8 Simple Ways to Enjoy Avocados

Avocados are not just for millennials. This heart-healthy food is brimming with almost 20 vitamins and minerals making it an ideal food for all age groups. Avocados are a source of vitamin C, E, K, niacin, minerals like magnesium and potassium, and packed with eye-supportive nutrient lutein, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. The nutrient-dense avocado is native to South Central Mexico and is grown in Mediterranean and tropical climates around the world. So, what to do with an avocado besides peeling and eating it? Let's explore 8 simple ways to add avocados to your next meal. Avocado Toast Get hip like the millennials and see what Avocado toast is all about. This super easy breakfast ta

Recipe: Braised Chicken in a Black Cherry Sauce

We saw such a great deal on organic cherries this week (the best prices we have been able to get in years!) that we wanted to celebrate with a dinner recipe with cherries. Bon Appétit! Ingredients 3 1/2 pounds chicken (mixed pieces O.K.) 1/2 cup flour (Looking for an interesting flour? Try a Paleo Cassava flour!) 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp paprika 2 Tbs butter 1 Tbs olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, sliced 1 cup Black Cherry juice (Check out Lakewood's Black Cherry Juice) 16 oz pitted cherries (Organic cherries available in our produce department while quantities last!) 1/2 tsp allspice 1 Tbs lemon juice 3 green onions, thinly sliced lemon slices 3 cups cooked rice (Reduc

Organic vs. Natural Foods

If you are confused by what is "natural" and how that is different than an organic product, you are not alone. We are here to help you understand the difference. What is Organic? 100% Organic—Made with 100% organic ingredients and usually has the USDA Organic seal. Organic—Made with 95-99% organic ingredients by weight. All other ingredients are not considered organic. These products are permitted to use the USDA Organic seal. Made With Organic Ingredients—Made with 70–94% organic ingredients. All other ingredients are not considered organic. Products are not permitted to use the USDA Organic seal, but are allowed to list 3 organic ingredients on the front of the packaging. Products with les

Creating a Story with Cheese

When I was in my early 20's, a friend of mine and I embraced the art of entertaining - particularly hosting dinner parties. I always veered towards complicated dishes and multiple courses, while she believed that the act of simple, flavorful foods, served on nice plates would create a memorable evening. One thing we agreed on was the importance of a good cheese tray. Dinner parties and gatherings are a way for us create a shared experience, a story through food. Look to build a tray with a combination of hard and soft cheeses, both mild and bold flavors. Sprinkle in fresh, organic fruit. After a remarkable experience with cheese in Paris, I have amended my cheese trays to have fig jam and a

DIY Vinegar and Honey Hair Rinse

Summer (in the form of sun, salt air, sand, and of course, chlorine) can take a toll on our hair. This clarifying treatment features Apple Cider Vinegar, whose acidity helps to remove excess build-up and Honey, for its ability to hydrate. Both help boost shine and reduce frizziness. Ingredients : 1 cup Warm Water 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp Honey 4 drops Lemon or Grapefruit Essential Oil (for blonde hair) OR 4 drops Rosemary or Sage Essential Oil (for dark hair) Preparation : Combine all ingredients just before washing your hair. Use : Apply to hair after shampooing. Massage into scalp and hair, then rinse. As with any treatment, do a strand test on an inconspicuous spot to see how your

Recipe: Popsicles with Cucumber Aloe Beauty Water

With summer right around the corner, what better way to cool down than to make these refreshing Homemade Popsicles with Cucumber Aloe Beauty Water? These popsicles feature our Cucumber Aloe Collagen Beauty Water, so you can feel good about consuming them. No refined sugar or dairy in these guys, and kids will love helping to make them, too. So what’s so special about these homemade popsicles versus any other kind you’ll have or make this summer? We’re glad you asked. Packed with nutrients, these homemade popsicles are a powerhouse of flavor and health benefits to get you through a summer day. Serves 6 Ingredients 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 1 cup fresh diced pineapple 2 scoops Cucumber Alo

Recipe: Pattypan Squash Pancakes

Our friends from Earth Spring Farm in Carlisle share one of their yummy, seasonal recipes. We added a few notes for those with special diets and some fun tips. Enjoy this meal anytime of the day! Ingredients 2 tablespoons Chicken Stock (or vegetarian broth...The Healthy Deli makes Chicken and Vegan stocks-available in our freezer!) 2 Eggs, slightly beaten (or Ener-G Egg Replacer) 1 cup baking mix 4 Pattypan Squash, grated 1/4 cup diced Onion 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or Vegan Go Veggie! Grated Parmesan Flavor) 1 teaspoon minced Garlic 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil, or as needed (we love Spectrum's Avocado oil) Directions Stir chicken stock and eggs together in a bowl; whisk baking mix into egg

Drink Kombucha - Give Back

Baltimore's Mobtown Fermentation, makers of The Healthy Grocer's kombucha on tap, has gone the extra mile. Recognizing that sustainability and healthy foods go hand in hand, Mobtown announces a philanthropic partnership with the National Wildlife Federation. "Since day one, we have always wanted to use our company as a vehicle to do good," says co-founder, Sid Sharma. "Although kombucha is our focus, we know that the bigger picture is promoting health in our community. To us, this extends beyond people, so we wanted to donate to an organization that would help protect the environment around us and the creatures that inhabit it. The National Wildlife Federation was a perfect fit." The Nationa

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