Recipe: Luscious, Chocolatey Smoothie.

When luscious deep dark cacao Apothery meets a thick, creamy, sinfully chocolately smoothie, magic things happen. I’m telling you. This smoothie will make you forget about every single care in the world, and instantly transport you to your happy place.

Did I mention it’s also secretly packed with vegetables?

Yeah, it’s that magic.


Lucscious, Chocolatey Smoothie.

1 c deep dark cacao Apothery milk
2 scoops Nuzest chocolate protein powder (or other chocolate)
½ steamed, frozen cauliflower
½ steamed, frozen sweet potatoes
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash of sea salt

How to do it:

Blend in Vitamix. Brace yourself to get chocolate wasted.

recipes.Jessica Patton
We Ate Our Way Through Expo So We Could Write This Blog, Part I - Trends.

We just got back from our whirlwind tour of Expo West, which essentially consisted of 3 days of non-stop sampling from 10am to 6pm. Our stomachs have simultaneously never been happier and hated us as much as they currently do.

Before we exit our version of Disneyland (AKA Heaven) and re-enter the real world tomorrow, we want to send our (gluten-free) hot takes on what we saw on the floors the last three days.

IF YOU PUFF IT, IT WILL SELL. We’ve never seen so many “puffs” in our lives. If you name it, someone was turning it into a puff. Vegetable puffs, fruit puffs, nut puffs, meat puffs, you name it. Some were the perfect balance of crispy and airy whereas some felt like they’d been hanging out in the Anaheim air a little too long, some tasted intriguingly spicy while others tasted like the air had puffed all their flavor off. Our favorite was Supereats Truffle and Rosemary Puffs (don’t allow their lack-luster brand name to mislead you).

MEALS ARE OVERRATED. EAT A SNACK. An overwhelming majority of the foods were snacks - bars, on-the-go nut butters, mini chip bags, etc. - a case in point that people these days think sitting down for a meal is overrated. We thrive on snacks more than the next girl, but were fairly sad how readily the industry seems to be promoting the lack of occasion-based eating. Our favorite snack was Soozy’s Sweet Potato Muffin.

GLUTEN-FREE IS A RULE, NOT AN EXCEPTION. Blair’s a Celiac, and never knew a heaven like this would exist where she could essentially assume every booth was gluten free. There were several times we asked a stand whether their product was gluten free (in the rare event it wasn’t prominently placed on their sign), and they’d respond like we’d asked them if they’d pumped their products with high fructose corn syrup. It did result in Blair eating too many samples, but not complaining. Our favorite gluten-free rendition of a non-GF staple was Capello’s GF Sheep’s Milk pizza, which has already converted several of our suspecting friends.

ANYTHING CAN BE JERKY-D. We never knew so many things could be turned into jerky, and also that there even was an affinity to have any food turned into a jerky. There was meat jerky, fruit jerky, vegetable jerky, and combination jerky. Honestly, we weren’t too much of a fan of most of them. We felt like we were the goldilocks of tasters - too chewy, not chewy enough. Direct quote from Jessica “it just weirds me out.”

THE FATTER THE BETTER. Healthy fats were such a norm that no one was pimpin’ the healthy fats in their products. Coconut oil by far was the star, integrated into sweet stuff, savory stuff, and even makeup remover towelettes (VitaCoco, you rule). Ghee was starting to make a more widespread debut as well. This is the hardest category for us to pick our favorite, but we’re going to have to go with Mud, which makes an INSANE vanilla coconut mousse (Jessica wouldn’t stop raving about it).

COWS ARE OUT, NUTS AND SEEDS ARE IN. Dairy was a rare find, despite the yogurts, milks, and cheeses that were literally EVERYWHERE. While Blair couldn’t be any more excited about dairy being “out” (she’s lactose intolerant), we found a lot of the replacements were VERY hit or miss (Ripple by far the biggest miss - their yogurt was extremely bitter). The dark horse winner was definitely Oatly, beautifully foamed into a latte. Yum.

Over the next couple days, we’ll share some more of our takeaways and insights from the trip. Next up will definitely be our favorite products, which we’ll share as we work our way through all the samples we were able to get our hands on!

Cannabis 101.

There are a lot of misconceptions and stigmas, myths and legends about cannabis and the cannabis industry. We’re going to fix that, one piece of #fakenews at a time.

Let’s start at cannabis 101.

Cannabis has been good to us humans for over 12,000 years. It’s provided food, fiber, entertainment, creativity, medicine and the fabric Betsy Ross used to make the American flag. Seriously.

Needless to say, the cannabis plant is best described as a “jack-of-all-trades,” especially when it comes to its medicinal use. Cannabis can treat a seemingly unbelievable array of illnesses safely and effectively because it produces cannabinoids, medicinally active substances that interact with the protein receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Put simply, the ECS is responsible for returning our bodies to what we like to call “homeostasis.”

When our bodies’ most important biological functions (think pain, sleep, appetite, and mood) fall out of balance and into a state of stress, the ECS deploys endocannabinoids to come in to save the day and rebalance the body. Because the cannabinoids produced by cannabis can mimic the endocannabinoids, they have the power to help the ECS bring the body back to homeostasis more effectively and efficiently.

But cannabinoids don’t act alone. They work alongside terpenoids (usually called terpenes) and flavonoids to provide a seemingly endless list of benefits for the human body. We’ll call them the “Three Musketeers.” Depending on the levels, types  and combinations of the Musketeers, cannabis can do anything from reducing anxiety and boosting libido to killing cancer cells and stimulating bone growth.

Yep. Cannabis is a jack-of-all-trades.

Out of the 100+ cannabinoids, THC and CBD are the most widely known, widely studied, and widely abundant in the plant. I’ll keep it short and sweet here, and share more depth data on another post.

THC is more affectionately known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, and is the psychoactive component of cannabis. If you’ve ever smoked, vaped or consumed cannabis and felt high, you can thank the THC for that.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is more of “angel child” of the cannabinoids. It’s not only non-psychoactive, but also can help dampen the psychoactive effects of THC when consumed alongside it.

While it may be natural to think you could get all the functional benefits of cannabis by just consuming straight CBD, you’d be mistaken. CBD and THC have what’s called an “entourage effect,” meaning each cannabinoids efficacy is contingent upon the presence, and levels of the other. For example, THC helps open up the protein receptors for CBD to do its work.

The complexity of cannabis - how the compounds work together, and how they interact with the body’s ECS system - is a topic of intense study right now. There’s a lot that’s known, and a lot that still remains to be studied. One of the areas researchers are most interested in, and one that’s relevant for people just now starting to, or thinking about starting to, dip their toes in the water of cannabis, is how each body reacts differently to cannabis.

Different people will respond differently to different strains, different amounts, in different durations of time. Not only that, the same person may react differently to the same strain, at the same amount, at two different points of time; just like any other substance, variables like how much you’ve eaten, how much sleep you’ve gotten and how hydrated you are can all affect the effects you feel. How you consume cannabis also matters - you’ll experience different effects to differing degrees of severity in different durations of time depending on whether you smoke, eat or dissolve cannabis under your tongue.

Given the uniquely intimate relationship cannabis has with your ECS system, this complexity makes logical sense. However, it’s always important to keep in mind when dosing across strains, days, times and methods. I know - it’s a lot. But don’t worry, I’ll write a whole post about the different variables to consider when selecting a strain, method and dosage soon.

We’ve spent months consulting (and will continue to!) with doctors, industry experts and scientists about how to craft the safest, most effective functional product. Our initial launch offers CBD-only nut milks, however, future products will be designed to have a very high ratio of CBD to THC,  ensuring you can benefit from the entourage effect, without feeling the “heady” feeling other cannabis products can provide. Our goal isn’t to make you feel “high,” our goal is to make you feel exactly how your body intends it to be - in equilibrium.


By the way, if you’re wondering how on the earth the ECS (and cannabis’ magical relationship with it) could exist without having heard anything about it in your high school (or college) biology classes, you’d be right to be confused. The ECS wasn’t discovered until the late 1980s, and because of strict laws (especially in the US) and stigmas about studying cannabis, research has been greatly stunted and many doctors (even today) were taught to view it as a drug of abuse, not an effective medicine.


educate me.Jessica Patton