flavor of fresh, RAW almond butter. Experience the delightful texture and clean aroma of Artisana™'s truly raw, uniquely energizing purée. Artisana™ Raw Organic Almond butter is an excellent source of protein and is high in Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), and Manganese. It's also a good source of Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Riboflavin. Artisana™ Raw Organic Almond Butter is a healthy way to get protein. Add to fruit shakes, cereal, confections or eat it right out of the jar… sublime!
I added MixMyGranola and Almond Butter into my oats for a wonderful combination. I loved that the almond butter was not too sweet and had a natural almond taste.
For lunch, I decided to try 2 more nut butters!
I used the Cashew Butter for one side of my bread.
Naturally sweet, the raw cashews in Artisana's smooth and creamy purée have a complex, yet subtle character. As it melts in your mouth, feel the natural energy surge throughout your body. Be creative! Artisana™ Raw Organic Cashew butter lends creamy texture & dense nutrition to smoothies, sauces, deserts and more. Artisana™ Raw Organic Cashew butter is naturally high in Essential Amino Acids, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium. It's also a good source of Phosphorus, Vitamin K, Zinc. A fundamental food for the healthy vegan diet.
I used Cocoa Bliss on the other slice of bread.
Finally! A vegan and sugar cane free, rich, creamy chocolaty coconut spreadable nectar. Indulge guiltlessly with pure Organic, raw ingredients of the highest quality. Artisana™ - Chocolate Is a dreamy and delicious delight - melts in your mouth in sweet celebration while also giving you real energy and nutrition. Spread on Fruit, bread, cakes, cookies, crepes and more! Excellent in smoothies, energy bars, and anything you want to turn into sweet succulence.
Ingredient: Artisana™ Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Agave Syrup, Organic Raw Cacao, Organic Raw Cacao Butter.
The Cocoa Bliss was amazing! It was thick and rich, almost like fudge!
The Cashew Butter was also delicious. It was creamy with a delicious cashew taste to it.
I topped both slices with Blueberry Butter for a wonderful sandwich!
I had Michael Season's Hot Cheese Curls on the side.
I wanted to try as many flavors of the nut butters as possible to do a full review so I spread a few more of them on crackers last night!
The next one I tried was the Walnut Butter.
Carefully hand selected golden organic walnuts are blended into Artisana's smooth, mildly sweet yet intense purée. Feel invigorated as your body absorbs the raw, healthy energy unlocked from deep within the walnut kernels. Create a delicious dessert by mixing with apples, agave syup and cinnamon.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 1994, showed that those whose diets included nuts, either walnuts or almonds, were able to lower their LDL cholesterol by 9 to 10%.
Another study that appeared in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 1995, found that walnuts could also diminish the extent of heart damage after a heart attack.
I spread some on a Mary's Gone Cracker.
Once again, delicious. There was some other interesting information about walnuts on the website as well:
Walnuts can be considered a super food because they contain a full complement of vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and folic acid. They also contain a wealth of minerals, such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Walnuts contain Vitamin E#alpha, beta, delta and gamma-tocopherol, making it exceptionally high in antioxidants.
Nutritionists tell us that Omega 3 fatty acids are found in only a few plant food sources, yet are essential to a healthy body. In a 2,000-calorie diet, 3 tablespoons of walnuts will provide our daily requirement of these Omega 3 fatty acids.
I am all about getting my walnut intake from nut butter!
The next one I tried was Pecan Butter.
Invigorate your palate with the rich, intense flavor of Artisana pecan purée. Smooth texture, fresh aroma, and most importantly, deep, complex taste make this a profoundly satisfying concerto of sensory pleasures. Every spoonful is a healthy treat; alone or added to shakes.
The Native American Indians made pecan milk by pounding the nuts with a mortar and pestle before adding water and stirring them into a nourishing beverage. Pecan milk was an ideal energy food for their infants as well as the elders because it was so easy to digest.
Ingredients: Organic, Raw Pecans; Organic, Raw Cashews
This one had a strong pecan taste which was delicious and enjoyable.
The last flavor I tried was the Cashew Macadamia.
Revel in the creamy yet crunchy texture of raw macadamias and cashews, sustainably picked from lush tropical forests. Savor the naturally sweet, wild flavor of Artisana's nutty blend made by the stroke of Nature's paintbrush . Every spoonful is a healthy and delicious delicacy.
The Macadamias used in Artisana Organic Raw Macadamia/Cashew Butter are from the tropical and misty Hawaiian and Australian coastlines. They are 100% organic and 100% raw.
This was one of my favorites. It was sweet, smooth, and wonderful on the cracker.
I was pleasantly surprised with all of the flavors I tried. I highly recommend them, even if you are not a raw foodist. You can purchase them online here.
After my delicious nut butter and blueberry butter sammy, the munchies began. Dori brought me an Apple JamFrakas at spin yesterday so I decided to try it.
It was okay but not nearly as good as Apple Cinnamon Z-Bars! Z-Bars will always be my favorite! It was small and did not have much flavor.
I guess it did not satisfy me very much...or I was just bored because I had a 2nd bar about an hour after!
These are delicious. I love the pumpkin icing on top of the granola.
After work, I met my sister at Nina's Spa. I got her a facial for her birthday so she got me one for mine! We chose the spa because they accepted Spafinder gift cards and they had a Spaweek deal going on.
We made an appointment for 2 facials at 6:45. We were expecting to have 2 different people working on us. Instead, one girl was going back and forth from room to room. She put me under the steamer and left me there for 20 minutes! This was my first facial so I was not sure if this was normal so I kept my mouth shut. She came back in the room, put a mask on me and left again! Finally she massaged my face for the last 5 minutes.
She probably worked on me for a total of 10 minutes. It was supposed to be a 50 minute facial! She told me I have better skin than my sister so she worked on my sister a lot more. My face felt nice after but I would not go back there.
We went to dinner after at a Mexican restaurant in Times Square called Viva Pancho. It was delicious! We split a grilled chicken avocado salad, bean soup, and chicken fajitas. The portions were huge so the meal ended up being so cheap! Sorry, no pictures!
I came home to an interesting package. Beware: Non-Food Related!
The package was from SingleEdition.com
SingleEdition.com offers a lifestyle destination that embraces the culture of single living. Most single adults, young and old alike, are living life on their own terms, carving out meaningful lives and creating their own communities without regrets. SingleEdition.com is the first lifestyle destination for unmarried individuals that delivers daily value to help them manage their everyday lives. Unique and insightful single living content, expert advice, tips and how-tos on topics ranging from home, health and wellness to dating, finance, travel and leisure distinguish SingleEdition.com from the myriad of matchmaking sites. The approach changes popular perceptions that single life is exclusively about dating, as that is just one component of living a fulfilled life.
At first I was a little skeptical about being involved with the site since I have a boyfriend, but the articles and contest are interesting for anyone who is not married. I am featured in an article here!
They sent me some fun goodies for being on the website!
1. A Free bottle of Missionary Merlot from Naked Winery
2. Dating Topics Game from Table Topics
3. A Tea Sampler Pack from Revolution Tea
4. Cum-Off Wet Wipe Kit from Babeland
5. 1 Delux Teeth Whitening Travel Kit from Go Smile
I know, pretty random for a food blog but I am excited about the teas and whitening kit! The boy and I already played the dating game last night! In the future, I will be holding some giveaways for these products! You know you all want #4! Haha sorry if any kids are reading this!
Anyway, back to food and exercise!!
This morning I got up again for the gym :) I was considering another spin class but my train took an hour this morning so I missed it by 15 minutes. I did 50 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the treadmill. I burned 450 calories so it was another wonderful workout. Tomorrow I have spin with my sister so it is probably good that I missed it today.
It is almost lunch time so I am off! Have a lovely day!