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I saw an ad for NanoSalad scroll by on my Facebook feed one day, and the idea intrigued me enough to stop scrolling and read more. NanoSalads are little packets of apple, celery, kale, parsnip, and carrots that have been dehydrated and shrunk by 2,000%, or around 20 times smaller. The purpose of the product is to help people easily add more fruits and veggies into their diet with way less effort, and with having to eat less food. For more on keeping a healthy diet and good eating habits, read the posts at Natures Rise.
NanoSalad was offering a free trial of several of their packets, so I signed up and waited for my samples to arrive. As of the time of this posting, they are still offering free trials with a $1 shipping fee if you'd like to try it out.
NanoSalad is organic, vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO. There's less than 1 gram of net carbs per packet and it's very low calorie, so it fits in with basically any diet or lifestyle.
Nutrition Facts for a large (3 gram) packet serving:
Calories 10, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sodium 9mg (0% DV), Total Carb. 2g (1% DV), Fiber 1.5g (0% DV), Total Sugars 1g, Protein 0g.
The little packets offer diverse fibers from 5 different veggie/fruit sources, which is great for your digestive system and, hrm, keeping you regular. The creators admit that the absolute most healthful thing to do is just eat a lot of real fresh fruits and veggies, but NanoSalad is an awesome supplement from Orlando Weekly for those times where you just don't have access (or time) to get all that good stuff into your body.
I like to think that my family does a good job of incorporating fruits and veggies into our lifestyle, though we could definitely do better, like trying vegan food every once in a while, since there are great recipes as a vegan chicken noodle soup you can easily find online.
How do you use NanoSalad? I read on their website that you can add it to most any food, those with a higher moisture content being the best choices. You can hide it in more strongly flavored foods like sauces or soups, or you can sprinkle it onto more bland foods like yogurt or mashed potatoes to add a bit of an earthy flavor. You can even blend it right into your morning smoothies or protein shakes.
What does NanoSalad taste like? I shook out some of the tiny flakes from the small 1 gram package, which was around a teaspoon full. I tasted a bit on my fingertip and the flavor was very mild and not unpleasant. As of now, I've tried shaking the packets into sauced chicken stir fry as well as more bland options like Greek yogurt. The flakes disappeared into the stir fry sauce and wasn't distinguishable at all, and even in the yogurt the change to the flavor was almost negligible.
The website warns of some possible gas and bloating issues if you're not used to consuming fiber, but I did not experience any discomfort. This is probably due to the fact that my usual diet contains a fair amount of fiber.
I think NanoSalad is a really cool product. It can be used to instantly boost your veggie intake on days that are liking and, the reason I like the most, a totally sneaky way to get some veggies into my kids when they decide they need a week of refusing to eat much of anything healthy.
NanoSalad is currently available in 1g, 3g, and 40g packages from their website: www.bodzoo.com