Shasha Navazesh, owner of ShaSha organic bakery, is more alchemist savant than baker. When it comes to baking, Navazesh claims that bread is life and he has a very definite idea of what life should be like; “How we spend our day is, of course, how we spend our life,” he says as he stalks with purpose through is immaculate plant. Navazesh is the owner of Ontario’s leading organic bakery that supplies nutritious, natural products to an ever-growing list of retail outlets. Best known for its sourdough breads and cookies ShaSha has become one of Canada’s leading artisanal bakeries.
Artisanal is the new black and hipsters the world over use the phrase to describe anything handmade or old timey but at ShaSha, the proof really is in the pudding. Here things are done consciously, carefully and with passion.
It’s a well-known fact that organically grown foods do not contain pesticide residues and provide a healthier product for the consumer. There are knock-on effects too as workers at organic farms are also saved from pesticide exposure. Eliminating artificial fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides also makes for healthier soil. Organic products cost much more though, and while the advantages of consuming organic produce are clear, it’s sometimes tough difficult to justify buying organic coffee when there are so many cheaper brands on the market.
Insecticides and artificial fertilizers are ubiquitous. They are used extensively in commercial farming and urban gardens. They get washed into waterways by rain and end up in everything from drinking water to baby food. The high volume of toxic substances in our food and water is beginning to have a devastating effect on our health. One of the highest concentrations of pesticide residue is found in the fresh fruit and vegetables we consume every day.
Heart disease and stroke cause a death every 7 minutes in Canada. These body bullies are also two of the three leading causes of death in the country. 29% of all deaths in Canada are a result of heart disease with men weighing in at 28% and women at a surprising 29.7%. Heart disease is avoidable. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are the ‘apple a day’ that will keep heart disease at bay. Adding a couple of foods to your diet can really make a difference and keep your ticker tocking.
The importance of sprouts in your diet
Sprouts from beans and legumes such as mung, alfalfa, lentils and adzuki are packed with vitamins, fibre, vitamin C and protein. These deliciously diminutive plants pack a nutritional punch while keeping calories at an all time low. Amazingly, sprouts have almost three times the nutrient value of dry beans and legumes and are much easier for the body to absorb and digest. The sprouting craze in the health food isle of your supermarket is there for good reason; these tiny little sprouts are jam-packed with goodness.
Alfalfa sprouts, actually part of the pea family, are crunchy and packed with flavour. They are perfect for salads, sandwiches, soups and omelettes. Alfalfa is a great source of phytoestrogens which are instrumental in preventing heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. They also contain calcium, potassium, zinc, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and vitamins A through K. Alfalfa sprouts have the highest anti-oxidant value of all the vegetables. Continue reading
The value of adding flax seed to your diet
Flax is native to the eastern Mediterranean where it was first grown in the Fertile Crescent. Today, its blue-flowering blooms stretch themselves over increasingly large portions of the prairies as flax becomes a much sought-after ingredient. Used as a source of fibre, it is also the plant from which linseed is extracted. Linseed oil is an edible oil although you are probably more familiar with its use as a wood sealant and additive to artist’s oil paints.
Packed with nutrition
For the health conscious, flax seeds offer a veritable smorgasbord of delights as flax is rich in fibre, lignans, omega-3 fatty acids and an abundance of nutrients including Thiamine (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Niacin (vitamin B3), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B6 and Foliate (vitamin B9). Flax also contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. And, as if this long list of great nutrients isn’t enough, it tastes pretty good too! Continue reading
What are they? An exciting new line of organic products made with sprouted grains, legumes and pods that are detoxing and cleansing at same time they are natural nutrient power house.
ShaSha Co. sprouts their own grains, dehydrates them at peak nutrient value, and packages them with no additives or preservatives. The dehydrated sprouts are available on their own (you can use them in place of unsprouted grains, legumes and pods in your cooking), and as a key ingredient in Bio-buds functional cereals and snacks.
So why all the fanfare about sprouted products? Because they’re unbelievably good for you. Touted as one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, sprouts have more than three times the nutrients of unsprouted seeds. They are packed with bio-available (absorbable) vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and amino acids.
Bio-Bud™ product lines are currently sold at many locations – click here to find local stores that sell ShaSha products.