September 2022 Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 62

September 2022 Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 62


  • Mexican-Inspired Carrot Fries
  • Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cake


  • For The Love Of Organics: Carrots
  • Think Wisely Organic Month Edition
  • Now is the Time to Rejuvenate an Aging Immune System
  • Harness the Power of Cranberry for Immunity & Cognition
  • Earth Watch

Mexican-Inspired Carrot Fries


Shake up Taco Tuesday with these Mexican-Inspired Carrot Fries! These crunchy-sweet carrot sticks have a spicy kick and make the perfect dipper for sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. The Natural Grocers® Brand Organic Taco Seasoning is also great for adding to your favorite taco filling for a quick and fun Mexican-inspired dinner.

  3-4 medium organic carrots, washed and sliced into thin “French fry” batons
1 Natural Grocers Brand Organic Pasture-Raised Egg
2 tablespoons cold water
1⁄2 cup grated organic Parmesan cheese
  half of an organic lime
  1-2 tablespoons chopped organic cilantro
Natural Grocers Brand Bulk seasonings
1⁄4 teaspoon Real Salt
1⁄4 teaspoon Organic Ground Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Organic Taco Seasoning Blend
Optional, for dipping
  sour cream
  avocado, freshly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

2. Mix the egg and water in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, add the cheese, salt, and pepper and mix to combine. Note: If you have two medium-to-large bowls that seal, use them! This makes quick and easy work of the mixing. 

3. Place the carrot “fries” into the egg mixture and using either tongs or clean hands, toss the carrots to thoroughly coat; if you have a sealable container, put the carrots fries in and shake vigorously. Remove the carrots and place them in the bowl with the cheese. Toss vigorously until the carrots are evenly coated; again, if you are using a sealable container, place the carrots in and shake, shake, shake! Using the tongs, place the carrots on the baking sheet, separating so they don’t touch. 

4. Roast the carrots for 10-15 minutes, turning once. They should be lightly browned but still a bit crunchy.

5. Place the carrots on a serving dish, sprinkle lightly with the taco seasoning, add a squirt of lime juice, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. Serve warm with dipping sauces on the side. 

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cake


Perfect for apple season, this gluten-free sheet cake spiked with cinnamon apple goodness and topped with a crispy crumble is the best of both worlds—pie and cake!

For the cake
1 box Natural Grocers® Brand Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix
10 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Plant Based Buttery Sticks or butter, softened
2 tablespoons oil, (any type)
1 cup organic milk , (or dairy-free alternative)
3 large Natural Grocers Brand Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
For the apple mixture
2 large organic apples (Gala, Granny Smith, Pink Lady), core removed and flesh chopped into ½-inch pieces
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Cinnamon
1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
For the topping
3⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour, or Bulk Almond Flour
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Coconut Sugar
1 stick Natural Grocers Brand Organic Plant Based Buttery Sticks or butter, cut into small pieces
Optional toppings
  organic powdered sugar
  organic cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 13x9-inch pan with oil or butter.

2. Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions and pour into the prepared pan.

3. In a medium bowl, toss the apple mixture ingredients until well combined. Spread evenly over the cake better.

4. Wipe out the bowl and add the topping ingredients. Using a fork or pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and cake batter.

5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or cinnamon just before serving if you’d like and for an extra-special treat, top with a scoop of organic ice cream.

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