When I think of maple, I instantly think of maple syrup. I think of of pancakes, and I think of waffles. I then think about maple glazed donuts, either with some bacon on top or without. Either way is good to me. There’s even maple-flavored whisky from Crown Royal. But did you know this tree juice can actually be healthy for you?
On a recent fight companion podcast of The Joe Rogan Experience, Onnit Labs co-owner and psychedelic adventurer Aubrey Marcus mentioned maple water and that he was looking into possibly carrying a maple water product. He also said that it was as good, if not a little better for you, than coconut water. But how can something that’s associated with sugary junk food be a health food product?
The sap that comes out of the trees is actually the maple water concentrated by two percent. The thick, golden, sugary sweet syrup you’d pour on your pancakes is concentrated by roughly 66 percent. As you can see, the concentration of sugar is much, much greater in the syrup form compared to water.
Once the maple water sap is harvested from the trees, it’s transported to a facility where it is pasteurized and sterilized before it’s packaged and transported to store shelves where it sits alongside coconut water.
And coconut water is what maple water is most often compared to. A couple of advantages of maple water over coconut water is that maple trees can be found all over the eastern North America, unlike coconut-producing palm trees which are typically found in tropical climates. In addition, most people have already developed a taste and affinity to maple, while coconut water is certainly an acquired taste. Both offer similar health benefits as well.
Check back soon for a further post which will outline the health benefits of maple water, and learn how coconut water compares to maple water in terms of electrolytes, sugar content, and–most importantly–price!
If you can’t wait until then, head over to Amazon where you can order a couple maple water products including tetras from Vertical and Wahta.
Oatmega is a company based in Austin, Texas, so it only made sense that its products would eventually find their way to the virtual shelves of Onnit.
The Oatmega products currently found on the Onnit Labs website are two varieties of the Oatmega protein bars: chocolate mint crisp, and vanilla almond crisp.
Both types of Oatmega bars are packed with 14g of protein, 300mg of omega-3s, and 7g of fiber. The gluten-free and non-GMO ingredients include whey from grass-fed cows, gluten-free oats, and fish oil that comes from only responsibly caught deep ocean fish. Not only will your body thank you for eating these bars, your conscience will as well.
If you have a sweet tooth and crave cookies, the chocolate mint crisp Oatmega bars are something you’ll want to check out. Apparently they taste a lot like Girl Guide cookies. The vanilla almond crisp Oatmega bars have the texture of cookie dough and feature vanilla chips and crunchy almonds. Both sound good to me.
If you’re tired of the same old protein bars and want something that will satisfy your hunger and curve your cravings for something sweet, check out these new Oatmega bars. You can buy them from Onnit either by the bar or by the box of 12. They’re not as cheap as a Snickers bar, but nothing healthy comes cheap.
I listen to pretty much every episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and he used to talk about his “hulk loads” kale shakes all. the. time. But he hasn’t mentioned them in a while. That is, not until yesterday.
On his Instagram account yesterday, Joe posted a new, updated, improved, and revised version of his famous hulk loads kale shake recipe. This one is a little bit different from the last one, so if you’re wondering what’s in this new concoction, keep reading, or check out the original post from his Instagram.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a large salad-sized clump of kale
- three stalks of celery
- one cucumber
- one chunk of ginger the size of a car key fob
- four cloves of garlic
- one apple
What’s different between this hulk loads smoothie recipe and his older one is that this one seems to use much more kale (a “salad-sized” amount compared to four leaves from the old recipe), less ginger (down from the size of a pager to the size of a car key fob), three stalks of celery down from four, and the pineapple has been swapped out in favor of an apple.
If you’re looking for the same blender that Joe uses to blend all this up, it’s the Blendtec Designer 625 (which, as of the time of this blog posting, is on sale at $50 off its regular price on the Onnit website). You need a serious blender like the Blendtec to ensure all the ingredients are liquified into a smooth shake, including the hard chunk of ginger that you’ll be tossing in there, not to mention the entire apple including its core.
Last week I got into what carob is exactly and how it is similar to cocoa powder. Today I want to look at why you would want to replace chocolate or cacao in your diet with carob. There are actually many health benefits to carob and reasons why you should consider reaching for carob powder instead of cocoa.
Some people have a sensitivity to caffeine or want to avoid it completely for other reasons, which is understandable. Caffeine is one of the most widely used drugs on the planet and you can get physically addicted to it, albeit mildly. Carob is naturally sweet like cacao, and can be used in place of cacao in your recipes while providing a similar texture or “mouthfeel” as all the foodies say.
In terms of nutrition, carob provides a number of vitamins and nutrients. Carob is packed with vitamins A, B1, and B2, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. It contains no fat, no saturated fat, and no cholesterol. However, carob powder has double the amount of calories compared to cocoa powder (25 vs. 12 per tablespoon) and twice the amount of carbs (6g vs. 3g.) But, the bitterness of cocoa is typically softened with butter and sugar, making it much less healthy. This isn’t needed with carob powder.
Carob is also known to ease upset stomachs. If you have an queasy stomach, try mixing in a tablespoon or two of carob powder in your smoothie. It can help when you’re suffering from diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Of course, you can mix it in with your smoothies or substitute it in place of cocoa in your recipes even when you’re not feeling under the weather.
Steve Maxwell was on Joe Rogan’s podcast recently and one of the things he mentioned was carob. He talked about how he would buy carob bars, but also that he found carob on the ground and ate it. That’s all well and good, if not a bit strange, but what exactly is carob?
Carob is a member of the pea family and if you look over to the right, you’ll see a picture of carob pods. They looks a lot like dried out, brown pea pod would. But we don’t serve carob at Thanksgiving dinners as a side dish like we would peas. In fact, carob is linked to chocolate in many ways, usually with health food nuts who use it as a substitute for chocolate.
But carob is not chocolate, it doesn’t have the texture of chocolate, and it doesn’t taste quite like chocolate either. I think the reason that carob is linked with chocolate is because when it’s processed into a powder, it resembles cocoa very much.
Powdered carob is created when the pod is dried out, the inedible seeds are scooped out, and then the pulp inside the carob pod is roasted and ground up.
So why is carob and cocoa linked to each other? Well, both come from tropical pods. Both are sweet, though in different ways. Both also have their pros and cons in terms of health benefits. People like that chocolate has caffeine to give them a boost, but carob contains no caffeine. Both do not contain cholesterol or saturated fat, but cocoa contains fat while carob does not, and cocoa also has less protein.
Carob can be used as a substitute for cocoa as both are sweet powders. Though you’ll want to double the amount of carob you use in a smoothie, for instance, as the flavor isn’t as strong as cocoa.
Give it a try in your next smoothie!