How To Make The Best Green Smoothie

How To Make The Best Green Smoothie

It’s summer and I want to share with you how to make the best green smoothie recipe!  I LOVE smoothies- especially if they have greens in them or are packed full of veggies.  As a busy mom a green smoothie has been a must.  It keeps me full, is quick to make, and works for on the go.  Plus, I’m getting a serious nutritional punch!

So many of you have asked me for my green smoothie recipe- I had to share with you!  I always typically have my smoothie in the morning, but you can make your smoothie whenever it works for you.  Let me first explain how this green smoothie inspiration got started!

How to make a the best green smoothie by Gurl Gone Green

How to make the Best Green Smoothie that tastes good and packs a nutrient punch.

I was making smoothies for a while, I mean years but I never thought of my smoothie how I do now, until reading Kelly Leveque’s book, Body Love: Live in Balance  This book changed my life and thinking about food in general.  But it also changed my whole mindset on smoothies.  I had been reading things here and there about smoothies and how they weren’t necessarily the best.  People were saying you need to eat meals and the nutrients were so much better.  I was bummed because I LOVED my smoothies!  It was such a convenient way for me to get a quick meal in and feel satisfied.  I don’t know about you but as a mom cooking every single meal can seem daunting.  Fortunately, I read Body Love: Live in Balance and the negative smoothie connotations had quickly been debunked by Kelly.  Hurray!

Now that I was back on the smoothie train I was so excited to learn about her smoothie method and how it was different.  With her smoothies, there are 4 components that create the perfect smoothie nutritionally, fat, fiber, protein, and greens.  Having all these components in your smoothie is going to give you the perfect ratio for your body to stay full, not raise your blood sugar and give you all the nutrients you need.  It makes so much sense!  I had never heard someone explain it as she did in the book.

How to make the best green smoothie!

Green smoothie love!

FAT-

A lot of times I would feel hungry within an hour or two after drinking my smoothie.  Looking back I can see I was missing some good fat in my smoothie.  Fat is your friend and so good for you!  It helps you feel full and keeps your blood sugar in check too.

Healthy Fat Options- 

  • Coconut Oil
  • Cashew Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Butter
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • MCT Oil

FIBER- 

Another ingredient I didn’t think about before was fiber.  I would include fiber often with chia seeds but I didn’t understand the amazing benefit in can have besides good omega 3-‘s.  It also helps keep you full, aids in healthy digestion and it also helps to slow the release of blood sugars into the blood stream.

Healthy Fiber Options-

  • Flaxseed
  • Chia Seed
  • Psyllium Husk Powder
  • Hemp Seeds

The best organic/natural protein powder for green smoothies.

The Best Organic Protein Powder. A clean protein that doesn’t make you feel bloated.

PROTEIN POWDERS-

I always added a protein powder.  This is one that I knew I needed!  If I didn’t have the protein my smoothie would often be just carb heavy.  My favorite clean protein powder is Activ Whey Protein Powder.  The protein powder comes in a vanilla or chocolate.  Instead of cow’s whey, it’s a goat’s whey.  It makes smoothies taste SO good!  I always add 1 serving.

*Protein Tip- Always blend all your smoothie ingredients first and then add your protein last.  If you add it with all the other ingredients and blend it for a while it will expand, causing the smoothie to get huge and may cause you to have an upset stomach.  Throw it in after everything is blended so you only have to blend it for a few seconds.

Healthy Protein Powder Options-

*I also have a podcast with my naturopath on protein powders and what to look for here.

GREENS-

Finally let’s talk greens.  You know the leafy vegetables that are SO good for you!  They offer good fiber, and a serious nutrient punch.  Greens are going to give your skin a glow, revitalize your cells and just feed your body pure health!  Plus, what’s a green smoothie without some greens!

  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choy
  • Romaine
  • Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Beets(though not technically green they offer a nutritional punch)
  • Really any veggie that you like.  Some go better in smoothies, some don’t but at the end of the day you are the one drinking it.  If you like it then throw it in!

This last one is the fruit portion!  A little fruit goes a long way in adding flavor to any smoothie.  You just don’t want to overdo it though.  Kelly Leveque explains in her Body Love book so well the downsides of adding too much fruit- which is essentially sugar.  Your blood sugar spikes and you can be left with excess sugar that makes you feel wired initially but then makes you want to take a nap an hour later.  Not too mention, if there is too much fruit in your smoothie your body will end up turning storing it as fat.  Her book explains it in further detail. Highly recommend you get it.

Bottom line: you don’t want to overload your smoothie with excess fruit!  Fruit isn’t bad it’s all about moderation.  I’ve also found most protein powders are flavored(naturally) so you don’t need a ton of fruit really since you get flavor from the protein powder.  Kelly recommends about 1/4 cup of fruit.  I’ve seen recipes that say 1 cup- which is crazy!

FRUIT-

Below you’ll find some fruit options to put in your green smoothie.  I typically do a half of a frozen banana. Bananas I’ve found offer creaminess and thickness to my smoothie, plus a great flavor.

  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches

How to make the best green smoothie

A green smoothie filled with all the greens!

Ok, so now that you know what makes a powerhouse smoothie, let’s talk about some other ingredients.

  • Nut Milk- I love adding some coconut milk, hemp milk in mine.  You can also use almond milk or whatever nut milk you like.  This will add some creaminess to your smoothie. I also love making my own nut milks with my Almond Cow nut milk maker!  Seriously makes the creamiest nut milks and it’s so easy to use!  It’s been a game changer for making nut milks without a nut milk bag. Save $15 off your Almond Cow and free shipping when you use coupon code: gurlgonegreen. Shop here!
  • Water- If you don’t want to do any nut milk, you can just use some water for the liquid.
  • Fresh Ginger- A great addition to any smoothie. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, good for the heart and gives smoothies a bite with it’s punchy flavor.  Add a little chunk or lot depending on your flavor palette.
  • Fresh Tumeric- Another good addition to smoothies.  It’s also anti-inflammatory- pretty much an all star food! Add a 1/2 inch cube.
  • E3Live- This is a wild grown blue-green algae.  I’ve been taking this for over a year and can’t recommend it enough!  It really is a nutritional rockstar.  It helps with energy, immunity, and focus just to name a few.  I add a tablespoon to each smoothieClick Here to check out all that E3Live has to offer!
  • Cinnamon- A great addition for flavor but also is anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar, and is loaded with antioxidants.
  • Herbs- I know I mentioned herbs above but wanted to also mention mint!  A favorite of mine for flavor but also because it’s a calming and soothing herb.
  • Super Greens Powder- There are a lot of super greens powders out now. Obviously do your research and make sure the powder you have is a reliable resource and clean.  This is a great addition to even more potent greens!
  • Superfoods- So many superfoods you an include.  From maca, camu, spirulina- all come in powder form and you just add a teaspoon typically.  Be sure to understand why you’re adding them to your smoothie and talk to your health professional.
  • Collagen Powder- It is a protein, but I also consider it an additive.  Great for hair, skin and nails and joints.
  • Toppings- I love a good topping on my smoothie.  From cacao nibs, coconut flakes, granola, goji berries, bee pollen, nuts or seeds- the list is endless!

Can you see how having a smoothie packs a serious punch of nutrition?!  Your body will literally be glowing, you’ll feel good and you won’t feel hungry!  Plus, when you are blending up the greens or veggies it makes it so much easier for your body to digest them because they’re already broken down.

Also, a couple things to consider.  If you like your smoothies thick, freeze your fruit, and veggies.  This will give your smoothie that creamy consistency and have it be more like soft serve ice-cream versus liquid.  I prefer my smoothies thicker, so that’s what I do.  It also makes it easier to eat your toppings on your smoothie if they’re thicker as well.  Another thing to consider is to make smoothie packs and keep them in the freezer.  That way you have everything you need in one spot and all you have to do is add some liquid.  This is great when you’re in a hurry!

BLENDERS-

This is a meaty topic and I have no intention on swaying you on a blender either way!  I just want to give you a few tips.  I’ve had a Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender for 4 years and love it! Not to say I wouldn’t love a Vitamix too.  I think any higher powered blender is going to be amazing.  I have a friend who has a Vitamix and loves it, another who has a Nutri Ninja Blender– a little more affordable option.  I even have a friend who has a KitchenAid Blender and Loves it too.   I just encourage you to shop around and find what might be best for you.  The Blendtec has been great for me.  They even offer a smaller jar you can get for an additional cost that can make nut butters in minutes and sauces.  I actually use it to make my smoothies.  It’s called a Twister Jar.  I can’t recommend it enough.  A high powered blender really is going to make a difference when making a smoothie.  It will ensure all the ingredients are blended up well and smooth.  You don’t want to be drinking your smoothie and get a chunk of ginger!

I love taking my smoothies in mason jars!  I have some mason jar straw lids from the mason bar company that makes it so easy to just pop a straw in.

I would love to hear how you make your green smoothie!  Tell me your favorite ingredients!

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Top Healthy Food Bars

Top Healthy Food Bars

Ok, so who would have thought 20 years ago that bars would be such a big food group!  As time goes on it seems our already fast paced world gets even faster.  People don’t have time to make a nutritious snack or meal so they grab a bar.  Unfortunately, the market is saturated with a lot bars that aren’t real food.  Some of them should really fall into the candy bar category.  Then we have the bars that are filled with chemicals and junk.  It’s easy to get sucked into thinking a bar is actually good for you by all the marketing ploys of companies these days.  From catchy words like, natural, whole ingredients, plant protein, and even organic.  These companies are catching on to what consumers are looking for.

Here are a list of ingredients I avoid in bars:

Folic Acid(synthetic form- often an added vitamin or mineral, you want folate)

Cyanocobalamin(synthetic form of Vitamin B-12 that contains cyanide-a poison)

Soy Protein(especially if it’s not organic. I try and avoid soy as it’s in so many foods already and unless it’s organic or says non-gmo it likely is a GMO)

Soy Protein Isolate(Processed soy and same as above for soy protein)

-Soy Lecithin(Helps keep things together, but again soy)

-Whey Protein Isolate(causes gas, bloating and diarrhea, wreaks havoc on the gut flora)

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sucralose(artificial sweetener)

Inulin(Most Inulin used in food bars is extracted from chicory root and can cause a lot of problems- upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea)

Brown Rice Syrup(Often it’s found at the top of an ingredient list in bars and is used instead of sugar.  People think it’s better but be careful because it can contain high levels of arsenic from the brown rice)

-Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil(it’s processed to separate the liquid from the oil. It can be used a lot for chocolate coating on bars.  And results in higher saturated fat content)

-Natural Flavors(may come from a natural source but then they are manipulated in a lab. It’s hard to really know what’s in a natural flavor)

Carageenan(You can often find this ingredient in protein bars)

-Sugar Alcohols(these tend to be hard to digest and can make you feel bloated even though the calorie count is low. Watch out for maltitol, sorbitol, erythritol)

-Hydrogenated Oils(trans fat)

*Keep in mind this is just a small list.

Tips When Shopping For Bars:

  • Look for short ingredient lists– If the ingredient list looks overwhelming and contains words you can’t pronounce or aren’t sure what they are, then move on.  Chances are the bar is full of more chemicals than real food.
  • Avoid Cheap/Synthetic Ingredients- If you see a lot of soy(really cheap ingredient), isolates, folic acid, etc. (basically any of the above ingredients I listed) then keep walking. If a company skimps in one area, they are probably skimping in other areas too.
  • Avoid Sugar Bars- If sugar is the first or second ingredient you can bet it’s more of a candy bar than a health bar. Look for bars that add sweetness as naturally as possible.  Think dates, coconut nectar, etc.
  • Look For Marketing Tactics- Don’t assume a bar is healthy or good because it has the organic or non-gmo symbol on it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a bar that has the organic symbol on it thinking it would be good, only to find it contained a lot of cheap ingredients, folic acid and Cyanocobalamin.  So disturbing!  Sometimes your best bet might not be organic, but at least it only has 7 real food ingredients and you can recognize each one of them.

Favorite Bar Picks:

Skout Backcountry Organic Trail Bar-

I discovered these bars not too long ago and instantly became hooked!  I mean they’re so good!  My first thought when eating one was how it reminded me of no bake cookies-yes you heard me!  The chocolate coconut one specifically.  They also have an almond blueberry flavor, apple cinnamon, and chocolate peanut butter. Made with only 7 ingredients, these bars are organic, gluten free, non-gmo, vegan and free of refined sugar.  These have oats in them, but are still gluten free. Plus, I love that they’re just sweetened with dates.  My daughter loves them too!  These are more of a snack bar in my opinion since the protein isn’t super high.  A great pick for kid’s lunch boxes or after school snack.  To make them even more protein dense I like adding a little nut butter on top!  Skout Backcountry has been so kind to offer 25% off using code: GONEGREEN. Shop here on their website!

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RXBAR

These bars are one of my very favorites!  They are a protein bar and great for grabbing when you need something substantial quick.  They literally only have 6-8 real food ingredients per bar.  They are dairy, soy, and gluten free. They also are considered paleo friendly and Whole30 approved. I love the texture of these bars.  They are chewy and satisfying.  Plus 12 grams of protein per bar!  My favorite flavor hands down is Maple Sea Salt- try it and thank me later.  I also like the Mint Chocolate flavor.  You can find these at Trader Joe’s(Usually just a couple flavors) and other health food stores.  They often have sales or different promotions, so follow them on social media.  Check out RXBAR! 

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Perfect Bars-

These are hands down my daughter’s favorite.  They are a protein bar but made with 20+ superfood ingredients.  They aren’t chewy but more dense and soft.  All the flavors are gluten free, soy free and non-gmo.  There is one flavor that is vegan and that is Vegan Almond Coconut. Most bars are certified organic but some don’t have the symbol because not every ingredient is organic-although most of them are.  They include superfood ingredients like, kale, kelp, carrot and spinach-just to name a few.  These are definitely a fill you up kind of bar in my opinion.  My current favorites are Blueberry Cashew, and Coconut Peanut Butter. You can find these at Whole Foods, most health food stores, and a lot of conventional grocery stores. You can also by them at Costco!  They are in the refrigeration section at the grocery store. Shop the full selection here!

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Go Raw Grow Protein Bars-

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me share these in my stories.  I love that they use organic raw sprouted watermelon seeds as the protein source!  A completely vegan bar with 12 grams of protein and made with only 8 ingredients.  These aren’t super chewy but more like a granola bar texture but denser.  The bars are also organic and non-gmo.  These bars are nut free too-a great option if you or your child is allergic to nuts! Which is sometimes hard to find when it comes to health bars.  If you can do nuts these are great dipped in some nut butter or even sunflower seed butter.  I really like the Mint Chocolate flavor and Cinnamon Spice.  Use Coupon Code: RAW25 for 25% off your purchase online.  Shop here!

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Thunderbird Real Food Bars-

These bars are so good!  They have a Fruit and Nut Bar selection and then a Nut and Seed Bar selection.  The Nut and Seed collection is more for those wanting a little more substance and a little less sugar.  I love the chewy texture and the flavors.  They use a variety of real food ingredients in their bars.  Everything from pecan meal, quinoa, pecan butter, carrots, hemp seeds, buckwheat groats…are you getting the picture?  I love the variety!  The flavors are so good too!  I haven’t tried all of them but my favorite so far is Pecans+Goji+Pistachio from the Nut and Seed collection.  All the bars are gluten free, vegan, non-gmo, soy and refined sugar free.  Some bars have more protein depending on ingredients.  These aren’t organic but they all only have a handful of real ingredients, which is pretty hard to find nowadays.  I get these at my local Co-op PCC.  These are also paleo certified.  Shop all their flavors here! 

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Square Organics Bar-

These honestly taste like a candy bar but without the chemicals!  All of them are chocolate coated with a different flavor on the inside.  I love that they’re dairy, soy and gluten free.  They sweeten them using coconut nectar and use a plant based organic protein.  They are vegan as well and of course organic and non-gmo. My personal favorites are the coconut and mint.  I ate these a lot after having my second baby girl.  They were quick energy when I was nursing like crazy!  They  hit the spot for those sudden hunger urges.  If it’s been hard for you to find a protein bar that tastes good and has decent ingredients, then check out Square Organics- you won’t be disappointed.  You can find these at Whole Foods and a lot of other health food stores.  Also, use coupon code: gurlgonegreen for 20% off a box! Shop here.

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Two Mom’s In the Raw Soul Sprout Granola Bar-

These bars are just so nutrient dense!  They are raw obviously and filled with sprouted nuts, sprouted seeds, sprouted oat groats, sprouted buckwheat groats and fruit.  They are organic and non-gmo and sweetened with coconut syrup.  Also, they are soy, dairy, and gluten free and vegan.  These are thinner and more like a slightly crunchy granola bar.  Again, I love spreading mine with some nut butter!  They aren’t a super heavy bar at all, with only about 3 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar per bar.  I buy these on Thrive Market but they also sell them at Whole Foods in the granola bar packaged section.  You get them in a package of 6.  They also sell nut bars that are a little more protein packed, truffles and crackers that I haven’t tried yet but want too!  Also, if you enter your e-mail on their website you’ll get 20% off your first order!  Shop the full product line here!

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KIT’S ORGANIC

These are a great option if you just want to be able to run to the store and get a good quality bar.  You can find these at most conventional stores as well as health food stores, and even Thrive Market carries them.  They just have a handful of real ingredients and are sweetened with dates.  They taste similar to a Lara Bar but are organic.  They are soy, dairy, and gluten free as well and non-gmo.  My daughter really likes these too!  They are more of snack bar in my opinion since they are lower on protein. I’ve been known to dip these in some nut butter though for a little extra substance! Our favorites are the Dark Chocolate Walnut, and the Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut. Shop KIT’S ORGANIC !

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That concludes my favorite healthy bar round up!  What are your favorites?  Did you see any you want to try?

5 Facts You Should Know About Chocolate

5 Facts You Should Know About Chocolate

A collaboration post between Healthfully Hannah and GurlGoneGreen

Have you ever walked down the chocolate aisle at a grocery store? It can be downright overwhelming if you’re a chocolate lover! Do you want dark, milk, or white chocolate? Do you want a candy bar, chocolate covered nuts, mint, or raspberry with it? Sound familiar? Contrary to popular belief, not all chocolate is created equal. Chocolate lovers can still rejoice though, because we’ve given you a few simple guidelines to ensure you’re buying the best of the best!

It’s true – chocolate can provide multiple health benefits, when it is high quality. But before indulging, here are a few things to consider about chocolate (some may surprise you!)

  1. Cacao vs. Cocoa – There’s a Difference

Maybe you’ve seen both and assumed they were the same, but there are several important differences between cacao and cocoa.

Cacao

All chocolate actually starts as cacao, from the cacao bean (which are technically seeds). When you see “cacao”, that means it has been processed at low temperatures and usually has fewer additives.

You can get all the benefits from cacao by consuming raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, or chocolate bars with a high % cacao. In fact, raw, unprocessed, cacao has even been associated with improving a variety of health conditions.

*See below why cacao is important to buy organic.

Cocoa

Cocoa on the other hand is processed at extremely high temperatures, which destroys some of the beneficial nutrients. This is what we find in mainstream chocolate products like hot cocoa, cocoa powder, candy bars, chocolate desserts, and other chocolate products. If consuming cocoa, be sure it does not contain additives like milk, high fructose corn syrup, soy, oils, artificial flavors, and dyes (as it often does!)

  1. Chocolate Should Always Be Dairy-Free

Cacao naturally contains polyphenols (a compound that has antioxidant properties) but when it contains dairy, we’re not able to absorb the health benefits of the chocolate. Milk protein inhibits absorption of these beneficial polyphenols.

This is why dark chocolate is a much healthier option. The higher the percentage of cacao, the better (at least 70%).

  1. White Chocolate Isn’t the Same

White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, milk, and sugar. It doesn’t contain any cocoa solids, which is where the health benefits come from. The polyphenols and flavanols, found in cocoa solids, function as antioxidants to fight free radicals. Unfortunately, white chocolate usually contains more sugar and little fiber, making it inferior on many levels.

If you do choose white chocolate make sure you read the label. Always look for low sugar, organic milk ingredients, and a high cocoa butter content. Companies often use a lot of unhealthy fats (linked to inflammation) and a very small amount of cocoa butter – which eliminates the health benefits found in dark chocolate.

  1. Fair Trade Is Extremely Important

Did you know that the majority of American Chocolate companies (think Mars, Hershey, Nestle) use child labor to grow their cocoa? Most of these farms are in Africa in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.  The children have little clothes on their backs, their faces scarred from the machete they use to cut down the cocoa and even worse they are being exposed to hazardous chemicals through the pesticides they spray on the crops.

“The farms of Western Africa supply cocoa to international giants such as Hershey’s, Mars, and Nestlé—revealing the industry’s direct connection to the worst forms of child labor, human trafficking, and slavery.” (Source)

*Due to these factors, Hannah and I carefully choose companies that do not participate in these inhumane practices.

What can we do? First, stop supporting these companies with your purchases. As we like to say often, vote with your dollars. Then, purchase chocolate products from companies that offer Fair Trade. It is expensive for companies to receive the fair trade labels and some simply cannot afford it. Others terms to look for are “Bean to Bar”, and “Direct Trade.”

Here are the fair trade symbols to look for on your chocolate:

Keep in mind that the higher the percentage of cacao, the better. We like to stick with 70% cacao or higher.

  1. Next time you’re picking out chocolate, make sure it is:
  • Dairy free (If you’re consuming a little chocolate every day it’s best to avoid dairy to make sure you are able to absorb the antioxidants it offers but of course there are times when you really want a little dairy in your chocolate which is fine-got to a live a little!)
  • Fair Trade
  • Free from additives like GMOs, soy, added sugars, artificial colorings, and more organic if possible (Did you know cacao is often heavily treated with pesticides?)

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Brands We Love & Our Favorites From Them-

Wei of Chocolate

  • Organic
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Soy Free

Our favorites: It’s hard to choose a favorite, but you can’t go wrong with Wei Beautiful, the perfect mix of chocolate and peppermint. We’re also huge fans of their Wei Inspired, a mix of himalayan sea salt and dark chocolate.  Use code: LOVELY, good till 2/28/17 for15% off one-time purchases, and 20% off on-going subscriptions.

Eating Evolved

  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Refined Sugar Free
  • Soy Free & Gluten Free
  • Dairy-Free

Our favorites: Huge fans of the Crunchy Caramel Bar and the Almond Sea Salt.  As well as the Caramel Sea Salt Cups and Mint Cream Cups.  Oh and if you’re really into chocolate spreads then check out their Toasted Coconut Chocolate Spread-it might change your life!

Theo Chocolate

  • Organic
  • Gluten Free & Soy-Free
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan

Our favorites: A staple is the Salted Almond 70% Dark, the Mint 70% Dark and we can’t forget about the Coconut 70% Dark too. We also really love their Baking Bars for baked goods. We like breaking them into chocolate chunks to use in cookies.  They aren’t dairy-free but they are one of the few baking bars that is soy free and organic.  Plus, this is something for a special holiday than to use every week.

Alter Eco

  • Soy Free
  • Mostly all Fair Trade Certified
  • Non-GMO
  • Organic

Our favorites: Their chocolate does have dairy in it but we’re ok with that once in awhile as we mentioned earlier.  Sometimes chocolate needs to just be an indulgent treat!  That being said their truffles are amazing-a serious treat. We also love their Dark Brown Butter Bar-it may also change your life!

Enjoy Life

  • Dairy-Free
  • Free from top allergens (milk, soy, wheat, eggs)
  • Non-GMO

Our favorites: Love the mini chips for baking, especially cookies!

Heavenly Organics

  • Only 3 ingredients in each chocolate pattie
  • Non-GMO
  • Fair-Trade
  • Dairy Free
  • Organic

Our favorites: The Mint Chocolate Patties and the Almond Chocolate Patties are both amazing!  

Equal Exchange

  • Organic
  • Up to 88% Cacao
  • Soy-Free & Vegan
  • Fair Trade & Worker Owned

Our favorites: We love their 55% and 70% dark chocolate chips for special treats and baking.  

Giveaway! We’ve teamed up to giveaway a box of Wei of Chocolate on Instagram, so stay tuned to enter to win.

What are your favorite chocolate brands? Did you learn something new about cacao or cocoa? Share below!

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Hannah is the founder and educator of Healthfully Hannah, a blog empowering others to live healthfully through Clean Eating, Natural Beauty, and Nontoxic Living.  She discovered the power of real food and natural living through her own health journey and is passionate about sharing it with others.  In addition to her research and blogging, Hannah is pursuing her Masters Degree in Functional Medicine and Nutrition, and plans to use this knowledge to identify and address health concerns naturally through a whole-body approach.

You can find all the latest on Hannah through her blog: Healthfullyhannah.com

 

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