Keep Kids on Track Over the Summer

By Laurel Sterling, RD

MotherDaughterGardeningSummer time is a time of the year that schedules change for many of us, and it is easy to get off track in many areas of our lives. We stay up later with the sun being out longer so our sleep is off. There are wonderful parties, picnics, and BBQs that we attend and as a result our eating is not as optimal as it could be.

For our children, we tend to have them involved in activities and camps over the summer to keep them busy and out of mischief. I feel this also is a perfect time to get them more involved in things like gardening, cooking, juicing, etc.

My 6-year-old daughter Lily LOVES to help out in the kitchen; so I bought her a small Island bamboo cutting board to use for cutting up produce when we are prepping for grilling or juicing. This is a great time of year with all the fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables to get children more interested in juicing and cooking. At my house, we have cilantro, basil, and several mints growing in our herb garden right outside our kitchen door. Lily loves to make up her own juice recipes. Some are amazing and others….well…..let’s just say we are still experimenting with them!

Using more fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from your own gardens really gets kids connected to where there food comes from. They can see the entire “Farm-to-Table” process right in their own backyard! My daughter picks blackberries from the bushes in our yard, and we use the berries to make smoothies with the Lifeway Keifer and a protein powder. Vega French Vanilla and Lifetime Life’s Basics Plant Protein Mix Natural Vanilla Flavor are my two favorite protein powders to use. They are loaded with so many vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and more! These are a great way to sneak in additional nutrients that may be lacking from your child’s diet. You can also add Nature’s Way Liquid Coconut oil to your smoothie for some healthy additional fats, which are great for increasing cognition. Don’t we all need some of that?!

So let’s keep those kids on track, get them more involved with cooking, and make them healthier at the same time! All of the supplemental products I’ve mentioned are available right here at Natur-Tyme.

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Rejuvenation Through Juicing

By Lilia Mykytyn134253142

Spring is the season of rejuvenation and renewal where we peel off the extra layers of clothing worn all winter long—especially this winter with the many polar vortexes we have lived through! We do the same with food, peeling away the heartiness of our winter comfort food to something lighter and fresher like fruits and vegetables. Most of us try to incorporate more fresh produce into our diets, but find that it can be a very daunting task to eat the recommended amount everyday.

One way to get more veggies and fruits in our diets is through juicing. There are so many powerful nutrients found in plant foods and juice is the quickest and easiest way to get the high concentrations of these nutrients in your body. Scientific research has suggested that these nutrients increase metabolism, lower body weight, and promote overall good health. They also reboot the body to help lose the addiction to processed foods that are high in sugars, salt, and fat.

The documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead reveals that you can turn your life around through juicing. I highly recommend that you watch it. Joe Cross, the star of this documentary, realized that he would have to change what he ate, or rather what he drank, to save his life. The movie reveals how Cross changed his relationship with food through juicing. Cross put nothing in his body except the juice of raw fruits and vegetables for sixty days. Cross admits that this was pretty extreme, but he needed to heal his body from the inside out. He relied on the natural enzymes and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables to help reset his body to decrease the cravings of processed foods and caffeine.

What is important to point out from Cross’ experience is you can improve your nutrition through drinking your fresh produce. You can break down your addiction to caffeine, sugar, and salt just by eating vegetables and fruits. Think of juicing as a reboot, a renewal, like springtime. You don’t have to jump right into a juice fast like Joe Cross did, but incorporate one juice daily to allow your body to absorb the nutrients from fruits and vegetables more efficiently. Include juicing as part of your diet and focus on non-processed foods. Look at juice as the ultimate convenience food that will boost your immune system and have you feeling lighter and rejuvenated just like spring!

Let’s Get More RAW!

By Laurel Sterling, MA, RDRawVeggies

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to try adding more raw foods into our diets. Raw foods include foods with no application of heat of any kind. That means no cooking, grilling, or steaming the foods. Raw foods are never heated above 110-116 degrees F. Methods of preparing raw foods include: juicing, sprouting, dehydrating, freezing, or fermenting. Raw foods are digested easily and quickly in 24-36 hours vs. 48-100 hours for cooked foods, and it keeps enzymes and nutrients intact.

Adding more raw foods into your diet is quite simple actually. A gradual change toward more raw food in one’s diet is better for people who are used to consuming most of their meals cooked. A semi-raw diet of 50% or more can be your final goal for a healthier diet, or you can use it to help you move toward a more significant change.

Always consider how you can add fruit, vegetables, or nuts to what you are preparing. Instead of cooking vegetables out of habit, find out if there’s another way of preparing them. For example:

  • Marinate kale, broccoli, mushrooms, or other foods that are typically cooked to give them a soft, tender texture.
  • Raw corn, scraped off the cob, makes a tasty salad that goes well with tomatoes, fresh herbs, peppers, or zucchini.
  • To make a raw tomato sauce, simply blend ripe summer tomatoes with fresh herbs and a touch of garlic or onion.

Look also for ways to add chopped, raw vegetables to meals you already eat. Whether you add in one fresh juice a day or a salad to your dinner, you are on the right path for getting more raw foods into your diet for a healthier lifestyle.

With Spring’s Renewal, Comes Our Renewal


By Laurel Sterling MA, RD

What better time to renew ourselves than with the arrival of spring! Birds are building nests for their eggs, flower buds are peeking out of the ground, and trees are beginning to bloom. What a great time to reflect on our lives, and evaluate if there are any changes we would like to make. Is there anything our heart desires that we have been neglecting or holding back on? Something we have always wanted to do or try and never did? Why continue the wait? What better time than now? This is a perfect time to start something new and fresh!

I, for instance, am so looking forward to venturing into the world of juicing, sprouting, and fermenting. I also can’t wait to get out into the soil, for my daughter and me to get our hands dirty and plant our very first garden! These are things I have wondered about and wanted to do for quite some time, but never took the time to learn about and then try. They are so simple that I can’t believe I have waited this long to try them out! The workshops I have been doing here at the store along with the movies we have been airing have inspired me so much that I just had to get out and do them—FINALLY!!! I may even get a few chickens so I can have my own eggs!! Those who know me well know how much I LOVE my morning omelets.

I grew up in the country on a farm with an ENORMOUS garden! Days in the summer were spent planting, watering, weeding (Yuck–I dreaded weeding the MOST!), and then harvesting—YUM! Picking the fresh carrots and scallions right out of the ground and eating them up were one of my favorite pastimes. Shucking the peas from their shell was a chore no one had to tell me to do. I think more peas went into me than in the bowl for freezing! And the fresh sweet corn…ahhhhh. I would husk it and get all the silk off, put it in a cold water bath, and then my mom would begin to slice the sections of corn off the cob. More definitely went into my belly than into the canning jars, just like the peas! I can’t wait to start my garden! I bought organic heirloom seeds, and I am learning what you need to plant next to each other for better natural insect repellants, as well as how to utilize items like Neem. The pulp that is left over from my juicer can be used to make other food items or can be used on the garden as fertilizer. The natural circle of life! Amazing!! Using the byproduct of one thing to nourish another. I love it! These are all things I want my daughter to grow up with as well, and what better time to start than NOW?

So come in and check out what Natur-Tyme has available for you to get started on your journey of renewal. It may not be a journey into juicing, sprouting, fermenting, and gardening as mine is, and that is perfectly fine. Spend some time soul-searching and find what it is you need. If you are looking to change your skin care products, or change your hair, or start a healthier diet, we have information, education, and products here to help you get started with your transformation! If you are interested in sprouting and fermenting, Deborah Sorrentino (Natur-Tyme’s Tyme-Out Café Manager) and I will be doing a workshop on Sprouting and Fermenting on May 21st in our Community Room. And if you are interested in gardening, don’t miss out on our next two in-store movies: FRESH on Tuesday, April 16th and DIRT on Thursday, May 16th ; both airing in our Community Room.

Let’s JUICE it UP!

Cafe_Group_EditBy Laurel Sterling, MA, RD

The nutritional benefits of juicing are immense. Juicing can pack a tremendous amount of nutrients in just one delicious cup. Fresh juice, not from a bottle or concentrate, is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and so much more!

Because juice is assimilated with very little effort from the digestive system, the body can easily make use of all the nutrition it offers. Juicing combined with a nutritious and balanced diet is ideal.

So whether your health is at a low point right now or even if you are feeling very healthy, juicing is excellent for your health and energy. This is a great gift you can give to your body all year-round!

Here at Natur-Tyme’s Tyme-Out Café, we have several great ones to choose from:

  • CNY Yogi is a very refreshing drink. It’s a perfect choice for its cooling and detoxifying properties. Rich in nutrients that aid the body in ridding excess fluids as well as toxins, what a great choice for someone who is looking for a jumpstart on cleansing!
  • Lightening Bug is rich in antioxidants, and loaded with vitamin C. This is a wonderful choice any time of the year due to its immune-enhancing properties!
  • Popeye’s Punch is a great option for those looking to decrease systemic inflammation. This is in part due to the alkalinity of the fruits and herbs within. This is another one I love!
  • Ginger-Snap is packed full of vitamin A, which enhances immunity, and with the addition of warming ginger, it has an added benefit of being anti-inflammatory as well.
  • The Blue-Green Elixir is filled with minerals, antioxidants, and also protein from the algae. This elixir can assist with energy as well as immunity.
  • Transfusion is a power-packed juice! This combo of fruits, veggies, and spices will give your body a transfusion of several nutrients to aid in cleansing, detoxifying, and decreasing inflammation. This one is my personal favorite!
  • Re-Fresh is a lovely cooling and cleansing drink that assists in detoxifying as well as having diuretic properties. A perfect juice choice in the summer to cool down! The simplicity of this juice appeals to many juicing novices.
  • Wheatgrass is a very rich nutritional food that is filled with vitamins, mineral, and trace elements. According to Dr. Anne Wigmore, founder of Hippocrates Health Institute, one pound of wheatgrass is equal in nutritional value to 25 pounds of choice vegetables. Come in and try one of our wheatgrass shots!
  • This warming Ginger shot can assist in digestion, decreasing inflammation, cleansing, and alkalizing the body. What more can you ask for in one shot! This is great during those long cold winter months we have here in Syracuse.

So come in, sit down, relax, and try one of our juice combo drinks or juice shots. You will be sure to fall in love with them! Enjoy!

The Tyme-Out Café: Healthy Never Tasted so Good

By Deborah Sorrentinocafe

Healthy never tasted so good! The menu at Nature-Tyme’s Tyme-Out Café will blow the roof off all your misconceptions if you think that nutritional juices and smoothies must sacrifice flavor in order to be beneficial.

Our juices are made to order with the freshest ingredients. Our recipes combine fruits and yes, vegetables, resulting in the most delicious medleys that will tantalize your pallet and energize your body. Imagine sweet beets juiced with apples, pineapple, and ginger resulting in a fuchsia-colored concoction that is oh-so-good for your heart and circulatory system. Or our CNY Yogi, a special combination of cucumber, celery, parsley, apple, lemon, and kale that’s perfect for its cooling and detoxifying properties.

Our smoothies are like milkshakes for the soul!  Where else can you find such a sweet interpretation of old favorites like our Nutty Monkey, Banana Berry, or Tropicolada?  Our healthy recipes include nut butters that we make in-house, frozen organic fruits, your choice of dairy milks, nut milks, soy, rice, or coconut dairy alternatives, flax seed, coconut manna, and so much more. We offer a variety of boosts we can gladly recommend such as protein powders, raw maca, goji berries, and chia seeds, to name but a few. These make wonderful meal replacements for those who want to make healthy choices even as we travel through the busy world we live in.



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