Some college students crave Chick-Fil-A, Domino’s, or Insomnia Cookies. But when you go to Pepperdine University (and live in Malibu), you can’t help but crave SunLife. When I took my GRE Exam last week, I had one mission more important than remembering my identification or getting to the test center on time: stopping at SunLife beforehand to pick up a Wolverine signature shake, a smoothie one could equate to the nectar of the gods.
SunLife Organics is the miraculous story of Khalil Rafati who used to battle addiction and unhealthy eating habits, and founded the organic juice bar to provide “top of the line organic produce, superfoods, supplements and more,” according to the website. Since it opened in Malibu in 2011, SunLife has sought to embody their mottos of “Love, Heal, and Inspire” and “Be Here Now.” “Every day, we aim to provide the best example we can for operating a business with the well being of people and the planet in mind,” owner Rafati writes. Four years later, SunLife now has four locations: Malibu West (at Point Dume), Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, and Malibu East (at Malibu Country Mart), the newest location.
SunLife is so ubiquitous in Malibu and to Pepperdine students, that their university’s newspaper even published a quiz where you can answer, “Which SunLife Organics Bowl Are You?” Even though their bowls are some of the most frequently ordered items (especially the Brazilian Bowl), I am one of the many loyal fans of the Wolverine Smoothie. One of the signature shakes on the SunLife menu, the Wolverine consists of “Banana, almond, date, coconut, maca, raw cacao, bee pollen, royal jelly, and almond milk.” Fortunately, thanks to a blogger on OrganicFoodee.com, you can try to make the Wolverine shake on your own at home. Just combine the following ingredients and blend:
3 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Maca
2 tbsp Raw Cacao Nibs
1 tsp Coconut Manna
1/2 tsp Bee Pollen
1/2 tsp Royal Jelly
1 cup Almond Milk
1 cup Ice Cubes
While trying to make the Wolverine shake yourself can save you $8.95 at a SunLife location, these ingredients are not necessarily things you may find in your fridge, plus there is something about the plastic cup with the lotus on it and the community of a SunLife store that your kitchen blender cannot substitute. SunLife owner Rafati said that the juice bar is more than a place of ordering healthy nourishment: “we wanted a place where we could come together as a community, away from our Blackberrys, iPads, and Facebook; a place where we could meet up after a surf, a paddle, or yoga; a place where we could strive to love, heal, and inspire one another.”
SunLife Organics is a unique corporation because they care about the health of their customers and the well-being of the nature around them; SunLife uses all organic ingredients from local producers in southern California. While I am obsessed with the Wolverine smoothie and will definitely try this recipe with my blender, I doubt this will replace the taste or experience of buying a SunLife Wolverine shake. As I have already been to SunLife three times in the past week, I know that the sirens of SunLife’s sweet ambrosia (aka the Wolverine) will call me back soon.
P.S. Look out for another post about SunLife soon! I have contacted the company to find out more about their ingredients, suppliers, and recycling practices. Stay tuned!
© Rissponsible Living, 2015