Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

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Ideas for School Lunches

As everyone gets back into the groove of school, schedules become more and more crowded. Packed schedules don’t always have to mean 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 back-to-school lunch ideas your kiddos will love to eat and you’ll be proud to make. Bonus: Add notes with jokes or fun facts—they’re are always a hit.   Brain Booster Kids Lunch

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:

 

Ideas for Kids Lunch with Vitamins

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 BoxBrunch Box School Lunch

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. Kids Lunchbox Ideas with Veggies

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!

Plant-based Lunch Ideas for Kids

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
    Easy School Lunches with Protein

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:

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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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Melon Mania 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.
Melon Mania! - a variety of melons

How We Bring You Farm-fresh Produce

At Sprouts, our sourcing practices, paired with our strong relationships with growers, are part of how we bring you the freshest and widest variety of produce. Great growers ship farm-fresh produce to our distribution centers where knowledgeable team members use specialized instruments to test for sweetness, firmness, size and weight—brining you, the best produce available.

Five Crowns CantaloupMelons from Five Crowns

One of those great growers is Five Crowns, run by the Colace family. This fourth-generation farming family has been in the agricultural business since the 19thcentury. They’re passionate about faith, family and the farm, working to ethically and diligently to grow, pack and ship quality produce. Five Crowns puts food safety first. An integral part of their operations, it’s a dynamic program that goes hand-in hand with quality control. Bringing you the freshest produce starts in the field when they plant the melon seeds in winter so they can make the first harvest in early May. From the field where it’s picked, the melons travel to a facility where it’s cooled to the optimal shipping temperature, helping to retain its freshness. Sustainably run, the cooling plant receives 85% of its energy from the Five Crowns solar facility.

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Watermelon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tsp. Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss gently to combine.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!

DIY Gift Bundles for Mother’s Day

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Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Look no further than these DIY gift baskets your mom will love! Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you may be rushing to find the perfect gift for mom. A gift basket made by you is a thoughtful, practical and personalized gift that any mother in your life will cherish. Check out these easy, DIY gift basket ideas created by our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog; Food, Pleasure & Health; and One Lovely Life!

The Ultimate Pampering Gift Bundle by Fresh Mommy Blog

If anyone needs a little pampering in their lives, it’s the mamas of the world! Give her the gift she may not give herself – everything she needs for an evening of relaxation and pampering.

Supplies:Basket filled with assortment of gifts.

  • Body Wash – Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti
  • Body Lotion – Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti
  • Body Scrub – Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti
  • Pretty Soap – Sappohill Oatmeal Soap Bar
  • Candle – Tru Mélange Harmony Vanilla & Peppermint
  • Bath Bomb
  • Body brush or natural sponge
  • Wine – Gérard Bertrand Coté des Roses
  • Chocolates
  • Flowers
  • Basket
  • Hand towels

Instructions:

  1. Start with a color theme! While browsing the bath and beauty aisles of Sprouts, I landed on the theme of blush and vanilla. The Nubian Heritage bottles were pretty, and the perfect start to our themed basket. The product also smelled fantastic!
  2. Gather any items that would make bath-time a pampering and relaxing experience. In keeping with the vanilla theme, the Tru Mélange candle fit right in. The pumice stone and brush combo matched, and so did the oatmeal soap.
  3. Next, it was time to add a few extra treats. Chocolates are definitely part of a pampering experience, and I picked up a couple containers of various chocolates to put in mason jars to add to the look and feel of the gift basket. You could use goodie bags, add ribbon, tags, etc.
  4. Don’t forget something to drink! Mom’s favorite tea, coffee or wine makes a great pairing for a night of pampering. Rosé is not only a top choice, it’s also a beautiful one! This bottle of Gérard Bertrand Coté des Roses was stunning and I knew the bottle could even be reused later.
  5. Grab a beautiful bouquet to top off the basket, and you’re ready to go!
  6. Using towels, wash cloths or even a robe, begin to build the ultimate pampering basket by layering the items so each is visible and compliments the others.

Loves to Cook Bundle by Food, Pleasure & Health

Each item in this basket is hand-picked for moms who are adventurous cooks and are ready for more finesse in the kitchen.

Supplies:

Supplies:

  1. Gather all of the supplies from your favorite craft store and ingredients from Sprouts.
  2. Lay the basket flat on the floor and put empty cardboard box or riser inside for height.
  3. Cover the riser/cardboard box with tissue paper or fabric.
  4. Arrange the ingredients; think about color combination and height to make it visually appealing.
  5. Cover with cellphone bag, bows or other decorations as desired.

Natural Beauty Bundle by One Lovely Life

This gorgeous basket is full of natural beauty favorites—from makeup to self-care and more. This is the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life.

Ingredients:Assortment of gifts in a basket.

Instructions:

  1. Assemble all items in your favorite basket or bag.
  2. Give along with fresh flowers.

Guac this Way

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Whether you like it chunky or creamy, spicy or sweet, it’s easy to combine your favorite flavors in guacamole. While there’s nothing wrong with the classic guacamole recipe, why not mix it up with a taste of the tropics or pull inspiration from your garden? Grab some tortilla chips then get dipping with these five guacamole recipes:

Classic Guacamole:

Bowl of guac with ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • ½ Red onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño, or more if you prefer spice
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sprouts Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except tortilla chips, to a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Serve with Sprouts Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips and enjoy.

Fiery Guacamole

Ingredients:

      • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
      • 1 Lime, juiced
      • ½ Red onion, diced
      • 1 Habanero pepper, or more if you prefer spicier
      • 1 Garlic clove, minced
      • 1 handful fresh cilantro
      • 1 tsp. Cumin
      • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
      • 1 tsp. Red pepper flakes
      • Salt and pepper, to taste
      • Sprouts White Corn Tortilla Chips

    Instructions:

      1. Add all ingredients, except tortilla chips, into a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.
      2. Serve with Sprouts White Corn Tortilla Chips and enjoy.

 

Bowl of guac with ingredientsGarden Guacamole

Ingredients:

      • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
      • 1 Lime, juiced
      • ½ Red onion, diced
      • 1 Jalapeño (optional), finely diced
      • 1 Garlic clove, minced
      • 1 handful fresh cilantro, freshly chopped
      • 1 sm. handful Fresh basil, roughly chopped
      • 1 cup Kale leaves, stems removed and finely chopped
      • 1–2 Roma tomatoes, diced
      • Salt and pepper, to taste
      • Sprouts Ancient Grain Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a mortar or large bowl, mash avocado using pestle or fork.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the chips.
  3. Serve with Sprouts Ancient Grain Tortilla Chips and enjoy.
     

Tropical Guacamole

Ingredients:

    • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
    • 1 Lime, juiced
    • ½ Red onion, diced
    • 1 Jalapeño (optional), finely diced
    • 1 Garlic clove, minced
    • 1 handful fresh cilantro, freshly chopped
    • 1 cup Pineapple, diced
    • 1 cup Mango, diced
    • Salt, to taste
    • Sprouts Plantain Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a mortar or large bowl, mash avocado using pestle or fork.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the chips.Serve with Sprouts Plantain Chips and enjoy.
       

Bowl of guac with ingredientsSouthwest Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg. Hass avocados, diced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • ½ Red onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño or serrano pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, freshly chopped
  • ½ cup Corn, roasted (optional)
  • ½ cup Black beans
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sprouts Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a mortar or large bowl, mash avocado using pestle or fork.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the chips.
  3. Serve with Sprouts Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and enjoy.
     

Rosé All May

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If you’re looking for an easy-drinking summer wine, rosé is a crisp, lean, delicious and refreshing option that is easy to shop. Made all around the world, rosé is produced from a variety of red grapes with minimal contact from their grape skins, which results in the soft color.

Shades of Pink

Darker rosé may be slightly richer and can sometimes be a bit fruitier than the paler options, which may suggest floral notes.

Looking for something sweet?

Find one from the U.S., South America or Australia. They’re fruitier, sweeter and usually have a lower alcohol content. Italy, Spain and France will typically provide a crisp and tart wine with an ABV above 11%.

What’s Your Rosé Style?

A wine’s style is represented by its flavor, body and overall taste experience. For Rosé, there are three styles to choose from:

Soft & Off-dry

Offering flavors of berries, cherry, apple and peach. Pairs perfectly with Mexican dishes and spicy curry.

Easy-going & Fruity

Light and refreshing, these styles feature flavors of summer berries and are perfect paired with appetizers, bbq and pizza.

Medium-bodied & Dry

Full flavored with notes of cherry, vanilla, strawberry and even a bit of pepper. Grilled meats, salmon and fresh veggies will make the complete experience for this style.

Spiked Lavender Pink Lemonade

For the Lavender Syrup:
  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Water
    • 1 cup Sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. Dried lavender
  • Instructions:
    1. In a small saucepan, bring water and lavender to a boil.
    2. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved.
    3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Let cool and steep for about 15 minutes.
    5. Pour mixture through a strainer, pressing on lavender to get all the syrup out.
For the Lemonade:
  • Ingredients:
    • Lavender simple syrup
    • 1 bottle Sprouts Pink Sparkling Lemonade
    • 1 bottle Rosé
    • Lemons, thinly sliced (for garnish)
    • Lavender springs (for garnish, optional)
  • Instructions:
    1. Fill a large pitcher with ice.
    2. Pour in lavender syrup, lemonade and rosé.
    3. Add lemon slices in to the pitcher and stir.
    4. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lavender sprigs.

DIY Upcycled Terrarium

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Recycling is what happens when you put things in the recycle bin at home or work. These items (paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, etc.) are broken down and recycled into other similar-type products. Upcycling though, is taking something you might put in the recycle bin and turning it into something different—that generally is of greater value than the original object. These DIY upcycled terrariums definitely add value!

DIY Upcycle Terrarium:

Supplies needed:

  • Empty, upcycled glass jars
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Potting soil
  • Funnel
  • Long brush
  • Scoop
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Cleaning sponge

Instructions:

  1. Begin by removing labels from empty glass jars: Soak them in warm water with equal parts of dish soap and vinegar.
  2. Carefully peel off the label and scrub the outside of the jar removing any label residue.
  3. Once the glass jar is dry, fill it a quarter of the way with potting soil. (Using a funnel will help when scooping the potting soil into the jar.)
  4. Once potting soil has been added, use the long brush to clean the inside edges of the glass, removing soil from the sides of the bottle. This will help ensure that the plant remains clean when added to the jar.
  5. After adding the potting soil, hold glass jar at a 45-degree angle so that soil falls to one corner of the jar, leaving the opposite side open
  6. Carefully add your fern or plant to the jar. Using chopsticks, maneuver the plant so that its roots rest on the bottom of the jar—in the space on the opposite side of the soil.
  7. Once plant is placed, carefully fill the gap at the bottom with the soil so that the roots of the plant are covered and the plant sits up once you bring the bottle to a fully upright position again.
  8. Again, using the long brush, brush the sides of the glass bottle cleaning the dirt from the edges.
  9. Finally, decorate the jar with twine and a tag then place terrarium in an area with sufficient sunlight but avoid direct sun.
  10.  Add a small amount of water when soil is try but be sure not to over water the plant.

 

Heal the Earth with Dr. Bronner’s

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Because they love our planet, being environmental advocates has long been important to Dr. Bronner’s. Since 2003, they’ve boldly insisted that all the raw materials for their products be sourced from organic farms. Now, 15 years later, Dr. Bronner’s is blazing new organic trails— alongside the Rodale Institute, Fair World Project, Patagonia and Compassion in World Farming—helping to create Regenerative Organic Certified standards. Gift bundle of Dr. Bronner's items Regenerative farming is about feeding the soil that feeds our plants by practicing various farming techniques, including diverse crop rotations, fertility-building cover crops, minimal soil disturbance and rotational farm-animal grazing. Building upon existing organic standards, regenerative farming takes organic farming to the next level by requiring soil health and land management, animal welfare and worker fairness. Read more about this exciting new organic frontier at the Regenerative Organic Certified website.  

Brunch in a Breeze: Easy Brunch Recipes

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by Emily at One Lovely Life food blog Make brunch a breeze and impress guests with a beautiful brunch spread by incorporating frozen fruits and veggies into your meal. Not only are frozen fruits and veggies incredibly versatile, but they also pack as much nutritional value as the fresh varieties. Whether you’re looking to whip up something sweet or savory, you’ll want to give these easy brunch recipes a try:

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Healthy Yogurt Parfait Recipe

Whether you use them for meal prep, a brunch party, or a fresh weekend breakfast, these parfaits with frozen fruit purée are a major crowd pleaser! Try them with all different combinations of frozen fruit for even more variety!

Ingredients:

Yogurt Parfait Recipe
For the Fruit Sauce:
  • 2 cups Frozen fruit or berries (like Cascadian Farm strawberries, blueberries or cherry berry blend), partially thawed
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Orange or lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
For the Parfaits:
  • Your favorite mixed nuts or granola (like Cascadian Farm Cherry, Quinoa & Almond Granola)
  • Yogurt (dairy-free, if needed)
  • Fruit purée (see above)
  • Fresh fruit—like berries, bananas, kiwi, mango, etc.

Instructions:

  1. To make the fruit purée, place partially thawed frozen fruit or berries in a blender or food processor. Add water, juice and honey. Pulse or purée until smooth, leaving a few larger pieces, as desired. (If you want it completely smooth, you can strain it through a fine-mesh sieve).
  2. To assemble parfaits, fill small jars or glasses. Layer yogurt, fruit purée, fresh fruit, and nuts or granola in any order you like. Mix and match different fresh fruits and fruit purées to create new flavor combinations!

Frittata RecipeGreen Chile Frittata Recipe

Say hello to big-time flavor without a lot of effort! This frittata is packed with veggie goodness, hash browns and bacon. It’s an all-in-one breakfast dish that’ll make any morning better.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 sm. Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Bell peppers (any color), diced
  • 1 4 oz.-can Sprouts Green Chiles (don’t drain)
  • 1–2 cups Fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 8 oz. Cascadian Farm Organic Frozen Hash Browns (about 1/2 a package)
  • 4 oz. Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 7 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy)
  • Additional salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray, or a little olive oil or butter.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté over medium heat 8–10 minutes, or until very tender and onion is translucent.
  3. Add green chiles, spinach, salt and pepper, and stir until spinach is wilted.
  4. Add hash browns to the bottom of your prepared pie dish.
  5. Pour cooked veggie mixture over the hash browns and pack down well.
  6. Sprinkle bacon over veggie mixture.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk with a little salt and pepper. Whisk until very well blended.
  8. Pour egg mixture over the potato/egg/bacon and allow to settle.
  9. Bake at 375°F for 30–35 minutes, or until center is just set. If the edges are browning faster than you like, you can cover the pan with foil to protect it from browning any more.
  10.  Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

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Easter basket with apples, plastic eggs and crackers Easter is just around the corner which means big brunches followed by candy-filled Easter baskets. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a few sweet treats, why not fill it with healthier alternatives such as fruits and dark chocolate? Keep reading to learn how to build a better basket for your little ones.

Cracker Carrotsbunny crackers filled into baggies

What better way to fill a basket than with one of the Easter bunny’s favorites—carrots? This snack won’t cause a sugar crash and you’ll feel great knowing these goodies are made with whole wheat and real cheese. Grab some cone-shaped plastic bags and fill with Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. Tie with a bright green ribbon and you’ve got a treat that every bunny will love. paper bag bunnies

Bunny Apple Bags

These adorable bunnies make a healthy addition to an Easter basket or a great centerpiece for brunch. To make the bunnies you’ll need paper bags, colorful washi tape, cotton balls and ribbon. Start by cutting the edges of a paper bag so each side is open. Cut a few inches off the top of the bag, then create bunny ears, stopping about a third of the way down the bag. Place the apple inside the bag and tie the top together with ribbon. Use the washi tape to create a small triangle for the nose and tape a cotton ball on the other side for the tail. Watch as guests and kids go crazy for these charming little bunnies.

Shop BulkEaster eggs filled with bulk items

It’s easy to scoop up small amounts of sweets when shopping in the Bulk Department. Use smaller plastic eggs to pre-portion the sugary treats such as gummies or chocolate. Trail mix, dried fruit, yogurt covered pretzels or dark chocolate-covered nuts make a healthy treat that the kiddos will love hunting for. Add little extras such as nut butter packs, small fruits or chocolate milk that make a healthy surprise. Baskets don’t need to be filled with just sweet treats and snacks, either. Bubble bath, lip balm, sidewalk chalk or jump rope are fun additions that will leave your little one hopping with joy!