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True or False? These 3 Sweets Are Actually Good For You!

Sweet & Nutritious Fruits

It’s summertime!
The weather is warmer, days are longer and processed sweets are everywhere! Don’t be fooled by the cluster of refined fair foods and high-fructose sugar bombs. Keep some of Mother Nature’s sweetest treats by your side this season for a guilt free, delicious snacking experience!
 
 
Figgy-Facts!   
Sunfood Turkish FigsNaturally sweet and sun-dried, Figs are a perfect addition to any palate this summer! These delicious little treats are a staff favorite at Sunfood headquarters; they disappear faster than candy! Turkish figs are exceptionally sweet, just two of them contain a whopping 10% of your daily RDA of calcium, a vital mineral which may assist in supporting strong bones. They also have an astounding 300 mg of potassium, which may help maintain healthy blood pressure in combination with a low sodium diet. Mission Figs are a rich, chewy dried fruit with tons of nutritional benefits! Besides their sweetness, Mission Figs also offer 12% of your daily RDA of fiber, which may help maintain digestive regularity.
 

Sunfood Mission Figs“These are great! It’s just as good as any cookie or candy.. These remind me of eating Fig Newtons when I was younger!” – Isabella

“The Sunfood mission figs are amazing, they make a great, healthy snack that is sweet but does not overpower you with sugar. Great source of magnesium too.” – Jinx



Sunfood Red Flame Raisins
The Truth About Raisins
Do you hold the common belief that sugar causes cavities? This is only partially true! Processed foods with added sugars tend to be the problem. Our Red Flame Raisins, on the other hand, which are sticky and sweet, actually “contain antimicrobial phytochemicals capable of suppressing oral pathogens associated with caries [cavities] or periodontal diseases and thus benefit oral health.”1 Our plump raisins are organic and raw to ensure that these phytochemicals are not destroyed by heat. Verified by the Non-GMO Project, they are 100% pure with no added sugars or preservatives!


What a delight! I don’t remember the last time my family has eaten raisins with seeds. After researching how the seedless ones are made, we had to say no to all things seedless, including raisins. Now we are finally able to reap all the benefits of a good old raisin – in its natural form.” – Kristya



Mangos: The Ultimate Summer Fruit!
Sunfood Mango SlicesEveryone knows that Mangos are at the top of the tropical pyramid of sweetness, but did you know that this irresistible fruit contains a heavy helping of antioxidants, including vitamins A and C? With a buttery, soft texture and a perfectly sun-sweetened taste, these golden snacks are perfect for any event and approved by the whole family! Never processed with added sugars, oils or additives, our Mangos are pure, just as Mother Nature intended. Raw, organic and free from GMO’s, they’ll have you coming back for more!
 

Check out this mouth-watering recipe for Chocolate Covered Mangos
Chocolate Covered Mangos

“These are the best dried mangos I’ve had. They are the perfect amount of sweet without tasting like they’ve been dipped in sugar. They are also nice and soft. Not overly dried. Perfect sweet snack!” –Jessica



For the perfect summer sweet combination, try our Raw Organic Figs, Red Flame Raisins & Mangos today!

 

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Sources:
1: The American Institute of Nutrition, “Grape Products and Oral Health” 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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Maca Gazpacho

Maca Gazpacho recipe

Who said soup needs to be hot? Try this cooling gazpacho and discover a tasty way to have your maca and eat it too! This energizing superfood root vegetable blends perfectly in a tomato base loaded with savory veggies, olives and fresh spices. It’s quick, easy and delicious!

Serves 2

1 tsp. Maca Extreme
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cucumber
1 to 2 celery stalks
1 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. Kalahari Desert Salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced Botija Olives 
Parsley (as a garnish)

1. Mix the bell peppers and olives in a separate bowl. In a high speed blender, blend the rest of the ingredients together, except the parsley.

2. Afterwards, pour into bowls for serving, topping each with large amounts of bell peppers and olives. Add diced parsley. Enjoy!

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3 Superfoods To Get Your Body Swimsuit Ready!

Summer weather is here and yes, it’s time to break out your bathing suit and head to the beach or the pool. Are you ready?
 
If not, we’ve got some superfoods that can help you shed those winter pounds. Of course, eating the healthiest diet you can is always helpful—in a nutshell, enjoying more summer fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and minimizing processed foods, trans fats and white sugar. Oh, and don’t forget to exercise regularly. Easy, right?
 
Don’t worry; these top 3 superfoods can help get you going so you’ll be ready to confidently rock that swimsuit in no time!
 
1. Yacon Syrup
“I have used yacon syrup for several weeks and two of my scales show I lost almost 8 lbs. My husband says he sees a difference around my neck, hopefully when I start exercising I will see a difference around my waist.” – Brenda

No other sweetener on the planet can do this.
Yacon SyrupBelieve it or not… It’s true! An all natural sweetener derived from an Andean root vegetable, Yacon Syrup has been scientifically proven to produce “a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index” in obese premenopausal women with insulin resistance.1 It was also found that fasting glucose levels were not affected by the syrup treatment.1

How can this be?
Yacon is high in dietary fibers known as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which the body recognizes differently than glucose. Therefore it has little, if any, effect on blood sugar levels. It also contains inulin which functions as a prebiotic to help control flora in the intestine, meaning that it may improve normal gastrointestinal health. It is possible that the prebiotic power of yacon is the reason behind the women in the study successfully losing weight.
 
Our Yacon Syrup is completely pure, unlike many other yacon products which have popped up to capitalize on the media’s recent highlight of this product as a weight loss aid. You can rest assured that ours is organic, completely pure, and free of any additives or fillers.
 
Yacon SyrupHere’s what other Sunfoodies have to say about Yacon Syrup:
“I love the taste and take a spoonful a few times a day. So far I feel it is helping with digestion and sugar cravings.” – Nicole

“I really love this! Sunfood makes a high quality brand of yacon syrup. I bought another brand at my local health food store and had to return it because it had such a bad taste so beware, not all brands are equal! I brew hibiscus tea in a mason jar and add 2 teaspoons of yacon syrup every morning. I then drink it all day long over ice which keeps my blood sugar levels even and diminishes my food cravings. I received my order my quickly and I’m thrilled! – Kathryn 

“This product has helped me become regulated for the first time in 72 years! What a pleasure to have a body that functions as it should. I find the Sunfood brand a bit thicker and sweeter making it much easier to take. Thank you.” – Sandra
 
Now you can lose weight and still enjoy a dessert or two!
While moderation is key for any sweet treat, Yacon Syrup is the essential sweetener for all of your dessert recipes! It has little to no effect on your blood sugar, and its power as a prebiotic can aid digestion and help you lose weight.

Enjoy sweet treats like this Divine Vegan Cheesecake!

Divine Vegan Cheesecake Recipe
 


 
2. Coconut Oil

Sounds counter-intuitive, we know, but the answer is yes – depending on the type of fat you consume.
 
Dr. Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., author of The Coconut Oil Miracle, found out the truth of how different fats affect the body for himself. After failed diet attempts, he simply replaced processed vegetable oils with Coconut Oil, as well as reducing his sweets and increasing his fiber intake. He did not monitor his calories at all.
 
A few months later he was shocked to realize that his pants were loose. He hadn’t expected anything to happen at all, but when he got on the scale, he discovered that he’d lost 20lbs.
 
Several years later, he eats foods cooked in fats and desserts which contain fat, but the fat he eats almost exclusively is Coconut Oil. The 20lbs never came back.
 
Dr. Fife writes in The Coconut Oil Miracle, “I found a way of eating that wasn’t like a weight-loss diet because it worked without my trying. It was great. I look better and feel better about myself.”2
 
Just what is it about coconut oil?
Coconut OilThe key is that Coconut Oil is an excellent source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), which are quickly broken down by the body and used as an energy source. On the other hand, long-chain fatty acids (LCFA), the most common type of dietary fat found abundantly in meat and vegetable oils, tend to get stored in the body as fat and result in extra pounds.
 
The science confirms what Dr. Fife experienced. One study showed that subjects consuming MCFA experienced “decreased body fat related to increased metabolic rate.”3 What other fat on the planet can increase metabolism and even help burn off fat stored in the body?
 
Because the body uses MCFA immediately for energy rather than storing it as body fat, human studies have shown that the simple act of replacing LCFA with MCFA “ would produce weight loss if energy [caloric] intake remained constant.”4
 
No crash diet necessary! Just replace other oils with Coconut Oil and see what happens. Unlike other coconut oils, ours is truly raw, unrefined, organic, and non-GMO—the best out there!

This coconut oil is superb! I have tried other coconut oils in the past and felt that they had a bad aftertaste. This coconut oil is delicious enough to eat alone! I use it to cook and bake with. I also blend it into smoothies and mix it into almond butter for a delicious snack. This coconut oil is by far the best coconut oil on the market!” – Sarah
 


 
3. Beauty Enzymes

Beauty EnzymesIf you’ve ever eaten too much and felt tired afterwards, that’s because your body has to get to work producing the enzymes your body needs to process that big meal. Digestion simply would not happen without enzymes. These complex proteins help convert food into nutrients that your body can use.
 
Sometimes your body could use a little help with this arduous task. Our Beauty Enzymes are the purest and most potent plant-based enzymes, making them the best way to get extra enzymes for digestion. It is essential to note that they are plant-based because animal-based enzymes that generally come from ox bile or pig pancreas work in a specific pH, while plant-based enzymes work within a broad range of pH, just like our stomachs do. Completely pure, Beauty Enzymes are undoubtedly one of the most potent and complete enzyme formulas out there.

The results people have been experiencing are amazing!
 
“I didn’t change a lot about my eating habits, I generally eat pretty clean. But when I discovered Beauty Enzymes I decided that I wanted to do a little experiment. For 14 days, I took 2 Enzymes 30 minutes before every meal, 3 times a day. By the end of those two weeks, I had lost an exciting 4lbs and felt my overall digestive process improve.”  - Hannah

“I can’t see myself ever going without Beauty Enzymes. Before, when I ate, my stomach would expand to look like I was pregnant even before my meal was finished, but now since I’ve been taking Beauty Enzymes, that problem is gone!” - Beth 

“I had given up on digestive enzymes, not ever benefitting from taking them. I couldn’t ignore the good reviews for this product all over the internet and reluctantly ordered them. I am close to ordering my 4th bottle! These are incredible and worth every penny!” - Dede
 
Let’s face it, sometimes we overeat and it’s not always the healthiest foods. The good news is that our Beauty Enzymes are the highest quality enzymes to help give your body a metabolic boost and facilitate digestion.
 
And just switching out your cooking oil with Coconut Oil, and your sweetener with Yacon Syrup can make a big difference!
 
Get ready for your swimsuit body today!

Sunfood Yacon Syrup
Sunfood Yacon Syrup
Sunfood Beauty Enzymes
Sunfood Coconut Oil
Sunfood Coconut Oil
Sunfood Coconut Oil

Sources:
1 – “Yacon syrup: beneficial effects on obesity and insulin resistance in humans,” Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, 2009).
2 – The Coconut Oil Miracle. Fife, Bruce. 1999. Avery. P.86-87.
3 – “Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition of fat in response to overfeeding with diet containing medium chain triglyceride” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Apr 1982
4 – “Thermic effect of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides in man.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nov 1986.

 

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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Alkalize and Detoxify with 30+ Superfoods in One Bag!

So Many Superfoods, So Little Time…

Sun is Shining 8oz-1lbWith hundreds of superfoods to choose from, it can feel overwhelming at times. Until now. There is one superfood that is a must-have around here. It makes life easier with 30+ ingredients in one bag—everything you need to cleanse and power up!

 

Sun Is Shining: Get Your Greens in a Cinch!

Are you getting your daily greens? 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.

 

 

What People Are Saying

Sunfood Sun is Shining

We’ve been selling Sun Is Shining for over 10 years and there’s a reason it’s been a top product for so long—people love the way it makes them feel. Check out some of the most recent rave reviews…

Weight Loss

“My friend took me dress shopping and I did not know my stomach had shrunk until I tried on a red dress with a short jacket. All I had been doing was drinking Sun is Shining religiously every morning. I guess it was a combination of the probiotics and enzymes. I do believe it shrunk my stomach. I ordered more.” – Net

Energy and Mood

“I have been adding 2 teaspoons of S.I.S. to my daily morning green smoothie for 3 months now. Within 3 days, I noticed a rise in my energy levels and alertness. After a week, I noticed a feeling of overall well-being. Taste easily blends in with smoothie without overpowering. My wife has also been taking this and I have noticed very little mood swings lately…thank you Sunfood’s Sun Is Shining!” – Rob

Skin Improvement

“This is one of my favorite products to get. After I started taking it, I felt amazing in just a few days. I can only describe the feeling as a warm, glowing, feeling of inner vitality. This has become my favorite and only powder. I look forward to drinking it everyday, and since then, my skin has never been dry, so I have been able to stop using skin cream for the first time in years.”  – Christine   

Kids!

“My 5-year-old loves this stuff. She takes it the first thing in the morning with a spoon and is always asking for more :-) – Lee 

The Bottom Line

“I use Sun is Shining daily in my morning smoothie. I feel great all day long. What else is there to say!” – Richard
  


 

The Sunfood Difference

Sun is Shining is a dynamic whole-food formula that contains 100% raw, vegan, non-GMO, organic or wild-crafted superfoods, plus an amazing probiotic and enzyme complex. Unlike other green powders out there, it contains no additives, anti-caking agents, preservatives, fillers or grains—it’s just pure green superfood.

 

 

The Science Behind It

Here’s a snapshot of what the ingredients in Sun Is Shining can do for you…
 

  • The freshwater algae in Sun Is Shining has amazing detox 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 detox: 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 daily 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 which can help to make all these nutrients more bio-available.
 
 

 

Easiest Way to Get Your Greens

Sun Is Shining is designed to be taken on a daily basis, and especially during cleansing or detoxification. Start with one or two teaspoons per day and increase as you desire. Add to water, coconut water, fruit juice, a smoothie, or your favorite beverage. Check out this delicious recipe for a smoothie that will send you soaring through your day! Sunfood Super Smoothie

Sunfood Super Smoothie

“I add a scoop to my morning shake and I feel great. This stuff has superb green foods that nourish my entire body.” – Rich
 
“This is one of the best products I have ever tried. I have so much energy after I make my morning shake that it lasts all day!!!! No 2:00 pm blues!!” – Shelly


 
Sun Is Shining has what you need to alkalize, cleanse and energize. Want to feel super healthy and vibrant? See what Sun Is Shining can do for you…
 
Sunfood Sun Is Shining
Sunfood Sun is Shining

 

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.

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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Summertime Snacks For The Whole Family!

 Weight Gain. Toxicity.  Diabetes. Hyperactivity. Chemical Overload. Hungry Yet?

What if we told you that your favorite summertime snack foods are filled with ingredients that promote these negative effects?  Low-calorie “snack packs,” sweet granola bars and processed bagged chips are just a few favorites that are loaded with synthetic ingredients and chemically formulated flavors. We believe that to feel good, you have to eat good. So lets dive into some of the healthiest, tastiest snack foods on the planet and get our feel-good on for the summer!
 
You worked hard for your poolside-ready body; why compromise it with misleading “low-calorie” foods? Did you know that most low-fat, low-calorie foods are made with an artificial sweetener called aspartame? A study conducted at The Yale University of Biology and Medicine observed a “positive correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain.1 Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose  actually enhance your appetite, and consuming artificial sweeteners has been shown to lead to even greater weight gain than sugar. Not to mention the toxic effects this sugary impostor has on your mind: Studies have shown that “the putative excitatory neurotransmitters and neurotoxin aspartate (Asp) destroy neurons in the brain.2 Ditch the artificially sweet snack foods and opt for something that works to improve mind, body and soul! Check out our naturally sweet superfood cereals, loaded with flavors such as acai, ginger and cacao.
 
Family Friendly & Delicious!
 
Granola Bars are all time favorite at any age. Great for on-the-go parents and hungry kids, they are convenient and inexpensive. Let’s take a look at what convenience is worth these days…how about a dose of artificial colors and flavors? Artificial flavors are a mystery altogether; you never know what artificially went into your food to create that flavor. It could be one unnatural additive, or a blend of hundreds of additives. Another gamble we’re not willing to take is artificial colorants. According to one study, “every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties.”3 Currently in the United States, nine of the food dyes currently approved are linked with massive health problems ranging from allergies to hyperactivity in children. The same study also found that “Red #40, Blue #2 and Yellow #5 have been linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioral effects in children.3  Most parents will agree in unison—this is not what we want for our kids! Instead, try a natural, minimally processed granola alternative; Muesli is a family friendly snack that is versatile, fun to eat, and comes in 4 fun flavors!
 
Everyone loves a good trail mix! 

Whether out on a picnic, at the beach or enjoying the summer weather at home, trail mix is a snack time staple. Pre-made trail mixes are often full of salt and strange looking shapes – but the most terrifying ingredients at the top of our list are Synthetic Trans Fats and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

 
Synthetic trans fats are common in trail mixes which contain partially hydrogenated oils that promote a longer shelf life and a desirable texture. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “consuming trans fat increases low-density lipoprotein [LDL, or bad] cholesterol. This risk factor contributes to the leading cause of death in the U.S. – coronary heart disease.4 The study concludes with a profound statement: “…avoiding artificial trans fat could prevent 10,000-20,000 heart attacks and 3,000-7,000 coronary heart disease deaths each year in the U.S.4
 
What About MSG?

Monosodium Glutamate, known more commonly as “MSG,” is a flavor enhancement often used in fast food and prepackaged snacks. MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain dysfunction and impairment to varying degrees. Take the risk out of your snacking! Choose an all natural, raw and organic trail mix – or better yet, create your own! We love the savory combination of Gopal’s Wraps, Living Intentions Garlic Nut Blend, Organic Raw Cashews and Botija Olives!


 
Don’t compromise your health for convenience—make your summertime snack experience unforgettable with these sweet and savory items!

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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.

 

SOURCES

1: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine “Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings”
2: Medline Industries “Excitotoxic food additives”
3: Center for Science in the Public Interest “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks”
4: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Trans Fat”

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Gopals Savory Trail Mix

Gopals Savory Trail Mix

This trail mix is perfect for when you’re in the mood for a savory, energizing, and healthy snack!

Simply cut up a Gopals Mexican Power Wrap and add cashews and botija olives to Gone Nuts! Cilantro Lime Pistachios and Pepitas to make this amazing trail mix!

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Chocolate Covered Goji Berries

Chocolate Covered Goji Berries

This recipe is perfect for when you are craving something sweet and chocolaty. Raw cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Goji berries are a complete source of protein and one of the most nutritionally-rich foods on the planet. These are a perfect after-school snack for kids!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Cacao Butter
1 Cup Cacao Paste (tempered or un-tempered)
¼ Cup Raw AgaveCoconut Sugar, Raw Honey, or Yacon Syrup (or sweeten to taste)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Powder
¼ tsp Himalayan or Kalahari salt
1 Cup Goji Berries

Directions:

Melt Cacao Butter and Cacao Paste over very low heat, or in an Excalibur Dehydrator.

Combine with all other ingredients except goji berries in high speed blender. Blend thoroughly and pour mixture into a bowl. Fill bowl with goji berries and mix thoroughly. Place into the freezer for approximately 10 minutes to set.  Out of this world!!

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New at Sunfood: The Breakfast You Never Knew About

Seven Sundays Muesli

It Took Us 100 Years To Get, But Your New Breakfast Is Finally Here

We fell in love with a new breakfast food! It’s called Seven Sundays Muesli (pronounced “muse-lee”), a mix of nutritious grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Unlike most cereals and granolas, there are no added sugars, oils or preservatives. So if you’re looking for a super nutritious way to start your day, or just hungry for something outside your normal routine, muesli is a fast, healthy, and delicious breakfast!
 
Does Vanilla Cherry Pecan sound tempting? How about Ginger Pear Macadamia? Even the Original flavor is loaded with coconut, currants, flax seeds, banana chips and spices!
 
Drooling yet?
 
Let’s back it up a sec.

 

The History

Muesliwas first introduced over 100 years ago by Swiss nutritionist, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, who believed diet was essential to good health and used the cereal as part of his therapy. Today, muesli remains a breakfast staple in Europe and many parts of the world.

 

The Flavors

All four wheat-free Seven Sundays Muesli varieties are made with simple, whole ingredients. They start with rolled whole grains (oats, barley and rye), jazzing it up with crunchy, satisfying nuts & seeds, and sweet, delicious dried fruits.
 
  • Bircher (unsweetened) – A nutritional powerhouse made of 12 super healthy ingredients including almonds, coconut, apples, flax seeds, dates and raisins, Bircher is vegan and untoasted—it’s the one for all the raw foodies out there!
  • Vanilla Cherry Pecan – Made with natural Bing cherries and rich, nutty pecans, Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli is gently toasted and sweetened with organic honey—so good you can eat it as dessert!
  • Ginger Pear Macadamia – Made with natural ground ginger, chewy sun-dried pears and tender macadamia nuts, Ginger Pear Macadamia Toasted Muesli is lightly sweetened with organic honey—perfect for those of you looking to spice up your breakfast routine!
  • Original – A tried and true breakfast staple, Original Toasted Muesli is packed with Brazil nuts for a boost of selenium and tasty additions like coconut, currants, flax seeds, banana chips, organic honey and delectable spices like cinnamon and cardamom! Yum!

 

The Nutritional Breakdown

One 1/2 cup serving of Seven Sundays Muesli has:
  • 25% of your daily value of fiber
  • 6 - 8 grams of protein
  • <1% sodium
  • 11 grams or less of sugar (from organic honey, dates and fruit!)
  • 2% – 25% of your daily minerals: Calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, selenium & more!

 

What People Are Saying

Bircher
“I love this flavor because it is the simplest one, unsweetened, and untoasted. The healthiest choice for me and it’s delicious too!” – Lissa

Vanilla Cherry Pecan
“This cereal is so great. It has an awesome texture that goes well with raw milk. Unlike regular granola it has big pieces of nuts and dried fruit, which is a plus.” – Julie

Ginger Pear Macadamia
“A new fave breakfast!. I love the texture and natural taste of this product.” – J

Original
“This is pure wholesome goodness, makes me feel terrific!” – Richard 
 


 

Why Is Seven Sundays Such an Awesome Company?

Seven Sundays is a husband/wife team that turned a great idea into a homemade business. Hannah and Brady are all about health in the fullest sense of the word, creating muesli that’s good for you and the planet. The ingredients are sustainably sourced, all natural, minimally processed, and non-GMO, as well as free of pesticides, preservatives, added oils and refined sugars. Even the recyclable packaging reflects who they are, as does the fact that they’re a part of 1% for the Planet, which is a formal commitment to donate 1% of their sales each year to environmental causes.
 
“Our inspiration for Seven Sundays muesli came to us during a trip to New Zealand. ‘Kiwis,’ as native New Zealanders are often called, live active, sustainable lifestyles built upon enjoying simple pleasures and making the most out of their treasured and limited natural resources. One of our favorite parts of the trip was starting each day with a bowl of fresh, homemade muesli, a popular New Zealand breakfast. It was nothing like the cereals we were used to — no puffs, flakes, shreds or clusters – instead loaded with all natural ingredients. With no suitable replacement back home, we decided to make our own New Zealand inspired mixes!”
- Hannah & Brady

 

Ways to Enjoy Muesli

Muesli is a fast, tasty, and nutritious breakfast. It’s commonly soaked in milk (get creative with almond or coconut milk!). You can eat it right out of the box, sprinkle on top of yogurt, cook it like a traditional oatmeal, or try out the delicious recipes on the box! Bircher has an amazing raw recipe called Lunch Box Bites made simply by adding nut butter, a banana, cacao powder, milk of your choice, then rolling into balls, refrigerating for 2 hours and chowing down! Simple, minimal prep time, and scrumptious!

No more boring breakfasts! Seven Sunday Mueslis are fast and easy, full of nutrition and flavor, and super affordable!

Bircher Muesli
$6.99
Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli
$6.99
Ginger Pear Macadamia Muesli
$6.99
Original Muesli

 

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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B-17 Blast Off Smoothie

B-17 Blast-Off Smoothie

Are you getting your vitamin B17? Otherwise known as amygdalin, this nutrient is largely missing from Western diets. Here’s a creamy, chocolaty smoothie that will take care of that with one essential ingredient – apricot kernels, one of the highest plant sources of vitamin B17. It’s super energizing, easy to make, and delicious!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend for 20– – 30 seconds. Enjoy!
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The $2200 Secret to a Full Fridge and a Fat Wallet!

Berry Breeze™

 
How to Kill Microorganisms That Make Food Spoil
Sunfood Berry BreezeHow many times have you opened your fridge to find moldy fruits and limp veggies? What about that not-so-fresh smell in your fridge? Did you know your refrigerator has bacteria growing at 1 billion units per second?

Imagine how amazing it would be if you could completely eradicate harmful microorganisms that cause the food in your fridge to spoil…

Now you can! BerryBreeze™ is a scientifically proven compact device that sanitizes your fridge by safely and naturally neutralizing undesirable microorganisms, germs, mold, yeast, fungus, bacteria, and viruses — without the use of carcinogens, chemicals or harsh cleaners. It saves you an estimated $2200 per year per household by avoiding spoilage of food in your fridge, equivalent to $165 billion a year for all Americans1. For each family, that’s about $183 per month, which means that BerryBreeze™ will pay for itself within the first two weeks, and cover your Sunfood shopping!
 
The technology is simple. BerryBreeze™ is a small, lightweight, battery-operated, activated oxygen (O3) generator. It has no filters to clean and there is no maintenance required. By circulating pure, activated oxygen, this revolutionary product keeps your food fresh while completely eliminating all unwanted odors, tastes and smells from your fridge and your food.
 
Order now to get FREE SHIPPING* in the continental US! Click here to order

 
What People Are Saying
“This is the best product I have bought in years. I have had cauliflower in the refrigerator for 5 weeks. It was huge. It still looks like it did the day I bought it. – Carol

 
I have had this device for a few months now, and I’ve seen that my greens, veggies and fruit now last in my fridge for a couple weeks, rather than a few days. It pays for itself and then some. Since I eat a ton of produce, I estimate I’ve already saved $$$$ and time because I don’t have to go to the store as often now.” – Lauren
 
I purchased the Berry Breeze a couple of weeks ago and I really like it. It works great. I juice every other day and buy produce once a week, some items are a 2-week supply. My greens, fruit and berries are fresh for much longer. I recommend the product to everyone who wants their produce to last longer and not be spoiled in a couple of days. Don’t waste money in a garbage can, buy the Berry Breeze.” – Hanna
 
“I purchased Berry Breeze with high hopes that it would sustain my fruits and veggies for weeks, and that it would sanitize my fridge and eliminate any mold/bacteria that causes odor. To my delight, and my husband’s surprise after 2 weeks of use, my refrigerator never smelled so fresh, and the produce purchased 2 weeks ago is still fresh! I would highly recommend this product, it truly works, and it truly does pay for itself in what you save in wasting spoiled produce.” - Debarah
 


 

Reduce Pollution & Feed the Planet
Did you know Americans are throwing out over 33 million tons of food per year? That’s the single largest component of U.S. municipal waste and a large portion of methane emissions in the U.S1.  The average American wastes nearly 40% of all edible food, if we were able to save just 15% of that, it would be enough to feed 25 million people1.
Berry Breeze™ vs. Ordinary Fridge
 
BerryBreeze™ keeps food fresher, longer so it ends up on plates, not landfills. It’s a simple way for you to make a difference in your life and in the world!
 
Increase Nutritional Value of Your Food
Not only does BerryBreeze™ maintain the freshness of your food; it actually increases the nutritional and antioxidant properties of produce. According to an independent study, foods tested with BerryBreeze™ exposure contained increased flavonoids, phenols, β-carotene, lutein and lycopene2.
 

Are You Ready to Make a Positive Difference in Your World?

Keep your food fresh!

BerryBreeze™ is the first device of its kind to be proven effective by independent laboratory tests to keep your food fresh and more alive. Stop throwing away thousands of dollars of moldy fruits and vegetables. This innovative technology is a simple solution to save money, save food, and reduce your carbon footprint so we can all enjoy a greener planet.
It works!! I can’t believe how fresh my veggies are staying… it’s basically magic! Thanks for a wonderful product!” – Lindsey
 
And don’t forget, order your BerryBreeze™ now and get FREE SHIPPING* in the continental US!
Sunfood Berry Breeze

Sources:
1 – National Resources Defense Council August 2012
2 – R&D Enterprises of Walnut Creek, CA

 

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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Are Your Hormones Controlling You?

Sunfood Maca Powder

 
Are Your Hormones Controlling You?Sunfood Maca Powder
Whether you’re a man or a woman, the answer is yes! Hormones are chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, from energy levels and reproductive functions to metabolism and mood. The reason most of us think of women’s issues when we think of “hormones” is not because we, or someone we love, is just a tad irritable today. It is because some of the most well known conditions result from hormonal imbalance. It’s the Big 3: PMS, menstrual cramps, and menopause (oh my!).
 
 
Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalance
A natural cure for hormonal imbalance is not something that we can recommend, but we know after being in the superfood movement for 19 years that certain foods can support the proper functioning of the endocrine system.
 
While we know that women’s hormonal issues often indirectly affect the men they love (we’ll leave it at that), we’re going to delve into hormonal health for women and men, too!
 
 
Ladies… Is Maca a Natural Remedy for Menopausal Symptoms?
The superstar root vegetable known as maca was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for centuries. It has a solid reputation as a powerful enhancer to stamina, strength and libido; it is even said that the Incan warriors would consume maca before long journeys and battles.
 
Sunfood Maca ExtremeModern research has shown that maca has the potential to balance hormone levels and alleviate perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweating, interrupted sleep patterns, nervousness, depression and heart palpitations.1 A double-blind study concluded that maca “may act as a toner of hormonal processes, leading to alleviation of discomfort felt by perimenopausal women, hence, its potential use as non-hormonal alternative to HRT [Hormone Replacement Therapy] program.”1
 
Our female customers of all ages have reported improved hormonal health when taking our Maca over time, experiencing regulated periods and the alleviation of cramps and PMS symptoms. All of this from a root vegetable!
 
Customer Reviews: Red Maca
“I suffer from terrible PMS symptoms and I have to take an Aleve to alleviate the pain. I decided to take a natural approach and try maca. I am so amazed at the benefits. I didn’t experience any pain during my cycle!!! I will never stop using it!!!” – J
 
“Restored male energy in my 50s that I had decades earlier. My wife also takes it and has no menopausal troubles.” – Re-energized husband
 
 
Men – Are You Concerned about Your Prostate?
Sunfood Red MacaWhen it comes to hormone health, maca is the superfood root vegetable to pay attention to. In particular, red maca has been found to have astounding effects on men’s prostate health. While it contains the same nutritional profile as regular maca, one study found that red maca “may reduce the risk of prostate cancer development.”2 Researchers found that this cruciferous vegetable directly caused the prostate to reduce in size, successfully addressing the issue of prostate enlargement, which is “a hormone-mediated phenomenon.”2
 

 
Three Types of Raw, Organic Maca Powder to Choose From
Maca: A blend of red and golden roots, depending on what color the maca is as it is pulled out of the Earth.

Red Maca: Only the red maca roots are separated at harvest, milder in flavor with the same nutritional profile as regular maca.

Maca Extreme: 100% black/purple maca, 3-4 times the concentration of regular and red maca with much of the starch removed for easier digestion.


 
If You Want More Energy and Libido
Maca has earned quite the reputation to boost stamina—in more ways than one! Check out what people are saying…
 
Maca Powder
“I have used maca for about two weeks and I can gladly say it has saved my marriage. THANK YOU, SUNFOOD! And my husband thanks you too!” – Very Happy
 
Red Maca
Power! I feel so energized and I also feel full and satisfied until lunch (4.5 hours after breakfast)!” – chocolatechip
 
Maca Extreme
“Maca really charged my love life!”– Bo

“I liked the texture and rich flavor. It’s been awhile since I had regular maca, but do feel a bit more zoom zoom than I remembered from the regular maca. I have never had a power/energy drink before, with all the amazing superfoods and products like maca. This is the way to go.” – Jordana


 
Delicious Ideas!
Add 1 – 2 teaspoon Maca or Red Maca to your favorite smoothie, or 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Maca Extreme. Jumpstart your morning with these healthy, energizing Cinnamon Chocolate Maca Bars! Or try something savory with our Guaca-Maca-Mole!
Cinnamon Chocolate Maca Bars
Listen to Your Body
How do superfoods affect you? What dietary choices are helping or harming you? What small steps can you take today to improve your total health picture? If hormone balance and energy levels are issues you’re focusing on, Maca may be a great place to start!
 

Sources:
1 – “Therapeutic Effects of Pre-Gelatinized Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon) used as a Non-Hormonal Alternative to HRT in Perimenopausal Women – Clinical Pilot Study.” Charles Sturt University & Therapeutic Research, Australia, 2006.
2 – “Red maca (Lepidium meyenii) reduced prostate size in rats.” Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, 2005.

 

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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Craving Something Sweet?

Dates and Agave Nectar

Craving Something Sweet?

How about something savory? Maybe a little bit of both? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Packed full of nutrients, delicious and versatile, this culinary adventure promises to be a date to remember.

Celebrated in early Egypt and Mesopotamia, dates were believed to inspire fertility and longevity, often served to the elite courts as sacred offerings. Throughout history the date palm has been recorded in hieroglyphics and scrolls, promoting immunity and eternity. Centuries later, we continue to praise these exotic little superfruits for their superior nutrient content.

Just one serving of dates is loaded with dietary fiber, muscle-building proteins, and essential omega fatty acids required for normal bodily functions. They also have minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium, as well as B vitamins. They’re chock full of goodness and bursting with flavor!

The Sunfood Difference

Sunfood’s careful assortment of dates include Deglet Noor, Khadrawhy and Zahidi selections. Our dates are raw, organic, Non-GMO and are never compromised with additives or pesticides. Locally sourced and naturally dried, these sweet superfoods are a perfect addition to any diet.

 Sweetened naturally with easily digestible simple sugars, dates hardly require added sweetness to enjoy.

Need Something a Little Sweeter?

If your sweet tooth is calling for something extra rich, our Agave Nectar is the perfect pairing! Agave is a natural sweetener alternative to highly processed or refined sugars. It is derived from the carbohydrates present in the agave plant, native to South America. With a vanilla-like aroma and hint of maple, this nectar is truly one of a kind.

The Sunfood Difference

Our raw, certified organic, non-GMO agave nectar is low-temperature processed and minimally filtered, thus retaining its natural properties. Made from certified organic blue agave, we use state-of-the-art technology to make the least heat-exposed agave available. A delicious alternative sweetener, use Agave for your recipes, smoothies, and desserts!
Raspberry Cashew Verrine

Check out this amazing recipe that uses both dates and agave nectar. It’s as delicious as it looks!

Raspberry Cashew Verrine

 
 
 
Sunfood Deglet Noor Dates
Sunfood
Dates,
Deglet Noor
$7.55
Sunfood Khadrawy Dates
Sunfood
Dates,
Khadrawy
$7.55
Sunfood Zahidi Dates
Sunfood
Dates,
Zahidi
$7.55
Sunfood Amber Agave Nectar 32oz
Sunfood
Amber Agave Nectar
32oz
$24.95
Sunfood Dark Agave Nectar 32oz
Sunfood
Dark Agave Nectar
32oz
$24.95
Sunfood Dark Agave Nectar 1gal
Sunfood
Dark Agave Nectar
1gal
$69.95

 

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Ready For This? Try A Creamy, Delicious, Brand New Superfood!

It’s crispy. Delicately creamy. Rich and buttery. Sound like junk food? Think again because this super nut is raw, vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and last but not least, loaded with nutrients!
 
Sunfood Macadamia NutsIntroducing our brand new Macadamia Nuts! Did you know that macadamia nuts have B vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese? Yes, they’re delicious and healthy, too!
 
What about those fats, you ask? The theory of eating fat and packing on the pounds is a myth—as long are you’re eating the right fats, that is. And macadamia nuts have the right fats, meaning that science has proven the health benefits in clinical studies.
 
Weight Control
A study conducted on Japanese women found that after three weeks, “bodyweight and body mass index were decreased in the group fed macadamia nuts.”1 The beneficial effects that nuts have with weight management is no secret in the scientific community; one clinical review of 31 studies found that “compared with control diets, diets enriched with nuts did not increase body weight, body mass index, or waist circumference in controlled clinical trials.”2 
 
Heart Health
That study on Japanese women we just mentioned? Researchers also found that the results for the women eating macadamias showed “total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol [LDL – bad cholesterol] were significantly decreased.”1

Yet another study was conducted on men and women who were mildly hypercholesterolemic, meaning they had a mild excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Just like in the Japanese study, the subjects eating a diet rich in macadamia nuts had lower cholesterol levels, leading researchers to conclude that “macadamia nuts can be included in a heart-healthy dietary pattern that reduces lipid/lipoprotein CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk factors.”3 

Brain Power

Sunfood Macadamia NutsMacadamia nuts have omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. These fats are classified as “essential” because you’re body can’t produce them on its own; they must be obtained through food. Omega-3s are especially important because your brain craves them. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”4 So make sure you’re getting your omega-3s!

 

Flavor Factor

We know we don’t have to tell you how irresistibly delicious macadamia nuts are. But did you know that you can use them to make a raw vegan cheese substitute? Check out this amazing recipe…

Herbed Macadamia Nut “Cheese”


 
Pssst…don’t forget our most recent brand new superfoods! The first one features our crispy, creamy macadamia nuts in a delectable trail mix…
 

Sunfood Mango Macadamia AdventureMango Macadamia Adventure: The myth of yucky health food is officially debunked! Raw, organic and gluten-free, this superfood trail mix is sure to melt your taste buds with tropical mangos, crisp macadamia nuts, sweet goji berries, creamy cashews, delicate mulberries and chocolaty cacao nibs. Yum!
 
Sunfood Coconut WrapsCoconut Wraps: This is the #1 product everyone’s been going bonkers over… A raw, vegan, gluten-free alternative to wheat, corn and flour based tortillas, these light, thin, delicious wraps are simply made from organic coconuts. So simple and incredibly tasty for quick and easy meal options!
 
“I was a little skeptical when ordering these wraps. OMG!! They are off the chain. I used them to make veggie wraps as well as curried chickpea and roasted eggplant. Yum‼ and Delish!! Can’t get enough of it. Love them. They have now become a staple in my diet. THANKS‼!” – Debra
 
“These are so good. I ate them right out of the plastic. I love coconut and they have a great flavor. You can use them to make fruit wraps as well for a sweet delicious snack. I will definitely be purchasing them again.”– Ariel  

Sunfood Chia SeedsSunfood Chia Seed PowderChia Seeds and Chia Seed Powder: Chia is brain food! With 3 grams of omega-3 essential fatty acids per serving, these little seeds cultivated by the Aztec and Maya long ago are super versatile and easy to add to any diet. We’ve got ‘em available in whole seed or cold-milled powder form, all raw, organic and gluten-free, of course!
 
“I put chia seeds in my water, cereal and yogurt. It has become a daily part of my life. I have noticed I have more energy every day.” – Sal

Sunfood Hemp SeedsHemp Seeds: Introducing Sunfood hemp seeds: certified organic, raw, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Super versatile with a mild, nutty flavor and pleasantly soft texture, they are cold processed to preserve delicate enzymes and nutrients such as protein, healthy fats, magnesium, zinc and iron!

“Great in smoothies. Feeling better by adding this to my drinks and food. I have more energy.” – Cynthia 

Find out why people are raving about our new superfoods!

Sources: 1 – “Serum lipid effects of a monounsaturated (palmitoleic) fatty acid rich diet based on macadamia nuts in healthy, young Japanese women.” Hiraoka-Yamamoto, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, Dec. 2004. 2 – “Nut intake and adiposity: meta-analysis of clinical trials.” Flores-Mateo, G. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 17, 2013. 3 – “A macadamia nut-rich diet reduces total and LDL-cholesterol in mildly hypercholesterolemic men and women.” Griel, AE. Journal of Nutrition, Apr. 2008. 4 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids” University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide.

 

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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Nature’s Most Unique Sweet & Smoky Ancestral Food

Sunfood Mesquite Powder

 
Mesquite: A Little Pod with a lot of Boom!

A highly revered superfood in ancestral cultures, Mesquite Powder boasts an impressive variety of proteins, heart healthy fiber, immune boosting vitamins and essential minerals. Mesquite’s combination of calcium and magnesium “make it ideal for maintaining normal bone health, which may aid in the prevention of osteoporosis,” 1according to the University of Yokohama.

Beyond bone health, Mesquite also has great value in its ability to help balance blood sugar levels. The sugars in Mesquite come from fructose as opposed to glucose. Fructose does not require insulin for the body to use it. The soluble fibers found in mesquite cause it to be digested more slowly than foods like wheat or corn, which can cause spikes in blood sugar levels.

A special phytochemical called quercetin occurs naturally in Mesquite, which has been found to play a fundamental role in reducing chronic neuro-inflammation. A recent study conducted by  the University of Torino states that “Quercetin improved permeation across the blood-brain barrier into the brain, reaching target cells which may prevent or reduce [inflammation] progression.”2

 
What is Mesquite?
Mesquite is a leguminous tree found in some of Mother Earth’s driest climates. From the northernmost point of California to the teeny-tiny tip of Chile, Mesquite has been utilized by indigenous peoples for centuries. This ancestral food was traditionally prepared by removing the seed pods from the tree to be sun-dried, and ground slowly into a fine powder. Our ancestors made this powder into a meal, which served as the primary base for many foods still found today in American Southwestern cultures. 

Known as the “Tree of Life” by Native American cultures, Mesquite has been known to contribute every part of the tree for food, medicine, fabric and flour. The blooming flowers of the tree are cultivated for their syrup, which is turned into a unique spiced honey, and the bark of the tree is smoked to create the famous base for an American favorite—Mesquite barbecue flavoring. The most historic use of the mesquite tree, however, is the harvest of the seed pods – ground into a nutritionally dense flour or meal.

 
The Sunfood Difference
Most mesquite powders on the market are quite coarse and grainy and taste slightly toasted. Our certified organic, non-GMO Mesquite Powder is processed at low temperatures to preserve delicate enzymes and nutrients. The raw powder has a sweet, rich, molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel and blends well into smoothies and recipes, especially those with Cacao and Maca.
 
 
How to use Mesquite
Mesquite’s unique flavor lends itself deliciously to a variety of savory or sweet dishes. Its taste has been described as rich, nutty, and molasses-like with a hint of caramel. Try combining Mesquite with Cacao Powder and Maca Powder in a creamy smoothie, use to flavor a salad dressing, or add it to your soups for an authentic ancestral experience!
 
 
NEW RECIPE!
Try our Sweet & Savory Honey Glazed Mesquite Nut Clusters! Pumpkin seeds, Cashews, Almonds, Cacao Nibs and Golden Berries are drenched in a layer of Wee Bee Honey and Mesquite, lightly topped with Coconut Palm Sugar & Pink Himalayan Salt for an unbelievable snack experience!
Honey Glazed Mesquite Nut Cluster

Discover what your ancestors knew about mesquite: Incredible flavor and amazing health benefits!


SOURCES:
1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Toin University of Yokohama, 1614 Kurogane-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, 225-8503, Japan.
2. Department of Drug Science and Technology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.


 

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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Honey Glazed Mesquite Nut Cluster

Honey Glazed Mesquite Nut Cluster Recipe

Pumpkin seeds, Cashews, Almonds, Cacao Nibs and Golden Berries are drenched in a layer of Wee Bee Honey and Mesquite, lightly topped with Coconut Palm Sugar & Pink Himalayan Salt for an unbelievable snack experience! 

Chop the nuts and add Pumpkin Seeds. Combine Honey and Mesquite in separate bowl, add nut mixture. Spoon the mixture onto a baking sheet and sprinkle salt, sugar & ½ tsp mesquite on top. Freeze until solid & enjoy!

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Mother Nature’s Sweet & Tart Superfood Snack!

Golden Berries & Berry Adventure

Mother Nature’s Sweet & Tart Superfood Snack!
Remember those sweet, tart and chewy candies you loved when you were a kid? Well, Mother Nature made her own version that’s just as delicious, PLUS it has amazing superfood qualities — we’re talking about the Golden Berry!
 
What Are Golden Berries?
Golden Berries on VineAlso known as Incan berries, golden berries are one of the few select foods grown at the ancient mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. These superfruits grow on a vine and are covered by a thin papery cape. The ripe fruit is the size of a large marble, with a rich golden color. This lost crop of the Incas is rich in vitamin A and fiber, a good source of vitamin C, plus it has iron and protein. The best part? These tangy sweet treats are delicious! Check out what people are saying…
 
“I bought these because they are healthy but once I open the bag I can’t stop eating them. Such a great snack!” – June
 
“My friend purchased organic golden berries at a health food store. When I asked him if I could try some, he replied, “Sure, but you’re not gonna like them.” He was right: That particular brand was much too tart for me. Then I decided to give Sunfood golden berries a chance & I’m so glad that I did!! They taste sweeter to me than that other brand with just enough sweetness to balance out the tart flavor. Now I’m so hooked on Sunfood golden berries that I joyfully eat them by themselves straight out of the bag!” – Lora
 
“Wow, these put a kick in my trail mix! Tangy, a little sweet, and chewy–goodness all around!” – Raw Hiker
 
“Every time I purchase a bag of these, it’s with the intent to have them last. However they are so delicious that it has never been the outcome!” – T_uhwerp
 
“I love these golden berries! They are tart with a bit of sweet. Perfect replacement for a sour candy. I could eat a whole bag in one sitting if I didn’t stop myself. My almost 2 year old loves them too!” – Jessica
 
Support Indigenous People in Peru
Machu PicchuOur raw, organic, non-GMO golden berries are grown high in the Peruvian Andes by indigenous farmers who have partnered with a sustainable, organic organization to form a conscious agricultural community. Before this partnership began, these farmers were only growing potatoes and corn, which were subject to the limited demands of the local economy. This made it difficult to support themselves. Now, with the help of the organization, the union in the Andes of Peru consists of 80 different families, who now all work together with the same philosophy to sustainably produce an ancient crop that was grown by their ancestors and revered as sacred.

Golden berries are delicious and can be enjoyed right out of the bag, or you can use them to create snacks, trail mixes, smoothies, or recipes such as this amazingly decadent Golden Berry Fudge!
Golden Berry Fudge Recipe


 
We’ve Got a Mix for You
Sunfood Berry AdventureWe have found that combining tangy golden berries with sweet goji berries and creamy cashews creates an unbeatable flavor explosion! Our raw, organic, non-GMO Berry Adventure has been a hit with our customers for many years:

“My family and I can’t get enough of this snack mix! It’s great to feel that a snack food can be both delicious and nourishing. We buy these as often as possible.” – Linda

“I am delighted with this product, it has the perfect combination of healthy and tasty. The perfect snack.” – Dani S


Golden Berries available in bulk 20kg bags click to view

 

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Secret of the Amazon Boosts Immunity with 240% Vitamin C!

Sunfood Camu Camu Powder

Imagine you are 30 years old and your doctor tells you that you have a terminal illness. That’s what happened to Dr. Craig Oster when he received the diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to the ALS Association, the typical life expectancy of patients with this neurological disease is only two to five years.
 
But Dr. Craig refused to give up. 19 years after the diagnosis he’s still going strong, thanks to his holistic approach to health and healing. Dr. Craig has chosen our camu camu powder as part of his holistic health program, as well as for his mother who amazingly beat stage four cancer. Check out just why he uses this Amazonian superfruit.
 


 
Dr. Craig Oster“I consider myself a powerful example of what is possible with a dedicated holistic approach. Part of my success is related to how careful I am regarding what I allow to enter my body. The reason I chose Sunfood’s raw camu camu powder for my Mother, Bonnie and myself is that this amazing superfruit is so high in vitamin C and antioxidants that can support wellness. My Mother, Bonnie and I need strong immune systems for our cancer and ALS healing journeys.”
 
Peace and gratitude,
Dr. Craig
19-year survivor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) & Co-founder/Scientist/Advocate at THE HEALERS campaign
 

 
The Secret is Out
Traditionally used by indigenous Amazonian people, camu camu is no longer a secret. Dr. Oster knows about it, scientific researchers are catching on, and now you can see what camu camu can do for you!
 
Immunity
A strong immune system gives you the power to fight foreign invaders and stay healthy. It’s a well known fact that vitamin C is an effective defense against colds and the flu—one study found that “reported flu and cold symptoms in the test group [taking large doses of vitamin C] decreased 85% compared with the control group.”1

Camu Camu berriesCamu camu is one of the highest botanical sources of vitamin C in the world. Researchers observed that camu camu is an anti-inflammatory that is potentially useful “as a functional food for prevention of immune-related diseases.”2

Who needs a vitamin C supplement when a whole food such as camu camu gives you 240% of your daily RDA of vitamin C in just one teaspoon? That’s equivalent to eating more than four small oranges!3

“The super high amount of vitamin C in the powder helps boost my immune system, and I think it’s a big part of the reason I haven’t gotten a cold this year. It mixed easily with juice and tastes tart and refreshing!” – Lauren

“Just started myself and husband on camu camu this week, and am feeling better all ready. Husband was coming down with a cold and this completely reversed it, he could not believe the quick recovery.” – Regina

“I work in a pediatric office, where kids just sneeze and wipe their hands wherever. Someone is always sick in our staff. Since using this camu camu powder I have yet to experience any type of cold/flu symptoms. There is no way I would stop taking this. Plus the amount of vitamin C is easier to take than eating that much in food. Thanks! Love it.” – Sophia

 
Energy
A healthy immune system means that your body functions at a higher level. The result? More energy! Check out what people are experiencing:

“Since using camu camu, my husband’s energy is through the roof despite his hectic work schedule.” – Jenamarie

The flavor is very rich and I can actually feel a difference in my energy levels since using it.” – Isabella
 


 
The Sunfood Difference™
Our raw, organic, non-GMO camu camu berries are carefully hand-picked from the South American rainforest, where they are low temperature processed into a fine powder with no additives or fillers. This preserves the abundance of vitamin C, a delicate nutrient that is degraded by high heat. Our camu camu powder is super potent, so a little goes a long way!

Add 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of this tangy powder to your favorite smoothies or juice, or try this awesome, easy recipe!

Vitamin C-U-Later
Vitamin C-U-Later Smoothie

Do you need an immunity boost and extra energy? Look no further than Camu Camu Powder!

Sources:
1 – “The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Oct 1999.
2 – “Anti-inflammatory effects of seeds of the tropical fruit camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia).” Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan, 2011.
3 – United States Department of Agriculture, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26.

 

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

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The Buzz on Ancient Civilizations’ Most Sacred Superfood

Raw Spanish Bee Pollen

The Buzz on Ancient Civilizations’ Most Sacred Superfood
“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

Sunfood Spanish Bee PollenFor centuries, civilizations from around the globe have praised bee pollen as a sacred source of energyrejuvenation, longevity and stamina. Our earliest ancestors believed pollen to be a miracle food; Egyptians even covered the bodies of the deceased with beeswax and honey to preserve them on their journey to the next world! These beliefs were later adopted by early pioneers of western medicine, including the father of medicine, Hippocrates.

So what is Bee Pollen?

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. This vessel becomes a nutrient dense powerhouse containing 20% complete protein, amino acids, vitamins A, B, & C, as well as essential minerals, including iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and calcium. With a taste similar to honey and soft texture,  Spanish Bee Pollen is both delicious and versatile!

“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

According to the Environmental Protection Agency1, you will annually come into contact with over 187 toxins, defined as “pollutants that cause or may cause serious health effects or adverse environmental and ecological effects,” stressing the immune system and harming the body. How do we fight these toxins? With pollen!

Bee Pollen’s intense make-up of proteins, vitamins and minerals are widely documented for their antioxidant activity. The National Institute of Health states that these antioxidant molecules “have been studied for their capacity to prevent radiation toxicity both with regard to reduction of radiation-related cytotoxicity and for reduction of indirect radiation effects including long-term oxidative damage.”2 Meaning, they have the ability to strengthen immunity, counteract the effects of radiation and chemical toxins, and generate optimal health and vitality.

The Sunfood Difference

Our bee pollen is harvested in the Spanish countryside by beekeepers who treat their bees with the highest regard. Pure, unadulterated, raw and verified Non-GMO, our 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.
 


 
Let’s Talk About Honey

Honey bees are doing more for your immune system than you may think! Along with producing the all-encompassing superfood bee pollen, bees are busily producing the sweet nectar we know commonly as honey. This sticky sweetener has been found to be “a natural antioxidant and antibacterial, proven to have healing effects on coughs caused by upper respiratory infections.”3 Similarly, a study through Penn State College of Medicine found that “Honey did a better job reducing the severity, frequency and bothersome nature of nighttime cough from upper respiratory infection than (over-the-counter) dextromethorphan.”4

WeeBee Raw HoneyUnlike conventional honey, WeeBee Honey is raw and completely unprocessed. Never compromised with harmful chemicals, pesticides or herbicides, beekeepers opt to use natural essential oils to preserve their hives. This helps the colonies remain strong and healthy in the face of a national bee decline. The bees forage only on wildflowers from plants, grasses and trees, far from any contamination. The honey is never heated, filtered or strained so that all the nutritional elements are not compromised. It is like eating straight out of the hive!

“This has to be the most delicious honey I have ever tasted! It is so good and smooth.” – Vicktoria

Wee Bee Honey is our favorite because of its amazing creamy texture, pollen content, propolis (resinous mixture that honey bees collect from botanical sources), and honeycomb. Non-GMO, raw and gluten free, this sweet treat is suitable for everyone!

Find out what bee products can do for you! Try our favorite raw, unprocessed Spanish Bee Pollen and Wee Bee Honey today!
 

Sunfood Spanish Bee Pollen

Sources:
1:”Toxic Air Pollutants 2014” United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Air Toxics Assessment, 2014
2: “Antioxidants reduce consequences of radiation exposure.” Adv Exp Med Biol Manuscript PMC Dec 30, 2010, National Institute of Health
3: “Antioxidant, antibacterial and ACE-inhibitory activity of four monofloral honeys in relation to their chemical composition.” Food Function Journal, Sep 20, 2013.
4: “A comparison of the effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine on nightly cough and sleep quality in children and their parents.” Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, July 2010.

 

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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Kill the Carbs in 2 Easy Steps!

Kill the Carbs in 2 Easy Steps

 
Cut out the Carbs
It’s no secret that processed carbs (bad carbs) should be avoided—they’re loaded with empty calories, extra sugar and can lead to unwanted weight gain. Unfortunately, common foods we crave such as noodles and bread are two of the biggest leading bad carb culprits.

To make matters even trickier, so many people are avoiding gluten these days, which of course tends to pervade our carb-laden favorites. But don’t worry! Breaking up with your carb-rich, glutinous entrée is much easier, and tastier than you may think.
 
We’ve been on the search for nutritious, scrumptious “no-no” food replacements, and finally, two of the most revered comfort foods have a healthy alternative!


 
Kelp Noodles: Hasta la Pasta
Gold Mine Kelp NoodlesGold Mine has perfected the art of noodling, crafting a low carb, low calorie, gluten-free, delicate and delicious noodle that can be enjoyed by foodies everywhere! With no “kelpy” flavor, they are light enough to be added to salads or soups, yet filling enough to be used as a spaghetti or linguine replacement for your favorite pasta dish. Gold Mine Kelp Noodles are similar to traditional glass noodles, providing a light crunchy texture—making them a fun substitute for wheat pasta or rice noodles. Plus, they have calcium, iron, and fiber!

I have spent a few years looking for a good gluten free pasta/noodle/anything that had a good texture and held up well through cooking and tossing with a sauce. No matter what I tried, rice, buckwheat, bean noodles… Each and every one of them broke apart and/or turned to mush by the time they reached my plate. These kelp noodles are exactly what I had been imagining all along, and the fact that they do not require cooking is such a bonus!” – Elizabeth

“YUM! We loved that we didn’t need any preparation, and that these have virtually no calories, but so much nutrition! We ordered 2 pounds and ate them all right away!! We rolled them up with avocado in the nori sheets we also got here-mmm! So incredible, I recommend these to everyone. My favorite “pasta”! Definitely ordering more!” – Britany and Peter

To make the most of these delicious noodles, an explosively flavorful recipe was born – Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai. We were blown away by the flavor packed into this recipe—even non-raw foodies were impressed! Try it out for yourself!

Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai Recipe


 
Coconut Wraps: Bread is Dead
Coconut WrapsIf you’re looking to avoid processed carbs like bread and tortillas, or need quick and easy meal options, look no further! Our low carb, gluten-free Coconut Wraps are a raw, vegan, non-GMO alternative to wheat, corn and flour-based tortillas.These delicious wraps are derived from organic coconuts; the only ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water, and unrefined coconut oil. So simple and incredibly tasty!

Super thin and packed with amazing flavor, our coconut wraps are free of added salt, preservatives, grains, dairy or soy. They’re a healthy and mouthwatering way to make a variety of raw dishes such as burritos, wraps and sushi.

Wrap with your favorite raw veggies like avocado, tomato or lettuce, or experiment with various spreads like hummus to make a healthy snack anytime! Try these scrumptious Quick and Easy Wraps!

Quick & Easy Wraps Recipe

“Love it!!! This product is excellent for wraps and snacking. The minute it arrived at the house I wanted to try it. Love the texture.” – Cashama

“Wonderful smell! Taste is like a bite of LOVE! You’ll want to eat the entire wrap – plain! So good alone, on it’s own!” – Daena

“I had to wait for these wraps to come back in stock again, now I see why. They are so good. I ate them right out of the plastic. I love coconut and they have a great flavor. You can use them to make fruit wraps as well for a sweet delicious snack. I will definitely be purchasing them again.” – Ariel
 
“I just made a raw taco using these wraps! Made the “taco meat” using walnuts and spices, put some avocado mayo on the wrap and added romaine, red/green pepper and tomatoes! Awesome!” – Kim


 
So how do you replace traditional noodles and pasta? With low-carb, low-calorie, gluten-free kelp noodles! And how do you kick bread to the curb? With raw, gluten-free coconut wraps!

Say goodbye to bread and tortillas with these healthy and scrumptious alternatives!

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Herbed Macadamia Nut “Cheese”

Herbed Macadamia Nut "Cheese"

Check out this savory recipe for a raw, vegan cheesy treat!

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Macadamia Nuts
  • ½ Cup Cashews
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Tamari
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp raw nut flour (cashew, almond, etc) OR substitute Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp of each: parsley, cilantro, chives, dill (plus more for garnish)

 

 Directions:

  1. 1. Soak Cashews & Macadamias in 1 cup water overnight.
  2. 2. Pour out soak water and in blender/food processer combine all ingredients and blend until creamy, if needed—add water/lemon or tamari to create smoother mix.
  3. 3. Pour blended ingredients into a nut milk bag or tied cheese cloth and suspend over a bowl to allow for drainage. Allow cheese to ferment for 24-48 hours.
  4. 4. Set in container, refrigerate to set cheese (20 min minimum)
  5. 5. Upon setting the cheese, garnish with leftover herbs
  6. 6. For extra rich flavor, add 1 tbsp Sunfood Botija Olive Oil over top of cheese plate.

 Enjoy!!!! :)

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