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Get the Good Stuff… our NEW chocolate obsession!

Good Stuff Chocolates!

We love chocolate! Seriously…

and this is really Good Stuff

Just in time for Valentine’s Day (or if you simply love chocolate like us) we bring you Good Stuff Cacao chocolates.

Organic, raw, gluten-free, non gmo, and simply amazing, these chocolates have it all!

They have one of the highest raw cacao ratios on the market, but still deliver rich flavor with no bitterness.

This is DARK and delicious chocolate… none of that silly milk chocolate stuff around here. (Ok, so we actually love milk chocolate too, we can’t help it!)

But this isn’t any ordinary chocolate bar. Good Stuff likes to pack in the flavor. Check out the varieties:

Original
Pure raw cacao and raw honey

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Peppermint
With a touch of Young Living Peppermint Oil

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Coconut
With chewy flakes of fresh organic coconut

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Hit the Trail
With organic sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and sea salt

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Nib Crunch
With organic cacao nibs for a super dark, crunchy treat

 

So much Good Stuff!

All Good Stuff Cacao products are made with raw organic cacao, raw Michigan honey, are gluten free, have no GMOs, and practice fair trade. (and just you know they are made in a facility that may handle tree nuts)
 

Want to try them? Of course you do!

These are some of the tastiest chocolates we’ve ever tried, and we know you’ll love them too!

Click here to try them today!

 

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

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How to make ALL your meals burst with flavor! Introducing be Runa!

be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets

Sweeten & Spice Up Your Life

be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets

From simple seeds come incredibly robust and tantalizing seasonings like nothing you’ve had before. be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets are a health conscious mix of superseeds, superfoods, and spices delivering a full dimensional flavor profile.

We were blown away by the fact that organic, healthy ingredients were used to create such heavenly flavors.

Full of superfoods like chia, hemp, flax, camu camu, mangosteen, cacao, maca and more, there’s no better way to add an explosion of flavor to your recipes.

The six flavor options are extraordinarily versatile, letting you experiment and get creative with just about any dish or dessert.

Seed Salt flavors:
Curry, Black Truffle, and Garlic Cayenne

Seed Sweet flavors:
Cinnamon Spice, Coconut Cacao, and Berry Vanilla

Try the Seed Salts on:
Spinach, avocados, noodles, kale, quinoa, eggs, meat, salads, veggies, potatoes, rice… or virtually anything you want to add a touch (or more) of spice and zest.

Try the Seed Sweets on:
Yogurt, fruit, toast, oatmeal, smoothies, cereal, popcorn, cottage cheese, ice cream, frozen yogurt or even out of the palm of your hand!


About be Runa

be Runa is a San Diego based company founded on the vision of all humans living their fullest expression. Their mission is to offer products that support living a healthy and inspired life.


Seed Salt and Seed Sweet are an expression of the be Runa philosophy of humans living fully alive. The seed is the essence of life itself… the object in which wonders work.

Edible seeds are tiny treasure troves of flavor, intense nutrition and medicine. They contain the whole future plant in embryo form. Pure potential! Just like the seeds of infinite possibility waiting to be realized within each of us.

Moved by this magic, Seed Salt and Seed Sweet were born! A combination of different organic seeds, superfoods, mineral salts and spices handcrafted in small batches with lots of love!

Use daily as your upgraded table salt or seasoning. They are Organic, Gluten free, non GMO, Vegan, Paleo and mostly Raw!  Your tastebuds will love them and your body will thank you! Simply Enjoy!
 

Click here to explore be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets!

 

 

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

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Our small part trying to help a big problem

Sunfood All-Natural Skin Care Products

Very common, barely talked about

One of the least talked about side effects of cancer treatment is a condition known as radiation dermatitis. Patients endure dry, sore, itchy, sensitive skin and chapped lips as a result of the treatment methods often used(1). In fact, an estimated 95% of patients receiving radiation therapy will experience some degree of skin reaction(2), varying from redness, itching, and drying, to peeling and pain.
 
Because of this, many patients seek out relief in the form of pure, natural skin care that contains as few ingredients as possible. It’s imperative to avoid any possible chemical interactions from fragrances, alcohols, and parabens that can cause reactions, discomfort, or worsen the condition.
 
Many people who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and other skin conditions have these very same concerns and also seek all-natural products with only a few ingredients. There are hundreds of thousands of people in need of a solution, but the truth is there aren’t a lot of options available.
 

Our small part

With our new line of skin care products, our goal is to help cut back on the unnecessary chemicals adding up in your life. That is the mindset behind using simple, all-natural superfood ingredients. Take a look at the labels of other lotions and moisturizers and you’ll see a long and confusing list of ingredients.
 
The only ingredients we use are cacao butter, shea butter, bees wax, sacha inchi oil, tocotrienols, MSM powder, and coconut oil. We don’t even add water to dilute it. We believe in feeding your skin with nutrients, not chemicals.

Success against Psoriasis with Healing Skin Repair
“I have psoriasis on my elbows. They have cracked open and bleed and have been very tender. Always bright red and raised skin. I have used Healing every day and have been overly surprised and joyful at the results.  Within a month, no more cracking. The bright red skin is gone and my skin is smooth, not rough anymore. At this time my elbows just look a little ashy. I can wear short sleeves without feeling self conscious. Unbelievable!”
- Lorraine

 

Carcinogens, chemicals, and more

We already know there are big risks from absorbing chemicals through the skin, leached from beauty products that contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals(3). It’s smart to make a decision to avoid these products altogether, even if you’re perfectly healthy.
 
But most of us don’t have perfect skin and we use some type of moisturizer or cream already. The problem is almost every cream and lotion on the market has tons of extra ingredients. This is because preservatives and emulsifiers must be added to turn water into a cream or lotion. These products simply cannot be made without a large number of ingredients.
 

Food for your skin

We believe everyone should be fully aware of everything touching their skin and going into their body, whether or not your skin is healthy. Our aim is to provide a better option that can work for anyone, with any skin type. We think everyone can achieve the beautiful, healthy, radiant skin they desire with fewer, but superior ingredients.
 

Try feeding your skin with nutrients instead of chemicals, and see what it does for you. 

1. http://www.cancercare.org/publications/76-caring_for_your_skin_during_cancer_treatment accessed 24 August 2012
2. Bernier, J., Bonner, J., Vermorken, J.B., Bensadoun, R.J., Dummer, R., Giralt, J., … Ang, K.K. (2008). Consensus guidelines for the management of radiation dermatitis and coexisting acne-like rash in patients receiving radiotherapy plus EGFR inhibitors for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Annals of Oncology, 19, 142–149. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdm400
3. CDC – Skin Exposure and Effects (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/)

 

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

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Feed Your Skin with Nutrients, Not Chemicals

 

Premium Superfood Skin Care

Beautiful, radiant skin comes from nutrients, not chemicals

Have you heard about our brand new skin care line of products? Click here to read our announcement article!

So many skin care products contain unnecessary chemicals and alcohols, even ones claiming to be “all natural”. Those chemicals are able seep through your skin and into your body.1

Some estimate women absorb up to 5 lbs of chemicals just from makeup every year.2

We already live in a world full of chemical exposure, why would you want to add more directly to your skin?

Our brand new line of premium skin care products are completely all-natural, only made with actual superfood ingredients.

They are the absolute best way to give your skin the nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes it needs to be healthy, radiant, and beautiful, WITHOUT any harmful chemicals.

We knew there was a better way to treat your skin, so we worked with an amazing customer to develop 5 brand new products.

YOUNG is a face and neck cream made to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear up blemishes and protect from aging. Maintain healthy, youthful skin with daily use. Meant for face and neck, but can be used on whole body.
Made only with Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), and MSM Powder.

HEALING is a healing body butter made for all over, to soothe dry, itchy, cracked skin and minor sunburns. With use over time it can rejuvenate the elasticity of the skin to reduce scars, skin damage, varicose veins, and stretch marks.
Made only with Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, MSM Powder, and Tocotrienols (Vitamin E).

PROTECT is a body butter made to protect the skin from exposure to the elements like sun, water, dry climates, wind and cold weather. It moisturizes while still allowing the skin to breathe, leaving it soft and smooth.
Made only with Bees Wax, Coconut Oil, Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), and MSM Powder.

LIPS is a lip balm made with bees wax, to heal and moisturize dry, chapped lips. It can even help fight wrinkles and signs of aging around your lips while keeping them soothed and soft.
Made only with Coconut Oil, Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Bees Wax, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), MSM Powder, and Sacha Inchi Oil.

GONE is a gentle makeup remover made with only two ingredients. There are no harsh chemicals and no need to tug at the skin to remove stubborn makeup. It even acts as a moisturizer to help leave your face soft and smooth.
Made only with Coconut Oil and Tocotrienols (Vitamin E).
 


These are concentrated products, and require adding water to make them spread and absorb in the skin. This also allows you to control the quantity you use and your personal preference for consistency.

If you are ready for truly all-natural skin care products that use vitamins and minerals to help achieve your goals, you have to try these today!
 

Click here for Superfood Skin Care!

BRAND NEW! Superfood for Your Skin








1. CDC – Skin Exposure and Effects (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/)

2. Daily Mail – Women absorb up to 5lbs of damaging chemicals a year thanks to beauty products (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-462997/Women-absorb-5lbs-damaging-chemicals-year-thanks-beauty-products.html)

 

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

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New! Pure Superfood Skin Care

NEW Superfood Skin Care – Pure, Natural, Food-based Beauty Products

An incredible new way to feed your skin! Announcing our line of Sunfood Skin Care products: These were developed with the help of an amazing woman (and Sunfood customer), who was dealing with her own skin issues and just wanted a better solution.

“I had the same skin goals as many women; I wanted my face and neck to look young, my wrinkles to fade, my dry skin to heal, and my lips to be soft and supple.

But most of all, I wanted something natural that used vitamins and nutrients to help heal my skin, not chemicals, alcohols and synthetic ingredients found in most high-end skin care products (even the “natural” ones).

We live in a world that is inundated with chemicals. Food, beverages, vitamins, clothing, skin-care products, soaps, shampoos, pollution in the air we breathe, almost everything we touch daily has laboratory manufactured chemicals in or on them. Not what I want absorbing through my skin.

My mindset has always been, “If I can’t eat it, why in the world would I put it on my body?” So I did a bunch of research about the skin and what it needs in order to stay young and healthy.

Turns out, it’s pretty simple – all the necessary nutrients can be found in superfoods. So that’s what we used for our ingredients.

I had already been using a bunch of Sunfood products for my skin like shea butter, cacao butter, and tocotrienols, and was experiencing the incredible benefits they had. But I was using 5 or 6 different products and that wasn’t convenient or easy.

The existing high-end natural beauty products didn’t have the ingredients I trusted, and I wanted something better. So, I decided to bring all my favorite Sunfood products together once and for all.

After years of experimenting and tinkering, I found the perfect combinations of superfood ingredients. The final formulas were chosen because they have exactly what your skin needs to look its best, heal and repair itself.

These ingredients contain the most natural abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that are required by your skin to stay healthy and protected.

I’ve had great success using these, and I know they will help tons more women (and men) who want beautiful, supple, healthy skin!

 

Five Products for Your Specific Skin Goals

The five products we developed all have a different combinations of some of these ingredients, and all do different things for your skin.
 
Women are so used to having to have a different product for every little section of the body – one for around your eyes, one for your hands, one for the night, one for the day, one for fair skin, one for dark skin. The list goes on and on.

But we discovered that with just a handful of pure superfood ingredients you can see amazing results for all different areas, all different skin types, and all different skin issues.

These products were developed to achieve different goals for the skin, not to specifically target one area and just one goal.

They were also developed to provide increased benefits with long-term use, not a promise of a “quick-fix” that is unrealistic and untrue. It takes time for skin to heal, and it takes the right ingredients to nourish and promote healing.

**IMPORTANT NOTE**
These are concentrated products that need to be applied with PLENTY of water. We didn’t add water to these because we didn’t want to dilute them, and this allows you to create the perfect consistency for your needs.

YoungYoung
Nourishing Facial Cream

This rejuvenating face and neck cream is made to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear up blemishes, and protect from aging. Maintain youthful and healthy skin with daily application, and see results continue to improve with long-term use. Although it’s best suited for the face and neck, you can use it anywhere.
 
Healing
Damaged Skin Repair

This healing butter is best suited for the rest of your body; elbows, knees, arms, legs, tummy, toes, and wherever else you want. Made to soothe dry, itchy, cracked, or irritated skin, bug bites, minor burns and sunburns. With daily use, it rejuvenates the elasticity of the skin to reduce skin damage, scars, stretch marks and varicose veins.
 
Protect
Skin Defense with Bees Wax

This body butter protects from exposure to sun, water, dry climates, wind or cold weather. It moisturizes while allowing skin to breathe, leaving it soft and smooth. Especially great for any area exposed to the elements, dry hands, and dishwashing!

Lips
Lip Balm with Bees Wax

This all natural lip balm is made to heal and moisturize dry, chapped lips. It goes beyond the average lip balm because of its anti-aging and weather-defying properties. It can even help fight wrinkles around your lips while keeping them soothed and soft.
 
Gone
Gentle Makeup Remover

This nourishing makeup remover is simply made with two ingredients for gentle and effective makeup removal. No harsh chemicals or tugging at your skin to remove stubborn make-up. It even acts as a moisturizer helping to leave your face soft and smooth.

 

The Ingredients:

Cacao Butter
The pure oil of the cacao bean, Cacao Butter is a treat like no other, leaving your skin glowing, vibrant, revitalized, soft and supple. Raw, organic, and non-GMO, it’s excellent for preventive maintenance, scars, stretch marks, and to help slow down the aging process. The high antioxidant content helps fight off free radicals which increase skin stressers and signs of aging.
 
Bees Wax
This ingredient is only found in Protect and Lips. It’s sustainably sourced and helps increase skin protection. It also enhances staying power and decreases the chance of the products melting.
 
Coconut Oil
Raw, organic and non-GMO, this extra virgin coconut oil does wonders for the skin. It is best known for providing moisturizing relief from dryness, from head to toe.
 
Shea Butter
The oil extracted from the seed of the African karite tree, Shea Butter is commonly used to alleviate dry skin, itching, and scarring, as well as to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It’s wild-crafted, cold-processed, unrefined and unfiltered to retain all of its beneficial nutrients, including natural tocopherols (vitamin E).
 
Sacha Inchi Oil
Raw and sustainably grown, this oil has been traditionally used by Amazonian cultures for its anti-aging properties. The natural omega-3 essential fatty acids in this pure oil help to visibly reduce wrinkles.

MSM
Known to restore and rejuvenate dry, rough skin, MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is a naturally occurring form of dietary sulfur which is found in fresh, raw foods and rain water. It is effective in addressing inflammation, scar tissue and wrinkles to make skin smooth, soft, and glowing.
 
Tocotrienols/Vitamin E
Recently, a new, more potent class of vitamin E compounds was discovered called tocotrienols. Vitamin E helps to smooth out scars and stretch marks to make your skin look radiant and healthy.
 
No fillers, no additives, no preservatives, not one unnecessary ingredient. These products were not developed to fit in with a current fad. It’s about getting back to basics and back to nature for maximum health.
 
Not even water is added to dilute the products. The concentration of product that is applied to the skin is controlled only by you.

Check out these reviews & comments from our customers!
Young – Nourishing Facial Cream
“I really like the way my skin feels after application. It keeps my face feeling moisturized all day. Like a lot of women, I have the dreaded T-zone, dry and oily areas. Young has helped keep my skin balanced so don’t have an oily glow! I’ve now used it during the winter which I loved as it provided the extra moisturizer I needed. My skin absorbs it and feels clean, smooth and revitalized.”

 

Healing – Damaged Skin Repair
“I have psoriasis on my elbows. They have cracked open and bleed and have been very tender. Always bright red and raised skin. I have used Healing every day and have been overly surprised and joyful at the results.  Within a month, no more cracking. The bright red skin is gone and my skin is smooth, not rough anymore. At this time my elbows just look a little ashy. I can wear short sleeves without feeling self conscious. Unbelievable!”

 

Healing – Damaged Skin Repair
“Healing is by far an outstanding product. Every time I get a pedicure, they are amazed how soft my feet are. I am currently using it on scars I recently received from an operation. The more I use it, the less I have to use. A little goes a long way, so it’s very economical!”

 

Healing – Damaged Skin Repair
“After using a product on my hair that dried it out and made it feel like straw, I needed it to be soft again.  After searching my bathroom and finding no hair conditioner, I took the jar of Healing and put it on my hair, combed it through and tied it up.  After an hour I jumped in the shower and washed my hair.  Was I thrilled when after blow drying my hair it felt so soft and supple.   It does for my hair what it does for my feet.  I literally use it from head to toe!”

 

Protect – Skin Defense with Bees Wax
“After hitting the slopes all day in Colorado, my skin looked old and dehydrated. I started putting Protect on my skin and it looked just as awesome after snowboarding all day as it did in the morning before I left. I also use it for my hands when I have to do a lot of dishes so that my hands don’t dry out. I even put it in my hair, which is long and curly. Just a little bit made my hair hold all day without weighing it down or looking greasy.”

 

Gone – Gentle Makeup Remover
“My daughter uses Gone and likes it is because of the ease of removing eye makeup. She doesn’t have to apply a lot of pressure. With other makeup removers, she would apply pressure and cause irritation especially around the sensitive eye area. It also serves as a moisturizer since the coconut oil moisturizes as it removes makeup/ impurities.”

 

Lips – Lip Balm with Bees Wax
“I normally apply lip balm numerous timesthroughout the day, but with Lips, I only have to apply it once in the morning and my lips stay soft and smooth all day with out having to reapply.”

 

 

 

If you are ready for truly all-natural skin care products that use vitamins and minerals to help achieve your goals, you have to try these today. 
 

 

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

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30 Superfood Recipes (To Keep It Interesting!)

 A lot of what we tend to eat is simply filler. It doesn’t contain very much nutritional value and it offers us hardly any benefits. I wanted to make what was going in my body worth it, so I committed to a superfood dense diet.

Since making the switch, I have noticed I am more focused and productive during the day. My energy levels have increased, and I am much happier. I actually get better sleep because of how productive my day has been!

Using the list below, it is easy to create a menu plan. Having all the meals for the week planned out makes grocery shopping and time spent in the kitchen a lot less stressful. I don’t know about you, but cutting out stress sounds pretty good to me! 

Breakfast:

1. Vegan Triple Berry Chia Seed Pudding

There is a reason more and more people are falling in love with chia seeds. They are a nutrition powerhouse, give long lasting energy, and help with weight loss. This recipe makes a perfect on the go breakfast. Prepare it the night before in a mason jar for an easy grab and go breakfast.

2. Kale Omelette

For a protein loaded breakfast, give this yummy kale omelet a try! Kale has become a well-known and well-loved green in the past few years, and for good reason. It’s packed with Vitamin C, A, and K, and is also a great source of protein and fiber.

3. Chocolate-Pomegranate-Strawberry Breakfast Shake

Okay, tell me you weren’t already sold by the name? An easy, simple, and quick recipe, this shake gives you an energy boost to handle the rest of the day.

4. Brain Power Smoothie

Being the first meal of the day, it only makes sense that breakfast should prepare you for what lies ahead. This brain power smoothie gives you everything you need while boosting your immune system.

5. Grain-Free Chocolate Coconut Granola

Trying to reduce grain consumption? Miss that fabulous crunchy granola? This recipe serves as a wonderful grain-free substitute to granola. The healthy and delicious combo of chocolate and coconut is sure to convince anyone to give this granola a try.

6. Dairy Free Mango Lassi Popsicles

Yes! You can have a popsicle for breakfast. Packed with vitamins, its a healthy way to get all the energy you need to start out the day.

Lunch:

7. Nutrient Packed Superfood Salad

This superfood salad is so delicious that even picky eaters will love it. The flavors of roasted beets, sweet potatoes, peas, kale, and quinoa meld together so perfectly to create the ultimate healthy salad.

8. Orange-Avocado Arugula Salad

A beautiful salad that can be ready in less than 10 minutes? I’m in! It’s like a colorful, vibrant display of some of my favorite healthy fruits and vegetables.

9. Crispy Quinoa Patties with Dill Greek Yogurt Dip

This is an incredibly easy lunch to whip up. Paired with a perfectly seasoned dip, it is definitely a favorite around here.

10. Fishy Bites

Looking for a way to get more fish into your kids? These yummy bite-sized fish nuggets look just like chicken nuggets, but are cheaper and easier to make at home.

11. Mason Jar Salads

Quick to put together, and convenient to be able to grab from the fridge, a mason jar salad has got to be one of the best inventions of all time.

12. Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai

This noodle dish is so delicious that no one will even guess that it’s raw! Tossed with a creamy dressing and fresh veggies, everyone will be coming back for seconds.

Dinner:

13. Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad

Time to give your salad a makeover. This salad is bursting with delicious flavor and some much-needed nutrition. The roasted sweet potatoes really add a warm, hearty flavor to the salad, making it a meal you’ll wish you had another plate of.

14.Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Herb Frittata

This delicious egg dish can be made in a matter of minutes and is easily adaptable to include whatever you’ve got in the fridge. It’s almost as easy as making scrambled eggs!

15. Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara with Basil Zucchini Noodles

A tasty weeknight dinner that just requires a few hours forethought. This recipe replaces traditional pasta with spiralized zucchini, which adds much more nutrition.

16. Roasted Apricot Chicken with Herbs de Provence

This easy baked chicken dish makes for a great Sunday dinner and only takes 15 minutes to prepare. It’s made with just a few healthy ingredients, so you can feel good about eating it.

17.Nourishing Crock Pot Paleo Chicken and Kale Soup

This crock pot Paleo chicken soup is packed with hearty vegetables and tender, juicy chicken. It makes for a great meal and since it’s made in a slow cooker, all you have to do is toss a couple of ingredients into your slow cooker, turn it on, and walk away!

18. Spaghetti Squash Goulash

One of my favorite things about spaghetti squash, aside from the amazing flavor, is that you can use the insides as noodles. Top it with this delicious goulash and you’ve got a delicious and easy dish.

Snack:

19. Raw Coconut Almond Energy Bites

Need a boost after a long workout? These energy bites are exactly what you need to refuel and feel revitalized. They’re really healthy and can give you all the energy you need to tackle the rest of the day. 

20. Mixed Berry Yogurt Pops

These delicious yogurt pops are a delicious treat the whole family can enjoy. Made with a few simple ingredients, they’re a treat you can feel good about giving to your kids. Yummy berries, honey, and yogurt come together to create this super delicious treat!

21. Probiotic Raspberry Fruit Chews

If you’re looking for a healthy treat that your kids are guaranteed to love, these fruit chews are exactly what you need. They’re sweet, chewy, and healthy, so you don’t have to worry about artificial sweeteners or food dyes.

22. Chocolate-Mango-Mac Adventure

Craving something chocolatey? Try this delicious treat that’s healthy, too! While raw cacao is rich in minerals like magnesium, copper and manganese, the trail mix that’s covered in luscious chocolate is an excellent source of B vitamins. Most importantly, it is decadent, guilt-free and easy to make! 

23. Super Omega Bruschetta

This bruschetta makes for a quick appetizer that’s great for parties, family/friend get-togethers, or even just a light snack. The addition of maca powder and sacha inchi oil really ups how healthy these hors d’oeuvres are.

24. Raw Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

These raw chocolate chia energy bars are sweet, chewy, chocolatey, and super yummy. Not to mention how healthy and nourishing it is, meaning guilt free indulgence! On top of being a healthy treat, they are really versatile, as you can toss in whatever you’d like. 

25. Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

When hunger strikes, reach for one of these mighty tasty peanut butter chocolate energy bites. They are the perfect pre-workout snack and keep you energized all day long! Besides, peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. 

Dessert:

26. Simple Protein Packed Chocolate Brownies

Get loads of protein in a single bite of these divine brownies! They taste amazing and contain loads of healthful ingredient, like hemp seeds, cashews, and cacao powder

27. Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Balls (That are actually healthy!)

Who would have thought that cookie dough balls could be healthy? Well, with this easy, fiber-packed recipe, you can indulge while getting some much-needed nutrition. 

28. Rich Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

There’s no need to stand over a stove for half an hour to make a delicious, smooth pudding when you can blend this chocolate chia seed pudding up in a matter of minutes. With a rich and creamy chocolate flavor, this super healthy pudding is sure to be a hit.

29. Healthy Probiotic Marshmallows

These healthy marshmallows are sweetened with honey and contain probiotics, which is essential to gut health. Make these yummy marshmallows instead of picking up a bag of highly-processed and overly sweetened marshmallows from the store.

30. Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream

Compared to a conventional pumpkin pie, this recipe has less calories, and is much more nutrient dense. And since it’s raw, most of the essential nutrients are kept intact, so you get the most out of this healthy dessert. 

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Raw Carrot Cake with Macadamia Frosting

 

Hi there, you beautiful person, you! Looking for a perfect raw vegan dessert to top off this amazing winter we’re having? Well, call off the search party because you’re looking at a great recipe to add to your cooking repertoire right here!

Wouldn’t it be nice to add something to your winter menu that gives you energy? Most of the foods I find myself eating around this time of year just bog me down and I don’t really feel like getting anything done. This raw carrot cake with macadamia frosting gives me an energy boost while tasting and looking like a dessert.

This raw carrot cake with macadamia frosting is a cinch to whip up and I love the flavor. Sweet without being overly sweet, soft, and moist.

The raw carrots in this recipe give cardiovascular health assistance, anti-cancer benefits and antioxidants. One carrot  also contains more than twice the amount of daily needed vitamin A. So I guess you could say that a carrot a day keeps the eye doctor away, huh?

Macadamia nuts are also a super healthy part of this cake. These awesome nuts contain some B vitamins which help with immunity, mental function and metabolism regulation.They also have a substantial amount of protein, which helps with the muscles in your body that hold you together. Good stuff.

Here is a handy dandy tutorial to show you how this fabulous cake is made.

For the cake part of this recipe you will need carrots, almond meal, date, desiccated coconut, and cinnamon.

Chop or break the carrots into smaller pieces and put them in the bottom of the blender. Next add all of the other ingredients to the top of that.

Pulse the ingredients until a dough starts to form and clear the sides of the food processor bowl. Set the cake layer aside while you prepare the macadamia frosting.

To make the macadamia frosting you will need macadamia nuts, melted coconut oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and water. Blend until the macadamia nuts are finely chopped and then add water until the mixture starts to look more like a smooth frosting. This works better in a blender than in a food processor. Scrape the sides as needed, and you may also have to use a spoon to stir the thickened frosting away from the bottom of the blender to move things along.

To assemble this masterpiece, you will need to spread half of the cake layer into the bottom of a lined springform cake tin. If you don’t have one, you could simply use a 9 in. cake pan lined with saran wrap. Next spread half of the frosting on top of the first cake layer. Repeat the last two steps once more to use up the rest of the cake layer and frosting.

When it is time for you to add the rest of the cake layer, you will likely freak out because there is no way in heck you will be able to spread this thick paste like layer on top of frosting. This is true. If you attempt it, you are going to be mad at yourself for tearing up a beautiful cake.

I have a trick to avoid this frustration. Cut a piece of saran wrap about one foot long, and plop the cake mix into the center of the left half. fold over the right half and using a rolling pin or your hands, roll the layer into a circle about the size of the pan you are using. Peel up the right half and plop the round layer into your pan. You may have to break off pieces that went over the edge to fill in the space on the other side if your aim isn’t that great.

Pop this guy in the freezer until the frosting is hard, or pop it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

When ready to serve, decorate as desired with walnuts.

Raw Carrot Cake with Macadamia Frosting

Ingredients:

Cake Layer

  • 2 large carrots

  • 1 ½ cups almond meal

  • 2 cups pitted dates

  • ½ cup desiccated coconut

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Macadamia Frosting

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts (soaked for 4-6 hours)

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • ⅓ cup maple syrup

  • water as needed (anywhere from ⅔ cup to 1 cup)

Topping

  • walnuts or shredded coconut

Directions:

To make the cake layer, chop the carrots and add them to a food processor along with all of the other cake layer ingredients. Pulse until a dough forms and clears the sides of the bowl. Set aside.

To make the macadamia frosting, pulse all of the ingredients in a blender until they are chopped into fine pieces. Drizzle in enough water to make a creamy looking frosting.

To assemble, line a springform cake pan or a 9 in. cake pan with saran wrap. Spread half of the cake mix into the bottom with the back of a spoon. Spread on half of the frosting. Repeat with the rest of the mixtures.

Recipe notes:

Roll the second half of the cake mix into a round between saran wrap that has been folded over. Plop it onto the pan (patching as needed) and continue with the frosting.

 
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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:

 
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“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.”

 

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“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

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.

Cacao 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.

Cacao 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, cacao powder, vanilla powder, 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 cacao powder, chia seeds, almond extract and vanilla. Pulse until combined. Then add the slivered 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:


Directions:

  1. Place dates in a food processor and process until a smooth, thick paste/dough forms. Add the cacao powder, chia seeds, almond extract and vanilla. Pulse until combined. Then add the slivered 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

Holiday Recipes

We’ve got some delicious recipes that will have your tastebuds singing, and your waistline shrinking!

It’s easy to indulge a little too much over the holidays with all the cookies, cakes, pies, casseroles… you name it. That’s why after the holidays we all decide to try to get healthier and shed a few pounds.

But that doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself from eating amazingly delicious meals.

Check out these five recipes that will indulge your taste buds without stretching your belt.

(and see even more amazing recipes at Sunfood.com/recipes!)
 


 
 
 
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
 

 
 
 
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
 

 
 
 
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.
 
Raw Pumpkin Pie
 

 
 
 
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
 

 
 
 
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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