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Putting It To The Test

When I first started working at Juice Society, I knew absolutely nothing about superfood mushrooms- I barely even ate regular mushrooms. After seeing the ways we incorporated them into smoothies at JS and learning about the amazing benefits medicinal mushrooms had, I was ecstatic to hear that we were rolling out a mushroom coffee- our “Shroom Coffee”.
Danielle and I decided to take on the challenge of drinking mushroom coffee and tonics in replacement of normal coffee for two weeks. I didn’t drink coffee every day due to the fact that I do not like to overwhelm my body with caffeine, so I alternated between coffee and plant milk tonics.The medicinal mushrooms used in our Shroom Coffee are reishi, cordyceps and lion’s mane. (To learn the benefits of reishi, cordyceps and lion’s mane, read here.)

Before taking on the challenge of drinking mushroom coffee and tonics for two weeks, I hoped to see positive results from a few of my health-related issues:
My digestion issues: My sensitive stomach has always been a bother and a pain- literally.
Falling asleep and waking up: I am a huge night owl and getting up anytime before 9:30 leaves me riding the struggle bus.
Finding serenity: As a full time student balancing school, a job, an internship and a social life, I find myself far from peace of mind more than I would like.

Obviously my first day of the challenge showed no result; I felt energized from the coffee but nothing noticeable was happening. However, by the end of the fourth day, I could feel that my digestive system was a bit more regulated and that my stomach didn’t feel as sensitive as it usually did. This was definitely the lion’s mane taking effect. By day eight, I noticed my sleeping pattern felt more regulated. I was falling asleep without tossing and turning for what seemed like years. Not to mention, I was also waking up less groggy and tired than normal. I also noticed that my allergies were not flaring up as often or as intensely as they usually did. These were positive side effects of reishi and cordyceps, respectively.

Overall, I noticed only positive changes from doing the two week challenge. I not only felt great in a physical sense, but mentally as well. I believe that healing can start from the inside out with plant-based food, like these medicinal mushrooms. If there are simple health problems that you want to work on, whether they are regulating your sleeping pattern or helping aid digestion, look into holistic healing and incorporating superfoods into your everyday life- even in your morning cup of coffee!

(Juice Society’s Shroom Coffee: 6 ounces cold brew, 6 ounces almond milk, ¼ tsp reishi, ¼ tsp cordyceps, 1 tsp lion’s mane, 1 tsp maple syrup and ½ tbsp of cacao. )

Staying Healthy During Spring Break

Happy first day of Spring Break! If you’re one of the lucky ones you might be taking time off to head off to a sunny beach or hit the slopes.. Lucky you. If you’re anything like us, as vacation rolls around we tend to leave healthy habits behind and indulge. Treating yourself is great, especially during vacation, but we could all use a few tips to try to stay on track! Below are some of our favorite ways to keep it up our healthy habits during the break!

1. Stay Hydrated
When you’re dehydrated your kidneys begin to retain water causing you to feel bloated, fatigued and irritated. Dehydration can also cause headaches, dizziness, and lead you to believe you’re hungry causing you to overeat when, in reality, you’re just thirsty! Ditch the bloat by drinking at least 2 glasses of water during every meal. . Opt for a larger size water bottle so you can essure you drink enough plus add lemon or lime slices for some extra flavor.. If you need to, set reminders on your phone to drink up!

2. Don’t Over Do It
Speaking of drinking- we all know vacation calls for letting loose a bit and relaxing because who wouldn’t want to lay by the pool with a cool cocktail? But it’s all about balance! Our favorite trick is for every cocktail you have, to drink a glass of water! Your body will be hydrated, you’ll still have a good time, and you won’t have to waste a day lying in bed from a bad hangover!

3. Don’t Skip Meals
It’s easy to forget to eat when you’re out having fun and distracted by friends, but skipping meals leads to overeating later in the day. We suggest packing snacks to ensure this doesn’t happen! We love bananas, nuts, granola and carrots as easy grab-and-go snacks. If you don’t have enough time to sit down and eat a full meal you’ll have these snacks to curb your hunger with clean, sustainable energy.

4. Protect Your Skin
Whether you’re in the sun or the snow, sunscreen is a MUST! Always remember to pack sunscreen with you and reapply it every so few hours, especially after being in the water. A tinted moisturizer with SPF is the perfect way to remember to apply it daily.

5. Quick Workouts
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to ditch your workout routine. Make sure to pack tennis shoes and workout clothes in your suitcase as a reminder to stay active. Whether this means a hike, a jog on the beach, or a quick HIIT session in your hotel room, make some time for it! Our favorite is trying out new studios if we are in a new city, or doing water sports at the beach. Anything that gets you moving and working up a sweat will keep you feeling energized throughout your trip.

Granola Three Ways

Sweet, crunchy and oh-so satisfying, we love a good granola to snack on during the day, or add to our favorite smoothie bowl. Our custom JS collaboration with Grey Gardens called Daytripper, is packed with oats, maple syrup, coconut sugar, almonds, applesauce, coconut oil, mesquite, maca, turmeric, and a touch of vanilla bean leaving you with a balanced, sweet and earthy granola unlike any you’ve tried before. . Besides it tasting delicious, the superfoods it packs is what has us really buzzin’ over this snack:

MACA: A personal favorite, I tend to add this root to everything: smoothies, oatmeal, baking , granola, you name it.This superfood, a member of the radish family, boosts energy, builds stamina, balance hormones, and gives you a dose of vitamins B, C, and E.

TURMERIC: This little guy helps fight inflammation, strengthens the body’s immune system and increases antioxidant capacity in the body helping to fight free radicals. PS – a shot of pure turmeric juice is the perfect way to fight off a cold or allergies!

MESQUITE: Hailing from the Mesquite tree, this superfood boosts your immune system and is a great form of protein with a sweet and nutty flavor..

Check out our 3 favorite ways to incorporate Daytripper into your meals!

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Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients:
1 medium banana
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any other nut milk)
2 handfuls baby spinach
2 tablespoons maple syrup
5 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup of Daytripper Granola
Fresh berries (blueberries are my favorite)

How To:
Place the banana, almond milk, baby spinach, maple syrup, and sea salt into a blender
Blend on high until smooth
Pour the mixture into a glass bowl and stir in the chia seeds
Cover the bowl and place into the refrigerator. Let the mixture sit for at least 3 hours or overnight
After letting it sit for 3 hours or longer, add Daytripper granola and berries of your choice and enjoy!

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Acorn Squash
Ingredients:
For the Acorn Squash-
1 acorn squash
Coconut oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
For the stuffing-
1 ½ cups of wild rice
1 tbs coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 cups brown mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced
1 bunch of kale, chopped
½ cup granola

How To:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Add 3 cups of water and your rice in a medium pot and bring to a boil
While the rice is cooking, slice the acorn squash into halves and cover with coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper
Place acorn squash into the oven for 45 minutes or until tender enough to pierce with a fork
Once the rice starts to boil, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer, continue to cook for 45-50 minutes
In a large pan, saute the mushrooms and garlic in coconut oil for 2-3 minutes
Add kale and granola to the mixture and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes
Once the squash and rice are finished, remove from heat and add the rice and sauteed mixture together
Scoop out a bit of the centers of the squash halves and add the rice and sauteed mixture to the squash
Serve and enjoy!

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Apple Goji Crisp
Ingredients:
Filling-
5 organic red apples, finely sliced
2 tbsp goji berries
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any of nut milk)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt
Topping-
1 cup Daytripper granola
2 tbsp gluten free flour
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt

How To:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Slice apples and toss with other filling ingredients in a bowl
In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients then place evenly over the top of the filling
Cook for 25 minutes, check, then cook for another 10 minutes or until apples are soft
Serve warm with coconut whip cream or dairy free ice cream and enjoy!

Spring Cleaning Starting In Your Kitchen

It’s almost Spring which means it’s time to get down and start cleaning! My favorite part of the house to start in is my kitchen. What better way to start a new season than with a clean, guilt-free, healthy kitchen? I’ve found that finding healthy substitutes and having core ingredients on hand make for better decisions when it comes to healthy meals and snacking. Read on for some of my favorite, easy swaps and additions you can make in your household starting today!

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Replace That With This:
-Milk → plant-based alternatives such as almond, hemp or coconut!
-Sugar filled cereal → Low sugar granola with almond milk! (http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/10/10/maple-almond-cranberry-granola/)
-Soda → Kombucha
-Potato chips → Homemade beet chips (http://minimalistbaker.com/baked-rosemary-beet-chips/#_a5y_p=2294894)
-Dairy Ice cream → Banana Nicecream! Easy as blending up a few frozen bananas, honey & top with fruit!
-Pasta → Zoodles!
-Candy → Frozen Grapes
-Cheese → Dairy free cheese

As for kitchen staples: I always leave these on hand to whip up a healthy snack, meal or smoothie!

Kitchen Staples:
-Almonds
-Apples
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Avocados
-Bananas
-Celery
-Coconut Oil
-Coconut Water and or almond milk
-Gluten Free Oatmeal (my favorite’s Purely Elizabeth Original)
-Hummus
-Maca Powder
-Zucchini
-Fresh herbs
-Red Bell Peppers
-Spinach

What are some of your favorites? Leave a comment and share with us some of your kitchen staples!

Spotlight On: LIVE Shot

Have you ever tried out our LIVE shot? It’s tiny, delicious, and filled with a whole of lot benefits. A potent mix of spirulina, E3Live, chlorophyll and lime to keep you buzzing and energized throughout the day. A quick rundown of why we love these superfoods so much:

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E3Live is an algae that contains the highest amount of vitamins, trace minerals, essential fatty acids and concentration of protein. E3Live also helps fight inflammation and helps balance your immune system.

Spirulina is an algae as well. It helps improve the body’s digestive system, fights allergies, regulates blood pressure and can even help improve memory.

Chlorophyll can help control hunger and cravings, helps the body detox naturally but binding to toxic metals to aid in absorptions, and promotes healthy iron levels.

LIVE Green Smoothie
My favorite way to start the day is with a green smoothie, so why not give it a little boost? Try this easy, tropical AM blend to get you going! .

Ingredients:
1 cup Coconut Water (try out Honest Harvest, it’s pink and delicious)
½ cup Coconut Meat
½ cup frozen Pineapple
1 frozen Banana
LIVE SHOT
1 tbsp aloe vera juice
1 tsp chia

Blend, sip, enjoy!

Watermelon LIVE Refresher
With spring break just around the corner and the temperatures rising here in Texas, nothing quite hits the spot like a refreshing fruit juice. This drink is sure to keep you cool and refreshed with a side of spice.

Ingredients:
4 cups watermelon cubes
1 cup water
1 seedless cucumber, sliced
1 cup club soda
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Tip: Throw in a bit of sliced jalapeno for a nice kick

New Menu Additions

Getting tired of your black coffee every morning? Well you’re in luck, we just added two new coffees to our menu that you are sure to love. Check out the goodness below-

Shroom Coffee

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Whats Inside:

Almond Milk
Cold Brew
Reishi
Cordyceps
Cacao
Maple Syrup
Lion’s Mane

What’s to love about this mushroom filled latte? Well, a lot. It has 3 of our most beloved and potent super mushrooms:

Reishi mushrooms are one of our favorite ways to boost the immune system! They also help detox the liver by creating a faster regeneration of healthy liver cells and release free radicals that have built up over time.

2. Cordyceps is an adaptogen (goodbye, stress!) and helps our bodies adapt to stressors and balance our our hormones. Cordyceps also promotes healthy brain function by reducing inflammation resulting in positive effects on mood and memory. Well take an extra spoonful of that please, thank you.

3. Lion’s Mane has a powerful effect on healthy digestion and younger looking skin thanks to these little things known as beta glucan polysaccharides (a mouthful, we know) As if that’s not enough, Lion’s Mane is also known to increase mood and stamina!

This is a serious way to upgrade that morning cup o’ joe, folks.

Sexy Coffee

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Whats Inside:
Coldbrew
Almond Milk
He Shou Wu
Maca
Cinnamon
Honey
Cacao

This coffee will have you full of energy and love! He Shou Wu
nourishes the reproductive system, helps balance hormones, and helps in rejuvenating our skin, hair and nails.. Maca is a great and easy way to get in vitamins B, C, and E as well as increase your libido and endurance (aka a whole lot of natural energy!) Cacao is not only a delicious superfood but also one that puts you in a state of bliss thanks to its mood enhancing properties. Need we say more?

Both coffees are available at our shop, hot or iced, 1100 South Lamar Austin TX 78704!

Menu Additions: Avocado Arugula Toast

If you’re as addicted to avocado toast as we are, you’ll love the latest addition to our menu! In addition to our Avocado Pesto toast, you can now order our Avocado Arugula Toast that has some of our favorite fixin’s : smashed avocado, lemon, arugula, beefsteak tomato, salt & a drizzle of balsamic.

Pair this one with our Superfood Matcha Latte (another JS fav) and you’ve got yourself a healthy, satisfying lunch!

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The Ideal Nighttime Routine

We all have those days when we have a million different tasks to get done and we blaze through the day only to find ourselves fully exhausted by the end of the night. The only problem is, we can’t seem to fall asleep. Creating a nighttime routine that you follow daily is important not only so you can avoid this from happening but also so you can wake up feeling recharge, stress free, and ready to take on the day. Try out these tips to creating the perfect nighttime routine for yourself-

1. Unplug
Give yourself a specific time at night to stop responding to emails, stop refreshing your instagram page, and turn off the tv. Staring at your phone, tv, or other electronic devices at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s time to go to bed.

2. Plan Ahead
No one likes having to rush around first thing in the morning trying to get everything in order. This is why I always plan ahead at night. Any meals you might need to take on the go, make and pack it the night before so it’s ready for you to grab and go. If you have a laundry list of things to do, prioritize which ones need to get done first and make it happen.

3. Stretch it Out
Getting in a good stretch at night helps relieve stress and tension from your joints and muscles and allows your body to unwind leaving you in a calm relaxed state. Try doing 20-30 minutes of yoga before bed and reap the benefits! My personal favorite pose: Child’s Pose.

4. Drink Up
Before hoping into bed drink a glass of warm water or herbal tea such as Chamomile tea. Chamomile helps relax your body, boosts your immune system, purifies your skin, and reduces swelling. Added tip: mix in some local honey and lemon.

5. Be Thankful
Keep a journal next to your bed and every night before going to bed reflect on your day and write down five things you are thankful for. This clears your mind, allows you to go to bed with a positive mind set, and gives you something to look back on at the end of the week to feel proud and accomplished over.

Valentine’s Day: Show Yourself Some Love

Between your busy work schedule, trying to keep a social life, and staying on top of your health, finding a moment to yourself is a lot easier said than done. Here are our top five favorite “Treat Yo’self” tips and what better of a time to test them out other than Valentine’s Day!

1. Meditate
Mediation has become so popular there are even apps designed to meditate while on the go. My favorite time to meditate is first thing in the morning- this allows me to set an intention for the day and clear my mind of any negativity from the day before.

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2. Face Mask
Who doesn’t love a good face mask? My favorite is Origins Retexturing Mask with Rose Clay. It smells good, feels good, diminishes impurities, and leaves you with a beautiful glow.

3.Bath Bomb
Lush bath bombs are a new obsession of mine! Not only are they pretty and mesmerizing while they fizz and fill your bathtub with a rainbow of colors, but they each have their own benefits. A favorite of mine is the Yoga Bomb. It’s a simple orange color filled with powerful sandalwood, olibanum and ho wood oils to help you slip into a relaxing meditative state.

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4. Light It Up
Lighting a candle when taking a bubblebath only makes the experience that much more relaxing. Try out Juice Society x Manready Mercantile Lemon + Rose candle for a light, floral scent that is the perfect way to reset and restore.

5. Essential Oils for Essential Sleep
Lavender oil is one of the most used essential oils for many reasons. It helps alleviate stress, rid headaches, improve sleep quality, and treat respiratory problems. Try out a lavender infused sleep mask or spritzing your pillow with lavender oil.

Spotlight On: Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, otherwise known as Indian Ginseng, is one of our favorite go-to superfoods! We’ll admit, it’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce but the list of physical and mental benefits could go on for days. Here are a few of the benefits and our favorite way to use this helpful superfood.

For centuries Ashwagandha has been used in the Ayurvedic medicine to help ease depression and stress and even to help cure degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has been found to hold powerful antioxidant properties that attach to and destroy free radicals that have been taking a toll on aging and the state of diseases.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic superfood meaning it’s able to adopt its functions to your body’s needs. This plant is able to stimulate your immune system, increasing your energy levels as well as lowering any excessive cortisol production which is the leading cause of stress.

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Our favorite way to use this? In our Banana Cream Smoothie! Add these ingredients into your blender for a quick meal with a side of a whole lot of benefits!

Almond Milk
Banana
Cinnamon
Vanilla
Almond Butter
Maca
Reishi
Ashwagandha