Meet Olympic Rowing Hopeful, Alex Spaulding!

All-American, U23 World Champion Alex Spaulding is a proud member of the Women’s US Rowing team and is training intensely for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Alex takes performance nutrition seriously and starts every day with a cup of coffee boosted with FlavaMix! We had the opportunity to speak with Alex about rowing and nutrition and… Read more »

5 Flavanol Studies to Watch from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and More in 2020!

We’re talking game-changers, and the findings are expected as soon as 2020! Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia researchers, just to name a few, are further exploring well-documented cocoa flavanol benefits on memory and cardiovascular function, while also breaking new ground in the areas of Raynoud’s Phenomenon, post surgical recovery, and athletic performance. Harvard University: Cardiovascular Health,… Read more »

What do Chocolate, Spinach & Carrots Have in Common?

A carrot from one farm may have up to 90X the antioxidants as a similar looking carrot from another farm. And the variation for spinach can be even greater, according to a ‘jaw dropping’ new study conducted by the Bionutrient Food Association (see the full study report here). Sound familiar? We know that flavanol antioxidant… Read more »

FlavaFriend Profile: Diane Rhodes

As an entrepreneur and a teacher, Diane needs to be at her best everyday. Since incorporating FlavaMix Unsweetened Drinking Chocolate into her diet, Diane reports, “I am able to remember my students’ names more quickly!” We love when our FlavaFriends share these stories! Here’s a bit more from our chat…    Hi Diane! Can you… Read more »

FlavaMix Receives Olympic Medal!

FlavaMix Drinking Chocolate has been awarded an Olympic medal… By Rod Dixon, that is! Olympic Medalist and New York City Marathon winner Rod Dixon is one of the greatest distance runners of all-time. And our newest FlavaFan! We were beyond thrilled to meet Rod when he stopped by the FlavaNaturals booth at the Falmouth Road… Read more »

Taking A Bite Out of Stress

Work, kids (okay, or parents!), relationships, bills…sometimes life can be a lot! Need to de-stress? Have some dark chocolate! Seriously, we’re not kidding! A new study published in Antioxidants shows a 29% reduction in cortisol, the hormone our brains trigger from our adrenal glands in response to stress, following four weeks of high-flavanol chocolate consumption. It’s… Read more »

Why Do We Crave Chocolate?

Ah chocolate… It’s creamy, rich, just the right combo of bitter and sweet. You’ve got to have it! And now! But why? Ever wonder why we chocoholics crave chocolate the way we do? We wondered! So, as always, we did a bit of investigating… Turns out, research has shown that chocolate cravings are your body’s… Read more »

Harvard Leads on Cocoa Flavanol Research

We are learning more and more about the benefits of cocoa flavanols almost daily! Right now, over 22,000 men and women across the U.S. are participating in COSMOS, a Harvard run five-year randomized trial. Results from COSMOS are expected next year. If COSMOS confirms and extends the favorable findings of prior smaller studies – that… Read more »

Best and Worst Foods for Circulation

As FlavaFans, we know you know all about the amazing impact cocoa flavanols have on brain function, cardio health and skin wellness, and how these benefits are driven by increasing circulation from head to toe.  In a recent article, Dr. Stephen Sinatra of the HeartMD Institute identifies foods that enhance blood flow and circulation. Perhaps not… Read more »

Lisa Bentley crossing finish line in marathon and high fiving volunteer

An Interview with Lisa Bentley, 11-Time Ironman Champion, Speaker and Writer

Lisa Bentley was an 11-time (yes, eleven!) Ironman Champion in her 20-year career as a professional triathlete. Lisa competed at the highest athletic level despite having Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic lung disease resulting in chronic infections and limited lung capacity. Since retiring, Lisa has continued her career as an inspiring motivational speaker, a marathon runner,… Read more »

FlavaMix 10 Day Challenge Results Exceed Expectations!

The FlavaMix 10 Day Challenge results are in, and we are wow’ed! ✔ 87% of FlavaMix 10 Day Challenge participants reported that FlavaMix helped them feel their best more often! ✔ 81% thought FlavaMix helped them feel more effective at everyday activities, including exercise! ✔ 77% found that FlavaMix helped them feel more effective at… Read more »

Hand holding FlavaBar above stack of other dark chocolate bars

Our Secret…

Why do FlavaBars and FlavaMix contain 5X and 9X the cocoa flavanols of an average dark chocolate bar? We hear this question every day! Along with…”do you infuse it with flavanol antioxidants?” “Do you add some special ingredient?” “Is it unnatural?”   The answer is simple…it all starts with the bean! . We scoured the globe in search… Read more »

To Manage Mood, Consider Chocolate!

Chocolate makes me happy! If you feel that way too, you’re not alone. In a recent survey of 2,000 American women, 85% reported that chocolate makes them happy, too. Another important study of 72 healthy adults conducted at Swinburne University revealed that daily consumption of a chocolate drink containing 500mg of cocoa flavanol antioxidants increased their… Read more »

An Interview with Wes Vear, Pro Rower

Wes Vear, professional rower and Olympic hopeful, boasts an impressive athletic and academic résumé. While training this past summer at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in northern Vermont, Wes started incorporating FlavaMix Unsweetened Drinking Chocolate into his rigorous training routine and he’s been hooked ever since.   1. Please give us a bit of background about… Read more »

Cocoa Flavanol Study Predicts 31% Decrease in Heart Attacks

A landmark study of cocoa flavanols conducted at University of Duesseldorf, Germany predicted a 31% reduction in the risk of heart attack among healthy, middle aged adults and undoubtedly helped inspire Harvard’s ongoing trial of 22,000 people consuming daily cocoa flavanols! Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study investigated the effects of daily… Read more »

An Interview with Elise Compston, Registered Dietitian and FlavaNaturals Ambassador

Elise Compston is a registered and licensed dietitian with a background in recipe development, community nutrition, and corporate wellness. She spent several years developing menus for a Los Angeles-based meal delivery service and most recently served as the Wellness Coordinator for a local school district. She is currently a recipe developer and blogger with her husband… Read more »