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 🙂

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Product Review: Sorich Organics Sunflower Seeds

I have already spoken about the brand “Sorich Organics” (click the link to read the post) in my previous blog which will give you an introduction to the brand and its offerings. They sent over few of their organic superfoods  for me to give them out a try. So lets see, how they fare! Today the superfood put to the test is “Sorich Organics Sunflower Seeds”.

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About the Plant:

Sunflower is a tall, erect, herbaceous annual plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae, in the genus, Helianthus. Its botanical name is Helianthus annuus.

In the farm fields, sunflower heads can be ready for harvesting once they turn brown and dry. In general, the seeds intended to use in confectionery are somewhat larger, sweet, and have striped hulls.

Types of Seeds: Oil-type sunflower seeds are characterized by small size, have more oil content, and feature black hulls. However, both types of seeds can be used for either purpose.

In the stores, one may choose whole-seeds, hulled, roasted, salted, etc., for use. Avoid thin, shriveled seeds or old stocks, as they tend to be out of flavor.

Storage: At home, store whole seeds at room temperature in a bin or jar. However, sunflower kernels should be placed inside an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.

About Sorich Organic Sunflower Seeds:

 

Price: Rs.90

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

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging:

The sunflower 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 were crunchy and are a good snack option! The airtight package has definitely taken care of the product , thereby ensuring that the consumer gets value for money.

Benefits of Sunflower Seeds:

  • Sunflower seeds are often considered a healthy companion of your snacks as they prevent thyroid.
  • They also prove to be a powerful anti oxidant and a potent source of magnesium.
  • Sunflower seeds are powerhouse of antioxidants.
  • For heart health, sunflower seeds are excellent
  • Sunflower seeds majorly balance cholesterol.
  • Sunflowers are an exceptional source of vitamin E, which plays a very important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. You can get over ninety percent of the daily value for vitamin E in only a quarter of a cup of sunflower seeds.
  • Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium, which, along with calcium is necessary for strong bones.
  • Sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin, an important neurotransmitter.
  • Serotonin relieves tension, calms the brain and promotes relaxation.
  • The flour made from sunflower seeds is one of the richest source of Iron, hence beneficial in the treatment of anaemia.
  • vitamin E applied topically has been shown to prevent UV damage. A diet containing vitamin E-rich foods promotes this same protective effect.

How to consume Sunflower Seeds:

  • Sunflower seeds are known for being topping and sprinkler on food . They are more often consumed with breakfast and sprinkled on fruit smoothies.
  • Add sunflower seeds to your yoghurt, soup or salad.
  • Garnish mixed green salads with sunflower seeds.
  • Adding sunflower seeds to scrambled eggs will give them a unique taste and texture.
  • Use fine ground sunflower seeds to dust your meats with in place of flour.
  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds onto hot and cold cereals and desserts too.

For recipes using sunflower seeds visit www.tarladalal.com

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I have already got a bottle filled with roasted sunflower seeds and i love snacking on them. Yes, this definitely takes care of the unwanted snacks and ensures you stay healthy and lose weight too, by keeping a tab on your snacks!

Go grab your pack from www.amazon.in

Hope this review helped!!!

Love,

Sonali

References used:

  1. www.healthdiaries.com
  2. www.nutrition-and-you.com

Review: Tone It with Slimming Tea from Tea Treasure

After a lot of tea-tasting, thanks to Tea Treasure, I am back with yet another tea from the company. Now before we head into this tea, let me tell you, just sipping a tea will not help you tackle the fat and shed those kilos. That would require a healthy diet, and a good workout , and yes this tea will give you the advantage as well.

The tea I’m going to talk about today is the Slimming Tea, which is one of their Wellness Teas.

To know more about Tea Treasure and its product Offerings, please read my post: A Treasure Worth the Hunt

About Slimming Tea:

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This tea is a blend of the flavorful high-quality Chinese Mao-Feng green tea and  organic herbs. This satisfying cup of  Slimming tea can be a delicious addition to a weight loss program of exercise and a balanced diet!

Ingredients: Chinese Mao-Feng green tea, Moringa, Licorice, Ginger, Cinnamon, Rose, Ginseng, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia Arjuna.

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Shelf life: 18 months from Manufactured date.

Taste:  The tea has an enchanting aroma of rose, cinnamon ,ginger, exotic spices and herbs. The tea mellows down on preparation and doesn’t have a very bitter taste to it as expected.

Health Benefits: This delicious and satisfying tea is purposefully formulated to meltdown saturated fat naturally with Seabuckthorn, Licorice, Ginger, Cinnamon,  Ginseng, Terminalia-chebula and Terminalia-Arjuna and  Moringa itself contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals keep your metabolism higher and maintains the energy you need to keep up an active lifestyle while cut down extra weight.

Price: It is priced at Rs.220 for 50 gm Tea.

Packaging: The tea is packed in the paper packaging which comes with a seal that would help you close the paper bag and keep the tea and flavours intact post opening it. An attractive informative sticker on the front gives you details on the name of the company, the tea and what type of tea it is as well as it has a catchy slogan!

The sticker on the back of the packet gives you information on the tea, ingredients, directions to prepare a cup of tea, nutritional facts, shelf life, net weight, packaging date and the price.

Directions  towards a Perfect Cup of Tea (on the packaging, as well as on their website):

  • Heat water to 80-85°C.
  • Place 2g of tea (1 Tea spoon) of tea in the pot for per 200ml of water.
  • Pour hot water from the top of tea-leaves.
  • Let it infuse for 3-5 minutes, according to your taste.
  • Then pour out completely.

My take on the Tea:

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This tea has some amazing ingredients which help in meltdown of the fat. One has to be clear that just having this tea wont help much; you need a balanced diet as well as a good workout.

I have just started using this tea. I follow a balanced diet, cutting down on the oily food and snacks and trying to eat  healthy. In addition to this, I have a workout routine thrice a week plus running behind my tod every single day and yes not to forget my blogs and editing which makes tea breaks mandatory.

It can’t get better for me- a green tea that is able to keep my metabolism higher along with melting down the extra fat whilst giving me the energy for the day!

The fragrance is amazing with moringa and rose.

I am having a lot of expectations on this tea.

You can get around 50 cups of tea from this pack as the tea can be infused three times!! Worth every penny splurged on this pack!

 

My Rating : 4.8/5

Stalk them here to know more:

WebPage: www.teatreasure.in

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teatreasure.in/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveteatreasure/

You can also purchase their teas from Amazon (click to go directly to the page)

Let me know if you need more information about the product and i’ll be happy to help you out!

Also, if you would want me to review any other tea from Tea Treasure, you could comment below and ill work on the same!!!

Till then, go ahead and read my posts on many of the teas offered by Tea Treasure and find the one that would suit your requirement! I’m sure you would find your favourite one.

Thanks for reading!

Love

Sonali

 

Nutrus Green Coffee Punch:                Lose weight, Not Overnight!

Hey Guys!!! Well for me it’s that time of the year, where I have to attend a lot of functions and its pretty important to get in shape and stay fit. I am into fitness and work out thrice a week which helps, and not to forget – my 8 month toddler who keeps me on my toes the whole day which completes my workout for the remaining days when I don’t hit the gym!

Anyways, you all would have heard about Green Tea and its benefits, but what about Green Coffee??  Well, this was a surprise for me as well as I’m pretty new to the term “Green Coffee” and couldn’t believe it until I got my hands on it all thanks to Influenzer- an Influencer Marketing Agency in India.

Influenzer sent me a sample of Nutrus Green Coffee and I decided to give it a try and let you guys know about it as well. So let’s get started with the coffee!!!

The Brand:  Nutrus:

Nutrus is a Healthcare division of Sanzyme Private Limited (since 1969) pioneered and launched products to meet the nutritional requirements of its consumers. With continuous research and new information from around the world on recommended nutrition intake, Nutrus introduces a wide range of neutraceuticals in the fields of General well-being, Immunity and more. Path-breaker of green tea segment, Nutrus brought in one of the best health drink, probiotic green tea and carried forward its innovation spree to bring out the world’s first of its kind product Green Coffee, only coffee with probiotics. As, Nutrus is committed to fulfill nutritional gap, we therefore forayed into the development of vitamin supplements and many other nutritional products.

Nutrus products are all health beneficial such as green tea with probiotics (useful bacteria), green coffee with chlorogenic acid and many more.

Advantages of Nutrus Products:

– Hassle free package.
– Void of tags & pins (100% safe)
– No wastage.
– 100% Economical & Convenient.

About the Product-Nutrus Green Coffee  Punch :

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It is the only green coffee product with probiotics in India. It can be a new delectation and health conscious people can start using it today because it is usually claimed as a Natural Fat burner. The first variant introduced was the Nutrus Green Coffee. Coffee punch is the latest addition to their green coffee range.

A pack of Nutrus Green Coffee Punch:

  • Is an Instant coffee
  • It comes with 20 sachets of 2 gm each
  • It is priced at Rs.225
  • Expiry period : best before 24 months

Ingredients :  The main ingredients are Green coffee Extract and Probiotics (Bacillus Coagulans SNZ 1969).

Green Coffee has quite a few  Health Benefits: (Mentioned on the pack as well)

  • Rich Source of Antioxidants
  • Helps to Reduce Weight quickly
  • Modulates Glucose & Fat metabolism
  • Rich in chlorogenic acid
  • Very useful for fatty liver

I think for those who would be wondering about the benefits of this probiotic-Bacillus coagulans SNZ 1969 (as even i did) , i hope the following information helps you understand the benefits of this probiotic better:

BACILLUS COAGULANS (http://sanzyme.com/)

Bacillus coagulans, SNZ 1969 from Sanzyme, is GRAS approved has been used safely as a probiotic for the last 45 years. A widely used, well documented, safe and stable spore forming bacteria that promotes gastrointestinal health.

Physical features:

  • High tolerance to Acid, Sugar and Salinity
  • High thermal stability
  • Good preservation in foods
  • Stability in formulations
  • Good dispersion
  • Does not require cold chain
  • Shelf stable for more than 2 years

Physiological benefits:

  • Survives gastric acid barrier & bile
  • Proliferation in intestine
  • Produces L+ lactic acid beneficial to the gut
  • Confers immunity, fights pathogens & supports a healthy gut.

Preparation of a cup of Nutrus Green Coffee Punch: (mentioned on the pack and the website as well)
(A 2gm sachet of Nutrus makes a typical 120ml of Coffee)

Take a stainless steel pot (non-reactive) and pour sufficient amount of water.
Heat it to 80° c and make sure water is not over heated or boiled.
Take water in a glass or in your favorite tea cup.
Open the sachet and add Nutrus green coffee powder into that water cup.
(Unlike others, Nutrus comes in powder form than in bag, which facilitates, no wastage and absolute 100% usage of product)
If you need, add some sugar or honey (recommended unsweetened)
Stir it until it dissolves and let it cool down for a moment.
Your perfect cup of Nutrus green coffee is ready.

Or  you can serve it chilled by dissolving powder in 120ml cold water.

My Take on the product:

I did make my cup of green coffee!!! And i must say the fragrance is that of a cup of Cappuccino! I just loved the fragrance. The best part of this coffee is I could drink it without adding sugar as it didn’t taste bitter. So Thumbs up guys!!! I love this product. The taste is mostly that of the probiotic and it isn’t bad. I kind of liked the taste. The powder is white in colour which makes it look like one of those protein powders! It dissolved immediately and I just did a mild stir to my beverage.

I like any of my beverages hot, so I didn’t go in for the cold version, but those of you who like your beverage cold could try it out that way.

Pros:

  • The best part of this coffee is that it is an instant coffee and that makes it very convenient to use
  • The pack has sachets of coffee powder and not powder bags, which is a good way of avoiding wastage of product
  • Its travel friendly: i can always pop in the sachets and travel with it and not miss out on the routine.
  • The quality of ingredients used is pretty good
  • The coffee doesn’t taste bitter!!!

Cons:

  • The pack has just 20 sachets. I would prefer a 30 sachet pack which would be good for a trial.

I would have to try this product for at least 3 months with a strict diet as well to understand if it aids in weight loss.

You can get more information on the brand as well as purchase the coffee here: http://www.nutrus.in/

Follow them on twitter: @NutrusHealth

Follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nutrus-626080357514587/?fref=ts

Hope this review was helpful to you guys and you can get your hands on this Nutrus Green Coffee Punch and #DrinkGreenCoffee !

XoXo

Sonali!!