We are so excited to announce that starting this weekend we will open for dinner. Think of us as your new [ healthy ] take out joint, your casual sit in dinner spot, or your place to enjoy a delicious dessert!
As a little incentive, we are offering a FREE CHOCOLATE BAR to everyone who comes in during our new hours! (who doesn't want a free chocolate bar!?)
In addition to our current hours, our extended hours are:
Thursday - Saturday 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM.
Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM for Brunch
* Feel free to call in your orders at 508-338-2018 *
OUR EXCITING NEW SPECIALS:
We will have additional flatbread specials. Bring your crew and come in to share a delicious flatbreads.
Come in at your convenience - breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!
We will offer our first ever brunch from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM... think waffles, chickpea scrambles, milkshakes and donuts! WHAT!?
We hope you can join us to help kick-off this exciting new adventure!
Keepin it real,
Ky & Bennett
(classic cheesy flatbread )(baked almond feta with herb oil)(pick up this lasagna and cook it at home!)
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
You say “COCOA”, I say “CACAO”. Same thing? Not exactly.
Cacao is chocolate in it’s purest form. Cacao beans are found in fleshy, oval shaped pods on cacao trees. Once harvested, the beans are fermented and dried. Cacao is raw, unprocessed and contains no sugar, additives, or preservatives. It has not been exposed to heat and is loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients like iron and magnesium.
Cocoa is the processed version of cacao. Cocoa powder has been roasted at high temperatures and usually contains sugar and preservatives. The roasting process, which reduces the natural bitterness, is thought to destroy the intense nutritional benefits in raw cacao.
While raw cacao and processed cocoa offer some of the same benefits, cacao is more nutritionally dense since it’s less processed. Same goes for most of the other fruits & veggies in your diet - the closer they are to their purest form, the more nutrients they contain!
What can raw cacao do for you:
- Boosts mood (thanks to anandamide)
- Improves brain function (thanks to magnesium)
- Promotes a healthy heart, reducing risk of cancer (thanks to antioxidants)
- Balances blood sugar levels (thanks to chromium)
- Improves metabolism (thanks to B vitamins)
Not Your Sugar Mamas chocolate is FULL of the good stuff: organic raw cacao, organic raw cacao butter, all non-GMO, and gluten and dairy free. So... what are you waiting for!?
A yoga teacher once shared a quote with me and it changed my life:
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” [Alfred D. Souza]
Up until that point, I had looked at my life in terms of milestones... Once I finish college, I’ll really be an adult. Once I get promoted, my real career will begin. Once I pay off my loans, then I can start doing the things I love.
Then I realized that it’s all real life and it’s all worthy of being loved.
Having long term goals is an important way to keep life in perspective and to make sure you’re on track to achieving your dreams. But having small daily goals is just as important to keep you motivated and moving forward. By achieving small goals on a daily basis, you instill in yourself sense of accomplishment that makes it easier to take on the big stuff.
Here a some easy ways to love your life every day:
- Have a morning ritual. Whether it’s a cup of warm water with lemon or a little yoga stretch while still in bed, find something to calmly wake your mind and body from slumber before the day’s excitement begins.
- Be kind. It can be easy to anger when dealing with others we can’t understand. It’s important to remember that we all have bad days and you can’t understand what someone else is going through. So better to err on the side of kindness. It will keep you calm and feeling positive.
- Go outside. Fresh air and vitamin D will ignite your brain. There is no less expensive gym in the world than the one right outside your door. Don’t make excuses for this. Everyone can find 20 minutes in their day for a jog or brisk walk.
- Make a to-do list. Take a few minutes at the beginning of your work day to make a list of 5 things that you want to achieve that day. Be realistic. Breakdown large projects into parts that can be crossed off the list to help you see your progress towards a greater goal.
- Keep a “Worry” journal. Keep track of all the things that are stressing you out, no matter how small. Look back on it from time to time and reflect on what is still stressing you out, and what isn’t. It will surprise you to see what worrisome things have passed without much effort.
- Keep a tidy home. Get rid of things you don’t love or need. You shouldn’t own anything that you don’t know about. Every item should have a designated place. The process of simplifying your belongings into things you only love or need will organize your mind as well as your home. The same goes for your work place.
- Be thankful. Be thankful for health, loved ones, and all of the opportunities you’ve had... Reach out to a friend or family member that you haven’t heard from in a while and let them know you’re thinking about them.
- Nourish your mind & body. It’s up to us to keep the temple that is our body alive and well. Think about your computer. If you don’t keep it running properly, it will crash. And you can’t buy yourself a new body… Be cognisant of what you put in your body and how it makes you feel, physically and mentally. Make a commitment to improving your spirit via the foods you consume!
What in your life are you avoiding right now? Notice the energy that this feeling creates in your body. See if you can drop the urge to change whatever this thing is and just accept it for what it is (even if just for a moment) and send it love. Notice the energetic shift that this creates. Let us find peace in our lives by fully accepting what is in front of us instead of resisting and avoiding what is. When we are looking at our lives through the lens of fear, we create feelings of suffering and want things to be different, but through the lens of love, we remove the veil of illusion and everything feels lighter and just as it should be. This way of viewing things takes a little more conscious effort as we are collectively programmed for fear but this is not normal even though we've grown to believe that it is. Love is real, fear is not. In what ways can you be more loving and accepting of your life?
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!
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!
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
Maintaining a cleansing mentality can be especially challenging during the holidays with parties and the usual holiday fare at every turn. Mocktails are the perfect way to entertain with style while reaping a multitude of health benefits from exciting superfood infusions! Many people remember stringing cranberries and popcorn together for decorations- here we've found another way to use fresh cranberries for merriment! Famous for their ability to prevent UTI's, these water-harvested gems are being grown locally here on Martha's Vineyard
! This method of harvesting literally bathes the fruit in direct sunlight upping the amount of anthocyanin (responsible for their gorgeous ruby red coloring!) and increasing it's phytonutrient health benefits!
We asked our Not Your Sugar Mixologist Nathalie
what was on her gratitude list this holiday season- "definitely grateful for living on the Vineyard
..." was her immediate reply. Below you'll find one of her own inspired creations, the Spiced-Cranberry Sparkler (see recipe below), as well as some of her favorite raw holiday treats from around the web.
Being a bunch of raw food enthusiasts ourselves, it comes as no surprise when reading that "a substantial number of recent studies have shown that whole cranberries- in comparison with purified extracts or dried supplements- do a better job of protecting our cardiovascular system and our liver". Researchers point out that it is the synergistic effect of the cranberry's nutrients (rather than the individual components) that is responsible for its antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits, and anti-cancer benefits. This synergy is only found in the berry as a whole fruit. Nathalie whipped up the following recipe using fresh cranberries and other anti-inflammatory spices so you can get your holiday groove on and wake up feeling fresh and fit as a fiddle!
-1 C fresh cranberries
-spices, 1/2 tsp. each of cloves, ginger, and cinnamon
-sweetener of choice ex: maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
-garnish of choice (be creative!) Nath served hers with cranberries a bobbin'!
Rinse cranberries and put in a small saucepan with just enough water to cover them. Add spices. Heat on medium heat 5-10 mins and let cool. Divide mixture evenly between 4 champagne flutes and top off with your favorite sparkling water. Garnish and ENJOY!
RAW HOLIDAY TREATS FROM AROUND THE WEB:
Happy Raw Holidays!!!