Destress with Ashwagandha

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Looking for a natural way to handle stress? Ashwagandha is your herb! It has been used for centuries to promote mental and physical health. With holidays right around the corner, look to this energy-restoring herb to help support both mental and physical health.

Its Latin name is Withania somnifera, but ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, and is part of the nightshade family. Taken from the root, ashwagandha has been used for centuries in the traditional Indian medical practice known as Ayurveda.

Combating Stress

An adaptogen, ashwagandha acts as a stress reliever and balancer. Adaptogens are known to increase the body’s resistance to stress and exert a positive effect on the various systems, including immune, nervous and cardiovascular function.

Immune & Adrenal Support

The holiday season is known for increasing stress levels and time spent with large groups of people, both contributors that can lead to the unfortunate side effect of sickness. That’s why it’s important that your immune system be at its best!

Ashwagandha is particularly helpful in lowering your stress levels and helping balance your immune system by supporting the body’s ability to fight off stress and sickness. When your body is in balance, your adrenals can respond more effectively to create a healthier stress response to a hectic holiday season.

Did you know? The Sanskrit word ashwagandha is a combination of ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell, and refers to the strong smell of the plant’s root.

Mountain High Yoghurt

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With a belief that real life should be real simple, Mountain High crafts delicious yogurt that’s made in California with Real California Milk. Their centuries-old method does not use gelatin or other funny stuff. Even their original, whole milk plain yogurt only has four, simple ingredients—making Mountain High the perfect and wholesome blank canvas for, well, just about anything. Topped with granola and fruit for breakfast, dolloped on tacos for dinner or included in a deliciously moist baked good—the possibilities are as limitless as your imagination!

Autumn and apples go hand-in-hand. You’ll love this tasty Fall Apple Streusel Cake created by our vlogger friend Dzung Duong of Honeysuckle, a food and lifestyle channel. And the secret to the cake’s super-light and fluffy texture? You guessed it, Mountain High Yoghurt! Delight your friends and family with this holiday-worthy cake.

Video Description: Apple Streusel Cake with Mountain High Yoghurt by Dzung Duong of Honeysuckle

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About Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a food and lifestyle channel hosted by Dzung Duong whose dedication to simplifying gourmet recipes, lifestyle design, and responsible beauty has allowed her to grow into a YouTube sensation. Dzung has been cooking since she was 8 years-old, when her grandmother taught her authentic Vietnamese recipes with a twist. Her exceptional content, produced with a playful edge, has made her channel a destination with a full video production business, which she runs with her business partner husband, Nate Lewis. Her mission is: to “inspire young women across the globe to use food and lifestyle choices to develop creativity, self-confidence and community in everyday life.” They live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Erisy, and border collie.

Simply Organic Story

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At Simply Organic, they are driven by the goodness of organics. From the field to your kitchen, they are committed to ensuring that their organic spices and seasonings are grown and processed in an ethical and sustainable manner.

They develop direct, honest and genuine relationships with growers to offer pure, premium-quality spices for all your baking and cooking needs. And to contribute to the goodness of organics beyond your own kitchen, Simply Organic supports numerous organic and sustainable farming communities through the Simply Organic Giving Fund. To date, more than $1.5 million has been donated worldwide.

Eat right, live well and join Simply Organic on their mission to make organic food more accessible.

  • They support and encourage the growth of organic farming practices.
  • From field to kitchen, they are committed to integrity in products and the way they do business.
  • Their underlying values are simple: wholesome, great-tasting organics and fair, respectful sourcing.

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Help Shorten Cold & Flu Symptoms

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Colorful, tasty and beneficial for the body, the European elder tree is native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. The flowers are white with green berries that turn red, then black when fully ripe. Both berries and flowers have been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat digestive disorders, influenza, colds, sinusitis and other allergy symptoms.
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A Concentrated Antioxidant

Elderberries are a concentrated source of two antioxidants: quercetin and anthocyanin. These powerful antioxidants enhance the body’s immune response by increasing the production of cytokines. Cytokines are the immune system’s messengers, helping to regulate the body’s response to disease, inflammation and infection. The high antioxidant capacity in elderberries neutralizes harmful free radicals and protects the body against illness and disease.

Excellent Source of Vitamins A and C

Elderberries are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, which is part of what makes it a great addition to your wellness routine. Vitamin A helps with the formation of white blood cells essential to your body’s defense against illness. Together, they make an outstanding one-two punch to assist in warding off those pesky bugs that make the rounds this season.

Enhancing Immunity Quickens Recovery

Elderberry’s high antioxidants, as well as its high content of vitamins A and C are compelling reasons to try elderberry next time you feel you might be fighting a bug.


Did you know? Elderberry significantly more antioxidant capacity than either blueberries or cranberries.


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Spooky Halloween Pizzas

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Whether you’re creating a spooky slice before trick-or-treating or a fun and festive Halloween spread, make these decorative pizzas your go-to:

 

Pizza with ghost shapes

Ghostly Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Plain, or limited-topping frozen pizza (we recommend Caulipower pizza for extra veggies!)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Black olives
  • Pizza sauce (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on frozen pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from cheese.
  5. Slice half of the olives in halves and the rest into small strips, use any leftover to make small dots for ghost eyes and mouth.
  6. Place ghost shapes with olive dots on the pizza.
  7. Place olive halves and strips to give it a spider look.
  8. VPut pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.

 

Vegan Spider Web PizzaPizza with a spider web shape on it

Ingredients:

  • Daiya Cheeze Lover’s Pizza
  • Black olives
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz Ball, cut into small, rectangular strips
  • Pizza sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Slice half of the olives into halves and the rest into small strips.
  5. Place strips of cheese in a spider web design.
  6. Put pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.

How to Cook a Ham – Tips for Making the Best Ham This Holiday Season!

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Thanksgiving Tips

Spiral hams are a super popular choice for large holiday gatherings. They’re such a crowd pleaser, and the leftovers are perfect for sandwiches, breakfast hashes and my personal favorite—my grandma’s ham, leek and potato soup. If you’re wondering how to cook the best ham possible, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Spiral ham on platter with oranges and herbs

Spiral Hams Are the Way to Go

A spiral cut ham is the easiest to prepare, cook and serve. Remove the ham from its packaging and reheat. The ham is pre-cut, so guests can take the amount they desire. By taking stress and time out of the equation, you can enjoy your meal without any extra steps. Sprouts’ Butcher Shop spiral sliced hams come with a flavor packet, either a dry rub or a glaze which you can choose to use or not. A great ham won’t need a thing and will be flavorful enough without the added seasonings. Serve with different mustards or fruity preserves if you’d like—the possibilities are endless—but you don’t need to add much to the ham if you cook it right!

For Extra Flavor …

Wondering how to add extra flavor when cooking a ham? For a little extra flavor, you can pour apple cider in the roasting pan, as well as cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice. They create an amazing aroma and holiday flavor that infuses the ham, without a lot of extra work.

To glaze or not to glaze?

If you do want to glaze your ham, I’d recommend making your own, with simple ingredients. I like using a mixture of pure maple syrup, orange marmalade, mustard, brown sugar and herbs. Get creative with it, depending on how sweet or savory you’d like your ham to be! If you’re not using a glaze, make sure you cover the ham with foil to keep the moisture in, helping to prevent the ham from drying out.

Making the Moist of Your Ham

Sprouts’ Butcher Shop spiral hams are cooked in their natural juices with no added water for the most flavorful and moist experience. Pay attention to the weight of the ham and the recommended cooking time. Ham can dry out if you don’t take note of those two things.

No food waste!

There shouldn’t be any waste when it comes to cooking a ham! There are so many things you can do with the ham leftovers, like making soups, soup stock, ham salad or scrambled with eggs, as well as regular ham sandwiches. Remember, there may be pan drippings from heating the ham which can be saved or frozen for use in making a super-flavorful soup.

Overall, spiral hams are a long-standing family favorite. They’re super easy to prepare, always a crowd-pleaser, create minimal food waste, are cost effective and require minimal hands-on prep time. If you’re looking for a stress-free option to serve at any large gathering—ham is a great choice. Following the cooking guidelines will help you end up with the perfect ham!


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About Molly

Molly Krebs is the photographer, food blogger and recipe developer behind Spices in My DNA, a food blog dedicated to healthy recipes with a sprinkle of indulgence mixed in! Molly is wildly passionate about food, and grew up in a family of foodies. She was surrounded by it from an early age and immediately fell in love. Molly loves to share super flavorful, unique and healthy recipes, as well as indulgent, comforting meals. Through her time blogging, she has grown to have a passion for photography as well. You can find Molly’s recipes at spicesinmydna.com, and her first cookbook will be published in August of 2019!

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How to Cook a Turkey in 90 Minutes

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Thanksgiving Tips and Recipe

Wondering how long to cook a turkey? Good news—there’s no need to babysit or baste a turkey for hours! This turkey recipe roasts an entire bird in an hour and a half. All you need to do is plan ahead for brining.

Roasted turkey on a platter with onion, rosemary and sageKeep these quick tips in mind to learn how to best cook your turkey:

Tip 1: Cook a turkey that weighs 14 pounds or less.

Larger birds require more time to roast, which means there is a higher likelihood of drying out the meat. Consider roasting a pair of turkeys if you decide to go beyond 14 pounds for the best and juiciest results.

Tip 2: Skip the stuffing and choose aromatics.

Sticking with aromatics makes it possible to impart delicious scents and flavors into the turkey meat while roasting. It also expedites roasting time.

Tip 3: Dry, oil and season the skin.

Crispy skin is possible with paper towels and oil. Remove as much moisture as possible from the skin of your turkey. Thereafter, use oil to coat the entire bird and season with salt and pepper. It’s all you need to cook up a flavorful and crispy exterior.

Tip 4: Avoid the thermometer.

To clarify, don’t pay attention to the thermometer that comes with the bird. You know, the plastic one that pops up notifying you the turkey is done. By the time it pops, your bird will likely be very dry after resting. Instead, remove your turkey from the oven when it reaches 161°F on a meat thermometer. The turkey will continue to cook as it rests.

Tip 5: Remember to rest.

Don’t allow the juices go to waste by carving your turkey right when it comes out of the oven. Allow your bird to sit on the roasting rack for at least 15 minutes under a loose foil tent. After that, carve your bird for the juiciest meat.

Fresh, all-natural young turkey, spices and vegetable broth

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 12-pound Fresh, all-natural young turkey, innards removed
  • 1-gallon Low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tsp. Light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground ginger
  • 1 gallon Heavily iced water
  • 1 Red apple, halved
  • 1/2 White onion, sliced
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 Rosemary sprigs
  • 6 Sage leaves
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Create the brine by combining the vegetable broth, salt, brown sugar, black pepper, allspice and ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the solids and bring to a boil. Then, remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature and refrigerate.
  2. On the night prior to serving, combine the brine with the iced water. Place the turkey—breast side down—in the brine, making sure it’s fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate (or set in a cool area) for 8–16 hours. Turn the turkey once halfway through brining.
  3. Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  4. Remove the turkey from the brine, making sure there is no excess liquid. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels and set in a roasting pan using a roasting rack.
  5. Create the aromatics by combining the apple, onion, cinnamon stick and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Discard the water and add the steeped aromatics to the turkey cavity, along with the rosemary and sage.
  6. Tuck the wings under the turkey and tie the legs with kitchen twine.
  7. Coat the turkey liberally with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Roast the turkey on the lowest level of the oven for 30 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350°F. Continue roasting for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 161°F. If the skin begins to brown too quickly, lightly tent a piece of foil over the turkey.
  9. Remove the turkey from the oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Roasted turkey on a platter with onion, rosemary and sage


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About Joanna

Joanna is a commercial food stylist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work and recipes have been seen around the world. When she is not styling for her favorite brands, she enjoys publishing recipes and sharing her love of everything food on her self-titled blog many remember as Baked by Joanna. Her other interests include spending time with her family and staying healthy and fit.

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Holiday Meal Makeovers!

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you’re planning a feast for your family or hosting Friendsgiving, you’ll find everything you need at Sprouts to create your perfect healthy holiday meal—from the star of the show and tasty sides, to all the organic farm-fresh fruits and veggies. And if you’re feeling pinched for time, make shopping easy and have it delivered!

Holiday Meatballs with Cranberry Aioli

Kicking It Off

A great gathering starts with the apps! Here are four delicious and easy additions to your menu. You could make the Holiday Meatballs recipe ahead of time and reheat right before guests arrive.

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Holiday Meatballs with Cranberry Aioli

Pear Crostini with Honey Hazelnut Goat Cheese

Maple Pecan Greek Yogurt Dip

Turkey Enchiladas

Star of the Show

Turkey is the star of every Thanksgiving meal. Try this fresh take on the classic recipe, then use what’s left over from the big feast and make these Turkey Enchiladas.

Spiced Citrus Turkey

Turkey Enchiladas

Chorizo and cornbread stuffing

Supporting Sides

Sides round out every holiday meal. These unique versions of traditional recipes will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

Chorizo & Cornbread Stuffing

Pecan Cherry Bread Stuffing

Green Beans with Cranberries & Bacon

Cran-Raspberry Jalapeño Sauce

Pumpkin Horchata

Sweet Endings …

And of course, all good meals come to a sweet and delicious end—dessert! Try this fluffy cream cheese pumpkin pie recipe or serve a pumpkin version of the sweet, Southwestern sip, horchata, made from rice milk.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Horchata

Fall into Seasonal Wellness

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The days are getting shorter, there’s a crispness in the air and the leaves are becoming crunchy and colorful—there’s no denying it, fall is in full swing! Time to dust off those boots, pull out those sweaters and prepare for the cooler weather and stresses that naturally come with transitioning into a new season. Between holiday traveling and jam-packed schedules, it’s important to keep you and your family feeling your best as winter quickly approaches. Here are our top tips to make this your healthiest autumn yet:

Fall Into Seasonal Wellness

Get Outdoors

The sweltering summer heat has come to an end and the icy winter air has not yet approached. It’s the perfect time to throw on a scarf and enjoy the outdoors. Gather friends and family for a fall picnic or head over to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. Soaking up the sun makes for happy memories and a healthier you.

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Get Moving

While cozying up on the couch may sound tempting, it’s important to continue exercising throughout the fall and winter seasons both for physical and mental health. Enjoy the fresh fall breeze and go for a walk or skip hitting the snooze button and go for an early morning workout.

Support Your Immune System

Feel your best this season! To maintain a healthy immune system these products may just be what you are looking for. Our Sprouts Fizzy Vitamin C packs 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C as well as antioxidants, electrolytes, essential nutrients and B vitamins to help you stay on top of the season. Gaia Herbs’ Black Elderberry and Source Natural’s Wellness Formula both help to maintain your immunity as well. If you’re already feeling down, try Gaia Herbs’ Turmeric Supreme Immune A.S.A.P., Herb Pharm’s Rapid Immune Boost or Boiron’s Oscillococcinum to get on your feet again.

Stress Less

Along with the joy and excitement of this season, comes stress and anxiety. When you feel like your emotions are getting the best of you, try Natural Factors’ Mind Retreat or Nelson Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Don’t forget about your furry friends either, try Nelson Bach’s Rescue Remedy for Pets.

Get Plenty of Zzzs

Preparing for the holidays and resetting your fall schedule can leave you short on time and sleep. It’s important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule so that you can enjoy every moment that this season has to offer. Promote relaxation and sleep quality with Natural Factors’ Stress Relax Tranquil Sleep, Genexa’s Sleepology® or Sleep Rejuvenation™ from Source Naturals®.

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The Perfect Rib Roast

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Thanksgiving Tips

The holidays are here and we’re ready to heat things up! Creating the ultimate roast is simple when you follow these tried-and-true tricks. Trust us, your guests will thank you!

Holiday roast

Tasty Tips

Always bring your roast to room temperature before cooking.

Season simply with salt and pepper and let its natural flavor shine.

Create a crust by preheating your oven to 500°F and allow your meat to brown, typically 10 minutes, before reducing the heat. Cook as directed.

Here’s Your Simple Step-by-Step for the Perfect Roast

The night before you are going to cook the prime rib, unwrap the roast and let it sit uncovered in the refrigerator. This will dry out the surface, allowing for an even, crisp crust.

Three hours before you want to begin cooking, take the roast out of the fridge and place it on a sheet pan at room temperature.

Half an hour before you start roasting, preheat your oven to 500°F and season the roast generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Now it’s time to do your calculation; simply multiply the weight of your roast by five. That’s your total roasting time, in minutes.

For instance, if you have a four-pound roast, 4 × 5 = 20 minutes. An eight-pound roast? 8 × 5 = 40 minutes. Remember that number.

When you’re ready to cook, set the roast in a roasting pan with a rack, fat-side-up. If you’re nervous about this crazy technique, you can insert a meat thermometer or a digital-probe thermometer into the deepest part of the meat, being careful not to hit bone. If nothing else, it will provide you with some peace of mind.

All right, now put the roast in the oven and roast it for exactly however many minutes you calculated above. When the time’s up, turn off the oven and walk away. Don’t open the oven door for any reason for the next 2 hours.

Do not open the oven door, for any reason, for the next 2 hours.

In 2 hours, take the prime rib out of the oven, and let rest. If you did use a thermometer, you’ll see that the internal temperature of the meat has reached 130°F—in other words, perfect medium-rare.