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Goddess of the Month: Amy Colville of aMYLK

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Amy is a beautiful soul inside and out. She has created a company out of her passion for living a healthy and whole life. When she agreed to be a Goddess of the Month I was thrilled. I knew that my readers would love to hear her story and how she started a delicious nut milk company. She is down to earth and has so much wisdom to offer. Amy, thank you for sharing your truth and for being a part of the Body Bliss Life Family! <3

 

INTERVIEW:

What inspired you to create your own company?

I’ve always had a creative mind when it came to business.  Even as a small child I loved coming up with “inventions” with my dad.  We came up with a lot of original concepts that actually eventually ended up being brought to market by others.  That’s the thing with ideas, you have to act on it right away, or someone else will!  I find the creative process really fulfilling, I love business, I love learning and I love self directing my life. I think if you interviewed most entrepreneurs you’d find they share similar traits.

Why nutmilk?

My family and friends have all asked the same thing!  Nut milk?  The simple answer is that I found something I’m passionate about that I LOVE enjoying and producing AND there was a hole in the market!  Globally, no one is producing and selling nut milk (soon to expand to seeds and possibly grains) that compares in taste, quality and nutrient density to aMYLK.  People love it and that lights me up inside!

It all boils down to LOVE.  I felt guided to this place.  I spent a lot of time soul searching, connecting with Source and seeking joy.  Many years ago I experienced some heart break and consequently some health issues that lingered for many years. Through the process of trying to heal, I explored a lot of dietary changes and life and mindset changes. I introduced daily smoothies, elixirs and protein shakes to my diet. When I learned that the nut milks that I was using were filled with synthetic vitamins and stabilizers and very few actual nuts I started to think about making my own.  One day, it all just came together and I knew. I thought, THIS IS IT!  One week later I had formed a company.  I LOVE what I’m doing.  This is my passion and I[‘m so excited, hopeful and happy to share it with others.  Finding and passing on what works for me brings me more joy than I can express.

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

My mother. She is giving, graceful and kind to her bones. It is hard not to admire my mom for her elegance, sophistication, intelligence and beauty.  She’s got all these hidden talents and is incredibly hard working.  The most wonderful thing about my mother is that she has never faltered in her faith in me.  I have always felt supported. She has made home making and child rearing an art form. Her life is art to me.

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?  

Pine Pollen and Mucuna Pruriens.  Amen. I am in love with Pine Pollen and I imagine pine trees would be hard to come by on a tropical island.  Pine pollen is gold. It makes me feel like my body is humming.  A simple sniff of it and I feel all tingly. I love it. It can act as an aphrodisiac, but I find that it is highly energizing for me.  It can help balance hormones which is especially important for both men & women as they approach middle age. 

Mucuna Pruriens is my second choice because of it’s ability to help elevate one’s mood. If I were stranded on an island I think I might feel a lot of tension from fear and loneliness. Macuna Pruriens can soothe the nervous system and elevate your mood. It takes the edge off and supports your overall well being.  I can just see myself now, cracking open some coconuts and making aMYLK elixirs with a big smile on my face sitting on a sandy beach somewhere. Yes.  I would be just fine.

What is your morning ritual? 

Journaling.  My life is very full.  With four children ages 8-16 and a start-up company the ONLY me time is very early in the morning and this is sacred time for me. My children all know that if they wake up and mommy is writing, they need to let me be.  It is in this space that I remember who I am and connect with my soul and decode all the daily occurrences that life presents to me as opportunities for growth.  This is where I speak to God.

How do you honor your feminine body? 

I have a lot of Venus in me and I don’t diminish it for anyone.  We are really funny in America about our attitudes toward sexuality and sensuality. On the one hand we are bombarded by media to be sexy and to look amazing, and then on the other hand we are not supposed to “show off” or be too sensual or we might give people the wrong idea.  What if we could just BE without SEEMING to be anything at all? I have come to love, cherish and celebrate my femininity. I let my hips sway when I walk because I am a woman! I’m proud of my curves and how I feel when I own them.  In a world of Yang, it feels good to let myself be Yin. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

I am a joy seeker. “Seek Joy” is the number one tenet of my life. In everything I do, I aim to feel joyful.  I have found that happiness isn’t the destination, it is the journey. It is following the trail of breadcrumbs which are the tiny sparkles of joy in life that lights me up. I try to follow the tiny sparkles every day. I smell the flowers. I read. I hike. I make aMYLK smoothies. I swim in waterfalls & I travel as often as I can. I do these things for the simple reason that they bring me joy.  When I feel joyful, I light myself up and I radiate the world with my happiness.  I have designed my life so that even the things I have to do, I feel pretty happy to do.  At a minimum, I aim to feel grateful, because even things that seem hard, painful and challenging have purpose in our lives. It has taken some time for me to realize this. LOL.  

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Let love lead.  

About Amy:

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Amy Colville is the Owner and Chief Joy Seeker at aMYLK, a plant-based mylk company located in Portland Oregon. A  mama of four, former collegiate soccer player and lifetime entrepreneur, Amy now finds her bliss making and delivering the world's best plant mylk.

Sexy aMYLK Latte

I first discovered aMylk through instragram. I was drawn to a company that made organic, high quality nut milks that were not filled with a ton of extra sugars and thickeners.  I reached out to Amy to see if she would like to collaborate on a recipe. When she said yes, I was over the moon excited. As you know, I am always eager to support and collaborate with kick-ass women who run kick-ass companies. Then when she asked me to infuse my feminine self into the recipe, I could I have burst with excitement. So into the kitchen I went to play. I pulled out all my hormone balancing/aphrodisiac herbs and adaptogens. Meet this delicious aphrodisiac and hormones balancing latte. I will explain why I used each ingredient below. I could not be more pleased without this turned out. It is delicious, a little sweet, loaded with amazing things to support and ignite your feminine body, plus its pretty and who doesn't like pretty things?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup aMYLK shop vanilla Hazelnut milk
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (regular, decaf or sub a cup of filtered water to make without)
  • 1 T Ahara Rasa Hot Date Ghee (optional but oh so delicious)
  • 1 T The Philosophie Cacao Magic or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp cordyceps
  • 1/4 tsp pine pollen
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • dried rose petals (i bought mine at Whole Foods)

heat the hazelnut mylk on low until hot, but not boiling. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy. Pour into your favorite mug and top with crushed rose petals. Indulge and enjoy.

CHOCOLATE has been known for centuries as a sensual food. It has been found to increase dopamine levels. Its aphrodisiac qualities come from a chemical called tryptophan, a building block of seratonin which a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. 

Chocolate always seems to get the spotlight when it comes to aphrodisia, but VANILLA is just as powerful. They enhance the hormones in the body that are associated with love and happiness. 

The caffeine in COFFEE ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow. 

MACA has a multitude of amazing benefits from mood boost and memory to female hormone balance, sexual health and fertility. This lovely root stimulates the organs responsible for hormone balance so they can function optimally. 

CORDYCEPS are the mushroom of sexual health. It increases the libido, make it easier for you to "get in the mood." It is also great for physical endurance.

PINE POLLEN is currently one of my favorite adaptogens. It helps to balance the testosterone levels in your as well as helps to increase libido. 

Because of GINGER'S of it's anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been long revered in helping with menstrual cramps and chronic pain. It's also an effective treatment for morning sickness. In some Hindu traditions; garlic, ginger and onion are not consumed as they are believed to rev the first and second chakra too strongly. 

CARDAMOM is related to ginger and can be used in many of the same ways. I use it daily as it tastes so delicious and lessens the acidity in coffee. 

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Nut Milk 101

About 3 years ago I started making my own nut milk. I started with a nutribullet and a colander. I had to make it in batches because the blender cup wasn't big enough, but I was determined. I was never pleased with what was on the market and wanted to feel good about what I was putting in my body. It took some trial and error, but I have settled on a recipe that is no fail and works every time. I'm lucky if a batch makes it 3 days in our house (as soon as I make a new one, my husband is all over it like bees to honey). I thought I would share what I have learned

The possibilities and combination are nearly are endless. I usually just use whatever I have on hand. I will do a single nut or seed or I will mix them together. Some need to be strained through a nut milk bag and some do not need straining. I listed all the ones I have tried below and categorized them into strain and no strain. 

Strain:

  • hazelnut
  • walnut
  • pumpkin seed
  • coconut
  • almond
  • pecan
  • macadamia 

No Strain:

  • hemp
  • sesame
  • cashew

You can use any combination you like. If you mix a nut or seed under the strain list with one under the no strain, you will need to strain it. 

Once you get the hang of it, making nut milk takes about 10 minutes or less.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of nuts or seeds (if using hemp seeds, only use 1/2 cup)
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 pitted date or 1 T honey, maple or coconut syrup
  • a generous pinch of sea salt (this is not optional, it is what will keep it from spoiling)
  • vanilla
  • Options add ins: cinnamon, ground cardamom,  Philosophie superfoods blend

Place the nuts or seeds into a bowl and cover with filtered water. Let soak for at least 2 hours (overnight is optimal). Soaking the nuts will not only help with digestion but also help to remove some anti-nutrients. When ready to make the milk, drain and rinse the nuts or seeds. 

In a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) add your soaked nuts, filtered water, sweetener of choice (if using), sea salt, vanilla and any add-ins. Blend on high for about a minute until creamy. You will need a double layer of cheese cloth or a nut milk bag.

Place your nut milk bag or cheese cloth over a large bowl and slowly pour in the nut milk. Squeeze until all the liquid is pressed out. You can reserve the pulp for smoothies, balls or baked good or compost it. Pour milk into a mason jar or liquid container. Will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.  

Q&A:

Where to purchase nuts and should they be organic? I Purchase most of my nuts from Trader Joes, Natural Grocers and Thrive Market. In my experience, they have the best prices for the highest quality.  If organic is available and a reasonable price, I will always go with organic. It really depends on the individual nut and whether it should be organic or not. Cashews are one that I don't budge on as they are sprayed with an extremely toxic pesticide that has been banned in most countries but is still allowed in the US. When it comes down to it, you have to make your own decision on whether you would like to purchase organic or not. For more info on which nuts should be organic, click here.

Why do you have to use salt: I made the mistake of not using salt once and the batch of milk was spoiled by the next day. It acts as a natural preservative.