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Olivegevity Armonikon extra virgin olive oil.  Product of organic farming, where each tree is regarded as sacred and olives are harvested the old-fashioned way. … Debra

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Matiz-SardinesMatiz Gallego sardines. Artisan fishing methods and old master cannery. Oh so flavorful. Try with lime.  Featured in Bon Appetit too! … Debra

Of Note

Mz. Stark Was in Washington

I flew to Washington DC in April to take part in the Natural Products Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. What did we ask for? That there be a federal standard for labeling of GMOs; that the Family and Health Investment Act of 2016 allow the use of Flexible Spending Account dollars up to $1,000 per person per year for dietary supplements. [Current law covers prescription drugs but does not allow reimbursement for pro-active remedies such as fish oil or vitamin D.] We asked that there be standards for the cosmetics industry and that the FDA clarify natural in personal care products. And more!

Debra named Legend

Legend“Each year at Natural Products Expo West, New Hope Network honors the industry’s greatest contributors….Legends are individuals at the center of stories about change—influencers who change the way we do what we do with enduring impact.” This year Debra was one of 12 individuals honored.

The only blender that makes us smile!!!!

We’re expecting more Vitamix 7500’s – wonderful 2.2 horsepower blenders that run up to 220 miles per hour with a low profile so they fit under cabinets. Did I mention a 7-year warranty? You need this blender if you, like me, put a whole bunch of parsley, stems and all, into your smoothie together with a whole peeled lemon, frozen berries. For the first time ever, Vitamix is offering $50 off your preordered machine, just in time for Mother’s Day. Reserve your red, black or white Vitamix 7500 today. Regular price $529, Debra’s price $479. Mother’s Day special price is $429. Wow! (No discount cards.)

New Episodes coming!!

Eat Well Be Happy is filming another four shows, Friday, April 8th. This time we have guests from the Acton Food Pantry as our studio audience.

Metro TV in Louisville, KY wrote “Just wanted to thank you for your show! We started airing Eat Well Be Happy 4-5 months ago and our viewers love it.” YOU can watch anytime, anywhere on any device by going to our website, www.DebrasNaturalGourmet.com!

Putting your money where your mouth is

From a local on-line newspaper, Patch: “MIT graduate Shiva Ayyadurai’s offer is simple: If the Monsanto Company can disprove his claim that there are ‘no safety assessment standards’ for genetically modified organisms (GMO), he will give the agro-giant a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“That’s how strongly the inventor believes in the alleged danger of unregulated GMOs.”

 What's Cooking

Farro Pasta with Stuff

Spring is typically a time we eat more lightly, and that’s certainly a good thing. Eating those spring greens that are poking up everywhere is what we are meant to do when we eat with the seasons, right? But some nights, I just want that bowl of pasta, and do you know what my new favorite pasta is? The Rustichella d’Abruzzo Organic Farro spaghetti from Italy. This pasta leaves me feeling good. My tummy appreciates farro.

What is farro? An ancient grain, and the Italian word “farro” encompasses three varieties of heirloom grains: einkorn, spelt and emmer wheat, all of which are lower in gluten, higher in protein, and also have higher amounts of micronutrients.  It’s the whole grain pasta that I enjoy!

Many Greens Salad with Cultured Veggies

It’s that time of year – its spring! We’re all trying to eat lighter as we shed layers of winter clothing. We just can’t hide our over-indulgences any more, can we? This dish gives us a boost, and it perks up our insides, which are winter-lazy, too. Of course eat organically-grown veggies, because pesticides and herbicides don’t do any body good.

Did you know that all kinds of cabbage have vitamin K? Vitamin K makes our bones stronger and helps prevent osteoporosis because it facilitates the transport of calcium from the bloodstream into the bone. I wasn’t aware that vitamin K plays an important role in keeping our nervous system and brain healthier, too.

Bibimbop, Korean Hot Pot

I always wanted to make Bibimbop at home (Korean hot pots – rice topped with a mix of pickled and cooked vegetables and usually a fried egg as well), because eating it out was always so much fun. But I wanted my own version, and one without sugar. Below is what we did for our cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy, which we all loved. This Bibimbop is vegetarian, and, yes, we did use the dolsot pots from Crazy Korean Living (yep, we’ve got them in the store; they’re lead and cadmium-free, non-porous and good for so many other dishes as well), but you can, of course, use your own individual serving bowls.

Adam's Corner

Smoothies 102

You put stuff in a blender. You run the blender. 30 seconds later, you have a healthy breakfast.

But what, exactly, should go in the blender? Last month, I listed four foundational ingredients that ought to be in every smoothie: protein powder, frozen fruit, fish or flax oil, and greens powder. This month, I’ll mention five more bonus ingredients. In case you’re worried, everything will taste just fine: you shouldn’t have to start your day with a grimace.

And if you want to skip talk of ingredients, and get straight to recipes, come in and ask for a copy of our “Smoothie Inspiration” recipe sheet.

Smoothies 101

You put stuff in a blender. You run the blender. 60 seconds later, you have a healthy breakfast on the run. Or not on the run… I enjoy sipping my smoothies over the morning paper. Either way, it’s a great start to your morning.

But what, exactly, goes in the blender? In this two-part article, I’ll have ten suggestions. This month, the four suggestions are foundational; next month, the following six will be bonuses. Things like maca powder and bee pollen. And in case you were worried, everything is going to taste just fine: you shouldn’t have to start your day with a grimace.

And if you want to skip talk of ingredients, and get straight to recipes, come in and ask for a copy of our “Smoothie Inspiration” recipe sheet.