The New Food Pyramid On Our Plates & Snacking Healthier
November 11, 2015

Contributing Writer & Rhythm Superfoods Fan: Mark Kirkpatrick

For many years we’ve been told to reduce the intake of fat in our diet, but there’s plenty of healthy fats out there that we may be overlooking. As a matter of fact, according to the American Heart Association, in their “Get Healthy” section, they remind us that:

“Eating foods with fat is definitely part of a healthy diet. Just remember to choose foods that provide good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) and balance the amount of calories you eat from all foods with the amount of calories you burn. Aim to eat a dietary pattern that emphasizes intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; includes low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils and nuts; and limits intake of sodium, sweets, sugar sweetened beverages and red meats.”

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Another thing we’ve had drilled into our heads over the years is using the food pyramid, but there’s a newer guide for getting a balanced diet through the “My Plate” method. The old pyramid method shows what we should be eating on a daily level, while the newer plate version gives a simpler view of what we should actually be putting onto our plates.

Another key difference is the increase of fruits and vegetables on our “plates,” the decrease of grains and most versions will recommend the consumption of more water. This follows along with the newer superfoods craze that has been sweeping the nation.

More Superfoods

By definition, superfoods are those which are packed with vitamins, nutrients and other important ingredients that are beneficial to our overall health and well being. Usually people first think of greens, fruits and vegetables, but they also include:

  • Beans and legumes
  • Berries, especially blueberries
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Sweet Potatoes

Snacking Society

We’ve become a nation of snackers and it’s actually healthier to eat smaller amounts of food more often throughout the day rather consuming two or three large meals. But it can be very challenging to snack healthier since we’ve become more accustomed to eating things like chips and other unhealthy go-to foods. The key here is choice, instead of grabbing a candy bar, opt for a handful of nuts. Rather that buying a bag of greasy potato chips, try some healthier alternatives like Rhythm Superfoods kale chips or broccoli bites that actually come in almost as many flavors as their fattier their less healthy counterparts.

When spring and summer are in the air, there’s dozens of fresh fruits and vegetables available for a quick afternoon pick-me-up. But don’t let the warmer months be the only time you opt for these healthier choices since there’s plenty of year-round favorites to chose from, everything from apples and oranges, to broccoli and snow peas.

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Making Other Choices

Even though fresh is best, there’s still dried, canned, frozen and a plethora of different juices derived from fruits and vegetables.

Be creative with your meals and snacks. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your favorite foods. Cut down on unhealthy choices and simply make better meals and snacks. Your body and mind will thank you in the long run.

Other Reference Sources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=56254

https://www.termlifeinsurance.com/10-healthy-fats-you-should-definitely-include-in-your-diet/

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-spring

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/#Building-MyPyramid-and-MyPlate

Contributing Writer & Rhythm Superfoods Fan: Mark Kirkpatrick

Calling All Rhythm Superfoodies!
October 28, 2015

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Do you have what it takes to become a Rhythm Superfoodie?

At Rhythm Superfoods, we believe a positive mind, eating right, and staying active are the keys to health and happiness. Superfoods are our passion, and all-good snacking is our mission. We aren’t the only ones with a passion for superfood snacking. Over the years, our fans like you have become enthusiastic about sharing our products and spreading the knowledge of “better for you” snacking to their friends and family.

Rhythm Superfoodies actively promote Rhythm Superfoods to their social networks by introducing friends and family to new products, sharing key ingredient and nutritional information and inspiring others through personal testimony. You might be an ideal Rhythm Supefoodie if:

– You believe that superfood snacking is part of a healthy lifestyle and not just eating a tasty snack.

– You can’t make it through the day without sharing photos of the food you ate or the workout you just completed.

– You have a passion for eating right, staying active, and giving back to your community.
– If you love live music, that’s a plus too! We’re huge music fans at Rhythm.

 Requirements: 

Minimum of 1 social media post  per week across channels you are active on (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) using Rhythm hashtags including #rhythmsuperfoods #kalechips #gotrhythm, #rhythmsuperfoodie and more.

What’s in it for you!

Rhythm Superfoodies receive Rhythm swag, first access to new products, free snacks and coupons (quarterly) in exchange for promotion of our products and brand mission through social action.

To be considered for the Rhythm Superfoodies program, please complete the following brief application and email it to Janice Greenwald (jgreenwald@rhythmsuperfoods.com).

Rhythm Superfoodies Application

Finally, we also have room in our Brand Ambassador Field Marketing program.  If you’re interested in demoing our product in grocery stores and events, we’d love to chat with you! Please email Sarah Alexander (salexander@rhythmsuperfoods.com) with your resume and where and why you want to demo for us.
Finding Our Rhythm During Austin’s Hot Summer
September 11, 2015

Rhythm Superfoods kept busy this summer in Austin, Texas with a variety of events including yoga (LOTS of yoga), Bike Austin, music events, volunteering at a local food bank, and good ol’ back to school fairs.

Yoga On the Roof, Summer at the Springs, Bike Austin

If you live in Austin there’s a pretty good chance you participated in at least one of the healthy lifestyle events we attended under the hot Texas sun. Austin is known for being a fit community and what better way to make hungry post-workout consumers happy than to feed them kale chips. This summer we participated in Yoga On the Roof at Whole Foods Lamar throughout July, Summer at the Springs – a free yoga event by Wanderlust Yoga at Barton Springs on Monday nights, and Bike Austin’s Hottest Day of the Year Ride. We could win awards for the tan lines we’ve acquired along the way…

 

Welcome Campers Wild Honey Pie Austin Premiere Party

As one of the sponsors for The Wild Honey Pie Welcome Campers Music Series Season 3, we attended the Austin Premiere Party at The Parish in July. The night was full of music, fun people, and last but not least Rhythm Superfoods’ Kale Chips! Check out the music series here: http://www.thewildhoneypie.com.

 

Volunteering

Twice this summer Rhythm Superfoods employees volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry. Lending a helping hand however we can is something we pride ourselves in. Want to get involved? Numerous volunteer opportunities await you: https://www.austinfoodbank.org.

 

Back to School

‘Tis that inevitable time of year. School is in session (or soon to be at least). Hopefully you had the chance to sample Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips and Broccoli Bites at one of the many Whole Foods Back to School Vendor Fairs in August. We even attended Texas A&M’s Back to School Vendor Daze during the week students were moving in because our Kale Chips are now available at the campus stores!

 

We’re sad to see summer go, but excited for fall and winter events we have lined up. Be on the lookout for Rhythm Superfoods Field Marketing Team demoing in stores and at special events!

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the most up to date news!

For inquiries, please contact us at admin@rhythmsuperfoods.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!
May 10, 2015

Moms are super, and superfoods help moms to do super things! Happy Mother’s Day to all the kale-crunching moms out there!

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Interview with Rhythm CEO Scott Jensen
May 7, 2015

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Rhythm CEO and Incubation Station/SKU board member Scott Jensen talks about kale, BBQ, and supporting the Austin community.

Rhythm strives to be a transparent company, to the point of having an actual window to the product on every bag of Kale Chips. How does that concept carry through from production to the marketplace?

We’re getting fresh kale from a farm, mixing it with all kinds of wonderful ingredients, dehydrating it, putting it into a bag, sending it to a store, and then standing in the store with a table and offering people samples to try what we’ve just made. It doesn’t get any more transparent than that.

How does thriving in the city of Austin affect what you do?

A big part of my early career in Austin was an iconic BBQ brand (Stubb’s) and an iconic live music venue/restaurant (Stubbs BBQ) which is where I started. It’s on the stage. There’s no hiding from it. You can’t hide what you’re doing with BBQ, you can’t hide what you’re doing with live music. You’re open to critique on a daily basis, because the public decides whether they like your product or not.

How does that window relate to what I do? Both of these things are incredibly open to view, for people to see everything we’re doing. We’re right out there: standing with people, hearing that they don’t like this flavor, or that they love that one, or this one has too many crumbs. Or, of course, “why don’t you make another flavor that’s a little like this?”

How do the ethos of transparency and the relationship to Austin carry over into Incubation Station/SKU?

We open up Incubation Station to all people, and 75% of those people are from the Austin area. We have public happy hours for any startup companies that want to come and rub elbows with angel investors and mentors. So, coming from the Rhythm area, where everything is out in the open and there to be seen – we’re still doing it the same way.

When I think about the integration of what I do for a living as the leader of Rhythm, as well as a leader of the Incubation Station/SKU…these are two very publically-faced companies. We are out in stores meeting with hundreds of consumers every week. If you’re working at a public utility, generating electricity, the only interaction you have with your customers is the bill that comes to the house. You could be in some huge office building where no one has to sit there and take the beating of answering to bad service. But, we are. We are selling directly, indirectly, and standing in front of people in the supermarkets in the town we live.

“A kale as old as time”
April 6, 2015

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From the Farmacy: Rhythm Rx
March 2, 2015

Whoever came up with “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” wasn’t really that far off. Fruits and veggies are densely packed with nutrients your body needs to grow strong and healthy. Superfoods especially are nutrient powerhouses that cover all the bases, from the brain in your head to the bones in your toes. You might as well replace your medicine cabinet with a larger pantry and call it a day. Here at Rhythm Superfoods, we work for the Farmacy… and just your luck – the doctor is in.

Keep scrolling to learn about the many health benefits of kale.

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The Heart <3's Kale: Heart-healthy Benefits of Kale
February 19, 2015

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We all love kale, but did you know your heart loves kale back? Our beloved superfood has many heart-healthy benefits to consider when thinking about your heart and circulatory system. Some of the vitamins and nutrients in kale have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, in addition to keeping your veins clear, your blood pressure low, and your heart pumping properly.

So go on – don’t be afraid to show kale some love!

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Keith’s Baked Kale Chips
December 3, 2014

Ingredients:
2 bunches of green curly kale (washed, stems removed, torn into small pieces and dried)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp course ground sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Place the kale in a large salad bowl.
3. Pour the olive oil and sea salt over the kale, and toss thoroughly.
4. Spread the kale on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20-30 minutes, re-tossing kale every 10 minutes.
7. Remove when kale is crispy and just starting to brown on its edges.
8. Serve hot!

Keith’s Baked Siracha Kale Chips
November 24, 2014

Ingredients:
2 bunches of green curly kale (washed, stems removed, torn into small pieces)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp siracha chili sauce
1/4 tsp course ground sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a bowl, stir together the olive oil, siracha sauce and sea salt.
3. Place the kale in a large salad bowl.
4. Pour the sauce mixture over the kale, and toss thoroughly.
5. Spread the sauced kale on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, re-tossing kale every 8-10 minutes.
7. Remove when kale is crispy and starting to brown on its edges.
8. Serve hot!