SuperFood Snack Bar recipe - another article

Junk food is out. Superfood is in!

Instead of those junk filled sugary snacks, why put some goodness into your kids lunch boxes, or your pre/post training snacks?.. Below we have a wholesome, tasty and soooo satisfying Superfood bar Recipe. You can even add dark chocolate bits for a treat if you like!


250gm pitted prunes

2 cups ground almonds

½ cup coconut oil – melted

½ cup sunflower

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup coconut chips

2 tbsp spirulina powder

2 tbsp Sujon blackcurrant powder (buy online at

1/3 cup gogi Berries

Process prunes, ground almonds, spirulina, back current powder and coconut oil in a food processor until blended into a smooth firm paste that clumps together in the bowl.  Tip prune mixture into a wide bowl and using wet hands kneed the remaining ingredients through until well combined. Press mixture into a baking-paper-lined sponge roll tin and chill until firm. Remove from tin and peel baking paper from the back. Cut into squares and enjoy!

The blackcurrant powder in this bar is great for sports performance and muscle recovery.  You can purchase this superfood powder from

Recipe kindly supplied by Mana Natural Health 99 St Andrews Road Plimmerton Wellington.

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This is a superfood smoothie! Packed with the goodness of blackcurrant powder, its great for muscle recovery and aiding sports performance. So you could whip one up before or after exercise and it also makes a great breakfast or even mid–afternoon snack, whichever takes your fancy!

Serves 3 / Time to make: 5 minutes


1 large ripe banana, peeled and chopped

1 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped

2 cups of spinach

1 ½ cups of milk, coconut milk or almond milk

½ cup yoghurt or ½ an avocado

2 teaspoons chia seeds

2 tsp blackcurrant powder

½ cup ice cubes


Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until mixture is thick, smooth and creamy.  Divide smoothie between three glasses.  Serve immediately

Recipe kindly supplied by Mana Natural Health 99 St Andrews Road Plimmerton Wellington


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Sujon Raspberry & Coriander salsa Recipe


This Summer Salsa is great with fish, meats, Nachos, crackers or perhaps used as a topping for flatbreads.

500 grams Sujon Frozen Raspberries

1/2 cup finely diced red onion

1/4 cup finely chopped coriander

2 tablespoons of finely chopped Jalapeno pepper (optional)

4 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt (to your taste)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon ground cumin (toast for 30 seconds in a pan to intensify flavour)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)

1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar OR honey

Combine Sujon raspberries and all other ingredients except sugar into a large bowl. Mash or fold ingredients together, leaving large pieces of Sujon Raspberries in the salsa. Add sugar to taste. Chill 1 hour for flavours to blend. Adjust salt, pepper and sugar to taste.

Serve with Nachos, crackers over fish or poultry or cold meats. Makes about 3 cups. Refrigerate.

Remember that you can buy frozen Sujon berries all year round, to find your nearest retailer, click here:


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WARNING: This is GOOD for your health!

Rich in minerals, vitamins & antioxidants not only can this be used as a treat, it also makes for guilt-free snacking any day.

The following makes a lot of chocolate (150 pieces) so if you want less, just halve it &/or halve it again :)


250gm raw cacao butter

125gm raw cacao powder

400 gm dates

3 Tbsp Sujon blackcurrant powder



Put dates and melted cacao butter into food processor and process on a high speed until a smooth paste is formed. Add cacao powder and black current powder to date mix and process until well combined. Pour into a large baking paper lined swiss roll tin and spread evenly using the back of a large metal spoon to flatten the mixture. Allow to set. Turn out and cut into small squares. Makes approx. 150 pieces.

This is a great sport performance food recipe for pre-workout, mid-workout, for muscle recovery post workout, or snack food for just whenever you feel the need for a chocolate fix.

Recipe kindly supplied by Mana Natural Health, 99 St Andrews Road Plimmerton Wellington

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Athletes and those very much involved in sports and physical work often search for some of the best natural supplements and recovery supplements that can be helpful for them to boost their energy level and help in improving their sports performance. However, consulting with experts is a common phenomenon, but getting the best natural supplements also helps them improve their performance. If you are looking for natural supplements that can help you in boosting your power and sports performance, then you have come to the right place at Sujon Powder – a name that is known for bringing you the best  superfood powder and recovery supplements .


The Sujon Powder has gained immense popularity within a very short time span, offering you the best quality powders, supplements for muscle recovery and blackcurrants that are of course the miracle in boosting your overall health and performance.

Whether you are looking for effective recovery supplements, superfood powder, supplements to improve your sports performance or want to get something for muscle recovery, Sujon Powder is the right place to fulfill your requirement.

Sujon supplements are natural and free from any potential side effects. Moreover, they are also very helpful in providing the health benefits (Link to that you are looking for. Sujon powder and capsule products offered are affordable. You just simply place your order online according to your requirement and rest of the work will be done automatically. So what you are waiting for, place your order for improved sports performance and your overall health! Order online at

This is Part One in a series focusing on the New Zealand Blackcurrant and the effect on human health.

“New Zealand blackcurrants have a higher total antioxidant activity than blackcurrants grown elsewhere globally, and higher than blueberries, acai and goji etc., which has often been reported as having the richest antioxidant levels of fruit worldwide”.C. Lister, Antioxidants, a health revolution, All you need to know about antioxidants, NZ Institute for Crop & Food Research, 2003.

Due to the unique commercial blackcurrant varieties grown and high levels of UV sunlight experienced in New Zealand, these blackcurrant berries produce the highest level of phytosterols of any commercially grown fruit on the planet, with anthocyanins figuring prominently. The New Zealand blackcurrant is therefore a powerhouse of antioxidants, with an antioxidant level of 7600umol Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC) per serve compared to blueberries at 5200 umol TEAC per serve (source: C. Lister et al., The nutritional composition and health benefits of New Zealand tamarillos, Crop & Food Research Confidential Report No. 1281, 2005, page 17, table 14: Antioxidant activity (as measured by the ABTS assay) of some foods and supplements on a per 100 g basis and per standard serving).

Much of the antioxidant activity is based around the coloured compounds in the blackcurrant – the intense rich black-red, provided by the anthocyanins. New Zealand varieties contain as much as 700mg/100g fresh fruit. This compares very favourably with many blueberries at around 100-200mg/100g. Research undertaken by Dr Roger Hurst and his team at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd. (Plant & Food Research) has shown that compared to – for example – USA blackcurrants the anthocyanin levels are significantly higher in the New Zealand cultivars such as “Ben Ard”, “Ben Rua”, “Blackadder”, “Magnus” and two “New Selections (1&2)” from their new cultivar breeding programmes. (source: B. Schrage et al., Evaluating the health benefits of fruits for physical fitness: A research platform, Journal of Berry Research 1 (2010), 35-44).

Scientists at Plant & Food Research have also shown that premium New Zealand blackcurrants have a higher total antioxidant activity than blackcurrants grown elsewhere globally, and higher than blueberries, acai and goji etc., which has often been reported as having the richest antioxidant levels of fruit worldwide. (source:, C. Lister, Antioxidants, a health revolution, All you need to know about antioxidants, New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research, 2003, ISBN 0-478-10832-X)

Around 75% of New Zealand commercial blackcurrant production lies in the cultivars ‘Ben Ard’ and ‘Ben Rua’.  Scientists in New Zealand have found that the high UV intensity and unique climatic conditions specific to the geographic region are causing the blackcurrant varieties in New Zealand to produce the unusually high levels of polyphenols, minerals and vitamins, we believe to be the highest of any cultivated food in the world.

RowerHave you just finished a workout and want to have the best post-workout supplement and performance food available? Here’s a very tasty way to enjoy Sujon Blackcurrant Powder & frozen berries while recovering from exercise. It doesn’t matter if the banana isn’t frozen but it does make it nice and cool :-) Also, i you haven’t got flax seed or chia on hand, you can always use a handful of nuts and can also sub kale for any other green leafy veges you have in the garden.


1 frozen banana

1 cup Sujon Mixed Frozen Berries

½ cup kale leaves

¼ cup water

1 tsp ground flax seed

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp Sujon Blackcurrant powder

1tsp cinnamon


Combine all ingredients together and blend until smooth and enjoy.


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Winter brings out the ‘hardy’ in all those that go fishing in the colder months; whether it’s wading crotch high in an ice-cold river, turning your back to a wind sharper than your filleting knife as it cuts across the surf, or sitting it out on the back of a boat in the offshore Blue waters of the region.

Sue Gibb catches herself a Kingy!

Sue Gibb catches herself a Kingy!

No matter what you’re wearing some of your extremities get the blues: aka get bloody cold! But how’s this for some Top of the South lateral thinking: solve the “fisher blues extremis” with a dash of purple!

The Gibb family has been berryfruit farmers since the 80’s: John Gibb’s a coaster and his wife Sue a Southern girl but they settled in Nelson in the 1980’s and were pioneering boysenberry farmers in the area. They started freezing fruit for top chefs under their Sujon brand (“Sue and John”) and that lead to freezing blackcurrants for supply to Japan.

The Japanese did some research on this wonderful New Zealand icon berry and found that a magic molecule in it made a woman’s eyes more beautiful: TRUE! The Japanese scientifically proved that a teaspoon of special Blackcurrant purple powder takes away the dark rings under the eyes for half a day. But the Gibb’s looked at the Japanese research and saw something much more kiwi-centric! The Japanese did a trial where they gave a teaspoon of the purple powder to one half of a group of people and then plunged everyone’s hand in an ice bath for a time and then measured the time it took for the blood circulation to return to normal.

And the answer was amazing: the purple powder dramatically improved blood circulation in the extremities.


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Sujon Marketing Manager Michelle Gibb says it’s wonderfully convenient for active fishers: add half a teaspoon to a teaspoon per person to the thermos before you head off for the day and you’ve got a really thirst quenching, circulation-boosting hot tonic, or stir some into your cold water bottle and drink. If you want to know more about this lovely local food hero story have a look at and you can order on line.





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Anneke Jenkins, NZ Triathlete “Sujon powder is a perfect boost”

New Zealand Triathlete- Anneke Jenkins, “Sujon powder is a perfect boost”

Lactic acid is the major villain limiting performance during exercise: this is the viewpoint now common to many athletes and coaches worldwide. One of the first to champion this “lactate theory” was one of the outstanding athletic coaches of all time, kiwi sporting icon: Sir Arthur Lydiard. The problem is that the role of lactic acid, consequent muscle acidosis, and physical performance is complex: the mechanisms can be contradictory: necessary but performance inhibiting.

Academics from the UK’s prestigious Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences at the University of Chichester have just completed a well-designed research study on triathletes during cycling, using Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

The research showed a clear, unequivocal result: that taking the Sujon blackcurrant powder lowered lactate accumulation during the cycling trials for the triathletes. High performance happened with lower lactate, which means faster muscle recovery.

Research leader, Professor Mark Willems from the University of Chichester, summarised the results:
“The results were extremely exciting. I expect impact in the field of Sports Nutrition. We found that intake of the Sujon blackcurrant powder showed substantial reduction in lactate during cycling, and lower lactate accumulation at aerobic capacity. This suggests increased lactate clearance or altered substrate oxidation. Either way, the finds have positive implications for training practice and aerobic performance for endurance athletes,” says Professor Willems.

Professor Willems presented the research results to delegates at the International Society of Sports Nutrition Annual Conference in the USA this month (21 June 2014) and the results will be published in the Society’s Journal.

Mika Vukona, NZ Tall Black - “I recover faster and can train harder the next day with Sujon powder”.

Mika Vukona, NZ Tall Black – “I recover faster and can train harder the next day with Sujon powder”.

As part of the research, athletes were also checked for the effect of the Sujon powder – recovery supplement formulation on cardio-vascular function. “We found that the powder had no negative effect during performance but seems able to assist recovery when at rest. We saw this as another positive outcome sitting parallel to the lactate results,” says Professor Willems.

Sujon Blackcurrant powder is produced by Nelson-based Gibb Holdings. Company Marketing Director Michelle Manson said that the UK lactate research results confirm what the company had found through its own NZ-based research. The company initiated athlete trials with the Nelson Giants basketball team in 2010 and as a result had built an international client base including five teams and individuals that are World Champions in their codes as well as a number of individual country and code champions.

“Many of our customers are supplied under confidentiality agreements and we haven’t been able to promote why they use our Sujon muscle recovery supplement and what the results are,” says Manson. “But this open research by the University of Chichester is wonderful and the results so clear. We expect significant global demand for what is quite a unique New Zealand ‘story’,” says Manson.

“Our formulation is derived from specially selected blackcurrant crops. We believe it’s a certain combination of polyphenol in the blackcurrant crops that produce the results, especially the compounds that produce that intense purple-red colour in blackcurrants: the anthocyanins. These polyphenolic combinations are effected by plant variety, UV intensity, diurnal temperature differences during berry ripening, and the actual processing system to produce the powder. The Sujon powder is truly natural and has no other ingredients in it: it’s a formulation unique to NZ-grown blackcurrants and our processing systems. And we’re thrilled the independent research says it works!” says Manson.

Ensure your best performance with this superfood powder, purchase your own Sujon Blackcurrant Powder Pack , with free delivery on all orders within New Zealand.

For more information on this research, including graphs click here.

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Think up market pancakes!  Bilinies are richer and tastier than pancakes and go well with SUJON boysenberries and a raspberry sauce.  The trick is to use the berries when they are defrosted but still firm so that they hold the weight.   Raspberry couli can be kept for up to 4 days.


125 g Flour
2 eggs
1 cup Milk
40 g Melted Butter
2 T Castor Sugar
2 t Baking Powder
200 g SUJON Boysenberries
100 g Thickened Yoghurt

Raspberry Couli
250 g SUJON frozen raspberries
50 g Castor Sugar
1 T Lemon Juice
BILINIES- Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl.  Make a well in the center, add eggs, milk and melted butter, stirring from the inside out to prevent lumps forming.  Pour mixture into a warm non stick pan and cook until golden brown turning once.  Cut into neat circles, dollop yoghurt into the middle, place SUJON Boysenberries around and garnish with Raspberry Couli

COULI – Bring Raspberries Berries, sugar and lemon juice to the simmer for 3-4 minutes.  Pass through a sieve to remove small pips and cool.