The day is fast approaching for Washington residents to vote on I-522, a measure that would require GMOs be labeled in products. Many companies in the organic world have been spreading the word about the bill for the past several months leading up to Nov. 5.
There’s a great deal more awareness surrounding the issue since the push for Prop 37 in California, and our vision is that state by state, we’ll work together to bring more food and product consciousness to everyone.
If you want to learn more about the issue — or you’re ready to arm yourself with some great points — read the great FAQ at the Yes on 522 website. And make sure to share with your friends in Washington.
As the message of yerba mate continues to grow, we feel the call to evolve our offerings and share as much as we can about the significance of this plant. With love for mate’s incredible specialness, culture and meaning, our bottles have been reborn, and our line of “Pure” flavors will be called what they truly are: Tereré.
Tereré means “cold mate” in Spanish. It refers to the cool infusions of yerba mate beloved in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. You can’t go far in any of these lands without seeing mate lovers carrying a thermos full of ice water with a holster for a gourd or guampa, ready for a pour and share. Enjoyed with simply the rich flavor of the leaf or fused with lime, orange, pineapple, or any other citrus or juice, it’s a beautiful delight for the spirit on a warm summer day.
We’re excited to bring this piece of mate culture to our fans, friends, and family, further deepening our mate community and connecting to a tradition we know to be magical.
Being in the circus requires an endless wellspring of dedication and energy, and acrobat / stuntman Dmitrious Bistrevsky has that. He’s driven by a passion for performance, constantly training to work on an ever-growing repertoire of tricks. The results are dazzling: He can do handstands, back flips, complex balancing and juggling — and that’s just where his list begins.
We met Dmitrious at a circus festival in Los Angeles and were blown away by everything he could do. Not to mention, he’s 6’7! His focus is inspiring, as is his training schedule: He’s working out daily to improve his skill set and be ready for auditions and shows. While most of his energy comes from his regimen and determination, we also discovered he was occasionally dipping into coffee and a few notorious energy drinks with some not-so-great ingredients. We just had to step in.
We gave Dmitrious cans of Revel Berry, Enlighten Mint, Lemon Elation, and each of our sparkling yerba mate flavors, and he’s heeding the call: He’s feeling it! That pic on the right is Exhibit A, and we’ll be posting more of these on our Instagram feed as we get them. Hope he’s not considering juggling any sparkling yerba mate cans…
August is an amazing time for a road trip — so we’re taking one! Our team members Grant and Beau are visiting colleges throughout the Rocky Mountains, sharing a gourd and reaching out to get yerba mate onto more campuses. We’ll share pictures and stories from the road as they come in.
Here’s the route Grant and Beau are taking (or click on the map to view). University of Utah was first on the list. They just got a yerba mate machine!
If you’ve been drinking Guayaki Yerba Mate for a long time, you know everything that we’re about. For people who are new to the wonders of the mate plant and the Guayaki mission, we find it hard to sum up everything that we do.
That’s why we turned to our friends at Free Range, a company that does wonderful storytelling work, and we’re amazed and grateful for what they were able to convey in just two minutes: The energy and power of yerba mate, our sustainable practices, our mission to restore 200,000 acres of South American rainforest, and our partnership with indigenous farmers. And a very cute monkey. It’s a gourdful!
Enjoy our new animated video and please post and retweet widely to help us get the message out. Thank you for continuing to share the gifts of the yerba mate plant, and for doing this very important work with us.
(Micah Cruver, also known as DJ Anski, runs FundRaver; a positive-minded group that puts on fundraisers and electronic dance events for thousands of students and organizations across the country. Find out more at FundRaver.com)
Electronic dance music has become a rapidly expanding scene, and maintaining energy during these massive events can be a struggle for DJs and dancers alike. For many, yerba mate is becoming an increasingly sought-after beverage, due to its healthy properties and awesome power. It’s truly a beautiful thing that something so natural has such a perfect place amid so much technology.
Darrin Moreira is a North Vancouver-based personal fitness coach who uses Guayaki Yerba Mate in a number of his recipes. Learn more about him at OrganicFit.org.
As a fitness professional, one thing that I often hear from customers is that they don’t want to be taking in extra calories when they are trying to create a calorie deficit to lose weight. Consequently, a pre-workout meal often gets overlooked.
These are all the basic ingredients that you’d need to prepare a whole array of different drinks or gels. I have a 25 kilometer (15.5 mile) trail race coming up, so I’ll explain how I prepare a drink for that event.
- Guayaki Yerba Mate
- Agave Nectar
- Coconut oil
- Hemp or rice protein powder
- Coconut water
Recipe for a 25 kilometer / 15.5 mile race
In a blender, process:
- 1 large date
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 10-13 grams of protein powder (depending on what brand you use this should be about half a scoop)
- Juice from half a lemon + zest
- Pinch of salt
- Brewed Guayaki Yerba Mate (1-2 table spoons loose leaf) with as much water as desired.
Nutritional information (approximate)
36 grams carbohydrates
12 grams of protein
2 grams of fat
I generally just throw the mate leaves in the blender with the other stuff, but if that doesn’t work with your pallet, you can steep with water and let it cool — then use the prepared drink instead of water.
These drinks can be altered in various ways. For instance, I might add coconut water instead of agave to boost the electrolyte content or throw in some chia to add fibre and omega-3 fatty acids to make the energy release even slower. For a short workout, I might just have a cup of yerba mate with a date or mate with coconut water.
The dates provide you with almost pure glucose with gets absorbed into your blood stream right away to provide energy. The agave is mostly fructose which is a simple sugar (like glucose) but it doesn’t get absorbed as quickly so it will be released after the glucose has been used up. The coconut oil is a saturated fat. Convention tells us that this is a no go. However, the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil are absorbed very quickly and used for energy much the same way as glucose. The protein used now will help speed recovery later on after the workout as well as prolong the release of energy for the race. The lemon and salt both provide electrolytes which will be especially important on an event where you’ll be sweating a lot (the lemon also makes it taste nice.)
The mate will not only provide you with a host of phytonutrients, which aid in long-term health, but they have a stimulating effect. Phytonutrients are non-essential chemicals found in different plant based foods that, while not necessary for life, provide other benefits. This helps with mental focus and as numerous studies suggest, can help you push harder during endurance activities.
That’s just one recipe that can be made for a particular event. In a 25 kilometer / 15.5 mile race, I’ll burn upwards of 1 800 calories (I’m about 73 kilos). And I start out with just 210 calories! Of course, with a race like this I’ll take a second or third drink with me to fuel part way through depending on when I need it. My endurance (during workout food) drinks are about the same as a pre-workout drink.
I really like to use Guayaki because it is sustainably harvested and the quality is unsurpassed. I believe that to properly take care of our bodies, we must, at the same time, take care of the Earth. So I always use what products that I think best fit with this view.
Recipe versus workout in calories
Let’s consider this with a 50 kilogram / 110 pound runner who is going to run for an hour. By running for 10 kilometers on an empty stomach, she will burn 500 calories (to find calories burned while on a steady run, multiply kilometers ran by your mass in kilograms).
Now, let’s assume that she uses a well-designed preworkout drink that contains 70 calories right before her run. In that one hour, she might be able to push a little harder — run 12 kilometers, burning 600 calories in her hour. Though she initially consumed more calories than she might have wanted for that day, she was able to push harder and burn an extra 100 calories. Thus her net calories burned were still greater even though she ate something extra. This example is intended to simplify how consuming a few extra calories may not be a bad thing, please do not take it literally.
Rock climber Austin Lankford, 16, drinks yerba mate to help him maintain focus and energy while scaling a course:
I have been rock climbing since before I can remember, and now it even blows my mind seeing how far it has taken me.
Climbing is much more than just a sport to me in my life, it is a passion. I travel all around the world — not just climbing on world class routes and boulders, but guiding younger kids on my team on the same rock.
My family owns a climbing gym in my hometown, where I coach and get coached.
Owning a climbing gym has really inspired me to become a coach. I think I can learn a lot about myself as a climber through my own teachings. Being a coach also helps me become a better climber: teaching kids helps me pass on the lessons I have learned throughout my climbing experiences.
When I am not traveling and climbing outside, I am in the gym almost everyday with my amazing coaches and teammates getting ready for all the competitions. I have competed in countless national competitions, and competitions out of the country.
To maintain my stamina on the rocks, yerba mate has been one of the most beneficial additions to my body, helping me stay healthy by providing the right nutrients I need to keep me in top physical condition. Climbing takes a great deal of focus and physical energy, which the amazing herb provides for me.
One of the things I love most about Guayaki is that they offer so many different forms of yerba mate. I prefer the loose leaf mate, traditionally drank out of a single hollowed out gourd passed around a group, because of the extremely natural taste.
I can understand it when the Guayaki team says, “something magical happens when you share yerba mate from a gourd. Ideas are shared, stories are told, and a sense of community is created.” I have noticed this in my own experiences when I am out climbing. It starts with somebody asking what I’m drinking, so I pass them my gourd, and the magic starts to happen.
Every time we pass a gourd, we can feel in our hearts the ability yerba mate has to transcend boundaries and bring peace, community, and connection. It’s exciting to see this spirit carried by the new Argentine Pope Francis as he takes on the papacy.
The ritual of enjoying yerba mate from a gourd is one a majority of Argentinians enjoy daily. Beyond its place in the hearts of Argentinians as a well-beloved tradition, yerba mate also contains a wealth of nutrients – a host of vitamins, minerals and other compounds, as well as caffeine to provide a welcoming boost.
Pope Francis’s first gift from a world leader was a mate kit from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez (pictured above from Reuters), who presented the gift upon their first diplomatic meeting. The mate kit was made up of a new gourd, bombilla, and thermos to hold warm water.
We’re excited for the positive messages Pope Francis will share with the world, knowing that one who shares yerba mate holds intention of community, love, and peace. This is our daily practice and our company mission: explore for yourself the wonders of yerba mate and learn more about our work to restore the South American rainforest.
Bodyboarder Seabass Perez says aloha and mahalo:
I’m from Dana Point, California and I’ve been bodyboarding for about six years. I’m writing you now from the island of Oahu on the North Shore, and I’ve gotten very into Guayaki since I’ve been here.
Yerba Mate is such a great addition to my everyday routine, always providing me with the best nutrition and energy. When the waves are pumping, I’m usually in them. Sustaining that involves a lot of exercise to my days in and out of the water. I’m not much of a runner, but I stay productive, and I’m always moving in the water, whether the waves are small or big.
I think anything that has to do with water fitness keeps you in top shape. You don’t realize how many muscles your body really uses in a surf or swim — not like wearing out your calf muscles by running. To keep my energy up, I like to maintain a good diet of vegetables. Veggies and yerba are the best combo! No need to rely on coffee for my energy.
It’s been going well for me here for the past three months. I travel year-round to surf, hitting the waves of Hawaii, Mexico, Indonesia, Tahiti, and beyond. And there’s no comparison to living in the beauty of where I am here and now.