WELLNESS

National Farmers Market Week Recap!

Last week was National Farmers Market Week and we had so much fun getting every shopper involved! Here's a recap of the fun that we had last week!

                 She was our first photobooth kiddo to stop by!! She's definitely a little trend setter!
                                                Girl Power at Victoria's Farmers Market!
                   The most beautiful and sweetest fruit in town from santiago farms!
                  Manuella and Myra took a quick photo op in between our morning set up!
                 This little cutie was making sure she got her I heart farmers market tattoo!
These two cuties were not shy at all and loved the hats in the photobooth! 

   Chef Brandi from Victoria Fresh was just as excited about national farmers market as we were!

                                Pablo from Griffith Farms made sure to snag his free tattoo!
            So much fun! For us and every local farmer, every week is national farmers market week!

Relax and Sleep Better with a Drink!

We tend to think there is a magic drink or potion to help us sleep better and relax more before bedtime, sometimes we have to look at our own patterns and focus on what NOT to do or drink before bed that can fix our bad sleep habits! 

First off, try to avoid caffeinated beverages by mid afternoon and alcohol beverages before bed. Drinking alcohol before bed may make us feel sleep and put us in a deep sleep but it was actually disturb our natural sleep cycle and have us wake up earlier than our needed healthy sleep time.

 

Fruit Smoothies

Pick fruits high in Tryptophan such as cherries and bananas to make a nighttime smoothie.
Bananas and coconut water are also high in potassium and magnesium, which act as natural muscle relaxants so make a great addition to any drink.

Herbal Teas

The robust evidence behind drinking herbal teas to help you relax or sleep is lacking. There is most likely a placebo effect of having a warm drink and taking some time for yourself to wind down at the end of the day. Many people still enjoy a tea before bed and trying a caffeine free tea of your choice may help you to relax.
Chamomile tea is a popular choice to help reduce stress, anxiety and promote sleep. Other teas commonly found in natural sleep aids include Lemon Balm, Passionflower and Rose.
Peppermint tea makes a good option after dinner to aid digestion and help you relax.

Hops Tea
You're probably more familiar with hops as a flavoring in the beer making process. But beer is not the only thing hops is good for! Hops tea, which you can find in many natural and health food stores, is a great stress reliever. It helps calm your nerves and relax your body, making it the perfect drink right before bed time! 

Decaffeinated Green Tea
 Green tea is one of the oldest teas in the world. Decaffeinated green tea contains theanine, a known stress reducer and sleep improver. Just be sure to choose the decaffeinated kind, otherwise you're in for a sleepless night! 

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

With tomatillos in season right now, its best to add a fresh salsa verde to just about any dish this summer. Perfect topping on any barbecued meat or just a chill evening sitting out with your chips and fresh salsa!! I recently bought a bag of tomatillos from Victoria's Farmers Market and whipped up my own delicious salsa verde with this recipe!


Ingredients
  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • ½ medium onion, quartered
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar

Instructions

  1. Remove husks and wash tomatillos well.
  2. Cut in half and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Broil in oven until skins become well-roasted, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven.
  5. Depending on your preference and age of the pepper, stem and seed to reduce the amount of heat.
  6. Place all ingredients in food processor or blender.
  7. Process until well-combined.
  8. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Squash Blossom Flower!

When you spot these gorgeous squash blossom flowers at any Farmers Market, you must buy them! Even if you don't know what to do with them just yet, still go for it! Luckily I found the perfect recipe  to make from these beautiful blooms but truthfully there are manys ways to eat these flowers, soup, cremas, baked, fried, in a quesadilla etc etc!!

This recipe is stuffed zucchini blossoms:

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ tbspolive oil, plus extra for cooking
  • 1small brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 ½ tbspfinely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 ½ tbspfinely chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ tspground cumin
  • ¼ tspground black pepper
  • ¼ tspsalt
  • 1/2 cup tomato passata (uncooked tomato puree or canned crushed tomatos)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • (½ cup) medium grain Calrose rice or any preferred rice 
  • 20zucchini flowers with baby zucchini attached
Instructions:

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until almost tender. Add the dill and mint, and mix well. Add the cumin, pepper, salt, tomato passata and water. Increase heat to high, bring to a simmer and add the rice. Cover and lower heat to simmer gently for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Lightly oil the base of a large baking dish with olive oil. With your fingers, very carefully pull out the inside stamen of each zucchini flower (taking extra care not to rip the outside). Using a teaspoon, carefully add the rice mixture into the flower, close the petals over the rice and place in baking dish. Fill all the flowers and place them side by side in the baking dish to fit snugly. Drizzle some olive oil over the zucchini flowers, sprinkle with salt and pepper and add water in the tray to 1cm in depth.
Preheat the oven to 170ºC and bake the zucchini flowers for 50-60 minutes, or until rice is cooked through and zucchini are tender. 
                                                        Serve and Enjoy!! 

Beat The Heat With Food!!

Heat is most likely going to be a reoccurring post for the next few weeks, lately this heat has seemed unbearable at times. Here a few simple ways to beat the heat with food!


Eat Light: Listening to our body in extreme heat is most important! Eating lighter meals throughout the day will keep our body temperature down and energy up. Try avoiding heavy meals and spicy food, which can raise our body temperature and make us sweat.

Eat Your Water: Staying hydrated is just as important, some people are not a big fan of water, try adding mint,cucumbers or fruit to your water for a slight "less boring" flavor. You can also eat your water by eating fruits and veggies such as watermelon,cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and raspberries!

Freeze Your Favorites: Throw in some freshly washed fruits into the freezer and snack on these tasty bites all day long! Keeping you cool,health and energized throughout your busy day.

Iced Green Tea: Enjoy your green tea on ice or through into the freezer for green tea Popsicles
 Don't forget to freeze your favorite smoothies as well!

Any type of citrus works wonders for cooling you down along with ginger and turmeric!

                                                             Keep Cool Out There!

Guilt Free Popsicles!!

Summer is here and the heat is ON!! Why not eat popsicles!? Here are a few recipes that are superfood packed,healthy,hydrating and guilt free!! Some of these delicious recipes really put a spin on a classic summer dessert!!


INGREDIENTS:

Sweet and Salty!

1 1/2 cups of celery juice (10 stocks)
1 1/2 simple syrup
10 fresh basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon of salt

Mix and blend all ingredients together into a juice mixture. Pour in popsicle molds and freeze for 7 to 10 hrs


Lemonade and Cucumber Spa Popsicle 

INGREDIENTS:
1 Seedless cucumber 
1 fresh squeezed lemon without seedless
2 cups of cold water
Honey to sweeten optional*

Blend and place into Popsicle molds,freeze overnight and serve!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons truvia baking blend separated (or another sweetener)*
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons honey separated
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen raspberries
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Instructions
  1. Place the truvia baking blend in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes or until a very fine grain. Set aside.
  2. Combine the coconut milk with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon of the truvia. Stir together and then remove 1/3 of the can from the rest.
  3. In a blender, combine the rest of the coconut milk mixture, the frozen raspberries, remaining 2 tablespoons honey, remaining 1 tablespoon of truvia, the large banana, lime zest, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the reserved 1/3 of the coconut mixture evenly among 7-8 popsicles. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Pour the raspberry mixture evenly on top of the coconut mixture. Freeze for another 15 minutes and then add in the popsicle sticks.
  5. Freeze overnight or until solid.
  6. When ready to enjoy a popsicle, place the mold under warm water for about 15 seconds and the popsicle should come right out.
  7. Enjoy immediately.

Saturday Market RELAUNCH!!!!

We're super excited to announce that we will be BACK at the Terra Vista Town Center to revamp & RELAUNCH the Saturday Market. Hope to see you all there this coming Saturday!