DIY Relaxing Father’s Day Gifts

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Create a Special Gift for Dad

It’s true—dad’s deserve pampering too! This Father’s Day show the dads in your life just the kind of self-care they deserve. Swap the typical pre-made gifts for something craftier with these four heartfelt DIY gifts. Not only will your favorite dad enjoy spending time unwinding, but he’ll appreciate the personal touch of a gift made with love!

Homemade Shaving Cream

Homemade Shaving Cream in a Jar

Moisturized and refreshed–that’s how the dads in your life will feel after receiving this nourishing, homemade shaving cream! Using only a handful of ingredients, you can whip this gift up in a pinch for the perfect DIY Father’s Day gift!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Whipped cocoa or shea butter
  • 1/4 cup Avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E
  • 3-5 drops Essential oil of choice (optional)

How to:

In a pot over low heat, melt the cocoa or shea butter along with the avocado and coconut oils. Once everything is melted, remove mixture from heat and whisk in the rest of the ingredients using an electric mixer until it starts to thicken and foam like shaving cream. Set in the fridge for a few minutes until it begins to harden and set. Transfer to a jar and decorate with labels or ribbon for easy gifting.


Bath salt in a jar

Relaxing Bath Soak

Sometimes the best gifts are the gifts you’d never buy for yourself! Luckily, this relaxing DIY bath soak might just do the trick to provide dad a little R&R this Father’s Day.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Sprouts Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Almond oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil

How to:

In a small bowl, combine and mix all ingredients. Transfer to a jar and decorate with labels or ribbon for easy gifting.


homemade coffee scrub

Coffee Face & Body Scrub

This DIY coffee face & body scrub is perfect to help dad revamp his morning routine all while paying homage to his favorite cup o’ joe! That’s what we call a win-win.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Coarse brown sugar

How to:

In a small bowl, combine and mix all ingredients. Transfer to a jar and decorate with labels or ribbon for easy gifting.


Homemade sore muscle balm

Sore Muscle Balm

Whether he’s on or off the clock, we know the dads in your life work hard! So why not make this revitalizing sore muscle balm? This warming balm is perfect to use on sore muscles while winding down at night to keep him feeling his best.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Almond oil
  • 1/2 stick Beeswax
  • 3, 1-inch Ginger root slice
  • 3-5 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 3-5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3-5 drops Cinnamon essential oil

How to:

Heat the almond oil in a small saucepan then add three, 1-inch slices of peeled ginger and set on low for 10 minutes. Remove the ginger and add in the beeswax until melted. Remove mixture from heat and add in 3-5 drops of each essential oil. Transfer to a glass container or tin and let cool. Once cooled, the mixture should be hardened and ready to use.


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Father’s Day Gift Baskets

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Put a sparkle in Dad’s eye this Father’s Day by gifting him a customized basket that caters to his grilling, snacking, zen or fitness side. These baskets were put together with our favorite dads, grandpas, uncles and fathers-in-law in mind! Each product can be shopped at Sprouts.com.

Grill Master

This basket, made by our blogger friend, Andrea, from Beautiful Eats & Things, has everything Dad needs to make grilling a breeze! Perfectly put together with tasty BBQ sauce and cold beer, it will definitely be a gift he’ll never forget.

Supplies

  • BBQ Brush Set
  • 5-piece Wooden Utensil Set
  • Beer of choice (Andrea used Elysian Space Dust IPA 6-pack beer)
  • Sprouts Greek Olive Oil
  • Sprouts Organic Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  • Sprouts Cayenne Pepper
  • The Spice Hunter Garlic Herb Sensation Grinder-Salt Free
  • Rib Rack Pork Marinade
  • Sprouts Coconut Rolls
  • Wire basket
  • Tissue paper

Directions

  1. Note: beer is best refrigerated before gifting.
  2. Line basket with tissue paper.
  3. Arrange items in order from largest to shortest in front to back order, starting with the utensil set. The smallest items, cayenne pepper and herb grinder, should be placed in front.
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Brews and Bites

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—we couldn’t agree more! With this basket, you can personalize with Dad’s favorite snacks. We chose pork rinds, jerky and chocolate, but feel free to mix and match for a custom, flavorful and satisfying gift. Basket crafted by our blogger friend, Sarah, from Bug and Bookie

Snack basket

Supplies

  • EPIC Pork Rinds
  • EPIC Steak and Beef Strips
  • Duke’s Smoked Sausage
  • Blue Moon beer
  • Wonderful Pistachios
  • Mixed nuts
  • Chocolate bar
  • Sprouts Organic Green Sriracha
  • Homeplate Honey and Peanut Butter
  • Country Archer beef jerky 
  • Wire basket
  • Crinkle paper

Directions

  1. Fill basket 1/3 of the way with crinkle paper and fill with various products.
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Zen for Men

Let Dad unwind with relaxing bath products—he’ll really love the feeling after a soothing eucalyptus and citrus bubble bath. Bonus: the ocean sport body wash will have him feeling extra good. Basket put together by our blogger friend, Chrissy, from Chrissy Marie Blog.

Supplies

Zen for men
  • Jason Mens Ocean Sport Body Wash 
  • Sprouts Invigorating Body Lotion in Rosemary & Mint 
  • Sprouts Goat’s Milk Bar Soap 
  • Everyone Bubble Bath in Eucalyptus Citrus 
  • Every Man Jack Deodorant in Cedarwood 
  • Sprouts Epsom Salt 
  • Bull Dog Original Shave Gel in Aloe Green Tea 
  • Aura Cacia Mineral Bath in Tranquil Chamomile
  • Metal bucket
  • Crinkle paper

Directions

  1. Line the bottom of the bucket with crinkle paper. Place products in the bucket.
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Fitness and Nutrition

Dad will be powering through his workouts, thanks to the supplements, vitamins, and fitness gear in this basket! Summer workouts will be a breeze. Basket put together by our blogger friend, Audrey, at The Audrey Reel. Fitness Favorites in duffle bag

Supplies

  • Ancient Nutrition Keto Protein in Chocolate 
  • Blender Bottle
  • Life Factory Glass Water Bottle
  • Nuun Hydration Energy Tablets in Cherry Limeade 
  • (3) Ultima Individual Electrolyte Replenishing Powder Pouches
  • (2) RX Bar Peanut Butter & Berries Protein Bars
  • (2) RX Bar Double Chocolate Protein Bars
  • Roasted Salted Mixed Nuts (found in the bulk section)
  • Planet Blue 100% UVA/UVB Protection Sport Sunglasses
  • Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen 
  • Duffle bag

Directions

  1. Fill a duffle bag of your choice with Dad’s fitness favorites.
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Four Easy Picnic Ideas

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As the weather warms up and the sun shines longer, why not enjoy your meals outside! There’s no need to get fancy here–we’ve gathered four easy picnic ideas from our blogger friends that are as tasty as they are simple. Grab a blanket, a basket and one of these delicious combinations for a relaxing meal outside.

Keto-friendly Basket

Keto is easy when you’re prepared with a healthy, delicious meal to enjoy outdoors. Prep this the night before to grab on your way to the park, or simply enjoy in your own backyard!  Ingredients provided by Natalie, at Tastes Lovely.

SUPPLIES:

  • Applegate Uncured Genoa Salami
  • Panini Del Duca Proscuitto
  • Old Amsterdam Premium Aged Gouda
  • Delallo Organic Greek Medley Pitted Olives in Brine
  • Parm Crisps Original
  • La Croix Lime
  • Mauro & Gianni Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Ciliegine
  • Sunset Organic Wild Wonders Grape Tomatoes
  • Driscoll’s Organic Raspberries
  • Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips

How to:

Combine all the ingredients into a basket or lunch box and enjoy!

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Keto snacks in a basket

Pizza ingredients in a basket

Kid-friendly Basket

This DIY pizza basket is easy and fun for the kiddos! Cut the pita into strips to conveniently dip or spread the sauce with a spoon and let them get creative with their own toppings. Ingredients provided by, Gillean, from Millennial Nutrition.

SUPPLIES:

  • Rao’s pasta sauce
  • Joseph’s Flax, Oat bran and Whole Wheat Pita
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Boar’s Head Turkey Pepperoni
  • Sides of choice: Fresh blueberries, sliced cucumber or other produce items.

How to:

Cut pita into strips or squares, spoon on sauce and top with your favorite toppings!

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Gluten-free Basket

Finding gluten-free food that’s picnic-friendly is easy at Sprouts! Toss these items and the produce of your choice together for an oh-so-good meal. Ingredients provided by, Jenny, at Good for You Gluten Free.

SUPPLIES:

  • Grain-free Tortilla Chips
  • Hatch Chili or Green Chili Salsa
  • Green Olives
  • Jalapeño or Hatch Chile Potato Chips
  • Sprouts Coconut Granola
  • Fresh produce of choice: Avocados, grapes, celery, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine items in a to-go basket or lunch box for an easy, outdoor meal.

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Plant-based meals on a table

Plant-based Lunch Basket

This picnic basket is full of all the summer flavors you crave from cherries to pasta salad. Ingredients provided by, Toni, at Plant Based on a Budget.

SUPPLIES:

  • Lightlife Foods Smoky Tempeh
  • Ciabatta Rolls
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Apple Strudel Bites
  • Prepared Pasta Salad

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare a delicious pasta salad ahead of time to easily create your outdoor meal the next day.

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On-the-Go Snacks

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Snack Time Made Easy

A car full of kiddos or a busy day full of errands calls for healthy, on-the-go snacks to provide the energy needed to tackle the day. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some tasty options to fit any diet that can easily fit in your purse, diaper tote or gym bag!

Keto Snacks

Keto

Having trouble finding yummy, yet keto-friendly, snack options? Let us help! From prepackaged favorites, to do-it-yourself veggie slicing, we have five great snacks to help fuel your day.
  1. Justin’s Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pack
  2. Epic Wagyu Beef Steak Strip
  3. Dang Foods Almond Vanilla Keto Bar
  4. Sliced bell peppers
  5. Wonderful Lightly Salted No Shells Pistachios
Helpful hint: Try slicing your bell peppers all at once and storing them in jars or bags so you can easily grab a bag on the run!
Organic Snacks

Organic

Shopping for natural and organic snacks doesn’t have to be hard. Get out of your current snack rut with these super simple and tasty on-the-go snacks—perfect for any day!
  1. Sprouts Organic Popcorn Lightly Sea Salted Popcorn
  2. Annie’s Homegrown Berry Patch Fruit Snacks
  3. Organic Valencia oranges
  4. Go Macro Peanut Butter Protein Bar
  5. Organic raw almonds
Helpful hint: Try slicing your oranges into round rings, and when you’re ready to eat, slightly rip the peel for mess-free eating!
Plant-based Snacks

Plant-based

Plant-based snack options are quickly becoming more and more popular. Whether you are a plant-based pro, or just finding your footing on your plant-based journey, here are five scrumptious snacks that are easy to grab throughout the day.
  1. Aloha Plant-based Protein Bar
  2. From the Ground Up Sea Salt Butternut Squash Crackers
  3. Sprouts Chocolate Vegan Protein
  4. Celery and carrot sticks
  5. Smart Sweets Gummy Bears
Helpful hint: Power up with plant protein by keeping convenient, single-serve protein packets with you to easily mix with water—wherever you are!
Gluten-free Snacks

Gluten-free

You won’t be missing out with these snack choices—perfectly picked for anyone following a gluten-free diet! You can easily make gluten-free snack baggies to grab as you are running out the door!
  1. Stretch Island Strawberry Fruit Leather
  2. Perfect Bar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
  3. GFB bites, Dark chocolate + PB
  4. Ultima Replenisher Cherry Pomegranate Electrolyte Powder
  5. Bananas
Helpful hint: It can be hard to keep bananas at the ripe stage you like, try wrapping the stem of the bananas in plastic wrap! This is a great way to keep them from ripening too quickly.
Paelo Snacks

Paleo

It’ll be hard to beat these Paleo snack options. Perfect for on-the-go moments and they won’t disappoint—no matter your cravings. These Paleo snacks are nutritious, delicious and ready for you when you need them.
  1. Caveman Seal Salt Almond Dark Chocolate Bar
  2. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide Packet
  3. Nick’s Sticks Free Range Turkey Snack Stick
  4. Apple slices
  5. Raw almonds and cashews
Helpful hint: Keep the Caveman Sea Salt Almond Dark Chocolate bar in a cool, shady place to avoid melting. To prevent browning on your apples, try squeezing a little bit lemon juice on them!

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Pantry-approved Rubs and Marinades

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Spices, fruit and herbs

Spice it up!

With summer heating things up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and fire up the grill! That’s why we’ve compiled the perfect rubs and marinades to complement your deliciously grilled foods. From beef, poultry, fish and—yes, fruit, we’ve got the most delicious flavor profiles to fire up those taste buds!

Beef

Zesty Lime Rub
This zesty rub goes delicious on any beef cut and is easy to make, too. Spice up your meal by wrapping it in warm tortillas for a flavorful taco or on its own in a steamy bed of rice.

Ingredients:
  • 3 lrg. Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Lime, zested
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Red pepper flakes, crushed
How to: In a small bowl, combine the garlic, lime zest, cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the olive oil and stir to combine. 

Grapefruit Marinade
This grapefruit marinade brings out the best of any beef cut—though we recommend a flank steak! These bright and tangy notes will have your mouth bursting with flavor all summer long.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Green onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Sprouts Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh ginger, grated
How to: In a small bowl, combine and whisk ingredients. 

Poultry

BBQ Spice Rub
Straight from your pantry comes this BBQ spice rub! This recipe is deliciously savory and uses only eight of your everyday spices.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
How to: In a small bowl, combine and mix ingredients. Tip: Store rub in an airtight, glass container for up to one year.

Citrus-tang Marinade
Summer just got sweeter—and tangier! Try out this delicious orange-inspired marinade using simple ingredients to upgrade chicken skewers, breasts, thighs or wings.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Scallions, white and green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
How to: In a large bowl, whisk together ingredients. 

Fish

Honey Soy Marinade
The ideal pairing of sweet and salty. Whether you’re grilling up some shrimp or a salmon fillet, complement it with this honey soy marinade for a refreshing twist.

Ingredients:
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Sprouts Organic Raw Honey
  • 3 Tbsp. Low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
How to: In a medium bowl, mix ingredients.

Orange Marinade
Knock, knock, who’s there? Your fish dinner asking you to use this marinade! This recipe is bursting with flavor and pairs perfectly with a juicy tuna steak. Orange you glad you can try this recipe?

Ingredients:
  • 1 Garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
How to: In a medium bowl, mix ingredients.   

Fruit

Now that you’ve got your protein underway, why not grill up some sides? Grilled fruit can enrich any dish and yes—we’ve got marinades for that too! Try these deliciously, unique sides to top off your perfect summer meal.

Grilled Apricot Flatbread

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Grilled mint pineapple with strawberries

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Grilled mango, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries on a kabob

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10 At-Home Baking Substitutes

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Baking substitutes

Try These Simple Swaps

Short on ingredients for your favorite recipes? No problem! Try these 10 common baking substitutions next time you’re in a pinch. You’d be surprised at what ingredients can be swapped to create the same, tasty recipes.

Staple: Eggs

Simple swap:
  • 1 whole banana per 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. applesauce per 1 egg


  • Staple: Butter

    Simple swap:
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil per 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup avocado, mashed per 1 cup butter


  • Staple: Sugar

    Simple swap:
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup per 1 cup sugar


  • Staple: Buttermilk

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup whole milk + 1 Tbsp. lemon juice per 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt per 1 cup buttermilk


  • Staple: Bakers Chocolate

    Simple swap:
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder plus 1 Tbsp. oil per 1 oz. baking chocolate


  • Staple: Vanilla Bean

    Simple swap:
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract per 1 whole vanilla bean


  • Staple: Vegetable Shortening

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter per 1 cup shortening


  • Staple: Breadcrumbs

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup rolled oats per 1 cup breadcrumbs


  • Staple: Vinegar

    Simple swap:
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice per 1 Tbsp. vinegar


  • Staple: Powdered Sugar

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbsp. cornstarch per 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Combine in a food processor for 10 minutes or until a powder-like consistency is formed.

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    14-Day Homemade at Home Challenge

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    Homemade recipes

    Make it homemade while you’re at home

    Let’s use this extra time at home to try something new! This 14-day list will not only spark your creativity, but will show you how to use simple ingredients around the house to help you save a little, too. You’ll be surprised at what you can create using common household items. From homemade dry shampoo to delicious no-bake cookies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

    Day 1:  Homemade Salad Dressing

    Running low on your favorite salad dressings? Don’t worry–they’re simple to make. Give this citrus vinaigrette a try!
    Ingredients:
    • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
    • 3/4 cup Fresh orange juice
    • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp. Orange zest
    • 2 whole Garlic cloves, crushed or pressed
    How to: Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, shake well and pour over your favorite greens, or use as a zesty marinade for poultry and fish.
    Homemade colorful playdough

    Day 2: DIY Play Dough

    Keep the kids busy with simple, homemade play dough. Here’s how:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups All-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup Salt
    • 4 tsp. Cream of tartar
    • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
    • Food coloring of choice
    How to: Combine ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat until dough has thickened. Remove from heat, placing the dough in a large bowl to cool slightly. Once cooled, knead dough until smooth and divide into six balls. Add food coloring of choice to each ball and store in a bag or jar.

    Day 3: At-home Cleaning Spray

    Freshen up your home with a natural, homemade cleaning spray. Not only is it free from harsh chemicals, the essential oils will leave your home smelling like a relaxing, spa retreat.
    Ingredients:
    • 1 Empty spray bottle
    • 1/2 cup White vinegar
    • 1/2 cup Rubbing alcohol (70% or more)
    • 1 cup Distilled water
    • 3-5 drops Essential oil or citrus rinds of choice
    How to: Combine all ingredients into an empty spray bottle and use to wipe down or freshen up surfaces around your home.
    Oat and Banana Pancakes

    Day 4: Three Ingredient Pancakes

    Tied for ingredients while you’re at home? No worries! This easy, kid-friendly pancake recipe only requires three ingredients: bananas, oats and eggs.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 Bananas, ripe
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1/2 cup Oats
    How to: Mash bananas thoroughly in a medium-sized bowl. Add the eggs and oats, stirring until the mixture is combined. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, adding a non-stick cooking spray or coconut oil—whichever is available. Pour the mixture onto the skillet, letting cook until the sides are firm and golden (about four minutes), then flip the pancake, cooking until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Repeat with the remaining batter. Tip: If you have the ingredients, try serving with fresh fruit, creamy peanut butter or sweet-spicy cinnamon for a fun take!

    Day 5: No-bake  Cookies

    Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without the bake-time! No-bake cookies are a delicious blend of nutty peanut butter and rich cocoa—perfect for making your day a little better.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup Butter
    • 1/2 cup Milk
    • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
    • 3 cups Quick oats
    • 1/2 cup Peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
    How to: Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a medium-sized saucepan. Cooking on medium heat, stir the mixture frequently until all ingredients are blended, bringing the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, let sit for seventy-five seconds, refraining from stirring. Remove from heat, adding in peanut butter, oats and vanilla extract, combining completely. On a baking sheet with parchment paper, drop two tablespoons of mixture at a time. Let cool until hardened (about 20-30 minutes).
    Homemade Essential Oil Bath Soak

    Day 6: Essential  Oil  Bath  Soak

    Make the most of your time at home by investing in some R&R time. Using this DIY bath soak can give you some much-needed me-time before tackling the day–just use 2-3 scoops!
    Ingredients: For Lavender Bath Salts:
    • 1/2–1 cup Kosher Salt
    • 1/2 cup Baking soda
    • 2 sprigs Fresh rosemary, minced
    • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
    For Lemon and Rosemary Bath Salts:
    • 3/4 cup Coconut oil
    • 2 cups Sprouts Epsom Salt
    • 2 sprigs Fresh rosemary, minced
    • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
    How to: Combine all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Blend well and store in an airtight container. Tip: a mason jar makes the perfect storage container for up to six months!

    Day 7: Simple Lemonade

    Spring is here and what better way to feel refreshed than with a tangy pitcher of lemonade made straight from the comfort of your home!
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 1 Fresh lemon
    • 3-4 cups Cold water
    How to: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Heat, stirring frequently until sugar is completely dissolved to create a simple syrup. Let cool. In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, lemon juice and water, until desired strength is achieved. Chill in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes. Garnish with fresh lemon slices. Tip: To jazz up this simple lemonade, try adding apple and ginger, blackberry and basil, lavender and berry or fresh kale!
    Homemade overnight oats in a jar with fruit

    Day 8: Easy Overnight  Oats

    Breakfast is easy when you make it the night before! Simply combine oats, milk of choice and toppings for a quick breakfast or snack. Give this recipe a try or get creative with whatever you may have in your pantry.
    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 Banana, ripe
    • 1/3 cup Rolled oats
    • 2/3 cup Almond milk
    • 1 Tbsp. Almond butter
    • 1 tsp. Honey
    • Fruit for topping
    How to: Mash the almond butter, honey and banana into a jar or bowl. Once combined, add the milk and oats. Stir well to combine. Cover your jar or bowl and refrigerate overnight. Tip: If you don’t like cold oats, you can still pop it in the microwave for a warm treat.

    Day 9: DIY Dry Shampoo

    One of the best self-care tips for when you’re staying home is to still get ready in the morning. It can help you feel refreshed and promote a daily routine. If you find yourself running low on your favorite beauty essentials, you may be able to create them from scratch–like this homemade dry shampoo!
    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
    • 1/2 cup Baking soda
    • 1-2 drops Essential oil of choice
    • Cocoa powder as needed to match your hair color
    How to: Combine ingredients in a bowl, slowly adding cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon at a time until the color begins to match your roots. Blonde hair without dark roots may not need any cocoa powder at all. Very dark hair, such as black, can forego the cornstarch and just use cocoa powder and baking soda. Apply mixture with an old makeup brush to your roots and brush through hair to blend.
    One-pan Trail Mix with nuts and fruit

    Day 10: One-pan Trail  Mix

    Do you have a pantry full of half-used nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruits leftover from other recipes? Well, you’re in luck! Create a trail mix choc-full of nutrients using a variety of items. No matter what you have, aim for a hearty variety of salty and sweet.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1 cup Raw or salted almonds
    • 1 cup Raw or salted cashews
    • 1 cup Raw or salted pecans
    • 1 cup Dark chocolate chips
    • 1 cup Dried cranberries
    How to: On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the coconut flakes, almonds, cashews and pecans. Toss to mix, then bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Once cooled, add the dark chocolate chips and cranberries. Mix well and enjoy!

    Day 11: DIY Tea Blend

    Practice a little self-care and sip on a homemade tea. Your spice cabinet is full of aromatic ingredients to create the perfect drink for unwinding.
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Boiling water
    • 1 Tbsp. Dried peppermint leaves
    • 1/2 Tbsp. Ground ginger
    • Fresh lemon juice to taste
    How to: Combine the dried ingredients into a tea infuser or create your own using a paper coffee filter and string. Allow to steep in hot water for two-three minutes. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and enjoy!
    No Bake Energy Bites with Rolled Oats and Fruit

    Day 12: No-bake  Energy  Bites

    Give yourself a boost of energy and nutrients with these tasty, no-bake energy bites!
    Ingredients:
    • 1/4 cup Old fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup Nut butter of choice
    • 1/4 cup Raisins or dried fruit of choice
    • 1/8 tsp. Dried cinnamon
    • 1/8 cup Maple syrup
    • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
    How to: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Using a spoon, scoop 1 Tablespoon into your hands and roll into a ball. Place on a tray or plate and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, then enjoy!

    Day 13: One-pot  Pasta

    Calling all pasta-lovers! This one’s for you–make a simple one-pot pasta dish you and the whole family will love.
    Ingredients:
    • 16 oz. Spaghetti
    • 1 tsp. Oregano
    • 2 tsp. Salt
    • 2 1/2 cups Sprouts Organic Vegetable Broth
    • 4 Garlic cloves, sliced
    • 1 tsp. Black pepper
    • 1 14.5oz. can Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes
    • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
    • 1/2 lrg. Onion, chopped
    • 20 Basil Leaves
    How to: Combine all ingredients except grated cheese into a large pot. Bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce to a simmer until pasta is fully cooked. You may need to drain some excess liquid and re-season to taste. Add grated cheese and serve.
    Yogurt Pizza dough

    Day 14: Yogurt  Pizza Dough

    Homemade pizza dough isn’t as hard as it may seem. Our friend, Danny Seo, gave us a simple, two-ingredient recipe that anyone can make!
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Self-rising flour
    • 1 cup Organic Greek plain whole milk yogurt
    • Pizza toppings of choice
    How to: Combine flour and yogurt on a cutting board or in a bowl, mix with hands until dough forms. Once dough is formed, sprinkle some flour on countertop or cutting board and roll dough into pizza shape with a rolling pin. Place dough on baking sheet. Add toppings of choice (Danny used tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella balls and added fresh basil once cooked). Fold in edges of dough to form a crust, cook 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted at 450°F. Tip: If the dough feels too dry, add water a tablespoon at a time while pushing the dough down and out, stretching it flat in front of you with the heels of your hands.

    Self-care When Working from Home

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    Girl on computerFinding the balance between work and home can be a challenge but it’s not impossible. We’ve collected a couple self-care tips and tricks to help you while working from home!

    Establish a Routine

    Establishing a daily routine can help eliminate stress, promote good sleep and aid in creating healthy habits. We often get overwhelmed with everything happening in our day-to-day lives, but sticking to a routine can assist you in taking control and keeping your mind at ease. To best stick to your routine, try writing it down or keeping a journal to track your progress.

    Physical Activity

    It is important to keep some physical activity in your daily routine. You don’t have to have an intense workout to get the benefits of activity. Consider a walk or run around your neighborhood, maybe your favorite yoga routine or cardio workout.

    Healthy Snack Habits

    Food plays a huge role in how our bodies perform during the day. Consider changing your snack options to foods that will help positively fuel your body and increase your brain health. Try nuts such as almonds or walnuts, dried fruit like apricots, or yogurt and granola. There are plenty of healthy snack options to keep you healthy and happy throughout the day.

    Take a Break!

    It may become easy to get caught up with work, but remember to take a break and take a breath! Delight in a cup of tea, step outside for some fresh air or make this amazing DIY Sugar Scrub to enjoy after your busy day. Don’t forget to give yourself a moment to relax and reset throughout the day to ensure your focus is always where it needs to be.

    DIY Natural Spring Cleaners

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    Need spring cleaning inspiration?

    Many products we use to clean our homes have harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our children and pets. Revamp your spring cleaning routine with these natural, DIY cleaning products from our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog, Recipes to Nourish and Root + Revel! These homemade natural cleaners are created with ingredients from Sprouts that are natural and chemical-free. And the best part is, you may already have some of the items in your home.

    Chemical-free Stainless-steel Cleaner by Fresh Mommy Blog

    This DIY glass and stainless steel cleaner is streak-free with the addition of a simple surprise ingredient. It’s natural, chemical-free and easy to make with items you probably already have around the house!

    Ingredients:DIY Natural Cleaners: Stainless-steel cleaner with at-home ingredients

    • Glass bottle in a 16 oz. size at least (stainless steel is also safe.)
    • Spray top
    • 1 cup of Distilled water
    • ½ cup Alcohol
    • ½ cup Sprouts White Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp. Corn starch
    • 6 drops Pure orange essential oil (optional)
    • 6 drops Pure lemon essential oil (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Using a funnel, add ½ cup of vinegar to the glass bottle.
    2. Add ½ cup rubbing alcohol. (Optional: remove from recipe or replace with vodka.)
    3. Pour 1 tablespoon cornstarch in through the funnel.
    4. Top with 1 cup distilled water. This will also help to get the rest of the cornstarch out of the funnel.
    5. Optional: add 10–12 drops of essential oil for extra disinfecting power and scent.
    6. Assemble spray top on the bottle and shake well before each use.

    Non-toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Root + Revel

    Looking for a safe and non-toxic way to clean your bathroom? This DIY Toilet Cleaner recipe is a natural and effective way to clean and deodorize your toilet. To make fizzy homemade toilet bombs, pods or tablets, all you need is five natural ingredients for a deep cleaning you won’t believe (no scrubbing required)!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Sprouts Baking Soda
    • 1/4 cup Citric acid
    • 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
    • 1 tsp. Hydrogen peroxide
    • 25 drops Essential oils (I recommend peppermint)

    diy toilet cleanerInstructions:

    1. In a large glass bowl, whisk baking soda and citric acid together until blended.
    2. Very slowly, add Sal Suds, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils, mixing slowly as you go to ensure you don’t activate the dry ingredients. The mixture should be dry enough that you can mold it into balls, but wet enough that it doesn’t fall apart.
    3. Fill a silicone mold with cleaning mixture, or you can form small balls (about the size of golf balls) with your hands and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
    4. Allow the toilet bombs to air dry about 6–8 hours or overnight.
    5. Transfer to a glass jar and store in the bathroom.
    Notes: I place these in the bowl of my toilet every 5–10 flushes to keep the toilet bowl clean and smelling great!  

    Refrigerator Cleaner with At-home Ingredients by Recipes to Nourish

    It’s so easy to make your own DIY refrigerator cleaner with three common ingredients. This lemon-herb vinegar mixture is money-saving, chemical-free and very effective for cleaning.

    Ingredients:Natural fridge cleaner

    To Make the Lemon-Herb Vinegar
    • 4 cups Sprouts Organic Distilled White Vinegar
    • 5 Lemon peels – yellow rind and white pith only, not the inside flesh
    • 1 lg. sprig Fresh rosemary or thyme
    • 1 quart or ½ gallon Mason jar with lid
    To Make the Refrigerator Cleaner
    • 1 cup Lemon-herb vinegar
    • 1 cup Water, very hot
    • 1 Dish sponge or cloth rag
    • 1 Spray bottle – preferably glass OR large glass bowl

    Instructions:

    To Make the Lemon-Herb Vinegar
    1. Add the lemon peels and rosemary or thyme to a ½ gallon (8-cup) Mason jar.
    2. Pour 4 cups of vinegar over the lemon peels and herbs, making sure they are covered and submerged.
    3. Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for 1 week or up to 2 weeks.
    4. Strain the lemon-herb vinegar through a fine-mesh strainer into a quart (4-cup) Mason jar.
    To Clean the Refrigerator
    1. Add the lemon-herb vinegar and hot water to a spray bottle or a large glass bowl.
    2. If using a spray bottle, spray the mixture onto all refrigerator surfaces like the walls, drawers and shelves and use a dish sponge or cloth rag to wipe down and clean the surfaces.
    3. If using a glass bowl, soak and ring out a dish sponge or cloth rag in the lemon-herb vinegar water solution and wipe down and clean all of the refrigerator surfaces.
    4. Repeat steps as needed until the inside of the refrigerator is clean.
    Notes:
    • Advance preparation is required.
    • Yield: 1-quart lemon-herb vinegar
    • Storage: Can be stored in a covered glass container for up to a year.
    • Uses: Save leftover mixture for weekly refrigerator spot-treatment maintenance or for monthly deep-cleaning. Alternatively, you can add the remaining lemon-herb vinegar to a spray bottle with filtered water using a 1:1 ratio and use as an all-purpose natural cleaner for cleaning most surfaces. [Note: Vinegar is known to kill up to 80 percent of bacteria, mold and most germs.]
    • Tip: If you have some stubborn spills in your refrigerator you can sprinkle a little baking soda over the stubborn spill and do a light spray of the cleaning mixture, then put a little elbow grease into it. Baking soda is one of the best natural cleaners when you need something a bit more abrasive.

    How to Clean Your Makeup Brush without Harsh Chemicals by Root + Revel

    Say goodbye to toxic chemicals and expensive store-bought products. For this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner, you only need three ingredients to create an easy and effective homemade solution.

    women's hand cleaning makeup brushesIngredients:

    • 1 oz. Sprouts Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1/2 oz. Lavender castile soap
    • 6 drops Organic tea tree oil

    Instructions:

    1. In a large glass bowl, combine all 3 ingredients and stir to combine.
    2. Swirl your makeup brushes in the cleaning solution until thoroughly coated.
    3. In a second glass or bowl filled with clean water, swirl the coated brush until rinsed through. (You can go back and forth between the cleaning solution and the water as many times as you need to until the brush is completely clean and all color is gone. Sometimes it helps to rinse under the faucet, as well.)
    4. When you’re done, simply pat the brush on a clean microfiber cloth and lay flat to dry. (I like to let my brushes dry overnight, but it usually takes about 6–8 hours to dry naturally.)

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    Immune Boosting Tips

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    Immune Boosting Boost your immunity naturally and feel your best with vitamins, supplements and homeopathic remedies from Sprouts. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members are happy to guide you through the aisles to help you stay well this season.

    Keep Your Hands Clean

    One of the best ways to reduce your chances of spreading germs is to simply keep your hands clean and minimize touching your face. You might think this is a no-brainer, but washing your hands properly can make a big difference. Opt for natural soaps and hand sanitizers instead of harsh, anti-bacterial soaps.

    Fill Nutritional Gaps

    Some say that eating a proper diet is all you need to get your recommended daily vitamins, minerals and nutrients for optimal health. But despite our best efforts, we often miss our nutritional mark by eating foods that lack many key nutrients. The good news? A simple, daily regimen of incorporating multivitamins, omega-rich oils, probiotics and superfoods can help bridge the nutritional gaps where your diet may fall short. Check out the Sprouts Essential 4 Supplements to kick-start your immunity!

    Herbal Defense

    It’s all too easy to forget the importance of strengthening the body’s defenses before sickness strikes. While tending to your immune system at any time never hurts, you will thank yourself for doing it sooner rather than later. Echinacea is a great way to start. Studies show it can support your immune function by helping to stimulate white blood cells. In addition to Echinacea, adaptogens are a simple way to help your immune system. This special group of plants can help balance, protect and restore the body. They can boost your immunity as well as potentially buffer the effects of stress—making it a great addition to your health routine!

    Elderberry Power

    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 helps support the body’s immunity against illness and disease. 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 immune-boosting arsenal.

    Homeopathic Remedies

    Homeopathic tinctures and supplements are a natural way to stay well year-round. Try incorporating good-for-you minerals like zinc and magnesium, or utilizing Boiron Oscillococcinum at the onset of symptoms. Not sure where to start? Shop for these homeopathic brands to keep on hand:
    • Genexa Homeopathic
    • Nature’s Way Umcka
    • Boiron

    Oil of Oregano

    Oil of Oregano is a powerful, natural remedy that can help you prepare in advance to fight off symptoms. Made from the Oregano plant, it contains Thymol, a natural anti-septic and Beta-Caryophyllene, which can help reduce inflammation. Simply use a few drops in your hand soap for anti-microbial properties, convenient capsules or 2-3 liquid drops under your tongue for daily defense.

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