Natural Foods - Part 7


Natural Foods

Target is Shifting to Promote Healthier Foods

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 8:09 am
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Target Logo (Matchups)Take a minute think about what kinds of products were on the endcaps at the grocery store. Chances are, those highly visible shelves were filled with sugary cereals and other processed foods. Things might be changing in the near future. There are signs that some stores will be shifting towards promoting healthier foods.

There has been a trend towards foods that are natural over foods that are processed. More and more people have become interested in feeding their families healthy foods. One problem with doing that, though, is that fresh, healthy, foods tend to be more expensive than the sugar filled processed kinds.

When you look for coupons, what do you see? The products on the coupons probably come from the big food manufacturers. Your chance of finding a coupon for a box of potato flakes is much greater than finding a coupon for actual potatoes.

Things might be about to change, and that shift is starting at Target. The store has stated that it will be shifting its focus to healthier food selections while de-emphasizing the processed foods by big-name brands.

In addition, Target is likely to place a greater emphasis on its own private label brands. That could include Simply Balanced which contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or trans fats. The brand “avoids high fructose corn syrup”. Most, if not all, of the products in this brand are GMO free.

Why is Target making this change? One reason is because it wants put less money and effort into promoting the big brands. Instead, it wants to put that into its own brands. This is in response to the changes that have occurred what people are buying. Canned Soup, for example, has been on the decline and will be de-emphasized.

Processed foods, such as the ones that come from Kraft or General Mills, will get less emphasis. Target’s own brands will get more emphasis, and so will fancy sauces and oils. The brands that fall to the bottom of the list won’t get featured as frequently in circulars or in stores. There’s a chance you might see sales on the healthier brands, and perhaps even some coupons for them.

Now, this change doesn’t mean Target is going to drop all the foods that you are familiar with. But, it might be shifting away from putting effort into promoting some of them. As always, when one supermarket makes a change in response to what customers are buying, there is a possibility that others will decide to follow that same trend – and make the same kinds of changes.

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month.  Here are some tips to help you get more fruit and vegetables into your diet.Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? This is a great opportunity to get more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here are a bunch of other helpful ideas to try this month.

Tips for Storing Fruits and Vegetables
The Fruits and Veggies More Matters website has some helpful tips for storing your fruits and vegetables. Some of their advice applies to not only fresh produce, but also produce that has been frozen or canned.

The big idea is to practice the FIFO rule. FIFO stands for “first in, first out”. Make sure you are rotating your stock of fruits and vegetables so that the oldest ones are easiest to grab. This will help you to eat the food before it goes bad and reduce waste. Supermarkets practice FIFO – you can do it, too!

Visit a Farmers’ Market
Some places have Farmers’ Markets every week. Other places, who experience a lot of rainy days in spring, or snow in winter, might only have Farmers’ Markets during the summer. No matter where you live, your best chance of finding a local Farmers’ Market will happen when the weather is nice. June is a great month to find a Farmers’ Market.

One of the great things about Farmers’ Markets is that you can be absolutely certain that the fruits and vegetables that you buy from it are fresh. You also will be buying local, a practice that helps sustain local farmers. Buying local is “greener” than buying food that has been shipped from far away.

Wash Your Produce
It is important to know how to properly wash your fresh fruits and vegetables before you eat them (or serve them to your family). Washing your produce helps remove the dirt, traces of pesticides, and the wax coating that has been added to the produce (to keep it looking nice in the grocery store).

Do not use soap when you wash your fruits and vegetables. There is a chance that you won’t be able to remove all the soap – and that could make people sick. Use clean tap water to wash your produce. You don’t have to use a specialized produce scrub. Clean water works just fine!

How Much Produce Should You Eat?
The United States Department of Agriculture has a chart that shows the recommended daily amounts of fruit that a person should consume in a day. There is another helpful chart that shows how much vegetables a person needs to eat (either daily or weekly). Follow those recommendations might help improve your health.

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5 Things to Know About Natural Insect Repellents

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Are you thinking about using natural insect repellents instead of the "regular" ones?  There are some things you should know about natural insect repellents.Parents want what’s best for their kids. It’s great to be able to play outside in the warm weather, but the fun stops when the mosquitoes start biting. Some parents have concerns about the safety of insect repellents. Others worry about their effectiveness. Here is a quick look at the most important things to know about natural insect repellents.

5 Things to Know about Natural Insect Repellents

Reapplication is Necessary
Natural insect repellents may contain ingredients made from plant oils. Some include citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and cedarwood. Parents who are concerned about the potential effects of DEET might select insect repellents that contain natural ingredients.

Be aware that natural insect repellents need to be reapplied more frequently than do the insect repellents that contain DEET. Set a timer on your smartphone so you will remember to round up your kids and reapply the natural insect repellent several times.

Be Careful When Applying
Before you apply natural insect repellent, check your child’s skin for cuts. It’s just not a good idea to add insect repellent to an open wound – even if the insect repellent is natural. Keep the insect repellent away from your child’s eyes.

It is advised that parents put the natural insect repellent onto their own hands first. Use your hands to apply the natural insect repellent. Applying it directly to the child’s skin could result in accidentally putting too much of it on your child.

Read the Label
Not all insect repellents are the same! Some need to be applied more often than others. It is entirely possible that one brand of natural insect repellent will contain different ingredients than another brand will. Check the label while you are still at the store. Does it contain something that your child is allergic to?

Do not assume that just because an insect repellent is natural that it is safe for everyone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out that oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children who are under 3 years of age.

Remember to Wash it Off
It is important to take the time to wash the insect repellent off of your child after you are finished playing outside. This is true for “regular” insect repellents and the natural kind, too. Nobody needs to have insect repellent on their skin after they have come indoors (where the mosquitoes aren’t).

Choose Effective Insect Repellents
WebMD says that soy-based insect repellents were the most effective alternative to DEET. Insect repellents that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus also work really well. Studies have shown that natural insect repellents that contain citronella, peppermint oil, and other plant based oils are not particularly effective.

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Save on Fresh Corn + A Trick for Husking Corn!

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 9:37 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Corn at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/25/2015.Save 20%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Corn at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/25/2015.

Stock up on some delicious corn and then try this Magic Corn Trick for easily husking your corn!

Here are this corn sales happening this week:

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How to Wash Produce

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Make sure those fresh fruits and vegetables are clean before you serve them to your family.  Take the time to properly wash them.Fresh fruits and vegetables are tasty, healthy, and good for you and your family. They tend to be more expensive than those that are canned or frozen. Fresh produce has a limited time in which it is safe to eat. Before you eat it, or serve it to your family, it is very important to wash the produce.

Why should you wash your produce? Some of it may have residual traces of the pesticides that were used when the plant was growing. Organic produce also needs to be washed. Think about how many people may have touched that particular apple, pepper, or zucchini before you bought it at the grocery store or farmers’ market!

To keep yourself, and your family safe, you need to make sure that all fresh fruits and vegetables have been properly washed before you serve them. Better Homes and Gardens points out that you should not use soap or detergents when washing produce. Part of the reason is that you might not be able to get all the soap off the food. People can get sick from consuming even small amounts of soap or detergent.

You don’t necessarily need to buy a special produce wash in order to ensure that your fresh fruits and vegetables are clean. Cool, clean, tap water is perfectly acceptable. Stick the produce in a strainer. Put it in your sink and spray water over the produce. Check it to make sure that everything has been thoroughly washed. Dry it off with a clean cloth towel or paper towel. Doing so will reduce any bacteria that might still be present.

Firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, can be cleaned with a produce brush. Run them under clean tap water and give them a good scrub! Don’t use that produce brush for any other purpose.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also has some great tips for making sure fresh produce is safe for your family. These tips are ones you need to follow long before you bring the produce home and get ready to wash it.

Don’t purchase produce that has been bruised or damaged. Take a close look at the produce before you buy it. Does that apple have a large bruise, or flat spot, that may have happened when someone dropped it on the floor? Put that apple back and select an undamaged one instead.

Ready to wash your produce? Before you do, examine it closely. Cut away any areas that are damaged or bruised. What if you find mold or rot? Produce that has become moldy or rotten needs to be thrown away. You cannot simply cut off the mold or rot that you see and assume the rest is safe. In reality, the mold or rot can be all through the produce (even if you can’t see it).

What if you are planning on peeling the produce before serving it? Go ahead and wash it anyway. Doing so will help remove the dirt and bacteria that is on the produce before it can be spread to other foods.

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Fresh Bananas Coupon + My Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 10:08 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/18/2015.Save 20%.

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/11/2015.

Stock up on some delicious avocados and then try this recipe for my favorite Banana Bread!

Here are this banana sales happening this week:

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Tips for Keeping Flowers Fresh

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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purple anemonesWhat are you giving your mom this Mother’s Day? One of the most traditional gifts is a bouquet of fresh flowers. Many mothers are happy to receive a vase of fresh, colorful, flowers from their child. The only problem with flowers is that they will not last very long. Here are some tips for keeping flowers fresh.

Potted Flowers
The main reason why flowers don’t stay fresh for very long is because they have been removed from the ground. They cannot get the nutrients they need and are unable to grow. It is the same reason why real Christmas trees don’t stay fresh forever.

One way to ensure that the flowers you give you mother stay fresh is to buy her a lovely flower that is growing it it’s own pot. She can give it water, put nutrients into the soil, and give the flower some sunlight. Moms that like to garden can add the flower to a window box display of flowers. They won’t last forever, but will outlive cut flowers.

Skip the Delivery
It is super easy to go online, pick out a nice bouquet of flowers, and have the seller ship them to your mother. Those of you who live far away from mom might not have many other options than to have flowers delivered. Unfortunately, there have been situations where delivered flowers arrive looking wilted (or rotten).

For best results, pick up the flowers yourself. Buy some from your local flower shop. It is also possible to buy nice bouquets of flowers from some grocery stores. Bring the flowers directly to your mom before they have a chance to wilt.

Flowers from your Garden
Would you like to share some of the flowers that are growing in your garden with your mom? Make sure you gather them at the right time. You will want to collect them during the coolest parts of the day – early morning or late evening. Bring them to your mom as quickly as possible.

Flower Maintenance
Are you a mom who will receive a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day? A little bit of effort can stretch the length of time that those flowers will stay fresh. Start by removing the leaves that have gotten submerged in water. Those leaves are going to rot and harm the flowers.

Trim the bottom of the flower while it is still underwater. The cut should have a 45 degree angle. Cut about 1 or 2 inches off each stem. This will help the flowers to intake water. (It’s similar to a technique that is used to keep real Christmas trees fresh). Keep the flowers out of sunlight and heat or they will begin to wilt and die.

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Save on Fresh Avocados + a Recipe for Guacamole

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 11:42 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Avocados at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/11/2015.Save 20%.

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Avocados at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/11/2015.

Stock up on some delicious avocados and then try this recipe for “The Best Guacamole I’ve Ever Eaten”

Here are this grapefruit sales happening this week:

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Save on Fresh Grapefruit + Glazed Pink Grapefruit Quick Bread Recipe!

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 9:39 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/4/2015.Save 20%.

 

 

 

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/4/2015.

Stock up on onions and then try this delicious looking recipe for Glazed Pink Grapefruit Quick Bread!

Here are this grapefruit sales happening this week:

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Fresh Onions Coupon + Baked Blooming Onion Recipe!

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 9:30 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Onions at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 4/27/2015.Save 20%.

 

 

 

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Onions at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 4/27/2015.

Stock up on onions and then try this delicious looking recipe for Baked Blooming Onion!

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