Jul
27

Six Ways to Dress Your Greens

Some prefer to make their own salad dressings; others rely on tried-and-true, organic bottled dressings. Whichever way you like to dress your greens, we recommend our Grateful Harvest Organic Dressings in six flavors: Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato, Classic Caesar and Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Our favorite is the Classic Caesar, which has a creamy consistency and is only 130 calories per serving (two teaspoons).  Paul, a customer in the Wichita store, swears by the Balsamic Vinaigrette. He only uses it as a steak marinade, but what the heck? “The acid in the dressing perfectly tenderizes a flank steak,” Paul says. “If you’re out of the Balsamic, I just use red wine vinegar and mustard and slather that over the meat.” Hmmmmm. Good to know.

Ranch is the best seller so far in Kansas City. And you just can’t beat a good Ranch dressing. “It’s hard to find a good bottled dressing anywhere,” says Jaime, a Kansas City customer. “It’s even harder to find an all-natural, organic one. My fridge is filled with half-empty bottles of  dressings my family has decided it doesn’t like. I think the majority of them have too much salt and fat, and yet at the same time, somehow still manage to taste, well…tasteless.”

Grateful Harvest takes its all natural ingredients from premium, regional growers committed to providing artisan, organic produce and natural fresh foods. As the company says: “In our business we are always most grateful for the harvest.  It is not something we ever take for granted, nor do we underestimate its impact on our lives. Very few things in life can match the magic and mystery that occurs between a farmer and his land.”

GreenAcres understands the sentiment exactly. We can never take our customers or their preferences for any product for granted. If you’ve discovered something out there that’s healthy and nutritious and you want us to take a look at it and see what we think, we’re here to listen.  In the meantime, when it comes to organic, bottled salad dressings, we’ve got you and your salad covered!

- The GreenAcres Family

 

Jun
04

Even Vegans Can Now Say “Cheese”

Have you tried GreenAcres new Dayia Cheese Wedges? They’re  in our dairy case now. Big surprise—they are actually dairy free. In fact, Dayia products are just about free of everything: casein, whey and lactose; soy, gluten, eggs, rice, peanuts and tree nuts (except coconut oil). There’s not a chance of cross contamination in the Dayia production facility which makes everything 100% vegan. So what does the product taste like?

“I think Dayia wedges are the perfect substitute for cheese when I’ve just got to have a slice of pizza,” says GreenAcres customer Jane Haase. “I may be Vegan, but sometimes, I just want that taste!”

The biggest selling point is the that wedges taste good on their own, without melting or cooking. This has been a big problem in other vegan-type cheeses. They just don’t taste like cheese. The aficionado is not going to be enamored, but to the Vegan who has been bereft of cheese for years, Dayia can fill the void. Customers say it tastes a little like Velveeta—and what vegan wouldn’t want to whip up a big batch of crockpot queso?

The wedges come in three flavors: Havarti, Cheddar, and Jack. The handy, resealable container makes the product easy to handle. The wedges hold up to slicing with a knife and even with a cheese slicer (do they still make those?)  But, we want to know what you think. So far, customers are voting for the Havarti, but anyway you slice it, Dayia is a huge game changer for vegans and those allergic to just about anything dairy. Pass the hors d’oeuvre tray this way. We’ve gotta have our cheese!

 

Apr
16

A Natural Approach to Hair Color

Our lives are full of harmful chemicals. It’s basically impossible to escape them. They are infused in the very chairs we’re sitting in, in the sheetrock that surrounds us, in the plastics in our computer. And then there are the more obvious chemicals that we use habitually. The most troublesome of these commonplace chemicals for many women is hair dye, and the intense odors and sensations associated with traditional ammonia-based varieties. Naturtint takes the worry out of dying your hair, especially as a regular user. Naturtint formulates their dyes with completely plant-based materials, and no harsh chemicals to treat, protect, and of course tint your hair to match the color you love.

  • Naturtint’s active plant-based ingredients protect and regenerate hair fibers, restoring lost vitality and shine, even in hair previously damaged by aggressive coloring processes and treatments.
  • Naturtint is ammonia free and paraben free and does NOT contain, resorcinol, silicones, paraffin, mineral oils, heavy metals, artificial fragrances, SLS or formaldehyde derivatives.
  • Wheat proteins substantially reduce hair breakage. Hair fibers appear smooth and soft, bringing back the healthy shine of young, natural hair.
  • Sunflower extract provides increased protection against the elements, so your new hair color maintains its rich color for up to 5 weeks.
  • Ultra-concentrated micro-pigments penetrate to the deepest layers of your hair, giving it an intense and vibrant color that won’t fade with washing.
  • Naturtint’s revolutionary healthy and effective hair coloring formula provides permanent hair color and complete coverage from the first application, even for gray hair.

And the best part is, with all these natural benefits, you still get the color spectrum that you need and want! Check out GreenAcres Market for all the colors that Naturtint provides, to match the perfect shade you have in mind!

Mar
05

Avocados: Prevent Bad Cholesterol

Across the years the avocado (sometimes called the “butter pear”) has travelled a roller coaster in popular opinion.  It used to be that nutritionists told their clients to avoid avocados because of their high fat, and thus high calorie content.  But after a 1996 study at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Mexico (Archives of Medical Research, Winter 1996), many health experts began to change their tune.

“The 45 volunteers [in the study] who ate avocados every day for a week experienced an average 17% drop in total blood cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio also changed in a healthy way: Their levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or “bad fat”) and triglycerides, both associated with heart disease, went down. Their HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good fat”) levels, which tend to lower the risk of heart disease, climbed.” (from a WebMD article; check it out here)

Now it’s back!  The avocado is once again in vogue among foodies, natural foodies,and their doctors.  But of course they have to be enjoyed with restraint.  Even though it’s good fat, too much of a good thing can be, well, let’s say sub-optimal.  Enjoy them as a meal accompaniment, not as a meal!

Check out this delicious meatless-main-dish salad featuring porotein-packed lentils and hearty healthy artichokes.  Yum!

Lentil, Avocado, and Artichoke Salad

Ingredients

½ cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed

2 ½ Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

¾ tsp. dried rosemary

½ tsp. salt

? tsp. dried pepper flakes, optional

1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, quartered

1 cup marinated Artichoke Hearts, (drained, reserve marinade), coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp. reserved artichoke marinade

½ ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh basil, or to taste

1 cup spring greens or baby spinach, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Bring 2 cups water to boil in medium saucepan. Stir in lentils, reduce heat, cover, simmer 20 minutes or until just tender.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, and salt in medium bowl.
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients, except spring greens.
  4. Drain lentils in colander and run under cold water to cool quickly. Shake off excess liquid and stir into the artichoke mixture.
  5. Fold in spring greens until slightly wilted and serve.

Tip: For even faster preparation use one cup of pre-cooked lentils.

Serving Suggestion: Serve in Boston Bibb lettuce cups or on whole romaine lettuce leaves.

Recipe and photo from avocado.org

Oct
01

Want to Recycle? Local Tips From GreenAcres

Are you looking to lower your carbon footprint? There’s no easier way than to follow the old adage most of us learned in elementary school: reduce, reuse, recycle. The first two steps are fairly simple and straightforward: as an example, you can reduce your consumption of plastic shopping bags by bringing reusable bags with you; but when you do have to use plastic bags, reuse them as trash can liners, etc. Pretty easy. But what about recycling  Recycling presents a great way to get rid of your excess responsibly: rather than throwing those old batteries in the trash to go into the landfill, recycle them at a battery store or recycling center. But sometimes it’s hard to know what your recycling options are, what should and can be recycled, and how to find someone who will take your recyclable goods.

What does GreenAcres do to make a difference? I’m so glad you asked! We send all of our compostable material to Missouri Organics (http://www.missouriorganic.com/). After they collect it it becomes rich soil that can be resold and reused for all kind of gardening and landscaping projects. For all of our recyclable material, we use the Deffenbaugh Industries (http://www.deffenbaughindustries.com/). They collect the recycling from the store in one easy mixed-material container…and they also have residential programs available!

Check out some of the other options below for different places in Kansas City that can help you recycle:

Kansas City Recycles:

This is by far the simplest and easiest program to start as long as you live within the Kansas City Metro Area. Just pick up your bin from a Price Chopper, or from Westlake Ace Hardware stores; blue bins cost $9 each. Your recycling gets picked up each week (if you’re living in a single family home) along with your regular trash. They take most of the normal recyclables (office paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum and tin cans, etc.) with the exception of glass.

Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste:

If you have something that you’re not sure should be thrown into the landfill, chances are it probably shouldn’t. The Hazardous Waste Facility can safely dispose of chemicals and other pollutants like paint, fluorescent light bulbs, medications, computers, antifreeze, and more. They also have a schedule or mobile drop-off locations for everyday household chemicals. For more answers to your hazardous waste questions and a number to call for inquiries about mobile locations, visit their website.

Ripple Glass:

This is a great program focusing on recycling Kansas City’s glass products. They have many convenient locations and new tubs to collect your recyclable glass products. It is all community-based, and the glass they recycle is made into goods like more glass bottles, fiberglass insulation, and other glass goods. Find out more here.

Looking for more? Local non-profit Bridging the Gap provides great resources to find recycling programs as well as green initiatives near you!

 

Oct
01

A Taste of Gluten Free at GreenAcres Festival

The deli at GreenAcres has long been a favorite spot for organic enthusiasts, health nuts, and others who seek pure, all-natural deliciousness. Now, Green Acres announces it’s promoting a new type of healthy cuisine: gluten free. Green Acres will showcase local gluten free vendors and offer plenty of food for tasting at their Gluten Free Festival, Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more about the gluten free diet, pick up new recipes and ingredients, and meet with members of local support groups for Kansas Citians who are gluten free.

Sep
28

GreenAcres Promotes Sustainable Seafood

In recent years, events like the Gulf oil spill have heightened awareness of our ocean ecosystems and the need for marine sustainability. Since GreenAcres Market is committed to sustainable food sources of all kinds, we’re proud to patronize responsible seafood harvesters who choose to preserve the fish-ability of our oceans for generations to come–preserving all of the health and nutritional benefits that come from wild caught fish. Thanks to the Marine Stewardship Council’s global initiative, fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public are all becoming more educated about the best environmental choice in seafood.

GreenAcres carries several products that are officially certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as environmentally responsible seafood.

  • Crown Prince—Alaskan Pink Salmon and Skinless & Boneless Pacific Pink Salmon
  • Henry & Lisa’s—Canned and Frozen Wild Alaskan Salmon—fillets, burgers, nuggets…you name it!
  • Wild Planet—Wild Pink Shrimp
  • Natural Sea—Canned Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon

We also carry many additional varieties of seafood that maintain sustainable practices to keep our marine environments safe.  These companies include:

  • Legacy Seafoods—frozen Flounder, Halibut, Sea Scallops, Cod, and more!
  • Natural Sea—Canned Seafood Products
  • Daughter Frozen Shrimp

To learn more, visit GreenAcres Market and ask us about our commitment to sustainable seafood!