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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup recipe

This rich, full-bodied pumpkin soup is inspired by traditional Thai flavors and infused with fall  aromatics, rich in flavor and smooth in texture. For added heat, use an additional garlic clove and a dash of red pepper flake.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 diced Yellow Onion
  • 3 minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 cups Pumpkin
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ¼ tsp Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Red Curry Paste
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • Pink Himalayan Salt & Pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped Cilantro
  • 4 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
 
 

Cooked Version:

  • Combine Coconut Oil, garlic, onions and pumpkin together over a low simmer
  • Add vegetable stock, coconut milk, bay leaf, thyme and curry. Cook for 10 – 15 min
  • Remove bay leaf and combine with blender/processor 
  • After pureed, return to heat and add nutmeg, Pink Himalayan Salt, pepper until well combined
  • Top with Pumpkin Seeds and cilantro
 
 

Raw Version:

  • Combine Coconut Oil, coconut milk, garlic, onion, bay leaf and spices together in large bowl, allow to infuse overnight in refrigerator.
  • Remove bay leaf and combine pumpkin into chilled coconut milk and use an immersion blender or mixer to blend until creamy.
  • Gently fold in red curry paste until completely combined.
  • Top with cilantro, Pumpkin Seeds and a dash of nutmeg.

 


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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe

This smoothie is so rich, creamy and luxurious it makes even the most decadent shake a little bit jealous. It’s like indulging in the season’s first pumpkin pie… but without the guilt. Superfood boosted with Maca Powder and Mesquite and enhanced with the intoxicating aroma of Vanilla Powder, this smoothie is sure to set your day off with a smile.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 very Ripe Banana
  • 1 tsp Mesquite
  • 1 tsp Maca
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla
  • Agave or Stevia to taste if extra sweetness desired

Directions:

  • Combine Coconut Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Banana, and Ice in a blender until smooth.
  • Add in spices and extra sweetener on a low speed until just combined.
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon and enjoy! 

 

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Fall Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

 Fall Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette recipe

Sometimes you just need a good, hearty salad. Not one of those store bought ones full of weird ingredients (they don’t even fill you up!) A lunch salad. A dinner salad. A clean, whole meal. This fall salad is exactly that – full of seasonal ingredients, hearty whole vegetables and dressed with an intoxicatingly good pumpkin based vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

 

Salad Suggestion:

  • Organic Spinach, Organic Arugula, Organic Purple and Golden Beets, Organic Chopped Brussels Sprouts, Organic Shredded Carrots, Cilantro, Parsley, Dried Cranberries, Dried or Fresh Chopped Figs, Pumpkin Seeds
 

Directions:

  • Combine pumpkin puree, apple cider vinegar, Yacon Syrup or Agave Nectar, Dijon mustard, garlic, Kalahari Salt and pepper in a medium size bowl or a glass jar. Whisk well to combine.
  • Add Botija Olive Oil slowly, in a thin stream, whisking continually. (It’s important to add the oil very slowly or the dressing will separate.)
  • Add the fresh thyme and stir well. 
  • Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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It’s Kept Our Earth Alive For Millions Of Years

One Superfood to Rule them All

You want energy, health, strength, immunity and vitality… but where do you start? How do you get all of that without changing everything about your normal routine?
 
Up until now, Marine Phytoplankton has been the simple answer. But even the best superfoods can be improved.
 
And that’s exactly what we did. Years of research has resulted in our brand new formula of Marine Phytoplankton called Oceans Alive® 2.0.
 
Our phyto has always been powerful enough to give you an instant energy boost, increase your immunity, strength, stamina and vitality and gentle enough to consume multiple times throughout the day.
 
So what is the secret behind our new formula? It starts with a unique strain of phytoplankton…

 


 
 
The Most Powerful Antioxidant that You’ve Never Heard of:
Superoxide Dismutase
The Pyramid of Antioxidants
We had a breakthrough when developing our new formula of Oceans Alive® 2.0, and included a new strain of phytoplankton. Of the 45,000 strains discovered, this one is very special. It’s loaded with superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that functions as an incredibly potent antioxidant.
 
You already know how beneficial antioxidants are. What you might not know is just how powerful SOD is. It’s at the very top of the antioxidant pyramid, far superior than even the most potent antioxidants found in most superfoods.
 
This is because SOD works as an internal antioxidant and is created in the human body naturally.
 
Unlike antioxidants found in food which, when ingested seek out free radicals and help protect cells from damaging oxidation, SOD works harmoniously within the body’s own systems.
 
Because the SOD found in our special strain of phytoplankton comes from a living organism, it is almost immediately absorbed  by the body and put to use at its most basic cellular level.

Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton

SOD protects virtually every cell from harmful free radical toxicity and may also act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. The normal aging process sees cells deteriorate and die as we become older. SOD works within those cells to help repair, restore and renew them.
 
It is truly powerful stuff.

 


 
 
Oceans Alive® 2.0 – The Next Generation of Superfoods
With an improved formula including a brand new SOD-filled strain of phyto, you will almost immediately notice dramatic changes all over your body!
 
  • Feel energy surging through your entire body   
  • Sharpen your focus and enhance your mental clarity
  • Increase stamina and strength
  • Acquire a deep sense of contentment
  • Instantly notice feelings of fatigue disappear
  • Experience heightened senses
  • Improve the quality of your immune system
  • Reward yourself with a deeper, more restful sleep
 
What makes the SOD in Oceans Alive® 2.0 truly special is the simple fact that it is derived directly from the ocean’s live organisms. Most SOD supplements are extracted from non-oceanic sources such as cantaloupe melon or created synthetically in a laboratory.
 
Ocean derived SOD is free of artificial ingredients, chemicals or man-made fillers; consisting only of the genetic makeup which has kept our earth alive for millions of years. This pure, unique preservation keeps our bodies and minds in perfect sync with the Earth.

 


 
 
Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea, so Add it to a Cup of Tea!
Oceans Alive® 2.0 won’t win any taste awards, but there are plenty of ways for you to get your daily dose. Try mixing it with your favorite beverage like juice, coconut water or tea, or try adding a squirt to your next smoothie.
 
Some people really enjoy the intense burst of energy from taking Oceans Alive® 2.0 directly under the tongue. We suggest trying it at least once to see how quickly it gives you a buzz of energy – the feeling is incredible!
 
This highly controlled quality process ensures a balanced product, superior to all others! Try it for yourself and discover the amazing benefits of Ocean’s Alive® 2.0 today!
Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton
Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton
 
Advanced Technology, Advanced Formula
 
During the development of our advanced formula of Oceans Alive® 2.0 we found 185 never-before identified nutritional molecules in our phytoplankton – an unbelievably exciting discovery!
 
The phytoplankton are carefully cultured in enclosed proprietary photobioreactors within a highly precise laboratory environment.
 
The cultures are controlled for maximum quality throughout every part of the biotechnology system, resulting in only the purest, most perfect product.

 


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Is It Possible to Improve the World’s Best Superfood?

Is It Possible to Improve the World’s Best Superfood?

There is one superfood superior to all others. One superfood that contains more nutrients and more antioxidants than any other natural source. It’s the oldest, most powerful superfood on the planet.
 
And we just made it even better.
 
Over the past few years of research, development and natural selection, we’ve improved upon one of the best superfoods in the world.
 
The intense dose of minerals and nutrients in this superfood dramatically boosts energy levels and feeds the brain with critical phytochemicals responsible for above-average daily function and wellness.
 
“With every drop you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea.”
– Sylvia Earle

 


 

If you thought it was powerful before, just wait until you try it now.
 
  • Feel energy surging through your entire body within minutes
  • Sharpen your focus and enhance your mental clarity
  • Increase stamina and strength
  • Acquire a deep sense of contentment
  • Instantly notice feelings of fatigue disappear
  • Experience heightened senses
  • Improve the quality of your immune system
  • Reward yourself with a deeper, more restful sleep
     
 
What are we talking about?
 

Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton
 
Version 2.0: All New Formula – Even More Benefits

Over 45,000 strains of phytoplankton exist in the ocean. After careful analysis and years of exploration, we pinpointed the most beneficial strains for our NEW advanced formula of Oceans Alive® , including a strain that perfectly matches the human nutritional profile.
 
This strain is full of essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, trace minerals, and everything your body needs for optimized, superior performance.

 


 
 
Never Before Seen in Oceans Alive®The Pyramid of Antioxidants
 
Oceans Alive® 2.0 also contains a BRAND NEW strain of phytoplankton that’s loaded with the single most important antioxidant around… SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD).
 
At the top of the antioxidant pyramid, SOD is incredibly potent, bringing amazing antioxidant benefits and helping to prevent harmful oxidative stress and invasive free-radical damage.
 
The SOD in Oceans Alive® 2.0 is naturally found in a certain strain of phytoplankton, never compromised with synthetic additives or chemical production. Just pure, unadulterated SOD.
 

SOD – Antioxidant Benefits

  • Repairs cells and reduces cellular damage caused by free radicals
  • Neutralizes free radicals which may lead to wrinkles and precancerous cells
  • Acts as a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Safeguards your DNA by keeping cellular membranes intact
  • Helps to promote overall immune function and a more responsive nervous system
 
Our breakthrough heirloom blend of phytoplankton in Oceans Alive® 2.0 provides EVEN MORE benefits than before: now with an incredibly potent antioxidant, and a full nutritional profile match for the human body.

 


  
 
Do You Sea What We Sea?
Sunfood Marine PhytoplanktonDid you know that human plasma has a remarkably similar chemical composition to seawater? These mirrored compositions mean that our human bodies need many of the same micro-nutrients and trace elements found in marine phytoplankton, just like sea-life requires them for survival.
 
These microscopic plants that live at the base of the marine food chain support all life in the ocean. This is important for us as well, because gram for gram, marine phytoplankton just might be the most nutrient-dense superfood on the planet, loaded with essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and trace minerals.
 

Feel the Effects of Oceans Alive® 2.0

  • Feel energy surging through your entire body   
  • Sharpen your focus and enhance your mental clarity
  • Increase stamina and strength
  • Acquire a deep sense of contentment
  • Instantly notice feelings of fatigue disappear
  • Experience heightened senses
  • Improve the quality of your immune system
  • Reward yourself with a deeper, more restful sleep

 


 
 
Your Connection To the Ocean
Phytoplankton are the foundation of the oceanic food chain, feeding animals large and small – including krill, which in turn are fed on by Blue Whales, the largest mammal to ever exist on Earth.
 
This is one of the most remarkable food chains known, with only one step between one of the smallest creatures in the sea, and the largest ever known. The fact that phytoplankton are able to nourish a 100 foot-long, 170 ton mammal is astounding – it just goes to show the power of the nutrients available in this microalgae.
 

According to Dr. Hugo Rodier, MD…

“There are very few products that provide all, or even most, of the raw materials to make new cells and sustain the existing ones. The problem is that we need all of them at the same time for things to work.

One of those rare products that contains almost everything you need for life (and the rebuilding of cells) is marine phytoplankton. It contains all nine amino acids that the body cannot make. The essential fatty acids are also present (Omega-3 and Omega-6). Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D and major and trace minerals are all present in phytoplankton.”


 
 
How to Use
While our Oceans Alive® 2.0 is truly an amazing superfood experience, the taste leaves something to be desired. We suggest adding it to your favorite smoothie, coconut water or juice to get your dose.
 
Check out this easy and delicious Super Green Marine Phytoplankton Dressing
 
Super Green Marine Phytoplankton Dressing
 

Are you ready to try the NEW and IMPROVED formula of the most powerful superfood in the world?

 

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Your Skin is Eating Chemicals and You Don’t Know It

Heads Up! We’re Back In Stock!

Our new personal care products were such a hit, they flew off the shelves overnight! We’ve been busy getting these amazing bath products back in stock for you, but get them while you can – we’re likely to sell out fast!
 
Have you heard?

Sunfood Body Care ProductsOur new vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash are all made of a unique blend of 100% plant-based ingredients and essential botanicals. Naturally cleansing and nourishing, they will make your hair and skin feel rejuvenated and smell fresh!
 
Here’s the best part… they’re 100% free of chemicals. No toxins, synthetic fragrances, parabens, petroleum, preservatives, propylene glycol, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate).
 

 
Can You Handle The Truth?
Take a peek at what your favorite body care products are made from —even the ones that call themselves “natural” and “pure.”
 
Freaky Foam

First are the chemical foaming agents called surfactants, known as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate).
 
These are commonly added to soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpaste to make them lather and give the appearance of a “deeper clean.” Even though they’re found in many “natural” products, they are known skin irritants and worse.
 
A report conducted at the Journal of the American College of Toxicology found that “carcinogenic nitrates can form in the manufacturing of sodium lauryl sulfate” and that SLS “enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain from skin contact.”1 Researchers concluded that “this poses [the] question of it being a serious potential health threat to its use in shampoos, cleansers, and toothpastes.”1
 
SLES is not much better because it is typically contaminated with dioxane, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies as a “probable human carcinogen.”2
 
Our new Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash only use natural plant-based ingredients to create cleansing effects that will leave your hair and skin smelling delicious and feeling fresh. No carcinogens here!
 
 
Beauty by Anti-freeze
The next big one, propylene glycol, is a chemical solvent commonly found in antifreeze – as well as hair care products, soap, makeup, deodorant and much more.
 
While propylene glycol is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its Material Safety Data Sheet warns when it is absorbed through the skin, it may “cause systemic effects similar to those of ingestion” which include effects on the “behavior/central nervous systemcardiovascular system (hypotension, bradycardia, arrhythmias, cardiac arrest), endocrine system (hypoglycemia), urinary system (kidneys), and liver.3
 
 
Secret Synthetic Scents

And let us not forget synthetic fragrances which are petroleum-based and often include chemicals which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
 
Take benzene, for example. This petrochemical solvent is cited by the EPA as a “known human carcinogen for all routes of exposure.”5
 
What’s worse, we don’t even know what these mystery chemicals really are, because manufacturers can legally refrain from disclosing them, protecting them as “trade secrets.”
 
 

 
 
So What Makes Ours Different From The Rest?

We disclose all ingredients, and they are all truly natural! Beyond being 100% plant-based and free of toxic chemicals, our new Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash are supercharged with powerful fruit enzymes and positive microorganisms to achieve gentle, effective cleansing, as well as to preserve the body’s natural oils and stimulate circulation. Plus they’re sustainably sourced and pH balanced to work harmoniously with your body and the Earth. 
 
The result? Lustrous, buoyant hair, and fresh, rejuvenated skin that feels and smells amazing.
Ditch the chemicals and treat your hair and skin to natural, plant-based cleansing with our brand new Natural Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash!
 
Sunfood Natural Shampoo
Sunfood Natural Conditioner
Sunfood Natural Body Wash
Sunfood Natural Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash
Want to buy
all 3?

Sunfood Natural Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash

 

Sources:
1 – “Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.” Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Vol. 2 Number 7, 1983.
2 – “1,4-Dioxane (1,4-Diethyleneoxide, Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
3 – Material Safety Data Sheet, Propylene Glycol, sciencelab.com
4 – “Code of Federal Regulations: Title 40: Protection of Environment.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vol. 27, Section 261.31 – Hazardous wastes from non-specific sources, July 1, 2012.
5 – “Benzene Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000, January 2012.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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We’re Coo-Coo for Coconut Wraps!

Coconut Wraps are back in stock!!!

Sunfood Coconut Wraps

You know them, you love them, and they’re back! Click here to shop
 
Our Coconut Wraps are a great replacement for bread and tortillas. Low carb, gluten-free, and made from organic coconuts, they are perfect for everything from wraps and sandwiches to sushi and crepes.
 
  • Raw, Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-free.
  • Low carb (only 6g per wrap)
  • Made from Coconut Meat, Coconut Water, and Unrefined Coconut Oil derived from Organic Coconuts
  • No preservatives, additives, or any other ingredients
 
Inspired by the variety of ways to use them, below are some of our favorite recipes that use Coconut Wraps creatively! 

Psst… Did you check our our Asian inspired wraps?  
 


 

Get Creative With Your Coconut Wraps!  
Ultimate Veggie Wrap
Packed with loads of antioxidant rich vegetables, this wrap is a great lunchtime idea! Savory, crunchy and deliciously fresh, this is sure to become a favorite!
 

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Ultimate Veggie Wrap

 
Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Kale
  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Cabbage
  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Lettuce
  • 1 Handful finely chopped Organic Cucumber
  • 1 Sm finely sliced Organic Avocado
  • 1 Sm handful diced Organic Sweet Onions
  • 1 Sm handful diced Organic Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
 
Directions:
  • In a medium bowl, combine kale, cabbage, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. 
  • Drizzle Botija Olive Oil over combination and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  
  • In a Coconut Wrap, lay avocado and cucumbers throughout the middle.
  • Add vegetable mixture over a few dollops of Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto, fold in each end and roll up, and Enjoy!
     
 


  

Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This delicious, versatile pesto sauce has a mild nutty flavor with a burst of fresh basil and spicy garlic. Aromatic and zesty, this sauce can be used on anything from sandwiches and pasta to wraps or salads!
 
Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto
 
 
Ingredients:
 
Directions:
  • Blend all ingredients together in mixer/blender or food processor. 
  • Place into bowl and add 2 tbsp of Botija Olive Oil over top and allow to refrigerate overnight for best results.
 

 

South of the Border “Taco” Bowl
Inspired by the unique flavors of Mexican cuisine, this South of the Border Taco Bowl uses a Coconut Wrap as the base with protein-rich ingredients piled on top!
South of the Border "Taco" Bowl
 
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ cup Organic Corn
  • ½ cup Organic Black Beans
  • ¼ cup chopped Organic Cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped Organic Onion
  • 1 tbsp minced Organic Garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced Organic Tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped Organic Lettuce
  • 2 tbsp Organic Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Organic Serrano Chili
  • ¼ cup fresh or re-hydrated Organic Mango
  • 2 tbsp chopped Organic Scallion (garnish)
 
Directions:
  • In a medium bowl, add all ingredients together except scallions and allow to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place coconut wrap in large bowl (warmed if desired) and fill with ingredients.   
  • Add diced avocado and Crema Verde Dressing over the top. Enjoy!

 
 
Crema Verde Dressing
Inspired by Latin flavors, this crema verde dressing uses fresh cilantro, ripe avocados and creamy coconut milk to add a fresh element to any plate.
 
Crema Verde Dressing
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ Organic Avocado
  • ¼ cup Organic Cilantro
  • ½ cup Organic Coconut Milk
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
 
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender/mixer until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Refrigerate for maximum freshness!
       
 


 
 
Make lunchtime fun and simple with our delicious Coconut Wraps!
 
Sunfood Coconut Wraps

 

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Crema Verde Dressing

Inspired by Latin flavors, this crema verde dressing uses fresh cilantro, ripe avocados and creamy coconut milk to add a fresh element to any plate.

Ingredients:

  • ½ Organic Avocado
  • ¼ cup Organic Cilantro
  • ½ cup Organic Coconut Milk
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender/mixer until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Refrigerate for maximum freshness!

 

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This Superfood is Called the “Destroyer of Weakness”

Sunfood Shilajit Powder

Found Deep Within the Himalayan Mountains…
Buried in the dark, high-pressure crevices of the majestic Himalayas is an ancient superfood so powerful, you only need a half a teaspoon to feel it’s amazing effects. All of the core benefits you look for in a superfood are found in just a pinch of this potent powder.
 
 
Immune Defense
 It has “strong antioxidant activity.”1 It has been found that antioxidants are ”essential for an efficient function of the immune system.”2
 
Energy Boost
 It has been found to “mitigate the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”3
 
Mental Clarity
 It is capable of “improving cognitive disorders and [acting] as a stimulant of cognitive activity in humans.”4 and has been recognized for its potential to “prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”4
 

Heart Health

It was proven to produce a “significant reduction in LDL [bad] cholesterol,” as well as “significant improvement in HDL (good) cholesterol.”1 Researchers concluded that this suggests “cardio protective activity.1
 

Joint Health

It was found to have “significant anti-inflammatory effect” pertaining to arthritis.5
 

Love Life

 It has played a ”traditional role as an aphrodisiac” because of the way it affects the nervous system.6
 
 

 
 
In Sanskrit its name means
 
“Conqueror of Mountains” 

 “Destroyer of Weakness”

 “Rock-Invincible”

What is this incredible superfood? Raw Shilajit Powder. 

Sunfood Shilajit Powder
 
 

 
What is Shilajit?
 
Sunfood Shilajit PowderShilajit is a mineral pitch that comes from centuries old decomposed organic plant material that has been preserved by the intense pressures of high Himalayan rock layers.
 
The soft, heavy shilajit resin oozes out of the base of the Himalayan Mountains and is carefully hand-harvested and purified. The end result is a mineral-rich powder that is “very rich in fulvic acid,”4  a major organic constituent of soil that contributes to “nutrient bioavailability7 or our body’s ability to utilize the nutrients we eat.
 
Not to mention that fulvic acid is also ”known by its strong antioxidant actions.”4
 
As a decomposed plant matter, Shilajit smells and tastes extremely potent and may be unpleasant to new users. Using a serving in recipes or putting your daily intake into plant-based capsules is an excellent way to mask the taste of this wondrous super-supplement!
 
 

 
Years of Pain Gone After 3 Days
 
“I have been into health and raw and superfoods for years. I have also suffered from debilitating inflammation in my muscles and joints for the past 15 years.
 
Despite having tried almost every natural approach, the only thing that could ever bring me real relief was taking over-the-counter NSAID medication. That is until I tried Sunfood shilajit.
 
After learning that it has been used for centuries in the Ayurvedic medicinal system to help treat inflammation, among many other things, I decided to give it a try.
 
Within 3 days of taking shilajit, I experienced more pain relief and better mobility than I ever have before. I have now been taking it for 4 weeks and if I miss a day, I certainly notice the difference.
I don’t ever want to be without this product.” – Jay
 
 

 
How to Use Shilajit
Shilajit is very potent so a little goes a long way! Mix 1/8-1/4 teaspoon in water, nut milk or a smoothie. It has a strong smoky flavor that goes great with cacao!
 
Check out this dark, chocolaty, rich Smoky Shilajit Mocha recipe!
Smoky Mocha Recipe, click to view
 
 

 
 
The Sunfood Difference
Unlike other lower quality products, Sunfood Shilajit is harvested from high in the Himalayas where only the highest quality shilajit exists. It is created without the use of high heat, fillers or solvents.
 
Shilajit has been praised used throughout history, from the ancient Indian text Charaka Samhita which states, “there is no curable disease in the universe that cannot be cured by Shilajitu,” to modern-day Olympic athletes who have used shilajit to increase stamina.

Better Mood, More Energy and a Sharper Mind.

“Knowing the amazing benefits from taking shilajit, I was determined to find a way to incorporate it into my life, even though the taste was a bit strong for me.
 
So, I decided to encapsulate it and I’ve been taking it on a daily basis for the past month. Within a few days, my overall mood was more positive and my minor back pain subsided. Also my energy level and mental clarity is extremely improved.
 
I used to drink an average of three 15oz cups of coffee just to make it through the day. But now my coffee use has decreased so that I barely finish my second cup and I still feel good at the end of my day. I’m so thankful for shilajit!”  – Holly 
 
 
What can shilajit do for you and your family? Try it today!
 
Sunfood Shilajit Powder


Sources:

1 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003.
2 – “The role of antioxidant supplement in immune system, neoplastic, and neurodegenerative disorders: a point of view for an assessment of the risk/benefit profile.” Brambilla, D, The Nutrition Journal, 2008, 7:29.
3 – “Shilajit attenuates behavioral symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and mitochondrial bioenergetics in rats,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 2012.
4 – “Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity,” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 23, 2012.
5 – “Antiulcerogenic and antiinflammatory studies with shilajit,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 1990.
6 – “Parasympathomimetic effect of shilajit accounts for relaxation of rat corpus cavernosum,” Dr. H. S. Gour University, Sagar, India, 2013.
7 – “Theoretical study on fulvic acid structure, conformation and aggregation. A molecular modeling approach.” Alvarez-Puebla, RA, Science of the Total Environment Journal, Apr. 1, 2006.

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Ditch the fake stuff and get the real deal!

Liquid Extract: The Vanilla Imposter

We’ve all seen the little brown bottles of “pure” and imitation liquid vanilla extract. They smell good, and have decent flavor (if you’ve never had true vanilla, that is), but contain little to no real, pollenated vanilla beans.
 
Even worse, imitation vanilla is generally chemically synthesized from the essential oils of cloves and lignin – a byproduct used in paper manufacturing. The cheapest vanilla extract is even derived from Tonka Beans – banned in the U.S for Coumarin toxicity.
 
If you’ve ever had real ground vanilla powder, you know it’s a big step up in quality. There is NO substitute for the potent, aromatic, incredibly flavorful burst of pure, raw vanilla powder.
 
 

 

Power of the Powder

sunfood Vanilla PowderUnlike liquid extracts, our raw Vanilla Powder is made from the fruit pods (or beans) of hand-pollinated and edible vanilla orchids. The process is very unique and labor intensive – resulting in the purest, most delicious form of vanilla in the world.

And since this is a raw product made from the plant itself, with no added ingredients or processing – you also get the benefit of additional nutritional content.

Our Vanilla Powder has vitamins B1 and B2, Calcium, Magnesium, and 30% RDI of Manganese. Not only does it taste better, but it’s better for you!

 


 

Kiss the Cook (because they used real Vanilla Powder)

Chocolate Nut Ganache

When it comes to cooking and baking, this Vanilla Powder is far superior to liquid extracts. The vanilla beans are finely ground instead of suspended in alcohol and water, resulting in a flavor that is able to fully penetrate your recipes, resulting in a sensational vanilla experience!
 
It is also quite potent – a little goes a really long way. You’ll find you only need a pinch or two to bring a dish or dessert to life, and only a dash to add a delectable twist your smoothie.
 
Check out this recipe using raw Vanilla PowderChocolate Nut Ganache
 
 

 

An Aroma So Good it Brings You Back

Vanilla is without a doubt the single most intoxicating ingredient in the kitchen. As soon as the aroma is in the air, feelings of nostalgia consume us, reminding us of baking with our mother or grandma – possibly even enticing us to bake with our own children and grandchildren.
 
Whether you’re making homemade snicker-doodles, raw chocolate candies, or your very own creation, don’t you want to have the ultimate vanilla experience, instead of an imitation one?
 
 

 

The Sunfood Difference

Sunfood Vanilla PowderOur vanilla beans are sustainably grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and then hand selected and slowly ground at low temperatures to create this incredible vanilla experience. Unlike vanilla extracts or flavorings, our raw vanilla bean powder contains no alcohol, glycerin, fillers, or preservatives.
 
Our Reviews Speak for Themselves

“This vanilla powder is so delicious!! I add it to my home made almond milk and banana smoothies, vegan hot chocolate, so much better than extract!” – Caren
 
“I resisted trying the vanilla powder for a long time despite the great reviews. For some reason I was skeptical that it would have a good vanilla taste, and I hesitated over the price. However, what I discovered is that the taste is wonderful, it makes such a nice addition to smoothies, and a little goes a long way. I am definitely hooked now.” – Kristine
 
 “This product is transformative to anything you could add it into. It’s delicious, nutritious and holistically pleasing aesthetically.” – Sara
 
 “This is the best vanilla powder that I’ve been able to find. It’s straight from the vanilla bean, pure, and has no additives. It makes anything I put it in taste better. This stuff is gold”. – Nikkal
 
“You’ll never buy extract again. It is so worth the price. The vanilla flavor and smell is incredible.” – Adria

 


 

 
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Excuse Us While We Kiss The Sky… We’re In A Purple Haze!

What’s In A Color?
Considered the most powerful wavelength in the rainbow and nature’s own supernatural rarity, the color purple gives us a sense of beauty, power and longevity. Somewhere around 1900 B.C., the world’s first physical encounter with the color purple was achieved.
 
It took over 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of purple dye… barely enough for a single article of clothing. Emperors and people of power used this newfound color for their garments to symbolize their nobility and immortal existence.
 
Fast forward to modern day – the color purple still represents feelings of power, longevity and health. Instead of wearing the color purple, we’re now consuming it!
 


 
The Power of Purple
Superfoods with purple pigment contain unique flavonoids called anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants which contribute to scavenging and expelling free radicals from the body.
 
“I love to mix maqui powder with my orange juice in the morning, and it gives me extra energy for the day. It tastes great too – It’s subtly sweet with a nice depth to it.” – Lauren
 
A recent study found that “a growing body of evidence suggests anthocyanins and anthocyanidins may possess analgesic properties in addition to neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activities1.
 
Anthocyanins can be found in everyday foods but we either peel off the nutritious skin of the foods containing these anthocyanins or we are not able to consume enough of them to get the level of antioxidants we need to radically charge the body. We have a solution to that.
 
“I love adding a spoonful of this powdered acai to my smoothies. It gives them a great flavor as well as a powerful antioxidant boost, and goes well with bananas, coconut, and cashews. I love the bright, vibrant red color it gives them as well, though color has never stopped me from enjoying a tasty, healthy smoothie. I have not tried them in chocolates yet, but am looking forward to adding to a bar or truffle. I highly recommend it.” – Elizabeth
 


 
You know Acai, but have you met it’s best friend, Maqui?
Sunfood Maqui BerriesMaqui Berries and Acai are two of the world’s most antioxidant rich foods. They’re loaded with flavonoids and contain Vitamins A, C, B1, and B3—along with important minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium.
 
Acai contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, contributing to the maintenance of mental clarity and brain function, while Maqui naturally contains polyphenols which contribute to overall immune support and well-being. They’re great on their own, but even better together!
 

 
So Happy Together!
Maqui Berry Powder, Whole Maqui Berries and Acai Powder have traditionally been enjoyed individually—but we’ve found that they are super-duper-foods when combined! Double the flavor, double the benefits, and the most beautiful, deep, vibrant purple color you’ve ever eaten!
 
Sunfood Maqui Berry PowderAlong with adding them to your smoothies, try adding Maqui Berry Powder and Acai Powder to your everyday pancake mix. Your kids will be amazed at how good they taste and how fun it is  to eat purple pancakes!
 
Have you been swept into the craze for Acai bowls? Try adding whole, rehydrated Maqui Berries for a unique and delicious way to load your body with important nutrients and an additional blast of antioxidants.
 
Versatile and delicious, we promise that Maqui and Acai are going to be your new favorite culinary addition.

“Although I put this in my smoothies a lot, I like it best when I put it in my homemade lemonade. It’s like drinking pink lemonade. I love the taste!” – Claire
 


 
Be your own culinary genius! Try Maqui Berry Powder and Acai Powder together in your own creation. The possibilities are endless… and delicious!
 

 

1 – “An Examination of Anthocyanins’ and Anthocyanidins’ Affinity for Cannabinoid Receptors”. Journal of Medicinal Food 12 Korte, Gabriele; Dreiseitel, Andrea; Schreier, Peter; Oehme, Anett; Locher, Sanja; Hajak, Goeran; Sand, Philipp G. (2009).

 

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4 Simple Rules to Avoid the Dangers Lurking in Your Pantry

Do You Know What’s Hiding in Your Kitchen?

If you look in your pantry or fridge, you are likely to find some sort of additive in your groceries, hidden in the ingredients list as “natural flavor” or “preservatives.”
 
Even if you are a conscious shopper it can be very hard to avoid, so we’re sharing the 4 simple steps we take to reduce the additives in our kitchen, and in our diet.
 
Today, over 90% of Americans spend their food budget on processed foods.1
Artificial ingredients have been a threat in modern food culture for quite some time – but with the booming commercialization of processed food products and mass production, the threat is now at an all time high.
 

 
So what is the threat? Why are processed foods and additives bad?
Unlike whole foods, processed foods have been treated, stripped of nutrients or refined in some way before they are sold to the public.
 
These processes use chemicals and synthetic ingredients to change the natural behavior of your food.
 
Maybe it’s just us, but we find that pretty disturbing.
 
Almost all processed products contain additives which include:
  • Flavorings that change a food’s taste;
  • Preservatives that extend its shelf life;
  • Colorings that change the way it looks; and
  • Dietary additives such as synthetic vitamins, chemically altered minerals or fatty acid by-products.
     
 

 
What Are They?

(See image to the right: We highlighted just a few of the additives found in this “healthy” snack.)
 

Artificial sweeteners including Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, and Saccharin have been scientifically proven to be damaging to our DNA2. Beware of the term “Natural Flavors” on food packaging… these harmful ingredients are often labeled as such!

 
Artificial colors, such as Red 40 (Allura Red AC), Blue 1 (Brilliant Blue)or anything that begins with FD&C  (FD&C Blue #2, FD&C Green #3, FD&C Yellow #6, etc.) are detrimental to children’s health and have even been confirmed to trigger hyperactivity3.
 
Chemical preservatives such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Benzoate have been linked to circulatory dysfunction4.
 
Dietary Additives such as Ascorbic acid from Vitamin C is primarily derived from GMO corn starch, corn sugar, or rice starch5, while Vitamin B1 is derived from coal tar6… Yes, that’s right—a fossil fuel. D vitamins are often extracted from various animal parts7. Even scarier, chemically formulated Vitamin A comes from methanol, benzene and petroleum ethers8.
 

 
What Do We Do?!?
We know you’re already careful about what you eat—So taking a few more steps to finally kick those additive-filled foods out of your kitchen is going to be a breeze!
 
Step 1. Always read the ingredients!
Here’s our simple rule: Can’t pronounce it? Don’t eat it! If it looks like your kid’s chemistry homework, it’s probably made in a lab…
 
Fresh organic fruits, vegetables, legumes and superfoods are always the safest bet! Look for a non-GMO or certified organic logo on grocery items (pre-packed organic foods are usually free of synthetic ingredients). Also, check out your local farmers markets!
 
 

 
Step 2. Replace refined sugars with natural sweeteners.
Changing out processed white or brown sugar is an effective way to hugely reduce your additive intake! Sugar can be replaced with Coconut Palm Sugar and syrups with Yacon, Agave Nectar or Coconut Palm Nectar. Just as yummy, without any harmful effects!
 
Sunfood Coconut Palm Sugar
Sunfood Yacon Syrup
Sunfood Agave Nectar, Dark
Sunfood Coconut Palm Nectar
 
 

 
Step 3. Maintain your health with natural detoxification.
Naturally ridding the body of harmful additives and toxins is as simple as drinking a green juice, taking a few drops of Marine Phytoplankton, or adding some crunchy Chlorella into your trail mixes.
 
These green algae-based superfoods cleanse and replenish your system, gently flushing any unwanted ingredients out.
 
Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton
Sunfood Chlorella Tablets
 
 

 
Step 4. Eat functional foods to prevent sickness.
Functional foods such as Goji Berries, Golden Berries, Maqui Berry Powder, Camu Camu and Maca Root are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
 
When you consume these functional superfoods, you are fighting off free radicals and supporting your overall health!
 
Kick the additive habit out of your home for good by replacing food from a lab with food from the earth!
 
 
Sunfood Goji Berries
Sunfood Golden Berries
8oz
$12.95
Sunfood Maqui Berry Powder
Sunfood Camu Camu Powder
Sunfood Maca Powder

 
1—Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. Schlosser, E. (2002)
2— Genotoxicity testing of low-calorie sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame-K, and saccharin. Bandyopadhyay A1, Ghoshal S, Mukherjee A.(2008)
3—FDA FAC (Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee). “Overview and Evaluation of Proposed Association Between Artificial Food Colors and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and Problem Behaviors in Children.” (2011)
4— Effect of butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) on rat erythrocytes. Jayalakshmi CP, Sharma JD.(1986)
5 –Progress in manipulating ascorbic acid biosynthesis and accumulation in plants. Physiol Plant, Ishikawa T, Dowdle J, Smirnoff N (2006)
6—Determining bioavailability of food folates in a controlled intervention study. Am J Clin Nutr, Hannon-Fletcher MP (2004)
7—Vitamin D, rickets, and mainstream experts. Int J Naturopathy, Thiel R. (2003)
8—Vitamin A and Carotenoids. In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th ed. Lippincott William & Wilkins, Phil, Ross A.C. ( 2005)
 

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Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto with Coconut Wrap

This delicious, versatile pesto sauce has a mild nutty flavor with a burst of fresh basil and spicy garlic. Aromatic and zesty, this sauce can be used on anything from sandwiches and pasta to wraps or salads!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients together in mixer/blender or food processor. 
  • Place into bowl and add 2 tbsp of Botija Olive oil over top, allow to refrigerate overnight for best results.

 

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South of the Border “Taco” Bowl

South of the Border "Taco" Bowl

Inspired by the unique flavors of Mexican cuisine, this South of the Border Taco bowl uses a Coconut Wrap as the base with protein-rich ingredients piled on top! 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Organic Corn (Non-GMO !!!)
  • ½ cup Organic Black Beans
  • ¼ cup chopped organic cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped organic onion
  • 1 tbsp minced organic garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced organic tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped organic lettuce
  • 2 tbsp organic cumin
  • 1 tbsp organic serrano chili
  • ¼ cup fresh or re-hydrated organic mango
  • ½ tsp Fine Kalahari Salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped organic scallion (garnish)
  • Coconut Wraps
 

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, add all ingredients together except scallions, allow to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place coconut wrap in large bowl (warmed if desired) and fill ingredients.   
  • Add diced avocado and Crema Verde Dressing over the top. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Veggie Wrap

Packed with loads of antioxidant rich vegetables, this wrap is a great lunchtime idea! Savory, crunchy and deliciously fresh, this is sure to become a daytime favorite! 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Kale
  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Cabbage 
  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Lettuce
  • 1 Handful finely chopped Organic Cucumber
  • 1 Sm finely sliced Organic Avocado 
  • 1 Sm handful diced organic sweet onions
  • 1 Sm handful diced organic heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Botija Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • Coconut Wraps

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine kale, cabbage, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. 
  • Drizzle olive oil over combination and sprinkle salt & pepper.  
  • In a Coconut wrap, lay avocado and cucumbers throughout the middle.
  • Add vegetable mixture over, a few dollops of Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto, fold in each end and roll up, and Enjoy!

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This Little Snack is So Wild it Actually has Tiger Stripes

Not Your Average Peanut!
Did you know what America’s favorite snack-nut is? Accounting for over two-thirds of all nuts consumed in the U.S, Peanuts come in at number one!
 
From bars to sporting events and peanut butter to sweet treats, these delicious little snack-nuts are hard to ignore and impossible to put down. But there’s a secret hiding in them…
 
Mold and Aflatoxins are toxic substances found in most peanuts on the shelves today.
 
Aflatoxins are “naturally occurring fungal metabolites that have been identified as risk factors for developing liver cancer,” meaning that they are carcinogenic compounds produced by the molds found in foods.1 These molds are caused by environmental factors such as growing, processing and/or storage conditions.
 
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsOur raw, organic Wild Jungle Peanuts are naturally free of mold and aflatoxins.

This is because these unique heirloom peanuts grow wild within the Amazonian rainforests, far away from civilization where they have been a staple food of the Shuar people for hundreds of years.
 
Our Wild Jungle Peanuts are unlike standard grocery store peanuts that have been hybridized to contain higher amounts of fat and sugar.
 
They’re also more appealing to your eyes and your palate; with a rich golden color and dark brown stripes, these beautiful heirloom peanuts have a delicate flavor that’s smooth, earthy and aromatic.
 
“I love these peanuts! they are both tender and crispy, are creamier and sweeter tasting than your typical peanut, and have a slight green taste to them, like freshly pealed chickpeas or green peas. They are so much fun to snack on. I have already ordered two more large bags and plan to continue reordering, as long as they are in stock.” – Elizabeth
 

 
Peanuts & Your Health!
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsBesides being delicious and versatile, Wild Jungle Peanuts are loaded with health benefits!
 
Monounsaturated fats may assist in maintaining normal heart health, and regular consumption of these healthy fats have been “associated with reduced cardiovascular disorder.”2
 
Minerals are a crucial part of our health! With just a ¼ cup serving of our Jungle Peanuts, you consume 13% of your daily RDA of magnesium, 27% manganese, 9% zinc, 6% iron, and 10% phosphorus.
 
Not to mention the protein punch! With 29% protein by weight and all nine essential amino acids, our favorite legumes are proven to be an excellent source of your daily protein intake.
 
“Ok here is the real deal when it comes to peanuts, the way nature intended. These are “real” peanuts with “real” taste. Plus again, super healthy and rich in nutrients!” – Alan
 

 
Don’t settle for anything less than perfect! Wild Jungle Peanuts are superior in flavor and loaded with health benefits, the others can’t even compare! 
 
 
Recipe suggestion: Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai
Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai
 

 

1 – “Carcinogenic Crops: Analyzing the Effect of Aflatoxin on Global Liver Cancer Rates.” Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, June 2010.
2 – “Peanut consumption improves indices of cardiovascular disease risk in healthy adults.” Purdue University, USA, 2003.

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It’s Time to Re-think Your Gameday Snacks

It’s that Time of Year Again!
Back to school, back to sports! Whether you’re cheering for prime time superstars, or sitting on the sidelines cheering on your own star, one thing is for sure— fall sports are coming back in full force! That also means snack season is back in full force!
 
Fans and athletes alike need some nourishment during this busy time of year, but too often we are bombarded with cheap, processed convenience foods. Sure, they’re an easy “go-to” but are they the healthiest option? Probably not!
 
Entertaining football fanatics three nights a week or feeding an army of hungry miniature future NBA stars doesn’t mean you have to reach for that wholesale store bag of chips and preservative laden jar of salsa.
 
Team parties, Sunday night dinners and stadium snacks shouldn’t be the fall to your well-being. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly foods!
 

Cashews, Almonds & Peanuts… Go Nuts!
Sunfood Heirloom AlmondsEveryone’s favorite nuts! Creamy, flavorful and super versatile, cashews are perfect for on-the-go snacks, in trail mixes, or as a cheese. One of our favorite cashew-packed savory trail mixes also features cilantro-lime pistachios, almonds, olives and power wraps!
 
Almonds can be used in a variety of mixes, try toasting or dehydrating them with a sprinkle of Pink Himalayan Salt, cinnamon and paprika for a subtle kick!
 
Let’s get back to this cheese business though. Did you know you can turn cashews into cheese? Loaded with enzymes, minerals and sans-cholesterol, this is one of the best cheeses you’ll have all season. Here’s the recipe:
 
Easy Raw Cashew Cheese
 

 
Take me out to the ball game!
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsTruly an American favorite at sporting events, Peanuts are an all-around must have for the season. Enjoy them straight out of the bag, turn them into peanut butter, form a nutty trail mix, or create an Asian-inspired noodle recipe loaded with peanut flavors!
 
Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai
 

 
Trail Mix
Sunfood Berry AdventureWe did the hard part for you… Berry Adventure Trail Mix is the perfect snack food for home or out-and-about. This pre-formulated trail mixes have been approved by athletes, kids, coaches and parents—what’s not to love?
 
However… If you’re feeling creative, making your own trail mix is easy!  Check out our comprehensive guide to DIY Trail Mix!
 

Build Your Own Trail Mix
Trail Mix

 

 
Brad’s Raw Chips & Crunchy Kale

Brad’s Raw, organic, non-GMO chips & kale are a great snack by themselves or with your favorite dip! Crunch up the Kale and put it over salad, soup or even pizza (yes, pizza. It’s actually delicious…) Sweet Potato and Red Pepper chips with our Guaca-Maca-Mole or Cashew Hummus!
 

 

The Squeeze: FunOnions
The Squeeze, FUNonion RingsRemember those addictive puffy fried onion snacks? Well, our friends over at The Squeeze have taken all of that deliciousness crunchiness to create something even better… a fun-onion snack for the health conscious! No recipe needed… this little box of flavor should be enjoyed just as it is. Perfect. 
 

 
Don’t compromise this season! Keep your athletes and your fans happy & healthy with our favorite game-time snacks! 

 

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7 Ways To Boost Your Mood… Naturally!

Here Are 7 Ways To Boost Your Mood… Naturally!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don’t want to be in a good mood? Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is part of life, but it doesn’t have to last. Simple activities like meditation, going for a walk or jamming out to your favorite song can all help relieve a sour mood.
 
Often times we turn to “comfort” food to put a smile on our face, but we all know that classic comfort dishes are not always the best thing for our health. Here are our Top 7 whole comfort foods that can kick that bad mood to the curb and make you feel great!
 

 
1. Chocolate

Sunfood Cacao PowderIn its purest form, Raw Cacao naturally contains mood enhancing chemicals like Anandamide – taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, meaning joy, bliss or delight. No wonder we feel amazing after a good chocolate indulgence!
 
You’ll want to stick with raw, unadulterated cacao though – popular candy bars and truffles contain a lot of refined sugars and additives that do more harm than good.
 
It’s actually super easy to make your own chocolate, check it out here: Simple Delicious Chocolate. Raw, dark, chocolate bliss is only a few minutes away!
 

 
2. Vitamin C

Sunfood Goji BerriesYou know it’s good for your immune system… but did you know that Vitamin C also has a positive effect on your brain? This powerful antioxidant has been shown to decrease depressive symptoms by helping the body stop the buildup of free radicals and quickly recover from stress1. Impressive, right?
 
All you need is a handful of Goji Berries, or add a teaspoon of Camu Camu Powder into your smoothie to get that C boost you need!
 

 
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Sunfood Chia SeedsBy now you have heard that you need Omega-3 fatty acids for a balanced diet, but you also need them for a balanced happy brain.
 
EPA and DHA are two crucial omega-3 fats that can actually help battle depression. These little mood-fighters go into the brain and help promote proper functioning of the neurotransmitters which regulate your mood2.
 
Getting your daily dose of Omega-3’s is simple! Add a serving of Sacha Inchi Protein Powder to your favorite smoothie, throw some Chia Seeds on top of that salad or try this delicious hemp milk latte!
 

 
4. Aromatherapy

Sunfood MSM Lotion, Coconut RoseIf you’ve ever had a relaxing massage, or light candles and incense after a long day– you know that the effects of certain smells can do the body good. This is called aromatherapy.
 
The scent of Lavender has been shown to decrease feelings of sadness or depression and increase relaxation,3 while Ylang Ylang has been found to significantly increase calmness4.
 
Other popular aromas such as rose, vanilla and coconut also promote feelings of happiness and calmness.
 
Your ticket to relaxation doesn’t have to be a trip to the masseuse. Try using Lavender MSM Lotion on the bottom of your feet for a mini massage after a long day, Ylang Ylang and Orange MSM Lotion throughout the workday or Berry Vanilla MSM lotion after your bath/shower!
 

 
5. Tea

Sunfood Herbal Tea, Pau d'ArcoSometimes you just need a good cup of tea to reset your mood. Tea is generally made of powerful herbs that can help an array of issues with our minds and bodies.
 
Early medicine has suggested that Pau D’Arco attracts alpha rays, which give human cells a positive electrical charge – promoting feelings of happiness, clarity and positivity.
 
Cat’s Claw is known to relax soreness or tightness in the body, and when combined with vanilla can be extremely therapeutic.
 
Tea can be enjoyed at any time of day! Here at Sunfood HQ, we love to indulge in our aromatic Tea-licious herbal blend… mmmm!  
 

 
6. Honey

WeeBee HoneySweet, sticky, delicious honey! Other than being far better for you than refined sugars, honey contains kaempferol and quercetin, which are phytochemicals that have the ability to prevent depression and keep your brain healthy5!
 
Combined, these precious neuro-heroes reduce inflammation in the brain, promoting clear thinking and happy thoughts!
 
Did you know that honey can replace refined sugar in most recipes? In fact, you don’t even have to use as much! It can also be used with savory ingredients to create a delicious snack experience!
 

 
7. Antioxidants

Sunfood Maqui Berry PowderWe already covered vitamins and well known phytochemicals, but let’s talk about another group of antioxidants… flavonoids. This group of powerful compounds has been scientifically proven to have memory and mood enhancing properties.
 
You see, cumulative damage from free radicals occurs throughout the body but is especially present in memory decline, slowing of body movements and the fatigue, irritability, and mood disturbance that mark depression6. Flavonoids kick these free radicals to the curb!
 
Want a colorful, flavonoid-packed boost to your daily regimen? Maqui Berries pack a punch and turn everything purple! Plus they’re delicious! Try whole berries or powder! For super-immunity anytime, add a pinch of Goji Berry Powder to smoothies, juices or hot water!
 

 
Don’t let your bad mood get the best of you! Try one of our favorite feel-good snacks and get back to yourself in no time!
 

 

1—Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide: Stress, University of Maryland Medical Center, Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD; July 2012
2—Omega-3 DHA and EPA for cognition, behavior, and mood: clinical findings and structural-functional synergies with cell membrane phospholipids. Kidd.PM; 2007
3—Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. Diego MA1, Jones NA, Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C, McAdam V, Galamaga R, Galamaga ; 1998
4—Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang. Moss M, Hewitt S, Moss L, Wesnes K; 2008
5— Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Flavonoids: Genistein, Kaempferol, Quercetin, and Daidzein Inhibit STAT-1 and NF-κB Activations, Whereas Flavone, Isorhamnetin, Naringenin, and Pelargonidin Inhibit only NF-κB Activation along with Their Inhibitory Effect on iNOS Expression and NO Production in Activated Macrophages Mari Hämäläinen Riina Niemine Pia Vuorela Marina Heinonen Eeva Moilanen; 2007
6—The impact of fruit flavonoids on memory and cognition, British Journal of Nutrition, 104 Spencer, J.P; 2010

 

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How Could We Possibly Love Chocolate More Than We Already Do?!

This Superfood Might Surprise You!

CacaoDid you know that chocolate is actually a health food? We’re not talking about sugary candy bars here. The secret to chocolate’s incredible health benefits are unlocked when it is eaten in its raw, unadulterated state.
 
The edible seed of a tropical South American fruit tree, cacao is known to have “antioxidant activity [which is] involved in immune responses.1 Cacao is also bursting with magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, and copper. Scientifically known as Theobroma Cacao, or “Food of the Gods,” this ancient superfood has been revered for centuries by Aztec and Maya cultures.
 

 
Ever Wonder Why Chocolate Makes You Feel So Good?
Eating ChocolateIf you’ve ever eaten a piece of chocolate and felt supercharged, then you know what we’re talking about here. The extraordinary bean from which our beloved chocolate comes contains theobromine, a stimulant that does not affect the nervous system the way caffeine does (think: energy spike!).
 
Instead, theobromine is known to create a slow release of energy throughout the day. What’s more, researchers have suggested that “chocolate consumption may benefit cardiovascular health…[considering theobromine] as a useful, specific biomarker for chocolate consumption.”2
 
As if a boost of energy wasn’t enough, cacao is loaded with substances that stimulate feelings of happiness such as anandamide, a neurotransmitter which makes you feel good while blocking feelings of pain and depression.
 
Cacao also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the pleasure chemical found in the brains of people in love—that’s why chocolate and romance go together so often!
 

 
The Healthiest Way to Eat Chocolate
Our cacao is raw, organic, non-GMO and gluten free. We start with only the finest variety of certified organic heirloom cacao beans; process them without chemicals and solvents at low temperatures in order to preserve the delicate nutrients and true, natural taste of raw cacao.
 
Check out this amazing Cocolate Nut Ganache recipe using Cacao Powder
Chocolate Nut Ganache

 
Here’s a breakdown of all of our forms of cacao… 

Sunfood Cacao BeansCacao Beans: The least processed form of cacao available, cacao beans are simply picked, cleaned, and dried through a low temperature technique to preserve the delicate nutrients and rich flavors of raw cacao. We love them dipped in raw honey!
 

“These cacao beans are extraordinary!! I love how delicious they are and how little I need to satisfy my chocaholic cravings! And that it’s organic and healthy… Wow, I love them!!!!” – Judi
 


 
Sunfood Cacao NibsCacao Nibs: Simply pure cacao beans ground into small pieces. Add to trail mixes and smoothies, sprinkle on yogurt or desserts, or eat them out of the bag.
 
“I dip my banana in a tiny bowl of these in the morning, yum! Super-charged!” Mary
 

 
Sunfood Cacao PasteCacao Paste: Prepared by slowly grinding cacao nibs at low temperature to yield a rich paste that is then cooled and dried to form chocolaty chunks—excellent for making homemade chocolate.
 
“I shave it off and put it on desserts, or melt it into candy.  Super easy and super delicious.  It doesn’t really need sweetener, it’s that good!” – Kristy
 

 
Sunfood Cacao Paste, TemperedCacao Paste, Tempered: The temperature of this paste is carefully controlled to ensure uniform crystallization of the fats, which creates noticeable change in snap, sheen, color, smell and taste. The result is a smooth, dark, and rich chocolate that comes in fun shapes and sizes that you can eat straight out of the bag.

“Cacao paste is usually a bit crumbly for my taste, but this one is so smooth, I just eat it as is! What lovely texture and the taste is awesome too!” – Rawgal5
 

 
Sunfood Cacao ButterCacao Butter: Simply the pure oil extracted from the cacao at low temperature to protect delicate enzymes and nutrients. Use for chocolate recipes or to moisturize your skin.
 

“This is the finest Cacao I have ever seen, smelled, or tasted. It is truly magnificent. I have been making raw chocolate bars with it and they are delicious. Thank you Sunfood!!!” – Matt O

 

 
Sunfood Cacao PowderCacao Powder: Once the cacao butter is extracted to reduce the fat content of the cacao, the result is ground down to create a fine, richly flavored, easy-to-use powder that’s perfect for smoothies or chocolate drinks.
 
“I put this in my superfood smoothie every morning and have noticed a huge difference! My energy and mood have really improved. I can’t imagine starting my day without it.” – Nikki
 

 
Satisfy your chocolate cravings in the healthiest way possible!
 
Sources:
1 – “Polyphenols in chocolate, which have antioxidant activity, modulate immune functions in humans in vitro.” St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan, 1997.
2 - Chocolate Consumption in Pregnancy and Reduced Likelihood of Preeclampsia.” Elizabeth W. Triche, Yale University, 2009
 
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Skip the Shake: 3 Delicious Protein Snack Recipes

Not Another Protein Shake…
Getting enough protein into your diet can be difficult with a plant-based lifestyle, so many of us look to protein powders and supplements for support.
 
Sugar-filled, processed snack-bars and drinks are convenient, but not very healthy options. It’s better to drink homemade protein shakes but that can get boring and monotonous day after day.
 
Have you ever wondered what else you can do with your protein powder?
 

Sunfood Protein PowdersWe decided to get creative in the Sunfood kitchen and mix up our protein game with some easy-to-make, pack-able and snack-able recipes that all have a boost of protein!

 
*Note: We were using our ultra-high quality Natural, Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Powders for these recipes; other types of protein powders may not have the same results.
 

 
Berry Crunchy Protein Bars (Makes 8-10 bars with 6-8g of protein each)
 
Berry Crunchy Protein Bars

These yummy protein bars are packed with organic Goji Berries, Pumpkin Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Cashews & Almonds, as well as whole grain oats, Flax Seeds and nut butter; enriched with Natural Protein Powder, sweetened with Agave and a hint of Pink Himalayan Salt.

Chock full of protein, great for kid’s school lunches or for a mid-day snack!
 


 

Great Balls of Protein (Makes ~10 balls with 3-4g of protein each)
 

Great Balls of Protein
Don’t let these sweet chocolaty treats fool you – they are super healthy! Kadrawhy Dates, Cacao Powder, Cashews and Agave Nectar create unbelievably yummy “dough” while Chocolate Protein Powder adds a power-punch!

Great for on-the-go mornings, post-workout snack or for a guilt-free afternoon indulgence!
 


 

Super Chocolate Power Cookies (Makes ~12 cookies with 3-4g protein each)
 

Super Chocolate Power Cookies
Disclaimer: These are some of the best cookies you’ve ever tasted. (Seriously, they’re YUM.) Chocolate Protein Powder, Organic Banana, Coconut Oil, Almonds, Cinnamon, Cacao Butter & Paste, Cacao Powder and Coconut Palm Sugar are the primary ingredients for these protein packed chocolate cookies.

Kids love them, adults crave them – plus they can be baked, dehydrated or enjoyed by the spoonful straight out of the mixer.

Vegan and amazing, these cookies are sure to be a hit in your home!

 

 
How Much Protein Do I Really Need?
Sunfood Natural Protein Powder
It’s important to note that in terms of adulthood, RDIs are pretty basic and do not take into account activity levels, as well as the fact that some people feel better on more protein than others.

Men and women are generally recommended to take in between 46g – 57g for women between the ages of 19 -70 and 64g – 81g for men of the same age group.

Let’s not forget about our breastfeeding mothers with an RDI of 63 – 67g and expecting moms, who require up to 60g of protein per day! New or expecting mothers have an increased protein RDI in order to support their new motherly changes and fetal growth.

Children between the ages of 4-8 are recommended to consume 20g of protein per day while growing teens are advised to consume between 35g – 65g per day depending on their weight, height and age.

In these vital adolescent years, protein intake is increased to assist growth spurts, increase energy and fully support a growing body.
 

Ensure that you and your family receive the appropriate protein intake with these amazing recipes from our Superfood kitchen to yours!

 

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Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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