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Oh Avocados!
So many options! So many ways to transform their wonderfully versatile taste into brilliant works of art! At only 99¢ per Organic Avocado for the rest of July at Lassens, chances are you’ll be buying in bulk!
Of course there are those lazy summer days when the amount of effort you’re willing to put in doesn’t quite match up with the expectations of greatness that sits at the edge of your taste buds.
Fear not my friends, for I come armed with a little snack that’s not only packed with nutrients, but it is also as easy as 1-2-3! In fact, that’s exactly the amount of ingredients that go into this little creation. 
Here they are, are you ready?
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You’ll Need: 

1 organic avocado
1 organic lemon (juiced)
1-2 Tablespoons of Braggs Liquid Aminos

If that sounds a little too simple to you, rest assured, the taste is NOT!
Of course it can be dolled up if you wish (I’d recommend Phony Baloney Coconut Bacon or pine nuts), but sincerely, this flavor combo can stand alone!
But why is it a POWER SNACK, you ask?
The secret lies in each ingredient’s list of benefits.
Some of the best things in life are simple – this snack is no exception.
Enjoy and have a lovely and healthy day!
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Hemp Seeds–What are They Good For?

They Sound Kind of Hippie… Really They’re Not., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds

But They are Groovy!

Have you tried Hemp Seeds?  They are full of nutrition:

Protein–There are 11 grams of protein in just 3 TBSP!
Anti-inflammatory Omegas!
Phytonutrients and anti-oxidants!
All kinds of minerals!
Essential fatty acids!

So How Do I Use Them?

Hemp Seeds are so easy to add to smoothies, soups, and hot cereals, and to sprinkle on salads and vegetables.  They have a mild taste similar to sunflower seeds or pine nuts, so won’t overpower the flavor of any dish, and are smaller than sesame seeds.  I really like them!

Here’s the first recipe in which I ever used Hemp Seeds.  I found it in the LA Times Foods section (October 13, 2011, adapted from a recipe from BLD in LA).  When I want a filling yet healthy and light salad, I reach for this recipe.  I’ve changed it a little, but I think you’ll love it!

Chopped Vegetable Salad with Hemp Seeds


You’ll Need:

For the Dressing:, Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated organic fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarsely chopped organic shallot
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarsely chopped organic fresh rosemary
  • 2 TBSP organic tamari sauce
  • 2 TBSP organic honey
  • 3 TBSP sweet rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil, Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe
In a food processor grind the ginger, shallot, and rosemary until fine., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe



Add the tamari sauce, honey, vinegar and lemon juice to the ginger mix and process until fairly smooth., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe

Add the oil a little at a time and process until blended well.

For the Salad:

  • 10 oz package of organic Cascadian Farms frozen, thawed shelled edamame beans 
  • 2 ears raw fresh organic yellow corn, cut from cob 
  • 1 cup diced organic turnip or organic jicama 
  • 1 1/2 cup organic green beans, blanched, shocked, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted and peeled organic red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup diced organic avocado
  • 2/3 cup toasted, salted organic cashews

For Garnish:

  • 1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
  • 1 bunch organic watercress, Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe
Roast the pepper by spearing with a large serving fork and holding it over the flame of the stove., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe
The pepper skin will blister and pop.  Allow to cool and then peel and chop., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe
To prepare the green beans, drop the trimmed beans into boiling water.  After about 2 minutes, lift out of the pan with a slotted spoon and drop into ice water., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe

When cooled (it will happen quickly), chop the green beans.

Roast the cashews in a hot oven–watch them carefully, since they burn easily.  Salt as desired., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe

Slice the corn off of the cob, chop the turnip (or jicama) and avocado, then throw all of the vegetables and the cashews in a large bowl and toss gently., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe

Pour about 1/2 cup of the dressing over the salad and gently blend.  Taste the salad to see if you’d like to add more dressing or salt.  (The leftover dressing will keep in the refrigerator for several days)

Divide the salad into 4-8 serving plates (this recipe makes about 8 cups of salad), then garnish the salad by sprinkling with hemp seeds (about 1 1/2 tsp per cup of salad) and a few watercress sprigs., Lassen's, Lassens, hemp+seeds, salad+recipe, chopped+vegetable+salad

Enjoy this wonderful salad for a delightfully nutritious summer lunch!

And for more details on how hemp seeds are a great addition your healthy life, click here.



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Documentary Review–Forks Over Knives

Look at all of those gorgeous fruits and vegetables!

Just in time for Spring and lots of gorgeous produce, I watched the documentary, “Forks Over Knives.”


This was a compelling and convincing argument for changing our diet–especially the highly processed animal-based diet of the average American–to a whole-food, plant-based diet.  


Of course the documentary begins with all of the scary statistics about the American diet–the change in the last 60 years that has brought a health crisis with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and obesity.  This doesn’t even begin to mention the billions of dollars spent on drugs, drugs, and more drugs.

When this film was made, the healthcare cost in America was $2.2 trillion, and yet Americans are sicker than ever, and the rate of chronic diseases is ever increasing.

So, the question is posed, “What is the solution?”  “Not another pill.”


The film centered on the life-long research and experience of Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  They both have spent their professional lives making connections between food and health. 

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”  (Hippocrates)


Several other doctors were involved in the film, as well as patients whose lives had been changed.  One of those who changed their diets completely was Lee Fulkerson.  The film followed his journey as he learned of this movement.  He went to see Dr. Matthew Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde, a husband/wife team. 




Lee was shocked to see how unhealthy his bloodwork numbers were, especially since he had considered himself generally healthy.  He had an alarmingly high risk factor number for heart disease.


Lee took this very seriously and changed his diet completely to eat only whole-food, plant-based foods.



Lee was taken step-by step, from shopping to preparing to eating a whole-food plant-based diet.  Within a few months, his health was vastly improved, and not just by the numbers, but by how he felt.  The documentary also followed several others who have changed their lives and found incredible health benefits.  There was even one woman who was told that she should just go home and prepare to die because of her heart disease.  Instead, she met Dr. Esselstyn and changed the way she ate.  The film was made twenty years after that diagnosis, and she looks younger than she did when she was told to go home and get ready for her demise.

If you’d like to read more, and watch the trailer or the entire film, go to their official website.  They also have recipes and more help to make the switch.



I know we feel better when we eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on the animal products.  In the coming weeks we will feature recipes and tips to eat better, as well as featured produce.  We have some really beautiful produce at Lassen’s, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as how affordable it is!



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The Detoxifying, Deodorizing Miraculous Molecule that is Chlorophyll!

Goodness Greeness!


In 9th grade science we all learned about chlorophyll, the molecule found in plants and algae that gives them their green pigment and plays a key role in photosynthesis, the process which allows plants to absorb energy from sunlight. My knowledge of chlorophyll plateaued in high school and remained that way for years after graduating until I began my job here at Lassen’s. Since then the many benefits of chlorophyll as well as the easy and delicious ways to consume it have become apparent to me.



Energy & Oxygenation of Blood

Chlorophyll is believed to increase the oxygen in our blood. This makes chlorophyll very popular for our customers who are runners, hikers, athletes as well as climbers and travelers experiencing altitude sickness. 

Deodorize and Detoxify

Chlorophyll is also known as nature’s deodorizer for its ability to help detoxify the blood. When taken internally, chlorophyll is absorbed in the intestinal tract and flows into the blood steam. For aiding in reducing body odor, it is recommended to take in liquid form 1-2 times a day with a healthy diet limiting or excluding coffee, alcohol and sugar (which are huge players in offensive body orders). It is also good to accompany the use of chlorophyll with a natural gentle deodorant free of aluminum or other harsh chemicals.

Blood Builder

Chlorophyll is also used to help prevent the build up of destructive toxins and as an aid in building healthy blood. It is often used complimentary for those taking regular iron supplements for its blood building properties.

We have chlorophyll in both capsule and liquid form 

for a refreshing way to get internally green, try mixing:

  • 1 dropper of Herbs Etc. Chlorophyll Concentrate
  • 6oz of distilled mineral water (make it sparkling water for fun!) 
  • juice of half a organic lemon (squeezed) 
  • and 1 tablespoon of local raw honey or agave nectar.
For more information on the properties of chlorophyll, check out Herbs Etc, or come on in and speak with one of our knowledgeable supplement specialists!
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May I bring up a painful subject?

Sports Water Done Simple and Pure!

Ok, I’ll just say it.  My muscles cramp.  A lot.  Charlie Horses are not my friend, but they sure like me.  And exercise makes it much worse.  So I like to supplement my water with an electrolyte drink.  But have you tasted some of those?  All the sugar, all the sodium, the disgusting taste…  Not to mention the cost and all of those plastic bottles junking up the environment!  

So a few years ago I tried the Alacer brand (makers of Emergen-C — The must-have vitamin C powder!) Electro Mix.  I just tear open the little packages (one per liter of water) and pour the powder into my sports bottle–fill with ice and water, and voila!  Instant sports drink!  
Electro Mix has potassium, magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, and Chromium to help replace those minerals lost with exercise.  It’s not sickening sweet, or too sour either.  It has a really nice, fresh lemon-lime flavor.  I usually carry a couple of packets of Electro Mix in my saddle pack.  If I run out of water I can easily buy a bottle and add my Electro Mix!
Try some Alacer Electro Mix!  Your muscles with thank you.  

Happy cycling, running,  and hiking!



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Meet Stephanie / Raw Cashew Carob Cookie Balls

A Delicious Raw Energy Snack!
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It’s just a regular day in the Lassen’s office. I’m sipping my cinnamon vanilla herb tea from The Republic of Tea and working on graphics for an upcoming Lassens Event (Did you know that FABIO, the long haired wonder himself, is coming to our Thousand Oaks (1/25) and Ventura (1/26) locations next week to talk about his protein supplement line?! Yes Way!!!) and listening to the Otis Redding Pandora station (“These Arms of Mine” makes me feel particularly productive) when suddenly I realize it’s time for a tea-re-fill.


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Down I go to the sales floor, where as they say is the magic happens. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but Stephanie, the Demo Captain, beckoning to come near (I’m still trying to shake myself out of Holiday mode. It’s harder than you think for some…).

 I don’t know if you’ve met Stephanie yet, but if you happen to come to the Ventura location, be sure to keep an eye out for her. She’s constantly coming up with new, unique and innovative recipes using foods that we carry here at Lassens. One for her primary focuses is on helping people try new things while also being sensitive to many dietary restrictions and lifestyle choices by being conscious of our gluten-free, vegan, and raw food practicing customers. 
Today’s treat from the mind of Stephanie were Cashew Carob Cookie Balls.

These were so rich and flavorful with a wonderful soft texture, my toes just started tap-tapping with delight and my shoulders started shimmying with joy (if you honestly doubt my dancing-while-devouring claims, feel free to come by and see! It’s quite a sight to behold yet happens more frequently than I’d like to admit…)

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These delicious little Vegan surprises absolutely brightened my day. As I stood next to her doing my “this-is-really-delicous” jig, practically her entire tray of samples was wiped clean as happy bellies walked away from the scene. However, your friends here at Lassens would never be so cruel as to dangle such wondrous treats in front of your face only to pull then away and laughing. No!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Cashew Carob Cookie Balls!

Let us know what you think on the Lassens Facebook Page!

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You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1 cup organic raisins
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil


  • Soak raisins in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Drain raisins and place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend together until ingredients form into a paste.
  • With scoop, roll into ball, roughly the size of a pinball.
  • For visual appeal,top with coconut shavings and serve! 
Have a wonderful Tuesday!