How to Go Organic Affordably

Excerpt from Jordan Rubin’s book, Planet Heal Thyself

Organic fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products are more expensive, generally anywhere from 20 percent to 100 percent more than conventionally grown and raised groceries. [However], there are ways to get a lot of organic bang for your buck:

  • Stock up at sale time. Yes, even organic products go on sale at health-food grocery stores.
  • Shop at farmers markets. Food that’s grown, produced, and sold locally is a great way to help the planet heal itself, and without middlemen between you and the grower, the prices can be excellent. Farmers market produce tastes better than fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of miles from farm to plate.
  • Eat organic food instead of going out to a restaurant. Yes, this means time spent preparing and cooking organic foods, but eating organic food is cheaper than taking the family to a fast-food place or “fast casual” restaurant—and much healthier, of course. A family of four would have to pay a minimum of $20 to $25 for a meal out, but you could pay for a wonderful home-cooked meal, complete with organic, grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish for that amount—even less. [However], if you are interested in eating out, search for local organic restaurants as more and more of them are opening their doors in major and even smaller cities all across the U.S.
  • Eating organic is cheaper than going on a special diet. And there’s a good chance you’ll lose extra pounds that wouldn’t come off with any other diet.
  • If you’re taking nutritional supplements, shop organic as well. Surveys suggest that 40 percent to 70 percent of Americans consume nutritional supplements, so look for products that are certified-organic (Check for the USDA seal) as more and more leading brands are taking the giant leap and producing nutritional formulations using organic ingredients.

When you get down to the nitty-gritty, the decision to eat organic foods boils down to what’s important to you. What you spend your money on shows where your [interests lay] and where your heart is.

Do you want to live a healthier life and leave a smaller footprint on the planet? Do you see organic foods as a down-payment for your future and your health?

Let me leave you with this little saying that puts everything in perspective:
You can pay the farmer now, or you can pay the doctor later.
GetReal_andrew_2If you would like more inspiring healthy-living tips from Jordan Rubin, be sure to attend his April 10th lecture from 2:15-3:45 at Natur-Tyme’s 15th annual health fair, held at the New Your State Fairgrounds. Tickets are available on our website.

MegaFood: Not Your Average Supplement Company

Submitted by MegaFood

From back in 1973, up to this very minute, MegaFood has always held a strong commitment to REAL: Real Food, Real Slow, Real People, Real Relationships. We have another big focus, too; to improve lives. We achieve this by delivering nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to the body in the way nature has always intended: through food.

Our process is unique, and we’re proud to be different. We call it the Slo-Food process, and it starts by sourcing real food from real farms. We partner with organic, sustainable farmers who are as passionate about their produce as we are about our products. Our oranges, for example, come from our friend Uncle Matt. The Stauner family – owner/operators of James Lake Farms are in charge of cranberries. Meanwhile, Stahlbush Island Farms has us covered in the beet department, and our newest farm partner, Kauai Organics, grows the most lovely fresh turmeric root you’ve ever seen. These beautiful crops land in our New Hampshire manufacturing facility where we grind all that goodness into a yummy pulp, integrating even more vitamins into the mix for potency. Then, we dry and tumble it into powder form before pressing it into nutrient-dense tablets that are small enough to swallow. One batch takes approximately 236 hours from start to finish–Fresh from Farm to Tablet. It’s all starting to make sense now, isn’t it?

In addition to our commitment to REAL, we are also committed to Non-GMO ingredients. Our food and ingredients are tested no less than three times during the manufacturing process to ensure that our strict purity standards are met in every batch for all of our product certifications.

Beyond our large range of vitamins and multivitamins, minerals, and condition-specific formulas, we are head-over-heels for our line of one-of-a-kind Daily Nutrient Booster Powders. Designed to increase your capacity with select nutrients and botanicals, these powders mix directly into your favorite smoothie, shake, or juice to boost your beverage up a notch.

Ready to get Real? We invite you to visit our website at MegaFood.com, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and look for us on the shelves at Natur-Tyme. Come join us in the Journey of Real and see just how good real feels.

Your Friend,
MegaFood

A Clean Multivitamin endorsed by Alicia Silverstone

At Natur-Tyme, we carry a wide variety of high-quality multivitamins. One such selection is Garden of Life’s mykind line. This is the story of the inception of this line.

Several months ago, Garden of Life met with Alicia Silverstone, noted actress, author, and health advocate, to talk about supplements. Hauling her luggage-sized purse with her, she proceeded to pull out several multivitamin products…and quickly proclaimed, “I’m confused. . . which of these products is actually from organic foods that I eat and which of these do not start off with chemicals?” To which Garden of Life answered, “None.”

That was the shocking truth. Silverstone went to great lengths to eat a diet of organic, chemical (and cruelty) free foods. But to supplement that diet, there was not a multivitamin on the market that she could take. Even the best fermented or cultured multis all started off with chemical isolates and the tableted versions had harsh chemical binders, fillers, or coatings. What a disappointment. Silverstone wanted a multivitamin that was made from the types of foods she ate—Certified-USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and real!

Garden of Life wanted the same thing—they always have. Creating a vitamin that started off with organic foods, concentrating those foods into meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals, was always a goal for them. And after years of research, they were close to achieving it.

The process for efficiently harvesting the vitamins and minerals from their organic food sources eluded them for over a decade. However, a few years ago, they began their relationship with a scientist who holds multiple international patents for his novel approach to harvesting vitamins and minerals from organic fruit and herbs. So, they realized that fate had brought them together at just the right time, and they joined forces with Silverstone to create mykind Organics.

Shortly thereafter, they had a major breakthrough with the last obstacle to creating their Certified-Organic multi—they figured out an entirely new, organic way to make a tablet without using the common binders such as magnesium stearate. The process was so novel that it’s now patent-pending, and they call it, Clean Tablet Technology™. This newly invented, entirely organic tablet system worked beautifully, and the finished tablets looked great, had a pleasant smell and taste, and an organic coating making them easy to swallow.

Check out the mykind Organics line at Natur-Tyme and if you have any questions, our professional supplement & vitamin educators would be happy to assist you.

Carrots Gone Tropical

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC
Natur-Tyme Marketing Coordinator

carrptsgonetropical_2I started gardening just two years ago and fell in love with fresh-picked organic carrots. Because my harvest of carrots this fall was so humungous (hundreds of carrots), I had to become inventive! I developed this recipe, which has been given two thumbs up by my three-year old. It would make a lovely holiday meal side dish! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped, peeled Fuji, Braeburn, or Cortland apple
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions:

  1. Place carrots and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil;
    reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Add pineapple, apple, cranberries, honey, lemon juice, and salt.
  3. Cook 3-4 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Combine coconut oil, flour, and cinnamon; stir into pan.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  6. Sprinkle with walnuts before serving.

 

Fork2fit: Chef-Prepared Meals at Affordable Prices Available at Natur-Tyme Every Day

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By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC
Certified Nutrition Counselor and Natur-Tyme’s Marketing Coordinator

People may think that an epicurean and a health food enthusiast are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but I consider myself both. An epicurean is said to have luxurious tastes in eating and drinking, while a health food enthusiast is often stereotyped as a crunchy-granola hippie type. I create gourmet healthy meals by sourcing my ingredients from my garden and farmer’s markets and then carefully preparing scrumptious meals. Sadly though, with a toddler in tow, I often do not have the time!

I’m happy to report that I can get the high-quality, delicious, locally-sourced healthy food I desire in prepared meal containers right here at Natur-Tyme every day without hurting my pocketbook! We now carry Fork2fit! Fork2fit meals are chef-prepared right here in CNY; they are fresh, high-quality, bursting with flavor, healthy, and energizing.

Their meal choices rotate twice a week. Some customer favorites include: Southwest Turkey Stir-Fry, Meatloaf with Cauliflower Mash, and Chicken Fajitas. Natur-Tyme sells some organic options as well and we are the exclusive providers of vegan and vegetarian Fork2fit meal options such as the Vegetarian Mushroom Caprese and the Vegan Winter Squash Risotto that customers rave about. I have loved every Fork2fit meal I’ve tried and I bet you will too!

The best part of all is that these meals are affordable; they range from $6.99 to $11.49 a meal. Come pick up a meal; it’s like having a personal chef! Learn more about Fork2fit on our website.

Brighten Up Your Lips for Spring, Naturally

By Alex Durkota

As winter ends and spring approaches, we all look for something new to brighten our days.

When it comes to makeup, you should transition from warm winter shades to bright spring shades. Lip shades are especially fun to switch up with the seasons.

Luckily, Jane Iredale has given her PureGloss lip gloss a new look, giving the everyday woman a little bit more for their lip gloss! Unlike most lip glosses, it provides moisture and protection to the lips. Also, PureGloss is long-lasting, so you’ll never have to apply another application nor worry about over-glossing your lips.

PureGloss plumps lips without chemicals. It contains only the highest quality natural ingredients used to provide staying power, moisture, and nourishment to the lips. There is no petroleum in any of Jane Iredale’s cosmetics. All PureGlosses are formulated in a base of organic vegetable oils.

The new PureGloss comes in 18 shades and provides variety for different looks and different styles so there’s something for everyone. Hope everyone enjoys their spring with new lips! Between now and April 30th, we have a special sale on all Jane Iredale cosmetics!!!

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Protect the Environment with your Health & Beauty Choices

By Yu-Lee Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

ShampooingImagine every time you shampoo your hair or wash your face, there are organic, non-chemical ingredients going down the drain!

Envision all your personal care products with a list of ingredients you can actually pronounce and understand!

Incorporate these new products in your daily routine to continually improve our natural environment while improving your beautiful appearance!

Natur-Tyme is imagining, envisioning, and now incorporating…. just that! Our “natural beauty team” is a group of individuals who not only live this lifestyle, but also are passionate enough to make it their mission to help you understand the importance of cleaner, greener choices.

From the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, you can be exposing yourself to carcinogens and earth-contaminating ingredients. We have the options available to help you choose to change that interaction.

Instead of washing your hair with sodium laurel sulfate, try plant-based alternatives that contain proteins to strengthen the hair shaft.

Instead of moisturizing your skin with parabens, try food-grade oils to soothe and soften even the driest of skin. Instead of coloring your hair with propylene glycol, try herbal-based products to give a rich natural color that lasts.

All these changes to your daily health and beauty products are not only effective, but better for your health! The choices you make today can truly make an impact for a better, more beautiful tomorrow. What better way to achieve a natural look than using natural products!

Hope to see you this summer in our new Enhanced Beauty Salon!

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