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Raw Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bars

 

Ever have one of those days when everything that happens to you makes you wanna throw something? Somehow those are the days when you have a considerably longer to-do list, nothing is working out, and nobody is willing to do you a favor (grrrrr). So then you really wish Superman would come in and do the dishes for you (or Thor, or Captain America…take your pick!). These days have been happening a lot more frequently to me lately. 

So I may have made these raw chocolate raspberry brownie bars more than a few times this week to make me feel better. You know, since Superman couldn’t make it.

A few years ago, I would have asked a doctor for a prescription drug to help me focus on the task I had to get done, or to help me cope with the stress of it all. Nowadays, I use food as my medicine.

Instead of taking a pill for my problems, I think of what food (that may or not be a delicious dessert) could help my body do this naturally? 

Raw chocolate raspberry brownie bars help with my energy and stress levels naturally. As well as giving me the mental awareness to stay focused.

These raw chocolate raspberry brownie bars are bursting with ultra-rich chocolate flavor. With a chocolate base and a chocolate frosting, these brownie bars will satisfy your inner chocoholic! A sweet, tangy, and creamy raspberry filling gives these bars an extra boost of delicious flavor and nutrition. 

Waiting for these bars to chill may seem like mission impossible, but it’s so worth the wait. And you can always lick the spoon! You could also layer it into 4-6 ramekins for mess free eating or for a fancy dinner party dessert. 

Apart from how dreamy these brownie bars are, they are also super healthy! Raspberries have a lot more to offer than a great taste. They can offer aid with weight loss, help to maintain healthy and glowing skin, and support a strong immune system. 

The almonds in this recipe contain many of the nutrients that are essential to healthy brain function. They also contain cholesterol lowering properties and protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Even the chocolate is healthy for you! They can help fight cancer, control blood pressure, and offer dietary fiber. Guilt free chocolate my friends. You’re welcome. ;)  

For the bottom layer you will need raw almonds, cacao powder, melted coconut oil, and pitted dates.

Put all that good stuff in a food processor and process it until it comes together. What you’re looking for is the nuts to be chopped and for the entire mixture to be moistened by the obliterated dates. This will take 3-4 minutes depending on your food processor so be patient.

Line an 8×8 baking dish with saran wrap or parchment/wax paper. Dump the mixture into the bottom and press it flat with the bottom of a measuring cup, drinking glass, or just your fingers.

For the middle layer you will need red raspberries, raw cashews, shredded coconut, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup.

 

Dump all of those ingredients into a food processor, and pulse….

until the raspberries are completely smooth and the nuts have been chopped. This took my food processor about 2 minutes.

Spread the raspberry filling over the bottom layer.

For the top layer you will need melted cacao butter, cacao powder, and pure maple syrup.

Process the ingredients until smooth. This will only take a few pulses.

If you wait a minute before spreading this top layer, it will thicken up and be to difficult to spread. So simply use a fork and beat it until it’s soft enough to spread. 

Pop this bad boy in the freezer to set for about an hour.

Then remove it from the pan by pulling out the lining, and 

Once set, cut it into 16 pieces and enjoy yourself a little chunk of heaven. You deserve it. Superman says so.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bars 

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer

Filling Layer

  • 2 cups raspberries

  • ⅔ cup raw cashews

  • 4 tablespoons shredded coconut

  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup 

Top Layer

Directions:

For the bottom layer, pulse all ingredients in a food processor 3-4 minutes. Press into the bottom of a lined 8×8 baking dish.

For the filling layer, puree all ingredients until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the baking dish.

For the top layer, pulse the ingredients a few times until it comes together as frosting. Spread gently over the middle layer. 

Let the brownie bars set in the freezer for one hour before cutting and serving. 

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How to get through the holidays alive: Energize your life for good!

Where Do You Find the Energy?

For many of us it’s hard to maintain our energy levels throughout the day, especially with holiday shopping, cooking, traveling, decorating, visiting families and more.

Even on slow days we have work, kids, exercising, cooking, studying… expended energy adds up and it’s hard to re-energize every night back to full capacity.

 
(This is what fueled the booming “energy drink” market. But despite their claims, almost all of those products contain unhealthy amounts of caffeine and other stimulants. They provide a temporary, crash-inducing boost that doesn’t do anything to actually make you feel better or improve your health.)
 
However, there is a way to bring up your energy levels naturally. Not just for a few hours every afternoon, but to increase your capacity for energy throughout the whole day.
 
Every day your energy will increase, and day after day you realize you feel energized longer and longer.
 

The Honest Answer

It’s pretty simple, and most people deep down know the truth. Energy is all about what you put in your body. Eating healthier = feeling better. But of course, that’s so much easier said than done. Maintaining a healthy diet is very important, but difficult.

 
We have a simple, fast morning routine that can make your whole day exponentially better.
 
People who have done this attest to the huge benefits they feel. For most, they feel an immediate difference, but the true benefit comes with long-term use. Building up your energy capacity, maintaining bigger reserves for the really long days, and giving your body the nutrients it needs.
 
What are we talking about? Simply drinking a glass of Sun is Shining green superfood mix each morning. All it takes is 2 teaspoons mixed with coconut water, pineapple juice, or a smoothie of your choice. Drink it with your breakfast, when you get to work, or while dropping the kids off at school. Any way you want, anytime in the morning, and you’ll feel it all day.
 
There are over 30 different superfood ingredients in this mix – there’s nothing else like it. There’s no way to get that many nutrients in a tiny 2 teaspoon serving, and there’s no easier way than simply stirring it into your morning drink.

Super Fuel for a Super Body

The point is to give yourself the ability to produce the energy you need, naturally. The dark leafy greens, nutrient-rich algae, grasses, herbs, and sea vegetables within Sun is Shining contain a wealth of vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, fiber and protein. Nutrients that you don’t normally get with the standard American diet, and are still under-consumed even if you eat much healthier.

 
Sun is Shining can:

  • Boost your energy levels
  • Detox your body
  • Help your digestion and
  • Improve immune function

It maximizes your body’s efficiency, using less energy to do the same tasks. Huge amounts of nutrients and enzymes work to improve your body’s performance, saving energy for when you need it most.
 
You are a fine tuned machine, and Sun is Shining is your super-powered fuel.
 

The People Have Spoken

We have so many amazing testimonials from people who have felt the effects of adding Sun is Shining to their morning routine. These folks are a tribute to its amazing power, and their kind words speak volumes about the real, natural enhancements they feel. Check them out for yourself:

 
“Recommend”

“This is one of the best products I have ever tried. I have so much energy after I make my morning shake that it lasts all day!!!! No 2:00 pm blues!!”
 

 
“Amazing energy”

“This is a great product. After the first few days I could feel my energy increase significantly. I’m 58 years old, a 4th degree black belt and train 3 mornings a week and 3 evenings a week and work a full-time job. This product has been a blessing in my life. I mix it with apple juice and drink first thing in the morning. I even sprinkle it over a fruit mixture or in yogurt. It’s such a fresh flavor.”
 

“I see what you did there”

“I thought whoever named this green powerhouse was just a fellow Bob Marley fan, until I started adding it to my smoothies and noticed how much more alert I immediately felt, and how much brighter and clearer everything around me seemed. There must be something going on here that is great for the eyes, because it does feel like a ray of sunshine is just brightening my mornings in addition to giving me an extra boost of energy since I started adding it to my morning smoothies. Spin a frozen banana in your blender with 8oz of coconut water and a tablespoon of this green supplement, and you might find the sun shining just a little bit brighter too.”

 

“A great main feature”

“Sun Is Shining is a great main feature in my morning smoothies full of superfoods and fruits. Since I don’t use caffeine, the powder energizes me and has been building up my immune system. If I do catch something, it is minimal and usually goes away within a few days. Sun Is Shining just feels healthy going down.”

 

An 8oz bag has 3 weeks worth of servings – We challenge you to try it every day for three weeks and see how much BETTER you feel!

…and there’s no better way to get your Sun is Shining than adding it to your Superfood Smoothie Mix – the delicious, pre-made mix with everything you need for ultimate nutrition!

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3 Rawesome Smoothie Recipes

The days of skipping breakfast are gone! Breakfast is vital to starting your day out right, whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle mass or just trying to get through your day without added caffeine. When in a time crunch, these smoothies offer a great way to eat on the run. Just throw in your travel mug and hit the road. Start the day off on the right foot by drinking one of these super nutritious and scrumptious raw smoothies. They’re also great for a pre-workout snack. Your kids will have no problem slurping down one of these delicious smoothies. Made in only five minutes with less than five ingredients, these smoothies are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Between the three, there is something for everyone.

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

The tropical sunrise smoothie is full of the sweet, tangy flavors of pineapple, mango, and orange. It also has a healthy dose of added vitamins and dietary minerals from the kale and cilantro. The tropical sunrise smoothie tastes like waking up on a resort. You really need this smoothie in your life.

The oranges in this smoothie are a super healthy ingredient. They can help keep your skin clear, and give your immune system a boost. Oranges also offer aid in various conditions such as diabetes and heart conditions. Read more about the health benefits of oranges here.

Banana Pudding Smoothie

The banana pudding smoothie is my personal favorite. It tastes like banana ice-cream, but its healthy! Bananas have been proven extremely healthy for an extensive list of reasons.

Bananas can help overcome depression, or simply lift your mood. So, it would be a great smoothie to give to a cranky toddler. They can also help you to stay more alert, which is perfect for late night studying.

The surprise ingredient in this smoothie is celery, but you can hardly taste it at all and it’s a great way to sneak a vegetable into a tasty drink. The celery justs adds a bit more fiber and vitamins. No one will be able to tell it has a vegetable in it! All they will taste is smooth, thick banana pudding.

Blue-Peary Smoothie

I love eating pears and blueberries before a workout to keep my energy high while I exercise, so why not put the two in a delicious smoothie? The blue-peary smoothie is packed with antioxidants, and vitamins. It is strongly advised that you keep the skins on while consuming, because ¾ of the nutrition is within, and just under the skin. Good thing pear skin is completely palatable, unlike orange peel. Read more about the benefits of pears here.

The blueberries in this smoothie give it a major nutritional boost. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of any other fruit or vegetable. Antioxidants are known for assisting the nervous system and brain health. Read more here.

The health benefits of raw fruit include inflammation control, stronger muscles, and stronger bones. They also give you a super energy boost to get everything done that you need to in a day. Trust me, your body will thank you! Read more about that here.

So next time you get home from the gym or a nice run, and don’t know what to eat to recharge, head for one of these smoothies!

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

For this smoothie you will need oranges, mango, kale, pineapple, and cilantro. The oranges will either need to be seedless, or you can simply cut out the inner section of the orange slices to remove the seeds. Make sure the kale you use has been deribbed. Skin and cut the mango into chunks. The pineapple will also need to be cut up.

Put all of the ingredients in a blender (oranges at the bottom), and blend until smooth. If desired you could add a splash or two of coconut milk to the smoothie to make it taste even more tropical. But, the absolute perfection of this slight alteration is completely optional.

Banana Pudding Smoothie

For this smoothie you will need ripe and speckled bananas, chopped celery, and pitted dates.

Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender with a splash or two of coconut or almond milk and blend until smooth. If you like it chunky, pulse it to your liking. My toddler likes it smooth and refrigerated to make it cold like ice-cream, but I like it to have a little chunkiness to it. 

Blue-peary Smoothie

 

For this smoothie you will need cored, and chopped pears, blueberries, kale, and pitted dates.

 

Put it all in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined. This one is really thick, so I added about 4 splashes of coconut milk instead of the 1-2  I added for the other ones.   

 

Smoothie 1: Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 5 Oranges, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 Pineapple, cubed
  • 1 Peeled and Sliced Mango
  • 1 Cup of Kale, destemmed
  • 1 Small Handful of Fresh Cilantro

 

Smoothie 2: Banana Pudding Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 7 to 8 Speckled Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup of Dates (pitted)
  • 1 Cup of Celery

 

Smoothie 3: Blue-Peary Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 5 Pears, cored and cubed
  • 1-2 Cups of Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of Kale, destemmed
  • A small Handful of Dates, pitted

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender, with a splash or two of coconut milk or almond milk if desired. Blend until smooth. Serve cold.

 
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Cauliflower Mashed “Faux-tatoes”

Around this time of year I am already thinking about what to put on the Thanksgiving table. I started thinking about how to make my Thanksgiving table healthier and one of my favorite recipes I am making this year is cauliflower mashed “faux-tatoes.” Since the meal is already going to have carbs from other sources, I figured it would not hurt to eliminate the potatoes altogether.

My garden is overflowing with cauliflower at the moment, and I was actually beginning to wonder why we had planted so much. Besides, we don’t even typically eat cauliflower so I honestly had no clue what we were going to make with them. Then my sister showed me this recipe. I was a little skeptical at first, but decided to give it a try nonetheless. It was so delicious, you can bet it will be making an appearance on my Thanksgiving table.

This recipe comes together quickly and is inexpensive to make as well. The process is very similar to that of mashed potatoes, and is very simple to prepare. The steps consist of boiling your cut up cauliflower, putting all of the other ingredients with the cauliflower in a food processor, and hitting a button. Pretty easy, right?

The result is a creamy, smooth, light, flavorful dish that tastes like it took more time to prepare than it really did. Everyone in my family absolutely loved the recipe, and one of them even asked me, “Why do these potatoes taste so good?” I’d say we have a keeper folks!

So why use cauliflower instead of potatoes? Well, other than being packed with vitamins and fiber, cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties and is high in antioxidants. Cauliflower also contains less carbs and calories than potatoes, making it a lighter option. Read more about cauliflower.

Here is how to make cauliflower mashed “faux-tatoes”:

You will need cauliflower, butter, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste. The ingredients are pretty simple, but the flavor is deep and delicious.

Break up the cauliflower into relatively small pieces, all about the same size. Boil 2-3 quarts of water, and add the cauliflower. Cook it until the cauliflower is nice and tender, which takes about 15-20 minutes. Drain the cauliflower for a few minutes to get most of the water out. The more water you get rid of, the thicker and less watery tasting the end product will be.

Drain the cauliflower well, and add to a food processor. Add the parmesan cheese, softened butter, sour cream and seasonings.

Process on the highest speed until really smooth. This took my food processor about two minutes. Taste it to see if it needs any more of a particular seasonings. Serve warm with more butter and cheese if desired.

Cauliflower Mashed “Faux-tatoes”

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste 

 

Directions:

  1. Bring 2-3 quarts of water to a boil. Break up the cauliflower into small florets and add to the water. Cook until nice and tender.

  2. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process on the highest speed until smooth 

Recipe Notes:

  • It helps with the texture if you try to remove as much water as possible from the cooked cauliflower. It is suggested that you leave it in the strainer for a few minutes before transferring to the food processor.

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Raw Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

I love chocolate. You too? Unfortunately, with this healthy diet o’ mine, I can’t settle for a candy bar or a chocolate cupcake. That doesn’t mean I don’t get my chocolate fix though!

This recipe for raw chocolate chia energy bars results in a sweet, chewy, chocolatey, yummy bar. Which is also healthy, and nourishing. Meaning guilt free indulgence, man! On top of being a healthy chocolate option, they are really versatile. You could have one for breakfast, a pre-workout boost, or a late night snack you won’t regret eating in the morning.

I know it seems unbelievable that these bars would be healthy as well as delicious, but here are the facts. Chia seeds could be considered a super superfood. They contain 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, and 8 times more omega 3 than salmon. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, chia seeds also have a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels, making it an awesome choice for diabetics.

I have been looking for more ways to incorporate chia seeds into my life anyway, since they also have weight loss abilities, so I will be making these bars a lot.

Cocoa powder is associated with better brain function and improves cardiovascular health, making this bar a perfect before school snack for kids who sit in desks all day.

Cocoa powder helps with blood flow to the arteries and the avoidance of blood clots. It is also an antidepressant, meaning it makes you happy by boosting your endorphins.

Here is the tutorial:

For this recipe you will need pitted dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder, vanilla, and/or almond extract, slivered almonds, and oat flour if you find the bars too sticky.

Place dates in a food processor and process until a thick paste/dough forms. It will come off of the sides and form a ball.

Add the cocoa powder, chia seeds and extracts. Pulse until combined. Then add the almonds and process until it holds together when pressed.

Pour out the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper or wax paper. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll it out into a ½ inch thick rectangle using a rolling pin. Wrap tightly and pop in the fridge for 4-6 hours or overnight.

Cut into 8 bars. Store by wrapping the individual bars in parchment and putting them in a container in the refrigerator.

Raw Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups dates, pitted
  • ⅓ cup raw cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  • oat flour for dusting if necessary 

Directions:

  1. Place dates in a food processor and process until a smooth, thick paste/dough forms. Add the cocoa powder, chia seeds and extracts. Pulse until combined. Then add the almonds and process until it holds together when pressed.
  1. Pour out the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper or wax paper. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll it out into a ½ inch thick rectangle using a rolling pin. Wrap tightly and pop in the fridge for 4-6 hours or overnight.
  1. Cut into 8 bars. Store by wrapping the individual bars in parchment and putting them in a container in the refrigerator.
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Top 5 Recipes to Stop Holiday Weight Gain

Skip the Holiday Weight Gain This Year!

At this time of year, we feast with our loved ones and when the celebrations are over, the reality sets in as many of us struggle to squeeze into our pants. Yes it’s true – we’re destined to pack on a few extra pounds. Instead of waiting until New Years to set your weight loss resolutions – how about trying some new, weight conscious dishes to indulge in? That’s right, weight conscious Holiday dishes. Dare to learn more…?
 

Stop right there!

This holiday season, you can stay away from bad fats and processed sugars that pack on the pounds, while never sacrificing your pleasure principle! Here are our favorite holiday superfood recipes that are so delicious, everyone—including any health food skeptics in your family—will only think one thing: yum! The fact that they’re so healthy can be our little secret…
 
 

  
Raw Superfood Stuffing
A healthy revamp of a traditional favorite that will have everyone coming back for more.
 
Surprise your guests with a healthy, raw superfood side dish, perfect for holiday dinners or parties! This raw stuffing is loaded with protein, minerals, antioxidants and LOVE! The fresh herbs in the recipe make all the difference for an incredibly robust flavor.
 

Raw Superfood Stuffing


 
Mint Chocolate Chia Smoothie
 
Sweet, minty, and chocolaty with a boost of minerals and antioxidants.
 
This luscious smoothie is like a superfood chocolate candy cane in a glass! Loaded with minerals and antioxidants, cacao brings on the chocolate flavor you crave without the junk food.The subtle hint of cinnamon and vanilla compliment the chocolaty mint, bringing it all together for a silky smooth, healthy and delicious smoothie to send you soaring through your day!
 
Mint Chocolate Chia Smoothie
 

 
Raw Pumpkin Pie
Indulge in a delicious dessert – raw and guilt-free.
 
This recipe is sure to be a crowd and family pleaser for your holiday party! You can use anything from a fresh heirloom pumpkin all the way to butternut squash and/or sweet potato.

 
Click here for recipe

Raw Pumpkin Pie
 

 
Lucuma Eggnog
The taste of classic eggnog, dairy-free with a superfood infusion.
 
This recipe is absolutely perfect for fall and the colder months of the year. Lucuma adds a rich caramel flavor, and the coconut sugar and vanilla powder round out the recipe. Creamy and delicious, you won’t miss your regular, less healthy version of eggnog. Make it for friends and family and enjoy!
Lucuma Eggnog
 

 
Golden Berry Fudge
Fudge that’s so delicious, no one would ever guess it’s healthy!
 
This fudge is super easy to make and delicious to eat! It is the perfect treat when you need just a bit of something sweet. Plus, if you need a quick gift, these are perfect for giving!
Golden Berry Fudge
 

 

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5 Simple Ways to Switch Up Your Morning Smoothie

Whoah… Looks Like You Need A Boost.
Bored of the same old smoothie combination? Losing interest in your daily immune boost? How about energy… do you still feel your mind ignite like you used to?
 
Drinking the same shake day in and day out can muddle your mood and turn your righteous path to health into a bland, boring experience. Too much chocolate? Too many greens? Not enough zing?
 
Don’t worry, we get it.
 
With over 150 products to choose from, adding new ingredients to your daily smoothie is a thrill… but too often it isn’t the easiest decision. Which do you choose? Fruity, chocolaty, smoky, greenish, purplish…where do you start!?
 
We’ve selected our Top 5 favorite smoothie boosts, each offering something a little bit different for your mind, body and soul: Energy, Vitality, Detoxification, Mindfulness and Restoration are the most sought after boosts, and Sunfood has a unique product to enrich each of them. Find your perfect fit!
 

 

Energy Boost

Want energy? Maca Extreme is the answer. If you haven’t tried this super energizing boost, you’re missing out! It’s exactly how it sounds… extreme. Just a teeny-tiny bit goes a LONG way.
 
All the same yummy benefits of our famous Maca Powder – with 4x the concentration. How is this possible? The roots are ultra pulverized through a little itty-bitty sieve which creates a highly concentrated product. Your body absorbs it and uses the nutrients instantly!
Sunfood Maca Extreme
 

 

Vitality Boost

Mangosteen Powder. Queen of the Fruits. What’s so special about this bitter mystery powder? Xanthones. Unfamiliar with those? Yeah… we were too at first.
 
Basically, Xanthones are super potent, powerful plant compounds with antioxidant benefits. Why do we call it a “vitality” boost? Well, according to an in-depth study, the Xanthones in Mangosteen have been found to be “antiallergic , anti-inflammatory, antituberculotic, antitumor, antiplatelet, Betaadrenergicblocking and … anticonvulsant.”1
Sunfood Mangosteen Powder
 

 

Detox Boost

Remember the Chernobyl Nuclear Powder Plant disaster in 1986? Countless victims were diagnosed with radiation sickness, experiencing “long lasting remissions” from the radiation damage. The secret weapon used to target this condition was the microalgae known as Spirulina.
 
Spirulina, a freshwater vegetable found in South America contains an abundance of chlorophyll which gives the Spirulina a rich, emerald green color. Beyond pigment, chlorophyll acts as an effective detoxifier by connecting with the toxins found in the body (free radicals) and converting them into neutral, usable materials.
Sunfood Spirulina Crunchies
 

 

Mindful Boost

Mindfulness is a mental state… a state of consciousness where we become aware of the present moment and acknowledge the thoughts, sensations, emotions or feelings that are associated with it. Used as a therapeutic technique in many holistic practices, mindfulness is a great way to achieve mental clarity and totally encompass our well-being.
 
Shilajit is a phenomenal superfood, used in ancient medicine to help achieve an elevated, clear and conscious state of mind. Don’t believe us? One study found Shilajit to be capable of “improving cognitive disorders and [acting] as a stimulant of cognitive activity in humans.3
Sunfood Shilajit Powder
 

 

Restorative Boost
 
Restoration is something we often take for granted. In the hustle and bustle of everyday responsibilities, we frequently believe that a “little extra protein” or a capsuled supplement is enough to restore our muscles, bones, nerves and cells. It never crosses our mind that something as natural and simple as sulfur can do this for us.
 
OptiMSM is extracted from natural sources and is a completely pure product that assists with restoring and maintaining our protein and connective tissues, assists enzymes in performing chemical reactions, and protects us from oxidative stress and harmful effects of toxicity.
Sunfood MSM
 
 

  
 
Get your boost on! Try one, or try all!
Share your experiences and liven up your morning smoothie again!

 
1 – “Pharmacological properties of some aminoalkanolic derivatives of xanthone”; Marona H, Pekala E, Filipek B, Maciag D, Szneler E. Pharmaxie. 2001;56:567-572
2 – 4 – “Spirulina- natural sorbent of radionucleides.” Research Institute of Radiation Medicine, Czech Republic. Belarus, Sep 1993.
3 – “Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity,” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 23, 2012.
 
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Pumpkin Party in my Plants!

Party in my Plants
 
We love hearing from our customers and friends about their amazing adventures in the superfood world, and it’s one of our goals to inspire our community by sharing their stories with the world.
 
We have met some amazing people in our journey to better health, and today we are going to introduce you to one of our newest Superheroes!
 
(P.S. If you or someone you know has been kicking butt and wants to share their experiences, let us know by emailing us! A Superhero is anyone trying to do something special, whether it’s just for themselves and their family, or for the larger community.)
 
 

 
Pumpkin Party in my Plants!

 
Yes, you read that right. Party in my Plants is an amazing blog by natural product idea queen and Sunfood customer Talia Pollock, created to teach you a thing or two about reinventing pumpkin!
 
She made some awesome videos that we just had to share! Each video encourages conventional eaters to take a unique approach to easy health food options with limitless possibilities!
 
During her PumpCAN Party recipe video series, Talia shows us how easy it is to incorporate superfoods into her favorite canned pumpkin recipes to instantly create immune boosting, deliciously satisfying dishes! 
 

 

 

Check out these awesome video recipes!
Talia’s PumpCan Party Favors!

 

Green Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
with Vanilla Protein Powder
:

 
Offers a protein packed punch to recipes! Great texture and a delightful, light taste with just the right amount of sweetness and vanilla! Raw, gluten free, certified organic and non-GMO verified, this is sure to be one of the most versatile, nutrient dense ingredients in any recipe! Always free of chemicals, additives, fillers, binders, preservatives and anything synthetic. Just pure, yummy protein goodness!
 

 


 

Pumpkin Coconut Overnight Oats
with Chia Seeds
:

 
Super packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids make these nutrient-packed little pods a superior brain food! High in fiber and a great source of calcium with a unique texture, they’re fun to eat… and good for you too!
 

 


 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin Cups
with Coconut Palm Sugar
:

 
Low glycemic replacement for sugar! Delicious and organic, Coconut Palm Syrup adds a sweet, caramel-like infusion to recipes and pairs beautifully with savory elements like pumpkin! Contains potassium and magnesium which support bone health – yay, strength!
 

 


 

Pumpkin Black Bean Chili
with Pink Himalayan Salt
:

 
Beautiful, natural salt from deep within the Himalayan Mountains. NOT a refined byproduct like its table salt nemesis – sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure, contains over 84 trace minerals and naturally helps to harmonize the body’s alkalinity/acidity. Noticeably delicious!
 

 

 
 
Check out Talia’s Party in my Plants: PumCAN party recipes and try them for yourself this holiday season! Impress your guests… and keep them healthy too!
 
Want to see more of this? Check out Party in my plants on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
 
 
Sunfood Vanilla Protein Powder
Sunfood Chia Seeds
Sunfood Coconut Palm Sugar
Sunfood Pink Himalayan Salt
  
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Nutrient-Packed Superfood Salad Recipe

Has anyone else noticed how salads tend to leave you hungry? I could eat 3 large bowls of salad and feel as hungry as if I just drank a glass of water. I don’t know about you, but I like to feel full after a meal.

To fix this problem, I started making a nutrient packed superfood salad. It has lots of healthful and filling ingredients. After eating one bowl you’ll be full! No “glass of water” effect in your stomach.

My family was a little skeptical about eating it at first, but once they tasted it, they were all coming back for seconds! I am glad it is so easy to make. They ask for it all the time!

Here is the breakdown of this simple nutrient packed superfood salad.

Beets and sweet potatoes, are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals that you need for healthy nerve and muscle function; they even support your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas.

Kale and baby arugala are both packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Avocados contain more potassium than a banana, as well as heart-healthy fatty acids. Pretty awesome, huh?

Quinoa contains more protein than we can get from almost any other food. It also has 9 amino acids (which are really important), and twice as much fiber than almost any other grain. So quinoa is basically a gluten-free supergrain!

The steps to make this salad are simple. Here is a helpful tutorial.

Cut up three sweet potatoes and three large beets. I used a golden beet for one of the beets for a wider variety of vitamins. You can do the same or just use three large red beets. You will also need 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil (I use this one because it has a better flavor) and a gallon size plastic bag.

Pour the sweet potatoes, beets, and olive oil into the bag, and give it a good shake to coat them.

Spread the sweet potatoes and beets into a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F, for 35- 40 minutes, stirring halfway.

While the sweet potatoes and beets are roasting, you are going to need to start your quinoa. To do that, you need to thoroughly rinse one cup of quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for about five minutes. This will take away the saponin, the naturally bitter flavor in quinoa. Combine the rinsed quinoa with 2 cups of cool water in a medium sized pot, and bring to a boil at medium-high heat. Once boiling, cover and reduce to medium. Now all you do is let this simmer for 12 minutes.

Once cooked, remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and let cool while you cut up the avocado, and rip the kale.

Before assembly, make sure you have everything you need. Telling yourself, “I’ll remember to add that in a second,” does NOT work. Ask me how I know…

To assemble this super simple nutrient packed superfood salad, all you have to do is put it all in a bowl…

and toss it together. Keep tossing it until there are no more chunks of beet here, or patches of peas there. You are going to want to get a really big bowl, because you’re looking at about 12 cups of food right here.

And that’s it! After tossing, your salad is complete and ready to serve.

Simple Nutrient Packed Superfood Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 large beets, peeled and cubed
  • 1 head of kale, ripped into tiny pieces
  • 2 large handfuls of baby arugula
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Place sweet potatoes and beets in a ziplock bag and drizzle with a small amount of organic olive oil. Seal the bag and shake ingredients until veggies are fully coated. Spread evenly onto a nonstick baking sheet (or line one with foil), and roast for 35 to 40 minutes. Stir the veggies halfway through for even cooking. To assemble, layer all ingredients in a large bowl and toss until ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the salad. Serve with your favorite vinaigrette, or with olive oil and red wine vinegar.

 

Quinoa Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • salt (optional)

 

Directions:

Rinse the quinoa vigorously with warm water, about five minutes. Combine the rinsed quinoa with two cups of water in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat. Let simmer 12 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

 

Tips:

  • When dicing the beets, you may want to wear an apron, because it is very juicy and stains easily.
  • ½ of a bag of frozen peas amounts to about 1 ½ cups.
  • I recommend a quality olive oil for the dressing. Not all olive oils are created equal, and I trust this one.

 

 

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Do You Know What Your Cough Is Telling You??

Do You Know What Your Cough Is Telling You??

Tis the season… of many mysterious coughs. From the changing weather to the impact of year end allergies, each cough has an underlying message from your inner command center—do you know how to decode them?
 
We all get a cough at some point, save this article in case you get one this Winter!

 


 
It’s Probably Not What You Think.

Before you walk out of your front door and into your doctor’s office, try to determine what your immune system is telling you… you’re probably not as out of order as you think. Coughing doesn’t always equate to sickness!
 
 

The Dry Cough (AKA The Reflex Cough)

The cough we come into contact with most often is known as the “dry cough.” It is super common and super irritating… But why is it dry? Because you’re not producing any phlegm or expelling any kind of wet irritation.
 

WeeBee Honey

Generally this is called a “reflex cough” due to the body naturally defending itself against environmental contaminants. You can also experience this cough post-cold or when exposed to respiratory irritants such as dust, dander or heavily polluted areas.
 
The Superfood Solution:
A little bit of natural honey and organic lemon in hot water will soothe the roughness of your throat. Also try a few drops of silver!
 
 

The Barking Cough

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like… loud, dry and hoarse, like a bark. The barking cough is generally brought on by a swollen respiratory tract.
 
Sunfood Cat's Claw TeaThis can be anything from a common cold to smoke inhalation, or from severe climate or altitude changes to dust, pollution or dander-heavy areas. But what if its croup?!? Do you have a fever? If so – call the Doc. If not, proceed with natural remedies!
 
The Superfood Solution:
While there is no “approved” method to naturally “heal” a barking cough – we have found that drinking wild-crafted Cat’s Claw Tea gently soothes irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract. If the cough progresses, it’s always best to get in touch with your preferred medical practitioner.
 
 

Productive Chest Cough

Don’t worry, it’s not serious; this is also called the “wet cough.” A productive cough just means you are producing some type of phlegm – your body is getting rid of the irritation in your lungs. When you body does this naturally, let it. It is doing its job!
 
Sunfood Camu Camu PowderSuppressing it with OTC syrups or suppressants causes the phlegm to sit in the lungs, gradually worsening the condition . Allow your immune system to do what it is meant to – cough out the bad stuff!
 
The Superfood Solution:
Sure, this type of cough can sound weird and feel uncomfortable, but a honey, lemon & camu camu mixture combined with hot water or tea can soothe the irritation!
 
Breathing in a natural peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil is also a great way to open up the passage between the lungs and the throat, allowing the body to rid the cough naturally and productively. 
 
However….If the condition becomes worse or the expelled phlegm becomes a strange color, it’s time to call the Doc. 
 
Learn more about different types of coughs and how to identify them Here!
 

 
The best way to handle a cough? Prevent it!

Sunfood Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine PhytoplanktonWith a healthy diet composed of superfoods, supplements and daily vitamins and minerals – you are honoring your immune system (AKA your command center) and giving it the nutrients it needs to fight off common coughs, naturally!
 
Our Oceans Alive® 2.0 Phytoplankton has everything you need for healthy immune support, and adding antioxidant rich Goji Berry Powder to your daily smoothies can help defend against free radical damage. Using a calming mineral such as Manganese can also reduce the negative effects of environmental irritants!
 
Try your favorite combination, and stay healthy throughout the winter season!
 

 

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Lose Weight, Moisturize Your Skin, Nourish Your Hair & More, All With One Superfood!

By now you’ve certainly heard of Coconut Oil, but you may not have heard of all the things you can do with it. The amount of benefits coconut oil has is ASTOUNDING! It’s become one of the most popular superfoods around, and for good reason.
 
Before we get into that, there is a huge difference between our Coconut Oil and other brands – namely that ours is Raw and Extra-virgin (and certified Organic and Non-GMO of course!). We make a huge effort to get the absolute BEST coconut oil we can find. And it’s totally worth the effort.
 
Sunfood Coconut OilSunfood Coconut Oil is super pure, and actually tastes GOOD! A lot of other coconut oils are really lacking in the flavor department, and don’t work so well in smoothies and for cooking.
 
Ours can be simply added to any smoothie for a super coconut kick, or used in place of other oils for cooking. It actually works really well for high-heat cooking which many oils cannot do. The flavor and intoxicating smell are AMAZING!
 
Plus, you get the added benefit of healthy fats (called medium-chain fatty acids) that can actually help you LOSE WEIGHT! One study showed that subjects consuming MCFA experienced “decreased body fat related to increased metabolic rate.”1
  

 
What Else Can Coconut Oil Do for You?

What’s really cool is all the other ways you can use coconut oil. We’ve got a list of 30 different uses you can read here, but we’ll highlight a few of our favorites below.

 
Moisturizer

Because our coconut oil is so pure, it works amazingly well as a moisturizer. Simply apply coconut oil topically on your body and face to keep skin supple.

 
Hair Care

The high quality of our coconut oil also lets you tame frizzy hair and flyaways, or just keep your hair shiny and smooth (also helps with dandruff!). Massage coconut oil onto dry hair and scalp an hour before your shower, or even overnight with your head covered to protect your pillow.

 
Gum-Be-Gone

Believe it or not, coconut oil is AWESOME for removing gum (and glue-residue) from any surface – including carpets and hair. We don’t know how so many rugrats end up with gum in their hair, but they do – now you’ve got a great solution!

 
Massage Oil

Our unrefined, 100% pure coconut oil makes a great massage oil. The heavenly aroma will relax you, and it’s great for soothing sore and tired muscles.

 

 
Join us in our adventure for optimal health, led by our own raw, organic, GMO free coconut oil! 

Sources:
1 – “Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition of fat in response to overfeeding with diet containing medium chain triglyceride” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Apr 1982

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Simple Protein-Packed Raw Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are my boyfriend right now. Seriously, I can’t go a day without one anymore. Which is why I have two pans of brownies in my refrigerator right now…

No, that doesn’t mean I’m about to break out my fat pants. I’m talking about protein packed raw chocolate brownies! Chocolatey, chewy, and healthy?! I know I was shocked too when I was first introduced to these lovely things. But now that I have this recipe, I’m completely addicted.

These brownies call for soaked nuts, and you’re probably wondering why on earth would you do that? The simple answer is that by soaking the nuts, you are breaking down the phytic acid so it can be absorbed properly. This makes the nuts go easier on your gut and digest properly. You end up absorbing more nutrients this way. Learn more about soaking nuts here.

To receive all these benefits, you need to make sure the nuts you buy are raw. I can’t find raw nuts at my local grocer, so I buy these macadamia nuts and these cashews.

I know you’re dying to see how these wonderful brownies are made, so lets dive right in!

Start by soaking your nuts in enough water to cover them for 6 hours. After this soaking period, you should notice that they have plumped up and softened a bit. Then add the soaked nuts, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt to a food processor.

Process until it is a somewhat smooth paste.

Using your hands, press into a parchment lined 8×8 baking dish. It helps if you lightly grease your hands. Chill in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Remove the brownies by pulling out the parchment. Cut into squares, and enjoy!

Simple Protein-Packed Raw Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together and blend until it becomes a paste. Form into squares and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

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

Sunfood Goji Berries

Before we tell you about the amazing health benefits of goji berries, there is one thing you should know:

Not every goji is created equal.
 

Not only are our sun-dried Goji Berries raw, organic, and non-GMO, they are tested by a third party laboratory to be free of mold, heavy metals and pesticides to ensure purity beyond organic certification. Unlike other gojis, ours are sweet and moist—just the way they should be!
 
“These are by far the freshest gojis I’ve ever experienced. A local store has recently begun carrying organic goji berries in bulk. The quality does not compare to Sunfood’s!” – T

 


 
Why Are Goji Berries So Good for You?
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.”1
 

Longevity

Goji berries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants associated with longevity.
 
The legend of master Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yuen’s long life was said to be mere folklore until an Imperial Chinese government record was found from 1827, congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday. In addition to his practice of Qigong, an ancient exercise of breathing and movement, Yuen was said to have consumed goji berries daily.
 

Anti-Aging

According to Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D., bestselling author of 50 books on healing and nutrition, the polysaccharides in goji berries are known to be “a powerful secretagogue, (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone [HGH] by the pituitary gland).”2
 
Stimulating our bodies to produce HGH is essential for retaining youth because we naturally produce less and less of it the older we get.
 

Overall Wellness

In 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.3
 

Eye Health

Sunfood Goji BerriesIn 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

Gojis are known to increase libido. 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

Goji berries are a delicious energy-boosting superfood loaded with nutrients. A good source of potassium, iron, and selenium, they also have B vitamins, calcium, zinc, fiber and even protein!

 


 

Try Something Different!!

Sunfood Goji Berry PowderCheck out one of our newest offerings… Goji Berry Powder. Potent and super easy to use, Goji Berry Powder will give you the energy boost you’ve been craving, without the crash! Loaded with the same nutrients and health benefits as whole fruit, this superfood powder is the easy-to-use superfood powder you’ve been missing!
 
We 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?

This amazing recipe is a Sunfood staff favorite! Made with organic local fruit, Camu Camu, Mangosteen Powder and Goji Berry Powder–  it’s deliciously loaded with antioxidants and energizing nutrients to boost your day!
 

Bounce Back Smoothie

Great for on the go or on the couch – goji berries are the easiest, most delicious superfood to add into your diet! Give them both a try!

Sources:
1 – “Lycium barbarum (goji) juice improves in vivo antioxidant biomarkers in serum of healthy adults.” Nutrition Research Journal, January 2009.
2 – Goji: The Himalayan Health Secret, by Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D, Momentum Media, Oct. 2003.

3 – “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum 
4 – “Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels.” Optometry and Vision Science Journal, Feb. 2011.

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Kill the Carbs in 2 Easy Steps!

Kill the Carbs in 2 Easy Steps

Cut out the Carbs
It’s no secret that processed carbs (bad carbs) should be avoided—they’re loaded with empty calories, extra sugar and can lead to unwanted weight gain. Unfortunately, common foods we crave such as noodles and bread are two of the biggest leading bad carb culprits.
 
To make matters even trickier, so many people are avoiding gluten these days, which of course tends to pervade our carb-laden favorites. But don’t worry! Breaking up with your carb-rich, glutinous entrée is much easier, and tastier than you may think.
 
We’ve been on the search for nutritious, scrumptious “no-no” food replacements, and finally, two of the most revered comfort foods have a healthy alternative!
 

 

Kelp Noodles: Hasta la Pasta

Gold Mine Kelp Noodles
Gold Mine has perfected the art of noodling, crafting a low carb, low calorie, gluten-free, delicate and delicious noodle that can be enjoyed by foodies everywhere!
 
With no “kelpy” flavor, they are light enough to be added to salads or soups, yet filling enough to be used as a spaghetti or linguine replacement for your favorite pasta dish.

Gold Mine Kelp Noodles are similar to traditional glass noodles, providing a light crunchy texture—making them a fun substitute for wheat pasta or rice noodles. Plus, they have calcium, iron, and fiber!

I have spent a few years looking for a good gluten free pasta/noodle/anything that had a good texture and held up well through cooking and tossing with a sauce. No matter what I tried, rice, buckwheat, bean noodles… Each and every one of them broke apart and/or turned to mush by the time they reached my plate. These kelp noodles are exactly what I had been imagining all along, and the fact that they do not require cooking is such a bonus!” Elizabeth

“YUM! We loved that we didn’t need any preparation, and that these have virtually no calories, but so much nutrition! We ordered 2 pounds and ate them all right away!! We rolled them up with avocado in the nori sheets we also got here-mmm! So incredible, I recommend these to everyone. My favorite “pasta”! Definitely ordering more!” Britany and Peter
 


To make the most of these delicious noodles, an explosively flavorful recipe was born – Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai. We were blown away by the flavor packed into this recipe—even non-raw foodies were impressed! Try it out for yourself!

Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai Recipe

 

Coconut Wraps: Bread is Dead

Sunfood Coconut Wraps

If you’re looking to avoid processed carbs like bread and tortillas, or need quick and easy meal options, look no further! Our low carb, gluten-free Coconut Wraps are a raw, vegan, non-GMO alternative to wheat, corn and flour-based tortillas.
 
These delicious wraps are derived from organic coconuts; the only ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water, and unrefined coconut oil. So simple and incredibly tasty!
 
Super thin and packed with amazing flavor, our coconut wraps are free of added salt, preservatives, grains, dairy or soy. They’re a healthy and mouthwatering way to make a variety of raw dishes such as burritos, wraps and sushi.
 
Wrap with your favorite raw veggies like avocado, tomato or lettuce, or experiment with various spreads like hummus to make a healthy snack anytime! Try these scrumptious Quick and Easy Wraps!

 

Quick & Easy Wraps Recipe
 

“Love it!!! This product is excellent for wraps and snacking. The minute it arrived at the house I wanted to try it. Love the texture.”Cashama
 
“Wonderful smell! Taste is like a bite of LOVE! You’ll want to eat the entire wrap – plain! So good alone, on it’s own!”Daena
 
“I had to wait for these wraps to come back in stock again, now I see why. They are so good. I ate them right out of the plastic. I love coconut and they have a great flavor. You can use them to make fruit wraps as well for a sweet delicious snack. I will definitely be purchasing them again.”Ariel
 
“I just made a raw taco using these wraps! Made the “taco meat” using walnuts and spices, put some avocado mayo on the wrap and added romaine, red/green pepper and tomatoes! Awesome!”Kim
 

 
So how do you replace traditional noodles and pasta? With low-carb, low-calorie, gluten-free Kelp Noodles! And how do you kick bread to the curb? With raw, gluten-free Coconut Wraps!

Say goodbye to bread and tortillas with these healthy and scrumptious alternatives!

 

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No Other Sweetener on the Planet Can Do This

Do You Know This Superfood?
It looks like a potato but it’s a relative of the Sunflower family. It tastes a little bit like honey, and a little bit like sweet molasses. It’s an Andean root — but it’s mostly known for being a natural sweetener. Do you know what we’re talking about?
 
Native to Peru and used for thousands of years by indigenous people, this superfood  is now recognized all over the world for its impressive low glycemic qualities and superior taste.

We’re talking about Yacon Syrup!!

One of the most versatile products of its kind, it can be used in place of traditional sweeteners such as honey, agave, stevia, or maple syrup in just about every recipe you can imagine!

A great addition to coffee or tea and even atop pancakes – this is truly the best option out there!

“I use Yacon syrup for so many things – in cookies, on squash – other places where I might use Molasses.” – Chelea
 


How Low Can You Go?

Sunfood Yacon SyrupThe glycemic index, a tool used to indicate how quickly a specified amount of food will cause a rise in blood sugar level, is used for diabetics, people with sugar sensitivities, or as a guide to help you lose weight.

The lower the glycemic index of a food is, the lower the rise in blood sugar. Yacon syrup scores an impressive 1 on the index – compared to honey at a 50, maple syrup at a 54 and molasses at 55.
 

Yacon is high in dietary fibers known as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which the body recognizes differently than glucose. Therefore it has little, if any, effects on blood sugar levels. It also contains inulin which functions as a prebiotic to help control flora in the intestine, meaning that it may improve normal gastrointestinal health.
 
Our Yacon Syrup is completely pure, unlike many other yacon products which have popped up on the market to capitalize on the media’s recent highlight of this product as a weight loss aid. You can rest assured that ours is organic, completely pure, and free of any additives or fillers.
 
Go On, Sweetness…

While moderation is key for any sweet treat, yacon is the essential sweetener for all of your dessert recipes! Yacon has little to no effect on your blood sugar, and its power as a prebiotic can aid digestion and help you lose weight.

 

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Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Balls (That Are Actually Healthy!)

Has anyone else eaten so much of the cookie dough that they couldn’t eat the baked cookies? Or, there wasn’t enough dough left to make the cookies? Not that that has ever happened to me before or anything. *Cough*

The dough is the best part of making cookies, right? Luckily, the point of this recipe is to eat the dough. It is completely safe to eat raw, and is way better for you.

If you’re not sold yet, lets dive into why these cookie dough balls are actually healthy for you. Chickpeas, the main ingredient of these cookie dough balls, are gluten free, contain healthy proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This is a much better option than wheat flour, because wheat flour has been proven to cause a number of digestive problems.

Another great difference in this recipe is the use of coconut sugar instead of traditional white sugar. Coconut sugar isn’t a nutritional superfood, but it does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar. Coconut sugar contains small amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper.

White sugar has been proven to cause higher levels of glucose (blood sugar) to enter the blood streams. This is not good for you at all, which is why I opt for the coconut sugar instead

Here is how to make these healthy beauties:

For this recipe you will need chickpeas, almond butter, coconut sugar, honey, baking soda, and vegan chocolate chips.

Put the chickpeas, honey, coconut sugar, baking soda, almond butter, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a food processor. If you used a can of pre-salted chickpeas, leave out the additional salt. Process the ingredients until it comes together as a fluffy dough, scraping the sides as necessary. It should resemble cookie dough.

Then move the dough to a medium sized bowl. Add the chocolate chips.

Stir in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed.

Form into 12 one-inch dough balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze until solid.

In a double boiler, or a glass bowl/measuring cup over boiling water, melt half of the remaining chocolate chips. Once the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir in the remaining chocolate chips until they have melted fully. This is called tempering the chocolate. It makes it so when it is at room temperature it won’t be as soft. Meaning you won’t get your fingers as sticky when consuming these.

Take one dough ball at a time and drop it in the chocolate. Remove with a fork, and shake off excess chocolate.

Use another fork to push it back onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze again until the chocolate hardens. This only takes about 5 minutes.

Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Balls (That Are Actually Healthy!)

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons raw organic almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (mini’s work best)

 

Directions:

1. Combine chickpeas, honey, sugar, baking soda, almond butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and process until smooth.


2. Remove to a bowl and stir in half a cup of the chocolate chips. Form into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid.


3. In a double boiler, melt remaining cup of chocolate chips. Dip the balls into the chocolate until covered, then place back on parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until chocolate has hardened, then store at room temperature.

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Looking For Adventure? Look No Further!

YOUR FAVORITE TROPICAL SNACK IS BACK!

 
We sell out of this organic, raw snack mix so fast that it’s hard to keep up with demand! But since you’ve been so patient with us, we want to say thanks!
 
Mango Macadamia Adventure will melt your taste buds, thanks to the world’s most delicious superfood ingredients.
Sunfood Mango Macadamia Adventure
What’s inside?
  • Tropical mangos
  • Crisp macadamia nuts
  • Sweet goji berries
  • Creamy cashews
  • Delicate mulberries
  • Chocolaty cacao nibs
 
It’s the perfect blend of sweet, chewy, crunchy and creamy with a twist of chocolate and tropical fruit. We’re talking pure heaven here!
 
“I purchased this product a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m craving a handful of this amazing nut mix. It’s so tasty and I can’t believe all the Vitamins you get. I want to try the Choco Mango Mac Adventure recipe, sounds heavenly good.” – Marco 
 
Mango Macadamia Adventure Nutrition FactsBeyond the flavor explosion, Mango Macadamia Adventure is incredibly nutrient-dense. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins and also has vitamins A, C, E and K. Rich in minerals such as manganese and copper, it also includes magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and selenium.

 


The Sunfood Difference™

Every ingredient in Mango Macadamia Adventure is raw, certified organic, sourced consciously and grown sustainably without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
 
Specially created to ensure the perfect proportions, our Mango Macadamia Adventure is made with loving care in our certified organic, gluten-free facility.
 
Free of added salt, sugar, or preservatives, this may just be the purest, most delicious trail mix ever. See for yourself and get triple sun points too!!
 

 
Try something truly delectable… Choco-Mango-Mac Adventure! The guilt free treat perfect for the entire family! 
 

Choco-Mango-Mac Adventure

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Don’t Be Scared… We Have A Delectable Surprise For You!

Tricks…or Treats?

In celebration of All Hallows Eve, we’ve brought back our most favorite treat - Chocolate!! We’re not talking about those fun-size monstrosities that find their way into your kid’s bucket’o candy – this is some real, delicious, healthy chocolate. Don’t be afraid, splurge a little!
 
Be guilt free this Halloween! Our friends over at Earth Source Organics have perfected the art of the Righteously Raw chocolate bar. Loaded with minerals, antioxidants and an abundance of flavor, these frighteningly delicious chocolate bars can be enjoyed by parents and little monsters of all kinds! (Oh, the kids might like them too!)
 
Go on, indulge.
 
Along with raw cacao and beautifully smooth superfruit centers, these truffle bars boast some seriously addictive flavors. The marriage of raw agave nectar and pink Himalayan salt give these little chocolate bars a massive boost of flavor, while coconut oil promotes a melt in your mouth experience.
 
The aroma of Madagascar Vanilla sends a tinge of complexity through your taste buds, creating a delectable overall chocolate experience. Oh, did we mention these are actually good for you, too?

 


 

Caramel Cacao Truffle Bar

With 90% pure, raw cacao – this chocolate truffle bar is a chocoholic’s dream!
 
In between layers of chocolate lies a creamy “caramel” center, created by combining Lucuma, a subtropical fruit and delightful, low glycemic Middle Eastern dates. Guess what? These caramel-goodness truffles are also high in beta carotene, iron, potassium, copper and magnesium.
 
 
Righteously Raw, Caramel Cacao Truffle Bar
Maca Cacao Truffle Bar

Maca Cacao Truffle bars contain 80% pure, raw cacao and over 55 phytonutrients!
 
Explore the flavorful sensation of Maca’s warm nutty aroma enveloping rich dark cacao fudge. From the moment it touches your tongue, the unique blend of raw cacao butter in concert with mesquite pod, sweet maca root and a hint of Himalayan-pink salt energizes your body.
 
The powerful cobination of the coating, complemented by the sweetness of the truffle blended from low-glycemic dates and golden Hunza raisins, balance each other to offer a distinct flavor that may redefine the look and taste of chocolate bars.
 
 
Righteously Raw, Maca Cacao Truffle Bar
Goji Cacao Truffle Bar

90% pure, raw cacao covers delectable high frequency goji berries and luscious figs, making this a decadent treat for the experienced dark chocolate connoisseur.
 
The rich chocolate aroma and textured berries create a unique experience for the palate and bring lasting nourishment and energy.
 
This nutrient dense truffle bar contains all eight amino acids essential for life, as well as polysaccharides and other antioxidant components, thanks to the celebrated goji berry.
 
 
Righteously Raw, Goji Cacao Truffle Bar
Acai Cacao Truffle Bar

This little truffle bar is packed with 80% pure, raw cacao covering a layer of silky smooth Açaí berry. Imagine sweet, tangy, antioxidant-rich Açaí berries surrounded by delicious raw chocolate – that’s exactly what you’ll get in this amazing truffle bar!
 
The Açaí Cacao Truffle Bar represents a stunning advance for raw chocolatiers and raw chocolate, enrobing a rich filling of acai with dark, decadent raw cacao.
 
The texture of this bar alternates between the delicate snap of the best raw chocolate and the smooth texture of a superfruit filling, for a treat that is totally unique, simply delicious. 
 
 
Righteously Raw, Acai Cacao Truffle Bar
Rose Maqui Truffle Bar

Blended in this decadent truffle are sensational layers of flavor beginning with sumptuous dark raspberry and delicious sweet beet and ending on notes of rich chocolate and fragrant rose.
 
Each ingredient is consciously sourced beginning with a base of antioxidant-rich cacao butter and red raspberry powder paired with blood-detoxifying beet crystals and highly digestible brown rice protein powder.
 
Inside, rich maqui powder contained in our luscious truffle will provide you with yet another boost of powerful antioxidants.
 
 
Righteously Raw, Rose Maqui Truffle Bar
Cacao Covered Coconut Macaroons

Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, these 80% raw cacao covered coconut macaroons are low-glycemic, rich in antioxidants, and contain no refined sugars or soy.
 
The nutritional properties in these delectable, raw macaroons can improve blood flow throughout the body, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, stimulate endorphin production for mood, increase energy and endurance, support bone health, aid in reduction of inflammation and promote healthy skin.
 
Perhaps the best part–they are pure decadence!
 
 
Righteously Raw, Coconut Macaroons


Support Local Businesses!
One of Sunfood’s greatest missions is to support awesome local companies such as Earth Source Organics. Audrey Darrow, President of Earth Source Organics and creator of Righteously Raw chocolate products, shares her touching story below:
 
“Earth Source Organics started as a need to find affordable raw, organic foods as I was just recovering from a very aggressive breast cancer and money was tight. I saw that raw chocolate was selling for $14 a bar and I assumed that many others could not afford the luxury either. After going through treatment, I had severe allergies and quickly learned that this was a huge problem for children and adults. I felt I needed to produce foods that others could enjoy without all the worry. We continue to grow and are so very grateful for our wonderful customers and the amazing companies that allow us to sell our products to them!”
 
Go on! Indulge! Halloween comes and goes but your good eating habits don’t have to!
 
 
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Our Best Kept Skin Secret…

See ya later, Alligator.
Ever notice how dry, brittle or itchy your skin starts to get in the autumn and winter months? The luminous glow and supple feel of summer disappears and we’re left with a tough, dull exterior. What is this terrible phenomenon?
 
During summer months, our skin soaks up the humidity and moisture rich air, keeping our skin soft and maintained. As  the leaves start to crisp up and fall off, so does our skin. Dry air and cold weather can be a lethal combination… but it doesn’t have to be.
 


Spoiler Alert! Your favorite moisturizer isn’t enough…
Most moisturizers contain alcohols and sulfites… among other unexplained ingredients. Even the most “natural” products often sound like a science experiment rather than a moisturizer.
 
Oils and extracts such as coconut, almond, rose, and lavender may help calm irritation and roughness caused by temperature fluctuation, but these also may not be enough. 
 
Sunfood MSMThe real secret to maintaining healthy skin through the cold winter months? Sulfur.
 
Commonly known as “nature’s beauty mineral,” this nutrient is absolutely vital to maintaining smooth skin – additionally it also promotes strong nails and shiny, full hair. The single best way to get sulfur into your body is with MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). MSM is a naturally-occurring form of dietary sulfur that can be taken internally as part of your diet, or used topically in a lotion.
 


What Makes MSM So Great?

The sulfur in MSM is vital for the production of collagen and keratin, proteins necessary for the health and maintenance of skin, nails and hair.1 Connective tissue and cartilage also contain proteins bonded with sulfur.2  When MSM is taken internally, it has anti-inflammatory potential,3 and has also been shown in studies to release sulfur to form collagen and keratin, as well as essential amino acids and serum proteins — these are the basic ingredients of hair, skin and nails.4,5
 


Summer in November? Count us in!

Sunfood MSM Lotions

You can strengthen your skin, hair and nails from the inside out with MSM Powder, MSM Capsules or OptiMSM Flakes. Taking MSM internally with water or mixed with your smoothies has been proven in studies to be effective against dry, scaly or itching skin.6 To help even further, you can apply MSM Lotions to target and revitalize particular areas of your skin.
 
When applied topically as ointment or lotion, MSM has been found to be helpful with acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, diaper rash, burns, scars, and certain fungal infections.6,7 To address specific areas, use MSM lotions on scar tissue, wrinkles, blemishes, acne, skin irritations and burns — or just to have youthful, glowing skin!
 


Here’s What Sunfood Customers Are Saying About MSM:
 
OptiMSM Flakes
“Amazing! No more aching hands from sewing or cold mornings. Thicker hair. Moisturized skin. Stronger nails. I add 1/2 tsp to glass of water each morning, don’t notice any bitterness, just tastes like water.” - Regina

MSM Capsules
“I love MSM. My hair was starting to thin out really bad in the front. I started using MSM and in no time my hair was thickening. Thank God for MSM!!!!!!!” - Dinah

MSM Powder
“This stuff is amazing, totally cured my Achilles tendinitis and has helped my knee tremendously after surgery.” - Jen

MSM Lotion, Lavender
“I really enjoy putting this product on my face especially before retiring for the night. It feels wonderful and am certain it is helping blemishes to heal faster.” - Mikayla

MSM Lotion, Medicinal
“I use MSM lotion as a facial moisturizer and also use it for anti-chaffing. It works better than anything I have ever tried. It even reduced a few dark aging spots on my cheek. I also put it on a wart that was forming on my arm and the wart disappeared. All around usefulness and very inexpensive.” - planlady

MSM Lotion, Coconut Rose
“I’ve tried so many high-end face creams/lotions, and nothing comes close to this product in terms of… well everything really. The quick absorbency, the clean, light feel to it, the natural ingredients (including the fragrance!), and the nourishment it provides as a result – all for a VERY reasonable price.” - Kristya

 


The Sunfood Difference™

Our MSM is extracted from natural sources and is extensively tested to be free of contaminants. Lower quality brands of MSM are created using solvents that can result in toxic byproducts. Our MSM comes in a pure form that dissolves easily into water or juice. It is best taken in the morning on an empty stomach for maximum absorption. MSM also works very well in conjunction with vitamin C so we recommend mixing it with Camu Camu Berry Powder in water or juice.
 
 We hold our MSM Lotions to the same quality standards as our MSM supplements. All of our MSM Lotions are made with the purest ingredients and are free of alcohol, chemicals and parabens. Vegan and never tested on animals, they are good for your skin and sustainably sourced!
 
For radiant summer skin all winter long, combine MSM into your daily routine!
 
 
Sources:
1 - The Forgotten Nutrient MSM: On Our Way Back to Health with Sulfur. Ley, B.M., Health Learning Handbooks, BL Publications, California: 1998.
2 - “The MSM Miracle,” MSM Medical Information Foundation, 2005-2006.
3 – “The anti inflammatory effects of methylsulfonylmethane on lipopolysaccharide induced inflammatory responses in murine macrophages.” Hallym University, Korea, 2009.
4 – “The Current Status of MSM in Medicine.” Jacob, S.W, Am. Acad. Med. Prev., 1983. 
5 – “Incorporation of Methylsulfonylmethane into Guinea Pig Serum Proteins.” Richmond, V.L., Life Sciences 1986, vol. 39.
6 – “Dietary Products and Uses Comprising Methylsulfonylmethane.” Herschler, R.J., United States Patent 4,863,748: 1989.
7 – “Methylsulfonylmethane and Methods of Use.” Herschler, R.J., United States Patent 4,296,130: 1981.
8 – “Serum iron, zinc, and copper concentration in premature graying of hair.” Fatemi Naieni F, Biological Trace Element Research, April 2012.
 
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Let’s Get Fat Together!

Let’s Get Fat Together!
We’re talking about Omega-3’s! These fats are essential to your overall health – specifically your heart, brain and skin. It has been thought that between 60-90% of people are deficient in this vital fat, resulting in sluggish and unhealthy daily activity. Our bodies cannot naturally produce Omega-3 fatty acids, so we rely on food to properly nourish our most vital parts.
 
Unfortunately for vegan lifestyles, it can be difficult to incorporate good, healthy sources of Omega-3 into an everyday routine. The most well known source of Omega-3 is fish oil – but for herbivories this can present a huge issue. Here are some of our favorite vegan-friendly plant sources of Omega-3! 

 

Sacha Inchi Oil – 7g per serving
Sacha InchiSacha 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.
 
Cha-Cha Chia! -  3g per serving
Chia SeedsThese little seeds cultivated by the Aztec and Maya long ago are super versatile and easy to add to any diet—we’ve got loads of delicious ideas for you on how to use this energizing brain food!
 
If you want to boost your cognitive power, Chia Seeds pack an impressive omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) content — 3 grams in every serving! Your brain will be thanking you because omega-3s may contribute to your mental function.
 
Happy Hemp Day! 2.5g per serving
Considering that one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, grew hemp, it’s somewhat illogical that many states in the U.S. are restricted or outright prohibited from growing this tiny superseed. Never mind that the oil, seed and fiber varieties of the hemp plant are used in everyday products currently bought and sold in the U.S., including skin care, clothes, paper, building materials, biofuels, and of course, superfoods.
 
Did you know that Hemp Seeds contain 36% protein, meaning that per serving, hemp has more protein than meat? Hemp is also one of very few plants that contains a proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) which the body can’t produce on its own.
 

Sunfood Sacha Inchi Oil
Sunfood Chia Seeds
Sunfood Chia Seed Powder
Sunfood Hemp Seeds

 


 

What’s the big deal about Omega’s anyway?
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.
 
  

 

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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