Favorite Functional Food Products

1.) Bonafide Provisions Bone Broth: Bonafide Provisions is a slowly simmered, organic bone broth with high-quality ingredients. Given that it is purchased frozen, it retains more of its nutrients than its shelf-stable counterparts. Specifically, it is good source collagen which you can tell from how nicely the product gels. It is great to use for soups and it is even tasty enough to be consumed as a sipping broth.

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2.)Braggs apple cider vinegar:  Braggs is an unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar. It can help to regulate blood sugar and support the immune system. You can use it as your acid base for a salad dressing, or even consume daily in a glass of water plain or with sweetener of choice. Start slow though. Apple cider vinegar can cause gastrointestinal side effects.

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3.) Jarrow’s Wild Bitter Melon Extract:  Since bitter melon is not normally used in your every day recipes it is best consumed in pill form.  There are many companies that sell bitter melon extract.  The brand mentioned here can be found on Amazon.com for about 20$ for 60 pills.

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4.) Garlic press: Can be used to quicken the process of prepping fresh garlic in your food.

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5.) Garlic peeler:  Can also help ease the process of getting plenty of garlic in your diet.  You can pre-peel your garlic cloves and store them in a jar covered in olive oil for a few days if this helps save time.

This garlic peeler is from a company called Zak and is $4.99

https://www.zak.com/kitchen_tools_garlic

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6.) Mason Jars:  Can be used for a variety of kitchen and health needs!  In the functional food sense you can use Mason Jars for pickling and fermenting foods.  Using basic ingredients such as distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar with chilis, black pepper and garlic can lead to deliciously flavored foods.

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https://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/mixed-pickled-vegetables/

 

7.) Tea infuser:  Using an infuser helps you get the great polyphenols and phytochemicals from things like herbs and spices.  There are many different types of tea infusers out there.  My favorite is a device that can drain right into your tea cup. This is about 20$ on the website listed below

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https://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html

 

8.) Microplane: This great kitchen tool can be used to grate whole spices and the peels of fruit and vegetables. Spices and peels that can be fresh when consumed usually hold the most health benefits.  This tool can be found at most kitchen stores such as Target or Bed Bath and Beyond.

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