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mykind Organics Women’s Multi

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Silvia Navas

mykind Organics from Garden of Life® offers a full range of Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified supplements made only from real food - over 30 fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Absolutely free of synthetic binders and fillers, meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals are carefully combined to benefit specific dietary needs. All of this goodness is wrapped up using Garden of Life’s patent-pending Clean Tablet Technology™ - an entirely new way to make vitamins using only Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified foods. Certified Vegan, Gluten Free and NO Synthetic Binders or Fillers 16 Vitamins & Minerals with Greater than 100% Daily Value Certified Vegan D3 from Lichen for Immune Support† 10mg of Iron for Blood Support† 500% Daily Value of Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) for Extra Energy† Targeted Levels of B Vitamins, (from Organic Guava & Organic Holy Basil) for Radiant Skin & Nails† Methylcobalamin: Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) is a… Read More

Keep Food Fresh with FreshPaper

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

We have all experienced the frustration and disappointment when you discover your fresh food has taken a turn for the worst - you open the refrigerator, find a half-bag of rotten lettuce, and are scrounging for a backup plan for dinner. I have experienced this exact scenario a countless number of times and this is why I was so excited when I discovered this wonderful new product - FreshPaper by Fenugreen. FreshPaper is an all natural way to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh two to four times longer than normal. Using a secret blend of all natural spices that are integrated into a biodegradable paper, you can simply add this little square piece of paper to your fresh produce bags or bins, in and out of the refrigerator, to keep your produce fresh for a longer period of time. The blend of spices used in FreshPaper inhibits bacteria growth without the use of chemicals or sprays. The idea for FreshPaper all started when founder, Kavita Shukla, visited her grandmother in India while… Read More

Our Best‑Loved Products for Mother's Day

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and while you will most likely spoil mom with great food from Bristol Farms, we encourage you to also browse our kitchens department for some very fun, unique, and pampering gifts for mom. Here are some of my favorite gifts for the upcoming holiday, some of which are new to Bristol Farms:   Second Nature by Hand Second Nature by Hand is a small artisan business specializing in unique, handmade products. Much of what they create originates from salvaged and reclaimed materials. Somehow, the hobby they love has turned into a growing business for their family. There is something special about handmade work - handmade treasures contain soul, character, and a story. The Second Nature by Hand story began about 15 years ago after creating their first pieces in the garage and taking them to a local art fair. The early years were spent at art shows where they discovered, first-hand, the excitement people felt toward the handmade work. Since those… Read More

Don't Be D‑ficient with mykind Vegan D3

posted on April 13th, 2015 by Silvia Navas

Are You D-ficient? Vitamin D can be found in many foods such as dairy and fish - you can even get your dose of vitamin D simply by sitting in the sun. And yet, many individuals could be deficient in this all-important nutrient for their health. Why? Certainly those who are vegan or vegetarian would not be getting enough D3 in their diet and would want to consider supplementation, along with those in northern climates who don’t spend as much time outdoors in the sun. Regardless of whether you fall into one of these categories or not, chances are you may not be getting adequate amounts of vitamin D. mykind Organics from Garden of Life® offers a full range of Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified supplements made only from real food - over 30 fruits, vegetables and herbs. Absolutely free of synthetic binders and fillers, meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals are carefully combined to benefit specific dietary needs. All of this goodness is wrapped up using Garden of… Read More

Whole Grains or No Grains

posted on October 15th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

In case you haven’t noticed, there are two popular diet trends regarding grain consumption happening simultaneously right now. One advises that refined grains should be avoided concluding that carbohydrates found in them lead to weight gain as well other sensitivities. The other advises that whole grains are good for us and “have been a central element of the human diet since the dawn of civilization,” says Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Joshua states that eating too much refined grains in artificial junk food, along with caffeine and sugar, is what is causing weight gain today instead of whole grain consumption. It is advised to consume more whole grains as they contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B… Read More

Cultivate Your Sleep

posted on September 24th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

Sleep is vital to maintaining good health and well-being throughout our lives. It is during this time that our bodies regenerate & restore the wears of daily living and to store and sort all the mental data that was inputted during the day. However, if the quality of your sleep is poor, your physical, mental, and even emotional states may suffer. Here are some tips to cultivate quality sleep and help ensure that we obtain the maximum benefits of our nighttime zzzzz's. Exercise- Excising is the yang to sleep’s ying. Aside from the well-known benefits exercise has, it also helps promote a deeper and restful sleep. It is preferable to exercise earlier in the day as doing it later in the evening can be too stimulating. Unplug- Give your brain a chance to wind down before bed by turning off the television, computer, or any other electronics that may be distracting and stimulating. If possible, dim down the lights at least an hour before going to bed. Write- To help ease the mind… Read More

Cook like your life depends on it!

posted on August 18th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

Cooking like your life depends on it is Joshua Rosenthal’s, Founder and Director of the Institute on Integrative Nutrition, main advice to people. As he puts it, “the food we take into our mouth goes into our stomach, where it gets digested and eventually assimilated into the bloodstream. Our blood is what creates our tissues, our organs, our skin, our hair, our brains, and even our thoughts and feelings. We are, at our most basic level, walking food.” It’s pretty powerful to come to understand that every bite we eat will eventually become a part of our body and that it carries with it information about where our health and well being will go. Sadly, fast paced and busy life styles force people to look for convenience food over nourishing food. Sometimes it seems almost impossible to juggle work, children, household chores, exercise, and cook meals! We seem to forget that beyond nourishing the body with essential nutrients, there are several other advantages to a home cooked… Read More

Combat Inflammation through Diet

posted on July 11th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body's natural healing response; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. As part of the immune response, acute inflammation is normally present in the body at low levels.  A few examples of acute inflammation include acute bronchitis, infected ingrown toenail, sore throat from a cold or flu, a scratch/cut on the skin, exercise (especially intense training). Prolonged or chronic inflammation happens over several months to years and it can have a negative effect the body’s tissue by thickening and scaring connective tissue and cause death of cell or tissue. Examples of chronic inflammation are rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis, and hay fever. Other factors that can ignite chronic inflammation are stress, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxins, therefore a healthy inflammation response needs to be supported. How to promote a healthy… Read More

Vegan protein – not just for vegans

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Silvia Navas

It's a common misconception that if a product is labeled as "vegan," it only pertains to people who avoid all animal products. Herbivores and carnivores alike can equally benefit from the plentiful nutritious rewards vegan supplements provide, especially vegan protein powders. No matter where your dietary alliance lies, everyone should be aware of all the incredible advantages adding vegan protein to your daily regimen can offer your body. Here are a few reasons to start implementing vegan protein powders into your diet today!   The difference between animal and vegan protein Protein is vital for your body primarily for its abundance of amino acids. Essential amino acids must be consumed through your diet because your body is not able to produce them on its own. While most animal proteins contain the essential amino acids necessary to build more protein for your body, you can still receive all the essential amino acids you need from a variety of vegan protein sources, such as… Read More

Raw Foods – Not just for Raw Foodists!

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Silvia Navas

If you think raw foods are only for the hard core raw foodist, you are missing out on some very delicious and nutritious treats! Why raw? You might ask. Well, there are many reasons why a person might choose a raw food diet, such as fulfilling ethical, spiritual, and nutritional needs. Independent of those reasons, it is important to understand that raw foods are simply nutritionally dense foods in the same sense that fresh fruits and vegetables are. Since they have not been heated, undenatured, irradiated, or highly processed, these foods maintain their nutritional profile almost intact. While a Raw Food Diet does mean consuming a high percentage of uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods, dehydrating machines and creative techniques now allow for a wider variety of raw foods to be available. The produce aisle is no longer your only option for finding raw foods. Now, Kale chips, cereals, chocolates, dips, nut butters, granolas, food bars, macaroons, cookies, sprouted nuts… Read More

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