We Have Adaptogens on Our Minds

Three Adaptogens to Help with Stress

Fatigue — unfortunately — is universal in our culture. We all could use a little more energy, a little less stress, and a good mental boost. It’s wonderful to know amazing adaptogenic herbs are out there to aid us.

We at BumbleBar get excited about any plant-based, nourishing foods, so we’ve been thinking and talking about adaptogens lately, and the wonderfully natural way they support our bodies.  Three, in particular, have been on our minds: Rhodiola rosea, schisandra berry, and eleuthero root. These three adaptogenic herbs have been the most extensively studied of the adaptogens and found to be both effective and safe. [Read more…]

5 Reasons to Become a CSA Member of Your Local Farm

The breakfast menu for this morning: Chioggia beet and red Norland potato hash with two soft-fried eggs seasoned with summer savory.

I have been making these types of delicious, simple dishes for every meal since I became a CSA member of my local farm this season. My meals are made up of about 65% fresh vegetables—roasted, sautéed, or chopped raw—which is more than double what I ate prior.

It may sound like an overstatement, but I assure you it’s not: Becoming a CSA member has changed my eating habits, and in turn, my life. I’m making healthier, more knowledgeable decisions about the food I put in my body and being culinarily inspired along the way. [Read more…]

Make a BumbleBar into a Smoothie

We’re not sure how hot it is in your part of the country or the world, but here in Spokane, Washington, it’s been in the mid-90s for the past couple of weeks. The heat sits on you like a heavy blanket you just can’t kick off. The best relief for us here at BumbleBar is to go jump into one of the numerous lakes in our region. Making a cold drink proves to be another great option.

We grabbed a Mixed Nut Medley BumbleBar and blended it into a smoothie for a nutty-meets-fruity, refreshing beverage. [Read more…]

Ingredient Highlight: Turmeric

5 Ways Turmeric Benefits Your Health

When you take a bite of a chai almond BumbleBar, you’re greeted with the spicy-sweet medley of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Here at BumbleBar, we not only aim to create yummy concoctions, but to pack our bars full of ingredients that boost your health. Turmeric is one of those ingredients. [Read more…]

In Praise of Plant-Based Protein

It’s no secret many Americans are in love with meat. Burgers, BBQ, steaks, and tacos make up a massive portion of restaurant menus and home-cooked meals.

People justify their large meat consumption with their need for protein. That’s legitimate. Your body requires protein. But meat isn’t necessarily the healthiest source of it. Studies show eating plants for protein is better. [Read more…]

Tempeh Time: Cauliflower and Tempeh Curry

We’ve had a lot of fun exploring the different ways to cook with tempeh. It’s a great source of plant-based protein and as you know, we’re pretty obsessed with any form of plant-based nutrition at BumbleBar. For the last recipe in the Tempeh Time series, we decided to make a yummy veggie-centric comfort food: Cauliflower and Tempeh Curry. Follow along to make your own! 

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May is Celiac Awareness Month. What’s it like to Live with Celiac Disease?

May is celiac awareness month. As a gluten-free energy bar company, pretty much every month is celiac awareness month here, but we want to help spread the word.  

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat. Check out our blog post specifically on gluten to learn more about it. Consuming gluten triggers a response in people with this disease. It damages their small intestine’s lining over time and prevents the body from absorbing nutrients. Celiac disease can manifest itself in many ways. The intestinal damage that occurs when eating gluten can cause an individual with this disease to experience anything from fatigue and irritability to weight loss and infertility as well as a variety of other uncomfortable and painful side effects.

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Ingredient Highlight: Flaxseed

Here at BumbleBar, we use a variety of quality ingredients in our bars, one of which is flaxseed. We feature organic, non-GMO flaxseed in all of our BumbleBars right alongside organic, non-GMO sesame seeds. Beyond adding delicious flavors and textures to our bars, flaxseeds pack a superfood punch and come with several health benefits.

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30 Facts About Peanuts You (Probably) Didn’t Know

 

  1. There are over 500 peanuts in every 12oz jar of peanut butter.
  2. It’s illegal in the US to label a product “peanut butter” if it’s less than 90% peanuts.
  3. It takes almost 5 gallons of water to process 1oz of peanuts (compared to 80 gallons for 1oz of almonds)
  4. Two US presidents were peanut farmers (Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter)
  5. There are six cities named “Peanut” in the US, and they’re located in California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

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10 Cookbooks We Use, Love, and Recommend

There’s something really satisfying about making a recipe from start to finish using a cookbook. In this digital age, it’s easy to find how to make almost anything you can imagine online, but we love the art of the cookbook. Beyond being little nuggets of wisdom from bonafide food professionals, they’re ridiculously beautiful creations. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a foodie just like us and enjoy the gorgeous culinary photography and design that goes into modern cookbooks. If you’re looking for recommendations, we’ve got ‘em. Here are some of our favorites:

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