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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.

 


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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.

 


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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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!

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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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Matcha Green Tea Latte

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Start your day with a delicious green tea latte that is sweet and creamy! This quick and easy to make drink is perfect served either hot or cold. 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • In a cup, stir Matcha into hot water until smooth
  • Pour almond  milk over matcha tea, stir.
  • Sweeten with Yacon Syrup to taste.
  • Drink warm or add ice for a cold beverage. Enjoy!
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Supercharge Your Well Being

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Supercharge Your Well Being

 

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are one of the most nutritionally-rich fruits on the planet.

Praised for thousands of years in Asia for health benefits including longevity, vitality, and energy, goji berries are now being celebrated in Western cultures for their superfood potential.

There are numerous perks to this versatile fruit and I’ve put together a few here for you.

 

Overall Wellness

One study showed those who consumed goji berry products had significantly increased energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ability to focus on activities, and mental acuity.

Subjects also experienced significantly reduced fatigue and stress, and had better bowel movements.1

 

Eye Health

Goji berries are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral essential for optimal eye health.

One study even found that, subjects who ate goji berries had increased antioxidant levels in their blood and showed less signs of aging and damage to their eyes.2

 

Optimal Cell Growth

The unique polysaccharides (long chain sugars) found in goji berries are known to have immune-supporting effects.

One research study showed that these polysaccharides “might significantly inhibit PC-3 tumor growth” and “both the tumor volume and weight of the [goji berry] treatment group were significantly lower than those of the control group.”3

Whether you are craving a quick and healthy snack or looking for a functional food with multiple health benefits goji berries are the perfect choice!

 

Sources:

1 – “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (Goji) Juice, GoChi.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, May 2008.
2 – “Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels.” Optometry and Vision Science Journal, Feb. 2011
3 – “Lycium barbarum polysaccharides induce apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells and inhibits prostate cancer growth in a xenograft mouse model of human prostate cancer.” College of Public Health, Wuhan University, China, 2009.

 


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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Bountiful Goji Berry Scones

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With a crunchy outside and warm, soft, fluffy inside this rustic pastry is a wonderful addition to any holiday table.

Ingredients

 

Directions

  • Mix ground flax with water in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl add all dry ingredients, except goji berries and mix together.
  • Add room temperature coconut oil and either use a pastry cutter or fork to but oil into the mixture, creating small pieces.
  • Mix almond milk with flax/water mixture and then add to dry ingredients while stirring.
  • Once mixture is combined fold in desired amount of goji berries.
  • Separate mixture into 6 even balls or triangles and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle tops of scones with extra sugar if desired.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the edges and enjoy!
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Aloha Detox Smoothie

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Detox and re-energize with one of our simple, fresh, and tasty spirulina smoothie recipes. One of spirulina smoothie recipes is a Aloha Detox Smoothie. Spirulina combined with our Oceans Alive 2.0 gently help to get rid of toxins in the body while delivering a powerful punch of nutrients including SuperOxide Dismutast (SOD) the world’s most powerful antioxidant.

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes Time: 3 Minutes

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes Ingredients:

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes Ingredient – Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets
For our Spirulina Smoothie Recipes we loving adding our Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets. Our Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets are a 50/50 raw blend of two potent, chlorophyll and protein-rich algae. Combined, they provide a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A (beta-carotene). The two algae complement each other perfectly, containing antioxidants (carotenoids) and anti-inflammatory compounds to boost immunity, while simultaneously working to detoxify and alkalize the body. This powerful green superfood nutrition aids the body in maintaining optimal health on the molecular level. Consuming Spirulina and Chlorella daily is a highly recommended practice for strengthening and elevating your body’s nutritional profile.

The Sunfood Difference™
These tablets are cold-pressed from powder without the use of binders or additives. We use broken cell wall chlorella and spirulina grown without the use of pesticides for a completely pure freshwater algae experience enhancing our spirulina smoothie recipes.

We source our spirulina and chlorella from the cleanest sources in the world for our Spirulina Smoothie Recipes. Both are grown indoors in a controlled environment to avoid any possible atmospheric contamination that may occur as with outdoor grown algae. Each batch is tested in third party laboratories to ensure purity. Although the USDA does not currently provide organic certification for indoor grown algae, our spirulina and chlorella are grown and processed to organic standards.

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes – Oceans Alive® 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton
For our Spirulina Smoothie Recipes we loving adding our Phytoplankton. Phytoplankton has been around for nearly 3 billion years, and is the basis of all life formed on earth. Transforming CO2 into oxygen, it  is responsible for creating the earth’s atmosphere, and allowing life to flourish. This powerful microalgae is bursting with all the nutrients needed to sustain life on the cellular level. Every life-giving molecule that makes up the entire planet can be found in different strains of Marine Phytoplankton. The nano-sized nutrient particles are easily absorbed by the body, and quickly ready for use on the cellular level.

The Sunfood Difference
Using the latest technology and after years of natural selection, we’ve developed an ALL NEW FORMULA of Oceans Alive® Marine Phytoplankton for our Spirulina Smoothie Recipes. This advanced formula contains more SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD) than ever before. SOD is an incredibly potent antioxidant enzyme produced by virtually every cell in the human body; it reduces free radicals formed during normal metabolic cell processes, and protects against oxidative damage.

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes – SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD)
For our Spirulina Smoothie Recipes we loving adding our Oceans Alive®. Oceans Alive® 2.0 is loaded with SOD – an incredibly powerful antioxidant enzyme. Naturally occurring in the human body, SOD protects virtually every cell from harmful free radical toxicity and may also act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. SOD has been known to defend against oxidative damage in cellular, cardiovascular, mental, and immune systems caused by oxidative stress. Unlike antioxidants found in food, which are ingested to seek out and eliminate toxins, SOD works harmoniously with the body’s systems and the antioxidants which naturally occur in it to prevent potential contamination.

Spirulina Smoothie Recipes Directions:

  • Add all spirulina smoothie recipes ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

 

 

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Butternut Squash & Chlorella Soup

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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

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

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.

Enjoy!

 

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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

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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
Blindness
Amputation
Infections
Bad Teeth
Coma
Death

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.


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Vegan Curry Quinoa Recipe

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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

 

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

 

  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

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Mix nut butter, cacao powder, and coconut oil together. Set aside
  • Heat cinnamon 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.

Enjoy!

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Fall Pumpkin Pie Crepes

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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

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

  • 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

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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

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • 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.

Enjoy!

 

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Maca Peanut Butter

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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

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

Directions:
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

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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

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

Directions:
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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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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.

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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

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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.


 

Parabens

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

 


 

Phthalates

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

 


 

Triclosan 

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.


 

Sources:
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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