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Cherry season is upon us! Throughout the summer, the produce bins at Sprouts will be piled high with bags of the crimson beauties (and maybe some yellow-pink Rainiers, too!)
A popular seasonal favorite, we carry the best quality and variety of cherries—just for you! Aside from their sweet tang and portability, cherries also happen to have one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit, about the same as blueberries. Antioxidants help to counter damage done to our cells by free radicals.
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How to Pick the Best Cherries
When picking Bing cherries, look for large, firm fruit with a deep red-to-burgundy color. Rainier cherries should also be large and firm with yellow and red blushed skin. Brown spotting on Rainier cherries usually indicates higher sugar. Avoid cherries of any variety if the skin is soft or blemished or if they are sticky and leaking.
While most of us know cherries as a snack or ingredient in pies, tarts and other desserts, their sweet tartness makes for a great addition to savory dishes, too! Cherries are also delicious when pitted and dried, adding a delightful texture and flavor when added to salads, salsa, baked goods and more!
Sweeten up summer with these delicious, seasonal recipes!
Cherry Berry Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Dressing
Cherry season is exciting because it doesn’t last long and these sweet gems are loved by many–for a tasty reason! When picking your next batch, it’s important to know when and where your cherries were harvested for peak freshness. April kicks off the harvesting season in Southern California and comes to an end by early June. By this time, the cherry varieties from Washington are ready to go until late August. Their seasons are short and sweet, but that’s what keeps us coming back for more every year!
How to Pit a Cherry—The Easy Way
While it's hard to find fault with cherries, the pesky pit can get in the way. You can purchase a pitter at a kitchen specialty store, or try this easy hack. To get started, you’ll need a drinking straw and your favorite variety of cherries.
How to: Remove the stem and simply, press the straw through the base of the fruit and push the pit out—so easy!
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Think outside the steak: Try these unique grilling recipes!
While a steak is always great (we’ve got tips for those too, if that’s what you’re craving!), why not grill up something unique that everyone will love? Creating delicious outdoor dinners, sides and dessert has never been easier. Here are six recipes sure to be fast summer favorites!
Show off your grilling skills with these festive potatoes! Garlicky and packed with flavor, these fun potato skewers go well with any outdoor dish.
Vegetables and a sizzling grill go hand-in-hand. This dish comes together easily and is topped with crispy grilled bacon bits, blue cheese and a sweet balsamic sauce.
Light, bright and refreshing! No need to wait for the meat to marinate with this delightfully tasty meal, featuring pre-marinated Garlic Herb Chicken Breast from our Butcher Shop with grilled lemon salsa.
Knock it out of the park with this take on the traditional grill-out fare. Sprouts Spinach Feta Cheese Chicken Sausage is the star hitter when topped with fresh gyro toppings like tomato, cucumber, parsley, feta and the delicious tang of tzatziki sauce.
Take dessert up a notch with this grilled pineapple upside-down cake. It’s so good, you might just decide to serve dessert first! Plus, it’s grilled outdoors–keeping your home cool on those summer days.
A fresh and simple take on a classic side. You’ll grill everything from the romaine to the baguette croutons–so easy!
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If you’re like us, as soon as the weather warms up, we get our grills fired up. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some smoky, saucy, messy-finger goodness.
However, if you haven’t had a lot of experience using the grill, you may feel a little intimidated, but fear not! Follow these helpful tips to go from being a grillin’ rookie to a grillin’ guru in no time.
Grill Better with the Best!
Any great grill-out starts by picking the right cuts of meat. Sprouts carries everything you need for flavorful grilling from 100% grass-fed beef to organic, air-chilled chicken. Our USDA Choice beef comes from pure, heritage bred cattle raised without added hormones, especially for Sprouts customers. We’re proud to source from suppliers we trust to provide you and your family high-quality meat from small suppliers and family ranchers. Ready to get your grill on? We recommend the following cuts of meats:
- Steak: New York strip, rib-eye, top sirloin, filet mignon, T-bone or porterhouse
- Pork: Center-cut pork chops, boneless pork chops or pork tenderloin
- Chicken: Chicken breast or boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Tips for Marinades and Dry-rubs
Marinades and dry rubs are a great way to add extra flavor to your grill-out, but it’s important that you use them properly. When grilling with marinades we recommend using chicken or veggies. For vinegar-based marinades, be sure to marinate your chicken for no longer than one hour—if you’re not careful, the vinegar can actually make the chicken tough as opposed to tender. For marinades that are oil-based, feel free to let the chicken sit overnight. When grilling with dry rubs, like our Butcher Shop dry rubs, we recommend using steaks or pork.
Grill Temperature for Chicken and Meats
The easiest way to take the guesswork out of grilling is to use a meat thermometer—it also ensures your meats are cooked to perfection! Below are the appropriate internal grilling temperatures for your favorite meats:
- Chicken: 165°F
- Beef and Lamb: 125°F (rare), 130°–135°F (medium-rare), 135°–140°F (medium), 140°–150°F (medium-well), 155°F (well-done)
- Ground Beef or Lamb: 160°F
- Pork: 145°F (medium-rare), 150°F (medium), 160°F (well-done)
- Ground Pork: 160°F
Maple and Cedar Planks for Grilling
Up your grilling game and pleasantly surprise your guests by infusing your favorite meats and veggies with the subtle, smoky flavors of maple and cedar by using our easy-to-use Sprouts Grilling Planks. Simply soak the grilling plank in water for at least one hour, place seasoned foods on the plank and set directly on grill or in the oven at 350°F. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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Stock your pantry with ease!
Stocking your pantry with the right ingredients is essential when it comes to creating healthy and delicious meals at home. We know you have a lot going on, so we’ve compiled three simple lists to help you prepare your pantry … no matter your dietary preferences!
Need some inspiration?
Find a meal plan made just for you! Complete with delicious recipes for all your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking needs.
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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!
- 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 + 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)!
- 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.
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.
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
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.
To Clean the Refrigerator
- 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 + 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.
- 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.)
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Food is love!
Chef Claudia Sandoval is a San Diego native, known as the first Latino to win MasterChef and judge of MasterChef Latino, who celebrates home cooking in elevated-yet-relatable everyday recipes. That’s because it’s her family that keeps her grounded when she’s not on TV, working on a cookbook, or planning the launch of her much anticipated modern Mexican bakery, Cochi, scheduled to open later this summer. Celebrating her roots has led to some amazing, indulgent innovations in the kitchen always using fresh, natural and organic ingredients.
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
Fresh, seasonal produce is always at the heart of Chef Claudia’s recipes. She is continuously inspired by the vibrant colors and aromatic scents that come from cutting into fresh, juicy citrus. One of her favorite ways to use citrus is to create tangy, flavorful marinades when she’s grilling chicken in the summer. The recipe below is one of her favorites and is reminiscent of many backyard BBQ’s with her late Tio Cuate, who this recipe is dedicated to.
Triple Berry Coconut Niño Envuelto Swiss Roll
Growing up, Claudia’s favorite dessert was a Strawberry Niño Envuelto from her neighborhood Mexican bakery. The recipe from her childhood inspired her version of this dessert; the Triple Berry Coconut Niño Envuelto Swiss Roll. “The secret was focusing on the amazing, fresh ingredients I can find at my local Sprouts! Whether it’s the organic berries, edible flowers, or the Bulk Shredded Coconut, this recipe isn’t just going to be nostalgic, it’s going to make you happy to eat dessert!”
Meet the Chef
Chef Claudia Sandoval is the winner of the sixth season of MasterChef U.S., and has been featured as a judge on the last two seasons of MasterChef Latino. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Chef Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook from a young age. Her signature style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine. After winning the coveted title of MasterChef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name “Claudia’s Cocina,” published her bestselling cookbook “Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico,” and is opening her own bakery, Cochi Durado in 2020. With a passion for all things philanthropic, Chef Claudia continuously finds ways to give back to her community and serves as a board member of various non-profit organizations. She currently lives with her 14-year-old daughter in the city of San Diego, where they enjoy the outdoors and local dining scene.
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Looking for a natural way to handle stress? Ashwagandha is your herb! It has been used for centuries to promote mental and physical health. With holidays right around the corner, look to this energy-restoring herb to help support both mental and physical health.
Its Latin name is Withania somnifera, but ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, and is part of the nightshade family. Taken from the root, ashwagandha has been used for centuries in the traditional Indian medical practice known as Ayurveda.
An adaptogen, ashwagandha acts as a stress reliever and balancer. Adaptogens are known to increase the body’s resistance to stress and exert a positive effect on the various systems, including immune, nervous and cardiovascular function.
Immune & Adrenal Support
The holiday season is known for increasing stress levels and time spent with large groups of people, both contributors that can lead to the unfortunate side effect of sickness. That’s why it’s important that your immune system be at its best!
Ashwagandha is particularly helpful in lowering your stress levels and helping balance your immune system by supporting the body’s ability to fight off stress and sickness. When your body is in balance, your adrenals can respond more effectively to create a healthier stress response to a hectic holiday season.
Did you know?
The Sanskrit word ashwagandha is a combination of ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell, and refers to the strong smell of the plant’s root.
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Going meatless for the next month? Check out these tasty meals that are packed with protein and full of flavor. So good and satisfying, you’ll never feel like you’re missing out!
Vegan Sausage Scramble
Switch up your ordinary breakfast with this simple tofu scramble. Add all the veggies you like to brighten up your morning.
Vegetarian Egg Breakfast Bowl
Fresh veggies, chickpeas, avocado and an egg? YUM! This high-fiber, protein bowl will leave you feeling full.
Fun and easy-to-eat, these lentil tacos will be your new go-to meal!
Garlic Soy Tofu Bites
Perfectly savory, these tofu bites make the best salad topper! Or, you can enjoy them on steamed rice for a hearty meal.
Plant-based Stuffed Peppers
Enjoy this creative twist on traditional chile rellenos. Full of black beans, quinoa and spices, you’ll crave this dish every week!
4-Bean Meatless Chili
This tasty vegan chili will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Easy enough for meal prep … so dinner’s done!
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Celebrate love … The Whole30® way!
If you’re mid-way through your Whole30 reset, then this Valentine’s Day won’t include the traditional chocolate, pasta and wine—but you can still enjoy it! Treat yourself, friends or a loved one to this Whole30 Valentine’s Day meal, with recipes from The Whole30 Friends & Family cookbook.
Shrimp and Avocado Cucumber Bites
Elevate your appetizer game with these simple bites, bursting with flavor from the crisp cucumbers and tart mango.
Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Mustard Compote
The spiced coriander crust and tangy apple compote are the perfect pair in this upscale dish.
Berry and Coconut-Cream Shots
This berries-and-cream treat is a sweet way to wrap up an evening of good food with friends or loved ones!
Whole30 Approved® Sprouts Shopping List
The Whole30® is easy and affordable at Sprouts Farmers Market! Check out this article with more inspiring, Whole30 compliant recipes, tips and tricks to stay on track, and download the Sprouts Whole30 Approved shopping list to make your grocery planning a breeze.
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Colorful, tasty and beneficial for the body, the European elder tree is native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. The flowers are white with green berries that turn red, then black when fully ripe. Both berries and flowers have been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat digestive disorders, influenza, colds, sinusitis and other allergy symptoms.
A Concentrated Antioxidant
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 protects the body against illness and disease.
Excellent Source of Vitamins A and C
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 wellness routine. Vitamin A helps with the formation of white blood cells essential to your body’s defense against illness. Together, they make an outstanding one-two punch to assist in warding off those pesky bugs that make the rounds this season.
Enhancing Immunity Quickens Recovery
Elderberry’s high antioxidants, as well as its high content of vitamins A and C are compelling reasons to try elderberry next time you feel you might be fighting a bug.
Did you know?
Elderberry significantly more antioxidant capacity than either blueberries or cranberries.
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