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Where does all our waste go?

From the beginning, we wanted to build sustainability into the fabric of our company. Working in the restaurant industry eight years prior to Fully Rooted, I saw how much waste of basic recyclables went directly into the trash, not to mention food. It wasn’t because the restaurant maliciously wanted to ruin the earth, it was out of convenience and cost that it was handled in this way.

It may have been just how that one restaurant operated but when you start to think about how many other restaurants, businesses and homes operate in this way it begins to add up. 

Our goal is to mitigate our waste as much as possible because not only is it important to us that we nourish our bodies, we want to ensure that we’re not taking away from the earth in order for us to operate. 

Much of our waste comes from packaging materials from produce we receive, juice pulp and without our reusable jar system it would be packaging of our juice and kombucha. 

Over the years our juice pulp has gone to local farmers, composting bins, and vermicomposters. Now, much of our juice pulp waste goes to Magic Tree to create worm castings. See the pineapple greenery in the image above? It started as a tiny seedling in the earth, grown into a leafy pineapple plant abundant in nourishing vitamins, to our facility to be juiced, given to you in juice form and the waste goes back into the earth. 

We dream of one day where we will have land to do our own composting and vermicomposting right where we produce. For now, we’re grateful for our friend Cushman and his work vermicomposting.

Benefits of vermicomposting our juice pulp:
Keeps food waste and organic materials out of the landfill!
Is nutrient-dense for soil 
Improves soil structure
Contains beneficial bacteria

The cool part is, vermicomposting can easily be done at home too! While we’re certainly not perfect, we continue to learn and find new ways to lessen our impact on the environment around us. All our little efforts add up in a big way.

Juice For A Cause: World Central Kitchen, Ukraine

Our hearts have been reeling over what is happening in Ukraine. It’s hard not to take action in some way that will have meaningful impact. For us, we can think of no better way than through the basic necessity of nourishment. An estimated 2.5 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine, many traveling without food, water and shelter. Many leaving their loved ones behind. 
We know that we are not the only ones that feel urged to help. Now through March 21 we’ve created a limited juice made with grapefruit, orange and ginger. 100% of sales will go to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit and first to the frontlines providing nourishing food to the people of Ukraine.
Currently with #ChefsForUkraine, World Central Kitchen has served 1,000,000 meals, are active in 55+ cities, have over 330 distribution points in over 5 countries. With our help, they can do more.
Our heart felt thank you in advance for joining us in supporting this incredible organization. We urge you to learn more about what they are doing and follow the moving stories of those impacted. 
Our friends at Paleonola have graciously offered to match all sales made. We are absolutely floored by their generosity. This is what community is about.
Together with Paleonola and all of your donations, we have raised $2,160 for World Central Kitchen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donations to this cause. 

Kimchi Avocado Toast

Sometimes you just need a simple and quick meal that can be made at anytime of the day. We love using locally crafted, women-owned Chi Kitchen Vegan Kimchi. The flavors are bold, spicy and vibrant and we love the benefits and added probiotics you receive from this kimchi. Plus, they produce right next door to us. Shop our pantry to add to your cart for home delivery. See recipe below.

Shopping list:
Grapefruit juice (Available for home delivery)
Chi Kitchen Vegan Kimchi (Available for home delivery)
Your bread of choice
Local egg
Mixed greens
Fresh parsley
Salt + pepper to taste

How to:
1. Mash up avocado and top toast.
2. Add kimchi, greens and parsley to toast.
3. Fry up an egg, or use pan seared tofu. Serve on the side or on top of your toast.
4. Serve with freshly pressed grapefruit juice.

Giving Back | Operation Stand Down Rhode Island

We’re proud to announce $500 from sales has been donated to local organization, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI). Founded in 1993 OSDRI is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by former United States Marine, Anthony DeQuattro.

Their mission is to strengthen the veteran community by providing crucial wrap-around services for homeless and at-risk veterans. Those services include supportive transitional housing, intensive care management, basic human needs assistance such as food and clothing, and an employment training and placement program. OSDRI serves Active Duty Military Personnel, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans and Military Families.

Surprising Statistics:

  • The leading causes of homelessness among veterans are PTSD, social isolation, unemployment, and substance abuse.*
  • Veterans account for 100% of homeless adults in the U.S.*
  • Veterans often have a problem finding a job due to a combination of factors that may or may not include mental or physical problems and substance abuse. Statistics show that unemployment is the primary reason for veteran poverty and homelessness in the US.*
  • Affordable healthcare is also a great issue–according to the New Harvard-Public Citizen Study around 1.53 million veterans are uninsured and 2 million can’t afford healthcare.*

Where Our Donation Goes:
In 2020…
88 Veteran Families Housed in OSDRI owned units
2,000+ Veterans Households served
1,000,000+ Retroactive VA Distability Benefits Recovered for Veterans
300 over 600,000+ in Temporary Rental Assistance/Veteran Households
460 served by OSDRI’s Legal Program
150+ Veterans participated in OSDRI’s Pandemic Response Stand Down Weekend
200+ Veteran and Veteran spouses received Employment and Training Assistance
1,000+ Visits by Veterans to the OSDRI Food Pantry

Other Ways to Help:
1. Host a food drive for OSDRI Food Pantry.
2. Host a collection or make donations to OSDRI Hygiene Program.
3. Participate in Peer to Peer fundraising.
4. Become a volunteer.

Thank you for so much for helping us give back. If you’d like to further support Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and their initiatives click here to see how you can help. If you are a Veteran seeking assistance and would like to learn more click here.


Claritea Kombucha for those Spring Allergens

Our take on Clariton® for the spring pollen that seems to be raining down on us ever more each year. I recently heard from the science podcast “Shortwave” that each year the co2 in the atmosphere increases, the plants create more pollen. I’m not sure what causes us to have a reaction to it, but we’ve had some success using some natural remedies.

Enter… the Claritea Kombucha: Pineapple, Beet, and Nettle Extract

Nettle is a powerful antihistamine. Whenever my eyes are itchy or the sneezing starts, I make some nettle tea right away or take some dropper fulls in the mouth from an extract. If we were going to make a limited spring kombucha, I knew this had to be included. I’ve been telling everyone about my success with it and others have found it as well. Nettle grows all around us and can be found in spring. Gather some up and make tea or soup for some relief and be careful handling it. The prickly hairs on Nettle can sting you and temporarily cause a burning sensation.

Pineapple was chosen for its Bromelain. This chemical is great for helping the body remove mucus and phlegm. Along with the power of Beet Juice, which increases blood flow and Nitric Oxide levels in the body, this Kombucha could give you a helpful boost this season. I’ve been enjoying this one late morning before heading outside for the day. The taste also reminds me of the Echinacea Sunrise juice 😉

Proclamation Ale x Fully Rooted Collaboration

We were psyched when our friends at Proclamation reached out to us to collaborate. Just before the shut down we did a tour, marveled at their equipment and facility and built a bond over quality beverages with their incredibly talented team. It was an extra treat to chat with their founder, Dave who met us and genuinely wanted to hear our story and learn about what we do. We were pretty impressed and exciting to launch the collab, then covid hit.

Throughout that period we kept in touch and shared well wishes and flavor notes. Though they continued to pivot and work their way through covid, sadly, the Proclamation family experienced an unbearable loss of their founder, Dave.

We feel honored to have met Dave and to release this collaboration with the Proclamation team. We look forward to watching them continue to grow beyond the obstacles they’ve been faced with.

This collab also couldn’t have come at a better time as we’re all ready for a little sunshine. Here’s what surfaced…

Watermelon Symbiosis: Oak Aged Foeder Beer blended with our signature Yerba Mate Kombucha and our summer cult-classic Watermelon Slice. You’ll taste mouth watering, sweet watermelon with undertones of zingy kombucha flavors. Available now at Proclamation Ale Company.

Kombucha Dessert Reduction

It was our first time experimenting with a kombucha reduction. It was a sticky, syrup like consistency and drizzled well over freshly baked brownies and vanilla bean ice cream. We used the Love Elixir kombucha as it has notes of cacao and rose which married well to the gooey, chocolate of the warm brownie.

Here’s How:

2 16 oz. bottle of kombucha

Yields 2 oz. of reduction

  1. In a pan, pour two bottles of Love Elixir kombucha.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer on low for 20-30 minutes or until syrup consistency.
  4. Enjoy over ice cream, waffles or as a glaze.

DIY Cream Soda Kombucha Floats

Summertime nostalgia is slowly setting in. While we’re all grappling with current issues of our time–exerting energy protesting, learning, educating and listening. It is essential to fill up your cup, both literally and figuratively!

Here’s how:
1. Choose one bottle of your favorite kombucha. We recommend using our Cream Soda Kombucha made with organic lemon balm, organic vanilla, Vermont maple syrup, local honey, dried fig and ashwagandha (an adaptogen used for stress and anxiety).

2. Place one heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream (non-dairy or dairy-free!) into a tall glass.

3. Top with bubbly kombucha of your choosing.

4. Garnish with fresh mint and float on. Best enjoyed with your booch bud.

4-Ingredient Cacao Cookies

These 4-ingredient cacao cookies are a Fully Rooted favorite. This recipe can literally be prepped in minutes. Enjoy these healthy, snackable cookies that are not only delightful, they’re a healthier cookie alternative.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup gluten free oats (we used Bob’s Red Mill)

2 organic bananas, mashed

2 Tbsp. nut butter, unsweetened

1/4 cup of Hu Chocolate Gems (made with coconut sugar) or substitute for cacao nibs for a sugar-free option

How to:

Pre-heat oven to 400. Use a bowl to finely mash up banana using a fork, mix in oats, peanut butter and gently fold in chocolate gems (or cacao nibs). If mix feels too watery and less like a cookie-dough consistency, sprinkle in more oats. Once mixed, roll into cookie balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.

Pro Tip: Use silpat on your cookie tray for an even quicker cleanup!

Make it Oatmeal Raisin: Substitute chocolate chips for raisins and sprinkle in 1 tsp. of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract for quick oatmeal raisin cookies.

This recipe was created for you by our Fully Rooted test kitchen, made to nourish your body. We believe in whole ingredients without sacrificing taste and texture. Enjoy!

Gentle Cleanse Anti-Inflammatory Food List

The goal during cleansing is to eat clean, unprocessed foods throughout the day in addition to using your juices to nourish your body. You may find that our juices will be filling and you won’t need to eat as much. The foods we recommend supplementing with are anti-inflammatory and friendly for those with food allergies and sensitivities.

Foods to Include:

  • Fruits: Berries, Melons, Bananas (some fruit can be inflammatory depending on the individual so stay tuned to how your body is feeling)
  • Vegetables including leafy greens, cucumbers, summer squash, sweet potatoes, herbs
  • Raw nuts and seeds (unless you have allergies)
  • Healthy fats avocado, coconut oil, olive oil
  • Organic grains including quinoa, brown rice and millet (some may be sensitive to grains so opt for sweet potato instead or organic white rice)
  • Wild caught fish such as salmon, organic poultry

Foods to Avoid:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Inflammatory Foods
  • Processed Sugars

Recommended Meals during our Gentle Cleanse

(Detailed recipes coming soon!)

For Breakfast

  • Gluten free oatmeal with hemp seeds, flax seeds, nut or seed butter and fresh berries
  • No oats: Hemp seeds, flax seeds, shredded coconut warmed up with coconut or unsweetened almond milk and fresh berries
  • Smoothies with unsweetened almond milk, banana, spinach, mango with flax and/or hemp seeds
  • Chia pudding with unsweetened almond milk and sliced bananas
  • Sauteed kale, butternut squash and quinoa with fresh herbs

For Lunch

  • Sauteed greens with olive oil, avocado and summer squash
  • Zucchini noodles with basil, olive oil, lemon and avocado
  • Pureed soups or organic bone broth or vegetable broth
  • Salad with lemon and oil dressing, cucumber, radish and sweet potato

For Dinner

  • Baked protein with mashed sweet potato and broccoli
  • Cauliflower rice with sauteed veggies and coconut aminos
  • Protein over quinoa with black beans, avocado with cilantro and lime

Simple Snacks

  • Fresh Berries
  • Sliced banana with nut or seed butter
  • Apples slices with cinnamon and a touch of honey
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Raw vegetables and hummus
  • Your juices! They will stave off hunger, especially the breath of fire!

Additional Tips:

  • Start your day with lemon water and hydrate throughout the day. Drink 64 oz. of water at minimum. Chia seeds and lemon at least once during the day provides soluble and insoluble fiber that will help keep you regular. 
  • Drink herbal teas, if caffeine is a regular routine for you, switch to a green tea or have a very small amount of coffee without dairy or added sweeteners.
  • Refer to downloadable link in your receipt for additional cleanse details.
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