Back to School Dinners

Back to School: for some it’s a time of celebration (you know who you are); for others it’s a time of dread (you also know who you are). One thing we can all agree on – Back to School means Back to Busy. School day, work day, extracurricular activities, homework, and housework all mean one thing – go, Go, GO! Healthy meals are quite often an overlooked part of the Back to School season, and it is easy to see why. With all of the hullabaloo, sitting down to a family dinner can fall to the wayside. As a mom of three, all with different schedules, I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier while maintaining a healthy happy lifestyle. I love slow cooker recipes because they are so easy.

Making a Difference: Pachamama- Building a Farmer Owned Coffee Cooperative

By farmers, for farmers. Pachamama is the only coffee roaster in the United States that is 100% owned and governed by thousands of family farmers around the world. I first met Raúl in Costa Rica. He was a genuine, humble man with a great passion for life. He was a natural born leader. I later heard people call him El Padrino de Comerico Justo, or The Godfather of Fair Trade. He was my hero. Born and raised on a small coffee farm in Peru in the 1950s, Raúl del Águila Hidalgo rose to be a powerful leader of disadvantaged farmers around the world, including the thousands of families he represented as manager of the COCLA Cooperative in Quillabamba, Peru. As the Fair Trade movement pioneered a n

DIY: Brightening Matcha & Citrus Facial Scrub

If you have been to a coffee or tea house within in the past two years, then you have surely witnessed the beauty that is Matcha! This ancient emerald elixir contains caffeine, L-Theanine, and catechins; more specifically ECGC’s (epigallocatechin gallate). These are powerful antioxidants that can help to promote longevity and vitality by attacking free-radicals. While I do love enjoying a cup of freshly whisked matcha with my morning read, I love using it in my household and bath products even more! Applying it to our skin topically, we can reap the benefits from matcha’s nutrient dense compounds. For this particular recipe, we’re going to whip up a matcha sugar scrub base, and amplify the b

Allergen-Friendly Foods

Back to school can reinvent the lunch box or dinner with special diet friendly options. Here are a few allergen-friendly products at The Healthy Grocer. Ian's Chicken Nuggets Available in aisle 11B. Allergy friendly/gluten free. Their beloved best-seller, Ian’s allergy friendly Chicken Nuggets are a classic American favorite, made with wholesome antibiotic and hormone free skinless and boneless white chicken breast meat. They’ve made them with NO wheat, NO gluten, NO milk, NO casein, NO eggs, NO nuts and NO soy! Convenient anytime and easy to prepare in the oven or microwave. Made Good Granola Bars Available near aisle 9. It starts with the all-natural ingredients. From dried fruits and who

Recipe: Vanilla Almondmilk Chia Seed Popsicles

Time: 5 min prep, freeze overnight Serving Size: 6-8 popsicles Special Diet: Gluten Free & Vegan Ingredients: 1 cup Califia Farms vanilla almondmilk 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup blueberries 2 Tbsp chia seeds Instructions Place strawberry slices and blueberries in popsicle molds. Add chia seeds to popsicle molds. Pour almondmilk into each mold until full. Freeze overnight. Then enjoy

Recipe: The Triple P – Pulled Pork Pizza

No Evil Foods call this one the ‘Triple P’ and it is everything. Slow smoked BBQ Pulled Pork piled onto a chewy crunchy pizza crust, topped with fresh spicy arugula with sweet juicy pineapple and a tangy cream cheese spread? Goooood lawd! Pizza is their weakness and this recipe from Blue Finch Plates is one of their faves. Serves 3-5 Ingredients 1 package of No Evil Foods Pit Boss ‘Pulled Pork’ 1 container of plain cream cheese ¼ cup diced red onion 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple Handful fresh arugula BBQ sauce Dried Parsley Dried Basil Garlic powder Black pepper Pink Salt Nutritional yeast ½ lemon Olive Oil Jalapeños (optional, but not really) The How To Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fold ¼ tsp

Suds Up! 4 Uses for Nellie's One Soap!

At Nellie’s, they are firm believers in keeping things simple. Why use three soaps when you could just use one? Nellie's One Soap is formulated without color, SLS, SLES, and toxins, so it’s safe for just about any use you could think of! How to use the One Soap? Keep reading to find out! The Dishes Whenever you’re scrubbing your favorite pots and pans by hand, traditional dish soaps might get rid of the grease and grime, but take a toll on your hands, leaving dry, irritated skin. You don’t have to rely on harsh ingredients in soap to get the job done! Nellie’s One Soap is perfect for washing the dishes and won’t leave your hands stripped of moisture. Plus, with delicious scents like Melon, P

How To Bliss Out For National Relaxation Day (+ DIY Recipe)

Summer is in full swing. We’re covered head-to-two in gorgeous organic suncare, the grass is high, the sun is hot, and the water is calling. This does not necessarily mean that we are not still touched by the daily demands of today’s world. Even with our feet in the sand and perfect wide-brimmed-hats donned, it is all too easy to forget that taking a moment away from responsibilities and centering yourself is vital for overall personal health and wellbeing. One of my top go-to techniques for creating a moment of new headspace, clarity, and centered emotions is a simple breathing method that incorporates the ancient healing properties of Frankincense. This highly-prized essential oil is disti

Why We Love Maca: Top Benefits of this Amazing Adaptogenic Herb

As a caffeine-free, plant-based superfood, it’s hard not to love Maca. Not only can Maca contribute to overall well-being, it can balance hormone levels, boost energy, and support a healthy libido.* This versatile adaptogenic herb helps the body adapt and deal with different stressors so you can live a well-balanced life.* And it’s safe and easy to add into your everyday routine. What is Maca? Maca, Lepidium meyenii, is an indigenous Andean vegetable that has been grown and cultivated as a root crop for at least 2,000 years. Used both nutritionally and medicinally, Maca grows wild in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, but has primarily been cultivated in the highlands of the Peruvian An

Recipe: Vegan Gluten Free S'Mores

Making S'mores as a child is an unforgettable experience- especially if those memories include roasting marshmallows over a campfire. For many years those on a Vegan or Gluten Free diet were excluded from this American summer tradition- until now! Whether you are making S'mores over a stove, campfire, or other open flame or even making them in a microwave, have a fantastic time making them. And don't forget, the best part of making S'mores is sharing stories with, and enjoying the company of, good friends and family. Ingredients Dandies Gluten Free & Vegan Marshmallows Enjoy Life Gluten Free & Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies Taza Gluten Free & Vegan Mexicano Bar Cacao Bar Open Flame Instructions

What's New at The Healthy Grocer

Browsing the aisles of The Healthy Grocer, you may notice quite a few new brands on our shelves. From snacks to jams to facial care, we've got you covered with the best of the best in the natural foods industry. Paleo Puffs From Lesser Evil, Organic Grain Free Paleo Puffs have hit the shelves with delicious flavors such as Himalayan Salt 'n Apple Cider Vinegar and “No Cheese” Cheesiness. These puffs aren't just for those on a paleo diet or with food allergies, but for anyone interested in a low-inflammation diet. Crafted with cassava root and sweet potato and dusted with coconut oil, they're the perfect treat! Located in aisle 6. Terrapin Ridge It's clear the founder of Terrapin Ridge has a

Staff Picks: August Favorites

Our staff share with you a few of their favorite products in this month. JD Weigle Wellness Buyer ANCIENT APOTHECARY'S TURMERIC ESSENTIAL OIL .5 fl oz The latest product to warm my heart is Ancient Apothecary's Organic Turmeric Essential Oil. Turmeric Root is packed with powerful curcuminoids and turmerones, known for their ability to support lowering the overall inflammation response. This we know, but I was shocked at how valuable of an aromatherapy ingredient it proves to be! The oil has muted notes of spicy black pepper, crisp earthiness, and rich island farm-soil warmed by the sun. Blend this glowing golden root-nectar with other strong aromatics such as Ginger, Black Pepper, and Balsam

The History of Tongue Cleaning

The tongue is one of the most unique organs in the body. Although actually a muscle, it holds a special place among sensory organs. It’s the organ of taste, is very sensitive to touch, and promotes speech. The tongue, by governing what comes out of the mouth (speech) and what goes in (food), can be considered a gatekeeper of utmost importance. Have you ever eaten something that unknowingly was rotten inside and when you tasted it, instinctively spat it out? That’s the tongue’s taste buds doing part of their job of screening what shouldn’t go into the body. With all its remarkable qualities, one would expect us to respect the tongue a little more. Most of us exercise the tongue daily (by ta

Recipe: Watermelon Salad

An awesome way to dress up watermelon. Ingredients 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon 3 cups cubed jicama or cucumber ¼ cup fresh lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Mint leaves, thinly sliced Directions Toss all the ingredients together and serve immediately! Enjoy!

Best Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy

Essential oils are extremely small so they can pass through the skin and into the body quickly. But if you want to keep the oils on your skin and dilute them to create more gentleness on the skin you can combine them with carrier oils. These larger oils that come from the fatty part of the plant can increase the length of time the essential oils stay on your skin and also prolong the aromatherapy effects. Some people mistakenly think using carrier oils reduces the effectiveness of the oil but really it can be the opposite. Dilution increases the surface area of absorption and with certain oils can prevent sensitivities. Common carrier oils include: Almond oil Avocado oil Coconut oil Jojoba o

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