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Black-Owned Businesses & Black Creators We Love

Black-Owned Businesses & Black Creators We Love

Feb 16th 2022

Here at Sunfood, we recognize the contributions and achievements of Black Americans cannot be overstated. This Black History Month—and every month of the year—we’re celebrating a few of our favorite Black-owned brands and Black creators. From local restaurants to recipe creators to yoga teachers to pregnancy health care, we can’t get enough of what these brands and folks have to offer. If you're looking for more Black companies and creators to uplift, here are just a few we love.

Brands

Rollin Roots

This place is a gluten-free vegan oasis in the heart of San Diego, CA. From sandwiches and fried pickles to mouthwatering loaded fries and crispy potato flautas, the flavors of Rollin Roots will make your taste buds sing. Owner Avonte is truly a beacon of light in the local community. Even as a small business who has faced hardships of his own the past two years, Avonte occasionally offers pay-what-you-can to his Rollin Roots customers. His inspiring generosity and perseverance is obvious to anyone who meets him or enjoys his delicious food.

Head over to @rollinroots on Instagram to find out where and when you can roll up for a comforting meal.

Jakera & Co

Do you ever hear an idea so good that you wish you came up with it? That’s how we feel about Jakera & Co’s out-of-this-world oat butter. With flavors like Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Maple Walnut, these oat butters will elevate a boring piece of bread to a 5 star breakfast with one spread of the butter knife. They’re the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Jakera & Co’s new artisanal collection of wholesome oat and nut spreads are plant-based and full of real-food ingredients we love. Owner Jakera’s love and passion for tasty food is clear with each bite.

Check out @jakeraandco on Instagram to find out where you can get your hands on one of these indulgent jars of goodness.

MylkDog

Here are three reasons why we love MylkDog:

  1. They’re a local San Diego business, just like Sunfood.
  2. Their cheeses only contain 11 ingredients and are dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.
  3. The cheese is freaking delicious!

Owner Bethovan is a dedicated father, former sound engineer and music producer, and a positive force in the community. We love this quote from him: “Just like different instruments coming together to make a beautiful symphony. The ingredients of our natural vegan cheese come together to form a beautiful cheesy masterpiece.”


Follow @mylkdog on Instagram for the latest on where to find these creamy plant-based cheeses of your dreams.

Maya's Cookies

A local legend gone nationwide! Maya’s success is serious #inspo for all small businesses out there. Maya’s Cookies were already a local favorite here in San Diego before being rightfully recognized and celebrated all around the country in 2020. There’s a reason Maya’s Cookies is America’s # 1 Black-Owned Vegan Cookie Company – the cookies are bomb dot com! You haven’t lived until you’ve had one of their Chocolate Chip S’mores cookies (which has a gluten-free option).

This February, check out their Black History Collection which highlights different Black icons. Follow @mayascookiessandiego on Instagram for gourmet vegan sweetness.

Iya Foods

From gluten-free flours and baking mixes to spices and snacks, Iya Foods is here to fulfill your hungry tummy needs. Not only do they provide delicious products with African superfoods, everyday American foods, and taste entertaining, Iya Foods is dedicated to serving the community. Their mission is to “Share love with everyone by providing access to good food.” Iya Foods also provides feeding, housing, education, and love to 13 amazing children at an orphanage in Nigeria, West Africa.

Founder Toyin Kolawole is a proud mother whose love can be felt by anyone who takes a bite of any of Iya Foods’ offerings.

Check out @iyafoods on Instagram to #ShareTheLove.

Misha's Kind Foods

Founders Chef Ian Martin and Aaron Bullock created a product so delicious that even the one and only Lizzo is a huge fan of it! If it’s good enough for the queen herself, you know it’s out of this world delectable. Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, CA, Misha’s Kind Foods makes creamy and luscious plant-based cheeses from organic cashews and almonds, blended with local fresh veggies, spices, and herbs. Their mission is: “To serve all people by cultivating and producing the most delicious, health-conscious dairy alternative foods across the globe. Everything we make is Kind to your body, Kind to the Planet and Kind to your wallet!” What’s not to love?

Follow @mishaskindfoods on Instagram to show your taste buds a little kindness.

M.O.O.

M.O.O. [Mom's Official Objective] founder Lydia Simmons took reimagining motherhood wellness into her own hands after not receiving the postpartum support she required. M.O.O. [Mom's Official Objective] provides transparent nutritional and hormonal support products for every stage of womanhood. “M.O.O. offers a full range of products that have assisted thousands of women worldwide in reducing the harsh effects of nutritional deficiency and hormonal imbalance during motherhood.” Now this is a mission we wholeheartedly support!

Visit them on Instagram @Every.MOO or their website at www.EveryMOO.com.

Partake Foods

Thanks to Partake Foods, it’s no longer a headache to buy delicious treats for your vegan and gluten-free friend who’s allergic to everything – or for yourself, if you’re that friend… But for real, Partake Foods makes allergy-friendly eating not only delicious, but super convenient. They offer a variety of cookies, baking mixes, and newly-launched breakfast mixes. Best part? They’re available at your favorite places to shop including Target, Kroger, Sprouts, and more.

Check out @partakefoods on Instagram to get your sweet on!

Golde

As a fellow superfood company, you know we love quality superfoods when we see them! Co-founder and CEO Trinity started Golde in a 1-bedroom apartment with their partner Issey. Their branding will give you all the #aesthetic vibes and their mission to inspire enjoyable and easy self-care with superfoods is one we 100% stand behind.

Head over to @golde on Instagram to check out some of their bestsellers including OG Turmeric and Pure Matcha.

Creators

Turnip Vegan

“Check the vibes!” If you recognize this phrase, that likely means Todd Anderson aka Turnip Vegan has popped into your FYP. Todd is a San Diego local who makes delicious vegan recipe videos online. He’s always trying new and exciting foods and has a particular passion for Lion’s Mane (can you blame him?). Todd is a bright spot on the sometimes toxic land of social media and his corner of the internet is all good vibes and good food.

Follow  @turnipvegan on Instagram and try not to smile, we dare you.

Black Adventure Mom

Looking for adventure inspo? Look no further. Kyana aka Black Adventure Mom balances being a wife and mom of four kids, owning a business, practicing self-care, and running her blog. Whether it’s hiking together in the Colorado wilderness, vacationing at the beach, or cooking new meals with the kids, Kyana’s family is always up to something fun!

Head over to https://blackadventuremom.com/ and follow @blackadventuremom on Instagram to keep up with all Kyana’s exciting adventures.

Edyn Loves Life

Edyn Nicole is a certified yoga instructor, podcaster, and lifestyle YouTuber in Austin, TX. Her weekly vlogs are super entertaining—you will see everything from what she eats in a day, yoga routines, plus-size clothing hauls, sightings of the deer that frequent her backyard, and skateboarding! Edyn is super bubbly and all about that joyful movement and empowering others to move their bodies and do what feels right for them. Watching just a few of her videos maaaay just influence you to buy an exercise trampoline. Edyn’s warm personality will make you feel like you’re spending the day with a friend.

Subscribe to  Edyn on YouTube and follow her on Instagram at @edynloveslife.

Lenox Bakery

Bianca is a trained pastry chef and super mom from Virginia and her delicious desserts are about to blow your mind! She’s a dedicated mom who juggles work, runs her blog Lenox Bakery , her son's school and Taekwondo schedule, and quality time with her family and dog. If you’re a home baker (or aspire to be one!) looking for easy and scrumptious recipes, you must follow Lenox Bakery. 

Head over to @lenoxbakery on Instagram for beautiful recipes and self-love inspo. 

The Raw Girl

Esosa E., MS, CNS, LDN aka The Rawl Girl is a dynamic Certified Nutrition Specialist, Behavioral Coach, and Host of the Staying Ageless podcast. She is experienced in and passionate about inspiring others to live their healthiest lives. Her many clients over the years have improved in a variety of areas pertaining to wellness. Esosa has many specialties, including plant-based nutrition, beauty, and detoxification, to name a few. Not to mention—she’s also an award-winning producer and actress! We love to see it.

Check out www.stayingagelessuniversity.com (which offers healing programs and coaching) and follow @therawgirl on Instagram.