Kali-O's Juice Box

Cold Pressed Vs. Traditional

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As you all know by now we began selling bottled cold pressed juices in our stores and we are STOKED about it.  It was a process to get up and running but since we bottled our first juices, you guys have been snatching them up!  But you might be curious, why the change?  There’s a lot of information out there about what is and is not the best and healthiest and it can be overwhelming at times.  When it comes to juicing alone there is a TON of info that can easily be misinterpreted and confusing so we want to set things straight for you when it comes to different types of juicing.

 

There are two traditional ways of juicing that depend on the type of juicer you are using: centrifugal or masticating.  The most common is the centrifugal, which is also the type of juicer we used thus far (and still use for those looking for a custom juice).  Centrifugal uses sharp blades and centripetal force to grind the fruits and veggies and force the liquid through a mesh filter leaving the pulp behind.

Cold pressing starts with a food processor.  First the fruits and veggies are pulsed into a large pulp.  Then the pulp is put into the cold press machine where two plates squeeze together to press out the juice that falls into a tray below.  Now that you have a basic understanding of the differences between juicing systems, let’s take a look at some pros and cons of each method.

So, we hope this explains things a bit better! Cold pressed is great for bottling and keeping this fresh.  Centrifugal is also a great option if you are consuming the juice immediately.  The most important part though is to go with whatever works for YOU and YOUR LIFE!

Separation occurs naturally when using a centrifugal juicer

Separation occurs naturally when using a centrifugal juicer

Stop in to any of our locations to see what flavors we have stocked for the day and remember the cold pressed juices are also 100% ORGANIC.  Kali-O’s cares about you and your health!

Have you tried our cold-pressed bottles yet?

Do you have a home juicer?

Not All Bowls Are Created Equal

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We have some pet peeves over here at Kali-O’s.  Some of those include slow drivers in the fast lane, people who talk during movies, commercials that are twice the volume of regular tv, people that cut in line, people that wear too much perfume/cologne, being interrupted…we could compile a list quite easily.  But the number 1 pet peeve over here is that other smoothie and bowl places market their product as healthy when that couldn’t be further from the #truth.

When you order a bowl at other places you may think you’re making a conscious healthy decision, but unless you’re at Kali-O’s, chances are your “healthy” decision, isn’t so healthy after all.  So let’s talk about some surprising facts…

 
 

Sweetened or “Original” frozen acai packs contain 13g of sugar in each pack.  Bowls usually contain 2 packs of acai so now we’re up to 26g of ADDED sugars (not naturally occurring like fruit).  Kali-O’s only uses unsweetened packs that contain 0g of sugar.  So with the other guys we’re already up to a serving of ice cream, and we haven’t even blended the bowl or added the toppings yet!!

Each business decides what liquids and other ingredients get blended together to form the acai base.  At Kali-O’s that includes ½ a banana for creaminess and a splash-we’re talking about 1oz- of unsweetened #freshpressed #organic apple juice for a touch of sweetness.  Other companies use apple juice that’s more sugar than juice along with chemical preservatives and other fillers to bulk up their base <--doesn’t that sound tasty (insert sarcasm here)

OK now that we’ve discussed what makes up the base of the bowls, let’s move on to toppings. Along with fruit, there are lots of choices for toppings but the one that gets the most attention is granola.  This is another place where you want to be REALLY careful.  Other granolas are not only packed with lots of added sugars, but also fillers to keep things cheap to produce.  Can you say rice flour, cornstarch, expeller pressed canola oil, or natural flavor (umm what does natural flavor even mean?!).  Oh yeah and that added sugar, is ingredient #2 on the list, yikes!  So let’s estimate ¾ cup of granola on your bowl-combined with your sweetened acai base we’re up to 40, yes 40g of added sugars!  Here at Kali-O’s we make our own granola so we can control exactly what goes into it with no extra weird stuff.  Oats, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon.  We keep it simple and bake every batch with love <3

Oh man I wish we were done but there’s more… Others use lesser quality ingredients like peanut butter with added sugars, oils, and preservatives or Nutella (see image below and apologies for the disturbing facts).  Kali-O’s only buys or makes the best quality.  We use peanut butter with one ingredient-peanuts.  Almond butter with one ingredient-almonds.  Homemade “not-tella” containing hazelnuts, agave, and unsweetened cocoa.  Why use lesser quality with gross preservatives when you don’t have to?!

While ice cream and sweets are delicious and certainly shouldn’t be shunned, we just want our customers to be aware and informed.  Don’t buy into the other guys’ propaganda.  Only at Kali-O’s are you getting the freshest, best, highest quality ingredients that are not only delicious but truly HEALTHY.

Whew, ok rant over.  Help us spread the news and share this post with your friends and family.  They’ll be thankful for the #truth.

Did you know that all bowls are not created equal?

What was the most surprising fact that you learned?

Yoga Moves For...

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Yoga can truly be a great addition to any lifestyle at any age.  There are so many different variations and uses that we guarantee you can find a use for yoga in YOUR life.  

Yoga classes and poses can range anywhere from light stretching and relaxation to an intense sweaty workout.  What's the best kind of yoga? Well that depends on YOU!  Do whatever type that feels good to YOU and YOUR BODY.  That might mean one day is intense and focused, and the next is a light stretch.  Incorporating yoga moves and sequences into your daily routine is going to give you countless benefits including improved strength and balance, better mood, more relaxation, less stress <- don't we all need that one?!

Check out these moves that are designed for any mood or occasion.  We promise the movement will make your body feel GOOD, and that's the goal right?!

Yoga can be intimidating when you're a newbie, but no worries, you don't need to be an expert head-standing yogi master to reap the benefits.  Just start at home with simple moves if you're uncomfortable taking a class.  We have found however that no matter the level of skill, yoga studios and teachers are some of the most welcoming people who truly want you to feel comfortable so don't be afraid to sign up for a class with no experience! It could just become something you LOVE <3

Do you practice yoga regularly? We try to!

What's your favorite benefit from yoga? Relaxation, stress release

Featured Boost: Hemp Seeds

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This week's FREE boost of the week is hemp seeds.  So let's sit down and discuss why you need to take advantage of this superfood this week.

Hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) have a ton of nutritional benefits but sometimes get lumped in with cannabis and are therefore often misunderstood.  Cannabis contains a high amount of the psychoactive ingredient THC and while hemp seeds are a variety of the cannabis plant, they do not have the effect that cannabis has and therefore are perfectly healthy and legal to consume.

Hemp Seeds both Whole and Shelled (Source)

Hemp Seeds both Whole and Shelled (Source)

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let's lay out all the nutritional benefits you can get from these awesome seeds.  Your body needs a very large variety of nutrients on a daily basis and there is no better way to get those nutrients than whole foods.  Sure supplements are great for additional benefits especially when life gets busy and we don't eat as well as we should.  But truly nothing beats the nutrition you get from eating healthy foods and your body can absorb and process foods a whole lot easier than supplements.  Here's what hemp seeds bring to the table:

  • a great 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids
  • "perfect protein" containing 20 amino acids including 9 that our bodies are unable to produce and need to rely on other sources for
  • high in both soluble and insoluble fiber
  • minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc
  • vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, E

^^^^WOW^^^^ Now that's a nutritional powerhouse.

So you're getting all these awesome nutrients, but what does that actually mean?  Well there's a whole host of things starting with hormonal support that also trickles down to better hair, skin and nails.  And while doing that, they also help to ease joint pain and arthritis.  Even more impressive is that they aid in heart health and digestive health <- two HUGE systems that need all the support they can get!

So overall it means BETTER HEALTH, and who doesn't want that?!

Give these seeds a chance! Top them on your bowl or add them to your smoothie this week for free.  They have a *slightly* nutty flavor that's quite delicious, and are totally allergy friendly.  All of our Protein Bowl fans already know how awesome these guys are, now it's your turn.

Have you ever tried hemp seeds? Yup and Yum

What nutritional benefit are you most interested in? Protein

Superfood: Flaxseed

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When we were choosing healthy ingredients to add to our menu we knew we needed to include flaxseed.  These little buggers pack a punch of nutrition in just a small amount.  Plus they're easily added to smoothies and bowls without having an affect on taste! It's a win-win in our world, so let's chat about these great benefits, shall we?

Nutritionally speaking, flaxseeds are very high in omega-3, fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B12.  Not to mention they also contain vitamin B6, iron, and potassium.  Nutritional powerhouse indeed!  So what does this actually mean for you and your health? Well we're glad you asked!

High in both soluble and insoluble fiber helps to regulate the food moving through your digestive tract at a slower pace, allowing for more nutrient absorption as well as helping to detox your colon and avoid blood sugar spikes.  The fats and B vitamins help reduce dryness of skin aiding in care for acne, eczema and a flaky scalp.  Probably one of the best reasons to consume flaxseed is to help your gut-and we could all spare to feel a little better there right??  The digestive benefits range from decreasing inflammation (the root of many gut issues) and natural constipation relief to protecting the gut lining and supporting the growth of probiotics.

While we are always happy to throw in a scoop of these superfood seeds into a smoothie or bowl, their versatility is truly awesome!  Sprinkle on top of your salads for an extra boost, mix with water to create a vegan "egg" substitute when baking (or when you start your recipe and realize you forgot to buy eggs!), mix into your morning yogurt, or oatmeal, or use mix it into your breading mix while cooking.  

There has been some debate on the best way to consume flaxseed and you'll see you can buy as whole seeds or ground (meal) as well as in a variety of colors.  The different colors have different nutritional ratios and all are great to consume.  Here at Kali-O's we use ground seeds as it allows the nutrients to be better available to your body for absorption, but feel free to experiment at home!

And of course they are naturally gluten free and very allergy friendly!  We hope you'll take advantage of our "boost of the week" and give flaxseeds a try for free!

Have you ever tried flaxseeds?  Smoothies and salads are our favorite ways to incorporate them!