February Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 42

Welcome to February’s good4u Health Hotline issue. February is a unique time of year. It is a short month full of love, frosty noses, early evenings, chocolate, and roses. 

 

In this month’s issue, you will learn all about our featured organic - olives! So if you think olives aren’t for you, keep trying until you find the ones you love. One great way to reap the benefits of olives is through olive oil. In this issue, we feature three different olive oil based salad dressing recipes that you can easily make at home. Speaking of recipes, we also offer a perfect February recipe for a Cheesy Keto Broccoli Soup to keep you warm, cozy, and full.

 

What is alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)? ALA is a supplement that helps to restore health, helps support a healthy weight, strengthens immune system function, and more. At Natural Grocers, we care deeply about the health of our community, therefore, we don’t carry harmful ingredients. Learn which ones we don’t carry and why.

 

Now possibly the most exciting part of this issue… a chance to win a $500 Natural Grocers gift card! And it is as easy as counting! Learn the rules of the game and how to enter inside! 

 

And as always, check out the smoking hot deals and discounts on organic products this month and every month at your local Natural Grocers store. Be sure to stop in on Valentine’s Day to get your free Chocolove Chocolate Bar ({N}power members only).

 

Featuring:

  • Cheesy Keto Broccoli Soup
  • Top 10 Ways Alphalipoic Acid Restores Health
  • Want a Healthy Heart? Ditch the Sugar and Carbs 
  • Earth Watch: Personal Care Products Rival Cars as Contributors to Emissions 
  • Olive Oil Dressings and Marinades
 

Cheesy Keto Broccoli Soup

Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with good4u broccoli, this soup is sure to please. It’s even keto and vegetarian friendly! The cassava flour helps create a thicker soup but it can be left out for a slightly thinner soup if desired.

4 tablespoons organic butter
1 large organic onion, chopped
4 large cloves organic garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cassava flour
2 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
1 Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Whole Bay Leaf
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Black Pepper, plus more for serving
2 (10-ounce) bags Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Broccoli Florets
1 teaspoon organic white wine vinegar
1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1 (8-ounce) block Natural Grocers Brand Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 cup cooked and crumbled Natural Grocers Brand Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon , optional for topping

1. Heat the butter in a large stock pot or soup pan over medium heat until the butter is melted and the foaming has subsided. Add the onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for one minute. Add the cassava flour and cook, stirring frequently for another minute.

2. Add the broth, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and broccoli and increase heat to bring to a low boil. Reduce heat slightly to maintain a simmer and cook for 7 minutes. Add the cream and simmer 2-3 more minutes.

3. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the vinegar. Add the cheese a handful at a time, stirring to incorporate between each handful. Mash with a potato masher for a chunkier soup or use an immersion blender or blender for a smoother consistency. Note: If using a blender, only fill the blender halfway and remove the center cap of the lid and cover with a kitchen towel before blending; you may need to do this in batches.

4. Taste the soup and add salt, pepper, and/or vinegar to taste. Serve topped with the crumbled bacon.

**We do our best to provide you with recipes using good4u ingredients, but be sure to read labels to ensure that your choice of ingredient meets your specific dietary needs.

 

Beverage Pairing

Recommended Beverage Style: Wine

  • Pratsch Gruner Veltliner

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Basic Organic Vinaigrette

  4-6 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, or vinegar of your choice
1 organic garlic clove, smashed and finely minced
1⁄4 teaspoon each Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt and Ground Black Pepper

1. Combine 4 tablespoons of olive oil and all the other ingredients in a small bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Whisk or shake vigorously. Taste, add more olive oil if desired, and adjust seasoning to taste. Whisk or shake until fully emulsified.

 

**We do our best to provide you with recipes using good4u ingredients, but be sure to read labels to ensure that your choice of ingredient meets your specific dietary needs.

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Organic White Wine Dijon Dressing

4 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tablespoons organic white wine vinegar
4 teaspoons organic Dijon mustard
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Thyme Leaf
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Whisk or shake vigorously. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Whisk or shake until fully emulsified.

 

**We do our best to provide you with recipes using good4u ingredients, but be sure to read labels to ensure that your choice of ingredient meets your specific dietary needs.

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Organic Lemony Herb Dressing

6 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  Juice from one organic lemon , about 3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon finely minced organic shallot , from one small shallot
1⁄4 cup packed organic basil leaves
1⁄4 cup packed organic parsley leaves
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt, to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until nearly smooth. Store in an airtight container.

 

**We do our best to provide you with recipes using good4u ingredients, but be sure to read labels to ensure that your choice of ingredient meets your specific dietary needs.

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