Emotional Wellness: Staying Balanced During the Rush

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From seasonal blues, to travel anxiety and garden-variety worry, it can be difficult to feel like you’re staying balanced this time of year. Once you’ve packed your busy schedule and are ready to head out for the holiday season, here are few ways to help you maintain your emotional cool throughout the journey. Cup of tea with dried oranges, pinecones and pine branches

Meet the Adaptogens

Adaptogens are herbs known to help increase the body’s resistance to stress and exert a positive effect on the various systems, including immune, nervous and cardiovascular function—making them great additions to your stress-busting toolkit. Ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea, also known as simply rhodiola, arctic root or golden root, are both adaptogens, acting as stress relievers and balancers. (You can read more about ashwagandha in our article Destress with Ashwagandha.) Both of these adaptogens are available in easy-to-take tincture and capsules. Aside from making you tired, stress can also leave you feeling frazzled and affect mental acuteness. Utilizing ashwagandha, rhodiola and a host of other brain-boosting herbs and minerals, Source Naturals’ Brain Charge® may help provide the extra cognitive support you need. Optimistic®, also by Source Naturals, is another supplement formulated to help support emotional equilibrium. It too has rhodiola, as well as a host of other herbs, to help contribute to an overall positive mood.

Keep These Vitamins Handy

Among all its other great attributes, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to regulate cortisol, the stress hormone. Can’t go wrong with that! During stressful times, our energy level tends to wane a bit. Many of the B vitamins in a B complex are directly involved in energy production. And, the vitamin B6 specifically helps the body produce serotonin and melatonin, two things that are directly involved in our quality of sleep. An important component to our overall health, sleep is the body’s time to restore itself at a cellular level. That’s why it’s extra important to make sure we’re getting enough when we have extra stress in our lives.

Alternatives to Supplements

Maybe taking supplements isn’t your thing. No problem! Here are a few alternatives for you to try. Aromatherapy is like a mini-vacation in a bottle. Simply taking a few whiffs of an essential oil can help lift your mood by stimulating your olfactory senses and interacting with your brain, especially that part of the brain called the limbic system. Made up of several parts, the limbic system is in charge of emotions and memory. Lavender is one such essential oil that can help to smooth jangled nerves. Available in mist, oil or roll-on form, Chill Pill is an essential oil blend made by Aura Cacia specifically for helping to create harmony. Aside from creating a nice breather, taking a pause for tea could have other soothing benefits. Did you know, the menthol in peppermint is a muscle relaxer? In addition to clearing your head, sipping mint tea may put you more at ease. The dried flowers of chamomile create a mild herbal tea that is great for helping to calm nerves, your tummy and even help promote sleep. Green tea contains polyphenols—micronutrients packed with antioxidants—which helps to quash anxiety and stress. Dr. Bach believed that the essence of various flowers, plants and trees held the key to helping balance all the various emotional states we experience. Over 80 years ago, he developed a method to harness the healing powers of these plants. Each of the five wild flowers crafted in Nelson Bach’s Rescue Remedy were carefully chosen to combat stress and create a sense of calm. Taken internally, Rescue Remedy is available in a spray and several flavors of tasty pastilles as well.

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Holiday Gift Guide

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‘Tis the season of gift giving! Pulling together a thoughtful gift bundle for all your gift-giving needs is easy at Sprouts. Start with a beautiful basket and add gifts that invite delight. We’ve gathered some great ideas to help inspire you.
Holiday Gift Bundle for Mom

Mom Gift Bundle

A mother’s job is never done –pamper her with gifts that encourage her to take some time for herself. Bath bombs dissolve in a warm welcoming tub of relaxation. Candles and essential oils help set the mood and slippers provide the perfect post-soak step into a tranquil world. You’ll find other great ideas that encourage calming moments in our Holiday Mercantile. (Psst … this would be great for your sis, wife or best friend too!)
Holiday Gift Bundle for Dad

Dad Gift Bundle

Dad’s deserve a little pampering too! Hard work deserves hardworking gifts like balms to sooth rough hands and aching joints. An assortment of neck and back massagers help to reach and relax overworked muscles. You can add some levity with fun socks or before-you-go Poo-Pourri toilet spray.
Holiday Gift Bundle for New Year New You Routine

New Year, New You Bundle

Encourage those who work hard and play hard to ease into that new routine, stretch out of the old one and move in new ways. We’ve got kits from Gaiam designed to help strengthen as well as sooth a variety of muscle groups.
Holiday Gift Bundle for Kids

Kids Bundle

Dreaming up presents for little ones during the holiday season is always a joyful endeavor. It’s even easier with our fantastic collection of toys, games, hats and other kid-centric goodies. You’ll be sure to find something to brighten the face of all the kiddos in your life.
Holiday Gift Bundle for a Hostess

Hostess Bundle

Surprise your host or hostess with a gracious gift bag. Their culinary side will love the beautiful bamboo cutting boards and utensil, oven mitts and dish towels. The entertainer in them will appreciate the candles and aromatherapy mitts.

Holiday Hosting

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Holiday Recipes

Tis the season to celebrate! Whether you’re planning a cozy get-together with close friends, hosting the family or going all out, Sprouts has you covered. Share some of these inspired appetizers at your next holiday gathering. And if you’re feeling pinched for time, make shopping easy and have it delivered!

Holiday Cookie Recipes

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Holiday Cookie Recipes

Sharing homemade cookies during the holidays is one of the many joys of the season. Whether you’re making them for a cookie exchange, gifts or simply to share at gatherings, you’ll find everything you need to make all your favorite cookies at Sprouts. Here are a few cookie recipes to help inspire you!

Thanksgiving Recipes in a Hurry

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In case you missed it! We were live with Joanna Meyer from Baked by Joanna whipping up easy-to-make Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) sides using Simply Organic spices and seasonings. Congrats to our three prize bundle winners!

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Thanksgiving Recipes in a Hurry

Whether you’re surprised with extra Thanksgiving guests, or simply want to shorten your time in the kitchen to enjoy it with family, here are three quick and easy recipes that are so flavorful no-one would ever guess they came with shortcuts! Bowl of cranberry relish with spices and peppers

Spicy Cranberry Relish

Spicy Cranberry Relish is a great alternative to traditional cranberry sauce. Tart and citrusy, this cranberry dish packs heat from a combination of Fresno and jalapeño peppers as well as ginger and cayenne.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, peppers, ginger, cayenne and water. Stir with a wooden spoon. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the cranberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking and stirring occasionally for approximately 10 minutes. The relish should be void of water and look thick and chunky.
  3. Let the relish cool and then serve. It can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

French Onion and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Make instant mashed potatoes special by adding flavors of French onion and chives. Then, top it with charred red onions for taste and visual appeal that will have your holiday guests going back for seconds.

Ingredients:

Bowl of French Onion Mashed Potatoes

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, water and butter to a boil. Alternatively, add the ingredients to a microwave-safe dish to heat until the butter is melted.
  2. Meanwhile, on high heat, char the red onions in a pan. Set aside.
  3. Add the mashed potato flakes and French onion dip mix to the milk mixture and stir. Once combined, fold in the chives.
  4. Serve the potatoes topped with the charred red onions and chopped parsley.
 

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato

Stay lively after your Thanksgiving feast with this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato. The espresso becomes a decadent treat with steamed milk infused with salted caramel and pumpkin spice.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Create flavored milk by adding the milk, salted caramel syrup and pumpkin spice to a milk frother. Turn on to steam and infuse the milk.
  2. To a mug, add the vanilla syrup and top with the steamed milk. Include the froth.
  3. Slowly pour the espresso into the center of the mug. A thinner and more consistent stream creates a more defined layer between the espresso, steamed milk and froth.
  4. Garnish with a drizzle of salted caramel syrup, sprinkle of pumpkin spice and turbinado sugar.
Mug of Pumpkin Spice Macchiato
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Joanna is a commercial food stylist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work and recipes have been seen around the world. When she is not styling for her favorite brands, she enjoys publishing recipes and sharing her love of everything food on her self-titled blog many remember as Baked by Joanna. Her other interests include spending time with her family and staying healthy and fit. Joanna Meyer logo

Grab ‘N Give

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Each year, Sprouts gives you the opportunity to give back to your local communities through our Grab ‘N Give program. Last year, you donated more than 2 million meals to families in need—allowing them to enjoy those special moments around the table. It’s just as easy this year to provide a healthy food or personal care bag this holiday.
  • Choose a pre-filled personal care or healthy food donation bag from one of our Grab ‘N Give displays.

  • Pay for the bag at checkout. (Price reflects a discount of 10% or more off regular retail.)

  • We’ll donate your bag to a local hunger relief agency.

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Grab-n-Give Sweepstakes

Help Support Your Local Community

And enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Sprouts gift card.


Plus, we’ll donate $1,000 to a local hunger relief agency of your choice.

Simply purchase a Grab ‘N Give bag now through December 18, locate the promo code on the bottom of your receipt and enter it in the promo code section of the Sprouts app.

See Official Rules for details.

Destress with Ashwagandha

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2018 1031 Destress with Ashwaganda 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.

Combating Stress

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.

Help Shorten Cold & Flu Symptoms

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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. Bunches of elderberries on light wood

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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Spooky Halloween Pizzas

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Whether you’re creating a spooky slice before trick-or-treating or a fun and festive Halloween spread, make these decorative pizzas your go-to:   Pizza with ghost shapes

Ghostly Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Plain, or limited-topping frozen pizza (we recommend Caulipower pizza for extra veggies!)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Black olives
  • Pizza sauce (optional)
 

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on frozen pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from cheese.
  5. Slice half of the olives in halves and the rest into small strips, use any leftover to make small dots for ghost eyes and mouth.
  6. Place ghost shapes with olive dots on the pizza.
  7. Place olive halves and strips to give it a spider look.
  8. VPut pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.
 

Vegan Spider Web PizzaPizza with a spider web shape on it

Ingredients:

  • Daiya Cheeze Lover’s Pizza
  • Black olives
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz Ball, cut into small, rectangular strips
  • Pizza sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Slice half of the olives into halves and the rest into small strips.
  5. Place strips of cheese in a spider web design.
  6. Put pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.

Holiday Meal Makeovers!

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you’re planning a feast for your family or hosting Friendsgiving, you’ll find everything you need at Sprouts to create your perfect healthy holiday meal—from the star of the show and tasty sides, to all the organic farm-fresh fruits and veggies. And if you’re feeling pinched for time, make shopping easy and have it delivered!
Holiday Meatballs with Cranberry Aioli

Kicking It Off

A great gathering starts with the apps! Here are four delicious and easy additions to your menu. You could make the Holiday Meatballs recipe ahead of time and reheat right before guests arrive. Cranberry Avocado Salsa Holiday Meatballs with Cranberry Aioli Pear Crostini with Honey Hazelnut Goat Cheese Maple Pecan Greek Yogurt Dip
Turkey Enchiladas

Star of the Show

Turkey is the star of every Thanksgiving meal. Try this fresh take on the classic recipe, then use what’s left over from the big feast and make these Turkey Enchiladas. Spiced Citrus Turkey Turkey Enchiladas
Chorizo and cornbread stuffing

Supporting Sides

Sides round out every holiday meal. These unique versions of traditional recipes will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds. Chorizo & Cornbread Stuffing Pecan Cherry Bread Stuffing Green Beans with Cranberries & Bacon Cran-Raspberry Jalapeño Sauce
Pumpkin Horchata

Sweet Endings …

And of course, all good meals come to a sweet and delicious end—dessert! Try this fluffy cream cheese pumpkin pie recipe or serve a pumpkin version of the sweet, Southwestern sip, horchata, made from rice milk. Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust Pumpkin Horchata