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Why you Need to try Herb-Infused Chocolate

Are you a chocolate lover looking to take your passion to the next level? Herb-infused chocolate will take you there. Prepare your palate for flavourful bliss with the combination of herbs and chocolate. For the first-timers out there that haven't tried this type of chocolate before, here's why you should:
  • It's delicious: herbs in chocolate have a mild and balanced flavor and enhance the chocolate.
  • It has a unique flavor: Compared to milk, white and dark chocolate varieties, herb-infused chocolate will leave a unique lingering flavor on your palate. Mint may be one of the most pronounced flavours you will find, but there are many different types available.
  • It contains more nutrients: adding herbs, means adding nutrients. Learn more. Don't forget that the right kind of chocolate is good for you. Read our blog post to learn more: 7 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Chocolate.

Herbivore, a farm run by Gabrielle Gaul on the outskirts of Palm Springs, supplies us with fresh-cut organic aloe leaves that are harvested on a weekly basis, as well as herb-infused chocolate. Located on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, the farm grows an array of herbs, including rosemary, mint and basil, as well as aloe. Once harvested, the herbs are slow-dried for 5-7 days (depending on their moisture content) to preserve and enhance their flavors. In this day and age, slow drying herbs is a lost art. Most big companies abandoned this process a long time ago and replaced it with rapid heat drying, to cut costs. This has negative side-effects, as it results in dried herbs that are almost devoid of taste and nutrients - not the case with Gabrielle's herbs. Once they are fully dried, they are blended into the chocolate mix. One of the things that sets Gabrielle's organic herb farm apart from most others, is her clean, chemical-free, loving growing methods in this pristine high desert area where GMO is not even a thought.


We asked Gabrielle a few questions:

What’s your favorite chocolate flavor, or would it be more accurate to say one of your favorites?

My favorite is Salted Pecan & Sage. I've always had a thing for the sweet / salty combo.

What made you think of making herb-infused chocolate? How did you come up with the idea?

The idea struck me when I had a chocolate craving at the farmer's market. I thought, "I wish someone sold chocolate here... Hey! I could do that!" When I pitched the idea to my market managers, we agreed that it would be have to be a healthy artisan chocolate, utilising the herbs from my farm.

What do you love about the farming and chocolate making, and your business in general?

There are so many things I love about my business. It's difficult to name just one. To plant a seed, care for it, harvest it and then share it is very satisfying. To share a creation of your own is very satisfying. Working with nature on a small scale, rather than mass producing is very satisfying. To educate folks on the difference between real food and processed gunk is satisfying. Not promoting GMOs, waste, animal cruelty or harm to the environment is very satisfying. Working WITH nature, rather than trying to improve upon it, is the most satisfying. --- Zebra Organics was the first ever to give Gabrielle and Herbivore a platform to sell her products, outside of the local farmers market, where we met her many years ago. We are proud to support our friend and passionate artisan farmer/chocolatier Gab and her efforts to produce a quality of chocolate that is rarely seen these days. Her chocolates are a real treat, rich with flavor and texture that surpasses gourmet expectations.

We are happy to help support Gabrielle and Herbivore by bringing her chocolates to your door. Order Herbivore Organic Chocolates from zebraorganics.comHerb infused chocolate

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Healthy Living Products

Zebra Organics start with a mission, to offer and share a variety of Healthy Living Products. This includes raw/live foods, all natural body and skin care products and hand picked supplements. Here is a sample of some of the wonderful variety of hand picked products we specialize in.

Sacred Chocolate

One of our specialty products is Sacred Chocolate which is a super raw, stone ground, extremely delicious chocolate shaped like a heart. Twilight Dark Chocolate is slowly stone-ground from bean to bar right in

our custom chocolate factory in San Rafael, California, which was designed from the ground up to make raw chocolate! Each 1.44oz bar comes in the shape of a perfect golden spiral heart, symbolic of the fact that raw cacao is so good for the heart. This delicious Sacred Heart

chocolate bar is hand poured & hand wrapped.

Soignée Anti-Wrinkle

Soignée Anti-Wrinkle day moisturizer is the ultimate collagen booster,

helping prolong and protect the resilient beauty of youthful skin, making you look and feel younger. Our anti-wrinkle cream is light, smooth and so silky! Heal the damage caused by stress, pre-mature aging and sun damage, all naturally.

Soignée Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream contains ASC III (a plant collagen), MSM

(a natural organic sulfur), Serum C (VC-PMG a highly absorbable form of vitamin C) and Hydroxyprolisilane-C (a double collagen booster). It also contains Liposomes, that are microscopic packages that deliver skin care ingredients into secondary layers of skin.

Apply morning and night and you will begin to see results in as little as 4 weeks.

Ume Plum Vinegar

Try Ume Vinegar for a change, this refreshing ruby red liquid is not truly vinegar, this is the brine

from the pickling of umeboshi plums. Its year-long fermentation process brings out its fragrant, lively tartness and subtle herbal flavor. Use Oindo Ume Vinegar in place of soy sauce or seasonings. It’s delightful in soups, salads or sprinkled on greens.

Ocean's Alive
Concentrated Marine Phytoplankton

Original Source of EPA & DHA

"Fresh Harvest Captured" concentrated raw superfood requiring no refrigeration.

The nano particulate size of the NEW Nannochloropsis Gaditana strain is even smaller than previous strains. This means there are a greater number of of Marine Phytoplankton Cells in Oceans Alive. The product viscosity is a slightly thinner consistency... for faster absorption.

Oceans Alive clients consistently comment about enhanced brain function,

increased levels of energy, better sleep and whole body strength. Ocean's Alive contains the highest quality of this crucial micro algae.

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Bliss, Heart and Chocolate

Chocolate and Valentine's Day, like hand in glove. Truth be told chocolate is magical, I say this because it contains some really interesting compounds not found in other foods. These compounds are referred to as "Bliss chemicals" and rightly so, as they have a strong bio-chemical link to elevated states of consciousness. Chocolate is also extremely dense in antioxidant compounds known as flavonols, chocolate is also a good source for the heart healthy mineral magnesium. Chocolate unites two important factors Pleasure and Health and chocolate does it with so much grace and mystique no wonder it has its own holiday, Happy Valentine's Day!

Heart shaped, delicious and full of love, give the gift of Sacred Heart Chocolate to that special someone this year.

Chocolate's Bliss Chemicals:
Phenylethylanmine(PEA): This interesting compound both stimulates endorphins and potentiates the activity of dopamine, these are both associated with feelings of pleasure. PEA reproduces the feelings of 'fall in love', while this may seem fanciful, there is a reason Americans give heaps of chocolate to loved ones on the 14th of February. PEA also assists with enhancing focus and alertness.

Aanadamide: This is a cannabiniod compound and its effects are entirely positive. Ananda in Sanskrit means bliss and this compound is known to elevate mood, decreases depression and contribute to feelings of elation.

Heart Health
Research is now linking the antioxidants in cacao to cardiovascular health.Chocolate is loaded with flavonols special compounds which support heart health by strengthening artery walls, increasing blood flow and improving circulation.* Eating chocolate that has been minimally processed provides the most benefit. Chocolate is also rich in Magnesium an important mineral.

Chocolate and the Brain:
The flavonols in chocolate also increase blood flow to the brain. So if you are looking for an extra cognitive boost about one ounce of raw dark chocolate can help. By dilating blood vessels oxygen and blood flow is increased to the brain, this increase could come in handy for studying or when are in the middle of a mentally demanding task.

Above and before any of the modern research chocolate has always had an uncommon allure. It is a food rich in myth and symbolism it is a food that borders on mystical, it's Latin name Theobroma translates to "Food of the Gods". Without even knowing it, marketers were on to something with the red heart shaped boxes. But, let it be known that not any old chocolate carries such magic. You need to be vigilant in your selection: things to look for Raw and/or Organic, high cocoa content and minimally processed. By purchasing raw, organic chocolate you are assured to receive a truly healthy product.

This Valentine's Day savour a few ritual bites of chocolate and indulge in the magic.

*As reported by the Cleavland Clinic.

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