Macadamias are surely the "luxury" nut of the hierarchy, right? Decades ago they always seemed to come in gift boxes from your great aunt's exotic trip to Hawaii, drenched in cheap chocolate but oh so treasured by your 9-year-old self. When the nut is actually fresh instead of taken directly from the airport gift shop shelves, the fatty crispness of each nut is the perfect foil for another exotic treat from another part of the world: the mango. Together in Sunfood's Mango Macadamia Adventure they've been co-mingled with goji berries, cashews, mulberries, and cacao nibs for a wacky melange of deliciousness, totally raw and unbelievably good for you.
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
In Sunfood's own words, "This trail mix is sure to melt your taste buds". Well, I'm not sure that's something my taste buds aspire to (melting), but clearly the folks at Sunfood are excited about this new mix of raw flavors. They should be—it is a wondrous mash-up of raw nuts, dried fruit, and crunchy cacao. Nothing in this mix is a throw-away bit, to be avoided until the bottom of the bag when there's nothing left to eat but one thing. That's how trail mixes go, most of the time. This is nothing but goodness, each handful at a time. If anything, the number of ingredients will have you trying to create the perfect mouthful each time with one piece of everything: cashews, mango, macadamias, goji berries, mulberries, and cacao nibs. All raw, all organic, all RIGHT!!!
And as for their nutritional qualities, here are some highlights:
Raw cashews are naturally high in beautifying oleic acid and also contain magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. Zinc is a critical mineral for enzyme formation and reproductive health. Magnesium is vital for almost every system in the body; most people are chronically magnesium-deprived.
Goji berries, are considered a complete source of protein and regarded as a top longevity and strength-building food in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Mangos have a good number of health benefits that many people don't know about. The sweet and fragrant fruit promotes healthy digestion. They also have large amounts of fiber to aid in regularity and the prevention of constipation. Mangos also lower cholesterol and help in fighting some cancers. Mangos have several key nutrients your body needs. Vitamin C fights off colds and illness. Vitamins A and E protect against free radicals, while vitamin A also strengthens bone growth as well. Iron enriches the blood and promotes healthy cells. Potassium maintains proper balance in the body's fluids, helps with nerve function and aids in muscle contraction. Other nutrients include omega-3 and 6, vitamin B6 and copper. The peel is usually not eaten due to its tough and bitter taste, but it provides high concentrations of the nutrients.
Cacao beans: chock-full of health-giving and beautifying fatty acids and minerals, as well as antioxidants, and nutrients that support mood and the immune system. Cacao is one of the most powerful known superfoods, and had been used for thousands of years to boost health and energy levels. Raw cacao is one of the most phytochemically complex foods on Earth. Many of its constituents have yet to even be discovered! We could write a dissertation on the health benefits of raw cacao, but here are just a few compounds found in raw cacao beans,: neurotransmitter anandamide (the "bliss" chemical), neurotransmitter phenethylamine (also known as PEA, the "love molecule"), neurotransmitter serotonin (a brain chemical that acts to shield against stress, increasing ones sense of wellbeing) neurotransmitter dopamine (increases ones sense of pleasure and elevates the mood), phytochemical coumarin (suppresses appetite, and also has anti-tumor properties and helps with blood circulation) enzyme asparaginase (a special enzyme with anti-cancer properties) ergosterol (a necessary chemical for Vitamin D assimilation), sitosterol (helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels), and magnesium (helps combat osteoporosis and weak bones/teeth, heart disease, migraines, muscle spasms, painful menstrual periods, and even diabetes.)
Taken altogether, Mango Macadamia Adventure contains some serious nutritional cred:
- Vitamin A which may contribute to healthy immunity, vision, bone health and cell integrity
- Vitamin C which may function as an antioxidant as well as contribute to healthy immunity and bone health
- Vitamin B1 which may contribute to mental function and metabolism
- Vitamin B2 which may help regulate metabolism and support normal cell growth
- Vitamin B6 which may contribute to healthy immunity and regulate metabolism
- Vitamin E which may function as an antioxidant as well as contribute to healthy immunity and heart health
- Vitamin K which may help support normal thrombosis (blood clotting)
- Magnesium which may contribute to normal bone health and immunity
- Calcium which may assist in supporting strong bones
- Potassium which may help maintain normal blood pressure in combination with a low sodium diet
- Selenium which may support a healthy immune system and assist neutralization of free radicals
About Sunfood, in their own words
Years ago, a group of health minded individuals noticed an alarming trend in their towns and communities. They saw friends and family eating and drinking dead, processed foods full of chemicals. They knew that this was the path to obesity and disease, ultimately leading to western medicine’s suppression of symptoms with drugs and scalpels. This is not true healing.
Sunfood was born from their desire to create an alternative path to health. We believe that the secrets to health, energy and long life are found in nature through diet and nutrition. Building upon the wisdom of traditional and modern natural healing methods from all over the world, we are here to share powerful information and superfoods that help people heal and rejuvenate themselves naturally.
It is our quest to find the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet. Our search to uncover ancient and modern healing knowledge lost to our society has taken us all over the world, from the tropical regions of South America to the high mountains of Tibet.
Our family-operated business is located in San Diego, where we prepare superfoods in our certified organic facility and package them for you with care. We are passionate about empowering our Sunfood family through education, from our superfood specialists on the phones, to our newsletters filled with the latest health information, to recipes made with love from our kitchen to yours.