Whole Planet Foundation® & Partners Host Pre-GRAMMY® Benefit + Giveaway

Whole Planet Foundation + Whole Foods Market +  Planet LA RecordsSambazon Giveaway:

Awards season is here and we want you to be a part of it! We have partnered with Planet LA Records, Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Foods Market to giveaway 3 tickets to the Whole Planet Foundation’s annual “Pre-GRAMMY®” benefit at OHM Nightclub in Los Angeles on February 5th, 2015 plus Sambazon açaí! The benefit supports our efforts in alleviating poverty in 61 countries through microcredit & funding microloans to impoverished women entrepreneurs like Gladis from Ghana! 

Gladis of Ghana MPEnter to win: 1) Follow on Instagram @WholePlanet, @WholeFoodsMarket, @PlanetLARecords & @Sambazon 2) regram this image or post an image showing & telling us how important it is to you to give back to your community and don't forget to hashtag your posts #WPFGrammy! 3 Winners will be announced Saturday, Jan. 31st. 

Good luck and we hope to see you there!

For more information on the Whole Planet Foundation Pre-GRAMMY® benefit read below.

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Produced by Clamorhouse and Planet LA Records, emceed by comedian Heather McDonald and featuring performances by 7 leading acts

On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, Whole Planet FoundationWhole Foods Market and other valued partners will honor Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci for their commitments to promoting sustainable practices and changing global environments through their film, “Living on One Dollar.” The celebration will take place at Whole Planet Foundation’s annual pre-GRAMMY benefit, which will be held in Los Angeles.

Note: This event is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or licensed by The Recording Academy. The term "Pre-GRAMMY®” is solely for the purpose of informing participants of the timing of the event.

Rocky DawuniMagnolia MemoirPatrick BradleyAndy Allo, Latin GRAMMY-nominated Debi Nova, 2014 GRAMMY nominee Mariachi Divas and three-time American GRAMMY Award winning and 2014 GRAMMY-nominated blues musician Keb’ Mo’ will perform at the benefit, which will also include celebrity presenters.

Proceeds from the evening will go directly to Whole Planet Foundation to fund small loans and entrepreneurship programs for poverty alleviation. To date, Whole Planet Foundation has supported and funded microfinance programs in 61 countries, including the United States.

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The event is presented by Whole Foods MarketLifeway and Sambazon, featuring Community Leaders Garden of LifeCity National Bank and Nature's One. Foundation Partners include ACURE OrganicsFrontier Co-opHampton CreekHero NutritionalsMamma ChiaORGANIC INDIASeeds of Change and VOSS. Event Supporters include COLDCOCK Herbal WhiskeyDr. Jekyll’sKeep Cool USANavitas NaturalsPranaPurus Vodka, and Zorbitz. Contributors include BeanfieldsBetter BeanCocomojoeDrazil FoodsGreyston BakeryJackson’s Honest ChipsJax Coconut WaterLate July Organic SnacksLine 39OlloclipRhythm SuperfoodsRishi TeaSoundhouse Promotions and Stone Brewing.

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Mobile Café at Whole Foods Venice, CA.

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Today we're in Venice Beach, California in our Mobile Café at Whole Foods Market spreading purple love! We're serving free açaí bowls with Nature's Path Organic hemp-plus granola to customers who purchase a Sambazon Açaí Smoothie Pack in-store.

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

20 Min. Whole Planet Foundation Presentation

Get information on Sambazon's hosted team member trip to Brazil for Whole Planet Foundation, their sustainability practices, and quality products!

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

20 Min. Whole Planet Foundation Presentation

Class is followed by a free açaí bowl at the Mobile Café

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Coming to a Costco near you!

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Find a location: click here.

We’ve been working over the last year and half to craft a reduced sugar juice that packs all the superfood nutrition acai has to offer – while taking advantage of the fact acai has no naturally occurring sugar. Aaaand the day is finally here!

Introducing Sambazon REDUCED SUGAR Acai Berry Amazon Superfood Juice. This 100% juice has 70% less sugar than other premium juices.

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We’ve lightly sweetened this superfood juice with an organic and non-gmo blend of stevia, erythritol and low glycemic agave. With only 9 grams of sugar and only 110 calories per serving it's an amazing and delicious way to get a daily dose of antioxidants and healthy omega fats.

Always: USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Fair Trade, Vegan, Gluten Free, Delicious

To find a location near you click here.

Click here for Nutritional Information.

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Amazon Trip 2014: Part 3 of 3

A boat ride up the Amazon River can be adventurous enough.  It is an entirely different experience when you cram 30 hammocks in a space that can comfortably fit 15 and then have 2-3 people per hammock.

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This would be our ferry ride.  9 hours later, we arrived in Limão do Curuá, deep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.

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It was here we would meet up with the Whole Foods team member volunteers who had been helping finish the construction of a new school in the community.  They also built an amazing vegetable garden on stilts to accommodate the rivers tides.  This brought the concept of raised garden beds to a whole new level.  Every year, Sambazon sets aside % of the cost of fruit it purchases from family farmers.  Those funds are then put back into those communities most in need of things like construction and repairs schools and medical clinics, in addition to donated items.

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Access to clean drinking water can also be a challenge for many of these remote communities.  In partnership with Waves for Water, we distributed clean water filters to many of the families.

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Our last day in Limão do Curuá would find us putting the finishing touches on the school project just in time for its inauguration that afternoon.  Everyone from the community was in attendance and the mayor even flew in for the ceremonies.  That night we celebrated with a Brazilian feast thanks to our hosts and prepared for the 10pm departure and our 9 hour river boat ride back to Macapa.

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It was such an honor to experience an entirely new culture and way of life while giving back to the families and farmers who make Sambazon possible.  Any barriers of language were easily overcome by a shared sense of humanity, kindness and passion for life.  Travel to far away places, especially those not as developed as our own, always makes me return with a new frame of reference on life and the things that matter most, or rather that the things that matter most are usually not things.

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Amazon Trip 2014: Part 2 of 3

After two days in Rio, it was time to make our way up to the Amazon Rainforest.  After a full day of travel we landed in Macapa located at the mouth of the Amazon River Estuary and referred to by residents as “the capital of the middle of the world” given the equator runs right through the middle of the city.  It is here that riverboats come down from the villages throughout the state of Amapá to unload fresh açaí on the docks of the Sambazon factory and local markets. AmazonTrip2014_2-a

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We spent the day capturing some great footage at the docks and throughout Macapá. Boats are loaded with hand woven baskets, carried up our docks and unloaded into crates which are quickly brought over to our factory to beginning processing. In town, local vendors hang red flags or signs outside their stores to indicate they are serving fresh acai. We made sure to sample some fresh açaí from a local vendor straight out of a batedeira.

AmazonTrip2014_2-c AmazonTrip2014_2-dAmazonTrip2014_2-e2AmazonTrip2014_2-eAnother day based in Macapà found us renting a boat to access the local village of Caconga.  Coconga is a small community that harvests açaí.  Here we met with a local farmer to show us first hand how it’s done using the classic tools of the trade.  With only a machete, sling of rope and a bit of courage, farmers climb up  40’ towering palms.

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Once the farmer slides back down with the phrom, they remove the berries into a hand woven basket.  From here, baskets will be brought down river via canoe to be picked up by the larger riverboats.

Our last visit in Macapá was to a local brick making manufacturer.  Açaí fruit is 95%+ seed leaving only a thin layer of highly nutritious pulp and skin.  This leaves a large amount of seed byproduct after our berries are processed into fresh puree and then frozen.  We’ve partnered with this local brick manufacturer to sustainably repurpose the seeds.

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Mountain of seeds are donated to the factories who burn the seeds in massive kilns to produce bricks. These efforts provide an alternative to burning virgin trees, saving over 200,000 cubic feet of wood per year, equal to the size of 10 football fields!

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While one more night at the Ceta Eco-hotel would have been nice, we had to catch a local riverboat departing at 1am to the community of Limão do Curuá.  Here we would meet up with the Whole Foods crew and help finish up construction of this years school project.

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Amazon Trip 2014: Part 1 of 3

Rio de Janeiro It was açaí that inspired our founders to start Sambazon nearly 15 years ago.  This unique purple berry has a rich history in Brazil. As you can see in our most recent video, takes an inspiring journey from the Amazon Rainforest.

Every year we travel back to Brazil and up to the Amazon with a group of friends to share the experience of a region and berry that has been the inspiration and guiding light for our sustainable business practices.  These trips allow people to see how we translate Amazon Superfoods into delicious organic products, meet the wonderful family farmers who earn a living from our market driven conservation model and help give back to the communities that shepherd this special place. This year we traveled with a passionate group of Whole Foods team members who volunteered their time to help us finish the construction of a new school that we were building in the village community of Limão do Curuá.

I was fortunate enough to travel along with the talented Scott Sporleder to capture Brazil’s scenery, its vibrancy, flavors, people and organic approach to health and vitality.

It all begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city and where açaí was first popularized on the beaches and in the juice shops throughout the city.

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In Rio, açaí is served in smoothies and traditional bowls blended from frozen puree and other fruits. This is different than the villages of the Amazon where indigenous cultures have been eating açaí for centuries.  Here, they use the fruit to make unsweetened thick sauces with an earthy flavor and often combine it with manioc flour to sprinkle on fresh fish.

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We spent the day capturing some of iconic sites of Rio.  First, we headed to Lapa to check out the Escadaria Selarón, a set of world-famous steps that are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed the work of art as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”. The 250 steps, straddling both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods, are covered in some 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries around the world.

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 Rio has such a distinct and unique topography.  It has so many pockets of concrete neighborhoods and city centers broken up by towering monolithic granite peaks, valleys, bays, beach coastlines and the infamous favelas running up along the hillsides.

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After Lapa, we headed across Rio to Guanabara Bay to check out Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar).   Sugarloaf is one of several monolithic granite and quartz mountains that dot the city.  Sugarload has a cableway allowing you to access its summit and see 360-degree views of the surrounding city, bay and Atlantic Ocean.

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Finally, a visit to Rio wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the vibrancy of Ipanema Beach located in the south zone of Rio and adjacent to the well known Copacabana.  With its beach goers and iconic mosaic sidewalk we finished our day watching a legendary sunset behind Two Brothers (Dois Irmãos).

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Acai Journey - Video Sneak Peek!

Samabzon acai grows on 40-foot tall palm trees in the Amazon Rainforest copy It was nearly 15 years ago since we first started bringing acai from the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to the World.  Our latest video traces the journey acai takes from atop 40’ palms in the Rainforest to the palm of your hand by way of our organic fresh juices and frozen goods. The 6 chapters of the video will be revealed this month on Instagram or you can watch the whole thing right now!

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Follow acai from the source, along the banks of the Brazilian Amazon River where this potent purple berry has been wild-harvested for centuries by local family farmers.  See how it is loaded into hand woven baskets and then hitches a ride down the river to Sambazons state of the art facility where it is washed, puréed and frozen – all within hours of being picked, ensuring the freshest acai on the planet.

Acai is packed with powerful anitoxidants and healthy omegas

From there it is crafted into the highest quality, most delicious acai products around. That’s good, fresh news for all the acai addicts out there.

I'm just here for the Sambazon acai

Bonus mind-expansion: Learn how to make an acai bowl with this infographic!

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Sambazon Takeover - ColorfulFoodie

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This is Ana from @ColorfulFoodie and I am so excited to takeover the Sambazon Instagram account for the next few days! I am Brazilian and grew up on acai so it is only natural to use Sambazon in my beautiful, nutritious and delicious creations.

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As a healthcare professional I am an advocate of counting colors, not calories. I choose not to restrict myself, but rather love all foods in moderation.

My passion for cooking came from the best cook I know: my grandmother. And my creative intuition (to make everything look beautiful) comes from my mother who was a professional porcelain and oil on canvas artist! But I did not even start cooking until about 2 years ago when I got married and my husband inspired me to elevate everyday dishes to the current Colorful Foodie status.

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The beautiful Ana from Instagram's colorfulfoodie

I even call myself a recipe "skinnyfier" because I keep my dishes healthy, colorful, fun and magically inviting.

Be sure to visit me on Instagram when you’re craving something colorful. XOXO

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National Farmer's Market Week: August 4-10th

  Everyone’s first farmer’s market experience is a little bit the same. You arrive early one Sunday morning, not expecting much more than an offering of cactus jellys and food trucks. And are soon in awe over the abundant selection of seasonal fresh produce and small business venders lining the courtyard.

Two hours later, you’re on your way home with a huge stash of organic, locally grown and harvested fresh produce already excited for next week’s unknown bounty.

The week of August 4-10th is National Farmer’s Market week! Celebrate with us and shop at your local farmer’s market to test out some new produce in exciting recipes.

Here are a few of recipes we created from our recent adventure to the Farmer’s Market: click below for the recipes!

Green's Smoothie

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Frozen Açaí Cream Pie

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Tart Cherry Bowl

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Peaches n' Blue Smoothie

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Here today...gone to the farmer's market!

 

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Sambazon Summer Instagram Contest

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Sambazon Summer Instagram Contest

Summer is a time for road trips, BBQs, surfing, campfires and getting your Tribe together. To celebrate the last month of summer, each week in August one lucky person* will win:

Entering is easy. All you have to do is repost our "Sambazon Summer" Instagram posts each week using #SambazonSummer and follow @sambazon. Don't forget to make your profile public so we can see your repost.

We'll announce the winner on Instagram and Twitter every Monday, so make sure to follow us. Boa sorte!

*Open to residents of the lower 48 United States who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Residents of Hawaii and Alaska and are excluded due to shipping considerations.

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