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Winter weather forces us to slow down and bundle up. These recipes are great for the days when you need a healthy and hardy way to nourish. Keep reading below to see some of our favorite cold-weather recipes. SMOKED TURKEY & WHITE BEAN SOUP Smoked turkey simmered in chicken broth with onions, celery, carrots, spices and beans all topped with Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe here. KID-FRIENDLY BEEFY STEW This Kid-Friendly Beef Stew is the perfect combination of savory beef and hearty vegetables. You’ll love the nutrients it provides and your kids will love the taste! As seen in Living Naturally Wellness 2017 Edition. Get the recipe here. HOT CITRUS DRINK Orange juice infused with herbal orange spice tea, cinnamon and lemon and then sweetened with coconut palm sugar. This drink is perfect for warming up and it makes your home smell great too! Get the recipe here. GARLIC PARMESAN SMASHED POTATOES Seasoned Yukon gold potatoes

  Gameday is the perfect excuse to eat good food and root for your favorite team. Keep reading below to get inspiration for game day recipes. CAULIFLOWER NACHOS Corn tortilla chips smothered with melted cheese and then topped with seasoned cauliflower, fresh garden salsa, avocados, cilantro and smoked sea salt. Add as much smoked sea salt as desired and top with sliced jalapenos for added heat. Get the recipe here. ZESTY MAPLE GLAZED WINGS & DRUMMIES A sweet maple-glaze with a zesty-kick of red pepper flake will make these chicken wings and drummies the talk of your Game Day Party! Get the recipe here. BAGEL PIZZAS Bagel Pizzas are the perfect quick and easy meal for busy schedules. Simply place sauce, cheese and toppings on your favorite bagel and bake! You can even browse our salad bar for quick toppings like shredded chicken, olives, sliced peppers, or onions. Get the recipe here. EASY CHUNKY AVOCADO SALSA An

2018 is here. Phew. With the new year comes a new wave of motivation that we definitely welcome. The list below includes some tips for things to do with that new-year motivation to make a healthy 2018. Find an excuse to walk more. Even if it's just a quick trip outside, walking has the potential to do wonders for your mental and physical health. Try new foods as often as possible. If there something new and intriguing in produce, give it a try it might be a new fave. Are zoodles a thing you've been eyeing for a while but never took the plunge, now's the time. Drink more water. Consider getting a Klean Kanteen or other reusable water to cut down on waste as well as chemical exposure. Wake up on time to give yourself some "me" time. Less

Use items already prepared from Valley Natural Foods to make easy and flavorful dishes. GORGONZOLA CHEESE BALL Use as a topping on baked potatoes Crumble on a salad Stuff chicken breasts or mushroom caps MEGA OMEGA SALMON SALAD Make hors d’oeuvres by using Belgian endive leaves or cucumber rounds as a base - then garnish with a sprig of fresh dill Create mini sandwiches using cocktail rye with butter and garnished with a sprig of parsley Create a Mega Omega Pasta Salad - view recipe HERE Use leftover mashed potatoes to make Mega Omega Salmon Cakes - view recipe HERE SANTA FE BLACK BEAN SALAD Use our Santa Fe Black Bean salad to make quesadillas - view recipe HERE - or purchase our ready-made quesadillas Fresh salsa from our produce department and sour cream are great accompaniments to this customer favorite SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE

Save the Date for a Garden of Life Garden Party happening January 10 - 13, 2018. Garden of Life will be at our demo kiosk sampling products and answering any questions you may have about their lines of protein powders, vitamins, greens and probiotics. During this time you can save on Garden of Life products with these deals: 25% off Protein Bars* 40% off the rest of the line of Garden of Life Products* BONUS DEAL: Full Size Protein Powders are available for BOGO* when you buy one at full price and get the second free of the same size and protein line. Valley Natural Foods carries the following lines of Protein Powder Tubs: Raw Organic Fit, SPORT, RAW, Protein & Greens, Organic Plant Protein and Organic Whey Protein. Garden of Life products are derived from raw ingredients that are certified USDA Organic

Finding gifts for the holidays can be a tiny bit stressful. So we’re here to help with our co-op gift guides! In this edition, we’re focusing on chocolate, the perfect last-minute gift that any foodie is bound to appreciate. Local Chocolate K'ul Chocolate  K'ul Chocolate is made right in Minneapolis and has the goal to remind us that chocolate is indeed food. Their tagline is "chocolate that's good for you." The cacao for their chocolate is also ethically purchased directly from farmers. K'ul chocolate bars are vegan, gluten-free, soy free and dairy free making them the perfect gift option for the health and socially conscious on your list. Terroir Chocolate  Terroir, pronounced tare-whar, is produced in Fergus Falls, Minnesota by a wife and husband duo. The ingredients lists for each Terroir Chocolate bar is short and effective. Standout flavors include the Lavender and Scorpion Pepper with the latter

Finding gifts for the holidays can be a tiny bit stressful. So we’re here to help with our co-op gift guides! In this edition, we’re focusing on honey, specifically local honey. Honey is a particularly versatile gift that will make cheese aficionados as well as general foodies happy. Bare Honey Bare Honey has a variety of flavored honey that makes them the perfect gift for any connoisseur.  These flavors include lavender blossom, cinnamon, chocolate, hot & spicy, raw wildflower, bee pollen infused and vanilla bean. Vanilla bean spreadable honey comes particularly recommended from one of our staff members. Bolton Bees The honey from Bolton Bees is location-specific, meaning each honey has a unique flavor reflective of the areas where the bee colonies are located. This leads to honey like Tree Party Honey which is "located in Nevis and Akeley, MN among lakes, ponds, and bogs, are interspersed throughout the rolling

Finding gifts for the holidays can be a tiny bit stressful. So we're here to help with our co-op gift guides! In this edition, we're focusing on cheeses. These are all hand-picked by our resident cheese specialist. Blue Cheeses 1. Big Woods Blue, Shepherds Way Farms This is a Minnesota-made sheep's milk cheese with a complex flavor. 2. Glacier Blue, Carr Valley Cheese Glacier is a Penta Creme (meaning 5 cream) decadent Wisconsin cheese. These pair well with: Fine local honey Fig jam Wheat bread Port Wine Cab Sauvignon Soft Cheeses 3. Belloux Cheese, Yellow Door Creamery The name of this cheese translates to "little belly" and has a sweet and milky flavoring. 4. St. Stephen, Four Fat Fowl This is a triple cream, soft-ripened cheese that is also locally-sourced, small batch and all-natural. These pair well with: Dry white wine Strawberries Fruit Pinot Noir Gouda Cheeses 5. Jeff's Select, Caves of Faribault The cayenne rub on

On Saturday, December 16, and Sunday, December 17, 2017 we will be offering a FREE evanhealy gift to the first 20 customers with a purchase of $50 or more in evanhealy products!* Come visit the kiosk on Saturday, December 16 from 11am-2pm to talk to an evanhealy skincare expert who can help you pick the right products for your skin-type.                                                                                                  Beauty Based on Experience Evan Healy is a holistic aesthetician who started her career in the natural personal care industry in 1984. With her extensive background in aromatherapy, homeopathy and Ayurveda, she started evanhealy

Win Groceries, Give Groceries! Generosity is its own reward, but if you’d like the opportunity to give to others and get great groceries yourself, stop by the co-op in early December to participate in the “Goodness Giveaway,” featuring great Co+op Basics groceries. Valley Natural Foods will be giving away an assortment of Co+op Basics items valued at $75 to one lucky winner and making a $75 donation in the winner’s name to 360 Communities Emergency Food Shelves. Win the gift of healthy food and support an organization in our community that provides healthy foods to many of our neighbors. Locate our Co+op Basics shelf display between aisle 5 & 6, and fill out an entry form for a chance to win. No purchase necessary. Concern for the Community One of the seven cooperative principles is “Concern for the Community.” Providing healthy foods for the