Wednesday October 09th 2013, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Apothecary
The change of seasons can be challenging on our immune systems as the Midwest summer-to-fall transition can feel as though it happens overnight. One way to keep your immune health going strong is with Gaia Herb’s Black Elderberry Syrup. These berries have been recognized for centuries for their immune supportive properties. The certified organic syrup includes natural vitamin c from Acerola cherries and provides the equivalent of 14,500 fresh elderberries AND it tastes good! You can find the traceability of these Black Elderberries including their cultivation, harvesting, extraction and validation at the Gaia Herbs website. Now that’s a “berry” serious product!
Save 25% on any of Gaia’s Elderberry products starting October 7, 2013 – December 1, 2013.
Today is National Trail Mix Day, which is awesome because it’s nearly impossible to mess up Trail Mix! Summer is nearing an end, but there is still plenty of time to get out there and enjoy nature and hit the trails with your favorite mix! Trail Mix is perfect for a boost of energy, and keeps you energized for the long haul. Bonus – it’s delicious! We’ve got a couple of great recipes for you, but don’t be afraid to get creative within our YouScoop bulk section. Of course, if you want animal crackers in your Trail Mix, who are we to stop you!?
Paleo Trail Mix
1 Cup Whole Almonds
½ Cup Whole Cashews
½ Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
½ Cup Raisins
½ Cup Dried Currants
½ Cup Dried Blueberries
½ Cup Coconut Flakes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the nuts for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let the nuts cool and then combine all ingredients. Store in an air tight container.
Back To School Trail Mix
1 Cup Granola
1 Cup Crispy Rice Cereal
½ Cup Pecan Halves
½ Cup Banana Chips
¼ Cup Raisins
Handful of Diced Dried Fruit
Chocolate Chips (if it needs some sweetening)
Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container. Seriously. That’s it.
Now, go take a hike!
We’re Going on a Picnic, and I’m Taking…
April 23rd is National Picnic Day! While the weather is still hit or miss, we want to make sure you’re ready when the sun does comes out so you can spend some time with loved ones at your favorite outdoor spot. Tell us about your favorite picnic food creations and be entered to win the following picnic supplies:
Picnic Day Giveaway (value $150) includes:
5 Sistema Containers
2 Preserve Containers
World Centric Cups, Cutlery, and Plates
Matt’s Organic Lemonade
AND a $50 Gift Card to purchase your fave picnic foods!
Looking for more ideas for perfect picnic foods? Check out our Picnic Pinterest Board!
Okay, so we’ve all heard of SuperFoods, things like berries, nuts, honey and green foods, but did you know you can get the same kind of health benefits from chocolate? Yes, we said it. Chocolate! The newest trend in confections is functional chocolate. It’s about time, but it was well worth the wait. Chocolate with added health benefits is showing up all over the shelves, and we haven’t missed a beat.
Good Cacao is a prime example of how to promote overall health and satisfy your cravings for chocolate. They offer bars with coconut and Omega-3. These are all-natural, gluten free and vegan.
Good Cacao also has a Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar to support Immune health. It’s high in antioxidants and probiotics. Good Cacao is a product you can feel good about buying, with 97% certified organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging.
Xan Confections (pronounced Zan) offers a special collection of satisfying, all-natural chocolates, called CocoXan. They boast products like CocoHeart and CocoBrain, infused with CoQ10, an antioxidant that helps support healthy brain, heart and digestive functions. Xan even sells chocolate to help satisfy cravings while minimizing PMS systems! Hold your applause please, ladies.
Sacred Chocolate is slowly stone ground below 115 degrees Fahrenheit and hand poured in a small, certified organic, vegan, and carbon balanced factory in California. Why, you ask? Because unroasted cacao (raw chocolate) contains countless health benefits and traditional roasting methods can destroy these “sacred” properties. Sacred Chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and, with flavors like Mint and Coconut & Nibbs, this is one tasty Super Food!
Raw Chocolate by Gnosis is made from ethically sourced Raw Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada and Madagascar. These bars are certified organic, vegan, kosher and are free of gluten, soy and dairy. Because Gnosis chocolate is never headed above 118 degrees, all of its valuable nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins are protected. At Gnosis, they believe that chocolate is food, not candy, and it should be enjoyed regularly. No arguments there!
German-based Beauty Sweeties makes Pure White Chocolate Bars with Q10, Aloe Vera and Collagen. With flavors like pomegranate/raspberry, acai, and mango/peach, each bar has a purpose, providing Vitamin E, antioxidants and beta carotene. This beautiful treat is all-natural and good for you, and even claims to provide cellular energy and neutralize free radicals. Imagine eating chocolate and looking and feeling better! Guess you really can have it all…
All About Antioxidants
Help your body fight disease, and look younger doing it. Here’s a chart to help you select which foods you’ll want to start eating, and the benefits they’ll add to your lifestyle.
“The amount of antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.”- Dr. Richard Cutler, former Director of the National Institute of Aging, Washington