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Nice Vice is Closing

Chris White

Announcing the Closure of Nice Vice 0% Dairy Creamery

January 12, 2017

Friends, family, loyal customers, and everyone in between: today we’re announcing the permanent closure of Nice Vice 0% Dairy Creamery in Yaletown.

This decision was made on January 11th, and it was one that management was expecting. Our doors will be officially closing within a few days (the exact date is no yet known, but we'll keep everyone posted on social media). Sales at wholesale outlets will also suspend with the closure of our creamery.

We’re grateful to our loyal supporters, and feel blessed that we were given the amazing opportunity to be passionate about what we love to do and create for the year we were located at 1022 Mainland Street.

We’re also happy we could bring more awareness to food allergies and sensitivities, ethical food practices, and other local small businesses.

We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to reopen in a different location in the near future, but as of today, we have no plans in the works for relocation. On behalf of the entire Nice Vice team, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude for the support we felt (and still feel) from the incredible community of Vancouver.

Any further questions can be directed to Chris White at info@nicevicecream.com or Jennifer Browne at jennifer@freshandfitvancouver.com.

Much love,

Chris White and Team Nice Vice

 

 

The 12 Scoops of Christmas

Chris White

Well, this is Christmas! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the downtown spirit, the joy, and the festivities this month. And the snow? The snow has been a holiday bonus to make the season extra magical!

This has also been a season of reflection and gratitude. As we wrap up the final days of 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who made this a very successful first year in business:

- Our awesome Nice Vice team for all the hard work and can-do attitudes throughout the year.

- The support from all our fantastic local and loyal customers, and to those who come from afar.

- Our collaborations with the many amazing local businesses we’ve had the pleasure to work and have fun with.

- Anyone and everyone else who contributed to an incredibly humble and grateful experience for us.

We look forward to a new year full of more partnerships and exciting things to offer, not to mention new flavours to scoop! In the meantime, we've put this little ditty together regarding some of the amazing flavours we’re either currently or previously scooped this year; please enjoy:

The Twelve Scoops of Christmas

On the first day of Christmasmy true love scooped for me: Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: 2 heaps of S’more and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Earl Grey of Blueberry, Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Matcha Avocado, Earl Grey of Blueberry, Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Strawberry Banana, Matcha Avocado, Earl Grey of Blueberry, Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 scoops of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Chili Chocolate, Strawberry Banana, Matcha Avocado, Earl Grey of Blueberry, Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Lemon Tangerine Basil, Chili Chocolate, Strawberry Banana, Matcha Avocado, Earl Grey of Blueberry, Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love scooped for me: Maple Caramel, Lemon Tangerine Basil, Chili Chocolate, Strawberry Banana, Matcha Avocado, Earl Grey of Blueberry, Watermelon Hibiscus, Daaaark Chocolate Mint, 4 Vanilla Rose, 3 Lemonhead, 2 heaps of S’more, and Peach with Elderberry Tea.

Happy holidays from Nice Vice, and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Chris White

Happy Holidays, Vancouver! This time of year is looked forward to for many reasons, including the variety of candy and confections—like chocolate. And although chocolate is typically thought of as a sugary treat to only be consumed in scarcity, we disagree with that notion!

In case you haven’t already heard, chocolate should no longer be considered an unhealthy junk food that causes acne, obesity and high cholesterol. With the latest research and studies, dark chocolate (the cocoa) is proving to be a nutritious superfood offering many positive health benefits!

(Dark chocolate is dairy-free, of course.)

Here’s the low down: chocolate can be considered a healthy snack when it’s made with at least 70% cocoa and you limit your consumption to no more than 7 ounces a week. Once you add milk, butter and sugar to cocoa, the health benefits substantially decline.

The next time you’re pondering over the many choices of chocolate bars in the check-out line at your grocery store, skip the basic brands and look for a label that offers the rich goodness of cocoa without the extras!

Here are some reasons why cocoa is good for you:

Good for Your Heart

There are a number of great reasons to bring a box of good quality chocolate to someone with a broken heart. (Did you realize that chocolate is actually good for a broken heart?) According to various studies, cocoa products, which are rich sources of flavonoids, have been shown to reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. (1)

One study also showed that cocoa and dark chocolate contained more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than other fruits they tested, which included blueberries and acai berries. (2)

Who knew!?

Good for Your Brain

Studies are also suggesting that due to improved blood flow to certain areas of the brain, cocoa prevents cognitive decline, especially in elderly people with mental impairment. Go ahead and have that cup of hot chocolate or two if it’s cold out—not just to keep you warm, but for the goodness of your brain! (3) 

Good for Your Mood

When times get tough, we tend to make ourselves feel better by pulling on our sweat pants and kicking back on the couch with an assortment of junk food and an appropriately emotional movie. May we recommend you go ahead and fill up on dark chocolate and a tub of vice cream for such occasions?

Scientists have found that cocoa has shown antidepressant-like effects on certain physiological processes. Also, the flavonols and presence of neurochemical phenylethylamine promotes the feeling of contentment to enhance your mood.

So if you’re stressed or depressed, have some dark chocolate! (4)

It’s no coincidence that you will find that at least half a dozen of our awesome flavours of vice cream are made with the goodness of dark chocolate in some variation or another! Chocolate is a crowd pleaser; always has been, and always will be.

So come on in to Nice Vice to try our popular Dark Chocolate Mint and see what we’re talking about—you won’t regret it. We’re located at 1022 Mainland Street, in the heart of Yaletown.

See you soon!

 

Could Santa Be Dairy-Free, Too?!

Chris White

You know times have really changed when Santa’s drinking almond milk to go with his vegan, sugar-free cookies. This is because people around the world (including the North Pole!) have been paying close attention to the latest science and research surrounding the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

For many, this includes eliminating dairy—and for a number of reasons. (We wrote a blog about this back in July that you can read here.) Although it’s definitely great to make better choices for a healthy diet and lifestyle, there are some things that don’t have to change much to accomplish this—like Christmas traditions!

Leaving a snack and some milk for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve is one tradition that will live on forever. This year, consider pouring Santa a cup of your favourite milk alternative. He might be glad you did, because even Santa could be dairy-free!

Although we use mainly sweet potato milk and brown rice milk in our vice cream (and we only create nut-free flavours so we can accommodate more people with food sensitivities!), here are our other favourite dairy-free milk options to consider pouring instead of regular milk:

Almond Milk

Almond milk, a fabulous alternative, is plant-based with a silky texture and a nutty taste. Containing only 60 calories in one cup compared to 146 in whole milk, it can help you avoid dairy and also assist in your weight loss goals!

Almond milk also offers a healthy dose of calcium and vitamin D, which, when working together, help to protect your bones and teeth.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk beverage (not to be confused with canned coconut milk or coconut water) is known for its rich and creamy taste, thanks to its higher content of healthy fat (4.5 grams per cup).

Becoming ever so popular for drinking straight from a glass, adding to cereal or a smoothie, or used for cooking and baking, coconut milk can be found in the dairy-free milk section at most grocery stores.

Hemp Milk

Want to get great protein in milk? Drink some hemp! Made from hemp seeds, hemp milk contains a healthy 5 grams of protein, along with 3 grams of healthy fat. And get this: an entire day’s recommended intake of omega-3 fats! Hemp milk has a strong nutty flavour, which is more popular with savory dishes and great for cooking with.

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is similar to almond milk in taste, only a little sweeter and creamier. This makes it great in coffee! Nutrients include 5 grams of fat and a gram of protein.

You can easily make raw creamy cashew milk in seconds with your blender: here’s how! Cashew milk is also an excellent milk alternative for baking, with a little less nutty flavour than almond or hemp milk.

So there you have it! Whether he’s vegan or has a dairy sensitivity (both could apply—you never know!), Santa would probably thoroughly enjoy a cup of dairy-free milk when he can get it. Let’s help him out with that!

And, for a really special treat (if it doesn’t melt or get eaten by an elf before he arrives), leave him a scoop of our 0% dairy vice cream! Try our new holiday flavours that we’ll be debuting for Yaletown’s CandyLand celebration on Saturday November 26th. These include Candy Cane (obviously) and Dark Chocolate Peppermint!

Happy Holidays from Nice Vice! 

Tea Time at Nice Vice: Who Doesn't Love Earl Grey?!

Chris White

Who doesn’t love to sip on a warm cup of black tea every now and then? On second thought, it’s probably safe to assume that if you’re a black tea drinker, you likely enjoy at least one cup (or two), daily.

There’s something very calming about sipping on tea; from lightly grasping the delicate cup, to the warm aromatic steam on your face and the earthy rich flavor. There are a number of reasons why we love black tea, and it’s no wonder why it is one of the most widely consumed teas in the world—it comes with a bunch of health benefits that you might not know about!

Despite the caffeine (which is only half of what a cup of coffee would contain), black tea is calorie-free and contains antioxidants among other healthy components. When you learn about some of these positive health benefits, you’ll see why we chose to include black tea as an ingredient in some of our vice cream flavours.

(Earl Grey Bergamot (with activated charcoal!), Earl Grey Blueberry, and Lavender Earl Grey are recent examples of this!)

What is Black Tea Exactly?

Black tea leaves come from the same shrub as green, white, and oolong teas: Camellia Sinensis.[1] [2] The natural processing of the leaves in black tea is unique, as they are wilted and then oxidized, meaning the chemicals in the leaves are exposed to moist, oxygen-rich air. This process turns the leaves from green to a dark brownish/black colour.[3]  

Rich in Antioxidants

Having a rich source of antioxidants in your diet is highly beneficial for fighting off free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases.[4] [5] Black tea is full of polyphenols, an antioxidant that contributes to protecting your cells from DNA damage.[6] [7] (Side note: this means that this antioxidant will also promote the appearance of younger, healthier skin!)

Research is also suggesting that polyphenols and catechins (an oral protecting antioxidant found in the tea), may prevent certain types of cancer. In fact, women who drink black tea on a regular basis are lowering their risk of ovarian cancer and cardiovascular disease![8]

Reduces Stress

A cup of black tea will instantly perk anyone up. Sure, the caffeine can be associated to that sudden burst of energy. However, there’s another reason: the bergamot that we combine with our Earl Grey vice cream is known for its mood-boosting qualities! The citrusy, floral aroma of bergamot also effectively calms emotions of those suffering with anxiety, depression or stress.

So if you’re looking to turn your day around, try a cup (or a scoop!) of Earl Grey Bergamot!

If you’re in the Yaletown area, come on in for a scoop of Earl Grey to enjoy the health benefits of black tea. Remember, our flavours change daily, and we don’t want you to miss out! If you’d like to know if we’re scooping Earl Grey, please don’t hesitate to call the shop and ask.

See you soon! Have a Nice Vice day.

References

[1] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/black-tea-uses-and-risks

[2] http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20534999,00.html

[3] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/black-tea-uses-and-risks

[4] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/black-tea-uses-and-risks

[5] http://www.livestrong.com/article/97747-health-benefits-earl-grey-tea/

[6] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/black-tea-uses-and-risks

[7] http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20534999,00.html

[8] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/black-tea-uses-and-risks

Avoiding Animal Products? Come to Nice Vice!

Chris White

While many of us are making the choice to avoid animal products, it’s not always for the same reason. Whether it’s because of a food sensitivity or an ethical stance, veganism is rising in popularity, as more and more people are realizing the immense health, humane, and environmental benefits of such a decision.

So how tough is it to find plant-based food in Vancouver? It’s actually not! There are many restaurants and eateries that cater to the vegan next door, and this includes Nice Vice.

Now that we have our new fall pop-up collaboration with Tasty Plants, you can enjoy a hot, vegan lunch alongside your dairy-free vice cream. How awesome is that?! Tasty Plants is offering a variety of yummy vegan comfort foods, such as chili, burgers, wraps, salads, and soups.

Yaletown—you’re welcome.

But back to the three main reasons for cutting animal products...let’s talk about that:

For Increased Wellness

Studies show that people who adopt a plant-based diet reduce their risk of heart disease[1], stroke, diabetes[2], and some cancers.[3] It’s also known to help people reduce or eliminate their need for prescription medication[4], and it also helps people lose weight.[5]

Cutting animals products also assists in clearing up skin conditions[6], promoting better rest, and greatly helping with digestive issues.[7] For more information on the latter, we recommend reading Happy Healthy Gut by local Vancouver author, Jennifer Browne.

For the Love of Animals

There’s no question that the production of animal products is not a kind or clean one. “Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year”[8] to feed people that could otherwise completely sustain themselves on a plant-based diet.

This is unnecessary and cruel.

For a Healthier Environment

The agricultural industry is the single most destructive force on our environment—period. The amount of methane gas that’s released each day into the atmosphere is astounding, as is this water usage statistic:

“To produce one pound of beef is 1,799 gallons of water; one pound of pork takes 576 gallons of water. As a comparison, the water footprint of soybeans is 216 gallons; corn is 108 gallons.”[9]

Although we could go on and on (and on and on and on) about these issues, we won’t. But one thing is glaringly clear, and that’s the need for vegan food. No more excuses, right? If restaurants and eateries are providing more vegan options that ever before, then we need to seriously consider the fact that plant-based food is officially in solid demand—and there are great reasons for that.

The next time you’re in Yaletown, stop by for lunch. We are open Monday to Friday from 11-2pm for our new, hot menu, and we scoop our vice cream (flavours change daily!) every day from 2-10pm. We hope to see you soon!

Have a nice vice day.

References

[1] https://www.pcrm.org/about/volunteer/preventing-and-reversing-heart-disease

[2] http://www.forksoverknives.com/how-i-reversed-my-diabetes-and-stopped-all-medications-with-a-plant-based-diet/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3048091/ 

[4] http://www.forksoverknives.com/how-i-reversed-my-diabetes-and-stopped-all-medications-with-a-plant-based-diet/

[5] http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/a-guide-to-healthy-weight-loss

[6] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anjali-sareen/vegan-benefits_b_2919946.html

[7] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/28/health-benefits-vegetarian_n_7054920.html

[8] http://www.animalequality.net/food

[9] http://foodtank.com/news/2013/12/why-meat-eats-resources

Tasty Plants + Our New Fall Pop-Up Menu

Chris White

Happy October, peeps! We hope everyone had a great weekend, full of love and family and thankfulness. We also hope that everyone is going to be as excited as we are about our new collaboration with Tasty Plants! Here are the details:

As of October 18th, Nice Vice will no longer serve only cold eats! We’ll be rolling out our new fall, vegan pop-up lunch menu, which will include items like:

·         Soup

·         Chili

·         Sandwich of the day

·         Beefless Burger (served with a variety of sides)

·         Double Cheese Burger with Smoked Cashew Cheddar

·         One daily special (such as a Tasty Plants Power Bowl or burrito)

And don’t worry—Nice Vice will still be serving up fresh and creative vice cream flavours (like Pumpkin Spice and Marshmallow Hot Chocolate) for fall! Haven’t heard of Tasty Plants yet? Here’s what you need to know:

“Tasty Plants started with the idea of creating a business that would help people with busy schedules by providing them with good and nutritious meals, while promoting the consumption of plant-based products.

Eating a diet loaded with plant-based foods will provide you with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, low fat and high fiber, all the elements needed for optimal health.

A plant-based diet can heal not only our bodies and spirits, but also our environment and our beautiful planet.”

In other words, this collaboration is perfect fit for our values and intent here at Nice Vice, as well as what we believe to be important to our loyal customers. You can find Tasty Plants meals in shops like Pomme Natural Market and the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market—or, come visit Nice Vice on or after October 18th!

We hope you come check out our fall pop-up next week, and let us know your thoughts. If you guys love our new menu, there will be more to come—so we value your input!

See you soon at 1022 Mainland Street, located right in the heart of Yaletown. And come hungry, peeps!

Have a nice vice day.

 

Hemp Helps! Here's Why:

Chris White

Friends, it’s fall in Vancouver! Can you believe it?! But just because the weather is cooler, does not mean we’re slowing down at Nice Vice—in fact, we have some exciting events, new flavours, and surprise additions to the menu to introduce to you this season!

One of them is hemp. (Yup.)

Hemp (or commercial hemp) comes from the cannabis sativa plant, but is a very distinct strain of the species and contains a lower concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and a higher concentration of cannadiol (CBD) than marijuana does, which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. 

Hemp seeds (commonly referred to as hemp hearts) are proving to be highly nutritious, offering a number of healthy benefits to your diet. More and more, word is getting out and people are turning to the plant with a reputation for its health benefits.

For reasons near and dear to us, we thought we would highlight the nutritional values found in the plant once it gets refined into hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, or even hemp flour.

Why?

Because we use hemp in our vice cream! (But you knew that, right?) ;)

Hemp Seeds: A Great Source of Plant-Based Protein

If you eat an exclusively or primarily plant-based diet, you’ll want to add hemp seeds to your pantry, stat. Hemp seeds are a rare source of complete protein—a nutrient powerhouse when it comes to providing all nine essential amino acids (though it is a little low in the amino acid lysine). 

Our bodies don’t produce these essential amino acids naturally, therefore, we rely on a healthy diet in order to get our recommended intake and fend off nasty toxins. About 25% of the total calories in hemp seeds come from protein, which is relatively high. (To put this in perspective, quinoa is the only other plant-based source of complete protein.) By adding two to three tablespoons of hemp seeds to your next salad or smoothie, you will be getting a healthy 10 grams of high-quality protein in your serving! 

Hemp for the Heart

Studies are linking the arginine and gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seeds to reducing inflammation, which may decrease your risk in diseases such as heart disease. Other studies are also indicating that hemp helps in reducing blood pressure, reducing the chance of blood clot formation, and even improving the recovery of the heart after a heart attack!

Hemp for Happy Digestion

You can find a good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre in whole hemp seeds: approximately 1 gram per 3 tablespoons! Depending on how you’re serving it, you can easily help achieve your daily recommended dose of fibre each day (which for women is 25 grams, and men 38).

So next time you’re thinking about what to have for dessert, remember than your treats can be kind to your body—they don’t have to be bad and make you feel guilty after. Guilt-free indulgence in what Nice Vice is all about!

Come check us out at 1022 Mainland Street in Vancouver, and have a nice vice day.

References

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/ask-diet-doctor-hemp-seeds-hype

http://bodyecology.com/articles/hemp_nutty_food_source_good_for_you.php

https://authoritynutrition.com/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/167905-what-are-the-benefits-of-hemp-seeds/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropping Knowledge: 5 Health Benefits of Pineapple

Chris White

Happy September, friends! Back-to-school is officially underway, and we’re psyched to promote our yummy and nutritious vice cream as a healthy snack for your littles!

One of the many ingredients we use in our plant-based vice cream is pineapple—and for good reason! Turns out, pineapple contains a ton of health benefits! In this blog post, we’re highlighting 5 of them.

Aaaaaand go:

Pineapple Improves Digestion

Pineapple naturally improves digestive health, because according to the Mayo Clinic, it contains high levels of bromelain, which is an enzyme that breaks down protein.

And protein (especially non-plant-based) can be difficult to digest!

Also, pineapple is loaded with fibre, which we all know is completely necessary for a healthy gut. It helps relieve constipation and symptoms of IBS.  

Pineapple is Anti-Inflammatory

In a 2012 study conducted by Biotechnology Research International, researchers concluded that the bromelain found in pineapple exhibited various anti-inflammatory activities.[1]

So instead of reaching for Advil next time you experience some swelling, maybe fresh pineapple will do the trick, instead! (Minus the adverse side-effects found in commercially prepared medications…)

Pineapple Increases Eye Health

Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin C, antioxidants, manganese, and potassium. This amazing combination of goodies helps fight against cell damage (mentioned further below!), and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, an eye disease that typically affects older people.[2]

Pineapple is also a great source of the orange-hued chemical compound beta carotene, which is essential for good eye health.[3] (Like carrots!)

Pineapple Boosts the Immune System

A 2014 study revealed that the vitamin C levels in pineapple are high enough to do some serious damage to intruding viruses. Because inflammation and disease are so closely related, the anti-inflammatory actions that pineapple is capable of greatly assists the body in immune support.[4]

Pineapple is Nature’s Aspirin

“There is some evidence that suggests that bromelain may help keep platelets in the blood from sticking together, which in turn may help prevent blood clots.”[5] In other words, snacking on fresh pineapple throughout the week prior to a long flight might be a great idea.

(Adversely, it may also promote bleeding in some people and should be avoided by those prone to prolonged bleeding—if you’re on medication that thins your blood, pineapple may not be the best choice for you.)[6]

One More…

And for an extra tidbit of good news? In that same 2012 study we cited earlier, pineapple also “possesses some anti-cancerous activities and promotes apoptotic cell death.”[7] In other words, pineapple can also help with cancer prevention![8]

At Nice Vice, pineapple can be found in many of our flavours, including Pina Colada. Come try! Now that you know what pineapple can do for you, and that we only use fresh, real, whole ingredients in our vice cream, you’ll have to stop by with your kiddos and sample.

Have a nice vice day!

 

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529416/

[2] http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-incredible-pineapple-benefits-from-promoting-eye-health-to-burning-fat-1426403

[3] http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-incredible-pineapple-benefits-from-promoting-eye-health-to-burning-fat-1426403

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24766384

[5] http://www.spahuahin.net/blog/pineapple-amazing-health-benefits

[6] http://www.spahuahin.net/blog/pineapple-amazing-health-benefits

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529416/

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24123777

The Science Behind How You Taste Our Nice Vice Cream

Chris White

Hey, friends! We’ve officially been open for business in our new Yaletown location for almost 7 months, now! That’s amazing to us! In that time, we’ve experimented with a ton of different ingredients to bring our loyal customers interesting flavours that can’t be found anywhere else.

(Flavours like Earl Grey Bergamot, Fennel Licorice, and Lychee Hibiscus!)

Although the ingredients themselves are interesting, it’s the science behind how our tongues and palates receive those flavours that’s really cool.

Taste + Emotion

Evolutionarily speaking, there is a strong connection between taste and emotion. Thousands of years ago, humans knew which foods were nutritious and which ones were harmful through taste. Bitter or sour tastes were typically indicative of foods that may be poisonous and could pose a threat, while sweet and salty foods were ones often high in protein and therefore needed for survival.

Today, we still somewhat associate those flavours with recoil and delight!

The Big 5

All five tastes (sweet, salty, savoury, sour, and bitter) can be detected on the same areas of the tongue. Basically, the outside edge of your tongue is where taste buds are the most sensitive. This way, when we put something in our mouths that is poisonous or spoiled, we have time to spit the offending food back out before swallowing it.[1]

Adults have approximately anywhere between 2000 and 4000 taste buds.[2] All of these taste buds are individually connected to nerve sensors, which send signals straight to your nervous system:

“About half of the sensory cells react to several of the five basic tastes. They only differ by having varying levels of sensitivity to the different basic tastes. Each cell has a specific palette of tastes with fixed rankings: this means that a particular cell might be most sensitive to sweet, followed by sour, salty and bitter, while another has its own ranking.”[3]

A World of Possibilities

10,000 different flavours are possible to detect on the adult human tongue.[4] That’s why so many of us differ in what flavours we prefer, and which we could do without!

At Nice Vice, we try to formulate different types of flavours, and then offer pairings to further enhance your vice cream experience (Jonny Hetherington hot sauces, flavored sea salts from The Salt Dispensary, and more). Because of this, the complex flavours found in our vice cream are totally different that those found in other scoop shops!

Stop by today to see what tastes and flavours appeal to you—they’re sure to be slightly different than what appeals to the person next to you, and that’s super cool.

We’re located at 1022 Mainland Street in Yaletown—come visit today!

References:

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072592/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072592/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072592/

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072592/

The Sweet Health Benefits of Sweet Potato

Chris White

As most of our customers probably already know, our vice cream is totally plant-based, which means that zero dairy is used in the making of our vice cream. A common question we are often asked, is what do we use in place of dairy for our base? The answer, of course, is coconut...and sweet potato!

Health Benefits of Sweet Potato

Sweet potato may look underwhelming, but the associated health benefits are amazing. At Nice Vice, our mission is to provide our loyal customers with a guilt-free indulgence that they can happily eat, regardless of allergy, sensitivity, or ethical preference.

With interesting ingredients like coconut, activated charcoal, basil, fennel, vanilla bean, and dark chocolate, we strive to provide variety and excitement to your next scoop stop.

So why leave out a nutritionally valuable game player like sweet potato?!

A Sweet Nutritional Profile

Aside from being perfect in terms of taste and texture for our plant-based vice cream, sweet potato is also teeming with carotenoids like beta carotene, which improves your vision and makes you more immune to disease.

“As well as containing carotenoids, sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and potassium.”[1]

Dr. John McDougall, author of The Starch Solution, often proclaims that sweet potatoes are as close to nutritionally perfect as it gets.[2]

Sweet Potatoes are a Pretty Sweet Deal

Another cool thing about sweet potato? It’s a starch, which means it’s full of natural sugar. This means that we don’t have to add as much organic cane sugar to our vice cream as we would if it was made with dairy.

Also, the sugar that sweet potatoes contain are different: they slowly release their goodness into the bloodstream, making it a much healthier energy source that won’t spike your blood sugar. Ultimately, this means that it’s a better choice for diabetics.[3]

Pretty sweet, right?!

If you haven’t tried our vice cream yet, visit us at 1022 Mainland Street, Vancouver, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see where we are around town. We offer a guilt-free indulgence that you have to try! For a full list of flavours, visit our website at nicevicecream.com

Have a Nice Vice day!

References:

[1] http://www.nicevicecream.com/nice-vice-creamery-news/?offset=1436396113471

[2] https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/lesson-in-nutrition/

[3] http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/sweet-potatoes-good-diabetics-1614.html

Fennel for Flawlessly Fabulous Health

Chris White

Last week, we debuted our new Fennel Licorice Vice Cream. Fennel is a stronger flavour, and we loved the idea of making vice cream with it, because of its purported health benefits. But we had no idea just how many health benefits there actually are to fennel and fennel seeds!

Here is what we discovered, and why YOU should treat yourself to a scoop of our new flavour, pronto:

Fennel Seed is Anti-Inflammatory

That’s right: fennel seed can help aid the body in ridding itself of inflammation. Since many doctors and naturopaths consider inflammation to be the number one cause of chronic disease[1], this reason to indulge in this particular food is a biggie.

Fennel Seed is a Digestive Aid

Not only can fennel decrease inflammation in the gut (see previous paragraph), it can also help with bad breath and heartburn. That’s pretty amazing! Aside from this, fennel seed also relieves stomachaches and constipation, and can even improve the symptoms of an irritable colon![2]

Fennel Seed is a Respiratory Helper

If you look at the ingredients in medicinal tea created for colds and coughs, you’ll usually find fennel seed in there. Fennel is incredible for relieving built-up mucous in the lungs, which can trigger coughs and more serious viruses like pneumonia.[3]

Fennel Rids Your Body of Retained Water

This is one major reason to introduce fennel to your diet: it helps your body to let go of retained water and the result will be a less-bloated, more defined appearance. When your body deems it safe to let go of water that its built up, a happy side effect is that you’ll also lose weight.[4]

Fennel Seed Aids the Reproductive System

In a 2011 study conducted by the Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, researchers concluded that “fennel extracts could reduce the severity of PMS.”[5] [6] It’s also well known to assist in breastfeeding and fertility.[7]

Why?

Because fennel seeds contain phytoestrogens, which mimic the natural hormone estrogen.[8] Basically, fennel seeds are great for women’s health.

Fennel Seed Can Help to Prevent Cancer

It’s true, and we have the research study references to back it up! As was written previously, fennel seed is amazing because it’s very anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is a breeding ground for various diseases like cancer.

In one recent study, researchers wrote that fennel seeds have “strong free radical-scavenging activity (100%).”[9] Because the herb contains phytoestrogens, it’s been strongly linked in the naturopathic community to both the prevention and treatment of both breast and prostate cancer.[10] [11]

So there you have it! Fennel and fennel seeds officially rock. Come by our dairy-free creamery and try some Fennel Licorice Vice Cream—you’ll love it, and you’ll love knowing that it’s insanely good for your body, too.

We’re at 1022 Mainland Street, Vancouver, and you can also find us on social to see what we’re up you. Happy summer, friends!  

References:

[1] http://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com/2013/12/the-natural-cancer-killer-nobody-wants-you-to-know-about/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4137549/

[3] http://www.healthline.com/health/8-ways-fennel-can-improve-your-health

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4525133/

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3719290/

[6] http://www.healthline.com/health/8-ways-fennel-can-improve-your-health

[7] http://www.livestrong.com/article/413389-fennel-seeds-for-breastfeeding/

[8] http://www.livestrong.com/article/413389-fennel-seeds-for-breastfeeding/

[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21812646

[10] http://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com/2013/12/the-natural-cancer-killer-nobody-wants-you-to-know-about/

[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464689

Meet Our Current Nice Vice Collaborators!

Chris White

Happy Wednesday, peeps! We have been so incredibly blessed to be connected with some pretty amazing people and local businesses here in Vancouver, and if there’s one thing we can say about our community, it’s that we thoroughly enjoy the love fest that’s created between the members of our ever-growing tribe!

We wanted to publically thank our current Nice Vice collaborators and introduce them to you, so without further adieu, here they are:

Spark Kombucha

At Nice Vice, we make healthy kombucha floats using our vice cream and kombucha from Spark Kombucha. Haven’t had one yet? You’re missing out!

Spark Kombucha is handcrafted, cultured, and great for your gut. Teeming with beneficial probiotics, this incredible drink is both delicious and honestly healthy. If you love root beer floats, you’ll love a kombucha one, too.

Cold Brew Bike

Vancouver’s very own Cold Brew Bike is brought to you straight from Green Coast Craft Coffee. At Nice Vice, we use this delicious and sustainably organic coffee to make our plant-based affogatos—a treat not to overlook! If you’ve never tried an affogato before, today’s your lucky day.

Come see us!

The Salt Dispensary

With us right from the very start, The Salt Dispensary plays a huge role in our customer’s ability to be creative with their vice cream. For each vice cream flavour we produce, The Salt Dispensary provides us with a matching and complimentary sea salt to offer our customers.

It’s not a must (our vice cream is fantastic on its own!), but if you haven’t yet tried sprinkling a little bit of healthy sea salt on your vice cream, you should.

Phillips Soda Works

Remember the float talk? Phillips Soda Works provides us with delicious root beer as an alternative to the kombucha we offer! So no matter what your float preference, we have you covered.

Order the Vanilla Vice and watch our Nice Vice crew cover it with Phillips Soda Works root beer—you won’t be sorry!

Jonny Hetherington Essentials

If you think fruity and heat don’t go together, you may need to taste what we do with Jonny Hetherington’s incredible hot sauce! Jonny’s sauce The Beat is amazing on vice cream flavours such as Passionfruit, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, and Coconilla.

Don’t believe us? We challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and give this one a try.

So there you have it; our incredible collaborators. Find them on social, and find us at 1022 Mainland Street, Vancouver. Have a Nice Vice day!

Is Dairy Healthy for Your Body?

Chris White

If your childhood was anything like most kids’ in North America, you may have been raised on the idea that milk was a health food. I mean, it was marketed as such on radio and television, and still is today.

Except today we know better.

We’re finding out all sorts of facts about how dairy actually affects your body, and what it takes to get dairy products from farm to fork. Turns out, it’s not healthy at all, and it takes a lot: a lot of money, resources, unnecessary suffering, and environmental devastation[1] go into the production of dairy products.

But back to your health.

Is dairy really healthy for your body? Nope. Dairy is good for a calf’s body, but not your very different human one.

Your body is uniquely amazing. It knows how to regulate itself in ways science still doesn’t fully understand. But when outside influences like dairy are constantly being introduced to our own delicate processes, your body suffers.

Here are a few reasons why dairy messes with your body:

Dairy Lowers with Your Body’s pH

Your body naturally wants to operate at a pH level of around 7.1-7.3. But because dairy is so acidic—yes, acidic—your body is constantly fighting to stay neutral. In a neutral pH zone, your body can rid itself of disease, but when your body becomes acidic, disease (like cancer) flourishes.[2]

Dairy contributes to excessive acidity in your body.[3]

Dairy is Bad for Your Bones; Not Good

Milk does a body good? Umm…no. In fact, it does the opposite—especially when it comes to your bones. Did you know that continents (like Asia and Africa) that consume the least amount of dairy also have the least amount of osteoporosis?[4]

True story.

Dairy actually leaches calcium from our bones; it doesn’t contribute any extra.[5] And vitamin D has been shown to be more important for bone health, anyway! Not calcium.[6]

Dairy Causes Ear, Nose and Throat Issues

Dairy consumption is directly related to increased incidents of asthma, and other ear, nose, and throat issues.[7] Children that are diagnosed with lactose intolerance are usually done so after experiencing chronic ear and throat infections, wheezing, asthma, and hearing issues.[8]

Dairy Aggravates Digestive Issues

If you suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) like another 80-100 million North Americans do[9], dairy could be your worst enemy. Dairy aggravates existing digestive issues, and contributes to the emergence of others. It’s also a huge contributor in excessive gas and bloating, since most of us can’t processes milk proteins. (Again, milk is for cows, not humans.)

Most shockingly, numerous recent studies have shown that there is definitely a positive correlation between dairy products and colon cancer.[10]

Dairy Contributes to Poor Skin Conditions

Dairy is a main contributor to chronic acne and generally poor skin conditions. If you suffer from an unideal complexion, try eliminating dairy products from your diet.[11]

Still not convinced? We challenge you to give up dairy for 30 days and see what the effects that decision has on your body. And then comment on this blog post and let us know your thoughts! Has eliminating dairy worked for you? Do you know someone who has given up dairy and reaped a few healthy rewards?

Let us know.

And get social with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We love hearing from our customers. Visit us at 1022 Mainland for a dairy-free vice cream cone, and see for yourself that eliminating dairy from your diet doesn’t mean you have to give anything up.

(Except for your acne, IBS, and chronic wheezing. That stuff can go.) Have a nice vice day!

Resources

[1] http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.HTM

[2] http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5226/Why-You-Should-Ditch-Dairy-for-Better-Health.html

[3] http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5226/Why-You-Should-Ditch-Dairy-for-Better-Health.html

[4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christiane-northrup/osteoporosis-treatment-a_b_585528.html

[5] http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/calcium-and-strong-bones

[6] http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/calcium-and-strong-bones

[7] http://www.foodmatters.com/article/is-cows-milk-giving-you-asthma

[8] http://www.godairyfree.org/news/nutrition-headlines/doctors-concede-milk-can-cause-persistent-ear-nose-and-throat-problems

[9] http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/digestive-diseases-statistics-for-the-united-states.aspx

[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21617020

[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21335995

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint at Nice Vice

Chris White

At Nice Vice, we’re over talking about making a global impact—we want to actually make one! By actively strategizing clean and kind ways that we can produce a yummy product for our customers that is also environmentally friendly, we feel it’s a win-win for everyone.

Here are 5 ways that we’re actively working to reduce our carbon footprint:

We Source Local

We work very hard to only use local ingredients in our vice cream. That’s why our flavours change every couple of days! As seasons roll in and out, different options become available for local produce, which means our vice cream flavours vary, too.

We also make an effort to collaborate with other local businesses, like The Salt Dispensary, Spark Kombucha, and Phillips Soda Works.

Our Packing in 100% Compostable

Reducing the amount of garbage that lands in a landfill is extremely important to our day-to-day operations. That’s why every container that your vice cream is served in—whether it’s a single cup, a pint, and even your scoop—is 100% compostable and made from recycled and/or environmentally friendly materials.

Nice Vice is Dairy-Free

Producing dairy-free vice cream makes the biggest impact on our carbon footprint. By not contributing to the erroneous amount of methane gas that’s a direct result of agricultural farming production, we cut back on the active environmental devastation that’s associated with it.

If there’s one thing you can do to change your own global impact for the better, it’s eliminating meat and dairy from your diet.

Our Ride is Eco-Friendly

Although not electric, our cute little vice cream van is small—and so is its powerhouse! Designed in Japan as an urban delivery vehicle, its engine measures at only 600 cubic centimeters—the size of a motorcycle engine! Also, aside from being great on gas mileage, it also produces minimal fuel emissions.

We Ban GMOs from Our Shop

No genetically modified ingredients, here! At Nice Vice, we’re all about organic products that are free from pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that are known to be harmful to the health of almost all living things.

Not having that stance would defeat the purpose of what we’re all about: creating a healthy vice for our loyal customers.

A nice vice!

If you haven’t tried our product yet, be sure to stop by 1022 Mainland Street and do so. Our flavours change almost daily, so you’re sure to always find something unique and mind-blowing for your taste buds.

Remember that our vice cream is both gluten and dairy-free, and that you’ll leave with peace of mind knowing that our goal is to be kind to the environment in every way possible.

See you soon!

 

 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Organic Sea Salt

Chris White

In the last decade or so, sea salt has become a household commodity, praised for its many health benefits. These salts “contain a higher trace mineral content than refined table salt.”[1] But do you know exactly what those health benefits are, and why this natural food is important to your well-being?

Here are 5 health benefits of sea salt:

Fight Inflammation

Have you even bathed in sea salt water to try and reduce soreness in your muscles?[2] It also works from the inside-out! Consuming a pinch of organic sea salt every day is known to reduce inflammation, but the secret is to only consume a pinch. Consuming larger amounts can have the opposite effect, and encourage your body to retain water.

Sea salt also contributes to a healthy immune system, and fights infection due to its antibacterial properties![3]

Love Your Organs

Again, bathing in a sea salt bath can work wonders for skin ailments, like acne and psoriasis.[4] But consuming a small amount can also help your digestive system to stay regulated![5]

Balance Your Electrolytes

If you live a healthy lifestyle that involves moving your body regularly and partaking in regular fitness classes or activities, then you probably already know that balanced electrolytes (like potassium and magnesium) are the key to staying properly hydrated[6] and cramp-free.[7]

Instead of purchasing expensive sport drinks that are full of sugar and artificial colours and flavours, try adding a pinch of organic sea salt to your filtered water—it’s way healthier and easier for your body to process.

Regulate Your Cardiovascular System

Small amounts of regularly consumed organic sea salt can aid in normalizing irregular heartbeats and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.[8] It’s also shown to be beneficial in preventing the occurrence of certain cardiac disorders.

Reduce Acidity

Typically, the average healthy body sits at a neutral pH level of around 7.1. Anything under 7 is considered acidic, and anything over 7.3 is generally considered alkaline.

Although there is always a ton of hype about trying to make our bodies more alkaline, the secret is to be balanced (or neutral).[9] A healthy body will do everything in its power to always maintain a balance, but it’s hard when we don’t exercise properly or consume the right kinds of foods. When our bodies have to work really hard to achieve that perfect balance, that’s when we start to feel the negative effects of all that work.

Adding a pinch of sea salt to your food each day is a great way to help your body effortlessly stay at a balanced pH.[10] [11]

At Nice Vice, we like to use sea salt to change the flavour of our vice cream. We even encourage our customers to try adding a little to their treats for themselves! That’s why we collaborate with The Salt Dispensary—they create amazing, flavoured sea salts that complement the flavours of our vice cream. That way, our customers can incorporate the health benefits of sea salt into their already healthy vice cream.

It’s a win-win!

Visit us at 1022 Mainland Street and try it out for yourself, or watch for us in the media. Have a nice vice day!

Resources:

[1] https://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-healthy-salt-recommendations/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218

[3] http://readynutrition.com/resources/10-health-benefits-of-sea-salt_15092011/

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218

[5] http://www.livestrong.com/article/283817-what-are-the-benefits-of-sea-salt-water/

[6] http://www.seasalthealth.com/adding-sea-salt-to-your-drinking-water-can-help-with-hydration/

[7] http://readynutrition.com/resources/10-health-benefits-of-sea-salt_15092011/

[8] http://readynutrition.com/resources/10-health-benefits-of-sea-salt_15092011/

[9] http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6243/How-to-Balance-Your-pH-to-Heal-Your-Body.html

[10] http://thechalkboardmag.com/alkalizing-101-the-truth-about-salt-for-your-health

[11] http://readynutrition.com/resources/10-health-benefits-of-sea-salt_15092011/

Help Fight Climate Change + Eat Some Vice Cream!

Chris White

What comes to mind when someone speaks passionately about global warming and climate change? Do you get excited about doing your part to help the environment, or do you wonder if it’s just another conspiracy theory? Perhaps you’re informed, but unwilling to take action due to just plain lack of interest.

Or maybe you’re overwhelmed and not sure where to start!

Many of us now accept that human activities are the leading contributor to global warming, yet our North American agricultural industries are still the largest source of potent heat-trapping gasses like methane.[1] Methane traps about 25 times more heat than carbon monoxide, and as a result of this, the agriculture industry has an incredibly negative impact on both current and future climate conditions.[2]

Food for Thought

The desire to fight negative climate change pushes many of us to expand our knowledge and awareness surrounding our current food supply. It’s convenient and easy to pick up fast food and shop to fill our pantries and refrigerators without giving the source of our food a second thought. However; every small purchase involving the agriculture industry is a direct contribution to greenhouse gasses being emitted.[3]

We need to become more aware of the food we are consuming, where it’s coming from, and the impact it has on our environment. Farming cattle for beef and dairy is incredibly destructive to our planet[4], and although it may seem daunting to try and completely cut these foods from your diet, it’s very possible and actually much healthier for everyone in every way—there are lots of alternative options that will do your body (and our planet!) good!

A Nice (Vice) Solution

A simple and sweet alternative to dairy-based ice cream is our vice cream. Nice Vice is Canada’s first non-dairy, plant-based, micro-creamery, and we use only organic, dairy, soy, allergen, GMO, and cholesterol free ingredients that are kind to your body and our environment.

And it’s not like you’re sacrificing anything—we have an abundance of flavours and tastes to choose from! Whether you’re in the mood for our Lime Basil Tangerine, 50 Shades of Earl Gray, Strawberry Fiends, or our famous Matcha Avocado, we have you covered!

Our creative vice cream scientists are always experimenting to bring you something unique and healthy for your body, while also being mindful and intentional about our desire to reduce our (and your!) carbon footprint.

We fight climate change because we love the planet. Nice Vice 0% Dairy Creamery strives to achieve packaging that is 100% sustainable, recyclable and compostable by using only plant-based containers. So next time you wonder what you can do to help preserve our planet, remember that switching from traditional dairy ice cream to non-dairy vice cream is a great start!

Come find us at 1022 Mainland Street in Yaletown, and enjoy a vice cream while knowing your decision is an ethically and environmentally responsible one! Also, remember to find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have a Nice Vice day!

[1] https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.html

[2] https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.html

[3] http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/food-and-climate-change/

[4] http://www.environmentmagazine.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/2015/May-June%202015/meat_abstract.html

Health Benefits of Organic Cane Sugar

Chris White

Believe it or not, sugar is found in almost everything we eat. Although it’s impossible to completely cut sugar from your diet, it is possible to try and consume better quality versions. Sugars that naturally occur in fruit and whole grains are the best kind for your body, because they’re absorbed more slowly and are less likely to cause a spike in blood sugar.

But when we’re talking about adding sugar to something that doesn’t already naturally possess it—such as our vice cream—we have to make a choice. What type of sugar is better than others?

The conclusion we came to, is the less-refined organic cane sugar.

In a 2015 study titled Phytochemical profile of sugarcane and its potential health aspects, researchers concluded that sugarcane “has a great potential to be a valuable medicinal product.”[1]

What is Organic Cane Sugar?

Cane sugar is derived from the sugarcane plant, which is a staple in many cultures’ cuisines (especially in south-east Asia, where it’s indigenous). When it’s completely unrefined, it’s in actual sugarcane form; when it’s gone through a refining process, it’s called cane sugar.

What Organic Cane Sugar Contains

Cane sugar does not compensate taste with waste. Sugar cane has a rich, warm flavor, but also contains a significant number of calories (it’s still sugar, guys!). That’s why we use the absolute minimum required to create our vice cream—it’s truly low in sugar compared to other similar treats.

Cane sugar juice is widely used as a sports drink in Asian countries. A 2013 study found that it actually “enhances muscle glycogen resynthesis”, and therefore can be more effective as a rehydration drink than commercial sports drinks and even plain water in post-exercise![2]

It’s also “widely used in India in the treatment of jaundice, hemorrhage, dysuria, anuria, and other urinary diseases.”[3]

The Glycemic Index

Cane sugar is considered low on the glycemic index (GI). The GI is a measurement of how quickly a food will raise one’s blood sugar levels. The rating goes from 0 to 100, the latter of which is the equivalent to heavily processed, white bread. The lower the glycemic index is, the less effect it has on blood sugar spikes.

Minimally-refined cane sugar “has a glycemic index of 43, which, according to the American Diabetes Association, makes it a low-glycemic food.”[4]

What Organic Cane Sugar Doesn’t Have

Unlike heavily refined sugars, organic cane sugar is produced without the synthetic pesticides and herbicides. It’s low in cholesterol and sodium, and contains no saturated fats.[5]

So now you can eat your vice cream cone knowing that we’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure that you and your family are consuming the least amount of added sugar possible—and that what little sugar is added, is the very best quality we can find.

Pop into our scoop shop at 1022 Mainland Street and say hi! Or, visit us on social. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Have a nice vice day!

References:

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26009693

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880661/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26009693

[4] http://www.livestrong.com/article/495010-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-sugarcane/

[5] http://www.livestrong.com/article/495010-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-sugarcane/

Nice Vice + Kombucha = Awesome!

Chris White

Kombucha float, anyone? That's right; Nice Vice is now featuring kombucha floats!

But what the heck is kombucha?!

Known for its unique taste and crazy-awesome health benefits, kombucha is becoming more and more popular. The beverage goes through a fermentation process by converting carbohydrates to alcohol and carbon dioxide by using yeast and bacteria.[1]

Once prepared, kombucha is typically served as a chilled tea that has a unique taste, containing naturally-occurring sugars, fruit, and sometimes honey.

Guess what else? Kombucha is a total powerhouse for your mind, body, and soul. It contains b-vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics that offer immense short and long term benefits:

Body Detoxification

Kombucha is a great addition to any natural detox program.[2] We live in a world where fast food and sugary beverages are easily accessible. Although they may satisfy your thirst or hunger momentarily, they don’t provide your body with any internal gains.

The detoxification process happens because kombucha contains glucuronic acids that bind with a variety of different toxins that enter your body and liver. The expulsion of toxins reduce the burden on your pancreas and liver, resulting in more efficient bodily processes.[3]

Digestion

Kombucha contains healthy bacteria that your body needs.[4] Often when we hear the word bacteria, we automatically think of something going bad or sour, so we actively avoid eating or drinking it.

But the probiotics in Kombucha are living bacteria and yeasts that keep our gut running smoothly—they’re completely essential to good gut health, and since your gut is mostly in charge of your immune system, you benefit from probiotics in a host of amazing ways.[5]

In fact, probiotics prevent and assist with digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation. In short, kombucha helps sustain gut health and relief from abdominal related issues and enhances the breakdown of food in your digestive system.

Immunity

We all want our bodies to have the ability to sustain proper internal balance and fight against infection, allergies, viruses, and toxins that are constantly trying to take us down! The properties in kombucha contain rich anti-oxidants, which aid in a stronger immune system and defense response.[6]

Since our mission at Nice Vice is to provide a sweet treat that is actually good for your body, it only makes sense that we offer kombucha to our loyal customers. We know you care about your body, and we want you to know that we care, too.

Here are some of our current kombucha/nice cream pairings:

·         Raspberry kombucha with vanilla vice cream

·         Mojito kombucha with strawberry vice cream

·         Ginger kombucha with strawberry vice cream

·         Mojito kombucha with mango vice cream

·         Ginger kombucha with mango vice cream

·         Raspberry kombucha with mango vice cream

Come visit us at 1022 Mainland Street, try a mouthwatering kombucha float, and then visit us on social to let us know what you think about them.

Have a Nice Vice day!

References:

[1] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1541-4337.12073/full

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24192111

[3] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1541-4337.12073/full

[4] http://bodyecology.com/articles/kombucha_benefits_and_drawbacks.php

[5] http://bodyecology.com/articles/kombucha_benefits_and_drawbacks.php

[6] https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/2014/10/28/7ba5f68a-5ad6-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html

Activate Your Health this Spring!

Chris White

Happy Wednesday, friends! While we all hope for warmth and sunshine, we have some cool news to share with you:

Our creative team is always exploring new, natural, and healing ingredients that we can include in our plant-based vice cream. We always want our customers to get their sweet fix along with really great health benefits!

So, we’ve started using…activated charcoal! This incredible ingredient has not only created better results for some of our flavours (why and how we use it is an inside trade secret!), but also comes with some pretty awesome health benefits for your whole body.

In fact, it’s been used for health and healing purposes for over 3000 years![1]

Although the word ‘charcoal’ probably evokes images of the fire burning, wood-striking charcoal that we see outside in the summer, it’s actually much more than that. Derived from coconut shells, wood, or peat, activated charcoal forms a number of small and large pores on the surface, which help trap, bind and take in things that are toxic and poisonous to your body.[2]

Activated charcoal has to go through a process of being exposed to gases at high temperatures before it reaches this point, and then once it does, it’s like a sponge for toxins—absorbing 100 times its weight![3]

The charcoal counteracts the release of organic toxins, chemicals, and poisons before they can cause harm to the body, trapping and flushing them out before they even hit the blood stream—think about how amazing that is!

Besides the general detox benefit (which is big), there are other immense benefits of activated charcoal that we want to share with you. Here are 3 reasons we love the idea of adding the ingredient to our vice cream:

Bloating and Gas

Just like our organic, gluten-free vice cream that ensures you are not left feeling uncomfortable, the activated charcoal works in the same way. It binds to gas-causing products in food that cause discomfort, and keeps them from making you feel yucky.[4]

Skin Care

We care about preventing your skin outbreaks! That is why we make our Nice Vice dairy-free and low in sugar! With activated charcoal, the benefits double. Whether the culprit is food, beverages, or the environment, the toxins associated with each get flushed out of your system before they have an opportunity to cause harm.[5]

Oral Health

Activated charcoal promotes oral health by changing the pH! If you have yellow teeth due to excessive coffee, red wine, or other staining foods, activated charcoal can help![6]

To learn more about how to use activated charcoal, visit The Wellness Mama.

Come find us in Yaletown and try the same delicious recipes with the extra health benefits of activated charcoal! Questions and/or comments? Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Have a Nice Vice day!

REFERENCES:

[1] http://drjockers.com/activated-charcoal-the-master-detoxifier/ 

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0008816/?report=details

[3] http://www.eatthis.com/facts-about-drinking-activated-charcoal

[4] http://www.healthambition.com/benefits-of-activated-carbon-intestinal-gas/

[5] http://www.allure.com/beauty-products/2015/activated-charcoal-beauty-products#slide=1

[6] http://draxe.com/activated-charcoal-uses/