Not all Smoothies are Created Equal

Generally, when you think of smoothies you assume you are making a healthy choice for yourself.  Smoothies, especially those at large chain smoothie and coffee shops, can contain 80 plus grams of sugar (some over 100 grams which is more than 3 sodas…come on!!) and are loaded with preservatives. This is fine if this sugar bomb smoothie is your occasional treat, but let’s hope that your occasional treat is not a smoothie, but rather something chocolate based from a dessert menu. They are trying to convince you that these “healthy” smoothies are actually good for you by showing cross fit athletes, yogis and runners with six packs on their website. We understand the power of marketing, but don’t be fooled and please know there is a BIG difference in smoothies.  They can truly be nutrient rich, low sugar, high protein, nourishing smoothies vs. smoothies loaded with sugar, pesticide laden fruit, sketchy protein powders and boxed juices and milks.

Here are a few reasons Nourish Superfood Smoothies are different:

Organic Ingredients

Most smoothie bars are using non organic (aka conventional) produce in your drinks. It saves money, and in turn you pay less, but of course you always get what you pay for. If you are drinking anything other than organic juice and smoothies you will be consuming produce sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides, which add up to a cocktail of hormone disrupters and toxins just looking to congest your fat cells and potentially cause disease and health issues.  All of our produce is organic so you get the nutrient rich fruit and greens without the side of chemicals.

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House Made Almond Milk

We go through 60 plus pounds of almonds a week to make our own house made almond milk. The almond milk at Nourish simply contains almonds, vanilla, sea salt, ro filtered water and a touch of maple syrup.  Not only does it taste SO much better than store bought almond milk, it doesn’t contain a single preservative. All of Nourish’s smoothies are made with house made almond milk and fresh squeezed organic orange juice. No preservatives, no added sugar… just pure goodness.

Higher Protein, Lower Sugar

It’s pretty common knowledge now that sugar is associated with obesity, many diseases, chronic inflammation, accelerated aging, hormonal issues and behavior issues in children.  It’s not good in high doses period.  Even though we NEVER use refined sugar at Nourish (even in desserts) we take extra care to keep the drinks flavorful while balancing the glycemic index (sugar levels and the impact they have on your body).  On average our smoothies contain 14 grams of sugar and are loaded with protein (average of 15 grams) and fiber (average of 9 grams) to keep your energy high and the sugar affect to a minimum.  Speaking of protein, we did our homework when selecting our protein powder.  We wanted a grain free, vegan, organic protein that didn’t contain a list of preservatives a mile long. Sunwarrior “Warrior Blend” is our protein of choice and we use vanilla, mocha and chocolate flavors.  The protein comes from organic pea, hemp and goji berry and is free of soy, gluten, dairy, and GMO’s. 

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Superfood Smoothies

All of our smoothies contain at least one superfood from chia seeds to matcha and of course you always have the option to add in more. Here are the list of superfoods we have available at Nourish.

Chlorella- A green algae powder rich with chlorophyll that has detoxifying properties, purifies the blood, and is said to eliminate heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides from the body. It's usually taken in a capsule or put in smoothies. A great source of "clean energy". Add no more than one teaspoon and start even smaller to disguise the taste. 

Spirulina- A great plant based source of iron and B vitamins. Spirulina is a natural detoxifier. Known to help boost energy levels, support liver and kidney functions, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. It is one of the most nutrient dense food sources on the planet. Again, add no more than one teaspoon and start even smaller to disguise the taste. 

Raw Cacao- Cacao was used as a source of medicine and food by the indigenous tribes of Mexico, Central and South America. Raw cacao is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. Make sure it’s raw for the most health benefits! 

Chia Seeds- Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans and the seeds were prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy. Chia seeds contain high levels of nutrients, anti-oxidants, protein and omega 3 fatty acids for relatively low calories. Most of its carbohydrates consist of fiber and the omega 3’s and fiber help to support cardiovascular health. It's already in our Strawberry Orange Chia Smoothie.

Flax Seeds- Flax seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds also contain lignans, fiber-like compounds, but in addition to their fiber-like benefits, they also provide antioxidant protection due to their structure as polyphenols. Ground flax seeds are best absorbed by your body but put whole flax seeds in a blender and there you have it. 

Spinach- These leafy greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and are concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. Spinach is an anti-inflammatory and may help protect against bone and cardiovascular disease and cancers. Every smoothie should have a leafy green because it's tasteless and has zero texture when used in a higher powered blender.  Don't waste an opportunity to ingest a serving of greens.  Kids will love the green color and not taste a thing just the smoothie they ordered!

Kale- This dark leafy green's anti-inflammatory capabilities are unrivaled among leafy greens, especially relating to the prevention of arthritis, heart disease, and several autoimmune diseases. It's packed with antioxidants, vitamins and contains omega 3's. Same deal as spinach...add it in to any smoothie. 

Coconut- Unlike other saturated fats, coconut has medium chain fatty acids that help increase metabolism. Coconut has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and boost HDL cholesterol. It helps improve the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and amino acids, and supports your immune system.  We use toasted coconut flakes in the Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Cinnamon- This delicious super food helps to lower LDL cholesterol and stabilizes or even lower blood sugar levels. It has anti-bacterial qualities and reduces cellular inflammation. Add it to any smoothie!

Blueberries- That deep-blue hue is a by-product of flavonoids. Flavonoids are natural compounds that protect the brain’s memory-carrying cells from the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation. Berries are also lower in sugar and higher in fiber than most fruits.  Add blueberries to any smoothie...chocolate or fruity or enjoy in the The Blueberry Breakfast (it tastes like a blueberry muffin!)

Avocado- Avocados are loaded with fiber (40% daily recommendation), one avocado contains vitamin K (36%), folate (30%), and 20% each of the daily requirements of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium. The high levels of monounsaturated fat in avocado—especially oleic acid—play a role in these heart-related benefits. Avocado sounds crazy in a smoothie right? Nope...just makes it creamy and silky. 

Maca- Maca is an adaptogenic root that boosts libido (whoop whoop!) and increases immunity, energy, vitality, and fertility. Adaptogens are plants that increase the body’s ability to cope with internal and environmental stresses and normalize imbalances in the body. It's sweet, nutty taste is a great addition to smoothies. 

Matcha- When you drink Matcha you ingest the entire green tea leaf, not just water infused with leaves.  Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea and Matcha's ORAC (oxygen radical absorbing capacity) rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units. Chlorophyll is what gives Matcha its rich green hue and chlorophyll is a known detoxifier.  You could add matcha to any smoothie. Our Coconut Matcha smoothie is one of our best sellers. 

Acai- Pronounced “ah-sigh-EE”.  Acai berries are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants and have the highest ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) of any fruit that has been officially recorded.  Acai rich in key B vitamins, electrolytes, trace minerals and that are necessary for reducing inflammation and improving energy levels. Acai is naturally free of sugar and contains fatty acids and fiber. We have our famous Acai Berry Bowls which is basically a thick smoothie eaten with a spoon and topped with Grain Free Granola and banana.

Bee Pollen- Rich in vitamin, minerals, protein, lipids, fatty acids, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. Bee pollen is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that reduces inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, protects against liver toxicity, and helps to relieve stress. Powerful, yet tasteless, add in a teaspoon! It’s in our Just Bee Smoothie which essentially taste likes a vanilla shake.

Eco Friendly Packaging

When you order a Nourish smoothie to go you are not only giving your body the highest quality ingredients, but you are saving the Earth from styrofoam cups.  Our cups and straws are made from plant based plastic, from 100% renewable resources that are not only recyclable but also compostable.

We believe there is a better way to eat, to feel, to live.  When you support Nourish you are not only supporting local farmers and local business, you a part of the movement.

 

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Wine + Beer that Meet Nourish Standards

Kimber and I love to nourish our bodies with healthy, nutrient dense food, meditate and care for our bodies with regular yoga practice. But guess what else we love?...a drink...or two, (ok maybe 4). When we started Nourish we weren't sure if we'd serve alcohol, mostly because of space issues and the questions of did it fit within our mission?  But we both live very healthy lifestyles and still love a good glass of wine and/or beer.  #balance.  We have ridiculously high standards with the food we serve and we wanted to be on the forefront of what is happening with wine and beer as well.  This is where biodynamic, natural, organic wines and gluten free beer come in.  I am currently seeing a Naturopath for hormonal issues and one of the first things she told me was to stop drinking conventional wine.  It's a very unregulated industry and conventionally grown grapes contain herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals with varying levels of toxicity. On top of that, over 200 additives are legal in the US during the bottling process. That's why you can feel terrible after drinking a couple glasses of wine depending on what chemicals were added to that specific wine.

We started tasting some organic wines and Kimber and I just weren't that impressed. Kimber grew up near Sonoma, CA (wine country) and I am a wine lover with a wine cellar we empty faster than we fill. So any wine just wouldn't do. We knew there had to be better options so we went down to Top 10 Wines to talk with the owner. He was incredibly helpful and told us about a distributor who imports small batch organic, natural and biodynamic wines that all of the big city sommeliers are quickly adding to their menus. Sign us up!  We absolutely loved the wines and quickly had our selections. My cellar will be stocked with these beautiful babies. So what in the world do these terms mean?...let us share:

Natural Wine:

Natural wines are wines made with the least possible use of chemicals, additives and overly technological procedures. That includes chemicals in the field, such as pesticides, as well as things like sulfur or any of the almost 200 allowed additives that are legally permitted in wine. And it includes many technological manipulations of wine. There are a lot of ways one can get to a wine we would consider natural. They include organic and biodynamic grape growing. But grape growing is just that: what is done in the fields. For a wine to really be natural, the same philosophies must continue into the winery up until bottling occurs.

•  No synthetic molecules in the vines

•  Plowing or other solutions to avoid chemical herbicides.

•  Use of indigenous yeast

•  Handpicked grapes

•  Low to no filtering

•  Low to no sulfites

•  Winemaking that respects the grapes: no pumping or rough handling

of the grapes, no micro-oxygenation.

•  No chaptalization (process of adding sugar to unfermented grape must in order to increase the alcohol content after fermentation)

Organic Wine:

Organic grape growing means that no pesticides or chemicals are used in the vineyard. However, many additives can be added during the bottling process.  “Natural” wines take organic wines a step further.

Biodynamic Wine:

Biodynamic grape growing is a type of organic viticulture that uses special preparations of herbal sprays and composts, and time their applications according to the lunar calendar. Biodynamicists look at their land as a complete living ecosystem, as a living being that needs biodiversity in order to be healthy. Biodynamic winemakers often also live and work in a farm, with wheat fields, animals, fruit trees, woods, and vines striving to be self-sufficient. The soil is not seen as the surface for production but rather is considered an organism in its own right, and preparations are used to enhance the micro-life in the soil. The soil is part of the context of lunar and cosmic rhythms.

All of our wines are organic and natural and our Pinot and Cava are also biodynamic. 

Omission is Kimber's favorite beer and has been for awhile so there was no question that we'd serve it to our guest! #happywifehappylife.  Omission is a craft brewery based out of Portland. Each batch of Omission is "tested by an independent lab using the R5 Competitive ELISA test to ensure that every batch contains gluten levels well below the international gluten-free standard of 20 parts per million (ppm) or less." It's delicious and served in a chilled glass. 

We can't wait to see what you all think.  Thank you for all of your support and nourishing yourself, your family and your community.

With gratitude,

Kalle + Kimber

Grocery Store Favs

It's no secret that we love healthy food...making it taste delicious, eating it, cooking it and strolling the aisles of health food stores.  Some people hate the grocery store, but for whatever reason, it's one of my favorite places to be. I wanted to share with you a handful of my go to items from Clover's. Honestly, most of my cart is filled with produce: kale, broccoli, bananas, berries, cauliflower, spinach, herbs...you get it.  But you know what they taste like, so here are some packaged items from Bo and I's trip this morning. 

This is one of my favorite evening rituals. Warm "Golden Milk". Just mix this with (preferably house made almond milk) but we get that is ambitious, so try mixing with Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk blend. It's delicious and oh so good for you. 

Once you start making your own almond milk, you'll never go back. However, if you do need to get store bought...this is worthy of your taste buds. PS did you know you can buy 32 oz of house made almond milk (just almonds, sea salt and RO filtered water) from Nourish? Just call ahead.

Hello tasty pieces of heaven. We love these toasted coconut chips so much we put them in our Grain Free Granola and it's also the secret ingredient to our Coconut Matcha Smoothie. Add them to your yogurt, on top of your smoothie, make a snack mix and sing Hallelujah. 

If you can't get your hands on Nourish's hummus, this is the next best thing and damn it's good. This Majestic hummus and Nourish hummus are both sold at Clover's. 

Fermented foods are all the rage because having a healthy gut is really importnat for your overall health. But if you are not a fan of sourkraut or kimchi or just simply looking for more fermented foods to add to your diet try these out. Add them to a salad or just have a little snack. 

Gluten free crackers can often mean a list of ingredients that take up the entire panel. These are simple ingredients that make nice little carriers for all that hummus.  Mary's has several different crackers and I've loved most of them!

Once again gut health is all the rage and collagen helps heal your gut! It's also great for hair, skin and joints. Just add in to smoothies and/or coffee. It's completely tasteless...you just need to blend. Jennifer Aniston is doing it so.....

Oh well looky there! A cooler full of Nourish to go. Both Clover's locations sell Nourish and pick up nearly everyday to keep is stocked!

I have so many other favorite products that I'll be sharing with you in future posts!

Eating Clean 2017

Eating Clean at Nourish With Any Diet

The New Year is essentially a Monday on crack. The marker of a fresh start, to be your best self. Many people don't like resolutions, but any time you spend reflecting how you can live the life you'd be happiest living, then why not set some intentions? Of course, eating healthier is typically high on the resolution list. We want to encourage you to not think about counting calories or losing weight, but to think about eating clean. Pump your body full of nutrients so you feel vibrant every day and avoid preservatives and processed foods.  When you eat clean, whole foods you will feel better, your skin will glow, your energy will dramatically increase, your moods won't fluctuate and hormones will balance.  That's what we pride ourselves on at Nourish...every single ingredient is carefully selected, everything is made from scratch and every meal has superfoods. It doesn't matter if you're Paleo, doing a Whole 30 challenge, vegan, on a juice cleanse or just love fueling your body with organic, unprocessed food... Nourish has you covered. Because so many people set diet goals we want to let you know which entrees are Whole 30 compliant, vegan or how to make them so. (remember everything at Nourish is free of gluten, refined sugar, soy, corn, GMO's,  mostly organic and locally sourced whenever possible.  Thank you for taking care of the one body you were given and letting Nourish...well nourish you. Cheers to a healthy, happy New Year.   

Want to see what exactly is in each dish, we list all of our ingredients on our website. 

Whole30

Marinara Bowl- spaghetti squash, zuchinni noodles, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, topped with marianra and casehw cream

Marinara Bowl- spaghetti squash, zuchinni noodles, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, topped with marianra and casehw cream

What is Whole30?

For 30 days you only eat whole, unprocessed foods including meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy fats and avoid dairy, soy, grains, alcohol, sugar, legumes, carregeenan, MSGs and sulfites.

What to order at Nourish?

Breakfast
Seasonal Frittata- hold the goat cheese, add avocado
Southwest Breakfast Bowl- hold the beans and cheese, add cauliflower rice and avocado
Nourish Benedict- hold the quionoa balls, add chicken
Whole Breakfast Bowl- hold the toast
 

Sides
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Fruit
Eggs
Cashew Creamed Greens
Tomato Basil Soup
Chili
Garlic Roasted Veggies

 

Bowls
Broadway Bowl- hold the quinoa balls and hummus, add cashew cream greens and grass fed steak strips or organic chicken
Pesto Bowl- sub cauliflower rice for quinoa, hold the parmesean
Burrito Bowl- hold the beans, add more veggies or organic chicken or grass fed steak strips
Marinara Bowl
 

Salads
Cashew Caesar Salad- hold the parm and croutons, add pepitas and cashew cream
Mediterranean Chopped- hold the feta
 

Sandwiches
Nourish Burger
Turkey Ruben- hold the cheese, sub collard wrap for bread
Veggie Pesto Wrap- hold the cheese, sub collard wrap for bread, add chicken or cashew cream 

Drinks
Matcha Latte- sub regular almond milk for vanilla almond milk
Superfood Coffee
Latte with unsweetened almond milk
Americano with unsweetened almond milk
Coffee
Tea
Kombucha

La Croix
Cold Pressed Juice

Paleo

Chocolate Mousse- avocado, cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, almonds, dates, maca powder

Chocolate Mousse- avocado, cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, almonds, dates, maca powder

What is Paleo?

Eating Paleo has many of the same do and don't have Whole30? The Whole30 program encourages no slip up's with the intention to finding possible food intolerances through elimination. Paleo is considered to be a lifestyle rather than a diet. Paleo (like Whole30) focuses on unprocessed, whole, nutrient dense foods, prioritizing grass fed, pastured meats and eggs, wild caught seafood, vegetables, nuts, fruit, and seeds. You'll see a few more Paleo options on our menu (especially under smoothies, drinks, and deserts) because natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey and stevia are allowed. 
 

What to order at Nourish?

Breakfast
Seasonal Frittata- hold the goat cheese, add avocado
Southwest Breakfast Bowl- hold the beans and cheese, add cauliflower rice and avocado
Nourish Benedict- hold the quionoa balls, add chicken
Whole Breakfast Bowl- hold the toast

Smoothies
Just Bee
Coconut Matcha
Blueberry Breakfast
Raw Cacao
Almond Chocolate
Strawberry Chia
Acai Berry Bowl
Chocolate Acai Bowl

Sides
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Fruit
Eggs
Cashew Creamed Greens
Tomato Basil Soup
Chili

Garlic Roasted Veggies

Bowls
Broadway Bowl- hold the quinoa balls and hummus, add cashew cream greens and grass fed steak strips or organic chicken
Pesto Bowl- sub cauliflower rice for quinoa, hold the parmesean
Burrito Bowl- hold the beans, add more veggies or organic chicken or grass fed steak strips
Marinara Bowl
Curry Bowl- sub cauliflower rice for brown rice
 

Salads
Cashew Caesar Salad- hold the parm and croutons, add pepitas and cashew cream
Mediterranean Chopped- hold the feta
Nutrivore Kale Salad- sub cauliflower rice for quinoa
Citrus Spinach Salad
 

Sandwiches
Nourish Burger
Nourish Burger

Turkey Ruben- hold the cheese, sub collard wrap for bread
Veggie Pesto Wrap- hold the cheese, sub collard wrap for bread, add chicken or cashew cream

Drinks
Matcha Latte
Superfood Coffe
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Latte with almond milk
Americano with almond milk
Coffee
Tea
Kombucha
La Croix
Cold Pressed Juice
All Cashew Milks

Desserts
Lemon Cheesecake
Chocolate Mouse
Lime Creme Pie
Berry Tart
Chocolate Truffles

Energy Bites
Cookie Dough
Mocha
Pumpkin Pie

Vegan

Broadway Bowl- quinoa balls, hummus, brocolli, sauteed kale, raosted sweet potatoes

Broadway Bowl- quinoa balls, hummus, brocolli, sauteed kale, raosted sweet potatoes

What is vegan?

A vegan diet is free of all animal products including dairy, eggs, honey, and or course meat like vegetarians. (We didn't include a vegetarian section because it's more obvious to see which dishes have meat and all of our bowls and salads come vegetarian).

Eating Vegan at Nourish:

Breakfast
Southwest Breakfast Bowl- hold the eggs, add quinoa balls
Whole Breakfast Bowl- hold the toast and eggs, add quinoa balls or quinoa
Overnight Oats
Morning Glory Muffin
Vegan Banana Muffin

Carrot Cake Bread Pudding with Cashew Icing

Smoothies
Coconut Matcha
Blueberry Breakfast
Raw Cacao
Almond Chocolate
Strawberry Chia
Acai Berry Bowl

Chocolate Acai Bowl

Sides
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Fruit
Cashew Creamed Greens
Tomato Basil Soup

Garlic Roasted Veggies
Quinoa Balls

Bowls
Broadway Bowl
Pesto Bowl- hold the parmesean
Burrito Bowl
Marinara Bowl

Salads
Cashew Caesar Salad- hold the parm and croutons, add pepitas and cashew cream
Mediterranean Chopped- hold the feta
Nutrivore Kale Salad- sub Mediterranean Vinegarette, thousand island or cashew ceasar dressing
Citrus Spinach Salad- sub Mediterranean Vinegarette, thoussand island or cashew ceasar dressing

Drinks
Matcha Latte
Superfood Coffee
Latte with almond milk
Americano with almond milk
Coffee
Tea
Kombucha
La Croix
Cold Pressed Juice
All Cashew Milks

Desserts
Lemon Cheesecake
Chocolate Mouse
Lime Creme Pie
Berry Tart
Chocolate Truffles

Energy Bites
Strawberry
Pumpkin Pie
Mocha
Almond Butter
Cookie Dough

Gluten Free

Why Gluten Free?

Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, barely and many other products. If you've been diagnosed with Celiac Disease you understand the importance of avoiding gluten. However, there is also non celiac gluten sensitivity that can cause bloating, fatigue, swelling, diarrhea, infertility, joint pain and many others. It's difficult to diagnose, but you can temporarily eliminate the protein to see and reintroduce to see its effects. 

What to eat at Nourish?

Every single item on our menu is gluten free! (and also free of corn, soy and refined sugar) Yes our house made bread, muffins, pancakes, everything! 

We understand diets are incredibly personal and we are not here to tell you which is best. What we will do is offer clean, unprocessed, whole, organic, preservative and GMO free food that is nutrient dense. You never have to worry when you eat with us and we hope that listing our ingredients and being transparent helps you eat with confidence.