Meet the stars of our recipes and find out why we’ve chosen them.
Apples are a rich source of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the spreading of cancer cells. They contain a flavonoid called quercetin that may protect from brain damage leading to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Apples contain higher levels of quercetin than almost all other fruits and vegetables.
Apples are also low to moderate in sugar, have a low glycemix index, and contain a respectable amount of soluble fiber.
Dates, Deglet Noor
Dates are sweet, nutritious, and are categorized as having a low glycemic index, making them the perfect base for our bars. This means that while they’ve got a fairly high sugar content, they won’t produce an unsafe spike in blood glucose levels once consumed.
These pungent fruits and have a high quantities of phytonutrients with potent anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties, and they’re also great in helping the gastrointestinal tract and the mouth!
Cranberries are one out of the highest ranking fruits and vegetables richest in health-promoting compounds. Cranberries have been known to help with urinary tract infections due to their proanthocyanidin, which makes it more difficult for bacteria to latch on to the lining of the urinary tract. They’re also great for providing a boost in vitamin C.
Goji Berries (Wolfberry)
The vibrant red goji berry, is loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, protein, and an impressive vitamin and mineral profile. Some varieties contain as many as 18 amino acids, along with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E and more vitamin C than oranges. They also contain over 20 trace minerals and high levels of iron.
Even more surprising is the antidiabetic and cancer fighting properties of the goji berry. One study showed a 25% increase in response to cancer treatment when combined with goji berry supplementation. Another showed protective effects of goji berries in patients with type 2 diabetes, reducing blood glucose levels significantly after a 3 month supplementation.
While you should steer clear of any “eternal-life magic fruit” claims, the goji berry is definitely a nutrient powerhouse and a great way to give your diet a nutritional boost.
Golden berries, also known as Physalis Peruviana, contain anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids which help build stronger immunity and good organ health. They’re also a great source of vitamins A and C, and are full of nutrients that help regulate the digestive tract, and lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
These Peruvian treats, ancient fruits close to the tomato family, were often eaten before battles by the Incan warriors for a boost in vitality and protein!
Plump and sweet, Thompson raisins are high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds and a number of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, and iron. They’re also high in soluble fiber, including inulin, a prebiotic that supports healthy gut microflora.
Studies show that raisins also have a fairly low glycemic index, helping to prevent a spike in insulin after eating them.
Nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts are all excellent sources of protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats, which help improve insulin sensitivity and cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation. They’re generally high in B vitamins and vitamin E.
Almonds and cashews are actually seeds of fruits, but contain much of the same nutritional benefits.
One of the most delicious ways to enjoy nuts is in the form of a smooth and creamy nut butter. We use a thick and rich hazelnut butter, which makes a fantastic pairing with raw cacao. You can find this blend in our hazelnut cacao vitality bar.
Nuts in the broad sense provide a nutrient dense energy source and are a great way to satisfy hunger between meals. It’s important to note that nuts also contain phytic acid and high levels of Omega 6 (the inflammatory kind), and should be consumed in moderate amounts.
Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient that binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract. These bound minerals won’t be absorbed in the intestine, and high amounts of phytic acid in your diet can lead to mineral deficiencies. A great way to solve this issue is to soak and sprout your nuts (and seeds) before eating. The presence of water signals to the nut that it’s time to grow and disables the anti-nutrients. We soak and sprout (when applicable) our nuts to ensure easy digestibility and maximum nutrient absorption.
Sunflowers, beautiful on the outside and on the inside, are one of the first plants to ever be cultivated in the United States. These little but fierce seeds have plenty to offer for optimizing your health. Not only will they keep you full, but they will also provide you with a large amount of Magnesium and Selenium.
The high amounts of Magnesium can have a calming effect to help with daily stresses. Don’t forget, we all need magnesium for energy and for bone support!
Sunflower seeds also contain some of the highest levels of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protect the fats that surround your blood cells.
Pumpkin seeds, also known as Pepitas, contain an important amount of manganese, and other essential minerals such as zinc. These protect the body against infectious diseases, help reduce muscle cramps, mood swings, and help stabilize stress and anxiety levels. Te health benefits of these Pepitas don’t end there! They also contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which protects the skin fight against harmful oxygen free radicals.
Pumpkin seeds are a Native American seed that was cherished for its medicinal purposes and dietary properties. These little snacks are great to eat alone with a little sea salt sprinkled on top. You’ll really get to enjoy their sweet flavors.
Chia seeds are high in protein, fatty acids, antioxidants and are a great source of soluble fiber; the type that promotes beneficial gut health.
While it’s worthy to note that flax seeds are high in Omega-3s, these fatty acids are in ALA form and are not very efficiently converted into beneficial forms (EPA and DHA), so be aware of this when considering your total Omega-3 intake.
Beets are a member of the Chenopodiaceae family of plants and are relatives with spinach and chard. The deep purple hue of the beetroot is a sign of the powerful antioxidant and cancer fighting properties.
Beets are high in folate, an essential B vitamin that’s used for synthesizing and repairing DNA and is especially important for pregnant women. They’re also a great source of vitamin C, and minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese and potassium.
Our cacao powder is made from unprocessed raw organic cacao beans. While the unprocessed beans might have a slight bitter taste compared to the more commonly used alkalized varieties, it’s a fair trade for the health benefits and adds a unique characteristic to the cacao powder.
The bitter tasting compounds are the flavonoids and potent antioxidants, and raw cacao powder has more than twice the amount of flavonols than cocoa processed with alkali.
Pure cacao has even higher antioxidant power than many “super fruit” berries, and studies consistently show lower blood pressure levels associated with dark chocolate consumption.
It also induces nitric oxide production in the body, which improves blood circulation. Do yourself a favor and indulge in some high quality dark chocolate!
Ceylon ‘true’ cinnamon is a sweet and delicate cinnamon variety linked with many health benefits. These include anti-microbial and anti-parasite activity, anti-oxidant properties, and the lowering of blood pressure, glucose and serum cholesterol levels.
Coconut oil, virgin cold-pressed
Healthy fats are extremely beneficial for optimal functioning of the mind and body. The MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) derived from coconut oil have been shown to produce significant improvements in cognitive health in Alzheimer’s patients.
Coconut oil helps to prevent and treat neurodegenerative disease states by improving the body’s natural antioxidant function, increases metabolic efficiency, and stimulates the growth of new brain cells. It’s a super fuel for the brain and it also reduces inflammation.
We use raw, organically sourced tropical honey for an added touch of sweetness in our bars. Compared to other sweeteners, honey contains much more than just fructose and glucose, including some vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Raw honey has a low glycemic index, but processed honeys have been shown to produce a much different glycemic response, so if you love using it as a sweetener, be sure to go for the raw, unprocessed products.
Honey is also the preferred choice over agave nectar, which is very high in fructose (associated with a higher risk for weight gain and cardiovascular disease), and has hardly any antioxidants in comparison.
Sea vegetables, such as kelp, are the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They contain each of the 56 minerals required by the body for optimum function, and these minerals are present in a form that’s easily absorbed by the body.
They’re an excellent source of Vitamins A, C, and E as well as several B vitamins, being one of the only known non-meat sources of vitamin B12, which helps the body metabolize fats for energy and also plays an integral role in the formation of DNA.
It’s high in protein (some over 50%), and provides a sustainable food source.
Maca root is a member of the brassica family, which includes cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc. Studies show that it’s an effective adaptogen. In other words, think of maca as a stress and energy regulator. It helps promote an appropriate stress response depending on your environment, and helps stabilize energy levels without over stimulating.
Maca has been shown to have antiviral effects against human influenza virus. It’s also traditionally been used for increasing libido and studies have shown that it may contribute to improving sexual function.
Spirulina is a deep green algae bursting with nutrients that have powerful effects on your health. Spirulina is rich in protein, fats, minerals and vitamins, and is one of the most alkalizing foods. This helps to balance the acids in your diet and get your body in an optimal state.
It’s considered one of the best sources for non-animal protein, with 60% protein and many amino acids. Spirulina contains plenty of gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that have a significant effect regarding inflammatory properties.