National Superfoods Day 2018
January 15, 2018

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

Hi there! I’m Mary Ellen, 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

Blueberry Superfood SmoothieTomato Kale Beet Pizza

Prep Yourself for Meal Prep
March 20, 2017

Tips to Keep Meal Prep a Convenient Time-Saver

One of the reasons so many people choose to forego meal prep — in which you make a week’s worth of meals in advance — is that it sounds daunting, even though it makes your daily life much easier. But if you prepare yourself and your kitchen for meal prep, your week of cooking will be a breeze.

Plan Your Weekly Grocery Trip

If you only head to the grocery store when you’re already starving, or with just one meal idea in mind, there’s room for improvement. Before you even get in your car, you should plan out what meals you’ll be eating throughout the week so you can make one stop to get everything you need. And while you’re planning your meals, also keep in mind the ingredients they require: Aim to reuse as much as you can from meal to meal so that fresh herbs don’t go bad and vegetables don’t spoil in the refrigerator.

Have The Accessories At Hand

It would be a shame to go through all the work of preparing your meals in advance, and then realize you don’t have a place to keep them. Do a quick inventory of your similarly sized plastic storage containers to make sure you have enough to get you through the week. If not, add them to that grocery list! It’s key to make this process as convenient for yourself as possible, so think through your routine and focus on the pain points — what can you do to smooth them over? If it’s setting the blender out so you don’t have to wrestle it out of the cupboard every week, do it. If it’s buying a new set of portable dishware that actually seals and conveniently stacks in your refrigerator, go for it.

Set Aside The Time

One of the tallest hurdles to meal preparation is the time investment. It seems daunting to do all of your cooking in one afternoon, but it can be done. It’s much easier to swallow if you set aside the time on a weekly basis — don’t just try to fit it in when you have time. After you build the habit, it’ll be easier to devote the time each week. And besides, you’d be spending the time cooking anyway.

Mise En Place

Put “everything in its place.” Basically, get your ducks in a row — or your chopped vegetables, as the case might be. Before you start all of the cooking, prepare your ingredients: dice your tomatoes, julienne your carrots, mince your onions, and whatever else might trip you up while you’re tending to a pan on the stove. And, if you have all of your pea pods washed and your peppers cleaned, you’ll have easy fodder for your snack bag, making it that much easier to grab a handful of veggies instead of fried potato chips (of course, reaching for some delicious and nutritious beet chips or kale chips are a great and convenient way to get your veggies in too!).

With all of the technicalities tended to, all you have to worry about is throwing your food on the stove, filling your new travel containers, and making your week go that much smoother. Now all you need are a few new recipes — and Rhythm Superfoods has you covered, with healthy, simple dishes.

This article was provided by Sam, a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO apartments.

Beets for Breakfast!
March 6, 2017

Beets for breakfast? Yes, you read that correctly! Our recipe series for National Nutrition Month continues with this easy-to-make breakfast parfait! Crunchy Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips, granola, yogurt and fresh fruit are layered to perfection for a healthy breakfast that can be enjoyed at home or on-the-go!

Beets for Breakfast Parfait

by Gretchen

INGREDIENTS

  • Plain whole milk yogurt
  • Honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon
  • Fresh fruit
  • Your choice of granola
  • Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips, Cinnamon & Coconut Sugar or Naked

DIRECTIONS
Gently apply dollop of plain yogurt to dog snout (it’s very important you don’t skip this step!)

In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the yogurt with honey, vanilla, and cinnamon to taste.  You can omit a step here by using pre-flavored yogurt or just going plain.  The key is to not over-sweeten.

Layer as follows – yogurt, crushed beet chips, yogurt, granola, crushed beet chips, fruit, crushed beet chips, yogurt.

Garnish with granola, fruit, and (uncrushed) beet chips.

 

Thanks again Gretchen for this yummy recipe!

6 Superfoods’ Rise to Culinary Celebrity
November 8, 2016

By Contributing Writer and Rhythm Superfoods Fan Lauren Wolman. You can follow her at PeanutButterIsMyBoyfriend.com and on Instagram @peanutbutterismyboyfriendblog!

 

We know that superfoods are, well, super, because of their next-level nutritional stats. But the protein content of Greek yogurt and the antioxidants in acai alone aren’t enough to catapult these health foods to mainstream fame.

So how exactly did difficult to pronounce foods like quinoa and chia become trendy terms on every restaurant’s menu and everyone’s shopping lists?

Here’s the story of six superfoods’ rise to culinary celebrity!

 

Kale

Kale is kalin’ it. “Kale Salad” is synonymous with healthy, delicious and trendy. But how did kale surpass spinach, chard and other nutritious leafy greens in popularity?

What started as a strange-looking garnish is now widely regarded for its high fiber, magnesium and folate contents.

In 1996, a poem dedicated to kale was published in the LA Times. After that, a slew of media “hits” by kale slowly introduced it to general public. This included a recipe by Martha Stewart, Whole Living dubbing it a “powerfood,” Gwyneth Paltrow making kale chips on Ellen, and in 2012 Bon Appetit named it “the year of kale.”

A fascinating article by Eve Turow of mindbodygreen traces kale’s rise in popularity to Oberon Sinclair – a PR professional who was dedicated to growing the green stuff’s reputation – going as far as creating the fake “American Kale Association.”

The stats are impressive. Kale sales jumped 50 percent in just 4 years! What a world we live in where we can eat kale brownies, kale ice cream and of course, kale chips.

 

Greek Yogurt

Just a few short years ago, Greek yogurt wasn’t exactly a highly-regarded dairy dish. Greek yogurt was seen as the chalky, chunky, thicker cousin of typical yogurt and people weren’t singing its praises.

But things started to change around 2007 when a popular Greek yogurt brand hit grocery store shelves.

It’s thought that Greek yogurt first grew in popularity thanks to upper middle class women who thought that it was “purer” and “simpler” than regular yogurts – plus its exotic connection to Greece was appealing. Greek yogurt, the more expensive type of yogurt, was in some ways seen as a status symbol.

Now, Greek yogurts are the Greek Gods of ‘Gurt – sales have skyrocketed as people point to its higher protein content and more filling nature.
According to The Atlantic, in 2006, Greek yogurt was a $60 million industry in the United States. By 2011, it had become a $1.5 billion business.

 

Quinoa

Maybe you, too, mispronounced quinoa for a good long while before figuring out this protein-packed grains true name.

Quinoa hits a trifecta of health benefits that has helped it become a mainstream whole-grain.

1. Quinoa is gluten free. For a few years now, sales of gluten free foods have been surging due to increased awareness about Celiac’s disease as well as the (widely debated) potential health benefits of a gluten-free diet.
2. Quinoa is a nutritionally dense “superfood.”
3. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids.

Quinoa first started making its way into people’s vocabulary as far back as 1913 when The New York Times named it one of 400 “charming botanical strangers” that would be introduced to the US by the Department of Agriculture.

For a while, it remained hidden on health food store shelves. But in 2008, Oprah Winfrey ate quinoa as part of a 21-day cleanse. Around the same time, more mainstream stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods began to carry quinoa.

As quinoa imports began to rise, the United Nations decreed 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa.”

 

Chia

How did chia go from sprouting in ceramic-character-shaped-containers for children to being a health-food staple?

An interesting case study from American Marketing Association looks at how this super-seed went “from pets to protein powder.”

Marketing played a large role in making the public aware of chia seeds’ many nutritional benefits. They’re full of fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous, manganese and omega-3 fatty acids.

Joseph Enterprises first made chia seeds popular as the hair in head-shaped planters. The Chia Pet launched over 35 years ago but now, Joseph Enterprises also sells raw chia seeds as a health supplement.

A huge boost to the visibility of chia was the publishing of the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall in 2009. The book explains that chia seeds were used by Mayans and Aztecs as a snack that sustains energy.

 

Another huge win for chia was the creation of products that appealed to those consumers who were interested in chia, but didn’t purchase the raw seeds because they weren’t sure how to use them. Pre-packaged chia pudding, bottled chia beverages, chia granolas and more ready-to-eat products make chia easily accessible to the masses.

 

Acai

Acai berries are vibrant little guys hailing from Brazil. The Global Healing Center lists 12 major health benefits of acai berries – among them, heart health, skin health, immune boosting, and improved mental function.

The “acai bowl” trend started in places like Hawaii and California, where acai berries were used as a smoothie-like base and topped with granola, fruit and other toppings to create highly-Instagrammable breakfasts.

But there’s more to the story if you do some digging. How did acai bowls get from Brazil to the US? According to an in-depth article by The New Yorker, it was all thanks to two brothers, Ryan and Jeremy Black and their friend, Edmund Nichols, who first experienced an acai bowl on a trip to Brazil and vowed to bring the trend to the States. They went on to become the founders of Sambazon – which now produces a variety of acai products.

It wasn’t easy to introduce a difficult-to-pronounce berry from the Amazon jungle into the food-vocabulary of always suspicious consumers – but after being featured in the best-seller “The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps” and a spot on Oprah, the Black brothers were in business and soon Sambazon was being featured in People magazine.

 

Beets

Who would have thought that beets – a bulbous root – would become so popular? But here we are, with beet references abounding in popular culture. Who remembers the cartoon Doug and the rock band, “The Beets” performing “Killer Tofu?” And who doesn’t know that Dwight Shrute from The Office is a beet farmer? A trendy tee shirt reads, “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe.”  

And according to an article from The Daily Meal, beets were the hippest food of 2016.

Low in calories, sodium and fat, beets are high in nutrients like folate, manganese and betaine.
And as Rhythm Superfoods knows – beets make great chips! It’s the newest snack in their line-up of famous superfood snacks!

Sources About Kale:

http://articles.latimes.com/1996-11-29/food/fo-4121_1_kale-olive-oil-vegetables
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22984/the-strange-mystery-of-who-made-kale-famous-and-why.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/kale-brownies-recipe_n_6041578.html 



http://www.purewow.com/food/Kale-Ice-Cream-Is-Officially-a-Thing-in-NYC

http://rhythmsuperfoods.com/our-snacks/kale-chips/

Sources About Greek Yogurt:
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/08/how-did-greek-yogurt-get-so-popular/244025/

Sources About Quinoa:

http://www.fao.org/quinoa-2013/press-room/news/detail/en/

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/a-trendy-food-now-kosher-for-passover/?_r=0

Sources About Chia:


https://www.ama.org/publications/marketingnews/pages/chia.aspx
http://www.mammachia.com/our-products/

Sources About Acai:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-acai/
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/30/strange-fruit-john-colapinto

Sources About Beets:

http://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/beets-hippest-food-2016-12-trendy-ways-consume-them