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No-Bake Thin Mint Protein Cookies

No Bake Thin Mint Protein Cookies
 
Check out this recipe from one of our Superheroes, Charmaine San Pedro at Not Another Model Blog!
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Sun is Shining
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Maca Powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup & 2 teaspoons of unsweetened Carob Powder (You can use raw Cacao Powder but you’ll need to adjust the sweetener because carob is naturally sweeter than cacao) or you can do half carob and half cacao too!
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (no alcohol)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Liquid Stevia or 1 tbsp of xylitol (adjust to your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 8-9 tablespoon of organic cold pressed virgin Coconut Oil
 
Directions
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well.
 
  • Scoop onto parchment paper or cookie sheet and shape into balls then flatten into cookie shapes. 
 
  • If the mixture is too wet to hold, chill for a few minutes in the fridge or add  a little bit more protein or carob powder (not too much!). You want the dough to be hard to touch so they’re edible.
 
  • Keep refrigerated or store in freezer. Enjoy!
 
No-Bake Protein Thin Mint Cookies
 
No-Bake Protein Thin Mint Cookies
 
Original Recipe by Charmaine San Pedro at Not Another Model Blog
 
 
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Your Ticket to Peace is Just a Few Moments Away

Your Ticket to Peace is Just a Few Moments Away
Do you ever feel trapped at work? Perhaps that big project with tomorrow’s deadline has slipped away from you, or you’ve lost yourself in a problem that seems to have no solution. Maybe you have become at odds with your desk space, or you’ve picked a battle with technology today. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
 
All it takes to re-channel your mind is a little reflection, a bit of you-time to get your thoughts back on track. When is the last time you closed your eyes and allowed yourself to float away from your physical work space and into your own world? Here are five of our favorite ways to break free of the cubicle claustrophobia and back into your personal space.
 

 
1. Don’t Forget To Breathe
Breathing is the quintessential element of any kind of meditation. When you learn to control your breath, you gain control of your whole self – body, mind and soul. Have you ever noticed your breath when you’re stressed out? It tends to be short, shallow, and restricted to your chest. Compare this to when you’re relaxed; your breath will be long and deep, reaching down into your belly.

Breathing, although necessary for life, is actually a learned trait. We get so wrapped up in our days and in our lives that we often don’t notice our breathing sequence. When is the last time you took the time to notice your breathing? With just a few simple steps, you can regain your mind and take control of your busy day – just breathe!

  • Sitting in your office chair or even in a Lotus pose (cross legged) on the floor, close your eyes or choose a single point far enough away that you can focus your eyes on it in a relaxed manner.
  • Allow all your outward thoughts to slowly fade away as you focus on your breathing.
  • Take slow, deep breaths while allowing your lungs to fill from your navel to your diaphragm.
  • Hold each breath for a moment before exhaling completely, pulling in your navel to squeeze out the last of the air.
 
Do this cycle 10-15 times for a completely refreshed mind.
 

 
2. Get Up and Move Your Body
Most of us sit in a chair for most of the day, so why would we want to spend more time than required in office confinement? The art of meditation is that you can do it anywhere, anytime for as long or short as you desire. So get up!

Go for a short walk outside and be mindful of your breathing. Move your limbs that stay cramped behind a desk all day; stretch your arms, legs, and back; bring yourself back to the present moment – back to your body.

 
If you’re truly strapped for time, do some head and shoulder rolls in the comfort of your chair. These rolls limber up your joints and help relieve deep stressor built up tension.
 
  • Gently roll your head from side to side, without making a full circle for 4-6 complete movements.
  • At your final movement, make a full, exhilarating circle once in both directions.
  • Make sure to keep your focus on your breath.
  • Roll your shoulders backwards for a full 4-6 movements, then reverse.
 
Acknowledge your stress and let it go with each exhale!
 

 
3. Honor Yourself Through Guided Meditation
Guided meditations are a wonderful way to balance your day, dissolve stress and give yourself a little bit of self-love during a hectic workflow. If you are new to personal meditation, this is a great way to escape the office, without ever actually leaving!

Some of our favorite lunchtime meditations are just under 15 minutes and leave you feeling revived, energized, peaceful and ready to take on the rest of your day. San Diego based wellness center, The Chopra Center has an abundant selection of guided meditations, find one that works for you!

 

 
4. Find Your Perfect Soundtrack and Daydream
Music has been used as a form of therapy for centuries – physical and psychological health have been shown to vastly improve after sessions of musical therapy in both professional and personal circumstances.

The American Music Therapy Association has found that music positively promotes wellness, assists in managing stress, expressing feelings, improving communication and enhancing memory.

Turn your phone on silent, turn your computer monitors off and remove yourself from the fast paced world of social technology. It’s not going anywhere without you. For 3-5 minutes, allow yourself to slowly drift into your happy place. The beach, the mountains, at home with kids or your favorite vacation spot—wherever it is that your heart values, put yourself there. The marriage of your breath and a relaxing song is the cheapest ticket to happiness you’ll ever find!

 

 
5. Do A Body Scan
One of the oldest meditative practices, a body scan, is a great way to tap into your body and mentally “clock out” for a few short minutes during the day. Eyes can remain open or closed for this routine, whatever is most comfortable for you!

Relax and take in a few deep cleansing breaths. With your undivided attention towards your feet, feel out the sensations that live there. Wiggle your toes to acknowledge those sensations. Spend a full minute focusing on your feet, toes, ankles… and any feelings that exist there.

Breathe deeply into them and with an exhale – let go of the tension. It’s normal for the mind to try and drift off into other thoughts or emotions during this time, simply take note of them, and then go back to the feet.

Repeat this process moving up the body, from the calves, knees and thighs to the groin, bottom and belly, up through the chest, shoulders and head. Acknowledge your hardworking arms, hands and fingers. For the sake of time, pick two or three spots that require your attention and spend a little time focusing on the sensations that live there.
 

Check out some of these therapeutic office must-haves for the days that need a little bit more you-time
 

 

 
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Get Clean Without the Chemicals; New Plant-Based Hair and Skin Cleansers

Plant-Based Hair and Skin Cleansers

 
Get Clean Without the Chemicals
 
Sunfood Shampoo, Conditioner and Body WashIntroducing Plant-based Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash – free of chemicals, toxins, synthetic fragrances, parabens, petroleum, preservatives, propylene glycol, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate).  Completely plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO, your hair and skin will be left vibrant, clean and protected!
 

 

Just What Are Those Nasty Chemicals, Anyway?

Here’s the truth about what’s in most popular body care products—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 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.4 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.”


 
Powerful Plants
Our new, luxurious, lightweight shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are a unique blend of 100% plant-based ingredients and essential botanicals formulated to naturally cleanse and nourish the hair and skin. Powerful fruit enzymes and positive microorganisms preserve the body’s natural oils and stimulate circulation. Gentle, effective cleansing is achieved without the use of harsh chemicals or antibacterials, resulting in lustrous, buoyant hair, and fresh, rejuvenated skin. Vegan, sustainably sourced and pH balanced, these products work harmoniously with your body and the Earth.

 
Complete Ingredients List

Sunfood Natural ShampooShampoo
Natural Pineapple Enzyme, Makrut  Lime, Wild Crafted Soap Nut, Wild Crafted Dillenia Indica, Wild Crafted Indian Laurel Leaf, Coconut, Jasmine Rice & Effective Microorganisms (Lactobacillus casei, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

 

Sunfood Natural ConditionerConditioner
Natural Pineapple Enzyme, Makrut Lime, Wild Crafted Indian Laurel Leaf, Wild Crafted Dillenia Indica, Thanaka, Wild Crafted Soap Nut, Coc onut, Jasmine Rice & Effective Microorganisms (Lactobacillus casei, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
 

 

Sunfood Natural Body WashBody Wash
Natural Pineapple Enzyme, Wild Crafted Amala Fruit, Lime, Makrut Lime, Wild Crafted Soap Nut, Dillenia Indica, Wild Crafted Indian Laurel Leaf, Coconut, Jasmine Rice & Effective Microorganisms (Lactobacillus casei, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

 

Ditch the chemicals and treat your hair and skin to natural, plant-based cleansing with our brand new Plant-based Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash!
 
 

 

 
 
 
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We Stopped Buying Smoothies and You Should Too…

Sunfood Superfood Smoothie MIx

We know that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always convenient. It takes hard work, dedication, and a strong will to make nutrition and good health a part of your life. One of our favorite ways to get extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients into our diet is with smoothies; however, it can be time consuming to make your own, and confusing to buy one and know if what you’re drinking is actually healthy.
 
There are tons of so-called “nutritious” smoothies and shakes available in grocery stores and smoothie bars, but those are mostly filled with sugar and hidden calories (see comparison below). We’ve always preferred making our own smoothies at home, but that requires more time and effort. Well, it used to at least. We’ve just made it incredibly easy.
Sunfood Superfood Smoothie Mix
Can we get a drumroll?
 
Please welcome the newest member of the Sunfood family: our Superfood Smoothie Mix! With 16 servings in each bag, it will make your mornings amazing!
 
Made with 13 organic and sustainable superfoods, our non-GMO, raw, vegan, and gluten-free mix is a perfectly proportioned blend of essential, nutritious, and delicious superfoods – a supercharge to jumpstart your day!
 

All you have to do is blend one or two scoops with 8-16oz of water (or your favorite milk or juice) and you’re good to go!

Plus, this products ships for FREE*!
 
 

 
Let’s see what’s really in some of those popular smoothies:

If you spend 5 minutes each morning making yourself a smoothie, you’ll feel the effects throughout the day – your body will be happier, healthier, more energized and ready for anything! Who doesn’t have 5 minutes to spare for that!
 
This delicious combination of our very own organic or sustainable superfoods brings you an easy, convenient, fast, and cost effective way to get you everything you need in one smoothie, and nothing you don’t! Just throw it in the blender with some water, coconut milk, or juice, and you’re off!

 


 
The Superfood Breakdown
Here are the superfoods inside this amazing smoothie mix:
 

 


 
The Benefits
Energizing: More nutrition = a boost of energy for you! Are you ready to feel supercharged all day long?
 
Delicious & Nutritious: We know that some smoothies out there taste good, but are filled with sugar and additives. Not only is our Superfood Smoothie Mix healthy and made from organic, raw, and sustainable superfoods, it tastes amazing! Your whole family will love it (kids, too)!
 
Easy and Convenient: Simply blend a scoop or two with your favorite healthy base and a piece of fruit for an incredibly nutritious start to your day!
 
Cost-effective: One scoop gives you 32 servings – more than a month’s supply – which breaks down to $1.87 per smoothie! Compare to your local smoothie cafe, juice bar, or store-bought pre-made smoothies, which all have lower quality ingredients, fillers, and preservatives – at a higher price.
 
Protein: highly absorbable, includes all nine essential amino acids, gives you long-lasting energy
 
Vitamin A: contributes to vision function and is also “required for normal functioning of the immune system.”1
 
Vitamin C: acts as a “potent antioxidant” that “affects several components of the human immune system.” 1
 
Calcium: plays a vital role “in maintaining a healthy skeleton” as well as “muscle contraction and the secretion of hormones.” 1
 
Iron: supports “normal red blood cell formation” and is “critical for several immune functions.” 1
 

 
Tasty Suggestions
Sunfood Superfood Smoothie MixFor the super fast and easy version, simply blend 1-2 scoops with 8-16oz water or milk of your choice. We especially love using coconut water or almond milk.
 
Take it to the next level and blend with fresh or frozen fruit, such as a banana or berries, yum! For a cool summer treat, add ice. Enjoy!
 
Made with organic, raw and sustainable ingredients, our non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and kosher Superfood Smoothie Mix is the all-in-one solution to supercharge your day. Now you can have an easy, convenient, fast, and cost effective way to get all the superfoods you need in one bag! 
 
Sunfood Superfood Smoothie Mix
 

Sources:
1 - Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute, Micronutrient Information Center

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Build Your Own Trail Mix!!

 
45 SunPoints = $1.00 off future purchases! The savings add up quick!

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You are unique, one of a kind – an individual! So why should you have the same trail mix as everyone else? Shake it up with some fun ingredients that are healthy, delicious and loved by all ages. Salty, crunchy, sweet or earthy – the possibilities are endless!

Mix any of these ingredients with honey, oats or nut butterand turn your trail mix into a snack bar! Perfect for back to school lunches.

Sunfood Brazil NutsBrazil Nuts The large, crescent moon shaped nuts of the Brazil nut tree are widely known for their rich selenium content, which may support a healthy immune system. They also have calcium, manganese, copper and iron, as well as vitamins B1 and E.
 
Cashews Cashews  have long been revered for their irresistible taste and energizing nutrients including protein and healthy fats. Beyond being rich in magnesium, which may contribute to healthy immune function and normal bone health, cashews are a good source of zinc, iron and vitamin K.
 
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsJungle Peanuts Wild jungle peanuts are an heirloom peanut variety that have the most pure, rich peanut flavor you can experience. A good source of magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, these wild jungle peanuts also contain all nine essential amino acids making them a source of complete protein.
 
Almonds Our raw heirloom almonds are rich in vitamin E and have B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and iron, as well as protein, fiber and healthy fats. They’re delicious and good for you, too!
 
Sunfood Goji BerriesGoji Berries Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are one of the most nutritionally-rich fruits on the planet. Goji Berries are good source of potassium, iron, and selenium, they also have B vitamins, calcium, zinc, fiber, protein and resemble a flavor combination of cherries & cranberries.
 
Golden Berries A nutritional powerhouse, golden berries are rich in fiber and vitamin A which may contribute to healthy immunity, vision and bone health. A good source of vitamin C, they also have iron and protein. Golden berries have a mouth-watering, tangy sweetness that you’ll love and kids will too!
 
Sunfood Mango SlicesMangos Delicious and nutritious, mangos bring you vitamin C, which may act as an antioxidant to contribute to healthy immunity. They also have vitamin A, calcium, iron and fiber. Mangos are a healthy, sweet snack you can enjoy anytime!
 
Red Flame Raisins Naturally sweet and juicy, our Red Flame Raisins are bursting with flavor. Not only are they delicious; they’re good for you, too. Red Flame Raisins have calcium, which may assist in supporting strong bones, as well as iron, protein and fiber.
 
Sunfood Cacao NibsCacao Nibs Loaded with minerals such as magnesium which may contribute to normal bone health and healthy immune function, cacao is also high in copper and manganese. This amazing food has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Maya.
 
Apricots These special apricots are a main staple of the Hunza people’s diet, playing an essential role in the vibrant health and longevity that they enjoy. Sweet and delicious, Hunza Apricots are also a good source of vitamin A and have vitamin C and iron.
 
Sunfood Chlorella TabletsChlorella Chlorella is an incredible, multi-faceted superfood that is made up of 66% protein and boasts an array of nutrients including vitamin A and iron. A potent superfood, chlorella is a great way to introduce detoxifying, alkalizing foods into your diet.
 
Deglet Noor Dates , Kadrawhy Dates & Zahidi Dates Considered a near ideal food, dates offer an amazing range of essential nutrients and health benefits! An excellent source of vitamins, dietary potassium and dietary fiber, dates are a great natural energy food due to their balance of natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and carbohydrates.
 
Sunfood Mission FigsMission Figs & Turkish Figs Not only are these special figs plump and delicious, they’re good for you, too. Full of minerals, they’re a good source of calcium which may assist in supporting strong bones. They also have potassium and iron, and are high in fiber as well.
 
Maqui Berries The rich, purple pigment of this amazing fruit indicates the presence of antioxidants known as anthocyanins and polyphenols. Maqui berries also have calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A, C, B1 and B3.
 
Pineapple A healthful fruit that has vitamin A and potassium, Pineapples are an excellent snack to enjoy at any time of day, from breakfast to dessert.
 

Sunfood Brazil Nuts
Sunfood
Brazil Nuts
1lb

Earn 48 SunPoints
$13.95
Sunfood Whole Cashews
Sunfood
Cashews
8oz

Earn 42 SunPoints
$10.95
Sunfood Jungle Peanuts
Sunfood
Jungle Peanuts
8oz

Earn 30 SunPoints
$7.95
Sunfood Almonds
Sunfood
Almonds
8oz

Earn 18 SunPoints
$7.99
Sunfood Goji Berries
Sunfood
Goji Berries
8oz

Earn 54 SunPoints
$13.95
Sunfood Golden Berries
Sunfood
Golden Berries
8oz

Earn 54 SunPoints
$13.95
Sunfood Whole Maqui Berries
Sunfood
Maqui Berries, Whole
4oz

Earn 66 SunPoints
$17.95
Sunfood Mango Slices
Sunfood
Mangos
8oz

Earn 48 SunPoints
$12.95
Sunfood Raisins, Red Flame
Sunfood
Raisins, Red Flame
2lb

Earn 30 SunPoints
$10.95
Sunfood Cacao Nibs
Sunfood
Cacao Nibs
8oz

Earn 42 SunPoints
$9.95
Sunfood Hunza Apricots
Sunfood
Hunza Apricots
2lb

Earn 66 SunPoints
$28.95
Sunfood Chlorella Tablets
Sunfood
Chlorella Tablets
4oz

Earn 114 SunPoints
$22.95
Sunfood Figs, Mission
Sunfood
Figs, Mission
2lb

Earn 42 SunPoints
$15.50
Sunfood Figs, Turkish
Sunfood
Figs, Turkish
2lb

Earn 66 SunPoints
$22.95
Sunfood Pineapple
Sunfood
Pineapple
1lb

Earn 60 SunPoints
$17.95
Sunfood Dates, Deglet Noor
Sunfood
Dates, Deglet Noor
12oz

Earn 24 SunPoints
$7.55
Sunfood Dates, Zahidi
Sunfood
Dates, Zahidi
12oz

Earn 24 SunPoints
$7.55

 


Not feeling creative? It’s okay; we’ve already blended the perfect mix for you! Berry Adventure & Mango Macadamia Adventure are our signature house blends, perfect for on-the-go!

 

Sunfood Berry Adventure
Sunfood
Berry Adventure
8oz

Earn 48 SunPoints
$12.75
Sunfood Mango Macadamia Adventure
Sunfood
Mango Macadamia
Adventure
8oz

Earn 60 SunPoints
$14.25

 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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We Love Touching Our Boobs! And You Should Too…

Boobies, bust, bosom, chest, nipples! Yes, we’re talking about breasts! Hold on, don’t get mad at us – we’re not trying to be naughty here… 
 
Do You Love Your Breasts?
Let’s talk about breasts from a woman’s perspective; do you love yours? In both the physical and spiritual sense, there is a lot to gain from self-love and caring for your breasts.
Firstly, on a physical level, there is the incredible, detoxifying power of the lymph nodes located in the breasts. Secondly, there is the holistic significance of loving yourself and your breasts.
 
You can help your body detoxify and work on loving yourself with one simple act: Lymphatic self-massage, optimally aided by one of our favorite new products.
 

 
Yes, Touch Yourself!
Self breast massage has many physical benefits, including reducing tenderness, breast pain, inflammation, lumps, cysts, and fibrocystic breast tissue. Self massage is also a primary method for stimulating your lymph nodes – it’s a highly beneficial practice for proper detoxification.

The main function of the lymph system is to isolate toxins and filter them out of the body. Because lymph fluid moves slowly, inactivity can seriously restrict its flow. Muscle contraction (as in the diaphragm with deep breathing), and manual manipulation (as in massage), are the primary means for our lymph to circulate and drain from the body. The more you can do to assist your body in important tasks, the better it will perform. 

There are also great benefits to be achieved spiritually and mentally from self massage. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and too often we criticize ourselves or wish we were different somehow. Loving ourselves just as we are is as much a part of being healthy as nutrition and exercise. Massage can be relaxing, relieve stress, create body awareness, and bring you more in tune with yourself. It’s a simple practice that can have a big impact on your health and well-being. 

To gain the most from our self massages, we’ve been using an amazing new oil, specifically created to optimize breast health.
 

 
The Ultimate Self-Care: Healthy Girls Breast Oil
Healthy Girls Breast Oil is made of eight therapeutic oils grown with the highest standards of purity and sustainability. With a heavenly scent and light, non-greasy feel, it is the ultimate for breast health and loving self-care through lymphatic self-massage.

Each oil in Healthy Girls Breast Oil has a specific purpose to work synergistically to improve breast health:

Jojoba – Most like the oil in your skin, jojoba has anti-inflammatory properties. Suitable for all skin types, it unclogs pores, stimulates blood circulation and skin elasticity, and helps heal scars.
 
Lemon – With an invigorating scent, lemon is high in the nutrient d-limonene, improves the immune system, and helps with cellulite and lymphatic cleansing.
 
Sweet Orange – Also rich in d-limonene, orange has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth. It improves the immune system, promotes tissue repair and has an uplifting aroma to reduce depression.
 
Lavender – This restorative, relaxing oil is used for holistic balancing. It aids in relaxing the nerves, relieving headaches, reducing high blood pressure, and improving skin conditions.
 
Geranium – Opening up the liver to discharge toxins, geranium balances skin, circulatory and emotional conditions by helping regenerate tissue and nerves.
 
Frankincense – Helping to strengthen the immune system, frankincense wards off infection and oxygenates cells.
 
Nerolina – This soothing, softening oil helps to balance and detoxify as an antibacterial and antifungal.
 
Marjoram – Known in folklore as “Joy of the Mountains,” marjoram aids to warm the body and ease congestion in tissues which can be a cause of pain. It is calming, relaxing and known to increase longevity.
 
Rose Demascena – Beautiful for the skin, this oil brings a feeling of well-being and unconditional love to the body. It also aids in circulation and emotional balance.
 

 
Healthy Girls Breast Oil came to be through an amazing story of rebirth after breast cancer.
Healthy Girls Breast OilFor six years, Joyce Sobotta watched her younger sister struggle with breast cancer. After she passed away, Joyce decided to dedicate her life to educating women about breast health. Her idea came to life in the form of Healthy Girls Breast Oil
 

What Practitioners Are Saying…
“I am a NUCCA doctor in Ames, Iowa, and have been offering Healthy Girls Breast Oil to my patients, and they love it. I feel confident recommending it to patients because I know it’s safe and effective.”– Barbara, DC
 
“It feels wonderful to do the breast self massage, love the aroma, no greasy feeling and I know I’m giving a fabulous treatment to my breasts.” – Sharon, CMT
 
What Women Are Saying…
“I love the scent and how it makes me feel as I apply it to my breasts and under arms in the morning after my shower, and in the evening before I go to bed. I believe it helps me into a relaxing sleep. During the day I sometimes use it on my neck to bring calmness and contentment.  - Joyceelove 

Healthy Girls is a wonderful product! It’s silky smooth with a great aroma!” – Nanz

Using Healthy Girls Breast Oil for lymphatic massage will not just aid in detoxification, it will focus loving energy on your breasts, instead of fear or lack of acceptance.

“To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.” – Albert Schweitzer 

Increase self-awareness with loving lymphatic self massage. One bottle of Healthy Girls Breast Oil helps to balance and detoxify, as well as stimulate the immune system.
  
Get back in touch with your body; start with your breasts! 

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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Sara’s Homemade Sauerkraut

Sara's Homemade Sauerkraut

Got probiotics? These friendly microorganisms live in our digestive tract and may improve normal digestive health and immune function. If you buy them at the store – from capsules to sauerkraut to daily kombuchas – you know it can cost a pretty penny. Try making your own kraut instead! All it takes is one head of cabbage, a few tablespoons of Kalahari Desert Salt and pure water. Not only is it cheap, it’s really easy, too. Our staff member Sara has perfected a recipe that we are happy to share with you!

Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage (purple or green)
  • 1 ½ - 2 Tbsp fine Kalahari Desert Salt
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • 1-2 cayenne peppers (optional)
  • Pure water
     

Materials

  • Gallon-sized jar and lid
  • Nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or mesh
  • Breathable kitchen towel
  • 2 or 3 rocks or crystals, about 5 inches in length
  • Rubber band
     

Directions

  • Sterilize your jar and your rocks.
     
  • Remove the first 2 or 3 outer leaves of the cabbage and set aside.
     
  • Finely chop the rest of the cabbage by hand or with a food processor. Place in a bowl.
     
  • If you opt for the garlic, mince or finely chop it and mix it with your cabbage in the bowl. For a more traditional kraut, you can mix in 10 juniper berries.
     
  • Layer the cabbage and the salt in the jar by taking two large handfuls of cabbage, placing them evenly in the jar and sprinkling 2 small handfuls of salt on top of each layer of cabbage. Repeat several times until you have used all the cabbage and salt.
     
  • Add in your cayenne peppers (if you like a little heat) by pressing them down along the sides of the jar. For a more traditional kraut, you can use 1-2 dried bay leaves instead.
     
  • Make sure that your cabbage mixture is evenly distributed in the jar. Now take your outer cabbage leaves and place them on top of your chopped cabbage / salt mixture so that it’s completely covered. Give a good pressing to the top of the outer leaves to make sure everything is nice and compressed.
     
  • Place your rocks on top of the outer leaves to help keep the mixture down.
     
  • Add pure water to almost completely cover the rocks. If you like, you can add more water if you wish to have more liquid for a probiotic energy drink.
     
  • Sprinkle two last pinches of salt to the top of the water line.
     
  • Cover the jar with a nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or mesh and seal with a rubber band around the rim of the jar. The place the lid on top of the jar – do not screw it on. The idea is to let the culture breathe, but not let invasive organisms inside the jar.
     
  • Next cover the jar with a breathable kitchen towel.
     
  • Place the jar in a warm, dark place for 1-4 weeks, depending on the temperature of the room and how much fermentation you would like to occur. Do not place the jar in the fridge until the fermentation process is complete. The jar will need to ferment somewhere well ventilated so that the aroma does not get too intense.
     
  • When your sauerkraut is ready to harvest, look to see if there is a film along the top of the water. If there is, simply skim it off with a spoon. Then strain the remaining liquid with a colander. You can drink it if you like, a little bit each day for an energizing elixir filled with enzymes and probiotics.
     
  • Place your homemade sauerkraut in a new jar. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Sauerkraut ingredients

Sauerkraut fermenting

Sauerkraut finished

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We’ll Soothe Your Biggest Organ, You Can Thank Us Later

The Great Outdoors: Your Skin’s Greatest Nemesis
If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you know it can range from uncomfortable to downright painful. Even if you take care to protect yourself from the sun, there are always blemishes, bug bites, scrapes, cuts, or rashes to irritate your body’s largest organ. Yet, this is the time of year Mother Nature entices you to go play outside, and most of us love to take her up on the offer. But what do you do when enjoying the great outdoors results in skin damage?
 
MSM Aloe Gel to the Rescue
It’s well known that the unique properties of aloe vera make it an amazing natural moisturizer that soothes, cools and heals the skin. But we’ve gone a step further and combined aloe with the healing properties of MSM, along with herbal extracts of green tea, turmeric, arnica, ginger and peppermint. This makes our MSM Aloe Gel a powerful natural solution for all kinds of skin ailments, including sunburns, bug bites, blemishes, rashes, acne, abrasions, and more.
 
How does it work?
Studies show that aloe vera can assist with the “healing of burn wounds”1 through “increased collagen content”2 and an “antimicrobial effect”3 – all of which result in faster healing and pain relief. MSM has “anti-inflammatory effects,”4 compounded by the “anti-inflammatory properties”5 of turmeric and “anti-inflammatory activity”6 of arnica. When all these ingredients are combined, it makes quite the super-powered skin relief concoction. Even if your skin is healthy and clear, MSM Aloe Gel can help keep it that way.
 

 
But, sometimes it’s easier to understand the benefits when you hear what real people have to say about it, and we have some incredible reviews to share with you.
 
Sunburn Relief & Scar Reduction
“I have been using [leading health store brand]’s Aloe. When I ran out, I decided to try the MSM Aloe since I love the MSM lotion. This is now my number 1 Sunfood product. I had a burn on my neck and back and nothing soothed me like this product. I use it now for everything. I have used it on some old scars that have noticeably broken down. They are a lot smoother and flatter/smaller in appearance. After a run, this stuff is heaven. Please offer in a larger size. Ordering 4 more bottles today. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!” – Tre
 
Sunburns, Bug Bites, Cuts, Acne & More
“Have been using this product for years and just love it. We use it for sunburn relief, bug bites, cuts, abrasions, and acne. My husband has used it as an after shave lotion.” – Colleen
 
Shoulder Pain & Inflammation
“I bought the MSM Aloe Gel for my inflammation problem. With one application, I got the results I was looking for. Then I took the bottle to my neighbor who has chronic pain in his shoulder. With peppermint essential oils, he was getting relief for 12 hours, and with the MSM Aloe Gel, he got relief for 48 hours, and if it can break up the scar tissue, WOW! Now I am going to purchase the Old Fashioned Peppermint Liniment to combine with the MSM Aloe Gel…” – Carol
 
Absorbing Face Lotion
“Absorbs quickly, leaves no residue, provides instant cooling effect, has great ingredients. I love to add oils to it (such as rose hip) when using it for my face, as it allows the oil to quickly penetrate the skin instead of staying on the surface. Since my skin is not at all sensitive and in case you’d like to try this out, I’d suggest testing it on a small area of your face first. It is pretty strong. Wish I had known about this product (and many others on here) much, much earlier.” – Kristya
 
Face Blemishes and Redness
“My husband had a couple of blemishes on the side of his nose causing redness and discomfort. This was a concern because his job requires him to work out in the hot sun. We decided to apply Sunfood MSM Aloe Gel and the very next day, the redness was really toned down. Within three days, all was back to normal. We will never be without MSM Aloe Gel!!” – Lisa
 
Bug Bites & Irritated Skin
“MSM Aloe Gel is my saving grace. With two cats, a dog, a very active toddler & a passion for outdoor yoga—bug bites are inevitable for me. Instead of getting small bumps, my skin gets irritated and swollen. I have tried everything from baking soda to over-the-counter antihistamine, but nothing helps 100%. Then came the day I found MSM Aloe Gel. The aloe soothes and almost completely minimizes itching while the MSM works to reduce inflammation and redness. The peppermint extract gives the gel an amazing and refreshing smell and cools the infected areas. It doesn’t make me drowsy like antihistamines, and has never given me any adverse reactions. It is even safe for my daughter to use! I highly suggest MSM Aloe Gel to anyone with pets or a passion for the outdoors!” – Hannah
 

 
Try it for Yourself
We believe in the power of MSM Aloe Gel, and we know you will too once you try it for yourself. Use it for sunburns, bug bites, blemishes, scars, sore muscles, inflammation, minor cuts and abrasions, or just to maintain healthy, glowing skin. Then, let us know how much you love it!
Sunfood MSM Aloe Gel
 
If you’re interested in other lotions with the healing powers of MSM, check these out:
Sunfood MSM Lotion, Lavender
Sunfood MSM Lotion, Medicinal
Sunfood MSM Lotion, Orange & Ylang Ylang
Sunfood MSM Lotion, Pure & Natural
Sunfood MSM Lotion, Berry Vanilla
Sunfood MSM Lotion, Coconut Rose
Sunfood Peppermint Liniment

 

Sources:
1 – “Effectiveness of Aloe Vera gel compared with 1% silver sulphadiazine cream as burn wound dressing in second degree burns.” Department of Plastic Surgery, Nishtar Hospital, Multan, 2013.
2 – “ Influence of Aloe vera on collagen characteristics in healing dermal wounds in rats.” Department of Biochemistry, Central Leather Research Institute, India, 1998.
3 – “Screening methods used to determine the anti-microbial properties of Aloe vera inner gel.” Kuwait University, Kuwait, 2007.
4 – “The anti inflammatory effects of methylsulfonylmethane on lipopolysaccharide induced inflammatory responses in murine macrophages.” Hallym University, Korea, 2009.
5 – “Turmeric reduces inflammatory cells in hamster opisthorchiasis.” Khon Kaen University, Thailand, 2009.
6 – “Anti-inflammatory activity of Lychnophora passerina, Asteraceae (Brazilian “Arnica”).” Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil, 2011.

 

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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Nutritious, Versatile, Delicious, and Banned in America

Last Dance With Mary Jane…

Just kidding…. We’re not talking about that little green plant. But we are talking about her sister plant – HEMP! Even though growing hemp is banned by the U.S. federal government, and only 15 states have laws providing for hemp production, it’s really not that taboo… Even good ‘ol Thomas Jefferson knew the benefits of this versatile plant; he had his own personal crop! Jefferson’s hemp plants were broken down and repurposed, serving as a base for clothing and textiles back in the day. Guess what? Not much has changed! Today, hemp seeds, oils and fibers are used in everyday materials including skin & hair care, clothing, paper, building supplies and even biofuels. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not recognize the value of industrial hemp and permit its production. Crazy! This glorious, delicious and resourceful plant produces nutrient packed seeds that are sure to surprise you. Let us introduce you to one of our favorite superfoods: The Hemp Seed.

 


 
Why Is Hemp Considered a Superfood?Sunfood Hemp Seeds
For starters, hemp seeds contain 36% protein… that’s more than most meat. They also contain a harmonious balance of Omega-6 & Omega-3 essential fatty acids – these are called EFAs and although your body is a magnificent machine, it cannot produce these on its own. EFAs may contribute to the maintenance of mental and visual function, as well as normal heart health. Need more? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”1

 


 
But Are There Any… Effects?
In short, YES! With 45% of your daily RDA of magnesium, 21% zinc and 15% iron – you are bound to notice some positive effects of this little seed! Let’s break it down. Have you ever felt like your memory is escaping you? Do you have days where you would lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your body? Don’t worry, we all have our moments. Forgetfulness and memory loss are an aggravating reality to face. But there is a solution! With the power of zinc and magnesium, you’ll be on your way to memory lane. Hemp Seeds are rich in magnesium, and “increasing brain magnesium improves learning abilities, working memory, and short- and-long-term memory,”2 according to neuroscientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hemp seeds are also high in zinc, a mineral which has a great effect on memory and learning. In a separate study, zinc was found to play a “crucial role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another,”3 affecting how memories are formed and how we learn.

 


 
How do I add Hemp Seeds to my diet?
Good Morning Hemp LatteIt’s really easy to make Hemp Seeds a part of your healthy diet! Our delicious Hemp Seeds have such a mild, nutty flavor and pleasantly soft texture that you can add as garnish to any sweet or savory dish. You can simply sprinkle them on salads (try this amazing Tropical Slaw-Style Salad, perfect for summer!), soups, or any meal for that matter for a superfood boost of protein, minerals, and omega-3s! You can also make Hemp Seed Milk, or even a creamy Good Morning Hemp Latte! Hemp milk mustache, anyone? Mmmmm….

 


 
Don’t Take Our Word For It
 “These hemp seeds are great for snacking out of hand or sprinkling into an oatmeal or bread recipe. I have also used them to make a wonderful vegan hemp pesto, along with basil, pine nuts, cashews, hemp oil, and Himalayan pink salt. I know there are more things I should be doing with them (adding them to rice, maybe?), but at the moment the pesto is my favorite. I highly recommend them.”Elizabeth
 
“Finally I can add hemp seeds in my smoothies, I might try to make my own homemade hemp milk some day. Great product, great price, totally recommended.”Jose
 
“Great in Smoothies. Feeling better by adding this to my drinks and food. I have more energy.”Cynthia
 
Try these nutritious, versatile and delicious seeds for yourself!

Sunfood Shelled Hemp Seeds

 

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Smoky Shilajit Mocha

Smoky Shilajit Mocha         

Make this recipe when you are craving something dark, chocolaty and rich. We have added mineral-rich Shilajit for a smoky kick that is subtle and full-bodied. This recipe is an all-time favorite at Sunfood!

2 cups hot water or warm almond milk
2 Tbsp raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Maca Powder
2 Tbsp Agave Nectar or Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
1/8 tsp Shilajit Powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Be careful while blending, as it is hot!

Smoky Shilajit Mocha ingredients

Smoky Shilajit Mocha

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We’ve Got a Gut Feeling You’re Gonna Like This

(pssst…. the blowout sale on Brad’s Raw snacks is still on! PRICES FURTHER REDUCED…See below)
 
Beauty Enzymes 101
 
Our bodies perform numerous wonders and feats on a daily basis, yet many of these abilities remain a mystery to us. We’re capable of some incredible things, but how do they happen? Let’s look at one of the most essential elements in the human body: the enzyme.
 
What is an Enzyme?
Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts for biochemical reactions in the body (this means they help optimize and speed up our bodily functions). They are responsible for thousands of processes in the human body, but the most common associations are with digestion, aiding the kidneys and liver, and detoxifying the body.
 
Tired of Feeling Bloated, Over-full, and Gassy?
As one of their most important tasks, enzymes help to fully digest food and convert it into nutrients that your body needs. Although our bodies naturally produce enzymes, they sometimes aren’t enough to accommodate larger meals, as well as fattier or more complex foods. You know that tired feeling you get after a big meal? That’s your body working extra hard to create additional enzymes to digest your food. 

Since most enzymes that naturally occur in food are destroyed by cooking and processing, it is incredibly beneficial to supplement your body with healthy, hard-working, plant-based enzymes. Plant-based enzymes function within a broad pH range, as does your stomach. Animal-based enzymes only work in a specific pH range, limiting their abilities.
 
By supplying extra enzymes to your body, digestion is made much easier, with less tiredness, bloating, and gas. Even if you don’t think you have digestion problems, the addition of plant-based enzymes will have your body working more effectively than ever!
 
However, digestion isn’t the only thing you need enzymes for.
 
Dr. Edward Howell, pioneer in the field of enzyme research, made a bold statement when he said, “life could not exist without enzymes.”1
 
Enzymes & Everything Else
According to Dr. Howell, “Enzymes also aid in converting the prepared food into new muscle, flesh, bone, nerves, and glands. Working with the liver they help store excess food for future energy and building needs. They also assist the kidneys, lungs, liver, skin, and colon in their important eliminative tasks. Perhaps it would be easier to write about what enzymes don’t do, for they are involved in almost every aspect of life!”1
 
Those “eliminative tasks” refer to natural detoxing. This function primarily takes place in the liver where enzymes act as transporters which move harmful toxins out of cells into bile for elimination. In the kidney and intestine, these enzyme transporters can also remove chemicals from the blood.
 

 
Beauty Inside and Out: Real Results, from Real People 
Weight Loss
“I didn’t change a lot about my eating habits, I generally eat pretty clean. But when I discovered Beauty Enzymes I decided that I wanted to do a little experiment. For 14 days, I took 2 Enzymes 30 minutes before every meal, 3 times a day. By the end of those two weeks, I had lost an exciting 4lbs and felt my overall digestive process improve.”  - Hannah
 
Bloating
“I have tried many different brands of enzymes, and these are the strongest, quickest acting one’s I’ve used. Taking just one capsule prevents the belly bloat that I’d sometimes get after a meal. Also, taking one in between meals helps keep my energy levels up.” - Lauren
 
Skin Health and Youthfulness
I have only been taking these for a few weeks, but have noticed a difference in my skin and an overall youthfulness!” - Jennifer
 
Digestion
“These Beauty Enzymes are one of the rare supplements that I think I cannot live without! They help me digest big meals so well that I have energy and focus after eating without any of those “food coma” symptoms. I sometimes take two on an empty stomach to jump start my metabolism and my day!” - Rich
 

Sunfood Beauty Enzymes
 
The Sunfood Difference™
Our Beauty Enzymes are the purest and most potent plant-based enzymes on the market today. They are never irradiated, guaranteed to be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and grown to high specifications and purity requirements. This makes them the best way to get extra enzymes for digestion, energy and longevity. They’re just the boost your body has been looking for. 


Timing is Everything

It’s all about when you choose to take Beauty Enzymes. If you take them within 30 minutes prior to your meal, they can greatly assist with your digestion. However, if you take them on an empty stomach, they can have more of a cleansing and detoxifying effect.
 
Since Beauty Enzymes are so potent, one capsule is usually all it takes to give your body the boost it needs.

 Beauty Enzymes are the ultimate way to beautify from the inside out and maintain your body’s digestive and metabolic health!

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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If we could only eat ONE superfood for the rest of our lives, THIS would be it!

You’ve probably snacked on sun-dried goji berries before, but have you experienced this superberry in powder form? Potent and easy to use, Goji Berry Powder will give you that energy boost you’ve been craving, and we’ve got a delicious way for you to incorporate it into your diet in just minutes!

 
Goji Berry Powder 101

Just in case you’re new to goji berries, here’s a quick rundown: 
Also known as wolfberries, goji berries are the bright red fruit of Lycium barbarum, a shrub that’s native to Asia. Smaller than a grape tomato and mildly sweet, goji berries have a unique earthy flavor with a subtle likeness to cherries, sweet raisins and summer berries.
 
Long used in traditional Chinese medicine and foods, these little berries are now being celebrated in Western cultures for their superfood potential. Energy, vitality and longevity are key benefits sought out by consumers, and these little berries have even been called “the fountain of youth.” How true are these claims? Read on to find out…
 

 
What Can Goji Berry Powder Do for Me?
Overall Wellness
Sunfood Goji Berry PowderIn one study, healthy adults who consumed the juice of goji berries for two weeks filled out questionnaires to track changes to their overall health. The results showed significantly increased ratings for energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental acuity, calmness, and feelings of health, contentment, and happiness. Researchers concluded that goji “increases subjective feelings of general well-being, and improves neurologic/psychologic performance.”1
 
Antioxidant Rich
One study showed that healthy adults aged 55-72 experienced significantly increased antioxidant levels, leading researchers to conclude that goji berries “might help prevent or reduce free radical-related conditions.”2
 
Longevity
The legend of master Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yuen’s long life (rumored to be 256 years!)  was brought to light in 1933 when an Imperial Chinese government record was found from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday. Later, another letter was found congratulating him on his 200th birthday. What was his secret? In addition to his practice of Qigong, an ancient exercise of controlled breathing and movement, Yuen was said to have consumed goji berries and other Chinese herbs daily. Regardless of whether or not he truly lived this long, his commitment to nutrition and exercise are the cornerstones of his lore.
 
Anti-Aging
According to Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D., bestselling author of 50 books on healing and nutrition, goji berries contain polysaccharides (long-chain sugars) which are known to be “a powerful secretagogue, (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone [HGH] by the pituitary gland.”3 Stimulating our bodies to produce HGH is essential for retaining youth because we naturally produce less and less, the older we get.
 
Eye Health
In one study, goji berries were found to increase antioxidant levels in the blood and protect elderly subjects from macular degeneration. Researchers concluded that consuming goji berries for 90 days increases “antioxidant levels as well as protects from hypopigmentation and soft drusen accumulation in the macula of elderly subjects.”4
 
Libido Booster
Gojis are well known to increase sex drive, and have been used all across Asia for centuries for this purpose. An ancient Chinese proverb says it all, warning men who travel far from their wives: “He who travels one thousand kilometers from home should not eat goji!”
 
Super Nutritious
Got vitamin A? Goji berry powder has 140% of your DV (daily value) in a 1 Tbsp serving. A low calorie, nutrient-dense food, it also has potassium, iron and vitamin C!
 

OK, it’s good for me…So how do I use it?

Sunfood Goji Berry PowderWe know that it has to be easy to add a new superfood to your diet, or it may just sit in your pantry collecting dust. Luckily, adding Goji Berry Powder is as easy as it gets! All you need to do is simply blend one teaspoon into your smoothies, fruit juices, yogurt, or your favorite dessert recipe, and you’re set!
 
Want to try a new smoothie? Check out this amazing recipe for our favorite way to enjoy Goji Berry Powder. With fresh fruit, Camu Camu, and Mangosteen Powder, it’s deliciously loaded with antioxidants and energizing nutrients to boost your day!

 


 
The Sunfood Difference
Our new Goji Berry Powder is raw, gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, certified organic. Unlike other goji berry powders, ours is free of solvents and additives – it’s just freeze dried goji berries processed into a fine powder at low temperatures. This preserves delicate enzymes and nutrients so you get the purest, most nutritionally dense goji berry powder available.

 
Give it a try today! Super nutritious and easy to add to your diet — our goji berry powder will give your body a super boost of nutrition and energy!

 

Sources:
1 – “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum 
2 – “Lycium barbarum (goji) juice improves in vivo antioxidant biomarkers in serum of healthy adults.” Nutrition Research Journal, January 2009.
3 – Goji: The Himalayan Health Secret, by Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D, Momentum Media, Oct. 2003.
4 – “Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels.” Optometry and Vision Science Journal, Feb. 2011.

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Herbal Cacao Blend

Herbal Cacao Blend

A tree like no other. Pau d’Arco has a mildly sweet, earthy flavor and is known to have anti-fungal potential. You’ll love this herb tea blended with energy-boosting cacao nibs and pure, aromatic vanilla powder.

Ingredients

Directions
  • Steep all ingredients for 25 minutes in 2 liters of hot water. Enjoy!

 

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Herbal Tea Blend

Herbal Tea Blend

Want that strength to get you through the day? Hercampuri has been recognized to support circulation and metabolism, Chuchuhuasi has traditionally been used to alleviate joint pain, Pau d’Arco is known as an anti-fungal, and Cat’s Claw is said to help boost immunity. You’ll love this herb tea blended with antioxidant-rich goji berries and pure, aromatic vanilla powder.

Ingredients

Directions
  • Steep all ingredients for 20 minutes in 2 liters of hot water. Enjoy!

 

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Tea-Licious Herbal Blend

Tea-Licious Herbal Blend

This is the ultimate herbal tea! Chuchuhuasi has traditionally been used to alleviate joint pain, Pau d’Arco is known as an anti-fungal, and Cat’s Claw is said to help boost immunity. You’ll love this triple herb tea blended with antioxidant-rich goji berries and pure, aromatic vanilla powder.
 
Ingredients

Directions
  • Steep all ingredients for 20 minutes in 2 liters of hot water. Enjoy!

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Know Your Superfoods: Lucuma 101

You’ve heard us talk about Lucuma Powder before… but have you figured out how to use it in your daily routine? No? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Welcome to Lucuma 101! Even if you’re not a raw food purist or all aboard the vegan train, you can still incorporate this delicious superfood into your diet and reap all of the amazing benefits!


Lucuma for Beginners

What is it?

Lucuma (pronounced Loo-koo-mah) is an exotic superfruit native to the Andean regions of South America. The lucuma fruit has green skin, with a bright yellow-orange flesh and a large seed in the middle similar to an avocado. 

What does it taste like?
With a bold flavor and extra-rich texture, this popular fruit sings with essences of maple, custard and caramel. Mouthwatering, isn’t it? It has long been a favorite ice cream flavor in its South American home.
 
What form does it come in?
Because of its delicate form, the Lucuma fruit is carefully pulverized into a fine powder, preserving all of the nutrients and minerals just as Mother Nature intended. Our Lucuma Powder is completely pure and free of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, solvents and additives.
 
How nutritious is it?
Just one tablespoon of Lucuma gives you 20% of your daily recommended fiber, plus it has minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium!
 
So it’s good for me… Now what do I do with it?
If you’re unfamiliar with superfruit powders, you’re not alone! We all have to start somewhere, right? Here are a few suggestions from our staff and our superheroes!
 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
And from our Superhero Jennifer: Lucuma Horchata Smoothie
 

 
Here’s a few more ideas:
We love using Lucuma Powder as a thickening agent or “flour” in raw food dishes, custards and puddings. The sweet flavor of lucuma makes it a favorable option as an alternative sweetener for those looking to avoid higher glycemic sweeteners. Lucuma goes great in desserts, but it can be used in savory dishes as well. Try using it with coconut or root veggies to make a superfood soup.

 
Explore the endless possibilities of this amazing, exotic fruit!

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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Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

 Lucuma Horchata Smoothie
 
We’ve got an amazing recipe from our friend Jennifer at To Be Nourished to share with you!
 
Horchata (or-CHA-tah) is a Mexican or Latin cinnamon rice milk or drink typically made with white rice, almonds or tiger nuts, water, cinnamon and sugar. It is smooth, creamy, sweet and so yummy! While I love horchata in its true form, I also enjoy “healthifying” recipes. It is so fun to transform a recipe into something a bit healthier (notice I didn’t say completely healthy). This is exactly what I did in this horchata smoothie recipe. If you’d rather just have the milk, not the smoothie, simply leave out the banana. I’ve also added Lucuma Powder to this smoothie as a superfood booster! Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, including calcium, potassium and magnesium, plus fiber, protein and antioxidants.
 

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup of uncooked brown rice
  • 4 1/2 cups of fresh water
  • 1 cup of blanched almonds, skins removed (blanching directions below)
  • 2 khadrawy dates, pits removed
  • 1 large banana (if you’re making a smoothie)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon of Sunfood tropical lucuma powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 

Directions
  • Add the uncooked brown rice to the blender and pulverize until you are left with a rice-powder.
 
  • Transfer the rice powder to a large bowl; add the raw almonds (skins removed), cinnamon stick and 2 ½ cups of boiling water. Let cool, cover and refrigerate overnight. 
 
  • Add the rice/almond mixture, dates, ground cinnamon, vanilla and remaining two cups of water to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
 
  • Place a large metal sieve over a bowl and line with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Slowly pour the horchata mixture through the fine mesh stirring and using a wooden spoon to press the pulp against the sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Lift the cheesecloth or bag and use your hands to squeeze the remaining pulp to get all the liquid out. Discard the pulp.
 
  • Pour the horchata into a glass bottle or pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
 

To Make a Lucuma Horchata Smoothie
  • Pour two cups of horchata into the blender.
 
  • Add the large banana, Lucuma Powder and a handful of ice.
 
  • Blend until smooth. Pour into one large glass, or two smaller glasses, and drink immediately! So delicious!!! 
 
 
**Blanching Almonds**
Add the raw almonds to a large glass bowl. Pour boiling water over the top and let sit for one minute. Pour the almonds and water through a strainer and rinse with ice-cold water. Use your fingers to slide the skins off the almonds. That’s it!
 
Lucuma Horchata Smoothie
 
Lucuma Horchata Smoothie
 
 
 
 
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Roll Into Summer with Two Delicious Asian-Inspired Wraps!

Roll Into Summer with Two Delicious Asian-Inspired Wraps!

It’s that time of year when life gets a little bit simpler and we get a little more free spirited – it’s all about relaxation when summertime comes around, so kick off your working shoes and let the luxuries of the summer take over! Don’t worry about complicated meals for the kids on a school night, or spending hours food-prepping on your Sunday afternoon; just grab a few ingredients from your local farmer’s market and wrap them up in our delicious Coconut Wraps for quick, easy and relaxing meals!

Thai Veggie Spring Roll with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce

A Taste of Thai
We have unlocked the exotic and mysterious flavor profile of Thai cuisine, and with the help of our gluten-free, raw Coconut Wraps and minimally processed Kelp Noodles, we’ve enhanced the goodness even more! Crunchy summer vegetables, fresh aromatic herbs, light kelp noodles and a sweet & spicy peanut sauce create a luxurious spring roll, perfect for summertime lunches, appetizers or dinner on the go!

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Thai Veggie Spring Roll with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce

Namae Nashi Roll with Oishi Dipping Sauce

Roll Into This!

Namae Nashi translates to “Nameless” in Japanese – and with as much bursting flavor and secret nutrients that are packed into this delicious roll, we couldn’t come up with a name fitting enough to do it justice! Rolled up in nutrient rich Nori and loaded with tangy spices, savory vegetables, sprouts and fresh herbs, this roll is sure to have you coming back for more!

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Namae Nashi Roll with Oishi Dipping Sauce

These amazing wraps and sauces will be sure to make your mouth water and have your taste buds singing! Try these healthy and delicious recipes for yourself and see what we’re raving about!

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Toco-Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Toco-Tropical Fruit Smoothie

This smoothie adds Tocotrienols for an amazing boost of vitamins B1, B3, B6, and E, as well as potassium, iron and magnesium. The fresh fruit adds juicy, natural flavor, perfect to cool you off on a hot summer day!

  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Organic Pineapple
  • 1 Cup Organic Strawberries
  • 1 Small Banana
  • 2 Tbsp Tocotrienols
  • 1 Tbsp Lucuma Powder

Combine all ingredients in a blender, add ice for a chilled experience, and blend until smooth!

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Namae Nashi Roll with Oishi Dipping Sauce

Namae Nashi Roll with Oishi Dipping Sauce

Namae Nashi translates to “Nameless” in Japanese – and with as much bursting flavor and secret nutrients that are packed into this delicious roll, we couldn’t come up with a name fitting enough to do it justice! Loaded with tangy and savory vegetables, sprouts and herbs and rolled with nori, this roll is sure to have you coming back for more! 

Directions for Namae Nashi Roll:

  • ¼ cup organic chopped baby bok choy
  • ¼ cup organic cabbage
  • ¼ cup chopped organic scallions
  • 2 tbsp chopped organic cilantro
  • 2 tbsp minced organic ginger
  • ¼ cup shelled organic mung bean sprout
  • ¼ cup shredded organic carrots
  • 1 tbsp Tamari or Nama Shoyu
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • Sunfood Coconut Wraps
  • Nori Wraps (Gold Mine 10pk or Maine Coast 100pk)

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except for Nori Wrap, allow to marinate and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flake if heat is desired. Open a coconut wrap and place nori sheet on inside. Fill wrap with ingredients, fold in each end and cut down the middle! Dip in our Oishi Sauce for enhanced flavor!

Directions for Oishi Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup Tamari or Nama Shoyu
  • 2 ½ tbsp vinegar of choice
  • ¼ tsp organic Dark Agave Nectar
  • 1 tbsp minced organic ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced organic garlic
  • 2 tbsp organic Coconut Oil

Combine all ingredients together in small bowl, whisk until desired consistency is reached. For additional heat, add red pepper flakes, chopped chili or hot sauce of choice.

Namae Nashi Roll with Oishi Dipping Sauce

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