We’ve recently started carrying bison in our store. The bison we sell is Vancouver Island raised (http://islandbison.com) , antibiotic & hormone free, free ranging, grass fed in the summer, with their winter nutriton consisting of haylage from alfalfa.
Bison meat is high in iron, selenium and Vitamin B-12. Bison meat has 40% more protein than beef, its red meat counterpart, so you can eat 1/3 less volume and still come away satisfied. Bison meat has much less fat than beef so that you get more edible meat for your money. Because Bison meat is so lean it requires a slightly different cooking technique than beef. Island Bison on Vancovuer Island, offers tips for cooking buffalo along with a free cook book of buffalo recipes for customers. Research conducted by Dr. M. Marcello, University of North Dakota, has shown that bison is a highly nutrient-dense food because the proportion of protein, fat, minerals and fatty acids to its caloric value.
Buffalo meat is a nutrient dense food that, in one serving, provides significant amounts of the following minerals: 34% Protein:
contains all the essential amino acids needed for growth and maintenance. 20% Phosphorus: is needed for strong bones and teeth, growth and maintenance 33% Iron: Heme, the most useable form of iron, needed for oxygen transport in red blood cells. 32% Zinc: trace mineral is used in the manufacture of enzyme systems, immune response, and sense of taste. 10% Niacin: is used to obtain energy at cell level for fat synthesis/breakdown. 14% Vitamin B6: is necessary for protein metabolism, making neurotransmitters. 42% Selenium: trace mineral used in anti-oxidation functions at cell level.
Source: Bison Resource Manual for Food Service, 1999, taken from http://islandbison.com/bison_meat.php. If you’re looking for good, clean, quality protein, sustainably harvested, from humanely treated animals, bison is the way to go.
Virgin coconut oil is an edible oil (solid at room temperature) extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts.
Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid (MCT) found in mother’s milk that supports healthy metabolism and immunity and is also being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties.
In fact, MCTs, are easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy (instead of being stored as fat) — like carbohydrates, but without the insulin spike. Some studies have shown that MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning, and thus weight loss. Because MCTs are an immediate source of energy, they can also make a good “pre-workout” addition.
Coconut oil is also one of the best oils to use for cooking, as it is stable at high temperatures.
Coconut sugar (also known as coco sugar, coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar) is a sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar has been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in equitorial regions, where the coconut palm grows abundantly.
Coconut sweetener is a low glycemic food (GI 35), rich in potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Coconut sap sweetener also contains an array of B Vitamins, has 36 times more iron, 4 times more magnesium, and over 10 times more zinc than brown sugar. White sugar of course, is devoid of any nutrients.
Coconut sweetener is perfect in coffee, smoothies, or anywhere else that sugar is used.
The brand we sell, Coco Natura, is 100% natural, free from additives and artificial flavouring, sustainably produced in the Philipines.
Organic Toasted Coconut Chips
One ingredient, organic toasted coconut. Makes for a great light snack, perfect for low carbers.
Kale is an excellent source of essential nutrients, including vitamin A, C, B6, manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, copper and potassium. This combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients makes kale a true super tasty, superfood/ snack! These guys are so good, they’re hard to keep in stock!