Say Goodbye to Deja-Brew with Coffee Upgrades

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Coffee and cookies “I’m going to be productive, efficient and amazing today.” These are the words of a person with a strong coffee in hand. Just because your coffee keeps you on track, doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it. Easily add some variety by doctoring the flavor, and enjoying with add-ins. Here are ideas we’ve been brewing up:

DIY Bulletproof Coffee

Crunched for time? Bulletproof coffee offers a fast and efficient way to get your caffeine and fats, all in the same cup. Make it at home and blend into a frothy finish.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 8 oz. Freshly brewed hot coffee
  • Optional: 1 tsp. Chocolate extract, vanilla extract, mint extract

Instructions

  1. Simply blend ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Enjoy!
Source: Danny Seo

Mexican Coffee

Start your morning with sugar and spice and everything nice! Shop our Bulk Department and grocery aisles to pick up everything you need.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Water
  • 2/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Molasses
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup Medium-grind coffee

Instructions

  1. Bring water, brown sugar, molasses and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a pot over moderate heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Mix in coffee and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof pitcher or clean pot.
  4. Discard coffee grinds and cinnamon sticks.
Source: Epicurious

Add Cream to Your Coffee

A homemade creamer is easy to make and can be customized to your craving of the day. Use a base of choice—we recommend your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.

Mocha Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Base of choice
  • 4 Tbsp. Cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.
  2. Can be stored in the refrigerator. Remember to shake well before use.

Coconut Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Base of choice
  • 1 cup Coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until coconut flakes are chopped fine.
  2. Strain creamer to remove coconut flakes.
  3. Can be stored in the refrigerator. Remember to shake well before use.
Source: Rural Spin

Don’t Forget to Take a Dip!

Now you’ve made the perfect cup of coffee—how should you enjoy it? How about with your favorite cookie or biscotti? It’d be sad to think cookies were only meant to be dunked in a glass of milk. Indulge a little and dip Sprouts Pumpkin Snaps in your next cup of coffee for a delicious treat.  

Romantic Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy uses essential oils captured from aromatic botanicals. Once inhaled, these aromas have the power to enhance the essence of a feeling or a romantic thought. Used to perfume lotions, soaps, body mists, massage oils and more, essential oils have a long history of romance and these simple to make recipes are sure to leave your loved one swooning.Romantic Aromatherapy and brown bag

Amorous Body Butter

Ingredients:

  • 40 drops Vanilla
  • 4 drops Sweet orange
  • 2 drops Cardamom
  • 10 drops Rose absolute
  • 1 cup Coconut oil
  • Mason jar

Directions:

Using a fork, mash room temperature coconut oil until it’s broken down. Stir in essential oils and, using an electric mixer, mix on high speed for five minutes. For a creamier body butter add unscented lotion or shea butter. Scoop mixture into a mason jar and seal.

Love Potion Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 6 drops Ylang ylang
  • 5 drops Rose absolute
  • 1 drop Clove bud
  • 1 cup Water
  • Small spray bottle

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.

Exotic Bath Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Sea salt
  • 24 drops Sweet orange
  • 14 drops Sandalwood
  • 8 drops Jasmine absolute
  • Mason jar

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a mason jar, seal and shake well.

Make you own Aromatherapy

Here are a few simple tips for making your own essential oils blend. A good blend works together harmoniously with a profile containing a top note, a middle note, and a base. As the top note evaporates quickly, the middle note takes a little longer to dissipate, leaving the base note to linger longest.
  • Top Notes

  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree
  • Pine
  • Frankincense
  • Sweet Orange
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Middle Notes

  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass
  • Coriander
  • Geranium
  • Citronella
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Base Notes

  • Vetiver
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Myrrh
  • Blue Cypress
  • Texas Cedarwood
  • Amyris
  • Clove Bud
The most common essential oils used for romance are: grapefruit, sandalwood, ylang ylang, patchouli, rose and jasmine.  

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

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Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to freshen up our winter-weathered homes. Unfortunately, the often-toxic ingredients found in most conventional cleaning products can be just as harmful as the dirt and germs they are meant to eliminate. The good news is that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be dirty work. You can avoid the toxins in most conventional cleaning products by making your own. White, distilled vinegar is great for disinfecting, degreasing and non-toxic cleaning. It’s also extremely economical and readily available. Note: The smell of vinegar does dissipate fairly quickly, but if the stench bothers you, try scenting it with fragrant essential oils.different cleaning bottles

What You’ll Need:

  • Aura Cacia Essential Oils (we recommend lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree)
  • Sprouts Baking Soda
  • Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Clean distilled water
  • Toilet brush
  • Spray bottles
  • Cotton cloths

Disinfecting Surface Cleaner

Wipe away grime with this gentle, yet effective surface cleaner. Mix equal parts vinegar and water to disinfect walls, doorknobs, crib rails, and so on. If desired, add 5–10 drops of essential oil, per 2 cups of mixture. Dampen a sponge mop or cloth with the mixture and get to work!

Mirrors and Windows

To give your windows and mirrors a smudge-free shine combine 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 cups of water. Add 12 drops of lemon essential oil for added fragrance. Pour the ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake well. Spray on surface and wipe with a clean cloth.

Multipurpose Cleaner

From the stovetop to the countertop, keep your home clean, fresh and safe with this multipurpose “greener” cleaner. Take an empty spray bottle and combine 1 tablespoon of liquid Castile soap, 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 1/2 cups of water. We recommend lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus or lavender essential oils to create a sweet and wholesome scent. Put the cap on and shake well.

Toilet Cleaners

For regular toilet seat wipe downs, straight vinegar will do the trick. For tougher jobs, combine 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray the bowl and allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet. Then, scrub with a brush and flush.

Bath and Shower

The best way to prevent soap and scum from building up is to regularly spray the bath and shower walls with vinegar. For a deep cleaning, make your own soft soap cleaner with baking soda and Castile soap. Use the baking soda in place of scouring powder. Sprinkle it liberally on porcelain fixtures and rub with a wet rag. Add a little soap to the rag for more cleaning power.  

Natural Insect Repellent

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As you head outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather, it is important to keep those pesky insects away. Instead of covering yourself with harsh chemicals, keep it natural with a do-it-yourself insect repellent. Whether you prefer a spray or a lotion, we’ve got you covered.Bug spray bottles

Natural Bug-Repellent Spray

Ingredients:

  • Small spray bottle
  • 2 oz. Distilled water
  • 1 1/2 oz. Witch hazel
  • 5 drops Cinnamon oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary oil
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops Clove oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender oil
  • 5 drops of Peppermint oil

Directions:

Using a funnel, add water and witch hazel to spray bottle. Add essential oils and shake. Be sure to give the spray bottle a good shake before each use and spray directly onto skin.

Repellent Lotion:

Ingredients:

  • Small lotion bottle
  • 4 oz. Plain, fragrance-free lotion
  • 5 drops Clove oil
  • 10 drops Lemongrass oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix lotion and essential oils. Add mixture to lotion bottle and apply directly to skin.  

Mother’s Day Mason Jar Vases

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Nothing says “I love you” quite like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. This Mother’s Day, why not take it a little step further and create these beautiful, DIY hand-painted mason jar vases that you know she’ll love. Better yet, if you’ve got little ones of your own, get them involved too! Mix and match multiple colors or simply choose the ones that go wonderfully with her favorite flowers. Either way, these do-it-yourself vases are easy to make, plus, Mom will know that they were painted with love.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Chalk paint in your preferred colors
  • Sandpaper
  • White chalk
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Paintbrush

1. Paint the outside of each mason jar with chalk paint and let dry for one hour before applying another coat.

2. After the jars have completely dried, use sand paper to take the paint off of the raised, designed areas of the jar.

3. Rub white chalk over jar to create a distressed look.

4. Seal jars by spraying thoroughly with clear acrylic spray and let dry for at least two hours.

5. Once dry, add your mom's favorite fresh flowers.

How to Make Baby Food

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Making your own baby food is easier than you might think! In doing so, you can be confident you’re giving your baby the best and healthiest ingredients available. All you need is fresh produce, a saucepan, and a blender or food processor to get started.

Cook times and methods will differ slightly depending on the produce, but you can use this simple process to prepare most fruits, vegetables and legumes for your baby.Homemade carrot baby food in a jr

Prep

Wash or peel the produce you’d like to use for your puréed baby food. Baked apples, mashed sweet potatoes and cooked carrots are great first foods. Cut the food into small pieces.

Cook

Steam or bake the food until it’s very tender. We don’t recommend boiling your fruits and veggies as it reduces nutrient content. Foods must be cooked well. They are done when they can be pierced or mashed easily with a fork.

Purée

Process or mash the cooked food until it’s smooth. You want your baby to have food that is soft and velvety in texture. You may need to add water or milk to some foods to get the right consistency. Although water will slightly dilute the food’s nutritional value, the difference is not significant.

Strain

Spoon the food through a sieve to smooth the lumps and remove unprocessed parts of the produce (this step may not be required depending on the produce).

Portion

Spoon the purée into single-serving dishes or storage containers; serve the purée to your baby. Store it promptly for later use. We recommend using the “ice cube tray” method. The concept is simple: make large quantities of basic food purées using a standard blender or food processor then freeze it in single-serving ice cube trays. With this method, you only need to make baby food once, maybe twice, per week. Over time you build up a large variety of single serving baby food cubes in the freezer, which stay fresh for up to two months.

 

 

Make Homemade Infused Oils

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Flavor-infused oils are an easy, affordable way to add subtle flavor to a variety of dishes. Use them to dress up salads, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken or fish. Add new depth to your soups or a dash of flavor to your mashed potatoes. Or simply use them as a dipping oil for chunks of Sprouts Artisan Bread. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!

We recommend using canola oil because it’s inexpensive with a neutral flavor base. Olive oil has its own pungent flavor that tends to cover up the flavors of certain herbs. Although canola oil is called for in the recipes below, corn, peanut or expeller-pressed grapeseed will also work well.

Infused Oils

Basil Oil

Blanch two cups of fresh basil in a large pot of boiling water. Submerge the basil leaves in the boiling water for about 10–15 seconds until they’re just wilted. Remove them and plunge them into the bowl of ice water. Drain the leaves and pat them dry with paper towels to remove as much water as possible. Place the basil in a blender along with one cup of oil. Blend on high speed until it is pureed. At this point, you can use the basil oil as is. Or if desired, you can strain it through a fine mesh-sieve.

Rosemary Oil

Cook one cup olive oil with 5–6 rosemary sprigs in a small saucepan over medium heat, for about five minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Transfer the sprigs to a bottle, then add the oil and seal. Refrigerate up to one month. (Tasty tip: Drizzle over a bowl of popcorn for a special gourmet flair!)

Chili Oil

Combine two cups of olive oil and four teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat for about five minutes. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature, about two hours. Transfer the oil and pepper flakes to a 4-oz. bottle. Seal the lid and refrigerate.

Thyme Oil

Wash 1/2 cup fresh thyme and ensure that it is thoroughly dried. (Any water left in the herbs can promote microbial growth.) Lightly muddle the thyme to release more of the herb’s natural oils and strengthen the infusion. Combine the muddled thyme and one cup of olive oil in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until it steadily bubbles for at least five minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Pour into a clean bottle and refrigerate immediately.

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

Warm one cup of olive oil and the peel from two Meyer lemons over very low heat for 20 minutes. Allow cooling for 30 minutes. Strain and pour into a clean bottle and refrigerate immediately.

 

Ice Cream Float Bar

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Summer is in full swing and what better way to celebrate the season than with a DIY Ice Cream Float Bar? Kids will love the option of creating their own recipes and adults will enjoy the nostalgia of this diner delight. Keep cool with these tips on how to create the perfect ice cream float bar.ICE CREAM BAR FLOATWhile you can’t go wrong with traditional vanilla, mix things up by providing a variety of flavors like mint chocolate chip or strawberry. You can find a number of dairy-free ice creams that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Sneak in an extra serving of fruit by dicing up fruit popsicles as a colorful option. Save time by prepping your ice cream the night before, by pre-scooping and freezing on a cookie sheet. Keep your frozen treats cool by serving the containers on ice.


The Drinks

Along with good old root beer, be sure to offer a variety of sodas for guests to mix and match flavors. To keep things even more interesting, add cold brew coffee, flavored seltzer water, sparkling lemonade and even kombucha to the mix. Be sure to display some adorable patterned straws for an added touch of color.SODA, STRAE AND ICE CREAM


The Toppings

To make your ice cream float bar extra special, you’ll need more than just a cherry on top! Fresh fruit, crushed graham crackers or marshmallows are just a few of our favorite toppings. Stop by our Bulk Department to pick up just enough dried fruits, chocolate or gummi bears to make your guests’ floats even more unique.

CHERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, MARSHMELLOW, CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND COCONUT


The Pairings

Give guests inspiration by creating a chalkboard with different recipes for one-of-a-kind pairings. Don’t know where to start? Here are some recipes that we’re loving.

  • Mint Mocha – 2 scoops mint chocolate chip, cold brew, chocolate sauce drizzle
  • Strawberries & Cream – 2 scoops strawberry, 1 can cream soda, fresh strawberry garnish
  • S’mores 2 scoops chocolate, 1 can root beer, whipped topping, graham cracker crumbs and mini chocolate chips
  • Strawberry Lemonade 1 strawberry popsicle, sparkling lemonade, crushed mint leaves
  • Blueberry Kombucha – 2 scoops vanilla, 1 blueberry kombucha, fresh blueberries

POPSICLES, TALENTI ICE CREAM AND SPROUTS ICE CREAM

Homemade Peanut Butter

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Jar of peanut butterA day without a scoop of peanut butter just isn’t a day we want to have. We schmear it on apples, slather it on celery, and spread it on whole-wheat toast in the morning. We go through jars and jars of this household staple!

It’s often misunderstood as an “unhealthy” food, but natural peanut butter is actually a good source of nutrition—in moderation, of course. Just a tablespoon or two will keep you feeling satisfied while also providing protein and folate.

Not all peanut butter is created equal though. Some processed versions are sugar-laden while others may contain hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. While you can find plenty of natural varieties at Sprouts, we thought it would be helpful to have a homemade version too. This recipe will help you control the salt and sugar, and the roof of your mouth will never know the difference! Best of all, it only takes 15 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Raw, unsalted peanuts (we buy them from the Bulk Department)
  • 1 tsp. Honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup (heaping) Coconut oil
  • 1 pinch of Sea salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a paste.

 

Homemade Gifts in a Jar

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Cookies in a mason jarSome hosts are so easy to shop for: bottle of wine or scented candle. But if you’re trying to stay within a holiday budget or think of a creative gift idea for the person who “has everything”, these gifts are the perfect solution.

Gifts in a jar are festive, heartfelt, easy and delicious. Not to mention, cost effective for you! Simply layer the ingredients in a jar, add a ribbon and tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift.

Soup Mixes

For an easy shortcut to homemade jar gifts, simply visit our Bulk Department and find your favorite soup mix. Pour the mix into a jar and be sure to include cooking instructions on a gift tag.

Baking Mixes

Give the gift of baking by attractively assembling all of the dry ingredients needed for cookies, muffins or brownies in tall glass jars. Use pretty ribbons to tie on the recipe, along with a wooden spoon or whisk for an extra special touch. Friends will be encouraged to easily bake their own treats that come from the heart, not a box!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda

Instructions:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add 1 slightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until well mixed. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 8–10 minutes. Allow to cool, then enjoy!

Bulk Candy & Nuts

Our Bulk Department is a snack lover’s paradise. Fill a mason jar with an assortment of candy, dried fruit and/or nuts, tie it with some beautiful wired ribbon, and you’re on your way. For the avid hiker on my holiday list, I combined six of my favorite bulk ingredients to make a trail mix that’s full of energy, flavor and texture. You could certainly layer each ingredient separately for a more artistic presentation.

Ingredients:

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries