August Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 37

Welcome to August’s good4U Health Hotline Magazine. August is a special month at Natural Grocers because it’s both the birth month of our very own Margaret Isley and anniversary month. We’ll be celebrating our 65th anniversary by throwing a birthday party for the woman who’s greatest passion in life was the health of people and the planet. Margaret believed that we cannot truly have a healthy society when hate, bigotry, and intolerance are accepted. We must be anti-racist and actively fight bigotry and intolerance. Happy Birthday, Margaret. Thank you for being you!


Peaches, plums, and nectarines – the juiciest accessory of the summer, and this month’s featured organic. These tasty fruits provide cellular protection, squash metabolic syndrome, and promote positive moods. The catch? They must be organic. Nectarines and peaches have made the “Dirty Dozen,” list so in order to get the health benefits, the juiciest flavor, and avoid toxic pesticides, be sure to buy organic.


Along with birthday and anniversary celebrations, this month we are featuring a delicious fish tacos recipe, monthly deals, savings, and to spice things up, the chance to win a Subaru Crosstrek or $30,000 cash. Yes, you read that right! Stay well, and happy reading!



  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa
  • Earth Watch: The Deadly Effect of Air Pollution
  • Nutrition Bytes: Optimize Immune Function with Nutrition
  • Be Rooted in Health: There's Never Been a Better Time to Get Healthy
  • Stressing the Point: Supplements Put a Check on Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Simply Scrumptious Organic Strawberry Sorbet

Grilled Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa

This quick dish is the perfect celebration of late summer and its abundance. Light, but full of flavor, everyone will love these tacos. Serve these family style and let everyone make their own!

1 (10-ounce) package wild-caught Alaskan cod fillets, thawed
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Black Pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Chipotle Pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Garlic Granules
  Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, for greasing grill grates
8 organic corn tortillas
Peach Salsa
3 medium organic peaches, rinsed and diced (about 2 cups); or sub 2 cups defrosted organic frozen peaches, diced (or substitute organic stone fruit of your choice)
1⁄2 cup organic diced red onion
1 large organic jalapeño, stem and seeds removed, minced
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
  Juice of one organic lime
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons organic chopped cilantro
1 pinch (or more) of Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Cayenne Pepper
1 organic avocado, sliced
1 cup organic cilantro leaves
1 organic lime, quartered
1⁄4 head organic cabbage, thinly sliced
1 small organic red pepper, stem and seeds removed, diced

Note: To make this recipe plant-based, use tempeh instead of fish.

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Mix the seasonings for the fish in a small bowl. Pat the fish dry and sprinkle the spice mixture over all sides of the fish, using your hands to press the spices onto the fish.
  3. Combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt and cayenne as desired.
  4. Prep the topping ingredients and arrange on a large platter.
  5. Scrub the grill grates and lightly grease with the coconut oil on a folded paper towel held with tongs. Place the fish on the grill grates, cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the fish easily releases from the grates and is nearly cooked through. Carefully flip the fish, taking care to place it on the grill so large pieces don’t fall through the grates. Cover and cook 1-2 more minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through. (Because the thickness of your fillets may vary considerably, use these times as suggestions and instead pay attention while cooking to remove the fish when it is just cooked through to avoid overcooking. Fish is cooked through when it is no longer opaque in the middle and flakes when a fork is inserted into the center and twisted.) Transfer the fish to a serving dish. Tent the fish loosely with foil and allow it to rest.
  6. Grill the tortillas on the grill, about 30 seconds per side until warm and pliable, transfer to the platter with the toppings, or a small plate.
  7. Use two forks to gently break the fish into pieces. Serve family style, allowing each person to load their own tacos.

Beer Pairing

Recommended Beer Style: Mexican Style Lager

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Simply Scrumptious Organic Strawberry Sorbet

This simple sorbet is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor! It’s not cloying sweet like so many sorbets and the avocado lends a creamy mouth feel without an avocado-y flavor. It’s the perfect summer treat!

1 pound organic strawberries, stems removed
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
1 organic avocado, halved and pit removed
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  1. Blend the strawberries and maple syrup in a blender or food processor until fully puréed. Add the avocado and vanilla and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides as necessary.
  2. Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish or a loaf pan and transfer to the freezer.
  3. Freeze until firm, 4-6 hours. Allow the sorbet to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before scooping and serving.
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