Top 4: Alternatives for Healthy Holiday Baking

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Eating healthy during the holidays—or any other time of year—does not have to be a daunting task. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for calories! A little tweak here and a little addition there can add up helping to reduce calories and fat, while increasing vitamins, minerals and fiber—all leading to an overall healthier diet during the holidays.

Save Calories by Substituting Applesauce for Butter

Applesauce is a healthy replacement for butter in baking; however, a 1:1 substitution ratio is almost never correct.  Butter is a lipid whereas applesauce contains pectin, a soluble fiber that can turn your recipe into a jelly-like consistency. Additionally, you may need to reduce the amount of sugar elsewhere in the recipe because applesauce contains natural sugars—even the unsweetened type—that may offset the taste.Applesauce Experiment first by slowly increasing your substitution. Start with a ratio of 1/2 butter, 1/2 applesauce, or maybe 1/4 butter and 3/4 applesauce. By substituting at least 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 cup butter you’ll save more than 750 calories.

Increase Fiber by Adding Fruits and Nuts

Give your cookies, muffins and other treats a fiber boost by adding nuts, seeds or dried fruits. Mixing these wholesome foods into the batter, or adding them as a topping for desserts helps increase fiber and may decrease refined sugars since you are using less sugar—anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup, depending on the recipe. Adding one cup of chopped walnuts increases fiber by 7.8 grams, a cup of raisins by 6.1 grams and one cup dried cherries by 10 grams. Toss in 1/4 cup of flax seeds and you’ve just added 11.5 grams of fiber to your savory dessert.

Improve Nutrition by Adding a Flavorful Twist

Bananas, berries or other fruit purées can improve both nutritional value and flavor in any classic dessert. Give cookies a nutritional boost by adding mashed bananas. A raspberry purée will give muffins and cupcakes an additional antioxidant boost. Purées are excellent fat substitutes, and can be used to replace butter or oil in baked goods. You can add two to four tablespoons of purée to most baking recipes without altering them. In addition, by substituting about half a cup of fruit purée for every cup of fat, you can reduce your recipe by at least 1,700 calories!

Enhance the Flavor by Roasting Nuts

Nuts are nutritious but the calories can add up. A roasted nut has more intense flavors than an unroasted nut, so you can use less and still get a great nutty taste. Roast nuts just before using to retain their fresh taste. In a shallow baking pan, place nuts in a single layer and toast in a 350°F oven for 5–10 minutes, stirring them occasionally. By replacing one cup of slivered almonds with one-half cup toasted slivered almonds, you can reduce your recipe by 266 calories. Now that’s a savings you can go nuts over!  

Tiesta Tea Cookies

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If your mom is a baker—and if she enjoys tea— she’ll love these jars assembled with ingredients to make delicious tea cookies. These jars are easy to assemble and the kiddos will enjoy putting them together too! Add her favorite tea to make a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift. For a finishing touch, use a pretty ribbon or string to tie the directions around the jar. Tiesta Tea Cookies dry ingredients, tea cup and blueberry wild child

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Loose tea leaves (fruit flavors work best) finely ground
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate chips

Jar Assembly

Layer all ingredients in jar except butter and egg yolks. Place the lid on the jar. Use yarn or string to tie the recipe tag around the lid.  

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and soften butter.
  2. Combine ingredients in jar with butter and egg yolks.
  3. Roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

Summer Picnic Foods

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Pack your picnic basket and head outdoors! Our friends and bloggers, Emily and Barbara, created a few fresh and healthy summer recipes for you to try. Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

This is a delicious and easy appetizer that is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Perfect for any summertime party!

INGREDIENTS

  • Uncured Genoa Salami
  • Mix of marinated olives (pick your favorites—blue cheese, garlic, or red-pepper stuffed work too)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Marinated mozzarella
  • Cheese tortellini
  • 4 Tbsp. Sprouts Fat-Free Zesty Italian Dressing & Marinade
  • 1 bottle Balsamic vinegar
  • Skewers

INSTRUCTIONS for SKEWERS

  1. Cook the tortellini according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Toss the cooked tortellini with Sprouts Fat-Free Zesty Italian Dressing & Marinade for extra flavor.
  3. Assemble your skewers in whatever order you prefer, alternating ingredients. We recommend starting with something sturdy, like a cherry tomato, to create a firm base for the skewer.

INSTRUCTIONS for BALSAMIC REDUCTION

  1. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a nonstick saucepan set over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Warning: the vinegar smell will be strong!
  3. After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and stir occasionally while the balsamic vinegar simmers.
  4. Continue to cook the vinegar until it has reduced by at least half—you want it to have the consistency of syrup.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the vinegar to cool before using.
  6. Drizzle the reduction over the skewers.

Feta Basil Salad

Picnic Salads

Nectarine, Feta and Basil Salad

This is a bright and light summertime salad. It is the perfect accompaniment to any picnic or summer barbecue.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Nectarines (or more if desired, peaches would also work well in this dish)
  • 1 pkg. Of your favorite feta
  • 2 bunches Basil—Sprouts Basil is some of the best we’ve seen and smelled!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Rinse the nectarines and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Rinse the basil and chiffonade it into thin strips.
  3. Place the cut nectarines and basil into a bowl.
  4. Crumble the feta and sprinkle it over the nectarine and basil mixture.

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Quinoa Caprese Salad

This healthy and easy Quinoa Caprese Salad makes the perfect side dish for any summertime meal. It is also great served chilled the following day!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of Quinoa
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Avocado oil
  • 1 pkg. Mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 1/2 cups Cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved
  • 1/2 cup Basil leaves, rinsed and sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Sprouts Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a saucepan, sauté a chopped clove of garlic in avocado oil on low-medium heat for 1–2 minutes.
  2. Next, pour quinoa into the saucepan and toast for a minute. Stir to combine.
  3. Cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the mini mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add the cooked quinoa to the large bowl and stir to combine with the mozzarella, tomato and basil mixture.
  6. Stir in the Sprouts Balsamic Vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.

Rustic Tuna Salad Sandwich with Herbed Goat Cheese and Olive Tapenade

Tuna Salad Sandwich This rustic tuna-salad sandwich is bursting with bold, tangy flavors and is a crowd-pleaser!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Organic honey
  • 1/3 cup Avocado oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Olive tapenade
  • 1/4 cup Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Dill
  • 1/4 cup Sprouts Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 pkg. of Herbed goat cheese
  • 1 12-oz. can Tuna fillets in spring water, drained and flaked
  • 1 12-oz. can Tuna fillets with oregano and olive oil, partially drained and flaked
  • 1 14-oz. can Sprouts Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pt. Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 loaf of Sprouts Italian Craft Bread (Country White Bâtard)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make the dressing: Whisk the Dijon mustard, honey, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in the avocado oil until well blended. Whisk in the dill, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Toss the tuna, chickpeas, 1/4 cup olive tapenade and tomatoes in the dressing in the same medium bowl. Next, add in the Sprouts Balsamic Vinaigrette. Taste and season according to your preference.
  3. Cut the Italian loaf in half and toast in the oven at 400°F for 5 minutes on each side to give the bread extra crunch. Remove the bread from the oven and spread 1/4 cup olive tapenade on one half of the loaf and the herbed goat cheese on the other.
  4. Scoop the tuna salad mixture onto the loaf half with the olive tapenade on it. Top with the half of bread slathered in goat cheese. Cut the massive sandwich into six smaller sandwiches.

Moscato Spritzer

Mango Moscato Berry Spritzer

This is a refreshing, tropical and light white-wine spritzer recipe that will delight your taste buds with island flavors. Perfect for any summertime party!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 can of Passion Fruit La Croix
  • 1 bottle of Santero Moscato & Mango (or a similar Moscato of your choosing)
  • 1/2 cup Organic blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Organic blackberries
Tip: Save a few of the blackberries and blueberries for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour the Moscato and Passion Fruit La Croix into a pitcher with ice cubes and stir gently.
  2. Add the blueberries and blackberries to the pitcher and muddle with a large spoon.
  3. Fill each cup with the Spritzer and muddled berry mixture.
  4. Add a few blackberries and blueberries to each glass for garnish.

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Natural Vitamin D Sources

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Video Description: Venture outdoors! Find time during the summer days to camp, picnic, grill and spend time with friends and family. Tips included below.
You’ve probably heard the saying “Life is short.” It serves as a reminder to make the most of our time, and take action toward checking off our bucket list of things we want to accomplish; whether it’s experiencing a particular adventure such as traveling, achieving specific health and fitness goals, or paying forward our time and fortunes to leave a legacy for future generations. That’s sort of how we view summer. It’s a great time to mark some to-dos off your bucket list! School is out, the sun is shining and the weather warms up so we can take advantage of activities available in the season. Do you remember playing outside until the streetlights came on—and that was your signal it was time to come in for dinner? How about waiting exactly 30 minutes after scarfing your lunch before cannonballing back into the pool? Summer is short. This month, we’d like to encourage you to make the most of it by playing outdoors! In fact, studies show that there are some great mental and physical health perks to unplugging and getting outside.

Vitamin D Benefits

Sunlight creates and activates vitamin D, helping fight osteoporosis, cancer, depression and heart attacks. Take a 5–10 minute walk around the neighborhood, nature hike or stroll along the beach.

More Exercise

Being outdoors means less time staring at a screen from your couch and more time to move around and stay active. Go for a bike ride, swim, hike or brisk walk to get your heart rate up and strengthen your muscles.

Natural Mood Enhancer

More light and outdoor activity can help you to relax and cheer up. Plus, spending time with good company at picnics and outdoor get-togethers is sure to lift your summertime spirits. Simply kick up your feet on the porch, mingle with friends at a barbecue or run through the sprinklers as if you were a kid again. Just remember, with summer comes higher temperatures and more sun. Be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with sunglasses, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated!  

Spring Routine Refresh

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After enjoying game day eats and Valentine’s Day treats, it might be hard to get back into your New Years’ resolution routine. Spring is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get back into your healthy routine. A great way to start is by beginning your day with a healthy breakfast! Give these easy-to-make and protein-packed recipes a try:

Green Smoothie with LimeGreen Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Parsley
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 serving Vega One French Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Blend until smooth!

Blueberry Buttermilk Protein Waffles and Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Silk Almondmilk
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground flax seed
  • 3 Tbsp. Water
  • 2 cups All-purpose gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Vega One French Vanilla
  • 1 cup Dried or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 Banana, mashed
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Coconut oil, liquid
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar (omit if making pancakes)
  • Optional toppings: maple syrup, blueberries and chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Combine apple cider vinegar and almond milk, set aside (to make buttermilk).
  2. Make a flaxseed “egg” by combining flaxseed and water. Stir and set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and Vega One. If making waffles, add sugar now.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine banana, flaxseed egg, buttermilk mixture, and coconut oil (1 tablespoon for pancakes, 2 tablespoons for waffles).
  5. Mix wet into dry ingredients, until mostly combined, then fold in blueberries (if the batter appears too thick, add more almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time. if it’s too thin add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time).
For waffles:
  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Lightly grease waffle iron with coconut oil.
  3. Cook waffles as per waffle iron directions (will vary depending on waffle iron).
For pancakes:
  1. Heat pan on medium heat.
  2. Lightly grease pan with coconut oil.
  3. Once hot, drop pancake batter onto pan.
  4. Flip once batter is bubbly in the center, 3 minutes.
  5. Cook until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes.

Mason Jar Oatmeal on the Go

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Rolled oats (or steel cut oats*)
  • 2 cups Liquid (you can use all water, though a combination with non-dairy milk yields more creamy consistency)
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Toppings:

Chocolate Lovers:
  • 1 Tbsp. Vega Essentials Chocolate or Vega One Chocolate
  • 1/2 sliced Banana
  • 1 Tbsp. Peanut butter
Fruit & Nut:
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried cherries + 2 Tbsp. Chopped roasted, salted almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried apricot or golden raisin + 2 Tbsp. Chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/2 sliced Banana + 2 Tbsp. Chopped pecans
  • 1/2 Apple, chopped + 2 Tbsp. Walnuts and pumpkin seeds

Directions:

  1. Cook oats on the stove at medium-low heat until most liquid is dissolved and oats are soft.
  2. Remove from heat while a bit of liquid still remains (the oats will continue to soak the liquid as they cool).
  3. Divide oats into 4 containers and let cool with lids off.
  4. Once cool, add mix-ins (or wait and do it before you eat) then seal the oatmeal and store in refrigerator.
  5. When ready to eat, top oats with a splash of water or milk, stir and reheat in microwave. Add any additional toppings.
    • Chocolate Lovers: After reheating, stir into oatmeal 1 tablespoon Vega Essentials Chocolate or Vega One Chocolate (for a protein boost), and top with 1/2 sliced banana and 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
    • Fruit and Nut: Stir into oatmeal either while preparing or right before eating 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 2 tablespoons chopped nuts.

Additional notes:

  • Leftover oats will last in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To save time, cook your oats in a slow cooker or rice cooker overnight, which lets you wake up to piping hot oatmeal in the morning. To do this, make sure you use steel-cut oats, and add 4 cups liquid for 1 cup of oats. Cook on low for 8 hours, and in the morning spoon out and top with your choice of toppings.
 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds—3 Ways

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It’s pumpkin carving season! Instead of tossing out those pumpkin seeds, try roasting them up for a healthy and filling fall snack that’s a cinch to make. When you’re finished with your pumpkin carving, place pumpkin seeds in a colander and rinse with cold water. After they’re thoroughly rinsed, place the seeds in a bowl of water—the pumpkin seeds should separate and float on the top. Once separated, spoon out pumpkin seeds using a slotted spoon then place onto a paper towel and pat dry. Now you’re ready to get roasting! If carving pumpkins isn’t your thing, head over to Sprouts’ Bulk Department where you can buy as much or as little raw pumpkin seeds as you’d like. From sweet and spicy to salty and savory, take your roasted pumpkin seeds to a whole new level with these fun flavors:
Video description: Learn how to make roasted pumpkin seeds. Recipe details below.

Pumpkin Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Simply Organic Pumpkin Spice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss the seeds with the oil, sugar and pumpkin spice until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the seeds on the lined baking pan and roast for 20–25 minutes, turning halfway through. Allow to cool to room temperature and enjoy.

Honey Sriracha

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1/4 tsp. Simply Organic Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Simply Organic Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. Simply Organic Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss the seeds with the Sriracha, honey, paprika, ginger, cumin, salt and oil until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the seeds on the lined baking pan and roast for 20–25 minutes, turning halfway through. Allow to cool to room temperature and enjoy.

Roasted Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Simply Organic Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss the seeds with the oil, curry powder, cumin, salt and pepper until well coated.
  3. Spread the seeds on the lined baking pan and roast for 20–25 minutes, turning halfway through. Allow to cool to room temperature and enjoy.
 

Red, White and Blue Sparkler

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Fourth of July weekend isn’t complete without fireworks, barbecues and your favorite line-up of outdoor eats. Take your barbecue spread to the next level with a drink that your friends at Sprouts made with summertime in mind. Fruit Punch with fruit This bright and bubbly punch will add a touch of sparkle to any weekend get-together. You’ll love how easy it is to mix up and your guests will appreciate the patriotic spirit from the sparklers on the street to the sparkle in their cup. Pair these simple ingredients together for a beverage that’s sure to be a new Fourth-of-July classic.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles White wine
  • 1/2 cup Berry-flavored vodka
  • 1 cup Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 cup Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups Pineapple, sliced

Instructions:

  1. Create stars out of the sliced pineapple using a star-shaped cookie cutter.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Serve over ice and enjoy!
*Make this a kid-friendly mocktail by leaving out the wine and swapping the berry-flavored vodka with cranberry juice!  

Recipes for Donut Holes and Seasonal Dipping Sauces

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Donut HolesDonut Holes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Baking powder
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • Oil

Instructions:

Fill an 8×12-inch wide frying pan with 1 inch of oil, put on medium-high heat. Whisk together milk, softened butter and egg. Incorporate dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend together to create a thick batter. Once the oil is heated, use a small scoop to drop balls of batter into the pan and cook for 2–3 minutes. Using tongs, turn donuts holes and cook for an additional 2–3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer donut holes to a paper towel lined platter and let cool. Dust with granulated or powdered sugar or serve with seasonal dipping sauces.

Pumpkin Yogurt Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup Vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and serve with fresh donut holes or ginger snaps.

Creamy Toffee Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Toffee, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Instructions:

Coarsely chop toffee and combine with softened cream cheese, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated and creamy. Serve with fresh donut holes or sliced apples.

Chocolate Batter Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients, stirring until well incorporated and creamy. Serve with fresh donut holes or berries.  

Pumpkins: Patching It Together

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Pumpkins are one of the most popular crops in the United States, with 1.5 billion pounds produced each year. Actually a form of squash, they are usually planted in July and reach maturation quickly, in about 100 days, making them ready for fall festivities by mid-to-late September. There are white pumpkins and orange pumpkins, pumpkins for carving, pumpkins for baking, pumpkins for eating, and yes, even pumpkins for catapulting. The monstrous pumpkins, called Big Macs, can weigh hundreds and even thousands of pounds. They get their start in April or May and are usually grown for competitions and shows.  Little pumpkins

Pick Your Patch

Sprouts typically offers a lot of varieties of pumpkins, and shall we say at, um, smashing prices! We proudly offer:

Carving Pumpkins:

Medium to large in size and solid orange in color. Shapes can range from tall, to short, to squatty. Best for jack-o-lanterns.

Pie Pumpkins:

Small in size with stem intact. Great for pies.

Painted Pumpkins:

These guys are full of character and come with fun and silly faces already painted on.

White Pumpkins:

Best for pumpkin pies. This is the pumpkin used for canning.

Fairy Tale Pumpkins:

Flat with deep round ribs and light tan in color. Also known as Castilla Squash.

Cinderella Pumpkins:

An ornamental novelty pumpkin. Deep red-orange, flattened and scarred. It was the prototype for Cinderella’s carriage.

Tiger Pumpkins:

Small and greenish in color with green/orange stripes.

Mini-Pumpkins:

White or orange with little stems. Great in centerpiece arrangements. While you’re picking up the perfect pumpkin to carve up for Halloween, consider grabbing an extra one so you can experiment with the culinary possibilities. They are very nutritious, containing potassium (essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system) and Vitamin A (promotes eye and vision health). And they are almost entirely edible, so roast the seeds for an addictive snack and cook the flesh for soul-soothing pumpkin soup.

Décor to Adore!

Spread the pumpkin cheer a little longer! Ever notice how quickly your jack-o-lanterns start to take a turn for the worse? Cutting the pumpkins and exposing their moist flesh to the air promotes decay and mold growth, especially in warmer climates. Avoid the mess and try these alternatives for some fall décor that will last until you’re ready to garnish with garland or dust off the dreidel.

Chalkboard Gourd:

Instead of carving a design, draw one. Coat pumpkin with chalkboard paint and let dry. Practice your artistic skills by drawing scary faces or writing festive messages. Choose a larger pumpkin for this project.

Pump Spray:

Pump some more life into your pumpkin by coating it after carving. This will help keep it moist and retard the spoilage. You can coat the cut edges and interior with Vaseline or vegetable oil, or apply hairspray. (Only, if you do that, be careful to let it dry thoroughly before putting a candle inside!) You can also mist the cut pumpkin each day to help keep it moist. Pumpkin Panache: Let your inner Martha sparkle and shine! Liberally paint your pumpkin with crafter glue, then quickly and generously cover with super-fine glitter. A cluster of glittered mini-pumpkins would make a stunning centerpiece. Tip: make sure you cover your workspace with newspaper for easy clean-up. What a Stud: Purchase decorative nails or upholstery studs from a craft store and use to pierce a fun design into your gourd. Try a funky design or even a monogram for a sophisticated flare. You may want to stencil your desired pattern before you start poking!  

Healthy Picnic Foods

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The perfect picnic is right around the corner! At Sprouts Market Corner Deli, you can find quick fixes that are full of flavor and super simple—the only thing you’ll need is the basket. To keep the bugs and rays at bay, remember the sun block and bug spray as well.

Fruit: The Original Grab-n-Go Food

What says summer more than fresh fruit? Vibrant and sweet, cherries are bite-sized, flavor bombs. Chock full of antioxidants, they may support cardiovascular health. Stone fruit is in full swing as well. Deliciously juicy, these ready-to-eat seasonal faves are picnic-ready. And, you can always load up a few packages of our fresh-cut fruit, like juicy watermelon or colorful berries, for a hassle-free, nutritious treat.

Healthy Hydration

Soaring summer temps beg for refreshing beverages to quell your thirst. What’s a picnic without tangy lemonade to whet your appetite? Hydrate deliciously with our sparkling waters in mango, watermelon, lemon, lime or grapefruit. Try these tips for staying hydrated all year long. Healthy picnic foods

Sweet & Salty

Available in four classic flavors, Sprouts organic potato chips provide the perfect crunch to accompany your spread. They’re made with farm-fresh potatoes, sustainably sourced oil, and seasoning. Satisfy the sweet tooth in any crowd with our wafer bites. Imported from Italy, they’re made with rich, velvety cocoa, Bourbon vanilla, sweet lemon cream and buttery hazelnut sandwiched between layers of delicate, airy wafers.

Salad Kits

Featuring seasonal and exotic flavors, these convenient salads can be found in our Grab-and-Go section of the Deli Department. Try our Chicken Bacon salad. Hearty and full of flavor, it’s sure to satisfy. It’s made with chicken, eggs, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, loads of greens and a creamy dressing.

Healthy Sandwiches and Wraps

Step right up to our Deli Department where you’ll find the perfect meats and cheeses for your picnic sandwiches. Piled atop our Market Corner whole-grain breads, you’ll have a satisfying meal in minutes. Wrap up even more convenience! Prepared daily, our wraps are the perfect picnic pairing. Try out some favorites, like our Turkey Cobb Wrap featuring flavorful turkey, bacon, crisp lettuce and rich cream cheese. It’s the perfect spin on a classic favorite. Or spice it up with our Buffalo Chicken Salad Wrap, made with our fresh buffalo chicken salad, satisfying veggies and the perfect amount of blue cheese.

Deli Sides

Round out your picnic line-up with some of our freshly prepared pasta salad or potato salad. Our rich and flavorful Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad features spinach, roasted bell peppers and smoked mozzarella with Parmesan cheese. Or keep it classic with our Corner Classic Potato Salad, prepared with Yukon Gold potatoes, sour cream, chives and spices. It will take your picnic from good to great!

Catering Trays

Plan ahead for a super easy picnic that’s ready when you are with our wide variety of catering trays. From savory meats and cheese, to the freshest produce and sweets, order online or visit the Deli department for the catering tray that’s just right for your picnic.

Craving More?

For more great picnic ideas, check out this article with delicious summer picnic recipes.


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