Saturday, May 2, 2015

Health Awareness Coconut Bliss

Coconuts seem to be one of the many hip things to eat these days, and with good reason Coconut & Coconut Oil are packed full with useful things our bodies can use, such as:

1. Coconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties: coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.No, they contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length.Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

2. Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconut Are Among The Healthiest People on The Planet:Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people.However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations.The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.Another example of a population that eats a lot of coconut and remains in excellent health is the Kitavans.

3. Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat: Obesity is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world.While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is NOT a calorie.The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats.One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.

4. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Are Turned into Ketones, Which Can Reduce Seizures:A so-called ketogenic (very low carb, very high fat) diet is currently being studied to treat various disorders.The best known therapeutic application of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children.This diet involves eating very little carbohydrates and large amounts of fat, leading to greatly increased concentrations of ketone bodies in the blood.For some reason, this diet can dramatically reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven’t had success with multiple different types of drugs.Because the MCTs in coconut oil get shipped to the liver and turned into ketone bodies, they are often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet.

5. Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels and May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease:Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype. In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oilThere are also rat studies showing that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.

This month we are all about health awareness, but that doesn't mean you can't have your cake and eat it too. And to do that we have a delicious Coconut & Lemon Ball Bliss recipe for you all!

Don't these look delicious? With just five ingredients these are a perfect way to add a delicious snack for a healthy living choice! 

Makes approx. 15 balls. Calories per ball: 151.

  • 2 cups shredded coconut + extra 
  • ½ cup almonds 
  • 2-3 tbsp honey or rice malt syrup (to taste) 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • Place all ingredients into the food processor and blend for 1 minute.
  • Roll into small balls around the size of a 10c piece.
  • Roll in extra coconut.
  • Place on a lined tray and chill in the fridge until firm.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Health Awareness Month

May is National Health Month. We all try to do our best to be healthy, and be good to our bodies. But some times thats hard, but little changes are what can make the biggest differences. Plus if you make a bunch of small changes eventually they all add up into something much bigger. So this month we are post recipes that are delicious but have that healthy idea behind them. Be sure to check out our blog every Saturday for new recipes!

Here are some small ideas to help kick start your super healthy month!

Wear a pedometer. Wearable technology is becoming all the thing, but you don't have to be fancy. New research suggests that routinely wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day.

Don't pop too many vitamins. Enthusiasm for vitamin pills is high, but evidence for their benefits is low. Try to get vitamins from foods and consider a multivitamin for insurance. Women should get at least 1,000 mgs of calcium per day (1,200 mgs/day if you're past menopause) from food and/or supplements. Everyone should also get 800 international units of Vitamin D per day -- more than the federal "Recommended Daily Allowance." A great way to get some of those vitamins is from our berries and berry products. Our mission is to give you guys, our customers, the most nutrient dense fruit possible. 

Eat at least two fish meals per week. The evidence is strong that the oils in darker types of fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring, are beneficial for the heart and brain and may even lower risk of cancer.

Drink water. No matter where you are, water should always be the first thing you reach for when you're thirsty. Water truly is essential.

Sleep 8 hours a night. A number of recent studies have confirmed that you really do need at least 8 hours a night. Among the many benefits: Adequate sleep makes you feel better, decreases risk for cardiovascular disease, boosts memory and reduces the likelihood of being in a car accident.

Don't focus on dieting. Focus on eating. If you're hungry, you're more likely to overeat, especially in the evening. Instead, of sacrificing all day and gorging later, it's better to eat enough during the day to avoid hunger pangs and uncontrolled eating at night. Eat every four hours or so, and make sure to eat a "second lunch" -- think of it as another meal rather than a snack -- in the mid-afternoon to keep your energy up and make you less hungry in the evening.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 2015 Favorites

We Are Loving these Flavors of Water
Another month has come and gone already! 2015 is so busy for us and it's only just begun! This month we were all about stress relief and getting out in the sunshine! Spring also means planting flowers and starting gardens. SVO even attended a couple of local events, not to mention planing for the up coming months. 

We hope you all have had a great month full of fun, and healthy living choices. Here are our favorites from this month! 

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This month on April 18, the Albany-Corvallis Farmer's Markets opened and will be open every Wednesday & Saturday (Spring, Summer, and most of the Fall). We use to have a booth at them, but we are so busy around the farm and with the farm stand in the summer that we just couldn't do it all. Now we enjoy attending the markets, seeing our friends, and supporting our community. 
Stress Relief Tea Anyone?

For more information on the markets click here. 

And to see their Facebook click here.

We went to the Earth Day Vendor Fair hosted by First Alternative in Corvallis, OR. We also were a vendor at Tyee's Open House to kick off their season.  
For more images check out our Facebook album!

Yummy Kid Friendly Snacks made from Scratch

We found this great selection of "Kids Can Make" recipes from Food Network. There are all kinds of delicious treats your kids can enjoy. Our favorites are the Healthy Secrete Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Muffins. We think these snacks would also be great for anyone to make & enjoy. The recipe we want to try next are the Gluten Free Cheesy Crackers.

We were on our local TV station. Click here to see that clip! Here about how the weather is shaping up, and how Oregon is doing for water this coming summer.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

April 2015 Event Photos

We went to First Alternatives Earth Day Vendor Fair on April 22, 2015. Here are some photos from that:

First Alternative South Store Location

For more Photos from this event please check out our Facebook album!

We Also Attended Tyee's Open House on 

April 25, 2015

Tyee's Open House, Step into My Parlor
Our little set up with our products and Jenna! 

To See more from this event check out our Facebook album!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stress Release Recipe, Totally Tuna!

Asian Sesame Grilled Tuna Steak

serves 2

2 albacore tuna steaks
1 clove garlic, grated
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-2 Tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 scallion, chopped

-Mix all ingredients except the tuna steaks together in a medium bowl
-Rinse the tuna steak with water, pat dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides
-Add tuna steak to marinade, turning once or twice with tongs to coat all sides
-Marinate for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, turning once (TIP: don't marinate too long or the acid in the lemon juice will start to "cook" the fish)
-Heat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates
-Grill tuna steak for 3 minutes on each side and serve

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth Day!

If your in the Corvallis, OR area there are some great ways to celebrate Earth Day! We recommend visiting the Corvallis Wednesday Farmer's Market, which opens for the season today! The market is open today from 9 am to 1 pm. Check out their blog here!

We also recommend coming out to the First Alternative Co-Op Earth Day Vendor Fair. This event is going on at both of First Alternatives locations (South & North). We will be at the South Store location (1007 SE 3rd St.) from 12pm to 1:30pm. Then we will move over to the North Store Location (2855 NW Grant Ave.) and will be there from 2pm to 3:30pm. 

We will have our products with us and have sample available! YUM!

Check out our Facebook event for the South Store & North Store

We hope everyone has a fantastic Earth Day and we hope to bump into some of you!

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