Keeping a girls night “healthy” isn’t exactly at the top of my girlfriends mind. They want wine, chocolate, and fancy cheese to snack on while we gossip. But tonight I decided to mix it up. Since I have been eating clean, I decided to surprise them with a couple different appetizers from Two Moms n the Raw.
Shari, the founder of Two Moms in the Raw, started making journey with making raw foods after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. She discovered that a natural path to wellness which included a raw food diet) was what worked best for her. The treats she made for herself became so popular with friends and family that she decided to share the goodness even further with the help of her own mother!
Their products are:
- 100% organic,
- free of wheat, dairy, soy, refined sugars
- and are gluten free
- well represented with antioxidants in most of their ingredients which protect cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals.
What do you mean “Raw food”?
There are a lot of reasons people believe in eating a RAW food diet but why, and what is raw? The idea behind it is that heating food destroys its nutrients and the natural enzymes. Enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, essential fats, and fiber are all provided by our food in the raw state. All these nutrients are involved in growth, repair, and maintenance of the body. So, if cooking food destroys or decreases the effectiveness of absorption of what out bodies need I can see why people are making an effort to eat more raw.
Snacks can still be considered raw even if they are cooked slightly. Raw snacks are typically made at 118 degrees so that the enzymes are not damaged.
Garden Herb Sea Crackers:
Topped with humus and dried basil-
This cracker was the largest one and it has whole flax seeds mixed with a lot of rosemary and thyme and another strong flavored herb I wasn’t familiar with. The really amazing thing about the packaging is that it has a list of “whats inside” to help you understand the benefits of their powerful ingredients of choice. In this case I found out that the ingredient I was tasting was Cardamom. The listed benefits (listed on the box) are that it is a good source of potassium,calcium,magnesium, and iron.
Spicy Chipotle Pepper Almond Protein Crackers:
Paired with fresh avocado and cilantro-
This little cracker packs a lot of flavor and was my roommates favorite one! This one has the resemblance/texture of a Wheatthins brand cracker but without all the questionable ingredients (seriously have you seen them? ). They have a crunch but are a bit chewy compared to crisp crackers but I am not complaining! The spiciness level had just the perfect kick to it and the spices are full of antioxidant spices such as turmeric, paprika, and chili . I will definitely be making this little snack again! They were delicious and would taste amazing paired with some fresh tomato salsa!
A little extra info on the power packed ingredients: Paprika is rich in antioxidants, and may contribute toward cardiovascular health, as well as cancer prevention. Paprika contains flavonoids which help to neutralize damaging free radicals as well as encourage healthy detoxification. Paprika may also aid in reducing chronic pain and inflammation associated with arthritis(1).Chili, which is made from the chili plant, is found to have high levels of antioxidants and several therapeutic and disease preventing properties. Chili may have anti-inflammatory qualities and may serve as a strong anti-carcinogen, with the power to kill cancer cells. This spice may also contribute to heart health and help to prevent obesity(2). Tumeric, which I have been told by several people at the fitness center to take casuals of for its ani-inflammatory properties, id antioxidant-rich and may help to protect your liver from toxins, including alcohol. The antioxidants in turmeric may also help to inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease and help to reduce cholesterol levels (3).
Tomato Basil Sea Crackers:
atop sliced cucumber,homemade tzatziki, and fresh dill-
Similar texture to the garden herb with a crisp crunch. primary ingredient present in cracker is flaxseeds which are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and alphalinolenic acid. These heart healthy nutrients alto serve up anti inflammatory benefits.
I was blown away again with the flavor! These crackers taste exactly like bruschetta and were my personal favorite! They were a bit smaller and broken up in the box so I decided to use the cucumber as a base and then add the cracker on top. This was so refreshing and the mix of textures was delicious! The sea crackers come in three flavors: tomato basil, pesto (did not try yet), and garden herb.
Overall thoughts on the Crackers:
Great job ladies on your product! It was a success, my girls loved them! When I told my friends that I made snacks with “raw” ingredient crackers they expected card board-like and flavorless. We were in awe of the flavor rich sea crackers and hardly missed the usual bread and cheese platter I typically serve them! If you are going to pair them with items such as dips, keep the flavors mild. For example use plain humus not garlic! If you are looking for a healthy alternative to processed crackers or to add more raw food to your diet you need to try these! Good quality ingredients, and the taste is great weather your a healthy foodie or someone trying to eat more rawfood this is a great choice!
Cant wait to share more of the items I am trying with you!
(1)“The Herbal Kitchen: 50 Easy to Find Herbs and Over 250 Recipes to Bring Lasting Health to You and Your Family”; Kami McBride, Rosemary Gladstar; 2010(2)“ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy”; John La Puma, Rebecca Powell Marx; 2009(3)“Living Agelessly: Answers to Your Most Common Questions about Aging Gracefully”; Linda J. Altoonian; 2008