March Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 32

Welcome to March’s good4u Health Hotline Magazine. This month has got us feeling a little reflective. While the season is changing, our 65-year long commitment to you is not. Our parents started this journey in 1955 on the foundation of face-to-face interactions and getting to know their customers. Although we have grown, this mentality hasn’t changed. We are here to have the conversations and ensure you leave with the highest quality products you seek. We believe that education is empowerment. That’s why when you walk through our doors you can expect to be guided by our crew, who are experts in nutritional health, to find the best products to fit your needs and help you succeed in your health and wellness goals.

Our featured organic this month is green onions. As Julia Child once said, “it’s hard to imagine a civilization without onions.” Not only do onions add savory flavor to any dish, they are packed with quercetin, a flavonoid linked to improved exercise performance, reduced inflammation, and more. Get your recommended dose of onions with our Creamy Bacon-y Green Onion Dip, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! You’ll also learn how acetyl-L-carnitine supports brain function and mental well being, how daylight savings time is linked to heart health, the truth about cholesterol, and more. And as always, we have deals on organic products, this month and every month. Happy reading and happy spring!

 

Featuring:

  • Natural Grocers Creamy Bacon-y Green Onion Dip
  • Boost Your Brain Power with Acetyl-L-Carnitine!
  • A New Look at Cholesterol: It's Not The Bad Guy You Think It Is. Really.
  • Think Wisely - March
  • Earth Watch - Drastic Decline in Songbirds Linked to Neonic Pesticides
  • Nutrition Bytes - March 2020
  • Natural Grocers Maple Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
 

Natural Grocers Maple Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Side Salad

Wrapped in crispy maple bacon and baked until caramelized, these chicken thighs look impressive, but require very little effort. A casual Family Fast entrée that is fancy enough to share with company.

For the Maple Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
4 Mary’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Garlic Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Smoked Paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Black Pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Red Chili Flakes
8 slices Natural Grocers Brand Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon
3 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
  fresh parsley for garnish, optional
For the salad
1 small organic garlic clove, minced
  cup plus 1 tablespoon Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon organic dijon mustard
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Raw Unfiltered Honey
  Natural Grocers Brand Real Salt and Organic Ground Black Pepper to taste
1 large head organic red or green leaf lettuce
1 ripe organic avocado
1 small organic cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
1⁄2 cup organic grape tomatoes, cut into halves
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the seasonings, except for the red pepper flakes. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken thighs, making sure to thoroughly coat both sides.
  3. Wrap two slices of bacon around each thigh (if there are any small thighs, just use one slice). Tuck the bacon underneath the chicken; to tightly secure the bacon around the chicken you can also use toothpicks to hold it in place.
  4. Place the chicken thighs in a baking dish or oven-proof skillet, drizzle the maple syrup over the bacon and rub to fully coat, sprinkle with the red pepper flakes, and bake for 30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° F and the bacon is nicely browned. If the chicken is done before the bacon has browned, turn the broiler on high and broil for 2-3 minutes to crisp the bacon. Serve immediately along with salad.
  5. For the salad, in a large salad bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and cut into cubes (about 8-10 sections per side depending on the size of the avocado). Use a spoon to remove one half avocado into the salad bowl and mash with a fork (into the dressing) until well combined.
  7. Right before the chicken is done, tear the lettuce (into bite size pieces) into the salad bowl and toss with the dressing until the salad is well coated. Divide into 4 salad bowls and top each with cucumber, tomatoes and avocado sections.

 

Beer and Wine Pairings

Beer Style: Fruited Sour

  • Odell Sippin’ Pretty
  • Crooked Stave Sour Rose

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

  • Cooper Mountain Chardonnay Old Vine

 

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Natural Grocers Creamy, Bacon-y Green Onion Dip

This simple dip is the perfect combination of salty, savory bacon and bright green onions, all wrapped in a creamy dip. You’ll love it with your favorite crudité, crackers, or even smeared on a sandwich or burger.

1 (8-ounce) package organic full-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise, olive oil- or avocado oil-based
2 tablespoons organic lemon juice
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Granulated Garlic
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt and Organic Ground Black Pepper, to taste
4 slices Natural Grocers Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon, Cooked
2 bunches organic green onions, ends trimmed
  1. Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to a medium bowl. Use a fork to mash and mix well until a smooth, uniform texture is achieved.
  2. Chop the bacon and the green onions. Reserve about a quarter of each for topping and add the remainder to the bowl. Mix well; taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to 24. Refrigerate the reserved bacon and onion in a separate airtight container. Top with the reserved bacon and green onion just before serving.

 

Beer and Wine Pairings

Beer Style: Lager

  • Samuel Smith Organic Lager

Grape Variety: Riesling

  • Dry Riesling like Badger Mountain Riesling

 

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