A Taste of Healthy Living
By Nicole • Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Whole Health Nutrition, LLC bases their practice philosophies around a term that we have coined ‘PharmaFoodie’. Food, the nutrients in food specifically, is information – information that talks to every cell in the body. A question our nutritionists often ask their clients is, “When you look down at your plate, what story do you hear?” This is a figurative question, but an important one to ask. Our bodies respond to the foods we eat as biochemical messengers of information that supports health when we choose well. Our PharmaFoodie cooking class series makes use of this science. Each month we explore a health condition and learn which foods are the best choices for managing that condition or minimizing the risk of developing that condition. The recipes are delicious, fun, and easy to make at home! We call the PharmaFoodie series the power of nutrition meeting the pleasure of eating.
Our June PharmaFoodie class will explore the use of Salt. Healthy foods and tasty food can and should sit on the same plate. Moderation and balance are important keys to successfully navigating delicious foods in a healthy way. It is no secret that the key to unlocking good flavor in both the sweet and the savory is a pinch of salt. This class will explore different types of salt and when and how to use them to bring out the perfect flavor and bring on health. The right salt, in the right amount can make a very sexy meal. We will explore some of the health values and culinary uses of alder smoked sea salt, Himalayan pink sea salt, and togarashi salt! (I would use a version of this second paragraph, pared down, for the actual newsletter).
(from Angelo Sosa’s Flavor Exposed )
- 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
- 1⁄4 cup red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
- 3 sheets nori seaweed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon sansho or Szechuan peppercorns
- 3⁄4 cup kosher salt
In a small dry sauté pan over medium heat, lightly toast the sesame seeds, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Put the sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, orange peel, seaweed, ginger, and peppercorns in a spice grinder and blend until fine. Mix the spices with the kosher salt in a small bowl and set aside.
By Outreach Coordinator • Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Since late January, Healthy Living has teamed up with the Green Mountain Animal Defenders to collect pet food for families in need.
The drop off bin is just inside the exit doors next to the bin for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
A huge thank goes out to all to our amazing customers who have donated this year and helped up collect over 200 pounds of pet food in 2013!
The pet food drive will continue. All donations will go to helping a hungry pet.
We love pets and keeping them happy and healthy!
By Nicole • Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Crisp summer lettuce, hearty butternut squash, spicy radishes, festive basil, and farm fresh eggs are just a few of the products Rockville Market Farm offers! Located in the beautiful hills of Starksboro, Vermont, this family farm encompasses 108 acres of preserved land.
Healthy Living and Rockville Market Farm are working together to bring you the freshest local eggs, Eric’s Eggs, named after the farm’s owner. The hens at the Rockville Farm Market lead the good life and live outdoors with unlimited access to pasture for most of the year. In the colder months, they pass their days laying eggs, scratching and fertilizing the greenhouse. The farm raises 3000 laying hens that live in mobile chicken coops on pasture. The eggs are sold fresh and ungraded.
Similar to our beliefs here at Healthy Living, Eric says, “We are transparent. We want people to be connected to their food. To eat seasonally, and know the growers by their first name.”
You can find Eric’s Eggs exclusively in our coolers for the low price of $4.99 a dozen and other delicious products from Rockville Market Farm throughout our store!
By Nicole • Monday, May 20th, 2013
Zorbas Natural Foods Humma~Humma~Hummus is made with fresh chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon, spices, and sea salt.
Humma~Humma~Hummus has a smooth, creamy texture with loads of flavor. There is nothing bland or boring about it. The taste will leave you speechless!
- Horseradish~ Vegan Bacon
- Sweet Potato~Ginger
- Sweet Heat
Pick some up at Healthy Living today!
By Outreach Coordinator • Monday, May 20th, 2013
What a day we had yesterday at SPAC’s 4th Annual Rock & Run! Over twenty bands came out from the region to set up along the course for racers to rock out to. Healthy Living was there at the finish with plenty of bananas, cold-brewed ice coffee, and an abundance of snacks for racers and the fans.
The Healthy Living tent – set up and ready for racers to come snack.
Somersaults and KIND bars, oh my!
Racers refueling after the 5K.
Our Demo and Learning Center team dishing out grain salad samples.
The Healthy Living team!
A big thank you from all of us at Healthy Living to SPAC for hosting the event, to all of the volunteers for all of you help and to all the racers for rockin’ it with us!
Be on the lookout around town this summer for the Healthy Living team. More fun and tasty events to come!
A big shout out and special thanks to our sponsors!
Kind Bars, Equal Exchange Bananas, Natures Path Granola Bars, Annie’s Homegrown, Somer Saults, Runa, 3 Chicks and a P
By Wine Manager • Sunday, May 19th, 2013
If you’re looking for a mouthful of lush, ripe melon with honey and pear all lightly chilled and swirling around in perfect harmony, you need to try Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier blend. The chenin blanc brings to the table a good dose of acidity and weight, while the viognier contributes the aromatics. Great blend, and I can’t get enough of it! Come on in and grab a bottle for $11.99, on sale all month!
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Saturday, May 18th, 2013
“Hey, my love, you came to me like wine comes to the mouth grown tired of water.
You quench my heart.
And love, you quench my mind.”
-Dave Matthews Band-
It’s exactly 1 week away from the Dave Matthews Band opening performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Divine Wines has brought in two of his fabulous wines that he has worked on with co-winemaker and friend, Steve Reeder.
2010 Dreaming Tree “Crush”
A blended (predominantly Merlot and Syrah), fruit-forward red wine with floral notes and raspberry jam
2012 Dreaming Tree “Everyday White”
A blended (predominantly Gewürztraminer and Riesling), aromatic white wine with fresh floral and ripe honeysuckle notes
What we love at Divine Wines is that not only do they make delicious wine, but they’re conscious about their impact on the environment as well!
1) Bottles are lightweight and manufactured with clean-burning natural gas
2) Labels are made from 100% recycled paper
3) They get their natural corks from sustainable farms
4) They print in black ink – which means reduced toxins, heavy metals and no bleaching
Come support Dave by picking up a bottle today (or 12) today!
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Saturday, May 18th, 2013
“Anyone can drink beer, but it takes intelligence to enjoy beer.”
Did you know that the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewer?
‘Craft Brewer’ is a term that was coined by the American Brewers Association to protect and promote small and independent American brewers, their craft brews and enthusiasts. It is an industry that is growing more and more each day as the public becomes more intoxicated (pun intended) with the idea of creating and experimenting with new techniques, styles, flavors and concepts.
To be considered a ‘craft brewery’ one must have…
1) An annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less
2) At least 75% of the business owned or controlled by a craft brewer
3) At least 50% of its volume being all malt beer
American Craft Brewers Association
We’re coming up on the end of American Craft Beer Week with the most important part of the week to enjoy your favorite craft beers: the weekEND! Celebrate by swinging by Healthy Living Saratoga and checking out the 24 feet of predominantly craft beer that we proudly boast. 12-packs, 6-packs, 4-packs, singles and bombers galore!
It will instantly turn you into a beer snob! …if you aren’t one already.
By Hunter • Friday, May 17th, 2013
Welcome back! This week we’ll talk about two of the biggest things you’ll miss when going gluten-free: cookies and crackers. Thankfully, Healthy Living has hundreds of gluten-free cookie and cracker selections that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, get chummy with cheese, and keep you crunching happily.
Fabulous Cookies…Free of Gluten!
It’s almost s’more season…and what’s a s’more without a graham cracker? Gluten-free varieties are available from Kinnikinnik, Jo Sef, and The Grainless Baker; each and every variety will pair perfectly with melty marshmallows and creamy chocolate for a fireside treat you can’t resist.
If you want a cookie that’s all that on its own, try a Gluten-Free Annie’s Bunny Graham. They’re bite sized (great for kids), come in a variety of flavors (Cocoa & Vanilla, Gingersnap, or Snickerdoodle), and Non-GMO verified…this is the perfect grab-and-go gluten-free goodie. MiDel’s cookies are fab for kids, too; their gingersnaps and mini chocolate cookies are just dying to be put in a lunchbox.
If you’re looking for a more grownup cookie, Jovial’s the winner. The Organic Chocolate Cream and Organic Fig cookies are deliciously decadent and oozing with the quality you’d expect from Italian bakers. Jovial’s products are always consciously crafted and phenomenally tasty; try a box for yourself or your next get-together.
Gloriously Gluten-Free Crackers!
Can’t forget about the savory crunch of crackers, can we? We have gluten-free crackers for every occasion, dip, or cheese. Longtime customer favorite Edward & Sons makes a crispy-crunchy brown rice snap that comes in a myriad of flavors- choose from Black Sesame, Onion, Cheddar, Seaweed Tamari, and more!
If a heartier cracker is needed, look no further than Mary’s Gone Crackers. These wholesome options are made with quinoa, flax, and brown rice for maximum nutrition and easy digestibility. Our very own Trisha, gluten-free goddess and arbiter of all wheatless knowledge, loves the original flavor with some sharp Cabot cheese and an apple. For a gourmet twist, she suggests the Herb Crackers with some chevre and thinly sliced cukes and carrots. It’s one heck of a fresh, satisfying crunch!
Another Trisha (and customer) favorite comes from Les Pains des Fleurs, which, like Mary’s Gone Crackers, uses tons of whole grains to make a hearty and wholesome cracker with a fabulously full flavor. Trisha’s favorite pairing? Almond butter (from our bulk department, of course) + blackberries.
We leave you with a shout-out to Vermont’s own Liz Lovely, which makes the MOST decadent gluten-free cookies around. These cookies are the absolute best and come in a two-pack; vegans, these are for you, too! Celebrate you dietary restrictions in style.
Stay tuned for next week…same bat time, same bat channel!
By Saratoga Bread and Cheese Manager • Friday, May 17th, 2013
Delicious Gluten Free Cupcake from Bryan Street Bakery
At Healthy Living Market and Cafe WE LOVE LOCAL and are especially pleased to be able to offer you wonderful Gluten Free baked goods from one of our local Saratoga dedicated gluten free bakeries. Bryan Street Bakery. Carin Cooper brings us fresh, moist, delicious gluten free cupcakes, gluten free Walnut Brownies and her gluten free Chocolate Biscotti.
So here is Carin, in her own words, saying hello to you all:
Hey, there! I would love to introduce you to Bryan Street Bakery, a gluten-free home- based bakery located in Saratoga Springs, New York. My name is Carin Cooper and I am the sole proprietor and baker. I use gluten-free ingredients exclusively AND I bake in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. Only the finest, highest quality ingredients are used so that you can enjoy the best tasting treats available anywhere. You see, one of my goals is to re-create gluten-free versions of the desserts you long for without having to make excuses or apologies. There is no bigger compliment than a surprised expression and query “This is gluten-free?” It’s one of those “YES!!!!” moments for me. Another goal, equally important, is to provide you with really fresh baked goods. Although I don’t have a retail bakery, I approach my baking as if I do. I want you to have the freshest pastries, using many locally sourced ingredients, which you look forward to eating, again and again. Maybe even dream about!
For me, gluten-free baking is one part art, one part science, and one part passion – my desserts are so yummy that only you will know they’re completely gluten-free. Here at Bryan Street Bakery I have been perfecting desserts for your enjoyment and well-being. I hope you enjoy my baked goods as much as I enjoy baking them.
Please stop by Healthy Living Market and Cafe on May 25th between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm for a sampling of my delicious brownies, cupcakes and biscotti. I’d love to meet you and talk gluten-free!