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Organic Raw Cacao – What is it exactly?

Organic Raw Cacao - What is it exactly?

If you are not entrenched in the raw food world, there is a pretty good chance that organic raw cacao may be something new to you. Well, actually, let me rephrase that.  Organic raw cacao may be a new super-food to you. Organic raw cacao is derived from cacao trees, which are generally grown in […]

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If you are not entrenched in the raw food world, there is a pretty good chance that organic raw cacao may be something new to you.

Well, actually, let me rephrase that.  Organic raw cacao may be a new super-food to you.

Organic raw cacao is derived from cacao trees, which are generally grown in countries near the equator (Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Indonesia to name a few). They can be purchased either as beans, nibs or in powder form.

Just as the name states, organic raw cacao is raw. This means the organic raw cacao is not heated above 118 degrees. That is generally considered the highest temperature that food can be heated before it loses valuable enzymes, minerals and nutrients.

Organic raw cacao is believed to be an incredibly healthy food for many reasons. Not only does it contains very high levels of magnesium, which supports a healthy heart, but organic raw cacao is full of anti-oxidants and amin-acids, such as arginine and tryptophan.

My preferred organic raw cacao brand is from Sunfood. Here is what I have to say about Sunfood’s organic raw cacao powder.


RootDown LA: Reconnecting Youth in South Los Angeles to Farm-Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

RootDown LA: Reconnecting Youth in South Los Angeles to Farm-Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

If you haven’t watched Jamie Oliver’s keynote address at the recent TED conference, you need to.  The speech was an all-out assault on the food that Americans eat and how it is literally killing our population. It is a shame that we have to have someone who isn’t even a U.S. citizen give us a […]

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If you haven’t watched Jamie Oliver’s keynote address at the recent TED conference, you need to.  The speech was an all-out assault on the food that Americans eat and how it is literally killing our population.

It is a shame that we have to have someone who isn’t even a U.S. citizen give us a wake-up call but that is the dire situation we are in with our food system. The truth is that our government is failing us and not acting in our best interest when it comes to health.

One of the great things about doing this blog is that I get to publicize organizations who are working diligently to reverse this severe crisis we now face. One such group is called RootDown LA.

RootDown LA, a project of Community Partners, is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles whose purpose is simple: to get kids reconnected to real, whole foods that are not processed nor laden with chemicals. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2010

Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2010

I just knew that the hundreds and hundreds of hours I have spent roaming the aisles of supermarkets and studying menus at organic restaurants would come in handy one day. But, I had no idea that it would lead to me writing this post.  So, here it goes…. 1) More and More Coconuts Coconuts have […]

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I just knew that the hundreds and hundreds of hours I have spent roaming the aisles of supermarkets and studying menus at organic restaurants would come in handy one day.

But, I had no idea that it would lead to me writing this post.  So, here it goes….

1) More and More Coconuts

Coconuts have taken on much more prominence as of late.  A bunch of ice creams, including Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss and Purely Decadent, have coconuts as their central ingredient.  Energy bars, such as those from Raw Revolution, have used them in their products for a while.

In terms of organic coconuts, this is what I foresee.

Organic coconut water: Coconut water is a hot trend in the beverage world right now.  Some people consider coconut water to be the ultimate post-workout drink because it contains electrolytes.

However, nearly all of those boxes of coconut water that are flying off the shelves in the supermarkets are not organic.  It is only a matter of time before we see a shift to organic. Read more »


The Dirty Dozen: The Must-Have Organic Fruits and Vegetables

The Dirty Dozen: The Must-Have Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Each year the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment, puts out a list called the “Dirty Dozen”. What is this list?  It is a list of the most chemically-treated fruits and vegetables. EWG research “has found that the people who eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and […]

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Peach stock photoEach year the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment, puts out a list called the “Dirty Dozen”.

What is this list?  It is a list of the most chemically-treated fruits and vegetables.

EWG research “has found that the people who eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables consume an average of 10 pesticides a day.  Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily.”

In case you are shopping and can’t remember what is on the list, the basic rule of thumb is this: buy organic fruits or vegetables that have nothing to be peeled off before eating. Read more »


Product Recommendation: Raw Revolution – Agave Nectar and Cashew

Product Recommendation: Raw Revolution - Agave Nectar and Cashew

I’ve been wolfing these down lately and keep a stash of them in my car. This bar is  sweet yet is also filling and does a great job of curbing my hunger.  The other flavor that I love is the hazelnut & chocolate.  It tastes like an amazing brownie. Ideal for a pre-workout snack and […]

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cashewI’ve been wolfing these down lately and keep a stash of them in my car.

This bar is  sweet yet is also filling and does a great job of curbing my hunger.  The other flavor that I love is the hazelnut & chocolate.  It tastes like an amazing brownie.

Ideal for a pre-workout snack and it can be purchased online HERE.

Also, please watch my video product review.


Product Recommendation: Organic Food Bar – Active Greens

Product Recommendation: Organic Food Bar - Active Greens

The company claims to be the world’s first organic bar and the world’s top-selling bar.  This wouldn’t surprise me in the least given how many years I have been eating their product.  It remains to this day one of my all-time favorites. Lots of greens including spirulina, wheat grass powder and barley grass powder. For […]

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The company claims to be the world’s first organic bar and the world’s top-selling bar.  This wouldn’t surprise me in the least given how many years I have been eating their product.  It remains to this day one of my all-time favorites.

Lots of greens including spirulina, wheat grass powder and barley grass powder.

For some reason, I like to put it in the fridge and eat it cold.  It seems to taste better that way.

Sold throughout the country at natural/organic stores and also online HERE.


Product Recommendation: WildBar – Mountain Mint

Product Recommendation: WildBar - Mountain Mint

This is one of the more interesting bars on the market.  There are two main things that I like about this bar: 1) It is loaded with superfoods including blue-green algae extract, cacao and maca –> tons of antioxidants. 2) Very rich taste. 100% raw.  Not sold in too many places but can be purchased […]

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This is one of the more interesting bars on the market.  There are two main things that I like about this bar:

1) It is loaded with superfoods including blue-green algae extract, cacao and maca –> tons of antioxidants.

2) Very rich taste.

100% raw.  Not sold in too many places but can be purchased at www.wildbar.info.