No-Carve Pumpkins

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Sometimes pumpkin carving can be a messy, not to mention risky, activity. Rather than skipping out on the Halloween fun, why not try adorning your pumpkin with seeds or adding a splash of color to your festive group of gourds? We’ve rounded up some spook-tacular ways to decorate your pumpkins this season – no knife required!


Marbled PumpkinsMarbled Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Small pumpkin, any color
  • *Bowl of room temperature water
  • Variety of nail polish
  • Toothpicks

 

 

Directions:

  1. After choosing your colors, pour the nail polish into bowl as close to the water as possible to avoid the polish sinking down to the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Swirl the nail polish colors together slightly using a toothpick.
  3. Stick the pumpkin on a fork and dip the top of it into the bowl.
  4. Slowly remove and set on paper to dry (about 20 minutes).

 

Pushpin PumpkinPushpin Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Pushpins/thumb tacks
  • Pumpkin of any size

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, lightly draw your design onto your pumpkin.
  2. Push in pins along the lines of the design.
  3. Optional: adorn with a bow.

 

Embellished PumpkinEmbellished Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Assortment of seeds, jewels, or other decorative items
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun
  • Pumpkin, any size

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Using your decorative items, plan out your design on a flat surface.
  2. Begin gluing your design onto your pumpkin and let dry.

Guayakí Story

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Guayaki photosLike the seed of the mate tree, Guayakí started small on California’s Central Coast in 1996 by two university buddies. Alex Pryor (from Argentina) first introduced yerba mate to David Karr (from California) while attending Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. Fast friends and ultimately soul brothers, Alex and David set out to share yerba mate with the world, recognizing that people were in need of a nourishing source of energy and a healthy dose of optimism.

As good fortune would have it, co-founders Alex and David were swiftly joined by three other pioneering partners to round out the original founding group: Don Miguel, Steven Karr and Chris Mann. From two with a vision to five friends on a mission, they channeled their activist mentality to pioneer a revolutionary market-driven regeneration business model that empowers customers to drive tangible change with every purchase.

They first sprouted roots in the fertile grounds of San Luis Obispo, California, nestled comfortably between Santa Barbara and Big Sur. This coastline, riddled with good surf breaks and mountains, provided the perfect backdrop for many extended mate gourd sessions while looking for surf or mountain biking the scenic landscapes. As passionate lifestylers, they were intimately committed to holistic living and a business practice that was philosophically aligned with their love for nature and adventure.

With a blend of West Coast pioneer spirit and Argentine hospitality, the inspired group took to the road to share mate with all those who would listen. Traveling in a mix of VW vans, pickups and RVs, they took the wheel in one hand and the mate gourd in the other to the four corners of the United States. With a strong brew of yerba mate, good tunes, flowers and genuine hospitality, they encouraged keen samplers to develop a relationship with the yerba mate plant.

Now headquartered in Sebastopol, California (a leading hub of craft food and beverage) with a team of cebadores, Guayakí is serving up yerba mate culture and connecting with communities worldwide.

Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide

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Essential oil bottles with lavender

What is an essential oil?

Love the smell of roses, lavender or even a freshly peeled orange? Then you’ve experienced one of the great qualities of essential oils, their aromatic compounds. These olfactory wonders come from various parts of the plant, including the seed, flower, fruit, leaves, bark, branch, resin stalk and even the roots. The use of essential oils goes back thousands of years including for skin care and perfume.

Not Just Another Pretty Scent

Very concentrated, essential oils are generally created through a process of distillation. When inhaled, they stimulate the olfactory senses and also interact with the respiratory system and brain, especially that part of the brain called the limbic system. Made up of several parts, the limbic system is in charge of emotions and memory. This is why smelling certain essential oils, or aromatherapy, may help improve your mood and heighten your sense of wellbeing. They can be used as simply as putting a drop or two of the oil on a cotton ball and setting it on your desk!

Smooth on to Sooth

Your skin is somewhat permeable, allowing essential oils to be absorbed into your system. When applied topically in a carrier oil or lotion, the benefits of essential oils can cover a wider area and the effects will be localized. Always mix the essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or sweet-almond oil. It is best to exercise caution by starting with one drop of essential oil to two teaspoons of a carrier oil and test it on a small area like your forearm.

Not Just for You

Essential oils can be used to create cleaning and beauty products, as well as homemade bug spray. You can also use them in a diffuser for a natural air cleanser. Check out these diffuser blends and our DIY cleaning products for a fresh and easy place to begin using essential oils in your world.

Did you know? The term aromatherapy was coined by French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in 1928.

Weekly Meal Prep Made Easy

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Meal Prep Made Easy

There are a lot of benefits to meal prepping in order to create multiple meals or snacks for the upcoming week. It can reduce stress, save time and money, and help you and your loved ones eat healthier. Think of having lunches already prepped so you don’t have to spend time making them every morning, or stress about what you’re going to make. Not buying a lunch every day is easier on your wallet as well! And, it’s so nice to come home knowing what’s for dinner because it’s prepped and ready to cook in a jiffy.

Where to Start

Start small so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Picking something easier like snacks or breakfasts as a place to start your meal prep practice means you’re more apt to continue the new routine. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be ready to take your meal prep to the next level adding lunches and dinners. Two super-easy make-ahead breakfasts you can try are overnight oats or chia pudding—both are packed with protein and nutrients.

Prepping Your Meals

The beauty of prepping is all the time you will save. In most cases, you can make multiple meals in about the same amount of time it takes to make just one. And, while you’re planning meals, think of those that can be frozen and reheated later. Making more than usual will leave you with dinners you can freeze for another busy week. Cooking a big batch of rice, portioning into freezer bags and freezing it is a great way to shave cooking time off weeknight meals for a fast stir-fry, fried rice or simple side dish. You’ll thank yourself later for thinking ahead now! 

Planned Overs

This practice is another way to ease your way into meal prep. When you’re making the evening meal, simply make extra. You can pack up the leftovers in reusable containers ready to take to work or pack for the kids. Tah-dah! Your lunch prep was made painless by including it in last night’s dinner. Try making extra taco toppings for dinner and turn them into taco salads for the next day’s lunch. A few corn chips in a resealable baggie can be crumbled on top just before eating to create a satisfying crunch.

Put a Lid on It

If you don’t already have a big stash of various-sized reusable containers, you’ll want to stock up. Having both glass and plastic containers, as well as resealable bags means you’ll have just the right-sized container for everything from full dinners to individual-sized meals—that too will save you time!

Remember …

There is no right way to meal prep. Whether you opt to prepare and freeze multiple slow-cooker meals in resealable bags to use later in the month, make lunches for several days at a time or anything in between, any meal prep you do before your week begins will save you time and stress later. Have fun with it! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.

Tips for Easy Weeknight Meals

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Rice Salad - Easy Weeknight MealsSometimes, even when we do our best to meal plan, prep and juggle life’s hectic schedule, the occasional scramble to plan dinner on the fly can still happen. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite standbys for when you find yourself in a pinch.

Chicken to the Rescue

Buying a whole roasted chicken can save time and money during a hectic school night. When combined with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta you’ll have a hearty Greek salad in minutes. Or shred the chicken over cooked rice, black beans, queso fresco, sour cream and salsa for hassle-free burrito bowls!

Frozen in a Flash

Next time you’re in the frozen food department, stock up on your favorite veggies. Always ready to prepare, frozen vegetables have just as much nutritional value as their fresh friends in our produce department. Sautéed with savory spices and served over rice or noodles—you’ll have a fantastic stir-fry the whole family can enjoy. Add leftover protein if you have it, or cashews make a nice meatless protein addition as well.

Easy Options

A quick stop at Sprouts’ on your way home can give you loads of inspiring dinner ideas. Paired with fresh, steamed broccoli, our Market Corner Signature Mac & Cheese will become a family favorite. Create your own Cobb-style salad by topping fresh field greens with hard-boiled eggs, meat and cheese from our Deli. Try our chef-inspired One Pan Meals like Citrus Herb Chicken, Shrimp Scampi, Thai Chicken Sauté and more for a savory, nutritious dinner that’s ready in less time it takes to order and pick up!

 

Dietitian-Approved Snacks for Kids

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Back-to-school season is here! Instead of reaching for cookies or chips as an afterschool snack, fuel your hungry students with options that will earn you an A+. Below are four recipes created by registered dietitians that won’t add too much homework to your afternoon. And you’ll earn bonus points with even the pickiest snackers!

Banana Sushi

Recipe by Karman Meyer, RDN, with The Nutrition Adventure

Kids will love helping create this easy recipe after school. Have ingredients pre-chopped and ready to use so they can get creative with their Banana Sushi!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg. Ripe bananas
  • 2–3 Tbsp. Sprouts Cashew Butter
  • 4–5 Strawberries, stem removed and sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. Pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted sunflower seed kernels
  • 1 tsp. Chia seeds
  • Greek yogurt for dipping (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Peel the bananas and place on a cutting board or plate.
  2.  Spread the nut butter evenly across the top of both bananas.
  3.  Place strawberry slices on top of peanut butter, slightly overlapping them.
  4.  Sprinkle the pistachios, sunflower seed kernels and chia seeds over each banana.
  5.  Using a sharp knife, cut the bananas into 1-inch thick slices.
  6. Serve with flavored Greek yogurt as a dipping sauce if desired.
Banana Sushi

Chocolate Date Bites

Chocolate Date Energy Bites

Recipe by Dixya Bhattarai, RD, with Food, Pleasure and Health

Chocolate Date Bites are an indulgent, yet healthy snack that requires a bowl and only 10 minutes of your time. They provide a great source of potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber for your hungry tykes.

Ingredients:

  • 20 Dates, pitted
  • 1 cup Old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond meal
  • 1/4 + 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Cocoa Powder, plus more for rolling
  • Splash of Sprouts Vanilla Extract
  • 1–2 Tbsp. Water or milk, if needed to reach the right consistency
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions:

  1. Soften dates if they are hard by soaking them in hot water or microwaving them with little water for 2–3 minutes.
  2. Pour all ingredients in a food processor and pulse everything until dates are incorporated in the mix. Add water or milk if needed.
  3. Form the mixture into balls packing them tightly.
  4. Roll them in cocoa powder and arrange them neatly in mini-muffin liners.
  5. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat!

Super-Duper Fruity Pizza

Recipe by Andrea Mathis, RD, with Beautiful Eats and Things

This Super-Duper Fruity Pizza is bursting with delicious, wholesome goodness! The vanilla Greek yogurt and fruit toppings make it hearty enough for the toughest snacker by providing a great source of protein, fiber, potassium and antioxidants!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Multigrain Oroweat Sandwich Thins, tops only
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. Sprouts Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 4 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Spread evenly over each sandwich thin top.
  4. Bake for about 5 minutes then set aside to cool.
  5. When tops are cool, top each one with 1 tablespoon of vanilla Greek yogurt.
  6. Use strawberries, kiwi and blueberries to create a fun design.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Super Duper Fruity Pizza

Guacamame

Guacamame

Recipe by Jessica Spiro, RD, with JessicaSpiroRD.com

Edamame guacamole is a delicious snack that packs lots of plant-based protein! Easy to make, it can be served with sliced veggies or Sprouts Tortilla Chips!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sm. Avocados
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Sprouts Shelled Edamame
  • 1/4 cup Red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. Sprouts Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare 3/4 cup shelled edamame according to package directions.
  2. Blend edamame in food processor.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the processed edamame with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve with veggies or Sprouts chips!

Tasty Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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After days of planning and hours of prepping, you finally shared the long-anticipated Thanksgiving meal with all your holiday guests. Now, don’t let all that hard work go to waste! Rather than using your leftovers to make your typical turkey sandwich, you can take a creative approach with these updated recipes. Making a one-of-a-kind breakfast or cozying up with a warm bowl of turkey chili will continue to impress any weekend guests and you’ll feel good knowing your leftovers were put to good use.

POTATO PANCAKES

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Give your mashed potatoes a second chance by simply adding a few ingredients. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these potato pancakes are easy to make and are a great way to revive leftover taters.

YOGURT PARFAIT

Leftover Cranberry Sauce & Yogurt Parfait

Enjoy a festive breakfast even while on the run as you conquer your holiday shopping. Garnish with granola or chopped nuts for an extra punch of protein or have as a side for a bigger breakfast.

LEFTOVER STUFFING & TURKEY FRITTATA

Leftover Stuffing & Turkey Frittata

This breakfast dish is an egg-ceptional way to use Thanksgiving leftovers! Throw a few extra ingredients into one skillet and you have a colorful and delicious meal.

TURKEY ENCHILADAS

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Add a little spice to your holiday weekend with these easy-to-make enchiladas! Packed with salsa verde and avocado, your taste buds will be thanking you with every bite.

LEFTOVER TUCRKEY CHILI

Turkey and Pumpkin Chili

Tender leftover turkey and velvety pumpkin puree make this hearty dish a cozy fall treat. For a finishing touch, top each bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions.

THANKSGIVING IN A JAR

Thanksgiving in a Jar

The Thanksgiving feast doesn’t have to end! Layer your yummy leftovers in mason jars to give guests as they leave or treat yourself to an on-the-go meal that’s hearty and convenient.

 

Holiday Cocktails

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If you’re anything like us, you like your holidays on ice—as well as shaken, stirred and garnished with a seasonal treat. Now that we’re approaching Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, you’ll need a collection of cocktails to wow your guests and family members through the New Year.

This winter, swap your go-to holiday bubbly for these festive coconut cocktails. (Sprouts Coconut Water’s magical ability to cure a hangover or a headache of any kind is also a serious bonus.) Cheers!

Mrs. Clause’s Coconut CrantiniCranberry Holiday Cocktails

This one’s for the ladies. The crantini is great year round, but it’s especially nice as a festive holiday drink.

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. Sprouts Coconut Water
Frozen cranberries
Coarse sugar crystals (Hint: You can make these more festive with colored sugar crystals.)

Instructions:

Rim a martini glass with coarse sugar crystals. Place frozen cranberries in the bottom of the martini glass. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake with cubed ice. Strain liquid into glass. Sip and repeat.

The In-Laws are Here

This drink is a surefire way to survive your in-laws. The subtle rum doesn’t overpower the delicate flavor of the coconut water. You’ll find peace with each stress-relieving sip.

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 oz. gold rum
2-4 oz. ice-cold Sprouts Coconut Water
Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions:

Fill a Collins glass with 2–3 ice cubes, add rum and coconut water to taste. Stir and serve.

Santa’s “New” Fashioned

Looking for a new twist on an old fashioned? Just a splash of Sprouts Coconut Water brings the whole cocktail to life.

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 oz. gin
1 sugar cube
2 dashes bitters
1/2 oz. Sprouts Coconut Water
Lemon peel, for garnish

Instructions:

Place sugar cube in the bottom of a low-ball, add bitters and coconut water then muddle until sugar dissolves. Add gin, stir and fill with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Very Merry Honey Bee

Lemon juice and rum is an easy, reliable flavor combo. But when you add coconut water, this little honey bee is going to reach new heights.

Servings: 1 • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 oz. white rum
1/2 oz.  honey
1/2  oz. Sprouts Coconut Water
1/2  oz. lemon juice

Instructions:

Just shake and serve. If you’re feeling extra spirited, add a little more honey.

Rudolph’s Coco-Jito

Let’s say Rudolph and the gang took a pit stop while delivering presents in the Caribbean. After all, it doesn’t have to be summer for it to be mojito season! Mint leaves work well with the coconut water for a refreshing twist on the classic.

Servings: 1 • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 parts white rum
1/2 part lime juice
Small spoonful of sugar
Mint leaves
Sprouts Coconut Water

Instructions:

Muddle lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a tall Collins glass. Fill with ice, then add rum and coconut water. Enjoy!

Alcohol not available in all stores. Must be 21 and older to drink. Please drink responsibly.

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Blue Sky Pineapple Float

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With the summer heat starting to really beat down, we’ve all got our favorite treats to turn to when we need to cool off. One of those is the pineapple whip float, where juice from the tropical fruit is topped with a pineapple ice cream that makes for the perfect refreshing dessert. We made our own version for the summer, but with a couple of epic twists. Enjoy this cute, fun and fresh fruit cup!

Blue Sky Float

 

Instead of just serving these in a traditional cup, we hollowed out pineapples to create the floats in. We also opted for Blue Sky Soda’s Zero Sugar Ginger Ale, which mixed with the flavors of pineapple, add some zing and fizz.

 

The combination of the Blue Sky Soda Ginger Ale and the pineapple made for the ultimate refreshing treat that’s part pineapple float, part soda float, and 100 percent delicious.

 

Ingredients:

Tools:

  • Gallon-sized zipper bag
  • Food processor
  • Pineapple corer

Directions: 

  1. Cut top off of pineapple. Using pineapple corer, remove pineapple meat from pineapple.
  2. In a food processor, add frozen pineapple, gelato, banana and salt.
  3. Once combined, put mixture in a gallon-sized zipper bag and cut off a large slit in the corner to make a makeshift piping bag.
  4. Pipe pineapple whip mixture into the pineapple, leaving some room on the sides.
  5. Add mochi and/or frozen banana chunks if desired.
  6. Pour in Blue Sky Zero Ginger Ale and enjoy!

Pineapple Whip Floats!

These homemade PINEAPPLE WHIP FLOATS are the perfect way to beat the heat ?☀️

Posted by Foodbeast on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Whole Earth & Sea

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Synergy from Seed to Supplement

A single Whole Earth & Sea Multivitamin & Mineral tablet from Natural Factors captures all the vibrant energy and goodness of nature. Creating the next generation of bioenergetic nutrition starts at the very beginning—with the seed. Their true species, non-GMO seeds are organically farmed in an extraordinarily abundant and pristine alluvial valley between two lakes in British Columbia. Fertilized with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants only, every plant is carefully tended to foster optimal goodness throughout the growing process. This includes hand-weeding and hand-harvesting.

When it comes to supporting your health, everyone agrees that eating whole foods is the best way to get your nutrients. At Natural Factors, they developed EnviroSimplex®, a proprietary process that allows the natural enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics to help culture their ingredients. This raw process concentrates and protects sensitive phytonutrients. This biomass used in their products contains the raw nutrition of whole plants—capturing all the vibrant energy and goodness of nature. The end result is the next generation of whole food supplements.


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