Hearty & Healthy Thanksgiving Flavors

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Turkey Brine

By Southern Bite

With Thanksgiving upon us, the quest to produce the most beautiful, perfectly browned, yet still juicy, turkey is back on our minds. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get so caught up in all the other things that go along with the holiday, you often forget to give that turkey the attention is needs. The truth is, one easy step will help make that turkey the showstopping centerpiece it should be!

Olive oil bottle filled with rosemary, garlic and pepper to make the perfect brine

A brine is the perfect way to impart some amazing flavor in your turkey and keep it from drying out too much—which will help if it gets a little overcooked, too. It’s a basic solution of salt and sugar that helps to lock in moisture and add flavor. To add that flavor, I add soy sauce, garlic and fresh herbs. Don’t worry, it doesn’t end up tasting like soy sauce. It just gives it a great umami flavor. You can also add lemon peel, orange peel, peppercorns and other aromatics. Just be cautious not to add anything acidic.

There are a few things you should keep in mind, however. Make sure you use a fresh turkey when brining. Often times, frozen turkeys have been frozen in a sodium solution and brining would most likely add too much salt. I also recommend not stuffing a brined bird. The seasonings in the turkey can often leaching into the stuffing and cause it to be too salty. I recommend cooking your stuffing (or dressing) in a separate casserole dish just to be safe. On the same note, it’s best to be cautious when making gravy with the drippings from a brined turkey. It too can become too salty for the same reasons. Be sure to taste your gravy before adding any seasonings if you do use the drippings.

Y’all enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 gallons water
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 head Garlic, sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup Soy sauce
  • 6 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 4 springs Fresh rosemary
  • 1 Turkey

Directions:

  1. Make sure the turkey has been well rinsed, with the giblets removed.
  2. In an extra-large stock pot, combine the water, salt, sugar, garlic, soy sauce and herbs. Stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Submerge the turkey in the brine, and refrigerate for 18–24 hours.
  3. Prior to cooking, remove the turkey from brine and discard the brine. Rinse the turkey well with cool water to remove the excess salt, and pat it dry with paper towels. Cook the turkey as you normally would.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans

By Southern Bite

Brussels sprouts make the perfect side dish to accompany any Thanksgiving feast. This recipe is so simple, it will allow you to create a show-stopper side without a lot of work. It’s so tasty, no one will know how easy it was. Plus, roasting is the perfect way to prevent that bitter taste that Brussels sprouts get when they are over-cooked. The sweet cranberries and balsamic vinegar are the perfect complement. I bet even those in your family who don’t like Brussels sprouts might like these.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup Pecan halves, toasted
  • 1/2 cup Dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. ash and trim the ends from the Brussels sprouts. Remove any dark outer leaves and slice them in half from top to bottom.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the trimmed Brussels sprouts with the olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the sprouts in the oil and arrange on the baking sheet. Roast for 20–30 minutes or until the sprouts are tender, with crispy, dark roasted outer leaves. Remove from the oven. Toss with the pecans and dried cranberries and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.

Stacey Little of Southern Bite

About Southern Bite

Supper Made Simple

Blogger and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Stacey Little is committed to getting folks back to the table for dinner. His quick and easy recipes are allowing families to get a home-cooked meal on the table without a lot of hassle or expense. Southern Living Magazine named Stacey one of the top 30 bloggers to be following in 2015. He has appeared on The Today Show and Fox and Friends, and has lent his talents to national brands like Betty Crocker, GE, White Lily, Martha White, Kraft, and Queen Latifah—just to name a few. Today, his easy, delicious recipes and heartfelt stories have brought millions to his blog, SouthernBite.com, since he created it in 2008. Stacey’s cookbook, The Southern Bite Cookbook (Thomas Nelson: March 2014), is available at book retailers across the country and online. Stacey’s deep Southern roots have him firmly planted in central Alabama where he lives with his wife, little boy, two dogs, and his collection of cast iron skillets.

Warm Up with Traditional Medicinals

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Facebook Live: Traditional Medicinals

Check out our recent Facebook Live! Amber, an herbalist from Traditional Medicinals, showed us two cozy fall recipes and shared her top tip on how to brew the perfect cup of tea! Plus, we gave away prize bundles to three lucky viewers! Full recipes: http://bit.ly/2pQ8blU

Posted by Sprouts Farmers Market on Friday, October 12, 2018

The best part about chilly weather is getting warmed up to seasonal drinks. We’ve teamed up with Traditional Medicinals to bring you cozy fall beverages, without all the added sugar. Snuggle up with a hot cup of rhizome-rich Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk or soothing Peppermint Hot Cocoa tonight!

 

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Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk

Go beyond the typical pumpkin spice drinks

with our creamy, dairy-free twist on this Ayurvedic alternative.

Servings: 1 cup

Time: 15 minutes

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Boil water and steep a cup of Tumeric with Meadowsweet and Ginger tea. It’s best to keep the cup covered with a saucer to extract every bit of plant power.
  2. Pour the hot tea into the blender, along with 1/4 cup hot almond milk and the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until the froth begins to form. Pour into the tea cup.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dash of pumpkin spice. Enjoy!

 

Peppermint Hot CocoaPeppermint Hot Cocoa

Delightfully rich hot cocoa, with a dash of peppermint cheer,

crafted perfectly for a post-dinner drink.

Servings: 2 large cups

Time: 15 minutes

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags Traditional Medicinals Peppermint tea
  • 16 oz. Boiling hot water
  • 4 oz. Very dark chocolate (anything over 70%), broken up into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. Raw honey
  • Whipped cream, for topping

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, squeeze out any excess liquid, and compost the tea bags.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the peppermint tea, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 Tbsp. raw honey.
  4. Stir until the chocolate is dissolved and everything is combined. Do not bring to a boil.

Pour into two mugs, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

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!

No-Carve Pumpkins

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Sometimes pumpkin carving can be a messy, not to mention risky, activity. Rather than skipping out on the Halloween fun, why not try adorning your pumpkin with seeds or adding a splash of color to your festive group of gourds? We’ve rounded up some spook-tacular ways to decorate your pumpkins this season – no knife required!


Marbled PumpkinsMarbled Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Small pumpkin, any color
  • *Bowl of room temperature water
  • Variety of nail polish
  • Toothpicks

 

 

Directions:

  1. After choosing your colors, pour the nail polish into bowl as close to the water as possible to avoid the polish sinking down to the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Swirl the nail polish colors together slightly using a toothpick.
  3. Stick the pumpkin on a fork and dip the top of it into the bowl.
  4. Slowly remove and set on paper to dry (about 20 minutes).

 

Pushpin PumpkinPushpin Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Pushpins/thumb tacks
  • Pumpkin of any size

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, lightly draw your design onto your pumpkin.
  2. Push in pins along the lines of the design.
  3. Optional: adorn with a bow.

 

Embellished PumpkinEmbellished Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Assortment of seeds, jewels, or other decorative items
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun
  • Pumpkin, any size

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Using your decorative items, plan out your design on a flat surface.
  2. Begin gluing your design onto your pumpkin and let dry.

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.

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Blue Sky Pineapple Float

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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 ?☀️

Posted by Foodbeast on Thursday, July 26, 2018

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

 

 

Protein Box

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:

DIY Father’s Day Gift Baskets

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Still searching for a last minute Father’s Day gift? Check out these DIY gift baskets your dad will love!

Father’s Day is coming up fast, and you may still be looking for the perfect gift for dad. A gift basket personalized just for him is a great, practical gift any dad would be excited to receive. Get some inspiration from these easy, DIY gift basket ideas created by our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog; Food, Pleasure & Health; and Root + Revel!

The Manly Pampering Gift Basket by Fresh Mommy Blog

While dads might not purchase pampering items for themselves, it doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy a manly pampering gift basket, or a “man-pering” basket! Impress dad with natural products that smell incredible and give him the gift of taking his morning routine up to the next level.

Fresh Mommy Blog

 

Supplies:

From the grocery section:

  • Lucky Jack and Sumptown Cold Brew Coffee
  • Tillamook Country Smoker Beef Jerky

From the body care section:

  • Cologne – Dusk by Herban Cowboy
  • Aftershave – Dusk by Herban Cowboy
  • Beard Oil – Bull Dog
  • Soap –The Grandpa Soap Pine Bar
  • Razor – Every Man Jack
  • Deodorant – Dusk by Herban Cowboy
  • Body brush or natural sponge – Bass Brushes

From a craft store:

  • Bucket

Instructions:

  1. Start with a color theme! Choosing a color theme really completes the overall look of the gift. While browsing the bath and personal care aisles of Sprouts, the masculine, neutral color theme of black and brown popped, not only because so many of the men’s products fell into this color range, but I truly loved the packaging and the scents.
  2. Gather any items that would make dad feel special, and don’t forget the little touches that he might not purchase for himself. A cologne is a top gift for dads, as well as shaving products. Add some soap and deodorant, as well as a body scrubber, to complete his pampering routine.
  3. Next, it’s time to add a few extra treats. I stuck with a masculine theme, and our color scheme as well, and went for beef jerky.
  4. Don’t forget something to drink! What does the dad in your life love to drink? You could find a good beer, and I love that Sprouts stocks their beer section with local brews, so there’s always something new to discover. Is dad a coffee drinker? There are some amazing cold brew available, too. Whatever you choose, try and stick with the color theme.
  5. Choose an unexpected container to use as a gift basket! A tool box or wooden tool chest, a cooler or an ice bucket… the list goes on and on. A great container is like a gift in itself.
  6. Once you’ve settled on a container, load it up with the goods and some shredded paper, which helps with the natural masculine feel, keeping in mind height and placement.
  7. Give dad his gift and watch his face light up!

 

Grilling Guru Gift Basket by Food, Pleasure and Health

Surprise your dad with a gift basket filled with essentials for both indoor and outdoor grilling.

Food, Pleasure & HealthSupplies:

From the grocery section:

  • Sprouts Original Barbecue Sauce
  • Sprouts Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
  • Colgin Liquid Smoke Natural Hickory Original
  • Sprouts Avocado Oil
  • Sprouts Grapeseed Oil Spray
  • Organic Sprouts White Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Farmhouse Culture Zesty Garden Veggie Kraut Krisps
  • 2 boxes Sprouts Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
  • LaCroix Natural Lime Sparkling Water
  • Pamela’s Honey Grahams Graham Style Crackers
  • Sprouts 54% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Sprouts Toffee Caramel 33% Milk Chocolate Bar
  • Cabo Fresh Authentic Guacamole
  • Mocajete Salsa Roja Cup
  • Sprouts Broccoli Slaw
  • Mix of veggies, like bell peppers, squash, onions
  • Fresh ground chicken breast
  • Butcher Shop boneless, skinless chicken breast

 

From the body care section:

  • Everyone Lavender & Aloe Lotion
  • Everyone 3-In-1 Lavender & Aloe Soap

From a craft store:

  • Basket or galvanized tub
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric
  • Cellophane bag

Instructions:

  1. Gather all the supplies from your favorite craft store such as basket, galvanized tub, cooler, riser, tissue paper or fabric for décor.
  2. Purchase all the groceries including produce, meat, condiments and personal items from your local Sprouts.
  3. Lay the basket or galvanized tub flat on a floor and put empty cardboard box or riser for height.
  4. Cover the riser/cardboard box with tissue paper or fabric.
  5. Arrange the non-perishable ingredients – think about color combination and height to make it visually appealing.
  6. Cover with cellophane bag, bows or other decorations as desired.
  7. Add ice to the cooler and pack it with perishable items like produce, raw meat, etc.

 

Mindful Man Gift Basket by Root + Revel

This Father’s Day, instead of picking just one gift for your mindful man, how about putting together a fun collection of delicious, yet healthy, foods and practical personal care products that he is bound to love?

Supplies: Root + Revel

From the grocery section:

  • Hope Foods Buffalo Blue Hummus
  • Sprouts Organic Blue Corn Chips
  • Surf Sweets Organic Candy
  • Sprouts Organic Pink Salt Popcorn with Coconut Oil
  • Sprouts Organic Salt + Vinegar Chips
  • Sprouts Organic Teriyaki Beef Jerky
  • Sprouts Thai Chili Beef Jerky
  • Wild Tonic Blackberry Mint Jun Kombucha
  • La Colombe Draft Latte in Vanilla and Mocha

From the body care section:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Shaving soap
  • EveryOne soap for Every Man
  • EO Lotion for Men
  • Badger Anti-Bug Balm
  • Badger Beard Oil
  • Sprouts Salt Stone Deodorant
  • Gaia Herbs Male Libido Supplement

Instructions:

  1. Rather than using a girly gift basket that the Father in your life will likely toss or forget about entirely, wrap all these healthy goodies up in something they’ll actually use. I opted for a veggie grill wok because what dad doesn’t love to grill?
  2. Gift and watch dad enjoy all his goodies!

Melon Mania!

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What’s more refreshing and delicious than melon on a hot summer’s day? Branch out of the familiar watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew varieties and try one of the unique specialty melons available in-store today!

Here are some handy picking and prepping tips to help you find the right ripe melon for a summer treat:

  • Canary

  • Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance as a sign that it’s ready to eat.
  • Prep: Perfect for adding to fruit salads or drinks.
  • Tip: Tastes similar to cantaloupe but with a distinct sweetness.
  • Cantaloupe

  • Pick: Look for melons with yellow coloring and a slightly soft stem end.
  • Prep: High in vitamin C, these are great for juicing.
  • Tip: Also known as “muskmelons”.
  • Casaba

  • Pick: Choose melons that are firm with a sweet fragrance.
  • Prep: Sprinkle ginger, salt or a squeeze of lemon on this fruit for a delicious snack.
  • Tip: Its juicy, creamy-green flesh is known for its sweet taste.
  • Crenshaw

  • Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance and a smooth, waxy surface.
  • Prep: Use in salsas, smoothies and sorbets for an added refreshing and fruity flavor.
  • Tip: Keep at room temperature one to two days before serving for a juicier melon.
  • Galia

    Pick: The deeper the orange color, the higher the sugar content.
    Prep: Pair with ginger for a refreshing snack.
    Tip: Similar to a cantaloupe on the outside but like a honeydew on the inside.

  • Hami

    Pick: Known for its floral and sweet aroma.
    Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint.
    Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.

    Honeydew

    Pick: Choose firm fruit heavy for its size, yielding slightly under pressure.
    Prep: When the peel is smooth and the rind is a light cream color, it’s considered mature and ready to enjoy!
    Tip: A wonderful addition to breakfast or salads.

  • Gold Honeydew

    Pick: Once ripe, it’s possible to hear the seeds rattle inside.
    Prep: Perfect to add to fruit salads or drinks.
    Tip: Its name is inspired by its gold shell.

    Orange-Flesh Honeydew

    Pick: Ready to be enjoyed when the skin is slightly waxy and the color is yellow with an orange tinge.
    Prep: Eat as-is or include in a fruit salad.
    Tip: Also known as “temptation melons,” they share a taste of both honeydew and cantaloupe.

  • Lemon Drop

    Pick: Avoid melons that are too firm, too soft or have any part of the stem remaining at the tip.
    Prep: Enjoy as-is or include in refreshing summertime smoothies or sorbets.
    Tip: Expect a sweet-tart flavor with a hint of juiciness.

    Santa Claus

    Pick: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.
    Prep: Great as-is or in desserts.
    Tip: Name inspired by its availability in winter months.

    Watermelon (Seeded)

    Pick: A ripe melon should be firm, heavy and bruise-free.
    Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or in fruit platters.
    Tip: A good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene.

    Watermelon (Seedless)

    Pick: Select a melon heavy for its size with a deep-pitched tone when thumped.
    Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or fruit platters.
    Tip: Despite the name, all seedless watermelon contain white seeds as well as an occasional black seed.

    Watermelon (Mini)

    Pick: Choose a melon that is heavy for its size and bruise-free.

    Prep: Its small size is perfect to bring along to a picnic.

    Tip: Sweet, crisp and juicy, these melons contain about 88% water and are a hydrating snack.