Coconut Bread for Sensitive Folks

The following recipe is gluten, grain, and sugar-free and can be adapted in many ways to create a variety of muffin or bread-like desserts. Freeze it if you like*. Bring all ingredients to room temperature before mixing. Ghee should be melted but not real hot. Basic Recipe (Recipe adapted from Cooking with Coconut Flour, Bruce Fife, N.D.) Ingredients 3 Eggs, local & free range 2 TBS Simply Ghee, melted 2 TBS Coconut Milk 3 TBS Raw Honey (Clover or other mild ones) ¼ Tsp Unrefined Salt (Celtic, Himalayan, etc) ¼ Tsp Vanilla ¼ Cup SIFTED Coconut Flour (+ 1 generous TSP for dusting the pan) ¼ Tsp Baking Powder** Generous pinch of Baking Soda Simple Preparation: Blend together the eggs, Simply G

Buy Fresh Buy Local Spotlight: PureBlend

What makes us geek out about local companies? Fresh ingredients, socially and ecologically-minded practices, personal service, and a driving passion to bring a healthy brand into the marketplace. Here at The Healthy Grocer, we love sourcing products from local businesses and sharing with you the stories behind them. What's special about PureBlend teas? As owner Kari Dandrea says, "Pureblend is committed to providing healthy, socially responsible blended teas in an effort to raise consciousness for better living through alternative and holistic resources available in natural form. All Pureblend teas and herbs are purchased from USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified vendors in the effort to br

First Day of Spring Detox

It’s officially Spring! We’re loving the sunshine, the longer days and the colorful flowers starting to pop up from a long winter’s sleep. As we watch the rest of the world coming back to life, we feel more motivated to be healthy and active and get our bodies back into shape after a cold, sluggish winter. So how can you shake off those winter time blues for good? Try starting with a Spring Detox! We’ve got some tips that will help naturally detox your body, mind and spirit so you can get that spring back in your step. Drink lots water– Water helps flush out those toxins that can build up in your system. Add some lemon slices to give it some flavor and to help jumpstart your digestion.1 Prob

Recipe: Green Goddess-Style Kefir Salad Dressing

Try this cultured version of a classic favorite. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup milk kefir ½ cup fresh parsley, finely minced ¼ cup fresh tarragon, finely minced 3 Tbsp. chives, finely minced 3 Tbsp. anchovy paste 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar or kombucha (well fermented) 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 garlic clove, (finely minced or grated) Salt and pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS: Whisk together mayonnaise and kefir until smooth. Whisk in other ingredients. Cultures for Health kits available in the produce section.

Natural Beauty Rituals for Spring

Spring is approaching and it is the perfect time to renew and refresh our best and most beautiful selves. Our beauty rituals and routines offer a luxurious moment of calm, self-love and appreciation. What we use to nourish ourselves internally has as much of an impact as what we use externally. What we eat, where we live, and how we feed our body and soul all play a significant role in how we outwardly represent ourselves. No beauty products can replace how you are feeling on the inside. It shows on the outside when we feel good physically and mentally. Happiness and self-love are beautiful. Tending to the Internal Garden: What you put on your skin matters, but it’s more important to pay att

Fermented Foods Contain 100 TIMES More Probiotics than a Supplement

Excerpts from Dr. Mercola's article "Fermented Foods Contain 100 TIMES More Probiotics than a Supplement." Click here to read the full article. The Importance of Fermented Foods Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? These bacteria in turn are comprised of both beneficial ones and harmful ones. The ideal balance is about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. Maintaining this ideal ratio is what it's all about when we're talking about the importance of probiotics. It's important to understand though that probiotics are not a new concept. The only thing that's new is that you can take them in pill form. But historically, mankind has consu

The Healthy Grocer Welcomes Lancaster Body Care Line

The line started by Gretchen Christina Maser is about keeping simple, clean and natural. However, the story of how it happened started long before that. Christina Maser, a bath and body product line from Lancaster, PA is the newest local line we are happy to introduce you to. "It all started somewhere around 1990 when a friend of mine taught me to make jam! Thinking back to that first batch of strawberry jam…Wow! Who knew?! So, jam making indirectly led to gardening, which somehow led to soap making, which inevitably led to candle making! It wasn’t really that quick or that simple, but however many years later, I'm here with my Christina Maser line." Gretchen sources her ingredients from the

Runa Guayusa & Amazon's Kichwa people

The Amazon's Kichwa people have made an invigorating tea from the guayusa leaf for generations, and drinking it is an important part of their culture. Now the Kichwa are working with U.S. tea companies to turn guayusa farming into a profitable industry and a sustainable alternative to logging and fossil fuel extraction. The blossoming trade is attracting supporters, including actor Channing Tatum. Runa, meaning "Fully Alive," made from guayusa tea, supports Amazonian communities. Last year actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, announced his investment in Runa. Moreover, he donated his shares to the farmers. Drink Runa and support the Amazon and its people. Iced Teas available for a limited time at The H

Slainte Beer Bread

Turn your dinner into a St. Patrick's Day feast tonight! Sauerkraut, corned beef, and this magically delicious bread, make a meal worth celebrating. Photo Source: By Vegan Feast Catering (Beer Bread) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons salt ½ cup Torchbearer Pineapple-Papaya Sauce 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 12 ounces good dark beer 2 tablespoons Melted butter 2 tablespoons Oatmeal, non-instant variety Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9” x 5” inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, sa

How-To: Activating a Dehydrated Kombucha Scoby

A kombucha SCOBY is just one of five ingredients required to make kombucha tea at home. Our kombucha SCOBYs are sold in a dehydrated state so that they are shelf-stable and safe for shipping. Store the dehydrated culture in the refrigerator until ready to activate. BEFORE YOU BEGIN Always use distilled white vinegar when activating the culture. Distilled white vinegar produces the best and most consistent results for activating a dehydrated SCOBY. Due to differences in culturing conditions and environment, it is normal that no baby SCOBY form for the first few batches. Allow the activation batch to rehydrate for the full 30 days, to ensure that the SCOBY is ready to use for making kombucha.

DIY: Whipped Body Butter

Could your skin use a little TLC? Try this homemade whipped body butter. The recipe makes about four 4 oz jars and can easily be doubled or tripled for gift-giving. Ingredients : ¼ c Cocoa Butter ¼ c Shea Butter ¼ c Coconut Oil ¼ c Sweet Almond Oil 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil 8 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil 8 drops Vanilla Precious Essential Oil Preparation : Add cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil into a double boiler. Heat until melted, mixing with a whisk. Put the mixture into the refrigerator until firm (about an hour). Use hand mixer to whip until creamy and light. Add essential oils and mix again. Spoon into glass jars. Note – The mixture may seem a bit mois

Strawberry Chia Smoothie Bowl

Serves: 1 Use Organic: 1 ripe peach pitted & sliced or other seasonal fruit 1 frozen banana 1 cup fresh strawberries halved 1 scoop Raw Organic Fit Vanilla ¼ cup Garden of Life® RAW Organics™ Chia Seed ¼ cup rolled oats uncooked ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk 2 teaspoons raw honey ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions: Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into a bowl. Add the toppings of your choice. Enjoy! Optional Toppings: Granola, Shredded unsweetened coconut, Sliced peaches and Sliced strawberries

TED Talk: Why Bees Are Disappearing

Watch Dr. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, give an insightful and inspiring presentation about the issues facing bees.

Q&A: Why organic farming is a promising part of a climate change solution

The food system is in an interesting predicament—it's a significant contributor to one of its own biggest threats—climate change. But fortunately, just as poor land-management practices are contributors to climate change, use of good on-farm practices can actually lead to climate change mitigation, says Tracy Misiewicz, the associate director of science programs for The Organic Center. Misiewicz leads The Organic Center’s creation of reports, compiling current science on critical issues affecting organic food and farming. She'll lend her expertise to a panel at Natural Products Expo West that will help brands and retailers translate organic's benefits to consumers, and she'll also participat

Blueberry Salsa

Since the berries hit the stand before tomato season, try this as a nice change-up to the salsas we’re all used to. Serve as a starter with chips or as a side for grilled chicken. Ingredients 2 cups coarsely chopped blueberries 1 cup fresh whole blueberries 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice (more or less) 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro 2 jalapenos or green chilis (minced, and seeded if you want a milder salsa) 1/3 cup finely diced bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped green onion 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Preparation Mix together and serve or chill to let flavors blend fully. Click here to sign up for a summer vegetable share from Earth Spring Farm (available for pick-up at The Healthy Grocer).

Making a Difference: Cascadian Farm Organics & Bees

This month, we launch a new blog series Making a Difference highlighting the brands we carry and how they are making a positive difference in our communities and world. When we buy products, we buy more that just that- we buy into how the company operates, how they interact with our planet, and more. The story of Cascadian Farm begins with the story of our founder, Gene Kahn. 40 years ago, Gene was an idealistic 24-year old grad-school dropout from Chicago, who just wanted to make a difference in the world. He recognized the delicate balance between nature and humans. Inspired by reading “Silent Spring” and “Diet For A Small Planet”, Gene wanted to go back to the land and farm in a way that

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