Almonds are a great source of fiber, highly absorbable protein, and super-healthy fats.A great energy booster, almonds are said to protect the heart, regulate blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar and lower LDL cholesterol, and strengthen bones. One of the most nutritious nuts, almonds offer the most calcium of any other nut, and is said to be one of the more alkaline nuts. We soak our nuts prior to using them for our products,an important step which increases nutrient absorption and improves digestibility.
Touted as one of the leading superfoods, Aloe is amazing.It improves digestion and absorption, helps detoxify the body, regulates bowel function, is a cellular regenerator and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. A strong antioxidant, it hunts down free radicals and protects the body. It contains a wealth of vitamins and phytochemicals.
Besides being insanely delicious, avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and are rich in other essential nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, C, K, folate, riboflavin, and niacin, and magnesium. They are also touted as a beauty food, beneficial both in weight loss and in getting the glow back. Bonus avocado fact: Avocado actually helps the absorption of many nutrients in greens when taken together. (As in GLOW! and GROOVE!)
Luscious, creamy bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, a very important electrolyte essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function among other things. Bananas are said to help to protect against atherosclerosis and promote bone health, and contain vitamins A, K, C, E, folate, choline, minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, selenium, fluoride, and iron. Bananas have long been recognized for their antacid effects.In addition, bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps normalize movement through the digestive tract and ease constipation.
Basil is a great source of vitamin A, which helps to prevent the cells from damage by free radicals and is rich in an array of flavonoids which help to protect cells and chromosomes from damage. Basil contains potent natural anti-inflammatory compounds, antibacterial properties, and has tons of antioxidants that boost the immune system. Other important nutrients basil offers? Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin C.
Ya gotta love beets! These root veggies are one superfood you will not want to overlook. Beets are known to boost your physical well-being and are also considered a potent immunity booster. Packed with B complex vitamins such as niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), as well as vitamin C and minerals like iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium, beets are believed to guard against cancer, promote cardiovascular health, and lower high blood pressure. As if that wasn't enough, beets are said to be loaded with unique pigment antioxidants that offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects. And (yes, there's more!), beets also contain betacyanin which can help detox your liver, helping the body to eliminate toxins and potentially prevent the build-up of fatty deposits. We love us some beets!
All hail the Blueberry! Along with the acai berry, blueberries are considered to contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food. Loaded with anthocyanins (genius little mood boosters!), vitamins A, C, E, B complex, and several minerals, including copper (anti-bacterial & immune-boosting benefits), as well as selenium, zinc, and iron (known to promote immunity by raising hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood). Blueberries also contain amino acids and essential fatty acids, are low in calories, provide a good source of fiber and are high in manganese. They're also cancer-fighting, containing the compound, pterostilbene, which is used to help treat colon and liver cancers. And, if you're feeling a little fuzzy or stressed out, you will be pleased to know many of the nutrients found in blueberries improve several brain functions including your learning capacity and memory. Finally, these super berries are proven to slow the breakdown of bone mass and help fight osteoporosis. So get noshing!
A gluten-free powerfood, buckwheat is one of the greatest sources of digestible, plant-based protein (ideal for vegetarians), is highly nourishing and will also put a bounce in your step! Buckwheat is known to help treat high blood pressure and diabetes (it lowers blood sugars), cleanses and strengthens the intestines, improves appetite, and can improve digestive problems. Buckwheat is also considered a diuretic, helping with fluid retention, by drawing out excess fluid from swollen areas of your body. Plus, research is currently under way to prove that buckwheat flour can reduce plasma cholesterol, body fat, and cholesterol gallstones! Did someone say, "bingo"?!
A prized food of the early Mayan empire, cacao ranks as one of the worlds top superfoods. One of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet, cacao provides a wealth of minerals and is among the best plant-based sources of magnesium, and also touts high levels of calcium and iron. Cacao contains several important phytochemicals and specific amino acids that help to elevate your mood, too (but we already knew cacao makes us very, very happy)!
The ultimate super spice! The benefits of cayenne pepper are something to be joyous about (seriously), from weight loss, improved digestion, cardiovascular health and immunity. Cayenne is (or should be) your new best friend. Cayenne is also high in vitamins A, B-6, E, C, as well as riboflavin, potassium, and manganese. It's also known to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, promote healing and prevent infection due to its anti-microbial properties, normalize blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and prevent blood clots. Finally, cayenne also helps to lower blood sugar and enhance metabolic function. Hello, hot stuff!
Now here's food for thought: Celery is rich in vitamins (A, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, C, E, and K), it lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes health. This hydrating veggie is also loaded in fiber, amino acids, boron, calcium, chlorine, essential fatty acids, folate, inositol, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sulfur, and zinc. No wonder it's always a staple ingredient in Mom's chicken soup-- fantastical healing properties!
Chard is known to contain 13 different polyphenol antioxidants (including beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, quercetin, kaempferol, and many other disease fighting antioxidants), a high amount of fiber and protein, both of which help stabilize blood sugar levels, and is super high in vitamin K, which promotes healthy bones and is crucial in proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Chard also contains high levels of vitamin C, boosting your immune system with every bite (or sip!), along with vitamin A for improved eye-sight (and bright eyes!), and is a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Your hair will also thank you-- chard contains high levels of biotin, a vitamin known to promote hair growth and strength. Oh my chard!
Not only are cherries delicious, they are also said to boast super anti-inflammatory powers. So powerful, in fact, that researchers have found they prevent free radical damage better than many drugs on the market (holy moly!). Cherries are also believed to lower the overall risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation, body fat, and cholesterol, and thanks to high levels of antioxidants, cherries join the list of super cancer-fighting foods. The anthocyanins in cherries also boost memory and brain function (yay!). And, just in case you thought beta-carotene was only found in carrots, you will be happy to discover cherries contain 19 times more beta-carotene than other berries. If you're lacking in big Z's, consider cherries one of the best pre-sleep snacks, containing the hormone, melatonin, responsible for regulating the body's sleep cycle. Cherries just might help you nod off to dreamland...(zzzzzz).
Kitschy 80s nostalgia aside, chia seed is a truly amazing and versatile superfood. A superb source of plant-based omega-3 oils, fiber, and protein, they also provide sustained hydration and energy-- great for all you athletes! Touted as a weight-loss ally (in part because they expand in your stomach, keeping you satiated), they are said to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and regulate blood sugar. We would say that all they don’t do is take out the trash, but (ahem) now that we mention it…
Hate it or love it (we love it, obvs), cilantro has a pretty impressive track record. For centuries, the Chinese believed it to impart immortality to those who consumed it and, during the middle ages, it was often used in love potions as an aphrodisiac. Nowadays, we believe it to help regulate energy and offer serious detoxifying qualities like supporting perspiration and safely removing toxins like heavy metals from our bodies. This earthy, fragrant herb is also high in vitamin C, aids in digestion, and is a natural diuretic. We're in love! We're in love! And we don't care who knows it!
Cinnamon-- it's not just good in pumpkin pie (though, we wouldn't turn down a slice if we happened to stumble upon one...or two). In fact, cinnamon is one of three spices, along with bay leaf and cardamom, that make up the Ayurvedic three muskateers, if you will, traditionally used to heal the body. Thought to be a strong antiviral (take that, coughs and colds!), cinnamon is also believed to lower cholesterol, stimulate digestion, regulate blood sugar, relieve nervous tension and indigestion. It's also high in manganese and calcium. What's cookin', good lookin'?
We can never get enough coconut! Coconut oil is considered a miracle oil for many amazing reasons including: weight-loss, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties, eases fatigue and gives natural energy, helps with chronic indigestion, and is a natural moisturizer! Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes which will cure the worst hangover, replenish your body after a run, and give you the energy you need to get through your day. The meat of the coconut itself is loaded with fiber and protein and contains medium chain fatty acids which are believed to help lower bad cholesterol. Is there anything coconut doesn't do?
Along with other veggies in the cabbage family, collard greens tout anti-cancer properties. They're also an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C, and E, are rich in fiber, carotenes, chlorophyll, and manganese, and are packed with other important minerals including iron, copper, and calcium.
Anyone who has ever been on a "diet" will already be well aware that cucumbers contain almost zero calories and are also a great source of fiber which reduces constipation and in turn is cancer fighting (particulary colon cancer) by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. What you may not know is that they also contain unique antioxidants, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, along with many minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous. Cucumbers also work as a mild diuretic and are rich in vitamin K for healthy bones and brain function. The B vitamins and natural sugars found in cucumbers also boost energy levels. Cool as a cucumber!
Mmmm, cashews...not only are these tree nuts extremely tasty (insert addictive), the great news is, they are also very good for you! Rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, and zinc, cashews also contain rich sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and protein. Good in our book!
Not just your liver will thank you for this one! Turns out dandelion isn't just a pretty little flower after all-- offering relief from liver & urinary disorders, diabetes, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia, dandelion is also known for maintaining bone health, beautiful skin, and weight loss. Well, that's just dandy!
Dates are abundent in fiber, vitamins, and minerals including calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, and magnesium, which your body will LOVE you for. Dates also combat constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, diarrhea, and abdominal cancer. These tasty little morsels are also rumored to increase energy, boost sexual stamina, enhance metabolism and absorption of nutrients, prevent neurological problems, and boost the immune system. They also make a quite a nice dessert (uh, yum!).
Dill is loaded with fiber, niacin, phosphorus, zinc, and copper, along with vitamins A, B-6, C, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Some of its known health benefits include improved digestive function, more restful sleep, cancer fighting and prevention, enhanced bone strength, and even relief from annoying hiccups!
The fabulous properties of figs: rich in health-supportive phyto-nutrients, antioxidants like carotenes, lutein, tannins and chlorogenic acid, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, B complex, E, and K, along with a whole bunch of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium (yay for strong hair and nails!), and zinc. Combined, these compounds are believed to help rid harmful free radicals from the body and protect us from cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases, and infections. Even more reasons to get "figgy" with it!
Besides its warming, yummy bite lent to our blends and snacks, ginger root has many healing properties and uses. For instance, ginger is a known remedy for motion sickness, nausea, and indigestion. It's also a known tonic for colic, IBS, chills, poor circulation, and menstrual cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is believed to be a helpful remedy for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, and coughs and colds. It is also thought to help lower cholesterol and blood-pressure, as well as aid in preventing blood clots. Quite the jack of all trades!
The Chinese hold a strong belief that goji berries can significantly extend life and are touted as one of the top superfoods. Goji berries are adaptogens-- a substance which offers a combination of therapeutic actions on the human body, invigorating and strengthening, while supporting the adrenal glands. They boost immune function, increase alkalinity, protect the liver, deliver anti-aging compounds, support vision, and generally support and nourish the body in a number of ways. Nutritionally rich, they are also a complete protein source and one of the most anti-oxidant rich foods. Go for goji!
Apart from being addictive (crazy tasty!) these little berries have been consumed in South American cultures for thousands of years. They are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, bioflavonoids (vitamin P), carotene, dietary fiber, and are also known to contain a high level of protein and phosphorous. And, this needs to be reiterated, they are so insanely delicious! #seriously #wewouldn'tlietoyou
Regular old salt, which includes many brands stating "sea salt" and "natural" are typically artificially enriched with only one mineral and devoid of any nutritional value. Himalayan Salt, on the other hand, naturally contains eighty-four minerals (crazy, right!?). Himalayan salt is known to promote many health benefits including a healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells), lower blood sugar, anti-aging, absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract, respiratory health, sinus health, bone strength, prevention of muscle cramps, restful sleep, increase libido, vascular health, and, combined with water, can regulate blood pressure and aid in weight loss. Where do we sign up?
You probably already <3 Kale (like us) and are well aware of how good it is for you, but just in case you need a reminder, here's a few more reasons this super healthy, leafy green should be a staple in everyone's diet. Kale is high in fiber (great for digestion and elimination) and is loaded with nutrients including folate, calcium, magnesium, and iron (kale has more iron than beef!!). Kale is also high in vitamin K (touted for cancer-fighting and bone health properties, as well as prevention of blood clots), antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. If that were not enough, it's also known to promote cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol levels, boost immunity, promote metobolic function, and aid in liver detoxification...this is a no brainer!
Aside from the funny name and the fact that most people don't even consider it to be food (more of a pesky weed), lambsquarters is the cat's meow. It's rich in vitamins A, B-6, C, K, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, amino acids, and manganese. Just one cup of lambsquarters is believed to contain over 10 days worth of vitamin K (insane!)
Chowing down on lettuce is known to prevent osteoporosis, iron-deficiency, protect from cardiovascular diseases, ARMD, Alzheimer's disease, and cancers. Like other leafy greens, lettuce is also rich in vitamins A, B complex, C, K, and minerals like iron, calcium, cooper, magnesium, and potassium, which are essential for body metabolism. Note to self: the darker the leaves, the richer the antioxidant content!
So, you know the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, friends, this may also be true for lemons! Containing unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, as well as high levels of vitamin C, lemons also stimulate the digestive system, relieve constipation, aid urinary disorders, promote healthy skin, boost the immune system, and boast anti-inflammatory properties. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade (or grab yourself a CLEANSE!).
Limes, much like lemons, aid respiratory disorders, improve gum health, are rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, folate, and phosphorus. Limes also stimuate the digestive system, have anti-cancer properties, protect against infections, boost immunity, and are believed to be good for arthritis, rheumatism, prostate and colon cancer, diabetes, fatigue, heart disease, and high fever. They also cleanse the palate and speed up your metabolism. Need we say more?
Maca root is known to promote energy, balance hormones, and boost your libido. You might say it's the sexiest of the superfoods. Nutritionally dense, maca also contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B vitamins, specifically providing an important source of B-12 for vegetarians. On top of all that, maca also contains high levels of bioavailable calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralization. Hashtag, love.
So many reasons to take a tropical holiday! Mangoes, often called the "king of fruits", are a nutritional powerhouse of yummy, fruity goodness. Research has shown that the high levels of antioxidants and abundant enzymes in mango can protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, improve eyesight, alkalize the body, normalize insulin levels in the blood, improve sex (um, yes, please!), aid in digestion and elimination, and boost your immune system. Plus, they're damn good. Are we right or are we right?
We've always found that we feel totally focused after enjoying one (or two) of our blends. One of the many reasons why is mint! This cooling herb naturally increases concentration and has been used for its medicinal benefits for ages. Not only will it help you get down to business, focus, and meet that deadline, but it will also help keep you awake during that snoozer of an afternoon staff meeting-- mint is a natural stimulant! And, if that wasn't reason enough to start chowing down on mint by the blender-full, let's also consider its ability to treat gastrointestinal issues, promote circulation, dissolve gallstones, treat inflammation, help with depression and fatigue, and eliminate bloating. Jackpot!
Remember back in the day where the only place you'd find kale was on a platter of prepared food at the deli, seemingly banished forever to lowly garnish-status? We had the ultimate superfood right under our noses and didn't even know it! Well, for all these years, we've been noshing on fresh, juicy oranges and nonchalantly tossing out the peel as if it were some worthless riffraff. Ladies and gents, orange peel is the new kale of yore. Who'd have thought that the peel is actually a nutritional powerhouse? A great source of bioflavanoids, compounds found mostly in citrus fruits that help us pull iron from plant-based foods, orange peel is also high in calcium, antioxidants, fights cancer, and, of course, comes with a boat load of vitamin C. Now, go dig that peel out of the compost (or, enjoy one of our delicious blends)!
If you remember anything we tell you about pineapple, just promise us you'll remember this one word: enzymes. Pineapples are just teaming with enzymes like bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory that aids in digestion, enhances the immune system, and reduces swelling and bruising. Fresh pineapple is also a source of vitamins A and C, as well as manganese. Delicious AND nutritious!
You heard it through the grapevine, raisins aren't just a naturally sweet treat. They're also high in iron, oleanolic acid (for healthy teeth and gums) and they're one of the best sources of boron, a mineral that assists our bodies with absorbing other uber-important minerals like calcium. Raisins are also a great source of fiber and act as natural flavor enhancers and preservatives. Yum!
We love romaine lettuce so much we eat it in our salads and add it to our blends! Packed with fiber and antioxidants, this leafy green is so much more than just a blank canvas for your salad fixin's. Romaine is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, is high in beta-carotene, folic acid, and magnesium and, as if that weren't enough, it also acts as a diuretic. Now, grab your salad, bow down, and pay homage to the salad god.
We spread the love when it comes to our greens-- we love all of them equally! And even though sorrel doesn't quite receive the same amount of attention or praise as kale, the golden child, we still love it just the same. An excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, sorrel is also high in iron. In addition to promoting digestion, sorrel also stimulates the liver and acts as a diuretic. Plus, it has a tart, delicious lemony flavor that's crazy-addictive and the perfect addition to our crave-worthy blends!
Popeye was onto something and we're not talking about his chic, nautical-themed wardrobe. We're talking spinach-- lots of green, leafy spinach. It's one of the most nutritious of all the greens out there. Packed with calcium, iron, vitamins C and K, folic acid, lutein, and copious amounts of insoluable fiber, no wonder Popeye's muscles were so big. Yes, we're well aware he was a cartoon, but just humor us for a second here, OK?
Turmeric is like sunshine in a bottle. The bright yellow spice is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, which the body either converts into vitamin A or uses as a powerful antioxidant (out, damned free radicals! Out we say!). It's also believed to provide relief to arthritis sufferers due to its anti-inflammatory and natural pain-killing properties. Turmeric also cleanses the blood, is an effective detoxifier, and may also help to regulate blood sugar. Not to mention, it's a natural remedy for cold and canker sores. Let the sunshine in!
We often describe something as "vanilla" when it's plain or boring, but vanilla's actually pretty bad ass. It's active ingredient, vanillin, is an antioxidant and has been found to possess some pretty crazy anti-cancer properties. Vanilla also aids in digestion, has long been believed to be an effective aphrodisiac, and may even provide relief for anxiety, insomnia, and depression sufferers. Label us "intrigued"...
Touting many health benefits, the walnut is quite the cool kid. The 2nd best source for omega-3 fatty acids next to fish, walnuts are also overflowing with antioxidants, rich in protein, and may help to lower cholesterol. Research has also shown that regular consumption may lower blood pressure and help our bodies handle stress.