We hand pick our ingredients to be authentic, wholesome and nutrient-dense. The majority of them are the same healthy ingredients that have been used by the rich culinary traditions of the Mediterranean region for centuries. Traditional Mediterranean lifestyle has been well documented as one of the most healthful, nutritious ways of living.
You will also find in our offerings new and innovative ingredients recognized for their high nutritional value, such as the ancient grains we incorporate in our gluten-free recipes.
We are proud to present our list in alphabetical order:
Delicately flavored almonds are one of the healthiest and tasty snacks and excelent addition to both sweet and savory recipes. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
Amaranth is a gluten-free high fiber food supporting digestive health. Its oils and phytosterols contribute in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level and blood pressure. Its anti-inflammatory properties and highly digestible protein levels make it an all-around good food.
Crisp apples, not only taste delicious, but they contain disease fighting antioxidants- flavanols. They also contain plenty of fiber.
In ancient Greece, basil was regarded as noble and sacred. Its name is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means “royal”. Based on research studies, its unique health-protecting effects originate from its flavonoids and volatile oils. These elements possess anti-bacterial and anti-Inflammatory properties. A good source of magnesium, basil promotes also cardiovascular health.
Chia seeds overall nutrition package includes: healthy fats, fiber and minerals. Plus, chia seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, which are a type of fat that the body needs to function and must come from food.
Chickpeas (or cecci or garbanzo beans) are rich in both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. It is a Mediterranean staple with a delicious nutlike taste, the basic ingredient in hummus and falafel and a great snack by itself when roasted. Chickpeas are a good source of protein. When combined with whole grains such as whole grain oats, they offer complete protein like meat or dairy foods.
Fragrant and sweet cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. It is an excellent source of manganese and fiber and a very good source of calcium. Its antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. Cinnamon is also appreciated for controlling the blood sugar level. It slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.
Coconut meat offers cardiovascular benefits because it’s high in fiber. Foods high in fiber can help lower your cholesterol levels because fiber can bind to cholesterol in your digestive tract. Coconut has a wonderful taste, usually toasted and in moderation can be a great snack. It is an excellent source of minerals. It’s particularly high in essential manganese and copper, which activate antioxidant enzymes needed to protect your cells from damage.
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They are also rich in fiber as well as vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Flaxseeds cultivation started thousands of years ago in countries bordering the Mediterranean region. Flaxseeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The primary omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseeds is alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. Flaxseeds contain lignans, fiber-like compounds that provide antioxidant protection due to their structure as polyphenols. Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese
Goji berries are an antioxidant powerhouse. They are high in vitamin C, fiber and protein. They are also a good source of iron and vitamin A.
Honey has been used for the past 2,500 years in the Mediterranean and around the world. Honey is traditionally used for health because of its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, as well as its soothing, anti-inflammatory effects on respiratory issues. Unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins and minerals too. Honey has a low glycemic index.
Lentils, a staple of the Mediterranean cuisine, are one of the most nutritious members of the legume family. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. Lentils also provide good to excellent amounts of seven important minerals, B-vitamins and protein.
Millet is a good source of the minerals copper, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium. It is a well known for its heart-protective properties. As all whole grains millet have a beneficial effect on lowering Type 2 diabetes risk.
Blackstrap molasses is a good-for-you sweetener. Unlike refined white sugar which is stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote good health. The nutrients in which it is concentrated include manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.
This whole-grain powerhouse has been packing serious nutrition and hearty flavor. Oats, as part of an overall heart healthy diet, could lower the risk of heart disease according to the he U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Oats are rich in a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan. This particular type of fiber is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol.
Green peas are an outstanding phytonutrient source, a very good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and folate. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin B2, molybdenum, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, and choline.
These delicate nuts can add fiber to your diet and contain iron, calcium, vitamins A, B, and C, potassium and phosphorous. They are excellent source of protein and since they contain mostly mono-unsaturated fatty acids they help to lower cholesterol and decrease heart diseases. Not to mention the delightful and nutty taste!
Pumpkin seeds are particularly high in zinc, iron and a very good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper. They also contain a wide variety of antioxidant phytonutrients, lignans and health-supportive phytosterols. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein too.
Quinoa is an ancient grain crop cultivated by Incas for its edible seeds. Its high nutritive value derives from its expanded list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. The ancient civilization of Incas considered as the “mother of all grains” and believed it to be sacred. It is one of the few grains rich in complete plant-based protein. There are three types of quinoa: White, red and black.
Raisins are nutrient-dense foods. They are one of the few plant-based sources of dietary iron, an essential mineral. They are also rich in potassium, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Rice Syrup is a mild sweetener made from whole grain rice that has been cultured and fermented with enzymes. Rice Syrup contains complex rather than simple sugars. This enables the sugars in the rice syrup to be absorbed more slowly by the digestive system rather than being absorbed quickly into the bloodstream
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region, appreciated for centuries for its wonderful aroma and its health-promoting qualities. It contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. Rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing respiratory problems.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent health-promoting snack. They enhance our health by supplying significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium providing anti-Inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. Sunflower seeds are also rich in phytosterols believed to lower Cholesterol levels.
Walnuts are one of the most nutritious foods. They have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that can lower cholesterol and reduce heart diseases.