BUSINESS EXTRA®, AMERICAN AIRLINES' COMPLIMENTARY LOYALTY PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES

BUSINESS EXTRA®, AMERICAN AIRLINES' COMPLIMENTARY LOYALTY PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES

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EMPOWERING STARTUPS AND ENTREPRENEURS

Through the Innovators Initiative, American Airlines® is proud to support startups and small businesses, such as Mother Beverage. Mother Beverage is featured in the November 2018 issue of American Way, American's inflight magazine, as well as on www.aa.com/innovators

Mother Beverage is a member of Business Extra®, American Airlines' complimentary loyalty program that reduces travel costs for small and mid-sized companies while allowing employees to continue to earn their AAdvantage miles. 

THE REWARDS OF BUSINESS EXTRA POINTS

Companies earn one Business Extra point for every $5 spent on employee air travel on American, British Airways, Iberia and select airline partners and redeem those points for flights, upgrades, AAdvantage® elite status and more. 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BUSINESS EXTRA MEMBER? 

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You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup

You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup

With Mother's Day this weekend many of us are trying to think of what we can do to spoil our own mothers, or the mother of our children. We often think of books, massages, flowers, and things to help them feel spoiled and appreciated. Here at Mother Beverage, we believe that taking care of yourself is part of a healthy lifestyle and not something that should just happen once in a while; like on Mother's Day, Father's Day, or your birthday. 

So why is it so important to take care of yourself? How dose it benefit your health? Research shows many benefits of self care. Here are some of our favorite benefits:

  1. Self care prevents a "burn out" - As we take care of ourselves and constantly manage what's on our plate we are able to prevent the meltdowns and stress of being over run and over tired.
  2. Self care reduces stress - Taking time for your allows you to focus on what really matters in your life. Stress can eventually break down your mind and body so it's important to take time to let it go.
  3. Self care helps you refocus - It renews you, gives you the energy you need to take care of yourself and your responsibilities. 

We reached out on our social media outlets to find out how our customers like to take care of themselves. Take a look at the list of some of our favorites and try finding a new way you can take time for you. It's worth it.

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  • Sarah said,  "Eat healthy, work out, stretch and take hot baths with occasional wine and dark chocolate"
  • Ella said, "I love a good ol deep tissue massage or cryo + normatec. If I want to treat myself to a healthy meal, it's always True Food Kitchen!"
  • Laura said, "Yoga. I love being able to stretch, strengthen, sweat, and relax all at the same time. I also love a hot bubble bath."
  • Lydia said, "Putting my feet up, drinking a cold Mother Beverage, and watching the sunset."
  • Some of our favorite at Mother Beverage include: 
    • Eating healthy
    • Drinking Mother Beverage 
    • Exercising
    • Getting outside to enjoy nature, sunshine and your surroundings
    • Relaxation and meditation
    • Dark chocolate and a favorite book
    • Affirmations - It's so important to tell yourself how awesome and loved you truly are!
    • Spending time with loved ones

Let us know in the comments your favorite way to keep yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually strong. Cheers to your health!

 

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

It feels like summer in Dallas already so we knew it was time to starting creating some fun summer recipes for all of you. When it's hot outside the last thing you want to do is turn on the stove or oven. We'll be featuring some quick and easy snack and meal ideas to keep you healthy and cool all summer long. Give these popsicles a try and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

  • 1 bottle of Mother Beverage Strawberry Vanilla Flavor 
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 3-5 TBS of honey, maple syrup, or agave
  • Stevia, or other favorite sweetener

Directions: Pour Strawberry Vanilla in bowl. Squeeze in 1 to 1.5 lemons. Add honey, starting with 3 TBS. If you want it sweeter, please add more. We found 3 to 4 to be a good amount. A good tip is to make sure it tastes a little sweeter than normal as the sweetness will diminish once it's frozen. In separate bowl, or food processor, cut up strawberries, add 1 packet of stevia, and squeeze the last 1/2 of lemon. Using a fork, imerssion blender, avocado masher, or food processor mash up the strawberries to your liking. We love it with a little bit of texture. Add spoonful of strawberries to bottom of popsicle molds and add the Strawberry vanilla mixture until full. Repeat for remaining popsicle molds. Freeze until hard. If you don't have a popsicle mold you can easily use dixie cups and a straw or popsicle stick for the handle. These have been kid tested and approved. Feel free to make this recipe your own using whatever sugars or sweetners your family likes. Enjoy in the warm sun, preferably on a hammock or poolside! 

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How do you move?

How do you move?

We have all seen articles and studies about the importance of exercise but some of us still struggle doing it consistently. One thing that can help exercise be more consistent is finding something you enjoy. If you enjoy it then you're much more likely to stick with it. Also, if you're working out strictly to focus on calorie burn instead of finding enjoyment, that can also get you burned out. We should exercise to enjoy moving our body, to sweat, to feel better about ourselves, and to be healthy. Our team at Mother Beverage is already loving this nice weather as there is so much activity we can do outdoors! We have gathered some of our favorite workout channels in this post to help you find something you love to do.

Top 5 Fitness Youtube Channels we're loving:

  1. Fitness Blender: Great HIIT workouts you can do with our without weights
  2. PopFitness: Tons of different style workouts so you can try anything you'd like
  3. Blogilates: Monthly calendar that pairs the workouts together for maximum results 
  4. HASFit: More than 1,000 free fitness workouts and fitness programs
  5. Scott Herman Fitness: For those of you who like to lift you'll love this page

Looking for a way to get started right now that doesn't take very long? Try doing the scientific 7 minute workout from The New York Times and let us know what you think! See how many times you can do this circuit for an extra challenge.

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What's your favorite way to workout? Is there a new fitness routine you're loving? What makes you feel your best? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to grab a Mother Beverage to help you recover and feel even more energized after your workout. As always, cheers to your health. 

Hooked on a Feeling

Hooked on a Feeling

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Hi, I'm Lydia. I am a mom, babysitter, and preschool teacher. I am also a Mother Beverage addict.  

A few months ago, a good friend of mine mentioned something about an apple cider vinegar drink (ACV). Intrigued, I asked for more information. I've tried various ACV based drinks before and haven't been a fan. I've known the benefits, however, I just couldn't get passed the taste to stick with anything longer than one drink, and in some cases, one swallow.

My friend offered to bring me a bottle of Mother Beverage to try. Out of curiosity, I agreed. I honestly did not believe I would like it and didn't expect anything to come of this one bottle. I was wrong.

After my initial "hesitated-pinch my nose- baby swallow" ... I chugged the bottle. Yes, I actually chugged it, not because it was nasty and I wanted to get it over with, but because it really was the best apple cider drink I have ever tried. I found myself disappointed when I came to the end of the bottle. I was hooked, and I wanted more.

I texted my friend asking how to get more. She brought me a case. I planned on rationing them to make them last longer. That didn't work. I drank two the first day. By the next day, something happened. I was beginning to see the amazing things this drink was doing for my body. I was starting to feel good.

I have struggled with digestive and intestinal issues my whole life. Without going into too much detail, I've been dependent on medications and/or supplements to help my body "work " normally since birth. However, things were changing. I have now been drinking Mother Beverage at least one or two times a day for over a month and I feel great. My body works like a normal person. In addition, I am not experiencing heart burn as often, I can think more clearly (less brain fog) and I am no longer dependent on the medications/supplements. I am also finding that I'm not catching every cold or illness going around like I was before.

These drinks are heaven sent. I am now able to receive all the benefits ACV provides AND enjoy it at the same time. A big thank you to Mothers Beverage creators and to my friend for introducing me to my new favorite drink.

Beat the Sweet

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Beat the Sweet

With Easter just around the corner every store is filled with candy of every kind. Sugar can often leave us feeling bloated, tired, and not like ourselves. In excess, it can do a lot more harm to our body than that. However, there still seem to be times when our body is craving something sweet. Here are some tips for beating out that sugar craving.

  1. Open up a bottle of Mother Beverage. The natural sweetness with the mother in ACV can help curb that sweet tooth and leave you feeling energized and hydrated. Lime Ginger is a great choice!
  2. Grab some fruit. Fruit is a great way to asses if we've been eating too much sugar. Fruit should taste sweet but often wont after too much sugar.
  3. Don't let yourself get too hungry! We've all been there before. It's hard to not reach for something sugary when our body is starving and craving quick energy. Instead, reach for something with protein to hold you over until your next meal. Hard boiled eggs, beef jerky, or a protein shake are all quick options.
  4. Indulge but don't over indulge. If you're still looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, have some! There are plenty of healthy sweet options in stores these days and things you can make at home. The trick is to not have too much.

Here is one of our favorite recipes to satisfy that sweet tooth. Give them a try and let us know how you like them! 

Ingredients: (These are naturally gluten free. Can be vegan and dairy free with using plant based protein and enjoy life chocolate chips)

  • 1 cup of salted peanuts (if using unsalted just add a pinch of salt)
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 TBS of natural peanut or almond butter
  • Optional: 1/2 or 3/4 cup of your favorite chocolate chips. We use semi-sweet!

Toss all ingredients into a food processor and blend until everything is finely chopped and combined. If the dough still looks a little dry you can add a water starting with 1 tsp and adding more from there. Use a tablespoon scoop and press dough in to spoon to form a ball. Set formed balls onto cookie sheet or in mini muffin tins. Refrigerate for 30 minutes then put them in a ziploc bag to keep them fresh for a week. Makes 24 balls. 10 c 4 f 3 p (this will vary a little based on what protein powder you use and if you use chocolate chips. Enjoy!

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Meet Our Newest Flavor

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Meet Our Newest Flavor

In January we launched our newest flavor, Pineapple Turmeric, and people are loving it. It's time to take a look at what makes this flavor so great. We infused these two flavors in to our ACV to give you even more health benefits while you drink; multitasking at its finest. Here's a simple breakdown of the benefits turmeric and pineapple can have on your health. 

Turmeric: 

One of it's most hailed benefits is that it contains curcumin. Curcumin is shown to have many powerful healing properties which include help with chronic pain and inflammation. Some other positive side effects are improvement of liver function, may help reduce the risk of cancer, support healthy cholesterol levels, and can aid in digestion. 

It also contains a 26% daily value in manganese and 16% in iron when taking the recommended daily dose. It's also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, and healthy amounts of vitamin C and magnesium. All of these things combined with curcumin makes it a healthy addition to any diet. 

Pineapple: 

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We've always been a fan of pineapple over at Mother Beverage but fell more in love as we researched just what this fruit can do for our bodies. Health benefits of pineapple include immune system support, bone strength, eye health, digestion, and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

A San Diego-based nutritionist, Laura Flores, had this to say about pineapple. “Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese. These tropical treats are also a good way to get important dietary fiber and bromelain (an enzyme). As well as having high amounts of manganese, which is important for antioxidant defenses, pineapples also contain high amounts of thiamin, a B vitamin that is involved in energy production."

Now that you know more about how Tuermeric and Pineapple and how it can benefit your health, check out our location tab to find a bottle near you. It's sweet flavor really packs a punch with ACV, pineapple, and turmeric all in one drink. We know you'll love it and, as always, cheers to your health!

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BevNET 2016 Santa Monica

BevNET 2016 Santa Monica

I can’t believe a week has already passed since we were in Santa Monica. What a great experience. We met so many kind, smart, and energetic people at the conference. The beverage industry is super fun and we are excited to be a part of it.

The journey to the BevNET Showdown, was challenging, nerve wrecking, and exciting, but one that was totally worth it. It’s true, the harder you work to succeed the sweeter it tastes.  On paper the challenge seemed like a cake walk; a 2 minute video, a 2 minute elevator pitch, and a 5 minute presentation. Once we dug in to prepare for each pitch we learned it was not as easy as it seemed. Its crazy how much times goes in to each task.

We submitted our video and a few days later we found out we were chosen to compete against 14 other amazing new beverage companies. We were thrilled! Time to get to work. Next on the list, was a two minute pitch; elevator style. Think “Shark Tank.” So much to say in just two minutes. Day by day we whittled down our pitch until it was perfect.  Then we moved on to the five minute pitch, utilizing the same process. Next on the list was creating the slide shows for out two pitches and memorize, memorize, memorize.

Off to California we went with high expectations. We were excited, nervous, and anxious. Excited for the opportunity, nervous to speak in front of seasoned execs, and anxious for the critiques they would offer. What if they didn’t love our product as much as we do? Kind of scary to bare everything out in the open.

Once I got up on stage I felt a calm come over me. I was talking about a product I believe in and love..my product. The two-minute pitch was over in the blink of an eye. Now time for the feed back.

 

Jeremy Faa, SVP & General Manager for Craft Beverages, Coca-Cola North America, said “I really like this product, its great tasting, only 5-10 calories, no added sugar. It’s something that has a lot of appeal and a lot of potential and that probiotics are definitely on trend.” He also said “I like the name its strong and interesting as well.”

John Craven, Founder & CEO of BevNET said, “I like it a lot.  It’s very light and refreshing.”

With such great feedback it gave us confidence that we would make it to the next round. After the pitch I was interviewed, which was exciting, and then we played the waiting game until they named the finalist. Mother Beverage was moving on to the finals! Now the pressure was really on.  Now back to the hotel room to nail down our five-minute pitch.  We practiced all night like crazy. Losing wasn’t an option.

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Since we didn’t pitch until mid afternoon, we were able enjoy the conference and hear a lot of great people speak, and watch our competition pitch their brands.  We really enjoyed hearing Jody Levy from WTRMLN WTR speak on branding. She shared a ton of great info. I’ll post a link below to check it out.

We also had a chance to sample a ton of great new beverages and speak with a bunch of really awesome people that were just as excited about our product as we were. To me that is the most rewarding part of it all!

When our turn came we knew we had our work cut out for us, but we were confident and ready to shine. When we got up on stage that same calm came over me and we just shared our passion for Mother Beverage. The presentation was awesome and we were ready for the feedback.   

 

This time the judges gave more in depth feedback, all of which was very positive, or very insightful as to where we can become stronger.

Kimberly Paige, VP Marketing & Innovation, VEB (Venture & Emerging Brands) Coca-Cola, was a big fan of apple cider vinegar and said, “We were tapping into this global ancient wisdom but in such a modern way that I’m really excited about it.” She also commented on our packaging saying, “I think the simplicity of it end to end, the flavor descriptors that you have I think it’s just really well done.”

Another Judge Nicole Fry, Managing Partner, First Beverage Group said, “we were smart” in regards to building our own producing facility and said, “it was impressive we took that step first”. She also said “I love the brand name. I think its brilliant.”

She did mention that we need to highlight on the front of the bottle that each drink contains 2 tbls of ACV, which is something we have been discussing. We agree that it will go a long way in educating the consumer as to what our product is all about. Overall, it was a great experience to get the feedback from the judges.

After presenting we had 2 hours, what seemed to be two years, before they announced the winner. When Mother Beverage was announced the winner it kind of felt like movie. I mean it’s not everyday that you get to receive a giant check on stage in front of a bunch of people. It was awesome! We felt so blessed to have won and been part of such a wonderful experience. Thank you BevNET for hosting this event and naming us the “Best New Beverage Winter 2016”.

Check out this great article BevNET wrote about our win. Thanks and keep checking back for more updates. Cheers to your health!

http://www.bevnet.com/news/2016/mother-takes-new-beverage-showdown-12-title

Branding – Jody Levy

https://youtu.be/YbbHSHPcau

Happy Healthy Life

Happy Healthy Life

A little over 5 years ago, I really started to take an interest in my health. I have always been very active and never had issues with my weight, thanks to my metabolism, but my diet was not the best. Like a lot of other college students I ate a lot of pizza, fast food, and burgers, and as long as I wasn't overweight I was ok with it. It wasn't until I met Allison, now my wife and genius behind our beverage, that my eyes were really opened up to eating healthy. I didn't change overnight, but the more I focused on my diet the better I felt, and the more productive my workouts were. From that point forward eating clean and focusing on a well balanced diet was now a lifestyle for me. I am constantly seeking new and more effective way to keep my body running its best. 

 

When I first started using apple cider vinegar, as most of you know, the taste was pretty rough, but the results were awesome. Each person seems to have a different story as to why they started using ACV as part of their daily regiment, and how it helped them; Hence the plethora of blog posts. I'm no different, but these 3 specific reasons are why I use ACV as part of my daily diet.  

1. Promotes Digestive Health

Apple cider vinegar is considered to be both a probitotic and a prebiotic. It replenishes the friendly bacteria in your gut (probiotic), as well as stimulates the growth of the friendly bacteria already present in your body (prebiotic). Beneficial bacteria helps to predigest essential nutrients in foods, supplements, and liquids more efficiently.

2. Balances the PH in your body

Even though vinegar is acidic, when we take apple cider vinegar it has an alkaline effect in our bodies. The fact that apple cider vinegar causes our pH levels to become more alkaline could play a large part in it’s curative properties. It also reacts to some toxins in our bodies, converting them into less toxic substances. Our bodies need a slightly alkaline pH balance to be healthy.

3. Promotes Weight Loss

A study in obese individuals showed that daily vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides and weight loss over a 12 week period of time. So don't expect to see results over night.  I recommend an exercise regiment, 3-4x a week, to help speed the process up :) Bottom line - studies suggest that vinegar can increase feeling of fullness and help you eat 200-270 less calories per day! That's more than 10% of the daily suggested caloric intake.

15mL (1 tbsp): Lost 2.6 lbs.

30mL (2 tbsp): Lost 3.7 lbs

Implement ACV for 30 days and see what it can do for you!

Cheers to your health!

~ Stephen Ellsworth

 

 

It's Been Too Long

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It's Been Too Long

A big hello from Mother Beverage! Things have been moving at light speed, and now that the dust is settling a bit we want to give you all an update on what has been going on.

Where to begin? Mother Beverage has officially found a place to call home.  Just last week we signed on the dotted line, and got ourselves a warehouse, located just 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas. From now on, this is where all the magic will happen.  We will be producing, bottling, and distributing out of this location. We officially move in on October 1st, and we can't wait to get our facility set up.  It will be so nice to have a designated place to work.  Right now we are installing hand-washing sinks, 3 compartment sinks, trench drains, and etc to make sure that our facility is up to code. Our warehouse will be set up similarly to a nano craft brewery with inductor tanks, brite tanks and a cold room. This will really help speed up bottling, and allow us to produce enough for the retail locations we are working with. Pretty exciting stuff.

 Our Brite Tank is almost complete!

Our Brite Tank is almost complete!

Right now we have hundreds of gallons of infusions going at the moment.  It took nearly 1,500 lbs of produce and lots of helping hands to get this batch ready to go.  Cutting all the produce gave us all some new found respect for all the line chefs out there. Once everything is all said and done, this batch should yield about 25K bottles!  

After just one week, the batches are looking great.  As you can see, we have a nice and healthy "mother" forming on the top of the infusions, ensuring that each bottle will be loaded with ACV goodness.

 The "mother"

The "mother"

We have also received our nutritional panels back.  We are ecstatic about the results! Our beverages are 100% guilt free. 

Our next round of labels will have all the nutritional info on there as well as a few other cool changes. We are playing around with the idea of getting our labels screen printed directly on the bottle as opposed to printing actual labels.  We think they are looking great, and we won't have to worry about the air bubbles when putting the labels on.

Things are really coming along, and we couldn't be happier with all the support and positive feedback that we have received. We are so excited for the opportunity to be able to share our product we love so much with all of you. Thank you for reading and following us along our journey.

  

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So Little to Do and So Much Time...Wait

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So Little to Do and So Much Time...Wait

The week has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  So much to do and so little time.  Our biggest challenge right now is production.  We have had such great reception online and through the farmers market, that keeping up with the demand has its challenges.  Its a really great problem to have, but hopefully in the very near future we can scale so that it won't be so time consuming.  Working full time, and bottling in the evenings makes for long days, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  We feel very blessed for this opportunity.

The Dallas Farmers Market has been very good to us so we plan on making it our home on the weekends for quite some time. Typically you will find us there on Saturdays and Sundays, but this week we will only be there on Saturday.  So if you are planning on stopping by, be sure to come on Saturday. Also, we have also been asked to participate in some other markets in Texas, so be sure to check in to see when and where we will be each weekend! 

We love the Dallas Farmers Market, and our loyal customers, but we are excited to spread our wings and meet some new faces.  It's so awesome to meet so many different people each and every weekend. It really makes the markets so much fun!

This past weekend, we have had several people approach us about carrying our product, or wanting to work together.  Just this past week we were able to put together an order for Farm to Fork in Arlington, TX.  If you're in the area go and check them out, grab a tasty drink and see what other goodies they have.  Their butcher shop is to die for.  We are also working with a few other natural grocers at the moment, so we will let you know when we roll out in other locations.  

Last but not least, we would like to thank you all for your support! 

 

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