Vegan Blender Pancakes with The Rogue Brussel Sprout

Kerry Roberts

Guest post courtesy of The Rogue Brussel Sprout

Love pancakes but not necessarily the ingredients or fuss? These are made with just a few simple, vegan, nourishing, whole-food ingredients and come together in a flash using your blender! Even better, they’re infused with flavor throughout thanks to an Everipe smoothie kit, making them the most interesting pancakes around. You can dress them up as much as you like, but fancy toppings really aren’t necessary because there’s already fruit in the smoothie kits. You’ll use the two parts of an Everipe smoothie kit separately here; the inner superfood packet gets blended right into the batter to provide structure to the pancakes, while the freeze-dried fruit gets stirred in by hand at the end. Using freeze-dried fruit is actually easier than fresh, since fresh adds so much liquid and can make your pancakes soggy. Get ready to revamp your pancake routine!

Vegan Blender Pancakes 

Ingredients 

  • 2 very ripe bananas with brown spots

  • ½ to ¾ c milk of choice, vegan if desired

  • 1 c rolled oats

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • Everipe smoothie kit of choice, divided

  • Oil of choice for cooking

  • Toppings of choice (if you like, pick toppings to match the smoothie kit flavors!)

Directions

  1. Put the wet ingredients (bananas, ½ c milk) into a large high-power blender. Adding the wet ingredients first helps to prevent clumping.
  2. Put the dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, and the inner superfood pack from the smoothie kit) on top of the wet.
  3. Blend until the oats are completely broken down and you have a thick, rich batter; this should only take a minute in a high-power blender. Add a dash more milk if you need since the texture of the batter will depend somewhat on the size and ripeness of the bananas you use.
  4. Let the batter sit for ten minutes so that the oats hydrate fully.
  5. Stir in (by hand- don’t use the blender!) the freeze-dried fruit from the smoothie kit.
  6. Cook the pancakes on a well-oiled griddle. Use ¼ c batter for a normal-sized pancake, or 1 tbsp batter for mini pancakes. 

NOTE: Because this batter contains no gluten or eggs, the pancakes are a bit more delicate than “traditional” white flour and egg pancakes. Cook them lower and slower, and be more gentle when you flip them.

Enjoy! 

For more of Lee's genius recipes, check out her website or follow her kitchen adventures on IG at @theroguebrusselsprout

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The New Year is Here. Should You Diet?

Kerry Roberts

Did you know that at any given time, more than one third of Americans are on some sort of diet? Given diet success rates, that means that many of us are disappointed for “failing” at our diet attempt - have you been there? Us too. 

With the new year upon us and everyone itching at the opportunity to start fresh (thanks, 2020!) it’s important to remember that the new year doesn’t need a new you. Or a you with new eating habits. You just need you, as your truest self.

At Everipe, we believe ALL foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle, and that diet culture is damaging on many levels. You’ll never see us release a cleanse, a quick start, or promise weight-based outcomes. We believe you deserve bigger than a smaller pair of jeans.

But we also know, because of diet culture, this can be a little pie-in-the-sky thinking. We'd like to help you reclaim some sanity in this new year’s resolution space with the hope that our values, (and reasoning behind those values), can offer some direction as you navigate the pressures of the new year.

To answer the question posed in the title of this blog post - No, you should not start the new year on a diet. Here's why:

Restrictive Diets Typically Don’t Work Long Term 

While short term success on diets can be exciting and sometimes dramatic, science tells us that most of the time both the health benefits and weight loss benefits of restrictive dieting have an expiration date. According to a spring 2020 study that examined the short and long term results of both low fat and low carb diets, while weight loss and improvements in cardiovascular health were evident at 6 months, by 12 months they were largely diminished. This conclusion (improvements in health were seen after 6 months but largely diminished at 12 months) was also evidenced in a large systematic review and meta-analysis, published in the medical journal BMJ, that analyzed 121 trials that enrolled nearly 22,000 overweight or obese adults on 12 popular diets.  Restrictive diets aren't successful at improving long term health because they are not sustainable, and therefore neither are their benefits. 

Willpower is Not Biological

In fact, when it comes to eating, willpower can actually work against our biology. As University of Minnesota psychology professor Traci Mann told the Washington Post, “after you diet, so many biological changes happen in your body that it becomes practically impossible to keep the weight off.” There are three main reasons for this: 

  1. Neurologically, food begins to have an increased reward value, making it harder to refuse. 
  2. As you lose body fat, the levels of hormones in your body change. The hormones that signal you to feel full decrease, while the hormones that tell you you’re hungry increase. 
  3. According to Mann, the third major change is in your metabolism: it slows down. Your body starts using calories in the most efficient way possible, which, as Mann states “would be a good thing, if you were starving to death.” 

Mann brings up a good point with the whole starving thing, especially for women. Women are--biologically speaking-- tasked with continuing the human race through reproduction. And for that reason, the female body really, really doesn’t want to starve. According to Mark Sisson, author of the popular primal health blog Mark’s Daily Apple, “biology cares most about your fertility….and from that perspective, a woman’s situation is more precarious than a man’s. It all points to women being more finely attuned to caloric deficits. For example, women’s levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, are quicker to rise after meals. Even if you’re not interested in getting pregnant, the ability to do so is strongly connected to your health. Reproductive health is health.” So, adding reproducing to our body’s list of biological priorities, and it becomes *really* clear that our bodies are hard wired to keep us from restricting our food. 

Diet Culture is Damaging 

In the US, the weight loss industry is a $70+ billion industry. Numbers like that aren’t built on the back of success. In fact, it’s quite the opposite--it’s designed for us to fail. And blame ourselves. And keep coming back. That’s where the billions come in! 

Diets are doomed to often fail because their rigidity elevates the psychological importance of food. If you tell yourself that chocolate is evil, it sure takes up more space in our minds, and if you then consume chocolate, we attach this shame to our character and lack of discipline. The 10 times you refused chocolate do not matter; it is the one time you indulged that causes a collapse in “willpower.”

We are then led to believe that we can’t trust ourselves to eat properly, and rely (read: pay) “experts” to tell us what, when, and how to eat. Most named diets are highly restrictive and teach participants absolutely nothing about healthy eating, removing the empowerment that results from properly fueling your body. And so the dieting cycle continues. 

The connection between food and emotion is also very important and very real. Restrictive, regimented dieting can rob us of the joyful moments around food and, well, we just can’t stand for that. 

At Everipe, we believe that all foods can fit with a view to overall health. The diet industry thrives on villainizing foods: fats, carbs, sugar, and even fruit. We’re here to tell you that fruit--or any other whole food--is not the problem with the Standard American Diet. They're an amazing source of vitamins, nutrients and fiber. We use superfoods to supercharge their benefits, adding to the satisfying sensory experience of drinking our smoothies while supporting your nutrition on a cellular level. 

There Are Better Ways to Improve Your Health and Relationship with Your Body 

While we can’t get behind diet culture, we definitely can get behind ways to participate in a healthier lifestyle without attaching feelings of self worth to your eating habits. Here are some small ways to start seeing significant changes in how you feel in 2021:

  1. Sleep, exercise, and stress management matter. A LOT. Managing these three lifestyle factors can be just as important as diet to your overall health. If 2020 threw off your sleep schedule, a great first step would be to get to be a half hour earlier each night. If high levels of stress have crept in, assess the ways you manage it. Be sure you are keeping connected with friends and loved ones, engaging with your hobbies, and practicing acts of self-care. As for exercise, something as simple as a 20 minute daily walk can do wonders for your overall health.
  2. Think about what you can add to your diet, rather than what you need to restrict or remove. Rather than restricting yourself, try focusing on things can do to improve your health. Even small steps, like incorporating more whole foods into your diet, eating a more nutrient dense breakfast, or increasing your water intake can do wonders to how you feel. Focusing on what you're adding--not what you're taking away--is a very empowering and exciting way to think about improving your nutrition! 
  3. Examine the ways you talk to yourself. Learn to be your own cheerleader this year, and many healthy habits will naturally fall into place. Listen closely to that small voice in your head as you get dressed for the day. As you scroll social media. As you compare yourself to others. As you finish that ice cream sandwich when you said you only would eat half. As you explain a mistake at work. As you apologize to a friend. Make sure that voice is kind, empowering, uplifting, and quick to forgive. 

No matter what 2021 has in store, you got this. Here’s to more smiles, more hope, and hopefully more hugs this year. 

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Food Trends for 2021 We're Genuinely Excited About

Kerry Roberts

Pancake cereal? Whipped coffee? Sourdough starter? It’s been an interesting year for many reasons, including our relationship with food.  As we look ahead to 2021, here are 5 food trends straight from the experts that we’re looking forward to:

From Whole Foods: Well-Being Is Served

Whole Foods predicts the lines between the supplement and grocery aisles will continue to blur in 2021. As a superfood company, needless to say we are here for it.  Expect to see more functional foods incorporated into everyday essentials, from chia seeds to mushrooms and more. 

From Martha Stewart Living: Local Goes Mainstream

The pandemic showed us how fragile our food system can be, while staying at home forced us all to take stock in what’s important--and the data shows that our health, our local economies, and “slowing down” are all up there.  Community supported agriculture is expected to grow into 2021, so if you have been eyeing that CSA Share, best get on it now.

From Food Food & Wine: Deeper Dives into Black Foodways

According to Food & Wine, restaurant trends in 2021 could highlight more diverse cuisines from different cultures.  Amplifying Black voices isn’t just about making space on social media--food is an amazing way to shift narratives, start conversations, and educate. We’re excited to see how food can play a role in helping us learn and celebrate black culture in 2021.

From Kroger: FutureProof Foods

If you don't know what biohacking is yet, soon you will. We love hearing that people are looking for flavor and functionality in their foods. (That’s exactly what we’re aiming for here at Everipe!) Shoppers will continue to look for foods that boost immunity, support brain health, and help manage stress. Who doesn’t need more of that! 

From Well+Good: "Half-Scratch" Meal Kits

It’s safe to say that we're believers in short cuts, and all the pandemic cooking of 2020 has only affirmed that belief. Thankfully today’s meal kits are a far cry from the Salisbury steak frozen dinners of our youth. (Cue the collective shudder.) As we continue to spend more time in the kitchen, 2021 is going to be all about finding that shortcut to save you time and sanity while pleasing your tastebuds. Fool-proof meal kits that mix expert guidance with fresh ingredients to deliver restaurant quality meals--even if the skill set is amateur--will earn more real estate in our kitchens.  And shameless plug: our smoothie kits totally fit the bill.

Here's to health, happiness, and plenty of good meals in 2021! 

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Food in the Time of Coronavirus: How the Pandemic Has Affected Our Eating Habits

Kerry Roberts

Some years go down in history for politics, war, crazy weather, or even a major change in the economy. And there’s no question that 2020 will be going down in history as well: the year we all stayed home. 

The pandemic has completely changed the way we decide what to eat, where we get our food and how we prepare it. According to an annual survey conducted by the International Food Information Council, 85% of consumers say the coronavirus pandemic has changed their food habits, driving them to cook, eat, shop, and think about food differently. 

Last spring, panic buying was *definitely* a trend, as anyone who saw a grocery freezer section entirely empty can attest. As a result, there was a major shortage of paper goods (you all know which paper we’re referring to!) and foods like eggs, flour, and canned goods were harder than a PlayStation 5 to get your hands on.  All the while, food producers were dumping gallons of surplus milk. Seems sort of backward, right?

While staying home, we've passed the time learning new culinary skills (hello, sourdough and pancake cereal) as we learned to make the most of our own kitchens. Not suprisingly, Google Search Trends data shows that consumers are showing more interest in online grocery shopping, food delivery, local food sourcing and preserved foods. Here are five ways that the pandemic has changed eating, and the consumer shopping experience:

Fewer Trips to the Grocery Store

With recommendations from public health agencies across the globe, many have limited trips to the grocery store. According to a study by McKinsey & Co, before the pandemic 19% of Americans shopped for food more than 3x a week. By June, that number had dropped to 10%. 

Nutrition as a Tool for Health & Wellbeing

For many people, health and wellbeing is a top-of-mind concern. Many have turned to food to build their health throughout the pandemic. Many public and private organizations have provided guides to healthy eating, all tying back to messages of health back to our body’s ability to fight infection. 

The World Health Organization started a campaign titled #HealthyAtHome, promoting people to eat more fruits and vegetables and drink water, while cutting back on salt, sugar, unhealthy fats and alcohol. UNICEF provided a list of easy, affordable healthy eating tips for during the pandemic. 

As people look to protect themselves from COVID-19, they may also look towards immune-boosting foods. Mintel’s latest findings indicate that consumers are looking to plants and foods that improve overall health. Consuming “five-a-day” is a high priority, according to the market insight company, with a quarter of Britains saying they’re eating more fruits and vegetables than before the pandemic. (We're calling this a win. Take that, 2020.)

Groceries Delivered

Fear of infection in public, particularly grocery stores, promoted a major increase in online grocery ordering systems. From click and collect to grocery delivery, the whole online grocery shopping scene has been buzzing since the beginning of the pandemic stay-at-home orders. According to data from a survey conducted by Brick Meets Click/Mercatus, U.S. online grocery sales hit $7.2 billion in June, up from $1.3 billion in early April. 

More Home Cooking

With the closure of restaurants and the fear of infection via takeout, many have retreated to home kitchens. According to a survey by PwC, 51% of U.S. consumers reported a significant increase in cooking at home, and 69% of those said that this activity has added to their quality of life during the pandemic. Yes to this! 

Preserved Foods

During the initial wave of panic buying (now there's a phrase we never thought we'd need to write), many people were focused on building up their pandemic pantry. This was such a popular phenomenon that the food industry labelled this consumer behaviour as “pantry-loading.” Shelf-stable foods such as canned vegetables, soups, and pastas were amongst the most sought-after products.  Foods with a long shelf life, like frozen foods, have also seen an increase.  Sales in frozen foods jumped by 94% in March from the previous year, according to the American Frozen Food Institute. That's a lot of frozen pizza. 

Freeze drying is an ancient preservation process (started by the Incas!) that extends the shelf-life of foods, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing trends in food. In 2016, it was projected that the global freeze-dried market would increase to $66.5 billion by 2021, but chances are the Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated that trajectory. Like freezing, freeze drying helps to preserve essential vitamins and nutrients in foods, without the use of chemicals or preservatives. Freeze drying removes 98% of the water from food, allowing it to retain its natural cellular structure (read: fiber, taste, and mouth feel). Once rehydrated, freeze dried food is similar in nutritional value to fresh food, making it one of the best ways to preserve food. 

A key advantage of freeze drying is that the food can be preserved at the peak of ripeness (and nutrient content!) unlike fresh food, which often reaches peak ripeness in transit. Also, when compared to other drying methods, freeze-drying has the best rehydration abilities. Not to mention, it frees up major real estate in your freezer. (Yup. Our Everipe Smoothies 5-pack goes right into your pantry.) 

2020 has been a year of big changes, on a global scale and right into our kitchens - we've been honored to help people feel good about what is in the pantry. Wishing you and your loved ones a restful and safe holiday. 

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Shop Small This Holiday with Team Everipe

Kerry Roberts

2020 has been quite a year. You don't need a recap, and we hope you agree that there's never been a more important time to shop small. Our small businesses need us this holiday! 

As a small business ourselves, Team Everipe would like to thank you for your support through this wild time.We couldn't do this without you. We are looking forward to big things in 2021 but before we turn the page, we'd love to help you gift the gift of good health this holiday our brand new Everipe Holiday Pack. This bundle includes of each of our 5 flavors, our insulated smoothie bottle and a holiday card—or as we like to call it, wellness in a box and a wonderful way to show your loved ones you care.  

Shop Our Holiday Pack

 

Available exclusively for the holiday season, snag one for everyone on your list! 

And in celebration of Small Business Saturday, we're including a roundup of how Team Everipe is committed to shopping small this holiday season.

Kerry, Co-Founder

Flex-N-Fly is one of my favorite small businesses to support. Yumi has created a 35-minute exercise formula called the "Flex 35" that combines restorative yoga, breathing exercises, and stretching. She offers the class at airports to help people stay calm before flights. How genius is that! She also makes the most gorgeous yoga mats that are machine washable! Her Blue Rise pattern is my favorite. 

The Blue Rise 2.0, $65 at flexnfly.com

Greg, Founder

"Gilly's Organics is a line of natural, vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free beauty products that are healing and great for the skin. At Everipe, we're on a mission to get harmful chemicals and toxins out of your pantry. Gilly is working to do the same in your bathroom vanity, so I have a lot of respect for that"

Gilly's Organics shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body butter, starting at $12 at gillysorganics.com

Lindsey, Team Everipe Member  

"During quarantine, I swapped my usual studio yoga classes for Bulldog Yoga's online streaming classes and I am officially hooked. They are some of the hardest classes I've ever done--yoga or otherwise. By the end of class, I get that same yogi high I would get after my Hatha classes with the added bonus of being completed drenched in sweat. The music is great, too. I'll be gifting a year subscription to my mom and sister!"

online yoga

Bulldog Yoga Online, $12.99/month at bulldogonline.com

Colleen, Team Everipe Member 

"I came across The Birch Den’s hand crafted soy candles and was so impressed. These candles are made in a small town on Long Island and their scents capture the memories of everything from my childhood across the seasons: the surf, the snow, spring blooms and being at home in the summer. To boot it’s a woman owned small business. I’ve found my new 'it' gifts for this Christmas."

The Birch Den Soy Candles

The Birch Den Hand-Poured soy candles, $8-$24 order via DM on Instagram.  

Wishing you all a healthy and magical holiday season! 

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Easy Blender Muffins with The Rogue Brussel Sprout

Kerry Roberts

Guest post courtesy of The Rogue Brussel Sprout

Looking for a cozy way to use Everipe’s convenient, nutrient-packed smoothie kits during the winter? These muffins are just the thing! They’re nourishing, easily vegan, naturally-sweetened, made with oat flour, and get their flavor from your favorite Everipe smoothie kits. You’ll need two smoothie kits for this recipe, so you can use two of the same or mix-and-match for even more flavor options. Thanks to the shelf-stable nature of the smoothie kits, these muffins are made almost entirely out of the pantry, which means no last-minute runto the store. The batter is made in a blender and comes together in minutes, so these are great to whip up as a nutritious breakfast during the busy holiday season!

 healthy muffin recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe bananas with brown spots
  • 1 c milk of choice, vegan if desired
  • ¼ c drippy, natural almond butter
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • 2 ¼ c rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Everipe smoothie kits of choice, divided
  • Optional: ½ c chocolate chips or chopped nuts
  • Optional: coarse sugar for the muffin tops

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º and line a 12-cup muffin tin with muffin liners, or oil the tin very thoroughly. 
  2. Put the wet ingredients (oats, milk, almond butter, and maple syrup) into a large high-power blender. Adding the wet ingredients first helps to prevent clumping.
  3. Put the dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the contents of ONE Everipe smoothie kit) on top of the wet.
  4. Blend until the oats are completely broken down and you have a thick, rich batter; this should only take a minute in a high-power blender.
  5. Add the contents of the second Everipe smoothie kit, as well as nuts or chocolate chips if using. Pulse the blender once or twice to incorporate the mix-ins, but not more than that so they keep their shape.
  6. Spoon the batter into the 12 muffin cups, dividing it evenly. If desired, sprinkle coarse sugar on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for ~25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Store any leftover muffins in a tightly-sealed container in the fridge.

Enjoy! 

 

For more of Lee's genius recipes, check out her website or follow her kitchen adventures on IG at @theroguebrusselsprout

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Keep Things Interesting in Your Blender With These Easy Smoothie Add-Ins

Kerry Roberts

We believe that when healthy routines are made easy, they're easier to stick with. But sometimes it can be fun to mix it up a bit in the blender (#punintended), and our smoothies make a fantastic base for some experimentation. This week's challenge? Incorporate some easy ingredient additions to our smoothie kits to shake things up a little.  But, of course, there was a catch: every add-in had to bring a nutrient-dense punch to your smoothies while adding a subtle-yet-interesting flavor. Here's what passed the test: 

Everipe Flavor: Cocoa Mojo
Add-Ins: Coconut Milk and Walnuts 

Three words: German Chocolate Cake. Creamy coconut milk adds to the decadent feel of Cocoa Mojo, while the walnuts add another layer of yummy flavor (and heart-healthy omega's) to make you feel like you're indulging in Grandma's signature dessert. 

chocolate superfood shake

Everipe Flavor: Strawberry Bananza
Add-Ins: Tart Cherry Juice and Collagen Peptides

From Team Everipe Member Lindsey: "My husband (somehow) learned his favorite football team uses tart cherry juice and collagen peptides in their smoothies. He had me pick these items up for his own smoothies...because that is what super fans do, right? The combo has become a staple in his post-workout Strawberry Bananza--the tart cherry juice tastes amazing!"  

Everipe Flavor: Tropical Zing
Add-Ins: Romaine Lettuce & Cayenne Pepper 

Spoiler alert: this is not your usual green smoothie. A refreshing and updated take on the classic berries/spinach/almond milk combo, romaine adds a fiber-filled punch of freshness and a hint of earthiness, while the sprinkle of cayenne ups the "kick" that Tropical Zing is known for.  

  • 1 Tropical Zing Smoothie Kit
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (water or coconut water work great too!) 
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 heart of romaine, washed and chopped 
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (to taste)

Everipe Flavor: Unbelievaberry
Add-Ins: Almond Butter and Cinnamon 

If you're looking to up the protein and fats in your smoothie, nut butters are a great choice. Almond butter (raw works best, but any roasted variety will do!) adds substance to the smoothie with a a hint if welcomed nuttiness,
while cinnamon adds a spicy, warm kick. 



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Health Benefits of Beetroot Powder

Kerry Roberts

Functional foods might be a more recent buzz term, but the idea that food can heal is definitely is not new. Hippocrates was spilling the tea back in the 4th century BC--Let food by thy medicine, anyone?

Beetroot powder (also known simply as beet powder) has been used in natural medicine dating back to the Roman times. Scientific and pharmaceutical interest has gained momentum only in the last few decades, but the ancients knew what’s up. Beets are nutrient-dense and, beyond centuries of understanding, have also held their own through our more modern clinical scope.  Here are some of the key health benefits of beetroot powder:

It’s Sustainable, Versatile, and Convenient. 

Beets are a highly renewable resource and an inexpensive source of nutrients. (Not terms you hear often these days in the health food world, so we call this a *major* win). Plus, beets can be cultivated in soils with scarce organic material and little light and water. A vegetable after our #notaplantlady hearts.

If you aren’t looking to grow your own beets--or cook and peel them, for that matter--beetroot powder is a great way to get the nutritional benefits of beets without the extra work (or stained fingers!). Beetroot powder turns beets into a much more versatile product, perfect for baking, sauces, oatmeal, and, you guessed it--smoothies

It’s Good for Cardiovascular and Blood Health. 

Most human studies on beets have been focused on their cardiovascular and performance-enhancing effects, an area in which beet supplementation has been very successful. How do beets do it? Beets are one of only a few plant foods that contain dietary nitrates. Nitrates convert into nitric oxide, a molecule that dilates blood vessels to help increase blood flow, which helps pretty much every function in the body. Even better? Beetroot powder contains more concentrated levels of nitrates than whole beets. 

The nitrates in beets have been shown to have positive effects on: 

  • Heart health 

  • Healthy blood pressure 

  • Healthy circulation of blood and oxygen in the body

  • Increased stamina, endurance, energy, and athletic recovery (thanks to the blood flow support!) 

It’s Anti-Inflammatory.

Remember, inflammation can be your immune system’s normal response to a perceived threat against infection or foreign invaders, which is a good thing. (This would be acute inflammation.) Chronic inflammation is different, and research is showing it is at the root cause of most disease. 

Modern lifestyle (read: ultra-processed food, stress, environmental factors) can be a big source of inflammation, but we can fight back in many ways, including our diet. Beets contain phytonutrients such as vulgaxanthin, betanin, and isobetanin, all which help the body have a normal inflammatory response. 

It’s an Antioxidant Powerhouse. 

Beets are rich in a group of antioxidants called betalains. And we're here to say betalains *really* have the beauty and the brains: they give beets their gorgeous color and have been linked to reducing oxidative stress. (Here's a primer on oxidative stress. It's ok, we had to read it, too.) They also aid in the body’s natural detoxification process, making beets a favorite among livers and kidneys everywhere. 

It’s Rich in Vitamins Minerals.

Beets are incredibly nutrient-dense, especially when it comes to vitamins and minerals.  Some like to call ‘em nature’s multivitamin. Beets are good sources of folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. 

You can find beetroot powder in our Unbelievaberry smoothie kits. We snuck just the right touch of beetroot powder in this triple berry blend to add a nutrient boost and gorgeous ruby color, but not enough that your picky eaters will detect it. Happy sipping! 

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Superfood Cocktails? Yes, They Are a Thing Now.

Kerry Roberts

Move over kombucha, there’s a new health-food-made-boozy in town: superfood smoothies. 

The end of summer has arrived (sniff) but that doesn't mean we need to pack in the fun. What better way to close out the dog days of summer and welcome oh-so-industrious Fall than a cocktail with health benefits

We’ve teamed up with lifestyle expert and cocktail connoisseur Colleen Mullaney, author of Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen, to create a trio of happy hour worthy cocktails with our superfood kits.  Warning: summer fun ahead! 

Blissful Berry Margarita

Serves 2

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

In a shallow dish, pour the contents of the superfood packet. Moisten the rims of the glasses by running a lime wedge around the rim. Dip moistened rims into the superfoods and coat evenly. Pour into glasses and serve.

Tip:Try adding 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries for extra zip!

Not Your Mama's Mud Slide

Serves 2

  • 1 packet Cocoa Mojo Superfood Smoothie Kit
  • 1 packet superfood packet, leave some for garnish
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. Bailey’s
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • 2 small scoops chocolate gelato
  • 2 cups ice

In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle cocoa superfood packet for garnish, serve.

Tip: for a lighter version, substitute 1 frozen banana for gelato.

Perfect Piña Colada

Serves 4

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, add whipped topping and sprinkle with superfood packet. Serve.

Tip: For added crunch, mix superfood packet into whipped topping before adding to Pina Colada.

As always, happy blending! 

About the Cocktail Creator
Colleen Mullaney is the author of 11 books, including It’s Five o’Clock Somewhere and Sparkle & Splash. A regular contributor to Huffington Post, she has appeared on HGTV’s Insider’s Garden; in the pages of ABCNews.com, InStyle, MSNBC.com, New York Daily News, and Woman’s Day; and as a guest on Martha Stewart Radio. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Family Circle Homecrafts, FTD in Bloom, Jo-Ann, and At Home with Chris Madden magazines, she lives in Larchmont, NY.

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How Do You Everipe?

Kerry Roberts

Spoiler alert: we don't always play by the rules. As much as we love that our smoothie kits blend easily with just ice + water, sometimes it IS fun to get creative.  And creative is exactly what our community has been lately! For your blending pleasure, here is a roundup of creative ways Everipers have been personalizing their smoothies. Warning: tummy grumbles ahead!

Catrina: Recipe Creator and Blogger at 'Planted Families'

 Catrina is one of our favorite follows on the 'gram. She fills our feed with delicious-looking plant-based meals that are fun and kid-approved. Did we mention her yummy food is all dairy free?! 

"I think it's obvious, I love making nice cream! I freeze three bananas and then blend with one Strawberry Bananza Everipe Smoothie Kit and a splash of coconut milk in my Vitamix. Perfect texture every time!"

Follow Catrina on Instagram and explore more of her recipes at plantedfamilies.com. 

Youmie Jean Francois: Founder, 'Fley-N-Fly' 

Youmie is an entrepreneur, yogi, artist and world traveler. Flex-n-Fly is her wellness company that provides stretching/relaxation classes to travelers before they board flights. AND she creates the most gorgeous yoga mats! As a fellow female entrepreneur, Yumi has been a huge inspiration and support for Everipe throughout our journey, including in how she brings are smoothie kits to life: 

Youmie’s Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 Unbelievaberry Smoothie Kit
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • Pinch of Burdock Root powder 
  • Pinch of Horsetail powder 
  • Top with almonds, shredded coconut, and nut butter
  • Enjoy with a smile :) 

 

Follow Youmie on Instagram and shop on flexnfly.com


Lee: Recipe Creator and Blogger at 'The Rogue Brussel Sprout' 

Lee *is* a rogue in the kitchen, so we knew she would be someone to really mix it up with our smoothie kits! 

“When I make my Everipe smoothies, I like to use a frozen banana and some unsweetened soy milk for ultimate creaminess. I love using Everipe smoothie kits to create bowls dressed up with all sorts of fun toppings!"


Follow Lee on Instagram and check out more of her recipes at theroguebrusselsprout.com.  

Gelsey: Founder, 'Planting Wellness with Gels' 

Gelsey brings the positive vibes to holistic living. She’ll be your new go-to on plant-based recipes and how to focus on self care. Oh, and how to make an epic superfood popsicle!

Gelsey’s Positive Popsicles 

  • 1 Strawberry Bananza smoothie kit
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/1.5 C  milk (go by your preferred texture) 
  • 1-2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
  • Blend and add to popsicle molds and freeze. (This recipe made 8 popsicles.)

Follow Gelsey on Instagram and check out her websites at plantingwellnesswithgels.com



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