Smooth Sailing Back to School with The Organic Grocer

Getting ready to get back to the routine that comes with fall around the corner starts us thinking about making healthier How you start your daychoices.  We at the OG are thinking about healthier alternatives as well as our children prep to head back to school.  We’re  starting to  think about getting back to the gym too.  Plus there’s all the new sports teams coming up this year!

Phew!  It can be overwhelming before it even begins!  To help you get organized – and stay calm – we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite Back-to-Routine blogs worth revisiting!

  • Need Energy?  Zip Fuel quickly and safely boosts energy for people of all ages and fitness levels. This tasty beverage boosts the mind, supports the muscles, and provides energy for all those Back to School Activities & Sports (or maybe just getting back to the gym!)  Check out Zip Fuel here.
  • DHA & Fish Oils are essential for Brain & Eye Health as well as for stabilizing mood (Think ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Stress – they all benefit from high quality high dose Omega 3 supplementation).  This is really one of those every day for everyone supplements – because literally every cell in your body is made of Omega 3 oils!  DHA, supports healthy brain, eye and nerve function in all humans so it’s ideal for expecting and nursing mothers, toddlers and anyone who needs extra brain or eye support.   Did you know that over 90% of the omega-3 in the brain and retina is in the form of DHA?
    Omega3
    fatty acids are crucial for childhood brain development which lays the foundation for learning, behaviour, attention span, mental focus, and mood.  Studies have also shown omega-3 fatty acid to be effective for treatment of childhood ADHD.
  • FMake Spaceood Allergies in the classroom are a daily concern in the modern classroom – and even some work places.  If you have been wondering whether peanut allergies are more common these days, you are indeed correct.  Peanut allergies in children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008 in the U.S, presently affecting more than 400,000 children!  Learn how to prevent food allergies here.
  • Natural Care to get Embarrassing Acne under control before school starts:  Every year all of the normal preparation might not be enough to make some kids feel ready for new friends, memories and adventures.  If they have acne or other skin problems some kids can be really embarrassed and self-conscious!  Learn about the top skin care tips, tricks, and products that can help achieve a clearer complexion in time to head back to school.
  • Keeping Sugar Cravings Under Control and Out of the Classroom:  The problem is that clearly we, here in Canada, are rarely facing famine.  And in fact we often take in a heap more calories than we really need, given the energy we use up (especially sitting quietly at school desks!)  We no longer have to fight or dig for our food. The closest we get to burning up energy running after our food is chasing the ice cream van down the street!  Learn ways to comfortably and healthfully reduce sugar and sugar cravings in this article.
  • Tips for Getting Nourishing Foods into picky eaters:  The summer days of s’mores, endless bKeep Calmarbeques and ice cream cones are quickly fading as autumn ushers in back-to-school as well as intentions for setting good habits for the year ahead. This time of year tends to mean a return to less-frivolous eating and a renewed focus on better nutrition all around.  Even with an apple in every lunch box, a surprising amount of children aren’t hitting their daily requirements for fruit and vegetable consumption!   Get some ideas in this article to sneak a few more fruits and veggies into your kids’ lunches – and maybe you’ll learn a few things for your own lunches!
  • Tips for Enhancing Mindfulness Naturally:  Everyone needs a little calm in their life – children are no different!  Learn the value of mindfulness in this article – and learn to be mindful along side your children.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bites

A twist on a popular recipe from November, the Crunchy Coconut Blossom Chocolates. How do you make chocolate even better? Adding peanut butter usually does the trick. We have not yet tried making these with a peanut free option, but an almond or cashew butter should work, you may need to tweak the recipe a bit.

These really are a treat. Share wisely.

Ingredients
Chocolate mixture
  • Crunchy Coconut Blossom Chocolate recipe

Peanut Butter Cream

  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
  • 4 tsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. DME™ Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Make the chocolate mixture. Fill an ice cube tray a little less than half way with mixture. Place in the freezer to cool for 15 minutes. Be sure to stir the remaining chocolate mixture every couple of minutes to keep it smooth.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter cream ingredients until smooth. Place in the fridge until you remove the ice cube tray.
  3. Remove the ice cube tray. Place a small spoonful of the peanut butter cream on each chocolate cube.
  4. Give the remaining chocolate mixture a good stir and pour over the peanut butter until covered.
  5. Place tray back in the freezer for another 15 minutes, or until completely solid.

Makes about 8-10 Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites.

Unsure Which Probiotic Is Right For You?

Check out this great infographic from Udo’s Choice, explaining what each of their probiotics is best used for:

 

Udo’s Choice® Probiotic Blends:
The Right Probiotic for Everyone in the Family

PROBIOTIC USE DESCRIPTION
Super 5 Plus
Lozenge Probiotic

NPN 80022374
MOUTH
  • Delicious raspberry-flavoured lozenges freshen breath by supporting proper oral and intestinal health.
Super 8 Plus Probiotic


NPN 80022377

SMALL
INTESTINE
  • Formulated to help maintain yeast balance.
Super Bifido Plus Probiotic


NPN 80022248

LARGE
INTESTINE
  • Formulated for maximum lower bowel supportin adults 19 years of age and older with sensitive digestive systems.
Super Toddler’s Probiotic


NPN 80022246

TODDLERS+
CHILDREN
OVER
12 MONTH OF AGE
  • A concentrated powder easily added to juice bottled formula or milk, smoothies and yogurt.
  • This formula elevates low levels of B. infantis in Caesarian-delivered and bottle-fed babies, resulting in gut microflora resembling that of healthy breastfed infants.
Super Children’s Probiotic


NPN 80022242

CHILDREN 4 & OLDER
  • Designed to meet the digestive needs of children because of a formulation that mimics normal healthy childhood microflor.
Super Adult Probiotic


NPN 80022688

ADULTS
19-54
  • Formulated to bolster natural microflora foroptimal digestion.
Super Advanced Adult Probiotic


NPN 80022690

ADULTS
55+
  • Formulated to promote health and longevity ofhealthy microflora in both the small and large intestines.
  • Includes greater concentrations of Bifidobacteria per serving than our Super Adult Probiotic.

Reasons to choose Udo’s Choice® Probiotics

• Right Formulation
No fermented foods, nutraceuticals, prebiotics, vitamins or minerals, no additives, no yeast and no Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) – only pure, concentrated living probiotic bacteria with guaranteed potency up to the date of expiry.
 
• Right Strains
We only use medicinal human, plant and dairy strains.
 
• Right Quantities
We can guarantee billions of live friendly bacteria at the printed expiration date because of our:
• Special moisture- and oxygen-resistant capsules.
• Independent (third-party) laboratory analysis for potency and purity.
• Premium packaging: recyclable, nitrogen-flushed glass bottles and metal caps that do not allow air or light to affect the contents.
Organic is Truly the Best Option

Organic is Truly the Best Option

Here are the top Ten Reasons to Go Organic in Canada

1. Organic products meet strict national standards — The “Canada Organic” logo is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures and rules.

2. Cut back on chemicals! — Many herbicides and insecticides commonly used in agriculture have been found to be carcinogenic, hormone disruptors, or have a negative impact on children’s development. Choosing certified organic products significantly reduces your exposure to chemical residues.

3. Organic farms take water seriously — Organic farmers are required to manage the land and life around water systems very carefully, and are inspected annually. By not using synthetic fertilizers and persistent toxic chemicals, organic farming is also easy on our precious water reserves.

4. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature — Organic agriculture builds healthy ecosystems, and organic farms have higher biodiversity on them and around them, which promotes sustainability and ecological balance.

5. Organic methods reduce pollution and wasted energy— More energy is used to produce synthetic fossil-fuel-based fertilizers than to cultivate and harvest crops or to transport food. Canadian studies have shown that organic farming practices can use as little as half the energy of other farming methods, and help to sequester carbon back into the soil.

6. Protect the health of farmers and children — Farmers exposed to pesticides can have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer compared to non-farmers. Children are relatively more exposed than adults when they ingest pesticide residues in food. Choosing organic products reduces the exposure for children and the farmers who grow their food.

7. Organic farmers build healthy soil — Soil is the foundation of the food chain. Organic farming is focused on using sustainable practices that build healthy soil microbiology and prevent erosion, leaving fertile land that will provide for future generations.

8. Organic farming is good for rural Canada — The Census of Agriculture has shown that, on average, organic farming families earn more from their farms than the typical Canadian farm does, and employ more people per farm too.

9. Organic producers strive to preserve genetic diversity — the loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our day. The good news is that many organic farmers have been collecting and preserving seeds and growing heirloom varieties and rare breeds of livestock for decades.

10. Organic is the only non-GMO standard overseen by the Canadian government — organic standards forbid the use of GMOs in seeds, in animal feed, and in the ingredients of processed organic food and products. If you’re concerned about GMOs, think before you eat: think Canada Organic!

This information was provided courtesy of Think Canada Organic in partnership with the Canada Organic Trade Association and with support from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada through Growing Forward 2.
For more reasons why to go organic visit thinkcanadaorganic.ca or chfa.ca.

Imported products labeled as organic meet U.S. / Canadian standards:

All food labeled as “organic” sold in the United States, regardless of origin, must be certified to USDA organic certification standards, and USDA accredits all certifiers (both domestic and foreign) to the same requirements to uphold the integrity of the organic label.  USDA has revoked the accreditations of foreign certifiers who failed to demonstrate competency and quickly announces the discovery of fraudulent certificates. Despite the rare and isolated occurrences of fraud in the industry, the organic label remains the only regulated claim with federal oversight and enforcement.

The high organic standards set in place by USDA have also encouraged harmonizing organic standards across major markets.  The United States currently has organic equivalency agreements with Canada, the European Union, and Japan. Such agreements promote strong organic programs, protect organic standards, enhance cooperation, and facilitate trade in organic products across regions. This mutual oversight helps ensure the value of organic for consumers.

gleened from:  The Organic Center

Decadent Quinoa Powder – by Kathy Smart

Serves 8

Ingredients:

4oz Fair Trade Dark Chocolate

3 Ripe Organic Avocados – diced

1/2 Cup Organic Maple Syrup (the darker the healthier)

2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

2tsp Organic Gelatinized Quinoa Powder

2 TBSP Grass Fed Milk or Milk Alternative

1/2 Cup Softened Organic Dates

1/2 Ripe Organic Banana

Pinch of Himalayan Salts

Chopped Toasted Organic Almonds or Fresh Organic Berries for garnish

 

Method:

Melt the chocolate gently on low heat in a small saucepan.

Place the avocado, quinoa powder, maple syrup, dates, vanilla, banana, and salt into a food processor and puree.  Add the melted chocolate and puree until completely incorporated.  Add the milk one tablespoon at a time and continue to puree to a creamy consistency.

Serve in a martini glass and garnish as you see fit.

Vitamin A

A; it’s the first letter of the alphabet and in the absolute logic of early scientists, it was one of the first vitamins ever discovered and isolated just over 100 years ago.

Even with a long history of understanding its necessity, approximately 40 per cent of Canadian adults do not meet their requirements for vitamin A from food. It is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for the function of the immune system, vision, reproductive health and cell communication.

Vitamin A is one of the most common deficiencies around the world, with disastrous consequences including blindness, a weakened immune system and death.

Pre-formed vitamin A is only found in animal sources like liver and fish, but the body can convert it from a plant pre-cursor called “beta-carotene”. Beta-carotene can be found in yellow and orange vegetables including yellow peppers and carrots, however it’s absorption and activity is much lower than pre-formed vitamin A.

This is why a supplement might be a good option, because they can provide the high quality, pre-formed vitamin A your body absorbs and uses best.

When considering a vitamin A supplement, it’s really important to speak with a health care practitioner to see if it is right for you. Particularly for pregnant and breast-feeding women, having the right levels of vitamin A (and not too much) is very important.

Speak with your health care practitioner about vitamin A.

 

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