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PBH Tribe Spotlight: Melanie!

PBH Tribe Spotlight: Melanie!

We hope you guys enjoyed Kays PBH Spotlight last week! Not only are we going to be featuring inspiring stories from our very own community, but our PBH Spotlight is also going to highlight our own team members and how they help us grow as a business, and as people. We’d love for our PBH Tribe Members to get to know our team members as well! 


This week we’re very excited to feature our fulfillment team leader, Melanie! We wouldn't be where we are today without her dedication and commitment to our team. She makes everything that we do possible. She is young, ambitious and works extremely hard to help her team function like a well oiled machine. 


Our team started with Melanie 2 years ago. She believed in our vision from the very beginning. She joined our team without any fear and took a gamble on us! Melanie has been around for all of our highs and lows through the last couple of years. She’s seen the company grow from just 1 unit and working with just one other employee to now having different departments! She stands for all our values! She is passionate, bold and honest! 


We sent Melanie a few questions to get to know her and her story better! We loved her story, and felt that it strongly resonated with what we stand for. She has done a fantastic job at running fulfillment and we’re lucky to have her as part of our team. 


Read her amazing story below! 

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I am excited to be featured this week on the PBH Spotlight blog! 


Can you give me a brief story about yourself?: 

I started here at PBH when I was 19, it was my first job. I started in the bakery, at that time it was Josy, another team member and myself. I loved it, I was scooping cookies, rolling out dough, piping donuts and much more. After 6 months I left PBH to work for my uncle in Sarasota, beautiful city here in Florida. I moved there on my own and my family was just 3 hours away. After 7 months of being in Sarasota, I really missed my family and I wasn't too happy with the job I had there. I decided to move back to Miami. I messaged Bryan asking him if he was hiring here at PBH and him and Josy welcomed me back with open arms. That was two years ago. Since then, the team has grown tremendously, it went from me and another team member to now having 20 people on the PBH team. I went from scooping cookies in the bakery to running fulfillment and having my own office. This business has grown enormously and I'm so proud to be a PBH team leader.


What 3 things motivate you?:

Three things that motivate me everyday are my family, my future and the happiness of the PBH customers. Family will always be number one. My mom, sisters and my nephew mean everything to me. I work hard to make my future easier not only for me, but for my future family also. PBH customers are the best. If it weren't for all of you beautiful people my team and I would be nowhere. We appreciate each and every one of you.


What are you most passionate about?:  

I'm most passionate about my family, nephew and my dogs. My nephew just turned 8 months on July 4th.  It feels like just yesterday I was carrying him for the first time, time flies! I have a Goldendoodle and a Dachshund, I love getting home to them always jumping on me like if they haven't seen me in days. 


What’s your biggest stress relief?:   

My favorite thing to do when I'm stressed is building puzzles. After a long day at work and sitting in Miami traffic for an hour, there's nothing like getting home, pouring yourself a glass of wine, building a puzzle and listening to some music to get your mind off of things. 


What’s your favorite PBH product?:

My favorite PBH goodies are the walnut brownies and the double chocolate cookies! Can you tell I love chocolate? 


Thank you for reading Melanie’s spotlight feature! If you know anyone who you think would be a great person for us to feature in a PBH Spotlight, tell us all about them at hello@paleobakehouse.com !

Our Sugar Alternatives

Our Sugar Alternatives

Since expanding our products to include more keto friendly options, I have received hundreds of questions regarding our sugar alternatives. Although some of these alternatives have some scary sounding names, there’s nothing to fear about them! Trust me, I did tons of hours of research making sure these were the best for our customers. These alternatives are able to keep carb count low, while still giving you that great PBH baked goodie taste!


Traditionally sweets and the keto diet don't really go hand-in-hand, but using natural sugar alternatives helps us make that possible! Traditionally  we only used coconut sugar, and honey. Since then, we have dived head first into the keto goodie world! We have been experimenting with different alternatives in an effort to make sure our keto goodies are the best tasting possible, while also being able to keep you in ketosis. Not even going to lie, we had a few fails in the test kitchen! 

 

So, which sugars do we use?  

I'm glad you asked! We use a variety of alternative sweeteners to get our taste just right, while keeping the nutritional information keto friendly. We currently use a mix of stevia, monk fruit, allulose and erythritol.

Erythritol

We started experimenting with erythritol first! We rolled out our lemon coconut cookies and cinnamon sugar donuts using erythritol. It had best flavor profile for us and still kept the nutrition on point.  Erythritol is great, but we have definitely been asked the most questions regarding this sweetener.  The biggest question asked ,so why do we use it? Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol that's widely used in zero and low calorie foods as a sugar alternative. It is the perfect sugar replacement to keep your carb and calorie intake in check, while still being able to enjoy that same sugar taste! A big plus with the sweetener is that is contains only 6% of the calories of sugar, but it still contains 70% of the sweetness. It is safe, natural and most of the sugar gets absorbed by the bloodstream before it even reaches the colon!    


Allulose

Another sugar we introduced is allulose. Allulose is classified as a "rare sugar" because it is naturally present in only a few foods. Foods like figs, raisins, dates, dragon fruit, wheat, and maple syrup all contains traces of this sugar. Allulose also provides only 0.2–0.4 calories per gram, or about 1/10 the calories of table sugar! This makes it perfect for keeping insulin levels down in diabetics. In addition, it’s been shown to resist fermentation by your gut bacteria, minimizing the likelihood of bloating, gas or other digestive problems!


Monk fruit

Monk fruit is a small, green fruit that is indigenous to Southeast Asia. The fruit has been used by monks since the 13th century as a means to sweeten both food and beverages naturally. Monk fruit extract is believed 150 to 200 times sweeter than table sugar BUT contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero sodium, and zero fat. (Also leaving no impact on blood sugar levels!)


Stevia

Stevia is probably the most known and a sweetener we had been asked to use for a while. Stevia is a natural sweetener alternative that derives from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia has no calories, and it is 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. Stevia is a very popular alternative for those who are seeking to lose weight, lower their blood sugar, or control their diabetes.

 

We wanted to pick the best sweeteners and we feel these are perfect. We love the benefits and most importantly the taste! We actually think our new products sweetened with these sugars taste better than the ones with honey! Their low sugars is also a huge plus for us! We hope you learned a few things and if you’re hungry and want to try these amazing sweeteners try out our new bundles and products! 



What’s your favorite sugar/sugar alternative? 


Stay sweet,

PBH 

PBH Tribe Spotlight: Kay!

PBH Tribe Spotlight: Kay!

We’ve come to discover that our very own PBH Tribe members have some of the most inspirational journeys. We love your stories, and would love the opportunity to share them with our audience to inspire others! PBH stands for being passionate, bold and honest and we believe your journeys stand for all of our values. 


We’re planning on continuously featuring one of our followers and their story on our social media pages in an effort to highlight their amazing journeys. For the month of July we're very excited to share Kays' story! (follow her on Instagram! @ketokalamazoo) We feel as her story and community strongly resonate with what we stand for. As part of our new PBH blog, we’d love to feature her story on her journey through immense adversity to a healthier lifestyle through strictly Keto!


We sent Kay a few questions to get to know her story better! We loved her journey, and felt that it could inspire some fellow PBH Tribe Members to live a healthier lifestyle through an alternative, healthier diet. Read her amazing story below! 

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Can you give us a brief story about yourself?: I lost 150lbs in one year despite never stepping foot in a gym -and some pretty crazy circumstances! Spring 2018 I clocked in at 402 pounds and decided enough was enough. Summer 2018 I contracted a virus that destroyed my nerve roots and I basically had to learn how to walk again. Despite two hospitalizations and surgery, I stayed keto! No more excuses for this gal! Although I experienced a huge decrease in physical activity (I was bed ridden for long periods of time) and an increase in cortisol/stress (inhibits weight loss) from illness, I still lost 150lbs in one year JUST by letting go of carbs. Also, my autoimmune flare-ups are basically gone and I’m off my rheumatoid arthritis prescription!

 

What are you most passionate about?: Currently, I am most passionate about giving hope to others who are facing the intimidation of extreme weight loss. I felt hopeless and depressed for so long -and I do not wish for ANYONE to feel this sadness when an easy fix is available. Upkeep of my Instagram account takes a great deal of time, but the motivation and hope it inspires keeps me going. 

 

How has going keto changed your life? : Keto has pretty much eradicated joint pain and inflammation caused by my autoimmune disease. I feel absolutely wonderful and experienced this change within WEEKS of starting keto. No more chronic aches/pains/flare ups and I'm no longer taking my rheumatoid arthritis prescription (long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs are wretched for your liver!). The weight loss is also pretty awesome. I've gained quite a bit of lost confidence and am so darn happy I don't have to worry about silly little things like fitting into seats -especially with summer coming up. Patio furniture used to make me so anxious!

 

What’s your favorite PBH product? : Cinnamon sugar donuts are my favorite PHB product! I love the texture and buttery cinnamon sugar flavor. I also appreciate the individually wrapped freshness. Random, but I store PBH treats in my freezer! I LOVE taking a bite of freezer chilled donut with a sip of hot coffee or tea! 

 

What does our acronym P.B.H. mean to you? ? To me, PBH stands for quality, support, integrity, kindness, and stunning product. My journey with illness, healing, and weight loss has made me incredibly conscious of what I'm putting into my body. The overall mission of the organization, the people, and the care that goes into each delicious bite will always receive my rave reviews and recommendations. 

What is the Keto diet?

What is the Keto diet?

Hey there! Welcome to the PBH blog! I love coming up with new ways to communicate with our customers, so here I’ll be giving you all the PBH happenings and share some amazing highlights of our customers! I think the best way to start this blog is to address a question I get asked EVERY SINGLE DAY!


What is keto?


I’m glad you asked! Keto is a bit more than just a “nationwide fad”. The keto diet consists of consuming high fat while keeping your carb intake low in order to push your body into a process called ketosis. In ketosis, fats are burned instead of the traditional carbs your body would use instead for energy. It’s been linked to many health benefits and something that our audience has been requesting more of over and over. Some of our favorite keto highlights include:

  • Leads to more weight loss! 
  • Controls your blood sugar and keeps it low! (Also great for insulin levels).
  • Improves energy levels and sleep. Easier to get out the door in the mornings!
  • Helps improve your metabolism to decrease the amount of time your hungry throughout the day! 

 I always take feedback, positive or negative seriously when it comes to new releases or our current product offerings! We have been receiving an overwhelming amount of demand to begin expanding our keto friendly line! I can’t wait for you to try even more keto goodies coming later this month, So stay tuned! Here you can find all of the keto goodies we currently offer. 


This month, both our new keto chocolate chip donuts and keto fudge cookies are featured in our subscription box along with our paleo snickerdoodle cookies and paleo empanadas! 


I’m very excited about including our new keto friendly goodies with our traditional paleo goodies in our monthly subscription boxes. Don't you worry though, all of our keto products are also paleo friendly! I know some folks have certain sensitivities to 0 sugar alternatives, and we’d love to help fit your dietary needs!  If you have any issues with any of the sugar alternatives we use for our keto goodies (Stevia, Monk fruit, Erythritol, or Allulose) please reach out to us at hello@paleobakehouse.com and someone from our team will be more than happy to accommodate you.   


Recently, I sent out an email survey to all of our subscribers requesting feedback on our new subscription box. (If you haven't filled it out please make sure to here! All of your voices matter to us!) From gathering our results, it's very clear there's a huge desire for there to be a Paleo subscription box and a Keto subscription box sold separately. We’re currently in the works on providing just that for you! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our first PBH blog! I am so excited to share more of our journey with you!  Stay tuned for all the amazing goodies to come! Welcome to the PBH Tribe! 


Stay sweet,

PBH