Which Superfoods Will Protect My Eyesight?

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Our eyes are under a lot of strain and sadly, for some of us, this will lead to serious damage and even blindness later in life. The culprit? Blue light emitted from our personal digital devices, computers and lighting. Over time, these harmful rays can cause degeneration of our retinas and lead to sight loss.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Scientists at Harvard University have shown that certain superfoods actually protect against the damaging effects of blue light and can protect our eyesight in the future.  

What’s the science?

The reason blue light is so dangerous is that is has a much higher frequency than other visible light. This means the light rays vibrate more violently as they enter your eye, causing damage to your retina. Specifically, they damage your macula – a highly-pigmented area at the back of the retina.

The macula acts as a filter to blue light. It’s packed with yellow pigment, which fends of those harmful rays. Repeatedly having to do this takes its toll however, leading to what is called advanced macular degeneration. This condition is the leading cause of blindness in the West, affecting a staggering 30% of people over the age of 75. And we can only assume that, in the age of the ever-present smartphone, this figure looks set to rise.

How can superfoods help?

The Harvard study found that the nutrients in certain superfoods have a significant benefit to the health of our eyes. It followed the visual health of over 100,000 participants over the course of 20 years to conclude that two nutrients are vital in protecting against macular degeneration: lutein and zeaxanthin.

Researchers showed that people eating a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are 40% less likely to suffer from advanced age-related macular degeneration. The reason? These two little carotenoids contain the yellow pigment the macula needs to be able to filter out blue light. Pretty clever huh?

Which superfoods should I be eating?

Fermented_Kale_supplementTop of the list is superfood favorite, kale. We always knew we loved these nutrient-dense greens and it can feature in a wide range of dishes from stir-fry to smoothies. If you’re not keen on its earthy taste don’t worry, there are also clever products and supplements that make eating your greens so much easier. Try Perfect Fermented Kale to quickly and easily get concentrated kale into your diet.

Other foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin include raw cress, raw spinach, cooked spinach and green peas. And in a slightly disappointing myth-buster, carrots were found to have relatively low levels of eyesight-protecting nutrients.

So, it looks like eating your greens is a must when it comes to protecting your eyesight. But exactly how many greens do you need to eat?

How much lutein and zeaxanthin do I need?

At this point in time, there is no established Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for either lutein or zeaxanthin. However, in another study into visual health – the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS2) –  just 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin per day were found to have significant benefits to macular health.

In the study, this was provided in the form of a supplement but just one cup (or 100g) of cooked kale is thought to contain around 20mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. Five portions a day of other green vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli and peas, would also provide you with sufficient levels of these very special carotenoids. That’s a pretty delicious way to protect your eyesight!  

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Which Superfoods Are Missing From Most People’s Diet?

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Purple Superfoods and You

For many of us, the science of nutrition can be a scary beast.  There‘s a great deal of information out there, and with so many sources of information, some of it is outright confusing or contradictory.  Trying to digest this information and come to an informed opinion can then be tricky, as even simple questions have multiple answers. In this respect, most of us know the basics: fruit and vegetables are healthy. But beyond that things are less clear as to what is the very best of these foods available.  Here’s a handy introduction to the ‘purple superfoods’, one of nature’s very best foods for your body.

What are purple foods and why should I care?

It is no coincidence that the healthiest fruits and vegetables tend to be of a darker hue. The dark coloring and unusual shape of a beetroot or aubergines (eggplant) may deter some people, but this distinctive appearance is nonetheless synonymous with a plant rich in nutrients. Many berries also fit in the purple superfood category, like blueberries and acai berry. Purple superfoods come in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms, from large picked veggies, to powders, specifically designed to be consumed as a supplement.

There are reliable guides as to what constitutes a purple (and other colored) superfood. Portions of such foods should be included in the diets of absolutely everyone, whether you’re a fitness freak or not. Most of these foods are familiar and are easily picked up in markets for use in standard recipes – red onions and blueberries, for instance. Others, like aubergines and beetroot, may require a little more culinary imagination.

The question must therefore be asked: what makes purple foods so great? To answer this is hardly a secret, they are rich in antioxidants, a substance which carries many health benefits. Thanks to the presence of these, purple superfoods help prevent cellular damage, and have been proven to be highly effective at combating ‘free radicals’, unstable molecules known to cause so-called ‘oxidative stress’.  This stress can cause, or exacerbate, a variety of conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  It therefore pays to understand (and eat!) purple foods.

Less is sometimes more.

If you cannot stand fruit and vegetables in large doses, just a small quantity of the stuff can still improve your health. For example, a cup of blueberries a week can enhance grey brain matter, thereby improving memory retention and general cognitive functions. Meanwhile, a diet rich in purple superfoods can mitigate the effects of aging, especially the appearance of wrinkles as those malicious elements that degrade your skin over time won’t find it so easy with such a strong defense in place. Just ensure that any purple foods you do buy to add to your diet appear on your plate – around 45% of all fruit and vegetables purchased end up in the trash.  As our food options increase so does the likelihood that some of that food ends up as waste. Being smart about food means not just knowing the health benefits but also understanding food economy and how your wallet can benefit as well as your health.

However, purple superfoods are unlikely to end up as waste if you are smart about what role they serve in your diet.  For instance, they are a useful source of vital nutrients for those with allergies or particular dietary requirements.  Vegetarians can eat beetroot if they want a viable alternative source of protein. Acai berry is most often found as a supplement and can easily be taken in capsule form without worrying about how to prepare it. We like Perfect Acai best because it is organically grown, sustainably harvested and fairly-traded.

The golden (or purple) rule.

As with most things in life, moderation is key. Purple foods will improve your health as part of a balanced lifestyle, but they are not miraculous – if your diet or lifestyle is poor then the effect of these foods will be negligible.  But if wisely incorporated, either as a side dish or within recipes, they boast some impressive health benefits, especially as part of a weight loss program.  Furthermore, because they are less popular than their more famous fellow fruits and veggies, they tend to be inexpensive and easy to find. The issue for many consumers is that they seem to occupy a tricky niche as regards recipes- many of us wouldn’t be too sure what goes best with beetroot or red cabbage.  Fortunately, however, there are a whole host of recipes for purple foods just waiting to be discovered by an intrepid chef.

If you are looking to make a healthy addition to your meals or are simply looking to diversify your diet, purple superfoods are an excellent option – endlessly flexible and enormously beneficial. What’s not to like?

4 Weight Loss Wonders with Surprising Health Benefits

Check out the sundry benefits of these superfoods for weight loss!

New year, new you — and Peaceful Planet is here to help! We know that losing weight tops the list of New Year’s resolutions, but recent trends have shown that this goal is slowly being replaced by resolutions that focus more on overall health, like “get in shape” or “become healthier.” What if you could do both, with a single, all-natural weight loss pill? These four weight loss wonders not only help you shed pounds, but also have some hidden extra benefits to support your general health and wellness.

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Natural Weight Loss Supplement #1: Acai

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Perfect Acai aids in weight loss and improves energy, plus reduces inflammation and provides so many nutrients! Choose convenient capsules or add acai powder to drinks and smoothies.

Perfect Acai is rich in fiber, which fills you up and improves feelings of satiety. Translation: you’ll eat less, without even trying, and lose weight naturally. Plus, many report acai gives you more energy, which means you’ll be able to exercise more consistently and effectively, aiding in calorie burn. What makes acai powder really special, though, are its numerous other health benefits. Extremely high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, acai has been shown to prevent illness, combat free radical damage, reduce inflammation and autoimmune reactions, and support heart health. Studies suggest acai also slows signs of aging, strengthens hair and nails, and leaves skin more elastic. Beyond fiber, acai berry provides protein, amino acids, omega fatty acids, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Natural Weight Loss Supplement #2: Raspberry Ketones

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Dubbed the “All Natural Miracle Fat-Burner In A Bottle” by Dr. Oz, Raspberry ketones from actual raspberries are the reason that RK Pure 250 helps you lose more weight, faster.

RK Pure 250 is a raspberry ketone diet supplement. We recommend it for weight loss because studies have shown raspberry ketones to be high in adiponectin, a protein known to break down fat cells, regulate blood sugar levels, and increase metabolism. In fact, Dr. Oz called raspberry ketones “The Number One Miracle In A Bottle” that will “help your body think it’s thin.”  In addition to its fat-busting benefits, it also provides immune support because it is so rich in antioxidants. RK Pure 250 is made from real raspberries — no synthetic imitators — and the ketones in just one capsule is equal to that in 28 pounds of raspberries!

Natural Weight Loss Supplement #3: Green Coffee

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Give your metabolism a boost and trigger the body to burn stored fat with Perfect Green Coffee, endorsed by Dr. Oz and Oprah.

Perfect Green Coffee aids in weight loss by triggering the body to burn fat stores instead of sugar for energy and boosting the metabolism. Like acai and raspberry ketones, green coffee boasts a high antioxidant content. Green coffee bean extract has also been shown to lower blood pressure and protect the heart. Because of its ability to lower blood sugar and its effect on glucose metabolism, green coffee may be ideal for those with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and obesity. With no more caffeine than a large cup of decaf coffee, Perfect Green Coffee won’t give you jitters or insomnia. Dr. Oz expounds green coffee bean extract as a “magic weight loss cure for every body type.”

Natural Weight Loss Supplement #4: African Mango

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Perfect African Mango acts as a natural appetite suppressant, leaving you feeling full and satisfied with less food, while boosting metabolism and improving digestion.

Perfect African Mango suppresses apetite, decreases cravings, and improves digestion while boosting metabolim and improving nutrient absorption — all factors conducive to fast weight loss. Studies have confirmed about 5-10 pounds of weight loss in just a few weeks, without changes to diet or exercise habits. That’s not all, though; African mango, or Irvingia gabonensis, lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels. African mango also promotes a normal inflammatory response. African mango contains beta carotene and ellagic acid, both of which may prevent cancer, and provides healthful nutrients including calcium, iron, B vitamins, lauric acid, and other fatty acids.

Bonus Weight Loss Wonder!

coconut_oil_for_weight_lossNot only is this a healthy fat to use in recipes; the MCTs in Perfect Coconut Oil can help you lose weight naturally, particularly from the waist line. Plus, it also has a beneficial effect on insulin and thyroid levels, both factors which affect body weight. If you’re not a fan of the coconut taste, try our coconut oil softgels instead.


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By Ali Wetherbee

Natural Immune Boosters

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No one enjoys being sick! A stuffy nose, inflamed sinuses, and all-over aches and pains stop you in your tracks and leave you feeling miserable. But what if there were ways to boost your immune system — naturally! — to improve your body’s resistance to viruses and bacteria? Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to natural immune boosters. Each of these whole-food supplements is an amazing natural immune booster for preventing mild and acute illnesses as well as more severe and chronic illnesses. A compromised immune system can leave you susceptible to every passing germ, but with a healthy diet and a natural immune booster (or several), you can be back on the track to good health!

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Natural Immune Booster #1: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin naturally present in many fruits and vegetables, and is perhaps the most popular and widely-researched natural immune booster. According to Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, who has studied vitamin C extensively, “Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health.” He recommends consuming much more than the RDA — at least 500mg of vitamin C a day —  in supplement form, in addition to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Since any excess vitamin C is water-soluble and excreted from the body rather than stored, overdose is not a concern, but at very high doses (2000mg or more) it can irritate the stomach or loosen bowels. Whole food vitamin C contains all the co-factors needed to obtain optimal benefits from this vitamin. Studies suggest that vitamin C can strengthen an immune system weakened by stress, reduce the duration of illness, prevent complications (such as pneumonia) from the common cold, combat inflammation, and prevent more serious illnesses stemming from a compromised immune system, such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. For those that are anemic, taking vitamin C along with your iron supplement can boost your body’s absorption of iron. Vitamin C is also able to increase the production and function of white blood cells, particularly neutrophils, those cells which are responsible for fighting off invading bacteria and viruses, as well as boost interferons, which trigger the body’s antiviral response — all key components of a healthy immune system. Vitamin C is a particularly important natural immune booster in preventing colds and other illnesses in children and in those who are under hard physical stress, such as marathon runners, soldiers in harsh climates, and skiers.

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Natural Immune Booster #2: Baobab Fruit

Limitless_BaobabGet all the benefits of vitamin C powder, plus antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more, all in one fruit! This amazing supplement from Limitless Good helps naturally boost the immune system. Baobab powder, made from the fruit of the baobab tree from Malawi, Africa, has limitless potential to improve your health! Not only is baobab powder an excellent source of vitamin C, with 6 times the vitamin C of oranges, but it also contains 6 times the antioxidants of blueberries and 6 times the potassium of bananas, leaving you less susceptible to colds and flus. This natural immune booster is also rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron. Baobab’s high ORAC value (a measure of antioxidant content) means this fruit is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting inflammation and scavenging free radicals, reducing the risk of illnesses related to aging or chronic inflammation. Plus, with every spoonful of Limitless Good Baobab powder, you’ll be getting a good serving of digestive enzymes and prebiotics, which boost the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and strengthen the immune system. Mix baobab powder into your juice, smoothie, yogurt, or even plain water — it adds a delicious citrusy flavor with an immune-boosting punch!

Natural Immune Booster #3: Perfect Revive Acai

PSReviveLabelNewFOLPeople who are run-down, tired, stressed, and burnt-out are more likely to fall ill. Stressed people’s immune cells become less sensitive to cortisol,” says Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., a Carnegie Mellon University professor of psychology. “They’re unable to regulate the inflammatory response, and therefore, when they’re exposed to a virus, they’re more likely to develop a cold.” The research conducted by Cohen and colleagues found that when exposed to a cold virus, those who were under stress were twice as likely to develop cold symptoms than their non-stressed counterparts. But stress can be hard to avoid, particularly if you work in a demanding field (or have kids!) Perfect Revive Acai can help your body better adapt to stress with two key adaptogenic herbs: cordyceps and rhodiola rosea. Adaptogens help regulate factors like blood pressure, hormone levels, adrenal response, and other physical responses to stress, minimizing the impact all that tension has on your body and keeping the immunes system healthy. But the immune-boosting benefits of Perfect Revive don’t end there! This natural immune booster is also packed with antioxidant-rich acai and grape seed extract, lowering your risk of not only minor illnesses but also many chronic diseases. Acai berries come from the Amazonian “Tree of Life,”  and the powder made from these little berries has an ORAC value 50 times higher than that of most other foods. Leave a behind stress and illness, and welcome the improved mood, energy, endurance, and health you can experience from Perfect Revive Acai!

Natural Immune Booster #4: Mercola Immune Support

Mercola_Immune_SupportHere’s another great natural immune booster for warding off illness during times of stress: Dr. Mercola’s Immune Support. Vitamin D, which has been recognized to play a key role in modulating the immune response and preventing influenza, is paired with immune-boosting vitamin C, plus a combination of 8 healing herbs, to create this antioxidant-packed Immune Support formula. The antioxidants within help to combat the free radicals that can prevent your immune system from functioning optimally. With oregano oil, olive leaf extract, propolis, dimethylglycine, European elder flower, yarrow root, peppermint leaf, and boneset leaf, Mercola Immune Support is additive-free and natural, with organic ingredients. This formula is vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. As soon as you start feeling a bit run-down or sluggish, start a 10-day course of this natural immune booster supplement to get your health back on track.

Natural Immune Booster #5: SunWarrior Immune Shield

SunWarrior_Immune_ShieldWhat if you could literally shield yourself from invading viruses and bacteria? SunWarrior Immune Shield, with fulvic acid, silver ions, and trace minerals, can do just that. Silver has been used for centuries as an antibiotic, and silver ions are teeny tiny particles with germicidal, fungicidal, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties. Ionic silver is safer than colloidal silver and effective in boosting immune system function and speeding healing. Fulvic acid helps transport vitamins and minerals and bring silver ions directly to the cells, where they can go to work at healing the body. Fulvic acid makes vitamins and minerals more available to your body, improves hydration, detoxifies, aids in cellular repair, and fights free radicals. Along with these two natural immune boosters, Immune Shield also contains macro minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, and trace minerals like iron, zinc, copper, iodine, and selenium. These 71 minerals nourish the cells and are essential for many bodily processes, plus enhance the sense of well-being you’ll feel from SunWarrior Immune Shield.

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A Superfood for Every Health Issue

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By Ali Wetherbee

All of these foods are packed with nutrition and beneficial for overall health, but each one offers some specific health advantages as well. Here are our top ten superfoods to keep you healthier this Spring:

1. Best for inflammation: Blueberries

Chronic inflammation is linked to many serious diseases, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and arthritis. Blueberries’ anti-inflammatory properties reduce the risk of these diseases. Blueberries have a high antioxidant content. They are also full of flavonoids and rich in potassium and vitamin C. They reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and neutralize free radicals, further enhancing their disease-fighting effects.

How to eat more: Add fresh or frozen blueberries to cereals, yogurt, smoothies, or muffins.

2. Best for brain health: Wild caught salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3s, which are essential fatty acids crucial for brain function. Omega-3s aid in brain cell production, replacing lost brain cells and improving neural communication. A study in the Archives of Neurology showed that cognitive decline was 10% slower in those who ate fish once a week. One of the omega-3s, DHA, has been proven to improve cognitive development and sharpen memory. Low DHA levels are linked to depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, autism, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders, as well as generally bad mood, memory loss, and poor concentration. Salmon has the highest DHA levels of any fish.

How to eat more: Enjoy your salmon grilled or baked and served over veggies, or try smoked salmon in your salad. If you aren’t crazy about salmon, you can get similar benefits by taking Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil capsules daily.

3. Best for stress: Cordyceps

Cordyceps, which are a type of mushroom, are adaptogens. Adaptogens help the body to better cope with stress, anxiety, fatigue, and trauma. They can improve mood, normalize sleep, and balance hormones. Cordyceps increase the availability of nutrient and oxygen during periods of extreme stress by increasing blood flow. They can combat fatigue and support the adrenals. A study in Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin found cordyceps reduced fatigue, improved immune function, and lowered stress levels.

How to eat more: Cordyceps are most easily ingested in pill form. Perfect Cordyceps is 100% organic and contains no fillers.

4. Best for eye health: Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene (provitamin A) which is converted to retinol (vitamin A) by the body. Vitamin A protects the cornea. It can slow the loss of peripheral vision associated with retinitis pigmentosa and decrease the risk of macular degeneration. A lack of vitamin A can lead to night blindness, vision loss, dry eyes, cloudy vision, and corneal ulcers.

How to eat more: Sweet potatoes are great on their own either baked, mashed, or steamed. Add some to soups, enchiladas, burritos, or frittatas. Sliced into sticks and roasted, they are a satisfying alternative to french fries.

5. Best for preventing aging: Acai

Acai made Dr. Oz’s Anti-Aging Checklist of foods to prevent the damage caused by oxidative stress and free radical damage, including wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging skin, as well as chronic degenerative diseases. This berry is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids to help combat aging. The Brazilians call the Amazon palm tree bearing acai berries the “tree of life” because of its anti-aging benefits.

How to eat more: Try fairly traded, certified organic Perfect Acai Berry Powder in your water, juice, or smoothie. Perfect Acai is also available in capsules.

6. Best for weight loss: Kale

Kale packs a lot of nutrition in for very few calories, making it an ideal food for those trying to lose weight. A lack of nutrients can send your body into starvation mode, which slows your metabolism and causes you to hold on to extra fat for survival. Additionally, the fiber in kale keeps you full longer, and the glucosinolates help detox every cell in your body. It can also help you shed water weight by decreasing bloating and water retention.

How to eat more: Kale in its raw form contains antinutrients (find out more here) so it’s best to minimize your consumption of raw kale. Enjoy it cooked or fermented – or try our Perfect Fermented Kale powder.

7. Best for Cancer Prevention: Turmeric

There have been many studies on turmeric and cancer recently. These studies have found that curcumin, the active component in turmeric, can decrease the size or number of tumors in people with cancer and reduce the risk of developing cancers too. It can kill cancer cells in the laboratory and in animals, and is now beginning to be better studied in humans. Curcumin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, preventing and repairing cell damage, reducing pain, and protecting against numerous diseases.

How to eat more: It’s hard to get enough turmeric in a typical Western diet. You can add the spice to soups, sauces, and curries, but because it tends to stay in the intestines rather than pass into the blood, large amounts of turmeric are needed to get even small amounts circulating in the bloodstream. To make sure you are getting enough to reap the benefits, take one Mercola Curcumin Advanced capsule daily.

8. Best for Athletes: Spirulina

Spirulina is an algae that contains all eight essential amino acids. It is 65% concentrated protein, contains as much iron as red meat, and is rich in chlorophyll, salts, phytonutrients, enzymes, calcium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, and E. It can improve strength and endurance and aid in workout recovery. A study inMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise discovered that men who took spirulina could exercise longer and burned nearly 11% more fat than those taking the placebo.

How to eat more: Perfect Spirulina is available in both capsule and powdered forms, and is 100% organic and Fair Trade Certified.

9. Best for heart health: Dark chocolate

Researchers found that dark chocolate and cocoa powder contain even higher flavonol and polyphenol levels than berries. These antioxidants are thought to reverse the damage of oxidative stress on cells and protect the heart. Chocolate improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and improves cholesterol levels. It is also high in magnesium, which helps your body handle stress and is important in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. One study found that eating chocolate five or more times a week reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%!

How to eat more: Most of us won’t need help with this one! Just make sure to focus on dark chocolate and non-alkalized cocoa, since milk chocolate and alkalized cocoa contain few or no antioxidants.

10. Best for regulating blood sugar: Almonds

Nuts are high in protein and help regulate blood sugar in people with diabetes, prediabetes, or hypoglycemia. Almonds in particular have a low glycemic index (GI) and can even reduce the GI load of your whole meal.

How to eat more: Carry a container of almonds to snack on throughout the day. Use almond meal or almond flour in breads, pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods. Add chopped or slivered almonds to your yogurt, ice cream, or stir-fry.

Two Healthy Recipes for Superfood Chocolates

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Healthy chocolates?! Yes! Today we have two yummy recipes made with nutritious ingredients and superfood powders for totally guilt-free, good-for-you chocolates.

Frozen Chocolate Superfood Bites

Did you know grapes are a type of berry? Like most berries, grapes are nutritional powerhouses and full of healthy antioxidants, especially resveratrol. Frozen grapes give these superfood bites a delicious cool juiciness, while a superfood chocolate blend further boosts their antioxidant content and adds essential vitamins and minerals. The coconut oil adds essential fatty acids, including healthy medium chain triglycerides and lauric acid, and gives theses a great coconut flavor!

Ingredients:

Method:

Wash, dry, and freeze grapes at least 30 minutes ahead of time. In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix until smooth and glossy. Dip the frozen grapes in the chocolate mixture one at a time and spread out on a tray or baking sheet. We learned the hard way that just dumping all the frozen grapes into the chocolate at once will leave you with a big clumpy ugly mess! Once all the grapes are covered in chocolate, put the tray back in the freezer for 30 more minutes or until chocolate has hardened. Store in fridge or freezer.

Superfood Chocolates

These creamy, fudgy, dark chocolates are a tasty way to get your daily dose of fruits, veggies, and greens. Catie’s Organic Greens and Vaxa Harvest Fusion powders give these chocolates adaptogenic, probiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial benefits, and tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to fill any nutritional gaps in your diet.powdered_greens_recipes

Ingredients:

Method:

Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler at a low temperature. Once the cocoa butter has melted, mix all ingredients together in the double boiler, and stir until mixture is smooth and free of lumps. Pour into mini cupcake papers. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating. Store in fridge, or at room temperature for a softer, fudge-like chocolate.

Variations:

  • Add nuts and/or dried fruits into cupcake papers while the chocolate is still soft. One of our favorites was a mix of pecans and cranberries. Cashews taste great too!
  • Use extracts for a flavor boost. Mint extract (1/8 teaspoon, stirred in before pouring into cupcake papers) is one option we tried, but experiment with what you have on hand and let us know if you come up with any great combinations!