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

Posted in all natural, almond, antioxidants, chocolate, cinnamon, clean, cleaning, cleansing, coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, coffee, coffee addiction, conscious, courage, cravings, creative vegan, creativity, culinary creativity, detoxify, diy, diy bath and beauty, diy bath products, diy beauty, earth, energizing, energy, exercising, feel good, focus, gifts, handmade, health, Healthy, healthy holidays, healthy lifestyle, healthy living, healthy treats, high vibration, highvibrational, holiday, holistic, holistic health, inspiration, joy, local, love, make it yourself, martha's vineyard, mental, metabolism, mixology, mood swings, motivation, MV Times, natural, new look, new year, not your sugar mamas, notyoursugarmamas, nutrition, nutritious, NYMS, nysm, organic, positivity, raw cacao, recipe, recipes, resolutions, season, self-care, selfhealing, support, the beauty that moves, treats, vegetarian inspiration, well-being, winter, women owned businesses

Smell the roses much? Why not now?

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

 

Can anyone else believe that it is Mid July? It’s so cliché but isn’t it crazy how quickly time flies? A summer on Martha’s Vineyard feels like the blink of an eye. It feels like time moves much faster when we let stress get the best of us and when we get so caught up in our day-to-day work that we forget to make time to stop and appreciate the moment. The past few summers I’ve spent here I have “forgotten” to do just that. Really, I just wasn’t making the choice to slow down amidst the chaos. Summers would have me bogged down and overwhelmed. These days I still have a long to do list but if I go about my to do list with a more relaxed, “vacation” mentality, time seems to slow down and I have more fun in the process.  Our perception creates our reality. Ky and I receive comments all the time now such as “you guys must be running around like crazy.” Yes, there is a lot of “running” around or as I like to call it “bopping” around because bopping around is more fun than running around. Running around seems chaotic and stressful. We’re making a stand this year to fully enjoy ourselves and soak up the beauty that Martha’s Vineyard summers provide. It feels good to make time to stop and smell the roses and just breathe throughout the day. Here’s to a fun summer, we’ve got so much left to go!

Posted in bennett coffey, cacao, chocolate, conscious, feel good, fulfillment, health, Healthy, high vibration, holistic, love, Martha's Vineyard, MV, mv summer, Not Your Sugar Mamas, nutrition, NYSM, organic, Raw chocolate, summer, superfood, support, well-being, yoga

Are you willing to experiment?

Posted on July 08, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 2 Comments

 By Bennett

 You know what I think is really cool? When you throw all of your beliefs about food out the window and start over. It’s a pretty refreshing feeling. To lift all of the sometimes limiting beliefs I have about what I like, what I don’t like, what makes me feel good and what makes me feel bad, and start over.  I know for me, my body is affected differently from season to season by what I consume. This time of year I can tolerate gluten much easier and I am not as affected by alcohol either. It’s always refreshing when things change like that because I begin to question my food again and go back into the experimental zone. It’s a reassuring reminder to me that everything is connected and that we are all connected to the seasonal, ever-changing cycle of nature.  This past week I have been paying close attention to my sometimes restricted and conditioned thoughts. I notice how it makes my body feel tense and try to let the thought go and relax in my body again. I’ve been carrying this same practice into my thoughts around food.  I’m letting myself experiment more and changing thought patterns about what I tend to think is “good” or “bad” for me.  Because in my opinion, nothing is really “bad” unless you really think that it is. If you are eating with guilt, you will ingest that emotion. I find that the more relaxed I am around food and the choices I make, the easier it is for me to digest and metabolize my meal or snack. It can be a little unsettling at first but do you find yourself in this same experimental place from time to time? Share your thoughts below!

Posted in art of savouring, bennett coffey, cacao, chocolate, conscious, experiment, feel good, fitness, focus, food, fulfillment, gluten free, health, Healthy, healthy fats, healthy treats, high vibration, holistic, love, Martha's Vineyard, mental, MV, Not Your Sugar Mamas, nutrition, NYSM, organic, organic chocolate, season, snacks, spring, superfood, superfood smoothies, treats, well-being, yoga

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! 


Bennett

Posted in antioxidants, bennett coffey, cacao, chocolate, cleansing, conscious, detoxify, feel good, focus, food, fulfillment, green, greens, health, Healthy, high vibration, holistic, love, Martha's Vineyard, Movies, MV, Not Your Sugar Mamas, nutrition, NYSM, organic, season, spring, Superfoods, well-being

Have you found the "perfect" diet for yourself? Does it even exist?

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 2 Comments

 

Is this true for you? Have you figured it all out? I dare you to question your beliefs around food. In the food world, it seems that we believe everything we hear before actually testing it out ourselves. We hear “eat more protein” and we adopt this new eating behavior without even realizing the affect it has on us or thinking twice about it. Nothing ever stays the same, our bodies are constantly changing. A certain way of eating might have worked for you for a period of time in your life, and then as your body changed and/or your environment changed you may have found that your old ways of eating no longer sustained you. This is the key to finding what works best for you…to be in tune and aware of your body’s calls for something different (especially if you live in a place with seasons). It doesn’t mean we have to get frustrated or beat ourselves up, it just is the way it is, and if we can learn to go with the flow we will find less resistance and dis-ease…in all areas of our lives. Every single person or body on this earth is different, so one person might need to eat more meat than another person, some people don’t need to eat any meat, some people need more fat, some people need less fat, some people like to be marathon runners and some people like to walk and do yoga. It’s truly about finding what works best for you and realizing that the more rigid we become around food, the more disconnected we become from what our body really desires. Play around with different foods, experiment, HAVE FUN with it! Use your energy levels, your digestion and your moods to help guide you to the perfect diet for your body, at this point in time. Have you found that your diet has changed over time? How does it make you feel? Are you resistant to the changes? (I know I can be.) Please share your thoughts below!


Bennett

Posted in bennett coffey, cacao, conscious, cravings, feel good, fitness, food, fulfillment, health, Healthy, high vibration, holistic, love, Martha's Vineyard, MV, Not Your Sugar Mamas, nutrition, well-being, yoga

Does the quality of your food effect the quality of your life?

Posted on March 04, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 2 Comments


 In the past, I didn’t have a true concept of what it meant to live healthily.  My idea of being healthy was to be skinny. I think that this is a common misconception for a lot of people, especially women. I thought the less food I ate the better. And when I did eat, I had feelings of guilt and shame surrounding my mealtimes, which were few and far between. During this part of my life, I was also feeling depressed and anxious. I wasn’t fully expressing myself. I didn’t experience a lot of joy in my life…and if I did it was in a fleeting, unsustainable fashion. What I’ve learned since beginning my studies in holistic nutrition is that our relationship with food is indicative of our relationship with our life. Once I learned what foods worked for me (as it’s different for each person), I began nourishing myself with nutrient dense whole foods. That is, food that hasn’t been processed and stripped of all nutrients (like many canned or processed foods that come in a package). I began spending most of my time in the grocery store in the produce section.  I realized this is where the real food lives! These are the foods that make my body and soul thrive. As I began to give myself permission to enjoy foods that fueled me (eating for fuel+enjoyment is the ultimate eating experience), I began to experience states of pure bliss in my life. I began not only seeking the highest quality food possible but also the highest quality life experiences possible. This is when my love affair with SUPERFOODS like raw cacao began. I thought “Why not feed myself with the healthiest foods out there? What’s stopping me?” The quality of foods that I choose to eat is a mirror of the quality of experiences I have in my life now. I want nothing but the most fulfilling, highest vibration food and life experiences because you only live once. Why not love yourself enough to take really good care of yourself? Have you experienced a shift in the way you eat and the quality of your life? Please share with us below. 

Bennett

Posted in bennett coffey, cacao, chocolate, conscious, feel good, food, fulfillment, Healthy, high vibration, holistic, love, Martha's Vineyard, marthas vineyard, MV, no refined sugar, Not Your Sugar Mamas, nutrition, organic, raw cacao, Raw chocolate, Superfoods, well-being

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

Posted in antioxidants, cacao, cape cod, central, chocolate, conscious, factory, focus, food, health, Healthy, Martha's Vineyard, marthas vineyard, MV, natural, Not Your Sugar Mamas, nutrition, NYSM, organic, raw, Raw chocolate, Superfoods, well-being, yoga