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Superfood Madness!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's that time of year, and like many people lately, we've been bitten by the March Madness bug!  We love the excitement of the head-to-head match ups deciding once and for all how our favorite teams stack up against each other.  So we thought, why not do the same thing but with superfoods?  We've put together a "Sweet 16" of some of the heaviest hitters in the superfoods realm, and we need your help to decide a victor for each match up!  

We'll use Facebook posts for each round, and you can vote for your favorite of the two superfoods.  After each match, we'll post an updated bracket so you can track the progress of your favorites, and in the end, we'll find out which superfood reigns supreme. The round one bracket is below...  Let the games begin!

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Expo West 2014 Recap

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This year’s Natural Products Expo West was fantastic, and wanted to recap all the great experiences we had.  After debuting our newest flavors of kale chips at last year’s Expo West, we wanted to shine a spotlight on our new Superfood Chips this year. 

We snagged a prime location on the floor and gave out samples by the thousands.  From all accounts, people absolutely loved our chips!  We had a new booth this year with a showcase featuring our Superfood Chips, and we were very pleased with the delivery.  Check it out!

 

We also had a great time rubbing elbows with other hometown brands at the Austin Brands Happy Hour.  16 or more local Austin brands showed up, and we made the most of it!

Most of all, we were absolutely flattered by the interest that was taken in our chips by many of the press outlets in attendance.  One that has already published about us, as well as a few others who impressed them, is Fitsugar.  Check out this great write up that we got on their site:

“We've tasted our share of healthy chips, but when an unexpected — and nutritious! — ingredient gets thrown in the mix, we get really excited. The next time you're craving something salty and crunchy, you'll definitely want one of these protein-, fiber-, and potassium-rich chips that were being touted at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA. The star ingredient? Quinoa — it doesn't get much healthier than that!”

“Supergrains like quinoa, amaranth, and oat bran come together to create Rhythm Superfood Chips. Higher in protein and fiber than a traditional chip, these chips are also baked, not fried. While I was partial to the jalapeño lime, the nacho flavor would be the pick for anyone who fancies a bag of Doritos.”

Thanks Fitsugar!  Click here to see the original article.

We had so much fun at Expo West this year, and we absolutely cannot wait to go back!  Many thanks to all the people involved who helped make this event happen.  We are so happy to be a part of such a great community!

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Rhythm SXSW Recap!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week in Austin was the 2014 installation of the South by Southwest Festival, and we were part of some great events this year!  We gave out tons of samples and got to be a part of a few really cool music showcases.  Here’s a quick recap of all the fun stuff we did around town during the festival.

Between March 7th and 16th, we made the rounds in our Kale Kar to all the local Whole Foods Markets in Austin doing product demos and giving samples to the droves of hungry out-of-towners in for SXSW.  We had demos everyday during the festival, and were always a welcome addition to the Austin experience! 

We also did a lot of activities more directly associated with the festival.  During the interactive portion of SXSW, we gave away our Superfood Chips as part of a “swag bag” given out at the Mass Relevance Social Suite.  We also contributed to the swag table at the TECHmunch Food Blogger/Media Conference at Whole Foods.

When the music started flowing into the city, we took part in the Tune Up & Sound Off SX2014 Showcases.  You could find our chips in the artist lounge as well as the fan sampling we did at the showcases at Red Eyed Fly, Austin Ale House, and Old School.

Early in the week, we were part of the South by Penn Field event that happened right here in our own back yard, where we gave out product samples and partied with our fellow Penn Field brands and friends.

Finally, one of our favorite events was the Playing In Traffic Day Party at Whole Foods which featured a ton of awesome bands such as Los Lonely Boys, SPEAK, The Dunwells, Sahara Smith, and East Cameron Folkcore. We parked the Kale Kar right on 6th street and gave away samples, and then we got to go on mic and thank everyone for supporting local brands.  The guys from Los Lonely Boys even had some of our Jalapeño Lime Superfood Chips with them on stage! 

We can’t wait for SXSW to come back around!  We had an absolute blast, and we hope everyone else did too.  If you’re in town next year, be sure to check our Facebook feed.  We’ll surely be making even more appearances around town!

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The Best Superfoods to Add to Your Diet Now

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It seems like new buzzwords pop up everyday, especially in the world of health and nutrition. But sometimes it’s hard to separate the fact from the fiction. One thing we can be certain of is this: what we put in our bodies directly affects our overall well-being. Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are known to have many health benefits. Try adding some of these superfoods to your diet and start reaping the benefits!

Tumeric

This spice is found predominantly in Indian foods like curry. It’s believed to help protect against cancer and Alzheimer’s. Not a fan of spicy foods? You can also take your daily dose of tumeric in pill form.

Coconut Oil

We’re always singing the praises of coconut oil. You can use it to cook with, use it in a saute or even add it to baked goods instead of using olive oil. Coconut oil is heart-healthy and can help boost your immune system. Also, it tastes great!

Chia Seeds

Unprocessed, raw seeds and nuts are important to any balanced diet, and chia seeds are some of the best. Add them to salads, yogurt or even to a glass of water. A serving of chia seeds contain more calcium than a glass of milk; 500% more as a matter of fact! They’re also packed with antioxidants and nutrients.

Eggs

High in protein, low in calories, eggs should be a part of your breakfast or snack. Studies have shown that eggs do not negatively affect your cholesterol levels, as previously thought. Also, don’t skip the yolk; that’s where the majority of the nutrients are.

Sweet Potatoes

Bake them, mash them, and make sure sweet potatoes are a part of your life. Substitute organic sweet potatoes for regular potatoes for a nutrient rich meal or snack. Avoid dousing them with butter (try coconut butter instead) and sugar (use agave nectar).

We’re proud to include many of these superfoods in our our Superfood Chips. And since kale itself is a superfood, you can feel confident that our kale chips are not only good for you, they’ll taste great too!

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Follow that Kale Kar!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We have a new addition to the Rhythm Superfoods family, and we’re super excited about it!  We frequently do product demos around Austin and the surrounding region led by our amazing field team.  You’ll often find them in the local Austin Whole Foods Markets slinging samples of our Kale Chips and our new Superfood Chips, but unless you happened to already be in the store, you would have to have seen the demo announcement on our Facebook or Twitter feeds to know they were there.

Enter the Kale Kar (A.K.A. The Greatest Vegetable-Themed Vehicle in History)!

Now that we’re cruising the streets in this bad boy, you’ll know we’re out and ready to give you some awesome samples.  See the Kale Kar parked at a store?  Come on in and get a sample!  See us cruising?  Follow that Kale Kar!  Delicious and healthy chips are sure to be inside!  We look forward to seeing you all when we’re out and about!

#KaleKar

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Shout-out from The Statesman!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We are always happy to get mentions in the press, but when we got our latest shout-out, we were downright proud!  This latest press mention comes from none other than our local newspaper here in Austin: The Austin- American Statesman. 

It is always great to know that the people in your own backyard are paying attention, and the folks at The Statesman were on the ball, as always, reporting about our latest addition to the product line.  Here’s the mention from back on February 19th when this ran as part of the article: "Food Matters: Celebrating Mardi Gras with Louisiana magazine, gumbo; new chips from Rhythm Superfoods"

"New superfood chips from Austin’s Rhythm Superfoods

The Austin-based Rhythm Superfoods was the first company to sell kale chips commercially, and this month, the company is releasing a new line of baked chips made from other nutrient-dense foods, including quinoa, amaranth, oat bran, purple corn, pea protein, sweet potato, carrot and broccoli. The ingredients used in the chips are non-GMO and do not contain gluten or dairy, and the chips ($3.49 for 5.5 ounces) are available at H-E-B, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods Market and Sprouts. More information at rhythmsuperfoods.com."

Thank you Statesman!  We’re always grateful to be noticed, but especially when it’s someone as important to our fair city as you are!  

To see the original online version of this article posted to the Statesman website, click here.

To learn more about our products, check out the products page on our website by clicking here.

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5 Tips for Eating Right

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

We post a lot of pictures on our Facebook page that say more or less the same thing; skip the ‘diet’ and just eat right.  But sometimes it can be hard to know what that means.  With all of the marketing for fad diets out there passing itself off as real nutritional advice, how can a normal person find their way through the proverbial nutrition jungle?  Once you start digging, it’s easier than it seems.  Here are 5 tips to get you started eating right.

1. We Are All Different

The first thing to keep in mind is the no two people are the same, so it follows that no two people’s dietary needs will be the same.  The differences that alter food needs from one body to the next can be lifestyle, metabolic, or even genetic.  With that being said, a good place to start is with websites like MyPlate.gov, that give a broad concept of what eating right looks like.  They have tips that are simple to follow on a day-to-day basis, like making sure your plate is half vegetables.  From this starting point, you can begin customizing your diet to what works for you.

2. Change It Up

They say that variety is the spice of life, and this holds true in the nutrition world.  There is no single food that you can eat all the time that will give you exactly what you need, but by eating a variety of healthy foods from different sources, you can get all of the nutrients you need without the monotony of a lot of fad diets.  Try making sure that you meals are colorful.  Different colors in fruits and vegetables mean that they contain different nutrients. 

3. There Are No Shortcuts

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  One of the main selling points of any fad diet is that it will somehow produce results that sound way too good to be true.  Intuitively, we know that this can’t be, but sometimes we try it anyway, ‘just to see.’  The truth is that there is no shortcut to healthy living.  It’s about making daily healthy choices and forming healthy habits.

4. Make Your Own Food

Eating at home is another simple way to get you nutrition on track.  When you eat out, you are no longer in control of what is going into your food.  In many cases, if you actually knew all of the ingredients that went into a dish at a restaurant, you probably wouldn’t order it.  Just limiting the number of times you eat out instead of making food for yourself will go a long way to a healthier diet.  Taking you lunch to work or school is a good place to start.

5. Keep It Simple

Finally, make sure that you are eating simple, unprocessed foods.  The fewer ingredients there are in a product, the better.  If you don’t recognize an ingredient, you might want to think twice about putting it in your body. 

This is just a starting point for a healthy diet.  There are countless ways to improve your personal diet through nutrition.  The most important thing is to keep it simple and form healthy habits.  Over time, your healthy diet will become second nature.

For more information on healthy living, check out the rest of our blog here.

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Rhythm Superfood Chips Get Examined

Friday, February 21, 2014

We got an awesome review of our Superfood Chips from examiner.com this week!  Author Thei Zervaki details her experience and we are so excited for what she has to say.  Check out her commentary on our chips as published in the Food & Recipes section of the Examiner site.

“I always want to give a try to a new brand of chips. When I first tasted the Rhythm Superfood Chips at the recent Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, I loved their crispy texture and their interesting, grown-up flavor. Known as super veggie chips, are made from different type of grains, seeds and vegetables including quinoa, amaranth, sesame seeds, flaxeed, yellow and white corn and pea protein.

The Rhythm Superfood Chips are available in four distinctive flavors: Sea Salt, Nacho, Barbeque and Jalapeno. They all taste amazing but my favorite is the Barbeque. Here is what I discovered:

The Barbeque Rhythm Superfood Chips have 110 calories per 28 grams of serving with only 40 calories of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 12 grams of whole grains. Carbs reach 14 grams per serving and sugars only 1 gram.

The product is free from gluten, GMOs, trans fats, cholesterol, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives and is also kosher certified.

The Barbeque Rhythm Superfood Chips are ideal for a healthy and delicious evening snack that is low in calories and will pair nicely with your glass of Chardonnay or even with a bottle of beer. I would even serve them with my favorite guacamole or salsa dip.”

Thanks, Thei and examiner.com!  We are always appreciative when people take the time to spread the word about our chips, and we can only hope that everyone finds them as delicious as you did!

To see the article originally posted to examiner.com, click here.

For more information about our Superfood Chips, visit our products page here.

Or, for posts about healthy living and nutrition, check out our other blog posts here. 

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10 Reasons to Fall In Love with Coconut Oil

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Coconut oil gets a lot of hype in the nutrition world, and for good reason.  It has lauric acid, which can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, helping to stave off infection, and it can improve blood cholesterol levels and can lower your risk of heart disease.  However, there is an entirely different aspect to the health benefits of coconut oil, and that’s in your everyday routines, especially in skin care.  Here are 10 great uses for coconut oil that don't involve eating it!

1. The Ultimate Hair Product

Use it as a sort of leave in conditioner to tame your hair and encourage your natural curls or waves without greasiness. You can even use it for an overnight deep-conditioning treatment.

2.  Toothpaste

Mix coconut oil with baking soda and use it as a natural whitening toothpaste that only has two ingredients!

3.  Moisturizer

Apply directly to your skin for an awesome natural moisturizer.  It can feel a little greasy at first, but it absorbs quickly and you are left with beautiful soft skin.

4.  Facial Cleanser

Coconut oil can be used as a facial cleanser or for makeup removal by simply rubbing melted oil on your face and then wiping it away with a hot washcloth.

5.  Shaving Lotion

Use coconut as you would any shaving lotion for a natural alternative.  It works even better than many commercial products, and leaves your skin feeling healthy and smooth.

6.  Oil Pulling

Put two teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth and let it melt.  Then swish it around for up to 15 minutes to ‘pull’ bacteria out of your mouth.  Spit and rinse your mouth out with water.

7. Massage Oil

There’s no use in buying expensive massage oil when coconut oil is just as good or even better. Let it soften between your hands and then use like normal.

8.  Whipped Lotion

Whip one cup of coconut oil with one cup of shea butter in a stand mixer until soft and fluffy. Add essential oil, if desired and then scoop into a container. The oil will not harden and makes a great portable skin lotion.

9. Spot and Stain Remover 

Rub a piece of coconut oil into a spot on upholstery or a carpet, and it will loosen the stain or item. You can mix with baking soda to make an effective stain remover.

10. Household Uses

Season cast iron pans, polish patent leather, remove chewing gum, and clean shower scum with coconut oil on a rag.


What’s your favorite alternative use for coconut oil?

To learn more about healthy living check out the rest of our blog here.

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Superfood Chips in the News

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Two awesome publications noticed us this week. Our Superfood Chips were the topic of choice for a couple of really cool articles and we just wanted to share what they had to say about us! Here is a quick recap of the press mentions this week.

DOWNTOWN Magazine NYC published an article on their website entitled “Subbing In Some Healthy Snacks.” In it, Health and Fitness Editor Kirk Myers leads off the article saying:

“Eating well doesn’t have to be a struggle because there are so many healthy options available. We are powerful because we have choices. Here are a series of nutritious food options that offer a better alternative to the nasty stuff you may be craving.”

He then lists three great alternatives to the usual unhealthy snack. Our Superfood Chips were listed as a healthy alternative to French fries. Myers writes:

"French Fries are loaded with fats and oils, meaning that whatever nutrition is in the potato is saturated and burned out of it…leaving you with nothing to gain…except weight. Try Rhythm Superfood Chips. This is the newest line of healthy chips made with non-GMO, gluten-free, and all-natural ingredients. With 50-percent less fat than the leading potato and tortilla chips brands, Rhythm Superfood Chips are the perfect snack and is available in four delicious flavors including Barbeque, Nacho, Sea Salt, and Jalapeno Lime."

Thanks DOWNTOWN Magazine!

To see the original article posting on their website, click here.


We also got a great shout-out from Blisstree blogger Joanna Rafael in her article “All The Essential Snacks You Need To Keep In Your Desk Drawer.” She lists a few of her favorite snacks to keep around the office, and once again, our Superfood Chips made the cut! She starts off the article explaining:

"Even though your work desk is definitely not the ideal place to eat, it’s usually pretty hard to avoid. Sometimes you have to slam lunch in your face really fast while working, sometimes you just need a quick pick me up and have no time to wander away from your computer. When it comes to the latter, a flawlessly stocked snack drawer is critical. If you have the right snacks on hand, you’ll be able to satisfy snack hankerings without succumbing to unhealthy temptations from candy bowls or vending machines wares."

She then goes on to describe what the best snacks are for your ‘snack drawer.’ Our Superfood Chips were listed in the first category of snacks; something salty. Here’s what she had to say:

"A handful of popcorn can work wonders when you’re feeling sleepy on the job. I recently got these Rhythm Superfood Chips and a single bag in has been sustaining my salt-cravings for weeks (I suggest getting Nacho flavor and keeping some salsa in a nearby fridge). I shove a few in my mouth, enjoy the delicious flavor and savory crunch and then move on.  Pro tip: Use office supplies like paperclips or tape to close bags and save them for later, portion control is the key for healthy desk snack attacks."

Thank you Blisstree! We hope you’ll be stashing us around the office for years to come!

To see the original article on the Blisstree website, click here.

For more information about our healthy snacks, check out our products page by clicking here.

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