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Blissed Out! The Science Behind Why Dark Chocolate Makes You Feel Good

March 19, 2015

2.20.15_Wildberries Demo (4)Ever wonder why your mood magically improves after having Dark Chocolate? Although the great taste certainly does have something to do with this blissful feeling, there are actual chemical reactions happening in your brain when you eat Dark Chocolate that trigger feelings of happiness and even euphoria!  (more…)

Mayesa Helps Create “An Evening to Remember”

March 5, 2015

IMG_2053On March 7, 2015, two members of the Mayesa family will be dancing the night away at the 6th annual celebration of An Evening to Remember, an incredible event put on by the Special People Special Needs Foundation. Lea Renay, a Mayesa Brand Ambassador, and her two-year-old daughter, Cassia will enjoy an evening of food, dancing and fun at the Wings over the Rockies – Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado. As in previous years, the festivities are free of charge to those with special needs and their families. In order to put on such an event, EVERYTHING must be donated – from the tablecloths and centerpieces to the food and beverages. Mayesa is proud to have donated 1,200 cartons of our Dark Chocolate Drink for guests to enjoy. (more…)

Sweet Truths for Your Sweet Tooth: Top Five Facts About the Heart Healthiness of Dark Chocolate

February 8, 2015

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChocolate is on the mind of many Americans this time of year. Not only is Valentine’s Day right around the corner, but February is also National Heart Health Month. Dark Chocolate, in particular, can help protect your cardiovascular system and promote heart health. Who knew that something so delicious could be so good for you? Here are five facts about the heart health benefits of Dark Chocolate: (more…)

Life Changing Tips From Nike and Glenn Matanza – Health and Fitness Coaches AND Mayesa Fans!

January 13, 2015

Nike and Glenn photo for blogAre you interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle in 2015, but not sure where to begin? Read on for excellent guidance from health and fitness coaches Nike and Glenn Matanza, whose clients range from elite athletes to those who simply want to be healthier, happier and have more energy.  (more…)

Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet!!

January 6, 2015

photo-224Tips to Ring in the New Year with Health, Happiness and Fun
It is once again the beginning of a new year, a time for fresh starts and resolutions. Sticking with your resolutions can be tough, but with these wellness tips, you can make 2015 the year you make long-term changes for a healthy, happy and fun-loving lifestyle. (more…)

Healthy Chocolate Mayesa and Athletes – Glenn Matanza

December 26, 2014

Glenn 2 (3)I had the opportunity to visit with Glenn Matanza and discuss his passions about coaching, family and why he likes Mayesa.  Glenn has his own coaching business in San Diego, The Matanza Method, which is focused on fitness and health.  He works with elite athletes as well as those individuals looking to be healthier.

Glenn was born in the Philippines and moved to San Diego when he was in high school.  He later attended San Diego State University with aspirations to go to medical school.

Glenn’s interest in fitness and exercise lead him to start working with individuals providing fitness training.

It was also during this time that Glenn started to realize that a medical career would be focused mainly on illness which did not really fit his focus on prevention and helping individuals stay healthy. Realizing this Glenn decided to officially start his coaching business in 1998, working with clients of all ages.

Glenn’s business has evolved with time and even included a period around 2004 when he competed in fitness and body building competitions.

In 2004 Glenn met his future wife, Nike, a successful equestrian in Europe and aspiring fashion model.  They married and had their first son in 2006.  They now have 2 sons and enjoy setting good examples for their sons with nutrition and exercise.

In 2007 Glenn’s coaching began to focus more on endurance sports, especially triathletes, with emphasis on nutrition education, preventing injuries, and creating good health markers.

Nike Matanza began competing in triathlons and before long was in the elite category.  She joined Glenn and began coaching in 2008.

Glenn was introduced to Mayesa by one of his clients and her son.  He was training both of them.  Glenn evaluated Mayesa and really liked the purity of the ingredients, especially the organic, fair trade cacao and plant-based protein.

Glenn also likes that the beverage is allergen free containing NO dairy, soy or gluten, thus avoiding the side effects of these allergens.

Glenn - OceansideGlenn and his family (especially his youngest son age 4) enjoy drinking Mayesa.  Glenn recommends Mayesa post exercise to support energy and recovery or as a pre-exercise boost if needed.

When clients crave a “treat” Mayesa is an excellent choice according to Glenn.

Glenn’s passion for helping all his clients understand the importance of nutrition and right food choices to live a healthier life is inspiration to us all.

Thanks Glenn for including Mayesa as one of the food choices you recommend.

No matter what your daily performance includes (exercise, work, school) you want it to be optimal, and the best way to do that is proper nutrition choices with products like Mayesa

Life is better with chocolate!

For further information about Glenn’s coaching please visit www.glennmatanza.com or www.facebook.com/glenn.matanza.

Jane Adolph, Mayesa Co-Founder

Dark Chocolate and Healthy Living!

319013_10151095113901707_597498682_nThe Mayesa team has long known that cacao, Dark Chocolate in its purest form, has many health benefits. Recently, on his Living to 100 series for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Emmy Award winning chief medical correspondent for the health and wellness unit at CNN, took a look at habits that aid in a living a long and healthy life including staying active, eating less red meat, get plenty of sleep AND eating cacao. Below are some of the highlights from the video, as well as a few other healthy reasons to eat, or even better, drink Cacao.

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Healthy Chocolate Mayesa and Athletes – Lacy Lynn, Ultra-Marathoner

Lacy 1Mayesa had the opportunity to talk with ultra-marathoner Lacy Lynn about her experiences as an athlete, and about how Mayesa, with its nutritional combination of dark chocolate from organic raw cacao, and pea-protein, helps her – in training, during an event, and as a mother.

Mayesa: Tell us a little about yourself, Lacy.

Lacy Lynn: I grew up as a typical farm girl in central Wisconsin and right after high school went to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

After college, I moved to Tanzania, East Africa, to serve in the Peace Corps. When I returned to the states I bounced back-and-forth between San Diego, California, and central Wisconsin.

After 10 years of living what many have called a gypsy-lifestyle, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter and decided it was time to finally settle in one place. For the past two years now I’ve been living in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and am working at a local bank as a systems operator.

As a now 30-year-old with a darling 3-year old, I feel like my crazy beautiful life is just getting started.

M: What kind of athletic endeavors do you participate in?

LL: I am a trail ultra-runner, a tire dragger, an endurance planker, and a toddler chaser.

This year I will be defending my title as “Last Runner Standing” at Bop ‘til You Drop, a 12-hour race on a 1.25-mile loop course, and returning to Superior 50, a 52.1 mile trail ultra-marathon with a net elevation change of 25,000 feet.

I have never returned to a race before this year but am excited to further define my training for these two events, especially Superior as I fell in love with that trail during that race.

M: How did you become interested in being an athlete?

LL: This is where my stubbornness really shined for me. While serving in the Peace Corps someone mentioned other volunteers participating in the Kilimanjaro Marathon, and I thought it sounded like fun so I said I would like to join in.

I was laughed at and told I would not be able to train for a marathon in 6 months. Being laughed at burned deep and it fueled my desire to cross that finish line.

I went from not being able to run one mile to crossing the finish line at the 2008 Kilimanjaro Marathon in 4:36:00. My love for running took off and hasn’t slowed down.

Lacy 2M: What is your regimen for training?

LL: Diet – The majority of my diet is home-cooked meals made from whole (or minimally processed), local foods. Common finds around my house include nut mylk, almond-pulp tuna salad, cauliflower-crusted pizza, millet tabbouleh, granola and my own energy bars.

Training – My training is low-mileage, high-effort because of life as a single, working parent, and consists of stroller running, tire dragging, hiking while child-wearing, and core work.

Mental/emotional exercises – Daily meditation/mindfulness, Yoga practice, visualization, and journaling. These things need to go hand-in-hand with my training otherwise I feel very “off.” Running is often times a form of “moving meditation” for me.

M: How did you first learn about Mayesa?

LL: I met one of the founders during my instructor training for Stroller Strides in San Diego and was hooked on the product from first sip.

To this day I credit Mayesa for helping me finish my first 50K and 50 mile races while not experiencing any dip in milk production as a breastfeeding runner.

M: Tell us how Mayesa fits into your training.

LL: Consuming calories is vital when I go long so tucking some Mayesa into my pack gives me a much needed energy boost when the miles start wearing me down.

I’ve also enjoyed Mayesa ice-cold after a hard training session as an uplifting recovery drink.

M:  What would you like to say to other athletes about Mayesa?

LL: As a runner with a sensitive GI tract who can’t handle very many of the supplemented, manufactured drinks out on the market, Mayesa has stood the test of miles and has not caused any GI issues for me.

I am also crazy excited about plant based proteins! One of the best things about Mayesa is that it’s not only great for me – it’s also great for my daughter (who goes ga-ga for it, by the way!)

As far as the new flavors, they are a wonderful addition to the lineup. The Mixed Berry is pretty sweet, almost dessert sweet, which I think makes it a perfect recovery flavor.

The Banana is downright phenomenal. I was blown away by that flavor and excited that it didn’t have that fakebanana taste. It’s my new fave flavor! I love your product and the new look.

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7 Top Healthy-Food Trends for 2014

December 22, 2014

2014's Healthy-Food TrendsWhat new healthy-food trends will be big in 2014? Here are the top 7 according to experts:

1. Cauliflower

Last year was the kale trend, and 2014’s hot veggie is cauliflower. You’ll see colorful cauliflowers and find this nutrient-dense vegetable in dishes you wouldn’t think of looking, such as mashed potatoes and “potato” salad.

2. Sesame Seeds

Due to increasing nut allergies, seeds will be making a big statement in 2014. Sesame seeds should especially be in your pantry due to their high levels of calcium and zinc (almost 20 percent of your daily dose of each). Also studies have found that sesame seed consumption helped with improving lipid and glucose profiles in pre-diabetic patients.

3. Apples 

This tried-and-true perennial healthy food will again be on stage for 2014, due to recent studies which have shown that apple consumption helps to lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol, and also reduces the risk of ulcerative colitis. Other studies show optimistic results that apple consumption may help to ward off breast cancer, and a 2013 study found that eating apples could expand your lifespan by 10 percent.

4. Pea Protein

The popularity of plant-based eating has encouraged manufactures to make products with plant-based proteins. Pea protein is a hot protein alternative to egg and dairy protein because of its link to greater satiety compared to whey and other proteins. Mayesa proudly uses pea protein in its products.

5. Non-Wheat Pasta

Gluten-free foods continue to drive the new healthy food trends. Expect to see more pasta made from non-wheat alternatives, like quinoa, rice and buckwheat.

6. Sprouting

Sprouted seeds, pulses and beans are collectively known as ‘sprouts’ and they’re going to be big in 2014. Sprouts are effectively living foods and one of the richest forms of nutrients known.

You can sprout your own mung beans, split peas and lentils alongside hazelnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds at home within a couple of days. Add these to salads and soups for a rich source of complete vegetarian protein, as well as a fresh taste that pops.

7. Organic and Local

A growing trend is healthy eating by focusing on organic and local produce. This has been trending for some time, but watch for this to continue and to become more of a lifestyle, a social movement, in 2014.

Besides the burgeoning Farmer’s Markets, Community Supported Agriculture, commonly known as CSA, is an agricultural model that re-connects people to their local food source.  A network or association of individuals pledge to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit.

 

 

Why Pea Protein in Mayesa Drinks?

December 18, 2014

plant-based proteinOne of the reasons that Mayesa’s dark chocolate  drink is so healthy is the ingredient “pea protein,” an excellent plant-based protein.

Yes, protein found in the common garden pea, as it turns out, offers many high-quality nutritional, and even disease-fighting, aspects.

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