Monthly Archives: February, 2017


February 24th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Hey guys! So it’s 2017, and with the start of the new year we’ve had our customers come in with all different types of dietary restrictions from completely gluten free just because, to the Whole 30 Fad, and we can only offer a little bit of advice here at Shaka.

The first thing we can say is, any diet that asks you to COMPETELY cut anything from your diet, that your body is already partially used to consuming, or reliant on, will probably result in the yo-yo effect. That it is never advised to completely cut anything from your diet unless you have been told by a professional physician that it is detrimental to your health.

We thought this would be a good time to address the issue of DAIRY. While we do not necessarily believe you need to cut dairy from your diet, we do believe your dairy intake should be limited for various reasons. And while we do still have dairy based options here at Shaka, we mainly make sure our products are Coconut Water, Almond Milk, And Coconut Milk based.

It has been brought to our attention from our customers that there is a common misconception that “Eggs are Dairy”. According to the The U.S. Department of Agriculture, eggs are now considered to reside in the protein foods group. This category also includes meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds, not dairy. Therefor, our sauces that do have mayo are in fact, not dairy. YAY!

Again, we do not encourage necessarily a completely dairy free diet, for the same reason as most: If you do accidentally consume it, or change your mind at a different point of your life to go back to consuming it, you do not want to lose your bodies ability to digest this product all together. So we’ll start with why we, Kiersten & Krista, limit our dairy intake everyday, perhaps to less than even one serving on most days.

For starters, dairy products are extremely acidifying in the body. While the dairy industry has advertised for years that milk makes bones stronger, the opposite happens when you consume a lot of dairy. “In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell explains that when you consume milk, it creates a net metabolic acidity in the body.

In order to neutralize that acidity, your body draws salts such as calcium and phosphorus from your bones so it can return to its naturally alkaline state,”(Snyder, K. 2013).

Secondly, if you didn’t not know this, now you know: human beings are the only species that insist on consuming milk after infancy. Unfortunately, the milk humans consume isn’t human milk. It’s cow’s milk. Cow’s milk contains two elements that make it very difficult for the human body to process, however.

The first, high levels of casein, is milk’s primary protein. Difficulty digesting protein can cause damage to the intestines and stomach, which can lead to autoimmune and malabsorption disorders and poor health.

The second part of cow’s milk is very difficult for humans to digest is lactose, which is the sugar in milk. Many people have a strong intolerance for lactose, which can cause digestive disorders and upset.

While there are many more reasons we could go off of, we will leave you on this note: Milk may contain hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals

These cause endocrine disruption and have been associated with developing certain cancers. One of the most worrisome of these chemicals is recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a genetically engineered growth hormone used to increase milk production in cattle.

According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Canada and European countries have banned American milk because it contains this hormone, which has been linked to increased rates of cancer. Milk containing rGBH is not labeled in the United States.

The final thing we’ll leave you guys with, is while this is all bad news, we can leave you with some goods news: there are plenty of healthy, environmental friendly and encouraged alternatives like Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Coconut Water! All of these are natural, healthy, and tasty substitutes. To boot, these healthy alternatives reap many health benefits opposed to things detrimental to our health like milk & dairy!

Yikes! That’s a lot to take in by something most of us were raised to trust in! We’ll be back next week with more for you guys! Stay tuned and stay awesome! Thanks so much!


-K & K


February 16th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

What’s the buzz on bee pollen?


Hey Guys!! So… we’re going to jump right into this one! What is bee pollen? And why are we all of a sudden gravitating towards it, instead of running away from it? Pollen… Pollen, isn’t that the stuff that drives us insane, sneezing, burning our eyes, every turn of the season? Well… sort of.


Bee pollen is the teeny tiny pollen ball that has been packed by worker honeybees into pellets, it is essentially food made by honeybees in order to nourish young bees. Which is what you see when we over here at Shaka sprinkle it over your acai bowl like the magic little fairy dust that it is.


This mixture of pollen collected by bees as they fly from flower to flower is considered a “super food” to many because it contains almost every single nutrient vital to human health—including folic acid and B-complex vitamins, protein and amino acids, key nutrients for those of you on vegetarian and vegan diets. Many swear by it for a buzz of energy, a boost to immunity, heart health, digestion, but we here at Shaka know this super food is capable of much more than just that…


Studies have even shown that diets containing bee pollen have effectively increased metabolism and helped improve muscle mass, so it is definitely a valuable part of your meal plan when striving for healthy weight loss and control. We’ve also found from our own experience that consuming bee pollen daily helps us keep our hunger levels stay consistent, and it definitely helps balance cravings.


We can contribute its help for progressing weight loss its lecithin content. Lecithin is actually a fat itself, but we know that all fats are not created equal! Remember: healthy fats will help burn fat!


Bee pollen is approximately 25% complete bioavailable protein (50% more protein by weight than beef), containing at least 18 amino acids. In addition, bee pollen provides more than a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 beneficial fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates, and is rich in minerals.


Bee pollen is also rich in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids to support your skin and help fight nasty radicals, radicals who contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps combat puffiness – especially around the eyes, working to reduce the appearance of bags. As mentioned, the B vitamins help your body better contend with stress- which in itself is a contributor to accelerated aging.


Bee Pollen is a wonderful source for important enzymes, which can aid in the healthy digestion of food. . Bee pollen is an immune system booster & is naturally probiotic and supports your own healthy gut flora, which is one way that it provides a healthy boost to your immune system. With that, we here at Shaka always encourage our customers who are feeling sick to sprinkle bee pollen into their smoothies or over their bowls


Normally we would go into a brief description of why this is important, and why you should care, but I think the facts speak for themselves! There truly isn’t anything NOT to love about this super food! Of course it gives you energy, it is doing everything in its tiny power to make you GREAT!


Woaaah! Did you know that the tiny sprinkle we top your bowl with is doing all of that for you? Now come and get some more : )


– K & K



February 2nd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Hey Shaka lovers, we’re back again with more fun facts, information, and tips on all things healthy just as we promised. This week we thought we would dive into this tiny, but powerful ingredient that we sell here at Shaka, both in one of our very popular specialty smoothies, The Sunny Spirulina, but also as an additive to any bowl or smoothie.



So if you’re in the dark about this super food and all of the benefits it reaps, we’re excited to share with you everything we know about it. And if you do know what this mighty fighting powder is capable of, but would like to just know a little more, we’re here for that too. : )


First, the most wonderful fact that we love to share about this super food, is that it is native to our home, Hawaii. Spirulina is a completely natural super food harvested from the depths of the seas. Spirulina is an all-natural saltwater blue-algae brimming with proteins, essential amino acids, omega three oils and vitamins and minerals.


For those of you who are trying to up your protein intake, spirulina should be your number one resource. We like to refer to it as the mighty strengthening spirulina — which brings a host of amazing benefits, including:

  • Supports cardiovascular, eye and brain health, boosts immunity and energy.
  • It is one of the most complete food sources in the world with over 100 nutrients, 60% protein content
  • Contains the highest levels of carotenoids, which are an orange or red plant pigment found in carrots and many other plant structures. It is a terpenoid hydrocarbon with several isomers, which one carotenoid is as important in the diet as a forerunner of vitamin A.
  • High in antioxidants known to promote health and longevity
  • Excellent protein and nutrient source especially for those on a plant-based diet
  • Packed Full of Protein Rich Plant Enzymes
  • Naturally Rich in Essential Amino Acids, Omega Three Oils and Vitamins and Minerals
  • Packed full of anti-inflammatories


While to most, Spirulina is an acquired tasted, when paired with the right ingredients, like our Sunny Spirulina smoothie (Almond Milk, Bananas, Acai, Spinach, + Chia Seeds) Spirulina can be quite delicious, and quite beneficial for your health.


So why does all of this matter? Spirulina powder is designed to enhance your internal health and increase your natural energy. It’s everything your body needs to optimize circulation, digestion and cholesterol levels. Here at Shaka we only use certified Organic Spirulina by the Soil Association Spirulina powder is rich in B12, B3, Omega-3 oils, essential amino acids and core nutrients such as Phosphorous, Calcium, and Iron. According to My Super Foods, a USDA organic company, “Studies show that adding spirulina to your daily regimen can help boost your immune system which is essential for fighting off colds and allergies, as well as reducing your risk of serious diseases.” Lastly, as a new time is upon us, and everyone has very specific and different dietary needs, we want everyone to enjoy the benefits of all of our products here at Shaka, which is why our premium formula is also safe for those with special dietary needs, such as those with vegetarian and vegan diets.

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