nutty chocolate shake

By Caroline Huffstetler

It's been a while...so I figured a recipe to satisfy that sunday sweet tooth was in order :) I just whipped up this nutty peanut butter chocolate shake and it not only satisfied my sweet tooth but it filled me up!  And it was healthy enough to replace my lunch.

And! What you can't see is that there are delicious chunks of nutty life vegan cookie dough bites throughout the entire shake.  NOM NOM NOM.

To make it yourself, blend together:

You'll also need 3-4 nutty life organic vegan cookie dough bites, organic raspberries, and organic coconut shreds.  Break the cookie dough bites into small chunks.

Slowly pour the blended shake into a cup, tossing in raspberries & cookie dough bites along the way so the first bite and the last bite taste just as good :)  Top off the smoothie with raspberries and coconut shreds.  then...DEVOUR it.  Enjoy!!!

Stay happy and healthy :)

 

Caroline

nutty life cookie dough bites: the perfect gift of health & love <3

By Caroline Huffstetler

As you start to think about gifts for your loved ones (and maybe even yourself) this holiday season, I want to talk to you about how AWESOME our cookie dough bites are.  Side note: our cashew milk is awesome too, but we can't ship that yet.  So nutty life mylk makes a perfect gift for your family and friends local to Boston...or for family you are driving to with coolers in hand :)

The reason our cookie dough bites ROCK & make the best gift:

  1. We can ship our bites ANYWHERE in the U.S.
  2. We will include a personalized note on a cute holiday tag & ship directly to your loved ones, so you don't have to do anything!
  3. We have the most adorable holiday packaging in the world (sneak peak below -- holiday tag not pictured).
  4. The bites can be eaten raw OR you can bake them in the oven for around 8 minutes at 350 degrees to get a warm, gooey, fresh-from-the-oven vegan HEALTHY cookie.
  5. Two new flavors will be launched in the coming weeks! So you will get to choose from our classic cinnamon oat delight, taza cacao nib chip, & crazy over mint chocolate! You can even choose to include 2 of each in your mini gift box :)

We can't wait to spread health and love across the U.S. this holiday season! Stay tuned for the arrival of our new cookie dough bite flavors.

HOLIDAY PACKAGING INCLUDES A HAND WRITTEN HOLIDAY TAG :)

HOLIDAY PACKAGING INCLUDES A HAND WRITTEN HOLIDAY TAG :)

 

Stay happy and healthy :)

 

Caroline

green pumpkin pie smoothie bowl

By Caroline Huffstetler

my delicious green pumpkin pie smoothie bowl :)

my delicious green pumpkin pie smoothie bowl :)

Not only does this recipe make the most delicious smoothie in the entire world, it's also the prettiest.  The greenness made it feel even healthier! And thanks to the pumpkin and dates and cashews in the mylk, it's loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats that will keep you more than full until lunch.  

Since it's starting to feel like winter outside, I decided to pair this smoothie bowl with hot tea.  Bite of smoothie bowl, sip of tea, bite of smoothie bowl, sip of tea.  This routine is going to allow me to eat smoothie bowls all winter long! 

To make your own, blend together:

  • 8oz of nutty life pumpkin pie cashew milk
  • 1/2-1 cups of spinach (fresh or frozen is fine -- we used frozen)
  • 1 banana (again, fresh or frozen is fine -- and we used frozen)
  • optional: add a dash of chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, maca powder, or spirulina to make it even healthier!

Then!! (my favorite part), sprinkle it with delicious & nutritious toppings.  We used shredded coconut, White Lion Baking original granola, and chia seeds.  Other awesome toppings: fresh berries, goji berries, mulberries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, flax seeds, peanut butter, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, and many more!

I hope you enjoy this smoothie bowl just as much as I do!!!

Make sure you stop by The Local Fare to get your bottle of pumpkin pie cashew milk! It's located at 2 Lake Street Arlington MA 02474.  There is plenty of parking on Mass Ave (and it's right at the corner of Lake & Mass Ave).  Open M-F 3-7pm & Saturday and Sunday 11am-7pm.  Pumpkin pie is available exclusively at The Local Fare!

Stay happy and healthy :)

 

Caroline

stay warm with a nourishing bowl of cashew mylk oatmeal

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring! Simply Cashew mylk adds that extra kick oatmeal often needs, making it a warming, hearty breakfast. I like to buy the brand “Purely Elizabeth” because their Ancient Grain oatmeal is not only made with oats but also with quinoa, amaranth, flax, hemp, and chia, which means more protein, fiber, and omega 3s—and it cooks in two minutes. The added protein and healthy fats from the cashew mylk help keep me feeling satisfied and full until lunch. If you enjoy all things “pumpkin,” then try spicing up your oatmeal with the seasonal Pumpkin Pie Cashew mylk.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup Simply Cashew mylk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions

Heat up the oatmeal with the cashew mylk and coconut oil in a shallow pot or pan. Once the mylk starts to boil, turn off the heat, stir in a pinch of sea salt, and transfer to a serving bowl. Use the same pan (to avoid unnecessary clean up later) to warm up the blueberries. You know they are ready when they turn a deeper shade of blue/purple and they feel soft when you poke them with a spoon. Add the berries and sprinkle on the cinnamon. I treat myself by adding dried edible rose petals! They taste as lovely as they smell. 

golden delicious turmeric mylk

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

September 22nd marked the first official day of fall. For me, fall brings with it flannels, apple picking, and a general sense of coziness. With the air turning brisk, most people are turning to pumpkin-spiced lattes to keep warm. I, however, prefer a hot cup of turmeric mylk. Turmeric and cinnamon have been used over thousands of years for their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Because cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar, and because drinking something warm at night helps me unwind, I like to enjoy the mylk as a pre-bedtime ritual. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Simply Cashew mylk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Fresh ginger (as much or as little as you like)

Instructions

Warm the cashew mylk over low heat. Add in the turmeric, cinnamon, and coconut oil. Quickly whisk the ingredients together. Transfer to a blender and add the ginger. Blend ingredients until the mylk is golden and creamy. If you like sweeter beverages, feel free to add in a spoonful of your favorite sweetener. Enjoy while it’s hot!

Nutty Life launches in stores this month!

By Caroline Huffstetler

Nutty Life simply cashew milk! :) Launching in stores this month! 

Nutty Life simply cashew milk! :) Launching in stores this month! 

About three and a half years ago, my cousin Kourtney taught me how to make almond milk.  And I fell in love with it.  After learning what was in the almond milk I had been drinking (basically no almonds, carrageenan, and a bunch of other chemicals), I was appalled and vowed to never take a sip of that poison again.  Food is meant to be pure and wholesome.  It's meant to be free of chemical additives.  It's supposed to be delicious and nutritious.  And that's what Nutty Life is all about - delivering you tastiness, health, purity, and wholeness one sip at a time.  All of our milks contain at least 20 percent nuts, 10 times the amount in big name brands.  We sweeten with dates and use the whole date, meaning you get all the fiber and nutrients from the date.  WOOOO HOOOO!

We love our almond milk but we love our cashew milk even more.  It’s creamier & tastier :) We are launching with our top sellers in Boston area stores, farm shops, and fitness studios THIS MONTH.  Simply cashew is our blend of filtered water, organic cashews, organic dates, and sea salt.  Vanilla bean cashew is our mix of filtered water, organic cashews, organic dates, organic vanilla bean, and sea salt.  Nuts over chocolate is our organic cacao twist on the vanilla bean blend.  Sometimes people ask me how you use our cashew milk.  Personally, I like to use the simply and vanilla in smoothies, cereal, and coffee.  And I like to drink the chocolate on its own, freeze it into popsicles, or mix it with chia seeds and raspberries to make delicious pudding.  The ways you can use Nutty Life cashew milk are endlessly delicious!

The wonderful San of Gracenote :)

The wonderful San of Gracenote :)

Thank you to our coffee shops who already carry Nutty Life: Gracenote & Loyal Nine.  You can order Nutty Life cashew milk as a replacement for milk in all of your beverages at each shop! And they’re both as adorable as can be with amazing people – like San of Gracenote, who is showing off his Nutty Life hat above.

And here's a sneak peek into some of the awesome shops and studios that will be carrying Nutty Life 16oz cashew milk bottles at the end of the month.  We love each and every one of them :) They are hand picked as the perfect fit for Nutty Life! If you want to see Nutty Life in a Boston area store near you, please reach out!

  • Btone - North End, Boston.  Say hi to Jody! She's the best :)
  • Brookline Grown - Brookline.  Say hi to Emily...she is amazing!
  • Cambridge Naturals - Porter Square, Cambridge.  Everyone has been awesome so far.  Make sure to say hi to Brenden!
  • Levend Bagelry - Boston Public Market, Boston.  Say hi to the bagel master, Alex!
  • Newton's Nectar - Newton Center.  Say hi to the Newton master of green juice, Dani :)
  • Taco Party - Ball Square, Somerville.  Keith is my hero for making delicious vegan tacos & pinto dip.  Make sure to try a taco & say hi!
  • The Local Fare - Capitol Square, Arlington.  AVAILABLE NOW!!! Our very own shop with Boston Bonbon & Kitchen Millie! Open 7 days a week :) Monday through Friday 3-7pm & Saturday and Sunday 11am-7pm.
  • Volante Farms - Needham.  Again, awesome people! Say hi to the Volantes :) And a shout out to employee @shakesvshunger for his plant-based adventures!

We are so happy to be a part of the Boston community.  Thank you to everyone for their support so far! And again, let us know if you need Nutty Life in a store near you!

Stay happy and healthy :)

 

Caroline

cherry chia pudding

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

This chia pudding is filled with heart-healthy, low-glycemic load foods like cherries, blueberries, almonds, and chia seeds. High-glycemic food may cause your blood sugar to spike and leaves you with that “food coma” feeling after you eat. The sweet and tart cherry chia pudding makes for a delicious breakfast and will help keep your energy steady throughout the day.

Ingredients (serves two)

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Cashew mylk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Toppings

Shredded coconut and raspberries

Instructions

Blend together the cherries, blueberries, cashew mylk, and almond butter and pour the pudding base into two mason jars. Add in the chia seeds and stir so that they are mixed in well. Let the mixture set overnight in the refrigerator. Right before devouring the pudding, top it off with shredded coconut and raspberries. Enjoy! 

The Local Fare is open!

By Caroline Huffstetler

The Local Fare store view through the front windows :)

The Local Fare store view through the front windows :)

After a few months of DIY, Michelle, Rita, and I have finally opened the doors to The Local Fare.  It’s as cute as can be.  The back was built out as our commercial kitchen & the storefront has a simple, rustic feel.  Our handmade counter by my amazing handyman boyfriend Craig is my favorite part.  This adorable little space at 2 Lake Street in Arlington holds a special place in my heart because it was built with love.  We worked so hard to get it ready for inspections and customers…and the hard work has paid off!

Our cute storefront :) p.s. the counter isn't curved...it's just the panorama!

Our cute storefront :) p.s. the counter isn't curved...it's just the panorama!

Nutty Life mylks and bites are made in house & can be purchased Monday through Friday 3pm-7pm & Saturday and Sunday 11am-7pm.  We also have Nutty Life body products – almond meal soap and lip balm and more to come! Everything in the store is from the Boston area, with our furthest goodies coming from Rhode Island.  We’re always looking for new products, so if you have any ideas for healthy, delicious products local to Boston, please reach out! We love unique non-food items too! We’re carrying everything from cards and candles and lotions to dog treats and human treats and beverages.  The Local Fare is the perfect place to treat yourself or to pick up a last minute gift.

We have our grand opening on Saturday, August 27th from 11am-7pm.  We will have raffle prizes and discounts, so make sure to carve out some time on your calendar to stop in! Thank you for all of your support! And kickstarter pledgers: we will start sending out rewards in the coming weeks <3

 

Stay happy and healthy :)

 

Caroline

5 ways to stay grounded during the workday

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

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Are you ever sitting at your desk and realize that your shoulders are shrugged up to your ears, you’re holding your breath, and your face couldn’t possibly get closer to the computer screen? Hits a little too close to home, right? Between the meetings, emails, and problem-solving that happen on any given day at the office, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are five simple tips that help me stay grounded throughout the workday.

1. Take long, deep breaths: The best thing about them is that they are free and you can never have too many. Breathing is something we normally don't have to think about but bringing awareness to our bodies through our breath can help keep our nervous system calm and our minds focused. Try to make your exhales longer than your inhales by breathing in for a count of three and out for a count of five (or adjust to what feels good for you).

2. Eat away from your desk: Do you ever finish your lunch and not know what you ate because you were responding to emails the whole time? Even if it means staying a bit later at night, enjoying lunch away from your desk, computer, and phone is worth it. You might even make new friends in the process. Eating slowly, without distractions, has not only helped me better recognize when I’m full, but it has also improved my digestion.

3. Have a treat to look forward to: This is one of my favorite tips. Whether it's a Nutty Life cinnamon oat delight "cookie dough" bite, a few pieces of dark chocolate, or a 5-minute Instagram break, having a treat to look forward to feels good… and who doesn’t like to feel good? The anticipation leading up to enjoying the treat will make you savor it that much more.

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4. Personalize your desk: I’m not suggesting you bring in photo albums, stuffed animals, and slippers to the office, but making your desk a comfortable place to be is essential to staying grounded and feeling at ease. Try adding a small plant or interesting lamp and see how it spices up the feng shui. I recommend bamboo because it doesn’t require a ton of natural light to stay alive.

5. Go on an afternoon stroll: You’ve probably heard this one before. It sounds so simple but in reality, it’s much harder to get away from your desk than you think it might be—there’s always one more phone call to make or one more slide to create—and the brisk walk often gets deprioritized. But, we shouldn’t let it, because a walk around the block can do wonders for productivity. Moving your body and getting fresh air will have you coming back to the office feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next item on your to-do list. 

the truth about most store-bought nut milk

by Caroline Huffstetler

nuts on nuts on nuts! nut milks are supposed to contain lots of nuts! not lots of fillers in an attempt to convince you there are lots of nuts! think before your drink :) 

nuts on nuts on nuts! nut milks are supposed to contain lots of nuts! not lots of fillers in an attempt to convince you there are lots of nuts! think before your drink :) 

Some of you already know this…and some of you will be in shock when I tell you this.  Your typical store-bought nut milk only has around 2% nuts (all Nutty Life mylks contain 20-35% nuts).  The store-bought milk is fully loaded with chemicals and additives.  You see, they kind of trick you because the milk has a great consistency and looks thick and full-bodied when you pour it into a cup.  And it feels super creamy in your mouth.  But that’s what the additives do – these big name brands use carrageenan, gellan gum, and locust bean gum to thicken their products.  That way they can make a cheap product with very few nuts but still convince you it’s the real deal.  What’s so bad about these additives? I will share my research with you below.

  • carrageenan: I first decided to look into all of the ingredients in your typical nut milks when I learned that many include carrageenan, the same chemical used to de-ice airplanes on the runway...

Non-food grade carrageenan is a known carcinogen, causing colon cancer & bowel inflammation in lab rats.  It is also linked to a depressed immune system.  Food grade carrageenan can contain as much as 25 percent of non-food grade carrageenan.  Furthermore, it can be used as an ingredient in an organic product…and the product is still considered organic! There is debate around whether the food grade variation causes the same colon and bowel problems as the non-food grade – but again, food grade carrageenan can contain up to 25% of non-food grade carrageenan & still be considered “okay” to use in food.  That knowledge is enough to keep me away from carrageenan the carcinogen.

Carrageenan is an alternative to gelatin or gellan gum used to emulsify, stabilize, or thicken a food product.  It is produced by exposing red seaweed to an alkali solution.  If I wanted to eat red seaweed, I'd eat red seaweed! A lot of people think carrageenan is safe because it is derived from seaweed.  However, once the seaweed is altered in a lab, it's no longer seaweed.

  • gellan gum: Gellan gum is used as a gelling agent within the U.S. food industry for its ability to thicken, emulsify, and stabilize foods while withstanding high temperatures. The chemical process in which gellan gum is formed is way too complicated for me to even try to summarize it, so if you're curious then you need to google it!

Gellan gum is known to have a laxative effect in high doses, causing intestinal issues in lab rats.  Gellan gum is also not generally recognized as safe for food consumption.  Somehow, it was deemed "safe" in our foods if the regulations outlined in this link are followed.  Seems wrong to me... [Source: USDA]

A purpose of gellan gum in nut milk is so the liquid does not separate & the nut particles stay bound to the water particles.  Nutty Life mylks separate & that's because we don't put any thickening or binding agents in our products.  It's the real deal & a good shake will properly distribute all of the ingredients in our products.

The other purpose of gellan gum is so the liquid appears thicker than it actually is...why don't you just add more nuts?!

  • locust bean gum: Locust bean gum is a galactomannan (again, google it...) vegetable gum that comes from the carob tree.  It is used as an alternative to cacao because it has less calories and more flavor.  It is also used to thicken food products.  It appears to be produced naturally.  However, I am still skeptical.  Locust bean gum is linked to increased gas, so maybe steer clear of it before a date? Personally, if I want my nut milk to have a sweet cacao-like flavor, then I will add cacao!!! And thickening agents are not needed in nut milk - just add more nuts!!

I could go on for a long time about this topic…hopefully this little post gets you thinking the next time you pick up that typical store-bought nut milk full of additives and chemicals.  Read your labels!!!!!

 

Stay healthy & happy :)

 

Caroline

get your green on

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

Caroline's post about smoothie bowls last week inspired me, so I did a little experimenting of my own. In the summer, I like to start my weekends off extra healthy because between all the bbqs, rooftop bars, and beach trips, I'm craving greens on greens on greens by the time Sunday night rolls around. Smoothie bowls are a great way to pack in your green goodness fix for the day. For you green smoothie skeptics, as bright-green as this smoothie is, you'd never know it from the taste! Because I eat this for breakfast, I like to replace my morning cup of coffee with a pinch of matcha powder—matcha contains caffeine but doesn't leave me feeling jittery or anxious. Check out this article by Greatist to learn more about the matcha craze.

Insider scoop: even though it’s not on the Nutty Life website right now, you can order Matcha Vanilla Cashew mylk! Just place an order for Vanilla & add a note that you want it “matcha style.”

Ingredients (serves 1 hungry human)

  • 3/4 cup Simply Cashew mylk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 handful of fresh kale
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Toppings: blueberries, shredded coconut, granola

Instructions

Blend together the banana, kale, spinach, matcha, maca powder, and almond butter. Top with blueberries, coconut, and granola!

 

 

if you’ve never tried a smoothie bowl, you’re seriously missing out

By Caroline Huffstetler

smoothie bowl making with Tori of kitchen + kraft...it's when she shared the magic of smoothie bowls with me! :) photo cred: Tori

smoothie bowl making with Tori of kitchen + kraft...it's when she shared the magic of smoothie bowls with me! :) photo cred: Tori

The Nutty Life instagram (@nuttylife.boston) is loaded with pictures of smoothies and smoothie bowls.  What’s a smoothie bowl? It’s your smoothie poured into a bowl and doused with the most scrumptious toppings in the entire world.  My biggest inspiration is my talented friend Tori of kitchen + kraft (rad things for mindful living).  And let me tell you – all of her stuff is rad! If you haven’t seen or browsed her hand-dyed pillows and aprons and napkins, scope it out here: http://www.kitchenandkraft.com/

more smoothie bowl making with Tori! She gets the photo cred again :)

more smoothie bowl making with Tori! She gets the photo cred again :)

Tori also has the most impeccable instagram I think I’ve ever seen, especially when it comes to smoothie bowls (@kitchenandkraft).  Ahem, hers is the gorgeous one pictured above, next to my messy bowl.  When Tori and I meet up, it’s usually at one of our houses to craft a scrumptious and beautiful smoothie bowl.  She’s the one who taught me all about it!

Making a smoothie bowl is easy.  Grab your favorite type of milk (we usually choose Nutty Life simply cashew mylk) & blend it together with some of your favorite fruits, veggies, seeds, and powders in a blender.  Our go-to is blueberries, spinach, banana, chia seeds, spirulina, and maca powder.  I never measure out my smoothies.  I simply put in whatever amount of each ingredient my little heart desires that morning. 

You can use anything for your toppings! I usually like fresh fruit, goji berries, mulberries, almond butter, cacao nibs, coconut shreds, and of course granola! Sometimes I take 15 minutes to decorate my bowl & sometimes I take 1 minute.  If you have some creative energy, it’s fun to carefully place every single morsel.  If you’re getting a little HANGRY (that’s angry because you’re so hungry), then just sprinkle your toppings around without a care.

smoothie bowls with friends is the best!

smoothie bowls with friends is the best!

Grab a giant spoon & enjoy! Smoothie bowls are a great activity to bring the family together for breakfast or for friends who are looking for a healthy way to bond :) I could eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…

Stay happy and healthy :)

Caroline

Oh My Chai! vegan chocolate pudding

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

If you are anything like me, you think avocado might just be the best food in the entire world. Although I mostly enjoy this delicacy in savory dishes, the adaptable fruit makes the perfect base for a sweet, vegan, chocolate pudding. 

Ingredients

These measurements serve 1 but as always, feel free to increase as needed!

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/3 cup Oh My Chai! Almond mylk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp raw honey or sweetener of your choice

Instructions

Heat the mylk on low with the tablespoon of honey. While the honey is dissolving, add the avocado and cacao powder to a blender (but don’t blend yet). Gently pour the almond mylk/honey mixture into the blender and blend until the consistency falls between a mousse and a pudding. Pour the pudding into a mason jar—or your favorite bowl—cover with saran wrap and stick it in the freezer until chilled. Take it out and add your favorite toppings. Some of my go-tos are cacao nibs, crushed nuts, berries, and shredded coconut. Enjoy!

gratitude changes everything

By Caroline Huffstetler

my delicious smoothie bowl....yum yum yum!

my delicious smoothie bowl....yum yum yum!

Over the next week, I challenge you to try writing a gratitude journal.  I’ll be honest…I have fallen off the wagon on this one.  So, I am going to undertake the challenge with you! It is one of the most incredible tools you can use to create a happier life.  It’s so hard to focus on the positive in our culture.  We are constantly bombarded with shootings, bombings, and acts of hate in the news.  I promise you though, there is good out in the world!

Here’s the way I like to keep my gratitude journal.  First, find an inspiring photo…something that makes you smile.  It might be a picture of nature, a picture of family or friends, a picture of your pet.  It can be your photo or someone else’s.  As long as it makes you smile :) Next, list 3 things you are grateful for.  This can seriously be anything.  And the list can be short and sweet (i.e. I am grateful for: 1) my mom, 2) my dad, 3) my brothers).  As you keep up your journal, you’ll actually want to write more.  You get to use this time to reflect on how wonderful your life is.  And it only takes 5 minutes.  I personally like to write my journal first thing in the morning so I shed a positive light on the rest of the day.

Below is an example of a full gratitude journal entry…and it’s my first entry of the challenge!

me and my brothers back in the day :)

me and my brothers back in the day :)

I am grateful for:

1)  All of my kickstarter pledgers.  I would not have been able to open up this new storefront and kitchen without you! Thank you!

2)  Nutty Life.  It makes me smile every day.  It’s challenging and fun!

3)  My family.  They’re so supportive of what I’m doing.  They make me laugh.  They make me smile.  And they challenge my patience ;) I guess that’s what having 4 brothers will do to you though.  JK, kinda…love you John, Ky, Mikey, and Chris!

What are you grateful for?!

Follow us on instagram (@nuttylife.boston) to see what I’m grateful for over the next week.  And please share your posts with us! We love hearing from you :) Make sure to tag us / give us a shout out in your post!

Stay happy and healthy :)

Caroline

It's the simple things

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that satisfy us most—realizing you have more time to sleep, walking past an air-conditioned store front on a hot day, … and this vanilla, cashew, blueberry smoothie bowl. Now, I’m not a professional recipe creator or food photographer so the picture doesn’t exactly depict the most appetizing color for a smoothie, but don’t let that stop you, I promise it’s AH-MAZING! Blueberries are one of nature’s best antioxidants and flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are excellent for glowing, healthy skin. 

Worth noting: this recipe has frozen bananas. If you have never frozen bananas before, there are a couple words of wisdom that I will pass on to you after having learned the hard way:

  1. Freeze brown-spotted bananas because they are sweeter and softer than their yellow or green alternative.
  2. Always remove the skin before freezing bananas. The skin will never come off again if they’re frozen, no matter how many times you bang the banana against the counter or try to saw it with a knife.
  3. Cut the bananas into smaller pieces before freezing them because they will blend more quickly.

The portion below serves one but you can always increase the quantity, especially if you have an appetite!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Cashew mylk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (Wyman’s of Maine is my favorite brand)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp finely ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or cashew butter

Instructions

Blend together all ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy and smooth. Enjoy plain or take creative liberty and add your own flare with toppings—we’d love to hear what you come up with! 

if you want it, go get it!

By Caroline Huffstetler

That’s what my inspiration card for today reads.  And it’s so true.  You can’t wait around hoping that someone is going to drop your dreams in your lap.  You need to dream big & go after what you want.  Life is too short to be unhappy.  Life is too short to go into a job you hate every day. 

After hopping from desk job to desk job unsatisfied and ultimately bored, I knew something had to change.  Quitting your full-time job with benefits and guaranteed pay is scary.  It took me six months to build up the confidence that selling almond milk was a feasible business.  I worked a part-time job with my first boss out of college (who is amazing) until I finally signed a lease at my kitchen.  Every single day is still pretty scary.  I still don’t pay myself and I definitely don’t have paid vacation.  Every time I jet set, that’s time away from the business.  It’s pretty stressful & I usually wake up in the middle of the night thinking of all of the things I need –and want—to do for the business.

That being said, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Creating your own brand is one of the most inspiring and life-changing things you can do.  I learn something new every single day.  I get to be creative, I get to call the shots, and I get to choose the direction in which I want to go.  I don’t have a giant corporation lurking over my shoulder.  I am inspired every single day.  And I can’t wait to get out of bed to work on Nutty Life.  I am so excited to build this brand and bring Nutty Life to people across the country and eventually across the globe.  I envision a Nutty Life office culture of freedom, flexibility, creativity, health, wellness, passion, and inspiration.  One day, we’ll have an office.  After all, you need to dream big.

Please check out our kickstarter today! And please pledge if you are able to!

Have a great weekend! Stay inspired :)

Kick-start your day with this nutritious, cacao-almond smoothie bowl

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

We are going nuts for this Oh My Chai! almond mylk smoothie bowl. The creamy, rich, frozen yogurt-like texture is the perfect way to stay cool on a hot, summer morning. Not only is this delicious mix a high source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium, but it also has about 30% of your daily magnesium to help keep your immune system strong, your digestive system active, and your heart healthy. An added bonus? It’s vegan and gluten free… oh, and it will take you less than 10 minutes to make. If you prefer a savory breakfast, try it as a restorative post-workout snack—the potassium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and your muscles will thank you for the protein dose from the almonds and cashews.   

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Oh My Chai! almond mylk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut

Toppings

  • 4-5 Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/8 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut

Instructions

Blend together all ingredients until creamy and smooth. Pour into a bowl and have fun decorating the smoothie mix with the colorful toppings! 

Our Kickstarter is LIVE!!!

Sampling on Newbury Street!

Sampling on Newbury Street!

Our kickstarter is LIVE!!! Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/12274485/nutty-life-the-best-dairy-free-nut-milk-on-the-pla

Life is nutty.  It’s a nutty life.  That’s why we’ve created the perfect alternative milk for you.  When it comes to health, we don’t want you to have to think about it.  Nutty Life is the brand you can trust for healthy and wholesome snacks.  Everything made by Nutty Life is organic & additive free.  We sweeten all of our mylks with dates.  We have almond mylk and cashew mylk right now but are always experimenting.  We can’t wait to be settled in our new space so we can really get back to what we love doing – experimenting for hours on end :)

New space!? Yep! That’s right! Nutty Life is moving from our shared kitchen in Malden to our very own space with fellow food entrepreneurs Michelle Wax (Kitchen Millie) & Rita Ng (Boston Bonbon).  It’s in the cutest town right near their movie theater, an ice cream shop, and delicious restaurants – Arlington, MA.  This space will serve as our new commercial kitchen, but there’s an added benefit: we have a small storefront as well! Our store is called The Local Fare & is on schedule to open by mid-July.  We’ll sell our Nutty Life mylks, smoothies, and new vegan “cookie dough” bites as well as Kitchen Millie’s cookies & Boston Bonbon’s French macarons.  We will also stock up on some of our favorite local Boston goodies – bringing the local farmer’s market to the city of Arlington on a daily basis :)

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Me? Yes you!!! We launched our kickstarter today, June 3rd, which also happens to be founder Caroline’s 28th birthday.  She can’t wait to bring Nutty Life to stores in Boston, New York City, and Washington DC in her next year of life! With the $10k raised through this kickstarter, Caroline will be able to pay for ALL of the equipment in the new space.  It will also allow her to pay for the first couple months of rent.  AND! She just secured a new refrigerated van – this money will help with the first couple loan payments.  Nutty Life will launch in stores in the Boston area by the end of July.  By pledging to this kickstarter, you’ll have access to some exclusive Nutty Life gear & be the first to try some of our limited edition & seasonal flavors!

You can choose your awesome reward by pledging to the Nutty Life kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/12274485/nutty-life-the-best-dairy-free-nut-milk-on-the-pla

Life is nutty and we know you have a lot going on, so we make eating healthy easy for you.  Keep living the nutty life & keep drinking Nutty Life. 

 

We love you! Thank you for your support :)

 

Caroline

Sweet Caroline's Go-to Almond Milk Smoothie

When it comes to measuring out what's called for in a recipe, I am not your girl (so my apologies in advance if your smoothie doesn't turn out quite as pretty or as tasty as the one pictured above).  Every time I make a smoothie, I make it a little differently.  Below is my best shot at what's probably in the smoothie above... Nutty Life milks are the only recipes I actually measure out  ; ) As long as you've got some Nutty Life milk in your blender bowl, the smoothie is destined to taste like heaven in your mouth.  So buy some Nutty Life & make the smoothie below!

  • 1 cup (or more) of Nutty Life Oh my CHAI! Almond Milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach and/or kale
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 tsp camu
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder or nibs
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds