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Excuse Us While We Kiss The Sky… We’re In A Purple Haze!

What’s In A Color?
Considered the most powerful wavelength in the rainbow and nature’s own supernatural rarity, the color purple gives us a sense of beauty, power and longevity. Somewhere around 1900 B.C., the world’s first physical encounter with the color purple was achieved.
 
It took over 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of purple dye… barely enough for a single article of clothing. Emperors and people of power used this newfound color for their garments to symbolize their nobility and immortal existence.
 
Fast forward to modern day – the color purple still represents feelings of power, longevity and health. Instead of wearing the color purple, we’re now consuming it!
 


 
The Power of Purple
Superfoods with purple pigment contain unique flavonoids called anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants which contribute to scavenging and expelling free radicals from the body.
 
“I love to mix maqui powder with my orange juice in the morning, and it gives me extra energy for the day. It tastes great too – It’s subtly sweet with a nice depth to it.” – Lauren
 
A recent study found that “a growing body of evidence suggests anthocyanins and anthocyanidins may possess analgesic properties in addition to neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activities1.
 
Anthocyanins can be found in everyday foods but we either peel off the nutritious skin of the foods containing these anthocyanins or we are not able to consume enough of them to get the level of antioxidants we need to radically charge the body. We have a solution to that.
 
“I love adding a spoonful of this powdered acai to my smoothies. It gives them a great flavor as well as a powerful antioxidant boost, and goes well with bananas, coconut, and cashews. I love the bright, vibrant red color it gives them as well, though color has never stopped me from enjoying a tasty, healthy smoothie. I have not tried them in chocolates yet, but am looking forward to adding to a bar or truffle. I highly recommend it.” – Elizabeth
 


 
You know Acai, but have you met it’s best friend, Maqui?
Sunfood Maqui BerriesMaqui Berries and Acai are two of the world’s most antioxidant rich foods. They’re loaded with flavonoids and contain Vitamins A, C, B1, and B3—along with important minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium.
 
Acai contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, contributing to the maintenance of mental clarity and brain function, while Maqui naturally contains polyphenols which contribute to overall immune support and well-being. They’re great on their own, but even better together!
 

 
So Happy Together!
Maqui Berry Powder, Whole Maqui Berries and Acai Powder have traditionally been enjoyed individually—but we’ve found that they are super-duper-foods when combined! Double the flavor, double the benefits, and the most beautiful, deep, vibrant purple color you’ve ever eaten!
 
Sunfood Maqui Berry PowderAlong with adding them to your smoothies, try adding Maqui Berry Powder and Acai Powder to your everyday pancake mix. Your kids will be amazed at how good they taste and how fun it is  to eat purple pancakes!
 
Have you been swept into the craze for Acai bowls? Try adding whole, rehydrated Maqui Berries for a unique and delicious way to load your body with important nutrients and an additional blast of antioxidants.
 
Versatile and delicious, we promise that Maqui and Acai are going to be your new favorite culinary addition.

“Although I put this in my smoothies a lot, I like it best when I put it in my homemade lemonade. It’s like drinking pink lemonade. I love the taste!” – Claire
 


 
Be your own culinary genius! Try Maqui Berry Powder and Acai Powder together in your own creation. The possibilities are endless… and delicious!
 

 

1 – “An Examination of Anthocyanins’ and Anthocyanidins’ Affinity for Cannabinoid Receptors”. Journal of Medicinal Food 12 Korte, Gabriele; Dreiseitel, Andrea; Schreier, Peter; Oehme, Anett; Locher, Sanja; Hajak, Goeran; Sand, Philipp G. (2009).

 

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4 Simple Rules to Avoid the Dangers Lurking in Your Pantry

Do You Know What’s Hiding in Your Kitchen?

If you look in your pantry or fridge, you are likely to find some sort of additive in your groceries, hidden in the ingredients list as “natural flavor” or “preservatives.”
 
Even if you are a conscious shopper it can be very hard to avoid, so we’re sharing the 4 simple steps we take to reduce the additives in our kitchen, and in our diet.
 
Today, over 90% of Americans spend their food budget on processed foods.1
Artificial ingredients have been a threat in modern food culture for quite some time – but with the booming commercialization of processed food products and mass production, the threat is now at an all time high.
 

 
So what is the threat? Why are processed foods and additives bad?
Unlike whole foods, processed foods have been treated, stripped of nutrients or refined in some way before they are sold to the public.
 
These processes use chemicals and synthetic ingredients to change the natural behavior of your food.
 
Maybe it’s just us, but we find that pretty disturbing.
 
Almost all processed products contain additives which include:
  • Flavorings that change a food’s taste;
  • Preservatives that extend its shelf life;
  • Colorings that change the way it looks; and
  • Dietary additives such as synthetic vitamins, chemically altered minerals or fatty acid by-products.
     
 

 
What Are They?

(See image to the right: We highlighted just a few of the additives found in this “healthy” snack.)
 

Artificial sweeteners including Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, and Saccharin have been scientifically proven to be damaging to our DNA2. Beware of the term “Natural Flavors” on food packaging… these harmful ingredients are often labeled as such!

 
Artificial colors, such as Red 40 (Allura Red AC), Blue 1 (Brilliant Blue)or anything that begins with FD&C  (FD&C Blue #2, FD&C Green #3, FD&C Yellow #6, etc.) are detrimental to children’s health and have even been confirmed to trigger hyperactivity3.
 
Chemical preservatives such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Benzoate have been linked to circulatory dysfunction4.
 
Dietary Additives such as Ascorbic acid from Vitamin C is primarily derived from GMO corn starch, corn sugar, or rice starch5, while Vitamin B1 is derived from coal tar6… Yes, that’s right—a fossil fuel. D vitamins are often extracted from various animal parts7. Even scarier, chemically formulated Vitamin A comes from methanol, benzene and petroleum ethers8.
 

 
What Do We Do?!?
We know you’re already careful about what you eat—So taking a few more steps to finally kick those additive-filled foods out of your kitchen is going to be a breeze!
 
Step 1. Always read the ingredients!
Here’s our simple rule: Can’t pronounce it? Don’t eat it! If it looks like your kid’s chemistry homework, it’s probably made in a lab…
 
Fresh organic fruits, vegetables, legumes and superfoods are always the safest bet! Look for a non-GMO or certified organic logo on grocery items (pre-packed organic foods are usually free of synthetic ingredients). Also, check out your local farmers markets!
 
 

 
Step 2. Replace refined sugars with natural sweeteners.
Changing out processed white or brown sugar is an effective way to hugely reduce your additive intake! Sugar can be replaced with Coconut Palm Sugar and syrups with Yacon, Agave Nectar or Coconut Palm Nectar. Just as yummy, without any harmful effects!
 
Sunfood Coconut Palm Sugar
Sunfood Yacon Syrup
Sunfood Agave Nectar, Dark
Sunfood Coconut Palm Nectar
 
 

 
Step 3. Maintain your health with natural detoxification.
Naturally ridding the body of harmful additives and toxins is as simple as drinking a green juice, taking a few drops of Marine Phytoplankton, or adding some crunchy Chlorella into your trail mixes.
 
These green algae-based superfoods cleanse and replenish your system, gently flushing any unwanted ingredients out.
 
Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton
Sunfood Chlorella Tablets
 
 

 
Step 4. Eat functional foods to prevent sickness.
Functional foods such as Goji Berries, Golden Berries, Maqui Berry Powder, Camu Camu and Maca Root are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
 
When you consume these functional superfoods, you are fighting off free radicals and supporting your overall health!
 
Kick the additive habit out of your home for good by replacing food from a lab with food from the earth!
 
 
Sunfood Goji Berries
Sunfood Golden Berries
8oz
$12.95
Sunfood Maqui Berry Powder
Sunfood Camu Camu Powder
Sunfood Maca Powder

 
1—Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. Schlosser, E. (2002)
2— Genotoxicity testing of low-calorie sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame-K, and saccharin. Bandyopadhyay A1, Ghoshal S, Mukherjee A.(2008)
3—FDA FAC (Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee). “Overview and Evaluation of Proposed Association Between Artificial Food Colors and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and Problem Behaviors in Children.” (2011)
4— Effect of butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) on rat erythrocytes. Jayalakshmi CP, Sharma JD.(1986)
5 –Progress in manipulating ascorbic acid biosynthesis and accumulation in plants. Physiol Plant, Ishikawa T, Dowdle J, Smirnoff N (2006)
6—Determining bioavailability of food folates in a controlled intervention study. Am J Clin Nutr, Hannon-Fletcher MP (2004)
7—Vitamin D, rickets, and mainstream experts. Int J Naturopathy, Thiel R. (2003)
8—Vitamin A and Carotenoids. In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th ed. Lippincott William & Wilkins, Phil, Ross A.C. ( 2005)
 

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Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto with Coconut Wrap

This delicious, versatile pesto sauce has a mild nutty flavor with a burst of fresh basil and spicy garlic. Aromatic and zesty, this sauce can be used on anything from sandwiches and pasta to wraps or salads!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients together in mixer/blender or food processor. 
  • Place into bowl and add 2 tbsp of Botija Olive oil over top, allow to refrigerate overnight for best results.

 

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South of the Border “Taco” Bowl

South of the Border "Taco" Bowl

Inspired by the unique flavors of Mexican cuisine, this South of the Border Taco bowl uses a Coconut Wrap as the base with protein-rich ingredients piled on top! 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Organic Corn (Non-GMO !!!)
  • ½ cup Organic Black Beans
  • ¼ cup chopped organic cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped organic onion
  • 1 tbsp minced organic garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced organic tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped organic lettuce
  • 2 tbsp organic cumin
  • 1 tbsp organic serrano chili
  • ¼ cup fresh or re-hydrated organic mango
  • ½ tsp Fine Kalahari Salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped organic scallion (garnish)
  • Coconut Wraps
 

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, add all ingredients together except scallions, allow to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place coconut wrap in large bowl (warmed if desired) and fill ingredients.   
  • Add diced avocado and Crema Verde Dressing over the top. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Veggie Wrap

Packed with loads of antioxidant rich vegetables, this wrap is a great lunchtime idea! Savory, crunchy and deliciously fresh, this is sure to become a daytime favorite! 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Kale
  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Cabbage 
  • ¼ cup Chopped Organic Lettuce
  • 1 Handful finely chopped Organic Cucumber
  • 1 Sm finely sliced Organic Avocado 
  • 1 Sm handful diced organic sweet onions
  • 1 Sm handful diced organic heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Botija Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • Coconut Wraps

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine kale, cabbage, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. 
  • Drizzle olive oil over combination and sprinkle salt & pepper.  
  • In a Coconut wrap, lay avocado and cucumbers throughout the middle.
  • Add vegetable mixture over, a few dollops of Garlicky Pumpkin Seed Pesto, fold in each end and roll up, and Enjoy!

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This Little Snack is So Wild it Actually has Tiger Stripes

Not Your Average Peanut!
Did you know what America’s favorite snack-nut is? Accounting for over two-thirds of all nuts consumed in the U.S, Peanuts come in at number one!
 
From bars to sporting events and peanut butter to sweet treats, these delicious little snack-nuts are hard to ignore and impossible to put down. But there’s a secret hiding in them…
 
Mold and Aflatoxins are toxic substances found in most peanuts on the shelves today.
 
Aflatoxins are “naturally occurring fungal metabolites that have been identified as risk factors for developing liver cancer,” meaning that they are carcinogenic compounds produced by the molds found in foods.1 These molds are caused by environmental factors such as growing, processing and/or storage conditions.
 
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsOur raw, organic Wild Jungle Peanuts are naturally free of mold and aflatoxins.

This is because these unique heirloom peanuts grow wild within the Amazonian rainforests, far away from civilization where they have been a staple food of the Shuar people for hundreds of years.
 
Our Wild Jungle Peanuts are unlike standard grocery store peanuts that have been hybridized to contain higher amounts of fat and sugar.
 
They’re also more appealing to your eyes and your palate; with a rich golden color and dark brown stripes, these beautiful heirloom peanuts have a delicate flavor that’s smooth, earthy and aromatic.
 
“I love these peanuts! they are both tender and crispy, are creamier and sweeter tasting than your typical peanut, and have a slight green taste to them, like freshly pealed chickpeas or green peas. They are so much fun to snack on. I have already ordered two more large bags and plan to continue reordering, as long as they are in stock.” – Elizabeth
 

 
Peanuts & Your Health!
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsBesides being delicious and versatile, Wild Jungle Peanuts are loaded with health benefits!
 
Monounsaturated fats may assist in maintaining normal heart health, and regular consumption of these healthy fats have been “associated with reduced cardiovascular disorder.”2
 
Minerals are a crucial part of our health! With just a ¼ cup serving of our Jungle Peanuts, you consume 13% of your daily RDA of magnesium, 27% manganese, 9% zinc, 6% iron, and 10% phosphorus.
 
Not to mention the protein punch! With 29% protein by weight and all nine essential amino acids, our favorite legumes are proven to be an excellent source of your daily protein intake.
 
“Ok here is the real deal when it comes to peanuts, the way nature intended. These are “real” peanuts with “real” taste. Plus again, super healthy and rich in nutrients!” – Alan
 

 
Don’t settle for anything less than perfect! Wild Jungle Peanuts are superior in flavor and loaded with health benefits, the others can’t even compare! 
 
 
Recipe suggestion: Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai
Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai
 

 

1 – “Carcinogenic Crops: Analyzing the Effect of Aflatoxin on Global Liver Cancer Rates.” Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, June 2010.
2 – “Peanut consumption improves indices of cardiovascular disease risk in healthy adults.” Purdue University, USA, 2003.

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It’s Time to Re-think Your Gameday Snacks

It’s that Time of Year Again!
Back to school, back to sports! Whether you’re cheering for prime time superstars, or sitting on the sidelines cheering on your own star, one thing is for sure— fall sports are coming back in full force! That also means snack season is back in full force!
 
Fans and athletes alike need some nourishment during this busy time of year, but too often we are bombarded with cheap, processed convenience foods. Sure, they’re an easy “go-to” but are they the healthiest option? Probably not!
 
Entertaining football fanatics three nights a week or feeding an army of hungry miniature future NBA stars doesn’t mean you have to reach for that wholesale store bag of chips and preservative laden jar of salsa.
 
Team parties, Sunday night dinners and stadium snacks shouldn’t be the fall to your well-being. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly foods!
 

Cashews, Almonds & Peanuts… Go Nuts!
Sunfood Heirloom AlmondsEveryone’s favorite nuts! Creamy, flavorful and super versatile, cashews are perfect for on-the-go snacks, in trail mixes, or as a cheese. One of our favorite cashew-packed savory trail mixes also features cilantro-lime pistachios, almonds, olives and power wraps!
 
Almonds can be used in a variety of mixes, try toasting or dehydrating them with a sprinkle of Pink Himalayan Salt, cinnamon and paprika for a subtle kick!
 
Let’s get back to this cheese business though. Did you know you can turn cashews into cheese? Loaded with enzymes, minerals and sans-cholesterol, this is one of the best cheeses you’ll have all season. Here’s the recipe:
 
Easy Raw Cashew Cheese
 

 
Take me out to the ball game!
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsTruly an American favorite at sporting events, Peanuts are an all-around must have for the season. Enjoy them straight out of the bag, turn them into peanut butter, form a nutty trail mix, or create an Asian-inspired noodle recipe loaded with peanut flavors!
 
Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai
 

 
Trail Mix
Sunfood Berry AdventureWe did the hard part for you… Berry Adventure Trail Mix is the perfect snack food for home or out-and-about. This pre-formulated trail mixes have been approved by athletes, kids, coaches and parents—what’s not to love?
 
However… If you’re feeling creative, making your own trail mix is easy!  Check out our comprehensive guide to DIY Trail Mix!
 

Build Your Own Trail Mix
Trail Mix

 

 
Brad’s Raw Chips & Crunchy Kale

Brad’s Raw, organic, non-GMO chips & kale are a great snack by themselves or with your favorite dip! Crunch up the Kale and put it over salad, soup or even pizza (yes, pizza. It’s actually delicious…) Sweet Potato and Red Pepper chips with our Guaca-Maca-Mole or Cashew Hummus!
 

 

The Squeeze: FunOnions
The Squeeze, FUNonion RingsRemember those addictive puffy fried onion snacks? Well, our friends over at The Squeeze have taken all of that deliciousness crunchiness to create something even better… a fun-onion snack for the health conscious! No recipe needed… this little box of flavor should be enjoyed just as it is. Perfect. 
 

 
Don’t compromise this season! Keep your athletes and your fans happy & healthy with our favorite game-time snacks! 

 

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7 Ways To Boost Your Mood… Naturally!

Here Are 7 Ways To Boost Your Mood… Naturally!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don’t want to be in a good mood? Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is part of life, but it doesn’t have to last. Simple activities like meditation, going for a walk or jamming out to your favorite song can all help relieve a sour mood.
 
Often times we turn to “comfort” food to put a smile on our face, but we all know that classic comfort dishes are not always the best thing for our health. Here are our Top 7 whole comfort foods that can kick that bad mood to the curb and make you feel great!
 

 
1. Chocolate

Sunfood Cacao PowderIn its purest form, Raw Cacao naturally contains mood enhancing chemicals like Anandamide – taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, meaning joy, bliss or delight. No wonder we feel amazing after a good chocolate indulgence!
 
You’ll want to stick with raw, unadulterated cacao though – popular candy bars and truffles contain a lot of refined sugars and additives that do more harm than good.
 
It’s actually super easy to make your own chocolate, check it out here: Simple Delicious Chocolate. Raw, dark, chocolate bliss is only a few minutes away!
 

 
2. Vitamin C

Sunfood Goji BerriesYou know it’s good for your immune system… but did you know that Vitamin C also has a positive effect on your brain? This powerful antioxidant has been shown to decrease depressive symptoms by helping the body stop the buildup of free radicals and quickly recover from stress1. Impressive, right?
 
All you need is a handful of Goji Berries, or add a teaspoon of Camu Camu Powder into your smoothie to get that C boost you need!
 

 
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Sunfood Chia SeedsBy now you have heard that you need Omega-3 fatty acids for a balanced diet, but you also need them for a balanced happy brain.
 
EPA and DHA are two crucial omega-3 fats that can actually help battle depression. These little mood-fighters go into the brain and help promote proper functioning of the neurotransmitters which regulate your mood2.
 
Getting your daily dose of Omega-3’s is simple! Add a serving of Sacha Inchi Protein Powder to your favorite smoothie, throw some Chia Seeds on top of that salad or try this delicious hemp milk latte!
 

 
4. Aromatherapy

Sunfood MSM Lotion, Coconut RoseIf you’ve ever had a relaxing massage, or light candles and incense after a long day– you know that the effects of certain smells can do the body good. This is called aromatherapy.
 
The scent of Lavender has been shown to decrease feelings of sadness or depression and increase relaxation,3 while Ylang Ylang has been found to significantly increase calmness4.
 
Other popular aromas such as rose, vanilla and coconut also promote feelings of happiness and calmness.
 
Your ticket to relaxation doesn’t have to be a trip to the masseuse. Try using Lavender MSM Lotion on the bottom of your feet for a mini massage after a long day, Ylang Ylang and Orange MSM Lotion throughout the workday or Berry Vanilla MSM lotion after your bath/shower!
 

 
5. Tea

Sunfood Herbal Tea, Pau d'ArcoSometimes you just need a good cup of tea to reset your mood. Tea is generally made of powerful herbs that can help an array of issues with our minds and bodies.
 
Early medicine has suggested that Pau D’Arco attracts alpha rays, which give human cells a positive electrical charge – promoting feelings of happiness, clarity and positivity.
 
Cat’s Claw is known to relax soreness or tightness in the body, and when combined with vanilla can be extremely therapeutic.
 
Tea can be enjoyed at any time of day! Here at Sunfood HQ, we love to indulge in our aromatic Tea-licious herbal blend… mmmm!  
 

 
6. Honey

WeeBee HoneySweet, sticky, delicious honey! Other than being far better for you than refined sugars, honey contains kaempferol and quercetin, which are phytochemicals that have the ability to prevent depression and keep your brain healthy5!
 
Combined, these precious neuro-heroes reduce inflammation in the brain, promoting clear thinking and happy thoughts!
 
Did you know that honey can replace refined sugar in most recipes? In fact, you don’t even have to use as much! It can also be used with savory ingredients to create a delicious snack experience!
 

 
7. Antioxidants

Sunfood Maqui Berry PowderWe already covered vitamins and well known phytochemicals, but let’s talk about another group of antioxidants… flavonoids. This group of powerful compounds has been scientifically proven to have memory and mood enhancing properties.
 
You see, cumulative damage from free radicals occurs throughout the body but is especially present in memory decline, slowing of body movements and the fatigue, irritability, and mood disturbance that mark depression6. Flavonoids kick these free radicals to the curb!
 
Want a colorful, flavonoid-packed boost to your daily regimen? Maqui Berries pack a punch and turn everything purple! Plus they’re delicious! Try whole berries or powder! For super-immunity anytime, add a pinch of Goji Berry Powder to smoothies, juices or hot water!
 

 
Don’t let your bad mood get the best of you! Try one of our favorite feel-good snacks and get back to yourself in no time!
 

 

1—Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide: Stress, University of Maryland Medical Center, Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD; July 2012
2—Omega-3 DHA and EPA for cognition, behavior, and mood: clinical findings and structural-functional synergies with cell membrane phospholipids. Kidd.PM; 2007
3—Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. Diego MA1, Jones NA, Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C, McAdam V, Galamaga R, Galamaga ; 1998
4—Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang. Moss M, Hewitt S, Moss L, Wesnes K; 2008
5— Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Flavonoids: Genistein, Kaempferol, Quercetin, and Daidzein Inhibit STAT-1 and NF-κB Activations, Whereas Flavone, Isorhamnetin, Naringenin, and Pelargonidin Inhibit only NF-κB Activation along with Their Inhibitory Effect on iNOS Expression and NO Production in Activated Macrophages Mari Hämäläinen Riina Niemine Pia Vuorela Marina Heinonen Eeva Moilanen; 2007
6—The impact of fruit flavonoids on memory and cognition, British Journal of Nutrition, 104 Spencer, J.P; 2010

 

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How Could We Possibly Love Chocolate More Than We Already Do?!

This Superfood Might Surprise You!

CacaoDid you know that chocolate is actually a health food? We’re not talking about sugary candy bars here. The secret to chocolate’s incredible health benefits are unlocked when it is eaten in its raw, unadulterated state.
 
The edible seed of a tropical South American fruit tree, cacao is known to have “antioxidant activity [which is] involved in immune responses.1 Cacao is also bursting with magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, and copper. Scientifically known as Theobroma Cacao, or “Food of the Gods,” this ancient superfood has been revered for centuries by Aztec and Maya cultures.
 

 
Ever Wonder Why Chocolate Makes You Feel So Good?
Eating ChocolateIf you’ve ever eaten a piece of chocolate and felt supercharged, then you know what we’re talking about here. The extraordinary bean from which our beloved chocolate comes contains theobromine, a stimulant that does not affect the nervous system the way caffeine does (think: energy spike!).
 
Instead, theobromine is known to create a slow release of energy throughout the day. What’s more, researchers have suggested that “chocolate consumption may benefit cardiovascular health…[considering theobromine] as a useful, specific biomarker for chocolate consumption.”2
 
As if a boost of energy wasn’t enough, cacao is loaded with substances that stimulate feelings of happiness such as anandamide, a neurotransmitter which makes you feel good while blocking feelings of pain and depression.
 
Cacao also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the pleasure chemical found in the brains of people in love—that’s why chocolate and romance go together so often!
 

 
The Healthiest Way to Eat Chocolate
Our cacao is raw, organic, non-GMO and gluten free. We start with only the finest variety of certified organic heirloom cacao beans; process them without chemicals and solvents at low temperatures in order to preserve the delicate nutrients and true, natural taste of raw cacao.
 
Check out this amazing Cocolate Nut Ganache recipe using Cacao Powder
Chocolate Nut Ganache

 
Here’s a breakdown of all of our forms of cacao… 

Sunfood Cacao BeansCacao Beans: The least processed form of cacao available, cacao beans are simply picked, cleaned, and dried through a low temperature technique to preserve the delicate nutrients and rich flavors of raw cacao. We love them dipped in raw honey!
 

“These cacao beans are extraordinary!! I love how delicious they are and how little I need to satisfy my chocaholic cravings! And that it’s organic and healthy… Wow, I love them!!!!” – Judi
 


 
Sunfood Cacao NibsCacao Nibs: Simply pure cacao beans ground into small pieces. Add to trail mixes and smoothies, sprinkle on yogurt or desserts, or eat them out of the bag.
 
“I dip my banana in a tiny bowl of these in the morning, yum! Super-charged!” Mary
 

 
Sunfood Cacao PasteCacao Paste: Prepared by slowly grinding cacao nibs at low temperature to yield a rich paste that is then cooled and dried to form chocolaty chunks—excellent for making homemade chocolate.
 
“I shave it off and put it on desserts, or melt it into candy.  Super easy and super delicious.  It doesn’t really need sweetener, it’s that good!” – Kristy
 

 
Sunfood Cacao Paste, TemperedCacao Paste, Tempered: The temperature of this paste is carefully controlled to ensure uniform crystallization of the fats, which creates noticeable change in snap, sheen, color, smell and taste. The result is a smooth, dark, and rich chocolate that comes in fun shapes and sizes that you can eat straight out of the bag.

“Cacao paste is usually a bit crumbly for my taste, but this one is so smooth, I just eat it as is! What lovely texture and the taste is awesome too!” – Rawgal5
 

 
Sunfood Cacao ButterCacao Butter: Simply the pure oil extracted from the cacao at low temperature to protect delicate enzymes and nutrients. Use for chocolate recipes or to moisturize your skin.
 

“This is the finest Cacao I have ever seen, smelled, or tasted. It is truly magnificent. I have been making raw chocolate bars with it and they are delicious. Thank you Sunfood!!!” – Matt O

 

 
Sunfood Cacao PowderCacao Powder: Once the cacao butter is extracted to reduce the fat content of the cacao, the result is ground down to create a fine, richly flavored, easy-to-use powder that’s perfect for smoothies or chocolate drinks.
 
“I put this in my superfood smoothie every morning and have noticed a huge difference! My energy and mood have really improved. I can’t imagine starting my day without it.” – Nikki
 

 
Satisfy your chocolate cravings in the healthiest way possible!
 
Sources:
1 – “Polyphenols in chocolate, which have antioxidant activity, modulate immune functions in humans in vitro.” St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan, 1997.
2 - Chocolate Consumption in Pregnancy and Reduced Likelihood of Preeclampsia.” Elizabeth W. Triche, Yale University, 2009
 
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Skip the Shake: 3 Delicious Protein Snack Recipes

Not Another Protein Shake…
Getting enough protein into your diet can be difficult with a plant-based lifestyle, so many of us look to protein powders and supplements for support.
 
Sugar-filled, processed snack-bars and drinks are convenient, but not very healthy options. It’s better to drink homemade protein shakes but that can get boring and monotonous day after day.
 
Have you ever wondered what else you can do with your protein powder?
 

Sunfood Protein PowdersWe decided to get creative in the Sunfood kitchen and mix up our protein game with some easy-to-make, pack-able and snack-able recipes that all have a boost of protein!

 
*Note: We were using our ultra-high quality Natural, Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Powders for these recipes; other types of protein powders may not have the same results.
 

 
Berry Crunchy Protein Bars (Makes 8-10 bars with 6-8g of protein each)
 
Berry Crunchy Protein Bars

These yummy protein bars are packed with organic Goji Berries, Pumpkin Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Cashews & Almonds, as well as whole grain oats, Flax Seeds and nut butter; enriched with Natural Protein Powder, sweetened with Agave and a hint of Pink Himalayan Salt.

Chock full of protein, great for kid’s school lunches or for a mid-day snack!
 


 

Great Balls of Protein (Makes ~10 balls with 3-4g of protein each)
 

Great Balls of Protein
Don’t let these sweet chocolaty treats fool you – they are super healthy! Kadrawhy Dates, Cacao Powder, Cashews and Agave Nectar create unbelievably yummy “dough” while Chocolate Protein Powder adds a power-punch!

Great for on-the-go mornings, post-workout snack or for a guilt-free afternoon indulgence!
 


 

Super Chocolate Power Cookies (Makes ~12 cookies with 3-4g protein each)
 

Super Chocolate Power Cookies
Disclaimer: These are some of the best cookies you’ve ever tasted. (Seriously, they’re YUM.) Chocolate Protein Powder, Organic Banana, Coconut Oil, Almonds, Cinnamon, Cacao Butter & Paste, Cacao Powder and Coconut Palm Sugar are the primary ingredients for these protein packed chocolate cookies.

Kids love them, adults crave them – plus they can be baked, dehydrated or enjoyed by the spoonful straight out of the mixer.

Vegan and amazing, these cookies are sure to be a hit in your home!

 

 
How Much Protein Do I Really Need?
Sunfood Natural Protein Powder
It’s important to note that in terms of adulthood, RDIs are pretty basic and do not take into account activity levels, as well as the fact that some people feel better on more protein than others.

Men and women are generally recommended to take in between 46g – 57g for women between the ages of 19 -70 and 64g – 81g for men of the same age group.

Let’s not forget about our breastfeeding mothers with an RDI of 63 – 67g and expecting moms, who require up to 60g of protein per day! New or expecting mothers have an increased protein RDI in order to support their new motherly changes and fetal growth.

Children between the ages of 4-8 are recommended to consume 20g of protein per day while growing teens are advised to consume between 35g – 65g per day depending on their weight, height and age.

In these vital adolescent years, protein intake is increased to assist growth spurts, increase energy and fully support a growing body.
 

Ensure that you and your family receive the appropriate protein intake with these amazing recipes from our Superfood kitchen to yours!

 

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

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Do You Know Your Bee Facts? Save The Bees!

Spanish Bee Pollen… Do You Know The Facts?
 
Sunfood Spanish Bee PollenAlong the pristine mountains of the Spanish countryside, our wild-crafted Spanish Bee Pollen is harvested by beekeepers who treat their bees with the highest regard. We support a sustainable ecosystem for the bees, with their health and well-being as a top priority. Nutrient-rich and delicious, our Spanish Bee Pollen sells out quickly, so don’t miss out!
 

 
What Is Bee Pollen and Why Is It Good for Me?

Pollen is the tiny, dust-sized fertilizing element found on the stamen of all flower blossoms. As honey bees travel from flower to flower looking for nectar, the pollen collects into little clumps on their legs.
 
When a bee returns to the hive and crawls in, small clumps of pollen fall from the legs into a collection vessel.
 
The pollen is a nutrient dense powerhouse containing:
  • 20% complete protein
  • Amino Acids
  • Vitamins A & C, as well as B vitamins
  • Essential minerals, including iron, magnesium, and zinc

 


 
Taste the Flora of the Spanish Countryside

Sunfood Spanish Bee PollenThe flavor of Spanish Bee Pollen is completely influenced by the types of flowers the bees visit. You can taste and smell the wildflowers of the Spanish countryside in our bee pollen, with a hint of honey and flowery undertones. Each harvest offers a truly unique experience indulging your senses.
 
The pollen has a soft, malleable texture, making a versatile addition to all sorts of meals and snacks. It goes well with yogurt, smoothies, trail mixes, salads – just about anything you want to infuse with a dash of flavor and nourishment.
 

“I absolutely love this product. I am obsessed. I sprinkle it on anything I can think of from Greek yogurt, roasted veggies, to on top of a slice of bread with peanut butter. I love the taste and am 100% happy with it!!”Bernadette  
 

 “Superior quality. First thing you’ll notice is how this pollen tastes much better than most. The next thing you may notice is you only need to use a little of this potent pollen to feel the effects.”Anthony

 


 
Support the Bees!

Caring for the bees is especially crucial now, considering the mass decline of the world’s bee population. These precious little pollinators make our entire food system possible.
 
When you purchase Sunfood Spanish Bee Pollen, you are investing in a product that helps support the overall health and well-being of bees.
 
Pure, unadulterated, raw and verified non-GMO, our Spanish Bee Pollen is dried using a unique low temperature process, which maintains the live enzymatic content and keeps it in a highly mineralized, alkaline state.

 


 
Where Have All the Bee Products Gone?

Have you noticed your favorite natural food store shelves slowly decreasing in bee products? From delicious honey and bee pollen to honeycomb – the virtual and physical shelves are slowly dwindling before our very eyes. Here’s a little background on what’s going on…
 
Did you know that bees are rapidly dropping in numbers all over the globe? It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and in the last decade, over 30% of honeybee colonies have been affected in the U.S. and Europe, while in 2013, many American beekeepers experienced losses of over 40%.1
 
How does this happen? It has been suggested that the primary cause of CCD is a harmful group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which affects bees’ brains, rendering them unable to find their way back to the hive.
 
In a recent study, it was found that “sublethal exposure to neonicotinoids is likely the main culprit for the occurrence of CCD.2 Exacerbating the matter is the widespread use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which increases pesticide use.
 
 
1 – “Declining Bee Populations Pose A Threat to Global Agriculture.” Elizabeth Grosman, Yale Environment 360, April 30, 2013.
2 – “Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder.” Chensheng LU, Kenneth M. WARCHOL, Richard A. CALLAHAN; Bulletin of Insectology 67, March 27, 2014.
 
 
Our sustainably harvested Spanish Bee Pollen promotes healthy pollination patterns and livelihood of the bees. To learn more about how YOU can help save the bees, please visit Bee Against Monsanto.
 

Bee-Licious Yogurt
 

Don’t forget to try our super-charged breakfast favorite Bee-licious Yogurt!

 

 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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Go Green!! Save Your Inner Eco-System!

 
 
Are You Getting Your Daily Greens?
Sunfood Sun is Shining™Green vegetables are vital to help alkalize your body and strengthen your immune system. Our Sun Is Shining™ Green Superfood makes it super simple to get the greens your body needs—and we’re talking about much more than the average head of lettuce here…
 
Sun Is Shining™ is loaded with 30+ raw, non-GMO, organic or wild-crafted ingredients, with no grain fillers or additives. It’s got land grasses, sea vegetables, freshwater algae, enzymes and probiotics—all in an easy-to-use powder that you can add to any juice or smoothie.
 

 
How Does It Work?
 
Sunfood Sun is ShiningThe freshwater algae in Sun Is Shining™ has amazing detoxification potential. Chlorella has been known to help alleviate heavy metal toxicity. One study in particular proved that chlorella helps the body rid itself of cadmium, concluding that “when exposed to Cd (cadmium), chlorella is an appropriate source which counteracts heavy metal poisoning.”1 Another found that “continuous BP [chlorella (parachlorella beijerinckii)] intake accelerates the excretion of MeHg [methylmecury] and subsequently decreases tissue Hg [mercury] levels.”2
 
Spirulina has been known to help with radiation detoxification: One research study showed that children with radiation sickness “reduced urine radioactivity levels by 50% in only 20 days” with five grams of spirulina administered per day, confirming “the beneficial health effects of spirulina on children with radiation sickness.”3
 
The anti-oxidative power of wheatgrass was found to be an “effective and safe” treatment for ulcerative colitis.4 The Hippocrates Health Institute also found that wheat grass is “a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector” that can “stimulate metabolism…restore alkalinity…neutralize toxins… [and] slow down the aging process.”5
 
The sea vegetable known as kelp was found to cause a “positive reaction in hepatic [liver] cells” in subjects with carcinogen exposure.6 Another study also confirmed that a chemical characteristic of brown seaweed [kelp] has “protecting effects on the liver” as well as “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory…[and] anti-obese” activities.7
 
Sun Is Shining™ is 40% protein, boasting an incredible array of nutrients. A two-teaspoon serving will give you 123% of your RDA of vitamin A, 158% vitamin B12, 19% vitamin B2, 33% iron, 9% calcium—the list goes on! Click here for a full nutritional panel and ingredient list to get the raw facts!
 

Last but not least, Sun Is Shining™ has probiotics (friendly flora) which can enhance digestion and strengthen the immune system, along with enzymes, complex proteins which can also help to aid in digestion and make all these nutrients more bio-available.
 


 
Not Into Green Smoothies? Try These “Thin Mint” Cookies!
 
Meet our superhero, Charmaine San Pedro – part time model, full time wellness enthusiast. Her recipe for protein packed “thin mint” cookies are made with Sunfood’s Sun is Shining™ and taste out of this world! Give them a try!
 
No-Bake Protein Thin Mint Cookies
 

No-Bake Protein Thin Mint Cookies

Original Recipe by Charmaine San Pedro at Not Another Model Blog
 
 
Naturally cleanse and nourish your body! Sun is Shining will have you feeling vibrant and healthy all day! 
 
Sources
1 – “Effect of Chlorella intake on Cadmium metabolism in rats.” Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2009.
2 – “The influence of Parachlorella beyerinckii CK-5 on the absorption and excretion of methylmercury (MeHg) in mice.” Uchikawa, T. Journal of Toxicological Science, Jan 2011.
3 – “Spirulina- natural sorbent of radionucleides.” Research Institute of Radiation Medicine, Czech Republic. Belarus, Sep 1993.
4 – “Wheat grass juice in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” Israel Institute of Technology, 2002.
5 – “The Benefits of Wheatgrass,” Hippocrates Health Institute.
6 – “Effect of dietary kelp on lipid peroxidation and glutathione peroxidase activity in livers of rats given breast carcinogen DMBA.” Kitasato University School of Hygienic Sciences, Japan, 1991.
7 – “Fucoxanthin, a Marine Carotenoid Present in Brown Seaweeds and Diatoms: Metabolisms and Bioactivities Relevant to Human Health.” Peng, J. Mar Drugs, 2011.
 
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Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.
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Great Balls of Protein

Great Balls of Protein

Don’t let these sweet chocolaty treats fool you – they are super healthy! Kadrawhy Dates, Cacao Powder, Cashews and Agave Nectar create unbelievably yummy “dough” while Chocolate Protein Powder adds a power-punch! Great for on-the-go mornings, post-workout snack or for a guilt-free afternoon indulgence!

(makes ~10 balls with 3 – 4g of protein per ball)

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix well.
  • Roll into teaspoon sized balls using an ice cream or cookie scoop. 
  • Roll each ball into topping of choice (Cacao Nibs, Coconut Flakes, etc.)
  • Store in refrigerator

Enjoy!

 

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Super Chocolate Power Cookies

Super Chocolate Power Cookies

Disclaimer: These are some of the best cookies you’ve ever tasted! Seriously, they’re YUM. Chocolate Protein Powder, Organic Banana, Coconut Oil, Almonds, Cinnamon, Cacao Butter & Paste, Cacao Powder and Coconut Palm Sugar are the primary ingredients for these protein packed chocolate cookies. Kids love them, adults crave them – plus they can be baked, dehydrated or enjoyed by the spoonful straight out of the mixer. Vegan and amazing, these cookies are sure to be a hit in your home!

(makes ~12 cookies with 3 – 4g of protein per cookie)

Ingredients:

 

Directions for the cookies:

  • Combine protein powder, flax, cacao, sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda & baking powder in bowl – add a pinch of salt.
  • In a separate bowl (or using a mixer), combine banana, coconut oil and milk
  • Gradually add in the powder mixture until all ingredients are well blended
  • Stir in almonds do not use mixer for this part!
  • Place tablespoon sized portions of cookie dough onto baking sheet, bake for 8-10 minutes at 375F
  • Or set dehydrator at 115F (medium heat) and let bars dehydrate for 4-8 hours, depending on moisture and preference

 

Directions for the drizzle…

  • Combine Cacao Butter, Cacao Paste and Agave in a pan on low heat or use double boiler. Allow components to melt together until smooth – drizzle over cooled cookies.

Enjoy!

 

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Berry Crunchy Protein Bars

Berry Crunchy Protein Bars

These yummy protein bars are packed with organic Goji Berries, Pumpkin Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Cashews & Almonds, as well as whole grain oats, Flax Seeds and nut butter; enriched with Natural Protein Powder, sweetened with Agave and a hint of Pink Himalayan Salt. Chock full of protein, great for kid’s school lunches or for a mid-day snack! 

(makes 8 – 10 bars with 6g – 8g of protein per bar)

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Mix oats, cashew pieces, chopped almond, pumpkin seeds, protein powder, and flax seeds in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine nut butter, agave, and salt. Pour into oat mixture and mix well, until everything is sticky and combined. If it’s too dry, add a bit more agave. Add the goji berries & cacao nibs and mix well.
  • Press mixture into a shallow 8″ baking dish that you’ve lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cover with more parchment paper or plastic wrap, press well into the dish, and refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut into bar shapes, and keep refrigerated.

Enjoy!

 

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No-Bake Thin Mint Protein Cookies

No Bake Thin Mint Protein Cookies
 
Check out this recipe from one of our Superheroes, Charmaine San Pedro at Not Another Model Blog!
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Sun is Shining
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Maca Powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup & 2 teaspoons of unsweetened Carob Powder (You can use raw Cacao Powder but you’ll need to adjust the sweetener because carob is naturally sweeter than cacao) or you can do half carob and half cacao too!
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (no alcohol)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Liquid Stevia or 1 tbsp of xylitol (adjust to your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 8-9 tablespoon of organic cold pressed virgin Coconut Oil
 
Directions
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well.
 
  • Scoop onto parchment paper or cookie sheet and shape into balls then flatten into cookie shapes. 
 
  • If the mixture is too wet to hold, chill for a few minutes in the fridge or add  a little bit more protein or carob powder (not too much!). You want the dough to be hard to touch so they’re edible.
 
  • Keep refrigerated or store in freezer. Enjoy!
 
No-Bake Protein Thin Mint Cookies
 
No-Bake Protein Thin Mint Cookies
 
Original Recipe by Charmaine San Pedro at Not Another Model Blog
 
 
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Your Ticket to Peace is Just a Few Moments Away

Your Ticket to Peace is Just a Few Moments Away
Do you ever feel trapped at work? Perhaps that big project with tomorrow’s deadline has slipped away from you, or you’ve lost yourself in a problem that seems to have no solution. Maybe you have become at odds with your desk space, or you’ve picked a battle with technology today. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
 
All it takes to re-channel your mind is a little reflection, a bit of you-time to get your thoughts back on track. When is the last time you closed your eyes and allowed yourself to float away from your physical work space and into your own world? Here are five of our favorite ways to break free of the cubicle claustrophobia and back into your personal space.
 

 
1. Don’t Forget To Breathe
Breathing is the quintessential element of any kind of meditation. When you learn to control your breath, you gain control of your whole self – body, mind and soul. Have you ever noticed your breath when you’re stressed out? It tends to be short, shallow, and restricted to your chest. Compare this to when you’re relaxed; your breath will be long and deep, reaching down into your belly.

Breathing, although necessary for life, is actually a learned trait. We get so wrapped up in our days and in our lives that we often don’t notice our breathing sequence. When is the last time you took the time to notice your breathing? With just a few simple steps, you can regain your mind and take control of your busy day – just breathe!

  • Sitting in your office chair or even in a Lotus pose (cross legged) on the floor, close your eyes or choose a single point far enough away that you can focus your eyes on it in a relaxed manner.
  • Allow all your outward thoughts to slowly fade away as you focus on your breathing.
  • Take slow, deep breaths while allowing your lungs to fill from your navel to your diaphragm.
  • Hold each breath for a moment before exhaling completely, pulling in your navel to squeeze out the last of the air.
 
Do this cycle 10-15 times for a completely refreshed mind.
 

 
2. Get Up and Move Your Body
Most of us sit in a chair for most of the day, so why would we want to spend more time than required in office confinement? The art of meditation is that you can do it anywhere, anytime for as long or short as you desire. So get up!

Go for a short walk outside and be mindful of your breathing. Move your limbs that stay cramped behind a desk all day; stretch your arms, legs, and back; bring yourself back to the present moment – back to your body.

 
If you’re truly strapped for time, do some head and shoulder rolls in the comfort of your chair. These rolls limber up your joints and help relieve deep stressor built up tension.
 
  • Gently roll your head from side to side, without making a full circle for 4-6 complete movements.
  • At your final movement, make a full, exhilarating circle once in both directions.
  • Make sure to keep your focus on your breath.
  • Roll your shoulders backwards for a full 4-6 movements, then reverse.
 
Acknowledge your stress and let it go with each exhale!
 

 
3. Honor Yourself Through Guided Meditation
Guided meditations are a wonderful way to balance your day, dissolve stress and give yourself a little bit of self-love during a hectic workflow. If you are new to personal meditation, this is a great way to escape the office, without ever actually leaving!

Some of our favorite lunchtime meditations are just under 15 minutes and leave you feeling revived, energized, peaceful and ready to take on the rest of your day. San Diego based wellness center, The Chopra Center has an abundant selection of guided meditations, find one that works for you!

 

 
4. Find Your Perfect Soundtrack and Daydream
Music has been used as a form of therapy for centuries – physical and psychological health have been shown to vastly improve after sessions of musical therapy in both professional and personal circumstances.

The American Music Therapy Association has found that music positively promotes wellness, assists in managing stress, expressing feelings, improving communication and enhancing memory.

Turn your phone on silent, turn your computer monitors off and remove yourself from the fast paced world of social technology. It’s not going anywhere without you. For 3-5 minutes, allow yourself to slowly drift into your happy place. The beach, the mountains, at home with kids or your favorite vacation spot—wherever it is that your heart values, put yourself there. The marriage of your breath and a relaxing song is the cheapest ticket to happiness you’ll ever find!

 

 
5. Do A Body Scan
One of the oldest meditative practices, a body scan, is a great way to tap into your body and mentally “clock out” for a few short minutes during the day. Eyes can remain open or closed for this routine, whatever is most comfortable for you!

Relax and take in a few deep cleansing breaths. With your undivided attention towards your feet, feel out the sensations that live there. Wiggle your toes to acknowledge those sensations. Spend a full minute focusing on your feet, toes, ankles… and any feelings that exist there.

Breathe deeply into them and with an exhale – let go of the tension. It’s normal for the mind to try and drift off into other thoughts or emotions during this time, simply take note of them, and then go back to the feet.

Repeat this process moving up the body, from the calves, knees and thighs to the groin, bottom and belly, up through the chest, shoulders and head. Acknowledge your hardworking arms, hands and fingers. For the sake of time, pick two or three spots that require your attention and spend a little time focusing on the sensations that live there.
 

Check out some of these therapeutic office must-haves for the days that need a little bit more you-time
 

 

 
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Get Clean Without the Chemicals; New Plant-Based Hair and Skin Cleansers

Plant-Based Hair and Skin Cleansers

 
Get Clean Without the Chemicals
 
Sunfood Shampoo, Conditioner and Body WashIntroducing Plant-based Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash – free of chemicals, toxins, synthetic fragrances, parabens, petroleum, preservatives, propylene glycol, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate).  Completely plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO, your hair and skin will be left vibrant, clean and protected!
 

 

Just What Are Those Nasty Chemicals, Anyway?

Here’s the truth about what’s in most popular body care products—even the ones that call themselves “natural” and “pure.”

 

Freaky Foam

First are the chemical foaming agents called surfactants, known as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate).  These are commonly added to soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpaste to make them lather and give the appearance of a “deeper clean.” Even though they’re found in many “natural” products, they are known skin irritants and worse.
 
A report conducted at the Journal of the American College of Toxicology found that “carcinogenic nitrates can form in the manufacturing of sodium lauryl sulfate” and that SLS “enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain from skin contact.”1 Researchers concluded that “this poses question of it being a serious potential health threat to its use in shampoos, cleansers, and toothpastes.”1
 
SLES is not much better because it is typically contaminated with dioxane, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies as a “probable human carcinogen.”2
 
Our new Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash only use natural plant-based ingredients to create cleansing effects that will leave your hair and skin smelling delicious and feeling fresh. No carcinogens here!

 

Beauty by Anti-freeze

The next big one, propylene glycol, is a chemical solvent commonly found in antifreeze – as well as hair care products, soap, makeup, deodorant and much more. While propylene glycol is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its Material Safety Data Sheet warns when it is absorbed through the skin, it may “cause systemic effects similar to those of ingestion” which include effects on the “behavior/central nervous systemcardiovascular system (hypotension, bradycardia, arrhythmias, cardiac arrest), endocrine system (hypoglycemia), urinary system (kidneys), and liver.3

 

Secret Synthetic Scents

And let us not forget synthetic fragrances which are petroleum-based and often include chemicals which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.4 Take benzene, for example. This petrochemical solvent is cited by the EPA as a “known human carcinogen for all routes of exposure.”5 What’s worse, we don’t even know what these mystery chemicals really are, because manufacturers can legally refrain from disclosing them, protecting them as “trade secrets.”


 
Powerful Plants
Our new, luxurious, lightweight shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are a unique blend of 100% plant-based ingredients and essential botanicals formulated to naturally cleanse and nourish the hair and skin. Powerful fruit enzymes and positive microorganisms preserve the body’s natural oils and stimulate circulation. Gentle, effective cleansing is achieved without the use of harsh chemicals or antibacterials, resulting in lustrous, buoyant hair, and fresh, rejuvenated skin. Vegan, sustainably sourced and pH balanced, these products work harmoniously with your body and the Earth.

 
Complete Ingredients List

Sunfood Natural ShampooShampoo
Natural Pineapple Enzyme, Makrut  Lime, Wild Crafted Soap Nut, Wild Crafted Dillenia Indica, Wild Crafted Indian Laurel Leaf, Coconut, Jasmine Rice & Effective Microorganisms (Lactobacillus casei, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

 

Sunfood Natural ConditionerConditioner
Natural Pineapple Enzyme, Makrut Lime, Wild Crafted Indian Laurel Leaf, Wild Crafted Dillenia Indica, Thanaka, Wild Crafted Soap Nut, Coc onut, Jasmine Rice & Effective Microorganisms (Lactobacillus casei, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
 

 

Sunfood Natural Body WashBody Wash
Natural Pineapple Enzyme, Wild Crafted Amala Fruit, Lime, Makrut Lime, Wild Crafted Soap Nut, Dillenia Indica, Wild Crafted Indian Laurel Leaf, Coconut, Jasmine Rice & Effective Microorganisms (Lactobacillus casei, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

 

Ditch the chemicals and treat your hair and skin to natural, plant-based cleansing with our brand new Plant-based Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash!
 
 

 

 
 
 
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We Stopped Buying Smoothies and You Should Too…

Sunfood Superfood Smoothie MIx

We know that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always convenient. It takes hard work, dedication, and a strong will to make nutrition and good health a part of your life. One of our favorite ways to get extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients into our diet is with smoothies; however, it can be time consuming to make your own, and confusing to buy one and know if what you’re drinking is actually healthy.
 
There are tons of so-called “nutritious” smoothies and shakes available in grocery stores and smoothie bars, but those are mostly filled with sugar and hidden calories (see comparison below). We’ve always preferred making our own smoothies at home, but that requires more time and effort. Well, it used to at least. We’ve just made it incredibly easy.
Sunfood Superfood Smoothie Mix
Can we get a drumroll?
 
Please welcome the newest member of the Sunfood family: our Superfood Smoothie Mix! With 16 servings in each bag, it will make your mornings amazing!
 
Made with 13 organic and sustainable superfoods, our non-GMO, raw, vegan, and gluten-free mix is a perfectly proportioned blend of essential, nutritious, and delicious superfoods – a supercharge to jumpstart your day!
 

All you have to do is blend one or two scoops with 8-16oz of water (or your favorite milk or juice) and you’re good to go!

Plus, this products ships for FREE*!
 
 

 
Let’s see what’s really in some of those popular smoothies:

If you spend 5 minutes each morning making yourself a smoothie, you’ll feel the effects throughout the day – your body will be happier, healthier, more energized and ready for anything! Who doesn’t have 5 minutes to spare for that!
 
This delicious combination of our very own organic or sustainable superfoods brings you an easy, convenient, fast, and cost effective way to get you everything you need in one smoothie, and nothing you don’t! Just throw it in the blender with some water, coconut milk, or juice, and you’re off!

 


 
The Superfood Breakdown
Here are the superfoods inside this amazing smoothie mix:
 

 


 
The Benefits
Energizing: More nutrition = a boost of energy for you! Are you ready to feel supercharged all day long?
 
Delicious & Nutritious: We know that some smoothies out there taste good, but are filled with sugar and additives. Not only is our Superfood Smoothie Mix healthy and made from organic, raw, and sustainable superfoods, it tastes amazing! Your whole family will love it (kids, too)!
 
Easy and Convenient: Simply blend a scoop or two with your favorite healthy base and a piece of fruit for an incredibly nutritious start to your day!
 
Cost-effective: One scoop gives you 32 servings – more than a month’s supply – which breaks down to $1.87 per smoothie! Compare to your local smoothie cafe, juice bar, or store-bought pre-made smoothies, which all have lower quality ingredients, fillers, and preservatives – at a higher price.
 
Protein: highly absorbable, includes all nine essential amino acids, gives you long-lasting energy
 
Vitamin A: contributes to vision function and is also “required for normal functioning of the immune system.”1
 
Vitamin C: acts as a “potent antioxidant” that “affects several components of the human immune system.” 1
 
Calcium: plays a vital role “in maintaining a healthy skeleton” as well as “muscle contraction and the secretion of hormones.” 1
 
Iron: supports “normal red blood cell formation” and is “critical for several immune functions.” 1
 

 
Tasty Suggestions
Sunfood Superfood Smoothie MixFor the super fast and easy version, simply blend 1-2 scoops with 8-16oz water or milk of your choice. We especially love using coconut water or almond milk.
 
Take it to the next level and blend with fresh or frozen fruit, such as a banana or berries, yum! For a cool summer treat, add ice. Enjoy!
 
Made with organic, raw and sustainable ingredients, our non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and kosher Superfood Smoothie Mix is the all-in-one solution to supercharge your day. Now you can have an easy, convenient, fast, and cost effective way to get all the superfoods you need in one bag! 
 
Sunfood Superfood Smoothie Mix
 

Sources:
1 - Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute, Micronutrient Information Center

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Build Your Own Trail Mix!!

Build Your Own Trail Mix
 
You are unique, one of a kind – an individual! So why should you have the same trail mix as everyone else? Shake it up with some fun ingredients that are healthy, delicious and loved by all ages. Salty, crunchy, sweet or earthy – the possibilities are endless!

Mix any of these ingredients with honey, oats or nut butterand turn your trail mix into a snack bar! Perfect for back to school lunches.

Sunfood Brazil NutsBrazil Nuts The large, crescent moon shaped nuts of the Brazil nut tree are widely known for their rich selenium content, which may support a healthy immune system. They also have calcium, manganese, copper and iron, as well as vitamins B1 and E.
 
Cashews Cashews  have long been revered for their irresistible taste and energizing nutrients including protein and healthy fats. Beyond being rich in magnesium, which may contribute to healthy immune function and normal bone health, cashews are a good source of zinc, iron and vitamin K.
 
Sunfood Jungle PeanutsJungle Peanuts Wild jungle peanuts are an heirloom peanut variety that have the most pure, rich peanut flavor you can experience. A good source of magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, these wild jungle peanuts also contain all nine essential amino acids making them a source of complete protein.
 
Almonds Our raw heirloom almonds are rich in vitamin E and have B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and iron, as well as protein, fiber and healthy fats. They’re delicious and good for you, too!
 
Sunfood Goji BerriesGoji Berries Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are one of the most nutritionally-rich fruits on the planet. Goji Berries are good source of potassium, iron, and selenium, they also have B vitamins, calcium, zinc, fiber, protein and resemble a flavor combination of cherries & cranberries.
 
Golden Berries A nutritional powerhouse, golden berries are rich in fiber and vitamin A which may contribute to healthy immunity, vision and bone health. A good source of vitamin C, they also have iron and protein. Golden berries have a mouth-watering, tangy sweetness that you’ll love and kids will too!
 
Sunfood Mango SlicesMangos Delicious and nutritious, mangos bring you vitamin C, which may act as an antioxidant to contribute to healthy immunity. They also have vitamin A, calcium, iron and fiber. Mangos are a healthy, sweet snack you can enjoy anytime!
 
Red Flame Raisins Naturally sweet and juicy, our Red Flame Raisins are bursting with flavor. Not only are they delicious; they’re good for you, too. Red Flame Raisins have calcium, which may assist in supporting strong bones, as well as iron, protein and fiber.
 
Sunfood Cacao NibsCacao Nibs Loaded with minerals such as magnesium which may contribute to normal bone health and healthy immune function, cacao is also high in copper and manganese. This amazing food has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Maya.
 
Apricots These special apricots are a main staple of the Hunza people’s diet, playing an essential role in the vibrant health and longevity that they enjoy. Sweet and delicious, Hunza Apricots are also a good source of vitamin A and have vitamin C and iron.
 
Sunfood Chlorella TabletsChlorella Chlorella is an incredible, multi-faceted superfood that is made up of 66% protein and boasts an array of nutrients including vitamin A and iron. A potent superfood, chlorella is a great way to introduce detoxifying, alkalizing foods into your diet.
 
Deglet Noor Dates , Kadrawhy Dates & Zahidi Dates Considered a near ideal food, dates offer an amazing range of essential nutrients and health benefits! An excellent source of vitamins, dietary potassium and dietary fiber, dates are a great natural energy food due to their balance of natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and carbohydrates.
 
Sunfood Mission FigsMission Figs & Turkish Figs Not only are these special figs plump and delicious, they’re good for you, too. Full of minerals, they’re a good source of calcium which may assist in supporting strong bones. They also have potassium and iron, and are high in fiber as well.
 
Maqui Berries The rich, purple pigment of this amazing fruit indicates the presence of antioxidants known as anthocyanins and polyphenols. Maqui berries also have calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A, C, B1 and B3.
 
Pineapple A healthful fruit that has vitamin A and potassium, Pineapples are an excellent snack to enjoy at any time of day, from breakfast to dessert.
  

 
Sunfood Brazil Nuts
Sunfood Whole Cashews
Sunfood Jungle Peanuts
Sunfood Almonds
Sunfood Goji Berries
Sunfood Golden Berries
Sunfood Whole Maqui Berries
Sunfood Mango Slices
Sunfood Raisins, Red Flame
Sunfood Cacao Nibs
Sunfood Hunza Apricots
Sunfood Chlorella Tablets
Sunfood Figs, Mission
Sunfood Figs, Turkish
Sunfood Pineapple
Sunfood Dates, Deglet Noor
Sunfood Dates, Zahidi

 


Not feeling creative? It’s okay; we’ve already blended the perfect mix for you! Berry Adventure & Mango Macadamia Adventure are our signature house blends, perfect for on-the-go!

 

Sunfood Berry Adventure
Sunfood Mango Macadamia Adventure

 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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