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Who Am I?

November 16th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Hey guys! I’m Krista and I’m one of the founders of Shaka Bowl.  So I figure before we start this whole news letter thing that I should let you guys know a little bit about who I am. Then I’ll leave the trusting up to you. Hopefully along the way we’ll create this whole trust thing where you can trust that I will not only help provide you with nourishing, wholesome, readily convenient food, but that I will also help teach and help you understand WHY it is so important to eat this way and eat these sorts of things. Trust that I will share fun ways to keep active, and happy, and live lightly in this sometime heavy world, and lastly trust that I will always be honest with you guys and hopefully make you laugh here and there along the way.

 

The truth is we’re all humans. We all struggle in different aspects of our lives. Some days we really need a nudge of encouragement, and some days we simply just need a good laugh, but we do all need something each and every day. I cannot promise to be that for you all of the time, but I can promise you a few things. I promise that the benefits of eating and living a healthier life are far greater than any other thing you can do for yourself. I promise that 30 minutes of exercise is truly all you need. I promise that mediating is not over rated. I promise that love does actually win. And lastly I promise that your perspective is all that matters at the end of every day. If you can trust those simple teachings, you can understand that life really is great, and we all have great things to live for each and every day.

 

SO me? Who am I? Why do we care? Honestly, maybe we don’t. But maybe I can try convince you to : ) Give me a chance.

 

SO, I’ll go back to 2014 where this whole Shaka Bowl Journey began. It was the winter of 2014 when my sister Kiersten (Executive Chef Q) as I like to call her filled out all of my paper work, booked my flight, and in the most literal sense dragged me to Hawaii. I was NOT excited to go. In fact, I was so stuck in my New-Jersey-living-kind-of-way that I actually dreaded moving to Hawaii. Funny right? Maybe more like insane right? Especially in January in New Jersey, pure nuts right? Yeah OKAY KRISTA. So I learned what a leap of faith was in the most literal sense possible. I got on a plane 5,000 miles from home to the most REMOTE island in the world from a main body of land (Did you know that?) with just a suitcase and my best friend/sister, Kiersten. Crazy, I know. I didn’t know what I was in for either.

 

From hitch hiking from beach to beach, to picking the fruit off of my neighbor trees, to snorkeling with the giant sea turtles (honu), to walking up and down the windy roads of little Hilo, I shortly fell immediately in love with that Island. Where else can you be in the rain forest, to the mountains with snow, to the deserts of the south side of the island all within an hour? It was incredible. And truth be told? It taught me SO much about who I was and who I was to become. It made me into the woman I am today. I spent 7 months exploring myself in isolation. I didn’t have a TV therefore I didn’t watch TV for 7 months. I was in college so naturally I didn’t have much money for spending. I spent my days at the local farmers market, reading, writing, teaching myself the practice of yoga, exploring the beauty all around me by truly immersing myself in the Hawaiian culture, the food, and the lifestyle—which for those of you have been lucky enough to visit, will know it is far from anything like the rest of the United States.  Through this style of living I understood the value in simplicity, in the absence of materialism, I truly understood my identity without the one I constructed in my then 20 years living in Bergen County, New Jersey. I continue this ideology of living in simplicity, and that’s why Kiersten and I have brought you Shaka. We believe it’s time to bring us back to our roots, to bring simplicity back to the crazy lifestyle of the urban and even suburban lifestyle. I hope you enjoy.

K

SPIRULINA & STRENGTH

November 16th, 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.

Five KEY Healthy Lifestyle Tips:

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
  1. Wake Up Early & Plan Your Day
    1. Time management is one of the hardest things in life to master. Many people wander through life blindly, everyday praying they make their train, praying they have time to make it to the gym, and hoping they aren’t late for work or their boss will kill them. But that’s stressful, and stress is detrimental to our health. We could go on forever as to why stress is bad for your health but we’ll keep it simple: Emotional stressthat stays around for weeks or months can weaken the immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease. In particular, too much epinephrine (adrenalin/anxiety) can be harmful to your heart, which then becomes physical stress & that is a WHOLE other boat of problems for your body. Most people go about their day never knowing when they’ll get just where they are planning to go. Most people hate getting out of bed (when we say most, we mean everyone), but the most important moment of your day, is when instead of pressing snooze and striping yourself of the key moments in the morning to plan your day, you pop out of bed and ask yourself, “OK, what do I need to get done today?” By asking yourself that one simple question, you can alleviate yourself from all of the stress that comes from the term “rush”. No body likes to be rushed, and when we rush, we feel stressed. Again, no good!  So pop out of bed, set your ONE alarm for five minutes earlier everyday, and give yourself a mental map of an allotted amount of time to transition from work, to the gym, to any other prior engagements you’ve made for that day. If you make this a habit over time, you’ll begin to notice the normalcy that comes with just taking the extra moment to plan your day and lifting that stressful weight of rushing off of your back. (P.S. It only takes 7 days to create a habit, of say, waking up early—So…what are you waiting for!?!?)
  2. Eat Nutritious Breakfast
    1. Nothing sets us out on the right track for the day like nourishing our bodies with the proper foods for the day. Consider every morning a fresh start to becoming a better version of yourself. Mornings are the greatest gift we were given. For those of you stuck in some sick cycle of life, or someone who has had more bad days than good: consider life beautiful because it has given you mornings. Mornings give us the time to erase the day before, to say, “This is behind me, I have survived, and now it’s time to kick today’s a**!” That is why the morning is SO crucial to our vitality. Did you have a serious snack binger the night before? Did you drink way more than you planned too and over slept just slightly? THAT’S OK— as long as you pick yourself up the next morning, eat a nourishing breakfast, and go tackle the day stronger and better than the day before. The best part is, every morning we are one day older than we were—yes, wiser as well. So learn from the day before, learn from the month prior, you’re already a better person than you were. So make the right choices when you wake up, load your breakfast up with healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, whole eggs, chia seeds, nuts, and yes… lots and lots of acai…), and load up on healthy proteins and go kick today’s booty!!
  3. Get Out
    1. Whether it is to the gym or to the park: get outside. Living in Hoboken often becomes a difficult struggle especially when it’s cold and wet outside but the truth is, nature will always be nature and you need to make a decision if you always want to be someone who uses the weather as an excuse to determine the destiny of your day or not. Our advice is set a goal of at least a half hour of physical activity. Walk to the grocery store instead of driving, walk up by the river, or, walk to the gym. Walking releases stress, it gives us a critical time to ourselves to think and reflect. When we do not give ourselves a time of the day solely dedicated to the release of stress (exercising), we begin to go a little stir crazy living under the pressure we put on ourselves each and everyday. Stress, again, is very detrimental to our health in a plethora of ways. Therefor, anything we do to skip out on alleviating stress, only comes back to haunt us at the most unwanted times. Set a goal of 30 minutes and we can almost guarantee that due to the abundance of healthy endorphins that you release during an exercise, you’ll boost that exercise up to 45 minutes or sometimes an hour. (**Intense exercising for longer than an hour is no suggested; consult a physician if you intend on exceeding 1 hour of maximum strength exercising**). We here at Shaka believe that allotting AT LEAST a half hour of the day fully to YOURSELF, is one of the most imperative healthy lifestyle tips you will take into consideration.
  4. EAT THIS–NOT THAT.
    1. While exercising is one of the most imperative things you can do for both your mental and physical health: You have no idea what eating the right foods for you can do for both mental and physical health. While we would never ever tell you that you CANNOT eat something, because as we said in our previous blog cutting any one food group from your diet can be just as detrimental as it can be to eat it in excess, we can tell you that you do have choices to make. You have choices when you choose to eat out, you have choices when you open your fridge, or your cabinet late at night. You always have a choice, and that is the first rule of thumb when choosing what to eat and what not to eat. Everyone is different; we can’t make you eat anything and we can’t make you not. What we can do id just promise you that anything you WANT TO EAT, there is 100% a healthy alternative that is just as tasty, but 10x healthier for you. So we’ll keep it short and say: do your research. Learn about yourself. Know yourself most importantly. What do you like? What do you not like? Determine and decide, what’s a hard yes, and a hard no for your dietary restrictions. Food is one of the greatest parts about life and it shouldn’t be a job. So look for the healthy alternatives, read up about it on the internet, talk to your friends, your coworkers and your peers, and see what you can do to make the right choices for you. The best part about this vital role that eating healthy food plays in our life— most people are on board with this whole new “eat healthy” thing, I know we here at Shaka are. We promise the benefits ARE as good as the people say they are. Food is a gift from the earth itself, of course we should treat it as so by only consuming the best!
  5. Count Your Blessings
    1. Lastly, we’re going to leave you with this: Nothing will make us appreciate the beauty that exists in life all around us like appreciating what is right in front of us. Tell someone you’re thankful for them today. Compliment somebody who rubs you the wrong way. Do not spend one extra second of your day dwelling on something you cannot change. Because we here at Shaka understand that life is precious, that life is a gift. And a healthy lifestyle does not only begin with how early you wake up, how often you exercise, how well you eat, but rather it begins with how well you treat your mind, and the minds of those around you. It begins with a positive perspective, if you can master seeing the good, you’re already well on your way to living a healthy lifestyle—No tips, or hacks involved. Just pure bliss—because it exists everyday, all around you, and we promise, the sooner you begin to thank life for 5 things you’re blessed to have, and be apart of, you’re already 1/5 of the way to being the best you, that you possibly can be.

 

Thanks for reading guys. We hope you choose. Choose to live a better life. We’re all only given one chance at this thing we call life. And sometimes it’s pretty tough. Heck, most of the time it’s kicking us down more than it’s picking us up. Most of the times you have no control, the only thing you can control are your choices & your perspective. We hope you choose right. We hope you choose positivity. And overall, we hope you choose to live a healthy and happy lifestyle, because there is only ONE you, and we’re positive you’re pretty rad. So keep on keeping on, and we’ll be back with more for you next week.

 

-K & K

DAIRY AND WHY WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE EXCESS INTAKE HERE @ SHAKA

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

TINY MIGHTY FIGHTING SUPERFOOD THAT IS BEE POLLEN

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

 

PITAYA & the New Year

January 25th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

It’s a new year and the number one question every person asks himself or herself is, “What goal am I going to set for myself in the year to come?” better yet, they ask, “What goal am I actually going to stick with?” The truth is the goals we set for ourselves are the only ones we are actually capable of fulfilling. They usually fall under the same category of focusing on ones self–whether it is to focus more on themselves overall, to work harder in their place of work, to lose weight, eat cleaner, or simply live a healthier lifestyle, a new year always begins with clean, healthy intentions.

 

So as we settle into a New Year, we thought it would be best to kick off our blogs. Full of facts, information, lifestyle tips, and everything else that keeps the human sane during the many trialing events that take place throughout every one persons life, every year.

 

We’ll begin by filling all the curious and ambitious in on one question we run into nearly everyday (and that’s ok—here at Shaka we don’t just like sharing everything we know about leading a healthy lifestyle with our awesome customers, we LOVE IT).

 

What is SO super about this SUPERFRUIT PITAYA pronounced (PA-TIE-YAH) that everyone over here on the East Coast is just beginning to buzz about?

 

 

To us, “superfoods” are foods that strengthen our bones, teeth and our immune systems while providing the building blocks of healthy cell repair and regeneration for glowing skin and healthy, lustrous hair. Pitaya more commonly known as pink dragon fruit, has come to us from tropical and subtropical regions in South America and Asia, where the dragon fruit flourishes and grows in abundance. Appropriately named, the dragon fruit’s outer skin is cactus-like, resembling the plant it grows off of. Rightfully so, considered a cactus plant, its vibrant green and reddish-pink hues indicate that the fruit is full of nutrients, while the creamy white or pink flesh spotted with black seeds gives way to many rich and natural properties. Coming in 3 color variations, yellow or pink with white flesh and red with red flesh, the typical dragon fruit is a truly curious looking thing.

 

 

Each dragon fruit contains around 60 calories each and are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus and is naturally low in sugar. A 100-gram (3.5 oz) serving of white-fleshed dragon fruit provides an estimated 21 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 34% of the recommended daily value.

We Love Bananas

April 19th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Hey Shaka friends,

If you couldn’t have guessed one of our favorite ingredients are bananas. Did you know eating two bananas a day provides you with enough energy for the whole day? They are simply natures most perfect food! They are low in fat and high in nutrition that has plenty of digestive benefits, cardiovascular benefits and athletic performance. Eating a well balanced diet is key…for example, you can’t cut out gluten and eat low-nutrient gluten free foods like corn and potato flour based replacements and expect results. Bananas are high in potassium, that is a super important electrolyte necessary for muscular functions and digestion. Bananas contain fiber, vitamins A, B, E, K and C. Bananas coming in hot with only 105 calories and 0 grams of FAT. The carbohydrates in bananas contrary to people who believe bananas to be filled with refined sugars they provide quick acting long-term energy. See these semi-ripened bananas? Guess what? They actually have MORE antioxidants than bananas that are not as ripe and they are undeniably sweeter (just like you) so it just gives more proof to never judge a book by its cover… Overall, they are seriously delicious and here at Shaka we LOVE them so stop avoiding them…your body will say thanks 😉

Love,

K&K

 

Goji for our Yogis

April 19th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Calling all our Yogis,

Want an extra nutritious boost to add to your bowl? Healthy and glowing skin, rich in antioxidants, boosts your health and protects your eyes? YES PLEASE! These little chewy berries are good on-the-go, in smoothies, on your BOWL, or in baking. These little berries are just an easy and quick way for us to add some healthy prep to your step! So give them a try and tell us what you think!

Love,

K&K

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