Wild & Raw Superfood + Juice Bar: reigniting YYC’s body, mind and spirit

One woman’s passion turned into a blossoming family business

**post was written almost a year ago but I still love this place so much! Go and get a juice cleanse to start 2016 off right!


Wild & Raw is a new superfood and juice bar located centrally, in Kensington. The modern yet welcoming space offers organic fresh-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and elixirs as well as some prepared raw gluten free, vegan meals and treats to take away or to eat in their café space. With 24 permanent drink offerings, they have an extensive menu ranging from hot elixirs with turmeric and chaga to fresh-pressed juices with kale, spirulina and coconut water.

It is a comfortable atmosphere and one that is definitely very unintimidating, even for the new superfood enthusiast. They are knowledgeable about health and wellness of the body and mind and want to share that passion with YYC. You can check out more information about their superfoods here. 

Here is their story.




Jenn Silver has had a love of superfoods for a long time. The 25-year-old, and new mother of one, originally started Wild & Raw in 2012 with a good friend, Ashley Erick. They launched the business selling juices and smoothies out of the juice bar at Samadhi Yoga and Wellness Centre.

“[It] was super grass roots. We just started with $5,000 and launched the company within a month and just kind of went with it,” says Silver. “It was fun, we were only open for six months…we needed to expand and we weren’t really ready for that, and I don’t think Calgary was ready for that either.”

The duo closed down the bar and put Wild & Raw on the back burner and Erick moved to Australia to launch another healthy business.

Always interested in superfoods and their benefits for both body and mind, prior to opening Wild & Raw, Silver attended SAIT studying journalism and found she was always writing about superfoods, health and the holistic lifestyle for her classes.

“Journalism took me traveling some more, and I ended up in Bali and India and I discovered some kombucha bars and the raw cafes that they have there,” Silver says. “I just got so inspired by all the colours and the flavours and the tastes of the raw food world.”

She says the road to Wild & Raw has been a sort of magnification of her own journey into the unlimited world of health and healing. While Silver was going to SAIT she also worked at Planet Organic and learned about vitamins and holistic approaches there as well.

Silver says she was always looking for more information and was also inspired by the Light Cellar, a superfood elixir bar in Calgary that offers workshops on superfoods.

Wild & Raw was reborn in 2014, when Silver’s dad Brian and her brother Matt, read an article about the benefits of cold pressing and juice cleanses. They got so inspired, they decided it was time the family should start thinking about re-opening Wild & Raw.

Photo courtesy of Wild & Raw
The Wild & Raw team. Photo courtesy of Wild & Raw

“My dad and my brother read a magazine article about cold pressing and juice cleansing in MacLean’s Magazine and got really inspired… they came to me and said ‘do you think it’s a good time to start thinking about Wild & Raw again?’ I said ‘well, I’m pregnant but sure, let’s go with it,’” Silver says.

A few months later they had a space leased in Kensington and started working to build the business.

They opened in December 2014.

Wild & Raw is very much a family affair. Silver’s dad Brian and brother Matt are very involved in the business and were heavily involved in the design, equipment ordering and overall business plan development. They play an integral role in planning the direction of the business including growth, accounting and direction for expansion.

Silver has a four month old daughter, Aura Jade, and says it has been chaotic balancing new motherhood and a new business but, she says she’s also really enjoyed it.  Wild & Raw now has an expanded menu from the early days at Samadhi Yoga and Wellness Centre.

They now have bone broth, Bulletproof coffee and draught kombucha on tap and have expanded to include the hot elixir drinks as well as some food items. Silver says people are especially interested in the Bulletproof and kombucha.

For all of the juices, elixirs and shakes, the ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible and are organic without GMO’s.

Photo courtesy of Wild & Raw
Jenn and her daughter Aura Jade. Photo courtesy of Wild & Raw

Some of the drinks on the menu include mushrooms like chaga and reishi, lion’s mane and cordyceps.

Silver says these are just some of the benefits of the different mushrooms:

  • Reishi – great for stress
  • Lions mane – memory and brain boosting
  • Cordyceps – adrenal boosting and energy

“The mushrooms are all around good for immunity, high in antioxidants and have a lot of full spectrum, B vitamins.” Silver really likes mushroom teas, “I’ve been making a ‘mommy brain latte’,” she says, “It’s the only thing that helps me handle the business and my baby at the same time. We use chaga tea as a base in most of our elixirs.”

Silver’s recipe for the Mommy Brain Latte: 
Chaga Tea
Coconut or Almond Mylk (we used in-house made sprouted almond mylk)
Lions Mane Instant Mushroom
Brain Octane Oil
Lions Mane for memory boosting and mental cognition
Chaga tea for bulletproof immunity
Brain Octane oil is 18x strength concentrated medium chain triglycerides for metabolism, mental cognition and enhanced performance.
Medicinal mushrooms in Wild & Raw. Photo by Shannon Galley
Medicinal mushrooms in Wild & Raw. Photo by Shannon Galley

Enza Ward, a local Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Senzable Health agrees that mushrooms have many benefits. She encourages people to add mushrooms to their diet for all around good health and longevity.

“Mushrooms have been revered for centuries for their nutritional, healing, and supportive qualities and are becoming increasingly popular in North America,” Ward says. “Mushrooms have a long list of health benefits and recent studies have shown they improve weight management, increase vitamin D levels, promote immune function, increase vitamin B levels which help with energy and metabolism, support cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, combat allergies, help balance blood sugar levels, and support the body’s detoxification mechanisms.”

Ward says she adds medicinal mushroom such as, chaga, reishi, cordyceps, turkey tail, lion’s mane, maitake and shiitake to soups, smoothies, protein shakes, coffee, tea and other beverages. She cautions that because mushrooms absorb and concentrate whatever matter they grow from, it is critical to only eat organically grown mushrooms thus avoiding heavy metals and water and air pollutants.

Wild & Raw gets all of the chaga from a direct source harvested in New Brunswick. They also get a lot of berries from the Saskatoon Farm, and a lot of their products come from the Calgary brand New Earth Organics. The kombucha is also made locally by True Buch and organic tea sourced from The Naked Leaf.

Enjoying our freshly-pressed green juices. Alchemical Alkalizer and the PITTA Pacifier. Delish! Photo by Anna Lakatos.
Enjoying our fresh-pressed green juices from Wild & Raw. Alchemical Alkalizer and the PITTA Pacifier. Delish!
Photo by Anna Lakatos

They also offer bulletproof coffee which is made with upgraded coffee beans, grass-fed organic butter and XCT oils. The bulletproof is designed to boost energy and mental performance.

Brittany Andrejcin, a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and writer of the wellness blog North of Bloom, lives in the area and is always looking for new health-food spots.

“I feel fortunate to live in Kensington and have easy access to places like Wild & Raw,” Andrejcin says. “I think the location is perfect. This area is starting to feel like a hub for holistic health enthusiasts like myself.”

She started following Wild & Raw on Instagram as soon as she heard they were opening and has stopped in to try some elixirs.

Silver wants people to come in and learn about the products. She says she hopes to educate people about the benefits of superfoods but also wants to keep the atmosphere at Wild & Raw fun and light.

“We want to inspire people to get on their own level with health and food. There are so many avenues to take and there are so many belief systems. We are definitely here to educate but we don’t want to preach to people.”

For more information and to check out the menu, visit www.wildandraw.ca

You can also follow them on their social media channels for updates:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WildAndRawCalgary

Twitter: @Wild&RawYYC

Instagram: @wildandraw

Wild & Raw is located at: 1119 Kensington Rd NW
Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm


Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

When I get sick, I find, it usually happens at one of two times. Either I finally have some down time to relax, or, it finds me at one of my busiest moments. Murphy’s law.

For this reason, and well, for the reason that no one likes to get sick anyway, I am always looking for new ways to boost my immune system and in my opinion, prevention is the best medicine. I have never been one to take cough medicine or to run out and get a flu shot and I think that there are many ways from nature that we can boost our immunity.


Now, let me start by saying, I am no expert on these remedies, I just know that they have worked for me. I have come to these personal conclusions by way of research and by not getting sick often or being able to remedy a cold or flu as soon as I feel it. I do believe there is a place for medicine but I prefer to be as holistic as possible.

Here are some of my favourite ways to boost immunity to battle those winter germs:

  • Lemon water (in the morning, especially). I find it can help to fight a cold as soon as I feel a sore throat come on. It’s a great idea to drink it regularly as it helps to flush out toxins and will help your body to always be prepared when germs come to attack. Foodmatterstv.com cites 16 reasons to drink lemon water in their article: 16 Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water.
  • Turmeric Tea. I love adding turmeric to my smoothies and juices but, turmeric is also great in a tea. Turmeric has many benefits and according to Meghan Telpner on meghantelpner.com, turmeric tea is “A natural preventative against flu viruses.” I will defer to North of Bloom for her great recipe!
  • Green Juice. There are so many great juice recipes out there and endless yummy combinations. One of my favourites and one that is great when I’m feeling a little under the weather is a combination of kale, half of a lemon, half of a cucumber, 3 apples, 2 stocks of celery, a bit of ginger. At the end, I like to add some powdered or grated turmeric.
  • Nettle tea with honey. I love nettle tea, especially this Pukka Cleanse tea with nettle, fennel and peppermint. According to wellnessmama.com, nettle tea can keep you hydrated  while removing toxins from the body.
  • Sometimes, I like to make a concoction of warm water, honey, cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon, sometimes apple cider vinegar, and turmeric. This magic potion of sorts has a nice kick to kick the germs from my body, while the honey can help to soothe any sore throat.
  • Vitamins. Cod liver oil, vitamin C and echinacea have always helped me when I am sick. It is important to look for the food grade, organic, non-gmo vitamins.

I do find that these can work for both immune boosting and cold or flu fighting. Let me know some of the ways you like boost immunity!

Bump Day: Nursery Update!

With just over nine weeks to go, things are coming together. We still have to hang up the artwork that makes this nursery a “woodland” theme.

Getting excited and anxious!

Here a few of my favourite buys so far.

Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers

I am so excited to try cloth diapering and while I have to admit it is a bit confusing, I am going to start with a small collection to give it my best shot! I have heard nothing but great things about Apple Cheeks so I have purchased a few from Well.ca

Apple Cheeks Little Bundle, St.Lucia. 

Apple Cheeks Little Bundle, Winging It. 

Woodland Signs from Twig and Timber 


Teepee and Tots Co. Moccasins  and organic cotton onesies from the Gap 


Second Hand Bugaboo Chameleon Stroller


Bump day post: why I am choosing to have a doula

This blog post will focus on my reasons for choosing a doula – prior to delivery. I wanted to write this ahead of time as I am a first-time mom and I don’t entirely know what to expect, or know at all. I wanted to document this now and then compare these reasons to my actual experience.

A doula, according to DONA International is:

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level


So far my experience with my doula, Lacey, from Chinook City Doulas has been awesome! I can check in with her whenever to ask questions or to just chat about how my pregnancy is going and what I am feeling. She is super open and relaxed.


At first I was a bit confused with what a doula might do. I first understood the role of the doula as somewhat of a birth advocate for the needs of the mother, and would talk to doctors for the mother about her exact birth plan and birth alternatives but I was quickly corrected that this is not the case which makes sense, completely. I first wanted a doula for that sort of alternative approach to childbirth as I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get in to any midwives in my city, which I didn’t. I realized a doula is so much more than that.

Why I am excited to have a doula as part of my birth team 

I am delivering in a hospital very close to my house and I am so excited to have my doula as part of my birth team because I think she will be a great, neutral person to have in the delivery room and one who has witnessed many births.

My doula has been available to answer any of my questions and will visit me prior to the birth to discuss how I envision it going. The doula’s role is really to cater to the needs of the mother and work with the mother and her partner during the birth – I am really able to shape my experience with my doula.

I chose a doula because:

  • She is someone who has attended many births, including her own and as her client she will be able to provide me with knowledge ahead of my own birth that I may not get from a doctor or otherwise.
  • Can provide support to both me and my partner before, during and after the birth.
  • During labour, she can be there depending on how labour is progressing to give my partner a break and to help me through contractions.
  • Help my partner by giving ideas on the best ways that he can help me.
  • Understand my birth plan and help me stick as closely to it as possible.
  • Cater to my needs as they should arise and use tools and techniques for pain management that we have discussed ahead of time.
  • Have the option to have a postpartum support person to help with breastfeeding, etc.

I have also asked other women their reasons for having a doula and their experiences, here is some of what they said:

Aside from supporting me during labour, of course, having a doula allowed my husband to get some much needed rest. She walked the halls with me all night long while my husband slept. He was able to be alert and functional the next day to care for us. I have never felt so loved.


Our doula has attended 90 births which is 89 more than me and my husband! She’s an amazing resource full of knowledge, and can help us ask the right questions when I am unable to even think of the right questions! She’s a tool in our toolbox so to speak to help us have the most positive birth experience. In addition, she knows what to do when labour stalls, or when pain gets too high. She’s already helped us with exercises that if we do them now will help cut down labour time and, if practised now, can be utilized in labour for pain management.


Our doula was able to have me switch positions just before I couldn’t take it anymore!


What were your reasons for choosing a doula? 

Whimsical Maternity Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago my friend and exceptionally talented photographer Lisa MacDougall, formerly Taylor of Lisa Taylor Photography did an awesome maternity shoot for me. It was totally perfect as I have been basically talking about wanting a flower crown for months and I love the whimsical forest stylized shoot. I felt incredibly pampered and I thought I would share a few of the photos here.

Flower Crown: Delmerie Flowers

Dress: ASOS

Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Dany





My favourite and most useful toxin-free Christmas gifts


The count down is on and with just a few short weeks left before Christmas, there is always the last minute dash for little items to finish off the perfect present! When you are considering these items, in my opinion, it is important to consider the gift the person would love and also the environmental and health impact of the gift. (Also, shop local whenever you can!)  Here are a few of my favourite gift ideas that you could gift alone are add on to a gift.

  1. One Love Organics – The Cleansing SpongeIMG_0394

This sponge is made of 100 per cent pure  konjac plant fiber which is great to gently exfoliate and detoxify pores. It would be a great item to complete a spa gift or, could be a small stand alone present. I use this daily and absolutely love the results. There are different sponges for different skin types and a general sponge just in case you aren’t sure. It is reusable and no annoying and harmful micro beads.

2. DoTerra Essential Oil Blends – Balance and Serenity

I always love getting pampering gifts at Christmas time and I find that diffusing or using essential oils topically really helps me to relax. Many people don’t know the benefits of essential oils but absolutely love them as soon as they try. The Balance and Serenity blends from DoTerra are my favourites and can be used topically if diluted or aromatically in a diffuser.

3. Norwex Envirocloth IMG_3145

This amazing cloth is a great addition to a stocking or gift. It is a great hostess gift too! The envirocloth is a microfiber cloth that cleans and disinfects simply with water.  Norwex has a whole line of amazing non-toxic cleaning products that save time and money.

The envirocloth cleans wet or dry and uses tiny microfibers that are able to pull out germs and dirt. It is the only cloth that I have found that can clean my black granite counters and make them spotless but it is great for many cleaning jobs around the house. I highly recommend it as a gift this holiday season as it really saves time and is great for the environment!

Norwex offers a ton of super effective and non-toxic cleaning and personal care products that work to eliminate dirt and toxins from your home. These products are amazing and I am in awe at how well they work!

4.Woodlot Candle 

So, who doesn’t like to light a candle, or 10 once in a while. Woodlot candles are handmade in Vancouver using petroleum-free coconut wax so they won’t pollute the air like other candles. They come in various scents and size and can burn for up to 40 hours. I highly recommend adding these candles to your gifting list.

5. Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lip Butter

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is one of my favourite local companies. Throwing a couple of their lip butters into a gift is sure to be a hit, especially in the dry Calgary winter, having some extras on hand never hurt anyone. My favourite scent is the vanilla coconut but they are all awesome! I love that they use non-toxic ingredients and really rep the toxin-free movement! Best part is, they are local! Based out of Canmore, they have store locations in B.C., AB, and MB.

These are just a few of my favourite, non-toxic and eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas!

What are you favourites!?