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Essential Living Foods Organic Superfoods Review

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Essential Living Foods

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About Essential Living Foods:

“At Essential Living Foods, we believe you deserve only the best of the best. We travel the world the year round to bring you only the most nourishing heirloom superfoods emerging from indigenous cultures and unspoiled ecosystems.

Our Farms

It’s shocking, but in most cases when you walk into a supermarket and spend your dollars on superfoods, only pennies actually go to the farmers whose dedication and labor made it all possible. We know there’s a better way. We cut out the layers of middle-men and work directly with farmers. This means we can guarantee the quality of the superfoods you’re putting in your body, and we can do it more sustainably.

Our Mission

Our mission at Essential Living foods is to improve the health of the planet, its people, and their communities.

We work in close collaboration with small farms and indigenous groups to supply our customers with the purest, most nutritious Superfoods on Earth. Our global trade partnerships help nourish sustainable agricultural practices and support meaningful development. 1% of profits are donated back to the communities who supply our exceptional products (via our partnership with 1% For the Planet).”

Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.”

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Raw Cacao Powder

About:

“When you need Verified RAW ingredients, accept only this artisanal Balinese cacao powder. Sun-dried and pressed using cutting-edge low-temperature technology, it’s the world’s first Verified RAW cacao powder.

No one else can prove they have a genuine RAW cacao powder. We traveled to Bali to film every phase of production, from farm to extraction point, and verified process temperatures at each stage for you.

This stimulating, nutritious powder is perfect in all your recipes: hot chocolate, fudge, cookies, cakes, and raw desserts!

  • The world’s first TRULY RAW cacao powder
  • Totally Unique Flavor Profile, due to source material and processing: Astringent, Chocolatey, Grassy, with fruity hints of vanilla, nutmeg, banana, and clove.
  • Unique Variety: Made from Single origin organic wild Balinese cacao, descended from the prized Criollo variety.
  • A noticeably RAW-tasting product that gives you amazing energy.
  • Most Transparent Cacao: Traceable, transparent supply chain from farm to processing to you ensures purity, RAW status, and social benefits.
  • Possibly one of the world’s most powerful health foods, incredibly rich in antioxidants.
  • Beyond Fair Trade: Empowering 3,000+ sustainable organic cacao farmers in Bali with a ground-breaking organic, beyond fair trade cooperative facility for value-added processing, increasing farmers’ incomes over 30%!
  • Beyond Sustainable: Wild-harvested in the truly sustainable, biodiverse food-forests of Bali. The purchase of this product preserves rainforest and protects the soil.”

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Immune Formula Elixir Powder

About:

“All organic plant-based instant superfood elixir. This concentrated blend of superfoods and traditional herbs is designed to boost your immunity. Contains Camu Camu, Reishi, Tumeric, Amla, Accerola, Astragalus & Chaga in a concentrated organic form of superfood and traditional herbs to fuel and renew at the deepest level. With this whole-food supplement made with ZERO chemicals binders or fillers, and sweetened only with organic stevia. Immunity Blend was crafted with care for flavor and function. Designed to please the palette while sparking your system, this precisely-calibrated blend sprang from our belief that the best supplements are pure foods… and the best foods are superfoods.”

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Athletic Fuel Elixir Powder

About:

“An activating herbal boost of herbs, mushrooms and superfoods traditionally revered for enhancing energy & stamina. An all organic plant-based primal athletic elixir formulated with organic Cordyceps, Roiboos, Guarana, Chia, Cacao, Beet, Ginger & Stevia.”

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Keenwah Bar: Glow (Turmeric)

About:

“Beyond indulgence and nourishment, is food to give you an edge. Built on quinoa (the Incan “Mother Grain”), these deeply-satisfying functional bars offer a bevy of targeted superfood ingredients. Choose the blend that fuels your adventures!

Quinoa + Turmeric + Goldenberries = chewy quinoa crunch and herbal nourishment! Fuel deep renewal!
Ingredients:
Ancient Grain Blend (Quinoa*, Gluten Free Oats*, Amaranth*, Millet*), Tapioca Syrup*, Pecans*, Coconut*, Goldenberry*, Mango*, Coconut Nectar*, Brown Rice Protein*, Turmeric*, Coconut Oil*, Himalayan Salt, Cinnamon*, Almond Butter*, Ginger*. (*Organic).”

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Keenwah Bar: Energy (Yerba Mate + Cacao)

About:

“Beyond indulgence and nourishment, is food to give you an edge. Built on quinoa (the Incan “Mother Grain”), these deeply-satisfying functional bars offer a bevy of targeted superfood ingredients. Choose the blend that fuels your adventures! Quinoa + Yerba Mate + Cacao = chewy quinoa crunch and long-lasting energy! A wholesome daily energy boost!

Ingredients: Ancient Grain Blend (Quinoa*, Gluten Free Oats*, Amaranth*, Millet*), Tapioca Syrup*, Almonds*, Cranberries*, Cacao Nibs*, Coconut Nectar*, Brown Rice Protein*, Coconut Oil*, Himalayan Salt, Yerba Mate*, Vanilla Extract*, Cinnamon*. (*Organic) PRODUCT OF USA ORGANIC GLUTEN-FREE KOSHER VEGAN.”

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Keenwah Bar: Strong (Hemp Hearts)

About:

“Beyond indulgence and nourishment, is food to give you an edge. Built on quinoa (the Incan “Mother Grain”), these deeply-satisfying functional bars offer a bevy of targeted superfood ingredients. Choose the blend that fuels your adventures!
Quinoa + Hemp Hearts = chewy quinoa crunch and 200mg Omega 3s per bar! Enjoy! The perfect daily protein boost!

Ingredients:
Ancient Grain Blend (Gluten Free Oats*, Quinoa*, Amaranth*, Millet*), Tapioca Syrup*, Brown Rice Protein*, Cacao Nibs*, Hemp Hearts*, Goji Berry*, Coconut Nectar*, Almond Butter*, Vanilla Extract*, Himalayan Salt, Maca Powder*, Cinnamon*. (*Organic).”

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Keenwah Bar: Decadence (Cayenne + Cinnamon)

About:

“Keen-Wah Decadence is the world’s first 100% organic and gluten-free quinoa bar. Keen-Wah’s Cayenne Cinnamon bar is a bold adventure of highly energizing spices enrobed in dark chocolate with the hearty (and heart-healthy) crunch of almond.

An opening salvo of chocolate-clove and a quinoa-almond nutty crunch usher in distinct aromatics featuring a mid-palate medley of warm spices and bold finish of peppery cayenne heat reminiscent of Azteca Chocolate D’Oro.

  • Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO
  • 100% USDA Organic
  • Complete Protein (Non-Soy)
  • Anti-Oxidant & Omega 3 Nutrients
  • Low-Glycemic Sweetened (coconut nectar)
  • 12% Daily Protein & 18% Daily Fiber
  • Each box contains 12 bars (42 grams each).”

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My Thoughts:

I can’t think of anything (besides organic, raw, fresh produce) that I advocate more in terms of optimum nutrition than superfoods. Making sure they are organic & raw is key to receiving all of the benefits that these potent plants have to offer. Because I am such a strong believer and user of superfoods, I really get excited when I link up with brands who are creating these products that harness the goodness of these powerhouse foods.

Essential Living Foods is a really neat brand that has a product line containing several pure superfood powders, along with their new quinoa bars which they call “Keenwah” bars. All of their products are certified organic, with most of their products are organic AND raw. My only “ah man!” issue with me wanting a bit more in terms of quality is the fact that many of the ingredients in the superfood powder blends are not raw. To me, raw is right up there in importance with organic. Raw means that I’m getting the most possible nutrition available from that food. When it’s been heated, the nutrient content isn’t even close to what it used to be–a mere fraction. That said, I’ve learned that the ingredients in these superfood powders that are not raw have been low-heat milled.

Furthermore: “We choose the best option available that meets all of our quality standards. Sometimes we are not able to acquire and distribute raw products that meet these standards, but low-heat processed may be available instead. This helps us maximize the amount of nutritional quality even though its not completely raw. We only make claims, such as being 100% raw, when we have visited the source ourselves, and verified the entire process in-person.”

The question for me is: what kind of temperatures are we talking about? It’s obviously significant enough that the word “raw” cannot be used to describe them anymore. I’m very particular with superfoods. I take them for the nutritional benefits and if they are not organic and raw, then they are not as prized in my mind.

Having raw, organic cacao powder around has been an absolute “must” for about the last 6 months. It’s really taken my health to the next level, I believe. It’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural energizer and simply makes my superfood shakes take better.

I love, love, love the idea and choice of ingredients in the Immune Formula packet and the Athletic Fuel packet. I have a bit of knowledge on several of these lesser known ingredients (such as Cordyceps, Camu Camu, Reishi, Tumeric, Amla, Accerola, Astragalus & Chaga) which all have incredible anti oxidizing, detoxifying and hormone balancing qualities in them. Again, though, it doesn’t appear that many of these ingredients are raw. I find myself going “ah man!” I surely wish they were all raw. To me, that would mean I’m truly getting a spectacular product–the best of the best.

The Keenwah bars rock in regards to taste. I also love that it’s not just your average bar. They use ingredients like turmeric, cayenne, cacao, yerba mate, cinnamon, hemp and other nutrient dense foods. These bars are not raw–that would be my suggested improvement. They taste really, really good, though. They’re also satisfying and you can feel good about the ingredient list–certainly no junk to be found. The decadence bars are coated in chocolate (chocolate without the additives is VERY healthy for you!) which makes them exceptionally scrumptious.

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Giveaway!

All you have to do to get your hands on some free Keenwah bars is to head straight to the signup page. The bar will automatically be discounted when you add it to your cart and you will receive the bars in the mail after checkout. Easy as that–woop!

 

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Garden of Life Grain-Free Protein GIVEAWAY!

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Garden of Life

This is a review and giveaway for Garden of Life Grain Free Protein.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Garden of Life’s Grain Free Protein:

Organic Plant Protein is a Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified plant protein supplement that is different to any other protein in the Garden of Life line. Organic Plant Protein is uniquely formulated to have superior taste and texture, ideal for anyone looking for a clean protein supplement that is free of common allergens such as gluten, grains, dairy and soy.

Key Benefits:

  • Unique Protein Blend – Organic Plant Protein is made with a new different innovative blend of certified organic proteins which gives it an exceptional smooth and creamy texture… with no gritty texture
  • Tastes Delicious – Designed for superior taste and texture when mixed just with water. Available in 4 mouth-watering flavors…Smooth Chocolate, Smooth Vanilla, Smooth Coffee (with Marley Coffee) and Smooth Energy (with Guayaki® Yerba Mate and added vitamin B12). All flavors are natural and organic, no artificial ingredients are used. Also tastes incredible with 8oz unsweetened almond milk.
  • Grain Free and Gluten Free – all Garden of Life proteins are labelled gluten free, however Organic Plant Protein is unique in that it does not contain any grains or brown rice, and is therefore the only GOL protein that is considered both grain free and gluten free.
  • Highly Digestible – Organic Plant Protein delivers highly digestible grain free plant protein with 13 enzymes and 1 billion CFU of probiotics. This is important for those people who have difficulty digesting grains.
  • USDA Organic Farms – Garden of Life is working closely with and supporting several family farms in North America and Canada to produce high quality clean proteins. Organic Plant Protein is made with a unique blend of seven nutritious plant proteins, five organic American seed proteins — organic pea seed, organic flax seed, organic cranberry seed, organic chia seed and organic pumpkin seed. We work with our farmers to ensure that these ingredients are top quality and the cleanest available.
  • 2 African Super Foods – Moringa and Baobab are rich in protein, minerals and antioxidants. We purchase them through the African Hub to guarantee Fair Trade.
  • Excellent Source Protein – 15 grams of quality plant protein per serving with Complete Amino Acid Profile – ideal for growth, building muscles and repairing tissues.†
  • Over 3g Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Great for athletes, pre- or post-exercise, and anyone who wants to boost protein intake.
  • Less than 1g Sugar*, 2g to 4g of Fiber and Only 100 Calories per Serving – ideal macronutrient profile for the health conscious and for weight management.†
  • Cleanest protein on the shelf with DUAL Certification – All Garden of Life proteins including Organic Plant Protein are dual certified, Certified USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified (Independent, third-party verification). This is a gold standard for Garden of Life, yet it is surprisingly rare in our industry at present.
  • Vegan Certified, Kosher – No Dairy, No Soy. No Artificial or Chemical Ingredients.”

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My Thoughts:

Oh man…..I was SO excited to hear about this new product from Garden of Life. In case you are new to ROO, I’ll let you know now that Garden of Life is one of my very favorite supplement brands. Not only do they make amazing organic & raw products, but they are based in my hometown of Jupiter, Florida (West Palm Beach).

Grain free appeals to me because I just find that I feel better, more clear and less bloated when I limit my grain intake. I don’t seem to have a problem with Garden of Life’s brown rice protein, but I love changing up my protein game–giving my body a different array of nutrients each time.

Briefly, I also think that most problems with grains are the quality and source of the grain and whether it is sprouted or not. In other words, I don’t think grains are horrible. Most mass-produced grains are junk because they are genetically modified and hard to digest. However, is a grain is organic, non-gmo and sprouted, I do see it as having some positive benefits when consumed in moderation (not a huge part of the diet). With cruddy grains being so rampant, sometimes it is indeed helpful to pick grain free options to steer clear of the genetically modified, hard to digest grains that are most common.

The flavor of these Smooth, Grain-Free blends is sublime. It truly is smooth! You don’t need a mixer other than water, if you’re asking me. But, it makes it even more over-the-top rich and creamy when mixed with coconut or almond milk.

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GIVEAWAY!

This brand is always so generous and eager to get new people to try their products. Now is no exception, as they want some of your to give these grain-free proteins a try!

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment filled with some positivity–anything you wish! 🙂

GoGo Quinoa Review

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GoGo Quinoa

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About GoGo Quinoa:

We started our operations in 2004 with the arrival of a first container of quinoa pasta. Our ambition was to create an ethical business dedicated to the promotion of organic food and fair trade practices. Six years later the GoGo Quinoa™ products line includes over 30 gluten-free, vegan and organic products made from quinoa and amaranth and distributed across Canada.

GoGo Quinoa is a manufacturer specialized in ancient grains and quinoa products. The purpose of GoGo Quinoa has been to provide healthy gluten – free products not only to those with celiac disease, wheat allergies, gluten intolerance or on wheat free diet, but also organic, vegan and delicious tasting products that the whole family will enjoy.

All our products such as our gluten-free cookies chocolate chips, gluten-free pasta with quinoa or amaranth grains, Granissimo blends and Ready to cook Paella, Pilaf, Burger Mix, Pancake mix, Hot cereal mix and many others are made with only highest quality ingredients.

We are headquartered in a twenty thousand square feet facility in Ville St-Laurent, in Montreal and continue to grow our line by developing and manufacturing products that incorporate local ingredients and fulfill our customers tastes and needs.”

Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

About:

“Moist and chocolatey, the cake mix is garnished with dark chocolate chips. Only a few minutes are required to prepare the batter.

Ingredients: 
Organic flour mix (brown rice, kaniwa), organic sugar, evaporated organic cane juice, organic tapioca starch, organic cocoa powder, organic chocolate chips, baking powder (alum free), organic flakes (amaranth, quinoa), baking soda, organic buckwheat porridge, guar gum, pink salt, organic chia seeds.”

Quinoa Crunchies

About:

“Gluten free and organic cinnamon sweet chip like snack.

Ingredients: 
Organic rice flour, organic quinoa flour, unrefined cane sugar and cinnamon. 

Allergy and intolerance information: 
Free of: Sesame seeds, Wheat, Kamut, Spelt or Triticale, Eggs, Milk and Soybeans.”

Vegetarian Paella

About:

“Ready to cook paëlla mix. Very easy and very quick to prepare. A good source of iron and protein.

 Ingredients: 

Organic white rice, organic black and red quinoa royal, red beans and/or pinto beans, tomato powder, organic paprika, carrots, green beans and/or green peas, organic onion, red pepper, salt, organic garlic, and organic turmeric.”

Quinoa Burger

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Ingredients: 
Pre-cooked organic quinoa, organic quinoa flakes, organic amaranth flakes, organic quinoa flour, organic quinoa grains, salt, spices (cumin, black pepper, garlic, turmeric, parsley, tomato, onion, green pepper).”

Quinoa Cookies

About:

“Ingredients:

Organic royal quinoa flour, tapioca flour, rice flour, kaniwa (baby quinoa) flour, non-hydrogenated palm fruit oil*, evaporated cane juice, dark chocolate chips (pure dark chocolate also called chocolate liquor, cane juice, natural vanilla essence), brown sugar, quinoa puffed grains, chia seeds, sodium bicarbonate, natural vanilla extract. * From sustainable harvesting.”

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My Thoughts:

I am fascinated by brands that take one healthy food and generate a plethora of products with it as its foundation. GoGo Quinoa makes quinoa-packed goodies that range from vegetarian paella to cake mix.

If you have read any of my prior blog posts, you are aware that ingredients are of the utmost importance to me, regardless of taste. After reading GoGo Quinoa’s ingredient lists, mission, and method behind farming, I feel great about this brand. The ingredient list is chock full of organic ingredients, and their products also boast an Eco Cert Label. This means, from the Eco Cert website:

“Ecocert inspects products on the basis of this specification, and issues organic certification. The products in question must bear the wording ‘Ecocert-certified’. This is the only labeling guaranteeing organic certification for the consumer. The product can consequently be marketed being described as ‘organic.'”

So, in other words, a brand with this certification has been deemed organic, meaning:

“grown avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers or synthetic products, in ground fertilized with organic fertilizers and natural minerals favorable to life within the soil, application of the precautionary principle.”

In regards to taste, these products are very enjoyable. Sometimes, you try a cake mix that contains more healthful ingredients and it just does not taste good. In this case, all of these GoGo Quinoa products are very tasty. You can tell that there is a little something different about them, but it’s not a bad thing. If anything, the use of quinoa and the other grains like amaranth add some earthiness to the dishes.

It’s worth mentioning that I typically avoid grains. I don’t consume them on a regular basis. There are many differing opinions and thoughts on quinoa, but I consider it to be a complete protein and a seed. A few of these products contain rice flour–which I would typically stray from. I try to get my carbohydrate intake from mainly fruit. With all of that rambling, I simply am meaning to say that these products are not a gigantic part of my diet. They are a way to splurge healthfully, sans gluten.

The cookies and the cake were my favorites (can you say sweet tooth?). I could have eaten the whole box of cookies in one sitting. The paella and quinoa burgers are great because they can serve as a delicious alternative for those that do not eat meat. I do consume meat, myself, but I realize that there are many of you out there that are perhaps looking for vegetarian alternatives. Meat eater or not, though, I would recommend GoGo Quinoa products to all of you. Great quality, great flavors and an all around great brand with a thoughtful mission and outlook on producing food.