SAMBAZON CO-FOUNDERS RYAN AND JEREMY BLACK ON HOW THEY KEEP IN SHAPE ON THE BOARD AND IN THE BOARDROOM
By Dean Stattmann
As owners of Sambazon, you guys undoubtedly have your share of acai berries. But what else does your diet consist of?
Ryan: I do this smoothie in the morning and its packed with all these really high quality ingredients, the base of which is frozen acai packs, hemp milk and hempprotein powder. Hemp is incredible. I’ve been using it for probably six years now. I use hemp milk in my smoothie and then throw hemp protein powder in the with it instead of using some kind of soy or something. Hemp protein is one of the few plant sources of protein that you can get and it has Omega-3 in it, as well as some Omega-6s. They say it’s the healthiest food on the planet because of its complex of protein and healthy fats. So it’s a great base for a smoothie.
Jeremy: I drink yerba mate as a kind of metabolism booster and to wake me up instead of coffee. Just being in the natural foods industry, we get to know a lot of the guys who own the companies that provide a lot of these cool ingredients. We do acai, but we know the guys who do yerba mate and learned a lot about that plant and all the beneficial properties. Recently, I started brewing my own Kombucha at home. Pretty amazing stuff. If you make it yourself, it’s a lot better than what you’ve probably tried in a bottle in a store because that stuff’s been sitting around for a while and it gets gnarlier as it gets older, but when you get it fresh it’s incredible. Kombucha that’s not raw is kind of a joke.