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Health & Wellness Trio from Chosen Foods

I have something unique and cool to feature in the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, today. Health & Wellness is an important topic and something we should all be concerned with to a certain extent. I always say, “all things in moderation”. I don’t think we need to get extreme and become consumed with our health, but there are definitely some easy things we can do to take care of ourselves.

Whether you want to do more to improve your overall health, or you know someone who is health conscious, the Wellness Trio from Chosen Foods is a great start! The Wellness Trio is comprised of Chia Seeds, Nopal Cactus, Avocado Oil and a mini-mixer. I want to teach you a bit about each of these things, but first, I think this set will make a neat gift to yourself, your spouse, or a health conscious friend or family member.

Being the daughter, and sister, of a Chiropractor, and the spouse of a soon-to-be Chiropractor, health benefits and risks of foods and products is an increasingly popular topic in my family. So many philosophies are pushed on chiropractic students, and my husband and I have had to decide which philosophies and reasonings we will buy into, and which are just “quack-ish”. This has beckoned us to research certain things.

One thing we have decided for sure is that Omega-3s are so good for us. We are not fish eaters in my house, so we have to find other ways to get our Omega-3. One of the ways you can obtain your Omega-3, other than capsules is with Chia Seeds. These tiny little seeds have so many benefits in them! They are the Ancient Superfood, which allow you to reap the benefits of Omega-3, Antioxidants, Fiber and Protein. Chia Seeds come from the AztecChia, grown in the highlands of central Mexico. They are a non-GMO, 100% natural, pesticide-free seed that boast more protein than every other ancient grain. They contain more antioxidants than blueberries. A nice bonus – the chia can increase fullness, decrease caloric intake, and promote weight loss!! I am sticking myself on a steady diet of Chia Seeds to see if this is what I need to help me in my weight loss endeavors, all while getting the benefits of the Omega-3, protein and antioxidants.

The Chia Seeds can be sprinkled on salads, smoothies, yogurt, cereal, or used as a fat replacement in baking. I have only tried the sprinkling so far, but am eager to try it in baking. I’m curious of how it will turn out.

Now let me briefly touch on the Nopal Cactus and Avocado Oil. Nopal Cactus is a Bio-Active Fiber, which is 100% Natural. The benefits of consuming Nopal Cactus is that it supports normal blood sugar, supports weight loss (yay), it contains powerful antioxidants and high fiber. AztecNopal is another non-GMO, bio-active fiber that goes far beyond the power of dietary fiber. This powerful stuff works to decrease cholesterol, blood glucose and regulate digestion, while promoting energy. AztecNopal is one of the few natural foods that contains high amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

When eaten as part of a reduced calorie, balanced diet, AztecNopal may aid in weight loss.

The reason the Nopal Cactus may aid in weight loss is because studies have shown that foods with low glycemic index and reduced net carbs, can be an effective way to manage blood sugar. The AztecNopal also prevents hunger and gives a more constant energy supply. This powerful ingredient has shown that it can increase insulin sensitivity, acting beyond the bounds of dietary fiber, and more like a diabetes medication.

The way to use Nopal Cactus is to try replacing 5-10% of wheat flour with the nopal powder. Studies show that this will increase nutrition without significantly altering the sensory profile. You can also obtain pastas with nopal added to semolina flour.

Lastly, the Avocado Oil. Until recently, I didn’t even know that you could purchase avocado oil. We always hear that avocados are one of the healthiest fats out there, so what a great way to get those good fats than in a healthy oil. The Avocado Oil is a high heat cooking oil (unlike olive oil), which is called AvOmega. The AvOmega avocado oil is unlike other avocado oils in that it is naturally refined without chemicals to preserve the phytonutrients. This makes this particular oil one of the purest, heart-healthy oils on the globe!

If you know of someone who loves to cook, this AvOmega Avocado Oil would make an awesome gift! Chefs agree that AvOmega avocado oil finely coats food, so less is required. This can make us feel better about consuming this kind of fat.

The AvOmega aids in warding off inflammation, because of it’s powerful antioxidants. Research shows that it also has pwoerful anti-aging properties! I haven’t personally been able to test this aspect out yet. Perhaps years more of using this product will show! Avocado oil contains the highest level of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat of any vegetable. This aids in lowering bad cholesterol levels and fighting heart disease.

The AvOmega Avocado Oil has the highest cooking point than all other oils. This helps to prevent foods from producing trans fats and other toxins, during cooking.

Are you feeling informed yet?

I am so excited about this Wellness Trio from Chosen Foods. The products are all so great, and I have learned so much! One lucky Clever Housewife reader will win their own Wellness Trio, valued at $49.95, with all of the same great products that I received! This giveaway will end on 12:01am ET 11/15. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below. Entries will be verified before a winner is chosen. The winner will be contacted via email and announced in a blog post.
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I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.Β 

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Emily Buys

123 Comments

  • I’m allergic to seafood so learning about Chia Seeds was a super helpful way to learn how to get those good ol’ Omegas!

  • I had heard about the chia seeds, but I am skeptical….so can you keep us updated on how they work for feeling full, etc? The Avomega avocado oil seems like a very interesting product, and i’ve never heard of it.

  • I learned a lot. I didn’t know about any of these products so everything I read was something new. I have used flaxseed before but never heard of chia seeds. This part was interesting as well “The AvOmega Avocado Oil has the highest cooking point than all other oils. This helps to prevent foods from producing trans fats and other toxins, during cooking.”

  • I learned a lot in this post!! I never thot I knew it all, but I thot I knew a lot as my husband is successfully fighting cancer naturopathically. I also had no idea you could buy avacado oil as it’s own product – and we looove chia seeds! I do use it for baking (used it last night, as a matter of fact) and would loooove to win this package πŸ˜‰ Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  • I have heard a lot about Chia seeds here lately and have been wanting to try them but the funds are just not there for it right now sadly.

  • I had never heard of Avocado oil before and am interested in trying it. Being overweight my husband and I deal with issues with our knees. We take over the counter meds for it but would love to find something better for the inflammation.

  • Hi Emily! I love this post and in fact, I referenced it in one of the new coaching emails for EvilMasterDietPlan.com. Thank you so much for this healthy information and Chia Seeds sound like an excellent addition to my diet! :), Valerie

  • Would LOVE to try these! Have been gradually eating a healthier diet & love when I find something new to add! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • I knew nothing about Avocado oil or Nopal cactus before today…thank I will have to check out both these products.

  • I certainly feel much more informed! I never even saw two of these on Doctor Oz. Good Luck to all, but hope I win :p

  • Learned about chia seed. now i have to go get some for my green monster smoothie i have in the mornings. thanks!

  • I learned Avocado oil supports normal blood sugar levels and weight loss. Such good info, thank you!

  • I did not know anything about avocado oil and was surprised at all it could do and how you can cut worse oils for this much healthier one πŸ™‚

  • i have never heard of nopal cactus… what a neat giveaway I hope I get to try them out! =)

  • I was really interested in learning about the Chia seeds and my chiropractor has helped me with nutrition also.

  • The AvOmega aids in warding off inflammation, because of it’s powerful antioxidants.

  • I really want to try the Chia Seeds and honestly I didn’t know you could put them in baked goods! I bake a lot, and really like to try them!

  • I would love to win this. I already have the avocado oil, but would love to try the nopale cactus!

  • I learned that Nopal Cactus is a Bio-Active Fiber, which is 100% Natural. The benefits of consuming Nopal Cactus is that it supports normal blood sugar, supports weight loss (yay), it contains powerful antioxidants and high fiber. AztecNopal is another non-GMO, bio-active fiber that goes far beyond the power of dietary fiber. This powerful stuff works to decrease cholesterol, blood glucose and regulate digestion, while promoting energy. AztecNopal is one of the few natural foods that contains high amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

  • I would like to try this. I had just heard something about chia seeds on an episode of Dr. Oz. Never heard of the Nopal Cactus or Avacado oil. Thanks for the info!

  • I would love to try these! I went on a Paleo diet 2-3 weeks ago and this would be perfect to go along with it!

  • The AVOmega Oil is better than EVOO in using less since it coats better. Plus the No-Pal Cactus Flour subsitutions sound wonderful.

  • I have never heard of the cactus flour before , I like that it aids in weight loss. Very curious to try it.

  • I like Chia seeds, but this is the first I have heard of the Nopal Cactus and the Avacado oil. Very interesting that it could help with blood sugar.

  • I have never heard of any of these products but your down to earth explanation sure makes me want to give them a try, makes good sense to me. Great blog and info. ( ps I wanted to be a chiropractor myself at one time)

  • It’s good to know I don’t have to eat fish or take nasty fish oil to get Omega-3’s. I had heard that other people eat chia seeds, but had no idea why. This is good to know!

  • I’ve heard of Chia, but I thought it was some kind of tea-leaf. Kind of looks a little like flax seeds, don’t they?

  • The AvOmega aids in warding off inflammation, because of it’s powerful antioxidants

  • I learned The Chia Seeds can be sprinkled on salads, smoothies, yogurt, cereal, or used as a fat replacement in baking

  • I didn’t know that Avocado oil had the highest cooking point & that other, lower point oils caused foods to produce trans fats & toxins. Don’t know I’ll ever fry anything again unless I can win the Avocado oil !

  • being on dialysis, so many foods are restricted. chia seeds will be good, i think, for me!

  • I never knew there was such a thing as avocado oil, and that it is one of the healthiest things too cook with.

  • I learned Avocado oil supports normal blood sugar levels and weight loss. I have a child who is diabetic im going to try this thank you.

  • I would love the chance to try these items, I have been having health issues so now would be the perfect time to start my treck to a healthy lifestyle.

  • you can obtain your Omega-3, other than capsules is with Chia Seeds, i never knew this it is new info for me

  • I am all about healthy and all about trying to win these great products for free. Thanks for a great contest and opportunity!

  • I love avocado oil. It’s just so darn expensive. I like the idea of baking with the nopal cactus.

  • I had never thought to pick up avocado oil when I saw it because I don’t like avocados and assumed it would taste like them.. the health benefits would outweigh that taste at this point, in my mind!

  • In the past when I heard about Chia seeds the first thing to come to mind was “cha cha cha chia”Chia pets.Didn’t know they were good for you.

  • I didn’t even know there was avocado Oil. I am not fond of the taste of Avocado so i really would love to try the Oil.

  • I’ve seen chia seeds at my local Trader Joes but didn’t know why they were “good” for me. Thanks for the information!

  • I hadn’t heard of Nopal Cactus before. I really like that not only does it have great benefits it is non-GMO as well. Great giveaway.

  • I knew Chia Seeds were good healthy supplements to foods but I did not know they offered Omega-3’s as well!!!

  • Wow, I didn’t know you could use chia seeds in baking and that they are so wonderful for you!

  • Avocado contains the highest level of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Also, it’s funny you have chis seeds on here. I just heard about them for the first time a month ago. I would love to try them!

  • Hi,

    I learned several things in this post and I appreciate it. I didn’t know that Avocado Oil is a high heat cooking oil, or that it even existed for cooking !

    Thanks

  • I learned the the way to use Nopal Cactus is to try replacing 5-10% of wheat flour with the nopal powder, and it helps manage your blood sugar! I would love this for my mom!

  • i learned about chia seeds in general! as well as all the other items you listed. who knew you could buy avocado OIL? ha! πŸ™‚

  • I learned that AvOmega avocado oil is unlike other avocado oils in that it is naturally refined without chemicals to preserve the phytonutrients

  • I would love to try this kit. I have never ever tried any of these products. i had the lap band and not been very successful with weight loss. lost some but not enough.

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