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Organic Raw Cacao – Sunfood

Organic Raw Cacao - Sunfood

For the last few years, I have been using organic raw cacao as a key ingredient in my breakfast smoothies. While some people may use cacao nibs, my preference is to go with the organic raw cacao powder. For me, that works the best. My organic raw cacao of choice is made by Sunfood. This […]

Company Stories Expo West Organic Raw Cacao Raw Food
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For the last few years, I have been using organic raw cacao as a key ingredient in my breakfast smoothies. While some people may use cacao nibs, my preference is to go with the organic raw cacao powder. For me, that works the best.

My organic raw cacao of choice is made by Sunfood. This is a great company based in California and their organic raw cacao product is sourced from Ecuador.

There is a lot of debate over which country makes the best organic raw cacao. However, Swiss chocolate, considered the finest in the world, uses cacao from Ecuador.

What I like about Sunfood’s organic raw cacao is its taste and texture. It is smooth, sweet, well-balanced and very nutritious – lots of antioxidants and amino-acids.

At the 2010 Expo West trade show, the company management showed me a video of how they make their organic raw cacao. So, not only did I get to meet the people from Ecuador who export this organic raw cacao product but I got to see the actual manufacturing process.

If you are looking for a fantastic organic raw cacao product, I suggest buying Sunfood’s. You can buy it HERE.


Fancy Food Show 2010 – Ayala’s Herbal Water

Fancy Food Show 2010 - Ayala's Herbal Water

As I wrote about in a recent blog post, Ayala’s Herbal Water was one of my favorite products that I saw at the 2010 Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came […]

Company Stories Fancy Food Show Kids Organic Video Water
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As I wrote about in a recent blog post, Ayala’s Herbal Water was one of my favorite products that I saw at the 2010 Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came up with the product and why.

Ayala’s Herbal Water is leading a trend that I believe will only continue to grow — organic beverages made with unique, not-too-often used herbs and spices. I am currently seeing it in NYC (a video-blog post on this is forthcoming) and we see it here with Ayala’s Herbal Water.

Keep an eye on this company.


Organic NYC – A Recap of the 2010 Fancy Food Show

Organic NYC - A Recap of the 2010 Fancy Food Show

When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything. At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob […]

Company Stories Drinks Expo West Fancy Food Show USDA Water
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When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything.

At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, my time was limited to three hours on one day. I did my best to see everything I could but there is no doubt that I missed some things.

A few key takeaways:

– I was stunned by all of the foreign food companies at the show. It seemed that every country from every continent had its own section.

– Organic food did not have its own designated area. I was curious if it would but was informed that with so many companies doing organic, it no longer made logistical sense.

– The energy was very different than at Expo West. This could be a result of Expo West being a smaller show and a unifying passion around organic/natural.

Now, for the most interesting and compelling products that I saw.

RUNA AMAZON GUAYUSA TEA

There seem to be hundreds of organic teas on the market and the first question that pops out of my mouth when I see a new one is “what makes this tea different from all of the other teas?”

There are three things that make Runa Tea unique. Read more »


Organic Peanuts: Safe to Eat? – Episode #2

Organic Peanuts: Safe to Eat? - Episode #2

At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, I interviewed Kris Fillat, the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar. During our conversation, Kris gave me a really interesting explanation about the safety of peanuts as it relates to salmonella. If you are like me and have been nervous to eat peanuts because of the […]

Aflatoxin Company Stories Expo West Peanuts Video
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At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, I interviewed Kris Fillat, the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar.

During our conversation, Kris gave me a really interesting explanation about the safety of peanuts as it relates to salmonella. If you are like me and have been nervous to eat peanuts because of the health scares in the news, this is one video that you will want to watch.

Kris also gives us some background on her company and her amazing Breakfast Bar. It is one of the best bars that I have tasted in a long, long time.


An Introduction to the Raw Food Lifestyle with Taylor Wells – Episode #1

An Introduction to the Raw Food Lifestyle with Taylor Wells - Episode #1

In this video, I talk to my friend Taylor Wells and she gives us an overview of the raw food lifestyle — what it is, the benefits, how someone can get started eating this way. I’ve gotten to know Taylor over the last year, and I can honestly say that she is one of the […]

Company Stories Raw Food Video
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In this video, I talk to my friend Taylor Wells and she gives us an overview of the raw food lifestyle — what it is, the benefits, how someone can get started eating this way.

I’ve gotten to know Taylor over the last year, and I can honestly say that she is one of the most incredible and inspirational people I have come across. Along with her husband, she owns four yoga studios, has a nationwide consulting business, runs super-mom.com, recently launched pranaraw.com and opened last summer The Prana Café.

Furthermore, she home-schools her six year-old daughter and three year-old son. If that is not enough, Taylor, at 44 years old, just gave birth to two twin boys. She now has five kids in total, including her 12 year-old daughter.

Never once have I heard her complain how tired she is, something she attributes to the raw food lifestyle.


Food, Inc. Will Be on PBS Tonight at 9PM EST

Food, Inc. Will Be on PBS Tonight at 9PM EST

Tonight on PBS at 9PM EST, the movie Food, Inc. will be shown. For those people who have not seen it, the movie is an absolute must-watch. You will see many shocking things including: – How genetically-modified food is tearing up this country – How Monsanto’s hard-ball tactics wreak havoc on the lives of farmers […]

Company Stories GMO USDA
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Tonight on PBS at 9PM EST, the movie Food, Inc. will be shown.

For those people who have not seen it, the movie is an absolute must-watch. You will see many shocking things including:

– How genetically-modified food is tearing up this country

– How Monsanto’s hard-ball tactics wreak havoc on the lives of farmers who try to not use its products

– How our government allows dangerous chemicals to go into our food and puts greater importance on the agenda of powerful ag-businesses instead of the health of this country

– How the USDA permits animals to be treated in the most inhumanely way possible

This movie is a serious wake-up call as to what is really going on in our food system.

Based on what you see in Food, Inc., you will walk away pretty shocked.  And, hopefully, you’ll be outraged and inspired to get involved.

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On another note, I recently shot an interview with Joel Salatin, one of the stars of Food, Inc.  I hope to have it up next week.  He’s a super-nice guy who is doing some very important work down at his farm in Virginia.


Two Organic Food Businesses Who Understand Social Media

Two Organic Food Businesses Who Understand Social Media

When I launched livingmaxwell at the end of December, I realized that I needed to get my act together in regards to social media. Having immersed myself in this space over the past few months, I now pay particular attention to how other organic food businesses use social media.  My overall impression so far: I […]

Company Stories Social Media Whole Foods
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When I launched livingmaxwell at the end of December, I realized that I needed to get my act together in regards to social media.

Having immersed myself in this space over the past few months, I now pay particular attention to how other organic food businesses use social media.  My overall impression so far: I am extremely unimpressed.

Here are two exceptions.

Whole Foods

No surprise here.  Whole Foods leverages social media better than most companies in the world.  Not only were they a very, very early user on Twitter but how many corporations have their own Flickr page?

These people know what they are doing and their stats confirm this.  235,000 fans on Facebook and 1.75 million followers on Twitter. Read more »