Our nutritionist covers: What particular foodstuff can boost your short- and long term health?

What if I told you that focusing on increasing intake of this particular foodstuff in your daily diet, you can achieve a multitude of short and very long-term benefits… and it is quite easy to do!

If those short and long-term health benefits included conditions like constipation, diabetes, diverticular disease and even heart disease, would you consider focusing on seriously including loads of it in your daily diet?

What is the foodstuff with this kind of superpowers? It’s the humble fibre or roughage, as you might want to call it. The required amounts needed to reap these benefits have not been stressed strongly enough and generally almost everyone here in the UK could do with a little bit more.

Fibre is a type of superbly important carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Although most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fibre cannot be broken down in the body into sugar molecules, but instead it passes through the body undigested.

If you can’t digest it, what do you need it for?

Fibre helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check. Adults need at least 20 to 30 grams of fibre per day to achieve good health, but most Brits get only about 14 grams a day.

Here’s an easy way to include enough fibre in your diet; include some fibre rich foods at every meal. Consider your first meal of the day. Does that get your engine started properly and your fibre intake to a good start? Adding a source of fibre, such as berries to your breakfast can make a big deal, as they pack an impressive amount of fibre for their size: try blueberries or cranberries on your morning meal (fresh or in powder form).

A generous handful of fresh blueberries (approx.. 30 berries) contains almost half a gram of fibre and a spoonful of blueberry powder made from fresh berries holds almost 1.5g. (!!) Adding these goodies on your breakfast makes it easy to get the fibre intake levels up and your digestion in great working order – not forgetting all the amazing vitamins and minerals that come as a bonus.

Speaking of berries, they are an incredible powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals and loads of fibre. And they taste amazing! Be sure to include plenty of fresh, frozen and powdered forms in your diet and you’ll be reaching your diet goals in no time. It’s the small changes that make a big difference! Teaspoon of Arctic Power Berries is equivalent to a handful of fresh berries!

Different types

It comes in two varieties, both beneficial to health. There is soluble fibre, which dissolves in water. It can help lower blood glucose levels as well as help lower blood cholesterol. Here are a few foods to include in your daily diet that are rich in soluble fibre; oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, apples and blueberries. (See Arctic Power Berries recipe section for inspiration for fibre rich meals)

The other variety of fibre is called insoluble fibre. It does not dissolve in water but can help food move through your digestive system, promoting regular bowel movements and therefore helping to prevent constipation. So why not add these insoluble fibre rich foods as a staple in your diet; for example, whole wheat products, whole grain couscous, brown rice, legumes, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Overall, the top sources of fibre are whole grain foods, fresh fruits, berries and vegetables, legumes, and nuts.

Despite both types of fibre being super good for you, when you are changing habits, make sure you go slow. So just as a reminder, if you suddenly realise you’ve been really lagging behind on the fibre intake recommendations, don’t change that overnight! Instead, give yourself about a month to incorporate enough fibre (preferably 30g) into your daily diet and remember to drink plenty of water!

Ps. You can usually find the fibre content on the food labels at the back of the product you are buying. To make reaching recommended amounts easier, ensure the products you are buying contain more fibre than 2-3g per serving.

Here's a recipe for smoothie that Taru has broken down the nutrient content. Give it a try, it's divine! 

1 ripe banana
Half an avocado
Ginger
About ten soaked almonds
Squeeze of lime
2 cups of organic apple juice
2 heaped teaspoons of chosen Arctic berry powder

1. Chop ripe and spotty bananas and put them in the freezer
2. Once they are frozen put them in a blender with chosen Arctic Power Berries' powders and rest of the ingredients. If you like your smoothies a bit sweeter add two dates or a splash of local honey. You can also replace the apple juice with chosen milk. 
3. Blend and pour to cups!
4. Garnish with more berry powder, mint leaves, pretty straws and enjoy! 

Nutritional information (per 100g)

Carbohydrates                 10g
Of which sugars              9.5g
Fibre                               1.5g (more if other teaspoon of berry powder is sprinkled on top!)
Protein                            1g
Fat                                  3.6g

Note: This recipe packs a good vitamin C punch, at 6.4g/100g and Vitamin E is also well represented at 1.1mg/100g!

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Please feel free to contact our nutritionist Taru Merikoski or us at Arctic power berries if you have any questions regarding this post, the health benefits of the Arctic Power Berries powders or any other nutrition related matters.

Combine the best flavours from Finnish nature on your plate

We are giving away a box full of lovely Arctic Power Berries powders and gluten-free Provena products! 

Arctic Power Berries are 100% pure berry powders from Finland. All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter below. We will draw one lucky subscriber to win a box containing 11 different Provena products and 4 different Arctic Power Berries tubes.

To join the competition, you need to confirm your subscription. Confirm your subscription by clicking Yes, subscribe me to this list -button in a confirmation e-mail sent to your e-mail address. Please share the contest with all of your breakfast loving friends and like our Arctic Facebook page. Find the gluten-free products here and berry powders here. The contest runs until 31.5.2017. Additional rules

Arctic Power Berries are 100% pure dried berries with no added non-sense or sugar, only unbelievable health benefits. Sprinkle on your favorite foods! 100% pure, raw and vegan Berry Powders made with wildly grown Arctic Berries. One teaspoon is equal to a handful of fresh berries! A convenient boost of nutrients to smoothies, oast, cereal and baking.

Oatlet Store by Raisio is Finland’s experts in oats. Nutritious, delicious and innovative plant-based food. Provena builds on in-depth knowledge of oats, offering a wide variety of tasty gluten-free products including cereals, flours, instant porridges and biscuits.

Raisio created the Oatlet Store so their friends all around Europe could enjoy the healthy goodness of natural oat snacks and breakfast goods, delivered directly to their front steps.


Oatlet Store by Raisio is Finland’s experts in oats. Nutritious, delicious and innovative plant-based food. Provena builds on in-depth knowledge of oats, offering a wide variety of tasty gluten-free products including cereals, flours, instant porridges and biscuits.

Raisio created the Oatlet Store so their friends all around Europe could enjoy the healthy goodness of natural oat snacks and breakfast goods, delivered directly to their front steps.

Ice cream season is here. How to avoid the refined sugary ones?

Sun is shining. The sky is blue. The weather is warm. That can only mean one thing. Ice creammmm time! 

As heavenly those creamy ice creams in the shops are (and totally okay if enjoyed occasionally!) many of you on that side of the screen might get some annoying stomach aches from the cream and sugar in those little treats. 

Here's a tasty vegan friendly ice cream recipe for those who love ice cream as much as we do but can't or don't want to eat the Magnums all the time. These popsicles are also high in vitamins and flavonoids from our Arctic Blackcurrant powder. So what's not to like. And the best thing is that these are totally guilt free so who cares if you have a few in a day! Let the sun keep shining! 

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Blackcurrant and Coconut Popsicles

1 banana, sliced and frozen

1/2 cup frozen blackberries

1-2 tbsps black currant powder (equivalent to a heaped handful of fresh berries) 

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp rice malt syrup

A few spoonfuls jam of your choice

1. Place the frozen fruit, berries and blackcurrant powder in a food processor or high speed blender and blend until the texture resembles breadcrumbs. 

2. Continue to blend and add in the liquid ingredients little by little until the ice cream mixture is smooth. 

3. Take out your popsicle molds and place a dollop of jam in each. Swirl it around the mold to make pretty patterns. 

4. Fill each mold (the recipe should make 4-5) with the ice cream mixture and leave to set in the freezer. 

5. Optional: once the Popsicles are frozen, decorate with edible flowers or dip in melted chocolate. 

Now trending: Unicorn everything!

Just love to scroll down the Instagram feed to see all those absolutely beautiful pastel coloured food pictures. It's like dancing in the happy imagination world - remember care bears? A world so fluffy with beautiful tones and colours. Looking down at my breakfast bowl, it's a long way from those beautiful tones. But healthy it is and taste super good. 

But when did eating unicorn foods become so fashionable? When the world is a 'bad' place (Read: nuclear weapons etc.) it's nice to have happy food pictures around. And why eating have to be so serious anyway? We, here at Arctic Power Berries' headquarters, are always up for colourful foods! 

Beautiful unicorn bears by Virpi Mikkonen (@vanelja) using our Arctic berry powders giving the bears a lovely purple colour (middle left) 

Beautiful unicorn bears by Virpi Mikkonen (@vanelja) using our Arctic berry powders giving the bears a lovely purple colour (middle left) 

This is where our pure berry powders jump in. Arctic Berry powders are privileged for being a part of many of those Instagram masterpieces together with green superfood powders and turmeric powder. Berry powders are ALL natural with full of colour. For instance the wild blueberry powder has a lot more deeper purple colour compared to cultivated blueberry, turning things lovely and purple. And even if it's not all unicorn, eating a purple porridge is a lot more pleasant than digging into that yellowish plump of oats. And that's what we all can do without being a food blogger  - dig a spoon into a berry powder tube, spin it a few times around in the yogurt or porridge, perhaps garnish the bowl with something and then the best part, to eat it! Hurray for colourful things!!

What are your favorite unicorn foods you've seen or eaten so far? Ours is below, delicious vegan unicorn cupcakes at Hackney Downs markets last Saturday

These unicorn vegan cupcakes were explored at Hackney Downs vegan markets on Easter Saturday! Too good and so beautiful! 

These unicorn vegan cupcakes were explored at Hackney Downs vegan markets on Easter Saturday! Too good and so beautiful! 

To read more about Arctic berry powders and their health benefits, visit our website www.arcticpowerberries.com

Love, light and colourful thoughts from

Eve & Anna

What should you be eating to get that pre-summer glow on your skin?

Increase in the daylight and the raising temperature levels make us think about the upcoming summer. The past weekend here in London definitely made us very excited about the summer, can't believe it was already 25 degrees in April. Now that the weather is slightly cooler again (still lovely!) it's good to have a look at what foods we should be including into a diet for that amazing summer time glow we all want when those dress and short weathers hit us again! 

Our skin is the place that quite literally shows how our bodies are feeling and what we are digesting. If we are not absorbing enough nutrients from the foods we eat our skin goes haywire. Below are a few things to include to a diet to make sure you're a step closer to that glow. These foods among others contribute to healthy, glowing skin .... 

1. Avocados

Avocados are naturally high in fibre that eases digestion. Avocados are also packed with good fats that reflect to healthy hormones making the skin look nice and healthy. Avocados have also high antioxidant content that keeps the free radicals that damage skin and cause inflammation in bay. Add avocados to your daily smoothies with bananas and berries or make the famous avo toast with crunchy multigrain bread! 

2. Brazil Nuts 

Brazil nuts are packed with selenium which is the feel good hormone and calms inflammation in the body. Just one to three brazil nuts a day keeps you covered. Brazil nuts are also very high in Vitamin E which protects skin from the harmful oxygen-free radicals. Make sure you'll snack on healthy nuts through out the day, other good ones are almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. 

3. Seabuckthorn 

Seabuckthorn berries are full of fibre, so like avocados they ease digestion and make sure you'll body will absord more of the beneficial nutrients you get from the foods you eat. Seabuckthorn is a superberry when it comes to skin. No wonder many natural cosmetic companies use seabuckthorn as one the main ingredient in their creams and soaps. Just one seabuckthorn berry has the C vitamin of ten (!!) oranges, it has over 180 different nutrients in it and over 60 antioxidants together with cleansing and detoxing properties. Seabuckthorn also has many omega fatty acids, even the rare 7, which calms inflammation in our bodies and moistures our cells - from the inside out! A teaspoon of raw Arctic seabuckthorn powder will work magic to your skin and hair.  Available here

4. Blackcurrant

Blackcurrants are often known to treat cold and flu symptoms because of the very high levels of vitamin C that helps to maintain the normal function of the immune system. Blackcurrants are also very high in vitamin E, which again contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress and therefore improves the well being of skin. When blackcurrants are eaten fresh or in powder that is raw, the health benefits can be absorbed the most successful way. Add a teaspoon of blackcurrant powder to your oats, smoothies or shakes to get the benefits! Available here

5. Salmon

Healthy skin and hair also requires protein to grown and shine and salmon is a great source for that good protein. Such like seabuckthorn, salmon also has high levels of  omega 3. Other than protein and omega fatty acids, salmon is also high in potassium, vitamin E and selenium, all working towards a healthy, balanced body and skin. For vegetarian or vegan option for salmon make sure you'll include nuts such as walnuts and chia seeds to your diet. 


Obviously an overall healthy diet is important to make sure you feel at your best. You should always pay attention to variety of foods in your diet. Eat a lot of fresh foods such as colourful fruits, veggies, berries (teaspoon of raw berry powders are equivalent to a handful of fresh berries), nuts and seeds. And avoid stress! Stress can affect badly to the way our bodies function and to our sleep which is one of the most important factors of healthy, balanced life with glowing skin! Eat healthy, sleep well, stress less and sweat more! 

Now let's wait for those sunny days to return! 

Love and Glow from Eve & Anna

 

Ps. in case you want to read more about Vitamin E, read the previous blog post by our Nutritionist Taru who covers the health benefits of it. Read here 

Cultivated, organic or wildly grown?

Did you know that Arctic Power Berries' berry powders are made with wildly grown berries from Finland. They mature in the clean, unpolluted nature under a lot of sunshine from the Midnight Sun, absorbing in loads of vitamins, flavonoids and nutrients. What else makes wildly grown berried different to cultivated berries? Is organic label really that important when it comes to berries? There is a reason why our Arctic berries get their superfood status! Let's look into this... 

Literally, wildly grown berries are nature's organic. Where as organic berries sound good they can still be farmed without use of pesticides, but when the berries grow wild, they choose the best possible places to grow in and absorb as much nutrients as possible. Cultivated  berries have hardly any of those benefits left compared to wildly grown berries, organic or not, due the soil they grow in. Did you know that wildly grown berries can have up THREE times the health benefits compared to cultivated berries! And a large tube of our berry powder has over 700 grams (!!) of wildly grown berries in them. That's the simplest answer to why to buy powder instead of fresh berries but there are other things too. 

Also, we could call our product organic as well, but then it would only mean that the berries are grown within the same certain area in Finland, that can be for instance a kilometres wide space with organic certification. Ours can grow within that space or just outside it, that's why it doesn't really matter if they are organic or not. As long as they grown wild with the love of the Mother Nature. 

          A teaspoon of Arctic Blueberry powder is equivalent to a handful of fresh berries

          A teaspoon of Arctic Blueberry powder is equivalent to a handful of fresh berries

Wild Blueberries, vaccinium myrtillus, are a lot smaller compared to cultivated berries. If you cut the berry in half, wild ones are truly dark purple inside and very high in anthocyanin compared to cultivated blueberry (2-3 times higher!) and you can notice by the clear insides of cultivated blueberries. Wild blueberry has very strong flavour too!

We often get people asking what is the difference between having the powder and eating fresh berries? Well first of all it is very hard to get fresh or frozen wild blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries or blackcurrants from the supermarkets. Yes you can find a case of blueberries but have you noticed where they are from? Often from the other size of the world, like Chile or Brazil and what most of the people don't realise is the amount of preservatives sprayed on them to make them last the transportation. No wonder they go mushy in the fridge within a few days from the purchase. Organic ones might not have the preservatives but still their nutrients levels are a lot lower compared to wild grown ones. 

Quality really matters. And the fact that your foods are rich in nutrients, which often cultivated berries are not. Always make sure you check the country of origin of your berries, when a teaspoon of high quality berry powder made with wildly grown berries can contribute to improve so many things from eye sight to brain function and from glowing skin to strong immunity, many farmed berries have only poor levels of antioxidants and nutrients left. Which is the same with many other vegetables and fruits too! 

The comparison between cultivated blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and wild blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) on the left. The wild one is much smaller, yet a lot deeper in purple therefore having more nutrients from antioxidants, anthocyanin. Image source: Learn about food

The comparison between cultivated blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and wild blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) on the left. The wild one is much smaller, yet a lot deeper in purple therefore having more nutrients from antioxidants, anthocyanin.

Image source: Learn about food

Did you know that wildly grown and 100% pure berry powders help you feel your absolute best. They contribute to strong immunity, weight loss, sharp brain function, glowing skin and hair, detoxing organs, anti-aging and they taste good!

We definitely praise for organic food and as often as possible go for the organic option in the stores. But always when there are either local or wildly grown options available we stick with those. Think outside the box, organic can still be transported from the other side of the world. Local foods often are a bit more pricey, but think it is the quality you get, the health benefits for your body, well being and most of the time the taste is a lot better too (think tomatoes!) Plus it's nice to support those who produce themselves! 

Local foods are also a lot more environmentally friendly, think about the cause of transporting the cultivated berries from across the globe to be enjoyed by the people who have berries a lot closer by. It has studied that the health benefits of wildly grown berries are enormously bigger compared to cultivated berries. Out of our range, blackcurrant is the only one that doesn't grown 'wild' even though it's not farmed either, it matures under the Arctic sun and absorbs in the goodness from the clean soil and they never have sprayed preservatives. We want to keep the blackcurrant because it has so many incredible health benefits such as super high Vitamin C levels to name one. 

Our seabuckthorn berries before harvesting last year. 

Our seabuckthorn berries before harvesting last year. 

So to recap. The best, most ethical products with the highest health benefits are

1. Local and wildly grown foods 

2. Foods with organic labelling (+ Fair Trade) 

3. Normal healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts etc. 

Hope this helps with your daily shopping and opens up a little bit the ideology behind our products. We've heard a few times how some customers would prefer a lower price for the powders, but quality is expensive and we'll always use wild berries over farmed!  If you have any thoughts or questions please fire away! 

Love and light from Eve & Anna

Please visit our website www.arcticpowerberries.com if you want to find out more or shop the Arctic superberries. For any enquiries or guestions do not hesitate to drop us an email to info@arcticpowerberries.com 

100% pure berry powders are available through selected retailers below. Please note at Waitrose they are at the juicing aisle, the store list can be found from our website www.arcticpowerberries.com 

Feel good this Spring - 3 day juice fasting and detoxifying recipe

Spring is here! For many of us it means shaking off the winter physically and mentally. Sometimes it's nice to stop for a moment to question how are we eating, how are we feeling and how to make us feel the best possible way. For being an entrepreneur, we obviously make up our own timetables, therefore eating regularly has turned into an impossible task. They say fasting helps you to reset. 

We've known Helsinki based pressed juice company, POWAU, for a while and wanted to give a juice fasting a try for the first time ever. We had a week in Helsinki and wanted to give our guts a break, to see if we could put our eating habits back on track again and mostly to feel awesome this spring. We had a three day juice fasting ahead of us. 

Below is short diary. 

The first day: As we LOVE food we thought this 3 day fasting would be impossible task. However the week before we went through a mental state of boosting our willpower. We want to do this. 

They say it's good to kind of slowly approach the fasting period by eating a little less and more whole foods. We literally just didn't have time, so started with the bang. 

First day was definitely the worst. Headaches, cravings and because the first day was Sunday, all the friends around were having Sunday treats. Tough to stay away. The first day was also the day when the nerves were put on test. This is definitely not a day to go somewhere with a lot of people or to spend it with your partner (you might get some bursts of hunger angriness) 

Keep yourself busy though, so the day goes pass faster. The next two days were a lot easier. 

The last two days: POWAU juices are so delicious, there's 2.2 litres of freshly pressed juice for each day. It feels like you're drinking constantly and it's almost like a treat. Also make sure you get some salt. And drink tea.

On day three it almost feels like you could go on with the fasting, you feel surprisingly energetic. We did a big grocery shop the night before the fasting was meant to end. Think it got a whole lotta harder when you know you have some good food in the fridge. So during the fasting, it's better to have your fridge empty.  

The day after the fasting: It's funny how you'd think after fasting the first thing you'd want to eat would be pizza or some other treat like that. But you feel so good and fresh, you definitely want to nourish your body with healthy whole foods. We're looking forward for the first breakfast after three days, which was berry chia pudding. Something easy to digest for your system. And delicious. We added two teaspoon of our Seabuckthorn powder which has further detoxing effects to the mix of chia seeds, oat mylk and vanilla. Topped it with kiwi fruit, some tahini and a teaspoon of Arctic Cranberry Powder which again has detoxifying properties.  

So overall, definitely a great great experience. We feel a lot more energised and fresh than before. Definitely will do this again. 

One tip though: the first day after fasting, have something easy to digest. We ate a huge bowl of kale, broccoli, tofu and cucumber. Got a bad heartburn after that, but as we all know, uncooked greens are a tough one for our digestion system. A warming soup would have been a better option. The starting and the ending days of the fasting mark as important as the actual days of fasting. 

Hope this inspired you to spin into a new season with fresh, energetic feeling! Even if it was a teaspoon of raw berry powder added to your meals, it's incredible what those wildly grown, sun kissed berries can do to your well being by detoxifying your organs!


Try this overnight oats recipe before or after fasting. It's so good for your digestion. Add heaped teaspoons of Arctic lingonberry - cranberry  - or seabuckthorn powders to maximize the detoxing in your organs!  

1/2 cup of oats

1/2 cup plant-based milk

1/2 cup plant-based yoghurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tsp lingonberry powder or any other berry powder for nutrients. Try mixing two flavours too. 

Liquid stevia drops to taste (optional) 

Toppings such as banana, blueberries, quinoa pops, coconut chips, more berry powder (suggest cranberry powder) ....

Instructions

1. Mix all dry and wet ingredients in a bowl or jar and leave covered in the fridge overnight. 

2. The next morning, mix the overnight oats with more berry powder, add toppings and enjoy!


Now, off to a lunch xxxx Thanks for being on this journey! Much love from Eve & Anna 

Visit POWAU website if you are interested to look into fasting and you're Helsinki based! Can warmly recommend them <3

Our nutritionist covers - Vitamin E

Vitamin E

You might have heard of vitamin E and know that it is, among other vitamins, very important for overall health. But do you know what it is exactly and where it can be found? This blog post covers this topic so you can be sure you’re giving your body what it needs, especially during the challenging winter season.

During winter, our immune systems are constantly bombarded with changes in weather conditions, going from a warm, dry house to cold, damp outside air and back again, people sneezing and coughing on your way to work. Vitamin E is one of the less spoken of immunity boosters, and although you can get it from many different sources, picking foods that carry a lot of other benefits as well makes a lot of sense.

What is it then?

Well, first of all, it’s a fat-soluble vitamin. Which means that it dissolves in fat. It is also an important vitamin required for the proper functioning of many organs in the body. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant.

I’ll quickly tell you a little bit about the magic that is an antioxidant. An antioxidant is a substance that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage and protect your precious body from these harmful reactions. You can find the three main antioxidant vitamins in colourful fruits and vegetables, especially those with blue, purple, red, orange and yellow hues. These main dietary antioxidant vitamins are vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin A. 

So the best way to ensure your body’s antioxidant stores are topped up is to include plenty of berries, fruits and vegetables in your daily diet – choose different colours and enjoy as fresh as possible. By going for different colours of the rainbow, you are getting in a wider variety of vitamins and minerals and therefore providing your body with the best building blocks for optimal health. Opt for a minimum of 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day to get enough of these important antioxidant vitamins, among others. A teaspoon of arctic blueberry powder is equivalent to a handful of wildly grown berries and conveniently count towards your daily vitamin intake. 

Vitamin E is also sometimes used for improving physical endurance, to increase energy, to reduce muscle damage after exercise and to improve muscle strength. These benefits cannot be guaranteed but if you eat plenty of vitamin E rich foods, you are improving your body’s performance and recovery.

Stocking up

As vitamin E is fat soluble, when enjoying fruit and veg rich in vitamin E, consider consuming them with a source of good fats that will optimise the absorption of this important antioxidant vitamin. Did you know? The mighty vitamin C also improves the antioxidant properties of vitamin E in the body, along with other added benefits. So although you can easily get vitamin E from foods such as plant oils, nuts and berries you do get added benefits from also stocking up on fruits and vegetables rich in both of these vitamins, which again berries are great for. 

Try this!

For breakfast or as a snack, you might enjoy a bowl of berry powder sprinkled on Greek yogurt, chia seeds and topped with a spoonful of pomegranate kernels and some cinnamon to sweeten the deal. There are many vitamin E- rich recipes on our website recipe section, click here to explore!

Please feel free to contact our nutritionist Taru Merikoski or us at Arctic power berries if you have any questions regarding this post, the health benefits of the Arctic Power Berries powders or any other nutrition related matters.

From A to Ö - Get to know us a bit better!

Hey, how are you? When a few months ago you were able to ask us anything, (read it here) one of our lovely customers enquired us to make a list of things that matter to us. We thought why not to put in alphabetical order (otherwise think the list would have been out of hand) So here it goes! Hope you find it interesting! 

A – Arctic Power Berries. Passion. Everything. Life. Arctic Power Berries has taught us so many things, has brought so many people into our lives. Has become our job. One of the best things that has ever happened to us.

B – Berries. We love berries. The love has bloomed into a business through Arctic Power Berries. Think berries are one of the world’s best secrets, packed full of goodness yet taste amazing. They go with everything too. If we’d need to take one food with us to deserted island that would be berries :D  

C – Coffee. Don’t think the day would start without a good, strong coffee. Necessity for every morning. 

D- Dreams. We are firm believers of following dreams. Even the wildest ones. We think that if you do what you love, you’re half way to happiness.

E – Encouragement. Getting a kick on the butt, is motivating. We also want to encourage people to be brave, to escape the ordinary. 

F – Finland. Our home. We’ve lived abroad for quite a long now, but still call Finland home. It’s such a beautiful country with a lot of positives and of course our family, friends, berries and beautiful nature.

G- Google. Has helped so much and is in daily use. Thanks Google for existing.

H – Happiness and humour. Makes everything a worth while. Even the most boring thing can be made fun with a good sense of humour. Happiness isn’t just a state of mind, it can be found in the smallest things around. And shit things in life can be eased with good sense of humour. 

I –  I. Not being a selfish. It’s good to know your limits, your willingness and think what is for your best. Obviously very important to think about people around you, but considering yourself is necessity too, otherwise things won’t work out well. You gotta love yourself, before you can love others. 

"You have to do what is right for you. Nobody else is walking in your shoes."

J – Jokes. Nothing beats a good joke that makes your stomach hurt. We joke a lot. 

K - Knowledge. People with knowledge are interesting. Knowledge can come from books, life, travelling, anything. It makes us who we are, makes us learn good from bad. Walks hand in hand with passion too. 

L – London. Our home for the past five years. A city full of inspiration, energy, action and amazing people from around the world. 

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M – Mindset. Set your mind and you're half way there. Think we both are very determined. It's good to have a direction but never make the plan too clear, you want to live a little along the way as well! 

N - Norwegian. We travel a lot back and worth UK and London, often with Norwegian (Thanks for having cheap flights and WI-FI on board) We were also mentioned on their on flight magazine last month! 

O - Optimism. A mental attitude to stay positive. Everything in life from your health to everyday tasks are better when you stay on the bright side. Sometimes there are days that are full of bad news and stress, it's good to learn to stop and say to yourself "In life nothing ever goes according to plan. And if everything seems like it has then it's not the end." Good vibes only. 

P- People. We like to be surrounded by people. We really rarely spend time alone. Even though we could work from home, we often choose to go to the office or a cafe, cause seeing other people is good. You kinda gotta like people if you live in London :) 

Q - Quotes. We (Especially Eve) love a good, inspirational quote. They can change the direction of the day and really give you strength and see situations from a new perspective. 

R - Risks. In life you gotta sometime take risks, even though it's for a dream that no one else can see but yourself. 

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously”

S – Smoothies. Berry smoothies. Always and pretty much every single day. 

T - Time. Flies. Period. 

U- Universe. Holds a power for everything. Always have respect for universe and mother nature, don't mess with them. 

“We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles’”

V - Value. Is important. Things must have a value. People have to have good values and intentions to be interesting. 

W – World. We love to see the world. Travelling is the best and very eye-opening. Gives perspective to a lot of things.

X –  X- Factor. Saara Aalto, a Finnish singer who did very well on the latest X-Factor UK. It's great to see Finnish people making it 'big' in the world. X chromosome = girl power! 

Y - You only got a one life. Live it well. YOLO! 

Z - Zoo. We looooove animals. Aren't they beautiful and interesting. They don't belong to the Zoo though, but to freedom. 

Ö – We don’t really like this letter.

Ä – Äiti. In Finnish meaning Mom. Very close to us, has set a nice examples to follow and has been very supportive throughout the way. 

Thank you so much for reading. It would be nice to get to know you a bit better as well! Please drop a comment below if you like to briefly introduce yourself or say hello, 

Love and Light, 

Eve & Anna

Healthy Blueberry Pancakes (Vegan & GF)

Pancake day is approaching! Are you going to 'pancake' at home or are you heading out? In case you're a home chef, check out this recipe below for a quick-to- make pancakes that have a lot of nutrients from the Arctic blueberry powder. Only a teaspoon of the powder is equivalent to a handful of fresh berries so either stir it in the mix or sprinkle on top of your stack and your body will thank you!

Bluebs, especially the wildly grown arctic ones, have tons of health benefits! (you can read more about them here

Blueberry Pancakes: 

1 banana 

1/3 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup almond milk 

1 tsp Arctic Berries blueberry powder

1/2 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp brown rice syrup  

 

Method:

Add all of the above ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 

Heat a little coconut oil in a frying pan and pour a little of the batter in once the pan is hot. Repeat this for as many of the pancakes that will fit into the pan. 

Once they start to bubble, flip and cook on the other side. 

Serve the pancakes and enjoy! 

HAPPY PANCAKE DAY EVERYONE!

Much love from Eve & Anna

Ps. The blueberry powder is available through retailers below or www.arcticpowerberries.com

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Healthier option for chocolate bar - Vegan blueberry Bounty Bars

When we saw this recipe by Nadia from Nadiashealthykitchen our hearts missed a beat. We must admit Bounty bars are our weak spot and now these are quilt free!  

"The original bounty offers nothing in terms of nutrition. My version is higher in fibre and minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese. And even though I used maple syrup to sweeten they’re still lower in sugar compared to the real thing.

To make them even healthier, I added in some Arctic Power Berries Blueberry powder to pack in some antioxidants and vitamins. " Nadia 

serves 12 

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup (235ml) light coconut milk

  2. 5 tbsp maple syrup

  3. 4 tbsp coconut butter or creamed coconut

  4. Pinch of salt

  5. 2 cups (110g) desiccated coconut

  6. 1 tbsp Arctic Power Berries blueberry powder

  7. 200g dark chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan along with the coconut butter, maple syrup and salt. Heat on low until everything is combined.

  2. Take off the heat and fold in the desiccated coconut and blueberry powder.

  3. Press down into a loaf tin covered with parchment paper. Freeze for 2-3 hours.

  4. Slice into 12 bars and coat with the melted chocolate. Freeze again for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

  5. Enjoy!

Nutritional information (estimated per serving)

  1. Calories: 258 kcal

  2. Protein: 2.6g

  3. Fat: 20g

  4. Carbs: 18.6g

  5. Fibre: 4.7g

More amazing recipes by Nadia can be found from her blog. (here) and the 100% pure berry powders are available world wide through here or visit our selected retailers below :) 

Hope you enjoy!!! 

x Eve & Anna

Our nutritionist covers - How to find a balance, loose weight and feel better without any strict diets

                     Lightening up your Diet

Happy New Year! Since it’s January, it’s not possible to avoid the topic of dieting and losing weight, as this time of year is THE time for most to try to focus on their eating habits and losing that weight that has been bothering them for a while. Having said that, this blog post is not about losing weight or dieting – it’s about finding everyone’s personal and balanced way of eating.

The most important thing about any change is that it’s not an overnight, all-of-a-sudden choice – change takes time and that fact needs to be respected, otherwise you’re not giving yourself a chance to actually succeed. Now that the most important aspect of change is out of the way, we can talk a bit more about the most interesting bits; the personal and balanced aspects of the whole process.

First the balanced aspect, which simply means including the right amount of different types of food groups and food items in your diet that will guarantee all the necessary micro and macronutrients your body needs to thrive. Here in the UK that balance has been made into a simple guide, called The Eatwell Guide. It’s not very exciting or grand, but gets the important point across- a good diet consists of many different parts. Here’s a picture of the Eatwell Guide for you to review.

Now to the most interesting aspect - personal suitability and preference! There is no one size-fits-all diet, we are all different and we need to respect that individuality and build our whole lives around who we are and what we find suitable. A diet that worked for your friend might not do anything for you and vice versa. Learning to listen and make note of the things that are good for YOU can really impact your life significantly, and it’s not just the diet where individual suitability and preference need to be figured out, eventually it’s every aspect of your life. This takes a bit of mindfulness, paying attention and keeping track. Trust me, it’s not as tricky as it sounds but rather an exciting part of creating something that will be just for you – and make you feel your best.

For some, eating 6 times a day works wonders, for others, it makes them sluggish and heavy. Many of us can eat dinner late and sleep like babies, all the while many can’t eat anything for hours before bedtime. Same applies to food consistency, some need more fibre in their diets to keep their digestive tracts operational and happy while some cannot cope with even half of the recommended amount. See my point? We are all different, personal and unique, make this year about finding out exactly what works for you personally and what you prefer, rather than trying to find a quick solution. Yes, change does take time, but the results are well worth it!

Lighten up

Lightening up your diet can be easily done with a few little tweaks here and there, without too much fuss. If you want to get maximum benefits but have limited resources, I would suggest focusing on increasing your vegetable and fruit intake (the green section in the Eatwell Guide) as this will undoubtedly increase your vitamin and mineral intake, which can make a huge difference to how you feel + eating more fruits and vegetables can also make a positive impact on your weight, as they generally are low in calories but high in fibre, which will keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer – hence reducing your overall calorie intake. Also, pay attention to your berry intake. The recommend daily intake is 150g to 200g - that can be easily  covered with a few teaspoons of berry powder. 

Here’s an example; if you used to just enjoy your morning flakes with milk or yogurt, make time to chop a banana or sprinkle some berries on top. For the snacks during the day, instead of just having a quick coffee, grab an apple or some ready chopped carrot batons to go with your caffeine fix. Lunch and dinner, make sure you have two portions of vegetables at both meals, this means for example, two broccoli spears + one medium tomato or seven cherry tomatoes, and if you really want to up your veggie intake, why not include one portion, which is about 3 heaped tablespoons, of beans or pulses (they count as one towards your 5 a day).

Just adding more colours to your plate can really lighten up your diet, how you feel and what you look like. So, why not start today?

Berry Chia Pudding Cups (Vegan/GF)

3 tbsp chia seeds 

2/3 cup almond milk

2/3 cup soy yogurt 

1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries

2 tsp liquid sweetener such as maple syrup

1-2 tsp Arctic Power Berries Lingonberry Powder

Fresh berries to garnish 

Instructions:

1. Mix the chia seeds with the almond milk and place in the fridge, taking it out to stir every five-ten minutes for the first half hour and then leaving it to thicken overnight.

2. Before serving the next day, mash the (thawed if frozen) strawberries with a fork and mix them with the soy yoghurt, lingonberry powder and liquid sweetener. If you want to make a mess you could also drizzle some blackstrap molasses down the sides :) Serve immediately with fresh berries of your choice!

Questions?

Please feel free to contact our nutritionist Taru Merikoski or us at Arctic power berries if you have any questions regarding this post, the health benefits of the Arctic Power Berries powders or any other nutrition related matters.

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´Believe in yourself, a little more´

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Hi all, it's Eve here! Happy happy New Year 2017!! What do you reckon, is it going to be the best year ever? Well at least it is a new chance to make it right again!

Let's talk about new year resolutions. New Year marks kind of a new start, in a way it is a blank piece of paper and you're holding the paint. Or shall we say, it's a colouring book. Often the outlines are there already we just need to choose the colors to make it beautiful. Yes there are fifty shades of grey, but if no one is telling you what colours to use, why not to splash with some bright pink, yellow and turquoise. This in life meaning bravery, ambition and strength.  And some 'HELL YES' - attitude. 

#girlboss

#girlboss

Often as the new year kicks in, our bellies are stretched with X-mas food and all that laying on the couch is showing on the skin, it is easy to stick with resolutions regarding the physical health. Which is completely right. It is always a good time to make little changes that will make you feel better. and often at the New Year the motivation is at its highest. 

However, we shouldn't forget to make resolutions that will nurture our inner well being. Maybe reach even more towards your dreams, give yourself more time to relax, say more ´I love you´(say it to yourself too!), be more present, spend less time on the phone, travel more.. and yes, can spend more time at the gym too, but only if it genuinely makes you feel good. 

#girlboss

#girlboss

So we've made little new year resolutions too. Nothing too major. More something to do with this entrepreneur journey (you can read more about our journey HERE). Little personal stuff like giving ourselves more time off or certain things we want to make happen this coming year with the business. 

We also made resolutions besides Arctic Power Berries. And this year 2017, even more than before, we are going to make sure that the products you buy, harm as little as possible the environment. We love the nature and we want to respect it. We'll cut down on the use of plastic, metal, we recycle, we only make big shipments at once and we look after the mother nature as much as we can. So may 2017 be a year of nature and well being - especially the inner one!! And they go hand in hand. 

#Girlboss 

#Girlboss 

We wish you all a brave 2017! Be yourself, believe in yourself and try. Always try. Who cares if you don't get where you wanted to go, but at least you tried. And one more time ...... it's the journey that matters!!! :D

Much love, health, joy and will power from

Eve & Anna

PS. Check out our GIVEAWAY ON INSTAGRAM (@Arcticberries) for a chance to win a NUTRIBULLET AND A BERRY BUNDLE! 

Orange Cranberry cookie sandwiches for Christmas holidays or NYE!

If you feel like baking over the holidays or want to offer something tasty, yet healthy to your guests on New Years Eve, look no further. These delicious cookies by Nadia from Nadia's Healthy Kitchen go down as a treat and are gluten free filled with cashew cranberry cream...mmmm! 

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Ingredients:

For the orange cookies:

  • 1 cup (115g) gluten-free oat flour - make your own by blending oats into a fine flour in your food processor/blender
  • ¾ cup (135g) gluten-free plain flour
  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp) coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp) maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange - about 1 tbsp
  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp) coconut oil, melted

For the cranberry cashew cream:

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To make the cookies:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan assisted)/ 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, GF flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  • Pour in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, orange juice and orange zest. Mix to combine. 
  • Wrap up the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured worktop. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
  • Use a star shaped (or any shape!) cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
  • Arrange on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes. I like mine super crunchy so I left mine in for 20 minutes. Bear in mind the baking time will also depend on the size of your cookies.
  • Leave to cool completely. 

To make the cranberry cream:

  • Blend all the ingredients in your food processor until smooth. 
  • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to make it easier to work with

Assembling the cookies:

  • Spread a layer of the cranberry cream on one of the cookies and top with another. Smooth the edges out with a knife. 
  • Chill in the fridge again to allow the cream to harden. 
  • You have the option of dipping the cookie sandwiches in melted chocolate, because everything is better with chocolate :D
  • Enjoy! 

Hope you enjoy! We'll definitely give them a try over the next week or two! We once made Nadia's the most beautiful raw chocolates with blueberry powder and they ended up looking a lot worse than hers, but it's the taste that matters anyways! :) Now, back to being present with the precious family! 

Much love from Finnish Lapland XO

Eve & Anna

Our nutritionist covers - How to avoid holiday over-indulge

Happy December, the month of chocolates, christmas parties and mince pies. And the actual holidays are not even here yet.

Holistic Nutrition coach, Taru, covers a few ways how you can make sure you don't need to spend all of your time at the gym in January, shedding off those christmas pounds. Read on....

 

The Christmas holidays are a time to enjoy quality time with family, friends and good food. This doesn’t have to mean gaining extra weight though..

Generally, people tend to consume a lot more calories during the festive season than they normally do, and this can lead to weight gain – that can then stick around and accumulate over time. Good news; the extra weight gain can be avoided with mindful eating, moderation in portions and a few other methods.

1. When you are preparing for a big festive feast, don’t skip any meals during the day as this can easily result in overeating. The most important thing to remember here is to have breakfast; research shows that those who eat breakfast, tend to consume less calories throughout the day.  Why not try a Greek yogurt pot with a teaspoon of chia seeds and berry powder? It will give you a good load of energy, protein and vitamins you need to stay energised during the day.

2. Fibre it up! Make sure your diet consists of plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as whole grains. Foods high in fibre are high in volume, will keep hunger at bay but are still lower in calories.

3. Often holiday meals are large, buffet-style with second and even third helpings. Even if your holiday foods are healthy, eating too much of the good stuff will result in too many calories that your body can’t use and that extra will be stored as fat. So when you start the feast, aim to begin with the lighter, vegetables and salads, wait at least 20 minutes before going to get a second helping. This break will give your brain time to register the food that has already gone down. With this approach, you’ll be better equipped to plan what you’ll enjoy and this way you’ll also be able to enjoy dessert without feeling stuffed.

Additionally, don’t succumb to peer pressure about over-eating, you know your body the best and remember, you’re the one who carries the extra around if you over-indulge too much J

4. Another way to handle the portion size question is to simply use a smaller plate, this way you’ll still feel like you’re filling your plate but it will decrease the amount you gulp down in one sitting. As mentioned before, do wait 20 minutes before reaching for another helping. Eat slowly and taste every bite! The festive foods are unique to this time of the year, so savour them.

5. Finally, after dinner, go out for a walk, play with the dog or try your hand at a family sport. This will allow your body to use the calories ingested earlier and put them to good use!

Questions?

Please feel free to contact our nutritionist Taru Merikoski or us at Arctic power berries if you have any questions regarding this post, the health benefits of the Arctic Power Berries powders or any other nutrition related matters.

Try this filling nutrient rich Christmas breakfast

Overnight oats with chia seeds

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/3 – 1/2 cup milk or any other liquid you like (also depending on how thick you like it)

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/2 banana

1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Pinch salt

Pinch cinnamon or gardamon

1 tbsp of chosen berry powder

Overnight oats are just oats that are soaked overnight in the fridge that absorb the liquid you put them in. No cooking or heating is required. 

Instructions:

1. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl and place in the fridge (covered or uncovered) overnight. In the morning top with anything you like - nut butter, nuts, fresh fruits or berries or berry powder for example.

Have a merry Festive time!

Love, Eve & Anna

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What makes Finland so very special?

As many of you probably know, we are both from Finland from a little town called Rovaniemi right on the Arctic Circle. We've lived in the UK for nearly six years now but we've taken a little piece of Finnish nature with us. Let check out where our beloved berry powders come from and what makes them so special. 

 

1. Arctic Midnight Sun

Up in the Arctic Circle, over the few summer months the sun stays up all day and all night! Imagine the amount of sunshine our berries and the nature gets to soak in throughout those months! It is something that many tourists travel up to see, and to be honest, every time we go home, we still get amazed by it. Imagine going to the beach at midnight!

2. Clean, unpolluted nature

We live in one of the most hectic cities in the world, breathing in the good energy of millions of people but at the same time unfortunately a fair amount of pollution. That has really made us appreciate the cleanness of our Motherland, the untouched forests and the quietness. Ps. here comes a cool fact:  Rovaniemi (our hometown) has only 8 inhabitants per km2 compared to Tokyo with 6029 inhabitants per km2 or London with 5000! And another fact: there are actually more reindeers living in Lapland than people - how cool is that!!

3. Four proper seasons

This high up North, we get four proper seasons. We have a lovely summer (okay it's not an Ibiza, but gets up to 25 degrees!) Fall with the most beautiful orange nature, sunny spring time and winter with lots of snow. It's so pretty, seriously, if you ever have a chance to travel up there, we suggest, you should go. Pink skies, freezing outside and warming fire place inside and the best part - you can see THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!

4. Forest full of AMAZING food

Finland, is one of the rare places in the world that our backyard is packed with amazing food. In the summer time, we get berries. Berries that are like no others. They are matured under the Midnight Sun, soaking in the all the good nutrients from the clean soil and clean air. It has been studied that they can have up to 3 times the antioxidants compared to cultivated berries. Then we have mushrooms, wild herbs like nettle, game meat and many great spots for fishing. These are things we should never take for granted. This is exactly what we missed once we moved away from home, and the reason we wanted to take berries with us. Now offering a piece of this beautiful nature for all of you to enjoy as well! 

5. Many great outdoor activities

Up in Lapland, there's something for everyone. Especially if you're into outdoor activities. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, whitewater drafting, camping.. The nature is so so beautiful and we bet, if you happen to run into people, they'll be nice as well! 

Haha, this is not a sponsored post, even though we so highly speak about it. We are so blessed to call this place home! (we still love you London, not to worry, we are not leaving you anytime soon!) Luckily Norwegian started to fly straight from Gatwick to Rovaniemi this November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love & Light, 

Eve & Anna

 

 

Have a happy Festive season!

ARCTIC POWER BERRIES is an official partner of Finnish Santa Claus! What an honour! 

Visit Santa's official site here: http://www.santaclausfinland.fi/en/

Wishing you the best holiday season! May your christmas parties be fun, your hangover bearable, your glögg hot, your friends and family close to you! 

The last few weeks of this year are quite hectic. We have a lot of work line dup and we are doing a few samplings at Whole Foods London stores so if you're around please come to say hello! We also have two Christmas parties to attend and then we fly home to the Arctic Circle!!! 

Hope you're having a good holiday season too! Stay warm friends xxxxxx

Love Eve & Anna 

Berry Cheesecake raw Brownies by Charlotte from Charley's Health

Berry cheesecake raw brownies

The Christmas party season is getting closer. The season of delicious cakes, chocolates and perhaps some tasty xmas cocktails too! These raw brownies with berry topping are packed with goodness from Arctic Blackcurrant powder, raw cacao and different nuts.

Absolutely divine and you can indulge a few pieces without feeling it on your skin and well being. Definitely a worth to try! 

"What’s more, these are really easy to prepare, so if you have guests coming over or need to put something together quickly for a dinner party, then these are perfect for such an occasion. They certainly look pretty impressive and I reckon you’re guests will be surprised when you tell them just what’s in there and that they’re actually pretty healthy! "  Charlotte from Charley's Health

BROWNIES

  1. 1/2 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup almonds
  3. 1 cup dates
  4. 2 tbsp natural sweetener (coconut nectar honey)
  5. 3 tbsp cacao powder
  6. 2 tbsp macadamia butter
  7. Pinch of sea salt

BERRY CHEESECAKE

  1. 1/2 cup cashews
  2. 6 tbsp coconut milk (canned)
  3. 2 tbsp natural sweetener (coconut nectar honey)
  4. Tbsp coconut oil
  5. 1/2 cup raspberries
  6. 2 tsp freeze dried berry powder- I used Arctic power berries blackcurrant powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the almonds and oats into a food processor and blend until they form a rough flour.
  2. Add in the remaining brownie ingredients and blend again until everything begins to stick together.
  3. Take the brownie mix and press into the base of a tin to create a flat surface and leave these in the freezer to set whilst you prepare the cheesecake layer.
  4. Add the cashews, coconut milk, sweetener, coconut oil, berries and powder into a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Pour this over the top of the brownie base and return these to the freezer for around 2 hours.
  5. Slice the brownies into pieces and garnish with some sliced strawberry and a drizzle of melted raw chocolate.

Ps. Want to know more about ARCTIC BLACKCURRANT POWDER? Our nutritionist covers the health benefits on the previous blog post HERE

Recipe is created by amazing Charlotte from Charley's Health. You can read the full blog post and recipe here

Think this is the best treat for upcoming holiday season! Not only very delicious but packed with goodness from nuts and berries. 

Love & Light from

Eve & Anna

Our nutritionist covers the health benefits of blackcurrant and the reason why it is a good addition to a diet

BLACKCURRANT -

THE BLACK POWER BERRY

This popular berry, with a deep purplish black colour, plump appearance and strong tart taste and is often made into sauces or jams to even out the sour taste. This article is about the black currant berry, which comes with a wealth of nutrients in a small, beautifully coloured package.

Where and how it grows

The ribes nigrum aka blackcurrant is a woody shrub grown for its zesty berries. The shrub grows in mild parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia and is widely cultivated. It produces bunches of small, glossy black fruit along the stems in the summer, which can then be harvested by hand or machine. (We don't use any pestices etc. in growing them!) 

 

Medicinal uses now and then

Blackcurrants have been used to care for and cure many ailments, including infections, inflammation from arthritis, problems with night vision as well as other conditions. In Europe, the leaves were traditionally used for arthritis, diarrhoea, as a diuretic, to treat a sore throat and even for healing wounds and insect bites.

 

What's in them

These little berries are a powerhouse of infection fighting vitamin CThey contain more than 5 times the daily-recommended value (40mg/day) in a 100-gram serving. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that stop free radicals from damaging cells. A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is required to ensure proper bodily function. As far as the oxygen radical absorbance capacity is concerned, blackcurrants offer one of the highest values among fruits except for the elderberries and cranberries. Compounds in the blackcurrants called anthocyanins are extremely powerful antioxidants. Flavonoids like beta-carotene in the berries help lower the risk of illness, slow the aging process and fight inflammation. 

The currants also contain respectable amounts of iron, providing a good 1.3mg of iron (in 100g of berries), which is required for transporting oxygen to cells, the immune system and for fighting fatigue. The berries are also an amazing source of fibre with a whopping 7.8 grams in 100g of blackcurrants.

Also present in these wonder berries are minerals copper, calcium, magnesium and potassium, together they contribute to optimal cell, tissue and organ function in the body. What they also contain are the hugely important B vitamins; B5, vitamin B6 and vitamin B1. These are needed to break down and release energy from food, among other things.

 

How to use them

Due to their tart and sometimes even sour taste, they have traditionally been made into jams, purees and jellies, which set easily because of the fruit’s high pectin and acid content. They can also be eaten raw or frozen and used in savoury cooking.

A novel and convenient way to use the berries is to sprinkle them as powder onto your dishes. The powder contains a handful of berries in one teaspoon, so is an easy way to add the taste and health benefits of blackcurrants into your daily diet. The powder is 100% pure blackcurrants and nothing else added.

The berries are air dried below 40 degrees celcius which preserves the berries' nutritional values the best possible way, while it classifieds the powder as vital raw food. 

 

READ THE NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF BLACKCURRANT POWDER HERE

AND ORDER YOUR BLACKCURRANT POWDER HERE

WITH A CODE BLACKCURRANT AT THE CHECKOUT YOU WILL GET 15% OFF YOUR ORDER (Only valid for purchasin Blackcurrant on our online store at www.arcticpowerberries.com  valid until 6/11/2016)

Questions?

Please feel free to contact our nutritionist Taru Merikoski if you have any questions regarding the health benefits of the Arctic Power Berries powders or any other nutrition related matters.

Layered vegan smoothie for slow weekend mornings!

Happy weekend!

What makes a successful weekend? Good food, a lot of sleep, parties or perhaps a refreshing, delicious breakfast? We think that a good, nourishing breakfast gives the day a good, positive start.

This vegan layered smoothie it's not only very very pretty, it's delicious and loaded with nutrients so whatever you get up to this weekend, you'll have more energy and Arctic vibes! Try and see yourself! 

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Three layered smoothie

1 cup soy yoghurt

1/4 cup mashed strawberries

2 tsp wheatgrass powder

1-2 tsp lingonberry or cranberry powder

1 ripe, spotty banana 

1 pinch vanilla powder

 

Extras: kiwi, puffed buckwheat and blackstrap molasses

 

1. Blend the soy yoghurt with the banana  and vanilla powder until smooth and pour into three different bowls. 

2. Add wheatgrass powder to one bowl, mashed strawberries to another and lingonberry (or cranberry powder) to the last one and mix well. 

3. Layer the smoothie in a jar, top with the puffedbuckwheat and drizzle with a spoonful of blackstrap molasses. Serve immediately!

One of our 70 g tubes has over 700 grams of fresh berries in it. Made with wildly grown berries with absolutely nothing added!! Free from dairy, gluten, soy, gmo- parts and refined sugar!!

This delicious Chocolate mint smoothie with our Arctic Cranberry is also a worth to try! 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND YOU ALL!

LOVE & LIGHT FROM EVE & ANNA