Known as the miracle tree – why you may ask? Well moringa is a highly nutritious gluten-free vegan whole food, and a fantastic source of vitamin A, fibre, magnesium, and calcium. If that weren’t enough, our miraculous moringa (we use the leaves) is ethically sourced and sustainably grown. It comes from Nchenga, Malawi and is farmed by local women through our partnership with Farafena. These women farmers are now earning a take home wage three times the average in Malawi!
The ancient baobab tree holds many secrets, (like a trunk full of water) and one we’ve recently discovered is that its fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense in the world. The fruit which looks like a large brown seed pod (not as pretty as an orange) is a rich source of vitamin C, has almost 50% fibre and is high in antioxidants! Our baobab comes from Guérékélé, Mali and is harvested by local women farmers through our partnership with Farafena.
Our yerba mate is a little wild, being 100% organic and grown in the forests of Southern Brazil amongst the animals and indigenous plants. It contains loads of anti-oxidants, is a good source of minerals, amino acids and xanthines (like caffeine). That’s probably why local people have been using it to make tea for thousands of years for its feel good factor. We source our yerba mate through Triunfo do Brazil, a family owned company who look after their people, plants and the planet (being both Fair Trade and Fair for Life certified).
Our plump juicy tomatoes are ripened in the Italian sun and packed full of all the goodness you’d expect from a tomato – probably the best source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. Oh and these Happy Planet ones are 100% organic too.
The coconuts used to make our coconut cream are grown in the tropical climes of Indonesia. Most people focus on the fat content of coconut cream, but unlike saturated fat from animals, the fats here are cholesterol free and contain the good kind of fatty acids. Suprisingly, coconut cream has a relatively high fibre content and is also a rich source of important vitamins (B,C and E) and minerals. And need we say, it’s completely delicious!
We use delicious mangoes from Mexico to make our juices and smoothies. Their taste alone should be why we use them in our smoothies, but these plump and golden delights have all sorts of goodness we thought worth mentioning. They are low-calorie, high fibre, a great source of vitamins A and C, minerals and anti-oxidants – do you need more?
We get our delicious white mushrooms from just down the road, grown by local farmers in Fraser Valley, BC. As an ingredient, mushrooms punch way above their weight (a bit like us, really). They are low in calories, high in fibre and protein, and a source of many important nutrients including B vitamins, selenium, potassium and copper. And an interesting fact, they are also a good source of Vitamin D (when exposed to the sun).
Along with anacondas and alligators, camu camu is found in Brazil where it grows mostly in the flooded areas of the Amazonian rainforest. Fortunately unlike other things that live in the swamps, this superfood is really good for us being chock full of vitamin C (up to 60 times as much per serving than an orange) and providing essential amino acids, potassium and antioxidants. Definitely more delicious than alligators or anacondas too.
Our organic butternut comes from a family-owned farm in Oregon. They grow free in the fields, and are left to ripen naturally in the sunshine on the vine. Being shown so much love, these sweet squashes give back, providing a great source of dietary fibre, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and carotenoids (the things that make plants orange and help us see in the dark).
Maca is indigenous to Peru and grows at very high altitudes and in harsh conditions. Despite the unforgiving habitat, this plant offers a great deal of nutritional value. The main edible part of maca is the root which is dried and powdered and added to products like our Extreme Smoothie for extra goodness. Goodness which includes protein, carbs, vitamin C, copper and iron along with many bioactive plant compounds. A very generous offering indeed.
Our Camino cocoa is both Fair Trade and organic and is harvested through the La Siembra Co-operative. This delicious cocoa which goes into many of our chocolate flavoured products not only tastes good, but makes you feel good, knowing it was sourced through a company committed to benefiting the farmers and their communities. Our cocoa is sourced from farmer growers in The Dominican Republic.
Turmeric has been touted as the new wonder food and recent studies show that not only has it anti-inflammatory properties but it can also act as an anti-oxidant, helping with regulating blood sugar levels and alleviating digestive issues. If that weren’t enough, turmeric is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Unsurprisingly, we obtain this organic golden spice from India, the country that has known about the benefits of turmeric for centuries.