NOBREAD Takes Hawaii!

Entering 2018, I told myself that this was going to be the year I traveled to my top 3 bucket list locations: Bali, Tulum, and Hawaii. Well, just two weeks into the year I went to Tulum, and I am happy to report that I just embarked on my first ever trip to HAWAII! And it was a total dream!

Two locations down, one to go!

When Hawaiian Airlines reached out and informed me of their new curated wellness content series accessible through their In-Flight Entertainment System, I was so impressed. To all of my followers with gluten-allergies or other dietary restrictions out there, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say traveling with your restriction can be a total BTCH! Not only can it be tough to find healthy, allergy-friendly meal options on the flight, but when has an airline ever cared if you knew proper pre- and post-flight stretching techniques and other wellness hacks that would get you through your flight comfortably?!

FIRST, I have to discuss my first-class experience! As you can see in the photo above, the seats in first class fully recline into beds! Fun fact- I sometimes have bad anxiety when I fly! I don’t know when it started, but let’s just say small spaces and turbulence are a bad recipe for my anxiety. On both my flight to Hawaii and flight home, I had ZERO anxiety!! Furthermore, I slept like a baby each way! On the way home, my friend told me that we had a 30-minute period of rough air, but I COMPLETELY slept through it! I was THAT comfortable. And this anxious flyer was actually DISAPPOINTED when the pilot came on to announce there were only 30 minutes left in our trip. I could have laid in my seat forever!

The plane staff COULDN’T have been kinder and more accommodating with any of my needs. They were aware of my gluten-allergy, and kept me fully supplied with macadamia nuts and the other gluten-free options as I traveled. Bravo Top Chef Alum, Lee Anne Wong, is the new official Chef for Hawaiian Airlines, which explains how delicious and unique the menu is! Although there is no set gluten-free menu, because the flight offers two options on three occasions throughout the flight, you will be able to eat something! I ordered a rice bowl with an egg on top for breakfast on my way to Hawaii, and snacked on the airlines’ macadamia nuts the entire trip to and from the island!

Stretching videos:

First stop, Maui!

We stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani, and the resort was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The resort has 413 One-Bedroom Suites and 37 Villas (Two or Three-Bedrooms), and also has three swimming pools including one adult-only pool! My suite was so comfortable, and although it was just for me, I totally could have had a family with me! The room had a comfortable living room with a desk, couch, and TV, beautiful bar area, a bathroom meant for a queen, and a master bedroom with a large balcony that spanned the length of the hotel room. With my jet lag, I woke up each morning and enjoyed my smoothie while watching the sunrise from my balcony. It was a dream!

 

The Fairmont launched an Inspire Your Energy program to empower their guests through innovating exercise and motivating workshops. The program provides an integrated approach by enjoying the surroundings of Wailea, distinct mana (energy) and Hawaiian culture.

At the property I received a Customized HydraFacial. The 60 minute treatment cleansed, exfoliated, extracted, and hydrated my skin and the treatment included a Vortex-Fusion of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. This facial was the first facial I’ve ever received where I actually looked in the mirror after and said “WOW.” My skin was glowing, I literally looked younger, and I had NO reaction (which is a shocker given how sensitive my skin is).

Fairmont Eats:

The two menus I judge extensively when I travel are the brunch menus and pool menus, and I am happy to announce that the Fairmont Kea Lani does both exceptionally well! When I arrived at the resort, I arrived just in time for happy hour/late lunch, and my friend and I indulged in guacamole and pool-side cocktails. For my margarita/fruity drink fans, you HAVE to order “The Pushpop,” which consisted of raspberry, lime, coconut, vodka, and mango puree. This drink was the star of my vacation dreams.

At lunch the following day, while we were hanging out in our pool-side cabana, we were delivered our own personal fruit baskets filled with my favorite fruits (both fresh and dried) and macadamia nuts! I ate so many macadamia nuts this trip that macadamia nuts are my new favorite nut. I also ordered the Maui Chopped Salad with grilled shrimp on top. The lunch portions were SO generous, and the menu had so many more gluten-free options including a Grilled Vegetable Platter (nobread) and a Mahi Mahi sandwich (again, nobread).

Our first morning at the property, we were treated to a healthy breakfast on the Pacific Terrace overlooking the ocean. Fresh juice from the hotel’s juice bar (this bar is a GEM), coconut tapioca pudding served in a fresh coconut, granola and berries served in papaya, fruit galore, eggs, smoked fish, hash browns, BACON, and more!!

In addition to the restaurants, I visited the Fairmont’s cafe several times a day. Each morning, I walked downstairs to the cafe with a collagen packet in hand, and custom ordered one of their two smoothie options to my liking. The cafe also serves coffee and pastries and sells all of the essentials… including larger bottles of almond milk and coconut milk! It’s a great little market, especially if you are staying for longer than a few days or you are traveling with your family! It was here that I discovered my newest obsession, OHi Food Co.! These plant-based, organic bars are native of Hawaii (and expanding to the states!!), and non-gmo, grain-free, gluten-free, paleo, and DELICIOUS!

Ko:

Ko is the fine-dining restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani. Chef Tylun Pang’s menu features influences from Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines. Ko’s signature dish is the Ahi On The Rock with an orange ginger miso sauce. The chef was happy to serve this dish gluten-free! Each order includes the freshest looking tuna chunks served with a hot rock skillet, so that you can sear the tuna to your liking! The concept is so fun and the tuna is NEXT LEVEL!

I typically avoid tuna, but I indulged a few times while staying at The Fairmont. Their cuisine was just too fresh and delicious looking! And tuna poke is one of Hawaii’s signature dishes!

For my main, I ordered a seafood stew that had the most delicious, gluten-free broth, and I went to TOWN on the fried rice. Several of the sushi items were gluten-free, and the team served my sushi with a tamari gluten-free soy sauce, which I appreciated! I quickly learned that shrimp is a staple order in Hawaii, and I’m pretty sure I ordered shrimp at every meal!

* A fill list of Ko’s gluten-free options are listed at the end of this post! 

Grown on Maui Farmer’s Dinner

This feast was such a special experience! My group and I enjoyed panoramic views of the Pacific and sister islands while indulging in the freshest cuisine, made right in front of our eyes! Vegetable skewers, whole prawns, steak, kale salad, and a whole snapper in a ginger broth were on the menu, and each dish was better than the one before it. For dessert, a chocolate gluten-free, dairy-free, NUT-FREE, cake was placed in front of me, and it was after this cake that I realized I, in fact, was in heaven.

Two experiences I really enjoyed at the resort were the Kiakahi Functional Fitness program and canoe ride.  This fitness class was taught by two energetic, fun Hawaiian locals. The class is best described as Polynesian strength training using ancient movements, techniques, and traditions. Oh, and a whole lot of laughs… these guys were amazing! The resort also offers a canoe experience, which is free of charge! Two Hawaiian locals taught us how to paddle and the history of canoeing and its importance in Hawaiian culture. I didn’t see any whales, but I saw a ton of HUGE turtles, urchin, and fish!

Second and final stop, Waikiki!

We stayed at the Moana Surfrider. I didn’t know what to expect on this island and I quickly realized it was the most touristy part of Hawaii. Given how hectic the area was, the Surfrider does a great job of making you feel comfortable and in your own little world away from the hustle & bustle. The hotel sits right on the beach, and I recommend spending a day at the Moana Lani Spa (I had the most amazing 90-minute massage) and then relaxing on the veranda under a banyan tree.

If I had longer than 24 hours on this property, I totally would have taken a surf lesson or taken advantage of the many beach activities offered on-site. I did wake up early enough to hit the hotel’s yoga class, and it was a super nice experience!

When we landed, we went straight to a private workout class at the Wainani Wellness Center taught by Wainani herself! It was one thing to watcher her pre-,in-, and post-flight videos during my travels, but a totally different, and cool, experience to be able to practice the techniques with her in person! Pilates has long been one of my favorite workouts, and her teachings comprise pilates and yoga moves to keep the body flowing and stretched.

Surfrider Eats:

The brunch feast I was served at the Surfrider was pretty exceptional. A gluten-free WAFFLE, eggs benedict (nobread), GF and vegan acai bowl, and bowls and bowls of fruit comprised my lovely brunch spread for one, ha! Set on my balcony, this meal was a highlight of my quick stay.

Waikiki Eats:

BANAN– second picture- This vegan GEM serves banana fro-yo. The ice cream is made out of puréed bananas and a touch of water! I topped mine with strawberries, matcha, dark chocolate, mochi, and puffed quinoa. I could have gone here for every meal, every day. Not only do they serve soft-serve ice cream, but they also make incredible smoothies!

LEAHI HEALTH BAR- first picture- We all know how much I love my smoothies. Smoothies are especially important while traveling because they balance out my unhealthy indulgences. When we landed in Waikiki we were given the menu for Leahi Health Bar, and immediately I knew I was in good hands. I ordered the Green Monster: almond Milk, local greens, banana, almond butter, and coconut nectar. I asked them to use just half of a banana, and per usual, gave them a collagen packet to add to the smoothie. I loved my smoothie so much I went back the next day for lunch on my way to the airport, and ordered the same smoothie, but subbed TARO in for the banana. Using taro was new and SO interesting to me… it gave the smoothie a thickness/creaminess, but without the sugar of fruit. Leahi also offers incredible looking salads… I had major food envy on the last day when my friend took a salad to-go!

Goodbye for now, Hawaii. You were a dream. I will see you soon!

 

Ko at the Fairmont Kea Lani Gluten-Free Options:

From the team, “Below list is everything gluten-free on the Ko menu.  We always ask to be notified of an allergy to avoid cross contamination during preparation.”
 
Salads & Soups:
Mauka Harvest
Miso Soup
Portuguese Bean Soup
Taste of Tofu
 
Appetizers:
Black and Blue Ahi Poke
 
Entrees:
Makai Catch (following preparations are GF): Kea Lani Garden Herb, Lemongrass Coconut Broth, Miso Butter, Ti Leaf Wrapped
Shrimp Kare Kare
Angus Ribeye
Coconut Curry Lamb
Tempeh Fried Rice
Vegetarian Fried Rice
Spicy Thai Coconut Curry
 
Breads & Sauces:
Rice Crackers (in the bread display)
Lavender Honey Butter
Eddamamus
 
Dessert:
Coconut Tapioca

Cape Cod Waves Potato Chips

I’m so excited to announce that Cape Cod Potato Chips, my favorite brand of chips, has just launched Cape Cod Waves Potato Chips! The new, thick-sliced, wavy-cut potato chips are made with the highest quality ingredients and available in three flavors: Sea Salt, Reduced Fat Sea Salt, and White Cheddar & Sour Cream! The thickness in this new variety is amazing and holds up to my favorite dips! Not only are Cape Cod Waves Potato Chips made with the best ingredients, but they are also made in custom kettles, resulting in chips that have exceptional taste, crunch, and flavor.

When it comes to dips I’m a classic guacamole and salsa girl, but I also LOVE making unique dips that will spice up the party (or my solo Netflix & Chips nights)! I’m on a major butternut squash kick right now, and I’m loving using the root in different recipes. Recently, I’ve mastered the ultimate Butternut Squash ‘CHEESE’ recipe, and I warn you, you won’t be able to dip just one chip.

What You Will Need:

  • 1.5 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1.5cups soaked cashews!
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (1T was used in sautéing the squash! 1T was added after)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 or 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 T nutritional yeast
  • Juice from half a lemon!
  • Your favorite flavor of Cape Cod Waves Potato Chips!

What You Will Do: 

  • Soak cashews in water overnight (or for at least 3 hours!) Drain water out.
  • Boil butternut squash cubes, or steam them in the microwave, until the cubes are cooked through.
  • TWO OPTIONS HERE:
    • Sauté the boiled/steamed squash in 1T olive oil on a skillet OR leave as is.
  • Place cashews (they will be soggy), butternut squash, unsweetened nut milk, crushed garlic, salt, nutritional yeast, and juice from half of a lemon in a food processor or Vitamix.
    • If you sautéed the butternut squash in olive oil while you were preparing it, only add ONE more T of Olive Oil to the blender. If you only steamed the root, add 2T of olive oil to the blender.
  • Blend on High!
    • I had to stop and scrape the sides of my Vitamix 2-3 times before the cheese dip was thoroughly blended.
  • Pour your ‘cheese’ into a bowl or add to a platter, and serve alongside your favorite flavor of Cape Cod Waves Flavor Potato Chips!! I recommend Sea Salt or Reduced Fat Sea Salt for this dip!

Not only are the chips delicious in a dip, but they are so flavorful and filling, and they can totally be eaten right out of the bag! I may or may not have eaten half of a bag of the Sea Salt Waves when my box of product first arrived!!

To find a Cape Cod Waves Flavor Potato Chips retailer near you, click here!! 

Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies

At NOBREAD we are constantly looking to develop recipes that satisfy both our gluten-free AND vegan followers. We’ve made smoothies and pancakes out of sweet potatoes, and the recipes have been some of our favorites, so this week we decided to turn our favorite root into cookies! These addicting little cookies satisfy all of our needs. They are also super kid friendly! Because sweet potatoes are sweet to begin with, we didn’t even have to add that much (NATURAL) sugar! Enjoy our latest obsession!
What You Will Need:
 2 cups of boiled sweet potatoes
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup almond flour
1T coconut oil
A dash of cinnamon
A dash of nutmeg
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
Handful of chocolate chips
What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel sweet potatoes.
In a large pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil, add sweet potatoes, and cook for five minutes.
Mash sweet potatoes until smooth.
In a food processor combine everything but the chocolate chips.
Pulse until smooth, periodically using a spatula to mix.
Roll a tablespoon-size ball of dough in your hands, and place onto a lined baking sheet. Press the ball down a bit so it flattens. *Mix will stick to your hands a bit.
Sprinkle chocolate chips to the top of each cookie.
*DON’T put the chocolate chips IN the cookies… the warmth of the batter will cause them to melt instantly! 
Bake for 20 minutes, then broil on high for one-two minutes.
Let cool for 15 minutes, then enjoy!
The cookies are SO delicious and the best way, in our opinion, to incorporate vitamins into your dessert! Packed with Vitamins A, C, B, and fiber, there is no over-doing on these healthy cookies!

MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

New smoothie alert!! Last year when I did the keto diet, I always struggled with the concept of having a bulletproof matcha for breakfast (as many mathca-drinkers do on the diet).

When it comes to breakfast, I need something a bit more filling (aka my smoothie)! But we all know how much I love my matcha. So I decided there must be a way to incorporate the two!! Introducing my MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
.5-1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Avocado
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
1C Spinach
1/2 Frozen Banana

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a Vitamin or NutriBullet, starting with the nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated.
Pour into a bowl, and top with toppings of your choice. I topped mine with the other half of  my banana and coconut flakes!

Enjoy!

Why I Drink Bone Broth. Every. Day

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It’s here, it’s here! My long anticipated and very hyped up blog post on BONE BROTH!

For those of you who watch my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I’ve ranted for the past month about my new bone broth obsession, but I haven’t wanted to get into specifics until I gave the BB life it’s fair shot. (It’s easy to be excited about a new diet or wellness find, only to discover you don’t love it thatttt much a week or two later). Well it’s been a month now, and I am excited to answer ALL of your questions, and tell you how bone broth changed my health… and life (cue dramatic music).

Why I Started Drinking Bone Broth:

For week’s, something in my digestion/body was OFF. My IBS was terrible (prepare for SOME TMI…) aka I was either backed up or super loose, I had major indigestion, cramping, anxiety, and BLOAT. All signs of an upset gut! I’ve been intrigued by bone broth and its gut healing properties for quite some time, but never indulged as I tend to stay away from meat and poultry (I’m not vegan… I love wild salmon and eggs), but I was feeling SO bad that I decided it was time to throw my rules out the window and give Bone Broth a go.

Why Bone Broth? The Benefits!

  1. Heal and Seal Your Leaky Gut- Simply adding one cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, and keeps already-healthy guts strong!
    • It contains GELATIN- According to Dr. Axe, Gelatin is “beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.” Gelatin is incredibly powerful in sealing your leaky gut, which is the cause of so many autoimmune and digestive disorders!
  2. It is nutrient DENSE-
    • Bone broth is one of world’s best sources of natural collagen, which is my jam for keeping my hair and bones strong, skin clear, and metabolism boosted. It also contains phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, and more! Every time you sip on bone broth, you are sipping on these incredible nutrients!
  3. Food Intolerance and Allergies- Intolerances and allergies are faced by everyone, whether they realize them or not! According to Dr. Axe, “Gelatin helps people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods.” Repairing your gut helps heal sensitivities!
  4. Boosts Immune System

According to Kettle and Fire, “Simmering bones and connective tissue into a broth for 10 to 16 hours enhances the digestibility of these powerful nutrients, and makes them incredibly easy for our body to digest, absorb, and assimilate. The easy digestibility of bone broth is why it’s one of the top recommended foods for those with weakened or compromised digestive systems, and others who may have trouble properly absorbing a nutritional supplement.”

How could I tell Bone Broth was having a positive and immideate impact on my health? 

To begin my Bone Broth ‘cleanse’ (I hate the word ‘cleanse’ but it’s the best I could do here…) I found an amazing Bone Broth protocol on Kettle & Fire’s website! Their ‘treatment’ essentially involved eating paleo and incorporating two cups of bone broth into your day (at two different times). It sounded easy enough, so I gave it a try! (note: their protocol also included 2 days a week of bone broth fasting, which I didn’t do, but would love to try).

I read Kettle’s blog post and went straight to Erewhon to purchase all of the broth’s I could find. After just ONE day of adding two cups of bone broth to my diet, my backed-up days were no more. It was honestly like MAGIC!

IMPORTANT. Whenever I start a new protocol that alters or effects my gut, I experience a MEGA detox reaction. I like to call it “the pain that feels so good.” Essentially you feel worse before you feel better, as all of the bad bacteria is being flushed and forced out of your body, and it is replaced with good bacteria and nutrients! Days 3 & 4 I experienced the Bone Broth “die-off” SO badly. I had no energy, I went from not going to the bathroom to going to the bathroom TOO much, I was achy, and I had a headache like no other. But I didn’t mind it at all! I knew exactly what was going on, and I knew powering through a few days of feeling flu-like was what needed to happen in order to continue healing my gut. If you experience a strong detox reaction, I recommend cutting back on the broth to just one cup for a few days, taking epsom salt baths, hitting an infrared sauna, and drinking A TON OF WATER!

After just ONE week of adding bone broth to my diet, I felt completely de-bloated and less anxious, and my gut was seriously feeling awesome. You can have bone broth many ways- I typically have it as a soup and fill it with my favorite veggies (steamed zucchini, squash, and carrots) OR one cup twice a day as a snack. I’ve recently started boiling my rice in it too, and it is my new favorite dinner addiction!

I have yet to make bone broth myself, but given how costly bone broth is I really want to start! So stay tuned here 🙂

Where Do I Find Bone Broth?!
(Note: These are just places I’ve been to and frequent, I’m sure there are many more and I would love to hear where YOU have had bone broth!)

LA:
Erewhon– The first place I tried Bone Broth in LA! They have a whole refrigerated WALL of bone broth’s and soup’s at the West Hollywood location. They have all of the best bone broth brands, in addition to their own creations! My addiction is their chicken bone broth with butternut squash puree, and their beef bone broth with dandelion and other herbs!


Belcampo– I felt the impacts of Belcampo’s Bone Broth after just one cup! They have 24x the collagen as their competitors (reviewed in a Stanford Lab!) and make their broth in their farm kitchen by simmering organic beef and pork bones for 24 hours to extract maximum nutrients. If you’re not a fan of pork and beef, they have poultry broth and lamb broth, as well! YOU CAN PURCHASE THEIR BROTH ONLINE!


Kreation- My go-to healthy eatery in LA! They offer BISON and chicken bone broth on their menu and to take home in their kafe’s!


The District By Hannah An- The District has been one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles ever since I moved here two years ago! I always order the Filet Mignon and Chicken PHO! (Chicken or filet, rice noodles, onion, scallion, and bean sprouts).
*** Thanks to The District, whenever I see Pho on a menu, I order it! Pho isn’t necessarily BONE broth. The Pho at The District is made from the whole animal, bones AND flesh!

NYC:
Springbone– You must order the Liquid Gold! It is made with chicken broth, organic coconut milk & turmeric, and they also offer a veggie broth! You can add a variety of toppings to your broth to make it a filling meal!
Brodo– The OG spot for Bone Broth! Four styles of broth and a variety of flavorful add-ins, as well as chef-designed combos. 100% grass-fed beef, organic poultry, and whole fresh organic vegetables.Originally, Brodo opened as a window in the East Village, and they have since spread to multiple locations! YOU CAN PURCHASE THEIR BROTH ONLINE!

SF:
Saiwalks- Located in The Marina, this Vietnamese hotspot in my favorite place to go in SF. Homemade, slow-cooked (10-hour!) bone broth served steamy hot in a big bowl with rice noodle, cilantro, basil, onions, lemon wedges, and bean sprout. GLUTEN FREE AND NO MSG!

Favorite Brands of Bone Broth:
Belcampo
Erewhon
Kettle & Fire
Broth Masters
Bonafide- my friends love it, I have yet to try it!
Dr. Axe Bone Broth PROTEIN POWDERS– I am a self-proclaimed smoothie-addict, and using these powders in my smoothies has been amazing! Protein packed and equipped with good fats, using the powders enables me to have my two favorite foods (smoothies and bone broth) in one!
Probiotic Boost

FAQ:
Q: When I see soup on a menu, is it bone broth?
A: Not necessarily! There is a difference between broth and stock, and it mainly has to do with what part of the animal the broth is made from (bones versus flesh) and cooking time. Bone Broth is technically a stock, as according to Kettle & Fire, “A stock is made by simmering bones, ligaments and connective tissue in boiling water for roughly 3-4 hours.” However, Bone Broth is cooked for 10+ hours! For more details and the nitty gritty, check out Kettle & Fire’s blog, here!

Q: Does vegan bone broth exist?
A: Sort of! One of the first bone broth’s I ever tried was the Vegan, mushroom-based bone broth from Erewhon. There are no bones used, but mineral rich vegan soups are said to do the trick!

Q: The bone broth I just bought/made looks “jiggly”… is it supposed to!?
A: Jiggly is great! That’s the gelatin.

Q: How long can you refrigerate bone broth for before you have to freeze it? How long can it stay frozen?
A: The general rule of thumb seems to be, “refrigerate for up to a week, and then freeze for up to a year.”

Q: I have IBS, and so many bone broth’s have onion and garlic in them. Are there any without?!
A: YES! I feel you all on this one, as I have mild IBS, too. I live for Belcampo Bone Broth because their broth is made from a combination of different animal bones (so the flavor isn’t overly powerful/strong from just one animal), and the only added ingredient is Apple Cider Vinegar, which makes every broth better!

Sources I used in writing this article and in embarking on my own Bone Broth journey!

https://www.kettleandfire.com/pages/the-bone-broth-diet

https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/

 

 

Pyure Organic Stevia

When it comes to sugar, I like to say, “I can’t live with it, but I really can’t live without it.” What do I mean? Well, I know deep down, sugar is my number one culprit when it comes to stomach problems and not feeling well (or number one now that gluten has been removed 😉 ), but sugar just makes everything taste better!! In recent months, I’ve started using Stevia in my recipes and drinks/cocktails, as a way of indulging in the sweet, without having to give in and use actual sugar, and I’m a total supporter of it.

Introducing Pyure Organic Stevia. An organic, Non-GMO, sugar free, calorie-free, vegan, gluten-free sweetener! Pyure‘s unique formulation only uses the sweetest part of the Stevia leaf so it tastes great, and it’s easy to use! Each product has a conversion chart making it easy to swap out sugar from any recipe. It’s great for baking, creating beverages, savory sauces, and healthy snacks…any recipe that needs a little sweetness! Pyure comes in an all-purpose blend, liquid Original & Vanilla flavor, Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and Sugar-Free Honey alternative, with more to come.

I’ve used Pyure’s classic blend Stevia for a while now in my matcha lattes, and it totally does the trick and gives my matcha the extra sweetness it needs. But like you all, I was most curious about the maple and honey flavored varieties! I mean, could it really be possible to taste like maple/honey, but not have the sugar? The answer is yes! First of all, I can have the Pyure Maple Stevia by the spoonful it is just so good! To test the power of Pyure’s flavored Stevia, I decided to make one of my favorite recipes, my Paleo Cacao Avocado Bread, but sub in Pyure Honey for actual Honey.

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Mashed Avocado (~1.5 small avocados)
3 T Melted Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 T Pyure Organic Stevia: Honey
2 Eggs
2 Cups Almond Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
Dash of Salt

The verdict? Just as delicious and flavorful as I expected it to be!

This weekend at Expo West I had the opportunity to sit down with Pyure’s Founder, Ben Fleischer, and chat more about his brand. He too, enjoys using Pyure in his drinks, but also brought up such an interesting point! Remember your childhood days when you drowned your pancakes in maple syrup? And then subsequently drove your parents crazy because you were on a crazy sugar high? Pyure’s maple stevia is a parent’s dream! Kids can experience the taste and flavor of maple syrup, all without the sugar rush, making this product totally parent approved.

Ben mentioned new flavors are on the horizon, as well as product expansion outside of the stevia blends. I’m super excited for Pyure to continue making its impression on our health and wellness community (can you believe they’ve been around for 10 years?!), and I’m excited to create awareness for this awesome company.

To learn more about the product and to purchase, visit Pyureorganic.com!

PS- my new favorite “Mocktail” recipe: Club Soda, Mint, Stevia. A Mock Mojito!