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Health Lifestyle Recipes

Mānuka Honey Overnight Oats

April 19, 2019
oats

I prefer breakfast in bed… … but if I have to do breakfast on the go, it’s usually overnight oats. They come together all on their own in the fridge while I sleep, they’re a fiber-rich, satiating breakfast with lots of room for variation. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I like to add pureed cauliflower, sweet potato or banana to my oats. It bulks them up, adds flavor and nutrients, and it’s the perfect way to…

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Citrus & Mint Vinaigrette

April 18, 2019
citrus

Good quality oils can make such a difference to your diet. Even if you only change this one thing, I believe you’ll feel different. This includes: Not using oils to cook with that shouldn’t be heated (flax, canola, modified vegetable oils, margarine) Respecting an oil’s smoke point – olive oil has a smoke point of 350 F, so it can be used for light sautéing or cooking under that temperature, whereas flax oil shouldn’t be heated due to its sensitive…

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Education Health

Honey, Let’s Bee Real: How to Buy True Mānuka Honey

April 16, 2019
honey

In New Zealand, there grows a tree the native Māori people call mānuka. They use its durable wood to make tools and smoke meat, and they make an essential oil—which you may know as tea tree oil—from its leaves. But the most special thing about the mānuka tree may be its white or pink blossoms. These flowers attract bees that make honey from the nectar, and this one-of-a-kind elixir contains special enzymes and antioxidants other honey doesn’t. It’s called mānuka…

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Recipes

Spring Chill & Cut Cookies

April 11, 2019
spring

Spring! After our region of the Midwest was hit with a historically bad winter, I have never been happier to see spring. With warmer weather and sunshine finally reemerging, my training has picked back up and with it my craving for sweets. Growing up I always eyed those prepackaged sugar cookie rolls that people sliced and baked, but I was raised in a natural household where my mother would tint food with natural ingredients and make all baked goods from…

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Family Seasonal

Spring into Spring Break

April 9, 2019
spring

If you’re like a lot of parents, the thought of spring break coming up fills you with a sort of dread. It’s not that you don’t love your kids—of course, you do!—but you also don’t want to be bombarded with “I’m bored! What should I do?” the entire week. Planning ahead is the answer. And since the weather doesn’t always cooperate in March and April, the smartest move is to plan indoor and outdoor activities to keep your kiddos busy.…

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Health Recipes

Spring Greens Smoothie

April 2, 2019
spring

Spring is in the air, and the first cherry blossoms have bloomed. The sunshine and moisture, flowers and birds are back. Everything is turning green—including our smoothies! Spring greens such as lettuce, kale, and arugula/roquette are now signaling spring in sunny gardens in the southern states. ‘Lettuce’ hope you lucky folks from warm areas gobble them up for us since they sprout up a little later for us here at Flora. In the Pacific northwest, local produce will continue to…

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Health Lifestyle

10 Reasons to See a Nutrition Professional

March 28, 2019
nutrition

It is not so much an issue of knowledge but of habits, convenience, and support systems. That’s why even if you ‘know better’, a nutritionist or accountability coach can help you. When not to see a nutrition professional We are not the people to see if you are experiencing an acute issue—say a stroke or trauma—or during a mental health emergency. Why not to see a nutrition professional See a primary care practitioner to get a disease diagnosed or treated—we…

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Health Seasonal

Kick off Spring with a Gentle Cleanse

March 26, 2019
spring

We’ve made it through the darker and colder winter months and it’s finally spring! The longer, warmer days are upon us and even our bodies are excited! It’s very common to reach for a cleanse in January, especially after all of that indulgent eating over the holidays. But that’s not what your body was looking for then. In the winter our bodies are working on preservation and maintenance. It’s a quiet process that you may not notice—but it’s an important…

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Recipes Seasonal

Barbecue Recipe Biohacks from Flora’s Nutritionist

March 21, 2019
nutritionist

Nutrition is a field that requires constant learning. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I engage in continuing education to maintain my certification as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner and Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner. In the Product Information department, we are passionate about having accurate information so we can best serve the people we speak with every day. I read studies by day, and I read everything I can at home. Titles currently on my bedside table: The Secret Teachings of Plants…

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Beauty Health

Plants Can Make You Look and Feel Younger

March 19, 2019
plants

Ponce de Leon clocked a lotta hours searching for that elusive fountain of youth. The problem was, he was looking in the wrong place. The fountain of youth isn’t in Florida…it’s in your garden! Here are five ways plants can help you look and feel more youthful: 1. Plants Have Your Back …and nearly every other part of your body. Name a body part, and chances are there’s a plant that helps keep it strong and healthy. Blueberries promote brain…

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