Don’t live in or near NYC? Maybe you are near one of these two stores:
If those locations don’t work for your either, don’t worry, you can always buy our products online. A variety of online retailers carry our products.
Mouth Foods carries small batch, handmade foods. They love to support independent producers and creative products.
Raw Food World
The website of raw food power couple Angela Stokes and Matt Monarch, Raw Food World carries a variety of great raw vegan products as well as interesting and useful articles and content.
Scoutmob is a fun and funky website that bring artisnal products to your door. Visit their website to find awesome tips on shops and products in your area - Scoutmob supports local business!
With Love From Brooklyn
This sweet website bring Brooklyn based products to you no matter where you are based. Order any number of goodies made by Brooklyn producers. They also deliver internationally.
Raw Living, UK
For those of you based in Europe who are looking to get a your hands on some of our products, Raw Living, UK is the place to do it! They are the premiere supplier of raw food products in Europe and with a few clicks, some of our cookies can be yours!
And of course, you can always order directly from our website. So don’t let location stop you, treat yourself to our sweets no matter your location!
Today we wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the juice bars that sell our products. Because what better way to wash down one of our Strawberry Jam Sandies than with a fresh glass of nut milk?
A few weeks ago we told you about the Creative Juice Cafes and all the things we love about them.
Organic Avenue provides organic cold pressed juices, as well as smoothies and some prepared foods. They also make cleanses and have a variety of different detox packages they offer. The best part? You can consult a cleanse concierge about your cleanse and get all the information and support you need!
Manhattan is not the only place in the Tri-state area that we sell our products. We have vendors in both Brooklyn and Hoboken!
Brooklynites can rejoice, because not one, but two stores are carrying our products!
In Brooklyn Heights you can find Sweet at Perelandra, located at 175 Remsen Street. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Borough Hall subway stop, this Brooklyn staple has been around since 1976! They have a great selection of organic groceries, prepared foods and supplements.
If you are in Fort Greene, you can find our treats at The Green Grape located at 735 Fulton St. What began as a wine store in 2004, now sells a wide selection of gourmet provisions, with a focus on local, fresh and sustainable. Pick up a bottle of wine and a pack of our cookies for a relaxing night in.
That’s right, you heard us correctly, we sell in New Jersey! Organic Basic Foods in Hoboken carries a selection of our products! Located at 204 Washington St, Organic Basic Foods has a great inventory of organic food and products. Follow their facebook page to get great tips and hints about products and ingredients they carry!
Today we’re going to take a look at the stores on the West Side that carry our products.
Two stores in and around Hell’s Kitchen carry our products!
1st, the Amish Market located at 731 9th Ave. The Amish Market was named after the wealth of products they carry that were grown or produced in Amish country (Lancaster, Pa). These days they have expanded their offerings to include a host of different healthy products. Make sure you check out their prepared foods - with vegan and vegetarian options, the Amish Market, is a great place to grab a lunch on the go. And of course, you can finish it off with a few of our Sweet treats!
If you find yourself a little farther north, you can drop by Westerly Natural Market located at 913 8th Ave. Westerly’s has a great selection of healthy food to nosh on. One thing we love about this store is the juicebar! Not only that, they offer an extensive list of raw vegan dishes on their menu! Not many markets can claim that. You’ll find the dishes to be the perfect compliment to a pack of Sweet cookies.
Life Thyme is located at 410 Sixth Avenue and is a great spot to pick up organic groceries as well as prepared meals. We love the raw vegan dishes that Life Thyme offers for the hungry person on the go. They have a great selection of supplements and beauty products, as well as a small juice bar. Perhaps best of all? According to their website, they now use organic coconut oil to pop their organic popcorn - yum!
Integral Yoga is a great place to stop by if you are near 14th Street. Located at 227 W 13th St, the Integral Yoga store is affiliated with the yoga center next door! Take a rejuvenating class and then pick up your favorite health food staples (don’t forget our cookies!).
This week we’ll be taking a thorough look at where to find our products. We will break down the list by geography and give you a bit of information about all of the fabulous vendors who carry the Sweet label.
The East Village and Midtown!
If you find yourself in The East Village with a hankering for something sweet and healthy, drop by Live Live & Organic, or Healthfully.
Live Live & Organic is located at 261 East 10th Street and is a great place to pick up raw organic snacks and treats, as well as a wide variety of natural beauty products and supplements. Live Live & Organic also offers nutritional consultations and can set you up with a personalized cleansing program if you want to detoxify.
Healthfully is another East Village health food gem! Located at 98 East 4th Street, Healthfully sells a wide array of healthy and natural products. You can find everything from shampoo to candy bars (healthy ones, of course!), and with their extensive list of grocery products, you can easily do most of your shopping here. Don’t forget to check out their specials!
Think that midtown is a health food wasteland? Think again! Next time you are north of 14th street, make a point of popping into Treehaus.
Treehaus is a midtown eatery that serves “American comfort food with a French Twist.” On the menu you can find grilled portobello mushrooms, hearty vegetable soup and, our personal favorite: an extensive salad bar! Aside from the fresh food, they also carry various packaged treats, including our cookies. The perfect way to end any meal!
Today we are going to take a look at one of our favorite sweeteners:
Agave nectar comes from the agave plant, a cactus-like plant that is native to parts of southern and western United States and central and tropical South America.
Agave nectar is produced in a similar way as maple syrup. The sap from the Agave leaves is drained and heated until the water evaporates and a thin syrup is left. Agave has a light and neutral flavor and it has a low glycemic index, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar.
There has been some controversy about the health benefits of agave nectar. We agree with Chef Matthew Kenney’s assessment:
I have received dozens of inquiries about agave in recent weeks, particularly following Dr. Mercola’s article. Rather than jump on one bandwagon or another, the intelligent approach seemed to require deep research and a further look into the issue. Along with a number of conversations, readings and studies, we sent Meredith Baird, who I have worked with on all projects for the past couple of years, to Mexico last week to explore and document the entire production process. While her findings have not addressed 100% of the ‘claims’, it is safe to say that many of them are exaggerated and include uneducated guesswork. There are a couple of issues we are still researching, particularly the temperatures that ‘raw’ agave may reach during processing. We will release our findings in the next couple weeks on www.matthewkenneylifestyle.com.
…As always, the most important factor is to listen to your body and try to remember that any sweetener should be used in moderation, and are primarily for dessert.
One year ago, many of the same ‘authorities’ proclaimed that cacao was toxic, full of harmful elements and could even cause nerve damage. Anyone that has been to a recent trade show or health food market will recognize that raw cacao usage has only grown rapidly in the past year.
I grew up with maple syrup and honey that were both produced in my back yard, so I’m comfortable with them both. Those are the options we recommend for anyone seeking alternatives, although they do alter the character of certain recipes. We will also explain this in more detail in our upcoming article.
In the meantime, it’s always good to relax a little – we are, after all, talking about the nectar of a plant, not the KFC Double Down. I sometimes find the drama to be more of the point than the issue being discussed with some of these topics. Obviously, nothing in excess is good for you- excessive equals obsessive. And that is never healthy.
I like the idea of listening to your body. And it is so much easier to do when our bodies aren’t junked up with loads of processed, refined unnecessary products, that some companies call food. Just my 2 cents worth.
Like Matthew we utilize agave in many of our products (like our cookies and caramel squares just to name a couple), and we believe that any sugar, no matter how healthy, should be eaten in moderation. The majority of your diet should be staples like vegetables, fruits and nuts. Sugar (no matter the source) should be a treat at the end of the meal, or a midday snack - not the meal itself. And finally, as with all things we put in our bodies, we believe that knowing the producer (or the company that produces it) is the best way to make sure you are getting an unadulterated product.
We just love dates! Big, soft, chewy dates that melt in your mouth! Dates are another powerhouse sweetener.
Dates are the dried fruit of the date palm which grows in dessert regions and is native to the Middle East and Indus Valley. Dates are prized in many cultures for their sweet rich flavors and their myriad of nutritional benefits.
Packed full of potassium, magnesium, fiber and even protein, dates not only can satiate your sweet tooth, but they are good for you too! Dates also have high levels of flourine which help protect your teeth from tooth decay.
They have a rich deep flavor that is a wonderful addition to many desserts. You can make a basic date past by soaking pitted dates in water for a few hours, draining them (keep the water to use for other recipes as it will be sweet and tasty), and processing them in the food processor until you have a smooth paste. If you are feeling decadent, add in a splash of vanilla extract or fresh vanilla beans. This paste can be used as a sugar substitute in many recipes.
Keep your dates whole, then chop them up and thrown them onto a bowl of chia pudding, or mix them into a fresh fruit salad with a squeeze of lemon.
Dates are also wonderful on their own as well, two or three dates makes a dessert in and of itself!
Raw honey is a wonderful natural sweetener that has a host of incredible benefits. While some vegans question humaneness of honey, when done correctly and sustainably, honey not only is humane, but actually is one way to help nurture the ever dwindling bee population. Like with all food you consume, the best way to make sure you are getting humane honey is to know your producer. Many bee keepers sell their honey at local farmers markets and you can speak with them directly about how they raise the bees.
We love raw honey because it packed full of all kinds of good stuff! To start, raw honey has strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you ever feel like you are coming own with a cold, just make yourself a glass of hot water with fresh squeezed lemon and a tablespoon of honey. Not only will the soothing drink taste good, it will also help fight against the bacteria in your system.
Honey also has strong anti-septic properties and has been used to heal wounds since ancient times.
And finally, honey is full of antioxidants which attack free radicals (which researchers believe might be the cause of aging).
Like all sugar, honey should be eaten in moderation. But if you are looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth and do your body good, honey definitely fits the bill!
We love honey drizzled over fresh orange slices with some cinnamon and fresh mint!
Yesterday we took a look at a sweetener from the sap of a tropical tree. Today we are going to look at a sweetener from the sap of a temperate tree.
That’s right, today’s sweetener is maple syrup!
Made form the sap of maple trees, maple syrup is dripping with health benefits. It can be credited with everything from boosting your immune system to supporting heart health and more.
Tests have shown that maple syrup contains compounds that are anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and could help manage type 2 diabetes.
So what is the best way to eat this healthy sweetener? Maple syrup can be used as the primary sweetener in many dishes, it does have a unique and often strong taste, so be aware of that when you use it. It goes well drizzled over breakfast granola or chia pudding, or can be used to sweeten sauces and reductions for desserts. Maple syrup, combined with cinnamon, vanilla and clove, makes the perfect based for a fall treat!
This week we’ll be taking a look at sugar! Specifically we will be looking at the sweeteners we use in our products.
Coconut Palm Sugar!
Coconut palm sugar is derived from the sap of the coconut palm tree. It is valued as a low glycemic sweetener, which means it’s absorbed more slowly and won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar when you eat it.
Additionally, coconut palm sugar contains Potassium, Zinc, Iron, and Calcium.
Because coconut palm sugar is dried into granules, it makes a perfect sugar substitute, similar in texture, color and taste to a rich brown sugar.
There has been some debate on the internet about the sustainability of coconut palm sugar, and a lot of misinformation. Coconut palm sugar can be grown in a highly sustainable way, even allowing for coconuts to be harvested from the same tree. Cultures from India to Bali and all over SE Asia have been tapping the coconut palm for its sweet sap for centuries. You can read all about the sustainability of coconut palm sugar on Big Tree Farms’ website. Big Tree Farms’ were the first company to introduce coconut palm sugar to the international market and work hand in hand with thousands of Balinese farmers using traditional production techniques.
We use coconut palm sugar to delicately sweeten all of our cookie bases.
One of our all-time favorite fall flavors is vanilla.
Vanilla is actually the dried fruit from an orchid plant. It is a tropical spice that was originally cultivated in Mexico. It was spread around the globe and is now grown in a variety of tropical countries.
Not only does vanilla have a warm delicate flavor that is perfect for autumnal desserts, but it also has medicinal benefits!
Vanilla has been known to alleviate nausea, reduce hunger pangs and decrease stress. It is also a well known aphrodisiac and is high in anti-oxidants.
Nothing beats the pure bean, but they can be pricey. If you do splurge and buy the bean, cut it open and use a spoon or back of your knife to remove the fragrant seeds. These seeds can be used directly in any dish you are making. Then, take the discarded pod and soak it in an alcohol (like vodka) for at least 8 weeks. The more pods you have, the better. The resulting vanilla extra can be used in cooking or medicinally!
from Wild Sweets, the atelier of Cindy and Dominique Duby
caramel apple, lace & dust crisp, baked apple
It is officially fall! How do we know? 1) You can’t be outside without a sweater and 2) pumpkin spice is now offered in everything.
But we couldn’t be happier over here at Sweet. We love the fall! We love the colors, the smells and most of all the flavors. The fall fruits are some of our favorites (who doesn’t love a delicious apple crumble or pear tart?) and the warm spices often found in recipes this season truly compliment the weather.
In honor of fall we’d like to present to you our Gingerspice Cookies!
These spicy treats are perfect for the chilly weather! The cookie is our classic almond oat cookie, but we have spiced it up with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and a dash of cayenne. It comes packed withe either vanilla or chocolate cream.
You’ll feel warm inside and out when you take a bite of these gems! Your body will thank you too - cinnamon, ginger, clove and cayenne are the powerhouses of natural medicine.
It would take forever to list all the benefits, but here are our favorite health benefits of each ingredient:
So grab a pack of our Gingerspice cookies and do your body (and your taste buds) good!
In honor of our vendor feature that we did yesterday on our fabulous vendor High Vibe, we thought it would be great to feature one of our products that they sell.
So say hello to our Almond Oat Chocolate Cream Cookies! You may have seen them on the blog before, but today we are going to look at how we make these gorgeous treats!
It all starts with organic almond flour. We mix it with organic oat flour, organic coconut oil, ground up fresh organic almonds and a bit of organic coconut palm sugar.
We roll the dough out, cut the cookies and put them into a dehydrator until they have achieved just the right level of crispness.
Then we blend up a glorious chocolate filling with organic cacao butter, organic agave, and organic cashews. We spread it on the cookies, sandwich them together, package them, and send them off to our vendors!
If you haven’t already, grab yourself a pack of these beauties!
Over the next few months keep your eyes out for features on our vendors. We love to highlight the businesses that carry our products; each one is inline with our core values as a company.
Today our vendor highlight is:
High Vibe is located on East 3rd St in New York City and carries an extensive array of raw foods, supplements, natural beauty products and more.
You can find a huge selection of your favorite health foods at High Vibe and we love that they have their own brand of superfoods and supplements. In addition to food products, the online store also has appliances like juicers and water filters, as well as a good selection of books and DVDs that cover a variety of topics related to health and well being.
The High Vibe blog features articles about products, news updates and information about common topics of wonder in the area of health (for example, vitamin D deficiency). They are a great blog to follow and we highly recommend doing so.
High Vibe is a store that is built on the belief that what we put in and on our body is of the utmost importance. They are a store that practices what they preach by offering the highest quality products and the information and guidance to support their customers in achieving the best health possible.
You can find our cookies at the High Vibe store located ate 138 East 3rd St, NYC, or on their website.