Love, Heal and Inspire!
Malibu is my second home now days. Growing up, my husband would spend his summers with his family in Malibu. So when we first started dating he invited me to go. Ever since it has held a special place in place in my heart. It was so special that we ended up even getting married in Malibu! So now with our little family of four we have carried on the tradition!
Now Malibu is known for its fabulous beaches and spectacular sunsets. But let’s be honest, I rate Malibu based on its food! One place in particular that is a must go to in Malibu (especially if you have children) is Sunlife Organics!
I have two words for you… Fresh Juice! When you first walk into Sunlife Organics you see this row of beautiful fresh juices! Of course I had to try the pink lotus juice first. It had pear, rosewater, pineapple, beet, green apple and lemon! I definitely recommend.
They do have a variety of other options besides juice. My kids love the açai bowls. My daughter is obsessed with the Hawaiian bowl. It has açai sorbet topped with granola, banana, strawberry, hemp seeds and coconut shreds. You can also add a variety of ingredients to mix it up a bit.
Now, even though the food is amazing. What I love most about this place is the story that goes behind it. The founder of Sunlife organics is Khalil Rafati. He grew up in Ohio with a rough childhood. He dropped out of high school, and at age 21, moved to LA with no qualifications and a criminal record he earned through shoplifting and vandalism. He moved to LA in pursuit of becoming a famous actor, but when his acting career failed to take off, he started playing in local bands and figured out how to make a lucrative living washing cars for famous celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses. He started dabbling in drugs and soon became chronically addicted.
“I was arrested more times than I can remember [for drug offenses]. I was completely messed up…I was always in so much pain that I couldn’t sleep,” he said in an interview with BBC.
At rock bottom, Rafati knew he had to make some drastic changes, and this time he checked himself into rehab was unlike any other. He began to pursue his life with a zeal that let to him becoming the millionaire founder of a trendy juice brand with branches all across Southern California and plans of branching into 16 other US states as well as Japan. Today, the former addict enjoys a full life as the head of his successful wellness brand, and is accustomed to traveling by private jet.
Sunlife Organics was launched in 2011 with it’s first branch based in Malibu. The exotic ingredients featured in some of the drinks at Sunlife Organics, like adaptogenic mushrooms and silica, are touted to be life-changing and have earned the brand an enthusiastic following, as well as the praise of celebrities.
The menu at Sunlife Organics includes a wide variety of Cold Pressed Juices and Signature Superfood Shakes, as well as custom smoothies, wellness shots, a coffee and tea selection and their signature bowls.
I love stories like Rafaiti’s, because they remind us of the incredible healing power of food. So if you are ever in Malibu go check out Sunlife Organics and let me know what you think!
To read more about Khalil Rafati story or learn more about Sunlife Organics follow this link: https://sunlifeorganics.myshopify.com/pages/our-story