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Buddha Bowl with Mint Green Goddess Dressing

Featuring Mint Supergreens

This refreshing and light recipe is the perfect meal to celebrate the fresh produce of spring and summer.

Topped with a creamy, herbaceous Mint Green Goddess Dressing that’s bursting with essential vitamins and minerals including vegan friendly B12, blood supporting iron, and skin and eye nourishing vitamin A.

Not to mention a dose of tummy friendly probiotics and digestive enzymes. This garden-fresh bowl will leave you feeling satisfied and energized!

Dressing ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Mint Supergreens
  • 3 small avocados
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilatro leaves
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 tsp Yacon Syrup
  • 1/3 cup water (more if you want a thinner dressing)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Dressing directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Chill in fridge while constructing buddha bowl

 

Buddha Bowl ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked Tri-Color Quinoa (or grain of choice brown rice, millet, etc)
  • 1/2 cup cooked protein of choice (beans, tofu, tempeh, etc)
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Green onions
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Other fresh veggies of your choice!

 

Buddha Bowl directions:

  • Assemble all ingredients into a bowl
  • Drizzle Mint Green Goddess Dressing over bowl and enjoy!

 

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Earth Day Special Event: Earn Triple SunPoints on Everything!

Earth Day 2017 - Triple SunPoints

Happy Earth Day friends,

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Happy Earth Day! Enjoy the Triple SunPoint Special Event.

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3 Ways to Make a Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Get creative with your Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Mix! Keep it simple, make it crunchy, add some creamy bananas –  no matter what you like in your smoothie there’s a recipe for you.

Enjoy our superfood loaded, nutrient dense Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Mix three different ways: Classic Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup, or Salted Caramel Mocha.

The best part of all (besides the super yummy flavor 😀) each of these smoothies has 13 different superfoods to help you look and feel your best. Enjoy a glass as a pre-workout energy drink or a sweet and healthy dessert!

Smoothie #1: Classic Chocolate Superfood Smoothie
1 Scoop Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Mix
1 frozen banana
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup ice

Blend all ingredients together, garnish and enjoy!

 

Smoothie #2: Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
1 Scoop Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Mix
1 frozen banana
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup ice
1 tsp nut butter
Handful of Jungle Peanuts
Handful of vegan chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients together, garnish and enjoy!

 

Smoothie #3: Salted Caramel Mocha Smoothie
1 Scoop Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Mix
1 frozen banana
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup ice
1 Cup cold brewed coffee
3 dates (pitted)
1 tsp Lucuma Powder
Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

Blend all ingredients together, garnish and enjoy!

 

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Açaí Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake

This recipe features Acai Maqui Bowl Mix

A creamy, smooth, and decadent twist on a classic dessert – it will leave you wanting more!

This fruity treat is loaded with heart healthy antioxidants, muscle building protein, and tones of vital nutrients including vitamin K, magnesium, vitamin C, Iron, and more! Enjoy as a late night treat or as an afternoon snack with tea.

*Please note that this recipe requires freezing overnight.

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 Cup Almonds
1 Cup dates
1 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 Tbsp Yacon Syrup
Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

Cheesecake Filling:
4 Tbsp Açaí Maqui Bowl Mix
3 Cups of Cashews (Soaked in water for 2-3 hours)
1/4 Cup blueberry puree (just blend up fresh blueberries)
1/3 Cup unsweetened orange juice
1/3 Cup Yacon Syrup
1 Cup coconut milk
1 tsp Vanilla Powder
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
3/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

Crust:

  1. Grind almonds in a food processor until they are broken down into small chunks. Add dates, coconut, and yacon and process until a paste is formed.
  2. Take crust mixture and press into the bottom of a square spring form pan or silicone mold. Freeze while you create the filling.

Cheesecake Filling:

  1. Blend everything together except for the coconut oil.
  2. Once mixture is well mixed and smooth add melted coconut oil and blend on high for a minute.
  3. Pour Mixture over crust and freeze overnight.
  4. The next day remove from Pan and cut into squares. Top with your favorite Superfoods.
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NEW Exclusive Product!

April Fools!

Just kidding. We are just having a little fun with you all.

We do hope though that you had a fun April Fools and in case you missed it we actually did launch some new and exciting products. Check them out!

Acai Maqui Bowl Mix, 6oz, Organic

Acai Maqui Bowl Mix

Awesome acai, magical maqui, and brilliant blueberries! – this extraordinary superfood blend makes it easy to create your own nutritious açaí bowls at home.

Our Açaí Maqui Bowl Mix is a delicious blend of our favorite antioxidant-rich superberries and other amazing superfoods for good measure, like red maca, chia and lucuma.

Simply blend with a frozen banana or two and top with your favorite add-ons like granola and fruit. There are no added sugars, no artificial flavors or colors, and no preservatives. Just pure, organic ingredients.

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Matcha

Matcha Powder is a unique type of tea made from whole Japanese green tea leaves. Before harvest, the plant is kept shaded from the sun. This results in boosted chlorophyll content and an incredibly vibrant emerald color.

Matcha is a known energy booster and is roughly ten times more potent than regular green tea. The process of grinding the whole leaf into a super fine powder yields a higher concentration of nutrients and a stronger flavor profile.

Our Matcha Powder is pure and simple. No additives are used at any point in the process.

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Black Maca

Maca root was a sacred crop of the Incas, with Black Maca being the most rare and valuable. Its dark pigments and adaptogenic compounds are known to improve hormone balance & libido in men and women, and may increase potency in men.

Maca was cherished by Incan warriors for its power to increase energy, stamina and strength for battle. Today, athletes are enjoying the same benefits discovered centuries ago.

Grown at a high elevation in its native habitat in the Peruvian Andes, our Black Maca Powder is simply made by grinding sun-dried roots into a fine powder.

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Gelatinized Maca

Maca root was a sacred crop of the Incas, praised for its ability to enhance energy, endurance and strength. In more recent times it’s also been studied for beneficial effects on hormone balance, libido, and fertility.

Our Gelatinized Maca Powder is a concentrated form made for easier digestion than raw powder.

An extrusion process breaks down hard to digest starches and enhances Maca’s bioavailability without compromising its beneficial properties.

Moringa Powder, Organic, Raw 8oz

Moringa

Moringa Powder is a nutritionally complex green superfood that simultaneously nourishes and detoxifies the body.

Unlike many conventional supplements and multi-vitamins, moringa leaf powder is a whole food — meaning its abundant nutrients are easily absorbed and utilized by the body.

Mix into your morning smoothie, and feel the energizing, immune boosting, anti-stress and detoxifying effects of this concentrated superfood for yourself!

 

Shilajit Capsules 700mg | 90ct.

Shilajit Capsules

Shilajit’s origin lies in the ancient organic plant material preserved in the dark crevices of the Himalayan Mountains. As the sun warms up the mountain and melts the snow, a soft, heavy resin seeps out and is collected by local farmers.

This thick resin is then dried and ground into a fine powder known as shilajit, meaning “rock-invincible” in Sanskrit. It is high in iron with important nutrients like fulvic acid, calcium, selenium and magnesium.

Our raw Shilajit powder is meticulously harvested by hand at high altitudes to ensure the purest product possible. It is then purified to remove any contaminants, low-temperature dried and tested to be free of pollutants before being encapsulated in an organic, vegan friendly capsule.

 


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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Açaí Maqui Bowl

This nutrient loaded, fruity bowl is unlike traditional açaí bowls. In addition to potent  berries this smoothie bowl has 7 different superfoods that will supercharge your life and well being. It’s perfect as an after dinner sweet treat or a delicious healthy breakfast.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Açaí Maqui Bowl Mix
1 Banana (Sliced, Frozen)
1 Cup Ice
1 Cup almond milk
1 oz Vanilla Rice Protein Powder (optional)

Directions:
1. In a blender add Açaí Maqui Bowl Mix, banana, ice, and a splash of the almond milk (to get the blender going), blend
2. (optional step) add Vanilla Rice Protein Powder and another splash of almond milk, blend
3. Top with all your favorite bowl toppings like fresh or frozen fruits, cacao nibs, oats, granola, coconut shreds, or anything you like!

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7 Foods To Avoid Before Exercising

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7 Foods To Avoid Before Exercising

 

1. High Sodium Foods

Eating a handful of fat and protein packed nuts an hour before a workout can provide the body with loads of energy. But make sure you reach for the raw, unsalted variety rather than their high sodium counterparts.

Consuming a lot of sodium before or during a workout can cause your body’s natural electrolytes to become unbalanced, leaving you more likely to feel dizzy, get muscle cramps, and have an upset stomach.

Opt in for natural, unprocessed foods to help avoid any unwanted salt.

 

2. Flavored Waters

You know the ones. They always promise to provide you with beneficial vitamins and minerals to help you break a sweat.

The reality is you are better off eating a piece of ripe fruit to get all of your nutrients rather than drinking one of these.

They tend to also be loaded with icky artificial sweeteners that could wreak havoc on your good gut bacteria, making you more likely to feel crummy rather than fabulous after exercising.

 

3. Store Bought Smoothies

You may think you are benefitting from picking up a pre-made drink from the grocery store but these beverages can actually set you back.

Unlike their home-made counterparts, these store versions usually have added sugars and even oils to help boost their flavor that can cause gastric distress. And if weight loss is your goal, store bought smoothies can also be loaded with unwanted calories that could add on weight.

Try making your own smoothie at home to ensure that you are getting the right amount of calories and nutrients you need. If you are still looking for something convenient and healthy try our Superfood Smoothie Mix or Supergreens & Protein.

 

4. Hummus

While this creamy delicious snack is normally a great source of protein and healthy fats, eating it before you hit the gym is not your best bet.

Bean-based foods like hummus are high in carbohydrates that could cause uncomfortable, painful gas and bloating. Nether of which you want when working out.

 

5. Rice Cakes

These snacks have gained immense popularity in recent years as a great low calorie food for athletes and weekend warriors.

While they do contain few calories they also contain very few, if any at all, nutrients. When you workout your body is using up a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to help repair itself and improve your health.

Selecting nutrient dense foods will help support your workouts while improving your nutrition. If you are concerned about calories try having a piece of fresh fruit, which usually contains around 100 calories per piece.

 

6. Muffins & Other Breakfast Pastries

Do you stop by your favorite coffee spot before you hit the gym or your favorite yoga class?

While it might seem like the perfect pre-workout nibble, muffins and pastries (even vegan ones), are loaded with fat.

Consuming high amounts of fat before exercising increases the transit time of your digestive system, making you more likely to have digestive issues and diarrhea while working out.

Keep your pre-workout meals light and opt for health fats after you finish.

 

7. Green Bananas

Bananas have been touted as one of the best pre- and post-workout foods you can eat…as long as they are ripe.

Choosing a green or even slightly green banana can cause your body to become constipated and develop painful gas because the starches in the fruit are too difficult to digest.

Yellow bananas with dark brown spots indicate that this potassium loaded food is ready to be eaten.


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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6 Superfoods for a Better Workout

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6 Superfoods for a Better Workout

The year has started; you’ve been staying committed to your New Years Resolutions to make this year your healthiest yet.

Maybe you are killin’ it at the gym, rocking that yoga class, or on the top of your Corssfit team’s board.

We want to help you keep going strong so we’ve come up with our favorite 6 superfoods that will have you running faster, training harder, and stretching further.

Matcha

Matcha is a powder form of green tea that’s less processed than most types you’ll find at the store. It’s loaded with energy producing EGCG. Not only does this compound help to produce a natural, non-jittery form of energy but it can enhance the body’s ability to burn fat.

On top of that Matcha contains high amounts of the amino acid called L-theanine, which the body uses to produce the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Consuming Matcha tea can help boost your mood, reduce stress, and help to balance hormones like cortisol helping to promote a healthy weight.

Have a cup of Matcha tea or a Matcha latte an hour before your workout to boost your mood and energy.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are quickly becoming one of the most popular pre-workout superfoods available. What makes them so special?

For starters they aid the body in absorbing and holding water, helping to prevent dehydration. Proper hydration during a workout can increase your stamina and endurance.

Chia Seeds also contain prime nutrients that support your muscles and heart including magnesium, potassium, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and calcium.

Try mixing 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds with 8oz-16oz of your favorite cold pressed juice 1 hour before a work out for optimal hydration and energy.

Maca

Maca is a Paruvian root that provides a long, lasting stream of energy. If you are looking to really increase stamina, endurance, and turn your energy up to 11 this is the superfood for you!

It also reduces stress, muscle cramps, balances inflammation, and decreases physical exhaustion.

Plus maca powder has also been shown to help the body burn more stored fat instead of sugar during a workout, leading to a leaner more toned body.

Use it directly after your workouts to help your muscles recover more quickly or before to put a zing in your step.

Cacao

Chocolate? Yes! Cacao is the natural version of chocolate and not only does it taste incredible but it can be your best friend when it comes to working out.

This wonderful superfood has a compound called theobromine in it that interacts with your body to produce a gentle yet strong source of energy that’s the perfect thing to push you through a workout.

The antioxidants in Cacao Powder work to balance inflammation that occurs after a workout making you less likely to be super sore the next day.

Cacao Powder is also high in muscle supporting and relaxing magnesium, which aids in recovery.

Spirulina & Chlorella

Exercising on a consistent basis causes you body to use up vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals faster that it normally would. It’s not really a problem as long as you are replacing the ones you lose.

Spirulina and Chlorella are single celled algae that, luckily for us, are full of a variety of nutrients including iron. The body uses this mineral to create healthy red blood cells that oxygenate the blood. Having good red blood cells increases your ability to build and maintain lean muscle mass. Working out can increase your bodies needs so loading up on Spirulina and Chlorella can help keep your blood cells in tip top shape.

These two algae are also a great source of B vitamins which are essential in the creation of ATP, energy, in the body. If you are low in these nutrients you are more likely to feel tired, sluggish, and have a hard time getting through your exercises.

Camu Camu

When we exercise little tares are created in the muscle tissue and oxidative damage can occurs. This is a normal and natural process that the body fixes. That’s part of the reason why after each workout we become stronger and have better immunity.

One of the main nutrients that is used to help repair those tears is vitamin C. It’s works to build and repair collagen in our skin, joints, and ligaments.

Our immune system also relies heavily on it to balance out post-workout inflammation and combat fatigue.

Camu Camu Powder is the world’s most potent source of natural vitamin C. Taking a teaspoon before or after a sweat-sesh will increase your chances of keeping a happy, healthy, strong body with a fabulous immune system.

 


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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Superfoods To Boost Your Metabolism

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Top 5 Slimming Superfoods

Congrats! You’ve made it through your first month of new, healthy habits!

(You finished the 14-day 2017 Healthy Reset, right? It’s never too late to give it a shot!)

Living healthier gets easier and easier every day. Drinking more water, eating cleaner foods, getting more sleep, being mindful… the more you do it, the more you want to do it.

When you start seeing and feeling the results it gets even easier.

Seeing your waistline slim down, feeling energized, having a sharp mind… it’s a wonderful thing.

But do you know which superfoods can boost metabolism to help you get (and stay) slim?

To help you stay on track with your New Years Resolutions let’s discuss our top 5 (delicious) superfoods for boosting metabolism and slimming down!

 

Matcha Green Tea

As many of us know, stress can often lead to unwanted weight gain.

Luckily, Matcha contains an amino acid called L-Theanine that has been shown to combat weight gain by promoting the production of the natural stress reducing chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.

 

Quinoa

Unlike other starchy foods, this super-grain is high in muscle building protein, satisfying dietary fiber, and low in calories, making it a great go-to option when you are looking to slim down.

 

Maca Root

Normally, during a workout, your body will automatically burn carbs before it burns fat.
Consuming Maca before you hit the gym causes your body to switch that.1,2 Meaning you will burn more fat instead of carbs resulting in a leaner, more toned body.

 

Superfood Smoothie Mix

Looking for a nutrient dense, yet calorically-light meal replacement to help you shed those extra few pounds?

Try our Smoothie Mix which is a blend of 13 powerful superfoods in one delicious, easy-to-make smoothie that’s packed with plant-based protein for sustainable energy, muscle health, and weight management.

 

Coconut Oil

As one of the world’s most weight loss friendly fats, Coconut Oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids that have powerful effects on metabolism.
Several studies show that just by adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat, especially around your midsection.3

Try one of our favorite slimming superfoods 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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A Beginners Guide to a Plant-Based Lifestyle

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What Is Plant-Based Living?

With so many different eating philosophies out there today it can be hard to keep all of them straight! Maybe you’ve heard about plant-based eating from a vegan friend or maybe you’ve read one of the numerous studies that are out there praising the benefits of this lifestyle.

No matter how you heard of it you might be thinking to yourself, what is plant-based living?

The simplest and easiest definition is: a lifestyle where a majority of your diet comes from plants (i.e. vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, & seeds). And when we’re talking a majority, we mean 75% or more of your plate should be packed with these nutritious gifts from nature.

Now, here is where the confusion can set in. You can still be plant-based and also be an omnivore or a vegetarian. I know, I know. It may sound a little strange but it’s true. As long as a majority of your food is coming from plants you are still living a plant-based lifestyle. Flexibility is one of the best things about plant-based living that makes it doable no matter what your dietary preferences are.

The key here is not what you are eliminating from your diet, but rather about what you are actually including in it. Science has shown us is that plant-based living, in all regards (vegan, raw, vegetarian, high starch, low-fat, etc.) can improve health and increase vitality.

The Basics.

So how do you live a plant-based lifestyle? It’s simple. Just follow these tips and before you know it you will be a plant-based foodie!

1. At each meal, make half of your plate full of fruits and vegetables, a quarter of your plate whole grains, and a quarter of your plate your protein of choice (bonus points if your protein comes from a plant like beans, lentils, or tempeh).

2. Have at least one meal per day with a plant-based protein.

3. Eat a variety of different colored produce, grains, nuts, and seeds to ensure you are getting all of your vitamins and minerals. Add in superfoods for an extra nutrient boost!

That’s it! There are no gimmicks or tricks. Plant-based living is all about eating real food that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit.

Looking to take your plant-based lifestyle to the next level? Check out our Sunfood Healthy Reset. It’s a comprehensive 2 week plant loving meal plan and workout guide that will have you feeling incredible!

 


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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Apple Cinnamon Superfood Oatmeal

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One of everyone’s favorite classic breakfasts with a superfood twist! It’s a great way to warm up on a cool winter morning or as a sweet and healthy treat to cap off the night. Loaded full of protein, fiber, and heat-healthy fats this oatmeal will keep you feeling energized throughout the day.

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 –  1/3 Cup Dry Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1/2 a sliced apple
  • 1 Fig
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 Tbsp hempseeds
  • 1/ 4 Cup Mixed Berries
  • 1 tsp Yacon

 

Directions:

  1. Bring non-dairy milk to a boil in sauce pan and stir in oats, cinnamon, and apple.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook oats for 20 minutes or until soft. Stir occasionally.
  3. Top with a splash of almond milk, Berries, fig, chia seeds, goji berries, hemp seeds, , and yacon. Enjoy!
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9 Ways To Naturally Boost Digestion

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9 Ways To Naturally Boost Digestion

 

1 Chew your food

 

As simple as it sounds, good digestion actually starts in the mouth.

 

When you chew your food well, it eases the work required from your digestive system, so your body can focus on other tasks instead.

 

2 Support your digestive enzymes

 

There are a variety of enzymes found in the body that work to breakdown the foods we eat.

 

Sometimes our bodies need a little help though. If you start to feel bloated, constipated, tired, and just all around sluggish you might need a boost of digestive enzymes or digestive bitters to jump start your digestion.

 

3 Eat real foods

 

Processed foods and fast-foods are typically high in refined salt, sugar, and processed oils that are difficult for your body to breakdown and digest. These foods also don’t provide any nutritional value either.

 

Your body can have a tough time digesting all of these chemical laden, high fat foods. Eliminate the junk (that includes processed “healthy” foods as well) and focus on eating whole foods for optimal digestion.

 

4 Be good to your liver

 

When it comes to digestion your liver plays a major role. Almost all of the nutrients from the foods you eat go directly to the liver after they’ve been absorbed in the digestive tract.

 

This is because the liver is responsible for storing and releasing energy, vitamins, and minerals to different parts of the body. Without it your body wouldn’t be able to function!

 

Keep you liver healthy by consuming foods such as dark leafy greens, dandelion tea, and milk thistle. Doing so will help gently cleanse and support this major digestive organ and keep your digestion on point.

 

5 Optimize Your Magnesium Intake

 

This mineral is your digestive system’s best friend. The body uses magnesium, along with other electrolytes, to send electrical signals back and forth between muscles.

 

Having the proper amount of magnesium in your body helps the muscles of your digestive trace to relax and contract at the perfect rate. Too little magnesium could lead to constipation, cramping, and poor digestion.

 

Eat magnesium rich foods such as nuts, spinach, figs, dark chocolate, and pumpkin seeds to help keep your magnesium levels up or use a topical spray.

 

6 Keep hydrated

 

Constipation, gas, bloating, cramping, and bowl obstructions can all be caused by being dehydrated.

 

Shoot for at least 8 cups of water per day and eat lots of liquid containing foods like fruits, vegetables, soups, and salads.

 

If water is to boring try spicing it up with some herbal teas, a splash of fresh fruit juice, or digestive bitters.

 

7 Move more

 

We’ve all heard what wonders exercise can do for your heart, weight, blood sugar, etc. but did you know that it also aids in proper digestion?

 

Continual movement actually helps foods travel through the digestive system at a healthy rate.

 

A sedentary lifestyle puts a kink in the digestive process and can actually make normal digestion more difficult.

 

The solution is easy – just move! You don’t have to be running marathons or power lifting to gain these digestive benefits. Just get up every couple of hours to stretch or take a 5 minute walk. A little movement can go a long way.

 

8 Detox as needed

 

A gentle detox on a regular basis can be a great way to reset your entire digestive system.

 

A daily dose of chlorella, spirulina, and greens powders are a potent way to get rid of toxins in the body without being harsh on your system.

 

9 Get your glutamine

 

Glutamine, an amino acid, is one of the most important nutrients that you can give your body.

 

It supports the repair and regeneration of the intestinal lining in your body, while normalizing inflammation, helping to increase digestion.

 

Foods like parsley, beets, beans, fresh cold-pressed vegetable juices are wonderful sources of glutamine.

 


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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Digestive Bitters

Digestive-bitters

Sweet, sour, salty, umami, and bitter are the five major flavors that we can taste. Each time a different flavor hits our tongue our bodies begin to release various digestive enzymes and gastric juices. Today our diets are full of sweet, sour, salty, and umami but not a lot of bitter tastes.

Bitter foods and flavors have been used for centuries to help cleanse the body, promote optimal digestion, and increase vitality. As a result, digestive bitters were created. This liquid was consumed usually before or after a meal to help break down food, support the liver, and promote gut health.

Today we’ve created a wonderful Citrus Digestive Bitters recipe that is a powerful blend of herbs and citrus that gently cleanses the body while enhancing digestion and promoting a happy tummy.

ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 small or 1/2 a large Citrus Fruit
  • 5 Star Anise
  • 1/2 Tbsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp or 1 tea bag Hibiscus Leaf or Tea
  • 1 Tsp or 1 tea bag Dandelion Root or Tea
  • 5 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander
  • 1/4 Cup Honey or Yacon Syrup
  • Rum
  • Large Mason Jar

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Directions:

  • Cut up citrus fruit and place it (including the rind) into your mason jar.
  • Add all of your spices to the jar along with your honey or yacon.
  • Fill the jar with rum, seal, shake, and label it with the date and what is in it.
  • Let sit for a minimum of 2 weeks (4 weeks is best).
  • After that, strain out all of the solids, leaving only the liquid.
  • Enjoy a splash of digestive bitters before a meal, when you have a tummy ache, or even just in some sparkling water!
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Vegan Foods That Are Great For Gut Health

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Vegan Foods That Are Great For Gut Health

 

1. Prebiotic Foods

In your gut are trillions upon trillions of tiny microorganisms that we call gut bacteria. These little guys do a variety of things such as aid in digestion and promote regular bowl movements.

Recent research has shown that having a good amount of healthy gut bacteria may be beneficial in maintaining a healthy weight and normalizing blood sugar. Studies have also suggested that having good gut bacteria early on might play a role in not developing a variety of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and even asthma and allergies.1

So what’s the best way to boost your good gut bacteria? – Feed it.

That’s right. Just like we need to eat in order to be healthy these microorganisms need a food called prebiotics, a type of fiber, in order to not just survive but to thrive.

Luckily for us these prebiotic foods are quite common.

Our top favorites:
Almonds
Bananas
Garlic
Dark leafy greens
Kiwis
Legumes
Mushrooms

 

2.Fermented Foods

There are a number of foods such as cabbage, soybeans, and other vegetables that when they are fermented turn into tummy supporting superfoods.

During the fermentation process, a natural probiotic bacteria begins to grow which gives these foods their familiar tangy flavor and also their ability to promote optimal digestion.

The mot powerful fermented foods to gobble down?
Kimchi
Sauerkraut
Natto
Tempeh
Kombucha
Kefir

 

3. Blueberries

These juicy berries are packed full of naturally occurring compounds called polyphenols.

This special nutrient helps to increase the growth of good gut bacteria while decreasing the bad bacteria. What does that mean for you? Better digestion, more energy, and a happy tummy.2

Blueberries are also an excellent source of the mineral manganese, a nutrient that is essential in the production and utilization of digestive enzymes. Eating a cup of blueberries each day can help maintain optimal levels of digestive enzymes and promote efficient digestion.

 

4. Whole Oranges

The soluble fiber found in oranges is broken down by our gut bacteria.

One of the byproducts that is created is a fatty acid called butyrate, a substance that is the best energy source for the cells that line our GI tract.

Consuming whole oranges, not the juice, actually helps the body heal damaged tissue and maintain a healthy gut.

 

Sources:

1. 5 Amazing Benefits of Gut Bacteria. Everyday Health Website. http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health-pictures/amazing-benefits-of-gut-bacteria.aspx#01

2.Do Polyphenols Improve Your Gut Bacteria? Chris Kresser website. https://chriskresser.com/do-polyphenols-improve-your-gut-bacteria/.sdf


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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Stressed? These superfoods can help normalize blood pressure

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Stressed? These superfoods can help normalize blood pressure

 

You are a palaeolithic man or woman, gathering the natural fruits and berries to feed your small tribe or settlement, when in the midst of gathering you are confronted with the distinct roar of your most dangerous nemesis. A sabre-toothed tiger breaches the brush and asserts it status above you on the food chain. As the stress hormones rush through your veins, your blood pressure rises, sugar is released and blood flows to your muscles, all in a quick fire effort to allow for a swift exit to a place of safety.

 

As we fast forward to present times, there are no sabre-toothed tigers, but there are holidays, parents-in-law, traffic jams and our perception of stress still results in the same physiological response. This would be ok, except it isn’t much use to just run away when confronted with back to back holiday events, hectic holiday shopping sprees, a traffic jam or a weekend with the in-laws. In addition, prolonged stress results in greater cardiovascular disease risk thanks to the increase in blood pressure.

Luckily, science can help us pick up the slack where evolution let us down.

We asked, registered nutritional therapist, Eva Humphries to break down the latest science on blood pressure balancing superfoods.

 

Acai

A study by the University of Connecticut assessed the effect of acai berry supplementation on healthy volunteers and found a single dose to be effective at reducing standing systolic blood pressure 1. This is especially promising, since they used a single dose of 500mg of acai for the study.

In real terms, just adding a teaspoon of Acai Powder to your morning smoothie or porridge may have a positive effect on blood pressure, allowing you to relax and enjoy those holiday events.

 

Magnesim

Physiologically, magnesium is the perfect antidote to the blood pressure increasing effects of stress. Where stress may lead to the constriction of certain blood vessels and increased blood pressure, magnesium relaxes, dilates and lowers the tension.

A large scale analysis of the latest gold standard studies concluded that magnesium supplementation for a single month is sufficient to lower blood pressure 2.

In case you aren’t a fan of popping pills, there are plenty of other ways to benefit from this relaxing supplement.

Magnesium Oil can be applied to the skin, magnesium sulphate (commonly known as epsom salt) can be used for bathing and a number of foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, kale and bananas are good dietary sources.

 

Maca

Maca is most commonly associated with hormone balance and fertility but it turns out its beneficial effects don’t just stop there.

A study by Victoria University in Australia assessing the effects of maca on postmenopausal women found this powdered root to be effective at reducing diastolic blood pressure 3.

Surprisingly, maca also improved symptoms of depression in this same population. 3

A teaspoon a day over a six week period is sufficient in initiating these beneficial changes.

 

Whilst these superfoods will go some way in buffering the blood pressure elevating effects of stress, don’t forget to address the root cause. Looking for more ways to de-stress during this hectic holiday season? Check out our Top 5 Tips for Reducing Stress This Holiday Season.

 

By guest writer and superfood lover Eva Humphries of the Whole Food Warrior.

 

Sources

 (1) Gale AM, Kaur R, Baker WL (2014) Hemodynamic and electrocardiographic effects of açaí

berry in healthy volunteers: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Cardiology,

174: 421-423.

(2) Zhang X, Li Y, Del Gobbo LC, Rosanoff A, Wang J, Zhang W, Song Y (2016) Effects of

magnesium supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized double-blind

placebo-controlled trials. Hypertension, 68: 324-333.

(3) Stojanovska L, Law C, Lai B, Chung T, Nelson K, Day S, Apostolopoulos V, Haines C (2015)

Maca reduces blood pressure and depression, in a pilot study in postmenopausal women.

Climacteric, 18: 69-78.

 


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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Hacks For the Holidays: How to Save Time in the Kitchen

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Hacks For the Holidays: How to Save Time in the Kitchen

The holiday season is full of get-togethers with family and friends, late night hot coco…or spiked eggnog, and festive dinners. We’ve got a few holiday hacks to help you spend less time making dinner and more time enjoying that cocoa with your loved ones.

Plan Ahead:

Plan to do your holiday meal shopping a week in advance. Take inventory of what you have and write down the foods you’ll need for that perfect holiday dinner. Doing so will keep you organized, help you beat the holiday rush, and give you some extra time just in case you missed something.

Prep Side Dishes Early:

Start cooking foods like stuffing, gravy, or pie dough a day or two before your big get together. That way on the actual, day you can spend more time with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen. But avoid cooking foods like green beans that could spoil early.

Grate Frozen Vegan Butter:

If you’re like me then you love creating all kinds of scrumptious vegan pies, cookies, and treats during the holidays. With a million things to get done, I end up not having the time (or patience) to wait for my vegan butter to come to room temperature. I know this may sound weird but if you freeze your butter before hand and grate it with a cheese grater it will come to room temperature a lot quicker. Bonus, grating it creates the perfect size pieces for extra flaky pie crusts.

Buy Cooking Mesh Bags:

Cooking space is limited when preparing for a holiday feast. Steamed or boiled veggies are a staple in a plant-based foodie’s house hold but it can be time consuming to boil one vegetable at a time. Instead invest in some cooking mesh bags which will allow you to cook multiple foods at once!

Use A Bowl For Trash:

Instead of continually running back and fourth between the trash use one giant bowl. Place scraps, packaging, and produce odds and ends in your bowl and once your done cooking make one simple trip to the trashcan.

Clean As You Go:

Rather than having an unbearable amount of dishes at the end of the night try to clean as you go. By multitasking you end up with less mess and more time with family and friends.

 


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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Take of the Pressure off this Holiday Season: The Top 5 Tips for Reducing Stress

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Take of the Pressure off this Holiday Season: The Top 5 Tips for Reducing Stress

 

1. Take a Breather

Holiday parties, shopping, meal prepping, and more. This time of the year is full of lots of wonderful experiences and get-togethers. But don’t forget to take some time for yourself to recharge. Feelings of stress can come on strong when we are overwhelmed with multiple commitments and ‘To-Dos’. Your best bet to beat the stress? Take a 15 minute break. Go for a short walk. Listen to some soothing music. Strike a couple of your favorite Yoga poses. The possibilities are endless!

2. Be realistic

The holidays don’t have to be perfect or happen just like they did last year. Families and traditions evolve and grow over time. Letting go of the idea that you have to create to perfect holiday experience will help you reduce your stress and enjoy this time of the year. For example if you are use to having a big family get together but this year not every one can join in, find other ways to celebrate together. Meet up before or after the holiday or share videos and pictures through email. It might end up being your new favorite tradition.

3. Eat Healthy!

Keeping a balanced diet full of fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats gives your body the nutrients it needs to manage and reduce stress. When your diet starts lacking in healthy foods your body will have a tougher time dealing with stress. Already feeling stressed out? Enjoy some avocados that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to help reduce stress and improve mood or snack on some nuts that are packed full of relaxing B Vitamins & magnesium. Consuming foods that are high in vitamin C, such as camu camu, have also been shown to help manage stress and normalize cortisol levels.1

4. Get some Shut Eye

One of the best ways to manage stress is to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Holiday events usually come back to back and while at the time it may seem like a good idea to miss that shut eye in order to have another night out with friends, think again. Sleep is your body’s time to rejuvenate and repair itself. Missing out on those Zzzs will cause a spike in your stress hormones leading to fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, and you guessed it more stress. Shoot for 8 hours a night.

5. Take the Time to Give Back

Giving is one of the most rewarding acts you can do. Whether it be your gifts, time, money, or donating items, giving to others has been shown to uplift people’s moods, reduce stress, and even promote longevity.2 Check in with local soup kitchens, schools, homeless shelters, and non-profits for volunteer opportunities.

Sources:

1. Stress and Your Diet. Everyday Health Website. http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition-pictures/how-to-reduce-stress-with-diet.aspx#09.

2. Poulin M, Brown S, Dillard A, Smith D. Giving to Others and the Association Between Stress and Mortality. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(9):1649-1655.

 


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Relaxing Bath Soak

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Epsom Salts and magnesium oil work together to help naturally relax tight muscles. Pamper yourself with a luxurious bath after a long day.

Ingredients
1 Spray of Magnesium Oil
1 Cup Epsom Salts

Directions
1. Fill bathtub up with warm water.
2. Add salts and magnesium oil to bath water.
3. Soak in tub and relax.

 

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A superfood to supercharge your love life!

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We all enjoy spending time with loved ones during the holiday season.

Especially that special someone. 😉

But stress, overindulgence in unhealthy foods, and exhaustion (all common this time of the year) can often dull the flame.

No need to feel embarrassed or like you’re all alone though, we all need a little pick-me-up now and then!

Fire

The best source for help is always mother nature. And there’s an amazing natural remedy for energy, endurance and excitement.

It can also help you with:

  • Increased intimacy
  • Revved up libido.
  • Boosted fertility
  • Balanced hormones

Black Maca

I’m talking about daily use of Maca. And in particular Black Maca.

What makes Black Maca unique is it’s innate ability to stimulate libido in both men and women as well as increase potency in men.

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Maca is an incredible superfood for daily use regardless, as it’s been shown to:

  • Enhance stamina
  • Increase endurance
  • Supercharge your energy
  • Create stronger lean muscles

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Our Organic, Non-GMO Black Maca is one of the rarest known superfoods.

Try this sacred Incan root as a part of your everyday routine if you are looking to ignite your fire.

Raw, Organic
Black Maca Powder, 4oz

$11.99

Earn 40 SunPoints

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Black Maca, Gelatinized Maca and Matcha Green Tea are here!

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Black Maca, Gelatinized Maca and Matcha Green Tea are here!

We’ve just add three NEW and EXCLUSIVE Sunfood products to our superfood family.

We only made a small batch of each, so quantities are VERY LIMITED! We have to limit this to first come, first served only – so be sure to get yours before their gone.

 

 

Matcha Tea Powder

  • Luxurious green tea powder
  • Loaded with cell stimulating & healing antioxidants & polyphenols
  • Delicious light taste – not bitter
  • Provides vibrant, non-jittery energy (low in caffeine)
  • Certified organic & Non-GMO

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Black Maca Powder

  • The rarest and most valuable maca root in the world
  • Powerful adaptogen that helps improve hormone balance
  • Stimulates libido in men & women
  • May increase potency in men
  • May help relieve stress

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Gelatinized Maca Powder

  • All the same benefits as Raw Maca, but easier to digest (perfect for sensitive stomachs)
  • Created by breaking down hard to digest starches in the maca root
  • Increases energy, stamina, endurance, helps relieve stress and balance hormones

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