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Spring Asparagus Salad

Take Advantage of Spring’s Abundance!

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I’ve probably already told this story, but I grew up with a lot of asparagus. My mom taught high school in an agricultural area, and many of her students worked in the fields before school. Sometimes they would bring her grocery bags of fresh-cut “grass” (as they called it) when they came to school. On those days, she would come home from school, and we would wash, cut, blanch, and bag the fresh asparagus for the freezer. We would have those delicious spears all through the fall and winter, long after fresh asparagus was nowhere to be found.

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So when I saw an abundance of asparagus at our store yesterday, I had to grab a couple of bunches, and then put on my thinking cap (carrying that school theme a little further!) to create this tasty Spring Asparagus Salad. You’ll love it as a light lunch or side dish. I also used some of my favorite grape tomatoes and sweet Meyer lemon juice to contrast with the gentle taste of asparagus.  

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Spring Asparagus Salad

You’ll Need:

  • 2 bunches organic asparagus, tough bottoms removed, and trimmed to about 2″
  • 1/2 pint organic grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 organic green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 2 large organic basil leaves, sliced thinly
  • 3 TBSP toasted pine nuts
  • 2 oz crumbled feta, or more if desired
  • Lemon Dressing:
    • Juice of one organic Meyer or other lemon 
    • 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 clove organic garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp salt
    • freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  • Bring a pot of water to boil
  • Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus, tomatoes, green onions, and basil
  • Mix the dressing together. If you do not have Meyer lemons, you may want to add 1 tsp agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
  • Drop the asparagus into the boiling water, and set the timer for 3 minutes. If the asparagus is fatter, set the timer for 4 minutes
  • When the timer rings, check the asparagus. It should be barely tender, and still vibrantly green.
  • Drop the asparagus into a bowl of ice water to halt cooking
  • When cool, drain and then place into the serving bowl
  • Add the tomatoes, green onions, basil, and pine nuts.
  • Toss with the dressing. If you expect to have leftovers, do not add the feta cheese to the salad, but pass the cheese as a garnish

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Enjoy the bounties of Spring’s garden!

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Love,

Lassen’s

Where’s the (Source of the) Beef?

Now You Don’t Know

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Bourrough’s Farm calf from our visit in 2013

As of December, 2015, it’s harder for consumers to find out where beef and pork are born, raised, and slaughtered. According to this article on the organicconsumers.org page, Congress repealed a labeling law that required meats to be labelled with their country of origin. (If you want to learn more about the legal wrangling involved, please click on the above link.) Lawmakers said they had little choice but to repeal the law after Canada and Mexico legally challenged it at the WTO (World Trade Organization), America lost, and was threatened with sanctions. 

For those of us who are concerned with the source of our food, this is disheartening. We always desire more information, not less. 

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But Lassen’s shoppers, never fear. You can be assured of our continued commitment to high quality and transparency. Our meat buyer, Bob, carefully selects our sources to make sure they meet our high standards. Not only that, we also know exactly where our meats come from, even down to the specific ranch, and often know the ranchers themselves. We have four wonderful beef options at Lassen’s:

  • Creekstone Farms Black Angus Choice Beef. This exceptional beef is well marbled and has never been administered hormones or antibiotics.
  • We also carry SunFed Ranch Beef in all of our locations. SunFed is 100% Grass-fed and Grass-finished Organic beef. The SunFed Ranch is in Northern California, and produces delicious, well marbled beef.
  • Lassen’s supports our local producers, and are proud to carry Watkins Ranch Beef from Ojai in selected Lassen’s stores. This local beef is pasture raised.
  • Our newest beef addition is Wagyu Beef from Firstlight Farms out of New Zealand. Also available in selected stores, this beef is also 100% Grass-fed and Grass-finished, and non-GMO Project Verified.  This variety of cattle is known for its marbling and superior flavor. Bob says this is probably the best tasting grass-fed beef you can find anywhere.

The bottom line is that just because the labeling law was repealed doesn’t mean you have to stay in the dark. Lassen’s does the research for you, and we only carry products that we can stand behind. Our meat department is no exception!  You can count on Lassen’s!

Love,

Lassen’s

 

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Want to Eat More Vegetables?

Easy Solution — Cauliflower Rice!

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I’ve decided that I need to put a sign on my fridge: “Have you eaten enough vegetables today?” Without the pressure of cooking for a big family anymore, I find myself grazing on whatever is easily grabbed. And that’s usually not enough vegetables.

But I made something that may change things a bit. I’ve heard a lot about it, but have never actually tried it until today. Cauliflower Rice! It takes about ten minutes to make, is delicious and easy! The leftovers are now pre-portioned it into easily grabbed bowls in the fridge. And it’s great as a side dish or a substitute for rice, pasta, or quinoa.  Serve it with pasta sauce or in a breakfast burrito for a change or pace!

Cauliflower is no nutritional slouch, either! Low in calories, it is high in Vitamin C, several B vitamins, Vitamin K, and fiber. Calcium, potassium, manganese, and other minerals are also found in cauliflower. A member of the cruciferous family, it really carries its nutritional weight.

So let’s get cooking!

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Cauliflower Rice

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, stem and leaves removed, and divided into florets
  • 1 small organic white onion
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Peel and finely chop the onion. I used the food processor
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet, then add the onion, spreading it evenly over the pan
  • Cook for about a minute, stirring occasionally
  • While the onion is cooking, place the cauliflower florets into the food processor, and pulse about a dozen times until the pieces are rice-sized
  • Add the cauliflower and salt to the pan, then stir to incorporate the oil and onion into the cauliflower
  • Turn heat to low, cover and cook 2 minutes
  • Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, and serve!

Enjoy your vegetables!

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Love,

Lassen’s

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Clean and Green Warm Breakfast Salad!

It’s a Great Time to Try Something New!

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Ever thought about having salad for breakfast? For those of us who prefer savory to sweet in the morning, it’s the perfect way to increase your consumption of healthy greens. But this is no ordinary salad — it’s chock full of healthy grains, fats, and has a punch of protein, too! Give this idea a try — You will really feel that you’ve started off your day right! You can make the quinoa/millet ahead of time, as well as the cheese. FYI, Halloumi cheese is a semi-hard, unripened cheese, generally made from a combination of sheep and goat’s milk. It has a high melting point, so it is terrific grilled or fried, as in this recipe.

Warm Super Green Breakfast Salad

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1/4 cup organic quinoa
  • 1/4 cup organic millet
  • 2 TBSP organic coconut oil
  • 1 clove organic garlic
  • 1 TBSP chopped almonds
  • 1 handful of organic green kale
  • 1 handful of organic baby spinach
  • 2 slices halloumi cheese
  • 1 organic cage-free egg
  • 1/3 organic lemon, for juice
  • 1/2 organic ripe avocado, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Place quinoa and millet in a medium pan and cover with 1 cup water. Cook on medium heat until tender but still firm (not mushy) Drain and set aside
  • In a medium pan, melt 1 TBSP coconut oil over low heat. Place halloumi cheese in the skillet and fry until golden, turning occasionally. Remove and set aside .
  • Add the remaining 1 TBSP coconut oil to the pan and sauté the garlic and almonds until the almonds are lightly toasted. Add the quinoa/millet mixture and stir to blend. Add the kale and spinach for just a minute — stirring until barely soft, but not wilted. Remove from the heat and place into a large shallow bowl or plate.
  • Cook the egg to your preference — poached, soft boiled, or fried over-medium. We recommend poached. To poach an egg, fill a small saucepan 2/3 full with water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to a simmer. Crack an egg into a small measuring cup with a handle. Careful lower the measure cup into the water and tip the egg out. Let the egg cook at a simmer for 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the egg from the water. Pat dry.
  • While the egg is cooking, assemble the salad with the greens, cheese and avocado.
  • Top the salad with the egg, then squeeze some fresh lemon juice and crack some fresh pepper and Himalayan pink salt over the top. Yum!

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This breakfast helps me feel that I can tackle anything!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Broccoli Salad with Thai Peanut Sauce

Another Healthy and Fresh Salad!

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There’s no doubt that broccoli is one of those super healthy foods — high in vitamin C and K, fiber and even some minerals, but low in carbohydrates. I love roasted broccoli, but also love to use it as the star in salads — even for a whole meal. This recipe would be great center stage, and if you want to add some shredded chicken or cubed tofu, you’ll have even more protein. This one also whips up quickly, so there’s no excuse!

Broccoli Salad with Thai Peanut Sauce

You’ll need:

  • 1 large bunch organic broccoli, with stems peeled, and then chopped
  • 1 cup frozen organice edamame
  • 2 organic green onions, sliced
  • Roasted organic peanuts, to garnish
  • Toasted coconut, to garnish (I used Dang brand)
  • Crushed red chili pepper, to garnish
  • Garlic Peanut Sauce:
    • 1/3 cup natural organic peanut butter
    • 3 TBSP rice vinegar
    • 2 TBSP agave syrup
    • 2 TBSP tamari sauce
    • 1 clove organic garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp (or to taste) crushed red chili pepper

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Instructions:

  • Bring 2 qts water to boil
  • Meanwhile, peel the stems of the broccoli and chop roughly
  • When the water comes to a boil, drop the broccoli into the water, and then blanch the broccoli briefly. It will be in the water about a minute.
  • Put the frozen edamame in the bottom of a colander
  • Pour the broccoli into the colander, and then rinse with cold water to halt the cooking. The broccoli will be bright green.
  • Drain and set aside.

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  • Blend all of the ingredients for the sauce together until smooth
  • Put the broccoli into a serving bowl, and then pour the sauce over the broccoli
  • Toss to blend, then garnish with peanuts, coconut, and a sprinkle of crushed red chili pepper

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Enjoy the fresh and fun taste of this salad any time!

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Love,

Lassen’s

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Thai Coconut Soup

This soup is great for any kind of weather!

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Ok, so I know that the weather forecast has been all over the place, but no matter the temperature, I still love me some soup! Especially when it combines some of my favorite flavors (Thai anyone?), is quick and easy, and is great left over. This one is light and flavorful, with delicious and fresh vegetables. You can kick up the heat by adding more spices to suit your taste.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 TBSP chopped organic scallions
  • 1 TBSP chopped organic garlic
  • 2 TBSP chopped organic ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped organic jalapeño pepper (or more, if you like more heat)
  • 2 TBSP green curry paste (or more, if you like more heat)
  • 1 can (13 oz) coconut milk  (do not shake)
  • 13 oz vegetable or chicken broth
  • 4 TBSP fish sauce (if you would like this recipe to be vegan, substitute 2 TBSP tamari sauce)
  • 2 TBSP fresh organic lime juice
  • 4 oz fresh organic mushrooms, sliced or halved
  • 1 cup fresh organic sugar snap peas
  • 4-5 bunches of organic baby bok choy, sliced
  • organic cilantro, for garnish
  • organic lime slices, for garnish
  • 2 organic green onions, sliced, for garnish
  • OPTIONAL:
    • 4-6 oz fresh peeled and deveined shrimp, or
    • 4-6 oz chicken breast meat, cubed, or
    • tofu, cubed

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Instructions:

  • Chop all of the vegetables and (optional) meat before you begin, since this soup comes together quickly.
  • Open the can of coconut milk, and spoon out about 1/4 cup of the “cream”
  • Melt the cream in a heavy stock pot, then add the scallions, garlic, ginger, and curry paste
  • Stir until softened, about 5 minutes
  • If you are going to add chicken, stir it in for about 5 minutes, until cooked through
  • Add the rest of the coconut milk and the broth
  • Add the lime juice and the fish sauce (or tamari sauce)
  • Simmer together for about 5 minutes
  • If you are going to add shrimp, do so now
  • Add the sugar snap peas and mushrooms, simmer about 2 minutes
  • Add the tofu, if desired
  • Add the bok choy, and stir to heat.
  • Serve immediately, garnishing with cilantro, green onions, and lime wedges
  • If the soup is not all going to be eaten at one sitting, you may want to only add the amount of bok choy that will be eaten at once, reserving the remainder to be added when the  left-overs are served.

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Enjoy this light, healthy, quick, easy, and delicious soup!

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Love,

Lassen’s

 

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Looking for Healthy Grab and Go?

Margeaux and Linda to the Rescue!

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Margeaux has always been into healthy living. Once a professional dancer in New York, she loved juicing and eating vegan and raw foods. Her mother Linda was frustrated with high blood pressure, so she began a raw/vegan lifestyle as well. Within six months, she was totally off of her medication. They were hooked!

Seven years ago Margeaux began working at a very popular Vegan restaurant in Silver Lake, but when they closed their doors in 2012, she wasn’t sure what to do.  When investors approached her and Linda about possibly opening another restaurant, they were intrigued. Ultimately, opening a restaurant didn’t feel right, but they knew they wanted to do something to improve the healthy food options in their neighborhood. They saw a huge need for healthy grab-and-go meals and snacks. They called on their experiences both as committed heathy eaters and foodies, and started creating.

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Pepita Pesto — divine!

Their Collard Wraps came first, and after many initial taste tests with family and friends, they started sampling and selling them at Beverly Hills Juice. People fell in love with having healthy food available fast! So Margeaux and Linda started production and going door to door selling their wraps to small stores in LA.

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Sunseed Chorizo Collard Wrap

And the wraps are great! Fresh, healthy ingredients and imaginative flavors make everything from Margeaux and Linda’s Vegan Kitchen a delight. Once the Collard Wraps took off, they began to expand into other dishes. At first they wanted to create entrees that they missed — Fettuccini Alfredo, Pad Thai, Kale Salad, Chocolate Mousse. Yum, yum, and yum! They use kelp noodles for the pasta, and cashew cream for the Alfredo sauce, all blended with great imagination and flair!

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Hail to Kale Salad with Figs and Spicy Pepitas!

One of my personal favorites is the French Lentil Salad — just the right blend of parsley, lemon, and spices. Delish!

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French Lentil Salad, and Kinky Quinoa Salad

Just a few short years later, they now have 6 cooks, 2 delivery trucks, and have brought in Margeaux’s brother Aram in to manage the business and tech side of the operation!  Their Vegan Kitchen items are also now in over 60 stores, and expanding as they can. Now they say that the most fun they have is in creating new products, and Margeaux said she gets her best ideas in the middle of the night! Their newest product is the Nut Genius Bars, which are great healthy snacks, and bonus! Do not need refrigeration.

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Perfectly Pad Thai — just enough spice!

So when you’re in a hurry (or even if you’re not!) look for Margeaux and Linda’s Wraps, Noodles, Salads, and other items in Lassen’s Grab and Go cases. The dressings are amazing, and are great as dips, too! Take some home for your own healthy salads!

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These are the dipping sauces for the Collard Wraps, and the dressings for the salads!
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Love the clean lines and simple freshness!

All of Margeaux and Linda’s Vegan Kitchen items are organic, vegan, anti-inflammatory, non-GMO, gluten-free, and soy-free. In addition, most items are nut-free as well.

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Hail to Kale Salad with dried figs!

I came home from meeting Margeaux and Linda with a bag full of food to try. I pulled it all out when I had a lot of family over, and we taste-tested it all.

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And you have to have a little chocolate, right? Raw and Vegan!

Well, except for the chocolate.  I (ahem) saved that for later.

(Please don’t tell on me!)

Love,

Lassen’s

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What’s in My Supplement?

Not All Supplements Are Created Equal

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Several months ago there were news stories casting doubt on the purity of herbal supplements. The New York Attorney General highlighted the store brands of several national companies. Samples taken from those store brands were found by DNA testing to not have the ingredients listed on the labels. There are some questions about the testing methodology, but the news stories highlighted the need for consumers to be aware as they purchase supplements, and not just grab the cheapest bottle on the supermarket shelf.

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Lassen’s has always been a proponent of rigorous industry standards to assure the purity of all Nutritional Supplements. We carry only brands that stand behind their products. We recommend that consumers look for third-party certification of purity. There are several groups that certify purity, but look for certification from the USP (United States Pharmacopeia), NSF International (“The Public Health and Safety Organization,” according to their website), or Consumer Lab. These groups provide rigorous testing to assure that the ingredients meet quality standards.

Beyond third-party testing and certification, the Natural Foods Industry has many brands that go out of their way to assure quality and transparency. One of my favorite herbal brands, Gaia (featured here after our trip to their farm in North Carolina), goes so far to have a “Meet Your Herbs” code on each package. You can go to their absolutely beautiful website, enter the code, and learn where your herbs were grown and even the farmer who grew or gathered them. Gaia sets the bar very high for the whole industry. Their motto is Purity, Integrity, and Potency.

Another leader in transparency is MegaFood, a whole food supplement brand. They have a tab on their website for Big T Transparency, where you can listen to Robert Craven, the CEO, talk about their desire to be transparent in everything they do. You can even click on Live Divinity Cams and watch their drying, packaging, shipping, and even the lab on live cams! (I would suggest going there before 3:00 pm Pacific Time, since they are in New Hampshire and are on Eastern Time — Not much to see after that!)

At Lassen’s we have always been committed to offering the highest quality supplements, and we stand behind the brands that we carry. We know there are “cheap imitations” out there, and we do the investigative leg work for you. Please stop by our supplement departments and our knowledgable staff can answer you questions about quality and potency. We can help you find the supplements that are right for you!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Matcha to the Rescue!

This Smoothie Bowl Will Make Others Green with Envy!

Super matcha — it just has a ring, doesn’t it?

Matcha is the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. But not just any green tea! Generally tea leaves are dried and then are steeped in hot water. But Matcha leaves are ground finely and so the powder includes the leaves themselves. And the Matcha tea leaves are grown differently than most tea leaves. They are covered with shade cloths before harvesting, which encourages better growth and flavor. After harvesting, the leaves are steamed lightly, dried, aged, and then stone-ground.

Matcha is considered a superfood, since it has lots of anti-oxidants. It also contains amino acids, and a considerable amount of caffeine (this is a powdered tea, after all.) It is a great addition to smoothies, juices, and even guacamole!

Here’s a delicious green smoothie bowl to get you started on Matcha!

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Super Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Makes one serving

You’ll Need:

  • 1 tsp organic Matcha green tea powder
  • 1 organic kiwi, reserve a few slices for topping
  • 8 oz organic coconut milk
  • 1 organic banana, frozen works best
  • 1 tsp organic Spirulina powder
  • 4 oz organic almonds
  • 12 oz organic frozen peaches
  • 4 oz organic dates
  • 1 TBSP sliced organic almonds
  • 1 TBSP organic shredded coconut

Instructions:

  • Place the first 8 ingredients in a blender (reserving some kiwi slices) and blend until smooth
  • Pour into a bowl, and top with kiwi, almonds, and coconut
  • Enjoy!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Heart Healthy Salmon, and Heart Healthy Beets!

Here’s a Recipe to Fancy Up That Salmon!

I love salmon, and often order it in restaurants, since they often find ways to prepared and serve it so beautifully. But to the rescue! You too can fancy up your salmon at home!

Salmon is full of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, niacin, B-vitamins, and of course protein. Salmon is considered a “heart-healthy” food, and diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart attack, strokes, heart irregularities, and high blood pressure. Brains, bones, joints, and vision can all benefit from are a diet with more salmon. The American Heart Association recommends eating salmon  or other fatty fishes high in Omega 3s twice per week for their healthy benefits.

And beets are no nutritional slouches, either. Their fiber helps reduce the bad LDL cholesterol, and increase the good HDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.  They are high in folate, and in some studies have also been shown to contribute to a lowered risk of certain cancers, including skin, lung, and colon cancer. They are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients — a perfect complement to heart-healthy salmon!

So try this recipe to strengthen your heart health (as well as have a delicious meal)!

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Grilled Salmon with Beet Slaw

You’ll Need:

  • 2 wild-caught salmon filets
  • Beet Slaw:
    • Two large beets, peeled and shredded
    • 1 large organic carrot, peeled and cut julienne style
    • 1 bulb organic fennel, thinly sliced, julienne style
    • 1/4 cup organic parsley, minced
  • Balsamic vinegar reduction for garnish
  • Dressing
    • 1/4 cup organic olive oil
    • 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 TBSP sea salt, or to taste
    • 1/2 TBSP black pepper, or to taste

Instructions:

  • Combine the beets, carrot, fennel and parsley
  • Mix the dressing, and then toss into the vegetables
  • Allow to marinate for at least an hour
  • Grill the salmon until barely flaking
  • Place salmon on a serving dish, top with the beet slaw, and then drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction
  • serve!

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Your heart and your sweetheart will thank you!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Acai Smoothie Bowl

Put some Pow in Your Day!

Have you heard of Smoothie Bowls? They can provide a powerful punch of nutrition in one delicious bowl! Lassen’s is now offering smoothie bowls in our delis, and you can make them yourself as well! Here is a new Acai Smoothie Bowl recipe that we are featuring this month!

Acai berries are the fruit from a South American palm tree, and look like a mix of  grapes and blueberries. The trees are found in the Amazon River basin. The berries are often included in lists of superfoods, since they are high in heart-healthy fats, fiber, and anti-oxidants. In fact, some studies have shown that the acai berries have ten times the anti-oxidants as red grapes! The berries start to degrade quickly after harvesting, so you won’t likely see fresh acai berries in the produce aisle. They are quickly harvested, processed (to remove the seeds), and frozen to retain the nutrients. If you’d like to learn more about acai berries and their health benefits, I found this article very helpful.

So here’s the recipe for our great acai smoothie bowl!

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Acai Smoothie Bowl

Makes one large or two small bowls

You’ll Need:

  • 1 frozen organic acai bar (3.5 oz)
  • 8 oz organic coconut water
  • 2 organic bananas (frozen works best)
  • 12 oz organic frozen blueberries
  • 4 oz organic dates
  • 1 tsp organic ginger
  • 2 oz organic hemp protein
  • fresh organic banana slices and blueberries for topping
  • 1 TBSP organic sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp organic goji berries
  • 1/2 tsp hemp seeds

Instructions:

  • Place the first seven ingredients  in a blender and blend until smooth
  • Top with banana slices, blueberries, almonds, goji berries, and hemp seeds
  • enjoy!

This smoothie bowl will be a great start to your healthy day!

Love,

Lassen’s

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How to Make a New You in a New Year

It Can Be Easier Than You Think!

I recently listened to a TED talk on easy ways to change habits (I can’t find it now — too many TED talks available, and I don’t remember who gave the talk!)

Anyway.

The take-away, for me, was that if we want to establish new habits, we should attach them to actions that we already have. First choose something you want to develop: The speaker wanted to be able to do a lot of push-ups. So he decided that after every time that he went to the bathroom, he would immediately get on the floor and do push ups. At first it was 2. Then he increased it to 5. Later on he moved up to 10. I don’t remember how many he said he was up to, but he started small, and gradually increased the number as his strength increased. And it wasn’t some big, overwhelming “goal.” He just started with a tiny action and attached it to something that he was already doing.

Think of the possibilities! Do you want to develop the habit of flossing every day? Then attach the action “Floss one tooth” to something that you are already doing, such as driving your kids to school. (Those toothpicks with floss attached are great for that!) Find ways to make it easy to develop this new habit.

I love the idea of making changes one tiny step at a time. (And it can’t hurt that one of my favorite movies of all time is “What About Bob?” Baby steps to the door, baby steps to the elevator!)

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But what if you want to get rid of a deeply engrained habit? Another strategy about which I recently learned is to attached an abhorrent consequence to returning to the habit. The story I heard was this — a woman had tried to quit smoking many times, then an old friend visited and saw that she still smoked. The friend said just one thing about it, “Are you still smoking?” That question got under her skin, and at the end of the visit she blurted out, “Fine! If I ever smoke again I will donate $5,000.00 to the KKK!” Because the idea of donating to the KKK was so abhorrent to this woman, she never picked up another cigarette.

So making the return to the habit more distasteful than the hated habit is another way to make changes and make them stick. Once my little brother ate half a pan of our mom’s peanut butter and chocolate bar treat (sort of like peanut butter cups but in a bar), and I don’t think he can face a peanut butter cup to this day, decades later. Same idea.

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We have lots of ideas at Lassen’s to help you reach your goals this year! We are having our New Year New You Event this Saturday, January 23 (lots of sales, raffles, prizes, demos, and samples!) so stop by see how Lassen’s can help with the changes that you want to make — either baby steps or large! From our extensive supplement departments to our Always 100% Organic Produce, you’ll find thousands of things to help make 2016 your best year ever!

Love,

Lassen’s