Our next R&D round-up is here. This week we're previewing Sweet Potato Crackers, Paleo Pop Tarts, and more!
Every week we have an R&D meeting to try new dishes to see whether they're ready to be put on the menu. This week we had several dishes that got the thumbs up. Watch the video to get a sneak peak at our upcoming protein bars, chocolate almond butter, pumpkin protein cookies, and more.
Carmen is one of our employees who works on our Parfait team (the team that makes all our snacks). She talks about her experience trying our Gut Health Program and what it's done for her diabetes, weight, and more.
If you're interested in trying our Gut Health Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask when the next round is taking place.
Learn about what makes sweet potatoes different from white potatoes, why there are different colors of sweet potato, and more!
Looking for some meal inspiration? Here's one way I use our mix 'n match jars to make lunch. I love mixing things up as much as possible so I get a wide range of nutrients and never get bored. Find more videos like this on our Instagram page.
Our mix 'n match jars + a bento box are the perfect way to take a healthy meal wherever you go!
Our Pizza Kit is coming to the Specials section of the menu starting 7/2. Here's a sneak peak of our new delicious creation.
Since so many of you asked for it on Instagram, here's the recipe for the chocolate cake that we made for our team for our third birthday party.
5.5 oz coconut milk
2g baking powder
2g baking soda
.01g guar gum
150g coconut sugar
57g coconut flour
54g almond flour
114g high fat cacao
2oz coconut oil
3oz avocado oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
12oz boiling water
Add in all dry ingredients in table mixer on low speed until combined, add in all wet ingredients and continue to mix on low speed. Lower mixer speed and add in boiling water. Carefully scrape sides and paddle until fully combined for 2 minutes.
Bake at 350 F for 25 Minutes
Cake will be soft while warm. Let completely cool before frosting
Yield: makes 1 ½ sheet tray , 1 medium, 2 layer rectangle cake, or 2 small square cakes
Chocolate maple frosting
1 pound of ghee
100g maple syrup
9 oz high fat cocoa powder
Soften ghee by leaving out at room temp or microwave for 30 seconds. Do not melt the ghee. Whip ghee in a small mixer with a paddle attachment. Slowly add in maple syrup while mixer is going. Mixer can be on speed 2. Stop mixer, scrape the bowl and add in small amount of cocoa powder. While paddling on speed 1, stop to scrape often and taste often. Stop when fully combined, do not over whip or whip to fast (this will break the frosting).
Basil simple syrup
4 oz coconut sugar
4 c water
2 big basil leaves
Put all ingredients into pot. Stir sugar to dissolve.
Let boil and cook down until reduced by half and flavor is full.
HOUSE STRAWBERRY COMPOTE
1 pound of frozen strawberries
80g maple syrup
1g citric acid
Place strawberries and maple syrup in pot. Cook until tender, smash with a back of spoon or bean smasher. Add lemon juice, citric acid, and salt. Stir, add arrowroot slowly. Cook for 4-6 min until clear and thick .
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As someone who runs a health food company, there are a lot of eyes on me and what I eat. Most people assume I eat a 100% clean diet and have willpower of steel. And many of these people come to me for inspiration and tips on how to do the same for themselves.
That’s why I think it’s so important for me to show that I DON’T eat 100% clean, 365 days a year. Just a few weeks ago, I gave a sneak peek on our Instagram Stories of all the new desserts coming to Methodology pretty soon and then proceeded to eat a bunch of them in one sitting. Though our desserts are cleaner than most, they’re still desserts.
Most importantly, I didn’t beat myself up afterward because I have a structure that allows me to indulge occasionally in unhealthy foods.
We live in a society that preaches “all-or-nothing” practices, but I often find “all-or-nothing” mindsets to be more detrimental to a healthy lifestyle than small but regular indulgences. I’ve seen many people decide that “nothing” is too hard and so they might as well eat whatever they want because they’ve failed to maintain a perfect diet.
But there’s a better way.
The truth is your body is capable of handling a small amount of food that doesn’t serve any purpose except to taste yummy. You just need to find balance between keeping yourself from feeling deprived and eating enough healthy food to still feel amazing.
Of course, this balance is going to be different for everyone. But there are some guidelines you can keep in mind to stay within this range.
1. Don’t cheat; have treats instead
The first step to indulging in a healthy manner is to stop thinking about your indulgences as “cheats.” A funny thing happens when we think of indulging as a bad thing: we feel guilty about it, don’t enjoy the experience, and then find ourselves wanting more as soon as we’re done.
When cheats become treats -- something you’re allowed to enjoy -- suddenly you relax, you savor the experience, and you feel satisfied by what you’ve eaten. That’s also what makes it much easier to stop and keep yourself from overeating.
It’s a subtle mindset switch, but try it out and see how much of an impact it can make in how you feel after your next treat.
2. Find the right quantity
When you decide how many treats you’re going to have each week, two things happen:
You’re defining where the “overboard” line falls so you have clear parameters of how much is too much
You get in the mindset of counting your treats so you know how many you’re consuming during the week; often we get into trouble because we’re blindly eating what we’d like whenever we feel like it without realizing we did the same thing four other times that week
You can even go so far as to define which days you’d like your treats, which adds a third benefit: you’re better prepared to fight off a craving because you know exactly when your next treat is going to be.
I like to have two treat meals a week most weeks (which can include dessert), and this is what I recommend as a starting place most of the time. But this can change.
When I’m preparing for something like a beach vacation or Burning Man, I move to one treat meal a week to make it easier to shed a few extra pounds and might even cut treats out completely 1-3 weeks before the event. I’ll also cut off treat meals when I’m looking to reset my microbiome. When I’m somewhere like Paris or New York, though, I eat whatever I want until I get back home because vacation only happens a couple times a year and so a week or two of poor eating won’t be detrimental to my overall health.
As your needs change, your eating habits can change as well. However, I always like to go back to my original two treat meals a week because that’s the balance that makes my body happiest.
3. Know where things rank for you
Not all indulgences are created equal! Some people would die for a plate of pasta, while others can’t get enough of a particular pastry from the coffee shop on the corner. Whatever your favorite treats are, make note of these.
Then when you’re faced with a potential treat during the week, you’ll have some guidance as to whether you’d like to indulge or not.
For instance, if your coworker brings in homemade cupcakes, you can decide pretty quickly whether you’ll partake or save your treat for something better during the week based on where cupcakes rank on your list. If cupcakes are one of your favorites, you should take one and enjoy guilt-free. If cupcakes rank in the middle or toward the bottom of your list, you probably want to politely decline so you can use that treat on something that will make your tastebuds sing.
Take quality into consideration too. A $0.99 bar of chocolate might not taste as good as a gourmet bar of chocolate (or maybe the $0.99 bar of chocolate is what really hits the spot for you). So use your treat on something that’s also the quality you love so it always hits the spot. It’s okay to be picky when it comes to your treats.
4. Note your “never indulge” list
It’s also good to set boundaries on what you’ll never indulge in to make it even simpler to enjoy your treats without regret. I like to reserve this list for items that make you feel terrible or cause some reaction, even in small quantities. Because when you’re treating yourself, you should be feeling good, not worrying about whether you’ll be feeling sick for the rest of the day.
For me, this list includes coffee and dairy, which give me acne even in small amounts, cashew and avocado, which I’m allergic to, and soy which gives me eczema.