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Front End Fundraiser: Franklin Community Center

By Richie Snyder  •  Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We are proud to be supporting the Franklin Community Center this month as our Front End Fundraiser! This amazing  non-profit human service agency, located at 10 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs, New York,  has been providing basic necessities and services to less fortunate individuals and families in our area for 30 years.  Serving more than 6,000 people annually, they provide efficient and effective services to promote healthy lifestyles and positive changes.

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Please donate what you can at our registers today! Every little bit helps!

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Welcome Oscar’s Smokehouse!

By Richie Snyder  •  Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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The Healthy Living Market and Cafe Meat Department is pleased to announce our newest local producer; Oscar’s Smokehouse of Warrensburg, NY! For many of you, no introduction is necessary. As a producer of distinctive smokehouse specialties since 1943, Oscar’s reputation for quality and taste proceeds them. Can’t get up to Warrensburg? No worries, we have a great selection and would love to hear what favorites of yours we should make sure to have on hand for your next Healthy Living visit. We will also be cutting their double smoked dry cured slab bacon and deli meats to order.oscars

 

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Finding the Kind on Vitamin Thursday

By Saratoga Wellness Manager  •  Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Be Kind to Yourself

by Wellness Associate Courtney McNeill

Kind by Garden of Life

New to our wellness department at Healthy Living is the “Kind” line of whole food vitamins and supplements from Garden of Life. These certified organic non-GMO vitamins are made from real whole foods. Over thirty fruits, vegetables, and herbs go into these vitamins, using garden of life’s clean tablet technology. The Kind supplements have a high rate of absorbency because of the use of cofactors that allow your body to absorb the specific nutrient you need. The Kind line is also all vegan including the B12. If you are looking for a great multivitamin or another specific supplement please come see us in wellness and try out these new amazingly effective supplements.

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NEW Local Perfume from Tea Room

By Wellness Manager  •  Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Do you enjoy local? Do you enjoy the fragrances of either holiday or summer? Well your in luck we received a new local perfume made by Tea Room. If you enjoy the smell of spices and thinking of the holidays the Vanilla Chai is for you. If you enjoy a clean smell that reminds you of spring/summer then the IPA is for you. Both fragrances have there own unique smell. Both are equally amazing. Stop by and try for yourself.

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Fuel for Fire

By Wellness Manager  •  Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Are you wanting something before a workout but do not want to have a full meal? Well your in luck. We started to carry Fuel for Fire in three flavors.  This is perfect for cross-fit or just a snack to get you through. Come by and try it out for yourself.

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Sustainable Seafood: Wild Alaskan Salmon Edition

By Meat Manager  •  Monday, June 30th, 2014

Wild salmon fisheries in Alaska are some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world, but they haven’t always been that way. When the salmon canning business expanded in the 1920’s, the stocks of all species of salmon began to drastically decrease to the point that Alaska was declared a disaster area in the 1950’s. The mismanagement of the fisheries culminated in the current permit system that was put into place in the mid-1970’s by the Limited Entry Act. Basically, a set number of permits are issued to Alaskan fisherman giving them limits on the amount of salmon that can be harvested each year. In this way, it protects the ecosystem from overfishing, and keeps the proceeds that come from Alaskan seafood within the Alaskan economy. This system is still going strong today and has helped to vastly increase the wild Salmon stocks as well as to ensure that these stocks are stable and productive in a sustainable manner for the indefinite future.

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When looking at sustainable seafood, we examine the viability of fishery stocks in the long-term while also taking into consideration the effects on the local ecosystem. Due to the legal measures put in place to protect Alaskan fisheries, these fisheries are some of the best, well-managed in terms of habitat damage, overfishing, and pollution. The state of Alaska is fully committed to maintaining the health of one of its largest cash crops for future generations to benefit from. This commitment is so great that the Alaskan constitution specifically mentions fish being managed in a way that fosters sustained yields. The state of Alaska is truly committed to the future health of its seafood industry, and this commitment has made Alaska a model for sustainable fishing worldwide.

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The strength of Alaska’s sustainable model is admirable, and the strength of this system is very important because a large portion of the wild-caught seafood that we consume in the United States comes from Alaska. Up to 95% of all wild salmon consumed comes from Alaska, with the rest coming from Oregon, Washington, and California. With such a large quantity of seafood coming from this region, we must be diligent in protecting the pristine waters and ensuring that the populations are healthy, reproducing, and being managed in such a way that these resources continue to supply us with extremely high-quality salmon.

At Healthy Living we partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a participant in their Seafood Watch program. This allows us to receive feedback on the sustainability of the various types of seafood that we are purchasing, and it allows us to pass that information along to our customers so that they can make informed decisions about their seafood consumption. According to the Seafood Watch program, Alaskan seafood is some of the most highly-rated in terms of ecosystem health and viability. This means that because the fisheries are so well-managed that consumers can buy Alaskan seafood and be comfortable in the fact that they are making a responsible choice not only for their own health, but for the health of the planet’s oceans and resources as well. Come stop by Healthy Living’s Meat and Fish Department and you may get to catch a glimpse of us filleting some whole salmon!

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Redcord Fitness!

By Jackie Cooper  •  Friday, June 27th, 2014

If you’re one of the approximately 45 million Americans dieting each year, you have probably heard time and again that weight loss simply comes down to calories in, calories out. If you play out the numbers it should break down as follows: each pound has about 3,500 calories so cutting calories by 500 per day would result in one pound of weight loss each week. Up the 500 calorie deficit to even more and you will lose even more weight at a faster rate. Simple right? Not so much when you look into where this weight is coming from. Studies have shown that moderately restricting calories results in a greater amount of weight loss coming from fat, with only a small amount coming from muscle loss. Conversely, those who drastically cut calories actually lose the majority of that weight from muscle, not fat.

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For those shrugging their shoulders right now and thinking, “Who cares? A pound is a pound and I’m happy as long as the number on the scale goes down,” think again. Muscle is like a furnace, constantly burning calories just to allow us to go about our daily lives. Reduce the amount of muscle mass your body has and suddenly that furnace doesn’t need as much fuel; translation: you now must eat even fewer calories in order to keep losing weight. That is commonly what dieters run into when they hit the notorious “plateau” in which the number on their scale just won’t budge. Fortunately, this scenario is completely avoidable given moderate calorie restriction and an appropriate exercise strategy; namely strength training.

The concept that strength training is critical for lasting weight loss isn’t ground breaking news for many. However, many people still refrain from incorporating strength training into their regular exercise routine. This is largely in part because strength training has become synonymous with hefting dumbbells in crowded weight rooms filled with techno beats, crashing weights and beefy men guzzling protein shakes. Not surprisingly this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Fortunately, weight lifting isn’t the only way to strength train and more and more exercises, from pilates to TRX, are utilizing one’s own body weight to achieve strength gains, all in a much more welcoming environment. Newer to this scene is a revolutionary system known as Redcord. Not ringing a bell? If you are sick of being behind the times when it comes to fitness trends (eg if you are still popping in Jane Fonda videos and sweating it out in leg warmers) then take note because Redcord is taking fitness to a whole new level. Originally developed in Norway, Redcord was only first introduced in the US in 2008 and has been gaining devoted followers ever since. So what is Redcord you are probably wondering?

Redcord is a suspension training equipment system that utilizes your own body weight as resistance while also forcing you to stabilize and balance. This results in greater muscle fiber requirement and core activation. Translation: A better workout in less time and an added bonus of washboard abs without innumerable crunches. The beauty of Redcord is that it is so adaptable that it can be used by everyone from those simply looking to get fit, to trained athletes. In fact, both the men’s and women’s Norwegian National ski teams strength train using Redcord.

The sage weight loss advice to “move more and eat less” leaves much to be desired for those looking for specifics. Lose weight the right way through moderate calorie restriction and regular exercise that includes strength training. Look beyond the monotony of weight training for innovative ways, like a Redcord workout, to ensure that a strength training routine becomes an enjoyable and regular part of your routine. For healthy and lasting weight loss, cutting calories alone just doesn’t cut it.

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ZOKU | The Quick Pop Maker!

By Housewares Buyer  •  Friday, June 20th, 2014

With the first official day of summer just around the corner, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy hot sunny days than with a good ol’ homemade popsicle.

If you have not yet heard of Zoku let me introduce you, post-haste.

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Their Quick Pop Maker is popsicle-instant-gratification-heaven. Simple to use, it freezes popsicles on your countertop, in as little as seven minutes—no electricity, no fuss! Simply freeze the unit for at least 24 hours prior to popsicle making, pour in your juice, fruit puree, yogurt, lemonade—-the possibilities are truly endless (margarita pops anyone?) and your popsicle will freeze right before your eyes. Yes, it is that easy!

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And how could I not mention Zoku’s slow pop molds that you just add your ingredients to and freeze the old fashioned way–in the freezer. A must see/try are their “Fish Pops” wherein you can create a shark, clownfish, octopus, whale, pufferfish or scuba diver popsicle. What!? As an added bonus these popsicle sticks have hilarious little “skeletons” that are revealed as they are eaten.

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So go ahead and try your hand at homemade popsicles—they’re a great way to make healthy summer treats for your kids/with your kids—get them involved in the fun! And maybe your inner kid is in need of a popsicle too. (Hello Nutella Fudgesicle!)

We have just about everything you could need here at Healthy Living to make the Zuko pop of your dreams!

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Check out these awesome recipes, right from the Zoku website:

  • http://blog.zokuhome.com/post/6361494401/pineapple-coconut-pops
  • http://blog.zokuhome.com/post/21790823162/cucumber-mint-margarita-quick-pops
  • http://blog.zokuhome.com/post/27929587786/watermelon-mint-quick-pops

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Saratoga American Little League

By Richie Snyder  •  Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We were so excited to be on-site this past Saturday for a visit with Saratoga American Little League players, families, and coaches! It was a beautiful day at East Side Recreation Field in Saratoga Springs, NY and the players were ready to go!photo 1 (18)

These guys were big fans of our bpa-free Healthy Living Market and Cafe water bottles and organic fruit snacks!

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Saratoga American Little League has four leagues that all play at the East Side Recreation field from late April through June. The league season finishes with a two week, double elimination playoff.

T Ball – Ages 5 – 6
Bantam – Ages 7 – 8
Minors – Ages 9 – 10
Majors – Ages 11 – 12

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The “Mexican Connection” team celebrated a three run Home Run late in their game! It was awesome to see them smiling.

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The playoffs continue this weekend with the Mayor’s Cup! Good luck to all of the teams competing! Play ball!

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June Beer + Cheese Pairing

By Specialty Foods Manager  •  Monday, June 16th, 2014

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We are so excited to introduce you to our featured June beer and cheese pairing!

If you want to try something new and different, but are unsure about the traditional, assertive taste of traditional goat cheeses, boy have we found the cheese for you! Cablanca is a Goat Gouda, produced in Holland from 100% fresh goat’s milk . It has a delicate, citrus tanginess with a firm but creamy texture. Mild in flavor, it is suitable for beginners of goat cheese. It is perfect cubed on its own or shredded on salads, melted on toast or tossed with some cooked vegetables!

MO is a Pale Ale produced by Maine Beer Company, located in Freeport, Maine. It was their first run at an American Pale Ale, and boy has it become a huge hit! Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passion fruit and pine present themselves throughout this sensory experience. A very subtle malt sweetness is added for balance, but MO ends with a lovely dry finish.

We love this combination together because the citrusy character and touch of sweetness of MO really helps to bring out the creamy, tangy bite of Cablanca Goat Gouda. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do! Both of these fabulous items can be found right in our Cheese Department at Healthy Living Market and Cafe NY!

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