QUALITY IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASON WE CREATED LIVE A LOT CHOCOLATE
It all began when Giovanna made a giant holistic shift in her life to combat disordered eating and depression. As she made drastic changes in her way of eating and living, she wasn't about to give up chocolate. She couldn’t find a chocolate bar on the shelves that met her dietary needs and also tasted delicious, so she created one (and then two, and then three)!
Live A Lot is the concept of living life fully and we’ve discovered cacao as a catalyst for doing so. We use superfood chocolate to fuel our adventures and constant growth. We only use pure quality ingredients to make our products, and we don't include any inflammatory ingredients like soy, dairy, or refined sugar.
Our Ecuadorian cacao is unroasted and stone-ground for up to 48 hours to get a smooth and creamy consistency (without milk!).
100% ORGANIC CACAO
Cacao is one of the best foods for health. It's actually a fruit that grows on rainforest evergreen trees. The cacao beans, which are what is used to make chocolate and normally purchased in powder form, come in white-flesh pods (the fruit) packed together and all surrounded by a hard shell.
This treat we love so much has awesome heart health benefits - it's one of the top 3 antioxidant-rich foods in the world!
- Boosts mood
- Enhances energy/vitality
- Opens the heart
- Supports brain health
- Medicine and medicine driver
Not only does raw cacao nourish our bodies, but it's also a food that helps open the heart. With an open heart, we can experience more of who we are and all the greatness we have within us, as well as be open to everything and everyone else around us. This is why we crave chocolate when we are emotional - we want to feel even deeper into our emotions. It's not necessarily the sugar that we crave, it's the nourishment from cacao.
Raw cacao is easily absorbable in the body if it is high quality (organic, fair trade, cared for). Because of this, it has been used for hundreds of years as a medicine and medicine driver. In ancient healing, they would infuse chocolate with herbs and plants that were used as medicine so that they could be absorbed easier and quicker into the bloodstream. Plus, who doesn't like chocolate? Easy way to get medicine and other superfoods into our bodies, especially when we normally wouldn't eat them.
THE RAW CACAO WE USE:
- Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional Cacao
- Grown in high-elevation volcanic soil with mountain spring water
- Organic certified
- Free of mycotixins, mold, yeast, and fungus - no jittery effect!
- Sun dried
- Free of phytic acid
EAT CHOCOLATE WITHOUT GUILT WITH THESE NOURISHING SUPERFOOD BARS!
- Artisan crafted/small batch
- Low-glycemic (doesn't spike blood sugar)
- All organic and fair-trade ingredients
- Free of gluten, dairy, soy, preservatives, and refined sugar
- Unroasted cacao
- 70% cacao
- Infused with medicinal mushrooms and superfoods
- Supports longevity
- Boosts the immune system
- Boosts mood and energy
- Opens and heals the heart
- Makes you feel nourished and happy
We sweeten our bars with coconut palm sugar, which is a low glycemic sweetener - it will not spike blood sugar like most sweeteners do. Paired with raw cacao, which contains healthy fats, coconut palm sugar will slow down sugar digestion even more. We also use lucuma and vanilla powders in our bars to add a bit of natural sweetness without having to bump up the sugar content. Lucuma is a fruit that is high in antioxidants and feminine supporting nutrients - think fertility, sexy, beauty, and bliss.
A superfood is a food that packs a lot of nutrition in just a small serving. A little goes a long way with superfoods.
Cacao is one of the most nourishing superfoods on the planet and is also a top longevity food. We combined the benefits of raw cacao with other added superfoods to super charge our smooth and delicious chocolate bars and optimize their potential.
Goji berries and schizandra berries are used in Chinese Medicine for their wide range of amazing health benefits.
- Immune supportive
- Boosts mood - Known as the 'happy berry'
- Improves strength and performance
- Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein
- Relieves stress
- Adaptogen - Helps balance out body's stress response
- Detoxifies and purifies the blood - Increases circulation
- Supports memory and concentration
- Improves sexual energy and functions in both men and women
- Boosts mood and energy
- Immune supportive
- Supports health skin
- Strengthens the liver
Cardamom & cinnamon:
- Regulate blood sugar
- Reduce inflammation
- Boost immunity
Mushrooms are a longevity hot spot food - meaning they're a common food that people who live the longest consume regularly. Their benefits:
- Strengthen the immune system - fight off toxins, viruses, and bacteria (less illness and dis-ease)
- Reduce inflammation
- Provide calmness
- Reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue
- Improve blood circulation
- Support longevity
- Enhance strength
- Improve overall nutrition
- Feel amazing!
Medicinal Mushroom Blend - Organic, Freeze-Dried Mycelium Biomass consisting of:
Brazillian Blazei (Agaricus blazei), Antrodia camphorate ( Niu-Chang), Wood Ear (Auricularia auricula), Cordyceps militaris (Caterpillar Mushroom), Caterpillar Mushroom (Cordyceps sinensis), Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor), Enoki (Flammulina velutipes), Ice Man Fungus (Fomes fomentarius), Agarikon, Quinine Conk (Fomitopsis officinalis), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Oregon Polypore (Ganoderma oregonense), Artist Conk (Ganoderma applanatum), Maitake (Grifola frondosa), Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Bunashimeji (Hypsizygus marmoreus), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), Willow Bracket (Phellinus Igniarius), Mesimakobu (Phellinus linteus), Nameko (Pholiota nameko), Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus), Oyster (Pleurotus betulinus), Zhuling (Polyporus umbellatus), Fuling (Poria cocos), Split Gill, Suehirotake (Schizophyllum commune), White Wood Ear (Tremelia fuciformis), Trace amounts of Organic Freeze-Dried Myceliated Brown Rice (used as growing substrate)
Mesquite is a plant that's very rich in minerals and protein.
- Adds natural sweetness
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- High in fiber - aids digestive system
- Provides calmness
Matcha green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse with many benefits:
- Alertness without the jitters
- Calm, zen feeling and energizing at the same time
- Improves mental focus
- Boosts immunity
- Improves metabolism
- Supports skin health
We use Encha Latte-Grade pure organic matcha because we support their high-quality standards and their delicious taste - www.encha.com.
Mucuna pruriens is a plant also high in antioxidants, in particular L-dopa, which is a precursor to dopamine. Its benefits:
- Improves mood and motivation
- Boosts fertility for both men and women
- Enhances energy
- Balances the nervous system
- Promotes healthy motor skills
- Aids in stress management