Gearing Up for RENEWAL in 2015 with Homemade SHRUBS & SCRUBS!!!

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Erika Davies | 1 Comment

     January is just days away and we're positively giddy!  We promise its not just all the delicious raw chocolate we eat- but anticipation and excitement in looking forward to the freedom of renewal that comes with the turn of a brand new year!  This month we're taking this crisp opportunity to focus on self care, detoxification and shedding what no longer serves us.  Re-assessment, re-alignment, and re-setting of intentions that reflect our most current state of well-being, allow for a major mind/body update.  New goals provide momentum, enthusiasm, and confidence in an active pursuit of our highest ideals in 2015.
     January is a fantastic time to dig deep.  Patience and compassionate self inquiry can provide us with so much clarity and insight, and, help to identify opportunities for growth and personal development.  With some light house cleaning, organization, and heart-based internal dialogue, its amazing how much space we can find in old familiar environments.  A little consolidation goes a L O N G way!  Once we're aware of what we've got to work with- reclaiming the space and filling it with love and fresh perspective is a joy in itself.
     Our mixologist Nathalie prepared to kick off her new year by sauntering into the kitchen and indulging in a little soul-food plant-medicine and DIY body care!  Below you'll find recipes to slough off what is no longer useful from the inside out.  Whether you're drawn to the warm and satisfying or fresh and invigorating, she's got you covered. So here's to you in 2015! Get mixing, keep breathing.  Countdown to renewal starts N O W! 
winter shrubs
     Shrubs, aka 'drinking vinegars', are sweetened, vinegar-based syrups originating from medicinal cordials of the 15th century. This American version has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used instead of citrus juice to preserve berries and other fruit for the off-season. Because of their acidity, shrubs are well-suited as an apertif or used in cocktails as an alternative to bitters.  Our favorite way to enjoy them is simply mixed with a splash of sparking water!
     In her recipes, Nathalie used apple cider vinegar- rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system by promoting digestion and balancing pH.
Ingredients:
2 C Strawberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
6 Star Anise
1/2 C Water
and 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar (reserved)

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!

 

Ingredients:
Juice of 2 Lemons (rinds reserved for later use)
1 large knob of Ginger, sliced thinly
3/4 C Honey
1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
To make: No simmering necessary for these next two recipes!  Simply mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
Ingredients:
4 small Apples, cored and puled in a food processor
1 C Cranberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
1 C Honey
To make: Again, no simmering necessary!  Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
     What cleansing initiative would be complete without a daily self massage?  Many of us already know that our skin is the largest organ of our body, but did you know that our skin and lymph system are responsible for removing up to one pound of waste material from our bodies per day!?!!  As part of your daily or weekly self-care routine- use these scrubs to slough off dead skin cells, promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, and increase your appreciation and acceptance of your innately perfect and beautiful body!  Your tissues will respond to your love and affection.
     Winter is notorious for drying out the skin, dulling it and weighing you down. New year-new you! Now is the perfect time to nurture your Self inside and out, and reveal the warmth and brilliance of your natural complexion!
Mix together the following ingredients and slather on!
INVIGORATING PEPPERMINT MOCHA BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1/2 C Coffee Grounds
3 T Raw Cacao
1/2 tsp. Peppermint Essential Oil
1/2 C Almond Oil
WARMING CINNAMON CLOVE BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1 T Ground Cinnamon
1/2 T Ground Cloves
1/2 C Almond Oil

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Incredible offerings at our retail locations!

Posted on July 01, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

Okay so most of you have come to know us from our delicious chocolate bars. But since opening our second retail location this year, we’ve really expanded what we have to offer you all.  Like, really expanded. We recently hired a baker named Julianna and we absolutely love her and all that she has created! She is an incredibly inspired and passionate baker who spent weeks researching delicious new recipes to provide for you all. Everyday we walk in the store she has created not just one but many new wonderful creations! Things like snickerdoodles, banana bread muffins, chocolate coconut scones, coffee cake, strawberry orange bread, chocolate dandy biscotti, chocolate avocado pie and cranberry walnut biscotti…just to name a few.  We are so blessed to have Julianna, Elise, Blair, Evan and Elizabeth all helping us with production this year. Stop by Vineyard Haven to see one of their bright shining faces or stop by our Edgartown store and meet Sarah or Jenny who hold down the fort over there.  We now have extended hours, 7:00am-7pm in Vineyard Haven and 7:30-10pm in Edgartown. Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone and we hope see you all soon!

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{Dinner} & {Desert} inspired to save you from the flu & cheer up the winter blues.

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Kyleen Keenan | 1 Comment

For me, everything lately has been "anti-flu". My boyfriend got it, so I've been determined not to. After reading this article on Mind, Body, Green about how to avoid the Flu Shot naturally, I was inspired to make tonights creation, incorporating the main natural fighters of the flu - ginger (boost immunity), garlic (anti-bacterial), turmeric (anti-inflamatory), and lemon (vitamin C). I wanted to feel warm, satisfied, and nourished so I went with a nice hearty meal of organic chicken, roasted root vegetables, and a warm leafy green salad. For dessert, I was in the mood for something really really creamy, so I made some raw chocolate pudding. It was delicious and I feel wonderful today as I write this! 

P.S. I've gotten the question a few times at Not Your Sugar Mamas, if I am raw or vegan because most of our products are - and the truth is I don't have a label for how I eat. When I did eat a strict diet, I would look at other peoples food and think it was gross or if I wanted something that was outside of my realm, I would feel bad about myself. In turn, I felt uncomfortable eating around other people and felt sad and confused because I love the experience of eating. Through time, and learning different approaches to nutrition, I found that eating a plant based diet, rich in whole foods works work best for me, and I do eat meat and dairy when I feel like it, and I enjoy it when I do. And I almost always have dessert :) Here is a cute article about a 93 year old couple who was asked after celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary, what the keys to happiness are, the husband recommended "You need to enjoy life, eat sweets." I think so too, hehe.


The Dinner

Roasted Organic Chicken with green apple, with curried sweet potato and parsnip fries, with a warm red swiss chard salad with fennel, cherry tomatoes and flax seeds. (no dairy or gluten)


Organic Chicken thighs with roasted green apple: Preheat oven to 375. Toss chicken thighs with oregano, a touch of safflower oil, and a sprinkle of salt. Place in oven for 15 minutes. Flip sides. Take out apple, cut in half and place in oven. Cook for another 15 or until golden brown and cooked through and apple is mushy.

organic chicken thighs
1 or two green apples
oregano

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Fries: Take sweet potato and parsnips and toss them with safflower oil enough safflower oil to coat, add a couple pinches of curry, cinnamon, minced garlic and ginger and toss together. Place on baking sheet and back until golden brown. I suggest cutting the parsnips a bit smaller than the sweet potatoes because they take longer. Either that or cook them seperately from the sweet potatoes.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes & parsnips - cut into fries
1 tablespoon curry
cinnamon
minced garlic
minced ginger
safflower oil

Warm Swiss Chard Salad: Cook on low to medium heat. Saute garlic with coconut oil, add fennel, swiss chard and tomatoes. Sprinkle a pinch of salt. Be sure to keep moving the chard around coating it with the oil. It is done when soft and still green. When close to done add squeeze of a lemon. Top with flax seeds.

red chard
fennel
coconut oil
garlic
lemon

Chicken Broth

If you want an idea for the leftover chicken - throw the bones in a pot with more than enough water to cover them. Throw in some salt, garlic, oregano. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 45 minutes to an hour. Drain the meat, bones and you've got some organic chicken broth!! 

The Dessert, or "Postre" en mi casa


For dessert, I've was craving something really, really creamy. This chocolate pudding recipe is really something. I made enough to have the next day. I experimented with some "whipped cream" too. Pair them together and you've got yourself a delightfully rich and creamy dessert. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, help ease digestion, reduce inflammation, and improve joint health and skin tone. They also help make this dish creamy without egg or dairy. I used our BE SMOOTH mix because it has raw cacao, plus spirulina (green superfood) and maca (adptogenic herb) to give me some extra antioxidants to keep me healthy. 

While I was living in Spain - every lunchtime meal or "menu del dia" included a  "postre", it was never a big portion or even heavy, (sometimes it was a baked apple or a fresh squeeze orange juice), so I became accustomed to liking something a little sweet after every meal. It also kept me at the table longer to relax and digest my meal. I hope you enjoy this treat!

Raw chocolate pudding: Soak chia seeds with 1.5 cups of coconut milk, coconut flakes, maple syrup and vanilla. Put to the side. 

Mix arrowroot with 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.

In a small pan, melt the coconut oil, cacao butter, add the BE SMOOTH or RAW CACAO on low. Add coconut palm sugar. Stir constantly. In a blender, blend the coconut milk mixture. Leave 1/4 cup to the side (for whipped cream). Slowly add the remaining coconut mixture to warm chocolate mixture on stove. Mix on low for a bit. When thoroughly mixed, add the arrowroot mixture. Stir on low for a few more minutes. Pour into jars. Put in fridge for a few hours. Serve chilled. 

Whipped cream: Use remaining 1/4 coconut mixture and blend with drained, soaked cashews. Put in jar and to the side. Serve chocolate pudding with a dollip of whipped cream!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup BE SMOOTH 
1/2 cup RAW COCONUT PALM SUGAR 
1 tablespoon chia seed
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 can coconut milk (not half fat, but full fat)
1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao butter
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons cashews - soaked 10 minutes
6 tablespoons arrowroot powder

 


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