cramps begone cherry smoothie

a to-die-for tasty smoothie that will help ease your menstrual cramps

by caroline huffstetler

  a tasty smoothie that helps with menstrual cramps?! count me in!

 a tasty smoothie that helps with menstrual cramps?! count me in!

do you get terrible cramps during your period?

or even worse…diarrhea?

then, this smoothie is a MUST TRY to ease those menstrual blues. 

it also might be the tastiest smoothie i’ve ever concocted…it’s creamy, naturally sweet, not overly sweet, and has the perfect balance of earthiness.

below is the recipe + the menstrual benefits of each ingredient.  all you have to do is blend everything up in your blender & enjoy!

  • 8oz nutty life vanilla bean cashew milk.  cashews are high in zinc, which helps fight painful cramps.  filtered water is one of the best things for your body, especially during your period.  good old water helps reduce menstrual bloating.  vanilla bean helps to ease cramps, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  the dates have iron, which help to replenish the blood you are losing during your cycle.  the date fiber also helps regulate (slow down) your overactive bowel movements.
  • 1 banana (i prefer frozen).  eating sugars from fruit helps to combat the sugar cravings you get when you’re on your period.  bananas are also high in fiber & help to regulate your bowel movements.  and the vitamin b6 and potassium in bananas help to reduce cramps.
  • 1/4 cup of cherries.  cherries are high in potassium and help with cramps.  not to mention, they make the smoothie taste DARN GOOD.
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries.  their anti-inflammatory properties + antioxidants help ease cramps.
  • 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  i am a fiend and actually put closer to 1 tablespoon in my smoothie.  if you’re a cinnamon fan, then add even more! its anti-inflammatory properties + antioxidants help ease cramps.
  • 1/2-1 cup of frozen spinach.  i usually prefer to add more veggies to my smoothies, so i add closer to 1 cup.  the calcium in spinach helps to reduce PMS symptoms; its magnesium reduces headaches, fatigue, and cramps; and its iron helps replenish your blood.

make sure to use our extra thick vanilla bean cashew milk…otherwise, you might be disappointed ;) definitely don’t swap our cashew milk for that 2% nut milk laden with carrageenan and gums (known to cause bowel cancer and bowel issues).  let me know how you like it! <3

crazy for cashew cacao! moo-oove on over chocolate cow!

how nutty life nuts over chocolate cashew milk compares to cow’s chocolate milk

By Erin Olejnik

 photo by @bostonfoodphoto

photo by @bostonfoodphoto

When I was a Division I Athlete, I tried to drink chocolate milk as much as possible after workouts, because one of my former coaches touted how it was the ideal post-exercise recovery drink. As I grew older and became more interested in nutrition, I asked: why is chocolate milk so special? After a little bit of digging, I found that the study my coach was quoting only inferred that chocolate milk was better than high-sugar sports drinks. The study also only had eight participants, and it was funded by the National Dairy Council – both signs of a biased study.

When I discovered nutty life nuts over chocolate cashew milk, my immediate thought was how wonderful it would be post-workout. Regular chocolate milk made from cows is believed to be a great recovery drink because of the high concentration of carbohydrates and protein; however, the carbohydrates primarily come from the refined sugars in the cocoa powder that gives the milk its chocolate-y taste (sorry to disappoint anyone who thought chocolate milk came from chocolate cows!).  nutty life nuts over chocolate cashew milk has no added sugars, because it’s sweetened with dates. Also, a lot of the carbohydrates in nuts over chocolate come in the form of dietary fiber! For protein content, chocolate milk and nuts over chocolate have a similar amount per serving, but cashew milk doesn’t rely on the labor of farm animals for protein.

And, the best part about nutty life nuts over chocolate is how it gets its delicious, creamy, chocolate-y flavor: organic cacao. Cacao is a much purer form of chocolate that serves as a wonderful source of iron and magnesium, plus it contains a plethora of antioxidants that its processed cousin cocoa lacks.  See the nutritional comparison for both kinds of 6oz milk below. Cow’s chocolate milk facts are based on USDA info.

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Next time you want a chocolate-y post-workout superfood snack that will make your taste buds scream with joy, reach for nutty life nuts over chocolate cashew milk! It's super healthy and basically tastes like a chocolate shake.  You gotta eat, so it might as well taste darn good and be darn good for you!

 

 

dairy free strawberry vanilla frosting

by caroline huffstetler

 photo by @bostonfoodphoto

photo by @bostonfoodphoto

there's a birthday coming up in the nutty life family, so I decided to attempt to make dairy free naturally sweetened frosting, made with nutty life cashew milk, of course!

it turned out pretty awesome! i'm still looking for ideas on the funfetti cupcake part of the recipe.  please comment on this post if you have recommendations!

to make the frosting...

1. blend the following in your high-powered blender or food processor:

  • 1/4 cup nutty life strawberry vanilla cashew milk
  • 1 cup tree nuts.  we prefer cashews, walnuts, or brazil nuts -- or a combo of all 3! if you want more of a neutral nutty flavor, cashews are the least overpowering of the 3.
  • 1/8 cup of coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • dash of lemon juice
  • a handful of fresh strawberries (optional: to make it even more strawberry-y)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup.  you can also use dates.  start with a little sweetness & keep tasting as you blend.  sweeten until it tastes DIVINE!

2. pour into a freezer safe container with lid (that's large enough to allow whisking).  store in freezer for 30 minutes.

3. take it out & whisk until creamy.  then place in the freezer for another 45 minutes.

4. take it out & whisk again until creamy.  then place in the freezer for another 1.5 hours.

 5. take it out & whisk until creamy and smooth like a frosting! store in the refrigerator & use within 5 days.

*makes enough to frost about 6-10 cupcakes or a small cake (depending on how much frosting you like!)*

ENJOY!!! :)

it's been a while, it's been nutty

by caroline huffstetler

life's been a little nutty. 

nutty life moved kitchens.  we're now sharing space with our friends at MOJO cold brew in beverly, ma.   they make the most delicious cold brew & they're the most awesome people!

and I personally moved homes (and states).  nutty life HQ is split between massachusetts and vermont, two of my favorite states in the US. 

we also welcomed a new member to the nutty life family, erin olejnik, a fellow boston college graduate.  erin and i will be writing blog posts every week.  and we want to write about things that you want to hear about / learn about.  please tell us if you want recipes, life lessons, or have specific questions below.  we're kicking off today with a delicious recipe for strawberry vanilla frosting!

i also turned 30 & i know now more than ever that age is just a number.  i still get asked if i'm in high school (staying young thanks to all the cashew milk i've been drinking).  and in honor of my 30th birthday, i want to share 30 of my life lessons thus far.

  1. time flies.  i still feel (and some even say look) like i'm 16.  i remember high school as if it was yesterday.  the older i get, the faster the years pass.  and that scares the cr*p out of me! they say time flies when you're having fun, so i must just be having more fun each year?!
  2. life is short.  you never know when your time will come.  i've lost people i love & i've seen friends and family lose people they love.  some people leave this world way too young.  and some are luckier & live a long and fulfilled life.  i personally came close to a sudden death.  that moment taught me that life is too short to be doing something you hate in life.  it drove me to start nutty life & i am forever grateful for the experience, despite the months of panic attacks.
  3. stop stressing about looks.  i used to be obsessive about looking "perfect".  in my mind, i never got there.  i used to hide behind a mask of "being healthy".  in reality, i was far from it.  i would not touch anything with processed sugar because i didn't want to gain a pound and wanted to keep looking "perfect".  i walked around with constant anxiety.  now i follow the 90/10 rule.  i eat healthy 90 percent of the time & indulge 10% of the time.  i try not to eat processed sugar, but if i do, WHATEVER! stop stressing over the way you look.  you'll feel and look a lot better when you let yourself indulge every once in a while.
  4. exercise is not a chore.  if you don't like the exercise you are doing, stop doing it.  make it something fun that you enjoy! i used to go to the gym in college and spend a miserable hour on the elliptical listening to music.  all so i could look "perfect."  WOOF.  i wish i could tell my 20-year-old self to go for a hike and enjoy nature a little more.
  5. get outside. enjoy nature! go for a hike! smell the fresh air.
  6. healthy is a way of life.  i feel most alive when i eat healthy and exercise.  now, i'm healthy for the mental clarity it gives me, not for the way it makes me look.  
  7. eat simply.  we need more fruits and veggies in our lives.  vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters all need to eat more fruits and veggies from the earth.  there's too much processed food in our world. 
  8. counting calories is silly.  real food has real ingredients, fat, and calories.  listen to your body to know when it's full.  don't count calories to tell when it's full! real food will tell your body when it's full.  processed food will trick your body into thinking it isn't full.
  9. texting is the worst.  i used to get mad when people wouldn't text me back.  now i'm that person.  i hate texting.  i'd rather email or talk over the phone.  i currently have 29 unread text messages.  if i don't respond to you, i don't hate you.  i just hate texting.  call me! :)
  10. go to bed by 10pm going to bed early is cool.
  11. wake up by 6am.  waking up early is cool.
  12. listen to your body.  if you need a day to sleep in, do it! if you've been eating a bunch of crud and your body feels terrible, eat lots of veggies for the next week.  if you're burnt out, skip your exercise and skip going out.  give yourself some r&r. 
  13. smile.  stop walking around looking like you want to punch someone.  smile.  and don't think it's weird if someone smiles at you.  be friendly, people!
  14. say hello.  go beyond a smile & say hi.  some people will think you're a weirdo but most people will appreciate the friendliness.  and you'll feel better after the human connection too.
  15. be nice.  treat others better than you want to be treated.  give people a break sometimes.  you never know what they're going through.
  16. be nice but not too nice.  i tend to give people too many second and third and fourth chances.  i've now learned that once someone shows you who they are one-two-three times, that's who they are.  do yourself a favor and move on.  you will get over the friendship or relationship.  and you will be fine.
  17. let it go.  don't waste your precious energy clinging on to what was or what could have been.  let go of that old relationship.  don't waste your time replaying the mean things people have said or done.  let it go.  this lesson is definitely the hardest for me & something i actively work on every day.
  18. focus on the positive.  it's easy to remember the things that have hurt you deeply.  but try to focus on the positive things in your life.  i'm not saying to ignore the bad.  but don't let yourself get down in the dumps over the bad when there's so much good in your life.
  19. learn to say no.  learn your boundaries & say no to the things that fall outside of those boundaries.  saying no gets you closer to your yes.
  20. laugh at yourself.  if you do or say something dumb, laugh at yourself.  being so serious all the time is boring.
  21. simplify.  the more stuff i get rid of, the lighter i feel.  get rid of everything you don't use or need.  if you haven't used it in a year, it's not worth holding on to for using "some day". 
  22. take care of yourself first.  i used to think it was selfish to go to the gym and take care of yourself if there was something else that needed attention.  as i get older, i realize this time to yourself is vital so you can be there for others.  it's okay to be "selfish" sometimes.
  23. be your best self.  i am far from perfect but each day i strive to be my best self.  i set daily goals, both personal and business related.  and i try my best to reach those goals.  
  24. find your purpose.  spend every day exploring and figuring out your passions.  once you find them, share them with the world.  nutty life embodies everything i want to share with the world.  i want people to know that healthy food tastes good.  and that food should have simple and pure ingredients.  
  25. be authentic.  people can tell if there's passion and authenticity behind what you do.  you'll be more successful with authenticity.
  26. go with the flow.  if something isn't working, don't force it.  if something is working, go for it.  learn to listen to yourself, your gut, and the energy around you.
  27. travel.  if you have the time and money, travel.  even if you don't, travel.  see new places.  visit friends.  visit family.  explore the world.
  28. be grateful.  be grateful for everything in life that comes your way -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.  
  29. cherish your family.  your family can be blood relatives or a family of friends.  whatever your situation, cherish that special group of people that makes up your family.  these close bonds are so important in life.
  30. love.  love yourself & love those around you.  share your love with the world.  we need it.

what's for dinner?! mac and cheeeeeez!

 our mac and cheez topped with kale chips and mushroom jerky!

our mac and cheez topped with kale chips and mushroom jerky!

our favorite thing to cook these days is our twist on butternut squash cashew mac n cheez by Oh She Glows.  it has the creaminess and tastiness of your favorite childhood meal without the dairy! plus, you get awesome health benefits from the butternut squash (fiber and potassium), cashews (heart healthy fats and antioxidants), and avocado oil (heart healthy fats and enhanced absorption of nutrients).  

what you’ll need (we prefer organic):

  • nutty life simply cashew milk (cafe blend works too) -- side note: did you know you can order cases of our cashew milk online if you live locally in the Boston area!? not sure if we deliver to you? email us at info@nutty-life.com
  • butternut squash (Olivia's Organics pre-washed and pre-chopped is the best if you want less prep work)
  • avocado oil (we like Primal Kitchen)
  • pasta (we like the gluten free versions by Ancient Harvest)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • nutritional yeast (Cambridge Naturals definitely has it! so does Whole Foods)
  • arrowroot powder
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dijon mustard
  • lemon juice
  • kale chips for topping (we like Brad's Raw Foods)
  • mushroom jerky for topping (Pan's Mushroom Jerky is the best!)
  • avocado for topping

directions:

  1. pre-heat the oven to 425. toss your chopped butternut squash in avocado oil, sea salt, and pepper on a baking sheet. roast for 35-50 minutes (until soft when poked with a fork & lightly crispy on the outside).
  2. over the stove top on low to medium heat, whisk together: 1 tbsp avocado oil, 1 tbsp arrowroot powder, 3/4 cup cashew milk, 1 cup nutritional yeast, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. whisk occasionally until you are ready to transfer this sauce to the blender.
  3. when there are about 10 minutes left on your squash, start to cook your pasta according to the directions on the box.
  4. pour the stovetop sauce into your blender. 
  5. when the butternut squash is finished, add it to your blender.
  6. blend until you have a beautifully creamy cheez sauce.
  7. transfer your pasta to a serving dish & drench it in your delicious vegan butternut squash cashew cheez sauce.
  8. serve it up and top with whatever your heart desires! we love kale chips, mushroom jerky and avocado on top.

enjoy!!!!

stay happy and healthy :)

caroline

casheweeeeese cake aka vegan cheesecake

By Erin Olejnik

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nutty life’s vanilla bean cashew milk is delicious to drink, but did you know it can be used in desserts, too? our dairy free cheesecake recipe is the perfect guilt-free vegan dessert! plus, you can customize this recipe by topping with fruit, or creating an entirely new flavor by blending frozen berries or melted chocolate into the filling!

here’s what you’ll need:

CRUST

  • 3/4 cup of your favorite type of raw organic nut (I used cashews here, but walnuts, macadamia nuts, or almonds work just as well)
  • 5-7 organic Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup of organic shredded coconut

FILLING

  • one 12oz bottle of nutty life vanilla bean cashew milk
  • the juice of one organic lemon (≈3 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup of organic pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • a dash of cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

1. first, let’s make the crust. combine the raw nuts, dates, and coconut flakes in a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces.

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2. pour this crumbly mixture into either a springform or pie pan. lay a sheet of wax paper over the top and use the underside of a cup to press the mixture into a tightly-packed crust. make sure it is evenly distributed along the bottom of the pan.

3. stick the pan in the freezer to set the crust.

4. rinse out the food processor and combine all of the ingredients for the filling in it. blend until it is a creamy consistency with no cashew chunks. if the mixture does not seem viscous enough, blend a few more nuts into the mixture.

5. take the pan out of the freezer and pour the filling mixture over the top of it. if necessary, distribute the mixture evenly with a rubber spatula.

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6. place the pan back in the freezer and let it sit for 1-2 hours. afterwards, decorate the top with nuts, berries, coconut flakes, or anything else you desire! the cheesecake will last in the refrigerator for up to five days.  (insider secret: freeze some of it for later!).

voilà! who knew that making a vegan cheesecake could be so easy? if you try your hand at this recipe, be sure to post a picture and tag #nutty4nuttylife! also, follow our blog for more delicious dairy free recipes!

nutty life choco-berry cashewsicles

By Erin Olejnik

it’s summertime in New England, which means it’s time for flip flops, sandy beaches, and frozen treats. there’s no need to wait longingly for the chimes of an ice cream truck, though, because nutty life cashew milk can be frozen into the perfect dairy free snack! satisfy your sweet tooth with our yummy, fruit-packed, vegan cashewsicle recipe.

 all the delicious ingredients you need!

all the delicious ingredients you need!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • nutty life nuts over chocolate cashew milk
  •  organic strawberries, preferably from a local farm (we recommend Clark Farm in Carlisle MA)
  •  popsicle molds OR you can use an ice cube tray for mini treats :)
 popsicle progess :)

popsicle progess :)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. cut the strawberries into small chunks – about the size of your pinkie nail (see above).
  2. shake up a bottle of nutty life “nuts over chocolate” cashew milk and pour into the popsicle molds, leaving about an inch of room at the top.
  3. place the strawberry chunks into the molds. customize how fruity you want your cashewsicles to be!
  4. gently mix the strawberries and milk using the popsicle stick. you want the berries to be evenly distributed in the mold.
  5. put a popsicle stick in the center of each mold. place the molds on a level surface in your freezer and let freeze for at least 4 hours.
  6. when you’re ready to eat, run a cashewsicle under warm water to make it easier to slide out of the mold.

we want to see your delicious cashewsicles! tag #nutty4nuttylife on your post, and be sure to follow our blog for more delicious dairy free recipes! :)

 mouth watering choco-berry cashewsicle :)

mouth watering choco-berry cashewsicle :)

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!&nbsp;

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 :)&nbsp;

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!