Product Review: Sorich Organics Halem Seeds

The word “Halem” gives a very Middle-East feeling to me, and maybe to you as well right? I just wondered while I looked at the packet of Halem Seeds, as to what in the world was Halem seeds??  On getting a few of these seeds on my palm, the colour of the seeds are reddish-brown. They have a peppery , tangy taste  which I didn’t quite like. The seeds have derived names like cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort cress, pepperwort pepper grass, mustard and cress or poor man’s pepper, due to this peppery flavour.

About The Plant:
So yes, although I didn’t like the taste, and before the seeds went to some corner in the kitchen cupboards, I did some research about this plant and I found it quite interesting. I look forward to using these seeds in my daily cooking as well!
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Garden cress has tiny, meaty, slightly elongated green leaves and long white-green, feeble-looking stems with stringy white roots. It is readily available in the form shouts and best harvested when the shouts reach 5-10 cm in height. If left to mature, the plant can easily reach 50-60 cm in height. There are several varieties available, including wrinkled or crinkled ones (called as such as a result of their curled leaves). Seeds are tiny and red brown in color and are used as seasoning in Asian cooking under the name ‘haloon’, where they are almost just as popular as garden cress itself.
Both the leaves and seeds are used for seasoning dishes. Garden cress leaves have a peppery, sharp flavor, similar to that of radishes. However, growing conditions can influence their flavor to some extent. For instance, growing the plant in pots, bowls or even flat plates and keeping it on your windosill will help temper its flavor and make it milder-tasting. Garden cress can even be sprouted from seeds on wet or moist paper towels or cotton wads.
So, if you wish to try out these seeds and add some zing into your daily cooking , head to Amazon.in and get yourself a pack of Sorich Organic Halem Seeds. Else you can check out their website www.sorichorganics.com and get in touch with the team. You can read more about this brand here.
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Price: It is priced at Rs.90
Quantity: 100gms (Available in 200gm and 400gm as well)
Shelf Life: 18 months
Quality: The seeds are of good quality, they are crunchy and the packaging does its job really well in keeping the seeds fresh.
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Packaging:

The seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple yet attractive and keeps the seeds fresh. The packet has a pop of colour which makes the otherwise dull packet, attractive.

Benefits of Halem Seeds:

  • Also known as Halim/Garden Cress seeds, Halem seeds majorly improve menstrual health and indigestion. One of the oldest cultivated seeds, Halem seeds also help in hair loss treatment and boosting immunity.
  • Due to its high quality and quantity of iron and folic acid it helps to overcome iron deficiency anemia. Garden cress seeds being the richest source of non-haeme iron. It is advisable to have vitamin C half an hour after consumption of these seeds as it enhances iron absorption.
  • High nutritive content of cress seeds. It’s given especially to post partum mothers and lactating mothers as it enhances milk production.
  • It also has hypoglycemic properties which help to control glucose levels in diabetics
  • It is used during constipation as a laxative . It is also used to treat intestinal problems and abdominal colic issues. It is laso very helpful in treating bleeding piles.
  • Garden cress seeds are good expectorants and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough reliever, asthma and headache.
  • cress seeds have anti-hypertensive property. It has diuretic property due to which it has blood pressure lowering property.
  • it has good anti cancer property. Garden cress seeds contain antioxidants like vitamin A and E which help protect cells from damage by free radicals.

 

Side-effects of Garden Cress Seeds:

1.Diuretic Properties: Garden cress contains diuretic properties thus patients suffering from frequent passage of water and urine should be cautious when using this plant.

2.Abortifacient Properties: Garden cress is abortifacient in nature thus capable of inducing abortion in early pregnant women if taken in excess. Pregnant women should refrain from eating garden cress as it has the tendency to induce uterine contractions and abortion. Garden cress seeds can increase uterine contraction, thus certain people use it to induce labor in late stages of pregnancy.

3.Goitrogenic Properties: Garden cress contains goitrogens, which are substances that subdue the proper functioning of the thyroid gland through its interference with iodine absorption. If consumed in a very large quantities can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, thereby causing goiter and hypothyroidism.

How to Use Halem Seeds/Garden cress Seeds:

  • Halem seeds can be eaten raw and roasted before eating. They are peppery and aromatic ,hence, used with salads and vegetable curries .
  • Roasted slightly with added salt.
  • Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.
  • Chikki or laddoo can be made. (preparation similar to til laddoo/chikki).
  • The leaves go well in sandwiches or fresh, green salads

Recipe Links:

Hope you liked this post !!!!

Share your comments and recipes as well!!!

Love,

Sonali

 

Sources used for reference (including a picture of the plant from google just for your reference):

  • wikipedia
  • natureword.com

 

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Product Review: Sorich Organics Flax Seeds Superfood

So I’m back with another Superfood review !!!! And this time its the inevitable !!! 😀 Yes, its on Flax seeds from Sorich Organics. I’m sure you all must have given this seed a try by introducing it into your diet. I remember my mother making a powder of this seed and making me have it with water. All i knew was it wasnt tasting good , but it was supposed to be good for my hair. So yeah, that was exactly how i would have flax seeds!!!! well, you don’t have to go through this troublesome tasteless procedure as there are better ways to consume Flax seeds.

The seeds definitely taste better when they are roasted and once roasted you can have it as a snack!! If you have it raw, please keep some water ready as at times it can choke or you may not like the way it feels and tastes.

About the Plant:

Flax (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax or linseed, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. The oil is known as linseed oil. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word “flax” may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. The plant species is known only as a cultivated plant, and appears to have been domesticated just once from the wild species Linum bienne, called pale flax.

Flaxseeds are also known as linseed, jawas/Alashi(Marathi), avise Ginzalu (Telugu), Cheruchanavith (Malayalam), Alsi (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi), Agase (kannada).

You can purchase flax seeds at your local store or you could opt for organic seeds offered by Sorich Organics. To know more about the brand Click Here.

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So, in case you would love to try it out via Sorich Organics, you could read through the blog and then make your purchase via Amazon.in or if this article makes you want to give the seeds a try, you could head out to your local store and get it as well 🙂

Price: It is priced at Rs.90

Quantity: 100 gms (It is also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Quality: The seeds come in resealable packages and the quality is good. No moisture , no fungus, and the seeds were crunchy. The packaging ensured the seeds didn’t go soft.

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Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging: The seeds come in an airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple with a pop of colour and informative.

Benefits of Flax Seeds:

  • Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds that are the richest sources of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the world.
  • Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. The fibre in flaxseed is found primarily in the seed coat. Taken before a meal, flaxseed fibre seems to make people feel less hungry, so that they might eat less food.
  • The ALA fats in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.
  • Flaxseeds are gluten-free and are high in anti-oxidants.
  • The lignans in the flax have been shown to have benefits for menopausal women. It can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy because lignans do have estrogenic properties. To experience the flax seed benefits for your hormones include 1-2 tbsp of flax meal in a breakfast smoothie along with 1 tbsp of flax seed oil.

How to use Flax seeds? 

Flax seeds needn’t seem boring. It in fact can be used in numerous ways (even I wasn’t aware of all these ways! ) . You could give these a try and make some healthy changes to your regular diet 🙂

  • A small dose  (2-4tbsp)of ground flaxseeds can be added to your cereal/oats.
  • Consume ground flaxseeds with any liquid (smoothies) or consume it with a liquid on the side.
  • Soak the seeds before you put them in smoothies or juices. It pairs well with vegetable and fruit smoothies.
  • Sprinkle flaxseeds on yoghurt.
  • Add toasted flaxseeds to salads and soups.
  • Bake muffins, cakes , cookies with ground flaxseed as one of the ingredients.

For Recipes Using Flax Seeds, Check the links below:

I’m sure you will love flax seeds and love the recipes as well 🙂

 

I hope this post was informative and helpful ! Hope you loved it!

Love

Sonali.

 

References used from:

https://draxe.com/10-flax-seed-benefits-nutrition-facts/

Wikipedia

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Raw Hemp Seeds

The word hemp itself raises eyebrows and i guess it already has done the needful here too!!!  🙂  Honestly, I never even thought that hemp could be used in our daily life!! I was surprised when I saw this package amongst the other superfoods and literally wondered what I could do with it!

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About the Plant:

Well, as you all already know, hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species and is one of the fastest growing plants !

Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel. Hemp oil from the seeds becomes solid and can be used in the manufacture of oil-based paints, in creams as a moisturizing agent, for cooking, and in plastics (even the Hemp Foot Protector from TheBodyShop is infused with hemp seed oil! ).

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder. The leaves of the hemp plant can be consumed raw in salads. Hemp can also be made into a liquid and used for baking or for beverages such as hemp milk, hemp juice, and tea.

About Sorich Organics Raw Hemp Seeds (Unhulled/Unshelled/Whole): The brand needs no introduction and if you want to know more about it, Click Here.

                                                                    

Price: Rs.90

Quantity: 100gm (Available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging:

The seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Quality:

The seeds in the package are of good quality and the packaging definitely did its job well.

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I was unaware about the benefits and uses of Raw hemp seeds and hence did a little search on these seeds, so that I could share the same with all of you and I hope this helps you as well. I just popped a few of these seeds into my mouth, and they tasted good! You can buy them on Amazon India and for brand information you could check their website SorichOrganics. If its out of stock you could get in touch with the team and they would definitely help you out 🙂

Benefits of Raw Hemp Seeds:

  • Raw Hemp seeds are generally considered as one of the oldest and most versatile crops. It is a natural blend of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and Vitamin E among various other minerals.
  • They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s perfect foods – a Superfood.
  • They are more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food.
  • Raw hemp seeds can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.
  • Most health organizations agree that the human body needs a 3 or 4:1 balance of omega 6 over omega 3. Hemp seed is the only seed where this ideal balance occurs. It does not occur in flax, almond, walnut, soybean or olive oil.

How to use raw Hemp seeds:

Raw hemp seeds van be eaten raw, roasted and also ground to be mixed in food or sprinkled on various fruit shakes and vegetable soups. They can also be eaten with cereals (I would be trying this soon )!

For recipes check the below links:

Hope this post helps you with your questions on hemp seeds and how to use them.. Let me know if you want to know how I used these seeds  in my diet.

Keep reading, keep snacking healthy!

Love

Sonali

References:

(http://www.purehealingfoods.com/hempHeartsInfo.php) and wikipedia.

 

Product Review: Pumpkin Seeds from Sorich Organics

Hey Folks!!!

Yess! I am back with another product review ! The brand  Sorich Organics needs no introduction, however, I shall post the link of my blog on the brand, right at the end of this blog post! :).

Today’s post is on another Super rich Superfood- Pumpkin Seeds!! These days,we get a lot of these seeds packed and promoted on a different level : giving us information on its benefits to health, nutritional value, etc. My mother would always tell me, during her time, once the pumpkin was cut open, the seeds were taken and dried in the sun and then they would peel off the thin shell protecting the seed and relish on the seed. It was a pass time earlier and a great snack as well!  Little did they know the benefits of snacking on this amazing little seed!  So here I am today to talk about pumpkin seeds, while i snack on them 🙂 .

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About Pumpkins! :

Pumpkins, and their seeds, are native to the Americas, and indigenous species are found across North America, South America, and Central America. The word “pepita” is consistent with this heritage, since it comes from Mexico, where the Spanish phrase “pepita de calabaza” means “little seed of squash”.

Selection and Storage:

Pumpkin seeds are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the pumpkin seeds are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure the seeds’ maximal freshness.

Whether purchasing pumpkin seeds in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that they are not shriveled. If it is possible to smell the pumpkin seeds, do so in order to ensure that they are not rancid or musty.

By purchasing organic, you will avoid unnecessary exposure to potential contaminants. By purchasing raw, you will be able to control the roasting time and temperature, and avoid unnecessary damage to helpful fats present in the seeds. At the same time, you will be able to bring out the full flavors of the pumpkin seeds through roasting.

Pumpkin seeds should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. While they may stay edible for several months, they seem to lose their peak freshness after about one to two months.

About Sorich Organics Pumpkin Seeds:

Price: Rs.149

Quantity: 100gm (Available in 200gm, 400gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging:

The pumpkin seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Quality:

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The seeds are crunchy and once roasted are a good snack option!  The airtight package has definitely taken care of the product  and ensures the seeds are fresh. I love the seeds plain as well as roasted. They taste amazing.

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Pumpkin seeds are a widely used ingredient in various cuisines. The seeds are consumed for their richness in iron and magnesium among various other minerals and proteins.
  • Pumpkin seeds are high in calories; about 559 calories per 100 g. Also, they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants.
  • Pumpkin seeds carry good-quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g or 54% of recommended daily allowance of protein. Also, the seeds are an excellent source of amino acid tryptophan and glutamate. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is a beneficial neurochemical often labeled as nature’s sleeping pill.
  • Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of antioxidant vitamin-E.
  • Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed extracts, and pumpkin seed oil have long been valued for their anti-microbial benefits, including their anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

How to Consume Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Raw kernels can be enjoyed as healthy snacks. Whole seeds can equally be enjoyable when roasted.
  • Also, the kernels can be salted or sweetened. In Mexico, the seeds are usually toasted and flavored with salt, lime, or chili peppers, and eaten as snacks.
  • Pumpkin seeds are one of the ingredients in the Mexican mole sauce.
  • Just like other nuts and seeds, they can also be used in granolas, biscuits, bread, cookies, casseroles or baked goods.
  • The seeds also used in salads especially sprinkled over fruit/vegetable salads.
  • You may add them to desserts, particularly sundaes and other confectionaries.
  • The seeds are frequently added to enrich in meat, poultry, rice, and vegetable dishes.
  •  Add pumpkin seeds to healthy sautéed vegetables
  • Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
  • Add chopped pumpkin seeds to your favorite hot or cold cereal.
  • Next time you make burgers, whether it be from vegetables or meats, add some ground pumpkin seeds.

    For recipes using pumkin seeds click the links below:

  • www.archanaskitchen.com
  • www.yummly.com

I love to snack on roasted pumpkin seeds and am already finishing up this pack!!! And yes, I have already made up my mind to buy more packs of Pumpkin Seeds!!!!

Go grab your pack from www.amazon.in

Hope this review helped you 🙂

Love,

Sonali

P.S Click Sorich Organics  to read my blog on the brand 🙂

References used:

 

Yogabars: Eat Better, Feel Better, Be Better

I guess we all have the habit of binging on snacks during the day (snacks, by the way, is a reference to chips, biscuits and all food items termed oily and unhealthy yet delicious!). There are a lot of protein bars/snack bars/cereal bars in the market, the aim of these products being to help us eat healthy and give up on binge eating. However its not as easy as it sounds right? I never reach out to these products in the supermarket. Their packaging never makes me fall in love with them and crave to try them out. The very thought of digging my teeth into a cereal bar makes me go and reach out for a bar of chocolate and i end up purchasing all the food that i am not supposed to snack on. I came across a new product which made me want to give it a try: Yogabars was kind enough to send me few of their delicious yet healthy snack bars and I was blown away by the quality, quantity, pricing and packaging of the product. They have two variants: Snack bars and Protein Bars ; so you could make the right choice !

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What The Company Claims:

Yogabars contain whole grains, cereals, nuts,dried fruits and seeds blended with the sweetness of honey, natural spices and extracts to give you delicious flavours. The Nutrition profile of Yogabars are designed to be the perfect snack. The bars are between 150-170 calories, are a good source of fibre,  contain 3/4 gms of protein per serving with a good percentage of healthy fats (Omega 3,Omega 6) and anti-oxidants.

“All our food is free of hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. They don’t use any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and they aim to create products that have good nutritive value”.

Shelf Life: The shelf life on the bars currently is 3 months.

Who can snack on these bars? : 

Snack bars and super food bare are made with 100% natural ingredients, with no artificial sweetners or other ingredients. They are the perfect nutritious treat for kids! You can divide one Yogabar into 2-3 bars for a readymade delicious snack for the children. The Yogabar is not as sweet as “candy bars,” so children can enjoy themselves without becoming “sugared out.”

Because Gym Bars (High protein) are formulated with adult protein needs in mind, children should not eat a whole bar until their nutritional needs more closely match those of an adult (around ages 9-13). Children ages 4-9 could have half on occasion and as with all food choices, parents should use their best judgment.

You should consult your dietician / doctor if you are diabetic and want to include Yogabars as part of your diet.

Flavours:

I: Snack Bar Variants:

  1. Vanilla Almond
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Nut & Seeds
  4. Coffee Zing
  5. Chocolate Chunk
  6. Cashew Orange
  7. Cardamom & Coconut

II: Whey Protein Bars:

  1. Chocolate Cranberry
  2. Chocolate Brownie
  3. Almond Fudge

Purchase them here:

They can be purchased online at Yogabars.in; amazon.in; healthkart & bigbasket. They are also available in stores at Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune.

Packaging:  

The packaging of these bars are attractive and you would definitely want to eat these bars!  Unlike the colorless and lack-lustre packaging that healthy bars always have, these yoga bars are quite pleasing to the eye !!! Bright colours have been used on the packaging and it also is quite informative.

Price:

Snack Bars:

The snack bars are available online in boxes of  ten each (Rs.330 for a pack of ten bars of a particular flavor). You could also choose from their subscription plans which make the bars more reasonable (12/6/3 pack subscription where you get an assortment of snack yoga bars). The single pieces are available on bigbasket priced at Rs.35.

Whey Protein Bars:

The protein bars are available online in boxes of  ten each (Rs.650 for a pack of six bars of a particular flavor). You could also choose from their subscription plans which make the bars more reasonable (12/6/3 pack subscription where you get an assortment). The single pieces are available on bigbasket priced at Rs.125.

Nutrition Break down  of SnackBars:

Calories 155-175 Kcal Wholesome nutritious snack

 

Protein 4-5 g Protein powder, Amaranth, Almonds

 

Carbs 20-25 g  

 

Sugar < 8 g Dates and Honey

 

Dietary fibre 3-4 g Whole grains and millets

 

Fat 5-8 g Virgin coconut oil, Rice bran and Almonds

 

Unsaturated : Saturated Fat ratio 4:1 Source of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E

 

Cholesterol and Trans-Fat 0.0 No

 

 

Nutrition Break down  of Protein Bars:

Calories 255-260 Kcal Wholesome Meal Replacer

 

Protein 20 g Whey protein concentrate, Lentil protein concentrate and Almonds

 

Carbs 18-19 g  
Sugar <6 g Dates and Honey

 

Prebiotic fibre 9-10 g Prebiotic Fructo-oligosaccharides

 

Fat 14-15 g Almonds and Rice bran oil

 

Omega – 3 fatty acids 300-350 g Flax seeds

 

Unsaturated : Saturated Fat ratio 4:1 Source of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E

 

Cholesterol and Trans-Fat 0.0  

Pros:

  1. Yogabars contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oil, no chemicals.
  2. The Yogabars are healthy and tasty!!! you wouldn’t mind snacking on these rather than dreading having to eat a protein bar.
  3. Yogabars are 100% vegetarian and 100% natural.
  4. The Yogabars contain whole grains, cereals, nuts, dried fruits and seeds blended with honey, natural spices and extracts which make the bars delicious.
  5. The protein bars have 20 g protein, have no soy protein,no sugar alcohols and are gluten free.
  6. The bars have a good nutritive value and aim for guilt-free snacking
  7. Attractive Packaging
  8. Reasonably priced compared to other bars in the market.

Cons:

  1. The only drawback is they are not available in smaller cities, and one has to try products based on word of mouth based on which the purchase can be made online on their official site. It would be great to first try single bars from a supermarket which would make the purchase easier.

Overall, these snack bars are good to carry around in your handbag /gymbag to satiate those hunger pangs and avoid binging on chips !!! It is a must try snack bar if you are health conscious or aim to be or if you just love trying out such stuff too!! The protein bars are good if you are into fitness /sport, etc., which would definitely help ! And yes, the packaging is cool too!!! My personal favourite snack bars are Cardamom and coconut, Vanilla and almond, Chocolate Chunk and Nut & Seed. I haven’t tried the protein bars yet. I am tempted to try them out though!! I only wish the single packs were available in the supermarket!!!

More information about the company and its offerings can be obtained from their website Yogabars (Click the link to head to the page).

Hope this review helps!!!

Love

Sonali