I’ll Drink to That! Three Superfood-Rich Smoothies that Support Breast Health.

These easy, delicious recipes offer women hefty daily doses of antioxidant-rich Vitamin E and folate to combat cancer-causing free radicals and boost immunity.


Hope, MN – (Oct. 10, 2011) – Ensuring good breast health is top of mind for many American women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to regular self-exams and visits with healthcare providers, that means eating foods rich in antioxidants, folate, and phytochemicals, along with getting regular exercise, adequate sleep, and maintaining a healthy weight. To help busy women get their day off to a healthy start, SoL™ Refreshing Sunflower Beverage has created three delicious, superfood-dense smoothie recipes that can be prepared and consumed in minutes – for one person or the whole family.

“American women are increasingly interested in consuming foods and beverages that have functional benefits and enhance overall health and well-being,” said Fransiska Anderson, product development manager, SunOpta Grains & Foods Group. “An eight ounce serving of SoL™ delivers a whopping 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid. Enjoying a SoL™ smoothie each day is a great way to enjoy the goodness of sunflowers and give your body the antioxidant boost it needs to maintain optimum health.”

Antioxidants and phytochemicals are well known for their neutralizing effects on cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Foods high in these compounds, which include beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, are purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow-colored fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds. Folate is another important cancer-fighting nutrient, and foods high in this B vitamin include sunflower seeds, leafy green vegetables, avocados, oranges, and melons. A study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicates that a higher intake of folate – also known as folic acid – can help lower a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 40 percent.

Whizzed in the blender with these other superfood ingredients, smoothies made with SoL™ provide an abundance of antioxidants and folate for a powerful immunity boost:

Berry Madness Smoothie
Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries mix happily with SoL™, Greek yogurt, pineapple juice and flax seed meal for a delicious, fiber-rich drink. Blueberries have been found to be particularly effective in inhibiting the growth and spreading of breast cancer tumors – use wild blueberries if possible!

Mocha Avocado Smoothie
This scrumptious eye opener delivers the antioxidant benefit of sunflower seeds, cocoa, and honeydew melon coupled with folate-rich avocado and a touch of coffee. This creamy crowd pleaser is sure to be a hit.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Like peanut butter and jelly, strawberries and bananas are made for each other. Blending Vitamin C-rich strawberries and potassium packed bananas with SoL™ is a quick and tasty way to start your engine at breakfast time or enjoy as a post-workout recovery drink.

In addition to its great nutritional profile, the sunflower beverage meets the burgeoning demand for new products that are free of food allergens such as dairy, soy, tree nuts, and gluten. Allergy-friendly SoL™ works great in place of dairy or nut milk in most recipes. Available in shelf stable, aseptic 32 ounce Tetra Pak containers, SoL™ comes in three delicious flavors: Vanilla, Original, and Unsweetened. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $2.69 for 32 ounces.

SoL™ is available in health food stores, natural food retailers, and supermarkets such as Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets. For a store locator, visit www.sunrich.com/where-to-buy.html

About Sunrich Naturals®

Sunrich Naturals®, maker of SōL Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals® believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do – how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.

Sunrich Naturals® is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States.

Media Contact:
Laura Fontanills
Healthy Living Marketing/ Common Language
laura@common-language.com
813-215-1271

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