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Coconut Chia Breakfast Blast Off

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This quick and easy to make recipe is a great anytime or in between meal snack that will help you fend off mid-day hunger, keep you hydrated, and is full of antioxidants!

This simple recipe only uses 4 main ingredients but it’s a fat burning, energy boosting blast with all the benefits of Chia and Coconut Oil.

Ingredients

 

Directions:
Stir all ingredients in jar or bowl and let sit for 3-4 hours until thick. Garnish with fruit of your choice and enjoy!

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Tropi-cool Pineapple Smoothie

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This icy and refreshing smoothie has a delicious tropical twist! Pineapple, orange juice, lots of ice and Superfood Smoothie Mix make an amazing combination to beat the heat.

Ingredients:

Directions:
Blend all ingredients, leave as chunky/icy as you prefer and enjoy!

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Coconut Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

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You just can’t go wrong with mango coconut wraps and ginger peanut sauce. Toss in a little quinoa for substance and protein, veggies for color and crunch, avocado for healthy fat, and fresh herbs for flavor, and you’ve got a gourmet meal in minutes! 

Makes 4 wraps

 

Ginger Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Jungle Peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp water

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

 

Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 4 Coconut Wraps
  • 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1 package microgreens or sprouts of choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

 

 

Directions:
Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until liquid is fully absorbed. Allow to cool. Place all ingredients on coconut wrap. Spread a few dollops of ginger peanut sauce on top,  roll up diagonally and enjoy!

 

 

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Black Bean Quinoa Burger

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Nothing beats a (veggie) burger with all the fixins on a hot summer day. The problem is that store bought ones tend to have additives and preservatives and a lot of the homemade ones seem to fall apart. Finally, a healthy, whole food veggie burger that tastes amazing and actually holds its form. Loaded with quinoa, beans, almonds, veggies, herbs and spices, it’s delicious and good for you. Watch out; you might come back for seconds!

Makes 10-11 patties

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  • 1/2 cup Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 – 15oz can of beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion, finely diced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup whole oat flour (you can blend dry rolled oats and make your own!)
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds (Toss Sunfood Almonds in a coffee grinder and presto!)
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt, or to taste
  • Botija Olive Oil, to grease baking pan

 

Directions:
Create flax mixture and set aside. Bring quinoa, thyme, oregano, marjoram and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until liquid is fully absorbed. While the quinoa is cooking, mash half the beans for texture and chop veggies.

When the quinoa is done, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix beans, garlic, onion, pepper, mushrooms, lemon juice and mustard into the cooked quinoa. Then mix in flour, ground almonds, and flax meal.

Lastly mix in the smoked paprika and salt to taste. Scoop  and form into patties on a pan lightly coated with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and flip the burgers. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Add to buns of choice with your favorite burger fixins. Enjoy!

 

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Spicy Veggie Wraps


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Looking for add a little heat to your meal? This vegan wrap is full of crisp vegetables drizzled with a Sriracha-yoghurt dressing for that perfect spicy kick! 

These light yet refreshing easy to make wraps make for a perfect light lunch or snack!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Coconut Wraps
  • 1 organic avocado, cut in small cubes
  • 1 small organic tomato, chopped in wedges
  • 1 cup (75g) shredded lettuce (or cabbage slaw)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed juice from lemon
  • 1/4 English cucumber, skinned and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons plain Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • 8 Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 4 fresh coriander/cilantro sprigs, loosely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds for garnishing (optional)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste

 

Method:
1. In a small bowl, add the Greek yoghurt, Sriracha, and Stevia packet. Blend with a spoon until combined. Add the 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice to the yoghurt mix, stirring vigorously until combined. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, add shredded lettuce, Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomatoes, and fresh cracked pepper. Using tongs, toss the lettuce mix, adding in the 1 tablespoon pickle juice.

3. Place one coconut wrap on a plate, and add half of the salad mix to the middle of the wrap. Then, add half of the avocado cubes, and half of the fresh coriander sprigs. Generously drizzle the Sriracha-yoghurt mix atop the salad in the wrap, and garnish with sesame seeds.

4. Carefully roll the coconut wrap at an angle, from one end to the other, enclosing the contents of the wrap. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make another wrap, and enjoy!
Craving even more spice? Add jalapeño slices to your salad mix.
Original recipe by FASHION TALES BLOG

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Almond Flax Nice Cream Sandwich

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This recipe comes from our friend Kate, you can find more of her creations on Instagram @adore.avocados.

This is a healthy, but most importantly delicious treat that’s super easy to make! With healthy fats from almonds and omegas from flax seeds, you’ll never feel guilty about eating this ice cream sandwich!

Almond Flax Cookie

Ingredients:


Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and line a small baking sheet with parchment (*use a dehydrator to keep this recipe RAW*)

2. Mix oats, almonds, and flax together in a small bowl until well combined

3. Add nut butter and honey, mix until a dough is formed

4. Roll dough into two small balls and flatten onto baking sheet, making a circular shape.

5. Bake for 10-11 minutes

 

Basic Nice Cream

Ingredients:


Directions:

Prep: Cut two peeled bananas into fourths and freeze at least two hours (preferably overnight). Place frozen bananas in high speed blender and mix until smooth.

 

Assembly

Make sure cookies are completely cooled. Using ice cream scoop, sandwich one scoop of nice cream in between two cookies. Enjoy!

 

 

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Ten Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Morning

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Ten Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Morning

 

There’s no better time than first thing in the morning to flush out your body and boost your energy. Think about it: After sleeping for eight hours (hopefully), your stomach is empty and your cells are dehydrated. Lemon juice charges a plain glass of water with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and trace elements which are better absorbed before you eat breakfast.

This one change to your routine can lead to increased immunity, improved digestion, weight loss, radiant skin and more.

 

1. Aid Digestion

Of course hydration is crucial for proper digestion. But adding lemon to your water goes a step further because the atomic structure of lemon juice is actually similar to digestive juices. This stimulates your liver into producing bile, which breaks down food and aids in digestion.

 

2. Lose Weight

Naturally if you’re digesting your food better, it will move through your system more efficiently instead of getting stuck in your system, so to speak. But lemons also contain a polysaccharide known as pectin, which is an appetite suppressant that makes you feel fuller longer.

 

3. Boost Vitamin C

Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C, which is vital for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body, from wound healing to maintenance of bones and teeth. Since you can’t make it on your own, it must be obtained through food.

 

4. Support Immunity

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which fights free radicals that damage cells and tissues. This helps the immune system fight off illness. Additionally, vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells which are essential for the functioning of your immune system.

 

5. Detox

Vitamin C strikes again. Its antiseptic properties stimulate the liver in removing toxins. As mentioned earlier, lemon juice signals the liver to produce more bile and digest more efficiently – this will also have a cleansing effect. Lastly, lemon is a mild diuretic and will help flush toxins out through the urinary tract.

 

6. Alkalize

Research has proven that disease cannot survive in alkaline environments. You may have heard that citrus is acidic, but this is only partly true. Once it leaves your mouth and enters the digestive system, it can actually raise the pH of your body.

 

7. Reduce Inflammation

Acidity can cause inflammation and inflammation leads to disease. The alkalizing effect of lemon can therefore help to reduce inflammation. And once again, the antioxidative power of vitamin C to fight free radicals that damage cells and tissue also leads to fewer signals for inflammation.

 

8. Energize

Instead of coffee in the morning, you may find that the invigorating scent and taste of lemon will jumpstart your day, not to mention the nutritional boost.

 

9. Enhance Mood

Lemons contain potassium, the deficiency of which has been linked to anxiety and depression. Even just the scent has been used in aromatherapy to lift mood.

 

10. Rejuvenate Skin

Lemon water can help clear skin because vitamin C is known to help the body produce collagen. It also helps to fight free radicals and flush out toxins that ruin skin.

 

OK…Now How to Do It?

It’s easy and inexpensive to make this one change in your morning routine! Just squeeze half a lemon in 16 ounces of warm or room temp water. Not hot water because you don’t want to kill the nutrients, and not cold water because it may be a shock to your system. Drink 15-30 minutes before you eat breakfast for optimal absorption and peak health!

 

Now give it a BOOST!

Super-boost your lemon water with a teaspoon of Sun is Shining Supergreens for a really incredible morning routine. Supergreens contains 19 green superfoods, and it adds 158% vitamin B12, 123% vitamin A, iron, B2, calcium and loads of other nutrients to your morning lemon water.

Supergreens also contains probiotics and enzymes to support digestion and gut health. You will feel alkalized and energized while boosting immunity… Try adding Supergreens to your daily routine and feel the amazing difference!

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

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The Power of Fermentation: What Sauerkraut Can Do for You

The Power of Fermentation: What Sauerkraut Can Do for You

 

Cabbage to the Next Level

Not many people would argue that cabbage is a healthful food. It’s loaded with minerals like potassium which helps maintain normal blood pressure, as well as calcium and magnesium which support bone health.

Cabbage also contains the vital antioxidant vitamin C which is known to contribute to healthy immunity. Sailors actually took sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage, on long voyages to counteract scurvy.1 Sure, this might be due to its favorable shelf stability, or perhaps it’s because when cabbage is fermented, the health benefits increase exponentially.

This is due to the power of probiotics. This friendly gut flora affects your health in more ways than you may realize.

Digestion

Need help digesting your meals? Fermented foods like sauerkraut have been found to deliver probiotics to the gastrointestinal system.1 This has been reported to lead to better digestion and less constipation.1

Immunity

Did you know that your intestines contain more immune cells than the entire rest of your body?2 In other words, gut health is essential for your body to fight disease. Researchers are currently investigating how dysfunctional gut health may even lead to common killers in America such as heart disease and diabetes.2

Anti-Cancer

With the billions of dollars being poured into cancer research as a whole, focusing on prevention couldn’t be any simpler than eating a bit of sauerkraut every day. Recent research has shown that sauerkraut grown in low sodium conditions has “highly beneficial antioxidant and anticarcinogenic compounds.”3

Make Your Own

Kraut in a can has been cooked and processed to the point that there is likely not a single bit of friendly flora surviving inside. Luckily it’s easy on you and your wallet to make homemade sauerkraut.

If you have cabbage, salt, water, a jar to put it in, and some patience to allow the fermentation process to kick in, then you can make your own sauerkraut. Here’s a simple recipe!

http://www.sunfood.com/blog/recipes/cheeses-dips-sides/saras-homemade-sauerkraut/


Other ways to add Probiotics & Enzymes to your diet

Included in our Sun is Shining Supergreens are both an enzyme complex and a probiotic complex. Not only are you getting your daily green superfoods, but you’re also supporting a healthy gut and aiding digestion.

Our Beauty Enzymes contain a proprietary blend of many different digestive enzymes to help ease digestive issues. The enzymes work in a wide pH range, for many different food types to help reduce gas, bloating, and to help your body absorb nutrients.

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Sources:

1 – “Regular Consumption of Sauerkraut and Its Effect on Human Health: A Bibliometric Analysis.” Christa Raak. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2014 Nov; 3(6): 12–18.

2 – “Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues.” Science News, Oregon State University, September 16, 2013.

3 – “Chemical evaluation and sensory quality of sauerkrauts obtained by natural and induced fermentations at different NaCl levels from Brassica oleracea Var. capitata Cv. Bronco grown in eastern Spain. Effect of storage.” Peñas E. Journal of Agricultrural and Food Chemistry, 2010 Mar 24;58(6):3549-57.

 


 

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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A Single Change to Drastically Improve Your Health in 10 Days

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A Single Change to Drastically Improve Your Health in 10 Days

 

What if there was one thing you could do to lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, improve liver function and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes – in just 10 days?

And you could still eat potato chips and pizza?

All you’d have to do it cut out added sugar. Not fruit, just the added sugar in processed foods.

 

A Groundbreaking Study Revealed..

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco recently discovered that when 43 obese children were given a 10-day diet that was completely free of added sugar, their health drastically improved.1 Blood pressure and LDL cholesterol dropped. Fasting blood glucose and insulin levels decreased. Liver function tests improved.

The results were striking and immediate in indicating that simply cutting sugar can reverse metabolic disease in children.

Kids still ate many of the fun foods they’re used to and the same caloric intake – just no sweetened cereals, yogurts and pastries. Nothing sweet except fruit.

Virtually every aspect of metabolic health improved without a change in weight.

“This study demonstrates that ‘a calorie is not a calorie,’ said lead author Robert Lustig, MD, MSL, pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. “Where those calories come from determines where in the body they go. Sugar calories are the worst, because they turn to fat in the liver, driving insulin resistance, and driving risk for diabetes, heart, and liver disease. This has enormous implications for the food industry, chronic disease, and health care costs.”

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About Those Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Foods…

The food industry spends big money to convince you that these “diet” foods are a healthy choice. The problem? The added sugar is literally poison in your system.

Forget about counting calories and start reading ingredients. Focus on whole foods without the added sugar.

There’s a reason that the Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that no more than 10% of the calories we consume in an average 2,000 calorie a day diet come from added sugars. That’s approximately 12 grams of sugar and one can of soda is about 85% of that. If you then consider all the fruit juices, cereals, pastries and condiments, you see how easy it is to go well beyond the recommended maximum.

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It’s an Addiction

The form of sugar typically found in processed foods is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This stuff has been getting a bad rap in recent years, leading the food industry to unsuccessfully campaign to rename it “corn sugar.” Now they’re calling an even sweeter version of it “fructose” in an attempt to steer clear of the notorious original name.

They’re running from the science which revealed that HFCS can cause chemical, behavioral and neurobiological reactions similar to those produced by addictive drugs such as cocaine.2

The study’s lead author, Dr. Francesco Leri, concluded that “addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic.”

 

How to Quit

It’s simply a matter of doing something similar to what those 43 kids in the study did. Cut out added sugar.

 

Easier said than done, we know. Start by:

 1. Choosing more whole foods and less processed stuff.

 2. Add a bit less sugar to your coffee each day.

 3. Eat more fruit.

 4. Cut out one thing a week and start with soda!

5. Try a natural, lower glycemic sugar like Coconut Palm Sugar! It is made by evaporating coconut sap from the tropical palm flowers. Farmers gently cut the buds and collect the sweet nectar using traditional methods, then the syrup is kettle-warmed, dehydrated, and ground into crystals to make a delicious sweetener. Coconut palm sugar has a full, unique, delightful caramel taste and dissolves easily in liquids. 

 

Remember that over time, your palate can and will change. Someday the foods and drinks you love now may actually reveal themselves to be what they truly are: sickeningly sweet.

 

1 – “Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome.” Robert H. Lustig. Obesity: A Research Journal, Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 453–460, February 2016.

2 – “Addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic, research suggests.” Canadian Association for Neuroscience. Francesco Leri, ScienceDaily, 22 May 2013.


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Super Chocolate Nice Cream

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Is it breaking the rules to turn a smoothie into a decadent dessert? We don’t think so. This frozen treat contains our Superfood Smoothie Mix, bananas, cashews and a boost of cacao so it’s actually quite healthy! Sssh, don’t tell anyone!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Top with fresh fruits and cacao nibs if you desire. Enjoy!

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Supergreen Pesto Kelp Noodles

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If you’re ready to go beyond green smoothies to get your greens, then look no further than this creamy, savory pesto sauce. It’s a simple, creative way to get your greens using our Sun Is Shining. Truth be told, you can’t even tell it’s in there! Serve it up with our kelp noodles and you’ve got dinner in 10 minutes!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 cup Cashews
1 bunch basil
1-2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Sun Is Shining Supergreens
1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
3/4 cup water
1 package Gold Mine Kelp Noodles
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for 20 minutes (optional for garnish)

 

Directions:

Rinse and drain the kelp noodles and set aside.

Blend cashews, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, Sun Is Shining and salt, and water in a high speed blender until you get a creamy consistency. Add more water if needed.

Mix the pesto with the noodles and allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften.

Garnish with chopped sun dried tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Purple Power Pops

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Who needs store bought popsicles with added sugar? Homemade is so much better; it’s healthier, tastier, and guess what… it’s so easy! These fruity popsicles have a purple blast of superfood power in the form of the Chilean maqui berry. With just five ingredients, they’re a simple and delicious way to cool off on a hot summer day.  

Makes ~6 popsicles

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or if you don’t have any, you can make your own with plastic cups or an ice cube tray and wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze 4-6 hours. Run molds under warm water for about a minute to remove popsicles. Enjoy!

 

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Choco Green Smoothie Bites

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Get your greens with these tasty little superfood bites! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein, they’re super quick to prepare and super yummy. Keep them chilled for a cold treat on a hot day!

Makes ~16 balls

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Directions:

In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the Superfood Smoothie Mix, oats, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cacao powder, Sun Is Shining, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the melted cacao butter, almond butter and yacon syrup. Then mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Add water slowly, 1 Tbsp at a time, until you have a moist consistency. Scoop 1 teaspoon at a time and roll into balls. Coat in shredded coconut, or dust in cinnamon if desired. Refrigerate and enjoy!

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Chocolate Superfood Pudding

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This pudding is the ultimate decadence with a superfood twist! It seems like a sinful chocolate pudding but it’s charged with our nutritious Superfood Smoothie Mix while avocado, banana and almond butter make it smooth and creamy. So grab a spoon and leave the guilt behind!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high till creamy. Refrigerate to chill or enjoy right away!

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Super Green Nice Cream

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Greens don’t have to taste bad and this recipe is here to prove it! This delicate ice cream has creamy cinnamon vanilla sweetness with floral undertones. Even though our Sun Is Shining is in there, you wouldn’t know it were it not for the color. We dare you to make this for someone who doesn’t like greens; this could very well change their minds!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Top with shredded coconut, cashews, or fresh fruit if you desire. Enjoy!

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New Research: Why Take Dangerous Statin Drugs When You Can Eat Four Of These Nuts, Once a Month Instead?

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New Research: Why Take Dangerous Statin Drugs When You Can Eat Four Of These Nuts, Once a Month Instead?

 

One of the craziest studies I read all year involved feeding people a single serving of Brazil nuts to see what it would do to the cholesterol levels of healthy volunteers. They gave ten men and women a single meal containing zero, one, four, or eight Brazil nuts, and found that the ingestion of just that single serving almost immediately improved cholesterol levels. LDL, so-called “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood, was significantly lower starting just nine hours after the ingestion of nuts, and by no insignificant amount, nearly 20 points within a day. Even drugs don’t work that fast. It takes statins around four days to have a significant effect.

But that’s not even the crazy part.

The researchers went back and measured their cholesterol five days later, and then 30 days later. Now, keep in mind they weren’t eating Brazil nuts this whole time. They just had that single serving of Brazil nuts a month before and their cholesterol was still down 30 days later. It went down and stayed down, after eating just four nuts… That’s nuts!

And no, the study was not funded by the Brazil nut industry.

shop-now-product-brazil-nutsInterestingly, four nuts actually seemed to work faster than the eight nuts to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. These results suggest that eating just four nuts might be enough to improve the levels of LDL and HDL for up to 30 days, and maybe longer—they didn’t test past 30.

Now normally, when a study comes out in the medical literature showing some too-good-to-be-true result like this, you want to wait to see the results replicated before you change your clinical practice, before you recommend something to your patients, particularly when the study is done on only ten people, and especially when the findings are literally just too incredible to be believed. But when the intervention is cheap, easy, harmless, and healthy—eating four Brazil nuts a month—then, in my opinion, the burden of proof is kind of reversed. I think the reasonable default position is to do it until proven otherwise.

They concluded a single serving was sufficient “without producing liver and kidney toxicity.” What they’re referring to is the high selenium content of Brazil nuts—so high that four eaten every day may actually bump us up against the tolerable daily limit for selenium, but not something we have to worry about if we’re just eating four once a month.

I’d be curious to hear if anyone experiences similar results. Even if the study was just a fluke, Nuts May Help Prevent Death by improving the function of our arteries (Walnuts and Artery Function) and fighting cancer (Which Nut Fights Cancer?) and inflammation (Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell).

Even eating nuts every day does not appear to result in expected weight gain (Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence), so enjoy!

 


Original article from expand-your-consciousness.com

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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5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef

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5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef

 

Protein gets a lot of attention, especially in a plant-based diet where the issue of complete and incomplete protein comes into play, along with protein per amount of weight, which is something else to consider. For instance, we don’t need to combine foods as we once thought to form a complete protein (such as beans and rice). That protein myth died years ago, thankfully when we found out our bodies are capable of using all sources of amino acids to form complete proteins.

Not Just Grams…What to Consider When Measuring Protein

It’s also important to consider that amounts in grams aren’t the only thing that matters when measuring protein in a food. You should also consider how much percentage of total calories protein makes up in a food. For instance, beef and animal foods are high in calories and though they contain a good size amount of protein, per amount of calories, beef and animal proteins (even fish) are higher in cholesterol-forming saturated animal fats, where most of their calories come from. Plant-based foods on the other hand, have fewer calories, a variety of sources of amino acids that form complete proteins in the body, and per weight, their percentage of protein in the amount of total calories is relatively high.

Some plant-based foods are higher in protein percentage than others, however, so making sure to include a variety of plant-based foods in your diet is important for achieving the amount of protein your body needs. Beef contains 7 grams of protein per ounce for about 75 calories, so let’s compare some better plant-based options that don’t come with the health risks beef and animal proteins do.

Here are five foods with more protein per ounce than beef that also come with a higher percentage of protein per amount of calories:

 

 

1. Spirulina

 

shop-now-product-spirulina-crunchiesPer ounce, this food is 65 percent protein, the highest amount of protein percentage of all foods. In just 1 teaspoon, you’ll get 4 grams of protein, which is unheard of for all other foods. Spirulina is also a great source of iron, providing 80 percent of your daily needs in just 1 teaspoon, for only a total of 30 calories. You can add this blue green algae to your smoothies to mask the taste, and know you’re getting in a nice dose of B vitamins, protein, iron, and vital trace minerals. Since it’s also alkalizing, spirulina also reduces inflammation, unlike animal foods that contribute to it.

 

 

2. Spinach

 

shop-now-product-sisSpinach contains 51 percent protein (about 5 grams per cup for only 30 calories). It’s also a good source of iron and Vitamin C, and offers a delicious taste that is easy to enjoy. This much-loved green is also a great source of folate, an important vitamin for women that contributes to strength, brain function, and reproductive health. Adding a couple cups of spinach to your smoothie, salad, wrap, soup, or any other way, is an easy way to sneak in 10 grams of protein without the need for a powder whatsoever.

 

 

3. Hemp Seeds

 

shop-now-product-almondsHemp is one of the best, easy-to-use foods that’s rich in all essential amino acids. Per ounce (about 2 tablespoons) has 10 grams of protein, is high in fiber, and most of its calories come from beneficial proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, along with some lesser-known beneficial omega 6 fatty acids that actually lower cholesterol. Unlike animal-based proteins and sources of fat, hemp is very alkalizing to the body and also boosts the mood and energy thanks to high amounts of magnesium. It can also increase metabolism due to it containing 45 percent of your daily iron requirements in just one ounce. You can also use hemp protein, another fantastic way to get this whole food into your diet. We enjoy it in smoothies, raw treats, but you can even stir it into oatmeal and bake with it in place of flour if you like.

 

 

4. Broccoli

 

shop-now-product-sisPer calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef, which about 4.5 grams per 30 calories. Broccoli is also packed with amino acids, fiber, Vitamin B6 to improve your mood and is one of the best vegetables linked to fighting cancer. Red meat has repeatedly been linked to cancer, so give the florets more attention in your kitchen. Here are 12 Yummy Ways to Use Broccoli that will lead your muscles and heart to thank you over and over again!

 

 

 

5. Almonds, Almond Butter or Peanut Butter

 

shop-now-product-almondsAlmonds and almond butter both provide 7 grams per protein in one ounce, along with heart-healthy fats and Vitamin E. They’re also a good source of calcium and provide high doses of beneficial magnesium. Peanut butter is another high source of protein, with 8 grams per two tablespoons of peanut butter. While higher in calories than beef per ounce, these nut butters are rich in amino acids per ounce and also recommended as a good source of plant-based protein, even by the USDA.

Combine all these foods into a smoothie for a crazy, high-protein meal that your body will love and one that will shock you in how great it tastes! You’ll never know it contains good-for-you veggies!

 

The No Beef Plant-Based Protein Smoothie

Serves:1-2

Ingredients:
•1 cup spinach
•4 frozen broccoli florets (gives it a surprisingly great thick texture and the other ingredients hide the taste)
•1/2 cup frozen organic mixed berries or blueberries
•1 tablespoon cacao powder (also a great source of protein and more iron than beef)
•2-3 tablespoons hemp seeds
•1 tablespoon all natural raw almond butter or plain, all natural peanut butter
•1 cup non-dairy milk like almond milk or water
•5 ice cubes
•sweetener of choice (stevia, 1/2 a banana, a date, a fig, or maple syrup)

Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender, blend and enjoy!

 

Don’t Forget…

You can also use other foods high in protein and amino acids such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, goji berries, and even oats and quinoa or teff. Remember that plant-based foods have everything we need when we eat a variety of them and be sure to get enough during the day.

What’s your favorite source of plant-based protein?

 


Original article from onegreenplanet.com

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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What are the health & nutritional benefits of pomegranate?

 

Six Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Do you feel like your diet is missing something? Have you been trying to lose weight, improve your digestion, or just feel better overall? As someone who struggled with her weight for years before finally finding weight loss methods that work, I want to share with you one of my favorite fruits.

The pomegranate has helped immensely in my weight loss and health improvement journey. There are a wide variety of positives associated with consumption of pomegranate fruit, juice and seeds. I’ve investigated six health benefits of pomegranate below.

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1. Pomegranate Aids In Weight Loss & Management

Pomegranate aids in weight loss for many reasons (source). First and perhaps most important – pomegranate seeds are low in calories. One serving (about 3/4 cup) of seeds has only 83 calories, making them the perfect snack for people who are watching their weight.

Pomegranate seeds are also high in fiber, with one serving boasting 4 grams. Fiber is important for everyone, but especially those focused on weight loss because it will help you feel full longer. This means you will be less likely to overeat.

 

2. Health Benefits For Men

Pomegranate juice can decrease a man’s risk of impotency by helping manage arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is a condition in which blood vessels become blocked, causing many serious health effects including impotence. It is the high level of antioxidants found in pomegranates that helps with arteriosclerosis.

Pomegranates and pomegranate juice can also help treat and prevent prostate cancer. In trials, it has been found that pomegranate juice, because of its high phytochemical content, helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent it from metastasizing (source).

 

3. Health Benefits for Women

The pomegranate doesn’t discriminate – it just helps men and women in different ways! Pomegranate juice is very good for pregnant women. It contains important vitamins that expectant mothers need, including niacin, folic acid, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C, as well as iron and fiber (source).

Pomegranate juice can also help pregnant women by reducing cramps and sleep difficulty. It also helps the baby by increasing blood flow, decreasing his or her risk for brain damage.

For women, pomegranate juice prevents estrogen-responsive breast cancer cells from growing. The juice has a phytochemical inhibits aromatase, which is used to create estrogen, which in excess increases your risk of having breast cancer.

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4. Beauty Benefits For Everyone

Pomegranate benefits your biggest external organ – the skin – as much as it does your internal organs. Pomegranate offers all kinds of benefits for the skin and overall appearance, including the following (source):

Regenerate cells

Pomegranate protects the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and dermis (second layer of the skin) by encouraging skin cell regeneration. This aids in the repair of tissues, promotes healing wounds, and encourages circulation to the skin.

Protect from the sun

Consuming pomegranate gives the skin compounds that help protect against free radicas, which in excess, can cause sun damage, cancer and sunburn. The oil from a pomegranate contains the antioxidant ellagic acid which helps inhibit skin tumors, protecting the body from skin cancer.

Slow aging process

Pomegranates slow down the appearance of aging. They help prevent common signs including hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Pomegranate also softens the skin and produces elastin and collagen, creating a more youthful appearance. Your skin will be firmer, smoother, and more youthful.

Help with all skin types

Pomegranate will help you put your best face forward. If your skin is dry, pomegranates can help, which is why their extract is often added to skin care products. Their molecular structure can penetrate deep into most skin types to add extra moisture.

If your skin is oily or combination, pomegranate can sooth acne breakouts while minimizing the scarring that can occur after a breakout.

 

5. Prevent All Kinds Of Illnesses

Pomegranates don’t just provide vitamins for pregnant women. Everybody needs vitamins C and K, and pomegranates provide 17 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 20 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin K (source).

Vitamin C is important for a healthy, functioning immune system, as well as fast wound healing, healthy gums, and the manufacture of collagen and elastin. It also enhances iron absorption. Vitamin K is crucial for strong, healthy bones and proper blood clotting.

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6. Decrease Other Bad Things In The Body

For men and women who are trying to lose weight, it is especially important to make sure you are keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure in check. Pomegranate lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol) (source).

Many overweight men and women also suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) which can lead to a variety of problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, aneurysms, and kidney failure (source). Drinking just 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day can lower blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.

Pomegranate can also decrease the risk for osteoarthritis by preventing cartilage deterioration, and it prevents plaque from building up in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.

With so many great health benefits of pomegranate, everyone should try to include more in their diet. Some people avoid pomegranates because they are difficult to cut up and serve, but this video shows you how to do it easily:

Get yourself a fresh pomegranate or some pomegranate juice from the grocery store today, and start consuming it regularly. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start to notice improvements in your weight loss and improved health endeavors!


Original article from healthambition.com

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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Introducing Shilajit Capsules!

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Feel the power of the Himalayas!

We captured the raw power of one of our most potent superfoods and made it even easier to add to your daily routine.

By popular request we bring you the “Conqueror of Mountains”:

Encapsulated Shilajit Extract!

Nothing but pure shilajit in a vegan-friendly capsule… no additives, no gelatin, no preservatives. Just 700mg of raw power in a capsule!

What makes our Shilajit so potent and powerful?

Coming from high in the Himalayan Mountains, our shilajit is on average 40%-60% fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is known for several major health benefits:

 

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Contains high mineral content and enhances the bioavailability of trace minerals.

This allows us to absorb greater amounts of nutrients more efficiently from all the other foods we eat.

 

 

 

cellularCellular Protection & Adaptogenic Properties

Strong antioxidant activity1 helps deliver minerals and nutrients directly to cells. This helps protect against damage and effects of aging.

Adaptogenic herbs demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor, increasing your resistance overall against physical, chemical and biological stressors.

 

brainBrain Health & Mental Clarity

Shilajit is known to be capable of improving cognitive disorders and acting as a stimulant of cognitive activity in humans.2  It is further recognized for its potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.4

Also has been found to mitigate the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.3

 

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Heart Health & Anti-Inflammatory Effect

Proven to produce a significant reduction in LDL [bad] cholesterol, as well as significant improvement in HDL (good) cholesterol.1 Researchers concluded that this suggests cardio protective activity.5

Also found to have significant anti-inflammatory effect pertaining to arthritis.6

 

 

 

The Sunfood Difference

Our Shilajit is extracted from a high elevation in the Himalayan Mountains where there are much less contaminants.It is the safest and most beneficial shilajit in the world, retaining all of its mineral and nutrient content.

Our shilajit is 40%-60% fulvic acid, the main active compound.

 

 

Sources:
1 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003
2 – Cornejo A, Jiménez JM, Caballero L, Melo F, Maccioni RB. Fulvic acid inhibits aggregation and promotes disassembly of tau fibrils associated with Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;27(1):143-53. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2011-110623
3 – “Shilajit attenuates behavioral symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and mitochondrial bioenergetics in rats,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 2012
4 – “Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity,” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 23, 2012.
5 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003.
6 – “Antiulcerogenic and antiinflammatory studies with shilajit,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 1990.

 

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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Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie Bowl

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This amazing recipe comes our friend Marina over at soulintheraw.com.

Looking for something fruity, chocolately, and naturally sweet? Then try this quick and easy to make superfood boosted smoothie bowl! Made with Maca Powder – an adaptogen that helps with hormone balance and increasing energy – along with Carob Powder – an amazing chocolate substitute that is naturally sweet, high in fiber, and a great source of calcium. This superfood smoothie bowl will really satisfy any chocolate craving and is great for any time of the day!

Ingredients:

  • shop-now-recipe-page-img1 tablespoon maca (start with less if you are just beginning to use maca)

  • 2 medium frozen bananas

  • 1.5 cups frozen cherries

  • 5 Medjoul dates

  • 1 tablespoon raw carob powder

  • 1 tablespoon acai powder

 

Directions:

  • Freeze your peeled bananas when they are completely ripe and have black spots on them.

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and top with your favorite toppings like goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and freeze dried fruit.
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