Chocolate, Yoga & Tea in Falmouth Ma!

Posted on August 16, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

Come to Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio in Falmouth MA this Thursday August 16 for a yummy yoga class with one of Boston's best yoga instructors - Sarah Sturges, with tantalizing tea and chocolate by Not Your Sugar Mamas to follow. EXPERIENCE the Art of Savoring!


Starts at 6!


Go to this event and receive 10% off your order from Not Your Sugar Mamas- Online or at our factory!

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SEED Nutrition

Posted on August 01, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

Health Benefits of Hemp Protein

  • Increased energy/productivity
  • Improved metabolism
  • Reduced food cravings
  • Reduced cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Improved immune system
Protein

Hemp seeds are an EXCELLENT SOURCE of protein. It has a compete spectrum of organic proteins including all 20 amino acids that are USED in the human body. The important thing about proteins found in hemp is that they are similar to those found in the human body because hemp uses the right quantities to help our bodies make the protein it needs. 

Essential Healthy Fats

Hemp contains the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) omega-3 and omega 6 in a healthy 3:1 ratio. It contains the hard to get gamma linolenic acid GLA. Essential fats found in hemp help reduce food cravings and inflammation and improve circulation throughout the body. 

Fiber

Hemp is a source of dietary fiber containing 8 grabs of fibre (one third of the recommended daily requirement) also an excellent source of dietary fibre. 

Did you know? That there are no known allergies to hemp foods! Hemp does not contain sugar, saturated fatty acids, trans fats, no cholesterol, and does not contain any THC.

Find it in our Be Strong - Ultimate Protein Smoothie Mix with Hemp Protein, Mesquite (calcium & protein), and antioxidant rich cacao.

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What is the HIGHEST antioxidant food on the planet?

Posted on July 26, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

What do antioxidants do, you may ask? 

They eliminate harmful free radicals from the body making you stronger and healthier. Free radicals are a part of life, our body releases them when we breathe, run, and age ... but even MORE are produced with harmful pollutions, toxins in the air & food, and alcohol - so the MORE antioxidants in your diet the BETTER chance you have to resist the damage caused by free radicals and greatly reduce the risk of certain cancers.

ORAC Scores for top 10 Antioxidant foods per 100g

1)

Not Your Sugar Mamas Raw Cacao Powder*

98,000

2)

Raw Cacao Nibs**

62,100

3)

Not Your Sugar Mamas Raw Dark Chocolate*

27,900

4)

Roasted Cocoa Powder

26,000

5)

Goji Berries**

25,300

6)

Acai Berries**

18,500

7)

Dark Chocolate

13,120

8)

Prunes

5,770

9)

Raisins

2,830

10)

Blueberries

2,400

Source: US department of Agriculture

* Tested by Southern Cross University Australia

** Tested by Brunswick Laboratories, MA, USA

 




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Featured in 7a Food's Blog!

Posted on July 05, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

Raw Chocolate Lovers Rejoice

POSTED BY THE FARM in 7a's Blog

Part of our mission at 7a foods is to hand select quality foodstuffs for our store. In staying true to our mission, we’d like to bring Not Your Sugar Mama’s into the spotlight and talk a little about raw chocolate and the women who make it.

Growing up, Bennett Coffey came to the Vineyard every summer. Lucky for us, Bennett made the island her permanent home three years ago. Since then she has earned a living teaching sailing and yoga, gardening, catering, and a one-night-gig working at a fine dining restaurant where she was not asked back after one too many wine glasses were broken.

From 2008-2009 Bennett attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. During her time there an alumnae gave a lecture on the benefits of raw chocolate and passed out free samples. Bennett was hooked. “They were delicious,” she remembers. “And I felt different after eating it.”

It turns out, chocolate, when not mixed with dairy and sugar, is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. It is also remarkably rich in magnesium, which balances brain chemistry, combats depression and builds strong bones. Eating chocolate in it’s raw form diminishes appetite, enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep. Upon learning all this, Bennett wanted to share the good news, that chocolate can be good for you!

Bennett began by making chocolate for family and friends as gifts. The positive response from those lucky taste-testers prompted Bennett to try out new recipes, experiment with different ingredients and ultimately secure a commercial kitchen space, and then, with the help of a friend, Kyleen Keenan, Not Your Sugar Mama’s was born.

Recently, Bennett and Kyleen opened a small chocolate factory in the Tisbury Marketplace (next to Rocco’s pizza). Don’t worry if you cannot get to Vineyard Haven because Not Your Sugar Mamas is currently sold in 50 locations in the New England Area, including 7a Foods.

Cheers to healthy chocolate and stay tuned to the 7a Foods blog for more profiles on our specialty products and the great people who make them.

Look for Not Your Sugar Mamas chocolate bars in our refrigerator!

Check out the article in 7a's Blog

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A New Chocolate Factory on Martha’s Vineyard – Not Your Sugar Mamas

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

A New Chocolate Factory on Martha’s Vineyard – Not Your Sugar Mamas

by GUINEVERE CRAMER on JUNE 29, 2012 for Point B Reality. 

in CHANGES ON THE VINEYARDDINING & FOODMADE ON THE VINEYARDON POINT - MV LIFESTYLE

Not Your Sugar Mama’s (NYSM) has opened  the doors at its new store/chocolate factory located in the Tisbury Market Place in Vineyard Haven. For those of you who may not be familiar with NYSM, it is RAW chocolate which is totally different from the chocolate in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

NYSM’s chocolate is gluten free, sugar free, and every ingredient used is pronounceable.  They use organic ingredients like herbs, blue green algae and agave (instead of sugar).  The best part is that the chocolate tastes amazing, and there’s a bonus too, it’s actually good for you. Read my earlier post on NYSM to find out more about the raw chocolate and how NYSM got started. 

On the outside, NYSM looks like a interesting place to check out.  Inside, the walls are a bright shade of blue, and there are bamboo floors and cool bamboo fixtures.  It’s bright and airy and just plain fun.  

It’s obvious the NYSM’s owners, Bennett Coffey and Kyleen(Ky) Keenan are enjoying their business.  I guess you have to have  fun when you’re making and selling chocolate that is good for you!

More Than Just Good (for you) Chocolate

With their store open, you are able to get the chocolate they’re known for and a whole lot more.  I have to mention you can also get NYSM chocolate  at Alley’s,CronigsBlack SheepEdgartownMeat & Fish, and at a number of other places too. When I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a display of chocolate treats for sale.

There were Fudgy Brownies which were indeed fudgy and super tasty.  The amazing thing is that there was no flour or sugar in them, instead they use Morning Glory Farm eggs and chickpeas, yes chickpeas as the base!  As I ate it with enthusiasm, I felt no guilt, which is a pleasant change.

There were Superfood Mini Scones which are chock full of oats, raspberries, pecans and more – so delicious, and there were various fruits, like elderberry, and nuts, like macadamia covered in NYSM chocolate too.  I can’t forget to mention the Raw Balls — soon to have the new name of Cookie Balls — because they actually taste like cookie dough, but are made with none of those naughty ingredients of typical cookie dough.

Don’t forget to grab a couple of NYSM chocolate bars while you’re in the store.  The Be Freshis still my favorite out of the four flavors which also include Be CoolBe Original, and Be Sexy.  I love the hint of lemon from the lemon verbena and the vanilla in it.  Look for new flavors in the Fall.

So, now that you have a serious hankering for some chocolate, there’s more to tempt you with.  You also grab a cup of Chilmark Coffee Company coffee (another local favorite we recently profiled), and of course there are greataccouterments like agave and coconut palm sugar for your joe.  In the mood for something else?  There’s also tea, iced tea, and Superfood Hot Chocolate (made from NYSM hot chocolate mix) that you can also have iced so it’s more like super chocolate milk, yum.  

There’s also the Dandy, which is made with extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory, dandelion and beet root – their signature drink — which is a healthy alternative to coffee, which tastes amazing, even though there are some crazy ingredients in it.  Not that I think coffee is unhealthy, I live on the stuff, but there are some who don’t feel the same way.

There are definitely some fun things to try at NYSM. When you go, hope you’re feeling adventurous because some people need to be opened minded about the ingredients and just try things.  I myself was a little skeptical because who would ever think that beet root could taste yummy, but Bennett has developed some recipes that will make such ingredients work.  I don’t know how she does it!  

NYSM has brought sweet treats that are good for you to the masses, well at least to us and about 57 other places that carry NYSM.  I imagine that we are going to see their chocolate in more and more places. Marrying tasty with health like they have, really shows that you can be good to yourself and good to your body.

For full article by Point B Reality, please visit their site here 

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New Location: Main Street Wine and Gourmet in Orleans MA (CAPE COD)

Posted on April 22, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

NEW LOCATION: Main Street Wine & Gourmet, Orleans, MA 

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