Make the Switch

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It’s what’s inside that counts! Our Sprouts Brand products are free from artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and sweeteners. Try these great healthy options—for food you can feel good about.

Sprouts Brand Red Lentil PastaProtein Pasta 

Swap heavy for healthy! Our gluten-free, protein pastas are made with only one ingredient. All three varieties are made from vibrant vegetables, imported from Italy and pack more than 10 grams of protein per serving.   


Spray Ghee 

Good-for-you ghee is now in a convenient spray. Enjoy the healthful difference of grass-fed, pasture-raised ghee—free of additives and lactose, and perfect for cooking at high temperatures. It’s loaded with fat-soluble nutrients and CLA, which may lower cholesterol.  


Sprouts Brand Exotic Fruit MixExotic Frozen Fruit 

No need to travel to the islands when our exotic fruits are frozen and ready-to-eat! Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, pop these vibrant fruit pieces in smoothies, yogurt or right in your mouth! 


Organic Pizza

Our organic pizzas are made I’m the authentic Italian tradition—the dough is left to rest and raise for 24 hours, then hand-stretched and the perfect amount of sauce, cheese and quality toppings are added.


Sprouts Brand Veggie CrispsCrispy Fruit and Veggie Chips 

Carefully dried to retain all the nutrients and flavor of fresh produce, these crispy fruit and veggie snacks are imported from Thailand, and are vibrant and incredibly delicious. A healthy alternative to chips, you can snack better with each non-GMO bite of these fruit and veggie chips. 


Crème Brûlée

The crème de la crème! This French treat is made with authentic, rich vanilla cream and a brown sugar topping that’s ready for caramelizing!


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Top Picks (from Our Team Members!)

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Sprouts Team Member: Denise Drop

Ground Flaxseeds

I love the Sprouts Vitamins Organic Ground Flaxseeds. A great source of omega-3s and fiber, I sprinkle them on a bowl with fruit and oats each morning to start my day. I love to share recipes, like flaxseed pie crust, with our customers! Denise Drop, vitamins clerk, store #410 – Glendora, California 
  Sprouts Team Member: Eric Kurland

Aloe Juice

When I began working at Sprouts a few years ago, I weighed over 250 pounds. I started eating healthier and have since lost 85 pounds. One of the products I love is the Sprouts Brand Aloe Vera Pomegranate juice—it tastes great and it offers detoxifying benefits too!  Eric Kurland, service manager, store #236 – Burbank, California 
  Sprouts Team Member: Karen Brackett

Inflacalm & Super Joint Complex

My favorite Sprouts item is Inflacalm. I suffer from some disc issues in my neck and Inflacalm paired with the Sprouts Super Joint Complex help support the structure and quell the inflammation in my neck. I’m currently training to run the Ragnar Relay in Utah and have noticed a difference in my ankles and knees as well.  Karen Brackett, vitamin manager, store #605 – Jordan, Utah  
  Sprouts Team Member: Toby Kitterman

Coconut Water

My favorite Sprouts Brand product is our coconut water. I normally buy two cases a week for my family. We’re very active and it helps to keep us hydrated in the New Mexico desert so we can maintain our outdoor activities longer. Toby Kitterman, regional director, New Mexico/Southwest  

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We Go the Extra Mile

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Sprouts Brand Products for LunchWe seek out specially imported and better-for-you items to create unique taste experiences. Learn more about our authentically sourced products.

Market Corner Organic Bread

Made with 100% organic whole-wheat flour, our organic breads feature hearty whole grains and come in five nutritious varieties, including thin sliced!

Market Corner Sliced Cheese

Our rBST-free Market Corner cheeses have no added hormones and are made from creamy, whole milk for a difference you can taste.  

Butcher Shop Air-chilled Organic Chicken

Our Butcher Shop Air-chilled Organic Chicken is fed a certified organic diet while having plenty of access to the outdoors. With better flavor and texture, our organic chicken is tender and incredibly juicy.  

Did you know?

Air-chilled chicken is cooled by passing the meat through several chambers to be blasted by cold, purified air. This results in a more tender chicken since it’s not submerged in ice water to cool and absorb any excess. It’s also kind to the earth, saving 30,000 gallons of water every day. 


Mango and Pineapple Juices

Taste the tropics—with every sip! Enjoy 100% juice made with the sweetest, ripest mangos and pineapples from the Philippines. 

Cheese Bites

Our poppable, protein-packed cheese bites are made with 100% Italian cheese and are gluten- and lactose-free. They’re oven-baked for an incredibly crisp, crunchy bite that is sure to satisfy the cheese lover in us all.   

Vegan Pesto

A vibrant addition to any pasta dish; this pesto is sourced from Italy, completely vegan and very, very tasty. Spread on sandwiches or toss with cooked angel hair or penne for a simple, delicious meal in minutes.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Coconut Rolls

Imported from Thailand, these light, crispy rolls are made with real coconut milk and dipped in rich dark chocolate for an incredibly unique, sweet flavor experience.   

The Importance of Hydration

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Hydration Article Feature The human body contains about 60% water and is constantly losing water through breath, perspiration and urine. You may need to do more than simply drink tap water to ensure optimal hydration.

How to Stay Hydrated

Here are some healthy hydration tips on what to expect from different kinds of water.

Mineral Water

From underground springs, mineral water contains naturally dissolved mineral salts such as iron, calcium and magnesium. Plus, the natural sulfates can help to promote digestion.

Electrolyte Water

Full of sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate and magnesium, electrolyte water helps replenish your body’s minerals after an energizing workout.

Alkaline Water

Rich in alkalizing minerals like calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium and bicarbonate, drinking alkaline water may help metabolize nutrients and expel toxins more efficiently.

Coconut Water

Low-calorie, low-carbohydrate and 99% fat-free, coconut water is nature’s quick energy drink—full of electrolytes, and more potassium than a banana.

Sparkling Water

Swap out your soda with sparkling water! This hydrating alternative contains low-to-no sugar or calories, with all the refreshing bubbles.

Fruits and Veggies

Watermelon, strawberry, cucumber, kiwi, citrus and raspberries all have high water content (as do many other fruits and veggies)—try adding these to your water for a nutrient and flavor boost! And, you can freeze them to use in place of ice cubes as well.

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Round Up for Local Children’s Health & Nutrition Programs

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Helping Your Community  Foundation Round Up for Change: Outdoor Education

Founded in 2015, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation focuses on empowering individuals to live healthier lives—especially children—by broadening access to nutrition education and increasing access to fresh, nutritious food. During this year’s in-store Roundup, your change matters! From April 24 through May 1, you can round up your purchase to support children’s health and nutrition programs in your community—100% of donations collected remain local!

Grant Recipient Spotlight: Education Outside

Education Outside, one of last year’s 85 Neighborhood Grant recipients, supports school gardens in San Francisco. Through hands-on cooking and tasting activities they also teach students about local food systems and the lifelong benefits of healthy eating.

Now Accepting Grant Applications!

Know an organization in your community that supports children’s nutrition education or fresh food access? Invite them to apply for a Neighborhood Grant. Learn more at 

sprouts.com/neighborhoodgrants

Sports Nutrition: Get the Most from Your Workout

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sports nutritionConfused about what to include in your pre- and post-workout routines? We’re here to help you demystify what workout nutrition means, so you can focus on grabbing your gym bag, donning your running gear, saddling up your bike or whatever your next great exercise adventure is. An important first question to ask is, how hard are you working out? Are you strolling around the block a couple of times, or taking your 10-mile, half-marathon training run? The harder your workout, the more key it is to fuel up as well as replenish your body’s stores of nutrients.

Everyday Nutrition

No matter what your fitness level is or how hard your exercise routine may be, getting all the nutrients your body needs for optimal well-being is a worthy goal. Even when we’re eating our best, sometimes we miss our nutritional mark. A simple daily regimen that includes multivitamins, omega-rich oils, probiotics and superfoods is a great practice. At Sprouts, we call this the Essential 4—read more about the benefits of these supplements!

Timing

As with many things in life, timing is everything. Fueling up about one to three hours before you intend to exercise is ideal. When you’re finished, refueling 15 to 20 minutes after you exercise is best. If that sounds unmanageable, having a post-workout snack within an hour to an hour and a half still helps your body to maximize those nutrients, replenishing the muscle proteins that were used up with activity.

Protein & Carbs

Now that you know when to eat before and after a workout, what about the what? Protein plays an important role in rebuilding and repairing your body. That’s why it should be a part of both your pre- and post-workout routines. Likewise, it’s equally important to take in carbs before and after—they’re the fuel your body craves.

Pre-workout

You may want to consider a pre-workout supplement to help keep you focused and motivated. Here are some of the things you might see listed in the ingredients:
  • Taurine is an amino acid found in the brain, organ tissue and muscles. A neurotransmitter, it regulates the transport of nutrients throughout the body.
  • Creatine is synthesized from amino acids and may help to improve muscle performance as well as lessen cramping.
  • Citrulline is an amino acid that naturally occurs in your body. It may help increase blood flow to your body’s tissues.
  • Beta-alanineis an amino acid produced in your liver which may help delay muscle fatigue.
  • L-argininehelps create nitric oxide which relaxes your blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow and oxygen exchange.
  • Betaine is a fat processing amino acid that helps to maintain liver function.
  • Caffeine can help raise your metabolic rate, improve endurance and reduce fatigue because it stimulates your central nervous system.
  • Guarana is a plant-based stimulant with two times the caffeine of coffee.
Note: If you’re watching your caffeine intake, a way to gauge the amount in a supplement is to remember a cup of coffee has about 95 milligrams of caffeine in it.

Recovery / Post-workout

Developing a post-exercise routine is important for recovery as well as maximizing the effects of your workout. Remember the three Rs:
  • Refuel: Now is the time for carbohydrates—your body needs them to refuel.
  • Rebuild: After you’ve exercised, your muscles are most primed for the protein they need to rebuild themselves.
  • Rehydrate: Remember to stay hydrated. Water enhanced with electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium) helps restore balance in your body. Or try coconut water, it’s filled with naturally occurring electrolytes.
In addition to getting the three Rs, you’ll want to be sure to get some good Zs. While we are sleeping, our bodies focus on muscle recovery, hormone balance and neurological restoration—all crucial to our overall well-being as well as athletic performance. Explore more about this foundation of good health.

Peppers: Hot, Hotter, Hottest

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Chile Peppers

So Hot Right Now!

Loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and B9 (folic acid), peppers are also low-calorie and a good source of fiber. You can’t talk about peppers without talking about capsaicin, the chemical compound that provides the heat we experience when eating peppers. It can make you sweat, your eyes water and nose run. Capsaicin can also release a rush of endorphins—which is why some people love them! The hotness of a pepper is measured by the Scoville heat scale ranging from zero to 16 million SHU (Scoville heat units). For reference, bell peppers rank zero SHU and jalapeños weigh in at 2,500–8,000 SHU.

Types of Hot Peppers You’ll Find at Sprouts

Long Hots (100–1,000 SHU)
  • Sweet with a slight sizzle
  • Roast ‘em or pan fry with olive oil
  • Not as hot as a jalapeño
Anaheim Pepper (500–2,500 SHU)
  • Mild fruity sweetness with a touch of heat
  • Super versatile, try them in salsa or chiles rellenos
  • Usually green, when left on the vine to turn red, they’re called chile Colorado
Hungarian Wax Pepper(1,000–15,000 SHU)
  • Tangy, it looks like a banana pepper, but has more heat
  • Great tossed in a salad
  • Can be eaten raw
Jalapeño (2,500–8,000 SHU)
  • Perfect for those who like a little kick
  • A smoke-dried jalapeño is called a chipotle
  • Can be eaten raw and are perfect in pico de gallo
Habanero (100,000–350,000 SHU)
  • Fruity flavor with serious fire
  • Good for mixing with tropical flavors like mango in salsa
  • Range in color from yellows, to oranges and reds
Ghost Pepper (855,000–1,041,427 SHU)
  • Fruity and tropical, intensely hot
  • Whip up a BBQ sauce
  • 100 times hotter than a jalapeño
Dried Reaper (1,400,000–2,200,000 SHU)
  • Sweet and fruity with fiery heat
  • Mix into a hot salsa
  • A cross between a ghost pepper and a red habanero

What to Do If You’ve Eaten a Pepper That’s Too Hot

Your natural inclination after eating a pepper-shaped inferno will likely be to reach for water—after all, you feel like your mouth is on fire. This would be a rookie maneuver though. Capsaicin is an oil; and oil and water don’t mix. Drinking water will just spread the fire. Instead, try one of these remedies.
  • Water & vinegar mixed together, can be swished and spit out. This combination helps to break down the fats of the capsaicin, cooling your mouth.
  • Beer with a healthy squeeze of lime can have similar results as the water and vinegar combination (but you can drink this elixir!), with the added bonus that the carbonation has a cooling and soothing effect as well.
  • Dairy, because of the protein casein, can help to neutralize the heat as well. If you’ve made your dish too spicy, tone it down with a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt—it’ll make a world of difference.

TIP:

When you’re prepping and cooking peppers, always wear a pair of latex or nitrile gloves to keep the oils from getting on your hands. If you don’t have gloves? Don plastic bags while you chop and prep the hot peppers.


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Spring Cleaning with Dr. Bronner’s

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Castile soap is an inspiring product that’s not only easy to use, but easy on the planet. When diluted properly, it’s safe to be used on your skin and around children and pets. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soaps are biodegradable and versatile, while being wildly effective. These three, easy-to-put-together cleaner concoctions will become your new go-tos.      Natural Cleaners with Dr. Bronner's

All-purpose Natural Cleaning Spray

To use, dampen a microfiber cloth with the solution and wipe. Rinse the cloth as needed. This is great for all surfaces—granite, ceramic, tile and even carpets!

Materials:

  • 1 qt. Water (distilled, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap (Tea Tree is preferred, but any will work great) OR 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
  • 20 drops Tea tree essential oils
  • 1 qt. Spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Gently shake before using.

Natural Glass Cleaner

If the glass surface you’re attempting to clean is especially dirty, treat the glass with the all-purpose solution above. This natural remedy is perfect for wiping down windows, mirrors and chrome.

Materials:

  • 50/50 Mixture of water and white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Optional: drops of your favorite essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Gently shake before spraying.
  2. Wipe glass with a damp microfiber cloth until dry.

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

This cleaner is exceptionally simple to put together—you’ll have your brushes cleaned in a flash.

Materials:

  • Small bowl of room-temperature, distilled water
  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (any scent will do, can also substitute with Sal Suds)

Instructions:

  1. Wet the brushes with the water.
  2. Add 1–2 drops of castile soap directly onto the brush’s bristles. Gently massage the bristles for 10 seconds.
  3. Rinse under water.
  4. Repeat as needed until water runs clear.
Note: Avoid soaking the brushes, which could damage the handles and bristles.

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Good for the Future

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EPIC Brand StoryEPIC Provisions: Bison in field

Inspired by their own healthy living journey and the simple, yet powerful diets of our ancestors, Katie Forrest and Taylor Collins founded EPIC™ to produce flavor-forward, delicious, meat- and egg white-based protein snacks. But the story behind their products is as epic as their name.   Katie and Taylor dared to ask, what if the foods you eat could regenerate the land? The answer is nothing short of a food revolution. Their 450-acre farm, ROAM Ranch is now home to over 70 bison, pastured chickens, heritage turkeys and over 200,000 honey bees. But when they purchased it, it had been industrially farmed for 100 years. It lacked biodiversity and was highly degraded from overgrazing. They’re using their ranchland to create a wildlife habitat that helps to recharge aquifers, produce food and sequester carbon—a practice called regenerative agriculture. In the short amount of time they’ve had ROAM, they’ve proven that holistic management can have a huge impact. Thriving, diverse ecosystems teeming with life result in greater sustainability for all—because the health of humans, animals, the soil and the planet are all intertwined.

Good for the Future: EPIC Provisions is going beyond organic with regenerative agriculture.

Partnerships

Through their partnership with The Savory Institute, EPIC is committed to global large-scale grassland restoration efforts. When managed appropriately, animals can enrich the earth by aerating the ground, fertilizing the soil and positively shaping landscapes. All of this supports healthy topsoil, effectively holds ground water and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. In 2016, EPIC joined General Mills, together they can invest in the future of healthy, sustainable food through regenerative agriculture. General Mills supports greener-for-all practices in these brands as well:

Annie’s

Annie’s partners with organic farmers who are saving our soil through regenerative agriculture. They also choose ingredients, manufacturing partners, and packaging materials that have a positive impact on farmers, communities, animals, the environment and you. 

Cascadian Farm

Since 1972, Cascadian Farm has been dedicated to farming in a way that would preserve the earth and her inhabitants. Today, they have grown beyond their original home farm and are a pioneering supporter of farmers who use practices that regenerate the land and their communities.

Muir Glen

Always committed to sourcing 100% of their ingredients from certified organic farms, Muir Glen has expanded their priorities to include regenerative practices like cover cropping and diverse crop rotations.

In April 2019, Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and General Mills have partnered to donate $200K to benefit school gardens and composting programs, as well as community gardens and youth farm stands—ensuring that children have a good understanding of fresh, healthy food and where it comes from. Visit  sprouts.com/foundation to learn more.

The 4-1-1 on Plant-based Nutrition

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Qunioa BowlYou may be hearing the buzz word “plant-based nutrition” tossed about a bit more these days, but what exactly is plant-based nutrition? Plant-based nutrition is the movement encouraging folks to incorporate more fresh produce, whole grains, legumes and nuts into their diet. From meatless Mondays, to vegan breakfasts, people are beginning to recognize the benefits of plant-based nutrition.

TIP #1: Go Green! The Benefits of Plant-based Nutrition

Plant-based nutrition is good for you and for the planet!

Good for You

A diet that incorporates more plant-based foods is shown to be higher in dietary fiber and lower in saturated fats and calories when compared to diets higher in meat and dairy intake.1 Eating more plant-based foods may also help maintain healthy heart function, 2 blood sugar levels3 and cholesterol.4

Good for the Planet

The production of plant-based products has proven to be an environmentally sustainable enterprise. By reducing the production of animal-based products and increasing the consumption of plant-based products, communities can lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste and energy usage.

TIP #2: Try Something New! Incorporate Plant-based Proteins

You heard that right—plant-based proteins! By incorporating legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains into your diet you can achieve the recommended daily value of protein. Plus, today there are so many complete, multisource, plant-based protein powders to help you boost your protein intake. On your next trip to Sprouts, be sure to ask our friendly and knowledgeable Vitamin Department team members about the plant-based protein powders that will fit your lifestyle and nutritional needs.

TIP #3: No-moo Milk

Gone are the days when soy milk was the only alternative.Now you can find all kinds of smooth, calcium-richsubstitutions with delicious mild flavor! Soy has been joined by rice, flax, hemp and oat milk. Nut milks made from almonds, cashews, coconuts and even macadamias are tasty,healthy alternatives as well.

TIP #4: Meatless Meats

Filling, flavorful and nourishing, you’ll find lots of great meatless alternatives throughout our store. Craving burgers tonight? From bean and soy burgers in the freezer, to pea-based proteins like Beyond Meat in the meat department, we’ve got a burger for you. Family-friendly faves like tuna salad, taco meat and chicken tenders have all been reimagined with plant-based ingredients. 

TIP #5: Simplify! Make Easy Plant-based Meals

So now you’re asking … How easy is it to cook plant-based meals, and are they tasty? The good news is the web is chock-full of delicious plant-based recipes! Below are just a few plant-based recipes from some of our favorite brands for plant-based nutrition. Enjoy!

TIP #6: A Sweet End Note

With non-dairy ingredients like almond and coconut milk, there’s no reason to skip dessert! Our selection of irresistibly creamy and satisfying frozen indulgences makes going plant-based a real treat. Try something new! Our Sprouts Mochi Bites are dairy-free and vegan. Based on a traditional dessert for Japanese nobles, mochi combines the chewy goodness of a sweet-rice exterior with a smooth coconut inner.

Plant-based Products on Sale Now!

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1 2015 Scientific Report – U.S. Dietary Guidelines http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/pdfs/scientific-report-of-the-2015-dietary-guidelines-advisory-committee.pdf 2 Current-Atherosclerosis-Reports 2015-Scientific-Report – U.S.-Dietary-Guidelines 3 Diabetes Care – Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body Weight and Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes 4 Vegetarian Diets – Journal of the American Dietetic Association