Amazon Superfoods™ 101
At Sambazon we use the worlds finest Amazon Superfoods™ to satisfy your mind, body and spirit. The culmination of superfoods like acai, acerola, guaraná, and yerba mate are known to be some of the most potent and pure fruits and botanicals on the planet. Here’s a few of our ingredients and their powers:
Açaí – the king of the superfruit jungle is this tiny purple palm fruit called açaí. A staple food for the local Amazonians, açaí is rich in antioxidants (specifically anthocyanins like those found in red wine) and healthy fats similar to olive oil, plus it has no sugar. This combo makes açaí a powerhouse of satisfying nutrition.
Acerola – more familiarly known as the Amazon Cherry, Acerola has amazing immune boosting powers and though it’s just slightly tart, it carries almost any flavor well.
Brazil Nuts – high in monounsaturated fats that help keep cholesterol levels at a healthy level. Brazil Nuts are actually really special because of their super high Selenium content. Selenium is a trace element that helps fight cancer, heart disease and even premature aging.
Cacao – one of the best parts about raw cacao is that it is an excellent carrier for other vitamins and minerals. This means that the properties of cacao actually make other foods you eat with it more potent and bioavailable. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, calcium and a host of trace minerals, cacao is excellent in just about anything, but it really shines with raw honey and a few choice spices.
Cashew Milk – creamy in texture, this milk boasts a ton of B vitamins, copper and magnesium. With a lower fat content than most nuts, the majority of cashew’s fats come from the unsaturated (or good) variety. Plus, it’s cholesterol free.
Rice – thinner than most milks, this is pretty close to skim and is probably the lightest of all your alternative options. It’s a great place to start if you aren’t looking for anything too crazy and kids love it because it’s naturally got an awesomely sweet taste.
Coconut – not the canned stuff. Be sure to find one that’s cultured so you get probiotics and all the other health benefits of this amazing food. Don’t worry, it doesn’t add very much coconut flavor at all.
Chia Seed – quite possibly one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, chia seeds are the secret to ancient energy. They are mild in flavor, extremely hydrating, great for diabetics, is high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins. Additionally, chia is known for its energizing and rejuvenating properties.
Coconut Milk – fermented coconut milk is an awesome dairy substitute because not only does it keep blood sugar in line, but it promotes skin, blood vessel, bone, join, and immune health. It’s a powerhouse of goodness that we couldn’t recommend any higher. Plus it tastes like summer.
Guaraná – a native plant from Brazil, its seeds are high in caffeine, tannins and alkaloids. It’s a great additive for endurance and mental alertness, and may even help burn fat.
Guayusa – a cousin of yerba mate, guayusa is a tree native to the Amazon that’s high in caffeine and its leaves are often gathered and used to make a stimulant tea. It has been shown to boost metabolism, support weight loss, aid digestion, balance blood sugar, increase physical energy and mental alertness.
Hemp – a complete plant protein that contains all 10 essential amino acids plus healthy omega-3 and -6 fats. It has a mildly grassy, fresh flavor and has been shown to help with skin and hair health, hormone balancing, inflammation, cholesterol maintenance, plus it contains magnesium, a natural stress reliever.
Quinoa – an ancient grain that just so happens to be a whole protein, quinoa contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and a highly bioavailable source of high quality, whole food protein for your body. Quinoa rules and pairs just as well with savory as sweet, for breakfast or for dinner.
Spirulina – a blue green algae that’s got so many positives, you might want to prepare: protein, vitamins, minerals, immune boosting, craving stopping, cardio aiding, and a thousand and one other benefits. This is one of the essential greens you should add to not only your drinks, but anything and everything else you can.
Wheatgrass – greens in general are great for you, but wheatgrass is that extra special something that really gets us excited. A natural detoxifier and cleanser, wheatgrass is crazy low in calories, but extra high in goodness. Get alkaline with chlorophyll, over 70 trace vitamins and minerals, enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, protein, energy, rejuvenation, and a billion other things.
Yakon – fresh yacon is sweet, juicy and crunchy, but you’re probably going to encounter it either as a powder or syrup in the States. Although it’s exceptionally sweet, the type of sugar it’s made out of (inulin) is not absorbable by the body so it passes straight through. Half the calories, all the sweetness and balanced blood sugars leave yacon for the win.
Yerba Mate – sort of like the South American version of green tea, this has a slightly grassier flavor and even more health benefits. Pumping with chlorophyll and a natural source of sustained caffeine, mate provides the body with energy, but doesn’t make you deal with the crash after your high.