MegaFood Gummies

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MegaFood’s new gummies are made without high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin, added flavors, colors or preservatives—at all! They’re also vegan and free of gluten, dairy and soy. But what’s not missing at all is flavor, that’s because all their gummies are made with a special Slo-Food Process™ that incorporates real fruits and vegetables. In fact, at MegaFood, they use over 500,000 pounds of fresh fruit and veggies a year in their supplements from trusted farm partners.

Each of MegaFood’s new gummies has two grams or less of sugar and all have bold and uniquely tasty flavors. And if you hold them up to the light—you can see specks of those real healthy fruits they’re made of!

D3 Wellness – Supports Bone, Muscle & Immune Health*

Combining fresh Florida oranges, sweet Quebec blueberries, tangy Wisconsin cranberries and spicy Kauai ginger together in one gummy? Yep. MegaFoods did that in their Mixed Fruit D3 gummies. The result of this delicious combination is a bold fruity start with a light ginger finish.

B12 Energy – Supports Cellular Energy Production*

These B12 gummies come in two taste-bud stimulating flavors, cranberry and ginger. Delightfully zingy and tangy, they might just become you’re new favorite afternoon pick-me-up.

C Defences – Supports Daily Immune Function*

Mmm … you’ll feel like you took a bite of a fresh organic orange when you try the Tangy Citrus flavor of this vitamin C gummy.

 

Did you know? Nearly half the population (40%) has a hard time swallowing pills—but there’s nothing hard to swallow about MegaFood’s new line of gummies.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Cooking Up Goodness with Vital Farms

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Matcha Butter Latte

Whether you’re looking for a breakfast booster, coffee alternative or an afternoon pick me up, you’ve found just the right drink to hit the spot! This drink will be a new favorite of yours. It works great as a latte and is even refreshing when blended with ice. 

Benefits of matcha:

  • Can boost energy, mood and metabolism, all while tasting good!
  • Is packed with antioxidants
  • Supports higher levels of concentration

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. matcha
  • 1 Tbsp. Vital Farms Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. collagen powder or vanilla protein
  • 1 squirt vanilla Stevia
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 6-8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until blended into a puree.
Tip: Remix your drink by adding ice to make it a little cooler or add another teaspoon of greens powder for an easy way to get those greens in!

Egg Fried “Rice”

This is a simple recipe you can use to improve your vegetable intake. It provides a very satisfying alternative to the typical starch base, using a sweet potato instead of rice!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • 1 medium sweet potato or 2 small/medium parsnips
  • 1 Tbsp. Vital Farms Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • Dash of Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat a medium-sized sauce pan on medium-high.
  2. Rinse and chop potato or parsnips. Use a food processor to chop into rice-sized pieces. It works best to pulse about five times for about two seconds each time. A subtle shake can help break the pieces up evenly. Depending on the size of your processor, you may need to do a couple runs.
  3. Toss chopped vegetables into the sauce pan and use with a wooden spoon to slightly toast without oil or butter for three minutes.
  4. Add butter to pan and continue to toss for three minutes.
  5. Add seasonings and eggs. Scramble eggs into veggie mixture. Stir for two additional minutes to prevent sticking.
  6. Add more seasonings, if desired.

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Leafy greens, like spinach or kale
  • Hot sauce or broth to sauce pan with chopped veggies
  • Hemp hearts for protein and fiber
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Sliced avocado before serving

World Fair Trade Day

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As a consumer, every purchase you make is a vote within the market place. You have the ability to influence not only which products you see on shelves, but also where those products come from and how they’re made. When you choose fair trade products and ingredients, you help improve the lives of farmers, farm-workers, producers and their families.

World Fair Trade Day is May 12th this year. A global celebration of fair trade, it brings together thousands of people who are committed to building healthy and sustainable communities worldwide. Vote for positive change this May and every day when you purchase dedicated fair trade brands.

World Trade Day

10 Principles of Fair Trade*

 

  1. Opportunities for disadvantaged producers
  2. Transparency & accountability
  3. Fair trade practices
  4. Fair payment
  5. No child labor, no forced labor
  6. No discrimination, gender equity, freedom of association
  7. Good working conditions
  8. Capacity building
  9. Promote fair trade
  10.  Respect for the environment

*Courtesy of the World Fair Trade Organization website

Did you know?

The Fair Trade movement started in the United States in 1946. You can read more about the history of the Fair Trade movement on the World Fair Trade Organization website.

 

DIY Gift Bundles for Mother’s Day

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Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Look no further than these DIY gift baskets your mom will love!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you may be rushing to find the perfect gift for mom. A gift basket made by you is a thoughtful, practical and personalized gift that any mother in your life will cherish. Check out these easy, DIY gift basket ideas created by our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog; Food, Pleasure & Health; and One Lovely Life!

The Ultimate Pampering Gift Bundle by Fresh Mommy Blog

If anyone needs a little pampering in their lives, it’s the mamas of the world! Give her the gift she may not give herself – everything she needs for an evening of relaxation and pampering.

Supplies:Basket filled with assortment of gifts.

  • Body Wash – Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti
  • Body Lotion – Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti
  • Body Scrub – Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti
  • Pretty Soap – Sappohill Oatmeal Soap Bar
  • Candle – Tru Mélange Harmony Vanilla & Peppermint
  • Bath Bomb
  • Body brush or natural sponge
  • Wine – Gérard Bertrand Coté des Roses
  • Chocolates
  • Flowers
  • Basket
  • Hand towels

Instructions:

  1. Start with a color theme! While browsing the bath and beauty aisles of Sprouts, I landed on the theme of blush and vanilla. The Nubian Heritage bottles were pretty, and the perfect start to our themed basket. The product also smelled fantastic!
  2. Gather any items that would make bath-time a pampering and relaxing experience. In keeping with the vanilla theme, the Tru Mélange candle fit right in. The pumice stone and brush combo matched, and so did the oatmeal soap.
  3. Next, it was time to add a few extra treats. Chocolates are definitely part of a pampering experience, and I picked up a couple containers of various chocolates to put in mason jars to add to the look and feel of the gift basket. You could use goodie bags, add ribbon, tags, etc.
  4. Don’t forget something to drink! Mom’s favorite tea, coffee or wine makes a great pairing for a night of pampering. Rosé is not only a top choice, it’s also a beautiful one! This bottle of Gérard Bertrand Coté des Roses was stunning and I knew the bottle could even be reused later.
  5. Grab a beautiful bouquet to top off the basket, and you’re ready to go!
  6. Using towels, wash cloths or even a robe, begin to build the ultimate pampering basket by layering the items so each is visible and compliments the others.

Loves to Cook Bundle by Food, Pleasure & Health

Each item in this basket is hand-picked for moms who are adventurous cooks and are ready for more finesse in the kitchen.

Supplies:

Supplies:

  1. Gather all of the supplies from your favorite craft store and ingredients from Sprouts.
  2. Lay the basket flat on the floor and put empty cardboard box or riser inside for height.
  3. Cover the riser/cardboard box with tissue paper or fabric.
  4. Arrange the ingredients; think about color combination and height to make it visually appealing.
  5. Cover with cellphone bag, bows or other decorations as desired.

Natural Beauty Bundle by One Lovely Life

This gorgeous basket is full of natural beauty favorites—from makeup to self-care and more. This is the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life.

Ingredients:Assortment of gifts in a basket.

Instructions:

  1. Assemble all items in your favorite basket or bag.
  2. Give along with fresh flowers.

Guac this Way

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Whether you like it chunky or creamy, spicy or sweet, it’s easy to combine your favorite flavors in guacamole. While there’s nothing wrong with the classic guacamole recipe, why not mix it up with a taste of the tropics or pull inspiration from your garden? Grab some tortilla chips then get dipping with these five guacamole recipes:

Classic Guacamole:

Bowl of guac with ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • ½ Red onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño, or more if you prefer spice
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sprouts Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except tortilla chips, to a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Serve with Sprouts Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips and enjoy.

Fiery Guacamole

Ingredients:

      • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
      • 1 Lime, juiced
      • ½ Red onion, diced
      • 1 Habanero pepper, or more if you prefer spicier
      • 1 Garlic clove, minced
      • 1 handful fresh cilantro
      • 1 tsp. Cumin
      • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
      • 1 tsp. Red pepper flakes
      • Salt and pepper, to taste
      • Sprouts White Corn Tortilla Chips

    Instructions:

      1. Add all ingredients, except tortilla chips, into a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.
      2. Serve with Sprouts White Corn Tortilla Chips and enjoy.

 

Bowl of guac with ingredientsGarden Guacamole

Ingredients:

      • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
      • 1 Lime, juiced
      • ½ Red onion, diced
      • 1 Jalapeño (optional), finely diced
      • 1 Garlic clove, minced
      • 1 handful fresh cilantro, freshly chopped
      • 1 sm. handful Fresh basil, roughly chopped
      • 1 cup Kale leaves, stems removed and finely chopped
      • 1–2 Roma tomatoes, diced
      • Salt and pepper, to taste
      • Sprouts Ancient Grain Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a mortar or large bowl, mash avocado using pestle or fork.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the chips.
  3. Serve with Sprouts Ancient Grain Tortilla Chips and enjoy.

 

 

 


Tropical Guacamole

Ingredients:

    • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
    • 1 Lime, juiced
    • ½ Red onion, diced
    • 1 Jalapeño (optional), finely diced
    • 1 Garlic clove, minced
    • 1 handful fresh cilantro, freshly chopped
    • 1 cup Pineapple, diced
    • 1 cup Mango, diced
    • Salt, to taste
    • Sprouts Plantain Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a mortar or large bowl, mash avocado using pestle or fork.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the chips.Serve with Sprouts Plantain Chips and enjoy.

 

 

 

 


Bowl of guac with ingredientsSouthwest Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • ½ Red onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño or serrano pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, freshly chopped
  • ½ cup Corn, roasted (optional)
  • ½ cup Black beans
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sprouts Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a mortar or large bowl, mash avocado using pestle or fork.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the chips.
  3. Serve with Sprouts Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and enjoy.

 

 

 


Rosé All May

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If you’re looking for an easy-drinking summer wine, rosé is a crisp, lean, delicious and refreshing option that is easy to shop. Made all around the world, rosé is produced from a variety of red grapes with minimal contact from their grape skins, which results in the soft color.

Shades of Pink

Darker rosé may be slightly richer and can sometimes be a bit fruitier than the paler options, which may suggest floral notes.

Looking for something sweet?

Find one from the U.S., South America or Australia. They’re fruitier, sweeter and usually have a lower alcohol content. Italy, Spain and France will typically provide a crisp and tart wine with an ABV above 11%.

What’s Your Rosé Style?

A wine’s style is represented by its flavor, body and overall taste experience. For Rosé, there are three styles to choose from:

Soft & Off-dry

Offering flavors of berries, cherry, apple and peach. Pairs perfectly with Mexican dishes and spicy curry.


Easy-going & Fruity

Light and refreshing, these styles feature flavors of summer berries and are perfect paired with appetizers, bbq and pizza.


Medium-bodied & Dry

Full flavored with notes of cherry, vanilla, strawberry and even a bit of pepper. Grilled meats, salmon and fresh veggies will make the complete experience for this style.

Spiked Lavender Pink Lemonade

For the Lavender Syrup:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Water
    • 1 cup Sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. Dried lavender
  • Instructions:
    1. In a small saucepan, bring water and lavender to a boil.
    2. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved.
    3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Let cool and steep for about 15 minutes.
    5. Pour mixture through a strainer, pressing on lavender to get all the syrup out.

For the Lemonade:

  • Ingredients:
    • Lavender simple syrup
    • 1 bottle Sprouts Pink Sparkling Lemonade
    • 1 bottle Rosé
    • Lemons, thinly sliced (for garnish)
    • Lavender springs (for garnish, optional)
  • Instructions:
    1. Fill a large pitcher with ice.
    2. Pour in lavender syrup, lemonade and rosé.
    3. Add lemon slices in to the pitcher and stir.
    4. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lavender sprigs.

Choosing Non-GMO

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A GMO is a genetically modified organism—a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism—whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory and does not occur in nature. There are two ways to avoid GMOs in your food, both include looking for specific labels on the products you purchase.

USDA Organic label/logoChoose Organic

A great way to avoid GMOs is to buy organic! The USDA Organic standards prohibit the use of GMOs in farming and food processing. Products with the USDA Organic seal are also free from growth hormones and antibiotics, as well as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. You’ll find thousands of organic products at your local Sprouts.

Visit the USDA Organic website.

Non-GMO Project Verified LogoLook for the Butterfly

You can also look for the Non-GMO Project Verified logo. Since its inception in 2010, this non-profit has been committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. There are now over 43,000 products that are Non-GMO Project Verified. You can find thousands of products with this label at your local Sprouts—just look for the butterfly!

Visit the Non-GMO Project Verified website.

Organic: What’s in a Logo

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Whether you regularly shop organic, or looking to learn more, this article will shed some light on a variety of common and not-so-common logos you see on products you purchase at Sprouts. A product is deemed organic if it is free of synthetic additives including pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes. The USDA Organic logo has been in use for nearly two decades, but other logos are new and emerging. It’s an exciting time in the organic field!

 

USDA Organic label/logoUSDA Organic

When you purchase a product with this label on it, you can be assured it’s made with at least 95% organic ingredients. The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 established the National Organic Program, but the use of the logo was not implemented until the early 2000s. You can find thousands of organic products at Sprouts!

Visit the USDA Organic website.

 

transitional certified by QAI logoTransitional Organic Certified by QAI

You might not have seen or noticed this certification logo before—that’s because it’s relatively new. In 2016, this program, certifying at least 51% of the contents are transitional organic, was rolled out. It allows small- and medium-sized farms to transition to organic over a three-year period. The benefits are three-fold: for those smaller farms, it helps to off-set the cost of transitioning their farm to organic. For you, it means more better-for-you choices are available. And for the world at large, this certification is helpful to the organic movement.

Visit the Transitional Organic Certified website.

 

Regenerative Organic Certified logoROC Regenerative Organic Certification

The newest label to the organic family, this certification builds upon the existing USDA Organic seal you’re likely familiar with. In addition to meeting the USDA Organic standards, farmers must also work to increase soil health, animal welfare and worker fairness. Three levels of certification—Bronze, Silver and Gold—ensure progressively more rigorous organic standards.

Visit the Regenerative Organic Certified website.

Did you know: Farmers are struggling to keep up with the growing demand for organic products—less than one percent of U.S. farmland is certified organic. Interested to learn more? Check out this history of organic farming!

Vital Farms Story

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Vital Farms’ founder Matt O’Hayer’s lifelong love for the egg business began as a teenager back in 1968 when he gave up his Providence, RI, paper route in favor of selling eggs door-to-door. Fast forward to 2007, when, after a series of successful business ventures, Matt and his wife Catherine settled back in Austin, TX, and started raising their first flock of 20 hens on a small piece of land south of the city. The “Egg Man” had come home to roost. Their initial goal was to show that humanely raising hens outdoors with access to open pastures (and all the natural goodness found therein) would produce better quality and more delicious eggs—and their early popularity at Farmers’ Markets around Austin showed that to be the case. From there, it was a short leap into grocery stores, with bigger flocks, better understandings and a plan to scale this method of farming to suit the challenges of commercial production, without compromising the ethical standards that they had established. Those ideas became the foundation of the company’s mission.

Vital Farms Eggs

Newly branded as Vital Farms, the company began to grow, adding new farms to their network, and collaborating with animal welfare groups to codify the farming system and standards that it pioneered, in the process creating a sustainable and scalable farming model that would ensure consistency, quality, and accountability. Those same standards are now applied consistently with the roughly 120 independent family chicken farms that Vital Farms works with—a care for the hens, the land that they roam (our pastures are never treated with chemicals of any kind), the farmers, their communities, all the way through to the folks who experience the joy of a perfect egg every time they crack one open!

In 2015 Vital Farms ventured their first new category, introducing a superior quality, high butter fat, pasture-raised butter to the market, and adding a group of 90 family dairy farms and artisanal butter-makers to their network. While the standards for dairy cattle are obviously very different from those for the hens, Vital Farms’ commitment to quality, animal welfare, and ethical food production remains true to its founders’ vision and mission. Vital Farms also recently opened its first egg packing facility, ‘Egg Central Station’, in Springfield, MO, close to the heart of it’s production center. True to Vital Farms’ standards, the state-of-the-art facility was built with key features to ensure food safety, crew comfort, and safety and environmental considerations. Today, Vital Farms leads the fast-growing pasture-raised egg category it helped pioneer. What started as a belief that there was a better way to produce eggs, turned into a stakeholder-centric, socially-conscious business operating at the highest levels of quality and accountability.


Enter for a chance to win the Vital Farms prize pack which includes a Kitchenaid mixer, coupons and Vital Farms swag!

Vital Farms Giveaway Graphic

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download the Sprouts mobile app and create an account
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Go to the Mobile Coupons section of the app
  4. Clip the Vital Farms promotional offer

See official rules for details.

Coconut Aminos

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Coconuts are one of our favorite island-fresh, nutty fruits because they’re packed full of flavor and brimming with good-for-you nutrients.

But what are coconut aminos? And why would you want to add them to your shopping basket, let alone food? Are they paleo-friendly? Let’s find out!

Mystery Sauce

Packaged in a bottle, coconut aminos contain just two ingredients, coconut sap and sea salt. Yep, that’s it! Not only is it paleo-friendly, it’s also gluten- and soy-free making it a great addition to your pantry.

Coconut sap is extracted from cut stems and the resulting material is full of potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins and 17 amino acids. Add that to the fact that coconut aminos have a similar and slightly sweeter taste than soy sauce with about one-third less sodium—and that’s tasty news indeed.

Say what?

Oh! And by the way, coconut aminos don’t taste like coconuts! But what can you use this savory-sweet sauce for? It’s a terrific substitute for soy sauce—a non-paleo-friendly condiment since it’s made from a legume. So feel free to use it in any recipe you’re converting to your paleo lifestyle. Or, try these easy recipes below for an amino boost that can’t be beat!

Paleo Salmon Cakes

Salmon cakes over green lettuce with lemon slices on a white plate

 

Thai Beef and Broccoli Soup

green curry soup with broccoli and vegetables in a textured green bowl

 

Slow-Cooker Tangy Pineapple Shredded Beef

glazed shredded beef in a dark-colored bowl