The only almonds allowed in our potions are whole, natural California Almonds. Why? Glad you asked! Keeping the almonds whole preserves nutrition content and prevents oxidation. To further preserve nutrition, we dry our almonds at a low temperature. Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, fiber, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. Better yet, almonds are the highest in protein among all tree nuts. See why we emphasize preserving the nutritional value?
Though the fancy name may suggest otherwise, Valencia Peanuts are actually grown in the USA, primarily New Mexico. These particular legumes have not just two, but three or more kernels per shell. They are slightly sweeter, fresher, and crisper than other peanut varieties, making them a popular choice often used for all-natural peanut butter. Additionally, peanuts contain antioxidant levels that compare to the levels found in superfruits like pomegranates and blackberries. Does that make peanuts a superlegume?
Organic Sunflower Seeds
Believe it or not, sunflower seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are filled with protein, fiber, all B vitamins, and vitamin E. Vitamin E alone provides its own array of benefits, by neutralizing free radicals throughout the body, and having significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of asthma and arthritis. Vitamin E also provides cardiovascular benefits. Paired with its selection of monounsaturated fats, this classified sunflower seeds as utterly “heart-healthy.”
I bet you thought that cashews were nuts. Wrong! They’re actually the seeds of cashew apples, which (brace yourself) look similar to regular old apples. Cashews have an impressive amount of copper, which is important for energy production and antioxidant defenses. Other micronutrients in cashews include phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. Though they’re not technically a nut, we’re pretty nuts about the benefits of cashews. (You must have been expecting a nut pun in here somewhere, right?)
Organic Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are the seeds of the same plant known for its durable fiber. These little champs have the perfect ratio of omega 3’s and omega 6’s – a combo that makes your heart and cholesterol happy. Plus, they’re a rare plant source of complete protein and tons of other nutrients. (Oh, and no need to worry – contrary to some beliefs, industrial hemp contains almost no THC. Glad we had this talk.)
Organic Chia Seeds
With a name that means “strength” in ancient Mayan and an ability to provide sustained energy, you better believe chia seeds were going into our nut butter potions! Somehow (presumably through some type of wizardry), one ounce of these lil’ guys packs in 4g of protein, 5g of Omega-3’s, antioxidants, and tons of manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Organic Goji Berries
Goji berries have earned their status as a “superfruit” because they are the single most nutritionally dense fruit on earth. Not only do they contain all nine essential amino acids, but are loaded with vitamin C, iron, calcium, and zinc, and have a higher concentration of protein than any other fruit. Finally, to top off the power held in this little berry, it also has mighty antioxidant properties that help boost the immune system. It might not be the fountain of youth it was once thought to be, but with nutrition like this it’s no wonder it has been famed for increasing longevity.
Tradition calls it the “Gold of the Incas,” we call it “tasty magic fruit.” Lucuma is a subtropical fruit with a maple-like taste that we use as a low-glycemic sweetener. But under that sweet, sweet exterior, lucuma packs a nutrient-dense punch with B3, beta carotene, iron, and protein. Lucuma is even a popular ice cream flavor in some South American countries! You can file that one away under “Trivia Answers I May Someday Need.”
Organic Coconut Sugars
If we’re talking calories, sugar is sugar. But if you’re going to have a little sugar, coconut sugar may be the best way to go. It’s made from the sap of the flower on the coconut palm, so it retains some of its short chain fatty acids and small amounts of nutrients like iron and potassium. But the superstar of the coconut sugar show is a fiber called Inulin, which studies suggest slows glucose absorption and lowers coconut sugar’s glycemic index.
Organic Sustainable Palm Oil
Palm oil sometimes gets a bad rep for the environmental impact associated with growing palm, but it has many benefits as well. We use palm oil to make our butters smooth and consistent, and we’ve chosen to partner with Daabon, a palm oil supplier who is committed to sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable palm oil production. Daabon has been ranked the #1 Sustainable Palm Oil producer in the world, is USDA Certified Organic, and is Rainforest Alliance Certified and Orangutan Free You can learn more about Daabon’s sustainability efforts here, and their extremely high sustainability rating here.
Organic Sprouted Rice Protein
Sure, sprouted rice protein sounds like something your hippie aunt might grow in her rooftop water garden. But in reality, it’s a hyper-nutritious source of vegan protein that’s easier on the stomach than many other protein powders. And sprouting the rice increases the amount of fiber and makes the nutrients in rice more readily absorbable by the body.
Allergen Free Probiotics
“BACTERIA IN MY NUT BUTTER?!” you exclaim. Why, yes. Bacteria indeed – but the good kind. The GanedenBC30 we use in our Plant Protein + Probiotic potion is a naturally occurring strain of beneficial, allergen-free bacteria that supports digestive health and strengthened immunity – and aids in the absorption of the protein you’re eating. GanedenBC30 is an extremely stable probiotic due to its protective outer spores that enable it to survive through manufacturing until it reaches the perfect growing condition of the ecosystem we call The Intestines. Skeptical? Learn more about GanedenBC30‘s peer reviewed studies here.
We cannot espresso enough how much we love these beans. Our fair trade espresso is made from from 100% fresh highland Arabica coffee beans, gently roasted, cultivated, and refined in the best high-altitude regions. The beans are ecologically cultivated by small-scale farmers in Fairtrade conditions. This benefits nature, the farmers who got better prices, and you, who gets a shamelessly delicious Chocolate Espresso Peanut Butter out of the deal. That’s what I call a Win-Win… Win.
Good news! Cacao is not only a rich source of antioxidants, but also contains high levels of flavonoids that may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health. What was that? Did I just hear that chocolate is good for me? Ours is, because it’s from Equal Exchange, who uses cacao grown by small farmer co-ops. To learn more about the farms that grow our cacao, check out Oro Verde, Cacvra, or Acopagro. All farmers work under fair trade conditions, which means fairer trading conditions and opportunities for producers in developing countries to invest in their business and communities for a sustainable future. That means you can eat our chocolate expresso PB… guilt free.
Ahhh cinnamon. Beyond just smelling awesome, cinnamon offers unique benefits. It helps prevent blood clotting, reduces inflammation, and regulates blood sugar. The best part? Just smelling cinnamon is shown to boost brain activity. That’s right. Now go get yourself a candle and thank us later.
Vanilla is featured in the form of organic ground vanilla bean powder in our Chocolate Espresso PB. The main component of vanilla is called vanillin, which contains complex-B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and iron. This small but mighty ingredient has been used for more than six centuries to help relieve pain, stress, and nausea.
Gourmets believe that sea salt tastes better than ordinary table salt. Table salt is processed to eliminate minerals, and generally contains additives to prevent clumping. On the other hand, the mineral content left in the sea salt can actually affect the way it tastes. In fact, sea salt comes in a fun variety of colors and flavors due to local clays and algae found in the waters it’s harvested from.
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