Lit from Within: SariNotSorry - Sari Superfood, that is - Spirulina, Nutritional Yeast, and Vitamin C!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

SariNotSorry - Sari Superfood, that is - Spirulina, Nutritional Yeast, and Vitamin C!

Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Growing up, my mom was a pill-pusher.  Of vitamins.  Every night after supper, I would be forced to take a handful of different pills, from Vitamin B to Zinc.  So, of course, as an adult, it's a struggle for me to take even a multi-vitamin.  Given the chance to try nutritionally dense superfoods like Spirulina, Nutritional Yeast, and Vitamin C powder from Sari Foods, I accepted quickly, because I know I don't get all the nutrition I need - and there are no pills or synthetic chemicals involved in these superfoods!

"Sari" means "essence" in Indonesian, and Sari Foods promote using the 'essence of food' - bringing ancient, nutrient-dense superfoods into the modern diet.  All their products are made from real food - no synthetic, laboratory-made vitamins involved.

I remember the first time I was introduced to Spirulina.  My husband and I were staying at a B&B in St. Augustine, and the owner had made these weirdly green muffins for breakfast, along with granola and fresh fruit.  I wasn't aware of any green food that would make a good muffin, so I asked him about them, and he talked about how nutritionally excellent Spirulina was.

I tried a muffin, and I liked it.  We still go back to the B&B on occasion, and I always ask for the muffins!
Spirulina is an algae.  This Spirulina is grown organically on natural soda lakes in remote Mongolia, which limits the exposure to toxins like pesticides and heavy metals.  There isn't a better, more planet-friendly source of protein available! It's packed with vitamins and minerals and loaded with antioxidants.  There are all kinds of possible benefits, from boosting the immune system to stabilizing blood sugar, to fighting cancer that I can't directly speak to, but I believe in the goodness of spirulina.  In addition to adding it to my diet, I have been giving my dogs a supplement for years that contains spirulina.
The spirulina is a dark bluish-green powder - and be careful, it will blow around on a puff of air, and then start turning things green!  I decided to try it in my pasta with redsauce and meatballs, and it definitely turned it a spinach-like green, but didn't affect the flavor or texture at all.  I just pretended it was spinach! 
Sari Foods Spirulina is available on Amazon, where it currently sells for $23.95.

Unlike the spirulina, I had never heard of Nutritional Yeast before, but it was the easiest to incorporate into my food, because it tastes like one of my favorite foods - cheese!
These flakes have a salty flavor like subtle Parmesan cheese to me.  They are completely vegan, though, and are a good source of protein and fiber, as well as Vitamin B and antioxidants.
I added some flakes to my broccoli and cheese and mixed it all in with the rice, and only really noticed a salty flavor.  My husband left his flakes on top and enjoyed their crunchy texture.  They remind me a little bit of Panko breadcrumbs, but a little smaller.

For having an unpalatable name, they are one of the tastiest and easiest-to-use supplements I've ever tried.  I'd put this on anything I'd think to put cheese on - eggs, potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables, etc.

Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast is available from Amazon, and currently retails for $12.95.

The last 'superfood' I tried was Vitamin C fro Acerola Cherries.  We've all heard about the amazing properties of Vitamin C, both in our diets and in our skincare.  It's supposed to boost our immune system, and the antioxidants promote cell recovery and regeneration. 
I've recently tried some chewable Vitamin C tablets made from Acerola, and found them to be really tart and unpalatable.  I didn't get any of that from this powder - no taste or flavor at all, really.  Its suggested that you can add it to juice, but I found it to not dissolve very well, leaving little lumps in my glass.  It didn't change the flavor of my juice, though, and I was able to drink it without really feeling the lumps - it didn't make the juice chewy or anything.  I can't stand chewy orange juice - I have to get pulp-free!  I did add it to some yogurt, and it didn't change the color, texture, or flavor at all.  Just gave me a nutritional boost!
Sari Foods Vitamin C is available at Amazon, and currently retails for $29.95.

All of these came with e-recipe books, and for those who like to cook, there are so many options available to incorporate them into recipes.  I found it really easy to incorporate these supplements into the foods I was already eating, making them even better for me!

For more information, or to purchase, you can find Sari Foods on their webpage, Facebook, and Twitter.  They also sell their products on Amazon.
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