From our friends at Cobram Estates Olive Oil, a yummy recipe for Valentine’s Day brownies that have the added bonus of antioxidants!

Cocoa nibs, pomegranates and extra virgin olive oil all have one thing in common…they’re all well known antioxidants. Combining these three in a fudgy brownie makes for a perfect dessert for you & your valentine!

Ingredients:

1 cup California Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 ¼ cup of coconut sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup AP flour

2/3 cup of pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)

4 tablespoons cocoa nibs

2 eggs

Method: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla; whisk ‘em in. Add the flour and stir in with a wooden spoon. Fold in 1/3 cup of the pomegranate seeds and 3 tablespoons of the cocoa nibs.  Oil an 8” x 8” glass baking dish and line with parchment. Spread the batter evenly into the dish and sprinkle the remaining pomegranate seeds and cocoa nibs over the top. Pop into the oven and bake for forty minutes, turning once at twenty minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool all the way before cutting. (Optional) – immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle with a nice flaky sea salt. Enjoy!

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What fun we had talking with Mary Shenouda, founder of @PhatFudge and @PaleoChef! Mary has built a strong community around her organic, paleo, keto performance food (now available in vegan too!).

For a limited time, be sure to try her Phat Beet Latte (featuring her Spicy Vegan Phat Fudge) at our Tonic Bar.

As Mary likes to say, “Eat clean. Play often. Crush Life. EAT PLAY CRUSH” Mary is definitely crushing it and we are so proud to have been her first retail account!

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We had the pleasure of getting to know Michael and Kristel Kuech, co-founders of Your Super. What an loving and inspiring couple they are!

EREWHON: Tell us how Your Super began.

Michael: I grew in Germany, on a meat and potatoes kind of diet. As an athlete in high school, college and on the semi-pro tennis circuit, I was trained to get my protein from animal sources, and eat heavy carbs before matches. All that changed when I was diagnosed with cancer at age 24. During my chemo, I realized that we may not be able to control everything in our lives, but we can control what we eat. Kristel was the health nut in my life with all these bags and boxes of superfoods in her cabinet like wheatgrass, barley grass and moringa that she would mix up for me to help boost my immunity. I felt so much healthier and happier.

Kristel: I came from a family of orthomolecular nutritionists, together with my mom and my aunt we created 7 individual mixes formulated to function. I went on to study nutrition at eCornell University, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and receive my 200 hour yoga certification.

Michael: When I started taking these mixes, our friends and family started to really notice a difference in me, and they wanted to feel the same. We learned that supply chain can be contaminated and so made the decision to work with farmers directly.

Kristel: We also have a 1:1 give back model like Tom’s Shoes and Warby Parker, for every mix sold a lifesaving meal bar goes to a malnourished child around the world through our partnership with Action Against Hunger.

EREWHON: Did you face any obstacles along the way?

Michael: In a start-up every day is filled with obstacles but we like to call them opportunities! One big one was obviously creating a clean and transparent supply chain. The second, would be raising capital. Everyone told us the US was too big of a market, that was already saturated with superfood, but our customers kept asking us to come to the US. We kept at it, and one day we received an investment that enabled us to start out office here in Los Angeles, and service the customers here who had wanted us to come. They always say, it takes 99 no’s to get to a yes. In our case it was maybe 101 no’s, but then we got a big yes!

EREWHON: What an amazing story! Is there anything else you would like to share?

Kristel: I just want people to know that that there are simple ways you can start to get healthy today. We were surprised to learn that many of our customers, are not only in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and similar, but in food deserts, where it can be challenging, and in some cases expensive to eat well, and make changes to your diet. We hear success stories every single day of people make some, positive steps until their whole lives are different. I would just say, believe in yourself that you can make a change, and you can.

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Erewhon is an independent and family-owned organic grocer. For more than fifty years we have proudly served Los Angeles–with locations in West Hollywood, Calabasas, Venice and Santa Monica. At Erewhon, we know every journey to optimal wellness unique, and we are here to serve you no matter where you are on the path.

Come explore 100% organic produce and innovative local brands on every aisle. Enjoy made from scratch dishes in our Cafes, and functional coffees, teas, juices, smoothies and superfood ice creams in our Tonic Bars. Start 2019 with an organic cold pressed juice cleanse or with our adaptogenic bone broth cleanses (there’s a vegan option too!). The Erewhon community is a passionate and engaged group, so be sure to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see what’s in store!

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The Essence of a Cleanse

Whether this is your first time, or part of an ongoing ritual, a cleanse provides an opportunity not only to reset, but to appreciate and heal the body temple. A new year’s cleanse provides you with a moment to reflect on all that 2019 will bring—starting now. It puts you in the moment, it allows you to focus on the wonderful work your organs and systems do for you every minute of every day.

Ideally, the first step to cleansing should be setting an intention before the cleanse begins. Whatever your reason for cleansing, setting an intention provides a solid foundation for seeing it through from start to finish.

Often times, we have everything we need for a cleanse physically, but we may not have gotten into the right mental and emotional space in order to benefit completely. Stress and busy schedules get in the way. Setting an intention daily is a great way to focus your cleanse and make it more meaningful. After all, a cleanse is time to examine behaviors or thoughts that you may want to change or modify. It’s also a great time for self-reflection.

A cleanse is a perfect opportunity to create a practice of deep self-care and putting the needs of your body first. Hopefully, you’ll want to continue this practice well after the cleanse has ended. It’s a time to be firm but also gentle with yourself. It’s a time to put yourself and your needs first and foremost. A cleanse of any kind has an uncanny ability of bringing your focus into the present moment. Use this time to your advantage by simply observing without bringing much judgement. Find stillness. If you are able to find stillness in the discomfort of a cleanse, you will likely be able to bring this helpful strategy into your daily life outside of the cleanse. Give yourself the best chance. Start your day on the right foot and an amazing day usually follows suit.

Instead of waking up and jumping right out of bed, start your day with a calming ritual. Try something as simple as a drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and before eating. You could also try a light breathing exercise—by deeply inhaling and hold the breath for 10 seconds and then slowly exhaling, repeating this process 5-10 times at your own pace. Perhaps you decide to take a few moments to find and/or feel gratitude for something in your life that you may have overlooked.

A cleanse is designed to be for a certain amount of time with a start and an end—but that does not mean that you have to abandon these habits when you finish. You may discover that these actions are an effective way to center your day throughout the year.

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    Erewhon is an independent and family-owned organic grocer. For more than fifty years we have proudly served Los Angeles–with locations in West Hollywood, Calabasas, Venice and Santa Monica. At Erewhon, we know every journey to optimal wellness unique, and we are here to serve you no matter where you are on the path.

    Come explore 100% organic produce and innovative local brands on every aisle. Enjoy made from scratch dishes in our Cafes, and functional coffees, teas, juices, smoothies and superfood ice creams in our Tonic Bars. Start 2019 with an organic cold pressed juice cleanse or with our adaptogenic bone broth cleanses (there’s a vegan option too!). The Erewhon community is a passionate and engaged group, so be sure to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see what’s in store!