Adventures of A Healthy Lifestyle Start Up — Livliga As A Case Study

Friday, July 30, 2021

 

Livliga Beehive Interview As a Case Study

You know you have been around awhile when…you are used as a case study in business school!

As a healthy lifestyle company we have had so many adventures and learned a lot a long the way. I have always welcomed and been willing to share my experience in hopes it might inspire and help others. One of my entrepreneurial tenets is that it is important to make time to help others. Others helped me the same way as I was developing Livliga.

The help I have given has taken on many forms over the years. I have spoken to many people one-on-one in phone calls and zoom meetings and over coffee…lots of coffee. I have been interviewed for podcasts, like the Beehive. I have been interviewed for books written for entrepreneurs and starts ups, like Main Street Entrepreneur and Makers Who Made It. I have made presentations to peer groups, like the USDA/ MyPlate and the Denver University School of Business.

What surprised me recently was when I found out Livliga and my start up story are now part of online business courses and and case studies for business schools. I first learned of this from my husband. He called me up after having facilitated an order for a customer. He often likes to ask people how they learned about Livliga. This time the customer said she had learned about us through a business course she had taken in Utah…the university had used our company as a case study. She was impressed with our story and wanted to invest in our product! I was very flattered and curious. So next I went online and found out we are also part of an online course by MyEducator. In fact we are part of Lesson 3—New Venture Creation and are featured in the chapter called, Knowledge From Personal Experience. Google is amazing. I would never have known this if my curiosity had not been piqued.

Lesson learned? It is important to be a participating member of the various communities we become a part of as a start up, entrepreneur, and woman business owner, as examples. And if you have been around long enough people start telling stories about you! Having our story told beyond our own blog and website is not only humbling but a great way for more people to learn about Livliga. And truthfully, we have more than one story to tell. There is the story of inventing the product but that story is not only personal, it is a story about the birth of an innovative product and business. Hopefully that story is already spawning the next generation of innovation to help people live healthier lives.


 

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Monday Motivational Meal - White Wine Kir Spritzer - A Refreshing Summertime Drink - Without Alcohol!

Monday, July 26, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - White Wine Kir Spritzer

When it is hot outside you can't beat the ease and thirst-quenching satisfaction of a White Wine Spritzer. Try this new twist that is alcohol free and adds the delicacy of raspberry essence. For easy measuring use our gorgeous Livliga Aveq Wine Glass with built-in measurements!

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Spicy Green Apple Chutney

Friday, July 23, 2021

 A Great Summer Canning Recipe

Spicy Green Apple Chutney

 

Chutney is a great condiment to add zest and dimension to any meal. There are many varieties. The best is to make your own with fresh fruits from your local market or your own fruit trees. They tend to use less sugar than jams or jellies and are an additional way to make the most of seasonal foods to enjoy through out the year.

 

Green Apples on our Apple Tree

We have this young apple tree that has produced an abundance of apples. In fact, there were so many apples that we were advised to reduce their numbers by half! Of course, the Midwesterner in me could not just throw away the little green apples…I had to come up with something fun to do with them. So here is the result…Spicy Green Apple Chutney! Seems this is a very British thing to do…all recipes were from uk sites. The one I liked best and used as a basis for the recipe below was from Ball. It is actually yummy and will be great with meats.

Our little green apples required a lot of cutting and coring…we did not bother to peel them…which makes the chutney even higher in fiber and antioxidants.

Little Green Apples
 

Spicy Green Apple Chutney

Ingredients

  • 6 granny smith apples (about 8 cups), cored and quartered
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½  tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp  butter or olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 ½ ounces water
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced dried apricots

Directions

  1. Cut each apple quarter vertically into 3 chunks. Place apple, vinegar and next 7 ingredients in a stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven. Cook, stirring often, over medium-low heat 30 minutes or until apples are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and water; cook, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until shallots are caramel colored.
  3. Add shallots and apricots to apple mixture. Cook, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Ladle hot apple mixture into hot jars, leaving a little headspace. Wipe jar rim with a clean cloth. Centre lid on jar. Apply band, and adjust to fingertip-tight.


Makes about 8 - 8 ounce jars of chutney.


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SOMETHING FUN TO SHARE! Sign Up to Win this Giveaway Hosted by The Culinistas!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

 

Culinistas Giveaway

 

Livliga is delighted to be partnering with the Culinistas for their  "The Way To Your Heart" giveaway. The Culinistas is a full-service, in-home private chef company committed to hospitality. They facilitate and enhance private chef services, making healthy eating with friends & family easy and accessible. The giveaway is accessible to everyone…all you need to do is sign up! Make sure to do that by July 27th to participate! 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Homemade Tortilla Chips

Monday, July 19, 2021

 

Healthy Homemade Tortilla Chips Served Up on Livliga


There is nothing easier than making homemade baked tortilla chips. Since they cook up in 10-15 minutes you can make them fresh whenever you need some. And the great thing about making your own is you can control how you make them and what you put on them. Check out our recipe and make sure to serve them up on your favorite Livliga plate!

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Why Do You Love Livliga? Customers Tell Us Why!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Our customers always leave us motivated and inspired by their kind words. Check out one customer's story about why she loves our Aveq Wine Glasses and enjoys using them!

 


 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice

Monday, July 12, 2021

 

Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice Served Up on Livliga's Healthy Lifestyle Dinnerware

This is a flavorful paleo bowl I found on Cooking Light that is an easy and healthy way to liven up your next dinner. Topped with hearty shrimp and loaded with aromatic fresh ginger, this is a meal that the entire family will enjoy. No need for takeout because this quick skillet dinner is super easy and can be put together in minutes. Don’t forget to serve it up on your favorite Livliga pattern…we served ours up on Halsa!

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Classic Deviled Eggs - A Summertime Favorite

Friday, July 9, 2021

 

Classic Deviled Eggs with Shrimp Garnish
To make my Deviled Eggs extra fancy I top them with 2 tiny shrimp you can find in cans at the grocery store and then sprinkle with paprika



Deviled eggs are one of this family’s favorites. They are great as a side dish/appetizer for brunches, picnics, cookouts and backyard barbecues. They are great to bring along to a potluck. Summertime seems to call for a batch of homemade deviled eggs.

Deviled eggs are amazingly easy to make and only require a few ingredients. A little mustard and vinegar make this version sing with taste. And smoked paprika provides the ultimate umami experience. Check out the tip on how to cook easy-peel hardboiled eggs to make the process stress-free.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika


Directions

1. Fill a medium saucepan with enough water to cover your eggs. Add eggs, cover, and cook until hard-cooked, about 12 minutes. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and let sit until chilled, about 6 minutes. Peel. Discard shells.


2. Halve eggs. Scoop yolks into a medium bowl. Add mayo, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper; mix until smooth. Scoop mixture into a zip-top bag and cut off corner. Pipe yolk mixture evenly between whites. Sprinkle evenly with paprika. Serve immediately. 


Recipe Tip:

To make easy-peel hardboiled eggs follow these tips. First put the carton of eggs upside down on your counter. Leave the eggs upside down while you bring the water to a boil. Turn the eggs upright and then place them one-by-one in the boiling water. Cook them for 12 minutes. Place in an ice bath or run cold water over the eggs until they are cool enough to hold. Peel with ease.


Nutritional Information

Serves: 6. Serving size: 2 halves. Calories per serving: 139; Fat 12g; Protein 6g; Carbohydrate 0g; Fiber 0g; Sugars 0g; Sodium 271mg.


 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Cauliflower Hummus

Monday, July 5, 2021

 

Cauliflower Hummus

 

Cauliflower seems to be part of every recipe these days! It is indeed a versatile vegetable that is great for making mashed potatoes, pizza crust, and, yes, even hummus! This recipe came originally from EatingWell and is easy to make. We served this delectable snack up on a Halsa side plate and in a Halsa bowl. Enjoy!

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Monday Motivational Meal—Moroccan Spiced Carrots with Olives and Mint

Monday, June 28, 2021

 


The Mediterranean Diet encompasses so many countries and cultures that exploring this diet is a true adventure in tastes and cooking! Tasty side dishes can make a dull meal shine again. Try this mouthwatering Moroccan braised carrot recipe from @CookingLight and make sure to serve it up right-sized on Livliga's Healthy Lifestyle Dinnerware for your complete enjoyment!

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White Wine “Kir” Spritzer…A Refreshing Light & Healthy Summertime Mocktail

Friday, June 25, 2021

White Wine "Kir" Spritzer, nonalcoholic
 
As a young adult I was introduced to a white wine cocktail called a “Kir”. I thought it tasted heavenly. You make the drink by combining dry white wine, like a sauvignon blanc, with a touch of Cassis, a black currant liqueur . It looks like a sunset you would see sitting on a patio in Provence. I would always have mine with a twist of lemon and felt very chic. When cassis was not available I would have the bartender make the cocktail with Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur.  

As I have become more conscious of calories and have chosen not to drink alcohol on a regular basis I wanted to come up with a refreshing cocktail for summer and decided to try and come up with an alternative for my favorite Kir cocktail. I also wanted to make a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink for the upcoming really hot summer nights. That is when I though of a White Wine “Kir” Spritzer.

When it is hot outside you can’t beat the ease and thirst-quenching satisfaction of a spritzer.

Here is a list of benefits to a white wine “Kir” spritzer!

  • They are lower in carbs and calories than a typical glass of wine
  • They are so easy to make and personalize
  • They can be made with either alcoholic or nonalcoholic wines
  • You can avoid the headaches and lethargy you can get in the heat from other alcoholic drinks that        have the higher amounts of alcohol
  • You can choose a dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) or a sweeter wine (Rosé) to make your spritz       depending on your mood and preference
  • Spritzers are equally tasty using nonalcoholic wines
Ingredients for a Alcohol Free White Wine "Kir" Spritzer

White Wine “Kir” Spritzer (AF)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz very chilled white wine
  • 2 oz very chilled club soda
  • 1 teaspoon Torani Sugar Free Raspberry Syrup
  • Twist of lemon zest
  • Sprig of thyme
  • 2 fresh raspberries

Directions

  1.  Pour measured raspberry syrup in bottom of glass, swirl it around the sides.
  2.  Fill the glass with 4 ounces of wine.
  3.  Add the club soda and mix gently.
  4.  Add a couple of cubes of ice.
  5.  Garnish with zest, raspberryt and sprig. Serve promptly.

Refreshing Healthy Summer Drink - Alcohol Free White Wine "Kir" Spritzer

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 glass. Calories Per Serving: 23 calories; fat 0g; sodium 13mg; carbohydrates 5.2g; dietary fiber 2g; protein 0g; sugars 4.8g. (Nutrition varies according to brand of wine and garnishes)

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Monday Motivational Meal—Quick Pickling Kohlrabi and Apple

Monday, June 21, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Quick Pickling Kohlrabi and Apple


There is nothing more delectable than freshly made quick pickled fresh fruits and vegetables, especially during the warmer months. They go with absolutely every meal and can add something special to make each meal interesting, including backyard barbecues and picnics. We made a fresh batch up in our Summery Aveq Serving Bowl and served it up in one of our Aveq Just Right Set bowls for the perfectly presented meal. 

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Why Livliga Works — It is a System

Friday, June 18, 2021

 Livliga is a System of Right-Sized Tableware

Why Livliga Works — It is a System

We are often asked not only “Why Livliga works” but also “Why is it unique.” There are three main reasons Livliga is unique. It is because it uses the psychology of eating in the actual design of the tableware. It also has built in measurement in each piece of the suite of dinnerware, serveware and glassware that makes up the line of product offered. But perhaps most importantly, it is designed as a system. Together the Livliga suite of tableware acts as a system to make it effortlessly mindful to eat healthful portions.

Livliga has three patents. One of those patents is specifically for the unique system we have created with our right-sized tableware. Nowhere can you find dishes and drinkware, muchness serveware, like serving spoons, that are all right-sized and designed to work together to serve up just right portions. In the supersized world we live in everything we use tends to be oversized which makes serving up standard servings impossible. 

Livliga is a system where each piece has measurement built in


To make right-sized eating an every-meal and daily habit you need a system of right-sized beautiful tableware that makes it a pleasant, possible, and satisfying experience. Livliga makes it an achievable process that can become a lifestyle of healthy living.

Bottom line, Livliga offers a suite of products all designed to work well together and provide a system of right-sized tableware to support mindful eating as well as your health and wellness goals. Interested in finding out more information? Visit the product use page on our website and then take time to discover all the designs we have and choose the one you love the most to use mindfully in your healthy lifestyle!

Livliga is a system of tableware for a healthy lifestyle

 


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Monday Motivational Meal—Backyard Barbecue Sauce

Monday, June 14, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Backyard Barbecue Sauce


With Father's Day around the corner we know it's time to fire up the grill and try out our favorite barbecue sauce! We have the perfect rubs and tasty recipe for homemade barbecue sauce ready for you as part of our Healthy Lifestyle Grilling Bundle...the perfect gift for you or the dad in your life and guaranteed to provide fun and memorable food all summer long!

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Cauliflower Hummus — Perfect Summertime Snack and Appetizer

Friday, June 11, 2021

 Cauliflower is Great for Almost Anything 

Including Hummus

Cauliflower Hummus

Cauliflower seems to be part of every recipe these days! It is indeed a versatile vegetable that is great for making mashed potatoes, pizza crust, and, yes, even hummus! This recipe came originally from EatingWell and is easy to make. Roast the cauliflower ahead of time and make the hummus when you are ready. You can't beat this low carb tasty treat.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Chopped red bell pepper or parsley for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss cauliflower with oil in a large bowl. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast until tender and just starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. Add the cauliflower, garlic, tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cumin, crushed red pepper and water to a food processor. Process until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add more water, if desired, to make a looser dip.

  3. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with chopped pepper or parsley, if desired.




Extra Tips

  • Equipment Needed: Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • To make ahead: Roast cauliflower and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: about 1/2 cup. Servings: 4. Calories Per Serving:152 calories; fat 12g; sodium 280mg; carbohydrates 10g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 5g; sugars 3g.

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Monday Motivational Meal—Tunafish Salad with Wasabi Mayo

Monday, June 7, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Tunafish Salad


There are so many ways to fix a healthy tunafish salad. It is great during the summertime because you can make it ahead and have it ready when it is time to serve up. Try my tunafish salad with wasabi mayo for a new slant on an old favorite. We thought it looked delish served up on our Halsa Healthy Lifestyle dinner plate!

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It's baaaaack! Livliga's Seasonal Grilling Bundle is here in time for summer!🌞

Friday, June 4, 2021

 A hand-picked collection of our best healthy lifestyle tools to support you in healthy grilling! 



Livliga's Grilling Bundle is Back!

 Look forward to spending more time outside and hanging out by the grill with the best suite of products that supports you in beautifully measuring and serving your food with ease. This special bundle of products is ideal for the prime grilling season months or anytime you enjoy grilling in your backyard. Create the perfect food environment with the essential products specifically for healthy recipes hot off the grill.


What You Get:

  • Get Started Dish Set—Set of 4 Dinner Plates, in Halsa or Vivente or Celebrate

  • 2-pc LivSpoon Set including 1/3 and 1/4 cup Measuring/Serving Spoons 

  • Livliga Apron (black) 

  • Livliga Recipes for Spice Rubs for Chicken, Beef, Pork and Vegetables (Set of 4 Recipes) 

  • Livliga Recipe for Healthy Backyard Barbecue Sauce 



This seasonal Grilling Bundle offers unique pricing that we know will be perfect for a specific holiday or occasion to use in your own home or give as a timely gift to friends and family to encourage and support the many ways we can enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with Livliga.

ADD-ONS (exclusive with each bundle purchase): Enhance your bundle with additional product choices at a low cost. Look for available add-ons as you place items in your cart that are also specially priced and only available with bundles. 



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Monday Motivational Meal - Lemon Chicken with Tuscan Tomato Bean Salad

Monday, May 24, 2021

 

Lemon Chicken with Tuscan Tomato Bean Salad Served Up on Livilga

Here is another summery meal to share that is easy, tasty and makes an attractive dinner for the whole family. We served ours up on Vivente which is a special pattern reminiscent of grape tendrils growing on the Tuscan hillsides! Ahhh...summer...

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Quick Pickling – Kohlrabi and Apple

Friday, May 21, 2021

 

Quick Pickling – Kohlrabi and Apple

Last summer, thanks to joining a Farm Cooperative, I discovered quick pickling. I was presented a kohlrabi and wondered what I should do with. My go to for such conundrums is to check out Cooking Light. Low and behold I found a great Quick Pickling recipe that included kohlrabi! There is nothing more delectable than freshly made quick pickled fresh fruits and vegetables, especially during the warmer months. They go with absolutely every meal and can add something special to make each meal interesting, including backyard barbecues and picnics. Pickling is also great for the gut. Although quick pickling is stored for convenience and not for the long term, it still keeps easily in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks.  And keep in mind, the sugar you use is not all absorbed so the carbs per serving are only 5g and counts as a low carb food.

Kohlrabi and Apple Quick Pickles are Great With Any Meal Especially Served Up on Livliga Healthy Lifestyle Dishes

Kohlrabi and Apple Quick Pickles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 medium kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and thinly sliced (15 oz.)
  • 1 small Honeycrisp apple, cored and thinly sliced (7 oz.)
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced (6 oz.)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 dill sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions

  1. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until dissolved.
  2. Place kohlrabi, apple, cucumber, garlic, dill springs, pickling spice, black pepper, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl or 8 cup measuring cup. Pour hot vinegar mixture over kohlrabi mixture. Let stand and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  3. Transfer mixture evenly into 2 (1 quart) glass jars, covering kohlrabi mixture with vinegar mixture. Seal each jar with lid, and completely cool in refrigerator, about 4 hours. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information

Servings: 2 quarts. Serving size: ⅔ cup. Calories per serving: 20; Fat 0g; Protein 1g; Carbohydrate 5g; Fiber 1g; Sugars 3g; Added sugars 1g; Sodium 64mg.

 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Rice Cake Combos

Monday, May 17, 2021

 

Rice Cake Combos Served Up on Livliga

Rice cakes are my go-to as a base for some fun and varied snack ideas. They provide a crunch and savory foundation for a whole host of ideas to make healthy snacks. It is a great way to create tasty combos and, as you can see, they look extra scrumptious no matter which Livliga pattern you choose to serve them on!

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Top 6 Favorite Bariatric Recipes

Friday, May 14, 2021

 

Top 6 Favorite Bariatric Recipes Served Up on Livliga
Four of our Favorites: Shakshuka, Strawberry Banana Ice Cream, Sunrise Egg Salad & A Spring Meal...All Served Up on the Just Right Set Bariatric dinner plate

We have collected a lot of great recipes over the years from a number of talented cooks, in additon to the bariatric-friendly recipes we have also developed at Livliga. More and more great resources have been made available to support those living a bariatric lifestyle. Focusing on the foods that are healthy for us to eat and in the right amounts helps keep us on track. The biggest challenge seems to be keeping the ideas fresh and keeping inspired. Below are some great recipes to inspire you!

 

DeeDee's Cauliflower Crust Pizza
DeeDee's Homemade Cauliflower Crust Pizza Served Up on A Favorite Celebrate Plate!

1. DeeDee's Cauliflower Crust Pizza

2. Denise Roden's Faux Potato Salad

3. Nik's Shashuka Breakfast Dish

4. Rose Archer's Spring Meal 

5. Hilary and Emily's Sunrise Egg Salad 

6. Sheila's Fresh Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

 

Denise Roden Faux Potato Salad Served Up on Livliga
Denise Roden's Faux Potato Salad Served Up in a Halsa Bowl


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