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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Coconut Whipped Cream

 

Every year, when fall comes rolling around, the air chills, the leaves crunch beneath my feet when I walk through my garden, and I can’t help but squeal with delight as I see all of the pumpkins ready to be harvested. Pumpkins that will soon be turned into the most amazing pie I’ve ever eaten. Raw vegan pumpkin pie with coconut cream.

…It tastes way too good to be healthy, but it is!

Compared to a conventional pumpkin pie, this recipe has less calories, and is much more nutrient dense. And since it’s raw, you don’t even have to worry about baking it!

Pumpkins may be pretty and used for decorative purposes during fall, but they are also packed with nutrients. How amazing is that?

They are a great source of vitamins A, C, E and the B vitamins and dietary fiber. Pumpkins are also rich with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc. You wouldn’t have guessed it but they can also help with inflammation, bone health, eye health and depression. Since the pie is raw, all of these nutrients and vitamins are intact. Its like a powerhouse of awesome!

Another important ingredient in this delicious pie is organic yacon syrup. When you think of anything sweet, you generally don’t think it could possibly be healthy, but that’s not the case with yacon syrup. It’s practically a super food! Yacon increases bone density, metabolism, immune system function, and energy levels, while lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, and preventing cancer. It has proven to be an effective weight loss tool, while still being a sweetener. This pie is sounding better and better by the minute, right?

The best part is that this pie couldn’t be simpler to make! But we’re still going to walk through the steps to ensure your pie is extra tasty. Because let’s be honest, if it doesn’t taste good, then it doesn’t matter how healthy it is. So thank goodness that this pie tastes fabulous! Who says raw vegans can’t have a good pie?

The first thing you will need to do is pour two cups of chopped walnuts into a high-speed food processor, and blend the walnuts until they resemble crumbs. This will take about a minute.

Next, you will need to add two cups of raisins.

Process again until it starts to come together.

 

This will also take about a minute. You can tell it’s ready when it starts sticking to the sides of the food processor and the blade itself.

Pour the mixture into a pie pan, and use your fingers to press it into the pan. Tip: This part can get a bit sticky, but it helps if you wet your hands a bit first. The oil and water will disagree, and the mixture will not stick to your hands.

You could flute the edges if you would like to make it look pretty, but it is not completely necessary.

For the filling you will need to cut a pie pumpkin in half, peel it, and remove the seeds and stringy innards. Then, you’ll need to cut the pumpkin into rough one inch cubes to make pureeing a breeze, and load the cubes into the food processor.

Pour 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil on top of the pumpkin.

Also pour in 1/4 cup of organic yacon syrup.  Tip: If you use the same measuring cup you used for the coconut oil, the syrup will slide right out.

Sprinkle in one teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon each of clove, ginger, and nutmeg. Process the filling until it has reached the desired smoothness. Tip: If it is too watery, you can pop the food processor bowl into the fridge for a bit to thicken before proceeding to the next step.

Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.

Spread the filling around to the edges, smoothing the top. Place the pie in the fridge for about eight hours, or overnight.

And that’s it. Super easy, right? I like to serve this with whipped coconut cream. To make your own all you need to do is refrigerate 13.5 ounces of raw fresh coconut milk (full fat) for about 12 hours. The best way to do this is to place the coconut milk in the fridge at the same time you put the pie in the fridge. That way you can prepare the coconut whipped cream before serving.

Then remove the coconut milk from the refrigerator. Scoop off the cream that has floated to the top. You’ll be left with a translucent liquid, which you can either discard or place in the refrigerator to add to a smoothie.

Place the coconut cream into a medium bowl with tall sides. (The tall sides keep the coconut cream from flying everywhere when you mix it.) Using a cold whisk, whip up the coconut cream. It will take a minute to whip up, but once it does, keep mixing until it has just about reached your desired thickness. Add in a teaspoon of organic yacon syrup to sweeten and mix again, or leave it out completely. Either way you’ll have a delicious, vegan whipped topping to dollop on your delicious pumpkin pie.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

  • 2 cups organic raisins

For the Pie filling:

  • 1 pie pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 6-7 cups)

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

  • 3-5 tablespoons organic yacon syrup

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions:

To make the crust:

Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they resemble crumbs. Then add the raisins and process until the mixture begins to stick to the sides of the food processor. Press the crust into a pie dish and place in the fridge.

To make the filling:

Blend the cubed pumpkin, coconut oil, yacon syrup, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves until smooth. If the mixture is too runny, let it thicken in a bowl in the fridge. Pour the mixture into your crust, spread, and refrigerate overnight until it’s set. Slice and serve with whipped coconut cream.

Whipped Coconut Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 (13.5 oz) can organic coconut milk, refrigerated

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons organic yacon syrup (or sweetener of choice), optional

Instructions:

Open the can of coconut milk, and scrape off the coconut cream into a medium bowl.

Blend with a hand until smooth and coconut cream has set up. Add sugar or sweetener of choice and blend/stir to combine. Serve on german pancakes, coffee, fruit, pies, crisps, or whatever floats your boat.

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Can You Guess Which Plant Is Used for a Delicious Oil Rich in Omega-3, and a Powder Rich in Protein?

Little Star, Bigggggg Advantages!

With over 25,000 vegetable species known to grow in native Peru—only 4,400 of them are actually used in the diet and medicine of the people. One of these vegetable species has been traced back to pre-columbian use among the aboriginal peoples.
 
Sacha Inchi is a beautiful vine plant indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon, which produces star-shaped pods containing seeds sometimes known as Inca peanuts.
 
The oil from the star-shaped sacha inchi seed is one of the highest plant sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids on the planet. Raw and sustainably grown, our cholesterol-free Sacha Inchi Oil is one of nature’s best sources of omega-3s, with 48% total content.
 

 
How Do Omega’s Benefit Me?

Omega-3 fatty acids practically benefit every part of your body – studies across the board have shown positive effects on the digestive, reproductive and nervous systems. Further studies even go to suggest that Omega’s have the ability to increase psychological health, assist with allergies and help control asthma.
 
The Standard American Diet is typically imbalanced with too many omega-6s and not nearly enough omega-3s. If you’re not deliberately making sure you’re getting your omega-3s, chances are you’re not getting enough. According to researchers at Harvard University, a lack of omega-3 intake is the sixth leading cause of deaths from preventable diseases in the US, with 72,000-96,000 deaths annually.1
 
Symptoms of omega-3 deficiency include “fatigue, poor memory, mood swings, and depression,” to name a few.2 So omega’s literally go to your head! Let’s talk about the big three: Brain, Heart and Skin.
 

Feed Your Brain

One study concluded that supplementation with the long chain omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) “improved memory and the response time of memory in healthy, young adults whose habitual diets were low in DHA.3 Researchers have also found that low levels of DHA can present a “risk factor for the development of AD [Alzheimer’s Disease], [as well as] “dementia and cognitive impairment.”4
 
Similarly, people suffering from “major depression” were found to have a “deficiency of omega-3″ when compared to healthy volunteers.5 If that weren’t enough, depression has been associated with “accelerated cellular aging,”6 once again bringing us back to the importance of getting your omega-3s to feed your brain!

Feed Your Heart

Countless studies have shown the correlation between heart health and omega-3 levels. Omega-3s have been shown to “reduce CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk,” as well as ”inflammatory responses” in the cardiovascular system, “arrhythmia,” and “stroke.”7
 
Because of the large body of scientific research associating omega-3 intake with decreased risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends that adults eat fish at least twice a week.
 
For those who are vegetarian, vegan, or simply concerned with the fact that mercury is a ”global pollutant” to which human exposure “primarily results from consumption of estuarine and marine fish,”8 sacha inchi oil is a safe, healthful solution to get your omega-3s without ingesting the toxins found in fish.

Feed Your Skin

Your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body. Omega-3 deficiency has been shown to result in “dry skin.”2 With its rich omega-3 content, sacha inchi oil can help hydrate your dry skin from the inside out.
 
If your skin cells are strong and full of moisture with adequate omega-3s, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can decrease. Our sacha inchi oil is best taken internally, and it is even light enough to be applied topically to your skin to maximize its anti-aging properties.
 

 
Use this tasty recipe using Sacha Inchi Oil at home!

Super Omega Bruschetta

We gave one of the most delicious hors d’oeuvres a superfood boost, and we’re never going back. This delightful bruschetta has a burst of Maca Powder and an omega-packed punch of Sacha Inchi Oil! Enjoyed raw, cooked or straight out of the bowl, we promise this superfood delight will be at the top of your snack list.
 
Super Omega Bruschetta
 

 
Protein… Without Supplementation.
Great for a slow release of energy, protein is made up of amino acids that your body uses to build muscle, tissues and enzymes. There are 20 different amino acids, 9 of which can’t be produced by your body and must be obtained through food. These are called the essential amino acids and they are the ones to focus on when choosing the best protein sources for you.
 
Our Sacha Inchi Protein Powder contains 65% high quality protein due to its full and balanced natural content of highly digestible amino acids… including all nine essential amino acids.
 

Sacha Inchi and Sustainability…

Sunfood Sacha Inchi ProteinWhen you and your family enjoy Sunfood Sacha Inchi Protein Powder, you are helping to protect the endangered fertile land in the Amazonian rainforest from being razed for raw materials that are less sustainable. Beyond the environment you are contributing to native peoples’ quality of life which achieves fairly shared revenue – and a healthier world diet. It’s good for you, and the planet!
 

  
 
This is not your average protein shake!
 
Purple Peanut Protein Smoothie

Besides it being the most colorful protein-packed smoothie we’ve ever created, it’s so delicious you’ll think you’re having dessert! With a full serving of protein, this shake is the perfect quick-start for kids and an awesome post-workout shake. Add a little color and a ton of protein into your day!

 

Click here for recipe
Purple Peanut Protein Smoothie

 
 
Sources:
1 – “The preventable causes of death in the United States: comparative risk assessment of dietary, lifestyle, and metabolic risk factors.” Harvard School of Public Health, 2009.
2 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids” University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide.
3 – “DHA supplementation improved both memory and reaction time in healthy young adults: a randomized controlled trial.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2013.
4 – “Fatty acid analysis of blood plasma of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, and cognitive impairment.” University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000.
5 – “Lowered omega3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in serum phospholipids and cholesteryl esters of depressed patients.” Clinical Research Center for Mental Health, Belgium, 1999.
6 – “Major depressive disorder and accelerated cellular aging: results from a large psychiatric cohort study.” VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands, 2013.
7 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: New Recommendations From the American Heart Association.” Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ, 2003.
8 – “Mercury as a global pollutant: sources, pathways, and effects.” Environmental Science & Technology Journal. May 21, 2013.

  
 
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Did You Know MOST “Extra-Virgin” Oils Are Lying about Their Virginity!?

Healthy Oils

Did you know that 73% of the olive oil on your store’s shelves are lying about their virginity?
 
A 2011 study conducted by UC Davis found that “Of the five top-selling imported ‘Extra Virgin’ olive oil brands in the United States, 73% of the samples failed the standards to meet ‘Extra Virgin’ quality due to adulteration with cheaper refined oils and poor quality oil made from damaged and overripe olives.1
 
Sunfood Botija Olive OilWhat does that even mean?
There are four levels of “virgin” oil. The lowest is not safe for human consumption – instead it is used to make soaps or used as a cosmetics base. When an oil is extra virgin, it means that it has reached top-shelf status. It complies with the highest standards of acidity, taste and processing.
 
How do you know which is which?
We can help you out with that. With an unrivaled flavor and aroma, our Extra Virgin Botija Olive Oil is created by cold-pressing raw botija olives, ripened by the sun without any risk of genetic modification or unnecessary processing. These Peruvian olives are grown on a small organic family farm which has never been exposed to pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
 
The unique cold-pressed technique preserves nutrients and enzymes. Many low quality oils say they’re cold-pressed; however, temperatures often reach over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, degrading the delicate nutrient qualities of the oil. These low-grade oils can even contain cheap fillers and GMO oil additives.
 
What makes our olive oil soooo special?
Our “cold” process is exactly how it sounds – cold. Pressing never exceeds 70F and never ever comes into contact with low-grade oils, additives or rancid olives, leaving you with deliciously pure Botija Olive Oil.
 
Packed with heart healthy fats, beautifying oleic acid, and immune-building antioxidants, this incredible oil also contains vital nutrients such as iron and vitamin E.
 
Here’s what our customers are saying…
“I bought five bottles of this without actually trying it, but I’m sad I did not buy more when it was on special. IT’S INCREDIBLE, and so are the olives themselves for that matter. I go through about a bottle this size of olive oil a week and have tried many, and this is currently my favorite.” – Adria 
 
 “I generally don’t use olive oil because it is usually too strong and burns my throat – but this is amazing. It is so smooth and rich. It must be the freshness of it. I’m on my 3rd bottle.” – Cat
 
 

 
We have another option for you!

Say hello to our raw, organic, non-GMO Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
 
Sunfood Coconut OilCoconut Oil is excellent for internal and external use – you can eat it straight, cook with it, or use it on your skin and hair! There are many ways you add it to your diet; you can replace your current cooking oil with coconut oil for a super-healthy boost, add it to smoothies, or use as a replacement for butter in your dessert recipes.
 
Our raw, non-GMO, extra-virgin Coconut Oil is made from certified organic coconuts. The cold-press process leaves all of the important nutrients, vitamins and enzymes in tact and ready to use by the body. There are no added ingredients, so the freshness of this coconut oil gives it the perfect balance of delicious flavor without any excessive aromas or taste overtones.
 
There are three important things to know about Coconut Oil – like olive oil, not all of them are created equally… or honestly.

The Good

Extra Virgin coconut oil is crafted from the delicious fruits of fresh, mature coconuts. The enzymatic qualities are preserved thanks to cold-pressing and low temperature processing of the fruit. There are never chemicals, additives or other funky ingredients added to the oil and it never sees temperatures exceeding 86F.

The Bad

Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut fruit (at this point, we call it coconut meat) which has undergone heavy processing, filtering and deodorizing – sometimes even bleaching.

The Ugly

Partially hydrogenated coconut oil is when refined coconut oil is processed even further. What can you do with that? Wax your car, maybe?
 
 
Sill not a believer?
 

 
 
 

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1 — Evaluation of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, Frankel, E. N.; Mailer, R. J.; Wang, S. C.; Shoemaker, C. F.; Guinard, J.-X.; Flynn, J. D.; Sturzenberger, N. D. (2011)
 
 
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Super Omega Bruschetta

Super Omega Bruschetta

We gave one of the most delicious hors d’oeuvres a superfood boost, and we’re never going back. This delightful bruschetta has a burst of Maca Powder and an omega-packed punch of Sacha Inchi Oil! Enjoyed raw, cooked or straight out of the bowl, we promise this superfood delight will be at the top of your snack list.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs ripe organic Tomatoes (Plum, Cherry or Heirloom work best)
  • 1 tbsp organic Maca Powder
  • 2 cloves organic minced Garlic Cloves
  • 3 tbsp organic Sacha Inchi Oil
  • 8 fresh organic chopped Basil Leaves
  • Handful chopped organic Cilantro
  • Handful chopped organic Parsley
  • 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground black Peppercorn
  • 1 baguette French Bread or similar Italian Bread (gluten-free)
  • Extra Sacha Inchi Oil

 

Directions:

  • Cut out the stem base of the tomatoes with a pairing knife, cut them into halves and gently squeeze out the seeds.
  • Chop the tomatoes and place them in a medium bowl, combine with Maca Powder and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in the garlic, 3 tbsp Sacha Inchi Oil, basil, cilantro, parsley, salt & pepper and allow to combine organically.
  • Cut the baguette into small slices and brush with remaining Sacha Inchi Oil.
  • Place tomato mixture onto bread and enjoy!

 

Additionally:

  • For added flavor, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the bruschetta and top with finely chopped basil leaves.
  • To add a crunch, preheat your oven to 450F and allow the bread to toast for 8 minutes or until crispy before adding bruschetta mixture.
  • For a delicious gluten-free alternative, cut pre-made polenta into ½ inch slices and allow to bake for 10-15 minutes until they start to brown. Add bruschetta and enjoy!
  • Cashew Cheese or fresh Mozzarella taste phenomenal with this recipe. Get creative! 

 

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Purple Peanut Protein Smoothie

Purple Peanut Protein Smoothie

This is not your average protein shake. Besides it being the most colorful protein-packed smoothie we’ve ever created, it’s so delicious you’ll think you’re having dessert! With a full serving of protein, this shake is the perfect quick-start for kids and an awesome post-workout shake. Add a little color and a ton of protein into your day!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients with ice and enjoy!

 

Additionally:

 

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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!
 

Click here for recipe

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)
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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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