Today’s food spotlight shines on two of my favorite superfoods; the beet and sweet potato. Both are incredibly healthy and can be added to your diet in a number of ways. However, there may be times where you just might not have the time to dedicate to clean, cut and cook your vegetables. Fortunately, a new brand on the market is making adding veggies to your diet much easier. With that, I would like to introduce you to Glean, a company that is committed to cultivating healthier lives across the planet.
I asked Laura Hearn, one of the co-founders of Glean to share with me how this amazing company came about. These are her words:
“Glean began in August of 2017 when a group of people who have spent their careers in the fresh produce industry (specifically with the NC state vegetable the sweet potato!) saw an opportunity to make a difference. Working on the farm side, each of our 4 co-founders saw the significant issue of waste that occurs for growers. What a lot of people don’t know is that up to 40% of their crops can be discarded – simply because of the way they look – because of odd shape or sizes that retailers do not want on their shelves. These perfectly delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables often have no home. Meanwhile, there are people all around the world who are suffering from starvation or lack of real nourishment.
So we formed Glean to help address these issues and to give back to those in need. Glean is actually a term that means to gather what is leftover and was a customary practice long ago where farmers were mandated by law to leave some crops in their fields for the needy to harvest and use. Our mission at Glean is to help reduce this waste for farmers by creating innovative, clean label and delicious & nutritious foods for consumers! It is not a big surprise to know that there is a significant increase in food intolerances and allergens as well as a general desire to eat healthier and know what is in your food. All of our products are committed to providing alternatives for all of the above.
Our favorite part of the entire company is our mission to give back. For every pound of product sold, we donate a pound of healthy foods to help those fighting hunger. We like to say our mission is to ‘revive both produce and people for purpose’! Our goal is to help transform agriculture and help those around the world along the way. We have initially started out locally in NC but as we grow it will expand beyond state and even US borders. This is our passion and goal that we can make a difference in the lives of others as we create healthy products for all.”
Glean currently offers three products; Beet Powder, Sweet Potato Flour and Pumpkin Flour. These superfood flours/powder are all natural, gluten free, paleo, vegan and contain no artificial flavors or colors. All of their flours/powder contain one simple ingredient; beets, sweet potato or pumpkin.
Here are just a few ways to use Glean powder and flours:
- As a substitute to replace or mix with other flours
- Use to make pasta, bread, pancakes and cookies
- Thickening agent for soups, sauces and gravies
- As a breading for your favorite pan frying or baking items
- Add to smoothies or beverages for taste and nutrition
Now I’d like to share how I used Glean in some fun recipes!
Sweet Potato Flour
I’ve never cooked or baked with sweet potato flour before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. On it’s own, the flour has a very earthy scent and taste(I dipped my finger in the bag to try it); which makes it versatile enough to compliment either a savory dish or sweet dessert. I decided to go a bit bold with the flour and make Sweet Potato Pecan frozen yogurt. Very similar to the process I used in this recipe, no ice cream maker is needed! Sweet, super creamy yet somewhat savory, this was way too good not to share the recipe.
- 8 oz Fage non-fat plain greek yogurt
- 4 oz mashed sweet potato
- ½ cup unsweetened cashew or almond milk
- 1.5 TBS Glean Sweet Potato Flour
- ¼ cup sweetener( I used stevia)
- 1 tsp. vanilla exdtract
- 1½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- Place all the ingredients (except the pecans) into a food processor.
- Mix until combined.
- Gently stir in the pecans.
- Add mixture to a freezer safe container or shallow freezer safe dish.
- Freeze for about 3 hours or overnight.
- Note: Remove from the freezer at least 15-20 minutes before serving to allow the yogurt to soften.
Beets are an extremely healthy root vegetable, but most people either love them or hate them. Using beet powder is a great option for those who aren’t beet fans but still want the benefits. Just one tablespoon of beet powder added to a recipe is like the equivalent of eating three medium-sized beets, how awesome is that! I decided to go the sweet route and do some baking with my powder. Just look at how stunning these red velvet blondies turned out. Dense, moist and slightly crispy around the edges. You’ll want to indulge in one or two, you can’t “beet” the health benefits!
Overall, if you’re looking for a delicious, nutritious, and great brand to add to your pantry, I would recommend trying any of the Glean flours/powder. It’s an ideal product for health enthusiasts, fitness fanatics, or those just looking to incorporate more better-for-you ingredients in their diet.
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Have you tried any of Glean’s superfoods flours or powder before? Which would you try first? Please share – I would love to hear from you!
Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.