Hemp Mylk: the Sustainable Powerhouse of Milks

It’s not what you think. For those of you who aren’t quite sure, Hemp is the cannabis plant that does not produce a psychoactive effect due to the extremely low THC content (what gets a person high in hemp’s sister plant – Marijuana). It’s perfectly legal to use in the US for foods, personal hygiene and many more things.

Now, why did we decide to use it for making “Mylk”?    A few months ago, we came very close to releasing an Almond Milk product line.  While experimenting with recipes, it came to our attention that Almonds were getting a bad rap in California for using too much water while the state is experiencing a terrible drought.  The statistic that 1 almond uses a gallon of water to grow became common knowledge to many Californians.  Almond farmers are using oil drilling equipment to dig wells thousands of feet deep to tap into ground water that takes a very long time to replenish supply.  It was also reported “that a 1,200-square-mile swath of the southern Central Valley—a landmass more than twice the size of Los Angeles—had been sinking by as much as 11 inches per year, because the water table had fallen from excessive pumping.”

With this information at hand, we at Fully Rooted could not contribute to this unsustainable practice.  Although a very popular and growing trend, Almonds didn’t have to be our nut/seed of choice for alternative milk. We’ve also learned other parts of the Almond story such as the orchards preserving the land and preventing it from becoming a barren desert like much of the other land in California once used as farmland.  Even if this is so, the Almond industry is only expanding, as the demand for California Almonds in other parts of the world such as Asia and Europe grows steadily, we could not be a part of that reason for expansion.

With the idea of using Hemp, a very sustainably cultivated crop in Canada, came other benefits over Almonds as well.  One being that we can keep our facility nut-free. Another being that Hemp provides all 10 Essential Amino Acids.  Read about the many others below, which are not all unique to Hemp.

Some Benefits of Hemp Mylk:

  • Strengthened Immune System
  • Clear, Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
  • Strong, Healthy Heart
  • Increased Mental Capacity
  • Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation. – Great for those with Arthiritis
  • Great for those with a Nut Allergy
  • Unlike Cow’s Milk, it’s easy for the body to digest.
  • Hemp grows without the need for chemicals or additional water supply

In a single 8oz glass of Hemp Milk, you may find:

  • 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
  • 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
  • All 10 Essential Amino Acids
  • 4 grams of Digestible Protein
  • 46% of RDA of Calcium
  • 0% Cholesterol
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • and more…

Does not contain:

  • Sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Soy
  • Gluten
  • Preservatives (like sodium benzoate)
  • Thickeners (like Carageenan)

When creating a new product at Fully Rooted, we believe it to be our responsibility to look at each ingredient in a wholistic way to consider it’s affects on our bodies and our environment.  Granted, some ingredients will have more of a carbon footprint than others, we are continuing to minimize that footprint through discovering more local sources and forming new recipes with this factor in mind. While Hemp cannot be cultivated locally yet, it doesn’t come from far and the way it’s processed and grown abides by our philosophy more so than other alternatives. We can now offer a low sugar content beverage with high unique nutrients that our juices do not provide.

Hemp Mylk will be available for sale mid-June at our local RI Farmers Markets.

 

Bringing our products to a whole new level,

Ben & the Fully Rooted Crew

 

Smoothie VS Juice

Smoothie or Juice? WHY NOT BOTH?!

Over the years we’ve gotten so many questions and comments from our fans and friends like, “juice doesn’t have the fiber like smoothies do”, “smoothies can replace a meal, but a juice can’t”, and ultimately, “what is the difference between a smoothie and a juice?”. Well, there is a BIG difference between the two, which is why we are so excited to combine them into one delicious, hearty, healthy, life-changing beverage that can replace a meal or supplement your daily meals!

First off, let’s distinguish the difference between a smoothie and a juice. Smoothies contain all of your favorite fruits, vegetables, nut butters, etc. with the base typically being water and/or milks. Added ice will thicken it up and also give it that COLD and “slushy” consistency, making it more enjoyable and tasty especially on a hot day. A smoothie usually contains upwards of 300-600 calories (give or take), depending on how much or how little ingredients you put in. That being said, they can definitely replace a meal (most popularly breakfast) and still provide you with more than enough nutrients in one glass. A smoothie contains all of the dietary and soluble fiber that is naturally in the food you eat. Basically, instead of eating your food, you’re drinking it.

A juice, on the other hand (and we’re talking about the cold-pressed kind) is a plethora of your favorite fruits and vegetables (preferably ones that would be tasty when combined with one another) grinded up and pressed to yield the most delicious, healthy, cell-buzzing nectar you ever did have! This can be done through various household cold-pressed juicers like the Omega Vert HD350, or by visiting your favorite local juicer. We, for example, also offer Home Delivery, like the milk man ?. So, there are many ways to get your hands on this “fountain-of-youth” stuff. The biggest (and mainly the only) difference between a juice and a smoothie is the absence of the dietary fiber in the juice. All of the “pulp” is extracted and separated from the fruits and vegetables during the juicing process. It is at the stage of this process in which we donate this (still nutritious) “pulp waste” to local farms to use as feed for their wonderful animals. This process eliminates the dietary fiber, but the juice is still loaded with all the natural soluble fiber and the benefits. Additionally, just like a smoothie, a juice can absolutely replace a meal or supplement your daily meals. Just keep in mind that a glass of cold-pressed juice does not contain the caloric intake of, let’s say, a smoothie, or a full meal. This sounds great for the weight-conscious eater, but be smart and supplement with juice the healthiest way. Meaning, load up your system with the most powerful vitamins and minerals contained in cold-pressed juices while eating your standard meals, and then restore and detox with the occasional juice cleanse program (ask us more about that!). Your body will never be happier!

So, you can see that there are obvious differences between the two, but both are essential to healthy living. We, personally, incorporate both juice and smoothies into our daily lives. However, we can promise you that with the combination of both, juice and smoothie, your life will never be the same! Instead of using water or milk as the base of your smoothie, dump in 12-16 oz of your favorite Fully Rooted juice. Next, blast in a bunch of the most colorful fruits and veggies you have. Top it off with a handful of ice, and WHA-LA! You have yourself a kick !#% glass of energetic, immune-boosting, muscle-strengthening, heart-pumping, cell-buzzing beverage, that you will have to hide from your family and friends!

Enjoy!

Your Health Is Now. Don’t Wait Any Longer.

Much love,

Mike & the Fully Rooted Team

What is the wonder behind Wheatgrass?

For those of you who may not know what Wheatgrass is, it is a variety of grass that has been used as medicine due to it’s therapeutic and medicinal properties. It comes in various forms: freshly juiced, dried juice concentrate, or whole leaf powder sometimes in tablet form.

There are so many benefits to taking wheatgrass, but its most largely known roles are blood purification, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing. Other benefits include a boost in strength, endurance, spirituality, sense of well-being, aid in sore throat, tooth aches and gum healing, and neutralizing toxins from the body.

When you take a shot of fresh Wheatgrass juice, some say they feel the hair on the back of their neck stand straight up. There is amazing power to fresh grass juice that researchers still cannot explain to this day.

How Much Should I Take?
For good preventative measure, 4 ounces is what we like to recommend, but work your way up to that point first.  For beginners, we recommend 1-2 ounces per day.  For medicinal use, you should take 4-6 ounces or more per day.

Why Should I Believe You?
There have been many studies on grasses and their effectiveness on human health. Beyond that, the numerous success stories provide ample inspiration for wanting to pump yourself full of the stuff. Many people have turned to Wheatgrass after conventional medicine left them with no other option and it cured them within an amazingly short period of time. If you want to read about these stories, take a look at the book “Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine” by Steve Meyerowitz.

Wheatgrass Juice or Powder?
This question is commonly debated, but many testimonials will bring you to believe that Juice is the best way to consume Wheatgrass. Famous healer Dr. Ann Wigmore used juice to heal many people at the Hippocrates Institute. She was the person who popularized indoor tray grown Wheatgrass.

The reason here is that fresh live Wheatgrass Juice is a potent elixir of live enzymes which aid in the absorption of Wheatgrass in the body.  These enzymes help the body digest the many nutrients Wheatgrass contains. Wheatgrass Powder does have more nutrients because it has been concentrated so it will contain more minerals, chlorophyll and vitamins. With all the studies performed on Wheatgrass, there has been decided that there is an unknown healing factor to the live juice of which they call the grass-juice factor. This grass-juice factor is believed to be responsible for healing miracles. This leads us to believe that juice is the best way to consume Wheatgrass.

What’s in Wheatgrass?
“The blade of grass contains all the elements of which the body is composed including revitalizing and rebuilding materials, force producers for energy and also eliminators of waste acids. Grass and sprouts are perfect foods.” – Dr. Ann Wigmore

Some of the Nutrients found in Grass:
Amino Acids (over 18 types)
Enzymes (over 80 identified, many more unidentified)
Phytochemicals (Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Bioflavenoids, growth hormones, RNA, DNA)
Vitamins (Vitamin C, E, A, B1, B3, B6, K, Biotin, Choline, Folic Acid)
Minerals and Trace Minerals (Zinc, Selenium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Boron, Chloride, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nickel, Soium, Sulfur, and many, many more)
Fatty Acids (Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid)

“15 Pounds of Wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables” – Charles F. Schnabel

So… Why not take Wheatgrass?

“The primary form of food is grass. Man’s most primeval nutrient, that which nourished him for hunderds of thousands of years, until technological civilization brought with it sprouts, and tender grasses that flourished all over the earth.  When man dies, he goes to grass again, and so the tide of life, with everlasting repitition, in continuous circles, moves endlessly on and upward, and in more senses than one, all flesh is grass.” – Edmond Bordeauz Szekely

How did we start out?

We’d like to tell you a quick story about how we started out on this journey of juicing and why it became known as Fully Rooted.

Back in 2010, our dear friend Steve (the bald guy above) saw the documentary called A Beautiful Truth. Steve had been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis for over 30 years, which required many prescriptions and doctor’s appointments.  This documentary introduced him to the story of Dr. Gerson and how he healed many diseases through juicing and diet. That very next day, he was gifted a juicer!  6 months later, Steve was off all medications!  He influenced others to experience the power of juicing including us.

Fast forward to March 2013 and you would find us at Grace Yoga’s open house (pictured above).  The idea was formed between Judy and Steve to sell juice in effort to raise money for the studio.  We had custom shirts, a beautiful table display, official-looking brochures, and a couple juice options. People responded extremely well to our presence and we were often asked, “where are you guys located?”, which still happens to this very day.  The rest is history, as they say.  We juiced at a yoga event following Grace Yoga which ultimately proved to us that we had what it took to start an official juice venture!

We are so grateful for everyone’s support over the years and look forward to consistently growing and spreading the idea of juicing for good health and healing to as many people as possible.

Om Shanti,
the Fully Rooted Team