FAQ - Stevia

Great question! Indeed, the stevia plant is green – and of course the biggest factor that generates that green color is chlorophyll. When the natural solvents are extracted from the stevia plant using a proven process of water filtration, the chlorophyll and other compounds that made it green are filtered out. So are the impurities. That’s why, by the time stevia reaches the drying process, the liquid obtained is crystalline. At the end of the day, what you’re seeing is a stevia product that is a sort of off-white or vanilla in color (but there’s no vanilla in our stevia!).

Yes! Our stevia has undergone a natural, time-tested process of water filtration and purification that is certified to the ISO Casco 5 Standard. This globally recognized standard of production and testing verifies that our stevia extracts have been produced only in aqueous conditions, without the use of alcohols or enzymes. Furthermore, our stevia extracts come only from NON GMO stevia varieties.

Certainly. Some people like to drink their tea, for example, with a little stevia and a small amount of honey. The same goes for coffee and other beverages, as well as food recipes that call for sweetening. Just remember that if you are adding another source of sweetening along with stevia, you’ll want to use proportionately lower amounts of each. It may take some trial and error to find the combinations that you like best. Better to start with small amounts of each and add in as you go.

Here at Blooming Sweet Life, we are independent retailers of stevia as well as other fine products such as chia, flax and quinoa. We have partnered with a commercial supplier and manufacturer of stevia, after getting to know them and trusting their way of not only manufacturing the stevia products but the way they source their stevia, strategically selecting crops from reputable growers in different locations across the Americas.

We know what you mean! We have sampled all kinds of products on the market in our research to bring you the best. Because our stevia is processed naturally with water and is free of organic solvents and enzymes, it is a safe and great-tasting product without the aftertaste or bitter.

Our stevia is Keto-friendly, vegan-friendly, Kosher-certified and non-GMO. There are no enzymes or alcohol used in the process of making our stevia leaf extract. It has a zero glycemic index - no sugar, no carbs, no calories. We’ve kept it pure and simple for you!

One scoop of stevia is a replacement for approximately 7g of sugar. We recommend starting with a little and adding increments as you go, eventually finding your ideal portion.

FAQ - Chia

Our organic chia seeds are excellent for you because they contain nutrients that can have a multitude of benefits for your body and brain. Chia seeds are loaded with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and other micronutrients, and they are high in antioxidants.

One thing you must know about us here at Blooming Sweet Life is that honesty and transparency are among our core values. There are so many claims to weight loss products and systems out there – some of them well-intentioned, others… well, you know how it goes. We don’t want to claim that chia seeds can cause weight loss. What many have found, however, is that chia seeds – as a high-quality source of protein – can help reduce one’s appetite. Of course, weight loss and fitness are all part of a healthy lifestyle. Consumed in moderation as part of a balanced regimen of eating and exercise, chia seeds can be a key factor in one’s goal to achieve better health and wellness.

In the case of fasting for health and wellness, the answer is “no” - if you just sprinkle a small amount of chia. It is said that, during a fast, one should not exceed 50 calories of intake.

Chia seeds are one of the best food sources during pregnancy and into the breastfeeding stages in general. In fact, chia is often considered a breastfeeding superfood because it can fill your body (and your baby) with much-needed nutrients as calcium, protein and iron. As with anything consumed during pregnancy or breastfeeding, we recommend that you speak with your doctor, nurse / nurse midwife or other care provider who is more familiar with your unique needs and condition.

Yes, they certainly are! Whether you have a gluten allergy or are simply avoiding gluten as part of your dietary and health goals, chia seeds are an excellent source of gluten-free protein.

Oh, yes! Chia seeds are seen as one of the most important and healthiest superfoods nowadays. They contain nutrients that can bring many benefits to your body and mind. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are said to promote better health and to help prevent chronic illness. The benefits of eating foods that are high in omega-3s are said to include regulated blood pressure, decreased inflammation and improved cardiovascular health.

We proudly offer both chia seeds and flax seeds in our lineup of quality products. Each has its benefits. Both are a source of Omega-3 fats and protein. Chia seeds have more fiber than do flax seeds, and chia seeds also have fewer calories proportionately. In terms of flavor, many say that chia has a rather neutral flavor profile, while some find that flax seeds taste rather nutty. As we’ve talked about the health benefits of chia seeds, flax seeds are also an excellent source in a balanced diet that aims to lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels and/or ward off chronic illness. In terms of appetite and digestion, both are excellent.

100%! It’s like having the best of both worlds. When sprinkling chia seeds into or onto food, you can mix in some flax seeds as well. Start by sprinkling a little bit of each, and increase amounts of either or both in increments. Experiment with the chia & flax blend and see what you end up liking the most.

Yes and yes! A yogurt bowl is an easy and healthy way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. Delicious and nutritious! You can also sprinkle chia seeds onto your cereal, fruits, salads… even in smoothies! We encourage you to experiment with trying chia seeds in different food combinations. If you find something you really like, drop us a line and let us know about it!

Sure, there are many recipes that incorporate chia. Here’s one that we particularly like: Strawberry and Chia Jam

Ingredients: • 200 g Strawberries • 3 scoops 100% Pure Stevia • ½ lime (juice) • 3 tbsp Organic Chia Seeds.

Directions: Place the strawberries already cut on 4/6 pieces, and the lime juice in a bowl at low temperature until it boils, cook for approximately 10 minutes while constantly stirring. Until all the juice comes out from the fruits, leave it at room temperature, once it cools down add the chia seeds, mix it and rest at least 20 minutes or until it has consistency

FAQ - Flax

Our organic ground flax seeds are packed with nutrients that can have a multitude of benefits for your body and mind. Flax is one of the healthiest foods on the planet! It is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein. Flax seeds are also an ideal component as part of a balanced diet that aims to lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels and/or ward off chronic illness. It is said to aid digestion and, when consumed in healthy amounts as part of a dietary and nutritional plan, can help lower one’s appetite.

The flax plant (aka Linum usitatissimum) originated in Egypt. Today, flax plants are grown across the planet, as people worldwide have realized the nutritional and health benefits of flaxseed

Here at Blooming Sweet Life, we sell ground flaxseed. The reason for this is, with our background in the food and nutrition field and thanks to extensive research, we have found that the overwhelming body of evidence supports ground flaxseed as a superior source of health and nutritional benefits. Flaxseed is high in fiber as well as in omega-3 fatty acids, and contributes to health improvement in digestion, cholesterol, cardiovascular health and many other areas. If consumed in whole form, however, one could be missing out on some of these benefits as the flaxseed could pass through the intestinal tract largely undigested. That’s why we’ve gone with the recommendation of health and nutrition experts who have studied the benefits of flaxseed, and we carry only ground flaxseed.

They both have their merits! Flax and chia are both sources of Omega-3 fats and protein. Chia seeds have more fiber than do flax seeds. In terms of flavor, many say that chia has a rather neutral flavor profile, while some find that flax seeds taste rather nutty. Both chia and flax are reliable nutrition sources as part of a balanced diet that aims to lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels and/or ward off chronic illness. In terms of appetite and digestion, both are excellent.

Yes, it is! Whether you have a gluten allergy or are simply avoiding gluten as part of your dietary and health goals, flaxseed is an excellent, gluten-free option.

We recommend that you speak with your doctor, nurse, health care provider or pharmacist who is more familiar with your unique needs and condition as well as with the specific medication(s) that you are taking. While flaxseed is generally considered an excellent nutritional source, we want you to have the right information with regard to potential interaction with certain medications before proceeding to purchase and consume flaxseed.

Most definitely! When sprinkling flaxseed onto your food, you can mix in some chia seeds as well. Start by sprinkling a little bit of each, and then incrementally add either or both in gradual amounts. Experiment with the flax-chia blend and see what you end up liking best.

It’s best to store the flaxseed and/or chia seeds in a cool, dry place. If you have a spice rack, drawer or dedicated spot in the pantry, that’s a good home for your new friends, Flax & Chia. In terms of shelf life, most people find that ground flaxseed in a container stored at room temperature will keep for at least a few months. Now, once you start mixing in flaxseed as part of your healthy, balanced plan of nutrition, you might notice that the bottle of ground flaxseed goes empty in less time than that! No worries, we’re here when you need to restock!

FAQ - Quinoa

Okay, let’s settle it once and for all. Quinoa, a recent vocabulary addition for modern English-speakers, is pronounced “KEEN-wah,” and it’s a two-syllable word. Not Queue-NO-Ah. Not Quinn-Noah. And definitely not Joaquin. Quinoa as a word comes from the Quechua (“KECH-wah”) people who inhabit the Andes region largely in what is known as Peru today. Quinoa in Spanish is the derivative of “kinuwa” in the Quechua language.

It turns out that, although quinoa is thought by some to be a grain or a cereal, it’s neither of those. Quinoa is a seed from a leafy plant that is native to the Andes region of South America. The Incas in the ancient time of that region, which is largely associated with Peru today, considered quinoa to be “the mother grain” (even though we would now categorize quinoa as a seed rather than a grain).

Quinoa is low in carbohydrates and is often used as a healthy alternative to rice. It is gluten-free, which explains its further rise in popularity around the world in recent years. Quinoa is also a healthy source of protein, which makes it an ideal food for vegans, vegetarians and virtually anyone who is looking for a healthier way of eating. These three factors have combined in a sort of perfect quinoa storm to vaunt this ancient seed to its current position among other superfoods.

The amount of dietary fiber contained in quinoa is considered to be an effective way to help prevent chronic illness, including cancer. Quinoa is also rich in magnesium, which has been linked to heart health as well as an aiding factor for adults with type 2 diabetes. Quinoa is a complete protein (as is chia, which we also carry), meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids needed to build and repair body tissue.

Yes, yes, and yes! That’s why so many people have come to love quinoa. It’s a superfood that has seen a rapid rise in popularity worldwide.

We’re glad you asked! Taking the information in the above three answers, you can see that quinoa is an excellent component in an overall balanced diet and plan for health and nutrition. Being honest and transparent in what we do here at Blooming Sweet Life, we’d rather avoid saying that anything causes weight loss. What we have found through evidence, both anecdotal and research-based, is that quinoa (not unlike chia or flaxseed) has shown to help reduce appetite with many people. Some have reported feeling “fuller” when eating quinoa, reducing their cravings for other foods which may not be as healthy. Low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and protein are certainly positive factors for quinoa. Other dietary factors and portion control (that’s a big one!) will also affect weight loss, as well hereditary and environmental factors as well as physical health, mental & emotional wellbeing and many others.

Of course, moderation is important for any kind of consumption. Quinoa is no exception. Some people with certain digestive conditions may find that quinoa exacerbates those issues. If you have such a condition, it’s always best to do your research and speak with your medical practitioner before adding quinoa to your diet. Some have found that soaking and rinsing the quinoa seeds before cooking helps with both digestion as well as allergies to saponin, which is found in quinoa.

Quinoa is often prepared by boiling, not unlike rice. It is good on its own, but quinoa can also be an excellent accompaniment to other dishes, spices, sauces, etc. While many eat quinoa as a savory food, some eat it sweet (like with stevia). Google “quinoa recipes” and you’ll find plenty out there. Don’t be afraid to experiment on your own, too! If you come across one that you particularly like, please feel free to share it with us.