By Body Care Buyer • Saturday, March 8th, 2014
We are absolutely delighted to be offering this up and coming line of natural skincare from Nature & Company, a mother-daughter owned and operated business out of Pennsylvania.
The bright, whimsical packaging, chemical free ingredients and luxurious formulas make these products an instant love for us! There are two facial cleansers, an exfoliant, two facial moisturizers, two body scrubs, a serum, an eye cream and a toner (not pictured). Many of the products contain Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, Rooibos Tea and Vitamin C, which all support the elasticity and moisture retention of your skin.
I can personally attest to the greatness of the Just Your Cup Of Tea Cleanser, Peeper Keeper Eye Cream and the Morning Sugar Body Scrub (it has coffee in it!!). I used all three of them this morning and my skin is glowing right now.
This line is perfect for anyone who is looking to make a change from more commercial products to cleaner, healthier facial and body care. Come see them for yourself and let our knowledgeable Wellness staff assist you in finding the Nature & Company items that are a perfect fit for you!
-*Courtney*, Lead Body Care Buyer
By Richie Snyder • Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Check out these fabulous NEW products!
Harvest Bay All-Natural Coconut Water: We are carrying three flavors of this delicious beverage! Find them in the “grab and go” cooler!
Teas’ Tea: Unsweetened tea with zero calories! Also found in our “grab and go” cooler.
Swirl all natural green tea: Natural source of antioxidants. No calories, sugar, or gluten. Directly brews in cold water in minutes for great convenience. One pack contains six tea bags. Find this product in our juice and beverage aisle.
Sweet Drops Sweetener: Add sweet flavor to your daily glasses of water. This product provides increased hydration and flavor without the added sugar or calories. Sweetened with Organic Stevia. Find Sweet Drops in our juice and beverage aisle.
By Richie Snyder • Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Healthy Living Market and Cafe is on the “cutting edge” of the popular Juicing craze! Our Cafe is the ONLY all Organic Juice and Smoothie Bar in the Saratoga area.
We also offer a popular one,three, or five day Juice Cleanse. All you have to do is call our juice coordinator at (518) 306-4900 ext.502 and they will walk you through the process.
For the at-home juicer, our produce department offers fresh organic juice bags ready to go! These bags contain 3lbs of Organic fruits and vegetables. Some of the ingredients we have been experimenting with are fennel, swiss chard, pear, and different types of radish including watermelon, daikon, and classic red radish! Radish aids in digestion and helps to cleanse the liver while fennel is full of vitamin C, Iron, and Potassium.
Come experience juicing with us at Healthy Living Market and Cafe! Whether it’s a Juice Cleanse, a Juice from our Cafe, or a Juice at Home bag, you’ll feel good about what you are putting into your body.
By Richie Snyder • Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Healthy Living Market and Cafe is proud to announce this month’s Front End Fundraiser: Friends of the IBA. Please donate what you can to this amazing organization. All you have to do is tell your friendly cashier that you want to donate! They will take care of the rest for you! You can even sign your name on a donation card that will be hung near the front registers of the store.
Here is some information about the Friends of the IBA from their website:
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and protection for endangered Short-eared Owls and other at-risk birds and their habitat in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA.
Education and Conservation remain top priorities as we work to protect our imperiled grassland birds! Fun and educational events like Winter Raptor Fest and Raptor Rapture create interest in and excitement about at risk birds and their habitat. Field trips offer residents and visitors the chance to see and explore the IBA - and perhaps encounter some of these amazing birds for themselves!
GOALS: We are working with interested landowners, nonprofits and state and federal agencies to conserve or acquire critical lands in the IBA from willing owners. Our planned eco-friendly Nature Center will improve the quality of life for local residents while retaining the rural character of the community. The Center will allow us to expand educational programs, activities, trails and recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors and serve as a focus of bird and nature-related tourism.
photo courtesy Connie Bush
Friends of the IBA organizes and co-sponsors two annual events:
Winter Raptor Fest in Fort Edward and Raptor Rapture at the New York State Museum in Albany. These events offer the public a fun way to learn about the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area and its endangered, threatened and at-risk birds as well as the opportunity to see many of the IBA’s native owls, hawks and falcons. Winter Raptor Fest also serves as a fundraiser to help support program costs and fund our work through the year.
photo courtesy Friends of the IBA
Friends of the IBA field trips with partners like Adirondack Mountain Club and Hudson Mohawk Bird Club offer nature enthusiasts the opportunity to get out in the field and see this unique grasslands habitat and its amazing birds for themselves! Winter sightings include the state endangered Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers and Horned Larks, as well as dozens of more common birds. Spring and Summer field trips offer sightings of grassland songbirds like Eastern Meadowlarks (At Risk), Bobolinks, Bluebirds, Killdeer, Savannah Sparrows and more.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH, COLLABORATIONS
Collaborations with Live Bird of Prey educators from Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center, North Country Wild Care, New York State Wildlife Rehab Council, The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY and VINS have helped Friends of the IBA reach over 15,000 people in direct attendance at our events and programs since August 2010.
Collaborations with Audubon New York, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and New York State DEC continue to build interest in conserving the IBA’s at risk birds. NRCS Greenwich Office reports, “as a result of “Raptorfest”, 4 landowners have signed up … 390 acres” under conservation easements. One of the landowners will manage their parcel solely for wildlife.
Contact email@example.com or call 518-692-9559 for more info.
By Jackie Callahan • Monday, March 3rd, 2014
In Hindi, the word ‘Tulsi’, means, ‘incomparable plant’, and the name is very appropriate, for this humble plant is an incredible multi-tasker!! Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is held in the highest regard in India; most homes have one of these plants growing right outside their door, or as a potted plant within the home. In the Hindi religion, it is literally revered; in fact, its species name, sanctum, means ‘holy’. It is used for medicinal, and religious purposes, and is considered to be an elixir of life, one that promotes longevity, and good health.
On closer examination, this reverence is understood more easily. It has scores of medicinal applications, being beneficial to virtually every system in the body, including the immune system, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the pulmonary system, and the renal system.
Tulsi, or Holy Basil, as it is also known (a close relative to culinary basil) is well known as an adaptogenic (a plant which is known to help the body adapt to stress.) Having powerful anti-stress properties, it helps the body normalize cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and therefore helps to soothe frayed nerves. In addition, as stress is known to create free radicals (unpaired molecules which wreak havoc with the health of our cells) it is also beneficial that Tulsi is high in antioxidants, which help to stabilize these disease-causing free radicals.
As excessive stress often goes hand-in-hand with high blood pressure, it makes sense that Tulsi would also help to lower blood pressure, and, due to a powerful component called eugenol, it does just that. In addition, it protects the heart; by keeping blood pressure under control, and by lowering cholesterol, it helps to protect against heart disease.
A significant amount of research has been done in regard to the fact that Ocimum sanctum stabilizes blood sugar levels. This is important news for diabetics, for in some types of diabetes, it has been shown to be an effective medicine. This action is also good news for those desiring to lose weight, for in addition to stabilizing blood sugar levels (spiked blood sugar levels are associated with obesity and weight gain) it also increases metabolism.
Due to its powerful essential oil constituents, camphene, cineol, and eugenol, Tulsi is an amazing immune-booster; it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help beat a variety of infections. Also, it is an anti-inflammatory, and an analgesic, and is commonly used to help lower fever. Also, it has anti-tussive properties, is an expectorant, and relieves congestion, making it a very effective medicine for respiratory illness, in particular.
Tulsi is also well known to help to detoxify the kidneys; it is a diuretic, and helps to remove excessive uric acid in the blood. As excessive uric acid levels are known to be associated with kidney stones, this plant therefore helps to prevent, and can even help to dissolve, kidney stones. And, as clean blood and healthy kidneys make for healthy skin, Tulsi also helps give us a radiant complexion.
Natives of India often chew leaves directly from the plant, as well as using it as a tea. In addition, juice is extracted, and used medicinally, as well. In the US, it is commonly taken as a tea, a tincture, or as a pill. There are several good quality brands that produce Tulsi teas, making it is easy to incorporate into our daily routine! So do yourself a favor, and drink up!
Jackie Callahan has been interested in health and nutrition for her entire adult life. She is an amateur naturalist and has written over 13 illustrated journals on the flora and fauna of Fish Creek, an outlet of Saratoga Lake, and is currently studying with master herbalist, Dr. Aviva Romm, working toward a certification as an herbal educator. She works as a sales associate in the Healthy Living Market (Saratoga) Wellness department. She lives in Saratoga Springs on beautiful Fish Creek with her husband, John and their son, Alex. She also has two grown children, Danielle and Devin, who live in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont, respectively.
By Richie Snyder • Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Escargot anyone? Mmmm – a plate of steaming, garlicky, butter-drenched snails with a loaf of crusty French bread and a dry white wine from Divine Wines…does it get any better? From our fresh seafood case, we offer stuffed snails prepared with parsley-garlic butter individually – buy as many or as few as you need!
Only if convenience matters – we offer Escal’s frozen prepared escargot – conveniently packaged in an aluminum tray – pop in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes and voila!
We’re proud to offer the Orca Bay line of seafood products in our freezer section. Sourced from sustainable and certified fisheries, our selection includes pacific and sockeye salmon fillets, halibut, mahi, flounder, and cod fillets as well as swordfish and tuna steaks and farm-raised tilapia fillets. Look for additional selections soon – including Dungeness Crab! A great value and very convenient to have on hand for a quick, nutritious week night meal. Look for this month’s sale items for even greater value!
Stop by our Seafood counter today! Whether you are looking for the freshest seafood available or an economical and quality frozen product, we will have what you are looking for.
By Jackie Cooper • Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
“Close to 30 years ago, when I started Healthy Living, words like ‘local’, ‘organic’, and ‘sustainable’ were not in our lexicon… but over the decades these words and concepts have become a huge part of our culinary, agricultural and environmental culture. When GMO’s first entered the conversation, I had an epiphany. For years, driving from my rural home past farms, I always noticed little signs in farmers’ fields at the end of every row of corn. I always wondered what they were all about. I realized this was the beginning of GMO experimentation… and right in our own back yard! What was going on here?
Knowledge and understanding of GMOs is in its infancy. Whether they’re good for us, dangerous to our environment, harmful to the day-to-day operation of farmers… we are truly just starting to get to the bottom of all this, and that is why I’ve been reluctant to join one side or another. When I hear other retailers making claims that they only sell non-GMO foods or only use non-GMO ingredients in their foods, it further enforces my refusal to make such claims. Because at this point in time, we simply don’t know. I just can’t get behind making claims like that!
But what made me come around was this simple statement – ‘people deserve to know what is in their food’. It reminded me of why I started Healthy Living in the first place; so that people could buy simple, real, understandable food for their families. Vermont H.112, which is Mandatory GMO Labelling simply ensures that food sold in stores all over Vermont will include a simple message stating ‘this product may include ingredients containing GMO’s.’ I can get behind that!” – Katy Lesser, Owner
On Wednesday Feb 26th at the Vermont State House, a press conference was held to discuss a proposed bill that would require companies to clearly mark foods that have ingredients that may be genetically modified. We are proud join other local businesses to officially support the passing of this bill in Vermont. Healthy Living Co-Owner, Eli Lesser-Goldsmith had the honor of speaking during the conference in support of labeling GMO foods. Other supporters of the bill that spoke in favor of GMO labeling were Ben & Jerry’s, Liz Lovely, Black River Produce, Two Guys in Vermont, New Chapter, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and VPIRG.
“We are really in the beginning stages of understanding what this GMO issue is all about. And that’s why We’ve been reluctant to get involved in this discussion. When we hear food manufacturers and retailers making claims that they are not using GMO’s, or are preparing to go “GMO-free” we just cannot figure out how they can make those claims, and so we have been quite silent on it. But what brought us around on the issue was one simple sentence, “people deserve to know what’s in their food.” We have agreed with that since the day we started Healthy Living Market almost 30 years ago, when things like “organic” “local” “GMO” were not part of the culinary language. Today we still believe in that and as a result, we have signed on in support of the this bill, that will ensure that people are alerted to what’s in their food. We like the bill because it doesn’t make any other claim than that and to us this is a big, do-able, simple step forward. We really need to move forward this way because we are up against huge companies with vast power, lobbying dollars, and political power. Moving too fast, making too many claims and demands will only mire us in their deep pocketed legal system. Vermont has chunked it down to one facet of the argument which we think is the wisest, most effective way to go. Healthy Living Market is proud to stand in support of this GMO labeling bill.” - Katy, Eli and Nina
By Jackie Cooper • Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Full disclosure: I am neither gluten-free nor vegan.
Another fact: I eat a fair amount of cupcakes.
And since we’re being so up-front and honest, I just ate one of these cupcakes, and it was good. Like, stupid good.
Most of us who work in the natural foods industry have experienced some pretty mediocre GF/V baked goods. This creates a bit of a dilemma, since it is incredibly difficult to recommend a product that suits a guest’s dietary needs, yet has the flavor and texture of 150 year-old concrete.
Luckily, we’ve got Hilary Payne-Vinick in our corner. Hilary has spent years fine-tuning recipes for GF/V pastries, and these Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes are the culmination of that effort. They’ll be made right here in our beautiful bakeshop, from scratch, all through the month of March. So whether you’re on a gluten-free diet, vegan, or both, OR just want a killer cupcake, swing by our Espresso & Juice Bar and pick up a few.
One cupcake to rule them all. Please & thank you.
By Richie Snyder • Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Our Salad Bar and Hot Bar offer you a healthy and delicious option for your lunch or dinner. You can dine-in and sit in our Atrium style seating, or take your Lunch/Dinner to go!
The Salad Bar opens every day at 9am and the Hot Bar opens at 11am Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we offer an amazing Brunch from 9:30am-1pm. After Brunch is over the Hot Bar transitions into a Lunch Menu. Both the Hot Bar and Salad Bar close at 8pm.
The menu on the Hot Bar changes daily and always offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and classic options. We also offer Soups as part of our Hot Bar!
You can see what is on the Hot Bar each day by clinking this link to our website!
The Salad Bar is full of fresh, crisp, and beautiful items! You’ll find cut fruit for the kiddos along with some unique items for Mom and Dad!
Bring a salad home today to go with your Dinner! Or stop in and have a salad for Lunch!
Our yummy soups are changed daily and offer a variety of choices! All soups are labeled too: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.
The Hot Bar! From Tofu to Orange Chicken, we’ve got you covered!
By Jackie Cooper • Thursday, February 20th, 2014
I was fortunate to be able to attend the From-Scratch Crockpot Cooking Class this past Saturday with an out of town visitor: my mom! She receives our Healthy Living Learning Center class calendars via e-mail. Even though she lives in Western Massachusetts, she was willing to make the drive! (and numerous times she has mentioned to me how she wishes she wasn’t 200 miles away so she could attend.) We found Saturday’s class to be great timing for a weekend visit and we signed up right on healthylivingmarket.com. (I must also mention that this was a great class topic for us, as my mom gave me a crock pot for Christmas. It may have lived in the box since then…)
The class was scheduled to run from 1:30 PM – 4 PM on Saturday, it was a perfectly planned afternoon. There were 4 other people in the class with us, making it 6 people total set up around 3 beautifully stocked cooking stations.
First up, was a delicious Indian Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach. We watched Laura, the Learning Center Coordinator, demo for us the perfect way to skin the chicken and begin to brown it in her pan of oil. The braising process had begun and we were able to watch it from start to finish, only to go back to our stations to perfect our own! While that process was happening, Laura made sure we all felt comfortable prepping the peppers, onions and other veggies that were going to enter the pan as well as the aromatics. I had my mom cut the onions… If you’ve ever attended one of Laura’s classes before, you learn a really useful technique for slicing or dicing onions. I won’t give away the secret here though, you’ll have to join in for a class.
My mom learned a really cool tip… did you know you could peel ginger by simply using a dull spoon to chip away at the skin? It peels right off and it way more handy than using a potato peeler when it comes to getting into those small nooks and cranny’s.
After watching Laura, we all went back to our stations, turned up the burners and put our knife skills to the test. While this was happening, Laura walked around and made sure that everyone felt comfortable with what they were doing. She gave tips and tricks when she saw the opportunity and made sure everyone felt really comfortable with what they were doing. My mom and I took turns flipping the meat and cutting the vegetables. It was a great time for us to talk and bond and just do something different together.
Just as the smell of the delicious food began wafting around the room, Laura had samples of Chicken Curry ready for us that she had prepared the night before. So yes, if you plan on taking a Cooking Class, come hungry! You will leave with a full stomach and with leftovers galore.
After the Curry, we were up to start a Hearty Beef Stew with Horseradish Cream. Laura demonstrated how to cut the meat and explained what cuts of meat work best in a crockpot and why. Any question anyone had, from cuts of meat to non-stick pans, she answered with confidence. Again, she showed us how the beef should look with a perfect stove top sear, how to prep the veggies and then we were off to cook at our stations. It’s amazing to turn around and look back at your station after a demo and see that Pam, Laura’s assistant has magically transformed your station from a mess to a perfectly clean set up with all the next ingredients ready to go for you.
We cut the meat into sizable portions and seasoned them before putting them into our pot with a bit of oil. While the meat was searing, we prepped some different vegetables. Laura taught us to rely on our noses and eyes to tell us when to add them, and the aromatics to the oil. Carrots, celery, onions, garlic, a bay leaf… “fragrance is key!” To this recipe, we also added tomato paste and some white wine. Many recipes call for wine. Do you ever wonder which wine you should pick? Brian, our Beer and Wine Manager/Buyer here at Healthy Living, or David, his associate are available in store to help you pick the perfect one to add to or drink with, your recipe! (or even better, for what to drink with the meal).
We finished off the class by braising chicken legs and added honey and rosemary to make the room smell delightful. Again, we got a sample and plenty of leftovers to enjoy at home, after simmering for a couple hours in our own crockpots.
Here is a note that my mom left after the class:
I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed the Healthy Living ‘From Scatch Crockpot Cooking’ class I recently attended at your Burlington Learning Center.
I learned a lot in a very welcoming, organized, modern classroom stocked with healthy and delicious ingredients! Laura provided every participant with individualized attention and assistance. She also shared with the group many tips for preparation of ingredients – from knife skills to pan choices. Pam did a great “behind the scene” job of making everything ready to go! I came away with a renewed interest in “cooking from scratch” , purchasing healthy ingredients and enough meals for a week!
I wish I lived closer, I would certainly be a regular attendee!
Thank you so much for a great experience!
I highly encourage you to take a cooking class at the Healthy Living Learning center. No matter what your topic of interest is or how experienced you are, I guarantee you that you will learn something. The setting is relaxed and comfortable and during these cold winter days, what’s better than grabbing your best friend and cooking away?! You can view our March Schedule by clicking here. We hope to see you soon.