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Essential Living Foods Organic Superfoods Review

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Essential Living Foods

Overall Rating: images    

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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Sun & Moon Organics: Superfood Powders Review

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Sun & Moon Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sun & Moon Organics:

“Sun & Moon Organics was founded by Nutrition Specialist, Gabrielle Brick. As a mother and Health Coach, Gabrielle specializes in Superfoods and Super-Herbs. Dedicated to providing healthy foods that are affordable and superior in nutrition, Gabrielle decided after years of coaching clients who spent hundreds of dollars every month to get the BEST nutrition available, to create Sun & Moon Organics! These superfood mixes are unique to the market, affordable, and something the whole family can enjoy! Sun & Moon Organics’ Mixes, are made from the highest quality ingredients, fairly traded, never GMO, and always ORGANIC!
We also believe in keeping a green planet so our packaging is 100% recyclable.”

Resonance

About:

“Let nourishment resonate deep within your body, mind, and soul.”
* Immune Booster * Hormone Balance * Sustainable Energy *
Mental Clarity & Focus

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Cacao Powder, Maca Powder, Mesquite Powder, Lucuma Powder, Vanilla Bean Powder, Ashwagandha Cold Water Extract Powder, Wild Chaga Extract Powder .”

Sweet Tree

About:

“Life’s little pleasures can be found in a tree . . .”

* Uplifts Your Mood * High In Vitamins & Minerals * High Source of Magnesium * High Source of Calcium

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Caco Powder & Mesquite Powder.”

The Glow

About:

“True health and beauty start on the inside. Let your light shine!”

* Mental Clarity & Focus * Sustainable Energy * Mineral & Antioxidant Boost * Uplifts Your Mood

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Caco Powder, Heirloom Cacao Nibs, Lucuma Powder, Mesquite Powder, Maca Powder & Vanilla Bean Powder.”

Flirty

About:

“Bring a spark to your day, and let life flirt with you!”

 * Vitamin C Boost * High in Antioxidants * Great Source of Calcium * Uplifts Your Mood

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Lucuma Powder, BaoBab Powder, Mesquite Powder & Vanilla Bean Powder.”

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My Thoughts:

This quad of products by Sun & Moon are probably my favorite nutritional product that I’ve ever tried. Let me explain:

I concoct all kinds of potions in the kitchen in a regular basis; always aiming to harness the goodness of nature in easy to ingest, quick ways. Even before discovering Gabrielle and her brand, I had experimented with superfood powders (cacao, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, maca, turmeric) by adding small amounts of each to a blender bottle, then drinking. I love this part of my routine as a way to quickly get the benefits of all these powerful, antioxidant & nutrient rich powders.

That said, I felt so immediately connected with this brand when I read the ingredients. Not only does Gabrielle use some of my favorites, but she adds other unique ingredients like lucuma, baobab and mesquite. I get so amped up to try new superfoods. It’s like christmas in the kitchen with these Sun & Moon powders.

The amazing thing about these blends is that there’s no added flavoring, nothing artificial at all (only organic ingredients), yet the flavors are surreal. The taste of each blend is unique, incredibly delicious, earthy and unexpectedly good. If I had to choose one, my favorite would be Resonance; the flavor combination is beautifully done, with so much yumminess from the cacao and vanilla bean. I enjoy the flavors so much that I simply mix them (using a blender bottle) with water. However, you can add these mixes by the spoonful to a smoothie as well. I’m sure they would work in baking, however, I advocate keeping these superfoods raw so that you retain all of the benefits they offer.

I can’t say enough good things about Sun & Moon Organics. The quality is top notch, ingredients are as clean as can be, and it’s a whole lot more convenient than shopping for all of these spices and foods individually. I HIGHLY recommend this brand to take your health to the next level. (tastefully!)

Perfect Supplements Plant Based Protein Review

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Perfect Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Perfect Supplements Protein:

“Raw and USDA Certified Organic Brown Rice, Hemp, and Mushroom Protein

Perfect Plant Protein is an ideal blend of hemp, mushroom, and brown rice protein enhanced with enzymes and probiotics. Vegetarian protein powders are easily digestible and perfect for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. This vegetarian protein powder contains an immune system enhancing blend of super food mushrooms including Reishi, King Trumpet, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Shiitake and Maitake. Perfect Plant Protein is USDA Certified Organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains zero artificial ingredients. All ingredients are grown and processed in USA and Canada. Perfect Plant Protein also available in a simply natural flavor that is made with no added flavor or sweetener.

The Health Benefits of Perfect Plant Protein

Vegetarian protein powders offer a variety of health benefits. Protein powders containing super foods such as hemp and mushroom tend to be even more beneficial. Often times, plant based protein powders are easier to digest and contain more bio-available nutrients than whey or soy based protein. Due to their health benefits and nutrient profiles, vegetarian protein powders are perfect for building and maintaining lean muscle and increasing overall health. Perfect Plant Protein is the ideal blend of mushroom, hemp, and brown rice protein.

  • Build and Strengthen Lean Muscle
  • Boost Energy
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Improve Digestion
  • Improve Respiratory Strength
  • Maintain Healthy Cholesterol
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar
  • Maintain Cardiovascular Health
  • Maintain Healthy Eyesight and Hearing
  • Slow the Process of Aging
  • Strengthen Skin, Hair, and Nails

Perfect Nutrients

Mushrooms are an important source vegetarian protein and fiber. Most mushrooms are low calorie, low carbohydrate, and fat free. Mushrooms provide vitamin D as well as many of the B vitamins. Mushrooms are also an important source of mineral such as copper, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.

Hemp is the only known source of edestin, a plant protein that is nearly identical to the protein found in human blood. Edestin aids in DNA repair at a cellular level. Hemp is considered a complete protein meaning that it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. Hemp also contains an ideal 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Hemp is also one of few vegan sources of the fatty acid GLA. This super food protein is also rich with vitamins B, D, and E.

Brown rice is perfect for everyone because it is vegan, hypo-allergenic, and gluten-free. Brown rice is also considered a complete protein meaning it contains all essential and non essential amino acids. This vegetarian protein source is an important source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Brown rice is also rich with vitamins B1, B3, and B6.

A Perfect Container for a Perfect Protein

  • BPA Free HDPE Container (780g)
  • Includes 1 Serving Scoop (26g)
  • Fully Recyclable.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been lucky enough to try a vast range of protein powders in recent years. Normally it goes something like this:

-if it’s a vegan protein, it normally has brown rice protein as the foundation

-if it’s a non-vegan, it normally has whey as the main component

While I welcome and use both plant-based and whey proteins in my diet, I’ve found this “Perfect Plant Protein” to be one of the highest quality and most unique of them all. This blend is comprised of hemp protein and mushroom protein (in addition to brown rice protein). There aren’t many protein blends that utilize the powers contained in mushrooms, so I was intrigued by this trio even before trying it.

Taste-wise, this powder is a little bit chalky (actually, not in a bad way). It’s just very dense, with a slight vanilla flavor. For those that love a thick smoothie, this powder is perfect. If you like your smoothie to be more liquid-y, I’d recommend adding more than the recommended amount of milk (almond or coconut milk). You can also crack an egg into your smoothie to improve the texture of the concoction (I’m not here to debate eating raw eggs, just simply stating that I consume an organic, raw egg almost every day. A raw egg’s nutritional value far surpasses a cooked egg).

As it’s evident, I’m someone who believes strongly in the healing powers of plants, but am not a “vegan.” I just want to focus on the caliber of the food I’m eating. I aim for minimally processed, organic, raw food as much as I can–and this protein fits in that regime.

I also love that the labeling mentions “enzymes and probiotics for optimal digestive health.” I am aware that many foods naturally contain levels of probiotics and enzymes that contribute to a healthy gut. I’m not sure if these benefits are especially true for mushrooms, but it doesn’t seem like many protein brands state that on their label. It certainly peaks my interest knowing that my body is receiving more than just a hefty dose of protein.

I see this protein as a fantastic option for anyone–regardless of dietary restrictions. It’s very satisfying & filling, tasteful and comprised of excellent ingredients. It boasts a certified organic label (if you seek that) and is just one amongst a wide range of organic products that Perfect Supplements makes. I encourage you to give this protein a try.