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Rhythm Superfoods Team Mini Retreat

On July 24th the Rhythm Superfoods team stepped away from our desks to enjoy some of our favorite parts of Austin and beyond. Our mini retreat was filled with great food, team bonding and learning more about some of our favorite superfoods!

 

We started the morning off at the Rhythm office enjoying breakfast tacos from Torchy’s Tacos before driving to our first stop, Boggy Creek Farm. Located in East Austin, Boggy Creek Farm is one of the country’s first urban farms and home to one of the oldest existing homes in Austin. Fun fact, Austin use to be the spinach capital of the U.S.! Our friends at Boggy Creek Farm generously gave us some okra and cucumbers to enjoy in the office. We also learned that many Austin restaurants source their produce from Boggy Creek Farm. It’s great to be reminded that the community of Austin shares our passion for fruits and vegetables and a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

 

 

After our morning stop at the farm, we headed to CB’s Lounge at Stubb’s to dive deeper into what it means to be a part of the Rhythm Superfoods team. The team tasted some exciting new snacks while thinking about how we can better ourselves individually (challenging each other to improve our gardening skills with a gardening challenge) and as a team. Of course, our next activity also involved food because our team loves to eat. We watched (and later tasted) a fun and informative cooking demo from The Naked Bite, an organization focused on teaching and catering “plant forward” meals. Chef Amber taught us how to make raw cacao nut truffles and spicy tropical cauliflower ceviche with coconut milk and peanuts – both delicious vegan items!

 

Next we hopped on a duck boat for a tour of the city by land and water as we learned about the history of downtown Austin on our way to the water. The heat didn’t stop us from seeing some of Austin’s greatest sights including the Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion and the beautiful Lake Austin.

 

Back on land, we headed out of Austin to Dripping Springs Hill Country Casitas. We continued our theme of learning about growing produce with a trip to Hawk’s Shadow Winery. Our curious team had lots of questions on the process of making wine. We enjoyed great views of the Texas Hill Country with our wine tasting and appetizers from Gourmet Gals. I especially enjoyed the beet & hummus bruschetta featuring our Naked Beet Chips! The team enjoyed a delicious dinner and catching up with old (and new) team members.

 

 

The next morning over breakfast we brainstormed innovative superfood snack products and flavors and ways to make our current products even better. We are so grateful that our team shares a passion for eating right with snacks that are both flavorful and nutrient dense. We are already looking forward to learning more about growing produce and enjoying great food and company at our next retreat!

 

Written by: Katie M., Marketing Coordinator @ Rhythm Superfoods

My Health Journey – by CEO Scott Jensen

 

I’m Eating A Lot of Carrots Now. Here’s Why!

As our awesome team of marketing and sales leaders get ready to hit the Natural Products Expo West show, all we can think about are carrots, carrots, carrots. We launch our NEW delicious, crunchy Carrot Sticks to the retail world this week at Expo West, so we’re all real pumped to show them off.

 

Get ready, world. You’re about to fall in love with a new plant-based superfood snack. Our Naked Carrot Sticks have 0 g of fat, 11 g of dietary fiber, 3 g of protein, 20% of your daily value of potassium, 15% of your DV of vitamin A…and they’re delicious!

 

 

My excitement for the new Carrot Sticks had another effect on me several weeks ago. They’re really good, and I was munching on a bag of our first production batch when it dawned on me that I wasn’t eating enough fruits and veggies. When we first started Rhythm, I had just gone through a product development exercise with Rip Esselstyn from the Engine 2 Diet, one of the foremost leaders in the plant-based diet movement. I had committed to a strict low-fat vegan diet for 60 days and had a full-blown blood analysis done the day before starting, and again at 30-days and 60-days after to see what effect this change in diet would have on my health. My eating habits prior to this leaned much further in the BBQ direction.

 

At the 60-day mark, my weight was down just over 10 lbs. and my cholesterol markers came down significantly. Before I started the diet, my cholesterol (LDL and Triglycerides) levels were in the range of having my doctor look at me and say that she would normally have that talk at this point about Statin drugs from here on out. I really didn’t want to take a pill every day, so I told her what I was doing with the Engine 2 Diet, and she agreed to wait and see how I did. With so many things that are unhealthy for us, the biggest hurdle we humans face is the ability to change our habits…especially eating habits. Our unhealthy habits are the source of much of what we have going wrong with our health: smoking, drinking, poor nutrition decisions; all difficult things to change if they’ve become a habit. Habits are habitual, of course. With this hard fact facing all doctors, it seems most have determined that the pharmacological solution (prescribing a pill or patch) is the most effective way to deliver a physiological change to someone rather than relying on personal effort to break these bad habits.

 

I chose to break the habit and was successful with the strict vegan diet for the full 60 days. After that, I didn’t revert back to my previous ways, but I did start to eat meat, eggs, cheese and other non-vegan foods in more moderation than I did previously. Thinking I had been successful and congratulating myself for it, I went on with my life. Fast forward 8 years later into 2018 and I became much more aware that I had gained back the weight I had lost and had to confront the fact that I was not eating as healthy as I had committed to years ago. The old habits came back, and now I had to own it.

 

So, in February I went in for a physical, which I hadn’t done in a few years. I told my doctor how I was feeling and had the full-blown blood work done again as part of the physical. Two weeks later I returned to review the lab results. I was back up to high levels with the LDL and Triglyceride numbers and added an elevated glucose level to the mix. I knew this would be the result of me slipping into those bad habits and it was.

 

I don’t ever want to take a daily regimen of pills. I’ve re-committed to healthier choices in diet and exercise, and I’m going to break the bad habits and do my best to stay on the “healthier-choice train.”  I like to go all in when I start. It’s the way I get myself committed. So as of March 1st, I’m back on Rip’s Engine 2 Diet. So far so good!

 

With my travel bags filled with healthy snacking alternatives from Rhythm and other great companies, I’m ready for one of the biggest food shows we do every year: Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA. It starts today and we’re debuting our awesome Carrot Sticks! If you see me out and about, don’t let me slip, show me some encouragement, and I’ll report back with my results in May after I do the 60-day blood work and weight check.

 

My commitment is as follows:

  • 60-day Engine 2 kickoff
  • Exercise 2-3 days per week
  • After 60-day Engine 2 period, eat a lot more plants and less animal products
  • Weigh myself weekly so I must face the weight truth
  • Blood work every 90 days to face the physiological truth

 

If you are in the food business, come by our booth at Expo West (#5424, Hall E) to try our new Carrot Sticks and feel free to share your own health journey with me. I get encouraged by talking openly about this with people. If you aren’t in the food business, stay tuned for me to report back on my journey with honesty.

 

Eat More Plants!

-SJ

 

Team Rhythm Running to the Anthropos Beat

 

It’s almost here! In just over 1 week Team Rhythm will be running to raise funds for one of our favorite local non-profits, Anthropos Arts, at the Austin Marathon on Feb. 18, 2018. Five Rhythm Superfoods employees (Allison, Ashley, Bri, Dan, and Emilea) will be running anywhere from a 5k to a full marathon. We’ll credit Dan with those marathon miles. 😉

 

Over $8,000 has been raised to-date but there is still time to contribute to this amazing non-profit that provides high-quality music education for low-income and at-risk students. DONATEYou can support the runners by donating to their fundraising pages. Simply follow this link here and click on “the team” to contribute towards a specific team member’s page. Every little bit counts!

 

“We’re so happy to have the synergy of health and wellness, and music all come together to show support for these kids’ education. It means more than you know and makes every bit of difference in their lives.” 

– Dylan Jones, Anthropos Arts Executive Director

ABOUT ANTHROPOS ARTS

Through Anthropos Arts, students not only get instruction from the best musicians, they also receive mentorship and the opportunity to perform onstage in Austin’s best venues and events. The non-profit serves over 150 students at 16 middle and high schools and offer music workshops and master classes for many more students each year.

 

The benefits of their programs are profound, affecting many aspects of students’ lives: overall academic success, self-discipline, self-esteem, and a pathway to college. Over the past five years, 100% of our senior students have graduated from high school, and more than 80% enrolled in college on scholarships. For the last four years, 100% of the seniors enrolled in college.

To learn more, please visit www.anthroposarts.org.

 

 

National Superfoods Day 2018

Contributing Writer & National Superfoods Day Partner: Mary Ellen Phipps of Milk & Honey Nutrition, @milknhoneynutrition.

 

 

Hi there! I’m Mary Ellen Phipps, the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) behind Milk & Honey Nutrition. I’m a wife, mom (to two little girls, ages 4 and 2), foodie (but I seriously hate that word, ha), recipe developer, and lover of all foods…except cilantro, just can’t do it…but anyways…

 

I’m so excited that our first annual National Superfoods Day is finally here! This term “superfood” has been thrown around for years, and I don’t think any of us really ever knows what people mean when they use it…

Is it some random ingredient you have to buy in powdered form for $30/bag at Whole Foods?

Or maybe it’s just anything with kale in it?

But what about berries? Everyone says berries are superfoods, right?!

 

You see where I’m going. Up until now, there has been no consensus on what superfoods are and no agreed upon definition. When Rhythm Superfoods reached out and asked if I could help them create a science-based inclusive definition for “superfood” I jumped at the opportunity.

 

I’ve been interested in nutrition since I was very young. Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 5 years old was a game changer. I’ve had to think about every little thing I eat from the very beginning.  While most kids ate whatever they wanted, when they wanted; I was the 7-year-old at the birthday party scraping the icing off my cake because I knew what it would do to my blood sugars (and because my mom made me, ha). See, unlike most kids, I knew that food directly affected how I felt and acted. Combine that with a grandmother who could bake like no other (and passed that skill onto me), and I developed a love for creating delicious, fun, and nourishing recipes.

 

Now, as a busy wife and mom I know the struggles that come with preparing and eating nutritious foods and meals, and just how hard feeding myself, my husband, and two tiny humans can be. Yes, even the dietitian struggles sometimes. And, I love showing people the nourishing potential of everyday foods like kale, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, chia seeds, beans…I could keep going.

 

Superfoods aren’t just random, ancient (and expensive!) foods you read about in an article and have no clue what they are. They’re the fruits and vegetables you buy every day. They’re the nuts that provide loads of protein, antioxidants, and fats. They’re the medjool dates and coconuts loaded with potassium and antioxidants…

 

So get excited because adding superfoods into your diet is probably way easier than you thought it was. Check out www.nationalsuperfoodsday.com to learn more about National Superfoods Day, view our definition of what a superfood is, grab a few recipes, and participate in the celebration!

 

 

 

Here are a few of my favorite “superfood” recipes…

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

Tomato Kale Beet Pizza

Superfood Poke Bowls

Red Pepper, Sausage, Kale Quesadillas

Raspberry Chia Jam

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip High Protein Cookies

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How We Found Our Rhythm This Summer

Whether your summer was filled with adventurous vacations or more relaxing staycations, hopefully it was filled with fun, sun and healthy snacking! We had a blast introducing our snacks from coast to coast and making new friends, whether it was through music, yoga, marathons/triathlons, or healthy living events. We met so many people from different walks of life with a curiosity for kale, and we got a kick out of their candid reactions! And with our new Beet Chips popping up in stores across the country,  now there are even more nutritious and delicious snacks to munch on! (You’re welcome ; )

Here are some of the highlights of Summer 2016.

Yoga

We handed out tons of yummy snacks to hungry yogis, at drop in classes like Summer at the Springs Wanderlust Yoga and larger festivals such as Wanderlust Stratton and Wanderlust Squaw Valley and heard “These things are super addictive” and “My balanced diet includes kale chips”

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Running

From early morning races like Cooking Light and Health Magazine’s Fit Foodie Races in Fairfax & Austin to late evening expos and finish festivals like Transamerica Triathlon Chicago and Esprit de She Chicago, we found runners were ready to try some new snacks! Our new hand fans helped new Rhythm fans (pun intended) cool down after running, and doubled as a coupon for a free bag of any of our snacks! Now that’s what we call a win-win!

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Healthy Living

Besides being nutrient dense and delicious, our products are certified gluten free, non GMO, vegan, and organic. For folks on special diets or simply into healthy snacks, we find across the board that people are pleasantly surprised when they try our snacks for the first time! We had some great conversations at Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expos in Dallas & Worcester and Body Local’s Midsummer Soiree in NYC.

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Music

With a name like Rhythm Superfoods and being based in Austin – the Live Music Capital of the World – we find music events to be an obvious outlet to introduce our snacks to happy concert goers! Here are some of the top music events that we rocked out at: Lockn’ Arrington VA, Lollapalooza Chicago, WFM Whole Planet Summer Music Series, Baltimore Artscape Music and Arts Festival, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn concert series and Westword Music Showcase in Denver

Our friendly street activation team pounded the pavement and passed out thousands of bags of our Kale Chips, Broccoli Bites and a few highly coveted bags of our new Beet Chips in cities such as Denver, New York (Union Square), Chicago (Millennium Art Festival) and San Francisco (Union Street Festival)

Some of our favorite feedback was “I can’t believe this is healthy for me” and “I didn’t know that kale could be so tasty!”

 

So while summer has come and gone, you can be sure that we’ve got more than just kale crumbs up our sleeves this fall… Yes – more events and new products! We hope to see you around, and be sure to look for our Kale Chips, Broccoli Bites, Roasted Kale, and Beet Chips at a store near you, our online store, or Amazon.com!

 

Need a little more of a nudge to give us a try? Get $1.50 off here!

 

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