Produce Tips: Storage Hacks

If you buy fresh fruits and vegetables, odds are we have all been here. You get home from the grocery store, put everything away in a hurry. Within days, that beautiful produce has inevitably shriveled or gone bad. The truth is that many people simply do not know how to properly store produce at home. With these few little storage hacks, your produce will last longer! Upon arriving home this is what you can do: Wash fresh fruits and vegetables (except mushrooms) in cold running water. Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth to gently remove the dirt. Wash leafy greens in a large bowl so that any dirt can fall to the bottom. Dry salad leaves in a spinner or lay them on a towel for 20 or so minutes.

Recipe: Chicken Soup with Mustard Greens

The spicy bite of mustard greens pairs beautifully with the earthy tang of lemon and turmeric. Lemon Turmeric Chicken Soup w/Mustard Greens Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 large yellow onion, diced 1 cup diced carrot 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 red bell pepper diced ½ cup diced celery 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast 2 cups chopped mustard greens ½ teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons dill Directions: Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, carrot, salt and turmeric and cook

An Orange by Any Other Name

Citrus fruits are at their peak from late winter through spring, like a harbinger of the changing of seasons and return of the sun. With so many types and varieties available, we narrowed down the list to the most common and the types most likely to get confused. Though the specific nutritional content will vary, citrus fruits are an excellent source of Vitamin C and contain diverse phytochemicals, including carotenoids, lutein, and flavonoids. Navel Oranges: You can easily distinguish navel oranges from other oranges by their trademark “navel” on the fruit’s blossom end, which is actually an undeveloped second “twin” fruit opposite its stem. Navel oranges are a hybrid of pomelos and mandari

Beyond Avocado Toast

The avocado has taken the world by storm becoming a creamy, vibrant trademark of health. Avocados can be used in so many recipes - not just guacamole and avocado toast! Here are some of my favorites. Add avocado and your favorite salsa verde sauce in a food processor, blend, and enjoy with tacos or chips. Avocado Popsicles! Avocados are perfect for blending with an assortment of other healthy fruits and freezing into a healthy frozen treat! Add avocado to your eggs in the morning for an extra morning boost! Use avocado for a paleo and vegan friendly rich bakery frosting. Cream up milkshakes and boost up smoothies by adding avocados in them. Cut an avocado and stuff it with your favorite egg,

Recipe: Herbed Avocado Hummus

Ingredients: ½ large ripe avocado 1 15½-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained ⅓ cup tahini, well mixed ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 garlic clove, finely grated or smashed to a paste with flat side of knife on cutting board ¾ teaspoon (or more) kosher salt 10 cranks freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon ground cumin 1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas; for serving) Direction: Process avocado, chickpeas, tahini, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and 1 cup cilantro in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. With the motor running, stream in 2 Tbsp. oil, then continue to process until

Mobtown Kombucha Supports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Did you know that our Kombucha on Tap is from local brewer, Mobtown Fermentation, based in Baltimore. This small business makes a BIG difference in their communities and supports the planet. This week is National Wildlife Week and we are proud to partner with Mobtown Fermentation. Did you know that Mobtown Fermentation/Wild Kombucha will donate 1% of total sales to Chesapeake Bay Foundation for any kombucha sold from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021 with a minimum contribution of $10,000/year? WOW! It's good to know that when you shop small and local, you not only infuse the local economy, but do good businesses can continue to spread the love and support the planet. Every dollar you spen

Celery Juice: The Basics

By now, you've probably heard about the celery juicing trend. From the Today Show, to numerous blogs and videos, celery juice has made its mark as the first health trend of 2019. If you're curious about trying celery juice, we've compiled a list of tips and suggestions to get you started. This list is from the man credited with bringing celery juice to the limelight, Medical Medium, Anthony William. "Every morning, drink roughly sixteen ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach. Make sure it’s fresh, plain celery juice with no other ingredients. It takes roughly one large bunch of celery to make sixteen ounces of juice. Celery juice is a medicinal drink, not a caloric one, so you’ll still n

DIY: Balancing Facial Oil for Oily / Combination Skin

Plus, stay tuned for Sarah's Anti-Aging/Dry Skin Facial Oil in April and Clarifying Facial Oil for Acne Prone Skin in May! Ingredients: 2 oz Argan or Apricot Kernel Oil 4 Drops Geranium Essential Oil 4 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 4 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil Directions: Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz amber dropper bottle allowing room for dropper. Shake well. Warm a few drops on your hands and pat onto face and neck.

National Wildlife Week

This week, March 11-15th is The National Wildlife Foundation's annual celebration of National Wildlife Week! Here is there list for students on "9 Ways to Take Action" Today’s students will play a vital role in saving wildlife for future generations. These resources, assembled by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program, provide ways for students to connect with wildlife in their backyard, schoolyard, and beyond. Here are nine ways to take action: Browse the Wildlife Guide. Learn more about some of the featured species for 2018, such as the Hawaiian monk seal or the Florida panther. Research threatened and endangered species in your state. Start your search online with the

Why You Should Join a CSA This Year

What is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? CSA is a system that directly connects a farmer to consumers by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a farm or co-op. The farmer and the consumer share the risks and benefits of farming. In exchange for subscribing to a harvest, consumers receive a box of fresh produce or other farm products, including milk, eggs, cheese, and meats. Many CSA's provide product weekly, though some offer monthly or seasonal specials. The benefits of a CSA are bountiful, as they strengthen the local economy and community and allow consumers a glimpse into where their food is coming from. Many farmers will include newsletters with their share boxes,

Collagen 101

What is collagen? Collagen is the glue that keeps us together! Collagen is the most important substance to the foundations of the human body. Making up approximately 30% of the proteins in our bodies, it is vital to skin elasticity, and the preservation of every connective tissue that we have; ligaments, tendons, skin, cartilage, and bones. The primary collagen types that we most commonly focus on are types I, II, and III. These forms of collagen comprise about 80%-90% of the total collagen content within us. Utilized in the body, external collagen is siphoned up for use in the large collagen helix structure, organized into strong fibers which lend structural tissue support, elasticity, and

Healthy Ambassador for March is...

We are proud to announce our March Healthy Ambassador of the Month, Ireland Kelly Barrick! Each week we will feature a meal tip, daily snack, lifestyle advice, and biggest health accomplishment from our ambassador. Congrats Ireland!

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