Category Archives: Hydration

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From the Appalachian Mountains to New Orleans to You!

This Water Doesn’t Just Travel a Long Distance!

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I love the gorgeous architecture and plantations!

The Evamor story doesn’t start in Lousiana — but that’s where we went to learn about their naturally alkaline water. This delicious water starts in the Appalachian Mountains as water and snow. The water flows down through bedrock,  filtering out impuries as it goes.  As it travels south toward the Gulf of Mexico, it becomes naturally alkaline. The limestone gives this water a ph between 8.8 to 9.1, so the Evamor folks don’t need to add a thing.

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A swamp tour was a must!

We were invited to New Orleans to learn about — and experience — the Evamor story. Lassen’s has recently brought this artesian water into our stores. They are part of a four-generation family food company. About twenty years ago they decided to share this delicious water by starting Evamor.  They drilled into the aquifer, and trucked the water to their bottling facility in New Orleans. This required a drive across the nearly 24-mile bridge (the longest in the United States) over Lake Pontchartrain.

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But when hurrican Katrine wiped out much of New Orleans in 2009, including their facility, the Evamor folks took the opportunity to move their bottling facility. They built it right on top of the well in Covington, Lousiana.

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It doesn’t look like much, but the proximity of the wells to the bottling faculty helps fulfill their desire to not disturb the water any more than necessary. As they told us, “Water has a memory.”

Evamor artesian water is a blend of two sources, drilled deep into an aquifer that was the source of the springs that helped sustain the Native Americans that lived north of Lake Pontchartrain. The aquifer is found 1, 681 feet below the surface — about a half mile deep. Evamor blends the water from the two drill sources to balance the ph level. The depth of the well also protects it from surface water. Because Evamor’s source is an aquifer deep underground, the water is not only naturally alkaline but also rich in minerals and electrolytes.

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Once the water comes into the facility, it goes through several filters and testing meters. If the ph drops below 8.8, the line immediately stops to find out what is going on. We can be assured that their water is always at least 8.8ph! It is tested quarterly by a third party to assure quality. In fact, during the process required to certify the equipment when they opened the new facility, they ended up giving away 940,000 bottles of water to the needy. And they are always ready and willing to do the same whenever disaster strikes.

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One interesting feature of the Evamor bottling facility is that they form their own bottles. They have unformed “blanks” which are easier to handle than millions of pre-formed bottles. The machinery takes those blanks, heats, forms, and then fills the bottles with the filtered water. Labels are added, and the bottles are bundled into cases to be  shipped.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to New Orleans without enjoying their scenery, amazing food, and unique style!

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Thanks, Evamor, for a wonderful trip!




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Cool Summer Drinks–Healthy and Easy!

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You can see I had to drink some of them!  And I ate a few grapes, too!
This morning I whipped up these babies–perfect for some hot summer afternoons!

So Different and Delicious!

I am not much of a juice drinker–I love my ice water–but for these I will make an exception.  Pure ingredients, healthy, fresh–Absolutely no guilt here!  

No Juicer Required!

I made these delicious drinks with just a blender, so let’s get started., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade

Rosemary Cucumber Limeade

You will need:

  • 3 large organic cucumbers
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh organic rosemary, plus four springs for garnish  (This recipe could also be made with fresh organic mint or basil, for a different taste sensation!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic lime juice
  • 3+ TBSP organic Agave Syrup (to taste), Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade
Score a cucumber lengthwise with a fork.  This will give your decorative slices a finished look.  Then cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade


Peel and chop the rest of the cucumbers, place in your blender, along with the chopped fresh rosemary., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade


Puree until there are no chunks and the rosemary is well incorporated.  You’ll need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade


Pour the puree into a fine-mesh strainer which has been set over a bowl., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade

Push the solids a bit to get the juice into the bowl.  If you like a very clear juice, use cheesecloth.  I like more solids, so I pushed quite a bit through the strainer., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade


Squeeze the limes until you have 1/2 cup, then add the lime juice, the water, and the agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice., Lassen's, Lassens, Summer+drinks, Rosemary+cucumber+limeade


 Taste and add more agave if you’d like.
Fill four glasses half-way with ice, then pour 1/4 of juice into each glass.  Garnish with cucumber slices and a spring of rosemary.  

Make your own soda with healthy ingredients?  Yes!  

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Fresh Grape Soda

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Cups of organic seedless red grapes, washed and stemmed, plus more for garnish
  • 2 TBSP fresh organic lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP organic honey
  • 2 cups mineral water (I used Voss Sparkling Water)
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Wash and stem the grapes, and then puree in a blender until fine.  Pour the puree into a strainer, which has been placed over a medium bowl.  Press on the solids to extract the juice.  
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Add the lemon juice and the honey, and stir well until the honey is well incorporated.  
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Add the sparkling water, and mix.  Pour the mixture into four, ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a small bunch of grapes.
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Drink Some Fruits and Vegetables Today!

Have a great summer, and enjoy these delicious, healthy, and easy drinks!
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Another company “does the right thing”

Just a TOUCH of sarcasm, here…

Remember when I told you about Electro-Mix?  One of my objections to most popular sports drinks is that they contain many artificial coloring, flavorings, and chemicals.

Well, now I have good reason to have been wary of those chemicals.  A recent LA Times story reveals that one popular brand (in fact, they practically invented the whole concept of a sports-drink!) has included brominated vegetable oil.  Doesn’t sound too bad, until you find out that brominated vegetable oil is a synthetic chemical that “has been patented in Europe as a flame retardant.”  Yuck!

Are you SERIOUS???

The chemical is banned in Japan and the European Union.  Studies on mice have shown “reproductive and behavioral problems” in animals that have consumed large doses of the chemical.  This chemical “could be building up in human tissues.”  This additive is used in other popular sports and soft drinks as well.

This chemical is an emulsifier to distribute the coloring in the drink.  The Times article announced that after an online petition with more than 200,000 signatures was sent to the producer of the sports drink, the company will no longer put this chemical in its product.

Now it is going to add another unpronouncable chemical as an emulsifier: sucrose acetate isobutyrate.  And how long will it be before this chemical is found to have negative side effects, too?


Avoiding chemicals has always been a goal of the Natural Foods movement.  It seems that we regularly get news that ingredients in commercial products are not as safe as the manufacturers have claimed.  

So instead of using those chemical-laden products, here are two more to try. 

Vega+Sport, Electrolyte+Hydrator

Vega Sport has a Electrolyte Hydrator that is similar to Alacer’s Electro-Mix.  It is dairy, gluten and soy free, replenishes electrolytes and minerals.

Vega Sport’s products are 100% plant based as well, with no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.  The packets are so convenient to tuck into a pocket or pack and easy to add to your water for instant electrolyte replacement!

And of course, for many years Lassen’s has carried Recharge, a natural hydration drink, made by the R.W. Knudsen Juice company.  All natural, Recharge is made without added sugar or artificial colors or flavors.

Recharge comes in 6 flavors, including Organic Lemon.


Lassen’s carries thousands of products that have no artificial colorings, flavorings, or additives.

Here’s to happy and healthy hydration!