Sprouted beans, seeds, and nuts are often touted in the wellness world as being more nutritionally dense than unsprouted foods. It’s believed that the sprouting process (essentially just soaking raw ingredients in water to mimic the process found in nature) unlocks vital nutrients and activates enzymes that may increase digestion. A recent review noted that in sprouted grains, “almost all nutrients are fully available and various antioxidants occur at higher concentrations, thus providing the base to define sprouts as “functional foods,” and a 2012 study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that wheat sprouts had higher levels of fiber, amino acids, and antioxidants after 48 hours of sprouting when compared to unsprouted wheat.
The History of Living Intentions
Between the years of 1998 and 2003, Joshua McHugh was disheartened every time he went to the grocery store. The nutritionally dense foods he was hoping to find—particularly sprouted ingredients—weren’t readily available, which sent him into the kitchen to experiment with his own recipes. Living Intentions officially started out of McHugh’s studio apartment, where he hooked five dehydrators and made all the original products in his home kitchen, which included hand-sticking labels onto cellophane bags. Soon after, the small team found a commercial kitchen space in San Francisco to grow into.
Living Intentions Company Mission
Whether it’s cereal, trail mix, sprouted nuts, or another crunchy snack, a focus on nutrition is the mission behind Living Intentions. That’s why this brand champions “activated foods”—aka sprouted, plant-based superfoods blended with prebiotics and herbs to make your body do a happy dance every time you nosh.
Benefits of Living Intentions
The Living Intentions line of products is always air-dried at low temperatures, which helps protect enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that often diminish when high-heat processing is used. The extra steps take a bit longer, but the brand believes it’s worth it, especially because it makes the ingredients more bioavailable, which may make them easier to absorb. Living Intentions also works with transitional farms, which are undergoing the process of becoming fully USDA Organic Certified. (And yes, everything is still non-GMO!) During a transitional period, which can last up to several years, a farm can’t label its produce as organic even though pesticides aren’t used. Unfortunately, this can make products difficult to sell in the meantime, which is why Living Intentions is partnering with select farms to help them through the changeover.
Top Living Intentions Products
Whether you need a new morning meal or a hearty afternoon snack that won’t make you feel sluggish, Living Intentions has something worth trying.
Activated Sprouted Trail Mix, Wild Berry
With 4g of protein per serving, this berry-inspired trail mix perfect for your next adventure. Each bag is mixed with pumpkin seeds, goji berries, raw cashews, cacao nibs, and raisins.
Activated Superfood Cereal, Banana Hemp
This superfood cereal is worth getting out of bed for. Every bite features naturally sweet bananas, vanilla, and alkalizing greens like chlorella and spirulina. Just add your favorite milk!
Activated Transitional Sprouted Almonds, Unsalted
Every pouch of Living Intentions’ almonds delivers 6g of protein, plus magnesium and manganese. And because the nuts have been sprouted, they offer more nutrition than your average almond.
Superfood Tips and Recipes
There’s a world of superfoods out there. Here are tips and recipes to easily incorporate them into your diet.
Recipes With Goji Berries
This chewy and slightly sweet superfood offers dietary fiber and protein, and is always ready for recipes like Maca Chocolate Bark or Superberry-Ginger Cranberry Sauce.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Read through this blog post for tips and recipes inspired by turmeric! This popular Indian spice is popular in curries, but you can also try it in lattes, overnight oats, and more.
The Best Mushroom Supplements
Here are 13 mushroom supplements worth knowing about. After all, mushrooms aren’t just for portobello burgers. The medicinal variety may be beneficial to our health—our blog post has the scoop.