Plant Based

A Little Wellness Pick Me Up That Won’t Put You Down

Could your January use a little hair of the dog, a little boost, a little wellness? A cure for what ails ya might be in order after a December full of holiday parties, relatives, and a work life balance that might as well have been a see-saw. All you want to do is hibernate until spring! Making a list of resolutions feels trite; it takes on a different flavor, though, when you rename it self-care.

Maybe you’re cutting out dairy—don’t worry, we’ve got Oatly in stock, though Elmhurst also makes a range of great non-dairy milks. If you’re trying to chase away the last of a 2019 cold, Monfefo’s tried and true ginger and turmeric shots now come in glass bottles to reduce their plastic production. Turmeric is also known to boost joint health, but if you’re looking for a bigger batch than a few ounces, you can make your own healthful brew at home with Diaspora Co’s single-origin turmeric, sourced directly from the family farmers that grow it in India.

The most classic resolution, naturally, is starting a new exercise regimen. It can seem like most fitness-oriented food and drink is full of unpronounceable ingredients that only weigh you down. Your standard energy bar often feels like chewing on putty dipped in faux chocolate. Energy drinks come in colors not found in nature and can taste more like the factory they were bottled in. Luckily, we’ve got the goods to keep you moving and focused.

Pack your gym duffel, hiking pack or even just your everyday bag with dairy-free, gluten-free energy bars like O.W.L., Yes, and Kuli Kuli moringa bars—O.W.L., made locally, has been a cashier favorite for years. Ingredients like protein-rich peanut butter, coconut nectar, and noted super-green moringa will fortify you, while being so delicious you’ll be looking forward to snack time. For the more serious gym goers, Siren Protein Bites pack 12 grams of plant-based protein into every serving! Don’t forget to hydrate—our current pick is Recoup, a more natural take on energy drinks with revitalizing local maple water, and a healthy dose of muscle-soothing organic ginger that gives it a kick. You’ll want to pick up every flavor!

Of course, there’s no one way to focus on health in the new year. So let’s drink—or eat—to your health in 2020, no matter what wellness trail you blaze.

Carla Bueno-SandersA Little Wellness Pick Me Up That Won’t Put You Down
read more

In Through The Oat Door

How to survive the 2019 Oatly, oat milk, shortage.

Oatly, the oat milk brand, is in high demand, and finding this popular new milk substitute in NYC has just gotten harder! While we may have been one of the early adopters of this fantastic beverage, it has become so popular that the supplier just can’t keep up! Not to worry though, we also stock Elmhurst Milked Oats! Made with whole grain oats, cane sugar, filtered water and a touch of sea salt, Elmhurst is a great brand making some delicious dairy alternatives. Of course, if you’re feeling really adventurous you can try making your own oat milk, with this simple recipe:

Ingredients:

1 c Steel Cut Oats
6 c Filtered Water
1 tsp Date Syrup
1 pinch Sea Salt

Tools required:

Nut milk strainer (You can substitute Cheesecloth or a Cold Brew Bag)
Blender
Fine mesh strainer

Soak the oats overnight in two cups of filtered water. Strain the oats through a mesh strainer, and place them into your blender. Add 4 cups of filtered water to the oats, and purée the mixture as much as possible. Pour the contents of the blender into a nut milk strainer, brew bag, or over several layers of cheesecloth. Be careful to reserve as much liquid as possible whilst straining out the oat pulp over a large bowl or pitcher. Once the oat solids are removed, pour the liquid back into the blender and add the date syrup and sea salt. Blend to incorporate, and use as desired. At this stage, you can add other flavors and sweeteners to the oatmilk. Some like to add turmeric, chocolate, vanilla, and even chocolate.

Angela GelsoIn Through The Oat Door
read more