Super Swap Nutritionist Program

With the holidays upon us, and the pandemic among us, health is on the forefront of everyone's minds these days. Fret not! We are here to help you make delicious mindful choices with these easy breezy seven food swaps.

We are SO honored to partner with these top tier brands below that are shaking up the food industry with "super swaps" (but really!) that actually taste amazing! Now you can have your cake and eat it too... Let's dive into the brands--but be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for a way to save 15% off ALL our brands' websites for the whole month of October 2020!

Banza. As the weather cools off and the days become shorter, there’s nothing like ending the day with your favorite comfort foods. Rather than filling up on empty carbs, why not try Banza’s chickpea products? They are low glycemic and gluten free, high in protein and fiber, and have more nutrients than traditional rice and pasta. They even have a vegan mac & cheese box!!! Say. No. More.

Just Date Syrup. We know the holidays are synonymous with sugar. I mean how can you possibly resist the delicious seasonal drinks and baked goods?! Impossible. I refuse. But what if you could swap out some of your sweeteners with more natural guilt-free sweeteners? We have the solution for you! Just Date Syrup makes yummy low-glycemic sweeteners from California fruits. These sweeteners are jam packed with nutrients- more than even honey and maple syrup! Wow, who knew right? The best part of Just Date Syrup is how versatile it is. You can use it in salad dressings, sauces, baking, beverages, cocktails, dessert. I mean the list could go on and on! This is the perfect swap for healthy holiday baking, cooking and drinking!

Kween Foods. Okay you guys, I’m really excited to talk about this one. Kween Foods has done the impossible: they have created the first-ever spreadable granola! They call it Granola Butter. Cool, right?! It can be used in the same ways nut butter is used, but because it’s oat based, anyone with nut allergies or dietary restrictions can enjoy it as well. And best of all, they have a chocolate flavor! I am drooling just thinking about it.

Lil Bucks (heck yeah!) I’m not biased or anything, but I’m stoked to tell you our Lil Bucks adaptogenic snacks are the must have this holiday season (as if you didn’t already know that! All of our products are great sources of fiber, plant-based protein, and magnesium. Top that with the fact that buckwheat is low glycemic and gluten free, and you have yourself the perfect holiday swap. We all crave cookies and other sweets during the holidays, so why not swap in our Clusterbucks as a cookie replacement?! Lil Bucks adds the perfect crunch to any baked good, smoothie, salad, yogurt, acai bowl. The list goes on and on! One bite and you’ll be hooked. To be honest I’m even snacking on some right now as I type this!

Rise Brewing. Okay what is the holiday season without seasonal drinks or themed lattes? I mean a fall without pumpkin spice lattes?! Never heard of her. Rise Brewing creates an ingenious idea by infusing nitrogen with their cold-brew resulting in a delicious, creamy, smooth drink that puts all the other high calorie alternatives to shame. We recommend the RISE Oat Milk Latte, it’s to die for!

Rhythm Superfoods. So maybe your weakness during the holidays is not sugar, but salty snacks. That’s okay because Rhythm Superfoods has a solution for you: organic snacks made from REAL fruits and veggies! Instead of the empty carb filled chips, take a bite of these bad boys. The beet and kale chips are all the rave, rightfully so as each bite packs a nutritious punch, filled with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. So go grab your favorite dipping sauce, and feel good about your snack choices.

Simple Mills. Okay, so Simple Mills, staying true to the brand, is really making things simple for you guys. They make crackers, cookies, frostings and baking mixes to name a few, that are gluten, grain, dairy, soy, GMO and artificial free. Guilt? Yeah, we don’t know him. With every product made with authentic, whole-food ingredients healthy eating has never been so easy! Their brownie mix will not only soothe your chocolate cravings, but it might even make you glow.

Curious to try any of these brands? For the month of October, you can use the code 15SUPERSWAP at checkout on any of their websites to get 15% off sitewide! Stock up on stocking stuffers, gifts, hosting treats, and snacks for...yourself. *Rhythm Superfoods code available on Amazon.


7 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

With the onset of the new season, it only seemed fitting to introduce our newest addition to the Good Vibes Fam…. Cinnamon Lil Bucks! As the weather cools off and the leaves change color, nothing screams autumn more than a hot, slow-cooked porridge topped with these cinnamon-y spicy delights. We simply adore the smell and taste of cinnamon, but hey, it has loads of health benefits too.  

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

Let’s unveil some of the reasons why we love cinnamon:

1. Helps manage Diabetes and improve insulin sensitivity 

Cinnamon has proven to lower blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance, a benefit for all of us, but most especially those with diabetes. If you’re one to keep an eye on your blood sugar, you might want to add more cinnamon to your diet. Research has shown that cinnamon can help slow blood sugar levels when consumed with complex carbohydrates (Hello, buckwheat! It’s the perfect combo!).

2. Reduces inflammation (aka cell damage)

Inflammation can contribute to a wide range of health issues, from asthma to autoimmune diseases and cancer. Many of the flavonoid compounds found in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties that can help repair cell damage in the body. 

3. Reduces cholesterol levels and the risk for Heart Disease

A high-fat diet has been linked as one of the primary causes of heart disease. Luckily for us foodies, cinnamon offsets the effects of a high-fat diet because it possesses a polyphenol that is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This helps alleviate the effects of high-fat meals by slowing the post-meal blood sugar rise. 

4. Filled with antioxidants

Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants. This is so important because antioxidants protect your body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals in our environment. In fact, cinnamon is such a powerful spice that it can even be used as a food preservative. Say whattttt!

Combine that with high-antioxidant buckwheat, with extra-strong levels of Rutin, and you have the perfect heart-healthy grain-free granola going into the winter season!

5. Antimicrobial (helps fights infection)

Cinnamaldehyde, the part of cinnamon that gives it its delicious flavor and unique smell has displayed antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

6. Good for your gut 🙂 

We could all go for a healthier gut, right?! Good news, Good Vibes Fam, these cinnamon bucks will help keep you regular! For many years cinnamon has been used in medicine as a digestive aid. It possesses superfood properties that can alleviate symptoms associated with indigestion. The food you eat is digested by your intestinal tract. As food is broken down, gases arise. Research shows that cinnamon can decrease stomach acid and the secretion of the digestive enzyme pepsin from the stomach after eating. This in turn lessens the amount of CO2 gas in your stomach that often leads to post meal discomfort. 

7. May help prevent neurological disorders

Research has proven that cinnamon can delay cognitive impairments by diminishing oxidation in the brain. In addition, cinnamon is a good source of manganese, an antioxidant that is critical in supporting brain and body health.

And all of that is just from cinnamon! Combine those benefits with the high levels of magnesium, fiber and B vitamins found in buckwheat, and you have yourself the greatest superfood pairing EVER. 

 

SOURCES:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

https://www.thorne.com/take-5-daily/article/5-spices-for-a-healthy-gut

https://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon

https://www.thehealthy.com/heart-disease/cinnamon-heart-health/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003790/#sec6title


Introducing Lil Bucks Reusable Produce Bags!!

Just when you thought your farmers market vibes couldn't get any higher, we bring you: ⁠

🥑🍎🍌REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS 🍋🍍🍓⁠

YUP. Get your fruits and veggies in style with your very own Lil Bucks Reusable Produce Bag!!!⁠ 

♻️ DID YOU KNOW......⁠

Humans produce over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for one time usage!! And 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans EVERY YEAR. 8 MILLION.⁠

There's no denying this wasteful way of life is polluting our beautiful planet. As a brand with a sustainable mission, we gotta make waves to stop this disposable lifestyle.⁠

Here are some tips to reduce your own plastic consumption:⁠

1) Use reusable bags⁠ (hi)⁠
2) Say adios to plastic cling wrap!⁠
3) Bring your own cup⁠ (We love aussie @keepcup )⁠
4) Learn how to recycle (and maybe compost)⁠ Start at how2recycle.info⁠

Remember no action is too small! 💚💙💚


“LOW GLYCEMIC” ~ WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?

As a consumer it can be incredibly tricky keeping up with all the nuances in the health industry! People are constantly throwing products and foods in your face screaming “THIS IS IT! THIS NEW DIET WILL END POVERTY, PROMOTE WORLD PEACE AND MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL!” Wow, amazing!  Who knew drinking matcha tea could do that?!

 

Worry not, my friends. We at Lil Bucks are promoting benefits you can get from buckwheat. While the buckwheat benefits truly align with wellness trends, we want to share why you should even care about these health benefits. We promise we’re not just promoting wellness buzzwords for the sake of it! 

 

One of the great benefits of buckwheat is that it’s low glycemic, meaning it’s great for your digestion and blood sugar levels. That’s why buckwheat is often considered such a heart-healthy food!

 

Below we share how the glycemic index works and how to interpret it, so you can understand how this works with your body and why you should be stoked that buckwheat is low glycemic!

 

THE GLYCEMIC INDEX, DEMYSTIFIED 

 

Many products boast being “low glycemic”, which sounds nice, but if you understand the glycemic index, it’ll sound a lot nicer. 😉

 

The glycemic index is a measurement system founded by Dr. David Jenkins in the early ‘80s. It ranks carb-containing foods by their effect on your blood sugar levels. Lower GI diets have been linked to healthier body mass indexes, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. 

 

The glycemic index of a food is influenced by several factors like:

 

  1. The type of sugar it contains
  2. The overall structure of the starch
  3. How your meal was cooked and prepared
  4. The level of ripeness of the particular food. 

 

SUGAR SUGAR…  

 

Sugar often has a bad rep in the health world, and we’re the first to complain about the overuse of processed sugar EVEN in organic health products. Even the healthiest organic granola contains 6-8 grams of added sugar per serving. 

 

But to give a blanket statement that all sugar is evil is not accurate. You don’t want to eliminate all the sugar in your diet, because your body does need some sugar to perform some of its vital duties! Try to consumer more natural sugar (from fruits, veggies, etc.), which is often naturally paired with fiber, protein and/or other vital nutrients, to help you digest more slowly. Added sugars (sugar extracted from its original source and added to foods in cooking/processing) can go straight to the blood stream cause faster blood sugar spikes, so you want to limit these (look out for ingredients ending in “ose” on packaging!). 

 

STARCHES & HOW PREPARING YOUR FOOD HAS AN EFFECT ON THE GLYCEMIC INDEX

 

Now let’s look at starches! Two molecules make up starches: amylose and amylopectin. Amylose takes longer to digest, and therefore foods with a higher amylose content will have a lower glycemic index. 

 

The more refined and processed the carb is, the higher the glycemic index. This is because processing methods disrupt the amylose and amylopectin molecules. The longer the food is cooked, the faster the sugars will be digested, which then raises the glycemic index. Foods like white bread and white rice, which are more processed for example, are easily digested and cause a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels. This can be extremely harmful for diabetics, and also contribute to heart diseases and obesity. 

 

With fruit, the riper the fruit, the higher the glycemic index. Unripe fruits contain complex carbs that break down sugar as the fruit ripens. 

 

READING THE GLYCEMIC SCALE 

 

Okay, so now you’re thinking how in the heck do I read the glycemic scale?! DO NOT FRET! It’s easier than you think! When reading the scale, you need to focus on the glycemic load of a food.

 

The glycemic load of a food is the GI of a food multiplied by the amount of carbs in a food- specifically the amount of grams- in a single serving. So if you decide to eat a low GI food but a large quantity of it, you could actually have the same effect as if you ate a high GI food! So portion control is extremely important as well! 

 

For example white bread has a GI of 75. Grain bread on the other hand has a GI of 53. You can swap white bread for grain bread to lessen the post meal blood sugar rise! 

 

FOODS THAT ARE LOW-GLYCEMIC!

 

Foods with a lower glycemic index are preferred because they are slowly digested and cause a smaller and slower rise in blood sugar levels (this is especially important for women and hormonal health!). 

 

Buckwheat, depending on how it’s prepared, scores low to medium on the glycemic index and should not cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels. We serve all our buckwheat raw, sprouted and dehydrated, putting these seeds on the lower end of the GI scale. They leave you full for longer and you don’t get any crazy blood sugar spikes after eating sprouted buckwheat. Other foods that possess a lower GI are fruits and vegetables, chickpeas, and lentils! 

 

POWER COMBO: pair Lil Bucks with an additional protein or healthy fat like an avocado on fermented sourdough! This will slow digestion and help keep you movin’ and groovin’ for longer!

 

We hope this was helpful for you in choosing the foods that fuel your life. Being a conscientious consumer is so important! Your diet extends far beyond what you may think. It can impact your energy levels, mood, weight, etc. Give your body the best, so it can perform at its best!

 

 

 

Sources: 

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/buckwheat#nutrients 

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/added-sugar-natural-sugar-guide

 

https://drsue.ca/2010/10/benefits-to-barley-and-buckwheat-low/

 


What I Eat In A Day: Future Dietitian Amanda Wagner

RUNNING ON LIL BUCKS

I am running on Lil Bucks, literally! Since adding this wonderful little fruit seed known as buckwheat (yes, you read that correctly, seed) to my daily athlete plate I have been feeling stronger and better fueled as a long distance runner.

Buckwheat is truly a magical food and I want to share that I was eating it before it was cool and in Lil Bucks form. 😉 I have always been intrigued by grains and new foods (and this is perhaps one of the many reasons I pursued becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), so when I saw buckwheat hot cereal in the cereal aisle of a Jewel summer 2014 after I graduated college I knew I HAD to try it! It claimed to be a good alternative to a morning bowl of oatmeal and I was intrigued by the protein content and the supposed nutty flavor. I made my first bowl in the microwave and topped with cinnamon. I LOVED it!A few months later my now husband and I moved to Chicago and I made him try it and he found it to taste a little plain. 😔 Needless to say, I did not make it much for us after that.

Fast-forward to 2019 when I tried Lil Bucks for the first time and gosh did that put buckwheat back on the radar for both of us! I literally wish I could have an entire pool filled Lil Bucks, so I would never run out. 🤣 But I’m also not sure where the said pool would fit in my little Chicago apartment and how I would make it happen on a student budget… 🤔 Working as a Brand Ambassador is the closest I’ll get to a pool of Lil Bucks. 😆

What I love the most about buckwheat is how it is an excellent food for athletes, especially plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan ones like myself. 🌱 Buckwheat is an excellent source of magnesium, which is important for energy metabolism and sleep (the best recovery tool out there for athletes besides food). Buckwheat is also a good source of fiber (so you stay regular 💩) and a good source of protein to help repair your body after training sessions. 💪🏻

Since adding buckwheat, primarily in the form of Lil Bucks, I have felt stronger and healthier as a long distance runner than I have in years! See below how a day of buckwheat filled eating looks like for me.

A day of eating as a vegan long distance runner:

*Note: I am not a licensed medical professional. I will be a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in the spring/summer of 2021. In the meantime, please contact a licensed healthcare professional with any questions or concerns before adapting a new way of eating, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions. The way I eat as a vegan runner running an average of 40-60 miles per week works for me, but may not work for you! Each person is unique and that is why I highly recommend working with a RDN!

Breakfast: Race Day Oatmeal II:

Can’t Beet Chocolate from the Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow cookbook topped with salted almonds or walnuts, hemp seeds, Cacao Lil Bucks, and vanilla plant protein powder mixed in if it’s a heavy training week, I’m eating this meal after a morning run, or I’m extra hungry. I also take a vegan multivitamin every morning.

Snack 1:

A tropical smoothie made with frozen pineapple, frozen mango, almond milk or oat milk, and occasionally vanilla plant protein powder. A smoothie is not complete with some crunch. I love the Turmeric Lemon Myrtle Clusterbucks on this smoothie or the O.G Lil Bucks.

Lunch:

A cashew butter and jam sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread or a bagel. No sandwich is complete without some crunch, so I love adding some Chocolate Reishi Clusterbucks on top!

Optional Snack 2 (If I’m hungry, especially on afternoon/evening run days):

A larabar (Mint Chip brownie is my favorite) , a Pickybar (Blueberry Boomdizzle is my favorite flavor), or vegan yogurt with some Matcha Lil Bucks on top. Siggi’s is my favorite plant based yogurt followed by So Delicious Coconut Yogurt or Oatmilk Yogurt.

Dinner:

Black bean taco bowls because they are super easy to make and black beans are amazing. You just need to saute black beans, assorted vegetables such as kale, peppers, and broccoli in taco spices until heated thoroughly. Then serve over cooked rice, quinoa, or even buckwheat groats. Top with pumpkin seeds or O.G Lil Bucks if you want some extra crunch!

Dessert:

A few squares of dark chocolate, a vegan cookie, some dark chocolate peanut butter cups, or a bowl of dry cereal.

About Amanda:

She is a former high school science teacher with a BA in biology and M.Ed in science education, who decided to change careers after a quarter life crisis (lol). She has a passion for plant-based eating, wellness, and endurance sports, so what better way to combine the passions she lives every day with career than by becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?! She is a former collegiate cross country + track runner and ethical vegan who thinks her best days of competitive running are ahead of her! She is on a mission to show that you can be successful in sport and daily life while eating vegan, vegetarian, or more plant-forward. And yes, this includes eating as much Lil Bucks as possible. 😉 She is about to start her ten month long required dietetic internship and then will be eligible to sit for the RDN exam and obtain her license next spring/summer 2021. In the meantime, you can connect with and learn more about her on social media and her website:


World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day and in partnership with our Plastic Neutral Partner rePurpose Global, we’re committed to removing ONE PLASTIC BOTTLE PER SHARE of the below image across all our platforms to spread awareness and love of our oceans, which produce over HALF our world’s oxygen. 🌎🌊🌬️ You can share on Instagram here!

Today is about spreading awareness to unite the world to push world leaders to commit to protecting the “lungs of the earth”. This year, the UN’s theme for today is all about Innovation! Our innovation in buckwheat to promote sustainable farming in the USA will contribute to the bigger picture of a healthier planet.

You can sign this international petition to get world leaders to commit to protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030: https://www.campaignfornature.org/home

Also, if you consider yourself an environmentalist or at least environmentally conscious, read this article by Dr. Ayana Johnson to understand why supporting #BlackLivesMatter is crucial in our environmental protection efforts.

Last but not least, you can learn more about our Plastic Neutral commitment here, while we continue on the journey to becoming a more sustainable brand! You can also become plastic neutral yourself for as little as $2.50/month. Measure your impact and take the pledge here.


6 Women & Organizations Promoting Inclusivity in Wellness

Beautiful post by our brand ambassador Britt @joyfullforgood

Normally the first day of June is full of excitement for a long-awaited summer and all the good vibes that come with it. 2020 looks a little different. These are strange and difficult times but also incredibly important times. If you’re reading this you have the power to be part of positive CHANGE we so badly need. We can all do better so I hope you can take some of this isolated time to ask those tough questions, do the work, donate if you can, support your community and activate change.

Reflecting on my own business, we shared on Instagram this past Friday how Lil Bucks will do better to promote inclusivity in the wellness space and as a business. We need change in our country’s systems but also within our communities. I wanted to share some of the women and organizations we found that would be great to support as a community.

We listed six below, but this is a TINY number compared to all the incredible women and orgs we are inspired by. Normally I wouldn’t promote obsessively scrolling your Instagram feed into oblivion, but my hope is you follow these women and dive into the rabbit hole of powerful Black women and communities, and are inspired to support them moving forward.

1. Nicole Cardoza / The Wellness of We
Nicole is amazing. Leading up The Wellness of We, her Instagram and workshop provide incredible anti-racism and wellness inclusivity resources. Sign up for her anti-racism newsletter here. This is a great way to stay informed and continue doing the inner work and community work to enact change long after the protests.

2. The Loveland Foundation / Rachel Cargle
This organization provides resources for communities of color, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.  Started by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls, the Loveland Foundation makes it possible for Black women to receive therapy and support for their healing and empowerment. DONATE HERE

3. Black Girl In Om / Lauren Ash
Lauren Ash wasn’t seeing any women of color in her yoga classes, so she started the conversation and created a space where women of color can breathe easy. Subscribe to their newsletter here, listen to their latest Spotify playlist here, and follow here.

4. Lalah Delia
The author, spiritual writer, wellness educator might need no introduction, but she is incredible. If you don’t know, now ya know. You can buy her book or sign up for her course here and follow on instagram here

5. @blackgirlswithgardens 
This is a “multicultural home & garden resource providing representation, support, inspiration, & education for black women creating green spaces.” This account has all the positive vibes and is so fun to follow and learn from!

6. BLK+GRN Natural Marketplace
Their Insta feed is nothing short of inspo, but also their marketplace is AMAZING! Vetted, natural and organic products from Black producers and Black-owned businesses. Shop here.


pitaya boat with yogurt and sprouted buckwheat groats

Satisfy Quarantine Wanderlust with Adventures in Food

It’s day #whoknows of quarantine, and if you’re anything like me, you might be feeling a little antsy by now, perhaps struck with a special case of wanderlust. As an adventurous enneagram 7, lockdown certainly has me feeling a little out of sorts, but I’ve found a temporary solution that invigorates new inspiration into my routine: ADVENTURES IN FOOD!

The whole Lil Bucks brand is inspired by a food adventure in Australia, and I believe food adventures have the power to transport us to wherever we want to go. Obviously my sprouted buckwheat obsession and the market need for more buckwheat products inspired this business, but personally, when I was moving back from Australia I wanted to bring a piece of this awesome culture with me to share with my loved ones and beyond.

pitaya boat with yogurt and sprouted buckwheat groats

An adventure in food can be anything from learning to perfect an empanada at home to simply refreshing your dinnerware to breathe new life into your dish. In the photo above, I simply had my standard yogurt bowl with Matcha Lil Bucks in a papaya boat with a tropical spoon, rather than just a regular bowl. It really upped the vibes for the rest of the day!

Here are some other ideas of travel-inspired adventures in food to keep your head in the clouds, in the best way possible. ✈️✈️✈️

  1. New Orleans – master gumbo or a crawfish boil
  2. Bali – vibrant plant-based lunch (see KYND)
  3. India – anything with Diaspora spices and their recipes. HI
  4. Northeast U.S.A. – lobster/crab boil!
  5. Australia – smoothie bowls! hehe. Or share your DREAM AVO TOAST recipe. (@elsas_wholesomelife for inspo)
  6. Korea / Japan: Ramen
  7. Mexico – make your own tortillas… or perfect the spicy marg 😉
  8. Argentina – empanadas
  9. Italy – make your own pasta!
  10. Portugal – try making a pastel de nata

What travel-inspired dish would you make?! Let me know in the comments–I can always use more ideas!

Xoxo,
Emily, founder

P.S. – we were actually just featured on Asweatlife’s podcast where I share some of my recent food adventures–and fails. Enjoy!

LIL BUCKS RECIPES

Sprouted Buckwheat for Fertility, Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Health

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we wanted to drop some KNOWLEDGE for you new moms, moms-to-be and friends of mommas. Lil Bucks, perhaps combined with Majka lactation cookies and powders, could be a great gift for your new momma friends. Here’s why:

1. FOLATE IS YOUR FRIEND

Buckwheat is a great source of folate, shown to improve chances of releasing an egg during ovulation. It is also recommended you keep folate levels high for a healthy pregnancy, too. 100g of buckwheat contains 33% of the folate you’ll need in a day! (source)

2. UP YOUR PROTEIN

You’re eating for two, so you obviously need more protein! Generally, it’s recommended to increase your protein by 10g per day, and it’s even better if it comes from a complete protein source. Buckwheat is a complete amino acid protein, and with 6g per serving, this certainly fits the bill!

3. BUCKWHEAT IS LACTOGENIC

This is the big one – you can go crazy with lactation recipes (cookies, granolas, and smoothies, mmm) and adding Lil Bucks will not only add the crunch but also those milk-producing compounds new mommas need! Due to its high polysaccharide content, buckwheat is known as a lactogenic food that supports milk supply.

4. BUCKWHEAT IS GLUTEN-FREE AND LOW IN ARSENIC

Obviously no one wants to be eating high amounts of arsenic, but some can end up in our food just due to the environment. Rice has higher levels of inorganic arsenic than other foods, in part because as rice plants grow, the plant and grain tend to absorb arsenic more readily than other food crops. To reduce reduce infant exposure to inorganic arsenic, the FDA has developed guidelines to encourage pregnant moms to avoid rice during pregnancy. Fortunately, buckwheat contains virtually no arsenic. Lil Bucks’ buckwheat is certified organic as well, ensuring the farms our buckwheat comes from are GMO-free and only contain organic compounds. Buckwheat is a great substitute for rice for sweet and savory options. Try our protein balls for a crunchy snack to swap out rice cakes.

5. BUCKWHEAT IS A GOOD SOURCE OF MANGANESE

Manganese plays an important role in building strong bones for momma and baby! A serving of Lil Bucks includes THIRTY PERCENT of your daily value of manganese, so eat up.

Beyond these mom-forward nutrients, sprouted buckwheat also contains benefits like 5g fiber/serving, 25% of your daily value of magnesium (good for sleep… probably should include this in the list!), and is grain and gluten free. We love the crunch and versatility of these seeds, and think you or the new moms in your life will too! 💙

Sources: 

https://www.ecowatch.com/6-healthiest-gluten-free-grains-1944798841.html

https://www.sunshinenutritionrd.com/blog/2018/3/16/lactogenic-foods

https://www.azurestandard.com/healthy-living/post-pregnancy-diet-lactogenic-foods/

https://www.ecowatch.com/6-healthiest-gluten-free-grains-1944798841.html


Lil Bucks is Certified Plastic Neutral!

A beautiful thing about owning your own business is that you get to build the company of your dreams. Everything you wished for in a product or a company, you can make it all happen. The recipes are the first manifestation of this notion. I created products in flavors I dream about, including some of my favorite adaptogens and ingredients to promote excellent nutrition while keeping the sugar low. I designed the packaging as an ode to my time living in Australia—it’s bright, playful and cheeky, and like the product itself, it’s sure to brighten up any breakfast setting! 

As a small business with a wild vision for the company, I believe our values of good vibes, uncompromised nutrition and bettering our planet are at our core. Action begins now, not when we’re big and have a lot of money. I was told by many seasoned food entrepreneurs and investors to NOT go far down the rabbit hole researching sustainable packaging—this is something Lil Bucks can look into when we’re bigger. I could not resist this important rabbit hole and learned everything I could about compostable technology, from measuring water vapor and oxygen transmission rates to performing at-home shelf life tests, and learning about printing capabilities to compostable economics. Ultimately, a survey with my customers provoked my decision. The survey showed that nearly 100% of our fans were interested in composting, but less than 10% were actually composting. With compostable technology to protect our sprouted buckwheat and economics not up to speed, it did not make sense to invest in compostable packaging yet. We need to educate our customers on composting, first, and continue to monitor compostable innovations in the next couple years!

So I started looking at recyclable packaging as the majority of recyclable products are more likely to end up getting reused at this point. After a year of research and more conversations than I would admit to industry professionals who told me not to focus on this (and are probably reading this now… hi!), WE FOUND A RECYCLABLE SUPPLIER! We will unveil these pouches in the second half of 2020. 

I’m so thrilled, but recycling is also a huge problem in the U.S.A.—it’s honestly very confusing due to the localized nature of recycling programs, and lack of education across the country on how to recycle (how many of you scrub your peanut butter jar before tossing?!). If we do recyclable, we MUST educate to ensure our bags get reused, so stay tuned for more education on that as we prepare our recyclable pouches. 

BUT IT’S STILL PLASTIC…

Even with this awesome step towards more sustainable packaging, I am still bothered by our plastic use, but we found it was really the best way (for now) to protect our food products without spending six figures to get a recyclable cereal box and compostable internal bag (the best option we found). I decided I would instill a “plastic tax” on the business until we stopped using plastic, and was in the midst of researching the best company to donate our plastic tax to offset our use. 

ENTER: REPURPOSE GLOBAL!

Amidst the craziness of covid-19, we missed out on meeting a company doing something amazing: rePurpose Global. This company measures the impact of consumer and business plastic use, collects the cost to offset this plastic use by funding sustainable waste management projects in developing countries. It is especially important to help sustainable, ethical waste management companies in developing counties. They face an even larger waste management challenge than a developed nation like the U.S., since trash from developed countries has been landing in developing countries for years, where there is not a formal industry to properly sort and recycle.

Even though we could not meet in person, I continued to learn more from rePurpose and how Lil Bucks could partner with them to offset our plastic use and align with a waste project in a developing country. I am proud to announce our Plastic Neutral Certification, achieved through our partnership with rePurpose Global. We have partnered with rePurpose to remove as much plastic from the environment as we put into it. Given the uncertainly of the virus, it may seem like a weird time to instill an extra cost on our business, but to me a cost to offset our environmental impact is THE cost of doing business. Stay tuned to learn more on our specific project, FAQ’s and recycling tips. HAPPY EARTH DAY!

 

P.S. – for just $2-4 / month on average, you can go plastic neutral too! Calculate your plastic footprint and learn more at rePurpose.global.