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  • Get the scoop on Nekter Skoops

    Written by  on  in Featured Products, Happy & Healthy

    Got a sweet tooth? Us too. In fact, we’d scream for ice cream just about every day (twice on Mondays) if it weren’t for all that pesky cream…and corn syrup…and just generally uncool ingredients. So what’s an ice cream craver to do? Get the Skoop, that’s what!

    The skinny on these skoops: they’re free from dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors – and even better, it’s so smooth and creamy, you’d swear it was your Nonna’s homemade gelato. Don’t have a Nonna? We’ll be your Nonna.

    We’d call it an indulgence, but with clean ingredients like cashew milk, honey, sea salt, Tahitian and bourbon vanilla, coconut sugar, and pure cocoa, we don’t think we could get away with it. Made in small batches in-store to ensure that “fresh factor,” this is one sweet treat that both die-hard foodies and devoted vegans can enjoy, no Nonna required.

    But wait, we can top that! No seriously, we’ve got toppings. Finish those Skoops with coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, chocolate drizzle, strawberries, blueberries, cacao nibs, gluten-free granola and more!

    Skoop is currently available at over 60 Nékter locations – to find the nearest Skoop location near you, visit locations.nekterjuicebar.com!

  • Pantry Makeover: Stock Up on Healthier Staples

    We’ve all been there. It’s 6:45 pm (or 7:45 or…10) and you’re wondering what on earth to eat for dinner. Here’s the good news: with a little planning, you can hunger-proof your pantry and make it easier to create fast and good-for-you meals with staples you always have on hand!

    A healthier pantry starts with some of the same basics that build a wholesome plate: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and healthy flavor boosters such as vinegar and low-sodium soy sauce.

    Whole Grains

    Whole grains are packed with nutrients and many are packed with fiber, too. Use brown rice, quinoa or bulgur as flavorful foundations for Mighty Bowls like this one with pinapple and ginger. Barley and brown rice are tasty, but take the better part of an hour to cook, so be sure to stock up on some quick-cooking varieties like bulgar or quinoa for busy days. (Frozen grains can be a lifesaver when you’re pressed for time too.)

    Don’t forget about whole grain pasta. Two ounces (dry) of whole wheat spaghetti or linguine, for example, can deliver about 6g protein, and it’s perfect for pantry meals like Puttanesca Pasta or Quick Italian Spinach and Pasta Soup.

    Beans

    Beans provide a shelf-friendly source of protein, fiber and phytonutrients. Cooking dried beans from scratch is easy (though it takes some time at the stovetop) and affordable, while canned beans are key for convenient meals on the fly. With plenty of beans in your pantry, you can whip up salads, burritos, Quick and Easy Veggie Chili or Simply Delicious Homemade Hummus.

    Nuts and Seeds

    They may be small, but nuts and seeds pack a powerful wallop of flavor and texture. Although they tend to be high in fat (and, therefore, calories), it’s primarily monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, and they can also offer fiber, protein and a host of vitamins and minerals.

    Nuts and seeds can work double duty, too. When you are making salad dressing, look to nutbutters and seedbutters as flavorful alternatives to other milder extracted oils. Tahini adds mellow, nutty flavor to Creamy Sesame Greens, while peanut butter makes a tasty sauce for recipes such as Sesame-Peanut Noodles.

    Flavor Boosters

    Don’t forget those indispensable ingredients that pull everything together! A short list includes low-sodium vegetable broth, no-salt-added canned tomatoes, low-sodium soy sauce, vinegars and your favorite dried herbs and spices.

    Read more on Whole Food's BLOG

    Stock up Now: 17 Healthier Pantry Staples

    Whole Grains

    • Brown rice, barley, quinoa, bulgar, millet, or rolled and/or steel-cut oats
    • Whole grain pasta

    Beans

    • Dried beans and lentils
    • Canned no-salt-added beans

    Nuts and Seeds

    • Raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
    • No-salt-added peanut or almond butter

    Flavor Boosters + Extras

    • canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes
    • low-sodium vegetable broth
    • unsweetened plain soymilk
    • unsweetened plain almondmilk
    • mellow white miso
    • tahini
    • dried apricots, dates or raisins
    • Dijon mustard
    • a variety of vinegars or lemons and limes
    • your favorite dried herbs and spices
    • nutritional yeast
  • 4 Reasons to Add Barre Workouts to Your Fitness Routine


    If you are looking for a unique way to get fit, consider adding barre classes to your workout routine. Aficionados all over the country love the ways that barre workouts transform their bodies. With a focus on the core and small isometric exercises that tone the body until it is tight like a drum, barre classes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness regimen, check out the following four reasons to add barre workouts to your fitness routine.

    1. Great for Your Core

    Fitness experts will tell you that that best thing you can do for your body is to strengthen your core. When your core is strong, it will improve your athletic performance and give you better workout results. Barre is one of the best possible core workouts. The focus on isometric exercises in barre workouts ensures that you get a total-body workout that forces your core stabilizer muscles to engage constantly. The effects of barre classes are cumulative for your core strength and endurance. When you make barre workouts part of your regimen, you will be able to hold core-centric poses like plank for minutes at a stretch.

    1. Improve Your Posture

    If you are like most people, your posture could use some serious improvement. Because many people spend a lot of time at their desks using computers, their posture is terrible. Even those who do not work desk jobs often have poor posture. Barre classes are the perfect workout for improving your posture. Many of the basic ballet movements that you perform during barre workouts require a straight spine to do them right. This focus on making your back straight during barre class will also make you more aware of how you are carrying your spine outside of class. With awareness of slumping, you will automatically adjust to hold yourself upright with good posture.

    1. Low Impact

    For anyone who has joint issues or simply wants to avoid them, barre workouts are perfect because they are low-impact. The gentle movements you perform during barre classes are very easy on the joints. The isometric nature of the movements makes them ideal for people looking for low-impact ways to get fit. As well as being good for your joints, the low-impact nature of barre classes means that your odds of being injured are low. The low-impact factor also makes barre workouts great for pregnant women.

    1. It’s a Blast

    One of the most important things you need to do if you want to stay in good shape is to look for fun ways to exercise. The fun you have is one of the primary attractions that barre workouts have to offer. The upbeat nature of barre instructors is legendary. When you combine that with the up-tempo music and the fun movements, you will have a smile on your face for much of your workout. Next time you are feeling a little down, a barre class will pick you up and get you super fit.

    Barre workouts are incredible. They will get you in shape like few other workouts. They are really fun, and having fun is half the battle when it comes to staying committed to your exercise routine. The core strengthening benefits of barre classes will also help you to perform better in the rest of your fitness pursuits. Greater core strength will also help you to get through all the mundane tasks of your life like vacuuming, doing laundry and walking the dog. Discover the fun for yourself by finding a local barre class today.

  • Natural Ways to Get Pests to Bug Off!

    Summer is in full swing and that means spending your days outside enjoying the weather. You’ve created the perfect gathering space. Your garden is in tip-top shape. You’ve mastered your favorite dishes on the grill. So don’t let pesky bugs ruin all your fun. Harsh chemicals and ugly traps can deter anyone from fixing their pest problem. We get it. And that’s why we’ve got great all-natural solutions to send those annoying critters marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.

    Spray the Pests Away
    Try an easy, natural spray for all your pest control problems – from snails and slugs to flower-eating insects. We recommend choosing one that is OMRI certified, which means it is certified organic and non-GMO. You can also try an organic insect-killing soap to get rid of unwanted insects naturally without killing the good ones. If you want to go a step further, tackle multiple problems at once with an organic, all-in-one insecticide, miticide, and fungicide to kill all stages of insects.

    Read more on Orchard's Blog http://blog.osh.com/natural-pest-control/

  • Our Stress-Busting Top 5

    Stressed?  Here are some of our favorite supplements to help beat all types of stress!

    All stress is not created equal—there are times we need in-the-moment relief and periods of our lives that need more serious support. Here Ashleigh Putnam, naturopathic doctor at our Monterey store, gives us her top 5 ways to beat all types of stress.

    In the moment

    Bach’s Rescue Remedy, in any form, helps calm the emotional response to a situation. And Emotional Ally by WishGarden Herbs works quickly and can be used for in-the-moment stress management. It helps calm the mind, body and emotional state without being sedative.”

    Sleep-related stress

    Quietude by Boiron helps quiet a busy brain, allowing an individual to fall asleep or go back to sleep. It’s so gentle, yet effective, and has no chance of causing morning grogginess. I also like RelaxMax by Xymogen, which has GABA and L-Theanine. It’s a powder that’s easy to take if you wake in the night, and the dose can be tailored to your needs.”

    Adrenal fatigue

    Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health Daily Support helps the fatigue that can accompany stress, featuring rhodiola which increases oxygen to the brain and muscles, and holy basil and milky oat seed to help calm the nervous system. ADR Formula by Pure Encapsulations offers more robust, energizing support with Asian ginseng, eleuthero and licorice, which support adrenal gland function and the immune system.”

    Physical stress 

    “Try Magnesium Glycinate from Pure Encapsulations, Metagenics, Kal or Doctor’s Best—it will help relax the smooth and skeletal muscles, allowing for repair, and enhance blood flow. And Concentrace Trace Mineral Dropshelp nourish the muscles and replenish minerals that are often depleted in periods of extreme physical stress.”

    Overall support

    “B vitamins in their active forms will nourish the adrenals and help to decrease the stress response. I recommend Integrative Therapeutics Active B Complex ITI, B-Complex Plus by Pure Encapsulations or Stress B-Complex by Thorne Research.”


    Thanks to Pharmaca for the tips!

    www.pharmaca.com/blog

     

  • How to Create Floral Arrangements

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  • FOURTH OF JULY COCKTAIL: BLACKBERRY SMASH

    Fourth of July is around the corner and we’re getting our menus together for the party! And when it comes to patriotic sips and cocktails, this year, I opted out of creating a red, white and blue cocktail theme and instead chose something totally different: A purple cocktail!

    Get the recipe here! www.worldmarket.com/blog/recipe

  • SUMMER ROUND-UP: OUR FAVORITE SUMMER GIFTS

    Happy first day of summer! Even though the season officially begins today, we’ve been in full summer mode for a while now. We rounded up the warm weather gifts we’ve been loving so far to help you have an endless summer!

    1. A CACTUS POOL FLOAT FOR LAYING OUT AND CATCHING SOME RAYS.

    Get that summer glow, girl!

    Get it here.

    2. THESE DONUT DRINK FLOATS SO YOUR BEVERAGE CAN FLOAT BY YOUR SIDE.

    No pool party is complete without these!

    Get them here.

    3. A SUN HAT TO KEEP YOU AGLOW WHILE PROTECTING FROM UNWANTED SUNBURNS.

    See the rest at www.francescascollections.tumblr.com

  • Activated Charcoal Margarita – A Dark Drink to Brighten Your Day

    We’ve all heard of detox before you retox, but what about combining both at the same time?! We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of activated coconut charcoal. And tequila’s ability to make us all more eloquent speakers and better dancers has been well documented throughout the ages. So why not combine both into a sure-to-turn-heads black margarita?

    Make your own activated charcoal margarita for your next party!

    ACTIVATED CHARCOAL MARGARITA 

    Add the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake.

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

    For a sweeter drink, add a dash of agave syrup (one part water, two parts agave nectar) before shaking.

    www.blog.nekterjuicebar.com

  • How Pure Barre Complements Your Favorite Outdoor Activity

    There are many reasons I am grateful for Pure Barre, but every spring, I’m especially thankful for the way that Pure Barre has conditioned me for all kinds of outdoor exercise and activity. Whether it’s hitting the trail for an invigorating run, trying to whip past my husband on a bike ride, or just taking a brisk morning walk with my dog, Pure Barre is an awesome complement to the outdoor pursuits I love. Here’s why …

    Pure Strength

    The exercises we do in Pure Barre build strength – no doubt about it. Strong muscles enable our bodies to work efficiently and safely in every physical challenge we take on outside the studio. All of our abdominal exercises really pay off, since that core strength will hold your framework in place and protect your back, no matter where your weekly workout routine takes you.

    Pure Endurance

    During every Pure Barre class, you work hard for 55 minutes! This kind of conditioning is key when it comes to building your endurance as you set out on a longer run or ride. Those hills will suddenly seem like no big thing.

    Pure Flexibility

    Many of us – myself included – are not great about remembering to stretch after working out. Because stretching is built into the Pure Barre program, we automatically benefit from that vital flexibility which makes us less prone to injury. As the oldie but goodie saying goes: “It’s better to bend, not break!”

    Pure Mind-Body

    Pure Barre classes offer two kinds of training – physical and mental. As you’re figuring out how to move your leg by firing your seat muscles, you are deepening your mind-body connection. You’ll find that this powerful and positive awareness grows with practice, and can be carried over to any other sport.

    Pure Confidence

    It all culminates with confidence. Experiencing the physical and mental strength you develop through Pure Barre classes allows you to feel confident in your body’s abilities. This self-assuredness will stay with you as you hit the trails or clip into your pedals, making any physical activity so much more enjoyable and fun.

    So maybe I still can’t pass my husband on a ride, but I know that Pure Barre keeps me close to his back tire – and for that, I am always grateful. See you in the great outdoors.

    www.purebarre.com/blog/2017

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