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Ommegang Abbey Ale

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Ommegang Abbey Ale

Malts: Pils, amber, Munich, aroma

Hops: Styrian Golding, Spalt Select
Spices: Coriander, sweet orange peel, star anise, licorice root, cumin

Abbey Ale was Ommegang’s first beer, and it’s no wonder that the brewery quickly made a name for itself based on their first effort. Abbey is a gorgeous deep red-amber whose full body pours smoothly and settles with a thick head. The directions on the bottle suggest that you tip the bottle carefully to avoid disturbing the yeast residue. Having noticed that instruction too late, I ended up with a lot of yeasty flavor, which I didn’t mind at all. For me it added to the earthiness of the ale and only enhanced the spices. The licorice and anise lend a cooling effect, while the coriander and cumin warm the palate. The result is a multilayered flavor that blossoms on the tongue. This rich quaff is best enjoyed on its own or accompanying a dessert course.

-Jes, Divine Wines.

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Independence Day Kick-off at Divine Wines!

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Prairie Spirits

Not sure what you’re drinking for July 4th weekend? Ever wonder what Certified Organic Gin tastes like? Or Cucumber Vodka?  Not to worry, Divine Wines has you covered! We are happy to announce we are hosting a Prairie Tasting on July 3rd from 3pm until 6pm! We will be featuring three seasonally appropriate cocktails to help kick start your independence day weekend! Prairie is a Certified Organic Distillery out of Minnesota, where they do not use herbicides nor pesticides on their ingredients, and only use the finest water and grains to make these spirits. The spirits we will be using is their Gin, Vodka, and Cucumber Vodka, and we will be using ingredients from next door at Healthy Living to create the perfect seasonal cocktail for you! There will also be snacks from our Cafe for you to snack on while sipping on these summer cocktails! The best part about this? IT’S FREE. We hope to see you from 3-6 on Friday, July 3rd! 21+ please; please bring ID.

 

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Halloumi from Cyprus

By Department Manager  •  Monday, June 22nd, 2015

We are loving the ‘Official Grilling Cheese of Cyprus’ right now: Halloumi! Produced on the island of Cyprus, the blended milk for this famous Greek dairy delight comes from mountain sheep and goats who graze on local grasses, wild herbs and flowers.

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Once the milk is collected, it is heated slowly to transform into curds and whey which are then hand-filled into individual molds before cooking them a second time to retain their shape and texture. Only vegetarian-friendly rennet is used in the creation of this cheese!

As Halloumi does not melt well, we recommend pan-searing it with a little butter or oil then drizzle it with a wedge of lemon and a pinch of salt and serve with a crusty baguette. Add some roasted vegetables for an even tastier experience!

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Our absolute favorite way to make a snack out of Halloumi is to cut it into large cubes and skewer it with some pineapple then throw it on the grill for a nice, light char. The smoke of the grill really helps to develop the flavor of this Greek cheese while the juicy pineapple adds succulent sweetness. Looking to make a meal out of it? Add some cubed pork to your skewers and serve with a side of roasted vegetables for a meal the whole family will love!

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NINEPIN- CANS

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Friday, June 12th, 2015

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We are happy to announce a new addition to our Local section in the beer aisle- Ninepin Cider in CANS! Just in time for summer, when concerts, hikes, beach days, and SPAC events are all in session, Ninepin is now more accessible than ever! They have just released their Signature Blend as of right now in cans, which is their flagship. Using a blend of apples from Samascott Orchards, this is an off-dry sparkling cider with a crisp, bold, refreshing taste, delicious! You can find these cans at Healthy Living right in our beer department, as well as in the Produce department, next to the Ninepin Bottles! The four pack of 12oz cans will be just $11.99! Don’t miss out!

 

 

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The Coupon Diva: Coupon Matchups Thru June 30th!

By Richie Snyder  •  Friday, June 12th, 2015

Check out this month’s post from our friend Erin Waring, The Coupon Diva,  in the Ballston Journal Online.

Ways to save:

    • $5/$25 Healthy Living Market in May- June issue of Clipper Magazine
    • Shop Healthy Living Market’s weekly featured sales and BAM sales (best of the month)
    • Follow them on facebook to be the first to know about special 3 days sales, events, cooking classes, demonstrations and more.
    • Senior Citizens (over 65) and all Military Personnel currently serving our Nation receive a 5% discount

In ad monthly store coupons (may be combined with manufacturer coupons):

$1/1 Wing It Sauce
$1/1 Chuao Maple Bacon Chocolate Bar
$1/1 Grandy oats Granola, select varieties
$0.50/1 Teas Tea, Green Jasmine Tea or Pure Green Tea
$0.50/1 Monk Pack Oatmeal Squeeze Packs
$1/1 Rufus Teague BBQ Sauces
$0.50/1 Thai Kitchen Organic & Light Coconut Milk
$1/1 Bella Olhao Sardines, select varieties
$2/1 Against The Grain Three Cheese Pizza
$1/1 Gardein Seven Grain Chicken Fingers

3 Day Sales this month:

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GROCERY

Barbara’s Vanilla or WF Oatmeal Snackimals 7.5 oz. – $3.50
$1/1
= $2.50 (reg $4.49)

healthy living marketBack To Nature Cookies, assorted varieties 9-12 oz. – $3.50
$1/1
$1/1
= $2.50 (reg $4.79)

Enjoy Life GF Cocoa Loco Snack Bar 5 oz. – $2.99
$1.50/2
= $2.24 each (reg $3.99)

Pirate Brands Pirates Booty, Veggie Booty or Smart Puffs – $2.50
$0.75/1
= $1.75

Pamela’s GF Extreme Chocolate Chip Cookies 7 oz. – $2.99
$1/1
$1/1
= $1.99 (reg $3.79)

Seeds of Change Simmer Sauces 12 oz. – $3.50
$1.50/2
= $2.75 each

Seeds of Change OG Quinoa & Brown Rice – 8.5 oz. – $2.50
$1.50/2
= $1.75 each

Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins – $3
$0.75/2
= $2.62 each

Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar 32 oz. – $3.49
$0.75/1 from 4/12 SS RP
$0.55/1
= as low as $2.74 (reg $5.79)

Thai Kitchen Organic Lite Coconut Milk 13.66 fl. oz. – $2.50
$0.50/1 in ad bonus coupon
= $2 (reg $3.29)

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Glutenfreeda GF Frozen Pizza Wraps or Burritos, assorted varieties 4 oz. – $2.50
$1/1
$1.50-$2/1
= as low as $0.50 – $1 (reg $3.19-$3.79)So Delicious Dairy Free Ice Cream Pints – $5.99
$1/1 from 5/31 SS
$1/1
= $4.99
Van’s Organic Waffles – $2.50
Sign up here to receive future offers from Van’sCabot Sour Cream 16 oz. – $2.19
$1/1 (sign up for newsletter)
$1/2
= as low as $1.19

Cabot Cottage Cheese 16 oz. – $2.69
$1/1 (sign up for newsletter)
$1/2
= as low as $1.69

Tru Whip All Natural Whipped Topping 10 oz. – $2.99
$1/1
$2/1 (fyi, this prints on the entire page)
=  as low as $0.99

Lightlife Tofu Pups, Smart Dog Jumbos or Fat Free Smart Dogs 12 oz. 13.5 oz. – $2.69
$1/1 
= $1.69 (reg $3.99)

BEVERAGES

Evolution Fresh OG Strawberry Lemonade or  Juices or OG Ginger Limeade – 15.2 oz. – $2.89
$1/1
= $1.89

Zevia Soda 6 packs – $4.49
$1/1
$1/1
= $3.49

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Blue Diamond Almond Milk half gallon – $3
$1.00 off Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
= $2

BABY

Happy Baby Organic Banana Puffs – $3
$1/2 Printable
= $2.50 each

Happy Baby Organic Oatmeal Cereal 7 oz. – $3.50
$1/2 Printable
= $3 each (reg $4.49)

Other great deals this month:

Organic White Mushrooms 8 oz. – $2.29

Organic Scallion 1 bunch – $0.99

healthy living marketYo Toddler Yogurt – $1 (reg $1.49)

Near East Couscous – $2

West Brae Farms Organic Beans 15 oz. – $1.66 (reg $2.59)

Select Alexia Fries and Onion Rings 11-16 oz. – $2

Let’s Do Organics Ice Cream Cones packs – $2.50

Maria & Ricardo’s Handmaid Style Soft Corn Tortillas – $1.69

Plus more! Check out all the sales this month at HLM HERE.

What deals will you be getting this month at Healthy Living Market? Log in and let us know in the comment section below!

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Beer Demo- Bell’s Brewery!

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Friday, June 12th, 2015

Want to kick off the weekend with a bang? Join us at Healthy Living while Joe from Bell’s Brewery hosts a Beer Demo from 3:30 until 6:30pm tonight! Joe will be showcasing the latest from Bell’s Brewery so that you can taste all that Bell’s has to offer! The best part about this? IT’S FREE. See you there! 21+ please.

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Protect Yourself from the Sun and Insects This Summer

By Taste Maker  •  Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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Summertime! In addition to backyard barbecues, pool parties, and outdoor farmer’s markets, summertime means one more thing: time to stock up on sunscreen and insect repellent. But with so many options to choose from, all containing a wide variety of ingredients, how do you know which product to pick? Here is a breakdown of these products, along with some popular items carried in the Wellness Department at Healthy Living Market.

Sunscreens
In addition to the pain and discomfort a nasty sunburn can cause, overexposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can also lead to skin sagging, wrinkling, sun spots, freckling, and skin cancers, such as melanoma. According to the American Skin Association, sunscreens work by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sun’s rays. When seeking out a natural sunscreen, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Everyone over the age of 6 months old should be wearing sunscreen daily (even if staying indoors).
  • To get the most out of your sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before heading outside, and apply after swimming or perspiring heavily.
  • Always pick a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, regardless of factors such as weather or skin color.
  • Use the full directed amount on sunscreen (numerous studies indicate that sunscreen users apply just one-fifth to one-half the quantity of sunscreen the maker recommends!)
  • Do not rely on sunscreen alone: make sure to stay in the shade, wear sunhats, sunglasses, and protective clothing, and use extra precaution between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are the strongest. You can also find the daily UV Index rating online, on TV, or in the newspaper, and this can help you prepare for the sun’s intensity.
  • Skip sunscreens with insect repellent. Sunscreens should be applied liberally and often; commercial insect repellents should not.
  • Beware of sunscreens with SPFs higher than 50, which researchers suspect do not provide additional protection and thereby create a false sense of security. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends broad-spectrum sunscreens (which protect against UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Look for mineral-based natural sunscreens with zinc and titanium dioxide listed as active ingredients (these sunscreens, also known as “physical sunscreens“, work by scattering and reflecting UV rays). Although no ingredient is without some concern, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) favors mineral sunscreens because of their superior UVA protection.
  • All sunscreens carried at Healthy Living Market score very low on EWR Skindeep database.
  • This month we are running sales on sunscreens from BurnOut and Kiss My Face.

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Inspect Repellents

In addition to being itchy and irritated, insect bites can cause all kind of other health problems, including West Nile and Lyme disease. Protect yourself using these recommendations:

  •  Wear clothes that cover any exposed skin, including socks, shoes, and long-sleeves
  • Choose a repellent concentration rated for the time span you’re outdoors, but not longer.
  • Use products with the lowest effective concentration of repellent chemicals, particularly on children.
  • When using repellent on a child, apply it to your own hands and then rub them on your child. Do not apply repellent to children’s hands because they sometimes put their hands in their mouths.
  • EWG research indicates that unregistered botanically based bug repellents are not often the best choice. While effectiveness varies, and there may be a few exceptions, most botanicals repel bugs for a short time, if at all.
  • Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil was found to be one of EWG’s top performing/least toxic bug repellents (here at Healthy Living we carry Aura Cacia’s Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil for $4.99/0.5 fl oz bottle). Note: Do NOT use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD on children younger than 3 years old
  • All insect repellents carried at Healthy Living Market score very low on the EWG Skindeep database.

For more information on eco-friendly sunscreen and insect repellents, visit:

http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/

http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-guide-bug-repellents

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Hemp Hemp Hooray!

By Taste Maker  •  Friday, June 5th, 2015

This blog post was written by Healthy Living Taste Maker Mindy Elmergreen. Mindy teaches yoga at Tapna Yoga in Burlington. When she’s not in the studio, you’ll often find her in our cafe enjoying juices & smoothies with her adorable son! 

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It’s Hemp History Week, and Healthy Living is celebrating all things hemp at an amazing discount.  The best quality hemp edibles like hemp hearts, hemp oil, Hemp Pro Powder and Hemp Pro Fiber will be showcased in their sweet new display in the Wellness department.

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Benefits of Hemp

Hemp is one powerhouse of a plant. It provides a perfect 1:3 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), which the body needs for optimal skin health, energy production, nervous system function, brain development, heart health and immune system support. Adding to the power of these super omegas, hemp also contains the naturally occurring Stearidonic Acid (SDA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which help convert the benefits of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs more effectively.

Let’s not forget the plant-based delight – hemp is a complete protein containing all eight essential amino acids in sufficient quantities to meet the body’s needs. Calling all vegetarians, vegans and athletes! Hemp is easy to digest, rich in calcium, dietary fiber and iron. Vitamins A, E, D and many B vitamins round out this popular and easy-to-consume superfood. The sky is the limit with hemp…

  • Hemp Hearts (aka hemp seeds) – Hemp Hearts are the most popular way to soak up the many benefits of hemp. They’re about the size of a sesame seed and have a mildly nutty flavor that won’t overpower a salad, smoothie, oatmeal or soup. Just three tablespoons yield 10 grams of complete protein.
    Hemp Oil – Shelled hemp seeds are cold-pressed to make a versatile, incredibly nutritious Hemp Oil. It has a bolder flavor than many oils, so try splitting it with olive oil in your favorite homemade dressing.
  • Hemp Pro – A raw whole food, Hemp Pro is an excellent source of protein and omegas to take your smoothies to the next level. The powder isn’t gritty and doesn’t leave an aftertaste – and it contains only one ingredient.
  • Hemp Pro Fiber – Just what the doctor ordered, Hemp Pro Fiber boasts 13 grams of fiber – that’s over half of the recommended daily intake! It’s a hair nuttier than regular Hemp Pro, so start with half the serving amount if it’s overpowering your smoothie.

Celebrate Hemp History Week

For decades, an outdated federal policy has outlawed hemp farming. In 2014, farmers in Kentucky, Colorado and Vermont harvested the first legally cultivated hemp fields since 1957. As awareness of the benefits of hemp continues to spread, supporters are working toward federal legalization of commercial hemp farming for this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop.

How will you celebrate Hemp History Week? How about with this irresistible hemp seed dressing…

Creamy Hemp Dressing

  • ½ C fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ coarsely chopped celery
  • ¼ C flax oil
  • ¼ C hemp seeds
  • ¼ C nutritional yeast
  • ¼ C water
  • 2 T coarsely chopped onion
  • 4 t light miso
  • 2 t maple syrup
  • 2 t tamari
  • 2 t dried dill

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Use as a dressing or dip.  Creamy Hemp Dressing will keep (refrigerate) for up to two weeks.

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New at Divine Wines!

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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As we transition into the warm weather, we also transition into lighter foods and beverages as well! If we eat seasonally, shouldn’t we drink seasonally as well? We sure are at Divine Wines! With this beautiful weather here to stay a while we are excited to announce a new addition to the Sangria family, Mija! Mija Sangria is the newest addition to 90 Plus Cellars, founded by Kevin Mehra. This Red Sangria is crafted without any artificial additives or preservatives, and also packed with antioxidants, up to THREE times as many as one glass of red wine. Filled with super fruits like pomegranate, acai, and blood orange, this is a fruit-forward yet balanced sangria. Mija blends a subtle, refreshing sweetness with the acidity, aroma and dry finish that will please your palate. Ready-to-drink (after you shake it for the best taste!), and is exceptional when poured over ice and mixed with fresh fruit. Whipping up something a bit more complex for your next party? Mija is the perfect base for a cocktail or seasonal sangria. Mija is sourced, produced, and bottled in New York. At 9.5% ABV, it’s also one of the highest-proof Sangrias you’ll find on the market! The bottle itself is 100% recyclable and reusable. Its flip-top makes it easy to reseal, for mess-free storage in the fridge or on ice. We currently have this on sale at Divine Wines for $9.99! A great value not to miss out on!

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15 Healthy Barbecue Side Dish Recipes

By Taste Maker  •  Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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15 inspired seasonal recipes to mix up your usual barbecue side dish menu. These healthy recipes feature fresh produce and ingredients to keep your plates filled with nutrient dense locally sourced vegetables, grains and cheeses all through the summer grilling season.

15 healthy Barbecue Side Dish Recipes on the Healthy Living Market blog by Katie Webster of Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Hey folks. I guess I should introduce myself. I’m Katie and I write a food blog called Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I live right here in Chittenden County, and I am an avid Healthy Living shopper. Which is maybe one of the reasons I have recently had the honor of being asked to become a Healthy Living Taste Maker. That means you’ll probably be see more from me around these parts. You can also visit me over at my blog too. You’ll probably also find me in the wine section stocking up on rose, or filling up my travel mug with dark roast or possibly asking questions at the meat counter in the store. So be sure to say hello! I love chatting about cooking, and healthy eating. I also spend way too much time on social media, so please reach out there too!

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Today, I wanted to share with you some of my very favorite summertime side dish recipes from my blog. Since the weather has warmed up a bit, I have been morphing our meals to grilled meats and fish with a few healthy side dishes. I haven’t been roasting or baking much at all lately. Instead I have been whipping together these simple healthy vegetable side dishes, grain salads and unexpected seasonal salads to go with the meal. Then the left-overs work for lunches or we can serve them for two nights if I’m really planning ahead. I’ve also been using these recipes on the weekends too because there seems to be some sort of potluck or barbecue going on every weekend lately.

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