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It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is already here! We have plenty of options at Valley Natural Foods to treat the women in your life and help them feel special. If your mom likes to be pampered, our wellness department offers a variety of natural body care, beauty and home good products. Browse some of our local favorites like SunLeaf Naturals, Wyndmere Naturals and Veriditas. Also you can pick out your favorite essential oils, room mists or candles for mom. If your mom likes to garden, check out our Garden Center opening Thursday, May 10, at 10 am! Come browse the local varieties of floral, mixed herb and succulent hanging baskets. The Garden Center will remain open until Sunday, June 17, 2018. If your mom has a sweet tooth, you can bring her a house-made decorated cake. Available in White Almond or Mexican Chocolate flavors, these cakes are

This post is from our April/May 2012 issue of Living Naturally when our Produce Manager Kim Dvorak visited Equal Exchange banana producers in Peru. Written by Susan Budig Banana bread, banana splits, bananas straight from the peel, banana mashed for the baby, banana muffins with nuts, and sliced on morning cereal; the list keeps going: don’t forget the smoothies and pudding, too! Bananas, as an edible commodity, are sold more than any other fruit worldwide. Its importance as a food crop ranks after rice, wheat and corn. Unique to crop production of bananas, however, is that their growth is exclusive to the tropics. [caption id="attachment_30182" align="alignright" width="366"] "I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything,” -Produce Manager Kim Dvorak on her experience in Peru. Photos by Kim Dvorak.[/caption] Scott Patterson, Midwest sales manager and worker-owner at Equal Exchange, which supplies Valley Natural Foods with bananas, said,

The Big Game is here! Bring on the food! Below we've highlighted some deals that can help you make the most out of game day. [gallery size="full" link="none" ids="30051,28654,30031"] Organic Hass Avocados are 5 for $5 100% Grass Fed Beef Thousand Hills Cocktail Sausages are $7.99 $7.99 for a 12 oz package of Thousand Hills Cocktail Wieners. Save $1 per pound on Deli Ready-to-Bake Artichoke & Spinach Dip with Mobile Coupon Save $1 off Organic Yucatan Guacamole with Mobile Coupon 2 for $4 Kettle Brand Potato Chips 5 oz. Selected Varieties 2 for $4 Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips $2.99 for Late July Snacks Organic Salsa $2.39 Angie's Boomchickapop Owner Deals Save 20% off Natural Ground Beef Family Pack The Salad Sampler in the Deli is $6.99 1 pint containers of organic grape tomatoes are 2 for $4

Valley Natural Foods carries fair-trade avocados from Equal Exchange. Keep reading to find out more about Equal Exchange and why fair trade matters. What is Equal Exchange? [caption id="attachment_30018" align="alignright" width="447"] Statistics from the 2016 impact of Equal Exchange avocados.[/caption] Equal Exchange works to create "a trade model that respects farmers, builds communities, and supports the environment." The company started in 1986 and initially began working to try to fix the food system with fair-trade coffee in Nicaragua. They have since provided support for small farmers of crops like bananas, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, dried fruits, olive oil and tea. Equal Exchange was founded on the ideas of being (from the Equal Exchange website): A social change organization that would help farmers and their families gain more control over their economic futures. A group that would educate consumers about trade issues affecting farmers. A provider

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

Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you’re hosting a Halloween Party or if you just want to have some fun with the family, these treats will surely get you into the spirit! Tricks to Make Your Own Treats Making your own scary treats can be half of the fun. You and your guests will enjoy eating them as much as you enjoyed making them. Fruit Monsters To make fruit monsters, cut an apple into 4 wedges. Next, on the side of the apple that still has skin on it, use a knife to cut out an indent for the mouth. Be careful not to cut all the way through because then you would have to start over.  Now you have your canvas for a scary face. Use things like slivered almonds, marshmallows, sunflower seeds or pepitas for teeth. You can get the teeth to

In the midst of the transition from summer fruits and veggies we get the super fruit that is the pomegranate. The fruit itself is in seed form underneath thick red skin, and offers a challenge for those seeking the vibrantly flavored fruit. The super fruit designation comes from the fact that pomegranate juice is super high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are useful in helping cells fight off damage from free radicals which can come from exposure to air pollutants, chemicals and UV rays. Antioxidants are said to fight off cancer. Pomegranates are also high in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Vitamin C is essential for many processes in the body. Vitamin C also of course helps boost immunity. See below for more information about this super fruit and how to use them. Pomegranate Health Benefits Very high in antioxidants High in Vitamin C and K

Summer is the season for grilling. Why not make an impressive array of shish kabobs? It’s actually easier than you think; here are some tips to get you started. Start with a good marinade Salad dressings, marinade kits and teriyaki sauce work great for marinating vegetables and meat. Try experimenting with different sauce combinations for a truly unique flavor - like a 50/50 mixture of teriyaki sauce and Italian dressing with a little bit of chopped garlic. For food safety precautions, marinate your vegetables and meat separate. For best flavor, marinate animal protein for at least 8 hours before grilling – this will also help your protein from drying out. If you’re using tofu or plant based proteins, marinate for at least 2 hours before cooking, then continue to brush marinade over the plant-based protein every 10 minutes while grilling. Salad Girl Dressings are

Making Summer Get-Togethers a Breeze! The highly anticipated season of summer gatherings is here! We’re here to help you throw a low-stress summer get-together. Whether you’re preparing all the food or just the main course here are some ideas to get you started: Make as much as you can ahead of time. Preparing a day in advance leaves the fun tasks like decorating and food presentation for the day of your party. Dips, desserts and cold salads can easily be prepared the day before, but leave the vegetable and fruit cutting until the day of. You can also marinate meat, vegetables or tofu for the grill the day before to give your dishes that extra flavor boost. Keep it Simple. Don’t feel like you have to make a seven course meal. It’s okay to supplement your main course with already prepared side dishes. Our deli offers