Power to the Rush Bowl

Hey Rush Bowls fans! My name is Julia Coats and I have been serving as the lead marketing intern this summer (Summer 2014) for Rush. I have been a dedicated Rush Bowls fan since August 2012. My CU freshman self stumbled upon Rush Bowls one day while walking to my sorority chapter meeting. It was love at first bite when I indulged in my Legend acai bowl.

I’ve never been a breakfast person. Even as a child, breakfast was the least exciting part about my day. My parents would constantly give me that generic lecture about the importance of having a balanced breakfast before you start your day, how you needed fuel to be able to focus on academics, sports, whatever the day may have in store for you…

My habits for not eating breakfast followed me to college, and it definitely came as a reality check to me when my performance throughout the day was not up to par because I skipped this meal. Now…I’m not much of a morning person either, so the struggle was “real” to get myself out of bed and to the dining hall to grab breakfast or downstairs to my own kitchen to whip up eggs and a toasted bagel.

This was until I discovered the grab-n-go Rush Bowls.

I have always considered myself to be one of Rush Bowls biggest fans, especially sophomore year when my residence was on 12th and Penn (right up the street from Rush). It made it so easy to go down the block to grab a smoothie. The grab-n-go bowls, however, are somewhat revolutionary. To my surprise, having these stocked in my freezer have actually helped me to start eating a more balanced and nutritious breakfast.

I’ll run downstairs right when I wake up, grab a grab-n-go bowl from the freezer, and allow it to defrost while I continue to get ready downstairs. By the time I’m downstairs in the kitchen ready to prepare the rest of my breakfast, my Rush Bowl is already defrosted and ready to consume.

There was one particular breakfast that proved to be one of the greatest breakfasts I’ve had in a very long time. I paired my Beach grab-n-go bowl with an omelette loaded with veggies, bacon, and a glass of fresh OJ. This was actually one of the first real breakfast meals I’ve had in months, and what surprised me the most was that I was more awake, proactive, and focused throughout the day. Pairing this indulgence with a meal I’ve never particularly been a fan of proved to be most helpful.

Power to the Rush Bowl for making me want to eat better, live a healthier lifestyle, and maintain a balanced diet.

Pre-packed, but still as good as ever.

When you walk around the grocery store, it is much more common to find pre-packaged meals. We live in a day and age where microwaveable meals and frozen entrees have become our saving grace. Life continues to get busier, families continue to get larger, and the time allotted at home to prepare a meal is getting shorter.

Taking the time out of your day to get the daily dose of fruits can be difficult. To make the perfect smoothie, it takes time and patience in the kitchen. Packing fruit to go to the office can often be a struggle, because your fruit can get smashed underneath your laptop within your briefcase. Taking fruit on the go for the kids can often be difficult, and I know this from experience because my fruit would always go bad in my lunchbox by the time I would get to school.

Rush Bowls are ultimately a saving grace for the fruit lovers of the world. Rush Bowls provide you with your daily dose of vitamins WITHOUT the struggle of packing fresh fruit or making a smoothie. The frozen produce we blend into our bowls is picked at its peak of ripeness and frozen immediately. Rush Bowls is following this pre-packaged meal trend without the hassle of microwaving or reheating in an oven. Once you pull your Rush Bowl out of the freezer, you can decide how much you would like it defrosted. Want your Rush Bowl right away? Take it out of the freezer while getting ready for work and it will be ready to eat by the time you leave for the office. Want your kid to be able to enjoy their bowl at school? Seal it in their lunchbox with an ice pack and it will be good to go by noon.

Never miss the opportunity to have your daily dose of fruit. Rush Bowls: pre-packed, but still as good as ever.

Rush Bowls Snack Pack

Boulder, CO (September, 2013) – Rush Bowls®, an innovator in the quick & healthy frozen meals category, has teamed up with Udi’s® Gluten Free, a subsidiary of Boulder Brands, Inc. All of the Rush Bowls® signature fruit blends will now exclusively feature Udi’s® Gluten Free granola. Rush Bowls® are low calorie, nutrient filled fruit blends that are perfect as a wholesome meal or snack. The incorporation of Udi’s® Gluten Free granola will add another great layer of flavor and allow the entire Rush Bowls® product line to be gluten free.

“Udi’s Gluten Free granola is the ideal complement to our fruit blends,” says Rush Bowls® Founder and President, Andrew Pudalov. "Boulder Brands is a leader in the natural foods market, and joining forces supports our mission to provide healthy, great tasting products that cater to nearly every dietary need."

For the past several years, Rush Bowls® has produced its Original Meal-in-a-Bowl product line, which is sold in retailers throughout the country. In addition, Rush recently launched a brand new extension – the Snack Pack. This new line offers the signature recipe in a smaller package, perfect for those craving a healthy snack.

Both the Snack Pack and the Original Meal will be co-branded with Udi’s® and sold at natural, conventional, and institutional retailers throughout the country.

Please see image below of the new 4oz Snack Pack with Udi’s® Gluten Free granola. Rush Bowls® offer the perfect combination of flavor and nutrition that caters to nearly every lifestyle and dietary need. Find out more at www.rushbowls.com and www.udisglutenfree.com.

Regards,

Rush Bowls®

Nicole Shapiro

Vice President

303-589-6440

Nicole@rushbowls.com

Udi’s®

Dana Spaeth

Vice President/General Manager Food Service

720-763-3411

Dspaeth@boulderbrands.com

Welcome Katie Ryan!

We’re excited to announce the newest member to the Rush Bowls team, Katie Ryan! Katie is a member of the U.S. Women’s Alpine B-Team and will be skiing in her first World Cups this season! The accomplishments that she has made throughout her skiing career are incredible. For the past two years, Katie was on the Development Team, and when she won the North American Downhill title last year, she was able to make the jump past C-Team and onto the World Cup Circuit with B-Team. Now being the youngest member on B-Team (age 20), she is hoping to win both speed events, Downhill and SuperG, at World Juniors. Last year, Katie was the leading American at World Juniors with a 6th place finish in SuperG.

What makes Katie even more amazing of an athlete is that she is ready to conquer this skiing season after tearing her ACL mid-March while training in Squaw Valley. Katie said, “Although the ACL tear was a huge bummer, in the car ride driving away from the MRI appointment I simply decided that this is my chance to become the über-athlete I needed to become.  Since then, I've had the fastest ACL recovery of any U.S. Ski Team Alpine athlete passing a strength, symmetry and cardio test at just 13 weeks post-operation.” For the last two weeks of August, Katie will be training in Mt. Hood for her “back-to-snow” protocol, which will be half of a month earlier than anyone returning to the snow after such an injury in the past! Katie feels she is the most fit she has ever been, and given her spirit and drive we think she’ll perform incredibly at the first World Cup Downhill in Beaver Creek, Colorado in November.

Rush Bowls has helped Katie to remain as healthy as she can during her training. She stated, “Rush Bowls are an incredible product and have made an impact in my training by keeping me fueled and feeling fresh for the my next workout.” Katie’s favorite bowl is the Power Bowl, which provides 18 grams of Whey Protein at just 295 calories! The Rush Bowls team is rooting for Katie’s full recovery and an amazing start to her ski season!

To keep up with Katie you can follow her blog at katieryanco.blogspot.com

Frozen vs. Fresh Fruit

When you go to the super market you most likely buy fresh fruit over frozen fruit. We all know that we need our daily dose of fruits, but many times frozen fruits are far from our mind.  It makes sense that we would buy the fresh produce because fresh must mean its better for you, right? Not necessarily. When a piece of fresh fruit is picked for the market it is often picked before its peak of ripeness. This is to prevent damage to the product when it is shipped. Also, this way the consumer can buy the fruit and not worry about it going bad before they are able to eat it.  This is all fine and dandy, however the only problem is fruits are most nutrient-packed at their peak ripeness. Problem solved, frozen fruit! Frozen produce is picked at its peak of ripeness and frozen immediately, locking in that optimal amount of nutrients for up to 12 months. Fresh fruits and veggies produce enzymes that cause degradation of nutrients, color and flavor. These enzymes are deactivated during the freezing process, keeping the produce at a stable nutrient dense state. Rush Bowls are a delicious and easy way to get all of those frozen nutrients into your diet! A Rush Bowl contains all-natural frozen fruit without any added sugars or artificial sweeteners making it easier to consume the necessary daily serving of fruit! The problem with frozen fruit is its not easy or quick to eat.  You have to either thaw the fruit or take the time to make a smoothie or some kind of recipe. Rush Bowls erase all that hassle.  Pop a Rush Bowl in the microwave or take it with you on the go and it’s ready to eat.  The hassle-free benefits of frozen fruit!

B12 Boost!

It’s hard to keep track of all of the different nutrients your body needs. The importances of each vitamin and mineral can get confusing and overwhelming. One essential vitamin not to forget about though is vitamin b12. Vitamin b12 is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The vitamin helps keep your body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and assists in producing DNA. When your body can create new red blood cells and DNA efficiently your body remains healthy, energized and happy. This nutrient also helps the body metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fat, assisting in weight loss. If you’re experiencing a lack of energy, weakness, loss of appetite, or mood changes, vitamin b12 might help with that.

Rush Bowls has created a delicious way to incorporate vitamin b12 into your diet. Using simple, all-natural ingredients our new Energy Bowl contains 830% of your daily needed vitamin b12. The 4oz snack size bowls that will soon launch to stores contain 300%! Made of cherries, strawberries, and apple juice this bowl is just what you need for some afternoon fuel. Skip your second coffee run of the day and pick up an Energy Bowl!

Rush Bowls on Sale!

Right in time for this 100 degree weather, Rush Bowls are on sale for the month of July! For those of you in the Rocky Mountain region, our frozen grab-and-go bowls can already be found on sale at your local Whole Foods, Lucky’s Market and Ideal Market. Starting July 10th, Rush Bowls will also go on sale at Whole Foods in Texas and California! Pick up some bowls to bring to the pool, on a picnic, or to enjoy in the comfort of your air-conditioned home. My favorite Rush Bowl to eat in this inescapable heat is the Oasis Bowl. Packed with mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and peach juice it is a perfectly refreshing meal. Let us know what you think!

Rush Bowls Minis!

We are all familiar with the ongoing battle on unhealthy foods in institutional settings. I was a freshman in high-school when suddenly there was no more BlackJack Pizza, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches or vending machines of soda. However, I can’t remember healthy alternatives coming in to replace the unhealthy ones. Instead, we were stuck with rubbery-cheese pizza or a sack lunch from home. Rush Bowls is proud to announce a solution to this common dilemma. A next-generation bowl will soon be coming to institutions like hospitals and schools. New 4oz bowls, each under 100 calories, make a much better choice than a bag of chips or slice of pizza.  
 

In keeping up with the Healthy Food in Health Care initiative, the next-generation bowls will be found in institutions like Children’s Hospital in Denver, providing great snacks for patients, visitors, and staff. Rush Bowls had the opportunity to demo at Children’s Hospital last week, and it was quite an enlightening experience. You see all kinds of patients, some there for a routine check-up and some fighting for their lives. You also see thousands of extremely dedicated staff members fighting for the best lives of their patients. We met all of these people in the cafeteria, where from the hours of 11 – 2 people are enjoying lunch and taking a break from work or check-ups. It was exciting to see a plate piled with salad or a bowl of soup, and even more exciting was seeing a patient or staff member walk through the checkout line with a Rush Bowl in hand. Rush Bowls are truly a great alternative for everyone, including staff members running from patient to patient, and patients trying to keep their bodies as healthy as possible. The 4oz bowls will be available in the cafeteria, as well as for in-patient care, which will surely provide an easy, healthy, and refreshing snack.

Look out for the 4oz bowls coming in three of our Rush Lovers’ favorite flavors:

Power Bowl: Raspberries, blueberries, banana, whey protein, soy milk (70 calories)

Oasis Bowl: Pineapples, mangos, peach juice, coconut milk (50 calories)

Energy Bowl: Strawberries, cherries, apples, vitamin b12 energy (45 calories)

-Jackie

Tough Mudder

Last Saturday I decided to run the Tough Mudder with my dad. If you’ve never heard of the Tough Mudder, Vail Daily describes it as a “triathlon on steroids.” I participated in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The event is 10 miles long and is scattered with some of the most physically brutal obstacles one could imagine. This year’s event had 20 obstacles that had names such as ‘Artic Enema,’ ‘Ladder to Hell’ and ‘Electric Shock Therapy.’ All of these obstacles are created by the British Special Forces to push your body to the limit and test your overall mental determination. These events are held all over the world and the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. So far they have raised over $5 million. The event I attended in Beaver Creek had over 10,000 people. When you arrive you get a bib with your number and your number marked on your face. Then you pass Tough Mudder volunteers giving participants war paint to prepare them for the race. The participant’s ages ranged from 18-60. Some participants were there to win it all, dressed in speed suits and cut up, showing their training they had been doing for months. Other participants were there just to see if they could make it, dressed in swimsuits, tutus and various other costumes. Then there are the people who are an inspiration for everyone. In particular, there was a wounded war veteran who was in a wheel chair with no legs, and no he wasn’t watching, he was participating. He had a team of six helping him get through the race. In the beginning before they send you off there’s a loud speaker reminding the participants it’s all about teamwork and helping one another through. It’s all really quite inspiring.

The first mile you run all uphill—literally straight up a ski slope. When you get to the top, the first obstacle is waiting for you. This obstacle consists of climbing up hill on your belly underneath barbwire. You have to pull yourself up the mountain while staying low in order to not hit your head or back on the barbwire. Other obstacles consisted of climbing over walls, skiing down ice on your feet, carrying logs, monkey bars, rings, and many more. The two hardest obstacles were the Artic Enema and the Electric Shock Therapy. The Artic Enema was around mile 6. In this obstacle you had to jump into ice water and swim under a barrel. The water was so cold that my body went into shock. When I came up I couldn’t breathe or move and I almost threw up. This obstacle truly tested my mental will. For the next half mile after that I just had to focus on getting my legs to warm up again. The other obstacle that kicked my butt was the Electric Shock Therapy. This was the last obstacle of the race right before the finish line. It is a field of uneven ground— covered in wet mud—with live electric wires hanging from above your head to the ground. Some of these wires have as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock running through them. No matter how fast or vigilant you go through it, you are going to get shocked. My strategy was to run through as fast as I could. When the first shock hit me my body convulsed and dropped to the ground, making me face plant in the mud. After this there was no way to get out, I had to power through. I got up again and proceeded to sprint until I was dropped again. Finally I made it out and could see the finish line. I can honestly say it was the hardest but most satisfying thing I have ever done.

When I finished I just wanted to collapse to the ground, curl up and stay there, but I knew my body needed fuel. They were handing out power bars and bananas at the finish line, but I had planned ahead and knew exactly what I wanted and needed, a Rush Bowl. My mom and boyfriend were waiting for me at the finish line—Rush Bowl in hand. I can honestly say I never ate a Rush Bowl so fast. I chose the energy bowl because after a race like that I needed something that would refuel my muscles and mental state. The bowl was the perfect consistency and temperature. The mix of fruit and B12, along with the cold, helped get my body back where it needed to be. It gave me the energy to stay and enjoy the event and be able to watch other participants finish. Needless to say I still have cuts and bruises and my body is sore, but the Rush Bowl was the perfect meal for after a race. Not too heavy, not too light, but exactly right.

“Arctic Enema: This obstacle is all about mental grit. Many athletes use ice baths for recovery, but you’ll have a difficult time relaxing your muscles in this freezing skip. First you must jump bravely into Big Mudder’s floating iceberg abyss. Once submerged, find the mental and physical strength to swim through the ice, under a wooden plank and pull yourself out on the other end before hypothermia sets in.” (Toughmudder.com)  

“Arctic Enema: This obstacle is all about mental grit. Many athletes use ice baths for recovery, but you’ll have a difficult time relaxing your muscles in this freezing skip. First you must jump bravely into Big Mudder’s floating iceberg abyss. Once submerged, find the mental and physical strength to swim through the ice, under a wooden plank and pull yourself out on the other end before hypothermia sets in.” (Toughmudder.com)

 

“Elecroshock Therapy: Sprint through a field of live wires — some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock. Watch out for hay bales and deep mud, or you will face- plant into some electrifying mud. Some Mudders SM try to stealthily wind their way through the wires without getting shocked, while others barrel forward to get through as quickly as possible. Either way, you are guaranteed to get zapped with as much as 10,000 volts of electricity and it does NOT tickle. This is always the last obstacle Mudders must overcome before they cross the finish line. (Toughmudder.com)” 

“Elecroshock Therapy: Sprint through a field of live wires — some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock. Watch out for hay bales and deep mud, or you will face- plant into some electrifying mud. Some Mudders SM try to stealthily wind their way through the wires without getting shocked, while others barrel forward to get through as quickly as possible. Either way, you are guaranteed to get zapped with as much as 10,000 volts of electricity and it does NOT tickle. This is always the last obstacle Mudders must overcome before they cross the finish line. (Toughmudder.com)” 

Hiking Season

Ever been on a hike and after an hour busting your butt to get the top you’re starving? Happens to me every time. Occasionally I’ll bring a power bar but it’s never quite as satisfying as I had hoped. It’s always at the top of the mountain that I wish I had a meal I could sit down with, enjoy and take in the view. Recently I have started bringing Rush Bowls with me when I hike. I take the Rush Bowl out of the freezer when I leave the house, pop it in my backpack or camelback and by the time I make it to the top the bowl is thawed to a perfect consistency to eat. I can sit and enjoy my meal outdoors, in a quite place, with a beautiful view. It does wonders for the mind and body. Also, eating a nutritious meal gives me that extra boost to finish my hike strong. My favorite bowls for a hike are the Power Bowl and the Energy Bowl. The Power Bowls gives me the whey protein I need to help rebuild my muscles after exercise and the Energy Bowl gives me the vitamin B12 so I have extra drive to push myself.

What are your tips for staying strong and keeping your energy up while hiking? Have you ever eaten a Rush Bowl before, during or after a hike? 

Take a Rush Bowl with you hiking and snap a picture at the top of the mountain! Send it to info@rushbowls.com and we'll post your picture on our blog! Happy hiking! -Kayla

Take a Rush Bowl with you hiking and snap a picture at the top of the mountain! Send it to info@rushbowls.com and we'll post your picture on our blog!

Happy hiking!
-Kayla

Bolder Boulder 2013

Boulder, Colorado is famous for so many amazing things. The flatirons, historic downtown, the University of Colorado, and the city’s dedication to a healthy lifestyle make you feel lucky to live here. Every Memorial Day, Boulder gets to celebrate all of these wonderful things during the annual Bolder Boulder 10K race. Thousands of people come from around the world to walk or run the 6.2 miles that take you on a scenic tour around the city. Volunteers, spectators and local businesses gather around the course to encourage the participants along the way. Once the racers reach the last quarter mile around Folsom Field they join 50,000 other people who have also come to celebrate the day. The Grand Finale includes skydivers and a jet flyover to honor our country’s military. The party continues the rest of the day with concerts, a showcase of over 75 companies, and the Boulder Creek Festival just down the street from the race. Rush Bowls’ founder, Andrew, has made the Bolder Boulder a family tradition. Andrew, his wife, their two kids and other family members got to run the race together all sporting Rush Bowls attire! 

For more information about the BolderBoulder click here

Did you run the BolderBoulder? Send your pictures from the race to info@rushbowls.com and we'll post your picture on our blog!

The King Of Fruits

While mangoes have been dubbed the “king” of the fruit world, it seems that their super-fruit characteristics have been overshadowed by pomegranate, blueberry, and acai. However, recent studies are revealing the significant health benefits of mango. Mangoes are rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential to a healthy diet. Just one cup of mango provides 1,785 IU of Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps maintain good eyesight while preventing problems like night blindness and dryness of the eyes. One serving of mango also provides 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, a boost to your immune system. Mangoes are also a great source of pectin, a soluble type of fiber. Pectin helps to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer. Fiber is a great aid in digestion and helping your body to feel full for longer. Other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in mangoes have been found to protect against colon, breast, prostate and leukemia cancers. 

Everyone could use a “mango boost!” Luckily, mangoes are a super food that is easily incorporated into your diet. Especially when you pick up a Rush Bowl! The Beach Bowl, Yoga Bowl, and Oasis Bowl all contain mango and other fruits that are great for your health and well being. 

-Jackie

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Super Meal in Bowl: Rush Bowls Review + Giveaway

TALIA 04/25/2013 8

 

It’s smoothie season, but hold off on gearing up your blender.

In fact, keep that bad boy tucked away for good and instead stock up on our newest foodie obsession:Rush Bowls.

What is a Rush Bowl you ask? The wholesome all-natural meal-in-a- bowl is made up of fruit with an add-your-own granola topping (which is included with each of the bowls). And that is it. Simply delightful, dig in with your spoon grubbing and no additive BS. Any food faux pas or allergies you have to work around are covered.  The healthy meal in a bowl is less than 300 calories and there are options for soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free AND vegan.

 

What started as a Boulder, Colorado based smoothie shop has spread like wildfire. Not to really toot the Rush Bowl horn, but professional snowboarder JJ Thomas, model Talor Marion and ironman triathleteThomas Lopez have all endorsed the Rush Lifestyle.

The flavors are slightly insane—in a good way. Prepare your palate for these flavorful delights:

-Gluten-Free Beach Bowl: Guava juice, açai berries, mango, banana.

-Oasis Bowl: Peach juice, coconut milk, pineapples and mangos.

-Energy Bowl: Cherry, strawberry, apple juice and vitamin B-12.

-Yoga Bowl: Mango, pineapple, banana, green tea and soy milk.

-Power Bowl: Blueberry, banana, raspberry, whey protein and rolled oats.

This is probably one of the best on-the-go meals we can think of. It is uber filling, nutritious and puts the flavors of warm weather right onto our tongue. All we did was take our bowl out of the freezer the night before noshing (they have a 1 year shelf life) and by the time we made it through the morning commute our bowl was perfectly defrosted and ready to be devoured. If you are in a rush you don’t have to patiently wait through the thawing process. You can pop your bowl in the microwave and defrost your supermeal in less than a minute.

What we love most about our blended fruit and granola bliss is that you can enjoy them virtually anywhere. We found ourselves getting our nom on at our work desk, but you can pack a Rush Bowl in your bag prior to hitting the trails, hanging out at the sea, lounging in the park—you get the picture. Rush Bowls will thaw out while you play which comes in particularly handy post-workout. We came to realize there isn’t anything more refreshing than signature fruit blends with granola topping after a spin class. (Sorry Pinkberry).

If you are lucky enough to live in the Boulder area then we hope you are making a weekly visit to the smoothie shack from heaven, but if not Rush Bowls are quickly making their way into a store near you. Many Whole Foods and other fine food retailers are catching on to the all-natural fruit bowl trend. Look in the frozen fruit or frozen breakfast areas of your grocer. Check out this list of Rush Bowl hotspots.

More to Nosh On:

-We feel enlightened and all we did is eat a blended fruit and granola.

-Obviously we have a thing for creatively named eats and we appreciate that each Rush Bowls has its own unique identity.

-The bowls do not have any artificial sweeteners and get all of their sugary goodness from the purest of fruits.

-If you are on the organic train, many of their ingredients are certified organic.

-The company has a true focus on creating a wholesome meal for the on-the-go person…which is basically all of us.

-The Rush Bowl team is one-of-a-kind and truly passionate about perfecting the art of Rush Bowl eating. We can’t say enough good things about the brand AND the people, which is a major plus.

Enough of our gushing and onto the tasting. The oh-so-wonderful Rush Bowls elite has offered to give away a sample pack that includes ONE OF EACH of their Rush Bowl flavors. It doesn’t get much better than that.

in a rush? grab a rush bowl

by Martin Deveau, Manager of Product Demonstration

In a rush? We can relate…many of us are, and many of us find it hard to get the proper meals and nutrition in us to sustain this busy lifestyle. That’s why we love Rush Bowls; they are exactly how they sound…a bowl of nutrient and protein packed food on the go. More specifically, they are varieties of blended all natural frozen fruits with an organic crunchy granola topping. This equates to a perfect start of a day, wouldn’t you say?

Rush Bowls are meant to be eaten as healthy meals in a bowl on-the-go whenever, by whomever! Rush Bowls cater to the needs of parents, students, athletes, children, and young professionals alike. Rush Bowls thaw 30-50 seconds in the microwave or 1-2 hours naturally, depending on room temperature. If put in an insulated lunchbox, the bowls thaw in 4-5 hours making them a perfect option for kids’ lunch at school. Each Rush Bowl is packed with antioxidants, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals and offers a delicious way to get the nutrition the body needs. Rush Bowls values an all-natural lifestyle, which is why they make a point to not add any of the following ingredients to their products:

-No artificial sweeteners

-No artificial additives

-No artificial preservatives

-No GMOs

-No MSG

 

Rush Bowls also takes the dietary needs and restrictions of customers seriously, which is why their product line contains options to suit the following lifestyles:

-Vegan

-Vegetarian

-Dairy-Free

-Soy-Free

-Nut-Free

-Wheat-Free

 

Check out their five delicious blends below:

Power Bowl – bananas, blueberries, raspberries, organic vanilla soymilk, whey protein. Granola topping included.

Yoga Bowl – pineapples, mangos, bananas, organic vanilla soymilk, green tea blend. Granola topping included.

Oasis Bowl – mangos, pineapples, peach juice, coconut milk. Granola topping included.

Beach Bowl – mango, banana, acai, guava juice. Granola topping included

Gluten-Free Beach Bowl – mango, banana, acai, guava juice. Gluten-free topping included.

 

Rush Bowls will be proving samples to our customers this Saturday May 11th from 4-7pm at the following locations: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Beverly West, and Palm Desert.

Give them a try next time you are on the go and come back to let us know what you think!

For more information on Rush Bowls, visit their website at http://www.rushbowls.com/

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in a rush? grab a rush bowl

by Martin Deveau, Manager of Product Demonstration

In a rush? We can relate…many of us are, and many of us find it hard to get the proper meals and nutrition in us to sustain this busy lifestyle. That’s why we love Rush Bowls; they are exactly how they sound…a bowl of nutrient and protein packed food on the go. More specifically, they are varieties of blended all natural frozen fruits with an organic crunchy granola topping. This equates to a perfect start of a day, wouldn’t you say?

Rush Bowls are meant to be eaten as healthy meals in a bowl on-the-go whenever, by whomever! Rush Bowls cater to the needs of parents, students, athletes, children, and young professionals alike. Rush Bowls thaw 30-50 seconds in the microwave or 1-2 hours naturally, depending on room temperature. If put in an insulated lunchbox, the bowls thaw in 4-5 hours making them a perfect option for kids’ lunch at school. Each Rush Bowl is packed with antioxidants, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals and offers a delicious way to get the nutrition the body needs. Rush Bowls values an all-natural lifestyle, which is why they make a point to not add any of the following ingredients to their products:

-No artificial sweeteners

-No artificial additives

-No artificial preservatives

-No GMOs

-No MSG

 

Rush Bowls also takes the dietary needs and restrictions of customers seriously, which is why their product line contains options to suit the following lifestyles:

-Vegan

-Vegetarian

-Dairy-Free

-Soy-Free

-Nut-Free

-Wheat-Free

 

Check out their five delicious blends below:

Power Bowl – bananas, blueberries, raspberries, organic vanilla soymilk, whey protein. Granola topping included.

Yoga Bowl – pineapples, mangos, bananas, organic vanilla soymilk, green tea blend. Granola topping included.

Oasis Bowl – mangos, pineapples, peach juice, coconut milk. Granola topping included.

Beach Bowl – mango, banana, acai, guava juice. Granola topping included

Gluten-Free Beach Bowl – mango, banana, acai, guava juice. Gluten-free topping included.

 

Rush Bowls will be proving samples to our customers this Saturday May 11th from 4-7pm at the following locations: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Beverly West, and Palm Desert.

Give them a try next time you are on the go and come back to let us know what you think!

For more information on Rush Bowls, visit their website at http://www.rushbowls.com/

Expo West 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Expo West show. The 33rd annual event was unlike anything I’ve ever seen! I’m glad it was Rush Bowls second time exhibiting at the show because I would have been seriously overwhelmed if my coworkers hadn’t been able to show me the ropes.

The highlights:

2,500 Exhibitors

63,000 Industry Members

Samples on samples on samples!

The tradeshow floor was buzzing with excitement from the second the doors opened Friday morning. Hall after hall, row after row, and booth after booth were filled with natural and organic food products, supplements, cosmetics and cleaning products.

There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the convention center, especially surrounding the Rush Bowls booth. See pictures of our booth set-up, the team and a freezer full of Rush Bowls below!

 Check out the articles Rush Bowls were featured in after Expo West by clicking on the below links:

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-natural-20130316,0,2562568.story

http://eatsomethingsexy.com/blogs/amyreiley/2013/03/19/my-favorite-new-products-from-natural-products-expo-west-13

http://digital.copcomm.com/i/113109/136

Did you attend Expo West this year? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below!

 

 

Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-natural-20130316,0,2562568.story

Natural Products Expo lays out the latest, with an emphasis on what's real and what's absent

One company trying to get a start at the expo, Impact Foods, says it will fund a meal for a child through the World Food Program for every bag of granola it sells. (Impact Foods)

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles TimesThis post has been corrected, as indicated below.

March 16, 2013

Things seemed simpler this year at the enormous annual trade show for the natural products industry. There was a bit of a back-to-the-old-days vibe among the thousands of things to eat or drink, to use to clean your person or your house, to improve your digestion or your sleep.

Consumers say they are too busy to sort through complicated labels and want straightforward products they can trust, according to many of the exhibitors at Natural Products Expo West last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center.

When people see "claim after claim after claim" on a label, they start to get suspicious, said Carlotta Mast, senior director of content and insights for New Hope Media, the Colorado company that produces the expo. "If it's real food, the food speaks for itself."

FOR THE RECORD:

Natural Products Expo: In the March 16 Saturday section, an article about a natural products trade show in Anaheim misspelled the last name of Brent Knudsen, of Partnership Capital Growth, as Knudson. Also, Knudsen's company was described as an investor in health products; it is an investment bank for such products. —

Which isn't to say there's no science behind natural products, said Brent Knudson of Partnership Capital Growth, which invests in health products — though some of the science might reinforce what your grandmother learned from her own mother about such things as herbal remedies.

"Functional foods," those with a potential benefit beyond straightforward nutrition, were common: teas for digestion or sore throats; probiotics; chia in puddings (Chia Pod fromhttp://www.thechiaco.com), in pouches of fruit purees (Smooch from http://www.smoochsnacks.com), in cereal (Holy Crap from http://www.holycrap.com or Chiarezza fromhttp://www.chia-rezza.com) and in juice or lemonade; chips made with fruit or vegetables. There were bars galore and a line of "fully functional" cookies from the Berkeley-based Cookie Department (www.thecookiedepartment.com). Akiva Resnikoff started out selling his cookies to cafes and now has packaged several varieties, including the Cherry Bomb probiotic cookie and the ginger Snap Back detox flavor.

Another popular theme was what was not in products: sugar, gluten and genetically modified ingredients. "Consumers are demanding" GMO-free certifications on products, and retailers are adjusting, Mast said. In fact, Whole Foods, which for many exhibitors is the holy grail of product placement, recently announced that by 2018 products must be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms.

Deborah Enos of Washington state, a nutritionist at the show, said more people want to avoid sugar, and she was pleased by how many products contain plant-based alternatives, especially Stevia, "which doesn't appear to cause any problems," she said.

There was no way to see — let alone taste — the thousands of waters, noodles, yogurts, cereals, chocolates and other foods being sampled at the expo. But here are a few items that caught our eye; some are widely available, some online-only for now.

Sawmill Hollow Family Farm in Iowa produces jelly, concentrate, wine and 35 or so more products from the antioxidant-rich aronia berry, a native fruit. Sixth-generation farmer Andrew Pittz said his was the first farm in North America to grow the plant commercially. He brought some frozen from the August harvest to show the dark blue globe-shaped berries.

No surprise that a former Häagen-Dazs consultant, Malcolm Stogo, said he put taste first when he came up with soy- and coconut-based frozen desserts. DF Mavens won a best new product award at the expo for the desserts that Stogo spent five years developing. Flavors include salted praline, mango and vanilla. Quality doesn't come cheap: A pint runs $6.99. http://www.dfmavens.com

A few companies showed dried baby food in easy-to-carry packets. Just add water or breast milk and stir. One company from Chile, named Amara (www.amarababyfood.com) after co-founder Christian Boada's daughter, had freeze-dried organic banana, apple-maqui berry and apple products. Part of the appeal is the simplicity of taking the packets through airport security systems, said Boada, who said organic baby food is hard to find in his home country. "This is the next generation of baby food," he said. Nuturme (www.nurturme.com) sells packets of dried organic squash, bananas and kale, and a dried quinoa as an alternative to rice cereal, also to mix with water or breast milk.

A cooperative of Michigan farmers is producing oven-dried chestnut chips for snacking. The farmers also make gluten-free chestnut flour and dehydrated chestnut slices. The chips were so new that no packaging has been developed yet. But they're a one-ingredient snack, very crunchy and slightly sweet — the latter thanks to the only chestnut peeling machine in North America, said cooperative member Virginia Rinkel. http://www.chestnutgrowersinc.com

When the terrorist attacks of 2001 struck, New Yorker Andrew Pudalov knew people in the towers and had two young children. He decided it was time to move to Boulder, Colo., and build a business.Rush Bowls, a frozen smoothie that comes with a packet of granola, was the result. The line is vegan and nut-free and comes in kid and adult sizes. Each of the bowls, in five blends, is less than 300 calories. http://www.rushbowls.com

Not all the products were ingestible. Among the many skin care products was a new line called Nova Scotia Fisherman (www.novascotiafisherman.com), which uses local sea kelp for its rich-feeling, lightly scented lotions, soap and lip balm. And Bull Dog, a British men's skin care company, was named for a breed that's "loyal, honest and tenacious — the qualities you want in a man," said Rhodri Ferrier, a co-founder. The products, made with essential oils, are "by men, for men, not an afterthought" to a woman's line. http://www.meetthebulldog.com.

Several companies hoped to do good by doing well.

For every bag Impact Foods sells of its granola, it funds one child's meal through the World Food Program. The founders met in a class at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in which they were learning about conscious capitalism, and they hope to take their company national, in part through the expo. (www.impactfoods.com). And Sir Richard's Condom Co., with its colorful plaid packaging, donates a condom to Haiti — specially produced in packages designed by a Haitian artist with instructions in the local language — for each one purchased. Mongo Kiss lip balm uses an oil sourced from rural Zambia, where the company says it helps a group of women "create self-worth while increasing their net-worth."

mary.macvean@latimes.com

[For the record, March 15, 3:53 p.m.:  In this article, the name of Brent Knudsen, of Partnership Capital Growth, is misspelled as Knudson. Also, Knudsen's company is described as an investor in health products; it is an investment bank for such products.]

 

Looking Forward to Expo West 2013

Everyone at Rush Bowls is busy in preparation for Natural Products Expo West 2013, the largest natural products and organic tradeshow in the world. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convetion Center in Anaheim, CA March 8th-10th. This is our second time at the show and we will be launching our brand new Energy Bowl while there. Stop by our booth (#4486) in order to discover why Rush Bowls are the next best thing in the frozen category and to taste our brand new bowl! 

See you in CA!

The Rush Bowls Team