Beauty and Brains: You Can Have It All!

By: Dr. Udo Erasmus If you’re moisturizing your skin from within, then chances are the omegas have already kicked in; only someone with a good head on their shoulders would optimize their essential fat intake for mind- and body-health first, knowing that beautiful, glowing skin is the natural side effect. The essential fats—omega-3s and -6s—a.k.a.essential fatty acids (EFAs)—are called “essential” specifically because they’re required for many ba... Continue Reading

Tahoe Rim Trail FKT 2015

We're excited to welcome Flora Ambassador, Krissy Moehl, to our blog...travel along with her as she recaps her recent FKT attempt on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail is 170 miles of beautiful, single-track trail around Lake Tahoe in California. The trail is relatively new, only recently completed in the last 5 years. The entire west side of the lake utilizes the Pacific Crest Trail. At the southern point where the TRT starts utilizing the ... Continue Reading

Adventures at the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon

Flora has had the privilege of sponsoring the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon for the last 4 years…stepping into the role of “title sponsor” for the 2014 and 2015 races. Some of you may know that Flora actively sponsors a team of 16 elite athletes at Oil the Machine, but they also actively support their employee’s athletic pursuits. The Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon is just one of many races that Flora employees have competed in this year. Besid... Continue Reading

Let's Talk About Fermentation

Let's Talk About Fermentation

fer·men·ta·tion: /fərmənˈtāSH(ə)n/ noun fermentation the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat. the process of fermentation involved in the making of beer, wine, and liquor, in which sugars are converted to ethyl alcohol. So what does this all mean and what does it have to do with health? A lot of people think of things like alcohol, rottin... Continue Reading

Sacha Inchi Oil: The New Super Star

Sacha Inchi seeds (also known as “Star seeds”) have been used for centuries by the indigenous people of the Amazon in Peru for their nutritional properties. Sacha Inchi Oil provides a rich, well-balanced ratio of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids…and is one of the richest vegetable sources of omega-3 on earth. Not only is it super rich in omega-3, it also has a pleasant, mild, and nutty taste (no fish oil burps here) and an added bonus is t... Continue Reading

Recipe: Vegan Trail Mix Cookies

Recipe:  Vegan Trail Mix Cookies

Makes 30 cookies Ingredients:2 ¼ cups gluten-free oats2 cups spelt flour1 ½ cups dried cranberries1 cup sunflower seeds¾ cup dried coconut (unsweetened)¾ cup cocoa nibs½ cup pumpkin seeds½ cup sliced almonds½ cup hemp hearts½ cup brown sugar½ tbsp. cinnamon1 cup unsweetened almond milk¾ cup grapeseed oil¼ cup water¼ cup molasses1 tbsp. Flora Green BlendA pinch of sea salt Instructions:1. Preheat the oven to 350 ̊F.2. Line a rimmed sheet pan with pa... Continue Reading

A Parent’s Guide to Healthy School Lunches

A Parent’s Guide to Healthy School Lunches

No one wants to be stuck at 8 p.m. on a school night with nothing in the pantry for the next day’s lunch. Remember: School lunches should of course be nutritious, but they also have to be filling, appealing, and locker-friendly (no refrigeration or heating needed!). Saved by the menu planner! 5 STEPS TO AN A+ SCHOOL LUNCH 1. Use leftovers Think hot leftovers are off the table? Think again. Heat up leftover soups or stews in the morning, and pack th... Continue Reading

Back to School Naturally: The ABCs of Supplements

For parents, back-to-school season is a whirlwind of logistics—from getting the right school supplies to organizing carpools. For kids, it means swapping days spent outside in the sun for days inside the classroom. In a nutshell: Keeping the healthy momentum going as kids head back to school can seem daunting, with limited food options, six hours at a desk, rapidly cooling weather, and increasingly shorter days to contend with. But good news: it do... Continue Reading