Spring Cleaning Body and Soul

Posted on March 01, 2017 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

Hi Friends, 
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,
Ky & Bennett

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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.
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!


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.
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!
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
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1 T Ground Cinnamon
1/2 T Ground Cloves
1/2 C Almond Oil

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Do you feel the need to cleanse?

Posted on March 18, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

This time of year I always get the urge to cleanse. I feel like the idea of cleansing can either be really exciting for people or it can cause anxiety and overwhelm. I encourage you to not be overwhelmed by the idea. Simply put a cleanse is just an intentional simplification of your diet. It gives your body a chance to rejuvenate when we simplify or lighten the load of what we are consuming. When we give our digestion a break our body has more energy to focus on deeper processes of cell rejuvenation, invigorating us on a deeper level. Some people like to do juice fasts, some people like to eat raw fruits and veggies for a week or a cleanse can be as simple as choosing one food group, like meat for example, and excluding meat from your diet from a week or however long you choose. Personally I am choosing to exclude meat, dairy, wheat, sugars and alcohol from my diet for the next week. I will be drinking green smoothies and juices and eating a whole foods meal like quinoa, kale, veggies and beans once a day. 

I always feel so much more energized and clear after I cleanse. I feel like it really helps get my creative juices flowing and helps me develop more focus. Some people choose to simply drink more water in a given day to help cleanse. I think any awareness you bring to making your diet a little healthier and a little cleaner is better than nothing. 

Amazing transformations can happen when you cleanse. I’ll give you an extreme but attainable example. I saw a documentary this weekend at the Chilmark Film Festival called “May I Be Frank.” The film was about an Italian man from Brooklyn named Frank. He weighed close to 300 pounds, had hepatitis C, was on a slew of medications and was very depressed amongst many health concerns. As fate would have it he ended up at an organic, raw vegan café in San Francisco while on a trip. They have a “question of the day” at this particular restaurant and this day the waiter asked Frank “what is one thing you want to do before you die?” Frank answered that he wanted to fall in love one more time before he died but he was scared that he never would because no one would love him because he didn’t even love himself. After getting to know the staff they decided to make a film on Frank to document the change from his typical S.A.D. (standard American diet) to a clean, raw vegan diet. To make a really long story short, Frank lost about 150 pounds, cleared up his hepitatis C, mended all of his broken relationships with family by clearing up his anger, fell in love with his current, smoking hot wife, and tours the world educating people on health and reminding people that anything is possible. Sometimes all it takes is a little change in our routine to help us gain perspective on the areas of our lives that need more attention. I encourage you to bring a little more attention to eating a little cleaner and lighter this week in celebration of Spring, the perfect time for renewal. Have you ever cleansed before? If so, please share your experiences. If this is your first time please share your feelings on the topic below! 


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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

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. 


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


Not Your Sugar Mamas Raw Cacao Powder*



Raw Cacao Nibs**



Not Your Sugar Mamas Raw Dark Chocolate*



Roasted Cocoa Powder



Goji Berries**



Acai Berries**



Dark Chocolate











Source: US department of Agriculture

* Tested by Southern Cross University Australia

** Tested by Brunswick Laboratories, MA, USA


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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. 


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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Food Focus - GREEN

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Kyleen Keenan | 0 Comments

How do greens affect your body? Read this fresh article to find out!

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