RECIPE: MeeNut Butter Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Aloha, if you’re craving something deliciously sweet and salty here’s a quick and easy recipe for MeeNut Butter Bacon Wrapped Dates! For the record, MeeNut Butter + Bacon = Bliss. Enjoy!

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Simply halve and pit some dates of your choice (I used medjool). Fill with Paleo MeeNut Butter. (I used the whole date but I would probably only use half next time as these were a little too sweet for my liking.) Cut bacon in half and wrap the meenut butter filled date. Secure with toothpicks. Line on a tray with some parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until desired crisp. Or you can bake at about 375 for about 30 minutes and flip halfway thru. Enjoy! So simple, quick, and derrricious!

 

OFFICIALLY WHOLE30 APPROVED! YAY!

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Aloha!

So excited and proud to announce that Paleo MeeNut Butter is officially Whole30® Approved!!! Yewwwww!!!! Check out @whole30 on social media for a chance to win a jar of quadruple nut power and take advantage of discount code whole30 at checkout on my website thru this Friday 6/20!

It’s always been my goal from the start to stand firm in my commitment to quality so it means so much to be recognized by such an amazing company like Whole9! If you’re new to paleo and hungry for solid information on food and nutrition please check out their websites and maybe even consider trying a Whole30 yourself! :D

Some things that make Paleo MeeNut Butter unique is definitely the unique blend of nuts and seeds, the fact that every jar is handmade and handcrafted start to finish (by me, Mee!), but also the fact that I try my best to source the best ingredients possible.

Did you know that all almonds in the US are required to be pasteurized? So “raw” is not actually raw, rather they are exposed to either chemical or steam pasteurization. Funny, I can purchase truly raw almonds from Spain (!!) but even so, I would not legally be able to use these almonds in my products sold to the general public. Long story. Ridiculous.

However, I make sure that the almonds I use are NEVER exposed to chemicals (Propylene oxide) and grown on a local family farm in Kerman, CA. Yes, details like this and using organic ingredients put my product at a higher price point than desired but I refuse to create anything that I myself would not put in my own body. I don’t know about you but I generally refuse to consume propylene oxide on a regular lol.

I’ll cut my rant short today but I exhort all of you to be more mindful of not only ingredients but also the quality of ingredients in the food you eat. Minus the occasional cheat meal of course, haha!! #donuts lol :D

Anyway, I hope this milestone will earn more of your trust in the Mee Eat Paleo brand! Mahalo to Whole30®  for welcoming me to their family and mahalo to all of you for your continued love and support! Shaka love!

RECIPE: LEMON SPARKLING APPLE CIDER DRINK

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First of all to all you beautiful and amazing mommas out there, Happy Mothers Day! Last day to use discount code momma on Paleo MeeNut Butter and apparel at checkout! You can order here. :D

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When life gives you lemons make lemon sparkling apple cider drinks! So delicious and good for you and perfect for celebrating mothers day! There are a million ways to do this but i like to keep it simple.

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RECIPE: LEMON SPARKLING APPLE CIDER DRINKS
1/2-1 tsp raw organic honey (to taste)
1-2 tbsp organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
2.5 cups sparkling water of choice
Add lemon juice to taste (I used 2 wedges)

I like to make mine in old kombucha bottles and throw in the fridge to chill for a bit. Plus it mixes all the honey in nicely while it sits in there. Tastes great on ice too! Enjoy! Really happy about my dwarf meyer lemon tree! It loved my homemade compost!!! :D

 

 

ORGANIC ALMOND MEENUT BUTTER AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

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LIMITED EDITION WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Click here to purchase.

INGREDIENTS: 100% Organic California Almonds

WHOLE 30® APPROVED. NO ADDED SUGARS. EVER. :)

Refrigerate for quality.

Taste the rich, nutty difference of pure California almonds roasted and ground fresh by yours truly! So much better than your average almond butter! See for yourself! :)

RECIPE: MEENUT BUTTER & GOAT CHEESE PLANTAIN NAPOLEON

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meenut napoleonDelicious photo courtesy of Michelle Ramirez Photography © 2014

 

As promised, here is another onolicious recipe by the one and only Michelle Ramirez, home cook extraordinaire and the photog magician behind Michelle Ramirez Photography. Last month we posted her sweet plantain dish. This month we are posting her savory plantain dish. Give it a try and let me know how much you loved it! :)

 

(Paleo/Primal) MeeNut Butter Plantain Napolean (with *Goat Cheese) 
 
(Serves 2)
 
Ingredients:
2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil (I use Tropical Traditions Organic Gold Label)
1 green plantain (cut in half horizontal once, cut long twice so you have 6 thin slices)
1 spoonful raw organic honey (optional or to taste)
1 tsp chopped organic cilantro
Dash of cayenne pepper
Sprinkles of Pink Himalayan Salt
*organic goat cheese crumbles (optional) 
 

 

Directions:
Heat coconut oil until pan is really hot, then add plantain slices. Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until it has a golden brown crust. Place on a paper towel to drain oil. Set aside. 
Take a spoonful (optional or to taste) of the raw honey and spread on a small plate, add 1 plantain on top of the honey. Spread Paleo MeeNut Butter, sprinkle goat cheese (optional) then add another layer of plantain. Repeat until you reach the 3rd layer.
After the 3rd layer is finished, sprinkle some cayenne pepper, pink himalayan salt, and cilantro. Enjoy!!

 

Trust me, Michelle, we will!!! :)

 

THE CROSSFIT OPEN: 5 Weeks of … !!!

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Aloha! It’s that time again! The CrossFit Open is officially here! To celebrate WOD 14.1, I want to offer discount code: cfopen141 for 14.1% off orders now thru this Thurs 3/6! Enjoy! I will try to offer something each week of the open for the next 5 weeks!

For those of you unfamiliar with CrossFit, the CrossFit Open is the worldwide open qualifier for a shot at Regionals, and the top athletes at each Regional get to compete at The CrossFit Games for the title of “Fittest on Earth”. It is a very exciting and fun time for everyone in the CrossFit community! For us mere mortals, it’s fun to see how you stack up against the best of the best.

 

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Just a reminder, for the last workout 14.5, I will be at Trojan CrossFit with the WOD 4
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fundraiser event for The Aspire Center. Hopefully I’ll get to throw down the last workout there! Come out and support!

Here’s a fun little snippet of how the first workout 14.1 went for me!!! :D

10 Min AMRAP [as many rounds as possible]:
30 double unders
15 power snatches [ground to overhead] 75# men / 55# women

 

RECIPE: MEENUT BUTTER & JELLY PLANTAINS

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My friend Michelle Ramirez, photographer and home chef extraordinaire, created this amazing recipe for Paleo MeeNut Butter & Jelly Plantains! I made her pinky swear (ok not really … I just bribed her with some MeeNut Butter lol) that she would share a recipe with us each month. We shall hope that between traveling, photo shoots, editing, and being a full-time mommy, she will not let our tummies down! :D Check out her beautiful work at www.mramirezphotography.com Facebook: Michelle Ramirez Photography; Instagram: @boxiefoto
Stoked for an upcoming photo shoot with her for Mee Eat Paleo later this month!!!

 

So without further ado, here’s our delicious recipe for February!

 

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Photo: Michelle Ramirez Photography © 2014

RECIPE: PALEO MEENUT BUTTER & JELLY PLANTAINS
INGREDIENTS:
3 TBSP organic virgin coconut oil (I like to use Tropical Traditions Gold Label)
1 large plantain
1/2 cup fresh organic blueberries
1/2 cup filtered water
1 TBSP raw coconut palm sugar
1 TBSP toasted organic coconut chips or shredded coconut (I also get these from Tropical Traditions)
1 TSP ground cinnamon
1 TSP raw organic honey (optional)
 
DIRECTIONS:
Heat coconut oil in a pan untill melted. Slice plantain in half in 2 ways to create 4 pieces. Add to pan. Cook plantains on each side on medium heat until golden brown. In another pan add blueberries, coconut palm sugar and filtered water and cook on medium low until it is reduced into a syrup (stir occasionally to prevent burning). Spoon Paleo MeeNut Butter onto the bottom of a plate.  Add cooked plantains. Drizzle with blueberry syrup. Top with toasted coconut chips and cinnamon. Add raw organic honey if you want more sweetness. Enjoy! :)

LAST CALL FOR PUMPKIN + DELICIOUS SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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pumpkinspiceAloha! I am just prepping the last batch of Paleo Pumpkin Spice MeeNut Butter for the season … after this batch is gone I will officially be out ’til next year! You can order here [or <--- click on picture] while supplies last!

To wrap up another delicious pumpkin season I’m posting one of my favorite smoothie recipes using my Paleo Pumpkin Spice MeeNut Butter. There is a paleo version as well as a paleo-ish protein version. Whatever you choose, they are both nom. Enjoy!

ingredientsRECIPE: PUMPKIN SPICE MEENUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 frozen organic banana [pre-cut into 1 inch chunks]
*1/4 cup Natural Value organic coconut milk
*1/4 cup water or 1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tbsp Paleo Pumpkin Spice MeeNut Butter [can also use Original Paleo MeeNut Butter]
1 tsp ground cinnamon
**1 scoop Stronger Faster Healthier Pure Whey – Natural flavor [optional]

DIRECTIONS:
In a Vitamix blender in this order, add chunks of frozen organic bananas, organic coconut milk, water, Pumpkin Spice MeeNut Butter, cinnamon, and if you want to make a protein shake, also add 1 scoop SFH natural pure whey. Blend on high for about 20 seconds and enjoy!

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*Natural Value organic coconut milk is my favorite because it is 100% pure organic natural valuecoconut milk [chemical/preservative/thickener free], full-fat, and the can is even BPA free. So if I love healthy fats in my diet whyyy do I “water” down my smoothie you ask? Purely for taste – using just the coconut milk makes the shake too thick for my liking. If you like it that way, by all means, skip the water and go coconuts or go home! I suggest making coconut milk ice cubes if you’re going to do it though. ;)

 

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**As an athlete, I actually do take a whey protein supplement and my protein powder of choice is Stronger Faster Healthier [SFH] because their products are GMO-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free and sourced from grass-fed, free-range animals. And it tastes delicious! Doesn’t get any better than that! The Natural Pure Whey has 22.5g protein per scoop. If you also take pre-workout, in-workout, and recovery supplements, they have something for all of that so check them out.

And a Vitamix is just the blender I have loved and used for over 5 years now.

FYI I am NOT a rep for any of these brands I highlight on my blog nor do I get any kickbacks from them – just a happy customer and happy to pass on knowledge to my friends.

If you’ve made it this far, I have faith that you won’t judge me tooooo harshly on this BUT as someone who is not a big coffee drinker [gasp!] but likes it mostly as a flavor enhancer, i sometimes add a half teaspoon of instant coffee [whatever is cheap and available-gasp!] and it adds a nice rich flavor to my smoothie.

Mahalo and enjoy! :)

RETAIL LOCATIONS Page Finally Updated!

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Aloha all!

Due to the high demand of inquiries regarding CrossFit affiliates & health food stores carrying Paleo MeeNut Butter, I’ve finally updated the Retail Locations page to reflect all current locations that [sometimes] keep it in stock. I advise calling ahead before making a trip.

If you would like to be added or removed from this list, if any of the links are outdated or incorrect, or if you have any questions regarding my ambassador program, please Contact Mee. Mahalo!

P.S. I apologize for being so M.I.A. lately but y’all have been keeping me pretty busy in the kitchen … I love and thank you all for the tremendous support! I am also in the process of trying to relocate & expand so I thank you in advance for your patience! :)

P.P.S. I hope all you CrossFitters are having a blast with the Open! I sure am! Do your best, stay safe, and have fun!

PUMPKIN SPICE BUTTER – SOLD OUT :(

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Aloha all!

Thanks so much for the overwhelming support! I am officially sold out of the Paleo Pumpkin Spice Butter. I’m so stoked ya’ll loved it and it will definitely be back next fall/winter!

Apologies to everyone who missed out :( Thanks again!

PALEO PUMPKIN SPICE BUTTER FINALLY AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

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FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY … PALEO PUMPKIN SPICE BUTTER! FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

PAYPAL SHOPPING CART HAS BEEN UPDATED SO IF YOU WERE HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR ORDERS BEFORE, IT SHOULD WORK NOW. If you still run into any issues at checkout please contact Mee.

MAHALO FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND ENJOY!

Should supplies run out before you get a chance to order, please check back for updates within the next week. Depending on demand I may try to make another batch run …. Otherwise, no worries, it will be back next winter. Mahalo for your patience and understanding!

INGREDIENTS: Almonds, Pumpkin, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves, Cardamom, Lemon Peel, Pure Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Shaka Love; Contains: Tree Nuts. NO ADDED SUGARS EVER. Refrigerate for Quality.

Apologies in advance if there are any issues with the PayPal cart. If you run into any issues at checkout please contact Mee. Due to the limited availability, Pumpkin Spice Butter is not available for bulk purchase for wholesale accounts.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! I hope you are all enjoying quality time with family and friends!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

A TRIBUTE TO MY K.M. & COUNTDOWN TO THE NEW YEAR

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K.M.  Short for Korean Mom. K.M.s are infamous for their D.W.I.T. [Do Whatever It Takes] approach to child-rearing in order to churn out elite GPAs, classical music prodigies, doctors, lawyers, olympic athletes, and more from their offspring. An interesting, and oftentimes scary breed of mom … but a momma nonetheless … and I love mine :)

Learning to play classical piano at the ripe old age of four

Growing up, there were many moments when I resolved in my sinful little heart that this was NOT the case. These melodramas usually ended with slamming doors and high-pitched yelling from both parties. Definitely not my proudest moments …

However, with this recent business venture, I’ve come to realize that despite these growing pains, my K.M. was instrumental in shaping who I am today and I owe much of my success to her oftentimes irrational yet loving ways. Here are 5 basic lessons I’ve learned [among hundreds of thousands] that were directly and indirectly taught via my momma’s discipline stick and example.

 

I was never cut out to be a doctor or nurse but my parents and teachers sure did try to convert me

1. Never visit anyone empty-handed. As a child I remember my parents always toting a box of fruit or ricecakes whenever we were invited anywhere. I never thought much about it until as an adult I caught myself subconsciously following suit. I see now that it’s a simple expression of respect and consideration for others regardless of roles [who invited who] and social status [who's who], even if it’s a mere box of fuji apples or asian pears. This is how I want to run my business, showing respect and concern to my customers and hopefully one day my employees. I want to consider others before myself, and I ask all of you to help keep me in check. I don’t exist without all of you!

2. Chew your food. Thoroughly. Or “kok-kok sheep-uh-muh-guh” in Korean. I still get reprimanded for this! We’re always in a rush to do this and go there so the last thing on our minds is making sure we chew our bacon thoroughly before swallowing, right? Tons of studies show the health benefits of chewing food, but what’s more important is that during the act of chewing, you actually get to taste, savor, and enjoy the very thing that will provide nourishment and strength to your body. My life is a hurricane at the moment and my “to do” list has a mind of it’s own, but I keep reminding myself to “kok-kok sheep-uh-muh-guh” this process and remember that the joy is in the journey!

3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. [I actually just got up to turn off the light in my kitchen haha!] From washing and re-using Bounty paper towels [they really were quite durable!] to turning off the water while brushing your teeth [which I hope all of you do!], my momma would literally shadow me from room to room shutting out lights quicker than you can yell “no rep!” We didn’t have much in terms of material wealth so conservation was the name of the game. As annoying as it was playing light wars with my mom, this was one way she really drilled in the importance of stretching a dollar and making the most of what you have. This mindset has helped me build Mee Eat Paleo to where it is today and will help me in my long adventure ahead.

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4. It’s not what you do that matters but how you do it and mediocrity is not an option. My parents came to America with no formal higher education, their sole motivation being the hope of providing a better life for my brother and me. I’ve watched my momma work at an A&W fast food joint, cashier at Shop Rite, sell Cutco knives, attempt insurance sales, nanny … gosh, you name it! And now she owns and operates a small business. All vastly different but the common thread in all of it was her dedication to hard work through thick and thin. Momma worked her butt off no matter what the task. I adopted my workhorse mentality from her example and I’ll bet I can attribute my success with CrossFit to that as well. Starting your own business is no walk in the park, Kazansky, but I hope that I can work even half as hard as my mom did and still does and strive to provide you all with the most excellent products possible.

5. Always say “Thank you.” Repeatedly. While bowing. OK, I suppose the bowing doesn’t necessarily apply here in the U.S. but I’ve definitely learned not to be stingy in the gratitude department. I am nothing without God’s provision and the amazing support of my family, friends, and loyal fans. So although it’s already been expressed innumerably, I’ll tell you yet again, THANK YOU ALL so much from the bottom of my little paleo heart! Your support means so much to me and I am grateful beyond words! And to my dearest momma, thank you so much for everything. I hope to make you proud! I love you!

Today marks my last day at “work” and thus begins the first day of the rest of my life. I didn’t want to wait until “later” to take a stab at chasing my dreams because “later” is a luxury that isn’t guaranteed to everyone. Should I fail, I will rejoice knowing that I gave it a go and did the best I could. Should I succeed, I will rejoice knowing that it was all by God’s provision and sovereignty in my life and I want to ultimately do all things unto the glory of my Maker. So … here goes it!

Happy New Year everyone! :)

FINALLY! IT’S PUMPKIN TIME! :)

Aloha all! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! … PUMPKIN TIME! :)

First, I want to fill you in on some important updates:

1. MAHALO AGAIN FOR YOUR VOTES! Because all of you helped me acquire a minimum of 250 votes before the deadline, I have moved onto the next step of the selection process for the Chase Mission Main Street Grant! They will announce 12 winners of the small business grant in January so please keep me in your prayers until then! :D  (https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/41278)

I thank you in advance for giving me a chance at this opportunity to finally build my own facility which would allow me to make more nut butter more quickly to lessen lead time, develop more yummy flavors (Paleo Dark Chocolate MeeNut® Butter and Paleo Espresso MeeNut® Butter!!!), create local jobs, and establish a bigger platform for charity & missions work! Whatever the outcome, I am so grateful for your continued support and I hope to be able to keep providing the best quality product out there!

2. LOCAL, ORGANIC, WHOLE30® APPROVED! I’ve been hard at work trying to source as much as my ingredients as possible from local organic growers. I’ve even subbed out pure vanilla extract for organic vanilla beans to be 100% Whole30 compliant. (FYI vanilla extract is NOT Whole30 compliant!) And of course, NO ADDED SUGARS. EVER. Soon MeeNut® Butter will be the first paleo nut butter to be officially Whole30® Approved! Please note that my ingredients list is now as follows:

INGREDIENTS: California Almonds, California Organic Walnuts, Pecans, Macadamia Nuts; Contains 2% or less of: Organic Golden Flax Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sonoma Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Beans;
CONTAINS: Tree Nuts. Refrigerate for quality.

3. OFFICIALLY TRADEMARKED! I finally own the registered trademarks for Mee Eat Paleo® and MeeNut®! Mahalo to my friend Hider for getting me through the ENTIRE process!

graphic vi4. NEW AND IMPROVED LABELS BY GRAPHIC VI! I must give mad props to my designer Ben Britten of Graphic VI who is the mastermind behind ALL my logos and label artwork! Have you noticed the cool new labels?! :) Check out some of his work here and hit him up for your graphic design needs!

 

 

 

 

PUMPKINSPICEMee Eat Paleo Pumpkin Spice MeeNut Butter 16 oz 102913 Label5. IT’S FINALLY PUMPKIN TIME! Mahalo for your patience! Paleo PumpkinSpice MeeNut® Butter is back for a limited time while supplies last so get some before it runs out! :) You can order here. In honor of Black Friday please use discount code blackfriday and enjoy 10% off on orders for today only!

INGREDIENTS: Roasted California Almonds, Pumpkin, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves, Cardamom, Lemon Peel, Sonoma Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Beans, Shaka Love; CONTAINS: Tree Nuts.

NO ADDED SUGARS EVER. Refrigerate for Quality.

P.S. My mixer broke while making the first batch so I couldn’t make as much as I wanted on this first run. I will keep making a run every week until my ingredients stash runs out. Even if I am sold out on a given week I won’t be “sold out” until I make the official announcement. So, until then, enjoy!

 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had such a sweet time with great friends, old and new. Mahalo to you all for everything! I truly appreciate the continued love and support! So so so thankful for family, friends, health, second chances, freedom and the Cross. Colossians 1:13-29. Shaka love for life! :)

HAPPY VETERANS DAY & MAHALO FOR YOUR VOTES!

Aw man, didn’t post this yesterday! :/ Oh well, better late than never!

Aloha! First of all, Happy Veterans Day and a huge mahalo to all of you who have served and continue to serve our great country! U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919, stating:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

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Also, thank you all for your votes! We were able to surpass the minimum of 250 before Nov 15th so Mee Eat Paleo will move onto the next step of the selection process for the Mission Main Street Grant thru Chase Bank!

After panel deliberation they will announce 12 recipients of the grant in January. Please continue to pray!

This grant would allow me to finally build a production facility (no longer be limited to off-hours at a rental kitchen), hire employees, decrease lead time on orders, release more flavors, and fulfill purchase orders for a potential large retailer! ;) Mee Eat Paleo would also be in a better position to build up the charitable works branch of the company!

Reflecting on the past two years has been incredibly humbling. When unexpected orders first started coming in for this random nut butter I’d begun making for myself and eventually my CrossFit box, I couldn’t believe that there were people (who were not family and friends haha) willing to pay for something I’d created. If it weren’t for my brother who invested $2k to purchase a grinder for me, I’d still be making Paleo MeeNut Butter in my Vitamix, one jar at a time, with the motor burning out every five minutes! :D

But with that initial investment, with one grinder at a rental kitchen, I’ve somehow managed to make and ship Paleo MeeNut Butter all over the United States, including some US territories and APOs overseas, growing slowly and organically without acquiring any debt. I can’t wait to see what could happen with a kickstart in capital, my own full-time production facility and a helping hand! :D

It’s my long-term goal and dream to somehow be able to use Mee Eat Paleo as a platform to build and maintain an orphanage overseas … even if this grant doesn’t come through, I will do all that I can to make that a reality in some way, shape or form.

Thank you all again and HWAITING! :D