Skincare Q&A

Q: How do I prepare my skin for winter? A: Since winter months are colder and drier, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing your face and body is crucial to keeping skin healthy. It’s important to use a lotion that contains nourishing ingredients, such as argan, jojoba, and almond oils. Q: Do I need SPF protection during cooler months? A: SPF is important year-round. Even when you think the sun is hiding behind the clouds, it is still a good idea to use SPF. Winter sunburn is rare, but it can happen. Q: How do I get rid of blackheads? A: To get rid of pesky blackheads, it’s important to use an exfoliating scrub and drink plenty of water. By plenty of water, I mean at leas

DIY Aloe Vera Shampoo

Aloe Vera has a chemical make-up similar to Keratin, the primary protein in the hair. Because of this, the plant’s gel is able to penetrate the hair shaft, keeping normal hair healthy and helping to repair dry, damaged hair. Used regularly it can also strengthen the outer layer of the hair, giving more shine. If you’ve been tempted to try an Aloe Vera Shampoo this recipe is relatively simple and can easily be adapted for any hair type. Ingredients: 2 cups Distilled Water 6 oz Liquid Castile Soap (unscented) 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel ½ tsp Jojoba Oil (omit for oily hair) 40 drops Essential Oils (see combination suggestions below) Normal hair – Lavender, Clary Sage, Chamomile Oily hair – Lemon, Tea

Sweet Potatoes: A Humble Superfood

Exotic superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs, acai berries, and maca root boast many nutritive benefits, but if you don’t live near a place like The Healthy Grocer, they can be cost prohibitive and hard to find. Would it surprise you to know that you probably serve up at least one superfood every Thanksgiving? Between the globs of gravy and cans of jellied cranberry, a modest bowl of mashed sweet potato provides an entire day’s worth of Vitamin A, much of your daily value of Vitamin C, and has antioxidant properties to boot. Different methods of preparation affect the glycemic index ranking[EC1], but boiling your starchy sweet potato gives it an incredibly low ranking of 46. Sweet potatoe

Fall Ayurveda Cleanse Snacks

Cinnamon Apples 2 Apples 2+ Tsp Cinnamon 1 Tbs Ghee Peel and core apples. Slice into quarters. Slice quarters into thirds. In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add cinnamon, adding more as needed. Stir, cover and cook on med-low heat for 2 minutes. Stir again and cover for about another 2 minutes or until apples are soft. Serve warm. This serving would be appropriate for 2 snack sized servings. Soaked & Peeled Almonds Place almonds in a bowl of water overnight. In the morning, drain the water. Peel the skin of the almond. Store in a plastic container. Soaked almonds contain folic acid and help release enzymes to aid in digestion. From an Ayurvedic perspective, almonds with the skin aggravates

Winter Squash Guide

Winter squash come in a dizzying array of colors, from cool greens to warm yellows and bright oranges. Most share flesh that has a mellow, slightly sweet flavor, but a few varieties are exactly the same in taste or texture. Hard skin and inedible seeds distinguish them from their soft skinned cousins, the summer squash. Winter squash are harvested when fully mature, when their seeds have become woody and large and their skin has toughened. Acorn Mild, fine textured, pale orange-yellow flesh. Cut in half with sturdy knife, either through “equator” or top to bottom. Scoop out seeds. Makes a natural bowl, so it can be stuffed with things such as cornbread stuffing and cooked sausage mixtures. B

Fall Ayurveda Cleanse: What is a Cleanse & How To

In Ayurveda, when major seasonal and elemental changes occur (Spring and Autumn), a cleanse is performed to help the body ease into the new season. During this time, food is simplified, a self-care practice is added, and spices and foods reflect the seasonal change. Moving from Pitta time of year (Heat) to Vata time of year (Dry/Cold), we start to incorporate warm grounding foods, gentle practices and moisture. While a Spring cleanse is generally 7 days, our Fall Cleanse is a shorter, more gentle cleanse. Want to learn more about a Fall Ayurveda Cleanse? Check out our link to the right of this blog for self-care ideas, recipes and more. It's time for our cleanse, and we are inviting you to

Autumn Recipes

Autumn is here, my favorite season. With this season comes fall harvesting and cooking. Finding yummy, healthy recipes can be tricky. Here are a few of my all time favorites. Cooking Squash for Puree Cut squash in half. On a baking sheet, place half-side down and bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until soft. (Please note that the size of the squash will determine the cooking time). Pumpkin…not just for pie! Pumpkin Hummus Ingredients: ½ Cup pumpkin puree 15 Ounces canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ Lemon, juiced 2 Garlic cloves 2 Tablespoons tahini 4 Tablespoons olive oil ½ Teaspoon salt To make it sweet: Add 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon To make savory: Add ½ Teaspoon ground cumin, ½ Teaspo

Magnesium—Essential for Human Health

In days of old, before the advent of industrial agriculture, our foods were grown in soil that was rich in minerals. The vegetables produced in this nutrient-dense soil reflected the high content of important nutrients such as zinc, copper and magnesium. Unfortunately, living in the age of mass production of our foods, vegetables are grown in soil that is profoundly depleted in so many important trace elements. Of all the important minerals necessary to maintain our health, there is no question that magnesium is among the most critical. Magnesium is essential for human health. One of the most important roles that magnesium plays is that it serves as a cofactor (meaning it is necessary for fu

Fall Ayurveda Cleanse Launch

Tomorrow we roll out more information about our Fall Ayurveda Cleanse. Want to join us? Watch the video, mark your calendars and join us on our dedicated Facebook page facebook.com/healthyfallcleanse Plus, stay tuned to our website for recipes, tips and more. For those of you interested in ordering your meals for the cleanse, click here to place your order.

Walk, Run, Climb, Play - You Can! Solgar's No. 7

Finally, the next generation in joint comfort, mobility, flexibility, and range of motion.* Solgar® NO. 7 brings together bio-active nutrients that work to create a fast-acting approach for occasional “tweaks” and joint stresses brought on by exercise, sports, or physical activity.1* Start to get back on track fast — when stiff joints occasionally say no... Solgar® NO. 7 says YES! Solgar® No. 7 Works Differently Than Glucosamine Chondroitin. Solgar® No. 7 targets multiple pathways that: 1.) balance and temper joint enzymes that may break down cartilage and impact joints’ natural cushioning* 2.) increase flexibility, overall mobility, and range of motion* 3.) balance out joint stresses, daily

Know Your Food: GMO's

What Are GMOs? Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. To give you an idea of just how weird this can get, in 1991 a variety of tomato was engineered with genes from arctic flounder to make it frost-tolerant. Fortunately that product was never brought to market, but it is a good illustration of how unnatural GMOs are. Almost all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbici

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