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Butternut Squash & Chlorella Soup



Powerful and potent chlorella gives this rustic and creamy Fall soup a nutrient boost of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, zinc, and iron. Enjoy this yummy soup on a cool, crisp night or during a fun festive Halloween party!

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 4


1/2 large Butternut Squash

12 tablets of Chlorella

1/2 Cup Cashews

1/2 of an Onion

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

2 Cups Vegetable Stock

1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

1/8 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric

¼ tsp Tarragon

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

Salt and Pepper to taste



1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Take squash, cut in half, remove seeds, and roast in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes or until soft enough to pierce with a fork.

3. Once fully cooked set aside half of the squash for the soup and save the other half for leftovers.

4. While squash is roasting on the oven, dice onion.

5. Add it and the coconut oil to a large pot. Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally.

6. Once onions are tender add cashews and cook for another 2 minutes.

7. Add stock and spices and reduce heat to low simmering for 20 minutes.

8. After that cut up cooked squash and add it to soup mixture. Let soup cool for 10 minutes.

9. Once cool add soup mixture to blender batch by batch and blend until smooth.

10. Return blended mixture to pot and add coconut milk. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.

11. Meanwhile crush chlorella tablets into a fine powder. This can be done with the back of a spoon.

12. Mix powder with 1 Tbsp of water and stir.

13. Once soup mixture is heated pour into bowls and top with liquid chlorella mixture.



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4 Benefits of Chlorella You Might Not Know About

thumbOctober 25, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie



4 Benefits of Chlorella You Might Not Know About


There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about chlorella before and many of its benefits.

It is well known for its ability to promote detoxification in the body, especially when it comes to heavy metals.1,2

Chlorella has also been shown to help boost the immune system.3

Furthermore the high iron content in chlorella supports healthy blood and oxygenation.

But there are 4 other incredible benefits of this micro-algae that not many people are talking about.


(1) Gives You Beautiful Skin

The saying “beauty begins from within” is true in more than one way.

Regularly consuming Chlorella can give you firm, radiant, glowing skin.

It’s partially thanks to all of the nutrients that are pack in this single celled organism but also from a compound known as Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF).4

Your skin regenerates it self about every 28 days and needs a variety of nutrients to create healthy, beautiful new skin.

CGF aids in this process by providing nucleic acids to the body that promote collagen growth and cellular regeneration.


(2) Promotes normal blood sugar levels

Around 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a condition characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels, and 86 million have prediabetes.5

Long term unstable blood sugar levels caused by poor diet, over eating, and lack of exercise can lead to the development of diabetes.

If not treated diabetes can lead to:

Heart disease
Kidney problems
Eye troubles
Bad Teeth

Prediabetes and diabetes are characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels. Daily intake of chlorella has actually been shown to help promote normal blood sugar levels.6


(3) Supports Heart Health

Taking chlorella was shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by altering serum lipid profiles, specifically by lowering the amount of triglycerides present in the blood.6,7

The specific molecules found in the chlorella that are believed to be responsible for this reduction are a type of vitamin A called carotenoids.

While there are other foods that contain carotenoids such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and kale, there is a distinctive combination of the carotenoids lutein/zeaxanthin and alpha-carotene that make chlorella extra potent.


(4) Stimulates fat loss and healthy body weight

Maintaining a healthy weight takes a lot of work and chlorella might make it a bit easier.

A recent study found that chlorella actually improved metabolic activity allowing the body to reach a healthy weight.5

It also showed that chlorella helped burn fat and increased fat metabolism.5

Whether you are looking to nourish your skin, protect your heart, normalize your blood sugar levels, or get in better shape chlorella is the superfood for you.

Our tablet form makes it easy to take with water. But it’s also fabulous blended into soups, smoothies, dressings, and sauces.

Enjoy all of the benefits of Chlorella today!

Sources: 1. Shim JA, Son YA, Park JM, Kim Mk. Effect of Chlorella intake on Cadmium metabolism in rats. Nutr Res Pract. 2009;3(1):15-22. 2. Queiroz ML, Rodrigues AP, Bincoletto C, Figueiredo CA, Malacrida S. Protective effects of Chlorella vulgaris in lead-exposed mice infected with Listeria monocytogenes. Int Immunopharmacol. 2003;3(6):889-900. 3. Kwak J, Baek S, Woo Y, et al. Benificial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation: enhancement of Natural Killer cell activity and early inflammatory response (Randomized, doubl-blinded, placebo-controlled trial). Nutr J. 2012;11:53. 4. Saberbaghi T, Firouz A, Yusof Y, Makpol S. Modulation of Cell Cycle Profile by Chlorella vulgaris Prevents Replicative Senescence of Human Diploid Fibroblasts. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013. 5. Diabetes Latest. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web sitte. http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfactsheet/ Updated June 2014. 6. Mizoguchi T, Takehara I, Masuzawa T, Saito T, Naoki Y. Nutrigenomic studies of effects of Chlorella on subjects with high-risk factors for lifestyle-related disease. J Med Food. 2008;11(3):395-404. 7. Ryu N, Lim Y, Park J, et al. Impact of daily Chlorella consumption on serum lipid and carotenoid profiles in mildly hypercholesterolemic adults: a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Nutr J. 2014;13:57.

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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Vegan Curry Quinoa Recipe



Cozying up to a savory bowl of curry is a great way to stay warm during Fall and Winter seasons. This hearty dish is chalked full of protein packed quinoa, lush plump olives, and fresh crisp vegetables. It is great as a main dish or perfect as a side to some sautéed tofu and cool fruit.


Time: 20 minutes



2 Cup Tri Color Quinoa, cooked in water

1/2 Cup Black Botija Olives, diced

1 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas, cooked

1/4-1/2 Yellow Onion diced

1 Orange, peeled, diced

1/4 Cup Mint, chopped

1 Cup mixed Purple & Green Cabbage, chopped

1 Cup Currents

1 Cup shredded Carrots


Sauce Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Curry Powder (for a milder taste only add 1 Tbsp)

2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

1/8 Cup Tahini

2 Tbsp Honey

2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

Salt & Pepper to taste




  1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a bowl, mix until well combined, then set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together remaining ingredients.
  3. Once quinoa mixture is blended pour sauce over the top and stir.
  4. Enjoy!


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Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Crepes



Going low-carb never tasted so good. The velvety chocolate filling will have you feeling as if you’ve stepped into a wonderful dream!

Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp Hazelnut butter or make your own



  • Mix nut butter, cacao powder, and coconut oil together. Set aside
  • Heat coconut wrap in a warm skillet for a few seconds on each side, until it becomes soft.
  • Place wrap on a warm plate and layer on chocolate mixture.



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Fall Pumpkin Pie Crepes


With a fifth of the carbs but all of the flavor, this lite version of a Fall favorite just might be your new go-to dessert this season.

Prep time: 10 minutes


  • ¼ Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Pumpkin Spice



  • Blend together pumpkin, yacon, and spices and then place in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Cook for a few minutes or until warm. Set Aside
  • Heat coconut wrap in a warm skillet for a few seconds on each side, until it becomes soft.
  • Place wrap on a warm plate and fill with pumpkin mixture.
  • Top with coconut whipped cream and cinnamon!


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Berries & Cream Coconut Crepes


This lite, low-carb, creamy dessert is the perfect way to end your day. The fresh juicy berries paired with luscious coconut whipped cream wrapped in our delicious coconut wrap will have you wondering why you don’t indulge in dessert more often.

Prep Time: 10 minutes




  • Place mixing bowl and whisk in freezer 10 minutes before starting.
  • Remove the thick top layer of coconut cream from the can, leaving the water at the bottom, and place into chilled bowl.
  • Whisk on high for 3-4 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  • Add sweetener and whisk for another 2 more minutes.
  • Heat coconut wrap in a warm skillet for a few seconds on each side, until it becomes soft.
  • Place it on a warm plate and layer on coconut whipped cream and a handful of fresh berries.



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Maca Peanut Butter



Looking to get the most out of your next workout? Maca Extreme® will help you burn more fat while boosting your energy and the creamy peanut butter will keep you feeling satisfied. Eating a small snack 1-2 hours before you hit the gym can actually help improve athletic performance! If you find yourself really pressed for time try this simple delectable pre-workout nibble.

Prep time: 30 seconds

• 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
• 1/4 tsp Maca Extreme

1. Stir maca powder into peanut butter.
2. Enjoy on fresh fruit or by the spoon full.

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Chocolate & PB Maca-Nana Pops



These fun and simple snacks will keep you powering through your next yoga class. The potent combination of maca, cacao, and fruit uplifts and energizes you while keeping hunger at bay.

Prep time: 5 minutes

• 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
• 1 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
• 1/4 tsp Maca Extreme
• 1/4 tsp Yacon Syrup (optional)
• 1 Banana

1. Mix first 4 ingredients together.
2. Dip banana into chocolate mixture.
3. Top with cacao nibs, goji berries, or peanut butter.
4. Enjoy as is or make a bunch and freeze over night.

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Energizing Brownie Bites


If you’ve got a few minutes then these little guys are a great portable pre-workout treat that are sure to give you a boost. Organic almonds, plump dates, and satisfying coconut oil provide a powerhouse of healthy carbs, protein, and fats. Plus the maca and theobromine from the cacao will give you that extra jolt of energy to help you push through your next workout.

Prep time: 10 minutes


• 1/2 Cup Almonds
• 1 Cup Pitted Dates
• 1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
• 2 tsp Maca Extreme
• 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
2. Blend until a sticky paste forms.
3. Roll mixture into balls and store in the refrigerator.
4. To keep from sticking together, roll balls into coconut or almond flour.

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Our superfood secret for burning more fat than sugar

thumbOctober 4th, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie



Our superfood secret for burning more fat than sugar


It’s actually really easy to convince your body to burn more fat instead of carbs (sugar) during exercise.1,2

Plus, you can experience other benefits:
• Enhanced stamina, endurance, and increased energy. 1,2
• Faster run times, longer yoga sessions 1,2
• Stronger lean muscles. 1,2



Forget the coffee and pre-workout energy drinks.

I don’t know about you, but they often make me feel shaky and drained. There’s a better way to fuel up before a workout.

This ancient root vegetable has been used by South Americans for centuries.


Get your body to burn more fat.

When exercising our bodies use both fat and carbohydrates (sugars) as its main forms of fuel.

Normally, your body will automatically burn carbs before it begins to burn fat.

You end up burning about an even split of carbs & fat.

Now here’s the secret:

Consuming Maca Extreme® before working out causes your body to switch that.


You will burn more fat instead of carbs.

Tone those muscles up! Get leaner quicker! Maca Extreme® can be your best workout buddy…


Exercise longer, harder, easier.

Plus, Maca Extreme® makes your respiratory system and muscles more effective at using oxygen.

What this means for you is faster run times, increased endurance, and stronger lean muscles.

Maca Extreme® is a powerhouse food that is designed to naturally give you the energy you need to take on your day and enjoy your workout.

You can feel the benefits of this ancient superfood by simply adding 1 tsp to your favorite pre-workout drink or smoothie.

Try Maca Extreme® for yourself!


Sources: 1. Choi E, Kang J, Cho J, et al. Supplementation of standardized lipid-soluble extract from maca (Lepidium meyenii) increases swimming endurance capacity in rats. J Funct Foods. 2012;4:68-573. 2. Shin S, Park D, Jeon J, et al. Gelatinized and fermented powders of Lepidium meyenii (maca) improve physical stamina and epididymis sperm counts in male mice. J Embryo Transfer. 2008;23:283-289.

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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Hormone Disruptors: Everyday Poisons in Skin Care Products

thumbSeptember 21, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie


Hormone Disruptors
Everyday Poisons in Skin Care Prodcuts

Hormones are delicate, they are easy to unbalance and disrupting them leads to major problems and concerns.

It’s a big issue for women, and the frightening part is how many products contain hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Products marketed specifically towards women to make us more youthful, beautiful, and all of the other promises, are loaded with these dangerous substances.

And the crazy part is that there’s no need for these chemicals!

I don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but that’s entirely why we developed our plant-based & superfood beauty products last year. YoungProtect, Gone, and Lips, along with our plant-based Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash.

We proved you don’t need anything other than plants & superfoods and the results speak for themselves:

  • Younger, firmer, clear skin.
  • Faded wrinkles & scars.
  • Bright beautiful complexions.
  • Light-weight, voluminous hair.

But enough about us, I want to talk about what really concerns me.

Too many products have these unnecessary chemicals, and we’re on a mission to inform the public. Because these companies certainly won’t do it themselves.

In fact, they don’t even have to tell you all the ingredients if they hide behind a “trade secret”, so it’s impossible to know if you’re even getting all the info!

Women are exposed every single day to these nasty toxins due to their prevalence in beauty products.

So tell your friends, get the word out… check the ingredients! Question the company! And 100% avoid anything with these chemicals in them.



Found in:
Soaps, shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics.

The claim:
To combat mold, bacteria, and yeast growth.

The reality:
Detected in tissue samples of human breast tumors.2
Shown to have estrogen-like effects, resulting in a negative effect on your estrogen balance.1

Too little or too much estrogen can cause a variety of issues including:

  • Weight gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fog
  • Heart palpitations
  • Decreased libido
  • Hot flashes
  • Cold chills
  • Hair loss
  • Bad PMS




Found in:
Nail polishes, perfumes, and hair products.

The claim:
To help with softness and flexibility

The reality:
Could disrupt your endocrine system (not good!).3
Shown to adversely affect reproductive health.3
Possibly linked to poor breast tissue health.3

An out-of-whack endocrine system can cause numerous problems including:

  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Weight problems
  • Disrupted sleep cycles
  • Bad mood swings
  • Poor growth and development
  • Sexual dysfunction/reproduction
  • Bad skin
  • Digestive Issues




Found in:
Toothpaste, makeup, soaps, skin care, and many other household products.

The claim:
An antimicrobial agent.4

The reality:
Possible negative effects on thyroid hormones.4,5

Unbalanced thyroid hormones can lead to:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Digestive Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep problems
  • Bad skin
  • Hair loss


In order to feel great, be healthy, and look their best both men and women need their endocrine system, estrogen levels, and thyroid hormones to be balanced. Parabens, Phthalates, and triclosan might negatively affect these areas resulting in anything from unpleasant symptoms to serious health concerns. Steer clear of these iffy ingredients and look for a more natural, clean solution to your personal care needs.


1. Vo T, Jeung EB. An Evaluation of Estrogenic Activity of Parabens Using Uterine Calbindin-D9k Gene in an Immature Rat Model. Toxicol Sci. 2009;112(1):68-77.

2. Harvey P, Everett D. Significance of the detection of esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (parabens) in human breast tumours. J Appl Toxicol. 2004;24(1):1-4.

3. Lopez-Carrillo L, Hernandez-Ramirez R, Calafat A, et al. Exposure to Phthalates and Breast Cancer Risk in Northern Mexico. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(4):539-544.

4. Cooney C. PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS: Triclosan Comes under Scrutiny. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(6):A242.

5. Veldhoen N, Skirrow RC, Osachoff H, et al. The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development. Aquat Toxicol;2006:80(3):217-227.


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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11 Not-So-Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

thumbSeptember 21, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie


11 Not-So-Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

You’re healthy, you eat well and exercise, but it’s still hard to escape the “fall flu.” Yet we all have one or two coworkers or friends who never seem to catch the bug (I’m looking at you Cassie!).

It’s ok to admit that we might be a bit jealous of them. And confused… I mean how do they do it?

Maybe you are one of these lucky people. Do you know why?

Is it superhuman abilities, or crazy amazing genetics?

Here’s the big surprise: there is no big surprise.

There are no secrets; most of it is just common sense. It’s the follow-through that’s the hard part. But if you can do most of these practices consistently, you might find yourself thinking, “when was the last time I got sick?”

Add in some superfoods to boost your immunity and you’ll be all set! 

1. They wash their hands, often. 

This one may seem like a no brainer, but those that don’t get sick wash their hands more than the average bear.

And what is average? Well a recent survey showed that about 70% of people do not wash their hands with soap and warm water…I’m going to let that sink in for a moment.1

Rinsing those beautiful hands is the single most effective way of decreasing your chances of catching something nasty!2

To reduce your chances of catching a bug lather up before you eat, after coming into contact with someone who’s feeling under the weather, and of course after you use the restroom.


 2. They can find Zen amongst the chaos.

Stress activates the immune system, which is beneficial in the short term but chronic stress can cause immune system burnout, leading to getting sick.3

Those superhumans who rarely get the sniffles tend to find ways to manage their stress.

Pressed for time? Give yourself a 5 minute mini break every hour. Get up from your desk and take a walk out side, stretch, or listen to your favorite song. Doing so can give you the mental break you need to feel relaxed and refreshed.


3. They hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. 

60% of the body is made up of water and it is essential for everything from some enzyme reactions to nutrient absorption and utilization.

Every moment we are breathing in a plethora of things – dust, pollen, dander, air pollutants, perfumes, and germs.

Our body’s way of keeping out all of the icky stuff? Mucus, which happens to be mostly, you guessed it, made up of water.

Staying hydrated allows the body to constantly flush out any potential irritants before they turn into something more serious.


4. Their sleep game is strong. 

Getting enough shut-eye actually enhances the immune systems defense against microorganisms, making a well rested person less likely to get sick then their sleep deprived counterpart.4

Remember, 8 hours of sleep is the average and not the rule. It’s ok if you feel awesome after 6 hours or even 10. Follow a sleep pattern that feels right for you!


5. Plants are their friends.

Consuming the rainbow is one of the best ways to decreases your chances of catching that pesky cold that’s been going around.

And we’re not taking about the Skittles rainbow…

Fruits as well as vegetables have been shown to reduce inflammation and provide a variety of macro- and micro-nutrients essential for immune function.5

Load up on an assortment of your favorite produce each day to rev up your immune system.

Or try Superfood Smoothie Mix for a convenient blend of 13 superfoods.


6. Their glass is always half-full.           

Staying positive and optimistic can be beneficial in many area of life.

Not only has it been associated with improved outcomes of certain conditions but it has also been shown to boost the immune system too!6

Pick a different positive mantra to live by each week. It can be as simple as, “My body is healthy, strong, and beautiful.”

Write it on a sticky note and place it somewhere you know you will see it, like your bathroom mirror or computer at work, and take a moment each day to say those words in your head.


7. They eat foods high in vitamin C.

Certain immune cells, called t-cells and phagocytes, require vitamin C to function.7

People who consume foods high in vitamin C daily improve their chances of staying healthy.

What about a vitamin supplement? Probably not.

Not only do they tend to not be pricey, but they are usually in the form of ascorbic acid derived from GMO corn!

Instead opt for foods naturally high in vitamin C such as oranges, bell peppers, and even our powdered camu camu berry that has better bioavailability and tastes great!


8. They break a sweat.           

Hitting the gym for a sweat sesh will do more than make you look good.

It’s actually been linked to reduced incidents of infections.8

The key here is consistency. Get up and get moving for at least 30 minutes per day.

Not a fan of the gym? That’s ok! Try going for a walk around your neighborhood or meeting up with a couple of friends after work to play tennis or hit up a local yoga class.


9. They follow Marvin Gay’s advice and Get It On. 

Yes you read that right!

Individuals who have sex at least once or twice per week have higher levels of immune antibodies than those who don’t.9


10. Their Social Network extends beyond Facebook.           

Need another excuse to spend some much needed quality time with your bestie?

Those with a strong social network are able to fight off colds and the flu better than those with out.10

Some scientists believe this is due to the fact that when we hang out with our friends our bodies produce lower levels of the stress hormones catecholamine and glucocorticoids, which decreases the chances of getting sick.


11. They DO get sick, but they take care of themselves. 

Everyone gets sick, even those who seem to “never get sick.” So this one is not a tip to prevent you from getting ill but rather one for what to do when you actually start to feel under the weather.


Plain and simple I know, but resting when you actually are sick can shorten the duration of your cold. Don’t try to work through it, you don’t have to “tough it out,” just take it easy and let your body do its thing.



  1. Show Me the Science – Why Wash Your Hands? Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html Accessed September 20, 2016.
  2. OSH Answer Fact Sheets. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Web site. http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/washing_hands.html Revised September 19, 2016. Accessed September 20, 2016.
  3. Schneiderman N, Ironson G, Siegel S. STRESS AND HEALTH: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2005;1:607-628.
  4. Besedovsky L. Lange T. Born J. Sleep and immune function. Pflugers Arch. 2012;463(1):121-137
  5. Myles I. Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity. Nutr J. 2014;13:61
  6. Segerstrom S. Optimism and immunity: Do positive thoughts always lead to positive effects? Brain Behav Immun. 2005;19(3):195-200.
  7. Strohle A, Hahn A. [Vitamin C and immune function]. Med Monatsschr Pharm. 2006;32(2):49-54.
  8. Gleeson M. Immune function in sport and exercise. J Appl Physiol. 2007;103:693-699.
  9. Health & Sex. WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health
  10. Recipe for Longevity: No Smoking, Lots of Friends. TIME Web site. http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2006938,00.html Published July 2008.


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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Gold & Silver Chai Latte

Gold & Silver Chai Latte

With the leaves beginning to turn it’s time for warm, cozy drinks and we’ve got one for you that’s delicious and full of immune boosting superfoods!

Germ fighting silver, nutrient dense honey, and inflammation balancing turmeric are the stars that give this creamy, heavenly drink its immune enhancing properties.

Enjoy this recipe when you are feeling under the weather or even on a crisp fall morning as a fun way to start your day.


  • 1 Tea Satchel of Chai Tea (decaf or vanilla rooibos tea for kids)
  • 1 Tbsp WeeBee Honey
  • 6oz Water
  • 1/4 C Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1-3 Drops of Colloidal Silver
  • Coconut Whipped Cream and Cinnamon for topping.



  • Heat water in sauce pan, tea kettle, or microwave until boiling.
  • Add tea bag to a heat safe cup and pour hot water into it. Be sure to leave room for milk and coconut whipped cream.
  • While tea is steeping, in a separate pan heat coconut milk over low heat for a minute or until warm.
  • Remove milk from heat, add turmeric, and stir until incorporated.
  • Take the tea bag from mug and pour in warm milk mixture, honey, and silver. Stir.
  • Enjoy as is or top with coconut whipped cream and cinnamon!

*Sunfoodie Tip: For an extra immune boost add 1/2 tsp chia seed powder!






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The Superfood Survival Guide for Cold & Flu Season

thumbSeptember 18, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie


The Superfood Survival Guide for Cold & Flu Season

Fall is upon us and that means changing weather (yes the weather still changes here in San Diego 😉 just less than everywhere else), cool crisp nights, autumn leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and unfortunately germs. Lots of them.

Especially if you’ve got kiddos going to the germ factory every day, bringing home all their classmates coughs, sniffles, and runny noses.

Each year millions of people catch those pesky cold and flu viruses at least once, with many of us experiencing the unpleasantness of these little germs more often.1

I’ve compiled a list of  my favorite natural solutions that help combat sniffles, coughs, colds, and the flu!


10 Natural Solutions for Cold & Flu Defense

Raw Honey – Better than cough syrup

This delicious superfood is no ordinary sweetener. Chalked full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants essential for optimal immune function this tasty treat is a must have in your cold fighting tool kit.

One study found that children who were given a dose of honey before going to bed felt more relief from their cough compared with the over the counter drugs dextromethorphan (DM) and diphenhydramine (DPH).2

Honey also promotes healthy gut bacteria, those little guys that play a pivotal role in helping your immune system function properly.3,4

Try WeeBee Raw Honey



Camu CamuOranges got nothin’ on this Vitamin C

A small tropical berry that is one of the highest sources of vitamin C in the world, with the whole fruit having around 30 times more than an orange!

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant known to aid immune cells in the fight against viruses and bacteria. Several studies showed that consuming 1g of vitamin C per day shortened the duration of colds in both children and adults.5

Mix 1-2 tsp in your favorite juice or smoothie when you’re starting to feel under the weather.

Try Organic Camu Camu



SilverOld School is New School

An old tried but true go-to of many naturopathic doctors, silver has been used for centuries in aiding the ill.

Our Super Nano Colloidal Silver is the most potent, safest, easiest to absorb from of silver in the market. You can add it to any drink, soup, or smoothie you want without diluting its potency.

One recent study suggests that silver might have an inhibitory effect on a variety of viruses.6

Try Super Nano Colloidal Silver



Chia Seeds/ Sacha Inchi OilOmegas put inflammation in its place

When we get anything from the sniffles to a full on lung infection our body becomes inflamed.

While the inflammation process is healthy and normal, all too often when we get sick our bodies go a little overboard.

One of natures best defense mechanisms against unwanted inflammation? Omega-3 fatty acids!

Both Chia seeds and sacha inchi oil are wonderful sources of this mighty fat, which when taken regularly helps to promote a healthy inflammation response by the body helping fight back against colds and the flu.7

Try Organic Chia Seeds

Try Organic Sacha Inchi Oil



MangosteenXanthone fights for you

Native to the South Pacific, this tropical fruit is the most potent source of xanthone, a powerful phytochemical that has been shown to enhance the activity of immune cells in the human body.8

While the mangosteen fruit is delicious and sweet, the nutrient dense rind produces a tart, tangy flavor.

Adding a teaspoon to your favorite tropical smoothie or atop a creamy non-dairy yogurt can help jump start your immune system!

Try Organic Mangosteen



Sun Is Shining SupergreensMajor greens reporting for duty

A dynamic whole food formula made up of 19 raw, organic, wild-crafted green superfoods including algae, sea vegetables, and potent herbs.

The dark leafy greens in this formula actually have been found to allow one of the bodies major immune cells, called intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs), to function properly.9

Another bonus, it contains a natural probiotic and enzyme complex that can be beneficial for individuals dealing with digestive issues as a result of the flu.

Try Organic Supergreens



Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine PhytoplanktonStrength from the sea

The main hero in this bottle is actually a molecule that has lived on this planet for almost 3 billion years—phytoplankton.

SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD) is the reason this microalgae packs a powerful immune boosting punch. SOD is an antioxidant enzyme that is part of the body’s first line of defense against illness.10

Remember a little goes a long way. Just add one to two drops in your favorite beverage and reap the benefits of this wonderful alga.

Try Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton



Spirulina CrunchiesEnhance immunity with algae

An ancient superfood coveted by the Aztecs, spirulina is a microscopic freshwater vegetable that gets its name from its tiny spiral shape.

This green plant is loaded with compounds called carotenoids that enhance immune function.11, 12

Try Spirulina Crunchies



Bee PollenLittle nuggets of nutrients

We have our cute and friendly bees to thank for this one!

Bee pollen is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin A and the mineral zinc both of which strengthen the immune response.13

These fluffy granules are best served sprinkled on oatmeal or smoothie bowls.

Try Spanish Bee Pollen


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. 


1) Seasonal Influenza, More Information. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm#people. Updated August 3, 2016.

2) Shadkam M, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mozayan M. A Comparison of the Effect of Honey, Dextromethorphan, and Diphenhydramine on Nightly Cough and Sleep Quality in Children and Their Parents. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(7):787-793.

3) Purchiaroni F, Totora A, Gabrielli M, et al. The role of intestinal microbiota and the immune system. EurRev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2013;17(3):323-333.

4) Kajiwara S, Gandhi H, Ustunol Z. Effect of honey on the growth of and acid production by human intestinal Bifidobacterium ssp.: an in vitro comparison with commercial oligosaccharides and inulin. J Food Prot. 2002:65(1):214-218.

5) Hemila H. Vitamin C and common cold-induced asthma: a systematic review and statistical analysis. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2013;9(46).

6) Lara H, Garza-Trevino E, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Singh D. Silver nanoparticles are broad-spectrum bactericidal and virucidal compounds. J Nanobiotechnology. 2011;9(30).

7) Calder P. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology? Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013;75(3):645-662.

8) Tang YP, Li PG, Kondo M, Ji HP, Kou Y, OuB. Effect of a mangosteen dietary supplement on human immune function: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trail. J Med Food. 2009;12(4):75-763.

9) Li Y, Innocentin S, Withers D, et al. Exogenous Stimuli Maintain Intraepithelial Lymphocytes via Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation. Cell. 2011.

10) Pham-Huy L, He H, Pham-Huy C. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health. Int J Biomed Sci. 2008;4(2):89-96.

11) Selmi C, Leung PS, Fischer L, et al. The effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in senior citizens. Cell Mol Immunol. 2011;8(3):248-254.

12) Hughes DA. Effects of carotenoids on human immune function. Proc Nutr Soc. 1999;58(3):713-718.

13) Komosinska-Vassev K, Olczyk P, Kazmierczak J, Mencner L, Olczyk K. Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Application. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015.



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Coconut Chia Breakfast Blast


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.



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


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.


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

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Coconut Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce


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


  • 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


Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.


Spring Rolls


  • 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



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


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


  • 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


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


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!


  • 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


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


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



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



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.



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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