Product Review: Swanson Health Products and Energy Bites Recipe

During this, my 39th year, I have been trying to eat healthier and find new food items that will help me with that process.  I was contacted by SWANSON HEALTH PRODUCTS to try their products and was delighted since their products fit exactly what I am trying to do.

SWANSON HEALTH PRODUCTS has a HUGE variety of products and it took me several visits to their website figure out exactly what I wanted to try.  First of all, they offer nearly every vitamin I have ever heard of and many more that I haven’t.  They offer an array of essential oils and aromatherapy items.  There are items for specific health related issues such as joints, stress, vision, and immunity.  Then there are also a variety of health food items to choose from.  This is the area I decided to focus on.

I have been drinking more tea lately and when I saw the Hibiscus Flower Tea, I knew that was something I wanted to try.  Hibiscus Flower Tea  is 100% Certified Organic.  It has a kind of berry-type flavor and is a deep burgundy color once brewed.  This tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, but I have only had it hot.  I really like this tea and it will definitely be something I will reorder.  The Hibiscus Flower Tea retails for $4.49 for a package of 20 bags.  

I like to keep snacks in the van for those days when I am out running errands, but don’t want to stop for lunch or spend the money.  So, I chose Wild Berry Mix as my next item.  This organic snack mix of dry roasted almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries, and wild blueberries hits the spot when you need a quick snack.  No salt has been added to any of the items and comes in a resealable package.  I appreciate that I know exactly what I am eating and it is a healthy filler.  Wild Berry Mix retails for $2.66 for a 4oz package.  

I chose the other three items so I could use them in a recipe I wanted to try.  

100% Pure White Chia Seeds  are loaded with fiber…5 grams/tablespoon!  I have added the seeds to my smoothies for that extra filling punch.  That same tablespoon also fills you with protein, calcium, and other essential fatty acids.  You can also add it to salads, soups, dips, and sauces.  100% Pure White Chia Seeds retail for $9.89 for 16 oz.  

Organic Raw Shelled Pumpkin Seeds can be enjoyed alone as a snack or in salads.  They are another great source of fiber and are grown without the use of herbicides or fertilizers.  Organic Raw Shelled Pumpkin Seeds retail for $6.49 for 12 oz resealable bag.  

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has been getting a lot of buzz lately.  It is the health product I have been hearing the most about and decided it was time I checked it out.  Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is 100% Certified Organic and can be used in SO MANY WAYS.  It can replace oils and butters while cooking and baking, added to smoothies, used on toast, or even taken to the bathroom and used as a shaving cream, lotion, or facial wash.  Just googling Coconut Oil, you will find hundreds of uses for it.  Extra Virgin Coconut Oil retails for $6.89 for a 16 oz jar.  

My cousin Melanie shared her recipe for GOJI POWER SNACKS and now I am going to share that recipe with you using Swanson Health Products as well as items found in my grocery store.  

GOJI POWER SNACKS

10 Pitted Dates – I used Sunsweet Pitted Dates and chopped them up first
2 TBSP Swanson Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds – I used the entire .75 oz Tones container
1/4 Cup 100% Pure White Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Dried Goji Berries – I used Dried Cherries
1/4 Cup Raw Shelled Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut

Using your food processor, add the sesame seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.  Process until chopped fine.  Then add coconut oil, dates, and berries.  Process until blended into a paste. 

Roll into 12 balls and then roll into the coconut.  Keep them in the fridge.

If needed, add more coconut oil to keep balls held together.  You can also add almond or peanut butter if you like.

Also, the dried cherries can be soaked in warm water to soften before processing.  

Each of the power snacks will give you a great start to your day….filling you with fiber, protein, and other amazing nutrients.  Pair these with a smoothie and you can’t go wrong!  

I am completely satisfied with SWANSON HEALTH PRODUCTS and look forward to trying many more of their items as well as reordering the above items.  All the items arrived quickly and in excellent condition. 
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If you are looking to add more healthy or organic items to your diet, SWANSON HEALTH PRODUCTS is an excellent place to start!  To see all their products, check out www.SwansonVitamins.com.  

I received all the items from Swanson Health Products for free in order to facilitate my review.  This review is my honest opinion.  I was not compensated in any other way for this review.  I only review products that will benefit myself or my family.  Thanks to Swanson Health Products for this opportunity. 

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