Meet Shizu Okusa- the brain behind superfood brand Apothekary. Shizu and her team are on a mission to create the modern Farmacy via superfoods and adaptogens.
What made you switch gears from Wall Street banker to founder of Apothekary? What skills transferred over?
I originally started my career working at Goldman on the trading desk. Loved it, learned a ton, and worked with some of the smartest people that I know to-date (and investors of Apothekary!). Burnt out and thirsty for change, I moved to Mozambique and Bali for a year to learn about entrepreneurship, agriculture and Ayurveda where I became certified after an intensive full-time 30-day training in Ubud. It was intense!
Tell us a little about your journey to Autoimmune Sisters & Clean Cuisine:
In January 2010, at the age of 28, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis just a few months after my daughter was born. It answered a lot of questions about symptoms I had been experiencing since high school. For years, I battled through my diagnosis and symptoms alone because I had not met anyone else with my same autoimmune disease. In October 2018, after much encouragement from my mom, I started the@AutoimmuneSistersInstagram account. The sole purpose was to share part of my story in hopes to find other women that were just like me. In less than 2 years, this little account grew to more than 15,000+ (96.2% are women). We now have a website that providesautoimmune disease information,blog articles by women with autoimmune disease,and the best part:stories by other womenwith an autoimmune disease diagnosis.
Rebel Friday featuring, Mimi, the founder of @freetheocean. FTO gives everyone the opportunity to have a daily impact on the issue of plastic pollution. Simply by answering the daily trivia question, you fund the removal of a piece of plastic from the ocean and coastlines. The FTO community has helped remove over 9 million pieces of plastic. How awesome is that?!
Dipotassium phosphate is an ingredient you’ll find in many boxed milks that gets little attention. Sure, maybe it’s not as bad as Canola Oil or Glyphosate (at least for now) but it still doesn’t belong in something marketed as healthy.
First, yuck. But real talk; if I’m going to have canola oil, I want it to be in something that’s so deep fried and delicious I already know the havoc it’s going to cause and I’m okay with it for the 6 minutes of pleasure that will come from eating it.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news but you deserve to know; some of your favorite foods may be highly dangerous to consume.
Love cereal, pasta, bread, oat milk?! Of course you do! But if you're consuming non-organic versions of those things, you’re also consuming a dangerous carcinogen- glyphosate (aka Roundup). Whether you realize it or not, the pesticides used to grow non-organic foods need to be factored into our health as much as any of the ingredients listed on the nutrition label (and, in our opinion, SHOULD be listed on the nutrition label).
The ladies behind one our favorite (and tastiest) spots in LA @eatatjewel share their recipe for being thoughtful, passion-driven entrepreneurs. These ladies give us so much inspiration to keep up the fight to positively impact the food system.
Rebel Friday: Featuring Lucas Philips, the CPO of BrewBike. Lucas started BrewBike with a group of undergraduates at Northwestern in 2015. It was too hard to great coffee on campus so they built their own solution to serve high-quality cold brew to their classmates. Fast forward totoday, this student-run model has expanded to four campuses and has a thriving online store. Lucas is now the Chief Product Officer at BrewBike and leads product development for the company's e-comm and campus businesses. Yes...that means he's in charge of coming up with all of the delicious flavors. Check out our interview with him here.
The best part about a bowl of cereal is that sweet, delicious left over milk that you can't help but drink straight from the bowl...we can't resist it either. So we decided to make it for ourselves and share the recipe with you...you're welcome.
Rebel Friday: Featuring Dawn Russel, the founder of @8Greens. She is a cancer survivor and super mom who is on the road to educate people about the most important greens and how to get them in their diet in an easy, quick, and tasty way! We are so excited to share her interview with you!
A rule breaker for the force of GOOD! They value spontaneity and the freedom to do things when they feel like doing them.
Rebelsare independent-minded and want their lives to be a true expression of their values which are often unconventional. They find conventional living tedious and boring. They're out to change the world and won't let anything get in their way.
How to make our iced creamy delicious matcha mylk recipe... If you had ever visited our Goodmylk storefront you have probably heard or had our famous Matcha Mylk. This is my very favorite of all of our flavored almond milks and I'm so excited to share the recipe with you so you can make it for yourself at home!
These crunchy, peanut butter filled balls of cacao and espresso goodness have been bringing us all kinds of joy. So naturally, we wanted to share the recipe with you!
This recipe originates from our lovely friend Coco at Coco Bakes. We put a Goodmylk twist on it by adding 3 TBSP of our BlackCat Instant Latte to the melted chocolate mixture for an added kick and delicious espresso flavor.
#mythbusters: almond farms aren't hurting the planet.
I'm sure you've heard the negative rumors floating around about almonds, water usage and the bee population. We dug deep into these issues and here's what we found:
While almond trees do use a lot of water, almond farmers are incredibly efficient with their water use. How? Instead of using irrigation (which can have negative environmental impacts from overwatering), almond farmers use ground or recycled water. That means smarter water use then most crops.