Hard to believe, but this month marks the first day of spring on March 20th! It's always interesting when the seasons change. March is typically a slow month here on the island. But everywhere else seems like it gets a little more of a taste for spring. It’s when we start thinking about GREENS again. Greens are nutritional powerhouses and help cleanse our insides. It’s a great time to start adding fresh leafy greens and sprouts to your meals to help your liver detoxify from the heavier winter months. Winter months are typically filled with more comforting foods and sometimes this creates a little build up in our systems. Mother nature is aware of this and that’s why fresh greens, sprouts, dandelion etc start to come into season because they are great cleansing foods. It’s a nice time to give your system a little refresher before the warmer months come! Aside from adding more leafy greens to your meals, also try this cleansing water you can easily make at home and sip throughout your day.
4-6 cups of filtered water
1/3 organic cucumber, sliced
1/2 red grapefruit, sliced
1/2 organic lemon, sliced
1 tbs loosely packed mint
Place all ingredients in a pitcher and let it sit for at least an hour, store in your refrigerator and sip throughout the day. When the water runs out, refill it! The sliced veggies/fruit will last a few days in the refrigerator until you might want to refresh and start again.
This is a great month to also take inventory of other areas of your life and maybe reassess where you are mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s nice to pause every once in a while and make yourself aware of certain things you may be feeling so that you can set goals and move forward in an empowered way instead of staying on auto-pilot for too long. This is a great time to journal and work out some of your unprocessed feelings and emotions. Or take more alone time, maybe some solo walks carving out some time for reflection. Spring is such a wonderful opportunity to reboot and refresh, how do you feel during the transition from winter to spring? Please share in the comments!Keepin' it real,
To Make: Combine all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once a simmer is reached, lower heat and continue to simmer for an additional 10 mins. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture into a quart-sized glass jar and add 1 C of cider vinegar. Shake and let sit at room temperature for 2 days. To use, simply strain the mixture and enjoy!
This is probably our favorite time of year. We tend to feel more creative during these quieter winter months because we have more time for self care and reflection. We have been taking long morning walks on the beach and playing with new recipes in our kitchen (like the white chocolate fudge pictured above—amazeballs). In order to keep ourselves on track and moving forward during this slower time of year we like to start off our week by doing what we call the “circle of life” exercise. We draw a circle and divide it into say 8 categories; Love, Creativity, Finances, Health, Family, Fun, Purpose, and Support for example. You can really use any categories you like but this is a good baseline. Then you judge each category on a scale from 1-10, so if you are feeling low in the “fun” category you would place a dot closer to the center of the circle, or on the outside of the circle if you feel like that is a strong point for you. So at the end you connect all your dots and sometimes it doesn’t look anything like a circle. Sometimes it looks like a shriveled up raisin or a pear maybe. But that’s great! Because now you can have something to focus on for that week. So last week my fun category was low so I chose to focus on that one. I began knitting, I planned a night out with friends, I took walks on my most favorite beaches and I went shopping one day. After a week of putting more energy into having fun now when I do that exercise fun is at a 10. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort to make great changes in our lives. It is such an empowering exercise because it puts the reins back in our hands and reminds us that we are in charge of our own lives and changing the things that might need a little tweaking. A little bit goes a long way. What do you guys do to feel empowered around your own lives?
Is anybody else addicted to coffee right now? I'm not saying that coffee is bad by any means, for some people it is medicinal. For me, I tend to go overboard and ignore the signs from my body to stop drinking it. I have pretty big mood swings, strong cravings for sugar and don't seem to cope with stress as well. So I've decided to take a break from drinking it and see what happens. In case any of you are in the same boat, I wanted to share my coffee alternative with you, my Energizing Morning Smoothie. I put some of the most energizing foods around in this smoothie and it gives me a nice clean, long lasting energy buzz. Here's the recipe and let me know what you think and how you feel!
Energizing Morning Smoothie:
1 cup milk of your choice ( I like to make my own almond milk but not required)
1/2 frozen banana
1 T hemp seeds (GREAT source of Omega 3's, brain function)
1 T chia seeds (optional)
1 T Be Cozy or plain Raw Cacao
1 T Maca (GREAT for energy and hormone balancing)
1 T cacao nibs (ENERGY + Antioxidants)
1/2 t cinnamon (Balance blood sugar, fight depression)
Handful of ice for thickness
Blend and drink up!
There has been a lot of creative action in the kitchen this week. So many new developments. Julianna is working on some new delicious raw treats for the store, check out her bark pictured on the left. It is SO amazing. I have been playing with new chocolate bar flavors as well, I have a ginger pomegranate bar sweetened with maple syrup that a lot of people have said is their favorite bar so far! Stay tuned for that one. Yesterday I played around with a coconut almond flavor sweetened with coconut nectar. I am playing with new sweeteners in an attempt to move away from agave because of all the controversy. Although we trust our source and of course only use raw agave, we want to provide more options for you all in case you’ve made the choice to shy away from agave. I’m loving the maple syrup and coconut nectar, they are super sweet and delicious. Today I’m going to play with a SPICY flavor so I’m really excited to see how that turns out. But if you guys have any suggestions on what you’d like to see in a new flavor please let us know and share below!! And of course, come by the factory to taste test :)
Ahoy fellow humans! In pondering over today’s newsletter topic, I thought to myself, “Have I ever dedicated an entire blog to just cacao??” No I have not. And if I have please send me the link and remind me. Why not learn even more about the food and inspiration behind starting Not Your Sugar Mamas? In my eyes, cacao is the king of all superfoods. It is such a complex and beautiful food. I remember the first time I ate raw cacao, my whole world changed. I felt jazzed in a way that only raw cacao can make you feel. I couldn’t believe that I had been consuming chocolate that was processed my whole life. To process cacao is just plain offensive if you ask me. Taking away the beauty and the nutritious offerings that it has to offer is just blasphemy! My favorite cacao advocate is a man named David Wolfe. His enthusiasm and knowledge of cacao is contagious, so I thought I would share with you a video from David talking about cacao. The man really knows how to do the food justice in a way that no one else can. So please enjoy the following video and share your thoughts/experiences of eating raw cacao below! Have the best week ever.