As we sat and watched Oprah (in awe) motivate the entire world with her Cecil B. DeMille acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, we could not help but notice the svelte bodies of the celebrities. Trendy and extreme diets are all the rage in Hollywood, but the trend does not always stop there. Many people are taking to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to learn about the hottest diet trends out there. Keto Diet, Atkins, Paleo, Whole 30, Danette May, Weight Watchers. Which one is right for you if any? Our Nutritionist and CEO, Stacy Goldberg, talks with Help Me Hank of WDIV Channel 4 about the real truth behind the 2 most popular diet trends right now: The Keto Diet and The Whole 30. Watch Now
Corporations are continuously trying to find ways to keep their employees or team members both happy and healthy. According to Namely , early 50 million people work for mid-sized companies (in the US alone). Namely provides HR professionals with the technology, data, and support they need to help employees thrive. This week, Namely chose our company Savorfull as one of the top companies inspiring employee health and wellness for 2018. The viewed us as being at the “forefront of health” and we are excited to share their list with you! Check out this article featured on Namely.
Walk into any grocery store and you will be assaulted with additives, bombarded with artificial colors, and blasted with high fructose corn syrup. Even with the keenest eye for reading nutrition labels, it can be difficult to find foods that cater to individual dietary needs. Savorfull has worked hard to take out the guesswork and relieve the hassle when shopping for food to maintain healthy habits. Our mission is to provide our clients with free-from foods and bring the reality of a clean-eating lifestyle within reach. Did we mention these products are also outrageously delicious?
Our online store makes it easy to find the products you’re looking for, as well as help discover new craveable foods you never knew existed! Thousands of products are broken down by category (such as spreads, chips, beverages) as well as whatever you may be free-from (corn, dairy, gluten). To find out all the items we’re free-from, check out the list below. Once your appetite is good and whetted, visit our shop to take the next step towards a simple and sustainable clean-eating lifestyle.
All foods we offer are free-from:
Artificial Dyes & Colors
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Certain foods are free-from:
Additional Searchable Product Features and Certifications:
With Savorfull- shipping is always free making it easier and more economical to feed you, your family, company and/or team. Have questions? Drop us a note and we’ll get back to you lickity split!
We love mother/daughter owned businesses since we are one here at Savorfull. We connected with the amazing blogging team (Pamela and Brittany) in Georgia who have a great blog featuring recipes and easy DIY tips for living your best gluten free life. They also share tips on parenting, travel and so much more. Pam and Brittany checked out our Savorfull gluten free goodies and here is what they discovered…Happy Gluten Free Friday!
The year 2016 has come and gone, and we now embark on a glimmering New Year in 2017. Did you set health and wellness goals or resolutions in 2016? Do you even remember what they were?
Did you stick to them?
So often, we set lofty, unrealistic intentions and place daunting responsibilities on ourselves in the new year. We soon realize that our goals were impractical for our lifestyle, and we obliterate them altogether.
Sound familiar? It may be time to readjust your desires.
In 2017, I challenge you to simplify your life and set just one single, solitary goal. Not three, not six — just one sound, sustainable, achievable goal that you will have success with.
Stuck on which one to choose?
Here is my advice on setting your goal for a happy and healthy new year:
Start by brainstorming a complete list of your health and wellness challenges on a piece of paper or in a journal. Write down all the objectives you have in your brain, such as exercising regularly, gaining lean muscle, practicing mindfulness, disconnecting from technology or relieving stress. Then, circle the one that seems most imperative to you now.
Once you have arrived at your goal, write it large and bold on a piece of paper and place it in a prominent location in your home, office, car, phone or on a vision board. This will be a constant reminder for you every single day.
Make your goal a S.M.A.R.T goal. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Outline specific strategies you will use to accomplish your goal, set a timeline and determine ways in which you can personally measure your own successes.
Keep a daily diary, journal or log that records the actions or activities you are taking to meet your health and fitness goals. Invest in technology to help you if needed, such as a Fitbit, or using an app such as My Fitness Pal (it’s free) to track your diet and exercise.
Share your objectives with someone who supports and motivates you. This could be a spouse or significant other, a friend, a co-worker or even your children. They may have similar goals, and working together to meet them makes for a more exciting path to success.
Create a Pinterest board that helps to support your health and wellness journey. Find inspiring quotes, recipes, fitness programs, role models and any other images that spark your interest and keep you connected to your mission. •
This is where you can look each month to find hands-on tips for eating what you love in a more healthful way:
• Most restaurants offer grilled chicken in addition to breaded or fried chicken. If your favorite fast-food meal has breaded chicken, ask if you can swap it for a grilled chicken breast.
• Avoid menu items with words like “crispy,” “loaded,” “smothered,” “supreme,” “grande” or “fried.” These are typically laden in oil, loaded with cheese/bacon/sour cream, covered in a fatty sauce or an oversized portion.
• Order your favorite sandwich as a lettuce wrap or your burrito as a bowl to cut calories and refined carbohydrates. You can also turn your sandwich into a salad, as long as you don’t load up on dressing, cheese and fried toppings.
• Choose dishes that have a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
• Replace cheese, sour cream or mayo with avocado or guacamole for a creamy texture and a boost of healthy fat.
• Opt for smaller meal options or ask for a box to split your meal in half in advance — appetizer portions work well, too.
• Limit the consumption of bread or tortilla chips before a meal: Ask for raw veggies to dip in guacamole or salsa rather than chips.
Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN, is a nationally recognized nutritional consultant, registered nurse and the CEO and founder of Savorfull (savorfull.com), a Detroit-based e-commerce company that sources nutritionist-approved healthy, allergen-friendly foods and provides nutrition-consulting services. Savorfull is part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.
It’s finally December and you know what that means, right? ‘Tis the season for office holiday parties! Everyone loves a good office party; a chance to take time off of the regular work schedule to mingle with your co-workers while diving into that platter of gingerbread cookies or the candy canes. However, most of us don’t realize just how much fun we’re having until the unwanted weight gain soon becomes our New Year’s resolutions.
Before it gets to that point, however, why not take matters into your own hands? Instead of whipping up a box of Duncan Hines brownies the night before, think about contributing Savorfull products to your office potluck. Not only will you gain free-from brownie points with your boss (no pun intended), but the whole office can enjoy these guilt-free treats that are sure to cater to everyones free-from needs.
If you’re in charge of drinks, switch things up this year by bringing COCO5–a line of fruit-flavored coconut water. COCO5 is an all natural beverage full of naturally-occurring electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus chloride, and more. Add a healthy kick to the party’s punch bowl by pouring in some COCO5 Tropical Passion flavor!
Grab your color themed Coco5 for your next holiday party! Click on the photo to check out all of the flavors at Savorfull.
Everyone loves a good macaron, but it’s hard to find a healthy alternative to the treat…until now! Hail Merry’s line of Merry Bites are fresh, delicious, and made from clean ingredients. Each bag is paleo friendly, vegan, and gluten free, with flavors like caramel sea salt, dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, lemon, and pure vanilla. Merry Bites provide a great tasting and satisfying dessert.
In the spirit of the season, these macaroons are deliciously satisfying – with no guilt! Click on the photo to check them out!
Instead of reaching for that 500 calorie cookie that’s loaded with fat and sugar, reach for a bag of Homefree cookies. Homefree cookies are made from whole grains, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, non-GMO, and contain nothing artificial. As a mindful holiday swap, replace your gingerbread cookies with a bag of Homefree ginger snaps. Instead of the traditional holiday mint chocolates, try a guilt-free bag of chocolate mint mini cookies!
A much tastier (and healthier) version of the ginger bread cookie! Check out Homefree Ginger Snap cookies at Savorfull by clicking the photo!
Lucy’s is another line of allergy-friendly cookies but also features their own delicious brownie crisp. All products are gluten-free, nut free, all natural, non-GMO, and vegan made from wholesome ingredients. For that festive ginger flavor, try out a bag of Lucy’s ginger snap cookies–the perfect holiday treat!
We all love a good brownie, and luckily we have Nature’s Bakery to thank for providing a guilt free product! To satisfy everyone’s chocolate craving, try their vegan, non-GMO line of brownies provided by Savorfull, with their mint flavor being the perfect holiday addition. Nature’s Bakery’s line is made from whole grains, which provide numerous vitamins and minerals and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even forms of cancer. A serving of the typical Duncan Hines brownies, which is 1/20th of the package (we all know we eat at least 3x that), contains 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 16 grams of sugar, and ingredients that need a dictionary to translate! With Nature’s Bakery, however, 1 brownie in their twin pack contains just 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, and a clean list of ingredients. The choice is simple!
Check out all of the brownie flavors that Savorfull offers!
What would the holiday party season be without the candy? Rather than buying a Costco-sized bag of assorted chocolates, however, try going organic this year and stocking up on Surf Sweets. Surf Sweets provides organically-sweetened candies, ranging from gummies, jelly beans, peach rings, and more. Unlike regular candies, Surf Sweets’ products contain no artificial colors and are made with organic fruit juice. With such a variety of products, you can be sure to find a healthy substitute for your favorite candies. These guilt-free sweets are sure to be a crowd favorite amongst your co-workers.
Check out Surf Sweet products at Savorfull. Healthier alternatives to typical candies!
Savorfull wishes you all a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season and New Year!
Dark chocolate boasts quite the nutritious punch, and the higher percent cacao – the better (aiming for dark chocolate above 70% cacao is best). Dark chocolate is an antioxidant, and may even lower blood pressure (when eaten in moderation, of course). The pistachios in this recipe provide a dose of healthy fats with plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Throughout the day our blood sugar rises and falls depending on what we are doing, our activity level and primarily, on the meals we eat throughout the day. Have you ever noticed when you eat a handful of sugary cereal, you are hungry soon after? This example provides a good look into the glycemic index.
Several years ago, Dr. David Jenkins from Toronto, Canada, came out with a study testing blood sugar levels after participants ate certain foods. He found that after participants ate these foods, their blood sugar levels rose differently depending on the food. For example, those who ate beans had less of a blood sugar spike than those who ate biscuits. From his study, the glycemic index was more defined. The glycemic index is a scale from 0-100, and ranks food that contains carbohydrates (so no fats or proteins). Carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and dietary fibers that are found in milk, grains, vegetables, and fruits. They are very important to healthy life, and are crucial for energy and proper body function! The glycemic index also classifies each food into three categories: low, moderate, and high.
Foods with a glycemic index from 0-55 are considered “low”
Between 56-69 is considered “moderate”
More than 70 is considered “high”
But what do the numbers and rankings mean?
After eating certain foods, like a handful of sugary cereal, blood sugar will rise rapidly. The glycemic index then ranks how fast blood sugar rises. So, foods with a high index cause a rapid increase in blood glucose, while food with a low index cause a slow increase in blood glucose. It’s basically a measure of how fast food is converted to sugar, and then how fast it enters the bloodstream.
Let’s compare the cereal to an apple, shall we? Which do you think will cause your blood sugar to rise the most? If you guessed the cereal, you are correct! But why? Different carbohydrates have different impacts on blood sugar levels. The glycemic index is a measure of exactly how blood sugar will respond to different carbohydrates. Using the scale (0-100), the cereal might have a glycemic index of about 80, where the apple has a glycemic index around 40.
How should the glycemic index be used?
There are few things worse than being “hangry” (hungry+angry) during the day. A way to prevent becoming “hangry” is by choosing foods with a low glycemic index. Foods with a low glycemic index often contain protein and dietary fiber, which help you feel fuller for longer, and well as prevent the rapid increase in blood sugar, and the crash. Just like if you ate a large bowl of cereal for breakfast and by noon you are lethargic, tired, and… hangry.
Here is a handy list to differentiate between the high and low glycemic index foods:
Table adapted from www.lowglycemiccertification.com.
Again, using this chart, consider the following information:
Low Glycemic Index is below 55
Medium Glycemic Index is 55-69
High Glycemic Index is above 70
Snacking might seem challenging when trying to keep glycemic index in mind. There are many products available that boast a low glycemic index, as well as offering many other nutrients to keep your body field throughout the day.
Click on the photos below to check out all of these products that
Tons of flavors of these KIND bars – all are low glycemic! Click photo to check out at Savorfull!
Click on the photo to check out these delicious KIND bars at Savorfull!
Click photo to check out this low glycemic granola at Savorfull!
With many food options available to us to snack on throughout the day, it is important to consider the glycemic index, and how each food may be impacting our blood sugar levels. Choosing low glycemic foods can be beneficial for everyone and can prevent you from becoming “hangry”!
The Good: Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in the blood, and plays a role in hormone production, synthesis of vitamin D, and cell membranes. The liver naturally synthesizes cholesterol, but food from our diet is also major contributor to our levels.
The Bad: Too much cholesterol, however, can be detrimental to our health. When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries.
The Ugly: Over time, this buildup causes “hardening of the arteries” and the arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked.
It is important to note that all forms of cholesterol are not considered “bad.” In fact, HDL cholesterol is considered “good” and helps to prevent the buildup of the “bad” LDL cholesterol.
The Good: HDL cholesterol
The Bad: LDL cholesterol
The Ugly: When HDL levels are low, LDL will accumulate in the walls of arteries.
How can high cholesterol (high amounts of LDL cholesterol) be prevented?
Losing weight and increasing physical activity can both increase HDL cholesterol, which will then help to decrease LDL accumulation in the arteries
HDL (the “good”) levels can be increased by avoiding trans fats (avoiding baked goods, packaged foods, hydrogenated oils) and saturated fats (butter, cheese, fatty meats, skin on meat, fried foods). Be sure to read food labels to determine amount of fat in a serving!
HDL levels can also be increased by including healthy fats into your diet. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are important to include into your daily diet.
What about eggs?
Eggs have received a bad rap over the past decade in regards to cholesterol. While it is true that eggs contain cholesterol, they are not solely responsible for an increase in cholesterol levels in the American population. The combination of cholesterol and fat intake has led to higher cholesterol levels, not simply eggs alone. A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland found that a relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol (eating one egg every day) is not associated with an elevated risk of incident coronary heart disease. However, those who have high cholesterol should limit their daily egg intake to one per day.
Here are Savorfull® Swaps to help you make small changes towards lower cholesterol levels!
Click on the photo to check out Nature’s Bakery at Savorfull!
Click on the photo to check out Crunchy Rob’s at Savorfull!
Similar to prevention of diabetes and hypertension, high cholesterol can be prevented through diet, regular physical activity, and maintenance of a healthy weight. Being aware of both cholesterol intake, as well as saturated fat intake will help to decrease the risk for high cholesterol levels. Focusing on healthy fats to increase HDL levels will also help to lower LDL levels.
Cholesterol in a nutshell: Increase the good (HDL) and decrease the bad (LDL)…
to prevent the ugly (plaque buildup in the arteries).