New Vendor: Vegan Picnic

We are so thrilled that Vegan Picnic's hungry customers demanded Mama's Cookies as the perfect pairing with their plant-based urban picnics! We love their "better than the real thing" comfort food, including sandwiches filled with cheesy goodness and healthy meat alternatives. 

You can now find Mama's Cookies at their retail location at 1977A Union St. Check out our interactive map to find the Mama's vendor nearest you!

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Karly

The brand and marketing diva behind Mama's Cookies, Karly is a freelance graphic designer based out of her '88 motorhome, "Big Betty." Karly is also the Design Advisor of Lucia Journal, an independent womens magazine whose mission is to give voice to the heart and celebrate true beauty.

Mama's returns to Renegade Craft Fair!

We are so THRILLED to be returning to Renegade Craft Fair this coming weekend, April 1-2! Come visit our booth at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on Saturday or Sunday (Or both! We won't judge.) from 11-6pm. We will be offering free tastings of our oh-so-popular Mama's Bites, AND special pricing on our 2-packs and dozen boxes. Get 'em before they're gone! 

One Mama, One Mission

Since the beginning, Mama's has always been a little cookie with a big heart. That's why we are thrilled to announce that 5% of our profits will now be donated to one of our favorite charities.

OneMama is dedicated to helping women nurture their communities through sustainable health, education, and economics. It may come as no surprise that its founder, Siobhan Neilland, and our very own Colleen Yerge have both spent time serving rural populations—especially mothers and traditional midwives—in Africa. What's better than a woman using her business for good? Two women with a shared spark to change the world—one cookie and one mama at a time.

Read more about our new partnership here.  

On shelves at Other Avenues

Mama's Cookies is on fire! Well, not literally, because there's nothing that breaks our heart more than burnt cookies... But Other Avenues in Sunset thinks we're pretty swell! Our 2-packs are now for sale in their deli fridge. 

We kicked things off with a tasting this weekend, and everyone who stopped by couldn't help but fall in LOVE. Several customers asked about sugar content, and we were proud to say that our cookies are low in sugar, and the only sweetener is maple syrup. We also met several new friends who were so excited to finally find a sample that's gluten-free!

You know your cookies are a hit when the grocer looks at you and says, "Wow, that was the seventh pack of Mama's Cookies I've sold in a half hour!" Come taste them for yourself!

xo
Mama's

Mama's featured in Marin Magazine

Look who's featured in Marin Magazine's 2016 Summer Guide's "Picnic Picks"! We are so thrilled to connect with our new Marin friends, especially now that our cookies are available at Driver's Market. We love the idea of a locally-sourced picnic, and challenge YOU to build your own with Mama's for dessert!

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Mama's

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Karly

The brand and marketing diva behind Mama's Cookies, Karly is a freelance graphic designer based out of her '88 motorhome, "Big Betty." Karly is also the Design Advisor of Lucia Journal, an independent womens magazine whose mission is to give voice to the heart and celebrate true beauty.

Now available at Driver's Market

What a big day for Mama's! Our first grocery store. That's right -- our 2-packs are now on shelves Driver's Market in Sausalito. AND -- we sold 2/3 of our inventory in the first week! So excited to partner with another local SF business who loves healthy food as much as we do. Find our 2-packs in the refrigerated treats section in the back-right corner of the store. Grocery shopping just got a whole lot better... 

xo
Mama's

SOLD OUT at Renegade Craft Fair

Holy coconut! We can't believe how quickly Mama's flew off the table this past weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair.  Our samples went faster than hotcakes (we guesstimated about 200 samples/hour), and we SOLD OUT of our new 2-packs! But don't worry, there are more on the way. Thank you SO much to everyone who helped make this event a huge success. 

Mama's Debuts 2-Packs

Watch out, world! Mama's Cookies are now available in tasty and portable 2-packs. You'll see these at our tabling events, and rumor has it they might be sneaking their way into a grocery store near you very soon... 

Our packaging was designed with YOU in mind. Created by our marketing guru Karly, this bag topper system is eco-friendly: printed on kraft paper with biodegradable cellophane, it's ready for the recycling bin. You can also find new nutritional information, social handles and a bonafide barcode! 

For wholesale/retail information, contact Colleen at (415) 686-5960 or email iheartmamas@gmail.com.

xo
The Mama's Team

Live Tasting: TDW Podcast

We're famous! Local podcast, This Damn World, tasted our cookies live on their talk show. What did it teach us? That there are two types of people in the world: those who love coconut, and those who are in denial! We still ♥ you, TDW.

A comedic podcast about everything news, life, and creative, TDW can be found at www.thisdamnworld.com.


Making the Switch

GUEST AUTHOR / Lauren Roberts, Nutritional & Wellness Consultant www.wombtreewellness.com

GUEST AUTHOR / Lauren Roberts, Nutritional & Wellness Consultant www.wombtreewellness.com

I was raised in a typical, American-style meat & potatoes kind of home. I grew up thinking that in order to be healthy, I had to eat meat while commercials that told us “Milk does a body good.” My parents ensured that I consumed plenty of dairy, as well as a constant assortment of meat, bread and unhealthy desserts. It wasn't until I became a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant that I felt there was no other choice to be a plant based, kale eating, spaghetti squash loving herbivore for life!

During my training to become a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, I discovered that not only do you not need animal protein to be healthy, but that it can actually be harmful. My partner and I woke up one day and decided we would give a plant based diet a try. We knew that it wasn’t going to be long before we began thinking about starting family, and we both agreed that we should be healthy and have healthy habits when that time comes...

Healthy living is a priority for me & my clients, and I always say it starts with your attitude/relationship to the food you eat. I love having energy; I thrive feeling nourished from healthy foods that come from the earth. With a clean diet, I see positive changes in my body, also noticing that I am sleeping better and able to manage my emotions/moods more easily. My meditation practice is consistent, and my yoga class has never gone more fluidly. It was a quest for health that had finally begun feeling RIGHT in my body the minute I became fully plant-based.

Cutting out processed food, meat, dairy and eggs was a huge step in the right direction. Some people think that it is such struggle to eat a vegan diet, and that those who choose plant based are missing out on all the “good stuff”. But I have to disagree…For me, the “good stuff” is a beautiful environment, sustainable living practices, and a happy, healthy family. Once I learned that a plant based diet is not only healthy for the individual, but for the planet as a whole, I knew that I could never go back to the Standard American Diet.  I feel more connected to my body and to the world around me. I am living in alignment with my ethics, and I still enjoy life...Every last bite! 

However, we still had a "sweet tooth" and eating (although delicious!) fruits & nuts, we still wanted a healthy dessert that wouldn't bog us down. Incorporating Mama's Cookies as part of our practice & diet has been such a joy. We treat ourselves to one when we've had a challenging day, and we both indulge in one before we go to our community yoga class, we even catch each other grabbing one for a midnight snack! YUM. We can't get enough!

Along with being a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, I am working with women who want to reconnect to their monthly cycles, helping them go deeper with their true nature as a woman. A plant based diet is always my first recommendation for women looking to heal their body, mind and spirit...and Mama's is a great go-to treat during "that time of the month." Sometimes women complain that they can’t give up on their cakes and sweet snacks, and I have just one thing to tell them: You don’t have to!

With wonderful vegan companies like Mama’s Cookies, none of us have to miss out on a single delicious sweet treat! I love to tell my friends about this not-so-guilty- pleasure. With only a handful of ingredients, they are too good to keep them all to myself! I am so thankful for Mama's Cookies...and so are all the friends I share them with!

-- Lauren

In LOVE with my nutritionist...

Psst… Don't tell anyone, but I've got a crush. He's handsome, makes good money, and has fantastic teeth. Oh and did I mention he was born in 1870? 

If Weston A. Price were alive today, I would totally let him buy me a drink. Except, according to his own dietary guidelines as outlined by the Weston A. Price Foundation, the only things I should be drinking are coconut milk, raw cow's milk or bone broth. So much for my Sunday morning Bloody Mary… 

This guy was a super-sexy, nutritional genius. Check it out: 

A dentist from Cleveland, Price apparently tired of American molars riddled with cavities, and decided to research the root of the matter (pun intended). So, for 10 years he traveled the globe researching indigenous cultures such as the Aborigines, Maori, South Islanders and various African tribes, and guess what he found: the closer they adhered to their native diets, and avoided Westernization, the better their teeth. 

Why? Because in comparison to the modern-day American diet, their diets provided "at least four times the water soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins."

Now do you see why I dig this guy? Here's what's more: 

"The diets of healthy, non-industrialized peoples contain no refined or denatured foods or ingredients, such as refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup; white flour; canned foods; pasteurized, homogenized, skim or lowfat milk; refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils; protein powders; synthetic vitamins; or toxic additives and artificial colorings."

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How does this relate to Mama's? Oh, just pretty much every way imaginable. 

  • Our cookies use unprocessed ingredients such as gluten-free whole oats and cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil. 
  • Price would also commend our use of flax seed, as he found that "Americans consume far too much of one kind of EFA (omega-6 EFAs found in most polyunsaturated vegetable oils) but not enough of another kind of EFA (omega-3 EFAs found in …  oils from certain seeds such as flax and chia, nuts such as walnuts and in small amounts in all whole grains."
  • Healthy fats are good for you! Modern-day nutritionists recommend a fat intake of 30% total calories. Price argues, "Thirty percent of calories as fat is too low for most people, leading to low blood sugar and fatigue. Traditional diets contained 30 percent to 80 percent of calories as healthy fats." Woohoo! Bring on the bacon!!

Here's an excerpt straight out of his section on Cookies, Bars & Muffins:

Mama's Cookies look great in every environment, including vintage motorhomes! Dr. price would approve of this complete breakfast: mama's cookies, satsuma, and teeccino herbal coffee with goat's milk!

Mama's Cookies look great in every environment, including vintage motorhomes! Dr. price would approve of this complete breakfast: mama's cookies, satsuma, and teeccino herbal coffee with goat's milk!

BEST Cookies and bars made with organic natural sweeteners [check], soaked or sprouted whole grain flour, soaked/dried nuts and seeds [cha-ching], and butter, coconut oil [double-check!] or other traditional fats. 

GOOD Cookies and bars made with whole grain flour, butter, palm oil or coconut oil. 

AVOID Most commercial cookies and bars made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils or refined sweeteners like sugar, high fructose corn syrup and agave; granola bars; energy bars, especially those containing soy protein; cookies, bars and muffins containing chocolate, cocoa or cacao. [we'll just ignore that last part…]

I'm embarrassed to admit how much time I've spent Google stalking this guy in hopes that he will reincarnate and ask me out for kombucha and caviar. Suffice it to say, they don't make 'em like the used to. But if Price were still part of the dating pool, I'd like to think that he would love to split a box of Mama's Cookies with me. 

xo
Karly

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Karly

The brand and marketing diva behind Mama's Cookies, Karly is a freelance graphic designer based out of her '88 motorhome, "Big Betty." Karly is also the Design Advisor of Lucia Journal, an independent womens magazine whose mission is to give voice to the heart and celebrate true beauty.

Mindful Practice: You Are What You Eat!

I’ve always known the phrase “you are what you eat” but it wasn’t until I started contemplating this a bit deeper that I realized the true meaning of this day old phrase. Does that mean I’m a veggie burger? A hummus plate? I realize that what this overused line is insinuating is within the intention behind food is what you become. What you eat can transform the way you feel, and can alter your feelings, outlook, thoughts…and not to mention the physical sensations! I hated feeling bogged down from unhealthy food. This is why I have come to declare that I will only put food in my body that will nourish me, sustain me, and make me feel happy! 

Choosing a plant based diet has many benefits, and for me most of them pertain to the spirit and connection to the ground. When I eat food that has come from the earth, I feel oneness; I’m intuitive, and in my body. It allows a whole new space in my heart to open in gratitude, a space that is ready to receive, and in turn, ready to give. The “giving” that I’m referring to is LOVE. A pure, innocent, deep type of love that extends past those around me, and into the earth below my feet. By choosing a plant based diet, I’m choosing love. 

What I especially love is eating a diet with tons of positive intention. Studies show that intention can physically alter the molecules in a drop of water, and that the growth of a plant will vary depending upon the words being spoken to it. What would happen if we thanked our food each time we ate something? We’d start to physically change the components within, altering them to be the healthiest for you and your body. 

When we say that Mama’s Cookies are “Homemade with LOVE,” we aren't just referring to a generic slogan. We’re actually meaning LOVE. L-O-V-E: unconditional, infinite, supportive, earthly, that “from-your-mother” type of compassion. With each batch, we’re taking our time, being mindful and intentional with our quantities, handling our ingredients with care, and usually smiling while we do so! Once they’re cooled down, they are placed in the packaging ever so gently, wrapped in tissue paper and slowly a bow gets tied, attaching our Mama’s logo to the top. Inhale & Exhale, we find inspiration from the Earth for this process, never leaving out a single step. We offer gratitude to the lucky home this box will find it’s way to, in the same way we offer our thanks to our Earth through mindful practice.  

By putting vegan foods in my body (also gluten-free!) I am able to expand my heart space, engage my senses of gratitude to extend to something larger than me. I am connected to a community…a group of families, yogis, athletes, nutritionists as well as the thriving health-conscious community of San Francisco. I feel the love with each crunch, I embody the love with each reach into my cookie box! To me, eating Mama’s Cookies is an act of love. If “you are what you eat,” I’ll choose nothing else other than to be LOVE. 

-- KATE, Sales & Social Media Coordinator

The Birth of Mama's...

Did you know Mama's was ORIGINALLY created for lactating mamas? The tasty trio of oats, flax seed and brewer's yeast has long been known to improve and increase a new mother's milk supply. 

Here's what the NY Times had to say about the benefits of breastfeeding: 

"Some scientists have started referring to breast-feeding as the “fourth trimester” of pregnancy that completes the reproductive cycle, restoring a woman’s body to long-term metabolic and cardiac health."

"...lactation improves glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Breast-feeding also improves lipid metabolism, burns calories and mobilizes the stores of fat that have accumulated during pregnancy."

"Those who breast-fed for more than 10 months cut their risk of a diabetes diagnosis by almost 60 percent in the two years they were followed."

So if you or someone you know is expecting a little one anytime soon, let us help get the most out of these benefits!

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Karly

The brand and marketing diva behind Mama's Cookies, Karly is a freelance graphic designer based out of her '88 motorhome, "Big Betty." Karly is also the Design Advisor of Lucia Journal, an independent womens magazine whose mission is to give voice to the heart and celebrate true beauty.

Healthy Fats + Why Mama’s is good for you!

For the last three years, my mother set a goal of “hiking her age,” which meant a total of 64 hikes this year. She walks regularly, eats a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, meat and grains, but has always wanted to tone her tummy leftover from child birthing.

Enter, the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet. 

Now, I strongly dislike the word “diet” because of its negative connotation that you should feel guilty about your weight. No one should be ashamed of their body. But, making an effort to ensure that your body is functioning properly into longevity is simply common sense. It’s not about self-loathing, it’s about self-love.

I first heard about LCHF through a book called—you vegans aren’t going to like this—Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog. Written by cycling aficionado Grant Petersen, the book puts forth a very controversial, un-American solution to weight loss: eat more fats, and don’t just jog. His theory is seconded by another highly-respected authority on progressive nutrition, Peter Attia, of the Eating Academy.

When I told my mother I was going to try going LCHF, she surprised me by saying, “I’ll do it with you.”

We set a goal of shifting our calorie intake from the recommended 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein to the LCHF standard of 50% fats, 25% carbs and 25% protein. (Serious LCHF proponents recommend 75% fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs. But hey, I like my mac & cheese now and then.) We also took Petersen’s advice and went for intensity over frequency of exercise, and as Attia suggests, “grunt and groan” a little each day. (This is what truly kickstarts your metabolism and signals your body to start burning its fat reserves.)

After just two weeks, my mom lost 5 pounds and 1” from her waist. And she did it by eating more fats and fewer carbs. 

Good news—I ran the numbers, and Mama’s Cookies is the perfect LCHF snack. In fact, we ranked highest in healthy fats and lowest in carbs among five mainstream energy bars: Larabar, Luna Bar, Kind Bar, Pro Bar and Zing Bar: 

So for those of you wanting to make a change in your diet, check out LCHF! And allow us here at Mama’s Cookies to help you make it happen!

xo
Karly

This information is not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting any diet. This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.