Thanksgiving Turkey Snack Sacks

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It’s no secret Southerners love good food and giving thanks. Mix it all together for a healthy and fun holiday food craft.
Thanksgiving snack trail mix

For the Snack Mix

Gobble up a seasonal snack mix from Sprouts bulk bins. Toss together:
  • 1 scoop Dark chocolate-covered pretzels
  • 2 scoops Apple cinnamon granola
  • 3 scoops Cranberry trail mix.
Portion in brown sacks from the paper goods aisle and adorn with handcrafted turkeys.
Snack sack with a cutout paper turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

Cut heart shapes from craft paper in your school colors. Overlap the hearts a smidgen and secure with tape on the back. Cut 1 1/2-inch rounds from brown paper using a craft punch. Doodle a sweet little turkey mug using a marker. Finish with a holiday saying and attach to the sacks for heart-warming smiles.

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About Buttermilk Lipstick

Quite Simply the “Bee’s Knees” of Everyday Living

Rebecca Gordon is a Southern lifestyle expert specializing in food and entertaining. She designed, directed and launched the lifestyle brand, Buttermilk Lipstick which celebrates everyday living from home-cooked recipes, style round-ups and crafts that tie back to her food background and her passion for Southern football and tailgating. Prior to launching Buttermilk Lipstick, Gordon served as Test Kitchen Director for Southern Living magazine and traveled the South as an on-stage presenter with the Southern Living Cooking School, as a Foods and Entertaining Specialist. Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in Baking and Pastry Arts. She received her undergraduate degree in Restaurant Management from the University of Alabama and gained extensive experience as a pastry chef for many restaurants throughout the South including Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar and Grill and Bottega restaurants. When she’s not cooking and entertaining friends, you’ll find her gardening or rearranging furniture around her work-in-progress bungalow and, in the fall, cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Superfood Holiday Drinks

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CRANBERRY LIME SPRITZER GOLDEN MILK NOG AND Superfood WassailWhat are your holiday plans this year? We’re keeping things fairly low-key—no fancy dress-up parties to attend, and no traveling. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t celebrating! We’re home for the holidays this year, so we’re doing everything we can to make them special. Click the button below to learn how to make three of Emily’s favorite holiday drinks.

Cranberry Lime Spritzer

First up is this Cranberry Lime Spritzer. It’s a sparkly little mocktail that’s naturally sweetened (no added sugar!) and tastes amazing. It’s the perfect blend of tart, sweet and sparkle. We do a dinner of appetizers and finger foods Christmas Eve, and I’m already planning to serve this with it. It’d also be fabulous for New Year’s Eve to toast in the New Year with little ones, or for any of the many holiday parties throughout the season.

Golden Milk Nog

This is a healthier take on holiday eggnog. This one is completely vegan, lower in calories, naturally sweetened and comes with an extra nutrient boost! I’ve combined it with another favorite drink—golden milk. I’ve taken the best of both drinks and blended them into something really delicious. You can enjoy this warm or cold, and it’s the perfect little something to sip this season.

Superfood Wassail

Wassail is one of the most popular holiday drinks out there. This mulled cider is dressed up with festive spices and a little secret boost from greens. Keep it warm on the stove (or pop it in your slow cooker!) to greet you after playing in the snow, for sipping while wrapping presents or cuddling up in front of a fire.

Holiday Drink Recipes


Emily of One Lovely Life

About Emily

Emily 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. One Lovely Life Logo

Your Wellness Season

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Reclaim the winter season as your wellness season with these herbal remedies! Here are a few tips to help strengthen your system for the season as well as fight back when a cold or flu strikes.
Astragalus flowers

Prepare Your Immune System

There’s nothing like the sudden arrival of cold symptoms that sends us on a focused mission to boost our immune system. It is all too easy to forget the importance of strengthening the body’s defenses before sickness strikes. While tending to your immune system at any time never hurts, you will thank yourself for doing it sooner rather than later. Echinacea is a great way to start. Studies show it can support your immune function by helping to stimulate white blood cells. Find out more about this immune-strengthening herb!
Echinacea Meadow

Support Your Immune System

Using adaptogens during the hectic cold and flu season is a great way to help your immune system. Adaptogens are part of a special group of healing plants that help to balance, protect and restore the body. From a member of the pea family, the adaptogen astragalus is taken from the root of the plant. It can boost your immunity as well as potentially buffer the effects of stress—making it a great addition to your holiday health routine!

Not All Bugs Are the Same

Ever thought you’ve caught your cold for the season, only to be hit with a new one? Different colds lend themselves to different symptoms. Some bugs leave you with a dry, scratchy throat while others leave you with a wet, runny nose. Along with echinacea and astragalus, try out these beneficial herbs to help support the respiratory system:

“Wet” Bugs (Cough with mucus):

  • Black cherry bark
  • Osha
  • Lobelia

“Dry” Bugs (Scratchy, irritated cough):

  • Marshmallow root
  • Slippery elm
  • Mullein
Remember too, one of the easiest preventative steps you can take this season is simply to wash your hands often and keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Sprouts wants you to feel well this fall, winter and all year-round!

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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. 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 ?☀️

Posted by Foodbeast on Thursday, July 26, 2018