Almond Butter Sticker Shock?

Here's Why....

I'm sure you've all heard about the drought in California, where 80% of the world's almonds are grown. The New York Times recently stated that it takes on average 15.3 gallons of water to produce a mere 16 almonds!

While almond sales are soaring due to their irrefutable health benefits, its costing more and more for farmers to supply their crops with proper water supply. Which is one aspect to the rising costs of almond milk and butter. This is detrimental to wallets, but much more detrimental to the California's water supply, and even more so as now farms are being supplied with recycled fracking water...because its about to be the only water available.

More than California's years long drought, the almond crops in the golden state are currently owners of the world largest artificial pollination. The flowering trees are entirely dependent on honey bees for pollination, and North American beekeepers are making big bucks shipping in over 1.5 million hives annually in January and February during the bloom times. 

Honey bee well being is declining, not only due to the colony collapse that has been effecting the population over the last ten years, but due to harsh conditions during these 'man-made migrations' for pollination of mono-crops. Mono-crops (large closely knit groves of one type of crop) are notorious for providing the best environment for insects and fungi to take over, which results in bee-killing pesticides looking tempting for farmers that don't want to lose their crops. Though doing any more damage to bees that are intrinsic for pollination isn't ideal either, so thankfully most farmers have refrained from using a certain pesticide.  

Keeping all of this in mind does make one want to steer away from almonds and their delicious products, if the rising price tags haven't already. 

So...in an effort to be more green, we are now offering more milk options at our Juice Bar. 

  • Flax Milk- cold pressed from flax seeds, smooth and thin, mildly nutty flavor, free of lactose and cholesterol, high in omega-3's, low calorie, soy-free, *requires less water and fewer pesticides than many other crops, WASTE FREE because all parts of the seed are used. 
  • Hemp Milk- Hemp seeds are a super food! The milk is slightly grainy, with a grassy/nutty flavor, a bit of an acquired taste but mixed into smoothies and when you think about the amazing health benefits (omega 3's, high calcium, and vitamin d) its an obvious good choice. Also requires very little water, suppresses weeds and can be densely planted with quick turnover crops. Also it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it one of the most eco-friendly crops in the world!
  • Coconut Milk- Thick, rich and deliciously coconutty! Very high in b-12, Vitamin D and good fats, requires less energy and water to farm than soy or almond milk. 

So give another milk a try, reduce your carbon footprint and increase you eco-friendly awareness!

 

 

 

Brand Pick: Jackson's Honest

Here at Green Street, we love
Jackson's Honest!

We tried these chips just recently and fell in love. Just in time for summer, these chips are the perfect blend of salty and crisp. However, we do not just like the chips....we love the brand!

Jackson's Honest was created for the founder's children so that they could have a healthy alternative to the highly processed chips on the market. All of their chips are fried in coconut oil, a super healthy alternative to the "denatured polyunsaturated frying oils" used by other brands.

Though, the idea of them only using coconut oil is a great reason to love this brand, we also love that they are a real family. They care about what they feed their children and what kind of ingredients are being consumed by their customers. They are organic and NON-GMO certified, which means that we will be eating these like crazy!

Here at Green Street, we want to educate our customers and Jackson's Honest is one of those brands you must look up and read more about! Head into the market today and pick up a large bag or a small bag and get ready to embark on a coconut oil adventure for your taste buds!


TERRI'S RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - MEYER LEMON RISOTTO

We have delicious Meyer Lemons! 

This recipe features this seasonally available citrus and we're lucky enough to be able to offer it to you!

Come into the store today and pick up all of the necessary ingredients to make a scrumptious and delectable risotto and be sure to impress your organic "peeps."

In the photo:
Bob's Red Mill Farro
Meyer Lemons
Field Day Organic Vegetable Broth
Organic Valley Parmesan Cheese
Green Valley Organics Sour Cream
Sabatino Truffle Oil

HOLISTIC REMEDIES: BREATHING AND BREATH

If upon arriving at work this morning, someone asked you how your day was going, and your response was, "Well, I'm breathing aren't I?"  That may be a sign that things in your life are out of balance. Our breath is actually a great indicator of our current mood, as well as a key to discovering clues about our, overall, emotional and physical health. Below you will find out what specific types of breath have to say about you and what you can do about it.
 

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RAPID OR SLOW BREATHING

When we catch ourselves taking short, shallow chestal breaths, there is probably a good chance that we are experiencing a good amount of stress in our professional or personal lives. While this will always be true to some degree, it is especially important to remedy this type of irregular breathing. The problem here, is that the primitive portion of our brain has not completely evolved to domestic life. It does not discriminate between the stress of actual, physical danger versus the type of stress we feel before going for a big job interview. Rapid, shallow breathing sends a message to our brain that we are in distress and calls in for back up; releasing the hormones and neurotransmitters epinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol. If we were in eminent danger, these might be life-saving. But, in daily life, where many of the stressors we deal with are permanent fixtures, having our bodies flooded with large amounts of these chemicals poses serious health risks and can lead to issues like Adrenal Burn-out and Chronic Fatigue.
 

What can you do about it?

There are a variety of breathing techniques available that easily fall under the category of Breath Therapy. Most are very easy to follow and come stamped with expert approval. By training our minds to become conscious and active toward the usually passive process of respiration, we now have the ability to slow everything down and breathe a little deeper. Here are a couple of links for some great exercises to get you started.

If you think you may need some extra support in helping to cope with your stress, there are many good companies offering a lot of great options. Here are some quality formulas that combine natural adaptogens and stress-relieving herbs and compounds to help your body better adapt to physical and psychological stressors:

   Breathe Deep Tea by Yogi

Breathe Deep Tea by Yogi

   Stress Response   by Gaia Herbs

Stress Response by Gaia Herbs

Also try: Adaptra by Terry Naturally

If, at any point, rapid, shallow breathing persists or falls out of the range that could reasonably be considered as stress-related, this may be caused by serious medical conditions, not limited to Asthma, COPD, Emphysema, Pneumonia, Lung Infections or partial lung collapse. In this case, please consult your physician.
 

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FOUL OR ODOROUS BREATH

Breath is one of the easiest ways to determine, not only what someone s diet is like, but it can be a red flag for how their bodies are doing internally. Having bad breath could merely be a result of having had a loaded hoagie for lunch, or having been invited over for a pasta dinner by a friend, who has a heavy hand with garlic. However, chronic bad breath is leading highly toward a chronic issue and may be cause for concern. Here are some qualities that you can look for that will help you determine if your breath is more than a social issue: Smells sweet, smells acidic, smells like vinegar, smells  yeasty  ranging anywhere from cereal to potatoes, smells sour or rancid

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TYPES OF FOUL OR ODOROUS BREATH

Sweet, Acidic or Vinegary

Normal, healthy breath should be mild and actual scent will, of course, vary from individual to individual. While having sweet smelling breath might almost seem optimal, being highly sweet, acidic or vinegary can imply something more serious. Highly sweet breath has been used as a possible indicator for diabetes in children and pungent, acidic or vinegary breath is often a symptom associated with diabetic keto-acidosis. This occurs due to a diabetic person s inability to use sugar as a source of energy and fat is utilized by the body instead. Because of this, fat is broken down and causes the occurrence of ketones (Acetone, hydroxybutyrate, and acetoacetate). These ketones are acidic and when removed through the body s elimination system, the breath they produce has coined the term Acetone Breath. There can be many other root causes for breath that falls into this category:
Acid reflux/GERD
Low-Carb Diets
Medications
Excessive drinking
Chronic, systemic diseases

What can you do about it?

There are many options available to aid your body in recovering from an acidic state. Some experts recommend certain strains of probiotics (L. plantarum is a strain of probiotic, or good bacteria, that has been studied for it s ability to help reverse acidosis) as well as chlorella, wheat grass and other highly nutritive, alkalyzing greens. If you are noticing that your breath has been consistently and highly sweet, acidic or vinegary, it would be best to consult with your medical physician. Here are a few of the possible supplements you can find, which may assist with sweet, acidic or vingary breath:

  Probi 30 Billion by Solgar (Contains a single strain of L.  Planetarum  and is well tolerated by most IBS sufferers)

Probi 30 Billion by Solgar (Contains a single strain of L. Planetarum and is well tolerated by most IBS sufferers)

   Yaeyama Chlorella by Jarrow Formulas

Yaeyama Chlorella by Jarrow Formulas

   Organic Wheat Grass by Amazing Grass

Organic Wheat Grass by Amazing Grass


 Yeasty
 
When consuming yeast-based food items, such as bread, the bacteria and enzymes in our mouths immediately begin to break them down. Most people will notice that if they were to not brush their teeth and tongue, following the meal, they will likely discover that in as short as a half hour, a light white to tannish-yellow coating will appear on their tongue. This is unbroken-down yeast residue and bacteria that have not completed in the digestion process. It will also, likely make your breath smell very yeasty. In persons afflicted with dry mouth, natural enzymes and good bacteria will be diminished and the breath may even start to take on a foul odor. A solid dose of antibiotics is sometimes all that is needed to throw the body s good bacteria and enzyme populations out of balance and lead to a candida infection. When this occurs, that same harmless, white to tannish-yellow coating that we observed on our tongue could bloom into a systemic infestation throughout our entire bodies. The most common visual examples come as thrush (tongue), acne, skin rashes, urinary tract and yeast infections. This imbalance can be caused by:
Medications/Anti-biotics
Stress
Dehydration
Compromised Immune Systems
Chronic medical conditions
Diets high in yeast, sugar, dairy

What can you do about it?

This type of bad breath is usually easily remedied by making some healthy dietary changes and supplementing with a good probiotic. Enzyme supplementation may be necessary if it is a long-standing issue. There are many enzyme blends available that specifically target candida and contain the enzymes cellulase and protease. Here are two quality products on the market that deliver beneficial probiotics and enzymes:

   Candidase by Enzymedica

Candidase by Enzymedica

   Udo's Choice Super 8 High-Potency Probiotic by Flora

Udo's Choice Super 8 High-Potency Probiotic by Flora

Sour, rancid.

By the time that a person s breath has taken on a sour, rancid odor, they are probably aware of this and it is more than likely that there is a bacterial or fungal infection present. One of the easiest ways for bacteria and fungus to gain entry to the human body is through the mouth. We can pick them up through the food that we consume, by kissing, by putting our hands and fingers in, or around, our mouths or by practicing poor oral hygiene. Other possible causes include:
Sinusitus or Sinus Infection
Streptoccus/Staphylococcus Infection
Frequent/large consumption of Dairy and Dairy containing products
Cigarette or Tobacco smoking
Dental Abscess/Gingivitis
A sluggish digestive system resulting in the accumulation of partially
digested foods and stomach acid

What can you do about it?

In the event of sour, rancid breath and a possible bacterial infection, to prevent your friends from dropping like the flies that are beginning to gather around you, it would be best to consult with your medical physician as soon as possible.

4.

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?

There are many potential factors that can affect the quality and rhythm of our breath. The key is to be mindful of any changes and to seek help when there is cause for concern. When issues and disturbances are within normal parameters, we can employ these tools to help us get our breath and our sniffer, back up to snuff.


The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

 

Our Brand Pick: Nature's Path

Now more than ever, going to the grocery store can seem daunting and overwhelming...

People think that just looking at the nutritional facts is important, but that’s only part of what people should really consider. GMO's, pesticides, sustainability, fair trade, who owns whom, and what their profits are going to support, should all be considered. With that in mind, there's a lot to contemplate when walking through the aisles with your shopping cart now a days. But did you ever stop to think about how and where you’re shopping is affecting your community?

 Voting with your dollar is, in my opinion, the best way to affect change in a consumer dependent industry.  Buying from small, independently owned companies that share your values about nutrition, business, and the environment is not only investing in your health but also in the future.

As a grocery buyer, I am now not only shopping for myself, but for my community.  I try to support the brands that are independently owned or owned by corporations that support organic practices and business transparency.  

In a world where profit has trumped ethics for most industries, it is comforting to know that there are some truly wonderful companies doing their part to make this world a better place. 

Nature's Path is a leader among these companies. As a full service grocery store, we can't always fully boycott all of the brands that are owned by large corporations, but we do get to focus on and support the heroes of organics like Nature's Path. They use sustainable and organic farming & sourcing practices to provide us with a product line of amazingly tasty & nutritious cereal, granola bars, oatmeal, waffles, toaster pastries and breads.   From gluten free to whole grain, kid friendly to sophisticated super foods, Nature's Path has your morning covered. 

 Celebrating 30 years as an independently owned, family run company, Nature's Path has proven their commitment to both their customers and their community.  I'd like to say that they are trailblazers for the organic movement but their commitment to sustainability somehow makes that term seem too harsh.

 Nature's Path is a socially responsible company that not only makes delicious organic foods for the entire family, but puts their money where their mouth is by being involved in and donating to many worthy organizations to help protect the environment, protect endangered species, protect our right to know about GMOs, and to help educate our children about all of these important topics.   I'd like to say “Thank you!” to Nature's Path for being so awesome!  Now time for a bowl of Qi'a!

Every product on this post is on sale this month so be sure to stock up!

Keeping it Real...

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My mother instilled in me a healthy respect for natural foods. She had an instinctive understanding that not everything modern science provides is an improvement over Mother Nature. The media and even the medical community told to eat margarine instead of butter, white grains and low fat. My friends ate brightly colored, sugary cereals and fake “fruit” juices, candy and soda. My mom would have none of it. She was steadfast about the importance of avoiding excess sugar and artificial ingredients. She didn't worry or obsess about it but followed her own instincts and common sense.

When I was old enough to begin making my own choices did I follow her lead?
Sadly, no. I drank coffee or soda all day long, every day. I skipped meals for snacks like chips or candy bars. I got by on coffee, hot dogs and pizza, oh my. Blessed with a quick metabolism, I thought I could feel good eating whatever, without the worry of weight gain. By my 20's I had chronic, severe acid reflux and other digestive problems, heart palpitations, acne and endometriosis, with accompanying chronic pain. Medical intervention seemed to consist of prescriptions that caused more trouble.

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I had studied holistic health and nutrition, as well as mind/body medicine in college and on my own through most of my 20's.  However I failed to put the knowledge into action for my own good. It wasn't until my husband and I considered our own family, that I decided to eat the way that I knew I should. When I started taking my own health in my hands and embracing a healthier lifestyle, I felt better quickly. Problems I thought would always bother me went away or became much easier to manage. I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. 

Once I began talking with customers at Green Street, especially parents concerned about their children, I was perplexed with their inability to get them to eat healthy. I didn't understand what was so hard about getting your kid to eat vegetables. When my kids came along, I suddenly understood!

My theory is when children are of age to make their own food choices, they instinctively go for sweet or bland foods that are “safer” and more familiar. In a hunter-gatherer society, a child of about 7 or 8 would probably gain the freedom to venture out on his/her own and make his or her own choices about what to eat. Bitter foods could have the potential to be poisonous and plants that are sweeter or more bland may be less of a risk. It would also make sense to have a smaller repertoire of foods to keep track of what is safe to eat. So many kids I've known seem to follow the pattern of disliking vegetables and healthier foods around the “tween” years and then start to experiment and incorporate more good things as they get older.

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With my own children, I see signs they may have taken some of my advice to heart. They'd now choose homemade over fast food or take out; organic over conventional. My oldest has even started eating salads with dinner on occasion! They know the hazards of hormones and antibiotics in milk and of factory farmed animal products. They've recognized their own negative reactions to fast food or too much junk food consumed at parties or a friend's house. I'd like them to eat more vegetables. I wish they didn't crave so much sugar and have so many opportunities to get it at school, friends' homes, Halloween or Valentine's Day, and even the natural and organic sweets from our own store. Still, I take heart when I see small signs that they have respect for the care of their bodies.

Some times I'm happy with the example I set.  Most days my husband makes the two of us my favorite morning drink; fresh vegetable juices including kale, lemon, carrots, beets, cucumber, parsley, romaine, ginger and turmeric. After that I usually have pasture-raised eggs. Throughout the day, most days, I try to avoid wheat and cut down on other starches and grains. I feel better when I eat a low glycemic diet. I try to eat as many vegetables as I can and do better some days than others. I take fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics, Adrenal support and Curacel regularly. I add liquid kelp and Bio-sil to our juice. My favorite new product is Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

I used to be all-or-nothing when it came to nutrition. Once I recognized that how I felt reflected what I consumed, I'd remove something from my diet or start something new and get frustrated or defeated when I didn't notice immediate results. Wildly differing advice from studies and "experts" would throw me for a loop. Its taken a long time and a lot of experimentation to come to know how I should eat to feel good. I try to have a more balanced view and stick to the fundamentals. I think the most important choice is organic foods whenever possible. I always prefer to avoid GMO's, herbacides, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and anything artificial. Sounds a little like something my mom used to say....

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE PRODUCE SECTION?

C doesn't always stand for cold, sometimes it stands for Vitamin C, as in citrus!

We have so many different types of citrus in stock! Here's a few: grapefruit, tangelo oranges, cara cara oranges, juicing oranges, blood oranges, lemons, meyer lemons, & limes.

So come on it and get your citrus on and avoid the a-CHEW season!

TERRI'S RECIPE OF THE WEEK & PRODUCE SPECIALS

Try meyer lemons, cara red navel oranges, and romanesco cauliflower fresh from our produce section!

Be sure to pick up our meyer lemons for Terri's recipe of the week!

Try our brand new cara red navel oranges for a taste bud adventure.
If you're wondering, their taste is slightly floral with a cherry accent, which is perfect for this time of year! 

Have you tried romanesco cauliflower yet? It is a great vegetable paired with dinner or just have it as an appetizer! There are so many ways to eat this beautiful and delicious vegetable!

PRICES
Meyer Lemons: $5.19 /lb
Cara Red Navel Oranges: $2.79 /lb
Romanesco Cauliflower: $3.99 ea.