A Better Life with Barlean’s

Busy lifestyles make it difficult for families to live as healthily as they once did, and fast foods have become a huge part of our culture. Unfortunately most of these options require sacrificing the nutrients that are naturally found in fresh foods. At Bare Essentials Natural Market, we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice health for convenience, which is why we are happy to provide our customers with products made by Barlean’s.

barleans_greens_chocolate_silkBarlean’s Greens are a great staple for your whole family. These greens come in 4 different varieties: natural green, chocolate silk, berry, and strawberry kiwi. With less than a gram of sugar in each formula, these greens are perfect for children and people on low sugar diets. Many people refer to Chocolate Silk as the “healthy chocolate milk” and the strawberry kiwi Superfruit Greens make a great replacement for sugary juices. These greens have over 50 different nutrients and superfoods to help maintain alkalinity, a healthy digestive system, and increased mental alertness.

Barleans Fish OilEssential fatty acids are important for maintaining a healthy inflammatory response and brain function, but many of us do not meet the daily recommendations for these nutrients. Lucky for us, Barlean’s has it covered by offering flax and fish oil products, which are both great sources of omega 3 fatty acids. These are offered in soft gels, as well as in liquids known as “swirls”. Omega Swirls offer higher absorbability than traditional fish oil supplements, and are available in tasty flavors like mango-peach and key lime pie.

Through the month of November, please enjoy 15% off of select Barlean’s products, including CLA, heart and joint formulas, flax oil, fish oil, swirls, olive leaf, and greens. If you’d like to know more, our experienced staff at Bare Essentials Natural Market is available to help you find solutions to fit your individual needs.

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The Bitters That Make You Feel Better!

During the holidays when all of our foodie favorites are laid out in front of us on the dinner table, we can’t help but over indulge and eat more than we should, knowing that by the end of the night we’ll be passed out on the couch in a deep state of “food coma”. The awful “bubble guts” (rumbling tummy), heartburn, and sometimes nausea set in not long after realizing that sampling every one of grandma’s delicious pies…was probably a bad idea.

BittersThat’s when you can reach for Urban Moonshine’s Bitters. Placing just a few drops on the tongue at the onset of discomfort can help relieve upset stomach and nausea, heartburn, gas and bloating, and encourage the digestive enzyme, bile, and HCL production. Urban Moonshine’s Bitters can also be taken as a preventative to the awful holiday food gorging side effects. When you already know that you won’t be able to resist the delicious buffet laid out in front of you, simply apply a few drops to the tongue and dig in!

You don’t have to just grab your Bitters when you know you are about to have unpleasant symptoms from whatever you may have ingested or plan to ingest.  Taken regularly Urban Moonshine Bitters can curb your sugar cravings, help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, balance your appetite, and support liver function and healthy skin. It’s a wonderful addition to your life and I plan to add it to mine!

From now until mid-December, stop in our Wellness department and enter to win a free 8.4floz bottle of Urban Moonshine Citrus Bitters.  You can try a sample of different flavors and see the entire line including the 8.4oz for $38.39, the 2oz for $13.29, and the travel size 1/2oz spray for $6.69.

Don’t let your holiday diet put you on the couch this season! Get up and enjoy your family and friends with Urban Moonshine Bitters in your tummy!UrbanMoonshine_GiftGuide**If you are pregnant, there is a special Urban Moonshine Bitters made for you with Chamomile and extra ginger** Ask any of our friendly Wellness associates for details and information.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease

From Our Table To Yours 2nd Edition

More Holiday Recipes from Our Staff…

April’s Favorites

Banana Bread

2-3 Very Ripe Bananas, peeled
1/3 cup melted butter 
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten * Fresh and local
1tsp vanilla extract  
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 ½ cups of all purpose flour  

Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray pan with a non-stick spray. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with fork until smooth. Stir the melted butter in the bananas. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir. Add the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Then mix in the flour.

Bake in greased pan for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Dip

1pk cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Gingersnap cookies

1. In large bowl, beat cream cheese & confectioners sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and ginger until blended.

2. Serve with ginger snaps. Refrigerate leftovers.

Olivia’s Dish

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

2 quart pot
1 1/2 large onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
Red Pepper
Black Pepper
2tbsp organic miso or 4 veggie bullion cubes
4 cans/boxes organic cream of mushroom soup
Organic heavy cream
1 block/bag clean sharp cheddar cheese grated/shredded
1 stick organic butter or 8tbsp organic earth balance
2 heads fresh organic broccoli or 2 bags chopped organic broccoli
1 large chopped organic Portobello mushroom cap

At the same time: In a 2 quart pot, add stick of butter, chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped Portobello cap, salt, pepper, red pepper (just to season at this point).

Turn to a medium-low setting and saute.

In a separate pot/steamer, add frozen chopped broccoli or chop fresh broccoli and steam for about 12 mins.

After your butter has sauteed, slowly add water, cream of mushroom soups and miso or bullion and stir. Turn the heat up just a bit, but not so high that it boils. Add broccoli and stir. Turn heat up to medium and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, stirring about every 7-8mins.

Once broccoli is very tender, slowly stir in cheese and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Add additional salt, pepper, and red pepper to taste.

When cheese has melted, enjoy!

Ben and Mary’s Holiday Pick

Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish

by way of Susan Stamberg of NPR. I listened to Susan recite this recipe for years. I’ve never really cared for the traditional cranberry sauce, so I thought I didn’t like Cranberries.

One year I asked Mary to make this dish and it’s been a fixture on our Thanksgiving table ever since.

2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed1 small onion
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)

Grind the raw berries and onion together. (“I use an old-fashioned meat grinder,” says Stamberg. “I’m sure there’s a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.”)

Add everything else and mix.

Put in a plastic container and freeze.

Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. (“It should still have some little icy slivers left.”)

The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink. (“OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up the turkey and gravy. It’s also good on next-day turkey sandwiches, and with roast beef.”)

Makes 1 1/2 pints.

From Our Table To Yours

Holiday Recipe Ideas from the Staff at Bare Essentials Natural Market

This year we’d like to share with you some of our favorite holiday recipes that keep us coming back to the table for seconds…

From Anita’s Kitchen…

Rose’s Hearth Bread
adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum, The  Bread Bible 2003 and Anita’s.

3 1/3 cups bread flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp sea salt
1 ¼ tsp bread machine yeast  (I use saf yeast and it takes 2 tsp)
1 1/3 cups  lukewarm water
1 tsp honey

1. In medium bowl stir together flours, salt and yeast. Stir in water and honey. Place dough on lightly floured board and knead until smooth and springy but slightly sticky. Add alittle flour or water as necessary for proper consistency.
Lightly brush oil inside large bowl and put dough in and turn so that oil coats all sides of dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

2. Put long sheet of parchment paper in 10” fry pan with enough left on either side to lift dough out later. Punch down dough, knead abit then reshape into ball and place in 10” pan to rise again. About 45 minutes or so.

3. Preheat oven with covered cast iron pot (6qt) to 475 degrees. Carefully remove risen dough using the sides of the parchment paper and place inside hot cast iron pot. Place the lid on the pot and bake 10 minutes at 475.

4. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees, remove lid from pot and place small ramekin with water inside oven. Bake for additional 20-25 minutes.

5. Cool completely on rack before serving or storing.


 A Steve Household Staple…

Cranberry Sauce

14-oz package fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup Grand Marnier or Cointreau
8 whole black peppercorns
6 whole allspice berries
5 whole cloves
1 2″ sick cinnamon, broken in half

1. Heat the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and Grand Marnier in a 2-qt. saucepan over meduim heat. Place the peppercorns, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon in a piece of cheesecloth and tie ends with kitchen twine, add spice bundle to cranberry mixture. Cook, stirring often, until cranberries soften and mixture thickens, 25-30 minutes.

2. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld. Discard spice bundle and stir sauce before serving.


Caitlin’s Spin On A Holiday Favorite

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

1-2 head of fresh cauliflower or 1-2 bags of frozen
4 TBSP butter
2 T cream cheese or sour cream (optional)
2 T or more Parmesan (optional)
Salt, pepper, garlic and other spices to taste

  1. Bring a couple quarts of water to a boil in a large pan and add cauliflower.
  2. Cook until tender (I suppose you could also use a microwave, but I’ve never tried since we don’t have one and don’t use them!)
  3. When tender, put into large bowl and add other ingredients.
  4. Use immersion blender or hand mixer to blend until smooth and creamy. This is the most important step… chunks of cauliflower are a giveaway!
  5. Sprinkle with extra cheese if desired and serve warm.


Mayzie’s After Dinner Cure

Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters

Aid healthy digestion naturally! Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters is a handcrafted digestive used to relieve bloating, upset stomach and occasional heartburn and nausea, as well as to support liver function and healthy skin.

Pick up your Bitters today and don’t be in discomfort after your Thanksgiving meal! Enjoy great prices on all sizes available: 8.4oz for $38.39; 2oz $13.29; 1/2oz spray for $6.69

Holiday Gift Ideas

Great Gift Ideas from Bare Essentials Natural Market

With the holiday season just beginning we find ourselves thinking about what to give our friends and relatives and I have some ideas that are unusual as well as good for the environment!

For the people who have everything already, I find that they like useful things that are out of the ordinary, like Kentucky Springs KentuckySpringsTongsTongs that are made out of a small wood shop in Kentucky of wood scraps from a factory. They are beautifully finished in cherry or walnut, useful and they fold flat for storage. And from the scraps from the making of the tongs, they make the wood and wire cheese slicers. Great idea made into a great product, handmade in America with a great story.

For a gift basket or stocking addition that makes for interesting conversation and is practical, there are the Stoney Mountain Dryer Balls. Made in Burlington, North Carolina, by a lady who would encourage “ewe” to see for yourself how well the wool balls work in the dryer, for saving on drying time by helping to separate laundry while it is drying (and saving electricity), for fluffing clothes which means no need for dryer sheets, and reducing static electricity. Just place all 3 balls into a load and do not over-dry and you will get amazing results every time!

BooksWe just got a new order of books located at the front desk of the Wellness Department, which includes recipe books for gluten-free cooking and baking, a book about  kombucha with recipes, one for making fermented foods, 2 new smoothie books (one of which is a beautiful hardback), a book about hormones that was recommended by Angela, and lots more.  I know that a lot of us still love to receive books from friends.

ChristmasCardsOther suggestions are Tea Forte tea pots, infusers and cups, Bolga baskets which help ladies in Ghana, Ray’s Weather Calendars, glass water bottles for exercise, bulk items, teas, Moso bags, Blue Apples, SolMate Socks, gloves and scarves, Chico bags, and these are just ideas from the grocery section. I put out the new Avanti Christmas Cards yesterday, so come early and pick your favorite or just the perfect card for that special someone.

I have lots of ideas and am willing to help out however I can to help you come up with thoughtful ideas to make your holiday shopping fun and easy at Bare Essentials!IMAG1065