Introducing The Five Best Plant Proteins – And Why They ROCK!

Protein is an essential part of any balanced diet. It’s great for building, maintaining, and replacing tissues in your body, especially in your muscles, organs, and immune system. A protein-rich diet helps you feel full longer, so you won’t find yourself snacking on chips and dip three times a day. Protein powders are the next big thing. Surveys show that plant proteins, pea and hemp protein, were found to be the most popular choices among respondents for proteins, and their usage is projected to increase drastically over the next couple years.

Scientists say that proteins look like “a necklace of amino-acid-shaped beads.” Amino acids can be used and reused to make the proteins in your body and help with digestion and heart health. Scientists have found 22 amino acids, 13 of which your body can produce without even thinking about it. The remaining 9 are called “essential amino acids.” Your body cannot naturally generate them and you need get them from the foods you eat.

Meet some of the best plant proteins:

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Pea protein is one of most hypoallergenic protein powders. It contains no gluten or dairy, making it easy on the tummy and merciful to bloating. Pea protein produces peptides that delay the emptying of your stomach and the secretion of ghrelin, the hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry. It also decreases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases muscle thickness, and regulates blood pressure and sugar. Pea protein also has a nearly complete profile of amino acids, comparable to soy, which contains eight of the essential amino acids.

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Rice protein is another allergen-friendly protein. Here at BumbleBar, we use raw and sprouted rice protein. Rice protein is low fat and low calorie, and has about 24 grams of protein per serving. Like other proteins, rice protein helps with weight loss, lowered cholesterol, and muscle recovery after exercising.

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Nuts are another great source of protein. Pumpkin and squash seeds yield the highest amount of protein at 29.8g per 100g, with peanuts coming in at a close second with 24.4g of protein per 100g. Almonds are also awesome. There are 20 grams of protein in just one cup of almonds, and they are also an excellent source of Vitamin E, fiber, and unsaturated fats. Almonds have also been especially helpful in lowering cholesterol.

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Other high-protein nuts and seeds include flaxseed. Flax contains about 18 grams of protein in one cup, and sesame seeds, which contain about 17g. Even the craziest nut, the coconut, has about 7g of protein per 100g. Nuts and seeds, in general, are a great, low-calorie source of protein and a heart healthy snack.

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Hemp protein is gaining fame as a protein powerhouse. This amazing plant includes 20 amino acids, including the nine essential ones your body can’t produce on its own. Being one of the few sources of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), it’s been shown to help people with ADHD and breast pain. Hemp seed oil and powder will not make you high, but it will make you healthy and happy.

Some sources may tell you animal-based proteins are better for your diet because they contain a more “complete” profile of amino acids. However, animal proteins have a higher concentration of sulphur. This sulphur is then metabolized to acid-generating metabolites, resulting in a lower physiological pH. Meat consumption also raises huge environmental and health concerns. Plant-based protein is simply better for you and the environment. Next time you’re jonesing for a heart healthy, environment-happy, tummy-toning snack, look for these great sources of plant protein!

BumbleBar’s Delicious Winter Salad Recipe Collection

The holidays surround us with baked goods, sweet treats, and sugary drinks. The farmer’s markets have closed for the season and our backyard garden soil is coated in a blanket of frost. But don’t panic; there’s still hope for our lettuce lovers, eggplant enthusiasts, and watercress worshipers!  We’re here to offer an escape from the heavy holiday meals with our Winter Salad Recipe Collection! (You can find all of the ingredients at your local health food / grocery store.) Let’s dive in:

Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing

Winter Salad

Photo by Elizabeth Stark

Serves 6

For Shaved Veggie Salad:
1 bunch small beets with greens
3 young carrots, peeled
4 large radishes
1/2 bulb fennel, trimmed
1/2 small red onion
1 small head bok choy
1 large apple
Sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

For Lemon Dressing:
Juice of 1 lemon (roughly 1/3 cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
Sea salt, to taste
1/3 cup tahini
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Winter Salad with Avocado, Pomegranate and Almonds

Winter Salad

Photo by Chris Court ©

Serves 2

Ingredients For Salad:
Chopped Lettuce
Sliced Avacado
Chopped Fennel
1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Pomegranate

For Dressing:
2 Tbs Vinegar
1 Chopped Shallot
1 Tsp Preserved Lemon Juice
Pinch of Kosher Salt
1/2 Tbs Dried Mustard
1 Tbs Olive Oil

Winter Walnut Salad

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Winter Walnut Salad

aIngredients For Salad:
Chopped Cabbage
Diced Walnuts
Chopped Peppers
Chopped Broccoli
Chopped Apples
Chopped Radish

Ingredients For Dressing:
1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1⁄2 cup olive oil

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

 

Photo by Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

Photo by Lindsay from Pinch of Yum

Ingredients For Salad:
2 cups cooked red quinoa
2 cups chopped pickled or regular cooked beets
1 cup pomegranate arils
4 ounces goat cheese
½ cup crushed or chopped pistachios
2 cups chopped Opal apples
2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
A handful of green onions or fresh herbs
Top with dressing of your choice!

Kale And Red Quinoa Salad With Spicy Sesame Dressing

Photo by Judy Kim @ Delish

Photo by Judy Kim @ Delish

Ingredients For Salad & Dressing:
1 tbsp. Toasted sesame seeds
1 Garlic clove, minced
1 c. red quinoa
1/2 c. Chopped cilantro
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. sesame oil
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. thinly sliced red onion
1 lb. kale, chopped

What’s Your Personality Type?

Personality is everything.” We’ve all heard that before! There are 16 different personalities, according to Katharine Cook Briggs and her studies. So, what’s your personality type? Take the quick 10-minute quiz to find out! Members of the BumbleBar team completed the short questionnaire, and this is what we discovered:

BumbleBar CEO, Liz, is an INTP. The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history. Read more about our CEO’s strengths below!screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-00-am
  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – INTPs’ ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded – INTPs couldn’t make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they’re supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a “none of my business” sort of attitude – peoples’ ideas are what matter.
  • Objective – INTPs’ analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren’t the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation.
  • Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – INTPs don’t often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.
Aimee, our Head of Customer Relations is an INFJ, also called The Advocate personality! The quiz describes her as insightful, inspiring, decisive, and passionate. No wonder Aimee provides such excellent customer service! Read more below.
  • Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing – INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive – Their creativity, insight, and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end.
  • Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard.
Our Operations Manager, Jim is an ISTJ, also referred to as The Logistician. His defining characteristics are integrity, practical logic, and tireless dedication. People, like Jim, with the ISTJ personality type, enjoy taking responsibility and take pride in the work they do – when working towards a goal, ISTJs hold back none of their time and energy completing each relevant task with accuracy and patience. This couldn’t be more accurate in Jim’s case! Read more about his strengths below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-20-am
  • Honest and Direct – Integrity is the heart of the ISTJ personality type.  Strong-willed and Dutiful – ISTJs embody that integrity in their actions too, working hard and staying focused on their goals. Patient and determined, people with the ISTJ personality type meet their obligations, period.
  • Very Responsible – ISTJs’ word is a promise, and a promise means everything.
  • Calm and Practical – None of their promises would mean much if ISTJs lost their tempers and broke down at every sign of hardship – they keep their feet on the ground and make clear rational decisions.
  • Create and Enforce Order – The primary goal of any ISTJ is to be effective in what they’ve chosen to do, and they believe that this is accomplished best when everyone involved knows exactly what is going on and why.
Our visual communication designer, Hannah is an INFP, also known as The Mediator. INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. INFP’s are also very creative! Read more below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-09-am
  • Idealistic – INFPs’ friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship.
  • Seek and Value Harmony – People with the INFP personality type have no interest in having power over others and don’t much care for domineering attitudes at all.
  • Open-Minded and Flexible – A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules.
  • Very Creative – INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives.
  • Dedicated and Hard-Working – While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through.
BumbleBar’s Chief Operating Officer, Glenn, is an ENFP.  Glenn and other ENFP’s are true free spirits. They are often the life of the party, but unlike Explorers, they are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Read more about our COO’s personality below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-47-17-am
  • Curious – When it comes to new ideas, ENFPs aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. ENFPs are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.
  • Observant – ENFPs believe that there are no irrelevant actions, that every shift in sentiment, every move and every idea is part of something bigger. To satisfy their curiosity, ENFPs try to notice all of these things, and to never miss a moment.
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic – As they observe, forming new connections and ideas, ENFPs won’t hold their tongues – they’re excited about their findings, and share them with anyone who’ll listen.
  • Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that ENFPs have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. ENFPs enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.
  • Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. ENFPs get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.

So, what personality type are you? Do you agree or disagree with the quiz? We would love to find out! Tell us more about your personality type in the comments below.

BumbleBar Wreath – Great for Gifting!

The team needed something to decorate our office with here at the BumbleBar facility – so, we rolled up our sleeves and got crafty making these DIY BumbleBar wreaths. Want to make one with us? Pull out a box of BumbleBars and let’s do it! P.S. – These little guys make great gifts! DIY gifts are the best to give and the best to receive! There’s something about a hand-crafted creation that truly warms the heart.

BumbleBar Wreaths

Step One: Find or create a wreath base. You can make your own wreath base by wrapping wire (or a wire hanger) in a circle and twisting the ends together. (Rub down the tips of the wire with a file or extra dense sandpaper block so that they’re not sharp.) Wrap the wire in your choice of material, such as recycled burlap, leftover holiday ribbon, or pine tree stems. In our case, we’ve used some pre-made confetti wreaths, which were available at the dollar store.

Step Two: Attach BumbleBars! Randomly affix BumbleBars to the wreath using extreme stick double side tape. You can place them however you like, although we prefer a more erratic style. Use Jr. BumbleBars for your smaller wreaths!

Step Three: Add additional decoration. We love the look of peppermint candy and poinsettias.

Illustration BumbleBar Wreath

Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipes

The holidays are just around the corner! I have fond memories of baking holiday sugar cookies with my grandma when I was young and it’s a tradition I hope to carry on. This year I’m going to make a healthier version of the cookies my Grandma & I baked – this time they’ll be gluten free and vegan friendly! After doing a bit of research online, I’ve picked my top favorites; take a peek! These Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipes look delicious!

Gingerbread Cookies (GF, V)

Recipe by Texan Erin

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Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 285 grams (~2 3/4 cups, but please weigh it!) almond flour or almond meal
  • 1/4 cup (33 grams) coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (120 grams) honey
  • 1/4 cup (88 grams) molasses
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil, melted

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and set this bowl aside.
  2. In another medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
  3. Divide the dough into four balls, place the balls in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until the dough is quite firm.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C). Get out two pieces of parchment paper or two Silpats and flour both of them with almond flour or whatever kind of flour you like. I normally don’t flour my Silpats but here it’s absolutely necessary.
  5. Take out one ball of dough at a time, roll it out to about 1/8″, and, working quickly, use your cookie cutters of choice to cut out the desired shapes. I prefer to cut the shapes, leaving about 3/4″ between each one, and then remove the dough surrounding the shape. That way I don’t have to worry about damaging the gingerbread men. Gather up the leftover dough and place back in the freezer. Bake the gingerbread men for 7 – 9 minutes. They’ll still be soft when you take them out of the oven.
  6. Immediately remove the piece of parchment paper or Silpat from the pan to prevent the gingerbread men from baking even more. If you want them slightly crunchy, you can let them cool on the cookie sheet. When completely cooled, you can pipe on some white chocolate for decoration.
  7. Store in an airtight container. They get really soft if not properly stored or if left too long uncovered.

Sugar Cookies (GF, V)

Photos & Recipe by Minimalist Baker

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Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), softened
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar + more for topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree* (acts as egg substitute | sub with unsweetened applesauce with varied results)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour + more for rolling into shapes (use gluten free flour for GF recipe)
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder (for thickening/binding)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp non-dairy milk
Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Splash non-dairy milk

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Instructions:

  1. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer.
  2. Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and beat for 1 minute.
  3. Set your sifter over something that will catch fall out and add dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda and baking powder). Use a spoon to briefly stir, then sift over butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Mix until until incorporated, being careful not to over mix. Then add almond milk and mix until a soft dough is formed. Switch to a wooden spoon if it gets too thick. If it appears to wet, mix in a bit more flour.
  5. Cover and freeze dough for 15 minutes, or refrigerate for 30-45 minutes (up to overnight).
  6. Five minutes before baking, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the center of the oven.
  7. Scoop out heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of chilled dough and roll into balls. Alternatively, roll out between two pieces of wax paper, lightly flouring the bottom layer, remove top layer, and cut out shapes. (NOTE: For shapes, to ensure they keep their form while baking, freeze them on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before baking.)
  8. Arrange cookies on a clean baking sheet 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. If you’ve rolled the dough into balls, dip a glass into cane sugar and gently smash down into a disc to help them cook more evenly.
  9. Bake on the center rack for 10-12 minutes for (8-10 for cutout shapes), or very slightly golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let rest on pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Prepare frosting in the meantime.
  11. FOR FROSTING: Wipe/rinse your mixing bowl clean and add softened butter. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add vanilla (optional) and mix once more.
  12. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and continue mixing until thick and creamy. Drizzle in a little non-dairy milk to thin. You want this frosting to be pretty thick so it will hold its shape once on the cookies, so only add a little milk and add more powdered sugar if it gets too thin.
  13. To add natural food coloring, finely grate a raw beet into a clean dish towel and then squeeze it over the frosting and whisk.
  14. Once cooled, frost cookies and top with sprinkles (optional – vegan ones can be difficult to find). Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a few days. Freeze for longer-term storage (up to several weeks).

Orange Almond Snowballs (GF)

Recipe by Lori Lange at Recipe Girl

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour/meal (ground almonds)
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix almond flour, sugar, egg white, orange zest and extract. Stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  3. Spoon out even tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet- you should be able to make 15 little balls of dough.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the balls of dough are firm and are golden underneath.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then give them a roll in powdered sugar.

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Ingredient Highlight: Sea Salt

Salt has a pretty bad reputation. The American Heart Association has warned people against too much consumption because it is known to raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other fatal illnesses. However, not all salt is bad for you, just table salt. In fact, research has shown that sea salt, also known as organic or natural salt, has a number of health benefits. When natural salt is processed into table salt, it is heated up to 1200° Fahrenheit, completely altering the chemical composition and destroying all nutritional benefits. This is the kind of salt that the American Heart Association warns us about, but it is not the kind of salt that we use here at BumbleBar.

Believe it or not, real salt can help you stay hydrated, balance your sodium-potassium ratios, and help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat. They are also a powerful source of electrolytes, like magnesium, and contain digestive enzyme enhancers, which help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat.

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There are two types of organic sea salt: Himalayan and Celtic. Specialized artisans rake the moist crystals in salt fields in Brittany, France to collect Celtic Sea Salt. It has been reported that it can help build immunity, increase energy, and promote restful sleep. Himalayan salt is said to be the purest salt on the planet, composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea. Over the past 250 million years, Himalayan salt has been compressed under tectonic pressure to the point where it is untouched by toxins and other impurities. Regular consumption can promote healthy pH balance in the brain, and reduce signs of aging and even support libido. Those all sound like great reasons to switch to organic sea salt to me! Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

Are you really as Gluten-Free as you thought?

Eating healthy can get tricky if you aren’t careful – trust us, we know! Diligently double checking nutrition labels and keeping track of what you’re consuming is a great place to start if you’re worried about managing your gluten intake. But for those of us with extreme gluten sensitivities, it’s a bit more complex than simply reading ingredient panels.
Cross contamination is one of the biggest issues for gluten-free dieters, especially when dining out. You may order a plate of seasoned, crispy sweet potato fries thinking you’re in the clear – but what if the chef uses the kitchen fryer for both french fries, and for that crispy breaded chicken your not-so-health-conscious cousin ordered? Well, let’s be honest, it’s no longer gluten-free and you’re probably going to feel a bit sick.
There are many situations similar to the fried chicken example that can impact your gluten-free diet negatively. It’s important to maintain awareness, so gluten-free dieters may continue to choose what they consume in a transparent, careful way.
Here are a few other circumstances to watch out for:

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1. Don’t Assume – Not all ingredients are made equally. (This is something we take very seriously at BumbleBar!) You may assume that the stock cubes you’re using for your gluten-free stew are, well, gluten-free. But in reality, many stock cubes are made with wheat derivatives. This can also happen with things like soy sauce, sausage, corn based cereals, chocolate and many other snacks… Make it easy on yourself and identify gluten-free versions of your staple ingredients before you head to the local grocery store. The Gluten Intolerance Group has a great list of certified gluten free products here.

2. Cross Contamination – We’ve briefly touched on this subject in the introduction of this article, but there are a few other facts you may not know. If you have family members who eat gluten and share the same kitchen that you use to prepare your gluten-free meals, it is extremely likely you may be cross-contaminating your food. It’s very important to keep your surfaces and cooking tools sterile and separate from the tools which are being used for food containing gluten. One idea that works well is to use a color code. For example, have a green cutting board solely for use with gluten free foods and a red one for use with food that does contain gluten.

3. Double and Triple Check – Are you eating foods which are labeled ‘gluten-free’ but you’re still experiencing the icky symptoms of gluten intolerance? You might be consuming gluten without even knowing it! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has formally defined the term “gluten-free” as less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. But even that small amount can make you feel ill if you’re sensitive enough. So, to make sure you’re actually getting gluten-FREE food, take a close look at the nutrition label and do some of your own research online.

After reading this, you may be thinking “Gosh, that’s a lot of time to dedicate to a gluten-free diet.” And in a way, you’re right. It does take quite a bit of time to research safe foods and to keep cross contamination at bay. But that being said, we promise this will soon be second nature – especially when you find yourself glowing, thriving and living like never before, because of your healthy gluten-free diet!

Top Gluten-Free Cities in the USA

Gluten, gluten everywhere, and not a bite to eat. Sometimes traveling with a gluten-free diet can be overwhelming and inconvenient. (Which is why you should always have a BumbleBar handy!) But don’t worry, we have you covered… Try taking a trip to any of the cities listed below and you’re sure to find your favorite gluten-free meal readily available. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and let’s go!

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Detroit, MI

Perhaps it’s the growing focus on urban farming or simply a new set of palates entering the city and demanding something different, but according to Eater Detroit, Detroit city restaurants these days are emphasizing more balanced menus that take into account gluten-free dieters, vegetarians and vegans – and not simply as an afterthought. Here are a few of the more popular gluten-free restaurants in the area:

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine – Located on Library street in the heart of Detroit, Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine exudes the warmth and flavor of a true Cuban restaurant with an amazing gluten-free menu.

Chubby Duck Sushi – This popular Asian street style restaurant offers a menu that’s 98% gluten-free! Chef Ian Diem is inspired by the complexity of Japanese cuisine and wants to introduce a new simplified Japanese style concept to the Motor City.

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Phoenix, AZ

According to Downtown Devil, in downtown Phoenix alone, at least five vegan eateries, which commonly provide a wide assortment of gluten-free meals, have opened in the last five years:

The Coronado – Vegetarian/vegan eatery, coffee shop, and bar located in the historic Coronado neighborhood of Phoenix, AZ.

Nami – Gluten-Free, Vegan bakery that also sells organic coffee. They’re open for breakfast and brunch!

Treehouse Bakery – Specializes in vegan, gluten-free wedding cakes and other baked goods!

Vegan House – Vegan House’s produce is selected each day from local farmers markets and co-ops to ensure the highest quality and freshness.

Grabbagreen – Grabbagreen uses only whole foods, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, 100% naturally gluten-free, locally-sourced, fresh coconut meat (they crack their own!) and Grabbagreen’s to-go-boxes and napkins are recycled!

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Seattle, WA

In Washington it’s becoming easier and easier to feed your Celiac relative or gluten-intolerant self without losing out on the full restaurant experience — giving up gluten doesn’t mean giving up dining out in style. According to Eater Seattle, this city’s gluten-free world is expanding by the day, and old staples are consistently keeping their menus fresh and wheat-less. If you’re ever in the area, we recommend trying these restaurants:

SweetGrass Food Co. – SweetGrass’s whole-food menu is food that satisfies. But it’s not just about what or how you eat. It’s also about where you eat and what that feels like. So we obsessed over the space itself to create a serene and airy environment inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, providing a moment of idyll in your day.

Razzi’s Pizzeria – Razzi’s has an entire menu (a pretty big menu!) dedicated to Gluten-Free and Vegan dining. Yum!

Providence, RI

Eva Ruth’s – EvaRuth’s was established in 2009 for the purpose of creating delicious wheat-free and gluten-free desserts. EvaRuth’s wholesale bakery opened in September 2010 and is a dedicated wheat-free and gluten-free facility.

Veggie Fun – This is a delicious Pan-Asian Vegan resteraunt! It’s great for the whole family!

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5 Amazing Vegan Beauty Companies

Some of us like to dress up during the holiday season! So, we thought we’d prepare ourselves by taking a visit to our favorite online beauty shops. These are brands that take gluten-free, vegan and organic lifestyles seriously!

Check out the awesome beauty brands below:

Pacifica Beauty:

All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. Their mission is delivering the best performing products, using safe ingredients, recyclable packaging, and components to the largest possible audience of beauty consumers. Their goal is to have zero product-manufacturing waste in their factory. They recycle and use post-consumer materials. Their packaging boxes are all 100% recyclable. (Just like BumbleBar!) Find out more! 

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Hippy Pits:

Typically, natural deodorant doesn’t work. It’s the truth. It smells good – but after a couple of hours, your pits are left stinky again… Or they get this weird mix of essential oils and B.O. This is the problem Hippy Pits has set out to solve. Here is their big trade secret: grapefruit seed extract. Yep, that’s right! The grapefruit seed extract kills bacteria naturally. But they didn’t stop there – Hippy Pits uses natural clay! Clay is a great ingredient for drying things up and drawing out toxins. Also, Hippy Pits has some hilarious commercials you can watch here.

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100% Pure:

Rather than using chemical preservatives, 100% Pure uses natural preservatives and anti-bacterial herbs. They use unique technology to stabilize active ingredients from oxidizing and also have a proprietary 100% natural preservative system, using Japanese Honeysuckle, Thyme, Oregano, Goldenseal, Rosemary, Lavender and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, to preserve all products. Visit their website here.

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Red Apple Lipstick:

RAL ensures that their products are completely gluten-free, paraben free, lead-free, soy free, vegan, vitamin enriched, and made in the USA. They have become the #1 trusted gluten-free cosmetic company in the united states. Learn more.

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Juice Beauty:

Juice Beauty uses advanced, high potency ingredients, Vitamin C and fruit stem cells, vegetable hyaluronic acid, peptides, algae, grapeseed, and natural essentials oils. They also use a proprietary base of nutrient-rich certified organic botanical juices, instead of petroleum by-products or water fillers. All Juice Beauty products contain ZERO parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Visit their website here.

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“As much as 60% of topical skin-care products are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
They should be consumed with the same prudence that we use to choose our breakfast cereal.” – Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, April 2006 Issue of Women’s Health Magazine.

Ingredient Highlight: Organic Cocoa

Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, and of course Chocolate Crisp (now on sale!) BumbleBars all contain delicious rich organic cocoa! Even our JunoBar recipes, like Brownie Batter, include bittersweet organic, cocoa. Did you know that cocoa is not actually brown in color when it’s first grown? It’s actually has a very bright white hue and looks nothing like your average piece of chocolate.. Take a quick peek at the infographic below to see what you’ve really been snacking on!

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This information was gathered using Wikipedia, and United Cocoa Processor, Inc.

Delicious, Nutritious, Gluten Free, Ethically Sourced, Kid Approved, Vegan Approved, Organic Energy, Sesame Snack Bars!
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