Why We’re Nuts about Cashews (with simple recipe)

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High in healthy fats and a great source of protein and fiber, these legumes provide healthy the omega-3 fatty acids (as opposed to saturated animal fats) that help manage cholesterol levels. This helps avoid cardiac arrest, which is one of the leading causes of death in America, despite it being highly preventable through responsible eating. 

The omega-3 fatty acids are also critical for fortifying cell membranes (the lipid layer) of brain cells! Pretty rad. 

Raw and unsalted, you will find cashews in many traditional Indian foods, as well as in vegan recipes. One thing I like to make with them is a cheese-like spread that is great as a dip (almost like a hummus) or as a pizza topping.

Here’s how you make it. 

Ingredients:

  • Raw, unsalted organic cashews (on sale this month for only $9.99 per pound!) — soaked
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt (pink Himalayan is my favorite)
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper

Now, as far as the quantities go, let your taste be the deciding factor. The last few times I’ve made it, I’ve used about 12 oz of cashews (I soak them in boiling hot water for about 20 minutes if I don’t plan ahead), three tablespoons of nutritional yeast, three tablespoons of olive oil, a whole lemon’s worth of squeezed juice, a cup of water, a teaspoon of garlic powder, and sea salt and ground pepper as the spirit leads.

Simply toss all these ingredients in your preferred blender and pulse until it reaches the desired texture. I like to be creamy and spreadable, but other might prefer it to be more like a liquid. 

Do you have any favorite cashew-infused recipes? Let us know by commenting below!

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Try Diatomaceous Earth for "Joint Health, Heart Health, Body Cleansing ... " and more

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Staff Pick

Kelly Jo, Whole Body Specialist

Diatomaceous earth (better known as DE) is made from fossilized aquatic organisms called diatoms. It is extremely beneficial, versatile, and inexpensive. DE is mostly made of silica, which is an important component of cartilage, ligaments, blood vessels, and bones. Therefore, it is beneficial for joint health, heart health, body cleansing and detoxifying, and fighting intestinal organisms, for humans and animals alike. 

I take DE every day and give it to my dogs and horses as well. Because it is a natural pesticide, it allows me to naturally deworm my horses, which is vital to overall equine health, while simultaneously supporting their joints and ligaments. I also sprinkle DE on my dogs and around my house as a natural, organic flea and tick treatment. This also limits mine and my pets’ exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. 

DE is great for people who want to take a versatile, natural product that won’t break the bank. Remember to always buy food-grade diatomaceous earth, which is safe for ingesting.

Get to Know Kombucha

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I have been brewing, bottling, and flavoring kombucha for about two years now. Whether you are opening a bottle of it for the first time or beginning to ferment your very own batch at home, I am excited for you to experience this tasty tonic!

First of all, what is it? 
Kombucha (kom-BOO-cha) is simply fermented tea. It has been consumed for thousands of years for its health benefits! The first recorded use of it dates back to around 220 BC in the Chinese Tsin Dynasty, where it was known as the “Tea of Immortality.” The name of it is derived from the words Kombu (meaning “kelp”) + cha (meaning “tea”). Although many people refer to it as “mushroom tea,” that is really a misnomer. Actually, neither kelp nor mushrooms are used in brewing this beverage!
 
Okay, so how is it made? 
First, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) is needed, which is a rubbery, squishy mass that ferments the sweetened tea. There are several teas that can be used: black, green, oolong, white, or yerba mate. The SCOBY is alive and needs food to keep growing and reproducing! It does so by metabolizing the sugar in the tea, producing alcohol molecules as a byproduct. Each time a batch has fermented sufficiently, it is removed from the “mother culture” and bottled as the fizzy probiotic beverage we know and love!
 
But what’s so great about it?
While there is still much research yet to be done on its effects on the body, kombucha drinkers around the world claim many health benefits from acid reflux relief to improved skin health!

Kombucha is rich in probiotics and organically occurring antioxidants, B vitamins, amino acids, and many other bioactive compounds! B vitamins promote focus and energy and protect against stress and depression. The beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in this drink colonize in the intestines, promoting overall gut health, while naturally occurring acids fight off harmful pathogens. Studies have also shown that kombucha helps to protect the liver from toxic pollutants. 
 
If you want to promote your energy, longevity, and immunity in a convenient and tasty way, kombucha might just be your new favorite thing! There are many brands and flavors to choose from at Health Nut. Ask for a punch card at the register—for every ten bottles you purchase, the eleventh one is on us.

Getting Kids to Eat Vegan (the Struggle is Real)

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Maybe it was different for you, but when I was growing up, my parents’ lifestyle didn’t change very much, which for us meant our mealtimes rotated through a catalog of "Standard American Diet" fare: bread, eggs, American cheese singles (individually wrapped in plastic), fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, meatloaf, hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, salty soups, sugar-laden salad dressings, and so on.

After I had children of my own, my parents (well, my mother mainly) became more aware of diet-related health concerns right around the same time I did as well. But where my mom stopped at Whole 30, I decided to go from quasi-paleo to becoming full-fledged vegan. 

For me, switching to an entirely plant-based diet is a highly personal decision that I won’t impose upon others. When my kids are with their mother, for example, my lips stay zipped (although she does feed them plants about 85 percent of the time). My own convictions are my own, and trying to force those on anyone else will only put a bad taste in their mouth about making such an intimate change.

The greatest challenge, however, is when my daughters are with me and they’re not exactly enthusiastic about a new twist (a.k.a., I put in too much curry powder and garlic) I’ve introduced to the lentil dahl they’ve only just begun to accept as edible. 

Eyes roll. Moans erupt. My 4-year-old empties her bowl into the garbage when I turn my back, or my 6-year-old, after being served a light lunch of homemade hummus and peppers exclaims “This is disgusting! It tastes like barf!” (side note: It was delicious — just ask my 4-year-old). I take a deep breath, smile, and embrace a teachable moment.

This sort of struggle isn’t always the case, however, and is becoming less and less the case the longer I’m past the one-year mark of switching to a plant-based diet.

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Even still, it’s important to celebrate the little victories along the way. One avenue I’ve returned to for these small successes is to incorporate something that’s familiar to them from their days of exclusively eating within the Standard American Diet, and pairing them with veggies — like beets, sweet potatoes, and asparagus — sautéed in organic coconut oil and lightly flavored with ground black pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt.

For this meal, I used Daiya’s Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheesy Mac, which is delicious, creamy, vegan, and frequently on sale at Health Nut Nutrition.

So for those of you out there who have made significant lifestyle changes since having children — we understand that the struggle is real, but know that through consistency, it becomes less troublesome, and you can continue to incorporate nutritious foods into mealtimes that not only fill their little bellies but also supply the nutrients required to nourish their rapidly developing brains. 

What particular worries and wins have you experienced when feeding nutritional meals to young ones? Please comment below. We’d love to hear what has worked for you and yours!

Morning Vibes: Vegan Butter and Probiotic Gut Shots

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What’s your morning ritual?

Health Nut is here to help you make yours actionable and affordable! Let’s share with one another what helps us get going at the start of the day.

Setting that routine is difficult on the outset, but works as a positive feedback loop that not only keeps itself going, but also keeps your daily and long-term goals on target.

It can be challenging, but at Health Nut Nutrition is here to provide the information and products you need to live a more natural, healthy, happy, and productive life.

Our whole body specialists are on the floor to talk to you about your needs, and our monthly sales flyer exists to give you a little extra incentive to try something new that could lead you to new sparks of vitality and ability.

In this month’s flyer, you’ll find a variety of products on sale that we’ve selected with this in mind, but for now we want to give a shoutout to a few favorites: Farmhouse Culture Gut Shots and Miyoko’s Kitchen European Style Cultured Vegan Butter.

Made with organic coconut oil, organic cashews, and sea salt, Miyoko’s vegan butter is the same delicious taste, texture, and function as traditional butter, just without the cholesterol, lactose, eggs, gluten, and palm oil that can present issues in many people’s bodies.

(Click here to to read about HNN owner Dave Thomas’s own illness that improved when he cut dairy from his diet.)

While the vegan butter provides a familiar flavor, the gut shots are likely to be an entirely new experience. Shown in the above photo are the ginger beet and classic caraway flavors, both of which are included in this month’s sales flyer. These probiotic concoctions, made with fermented organic vegetables, will enliven your day with a burst of tangy flavor while improving your gut health, which research has shown has an incredible impact on your digestion, skin health, emotional well-being, and issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

So what do you do, eat, and drink that helps you stay on top of your game every day?

Tell us about your trials and triumphs by commenting, and we'll all continue to grow together!

On Sale: Organic India Herbal Supplements

 
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SUPPLEMENT SALE!

At Health Nut, our mission is to bring you products that don’t just benefit your body, thoughts, and emotions — our planet and our farmers shouldn’t have to suffer for us to gain.

For that reason, we carry brands like Organic India, whose products are as incredible as they are ethical. To celebrate this company’s dedication to responsibility and quality, we have included all Organic India herbal supplements in this month’s sales flyer!

Come to Health Nut Nutrition today to talk to a knowledgeable whole body specialist about the positive effects of moringa (malnutrition), turmeric (digestive function, heart health, immune response, joint and muscle health), ashwagandha (energy, vitality, stress response), and ginger (digestion).

Interested in learning more about Organic India? Watch this short video:

 
 

Treating A UTI: "I use D-Mannose and uva ursi."

STAFF PICK by whole body specialist Reagan Young

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Hi, I want to tell you about a couple supplements that have helped me immensely. I get a few urinary tract infections (UTIs) every year. They can become totally excruciating if I don’t catch them early. Before I started working at Health Nut Nutrition, I didn’t know how easy it was to treat UTIs naturally.

I did not understand what they were or seek alternative solutions to the usual protocol (you know, call the doctor, sit in the waiting room, awkwardly discuss painful and frequent urination, provide a urine sample, and then take antibiotics for a week or two). I didn’t want to go through that anymore, now I have no need for a doctor when these happen!

Eventually, I educated myself about what a UTI really is and what other options I have. I stopped taking prescribed antibiotics because they are harmful to beneficial bacteria. Instead, I use D-Mannose and uva ursi.

Most UTIs are caused by E. coli, a common bacteria that normally lives in our colon. When E. coli spreads too much in the urinary tract, we call it a UTI. If left untreated, it can reach the kidneys and cause a kidney infection. But never fear! There are natural ways to clear up a urinary tract infection. The main key is to catch it early and be consistent with these supplements.

D MANNOSE

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D-Mannose is the part of cranberries that helps clear up a UTI. It’s far more effective than just drinking cranberry juice, and it doesn't affect blood sugar levels (it’s even safe for diabetics). As it passes through the urinary tract, D-mannose attaches to the E. coli and flushes it right out! It can also be taken for UTI prevention. It specifically helps to eliminate E. coli without harming beneficial bacteria. D-Mannose is a mildly sweet-tasting powder that dissolves in water. Amazing, right? I take a teaspoon two to three times per day.

UVA URSI

Uva ursi is an herb we sell as a tincture. This herb can help to alleviate UTIs by reducing bacteria in the urine. It also quells inflammation of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic (meaning it helps flush out your kidneys). You shouldn't use this powerful herb for more than a week, but you shouldn't have to! Thirty drops twice a day should do the trick.

These supplements are so convenient to use. If you are trying to avoid synthetic antibiotics, this is a great way to practice holistic self-care instead.

Next time you or someone you know has a UTI, come find one of the Whole-body specialists about these natural solutions!

 

 
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Tummy Tonic by Gaia Herbs: Formulated with Care

 
 

Now that Lynchburg City Schools are now back in session, we wanted to share one of our favorite products designed for healthy little learners — Tummy Tonic by Gaia Herbs.

This tincture was formulated with care to relieve digestive discomfort by easing irritation and promoting healthy movement. The chamomile gently eases tension and inflammation while fennel relaxes the muscles of the intestines, alleviating intestinal cramping and allowing trapped gas to be dispelled.

 

The lemon balm is great for colic and gastric inflammation (among other things). It also soothes gastrointestinal muscle spasms and general stress and anxiety. The spearmint alleviates nausea and indigestion discomfort.

The Tummy Tonic also contains catnip, which gently aids in the cleaning of the intestinal tract while promoting an overall state of relaxation. Finally, ginger calms nausea and inflammation while promoting proper digestion.

This blend of organic herbs is ideal for children and adults alike, with IBS or the occasional gastrointestinal discomfort.

Come talk to a whole body specialist today to pick up Tummy Tonic by Gaia herbs, along with anything else you and your family needs to be healthy, happy, and motivated.

Let’s make some vegan, grain-free, chocolate hemp brownies

In honor of Hemp History week (June 5-11), we are celebrating this wonderfully nutritious plant by extending a 10 percent discount to all hemp-based products (excluding products already on sale in this month’s flyer).

We love provide our customers with inspiration to experiment with the all-natural food we carry (who says healthy eating can’t be amazing?), and so here is an on-the-fly recipe for how to use two incredible hemp products — Organic Hemp Pro Fiber and Hemp Oil from Manitoba Harvest — to concoct some deliciously vegan, non-psychoactive, grain-free chocolate hemp brownies.

 
 

Including hemp as a regular part of your diet (whether through snacks or salads) is an excellent way to make sure your body gets some cherished protein, magnesium (which helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, calm nerves and anxiety, and relieve headaches and muscle cramps) and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

So, without further ado, here’s the stuff on how you can make some darn tasty vegan chocolate hemp brownies.

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro Fiber
  • 8 tbsp Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa
  • ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 3 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Simply Organic vanilla
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds + 3 tablespoons of water)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • An extra 2 tbsp water if batter is too thick
  • Enjoy Life vegan mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F.
  2. Mix flax egg, set aside.
  3. Mix hemp powder, cocoa powder, coconut flour and baking powder.
  4. Mix in hemp oil, maple syrup, vanilla and flax egg.
  5. Thoroughly mash a banana and mix in.
  6. Mix in 2 tbsp of water.
  7. Add vegan chocolate chips (optional).
  8. Coat 8” round pan with coconut oil.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to transfer batter to pan, smoothing out.
  10. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
  11. Allow your freshly baked brownies to cool before serving.

Approximate nutrition information for whole batch (without chocolate chips):

  • Total Fat: 57 g
    • Saturated fat: 9 g
    • Unsaturated fat: 48 g
  • Carbohydrate: 150 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 60.5 g
    • Sugars: 69 g
  • Protein:  38 g
 
 

Did you give this all-natural, vegan brownie recipe a try? Did you change anything up? Share your your experience by commenting below. Stay healthy!

NOTES: You can substitute maple syrup for molasses, coconut nectar or sucanat. Also, you can use an 8x8” square pan, but bake for less time as there is more surface area.

April Sales Flyer! (valid through 4/30/17)

Check out this month's sales flyer to find all-natural goodies for you to repurchase or try for the first time at a discount. 

Please come quickly before our staff eats up all these delicious veggie burgers from Hilary's with Vegenaise and Bubbies naturally-fermented kosher dill pickles!

 
 

Weekly Sales - Good Through 6/18

Save now on your favorite supplements, groceries and HABA products! Click below to view our sales flyer.

Also, due to an overstock of green coffee bean supplements and Forskolin, we're selling these products at, quite literally, unbeatable prices. Visit our store today, before it runs out, to take advantage of these amazing deals.

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Supplement Your Life: Four tips that will change the way you shop

In this day and age, it can be tricky to use food as our body’s natural medication. And let’s be honest, we don’t always have the time to cook a healthy meal. So in the midst of the busyness, how do we get our daily nutrients? How do we address those irritating symptoms we deal with? Well, supplements are one answer. In our culture, we’re often overfed and yet, surprisingly, nutrient deficient. When you take the right supplements on a regular basis, you’ll discover that you’re more energized. Your appetite may decrease as well, because food cravings often come from nutrient deficiencies. So that's great to know, right, but how do you look for the ideal supplement? Keep reading and discover four tips that will change the way you shop.

 
 

Check for Fillers

Many herbal supplement brands put fillers in their capsules. These fillers, or extra herbs, sound great, but there isn’t enough to provide real, medicinal value. For this reason, it’s important to look at the ingredients, especially if you have any food allergies or food intolerances.

Sometimes, these brands don’t list their fillers in the ingredients, and on occasion, they don’t even contain the herb on the label. Recently in New York, four major store chains were forced to stop selling their adulterated supplements by the NY Attorney General (click here to learn more). That’s why it’s important to purchase from a brand you can trust.

Here at the Health Nut, we carry professional-grade, hypoallergenic supplements like Pure Encapsulations, Source Naturals, Designs for Health, and many more. We also carry great cost-effective brands. These options may contain fillers, but rest assured, they’re all sourced from companies who put everything in the list of ingredients. We also have our own Health Nut brand that is often a solid choice.

How are your herbs harvested?

It’s important to purchase your supplements from a company dedicated to the sustainable harvest of herbs. Certain herbs like Ginseng are over-harvested, and as a result, their population is declining in America and other parts of the world. Over-harvesting isn’t the only factor for their decline, but you can make a difference by supporting companies who practice sustainable wildcrafting. Additionally, during mass harvests these companies may dry the herbs under too much heat, which endangers the herb’s array of phytonutrients.

So naturally, it’s important to know and trust your brand. We do our best to source from companies who offer professional-grade, herbal supplements while practicing sustainable wildcrafting.

Reduce your pill intake

Capsules are perfect when you need a boost in your health. Herbal supplements are a quick and easy way to take a concentrated dose of an herb, but once you’re back to health, there are amazing ways to maintain your health and reduce your pill intake.

You can take herbs as a tea or tincture. The Health Nut in-store brand has a wide range of quality tinctures, which lessens the amount of capsules you’re taking. It’s as simple as adding the recommended number of drops into your water, juice, or tea.

Once again, we recommend our professional-grade supplements. They were created by biochemists and doctors who worked together to create the ultimate formula for specific issues like joint pain, osteoporosis, etc. They combine the herbs you need into one capsule, so you don’t have to take several supplements at once or figure it out on your own.

As always, do your homework

We want to help you! But no one knows your body better than you. If you do your homework, so to speak, it’ll make your shopping experience that much better. Feel free to tell us what you’ve learned! We’re here to educate you, yes, but we’re also here to learn. 

We look forward to seeing you during your next visit.

- the Health Nut Nutrition team

A Fresh Year, A Fresh Location, and Fresh Ways to Live Healthy

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New Location, New Opportunities

As we expand into the new store, we couldn't be more excited about the opportunities that a larger space provides. Over the next couple months, we'll be growing into our new space and offering unique ways to connect with you and the greater Lynchburg community:

Millie's Living Cafe: Coming April 17th

We're so excited to introduce Millies Living Cafe to Lynchburg! Millies will offer organic smoothies, raw and vegan food, medicinal teas, and Kombucha on tap.

The Community Room: TBD

On the second floor, we plan on creating a space for workshops on essential oils, soap making, bath products, healthy cooking, yoga, and more. We want to get to know you, educate you, and in some small way, help make your 2015 a healthy and joyful year. We'll let you know when these classes start up.

Expanding Departments

In 2015, we're expanding each major department in some cool ways. We're offering more, high quality supplements like clean, natural, and approved sports supplements. We're increasing our bulk section to include honey, exotic bulk items like culinary spices, medicinal herbs, and more. Our grocery section is expanding to offer better gluten free, allergen free, vegetarian, and vegan food options. You've asked us about many of these products, and we're delighted to finally offer them!

Loyalty Program

Starting January 5th, our loyalty program will be up and running. 

Thanks and see you soon!

—The Health Nut Nutrition Team