Thinking About Taking a Yoga Class? You Should!

Have you thought about attending a yoga class, but for whatever reason haven’t taken the first steps? Here are a few tips and guidelines that will ease your mind and set you on your way to the internal and external cleansing that is yoga. Remember, getting your butt into a class is the most important thing, so when it comes right down to it, get on that mat even if you don’t feel 100% prepared!

Where to Go

In the Spokane area, there are several studios to choose. Check out Yelp’s Top Ten Yoga for 2017 in Spokane list for ideas on where to go, and look for deals for new clients. We here at BumbleBar are partial to Spokane Yoga ShalaNext, you’ll want to research the facility you choose. What beginning classes does the location offer? Does the studio focus on the more physical or spiritual elements of yoga? Do they focus on one particular kind of yoga, such as Ashtanga, or do they teach a variety of styles? Do they heat the spaces? All of these are good to consider, especially the last one as you might not want to do yoga in a room heated to 100 degrees or higher.

What to Wear

Pick relaxed clothing that is easy for you to move in, but not so baggy that it will get in your way. People often choose to wear tank tops, t-shirts, stretch pants, and shorts. Socks and shoes aren’t important as you’ll remove both when you begin the class. Being barefoot during yoga is nice for traction and for feeling more connected to the space around you.

What to Bring

Don’t let the lack of a mat stop you from starting a yoga practice! Most studios provide mats for a small rental fee, although you might consider borrowing a mat from a friend or buying one. Try out a few rentals before you buy! If you get serious about practicing, you may find that less expensive mats crumble under the stress of six classes a week. If you plan to start a more casual practice, there are affordable ones for $20 or less at Target or Walmart. In addition to making sure you have a mat, you should bring water to stay hydrated and a towel to dab away any sweat. Your yoga studio should have everything else you might need, like straps, blocks, and bolsters, so only buy these if you plan to practice at home.

Though yoga is sometimes rigorous exercise, you won’t want to bring a snack or even come to class full. It’s recommended to eat a small snack, like a Brownie Batter JunoBar, at least half an hour before class.

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Yoga Etiquette

If you do come in late, it’s best to quietly set up in the back near the door. This way you cause as little disruption as possible. It is also polite to leave your phone outside of the yoga studio. Phone sounds or vibrations can disrupt the flow of everyone in the class. Never wear your shoes into a studio. Everyone there will be barefoot, and shoes can carry unwanted grime into an otherwise clean environment. During class, the instructor will usually be the only one speaking as chatter amongst the students could be distracting. Classes often end in a final resting pose called savasana for several minutes. It’s considered disruptive to exit the class during this pose, so if necessary, leave before it starts.

Yoga is an excellent practice to adopt into our everyday lives. It increases flexibility, improves muscle strength, perfects posture, and protects your spine. It can increase blood flow, boost immunity, and drop blood pressure. Yoga can even make you happier through the growth of serotonin levels. This really sounds like something we should all try at least once. So, what’s stopping you?

What is Kosher?

BumbleBar makes simple clean gluten free food for people who want to eat healthy and/or have dietary restrictions. Because of this, we maintain many certifications. We are certified gluten free, vegan, organic, and kosher. Most of us know the first three, but what does kosher mean?

Kosher Meat

A kosher diet is a Jewish practice that comes from the Hebrew word, “Kashruth,” which means “pure” or “suitable” to eat. Someone observing this diet pays attention to what animals they can or cannot eat. The only meat allowed in comes from mammals that have “cloven hooves” and “chew cud.” The only kind of birds that are okay to eat are birds of prey. The only fish suitable for consumption are ones that have fins and removable scales. So, that means no pork, shrimp, or lobster festivals. While this diet restricts most insects, a few locust species make the cut. However, I don’t know anyone who hits the sofa with a bowl of barbeque crickets as a snack. Yikes!

Dairy

The handling and separation of dairy from meats is another important part. All dairy products should come from approved animals and can’t contain any unapproved elements. For example, sour cream processed with animal fats isn’t allowed. Once a dairy product clears those hurdles, it can’t mix with meat. That means there’s a zero tolerance cheese burger policy. To be truly kosher meat and dairy can’t be cooked by the same kitchen supplies as the other. A practicing household would have two different kitchens and two different sets of utensils for meat and dairy prep and eating.

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Everything Else

Meat and dairy are the two main things to keep an eye on when observing a kosher diet. All other types of food that are neutral, or “pareve,” like fruits, nuts, and vegetables are fair game and can mix with dairy or meat without discretion. All the ingredients used to make BumbleBars and JunoBars, such as sesame seeds, honey, and dates, fall into the pareve category. Now that you know what it means to be kosher, look for the Earth Kosher certification symbol on our wrappers the next time you snack on a BumbleBar.

 

Tips to Save Money on Healthy Food

Eating healthy food feels great. It’s better for your brain, your body, and the Earth, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up. When healthy products feel hard on your wallet, we need some extra tips on how to keep our pantries nutritious.

Cut Back on Meat

The fact is that it will always be cheaper and healthier to consume plant based foods, no matter what. Cut back on chicken in your stir fry. Even better, substitute it with tofu, Boca burger soy meat, or Quorn products. Try replacing all the meat items on your grocery list with plant based products for a month. The savings are tremendous, and it’s a healthier month for your body and the Earth.

Buy Frozen Healthy Foods

My first thought when I hear the idea that “buying healthy food is expensive” is: what about frozen produce? I sometimes wonder if the idea that healthy food costs a lot is part of the problem. Buying canned or frozen vegetables is so affordable that it’s a no brainer. If you prefer fresh fruit, buy seasonal fruit in the summer and freeze it for the winter. Doing this doesn’t sacrifice any of the fruit’s nutrition. Bonus: it saves a healthy summer snack for when you’re feeling those winter blues.

Don’t Waste Food

Make an effort to use every part of the food you purchase. Schedule more frequent shopping trips with smaller food hauls. More frequent trips help minimize the waste of perishable foods you’ve picked up and help you only buy what you need. Save leftovers when you end up preparing too much for the meal. Keep recipe scraps in a “soup-someday” container in your fridge. Say your recipe only calls for a pound of potatoes, but the last potato you’re cutting is pushing the scale? Set that spud butt aside to join with tomorrow’s chopped carrot excess. By the following week, you’ll have a carrot, potato, and onion soup ready to go!

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Comparison Shop Healthy Food

Make a list of your top 20 go-to grocery items and go around to a few stores in your area, writing down what these items cost at each location. There are apps out there that claim to have this information, but all the ones that I’ve tried haven’t been entirely consistent or accurate. Be careful with sale items and make sure to write down the original item cost as well as its sale price.  A lot of people don’t want to make more than one stop on their weekly grocery store runs, but it’s usually worth it. Before you decide that efficiency of the trip is more important than the savings, take a moment to do the math. The savings could surprise and entice you!

Check out rebate and discount programs

My favorite ways to dodge full prices on healthy food are coupons, rebate apps, and discount/loyalty programs. Hands down, the number one website for couponing is Coupons.com. This website offers manufacturer coupons that will work at any grocery stores. As my Mom always says, “it’s like money in your pocket.”

On the other end of the cash register are rebate apps. The best rebate app out there is iBotta. It offers cash back opportunities on everyday items including produce. Sometimes it’s as little as .25 cents back on a head of lettuce, and sometimes it’s as generous as covering the entire cost of the item. Between couponing and rebates, I’ve earned money on buying groceries. Discount and loyalty programs are the last edition to the golden trio of grocery savings! Lots of stores have personal loyalty cards that can be used to store coupon information and keep track of sales opportunities. BumbleBar offers savings through our website via points rewarded after each purchase and discounts for subscribing to our newsletter!

Whether you’re cooking for one or have a family in mind when you’re meal planning, eating healthy is an affordable option. The hardest part is the planning and organization. But you’re here, and you read these tips! You’re already halfway there.  

The Power of Listening To Music At Work

Listening To Music At WorkIt’s 8:00 AM and you’ve just arrived to work. What’s the first thing you do?

For many of, we plug in our headphones or turn up Spotify. Whether you work sitting at a desk, standing all day, or perhaps your job is really labor intensive – you probably enjoy listening to music while you’re on the clock. At BumbleBar, we’ve recognized the power of workplace music, so naturally, we wanted to share the benefits with you!

Ten Benefits of Listening To Music While Working:

1. Provide Noise Balance Throughout Your Week

If you work in a very noisy facility (like BumbleBar) or a very hushed office space, you may be experiencing auditory imbalance. Spending 8 hours a day in either environment can cause a slight delirium throughout your week. You can help balance things out by listening to music with wearing volume conscious headphones while listening to your favorite tunes.

2. Maintain a Positive Mood

This one seems obvious, but it’s a fact we often forget when we’re having a bad day at the office. A grouchy co-worker has you feeling frustrated? Your presentation didn’t go over well? Don’t let it bring you down. Turn on your favorite song, sing along and keep on keepin’ on!

3. Makes You Motivated To Work

Many times when I needed to buckle down and get stuff done, I’ve found music to be more helpful than a cup of coffee. I’m sure we all have a certain song that gets our hearts beating a little faster. Harnessing a song’s energy and transposing the emotion and passion into creative productivity can be a very powerful thing.

4. Helps You Complete The Task At Hand

When you’re relaxed and in your element, you’re more likely to succeed; a fact we presumably all know to be true. The same goes for our level of focus. When you’re listening to music, it becomes easier to block out the happenings of life around you, therefore making it simpler to work on a single task from start to finish. Instead of scrambling around unsuccessfully multi-tasking, check off your to-do’s one at a time.

5. Makes The Day Go By Faster

The boring and mundane day that never seems to end. We’ve all been there. Staring at the clock, counting down the minutes until we can make a sprint to our warm, cozy beds at home. If you’re experiencing one of those extra long days, it’s time you turned up the volume. Music will certainly brighten up your dull mood and help speed things along.

6. Remember Things Better

According to Inc.com, learning requires your brain to analyze and remember instructions and facts. When music is on, however, your brain has to process [sensory] data on top of processing the instructions and facts. Because of this multitasking, the brain can interpret the instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what’s important enough to store. Thus, if you have to learn something at work, it’s best to turn off your music, especially if you’re learning verbally or through reading and the music has lyrics.

7. Complete Repetitive Tasks Faster

Are you doing a lot of the same ol’ thing over and over and over again? Repetition on the clock can be mundane and incredibly annoying, but thankfully, music can be your remedy. We recommend something with a consistent beat and catchy melody that encourages an upbeat, fast paced, constructive workplace.

8. Releases Dopamine In Your Brain

Okay, so how does this help me at work? Well, we’re getting to that. According to Crew, whether you’re listening to the beat of a Daft Punk song or a mellow Jack Johnson track, both have an effect on your brain that is not present in any other living animal. When humans listen to music, a part of our brain called the nucleus accumbens activates, triggering the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine. Dopamine resides in a group of neurons called the brain’s Ventral Tegmental Area. Furthermore, people with higher levels of dopamine have shown increased amounts of motivation and drive. Obviously, these are characters highly valued in the workplace.

9. Provides A Sense of Solitude

It’s difficult for the mind to wander while your toes are tappin’ to Ms. Jackson. You’re probably not thinking about much, besides the song and whatever is laying directly in front of you. Take advantage of the faux isolation headphones can create and rid yourself of all distractions.

10. Creates Connections

Staying up to date with the latest music and album releases is not only entertaining, but it also can help you stay connected with those around you! Keeping an eclectic library of music gives you something to talk about with new clients or old coworkers or even your intimidating boss. People are all different, but one thing is sure – we all love music.

So, what kind of music do you listen to at work? Have you found any other benefits of music that we left out? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear what’s coming out of your headphones.

Chinese New Year – The Year of the Fire Rooster

Happy Chinese New Year from the BumbleBar Team!

Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? If so, we would love to know how! Share your stories in the comments below!

Many people across the globe will begin the New Year festivities on January 27th. Chinese New Year normally falls between January 21 and February 20. We will be saying goodbye to the year of the Monkey and saying hello to the year of the Rooster; in particular, the Fire Rooster.

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For those of us who don’t know what this means…

We did some research on China Highlights and this is what we learned:
In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. Both the zodiac sign and the element shape the astrology of the year. For example, 2017 is a Fire Rooster year. Element-sign combinations start over every 60 years.

The following famous fire Roosters will be 60 this zodiac year: Dawn French, Donny Osmond, Martin Luther King III, Stephen Fry, Hans Zimmer, Dolph Lundgren, and Jools Holland.

Both zodiac sign and element are believed to affect one’s personality and destiny. Below are the five types of Roosters:

1. Wood Rooster – Born in 1945, 2005 – These people tend to be energetic, overconfident, tender, and unstable.

2. Fire Rooster – Born in 1957, 2017 – Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.

3. Earth Rooster – Born in 1909, 1969 – Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular amongst their friends.

4. Gold Rooster – Born in 1921, 1981 – Determined, brave, perseverant, and hardworking.

5. Water Rooster – Born in 1933, 1993 – Smart, quick-witted, tenderhearted, and compassionate
Very interesting!

Chinese New Year 2017

What is your Chinese Zodiac animal?

We wish you a very fun Chinese New Year and hope you enjoy the rest of 2017!

BumbleBar Supports Planned Parenthood!

In loving memory of Carolyn Wilson. 

For over 25 years, BumbleBar has supported all different kinds of health conscious events and organizations. Planned Parenthood is one of those inspiring organizations, helping men and women across the United States. We gladly send BumbleBar donations to Planned Parenthood Fundraisers on an annual basis.

Often volunteers will host events to spread the word about this amazing organization, as well as earn donations for the cause. BumbleBar gladly donates our energy bars to these types of fundraisers, keeping the volunteers full, happy and motivated. Planned Parenthood offers support to millions of women and men throughout the United States. Eighty-four percent of Planned Parenthood health care patients in the U.S. are age 20 and older. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams in a single year, critical services in detecting cancer. Plus, hey provide more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests. Read more statistics here.

I stand with Planned Parenthood

 A big thank you to the staff at Planned Parenthood for all they have done and are continuing to do for communities around America.

Cafe Mom has written a list of just why PP is AWESOME. We agree and want to share the first eight on the list:

1. Guaranteeing us our right to, as you put it, manage our own fertility.
2. Existing to help women.
3. But also serving men.
4. Providing annual care to 2.5 million people.
5. Two!
6. Point!
7. Five!
8. Million!!!

If you are interested in making a donation or learning more about Planned Parenthood, you can do so here. Now, more than ever, they need our support! Join us in the fight for commonsense policies that foster the sexual and reproductive health and rights of individuals, families, and communities.

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

We hope you had a relaxing holiday and are staying warm. (It’s currently freezing in Spokane Valley, WA!) A lot has happened throughout 2016; we’re eager to jump into ’17 and explore what new adventures lie ahead! One new change we’re very excited to introduce is the new subscription shopping method now available on our website.

There are SO MANY benefits to signing up for reoccurring orders.

A few advantages include:

  • You can customize your subscription! If Aunt Bettie wants her Chocolate Mint bars delivered every two weeks, and Grandma Gretta wants her Amazing Almond bars only once a month. No problem, we’ve got it covered! Tailor your subscriptions with the click of a button.
  • Save 10% on every reoccurring order! (And you still earn reward points if you’re signed up for our rewards program!)
  • Never run out of bars again! You don’t have to worry about ordering more delicious, healthy snacks when you finish a box BumbleBars.
  • Making changes to your subscription is SO easy. Just log in and adjust your reoccurring orders whenever you like!

If you’re a fan of BumbleBars, signing up for a subscription is a no-brainer! Visit Shop.BumbleBar.com, click on the product you’d like to subscribe to and select Subscribe and Save 10%. It’s that simple!

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Are you new to BumbleBar? Not sure you’re ready to subscribe? Try our NEW SIX BAR SAMPLE PACK, which contains 6 of our most popular flavors: Chocolate Mint, Peanut, Almond, Chocolate Crisp, Chia Almond, Lemon.

Excited about our new changes? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Have a happy new year!

From,

The BumbleBar Team

50 Reasons To Feel Extremely Grateful

You should feel incredibly grateful if…

1. You’re breathing.
2. You have a roof over your head.
3. You’ve had a hot meal today.
4. You know someone loves you.
5. You have heat during the winter.
6. You have clean water to drink.
7. You have ears, which allow you listen to music.
8. You have a nose, which lets you smell.
9. You have a tongue, which allows you to taste.
10. You have eyes, which enable you to see.

Grateful

11. You have clothes to keep you warm.
12. You have a hand to hold.
13. You have a safe place to sleep.
14. You have shoes to walk around in.
15. You have a voice to sing with.
16. You have your health.
17. You have opportunities to learn.
18. You have friends or family.
19. You have a loving pet.
20. You have access to a shower or bath.

Grateful
21. You have transportation.
22. You’ve been taught to read or write.
23. You have a paycheck.
24. You can attain health care.
25. You have internet access.
26. You have freedom of speech.
27. You have the right to vote.
28. You have opportunities to attend school.
29. You have a functional government.
30. You do not live amidst war and violence.
31. You have legs to dance and run.
32. You have children who love you.

Grateful
33. You have a toothbrush and toothpaste.
34. You have electricity.
35. You have a phone.
36. You have a space to call your own.
37. You can make art.
38. You have coffee.
39. You have money in the bank.
40. You have a backyard.
42. You feel safe.
43. You can smile and laugh.
44. You can travel.
45. You can go shopping.
46. You have a TV.
47. You live near a library.
48. You have A/C in the summer.
49. You have dreams while you sleep.
50. You’ve experienced true love.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. To be grateful turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – M.B.

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.

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