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Women in Food: 10 Questions with Maddy Hasulak from Love Grown Foods (Cereal from Beans!)

Women in Food InterviewsCarlene ThomasComment

Beans. For. Breakfast. Take every concept you have about cereal and throw it out the window. Since 2016 is the international year of pulses (that includes beans), this interview is a perfect fit! Today's women in food interview is with Maddy Hasulak, the founder and 'chief love officer' of Love Grown Foods I first met Maddy at Expo East, a trade show in Baltimore, in 2015 and fell in LOVE with their power-O's cereal (especially chocolate. My favorite late night snack is chocolate power-o's and vanilla almond milk). I've loved seeing the product pop up in retailers, including Target and Wegmans, and I loved it even more when my friend Heather suggested Maddy for a Women in Food Interview. And while this is, obviously, a women in food interview, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Alex, Maddy's business parter and life partner (they married in 2015). As someone who is also in business with their significant other, I love seeing businesses, as Maddy puts it on their website, "inspired by love and powered by nutrition". Oh, and let's just put another cherry on top of their accomplishments, please wish them a huge congratulations for making the Forbes 30 under 30 list for food and beverages! 

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women in food interview
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1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS.

I am the founder and Chief Love Officer of Love Grown. We are revolutionizing natural foods starting with breakfast with our delicious and innovative products. Our cereals are made out of beans, instead of wheat and corn, and our hot cereals aren’t just oatmeal but super grains that can also be made into a protein-packed muffin or pancake by just adding an egg. Our mission is to empower, inspire, and love. We are empowering kids and families to make healthier decisions through our education program and teaching kids about importance of eating healthy. We inspire through innovation and ensuring that every ingredient has a purpose. And it all comes down to Love: the most important ingredient.

2. IF YOU COULD DEFINE YOUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE IT WOULD BE….

Be able to read and pronounce every ingredient.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR 3 MUST HAVE FOODS IN YOUR KITCHEN?

Fresh fruits and veggies. Eggs. Love Gown.

4. IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY. WHAT ARE YOU EATING?

Sushi.

5. SIGNATURE COCKTAIL?

Sauvignon blanc or sake.

6. FOOD YOU CAN’T LIKE NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY?

This is a tough one…I really am a total foodie. I guess greasy fast food?!

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7. WHAT ARE YOUR GO TO RESOURCES FOR ALL THINGS FOOD (WEBSITES/MAGAZINES/GROCERIES ETC)?

I love Cooking Light and Nutrition Action—my mom is a huge inspiration behind my passion for nutrition and love for cooking and she has been subscribing to these publications my entire life. I also always love the recipes in Sunset Magazine. Some of my favorite foodie instagrammers are: @food52 @edibleash @cottercrunch @rachlmansfield. I turn to Pinterest to find good recipes. My go-to grocery store is King Soopers, but I also love shopping at Natural Grocers…they carry amazing, unique, healthy, cool products.

8. FOOD FAD YOU WISH WOULD DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH?

Vegetarian meat alternatives. Often these packaged foods have so many weird ingredients added to them to make them taste like meat, that I believe our bodies aren’t able to process them properly. There are such amazing vegetarian sources of protein and mimicking meat seems a bit counterintuitive to me.

9. MUST HAVE KITCHEN TOOL:

Mini spatula…I use it all the time to get every last drop! I also am in love with my electric tea kettle to heat water.

10. WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR THAT CHANGED THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT FOOD?

The food revolution is happening. As Kraft and General Mills remove the artificial colors and flavors from their products, it is a sign of the times that consumers want real food with clean, simple, ingredients and it is up to small companies like Love Grown to continue to push the big companies to make this change.

Summer Cranberry Smoothie Bowl and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

cocktail, Drinks, Main DishesCarlene ThomasComment

You know there are a few things I love a lot. One is tasty food (obviously). Another is any ingredient that you can use in multiple ways – which leads us to cranberries. While over 80 percent of the US population enjoys cranberries (it’s actually one of the top three most popular berries according to a survey commissioned by the Cranberry Marketing Committee), I don’t think we realize just how good cranberries are for us! And that’s why today’s recipe post shows you how to start and end your day with cranberries using three different forms of cranberries: dried, frozen and juice. Talk about versatile.

Summer Cranberry Smoothie Bowl and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe
Summer Cranberry Smoothie Bowl and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Personally what really strikes me about America's Original Superfruit® is the flavor. It’s tart and bright making it so easy to pair with sweeter fruits but also things like meat (which is why it’s a Thanksgiving favorite). In fact, taste is the number one reason Americans eat cranberries (followed by for their health benefits, including urinary tract health).

In the smoothie bowl recipe I knew I wanted to pair cranberries with summer peaches and I am so excited at how balanced it makes this bowl. Frozen cranberries are quickly becoming a smoothie favorite of mine (and they made it a pretty pink color, so double bonus). Why more of us aren’t using frozen cranberries stumps me. The cranberry juice cocktail, which I used in the cocktail beverage, provides great color and the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavor. Over the past year I’ve really learned the importance of balance in a cocktail (sweet, salty and tart is really important!). So many cocktails are just too sweet, and cranberry juice cocktail helps you get to that perfect balance.

If you’re all in on cranberries with me, you’re also going to love what I’m going to tell you about, well, YOU! In a national survey , the Cranberry Marketing Committee found that cranberry eaters are more likely to…

  • Have healthy habits: They spend time outdoors, play a sport, and do yoga (five times more likely!)
  • Stress less: Nearly 70 percent of American cranberry eaters describe themselves as positive. They’re less stressed and less overwhelmed most days compared to non-cranberry consumers.
  • Be ‘free spirits’: Cranberry lovers who consume them at least once a week are more likely to describe themselves as creative, spontaneous or brave. It sounds like I needed some cranberries in college during organic chemistry.
Summer Cranberry Smoothie Bowl and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Here’s how you can start and end your day with cranberries:

Start the day with cranberries: Cranberry Peach Smoothie Bowl

Base:

  •  2/3 c Vanilla Almond Milk
  •  1/2 c sliced frozen peaches
  •  1/2 c frozen cranberries

Toppings:

  • fresh sliced peaches
  • 1/8 c granola w/ cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 10 almonds

Directions: Blend frozen cranberries and peaches with almond milk until smooth. Add to a bowl. Place peach slices in the center and top with chia seeds. Create a circle of granola and almonds around the outside of the peach slices. Fill the center of the peaches with dried cranberries and top with lemon zest.

Summer Cranberry Smoothie Bowl and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

End the day with cranberries: Cranberry Mai Tai

  • 2 oz rum (white)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz almond milk
  •  1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • dash orange blossom water (optional)
  • 3/4 oz cranberry juice cocktail
  • crushed ice
  • fresh mint
  • cranberry

Directions: In a shaker with ice, add rum, lime juice, almond milk and orange liqueur. Shake and pour over crushed ice in a glass. Pour cranberry juice cocktail over top. Garnish with mint and a fresh or frozen cranberry.

 

These are just two of the many ways to use cranberries! Let me know in the comments how you are using cranberries this summer.

Summer Cranberry Smoothie Bowl and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored partnership with the Cranberry Marketing Committee. I LOVE cranberries and I hope more of you enjoy them throughout the entire year with the help of recipes like these!

Food Network Feature: Edible Party Favor Ideas

Food Design, Weddings and EventsCarlene ThomasComment

Raise your hand if you have ever been felt a little guilty about throwing away a party or wedding favor. There's a little part of you that feels like a jerk because, first of all, it's the thought that counts and second of all, it's not about you. But to be totally honest, I don't like 'things' accruing in my house that make their way in unintentionally to build clutter. I will almost always refuse promo SWAG or anything like that because you would not believe how quickly you find yourself with 13 rubber spatulas with branding on them. An entire drawer becomes a rubber spatula drawer. It has a town hall and a school and I saw them building a library in that drawer last week so... it's getting out of hand. 

So how could you do your part to think of a party or wedding favor that's thoughtful, themed and useful? How about by making it edible? For Food Network we came up with several concepts that would fit the 'favor' needs of many, from local honey to flavored olive oil or even cookies in the shape of your home town! Probably one of my personal favorite recent wedding favors was by my friend Katie who home made limoncello for all of her guests. That's thoughtful. That's delicious. And you had better believe that was gone sometime after 9 PM at the wedding.

Click to see easy and edible wedding and party favors on Food Network!

Food Network Feature: Edible Party Favor Ideas
Food Network Feature: Edible Party Favor Ideas
Food Network Feature: Edible Party Favor Ideas

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