ABOUT LIVE A LOT
Live A Lot is here to share nourishing organic chocolate, a loving community, and resources to support you as you harness your optimal super hero potential. We are two sisters on our own (sometimes similar, often drastically different) journeys to aligning with our truest selves. But mostly eating a lot of delicious and good-for-you chocolate because we do believe it's an essential food for the mind, body, and soul.
WE HAVE HIGH STANDARDS FOR CHOCOLATE
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
MEET THE LIVE A LOT TEAM
ALCHEMIST & CO-FOUNDER
I love food and all things holistic health. I have a background in nutritional sciences, but it was through my holistic chef training that I truly understood the concept of food as medicine.
I drastically changed my lifestyle when I became fed up with being depressed and feeling stuck in my old patterns of food deprivation and binge eating/drinking, which were fogging my confidence and self-worth. I saw a clear connection between food and emotions, and found a balanced relationship with food and myself.
Being a chocolate lover my whole life (and eating it every single day!), I decided I no longer wanted to consume any chocolate on the market due to the massive amount of refined, inflammatory, and artificial ingredients in all the products I found. I took it upon myself to create a chocolate bar that not only contains nourishing ingredients but also tastes amazing!
Learning how to make chocolate was an exciting project of its own, and discovering the incredible health benefits of raw cacao was mind blowing. I'm on a mission to share these chocolate bars for others to experience the deliciousness and healing effects of raw cacao.
CREATIVE & CO-FOUNDER
A few years ago I committed to a serious relationship with myself (woooo!! You do you, baby boo). I shed a bunch of old patterns and began to actually listen to my body and MOVE it. I'm mind blown by the way it all works physically and energetically.
As I transformed my health, Giovanna taught me a lot of what I know about fueling with the proper nutrients. When she spent 6+ months crafting the most delicious and smart chocolate recipe, I declared myself her official taste tester. Once I realized she actually created the best chocolate bar I've ever had, I was determined to help her share it with the world.
Here we are, world. Have some chocolate, stay a while :)
CREATIVE STRATEGIST & MARKETING MAGICIAN
I’m a former dive-bar troubadour, with a heavy travel background, an expertise in jeans and a passion for cheese and chocolate. I find people interesting; the behavior, culture and the underlying psychology behind it all.
As a lifelong consumer and lover of chocolate, I knew that Live a Lot would be a good fit. And after learning, tasting and feeling the Live a Lot bars and culture, not only did I gain a more balanced me, but I also found a brand that is genuine in everything they do.
IMPORTANT BRAND CONTRIBUTORS
TRAVIS FARMER : Packaging Designer
VANESSA MONA : Video Production
OSCAR MARTINSSON : Logo Designer
REGINA FELICE GARCIA: Product & Brand Photography
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EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH MINDFULNESS & WELLNESS EDUCATION
Thanks to you (and your love for Live A Lot chocolate), a teenager in the Bay Area is getting access to mindfulness and wellness education. We donate a portion of every Live A Lot chocolate bar you order to an organization dear to our hearts, RISE Yoga for Youth.
RISE shares mindfulness programs and tools with under-resourced high schools and middle schools in the Bay Area. Together with other donors, you are contributing to a powerful mission of providing our youth with stress management tools that have the potential to shift their lives drastically - like taking deep breaths, noticing their thoughts, and connecting to their body in a positive way.