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November GIVE: Jenna's Journey

November GIVE: Jenna’s Journey

This month we are raising money for Jenna Imordino. Jenna was in a terrible car accident in April that has left her with a traumatic brain injury. She now needs round-the-clock care and therapy to be able to recover. Please consider rounding up your sale at the register to help Jenna on her journey!

 

Oh em GHEE!

Oh em GHEE!

Did you know that it is SO easy to make your own ghee?

 

Ghee is clarified butter that originated in ancient India and is commonly used as cooking fat in traditional Indian cuisine. Ghee is widely known to be a healthy cooking fat. Aside from being rich in vitamins A, E, and K2, Ghee has a high smoke point and is thought to decrease inflammation. Ghee is also a great source of CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which is known to help boost metabolism.

 

To make ghee, simply heat one pound of butter over low heat in a heavy bottom pan for about 10-15 minutes, or until the milk solids at the bottom of the pan begin to brown. Once milk solids have browned, strain melted butter thought a thin mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and place in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Ghee can be left at room temperature, and used for up to 3 months. Put your ghee on a warm piece of sourdough bread, cook with it as an alternative cooking fat, or put some in your coffee!

Fall is Here!

Fall is Here!

Can you believe it’s already October? 2019 is really flying along, but we’re not complaining! Fall brings cooler weather, and a feeling of excitement. Here’s what we are excited about the most at Organnons in October:

Squash Season

Some people LOVE it, but others, not so much. Sometimes it the preparation that keeps people from using squash. We have solution for you: Delicata Squash. Aside from the mildly sweet flavor, this squash is a weeknight go-to because you don’t have to skin it! Slice it open, scoop out the seeds and its ready to go- the skin is edible and soft.

Need some Delicata inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Board:

Building Strong Bones and Smooth Skin

Save big on Organnons Bone Broth Protein and Collagen Peptides. 20% Off until October 31st.

Better Halloween Treats

Candy is EVERYWHERE right now, but we have better choices hitting the shelves. We love UNREAL chocolate- which tastes even better than the traditional candy favorites, without the junk.

And of Course, EVERYTHING PUMPKIN!!

Pumpkin is showing up all over the store- in every department, and we are so glad! Pictured here are local baked goods from Sweet Victory, local candles from Libellule, Andalou Pumpkin Face Mask, and more.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts are having a serious moment right now, and honestly we are ABOUT it. Now that the weather is cooling down we are so ready to fire up the oven. We can’t think of a better way to ring in fall than by busting out our favorite fall recipes, which means this week we are cooking up brussels sprouts with bacon. This recipe has it all, vegetables, healthy fats, protein, and carbs (healthy carbs, don’t worry). We love to use Garrett Valley Farms Paleo Bacon for this recipe. Garret Valley Farms has humanely raised, vegetarian fed, antibiotic free pork that is the perfect bestie for your friends the brussels sprouts. Try this recipe (Paleo & Whole 30 approved) today and thank us later 😉

Ingredients:

-1 ½ lbs brussels sprouts, halved
-2-3 tbsp ghee (or butter or fat of choice!)

-4 slices Garret Valley Farms paleo bacon
-salt & pepper to taste

-1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

 

Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Melt ghee (or other fat of choice)
-Halve brussels sprouts and coat in melted ghee
-Dice 4 slices of bacon (or more – we won’t judge)
-Place brussels sprouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment in one layer and sprinkle with diced bacon
-Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating every 10 (so all sides get crispy!)

-Finish with balsamic glaze
-Share with friends and feel impressive and fancy with your very impressive and fancy dish 🙂

We LOVE Cottage Cheese (plus RECIPE!!)

We LOVE Cottage Cheese (plus RECIPE!!)

How do I love thee, cottage cheese?

Let me count the ways…

Everyone knows that cottage cheese is great for people who are wanting to slim their waistlines, but did you know that cottage cheese is packed FULL of nutrients? Not only is it 25% of your recommended protein intake per serving, it is also a good source of important vitamins and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, sodium, selenium, and vitamin B12. Cottage cheese helps you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and is rich in probiotics (and we looooove probiotics). More healthy facts about cottage cheese can be found here

Right now we are loving Oasis Farms cottage cheese. Oasis Farms cottage cheese is certified organic, using milk from 100% grass-fed, heritage breed cows. Oasis Farms cottage cheese is produced using milk that is sourced from small, family farms in Lancaster, PA. 

Try out these amazing twists on cottage cheese today, and give Oasis Farms cottage cheese a try!

Pumpkin Spice Cottage Cheese:

1 cup oasis farm cottage cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 honeycrisp apple, sliced

Instructions:
Mix cottage cheese, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spices together. Combine and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy with sliced honeycrisp apple ?

Feel-better College Care Package

Feel-better College Care Package

The leaves are starting change and that has us thinking about building our immune health to keep everyone in our households healthy and happy. But what about our kids who are away at school? We put together a group of wellness super-stars that are sure to bring comfort and help keep them well so they can keep following their dreams.

Organnons Suprema Dophilus

Before the sniffles start, help them build a strong gut with a solid probiotic. We love our brand of probiotics because they have a great selection of strains, and a good bacteria count at a great price- and they are shelf stable!

HybridAR

Ok, so they’re sniffing but they don’t know if its allergies or a cold yet. Send along HybridAR – this was formulated by a pharmacist, this product was made to support a healthy histamine response.

Olba’s Oil Inhaler

Simple, comforting and EASY- Olba’s Oil Inhaler has been around for YEARS, and is a favorite around here for sure. It’s super-minty inhalations clear up a stuffy nose and can take the pressure off of a mild headache. You might want one for yourself, too!

Organnons Head Relief

Essential oils are another easy, comforting item to send along for comfort and wellness. This blend features lavender, basil, rosemary, orange, peppermint & eucalyptus. It smells fresh and clean but has just enough menthol action to take the edge off an achy head. Blend with a carrier oil for sensitive skin and dab on the back of the neck, or they can dab some on the soles of their feet once they are all wrapped up for the night in the dorm room. Super comforting!

HybridCR

Get well and stay well with this powerful blend of herbs from Hybrid Remedies. This has been carefully formulated to help encourage a healthy immune response. It’s a blend of Andrographis, Echinacea, and Panax Ginseng. We LOVE the dose packs because it helps keep you on track when you really need a boost. The big bottle is great, too- its a supply that will last all season long.

Badger Aromatic Chest Rub

Did your grandma ever suggest rubbing a certain well-known mentholated petroleum product on your chest and feet? Well- ours did. Except now we know that petroleum products aren’t so good. Badger’s chest rub has all of the same aroma-therapeutic properties in a nice clean base thats good for humans and better for the environment. Slather is on feet before bed to help with nighttime coughs, and use a little on the chest during the day.

Sovereign Silver Colloidal Silver Spray

Sore throats are the worst! Help fight bacteria on contact with this spray from Sovereign Silver. Colloidal Silver has been traditionally used to fight bacteria and encourage wellness and we reach for it every year.

Superieur Electrolytes

We can tell them to stay hydrated, but busy students are often on the go and simply don’t drink enough water- especially if they aren’t feeling well. Send them some packets of this wonderful stuff- it tastes AMAZING, has zero sugar and ZERO ADDITIVES.

Organnons Ginger Rescue

This stuff is simple. Ginger, honey and water. Ginger warms the throat and mucous membranes, calms upset tummies, soothes nagging coughs and…well…this stuff taste GOOD. It can be taken straight, or added to hot tea or just hot water.

Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Manuka Honey & Propolis Lozenges

Looking for an amazing lozenge? This one is a real crowd-pleaser! It’s yummy and comforting with Manuka Honey and Bee Propolis to soothe scratchy throats and coughs.

September's GIVE: Amanda McCoy

September’s GIVE: Amanda McCoy

Amanda McCoy, at the age of 21 was paralyzed from the waist down from a snowboarding accident in January 2018. She experienced a Spinal Cord Injury, and the doctors told her she would never walk again. Amanda believes that everything happens for a reason, and was ready to take on this drastic change in her life. She has been participating in many therapies to gain the function of legs back again, and is making great progress. She is very determined, and feels it’s totally possible to walk again. She has explored many different holistic healing therapies since injured, and continues do so. Amanda believes in MIND, BODY, SOUL, healing. She is constantly working her hardest to heal, while living her life to the fullest, at her young age. We spoke with Amanda to find out more about her story and what keeps her going:

 

“Many people with Spinal Cord Injury’s are often told they will never walk again. I was told I had a million to one chance of ever moving my legs again. And guess what? I am gaining movement back in my legs. I believe in mind, body, soul healing. The human body is an amazing vessel that has the power to heal itself. There is even scientific studies now that show how powerful our mind is.”
“I believe that healing our bodies is 100% possible. Creating a healthy environment in our bodies is so important for healing. I have been vegan for many years, and that has helped the inflammation in my body tremendously. I have always prefer holistic healing, over pharmaceutical medication. When I was in the hospital I made sure I was off all medication as soon as possible. I was off in 8 day, the doctors were amazed because I had a very traumatic injury, with a very intense spine surgery. I am always discovering and learning ways to heal naturally, it’s a true passion of mine. I believe that having this knowledge, and applying it to my situation has helped my body heal so much.”
“The most important thing when it comes to healing my body is creating healthy thought patterns. The mind is truly a very powerful tool we can use to our advantage. Where our mind goes, reality follows. This is proven science. Doing lots of introspection and self work has lead me to become aware of my thoughts rather than letting my thoughts control my reality. Over time, I began to reprogram my brain, and create new neurological pathways. By doing this old limiting belief pattern start to dissipate. This is called neuroplasticity. I became the observer of my thoughts rather than a victim of my thoughts. I now have full control over my mind, and how I perceive reality.”
 

 It would be amazing, if we could all get together and help Amanda and her family with expenses. Having a Spinal Cord Injury, comes along with a load of expenses. Amanda needs help with medical bills, physical therapy, alternative/holistic therapies, and a car with adaptive hand controls, to continue her healing. All therapies are out of pocket for spinal cord injuries. To take the financial burden off Amanda and her family, let’s help. The round up of change will supply Amanda with the money she needs to continue to work hard at physical therapy, gain her independence back, and to most importantly, walk again.

See our interview with Amanda:

 

Paleo Breakfast Donuts

Paleo Breakfast Donuts

Sometimes it’s so hard to pick between a sweet breakfast or a savory breakfast. With this recipe you can have both! And it’s low-carb (whaaaat)! Set aside 15 minutes in the morning and make some paleo bacon egg and cheese donuts. These donuts are made with Bob’s Red Mill paleo flour, which has 10g of net carbs per serving. If you speak low-carb you know that is pretty amazing. Recipe below!

Ingredients:

-1 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill paleo flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-4 eggs
-1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-2 tbsp bone broth
-3 tbsp avocado oil
-1 package bacon (paleo – cooked)
-1 package shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions:

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
-Grease a donut pan (a muffin pan will also work)
-Cook bacon following instructions on package

-Mix flour and baking powder, set aside
-Mix eggs, apple cider vinegar, bone broth, and avocado oil in a separate bowl
-Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mix out lumps
-Mix in bag of shredded cheese
-Add bacon to donut pan, fill ½ way with mix, top with more bacon
-Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
-Makes 12 donuts

TIP: Add a little maple syrup to bacon for an extra sweet treat 🙂

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

3 No-Brainer Lunches your Fussy Eater will LOVE

3 No-Brainer Lunches your Fussy Eater will LOVE

It’s back to school time again and we are here to save the day with some lunch packing recipes and tips that will save you time and money this year! Pick up a cute sectioned bento box to pack a healthy lunch that fits right into your kids normal lunch box. A bento box gives you the freedom to mix and match healthy and fun options so that lunch time is never disappointing! Here are some ideas to get the creative lunch packing juices flowing:

Lunch #1:

Ham & cheese roll ups, sliced apples with sunflower butter (allergy friendly!), sliced veggies, bunny graham friends

Lunch #2:

Pita bread with veggies & hummus, orange slices, smash crisp

Lunch #3:

Cheese, pepperoni & crackers, apples & trail mix, yogurt & fruit

TIPS:

-Don’t forget to include a healthy protein & a healthy fat, growing brains need these nutrients to focus!

-Mix up protein sources, it could be ham & cheese one day, peanut butter & jelly, or a fun yogurt parfait! The options are endless.

-Wrap lunchmeat around a cheese stick for a quick & healthy lunch!

-Include a fun treat & make it a 6 pack! Here are some of our favorites:

-Annies lunch snack 6 packs
-Smashmallow crispy squares lunch snack 6 packs
-Simple Mills crackers lunch snack 6 packs
-Made Good granola minis variety pack
-Bobos oat bar snack packs

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Kiki's Corner: Medicinal Mushrooms

Kiki’s Corner: Medicinal Mushrooms

 

Mushrooms were the original superfood used cross-culturally for thousands of years. They contain Micro-nutrients (Zinc, Selenium), D3, Enzymes, Antioxidants, Polysaccharides (Beta-Glucans) and Prebiotics.

They also contain specialized compounds that activate Killer Cells to attack foreign invaders in our body.

By balancing, not strengthening our immune response mushrooms create homeostasis.

Paul Stamets, the owner of “Fungi Perfecti” (Host Defense Mushrooms) is on a mission to wipe out Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees using Mycelium (An underground threadlike structure from which the Fruiting Body arrises) from various mushrooms.

Here are just a few of the most popular Medicinal Mushrooms and their properties:

 

REISHI  “THE MUSHROOM OF IMMORTALITY”

 

1) ADAPTOGENIC: Gentle balancing of immune response (over or under) and adrenals

2) ANTIOXIDANT during exertion

3) CARDIOVASCULAR: benefits: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Triglycerides

4) LIVER & NEUROLOGICAL Protective

5) FATTY ACID METABOLISM Support

 

  

CORDYCEPS

 

1) ENERGIZING

2) ANTI FATIGUE: Good  for adrenal exhaustion

3) ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE: Helps reduce lactic acid buildup in muscles

4) LUNG HEALTH: Dialates bronchial tubes resulting in increased diffusion of oxygen in the lungs

5) LIBIDO enhancer

 

  

CHAGA

1) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY for the lungs, especially during exertion

2) REDUCES OXIDATION in the intestinal tract

3) MUCOUS: Balances the secretion in lungs and intestines

4) CORTISOL: Down regulates

5) TESTOSTERONE: Aids in its production

 

  

TURKEY TAIL

1) PREBIOTIC: Enhances both Lacto & Bifido bacteria for the small and large intestine, respectively

2) IMMUNE SYSTEM: Recognized as such by the NIH (National Institute of Health)

3) ANTITUMOR: May help to inhibit hormone-fueled tumors

4) LIVER PROTECTANT by aiding in phase 1 & 2 Detoxification

5) ANTI MICROBIAL: Suppresses Staphylococcus bacteria and some viruses such as oral HPV

 

  

LION’S MANE

1) BRAIN FUEL:  Excellent for cognitive function.

2) SHORT TERM MEMORY:  May increase short-term memory in Alzheimer’s patients

3) NERVES: Helpful for both Central & Peripheral (Hands and Feet) Nervous System

4) MOOD: Helps balance to decrease Anxiety & Depression

5) HGH: Triggers the body’s production of Human Growth Factor

 

  

MAITAKE

1) BLOOD SUGAR: Lowers blood sugars within the normal range. (*Consult your Health Care Practitioner if on injectable insulin)

2) SUGAR DIGESTION & ABSORPTION: Balances

3) STARCH BLOCKING Capabilities

4) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY properties via 1,3-Beta-D-Glucans. (Both Mycelium and Fruiting Bodies)

5) TUMORS: “Maitake Beta-Glucans may increase tumor necrosis factors” (Fullerton et. al.)

Fresh Zucchini Popper

Fresh Zucchini Popper

Are you low carb and tired of not having any snacks? Same. That is until we discovered this amazing new keto/low-carb friendly recipe! Ricotta and Italian spices makes an amazing low-carb dip! We love it with zucchini ?

Ingredients:

– 1 medium zucchini

– 1/4 cup ricotta cheese

– 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

– 1 tsp lemon juice

– 2 tbsp Italian spices

– 1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

– 1/2 cup basil

Instructions:

– Combine ricotta, Parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil, and spices

– Slice zucchini into coins

– Spread ricotta on zucchini

– Top with chopped heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil

– Smile because you have a light and easy keto snack that can be enjoyed anytime (most important step ?)

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Grown-up Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomato Jam

Grown-up Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomato Jam

At a loss for what to do with all those tomatoes? Try this grown up grilled cheese recipe! Whip up a quick tomato jam (we used heirloom ?) for an adult twist on grilled cheese! Enjoy with a fresh green salad and this is a quick and healthy meal that won’t disappoint.

Tomato jam:

– 1 1/2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, cored and chopped

– 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

– 1 tbsp ginger, grated

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 tsp cumin

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– Mix all ingredients together in a heavy bottom pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook for 60-90 minutes until it has the jam consistency.

Grilled cheese:

– spread butter on both sides of sourdough bread

– Add cheese (we used sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack)

– Add tomato jam to middle

– Cook in a skilled over medium head until golden brown

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Keto Broccoli Bites

Keto Broccoli Bites

? KETO RECIPE ALERT  ?

We have just the recipe for all you keto folks that need a fix! This recipe for Keto Broccoli bites is so good you won’t even notice there aren’t any carbs ? simply mix, pop in the oven for 15 minutes, and you have a light and easy snack even the kids will love ?

Ingredients:

– 2 cups broccoli, shredded

– 2 eggs

– 1/2 cup almond flour

– 1 1/2 cups cheese (we used a mix of Parmesan, sharp cheddar, and colby but whatever you have works!)

– 1/2 yellow onion, grated

– 2 tbsp fresh cilantro

– 2 tbsp taco seasoning (we used a blend of cumin, coriander, garlic, onion, paprika, salt, and pepper – but you can also use any spice blend)

– Ranch dip seasoning packet

– 1 container sour cream

Instructions:

– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

– Shred broccoli, grate onion, set aside in a large bowl

– Add to large bowl: cheese, eggs, almond flour, spices, and cilantro

– Mix until combined, if wet add more almond flour

– Grease a large sheet pan and add broccoli in the shape of patties (or nuggets!)

– Cook for 10 minutes, flip, cook an additional 5-10 minutes

– Prepare ranch dipping sauce: mix sour cream with ranch packet (add sriracha for a little kick ? )

– Serve and enjoy ?

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Stocking Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Stocking Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Whether you are brand new to all things natural or you are a total health food store junkie- here’s our favorites to keep on hand in the medicine cabinet!

 

1. Sovereign Silver Colloidial Silver First Aid Gel 

If you are looking for an all-around product for cuts, scratches, and more- look for colloidal silver. It’s kid-safe and sting-free, but it’s anti-microbial properties fight off infection and help with healing.

2. Dr. Nordykes Wound Honey 

Manuka honey is FULL of skin-healing properties and helps to fight infections.

3. Christophers Black Ointment

Drawing salve is a great thing to have on hand especially for splinters!

4. Boiron Calendula

Calendula is a great ingredient to look for! It’s a multi-tasking herb that encourages healing all around. This ointment from Boiron has been around for years and can be used in many ways.

5. Organnons Oak & Ivy spray

Poison Ivy is the WORST- and it can spread fast and make summer miserable. Next time you see some growing, look around to what growing near it and you will find Jewelweed. Jewelweed contains compounds that help with the symptoms of Poison Ivy. Our spray contains a good amount of the extract along with other healing plant extracts.

6. Pharm-Aloe Gelly

We know that burns are soothed by aloe vera, but be careful when purchasing- make sure it contains actual aloe! We love Pharm-Aloe because its the REAL DEAL!

7. Boiron Arnicare

Arnica is homeopathy used for pain and swelling of all kinds. It’s gentle, it doesn’t have a strong smell. Use it on bruises, sore joints and muscle and more!

8. Boiron Oscillococcinum

You know that feeling: you just spent hours on a plane with people coughing and sneezing. Or maybe you got an email from the school that the flu is going around your child’s grade. Either way- you are looking for something to keep yourself WELL- Osillococcinum to the rescue! Easy to take- just dissolve the vial under your tongue.

9. Gaia Echinacea Supreme

We love Gaia because they make amazing, effective formulas, and they are transparent about their sourcing and manufacturing. So, of course their Echinacea is top-notch. Add it to your stay-well arsenal!

10. Quantum MigShield

Headaches can take a whole day down with them. It’s easy to grab a pain reliever to dull the pounding, but over the counter pain relief is hard on your system. Quantum’s MigShield is formulated using research and its simple formula helps your body fight off headaches at the source.

11. Olbas Oil Inhaler

Instant gratification! Try one of these little guys for stuffy noses, sinus headaches or even just fatigue.

12. Xlear Nasal Spray

A good saline spray can help with allergies and Xlear takes it a step further with the addition of xylitol. Xylitol has been found to help with the symptoms of sinusitis and help clear up issues faster than saline alone.

13. Organnons Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup has gone from a crazy folk remedy to a science-backed supplement in the last 10 years. It’s so easy to take, and effective- especially without added sugar or flavors! Our brand is free of additives- you just get the good stuff, and the price is right-on!

14. Natural Factors DGL 

Heartburn is a menace, but anti-acids only mask the issue. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice soothes and calms the burn while helping to repair the lining of the stomach.

15. Solaray Activated Charcoal 

Activated charcoal is showing up EVERYWHERE. Have you noticed? Its a hardworking ingredient that is extremely absorbent- which means its perfect for soaking up toxins after a questionable meal or for bloating and gas. We have it in capsule form and powder form. Don’t be scared away by the powder- it’s versatile and flavorless!

Simple Caprese Sandwich

Simple Caprese Sandwich

Need a delicious way to make what’s in season? Try this amazing Caprese Sandwich:

Simply spread some pesto on a roll (we used brioche ?) and add arugula, sliced heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and you are good ? to ? go ?

 

Mini Keto Pizzas

Mini Keto Pizzas

What’s better than pizza??? KETO PIZZA ? Our Keto Pizza is made with less than 5 ingredients and is so tasty you won’t even miss the carbs! Simply scoop out a portobello mushroom and coat in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, then add a tbsp of pesto, a tbsp of pizza sauce, and a big slice of fresh mozzarella and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and sightless browned. Top with fresh basil and parsley. Finally a pizza you won’t feel bad about indulging in ?

Ingredients:

– portobello mushrooms, scraped

– 1 tbsp pesto (per mushroom)

– 1 tbsp pizza sauce (per mushroom)(don’t forget to make sure it’s low sugar!!!)

– 1 slice fresh mozzarella

– 1 tsp EVOO (per mushroom)

– Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

– preheat oven to 375 degrees

– scrape out portobello mushrooms and coat in EVOO, salt and pepper

– top portobello with pesto, pizza sauce, and fresh mozzarella

– cook ~10 minutes or until cheese is melted

– Top with fresh basil and parsley

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Blueberry Lemon Bites

Blueberry Lemon Bites

There’s nothing worse than going to a party and not being able to satisfy your sweet tooth ? but don’t worry, these blueberry lemon bites are here to save the day!! Raw, vegan, and gluten free, blueberry lemon bites are a great way to wow everyone at a party and still feel great about what you’re eating ? recipe below!

Ingredients:

Crust

– 1 cup almonds, ground

– 1/2 cup dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

– Blend and press into mold of choice

Filling

– 3/4 cups cashews, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

– 1 cup frozen blueberries

– 1 lemon, zested and juiced

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– 3-4 tbsp coconut milk

– 1-3 tbsp coconut oil

– 2 tbsp lemon zest

Instructions:

– soak dates and cashews (separately) in hot water for 15 minutes

– Grind almonds into a flour

– Mix dates and almonds to form crust, set as crust in mold of choice

– In a blender, add all filling ingredients

– Blend until well mixed

– Add filling on top of crust

– Add toppings of choice (we used dried lavender, frozen blueberries, lemon zest, and mint)

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Perfect Brunch Frittata

Perfect Brunch Frittata

BRUNCH ALERT ? ? do you love having brunch but don’t love the prices? Because same. Here is a recipe that is sure to satisfy even the biggest brunch enthusiast. Simply add fresh veggies, and herbs, and a dozen whipped eggs to a pie dish or oven safe skillet for 40 minutes and when you are done you will have a beautiful frittata fit for a king (or queen) ? this frittata is delicious and it definitely won’t break the bank! Top with a touch of raw goat cheese or fresh Parmesan for a zesty kick.

 

Ingredients:

– 1 lb spinach

– 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

– 3 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 bunch scallions, sliced

– 1 bunch basil, ribbons

– 1 dozen eggs

– 1/4 cup milk

– 2 tbsp butter

– Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

 

– preheat oven 350 degrees

– Grease a casserole dish with butter

– In a medium bowl, whisk a dozen eggs with 1/4 cup milk

– Slice tomatoes, mince garlic, slice basil, set aside

– Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat

– Add tomatoes, cook 2 minutes

– Add garlic, cook 1 minute

– Add spinach, cook until just wilted

– Add spinach, tomatoes, and garlic to casserole dish

– Add eggs to casserole dish

– Top with scallions, and fresh basil

– Place casserole dish on a sheet pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until knife is inserted in middle and pulls out clean

– Top with grated Parmesan, salt and pepper

 

 

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

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Kiki's Korner: Joint Health

Kiki’s Korner: Joint Health

It’s summer and we all want to get out there and be active- but joint pain can get in the way. What can help with keeping joints juicy and pain-free?

Repair:

Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hyaluronic acid (ha) glucosamine & chondroitin are produced in the body naturally. With age and over-use, our cartilage may become compromised. Supplement forms are available, usually sourced from shellfish. Vegan types are available as well.

Glucosamine sulfate is believed to help with cartilage formation and repair (1)

Chondroitin sulfate helps give cartilage elasticity and is believed to be anti-inflammatory. It may help to slow down the breakdown of cartilage. (2)

MSM (another sulphur based supplement also found in the body) has been found to reduce inflammation and also to help inhibit the breakdown of cartilage. (3) It has been shown to increase glutathione levels (a powerful antioxidant) (4)

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a thick substance found in synovial fluid in joints providing lubrication. Loss of HA with time and over-use contributes to joint pain and stiffness. (5)

Mother Natures Helpers:

Fish oil and collagen

The omegas DHA & EPA from fish oil play rolls in inhibiting “pro and anti-inflammatory regulators in subjects with chronic inflammation (6)

Researchers also found that “consumption of omega 3’s from fish oil is associated with a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (R.A.), probably due to their anti-anti-inflammatory properties” (7)

Vegan sources of EPA & DHA are available and sourced from algae.

A new omega, DPA is coming into the spotlight. Only certain fish oils advertise the amount in their product. DPA plays a roll in regulating the use of EPA & DHA in the body. It is able to convert back and forth as needed. DPA is also found in mothers milk!

Collagen from bovine, poultry, fish and egg is rich in amino acids, plays a roll in the production of joint cartilage & may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Clinical studies have shown collagen to be well-tolerated, have no known drug interactions. It is shown to improve pain, stiffness & function in R.A. and osteoarthritis patients. (8)

Vegan “collagen builders” are available.

Key Anti-Inflammatories:

Curcumin, Boswellia and OPC’s

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice Turmeric. Turmeric itself is only approximately 2-5% curcuminoids. “Standardized” supplements are are available, yielding a much higher and more absorbable curcumin levels.

In one study, “high absorption curcumin was more effective that (the drug) diclofenal sodium at reducing joint pain and swelling” (9)

Boswellia (indian frankincense) has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic Medicine  for its anti-inflammatory properties.

One double blind study with R.A. patients showed that boswellia “significantly improved function by reducing pain and stiffness compared with the placebo.” (10)

OPC’s are found in many plants. They are found in some of the highest concentrations in French Grapeseed extract. They are powerful antioxidants.

“Grapeseed OPC’s fight inflammation and the effects of free radicals throughout the body. Researchers have concluded that OPC’s could be used as a possible alternative treatment to R.A. in their own right.” (11)

Other considerations:

Devil’s Claw, Bromelain & other proteolytic enzymes

Here’s some multi-tasking options:

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Information in this newsletter is is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.  The information is intended for general consumer understanding and entertainment only.  The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  

References:

  1. Arthritis Foundation, 2014
  2. National Institute of Health
  3. Pubmed, J. Bone Miner Metab 2013
  4. Pubmed Eur J. Pharmacol 2017
  5. Arthritus Foundation
  6. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019
  7. Pubmed Autoimmun Rev. 2018
  8. Arthritis Research UK
  9. Terry Lemorond
  10. Pubmed: INT. J. Bask med Res 2019
  11. Ahmad SF et. all Int Immunopharmacol

Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

When it comes to salads you can’t BEET this one ? spice up your basically salad by mixing arugula, roasted beets, goat cheese, and toasted hazelnuts dresses with an orange vinaigrette ? this salad is tangy and sweet, perfect for summer ?

Ingredients:

– 1 bunch beets, peeled, diced and roasted for 30 minutes at 375 degrees

– 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roasted for 5-7 minutes at 375 degrees

– 2 oz goat cheese

– 2 cups arugula

– Dress with orange vinaigrette

– Dressing: 1/2 cup evoo, 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 2 medium cloves garlic, salt & pepper, juice from 1/2 orange – combine and blend!

10 Ways to Up-Level your Smoothie

10 Ways to Up-Level your Smoothie

Smoothies are easy, right? Some fruit, some liquid, maybe some protein and you have an on-the-go meal. We’re not going to re-make the wheel or anything but we have some boredom-busting, nutrient-boosting ways to take your next smoothie to the next level.

1. Pick a solid base: 

Fresh fruit works, of course, but a good frozen base will add the creamy texture you are looking for. Especially bananas- pre-sliced frozen bananas, even just a few pieces will improve the texture exponentially. Even if you don’t want the banana flavor- one slice makes a difference. Frozen mangoes and frozen avocado pieces will work as well. Ice is a good base, too- and hydrating (of course) but when it starts to melt it can result in a watery smoothie.

2. Go with a clean protein:

Find a protein that has the numbers you need, but look out for hidden ingredients that are just additives. In a plant based protein, look for pea hemp or rice protein which is easy to digest. Whey protein packs a huge punch- but make sure it’s from grass fed, hormone-free cows!

3. Add Fresh Greens:

You know you should. Don’t be afraid- it will change the color, but it will fulfill your nutritional needs exponentially! Try spinach first- it’s mild and smooth. Try kale at first in moderation, then experiment with adding more with bright flavors and even some citrus. Dandelion greens are full of vitamins and may help with detoxing.

4. Change up your liquid:

You’ll need liquid if you want a smoothie you can drink 🙂 Almond Milk is a classic go-to, but there are so many other fun options. You can use regular dairy milk, of course- but try something new! Hemp milk, for example, is easy to digest, full of healthy fats and has a lovely nutty flavor. Try macadamia nut milk with a tropical smoothie. Don’t get bored- just switch it up!

5. Bulk it up: 

Boost your fiber intake and add some wonderful texture to your smoothie with seeds and whole grains. Feel full by adding rolled oats right in to your smoothie- these little beauties add satisfying texture and fiber! Go even further by adding a seed blend with flax and chia or hemp hearts for extra fats and nutrition.

6. Add even MORE bulk: 

Bloated? Looking to start fresh? Try adding some real-deal fiber. Psyllium husk is the classic choice for a bulk fiber that will keep things moving.  Acacia fiber is clear and undetectable in a smoothie and gentle on your gut. It comes from  Food grade diatomaceous earth has a ton of benefits in only a single teaspoon- check it out here.

7. Sneak in supplements:

Here’s your opportunity to make each sip as potent as possible. Shoot for your health goals and choose something that will make you feel amazing. Try mushroom powders, matcha, moringa, and more from our apothecary department.

8. Fatten up your smoothie: 

Make your smoothie even MORE filling by adding a healthy fat source. Avocado ? and it’s creamy goodness is a good choice. Coconut oil is full of medium chain fatty acids and will curb your appetite amongst other benefits. Hemp oil is a potent source of omega fats that your body needs and has a great flavor.

9. If you’re needing a sweetener, make sure it’s got benefits: 

A fruit based smoothie shouldn’t need anything else sweet, but sometimes, green smoothies need something to take the edge off. Try adding dates: blend them first with some of your milk, or soak them overnight in the fridge to prevent clumps!  If you really need more sweetness, consider using some powerful manuka honey to add even more benefits.

10. Nut Butters:

Tons and flavor and texture  can come from adding nut butters- but you don’t have be limited to peanut and almond! Try sunflower seed or pumpkin seed. Look for butters that are sprouted for even MORE nutrients.

Bonus round: Color & Garnish!

Adding pomegranate or beet powder will boost the color and add a punch of nutrition. Raw Cacao nibs can add crunch AND more fiber as well as antioxidants.

Looking for recipes and tips beyond this? Check out our Pinterest Board!

Download this recipe book from our friends at Sunfood!

Curried Chickpea Salad

Curried Chickpea Salad

Here’s a fun recipe for those cans of chickpeas that have been sitting in your cabinets for months! Mash chickpeas and add fresh veggies for a light and healthy salad that’s perfect for summer ☀️

 

Ingredients:

 

– 2-3 cans of chickpeas

– 2-3 large carrots, diced

– 1 bunch scallions, sliced

– 1 red bell pepper, diced

– 1 cup golden raisins (or regular, or dried cranberries)

– 1 container hummus (no flavor)

– 2 tbsp lemon juice

– 1/2 tsp garlic powder

– 1 tsp curry powder

– 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

– 1/2 tsp onion powder

– Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

 

– mix hummus with lemon juice, garlic powder, curry powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper – set aside

– drain chickpeas and put in a large bowl – mash half of the chickpeas

– Add chopped veggies

– Mix together using hummus mixture

– Serve on bread, a lettuce wrap, or with a salad (salad pictured: cucumber, tomato, artichoke, with avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats

You’re never too old for PB&J!! These peanut butter and jelly oats will have you feeling like a kid again, while tasting great and being packed with power foods! Oatmeal to help you stay full, chia seeds and hemp seeds for extra protein, and pumpkin seeds which are packed with tons of vitamins. Make this in the morning or overnight for a quick and healthy breakfast.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup rolled oats

– 1 cup water

– 1 tbsp nut butter of choice (we used peanut butter)

– 3-5 strawberries, sliced

– 1 tbsp chia seed

– 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, or water!)

– 1 tbsp water

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– Toppings: toasted coconut, raw pumpkin seed, hemp seed

– Cook oatmeal as directed, when finished add 1 tbsp nut butter of choice

– Add sliced strawberries to a sauce pan, add maple syrup, and water

– Bring strawberries to a boil, reduce to a simmer 2-3 minutes

– Remove from heat and add chia seeds

– Top oatmeal with strawberries and top with pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds, or whatever you want!

Celebrate Veggie Burger Day!

Celebrate Veggie Burger Day!

No bun? No prob! We’re celebrating national veggie burger day by sharing our favorite veggie burger recipe. This baby is vegan, plant based, and gluten free ? so feel free to have seconds ?.

Ingredients:

– 2 sweet potatoes, roasted and cooled

– 1 bunch scallions, sliced

– 1 cup gf breadcrumbs

– 1 cup quinoa, cooked

– 2 tbsp chipotle mayo (vegan)

– 1 tbsp ketchup

– 1 tbsp lime juice

– 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed, 2 tbsp water, use when firm)

– Spices (we used salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and a little curry – but whatever you have is fine!)

Instructions:

– preheat oven to 400 degrees

– Mix all ingredients in a large bowl

– Make any size patty you want!

– Place on a baking sheet and cool for 5-10 minutes until lightly brown

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

We are Celebrating HEMP HISTORY WEEK!!

We are Celebrating HEMP HISTORY WEEK!!

Hemp History Week is June 3-9! Join us in the 10th celebration of hemp as more than just a healthy whole food source of plant-based protein. Did you know hemp is also a growing U.S. industry with more than 78,00 acres farmed in 2018?  Were you aware that hemp is an environmentally sustainable solution for thousands of non-toxic products ranging from car parts and building materials to paper products, textiles, plastics and even ethanol? Hemp also sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and puts it right back into the soil, healing our distressed farmlands when other regenerative agricultural practices are used.

 

Do you choose to boost your nutrition with hemp because they are giving your body all 9 essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and 6, plus vitamins and minerals? Have you ever enjoyed some hemp seeds on avocado toast and the rich flavor of hemp seed oil as part of a salad dressing? We like to pamper ourselves with moisturizing hemp body care and relaxing by using CBD products.

 

As lawmakers, farmers and families embrace how hemp can support a healthy future for people, planet and our economy, the laws surrounding U.S. cultivation are currently being rewritten. Federal policy has opened up the opportunity for hemp farming and there is still work to be done writing the federal and state policies. Help us educate customers nationwide on the benefits of hemp by celebrating Hemp History Week’s Return of the Plant!  June 3-9. Learn more at HempHistoryWeek.com.

B.A.L.T.O. Recipe

B.A.L.T.O. Recipe

Move over BLT, we are all about the BALTO now ? check out our vegan, GF twist on our old friend the BLT. We use tempeh “bacon”, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, and gluten free bread. This makes an easy, light lunch that you can enjoy all summer long ☀️

Ingredients:

– 1 package Lightlife “Fakin’ Bacon”

– 1 tomato

– 1/2 red onion

– 1 avocado

– Lemon

– 1 head romaine lettuce

– Gluten free bread (we use Udi’s)

– Salt free spice blend

– Vegan mayo

– Salt and pepper (to taste)

 

Instructions:

 

– toast bread

– Mix vegan mayo with spice blend

– Mix avocado with lemon and spice blend

– Cook Fakin’ Bacon on a skillet over medium heat until crispy

– Spread vegan mayo on one side, avocado on the other

– Assemble and enjoy!! ?

 

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

Love your Gut with Homemade Sauerkraut

Love your Gut with Homemade Sauerkraut

Don’t be intimidated to try your hand and this gut-loving staple! It’s cheap, tasty and EASY!!

Ingredients:

– 1 head cabbages

– 2 tbsp mineral salt (not table salt!)

– Flavorings (I used ginger, onion, and fennel seed)

– Need: 32 oz glass ball jar with 2 piece lid

Directions:

– thinly slice one head of cabbage

– Add 2 tbsp mineral salt

– Massage for 10 minutes (I know but it’s worth it!)

– Place in glass ball jar

– Push cabbage down until liquid is above cabbage

– Top with big cabbage leaf

– Allow 3-5 days to ferment at room temperature (kitchen counter is best) or until the cap doesn’t push down

– Refrigerate and enjoy for up to 2 months

 

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

summer roll recipe post

Summer Rolls with Mango Salsa

Summer (roll) timeeee and the livings easyyy. Ok but it’s finally season for our amazing, light, and flavorful summer rolls! Try out this light recipe that’s packed full of summer flavors ?

Summer rolls:

– 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

– 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded, thinly sliced

– 2 carrots, peeled and grated

– 1/2 red cabbage, thinly sliced

– 1 cup mango salsa

– 1/2 bunch fresh mint

– 1/2 bunch fresh basil

– 1 package rice paper wraps

 

Mango salsa ??

– 2 ripe mangos

– 1 r ed bell pepper, chopped

– 1/2 red onion, chopped

– 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped

– 1/3 bunch cilantro, finely chopped

– 2 limes, juiced

 

1. Prepare rice paper wraps: prepare bowl of water, get your space ready for rolling.

2. Slice all veggies

3. Prepare salsa

4. Add veggies, and salsa to wraps

5. Wrap & enjoy ?

Summer Rolls with Mango Salsa
Summer Rolls with Mango Salsa

Spring Veggie Bowl

Spring Veggie Bowl

Make use of what’s  local and in season with this fresh and crunchy bowl full of GREEN! 

spring veggie bowl ingredients

Ingredients:

⁃1 1/2 cups quinoa

⁃2 cups water

⁃1 bunch asparagus

⁃1 bunch radishes

⁃Fresh spinach

⁃1 bunch scallions (1/2 sliced; 1/2 for pesto)

⁃1/2 cup chopped raw almonds

Spring Pesto:

⁃1 cup basil

⁃1 cup arugula

⁃1/2 cup parsley

⁃2-3 cloves garlic

⁃1/2 cup raw pumpkin seed

⁃1/4 cup raw almonds

⁃1/2 bunch scallions

⁃2-3 tbsp water

⁃2-4 tbsp EVOO

⁃salt and pepper to taste

Spring Pesto

1. Combine all pesto ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and blend. Set aside

2. Bring quinoa and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes or until fluffy.

3. Steam radishes and asparagus (can use the steam from the quinoa!) for 4-5 minutes. Place in ice bath.

4. Chop raw almonds, set aside.

5. Place spinach in a bowl, top with quinoa, radishes, asparagus, pesto, and chopped almonds. For added protein add a hard boiled egg or chicken.

Recipe by Jenie Liberatore, Holistic Health Coach, MS Nutrition

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GIVE at Organnons: Delaware Riverkeeper Network

GIVE at Organnons: Delaware Riverkeeper Network

This month we are rounding up to give to Delaware Riverkeeper Network. DRN was established in 1988 to help protect not only the Delaware River itself but all the creeks and streams that connect to it. Protecting our water supply is the main goal- but this isn’t a simple task: it involves the protection and consideration of all the factors that go into a healthy environment.

Kiki's Korner: Allergies

Kiki’s Korner: Allergies

Allergies occur when one’s immune system overreacts to a foreign substance such as pollen or mold. This triggers a release of histamines.

Traditional medicine treats allergies with drugs such as antihistamines. There are numerous ways of modulating the immune system and inflammation caused by allergies.

Herbs:

Herbs such as Feverfew and Stinging Nettle have been used by traditional Greek and European herbalists for many conditions including allergies and asthma. They contain flavanoid-like compounds and phenolic acids which help reduce inflammation and help tone down one’s over-reaction to irritants.

Supplements:

Activated Quercetin is a bioflavanoid found in many fruits and vegetables. When “activated” (combined with Vitamin C and Bromelain) it can reduce inflammation and help with allergies and asthma.

Curcumin, Boswellia and Black Seed Oil

These can be taken individually or found together in supplement form. All are anti-inflammatory. Curcumin has COX-2 (an enzyme linked to inflammation down regulating effects.) Boswellia & Black Seed Oil can inhibit 5-LOX (an inflammatory marker) which make them valuable for treating asthma and allergies.

*Other supplements to consider are colloidal silver, MSM and whole leaf Aloe concentrate.

Local Raw Honey or Bee Pollen:

These can help modulate your immune response to pollen. Be careful to start very slowly and speak with a Health Care practitioner first if your allergies are severe.

Homeopathy:

Rather than traditional medicine, Homeopathic Remedies work as “Like Cures Like”. Working with the body rather than against it. There are no side effects. Consider remedies such as Histimanum, Hydrastis Canadensis or Nat. Mur. There are also combined remedies from Boiron. 

Medicinal Mushrooms:

Cordyceps mushroom is known to be oxygenating by dilating the bronchials. Reishi is an adaptogenic mushroom. By balancing immune response to things such as pollen, mold, dander, etc- it may help with allergies. Chaga Mushroom is beneficial to the epithelial cells found in the lining of the lungs.

All three mushrooms are found in Host Defense “Breathe”.

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Information in this newsletter is is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.  The information is intended for general consumer understanding and entertainment only.  The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  

Resources available upon request.

Fair Trade For All

Fair Trade For All

Every purchase supports something.
Fair trade exists so that we can support what’s fair.

Local is best, but we are globally connected and that’s also a beautiful thing. When purchasing global goods, choosing Fair Trade Certified products means supporting responsible companies, healthy working conditions, gender equality, community well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship.
It’s a win-win for everyone.

This month, find EQUAL EXCHANGE COFFEES on sale for $6.99

and be on the lookout for new body care products from ALAFFIA

Healing Cuisine Dinners

Healing Cuisine Dinners

To order a Healing Cuisine dinner for pickup, place your order before noon, Wednesday through Saturday.

Call or text Chef Mukesh directly at

(732-500-1122)