Happy Thursday friends!
Today I’m sharing an interview with an Angeleno who turned her health ailment into a new career path. Angelica Xavier created GOODBITES while getting back her health. She came across raw foodism and found this to be the key to getting herself healthy again. While on this diet she perfected different recipes and snacks to fit her new diet, one of those snacks being her GOODBITES product. (Word on the street is that Angelica also makes delicious smoothies! I’ll have to try one of those next time! ;)) Check out my interview with Angelica and find out what exactly is a “GOODBITE”!
What are GOODBITES?
“GOODBITES are a raw superfood truffle. They are raw organic gluten-free and non-GMO. They are low glycemic tree that is packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.”
For those who aren’t familiar with what raw and superfood mean, could you please explain.
“Raw foods are not heated above 117° this preserves the enzymes in the food. This makes them more nutrient dense than cooked foods.
Superfoods are nutrient rich foods that are considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”
How did you discover raw food diet?
“In an effort to heal myself and find a solution for a medical situation that could not be sufficiently addressed to Western medicine I literally stumbled upon raw foodism. Researching the results that other people addressing illnesses had found through raw food, resonated with me as a viable solution.”
How was the transition from your old diet to eating a high raw diet?
“I jumped right in. And 30 days into a total raw diet I was back feeling and looking as healthy as I had been before I was diagnosed.”
Are you still currently eating a raw diet? If so, what’s your favorite raw meal to make and/or enjoy?
“I do eat a raw diet. About twice a week I have non-raw meals. This doesn't seem to affect my energy and it makes it easy to be out with friends and family for meals.
I'm not sure if I have a favorite raw meal but I do love raw wraps. It's a cross between a salad and a sandwich and is very satisfying and yummy.”
What did you notice most when switching from your old diet to this super healthy and organic raw diet? (As far as energy levels, skin, etc.)
“I was not in a good physical condition when I started the raw diet so immediately I felt more energy happier and back to feeling like my old self. The raw diet is good for appearance is well. Lots of people who embark on a raw diet notice that their skin glows.”
I think it’s great how you’ve turned what some might consider a negative situation (being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s) into a positive.
What inspired you most to pursue creating GOODBITES through your experience with this health ailment?
“After my son went to college last year I decided to focus my energies on making some of the tasty, healthy snacks I created. GOODBITES is the first of those snacks.
Our food industry today is in need of a complete overhaul, and while people are constantly becoming more aware of the hazardous affects of GMO’s and processed foods, many areas of our diet are still dominated by these products. GOODBITES represents a shift in thinking about packaged foods, moving away from sugar and towards nutrients, and an emphasis on sustainability and health.”
Do you have any plans to create other raw superfood products?
“GOODBITES are the cornerstone of our complete superfood line.”
Where can we buy your GOODBITES?
GOODBITES are available on our website www.goodbites.co and at the locations below.
Health and Specialty Stores
• PC Greens
• Artisian House
• Urban Radish
• The Oaks Gourmet
• Artisian House
• One Life Grocery
• Lassens-Thousand Oaks
• Lassens-Los Feliz
• The Detox Market
• Aura Shop
• Simon's Market
• earthbar West Hollywood
• earthbar Sunset
• earthbar Santa Monica
• Sunlife Organics
• Sunlife Organics Thousand Oaks
• Naturewell Long Beach
• Real Raw Live
• Hot 8 Yoga
• Open Source Organics
• Om Nom
• Local 1205 Venice
• Real Raw Live
Coffeebars and Cafes
• Intelligentsia Venice
• Intelligentsia Silverlake
• Intelligentsia Pasadena
• Kafe K
Written, Interviewed and Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich
Photographed by: Bethany Nauert