Chunky Monkey Moringa Smoothie + A Giveaway
Happy Friday everybody! We’ve got some exciting stuff happening here today. For one, it involves chocolate and for two, there’s a chance for you to win free stuff.
Do I have your attention yet?
Okay, so a few weeks ago Kuli Kuli Foods reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in sampling a few of their products that are made with a nutritious green powder known as moringa.
Intrigued by this new-to-me superfood, I did a little research to investigate exactly what moringa is and discovered that it’s sourced from the Moringa oleifera tree which is native to South Asia.
The leaves were once eaten by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, and they have been used in traditional medicine for centuries among various cultures. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, moringa is thought to cure or prevent up to 300 diseases, and more recently the findings from over 1300 different modern scientific studies have begun to validate these claims.
The company Kuli Kuli was founded by Lisa Curtis, a volunteer for the Peace Corps, along with the help of three of her friends in her hometown of Alameda, California. Lisa’s time spent volunteering in West Africa ignited her passion to help the natives find a way out of the devastating poverty that they faced.
As a result, she has partnered with 120 women from Nigeria, Chad and Ghana to cultivate and harvest moringa leaves, which are dried and turned into powder before they are shipped to the United States. Her company is currently buying 40% of the West African women’s crops at $12 a pound and Curtis claims that the women involved in the operation are making up to $300 a month, which is five to ten times the average income of their area.
On the nutrition side of things, Lisa and the founders of Kuli Kuli have teamed up with a raw-food chef and several nutritionists to develop protein bars made with moringa, dates, and dried fruit, as well as some with dark chocolate. <I ate the chocolate one before I had a chance to take a picture- woops!
The bars were absolutely delicious and the moringa powder tastes surprisingly similar to matcha powder (like green tea).
I blended a tablespoon into my chunky monkey smoothie and it didn’t alter the flavor at all. It just tasted like chocolate, peanut butter, and banana deliciousness with some added protein, vitamins and minerals. :)
2 frozen bananas
3 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons moringa powder
4 ice cubes
2 pitted dates
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add more almond milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
I was so happy with Kuli Kuli’s product and what the company is trying to achieve that I asked if they would be willing to sponsor a giveaway for my readers and they were generous enough to offer up two Magic of Moringa gift packs which includes moringa powder and a 6 bar sampler pack (valued at $60 each)!
To enter the giveaway, simply log in below using your email and I will notify the winners one week from today! Good luck and have a safe and happy holiday weekend!!