Beyond Pie Filling

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Whether you make your own or use a can, it seems you’re almost guaranteed to always have just a little bit left over. And, nobody likes to waste precious pumpkin purée. A little pumpkin goes a long way in making your favorite dishes tastier and more nutritious. Here are some easy recipes that go well beyond pie filling.Bowl of pumpkin soup

Pumpkin Soup

The main ingredients in vegetarian pumpkin soup are pumpkin purée and vegetable broth. Variations are endless, but some of our favorites include the addition of caramelized onions, low-fat milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. Another option is to create a traditional potato soup using canned pumpkin instead; season with cumin and a pinch of curry. Pumpkin soup makes a great first course for a holiday dinner.

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin adds a touch of color and light earthiness to the flavor of hummus. Stir 1/4 cup of pumpkin purée into 1 cup (about 7 oz. container) of your favorite hummus. You can find a variety of brands and flavors in the Deli Department.

Pumpkin Chili

Adding a can of pumpkin to your pot of chili provides a good dose of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Whether your favorite chili recipe involves beans, tofu or ground beef, the addition of pumpkin purée gives the chili a nice substance, flavor and texture.

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Give your favorite tomato sauce a little extra body and festive flavor. Simply stir 1 cup of pumpkin purée into 3 cups (about 26 oz.) of your favorite jarred or homemade pasta sauce. You can also sweeten up your favorite lasagna recipe by spreading pumpkin purée between the layers.

Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

Cream two sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature, 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Slowly add two pounds of confectioner’s sugar (more or less) until the buttercream is no longer separated by the pumpkin.

Need more pumpkin inspiration? Try these recipes below!

New Ways to Enjoy Yerba Mate

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Whether you want to need an afternoon pick-me-up or simply want to sip on something flavorful and nutritious, Jason Sani, from Active Mind & Body, is showing us fun new ways to enjoy yerba mate.

Mate Bolt Upgrade

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together with an option of using a muddle for the blueberries. The blended option with ice is highly recommended! * Try Lemon Elation and EnlightenMint with fresh mint as another alternative

Golden Mate Latte

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Brewed yerba mate
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. Cardamom
  • 1 squirt Vanilla Stevia

Directions:

  1. Prepare mate in french press and pour together in small blender to mix. If you prefer a creamy consistency, use more concentrated liquid and add extra coconut butter. Extra add-ins: collagen, lions mane, chaga, cordyceps, maca

Superfood Mate Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Brewed yerba mate (chilled)
  • 1 Tbsp. Greens powder (with a spirulina base)
  • 1 serving Collagen powder
  • 1 cup Frozen blueberries
  • 1 squirt Vanilla Stevia, or monk fruit
  • 1 Tbsp. Avocado or coconut butter to thicken
  • 1 cup Ice

Directions:

  1. Prepare mate in french press and set aside in ice or fridge to chill. Pour together in small blender to mix.

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Dietitian-Approved Snacks for Kids

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

Banana Sushi

Recipe by Karman Meyer, RDN, with The Nutrition Adventure Kids will love helping create this easy recipe after school. Have ingredients pre-chopped and ready to use so they can get creative with their Banana Sushi!

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Chocolate Date Bites

Chocolate Date Energy Bites

Recipe by Dixya Bhattarai, RD, with Food, Pleasure and Health Chocolate Date Bites are an indulgent, yet healthy snack that requires a bowl and only 10 minutes of your time. They provide a great source of potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber for your hungry tykes.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Super-Duper Fruity Pizza

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Guacamame

Guacamame

Recipe by Jessica Spiro, RD, with JessicaSpiroRD.com Edamame guacamole is a delicious snack that packs lots of plant-based protein! Easy to make, it can be served with sliced veggies or Sprouts Tortilla Chips!

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Tasty Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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

POTATO PANCAKES

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

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

Leftover Cranberry Sauce & Yogurt Parfait

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

Leftover Stuffing & Turkey Frittata

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

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

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

Turkey and Pumpkin Chili

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

Thanksgiving in a Jar

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

Holiday Cocktails

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If you’re anything like us, you like your holidays on ice—as well as shaken, stirred and garnished with a seasonal treat. Now that we’re approaching Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, you’ll need a collection of cocktails to wow your guests and family members through the New Year. This winter, swap your go-to holiday bubbly for these festive coconut cocktails. (Sprouts Coconut Water’s magical ability to cure a hangover or a headache of any kind is also a serious bonus.) Cheers!

Mrs. Clause’s Coconut CrantiniCranberry Holiday Cocktails

This one’s for the ladies. The crantini is great year round, but it’s especially nice as a festive holiday drink. Servings: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

The In-Laws are Here

This drink is a surefire way to survive your in-laws. The subtle rum doesn’t overpower the delicate flavor of the coconut water. You’ll find peace with each stress-relieving sip. Servings: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Santa’s “New” Fashioned

Looking for a new twist on an old fashioned? Just a splash of Sprouts Coconut Water brings the whole cocktail to life. Servings: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Very Merry Honey Bee

Lemon juice and rum is an easy, reliable flavor combo. But when you add coconut water, this little honey bee is going to reach new heights. Servings: 1 • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Rudolph’s Coco-Jito

Let’s say Rudolph and the gang took a pit stop while delivering presents in the Caribbean. After all, it doesn’t have to be summer for it to be mojito season! Mint leaves work well with the coconut water for a refreshing twist on the classic. Servings: 1 • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

Muddle lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a tall Collins glass. Fill with ice, then add rum and coconut water. Enjoy! Alcohol not available in all stores. Must be 21 and older to drink. Please drink responsibly. From a previous issue of Sprouts Farmers Market’s monthly e-newsletter. Hungry? Sign up.  

Blue Sky Pineapple Float

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

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

 

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

 

Ingredients:

Tools:

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

Directions: 

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

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

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Whole Earth & Sea

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Synergy from Seed to Supplement

A single Whole Earth & Sea Multivitamin & Mineral tablet from Natural Factors captures all the vibrant energy and goodness of nature. Creating the next generation of bioenergetic nutrition starts at the very beginning—with the seed. Their true species, non-GMO seeds are organically farmed in an extraordinarily abundant and pristine alluvial valley between two lakes in British Columbia. Fertilized with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants only, every plant is carefully tended to foster optimal goodness throughout the growing process. This includes hand-weeding and hand-harvesting. When it comes to supporting your health, everyone agrees that eating whole foods is the best way to get your nutrients. At Natural Factors, they developed EnviroSimplex®, a proprietary process that allows the natural enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics to help culture their ingredients. This raw process concentrates and protects sensitive phytonutrients. This biomass used in their products contains the raw nutrition of whole plants—capturing all the vibrant energy and goodness of nature. The end result is the next generation of whole food supplements.
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Top 10 Low-Sugar Lunchbox Staples

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Top low-sugar lunchbox staples Article by Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD of Milk & Honey Nutrition Ready or not school is just around the corner! Do you know what you’re going to pack your kids for lunch on their first day? Before you reach for the sweets, try this list of Top 10 Low-Sugar Lunchbox Staples:

Sprouts Market Corner Wheat Bread

You can’t have a list of lunchbox staples and forget the most critical piece to making sandwiches: bread. Oftentimes, bread is loaded with unnecessary added sugar and sodium. Not only is the Sprouts Market Corner Wheat Bread made with whole-grain wheat flour, it also has less than one gram of sugar per slice.

Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese

String cheese is a quick and portable way to pack some protein and calcium into your lunchbox. Cheese is naturally sugar-free, but more importantly, Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese is also free of man-made, antifungal mold inhibitors.

Biena Chickpea Snacks

Crunchy, slightly salty and full of fiber, Biena Chickpea snacks are made with just chickpeas, oil and sea salt. Zero sugar. They also pack a whopping six grams of fiber and six grams of protein per serving—helping to keep you fuller longer so you won’t wish you’d packed more for lunch.

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

Whether you’re making a bento-box lunch, or sending cheese and crackers for a snack, you can’t go wrong with Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. They’ve got that classic crunchy cracker feel without preservatives and added sugar. (Crackers are a common place for unnecessary, added sugar to hide.) These are also suitable for anyone with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or dairy intolerance, since they’re made with naturally gluten- and dairy-free ingredients.

Beanitos Baked White Bean Mac ‘n Cheese Crunch

A cheese puff that has navy beans listed as the first ingredient? Sign me up! These puffs from Beanitos are a much better alternative to the traditional lunchbox staple. They pack three grams of protein per serving and bring a little fun to your lunchbox. They’re also made without added sugar and only have two grams of naturally occurring sugar in each serving.

Sprouts Organic Popcorn – Lightly Sea Salted

With only three ingredients—popcorn, oil and sea salt—Sprouts Organic Popcorn (Lightly Sea Salted) is a great way to pack some fiber into lunchtime. Zero grams of sugar and three grams of fiber per serving help to sustain energy levels and keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Sprouts Organic Pretzels

Whether you pick the unsalted twists or the sticks, you really can’t go wrong with Sprouts Brand Organic Pretzels. Just like crackers, pretzels often hide added sugar. But these have zero grams of added sugar and less than one gram of naturally occurring sugar. Go ahead, add this crunch to lunch!

Rhythm Superfoods Carrot Sticks

These carrot sticks from Rhythm Superfoods have just one ingredient: Wanna guess what it is? Yes—carrots—dehydrated carrots to be exact. All of their nutritional power is preserved so you don’t have to worry about losing any of the healthy benefits like you might with baked or fried versions. They also come in Sea Salt and Ranch flavors. You’ll feel good about this extra helping of veggies with a satisfying crunch!

RXBAR Kids

These kid-friendly versions of the popular adult protein bar are perfect for school lunches and snacks. They have zero grams of added sugar. And with seven grams of protein, five grams of fat and three grams of fiber, they are sure to sustain your child for at least a couple hours. The added protein from egg whites make them a better-for-you choice as well.

Barbara’s Puffins – Original

This tasty cereal is an easy-to-pack post-lunch treat for your child, or yourself. Dry cereal can offer that little bit of sweetness we all look for after lunch. Barbara’s Puffins have 3 grams of protein, only five grams of sugar and five grams of fiber per serving making them a healthy “dessert” for lunch. Hopefully, you feel better equipped for the far-too-quickly-approaching school year! Go make your grocery list and load up on these 10 low-sugar lunchbox staples. You and your kids will be fueled up without unnecessary added sugar!
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Easy Back-to-School Lunches

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As everyone gets back into the groove of school, schedules become more and more crowded. Packed schedules don’t have to always mean that packed lunches get moved to the wayside. Step aside crustless PB&Js, we’re here to make health taste great. Here are six new inspired lunch ideas your kiddos will love to eat and you’ll be proud to make. Bonus: added notes with jokes or fun facts are always a hit.   BTS Brain Booster

Brain Booster

It’s time to get those little gears turnin’! Easy to assemble, the Brain Booster Lunch packs some nutritious punch with healthy fats from the eggs and a vitamin-rich berry medley.

Ingredients:

 

BTS Vitamin C Box

Yippee for Vitamin C

Bursting with vitamin C, the colorful fruits and veggies in this lunch will help keep your kiddos’ immune systems strong.

Ingredients:

 

Brunch BoxBTS Brunch Box

When your kid can’t get enough of breakfast, pack it up again for lunch! Super easy to assemble in a snap, your kids will love the theme. Pro tip: cut the waffles into strips after you toast them so the pieces are easy to dip.

Ingredients:

  • Sprouts Multigrain Waffle strips
  • Syrup for dipping
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Sprouts Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Cascadian Farm Granola or Cereal
 

Colors of the Rainbow

Almost too pretty to eat, these assorted colorful goodies are sure to put a smile on their faces. From the red cherry tomatoes to the purple wrap bites, these ingredients will provide natural antioxidants and nutrients that taste just as good as they look. BTS Rainbow Box

Ingredients:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
  • Snap peas
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Cream Cheese & Turkey Wrap, cut into bite-size pieces
    • Purple corn tortilla
    • Whipped cream cheese
    • Sliced turkey
 

Plant-Based Bento

Check all the macronutrient boxes, with a plant-based lunch box. Proteins? Check. Healthy fats? Check. Complex carbs? Check. You probably already have most of these ingredients in your pantry!

BTS Plant Based Bento

Ingredients:

 
  • Three bean salad: kidney, black and garbanzo beans, diced cucumber, your choice of dressing, parsley
  • Banana roll ups: Sprouts Artisan Corn Tortillas, sunflower seed butter, banana
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Protein-Packed Box

Protein doesn’t always have to come from meat. Your kids’ favorite foods, like cheese and peanut butter, have plenty of protein too. The sharp taste of cheese goes just right with the sweet grapes.

Ingredients:

Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Primal Kitchen®

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Spinach salads are a summertime must, but they’ll hold their own through all the seasons. This paleo one in particular, put together by the founder of Primal Kitchen®, Mark Sisson, boasts the sweet taste of fresh strawberries, crunchiness of pecans and tang from feta cheese. To add more protein to this salad, you can mix in shredded chicken, sliced steak or chunks of salmon. Yum!  

Ingredients:Salad

Instructions:

  • Layer fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle feta and pecans on spinach.
  • Add strawberries, avocados and protein choice.
  • Top with a generous drizzle of Primal Kitchen® Balsamic Avocado Oil Dressing and enjoy!