Where has the time gone? July 1st is tomorrow!! I am able to get a bit of time today to post…not because it is “Social Media Day”, at least that is what the folks at Country Living Magazine told me on Facebook today:0)…but because our daughter is at day camp and I can!!!!
Are you gearing up for a big holiday gathering for the Fourth of July or keeping it low key and maybe looking forward to just sitting “out back” to watch your town’s fireworks? Yep…the latter will be our family…all three of us will be reclining in my Mother’s Day gift from 2 years ago…have you seen them…a round lounger chair from Walmart…and we all fit!
So what have The Natural Health Advocates been up to? A lot…and excited to update you a bit.
First, we want you to know that the Sprouted Almonds Company has changed their name…It is now Lyndhurst Farms…same products…and same great taste…just a new name and new label. (updated pictures coming soon!) Our 10 year old daughter told me to say that as she was headed out the door this morning for camp:0) It truly is a family affair here at The Natural Health Advocates…and we love that she is interested and invested. And she just loves packing your orders!
We have also marked down the Perfect Pickler Pickling Kit…perfect time to pick up a kit, not only because it is a great price right now, but also because you will then be prepared for when you are overflowing with that extra garden harvest! Instructions are included with every kit…and it is quite simple and so nutritous. A great way to add fermented foods to our diet daily.
Remember we also have you covered for the beach, long car rides, camping or just running errands…what could it be…good snacks! Nick’s Sticks Grass Fed Beef Sticks are just the best snack ever…seriously that good. We also have super good Organic Freeze Dried Fruit…oh yes, Just Tomatoes brand has also changed their name to reflect more than just tomatoes…so they are now Karen’s Naturals, (Updated pictues are coming soon!)…and yep…you got it, Karen is the owner and has been around with her amazing fruits and veggies since 1985. I always have several bags with me when we travel…and I have 5 bags in the cabinet now that I think of it as well…because we enjoy them daily!!! Mark starts his day off with a very large amount of grassfed local whole milk plain yogurt and tops it off with a generous sprinkle of Karen’s Naturals Freeze Dried Blueberries, Earth Circle Organics Balinese Raw and organic Cacao Nibs, and Shiloh Farms Organic Chia Seeds. Wowza. Serious Super Foods there. I personally love a large bowl of Gluten Free Oatmeal with a heaping teaspoon of ghee from our local friends at Simply Ghee with Karen’s Naturals Strawberries on top…love how they melt into the porridge and just burst in flavor! Hmmm…I might just need to make myself a bowl for a late lunch snack today!
And as always, we offer Free Priority Mail shipping on all orders that are shipped within the USA!
Happy Independence Day Friends! Be safe out there and keep it healthy!
Lisa, Mark and Sarah Drury
The Natural Health Advocates
Fun Fact:(Quote taken from Wikipedia for Independence Day, United States, under Background)
John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
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Dark chocolate that is. Good, organic, high cocoa content, raw if possible, dark chocolate.
You may know cocoa contains hundreds of health promoting chemicals. And you may know cacao’s benefits are related to the naturally occurring compounds in the bean including epicathechin, which is a flavonoid, and resveratrol, which has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties…(hmmm…maybe after eating your dark chocolate you can then enjoy your Zumba class afterall!)
But did you know that according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD, that recent science also shows resveratrol is an exercise mimic and produces similar benefits as exercise to the mitochondria? Whoa! And according to a paper published in the journal of Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, “Cocoa contains about 380 known chemicals, 10 of which are psychoactive compounds…Cocoa has more phenolics and higher antioxidant capacity than green tea, black tea, or red wine…These phenolics from cocoa may protect against diseases in which oxidative stress is implicated as a casual or contributing factor, such as cancer.” Whoa!!
Ok…so what does this all mean…it means premium, high cocoa content, organic , raw dark chocolate, with no or very low sugar content preferrably natural sugar has many health benefits. Our family is partial to the Pacari brand Premium and Organic Ecuadorian Arriba Dark Chocolate…especially the Pacari 100% Dark Chocolate which has an OUT OF THIS WORLD flavor, is smooth and luscious, and with no bitterness. You will not believe it does not contain any sugar. It simply is AMAZING! And for those who want a touch of sugar Pacari also has an 85% Dark Chocolate made with organic coconut sugar.
Great for you, can benefit your heart, blood vessels, brain, nervous system, and help combat other conditions rooted in inflammation…that is amazing chocolate!
But, “what about the apples” you ask? “What do they have to do with anything?” Check out Dr. Mercola’s full article to find out.
Keeping it healthy here for you at The Natural Health Advocates! Pacari 100% and 85% Premium & Organic Dark Chocolate are in stock and ready to ship!
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Ok. Here is the deal. We like dark chocolate a lot here at The Natural Health Advocates. But it has to be really good dark chocolate. It needs to have an amazing flavor and smoothness and it needs to be good for you…you know…no added soy, no artificial anything, not tons of sugar…and really no refined sugar at all…and from a farm who does things right.
I know what you are thinking …does this really exist?
Yes, it really does exist.
We are thrilled to have found and have been heartily enjoying I might add…Pacari,
Premium Organic Chocolate from Tree to Bar.
This is very, very special chocolate. Special in that it is simply AMAZING and simply pure!!!! Let me tell you that the 100% is so, so smooth and so luxurious with a flavor that is so delightful even without any sweetness AND with NO BITTERNESS AT ALL. Truth. When chocolate is properly fermented and dried there should not be any bitterness…just intense flavor. It is our very, very favorite!! And with the small amount of organic coconut sugar added to the 85% and a touch of organic coconut butter and organic sunflower lecithin…it creates such explosive flavor with a delicate touch of dried fruit, citrus fruits, and roasted coffee that will satisfy to no end.
Let me tell you a bit about this company…Pacari Chocolate is a family owned company that strives to do everything way above par. They are the first biodynamic chocolate company…which in a nutshell means they strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. This is important to promoting sustainability on and off the farm itself. Wow!!!! And on top of that they are certified organic.
This chocolate has garnered over 88 awards including 3 Gold Prizes from The International Chocolate Awards.
It simply is the best chocolate we have ever tasted…full of antioxidants and very high in magnesium. Chocolate that has been properly fermented and dried. Chocolate that has been minimally processed and kept at low temperatures to maintain the antioxidants and complex flavor profile of the natural cacao.
Pacari Chocolate. Pure Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional Raw and Organic Cacao that is truly unforgettable.
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Exciting news!!!! Finally!!!
We have been promising a few new items for some time now…well that time has arrived!!
The Perfect Pickler Vegetable Fermenting Kit is in stock and ready to ship. And Friends…your veggies will be fermented in just 4 days with this system! Seriously. Easy as 1-2-3 creating delicious recipes because the recipe book is included and is illustrated with step by step instructions. 26 recipes proven recipes to be exact. All you need to provide is a wide mouth canning jar…everything else is included: custom designed lid system to create and maintain an airtight seal, airlock prevents airborne microbes from entering the jar, brine overflow cup captures naturally expanding liquid, DVD with recipes and step by step instructions, the recipe book, and unrefined celtic sea salt for at least 6 one quart recipes. Place your cleaned and sliced organic veggies in the jar, add the seasonings, salt and water, top with Perfect Pickler System and in just 4 days your recipe is ready to enjoy! Done.
The other item is from our Friends at Fat Face Skin Care. Hand made Stank Stop Deodorant…one for Men and yes, one for Women. You have asked us for a natural deodorant and we have delivered…well…as soon as you place an order it will be delivered to you…but you know what we mean. Friends…this is Real Food for Your Skin. Check it out.
Allow our Friends at Fat Face to introduce to you Stank Stop:
“Did you know that substances found in most commercial deodorants, like aluminum, preservatives and fragrances, have been linked to things like cancer and infertility? Since our deodorant doesn’t contain any of this nastiness, you can feel confident that you’re protecting yourself against environmental toxins! Also, aluminum is what creates those lovely yellow stains in the armpits of your shirts…..G-Ross! No Thanks!
So we’ve combined the antibacterial properties of Organic Coconut Oil with the odor absorbing power of Aluminum-Free Baking Soda to create this Kick butt, all natural deodorant! We’ve also thrown in some Grass Fed Tallow and Shea Butter, to moisturize those pits and give them the love that they deserve! The arrowroot powder helps to soak up extra sweat while you workout and release all those toxins! And the essential oils not only make it smell good, but they also help it work (did you know that Clary Sage essential oil has been found to help reduce excessive sweating??) We also use Magnesium Oil and Zinc Oxide which both work naturally with your body to reduce the amount you perspire.
***PLEASE NOTE that this product is NOT an Antiperspirant. It will NOT stop you from sweating. But don’t fret, because sweating is actually GOOD for you! It’s completely natural, and is a very important part of our body’s detoxification process! ***
We use only the highest quality ingredients in our Stank Stop. This includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic arrowroot powder, organic essential oils, and tallow from grass-fed, pastured cows.”
Men’s Stank Stop Deodorant is available in a woodsy Cypress-Coriander and the Women’s Stank Stop Deoderant is a lovely Lavender-Clary Sage.
All in stock and ready to ship…and as always we offer Free Priority Mail shipping on all orders of $49 or more when shipped with in the US.
Happy New Year!! Be Safe!! Keeping it healthy for you here at The Natural Health Advocates. It is what we love to do!
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Organic, freeze-dried fruit: The ultimate snack!
Well, it’s suddenly November. The transition back to school has been successful here! My girls go to a school without a traditional cafeteria, so it’s packed lunches every day here! As the plethora of summer fruit (strawberries, peaches, watermelon, etc.) winds down here in Lancaster County, my girls are now frequently seeing apples in their lunches. My little one especially is a slow eater, so I like to pre-cut and pre-skin her apples for her. I learned a trick from a very experienced kitchen helper… pour a little pineapple juice into a bowl then toss the apple pieces in as I cut and peel them, and mix them all around to coat them in the pineapple juice. Even if my little one doesn’t eat all of her apples during lunch, they are still perfectly non-brown when I pick her up after school and we finish them for after school snack!
Eventually, we are going to start relying more and more on organic, freeze-dried Just Blueberries, Just Peaches, Just Cherries, Just Strawberries, and Just Raspberries! We love our little bento boxes for packing lunches and providing variety. Mixing some of the organic, freeze-dried fruit with some Sprouted Raw Almonds with Himalayan Pink Salt and Shiloh Farms Organic Raw American Native Pecans make a wonderful “trail-mix” addition to my girls’ school lunches!
Remember…these organic, freeze-dried fruit contain no additives, no preservatives, and no sweeteners. They are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and nut-free. Seriously, they are amazing! Oh and if you place an order at The Natural Health Advocates starting today until supplies last, we will include a sample bag of our choice to your order of $49.00 or more…which also means Free Priority Mail Shipping!
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Natural Health Advocates Team
Today, I am going to share one of my treat recipes with you! If you’re in the mood for a super wholesome baked good without processed sugar, here you go! And here’s the best part: many of these ingredients can be found in The Natural Health Advocate’s store!
This recipe originates from the following link:
Aren’t they cute?
My version is not so cute, I must warn you. And I have tweaked the recipe just a bit, as I typically do. I double the recipe, bake some right away, and flatten the rest of the dough and put it in the freezer to break off to bake later. (Ahem…I may or may not have pulled out chunks of raw dough straight from the freezer to nibble on without baking. Not recommended, technically! Ha!)
These are a perfect not-so-sweet baked good to go with your coffee or tea!
My Tweaked Hedgehog Cookie Recipe (single batch version)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
In a high powered-blender, mix the following until smooth:
3 TBSP Nuco Liquid Premium Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp vanilla extract (I like a strong vanilla flavor)
3 TBSP Earth Circle Organic Balinese Cacao (or more!)
In a bowl, mix the following:
1.5 cups Shiloh Farms Almond Flour
¾ cups Shiloh Farms Organic Coconut Flour
1/8 tsp salt
Pour the pulverized liquid from the blender into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix. I pull out little globs and smash them onto the parchment paper in different sizes (I like smaller ones that end up a little crunchier, and bigger ones that end up a little softer!). Tip: I have found that adding the Earth Circle Organic Balinese Cacao powder into the wet ingredients and mixed into the blender, versus mixing it with the dry ingredients, helps to spread out the chocolate-y goodness even more! Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
Don’t forget to check out the link to see how cute she makes them! The Natural Health Advocates also sell a great Shiloh Farms organic unsweetened coconut to use for these!)
Enjoy! I hope you like these little guys as much as I do!
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The Natural Health Advocates Team