Better For You Ingredients

Aspartame, phenylketonurics, high fructose corn syrup, blue #1,the list goes on. We’re all aware of these so-called “dirty” ingredients afloat in nearly everything on today’s supermarket shelves. We’re also pretty sure you haven’t thought too deeply about the nutritional content of your favorite green tea latte at the local coffee chain or your go-to breath freshener. We say, why not? We've set out to create better for you versions of more mainstream products, free from artificial sweeteners, suspicious additives, or ingredients with names akin to pest control chemicals.

 


 

GREEN TEA MINTS

Fight dragon breath with green tea!  A “better for you mint” made from familiar ingredients; not artificial flavors with names like glacial breeze or polar vortex. Antioxidants might just sound like another healthy buzzword, but they happen to be the primary source of all those amazing green tea benefits you keep hearing about. EGCG is shown to decrease sulfur compounds that cause bad breath, as well as fight off bacteria that causes tooth decay, colds, and strep throat. Sencha mints are sugar free, as sugar provides a sticky breeding ground for oral bacteria (yuck!) to reproduce rather quickly. Most mainstream breath mints contain either sugar or artificial sweeteners, which simply throw a mentholated mask over the problem, rather than actually putting a stop to the root causes of bad breath.  

 


 

GREEN TEA +C

Our number one ingredient is green tea, not fructose like the typical immune support drink. Most vitamin C drinks are loaded with sugar and a long list of lab-made chemicals. Too much sugar disables the immune system’s ability to fight off invading germs. Green Tea +C is naturally sugar free and made exclusively from whole food ingredients- organic matcha, acerola cherry, and a blend of turmeric, ginger, and orange peel, all working together to keep you well. With its anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, green tea protects against illnesses with antioxidants, known as polyphenols, which help kill off invading cold and flu viruses. Polyphenols have the ability to fight free radicals, which set off chain reactions that do some serious damage to the body’s cells.

It does sound appealing to be able to get 3600% DV of vitamin C in one small packet, but in reality, your body can’t absorb anywhere near that amount. It’s simply too much of a so-called “good” thing. Ascorbic acid is listed as vitamin C in a sizable chunk of your favorite supermarket staples, its purpose being, to replace vitamin C lost in the pasteurization process which destroys naturally occurring vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is essentially only the outer layer of a vitamin, it is extracted and isolated from a sugar molecule found in corn, and is therefore missing the co-factors and micro-nutrients that work together for maximum absorption. Green Tea +C gets its “C” from the acerola cherry, a tiny fruit hailing from the Amazon, containing more vitamin C by weight than an orange.

 



GREEN TEA LATTES

We set out to make a “better for you” green tea latte, and part of that vision was to find a viable alternative to refined sugar, HFC, or even the not-so-bad sounding, “evaporated cane syrup.” You’re probably thinking that sugar is just, well, sugar, but some sweet stuff is better than others. Case in point, coconut sugar. Its sweet, decadent, and even a little nutritious. Vegan, coconut based, and made with organic matcha powder; we've gotten rid of the usual hydrogenated and artificial stuff and made an instant latte mix you can feel good about drinking.

Coconut sugar- unlike table sugar, it contains naturally occurring ingredients; inulin a fiber that helps slow glucose absorption, as well as some basic nutritional standbys: Iron, Zinc, Calcium, and Potassium, and those good old antioxidants. Coconut sugar has been given the A-ok from the American Diabetes Association due to its low glycemic index of about 35 (white sugar hovers around  60-75.) The glycemic index is the number associated with a food depending on how it affects a person’s blood sugar.

In addition to coconut sugar, our green tea lattes are made with organic Japanese green tea and algae flour. Algae flour is a plant based alternative to ingredients like eggs or dairy that give baked goods that sense of rich moisture. We use algae flour to make our lattes creamy and satisfying, even for those skeptical of the vegan diet. but provides micro-nutrients (trace vitamins and minerals), lipids, and a bit of protein.