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Miami Supplement Company Naked Nutrition Introduces New Protein Bar

Miami-based Naked Nutrition, a leading protein and supplement brand, announces its newest product, Naked Bar. Naked Bar is the first protein bar for the company and is available in two flavors: Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Fudge. Packed with 15 grams of Grass Fed Whey Protein and under 200 calories, Naked Bar is a perfectly packaged balance of smart and sweet.

Naked Nutrition was founded in 2014 by Stephen Zieminski, a former college athlete who noticed many supplements included numerous ingredients of little nutritional value. Naked Nutrition is dedicated to pure ingredients and transparency so people know exactly what is going into their body. With the addition of Naked Bar, Naked Nutrition continues to shorten steps between the farm and you.

Naked Bar is low in fat, calories, and carbs while high in fiber to provide long lasting satisfaction and energy. Unlike many other protein bars, Naked Nutrition’s Naked Bar is made from premium grass fed whey protein. Naked Bar is gluten-free, soy-free, and free of sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors.

Chocolate Fudge Naked Bar starts with premium grass-fed whey protein, and includes other natural ingredients like almond butter, cocoa powder, and monk fruit juice. Peanut Butter Crunch Naked Bar also starts with premium grass-fed whey protein and is complemented with natural ingredients like almond butter, peanut butter, and monk fruit juice.  

Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Fudge Naked Bars are available in a box of 12 bars for $29.99. You can get yours at NakedNutrition.com or on Amazon.

Miami-based Naked Nutrition, a leading protein and supplement brand, announces its newest product, Naked Bar. Naked Bar is the first protein bar for the company and is available in two flavors: Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Fudge. Packed with 15 grams of Grass Fed Whey Protein and under 200 calories, Naked Bar is a perfectly packaged balance of smart and sweet.

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Breakfast items at Carrot Express
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Carrot Express Expands to Brickell and Debuts Breakfast Menu

With 10 locations already in South Florida, Carrot Express is opening in Brickell this Friday, November 12 at the Sabadell Financial Center. Carrot Express Brickell will be the first location to debut a breakfast menu, with all locations joining by the end of the year.

With 10 locations already in South Florida, Carrot Express is opening in Brickell this Friday, November 12 at the Sabadell Financial Center. Carrot Express Brickell will be the first location to debut a breakfast menu, with all locations joining by the end of the year.

Founder, Mario Laufer is thrilled to grow the wholesome legacy throughout South Florida. Since 1993, Laufer has been on a mission to create Miami’s healthiest dishes with a flavorful twist.

“Over the past few years, it’s been incredible to watch Brickell grow. With so many residents and businesses, we knew there was room for Carrot Express to be in the middle of it all," said Laufer. "A lot of these individuals in Brickell are passionate about taking care of themselves and we’re thrilled to offer locals and visitors healthy choices that are good for your body and soul.”

Carrot Express features something for every kind of dietary restriction in addition to their vast and expansive menu including a wide range of salads, smoothies, bowls, wraps, fresh pressed juices, and smoothies.

Highlights include:

  • Josh’s Overnight Oats – Oatmeal, almond milk, toasted coconut flakes, chia & flax seeds, cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, Mario’s granola, almond butter, drizzled honey ($9.95)
  • Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Quinoa topped with roasted cremini mushrooms, sautéed spinach, avocado, pico de gallo, cage-free sunny side egg ($13.95)
  • Smoked Salmon Omelet - 3 cage-free eggs omelet with smoked salmon, shallots & capers. Served with toasted #ZTB multigrain sourdough, side of low-fat cream cheese ($13.95)
  • Berry Almond Butter Toast – Toasted Zak the Baker, multigrain sourdough topped with almond butter, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, cinnamon & toasted coconut flakes, drizzled honey ($8.95)
  • Huevos Rancheros Burrito – 2 cage-free scrambled eggs, brown rice, black beans, avocado, fresh corn, jack cheese, cilantro & pico de gallo. Perfectly wrapped & toasted on a whole wheat wrap. Served with cilantro-lime dressing ($13.95)

Takeout and delivery will be available immediately after opening. The 2,000 square foot space will incorporate the similar relaxed atmosphere of other Carrot Express locations, featuring their branded colors of orange and green and 51 indoor seats.

Hours of operation are 7:30 AM – 9 PM Monday - Friday, and 9 AM – 9 PM Saturday and Sunday. Delivery and takeout orders can be placed directly through the Carrot Express website or on ChowNow, Toast, Postmates, UberEats, and GrubHub.

Stay updated on future openings and by visiting www.EatCarrotExpress.com or follow along on Instagram @CarrotExpress.

Trader Joe's Coral Gables, Miami
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Trader Joe's is Now Open in Coral Gables

Trader Joe’s opened at its third Miami-Dade store in Coral Gables last week. This is the 22nd location for the grocery chain in South Florida.

Trader Joe’s opened at its third Miami-Dade store in Coral Gables last week. This is the 22nd location for the grocery chain in South Florida.

The new Trader Joe’s will cover 9,600 square feet and will be decorated with murals of famous local sites such as the Biltmore Hotel and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Trader Joe’s is known for its customer favorites like Everything But the Bagel seasoning, frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken, and Two-Buck Chuck.

Proud of their reputation as a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores, Trader Joe's has a Neighborhood Shares Program where 100% of unsold products are donated back to the community and local nonprofits.

This local approach can also be seen in the 85% of the new location’s employees who come from Coral Gables and neighboring cities.

Trader Joe's Coral Gables is located at 211 South Dixie Highway.

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Fourth Miami sweetgreen Location Now Open in Sunset Harbour

The new sweetgreen location on Purdy Ave. marks the first Miami Beach location for the fast-casual healthy eats concept, and the fourth location in the Miami area since December 2020.

Sweetgreen is now calling Sunset Harbour home. The new location on Purdy Ave. marks the first Miami Beach location for the fast-casual healthy eats concept, and the fourth location in the Miami area since December 2020. The locations in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Wynwood have been instant hits with locals, due largely to the brand’s strong nationwide presence with over 120+ locations.

Known for their menu of core and seasonal salads, warm bowls, plates and sides, that use fresh ingredients and produce delivered that same day, sweetgreen brings a lot of local love to each location, highlighting different artists to feature custom pieces in their restaurants. 

“We were drawn to Miami because it’s truly a hub for real food, art and culture, a place we strive to be at the intersection of in all our stores,” said sweetgreen co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Neman. “We are passionate about entering new markets the right way, working with local partners to ensure our restaurants reflect and feel unique to the surrounding community. Our hope is that our Miami guests will experience that each time they walk into one of our restaurants.”

For more information on sweetgreen Sunset Harbour and their other Miami locations, visit www.sweetgreen.com. Follow sweetgreen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @sweetgreen.

Chef Robyn Almodovar
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Robyn Almodovar Shares Tips for Eating More Sustainably

We had a chance to catch up with Chef Robyn Almodovar, a competitor on several Food Network shows, to learn more about her new role as Corporate Chef of PAOW! and learn a bit more about what eating sustainably really means.

We had a chance to catch up with Chef Robyn Almodovar, a competitor on several Food Network shows, to learn more about her new role as Corporate Chef of PAOW! and learn a bit more about what eating sustainably really means.

A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Almodovar served as the Corporate Chef for The Stanley Hotel and The Palm Hotel & Resort before hitting the South Florida Streets with her award-winning 24-foot food truck “Palate Party.”

Now she is at PAOW!, an acronym for People And Our World. PAOW! is a new plant-based protein and meat substitute and they are the title sponsor of the upcoming SEED Food and Wine Festival.  PAOW! proteins were created to appeal to everyone from vegans to meat eaters and are made of three simple all-natural ingredients - non-GMO soy, water, and salt.

“We aren’t telling people to not eat meat, we are just challenging them to not limit their culinary creativity to just meat,” explains Almodovar.  “PAOW! offers an infinite number of plant-based possibilities so you can make all your favorite dishes with delicious plant-based proteins which are healthier for you and the planet.”

Almodovar answered some questions for us about eating more sustainably!

What does sustainable eating mean?

"Sustainable eating means considering the effects of what you eat on our planet and making the necessary changes to protect humankind and our ecosystem by preserving natural resources for future generations."

Why is it important? What should people know about sustainable eating?

"According to the United Nations, more than three billion people are malnourished today and many of our planet’s 7 billion inhabitants are forced to eat a low-quality diet. At the same time, the world’s population is rapidly expanding, and it is estimated there will be close to 10 billion people on our planet by 2050.  Achieving a healthy and sustainable food future is an urgent matter. The goal is to ensure a future when this expanded population has both enough food available to eat and access to high quality, nutritious foods."

What is the easiest way for someone to start eating sustainably?

"It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! The first thing you can do is support, buy and eat local.  Become a patron of your farmer’s market.  The second thing you can do is eat foods that are in season. The third thing you can do is eat less meat, especially red meat. Gradually adopt a diet that derives “most” of its protein from plants. When a recipe calls for meat, incorporate plant-based protein alternatives such as PAOW!.

PAOW! offers selections such as Chef Style, Pieces, Burger Patties, Veggie Bites, Mini Bites and even Dark, Light, Italian Sausage, and Pepperoni Flavored Pieces. With zero compromise on texture or flavor profiles, the ingredients can be modified to make virtually anything including sautéed, grilled, baked, sous-vide, boiled, and fried foods with a consistency ranging from sushi to crispy fried chicken."

What are your top 5 tips for eating more sustainably?

  1. "Be mindful of what you eat – consider where it came from and how it arrived to your plate"
  2. "Practice “mindful meat-eating” by eating less animal product and more plants"
  3. "Reduce food waste by creating a weekly food plan and strategically utilizing leftovers and freeze what you can’t eat while it’s still fresh"
  4. "Eat local & seasonal"
  5. "Grow your own food"
Light Philly Cheesesteak made with PAOW!
Coyo Taco new promo for collaboration with Daring Foods
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Coyo Taco Goes Plant-Based with Daring Foods

National Taco Day was Monday, October 4 and Coyo Taco is giving taco lovers and plant-based eaters something to 'taco bout. The taqueria located in Wynwood, Brickell, and Coral Gables is rolling out new planted-based dishes in collaboration with Daring Foods, the leading plant-based chicken brand.

National Taco Day was Monday, October 4 and Coyo Taco is giving taco lovers and plant-based eaters something to 'taco bout. The Mexican taqueria located in Wynwood, Brickell, and Coral Gables is rolling out new planted-based dishes in collaboration with Daring Foods, the leading plant-based chicken brand.

In spirit of the launch, Coyo Taco and Daring Foods have been hitting the road all week with a special edition food truck and will continue through Sunday, October 10. Enjoy a complimentary Pollo al Carbon Taco and a signature cheese Quesadilla filled with Chicken by Daring Foods as a special sneak peak. The truck will be roaming throughout Miami all week and stopped at various locations including Coyo Taco Brickell and Wynwood.

Next Monday, October 18, all Coyo Taco locations will debut the below dishes. Guests can also add Daring products as their protein for quesadillas, burrito bowls, burritos and salads.

  • Daring “Pollo” al Carbon Tacos - grilled marinated Daring Chicken, queso, pico de gallo, salsa fresca (vegan and gluten-free)
  • Daring “Pollo” Milanesa Torta - fresh baked bolillo roll, black beans, queso mixto, avocado, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, pickled jalapeños and onions with original breaded chicken breast by Daring Foods (vegan upon request)

Daring chicken is 100% plant based chicken packed with protein (14 grams per 2.5 oz.), low in calories (90 calories per 2.5 oz) and gluten free.  Daring was founded with the mission of removing chicken from the global food system.

The new meatless menu items will be available at all Miami outposts for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. For more information, visit www.coyo-taco.com and following along on social @coyotaco.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day With These 5 Caffeinated Creations

Wake up and raise your mug as this Wednesday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. In honor of the day dedicated to our very favorite way to start our morning, we’re sharing some of our top picks from cold brew to lattes. 

Wake up and raise your mug as this Wednesday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. In honor of the day dedicated to our very favorite way to start our morning, we’re sharing some of our top picks from cold brew to lattes. 

1. Brooklyn Roasting Company

We first fell in love with Brooklyn Roasting Company when we learned of their peanut butter coffee creations (which, like coffee, we just can’t quit). The company also has sustainable coffee beans in a number of varieties for the ultimate pick me up. Never be without your daily dose when you opt for Brooklyn Roasting Company’s  subscription service. It’s simple. Pick your coffee type; choose how much you want, either two 12oz tins or a 5 pound bag; select your delivery frequency be it weekly, every 2 weeks, or monthly; and choose your grind type, Whole Bean (you grind at home), French Press (Coarse), Pourover (Medium), Espresso (fine) and then eagerly await your delivery, mug in hand. https://brooklynroasting.com, @brooklynroasting

2. Bulletproof

If you’re following a Keto lifestyle (or even intermittent fasting) chances are you've heard of Bulletproof. Known as the coffee that has butter, ghee or MCT Oil added, drinking a Bulletproof coffee for breakfast, in lieu of carbs or anything else, can help you stay satisfied and energized for hours. The brand has a number of products to power your mornings from Cold Brew Black to two new flavors of their 3x sold out Original Creamer,  French Vanilla and Hazelnut. Bulletproof has been a mainstay in our AMs for a while, not only for the energy boost and mental clarity, but also because they screen their beans for mycotoxins (aka mold) to ensure your cup is as healthy as possible. Don’t miss out on your coffee savings. Until October 1st, all coffee and coffee-related products on Bulletproof.com will be 30% off. No code needed. https://www.bulletproof.com, @bulletproof

3. Daysmith

If you’re looking for a little extra boost, and here we mean vitamins, not an extra dose of caffeine, Daysmith has you covered. These canned coffees come in three flavors, Multi Straight Black Cold Brew, Focus Vanilla Oat Milk Latte, and Immunity Mocha Oat Milk Latte, are 100% plant-powered, infused with vitamins, and are also low in sugars. Depending on which flavor you choose, expect to get the added benefits for Vitamins B, C, D, Zinc, L-Theanine and Omegas with your coffee. https://drinkdaysmith.com@drinkdaysmith 

4. Lucky Jack

Lucky Jack Coffee, a small batch, hand-crafted, independently owned, organic, sustainable coffee company, has four new ready-to-drink oat milk lattes, all of which are certified organic, gluten-free, nut-free, and kosher. Choose from four flavors Caramel, Mocha, Vanilla, and Golden Milk + Turmeric, which are blended with functional ingredients to enhance your day and your body. The oat milk lattes follow the same slow cold-steep brew process as Lucky Jack’s cold brew and coffee concentrates to remove acids and tannins while maximizing taste, so they never taste burned or bitter. https://www.luckyjackcoffee.com, @luckyjackcoffee  

5. Three Commas Colombian Coffee

We can’t think of a better way to start the day then with caffeine and inspirational quotes. Enter Three Commas Colombian coffee, founded by entrepreneurs Michael Chaffin and Mark Cuban (yes, the Mark Cuban). The direct trade, organic Colombian coffee, sold in 12 oz bags or 4 reusable K-Cups, each have a motivational quote from Mark Cuban on the bag. And if you need a little more inspiration, just remember the name three commas is because there are three commas in a billion. Sip hard, dream hard.  https://threecommas.com/collections/coffee , @threecommas 


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Doral Yard Finally Opens The Backyard for Live Music, Events, and More

After months of anticipation, The Backyard at The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is now open to guests.

After months of anticipation, The Backyard at The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is now open to guests.

The community gathering concept created by Della Heiman Goldkind of Yard Hospitality and Joseph Furst, founder of Place Projects, is an outdoor addition to The Doral Yard’s existing indoor food hall and events space, which opened in October 2020.

The Backyard features a large live outdoor music stage with covered turf, bar and self-serve seating, as it looks to recreate some of the magic guests grew accustomed to at The Wynwood Yard. Catch live performances by local talent playing everything from Cuban son montuno and bolero son to jazz, soul and R&B, every weekend from Thursday through Saturday evenings and DJs on Sundays.

The Backyard also offers semi-private event spaces, a garden by Little River Cooperative and is also home to existing The Doral Yard sweets culinary vendor, Santo Dulce! Churros. A large screen for showing movies and sporting events as well as a private event space is coming soon, too.

The Backyard will continue to iterate post-open, with the final stage opening this fall, that brings Barbakoa by Finka, the full service restaurant by Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap, featuring a fusion menu revolving around coal-fired fresh ingredients, along with Pokekai, creators of customizable Hawaiian poké bowls. Paletas Morelia will also set up a bigger, better kiosk in The Backyard. 

Existing vendors at The Doral Yard include: 

  • Plant-based and globally-inspired della bowls 
  • Authentic Venezuelan comfort food like 'pollo en brasa' or rotisserie chicken from un pollo
  • Dim sum made from scratch daily by Yip
  • The Bar at The Yard, a full-service bar serving cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, juices and more

The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is located at 8455 NW 53rd St. Suite G106, Doral, FL. For more information on The Doral Yard, follow @DoralYard on Instagram and Facebook and at www.thedoralyard.com. The Yard is actively hiring for all front-of-house and back-of-house positions as well. Interested candidates can visit www.thedoralyard.com/careers for more information.

Healthy Eating Miami
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4 Healthy Spots To Fuel Your Body This Summer

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been partaking in too many BBQs or boat days filled with beer, you might want to consider adding some nutritious bites back into your daily routine. Not only will your body delight in nutrient-dense meals, but maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help fuel your workouts and keep you from crashing. And since we know meal prep doesn't always happen (if ever), here are some local spots to help you stay fit, healthy and full. 

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been partaking in too many BBQs or boat days filled with beer, you might want to consider adding some nutritious bites back into your daily routine. Not only will your body delight in nutrient-dense meals, but maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help fuel your workouts and keep you from crashing. And since we know meal prep doesn't always happen (if ever), here are some local spots to help you stay fit, healthy and full. 

1. Chicken Kitchen 

This is a Miami institution for a reason. Their Chop-Chop®  put healthy bowls on the map and their World Famous Mustard’n Curry® Signature Sauce is legendary. Chicken Kitchen only uses fresh, never frozen, all-natural & locally-sourced food and their chicken is always juicy, tender and white meat chicken breast (which is healthier than dark meat.) We’ve always marveled at the plethora of chicken that they have grilling at one time, not to mention the way in which the staff wields their knife to precisely dice it for the Chop-Chops® , Wrapito® and salads. If you’re looking for a healthy lunch or dinner, or even catering for a party, make sure to add Chicken Kitchen to the top of your list. And lucky for us, they have plans for 18 more stores in the next 18 months. 

Multiple locations, https://www.chickenkitchen.com, @chickenkitchen

2. Miami Squeeze 

Recently opened in Midtown Miami, you can stop in the new location of this North Miami staple for healthy wraps, salads, melts, juices, and smoothies. Try the Falafel Salad, Wrap Me Wrap, and Salmon Platter paired with iconic drinks like the Vitamin C juice, Mango Loco smoothie, and Mint Lemonade. We love the casual vibe along with the refreshing smoothies to help cool off in the summer heat.

Miami Squeeze Midtown, 3252 Midtown Blvd #117, Miami, FL 33137, http://miamisqueeze.com/, @miamisqueeze

3. Carrot Express

Brickell residents get ready - Carrot Express is opening in just a few weeks. Founded in 1993, Mario Laufer saw the lack of nutritious cuisine in Miami Beach and started serving a balance of delicious and healthy fare inside a gas station on Alton Road in South Beach. Nearly 20 years later, Carrot Express now has ten locations in South Florida including Aventura, Coral Gables, Midtown Miami, South Beach, Dadeland Miami, North Beach, Downtown Miami, Miami Shores, Boca Raton and Doral. We have so many favorites (tuna topped sweet potato being one) and are excited to try some of their newest additions, like the Middle Eastern Platter, Salmon Buddha Bowl, and Chicken Goddess Sandwich.

Multiple locations, https://eatcarrotexpress.com, @carrotexpress

4. FlyFuel 

From the creators who started Raw Republic, this Aventura spot offers a menu of ingredient driven bowls, nutritious salads, tropical and coffee based smoothies, and healthier treats for everyone on every diet (vegan, gluten-free, animal-based) at an affordable price. From the PB&A Acai Bowl made with acai, banana and peanut butter topped with granola, cacao nibs and banana to the Curry Bowl that is prepared with roasted chicken, warm quinoa, baby spinach, warm chickpeas, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, cilantro and curry yogurt sauce, you’ll leave feeling satisfied knowing you’re fueled up on healthy wholesome eats.

FlyFuel, 20804 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180, https://eatflyfuel.com, @flyfuel

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FlyFuel in Aventura Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Free Drinks This Weekend

FlyFuel in Aventura is celebrating their one anniversary this weekend and is giving out free drinks to customers! Today through Sunday, get a free liquid fuel with a minimum purchase.

FlyFuel in Aventura is celebrating their one anniversary this weekend and is giving out free drinks to customers! Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, stop by and get a free liquid fuel with a minimum purchase.

This includes their signature coffee creations, iced teas and refreshing lemonades including Dirty Matcha Latte -- coconut water, almond milk, matcha and a shot of cold brew or a tropical Dragonfruit Coconut Green Tea -- cold brew green tea, coconut milk, dragonfruit and agave. 

FlyFuel features a vast menu including healthy salads, acai creations, smoothies and ingredient driven bowls.

“Since opening in Aventura, we’ve noticed an incredible rise of new fitness studios and more people are becoming health conscious,” said Jesse Gimelstein, co-founder. “As much as we loved our vegan fare, we wanted to offer more fueling options – especially for a post-workout or hearty meal. Our goal is to give back to the community and provide the best of both worlds.”

FlyFuel prides themselves on only using the freshest, cleanest ingredients in every dish. Vegetarians and vegans alike can enjoy a spin on tuna salad made with chickpeas or delight in a wild caught roasted salmon. New items incorporate chicken roasted in-house and sustainably caught ahi-tuna including the Curry Bowl and Avocado Ahi Wrap.  

Other menu highlights are Cauliflower Crust Pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce, arugula and olive oil, Sweet Potato Toast layered with almond butter, honey, berries and coconut, and a Lentil Veggie Salad filled with arugula, chopped romaine, black lentils, shredded carrots, avocado, roasted sweet potato, roasted asparagus, almonds and honey balsamic vinaigrette.

FlyFuel has something for everyone and Gimelstein wants his guests to become family - even dogs are welcome! FlyFuel is located at 20804 Biscayne Blvd in Aventura. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 AM until 7 PM, and Sunday 10 AM until 7 PM. For more information, visit www.EatFlyFuel.com or call (305) 894-6936.

Chef Nicole Miami Meal Delivery
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Let Chef Nicole Miami Deliver Flavorful, Healthy Meals to Your Door

Eat healthy without the planning, prepping, and portioning that comes with meal prepping. Let Chef Nicole Miami deliver flavorful, well-balanced meals right to your door!

Eat healthy without the planning, prepping, and portioning that comes with meal prepping. Let Chef Nicole Miami deliver flavorful, well-balanced meals right to your door!

For Nicole Retchin, providing Miami with a healthy meal delivery service is her passion. About 6 years ago, Nicole started small and part-time out of her own kitchen before beginning to rent kitchens, and as the business really took off, she purchased her own.

The meal plans are portion-controlled into two sizes - Lean Machine with meals between 400-500 calories and recommended for someone who is looking to maintain or lose weight and learn proper portion control, and Ultimate Warrior, with meals between 700-800 calories and recommended for people who live an active lifestyle.

Chef Nicole's meals are healthy but not restrictive. They are made with whole foods and real ingredients, without eliminating any food groups. All meals are comprised of lean protein, complex carbs, and vegetables.

Some of her recent meals have included: 

  • Turkey vaca frita with brown rice and black beans, grilled plantains, and asparagus.
  • Dijon salmon over farro with orange-grated brussel sprouts and goat cheese
  • Slow-cooked brisket with cauliflower mac and cheese and green beans
  • Sauteed shrimp linguine with saffron garlic cream over spinach

Nicole loves trying new foods and that inspires her weekly menus, which are anything but boring. There will always be lots of cultures represented with new meal options every week. The menus feature as many seasonal options and locally sourced produce as possible. Nicole also has breakfast and snack options available, as well as kid’s meals.

We love that Nicole acknowledges that food is fuel for your body and you don't have to eat less, you just have to eat right!

"I have been an athlete my entire life running high school cross country and track & field, to training and completing half marathons and triathlons," said Nicole. "I am very passionate about the role proper nutrition plays in overall health and well-being, and athletic performance. Food is fuel for the body and mind."

To order, head to chefnicolemiami.com and check out the menu. Orders are due by midnight on Thursdays for delivery the following week. Deliveries take place on Mondays and Wednesdays across the greater Miami area.  First-time users can get 10% off their first meal plan order with promo code STAYFIT10.

Lastly, be sure to follow @chefnicolemiami on Instagram for all the mouthwatering food pictures and the latest menus.


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6 Ways to Eat to Minimize Your Environmental Impact

Ready to cut your environmental impact and improve your health along the way? Follow these steps to put it into action.

Ready to cut your environmental impact and improve your health along the way? Follow these steps to put it into action.

1. You don’t need to go vegan to make an impact.

Remember, the planetary health diet emphasizes consuming mostly plant foods and limited amounts of animal proteins, so if you can't fathom giving up your Sunday morning bacon, don't sweat it. "We're not saying you can never eat a cheeseburger again, but the goal is to try to reduce your consumption of red meat to maybe once a week," says KC Wright M.S., R.D.N., a nutritionist and sustainability advocate. And on that note...

2. Shift your plate slowly.

Before you try to overhaul your diet, understand that you're not going to have the healthiest, most eco-friendly diet right from the get-go, and slowly making changes is the key to preventing yourself from feeling overwhelmed, says Wright. If you make a chili, swap your meat for a variety of beans, or use mushrooms and lentils in place of ground beef in tacos, suggests Wright. "If, right now, you're consuming meat 12 times a week, then can you get it under 10, then five, then maybe down to three times a week?" she adds. "Know that it's not perfection, but it's practice, and anything is better than nothing.

4. Opt for poultry and certain seafoods instead of red meat.

ICYMI, cattle production is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and noshing on red meat every day can also have serious health impacts for your personally. Poultry, however, doesn't require as much water, feed, or land to raise, so it's a slightly more eco-friendly choice if you really can't give up meat a couple times a week, says Jessica Fanzo, PHD. "Poultry is also much lower in saturated fat than red meat," adds Wright. "The quality of fat in the skin of poultry is not as saturated as the fat in a hamburger or trimming off a piece of steak. It's high in calories but not necessarily going to clog your arteries."

The planetary health diet also advises eaters to keep seafood consumption minimal, so if you're going to add a helping to your plate, Fanzo suggests checking out online sustainable seafood guides, such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch. These guidebooks will tell you the specific seafoods that are caught or farmed responsibly, the amount of waste and chemicals the farms release into the environment, the impact the farms have on natural habitat, and more. "You can also eat lower on the food chain, such as shelled seafoods like mussels and clams," she adds. "These are a more sustainable source of seafood as opposed to large fish."

For the most part, though, you'll want to stick to plant-based sources of protein, such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and soy foods, says Wright. "As much as possible, I encourage people to consume the whole form, not super-highly processed, smoked barbecue-flavored tempeh, for example," she explains. Those products may contain added sodium, which can increase the risk of developing blood pressure when consumed in high amounts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus, choosing foods that don't have the plastic packaging can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut down on the amount of plastic entering landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

5. Consider your food’s water footprints.

Since carbon footprint doesn't always give the full picture of a food's environmental impact, Fanzo recommends thinking about its water footprint (how much water it requires to produce) as well. A single avocado, for example, uses 60 gallons of water to produce, so if you care about water resources, consider cutting back on your avocado toast intake, she suggests. The same goes for water-intensive California almonds, which require 3.2 gallons of H2O per nut.

6. Look to other cuisines for inspiration.

If you grew up in a "meat and potatoes'' kind of family, figuring out how to concoct delicious plant-focused meals can be a challenge. That's why Fanzo recommends looking to cuisines that are predominantly vegetarian — such as Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian — for recipes that will help you fuel up without requiring you to soul-search for your inner Amanda Cohen right from the get-go. You can also sign up for a plant-based meal delivery service to take out the work while your taste buds get acquainted with the tastes and textures.

The entire article can be found on Shape.com by Megan Falk here.

Miami Brunch
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6 Brunch Spots You Need to Try in Miami

Is there anything better than breakfast food? From sweet and savory, to fresh and healthy, here are 5 brunch spots you need to try in Miami.

Is there anything better than breakfast food? From sweet and savory, to fresh and healthy, here are 6 brunch spots you need to try in Miami.

1. Thatch

Enjoy an organic, plant-based menu filled with energy-dense superfoods and local ingredients. With both indoor and outdoor seating and open Tuesday through Sunday, find Thatch at 3255 NE 1st Avenue.

TRY:

Banana Almond Pancakes (they're gluten free!) - banana, almond butter, coconut vanilla cream, caramel sauce, and maple syrup

Thatch McMuffin served with mixed greens -toasted whole wheat English muffin, just egg, tomato, sausage, cheddar cheese, herbed cashew cream, and pickled jalapeño

2. Bebitos

Find bistro classics and delicious pastries at Bebitos, located at 1504 Bay Road. They have their own signature coffee blend for a signature cafécito or traditional café con leche. There is also a variety of seating that makes it perfect for getting work done or hanging with friends.

TRY:

Fried Egg Croissant - egg sandwich with brie, prosciutto, honey mustard, arugula, and caramelized onions

The Elena - egg sandwich with roasted adobo turkey, strawberry jam, and provolone

3. Café Americano

With outdoor dining on Collins Ave, the views and people-watching are a great way to start your day. If you like your brunch to be a little boozy, Café Americano has a unique Bloody Mary and a full bar. Find it at 1776 Collins Avenue.

TRY:

Carrot Cake French Toast - three slices of thick cut brioche, griddled in spiced batter, carrot, raisin and pecan cream cheese filling and candied carrots

Huevos Rancheros - crispy corn tortillas, two eggs any style, black beans, chorizo, ranchero salsa, cotija, avocado, colatro, and pico de gallo

4. Natura Eatery

Find lots of healthy treats at this little spot at 75 NE 16th Street. Open from 9 am - 9pm everyday, the menu uses local and farm-raised ingredients. Look out for their weekly specials or try their acai bowls.

TRY:

Mixed Berry Almond Butter Toast - multigrain toast with almond butter spread topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries,

Coconut Waffles - gluten-free waffles topped with bananas and coconut flakes

5. Pura Vida

A go-to spot for healthy and delicious food in Miami. With several locations in Miami, they offer all-day breakfast and a peaceful ambiance. You can also find quick grab-and-go options like juices, smoothies, coffee, and tea.

TRY:

Perfect Egg Sandwich - toasted bagel scooped, eggs, mozzarella, arugula, avocado smash, tomato, olive oil

Overnight Oats - oats, shaved coconut, almond milk, and chia seed topped with strawberry, blueberry, homemade vegan granola, and almond butter drizzle

6. Sagrado

This dog-friendly café has a giant outdoor patio in downtown Miami at 900 Biscayne Boulevard. The menu has a mix of Brazilian specialties and classic breakfast favorites. There is a reason there is always a line on the weekends.

TRY:

Sagrado Waffle - Belgian style waffle served with dulce de leche, Brigadeiro, berries, and whipped cream

Avocado Toast - Sesame toast, tomatoes confit, burrata, avocado, and microgreens

Lovvett App
Food

New App Lovvett Saves You Money and Helps Miami Restaurants Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that uneaten food is the third-largest contributor to climate change? At the same time, uneaten food impacts businesses at all levels. As environmental awareness increases and consumer eating habits are changing, the new app Lovvett aims to create a win-win situation for consumers, businesses, and our planet.

Did you know that uneaten food is the third-largest contributor to climate change? At the same time, uneaten food impacts businesses at all levels. As environmental awareness increases and consumer eating habits are changing, the new app Lovvett aims to create a win-win situation for consumers, businesses, and our planet.

Lovvett is helping local Miami restaurants to reduce food waste and turn surplus food into more revenue for businesses, while offering consumers great food for less and contributing to building more sustainable communities.

Did you know that 30-40% of all food produced in the US is wasted? Even if everyone in need was fed, still there would be surplus that ends in landfills.  Restaurants are one of the primary sources of food waste.

Lovvett was started by a local husband and wife team in Coral Gables. The goal is to contribute to more sustainable communities and ensure conscious consumption. The app enables South Floridians to order and enjoy great food at heavily discounted prices, while benefiting restaurant partners by giving them additional revenue for food items that might otherwise go to waste.

Since Miami is a cultural melting pot, almost every ethnic cuisine is represented with new restaurants continuing to be added.  There is even a filter on the app for any food allergies.

After downloading Lovvett, it is as easy as browsing meals, placing your order, and picking up your food within the designated time window. Some of the restaurants on the app include Miam Miami, DBakers, Rodilla Wynwood, and Spris Artisan and deals are upwards of 50% off, changing daily.

Now you can get $5 off your first $15+ order one week after downloading Lovvett.

Lovvett is looking to start offering the regular menus from participating restaurants alongside their surplus deals. They will start to offer delivery and hope to expand services nationwide. Click here to download the app or visit their website at lovvett.com.

Jrk! Jamaican Aventura
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Jrk! Is Aventura’s New Fast-Casual Jamaican Food

Traditional Jamaican meets health-conscientious with Jrk! in Aventura. This new restaurant has chef-inspired dishes using high-quality ingredients in a fast-casual environment. 

Traditional Jamaican meets health-conscientious with Jrk! in Aventura. This new restaurant has chef-inspired dishes using high-quality ingredients in a fast-casual environment. 

Owner Harrison Berstein grew up loving Jamaican cuisine, influenced by Kavan Burke. Kavan Burke housed Wayne Sharpe for free when he initially moved here from Jamaica until he moved to Atlanta to open his first restaurant. Once Harrison and Kavan decided to join forces and open Jrk!, they convinced Wayne to move back to Miami and the rest was history.

At Jrk! your meal is served bowl-style with a combination of bases, proteins, and toppings. Choose from one of the signature bowls, or make your own. Proteins include Jerk BBQ, Jamrock Pepper Steak, and Oxtail. For vegans, there is even Vegan Jerk. Some of the mouth-watering topping options are Pineapple Plantain, Cabbage Slaw, Pineapple Mango Salsa, Sweet Scotch Bonnet Cauliflower, and Jerk Peppers and Onion. Top off your bowl with a number of sauces with names like Rude Boy and The Tropics.

Finish your meal with a chocolate or pineapple 305 Rum Cake. The restaurant also carries a range of juices, Jamaican sodas, beer, and wine.

Jrk! is open from 11:30 am - 8 pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:30 am - 8:30 pm Thursday through Saturday.

Find Jrk! on the third-floor food hall at the Aventura Mall, 19565 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura. For more information head to eatjrk.com or check them out on social media at @eatjrk on Instagram and Facebook and even TikTok.


Gluten-Free Miami Eats
Food

No Wheat? No Problem! 8 Spots for Gluten-Free Eats

If you’ve sworn off gluten because you have a sensitivity, allergy, or intolerance, or simply want to give your gut a break from wheat, barley, or rye, the most common forms of gluten (which are found in pretty much everything these days), don’t fret. You can still eat out with ease. Here we explore 8 places that you can partake in a full meal as well as satisfy your sweet tooth - all without gluten-containing grains. 

If you’ve sworn off gluten because you have a sensitivity, allergy, or intolerance, or simply want to give your gut a break from wheat, barley, or rye, the most common forms of gluten (which are found in pretty much everything these days), don’t fret. You can still eat out with ease. Here we explore 8 places that you can partake in a full meal as well as satisfy your sweet tooth - all without gluten-containing grains. 

Dora Gluten Free (Coral Gables)

This is the only fully dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Miami. Get a hamburger and fries for a fulfilling meal or opt for some, croquetas (ham and chicken, and vegan). Finish off your meal with desserts including lemon loaves, key lime pie (also available in dairy-free), cinnamon rolls (also available in guava and Nutella), or some brownies and cookies. They now offer shipping on their gluten-free goodies. @doraglutenfree

Carrot Express (multiple locations)

With an extensive menu of good-for-you eats, from smoothies to bowls to platters, Carrot Express has a number of gluten-free options for those avoiding wheat. Be sure to check out the Shaved Kale Brussels Sprout Salad, Pesto Salmon, Mahi Mahi, BBQ Chicken Platter, or Grilled Chicken Platter for lunch or dinner. @carrotexpress

Coyo Taco (multiple locations)

Don’t get sidelined when your crew hits this local taco institution because of your dietary restrictions. Opt for the new “secret menu” option, the Yogi Bowl (available through the end of April). This delight for gluten-free, vegetarians, and vegans alike, consists of layers of mixed greens, quinoa salad, roasted cauliflower and mushrooms, avocado, pickled red onions, jalapeños, citrus slaw, pico de gallo, and toasted pepitas. You can add salsa and proteins if desired. @coyotaco

Thatch (Midtown)

Pop into the market for a smoothie, a grab-and-go bite, or dine-in for lunch or dinner at this plant-based establishment with an extensive gluten-free offering. From salads to bowls, to gluten-free pad Thai and the not-to-be-missed Shattered Potatoes, you will not leave hungry. For brunch seekers, be sure to try the banana almond pancakes. @thatchmiami

And you can satisfy your gluten-free sweet tooth here:

The Chocolate Chip Bakery (Midtown)

This newcomer to Midtown, offers vegan, gluten-, soy-, refined sugar-,GMO-free cookies, brownies and baked goods that will frankly blow your mind. We stopped in to purchase one of everything and we simply couldn’t choose a favorite from the selection cookies, banana bread, and a light and fluffy sweet potato bun. We were already pre-caffeinated when we dropped in, so we passed on the iced latte, but we’ll be back as they looked just as good as the baked goods.  @thechocolatechipbakery

Bunnie Cakes (Doral) 

This cupcake mainstay that just moved their operations to Doral is the OG in vegan and gluten-free cupcake and cakes. You can stop in (or opt for delivery) to choose from a variety of flavors including some cookies and cream, red velvet, funfetti, key lime, dulce no leche, coconut, and more. Bunnie Cakes can also customize your order for cupcakes, cakes, and mini cakes all to be gluten -free. @msbunniecakes

Purely Baked By Sarah (delivery)

If you’re a fan of the Kardashians, you may have seen their obsession with olive oil cakes and cupcakes. Now you can get your very own from this local baker, who sells all organic, dairy-free, gluten-free and parve, cakes in a selection of flavors like original olive oil, chocolate, chocolate chip, guava (with coconut or without), and lemon poppy seed (with lemon glaze on top). Place your order via Instagram DM and choose to pick up your goods at the Fresh Market Parking lot in Aventura or opt for delivery. @purelybakedbysarah

The Oats Guy (delivery)

When we saw The Oats Guy’s stunning creations pop-up on our Instagram, we thought it was another case of ‘looks good, but can’t eat’ situation. Then we learned that these donuts can all be made gluten-free (as well as vegan and sugar-free if you’re so inclined) we dropped a DM and eagerly checked out the weekly menu of these oatmeal rings. We received a quick reply via a very accommodating baker and our donuts were delivered with care. They taste more cake-y than fried donuts (which is fine by us because we actually don’t like fried dough) and each creation looked (and tasted) better than the next. You can tell and taste there is a lot of love that goes into making these by the attention to detail each ring has. @theoatsguy

Sprouts Farmers Market
Food

Sprouts Farmers Market to Open New Stores in Miami and Broward

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open as many as ten new stores in Florida, including locations in South Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open as many as ten new stores in Florida, including locations in South Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

The Phoenix, Arizona-based grocer known for its unique selection of responsibly sourced products and a farmers' market-style experience will open approximately 20 stores this year, including five in South Florida. Several South Florida locations are in the works, from Homestead to West Palm Beach. Addresses are as follows (stores listed with cross streets don’t yet have addresses). Opening dates have not yet been announced.

  • Boynton Beach: W. Boynton Beach Boulevard and Jog Road
  • Homestead: 2631 NE Tenth Ct.
  • Miami: 12690 SW 88th St.
  • Oakland Park: 700 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
  • West Palm Beach: Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail

*This article was originally published on MiamiNewTimes.com by Nicole Danna and can be found here.

Surfside Farmer's Market
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Popular Outdoor Farmers Market Returns to Surfside, Florida on Sunday, March 7

The popular market returns to the area on Sunday, March 7 and is helmed by Surfside resident Javier Valmana, who is also the creator of Wavey Acai Bowls.

For a fresh way to spend Sundays and support local businesses, the Town of Surfside invites the public to its outdoor Farmers Market. The popular market returns to the area on Sunday, March 7 and is helmed by Surfside resident Javier Valmana, who is also the creator of Wavey Acai Bowls.  

With COVID-19 guidelines enforced, visitors can safely shop for home decor, artisan items, apparel, handmade jewelry and baked goods, or fuel up on delicious fare from a plant-based vendor, healthy acai bowls and Peruvian-style cuisine. The Surfside Farmers Market is conveniently located across the street from the beach. It is a must-visit during a trip to Miami’s charming beach town.

The following is a list of participating vendors…and the list is still growing:

  • Paz y Luna - hats, hand bags, handmade apparel. @paz_y_luna
  • Cherelune - artisanal soaps, crystals, candles @cherelunemia
  • LifeACTivated - bohemian clothes @lifeact_ivated
  • SueBeeQ Jewlery - handmade jewelry @suebeeqjewlery
  • Wavey Acai bowls - Acai bowls @waveyacaibowls
  • Ciabella - baked goods @ciabellabakery
  • Moana Kai - handmade baby and kids clothing and accessories @moanaandkai
  • Mind of art - decorative accessories, handmade concrete pots, refurbished artistic furniture @justart1970
  • Yessis - Peruvian-style ceviche, hot pressed paninis, handmade empanadas, vegan options, fresh lemonade, hot churros, banana bread & other baked good @Yessiskitchen
  • Planta sol -  freshly potted plants for indoor and outdoor @jengricas
  • Soapciety- handcrafted soaps, body scrubs, hand sanitizers, lip balms, small accessories @1934soapciety
  • Fruitsncahoots - Fruits and veggies @fruitsncahoots
  • Bussdown vegans – plant-based vendor that serves west coast flavors, featuring burritos and bowls. Everything is made from scratch: no GMOs or processed ingredients and soy free @bussdownvegans

WHEN:

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, starting March 7, 2021

WHERE:

9500 Collins Avenue in Surfside

COST:

Free to attend

VENDORS:

New vendors are welcome to participate in the Surfside Farmers Market and can fill out an application online at https://form.jotform.com/210245312434139. For questions, contact Javier Valmana at 305-923-2518 or email surfsidefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

peanut butter products
Food

6 Peanut Products Packing a Nutritional Punch

If there was a Peanut Butter Anonymous, we’d be a part of the program. No matter the form - raw, butter, or even powder - we don’t discriminate. As far as nutrition goes, peanuts pack quite a punch with approximately 7 grams of protein per ounce, making them a great choice when looking for something to keep you satisfied. And while 14 grams of fat per serving might scare some off, most of the fats in peanuts are good fats and will keep your blood sugars low and keep you from getting hangry. 

If there was a Peanut Butter Anonymous, we’d be a part of the program. No matter the form -  raw, butter, or even powder -  we don’t discriminate. As far as nutrition goes, peanuts pack quite a punch with approximately 7 grams of protein per ounce, making them a great choice when looking for something to keep you satisfied. And while 14 grams of fat per serving might scare some off, most of the fats in peanuts are good fats and will keep your blood sugars low and keep you from getting hangry. 

All in the name of research we tested a selection of peanut butter products to deliver our top 6 (narrowing it 5 was just too hard!)

1. Brooklyn Roasting

Coffee and peanut butter don't sound like they’d be a good match, but the folks at Brooklyn Roasting dared to combine the two. The result is a delicious peanut butter infused with fresh roasted Turkish ground single-origin coffee. We tried the Ethiopian Natural Peanut Butter and our taste buds freaked out in the best possible way. This creamy spread has a deliciously nutty flavor combined with coffee and you can taste the most delectable hint of blueberry thanks to the Ethiopian natural processed coffee. https://brooklynroasting.com, @brooklynroasting

2. R.E.D.D. Peanut Butter Protein Bar

With a soft, cookie dough-like texture this bar is packed with superfoods, adaptogenic mushrooms, probiotics, and 10g of plant-based protein, and a perfect peanutty flavor. These bars are chock full of peanuts and are gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and Kosher and  https://www.reddbar.com, @reddbar

3. Catalina Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal

With zero sugar, non-GMO, grain-free, and 100% vegan, we were shocked by how crunchy, flavorful, and frankly irresistible this cereal is. While we admit we didn’t go for the traditional milk and cereal in a bowl, rather we ate it by the handful or sprinkled on acai bowls, this cereal uses seven plant proteins and fibers that are designed to keep you full longer and promote gut health. And the Catalina Crunch Peanut Butter Cookies, those are a must-try, too! https://us.catalinacrunch.com, @catalinacrunch

4. Quinn Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets

These gluten-free, crunchy peanut butter-filled pretzels have been a go-to snack of ours for some time now. The little pillow-looking pretzels have a crunchy exterior with creamy peanut butter filling inside, and use whole grain sorghum, an ancient whole grain that is naturally gluten-free and better for the environment.  https://www.quinnsnacks.com, @quinnsnacks

5. Organic PBfit Peanut Butter Powder

If you’re like us and have a hard time putting the spoon down and walking away from the jar, then this powder formula gives you goodness without the guilt. With just three ingredients including gently pressed roasted peanuts, coconut palm sugar, and a pinch of salt, it has 87% less fat and ⅓ the calories of traditional peanut butter. Just add water and mix to get a creamy texture that you won’t want to put down. https://pbfit.com, @betterbodyfoods

6. Gr8nola Peanut Butter Granola

When two of our favorite snacks, peanut butter and granola, collide AND give back, we consider that a major win. That’s why we are fans of this woman-owned BIPOC superfood granola brand, who has partnered with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation initiative uniting girls to change the world. 8% of all Peanut Butter sales will be donated to Girl Up. Five girl leaders were chosen to work alongside gr8nola’s founder Erica Liu Williams to bring this flavor to market - from ideation to launch. Through this partnership, Gr8nola strives to inspire young women to achieve gr8ness by giving these girls real-world entrepreneurial experience, while supporting Girl Up's mission to achieve gender equality worldwide. https://www.gr8nola.com, @gr8nola