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Ingredient Spotlight: Lavender! Posted on 18 Oct 18:14 , 0 comments

The versatile flower with all the plant based power, Lavender can do it all. From natural oils to beautiful bouquets, lavender has shown that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also beneficial for our health! 

 Lavender oil has both antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory capabilities as a topical ointment. Studies show that lavender’s aroma is quite useful in treating mental ailments such as anxiety and depression as well as having calming effects to help with insomnia.  

 In addition to oils, lavender is also a common component of tea and used as a cooking ingredient in its flower form, with benefits relating to digestive health. Lavender has been proven to relieve vomiting, nausea, and even gas pains related to poor digestion.

 If the healing powers of lavender haven’t intrigued you enough, wait until you hear the nutrition facts! The tiny purple flowers pack many key nutrients that we need daily. Vitamin A and calcium can be found in small, but beneficial amounts, relating to eye, skin, and bone health. One serving of lavender (about 100 g) also contains an impressive amount of your daily recommended iron intake, needed for generations of hemoglobin and myoglobin for proper oxygen and nutrient transport in the blood.

 If you are still not wowed by the abilities of this beautiful flower, try lavender paired with mint and dark chocolate in our Lavender Mint Dark Chocolate Truffle. One bite and you will most definitely be a fan of this plant based wonder!

 

Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition and Foods and minor in Strength & Conditioning. Addie is a nutrition & wellness consultant in the greater Atlanta area, focusing on plant based eating and improving health across the stages of life. She believes that wellness & nutrition go hand in hand to maintain and improve health, and loves to work with those adapting to a plant based lifestyle, whether it be individuals or families. 


Ingredient Spotlight: Green Tea Posted on 20 Sep 22:01 , 0 comments

Want to know why green tea and dark chocolate are a ‘matcha’ made in heaven? The antioxidant content of course! Not to mention the perfectly paired flavor. Both of these reasons are why we created the Ginger Green Tea Truffle!

 

But why all the talk about antioxidants? They are nature’s top defense mechanism, only found in plants. Antioxidants protect your cells and help repair already damaged cells from free radicals that you may have consumed from food or in your environment. All the cells of the body are susceptible to free radical damage, but with a plant based diet rich in antioxidants and fiber, you are one step ahead of the game!


The high quality, and extremely high percentage of antioxidants per serving found in green tea are called catechins. Catechins, like other antioxidants help target damage done to blood vessels, like that seen with heart disease and hypertension, and help protect against cancer. Green tea is also known for it purifying benefits for skin as well as an aid for blood sugar control for those suffering from diabetes. And to top it all off, studies have shown potential benefits for memory and brain health from green as well!


To reap all of these plant based benefits, it is recommended to drink at least 2 cups of green tea on most days. While green tea comes in many forms from powders, to cold bottles tea, to capsules, the best form with the highest content of antioxidants comes from the tea you brew yourself. But you can never go wrong with having a little green tea with your antioxidant rich dark chocolate right? Experience the benefits & flavor with a box of our Ginger Green Tea Truffles today!

 

 

 

Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition and Foods and minor in Strength & Conditioning. Addie recently finished her supervised practice rotations, and passed her licensure exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She is very excited to begin helping people reach their happiest and healthiest selves through a vegan diet!


Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut! Posted on 09 Aug 18:18 , 0 comments

 

Coconut has gotten a lot of publicity lately, whether it be from its oil form or water. This tropical food can be classified as a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Coconut is packed with options, as it can be eaten in various ways.   

    Coconut meat can be eaten raw or dried, and is a great source of dietary fiber, protein, fats, and other micronutrients.

Coconut water is excellent for hydration as its rich in potassium and other electrolytes. The water also contains beneficial antioxidants, enzymes, B vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium, manganese and zinc. And to top it all off, coconut water is a perfect low calorie and low sugar beverage!

And last but not least, is the controversial coconut oil. Coconut oil went from being highly promoted to now demonized for its saturated fat content. So what is really the truth?  Coconut oil does contain a high percentage of saturated fats. But unlike many saturated fats from animals, coconut oil has mostly medium-chain fatty acids, which have the potential to raise your good cholesterol, otherwise known as your HDL. But remember, there is still saturated fat, which when eaten in excess can increase your bad cholesterol, your LDL. So like most foods, moderation is key! Another positive aspect of coconut oil is that it is considered a stable oil, which means it is a good fat to cook with because it can be heated to high temperatures without forming harmful by-products like animal fats and some vegetable oils can. Try to remember that fats are not bad, and in fact needed for absorption of fat soluble vitamins. It is the amount that you are eating and the kind that can be detrimental to your health.

    To sum up the benefits, when you eat coconut you are getting:

  •      Hydration
  •      Healthy fats needed for vitamin and mineral digestion &                    absorption
  •      Benefits for skin, hair, and nails
  •      Whole food, plant-based energy
  •      HDL improvement potential when eaten in moderation

    And not to mention…. We LOVE to use coconut in its various forms in our truffles, munches, and power bites!! Grab some today and enjoy yet another healing, plant-based ingredient!

 

 

 

 

 


10 Benefits of Dark Chocolate Posted on 08 Jan 10:05 , 0 comments

Happy New Year!
 

Looking for the easiest New Year's resolution ever? We have your answer...eat more dark chocolate! Eating 1 - 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily is good for you because chocolate may help to:


1. Lower blood pressure
2. Boost HDL (good) cholesterol
3. Curb your appetite and maintain a healthy weight
4. Increase cognitive function (aka boost brain power)
5. Relieve stress (and decrease stress hormones)
6. Reduce inflammation
7. Decrease risk of stroke
8. Boost your mood
9. Increase exercise capacity
10. Curb sugar cravings

Bonus #11! Get glowing skin.


Do we have you convinced? Here is what a 1-ounce serving looks like:



Today take 15% off your purchase with discount code EatMoreChocolate. Discount code ends Sunday, January 8 11 pm PST. 

Want to know more about chocolate and all of its powerful benefits? Follow our blog - keep an eye out next Thursday for the detailed chocolate scoop where we will dive deeper into each health benefit. Cheers! 

Love and light to you for a peaceful, blissful and cheerful new year!


9 Days Left To Shop! Here Are Some Ideas From Us... Posted on 13 Dec 11:59 , 0 comments

Just a little reminder to place your chocolate orders by December 21, 12 noon ET to ensure that you receive your chocolate gifts by December 24!

Need help finding the perfect gift for someone? Email us at info@nicobellaorganics.com

In the meantime, these are our top suggestions

Mocha and/or Peppermint Munch
We promise that you won't disappoint with these two flavors. Since we have launched them two months ago they continue to sell out first at events and in stores. They make great stocking stuffers, teacher's and secret santa gifts

                  

Hot Cocoa
Who doesn't love a warm and comforting cup of hot cocoa? Our hot cocoa is made from a pressed (non-alkalized and nutritious) Dominican Republic cacao bean with a little added organic cane sugar and pink Himalayan sea salt. We suggest making it with unsweetened Almond Milk, but any plant-based milk will do. Purchase now through December 21 and receive it wrapped in a red ribbon, ready to gift!
 


2-pack of truffles
Select your flavors for the friend who loves nuts and chocolate (walnut and blueberry almond), the chocolate purist (two boxes of pure cocoa bliss) or the adventurist foodie (two variety boxes to try them all). These are our top sellers every holiday season. Get yours while they last!


The Story of Bella (of nicobella)
We had to say goodbye to our sweet little girl after 17 long and beautiful years. She was the inspiration behind the name nicobella ten years ago when we just incorporated the name. The original name of nicobella was Spa Candy (and still remains the parent name) until a smart and honest branding company came along and said that Spa Candy sounds like sweet sticky stuff for kids, which was clearly not our goal. A good friend came up with the name nicobella, half Nichole and half Isabella. Personally, I did not want my name to be a part of the company, but, if you knew me and Bella, well you knew we were pretty inseparable. Therefore the name felt right. (Big thanks to this day to my dear friend, Julia, for including Isabella in the name.)

Bella was much more than an inspiration for the name of a chocolate company.
  • She had a powerful warrior spirit with no sense of fear.
  • She smiled from her mouth to her eyes creating a chain of smiles from strangers on the streets.
  • She acted like the Queen. She didn't let her 6.9 tiny size affect her confidence.
  • She was open and adventurous, loved to explore and travel.
  • She fully embraced love, both receiving and giving, which gave her the will to fight several severe illnesses and extend her life three years past what her doggie doctor originally predicted. 
Read more about our sweet girl, her fight and lessons she taught us on our blog from last week. 

Bella says thank you for all of your continued support for the past seven years since we launched nicobella. 🐾
 

Take $5, $10 or $20 Off Your Purchase! (Through Monday, November 28) Posted on 25 Nov 11:16 , 0 comments

We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends. Now it's time to start the holiday shopping! Today through Monday, November 28, receive $5, $10 or $20 off your chocolate purchase using the discount codes below. Discount codes end Monday, November 28 11pm ET.


NEW! Nicobella Gift Boxes are great for foodies, health enthusiasts, vegans, gluten free and paleo followers and, of course, dark chocolate lovers. Choose from one of the gift boxes below. 

Nicobella Chocolate Lovers Gift Box


For the ultimate chocolate lover who will appreciate the unique chocolate flavors! Each box includes a 6-piece variety box of truffles (blueberry almond, ginger green tea, pumpkin chai, pure cocoa bliss, walnut flaxseed, sunflower butter banana), 6-piece box of cinnamon turmeric spice and a 4-piece box of peanut butter squares.

Chocolate Munch Gift Box

Our munch gift box is great for vegans, gluten free followers or nut and chocolate lovers. Gift box includes one of each: coconut munchmaple nut munchomega munchpeppermint munchmocha munch 

Plant-Powered Protein Snack Box

Our protein packed snack box is great for paleo enthusiast, the generous host or health-conscious snackers. Gift box includes one of each: coconut munchmaple nut munchomega munchchocolate power bitespumpkin pecan power bites, peanut butter and jelly power bites

Ps. Don't forget to treat yourself as well. 

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Mama's Nutrition Needs During Pregnancy Posted on 21 Jul 17:08 , 0 comments

Before I leaped into the chocolate world, my work revolved around sports nutrition and women's health. I LOVED them both (and still do!). My goal with launching a chocolate company was to reach and inspire more people about the health benefits of plant-based eating through our chocolates, blogging, social media and events. Little did I know that the logistics of running a chocolate company alone would be more than a full time job! While most of my day revolves around packaging and shipping chocolates, working with natural retail stores and keeping nicobella running, I still try to find space to reconnect with my true passion, which is nutrition and whole plant-based foods.

One area of focus as a nutritionist has been nutrition during pregnancy. During pregnancy, moms need more protein for baby's growth, omega 3's for baby's eye and brain development, fiber to prevent constipation, iron to prevent anemia, calcium for bone strength and growth, potassium to prevent high blood pressure and cramping, and folate to prevent neural tube defects. 

Our chocolate snack, Mama Munch, was created specifically with the special needs of expecting mothers in mind. We use a one to one ratio of walnuts to 75% organic dark chocolate, making each bag a good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. We also add flaxseeds which help to provide 3.5 grams of fiber per 1 oz serving (there are 2 oz per bag). What's more, dark chocolate has shown to help prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy. This is a great snack for moms on-the-go, as a topping on oatmeal or yogurt or in a smoothie (recipe below!). 

If you are looking for personal plant-based nutrition advice, please email me for rates. I'd love to work with you to help you reach your nutrition and vegan lifestyle goals. 

Mama Munch Smoothie

  • 2 oz bag of Mama Munch 
  • 4 oz of almond milk
  • 1date
  • 1/2 banana
  • handful of ice

Add all ingredients to blender and pulse. Once it's nice and creamy, enjoy!

This smoothie could be split into two for two small snacks or as one meal and contains the following nutrients:

  • 500 calories 
  • 10 grams protein
  • 10 grams fiber
  • 57 grams carbohydrate (with 10 of those being from fiber, therefore 47 grams usable carbohydrate)
  • 23 grams fat (mostly in the form of omega 3 fatty acids, contains over 2,000 mg of plant-based omega 3 alpha-linolenic!)
  • 16 mg iron
  • 240 mg calcium
  • 35 micrograms folate
  • 648 mg potassium


Last Minute Valentine's Gifts! Posted on 12 Feb 16:04 , 0 comments

Atlanta friends, we've got two **sweet** deals for you if you need a last minute Valentine's Day gift. Tomorrow we will be at two fun locations sampling and selling nicobella chocolates. What's more, all of our products will be discounted from our website prices! Please see details below. 

Date: Saturday, February 13th
Time: 1pm-5pm
Place: West Elm, Ponce City Market
Chocolates: munch, truffles,nicobella sampler, 4-piece love boxes (pictured below), peanut butter squares, and hot cocoa mix

 

Date: February 13th
Time: 2pm-6pm
Where: Made Again, Inman Park
Chocolates: munchtruffles
nicobella sampler, 4-piece love boxes, peanut butter squares, and hot cocoa mix

 


Nicobella Sunday Scoop! Posted on 07 Feb 15:12 , 0 comments

Here's what we are reading this week in plant-based nutrition, animal welfare, the environment, yoga, and inspiration.

Plant-Based Nutrition

How Eating Red Can Help Your Heart

30 Vegan Fingers Foods for Super Bowl Sunday

This is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat One Teaspoon of Turmeric a Day

7 Essential Foods for Creating Vegan Meals

Vegan Diet Impacts California Prison

Animal Welfare

Shocking Facts on How Plastic Impacts Marine Animals

Environment

People Are Spreading a Virus That is Killing World Bees

A Probable Carcinogen Is Now the Most Heavily Used Weed Killer in History

The Earth is Becoming a Plastic Planet

Yoga

10 Yoga Sequences for Every Mood

5 Hip Openers That Release Tension

Inspiration

Essential Plant Oils to Add to Your Beauty Routine Daily

9 Beautiful Celebrities Who Prove Beauty is Ageless

How a Vegan Gang Member Became a Vegan Chef

Chocolate

The Vegan Woman's Guide to Valentine's Chocolate

Our Favorite Vegan Chocolates by Ecorazzi

6 Ideas for an Eco Friendly Valentine's Day

 

 

 

 


Valentine's Offerings and a FREE Gift for YOU! Posted on 03 Feb 07:13 , 0 comments

Hello beautiful nicobella friend,

We wanted to let you know about a few special gifts that we are offering for Valentine's Day. We've partnered with Yo Soy CandleZen Teas and boholistic bodywork  to bring you a few "zen" gifts to give to your spouse, mom, best friend or yourself! 

The Zen Set ($34.95)



Zen Set includes:

  • 6-piece variety box of nicobella truffles (blueberry almond, ginger green tea, pumpkin chai, pure cocoa bliss, walnut flaxseed, sunflower butter banana)
  • 2 oz bag of nicobella munch (choose between omegamaple nut or coconut munch)
  • 4 oz bag of Zen Tea (choose between Green Hibiscus Raspberry or Black Dark Chocolate)
  • 4 oz Yo Soy Candle (choose between White Tea Ginger, Sweet Orange Chili Pepper, Rosemary Mint, Cucumber Wasabi Cilantro)


"I am Love" Red Currant Candle + 6-piece box cinnamon turmeric spice truffles ($20.95)

Set includes:

For local Atlanta-lovers, you can add an incredible one-hour Thai Massage from boholistic bodywork for only $68 more.
 


For the month of February we will be donating 5% of our sales to one of our favorite rescue organizations, A Place to Bark, TN. (Check them out!).

Also, we have a gift for YOU! Each order placed between February 1st and February 8th will receive a FREE 2-piece box of cinnamon turmeric spice truffles: one for you and one for your sweetie.


(Ps. Want an extra nicobella discount? You can find one in The Vegan Woman's Guide to The Best of Vegan Chocolate.)



EVENTS

February 6th, Yoga for Paws + Valentine's Pop Up, Tough Love Yoga, 4:30pm-7:30pm

Wine tasting, chocolate sampling, Valentine's shopping and raffles-all for a great cause.


February 13th, West Elm, Ponce City Market. 1pm-5pm
Come see us for chocolate sampling, Valentine's shopping, and hot cocoa!


February 13th, Lover's Lane Valentine's Stroll, Inman Park, 2pm-6pm
Join us for a little stroll through beautiful Inman Park while you sip and shop!





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