Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Banana Split Date Shake

Kris shows you how easy it is to whip up a healthy and delicious Banana Split Date Shake to enjoy anytime of the day. Her recipe includes Navitas Naturals Maca Powder which is great for combating fatigue. Find all the ingredients at the Co-op during your next visit, just ask any associate to help...

2 Chopped Bananas
1/4 cup Chopped Medjool Dates
1 Teaspoon Maca Powder
2 Scoops Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream
1/2 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk
2 cups ice
Blend until smooth, enjoy! Stop by our Concord store for Smoothie Tuesdays to sample Kris and Jay's latest creations featuring fresh produce and Navitas Naturals. All the ingredients used can be found in the Co-op, just ask any associate to help you find what you need.

Banana Split Date Shake

Banana Split Date Shake

Kris shows you how easy it is to whip up a healthy and delicious Banana Split Date Shake to enjoy anytime of the day. Her recipe includes Navitas Naturals Maca Powder which is great for combating fatigue. Find all the ingredients at the Co-op during your next visit, just ask any associate to help...

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chopped Bananas
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Medjool Dates
  • 1 Teaspoon Maca Powder
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups ice
Instructions:
The order isn't important, just throw it all in a blender & blend until smooth.
Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 min
Total time: 10 min

Watch the video below as Kris demonstrates how easy this yummy smoothie is to create!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Great Vegetable Swap Out: Not Your Standard Starch!

by Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), 
Registered Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator

I adore bread, potatoes, corn, and rice as much as every other American, but let’s face it: Most of us could use some inspiration to eat fewer carbs and more veggies. One way to significantly up your veg quota is to swap all or some of your standard starch for a veggie-based pseudo-carb. I’m not talking about weird processed vegetable cellulose packaged gunk. Let’s stick to real, whole foods!

Why swap your starch for veggies? You'll get more nutrients and antioxidants with fewer calories, better meet the recommended five-to-nine servings of produce per day, and you can make delicious paleo- and gluten-free-friendly foods. And sometimes you just need to figure out what to do with the extra zucchini or carrots before they go bad.

We’re at the height of harvest season on the cusp of summer-to-autumn offerings, it’s the perfect time to branch out with farm-fresh goodies. Here are a few ideas to get you going. I highly recommend checking out the linked recipes - the pictures alone will have your mouth watering!!

The  Open-Faced “Sandwich”

Swap that bread out for a halved avocado (sliced into diced squares inside the shell) or a hollowed-out bell pepper.

Pasta

Of course, spaghetti squash is always nice. But if you want something faster, you can turn any raw semi-solid veggie (think:  carrots, sweet potatoes, summer squash, zucchini, beets...) into noodles that you can leave raw or slightly cook before adding your sauce and toppings. Local nutritionist Traci Komorek recommends this fancy machine, and I found this pencil-sharpener-like spiral slicer at Things are Cooking in Concord (which does an ok job). Also use strips of grilled eggplant or zucchini in place of pasta for lasagna and stuffed-rolled Italian rollatini.

The Taco

For a fresh, crisp taco, simply pile your ingredients into a sturdy lettuce boat (ie: Boston bibb or romaine) - delicious for both Asian and Tex-Mex taco fillings! For a heartier or piping hot taco, consider using a cabbage leaf.

That's a Wrap!

On the same line as the veggie taco, we've got gorgeous greens standing in for the sandwich wrap. Try wide, sturdy collard greens or more tender chard leaves. Some people blanch the leaves first while others leave them raw - see what works best for you. You can go in between and soak them in warm water with vinegar for about 10 minutes.

Pizza Crust

Not to dis the greasy spoon pizza, but you can craft some pretty darn tasty flour-free variations! Try a roasted/grilled/seared portobello mushroom (layered with gooey cheese and fresh tomatoes, oh my!) or one of the creative cauliflower crusts that the GF world is RAVING about.

Chips & Crunchy Snacks

It's all the rage, and home-cooked is sooo yummy! Try any one of the many kale chips recipes out there. Also try roasting sliced beets or chickpeas with some seasoning for a tasty snack that crunches. If you have a dehydrator, you can even play around with making your own flax crackers.

I hope you've been inspired - enjoy! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Raspberry Almond Smoothie



Made with fresh raspberries and newly ground almond butter, this smoothie is a summery treat you can't resist!
Featuring Navitas Naturals acai powder and cacao nibs, this super smoothie will provide your body with antioxidants and omega fatty acids to help you live a long and strong life.
A Raspberry Almond Smoothie is a delicious way to start your day, satisfying your hunger and making you feel fuller for longer.

I cup raspberries
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/4 cup medjool dates (make sure you remove the pits!)
2 tablespoons acai powder
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups coconut water
2 cups ice
Blend until smooth, enjoy!
www.ConcordFoodCoop.coop/Smoothie

You can find all the ingredients at the Co-op.

Watch the video below to see how easy this smoothie was to make!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pistachio Cherry Smoothie

Stop by our Concord store for Smoothie Tuesdays to sample Kris and Jay's latest creations featuring fresh produce and Navitas Naturals. All the ingredients used can be found in the Co-op, just ask any associate to help you find what you need.
Pistachio Cherry Smoothie

Pistachio Cherry Smoothie

This yummy sweet smoothie with pistachio's, cherries and goji berries that are high in antioxidants, helps protect eye sight.
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cherries
  • 1/4 cup salted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries from Navitas
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder from Navitas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
Instructions:
The order isn't important, just throw it all in a blender & blend until smooth.
Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 min
Total time: 10 min

Watch the video below as Kris demonstrates how easy this yummy smoothie is to create!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie

Stop by our Concord store for Smoothie Tuesdays to sample Kris and Jay's latest creations featuring fresh produce and Navitas Naturals. All the ingredients used can be found in the Co-op, just ask any associate to help you find what you need.
Strawberry Kombucha

Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie

Create your own spin on this fizzy smoothie by trying a different flavor of kombucha from Aqua Vitea, like the new Turmeric Sunrise on tap at the Co-op. The pomegranate powder from Navitas Naturals is especially high in vitamin C and potassium, giving this smoothie immune boosting powers! Let us know in the comments which kombucha you used.
 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2 cups original kombucha
  • 1 tablespoon Navitas pomegranate Powder
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • Honey to taste
Instructions:
The order isn't important, just throw it all in a blender & blend until smooth.
Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 min
Total time: 10 min

Watch the video below as Jay demonstrates how easy this yummy smoothie is to create!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blackberry Pie Smoothie

Stop by our Concord store for Smoothie Tuesdays to sample Kris and Jay's latest creations featuring fresh produce and Navitas Naturals. All the ingredients used can be found in the Co-op, just ask any associate to help you find what you need.
Blackberry Pie Smoothie

Blackberry Pie Smoothie

This fresh and deliciously sweet smoothie makes for an easy breakfast to-go or an after dinner treat. Raw Maca powder from Navitas Naturals is a healthy food well known for increasing strength and endurance, while the fresh blackberries are high in antioxidants reducing the risk of cancer. Also, eating blackberries in their natural state helps promote the healthy tightening of tissue making your skin look and feel younger. This Blackberry Pie smoothie sounds too good to be true, so you should probably try it a few times a week to make sure!
Ingredients:
  • 1.5 Cups Blackberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Navitas Maca Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Navitas Hemp Seeds
  • 0.5 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 0.5 Cups Blueberries
  • 0.25 Cups Raw Cashews
  • Maple Syrup to Taste
Instructions:    
The order isn't important, just throw it all in a blender & blend until smooth.
Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 min
Total time: 10 min

Watch the video below as Kris demonstrates how easy this yummy smoothie is to create!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Live Action Salad Station

By Jaimie Jusczyk, Marketing Specialist

Executive Chef Scott wanted to showcase the beautiful and delicious produce that has been arriving in store from local farms, and what better way than with a Live Action Salad Station on June 26, 2014. Chef Scott set up a display in the Concord store produce department with the help of the produce manager, Shawn.
Executive Chef Scott Jones Live Salad Station

You could choose from a baby arugula with goat cheese and maple hazelnut vinaigrette salad, Chipotle grilled chicken Caesar salad or a Asian mixed greens with miso dressing salad. Chef Scott had a good time talking with customers about the local and organic ingredients he was using. One of the featured items was the Co-op's very own Hoop House organic lettuce mix that you can find in the produce cooler.
Executive Chef Scott Jones Live Salad Station

My favorite recipe was the chicken Caesar that was topped with a corn bread croûton made fresh from the Bakery Box, though the Asian greens salad was proving to be popular too. If you are looking for the recipes, download a recipe card by clicking here and you can find all the ingredients in the Co-op. You can also ask for the dressing, made fresh from the Celery Stick Cafe chefs. call them at 603-225-6840.