Our Philosophy

Eat Real Food

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

I just want to start off by saying I am not a doctor or medical professional or an RD….maybe one day! I simply love to learn about the latest in wellness and even more, I love to share what I spend my time reading about and listening to. So here is what I know can apply to nearly every single person: (but “please consult your doctor”, “these statements have not been proven by the FDA”, “this information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease…”) Did I miss any?

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This may seem obvious, or possibly it never occured to you, but everything is affected by the food you put in your body.

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc may run rampant in your family but according to epigenetics you can turn on and off how that gene is expressed. Actually 90% of your health is determined by the food you eat, how toxic your environment is, stress, thoughts and movement or lack of. I think this is one of the most empowering pieces of information out there. You are ultimately in charge of your health, regardless what genes have been passed down to you. Food is freaking powerful and can nourish your cells or cause chronic inflammation which can cause all of the above issues.

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We make all of our sauces from scratch at Nourish so we can avoid added sugar (and so we don’t have to have preservatives in our food). We also create our smoothies with 1/2 a banana so we can keep sugar content in check. Did you know certain chain smoothie shops have the same sugar content as 2 sodas? Yikes! Yes fruit is waaaaaay healthier than soda but it doesn’t do anything for your blood sugar, hunger and hormones in that high of doses.

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If you can’t afford to eat all organic consider the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. This tells you which produce contains the most pesticides which grown conventional. Speaking of conventional and industrial farming…it’s terrible for you, farmers, our planet and the animals. Where you get your food not only matters to your health but you also vote with your dollars. Support farmers and stores like Clovers and Natural Grocers who actually care about the quality of the food they sell.

For grass-fed or sustainably raised animal products check out the EWG’s Meat Eater’s Guide to eating good-quality animal products that are good for you and good for the environment.

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Our bodies are all different and regardless if you are vegan or paleo, basing the majority of your diet on healthy fats, vegetables and fruit is always a good idea. Some (well most) people have food intolerances of one kind or another. Consider doing an elimination diet or get tested so you know what foods to eliminate while you heal your gut then you can typically add those foods back in safely.

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Food should not be boring but full of flavor and something you are excited to eat everyday…food you crave! Season and sauce it up! Spices and herbs are loaded with phytonutrients and often have more disease fighting antioxidants than fruits and veggies.

And just a little extra while it’s on my brain:

It’s no secret that I have dealt with major hormone imbalances/infertility for years. I have become passionate (borderline obsessed) with balancing my hormones naturally and getting to the root of the issue. Even if you aren’t interested in having a baby, if you’ve ever had your hormones out of whack, you know what a huge role hormones play in your body: mood, anxiety, hunger, weight, fertility…all the things. And what you eat can literally turn off hunger hormones, clear up your skin, eliminate mood disorders and truly change everything. Here are 2 of my favorite hormone books as they pertain to the female hormones!

I also want to iterate that while yes food is crucial to your health, so is your mental, emotional, spiritual state. We live in a time where it’s more and more difficult to turn inward and do things that actually bring us joy, not just things we think should bring us joy. There are so many incredible resources in Columbia from acupuncture, EFT (tapping), energy workers, yoga, etc. But to start now (and for free) just remember to get outside everyday, sit quietly without distractions for even a couple of minutes, do movement your body craves, breath so deeply your belly sticks out like a baby and think of a few things you are so damn grateful for.

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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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Being Green

When Kimber and I were creating the concept of Nourish, there were two things that were always our main focus. The first is obvious, making nutrient rich food craveable and the new "norm" for how food should be, unprocessed, whole and delicious. The second, was our minimal impact on this beautiful Mother Earth we all share.  To us there is no other option but to go the extra mile and spend a little extra, to ensure that we are being as Eco Friendly as possible, within our small Cafe.  It is said that restaurants (obviously this greatly depends the size) can produce, on average, 150,000 lbs of garbage a year. That's heartbreaking and nothing we wanted to be a part of.  We just hope that our customers care as much a we do and support the local restaurants that do things differently.  Let me share our green ways:

Composting

We compost everything from coffee grounds, to pulp from our juicing, to food leftover on plates. This equates to 5 large bins picked up by the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture where they grow organic food and the compost is used to enrich their soil for optimal nutrients for the food they grow. 

Rethinking Food Waste

Restaurants are notorious for food waste. We just can't toss perfectly nutritious, organic, high quality food.  For example, we go through 50 lbs of almonds a week making almond milk. The byproduct is almond meal. Rather than throwing this all away we use it in our Grain Free Granola, dessert crusts, breads, etc. Have you ever seen how much of a bunch of broccoli is wasted when you only eat the florets?  It was too sad for us to part with the stalks, especially when they contain more fiber than the florets and just as much vitamin c, potassium and B vitamins (even folate). That's why you see some broccoli stems in your Broadway Bowl, sitting proudly next to their floret siblings. 

 Soaked almonds ready to make milk in the Vitamix. One cup of almonds makes approximately 5 cups of almond milk. And all of the meal is repurposed. 

Soaked almonds ready to make milk in the Vitamix. One cup of almonds makes approximately 5 cups of almond milk. And all of the meal is repurposed. 

Compostable Take Out Containers

We have a ton of take out orders and deliveries, thank you Mr Delivery and Order Up! We also have food available daily in Clover's Natural Market. But our to go containers are made of food and completely compostable so we can send food out the door guilt free.  Is it more expensive than traditional containers? Yes, quite a bit, but we believe not only is important to us, but we want to be a part of the increasing demand for products like this that will eventually drive down the price. We get our containers from EcoProducts.com.

  "By lining our cups with renewable polylactic acid (PLA), we've created cups that break down in a commercial compost facility and return to the Earth, leaving nothing but life-giving compost as a legacy"

"By lining our cups with renewable polylactic acid (PLA), we've created cups that break down in a commercial compost facility and return to the Earth, leaving nothing but life-giving compost as a legacy"

Sourcing Locally

We proudly use several local suppliers. Stanton Brothers (eggs), Goats Beard (goat cheese), Happy Hallow (produce), Three Creeks (produce), CCUA (produce), Covered L Farms (grassed fed beef), Ozark Mountain Creamery (milk), Z Best Coffee, Golden Creamery (cheese). As a customer of Nourish, not only are you supporting your local economy, but food doesn't have to travel as far (it's fresher and has more nutrients) and all of our vendors have organic practices. Not only are pesticides horrific for your body, but also for the environment. Supporting local food systems generally means less energy, emission and food miles associated with your food. 

Recycle Plastic and Paper

Duh. Welcome to the 90's, of course we recycle!

 

 

We not only want to make your body, mood, hormones healthier with nutrient dense food, but now you can be reassured knowing that your waste with us turns into something wonderful. 

 

With Gratitude,

Kalle and Kimber