Whether you regularly shop organic, or looking to learn more, this article will shed some light on a variety of common and not-so-common logos you see on products you purchase at Sprouts. A product is deemed organic if it is free of synthetic additives including pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes. The USDA Organic logo has been in use for nearly two decades, but other logos are new and emerging. It’s an exciting time in the organic field! genetically modified organisms). The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 established the National Organic Program, but the use of the logo was not implemented until the early 2000s. You can find thousands of organic products at Sprouts!
Coconuts are one of our favorite island-fresh, nutty fruits because they’re packed full of flavor and brimming with good-for-you nutrients. But what are coconut aminos? And why would you want to add them to your shopping basket, let alone food? Are they paleo-friendly? Let’s find out!
Mystery SaucePackaged in a bottle, coconut aminos contain just two ingredients, coconut sap and sea salt. Yep, that’s it! Not only is it paleo-friendly, it’s also gluten- and soy-free making it a great addition to your pantry. Coconut sap is extracted from cut stems and the resulting material is full of potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins and 17 amino acids. Add that to the fact that coconut aminos have a similar and slightly sweeter taste than soy sauce with about one-third less sodium—and that’s tasty news indeed.
Say what?Oh! And by the way, coconut aminos don’t taste like coconuts! But what can you use this savory-sweet sauce for? It’s a terrific substitute for soy sauce—a non-paleo-friendly condiment since it’s made from a legume. So feel free to use it in any recipe you’re converting to your paleo lifestyle. Or, try these easy recipes below for an amino boost that can’t be beat!
by Emily at One Lovely Life food blog Make brunch a breeze and impress guests with a beautiful brunch spread by incorporating frozen fruits and veggies into your meal. Not only are frozen fruits and veggies incredibly versatile, but they also pack as much nutritional value as the fresh varieties. Whether you’re looking to whip up something sweet or savory, you’ll want to give these easy brunch recipes a try:
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Healthy Yogurt Parfait RecipeWhether you use them for meal prep, a brunch party, or a fresh weekend breakfast, these parfaits with frozen fruit purée are a major crowd pleaser! Try them with all different combinations of frozen fruit for even more variety!
For the Fruit Sauce:
- 2 cups Frozen fruit or berries (like Cascadian Farm strawberries, blueberries or cherry berry blend), partially thawed
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1 Tbsp. Orange or lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- Your favorite mixed nuts or granola (like Cascadian Farm Cherry, Quinoa & Almond Granola)
- Yogurt (dairy-free, if needed)
- Fruit purée (see above)
- Fresh fruit—like berries, bananas, kiwi, mango, etc.
- To make the fruit purée, place partially thawed frozen fruit or berries in a blender or food processor. Add water, juice and honey. Pulse or purée until smooth, leaving a few larger pieces, as desired. (If you want it completely smooth, you can strain it through a fine-mesh sieve).
- To assemble parfaits, fill small jars or glasses. Layer yogurt, fruit purée, fresh fruit, and nuts or granola in any order you like. Mix and match different fresh fruits and fruit purées to create new flavor combinations!
- 1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 sm. Onion, diced
- 1 cup Bell peppers (any color), diced
- 1 4 oz.-can Sprouts Green Chiles (don’t drain)
- 1–2 cups Fresh spinach
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Pepper
- 8 oz. Cascadian Farm Organic Frozen Hash Browns (about 1/2 a package)
- 4 oz. Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 7 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy)
- Additional salt & pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray, or a little olive oil or butter.
- In a medium sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté over medium heat 8–10 minutes, or until very tender and onion is translucent.
- Add green chiles, spinach, salt and pepper, and stir until spinach is wilted.
- Add hash browns to the bottom of your prepared pie dish.
- Pour cooked veggie mixture over the hash browns and pack down well.
- Sprinkle bacon over veggie mixture.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk with a little salt and pepper. Whisk until very well blended.
- Pour egg mixture over the potato/egg/bacon and allow to settle.
- Bake at 375°F for 30–35 minutes, or until center is just set. If the edges are browning faster than you like, you can cover the pan with foil to protect it from browning any more.
- Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Meet Our Food BloggerEmily lives, loves and cooks at One Lovely Life, where she shares healthy recipes and inspiration for living a happy, full life. When her daughter developed an intolerance to gluten and dairy, her blog shifted to accommodate their new eating style, and these days you’ll find fresh, vibrant, colorful recipes that don’t feel like they’re missing anything. In addition to enjoying healthy meal choices on her blog, you’ll find made-over sweet treats, book recommendations and tips for living a life you love.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with this Green Matcha Ombre Chia Pudding?! No need for artificial food coloring or dyes. Superfood matcha not only offers antioxidants, but also makes for a fun festive, and green, breakfast option!
Green Matcha Ombre Pudding:By Milk & Honey Nutrition
- 1 cup Chia seeds
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp., plus 2 1/2 tsp. Matcha Love Culinary Matcha
- Using three 12oz. mason jars, add the following to each jar: 1/3 cup chia seeds, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (add 2 Tbsp. to the last jar).
- Add 1/2 tsp. matcha powder to the first mason jar, 2 tsp. to the second, and 2 Tbsp. to the third. Secure the lids, and shake each well until fully combined.
- Refrigerate the jars for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Using two clear glasses, layer the chia pudding from darkest to lightest as shown. Top with a layer of plain yogurt. Enjoy as is, or pair with your favorite frozen fruit, or nuts!
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 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 BlogThis 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!
- 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)
- Using a funnel, add ½ cup of vinegar to the glass bottle.
- Add ½ cup rubbing alcohol. (Optional: remove from recipe or replace with vodka.)
- Pour 1 tablespoon cornstarch in through the funnel.
- Top with 1 cup distilled water. This will also help to get the rest of the cornstarch out of the funnel.
- Optional: add 10–12 drops of essential oil for extra disinfecting power and scent.
- Assemble spray top on the bottle and shake well before each use.
Non-toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Root + RevelLooking 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)!
- 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)
- In a large glass bowl, whisk baking soda and citric acid together until blended.
- 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.
- 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.
- Allow the toilet bombs to air dry about 6–8 hours or overnight.
- Transfer to a glass jar and store in the bathroom.
Refrigerator Cleaner with At-home Ingredients by Recipes to NourishIt’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: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
- 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
- Add the lemon peels and rosemary or thyme to a ½ gallon (8-cup) Mason jar.
- Pour 4 cups of vinegar over the lemon peels and herbs, making sure they are covered and submerged.
- Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for 1 week or up to 2 weeks.
- Strain the lemon-herb vinegar through a fine-mesh strainer into a quart (4-cup) Mason jar.
- Add the lemon-herb vinegar and hot water to a spray bottle or a large glass bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat steps as needed until the inside of the refrigerator is clean.
- 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 + RevelSay 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.
- 1 oz. Sprouts Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 oz. Lavender castile soap
- 6 drops Organic tea tree oil
- In a large glass bowl, combine all 3 ingredients and stir to combine.
- Swirl your makeup brushes in the cleaning solution until thoroughly coated.
- 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.)
- 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.)
Crunchy, hearty and oh-so-versatile, walnuts make it an easy choice when it comes to heart-healthy options. We’ve teamed up with Marisa Moore, RDN, and California Walnuts to share a few heart-healthy recipes featuring this wholesome nut.
Roasted Walnut & Cauliflower TacosRecipe By: California Walnuts Seasoned cauliflower acts as a convincing meat substitute in these tacos, appealing to both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.
For the Filling:
- 1 sm. head Cauliflower, chopped
- 1 cup California walnut pieces, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. Olive oil, divided
- 3/4 cup Onion, minced
- 2 tsp. Garlic, minced
- 1 med. Jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Tomato paste
- 2 tsp. Chili powder
- 1 tsp. Cumin, ground
- 1 tsp. Oregano, dried
- 1/2 tsp. Salt, or to taste
- 12 sm. Corn tortillas, warmed
- 1 1/2 cups Green cabbage, shredded
- 3/4 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup California walnuts, chopped, toasted
- Fresh cilantro leaves
- Lime wedges
- Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil; place on a baking sheet and roast for 25–30 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and toast walnuts for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to pan with cauliflower.
- Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic and jalapeño cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; cook until mixture is thick and excess water has cooked off. Stir in cauliflower mixture.
- Spoon mixture into warmed tortillas and top with cabbage, cheese, walnuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
- Optional: Cauliflower mixture may be ground in a food processor so that it resembles the texture of ground meat.
Walnut Butter – 4 WaysBy Marisa Moore, RDN Packed with good-for-you fats, walnut butter is a creamy canvas to add different flavors. Here’s a simple walnut butter recipe with four ways to flavor up your blend.
- 2 cups toasted California walnuts
- Salt to taste, optional
- Add the toasted walnuts to a blender or food processor. Let the blender run on high until the walnut butter is smooth and creamy. This can take up to 5 minutes. Add the walnut butter to a jar and seal with a lid. Store it in the refrigerator.Once the walnut butter is blended and before adding to jars, add 1 of these:
- Grind 4 pitted Medjool dates (bulk bins) in a small food processor or blender until a smooth paste forms. Add the paste to the blended walnut butter. Blend until the dates are incorporated and smooth.
- Add 2–3 tablespoons of Sprouts Organic Raw Honey.
- Add 2–3 tablespoons of Sprouts Organic Maple Syrup.
- Add 1 teaspoon Sprouts Organic Ground Cinnamon and 1 tablespoon Sprouts Organic Raw Honey.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with adorable pancake kabobs! Whether you’re celebrating with a morning treat or having breakfast for dinner, these kabobs by Birch Benders are easy to make and are a fun way to get the kiddos involved:
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Cupid’s Arrow Pancake Kabobs:
- 1 bag Birch Benders, original flavor; prepare according to package
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh strawberries, tops cut off
- Fresh clementines, peeled and separated
- Wooden skewers
- Heat a griddle or skillet to medium-high heat. The pan is hot enough when flecks of water sizzle off quickly after contact. Lightly grease the pan.
- Combine Birch Benders Pancakes Mix following the recipe on the back of the bag and pour mixtures into a squeeze bottle.
- Use the squeeze bottle to draw heart shapes onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles have formed and popped then cook on the other side for an additional minute.
- Remove the pancakes from the pan and build skewers by placing two clementine slices, one strawberry, followed by four to six blueberries, and heart shaped pancake.
Homemade sugar scrubs are not only a great way to soften and nourish your skin, but they make great gifts too. Inspired by the classic treat, this DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberry Sugar Scrub will make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter—whether you’re sharing with a friend or keeping some for yourself!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Sugar Scrub:
- For the Strawberry Layer:
- 1 cup Turbinado sugar
- 1 bag Sprouts Freeze Dried Strawberries
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil, slightly melted
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
- For the Chocolate Layer:
- 1 cup Turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil, slightly melted
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
- For the strawberry layer, pour freeze dried strawberries into a food processor and mix until a powder has formed.
- Add the strawberry powder, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract into a medium bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.
- For the chocolate later, add ingredients into a medium bowl and stir until well combined.
- In a glass jar, layer the strawberry mixture and chocolate mixture and seal with a lid.
Chocolate Dipped Spoons
Ingredients:3 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, Sprouts’ Eco-Friendly Plastic Spoons and treats from the Sprouts Bulk Department (peanuts, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, gummy bears).
Directions:Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together over low heat. Once chips have melted, remove chocolate from heat. Dip spoons into warm chocolate, place on a serving platter and sprinkle with treats from Sprouts’ Bulk Department.
Naturally Scented Play Dough
Ingredients:1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. cooking oil, 3 tsp. cream of tartar, red food coloring and essential oils of choice.
Directions:Mix dry ingredients in a large pot. Add water, oil and food coloring and stir over medium heat until mixture has a play-dough consistency. Remove dough from pot and place on wax paper to cool. Once cooled add desired essential oil scent and knead until incorporated. Divide play dough into even portions and seal in 4 ounce Mason jars.
Valentine’s Produce Stamps
Supplies:Celery, potato, small heart cookie cutter, knife, cardstock and red paint.
Directions for Rose Stamp:To begin, simply cut celery close to the bottom of the stock. Save end of celery stock and put aside remaining celery for snacking. Coat end of celery with red paint and press firmly onto cardstock for a natural, rose-shaped stamp.
Directions for Heart Stamp:Begin by cutting potato in half. Insert a heart-shaped cookie cutter into the cut/flat end of the potato. With a knife cut into and around potato using the cookie cutter as your guide. Coat stamp with red paint and press firmly onto cardstock.
Not all coconut waters are created equal. C2O’s pure coconut water is fresh from the inland groves of Thailand, and they pride themselves in providing a rejuvenating beverage that is fresh, fragrant and full of naturally occurring electrolytes. The young green coconuts used in C2O’s Pure 100% Organic Coconut Water are hand-picked by co-op farmers. Each coconut is picked between six and seven months to ensure C2O’s coconut water is naturally sweet and delicious. Best of all, the farms C2O partners with are 100% organic! What are you waiting for? Snag a bottle of C2O Pure 100% Organic Coconut Water today, and while you’re at it check out these refreshing coconut water recipes. Nom!
Tropical C2O Acai Bowl:
Sparkling Citrus Coconut Water:
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Peanut Ginger Lime Lettuce Wraps:
- 1 head of Iceberg lettuce
- Grilled chicken, chopped
- Hot House or English Cucumber, finely chopped
- Chopped peanuts, for garnish
- Cilantro, for garnish
- 1/4 cup Chunky peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. C2O Turmeric Ginger Lime coconut water
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp. Rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh cilantro, chopped
- In a sauce pan or a microwaveable bowl heat the coconut water, Tamari, Vinegar, and the honey until warm. Add the peanut butter and whisk until smooth. Add cilantro.
- Chop the desired amount of chicken and cucumber for your lettuce wrap. Peel a leaf from the head of lettuce to create a “wrap.” Add in the chicken, cucumber, and drizzle with desired amount of peanut sauce. Top with chopped peanuts and more cilantro. Enjoy! Recipe by Cori from corifit.com
Tropical C2O Acai Bowl:
- 1 Frozen Pure Acai Packet
- 1/2 large banana, frozen
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/3-1/2 cup C2O Pineapple coconut water
- Desired toppings such as granola, fresh bananas or coconut shreds
- In a high powered blender add the Pineapple C20 (start with 1/3 cup), acai packet, frozen banana, frozen berries, and frozen pineapple. Blend on high until you reach a smooth consistency throughout. If the mixture is too thick, add the rest of the coconut water. Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings. Recipe by Cori from corifit.com
Coconut Water & Kiwi Popsicle:
- 1 bottle C2O Pure 100% Organic Coconut Water
- 3 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
- Popsicle mold and popsicle sticks
- Place sliced kiwis into popsicle mold and pour C2O Pure 100% Organic Coconut Water over kiwis.
- Insert popsicle sticks and let freeze for 4–5 hours. Quick tip, use the kiwi slices to help keep the popsicle sticks upright!
Sparkling Citrus Coconut Water:
- 1 bottle C2O Pure 100% Organic Coconut Water
- 2 cups Sparkling soda, flavored if desired
- 1 Fresh orange, sliced
- 1 Fresh grapefruit, sliced
- 2 Fresh limes, sliced
- 2 Fresh lemons, sliced
- Add fresh, sliced citrus to a large pitcher. Quick tip, squeeze some of the citrus juice into the pitcher to speed up the infusion!
- Pour C2O Pure 100% Organic Coconut Water over fresh citrus slices and top off with sparkling soda. Serve immediately.