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Wild Recipe: Watermelon Berry Agua Fresca

Mike Rothschild

Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients

  • ½ medium watermelon (8 cups diced)
  • 2 cups concentrated Wild Tri-Berry Tea (2 cups water, ½ cup tea)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
  • 4 cups ice

Directions

  1. Brew your tea: bring two cups of water to a simmer. Add in the Wild Tri-Berry Tea. Stir, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. 
  2. In the meantime halve your watermelon and run a knife around the edge between the rind and meat. Then cut a grid into the watermelon and use a large spoon to scoop out the cubes. 
  3. Strain your tea into a pitcher or measuring cup and set in the fridge to cool down. 
  4. Add cut watermelon to a blender.  Juice the limes in to the blender, add in the maple syrup and filtered water.  Once your tea has cooled, add it in too. Blend until smooth. 
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Add in ice and 2 more cups of water. Stir well.
  6. Serve cold. Enjoy! 

Wild Newsletter - July 9, 2017

Colin Stuckert

Dear Wildling,

Welcome to edition 2 of the Wild Newsletter.

- -

Our sign at the Wild Foods retail shop is up. Our equipment is on the way, architect drawings are in the works, and our final inspection for our food permit is happening soon.

We are in a "soft opening" with retail available, but we won't be serving drinks until all the food permit stuff is done.

Then we'll have our fresh brewed Wild Coffee, Wild Cold Brew, Wild Butter Brew,Wild Drinking Chocolate, and our full line of Wild Teas available for your drinking enjoyment. 

If you are in Austin, feel free to come check us out. While we don't have set hours just yet, our orders crew is usually on site from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. Our address.
 

Yours in Health,
-Colin Stuckert
Founder


Wild Cocoa Butter Coffee

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Brew your coffee using preferred method
  • Add brewed coffee to a blender.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Start blending on low, and then gradually increase the power to high.
  • Blend for 30 seconds.
  • Pour your delicious, frothy coffee into two mugs.
  • Share and enjoy.
  • (Repeat tomorrow!)

Wild Product Spotlight

    Friends of the Sea! Wild Fish Oil does not disrupt fragile aquatic ecosystems. It is caught in U.S. Waters and processed in U.S. Fisheries. One of the best-tasting fish oils on the market and one of the only fish oils in the world Certified by Friends of the Sea!

    Support fishermen that respect the fish that give us their wonderful oil. Wild Fish Oil is a great-tasting, non-fishy burp-less mix of omega-3s in the form of EPA, DHA, and a rarer, not found in typical fish oils, DPA, which has received a lot of attention in the scientific community recently due to research showing it may provide even stronger anti-inflammatory properties than both EPA and DHA. (Many fish oils contain no DPA.) Check out Wild Fish Oil in the Wild Shop.

    Wild Guide of The Week

    Learn more about the kind of eating plan we follow and recommend here at Wild Foods in the Wild Guide To a Real Food Paleo Diet.

    Book of The Week

    Tim Ferris just released a free e-book version of his book The Tao of Seneca. Get it now

    Podcast of The Week

      Even if you aren't a history buff, you'll appreciate—and learn a ton—Dan Carlin's .

      Article of The week

        Okay, WTF is Ethereum.

        Ethereum is a cryptocurrency like bitcoin. It has been rising in popularity (and price) lately; most cryptocurrencies have. Cryptos are going to be big players in the future, possibly the only players given enough time.

        These things are fun to learn about. They expand your awareness of the world and concepts such as economics, monetary policy, technology, and so on. And if you have no utility or interest in cryptocurrencies, you should still learn about them for curiosity sake.

        Be curious and interested = A solid plan for a happy, active life.

        Quote of The Week

          “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.”

          —Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart Publisher

          We live in a world of abundance. 

          There is enough to go around, and as technology improves, this will become more and more true for every human on Earth.

          Yet there is a plethora of scarcity-minded behavior that infects many—and it holds them back.

          I remember many times when I've discussed business ideas with friends and they invariably start comparing what other people/companies are doing as if that's a sign that there is no opportunity.

          But then I say something like, "That's exactly why there is an opportunity, because someone is there doing it right now."

          And while they might agree with me, and while it might seem intuitive to them, I always feel like they aren't really getting it.

          Think of it this way: With billions of people having more access and opportunity than any other time in history, you better believe that someone has at least thought of your "billion dollar idea."

          The point here is this: you have very little reason to not do something that someone else is doing. After all, you have a fully funded and free public-facing R&D department at your disposal (pay attention to what they are doing and notice what works and what doesn't).

          Remember the quote by Picasso, "Good artists copy, great artists steal."

          Finally, forget the illusion of the original idea. As Newton said, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

          Wild Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Fat Bombs

          Savannah Power

          Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

          Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

          Ingredients

          • ¼ cup Wild coconut oil
          • 3 tbsp. Wild MCT oil
          • ½ cup Wild Chocolate Powder
          • ½ tsp Wild Vanilla Powder
          • ½ tsp cinnamon
          • Pinch of cayenne
          • 1 tsp raw honey

          Directions

          1. Start with softened but solid coconut oil, whisk in the MCT oil until smooth. Add in the chocolate power, cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne. Mix until smooth. Add in the honey and mix well.
          2. Distribute the chocolate into candy molds (or a parchment paper lined container). Freeze to harden, about 30 minutes. Then unmold. If you used a container, lift the chocolate out by the parchment paper, and cut it into squares. Store the fat bombs in an airtight container in the freezer for quick pick me up!

          Wild Newsletter - July 2, 2017

          Colin Stuckert

          Dear Wildling,

          Things move fast today.

          There's something new vying for your attention on a literal minute-by-minute basis.

          Sure, there are definitely some gems amidst all the noise—after all, who doesn't like funny memes or the random dancing baby video?

          Beyond that, the unfortunate fact of our current Internet age is the vast majority of the things that beg to be clicked, watched, read, or purchased, are complete and utter junk.

          Which is why most of us subscribe to a few newsletters we enjoy; so we can filter through the noise, and to save time. I'm sure there are a few email senders you'll always open. (We hope we are one of them!)

          So... this email is our first attempt to share with you the latest Wild updates, promos, articles and recipes, as well as recommended books, articles, podcasts, and more in a short, easy-to-digest format.

          The weekly Wild newsletter will be short and useful, we promise. And it will go out every Friday at 12:00pm Noon.

          Thank you for your support and for reading!


          Wild Recipe: Turmeric Tonic

          • 2 tsp Wild Turmeric
          • 1 tsp cinnamon
          • ¼ tsp cardamom
          • 1/8 tsp black pepper
          • 1 tsp raw honey
          • 1 tbsp. minced ginger
          • ½ cup filtered water
          • 16oz sparking water
          • 1 lemon
          • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 

          Directions:

          1. Combine lemon juice, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, honey, vinegar, ginger and water in a blender.
          2. Blend until well combined, about 30 seconds on high. 
          3. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into two cups.
          4. Top each cup off with ice cold sparking water.
          5. Enjoy!

          Wild Product Spotlight

            Our brand new Wild Herbal line features 20 new custom herbal tea blends made from premium ingredients. Nothing but all-natural dried leaves, flowers, nuts and seeds in delicious and unique tea blends. See the whole line in our Wild Shop.

            Wild Guide of The Week

            One of our newest Wild Guides to hit the web, The Wild Guide to Fish Oil is everything you wanted to know about fish oil—one of the most important supplements for optimal health and well-being.

            Book of The Week

            Sapiens has become a best-seller seemingly out of nowhere by this first-time author. That's because it is so freaking good. I got this on Audible, but either the book or the audiobook is a must-read for any functioning human (IMO).

            Podcast of The Week

              I've been following Tim Ferris for years now, ever since reading his first book, The Four Hour Workweek. His podcast is usually ranked #1 in iTunes. There is something of interest for everyone.  Def check out the Jamie Foxx episode.

              Article of The week

                100 Blocks a Day by Waitbutwhy.com - No matter how many blocks you have left in your life, this is a necessary reminder to use em well. He is one of my favorite writers on the Internet.

                Quote of The Week

                  "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."
                  -Epictetus

                  Dogma is a disease of the human species. We think we know things, but we really know nothing. Most people don't realize that science and research are just educated guesses. A hypothesis is an "educated guess," which is something we all learn in middle school science. Yet you see journalist, authors, policy makers, fitness gurus, and the like cite a few pieces of research before going on to make various claims as fact.

                  We'd all get along much better—and save ourselves mountains of suffering—if we were more willing to say, "I don't know." 

                  Matcha Protein Smoothie - Wild Recipe

                  Mike Rothschild

                  A delicious and thick smoothie with antioxidant, energy-bestowing matcha and gut-healing matcha. This smoothie is perfect for a low-carb or keto diet! Made thick with chia seeds and coconut milk, it’s a low-carb smoothie that tastes great!  If you can’t do seeds, feel free to add some frozen banana to thicken it. 

                  Ingredients:

                  • 2 tbsp. collagen peptides
                  • ½ tsp Wild Matcha #2
                  • 1 cup coconut milk
                  • ½ cup filtered water
                  • 1 tsp raw honey
                  • 2 tsp chia seeds 
                  • ½ cup baby kale leaves (optional)

                  Toppings (optional)

                  • Shredded coconut 
                  • Frozen wild blueberries
                  • Hemp hearts 

                  Directions:

                  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients, except the chia seeds. 
                  2. When everything is smooth, add in the chia seeds.
                  3. Blend on low for 30 seconds, then on high for 30 seconds. 
                  4. Let it sit for 2 minutes, it will thicken a bit.
                  5. Pour it into a bowl and sprinkle on your favorite toppings! 

                  Why Salt is Important For Health

                  Colin Stuckert

                  Salt has been used as a natural preservative and food flavoring for thousands of years and is essential to human existence.

                  Though much maligned by many health experts, what most cited (poor) research relating to salt intake fails to account for is the quality of the salt being consumed in trials (among other things).

                  There are four consumption classifications of salt: refined (table) salt, sea salt, flower of salt, and processed salt.

                  The demonization of salt intake would be best associated with refined table salt and processed sodium you find in processed foods.  Table salt has been linked to increased systolic and diastolic blood pressure (hypertension) - the most representative disease of cardiovascular diseases. 

                  Sea salt, on the hand, has been shown to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as promote proper organ function. Sea salt contains 82 trace nutrients from minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, bromide, iron, copper, and zinc. 

                  Salt is so important for our body that our tongues have evolved to include a specific part that detects its flavor exclusively. Let’s find out now how salt benefits our body.

                  How Does Salt Benefit Health?

                  Salt Promotes proper brain and nervous system function. 

                  The central nervous system controls the body through electrical signals, as you may already know, but did you know these signals are dependent on the level of salt within the body? Salt is a natural conductor and improves electric signals. The more salt you have, the better this body system will function. 

                  Promotes adequate processing of food. 

                  After meals, your stomach takes charge of breaking down food particles into nutrients that can be absorbed by the body. Hydrochloric Acid is the primary stomach acid that controls this task. Without enough stomach acid, many nutrients are unable to extracted. Chloride (which sea salt contains) is an essential ingredient in hydrochloric acid. 

                  Salt balances electrolytes. 

                  Electrolytes are substances that produce an electrically-conductive solution when dissolved in water. Humans, like many other species, require electrolytes to function properly. Electrolytes are responsible for maintaining fluid levels in and outside cells, they regulate heartbeat, muscle contraction, and form healthy, strong bones - to name a few. Calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium are some of the major players. 

                  Salt promotes hydration. 

                  Our bodies are fascinating self-regulating machines. Sweating is one way to regulate temperature. When you sweat, water and salt are lost. Salt raises the body’s natural pH slightly, causing the body to hold onto more water, and boosts water retention. 

                  Next time you have a meal, don’t skip the sea salt!

                  Ashwagandha Benefits - Indian Ginseng

                  Colin Stuckert

                  Ashwagandha is a root native to India that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

                  It has earned the moniker "Indian ginseng" due to it's restorative benefits.

                  In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means “odor of a horse." This name owes its origin to the fact that ashwagandha smells like the sweat of a horse.

                  Let's look at a few reasons why this funny-named root is a prominent ingredient used for promoting health and well-being.

                  • Ashwagandha helps prevent aging. While we all want to age gracefully, many of us would rather put that off for as long as possible. Ashwagandha helps do that by providing antioxidants that fight free radicals in our body.
                  • Ashwagandha may help prevent cataracts from forming in the eyes.
                  • Ashwagandha has been proven to help relieve rheumatologic problems by preventing inflammation and blocking pain.
                  • Ashwagandha may help stimulate the thyroid gland, which helps in brain and bone development, as well as regulates the digestive functions and muscle control.
                  • Ashwagandha may boost the immune system. It does this two ways. First, it brings up the count of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Second, it has antibacterial properties. It’s worth mentioning the ancients ingested ashwagandha to treat gastrointestinal and respiratory tract infections.
                  • Ashwagandha may promote heart health. Regular consumption of this ginseng has been proven to be good for the heart by strengthening core muscles and lowering cholesterol levels.
                  • Ashwagandha is good for the muscles. Ashwagandha can improve muscular strength and neuro-muscular coordination.
                  • Ashwagandha may help fight diabetes. Those who have diabetes usually experience a rise in blood sugar during fasting. A study found those who consumed ashwagandha over a four-week period showed a decrease in blood sugar levels.
                  • Ashwagandha may help relieve depression. Consumption of ashwagandha has been linked to benefits in treating depression and anxiety.
                  • Ashwagandha may be an aphrodisiac.
                  • Ashwagandha may lower blood pressure. Ancient texts show how the ginseng is used to create a calm, soothing effect on patients.

                  *Note: Consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant or expecting or on medications.

                  Coffee and Health

                  Colin Stuckert

                  Coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world.

                  Many of us in industrialized, modern societies rely on the naturally occurring caffeine in coffee to help us get through the day. Some don't consider themselves fully functional, or even fully awake, until they've had their morning cup of joe.

                  If you’re one of these coffee-friends (like we are), you might appreciate it to hear that coffee contains quite a few health benefits.

                  That said, we recommend a healthy relationship to coffee—keep it moderate and cycle it regularly (go full days, and sometimes full weeks without consuming any coffee or caffeine).

                  Let's look at a few of the many health benefits of drinking coffee.

                  Coffee fights free radicals

                  Free radicals form in our body as a result of our exposure to pollution and other harmful elements. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals in our body.

                  Coffee just so happens to be one of the most concentrated antioxidant sources in the modern humans' diet.

                  In particular, two key antioxidants can be found in coffee; chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid. Cocoa and tea are also abundant sources of antioxidants, but cup-for-cup coffee contains more antioxidants than both. (Research)

                  Coffee can prevent cardiovascular disease

                  Coffee contains the antioxidants cafestol and kahweol, both of which may help balance the cholesterol in your body.

                  Coffee intake is thought to be associated with lower risks of heart failure and stroke as it allows the release of fatty acids from fatty tissue.

                  Coffee improves alertness and brain performance

                  This should come as no surprise considering coffee stimulates the central nervous system.

                  Your brains contain a chemical called adenosine whose purpose is to signal the brain when you are tired. Caffeine in coffee can suppress the actions of adenosine, temporarily increasing your alertness and holding back your body's natural tendency to want to rest itself after hard physical or mental efforts.

                  Studies also found that the antioxidants in coffee may protect against Parkinson’s disease, prevent dementia, and can be useful as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

                  Coffee improves physical performance

                  It was initially thought that caffeine in coffee helped improve how oxygen is absorbed into the athlete’s body, but that may not be the case.

                  Instead, drinking coffee can temporarily heighten blood sugar, which can be useful for prolonged physical activity as the extra sugar in the blood can be utilized by the athlete's body as a fuel source. (Research)

                  Coffee protects your liver

                  Studies show that people who drink coffee have lower chances of abnormal liver function.

                  One study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that individuals who drank up to four cups of coffee daily were found to have reduced alcoholic liver syndrome by 20 percent.

                  According to the British Liver Trust in a report published in June 2016, drinking coffee lowers the risk of liver conditions like fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up in the liver) and cirrhosis. Regular consumption of moderate amounts of coffee may also prevent liver cancer.


                  Of course, the benefits of coffee are not going to come through if you are buying low-quality, moldy coffee beans from factory farms. Opt for small-batch, fresh-roasted organic and fair trade coffee beans... opt for Wild Coffee.

                  Wild Recipe: #9 Mind Arnold Palmer Popsicles

                  Savannah Power

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                  Rose Floats Recipe by: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Ingredients

                  Directions

                  1. First, brew your tea. Heat the water until steaming then steep the herbal blend in it for 4 minutes.
                  2. Strain and let the tea cool to room temperature or in the fridge.
                  3. In the meantime, juice 3 lemons into your blender, add in honey and water. Blend until frothy.
                  4. Distribute the lemonade mix between 3 popsicles molds (or an ice cube tray). Freeze until hard.
                  5. Serve your tea into three tumblers and add in your frozen lemonade popsicles or ice cubes. Enjoy!
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                  Wild Recipe: Cocoa Butter Coffee

                  Mike Rothschild

                  Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Ingredients

                  Directions

                  1. Grind your coffee beans and add them to the French press.
                  2. Pour in hot water and steep for 4 minutes.
                  3. Press, and immediately pour the hot coffee into the bowl of your blender.
                  4. Add in the remaining ingredients.
                  5. Start blending on low, and then gradually increase the power to high.
                  6. Blend for 30 seconds.
                  7. Pour your delicious, frothy coffee into two mugs.
                  8. Share, enjoy.

                  Wild Recipe: Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate

                  Savannah Power

                  Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Ingredients

                  Directions

                  1. In a microwave safe dish microwave the cocoa butter for 20-30 seconds on medium power until most of the wafers are melted or melting. Stir the cocoa butter until all of the wafers have turned liquid, then add in the coconut and MCT oil. Continue whisking until well combined and shiny.
                  2. In a medium bowl mix together the chocolate, vanilla and salt. Add the cocoa mixture to the chocolate and whisk until well combined and shiny. Then stir in the sweetener and continue mixing until the mix begins to thicken a little.
                  3. Distribute into candy molds. Place in the fridge to harden for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

                  *Due to the coconut oil, this chocolate is not tempered, despite the glassy look. It will melt quickly. Store in the fridge until ready. 

                  Wild Recipe: Chocolate Steak Sauce

                  Savannah Power

                   Recipe by: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Steak and chocolate might seem like an unlikely combination, or something you’d only find in some fancy shcmancy joint. But this quick and savory chocolate condiment is the perfect companion to your grilled meats (great with chicken too)!

                  Ingredients

                  • ½ cup Wild Cocoa Butter Wafers
                  • 3 tbsp. Wild Chocolate Powder
                  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
                  • 1 tsp coconut minos or tamari
                  • 1 tsp fish sauce (or Worcestershire)
                  • ½ tsp garlic powder
                  • ½ tsp onion powder
                  • ½ tsp dried parsley
                  • 1 tsp black pepper
                  • Pinch of Wild Pink salt
                  • Pinch of cumin
                  • 2 sprigs rosemary

                  Directions

                  1. Melt the cocoa butter wafers on low heat until most of them have begun to dissipate.

                  2. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth. Add in the balsamic vinegar, coconut aminos and fish sauce.

                  3. Then add in all of the seasoning and cocoa powder.

                  4. Whisk until smooth and glossy. 

                  5. Mince the fresh rosemary leaves.

                  6. Once you’ve drizzled the sauce over your meat, sprinkle with fresh rosemary!

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                  Wild Recipe: Rose Floats!

                  Mike Rothschild

                  Rose Floats Recipe by: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Rose Floats Recipe by: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Beautiful and refreshing! Perfect for 4th of July too!  

                  Ingredients

                  • ½ cup Wild Rose buds or rose petals 
                  • 3 cups filtered water
                  • 6oz sparkling water (you may use berry or lemon flavored if you prefer)
                  • ½ cup coconut milk fat
                  • ½ tsp Wild Vanilla Powder
                  • 5 drops liquid stevia 
                  • 4 large strawberries (optional)
                  • 2 springs rosemary (optional)

                  Directions

                  1. Procure a can of full fat coconut milk. Place it in the fridge overnight, in the coldest part of the fridge. 
                  2. Brew your rose tea:
                    1. Heat 3 cups of filtered water until it’s steaming.
                    2. Then steep the roses in the water for 4 minutes.
                    3. Press and strain.
                    4. Pour your tea into a jar or pitcher and set in the refrigerator to cool for a few minutes. 
                  3. Core and slice two strawberries, save the other two for garnish. Fill two cups with ice cubes and strawberry slices. Then fill each cup ¾ of the way with rose tea. Top each cup off with sparking water. Garnish with berries and rosemary. 
                  4. Open your coconut milk can, the fat will be separated to the top and solidified. Scoop it all out into a bowl. Whisk it with stevia and vanilla powder until smooth. If it became too soft, set it in the freezer for 2 minutes to stiffen up.  Then spoon it liberally over your beverages. 
                  5. Relax. Enjoy. Stay cool. 

                  Wild Recipe: Turmeric Tonic

                  Mike Rothschild

                  Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

                  Ingredients

                  • 2 tsp Wild Turmeric
                  • 1 tsp cinnamon
                  • ¼ tsp cardamom
                  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
                  • 1 tsp raw honey
                  • 1 tbsp. minced ginger
                  • ½ cup filtered water
                  • 16oz sparking water
                  • 1 lemon
                  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 

                  Directions

                  1. Combine lemon juice, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, honey, vinegar, ginger and water in a blender.
                  2. Blend until well combined, about 30 seconds on high. 
                  3. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into two cups.
                  4. Top each cup off with ice cold sparking water. You can even use your favorite flavored sparking water, like Lime La Croix! 

                  Wild Recipe: Chocolate Cashew Butter

                  Mike Rothschild

                  Chocolate Cashew Butter Recipe by The Castaway Kitchen

                  Ingredients

                  *You can activate your cashews to reduce antinutrients and make them easier to digest. Just soak for 4 hours in water with a pinch of salt. Drain and place on a sheet pan. Then roast at 300F for 20 minutes to toast. 

                  Directions

                  1. In the bowl of a high-powered blender**, combine the cashews and cocoa butter. Blend until smooth. 
                  2. Add in the coconut sugar and chocolate powder. Add in the coconut and MCT oil and lastly the salt.
                  3. Blend until it is completely smooth.  This will heat up the butter and it will be thick but liquid.
                  4. Once it cools thoroughly it will solidify into a more butter-like consistency. 

                  **You can also make this in your food processor, but I recommend grinding you cashews alone first, for 10-15 minutes until they’re a smooth butter before adding the rest of the ingredients or it will be gritty.