Meet Team Rhythm – Featuring the Accounting & Finance Crew
August 31, 2018

While you may think Rhythm Superfoods is run by robots, we promise that’s not true. We’re moms and dads (that includes fur parents too!), brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, food enthusiasts, adventure-loving, music-loving, superfood gurus.

So basically we’re not much different from you!

We’re passionate about what we do, the people we do it with, and want to share a little behind the scenes about us so you can feel like family too.

Our Accounting & Finance Team is all about numbers! Whether they’re processing orders, forecasting or ensuring our customers are always happy, they’re an amazing part of the Rhythm Superfoods team that keeps us running on a daily basis!

Meet the Team!

Allison – Chief Financial Officer

Allison White - Rhythm Superfoods CFO

  • What’s your favorite Rhythm Superfoods snackMy favorite Rhythm snacks are nostalgia-driven.  Ranch dressing was not a thing in my life until I came to The University of Texas.  And then I put ranch on everything!  I love Rhythm’s Kool Ranch Kale Chips and Ranch Carrot Sticks.
  • How do you get more plants into your diet? My favorite ways are to replace pasta with veggie noodles and to puree veggies into sauces.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Any favorite hobbies?  I would spend my life on the golf course with my husband and kids, if I could.
  • Favorite restaurant spot that has vegetarian and/or vegan options?  Matt’s El Rancho!  It’s an Austin, TX institution!
  • What’s your favorite plant-based food/recipe?  Ratatouille – I love the movie, too!
  • Best place you’ve been on an adventure OR dream adventure destination? I would love to visit The Galapagos Islands.  I love nature and unusual animals; it would truly be an adventure of a lifetime.

Dan – Controller

Dan Hayes - Rhythm Superfoods Controller

  • What’s your favorite Rhythm Superfoods snack? Mango Habanero Kale chips
  • How do you get more plants into your diet? Load up the homemade pizza with spinach!
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Any favorite hobbies? Running, traveling
  • Favorite restaurant spot that has vegetarian and/or vegan options? Any pizza place.
  • What’s your favorite plant-based food/recipe? Current favorite is Shalane Flanagan’s “Can’t Beet Me Smoothie”
  • Best place you’ve been on an adventure OR dream adventure destination? Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Elizabeth – Staff Accountant

Elizabeth Stone - Rhythm Superfoods Staff Accountant

  • What’s your favorite Rhythm Superfoods snackRanch Carrot Sticks. The flavor is great and I love the fact that they are high in dietary fiber and potassium!
  • How do you get more plants into your diet? The quickest way that I get more plants into my daily diet is by drinking cold pressed juices.  Especially when I’m taking a road trip and it gets difficult to find healthy food options, juices are portable and convenient and packed with goodness.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Any favorite hobbies?  Baking and landscape photography.  Baking is something I’ve always loved to do for people and I find the process to be a stress release.  Photography provides me great opportunities for adventure and being outdoors, seeing new places and meeting new people.
  • Favorite restaurant spot that has vegetarian and/or vegan options? Casa de Luz in Austin, TX. I love what they create for dishes—and especially enjoy the sauces that they make from plants and nuts.
  • What’s your favorite plant-based food/recipe?  Honestly a really amazing salad with a variety of veggies and fruits and nuts and texture, topped with a simple but delicious dressing. Basically, if all the colors of the rainbow are in the salad, it’s going to be good.
  • Best place you’ve been on an adventure OR dream adventure destination? To travel to Norway and see the land and the people.

Vanisha – Customer Service Representative

Vanisha Patel - Rhythm Superfoods Customer Service Rep

  • What’s your favorite Rhythm Superfoods snack? Ranch Carrot Sticks
  • How do you get more plants into your diet? I like to juice! I’ll throw in some beets, spinach, carrots, kale along with some fruits for sweetness!
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Any favorite hobbies? I love to workout and go boating, spending time with my friends and family, traveling and catching up on the latest movies, and taking my pups on an evening stroll.
  • Favorite restaurant spot that has vegetarian and/or vegan options? Tarka Indian Kitchen (Austin, TX), and True Food Kitchen (Austin, TX).
  • What’s your favorite plant-based food/recipe? Veggie Burgers. Also, I’ll mix up rice, quinoa, mushrooms and onions with some spices!
  • Best place you’ve been on an adventure OR dream adventure destination? I would love to go to Bora Bora!
Rhythm Superfoods Team Mini Retreat
August 3, 2018

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, Marketing Coordinator @ Rhythm Superfoods

My Health Journey Part 2 – by CEO Scott Jensen
July 20, 2018

…a  follow up to “My Health Journey“.

 

It’s been over 90 days since Rhythm Superfoods CEO Scott Jensen went back on Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet so we followed up with him to find out how things were going.

 

Q: How do you feel? Did you lose weight?

A: I feel really good! I think most people who go through a fitness or health commitment needs reinforcements early on to keep them going before it becomes habitual. Someone who works out all the time has made it a habit: wake up, workout, etc. versus someone just starting workouts who has former habits they need to break.

The habit breaking is hard, but you feel it quickly when the weight starts coming off – which right now I’m hovering around 9 lbs. less than where I started. You physically feel that and it’s a reinforcement to keep going. My belts are looser, you start looking through the closet for those old pair of jeans you might fit in again.

And the other side is when you’re carrying weight, you feel it too: getting out of bed, walking, running, or at the end of the day the compression on your knees. Believe it or not, when you are heavier you feel those things. You hear these clichés about being “in tune” with your body and when you are heavier than you want to be, you don’t talk about it as much, but you do feel those things.

Then suddenly you start shedding the weight and you notice there are less aches and pains. I feel more agile when I’m kicking the soccer ball with my kids. And I feel that with just 9 lbs. off…I want to lose another 20lbs.

The first couple of weeks, I was way more tired particularly from the change in the diet. I found myself unprepared for protein solutions, so the carbohydrates are giving you these quick ups and downs and adding the workout part of it meant I wasn’t prepared for how tired I was going to be. But you do see a swing where you figure things out and the workout energizes you and you start feeling more energy later in the day. So…it takes a commitment and a belief system that you’re going to see it on the other side of the tunnel. And that’s happening.

 

Q: Did you experience any challenges besides tiredness like you mentioned in the first question? Any hiccups along the way? And with your schedule and travel – how did you deal with that?

A: I’m really busy and keep a very full schedule. Trade shows, customer meetings, broker meetings…all that stuff is part of my life and those are habits too. Your calendar is what it is, and you’re involved in all these things, and you realize 85% of places that you’d normally grab a bite don’t have the things that you’re going to need. I don’t want to say that it’s not there. But because it was a habit, I’d look at the menu and not even realize that a ton of places have a vegan menu – even if it’s a separate menu, particularly in Austin and other larger cities. I found it difficult to be prepared with plant-based protein sources during travels. Whether it’s almonds or a No Cow Bar, you need the protein to level out your energy. Vega Protein Powder with rice milk has been a quick fix when I’m at home, but it’s hard to travel with. Also, I just didn’t prepare for that and wasn’t sure which powders I’d like so I tried several things over the first few weeks that I didn’t like.

Meals in the house were something I was accountable for, so the challenge was “what do I like that’s available?” Compared to when I first did this diet 7+ years ago, there weren’t many vegan options for quick meals versus how many options are available now. Rip’s focus is on cooking meals yourself, but because I’m on the run a lot I needed solutions that were quicker. I needed to adjust and find the things that were going to give me lasting energy throughout the day, so I found my favorites and stuck with those.

 

Q: What are your favorites? Any specific brands?

A: No Cow Bars, VEGA Protein Powders, Amy’s Kitchen, Gardein, and an Instapot for cooking up some beans and lentils. Trader Joe’s frozen veggie meatballs are also great! I’ve probably only tried 10% of what’s out there, honestly.

 

Q: Have you gone back in to get bloodwork done? New results?

A: Besides the average 9 lbs. lower in weight, the bloodwork markers I discussed with my physician are all in a very good direction.  LDL down 14%, Glucose down 10%, A1C in the “good” range.  Triglycerides didn’t improve, but that could be an anomaly, so we’ll check in 3 more months.

 

Q: Did you stick to your exercise goal of 2-3 days per week?

A: Yes! It wasn’t until ~2-3 weeks in because that also needed its own kick-start. My wife started going to Orange Theory Fitness so I started going with her for early morning workouts. I had been a member of an awesome gym, but this just comes down to efficiency. The workout has got to be really close to home. I love the technology of Orange Theory Fitness – heart rate monitor, you see your numbers on the screen, you have splat points, etc. It’s fitting and motivating me. They have some great music too during the 55min workouts. No socializing, just hard work and that’s what’s working for me. Occasionally with a busier travel schedule, I have to shift focus away from workouts at times. When I’m not traveling as much I have more time to get in my workouts.

 

Q: Was there anything you missed eating?

A: I fancy myself as a chef more than a foodie. I’m pretty good in the kitchen and the grill and I love doing it. The atmosphere of pulling different soup stocks together and creating different meat/protein-based meals, and the deglazing and creating sauces in a pan…I miss that. I miss the flavors. I think with some of the vegetable base stocks that I’ve got, I’m getting that “umami-ness”. There’s an umami mushroom powder that delivers on the savory flavor that you generally get with those other protein-based meals. But I’ve found some solutions, and there are ones that come really close and are satisfying. I also want to try the Beyond Meat Burger and Sausage to see how those compare.

 

Q: Did anyone help to keep you accountable?

A: Myself with food and my wife Cyndie for the workouts.

 

Q: How will you continue to stay on track?

A: I’m now committed for another 6 months on this.  I’ve had a couple of episodes at restaurants that weren’t on the Engine 2 Diet, but I’ve been able to get back on track immediately thereafter.

 

Q: Any advice for those looking to take that step to better their own health?

A: I still think there are dozens of resources available to motivate people to change their habits. There’s simply not one single way to go about it, so you have to let people find what works best for them and what motivates them. If it’s the infomercial guy, or a doctor letting you know it’s time for a drastic change, or even your friends at work committing to a Whole 30 program together – just find what works for you! There are many habit-changing triggers out there. Be open to the message. There is, however, no miracle pill to fix your health overnight. A moderation of calories (healthy calories) combined with a consistent moderation of exercise activity (in that order) has the greatest effect on most people’s health.

 

See you in a few months!

-SJ

Snacking 101
May 16, 2018

Contributing Writer: Mary Ellen, MPH, RDN, LD of Milk & Honey Nutrition, @milknhoneynutrition.

Have you ever had just a truly mind-blowing snack? Like, it was so good and tasty, and filling, and energizing, that you just thought… “Man, that was one crazy good snack!” No? Just me? (I do have a tendency to go a bit over the top with food… check out my Instagram feed for more details on that…)

Well, maybe you’d change your mind, if you knew what exactly a snack was supposed to do for you. Have you ever thought about that? Why do we eat snacks? Is it because we’re hungry? Need fuel? Are about to workout? Are bored? Really, why do we eat them? Whether it’s mid-morning, late afternoon, or bedtime… everyone enjoys a good snack. ESPECIALLY if it’s tasty and gets the job done.

But what exactly do I mean by “gets the job done”? There are many reasons we eat snacks (many I listed above), but the primary reason is we need something to get us from one meal to the next without us starving and feeling tired.

So, basically snacks keep us full (or at least keep our stomachs from growling) and energized. But how do they do that?

To really understand that, we need to do a brief review of our MACRO nutrients: carbs, protein, and fat.

These three things are the only things that provide calories to our bodies. (The exception to that is alcohol, which also provides calories, but isn’t considered a nutrient.) They each serve different functions in our bodies and are absorbed at different speeds. Carbohydrates are processed the quickest. This means they leave our stomachs and get absorbed in our intestines faster than protein and fat do.

Carbohydrates give us quick energy.

Protein and fat take a little longer to digest, with fat taking the longest. Protein and fat, help keep us energized over longer periods of time. This is why an apple by itself (mainly carbs) only keeps you full for an hour, but an apple with peanut butter (protein and fat) keeps you full for 2-3 hours.

So, whenever I’m working with clients, I always give them my “perfect snack” formula…

Carbs + protein/fat = sustained energy and fullness.

There are so many great carb and protein/fat combos to pick from:

  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Carrots and hummus (I especially love Rhythm Superfoods new Carrot Sticks with Lantana Foods hummus!)
  • Avocado toast
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Beans
  • Beet Chips and cheese

So, next time you’re wanting something to munch on between meals, make sure you’re giving yourself everything you need to keep you both energized AND satisfied!

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

6 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables
November 17, 2016

Parents can have a hard time convincing their kids to eat vegetables. The nutrient rich, colorful veggies on the plate seem to be the least attractive ones to many children. Vegetables have numerous benefits for the mind and body. To help maintain a healthy lifestyle children, parents should work on getting their kids eat more vegetables. Scientific research studies have been carried out on this subject of getting kids excited about eating vegetables.
Below are 5 ways that will help parents incorporate vegetables into their kids’ diets. Remember that children are very picky eaters and take time to recognize flavors. So be patient and use these tips, which are proven to help your child become a healthy adult in the years to come:

1. Food should be fun:

Kids are often attracted by shapes and new designs on the plate. This can be a very important trick in incorporating vegetables into your child’s meal (e.g. you can cut out different broccoli shapes for your kid). Similarly, you can cut cabbage as a flower or try new shapes with a cucumber. Creating fun on your child’s plate will increase his chances of eating and liking vegetables.

2. Plant vegetables and shop for vegetables with children:

A kitchen garden is a great place to initiate vegetable liking among your children. You can plan some activities on weekends and get your kids into the garden to sow vegetable seeds. Getting them involved in growing veggies will make them anxious to see them, water them and eat them. This activity will give them awareness about the nutrients vegetables contain and the reason why you ask them to eat them more often. 

Also, you should bring your kids along while shopping for vegetables. Ask them to pick their favorite ones from the stall. Make some easy vegetable recipes with your children in the kitchen – they will definitely enjoy this!

3. The “one-bite” rule:

If your child refuses to eat a vegetable, you should expose him/her to this vegetable at least 8-10 times more. You should try the “one-bite” rule here. Ask your child to try it at least once. After repeatedly seeing the vegetable, the child will develop a familiarity with it and ultimately may enjoy the flavor.

4. Mix up Flavors:

Mixing up different flavors like garlic and butter with vegetables will make them more appealing to children. You should mix the flavors with something that your child likes e.g. you can serve chicken along with boiled vegetables with some pepper or herbs on them or you can add a salad leaf in a sandwich. Your children will get the intake and sometimes won’t even notice the veggies.

5.  Veggies as a Snack

Still having trouble getting your kids to try veggies? Have them try Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips, Broccoli Bites, Beet Chips, or Roasted Kale.  Kids will feel like they are eating chips but really you’re sneaking in some terrific nutrient dense veggies!

6. Be an example:

Lastly, your eating patterns are the biggest example for your children. If you are constantly asking them to eat veggies but not eating them yourself, you will not motivate your kids! However, if kids assume veggies are part of all meals since you are eating them too, they won’t know any different!  Lead by example!

Author Bio:

This post was written by Beth. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com