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April 2019

Health Recipes

Delicious Ways to Make ACV Part of Your Daily Wellness Routine

April 30, 2019

Once a humble pantry staple, apple cider vinegar is suddenly the new “it” ingredient. Celebrities like Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian swear by it, articles about it are popping up everywhere, and people are downing it by the boatload. But while it may be experiencing a surge in popularity, apple cider vinegar isn’t anything new. It’s an age-old food, dating back to the ancient Romans, and people have been drinking up its wellness benefits for decades. What’s new is that…

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Fitness Recipes

2 Easy Ways to Boost Your Pre-Workout Smoothie

April 27, 2019

It can be tricky to eat just the right thing before your workout. Your snack has got to have enough calories to give you the fuel you need but not so much that it weighs you down. Your performance provisions should have a good ratio of protein to healthy carbs to help you operate at your best. Enter smoothies. These liquid dynamos may be the ideal pre-workout food: they’re quick, light, and yummy. Plus, smoothie recipes are flexible, so it’s…

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Health Recipes

Spirulina Guaca-Mole-Mole

April 27, 2019

Guac lovers, rejoice! Your favorite party snack just got even better. Adding tomatoes and onions to creamy avocados—high in fiber and potassium, among other nutrients—adds great texture and zest to this popular dish, but what sets the Spirulina Guaca-Mole-Mole apart is the addition of VieSun / Gandalf Spirulina™ Powder, turning this dip into a healthy, green, superfood nutrient delivery machine. Print Spirulina Guaca-Mole-Mole Servings: 4 servings Ingredients 2 large ripe organic avocados ½ tsp cayenne pepper 2 medium organic tomatoes…

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Health Recipes

Spring Break Borscht

April 25, 2019

It’s not lost on me just how lucky I am to be married to someone with such a passion and skill for cooking. A recipe with more than a few ingredients has me sweating and stressing in the kitchen. In contrast, Christina is in her element and seems to execute flawlessly the more challenging the dish. Consequently, I have become a master level dishwasher and only occasionally raise an eyebrow at the amount of cookware piled high in the sink!…

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Health Lifestyle

Stay Regular on the Go!

April 23, 2019

Whether you’re traveling or just having a very busy week, it can be so hard to stay regular! Yup, we’re talking about that taboo topic, poop. Your colon loves a regular schedule. Regular food, regular hydration, and the same schedule day in and day out. The truth is life isn’t always regular. Meetings get booked in the morning, work schedules get erratic, and early morning flights make it all more difficult. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone! Travel…

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Health Lifestyle Recipes

Mānuka Honey Overnight Oats

April 19, 2019

I prefer breakfast in bed… … but if I have to do breakfast on the go, it’s usually overnight oats. They come together all on their own in the fridge while I sleep, they’re a fiber-rich, satiating breakfast with lots of room for variation. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I like to add pureed cauliflower, sweet potato or banana to my oats. It bulks them up, adds flavor and nutrients, and it’s the perfect way to…

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Health Recipes

Citrus & Mint Vinaigrette

April 18, 2019

Good quality oils can make such a difference to your diet. Even if you only change this one thing, I believe you’ll feel different. This includes: Not using oils to cook with that shouldn’t be heated (flax, canola, modified vegetable oils, margarine) Respecting an oil’s smoke point – olive oil has a smoke point of 350 F, so it can be used for light sautéing or cooking under that temperature, whereas flax oil shouldn’t be heated due to its sensitive…

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Education Health

Honey, Let’s Bee Real: How to Buy True Mānuka Honey

April 16, 2019

In New Zealand, there grows a tree the native Māori people call mānuka. They use its durable wood to make tools and smoke meat, and they make an essential oil—which you may know as tea tree oil—from its leaves. But the most special thing about the mānuka tree may be its white or pink blossoms. These flowers attract bees that make honey from the nectar, and this one-of-a-kind elixir contains special enzymes and antioxidants other honey doesn’t. It’s called mānuka…

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Recipes

Spring Chill & Cut Cookies

April 11, 2019

Spring! After our region of the Midwest was hit with a historically bad winter, I have never been happier to see spring. With warmer weather and sunshine finally reemerging, my training has picked back up and with it my craving for sweets. Growing up I always eyed those prepackaged sugar cookie rolls that people sliced and baked, but I was raised in a natural household where my mother would tint food with natural ingredients and make all baked goods from…

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Family Seasonal

Spring into Spring Break

April 9, 2019

If you’re like a lot of parents, the thought of spring break coming up fills you with a sort of dread. It’s not that you don’t love your kids—of course, you do!—but you also don’t want to be bombarded with “I’m bored! What should I do?” the entire week. Planning ahead is the answer. And since the weather doesn’t always cooperate in March and April, the smartest move is to plan indoor and outdoor activities to keep your kiddos busy….

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Family Health Recipes

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

April 4, 2019

Start your day off right with a sweet and sunshiny smoothie. The Tropical Fruit Smoothie brings together bursts of bright fruit flavors with creamy yogurt and power-packed Gandalf / VieSun Spirulina™. It’s a delicious blend that’ll leave your whole family smiling. Yogurt brings protein and probiotics to the mix, while the addition of tropical fruit helps you load up on vitamin C, ideal to keep your immune system strong. Gandalf / VieSun Spirulina™ is the icing on the nutritional cake,…

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Health Recipes

Spring Greens Smoothie

April 2, 2019

Spring is in the air, and the first cherry blossoms have bloomed. The sunshine and moisture, flowers and birds are back. Everything is turning green—including our smoothies! Spring greens such as lettuce, kale, and arugula/roquette are now signaling spring in sunny gardens in the southern states. ‘Lettuce’ hope you lucky folks from warm areas gobble them up for us since they sprout up a little later for us here at Flora. In the Pacific northwest, local produce will continue to…

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